Showing posts with label giveaways and drawings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label giveaways and drawings. Show all posts

Saturday, September 12, 2015

"Sewing Pretty Bags" Giveaway for a Free Book!




 I love to sew beautiful items of all kinds! From clothing, to accessories, to quilts, to decorative items,  to gifts for any, and all occasions... to surprises for the special people in my life.

But I especially love sewing purses and bags!


I sew at least a half dozen a year. Many are utilitarian and are used for shopping at my local grocery store, to bring things to quilt guild, or to bring items I need in the car, at someone's house, to bring on a special trip.


But when I make a bag for a gift (and a bag is one of my very favorite things to give) I want to give something pretty! And this wonderful book is filled to the brim with very pretty bags to make, for yourself or as a lovely, lovely gift!



"Sewing Pretty Bags" is a new book by the talented sewing sisters, Debra and Cheyanne Valencia. With step by step instructions, they give a fresh, modern take on designing and sewing a variety of  beautiful bags,  with lovely ways to trim and accent them in ways that are both functional as well as pretty and fashionable! 

And as a wonderful opportunity for one of my reader/followers, I want to offer a copy of this book to one of you...absolutely free!

As one a wonderful opportunity from Fox Chapel Publishing, creator of a fabulous variety of beautiful lifestyle sewing and craft books, I have been given the opportunity to review this exceptionally striking and lovely book filled with so many truly pretty bags of all kinds, and offer a reader a free copy!

I am delighted to have been selected from so many others that love creating beautiful things, to be the sponsoring blog for this giveaway!

If you are a reader here, you get a chance to win this book by just leaving a nice comment about me, the book, making bags, giving away beautiful handmade gifts.....anything!



If you are one of my much treasured followers, you get five chances..so please comment below and include the fact that you are a follower. And I am offering five chances because I think just two is silly when it takes time to become a follower ;-)


Its easy, so join now, leave a comment and if you are an anonymous reader or shy about leaving a comment do so at:  michelebilyeu@with-heart-and-hands.com and be sure to have an email listed so I can send you the notice that you win a copy of this book.

Thanks for stopping by, and please do toss your creative hat into the winner's ring to own this truly well written, and designed book on "Sewing Pretty Bags"..trust, me a very appropriate title!!

PS: Drawing Info
I'll do the random winner selection one week from the very first posting which was Sept. 7th so winner will be announced on Sept 14th...probably added to this post! Good luck to one and all of you lovely readers!!! Remember, to add in if you are a "follower" so you get all those extra chances. Just as a thank you. I am happy if you come here to visit, anyway, anyhow! Thank you all! It's because of all of you that this blog is closing in on 7.5 million views. Unbelievable!!!!

WINNER:
And the winner of the drawing for this lovely book is Peggy who blogs at "Sew, Rip, Sew"  http://gramsquilting.blogspot.com/
Peggy is one of my lovely Canadian readers and makes wonderful quilts, bags and other fun items. A kindred spirit for sure and a blog that I've visited many times! Congratulations, Peggy!

Send me your full name and address and I'll get that to the authors and the publisher for your free book!

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares her creative and healing  journey from Alaska to Oregon. Wildcrafting and the textiles arts... sewing, quilting, and creating prayer flags. Join me as I add my healing energies to changing our world..one little project, one gift of sharing from my heart, at a time.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Followers, Lots of GiveAways, More Prayers Needed!



The giveaway of my re-purposed books, patterns, and other quilty fun continues! If you haven't already entered please feel free to join in the abundance of my fun!

I am so grateful and so honored that over 1,000 of you have taken the time to not only visit this blog but wanted to consistently receive updates by becoming 'followers'. It is unbelievable to me that over 3 million people have come here and read this blog. I feel so honored and so deeply grateful for all of this!

I started blogging in late October of 2006 as a way to connect with other quilters and it has grown, and grown and grown...as have I! I learned how to create a blog and added photos, and html links, and maneuver through so many trials and tribulations of blogging! It has been such a journey! And of course, the Internet has only become more complex and interwoven, as well.

It grew into a journal of my life in so many ways, my process of my mother's survival from stage 3b of inflammatory breast cancer (by coming down from Alaska to live in Oregon with my family) to a survival that includes the discovery that she had now lived through cancer to then suffer from Alzheimer's Disease. It has been so unbelievably challenging, since we are in our 7th year of completely caring for her at home, and she is bedridden. But we do what we want, and need to and it is so hard on so many deep, deep levels but it has taught me, and moved me, and changed me every step of the way for the better!

The more you give of yourself, from your heart, the more that comes back to you..not materially, but in far deeper and more wonderful ways!

So, I only want to give back with what resources and what time I do have, to others! I am exceptionally thrifty and the current economic state of the our world only reminds me all the more of how connected we all are and how we need to look out for and take care of one another.

So, reduce/reuse/re-purpose and if I have it and it's not being loved, or used....well, I'd rather share it with someone else and move the flow of abundance around! All of this was given to me, won by me, given by doing someone else a favor, or from a free table at my quilt guild and if I haven't used something in a year or more and aren't sure I will..I so want to share it with someone who will!

Leave a comment on my last blog post if you are a follower..and yes, I don't mind if you become one, now...to have your name be entered in my list that I shall make connections to at least ten winners for some of these goodies. Please help me..if you see something you would like..just say what it is!

Thank you also to all of you who have been spreading the word about Rebecca Savikko..my sister in law in Eagle River, Alaska who needs a donation of an O+ (but it has to be with high antibodies titers) kidney. And while you are sending positive thoughts, adding her to your prayer lists and chains (and yes they are all connected, as we are) please hold my brother, Doug, Becky's husband, in those prayers.

After being very, very ill, and home from work for a week, my brother had to be rushed to the Adult Critical Care Ward in Anchorage with severe respiratory distress. He has bi-lateral viral pneumonia and has been put on a ventilator and induced in a coma to relieve the stress on his lungs. Antibiotics do not work on viruses, of course, so this is very serious and we need his overworked body (he has artificial knees, hips, and a rod in his back from previous injuries) and of course the huge stress over Becky. Oh, they so need our thoughts and prayers!

And of course, for my dear friend of 40 years, Patti's son Kelly Ball, who continues in his second month of being in a coma after being hit by a car and suffering severe brain trauma. He is currently in a special care facility in Portland but his family would love him to show some signs of improvement so he could at least be moved down to Salem. He has opened his eyes and moved a finger and a toes.

Life is filled with such worries and challenges. We focus on staying positive, we seek to find joy in our lives and we connect and share with others!

Also to all of the Americans...Happy June 14th...Flag Day!

Join in the giveaway here:
1,000 Followers: Lots of Give Aways and More!


Praying for a Miracle
Prayer Pocket Pillows

Thank you all so much for your visits, your comments, and for just being you and adding so very much to my life, living, and this fabulous blogging and quilting world!




Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in the Liberated Quilting Challenge and make or donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in the Liberated Quilting Challenge and make or donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!

Monday, June 11, 2012

1,000 Followers: Lots of Give Aways and More!



Time for a celebration and all kinds of give-aways!  I want to celebrate ALL of my followers...all 1,000 of you!



Now I don't have 1,000 gifts...but I do have a lot of duplicate patterns, books, and tons of sweet things that I have made or can make! Here are some photos that were easy to find of a few of the things I can share!

I will most likely select at least 10 winners and save what is left for other drawings. All of this was given to me, winnings of my own, or from the free table at my quilt guild. I work almost exclusively from 'green' items and am extremely conscious of reduce, reuse, re-purpose! That's why I am offering to give away that which is not being used!

I don't often do 'followers' acknowledgements and most of my giveaways and have just gone to any one who comments, but today I want to honor someone who does BOTH! You follow and you comment...so I know you do come here of plan on coming for lots of visits in the future ;)




Anyway, fun is officially in session! I will be doing some random number selections using a number generator and all of the followers in my list..anonymous and otherwise...but it'll be a week or so, depending on how carried away I get with my fun of creating and discovering!

Become a follower, or tell me you already are one, and leave a comment to win something wonderful from my collection or something I have created just for you!

Comment please on what you like...primitive/folk art, paper piecing, whimsical, traditional, civil war/reproductions. Would you like my duplicate books...one is for children's quilts, one is a Jean Wells with fun flannels and applique's, one is Jo Morton with 12 lovely and warm traditional projects. See the closeup of all the loose patterns..lots to check out and maybe own!

If you have a connecting link of any kind, I can find you and let you know if you are one of the many upcoming winners. If you are signed up as anonymous and you comment...give me a hint for separation from the other anonymi, please!

If you're not one of my followers but you'd like to be..you can still join in the fun......just sign up and add your name to my list as a follower and let me know in the comments!. I want to give away lots, so it will take me a while to pile it all up and assign the goodies numbers and match-ups. And I need time to sew even more fun things!

A lot of you who comment and follow here on this post WILL be hearing from me as I ask for addresses to mail things to!! Just give me a hint of what kinds of things you like..favorite kind of patterns, books, fabric...I am delighted to have enough to share and I'd much rather share than have two of something, or something that I've never used yet!

Updates and other news!

The small format art quilt, shown above, cannot be part of the giveaway as it has been especially requested to be made by someone as part of a consignment fair trade project! I do hope that she is loving it as it filled to the brim with my own hands-on healing energies (touch/non touch, Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch, Pranic Healing, Reiki Master Level 3, you name it..I've studied and worked with it since I discovered I was naturally gifted with the ability to move energy the way that acupuncture needles do ;) and lots of good, positive energy, prayers and best wishes are in all of my projects and all of my gifts and auction and sale quilts. I am on her consignment list to get something I am sure will be beyond wonderful in return! Can't wait!

But I have been making some similar art goodies and those can certainly join in the give away fun! I just don't have them finished or photographed yet!!!

Other Awesome newsyness:

Updates of my quilts sales/auctions etc.

$145 more for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) and Alzheimer's Disease research..thank you so much to my two newest quilt buyers,, below !!!



sold at the AAQI June Auction for a winning bid of $90! I thank the quilt...the q key just worked some wonky magic !!!...buyer so very, very much for their bid and I do so hope you can feel the energy and the love of this special small format art quilt. So thank you so very much, Bill...aka the amazing Willy Wonky Quilts. I asked for someone to up the ante on facebook and he did. Made my heart soar. Thank you so much!!! What an appropriate home for this dear little quilt of mine!

Wonkyworld: "Changing the World" Exhibit Now on Display


And then!



9992 - Tied Together By Love (SALE PENDING)

Just sold for $55.00 to a very dear lady in Honolulu, Hawaiia...Margie.. who knows it's story and has a heart and kinship of being a sister to my dear friend, Pat, whose husband, Clay passed away this January and whose ties I am fortunate to use in my art quilts now! Read this dear story at the link above. Oh, that goodness can still come out of loss! Your donation will help so much towards Alzheimer's research funding. Bless you!

Finally!!!!

Leave a comment and tell me what style of quilting and gifts you love to have an opportunity to be in this drawing and help me re-purpose some of this flow and overflow of abundance!


Thanks to all of the winners. I let everyone pick their favorites and the rest will be on another giveaway in the future!!!

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in the Liberated Quilting Challenge and make or donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Ties That Bind: Give Aways Winners Selected!



The Blog Hop and Give Aways Tour of Marie Bostwick's newest novel Ties that Bind has ended, and all of the entries for the drawing for the official publisher's edition of the newly released book, my own pre-read advance copy, plus a few freebies and fun gifts for several readers and followers have all been selected by the random number generator.

Michele Foster of the Quilting Gallery invited 10 of us to participate in the book's preview and Blog Hop Tour and to pick our official and other winners by the end of May 2nd. But she asked us not to announce our winning names until she could review all of them, make sure there were no duplicates and then got back to us to let us make our official announcement.

She added that she's on a road trip right now so it would probably be tomorrow before she could even get back to us to give the official go ahead of asking for addresses. Different tour bloggers read the rules differently so some gave out names already so that's why you may have seen some when you weren't supposed to yet ;)

I have to adjust for that ahead of time, now...plus weed out duplicate posts. Took a bit, and it was so much fun reading every single comment and checking out lots and lots of your blogs, your friend connects lists etc. to get to know you all better! I have visited lots and lots of your blogs and had lots of fun doing so.

After I get the official permission from Michele Foster to announce to the winners, I will be emailing you for snail maid addy's to mail all of your goodies. So, if you don't hear from me by Friday night, you're a winner in my book but not of the books ..and I'm so sorry. I wish I could award 130 gifts!!!! I really do!

Thank you all so very, very much for stopping by for the visit, leaving a comment and playing along. My responses here were as good or better than anyone's and I just loved that and all of you for them!!

Ties That Bind: Blog Hop and Give Aways

Postscript: I can now announce that Michele Foster has received my notification of random number generated winners and given me the go ahead to announce that the winners of the publisher's copy of the book is Darlene, and of my 'pre-read' copy is Paula. Both official winners have been notified! Thank you again, to all of you. I am still in the process of visiting each and every one of your blogs..if you have one, and thank all of you..blogs or not..for being so much fun and participating in this blog hop! My other small thank you gifts are also on their way to selected followers!

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in her Liberated Quilting Challenge for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ties That Bind Give Away Continues!



The Blog Hop Tour of Marie Bostwick's newest novel Ties that Bind may be over, but entries for the drawing of two free copies of the book, a mug mat, and other goodies continues here on my blog through May 2nd. Just leave a comment on my last post to be entered automatically into the drawing.

Michele Foster of the Quilting Gallery invited 10 of us to participate in the book's preview and Blog Hop Tour..two of us each day..and asked us to write about our first and/or favorite baby quilts we each had made.

I love making baby quilts and have probably made hundreds of them since I first began quilting in the early ’70′s! A baby quilt is not only the perfect way to learn to sew, as well as to quilt, but it makes the perfect gift for a new, or expectant mom. They are my ‘go to’ baby gift, and they have been huge hits at baby showers, and as gifts for friends and relatives.

I also make and donate baby quilts to a local hospital that makes sure every premature baby has a home made quilt of their own on top of each of their nursery isolettes. And I have made baby quilts for donation to a variety of child support, and church groups who have brought my little quilts on mission trips to survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, to victims of the Australian bush fires, and to several orphanages in Africa.



My favorite baby quilts are always made in bright colors. I especially loved my very first 3D baby quilt. Its three dimensional pinwheels made for a fun playing surface for a little one and was donated to a young mother in a local group home who was expecting her first child.

3-D Pinwheels Baby Quilt 40" X 40" quilt, free pattern

But I also loved my first baby string quilt with free cut and appliqued flower shapes. It was donated to to a local child abuse prevention center. Both of these quilts symbolize my own feelings about the making, and the giving of gifts from the heart.

String Quilting: Primers and Free Patterns

In Marie Bostwick's newest novel Ties that Bind her newest character, Phillipa (who is also called Pippa, but was originally thought to be a Phillip, sight unseen ;) decides to get to know her new community a bit better by taking a class at the Cobbled Court Quilts Shop. She chooses a class in baby quilts.

And while I taught myself to both sew and quilt..just by trying, and later by actually finding a book on quilting.. Phillipa's choice is an excellent one..she had a teacher, the help and friendships of others, and a darling quilt shop to work in! And let's face it...nothing is better than a small baby quilt made with love…for a fresh start, and a brand new life!



To win a free copy of Marie Bostwick's newest novel Ties that Bind, just leave a comment on my last Blog Hop post.

Enter Drawing Here!


A comment by any of you wins the publisher's brand new copy of the book!

A comment by one of my followers (please let me know that you are a follower!)
1. wins my own advance copy of this book.
2. plus my little mug rug shown above.

3. plus some secret extra gifts
for being so extra nice!

Enter Drawing on Previous Blog Hop Tour Comments: Click Here!
Comments are open until May 2, 2012 for the drawing and the Give Aways.

Anonymous readers may comment,just leave email addy info, here, or mail them to me, and if you are an anonymous follower and want your name in the extra drawing...let me know in your comment!

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in her Liberated Quilting Challenge for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Ties That Bind: Blog Hop and Give Aways



Continue to leave a comment on this post for a win through May 2nd!

I'm part of a Blog Hop and a fabulous Give Away Drawing, today! Thanks to Michele Foster and Marie Bostwick for including me in this fun..... as I love giving things away!!!

Michele Foster of the Quilting Gallery is a huge fan of writer, Marie Bostwick, and her wonderful series of novels based on the friendships created in the small town of New Bern, Connecticut and its Cobbled Courts Quilt Shop.

So when Michele wrote me (we became one 'l' Michele friends long before she created the Quilting Gallery..such fun!) and asked if I would be interested in being one of 10 selected bloggers to be given an advance copy of Marie's latest book Ties that Bind, and be part of her online book tour...and give away a free book..of course I gave a resounding "Yes!"

Marie Bostwick, is the author of four previous books in Cobbled Court series of novels:
Threading the Needle, A Thread So Thin, A Thread of Truth, A Single Thread
.....but this fifth novel carries itself very well, even on its own!

Drawn immediately into the story, by the newest character, Phillipa, and the complications of her relationship with her family (especially her capable and accomplished father), I was able to quickly put together the bits and pieces of the colorful characters in her brand new home in the village of New Bern, Connecticut.

With the close knit relationships centering around the Cobbled Courts Quilts Shop and its owner, and the wonderful quilts, and classes, I was reminded of my own journey of learning to quilt and the joys that friendships, as well as the complications of learning and sewing together, can bring to each of us in our own quilting journeys. And while I learned to quilt on my own, I also began with a small project, just as Phillipa does.

The suspense filled twists and turns of the plot, as well as the ways that we all find our own ways through all of them, mirrored my own 'ties that bind' with people who are not always appearing to be who we think them, and the journey we all go on as we find our way through new friendships, new jobs, or even moving into a new home, or a whole new town!

I can guarantee that if you liked any of Marie Bostwick's previous books, you most assuredly will enjoy digging into this one. And if you are a new reader, it's a great way to thread your own needle, and get started!

I know those of you who find extra enjoyment in novels with quilting themes or connections, will find and make those readily in the people, the stories, and the relationships in the....

Ties that Bind

Book Synopsis:
Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to match-make even though Margot has all but given up on romance. She loves her job at the Cobbled Court Quilt Shop and the life and friendships she’s made in New Bern; she just never thought she’d still be single on her fortieth birthday.
It’s a shock to the entire town when Phillip A. Clarkson turns out to be Philippa. Truth be told, not everyone is happy about having a female pastor. Yet despite a rocky start, Philippa begins to settle in—finding ways to ease the townspeople’s burdens, joining the quilting circle, and forging a fast friendship with Margot. When tragedy threatens to tear Margot’s family apart, that bond—and the help of her quilting sisterhood—will prove a saving grace. And as she untangles her feelings for another new arrival in town, Margot begins to realize that it is the surprising detours woven into life’s fabric that provide its richest hues and deepest meaning…


To win a free copy of Marie Bostwick's newest novel, Ties that Bind,
just leave a comment on this post.

A comment by any of you wins the publisher's brand new copy of the book!


A comment by one of my followers (please let me know that you are a follower!)
1. wins my own advance copy of this book.
2. plus my little mug rug shown above.

3. plus some secret extra gifts
for being so extra nice!

Comments are open until May 2, 2012 for the drawing and the Give Aways.

And anonymous readers may comment,
just leave email addy info, here, or mail them to me, and if you are an
anonymous follower and want your name in the extra drawing...let me know in your comment!

Extra Gifts for All:


and


and my intro post on this:
Ties That Bind, Marie Bostwick, and Me



Marie Bostwick Blog Hop Tour

Tuesday, April 24
Wednesday, April 25
Thursday, April 26
Friday, April 27
Saturday, April 28

Now, don't forget to leave a comment to be in my drawing ;)



Links:
Michele Foster: http://quiltinggallery.com/tag/ties-that-bind-blog-hop-tour/
Marie Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mariebostwick

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in her Liberated Quilting Challenge for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ties That Bind, Marie Bostwick, and Me



I've been thinking a lot lately, about family, friendships, and all of the" ties that bind" us together in our relationships. They can be simple, or they can be intense and complex. Part of that process is maintaining this blog through so many of my own life and blogging challenges and of course, I write about those regularly!


But part of it is also really digging deep into the very meaning of what serves us best in the world, what gives our lives hope, and meaning, and purpose. And for me, our families, our friendships, and even our own personal faith and beliefs about our own roles in the world, are all huge parts of that equation.

As quilters, many of us also love to read.... and so like a lot of you I always have a book in the process of being read, and sometimes a wonderful big stack of them!

Recently, I was asked by Michele Foster of the Quilting Gallery to be part of a "10 blogs" book tour for author, Marie Bostwick's latest novel (her 4th in her Cobbled Court series) Ties that Bind.

Each of the ten of us will then have a
drawing for a free book and we shall each give a book away. All you have to do to have a chance of winning is to leave a comment after a blog hop post by any of us on the tour, at our own blog, on our own published Blog Hop Tour give away day!

Ties That Bind: Blog Hop and Give Aways

Enter Drawing Here!

Continue to leave a comment for a win through May 2nd!


With Michele of "With Heart and Hands"





Come back to my blog, With Heart and Hands, this next Friday, April 27th, and leave a comment to win a free copy of Marie Bostwick's newest novel, Ties that Bind !



Ties That Bind: Blog Hop and Give Aways


Blog Hop Tour Schedule:

Tuesday, April 24
Michele Foster - Quilting Gallery - http://quiltinggallery.com/
*Jackie - Canton Village Quilt Works - http://cvquiltworks.blogspot.com/
*Wendy - Ivory Spring - http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/
Wednesday, April 25
*Jennifer - SewHooked - http://sewhooked.com/
*Erin - One Piece at a Time - http://erinrussek.typepad.com/
Thursday, April 26
*Victoria - Bumble Beans Inc. - http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com/
*Sandi - A Legacy of Stitches - http://alegacyofstitches.blogspot.com/
Friday, April 27
*Michele - With Heart and Hands - http://www.with-heart-and-hands.com/
*Melissa - Lilac Lane - http://www.blog.melissastramel.com/
Saturday, April 28
*Melissa - Sew Bitter Sweet Designs - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/
*Kim - Crafty Apple - http://kimscraftyapple.blogspot.com/

Shown above:my advance copy of the book, and my little mug mat made for the occasion to celebrate my own friendship following. Give Away and my day of the Blog Hop is this Friday!

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in her Liberated Quilting Challenge for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Cue Up That Christmas Music!



There are days when my energy drops, when life's challenges do overwhelm me, and when just getting up again from never being able to sleep more than a combined total of three and a half hours seems like too much to ask of anyone......much less me ;)

Whenever that happens, instead of pulling the covers over my head, I get busy with keeping my heart and my hands busy and finding the happiness in life. Some days, it is laughing at my cats or chickens out in the rain, or seeing that a rainbow shows up just when you need it the most! And sometimes, it means putting on the Christmas music any time you feel like it.... and not waiting for after Thanksgiving.

After all, "thanks giving" should be every day.....and not just one of 365.242199!

I have had several such days recently.. Murphy's Law days...when, whatever could go wrong did, whatever had not broken last year in the way of just about every single major appliance we own....dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, microwave, oven...plus my car heat and air system..I have both..both on at the same time...heat for the driver , cold air for the passenger... plus our heat pump..no heat last winter, no air all summer...plus a huge hole in our woodstove's inside chimney stack last week ....and now our computer blew out its motherboard! Oh my, oh my! And yes, our house was justifiably having a senior moment..or maybe one huge hot flash ;)

Still , it gets to the point where you either have a good cry, a really good laugh, or you ask yourself what it all means.....and how can you see it all differently and have a sense of humor about it all.

I learned that I can hand wash dishes for a year and a half, do the laundry at MIL's on our Sunday visits, drive with either a blanket on me, or the car windows open, and do anything I need to do until the economic recession ends, and we have employment again. As Nike says..you just do it!

In the middle of a rain storm, rainbows can still show up ....and suddenly joy and gratitude can flow back into one's life. And I have just been SO reminded of that and of all of the blessings still available to me....each and every day...no matter what. And no matter how tired or grumpy I am!

I was gifted with this huge box...see Willow enjoying it in the collage, above...filled to the brim with art quilting goodies from Wendy Koenig ...check out her blog ...Inky Threads. Wendy is a creative author, as well as an artist and quilter and she is a member of our Liberated quilter's webring and our Liberated Quilters Message Board. But more importantly to me, she is a friend and to top it off, one who makes and donates quilts for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative as part of my Liberated Quilters Challenge group

Wendy had contacted me for advice, not long ago, on writing a request letter (to Walmart where she works as a department head) asking for a monetary donation to be used in the purchase of some of their fabric department supplies.... so as to make and donate more art quilts for AAQI.

We went back and forth with emails for a while over the application letter and before you know it, Wendy got her $100 grant! I was amazed at how quickly she worked and got it done and the awarding of a nice gift card at her disposal..amazing! I think working there helped..... as well as the suggestion and then the recommendation of her supervisor !....but still SHE did it! Totally awesome!

Because Wendy is who, and how she is, she absolutely insisted I have some of the spoils (yes, I protested, but not for tooo long ;) and then she added a kazillion things of her own to my pile knowing we have had a really challenging last few years with the economic recession and I was not buying sewing supplies of any kind for myself.

I guess you can see from the photos, that I have plenty to work with now! I was just so delighted and so exuberant over what I refer to as "Wendy's wealth of well wishes" that my husband commented that it appeared to be 'better than Christmas'. Well, yes, frankly...it was ;)

So...cue up the Christmas music!!!!

Not only did I get tubes of paint and brushes, needles and thread, rotary cutters and batting, but ribbons and beads galore, crochet cotton for hand quilting and decorating and even some bits and pieces of lace and trims and some vintage buttons. So perfect for me, you'd swear Wendy had met me in real life......which she hasn't!

Thank you so very, very much Wendy. You brought joy to an otherwise hard and challenging day, week, two years... and lifted my spirits immeasurably! So, what if my computer just crashed, I still have a laptop that sort of , sometimes works...and hey, I want to quilt like crazy now, anyway!!! And I did get online today, and I did get to blog! Rainbow!!!



And then...if that was not enough to lift my spirits...I receive another package and it's a lovely little book by Julie Sefton (Me and My Quilts, Exploring the Possibilites)

Not only did she explore her own wonderful possibilities, she designed, created and quilted them AND turned into a little blurb.com book filled with her own haiku poetry describing her journey with each quilt!

I don't want to let the cat out of the bag ,,,,if she's waiting to profile this project on her own blog...but suffice it to say, the book is absolutely beautifully! And if you maximize the potential..you should be able to see bits and pieces of that, in the collage, above! Totally beautiful in all ways, Julie!!! (check out her blog and see how our contributions to her 'White Jacket Project' let all of us get in on her fun times and her combination of bits and pieces of possibilities just netted her a Blue Ribbon on the jacket!

This little 20 page book is a visual delight and now holds a treasured spot in my sewing nook.... along with the 'Wendy's wealth of well wishes' ....as a reminder that is not only the beauty of our hearts and hands that have such impact on our spirits.. ....but the amazing treasure of friendships, as well.

I am so grateful to count both Wendy and Julie among the blessings of Internet friendships and the joys of having a blog. So, no matter how many hours it takes me to both get online, stay online, and post on my blog..it's all worth the joy of connection!

And that also includes every one of you who read here! I am so grateful for your friendship, your support, and your comments that you so graciously leave me. You lift my spirits and make my days brighter.

And no, you don't have to send me gifts to have me love and appreciate you! But I must confess...it was such fun to get these...so thank you so very, very much Wendy and Julie...and all of you....for all the ways you bless my days and fill them up with rainbows of colorful fun and delight!

Michele Bilyeu Quilts With Heart and Hands for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Join in my Liberated Quilting Challenge...and buy or donate a quilt, today!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Quilt Album Winner

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Our Quilt Album drawing has a winner!

After 118 comments (some entries included double comments, so we narrowed it down to the actual number of commenters) and our random number generator selected winner #61 for the Quilt Album: Free Give Away of a free software program !

The winner of Quilt Album is..............ta da!......Quilt Mom, Anna!

Anna blogs at Quiltmom's Journey . She's delightful and kind and a wonderful blogging friend. So, it's quite lovely that she won. Anna lives in Canada, teaches elementary school, loves family, flowers, quilts, and making beautiful jewelry. Do check out her blog and enjoy lovely things.

Oh, Anna...you are going to love having this program.....especially making all of the fun extras. And you don't have to stop with quilts. Make cards of that lovely jewelry you make and insert photos of bracelets or necklaces ..whatever you make can be included in your creative pages. Sure the program is called Quilt Album but it can record and store photos of any and all of your crafts onto pages and into their own albums! Just leave the field with the words quilt unchecked and substitute wording of your own in the notes section!

And each and every time you add a page, to any of your albums, it is automatically added to your index, or quilt summary. This summary acts as your quilt record page and your starting off point for connecting to each and every page....either for changing your wording, or printing off that page.



Your album pages can be printed off in half-size pages, or full-sized ones. So, you can make a regular sized quilt photo album to keep at home, and a smaller one to take around with you as your own special "Crafty Brag Book" for sharing with others.

Best of all, there is a feature that allows you to also create and print note cards, business cards, quilt labels, and return address labels. All using your own quilt photos and including as little, or as much, additional information as you might desire.



And you can make note cards in several styles. This is the half-fold card. The program does the arranging for you. Just make sure to check the info you want included...and 'uncheck' the others...before you print ;)

It's great fun to have others know you're a quilter and see your latest, or favorite quilt, at the same time. I am making some to use as note cards for myself. But wouldn't it be fantastic to give a quilt you made as a wedding, birthday, or baby shower gift and make a card with that quilt on it to match?

And what about return address labels ? It does that, as well. Make different pages with different quilt or quilt blocks as the photo for even more fun and variety.

Quilt labels? Make one with a photo of one of the quilt's blocks, add your information, and simply print it off onto a transfer sheet...a personalized label that actually matches the quilt, and features one of its blocks as the photo.

And those 'business' cards? I'm going to make some as handouts for quilt guild friends. A friendship card with a photo from my blog, my name, and my blog's website address. They'll not only remember me, but might even visit my blog, as well ;)

But Anna? You can make ones with your jewelry on them, as well. So, ones to hand out with your quilts, ones with your jewelry, and some with flowers for any and all occasions!

And if you have lots of spare time, and paper and ink...make cards for the children in your classroom. Imagine their delight to find a little award card with their photo on it (instead of a quilt or a flower or a piece of jewelry!) Yep, I'm going to be going crazy fun with my program...bet you will, too!

And for those of you those of you interested in a purchase, a downloadable copy of Quilt Album (either Mac or PC versions) is $29.95 or a purchased disc (both versions included if you have multiple computers) for $39.95. Just consider how many different things it can make and do!

As the owners/developers have said, they kept the program simple, the price affordable, the last upgrade was free, and help is always available if you have problems or issues. And they even have a money back guarantee if for some reason, this just doesn't work out for you.

And as a special service to my readers, I have a discount code available ......for any and all purchases of this program you might want to make....whether for yourself, or a gift for a friend.Be sure to enter it on the website's order form before you make your purchase!


click on the logo, add my discount code at the checkout cart first off when you see the box for that!

That makes your final price (after my AEX-F7 $5 discount) only $24.95 for a program that does all of this !

And a honest disclaimer here, it does help me out if you buy a program using my own personalized code. I am a 'quilt ambassador' for the program. So, I say go for the win, and buy one for a friend, too! You know she'd loved it ;)

And I have to say that Quilt Album is not a complicated or super fancy art program ..you know the kind that come with a kazillion choices or things to learn....but there are more than enough fonts and colors to choose from to be creative ...and enough fun extras to make the program completely worthwhile....especially for this price!



Enter Code AEX-F7

for a $5 Discount bringing a downloadable program to $24.96 and a disc that includes both PC and Mac to $34.95. Use that discount code at checkout before you hit 'purchase'!

And if YOU didn't win a Quilt Album ...I am so, so sorry. But only one winner today. But please do remember you are always a winner and you can buy your own quilt album.

***And if you do buy one..please write me and I shall feature you and your purchase on my blog. Send photos of things you make or you write me and say you bought a copy. I'd love to feature you and give links to your blog. Then you can be a winner in other fun ways!


Making a purchase with my "Quilt Album Ambassador Discount Code": AEX-F7


Quilt Album
Quilt Album on Facebook
Twitter


And my little lady scrappy journal winner? Random number generator for all of you who were, or became a follower came up with a winner, too!

That would be #24 Ocean Dreams!! No blog or profile addy for you my new follower, ...I don't know your real name or address, could you please contact me at quiltingjourney@gmail.com? So, I can get this lovely lady to come to your house?

Congratulations to both of our lucky winners!!!


Thank you, so much for all this fun!
With Heart and Hands.
Michele Bilyeu

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Quilt Album: 2011 Free Give Away

When Pat Sloan emails you and offers you a free copy of a software program called Quilt Album, to give away to a reader...how can you possibly say no? I couldn't ;) So, now I have a Quilt Album software program... completely free ...to give away to one of you! And to sweeten the deal, I am throwing in a "softholdable" quilted journal of my own"softwear" design.....complete with buttons and bows and a little fabric loving quilt lady as a second drawing gift! I think my little quilted journal lady looks a bit like Pat Sloan, herself...what do you think ;) Quilt Album is an easily downloadable photo album program that allows you to document photos and information for your quilts into a printable photo album. You download the program, click to open it, and arrive at your opening screen of "add a quilt" and type in the quilt's name in the appropriate box. You can even use a simple "drag and drop" of a quilt photo from any of your file folders on your computer into the Quilt Album screen. Then simply type in your quilt's information into the designated fields of your quilt album page to make it unique. In just a few minutes, your first page will be done. As each additional page is entered, you get the hang of it and feel more capable and can start adding more and more information. And any time you want to go back and change something...just click on that quilt's photo in the quilt summary and you're back to its page again. And your album pages are each saved automatically every single time you exit. As soon as you are ready to print a page...it can be printed off either as full pages or half-pages. And you get to choose the font, and the color of the font, you like the best! Photo can be can be printed off as one per page, if you want a larger photo, or in multiples per page, for smaller. And as I discovered, you can also use any photo collages you have already created in any other programs, as well. And you can even upload your Quilt Album online... if you want to go green and paper free. And you can upload pages into Flickr and Facebook and onto your ipad and ipod, as well. Each page you load can contain as little, or as much information as you want for your own use, each and every time with each page. Or you could create different versions..for different uses. For your own album you might include "Started this quilt when granddaughter was born, finished and gave it to her at her bridal shower." But I wouldn't necessarily include that on the gift card ;) Things that can be included might be:
  • Your quilt's name
  • It's size
  • What year you started it
  • And what year you finally finished it
  • Who designed the pattern
  • Who pieced it
  • Who quilted it
  • What its special design elements might be
  • Or what things you need to remember about that pattern for next time!
It's all up to you to decide what information you want to include. When you get ready to print a page, you 'un-check' any item that you don't want included on the print off. And each and every time you add a page, it is automatically added to your index, or quilt summary. This summary acts as your quilt record page and your starting off point for connecting to each and every page....either for changing your wording, or printing off that page. Your album pages can be printed off in half-size pages, or full-sized ones. So, you can make a regular sized quilt photo album to keep at home, and a smaller one to take around with you as your own special "Quilt Brag Book" for sharing with others. Best of all, there is a feature that allows you to also create and print note cards, business cards, quilt labels, and return address labels. All using your own quilt photos and including as little, or as much, additional information as you might desire. And you can make note cards in several styles. This is the half-fold card. The program does the arranging for you. Just make sure to check the info you want included...and uncheck the others...before you print ;) It's great fun to have others know you're a quilter and see your latest, or favorite quilt, at the same time. I am making some to use as note cards for myself. But wouldn't it be fantastic to give a quilt you made as a wedding, birthday, or baby shower gift and make a card with that quilt on it to match? And what about return address labels ? It does that, as well. Make different pages with different quilt or quilt blocks as the photo for even more fun and variety. Quilt labels? Make one with a photo of one of the quilt's blocks, add your information, and simply print it off onto a transfer sheet...a personalized label that actually matches the quilt, and features one of its blocks as the photo. And those 'business' cards? I'm going to make some as handouts for quilt guild friends. A friendship card with a photo from my blog, my name, and my blog's website address. They'll not only remember me, but might even visit my blog, as well ;) And for those of you those of you interested in a purchase, a downloadable copy of Quilt Album (either Mac or PC versions) is $29.95 or a purchased disc (both versions included if you have multiple computers) for $39.95. It seems like a very fair price for a program that creates album pages geared specifically for quilters. As the owners/developers have said, they kept the program simple, the price affordable, the last upgrade was free, and help is always available if you have problems or issues. And they even have a money back guarantee if for some reason, this just doesn't work out for you. And as a special service to my readers, I have a discount code available ...AEX-F7...for any and all purchases of this program you might want to make....whether for yourself, or a gift for a friend.Be sure to enter it on the website's order form before you make your purchase! And a honest disclaimer here, it does help me out if you buy a program using my own personalized code. I say go for the win, and buy one for a friend ;) And I have to say that Quilt Album is not a complicated or super fancy art program ..you know the kind that come with a kazillion choices or things to learn....but there are more than enough fonts and colors to choose from to be creative ...and enough fun extras to make the program worthwhile. Are you ready to win one now??? If you would like a chance(s) to get a Free Quilt Album program......just leave a comment on this post! And if you would like a chance to win my softcover quilting notes journal, just become a 'friends/connect' follower in the right sidebar and include that information in your comment....that you are a follower or are becoming one....for the extra drawing for the journal! And please remember, if you sign in and comment as 'anonymous' or don't have a connecting blog or aren't a 'follower/friend'......do include your email address or contact info. I need a way to contact you, AND mail you one of these gifts should you win! Oh, I do so love giving things away ......almost as much as I love winning them, myself! Links: Making a purchase with my "Quilt Album Ambassador Discount Code": AEX-F7 Quilt Album Quilt Album on Facebook Twitter
Listen to Pat Sloan interviewing Quilt Album's Laura and Stuart, as they talk about developing the program along with friends, Barbara and Jim. Really cute and informative interview! Pat Sloan's Creative Talk Radio! Pat Sloan: American Patchwork & Quilting Radio Pat Sloan's website Pat's Blog Quilt Forum Creative TalkRadio Show