Hope you like ORANGE...
and if you don't...it will grow on you...
wait and see.... and you will be sweeter too...
YES we ALL made it! The Wantobe Quilter Campaign
has begun. Thanks for visiting, participating and being a cheerleader.
I have a few cheerleaders who certainly kept me together and were there to cheer me on this past month..
Jane, Wendy, Marlene, Millie, Kelly, Kathleen, Corrie, Darlene,
it helped sew much to have you there...( you still there- aren't you? I haven't worn
you out have I? luv ya all tons)
A huge appreciation to our Sponsors ( all 52 of them listed
on our side bar, whom you will come to know intimately)
and who are certainly the GREATEST. LATEST and BEST.
(All of their links go directly to what they sponsored.)
This is possible 'cause THEY believed in ME! They certainly knew what I was doing.
A few of them even clapped when I did my campaign speech.
That was pretty awesome.
I'm possibly more excited than all of you put together
...To be able to write....YOU WIN, and YOU WIN, and YOU WIN...
well nothing really thrills me more.
I thought you might be interested in why I wanted to do this? Why something like this when most of you know already that I put in 12 hours+ a day 7 x a week, just managing this blog... Who does this and why?
I will add here that I am not earning 1 dollar in compensation for this campaign..not 1 dollar ( which is why you will be paying for your shipping cost) ..... Sew why do this? - you ask? .Who does this.....? well me...Madame Samm...
I started quilting last JUNE 2010, a little over a year ago.
I used to make dolls..( albeit I only did it for 8 months)..made over 500 of them
designed a slew of patterns and stopped.....I felt like Forest Gump...I ran
for sew long and then turned around .....NO reason really, I did all that I could do and
I had nothing left... sew I thought what NEXT????
( don't ask that question unless you are really ready to take
on new challenges? lol)
I thought you might be interested in some of
the dolls that kept me up at night in those days.....
These are only a few I designed and created...
I always keep my very first dolls...except for the Carol Doll
and the Chloe doll- these were my only exception...
Here are some of my favorite designs...
Meet Aimee from my Aimee collection ( which translates
to LOVE in French) ...I can't even tell
you how many of these I made.....at least a hundred...
They were only 5 inches tall...
Madge she is OOAK (one of a kind) I still have her..
I made her of the likeness of a retired teacher..
who happens to be a neighbor and not a nice one at that lol
( She is what I call a character doll)
And my she is one character believe me.
She stands 22 inches tall and she scares me...lol
She seems to find herself in the most unusual places...
My DH does this to remind me never to take life
too seriously. ( oh and to remind me to work out,
he always puts a note with her...This morning,
Madge was in my Powder room across from my office..
(Have you worked out yet???? )
Yeah Yeah...and you wonder where my energy
comes..I work out every day! It is Madge,
she scares me into it...lol
Chloe here was recently gifted to a very dear friend..
( who sew makes me laugh and she quilts too)
I made many Chloe dolls in all kinds of colors dresses.
She still is one of my favorite designs...
I hand curled her hair..a technique I learned
from a fellow doll maker Ree...( Hi sweetie)
La Modele here, was my very first doll I ever
made, I was sew excited at making her, she took
me less than 24 hours
(she was suppose to take me 4 days in a doll class
I'm a quick learn)
She is over 20 inches tall
and attitude more than Madge..believe it or not..
( I still have her )
This is the Carol Doll..a friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer
for the 2nd time...I designed this for her...her head cap
was made from ostrich down...to resemble her lost her
hair ..the little sign said,"I am still here" ..
I made a few dozen of them myself then I got an order for hundreds..
I had to have them
made by a company as I could not possibly make
up the same doll that many times- I would still be making them
if I did...lol
( I don't even have one left for myself)
And Autumn, well she was my second doll
I had ever made..I still have her...she just makes me smile...
Her face is all hand embroidered.
She is only 4 yrs old (she told me to tell you that, and she is 6 inches tall)
( I made April in the month of April of this year...... even
she did not stir me enough to stop quilting
and make more dolls..., but she is cute isn't she?)
She is 8 inches tall and I still have her too.
She looks sad, cause she is...lol
She thinks she is the last of her kind....
( Dolls talk to you a lot you know..quilts not sew much)
Sew how did I become a QUILTER?
MY first quilting
ADVENTURE and CONTEST
I was purchasing many of my doll fabrics from Quilt Taffy...Corrie
mentioned there was this quilt contest, called Moda/Schnibbles.
She said "why not make a quilt...give it a try.".... I would like to add
Corrie was always cheering me on....reminder here, I didn't know how to quilt
anything, she made herself available every step of the way....that was last JUNE 2010..
I had to hire someone to come to my home to teach me how to use
a rotary cutter...I had just purchased a mat and ruler and this cutter
thingamagig..and I had no idea what next or how to use them.......????
Yes I sewed...I made dolls, duvets, designed many Chanel suits
in my day but a QUILT..you have got to be kidding....?
I had ENOUGH. blankets, throws and goose down duvets..
why did I need to make a quilt? Ü
Well I know now...and most of YOU know as well.
....it's not about the quilts
( you quilters know that)
Back to my adventure...still with me?
After a few hours of cutting straight pieces of fabric..I got
the hang of cutting..now what????
I purchased Carrie Nelson's Schnibbles book..
that was one of the criteria to enter the contest..
I also purchased fabric from Kate Spain's, 12 days of Christmas
( another criteria, it had to be a brand new line )
I have this thing about red and white fabric...
I chose the HOT CROSS pattern ( our of Carries book) and began to figure out
this quilting thing.... It took me all of 6 weeks from beginning to end...
( even hand quilted snowflakes all over the quilt)
This is Carrie Nelson and her wonderful
Rosie...( hi you two)
Creator of the Schnibbles FAME!
I took this photo at a local artist home where
he makes gigantic pine cones..
This is what I ended up with...I called it
LET it SNOW....I had made some self covered leather buttons
to look like raisins on a hot cross bun, wrote out all the lyrics
of LET is SNOW around the sash around the edge of the quilt
and even added a foot pocket on the back to tuck my feet in
on those cool nights....
I took this photo at a neighboring friend's home...
Dawn is also a quilter... Hi Dawn..
And the biggest surprise of all.......I came in
2nd in the MODA/Schnibbles Contest...
Corrie shared she always knew I would walk
away with something...It helps sew much
to have someone believe in YOU.
I cried for days after that call from Mary at
That was last September 2010...and my life
has never been the same since..
I changed the name of my blog
Sew Dolls who's next?
'cause by then I knew I was going to be a QUILTER.
( serious one, well you tell me )
Here are some I have made...I am up to 6 quilts now..
in less than a year...( probably would have made a whole
lot more if I was not managing 2 blogs lol)
cream-sicle, let it snow, bedtime, you complete me quilts...
I made this from a pattern that was to be used for
the end of your bed... I made one for our double lounger.
My DH always tells me I complete him...I complete
his thoughts, his chores around the house, his phone calls,
and although I don't tell him enough
HE completes me right down to the bottom of my heart!
Drop me a line Quilt, with Fresh Palette- Carrie Nelson's Collection.
All hand quilted and hand embroidered with needles and thread on
the bottom... and yes my signature foot pocket too..
This can be found in my office on my day bed...
Just love this one- because it is sew FRESH!
This was my Cream-sickle Quilt and was inspired
She is the one that moved me
to be an ORANGE lover...I still love ORANGE
which is why our campaign has been chosen for this color!
Oh Des is Corries sister....and I adore her too..
She sew inspires me!
I took the photos out in the cold
sew it would not melt ...( get it ) Ü
also hand quilted...
And with my signature Foot Pockets...and my custom designed label
( of course it is a cream -sickle) I always add the date I started
the day I ended, the name of the collection of fabric I used, my name
and the name of the quilt. Always name your quilts...no really
you will be sew glad you did!
( foot pockets...again I had no idea I was the first to do this..
I remember showing it at a local Guild..they laughed at me...
I thought everyone made foot pockets....I was wrong lol)
But you have to admit, what a great idea ..right?
All of my quilts have foot pockets...
This one I call the Bedtime quilt...I took these
photos then drove away..I was taking many quilt
photos that day...and forgot him.....
it was 14 degrees below zero that day,
I kept going back to the car between shoots
to warm up...
Came home and realized..OOOOPs..
drove back, it was still there.. lol
I suppose if I had forgotten him do you think
he would have looked this good in the spring.....
One wonders? lol
I am trying to complete this one...called
my LOVE QUILT I stitched in stem stitching all of
my favorite things * various words....and I am hand embroidering
using only Presencia Threads ( my fav threads for stitching) from
Colonial Needle..( sponsor yes)
wee yellow french knots and stems
all over the white kona background.
Ohhhh and I only HAND quilt...silly yes.
since I know sew many wonderful long armers...
Sew this now brings me to HERE....
WHY this CAMPAIGN
Frankly the answer is pretty simple....
It has been a somewhat challenging 2 years since I retired
from Big PHARMA, I was well respected and I think pretty well
liked by my colleagues...but when you retire, you lose your identity..
At least I did...I was not sought out anymore for my opinions, my marketing
ingenuity was well--- not needed...I was cast aside... kind of like an expiry date...
still here, but not as fresh...(or sew they thought)
( I have no idea where all this comes from, but it is how I feel....lol)
WELLLLLL, when Rae Ann who used to manage this blog..
came after me and said "YOU are the ONE"....I did not know
really what she meant....but she knew...yes she knew...
( Last October-2010)
I gave myself 48 hours to think about it and said
"YES, I will take over STASH MANICURE.
and see what I can do with it...."
( or something like that)
( I knew very little about blogging...quilting good grief
I had all of 4 months of experience)
What was she thinking? lol
Rae Ann if you are seeing this...YOU lifted me in sew many ways...
THANK YOU. I know you know, but I am saying this here...
YOU gave me a FRESH NEW Beginning as
my dearest Corrie also did from Quilt Taffy .
Both of you ladies believed in me, when I certainly did not...
There is one thing about me that is TRUE, I always serve up more
than anyone can ever expect...
And both of you knew that too!~
Which leads me here today.....
I wanted to do something NOBODY had ever DONE.
I wanted to reach out to YOU and say I believe in YOU-
Believe me "Your life" will be sew enriched beyond words.
Any troubles, challenges, stresses, they seem to vanish
when one picks up a needle and thread....OH yes...!
And funny enough, you are embraced by a community
that is like no other...My phone is never silent now....
And funny enough many ask my opinions about marketing...
If I know anything it is developing business models...
A President of a company said this to me just the other day...
" YOU are doing something Samm, that we could not even
conceive the thought of- and you have done this in less than
( I fell silent and that does not happen very often..
then I wiped my tears and smiled.....Yep I did! )
Exactly a month ago ( I know only a month today...
who does this??? I keep asking myself?)
...I came up with this idea to do a campaign...
while sitting on my back porch....these ideas in moments of silence
just pop into my head... Imagine that...!!!!
I love my solitude possibly even more than quilting..
That surprises many people...
I wrote up my SPONSOR letter that day sent it out to a few potential
companies and they said yes and kept saying yes... lol
Sometimes it helps to be NAIVE...
I did not know what I did not know..
sew why would anyone say NO to me..lol
My ultimate GOAL is to
recruit NEW Quilters...
Everyone benefits.....Bloggers get more followers,
Sponsors get more Sales...
YOU our loyal visitors obtain more information, inspiration
and great giveaways too..
WANTOBE Quilters get opportunities for new TOOLS
to begin this most amazing past time...*
I will speak for myself.....this is a FULL TIME PASSION...
I should come with a warning...do not talk to me about QUILTING
or Blogging or about YOU- our most delightful guests and quilting friends...
YOU are what I always talk about..ask around....
Everyone who comes and participates has an opportunity to WIN something...
But most of all our Quilting community will grow...
even if you are only bringing
1 new WANTOBE quitler forward...that could mean
overall thousands of new quilters..
How exciting...maybe there is a another
Madame Samm who will win some contest someday
and maybe I will say..." YOU are the ONE"...
There is something pretty amazing about quilters..
They STITCH with a lot of
and why? because they have ONE!.
If ever you are seeking amazing FRIENDS
you will find them in Quilters...I know....
If you want to de-stress...quilt... I know
If you want to hide away forever....quilt.. I know..
( many of my neighbors and friends have not seen me in 8 months)
If you are looking for a new identity...........quilt. I know...
If ever you thought 1 person CANNOT make a difference....quilt.... I know..
NOW for the next 12 weeks.......
We will still have guest bloggers for all 12 weeks.
Mon-Fri will be guest days and giveaways.
Saturday will be Sponsor days...( they will be able to share
sales, promotions, new products launches....)
Sunday...I will rest..you too ok...lol..
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are for Wantobe Quilters
( those who do not quilt, they do not have tools, machines, rulers, fabric bundles)
YOU can win all of the goodies we will be giving away...as long as you
are affiliated with one of the bloggers here on the side bar...
Be sure to connect with them, be a follower of theirs,
include their name (blogger) when you leave a comment and if you win,
they also win something..if you don't leave their name of your sponsor blog and yours you
will not be eligible for any wins...
I will not have time to remind anyone to do that...sew this is your only reminder..
P.S. cannot accept anymore names of sponsor BLOGGERs
your deadline was FRIDAY to be included..I only have sew much room
( needed that for sponsors) Nod your head YES!
Clarification here...names can always be accepted throughout
campaign...just send to those bloggers where you saw the
Wantobe Quilters button or send your name to someone
on our blog roll...
Sew be sure to give your name, email, phone numbers to these bloggers..
YOU have my word and that means a lot around here...
this information will not be circulated to anyone...
Why I am doing it this way....sew we don't get
people who have nothing to do with the quilt community
winning product and selling them on EBAY-
not going to happen...( Nod your head YES)
Tuesdays and Thursdays are for QUILTERS...
( all those who quilt..you will be able to win new tools too
Did I just hear a squeal.....lol)
If you do not have a blog you can still enter of course..
but give your name to someone on our list of bloggers
and be sure when you leave a comment you provide their name of their blog too..
IF you win, sew do they...if you only leave a comment with no name
you will not be eligible ....again I will not have the time to remind everyone of this....
If you have a BLOG yeah and you are a QUILTER.
, .you only have to leave a comment to win
on Tuesdays and Thursdays... if you win..YOU win...
well you will see....lol.. ( we will know you are a blogger cause your avatar
button will link us to it)
Everyone who leaves a comment must be a FOLLOWER here!
( All of our subscribers must leave a comment here to win)
See the follower button on your right...( must be a follower to win anything)
And when you register with a BLOG sponsor you must follow them too!
Sew my dear Quilters, Sponsors and Wantobe Quilters
thank you for being here today...It is indeed my pleasure to be your first
guest and also be the first to introduce to you our very 1st sponsor
for today's giveaway!
They were one of the first I approached and again
they did not hesitate to be part of this...and this is what they offered...
click to enlarge to see details.
As I kept thinking about my very first purchase of a mat, ruler
and rotary cutter...I wish I had started with these..OH MY...
I thought this would be a perfect start to our campaign...
Big thanks to the Grace Company....
be sure to visit them..thank them for being a sponsor..
* they have sent lots of goodies to giveaway~!
This giveaway is for ALL-Wantobe Quilters
( those who possibly have
no idea how to use these..yes YOU)
YOU will get this package...
a 24 x36 mat..a perfect size to begin quilting....
this personalized comfort cutter ( rotary cutter)..
also I will be sending you a fat quarter bundle ( from our Monica Lee
to get you started. And what do you know it is ORANGE.
After all you will need something to practice on right?
Now how is that for a NEW Beginning?
( winner will be announced tomorrow)
and ps ( if ever you want to see who was on the day before
go to the bottom of page and link button to OLDER POST)
This way ONLY 1 guest blogger is highlighted every day.
Sew to all those who will be participating ,
guesting, sponsoring, cheering...
Welcome to our very 1st Campaign!
( did you really think this would be the only ONE)
Now leave a comment, if you are a Wantobe Quilter-
be sure to add your blog sponsor and that you indeed are a WANTOBE
QUILTER, asnd a follower on this blog...
And since it is ME who is the guest today..
I can't really say go follow me... ( you are already here aren't you lol)
but I can ask you to go and follow someone
who has been of great assistance to me this month..
Any hour of the day I could throw stuff at her ...
( well not literally of course..but she became my sounding board.
and my we laughed sew much at the audacity of all of this till we cried..
Ok I cried..she laughed......)
SEW go to HER BLOG and be a FOLLOWER
come back and tell me YOU followed her, it would be really
nice if you thanked her too...because she held me together most days...
and YOU will be able to win....this amazing giveaway...
Winners -Wantobe Quilter and Blog sponsor ( special prize)
will be announced tomorrow morning when the next
THANK YOU Grace Company.
YOU are the Greatest, Latest, Best. !
And PLEASE say YES you will be BACK!
Ps. I don't want any of you worrying about me.( some were thinking I only had 109 comments.....we actually had 1009 and counting...) Please no more concerned notes...lol...( funny peeps)
Our blog got a little shaken up today...it happens...Good day in all! See you tomorrow. Those Wantobe Quilters are all accounted for...#1 Winner announced in the morning...
Our blog got a little shaken up today...it happens...Good day in all! See you tomorrow. Those Wantobe Quilters are all accounted for...#1 Winner announced in the morning...