Freebie Friday

Rather than have you sit there with nothing whatsoever to do, I thought I’d pass along a few more freebies for your enjoyment. Hopefully, you were able to take advantage of the last set of freebies that I sent your way on September 28. If you haven’t you might want to scroll on down after you get through here and see what all you’ve been missing.

Yesterday, I got an e-mail from the folks at Bernina offering to let me watch a free show on The Quilt Show site. I’m already a member of The Quilt show, but in case you’re not you need to check this out. From now until October 31 you can view Episode 1011, Stupendous Stitching, with Carol Ann Waugh for FREE on The Quilt Show website. I took the time to watch the show last night and have had to restrain myself ever since from dropping everything else so I could go play with all those stitches on my machine that I never use. I even e-mailed the link to Victoria to watch, in her very limited spare time, because it looks like something she could get into as well. If you have a machine that does more than just the basic utility stitches, but you’ve never played with them because you didn’t want to mess anything up or you just haven’t taken the time, this show alone will change all of that. Just click on the “Watch Shows” button at the top, then click on the “Free Shows” tab, and scroll down to the episode (3rd one down at this point in time). Enjoy!

If you don’t have a fancy stitching machine and do your decorative stitching by hand, then find yourself a friend with a fancy stitching machine and trade off. Let your friend stitch the base piece, one for you and one for her, or him as the case may be, and then you apply the fancy hand stitching on each piece for both of you. After all, what are friends for?! Watch the show and you’ll see what I mean.

While you’re on the site, click on the “R U Kidding Me?” tab. There you should find one spectacular quilt! Oh, my word!!! You can view the quilt with their zoom function. Scroll on down and be sure to watch the video detailing how Susan Stewart designed this quilt. This is one awesome, award-winning quilt!

The information on another freebie that I want to share with you was sent to me by Anne, who knows me far too well. You might say that we know each other so well that we tend to feed off each other. You see, we both like a lot of the same things. Because of that fact, when she came across a monthly project called Christmas Town Sampler she knew it would be something I would like. She was right! The sampler was designed by four friends and to get all the parts you have to visit their blogs.

Judy Laquidara has four blocks to collect plus lots of other goodies with which to temp you.

Susan Neveshas four blocks as well as some goodies you don’t want to miss.

Denise Russart designed the outside border. There are three blocks on her blog as well as the general instructions. She will post the finishing instructions in November so don’t forget to bookmark her blog, or better yet sign up as a follower, so you don’t miss the last crucial step.

Sheryl Till has four blocks, two of which come complete with a cat. Too cute!

The project started back in July and is being offered for a limited time so don’t procrastinate. Hop over to each of these blogs and start collecting the parts to what will be a lovely Christmas quilt once finished. They each have a section devoted to the Christmas Town Sampler which makes it easier to find all the parts. However, you do want to do some reading in case extra insight has been given that will make your project come together more easily.

The last freebie I’ll share with you is appropriate given the fact that it is now October. This freebie isn’t quilty, but it is crafty in nature. First, let me ask you a question. What do you think of when you think about October? I’d bet you a dime to a dozen donuts you said Halloween or maybe pumpkins. We don’t celebrate Halloween, but I do love all things pumpkin. Pumpkins are quite plentiful now, and I’d love to buy a few to use in decorating for fall. Maybe this weekend we can make that happen.

In case you want to do some decorating with pumpkins I suggest you visit the Better Homes & Garden website. There’s a great slideshow with lots of ideas on using pumpkins to add some pizzazz to your home, inside and out. I love the one that they decorated with zebra stripe duct tape. At first glance, I thought it had been Zentangled, but when I took a minute to read the little blub to the right I discovered that they had used duct tape. How easy is that!? Of course, those of us who know how to do Zentangle could very easily do just that on a pumpkin. You could paint it white first and then add the designs with black paint using a fine paintbrush.

The other thing you’ll want to check out, especially if you love cats or dogs, is their selection of pet stencils. Just type that into the search bar at the top and you’ll get over 20 dog stencils and almost as many cat stencils. Most of these are breed specific so go have a look see, find your favorite pet’s stencil, and get to carving.

That should keep you busy for a while!

Shop Hop – Day 6!

Only two more days to hop from shop to shop and save! What are you waiting for?! There’s no time like the present, and if you put it off too much longer you’ll miss out on the savings, the freebies, and the door prizes! I know you don’t want to do that. I’m absolutely sure you don’t want to miss out on anything at all.

Speaking of door prizes…I forgot to post who our winner was yesterday, but I’ll catch you up right now with both yesterday’s winner and today’s winner. Believe it or not, they are both long time members of our Thimbleberries Club. Yep, I drew a clubber yesterday and yet another clubber from the basket today for a total of three winning club members. What are the odds of that happening?! Wouldn’t it be something if the next two names drawn are also clubbers? I’d have to put that in a record book somewhere I think.

Before you shake your head in disbelief, nope, I’m not cheating. I count to 60 while swishing the little papers around and around in our basket and whichever piece of paper my hand hits when I reach 60 is the one I pull out. Absolutely no peeking or anything like that. I guess it just pays to be in our Thimbleberries Club in more ways than one.

OK…the winner for Wednesday was Marilyn Haendel, who lives just down the road, and the winner for today is Deb Saska who visited from Alabama. Getting Miss Marilyn’s surprise to her won’t be hard at all, but I’ll have to mail Deb’s surprise as she doesn’t get to visit very often unfortunately. Congratulations ladies!

We’ve enjoyed the shop hop on this end because we get to see folks that haven’t visited in a while. It’s always fun as well to have folks who’ve never been here before drop by without even knowing about the hop. Can you think of a better bonus than finding yet another quilt shop in your travels that…SURPRISE! is having a sale and giving away prizes? I bet it’s like hitting a double jackpot on the Wheel of Fortune. Not only do our visitors go away with great fabric, book, and pattern finds, but they go away with a little gift and the opportunity to win something else. I’d say that puts the icing on the vacation for a quilty person…wouldn’t you?

Have you had a chance yet to check out the new AQS mystery BOM I mentioned in the previous blog? Well don’t forget to do that, and while you’re at it here’s another freebie for you. I ran across this one while looking for something else (happens all the time to you too I bet). We don’t do Halloween, but we do do pumpkins and cats so this BOM still works for me. Go to Peck’s Pieces and scroll all the way down to June 30 to get to the beginning of the BOM. Of course, in the scrolling process you’re going to run into some other patterns that I bet you just might want to save. I did! There’s a cute Pound Puppy style pincushion on August 31 and a pirate hat pincushion that was posted for International Talk Like a Pirate Day which was yesterday. Did you know that? I knew it was coming up but missed it myself. Alex Anderson didn’t miss it though. She likes talking like a pirate. You can watch her and The Quilt Show crew do just that. Go to the Daily Blog and scroll down until you find yesterday’s date. After you watch the crew keep scrolling or you’ll miss the lesson on how to talk like a pirate from Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy. It’s a hoot!

If you’re not a member of The Quilt Show you need to be. It’s well worth the cost, which is minimal considering all you get out of it. You can’t believe all that you’ll learn from this one website. Yes, you can get brain overload if you’re not careful. Plus, there’s always a great BOM for members which would cost much more by itself than what you’ll pay for the membership. Who knows, you just might meet someone, or lots of someones, on the site who becomes near and dear to you. Now that’s priceless!

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