Announcing My Very First Give Away!

Please Note . . .

The registration period for my give away has now closed!  Thank you so much for participating!  Good Luck!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

We’re Having A Party!

I am so excited to announce my very first give away!  In honor of Quilting Gallery’s fifth birthday and as a thank you to my readers I am giving away a very special gift!

What Am I Giving Away?

My sewing room has been buzzing with activity.  I’ve been busily creating a neat little bag for my very first give away.  The pattern I used is the Hold Anything Bag by Dancing Cranes Design.


Choosing just the right fabrics, for this special gift, proved very difficult.  Not being able to select just one combination I decided to create two options.

Option # 1


Option # 2


Under Construction

I began assembling my Hold Anything Bag late in November.  The instructions


were well written and easy to follow.  In no time I had the body of the Hold Anything Bag sewn together.


The bag has a neat feature incorporating four pieces of a metal carpenter’s ruler.  If you are familiar with a carpenter’s ruler, then you are aware of the metal’s ability not only to roll into a circle but also snap back into shape.  Both of these characteristics make the carpenter’s ruler an excellent choice.  The ruler’s ability to be rolled allows the bag to be opened while the “snapping back” feature secures the bag closed.  It’s really quite clever.


Pictured above are two pieces of a carpenter’s ruler awaiting installation of their end caps.  Pictured below is Bag # 1 ready for the prepared ruler pieces.


I finished the Hold Anything Bags last Sunday.  I’m so pleased with their outcome.  I would love to have either one for my very own.  Here’s a photo of both.

Option # 1


Option # 2


So which one will you choose?

How to Enter, How to Win

I bet you’re wondering how to win one of these adorable Hold Anything Bags?  I’m offering everyone two chances to win.

Entry #1  Leave a comment on this post sharing which one is your favorite.  Is it Bag # 1 or Bag # 2?

Entry # 2  Become a follower of this blog.  You can follow me through your WordPress dashboard or through email.  If you’re already a follower, just leave a comment saying “Already a follower!”  If you’re not a follower head on over to the right side of the blog at the top where it says “Follow Me.”  Follow the directions and lickety-split you’ve got your second entry!  Leave a comment on the blog to tell me you’ve signed up.

Sorry family, I love you dearly, but you’re not eligible.

Deadline to enter is Midnight (CST) December 15, 2012.

One very lucky winner will be chosen on December 17, 2012.  I’ll assign each comment a number and then let‘s random number chooser do the picking.

How Will You Know If You Have Won?

I will notify you with an electronic message.  If I am unable to contact you another name will be chosen.

When Will the Lucky Winner Be Announced?

I will publish the lucky winner’s name in a blog post on Saturday, December 22, 2012.

Any questions?

Don’t Forget to Register!!!

Remember you must enter a comment on this post in order to register to win.

Check Out the Blog Hop

I almost forgot to share this last but very important bit of information.  Quilting Gallery is not only celebrating their fifth birthday, they are also hosting a Blog Hop.    Blogs from all over are giving away merchandise.  Hop on over to Quilting Gallery.  There you will find links to more than 150 participants.  Follow those links to discover the possibilities.  After all you wouldn’t want to miss out.

One More Thing!

If you are new to my blog take a little time to explore.  I offer long arm quilting services as well as hints and tips to help make your sewing/quilting experience more enjoyable.  Stop by on a regular basis, or better yet become a follower.  Surprisingly quilting is not the only thing I do, hence quilting is not the only thing I discuss.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I’m so thankful for each and every reader.  Without an audience my blog would be nothing.  You make it all worthwhile.

323 thoughts on “Announcing My Very First Give Away!

  1. […] time I participated in her blog hop I made two adorable Hold Anything Bags by Dancing Crane Designs.  I purchased the pattern from Mill House […]

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  4. […] registration for my Give Away closed at 12:00 a.m. (CST) 12/16/2012.  Thank you so much for making this experience so […]

  5. #174 – I’m a new follower. Thank you 🙂

  6. #173 – I like bag 1

  7. #172 – Both are lovely…I love surprises, so you choose!

  8. #171 – I love your little fabric catch all’s! Very cute. Either would be wonderful

  9. #169 – Thanks for the giveway…love option 2 fabrics….
    #170 – I am a new follower and know that I am going to enjoy myself reading your lovely blog. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May the coming year bless you and your family with everything that your hearts desire.


    1. Wonderful! Thank you and Merry Christmas to you as well!

  10. #168 – I love them both – with a slight preference for Bag #1. Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Cool! You are very welcome.

  11. #167 – I am a new follower!

    1. Fantastic!

  12. #166 – Love the bag pattern….. and *heart* bag 2!

    1. Thank you!

  13. #165 – Bag #1 (but only for the sake of choosing one – they are both so lovely!)

    1. Thank you very much!

  14. #164 – bag 1 thank you

    1. You are so welcome!

  15. #163 – Cute bags…think #1 is my fave.

    1. Thank you!

  16. #162 – I like bag number 2 I think better

    1. Good for you!

  17. #162 – thank you so much for the giveaway– I love both bags but I would choose bag #1 if I win.

    1. Thank you very much!

  18. #161 – Both bags are lovely. I’ll pick Bag #2.

    1. Thank you very much! You are registered

  19. #160 – e-mail subscriber!

    1. Welcome!

  20. #159 – I love Bag #1!

    1. Good choice!

  21. #158 – i love the fabric in bag one. Lovely give away.

    1. Cool! Thank you!

  22. #157 – I’m a new follower. Thank you for a GREAT giveaway!

    1. You are very welcome!

  23. #156 – Both of your bags are beautiful! I would be thrilled to own either one of them.

    1. Thank you!

  24. #155 – they are both nice bags, but i like #1 the most. thank you.

    1. Thank you much! You are registered.

  25. #154 – Bags are my favorite handmade item of all. I would choose bag # 2

    1. So cool! Good Luck!

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  27. #153 – Hi 🙂 And happy first giveaway lol… I would choose bag number 1, but both are great!

    1. Thank you!

  28. #152 – I think I like 1 best, but wouldn’t cry if #2 showed up here 🙂 Both are lovely! LOVE the idea, going to check out the pattern

    1. Awesome! Have fun!

  29. #151 – I’m a new follower

  30. #150 – Bag #1

  31. #149 – I love bag 1… Or 2.

    1. Super!

  32. #148 – Oh I am a new follower – nice blog.

    1. Thank you!

  33. #147 – Both of your bags are so pretty – think I like #2 the best – but would be happy with either..
    Thanks for a great giveaway.

    1. You are so very welcome!

  34. #146 – I really like bag number 1. Thanks for the chance to win and Merry Christmas!

    1. You are very welcome! Merry Christmas to you as well!

  35. #145 – I like bag #1 – How creative are those!?

    1. Thank you! Of course I can’t take credit for the design but I sure can take credit for the outcome! Great fun.

  36. #144 – I am a new follower! Thanks & Merry Christmas!


    1. I’m so glad that you are! Thanks wigglypup. Merry Christmas to you as well!

  37. #143 – I like #2. Thanks for the chance to win!!


    1. You are so very welcome! I’m having a blast.

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  39. #141 – i like bag # 1. thanks and merry christmas.

    1. Great. Merry Christmas to you as well.

  40. #140 – I love bag #1. a good use of color.

    1. Thanks, that’s great to hear!

  41. #139 – I follow you.

    1. Super!

  42. #138 – I am now signed up for your email.

    1. Thank you!

  43. #137 – I love version two of the choices but both are wonderful.

    1. That’s seems to be the typical response. I agree, both are great.

  44. #136 – They’re both beautiful, but I would choose Bag 2, simply because of the darker- colored bottom and how dirty my bags get :).

    1. Good point!

  45. #135 – Bag One:)

    1. Roger!

  46. #134 – Bag # 1 is my favourite but I love the fabrics you used in the second option too.

    1. I know it’s hard to choose. That’s why there’s two. I couldn’t decide either.

  47. #131 – I like option 1! 😀

    1. Awesome

  48. #130 – I am a new follower. Cant wait to learn new things.

    1. Fantastic!

  49. #129 – Option #1. That is a really cool looking bag.

    1. Thank you very much!

  50. #128 – follower

    1. Welcome

  51. #127 – would love to win either bag, love them both…

    1. Super

  52. #126 – I like #2 better. But, I really like both of them!

    1. Cool

  53. #125 – Thanks for the giveaway! I like both bags!

    1. You’re very welcome! 🙂

  54. #124 – Hard to choose– both bags are very cute! In a pinch, I’d go with #1.

    1. Fantastic!

  55. #123 – New follower by email!

  56. #122 – Bag #1!

  57. #121 – I just signed up to be a Follower too! :

    Thanks for 2 chances to win! 🙂

    1. Way to go!

  58. #120 – What coooool bags!!! I LOOOOVE the #1 bag BEST…… 🙂

    Thanks for chance to win your Drawing!

    1. Thank you so much! My pleasure.

  59. #119 – Guess I am entry 213!!! Cute bag – and thanks for doing a generous giveaway!!! :>) Good luck to all!!

    1. No problem. If you were to win which bag would you choose? You didn’t say.

  60. #118 – Great post. I love bag 1. They are both beautiful but I love the fabric pattern on 1. Thanks for the chance to win.

    1. My pleasure.

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  62. #117 – I now follow via rss google reader. 🙂

    1. Welcome

  63. #116 – I love both bags fabrics!! Hard choice! But I think I’ll choose #1. Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂

    1. No problem. Good Luck!

  64. #115 – I signed up via email to follow your blog!

    1. Bless your heart! Well I look forward to reading your comments!

  65. #114 – I LOVE bags like this to take my show and tell items to quilt guild! You would be the talk of my guild should I walk in with one of these. 🙂

    Option #1 for me please.

    1. Thearica,

      Well I truly would be honored to be represented at your quilt guild. If you don’t win and you would still like one of these bags you let me know. I’m sure we could work something out. Where there’s a will there’s a way. I still have the pattern. I have lots of fabric (not those colors) and I have plenty of ruler pieces to make quite a few more. Have a wonderful day!

  66. #113 – Cindy,

    Me again! Hoping to get a second chance to win bag #1. I have added your blog to my Google Reader! I hope that counts!


    1. Chrissy,

      You are a smart lady! Yes indeed it does count. Again, good luck! 🙂

  67. #112 – Cindy,

    First time I’ve been to your blog and I just spent mucho time there! I am excited to have a chance to win the awesome bag! Usually I find my way to a blog on the day after the person had a giveaway! I favor Option #1, but I actually like them both!

    Pick me, pick me!

    1. Welcome. I’m so glad you found me. I wish I could just pick you, pick you. But I must keep it fair. Perhaps you will be the lucky one. Who knows!

  68. #111 – I like bag #2 but I would certainly take either one! Great fabric

    1. Wonderful! I like them both too.

  69. #110 – Really clever bag.I like version #2.

    1. Thank you very much!

  70. #109 – I’m a follower by email! 🙂 Thanks again.

    1. Cool! Welcome

  71. #108 – I love Bag #1, but they are both cute! Great idea to use metal tape measure inside. Thanks for the chance and Merry Christmas!

    1. I like them both as well. You are very welcome and Merry Christmas to you too!

  72. #107 – I like bag #1 – looks like fun to make.

    1. Cool! I had a blast making it.

  73. #106 – So cute and practical 🙂
    #1 is my choice
    Thank you for the chance 🙂

    1. Thank you very much!

  74. #105 – I love bag one 🙂 Such lovely colours.

    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

    1. Fantastic!

  75. #104 – They are both great, but I’d choose #1….thanks for the chance to win!

    1. I am happy to offer this gift. It was an absolute pleasure making them. I will be sad to see one go. Of course, I will be lucky though because one of them will be mine and I adore both of them.

  76. #103 – I am follower from Italy

    1. I am so honored to have someone from Italy following my blog! Welcome Alessandra. 🙂

  77. #102 – I love nr. 1. thank you for this chance. hugs Alessandra

    1. You are very welcome! My pleasure!

  78. #101 – I’m following with the RSS feeds!

    1. I hope you enjoy following my blog!

  79. #100 – I like #1 best.

    1. Super!

  80. #99 – ohhh bag 2 – cute pattern!!

    1. Thank You!

  81. #98 – I like Bag #2, but they are both great!

    1. Thank you!

  82. #97 – I’m a follower!

    1. Welcome!

  83. #96 – I love bag 1

  84. […] I’m having a blast with Quilting Gallery’s Blog Hop and my own give away, […]

  85. #95 – Both are great, but I love #1! Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Thank you so much! It is my pleasure.

  86. #94 – I love #2 but I love EVERYTHING Crazy Daizy!!

    1. Well good for you!

  87. #93 – I really like bag #1 the best.

    1. Fantastic!

  88. #92 – I like bag 2!

    1. Thanks Kate!

  89. #91 – This blog hop is always fun- there are so many creative people out there who share their talents and expertise. I am a new follower too.
    Regards from Western Canada,

    1. There are more blogs that I can count. So many wonderful places to visit.

  90. #90 – I like option 2 – the other one is pretty too. Thanks for participating in the blog hop. There are lots of fun blogs to visit- many of them new to me. Hope that you are having a fun time too.
    Regards from Western Canada,

    1. I am having a great time! I believe it’s as much fun for me as it is for you.

      Thank you for the kind words.

  91. #88 and #89 – I like both bags, but would prefer option 2. New follower.

    1. Sounds good to me.

  92. #87 – Me again! I’m a new follower.

    1. No problem!

  93. #86 – I don’t care, I would love to have either one, very cute!

    1. Ok! Thank you.

  94. #85 – Love both bags, but especially number 2! Thanks for the generous giveaway!

    1. I do too! My pleasure. I think I am probably having more fun than you. 🙂

  95. #84 – just signed up to follow you by email. thanks

    1. So cool!

  96. #83 – have to love bag #2 even though bag #1 is also very cute. great giveaway…one can always use another bag.

    1. I really love them both. Thanks! I agree exactly!

  97. #82 – Never thought of the clip tape kind of closure…pretty ingenious! I likve Option #1
    Thanks for the chance!

    1. I know. It is very clever.

      So glad you entered.

  98. #81 – I am a new follower

    1. Welcome!

  99. #80 – I love bag #1

    1. Awesome!

  100. #79 – I like #1 – thanks!

    1. You are very welcome!

  101. #78 – I love love love those fabrics. It is a tough decision but I do believe I really like bag #2 the most. Thank you for a chance to enter your giveaway.

    1. Well thank you very much! I just adore them as well. I would do the give away again, in a heart beat.

  102. #77 – They are both very cute, but I think I would like #2 the best.

    1. Thank you!

  103. #76 – Thanks for being in this fun blog hop. I am a happy new follower by email.

    1. Welcome!

  104. #75 – Thanks for being in this fun blog hop. Adorable. I would have to pick number 1.

    1. Thank you! I’m having a blast!!!

  105. #74 – I love them both. But if you make me choose, it’s number 1. Thanks so much.

    1. You are very welcome!

  106. #73 – Cute bag. I would love option 1. Thanks for the opportunity on a great giveaway and have a Merry Christmas.

    1. Thanks, that was very sweet!

  107. #72 – I like bag #1-very pretty.
    Thanks, Peggy

    1. Thank you!

  108. #71 – I like them both, but #1 wins out!

    1. Sounds good to me!

  109. #70 – SO cute! I love bag #1 but the the daisies on #2 are waving at me. Thank you for the giveaway.

    1. I just checked and I think they are waving back! 🙂

  110. #69 – Bag #2 is my favorite but they are both so nice! I look forward to getting to know you through your blog.

    1. Why thank you very much! I look forward to hearing from you!

  111. #68 – Oh, definitely #1 lol! Lovely blog you have here:)

    1. Sounds like questions are no problem for you! Thank you!

  112. #67 – I really love both of your bags, but I think I would choose bag #2. Thank you for a great giveaway.

    1. Thank you! You are most certainly welcome.

  113. #66 – Bag # 2 is my favorite

  114. #65 – I am now following you by email.

    1. Welcome!

  115. #64 – Both are just adorable! Bag #1 by a nose… Thanks for a great giveaway!

    1. Wonderful! You are more than welcome.

  116. #63 – Oh they are both so lovely! I would go for option on if I can choose!

    1. You do get to choose. You are now registered as liking # 1. 🙂

  117. #62 – I love #1. So cool! Have a merry Christmas

    1. Wonderful! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  118. #61 – I am a new follower 🙂

    1. Super Duper!

  119. #60 – I think I like bag #1 best, although they are both delightful 🙂

    1. Thank you so much!

  120. #59 – oh, that’s difficult. I’d go with #2 though. Thanks & Merry Christmas!

    1. Merry Christmas to you as well.

  121. #58 – Bag number 2 is wonderful…well both are wonderful but I prefer bag number 2…but only slightly so please don’t tell bag number 1, I would not want hurt feelings.

    1. LOL 🙂 I won’t utter a word.

  122. #57 – I’m following

    1. Super!

  123. #56 – I like #1

  124. #55 – Lovely little bags. I like number 1. Thank you.

    1. Very sweet comment. Thank you!

  125. #54 – You are doing a wonderful job being this is your first one. Both of your bags are adorable. It would be an honor to win either one. However, you did ask us to choose so I am going with No. 1. Thank you for giving all of your followers a chance to win one. Happy Holidays.

    Sandi T.
    Sonora, CA

    1. I am having an absolute blast! I can’t wait for the next one.

      Thank you for the wonderful comments. I know it’s hard to choose. I had a hard time picking a favorite and that’s why there are two options. I could have only offered one but when I finished sewing them I thought it would be fun to let my readers select their favorite. It was pure joy putting them together. I know I will be making many more.

  126. #53 – Bag 2 is my favorite. Gorgeous choice of fabrics.

    1. Thank you so much!

  127. #52 – Now I´m a follower 🙂
    Gun, Sweden

    1. Wonderful! I am now a follower of your blog too!

  128. #51 – I think option 1 is cutest (or they both are, but 1 is just a little bit more cuter)…….:)
    Gun, Sweden

    1. Thank you so much!

  129. #50 – i am a new follower

    1. Welcome!

  130. #49 – i like bag no. 2 thanks

    1. Wonderful, wonderful!

  131. #47 – I love both bags, but since you wanted a pick, I guess my eye is more drawn to bag #1
    #48 – I have not been a follower, but I’m about to hop over and sign up.
    I haven’t done a lot of blog hopping,but am now thinking this could be a bit of fun.

    1. Thank you for stopping by! Good Luck!

      Blog Hopping is fun!

  132. #46 – I follow by email

  133. #45 – What great bags I think I like #2 the best.

    1. Thank you!

  134. #44 – I’m a new follower!

    1. Welcome!

  135. #43 – Great giveaway!
    I like bag #2
    gillwatson at mailbox dot co dot uk

    1. Thank you very much!

  136. #42 – Just looking at the fabrics, it’s option 2, but looking at the finished bags it’s definitely option 1!
    Thanks for offering!

    1. Interesting!

  137. #41 – I follow you now

    1. Welcome!

  138. #40 – Love Bag 1

    1. Cool!

  139. #39 – Like both, but second one a little more.

    1. Ok!

  140. #38 – They are both beautiful but I love # 2. So many lovely fabrics all together! And the bag looks like an awesome pattern.

    1. It was a joy to make. Thank You!

  141. #37 – I am a follower. Avidly.



  142. #36 – I love the creativity!



    1. Thank You!

  143. #35 – I just registerd to follow you. Thank you and I look forward to many more wonderful posts!

    1. Welcome

  144. #34 – I would love 2 especially. What a wonderful idea. You are going to make the bag for the person who wins? Wow. Great idea. Thank you for your generosity.

    1. The bags are already made and waiting for one lucky recipient! Thank you for the compliment!

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  146. #33 – really hard to choose, but I think #2

  147. #32 – I follow …..

    1. Cool!

  148. #31 – The bags are both darling, but I like #1 the most. Thanks for such a nice giveaway.

    1. Thanks! It was my pleasure!

  149. #30 – Both are beautiful. I think I would take #2, but would love either.

    1. Wonderful! Thanks!

  150. #29 – They’re both just delightful; I’d pick #2.

    1. You are so kind.

  151. #27 – When you asked about the fabric a week or so ago it was a hard choice. Just as hard now complete. They both look great all done :-). I think though I like option 2.

    #28 – Follower

    1. Welcome back.

  152. #26 – I am a new follower!

  153. #25 – These are lovely – thanks for a great giveaway! I would choose bag number 1!

    1. Thanks for visiting!

  154. #24 – I think #1 is the bomb! Love it!

    1. Thanks

  155. #23 – I love Bag 1. So cute…
    hueisei (at) gmail(dot) com

  156. #22 – Thanks so much. I like #2 but either one is great.

    1. Thanks! Seems to be popular.

  157. #21 – Cute bags! #2 is my favorite, thanks!

    1. Thank you very much!

  158. #20 – I’m a follower too. thanks for sharing this lovely giveaway!

    1. Welcome! It’s my pleasure!

  159. #19 – They’re both so nice! I’d say number 2 is my preference.

  160. #18 – My favourite bag is number 1.

    1. Super!

  161. #17 – I’m following you by email

    1. Welcome

  162. Reblogged this on Under the Maple Canopy and commented:

    We’re crazy busy here today so aside from said carpet post, I won’t have anything creative or earth shattering to say. Instead, I thought I’d point you in the direction of my mom’s blog because she’s having a giveaway! You should definitely stop by and toss your hat into the ring. :0)

  163. #16 – love bag 2

    1. Great choice!

  164. #15 – And I’ll be following you through the WordPress reader

    1. SUPER!!!

  165. #14 – Bag number two

    1. Wonderful!

  166. #13 – Your bags are adorable. I like Number 1 best!

    1. Noted! Thanks a bunch.

  167. #12 – I like bag #1. I havent seen this before, it looks really neat. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. It’s the first time I had ever come across them as well. I’m having as much fun as you are.

  168. #11 – Love bag #2! Both are very nice.

    1. Thanks! I like them both.

  169. #10 – I am a new follower!

    1. Welcome!

  170. #9 – I am a new follower.

  171. #8 – I love bag #1. I’ve heard about using the measuring ‘carpenters’ tape for a closure but have never tried it… looks quite slick!
    Isn’t it funny how long it takes to decide on what fabrics to use… and then in the end almost always the combinations look great.

    1. It was very easy to make and quite clever. Who would have thought. I think both fabric combinations turned out great. I’m so glad you like them. Good luck on the drawing.

  172. #6 and #7 – I like bag #2 and I am a follower

    1. Wonderful!

  173. #5 – And YES I follow your blog too! Thanks again.

  174. #4 – #2 is my favorite. How creative of you to come up with this idea.

    1. Seems to be a popular one.

  175. #2 – They are both beautiful but I prefer bag #2
    #3 – Follower

    1. Thanks for entering!

  176. #1 – What a nifty idea. I would love to enter and I love bag #1.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! You are registered.

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