Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pet show blog post guidelines (UPDATED)

Padsworth hopped up here and reminded me that we need to elucidate, er, illuminate, er, tell you about the rules for our upcoming linky party! (He loves those many-syllable words, even when a short one will do!)

On the 2nd, our linky party will open, and you will have the opportunity to link to a blog post, or to a Flickr photo.

Here are some guidelines to keep the party happy:

      1.  Make certain that you link to that particular blog post,
           not just the "Home" or the "Splash" page of your blog.
           We want the hoppers to be able to easily land
           on the post that features your pet or pet-themed quilt.
      2.  Be sure to have a "backlink." By that, we mean that
           you will have a link in your post (or your Flickr
           description) that hoppers can click to go right back to
           the linky party fun!

      3.  Yes, you may mention a giveaway you are hosting
           in your post.

      4.  Please make sure to stop in at the Lilypad every day,
           and see who has joined the fun. You will be given the
           chance at the party close, to say that you left comment
           love for all of the participants! That will earn another
           entry in the drawings!

      5.  Please be certain to follow the "Thumper Rule" as you
           leave your comments . . . leave positive and kind words
           behind you when you leave. (Grin)

      6.  Be sure that you state which category your entry is to
           be considered in -- this is for the viewers' choice awards.
           GACK! I need to tell you the categories, don't I? (Grin)
           OK, here you go: dog or pup on quilt, cat or kitten on
           quilt, other animal on quilt, and then dog-themed, cat-
           themed, or other animal-themed quilts!

      7.  If you would like to have two entries, please separate
           them into two blog posts, or a blog post and a Flickr
           photo (or two Flickr photos). No more than two entries
           per person, OK?  OK!

If you follow these guidelines, I can assure you that we will all have a great time at the party! This time, the party will last for ten days, so it's going to be a wowser!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One more sponsor! The Art of Home!

If you have been hopping around here with us for a while, you know we are crazy for Jacquelynne Steves' designs and fabrics. Her color palette and whimsical animals just make us happy!

This is her new line, just introduced; it will be in your fav store in January . . . love the colors, and the panel is adorable. I've got you dreaming up a new quilt, don't I? (Grin) I know I am, cos I see a kitty on there! Squeee!

      (This is a sneak peek at her upcoming BOM -- you definitely want to get in on that fun this fall!)

Her blog is full of wonderful ideas and projects for food, fabrics and fun, and her shop offers some drool-worthy fabrics and lovely patterns to use with them!

              (That's her new pup, Alfie, enjoying one of the quilts you will find featured on the site.)

I hope that you will hop over to sign up for her Art of Home Companion (on the right-hand side), and you won't miss a single issue -- every so often Jacquelynne will send out a FREE dreamy, color e-magazine that will inspire you, for sure!

I know, I know, you want me to cut to the chase and tell you about the prize!  Well, Jacquelynne is providing an awesome prize bundle for one lucky US winner! (Shipping charges are nuts, these days!)
Check this out: the prize is a scrumptious fat quarter bundle of "Happy Town" fabric, a package of lovely note cards, and three quilt patterns!  (Retail value is $70.)

 Did I mention that at The Art of Home, there is a helpful Studio Cat, just like at the Lilypadquilting studio? Welcome Maddie to the show! (Clapping)

I hope that you will welcome Jacquelynne as a sponsor, and show her how much you appreciate her support of the Pets Show! Hop over to her site and click to sign up for her free e-magazine!

We surely could not have this fun show and linky party and award all these prizes, if we didn't have our awesome, pawesome sponsors!   

 Be watching this fall for that FREE BOM that she'll be offering, too, cos that looks like a lot of quilting fun and merriment!  
(Waving) Padsworth is blowing you a kiss, Jacquelynne! Thanks for supporting our Pets Show!


Win prizes just for hopping!

Yes, you heard me right! You can win prizes just by hopping around our show and leaving comment love for those in the contest!

We will have viewers' choice prizes along with random drawings, so please stay tuned and play along with us when the party begins!

On August 2, the linky party opens, and you can enter by linking a blog post or a Flickr photo -- I think last year someone tried a google plus entry, but nobody could comment and tell them how they loved it. Boo.

Anyway, I hope all of you are gearing up for the fun!

We will post guidelines for your entries as soon as Padsworth gets a little beauty rest. (Grin)


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wilson is a sponsor (and his mommy, too!)

Do you know who Wilson is?

He's just adorable.

And he is an Official Quilt Helper.
Here is a picture of Wilson:

(Isn't he precious?)
And here is Wilson and his mom, Cindy:

You can tell there's a lot of love there!

Cindy is a talented lady, and she gets lots of help from Wilson. He is a foot-warmer, a cuddler, and inspiration for projects, too! (We'll show you that, later!)

Quilt Doodle Doodles is a fun place, where Block of the Month designs are available for this year's quilt; it's a winter themed project, and it is so stinking cute! Ya gotta see it! Click on that linkie and you can hop over there to see it!

I love Cindy's Doodlettes . . . small projects for instant (or almost instant) gratification!
Here is what Cindy tells us about them:

Little applique patterns that add a bit of fun and whimsy to your quilt projects. So many possibilities on how to use these little sweeties. Let your imagination go! Put them on a tea towel. Or on a pillow, quilt square, pillowcase, apron or place mat. The skies the limit, have fun! Doodlettes are the perfect size for mailing in a birthday card to your quilting friends.

Look how cute!

You can order these patterns from her Etsy shop, which is at this link, or over at Craftsy, which you can get to by clicking this link.

This talented quilter and designer also has an adorable line of patterns for all of you camping afficianados! Campers, tents, and more!

Cindy is offering two packaged Wilson patterns -- one to each of two lucky winners! Yay!!! Check this out:

I hope you will stop by her blog and see what is happening there. She and Wilson always have some quilty fun going on! Drop by and leave her a comment, and tell her thanks for sponsoring!

(Blowing kisses) Thank you, Quilt Doodle Doodles! Thank you for sponsoring our Pets on Quilts Show for 2014!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Don't forget to be a PR Angel!

Don't forget, if you are a blogger and would like to have two extra entries in the random drawings after the Pets on Quilts show, here's all you have to do:

Look up there on the right-hand sidebar of Lilypadquilting, and you will see our badge!

Grab that code and display our badge on your own blog, to help us spread the word! You will be a "PR Angel" and receive two extra entries in our drawings!

If you are on Flickr, and plan to post your pictures there for our linky party, just put our badge in your photostream, and that will count!

Are you taking some pictures?

Getting ready for the party?

It won't be long now . . .


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hoffman Batiks is back for more Pet Show fun!

Hello everyone!
We're proud to announce that Hoffman Fabrics has agreed to sponsor our Pet Show again this year!
Our contact is the lovely Michelle, at Hoffman, and she is offering these Bali Pops from their new collection . . .

Be. Still. My. Heart.
Oh, these are gorgeous! Have you got a Kleenex handy? I have a feeling you are going to need to wipe your keyboard!
These are the 7th collection of Pops, and they've named them for birds! They aren't even in the shops yet -- they'll be arriving in October.

One lucky winner will win this assortment, named Parrot. Lots of greens and blues here:

Another lucky winner will be receiving Lorikeet -- lots of orange, aqua, and plum in this one!  (Oh, how I love this one! "Wuv, twue wuv!")

Hummingbird (purple and aqua) will be won by one of our random drawing winners! 

Michelle will be sending Sandpiper (aqua and cream) to yet another lucky winner!

Look at Cockatiel, with peach, gray, and yellow! 

There's one more: Sparrow, which is a gorgeous mix of browns and tans.
Six lovely selections of Bali Pops!
Now, in October, the rest of us will be able to get these colorways at our favorite shops, in Pops, and in Bali Crackers (10x10 squares) and in Bali Snaps (5x5 squares).

Have you ever wondered just how these beautiful fabrics are made? You are in for a treat -- you can check out the entire process at the new Hoffman blog. It's all about their design inspiration, and you can read posts about the Hoffman art director, Linda Fitch, and her first visit to the factory in Bali!
You'll learn all about the fabrics and how they make them, and it's such fun to see! 

Did ya know? Hoffman Fabrics is a family owned business, and they are celebrating their 90th year in 2014! From Rube, their founder, to sons Philip and Walter, and the rest of the entire Hoffman team, they are all about being the finest producer of beautiful batik fabrics that make quilters' hearts sing!

Congratulations, Hoffman California - International Fabrics!  And thank you for being a sponsor of our Pets on Quilts show!



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Penny Cottons! A new Pet Show sponsor!

Have you noticed that especially here in blogland, quilting brings our world together . . . quilters and sewists from all over . . . Australia, the US, France, Asia and more all can admire projects, offer advice, and learn new skills.
Ain't the interwebs wunnerful?

(In a business-like tone) I would really like to introduce you to our newest Pets on Quilts sponsor! It's Penny Cottons!

Karan is from Bangkok, Thailand, and we've corresponded for a while now. Her company, Penny Cottons, specializes in hand rolled collections of quality fabrics.

There are several ways to get in touch with Penny Cottons. Those of you who enjoy the playground over at Etsy, can click on this link .

Those who just use those wunnerful interwebs can check them out here: click on this link
You can even find them on ebay! Just click here!
Karan tells me . . . "Our factory produces and cuts 100% top quality quilting cotton from well-known manufacturers worldwide. We cut our fabric fresh from the bolt and steam press using a professional steam press machine."

The fabrics are DIE CUT for absolute precision and pinpoint accuracy in every strip. Cut, rolled and packaged in a smoke-free and pet-free studio. All our products are stored in a 24/7 air-conditioned environment.
Jelly Rolls contain 20 hand rolled printed fabric lengths
Each Length: 2.5” x 42”
Total Fabric: Approximately 1.25 meters of fabric
(Note: I know that other jelly rolls contain more strips of fabric, but I discovered that this was an ideal amount for the baby quilts that I make, plus you will be blown away by their prices -- you can order by the bunch!!)

"At Penny Cottons, we take pride in manufacturing and supplying quality cotton and other home crafts on a wholesale and retail capacity. Our business policy is to perfect every step - from hand-drawn designs, perfected with precision printing, first class quality control and finally to make sure our products find a happy home. We are here to make a difference and leave every single one of our customers smiling!"

Karan also told me that once you purchase, they will ship within two working days -- and I think they shipped mine a lot quicker! See those lovely prints right above this paragraph? I ordered that roll and I was so pleased! The fabrics were excellent quality, and it arrived with lightning speed! And they emailed me to let me know it was on its way!

Penny Cottons also has fat quarters available at this link, and fabric by the yard if you click here. They even have what they call "cigar rolls" that you just have to check out!

Please go and look at what Penny Cottons has to offer -- I believe you will be so happy with their fabrics and their prices that you will be dancing around your sewing machine like a froggie who just found a new lilypad!

(Whispering) Do us at Lilypadquilting a favor, and favorite the shop if you travel over to Etsy, OK? That way they know we sent you!

Karan has agreed to send one lucky winner a couple of these hand rolled jelly rolls! Yay!!!!

(Waving) Thank you, Penny Cottons! You are an awesome sponsor of the Pets on Quilts show!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pets are NOT required . . .

. . . in order to participate in the Pets on Quilts Show!


Let me explain. You don't have to own a pet to enter the show. We have categories for pet-themed quilts, too!

Have you made a quilted project that featured a dog, a cat, a hedgehog, or some other pet?

Well then, you can enter the show!!

And another thing -- even if you have not joined the linky party you can still hop around and see everyone's entries. You can leave comments, and you can be entered into the random drawings!


Everybody has a chance to win!

And we have some awesome sponsors!

Make sure you join us for the Pets on Quilts show, starting on August 2!!