The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Enter Fabric for Life 2017

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have an unlimited supply of fabric you could use to make gifts for quilters, quilt lovers, and those who just need to keep warm?

What would you do if you had fabric to last a lifetime?

There are so many possibilities with all of that fabric—you could make something for everyone you know and more!

Perfect your piecing as you construct quilts of all shapes and sizes. Explore a new technique you’ve never tried without worrying about “wasting” fabric. Try every type of applique, pick up paper piecing, or make a sampler quilt (or a few) to find your favorite quilt block.

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Dress your table in style with coordinating table linens. Showcase your favorite patterns by making simple fabric napkins. Create quick and easy place mats or intricate table runners you can use to practice machine quilting on your home sewing machine.

Spread joy to your family and friends by making small quilting projects of pillows, purses, and pouches. Or share your loot! The fabric itself makes wonderful gifts for quilters you know and love; build a bundle of your favorites or give pretty prints away by the yard.

When I asked one of my colleagues what she would do with fabric for life, her answer was something I hadn’t thought of so I had to share. She said she would experiment (after making each household in her extended family a quilt, of course).  With this much fabric,  she could play with dyeing solids, over-dyeing prints, and even using bleach to remove color. Plus, she could use her stash to explore ideas of transparency by cutting shapes out of the fabric to play with shadow and light manipulation.

Another way to put a lifetime supply of fabric to use would be to use it as a way to give back.  You could make quilts for the charities you admire and for the causes you support. Create quilts for the maternity ward at your local hospital, quilts for victims of natural disasters, or cancer patients and survivors.

I’m sure you’ve thought of a dozen different ideas while reading this!

Every year our friends at Keepsake Quilting actually give away Fabric for Life! The grand prize of their annual sweepstakes wins a 20 year supply of fabric (so not quite a lifetime, but pretty darn close). Of course, many will enter and only one can win the key to an epic stash of fabric, but the other prizes including a BERNINA Sewing machine, Reliable iron, and fabric bundle from Paintbrush Studio are also pretty wonderful.

Why not throw your hat in the ring?

Now through December 31, 2017, you can enter for a chance to win Fabric for Life from Keepsake Quilting every day. That’s right: Every. Single. Day.

Go ahead and bookmark the page so you can enter early and often. And leave a comment below to let us know what you would do and make if you had fabric to last a lifetime.

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20 thoughts on “The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Enter Fabric for Life 2017

  1. If I won the Fabric for Life 2017, I would give it all to my younger sister. She loves fabric but doesn’t have the money to buy fabric. She can’t even go into a fabric store anymore. She works hard working 2 jobs and her biggest joy is her fabric. She loves looking at it, feeling it, and making something with it. Fingers crossed she wins it.

  2. Thanks for the chance to win. If I won the fabric I would have a great supply for the Days for Girls shields, liners and bags that we make at Days for Girls Langdon Team. I also make charity quilts via my quilt guild and dog/cat beds for the Humane Society in Calgary, Alberta.

  3. Thanks for the opportunity to win Fabric for Life!! Once I win, I would do everything that can be done with a supply of fabric for life. Quilts, clothing, toys, decorations – everything!! And over half would be donated to charitable organizations!

  4. If I was the fortunate winner, I would use the fabric to continue teaching the young moms and kids in our valley to quilt. I give lessons for free at our local Guild and enjoy sharing my love of quilting in this way. Fondling fabric is one of the great joys in my life, so being able to share the bounty of this win would be a gift that continues giving and spreading the pleasure of making beautiful treasures is so much fun for all of us.

  5. I’d make home decor, a lot more quilts, donate some quilts to charity, give quilts to friends and family, and list a few on my Etsy shop. Home decor, like wall hangings and curtains, will definitely be on that list because my home needs some serious decorating.

  6. I think I already have enough fabric for life. Recently I made 101 premie quilt tops and backs. It barely made a dent in my stash. If I won, I’d cherry pick my favorites and distribute the rest to groups and organizations that have little extra money for their quilting projects.

  7. I would set up quilting dates to make warm quilts for those in need. Winter is coming. Of course I would have to make some for my family and friends as well. Not to mention those special items for the granddaughters and new grand baby on the way. How fun! Would love to share it.

  8. Making items for the house, my granddaughters, starting to make clothes for myself takes a lot of fabric. My finances only allow for bargain and sale fabrics at my local Walmart. It would be nice to have some finer fabrics.

  9. What an incredible gift this would be! I think I would do some of everything. I know our local pregnancy resource center would be blessed with baby blankets, bibs, etc. Quilts of Valor as several family members are or were veterans. Family and friend gifts.

  10. Fabric for life would allow me to continue making new quilts for beloved grandkids and great grandkids as they grow older. It woul allow me to continue sharing my love of fondling fabric with the students (kids and adults) that I teach for free at our local Guild and in my home. What fun!

  11. I haven’t been able to work for about a year now, so I have started making lap quilts and tutorials on quilting on the small domestic machines to take up my time and still feel like I am making my contribution to the outside world. The quilts will be donated at Christmas to the Senior Care centers. I would never have to worry about looking for a sale or asking for peoples unwanted scraps again. Although I would still take the scraps as they should not go to waste! What a blessing that would be!

  12. I would give the fabric to my sister who makes quilts for World Relief. Her church friends help her, and they are always glad to get fabric–they make hundreds of quilts a year. If some of the fabric is wool, I would use it for rugs.

  13. I sew mostly baby and children’s quilts for our battered women’s shelter, all size girls dresses for organizations in Africa and string backpacks for Samaritan’s Purse Shoeboxes for underprivileged children around the world. I would most likely donate certain colors to another organization who sew beautiful patriotic quilts for our armed forces Veterans. Thank you for the opportunity to participate!

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