Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday Sew-in Giveaway! #BFSI

This giveaway is now closed!

I am in the process of being in contact with the winners and will announce them later!


It's Black Friday again here in the U.S.--the day after Thanksgiving when retailers publicize huge "door-busting" sales to entice as many shoppers through their doors as possible. Lots of people look forward to Black Friday for months, plan their holiday shopping lists around the sales they'll find, and strategize for how to get first dibs on their chosen items. I have a friend for whom heading out to Black Friday sales with her sister is just as much part of the family celebration of Thanksgiving as the meal the day before is.

For me, it sounds like the seventh level of hell.

I'm not a big fan of crowds in general, and crowds whipped into a frenzy of wanting to be first in line at the cash register is even more unsettling for me. I'd much rather unwind after hosting the dinner the day before by hanging out in my sewing room and petting fabric.

So I invite you to stay in with me and sew! 

Even if you do head out for some shopping, check in during the day or put your feet up with tea (or whatever your recovery beverage of choice is) and catch up with what's been happening with #BFSI.

On Twitter, we'll be posting pictures of our progress, asking for advice, cheering one another on, talking about the many ways we're eating turkey leftovers, and in general hanging out and having fun. Just use the hashtag #BFSI. You can also use Tweetchat to track all the tweets in one place:

Meanwhile, back at the blog, I'm hosting a giveaway today to make it even more fun to just stay home!

The first winner will receive a:

$50 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

Woot! Even better--Fat Quarter Shop is having a huge-a-mongous Black Friday sale too! Note that the sale ends at midnight CST Nov 29th, so you'll have time to spend that gift certificate during their sale if we can get everything timed right. Meanwhile, I'm just gonna do some cyber-shopping on Black Friday myself. :-)

Thanks, Fat Quarter Shop, for sponsoring this giveaway!

The second winner will receive a:

Gift certificate for a 6-month membership to The Quilt Show

 (Value $24.95.)

This gift certificate will give you the opportunity to try out The Quilt Show, Web TV for quilters and worldwide quilt community with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Internet "TV" episodes, a daily blog, classrooms, and more. It's a great resource, and this is the perfect way for you to dabble your toes to see if you like it.

By leaving a comment here, you are entering both giveaways--I will choose two winners from the total number of comments. (In other words, I can't separate out who wants which giveaway; I'll just be drawing two winners at random.)

Also, your email address must appear in either in your comment or attached to your profile in order for you to be entered in the giveaway. If I draw your name and don't see an email address, I'll move on to another winner. Please check to be sure your profile includes your email address, or include your email address in your comment below. You may want to write it as "screenname at gmail dot com" to avoid web-crawlers.

To enter the drawing, please leave a comment here answering the following question:

What is one thing you have to be thankful for--quilty-related!--in 2012?

You may have a second chance to win!  
Just leave a second comment that tells me you've subscribed to my podcast (which you can find at or at iTunes).

This giveaway closes at Midnight Eastern Time Friday, November 23rd. (So it's a 24-hour thing!)

Now, guess what else? 

Other bloggers and podcasters are hosting their own giveaways today too! After you've entered my giveaway, use the links below to check out who else is giving great stuff away. Good luck!