Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Colonial Needle Blog Hop/giveaway

The Bingo Linky party can be found RIGHT HERE.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
I was so excited when I found out that I was going to be a part of the Colonial Needle blog hop, especially when I found out that I got to review Milliner Needles. (same as Straw needles.) Many people ask why use Straw?

English Paper piecing of course! Over at Paper Pieces they suggest milliner/straw needles and I've been wanting to try them. I even called them to see if they use them for basting, whipstitching or what? And which size for which?

Of course, like anything, it is personal preference.

(I am so sorry, due to Bingo I just do not have photos gathered of the process.)

These burgers are long and skinny. When I tried them for basting, I was pleased that they are so small and they just went right through the paper. But they did bend easily and I broke one on my second Ahhhh that I tried it on....so moving on...

Next I tried them for whip stitching. WOW, WOW! These things just glide right between the fabric and paper. No catching the paper at all. No wonder they like Straw's over at Paper Pieces!  I am sold on using milliners/straws from now on for my paper piecing and these ones for Colonial are great!
So what have I got for you?

Well for you paper piecing friends I've got 5 packs of size 11 Milliners Colonial Needles. I'll give one away to each of 5 different people.

For you non- paper piecing friends, I have this John James Fun pack:


Please let me know in the comments which you would like to be entered for. I'll keep this giveaway open until Saturday and draw the winners on Sunday the 29th.

And then hop over to Colonial Needle and check out all their wonderful goodies!!

95 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Straw needles do bend and break easily. I really do love John James betweens and what a lovely bundle of goodies. You are a busy lady!

brenda90159 said...

I would love the John James bundle I can really use that magnet and I am determined to work on my hand sewing skills. Thanks for the chance

Sharon said...

Great give a way and John James are the best......would love to win the fun bundle....have a great day...

Fiona said...

oh my goodness... more goodness on your blog... I would love to be entered in for some needles... thanks...
Hugz

sandra said...

I would love to try the needles tonya.
(if i am lucky enough to win, i will be away for about 3weeks, will check when i get home)

elliek said...

I thought straw needles were used for French knots and grub roses. Would love to try them for the paper piecing. I bought some " indestructable " applique needles and managed to break one after 75 blanket stitches. I seem to bend all my needles eventually but then they are easier to sew with lol.

Sunnybec said...

How do you do it!! All the work you are doing for Bingo and you still have time to do a giveaway..amazing! Would love either prize, though the needles sound like just what I could do with. Hugs

Mhairi said...

I would love either pack. I do a little bit of paper piecing but not very much. I do a lot of needle dropping so the magnet would be very useful. :D

Gill said...

I would love to win either! You can never have too many needles!
Thanks!

Janet said...

Paper piecing needles please!

hueisei said...

I loved either one of the prizes!
:) thanks!!

Beeshebags said...

I'd be happy to win either, so if I'm lucky enough to be drawn, please spin around 7 times, and point to one of the prizes and whichever your finger is closest to will make me happy!

Hugs
Naomi

QuiltSue said...

I'd love to try the needles, if I were lucky enough to be a winner.

Purl Buttons said...

I would prefer the straw needles. I enjoy applique and for that, straw/milliners cannot be beat. Thank you for the chance.

Lisa Marie said...

Since english paper piecing is one of the few quilty things I don't do, please enter me for the second of the prizes. Thanks for the chance!

beaquilter said...

my needles bend easily, I always need more! I am starting a paper pieced project soon (today or tomorrow)

Jennifer Gail said...

Paper piecing,please.

Abbigail said...

Great prizes! My first time to your place and am going to check it out more! I
d like the bundle if my name is drawn but would also like to try the needles. Thanks!

Donna F said...

A great giveaway! I think I would like to try the needles. I do hand sew and quilt on occasion. I'm sure those would make it a lot more fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

B Greene said...

I would be happy with either prize, but the John James bundle would be more useful for me! Thanks for the chance to win!

tpott said...

I'd love to win either of these fantastic prizes. Thanks so much for your review and for hosting this giveaway. ;-> Toni Anne

Gwen said...

I haven't gotten the hand of paper piecing yet, but it is something I want to do some day. Since I wouldn't know where to begin with the Milliners Needles, please enter me for the John James Fun Pack.. :0)

thank you for the chance to win! I'm really enjoying the blog hop! :-)

Jessica Jo said...

Ooh, I could really use that U shaped magnet in the bundle...

Madame Samm said...

yes yes yes my fav needles forever...but don't include me...i have a good supply lol

Carrie P. said...

Great giveaway.
I would never have thought to use Milliners for paper piecing but if you pick my name I would like to give them a try.

Lyn said...

I would love the John James bundle. I would take either one.
Thanks so much.

LeAnne said...

I'm not a paper piecer, so I'd want the John James Fun Pack.

Linda E in AZ said...

Sounds like they are great straw needles. I think I'd like the John James Fun Pack, however, since I could really use that magnet!
thanks

Cherise said...

I would love to win the John James Fun pack! Thanks for the chance! :)

Deb said...

I'd love to win the fun pack!

Sallie said...

I prefer the John James Fun pack. Thanks for the giveaway!

Snoodles said...

I'm not in the draw....just stopping by to read your post and thank you for being in our blog hop! Hugs!

Sherry said...

I am torn but I think the the needles would be the best for me as I am trying to do some paper piecing in my spare time. You are a very busy lady lately. Have a great day!

ytsmom said...

I am not a paper piecer, so would prefer the John James prize. Thank you.

Needled Mom said...

I would love to win either too. I tend to use the 10 needles for most of my handwork too. I will have to check out their beading needles.

MoeWest said...

Please put me in the draw for the John James fun pack.

Laceflower said...

The JJ fun pak looks interesting. I paper pieced by hand my first quilt, decades ago; sure wish I knew about the straw needles then!

Teresa said...

I would find the Fun Pack so useful. Thanks for the chance

krisgray said...

Very cool! I always wondered what straw needles were for - lol! I'd love to give them a try with my hexies.

Diann said...

Thanks for sharing your experience with the needles. Please put me in the running for them.

Kathy H said...

I have used those straw needles in my hand applique and they do bend a bit but still last a really long time. I would like to be entered for the second group as I do not do English paper piecing yet. Thanks for the chance.

RSHudson said...

The John James fun pack; thanks for chance to win! (marshudson at comcast dot net)

ritainalaska said...

i'm enjoying this blog hop on needles! learning something new! but i do know that i break longer needles [i even bend some that are shorter] so i prefet short needles. that said, i would like to win the john james fun pak!

quilt happy said...

would love to win the neddles

~ Julie ~ said...

Wow! Either one of these prizes would be great! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway! :)

Grams said...

I'm a non paper piecing person so the second group would be my choice. What fun!!

vail in tn

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

would love to be entered in the John James gift...thank you

JoyceLM said...

I'd love to win the John James Fun Pack. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Marcia W. said...

Prize pack of Colonial Needle notions. They draw me like a "magnet." I'm sitting on "pins and needles" hoping that I'll "measure up" and win! Thanks for linking up my Bingo card!

Rhonda D. said...

I would love to try the straw needles. I love paper piecing.
Thanks!

wigglypup2@yahoo.com

Sandra said...

Would love the fun pack. Thanks for the chance to win.

KatieQ said...

That horse shoe magnet would be perfect for picking up stray pins and needles.

Kate Brown said...

I would prefer the bundle as I dont know how to paper piece yet. :)

Kd Brown said...

I love the John James Fun Pack! Thanks for a great giveaway!

annmarie said...

I'm a big paper piecer but I've never heard of straw needles. Going to have to check it out. Either prize is good for me if I'm lucky enuf to win! Thanks for the chance.

sandyb said...

I an not a paper piecer - I would love the James Fun Pack.

Thank you!

sandyb720 at gmail dot com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I have an english paper piecing project I'm working on but I will have to check my needle type. If it's not a sharp I will have to give them a try. I'd love to win the John James Fun Pack as I could use some of the items included but I'd also love winning some needles though.hehe.

Thank you and Colonial Needle for a generous giveaway and a chance to win some awesome items.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

~Kelie~ said...

Since I'm just beginning to teach myself to sew I would go w/ the John James pack if I was the lucky one to win!!! Thanks for the great chance!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Thanks for the chance to win, and I would love to work with these long an skinny paper piecing needels, sounds great.
Have a nice day!
Bente

drmithome said...

I would love to try the needles. Thanks for the giveaway.

drmithome said...

I would love to try the needles. Thanks for the giveaway.

Joyce Carter said...

Hi. I would love to win the John James fun pack. Thank you so much for a great giveaway.

Patti said...

A great giveaway, thanks for a chance. I would feel so lucky to win the John James Fun Pack.

Kathrynn said...

I would like to win the John James Fun pack, thanks for the chance to win.

Mare said...

Would love to win John Jmaes fun pack. Thanks for the chance.

Cornwoman said...

I would love to win the straw/milliner needles! Not only are they great for whip stitching, but hand appliqué as well. Once you get used to being able to use a light touch with them, they don't bend so much.

Judy1522 said...

Either would be great as I want to try paper piecing sometime soon.

teachpany said...

Hi. Thanks for the info on the needles. I haven't tried EPP yet. My friend keeps trying to convince me, lol. The fun pack would be awesome! I've heard great things about Colonial! Thanks!

Jennie P. said...

If I won, I'd certainly go with the John James bundle. I'm a little scared of paper piecing for now.

ELNM said...

I would love the John James fun pack, since I am not a paper piecer. Thanks for the chance to win!

Bev C said...

Hello,

Thanks for the opportunity to win. I would love to be entered for the fun pack.

happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Maria Kievit said...

Since I do a bit of paper piecing here and there, and since safety pins are always useful, I don't mind which package comes my way if I win. Thanks for the giveaway.

Cecilia said...

I would love the John James bundle please. Thanks for the chance to win.

Carla G said...

I'd like the John James Fun pack as I'm not a paper piecer. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

http://tubakk.blogg.no/ said...

I would love to try the paper piecing needles. They look great. Thank you for the giveaway!

Anne said...

Very nice! I would appreciate an entry in the drawing for the John James fun pack. Thanks!

nicolesender said...

I would love to win the John James Fun pack! Thanks for the chance to win it.
nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

Second Chance Tan said...

I would love the John james fun pack x

Sandra J. Strickler said...

The non-paper piecing pack please!

thegoose said...

I would love either, with a slight preference for the pp needles. :) Thanks for the great giveaway.

Kristy fordhook1 said...

I'd love to try the Milliners Colonial Needles. Thanks for the chance!

robin said...

I'm (so far!) NOT a paper piecer, so I would choose the second option. Thanks sew much!

Nancy Sue said...

I would love to try the needles! Thank you for your review in this blog hop!

Sequana said...

I use straw needles for doing my hand stitched bindings. They fill up so nicely and pull thru so quickly.
However, I'd like to win the Fun Pack, if you'd be so kind.

Karen said...

I would like the John James fun pack

mammafairy said...

What a lovely giveaway, If I were lucky, I would prefer the John James set!

kelli said...

I would definitely like the needles... my hexi project could use a pebble :)

Debra Lee said...

Not a paper piecer here! John James fun pack would be lovely!

SassyCathy said...

Please put my name in for the John James fun pack. I want to try paper piecing but - I'm procrastinating right now :-)
Thank you for the fun chance to win.
Sassy Cathy

Deb said...

I would love to win the John James fun pack. Please include me ~ thanks so much!

ummiAR said...

thanks for the chance. I must say that Colonial Needle have great product and excellent customer service. I'd pick the JJ Fun pack.

Donna Joy said...

The John James fun pack. Thanks for giveaway. I'm going to start a hexi project. It would be great to try new needles.

June D said...

The needles would be great to win! Pls put my name in the hat! Thanks!

Ullhärvan said...

I would love to win the needles! Thanks for the chance!

Karen M said...

I would love to win the John James set. Thanks for the opportunity.