Monday, November 17, 2014

HeLP! a giveaway . . .

Look at me . . . I *finally* finished stitching together my very first Patchwork of the Crosses block . . .
All that's left is to press it and remove my basting stitches. I love this fabric combination and it was such fun to stitch! I'm now thinking quilt, not just a one block exercise! Yeah, I fell hook, line and sinker.

Which means I needed all the appropriate tools!  To that end, I ordered the "Magic Mirror".
It's a simple enough gadget and very easy to use, but it makes a *world* of difference when you're fussy cutting fabrics for kaleidoscope-like effects. Take this brown fabric, for example . . .
The mirror allows me to preview how my center will look, once I've cut all my pieces out and stitched them together! This will make my designing so much easier . . . since this project is now officially on my design 'wall'! I use my clear acrylic template to determine where I want my design on my honeycomb template and butt the mirror up against the 90-degree angle of the template.
Remove the template and you've got a great view of your center!  Pretty nifty, eh?  I was so enchanted with the process, I had to try out a couple of different fabrics.
The pink was fun, but then I had this beautiful gold print with a really ornate design. Do you see how by just moving my template around, I was able to get a totally different look??
Even with a simpler design, like the scroll and leaves on the bottom row, a slight re-positioning of the template gave it a whole new look!

Once I've chosen the "look" then it's a simple matter of cutting out my pieces . . .
And I'm ready to start basting to my templates! Isn't it fun?  Aren't you itching to give it a try??!  Well, always the enabler encourager, I just happen to have an extra brand new mirror that I'd love to give to someone who's got to have one!
You can also use the mirror for a variety of angles . . . 90, 60, and 30, just to name a few!  So, is this one going to be yours?!?  Leave me a comment -- just whatever is on your mind -- and that will afford you one chance.  If you're a follower, leave a second comment and let me know how you follow -- I'll give you a second shot!  And . . . if you link an appropriate post to the HeLP for hexi-aholics linky party over to sarah did it!, leave me a third comment saying so for a third chance! 

Make sure if you're a 'noreply' blogger that you leave me a way to get a hold of you.  I'll leave this open until Friday and then randomly choose a winner! In the meantime, head on over to Patchwork Times to check out design walls all over the blogiverse!

Make your Monday matter!!

:)

**Comments closed - I'll post the giveaway winner later today!**

50 left a comment . . .:

Mary said...

LOL There is no HeLp for Hexie-lovers! The mirrors look fun. Something I could put on my List. But it would be more fun to WIN! Too much Blog Hopping today with Quiltmaker.

Needled Mom said...

I am fascinated by that! I love the block you created. I have resisted the temptation to start one because I know I would be hooked on them as well. Your colors are beautiful.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love seeing these blocks and I'm all for any tool that helps. However, I am just not a hexie person (making) - sure the mirror will be much appreciated by a hexie lover.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow your block is beautiful! What a great way to figure it out.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

And of course I am a follower :-)

Charlene S said...

Wow! Such lovely work.

Janet O. said...

Don't include me in the giveaway because Hexies are not my favorite thing to make and I currently have 3 projects going that use them. Crazy, I know. But I have to say that looking at the photos of the mirror and the cool effects that you achieve, I think I would just become mesmerized playing with it and never get a single block made. : )

Bren said...

What a fun tool! Didn't know it existed. Thanks for the opportunity of such a nice prize.

Bren said...

AND, I follow you by having your blog linked to feedly which picks up all my "reading" blogs.

Norece said...

Your block is gorgeous Denise.

Sandi Colwell said...

I love that POTC block so much! The mirror is awesome! Thanks for the chance!

Sandi Colwell said...

I follow you in BlogLovin and on Twiiter!

Sarah said...

Well I am a follower and I'm leaving a comment and the linky party is mine but I already have a mirror so don't put me in the draw! LOL!

Anyway...glad you fell hook, line and sinker for POTC. I'm so ticked at myself today. I left my block and spare needles at home so even tho I have thread and honeycombs to baste during lunch I had to sit here and twiddle my thumbs. I'm obviously not prepared to have my lunch hours back. I need to get that spare kit set up when I get home tonight.

barbara woods said...

would love to win, thanks

Gill said...

I love your block - I haven't tried this one yet!

Gill said...

GFC follower!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Wow....love the fabrics you picked!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Learning fussy cuts and hexies is on my list of things to learn in 2015. This looks like a great tool

Gayle said...

I've been making fussy cut stars with 60 degree diamonds that are 2" - sure seems like this tool would make it easier to do!

Gayle said...

I' make follower

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Gosh...that mirror tool looks interesting!!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I am a follower!!

Debbie said...

What a clever tool. Thanks for the giveaway. I've also shared your giveaway on my Giveaway List for just sewers & quilters at wowilikethat.com. Thanks again.

Stephanie said...

That is so cool! I love that block!!

Stephanie said...

I am a follower!

Linda B said...

Wow every time I think I saw everything in quilting tools you added another one....Now mind you I haven't used many of these tools, but it is nice to see how they work.
One day I will try them all.

Janie said...

Love your quilt blocks. Thanks for the chance.

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Sarah said...

I follow you with bloglovin. sarah@forrussia.org

Sarah said...

I like your blog title and Bible verse. I love to know the story behind how you came to choose it. :) sarah@forrussia.org

Kathy E. said...

My plan for this long winter is to get out the hexi quilt top my grandmother started, but never finished. I never met her, but I did inherit this quilt. It dates back to 1940 and is in of some repair and gentle loving!

Nancy Hilderbrand said...

love the mirror and think it makes lovely pieces.

Janarama said...

Looks like a very cool tool. Thank you for the chance to win.

Janarama said...

I follow you via Google Friends Connect.

GranChris said...

I should have this for my Hexagon quilts. Never gave it much thought till now.

Julie said...

I follow through email. Thanks

Julie said...

What a great tool to have. Thanks

vicki said...

I could have so much fun with that mirror. Thanks for the chance! vickise at gmail dot com

vicki said...

I follow via email. Thanks! vickise at gmail dot com

juliehallfeldhaus said...

One of the gals at quit guild just showed us her mirror and what a fun and useful quilting tool! Thanks for sharing.

Dixie said...

Wow - love your hexies - so cute! I have been wanting to take the hexie plunge! :) mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Dixie said...

oooo forgot following you on bloglovin... mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Dawn said...

I love the block, it is awesome.
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Dawn said...

I follow you on Twitter (@dawnm1993)
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Quilting Tangent said...

Always loved the look of kaleidoscopes.
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Quilting Tangent said...

Following on bloglovin'.
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Jan said...

Fascinating tool! Thanks for the super giveaway.

Kate said...

Your Patchwork Cross block is gorgeous! I can see why you want whole quilt.

Paula said...

I love your block and the colors you have chosen. Beautiful. I think I need to start one of those. Hugs

nicolesender said...

what an interesting tool! I's like to try it!

nicolesender said...

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