Tis the season…

So who wants some fabric???


Now that I have all my patterns printed and back from the printer, and drafts of the fall 2012 collections done, and a bunch of new quilts underway, and a million other things done, half-done, and just started, I think it is time to give away some fabric.

(That was supposed to come out more along the lines of “now that I have a moment to rest a bit,” but halfway through the sentence I realized that rest is a far off fantasy.)

Before too long I’ll be putting some Pear Tree bundles up in the online shop to go along with the patterns, but before I do that I want to give away two complete fat quarter bundles away. This giveaway, though, is going to have a catch.

No, I’m not going to make you like me, or follow me, or fan me, or anything of that ilk. This giveaway is all about giving, so the winners are going to have to commit to use at least some of the bundle to make a quilt to send to Bumble Beans Basics. It doesn’t have to be a giant quilt, a toddler or throw is fine, but half the point of this giveaway is to get more quilts to people who really need them. I plan to do this with every collection I release. Forever.

Heck, you can even just make a quilt like this one:


It just takes 3 5.5″ squares of each print of the 21 Pear Tree prints and 1 2/3 yards of off-white (Kona Snow works nicely, at least until the new Andover Solids come out). It would only take 25% of your Pear Tree FQs leaving you plenty to make all kinds of fabulousness. Of course, you can make whatever you want, design something special or use your favorite pattern. Go ahead and mix some Pear Tree in with scraps from your stash to keep more of the Pear Tree for yourself. It doesn’t matter what you make; the only thing is that the winner has to make a quilt using at least some Pear Tree and send it to Bumble Beans Basics.

I know most people don’t like a lot of strings attached to giveaways, but I’m not looking to really generate hits or visits or followers here. What I want is two more quilts to me made and sent off to a person or family who could use something special in their life right now, to have two more quilts become a part of two people’s or families’ lives, to help just that tiny bit.

So, if you are willing to share your time to make a quilt for a stranger in need, this is the fabric giveaway for you. All you have to do is comment on this post (making sure there is a way for me to contact you if you win), and honestly commit to make a quilt to send off to Bumble Beans Basics.

Entries will close at noon NY time on Friday, December 16th. I’m willing to ship internationally, but international entrants should keep in mind that they will have to ship a quilt to NYC. I know there are lots of organizations out there like this, but for this you do have to send a quilt specifically to Bumble Beans Basics, but of course I encourage everyone to donate quilts as often as they can. (I’m still hoping to get another one done before the end of the year to send to Bumble Beans Basics as well.)

So, there you have it. Easy-peasy. Just comment on this post, and good luck…

Edit: Just to clarify, the quilts don’t have to be done by Xmas or anything. Just at some time in the next six months.


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80 Responses to Tis the season…

  1. 1
    Barbara says:

    As long as I don’t have to finish the quilt by Christmas, we’re good! Would love to make one.

  2. 2
    Rebecca says:

    I would love to make and donate a quilt with your fabric to this wonderful organization! And I’ve been wanting to try out my new apple core die for my baby GO, and these prints would look great with it. THANKS for hosting such a generous giveaway!

  3. 3
    Shannon says:

    What a great idea! My goal is to donate four handmade items this year. This would work out great!

  4. 4
    Binks says:

    I’d love to pass on the love. I’m a newbie to quilting, but hopefully I can make something acceptable. I commit 100%.

  5. 5
    Margaret says:

    Thomas, you are very generous to offer this giveaway–it only makes sense to pay it forward. I would love to make a quilt for Bumble Beans Basics with your beautiful fabric.
    mcglen8 (at) gmail (d0t) c0m

  6. 6
    Samantha M says:

    What beautiful fabric! I would absolutely be willing to ship a quilt to get the chance to play with such lovely fabric 🙂

  7. 7

    I don’t enter giveaways often (even if I love the prize) because I can’t be bothered to meet all the ‘requirements’. I love that this is a charitable requirement- great idea!

  8. 8
    Carolyn says:

    This giveaway is right up my alley! I love making quilts for Quilts for Kids, the police department, Ronald McDonald and other local charities (hospital, nursing home, fires, etc.). I would dearly love to have the chance to make a quilt for someone out of your awesome fabric. :0) I believe that I’ve been blessed with the talent of creativity, and this is but one small way that I can give some back. Thank you for the chance!

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    Rae says:

    I am willing to commit to making a quilt for Bumble Beans Basics out of your lovely fabric (and other fabric as well… once I unpack I actually have a finished one I can send soon).

    Once we recruit new UMQG members, perhaps we should also do one (or more) as a group…

  10. 10
    Victoria says:

    Wow, Thomas, you’ve got me all choked up. This is so great! I truly appreciate it, and you know the family that rcvd your quilt, appreciated it! Much much love to you and your family this holiday season!

  11. 11
    Susan says:

    What a fabulous idea. Your fabric is gorgeous and it will be a pleasure to work with while making a quilt for Bumble Beans charity. I’m counting my blessings and happy to share some quilted love with someone in need.

  12. 12
    Sandy Bourgeois says:

    I love giveaways! And I love making things for charity! Would LOVE to learn to quilt and this would be a great FIRST project, with love and beautiful fabric 🙂


  13. 13
    Sarah says:

    So long as it doesnt have to be made by Christmas I can do it, and I would love to do it!

  14. 14
    Anya says:

    Absolutely, I’ll make a quilt for Basics with these lovely fabrics! I’ve already made two for them out of my own stash, but it will be great fun to use these as well! Thanks for the chance!

  15. 15

    Me, me, me, me! I love making quilts but have run out of family and friends to give them to. I’d love to play with your fabric and make a quilt just for this charity. I have my fingers crossed.

  16. 16
    tisha says:

    Sign me up. Love any opportunity to give back. Giving a quilt to our adopted family at work.

  17. 17
    Mary Louise says:

    What a cool idea!! Great for sharing!

  18. 18
    Karen Harris says:

    I would love to make a quilt for someone in need! Thank you for your give-away! Love the fabric! ~ Karen

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    Maggie Magee says:

    What a wonderful idea you have! I would be most happy to make a quilt for Bumble Beans Basics out of your lovely fabric. Sewing quilts for children that need comforting (through my guild) is something I do each year and I just happen to have some Kona Snow. Cannot get this done by Christmas, however—after that, yes!

  20. 20
    Sandy Murphy says:

    What a wonderful idea. I would love to make a quilt and send to Bumble Bees – all the way from Australia. I found your blog from Kate Spain and have just had a lovely time reading about you. I was halfway thru a Design Diploma a couple of years ago (and the wheels fell off my life) – would love to finish – oneday!! Reading about your design processes was wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  21. 21
    Sequana says:

    I already have a box to be sent to Bumble Beans, so I can just add this in, right? *S*

    No problemo.

  22. 22

    I want your Pear Tree! I would absolutely, positively make a Pear Tree quilt for Bumble Beans Basics. I love to donate, which you already know. And I happen to know a cheap quilter! 😉
    Now would you PLEASE stop distracting me with giveaways of awesome fabric? I have to get a package to the post office en route to NY!

  23. 23
    Angela2 says:

    Beautiful fabric! I’m willing to make a quilt for Bumble Beans Basics to get the chance to have such wonderful fabric 🙂

  24. 24
    Marika says:

    I’d be more than happy to make a quilt to someone who really need one so count me in 🙂

  25. 25
    Gill says:

    I’m in the UK and I would love to make and donate a quilt to BBB!

  26. 26
    Karen Lieberman says:

    Wow! What a fun give-a-way!! I would love to win a bundle and design a quilt for Bumble Beans! It’s an amazing organization and I’ve sent them quite a few quilts already!! Victoria is awesome!!

    Karen Lieberman

  27. 27

    OK, I’m in. I re-read the requirements and would love to make something with this lovely Pear Tree fabric line. I’f you’ve ever seen my work, you know that I LOVE curves, so this fabric is for me!
    I started a quilt raffle years ago for my local public elementary school’s Enrichment Program. We raised over $10,000 in the first 5 years of the program. Then I passed it on to the other volunteers and they have continued to raise $$ for over 15 years now!
    I hope you’ll count me in.

  28. 28
    peggy bass says:

    i would love to make a quilt if i win the bundle….peg in ks

  29. 29

    I’ve already donated TWO quilts to Bumblebean Basics (one just this week) and would be happy to make another to donate to them. Thanks for your generous offer.

  30. 30
    Susan says:

    I can’t promise it will be done by Christmas, but I will make one and send it on it’s way to V for her quilt gather. It will be my pleasure.

  31. 31

    What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to make a quilt to giveaway. Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity. Merry Christmas

  32. 32
    Kathy Nyman says:

    I have already sent Victoria two quilts but will be more than glad to make another couple with this great line of fabric.

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    Janice in Calif says:

    I was not aware of Bumble Beans Basics, so thank you for informing me. They seem like a great group. I have a quilt that isn’t my favorite, but will certainly be someone else’s favorite. I will send it along this week. And, if you chose me for the giveaway, I’ll be happy to make another quilt for them using some of your fabrics. Happy New Year.

  34. 34
    Jane Kakaley says:

    I can always use another charity for donating quilts. Thanks!

  35. 35
    Jackie says:

    Might not look the best! But I would love the help!

  36. 36
    Lisa L. says:

    I would love to make a quilt to giveaway!! Thank you for the opportunity to have such wonderful fabric to do it with. 🙂

  37. 37
    Christine says:

    I already have one in the works for Victoria’s Bumble Beans basics but would love to do another. Thanks.

  38. 38
    Sha says:

    Thomas I would be happy to take part in this project. I already have some snow to use for a quilt with Pear Tree.

  39. 39
    Carol E says:

    I would love to make another quilt for Basics. I’ve sent 3 so far. Your fabric is beautiful!

  40. 40
    Linda S says:

    I love the pear tree collection & would love to make a quilt for Bumble Beans!!

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    Jenny says:

    As I give away most quilts this would work well. I’d love to play with your fabric

  42. 42
    Skkistler says:

    Love the fabric! And how nice to use it to help someone who needs a quilt.

  43. 43
    Shannon says:

    Oh my golly gosh! This is such a great idea for a giveaway! I was planning on using Pear Tree to make a quilt for a friend’s newest peanut and I would love to make a second one for Bumble Beans!

  44. 44
    Linda says:

    Love this way of a giveaway, always up for a good charity project.

  45. 45
    Brie says:

    Thomas you know I would do just about anything for you and you know how much I admire you and your work. But seriously did you have to go and make the rest of us look so bad 😉

    Love you stuff Thomas. Count me in!

  46. 46
    Mitzi Zohar says:

    Count me in! What a great project.

  47. 47
    Emma says:

    I would love to play with this fabric and make something to donate!

  48. 48
    Jean says:

    It would be awesome to win this, as none of my LQS have Peartree in stock & I’ve been dying to get my hands on some! I make donate several quilts each year and would happily commit to your chosen cause. Thank you for this two-fold opportunity!

  49. 49
    Debra L says:

    Count me in I love charity quilting!

  50. 50
    Jennyroo says:

    I can do this. I will do this, just give me the chance!

  51. 51
    Cara Cesarik says:

    pretty please! this is such a great idea thomas!

  52. 52
    Tricia says:

    I would love to make a quilt to donate and to have some of your wonderful fabric.

  53. 53
    Michael Lukens says:

    I am game…I am willing to make a quilt, regardless.

  54. 54
    Rita Goshorn says:

    i can do this! i am making to give now that i’ve made each of my family members quilts. would love to have some more pear tree before i’m down to scraps. thanx for the opportunity to do so.

  55. 55
    Wendy says:

    I love that you have attached this commitment to your giveaway…I’ve made a quilt for quilts for kids, and sent a quilt to Romania for a homeless child…I love the idea of making a quilt for someone who really needs it. Count me in!

    p.s. I love your fabric 🙂

  56. 56
    Amy says:

    I would live to make a quilt for Bumble Beans. It’d be even better made from your fabric! I love how bright and happy it is. 😀

  57. 57
    Sarah H says:

    My LQS has received your fabric and I have already added some to my stash. Would love to win your giveaway and be able to “pay it forward” to Bumble Beans. Thanks for your generosity!

  58. 58
    Lia says:

    I solemnly swear I am up to no good.

    Hold on wrong promise.

    I solemnly swear I will make a quilt to donate to the Bumble Beans if I win.

  59. 59
    Karen O says:

    Love this idea for a giveaway. I am pretty new to this, and had already decided that if I win fabric, I will use some for a giveaway. I won 3 kids fat quarters recently, so that is my start! I would definitely make a quilt as you require and be happy to do so.

  60. 60
    Melanie says:

    I would love to do a quilt with your fabrics and get him to someone who his in need of something beautiful and warm. It doesn´t matter if I have to send a packet from Germany to NYC.
    When Febuary is Ok for you then I´m in. Earlier is not possible because I´m moving with my shop and like to have it all done before starting something new.

  61. 61
    Christy M says:

    I will absolutely make a quilt for Bumble Beans Basics! Heck, when I do smaller quilts, I usually make two of the same. Ill be happy to do so now too 🙂

  62. 62
    WandaFish says:

    What a great idea, Thomas! I love your fabric and would be more than happy to play with it and send a quilt to Bumblebeans from the UK.
    Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  63. 63
    Julie says:

    i have always wanted to make a quilt for them and this would commit me to doing it. thanks for the opportunity.

  64. 64
    Lil says:

    that would be fantastic, anyway I have some quilts in the making for Victoria, so I couild join the quilt with your fabrics to the package

  65. 65
    Jacqueline says:

    As much as I would love some Pear Tree, I think it would be even more fulfilling to make and send a quilt for someone in need. Thanks for taking the opportunity to share you goods and have others share the good inside of them. =)

  66. 66
    Addibrae says:

    That’s a really nice idea. I’m sure I could put something together if I had the fabric to do it.

  67. 67
    Jennifer Overstreet says:

    I have been wanting to work with your fabric line. Add a charitable reason to it too makes it completely perfect! I’m up for it.

  68. 68
    Rachel D says:

    I love this idea! Thank you!

  69. 69
    Christy says:

    I am so glad I read this post. I make millions of baby quilts and don’t have enough babies to give them to. Linus Blankets won’t take my quilts, because they are too small. I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for someone to send them to….now I have a home for them. Thank you!! Even if I don’t win the fabric, I’ll forever send my baby quilts to Bumble Beans Basics. Thanks again!

  70. 70

    Wow! What a wonderful idea, Thomas! I love doing charity quilts! I would be more than happy to make a quilt for this organization if I win. Even if I don’t win, I will make one right after the first of the year to send to them! Thanks for shining a light on another foundation that can use wonderful quilts!

  71. 71
    Sharon says:

    Sure, I’d happily make a crib quilt or a trundle throw for that great cause, using the Pear Tree fabrics.
    Please sign me up for the giveaway.
    Many thanks,

  72. 72
    Katy says:

    Oh wow, well I absolutely love your fabrics, and this looks like a great cause, and well worth the time to make a quilt :o)

  73. 73
    Diane S. says:

    I rearely enter give-a-ways but I love your requirement for the chance to win your beautiful fabric. I am happy to commit to making a quilt to send to Bumble Beans.

  74. 74
    Karen says:

    Count me in…regardless I will do a charity quilt for Bumble Beans, thank you!

  75. 75
    Lisa Marie says:

    This is a great way to spread the word about the Bumble Beans cause and motivate quilters to help. I would love the chance to work with your gorgeous fabrics and to make a quilt for charity. Thanks!

  76. 76
    Kell says:

    What a great idea for a giveaway. I’m in for making a quilt for Bumble Beans. Thanks for the chance to win & helping a good cause. 🙂

  77. 77
    Michelle says:

    i would be delighted to make a quilt to give to Bumble Beans if i was lucky enough to win!

  78. 78
    Lindsey says:

    You’re awesome for this, what a great idea. I’d love to have the chance to win and make a quilt for Bumble Bean Basics!

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    Ella says:

    I would definitely honor this pledge. My goal is to complete at least a quilt a month in 2012 (I made 11 so far this year, with one more slated to finish this weekend)…I want to donate at least 3 to charity next year.

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    Anitra says:

    Today I purchased one of your patterns and bought 1/2 yard pieces of each fabric on line from Hawthorne Threads. I can’t wait to make your fabulous quilt with your fabulous fabric. And, I will have enough left over to make a baby quilt to donate to Casa Pacifica, a local group home where my sons spent the first few weeks of their lives before I was fortunate enough to become their mother. Thank you and Happy New Year!

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