The Best of Intentions...SMS Giveaway Day May 2011

>> Sunday, May 22, 2011

I had really great intentions. I knew Giveaway Day was in about 2 weeks, and I was going to bring something with me to send off to a lucky winner. As I prepared to move, I added "make something for Giveaway Day" to my to-do list. As I packed up my belongings and transported them back to my parents' house, I mentally reminded myself to prep something for Giveaway Day. As I unpacked my stuff and repacked the 2 bags I was taking, I thought "grab a few fat quarters to bring along." As I stared out the window on the bus, I figured I could swing by a fabric store and buy something to offer. And as Friday rolled along, I hemmed and hawed about adding my name to the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day list. For despite my intentions, I didn't make anything or prep anything or bring anything or buy anything. So what to do?

As I debated whether to sign up, I decided that if I was going to enter giveaways, I had to offer something too. And my willpower is not that strong. There was no way I could see the SMS list in my google reader and not click over and not click the links and not enter giveaways. I'm not that good. Thus I need to offer something, and I offer something of a promise that gives you choices but also requires some patience. I would like to make you an infinity scarf, and will offer you the chance to select either the madras combo above or below, both of which make fantastic summer-weight scarves. Or if you're not thrilled about these options, we can talk other fabric choices as well.

As my regular readers know, I'm currently away doing research, and until early-mid July, remain separated from my sewing machine. Thus I won't be able to make it for a while, but I promise I will make it and send it to you by the end of July. So if you'd like a surprise summer package (or perhaps you need a gift for a friend with a July birthday!) that will likely include more than a scarf, this is the giveaway for you.

To enter:
1. Comment on this post and ask me a question. It can be any question, silly or serious, about any topic -- from quilting to why is the sky blue. Fire away...

2. Make sure I can contact you, either through your blogger account (a no-reply blogger cannot win because I can't reach you) or by leaving your email address in the comment.

The fine print:
1. This is open to everyone, wherever you live.
2. The giveaway will remain open until the evening of May 25, or possible the morning of May 26.
3. One entry per person.
4. The winner will be selected randomly, though a truly standout question could also earn a prize.
5. The winner must have followed the rules outlined above.

Finally, per an earlier request, I'll use this scarf creation as an opportunity to post a quick tutorial about how I make these scarves, so check back later in the summer for that. Until then, enjoy giveaway day, and have a great week!

*****It's Friday at 1.01 pm, and the giveaway is now closed.*****


Rie May 22, 2011 at 11:07 PM  

Ummm, ok a question. Here goes.....
Why is it that I pick the shortest line in the supermarket yet it always turns out to be the slowest? How is that so?

Unknown May 22, 2011 at 11:50 PM  

I want to know what you are doing your dissertation on...

felicity May 23, 2011 at 1:37 AM  

Thanks for the giveaway! What's your favourite quilt (made by you) so far?

Charlotte May 23, 2011 at 3:20 AM  

you've probably blogged about this in the past but I'm a relatively new follower. I want to know where your blog name came from?

LT May 23, 2011 at 12:39 PM  

Thanks for taking the time to join giveaway day despite all your crazy moving around! So, why do birds tweet, cows moo, and snakes hiss?

Molly May 23, 2011 at 12:48 PM  

Fun giveaway! I love it when I have a task instead of having to come up with a non-dorky sounding comment. Question huh ..... Well I see someone already about your blog name so I'll ask something else. I'm always curious how other people that work full-time have time to sew. When do you do most of your sewing and can you ever just sit for an hour and sew or is it all broken up by running to do this and that??

Lena May 23, 2011 at 1:19 PM  

love the top scraf. So I'm wondering why hearts are broken easily?

~Michelle~ May 23, 2011 at 1:37 PM  

It's quite the challenge to come up with a fun question on Monday morning... So what came first - the chicken or the egg?

Leanne May 23, 2011 at 2:31 PM  

Would you rather buy fabric or buy new shoes

Crystal May 23, 2011 at 2:58 PM  

I'd like to know what you are researching and where you are currently living, since it sounds like you have moved a lot lately. I love all your quilt projects - gorgeous colors in so many of them! And I'd be happy to wait for one of those scarves to arrive later this summer :)

Katie May 23, 2011 at 3:53 PM  

I want to know why there's no hippo giveaway? :D I clicked on the link hoping you'd have so super cute Hippo stuff. Hippos are my favorite! Thanks for the great giveaway though, even if it's not hippo themed. :D

R May 23, 2011 at 6:54 PM  

Intriguing, what *is* an infinity scarf?

Whatever it is, I'd love to win it, as I love an unexpected package! :)

RP from BBC {at} gmail {dot} com

and, where are you researching away from your machine?

Rachel May 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM  

I LOVE surprises!! I would be honored to get a surprise in a few months, it would just make the summer even more fun. :) My question for you is what is the most random thing you did today?


HappyQuilting at DewberryLane dot com

Trish May 23, 2011 at 7:11 PM  

Do you ever know you should sew but would actually rather do something else?

Angie May 23, 2011 at 7:24 PM  

new mom here. what advice would you give about parenting?

Shirley May 23, 2011 at 7:39 PM  

Do plaids have something to do with infinity scarves?

A'n'G Johnson May 23, 2011 at 8:24 PM  

what 10 ways do you instantly make a bad day better?

jane p May 23, 2011 at 8:49 PM  

I'd love the scarf in any fabric. Question: Why does drinking coffee at night keep you up yet it can't keep you awake when you're really sleepy?

Littlebit May 23, 2011 at 9:48 PM  

why does a little bit of lint in a sewing machine cause so many problems? Thank you so much for the opportunity to win

Deb Robertson Writes May 23, 2011 at 10:01 PM  

I like the brighter checks! My question is why can you always find time to get side-tracked, but not time to do what you should be doing. (Case in point = entering SMS giveaways verses folding the laundry!!!)

Rachel Martorano of Ravens Rascals May 23, 2011 at 11:11 PM  

Why do I always end up with only one sock in a pair after they dry in the dryer? :o) Thanks for the chance to win!

ravensrascals at gmail dot com

Domestic Diva May 23, 2011 at 11:13 PM  

Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

What is your favorite book?

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

fabienne May 23, 2011 at 11:31 PM  

I think summer surprise packages are fun!
What are you researching on?


tara May 24, 2011 at 12:06 AM  

Cute idea for a giveaway.
Question, "what is the greatest movie ever made"

Meagan May 24, 2011 at 2:06 AM  

What a great giveaway! :)
What got you into sewing/crafting?

babalisme May 24, 2011 at 3:29 AM  

Well thank you for the chance... any question, really? I know we just met even virtually, met.. but "how did you met your husband/love of your life/bestfriend/dog/cat/etc.. the one that you committed your love to, and not related by blood to you?"

nicmowat May 24, 2011 at 4:05 AM  

who two hippos?

thanks for the giveaway!
email in profile
nicmowat (at) gmail (dot) com

mellowpuff May 24, 2011 at 5:42 AM  

What item that you've made are you most proud of? Why?
I'm not a quilter, but I have been so inspired by some of the things I've seen while checking out all these fab blogs. I love your spring chicken and 360 degrees quilts. The colours are beautiful.

deserae May 24, 2011 at 10:34 AM  

What is your favorite vacation destination?

Anonymous May 24, 2011 at 2:34 PM  

Why do Americans drink black tea without milk?

anna [at] 64colorbox [dot] com

Sallie May 24, 2011 at 2:50 PM  

If it's an infinity scarf, why is there an end to it? Thanks for the giveaway! I like the pastels in the bottom picture.

Ashley May 24, 2011 at 2:57 PM  

What color is my cat?

mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous May 24, 2011 at 3:14 PM  

I'm pregnant and still have a month before I get an ultrasound, help me get a headstart on sewing for the baby, will this baby be a boy or a girl?
okiedokiemama at yahoo dot com

sharmylae May 24, 2011 at 4:14 PM  

what's your favourite colour! :)

Vacuum Queen May 24, 2011 at 5:09 PM  

Well I was going to ask just how you make those scarves, but I see you're going to post that. I'm putting you in my favorites so I can check back, yay!

So my second question is...umm...what is your favorite flavor of jam?


sara May 24, 2011 at 5:11 PM  

Hmm, the answer is probably on your blog... but why "two hippos"?
sarajmason at xtra dot co dot nz

Mellissa May 24, 2011 at 6:25 PM  

I really like the blue madras, it's lovely! And my birthday is in July, so it could be a birthday present to me! As for the question: What is your favorite band to listen to when you are having a bad day?

Hayley May 24, 2011 at 8:35 PM  

Many people say to live like there's no tomorrow, although most of us don't do it. If you realized that there really was no tomorrow, how would you spend that short, special day?
Thanks for the giveaway!


Christie S. May 24, 2011 at 8:54 PM  

I love surprises. And I like the color of the first red one. Enjoy your trip and you must tell what you're researching.

lorraine May 24, 2011 at 9:00 PM  

if you can be one animal what would it be?..thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown May 24, 2011 at 9:02 PM  

This is kinda a cool thing, even tho you didn't really plan it this way. I like the idea of a future secret surprise :)

Do you have any pets?

Unknown May 24, 2011 at 9:21 PM  

Do you enjoy sewing with stretch fabrics?
Thanks for the chance!

Jo May 24, 2011 at 9:58 PM  

Hmm, what is your favourite colour?

jo.tee35 AT gmail DOT com

corina May 24, 2011 at 10:08 PM  

Do you prefer the old Martha Stewart show where she is kinda snobby but makes amazing things, or the new fakey friendly Martha Stewart Show?

Delaina May 25, 2011 at 12:24 AM  

What kind of research are you doing?


Danielle May 25, 2011 at 12:31 AM  

You've probably mentioned this in your blog but what are you researching? Thanks for the giveaway!
dcdyess289 at yahoo dot com

Kiza May 25, 2011 at 2:58 AM  

Hrm... Okay. What has been your favorite question asked, thus far? (And, wow, I hope no one else has already asked that. I purposefully didn't read the previous questions!) Thanks for taking part in Giveaway Day - especially with everything else you have going on right now! - and for offering up such a cool prize! :)

Unknown May 25, 2011 at 4:06 AM  

What a grand idea, I should LOVE to have a surprise.

are you familiar with the delightful holiday song 'i want a hippopotamus for christmas?' its by far the best christmas song ever. "no crocodiles, or rhinoserusesus, i only like, hippopotomusesus, and hippopotamuses like me tooooo" Are happy that this song will stuck in my head all day long? Are you equally happy that I will call my sister to wake her up by singing this song, and she will also be singing it all day? Speaking of my delightful sister, (Do you know her? you should) a woman came into her store yesterday dressed as princess leia... turns out it is the woman from in an effort to escape the oppression of stereotypes and bla bla bla she's dressing as princess leia for 6 weeks. Would YOU dress as princess leia for 6 weeks? 6 days?

Gill May 25, 2011 at 4:16 AM  

Why do we only have two hands? an extra one would be so useful!

adrienne May 25, 2011 at 7:33 AM  

Oh, lovely! I love surprises :)

Hmmm. Chocolate or candy? Chips or pretzels? Salty or sweet snacks?

MooBear Designs May 25, 2011 at 7:48 AM  

Who makes the tissues we use 3 ply and how do they get the aloe in them?

xo Steph

CMEH May 25, 2011 at 9:08 AM  

I think my question would have to be... how are you keeping your sanity as busy as you are... thanks for a great giveaway! Good luck!

Sangeetha May 25, 2011 at 9:50 AM  

what's your research about?

Anonymous May 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM  

Which would you rather lose, if you had to choose one...the ability to read, or the ability to write?

Thanks for the giveaway.

hueisei May 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM  

Thanks for the generous giveaway!
Lovely gift!!!!
I hope I am the lucky one..^^
Why you name your blog 2 hippos?
Just curious...

Jessy May 25, 2011 at 11:19 AM  

Ooo, I have been wanting an infinity scarf so bad, and both of those madras combos are super cute! Since I'm new to your lovely blog, I'll ask where the name Two Hippos comes from?

Stephanie May 25, 2011 at 1:58 PM  

Thank you for the great giveaway. It's lovely.
atchisonsteph at gmail dot com
How old were you when you first started sewing?

Viki Banaszak May 25, 2011 at 3:18 PM  

How cool! I would love an infinity scarf. I like the red fabric better. What is your favorite color?

Quilt Genius May 25, 2011 at 4:26 PM  

Hi! Where do you stand on pre-washing fabric?


MamaPPod May 25, 2011 at 5:20 PM  

You make me smile. My life is much like yours, and you have made me feel much better about that fact. Happy researching!

Serena May 25, 2011 at 5:25 PM  

What are you researching? And is it in an exotic location? :) (I'll poke around your blog for the answers.) Thank you for the giveaway!

Beth May 25, 2011 at 9:44 PM  

My question - why do things fall on the floor more often right after I have mopped it?


Anonymous May 25, 2011 at 10:11 PM  

i'm loving the scarf :) it's adorable!

my question: why does company only come over AFTER my little one has wrecked shop?

thanks for the chance!

Treasuresofjoy May 25, 2011 at 10:38 PM  

WHy do some clouds look like marshmallows?
I love the scarf and really love surprises!

StephanieS May 26, 2011 at 12:50 AM  

What vegetarian recipe(s) do you recommend that have few and/or easily found ingredients and maybe with protein? I'm trying to add more vegetarian dishes to our family's diet. Thanks for the chance to win. stephspitzer at gmail dot com

Mike and Jackie May 26, 2011 at 11:35 PM  

Why did you start sewing? What inspires your creativity?

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