Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Swoon #2, and a GIVEAWAY!!!!

**If you're not interested in the Swoon update, be sure to scroll to the bottom and enter the giveaway! :o)

Oh, Swoon..

Well, I still love it, but it did have a few hiccups along the way. The biggest one was cutting one of the 3 7/8" squares into a 3 1/2" square.  Which is tragic if you're using a FQ pack for this quilt.  Because there is no room for error in the cutting.  It even says on the pattern to cut very carefully.  I thought I was.. woops.

I barely had enough of the selvage scrap edge to piece together a 3 7/8" square.

The 3 7/8" squares get sewn together to make 2 HST's so it actually effected two small sections of the block. 
If you look super close, there is a tiny sliver of the white selvage that you can see, but not enough to notice too bad.  It's all I could do to save it.  

That being said, I still love how it turned out.

Yep, still swooning for the swoon.
Gonna link up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for W.I.P. Wednesday.

And now, finally we get to the fun giveaway part of the post!!!  Rebecca @ Making Rebecca Lynne and I made a pact before the start of the year to have a drama free 2012.  Last year was tough for us both with illnesses, family issues, deaths in the family, you name it.  So we got together, made a pact, and a blog button (two actually!) and have been planning to do a tandem giveaway on Valentine's Day. 

Since she has somewhere very important to be right now, and will be without her computer, we put our heads together and decided that I would post both giveaways on Thursday.  I will be guest posting her Thursday Think Tank for her while she's away and setting up her giveaway, too.  That way she will have something fun to look forward to when she gets home.  So after entering here, be sure to head over there to enter there too.  That way you will have multiple chances to win!! :o)  And who doesn't love to get FREE fabric in the mail?!

So here it honor of all things healthy, happy and drama free, you can win a layer cake of Little Apples by Aneela Hoey! :o)

A layer cake can be made into so many cool quilts.  I found this really neat pattern that can be made with a layer cake. You can find it at the FQS:
There are also lots of free patterns at the Moda Bake Shop!

Also, b/c it just seems appropriate for a drama free giveaway, you can win a little bonus prize to go with your layer cake.  A "peace, love, quilt" coaster from 

How to enter (you can have more than one entry if you choose):

1. This giveaway is for our followers.  So leave a comment to that effect, whether you are an existing follower or a new one.  If you are a new follower, Welcome!

2.  If you want to hop on the drama free band-wagon and have grabbed one of the drama free buttons from my sidebar, leave a separate comment telling me for an extra entry.

3.  If you want to share the giveaway with your friends and choose to blog about it, you get two extra entries.  (But don't feel obligated to do this, it is not a requirement.)

That's all you have to do. :o)  We will be drawing our winners on Saturday Feb. 25th.  I hope you'll enter.  The more the merrier.  Like I said, we've been looking forward to this for a long time.  And remember, after you enter here, head over to Making Rebecca Lynne and enter there, too.  All in all, there are two layer cakes, each with a little bonus prize up for grabs.  :o)

Good Luck!!


Theresa said...

I could do with a drama free 2012 myself! Love your Swoon block again - good save with the cutting. I'm still cutting out the background fabric, waiting for the school holidays to finish before I dare to chop into the fat quarters!

JoAnne said...

I'm loving the Swoon blocks! I meant to comment on the last one. They are looking so great. I can't tell you how many times I've miscut like that--and it is always when fabric is tight! I think your save is spectacular, though. If the bit of selvage bothers you, use a black pigma pen to color it. Voila!

Maria said...

Your Swwon Block is just gorgeous Kelli.

Salley said...

Oh.... such a nice Giveaway!
I am impressed that you made a pact to ride out life's hiccups together......what an excellent CRAFTY idea!
Good luck for 2012.
I love lurking on your blogs...I am making a sockmonkey "thingy" from fabric from Spoonflower, currently.

rockgranny said...

Your Swoon is looking perfect, makes me wish to try it but have too many UFOs at the moment

I love your spoon block, definitely one of my next projects and i'm a follower :)

Gill said...

I love your swoon block - I've yet to start mine!
I'm a happy follower!

Sunnybec said...

I am already one of your followers, thanks for the giveaway :-)

Julimond said...

Far away in Germany, i am a follower since last year, to far away and to expensive for giveaways ;-))
But really a nice idea.
What means the word Swoon? I found it at, it means destash because a healthy difficult for me to read english.


Paulina said...

Hello, yes I'm your follower - thank you for a great give-away! Wishing you all the best in this year - only happiness and peace :). Cheers!

When all is said and done no one is going to notice that little blip in your block. It looks wonderful! ;) And I've been a follower for a long time :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelli your swoon block is lovely,well done,and i am a very happy follower.xx

Michelle said...

Kelli, I love the swoon block and the fabric. Sorry about all the illness last year I guess I missed that part. I have been a follower of yours for a while now! Thanks for sharing.

Och, sure, you can't tell from a distance that there's anything wrong, and if anyone's scrutinising it up that close and personal, you should be able to smother them to stop them talking about it (oh, whoops, would that go against the whole drama free thing? ;o) )

Patti said...

Great save on the Swoon Kelli! Not a band-aid in sight!
Great giveaway too, as I am a follower of you both. Rachel's pattern is lovely.

A. How could anyone not want to see another Swoon block? Really pretty!

B. I am a follower and I want to be entered!

C. I am adding your blog to my blogroll if you add mine. :) Does that give me another entry?

Peggy said...

Beautiful block - enough to make anybody swoon. I'm wondering how you get 3 7/8 squares to make 3 1/2" HST patches? I always have to cut 4" and then trim down. Any good secrets to share?
And I'd love to be entered in the draw - I'm a follower for sure!

Hilachas said...

I'm a follower. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway.

Shanley said...

Great save on the block. I'm a follower too.

Melanie said...

I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one who made a cutting error making Swoon. I royally screwed up my cutting and had to walk away for a little bit. I've finally started working on it again this week. YOur block is beautiful and I'm so impressed with your fix!

I am one of your followers! Thanks for the chance to win such happy goodies!

Oh, great idea - thank you!!! I love your Swoon block and your rescue of the too small square - very clever!! I think I'd have cried! (I'm a follower!)

I've blogged about the giveaway thank you!

Sadie said...

Love your swoon block. I didn't notice that it had been rescued (very clever) until you mentioned it.
I'm a new follower :-)

Sadie said...

I've blogged the giveaway too :-)

Rebecca said...

I've never worked with a layer cake, THANKS for the chance at winning one!
I follow :)

Diane H said...

Happy to be a new follower. Thanks for the fun giveaway.

Diane H said...

I have added your 'Cut Drama' button to my blog. Love it!

The swoon looks great! I'm not sure I'll ever attempt this one, I'm so careless when cutting!!

I am a follower :)

I did grab the button but might have got it off Rebecca's page, does that count??! ;)

I blogged about the giveaway!

I've blogged about your giveaway at

robin said...

Great giveaway! I'm a new follower. :)

robin said...

Had enough drama last year to last a long time. I put your button on my blog:

Amy said...

I'm a new follower!

I'm a follower and I think this is a great give-a-way. Thanks for the opportunity.

I am a follower and I want this layer cake so bad!!!! I was looking at it the last couple of days, but either the fabric or the shipping or both are too expensive :(
I want this so bad that I am actually gonna write my first TTT-post and then I'll be back for another entry ;-)

I am also grabbing a button. I am gonna have an exciting year, but I could do without the drama ;-)

Yea giveaway. I keep looking at the swoon blocks and need to make some time (finish some current projects) But till then put me in for the giveaway.

Make sure you stop by and put your guess in my quilt givaway by guessing my babys B-day or Birth Weight.

I am a new follower, found you through Lucy!

I could do with no drama myself. I'm a new follower. Thanks!

Again, I wrote my first TTT - post and btw, love your Swoon block!

Oh I'm a follower and how could you think I am not interesed in the swooning....I love seeing everyones blocks.!

Janet said...

Drama free is good. I've been striving towards that myself. I am a follower

Kris said...

Hi Kelli - Even though I have been keeping an eye on you for months now, I was not officially a "follower" but now I am - so call me NEW!! Kris

Kris said...

Kelli - Your cute button is on my sidebar and I blogged about your wonderful giveaway!! Thank you for this opportunity!! Kris

Sue Niven said...

I am a follower, Seriously swooning over these fabrics!

Sue Niven said...

I have blogged about it too. Thanks for the chance to dream.

Anonymous said...

I love your 2nd did a great job saving I could not see any silver line at all :)

I have been a happy follower. :D

Anonymous said...

I'm joining the drama free bandwagon :)

Anonymous said...

I'm sharing about this giveaway on my blog. :)

Mom C said...

I am a follower. Congrats on being able to salvage your whole block! As I was told, if someone on a galloping horse can't see it, it's OK. Thanks.

Cecilia said...

Cute block! I'm a new follower.

I am a happy new follower! Loved your post on the pillowcase and I will be back to read more.

Michele T said...

I am a new follower and am looking forward to your future posts!!

I wish that I could anticipate a drama free year, but there's already enough drama happening to last for the full year, and we're only 7 weeks in! I'm hoping to try to stay drama free, and when the drama happends, I'll deal with it and then get back to the fun stuff ASAP.
I've been a follower of yours for a while, so I at least qualify for one entry for the giveaway!

quiltmania said...

Of course I'm a follower, throw me in the draw. A possible solution for the little bit of selvage showing is to colour it with a pigma pen. I do this if I've quilted over a dark piece of appliqué with a light thread. A little colouring with a pigma pen and no one is the wiser.

Becky said...

Well, I do like your Swoon block. It turned out really cute.
I have been a follower for a while :)
The fabrics on this give-away are super cute.

Becky said...

I have grabbed one of your buttons and am "jumping on the bandwagon" to try to make 2012 more drama-free. I also blogged about it. Thanks for a chance to win the give-away!

hueisei said...

I'm a follower. Thanks for the chance to win!

Unknown said...

I'm already a follower! Lovin' your blog!!! :)

Unknown said...

I've put your drama free 2012 button on my blog! Definitely could use a drama free year after the last two years! :/

Unknown said...

I've blogged about this! Thanks for the inspiration! 2012 is going to be AWESOME, right?!?!?!? :)

LittleBook said...

I bought the Swoon pattern awhile ago and this is making me want to start it very soon! I'm also a follower! your swoon blocks...good save there with the square, no-one will notice your little oops once it is all quilted anyway...
oh I follow along in Google Reader, was so busy swooning over your block almost forgot to add that!

hafza said...

I am already a follower of your blog... thanks for the giveaway!!

I love your Swoon block, so glad you were able to save it. I am a follower of course.

Kleep said...

I'm a follower! And, that swoon block is definitely swoon worthy--good save!!

Debbie M said...

I follow, loving your Swoon. Put me in the hat for the giveaway!

I am a new follower Kelli! So happy to have found your blog now!

Who could resist a button promising a drama free 2012?! It is up on my blog now!

Gwen said...

I am a new follower!! LOVE your Swoons!!! Love Buster too!! He's gorgeous! :-) Give him a pat for me, please! :-)

Steph F. said...

More fabric, less drama!

I follow you!

Kathy H said...

I think your swoon block turned out great. I have been enjoying looking at everyone's blocks. I need to finish my other projects before i start anything new though. I am a new follower.

Snoodles said...

I follow you with Google Friend Connect! Thanks for the chance to your Swoon blocks!

lorraine said...

im a new follower :)

Al said...

Love the swoon block! I've yet to start mine. (the cutting does scare me a little). And I'm totally a follower :)

Jenelle said...

I just got the swoon pattern, so your block makes me very excited! Clever fix btw. :) It looks great!

I am a new follower of your blog. I only just found it. I read and enjoyed a few posts but I think the thing that really hooked me was your blog name. So clever! I figure if you came up with that, you must have interesting things to say...seriously.

Love the blog; I'm a friend of the original Quilting Hottie herself, and you do sound like her with your writing. Nice to meet you!

Slovenka said...

I am your follower. Swoon...I have yet to learn how to say it in my native language. Some words are so different...I love your block. Thanks for the giveaway.

Barb said...

I like how you made do, I have done that many times and just hope no one notices. Your turned out great! I am a follower.

Gayle said...

I am a follower and hope you have a dramma free year.

I'm a follower since the last FNSI!

AND thanks for the Drama-Free button - I grabbed one.

I also blogged about your giveaway....(comment 1)

AND comment 2 for the blog post! TU TU TU!

I'm a semi-new follower ... been a month or two now. I'm with you on keeping 2012 DRAMA FREE!

Denise :) said...

I'm a follower, please count me in! And btw...your swoon block looks great!! :)

Pokey said...

I've been following for some time now, and love your creativity. Thank you both for this generous giveaway!

I am a new follower.......thanks for a chance to win the giveaway!

I grabbed your button......I like Drama-Free! Thanks for the chance to win!

I posted your giveaway to my blog at
Thanks for the chance to win!

I love the swoon and just got the pattern.......I told a friend about your giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

Leah said...

It is fun seeing all the different versions of this quilt out in blog land. It is amazing what color placement does for this pattern. Sometimes it makes it look like a whole different block. Yours looks wonderful. I am a new follower. Looking forward to seeing your swoon progress. :)

MaryBeth said...

I'm a new follower. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

MaryBeth said...

I added your Drama-Free 2012 button to my blog. Lord knows we could all use less drama in our lives!

I'm so glad I found you, or you found me, either way I love your blog (and you!!!). You bet I'm a follower.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway! I am a follower. I love that layer cake.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great giveaway! I am a new follower :)

I love seeing everyone's Swoon blocks.

I'm a follower and I am all for drama free in 2012.

Kathy said...

Your swoon blocks are coming alon g so well :)

Yes I am a follower and yes I have your keep calm button -it comes in very handy at times!

I'm a follower and like seeing what work you're up to

Manda said...

I hope your drama free year goes well! :) I am a follower!

Hilachas said...

I have blogged about your giveaway at:
Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Teresa F. said...

Lovely Swoon blocks. I've only made one.
I'm a follower.

Teresa F. said...

There'a a new Drama Free button on my blog's side bar.

What a lovely giveaway. I have never seen this fabric line before but its adorable :)

Im a new follower

I would swear that I was following you,alas I was not! But am now :)

Proudly displaying a Cut the Drama button on my side bar ;)

mary mahoo said...

Hi. I'm a new follower. Love your swoon blocks, and I'm hoping for a drama free 2012,,could use it here.

Marcia W. said...
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Marcia W. said...

Drama free 2012 sounds good. Your Swoon blocks are gorgeous. Your pirate boy is cute in a manly pirate way of course. And, blogger tells me that I am a new follower:
You are now following Seriously..I think it needs stitches.
Thanks for the giveaway. There are cute patterns at the Moda Bake Shop and know there are several to chose from that use Little Apples.

I love yours Swoon blocks, I dream wiht do a Swoon quilt, maybe this years.

Carla G said...

Love your swoon blocks!! Maybe one day after I have a few more quilts under my belt, I'll attempt one! I'm a new follower! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Karen O said...

Drama free would be very nice. Last year was tough but I am thankful I am here. I am a follower!

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