Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Give-away!




Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today is your lucky day - I have a wonderful give-away I am announcing to one lucky winner! But before I announce what it is, I have a little history for you on the four-leaf clover.

The four-leaf clover is an uncommon variation of the common, three-leaved clover. According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally. According to legend, each leaflet represents something: the first is for hope, the second is for faith, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck. In Irish tradition the "Shamrock" or 3-leaf Clover was also what Saint Patrick used to represent the Holy Trinity: one leaf for the Father, one for the Son and one for the Holy Spirit. When a Shamrock is found with the fourth leaf, it represents God's Grace. Isn't that neat?

I first want to thank all of you who are followers of my blog. I have met some wonderful people with some blogs that truly amaze & inspire me! I am honored to have at this very moment 105 followers! As a BIG thank you, I am offering a giveaway that just had to include a "clover" since today is St. Patrick's Day! 
Included in this giveaway package, which by the way is a $60 value, is 1 and 1/2 yards of Spechler-Vogel Imperial Batiste, a large spool of Mettler 60wt thread and a wonderful book, called:
I happened to have two of these books, so I am giving one of them away to a lucky winner! Even if you are not a quilter, this book is valuable in that it teaches how to do many heirloom techniques that you can use in making garments or home dec projects. It gives detailed instructions on lace shaping, puffing, lace insertion and many other heirloom sewing techniques.
Also included in this giveaway is three yards of embroidered eyelet insertion and two yards of lace insertion. This will help you get started on some of the projects included in the book!
For a little added luck, I've added a "clover" to the give-away. The Clover Finger Presser is a valuable tool in many sewing projects. How many times have you used your fingers to quick press something? This tool makes it much easier! When working on an heirloom project, you also want to make sure your iron is clean and Dritz Iron-off will do the job for you - you sure don't want any gunky brown spots on your beautiful white fabric & laces!
So here's another look at the Lucky Prize Package:
The rules to enter in this give-away are:

  • You must be a follower.
  • Post a comment on this post only. No emails, or commenting on other posts will be considered. 
  • Tell me what your favorite sewing project has been and for what occasion it was made. 
  • To be entered more than once, post about it on your blog & spread the word of my giveaway, then leave me a link under comments that you did so.
  • To be entered again, follow me on twitter and tweet about it and leave a comment that you did so.
  • Enter again by joining Southern Stitches Fan Page on Facebook  and leave another comment here that you joined.
  • Giveaway ends, March 31st at midnight. 
Good luck!!  

68 comments:

Victoria said...

This is so very kind of you to offer this beautiful gift! My four daughters and I would delight in sharing it... but no matter who gets it... Have a blessed day!

Nicole said...

Wow...great gift! I have so many favorite projects, but I think my favorite is an heirloom dotted swiss blue Easter dress that I made for my little girl. She just looks adorable in it!

Sisterbill said...

Top O' the Mornin'! Thanks so much for your generosity. My favorite project was the 1st bishop I made for my 1st granddaughter. It was special because it was the first bishop I had made in 20+ years and because it was for her first trip to church. It was a preemie size. She came home from the hospital at just over 4 lbs.

Silver Pansy Designs said...

What an awesome gift! My favorite project was my daughter's first communion dress. I used border eyelet and smocked from the shoulder to the waist. There were pearls smocked into the design and 1/8" white ribbon woven into it as well. It was beautiful. -- Karen

Silver Pansy Designs said...

I'm already follow you on Facebook and Twitter, but I did tweet about your giveaway. -- Karen

Sassy said...

Like all the other comments your generosity is overwhelming. I think one of favoites is not heriloom b/c it's a jonjon I made for my grandson. It's made from the same kind of material his Dad's Army camaflage uniform is made from and on the front I machine embroideried "My Dad wears Combat Boots" w/a picture of combat boots.

Memaw's memories said...

What a great gift for a giveaway. My favorite project is usually whatever I'm working on at the time. I'm working on two at the moment. One is a two piece outfit for my granddaughter from Issue 83 of AS&E, and a little sundress from Kari Mecca's book. It has ric rack flowers around the bottom and some at the top.

Gailann said...

Happy St Patrick's day!! What a generous offer!!!

Have a great day!

Julia said...

What a lucky person who wins your giveaway! By the way, I am giving you an award. I'm still working on the post, so check it out afterwhile. It's Wed. about 3:30 right now. I will post about your giveaway on that same post.

Julia said...

I got my post published, so check it out to get your award!

Teresa said...

Laurie....what a fun St. Patty's give away!! My favorite project is something that I am working on right now....a pale green Irish linen "Bessie" by Children's Corner. It has an organdy collar (from an old issue of Creative Needle - redrafted by someone so that it is pointed, round collar) with lace. It is pinstitched up the front on either side of the buttons. There will be feather stitching between the buttons going down the front of the dress.

marilyn said...

Laurie this is great! My favorite sewing project was my granddaughter Olivia's Christening gown 5 yrs ago. I had so much help with it from NPP's group and it came out beautiful. I used MP's GHC the godet Puffy design and used embroidered shamrocks shaped like a heart.

gwensews said...

I just found your blog through Julia's blog. I am anxious to read through your posts and see your beautiful work.

bjwhipple said...

Laurie,

What a wonderful gift for the prize. I have to thank you for the great smocking tutorials. I have been using them to increase my novice smocking skills and they have been a great help.

My most favorite sewing project are actually 2 - my daughter-in-law's wedding dress and my grandson's christenging gown. Now I have the opportunity to make another gown for a new grandchild due in August. I hope to use some smocking on the gown so will continue to practice, practice, practice.

I am a fan on your FB page.
Belinda

KathyD said...

What a wonderful gift that you're giving away! Love the addition of the clover. :)

My favorite project has been to make a christening gown for our first grand daughter (due in 2 weeks). It's been a sheer delight to design, embroider and create this special gown for this child that has been prayed for.

Elisabeth Rose said...

I have made so many things, it is hard to choose a favorite, but I guess it would be the FHS Christening Gown I made before my first baby. All 4 of my kids wore it and I have special pictures and memories of each. I will be using it one more time when I have Baby #5 in May. I enjoy your site and the inspiration you give. Thanks!

Families Are Like Fudge said...

What treasures! I have loved sewing the nursery bedding for my grands. I now have the joy of sewing lots for them!

Judy said...

Ah, a lovely giveaway indeed. It would be fun to win.

My favorite sewing project was probably putting the quilt top squares my dad embroidered together for him. He stitched state bird squares back when there were only 48 states...I quilted it for him three years ago. When I presented it to him, he said he didn't think he would have ever seen it put together. He passed away in Dec 09. It was a blessing to me for him to see his beautiful work completed.

If you drink tea please visit my blog for a chance to win the tea chest I am giving away this month.

oxo Judy

Judy said...

Hello L, I blogged about your giveaway on my blog.

http://apronstringsandothertiesthatbind.wordpress.com/2010/03/18/st-patricks-day-give-away/

It truly is a giveaway worth telling others about.

oxo Judy

Judy said...

I am now a follower on your facebook page.

If separate comments are not needed please forgive me.

oxo

Judy said...

I don't Twitter, but I am a follower of your blog now.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

oxo

Jenny said...

Hello! I'm so excited to have just found your blog - I took my first smocking class last night and another member sent me here! I love what I've read so far, and I'm so excited to have found your buillion roses tutorial! They're the sweetest thing ever.

My favorite project was actually the one where I taught myself to sew! I bought a couple pattern sets for baby bedding and the sweetest Beatrix Potter fabrics, and made a set for my niece: a crib skirt, fitted sheet, ruffled quilt, bumper pads, and a fabric and ribbon bulletin board to match. I learned so much on that project, and it's still my proudest project to date. I remembered how my Gran used to use tiny stitches and worked so carefully, so I did the same, and it really turned out great.

I'm trying to learn all the seemingly lost arts and crafts that my Gran and other family matriarchs knew, I really want to carry it on. Thanks for this giveaway - and congratulations on passing the thousand mark!

Becky said...

Thanks for encouraging and inspiring me along the way in getting back into heirloom sewing again. The quilting book looks very interesting - I've never thought about combing my 2 loves.

I'm joining your FB page and talked about you on my blog!http://keepingitgoinginalabama.blogspot.com/2010/03/another-nice-giveaway.html

I can't think of a favorite thing I've done. Maybe the first "fancy dress" I made for a daughter. I saw the picture in a newspaper ad and copied it. White dotted Swiss, just a simple yoke dress with puffed sleeves and a pink-ribboned eyelet around the yoke and skirt. That was just the beginning....

Martha said...

Congratulations on reaching 100 followers. My favorite project would have to be a christening gown I did about 6 years ago. It was a combination of patterns and designs. I love the embroidery on it and can't wait to a new name on it this spring. That baby is having a baby brother.

Martha said...

I put up a post about your giveaway.
http://southernmatriarch.blogspot.com/2010/03/lauries-having-giveaway.html

Jenny said...

Oops, I meant hundred mark! Well, I'll tell everyone about your blog and maybe it'll be a thousand someday! My brain was adding zeros!

Oh, and btw, I did set myself up as a follower! I didn't even know you could do that!

Cherished Treasures said...

Please enter me in your give away contest. I am already a follower of your blog. My favorite sewing project was a heirloom blue Swiss batiste dress with French Lace and Swiss embroidery with a smocked collar. I made this for my first grandaughter when she was 1 year old. Since she had no hair to hold a bow, I made a matching headband with silk ribbon and French Lace. Thank you for your lovely blog. I enjoy it very much. Best wishes, Carol

Lydia said...

Hi! I've seen you around the blogosphere but just became a follower today! Sorry about that! I don't know that I have any favorite projects just yet...I haven't been sewing all that long. I did just make a toddler romper from a new pattern that I just love. I had never made a romper before, so it was new to me and I was pleasantly how surprised at how easy it was.
Thanks for offering a wonderful giveaway!

Lydia said...

I just became a fan on Facebook!

Susan said...

I became a follower today. I'm really glad I found your blog.

Susan said...

I have six children and five daughters, so it is very difficult to chose a favorite, however, I have always loved making the girls a special Easter dress every year.

Susan said...

I blogged about your give away at www.sewmanythingstosay.blogspot.com

snowdrop said...

thankyou to martha @ southern matriarch for putting me onto this lovely blog! please enter me in your giveaway :) i just completed a set of outfits (30 y/o pattern from rainbow hill: pinafore & bonnet) for a set of twins with little purses and under-dresses of their choosing (butterflies w/pink & ladybugs w/green) a gift that took me almost a month to complete.

ShirleyC said...

Thanks for having another giveaway. These are always fun.
I think my favorite project was years ago when I made my daughter's pageant dress, and she won the best dress award in several pageants.
I posted the giveaway on my blog: www.prayersformymom.blogspot.com
I am a fan on Facebook
I am following you on Twitter now, and I posted a Tweet.

Iseecells said...

Nice. I can't pick a favorite sewing project. My youngest child's christening gown, an ASE mag. pattern sticks out in my mind. It was smocked with little seed beads. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sara said...

sorry to be so late here!!! This is a lovely giveaway!! I have to admit, it seems like with everything I make, I say "This was my favorite" but in reality, I guess the same one I said on martha's favorite pink project and that was the first French sewn garment I made which was completely hand sewn. It was for my dd and now her baby is wearing it.

Sara said...

http://saranorrisltd.blogspot.com/2010/03/lauries-having-giveaway.html

Haden News said...

I found your blog thru Sara Norris. I am just getting back into sewing and smocking. I use to sew a lot for my daughter, she is now 28. I am now working on my Grandma Hope Chest!! :) My favorite project would be my current one...a sweet baby bonnet! Thanks for the chance to win your great give-away!

Kelly said...

Awesome giveaway! 1.My favorite project: I really enjoyed smocking for the first time. Last Easter I smocked two bishops for my daughters. They were both pink batiste with pink lazy daisies. So sweet!
2. I follow you.
3. I follow you on twitter.
4. I tweeted about your site.
5. I became your fan on facebook.

Nonna D said...

What a wonderful give-away! My favorite sewing project was Little Picasso from ASE. It was a dress I did just because, no special occassion.

lizzie said...

awesome give away..favorite project was my grandson's quilt I have made him..I made it when he went from a crib to a big boy's bed.Thanks Lisa

BlueDog said...

Sweet giveaway! Oh, the projects I could dream up with this...

ilvtoys said...

Love your blog! LOVE the tutorials. Have struggled for a long time with bullion roses on smocking - thanks. Favorite garment.... still waiting for that first grandchild to sew for so I don't have on yet. what I make, I give away to relatives and charities.

Diana said...

My favorite project is my pink bubble from OFB for my daughter. Thanks for the give-away!

scarlette said...

I so enjoy your journal, i always learn something more. And this St. Patrick's Day was my 46th Anniversary!! It is nice to be reminded what the 4-leaf clover stands for. That would make a lovely embroidery design. I'll give it some thought - "greenwork" thanks for thinking of us. scarlette

abbiemo75 said...

Found you on Martha's blog. My favorite project so far is a daygown I made in a Claudia Newton class at SAGA Convention. I learned so many new things and I actually finished it unlike so many class projects I have.
Abbie

larseymour said...

Great Gift! My favorite project was my first christening gown. Also my first heirloom sewing project, so needless to say it is full of mistake but Beautiful to me.

larseymour said...

Joined your Facebook fan page today.

Goosegirl said...

Hi Laurie! Lovely giveaway!

What is my favorite project? Oh my! I am not sure I can tell you. My most recent favorite was India's Easter Dress. I loved making this for her. But then, I am now working on Ahnalin's Easter Dress and am loving that too. I really loved making my niece her Christening gown too. Oh, I just love it all!

And yes, I am definitely a follower my friend.

Goosegirl said...

I am a twitter follower and I tweeted about this.

Goosegirl said...

I am a Facebook fan of Southern Stitches too.

Tena said...

What a wonderful assortment. It's so very generous of you. I would have to say my favorite sewing project is a ladybug costume I made for my daughter for Halloween when she was four years old. It was the first thing I made and started me on a most enjoyable hobby. What fun it was to see my four year old granddaughter wear that same costume last Halloween!

Theresa said...

Wonderful give away! I don't quilt...yet! I can already see the stitches by the cover.
My most prized sewing project was my daughter's First Communion dress. It was done in very fine swiss batiste and included fine embroidered eyelet edging and inserts. 80% of it was done by hand. I only machine sewed the french seams. I have been honored since by 3 other family members wearing the dress. Hopefully, it will pass down as a family heirloom with memories of my daughter and I. Thanks for letting me share.
I am already a fan on facebook but unfortunately do not have a twitter. Just crossing my fingers :)

Diane said...

Great give away! I am new to quilting and sewing and have only done a few projects but my favorite so far has been the quilt I did for my grand-daughter who was born last year!!!!

Dawn said...

I think my favorite project was a toddler Easter dress - a bright yellow plisse on which I smocked a Sew Beautiful design - a Mama rabbit with her little ones. I'd never done picture smocking before and it turned out beautifully.

I love the music on your website.

Dawn said...

I follow you on Facebook.

Debbie B said...

What a beautiful gift! I think my favorite project is always the one I'm working on now. But I still love a white heirloom embroidered dress I made using the Judith Dobson's Tea Dress pattern in a 1989 Sew Beautiful magazine for my daughter when she was about 7. I hope that our 10-month old little grandgirl will be able to wear it in a few years.

MrsRShipman said...

Your page is so very nice. It is encouraging to see so many others who sew lovely things when it seems that we are extinct. I am happy to know that we are not. :)These special arts really should be taught! THANK YOU!!!!!!!

LAnderson (SewNso @ Southern Stitches) said...

I have loved reading everyone's comments! It's so nice to know that so many are still finding time, in a very busy & hurried world, to sew! Sewing really is not only a hobby, but it's therapy - something I find true happiness and joy in doing, as well as giving the item to the receiver!
Thank you all for being followers of my blog and good luck!

Robin Hart said...

I think every project I work on is my favorite. Still one of my very favorites was a tuck dress I made for my middle child when she was 3. It was out of a gorgeous floral linen and construction was perfect. Considering I had 2 children under the age of 3 at the time it was a miracle!

NanainCA said...

What a beautiful Giveaway. My favorite Project is from Sew Beautiful. A summer dress pattern called Spring Fling by Kari Mecca. I am in love with another of her's which I am making for my Granddaughter's Easter Dress which is in Kari's Book Sewing with Whimsy called Adorable You which has 4 layers of Cotton Lawn gathered. The first time I seen that last year some time I knew I had to make it for my Granddaughters. I have made a little girls clothes since my girls were little abt 27+ years. I am so hoping it comes out good.. I so want to make so many more for them if I can. Some of the fabric is a little higher than I used too. But I am sure I can find some pretty close. Thank you so much for letting me enter your giveaway.
Sheri

tattingchris said...

My favorite was my GD's Baptismal dress. It was the first time I did any Heirloom sewing. I choose to do the MP Godet Christening Gown.

Gailann said...

I am going to have to say that my favorite sewing projects were the ones I did when I was expecting my twins 26+ years ago. I have come a long way in my sewing since then, but I just feel that sewing was a true 'labor of love'.

Kathleen said...

How generous! Thank you!
My favorite sewing project was the first smocked dress I made for my new granddaughter (first and only grandchild). It was sky-blue with little pearls on it.

Sarah Bailey said...

I love your stuff!
My favorite sewing project was the first heirloom party dress that I made. It gave me a sense of accomplishment and it showed me that, yes, I can make pretty things like that.

Serendipity Handmade said...

Well I can't resist your wonderful giveaway! I've never made an heirloom project so that would be fun. And I'm fanning your FaceBook page too! Thanks for the chance to win!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Yay! I am not too late for your amazing giveaway!

I love working on my cathedral quilt, since I can carry it along on road trips and work on it in the car.

But...I am soooo excited that my amanda Jane pleater just arrived in the mail... hm...now it's a matter fo reading the instructions.

Blessings & Aloha!
(I have been out of town so am just now catching up on blog reading! Yay for a mid week day off! have to catch up on housecleaning and drawing orders too...If you get a chance, do come by :o)

Susan said...

My best and favorite project was completing my first big quilt. It has lots of mistakes, but I love it just the same. You can check it out on my blog. Please enter me in your give away, I am an avid sewer and embroidery , proably at Intermediate level........but I have fun doing it just the same.

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