Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Windham Wednesdays & Giveaway

Gazebo Collection by Windham Fabrics
OK, I know it's still the dead of winter (we had ice earlier in the week), but there's nothing to cheer me up faster than happy, warm-weather fabrics with garden motifs and sunflowers! I had no idea what to make with these fabrics so I asked them (my usual method): "Hey. What do you want to be when you grow up?" They huddled around each other and then noticed a new book on my sewing table. They grabbed it (I'm NOT making this up) and flipped through it and then pointed to the cover. "WE WANT TO BE THIS; AND WE DON'T WANT TO WAIT UNTIL WE GROW UP." What did they see?
Paper Piecing Perfect Points - February 2013
(You can see ALL the quilts from the book HERE.)

Yes, they insisted they wanted to be like the center block. I had no choice - I selected fabrics, did some cutting, printed my foundations and set to work.

I chose the 3 solid reading fabrics and a Windham white
To get really, really sharp points, paper piecing is the way to go. Pre-cutting strips for the patches takes all the guesswork out of the process. I use a postcard to fold along the lines, trim with the Add-a-Quarter ruler to get an accurate result.

Yes, you can chain sew foundation units. See, they're all attached with the thread!
The process:
1. Pin
2. Fold back on seam line
3. Trim, leaving 1/4" seam
4. Sew on line
5. Press
6. Repeat from step 2 above

OK. What does it look like from the back?
All patches are covered; time to trim along the outside lines
And from the front?

One of four units BEFORE trimming
See how you trim away everything using the outside lines?
 So, what does my block look like? Here's a quarter block. Love those sunflowers!

1/4 block. Love, love those sunflowers. Can you see the little ladybugs?
Four units with a circle center. Set on point.
Yes, I have not forgotten that I promised to share a tutorial about how to make your setting triangles look like the center square is "intruding." It's coming! I just found the digital notes with art.

Would you like to win a FAT QUARTER BUNDLE of these Gazebo fabrics? Well, you can. Go visit the Windham Facebook page and let them know you like these fabrics. (You may have to wait until after 9 am EST US time when they update their site).

 Then let me know with a comment and I will enter your name in my contest. I WILL PICK THE WINNER! And if you get a minute, go look at the pictures of the quilts in my book and tell me if you have a favorite. I will be posting more pictures throughout February.

I will select a winner and Windham will send you the fabrics. Now, that's easy, right?

Please, please make sure I can see your email when you leave a comment. Check your settings in your blog software or Google account and select "show email" in the dashboard. If I can't reach you, you don't have a chance to win.

Deadline: Monday evening, February 4 at midnight (USA Eastern Standard Time).

92 comments:

  1. Your block is great, Debby! I love it :) Thank You for the tutorial.

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  2. Cute fabrics! Perfect to make something for my sister who loves sunflowers.

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  3. thanks for the tutorial and sharing these lovely fabrics

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  4. The fabric and the tutorial work so well together. gasuski@mac.com

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  5. Enjoy reading your tutorial and seeing your creative process evolve. Those are gorgeous "cheer me up right now" fabrics. Thanks for the opportunity. Kathy

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  6. Great tutorial...and love the block. I would certainly love to win this fabric.

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  7. This is amazing and the fabrics are a fabulous choice :)

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  8. Love your block. I would love to be entered in your giveaway but I do not have a Facebook account. Thanks for sharing the cute fabric.

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  9. Liked Windham fabrics and thank you for the tutorial.

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  10. Lovely block and just think the little watering cans are so sweet. I too, do not do facebook. Windham NY is not far from me and our quilt guild loves to take a trek to their store there -

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  11. Lovely block and just think the little watering cans are so sweet. I too, do not do facebook. Windham NY is not far from me and our quilt guild loves to take a trek to their store there -

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  12. I don't like most floral prints but sunflowers are the exception. I adore them. That fabric is gorgeous and I love the colors. Your blocks are coming together beautifully. Good thing you listened to your fabric. I have two favorites from the book, Fern Fancy and Casablanca Sunrise. Now I'm off to Facebook ...

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  13. If you do not have a Facebook account, don't fret. I am the one picking the winners from those who comment here. Those of you with Facebook, get on over there (once Jennifer loads the info on the contest)

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  14. I don't do FB but I just wanted to say how much I like those really skinny points! I'll be putting your book on my Amazon wishlist!!

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  15. Love the Fern Fancy quilt. Added this book to my wish list :) Thanks

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  16. The Gazebo gang spoke the truth when they suggested that pattern! Beautiful!!

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  17. I did go comment on Windham's Facebook page. Your points and lines are amazing, something I really need to work on. I'm trying, and won't give up.

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  18. Stunning! This post makes me want to master paper piecing! sowingstitches[at]gmail[dot]com

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  19. I left a comment on Windham Fabric's FB.

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  20. Your quilts are beautiful! Descending is my favorite.

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  21. GREAT block and fabrics. I thanked Windham. thanks for the give away opportunity!!

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  22. This is a gorgeous bundle! I commented on the Windham Fabrics FB page.

    naehtante [at] googlemail [dot] com

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  23. Commented on Windham's FB page.

    My favorite is Diamonds & Blooms

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  24. Love these fabrics. I left a comment on Windham's FB page!

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  25. I left a message on FB. Love what you are making with these awesome fabrics. I would love to be in the drawing for the winning giveaway.

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  26. I love the Spinning Waterwheels quilt from your book and the fabrics are yummy - I love the panel and the water cans - Your quilts are fabulous and Oh! all those perfect points...Thanks.

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  27. Katie's Garden is my favorite, I really like the setting of the blocks. I liked Windham on FB.

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  28. I love your block. Lovely!
    Thanks so much for your tutorial.
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  29. Love these beautiful fabrics. Left a note for Windham on their facebook page.

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  30. Love all your designs. I can't pick just one. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. What a great tutorial! I'm going to mark this page as I would like to attempt the paper-piecing. I did leave a message on FB. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  32. What a great tutorial! I'm going to mark this page as I would like to attempt the paper-piecing. I did leave a message on FB. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  33. I left a message on FB. I do like that sunflower fabric very much.

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  34. I love Katies garden and desending Both will be on my list to do. I went to Windhams Fabrics facebook and left a comment

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  35. I left a message on Windham's Facebook page. Great block! I love the fabric and the colors.

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  36. Wow, they were right to follow their dream! Beautiful!

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  37. love your block and i liked them on facebook

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  38. I "liked" the fabrics on Windham's facebook page. And I just LOVE Fern Fancy!

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  39. I left Windham a comment, and think your book is really fun. I haven't tried this yet, so really appreciate your info. Thanks.

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  40. I left Windham a comment! Thanks for sharing the pics, especially of the back! :)

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  41. Fern fancy is gorgeous! I can imagine it in almost any kind of fabric including my favorite -batiks. I "liked" Windham fabrics. Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity and the lovely inspiration on your blog.

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  42. Hi Debby. I left a message on Windham Fabrics Facebook page.
    I really love this fabric.And your block is just gorgeous! I checked out your book and was amazied at all the beautiful quilts. My favorite was Katies Garden And Diamonds and Blooms. But they look so hard to make.I don't think I could ever make one as pretty as yours. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  43. The fabric is so cute. I see a quilt being made for our Garden Club. I'm a fan of the Diamonds and Blooms pattern.

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  44. I was the 15th person to Like those fabrics, and it was a sincere "like"--they are so cheery!

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  45. Thanks for the tutorial; I also thanked them on their FB page!

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  46. I like the Windham Fabrics on their facebook page. You are right: they are bright and springy and make a great block!

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  47. I love the Spinning Waterwheels quilt from your book. I love this new fabric line also.

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  48. I DO like the Gazebo Fabrices, and I told them on Facebook!

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  49. ok, well you know I love paper piecing..this is amazing..look at those points...Wow

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  50. Love the new fabrics. I went to Wyndhams page and liked them. Would love to win...They are gonna look fabulous in that new quilt you started. Love that paper pieceing....
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  51. Looked at teh quilts in your book. Spinning waterwheels is definitely my favorite one....
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. Thanks for the tutorial.I love tutorial.Your block is fantastic!!

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  53. I liked them on FB
    great tutorial, thanks for a chance to win such wonderful fabric. love your block. looked at your book and i agree with Tammy "Spinning Wheels" is so very cool.

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  54. I would love to win the book! I love your star :)

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  55. Love the fabrics and your block. Such pretty patterns in the book, it is hard to pick a favorite but probably the Diamonds and Blooms.

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  56. Those fabrics sure did find a happy home :-)

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  57. I love Seeing Red and the Sunflower Blossoms as much for the color/ fabric selection as for the design. What a great bunch of quilts.

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  58. I needed this tute today, before starting to cut up a bundle for PP, I have to get busy..

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  59. I love your block, Love the sunflowers! Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  60. That is a lovely block and I love the quilts from the book...I keep saying no more books but I may have to make an exception...lol! I love the ferns. Such a beautiful, restful and elegant look. pbstrand@msn.com

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  61. Awesome block. I visited Facebook and left my comment.

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  62. Beautiful fabrics, a great tutorial, and a lovely block. Thanks!

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  63. I love your tutorial.It makes me think just maybe I could paper piece. I picked Toile Garden Medallion because it looks like a good one for a newbe to do.Beautiful fabrics they make me think summer is just around the corner.

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  64. That's a beautiful block you made! I just can't quite get the hang of paper piecing. These fabrics are so pretty! love them too! I posted on the facebook page.
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  65. Cute fabrics and fun patterns in the book--my favorite would be Katie's Garden, but whoa---those points!!!

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  66. Love the block and the fabrics are fantastic. I went to the Windham fb site and left a comment.
    thelady(at)hotmail.com

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  67. Love the paper piecing you are doing, how neat! I like Windham on FB and left a comment.

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  68. Sunflower blossom and fern fancy are both so beautiful and calming. I have never done paper piecing can you do it by hand?thanks babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  69. I'm loving your Diamonds and Blossoms. Great pattern. I did go and like Winham's FB.

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  70. I really like Katie's Garden but I like all your work. Yes I like Windham too.

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  71. I am anxious for the tutorial on the setting triangles. I have only done one quilt set on point. This look you are going to share would be great for orphan blocks. =)

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  72. I posted a comment on Windham's FB page. I have a quilt project that would look great with these fabrics. And the quilts from your book are lovely.

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  73. I like Windham Fabrics on Facebook and commented on their page. Also, I love Fern Fancy in your book, thanks for the giveaway! awolk at rogers dot com

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  74. Your block has convinced me to try paper piecing. Love the fabrics

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  75. Just beautiful, those fabrics look fabulous together .Thanks for the chance to win.

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  77. I have liked them on Facebook and i am hoping to see them in the mail. sewpatsy1@comcast.net

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  78. Love the tutorial & these fabrics!
    kanshop2@yahoo.com

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  79. Hi!!! I love your quilt block! Very pretty fabrics too!!! Thank You

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  80. Hi from Maine! I have checked out the Facebook page and also your quilt book! I like the Diamonds and Blooms design.. It reminds me of the big Allium blossoms in my garden!! Just so amazing !!

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  81. I liked them on Facebook and made a post stating that I liked the gazebo fabrics.

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  82. I really like all of your quilts.my favorite is Spinning Waterwheels.

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  83. Love that block, it looks so cute in those fabrics :) I posted on their facebook page!

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  84. Love the fabric, love the block, and thanks for the tutorial. It's great.

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  85. I went to Facebook and "liked" their fabrics. I also checked out your book. I really like the "fern" quilt, but the beginner's Mariner's Compass is probably a more realistic goal for me!

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  86. I went to Facebook not sure if i got it right as it dosen't take much to confuse me.So love all the patterns you do and it would be nice too have the same Fabric to give the sunflower a try

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  87. I like Windham fabrics on Facebook. And my favorite quilt is "Seeing Red".
    csdillman at gmail dot com

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  88. I left a comment on Windham Fabrics FB page. My favourite quilt is Fern Fancy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  89. I looked at the quilts in your book and my favorite is "Descending". I commented on the Windham Fabrics Facebook page also.

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  90. Love the fabrics & your block. I posted a message on the Facebook page. Thanks.

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  91. I commented on the Windham page. Such cute, cheerful prints. I looked at your quilts, and I like Hosanna the best, and also love Diamonds & Blooms.

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