Friday, March 8, 2013

Quilting Gallery Blog Hop

It's BLOG HOP TIME!!



Quilting Gallery is hosting another great blog hop!!

 Here's a little about me and my blog :-)

I'm Bea (bee-ah- not Bee like the kind that has wings!ha ha)
I've been quilting since 2004 when I was pregnant with my daughter who's now 8.
I have 3 kids, 10yr old son, 8yr old daughter and also a 6m old daughter.
I started long arm quilting in 2009
I've won ribbons at local county fairs and quilt shows.
I love to quilt !! every part of quilting: Designing a quilt in EQ7, picking out fabrics, cutting, piecing, quilting and hand sewing the binding on.
I was also published for the first time last summer in McCall's and have also been in Quilt it Today magazine. Now I also started selling patterns at Connecting Threads!!
I also like to create bi-weekly tutorials for EQ7 users.
Okay enough "bragging" about myself....
If you follow my blog and KNOW me, I'm usually not the bragging type, I just love what I do and can't stop talking about it and sharing anything quilty related or teach others to quilt.

Here's a small giveaway from my stash!

An A-Z quilting book that I won from another blog hop and I'm just passing it along :-)
A charm pack "terrain" by Kate Spain

And a set of AHHHH's
click here to learn more about those- my latest quilty obsession :-)
 

I'll also throw in this PDF pattern, I'll email it to the winner!
it's for sale at connecting threads here

Now my "NEWEST" obsession is machine embroidery!
after getting EQ Stitch from Electric Quilt, I started drooling over a bigger embroidery machine.
And guess what!? hubby is getting me one- he found a nice used industrial 6 needle brother machine, so I/we might turn embroidering into a business, we'll see :-)

So here's what you have to do to win these goodies above!
comment below, giving me ideas what to make/sell/ give away with an embroidery machine.

Followers can leave an extra comment for a 2nd chance to win.

ALSO I'm currently having another giveaway with my quilt along here


AND if any of you have EQ7 I'm hosting a blog hop in April here


I'll pick a winner Friday the 15th! - not sure of the time so get your comments in by the end of Thursday the 14th


 

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Britt-Inger said...

I think you could make some mug rugs with embroideries on.

Britt-Inger said...

I am a follower

Jeanie said...

I've actually bought some embroidered blocks on ebay to make into my own projects, like quilts and wall hangings. I like to make my own item...purse or whatever, but don't have an embroidery machine to make the embroidery part. Good luck and thanks for the giveaway!

Jeanie said...

And I'm a follower!

Teresa in Music City said...

Baby things are always a winner when embroidered with baby's name and a cute motif! And also totes and backpacks - the list is endless! Thanks for playing along in the Blog Hop!

Teresa in Music City said...

And of course I'm a follower :*)

Amy said...

You could do kids shirts, quilt blocks, the possiblities are endless. Thanks for the giveaway!

Amy said...

I am a follower!

Joyce Carter said...

I use to sell baby items at craft shows and they always sold great. You could make bibs, burp cloths,blankets,towels,etc and put some embroidery on them. I think they would sell great for you, too. Thank you for the giveaway.

Joyce Carter said...

I am a follower.

Vicki H said...

How about baby bibs or burp cloths?

Vicki H said...

I am already a follower.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I would like to be able to order sets of embroidered block centers for baby quilts or themed quilts (autumn leaves, flowers, etc.).

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I'm a follower

Sallie said...

Tea/kitchen towels. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sallie said...

I'm a follower.

Tanya said...

Baby bibs. Thanks for chance to win.

Tanya said...

I'm a follower.

Karen said...

I'm a follower

Karen said...

You could make cute aprons and kitchen hand towels.

Rosa said...

Baby,girl, kitchen items, bag, purse,wallets,t-shirt...

Rosa said...

I do follow.Thanks for the chance!

Debra Lee said...

I think hats are always fun!

Debra Lee said...

I'm a follower!

Carol said...

Already a follower.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Perseguidora sempre.Isto é um ofertão.Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Quando comprei meu primeiro overlok,fiz peças pequenas para venda rápida.Então vá assim...lembre-se que de tostão em tostão ,enche-se o cofre.Obrigada por oferta generosa,estou torcendo por mim.

tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

Ella said...

I follow you!

Ella said...

Library tote bags!

Lisa Marie said...

I think zip pouches with embroidery would be cute.

Lisa Marie said...

I follow your blog.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

lovely giveaway!! thanks

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I am a follower

Handige Handjes said...

Make some nice placemats!

Handige Handjes said...

And..I'm a follower too...LOL.

Melinda said...

Bags. I'm all about a bag!

Melinda said...

I'm a follower!

Janet said...

pillow cases, tea towels, and what do you call those things you drape on the back of a couch. Antimacassars or something. And thanks for letting me know your name is pronounced Be-A.

Janet said...

I am a follower.

ytsmom said...

Embroidered dish towels and monogrammed towels. They would make great shower and wedding gifts.

Michell K said...

Thanks for the giveaway

Michell K said...

I follow you

Lynn Makrin said...


We need a "Dishes CLEAN: Dishes DIRTY" sign for the dishwasher (and I don't mean me!).
That would be a really neat embroidery project.

Lynn Makrin said...

HI, I love your blog and am a Follower. Thanks again.

usagypsy said...

Doggie stuff/Animal stuff. People love to dress their animals up and add personal details like names or pictures. Though the only thing I could get my dogs dressed up in was bandannas :)

Stephanie said...

I follow on gfc AS stephanie hastie

Stephanie said...

Monogrammed baby quilts would be a fun thing to do with the embroidery machine!

gtcoursey said...

Dish towels always look so nice and crisp after being embroidered.

gtcoursey said...

I am already a follower of your blog

supersara20 said...

I'm a follower!

Kathy said...

Hi Bea...zip pouches would be great but I love the tea towel idea. Love your giveaway choices!!!

Kathy said...

I am a happy follower by the way :)

Joanie's Quilts said...

I am a follower! How fun a new embroidery machine! Squares for a baby quilt, t-shirts, bibs. Hand towels or t-towels.

Crickets Corner said...

Baby things are always so cute with embroidery as are pillowcases and tea towels. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Crickets Corner said...

I am a follower via GFC!

Margaret said...

Dish towels are one of my favorite things to make when I use my embroidery machine.

Margaret said...

I follow you through email and my google reader

Belinda said...

Like others have said, kids' shirts and baby items are always good sellers.
And maybe some personalized purses or little bags?....

Belinda said...

Hey there!! I'm a follower for sure!

Margaret said...

I don't have an embroidery machine but I think anything baby related would be great sellers.

Margaret said...

I am a long time follower.

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

You can market custom services to business and embroider logos on golf shirts, hats, etc. During the peak weather season you could offer to monogram towels, sheets, napkins, etc as gifts for newly-weds. Folks also like to see personalized baby items (onesies, bibs, etc). The possibilities are endless!

thanks for the amazing giveaway. I have really enjoyed watching your Ahhs progress. I wonder if I could do those...the pieces seem sooooo small!

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

I'm an ongoing follower...keep those great posts headed my way (and I always love pictures of Sonja...she is adorable!)

Beth said...

People always seem to like embroidery designs on sweatshirts!

Beth said...

I follow by email

B Greene said...

Personalized baby items are always in demand. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize pack!

Domestic Bliss said...

I saw some beautiful placemats and napkins that a friend made with her embroidery machine... you could make some as wedding or household gifts.

Domestic Bliss said...

I'm a follower!

joyce said...

The lady in the small town where I teach embroiders School names and logos on a lot of items.

joyce said...

I am a follower.

Melissa said...

Those AHHHS look awesome :) Embroidery... I always imagined if I had an embroidery machine I'd make really awesome embroidered shirts with my work logo. It's so expensive to get it done by someone else!

Jeanne said...

Embrodiery on dish towels, totes, baby items, jackets, or hats are some suggestions. Thanks for the giveaway too.

pinsandneedles said...

I think you could embroider on baby clothes like onesies. Vey cute.

TheStylishHome said...

I'm a follower

TheStylishHome said...

I'm reading all the comments with interest. I've had the same question, but never an answer for it :)

Emily C said...

Quilt block seem to be popular.

Shel @ Crafty But Not Creative said...

I think you could embroider fabrics to use for zippered pouches & simple tote bags, and those would be easy & profitable. Thanks for the chance to win!

JoyceLM said...

My niece was looking for embroidered patches to sew onto onesies for a baby shower she was hosting. Thanks for the chance to win.

JoyceLM said...

I'm a follower. Thanks again.

KT said...

I am a follower via email

KT said...

I think you could make bags/purses!

Tina said...

Birthday, wedding banners With Names Or Special Messages.

Tina said...

I Have Been Following.

SpartanBabe said...

I think something small but fun, like mug rugs or name badges that you could take to or put up at work would be fun! I hope you have fun with the new machine :o)

MissMary said...

Do custom embroidered tote bags for brides to give their bridesmaids!

Hilachas said...

I just bought an embroidery machine and I'm going crazy embroidering everything. There's no end to the things that can be embroidered. Right now I'm embroidering squares to use in making potholders.

Hilachas said...

I'm a follower. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway.

Judy1522 said...

Embroidered t-shirts for babies and toddlers. They are always a hit. I remember my nephew"s daughter had a ladybug themed first birthday party and her mother found a t-shirt on line with a ladybug embroidered on it. It was very cute and perfect for the party.

Judy1522 said...

I am a follower.

BizyStitches said...

How about some kind of credit card carrier? That always seems handy. Thanks for the fun blog hop.

BizyStitches said...

2. I'm a follower. Thanks

Kelli said...

I think you could use it to personalize lots of unique gifts. How exciting! :) Thanks for a chance to win such great prizes! xo

Kelli said...

Faithful follower. :)

Susana said...

Ja ja yo también babeo sobre las maquinas de bordar .
A que se quiere dedicar usted?
Artesanal o industrial.
Que mercado es su favorito?
Cuando usted camina por su ciudad ve bordados artesanales o industriales?
Vivo en América del Sur y aunque me encanta no me comprare la maquina de bordar.
Desde luego soy una seguidora.

Janarama said...

You could personalize anything and it would sell.

Janarama said...

I'm a follower of yours.

Janarama said...
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Chiska said...

I think embroidered blocks for a quilt would be a neat thing to sell.

Southern Gal said...

I sew for a friend who embroiders. She sells children's clothing and items like totes, blankets, towels, etc. You can always sell monogrammed items for children (and their moms) in the South! Thanks for the chance.

Sowing Stitches said...

Christmas Ornaments!Is what I would make. :)

Sowing Stitches said...

I'm a happy follower via email... :)

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I do not do machine embroidery myself but I would think there are all types of projects one could do all kinds of baby items, mug rugs, pillow cases ect.

M-R Charbonneau said...

Hmm, monogrammed coasters or placemats? Thanks for the fab giveaway, Bea!

Fiesta said...

Thank you for the chance to win this lovely prize. I make monthly themed on y embroidery machine to sell

marth225 said...

I'm so glad you are getting your machine. I've been having fun making baby quilts with mine. Can't wait to see what you will be doing

marth225 said...

I'm a follower

Bonnie58 said...

I am a follower and have been working on a Hoop Sisters GooseTracks wall hanging the past few months with my embroidery machine. Love it. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on the draw.
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Needled Mom said...

You'll love the bigger machine. I have the BMP8 and enjoy NOT having to change threads all of the time. Burp cloths are always a hit when embroidered.

Needled Mom said...

I am a follower.

MooseStash Quilting said...

I love making quilt blocks with my embroidery machine. All the adorable little things you can do, make for a fun quilt! You know I follow you... your the one who keeps me going! :-)

MASolo said...

I'm a new follower!

MASolo said...

I'm in the same place you are - a new-to-me Brother 650e. I think I'm going to target the "grandmother set", since that is where my contacts are. The lady I bought from has younger children, and personalizes all sorts of things for families at her school. She also has done work for sporting teams - headbands for girls, sports bags, jackets, etc. I've also done wedding work (for my kids), and my daughters tells me that's a good area to work with. Good luck, and I'll be following your progress!

Sandra Visser said...

Your possibilities are endless when you add machine embroidery to your quilting. There are some gorgeous quilts, baby bibs, then there is all of the 3D patterns that are available.

syvisser@gmail(dot)com

Sandra Visser said...

Have been a follower of yours for awhile now.

syvisser@gmail(dot)com

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

Baby items seem to sell really well. Bibs, burp cloths, onesies,... anything like that!

Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

Connie said...

Great giveaway Bea! We are always buying little tea towels that are embroidered for gifts.

Connie said...

I am a follower, thanks!

Sherry said...

I love embroidered anything. Baby t's and bibs are always fun. I have several grandchildren and I am always looking for simple gifts for them.

Sherry said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Jenniffier Kramer said...

Baby bids with names. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jenniffier Kramer said...

I am a follower

Madeleine said...

Love the charm pack! I'm thinking you could embroider baby names and birth info and such and then frame it. People would love that!

Bj said...

I received a lace bookmark once that someone made on their embroidery machine, it was two colors and amazing, Thank You, Bj.

barbara woods said...

hi Bea!!!

barbara woods said...

follower

Barb66 said...

How about a series of seasonal wall hangings with embroidery and quilting.

Lou said...

I have an emb machine...am wishing for a 6 needle but only have had the quilting business for 2 years in June and not too much demand for the emb so can't see the sense of it just yet:) One day ......

Lou said...

I am also a follower @ Louster388@....

Mary said...

I'm a new follower. I'd love to learn more about my EQ7. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

Linda said...
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Terry@ a quilting blog said...

How about creating custom labels with that new machine? Look forward to seeing what you design.

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

I'm already one of your happy followers :)

Linda said...
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Debbie said...

I would make hexagons into a tote bag.! Thanks!

Nancy said...

I am a follower

Nancy said...

As to what you could make, I like to add embellishments to my projects. Things like flowers or butterflies. Crafters might like to use them in hair clips, cards, etc.

Cowgirl in the City said...

Make whatever makes you happy!

Mommarock said...

I think tea towels and bibs.

Mommarock said...

I am a follower.

Carla said...

The first thing that pops into my mind is quilt labels.

Carla said...

Yes I follow ; )

Lourdes said...

The possibilites are endless... mub rugs, clothing, Christmas gifts, table runners, dish towels....
Thanks for the chance to win, I am also a new follower

VickiT said...

Wow. Lucky you. You're jumping up to play with the big kids on that machine. LOL

Really what to sell is the hard part. What sells in one area, won't be given a second look in another. And what sells really well this year might not a few months later. (I'm speaking along the lines of doing craft shows). I see this very question quite often in the machine embroidery groups I've been a member of since 2003. The next question is always, what should I charge/what do you charge because some are not selling the items that were suggested when they asked what sells well.

The best advice I could give, if you are hoping to grow locally at least, is go to craft shows in your area and see what is being offered and what people are buying. AND check the prices too since that will be your next hurdle because many people (just like quilt prices) don't seem to understand that you don't work for free and charge only for materials used forgetting you need to take into account thread, wear and tear on the machine, your energy usage and yea, your time too. And not to mention, the cost at upgrading that software and buying it in the first place. All those items should factor somehow into the pricing, even if only a small amount with each item. I'm sure you know that though. ;) But it's really a crapshoot as to what you should sell. Mug Rugs in the machine embroidery arena have been hugely popular for about three years now and some are now seeing the sales of those slowing down. The one that that always sells is baby stuff. Baby bibs and matching burp cloths with embroidery with seasonal sayings on them always go really well. You're not going to make a fortune off each one but, finding the right niche and making them super cute so you get lots of repeat business then you can do really well.

I'll shut up now though. Good luck. I'm sure you'll do great. Have fun with that new machine.

VickiT said...

I'm already a follower also.

Reb Thack said...

What about tooth fairy pillows? Good ones are hard to find...

Reb Thack said...

I follow via GFC

StasaLynn said...

I think you could do just about anything with a new machine! Patches come to mind!

Sandra said...

You can do anything and everything. Mug rugs; quilts; pot holders. I am a avid follower and enjoy my visits. Thank you for joining in the Beat the Winter Blues Blog Hop and giving all of your followers a chance to win.

Sandi Timmons
sandit1@sbcglobal.net
Sonora, CA

Nancy said...

I'd love to win but I don't know much about machine embroidery and haven't really noticed it when I've been out and about. I wish you success in your efforts, though.

M. E. Stephens said...

Aprons, of course! :-) (My blog is The Cotton Apron). ;-)

Robin said...

I think it would be cool to order embroidered pieces of fabric to use in my own creations(like bags and such).

Tammy said...

Monogramed minky baby blankets sell well also matchin bib and burp sets that are monogramed or apppliqued and then their is allways the 1st bithday t shirts. Thansk for the chance to enter your giveaway.

Tammy said...

I'm a new follower.Thansk for the 2nd chance to enter your giveaway.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I have seen many people who order pieces to be put in quilt or to use to make bags, etc. So many possibilities!

desertskyquilts said...

I have a friend who embroiders things for her crazy quilt blocks, things like birds, sewing motifs, snowflakes. You could do that and those of us without a machine would buy them. =)

Thanks for the giveaway. dezertsuz at gmail

Cara said...

Make baby stuff...blankets, bibs, burp cloths, and onesies. We mommas are always on the hunt for great embroidered stuff!

Richard Healey said...

My wife and I just bought a embrodiery machine and have used ours to make a couple quilt lables we have just a little brother machine.

Richard Healey said...

I am a new follower though GFC/Reader

Richard and Tanya Quilts

Betty said...

How about custom applique pieces or monograms, that someone could add to existing clothing? It would be a great way to cover a stain or a rip in an otherwise good shirt, pair of jeans, etc.

Betty said...

I am a follower! :-)

Carolyn said...

Anything baby, toddler is great!

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

Embroidered burp cloths.
Love that Terrain line!
Continue to enjoy seeing what you create...thanks for sharing with us all!

Gloria said...

I have seen machine embroidery used very effectively as the quilt design on alternate blocks in a pieced quilt.

To sell or give away, I feel small items are best. I oncemade a range of cusions which were basically strips of co-ordinating fabric round an embroidered design. I am looking at one right now. The centre sqaure is about 6" and has a topiary tree cross-stitched on it.

Heather B said...

I am a new follower! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kathy L said...

I think monogrammed mug rugs would be great. Thanks for the chance to win.

CaroleM said...

My friend is making His and Hers pillow cases for a couple getting married. Something like that would be great!

Pat S. said...

I've seen a few quilters who bring their embroidery machines to quilt and craft shows & custom embroider on the spot. Good luck with your new passion! Thanks sew much for this chance to win your generous giveaway :-D
back2loghome (at) yahoo (dot) com

Pat S. said...

And I'm a follower, too :-D

Kim said...

I have seen some really adorable children's dresses and rompers with embroidered designs on the top.

Kim said...

I am a follower.

Karrie S said...

Tshirts? little tshirts for kid's teddy bears? socks for little kids. Aprons?

Karrie S said...

I'm a follower

Hanke said...

I am a follower

Hanke said...

A nice tote

JanesQuilting said...

Embroider is a great way to show off items. The things you can make and do are almost endless. Good luck on your new adventure and I know you will have a lot of fun with it.

JanesQuilting said...

Thank you for the chance to win those beautiful items. I am a follower.

Nanbon44 said...

I am a follower

Nanbon44 said...

I have a few embroidery machines and I make lots of embroidered towels, quilts with embroidered blocks, embroidered cards, pillows, embroider shirts, and purses..

gtcoursey said...

I would think someone new to embroidering would appreciate some thread to go along with their machine.

gtcoursey said...

And I am definitely already a follower.

StarofMoonDancer said...

Follower..So many things to make..
Thanks for the chance

Linda said...

HAPPY TO FOLLOW>GFC!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Linda said...

HI! I THINK TOWELS AND PLACEMATS ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED+EMBROIDERING WOULD BE SO FUN!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

I would make a nametag to wear to all of my guild meetings and fairs!

Purl Buttons said...

Great prizes! You should make embroidered pillow panels and sell them with a pattern to put them together like a mini kit.

Patricia said...

I like personalized linens.

Patricia said...

I'm a follower.

Lisa Cox said...

I am a follower!

Lisa Cox said...

I made the cutest little shirts for my daughter using my embroidery machine. Or you could embroider kitchen towels, handkerchiefs, hats, bandannas, scarves...

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I have no idea what to make with embroidery machine, since I do not have one, nor have ever tried using one. But I think the sky's the limit with your imagination. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I follow :-)

Just Quilt It said...

Baby items would be good sellers--also designs on hats. Thanks for participating!

Just Quilt It said...

I'm a new follower!

Tina said...
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Podunkpretties said...

I make free standing lace bookmarks, and FSL Holiday Ornaments and sell them. They sell like hotcakes! Thanks for a chance to win!

Carrie P. said...

thanks for the very nice giveaway.
Congrats on your new machine. I got some embroidered bath towels a while back and I think they are some of my favorites to use. Have fun with your new machine.

Carrie P. said...

I am a follower.

This Dog's Mom said...

Have fun with the embroidery machine! I recently bought some embroidered quilt blocks at a craft show and put them into a wallhanging. They were flowers embroidered on a pieced background of light green prints. Lovely! Birds and dragonflies would be be pretty to. Thanks for a great giveaway!

slacker said...

embroidered towels... mmm... or clothing with embroidered designs!

Norma said...

I am a new follower! I haven't tried making these myself but the quilted cards with some embroidery would be great gifts.

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