Good News Giveaway

You might have gathered from the above video that I have good news. You would be correct.

I am now a professional blogger! No, I have no plans to quit my day job, but I will be posting a few tutorials for Havel's Sewing. Don't know Havel's? They make great lightweight scissors and cutting tools.

My first tutorial is for my pineapple quilt from a few months ago. You remember, this one:

Pineapple Power by modernjax
Pineapple Power, a photo by modernjax on Flickr.

Check out my tutorial at Havel's, and if pineapples aren't your thing, you can adapt this technique, as I did for this peacock mug rug:

Just follow steps 12 - 22 using peacock-inspired fabrics for the "petals." Download this pdf to applique the peacock's body to his feathers (feel free to email me for more in depth instructions). To complete, just add a strip of background fabric to the bottom of the peacock and back, quilt and bind. Done!

Don't feel like making a peacock? Today's *someone's* lucky day! Enter the giveaway to win the peacock mug rug AND my favorite Havel's product: Dura Snips! I wear these around my neck whenever I'm sewing – they are great for snipping threads and I always know where they are!

Want to win?? Leave a comment here telling me what you would like to see as a tutorial. Also, blog or tweet (using @modernjax in your tweet) for an additional entry (come back here and add a comment to let me know you've posted). Don't forget, I need a way to contact you if you win -- no email address means no entry! You have until Friday July 8 at 5:00 EST to enter.

Also, feel free to comment on my tutorial at Havel's letting them know you like what you see (if, of course, you like what you see!). Thanks, friends!

PS I love how the peacock finished -- I added hanging corners and used Anne Marie's all machine binding technique. Easy Peasy!

PPS Happy 4th of July! We are avoiding the crowds and planning on watching the festivities from our backyard with a campfire and s'mores! Yum!


susanandrews1954 said...

Love the peacock- and the pineapples, Love blog tutorials. good luck and I'll be checking in!

Coisas da Laura said...

CAN'T believe it!!!I was going to send you a message asking where I could get the pinnapple pattern this morning,but I was in a hurry.And now,I sit in frnt of my PC and....I read this post!!!Thank you!!!THIS is what I wanted to see in a tutorial!
Hugs from Brasil!!!

Melissa said...

Oooh thank you for the giveaway- that is an adorable peacock and I agree- I was waiting for your pineapple tutorial, so I'm so glad to see it and can't wait to start on it! :) Melissa

BaileyGirl5 said...

Congrats! Havel's is lucky to have you on their site. I love that pineapple quilt and am adding the tut to my "to make" folder. Very cool :)

FerJeniB said...

Good job Beth! I love your projects. The peacock is truly inspired! Hugs Jen

Greta said...

Beth-that is great news! So proud of you. You don't need to enter me into the giveaway I just wanted to say how proud I am :)

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

Yay! How exciting!! Your tutorial was great. So glad you could share it. :) Sorry I don't have any tutorial requests. I really should be going to bed soon but was naughty and stayed up late to read your blog. I know. I'm such a rebel.

Congrats, Beth!

~Michelle~ said...

Good grief, you HAD to use the Futurama clip, eh? I swear that show's theme song is burned into my brain, Steve was on a Bender (pun totally intended) watching all of the eps earlier this year.

Anywho, LOVE the peacock, even though the little boogers are quite noisy in real life. And congrats on tutorializing! :)

Catskill Quilter said...

I love the peacock -- but then I LOVE the pineapples too! Your designs are terrific!

Karen said...

Hi, i just found your blog whilst looking at your beautiful hexies quilt on flikr. Lovely peacock, thx for the chance to win it too! :o)

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