Wednesday Giveaway – Needles!

This week’s giveaway is a pack of assorted size Chenille Needles by Tulip!

Chenille needles have a sharp point and a long eye. They are thick so as to make space in the fabric to pull thicker threads through. These hand-made needles are polished lengthwise to ensure smooth fabric piercing. This assortment offers a good way to try out different needle sizes – 1 #18, 1 #20, 2 #22, and 2 #24. (Click here to see all of our “in-store” needles.)

Leave a comment/reply on this blog post to enter the drawing. (To leave a comment, click the icon that looks like a ‘thought bubble’ at the top, right, of the post.) A winner will be chosen by the random number generator tomorrow.

I’ll be back with another Giveaway next Wednesday. Until then you can shop for all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!

Wednesday Giveaway – Protect & Grip!

We carry several kinds of thimbles in our store – stick-on leather, metal dimples, silicone grippers, even more “traditional” metal thimbles. Diane Zettler, this week’s Winner, will receive the Protect and Grip Thimble, which offers the perfect combination of soft rubber with the safety of a metal thimble cap. The slightly ridged and scalloped design offers breathability, keeping your finger cool. Its excellent elasticity helps the thimble form naturally to your fingertip for a light fit. The ridged and dimpled metal cap holds the needle tip in place and pushes needles in safely.

I’ll be back with another Giveaway next Wednesday. Until then you can shop for all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!

Pictures from my trip to Greece…

I went to the island of Paros on May 23rd to take a 300-hour yoga teacher training class from the Soma Yoga Institute. We stayed at the Okreblue Retreat Center. I did post on Instagram and Facebook, but this is the first chance I’ve had to post anything on my blog because we were busy every day from 6:30AM to 8:00PM. We did have 3 days off and there was time to eat, but mostly, we were super busy every day until June 17.

The dining area was open-air and had a great view. The yoga shalas were big, airy, and well equipped. And here you see me upside-down using two chairs to protect my neck. I’m a big believer in neck protection :-).

I took lots of photos of this road because I liked the look of it and I walked it multiple times a day. Paros is dry and kind of dusty but there were lots of plants growing.

All of the following places were a very short walk from Okreblue. Andrea (my travel companion) and I rented chairs under the umbrellas to celebrate finishing the course.

Greece has cats… so many cats. They are like chickens on Kauai.

Naoussa was the nearest town and it is lovely in the classically Greek way. It was walking distance (about 2 miles). Sometimes we walked but mostly we took a taxi.

Before coming back to Texas, we spent a day in Athens. I went to the Acropolis and it was interesting! The caryatids were my favorites.

And everywhere were small churches… so many…

This is a really short tour that I hope gives you a sense of what I saw :-). I’m glad I went, and I’m happy to be home. I learned so much that I can’t wait to use when I teach yoga :-).

Show and tell… Aunt Millie’s Garden

Carmen Nordback’s Aunt Millie’s Garden quiltI was in the Minnesota Quilters Show this past week where it received first place in the Appliqué Small category. Of course it won first place! I love the whole quilt and especially the border background treatment.

Carmen says “I reduced the size of the bocks from 14” to 10” so it was smaller than the original pattern. It was so much fun to make! Thanks again for all you do to create such fabulous designs.”

Thank you, Carmen, for sharing your beautiful quilt with us! It is a joy to behold :-).

Click here to find Aunt Millie’s Garden eBook.

Wednesday Giveaway – Vendor Surprise Box goes to Mary Lou Dawson!

This cute, sturdy box filled with a  little of this and a little of that, some templates, some sample paper, tea towel, even an inspirational sticker is going to Mary Lou Dawson.

I’ll be back with another Giveaway next Wednesday. Until then you can shop for all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!

Wednesday Giveaway!

Lynnette Kleinau will receive a 15.5″ X 41″ piece of Bamboo Felt. I use this bamboo/rayon blend felt in my applique caddies. What is an applique caddy? It’s a folder used to carry or store your applique blocks once you take them off the design wall. I’ve used them for years and they are efficient, portable, and easy to carry with you. Your applique pieces stay flat and pristine until you are ready to stitch them to the block. You can find a video with instructions on how to make and use an applique caddy with bamboo felt here. The video below shows how it works.

I’ll be back with another Giveaway next Wednesday. Until then you can shop for all sorts of sewing notions, books, and other fun stuff at pieceocake.com!