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Oh this has been fun (insert sarcastic voice here!!!)  Many of you are probably aware that my website has been down for a couple of days. We have managed to restore most of it, but not the home page. AND my original blog post for the Block of the Month and Giveaway were completely lost. So I’m going to try to quickly recap… I don’t know if I’ll ever get the original post back.

Thanks for your patience during the last couple of days- this is not how we wanted to spend Christmas week! But we are trying to keep our sense of humor. We surmised that perhaps the North Koreans got tired of hacking Sony, so they came after me:


For Month 3 of the Sew Sweet Simplicity Free BOM, we are working on Block 3, Bonus Block 1 (which you will need if you are making the 6 block quilt), and the BONUS Tote Bag Pattern. The tote bag features block #3 for the BOM, but you can use any block from the BOM (or, any 12″ “orphan” block you have laying around.)


Here is the machine appliqued version of Block 3, after it was quilted:


And here is the embroidered version of Block 3:


(For the last month of the BOM, I am going to show you more close-ups of the quilting that my long-arm quilter did. It’s fabulous!!)

Here is the appliqued version of Bonus Block 1:


And of course- we are having giveaways. To win a pattern bundle (open to U.S. and international readers, please visit the blogs listed below (and yes, although I love Christmas, I don’t like cold weather- so I’m already starting to think about summer):


Upstairs Hobby Room

Mountain Quiltworks


Bejeweled Quilts


A Quilt and a Prayer

Lily Pad Quilting

Wedding Dress Blue

Garden Path Quilts

I am also giving away 3 fabric “mini-kits.” To win a mini-kit to make one block from the BOM, comment here. The fabric is already cut, so you can just sew! You can use the extra block to make a small project like a pillow. You can also work on it during our “Catching Up” Sew Along Day in January (see below). If you commented here on the previous post (which was lost)- no need to comment again. I do have those comments filed away in a safe place, so you are still entered to win.


Some of you have emailed and said that you’ve fallen behind on your BOM blocks, because you’ve been working on making gifts. Or maybe you haven’t even started yet. Or maybe you are an over-achiever type who’s finished all of them and you are just looking for something else to do!! Mark your calendars for Saturday January 10, 2015 when we will be having a “Catching Up” Sew Along Day, which promises to be lots of fun- more details to follow!

So to recap the giveaways- To win the pattern bundle- visit the blogs listed above. To win the mini-kit, comment on this post:

  • *Tell me- what is the best gift you’ve ever received, either for Christmas, birthday, or any other occasion.
  • *Comment by 11:59 PM EST on January 1, 2015.
  • *I must be able to contact you by email, either through your profile or comment. If I choose your name, but can’t find your email, I will choose another winner.
  • *Open to US and international readers.

Thanks for your patience during this time! I hope I remembered to cover everything in this post!

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Have a Blessed Christmas,