Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Quilt Tutorial and March Giveaway

Beach / Picnic Quilt
One of our wedding presents was a large black gingham tied quilt.  I didn't know it at the time but it was going to be the most used gift we received.  It went to the beach, car trips, in the backyard for building forts, and taken on picnics.  It had gotten lost in a move somewhere along the way so it was time for a replacement, something fun and easy.  

Since I needed to be up in my quilt studio catching up on etsy orders, I decided today would be a good day to dive into my fabric stash and make a new beach quilt.  So I picked 20 fat quarters all 
polka dots, and created a new beach quilt.

A Tutorial to Make Your Own Beach / Picnic Quilt



March Giveaway
Dear Friends,
One of my most fun parts of blogging is the monthly giveaway. I love coming up with the prize, and especially notifying the winner.  I enjoy reading your comments and being able to make a personal connection with you.  I  look forward to many more giveaways.

This month's winner will receive  a fabric bundle to make the quilt top all cut out and ready to sew
 And I will quilt it for you when you are finished piecing the quilt.

I will also randomly pick 2 other winners to receive quilting of their pieced quilt top.

Polka Dot Fabric Bundle

Quilting

Here's How To Play
Browse my posts and let me know which one is your favorite.  For additional entries, tweet, pin or share the giveaway on facebook and leave a comment each time letting me know.  Come back everyday and leave a comment from now until March 27th at 9pm pacific.   And don't forget to become a follower of Linen and Thread.



Come back tomorrow to learn the beginner's basics to quilting.



72 comments:

  1. AH! I love this quilt - it's so simple and still very pretty. I've been following your blog for a while, and love reading about and seeing the different areas of your house. It's helpful when trying to think of ways to decorate my apartment :). Hope I win!

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  2. My absolute favorite post of yours was the one about monograms! I love monograms and adore the letters you have on your wall representing all of your grandbabies! I am now on the hunt for some unique letters to represent my hubby, myself and our daughter somewhere in our house!

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  3. You have no idea how much I am looking forward to learning your quilting basics. I've really been into quilting the last few years (okay, maybe not by your family's standards, but 3-4 big quilts a year), but I absolutely can not bind them myself. When I try it looks terrible and my mother-in-law does it in a way I don't love. So I end up paying for someone to do it or just leave a bunch of quilts quilted but not bound for months/years sometimes. So I would love to see a step by step with pictures of how to bind! Thanks! Love your blog. Oh--and one more question. Square corners or rounded? What do you like best?--Melissa

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  4. i always love recipe posts - loved the chocolate cake that mere made. And, I love and am looking forward to more of your before/after design posts with mood boards.

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  5. there is no way that I would ever be able to choose a favorite blog entry but I will say that i have made lots and lots of your oatmeal cookies!!

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  6. I loved the post about your Grandson and your etsy shop. I admire your 100% donation to the JDF. Diabetes has such an effect on so many people. It doesn't discriminate. It does however young and old and in between.

    I do understand it I have a sister who had diabetes type 1, diagnosed when she was 13 years old in 1980. I also have a niece who was diagnosed at 2 years old, in 1993. They were both very lucky to have great doctors and loving families. It can be challenging.

    I hope and pray that they come up with a cure soon. Your donations will surely help. They also will show your family how lucky they are to have a loving Mom and Grandma who is so talented.

    Plan on ordering myself in shortly.

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  7. I'm very much looking forward to your quilting basics post(s), since I'm trying to learn to quilt. :)

    Thank you for this giveaway!

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  8. The post today about quilting basics looks like a great introduction to a fabulous tutorial! I just made my first "real" quilt this winter for my mother-in-law and am looking forward to picking up some new tricks and tips from the series. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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  9. Much as I love browsing all your fun design posts (my house will NEVER come close to being that organized), my favorite has to be your orange bun recipe. Yum!

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  10. I love your craft tutorials, especially the Valentine's Day ones, like this: http://www.linenandthread.com/2012/01/valentine-arts-and-crafts-diy-week.html

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  11. I can't get over how cute those polka dot fabrics are - so bright and fun. The post about piecing and placing seams together was helpful. I need to invest in a table-top ironing board because I hate having to drag out our giant iron to do all the of pressing that is oh-so-important!

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  12. Oh my this is an amazing prize! I would loooooooooooove to win! (not sure, is that too many o's? Overkill? LOL!) Your posts are so fun, I loved the detailed look at your dining room (and may I say I am a little bit jealous). Sigh. One day! :)

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  13. I tweeted the giveaway, too! @Jennyroo1

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  14. And I pinned your beach quilt! http://pinterest.com/pin/83175924338097400/

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  15. I love this quilt! The colors are so cute!

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  16. I love this quilt! And love your shop and where the proceeds go =) Am trying to pick a quilt for my newest addition due in June!!

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  17. I love your posts with tutorials on sewing and quilting! Both inspiring and useful. :)

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    1. I wanted to let you know you won my march giveaway. Please send me your email.

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  18. I love your tutorial posts, but I especially love the "gold is back" post :) All the Kate Spade goodies are so beautiful :)

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  19. I really love the dining room post and the post for Sarah's guest room... We are looking at decorating our new house *hopefully* and I love how you bring everything together.

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  20. I saw this link posted on facebook (thanks to "Mrs.Goates"). I LOVE quilting. It was something that I did with my grandmother when she was still alive. I wish I had time now to do it... maybe if I tried easier patterns like this (and had a sewing machine) I could do it. Anyway, loved the idea.

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  21. How fun is this? Love it.

    I made my first quilt ever last year for my baby girl-a puff quilt so different than regular quilting. You make little pillows, then sew them all together, then many other steps. Maybe I need to try a straightforward quilt now. Love that the pieces are already cut and you'll do the quilting, that's an amazing prize!

    Favorite post, hmm...the tour of your quilting room was lots of fun. I couldn't get over the picture of the fabric bolts in the shower, hilarious and wonderful. :)

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  22. I totally pinned this...I love the quilt!!

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  23. Okay, you said we could come back every day so....... here I am! Still loving this quilt, still hoping I'm the lucky winner. I love polka dots and stripes the most out of all patterns. A polka dot quilt would be lovely.

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  24. So many fun posts to choose from - but I think this quilt one is great - I've totally been wanting to make a giant quilt for picnics...But the "worlds best fudge" post caught my eye too - need to try that!

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  25. I thought the post about the high and low project "camellia print" was totally awesome...gonna have to try that sometime!!

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  26. Wow - it looks like my sisters are in it to win it on this quilt! So I'm going to keep coming back! I'm going to love making the quilt

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  27. Love your fresh clean look to quilting. I have been sewing and quilting for over 18 years now and I am so impressed with the fabrics that are out right now. They have never been so beautiful!!!!

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  28. Just Pinned it! I am an addicted to Pinterest now...do you think there is an App out there that can help me? :)

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  29. Oh yeah...you knew it was coming...just Facebooked it too!!! :)Love Social Media.

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  30. Am just loving your site!! Today saw the door painting post...how fun wish I could paint my front door for a pop of color and fun!!

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  31. Saw your blog on my girlfriend's post (Melissa Wisen) on Facebook! Will be following you on my blogger dashboard :) In the final stages of finishing my first quilt ever! Needless to say I am hooked :)

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  32. And now you are facebooked....(is that a word?)

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  33. I love this quilt more and more - definitely on my sew list for this summer!

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  34. I love the beach/picnic quilt. Planning on making this as a summer project.

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  35. Checking in to say hello on a sunny Sunday afternoon.... we are getting closer to picnic and beach season, all the more reason to get cracking on this sweet polka dot quilt!

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  36. Hope this can be my first quilt. Looks like it should be easy enough (cross my fingers).

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  37. I shared this on facebook. :) Love it!

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  38. Tweeted. :) Thanks for a beautiful giveaway!
    erinkeith05(at)yahoo.com

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  39. i am loving your home tour, so beautiful!

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  40. Happy Monday morning.... It is chilly here today, with a chance of snow. Sigh. And we were so hopeful that spring was here to stay. Hope you have a great day - I'm off to get my boys ready for school!

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  41. One last comment - pick me - pick me!! (PLEASE) :o}

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  42. I'm new to your blog, and pretty new to quilting. Love your quilts - so fresh and fun! Also, it's been fun seeing peeks of your lovely home - your dining room is fabulous!

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  43. Happy Tuesday to you... That tomato soup looks delicious. I need to puree my soups here, too. My little monsters are too suspicious of chunks!

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  44. One last comment comment for me too! Summer is almost here, momma needs a new quilt!

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  45. ok - I had the dates wrong (I dated stuff for the 27th all day yesterday) - so this is really my last comment. Thanks for the tutorial on binding. It is always good to learn a couple of new tricks!

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  46. One last comment from me! This is such a great giveaway. Crossing my fingers.

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  47. I'm really enjoying looking over your tutorials on quilting since I'm so new to the game! Great pics wtih the information - thank you.

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  48. I found your site via "under the sycamore". What a fun site! I think if we lived close we could be friends ;) I love your house, colors you use, and the fun pops of personality you display. I am working towards that. There are 6 of us here so more kiddos stuff is displayed e v e r y w h e r e!!!
    Anyways-is this where i enter the giveway? I hope so-those quilt fabrics are fabulous! I loved your strawberry and comfort food post too-i did grow up in s. cal-seeing those lucious strawberries made me miss home ;] enjoy your day!
    joy andrews

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  49. Okay, I also +1'ed this on Google+.... does that count for anything? (I really would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win these fat quarters!)

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