Sunday, 21 October 2012

a giveaway for threadbias

Are you familiar with the site ThreadBias? If you're not I really urge you to check it out. It's a free to join community for us quilting/sewing types - a bit like Ravelry or the small group based communities we build up within flickr, but better than flickr in that it's a real community and much larger with more scope.



It's the brainchild/baby of husband and wife Alex and Rebecca, and Alex's sister Amanda. I love these 3 - they're fabulous and funny and great to chat to. Alex is a computery genius, and both Amanda and Rebecca quilt and sew.

Right now they're trying to raise quite a large amount of money through KickStarter to fund a web based quilt design tool. Alex was showing me the tool at Sewing Summit and it looks amazing. It's easy to use (and by easy I mean I am positive I can use it, which when you consider I haven't been able to grasp any other quilt design software and I can't even make a spreadsheet you'll be more aware of just HOW easy it is). From what I was looking at it has the same kind of user and intuitive friendly appeal as something like the ipad or iphone - simple, click, drop, drag, stretch, re-size. I have no clue what I'm talking about here, like I said, I'm a computer dunce, but this works and I need it in my life. You can read all about it here - and I really want you to. I want this tool so badly in my life.

We all do.

To help out I'm offering up a giveaway. It's a good one. Well, I think so.

See this pillow? It's made from my spring carnival pattern and was the class sample for Sewing Summit. You can win it! (it's 20" pillow,  hand pieced and appliqued and machine quilted. I'll send just the cover though rather than the pillow form too to save on shipping, if that's ok).

Field Study pillow - finished!

You get that, PLUS when I can get a copy of this book (it's out in December, that's my dresden plate quilt on the cover! Eek!) I will send you one of those too. I love this book so much, it is jam packed with 19 amazing quilts from amazing bloggers. It seems fitting for a giveaway that supports ThreadBias





Make a pledge to the kickstarter campaign and come back and leave me a comment saying you have done and you will be entered into the giveaway. If they hit their target or not, the giveaway is still on. Let's try really hard and get them there, shall we? Pledge $5 or more - it's not a lot of money, it's a large coffee, or almost a half yard of fabric. The kickstarter campaign ends in about a week. So pledge away - as much as you can afford. If the target isn't made you don't get charged, but I want them to hit that target. I want it so badly! International entries are more than welcome, and when the kickstarter closes on October 31st I'll pick a winner randomly.

I just want to add - I'm not getting anything out of this, they don't give me any money or stuff or anything, they're just really great people with a really great idea and I want them to make it happen. All 3 of these guys work in real jobs and ThreadBias is their dream. They have families, they have commitments and they work their asses off to build this amazing community. They epitomise what I love most about quilting and the community we are part of - that it's love that drives us and a desire to be part of something we all care about.

Giveaway now closed - thanks for pledging and entering people!!!!

37 comments:

Andres said...

It looks good, I pledged.

Darcy said...

Thanks for sharing this - they really were SO nice and this design tool (program? Software? See how clueless I am!) seems wonderful. Oh and that pillow cover? I might die of happiness, such a generous give away. Thanks :-)

Elizabeth Elliott said...

I pledged my first-born. Okay, not really but I did put in some cash. I'd love an intuitive design tool! Plus, I guess that pillowcase is okay. ;)

Leanne said...

I had been trying to decide about this one and so your recommendation has put me over the top. I have donated, it is nice to have a chance on your lovely pillow - ok cushion - too.

Anonymous said...

Hi Katy, I just pledged and love the idea of this tool. I've seen talk about it on blogs but never was quite sure what it was. I hope it comes to fruition because I want it.

Peita

Monica said...

I tried to pledge but got an error message that something was wrong with Kickstarter. I'll try again later though.

Lisa Lisa said...

Just watched the video. That looks so flippin' awesome! I pledged and then posted to my Facebook. Thanks for the tip :)

Fiodhna said...

Wonderful. I pledged.

Mermaid Sews said...

I backed them! I want this pillow!!

Celine said...

Looks like a great tool. Yes please I'd love your pillow and book. I have just pledged them. Thanks for the giveaway and I hope you had a fantastic time at Sewing Summit...

Jyllybean said...

I pledged - awesome pillow!

mascanlon said...

I pledged!...love this pillow and I love the project on Kickstarter!

maru g said...

I did pledge, Katy, not really for the giveaway (although it's fabulous and so generous, and I really, really want to win it!) but because I also think the Threadbias trio is great and their project a much needed one. Thanks for supporting it!

Elisabeth said...

I've just pledged and really hope they get the money they need. Love, love, love the cushion so I really hope I win. Thank you so much for this giveaway!

grendelskin said...

I pledged a bit ago. Had a great time talking with Alex at Summit about the geek end of things. I love his approach to the software - he udnerstands the programming end of things but also knows how quilters think, critical to creating a good set of tools for us. I hope they make their goal: it'd be SO nice to have a user-friendly program out there, wouldn't it?

Frieda said...

I have pledged to this project. I hope they get enough pledges. Thank you for the chance to win.

holly | bijou lovely said...

Just pledged! Thanks for the reminder, I've been meaning to donate anyway :) Thank you for your generous giveaway, it's such an awesome pillow!

true2beeme said...

I pledged day one and I love Threadbias...has so enhanced my quilting life and I too so want their tool!!! Thanks for this giveaway.

Shen said...

Great tool , great giveaway - I have just pledged!
Thanks for the heads up Katy.

Kathie said...

I've pledged! I love Threadbias, its a great online tool! Thank you for the giveaway!

Cindy said...

Katy.....I just pledged! Thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway!

Just Jenn said...

I've pledged too. Thanks for the giveaway - such nice prizes. =)

Tessa Marie said...

I have already made a pledge. Thanks so much for helping to spread the word about Threadbias and the awesome new design tool. Super giveaway!!

Wendy said...

Thanks for doing this - I too would love to see this happen! And so I contributed/pledged :)

caribousmom (at) gmail (dot) com

Laura said...

I've pledged and signed up to Threadbias. The quilting community definitely needs a site like this - the dream would be that it would grow like Ravelry, and I'd have somewhere to go to talk about my sewing in the same way that I do about my crochet. Rav has been fabulous for me, and I'm going to try to get stuck into the Threadbias boards the same way - being able to support it properly and professionally by making a living from it will make such a difference.

Lovely giveaway too - thanks so much for giving us a heads up :)

Anna Honeysett said...

I just pledged - sounds like such an exciting project, I hope they get sufficient funds. Lovely cushion :-). acarlton_paterson@yahoo.co.uk

Lindsay Conner said...

I've pledged! That would be a sweet design tool to have, since I can't use EQ7 on my Mac. :)

Lori W. said...

I did it! I pledged money on the Threadbias kickstarter campaign. Fingers are crossed they raise their money and double-crossed I win your pillow! Thank you for supporting Threadbias and promoting your support.
Cheers.

Elena said...

I'm a backer! They showed me the tool at Summit and I'm so excited for an easy way to design quilts AND know the yardage needed!

terryt1955 said...

I can't say enough nice things about Threadbias so I pledged right behind True on day one. The give a ways are wonderful but what would be the biggest gift is if this tool takes off. I hope so. Why not give up 2 coffees and make it $10!

Leo said...

where do you go fabric shopping that you get 1/2 yard for 5$? .. just curious.
and sure I pledged ...

janice said...

I pledged a while ago. I hope they make it cause the program looks so helpful.

StarSpry said...

I just pledged; it sounds like a wonderful tool! Thanks for the fun giveaway, too :)

Heather said...

I pledged earlier in the week. Sounds like a great tool

Kathie said...

Thanks for doing this! I love Threadbias and I've pledged.

Stephanie said...

Eep! Almost forgot to let you know I pledged. I was going to anyway, but this giveaway....wow! You are so generous, Katy. :) I think it will be a great tool for quilters to use!

freakadoodles said...

I have made my pledge! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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