Christa’s Year of Weekly Giveaways #43 Road to CA SWAG

I had the opportunity to take several awesome machine quilting classes while at Road to California. Two of the classes were taught using Gammill machines: a sit-down version with Karen McTavish, and a stand-up longarm class with Gina Perkes.

Karen McTavish

Karen McTavish Quilting Class at Road to California

Both instructors were excellent and I would definitely take a class from them again!

Gina Perkes

Gina Perkes Quilting Class at Road to California

However, both classes confirmed for me that I am most comfortable quilting on my domestic Bernina. Those stand up machines feel to me like I’m driving a tank (sorry Gina!) and while I prefer the sit-down machine, I can’t justify owning two. :-)

Quilting Feathers

Feather quilting practice – this is fun!

With all that said, I do think Gammill is an excellent company and they were very generous to give us a cute little swag bag with a huge spool of Glide thread and a pair of scissor snips. Since I took two classes, I have two of these cuties to give away (the bags, not the machines)!

Gamill Swag BagFor your chance to win one of the 2 swag bags, answer this question in the comments below: if you had your choice to attend any quilting event of your choice, what would it be? (And since there’s a big ol’ G embroidered on the front, maybe I’ll give preference for one of the winners to someone whose first or last name starts with a G…..)

My giveaway will run through next Wednesday, February 5th at noon. Sorry, folks, this one is just open to US winners (unless you are willing to pay expensive int’l shipping.)

Good luck – and just in case you missed it earlier in the week, click here for my recap of the show from a “modern” perspective.

Last Week’s Winner
Congratulations to KatieQ for winning my pile of scraps. Now it’s time to start on another pile…

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169 Responses to Christa’s Year of Weekly Giveaways #43 Road to CA SWAG

  1. I would love to spend the entire week in Paducah! Take some classes, view the quilts, visit the quilt museum, and hopefully enjoy some warm spring weather (after a brutal winter) and maybe even some dogwoods in bloom. Did I forget shopping? Yes, definitely shopping! And while my given name doesn’t start with “G” or even have a “G” in it, the name given to me by my grandson is “grammer,” just love when I hear it!

  2. Tori says:

    I would like know more about machine quilting so I would like to take a class on that topic. I’m not sure where I would go but somewhere warm would be nice like CA, TX, or CA. I don’t have a “G” in my name but would love this “generous” gift.

  3. Kim Good says:

    I would like to go to Sisters Oregon or Paducah. I do have a “G” in my name – my last name is Good (no kidding). Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Lisa E says:

    I would like to attend Quilt Market in Houston. My parents live there but it’s always held at an inconvenient time for me (during the school year). Alternatively, I would like to take a quilt retreat and just be able to sew, sew, sew! (I don’t have a G in my name, but I am a Girl!)

  5. L says:

    I’d like to go on a retreat to a nice destination with lots of open sewing time. (So sorry I can’t make the first Mid-Atlantic Mod later this year–sounds perfect!)

  6. Susan says:

    I would like to go to the International Quilt Show. I know it was here in Cincinnati last year and the convention center has it on its schdule, but I’m not seeing it on the vendor’s calendar…hoping for the best!

  7. Debbie says:

    Just a dream, but Houston would be my first choice!

  8. Sarah says:

    I would go on a quilt cruise – combining my love of quilting and travelling.

  9. Lin Hulen says:

    I would love to go to Houston or Paducah! My family lives in Texas!

  10. Jackie Mann says:

    If I had my druthers, I’d love to go to Australia! I’ll settle for Hampton Roads, much closer!

  11. Kathy hassig says:

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

  12. Alesha Klein says:

    I would love to go to Houston, Paducahor any Georgia event where my granddaughter livesThank you for the opportunity to win the “G” bag!! (Grandma)

  13. maryanne melchiorre says:

    i would like to see lessons in Omish community quilts, they are simple but elagant, I have no G letter in my name so i would tell people where I got this “GREAT ” bag came from!

  14. Peggy M. says:

    I would love to go to Houston… I’ve never been. I’ve only been to Paducah once. Well, if like to see all of the big shows at least once. My name doesn’t start with G, but I have two of them in the middle of my name!

  15. Paula Ball says:

    Without a doubt, Houston, cause my best friend lives there as well! Although I’m close to being a senior(age only)I am a baby quilter. I’m so amazed at what can be done with fabric. I’m still learning how to put patches together and would love to hear some suggestions on books, websites, whatever, that will help me along the way. I have trouble with color ,was a pro. paperhanger for 30+years & never could choose what matched and what clashed. Comments anyone?

  16. Judith says:

    I would love to go to Houston, Paducah and any event in Alabama/Georgia where my sister lives! Thank you for the opportunity to win the “G” bag!! (Great-Grandma)Judy Taylor

  17. Carol H. says:

    In a fantasy world, I’d hop on a plane and check out quilting across Ireland, but in reality, I’d be more apt to head to Houston. My sister is there as well (a place to stay, and someone to go with). Sigh…

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