Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Jumping in and a little giveaway.

Do you ever spend so much time tweaking something in an effort to make it perfect that it never gets finished? Last year, I started working on a Big Cartel store to sell my winning Spoonflower fabric and it's still not live. But today, I've decided that I should just jump in. It's never, ever going to be perfect and if I keep thinking about it and not doing it, it will never go live.

So, here it is... my online shop.


You'll find fat quarters of my original Cheater Friday print from Spoonflower, some jewelry (I'll save that for another post), and a couple of quilts. I don't think I ever blogged that my Cheater Friday fabric was the #6 bestseller on Spoonflower in 2010. Um, wow! I was so excited!

I recently changed the pink and red in the Cheater Friday print to get it closer to my original vision. Fat quarters of the original print are available now in the shop for $8.00. I've ordered some of the new version too (above) and I'll add it to the shop soon. Those fat quarters will be $10.00.

To celebrate me giving up on perfection (in this case) and jumping in, let's do a little giveaway.
I've got about 45, 2.5" squares from the original Cheater Friday
print ready to become 1" hexagons.
Want them?
Leave a comment below.

I'll let the random number generator pick a winner on Sunday night. Good luck!
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183 comments:

Dianne said...

I'd love a chance to win them...having just started a hexagon quilt recently...they'll be perfect.

gretam said...

That is just so beautiful! I love the colors! I think you did a fantastic job! :)

Carla said...

Very pretty, congratulations and thanks for the chance!

Meg said...

Very neat! Would love to win the squares!

Lindsay said...

Cute! I have been meaning to try smaller hexagons... right now I am working with 4.5 inch ones.

Sydney Simon said...

OOOH! I would love those squares for my hexagon quilt. My fingers are crossed!

Jodi Ingram said...

Good for you! The quest for perfection usually means it just never ends up happening. I'm glad you conquered that demon! Good luck with your new shop!

Becky said...

haha! Love "giving up on perfection". I think that's usually letting go of stress too. i'll toast to that! Your fabrics are gorgeous, thanks for the chance. good luck with the shop.

Johanna said...

Of course I want them! I should myself give up on perfection. And maybe the need to join in on every trend and quiltalong that comes my way :)

~Michelle~ said...

very pretty!

Lisa Martin said...

Great!!! Now those would be the start to my hexi quilt. A hexi quilt is on my wanna do one list. Yes it is a long list but i keep pecking away at it.

joliesjunebugboutique said...

Very Cute! I would love to win!

Kristen said...

I love your fabric! Thanks for giving some away!

Donna said...

Very pretty! I would love these little jewels to make their way to my home. Happy quilting!

Nichole said...

congrats on opening the shop! i definitely can relate with the waiting on perfection for things. i have also been waiting for ages to open my own shop as well. best of luck to you!

Kristin said...

I would love to win! I found your blog looking for help with the Anna Maria Horner hexagon pincushion. I am now addicted to making hexagons!

natalyK said...

I would love a chance to win this giveaway. The colors are so fun.

Debbie said...

Lovely, and I would love to have them! (And congrats on your new venture!)

Kati said...

Love those fabrics. I really need to figure out Spoonflower and see what is on there. Thanks for the giveaway.

Greta said...

So good to see this avaliable now. I've been waiting forever it feels like to be able to order it directly from you :) Of course winning some would be even better.

Tapestry Tree said...

Yeah for you! Way to go on the online store and YES I want the squares!!

Michele Hester said...

That's the way of the entrepreneur - jump in and do it.....perfection never comes, it eludes us all! Good luck with your store, I think it looks nice!

I'll put your giveaway link on my blog:
www.quilting-tutorials.blogpsot.com

Ranelle said...

Well, I learned how to do hexagons from you online so it's only appropriate that I make some with Your beautiful fabric one day. Would love to own these for starters.

Molly said...

That would be awesome to have them - I've been making hexagons like crazy using your information!

Bellgirl said...

Wow, congratulations on the success of your fabric design! I'd love to win some squares.

Stray Stitches said...

Congratulations on opening your online store! What an accomplishment. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your celebration giveaway!

Brakmack said...

Awesome! Congrats on jumping in! I love the colors and prints you're offering! thanks for the opportunity!
Cristina

Mommarock said...

Well, these are very beautiful, I would love to win!

Laura said...

I would love to win. I've been wanting to start making hexagons and this would really help!

Chancy said...

Great prints and colors! For someone who's giving up on perfection, those squares sure do look perfect to me. ;) I'd love to win them.

chancyf at gmail dot com

Karen said...

I would love these. I'm needing to cut more squares for my hexagon quilt. My quilt is in dire need of some new fabrics!

Jessica said...

Beautiful fabric! It would make stunning hexies!

Anita said...

Congrats on your online shop, I'm sure you'll do well!

ga447 said...

Luv, Luv it and a chance to win, thank you.

Barb said...

Congrats! I love your cheater fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jennifer said...

Your shop looks beautiful! I've never made hexagons before but it would be fun to start!

Annie said...

Love your fabric and your name! We're looking forward to snow here in Houston tomorrow. It's one crazy winter! Thanks for the giveaway.

chad and cheryl said...

I've been wanting to start a hexy quilt - this would be just the motivation I need!

Candace said...

Congratulations on getting your shop up and running! Your cheater fabric is on my to-buy list when March 1st hits -- my hubbie's reward to me for lasting 8 weeks without a fabric purchase.

BaileyGirl5 said...

Well I think this fabric is perfect!! I love it and I'd be so happy to use some in a quilts. Sweet!

SummersDesigns said...

Those look so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

Candace said...

ooh meee, meee ooh ooh meeee!

candacemcclintick@gmail.com

Lisa said...

Congrats on taking the plunge! Perfection is highly over-rated. I would love to win your yummy fabrics! pick me! pick me! hahaha.

Wendy D. P. said...

Oooh, so pretty! Congrats and good luck!

Jamie Mueller @ SunFlower Seeds said...

I'd love to win these...they're awesome!!

Jodi-JoJoMia's Place said...

OMG - sooooo cute!! I would love to have these for my hexagon quilt I started a few months ago and am slowly making progress with when I can. I love that fabric. I agree, who needs perfection, just go with it!

Tamie said...

I'd love to be included for a chance at these cool fabrics... Count me in.

Elena said...

Yay, thank you! My hexie box could use a few newbies :)

Corinnea said...

I would LOVE to have these for my quilt!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What fun fabric! I'm in.

Thanks for the chance.

craftyMSP said...

congrats on the shop - jumping in is the way to go! I love this fabric :)

Erika said...

Congratulations! Both for the shop and the #6 spot.

nikki said...

Oh, I just love all the limes!

Cindy Anderson said...

Oh, I love your fabric. The colors are great.

Bree said...

Pick me, pick me!
I totally just ordered the hexie accuquilt die, and those fit the small hexie!
:)

andie said...

I would love to win. Congrats on #6 fabric. Cheers!

Stacey said...

Congratulations on making the plunge. That takes a lot of courage!

Dawnfire said...

Congratulations on doing so well with your fabric line, which is absolutely fabulous.

DianeY said...

I just loved this when you first posted about it-now it's looking even prettier!

Leigh said...

Congratulations! Your jewelry is beautiful!

Andi said...

Want them? Yes please!!

Caroline ~ TrilliumDesign said...

Congrats!! That is quite an achievement - i had no idea, but i'm not surprised - that is a cute print! thanks for doing the giveaway

Jessica said...

Congratulations! The fabric is just gorgeous! Would love to win... :)

fyek said...

What fun prints, and all on the same fabric! Brilliant! Congratulations on its popularity--I can see why! :)

Heartsdesire said...

I would love them. I'm now in the process of cutting a lot of my scraps and stash into 2 1/2-inch squares and hoping to make some kind of nine-patch.

razberiswrl said...

Good for you for just diving in!! Sometimes that's what it takes to get the ball really rolling. I wish I could think of more cliches to use in my comment, lol, but I guess that's just the way the cookie crumbles ...

;)

Pam said...

These squares are so fun, they make me happy. I hope I win.

The Hungry Crafter said...

Oh you bet I want 'em! Congratulations on your store! I think sometimes jumping in is the only way to get anything accomplished -- I can put things off forever if I start thinking too much!

kay morrison said...

beautiful! yes please!!

The Capps said...

What fun fabric! I'd love to win it!
Thanks
Christine
http://thefabricjunkie.blogspot.com/

ladmquilter said...

Thanks for the chance to win I would love to put those fabrics in my hexagon quilt they are gorgeous.

The One and Only said...

I so remember the cheater fabric!! I think they did a contest right? If so, I did vote for you...If not, I voted for someone, but could swear it was you!! The only thing I don't like about Spoonflower is that it really is a little pricey....I love FQ's but 8-10 is a little rich for a SAHM...but don't get me wrong your cheater fabric roCKS!!

Sarah said...

Awesome! I love these prints, any thoughts about making full yards available of specific prints?

VO said...

Yes, please!

Tut said...

Congratulations! You know what the author, Annie Lamott says: "Perfectionism is the tool of the oppressor". Would love to win and thanks for the inspiration. tut

LuAnn said...

I love the colors in those fabrics; they would make great hexagons.

Trisha said...

Congrats on your new shop!

Anonymous said...

they look delish (as thoroughly modern millie would say). Would love to start hexies with all those cuties. pizzadelong@yahoo.com

Chelsea said...

Wow, so inspiring! Love the fabrics.

savvy stitch said...

Beautiful fabric! I would love to add these fabrics to my hexie quilt.

emily.nudelman@gmail.com

Susan Entwistle said...

I just recently discovered hexagons, and I would love to have them to add to the dozen I've made. Love your fabric. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

jednoiglec said...

So yummy fabrics! And already cut to be hexies? I'm in! :)))

Sarah said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win such a cool prize Melanie!

Jo @ A life in lists said...

Congrats on the spoonflower success! That's brilliant. And thanks for the chance to win some of your lovely fabric design.

gill said...

Gorgeous colours!
I'd love to win them!
Thanks

Isisjem said...

Oooh yes please! I loved this fabric so much I got myself some from Spoonflower! But hey more is always good ;-)

Stine said...

I absolutely LOVE your cheater print! It's such a great way to get a huge variety of prints for hexagons...no wonder it made the bestseller list.

Little Miss Shabby said...

Oh how exciting Melanie! I bought some of your fabric last year and it is so cute! Can't wait to see the new colors. =)

Natasha said...

Congrats on your store. I would love that fabric for hexies!!

KristyLou said...

Exciting!!!! Yes, I do want some :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Heather said...

Good for you getting the shop going! I love the fabric - how fun for hexagons!

gina said...

Way to go Melanie....have always loved everything you do! and congrats on your shop...it IS perfect!

Karamat said...

How awsome!! Congrats on the best seller. Seeing your post reminds me that I need to get back to work on my hexies.

Laura said...

Beautiful fabrics! Thank you for the chance to win some.

Jodi said...

That would be a WONDERFUL birthday present for me! The 6th is my b-day, and that fabric is fantastic! Off to check out your shop!

Paula said...

Gorgeous Fabrics!! Would love to own them! Tks fr the chance xoxo

Indy Elizabeth said...

I've never made hexagons but have been wanting to give them a try. What better fabric to use than your vibrant florals? Thanks for the giveaway!

Faith said...

Oh I love those! I am not surprised those are so popular on Spoonflower - pretty!

pinsandneedles said...

I was wondering what happened to your cheater print...the one we voted on over at spoonflower. I would love to win these squares! Thanks for a chance!

jennifer said...

I would love to win these . I could make yo yos out of them. Thanks

Kathy H said...

Thanks for the chance to win your squares. I am so ready to work on bright colors to get me away from looking at snow and ice for so long.

Katie_M said...

Wow, thanks for the giveaway! I remember voting for that print and being glad it won! :) Those squares are so bright and cute!

babiesdoc said...

My hexagon progress has slowed to a stop
I need something to start it up again
thanks for entering me in your giveaway

Jacey said...

Very cool! It's awesome fabric, and how exciting to have so many people love it, too! Thank you for the chance to win some, and good luck with your new shop.

WvHmmngbrd said...

Love the colors! I'm making new quilts for my grandkids and they would really spice things up! Thanks for the chance to win!

Shannon said...

Congratulations on your success with your fabric. That must be so exciting. Don't worry about perfection we have all of our lives to get that way. LOL!! I would love to win these squares how fun!

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Would love to add these lovely patches to my hexagon quilt. Thanks for a chance to win.

Maria said...

Congratulations on the new shop, and thanks for the chance to win these lovely squares!

Marie said...

Yes, i want them. Thank you for your generousity.

Carolyn said...

#6?!? That's amazing! Congratulations!

Michelle said...

Sometimes you just have to jump in! After visiting your blog a while back, I finally jumped in and started making my first hexagons - using fabric that I'd been "saving" for the "perfect" project. I decided that it was better to use it for something now that the possibility that it will never get used. So, see you inspired me to jump in without even knowing it!

Alina said...

Love the fabric! Hope that I will win. Thanks for the chance.

Lori Holt said...

Melanie...
I would sew love to win!...These darling little squares are just the right size and would be so perfect to add to my hexies!
Pick me! Pick me!
xx
Lori

Jenna Z said...

You've done my least favorite step for me! The cutting, ugh I hate the cutting!!

Joanna said...

YES YES YES!! I just got into English paper piecing (I KNOW! I missed the boat) and would LOOVE to have theses cuties to help me on my new journey!

Janet said...

Lovely! Thanks for a chance to win.

Judy said...

Very colorful designs, great inspiration !

jana277 said...

Yes, I want it. Greetings from Slovakia.

Marcia W. said...

Blogger crashed on me so hope this is not a duplicate comment. When you first announced your cheater cloth on the blog, I checked it out on Spoonflower. It was indeed the best entry (in my opinion). I am now making my first ever hexies, and your small squares would be perfect to use in my (hopefully) bed-sized quilt. Congratulations on your new shop.

webmailaddress2 said...

That fabric is totally adorable. Congrats on breaking the top 10!

Karyli said...

I'm so into hexies lately that my husband thinks I'm crazy. I'd love that beautiful collection of squares. Thanks for sharing!

Jenna said...

Love the colors, and all the fun prints, very quick way to make hexagons! Thanks for the chance to win!

Tina said...

The perfect way for me to try out hexies! Love the bright colours!

Lady Docker said...

I'd love to win the squares as I am about 100 short for my hexagon quilt.

Deborah in Atlanta said...

I'd love to have these to start a new quilt with - they'd be just wonderful. dmj53 at hotmail dot com

patchworkdelights said...

What a coincidence because today I took out my pre cut paper backing papers and starting preparing some hexagons and blogged about it too!

Melinda said...

The fabric is perfect for hexagons. I would love to win.

Bry said...

Congrats on the new shop!!!!

Heather said...

Yes please! This fabric is beautiful! Thanks for the great giveaway!

karlyn Jackson said...

want them very much indeed. I love them! I love making Hexagons too.

lindsey s. said...

i am addicted to hexagons!! especially 1 inch hexagons! i would love to win... love the fabric too :)

rar said...

OOH! I need new hexagon fabric! PICK ME, RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR!

Patty said...

Congratulations on your new venture. I would love to have the squares, they are so cute!

Rachel said...

I'd LOVE to enter please - I've been drooling over your cheater fabric since you first posted it.

Coffeebean's Dailies said...

These are great! I'd love to win these! They would really uplift my hexie quilt!

Margarida Godinho said...

I´d love to win this giveway.
I love the fabric prints!

Peach Rainbow said...

Congrats on your new shop and your very own fabric!
I'd love to win those yummy squares - Thanks for the chance :)

Mary Ann said...

Oh, what great fabric! I love the snappy patterns and colors. And congratulations on jumping in feet first. Sometimes ya just gotta do it!

LadeeBee said...

Congrats on the success of the cheater quilt-I remember voting for yours during the Spoonflower contest. C'mon random # generator pick me!

Andee said...

I have a problem with perfectionism, too. It's inspiring to see someone just go for it. Best of luck to you!

Holly said...

Congratulations on "going for it" with your new shop! Nobody really likes perfection anyway...

I would love to win these little bits of fabric beauty.

anne said...

gorgeous fabrics! good luck with your new store. i am a beginner quilter and would love to try with your great designs!

Meg said...

That really is so cool. #6!! Best of luck with your new store. PS--you got me into this whole hexie thing, you know. Now I'm a hex machine! :P

Nicholas said...

What lovely fabric! Have never made hexagons before, but I feel like this would be a beautiful way to start!

zigomar said...

Also for abroad readers (I'm in France) ? This fabric is a wonderful help for "patchwork" : just sew on the lines ! 8-)) It would be a very inspiring gift ...

Valerie said...

Nothing 'cheater' about it ---- just plain cute!

jackie said...

they're so pretty! love the colors. i'm doing 1.5" hexies so they probably wouldn't work for that but i can think of 1 million other things i would use them for!

tammie bivins said...

And by the way I would love to win the squares! I love your fabric!!!

NotYetTheDodo said...

Wnat them? Are you silly....? I'd LOVE them - and I promise they'll be made into a quilt and enjoyed :-)
Thanks for giving these away!

Rita said...

loving your fabric designs and the vivid colors. please count me in! thank you!

Barbara said...

Those colors are so bright! Perfect for bringing some sunshine into all these snowy days (:

Caro said...

Love the prints and colors. Thanks for a chance to win.

Haley Studio said...

I love your fabric, and these would be great for a series of doll quilts I'm starting.

LT said...

Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful fabrics! I hope I'm the lucky one. And the best of luck with the new shop.

Donna said...

i am glad for this giveaway as it prompted me out of my google reader - look at that beautiful header!!! what a lovely photo.

thanks for the chance to win!

- donna

Kristen said...

Great colors and designs! I would love to do something with these.

Lisa said...

I've looked at your cheater print many times on Spoonflower... but it would be even nicer to win it:) I remember voting for you last year on Spoonflower, too. Where does the time go?
Good luck on opening your new shop.
Love your blog!

Put your foot down and sew! said...

Want them?? Oh yeah!! I can't imagine giving them away. What a fun contest! The fabric is beautiful. Love the cheater quilt too. It's super cute. We're in Houston and so far, no snow, only ice. I did stay inside today and work on an eye spy quilt with some old, old fabric I had.

Nancy Sue said...

Congrats on taking the dive into the pond and going live with your store. Although it's a scarey step, thank you for sharing your talent with the world :)
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

AnnieO said...

Wow, #6, that is impressive. I voted for you!!!Congratulations.

Yes, please, I would love to have some of your cheater print squares. Good luck on your newest venture, what fun!

Annette said...

Hi there. New visitor and new follower. Love your Cheater Friday print! Would love to make something pretty out of those squares, maybe even daring to make hexagons! :D Will browse more and so your other goodies.

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

I adore your cheater fabric - I bought a FQ and then a metre from spoonflower for hexagons but just had to use it for a WIP quilt for me - I loved it so much -

So, I really need some squares for hexies! LOL - thanks for the chance and best of luck in your new shop!

Ellen Ault said...

Would love to try hexagons!

Sally said...

Love your blog and your quilts

Adele said...

I would love to WIN ! I will definately check out your shop !

Love the fabric !

Lynda said...

Just found out my youngest is expecting our first grandbaby - and she is carrying three! I see lots of baby quilts in my future - your prints would be wonderfully bright and modern - just the right touch.

Caroline said...

They look so cute :) And I love how some of them look like they already have quilting/stitching on them !!

Caroline~

Cate Lindsey said...

Oh hey, it's you! I've oogled that print on Spoonflower.

ljeanne said...

I'd love a chance to win! The colors are so bright during these dreary days in Georgia.

Kathy said...

Love your fabric and would love to win my first blog drawing!

kait. said...

I haven't done much work on my hexagon quilt because I have cut through my whole stash! This addition would be perfect and get me 4% closer to my goal! :)

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Your fabric is gorgeous. No wonder it was a best seller last year.

I like the Zac Brown band and Chicken Fried is a favorite song.

Deb said...

I can see why it is a bestseller......................!
Would love to win a bit....for my hexie obssession. Thanks

Toya said...

BEAUTIFUL FABRIC!!! The cheery/brighter the better. Like they say the hardest part is to take the first step. You are so brave!! Good Job!!

Denise L said...

Great fabric and congrats on getting you online store going and good luck with it.

Anonymous said...

Better finished than perfect. That's my motto.

Ginger said...

Love your blog! Love that fabric! Had to buy a FQ - yardage was already sold out. Can't wait to get it. I'm just down I-20 from you. Soooo sick of this weather. I think more is coming from what I hear.
Ginger

Anonymous said...

WOW, this is my first ever blog comment! Maybe it'll be lucky.
I would love to win this fabric, it would be great to start my mini travelling hexagons and I love the idea that they'd come from Texas...we are having a holiday to Texas from Melbourne in July!
from Melanie (another coincidence!)

beautifulladybird said...

Oh, how fun!

Sheree said...

This fabric is so delightful! And congrats on the new web store...it looks great!
Hugs,
sheree

Ne-Ne said...

Love the new website! Thanks for the giveaway - I am always looking for new fabric for hexis. :)

Tracie said...

Love the quilt and would love to win.

Sarah said...

love your fabric! congratulations on your new web store!