Sew Mama Sew is once again hosting the annual giveaway day, and I am so excited to offer a small giveaway of my own this time around! To make it even better, TWO winners will each receive two magazines and a digital pattern!
I have been fortunate to have my work included in several magazines this year including these issues of 100 Blocks and Generation Q. These are both packed with inspiration for all sorts of quilt-y projects!
For added fun, I will also send the winner a PDF of my pattern for my Rainbow Rotary Mini Quilt in three sizes.
Here’s how to enter:
- Leave a comment on this post. I would love to hear about a specific challenge you have encountered in quilting or a technique you want to conquer in 2017. Please note if you are inside or outside the United States. (Please see #3 for details)
- The winners will be determined by a random drawing.
- There will be TWO lucky winners of this giveaway. One winner will be drawn from all entries. The second winner will be drawn from US entries only. (I wish I could do an international drawing for both, but shipping costs can get out of control so easily)
- The drawing is open through Sunday, December 11 at 5pm PST (8pm EST)
- The winners will be announced by Wednesday, December 14, and prizes will be shipped by Friday December 16. The winners will be notified by email and listed on the blog. It is each winner’s responsibility to respond with their mailing address by 11:59pm on Thursday, December 15. If I do not receive this information by this time, another winner will be drawn.
- Make sure you check out all of the other fabulous giveaways linked up at Sew Mama Sew!
Update: Thank you so much for entering! I normally do my best to respond to comments, but due to the volume of giveaway posts I won’t be able to respond individually. Your answers will help me determine what to blog about in the coming year! Thank you!
BrendaDecember 7, 2016 at 9:51 pm
My main challenge for this year has been to try to become active again in sewing and quilting. I haven’t done much for many years, due to life circumstances and physical health problems. Now that I am on a disability retirement, I want to learn the limits of what I can and cannot do — and to push them where I can.
Veronika BushDecember 7, 2016 at 9:57 pm
I’m in the US and I’d love tips on how often to square up blocks/rows during piecing/sashing. I just wanna know what’s normal and how little I can get away with 🙂
Sarah JDecember 7, 2016 at 10:00 pm
I want to try curved piecing and paper piecing in 2017!
Madge PhillipsDecember 7, 2016 at 10:03 pm
Congratulations on having your block in quiltmaker’s 100 blocks vol. 14.
I haven’t gotten that issue yet.
In 2017 I would love to work on my free motion quilting. I am not very comfortable with it and I won’t show it to anyone
Thanks so much for such a great opportunity to win such an amazing prize and I love the mini quilt pattern
Ellen McKennaDecember 7, 2016 at 10:06 pm
I would love to try paper piecing in 2017. I live in the US. Congrats on being in these mags!
CyrusDecember 7, 2016 at 10:06 pm
I’d really love to try out paper-piecing in 2017- I’m a beginning quilter so that’s a big goal of mine! I’m in the US.
KristelDecember 7, 2016 at 10:18 pm
What a great mini! That block is pretty awesome looking.
Anyway, I think my standard answer is that I want to tackle more free motion quilting, but I actually did quite a lot of it in the past year and even though I’ve got a long way to go, it’s not quite such a dire thing that needs working on anymore. Probably applique… that one is always tough for me but I’d still love to get good at it.
(I’m in Canada.)
Alice NelsonDecember 7, 2016 at 10:47 pm
My challenge is to believe in my quilting choices and not worry about others’ opinions. I live in Texas.
AlidaDecember 7, 2016 at 10:50 pm
Getting better at Free Motion Quilting (I’m in US). Thanks for the chance to win!
Alexis BorsboomDecember 7, 2016 at 10:57 pm
Not getting overwhelmed by everything I want to do is often a struggle!
Kathy CummingsDecember 7, 2016 at 11:04 pm
I haven’t done curved piecing . Thank you .
sarah cDecember 7, 2016 at 11:11 pm
Love Love the rainbow mini my challenge next year is to finish some UFOs and sew my stash
ChrisDecember 7, 2016 at 11:27 pm
I am working on my FMQ skills this year. Congratulations on your block and I really like your pattern.
QuiltEDecember 7, 2016 at 11:28 pm
Thank you for your participation in this giveaway! For 2017, I want to get more comfortable at FMQing … which means, I need to find MORE time, for that all important practice practice practice!
Renea YarolimDecember 7, 2016 at 11:30 pm
I would like to get better at hand turn applique.
CamilleDecember 7, 2016 at 11:34 pm
Love the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks editions! Kudos to you for having your work accepted in multiple magazines this year… and your mini quilt is awesome. I am a novice longarm user and would like to expand my longarm skills this year. I am inside the U.S.
MurielDecember 7, 2016 at 11:46 pm
I am in the US. In the new year I am going to continue working on free motion quilting as well mastering once and for all curves and circles in a mini quilt perhaps.
Thanks, and congrats on your published work!
Karrie SmithDecember 7, 2016 at 11:55 pm
Ooh I love your pattern! Congrats on being published. I’m in the US
JocelynDecember 7, 2016 at 11:56 pm
My main challenge is learning control with free motion quilting on my domestic machine. I would love to do better.
Cathy CallowayDecember 8, 2016 at 12:01 am
I want to really work on longarm quilting skills – I just bought a longarm machine at auction and am excited to get it set up soon and get to work!
BeccaDecember 8, 2016 at 12:11 am
I’m in the US. I want to become a more precise piecer.
Kimmy BoggsDecember 8, 2016 at 12:37 am
I’m still a newbie quilter and I have a lot of trouble with binding. I really want to try different binding techniques and tools to help me out in the coming year.
Kimmy BoggsDecember 8, 2016 at 12:38 am
I’m in the US sorry forgot.
Leigh MorganDecember 8, 2016 at 12:53 am
I would like to work on my free motion quilting in 2017!
Inside the USA
Beth T.December 8, 2016 at 12:59 am
Due to a chronic illness, I have energy limitations as well as some physical/pain limitations. And this means one of my challenges is recognizing and accepting my own limits–not setting goals that are too huge, not jumping into projects that are too big for the deadline, not being unrealistic (too many projects that can never, ever be done in time for Christmas…). Too late to learn that lesson in time for this holiday, but when I set my goals for 2017 I am going to try to be realistic *and* optimistic.
Janice HoltonDecember 8, 2016 at 1:54 am
I would love to try some form of paper piecing this coming year. I’ve found a few blocks that are sooo cute but am just a little intimidated. I think the love of the cuteness will overcome my fears. 🙂
TarniaDecember 8, 2016 at 1:55 am
I am hopefully attending a class on working in a series in 2017. Problem is, I have no idea what work I would do in a series. Something tells me I had better stop making other peoples patterns, and start designing my own work. That is my challenge for the year.
Judi DuncanDecember 8, 2016 at 2:22 am
Accurate cutting is the challenge I am trying to master, and maybe paper piecing for next year….maybe. I am in the US.
MelissaDecember 8, 2016 at 2:28 am
I would love to learn free motion quilting and I love your pattern for your giveaway! I hope to do some paper piecing this year, too!
AnitaDecember 8, 2016 at 4:10 am
Congratulations on making the gorgeous block and having it published!
I would like to get more confident in curved piecing. I know I will just have to jump into it with both feet to make it work.
I’m outside the US.
Charlotte DuBose LunsfordDecember 8, 2016 at 6:00 am
I am challenged by making all my points meet up just right. I just need more practice im sure!!
BetsyDecember 8, 2016 at 6:21 am
Omg , I love your quilt! My challenge is Inset seams and zippers. I really. Need to work on this
Southern GalDecember 8, 2016 at 6:24 am
I love that pattern! And I so appreciate not making me jump through hoops. Your blog is lovely.
Peggy JebavyDecember 8, 2016 at 7:24 am
My biggest challenge this year has been completing a quilt for a commission that ended up needing to be much bigger than I thought. I had to take the binding off and add 15″ to each side. I am doing this by adding a strip of white with designs quilted in to go with the rest of the quilt. It’s adorable but taking me forever. Thank goodness my friend is being patient.
lisa mcisaacDecember 8, 2016 at 7:50 am
My challenge for 2017 is to get more quilts quilted. I have several tops which are almost finished.
lisa mcisaacDecember 8, 2016 at 7:54 am
Sorry, i forgot to say I’m in Canada
JayneDecember 8, 2016 at 8:39 am
I loved Rainbow rotary when I first saw it…Biggest challenge this year? Trying to move my sewing ‘station’ from the dining room to the spare bedroom! Not so easy and still have half of my ‘goodies’ in each place!
Judy H.December 8, 2016 at 9:10 am
My goal in 2017 is to complete the 5 quilts I have started for me and the family.
RamonaDecember 8, 2016 at 9:33 am
I really need to be better at setting goals ad following through. I really struggle with that.
RamonaDecember 8, 2016 at 9:35 am
I live in the U.S.A.
Anne R.December 8, 2016 at 9:43 am
I live in the US. The next thing I want to tackle is quilting with perle cotton.
KateDecember 8, 2016 at 9:59 am
I really want to improve my quilting!
KJDecember 8, 2016 at 10:16 am
Congratulations on being published. Rainbow Rotary is a very pretty mini and I would be thrilled to win a pdf of the pattern. Thanks for the opportunity.
I said it for 2016 and I will say it again for 2017 – I want to get over my fear of free motion quilting. I have read extensively, I did a little bit when learning my machine so I just need to dive in.
I am in Canada.
Bonnie LarsonDecember 8, 2016 at 10:22 am
I love your quilts. Thanks so much for sharing
Breanna SackreyDecember 8, 2016 at 10:29 am
I am inside the united states. This year I would like to improve my sewing on a curve.
Kathe GardnerDecember 8, 2016 at 10:38 am
My goal for this new year (which was pretty much the same for last year) is to complete my Bargello quilt and try to finish other projects I’m working on which includes new techniques – ambitious? I think not – at least right now..
KathyDecember 8, 2016 at 10:51 am
I have a quilt I am doing for my new great granddaughter and then I would love to work on something “rainbow” for myself. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet
KathyDecember 8, 2016 at 10:59 am
And I live in the US
PeggyDecember 8, 2016 at 11:09 am
I really want to clean up some of my unquilted tops in 2017 and start putting together some of the projects that I have already cut. (I’m in Canada.)
gailDecember 8, 2016 at 11:09 am
I am hoping to finally try a free motion quilting tutorial on line. I have the white fabric practice squares all ready to go! 🙂
KayDecember 8, 2016 at 11:31 am
I live in England. I would like to conquer my fear of foundation paper piecing, I worry so much about getting it wrong. Thank you for a great giveaway. x
SharonDecember 8, 2016 at 11:48 am
I’m in the U.S. and I need to get more practice with quilting on a DSM. I really love your mini quilt! Thanks.
LouiseDecember 8, 2016 at 11:48 am
My main challenge is deciding how to quilt a quilt. Have a lot of tops!
LesleyDecember 8, 2016 at 12:12 pm
My challenge is to actually finish all my great ideas!
Anita JacksonDecember 8, 2016 at 12:20 pm
I true challenge for me is accurate piecing, I am going to attempt to sew on my sturdy old Singer to determine if it is the newer “plastic” versions that give me so much trouble~ A goal for 2017 is to finish making my children a quilt each, of 6 I only have one completed.
Janet TDecember 8, 2016 at 12:47 pm
Love your Rainbow quilt!! My challenge for next year is to finish some of my quilt tops. This was also my challenge this year and too many things got in the way and I only finished one UFO, but did make and finish a couple quilts for gifts.
JuliaDecember 8, 2016 at 1:34 pm
I find free-motion quilting quite challenging.
I’m in Croatia.
Thanks for a chance to win!
CindyDecember 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm
My challenge is to stay motivated. Love these magazines! I am in the US.
Thank you for your blog.
Marti MeadowsDecember 8, 2016 at 2:05 pm
My main challenge is to finish! I get excited about the next project before finishing the one I am working on.
PatDecember 8, 2016 at 2:24 pm
I don’t know if it is a goal or not but I still can’t do freemotion quilting. I practice – just doesn’t look good to me.
Shauna TDecember 8, 2016 at 2:34 pm
My biggest challenge this year has been motivation. But I’ve done better in the last month, so hopefully it is back. And I’m in the US.
Sue LerchDecember 8, 2016 at 2:43 pm
I hope to improve my machine quilting next year
And make lots of donation quilts to decrease my stash
Sue LerchDecember 8, 2016 at 2:43 pm
I hope to make lots of donation quilts to decrease my stash
Gill WatsonDecember 8, 2016 at 2:48 pm
I want to master curved piecing!
LeeAnn SmithDecember 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm
My most recent challenge involves learning to machine quilt. I’m quilting a queen-size quilt on my machine (not a long arm) and it is heavy to maneuver. It’s forcing me to get familiar with free motion quilting so that’s good. I also had white thread in my bobbin and wanted brown so I’m going to be picking out a LOT of stitches! Thankfully the quilting part (not the picking part) is going fairly quickly.
Rochelle SummersDecember 8, 2016 at 3:42 pm
I’m a US resident and have followed your blog for the past couple of years. I’ve just signed up for a ruler quilting class on the domestic machine on Craftsy. That will be my challenge in 2017. Of course it will also mean investing in some equipment. I do some machine quilting with a walking foot and free motion. I can only do up to lap size without my shoulders crying “foul” for weeks on end.
Melissa QuinnDecember 8, 2016 at 3:55 pm
I would like to be able to cut out my pieces accurately and sew seams evenly as well.
karen sDecember 8, 2016 at 3:57 pm
You have some beautiful quilts, Cassandra! My big challenge is to get myself started with so many quilts and patterns and fabrics calling to me 🙁
MicheleDecember 8, 2016 at 4:16 pm
I’m from Canada! I have tried paper piecing but it’s tricky… so I’d like to learn that method of quilting. I think taking a course might be helpful.
Marilyn RobinsonDecember 8, 2016 at 4:24 pm
In 2017, I vow to really get in there and practice my longarm quilting. My machine has sat idle far too long due to my lack of confidence!
Kristine ClayDecember 8, 2016 at 5:39 pm
I did my first ever quilt along and had a blast! Having a weekly deadline and chance at prizes kept me on target. It felt so good to get a quilt top finished even if it stressed me doing it at the same time as Christmas sewing.I’d love to try some of the 100 blocks I’ve seen posted everywhere!
Lisa MarieDecember 8, 2016 at 5:42 pm
Wow, that mini quilt is fabulous! The thing I would like to learn is quilting freehand feathers. I am in the US. Thanks for the chance to win!
EmmaDecember 8, 2016 at 6:07 pm
I have trouble with color coordination. And I have sadly limited stash, so I often have to go out shopping to find something good. Thankfully I have a large, supportive family to help me make decisions.
Kathy hDecember 8, 2016 at 8:05 pm
Love that rainbow quilt. I would like to learn how to put piping on pillows. I am in the US.
beeDecember 8, 2016 at 8:44 pm
right now i’m working on finishing up WIPs – her in the US!
Mary DDecember 8, 2016 at 9:07 pm
I see such wonderful quilting designs in the online community and I know it takes work to get there. My goal for 2017 will be to work on that and of course finish more of my WIP’s.
tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com
Mary DDecember 8, 2016 at 9:08 pm
Oops I am in the USA.
leeDecember 8, 2016 at 9:47 pm
I would love to learn EPP! thank you!
Laura WilsonDecember 8, 2016 at 9:49 pm
I need to work on measuring more precisely and my seam allowance. I don’t sew very straight and I know that impacts my results, even if I’m the only one who notices.
Thanks for the giveaway. I’m in Texas.
Sandy HDecember 8, 2016 at 10:51 pm
I want to try my hand at paper piecing and free motion quilting.
tinaDecember 9, 2016 at 12:26 am
I am actually trying to make my first real large sized quilt. That in itself is a challenge. It is the Sister Sampler. I hope to make another quilt that will have an overall repeating pattern to learn how to cut and piece instead of making one block at a time.
tinaDecember 9, 2016 at 12:26 am
forgot to way I’m in the US.
RobinDecember 9, 2016 at 1:52 am
I would like to improve my “beginner” status on my longarm! I am in Minnesota, USA.
DebbieDecember 9, 2016 at 4:45 am
My challenge is having enough time to quilt. I’m in the US. Congrats on being in 2 magazines. That is so exciting.
Joy FrenchDecember 9, 2016 at 6:47 am
The challenge I’m faced with today is a friends quilt I have loaded on my long arm, half quilted, and I’ve discovered an open seam. Aaargh! There is some hand stitching in my future today. I hope I can camouflage this flaw.
wendyDecember 9, 2016 at 7:00 am
My biggest challenge this year has been my mental health which means that I’ve been struggling to find the motivation to sew. Not really something you could write a blog post about! I’d love to conquer curved piecing.
I’m in England.
Mandi in CODecember 9, 2016 at 8:27 am
I have never machine quilted. I’ve only quilted by hand… so I might try that in 2017!
Sue HDecember 9, 2016 at 8:37 am
My challenge is to make new bed quilts for all the beds in my house…6 of them!
Cindy FraherDecember 9, 2016 at 9:32 am
My challenge for 2017 is to finish some of my UFOs.
NonnieDecember 9, 2016 at 9:51 am
Two challenges: FMQ on my domestic machine and curved piecing. I’m in the US.
Jordan LyonsDecember 9, 2016 at 11:07 am
I would really love to increase my hand sewing skills this year, I sew a lot but I get stuck with stressful sewing deadlines and I think more hand sewing would be relaxing 🙂
Jordan LyonsDecember 9, 2016 at 11:07 am
I’m in the states 😀
Sandra TimmonsDecember 9, 2016 at 11:18 am
I would love to be able to conquer the paper-piecing and the applique method for 2017. I love quilts that are made with these methods. I know it takes time but the end results are worth it. Thank you for being a part of SMS Giveaway and giving us all this opportunity to try and win those fabulous magazines and that gorgeous pattern of yours. Wishing you Happy Holidays. Yes I am from the U.S.
SallieDecember 9, 2016 at 11:29 am
US – biggest challenge is FMQ
JuneDecember 9, 2016 at 11:37 am
My challenge is to finish the projects on list and to be very careful about starting new ones! I want to finish at least one with a scalloped border.
JuneDecember 9, 2016 at 11:40 am
I forgot – I’m in USA – and thanks for the giveaway and sharing!
RoseDecember 9, 2016 at 11:51 am
paper piecing gets me every time! I just don’t have the patience.
NicolaDecember 9, 2016 at 1:40 pm
My main challenge is to get consistent in doing a little sewing every week. I think of a project as too big and insurmountable and put it off when actually doing a little every day would make it easy!
Karen SDecember 9, 2016 at 2:34 pm
I live in the US–my big challenge for myself this year is trying to create patterns/templates for what I see in my head and occasionally put down on paper. My little challenge is to improve my binding technique. thanks so much for the chance to win!!
MoeWestDecember 9, 2016 at 4:53 pm
I would like to use my embroidery machine more in 2017.
Nicole SenderDecember 9, 2016 at 6:34 pm
I want to learn how to paper piece in 2017!
Samantha HyatteDecember 9, 2016 at 7:32 pm
The specific challenge has been quilting in general!! lol I hope to get better at it in 2017!
I’m in the US, and my email is Romancebysam@gmail.com
Marilyn HDecember 9, 2016 at 8:02 pm
I hope to be more successful with free motion quilting. Really like your quilt pattern – it is so striking! I live in the USA.
Diane MDecember 9, 2016 at 8:12 pm
I like your rainbow mini. For 2017 I’d like to get better with FMQ and fabric selection in general. Thanks!
Emily CDecember 9, 2016 at 8:18 pm
I would love to learn curved piecing.
SarahDecember 10, 2016 at 12:46 am
I would like to master random placement blocks on a quilt. (USA)
CaroleDecember 10, 2016 at 1:08 am
I love that you were featured in all these magazines – how wonderful.
Nyla-JeanDecember 10, 2016 at 8:31 am
I think my biggest quilting challenge is myself. Need to take on harder techniques instead of sticking to the safe.
AngelaDecember 10, 2016 at 11:00 am
I’m spending 2017 levelling-up my appliqué and hand quilting skills!
Esther GDecember 10, 2016 at 12:54 pm
FMQ! Every time I start to feel confident something goes very wrong. I’m in the US. Thanks!
Karen ThurnDecember 10, 2016 at 3:08 pm
I want to learn to do EPP.
Karen ThurnDecember 10, 2016 at 3:09 pm
I am in the US.
Kimberly MoyerDecember 10, 2016 at 4:17 pm
My main challenge this year has been making “me-time” for me to actually sew. I have an 18 month old who became mobile at 7 months old (basically right a New Years 2016) so I feel like all my sewing time has become mom time! I’m been better about carving out time for myself the last couple of months though so hopefully I can continue that!
I’m in the US! Love that mini quilt!
DebDecember 10, 2016 at 10:23 pm
My challenge….I’m without a sewing space! i’m waiting for an empty bedroom to get renovated….I hope this coming year will see me sewing again. It’s been a long time since i enjoyed my hobby.
Kathy E.December 10, 2016 at 10:30 pm
This past year, I told myself I’d learn to paper-piece and I did! I made several projects and enjoyed each one! Next year, I’m moving onto hexies. I think I’m the last sewist to attempt one, right? I always love a good challenge. (I’m in the U.S.A.)
MartinaDecember 11, 2016 at 7:24 am
I am international. What I really want to try out in 2017 is illustration sewing and sewing curves, lol!
hueiseiDecember 11, 2016 at 9:27 am
I am from Malaysia and i always think FMQ is a very challenging technique to me.
MoniqueBDecember 11, 2016 at 10:06 am
My challenge this year will be to grab those smaller periods of time available to me to sew rather than feeling I must wait until I have a large chunk of time to devote. I have to constantly remind myself that 10-15 minutes here and there do ultimately make a difference! Thanks so much for the chance!
MoniqueBDecember 11, 2016 at 10:07 am
My challenge this year will be to grab those smaller periods of time available to me to sew rather than feeling I must wait until I have a large chunk of time to devote. I have to constantly remind myself that 10-15 minutes here and there do ultimately make a difference! Thanks so much for the chance! I’m in N.H., USA
LeenaDecember 11, 2016 at 1:05 pm
I have somehow managed to keep the quilting tempo going through 2016, greatest challenge would be to keep it going in 2017 and learn curved piecing.
LeenaDecember 11, 2016 at 1:07 pm
I live in India- Leena
Linda CejnarDecember 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm
I’m in the United States. I would like to know how to square a quilt before sending it to be quilted at the longarm quilter. Thank you for the opportunity to win! ljbisme at msn dot com
usairdollDecember 11, 2016 at 5:27 pm
What a gorgeous pattern! I’d like to learn FMQ. Want to learn more than stitching in the ditch, hehe.
Thanks for a chance to win. HappyHolidays!
usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com (in USA)
Tess millerDecember 11, 2016 at 6:56 pm
My challenge this year will be taking on paper piecing in a full quilt
I am in the U.S.
JeanDecember 11, 2016 at 8:15 pm
I want to make a quilt using raw silk. Also I have had fabric for ever for a log cabin quilt. Think I finally found the right pattern.