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Giveaway with the Sewing Directory

We have teamed up with Fiona from the Sewing Directory to bring you a fantastic giveaway this Christmas! One lucky winner will receive this whopping selection of quilting supplies and fabric, worth over £250!

The prize includes all of this:

OLFA 12" x 18" (30cm x 40cm) Cutting Mat

OLFA 45mm Rotary Cutter

OLFA 6" Quilting Template Ruler

Annie's Attic Jelly Roll Quilts Book

Annie's Attic Learn to make a Foundation-Pieces Quilt Book

McCalls Home Decoration Patchwork Quilt pattern for a quilt and cushions

Sew Easy Tonal Estimator Tool - Colour and Tone Guide

Clover pack of Wonder Clips

Sew Easy Template Marking Pencil

Sew Easy Quilters Glass Head Pins

Hemline Quilting Needles Size 9

Clover Quilting Needles Size 10

Clover Finger Presser

Clover Mesh Layout Transfer Canvas Sheet

Elbesee 8" Wooden Quilting Hoop

Over 4 metres of Timeless Treasures Quilting Fabric in assorted designs and colours

Timeless Treasure Tonga Treats pack of 40 10" squares of fabric - in bright 'Lollipop Colours'

Timeless Treasure Tonga Treats pack of 40 10" squares of fabric - in soft muted 'Meringue Colours'

So to enter all you need to do is visit the Minerva Craft’s Blogger Network which is full of ideas and inspiration from top bloggers and have a look at the posts. Then head to the Sewing Directory website and fill in the competition entry form telling Fiona which of the posts is your favourite.

All entries must be received by 6pm on Tuesday the 13th January 2015. For full terms and conditions please visit the Sewing Directory website.
Bye for now,
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A while back now in October I saw a tweet about an idea Lisa from StitchedupfromtheStart had for Christmas. A Sewing Santa! The idea was for people in the sewing blogging world to sign up and then we would all be sent a giftee (chosen completely at random) from all those who signed up to take part.
Lisa's idea came from reading this post from Sylkotwist, and seeing all the wonderful haberdashery she was given for birthday gifts this year. It made her wonder if anyone in her life would buy her anything for her sewing hobby. And the answer was no. I think this is true of lots of people really. My family is different as my mum and eldest sister both sew, but I know lots of our customers who come to Minerva and they don't have anybody (friends or family) who share in their sewing hobby, so they certainly never know what to buy them. And more importantly they wouldn't be able to choose a gift specific to their tastes or sewing styles. 
So, all this got Lisa thinking and she came up with the #SewingSanta idea. It's the sewing bloggers’ answer to Secret Santa…except not necessarily secret as we can all thank each other for our gifts once we have opened them after Christmas. I love the idea of choosing a sewing gift for somebody that is really tailored to what they love. And of course, Im so intrigued and looking forward to the gift that someone buys for me. 
So I contacted Lisa straight away in November. When I first emailed Lisa I checked it was ok for me to take part (coming from a company that sells all these products), but Lisa was thrilled for me to take part thank fully and funnily enough is just around the corner from us - small world isn't it! I received an email a few weeks later with the details of the person I was buying for. I spent a good few evenings reading through this ladies blog ( I will reveal after Christmas who I was buying for). I had never come across her blog before, so it was really nice for me to look through all the different garments she had made in the past and see what type of fabrics she likes to sew with. After much deliberation I think I have chosen something she will love. But something she will be able to use and wear. It was really hard to narrow it down. In the end I think I could have spent 10 times my £10 budget, but choosing the best present for just £10 was all part of the fun and the challenge. I sent off my gift in time for the Christmas post, so hopefully my giftee has received her present by now. 
These are links to the people that have taken part this year;
This morning I have received my gift in the post. I have four individually wrapped parcels! Four! On the little tag attached there was a lovely little note and it revealed my giftee was Megan. I'm guessing its Megan from PigeonWishes. Thank you so much for my gifts Megan, I'm going to save opening them for Christmas Day...if I can resist temptation!!

Thanks to everyone who took part this year, I hope even more people take part in #sewingsanta 2015!

Buy for now and Happy Christmas everyone,