Quilting Giveaway – Sew Steady Sewing Table & The Practical Guide to Patchwork (CLOSED)

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The winner is Henria O. who said, “The Big Sew Steady Table looks amazing!”

Send an email to kelseyatvanillajoydot com BEFORE MONDAY to claim your prize.

THE PRIZE

One reader will win a customized Sew Steady sewing table AND a copy of The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman (C&T Publishing)!

MY REVIEW

Sew Steady Sewing Tables

After machine quilting with a sewing table, I really don’t think it’s possible to be a serious machine quilter without one!

I have machine quilted a few quilts in my pre-sewing table days, but I did simple straight lines on both, and it was a pain but doable. Having a large table surface to support the weight of the quilt and to give my hands somewhere to rest changes everything!

sew steady sewing table

The Sew Steady sewing tables are made from a thick and clear acrylic material that has rounded edges. They can be made to exactly fit any sewing machine perfectly – this one fits my old (and dear) Riccar like a glove.

This is the Large portable sewing table measuring 18″ x 24″ and I’ve read on sewing blogs that you really shouldn’t go any smaller than that if you plan to use it for machine quilting. (I also read somewhere that spraying it with a fabric safe silicone spray works to make it slick and even easier to quilt on.)

sew steady sewing table for riccar

I also really appreciate that 5th table leg in the center – that really supports the table and makes sure it’s stable and steady.

The feet also are adjustable so if you need to adjust the height a bit, no problem.

sew steady quilting table

I’ve been working on adding more quilting to this quilt (made with Marine by Dan Stiles from Fabric Worm) and even though I’m doing a loopy design, it has been much easier than the straight lines I have quilted before without a sewing table. (My machine has given me some trouble, but that’s a different issue…)

I have plenty of space off to the left and in front and back to support the weight of the quilt and having plenty of room to hold and guide the quilt with my hands makes the whole quilting process so much easier.

I have three quilt tops finished and waiting, and I’m actually kind of looking forward to quilting them! I have been completely intimidated, but with the proper tools it’s really not that big of a deal!

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The Practical Guide to Patchwork (C&T Publishing)

practical guide to patchwork

This is a book I had my eye on for a while. Honestly…I love the cover! All those beautiful and colorful quilts…and I figured it would be a good all around quilting resource.

And I was right. There’s gobs of good information in this book with tons of great photos as well as beautiful quilt project ideas and patterns.

Elizabeth Hartman includes all the basic quilting information at the beginning – tools, fabric, batting, thread, etc. as well as information about quilt planning, sizing, and choosing fabric. Then she talks about rotary cutting, patchwork piecing, making a quilt sandwich, machine quilting, and binding.

practical guide to patchwork color tips

My favorite parts in the Basics section were about color, which is the hardest part for me. I liked how she broke color down into warm and cool and talked about how those color families affect a quilt over all.

I also loved the different quilt backing options she showed. I typically don’t think of the backing as a place for patchwork, but I love it!

She included her take on value, intensity, and different color combinations as well as tips on how to incorporate large-scale, medium-scale, and small-scale prints in your work.

All great topics I needed to hear more about!

practical guide to patchwork quilt projects

The last part of the book includes project ideas, and these were my very favorites. I love her style and her color choices, and I’m going to try to make all of these eventually! Thanks to Elizabeth Hartman and C&T Publishing for this great book!

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{Thanks to Sew Steady and C&T Publishing for sponsoring this review/giveaway!}

GIVEAWAY RULES

  • Make a comment on this post telling me which portable sewing table you’d like before midnight Wednesday, September 7.
  • A winner will be selected and announced in a new post on Thursday.
  • Only one comment per person unless you earn extra entries.
  • Giveaway open only to residents of the continental United States…sorry.
  • Winners must email me to claim their prize within 5 days.

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GOOD LUCK and THANKS!

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{ 131 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Natalie Christensen August 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm

The large would be so great! Thanks!

2 Natalie Christensen August 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm

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3 Natalie Christensen August 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm

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4 Violeta Murray August 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Large table looks good to me! :o)

5 Melissa August 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I think the large one is great for more than just quilting!

6 lace August 25, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I’m not sure what one I’d need but the Big Sew Steady looks like it would be big enough but not too big? or maybe I’d need something smaller. Not sure.

7 Elizabeth McDonald August 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I looked at all of the tables, and I think with my sewing space the 18″ by 24″ is the very best!

8 Elizabeth McDonald August 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm

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9 Elizabeth McDonald August 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm

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10 Leah p August 26, 2011 at 7:25 am

i think i would get the Big Sew Steady Table i only have room for that size.

11 Kimberly R August 26, 2011 at 8:22 am

Definately the large table – kind of like an extra set of hands!

12 Kimberly R August 26, 2011 at 8:23 am

I am a subscriber.

13 Kimberly R August 26, 2011 at 8:23 am

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14 Kimberly R August 26, 2011 at 8:23 am

I commented on your Starbucks Ice Cream post – yummmy!

15 racergirl1313 August 26, 2011 at 11:18 am

The large size would fit perfectly on my sewing table and be a huge help. Thanks!

16 racergirl1313 August 26, 2011 at 11:19 am

I follow C&T Publishing to Twitter. Thanks again!

17 racergirl1313 August 26, 2011 at 11:21 am

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18 Melissa August 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm

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19 Melissa August 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm

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20 Beth T. August 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm

The Big Sew Steady table looks wonderful.

21 Beth T. August 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm

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22 Beth T. August 26, 2011 at 5:13 pm

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23 Beth T. August 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I commented on your Starbucks Ice Cream post.

24 Karlene August 27, 2011 at 1:34 am

the Junior Sew Steady Table would be perfect for my room :)

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25 Karlene August 27, 2011 at 1:35 am

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26 Katy~TheCountryBlossom August 27, 2011 at 5:10 am

I think I would like the Large Sew Steady Table!

27 Katy~TheCountryBlossom August 27, 2011 at 5:11 am

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28 Katy~TheCountryBlossom August 27, 2011 at 5:12 am

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29 jessica August 27, 2011 at 6:12 am

The big sew steady table looks really nice especially for big quilts, but it’s not too big to use on a regular basis. I’d love that one!

30 Maile August 27, 2011 at 7:50 am

The large table looks the perfect size. It would be a big help with all kinds of sewing projects.

31 Danna August 27, 2011 at 8:01 am

I’m just getting started as a quilter and would love to have something so useful!

32 Lindsey August 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

What an amazing book- love seeing ideas laid out for me!

33 Kristi Watkins August 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I received a sewing machine for Christmas last year. I have no idea how to use it yet because I am busy with school. I would love to have the 18X24 sew steady table made for my sewing machine and of course the book. Between school and studying I am working on my creative side. :) Love your blog!

34 Pam Pike August 28, 2011 at 5:31 am

Wow, I love this table extension. The large would be wonderful to have 32X24. I would think that it would be a great help with quilting and and other projects as well.

35 Pam Pike August 28, 2011 at 5:32 am

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36 Pam Pike August 28, 2011 at 5:32 am

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37 Pam Pike August 28, 2011 at 5:34 am

For someone new to quilting, I could really learn a lot from this book and would love to have it!

38 Pam Pike August 28, 2011 at 5:34 am

I have commented on other posts on your blog

39 Pam Pike August 28, 2011 at 5:42 am

I now follow you on pinterest too!

40 Felicity @ Our Little Beehive August 28, 2011 at 7:05 am

Big ultimate package so I could quilt like crazy then put the table away neatly for little projects!

41 Felicity @ Our Little Beehive August 28, 2011 at 7:06 am

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42 Felicity @ Our Little Beehive August 28, 2011 at 7:06 am

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43 Felicity @ Our Little Beehive August 28, 2011 at 7:07 am

commented on a non-contest post (and lots of comments on your contest posts, whew!)

44 sharon August 28, 2011 at 7:26 am

I like the big sew steady
A non sew thru table came with my janome and I always wish that I could see thru it and that it was bigger
these tables are my wishes come true!

45 Amber L. August 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I would want the Large Sew Steady Table

46 Amber L. August 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm

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47 Amber L. August 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm

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48 Deanne August 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I love the big 24×24 work area on the Big Sew Steady Table. Every time I sew I’ve wished I had one:)

49 Deanne August 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Just subscribed to Vanilla Joy via email. Can’t wait to check out your boards on Pinterest!

50 MarciaW August 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm

My preference is Big Sew Steady Table as think the size will fit best for me.

51 MarciaW August 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I already subscribe to the C&T e-newsletter…. and Oh! Fransson! blog … would love to win a copy of Elizabeth’s book.

52 anissa August 29, 2011 at 9:48 am

I would love to get Junior Sew Steady Table 11.5 X 15 Junior Sew Steady Table
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53 anissa August 29, 2011 at 9:50 am

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55 Serena August 30, 2011 at 5:47 am

I would love, love, love to try the Serger/Small Sew Steady Table because i do not currently own a serger but it would be very handy.

56 Serena August 30, 2011 at 5:48 am

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57 Lisa McBrayer August 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Whoa, nice giveaway! I love the Junior Sew Steady!

58 Henria O. August 31, 2011 at 12:26 am

The Big Sew Steady Table looks amazing!
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59 Henria O. August 31, 2011 at 12:31 am

Follow C&T Publishing on Twitter (@sazzyfrazzy) and You Tube (MsSazzyFrazz).
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60 Henria O. August 31, 2011 at 12:32 am

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61 Henria O. August 31, 2011 at 12:34 am

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62 Henria O. August 31, 2011 at 12:35 am

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63 Henria O. August 31, 2011 at 1:01 am

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64 Laree @ Ever Heard of Euless August 31, 2011 at 10:09 am

I’ve been wishing I had one of these ever since I did my first quilt a year ago! I’d like a large one the best.

65 Lynne August 31, 2011 at 11:53 am

I already subscribe to your newsletter and have used many ideas! I am an avid quilter and would LOVE to have the large table! What a great giveaway!

66 Carol August 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I have seen this large table and would find it to be a great tool. I have been sewing quilts to donate to the women’s shelter. Keep up the great work.

67 Denise August 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I would be happy with any size, I have been wanting to start quilting for sometime and one of your tables would be just the thing to get me started.

68 christy September 1, 2011 at 6:05 am

i would love the Big Sew Steady Table

69 Michelle Flynn September 1, 2011 at 10:19 am

I would love to have either one!

70 Ashley September 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

Quilting can be such a pain — the large table looks like it would make quilting a breeze!

71 Ashley September 1, 2011 at 11:19 am

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72 Henria O. September 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Following you on Pinterest!
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73 Madison September 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Oh my! This table looks absolutely amazing!! And the book-wow. Sounds like a wonderful one with lots of patchwork ideas (my all-time favorite way to quilt!).

74 Elisabeth K. September 3, 2011 at 7:47 am

I am adding the giant table to my Christmas wish list… gotta have it!!

75 Elisabeth K. September 3, 2011 at 8:11 am

I happily subscribed to your blog!!!

76 Carolyn September 3, 2011 at 10:07 am

OMGoodness this would be sooo awesome to have for my machine quilting! Thank you for an awesome giveaway and the chance!

77 Carolyn September 3, 2011 at 10:07 am

I follow CT publishing on Twitter and YouTube. :)

78 Carolyn September 3, 2011 at 10:08 am

I subscribed to Vanilla Joy on YouTube. :)

79 Carolyn September 3, 2011 at 10:09 am

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80 Carolyn September 3, 2011 at 10:09 am

I have already signed up for your newsletter. :)

81 Carolyn September 3, 2011 at 10:12 am

I commented on your Recipe Organization post. Love the idea! Thanks!

82 Elisabeth K. September 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I am putting the giant table on my Christmas wish list!!!

83 Anara September 4, 2011 at 8:31 am

I just saw these for the first time a couple weeks ago and they look great! I have to sew on my dining room table, and think this would really help it feel less awkward as a newbie.

The big ultimate table package since all my sewing gear is stored in a closet : (
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84 Kd September 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I love the Giant Sew Steady Sewing Table for it’s size. Wonderful!

85 Kd September 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

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86 Kd September 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm

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87 Kd September 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm

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88 Kd September 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I posted on Facebook about the contest with a link back here.

89 Kd September 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm

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90 Kd September 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I commented on a non-contest post and added to the conversation!

91 Kd September 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I am following VanillaJoy on Pinterest.

92 tracy September 5, 2011 at 7:19 am

I think any of them would be great! But I would like the Large Sew Steady Table..The bigger the better :)
Thanks for the chance.

93 Chrystal Higgins September 5, 2011 at 9:52 am

Wonderful prize!
Chrystal

94 Michelle Watson September 6, 2011 at 10:52 am

I would like the Big Sew Steady Table.

95 Gailanne Upton September 6, 2011 at 10:55 am

I would LOVE the large one, what an AWESOME giveaway….thanks for the chance!

96 Gailanne Upton September 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

Just subscribed to Vanilla Joy’s newsletter, thanks!

97 Gailanne Upton September 6, 2011 at 11:01 am

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98 Gailanne Upton September 6, 2011 at 11:07 am

Thanks for the tutorials, esp the one about the walking foot…great for us beginners!

99 Patricia Briggs September 6, 2011 at 11:41 am

The big sturdy one, first one on the list. I can hardly wait to get.
Thanks.

100 JoAnn L September 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

Serger/Small Sew Steady Table

101 betty riehl September 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I would like a sew steady table of any size. great contest !!!

102 Judith Elliott September 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

The 24 x 24 would be great and I could use it for a light table too.

103 shel September 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I like the Big Sew Steady Table

104 shel September 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I follow CT Publishing on Twitter (@auntiethesis) and YouTube (shel704)

105 shel September 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I follow you on YouTube (shel704)

106 shel September 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I follow you on Pinterest (Michelle Hudak)

107 shel September 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I get your feed via Google Reader

108 Mary Lou September 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

The large Sew Steady Table would be perfect for all of my machine quilting. Thanks!

109 Dona Reynolds September 6, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I went to the site and looked at the sizes. The large size is perfect for me!

Dona

110 Dona Reynolds September 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm

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111 Rachelle jones September 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Ooooh I’d love the giant table, pretty please :)

112 Allison C September 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm

The large would work best in my tiny workspace. I need to quilt a king size soon so this could be REALLY helpful!

113 Allison C September 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I just subscribed to your feed!

114 Joyce Cloud September 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Oh I would love a giant table… think it would help me learn how to quilt my quilts better… am still trying to learn and don’t have enough room to do it

115 Nancy B from Many LA September 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I like the Giant table

116 Nancy B from Many LA September 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

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117 Nancy B from Many LA September 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

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118 Nancy B from Many LA September 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

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119 Nancy Bird September 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

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120 Nancy B from Many LA September 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Posted on your “Fresh Tomato Sauce” post

121 Leah September 7, 2011 at 12:14 am

The Giant Sew Steady Table would be so very perfect for all my many creative adventures! : )

Thanks so very much for this fabulous give~away! : )

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122 Leah September 7, 2011 at 12:15 am

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123 Leah September 7, 2011 at 12:16 am

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124 Gina S. September 7, 2011 at 4:22 am

I would want the large table, need all the extra room i can get.

125 Gina S. September 7, 2011 at 4:22 am

I commented on the bias blog

126 Gina S. September 7, 2011 at 4:23 am

I Face booked the link to the contest.

127 Gina S. September 7, 2011 at 4:25 am

I subscribe to your newsletter

128 Gina S. September 7, 2011 at 4:27 am

I follow CT, thats how i found your blog and a lot of other!

129 Jan Sutter September 7, 2011 at 6:47 am

OH! I would love to have that table top for my machine. It is a handme down and I have to set it on top of a table, which doesn’t give you much room to work with at the machine.

130 Nancy M. September 7, 2011 at 7:59 am

I have a large table and the Giant Sew Steady table would be wonderful.

131 Roxanne K September 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm

The 24″ X 24″ Big Sew Steady Table looks like it would be perfect for me!

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