Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Sewing and a Pattern Giveaway

Today I worked on the Christmas placemat that I'm making for my guild's Christmas party.  I can't wait to see all everyone at the party and see all the colorful placemats they have all made.  Here's mine, all from scraps leftover from other projects:

Placemat front:



Placemat back:

It felt good to make something all from things I have, and not buying anything to complete it.

The other Christmas project I'm working on is this little table topper that I've made two times.  One for me, and one for my friend, Dee.

I've had the snowman buttons for quite a while.  They were given to me by my friend Debra (MyLifeisaStitch.blogspot.com).  She was with me at a retreat, and had bought a packet of the snowman buttons, and shared some of them with me. Debra showed me a picture on the internet of the cute little table topper.

I copied the picture on the internet, guessed at how to make it, and made the table topper.  I liked it very much, and made another one for my friend Dee.   I used more modern fabrics from her stash and she chose snowflake buttons for her version.  I'm hoping Dee will be surprised when she opens the package this Christmas, as I took the fabrics from her stash earlier this year, with her permission.

Dee's Christmas present:









Mine:



 But one thing was bothering me.  I felt very guilty for making two table toppers without buying the pattern from the designer!  Yikes!!  So I looked on the internet some more, and found out the company who sold the pattern, and called them up.  I actually talked on the phone to the person who designed the pattern!  I told her I had made the table toppers without using her pattern and that I felt guilty, and now wanted to buy the pattern.  She was very kind, and forgave me.  She sold me a pattern and I told her I was going to gift it to someone who reads my blog - as a pay it forward gift to ease my guilt.  She laughed, and said that would be fine with her.  It is sold at "Red Button Quilt Co." and is called "Snowman Garland".

So if you would like this pattern for a cute table topper (snowman buttons included), please leave a comment on today's blog post, and I will draw a random number, and send the pattern to one of you.  And here's a lesson learned:  If I am going to use someone else's design - I am buying their pattern.  The guilt isn't worth it if I don't.

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Christmas season.  We are working on our Christmas cards this weekend.  Merry Christmas to you!

21 comments:

barbara woods said...

would love to have , thanks

Sharon A. said...

I have one of her earlier patterns and would love to make this one so they can hang together on my studio wall. Thanks for the giveaway. Merry Christmas!

Jill said...

Very cute table topper and what a nice pay it forward gift. Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas!!

Mary said...

That is such a sweet story and you are just a good person! Thank you so much for the chance to win this adorable pattern! happy Holidays to you.

Mary

Gayle said...

I adore the quilts that she designs - the buttons are always frosting on the cake! Thanks for a nice giveaway!

Pam said...

they all look lovely Judy

Karen said...

I love your table tpoppers and your honesty. Thanks for the chance to win,

Susan L. said...

I would love to win this pattern! You are to be commended for contacting the designer. I don't think many people would do that.

Stephanie Hanson said...

I'd love to have it. Merry Christmas.

4littlequilts said...

Judy ~ Thank you for the chance to win this sweet pattern...and for sharing the story with us. Both of your quilts are darling ! I would definitely make this pattern and it would be in good company with the other little quilts at my home.
Merry Christmas ! Joan

Mary said...

Wow,good for you!
I would love to win this pattern! I saw it in a quilt shop this summer when on vacation, and have wished ever since that I'd bought it! Those snowman buttons are adorable!

Ann in PA said...

Red Button Quilt Company is one of my favorites! Nice that you did the right thing. Thank you for a sweet giveaway.

Regina said...

So sweet. Love the snowmen buttons. Thanks for the chance.

Synthia said...

I love Red Button Quilt patterns and would love to have the one you are so generously and 'honestly' giving away. Merry Christmas to you!!!

dmf said...

Love your table toppers! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Dee

Leona said...

Thanks...love!

Tina W said...

I have three or four of Red Button Quilt Co patterns and love them all! There are currently two in progress! Thanks for this fun opportunity!

cathy d said...

I would love the pattern. Working on several snowmen projects right now. So cute.

Anonymous said...

It's so hard sometimes not to be able to figure out some patterns and use them. Especially if they say 'there is no pattern'. Yeah, there is you just haven't written it up and sold it yet! But I know how you feel. I did that once and there was no pattern, so I didn't have to feel guilty too long. Merry Christmas! Laura V. ninepatch@hotmail.com

Betsy said...

Your story is priceless. We should all learn from it. I would love to have the pattern.

MaryBeth Little said...

I just love Red Button Quilt patterns and have made several. Your table toppers are just adorable. Merry Christmas.