{EVENT & CONTEST} Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Girl’s Night Out…

I have been keeping a secret, a really exciting secret.  Working on something behind the scenes which I am finally able to announce…

Introducing the Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Girls Night Out Blogger Get Together!

Blogging gives us a platform to share our common interests, our daily life, our goals and aspirations, and helps us connect with others in a powerful way. We form meaningful friendships with people through the written word. And when the opportunity arises for us to meet up, we jump at the chance to rejoice and celebrate those friendships. 

As I will be heading out west this October for the annual Sewing Summit Convention, I thought it would be a missed opportunity not to meet up with some of my fantastic blogging friends for a get together. After writing a few e-mails to see if there was interest in such an event, Girl’s Night Out was born.

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Girl’s Night Out is an event where bloggers can gather in an intimate setting of friends to meet, laugh, and share our passion for sewing. It is our goal to unite the on-line sewing community in a more personal way, cultivating stronger friendships that will enhance the sewing community.

With some of the most influential sewing bloggers in attendance, and an equally incredible group of Sponsors to match, it is my honor to host this unbelievable event. 

But there is more, because we want you in on the fun too!!!

Help us celebrate this inaugural dinner and join in on the fun by entering the Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Girl’s Night Out Contest for your chance to win some awesome sewing swag!  

Entries can be made via Twitter or Instagram by simply answering the question: 
What’s in your sewing stash that you couldn’t live without?
Be sure to use the hashtag #sewswag in your entry!!!
3 winners will be chosen at random during the Event and tweeted out live.
Don’t have a Twitter or Instagram account? Leave a comment on this post for entry.
Rules: You may receive up to (2) total entries by choosing one of the three methods listed above. No duplicate comments, tweets or photos. All entries made via comments on this post must have an e-mail address listed in the comment. The contest runs from 10/2/12 – 10/12/12, and is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and notified by e-mail, direct twitter message, or Instagram comment. You have 72 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
Want more Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Girl’s Night Out fun?  
Follow along on Twitter and Instagram to see live tweets and photos before, during & after the event using the hashtag #getinonthefun.  Be a part of it!

You can follow Me Sew Crazy on Twitter HERE, and find my brand spanking new Instagram account @jessrabbott.

Spread the word – the more successful we make this event, the greater the opportunity will be for another Girl’s Night Out!  And maybe the next stop will be in your town :).

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!

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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as SewSet.com, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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  1. says

    Would have loved to participate in the get together and I am in SLC. However, surgery today so can’t make any definate plans.

    Could not do without my Moda Blenders in my stash.

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    oh come on now! i SO want to be there! why doesnt anybody want to come to new hampshire? oh you girls have fun. and sneek a pic of the simon girls for me…i need to put a face to those sweet girls:)

    oh and i cannot live without my stripes and polka dots! and anything orange:)

  3. says

    I am so excited. This is in my state! I can’t wait to go. Any details on where it will be? I would love to come meet some of my favorite bloggers. Oh, this would be the funnest night ever!
    And what I can’t live without in my sewing stash? Pretty thread. Along with a seam ripper. :)

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    I agree with Christina(!) except the NH part b/c I don’t live there. :) How very exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t live without my wonder clips and gingher shears and a good polka dot or stripe. PS I live four hours away. . . .

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    I make period costume hats. I have some rich, purple velvet. I’ve had it for years. I can’t bring myself to cut it because I’ve never seen that color since. So I lovingly take it out, refold it and put it back. Maybe some day I’ll made the perfect hat for myself or grandchild and be able to use it. Thanks.

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    The thing I couldn’t live without in my stash is blenders. Although I’m using solids more frequently than I used to, I still love a good tone on tone fabric to give the eyes a place to rest between the prints.

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    I certainly cannot live without my studio cat….he is on my stash and in my stash, so does that count? LOL Second item would be my blenders stash for patchwork projects!

  11. says

    Sew cool! Some of these comments sound like illnesses…lol…and now I know I’m not alone! I too, love my batiks and don’t want to use them up!…also can’t live without my seam ripper!

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    I make soft toys that I sell at craft markets, all from my own patterns and often using repurposed fabric. But the thing I can’t live without is stuffing! I buy my polyfill at JoAnns and love shopping the remnant section there, as there are usually pieces that are just right for the next toy I make. I’d LOVE to win!

  13. says

    ACU tops. I’ve always loved camo, and with my husband in the military, I always keep a couple on hand from the surplus stores for purses, patches, and reclaiming the velcro and zippers. I’ll be stocking up before we get out in December

  14. says

    Why do I always find out about EVERYTHING too late? I might have been able to make a trip up there… if it wasn’t next weekend!!! Sad. One of these days. Anyway have a blast! For sure take lots of pics. I can’t live without my serger…does that count as “stash”???

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    I couldn’t live without my Riley Blake Seaside FQB by October Afternoon. I love that collection and am still searching high and low for the perfect design to turn it into a quilt for my bed.

  16. says

    I couldn’t live without my rotary cutter! And I don’t think I’ve ever been without at least a few polka dot fabrics in my stash!

  17. says

    Cream and white neutrals are my must-haves. They are my favored background fabrics or for fill-in spots. This sounds like it will be a fun event. Thanks for including us in this way.

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    I can’t live without yards and yards and yards of muslin. I use it for everything, from “doctoring up” patterns to fit me right, to Halloween costumes (I have Halloween on the brain right now!), to Christmas decorations, and I’ve even bedazzled up some plain muslin to make super cute curtains!!! Unfortunately, another item I cannot live without is my seam ripper. Gah.
    [email protected]

  19. says

    I couldn’t live without my sewing scissors, iron (even though I hate ironing clothes… sewing is different) and seam ripper.

    *how will winners be notified without twitter?

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    I picked up a pinking shears recently and LOVE it, I have already gotten a lot of use out of it and can see many more projects that will need this great little tool!

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    I don’t think I could live without my stash of vintage buttons. I pick up grab bags of them whenever I find them cheap. Almost everytime I start gearing up for a new project I check out my button stash and get inspired for something new.

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    I could not live without dots – I always use some sort of fabric with big dot, medium dots, teeny dots on it in everything. It is always my go to for that extra little something to catch your eye.

    thank you

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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    I need white thread for half of the projects I do… I finally wised up and started buying the BIG spools of it. Besides that, I NEED my seam ripper, straight edge, sewing machine, and scissors.

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    I could not live without my iPhone! I am constantly using it to find sewing inspirations, read sewing blogs, and download and even print patterns. So even when I’m not sewing, I’m sewing. No more boring waiting rooms or ques!

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    I always have canvas in my stash, I love having it when I need a project pick-me-up, so I can just whip up a cute tote. You can never have too many bags! And where would any lover of stitchery be without a seam ripper as well, those are definitely the must haves for me.

  33. says

    I love this idea so much! I could not sew with out my seam ripper and basting equipment. I also need that needle threader….you know…bad eyes. I hope this is a proper entry to your give away, but no matter…Good Luck to All!

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    :) I twittered it! my first ever twitter on my own. :) how neat!

    and my second most loved stash item? my husband! LOL! He models all my aprons for me regardless of how ruffley or pink they are!

    tickledpeep (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    My brother gave me a great pair of scissors for Christmas one year. He wanted to give me something I would use, and boy did he succeed! They are beautiful AND fabulous to use!

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    A majority of my fabric stash is made up of old t-shirts and other old clothing because I love trying refashion them into something else! I use my seam ripper a lot taking pieces apart to reuse. I also use a lot of fusible interfacing for appliques on my boys’ clothes.
    saywah_j at yahoo dot com

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    I have some Tammis Keefe reproduction fabrics by Michael Miller that I absolutely love – Cats on gold, Cats on grey, Unruly Reindeer – I can’t bear to cut into them!!!

  41. says

    Man I wish I could attend even as the waitress or something! :) Sounds like a fun night and impressive guest list and sponsors!! Jessica I have a birthday coming up if you’re bored and need more amazing parties to organize. :)

    But I am lame and don’t tweet or have an iphone and so this is my entry to try to win a new rotary mat!
    I couldn’t sew with out straight edge razors–better than seam rippers and necessary for this sloppy seamstress…and thread snips rather than using scissors at the end of each seam.

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    WoW…. hard thing to decide! But, I always seem to start with my tape measure. Where making a quilt a dress or a receiving blanket… I always use a tape measure to make sure I have what I need to get the job done! I even have my MIL’s old stainless steel retractable one that is carried in my purse at all times! LoL… never leave home with out one! Have fun… your only going to be 35 minutes away..
    It’s supposed to be great this weekend… maybe just a tad bit of rain! :)
    [email protected]
    Jean C.

  45. says

    Um, well the obvious one is the stack of ever growing fabric in every nook and cranny of my sewing/crafting “room” (using that term very generously)and my pins. I go pin crazy, probably unnecessarily “sew” (pun intended)and tack down everything in sight. I love your blog and would love to see what’s in these goody bags!

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