151: Imperfect Giveaway

>> Friday, March 27, 2009


I'd been planning on doing a giveaway for my 150th post. When I started this blog last summer, it was simply a way to streamline showing friends and family the things I made. It still does that, but it's become a lot more -- a way of meeting people, a document of in-process projects, an online journal, and forth. All of which are good things. Somehow post #150 came and went without my deciding what I would give away. Hard to have a giveaway without that.

Not such a big deal, that first imperfection.

Then came the trial of my sewing machine, which decided to aggravate me thing week. In the midst of making some giveaway gifts, it started acting all funny. Huge loops kept appearing on the bottom of the fabric, usually a sign of loose tension. I tightened the tension, to no avail. And then I kept finding that the bobbin was being uncooperative. It doesn't stay threaded. And for the life of me, I can't figure out why. I've cleaned out all the lint, oiled the machine, rethreaded the machine, wound a new bobbin, and no luck. [Any suggestions or thoughts would be most appreciated. It's a fairly cheap Brother machine I got for free, so it's not the best thing out there, but it's worked for me thus far.]

So in the midst of belt-making, I almost called this off. I somehow mismeasured and they are shorter than intended. My sewing machine made the stitching process annoying to say the least. How could I distribute pretty imperfect belts? And then I realized that few handmade items are truly perfect, and these belts are still pretty nice, and I would still wear them, and it's better to use them than to throw them away.

So in that spirit, I offer 2 belts and 2 (possibly imperfect) fat quarters.

Belt 1 (~38 inches): Belt 2 (~39.5 inches):


Fat quarters will be this material:


The fine print:
1. Leave a comment on this post to enter. I will select 2 random winners on Tuesday night.
2. Each winner will receive 1 belt and 1 fat quarter.
3. If you don't want either the belt or the fat quarter, I will draw a new winner for either item.

10 comments:

~Michelle~ March 27, 2009 at 2:03 PM  

Ooh, cute stuff - what fabric is the FQ? :)

free indeed March 27, 2009 at 2:15 PM  

Nice fabric belts. I'm too big to wear belts, but my teen daughter loves new and chic styles to start trends at school. We'd give them a good home. Of course I can always use fqs too.

Nova0437 March 27, 2009 at 5:17 PM  

I'm not picky! Can I enter? :)

amaryllis_wings(at)yahoo(dot)ca

cpullum March 27, 2009 at 5:33 PM  

Awsome fabrics just perfect for spring and summer!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anya March 27, 2009 at 6:36 PM  

Nice fabrics. Thanks for the chance.

Hanna March 28, 2009 at 2:41 AM  

I really like the belt #2 with the blue fabric. Very nice!

Dayna March 28, 2009 at 9:16 AM  

They all look good to me!

Alix March 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM  

I may be behind the times, but what the hell is a fat quarter....i also vote that the swimmin' (and divin') women of '02 should have matching purple and gold belts come our ten year reunion....just a thought (-;

miss you and i was showing off your wares to some folks at work. they were very impressed.

Margaret March 28, 2009 at 3:27 PM  

Ooh, I love Belt 2, and the fq fabric. I wish I had some advice on the sewing machine issues ... all I can do is wish you good luck with it! And congrats on 150 posts -- it has certainly been entertaining to see your terrific FOs!

Sarah K March 28, 2009 at 5:09 PM  

Hola from M-town. Now that Alix posted, I will too. I love your blog and seeing all your projects. I've also shared it with lab-mates and one even tried the coasters for Christmas presents.

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