Friday, February 13, 2009

Machine Applique and a Valentine's Day Giveaway!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I always look forward to February and Valentine's Day so that I can display two of my favorite little quilts: You Stole My Heart and Loves Me!

These quilts always made me smile. They also provide an opportunity to tell you about my two favorite methods of machine appliqué.

I used fusible thread to do all the appliqué on You Stole My Heart. If you've never used fusible thread, you've got to give it a try! You can read more about that technique at my website.

For Loves Me! I wanted to use my favorite method of machine appliqué, a method that produces the look of hand-done needle-turn appliqué using the sewing machine.

The secret to this method is using a specific product, Water Soluble Appliqué Foundation, which can be very difficult to find. I finally found a source so I am now stocking it and offering to you on my website:

I'd love to teach you how to use both of these techniques. Contact me to schedule a class in your area or check out my 2009 class schedule.

The Seasons class would be a perfect class for learning machine appliqué and has been rescheduled to start on March 16. Come join us and learn how easy and fun machine appliqué can be!

Finally, in honor of Valentine's Day, I'm offering a GIVEAWAY. I'll enter your name to win two complete kits, each containing all the materials, supplies and instructions to make a small project while learning both of these methods of machine appliqué! The fusible thread appliqué kit makes a small needle case. The mock needle-turn appliqué kit makes a small flower block to use in a quilt or pillow.

Here are the particulars to win the kits:

You will get one entry for each category accomplished:

1. Sign up for my email newsletter. If you already receive it, just let me know — and thank you!

2. Tell a friend about and my blog.

3. Add a link to on your website or blog.

4. Tell about my blog and my giveaway on your blog.

5. Place my blog on your blog's sidebar.

So, leave a comment on the blog and let me know how many entries you have earned. Make sure I have an e-mail address to reach you.

My deadline to close this giveaway will be Tuesday, February 17. I'll announce the winner on Wednesday, February 18.

Happy stitching!



  1. I get the newsletter and would love to win he loves me :)
    I've posted a message with a direct link to this message when I posted to tell all my friends I don't know how many entries that is :)

  2. Hello Annie,

    I just rcieved your newsletter and made all the 5 things I need to enter the give away. Thank you for this. I like o win . Please also give me te 5 points.

    My blog is:

    Greeting Guilitta

  3. Annie, I am already a subscriber and I love your site.

  4. Hi Annie, I already receive your newsletter, I posted about your giveaway on my blog and your website AND i put your blog on my side bar! :)
    I LOVE your patterns!

  5. I have signed up for your newsletter, Added your Blog to my sidebar and am announcing the "giveaway" on my Blog. Thanks for the great ideas for Applique.

  6. I love superior thread. I plan to stock up at NQA in June. I already receive your newsletter so please throw me into the pot. Thanks.

  7. Good Morning Annie! What a fun way to spend Valentines Day! I'm already getting your newsletter...and I've mentioned your patterns on my yahoo group... 25WeeksofChristmas. Today I added a link to your website and blog on my blog and also talked about your giveaway. My blog is and my email is
    Have a wonderful day!!

  8. Hi - I just subscribed to your email so that would be one entry!

    Thanks for the chance to win such a fantastic giveaway.

    Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

  9. I love your newsletters and your blog. And the water soluble applique foundation is such a great idea! I didn't know something like that existed. I will post a link to your site and blog on our guild's yahoo group.
    karen in IN

  10. I only earned two entries because I don't know how to create a blog. I did send the link to your page to my girlfriend though, and I signed up for your newsletter. I'll keep my fingers crossed 'cause I've never won anything from anywhere, so maybe this will be my lucky day.

  11. I am an out of work Gramma who would love to give my two little granddaughters a lovely quilt. Marni is 3 and Chloe is one. Not much money these days for me. I love both of the quilts you have shown on the web site. What would be the cost of a kit?

  12. What a wonderful giveaway! I am a subscriber, please enter me. Judy

  13. I've earned one entry for the February Giveaway.


  14. Annie, what a fun and terrific giveaway. I've been a newsletter subscriber for quite a long time (1)and have written to my friends(2). Darn, no blog yet! So, that's 2 points, but better than none!

    Pam in No. Calif.
    gaboo at sonic dot net

  15. Hi Annie!
    I have done all five things!
    Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  16. Hi, I've signed up for your newsletter and I've posted about it on my blog with a link to this page to read about your wonderful giveaway!

  17. I sent you an email... get your email newsletter! Also sent your web address and blog address to a couple of friends. I guess that makes (2) entries! Love your patterns!

  18. I shouted out about you on my blog. This looks like a wonderful give away!

  19. I shouted out about you on my blog! I already have you on my sidebar, and receive your newsletter. I can hardly wait to get started on my lap top bag.

  20. Hi, I just subscribed to your newsletter. I am now looking for all kinds of good information. I added you to my sidebar a long time ago.

  21. Oh thank you so much for this opportunity! I did all five!!!!

    1. I signed up for your newsletter with jackie {at} jackiesue {dot} com

    2. I emailed my 5 friends here about you and copied you on it too :)

    3. I added a link to your site from my blog at

    4. I told about your blog & giveaway at my blog:

    5. I did the link in #3 and it's in my side bar permenantly


  22. Hi!
    Signed up for newsletter, put a link in sidebar, told people to visit & and check out your blog giveaway.

  23. I too signed up for your newsletter a while ago. Now I just added you to my blog list. I guess that makes 2 for me!! Thanks for a fantastic giveaway!!!

  24. I already receive your newsletter and listen to your podcast (great while exercising). I'd love to win your kits - they look lovely.

  25. I'm a subscriber to your email.
    I have your link on my blog at

  26. oh oh oh count me your patterns! You must be the most organized person...

  27. Oh dear! I posted a comment on your blog for this give away and now I see it never came I am trying again.

  28. Hi Annie,
    I receive the newsletter. I've been purchasing accessories since 2007 and just received a new bunch. Your guest blogging was fascinating -- you have so much room to sew and create. Great husband. I am anxious to try the new stuff when it comes out. OK water soluble applique foundation -- must get some of that. Please add me to the give-a-way.
    Thanks so much, always enjoy your blog and website.

  29. I am signed up for your newsletter. Please enter me in your drawing.

  30. Hi Annie, I have been getting your newsletters for quite some time now, I have told a friend about your website and blog, I have posted a message about your blog on my blog and I have added a link to your blog and newsletter on my blog, and added your blog to my sidebar.
    Please enter my name 5 times, in the drawing for the awesome Valentines Giveaway, and thank-you for the great information in your newsletters and blog.

  31. Hi Annie,

    I really enjoy your style and love yoiur patterns. I am signed up for your newsletter. Thanks for personally delivering my order :-)



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