Friday, May 29, 2009

SEWN Giveaway!

Well I finally decided what I'm going to giveaway for the SEWN website launch....

The Charlie - Manzanita Clutch!

Named after my beautiful niece Charlotte, this is my first original bag design, and it's looking for a new home.

All sewn with Joel Dewberry's manzanita collection in robin egg blue and brown. I love the lily's on this piece.

All 100% cotton.
10"length x 7.5" height, darted for a width of 2.5" with a 4.5" strap length.

The contest begins NOW! Open till June 8th at midnight EST. I will randomly choose a winner and announce it the following day (June 9th). Please make sure you include an email address or link to your blog so I can contact you if you win. International contestants welcome!

So here's how to enter:

-For one entry: leave a comment on this post by June 8th at midnight EST. Tell me something interesting, random, whatever your heart desires. One catch: tell me where you find inspiration. Include a link to a blog, website, shop, whatever, where you look for inspiration. I'm always looking for new inspiration.

-For an additional two enteries - blog about it! Just let me know in your comment so I can go check out your crafty blog!

-For an additional three entries: follow-me by clicking on the Follow-Me button on the right hand side. (To my current followers - you are already in the race!)

So in total - that's six enteries for your chance to win!

It's that easy!
My first giveaway on this blog, and I'm getting excited!!!

Good luck to you all!


Our One and Only May 29, 2009 at 4:43 PM  

WOO HOOO I hope I win!!!!

Our One and Only May 29, 2009 at 4:47 PM  

okay --well where does my inspiration come from? probably my sisters! yup- I dont mean to suck up, but its the truth, carmen and kerry amaze me in their talents and their creativity. I often dream about moving back and opening up a craft/coffee/birthing house together!!! YAH, that would be interesting! Carmen and Kerry are the most talented crafty people I know. love u girls!! xox

sfer May 29, 2009 at 6:13 PM  

Great bag!! Thanks for the opportunity :-)

I get a lot of inspiration from the internet. There's so many people doing great crafts out there, and sharing their results with everybody!! I particularly like flickr pools. Groups like the sew mama sew group, or the i love sewing group, or the bag hag if what you're into are bags... They are great inspiration!!

Thanks again for the chance :-)


mandylifeboats May 29, 2009 at 7:22 PM  

love the bag and fabrics; light blue and brown is my fav. cute blog. linked in from twitter/sewmamasew.

Karen May 29, 2009 at 7:44 PM  

Very cute bag! Thanks for the chance to win! We are from ONtario too!

Carmen May 29, 2009 at 9:29 PM  

Well...seeing as I'm the mother of your inspiration, Charlotte, I think I should win...LOL...just kidding...but I do love this bag.

Julie in WA May 30, 2009 at 2:57 AM  

This is a beautiful bag! I'd be honored to carry it! I get my inspiration surfing quilting blogs online. One blog with favorites will keep me busy for hours! I am loving the new Moda Bakeshop site!

Mamati @ Daily dose of me May 30, 2009 at 6:23 AM  

Heather Bailey I remember the eact moment i was insipired. I had come across her blog at a time i was looking for someting to fill my void and her fabric and sewing skills made me start taking up sewing lessons.

Sewing has not become my passion i could spend my whole day in a craft room if it were not for my kids lol

I now have an expanding page dedicated crafty mamas who inspire me with thier creations

tango's trash & treasures May 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM  

I love your clutch!!
I get inspired by reading blogs!!
Such great talent out there!
Thank you

two hippos May 30, 2009 at 10:33 AM  

It's beautiful. I love the color combination and the fabrics you chose.

Sara May 30, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
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Sara May 30, 2009 at 10:59 AM  

That is such a cute bag, perfect for an anti-purse person, like me!

My inspiration comes from mostly other quilters. I see things I like and make them my own. I'm not to into creating my own patterns yet, but I modify others to make it special to me, whether I use different colors or a different cut...

MaMa May 30, 2009 at 11:15 AM  

Hello - Here are some blogs I really enjoy. They have good tutorials, too. I love the purse you're giving away...very pretty. Thanks for hosting.

MaMa May 30, 2009 at 11:16 AM  

I'm following your blog. :-)

SandyN May 31, 2009 at 6:12 AM  

I love to party and what a beautiful giveaways. I love it and would love to win it. Thanks

Lilly May 31, 2009 at 7:43 AM  

What a fabulous Clutch!! It is really gorgeous! I love the fabric and the colors!
I get inspired looking all the beautiful blogs out there and Etsy is a great place to find inspiration too.
Thanks a lot!

Lilly May 31, 2009 at 7:46 AM  

I am a new follower.

Nancy in GA May 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM  

What a cute bag. I find inspiration from many blogs on the internet..but especially Bonnie Hunters site Quiltville.

Jennifer May 31, 2009 at 12:53 PM  

I love it, it's beautiful!

why not sew? May 31, 2009 at 3:20 PM  

Thanks for entering my giveaway and letting me know about yours! I love your bag. I think brown and blue look so good together. For inspiration I usually save any crafty website or blog in my favorites and when I get a chance I check them out.

why not sew? May 31, 2009 at 3:21 PM  

I am a follower now too! Thanks!

ticklymoo June 1, 2009 at 4:50 AM  

This is a gorgeous little bag! I would love to enter your giveaway.

ange_moore June 1, 2009 at 6:16 AM  

Love the duckegg bue with the chocolate brown - delicious!

Rachael Adele June 1, 2009 at 10:04 AM  

Thanks for being so generous! You're already in my Google Reader.

affectioknit June 1, 2009 at 11:10 AM  

Wow! What a great giveaway! That bag is awesome! Thanks!

Anne June 1, 2009 at 4:15 PM  

love to find inspriation off of other bloggers! beautiful clutch!

The Mangerchine's June 1, 2009 at 4:20 PM  

Wow, I love that bag... the shape, fabric, everything!!!

My inspiration comes from the Sew Mama Sew website... I love it!

Oh, and I became a follower of your fabulous blog!

One Flew Over June 1, 2009 at 6:01 PM  

Count me in and thanks for stopping by my blog!

CJ June 1, 2009 at 7:06 PM  

You have a great blog and you are very productive! Love that purse you are giving away.
Places I like to go;

CJ June 1, 2009 at 7:12 PM  

I am now a follower of your blog. :D It will be fun to see what you make next.

Melinda June 1, 2009 at 7:36 PM  

Gorgeous use of fabrics. Very nice. thanks for the chance to win

Louisa June 1, 2009 at 7:49 PM  

One of the blogs I read is QuiltDad - I like the colors and the simplicity of what he makes (or swaps)

For your Wonderland quilt, I think it depends on what you want the quilt for - the gray makes it calmer, the white more fresh and clean. I like the white better myself.

Sue June 2, 2009 at 12:43 AM  

I love to get inspiration from Flickr, so much talent over there.
This is a beautiful giveaway.

Kritta22 June 2, 2009 at 1:32 AM  

My biggest inspriation comes from magazines that I have sent to my house. I love carrying them around in my purse to doctor's appts and stuff like that, and just soaking up ideas! Love it

Thanks for the giveaway. I love the colors too!

Kritta22 June 2, 2009 at 1:33 AM  

I follow you!

Word Verifier: meatchip LOL I just thought it was funny!

Sahra June 2, 2009 at 5:53 AM  

What a fantastic clutch bag, You are so talented! I find inspiration from designer blogs, fabric stores, etsy and crafty blogs.

This is just one of my favourites,

There is plenty more links on my blog.

Sahra June 2, 2009 at 5:53 AM  

I am now a follower of your blog!

Thankyou :)

sabine(germany) 21 years June 2, 2009 at 12:09 PM  

i´m totally new on sewing and dont have an sewing machin ^.^ all do by hand till i have one.

i´m from germany and my inspiration dont have an special one i crochet amigurumi and i would do some sewing plush toys like on is my inspiration. Love these creatures.
and melissa sue stanley love her felt monsters but i´m intrestet in quilts too but no seing machine no quilts.

like your blog very much.



Girly June 2, 2009 at 2:49 PM  

What a beautiful purse! Thanks!

Bowlby June 2, 2009 at 7:11 PM  

Lovely giveaway! Here's one of my favorite inspiration sites.

Linda K June 2, 2009 at 7:51 PM  

Beautiful fabric- hope I win! I'm inspired by other quilters. Our Quilt guild always ends the meetings with show and tell and since I'm a beginner, I am in awe of the talent that is shown month after month. Love reading all of the blogs, too

Tasha June 2, 2009 at 8:48 PM  

what a gorgeous bag!! I get inspiration from all the different blogs that I follow on my blog :) They all have different interests and never fail to inspre me :)

Sue June 2, 2009 at 9:24 PM  

I am now a follower! What a lovely purse you are offering. Thanks for a chance at winning it!

Jody June 2, 2009 at 10:42 PM  

What a great bag! Congrats on your first giveaway...I had a lot of fun with mine and it feels good to give something away, doesn't it...thanks for all of your support on my blog!

Anonymous June 3, 2009 at 2:25 AM  

I love to browse Etsy for fabrics...especially the cute Japanese fabrics.


Jeannette June 3, 2009 at 11:46 AM  

Love the colours in this material please count me in, I am a new follower and will blog about you.

BUMBLE BEANS June 3, 2009 at 1:51 PM a favorite for inspiration.
cool. very cool.
count me in,
I have a giveaway too! come see!

Anonymous June 3, 2009 at 2:31 PM  

I love Joel Dewberry fabrics...great bag! I like to read design blogs to get inspiration. I like

Doris June 3, 2009 at 3:42 PM  

I find inspiration in everything, it seems...a great shape, an exciting color, a fabulous piece of fabric, my favorite artists, the shop where I work, other's just gotta know HOW to look.

I already blogged about the SEWN giveaway, I joined the giveaway fun today!


La Gitan Mystique June 3, 2009 at 5:23 PM  

One site that gives me inspiration is: Prim and Propper Folks.

I love to craft and sew as it's so rewarding and relaxing.

Thanks for holding a sweet giveaway. How fun! Please sign me up.



isabel f. June 3, 2009 at 6:47 PM  

What a great giveaway!!
count me in, please :)
hugs Isabel

isabel f. June 3, 2009 at 6:47 PM  

and I´m a follower :)

Happy Cottage Quilter June 3, 2009 at 7:01 PM  

What a beautiful bag! Thanks for joining SEWN. I get my inspiration from many places. But where I got inspired to start blogging was from the :-) She's a number.

craftykat June 3, 2009 at 9:48 PM  

For inspiration I always look at flickr to spy on what other people are doing! It is where i see new material and how people use them

Rafael's Mum June 4, 2009 at 6:51 AM  

gorgeous bag ! Thanks for taking part.

Rafael's Mum June 4, 2009 at 6:56 AM  

Just read the rest of your blog. Love it ! Put you in my bloglist !

sandyandcosmo June 4, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

I get alot of inspiration from nature. I will see the most outrageous colors together and they always work. Thanks for the giveaway, I love the bag!


Stacey June 4, 2009 at 12:10 PM  

wow that clutch is adorable! love your little bloggie!

interesting? me and my 3 girls are moving across the county in 2 weeks!! that is scary...not interesting! :)

Anonymous June 4, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

How exciting, I love giveaways!
thanks for the chance

Etrauring June 4, 2009 at 3:51 PM  

What a cute clutch! I love giveaways

momma rae June 4, 2009 at 9:16 PM  

soulemama gave me lots of inspiration initially. now it's crafty bloggers all over the net. i can't believe how much generosity there is out there and a willingness to share ideas! i love it! ;)

Z Family June 5, 2009 at 2:34 AM  

WHat a cute little clutch!! Something about myself... I am one week overdue with a baby boy. I can find inspiration in anything. Colors, a conversation, an idea.. I really have no control over it, but it is such a joy to sew and quilt.

Ann ( June 5, 2009 at 9:14 AM  

Oh I love the clutch. I generally find my inspiration on the internet and from the library. I have a number of favourite websites which includes
Please put my name in the draw.

Anonymous June 5, 2009 at 2:31 PM  

Thank you Sew much for sharing your lovely creation. abby

Lotta June 6, 2009 at 2:22 AM  

Great little bag! I'd love to have one!

Joyce June 6, 2009 at 10:59 AM  

Count me in. I love that fabric! I have already blogged about the draw but just found your blog.I will be following your blog now. I always like to find fellow Canadian quilters.

Erin@1N3sew June 6, 2009 at 2:44 PM  

i highlight your here

i found that your blog is worth to follow

and i really love the color of the clutch!

thanks for a lovely giveaway. check out mine!

Susan June 6, 2009 at 3:46 PM  

Great giveaway! So glad to find your blog, I will follow you on Google Reader. I look to Crazy Mom Quilts for inspiration ( Thanks.

Anonymous June 6, 2009 at 4:01 PM  

I love the idea of Sewn. I can't wait for it to go live.
I rode my bike to work for the first time today. How's that for something random.
bryghtrose at gmail dot com

pastrymama June 6, 2009 at 6:04 PM  

I love your bag. My favorite colors. I love the website there are so many links on there to wonderful things. An interesting thing about me is I am probably the oldest working pastry chef.
Thanks for the opportunity.

Big brother, Little sister. June 6, 2009 at 6:07 PM  

Love it!!! thanks for the chance! following too!

free indeed June 6, 2009 at 6:41 PM  

Here's a link to a site I visit everyday several times a day.

It's great for seeing what so many quilting blogs are up to. Now that I have the net, I don't rely so much on books or magazines like in the 'old days'. Everything we need is online!

Aunt Spicy June 6, 2009 at 9:26 PM  

...oh, I have been debating doing the Sewn impressed you are doing it! Let's see, inspiration...well normally is from looking at books, especially oldschool craft books from thrift shops!

Bronwyn June 6, 2009 at 9:40 PM  

It's going to sound very cliche but other peoople's blogs are my inspiration! Sometimes it is just their heading or their background picture which gives me ideas, sometimes a photo or a colour combination. Thanks for your giveaway and for entering mine! I have become a 'follower'!

Vivien June 7, 2009 at 4:53 AM  

Oh I want to play! Count me in! I will put the button on my sidebar shortly!


chookie June 7, 2009 at 8:12 AM  

love charlotte.thanks for chance to enter.
i find inspiration on many blog sites .A recent one I love is

Peta June 7, 2009 at 8:57 AM  

Greeting from Australia!
Wow! What a beautiful giveaway! Inspiration..must admit I love Sarah's book Material Obsession, and another fave blog is

Hope you are lucky enough to win something too!!

So Bella June 7, 2009 at 9:52 AM  

Hello fellow Canadian! I love your clutch & the fabrics are DTF! Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to enter!

I am following your blog!

Staci June 7, 2009 at 2:08 PM  

It's beautiful. I love Joel fabric and I love robins egg blue. :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me know about your giveaway. There is no way I will make it through the whole SEWN giveaway list. :)

Thistle Cove Farm June 7, 2009 at 2:53 PM  

BEEEYOOOtiful clutch! Love the fabric.

Amanda June 7, 2009 at 3:16 PM  

AAAHHHH! I love it! Great fabric choice! I am sooo following your blog, even if it hadn't given me extra chances!

Kim June 7, 2009 at 4:03 PM  

Oh gosh, I find inspiration EVERYWHERE. Drives my hubby nuts because I'll suddenly get this glazed look and he knows I'm looking at something and thinking "What a great idea for a quilt!" LOL

Architecture is my kick right now. I'm sketching lots of ideas!

But seriously, would love to win :-)

Mary on Lake Pulaski June 7, 2009 at 4:55 PM  

I find inspiration in other blogs, but also in Martha Stewart Living (the only magazine I still receive) and her website at

JenniferB June 7, 2009 at 5:11 PM  

beautiful bag! you did a good job. please enter me in the giveaway

JenniferB June 7, 2009 at 5:24 PM  

blogged about your giveaway

JenniferB June 7, 2009 at 5:30 PM  


JenniferB June 7, 2009 at 5:40 PM  

following you

JenniferB June 7, 2009 at 5:40 PM  

following your blog

JenniferB June 7, 2009 at 5:41 PM  

following your blog

karenfae June 7, 2009 at 5:42 PM  

cute clutch, I just found your blog and see we follow some of the same blogs. I get my inspiration from a wide variety of sources - magazines, blogs, fabric catalogs ect. not anyone site. I will bookmark you.

Victoria M. June 7, 2009 at 6:47 PM  

Oh, I love the bag and would be thrilled to be entered in the drawing. I am probably most inspired by color. It's what I look for at first in magazines and books. Secondly I like folk art type. One site that I like to check out, though not folk art, is A Stitch in Time:

There're are some good machine quilting tips there.

I will follow your blog. It's delightful.

Thanks for the give away chance.

Linda Stubbs June 7, 2009 at 7:10 PM  

What a cute bag. Would love to win!!!!! like your blog also.
come visit and sign up fof my giveaway.
blessings to you

Stephanie and Carlos June 7, 2009 at 8:17 PM  

Great give away... my inspiration comes from and
There are lots and lots more but not enough time in the day.

I am also following you!!

xo Steph

Rebecca June 7, 2009 at 9:35 PM  

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I took a look at your fabrics for the Old Red Barn Co. quilt along and they look great! I am excited to see how they turn out in the quilt. I really liked the ones that Dana chose for her quilt, so I had a hard time talking myself into not copying her.

As for my inspiration- so many blogs online- some are listed on my blog, but I have found so many more in these recent giveaways! that is why I need to ground myself from the internet so I can get anything done. I am currently obsessed with Heather Ross Far Far Away all because of the quilts mad by Ashley of I am very inspired by all of the improve quilting that people are doing. Ok- sorry for the novel in your comments!

Melisa @ Sweet Home June 7, 2009 at 11:25 PM  

Terrific bag design and love the colors! Thanks for a great giveaway. My inspiration comes from my customers in my quilt shop every single day - come on over and visit!

For the Keeper at Home June 7, 2009 at 11:32 PM  

I would love to win that beautiful clutch!
I get sew much inspiration from the members of
Thank yoU!
mrs B

Sara June 7, 2009 at 11:41 PM  

Love the clutch...

I find inspiration from reading wonderful both quilters and knitters...

Christy June 8, 2009 at 1:15 AM  

Cute prize! I get a ton of inspiration from blogs and

Sherri June 8, 2009 at 10:28 PM  

That is the cutest clutch...ever! I love the fabrics and the design!

lanakae June 9, 2009 at 12:42 AM  

This is way cute! Hope I am the lucky winner!

lanakae June 9, 2009 at 12:42 AM  

I am also following!

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