Monday, December 9, 2013

Giveaway Day!

Giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Lyn, who loves snicker doodles and has an adorable kitty, too. Good taste.

So... If you're new, welcome! If you're not, uh, welcome anyway!

Recently, I learned how to longarm quilt, and I thought I'd talk a little about the process. {Don't worry. There's a point to this.}

I rent time on a Gammill machine, using Superior Threads. They sell batting at an excellent price. It's nice, because not only am I clearing out a lot of UFOs - I also have access to a ton of thread and other things without having to keep them in my sewing room.

My first couple of quilts were done with pantographs. {H is for Henry, How Charming Girl, How Charming Twin Boys} Then I ventured cautiously into freehand. {Swoon, Gobble Gobble, Rainbow Boats, Squadron T-shirt}

And then, with Loopy Ewe, I knew I wanted to do something a little more detailed, but I also knew I wasn't to the point where I could freehand anything more than a star.


Enter, the Quick Swipe.

The longarm place has a ton of stencils. I found some holly and berries, swiped some chalk over it, and voila - a complicated-looking design scattered randomly across the quilt.

So, my giveaway is a Quick Swipe and chalk set.



To enter, leave a comment with your favorite Christmas cookie. I'm training for a half marathon, so I get to eat all the carbs I want this holiday season. Links to the recipe are encouraged.

Other important things:
I'll ship internationally.
Leave an email if you're no-reply. Or just don't be no-reply.
Giveaway ends 12/13 at 5 p.m. PST.


And in gratuitous kitten pictures, the longarm place sells zippers, so you can pin the backing at home and zip on immediately when you get there. This is actually very difficult in my house.

More giveaways at Sew Mama Sew!

103 comments:

  1. I love snickerdoodles! Happy training. Thank you for the chance to win this prize.

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  2. oh no....the first comment! The first one NEVER wins! Maybe this time it will! My favorite cookie is really just an old fashioned gingersnap!

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  3. Caramel popcorn - not cookies but super amazing!

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  4. Old school Gingersnap-Im shocked that someone else has already said it. No one likes gingersnaps in our families except myself and my little man!

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  6. Chewy molasses cookies are my all-time favorite cookie.

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  7. I'm not sure if a snicker doodle is a holiday cookie, but its my favorite :)

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  8. Wedding cookies. They look like snowballs. Thank you.

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  9. My fav holiday cook is anything toffee-ish!

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  10. I love good ol' chocolate chip!

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  11. Hmmm there's a delightful almond/orange/egg white recipe from Shape or Self (on epicurious.com)

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  12. OOh I wish I had this the other day! Wonky stitches instead, haha!
    My favorite Christmas cookie has to be the shortbread recipe that has been handed down my family for generations :D We only bake them at Christmas because of the insane amount of butter involved!

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  13. My favorite cookie at Christmas and any other time is a Gingersnap! Love them.

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  14. My favorite cookies are my mom's press cookies. They're a shortbread cookie with lots of butter & lots of almond extract. We are making them next Friday & I can't wait!

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  15. Very nice - my fav. cookies at the holiday time are ones with ginger or molasses, warm & cozy. And I don't bake, so no links!

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  16. Marachino cherry cookies are my favorite Christmas cookie, right behind good old traditional sugar cookies frosted with delicious icing. Ah heck, any cookie is a good cookie! Happy holidays.

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  17. Sugar-Cookie Cutouts! Love Martha Stewart's recipes
    http://www.marthastewart.com/1043860/sugar-cookie-cutouts?czone=food%2Fholiday-cookies-center%2Fholiday-cookies-recipes&gallery=275013&slide=1043860&center=276951

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  18. I'm not really a cookie fan, but I'll never say no to a mincemeat tart (or two). They're particularly nice if you make them like ravioli, with spoonfuls of mincemeat between 2 sheets of thin pastry cut in squares and baked until golden. I hope that this counts as a chance to win.

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  19. I love vanilla cookies, it's a German cookie calles Vanillekipferl. Thanks for the chance!

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  20. Mine's really just a pretzel with a rolo squished into it by a pecan. You warm the rolo's slightly so they'll squish, put them on the pretzel and push the pecan down on top. I can eat them like potato chips. Mmmm!

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  21. I love Spritz cookies - thanks for your giveaway and good luck in the marathon!!

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  22. I love Mexican Wedding cookies... shortbread covered with powered suger

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  23. HELLO, DARLING KITTEN!
    THANKS FOR YOUR GIVEAWAY!
    LOVE PLAIN BUTTER COOKIES TO ROLL OUT AND CUT IN SHAPES!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  24. Simple sugar cookies with glazed icing. Thanks for the chance to win. -karrie, ksmith8@emich.edu

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  25. My favorite holiday cookies are Molasses cookies. Yum!

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  26. I love shortbread!

    dewiec(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  27. My favorite Christmas cookie is something called "Krumkake", thats a traditional norwegian thing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krumkake

    jachelno(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I love cookies especially ones with chocolate and nuts. A good chocolate chip cookie with nuts is a favorite. Thank you for sharing!

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  29. Thumbprint cookies with raspberry jam.

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  30. Rumballs are my fav. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  31. Seriously...sugar cookies with sprinkles of sugar!

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  32. I love meringue cookies!

    starsandsunshineblog at gmail dot com

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  33. I am a chocolate chip all the way anytime of the year or even everyday!

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  34. Thank you for your giveaway. I love Frosted Sugar Cookies.

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  35. Chocolate chip cookies, with oatmeal. Hadn't seen Quick swipe, would love to try it. Thanks.

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  36. this "cookie", but with regular chocolate, not white: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/chocolate-covered-ritz-peanut-butter-cookies/
    fiveninesix@gmail.com

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  37. Snickerdoodles, can eat a ton of those things!

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  38. Carbs you say...Now this is motivation to train for a marathon myself. : ) I don't really like cookies, but if I had to eat one it would be chocolate chip.

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  39. I didn't even know you could rent time on a long arm. May have to look into that in my local area. I am hoping to make my first quilts next year.
    I love shortbread at Christmas, it is full of butter, sugar and carbs but as a treat nothing beats home made shortbread.

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  40. My favorite cookie is molasses crinkles. (Subject to change at any moment depending upon my whims. There aren't a lot of cookies I don't like.)

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  41. Cool giveaway - I've never used chalk except for on the driveway!! Whipped shortbread with a tiny piece of cherry on top - YUM! The recipe is in a cookbook by the Best of Bridge but they have 20 cookbooks out so I am not sure which one! Happy marathon training!

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  42. I love chocolate cookies. And cinnamon rollos. Have a nice week.

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  43. Pumpkin cookies. Sorry no link since my daughter makes these for me

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  44. I love Lebkuchen, which I was introduced to by German friends. I don't have a recipe, I get them in a local German shop.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    skmcgrat@tcd.ie

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  45. I love a basic butter spritz cookie. That's how I know it's the holidays!

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  46. My fav. is oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips and pecans!

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  47. emmevon(at)gmail(dot)com
    gingerbread!

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  48. I love iced sugar cookies! YUM!! Thanks, Kathy
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  49. I love sugar cookies with lots of frosting. Good luck with your marathon!

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  50. Cut out sugar cookies! I have never seen this tool-it looks amazing!

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  51. There is an awesome shortbread recipe on King Arthur flour. You add dried cherries/cranberries and pistachios! They are amazing! You make 2 logs, then freeze and lice. yummy!

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  52. What a cute kitty! I like cut out sugar cookies and Rice Krispy Treats.

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  53. I love Date Rocks, lots of dates and lots of walnuts.

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  54. Snicker doodles are my favorite. Good luck with the marathon.

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  55. Good luck with the marathon and thanks for the giveaway! Fudge meltaways.

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  56. I love sugar cookies with lots of frosting

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  57. I love decorated sugar cookies- with sprinkles or colored sugar.

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  58. I love ginger chocolate chunk cookies at Christmas. The recipe was in Chatelaine magazine a couple of years ago so you can probably find it online at chatelaine.com

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  59. I love nut horns and pumpkin rolls.

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  60. I love chocolate chip cookies all year round. Thanks for the chance!

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  61. Chocolate Dipped Almond Cresents! Yummy!
    kush(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  62. I love Chai Spiced Snickerdoodles. http://www.theppk.com/2012/09/chaispicesnickerdoodles/

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  63. Kiffles - walnut cookie. I've been looking all over for a good way to mark my quilts. Good luck in the marathon. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  64. I love Russian Tea Cakes. I have been wanting one of these marking kits for a long time! Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2 at yahoo dot com

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  65. Mine is a simple sugar cookie with buttercream icing.

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  66. I love gingerbread cookies. So soft and flavorful.

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  67. I like cookies, but my fav holiday treat is my mom's fudge! Yum! mrscwatson81@hotmail.com

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  68. Cut-out cookies with frosting!
    mandiprout80 @ gmail. com

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  69. I love the gingerbread cookie recipe on allrecipes.com called the Nauvoo Gingerbread Cookies...nice and mild.

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  70. I love sugar cookie cut outs with lots of frosting! midwayfarms@hughes.net

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  71. I love oatmeal chololate peanut butter no-bakes. Thanks for the fun question and the great giveaway! Happy holidays and good luck in your marathon. And thanks for the gratuitous kitty picture!

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  72. Peanut Butter Cookies are great. I am happy to follow you on Bloglovin. Merry Christmas from Oklahoma, USA.

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  73. I like easy peanut butter cookies. They are the first things my son learnt to bake. 1 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup sugar and one egg! Simple!

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  74. I like the plain old sugar cookies>

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  75. I like Chocolate Crinkle cookies.

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  76. my favorite Christmas cookie is SandTarts the german version... they are so thin, they melt in your mouth...

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  77. Chocolate Macaroons! Can't beat chocolate & coconut. mmmmm! :)

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  78. My chocolate chip cookies-- http://www.weeshare.net/2013/11/worlds-best-contest-winning-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

    Desi-- desi@weeshare.net

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  79. A sugar cookie always. DH ran several half marathons, and loved doing them. good luck
    LeeAnna paylor
    leeannaquilts@gmail.com

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  80. I love chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies

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  81. I love gingerbread cookies and there are several great recipes on allrecipes.com

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