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).
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!!!!
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