9/28/2013

Another Fabric + Pattern Giveaway ((closed))

*There is an update located at the bottom of the post.

Well, originally this giveaway was going to only be on Facebook, but after doing a little digging, I found out that you cannot host giveaways on Facebook.  I had seen many giveaways before on my personal feed on Facebook, so I thought I could host one.  Facebook has some very strict rules, and out of fear of losing my account and wanting to comply, I am hosting it on the blog. 

I need help spreading the word about my new paper piecing pattern, and as a thank you to my Facebook readers for keeping up with my crazy life, I am giving away a bundle of the new Sun Print Feathers by Alison Glass in every color!

This giveaway will require a Facebook account.  Don't have a Facebook account?  I still have another great giveaway going on over here.  There will be 20 winners, and the giveaway ends October 3.   Some fabulous fabric shops like Fat Quarter ShopMaze & ValeMina PrintsTactile Fabrics, and Poppyseed Fabrics are giving away fabric, and every winner will receive my wonky triangles pattern.  






Rules for this giveaway to be entered for the prize  :


  • The only mandatory entry is to spread the word about my wonky triangles pattern on Facebook by sharing the photo above, tagging @owen'solivia (( my fan page link should pop up just like you were mentioning a friend in a post ))  and telling me what you would love to make using my pattern.
  • To help spread the word, you can enter this giveaway daily!!!  
  • Sharing this giveaway must be done between 9/28 - 10/3, and you cannot re-enter yesterday's URL post to enter today when entering daily.
  • Giveaway will end Oct 3. 11:59 PM EST.  Winner will be announced on the blog and emailed.  Winner has 48 hours to claim the prize before a new winner is selected.

Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Update:
I was getting a few questions about the URL and the @ symbol.  I have taken screen shots, and I hope this helps!  Just let me know if you have any other questions.

Why use @?  Using this just helps your readers click on my link within your post instead of having to open a new window and type "owen's olivia" into the search bar.  It just makes things easier for your friends to find me.  :)

When typing your status and adding the @owen'solivia (There was one typo, which was my fault.  I forgot the apostrophe!), my page should come up like this.



The same would go for any other business.  Here I typed @net and it suggested several businesses for me.




To get the URL, you click on the photo you posted after publishing it.  It will take you to a larger page where on the right hand side you can see comments.




I hope that helps!  Don't worry if you entered yesterday and wasn't able to get the URL.  I'm just trying to avoid duplicate entries, if that makes any sense.  I apologize if you were confused.

Thank you for taking the time to help spread the word about my new pattern.  You will love it, and these fabrics are GORGEOUS!!!



xx nancy

9/27/2013

A few more projects made by others using the wonky triangles pattern . . .

*Looking for the 20 winners giveaway?  Click here.  It doesn't close until Oct. 3, 2013 at midnight.  

When I asked for pattern testers, I really wasn't sure who I was going to get.  I was just utterly grateful that anyone was willing to take time out of their day to work on a project of mine.  I asked them to make a minimum of one panel, and when I found out that they were doing more than that, I was blown away!  These ladies are so talented, and I will be forever grateful for their helpfulness.

The common response I received from these ladies was, "This was such a fun pattern."  And they even mentioned to me they look forward to using it again to make more awesome stuff.  How cool is that?!

I wanted to share with you the ladies who volunteered and what they came up with.  What's interesting is everyone did something different with their project.



Sarah, who also lives in North Carolina like me, writes the blog Stitching and Bacon.  She whipped up a quick zipper pouch.  I'm a big fan of blue, and I really like how this came out!  And check out her stamped name.  :)



Find Stitching and Bacon elsewhere: Instagram


Courtney, from Mon Petit Lyons, made a border for a quilt top she's currently working on.  That was one of the first things I thought of when creating this pattern, and I was so happy to see that she utilized the pattern for that.  Isn't this quilt top so cheery?  I'm excited to see it finished!




You can find Mon Petit Lyons elsewhere:  Etsy, Spoonflower, and Bloglovin'



Katie, another North Carolina resident, writes the blog Karma Willow Designs, decided to sew up a quick and cheerful mug rug for work.  Even her mouse cord matches the binding!  Can you believe I've only ever made one mug rug in my life, and it still needs to be bound.  Yikes.  Mug rugs, or even mini quilts, are a great way to start small with a pattern, and this one is no exception.  Great job Katie!


Find Karma Willow Designs elsewhere:  Bloglovin', and Instagram


Tara, from Mommy Head Adventures, made a mini quilt.  I'm thinking she was inspired by the upcoming holidays.  Many people commented in the giveaway they would love to use this during Christmastime, and I think Tara has showed us a good example!



You can find Mommy Head Adventures elsewhere: Twitter, Facebook, Google +, Pinterest



Karin, from Leigh Laurel Studios, made this darling pillow cover.   I love her use of color, and I like how my eyes travel around the pillow.



Find Leigh Laurel Studios elsewhere: Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter



Make sure to check out these talented ladies.  They did such a fine job, and I feel so blessed that wonderful, creative people took up on my offer to test my pattern.

Want to make something using the wonky triangles pattern?  Did you already use the pattern?



You can buy the pattern on CRAFTSY OR ETSY for $1.99.



 

A special thank you goes out to Mon Petit Lyons, Stitching and Bacon, Karma Willow Designs, Mommy Head Adventures, and Leigh Laurel Studios for testing out the pattern.

Another thank you goes out to all those who have already purchased the pattern.  I hope you will share with me how these wonky triangles have inspired you!

THANK YOU!!

xx nancy

9/24/2013

Wonky Triangles Pattern Release

Y'all.  I just gave birth.  Okay, not really, but it seriously feels that way after all the hard work that went into this!!  So without further ado, I would like you to meet my 9 megabyte . . .


This is my first pattern, and it is available for sale on Craftsy and Etsy!  Woo hoo! Can I get a wha-what along with some powerful fist bumps?!  Guys and gals, I could not be more excited.  I hope you are too.

So let me tell you about this pattern.

wonky triangles paper piecing pattern
  • Great for all types of levels and comes in a 29 page PDF file.
  • Features three different sizes - small (1.75"), medium (3.5"), and large (6.5")
  • Directions on how to complete a panel as well as helpful tips, which will aid in successful completion of this project
  • 22 different templates included for versatility.
  • There are a lot of design possibilities because of the ability to customize each template, including the ability to create any size you want for your panel or block! 
  • Perfect for making zip pouches, bags, pillows, table runners, quilts, sashing, or anything else your heart desires
  • Perfectly priced at $1.99.


Here is a sampling of what I have made using my pattern.

Artist's Roll using the small triangles





A sample block using the medium triangles to create a wonky chevron pattern.




A Modern and Sweet Quilt using the large triangles.




Before I share with you what is being given away, I would like to shout out a HUGE THANK YOU to all these wonderful shops who are showing their support this day by offering my readers a chance to win some fabulous prizes!  Thank you!!!  Without you, this party would have been pretty lame.





Fat Quarter Shop is offering one lucky reader a $20 gift certificate to their shop.  They offer a large selection of fabrics, so I am positive you will find something you will LOVE!





Find Fat Quarter Shop elsewhere:  FacebookTwitter, and on their blog.








Are you familiar with Maze & Vale?  You should be!  Her hand printed fabrics are to die for!





Leslie is offering up this extra large Sample Pack, which is 3 times the size of her standard sample packs.  It features a variety of Maze & Vale prints and colors.  This beautiful bundle is valued at $30.





Find Maze & Vale elsewhere: EtsyFacebookBlogPinterest, InstagramFlickr








My pattern is perfect for scraps, so I was thrilled when Kimberly from Poppyseed Fabrics wanted to giveaway a bag of scraps!  Poppyseed Fabrics stuffed a large bag with awesome fabrics, weighing in at 2 pounds.  This will measure approximately 8 yards of fabrics and valued at $50!  Have fun with that my friends.




Find Poppyseed Fabrics elsewhere:  FacebookBlogEtsy circle 





Jennifer, from Tactile Fabrics, is graciously offering up 10 fat quarters from the Zen Chic's Barcelona collection.  Blue and orange is a popular, winning combo in the sewing community.




Find Tactile Fabrics elsewhere:  Facebook,  Twitter








Erin, of Mina Prints, has graciously supplied one of my readers with a beautiful scrap pack bundle and two panels of her hand printed fabrics!  Her prints are colorful and cheery and would complement many projects.




(Giveaway is closed)

Find Mina Prints elsewhere: EtsyBlog

Find owen's olivia elsewhere: Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Etsy

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Can't wait to win the pattern?  Buy it on Craftsy or Etsy!




9/19/2013

A few fabric shops . . .

I wanted to introduce you to a few shops who have been so kind in supporting me as I prepare to release my first paper pieced pattern.   I am always amazed at people's generosity and support in the sewing community, and I feel so blessed.

When I sought out fabric shops for my giveaway day, I chose high quality shops with a fresh, modern perspective on design.  I feel these shops are a good representation of who I am, and I feel confident in saying that I think you will be pleased with each of these shops.  Each shop brings a little something different to the table.

The shops below are showing their support by hosting giveaways to celebrate the day my paper pieced pattern goes on sale, and I could not be more thrilled.  I hope you are excited too!  :)

My pattern will be on sale September 24th, and it is the perfect scrap buster!  I will share with you all the details on the 24th along with the giveaways, but today I wanted to shine the spot light on these fabric shops.

*I was not paid for this post, and the shops below are not aware of this post.  There are no affiliate links, and all opinions are mine.  Enjoy! :)




I am excited maze & vale is participating because I sure do love screen printed fabric.  Leslie has a keen eye for design.  Her designs are sweet, fresh, and modern.   maze & vale uses muted tones and natural fibers creating a look of its own.  I'm just itching to make a maze & vale quilt.



Find maze & vale elsewhere: EtsyFacebook, Blog, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr





Erin, the owner of Mina Prints, also offers customers screen printed fabric.  Mina Prints offers designs in lovely, bright colors that I am sure will appeal to many people.   I love her sampling of fabrics in this mini quilt.




Find Mina Prints elsewhere: Etsy, Blog



I am happy to be working with Poppyseed Fabrics again.  They were the first company to introduce me to shop quality quilting cottons.  I made adorable trousers using Anna Maria Horner's reversible pants pattern using a few fabrics from Poppyseed Fabrics.  Kimberly is so sweet and fun.  She offers excellent customer service, fast shipping, and has a great selection of fabrics.  She carries a variety of yardage and  bundles that her shop puts together, which is awesome for those of us who have a hard time coordinating prints.  If you know what you want, you can create your own bundle too!



Find Poppyseed Fabrics elsewhere:  Facebook, Blog, Etsy circle 




Jennifer, owner of Tactile Fabrics, offers a nice selection of modern fabrics.  My orders have always arrived quickly to my doorstep, and customer service is great.  Tactile Fabrics offers custom bundles and cuts, including fat and skinny eighths!



Find Tactile Fabrics elsewhere:  Facebook,  Twitter



I was introduced to Fat Quarter Shop once I began quilting a little over a year and a half ago.  They are the largest out of the shops mentioned above, and they have a selection of fabrics ranging from modern designs to batiks.  They also carry  quilt kits and patterns too.   You get free shipping on orders over $200, and sometimes they have coupon codes too.  :)



Find Fat Quarter Shop elsewhere:  Facebook, Twitter, and on their blog.


Make sure to visit these shops to see their full selections.  I want to send a huge thank you to the shops mentioned above.  I truly appreciate your participation!

Wouldn't you love to see some of these fabrics in your hands?  I hope you'll join us in the festivities on the 24th!  :)

xx nancy

9/17/2013

the six degrees of Paola Navone

While taking a little quilting break from unpicking lots of topstitching (gag!!),  I opened up October's issue of Better Homes and Gardens.  My jaw dropped when I stumbled upon an ad insert from Crate and Barrel, one of my favorite big box chain stores in America.

Well, that marketing trick worked like a charm C&B.

Basically, I drooled while browsing online, and after stuffing myself silly with design candy, I am barfing it all up in this post.   You are welcome.

Who is Paola?

C&B wrote:




Now let's take a look at some of things I really like from her collection.



Mallorca Grey and White Side chair, which you can see the back view from the photo above.



Como Loopy Candleholders



Mallorca Oval Platters


Riviera Large Red Pendant


Riviera Low Windsor Chair.  I enjoy this modern take on a classic.  




Mallorca Serving Bowls.  You may remember from this post that I have a thing for white bowls, and I will definitely be picking up one of these.  How cool is that zigzag edge??  For us sewing enthusiasts, I could see this working nicely in a sewing room to compliment our pinking shears.  ;)



Como Grey and White Dining Chair.  Hello houndstooth!  This is actually like a plastic-y woven material that reminded me of those friendship bracelets we use to make in 5th grade.  And don't even get me started on those amazing leopard looking legs.  



Como Pendant Lamp



Then something funny happened.  

You know that whole thing about the six degrees of Kevin Bacon?  Google it.

Well, I googled Paola, and sure enough, there was a home tour.  A gorgeous home tour.  And then I stumbled upon this picture.


Um, hello!  I pinned that photo long ago because let's face it.  That chandelier rocks my world.   Little did I know that I already "knew" Paola.  So I'm cool like that.  And that, my friends, is the six degrees of Paola Navone, although it's not technically six making me even cooler.  ;)  

Interested in her home?  You can see the full tour here.



So what do you think of this new collection for Crate and Barrel?  I noticed some items were limited in number, so once they are gone, they are gone.

xx nancy


*All photos were taken off Crate and Barrel's website and Trendland

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