Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Whirl Into Winter with 60+ Quilt Bloggers!

Needled Mom said...

What a fabulous needle case! It has to be a ton better than any poetry I can come up with. (I loved math and science in school.)

Chance to Win quilty Stuff!

And hurry Spring along!
(Okay. I made that up...)

've joined the Quilters Blog Giveaway, starting January 1st. I've been sewing up a storm and it's almost like I'm a quilter again.

I'm giving away a quilted knitting needle roll-up.
If you want a chance to win - leave a comment.


I tried out a quilt pattern for a block called Chain of Friends.
There's a pdf file with complete instructions.
The quilt block should have ended up 9.5 inches square.
It didn't.
Big surprise!!
(Designer not responsible for my wonky quarter inch seams -
I'll have to try again!)

I could have shoved the misfit block into my treasure box and let it age. (Like that would fix it.)
Instead I made a knitting needle holder
...this morning!
FINISHED things are glorious. Why do I forget that?
Maybe finishing things will be a trend in 2009.

For a chance to win more stuff:
60 or more other (real!) quilters are giving some pretty nifty things away as well. Visit the Whirl Into Winter website that started it all for a complete list of Giveaways. Each one will have different rules so read the
fine print.

All drawings are to be held January 15th.
Make sure you include an email address so I can contact you!

I'm also giving away some hand knit yellow socks - Size 5-6
Different rules!

EDITED 1/2/09: Comments have gone off track a bit!

If you want to win the socks leave your poetry comment in the blog post above titled "It's not easy being yellow". SEE LINK:
For a chance at the NEEDLE HOLDER leave comment with this blog entry. (For a chance at the socks leave 2nd comment

You'll have to try writing a little poetry for the socks entry:
"Face the window and write a poem in the form of a tiny letter addressed to anything you see outside."
For inspiration, read actual student entries from an Outdoor Lit class here.

(EDITED 1/2/09:
They're really good - you should click the link and see how they did it in class! Include a letter form greeting like "Dear..." or Salutations!)

My attempt:
Dear Mr. Maple,
Dignified and gracious
standing guard at driveway's edge.
Does it tickle your bark when those 2 bushy tailed gray squirrels
chase each other round and round?
No Poetry Police (but...)
All actual attempts at poetry will qualify for the socks :)
(even the ones who didn't read directions - a second chance if you read all the way to here and do it right ;)

International entries accepted for both contests on this blog.
Some of our favorite people are overseas right now!

Below will be updated links to Blogs asking for a mention about their giveaway - for an extra chance at winning
(how can I resist? ;)

Keepsake Moments (very elegant prize! ;)


WhiteStone said...

I've come back to knitting after many years so would love to win your needle holder. If I should by lucky chance be the winner you can contact me by clicking on my name. Thanks!

Shari said...

What a great idea for a sample block! Love the colours... hope you have fun with the giveaway!!

cindyr said...

i love the giveaway
snow is
on the ground
but the wind
blown away
most of the
clouds for a
clean nighttime

I tried to use the "s"

Fiesta said...

"That nice little block would make a nice grayon holder for my sweet grandaughter who is now a little older"

Kay said...

Hi and Happy New Year to ALL!!! Thanks for the chance to win! I'm not very poetic but here goes:'Out my window, I see our Whispering Pine. It reminds me of a peaceful time. Hugs Kay M. (

Robin said...

Happy New Year!

Now I have to actually think...
There isn't anything exciting going around outside any of my windows. Now I'm depressed lol.

Oh How I Wish...

Oh how I wish there was something bright and beautiful to see outside my window.
Maybe a glorious tree standing tall and proud.
Maybe a rainbow shouting out to through the sky.
Maybe a puppy and a baby out for a stroll.
Oh Well, I will go and find beauty in what I see anyways....

runs away from poetry police......

Anya said...

Thanks for the chance to win the needle holder.

Susan said...

I love your needle roll and thanks so much for posting the pattern as well!

Now for my short and sweet attempt at poetry...

Dear Ms. Snow,
Please go!
I really hate this cold thing.
How many days left until spring?

Jeanne said...

Elusive bunny
Your tracks dance across the snow
In the morning light
But your face remains a mystery
Appearing only at night.

Happy New Year!

Terri S said...

A blanket of white covers the earth like a quilt.
Keeping what is beneath it warm
and keeping safe the promise of Spring.

Not a poet here .. but I tried.

Marit said...

I liked your needle holder very much, I am also a knitter so I
would love to win it!
Happy new year from Marit in Norway

Sara said...

That is a beautiful needle case! I would love to win it...Thank you and Happy New Year...

Poerava said...

Happy New Year

"dear front Gate,
Please stop getting stuck
I do not enjoy jumping over you in the morning.

gquilts said...

i just LOVE that block and the needle holder ..

maybe lady luck will be on my side for this - I've a longer one for my long needles, but dpns are rather left to their own devices!

Love the idea and great work Laurie


Kim said...

I like the needle rollup. I don't knit but I could see it useful for crocheting and other projects.

Dear Mr Sun

Shine my way
Light my day
Glowing so brightly
Melting the snow so nicely.

Yours truly

Pansie Flower
(awaiting the first hint of spring)

R.H. said...

This would be the greatest gift. I start knitting lessons this Saturday! Happy New Year
Rae Ann

Karen said...

I just love this needle holder. I like to knit but I can only knit and pearl in straight lines. Maybe one of these days I will learn to do something else. My mom used to knit all the time.
Check out my blog, I am participating also.

Karen in IN

Walker Lady said...

Dear husband on the ladder there,

Please don't fall so soon this year,

The lights were pretty and shiny and bright.

I'm sad they won't be twinkling tonight.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I see my boy and his best mate.
They are off for a walk and have just closed the gate.
It will be short, like the mates legs.
Did you guess the mate is a doxie
who sits up and begs?
Great giveaway! Mine starts on Friday so please stop by.

I hope that the new year holds many wonderful possibilities for you.

Sue Cahill said...

I love your needle holder, it would be a perfect gift for my mother or sister who both knit.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

Needled Mom said...

What a fabulous needle case! It has to be a ton better than any poetry I can come up with. (I loved math and science in school.)

The last of the leaves are gently falling as the sun is casting it's winter glow.

The beauty of it all tells me I must go.

Debi said...

I love the needle holder and can use it for all my crochet needles. For my poem:

Little mailbox so small and bare
Will you bring me news today?
I watch, wait and sometime stare
Until your bounty has come to stay.

StitchinByTheLake said...

God showed me the sun today,
He lifted it up above the lake,
God showed me His love today,
He made me glad to be awake.

Blessings, Marlene

Sue said...

I nevet to use blocks to make needle holders. I want to make a sewing needle holder for my son (he's a sail maker) so your give away has given me inspiration.

BrineS said...

Lovely needle case!

Happy New Year from Australia!
Deborah @ Comfort Joy Designs

Baba said...

Thanks for the chance at this great needle holder! I would love it.

Baba said...

Chickens pecking at the ground
Tell me what it is you've found
A tiny morsel to help you grow
A bug to play with
Ahh alas just snow.

Jackie said...

I definitely could use a needle holder for my DPNs. Right now they're in a Clinique bag.

Dear Mr. Fence,
You were blown away in the storm
but now you're back in new form
stronger than ever
new and better!

floribunda said...

I'd live to win your little knitting needle holder... looks perfect for the double-pointers that are scattered around my closet!

tisme said...

My thing for the new year is to learn to knit! So would love to win the needle holder. I might need to have the socks, just in case that doesn`t work out! lol

I want to learn to knit
I swear I an not a twit
why can`t I understand it!!

Guilitta said...

First I wish you a very happy new year. I like to win, please be so kind and enter my name in the give a way box.

I like to win your needleholder.

Greeting Guilitta from Germany

Becky said...

Such a resourceful use of a quilt block. Love your colors. I have knitting needles that would love to live in this holder.

Take care!

requilt said...

Your needle holder is just beautiful
Rita E in Az
requilt (at) yahoo (dot) com

Linda T said...

I'd love to win your needle holder. I've been thinking of making myself one, but enjoying your work would make me happier!

Count me in!

Janice said...

I love the needle roll. My main craft is knitting so it would be great to have my needles in a keeper right by my chair.

Cindy said...

Very nice prize! I would love the needle roll! My knitting needles are a mess right now. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your draw.


kathi said...

The needle roll is awesome.

Thank you for taking part in the giveaway. Happy New Year!

lili said...

I would love ur needle holder. And, I'm trying for d socks,too!

Thankful~Threads said...

Great needle holder! I really love it. Thank you for a great giveaway.

kathyinozarks said...

Happy New Year
I love this block you used, if I win I will give this as a gift to a knitting friend Kathy

~Bren~ said...

Too cute!! What an inspired idea to do with an orphan quilt block! My daughter crochets, so it would also make a great crochet hook holder!

dolls123 said...

My daughter could use this. She has her needles in a ziploc.


SusanSW said...

You did a great job reconfiguring that quilt block into a needle holder! I could certainly use that to organize my dpn's!! Thanks for your generosity in participating in the giveaway.


Jenna Z said...

Wow, what a wonderful use for a quilt block! I never would have thought of that!

sewing_passion said...

What a great idea for a knitting needle case.

Linda said...

I have lots of knitting needles that would love a new home. What a nice prize! Thank you for entering me in your drawing.

Codi said...

i would love to win this! my email is and my blog is

Jeri said...

cute needle-roll!

simplestitches said...

Happy New Year,
what a wonderful idea to keep all those needles in place, love the colours.
cheers Julz said...

I love this give a way. Being a knitter myself I sure could use this.. Heck I could use the pattern!

I am also giving away a yo yo maker and 100 cut fabric circles on

I will be giving something away each month.

Thank you for this great entry.

Corinna said...

I've just restarted knitting and I'd love to win your prize!
Happy New Year!

tiff said...

i love the fabric you used to make the needle roll-up. it's so beautiful.


Niki :-) said...

Oh sweet rain
How I hear
It is so dear
That cold day

how's that? lol

Ethel said...

I just started my first pair of sox and am a little intimidated by it.
My English lit prof. will spin in his grave over this, but,hey it's be 40= years since I tried this.

Roses are red,
violets are blue.
Snow is cold,
and I am, too.

Now that is about as feeble an attempt as you can get.

Joyce said...

I want a chance at your needle holder. I am always misplacing my needles.Thanks

5acre Designs said...

Love the needle holder! Have a Blessed and Happy New Year!

SRK Quilts said...

What a great way to make lemonade from lemons..LOL Very clever use of an orphan block and a great idea.

Briarose said...

Needle holder would be awesome. I don't knit, but my girlfriend does and I would love fro her to have this. On another note....shoving things into a treasure box should never know what surprises are in hiding in there. Claire

SunThyme said...

I hope to learn to knit this year, starting with a lesson in knitting socks that starts soon!

Shelley said...

That quilt block is interesting. THe sample quilt you linked to was very pretty...may have to try it someday. I'd like a chance at the needle holder case. I've just recently tried knitting...made my daughters some fingerless gloves...nice and easy!

inge said...

happy new year!

Judy said...

I love the block!! Who cares if it's 1/4 inch off. Thanks!!

Sequana said...

Happy 2009!

I'm skipping the poetry, since I can't rhyme - no etry.

anyway...I'd love the holder - I'd use it for crochet hooks tho.


Happy New Year! mrs.mommyyatgmaildotcom

Laurie said...

I'd love to win the needle case,
It's fine and dandy too.
I'm not so organized these days,
I can't even find my loo!!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

My needles are a mess!
Could this prize help me? YES!

A poet I am not. Thanks for a chance at your needle organizer...a very clever save!


Debra said...

What a wonderful quilt block! I thik it is done in great colors too!
You did a great job!

Loralynn said...

I love your quilt block! You didn't make a mistake in size, you just didn't know at the time that you were actually making a needle roll!

Mistea said...

So I don't see the problem with the size it looks like it works just fine. My friend always says my things are just a little overweight like me, as I am not so good at the measuring part. Thanks for being so generous. Tracey

lindanuts said...

I find it adorable and I have the needles to fill it!
Winter comes on tiger's feet.
It growls and howls
and steals the autumn heat....
It bears down angry and mean
and yet creates the an awesome scene.....
hey-I'm not a poet but I tried...

Liz said...

Love your block/needle holder.

Sunshine and blue skies
That is what I see today
Birds fluttering by
I hope for more days like today.

vanos said...

What a great idea to use up a misfit block.

Heather said...

Love the use of a quilt block for something that can be used for something beside a a wall hanging or quilt!

Joan said...

I have just picked up knitting needles again after 5 or 6 years away. Love your needle holder and (if I don't win!) I may have to make one of those. Very pretty!

barefootT said...

that sure would be a great gift for my momma

Two Succulent Sisters said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Linda

Crochet-n-Quilt said...

Very creative idea making the needle case. I think your block looks great.

Sue D said...

Very clever to make it into a needle case!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Jess Living said...

I would love to win thanks

Kathy ~~~ said...

I love the needle holder and it would be perfect for my crochet hooks that are here and there.

Helena said...

I would love to win that needle holder!

Willow Lake Stitches said...

Nice gift ! Thanks for the drawing.

Beth in ND

Kimberlyquilting said...

I would love to enter.

Lynn said...

Hello Mr. Bay Tree
How long have I been waiting for thee.
To grow and produce tons of bay for my home.
But, alas, you are still all alone
With the cuttings that started this year.

What will take, FEAR???? Please?

miniaturequilter said...

I just started knitted 2 months ago, and love it. Would love to be entered into the drawing for the knitting roll!! As far as the socks would love them too but ummm..I barely passed English/Lit class in highschool so i will leave that to the creative poets.

Angela said...

Love it. Thank you for sharing.

Deb said...

I'd love to win the knitting roll. I knit and quilt and love all crafts. Thanks for the chance.

Jo Anne said...

After not knitting much for several years, I recently have been knitting up a storm!