Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sponsored Giveaway: The Fabric Quarter

disclosure: this is a sponsored giveaway by The Fabric Quarter


I'd like to introduce you to The Fabric Quarter!


Wendy has a great shop with lots to offer you!
Including 10% for Jaybird Quilts readers!!
The discount code is right here on their button so you'll never forget!



This week Wendy has decided to up that discount to 15%!
Thanks Wendy!!
Code:  JAYBIRDSPONSOR15
[expires 2/28/10]


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I asked Wendy a few questions so that we can all learn a bit more about The Fabric Quarter!


About Wendy Ladd & The Fabric Quarter

WHAT TYPES OF FABRICS AND DESIGNERS DOES YOUR SHOP CARRY?
We carry an eclectic blend of contemporary quilting fabrics that have an edgy flair - featuring today’s top fabric designers and manufacturers. We closely follow  the quilting blogesphere so that we can stay current with the upcoming design and color trends.

Today’s contemporary quilting fabrics present a wide variety of “big color” and big print themes to sophisticated muted blue, brown and gray tones you see in the environment. We try to balance the color spectrum in the collections we select  while staying focused on the contemporary and modern collections.

We also stocks a large selection of Kona Cotton solids and RJR Cotton Supreme solids. We carry a wide variety of basics, blenders, and tonal fabrics to to accompany any project.


HOW DO YOU SELECT YOUR FABRICS?
Our philosophy is simple: We only buy it IF we love it! When I only "like it" and can pass it up, chances are good that others will feel the same way. Its a philosophy that my grandmother taught me when I was very young and helps me stay on target. Being true to this philosophy helps me make good, strong choices, and select fabrics that you'll want to look at for years to come. 


HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS CRAZY BUSINESS?
My background is in business management and marketing. I have worked  for high-tech and online software companies for years offering marketing, web-related production and creative art direction services. Design and art has always been my passion. When I started sewing I fell in love with the business of fabric, and immediately felt a draw to using my business skills to start a business. It was a little random but being a Gemini, I loved the adventure. Quilting, sewing and knitting run in my family so its really not as crazy as it seems for me to be drawn quilting. 

WHAT DO YOU WANT CUSTOMERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AND YOUR SHOP?
Customer service is a number one priority for us.  Having had a retail shop, I understand that while shopping online is easy, it lacks personal interaction and the excitement that comes with selecting fabric in person. Our customers can call us and discuss projects and possible options, and we'll help with making the right choice for their work. Sometimes that means doing research online with the customer, and sometimes its just helping them choose a pattern or getting over a color choice. We also have very competitive prices and add a free gift to every order. We want to create loyalty and share in the happiness that quilting brings our customers.

Thanks Wendy!

I love when she said "We only buy it IF we love it!" I think that is a great way to choose the items for a shop or for a personal stash. We all know we have much more fun sewing when we really love the fabric we are working with!



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The Fabric Quarter has a wide variety of fabrics to choose from.  I've been evaluating my stash recently and working on building up my basics.  Basics is one area that The Fabric Quarter has so many options it's hard for me to choose!

The Fabric Quarter has 9 yummy colors of Quilter's Linen!


Quilters Candies Stash Builder

The Fabric Quarter also has many Kona Solids by the yard or pre-cuts!


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Wendy has a great giveaway that she has provided for you!!

The Fabric Quarter is going to give you this yummy bundle!!
It's a half yard bundle of Magnolia Lane from Michael Miller with a few companion fabrics... totaling 7 half yards of fabric!




The Rules
Leave a comment for each entry.
Pretty simple right?
( If you leave one comment saying you did all 4.. you only have one shot! )

two
Check out The Fabric Quarter on Facebook and "Like" their page.

three
Blog about this giveaway on your blog! or post a Tweet to twitter
& come back to let me know!
If you post a Tweet be sure to mention @fabricquarter & @jaybirdquilts

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We want to know how you find the time to be crafty!
Leave a comment on this post about how you squeeze in time to quilt/craft/sew.



You have till 10pm EST on Thursday the 24th to enter!
Winner will be selected by True Random Number Generator

Start commenting!!


please note:
comment moderation is on so if you don't see your comment right away that is why!

Giveaway now closed.
Winner announced soon!





© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

Monday, February 7, 2011

Sponsored Giveaway: Pink Chalk Fabrics

disclosure: this is a sponsored giveaway by Pink Chalk Fabrics

I'd like to introduce you to Pink Chalk Fabrics!


Kathy Mack is the creative force behind Pink Chalk Fabrics & Pink Chalk Studio.
I asked Kathy some questions so you could learn a bit more about Pink Chalk!


How did you get into sewing and quilting?
Sewing has been a passion since my grandmother first taught me how to use a needle and thread as a little girl. I took a very long break during my career days but re-connected with my sewing machine after the birth of my second daughter. I left my job, did a lot of volunteer work, stayed home full time to raise my kids and eventually discovered the online world of craft blogs. March 10th will be Pink Chalk Studio's 5 year blog anniversary!


Water Bottle Carrier Tutorial by Pink Chalk

How did it all happen?
In an attempt to create a lifestyle where I could continue being at home when my kids got off the bus and make money I've thrown a lot of spaghetti at the wall. I now have a line of sewing patterns (Pink Chalk Studio) and an online fabric shop (Pink Chalk Fabrics) that outgrew my house and is now a full-time business with 6 employees. Those were the noodles that stuck. Way more fell to the floor! I always encourage crafters to continue the journey even when things fail. It's all part of the process and you'll be surprised where it will lead you.


Rubblework Scarf by Pink Chalk



What's new at Pink Chalk?
Pink Chalk Fabrics recently hosted its first onsite charity sewing event at the shop. In 2011, my team and I are working to creatively integrate Pink Chalk Fabrics into the community while still focusing on our primary business of online fabric and pattern sales.



Some of the many colors of Kona Solids available at Pink Chalk



Tell us what makes Pink Chalk special!
Pink Chalk Fabrics specializes in fabrics and patterns for modern sewists. In addition to the popular designers we carry a wide selection of Japanese Import fabrics and Solids. Shoppers will find over 135 Kona Cotton colors, all 100 Free Spirit Solids, the full collection of Amy Butler Solids, and many more basics including Grunge by Basic Grey, Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons, Organic Solids, Crossweave Wovens, and Flannel Solids. Our sewing patterns include quilts, handbags and clothing with over 100 independent designers represented. 195 pattern titles are available as instant downloads. I'm especially proud to support so many first time pattern designers.


One of the first time pattern designers that Kathy decided to believe in is me! Kathy has my patterns in her shop and I really appreciate her support. One of the best things about Pink Chalk is that all patterns ship for free in the US!

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Pink Chalk has an amazing fabric selection. Here are a few of the things I'm loving at the moment.

Isso Ecco & Heart Flower Natural




Hideaway Clocks from Lauren & Jessi Jung

Central Park Carousel by Kate Spain



I'm kinda on a blue and orange kick at the moment!

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Kathy has a great giveaway that she has provided for you!!

Pink Chalk is going to give one of you a full collection of fat quarters....
of Far Far Away II by Heather Ross!
That's over $80 in yummy fabric!!



The Rules
Leave a comment for each entry.
Pretty simple right?
( If you leave one comment saying you did all 4.. you only have one shot! )


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Leave a comment sharing which Japanese Import Fabric is your favorite.

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Check out Pink Chalk Fabrics on Facebook & "Like" their new page.

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Sign up to receive Pink Chalk Fabrics Newsletter.

four
Blog about this giveaway on your blog! or post a Tweet to twitter
& come back to let me know!


You have till 10pm EST on Wednesday the 9th to enter!
Winner will be selected by True Random Number Generator

Start commenting!!


please note:

comment moderation is on so if you don't see your comment right away that is why!

giveaway now closed

...and the winner is

Parkside Harmony said...



My favorite Japanese Fabric is the Atelier Akiko Paris Sketchbook. Super cute. :D


Parkside Harmony please contact me with your info!
Thank you to everyone who entered.





© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/