Giveaway Winner…umm, Winners!

Random Number GeneratorWe ran our first giveaway a couple of weeks ago. We asked our readers:

If you were to write a memoir about you and your sewing, what would be your snappy, marketable title and tagline?

The Random Number Generator selected entry #1 for “Pressing Matters”! With only two entries, I ran the Random Number Generator in a best of 5, just to be fair. Congratulations, Marie!

Pressing Matters

Trying to buy an iron has become an adventure over the last several months! Who knew there was so many systems to select from. And the price range started at $100 and went up to the cost of a used car! I really don’t need to drive my pressing system on the road!!

Giveaway prizeMarie wins the Sew U and Making Handbags & Purses books, zippers, buttons and fold-over elastic.

Giveaway Prize 2Since we only had two entries, I just couldn’t let our other fabulous entry go without merit. So, for the hilarious memoir titled “I Came, I Sewed, I Conked Out”, CKSewist will also win a prize. CKSewist will win a yard of blue-green ombre mohair and two altered couture magazines to continue her sewing (and conking out).

I Came, I Sewed, I Conked Out

A woman of a certain age goes to her local ASG chapter’s retreat where she eats too much pasta, drinks too much wine, stays up all night finishing UFOs, and passes out on a cutting table as all around her are women packing their machines into attractive wheeled carrying cases for the trip home.

Email me at tinawong[at]asgchicago[dot]org to claim your prize! Send me your mailing address and I will ship it to, so you can continue your sewing journeys!

Spooky Sewing Tweet Day

Spiderweb Table Runner

Spiderweb Table Runner from The Crafty Cupboard

The temperature may feel like June, but the calendar is saying it’s October. And time for Halloween sewing! Unless, of course, you’re running the Chicago Marathon today.

In case you’re not making a Halloween costume (you know, you don’t have to be going to a party to dress up for Halloween), and you’re just NOT going to applique yourself a Halloween sweater, here are some fun Halloween sewing projects that we tweeted out yesterday with the hashtag #spookysewing. Enjoy!

  • Free Cats & Bats quilt pattern from the blog of Lovely Frankenstein’s Quilt Laboratory (great name!)
  • An adorable Halloween pumpkin baby bib from LoveToSew.com
  • Charlie the Ghost is a cute doorstop or companion to watch out for trick-or-treaters. From Polka-Dot Umbrella.
  • Not enough time for a Halloween quilt? Sew up a goblin-friendly door hanging with this free downloadable PDF pattern from Cranston Village
  • This fab spiderweb table runner will test your cutting skills. Tack down with pom-pom spiders or fabric tack for a no-sew project. From The Craft Cupboard.
  • It doesn’t get much cuter than this Felty Frankenstein applique! He’s a quilt
    block, Felty Frankenstein Appliquéhanging, or sew him onto a treat bag. From Holiday Crafts & Creations.
  • These super-cute FREE Halloween ponchos from Simplicity almost make you wish the weather was cooler, don’t they?
  • We’ve all seen dog costumes, but these Halloween dog costumes have to be a collection of some of the best. A corn cob, Underdog, a dandelion and a French outfit for your French bulldog! From Doggie Stylish.
  • Pick a peck of pumpkins with this Halloween pumpkin wall-hanging. Instructions from Jo-Ann Fabics and Sewing.org
  • Da-da-da-da-da-da…Bat-mobile! (The scary part is if you remember the music from the original Batman series!) from Sew4Home.
  • Don’t forget to hang this Vampire Bat Softie upside down; he prefers it that way. Free tute from Silver Bug Studio
  • Zombie Felties bookWhat would Halloween be without zombies?! This is a cute book with patterns to “raise” 16 zombies from the undead.
  • Halloween bunting! Mix black, s-lime green, orange, spiderwebs and purple for a fun look! Tute from Yards and Yards.

Here’s an extra #spooksewing link that wasn’t tweeted yesterday: A video tute to needlefelt Halloween scary eyeballs from the crafty folks at Etsy.com.


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Giveaway! What’s Your Sewing Journey Memoirs Title

Extreme sewing: Sewing machine in the ocean

Image source: U-handbag extreme sewing on Flickr

Hello, dear readers! We’ve reached a milestone…well, actually, we reached it a while ago. We have been on Twitter and have 265 followers and have sent more than 2,000 tweets of tips, news and tutorials. That’s a lot of stuff to share. Now in standard Twitter-quette, I should have had a giveaway when we hit our first hundred followers as a thank you (THANK YOU!), but that slipped by me, then 200 slipped by me. Then my 1,000th tweet slipped by me. Then National Sewing Month slipped by. But, I still wanted to take the opportunity to thank our followers on Twitter and of this blog, so WE’RE GONNA HAVE A GIVEAWAY!

You don’t have to do anything crazy, like sewing in the ocean (but that does look like fun, doesn’t it?)

I’m inspired by America’s Test Kitchen blog post Silly Question of the Day: Faux Food Memoirs. America’s Test Kitchen asks readers what the title to their food-centric memoirs. I thought it was so much fun, so why not ask you, dear readers, to give a thought to your sewing adventures or your sewing journey and share your self-titled tome. Or maybe it’s a novella!

Would it resemble any of these?

  • A Tale of Two Stitches
  • Mary Poplins
  • Prairie Points Home Companion
  • War and Piece
  • Project Runway Called, But They Didn’t Leave a Message

Tell Us Your Story Title To Win

If you were to write a memoir about you and your sewing, what would be your snappy, marketable title and tagline?

Feel free to expound on the general theme, plot, and (juicy) narrative.

Leave yoRandom Number Generatorur silly answer in the comments section below! Let’s see what everyone’s story is for the next two weeks. Entries have to be in the comments section by midnight Central Time on Saturday, October 15…the day of the American Sewing Guild Chicago chapter’s annual Fashion Show! Have you sent in your reservation, yet? Don’t forget we’ll have raffle prizes and our fabric sale and the great bargains of the Pattern and Book Sale!

After having a giggle, we’ll use the Random Number Generator to pick the winner.

The Giveaway Prize

Giveaway prize

Of course we have to have a prize! For this giveaway, we’re focusing on garment and handbag sewing. No worries, future giveaways will have something related to quilting, heirloom and other types of sewing.

  • Sew U Home Stretch: The Built by Wendy Guide to Sewing Knit Fabrics by Wendy Mullin
  • Making Handbags & Purses: 50 Patterns & Designs from Casual to Corporate by Carol Parks
  • A 22″ handbag zipper that opens from the center out with two zipper pulls
  • A 16″ Riri zipper“It’s Not a Zipper…It’s an Embellishment!” This metal zipper has a full stop part way up the zipper, then the leftover zipper tape is used as piping; and
  • 4 yards of fold-over elastic in shades of blue. Use this to edge knits (perfect for your new book)
  • A card of vintage buttons in shades of green.

So leave us a title, a plot and have fun telling us your sewing journey! Good luck!

Edit: Due to postage, the giveaway is limited to U.S. mailing addresses. But, if you’re not in the U.S., we’d still love to read your sewing memoir title.

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