Sew Mama Sew giveaway! and remembering.

Sew Mama Sew readers, welcome to the Schoolhouse Patterns blog. I’m Cindy, the owner & designer. I hope you’re having fun entering giveaways. Keep reading to find out about mine.

Like a giveaway? Today is your day. Sew Mama Sew, a blog devoted to sewing, is hosting it’s biannual giveaway. In their post today, you’ll find links to giveaways on hundreds of blogs of all kinds. Some of the prizes will be handmade items and some will be supplies for hand making items. That’s where I come in.

For my giveaway, I’m offering a parcel of patterns. Three lucky winners will receive a copy of each of the PDF patterns shown below. That’s a crazy lot and who has time for that much sewing? I don’t know.

doll sleepover set eclutch middle school mess

patch tote patch bib and burp the secretary

How to enter… Just leave a comment telling me who inspired your creativity or inspires your creativity now. I’d love to hear your story. I’ll choose the winners with random.org.

colvins granny

My grandmothers kindled the creative flame in me. My mom’s mom, Audrey, had eight children and I’m sure she made all of the dresses on my mom (the oldest) and her sisters in that picture. She may have made her own as well. I’ll always remember the layette that Grandma sewed for my mom when my baby brother was born. It was so beautiful and delicate. She was a garment and craft sewer. My dad’s mom, Nezelene, on the right, was a quilter. We called her Granny in her later years. She was so brave and generous in her quilting. She wasn’t a perfectionist. The quilts weren’t art, they were to be used. I have so many quilts hand stitched by Granny. I love them all. Both of my Grandmas have passed away. I miss them and always will. But, I have their legacy here in my home. They will not be forgotten.

This giveaway will be closed at 8:00 pm EST on Friday, May 10th. Make your comment below and I’ll announce the winners by Sunday afternoon. Be sure to leave your email address in your comment so I can reach you if you win.

Well, I think that’s it. Good luck. Don’t forget to visit Sew Mama Sew to find links to other giveaways.

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172 thoughts on “Sew Mama Sew giveaway! and remembering.

  1. Fran says:

    My grandmother inspired me to start sewing. I watched her sew lots when I was young & she taught ma the basics of a sewing machine. She died 15 years ago but now that I’m a regular sewist & quilter, I think of her often. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. shangalonline says:

    My mom has always been a crafter. When I would get home from dance class on the week days, she would have friends over stenciling. It always made me want to make things like she did.

  3. Shann says:

    The people I love are and have been my inspiration. the first prject I ever completed was for my highschool sweetheart turned hubby. That was 15 years ago.

  4. Lynne Tilley says:

    I come from a family that has always done some sort of sewing and/or needlework or crafting. My mom and both my grandmothers inspired me the most in the past, and now my daughter inspires me as she took up the whole crafting and sewing thing, and does far better than I ever dreamed of doing myself.

  5. lucia says:

    My mother sewed and knitted and crocheted, but it was actually my Italian aunt that taught me to knit in Italy, and I taught myself to sew on my mom’s cast off machine! Love your patterns!

  6. Jodi Robertson says:

    My Mother is my creative inspiration & her mother inspired her. Sadly for the last 22 years my Grandma hasn’t been here to see her creative legacy grow in my mum my sister and I. She was an amazing woman and I am so grateful for the gift she gave us & that we can share in it together.

  7. Hilary says:

    I don’t really have anyone in my immediate family that was hugely into sewing and embroidery, though I have a few doilies that my Mum made when she was younger. At school we had to do sewing and it just captivated me…there is something about creating and fabric that draws me in, and I guess I am lucky enough to have the time and the means to do this as my relaxation and outlet now.

  8. dee says:

    my mother and grandmother both sewed and made lots ofthings. my nana especially made everything inher home. thakns forthe offer.

  9. buntyw says:

    No sewers in my family – I was taught by a rather gruff teacher at primary school who took me under her wing because I showed an interest!

  10. jacqueline says:

    my mother and my mother-in-law inspired my to start sewing. When I was little, my mother was always sewing clothes or other things for me. unfortunately she died when I was 11. My mother in law died about 4 years ago. she left me her sewing machine. when it arrived at my house, I decided to give sewing a try, and it turned out great 😀

  11. Katie says:

    My Mum and my gran inspired me to start sewing and knitting, but now my kids inspire me to create. They have wonderful imaginations and ask if I can make them clothes/dress-ups etc all the time.

  12. Mary P. says:

    I guess my daughter inspired me to learn how to sew. I’ve been sewing now for about 7 years. Tried learning years ago, but didn’t have a good machine or classes to learn. My daughter started quilting at age 11 through 4H. I didn’t think I would quilt, but have made quite a few and now I’m sewing clothes a little bit for my younger kids. I have 9, 6 boys and 3 girls. My last one is a baby girl, she is almost 9 months old, so I have sewn a few things for her. They all want me to sew them things right away. My 10 year old daughter is learning how to sew now too, but isn’t quite patient enough.

  13. Michelle Smith says:

    My creativity was definitely inspired from my mom. From when I was born, she was sewing up cloth diapers for me. She is a gifted knitter and crocheter, while I don’t knit or crochet, I do sew a lot. My mom and I will trade services with each other–I will sew for her and she will knit/crochet for me.

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

  14. Jill says:

    My mom and grandma both got me interested in sewing. I started with some clothing and bags, but have found I really enjoy quilting the most.

  15. Brittney G. says:

    My mom was the one who originally taught me to sew – but right now, it’s the blogosphere that kindles most of my creativity!

  16. Ashton says:

    The people I’m sewing for are my inspiration as well as those online that I follow… They are all so creative and inspire me so much. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Heather says:

    My mom and grammma both had a little side craft business. My mom did craft fairs and my gramma just sold stuff out of her house. I was never really limited in my creativity but always encouraged. I never really thought about it until now and I’m a little teary thinking about what a great gift they gave me.

  18. Georgia says:

    My grandma started my love of sewing, and she still keeps me going! She’s always working on new projects and asking to hear what I’m working on. It’s so much fun! 🙂
    peachstateme (at) hotmail (dot) com

  19. Anna says:

    I love supporting my local animal shelter/ SPCA. I sew all year long to donate to the Christmas Fund Raiser.

  20. Joyce Mitchell says:

    My Mom is the one who taught me how to sew many decades ago. But it was my youngest sister who got me started quilting about 6 years ago. Now I’m hooked. Thanks for the chance to win.

  21. Amy says:

    Both my mother and grandmother were the crafting kind! Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  22. Sue says:

    My next door neighbor got me sewing. She had 6 kids and I always babysat for her. I was paid but she also made dresses for me and then she helped me learn to sew so I could do it for myself. It was a great deal!

  23. The Mrs. says:

    I’m inspired by all of the quilting blogs I read. They all have such wonderful creativity that they willingly share with the rest of us.

  24. Bethany says:

    I am not sure…My dad says that I came out this way and I am not sure who I got it from. I guess my mom in some ways she loves to paint, but I love fabric crafts. They allowed me to be creative in my own way and supported all my crazy ‘ideas’ I love them for that. Thanks for the chance!

  25. Britt says:

    I’d say my Mom since my earliest memory of anything involving fabric was of the Laura Ingalls costume she made me for preschool – I still have an affinity for calicos because of that costume.

  26. Mandi says:

    Both my grandmothers were excellent seamstresses – one still is. Otherwise, I’m usually inspired by nature!

  27. Shaena Green says:

    My mother has inspired me in so many ways but she is who I get my talent and ideas from! She is my driving force! Love her!

  28. Carla G says:

    All the wonderful bloggers that quilt & sew inspire me. I love to see all the new projects, the tutorials, the quilt-a-longs and photos of all the awesome projects. Thanks for a chance to win1 🙂

  29. Gjeometry says:

    What a lovely giveaway, so many nice patterns you have there! My gramma inspired me, she was a stitcher, made me clothes and my mom’s wedding dress, and was also a master smocker. A very talented woman. She has passed on now, but am inspired by so many of the lovely bloggers that I have met over the last few months since beginning my sewing blog.

  30. Mary B says:

    My grandmother and mother were/are my biggest influences. My grandmother sparked my interest in crocheting and leather working, but my Mom taught me how to sew when I was about 10 years old. I started making doll clothes on a treadle sewing machine and have been sewing ever since.Thanks Mom!

  31. Annette H says:

    My parents both inspired us to use our abilities to create. We grew up thinking we could make pretty much anything! My dad is a great woodworker and my mom, the seamstress and crafter. I’ve only recently taken the time to cultivate my desire to sew. (At 40, I’m a bit of a late bloomer!) I’m grateful that my parents left us with the courage to just go out and try it if we don’t know how to do it… I’ve saved tons of money and have a home to be proud of because I can repair and decorate it as desired instead of being trapped with someone else’s schedule and idea of beauty. -Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Darci says:

    Learned to sew from my grandmother, a farmers wife, and continued to work with my moms sister, a home ec teacher and perfectionist.

  33. Susan M says:

    My mother sewed for all 6 of us but I didn’t catch the bug until I took a 6 week quilting class 5 years ago. That teacher inspired me to start and my husband, sisters and children inspire me to keep going. thank you

  34. Melissa Vink says:

    My mom inspired me! We grew up crafting and learning different types from her! When I’m being creative is when I feel most like myself! Thank you for the opportunity!

  35. Michelle says:

    my grandma inspired me. My mother in law inspires me too. Also all the wonderful magazines inspire me.

  36. Morgan says:

    My mom and my aunts; they all sew – some lean to quilts, some clothes but it’s all practical. And my husband’s grandma who could literally make ANYthing.

  37. Karen says:

    My nan started me off knitting my barbie a lovely long scarf when i was little, she’s a great sewer and taught me to cook too. I didn’t get on with knitting but I love quilting :o) Thanks for the chance.

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