Thursday, June 2, 2011

Giveaway Winner and Questions Answered

WOW!  I have been blown away by the response to the We Can Do It!  Skill Builder Sampler.  You guys ROCK.  I really meant to respond to every comment, but life and kids are preventing that.  Just know that I appreciate all of your comments and all of your blog posts spreading the word about the sampler.  I am getting quite a bit of traffic from all sorts of sources and it is thanks to all of you!

I thought I would address some of the more common questions:
  1. Yes, in the next two weeks before our first block, I will post more on fabric prep and cutting.
  2. I will also post a list of additional items you will need (cutting mat, rotary cutter etc.)
  3. Yes, I will explain quilting terms in detail as we go along.
  4. I will show you how to join the blocks together, quilt and bind at the end of the quilt along - I won't leave you hanging with a bunch of blocks.  :)
  5. How to join?  Just show up here every Friday and see what block we are making and during the week make your own block.  I started a group on flickr so we could share pictures of our finished blocks.  It is:  I would love to see what you make!  Please stop on by.
  6. I don't know if I can/want to make every block.  Not a problem.  Make what blocks you can - life happens, and you might already feel comfortable making certain blocks.  Don't Not make a block because you are scared or don't like the style.  You can do it!  Worse case scenario, it is horrible and you leave it out of the quilt.  But you have got to try.  You might find out that you love making that type of block.  This sampler is all about skill building and trying new things.
  7. As an incentive to finish your blocks, at the end of each month we will have a giveaway.  You will get one entry for each block you have completed that month and the winner will be selected at random.  I am all about incentives and prizes.  :)  I am hoping to have a HUGE sponsored giveaway at the end for everyone who has competed all of the blocks.
  8. How can I be sure to get the Skill Builder posts?  You can click on the sidebar to become a follower and my posts will show up in you google reader.  Or you can have all of my posts emailed to you.  Just enter your email address in the Follow by Email box on the top of the sidebar.  Also, if you look right under the title banner there are a series of links  [Home  Tutorials   Crazy Quilt Along   Skill Builder Sampler]  If you click on Skill Builder Sampler it will take you to a page with links to all of the Skill Builder posts.
  9. What kind of blocks will we be making?  Here are 20 of the 36 we will make.  They aren't in any real order.  Shown are the curves, improvisational/wonky blocks, half square triangles, quarter square triangles, flying geese and the first paper pieced block.  Hopefully, this will give you an idea of where we are going and what fabrics you might want to use.  If you haven't seen it yet, here is the post on fabric recommendations.

Are there any questions that I missed?  Let me know.

Now to the giveaway winners!

Comment 154 and comment 120 were selected with the Random Number Generator  (I still haven't figured out how to copy the little screen for proof, so you will just have to trust me on this one.)  The winners are....

Melinda said...

Blogged about it!

In an earlier comment, Melinda said, "Love it! The Japanese print; I have a friend who is Japanese whose wife is due in November. This would be PERFECT!" so she will be receiving the Japanese prints.

Jennifer O. said...

And last but not least... for the very last month or as a bonus month catherail windows would be a great skill builder.
I will be joining in! Maybe not all of it but I will join in on it.
As for the fabric choice. It is a toss up for me. I love them both!
Thanks a bunch!

Jennifer will be receiving the Denyse Schmidt fabrics.

I have emailed them both to let them know.
Thanks again for playing and helping to spread the word!


  1. I know I already thanked you in the email but thank you again, Leila! As I said before, I'm pairing this with Hideaway by Moda because the dad is Japanese and the mom is German/Austrian. How cute will that be? I LOVE your block designs for Skillbuilder. I can't wait to get started!

  2. I'm really excited about this but also a bit scared. I've never made a block. OK, so I've made patchwork strips, or squares, but never a block. Will I be able to do this??

  3. Some of those blocks will DEFInitely be skill-builders for me. I'm looking forward to it!

  4. I'm excited about this! I'll be joining in for the blocks I've never made yet. OHH, please teach me a cathedral windows! ;)

  5. So happy for Melinda. She will put those fabrics to great use! Great giveaway.
    Now that I see the different blocks you will be making I want to join up. Thanks for the preview! Looks fun!

  6. Interested in the curves and improv ones the most,can't wait until we start!

  7. I'm excited and intimidated at the same time:) Can't wait!!!

  8. It looks exciting! can't wait to begin!=)

    Congrats to the winners too!

  9. I'm getting more excited now that I've seen some of your sketches! Can't wait to get started, although I still need to decide on some fabric...

  10. I'm excited about the houses and trees block!

  11. Wow!! I love what you've designed!! Cannot wait to start.

  12. Oh and to copy the random number generator.. You need to do a screen capture. There should be a button at the top of your keyboard which says print screen or something like it. It usually works with your f lock on. Or off... I can't remember. Your mouse pointer icon should flicker when you press it to indicate your screen has been captured. (By ninjas!!!) Then just paste into your normal photo editing software and crop around the random number generator box. This is how it works with Windows. If you have Mac it's probably similar. :)

  13. Leila, there are some very cool blocks there, I can't wait to get started :)

  14. I posted this comment on the main post but there are so many comments I was not sure you saw it. I was wondering if you could let us know how many extra blocks we would have to make to turn it into a king size quilt? i have never pieced or quilted before and i am so pumped!

  15. Tradução do português para inglês
    Hello friend, I'm posting on my blog and the yahoo list of Brazilian friends your project BOM. Many friends do not speak the language English and would like to give a suggestion to you to put the translation tool on his blog. I spotted one on google and left on my blog, I think very good.
    We are very excited to follow you! If you would allow me to translate and adapt your tutorial to our standard measure, which is in meters. I signed up to receive emails from your recent posts. Thanks and I am available for contact!


  16. Thanks for the preview, there are alot of great looking blocks! One question I had - will all the blocks finish the same size? It looks like it from your sketches. Mostly I'm wondering if the blocks will need to be put together in a predetermined order, or if we will be able to rearrange them when finishing the quilt. thank you for hosting this quilt-a-long :)

  17. I'm very excited about starting this. This will be my first quilt-a-long and I'm a complete newbie. I hope I can keep up. :)

    I see from your original post that April will be inset seams. Have you given any thought to what that block will look like? I'm in love with the "Georgia on My Mind" block on It looks like it would complement the other blocks you have sketched out. Is there any chance we could to that block for of our inset seams blocks?

    Can't wait to get started.

  18. Thank you for posting the sketch, now I am excited to get started!

  19. All the blocks look wonderful, and at least seven I have never done before.

    Thanks for all your hard work on this skill builder.

    blessings, jilly

  20. Sorry. forgot to let you know I am no longer at jillyshappyquilts, but will still be following at my new blog

    blessings, jilly

  21. I'm joining in too and I'm only going to use my stash, yay.

  22. looks like fun, can't wait to get started!

  23. Saw you on the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild's Facebook page, and decided to join in the fun! Never done a sampler quilt, so I'm psyched!

  24. I hope it isn't too late to join. I'm going to try and catch up this week. I found a stack of fabrics that I'm dying to use...don't know if they'll end up as a Queen size or a few smaller quilts...we'll see.
    Once I get organized, I'll try to show everyone the fabrics.
    Hey, how do we "get in line" for the monthly give-aways?

  25. Not too late at all! I am glad you found it.
    To be entered in this month's giveaway, just leave a comment at this post when you finish your 3 blocks.