Dec 11 10

Two Blogs You Should be Reading and The Birthday Give – Away Marathon Begins!

Today marks the beginning of the one week countdown to my 54th birthday, so today will be the first of eight days of give-aways on my blog!  But before we get to that, I want to tell you about 2 blogs that should be on your regular read list if they aren’t already there.  The first blog up is “May Your Bobbin Always Be Full.” This incredible blog by LuAnn Kessi is full of beautiful pictures of quilts in progress, step by step tutorials, and loads of inspiration. I met LuAnn online a few years ago when she wrote me and showed me some photos of quilts she had made that were oh-so-luscious! I started reading her blog and have been bowled over ever since! Trust me, this blog is worth scrolling backwards on to see all her old posts, but make sure you check out her most recent posts, like the one about making magnetic pin holders out of adorable plates (what an incredible gift idea!) and also her “challenge quilt” posts. I am in love with that challenge quilt! Isn’t it funny how you meet people online in this way? LuAnn, I REALLY hope our paths cross in real life someday because I just know we could have loads of fun together!!

The next blog you should be reading regularly is I Have a Notion by Kelly Jackson. I was a reader of Kelly’s blog a couple years back when we met at Checker Distributors and found out that we actually live about 20 minutes away from one another! I am here to tell you that Kelly is just as nice and funny in person as she is on her blog! The I Have a Notion Blog is hands-down THE place to go to learn about new products in the quilting world. Kelly takes thousands of pictures (no joke, she really does takes thousands of pictures) when she goes to Quilt Market and then she posts great summaries and tutorials of these products on her blog. Kelly is the one who introduced me to Sizzix and that has changed my life! Kelly also has a wonderful online store and has incredible customer service. (Hey wait a minute, this is just like Miracle on 34th street, when Santa sent people from Macy’s to Gimbles!). Bottom line, this blog will keep you up to date on what’s new and fun in the quilt world, and you’ll get some chuckles out of your visit as well! Make sure you head over there in the next couple of days, because she’s got a give-away going on right now!

And now for day#1 of the 8 days of Patsy’s Birthday Give-Away marathon…Our first give away will be:

Yep, it’s a package of 40 strips of beautiful Tonga Treat Sugarplum batik fabrics, ready for you to piece together to create the quilt of your dreams!  This assortment of fall colors would make a great autumnal themed quilt.  Retail value is $35.55 but if you win this give away, the package will be yours for free!  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this particular blog post telling me how you want to use these fabrics.  If you post a comment AND make any purchase in our online store between 12/9/10-12/19/10, your name will be entered in the drawing for that item 4 times! Can you enter the drawing for everyday of the marathon to be eligible for each give-away? Of course! Comments close at 12:01 am (eastern time) on Monday, 12/20/10 and the winners for the week of give-aways will be drawn sometime during that week.  (It’s a busy time, so you’ve gotta cut me some slack about getting that part done!)  Let the games begin!


  1. leeanne Says:

    Hi Patsy, firstly thank you for the links to the 2 blogs, They sound great and i will pop over there after here!
    Well if I won your give away of the lovely Tonga Tread Sugarplum (what a neat name!) I would most likely make into a quilt top , rail fence maybe, but keep to give as a gift to a deserving person, there seem to be so many tragedies happening these days, it would be nice to have some quilts on hand to give.

  2. Mary Says:

    Hi, Patsy.–If I won the Tonga giveaway, I would incorporate them into my version of the Dear Jane quilt. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway.

  3. michele hester Says:

    Thank you for letting us celebrate your birthday with you. If I win the strips, I would use them to make a runner for my piano.


  4. MoeWest Says:

    Happy Birthday week Patsy! I already follow Kelly’s IHAN blog. She cracks me up! Actually I think I found your blog via Kelly’s. I’ve added LuAnn’s blog to my long list. Great idea for the magnetic pincushions! The batik fabric in autumn colours is just what I need to make a quilt for my guest bedroom. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Marjolijn Says:

    I love your blog and all the quilting lessons you give to us. Thanks for that. What will I do with such wonderful strips? First of all I will lay them on the table and watch it for a couple of days and then I will get my very easy pattern for strippiecing. So I would love to win it!

  6. Rebecca Says:

    I love your work. Since finding you I have become a great free motion quilter. Thanks so much. Oh, it’s my birthday today!

  7. Gayle Says:

    My best friend just bought an antique dining room set and she is looking for a runner for the buffet. It is very long and you can’t find anything to fit it. It is very dark and so are her walls but these fabrics done up in a french braid would be perfect. So that’s what I’d do with it.

  8. Cornwoman Says:

    Happy Birthday week, Patsy! Thanks for the links to the two blogs, as they sound like they’d be great.

    I would love to win the Timeless Treasures Tonga Treats Sugar Plum strips! I would make an art quilt of yesterday’s sunset here in Arizona. My DH just took a photo last night of the gorgeous sunset full of purples, orangey-reds, and yellows that are all reflected in the Sugar Plum strips. I’d love it!

  9. autumn Says:

    Wow! I know a little boy who loves Africa – his parents were missionaries there years ago. Anyways, he wants a quilt and this would be a perfect match! Thanks so much for posting this give away because one way or another you have helped me pick what to do for him!

  10. Joan E Says:

    I stumbled on our site today.I have never free motioned quilted before,but now my sewing machine is out and ready to start. I would love to use the material to make a quilt and try out my hand at machine quilting..
    Happy Birthday

  11. Jeanne Says:

    I love these colors. What a good quilt they would make for our bedroom.

  12. Jennifer Says:

    Happy Birthday!! I would use the strips to make totes for friends : )

  13. Scott Says:

    Happy Birthday – The strips would make a wonderful community quilt–quilts donated to local service agencies.

  14. Carol Cann Says:

    Got my husband to buy your CD collection as my xmas present during your birthday sale. That is one present I wan’t have to fake a happy face when opening!

  15. Carol Cann Says:

    ooops forgot to say what I would use the fabric for. I am currently participating in a round robin with 6 other ladies. Several of the quilts had these colours in them. I would use the stips during my turn with the various quilts.

  16. Jocelyn Says:

    First off, you could not have a better friend then Kelly. She is one of the nicest gals I have met since I started blogging two years ago. Secondly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! What fun. And what gorgeous fabric strips. I think they would make a fabulous fall table runner. Thanks for entering me in your fun giveaway.

  17. Marti M Says:

    Happy count down to the BIG day! The fabric is beautiful. I think this would be fun to use with one of the many patterns that are made just for strips. I have a couple in mind, but would have to see the fabric in person for the final pick.

  18. Lori S Says:

    After staring at the beautiful collection of fabrics I think they would make an excellent lap quilt to go with my new leather furniture. Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. OHSue Says:

    I can see those fabrics as a throw on my couch to keep us warm this winter.

  20. Linda G. Says:

    Oh, a quilt I would make! Your blog is so informative and I already enjoy LuAnn’s blog and am always ready to add one more! Thank you.

  21. Mary Kooi Says:

    Thanks for doing the birthday count down. If I won the strips I would Log Cabin a quilt top and make feathers on it. Happy Birthday. Mary

  22. Sherri G Says:

    These colors look perfect for a French Braid table runner for my dining room table!

  23. Margaret Says:

    Love your Quilts and good tips and info you share.

    Thanks, Hope I win!


  24. Linda Erickson Says:

    Yep, I already read those 2 blogs and find them quite interesting.
    Would love to win!

  25. Linda Erickson Says:

    Oops, forgot to tell you how I’d use the fabrics – for a wall hanging for my living room where I’m switching colors into brown and related colors

  26. Claire Says:

    I believe these fabrics would lent themselves wonderfully to a bargello quilt!
    A wall hanging would be beautiful!!!

  27. Barb Brainard Says:

    Patsy, Happy Birthday week! Thank you for allowing us to share it with you.
    If I won these lucious fabrics I would use them in a quilt top for my DH. These are his favorite colors & all my quilts seem to go to “others”, never at home.
    Thanks also for the great blog info. Your site is soooo informative. I’ve been a fan of LuAnn’s “for-ever” but I’ll head right over to Kelly’s to get a bit of a thrill this morning.
    Thanks again… Barb

  28. Patti Says:

    If I won, I would make a table runner for my entryway.

  29. Kathy Schmidt Says:

    What a great way to celebrate a birthday! And seeing your work always inspires me to do more and better quilting.

    I’ve been a reader of IHAN for a while now, and when I met Kelly at spring market she had already used up the battery in one camera! The first day!

    Thanks for the new blog to check out and also the chance to win batiks! Wow!

  30. Cherrie Says:

    What a fun thing to do for your birthday! I see that fabric sewn in squares, light to dark. Tree branches and leaves either appliqued or stitched for a wall hanging. Oh my, I can already picture it hanging in my entry way.

    Happy Birthday!


  31. Micki T Says:

    OHHHHH I love batiks. Would look good in a throw.

  32. Judy C Says:

    Thanks for posting a note about LuAnn’s Blog. She is very inspiring to the other quilts on our quiltinginoregon group. Her quilts are stunning.

  33. Elaine Says:


    I just love your quilting designs and videos!!!!! If I win the Tonga batiks – I would use them to make a Judy Nemeiyer quilt.


  34. Nancy Rehak Says:

    Hi Patsy -

    I recently purchased your feathers book and it is by far the most beautiful quilting book I own. Not only is
    the quilting spectacular, but the way you put the book together makes it a work of art in itself. I have now ordered your leaves book to make my set complete.

    I would love to win this set of batik fabrics. I’m definitely a batik nut and can’t get my hands on enough of these luscious fabrics!

    Happy birthday and thanks for all of your inspiration!

  35. norma huff Says:

    Hi Patsy, thank you for the blogs. I had recently been enjoying “May your bobbin always be full” and will certainly check out the other one.
    Also, I have made purchases from your site for Christmas gifts and was very pleased with the speedy service. For anyone who hasn’t used this service, I highly recommend it.
    Please enter me in the drawing. Norma

  36. Teresa Harich Says:

    I’ve visited your blog many times since watching your tutorials on TQS. I ordered Feather Adventures and can’t wait for it to arrive! I’m totally addicted to batiks and would love to win this drawing. I would definitely incorporate them into something I can quilt with feathers! Thanks so much for the links to the blogs and I hope you have a very happy birthday.

  37. LouAnn Says:

    I would love to use the strips to make a fabric bowl. Thanks for the chance to win!

  38. Laura Greig Says:

    I think I would have to make a quilt for my dad. Mom has been very ill and sometimes the caregiver needs some extra TLC too! He loves fall colors and lives in beautiful northern Michigan where the fall color is spectacular!

  39. SewCalGal Says:

    Happy Birthday Patsy.

    And I agree with you 100% that LuAnn and Kelly are wonderful people and are great bloggers to follow.

    Love your blog, quilts, quilting & DVDs too!


  40. Leslie McNeil Says:

    Patsy, wish you many birthday blessings. I sew appreciate your blog, and as a teacher, I have greatly admired your videos (have bought most all of them now, and books too!). In fact, you inspired me to start my own blog! And because of you, I became a bone marrow donor. Thanks for a great site, for sharing your love of all things quilting!

  41. Becky in Georgia Says:

    Happy Birthday!!!! I just love birthdays. I would regift this prize to one of my dear quilting buddies. She adores batiks! She would be totally surprised and that would be so fun!

  42. Pat Bandura Says:

    If I won the tonga strips I’d use it to make a border for my maple leaf quilt

  43. Beth-Pretoria, RSA Says:

    I have your blog link on my blog, and was just wondering why you haven’t updated your blog… good thing I saw it on the ‘Quilters Blog troller’ and can catch up. Happy Birthday!!! IF I were to win… I think for the time being I would just add to my stash…

  44. Deanna Says:

    I’ve been wanting to try another bargello quilt and these would be perfect. Thanks for the chance.

  45. Sandy N. Says:

    I would use these to make a quilt. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!=)

  46. Marcia W. Says:

    I would make a quilt – after laying out the strips would select a pattern (perhaps from a book Kelly sent me on jelly roll quilts) to showcase them. Kelly’s IHAN blog is one that read regularly because it makes me laugh. Happy pre-birthday! Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

  47. Mary Says:

    I LOVE Tonga Treats!! Anything batik!!! Thanks for the chance to win!! Happy Day!

  48. Sarajane Says:

    These are such pretty Tonga Treats! I’d like to make a jelly roll quilt from them.

  49. Gill Says:

    Gorgeous fabrics
    Thank you for the blog recommendations

  50. Stephanie Says:

    Happy Birthday week Patsy! I rave about your feather video every chance I get. I would have never been able to learn to do them without your help and wonderful tools you have provided for us. Thanks for the blog links. If I win, I have the perfect pattern in mind. It’s from Jinny Beyer and it’s a beautiful tote pattern. On your birthday week, (the 9th)my hubby and I celebrated our 32nd anniversary. Cheers.

  51. robin Says:

    Happy birthday! I’d make a quilt with those gorgeous fabrics.

  52. Debbie Says:

    I love this blog and I must have those Tonga batiks!

  53. Brita Says:

    Going through your blogs has re-inspired me to do some fun fusing again, it’s been awhile. And of course, do some great quilting on it (my version thereof)! These fabulous Tonga Treats would make a gorgeous quilt.

  54. Jen Says:

    Oh my gosh, that quilting is absolutely stunning!!! Those fabrics are awesome too. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  55. Vicki Says:

    Happy Birthday Patty. The 2 blogs you recommended I have been reading for quite some time, along with yours.

    As for the tonga batiks, I would make a log cabin quilt.

  56. Anya Says:

    I think I’d make a quilt for me! Happy early Birthday, Patty! Thanks for the chance!

  57. Cory Says:

    Patsy, Happy Birthday to you! Thank you for all of this wonderful celebrating. And, thank you for all you do on your blog. I always enjoy reading it. I would love to win these batiks. They are beautiful. Take care and God bless, Cory

  58. FiberAntics Says:

    Happy b-day, Patsy! I would use those lovely Tonga’s on quilted journal covers or quilted business card holders. Never met a batik I didn’t like. Thanks.

  59. Kyra Says:

    I am drooling! Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous fabric prize!

  60. Patty Says:

    Patsy, You are still a Spring Chick and didn’t you know after 50 they don’t really count!! Life just begins as I sit in sunny FL instead of the cold East TN mountains. Me(hubby)and my Bernina travel in an RV and if I won the pak of batik fabric I would be making a purse. Went shopping and saw alot of famous name purses but know I could make a prettier one. I just found your blog and love it.

  61. Janet Tyner Says:

    Happy Birthday to you!!! Love your website. Have learned so much from your videos! I have been gathering batiks to make a quilt for a while now and the Tonga Treat package would be a very welcomed addition. The colors are perfect and are giving me some creative ideas to tweek the quilt.

  62. Maeve Says:

    I would look through my patterns for strip piecing and make a gorgeous quilt with those giveaway strips! No problem using something so beautiful! Thanks!

  63. Michelle Ford Says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for sometime Patsy and as always, is still full of inspiration when I’m running dry, thanks for the heads up on 2 new blogs for my never ending quest for new ideas, just ordered your feather book, it won’t get here before Christmas break but maybe for New Year reading, can’t wait. By the way, Happy birthday from downunder!

  64. Judy Says:

    Thanks and Happy Birthday to you. The Tongo Treat Batiks would be used in a pictorial quilt I’ve been thinking about doing.

  65. Karin Says:

    Hi Patsy, and happy birthday! I’ve been following Kelly’s adventures for a bit now, in fact, it was thru her I found you! And, like so many other things she’s turned me on to, your blog’s been informative & inspirational and a lot of fun too! What would I do with that terrific prize? I’d figure out how to put them all together and make a wheelchair quilt for one of our local veterans. Thanks so much for all your beautiful pictures and gifts!

  66. Betsey Ryan Says:

    Dear Patsy,
    Seaons Greetings and Happy Returns on your 54th.
    I too, like everyone else love Batiks, especially the Tonga Treats. I would finally make a New York Beauty quilt.
    Cheers Betsey

  67. barbara Says:

    What a wonderful birthday celebration! I would use these fabrics for applique, or a french braid quilt, or an abstract landscape quilt. So inspiring. Happy Birthday!!

  68. Billie K Says:

    Tonga Tonga Tonga… it!


  69. Harriett Creech Says:

    Birthday wishes! If I won the Tonga Set I would make a quilt for our Veteran’s Hospital. My quilt quild delivers around 300 quilts each December to our veterans. We also deliver anywhere form 15-30+ quilts to the babies fighting for their life in our local hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Have a blessed Christmas. I enjoy and learn alot from your DVD’s….Harriett

  70. Becky Gilliam Says:

    Happy, happy birthday to you!! Thanks for sharing your (ahem) 29th birthday!! OK 29 with several years experience lol! Thanks for this great give-away to let us join your celebration. I have enjoyed your website & tutorials very much. Keep up the good work. I would love to use these fabrics for a quilt for DH. We have an anniversary coming up (#42) Valentine’s day & that would be extra-special for him.
    Thanks, Becky

  71. Mary Says:

    Happy Birthday! What a neat way to celebrate. Thanks so much for your tutorials and inspiration.

    The Tonga batiks would look great in a flying geese project that I’m gathering fabrics for.

  72. Kathy S Says:

    Those are definately my favorite colors and I would use the Tonga Batiks to make a new quilt to hang on my quilt studio wall. I have a batik quilt on my wall there already but it would be nice to change it up once in awhile.

  73. Mary on Lake Pulaski Says:

    If I would win this set of strips I would make a wall hanging for my sun porch.

  74. Peach Rainbow Says:

    First of all, wishing you many more happy, healthy and successful years!
    Thanks for introducing the lovely blogs, I already follow IHAN :)
    As for the strips I think I’d love to make a lovely quilt with them!
    Thanks for the chance :)

  75. Lixa Says:

    I just found your blog and it’s great! thanks for the other blog recomandations.
    Have a merry merry xmas!

  76. Shady Says:

    Happy Birthday Patsy!! I follow Kelly’s (IHAN) blog too – and she is a riot!! What a wonderful way to celebrate your Birthday!! Please count me in!

  77. Carol C Says:

    Happy Birthday. Would love a chance at the giveaway. Thanks

  78. Katie Says:

    I would use these to make a table runner. Thanks for the chance!

  79. Debbie S. Says:

    Patsy, I’d be a Tonga stripper with that fabric…Whoo-Hoo!

  80. Connie Says:

    Beautiful fabrics! I would definitely make a strip quilt with them! Thanks for the giveaway!

  81. Sherry Says:

    What a fabulous give-away! I do have Luann’s blog bookmarked already, and I’m off to visit Kelly’s. Thanks so much for sharing your finds with us.

  82. Judy Says:

    Thank you for the great giveaways! I love batiks and would use this to make a quilt for me! Fall is my favorite season and the colors in this would go perfectly in my living room!

  83. Amy Says:

    These batiks would help me finish up a batik quilt I started. Just need a few more to finish it up!

  84. Nina Clotfelter Says:

    Patsy, you know how to tempt us…batiks are a girls best friend. I’m trying to gather enough to make a king sized batik quilt…these sure would help!

  85. Nancy Sue Phillips Says:

    I’d love to make a tabletopper with these fabrics. I love the colors!

  86. Patty Says:

    I would use them for a log cabin quilt. I’ve been collecting batiks for that project and these would be a great addition.

  87. Debra Says:

    I would actually send these to my sis for her birthday. Thanks for the chance!

  88. Robyn Says:

    We have quite a few patterns laying about for quilts with 2 and 1/2 inch strips, so I’d definitely stitch these lovely strips into a fun pattern. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  89. bonnie Says:

    Happy Birthday!!!
    I visit IHAN all the time and you are so right, I have learned so much about products there and Kelly is just so funny too.

  90. Evelyn Johnson Says:

    I love the bali pops, I am collecting for a quilt.

  91. Barb in MI Says:

    Stunning pictures as always! Thanks for the giveaway – so many ways to use the Bali Pops!

  92. sharonj Says:

    Thank you for having such a wonderful give away. I would use the strips in a table runner for my sister.

  93. Joy P Says:

    Thank you for letting us join in on your birthday celebration! I hope you have a great birthday!

  94. Dana Says:

    I’ve been thinking about a batik log cabin, so I think they would work their way into that. Thanks.

  95. Karen S. Says:

    Thank you for the links, I already follow Kelly’s IHAN site but will be checking out LuAnn’s site more thoroughly throughout the coming days. I love blogging! I hope you have enjoyed your birthday week! Happy Birthday to you! The fabric is beautiful. Thank you for the giveaways.

  96. Kim Says:

    Oh I love those colors….makes me think it would make a great masculine quilt for my Honey.

    thanks so much for a chance to win and the great blog recommendations……
    I wish you continued success with your online store.

    Happy sewing

  97. Sarita Rogers Says:

    I would love to win these beautiful fabrics.

  98. Deb Says:

    The fabric is beautiful. I would love to win this particular giveaway!

  99. Colleen Says:

    Happy birthday and If i win – i would love to make some lovely pillows for my daughter away at college!

  100. Kathy J Says:

    Oh My Gosh, these Tonga batiks are just toooo gorgeous! Thanks for the chance.

  101. Paula Says:

    I would love to try a coiled basket … Thank you for the giveaway and happy holidays!