Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Aurifil Giveaway + Teal Mini Swap

Do you like swaps? Minis? Sewing for a good cause?

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and my friend Beth (aka EvaPaige Quilt Designs) has been running this Teal Mini swap for 5 years now in memory of her late mother who died from ovarian cancer. Each year it gets bigger and more fun with more states and provinces participating. 


Here's a sampling of the swap items that were shared last year. I didn't get to participate last year but I did the year before and it was so much fun. 

In Beth's own words:

"This will be the fifth year for the Teal Mini Swap and I am very much hoping for record numbers that defy my senses, in terms of both participants and monies raised toward finding a cure for this ridiculous killer of women."

Here's how the swap works..

1. You register by clicking here.

2. You are sent an 8" square of the designated teal swap fabric which must be used somewhere in your mini (or mug rug, etc). 

Below is this year's fabric which has been generously donated by Moda.

3. You are assigned a swap partner, and have until 10/1 to get your partner's mini done and mailed to them.

That's it! Super easy! And for a good cause.

More of Beth's own words:

"I started this swap several years ago because I lost my own mother to ovarian cancer in 2002. It's an insidious form of female-only cancer that affects far too many women at a prime time in their lives - average age of diagnosis is 57, which is exactly how old my mom was and is also a popular age for quilters.  Awareness comes in as participants are invited to join the Teal Mini Swap FB page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/twoforteal2014/), where we share photos of our swaps, encourage each other to share articles and personal experience with ovarian cancer, and overall it has become a very lovely group of women who just want to make a difference. We have several survivors as members as well as a few who still fight. Sadly, we lost a member this year to the disease, but she's a good reason to keep fighting." 

If you would like to participate, you can register by clicking here. You can find out all of the specifics there.

To kick off the sign ups, Beth has arranged a blog tour July 26-28, and August 2-4, and each stop has a prize up for grabs! You don't have to sign up for the swap to be eligible for the prizes, but of course Beth would love it if you did! 

Prize: One of these three Aurifil thread collections (winners announced Aug 1):

Sweetly Stitched
Moonshine Meadow

July 26 - Kelli Fannin, 

Seriously....I Think it Needs Stitches
  (You are here) :)

July 27 - Amy Friend, During Quiet Time
July 28 - Jacquelynne Steves, 
Jacquelynne Steves

Prize - Mistyfuse collection:

August 2 - Diane Harris, Quilty Pleasures
August 3 - Laura Piland, Slice of Pi
August 4 - Michele Foster, Quilting Gallery

All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment letting me know how hot it is where you live right now. (supposed to be in the 100's here all week-ugh) If you'd like, you can also share if you or anyone you know has had any experience with ovarian cancer. 

Feel free to share about the blog tour and swap anywhere on social media. Let's help Beth get all of North America participating!

Huge Thanks!!!


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