Friday, February 21, 2020
A Just-Because Giveaway / Beauties Pageant 70
I live in Massachusetts, but I’ve been a member of the New Hampshire Modern Quilt Guild since the year of its inception. There have been times when I’ve served on the guild’s board, as the VP of events or as the president, but I’ve been a regular ol’ member for over two years now. That, however, hasn’t stopped me from helping out in small ways here and there.
A Make-and-Take Craft for Guilds
Most recently, I organized a make-and-take craft for the group. Back in November, we got together and made Leland Ave Studios’ pretty quilt row markers (see a set in the picture, above). It’s a cute and useful craft for quilters. I use a pin to secure my row markers to quilt tops in process, just to keep my head on straight and make sure blocks get sewn in the right spot.
The night was a success! Everyone was asked to prep their fabric strips in advance—although there were extras on hand for those who forgot or those who were visiting the guild that night—and I had assembled a little kit for each maker, with the required laminating pouches, stickers, and O-ring. Those who had laminators were asked to bring them to the meeting, and with five or six stations set up, we all started and finished our projects within an hour.
Admittedly, I prepped more kits than we had attendees that night at guild, so I’ve continued to make row markers for guild mates who missed the November meeting or who want a second set of row markers. With my final 15 laminating pouches, I made a set for one lucky reader (see pictures, below). If you would like a chance to win this set of row markers, leave a comment on this post. (For those who read through apps like Bloglovin’, you must click through to the original post to leave a comment. Thanks!) You’re welcome to say anything you want in that comment, but if you have your own ideas for make-and-take crafts that a guild could do, I am all ears.
This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere on the planet through midnight on Wednesday, February 26. (I’m on the east coast of the United States: GMT-5). The winner will be chosen randomly, and I will announce his or her name here on the blog on Friday, February 28. I will also follow up via email. If you win, please respond to my email within 72 hours, or I’ll pick a new winner.
If you think you’re a no-reply commenter, please include your email address in your comment or drop me a note at frombolttobeauty [at] gmail [dot] com with your email address. If I’ve never responded to one of your comments via email, you’re almost certainly a no-reply commenter. (Danette, Kim, Robby ... I am thinking of you!)
Making Your Own Row Markers
If you want to make your own pretty quilt row markers, below is a list of the supplies I bought on Amazon. The price of the laminating pack can vary over time. As of this writing they’re over $3 per a pack of 20. When I bought some for my guild, they were, like, $1.29. That price discrepancy doesn’t matter when you’re buying a single pack for yourself, but when you’re buying for 40-plus people, the cheaper the laminating pouches, the better. The hardest item to secure—especially at a reasonable cost for a big group of makers—is the stickers. I managed to get several packs on clearance on a different site; they are comparable to the ones listed here from Amazon.
Leland Ave Studios blog.