Tuesday’s LATE NIGHT Talkabout (just a little bit late!)

Tuesday's Talkabout - where we show what were all dabbling, babbling and gabbying in!It’s time for “TueWednesday’s” Talkabout!  Have you ever had one of those days when you just “Can’t Get To It” ?   Well, that’s my day earlier today, or by the time you get this, yesterday!  I’m Sheanna, and I think my motto should be Makes Great Lists But Doesn’t Do Them.  (and not because I don’t want to!).

She’s right (Barb here) – I witnessed her Oh-So-Crazy day.   Sheanna does make great lists, but I’m betting she didn’t do anything on it today (until now, when we are finally getting to this Talkabout!).  I’m not so much of a list maker – it just makes me more frustrated when I don’t get anything on the list done, so instead I’m just happy with the little I do finish!

So, what about you?  Are you a List Maker or a Fly by the Seat of My Pants kind of person?  I want to know!

Ok, so it’s time to announce our winner from last week’s question, what is your favorite type of fabric.  We had a lot more entries this week (who doesn’t want a shopping spree of any sort?), which we were so happy to see.  Thank you to all who commented!

Yep, this week the winner is a gal with tastes after my own heart .. batiks.  Joan H is the winner of the $15 Gift Certificate- congratulations Joan!  I don’t want to tell you how to spend it, but I have to say, one of my favorite things on the site right now is the Christmas Snuggler .. OK, it’s not Batiks, but it is Minky!! 

It’s been so UNBELIEVABLY cold here in Colorado the past several days, that I think I might even make a Minky kit!  I don’t know if you’ve ever made a Minky quilt, but it can be quite messy.  But, I do have a favorite Minky Tips and Trick I learned last year .. I just get a lint roller and keep it next to me .. then I de-Minky me, the board and the floor throughout the project.  Keeps me a bit more sane!

Wsewing projects 11.4.13 127-Linda-Je want to thank you for the Customer Creations that keep rolling in.  Today we are featuring a Twin sized quilt by Linda J — what a fun project she did here! Linda says that the quilt is a gift for an up coming wedding and the couple are cat lovers. 

It’s hard to see in the image, but to give you an idea, the purple block is a “Bunch of Cats” rather than a Bunch of Grapes!  Thank you for your entry, Linda!

Creative TeamFor the Creative Team feature, we have a beautiful quilt that I made for my sister.  This is a Mother’s Day Quilt, and I was just so happy with it.  I used Lakehouse fabrics and then did a lightly scalloped inner border to make this ideal lap size quilt.

It seems a bit early, but I may need to make this for my special Auntie Joan.  I think I should put it on my list … or Barb, will you make it for me?  Ha. I didn’t think so (you should see the look she gave me!)…  

Simple Gatherings

Simple Gatherings

OK, so you may be wondering why Sheanna didn’t get much done yesterday (or maybe you aren’t).  But, what kept her from getting anything on that list done was that we received lots of new fabrics and patterns, and Teresa had 2 sales reps come by  (and we always have to poke our noses in so we can oh and ah!), and we planned out 2 more Block of the Months for 2014!

We aren’t allowed to reveal the new BOMs at the moment … but OH MY GOSH!  They both use Moda fabrics, and I can’t wait until you get to see them.  But, I will spill the beans on one of them …let me just say “Kansas Troubles” and “Christmas” in the same sentence.

But, I did add something I love .. more Simple Gatherings Kits !  This kit is fun because it combines wool and cotton – and I do love those combos!

And Sheanna – don’t you get us in hot water spilling the beans!  OK, a bit of hot anything sounds nice around here with how cold it’s been.

You should see our UPS guy.  Talk about hot.  OH, and the Fed Ex guy is ‘fly’ too.  Of course, my hubby’s not so bad, either.

Sheanna!  Thank fabric.  Geez.   OK, we are going to call this a wrap, but we want to know… Are you a List Maker or a Fly by the Seat of your Pants kind of person?  Let us know .. we have a fun gift for you that we’ll announce next week!

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Midsummer Christmas Festival

Midsummer Christmas Festival

One of the most beloved holidays is fast approaching, but luckily we have a few months to accomplish some new projects to decorate you or give as a special gift.

Get excited because it will be starting Sunday. We will be adding a whole lot of exclusive kits, patterns and Christmas themed fabrics for those Christmas projects. Teresa and Julie have been hard at work collecting all the right fabrics and stitching up the best patterns. All you have to do is order, sew and enjoy.

Dust off the sewing machine and welcome a Christmas project for the upcoming months ahead.

Paying it Foward … Quilter Style —Let The Give Aways Begin!

Hey Favorite Quilters!   I don’t know if  any of you have had much of a chance to read some of the comments, but isn’t it amazing how giving quilters really are?  I don’t know of another ‘group’ who is more giving — We see, just in 2010, with the One Million Pillow Case Challenge and the Paying it Forward, that we are so lucky to be associated with such a wonderful group of givers!    We are getting excited to ship our pillowcases to our liason in Haiti, and I am so excited!  That poor country really doesn’t seem to get a break, but all of you who have contributed will know that your efforts are going to bring a smile to some young face.  Makes us happy to know that!

So, as we mentioned before, we will be giving away some goodies throughout the month of November.  November is my birthday month, my husband’s birthday month, Thanksgiving, and the real ‘launch’ to the holidays, and so I like to have to extend the giving season however and wherever possible.  So, here are just  some of the goodies we have in store for you: 

Our first drawing will be held on Saturday Evening and we will announce it on Sunday!  So let us know .. how do you Pay It Forward Quilt Style! 

So, be sure to comment below, or if you prefer, you can also comment on our Homespun Hearth FACEBOOK page.

We are putting all comments into our sewing bag, and for each drawing we will have a lucky winner … maybe even two depending on how I’m feeling!   The Posies and Patches is a 12 month Program — with 25 patterns for your creative soul.  Plus, we have a FQ Bundle of Flourish Fabrics … sweet!  And, look at these GORGEOUS Aurifil Colors from Sarah Vedeler’s Sparkle Collection.  And finally, a quilt kit that is pefect for this time of year.   So, don’t miss out … Pay it Forward Quilter Style!

We’re Ready to Begin … Again! Let’s Pay it Forward!

OK .. so I don’t post nearly as much as most, and certainly not as much as I should, or of course as much as I want to … but we are ready to get this ball rolling again!    

With the holidays just around the corner, we will be again doing another wonderful giveaway, and we want you to all be a part of it.  You may recall that last year we did the Little Acts of Kindness series which was a huge hit among all of our quilting friends!   So many of you did so many huge giving acts, and we gave away hundreds of $$ of prizes that went all around the world.    

So, starting today  we want to Welcome you to our a Pay-it-Forward Quilter Style  challenge.  All you have to do is let us know by posting it here on our blog, from now until the end of the challenge on November 30  what you are doing to ‘Pay-it-Forward Quilter Style’ … anything at all that you are doing that is helping somebody else because at some point you were also helped … and you want to Pay It Forward Quilter Style.   Let us know what it is you are up to … and we will begin drawing names for some wonderful giveaways throughout the month of November. 

Many of you  know that we have dedicated this year to bringing you the free Out of the Box Table Topper Series — each and every month we give you another free pattern in the series – and we KNOW that this has been very accepted around the world.  We hope this Paying it Forward Quilter Style to all of you has benefited you in one way or another. 

You can Pay-it-Forward Quilter Style every day … just let us know each day what you’ve done, and we will add your name to the drawing for each and every ‘Pay-it-Forward Quilter Style’  act you have done!   The drawings will be held throughout the month of November — and we will again give Hundreds and Hundreds of $$ in prizes away!

So look around, think about who had Payed it Forward to you Quilter Sytle and during the next 6 weeks,  Pass it on!  We look forward to hearing from every one of you!

And the Winners Are …. !!!!

Wow .. this time of year sure has a habit of moving time in light speed proportions!   We have so many fun things to cover today – and they are all about US giving back to YOU!  Stay with us here … there is a lot of great stuff that you don’t want to miss! 

We actually just completed TWO  Grand Prize Drawings.  

The first, The Harvest Festival Drawing, is a $100 Shopping Spree and a $50 Mystery Gift (one of my favorites!).  All customers who placed an order during Thanksgiving week were eligible for this drawing… and the winners for the Thanksgiving Harvest Festival are: 

$100 December 2009 Shopping Spree – Jody M. of Parma Heights, OH
$50 Mystery Gift –  Alice T. of Bridgeton, MS
Congratulations to both of you!  We want to thank every one of you out there for your long-standing support.  Do you realize at the end of 2010 we will be celebrating our 10 years in business?  Talk about light speed! 

OK – Now, before we move on to the 30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners, we want to let you in on a couple of more things we are doing to give back to you. 

First,  we have ANOTHER $250 Shopping Spree up for grabs!  All orders placed during the month of December qualify for our 7th Annual Year End $250 Shopping Spree Drawing!   Each and every order placed in December, no matter how large or small the order, is entered into the drawing.   Can you even imagine how easy it would be to spend $250 of FREE MONEY at Homespun Hearth??  The drawing will be held on 1/1/2010, so place your orders this month! 

Second, like I said, December is the month of US giving back to YOU.  And so, this is the month that your Earned Homespun Rewards from 2009 pays off!  For all orders placed between today and December 31, you will recieve your 2009 earned discount … automatically!  And, while some items (like Furniture, Clubs & BOMs) don’t receive the discount … the purchase of those itmes still earn you higher rewards… and moves you closer to the next discount level!   

And, here is the cool part about Homespun Rewards … you still can reach higher levels even in December.!  And, here’s the even Cooler Cooler part … December is also our Annual 12 Days of Savings … and your Homespun Rewards are applied toward those discounts as well!!  We already have several “Queens” for 2009, and we are looking forward to crowning more!  To view your Earned Homespun Rewards, Login to your Account Here.  

OK – and now the next bit of Giving from Homespun Hearth 

We still need to finish the month to award final two winners who were so giving … 

Our Day 29 & 30 Winners are…
Terry Hein – 11/4 &
Dee – 11/9
Congratulations and Thank you to both of you!
 

Each of these winners will receive the new Floral Essence Wall Hanging Kit. 
I LOVE these Tea Time Floral II Fabrics… can you even tell? 
That is why we’ve offered the Sweet Tea Kit 

Full Size Sweet Tea Kit

in the Full Size Kit … Guess who is making that for her guest room..??  Yours Truly!  I can’t wait until it is finished!  

And now, what you all have been waiting for … Drumroll Please….. 

The 30 Days 30 Gifts 30 Winners Grand Prize Drawing Winners Are:

The Arrow Suzi Sidekick Sewing Storage Cabinet –  Karie S!  Looking back, Karie has entered several times during the month – and by the sounds of it, she is pretty busy on the homefront, too!  Congratulations Karie .. now, the difficult part … what color to choose? 

And, the 2nd Grand Prize Winner Recieves a Queen Size quilt Kit from our Mytery Series.  This quilt was designed by Brenda Riddle of Acorn Quilts and features Anne Sutton Flowers for Emma Fabric… it is beautiful, and it will be a total mystery until it is put together … by… Barb Nankivell.  Congratulations Barb!

Once again, all of us at Homespun Hearth want to thank Every One of you for your giving nature, kind deeds, and overall generous spirit that makes you who you are.  We know that it is not always easy to make that extra effort, so when you do, please know that it really does make a difference!

OK – so, let me see … did we get everything?

Harvest Festival – Check
$250 Shopping Spree Drawing – Check
Homespun Rewards – Check
12 Days of Savings – Check
30 Days, 30 Gifts 30 Winners – Check

I think that is all for today.  Be sure to stay with us as we continue on our 12 Days of Savings at Homespun Hearth!

How Many Winners Today?

Whew … Right now I feel a little bit in a daze! I know we all have so much going on … in our personal as well as professional lives. Together with the Harvest Festival we have going on right now, as well as the Thanksgiving Holiday and now Christmas preparations, we are being pulled in so many directions! But, that doesn’t mean we have forgotten you. Still, my favorite thing to do when a take a few moments each day is to read the kind deeds you all are doing.

I realized last night that some of you may be wondering what we are doing to contribute to the kind acts. Inspired by many of you, we have had a week of giving around here … cleaning out closets and donating 8 giant bags of clothes, plus we brought in dozens of like-new toys, games and puzzles. My husband and son worked at the soup kitchen all day on Monday – they served over 600 people that day – and you can believe it made quite an impression on my teenager. I have also been making my boys more aware of what’s going on around them … pointing out a lady to help with her grocery cart (they get stuck in the snow on the way out to the car), and I had my oldest offer to pump the gas for an older man – the gentleman told me it reminded him of the old days when that was part of the service – and was so thankful! We have a homeless man who lives down in town, and so we picked up a pre-cooked chicken for him, a couple of apples, a bag of cookies, and a couple of water bottles – the smile alone was a huge reward. As you can imagine, we have become quite friendly with our local PO. So, we brought in a batch of fudge on Wednesday – they were all so grateful to know that we care! Because we are involved in the Scouts, I always order extra wreaths, trees & centerpieces – and bring them to 3 of the senior citizen homes around here. While we have had such a giving week, what I’m really trying to instill in my boys is the importance of year round thoughtfulness – my boys are very fortunate, so it is their responsibility to help those around them.

Okay, so now on to the past few days of winners. Where were we? Oh Yeah .. Days 21 – 28 … Yikes! But, that’s ok – we have something special for each of these winners … they each receive a $25 Gift Certificate from Homespun Hearth! These Gift Certificates are valid from December 1 – 31, 2009, so they can have a little something extra to spend for the holidays.

Our Day 20-28 Winners are…
Patty – 11/25 Post
Kate – 11/22 Post
Karen Propes – 11/22 Post
Cindy C. – 11/20 Post
Linda Lee NH – 11/11 Post
Joanne – 11/6 Post
Amy – 11 /20 Post
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

So, we are nearing the end of our 30 Days of Giving.  On Monday we are going to have 4 Drawings!  2 for the 30 Days of Giving, and 2 for the Harvest Festival!  We have had so much fun with both of these, and it still is not too late for you to be a part of the fun.  If you would like to be entered into our Grand Prize Drawing for the 30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners Drawing, then be sure to let us know what kind deeds you are up to!  Simply blog us at any of the posts this month, and your name will be added to the drawing ‘bowl’.  Also, for those of you who make a Homespun Hearth purchase between 11/25 and 11/29, you are eligible to win a $100 Shopping Spree or a $50 Surprise Gift… the drawing for these is also on Monday 11/30!

And, it is just about time that you will be able to spend your Homespun Reward Discounts for 2009.  For the month of December, the accumulated points translate into  discounts for the entire month of December. 

Have a wonderful day!

Teresa

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Days 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20 – 6 Winners!

Good morning and Happy Friday to All!   Wow – we have had a crazy week around here.  With the launch of our new Sewing Room Furniture, the start of the Holiday Fab Shop Hop, and the introduction of  Better Homes & Gardens Magazine Clubs, all of those New Quilt Kits, patterns and books,  we spent the better part of the week pinging in several directions… and I did not get any quilting done as planned.. 

So, we are drawing names for several  Days –  15 – 20!.  We have lots of fun gifts, so here we go.  We are going to spread-out the giving in this blog  🙂

Quilt Sampler Club - 2 Publications per Year

Our Day 15 & 16 Winners are…
11/14 #3 – Michelle &  11/13 #13 – Sharon Hettinger !! Congratulations and Thank you!
Both Michelle and Sharon win a 1 year subscription the Quilt Sampler Magazine Club  …  the Gift that just keeps giving!    Quilt Sampler has 2x publications a year – in May and September.  Congratulations! 

From the emails and blogs we’ve received, it sounds like everybody is pretty excited about the chance to win the Suzi.   And, hands down, the most popular Sewing cabinet so far is the Marilyn.  But, I’m not surprised – it is Arrow’s most popular cabinet, too – not only is she compact, but she is a lovely piece of furniture as well.    We had one customer purchase 2 of the Sewnatras – she said she was going to use both as nightstands next to her bed –  and one will hold her machine, and the other to hold a Singer Featherweight  that she has on her Christmas list.  What a great idea!   And, together with the free shipping, Mettler Thread Combo and Vusion Light, it really makes these deluxe cabinets a steal.  As far as the promotional suites that Kangaroo is running right now, the favorite is the Aussie Suite.  Looking at it, it seems to provide the most work surface and storage, but it a bit less expensive than the Kangaroo Suite. 

Quilts & More - 2x per year

Our Day 17 & 18 Winners are…
11/19 – Marcia & 11/12 – Elaine!! Congratulations and Thank you!

Both Marcia and Elaine win a 1 year subscription to the Quilts & More Magazine Club … another Gift that just keeps giving!  Quilts & More has 4x publications a year – March, May, August & November.  Congratulations!

We received the sweetest email Tuesday morning  from Darla T.  She asked us “why are you being so generous – what do you get in return? ”  The email had a lot of other sweet comments, but this just made me smile.  Do you realize how much we feel part of such a bigger picture around here?  It sounds to me that what we are doing is having a profound affect on so many of you – not that you aren’t always givers, but that it seems everybody is making an extra effort to do a bit more.  And, because we don’t get out much, we are also living somewhat vicariously through your good deeds as well.  We all want to thank YOU for YOUR generostity!

And Finally, Our Day 19 & 20 Winners are…
11/16 – Melissa & 11/15 – Irene Schofield!  Congratulations and Thank you!

Both Melissa and Irene win a 1 year subscription to the BHG Quilt Magazine Specials Club .. yet another Gift that just keeps giving!  Better Homes & Gardens publishes 2x Specials each year – in March and October.

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Day 12 Winner

Well, today is my birthday, and my youngest son wants to be sure he gives me as many hugs as I am old today ….He’s pretty much kept me warm most of the day!  It’s funny, though – I was thinking about a ‘few’ years ago when I turned 10.  Having 6 sisters growing up, my folks didn’t really have much for extras – especially when it came to entertainment.  Well, I felt like the luckiest girl on earth that day – my mom was taking us to Disneyland!    She didn’t tell us where we were going as we were driving down the road, but when I saw the top of that Matterhorn, I don’t think I was ever so excited!  Well … being that it was Veteran’s Day (basically, we had the day off from school on the 12th), we weren’t the only ones with this idea.  It was VERY crowded.  I remember looking around and just seeing a sea of people. 

Well, my mom (who was pregnant, then) wasn’t enjoying it and decided we needed to leave (I was pretty disappointed at first!).  So, she decided to do Plan B – she took us to Knotts Berry Farm (her favorite when she was a kid).  Wow.  I don’t know how she afforded it, and I knew it was an unreasonable stretch financially.  But, looking back to my childhood, it was by far one of my most memorable birthdays.  But, here’s the great part.  About 2 weeks ago I was going through some ‘memorabilia’ and I found this little suede purse with an apple appliqued on it.  I opened it up, and inside it were the Disneyland tickets (yes – I’ll date myself here – the book with remaining A,B,C,E Rides!) & Knotts Berry Farm ticket stubs from that day!  I was so tickled to find those tickets – and the purse was a gift I received that day.   A trip down memory lane can be so fun!

We have been receiving so many blogs from you all — thank you!  I’ve totally lost count, but I think we are well over 300 – and they just keep coming.  On Sunday we are going to announce another ‘Grand Prize’ – and this is so cool!  But, that means you have to keep doing those good deeds and letting us know what you are up to.  If you’ve been reading what others are up to, you will see that there is such a plethora of ideas out there.  I want to thank you ALL for making this world a better place – even in the smallest little deeds!

Vintage Homestead

Our Day 12 Winner is…
10/30  #24– Alice-  Congratulations and Thank you!

Because Alice did a good deed, she receives a Fat Quarter Bundle from one of my favorites – Whimsicals Quilts by Terri Degenkolb – the Vintage Homestead Collection.  Thank you!

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Day 5 Winner

Last night my husband and I took our 3 boys to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas concert here in Colorado Springs.  I’ve always wanted to see it, but it never worked out in the past, so, we jumped on the chance to go this year.  It was absolutely wonderful.   So many talented musicians, and the choreographers kept the show unbelievably alive and entertaining.  Of course, my ears were still ringing hours later…. 

But, as many of you know, there is a Christmas Story/Poem that is part of the show, and I was realizing how apropos some of the stanzas were for this month’s 30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners.   I know that we have readers of all faiths, but I think that all will understand what this is all about.   I did my best to text them to myself so I could post it here.  I think they are in order….

rose gift

If you want to arrange it
This world you can change it
If we could somehow make this
Christmas thing last
By helping a neighbor
Or even a stranger
And to know who needs help
You need only just ask

It’s every gift that someone gives
Expecting nothing back
It’s every kindness that we do
Each simple little act

And so it’s good that we remember
Just as soon as we’ve discovered
That the things we do in life
Will always end up touching others

I sure hope I didn’t slaughter it!   Anyway,  again I am so happy with all of the blog entries we are getting.  Be sure to keep them coming as each deed or act you post to us will be entered into our daily drawing, as well as our Grand Prize drawing.  

2010 'Quite a Stitch' a year with Mrs. Buttons Calendar

Our Day 5 Winner is…
11/2 #2 – Karie!  Congratulations and Thank you
 

Today we have another wonderful 2010 Calendar that Karie will receive … I think I need this in my office – it is so funny!  It is the Mrs. Buttons KCS 2010 Calendar — click the image to view it.

30 Days, 30 Gifts – Day 1 Winner!

Good morning everyone!  Can you even believe this is the 1st of November?  I am always so surprised when this day comes .. it really means we are into the ‘home stretch’ for the year … that always passes by so quickly!  I know that 2009 is a year when many folks struggled, and have really had to make a lot of changes in their lives – some on purpose to help them get through these tougher times, and some that were forced upon them.  In any event, we have all been hearing about the good deeds that others have done – and so we wanted to know what our quilting readers are up to. 

We are so pleased at how generous our quilting community is!  Have you read all of the kind acts and fun things your fellow quilters are doing for others?  Many have inspired me to do even more.  

We  have received some questions about the 30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winner Event – so let me quickly answer them here.  
1.     Any act counts – no matter how small.  This is not a contest to see who gives more, but rather a way to get all of us to do a bit more for those around us. 
2.     You can (and we hope are) doing an act every day – and then just blog it to us. 
3.     We keep your name all month – and you can win 1 daily prize.  At the end of the month all names are eligible for the Grand Prize.  So even if you win a daily prize, keep on doing your acts of kindness as you will have more chances to win the Grand Prize.
4.     And finally, if you are a winner, we will post it here on the blog … which we are about ready to do now!Zbc-bhg2010_small

The Day 1 Winner is …. 
10/31 #36 .. Sheila!
  Congratulations & Thank you! 
Sheila will receive the Hot-off-the-Press 2010 Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork Calendar because she did something kind for somebody.   

Be sure to let us know what you do today … and you could be a winner!