Heather Ross’ Far Far Away GIVEAWAY!

So, when I first got swatches of the Far Far Away fabrics, I asked y’all to come up with ideasfor a giveaway.  The idea was, you think up a nifty giveaway concept, and YOU win the fabric as well as the giveaway winner!  Well, today’s the day: it’s giveaway time!

I had to struggle to save some of this stuff.  It flew out the door so quickly that I was only able to snag a few fat quarters–and none for myself!  I’m taking the gamble that the six more bolts I have on order will be here soon, and planning to grab my own then.  For you people, though, I make sacrifices.  So, for EACH of our two lucky winners, FOUR FAT QUARTERS of this magnificent Japanese double gauze have been set aside.  Our choice of prints, but hey, you can’t go wrong with any of this yumminess.
The first winner?  She’s the suggest-er of our giveaway: kmdegroot!  I know she really, really, really wanted some of this fabric, and now it’s all hers!  Her suggestion of a good, old fashioned snail race really caught my attention and wouldn’t let go, so in honor of one of my favorite prints in this collection, we’re racing snails, people!
As much as I wanted to go to the store and grab a buncha snails for this event, I was a little worried they might not perform in a satisfactory manner.  Ahem.  Instead, I’m enlisting help from our local toddler brigade–on our street alone, we have four children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 3 and they spend a lot of time outside racing in circles on the sidewalk.  I thought, Why not harness some of that energy and use it for GOOD?

Our resident toddler has donated her time to personally hand-paint four snails in red, blue, yellow, and green (I loved kmdegroot’s suggestion to have the snails in the colorways of the collection, but our poster paints don’t come in azure, plum and apricot–shouldn’t they, though??).  Each of the neighbor children will hold one of these snails as they race from Point A to Point B next Thursday evening.  Given the proclivities of children this age, I can’t guarantee that they’ll all even make it to the finish line, but we’ll have a staff photographer on hand just in case there’s a photo finish…

How do I win, you ask?  For the next week, you’ll have the chance to leave a comment here with the color of the snail you think will win the race next Thursday: red, blue, yellow or green.  You can enter in three different ways–and you’re free to comment in ALL three ways, giving you triple the chances to win:
  1. Leave a comment with the color snail you think will win
  2. For another entry, blog the contest, then come back here and include a link to your blog post in your comment, again naming the color you think will win
  3. For yet another entry, tweet the contest on Twitter as an @whipstitch reply, then come back and comment that you did so, again naming the color snail you think will win
After the race is finished, I’ll print out the comments section, cut it all up old-school style, and put all the selections with the winning color in a hat–if I don’t see a color on a particular comment, I’ll leave it out, so please be sure to include the color in EACH comment you leave!  Our toddler will reach in and select ONE winner’s comment.  The winner will be announced on Friday, April 10 before lunch!
Comments are open NOW–go, go, go people and win what may very well be some of the LAST available scraps of this fabric on the planet.  Happy snail hunting!
**kmdegroot, email me directly (deborah !at whipstitchfabrics *dot* com) and we’ll figure out how to get yours to you super fast–and congrats!!


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  • Priscilla
    April 3, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I’m picking the red snail! – red is supposed to be fast isn’t it? lol

  • Claudia
    April 3, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    How fun!!! I love the idea of a snail race! I’d like to vote for blue please! Thank you so much for holding such a fun and generous giveaway!

  • creativegals
    April 3, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Oh boy… what snail will win the race?? Hmmm… I think red as well. Great paint job little one!

  • john & catherine
    April 3, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I also loved the snail race idea! What a good way to do it, too. I choose blue–my own toddler’s favorite color. Thank you!

  • Mushyhed
    April 3, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Go yellow snail, go 🙂

  • Barbie
    April 3, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Run little YELLOW snail, run!

  • kmdegroot
    April 3, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Whoo hoo!

    You have just made my MONTH! Thanks for the contest, it was fun.

    Can’t wait to see it (and roll around in it a little 😉

  • Tiny House
    April 3, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I think the green will win! It’s my favorite color. :O)

  • Heath
    April 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Go Red, GO!

  • Vana
    April 3, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    without looking at the other choices, I’d like to choose YELLOW! run fast yellow fellow!!!

  • Tiny House
    April 3, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway! (That sounds funny.)

  • Varenia
    April 3, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Ooh, a giveaway after my own heart! Run (scoot?) quickly, YELLOW SNAIL!

  • Deirdre
    April 3, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    IIIII vvvooottteee GGGRRREEENNNN!! (see how my words are so fast? hehe)

  • urbanoceanix
    April 4, 2009 at 2:59 am

    I vote Green.

    Wow, snail racing. Our backgarden used to be the place to get snails for racing when we were kids, I haven’t thought about that in years. So much fun.
    My snail never used to win, I hope I have got better at snail picking over the years!

  • Natasha
    April 4, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Great idea! I vote for yellow!

  • Leigh
    April 4, 2009 at 4:08 am

    How fabulous! I wish I was that creative to think of racing snails.

    GREEN! It has to be green!

  • modernquiltlove
    April 4, 2009 at 5:04 am

    I’m going green!

  • deirs
    April 4, 2009 at 5:04 am

    I’ll vote for yellow!

  • Ashley
    April 4, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Fun idea! I’m going with green… and I’m keeping my fingers (and toes!) crossed!

  • modernquiltlove
    April 4, 2009 at 5:06 am

    I just blogged about this and I’m voting blue this time!


  • Treasuresofjoy
    April 4, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Green is my favorite color and my guess is GREEN.
    GO GREEN!!

  • EmmyLizzy
    April 4, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Go green Go!!!!

  • Amy
    April 4, 2009 at 6:17 am

    yellow for sure!

  • Nik
    April 4, 2009 at 6:23 am

    go blue!!

  • Huan-Hua
    April 4, 2009 at 6:50 am

    I think it will be blue!

  • Stacey
    April 4, 2009 at 7:28 am

    I say yellow, my husband’s fave color!! thanks, stacey

  • Jennifer Ladd
    April 4, 2009 at 7:37 am

    What a great idea for a contest!! I’ll pick yellow.

    jennifereladd at yahoo dot com

  • Nica
    April 4, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Lol, i like the idea of a snail race, so i voteee… Green!!!

  • janssendesigns
    April 4, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Super idea for a giveaway kmdegroot! And so generous of you to have this giveaway Deborah.

    I’ll choose the blue snail!

  • Sam
    April 4, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Fabulous! I’m going with RED!

  • Harley Dee
    April 4, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I’m going with green! 🙂

  • Marsel
    April 4, 2009 at 8:31 am

    I’m going red!

  • Jane's Fabrics and Quilts
    April 4, 2009 at 8:37 am

    What fun!! Slow and steady wins the race. So I choose yellow!! Go,sweetie, go!!

  • Bonnie
    April 4, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Green means GO!

  • kathytypestoo
    April 4, 2009 at 9:23 am

    GO BIG BLUE! (sorry-left over from my high school days)

  • Chris Davis
    April 4, 2009 at 9:23 am

    RED is for race cars! Oh wait, these are snails… anywho, I like red anyway 😉

  • Me
    April 4, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Blue snail! Go! Go!

  • Sarah
    April 4, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I say GO GREEN snail! great giveway

  • isabel f.
    April 4, 2009 at 10:07 am

    hi!! I pick the blue red snail :DD
    and thanks for the giveaway 😀

  • Aida
    April 4, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Woo hoo!! go red go!

  • Katelyn R.
    April 4, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Green’s gonna win! I’ll be cheering him on!

  • Thea
    April 4, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Great giveaway idea! I vote for the RED snail. Go team go!

  • Baba
    April 4, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Green has always been my color. Go Green!

  • Cheeri
    April 4, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Yellow, Yellow, Yellow!!! I love the snail idea.

  • Jess :)
    April 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    RUN, RED, RUN!!

    Good luck, little snail racers!

  • epban
    April 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Go BLUE!! Thanks for sending my Far Far Away fabric order so fast! Hopefully our little blue snail will win the race!!!

  • mittens
    April 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I pick red. Go little red snail!

  • janil
    April 4, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Go Blue!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for this funny giveaway!

    cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

  • mommymae
    April 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm


  • Alissa
    April 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I’m going to go with YELLOW! keeping my fingers crossed!!

  • paula_lemos
    April 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I vote for the yellow one!

  • Margi
    April 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I’m voting for the Yellow snail. I’m in Mimosa love mode right now and everything yellow, orange, yellowish orangish I’m in love with,,,including the awesome fabric for this give away.

  • Lisa
    April 4, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Oh brilliant way to choose a winner!
    I think the BLUE snail will win.

  • charlotte
    April 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    yellow snail all the way!

  • Allie
    April 4, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Go Green….Go Green….

  • Ellen
    April 4, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    LOVE this idea! I’m picking blue! Go blue!!

  • Natalie
    April 4, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Go big blue!!! Yeah!

  • Amy
    April 4, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Go Blue Go!

  • Whimsical Creations
    April 4, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    BLUE all the way!!

    =) melanie
    melanieadey at hotmail dot com

  • M and E
    April 4, 2009 at 7:31 pm



  • Erin
    April 4, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I say GREEN!!

  • Genevieve
    April 4, 2009 at 7:53 pm


  • Jackie Davis
    April 4, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I am rooting for YELLOW! It’s my daughter’s Favorite color. She’s 4 yrs old and she’s my sewing/quilting helper! We’d love to win!

    Jackie (at) jackiesue.com

  • Varenia
    April 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Woo hoo!

    I blogged about the contest here:

    Go quickly yellow snail!

  • Carol
    April 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Red she said! Thanks for the contest!

  • Carol
    April 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    I tweeted as K_Row – red again!

  • Sue Cahill
    April 5, 2009 at 4:53 am

    My bet is on yellow, the colorof daffodills and sunshine.

    Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

  • hope
    April 5, 2009 at 6:38 am

    I choose the blue snail!!! Hope he wins! Yey. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • elpf
    April 5, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Oh my gosh! Such a cute idea. I’m picking green!

  • Kelli
    April 5, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Okay, I don’t blog (YET) and I don’t Tweet…I’m a crafty girl living in a dialup world so my internet time is very limited!!! But I place my one little vote for the yellow snail and hope your little one’s hand will draw my name out!!!!

  • tina
    April 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    something tells me the green snail will win! after all, green means go!

  • MandMStudio
    April 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Come on Yellow!!!

  • jkziel
    April 5, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I’m going to go RED

  • Christina
    April 5, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Green! I think green is going to win.

  • Lee
    April 6, 2009 at 4:04 am


  • ChrisC
    April 6, 2009 at 8:17 am

    It’s totally going to be the BLUE snail! I just know it. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  • Fran
    April 6, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Beautiful fabrics !
    I’m going with a strong hunch…
    putting my money on BLUE !!!!!

    Go little blue….go go go !!!!

  • Marissa
    April 6, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I’m going to go with blue.

  • Becca
    April 7, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Red’s my choice. What a fun giveaway!

  • Holly Goes Lightly
    April 7, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    YELLOW Snails rock!

  • belle and rose
    April 7, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Green for me please =)

  • Rebecca
    April 7, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I pick blue 🙂

  • SewMentalMama
    April 8, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Green snail please, please, please!

  • ~Michelle~
    April 8, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Yellow – go yellow!

  • Wendymoon
    April 8, 2009 at 9:38 am


  • lesley
    April 8, 2009 at 9:43 am

    my son’s favourite colour is red, so i’m going with red! yippee, i love this fabric 🙂

  • dana
    April 8, 2009 at 10:30 am

    I’m with red. I’ve always had a thing for Miss Scarlett.
    Fun idea!

  • She
    April 8, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I’m going with true blue.

  • Kindershop
    April 8, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Yellow will win!!! Go yellow!

  • Leanne and Rik Brezina
    April 9, 2009 at 8:19 am

    yellow, ’cause my dad loves yellow

  • Becky
    April 9, 2009 at 8:47 am

    I believe that the Red snail will come away the winner! Go Red Go!

    What a FUN contest and generous giveaway. Thank you!

    dbkagrayson2002 at gmail dot com

  • tewing
    April 9, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I’m going to go with yellow! What a fun idea.

  • Liz
    April 9, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Cute idea and I pick blue as my favorite color it’s got to win! Go Blue!

  • Nancey
    April 9, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    The red will win!

  • beeware
    April 9, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I agree…the red will win. Oh how exciting it would be to win some of this fabric..I want it to arrive in Oz!

  • Karen
    April 9, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I’m thinking that the serene blue snail will coast over the line first. Serene and toddlers – hmmmmm!

  • suzyinblue
    April 10, 2009 at 12:55 am

    oh, fun! tho, a little more work for you than the usual ‘random number’ solution!:)
    anyway, i say YELLOW!

  • suzyinblue
    April 10, 2009 at 4:05 am


    and i still stand by YELLOW!:)

  • fluffy
    April 10, 2009 at 4:24 am

    my money is on the green (sorry if this double posts, my computer is acting up!)

    April 10, 2009 at 5:35 am

    This is fun!!!

    Go red!!!

  • flanthrower
    April 10, 2009 at 7:06 am

    I pick green!

  • Sarah
    April 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I think blue!

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    June 25, 2014 at 8:12 pm

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