Friday, March 6, 2009

Getaway Giveaway!

Yay! My first Giveaway! Since I'm leaving today for my annual quilting getaway, please leave a comment telling me what you'll be doing for fun this weekend, quilting or otherwise, or just introduce yourself. A random winner will be chosen on Wednesday and will receive her/his choice of (3) three of the lapel pins shown above! Keep them all for yourself or share them with quilty friends.

I've been making these paper-pieced pins since 1994 and my customers and friends keep pushing me to add new designs. At first they were all traditional patterns like log cabins and flying geese. Then they wanted something for each season and holiday. Yesterday, I designed the cupcake because I bought a cute cupcake fabric last week. It has a sequin and bead for the cherry on top. The Dutchman's Puzzle is my favorite.

Most of the pins are about 1-3/4" square. The flying geese is about 1" x 1-3/4". There is a piece of mat board inside for stability and the back is covered with Ultrasuede®.

I'm hoping to set up an Etsy shop very soon, where the pins will sell for $12 each. That makes the Giveaway prize of 3 pins a $36 value.

Please leave a comment to enter and spread the word. I'll be away until Sunday afternoon and I look forward to reading your comments. It's time for me to start packing!

Ciao,
Tina

76 comments:

Sew Many Ways... said...

Hi Tina,
These are so great. I'm definitely going to link your blog on mine for these...if that's ok? Your store is going to do great. Have fun at the retreat, maybe I'll go with you next time. Is it part of Ninigret Quilter's Guild?
~Karen~
ps almost forgot the giveaway...I'll be cleaning, sewing and a basketball game, Kelsie's dancing at the halftime show.

carlzcardz said...

Wow! i've never seen these before they're beautiful! hope you have a lovely time, this weekend i'll be working sadly but in my time at home i'll be crafting!

thanks for the chance to win

hugs
carly xx

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DianeH said...

Wow, your pins are amazing! You better get that etsy shop open soon. This weekend is going to be rainy so I will be quilting, Block 3 A Tisket a Tasket - Yeah! Thanks for throwing my name in the hat. I've added your blog to my favourites.
DianeH
laura84watt@gmail.com

valerie2350 said...

these are really cute!!! :)

Glenda said...

just 2 cute! please enter me in the giveaway. This weekend we are going to a retreat as well, but a Christian retreat. Quilting retreat sounds like lots of fun. I'm having a giveaway as well. Very new to blogging, but come over for a visit, and tell others.
nadeaug@wildblue.net

Jennifer said...

Hello Tina, I just found your blog on Carlz Cardz blog. It's wonderful! Your pins are stunning! They remind me of a technique I learned called Iris Folding. I would love to win your pins! I would be glad to post a link on my blog when you get your shop going.

Jennifer
syftk@comcast.net

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Wow, Hi from Karen. Your pins are amazing, just amazing, This is going to be a great weekend, the first one since November that there are no B-Ball games to go to, I am going to the flea market and do some quilting! have fun and stay safe.

Laurie said...

Hi Tina,
I found your blog via Sew Many Ways! Those pins are cute. Your very talented. I'll be finishing up some tote bags on Sat, then benefit on Sunday for a friend who has leukemia.
Happy Quilting!

Kaaren said...

Hi Tina. Karen sent me over.

I can't believe that you actually cut and sew these itty bitty pieces and make them into pins. They are absolutely gorgeous and I'd be proud to wear one on my lapel!

I'm going to an auction tomorrow and hope to be able to get some stitching done on my Tisket-A-Tasket BOM as well.

Thanks for the inspiration and have a fun time at yoour retreat.

Benedicte said...

they are beautiful.
this weekend I'm gonna make some cards, and maybe visiting the Bergen aquarium with my family

Annette said...

Your pins are precious! And so beautifully made. Amazing!!

Sandra said...

Cute as they can be, I have never seen these before. This weekend I will be attending a highschool play and shopping for a dress to wear to a wedding.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

These pins are just adorable, Tina. I can't wait to see what else you put on your etsy.

Sherri said...

Hi...I just came over from Sew Many Ways...and your pins are just beautiful!!! This weekend I'll be attending a basketball tournament my son is in...and today I'm getting lots of handwork ready to work on between games!

Nanci said...

My goodness, I have a hard time sewing 1/4" seams. Your pins are just wonderful to see. When one first looks at them, they look like regular blocks, then one sees the pins!
Wonderful and agile fingers you have girl!

RachelJane said...

Hi Tina. Karen sent me (she told me to tell you that.) What cute little pins! I especially like the cupcake and the ladybug and the log cabin and... well all of them, really.
This weekend I'm attending a wedding shower. It's a pajama party so we're going bowling and out to dinner in our best pjs. Sounds like fun... even if we look silly!
Have a great weekend. I'm glad Karen sent me over your way. Your blog is lovely!

Rachel and Christian said...

Wow. (I too came from Sew Many Ways) I love your blog. You have some great projects and color combinations. Plus your tiny pins got me to thinking about some minitures I have sitting around cut but never sewn. perhaps that could be my weekend task...if the kids let me!
Rachel

Ginny Worden said...

Hi Tina, cute pins, and I hope you have a great weekend at your retreat. My husband and I will be attending the briar this weekend, and I am very excited.

Boo and Hooties Mom said...

So cute....I love the cupcake! I would love to enter....Karen from Sew Many Ways sent me!
I am new to your blog and love it!!

Nikki said...

These are soo cute That lady bug one is adorable You have alot of patience for quilting these tiny little pins

Thanks for the chance
Nikki
I'll spread the word about this too :)

Mimi said...

I love your pins!!! How darling are they?!

This weekend I'm getting ready to go back to work after being off for three weeks due to surgery. So, it will be laundry and organizing myself.

Hopefully I'll get a little quilting done too, I've got a couple of projects going.

K said...

Oh wow! Just found your site and this fabulous giveaway. I love your lapel pins, especially the cupcake.

Plans for this weekend are centered around my husband's birthday which is tomorrow. I'm treating him and a few friends to dinner. Sunday we're going to his parents' house for his mom's tradition of birthday lunch.

Jackie said...

I thought they were little minis and boy are they cute! an etsy shop would be great! I would love to have some of my own. If I don't win, I will just have to visit your Etsy shop!

This weekend, I am finishing a customers quilt and then working on some cutting for a class I will be taking in April.

Darlene B said...

these pins are great! I also love the quilt on your blog header... I will be attending a quilt show in Morris, IL tomorrow while my husband is away on a fishing trip. When the cat is away.....LOL.

ferne said...

I just found your blog through Sew Many Ways and have to tell you that I am so impressed with those pins. How do you do it? You should do well with them in your etsy shop.

Nice to meet you!

ferne said...

I forgot to mention that I will be sewing a custom table cloth on Saturday and working on Sunday and hopefully having some fun in between!

Cher said...

Hi! this weekend will be busy! Sat & Sun mornings I will be dragging the hubster kicking and screaming to shop for new bathrooms! YIPPEEE! Kids are at college so nice time to redo! Sat nite is a wine tasting for a local charity here...sunday dinner with my daughter who is home for the weekend (and her beau!) how fun is that! Might scrap sunday nite...time will tell...ty for the chance on your loverly pins..my sis is the quiliter...she will DROOL! LOLOL...but...I will SHARE! and send her on over here too...xoxo Cher
hilly77@comcast.net

GARI said...

Your pins are wonderful! I can't imagine working on something so small but I might like to try. Please sign me up for your giveaway.

Petey said...

You are one talented gal! Apparently generous with your time and abilities also.
Love the dutchman's puzzle. How do you do that? Amazing!
I'm supposed to tell you that Karen from Sew Many Ways sent me.
Glad to find your blog.

Mary said...

wow those pins are gorgeous. I can't wait to see you etsy shop. And am crossing my fingers that i win.

Robyn said...

Oh Tina, these are sooooo adorable!!
Gosh you're so clever and obviously so patient.

May I please enter?
I found your blog through Karen from Sew Many Ways...
I'm so glad I did.

Today being my Saturday, I spent sewing with 2 other friends. We had a great day having Show and Tell, chatting, eating, laughing and yep sewing.
A great fun productive day.

Hope you're having a great time at your Quilting getaway!!

hugs
Robyn xx
http://daisyquilts.blogspot.com/

Shari said...

This little pins are exquisite! Such perfect mini creations. I would love to win!

I hope you have a great weekend.

This weekend I'm sewing, cleaning and playing taxi.

Cheers!

Micki said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. I just found your blog and love it. I am really into paper piecing, and since I am going to a paper piecing workshop, I would love to win one of these pins.
Thanks!
Micki
In Ireland

Nadine said...

Hi, Tina ! ;>)
I found your blog through Robyn's ("Daisy Quilts"), and she was right : what a wonderful blog, so inspiring, and WOW WOW such a cuuuute giveaway!
Can you enter me in, pleazzzzze ?

What am I gonna do, this weekend ?
Today is quilting day (handpiecing), and tomorrow, we'll be visiting our eldest son and DIL, for her birthday. My son is a wonderful cook, so I guess we'll be back with quite some extra calories ! HeeHee........

Have a nice weekend, dear!
Smiles from my little corner of the world (Belgium)
XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO
NADINE

Mel said...

Very fun giveaway! Darling pins!!

Lurline said...
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Lurline said...

Oopsy! That was me, Tina - I am amazed at your gorgeous pins - who wouldn't love to be a winner - more importantly, so happy I have found your blog!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Kathie said...

these are adorable!
I will be sewing a quilt together this weekend and looking forward to having another quilt top finished!
just did a little bit of online shopping for background fabrics...
have a great retreat...can't wait to see what you worked on this weekend.
Kathie

DiahRothman said...

Just can't resist to grab your giveaway. Thanks in advance. I have link you.

simple country living! said...

Hi Tina! I came over from Robyn @ daisyquilts & I sure would love to win your beautiful pins! I'll be at my grandaughters' volleyball tournament most of the weekend, but hope to make a couple of pincushions for my sister's birthday as well!
I humbly thank you in advance for my win! LOL
Leona

mandapanda said...

Ahh fun. Well let's see. I forced my parents in taking me to the beach, as I don't have my drivers permit yet! And tomorrow is a big clean-up of the spare room for a guest who's coming tomorrow night. Lucky me huh? Wish I could be on your quilting get-away!!

Khris said...

Oh wow how cute...I love the cupcake the best..hugs Khris in South Oz

Terry said...

Your pins are just beautiful! Thanks for having this giveaway! This weekend I'll be cleaning house and doing laundry and if I'm lucky maybe even sewing a bit. I'll also be having a birthday on Sunday. :0)

Judy said...

I came over from Karen's blog...I love them all. I will be finishing up a knitting project and hopefully get to some sewing.

Carla said...

I'll be singing this weekend. I'm an entertainer. But I'll also be trying to finish up some swaps to mail out Monday. Some totes, pincushions, doll and little things. I think you pins are fabulous!

craftydiane said...

What beautiful pins! After I finish the laundry and grocery shopping I will probably do some embroidery. I have been working on a new piece and would like to get some more done on it!
Have a Blessed Day,
Diane

Just Sweet Creations said...

Your pins are just so beauiful and how much love put into each one. I have linked you to my blog and spreading the word. Thank you for the chance to win. Anne

Cheryl said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Your pins are great. This weekend I have a couple bindings to get on and a quilt top I am piecing together. My grandson comes Monday for the day, so Sunday will be a big cleaning day!! Hope you are having fun on your quilt getaway! Heard about you from Karen at Sew Many Ways.

Froggy said...

WOW...those are amazing!!! I adore the cupcake one!! This weekend the plan is to do nothing much...it is my 18th anniversary with hubby today too so we are celebrating that too...thanks you for the chance to win!! :)

Froggy

Daisy Jayne said...

Wow! they're beautiful! hope you have a great time, This weekend I wil be washing, ironing, dusting, working on a quilt swap, fishing with family anf friends, cooking and blogging

Betweens said...

tina...love your pins!! I too make different pins for occasions. I get commissioned by my mother to make them for her each year to give away. They normally depict the symbol of what we are celebrating that year. Yours are just lovely.

Carolien said...

Hello Tina,

I just discovered your blog! What a beautiful things you make! I am a Dutch 40er, married and mom of three girls. This weekend I hope to finish a little needlebook (x-stitch) and maybe start with another block of a calendar sampler. And since the sun has just come out, I would like to do some gardening too!
I love your pins, so please count me in (feel a bit 'not polite' in doing this for the first time etc.).

Have a nice weekend & greetings from Holland, Carolien

Karen said...

Tina,
Your work is beautiful!! I finished sewing a scarf I learned to make in a class on Thurs. It is fibers laid out on solvy and then sewed in a grid, wash away the solvy and magic!!! a scarf!! Enjoyed your blog
Karen
www.sadiessilkenthreads.blogspot.com

Jackie said...

What tiny little treasures! They're beautiful!

Yesterday was knitting with friends and today is quilting homework for a class and movies with DH and my 2 boys 19 and 28. It's hard for us all to get together at the same time and I'm looking forward to it!

Susan in SC said...

How pretty! You are very talented. I like the Flying Dutchman, Log Cabin,and Flying Geese but they are ALL beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

Betty aka Fudgie said...

Please put my name in! Your creations are wonderful and I would be happy to wear one!

Quilt Hollow said...

Oh....you have to put my name in! Winning three?! Mom would wear one at the hospital where she volunteers and they always comment on her lapel pins, another for my best friend who works part time in a quilt shop in Raleigh and of course, one for me cause I love them!

Dandelion Quilts said...

I have never seen such small quilting and I am in awe. I would love to wind. What a nice blog you have! Well, I was not doing anything nearly as fun as a quilting getaway....looks like you had loads of fun. My son came down with a terrible case of pink eye (I have never seen an eye swell shut due to it.) and tonsilitis. I have just been being mama nurse this weekend. Your pins would really pick up my day!

Joyce said...

This weekend I worked on my Quilt Along project with Judy L. I finished my third set of instructions and hope to get the next set this week. I just found your site and am looking forward to your etsy shop. Thanks for putting my name in the drawing.

Simply This and That said...

The pins are fabulous! What a great Give Away! Glad Karen told us about you. Happy Blogging! ooxx`jodi

Mary said...

These pins are so cute! Enjoy your retreat.

floribunda said...

Well, the weekend is over, but I did go to a local guild show (San Francisco) and then did a bang-up job of cleaning my home office! I love, love, love your pins!

Beth Ritter-Guth said...

I will be reading "How to Quilt" books, playing cops and robbers with Moustache Man and his faithful accomplice, Sharpie Boy, and watching back epies of Grey's Anatomy! YOUR PINS ROCK! The giveaway is a great idea!!!

Becky Ann said...

Love your blog, adding you to my stalking list; I'm a fellow pickle. My weekend was a do nothing but watch stupid movies and stare at the ceiling weekend (and cry, amazing how cleansing that is), but I desperately needed it and even ran away from home to achieve it. Your owls are adorable and the quilts everyone put together are great.

Lady Hopwood said...

Oh how beautiful! Those pins are absolutely amazing!

So, you spent the weekend at a quilty getaway - lucky you!

I spent my weekend hosting a fairly boring meeting and then going out for a meal with lots of friends. Luckily I also got to baste lots of hexagons for 'hexagons of hope' for the Australian quilters who have lost everything in the recent fires.

On Sunday Morning I let DH make breakfast for the masses (it is important he knows how to feed himself if anything happens to me!) and looked after our guests - while basting more hexies! (I made 120, so hopefully someone will get to create with them really soon.)

In the evening I planned my lessons for this week - I teach High School - I didn't get any of my sewing done, but I think I had a productive weekend :-)

Erzebat said...

hiyall,
this weekend I will be working my 'real world' job ( gotta love retail!) but I will be stripping and scrapping at least one hour a day. I have 3 mini quilts to finish for swaps before may 1 and time is getting short! love the lady bug and cupycake pins and log cabins are always a favorite!
(mauh) Liz
erzebatbat@aol.com

Grandma Bert said...

Wow, those pins are just stunning. Bravo! I'm spending my time making a 2 Hour Tulip Purse so I can assist my granddaughter when she makes one.

I lived in RI when I was in 1st and 2nd grade (early 1060s). Mmmm, what I wouldn't give for a bucket of fresh steamed Quoahogs and some melted butter!

Bert in Rice, WA
bertklimas at yahoo

quiltmom said...

HI Tina,
You make wonderful pins with such titchy sized pieces - they are very fun and someone will be a lucky winner.
On the weekend I did some school work ( I am a teacher by profession) and then on Sunday I actually pieced about 12 Winding ways blocks- I am getting closer to having all the blocks made..
It is nice to meet you Tina and I hope that you will come and visit my blog at
quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com
Thanks for entering my name in your lovely draw.
Regards from A Western Canadian Quilter,
Anna

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love those little pins. What a cute idea. This weekend... I am meeting some quilters to do a bugs in a jar quilt.I will most likely gift it to a grandchild. I Really enjoyed reading your blog. Please count me in your draw.

Cori Lewis said...

Wow, these pins are GREAT!! I have never seen them before where do you sell them?
This weekend I hope to quilt some but so far I'm getting my hair done (a real treat for me) and I'm doing a mother/daughter movie night with a bunch of friends so we can introduce the girls to Mary Poppins!

Bonnie said...

what cute little pins! great job!!

this weekend? hoping to finish a quilt I started in a class about 10 years ago... going to fold the backing onto the front for a wide border/binding.

Bonnie in Snohomish, WA

Cyndy said...

Those are so adorable and look like a lot of work!!!! It's very nice of you to have a giveaway.
This weekend I will be working in my sewing room, hopefully on quilting projects for our Quilt Guild.

Christy said...

Aren't these the cutest things! Very ingenious and stylish!

Dolores said...

It's not Wednesday yet so I may have time to enter. I would love to win your pins - they are so cute. I have three daughters and I know exactly the ones that they would like. One is the lady bug for sure. Last weekend flew by with shopping on Sat. and getting Sunday dinner ready on Sunday. Getting my mom over here from the nursing home takes time. I did however, manage to repair some of the laundry items she gave me. Hemming pjs, repairing elastic and mending wee holes in other items. She was oh so grateful and it took so little time to do.