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.

A Giveaway

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.


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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.
The corresponding tutorial is free and found on the Leland Ave Studios blog.

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26 comments:

  1. Great idea!! I have needed these so many times, but didn't think about making them. I have used old calendars, cutting the numbers out and then pinning them on my rows.

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  2. So nice and useful. We've been making stars, pincushions and other small items in my guild.

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  3. These row markers would certainly come in handy! I get tired of pinning post-its or paper scraps to help me keep my rows organized. I wish I could give you some ideas for a quilt guild (I don't belong to one). Oooh, one thought is to make mug rugs or pot holders, but that's probably been done a hundred times already.

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  4. Good Morning, Michelle! Wow, aren't this cool and fancy. I use a scrap piece of paper with the number on the edge and then just stick on the bottom or top of the pieces. What a great idea to make these for your guild members, and I'll bet all are still being used since they were laminated. I flew into Boston once and drove near Buffalo and into Vermont but have never visited NH. It's the last state I need to visit on the east coast. Happy Friday to you! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  5. What a great idea! One we could all use.
    Thanks!

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  6. Fantastic idea! Thanks for the chance to win a set.

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  7. Your row markers are very nice, way better than the piece of paper and pin I use. :)

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  8. Beautiful row markers! I use scraps of paper now.

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  9. Never thought to make my own fancy ones. I just pin a piece of paper on if I need it. :)

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  10. What a great idea! I must admit I probably need those to keep my head on straight! I am forever mixing up rows. LOL

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  11. Never used a row marker before, great idea!

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  12. I'd love to win these to use for the Quilts of Valor I make.

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  13. These are a fabulous idea, thank you for such a useful giveaway. I generally use just boring bits of scrap paper with hastily written numbers on them, but these are much better. x

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  14. Great idea. I usually use scraps of paper held onto the project by straight pins and then stick myself along the way.

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  15. Whom ever came up with this idea is a genius. I always tear up pieces of paper and write numbers on it and pin. They are also pretty to look at with the different fabrics showing.

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  16. I did this to mark my pieces for making quilt blocks. I printed out a large font sized alphabet on my computer and cut them apart. I laminated them front and back with those 3M laminating sheets you can buy in the office department at Walmart. They are quite helpful!

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  17. this is a great idea-- I have used laminating pouches for luggage tags but never though of this-- genius!

    sharongalli(at)gmail.com

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  18. Cool idea. I have tried this with just writing numbers pieces of paper, but they don't hold up very well.

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  19. what a clever idea! i would love to win the ones you made' but i am downloading the instructions to make my own just in case.

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  20. These row markers look like they would be really useful!

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  21. These are so much cuter than the random scraps of paper with numbers scribbled on them that I usually use, lol. I'll have to check out that tutorial if I don't win ;)

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  22. I so need these! I always have little scraps of paper everywhere!
    julie.mirdoch@shaw.ca

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  23. That is a great idea. I use little scraps of paper, that I throw away each time because it is easier to make new ones than to find the correct number... The key ring solves that!

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