I want to try something and need your help!

First, there are a handful of spots open in my 1930s fabric swap. It’s a great chance to start or add to a stash of 1930s repro prints. They’re super cute and fun! All you have to do is either buy a yard of fabric, cut it into 28 5″x10″ pieces and mail them to me or pay a flat amount and I’ll take care of all of that for you. You will not only get 28 different 1930s repro prints but also a special 10% off code for Fort Worth Fabric Studio good through next Wednesday (September 17th). I’d really love for the swap to be filled by other people. If not, I will take care of the remaining spots myself. One can’t have too much 1930s. To join us all you have to do is go here where you’ll find the details and a link to the sign up form.

You guys are the best! The swap is now full. Hooray!

On to the business at hand. I’ve been using Rafflecopter to accept giveaway entries. In the past I added a bunch of options to earn extra entries — liking, following,etc. The last giveaway I did I used Rafflecopter and had only one simple click to enter. I know some people don’t like the widget and/or have trouble with it working for them.

What I want to do is try something different. A simple form to submit your name and email address. At first I thought of doing what many do by having entries be the comments on the post. I think the name and email address form is easier. No coming up with a comment to type or answering some question.

I’m giving away one set of the 5″x10″ cuts of 1930s fabrics from the current round of the swap. It will include 28 different repro prints. Now, this round won’t be wrapping up until the beginning of October. So, the winner will have to wait until then for me to mail out their prize. I also can’t show you exactly what you will win since the swap is currently going on and most participants haven’t made their choice yet. You can see what has been posted so far to the Flickr group here.

As an example I’m showing you part of my personal stash. 1930s repro prints are colorful and have flowers, shapes and animals. Sometimes children — like nursery rhyme characters — and fruit.

For a chance to win a set from the swap, just submit your name and email address below. One entry per person. It’s open worldwide. I’ll accept entries through Thursday, September 18th. The next day a winner will be randomly selected and then I’ll contact that lucky duck by email.

Use the form right here to type your name and email address and then submit to enter the giveaway. Let’s see how it goes and thank you for trying this out for me.

The giveaway is now closed!

Good luck!

45 Comments on Let’s Try This

  1. Karen Thurn
    September 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m so glad you are considering not using the rafflecopter or widgets for the giveaways. They often don’t work for me, not sure why not. I don’t mind commenting or looking at sponsor sites. I do enjoy keeping up with your blog. Thanks.

  2. Jennifer
    September 11, 2014 at 3:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Much easier!

  3. Lisa Clark
    September 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm (3 years ago)

    I like doing this whole lot better.

  4. Teckla Buller
    September 11, 2014 at 3:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi, Mel
    I personally like simple. Sometimes I have trouble using the widget–not too computer literate–lol!
    These are beautiful fabrics. Haven’t done much sewing lately, but am looking forward to colder weather with plans to do a lot more sewing and quilting. Thanks for all your great posts and ideas!

  5. Helen P
    September 11, 2014 at 3:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you, raffle copter is just awful.

  6. Angelia L.
    September 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you Mel!! This is so much easier!

  7. Carol
    September 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm (3 years ago)

    That was simple! :)
    I’m always one for trying new methods…keeps life interesting! :) :)

  8. Cecilia
    September 11, 2014 at 3:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you Mel. I will not be able to participate in the swap this month, so this would be great. I am staying with my daughter, helping take care of my granddaughter while my newest granddaughter is born.

  9. Nancy Myers
    September 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm (3 years ago)

    I like the simple name and email form, no hoops to jump through.Thanks.

  10. Lori Morton
    September 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for easy way to Enter! I don’t do the FB, Twitter, Instagram stuff…and have missed getting to participate in many Give-a-ways… Thank you for this….greatly appreciated! & am sure I am not only one thinking this same thing.

    Ohio Hugs! :)

  11. Marianne
    September 11, 2014 at 4:07 pm (3 years ago)

    And here I thought I was the only one who didn’t like that Rafflecopter! And Facebook, don’t get me started!

  12. jacquie Morris
    September 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm (3 years ago)

    WOW! Wonderful fabrics, I love all the colors and designs.
    Loving the new way of entering too :)
    Smiles :)

  13. Vicki H
    September 11, 2014 at 4:14 pm (3 years ago)

    That was easy! Thanks Mel

  14. Rina
    September 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I really like the way you’ve decided to go with just using the name and email. I think it will make it much easier not only for the people entering but also for you as you won’t have to try and track down email addresses. Love the fabrics!

  15. Maree
    September 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks a bunch for the easy chance to win! ☺

    my nana maree @ yahoo . com

  16. Kathleen
    September 11, 2014 at 4:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you so much for this simple way of entering a giveaway. It really levels the playing field for those who are not involved in facebook, instagram etc.

  17. Michele Timms
    September 11, 2014 at 5:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Mel this is the best way to have a giveaway… Simple and easy!!

  18. rosa
    September 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks.This way is great!

  19. Diana Collins
    September 11, 2014 at 5:50 pm (3 years ago)

    So much easier, thank you.

  20. Karen A
    September 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm (3 years ago)

    I like this type of entry.

  21. Susan
    September 11, 2014 at 6:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I like that. Where does it come from, or how do you do it? It would come in handy for me, too.

  22. Jen B
    September 11, 2014 at 6:38 pm (3 years ago)

    You’re right, that was much easier. I didn’t used to like rafflecopter, because I had to log in, jump through hoops and then log in again to complete the entry. I use a different internet browser now, that automatically logs me in, so it’s much quicker. The only time I don’t like rafflecopter now is when the person makes an entry compulsory, before you can do the rest, it’s usually facebook, twitter or instagram which I’m not on, so I can’t enter at all.

  23. Cheryl
    September 11, 2014 at 7:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Such a sweet selection of fabrics!

  24. Delaine
    September 11, 2014 at 7:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Excellent idea! Thanks!

  25. Pauline F
    September 11, 2014 at 7:12 pm (3 years ago)

    This is GREAT!! I don’t do instagram, twitter, etc. Thanks for the chance!!

  26. Lee
    September 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you so much! I was am so busy with a sick family member that I could not do the swap this time around!! So nice of you!

  27. Pam
    September 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks so much for the creative and easy giveaway! And thanks for your inspiring blog! I love 30’s fabrics and am also fortunate to have two of my great grandmother’s quilts with the original stuff! I feel a connection to her when I’m using fabrics that she might have chosen too.

  28. Cheri
    September 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm (3 years ago)

    I am glad you are asking for names. So many raffles with the copter thing now only allow an entry for instagram, facebook or twitter.. and I dont’ do any of those! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Joan H.
    September 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this way of entering a giveaway. Much easier on the nerves!

  30. Joanna
    September 12, 2014 at 5:58 am (3 years ago)

    Is that the WP contact form you’re using? I was looking at that a couple of days ago and wondered how it would work for giveaways. I played with it a bit and I liked that you can export the entries into excel. I’d love to hear how well it works for you :)

  31. mary powell
    September 12, 2014 at 8:02 am (3 years ago)

    So much easier than Rafflecopter. Thanks for the chance to win.

  32. Quilting Tangent
    September 12, 2014 at 10:12 am (3 years ago)

    Much easier, this way everyone can enter. :)

  33. Deanne
    September 12, 2014 at 11:18 am (3 years ago)

    I was just about to ask for another spot in Round 4 when I saw you said it was full… drat! LOL!
    Love the fabric :)
    Finally bought a 1930’s Sampler Quilt pattern to use with this fabric. Maybe my winter project!
    Thanks for the swaps and the giveaways!

  34. Jeannie D
    September 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm (3 years ago)


  35. Mom C
    September 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm (3 years ago)

    I don’t mind the rafflecopter except half the time I comment and then forget to go back and let rc know that I did. And one of these days I’m going to learn what all those pictures on my phone mean!Isn’t life good?!?

  36. Helen
    September 12, 2014 at 8:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I find Rafflecopter to be frustrating about 25% of the time – I get the “aw shucks” message. Love your repro fabrics – something I’d like to work with after retirement at the end of the year. That will give me lots of time to quilt!

  37. June @ QuiltQuest
    September 13, 2014 at 11:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Great fabric! I like the simple form for entering! It’s a wordpress add-on I guess – great to use it.

  38. Karen Thurn
    September 14, 2014 at 12:46 am (3 years ago)

    So much easier without the Rafflecopter as it sometimes doesn’t work or I get impatient as it sits and spins so I enter again and then end up with two entries. I’m thinking I need to get myself some of this 1930’s repro.

  39. Lea
    September 14, 2014 at 10:37 am (3 years ago)

    Thank you for a chance to win. 1930’s fabrics are so pretty.

  40. Kathleen
    September 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I just thought of a question. With Rafflecopter we can tell that we already entered the giveaway. With this new method, will there be an indicator of some sort if we don’t remember that we already entered previously and then try to do it again? I don’t know if I’m getting my point across.

  41. Bonnie
    September 15, 2014 at 3:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you for making the entries easier.
    Love the 30s fabric and hope you have another swap in the near future.

  42. Susan Paxton
    September 15, 2014 at 3:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Love your blog!! Love the pic of your stash of 1930’s fabrics. I would love to win! I make a lot of quilts and have been wanting to do a 30’s quilt.

  43. Tammy Lyons
    September 16, 2014 at 11:27 am (3 years ago)

    Oh those are cute fabrics….


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