Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Beam N Read

What an incredible opportunity I've had to review this amazing Beam N Read LED6 Deluxe light. Not only is it a great tool for sewing and quilting, you can use it to read at night, or in your car for sewing or reading or even reading a road map. And did you know the light has proved to be an aid for those with low vision? You can read about how this product will help those with vision problems HERE.

Let me tell you how I went about reviewing this product. Kelly from I Have A Notion asked me if I would be interested in reviewing this product. I jumped at the chance. Bob Friedman, Marketing Director for ASF Lighting Solutions
sent me a Beam N Read light which includes two light filters. Upon receipt of the light, I asked my quilting buddies to give me their opinions on using the light.

Can you see how well this light illuminates my buddies work?

And how well you can read quilting patterns?

And I have to tell you that reading at night is so much easier with the BeamNRead light.

But most of all, this light has the best illumination for doing hand work.

Whether it is sewing on binding or doing applique, this light is incredible!

Kelly asked us to leave a sewing tip. The best tip I can share with you is how to make your own charm pack. Sometimes when I use charm packs I buy extra yardage for borders and such. If I need additional charms for my pattern I have found this handy chart helps me know how many charms I can cut from my yardage. I also am including a yardage guide for cutting strips from your fabric. I hope you will download this handy PDF chart and keep it on hand for future reference.

Now the best part. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win your very own Beam N Read light. I am always fascinated to find out how far away people are coming to visit my blog. So please tell me in your comment where you are from. And be sure to stop by Micki's blog and leave a comment there too. Tomorrow my friend Darlene from Insights From SewCalGal will be reviewing the light, as well as Jane's Fabrics and Quilts.

If you would like to purchase a BeamNRead light, stop by Kelly's shop. She has the lights in her shop as well as other great sewing notions. I've found Kelly's prices to be the best around.

Winner will be chosen Saturday morning July 2 to give everyone time to visit and comment on all the blogs. You must leave me a way to contact you. If you are a no-reply blogger you need to include your e-mail address in your comment. Check your profile on your blogger account to see if you are set for no-reply.

*** Please note - to keep the drawing open for everyone in every country the winners will be responsible to pay the shipping expenses from Ohio, USA to the address of their choice.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the hop! And Happy Quilting!

107 comments:

Nancy said...

What a great light! I do hand embroidery and the big table lamp gets so hot it's uncomfortable...

I'm Nancy from Missouri
quilt(at)centurytel(dot)net

LynCC said...

::waving at you from Niceville, Florida:: (Yes, it's a *real* place!) ;D

gill said...

What a great idea!!
Waving from the UK!!

Stray Stitches said...

I'm visiting you from central California - the city of Bakersfield to be exact. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!

Patti said...

How would I use this great little device? Well good lighting is the main key to success whether you are cross stitching, which I do as well as Quilting. My cross stitching is way better than my quilting but I am trying.

Lee said...

Hello from Troy, Michigan! thanks for the review and sewing tip!

Barb said...

Just stoppping by for support...what a fun hop!!

Madame Samm said...

Good Morning Jocelyn, I followed the light..it led me here. wink...
Just being a cheerleader and since I now have one of these Beam N Read...I guess I will be passing on your giveaway...Kelly said I can't win again....great post!

Mary said...

Hello from central Missouri! The light looks like something I could use. Why have they started making needle eyes and printed words so much smaller? Or why does it feel like those needles are squinting at me? Ha! Thanks for a very informative blog post.

sewnsusan said...

Hello from Mobile, Alabama. My favorite chair to watch TV, sew, knit, and read in is placed in a corner that doesn't have enough light. This little light could really enhance my corner! I love making hexies while I watch TV and this could be my solution. Everyone else wants the lights off while watching a movie!

Mommarock said...

I'm coming from Tx. I would have to agree that Kelli does have wonderful prices! Thanks for the great review. I would love to win this wonderful light. That magnifying glass sure does look like a wonderful addition to the light!

Renea said...

Thanks for the PDF on cutting my own charm squares. A copy is going in my purse and one on my wall in my quilting room. I am from Iowa! Thanks for the giveaway.

Vesuviusmama said...

I live in Virginia, but I am visiting you today from Massachusetts where I am visiting my twin sister. Tina is for the chance to win.

Sallie said...

Howdy from TX! I would love to win this light - it looks wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

Quilter in the Gap said...

I am visiting from scenic Cumberland Gap, TN. Wonderful place to live!!! Thanks for the great post !!!

Mama Spark said...

Just stopping in to see you from beautiful Canton Michigan!! Thanks for the giveaway.

Quiltingdaisy said...

I'm from Illinois

Margie said...

Would love to win this light, not for me but for my Mother (90 yo) who tries to crochet but has a lot of trouble seeing what she is doing. Thank You for the chance!

pinsandneedles said...

Would love to have one of these lights to help illuminate my hand stitching. I'm stopping by from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

Sherrill said...

WOW! Whenever I'm working on my applique, I keep saying to myself "you NEED a close-up light to help you see this better"! LOL This looks like the ticket. Thanks for the giveaway and I'm from Ft. Worth, TX!!

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I live in Duncanville, TX, near Dallas, but I'm in Oregon right now visiting my son & family. The Beam and Read looks great and I would definitely put it to good use! Thanks for the PDF file - that will come in handy.

gmaofthree said...

I found out recently that I have an eye condition that will most likely cause deteriorating vision from now on. This little light would be a wonderful help when I'm trying to rip out those misbehaving stitches (my seam ripper and I are quite close)! From sunny central Florida where it is cloudy and not so hot today.

Deborah in Atlanta said...

What a huge help this light would be for me. My sewing machine is in the spare bedroom (along with the queen size bed, night stands, dresser and chest) and there is no room for a table or floor lamp. The overhead light is NOT helping. So being able to illuminate my sewing area would be a huge help to these 58-year old eyes.

And me? I'm from Atlanta, GA, home of the Atlanta Braves.

Needled Mom said...

Thanks for the pdf. I have printed it off and can see it coming in really handy.

This would be a really handy tool to have for hand work. My eyes like the light much better as they age.

I am from CA.

Quiltbug said...

My eyes are dimming and the applique stitches are hard to keep small. This would be a godsend for me.

Barbara said...

I really would love to win the Beam n Read light. It sounds exactly what I need for doing applique. I'm from western Massachusetts. Thank you for the chance to win a Beam n Read and also for your review, I found it very helpful.

Grams said...

Hello from the Nashville, Tn area. This light would make my old eyes rejoice when I pick up my smocking:))

Teresa Felgueiras said...

I'm blogging from Portugal. I live in Almada, a small city near Lisbon, the capital.Thank you for the chance.

KatheG said...

Thanks for this giveaway from Memphis, TN.

Beth said...

Thanks for the pdf on cutting charm squares. I have printed off a couple copies. I live in Sacramento, California. Thanks for the chance to win.

WoolenSails said...

Since I have a prim home, my lighting is bad for crafting, this would be perfect. I also like to read in bed and a regular light is too bright. I am visiting from Rhode Island.

Debbie

Lady of the Cloth said...

This light could save my marriage. Well, probably too dramatic, but I like to read in bed and hubby, not so much. What a neat new gadget this is. Carline

Kathy MacKie said...

I am always on the lookout for better lighting solutions and this is at the top of my list. It would be great for doing my needlework in the evenings. Thanks

Deb said...

I'd love to have one of these lights! My favorite sewing corner gets pretty dark in the evenings - and my eyes aren't getting any younger!

Snoodles said...

I'm so glad to follow your blog and see this post! This looks like one great tool! Love your charm pack tip, too. Thanks for the chance to win....(jumping up and down and waving) See me over here in South Carolina? LOL
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

regan said...

This light looks perfect! We live in a very old house, and most rooms are lit only by table lamps, so it's really hard to get good lighting on my hand sewing. This will help a lot. Will wait to order until your giveaway is over! lol Thanks for the chance!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Hello from the West Coast of Michigan (Grand Rapids). Sounds like a great tool that would be helpful for my very old eyes.

Heartsdesire said...

Hello from Saanichton, B.C. on the southern tip of beautiful Vancouver Island. I've been avoiding hand stitching lately because I can't see my work very well. This wonderful light sounds like the perfect solution.

Linda in PA said...

This light looks like it would be really handy. I live in a small town in Central Pennsylvania. Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.

Sheila said...

This sounds like a wonderful tool for handwork and also reading ,I can always use help in those areas. I am from Nova Scotia Canada .

DebrafromMD said...

I'm here from Severn, Maryland. This light looks like a wonderful thing to have for my handwork and knitting.

JulieF1962 said...

Looks like a great tool! I do cross stitch as well as quilting, and it would be useful for both!

Junie said...

Thanks for the chance to enter this
great giveaway. This light will help
anyone who crochets or does any kind of hand-work, or reading. I would love to be 1 of the winners. Just joined your followers. Love the quilt
you are making for your daughter. Thanks for all your ideas and tips. Thanks for giving us the chances to enter and maybe win this giveaway.

Junie said...

You said you would like to know where
we are from. I forgot to add that to my comment. I live in Utah,USA. I live in a valley surrounded by mountains. One thing about living in Utah, is that we have a little of diffenrent areas. The desert, mountains, forest areas, lakes, green valleys. You might have to drive alittle to see the different sights, but they are all here. We also have goofy weather (LOL).

The Village Queen said...

I love this light and as Im getting older, need one! Thanks for the pdf too, very useful. Im smack in the middle of Denver CO, where we have lots of quilters! Thanks much!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Looks like a great light. I'm from Elgin, TX.

Marcia W. said...

Hi from rural North Central Florida. Please enter me to win a "beam n sew" light, as that is how it will be used if am so fortunate as to win it.

VickiT said...

Great chart you gave us. That will definitely come in handy.

I have to say when I first saw this light when I visited a blog I regularly read and it was there I was SUPER excited. I have not seen that before but absolutely LOVE it. I have some problems seeing in darker areas. My sewing room has a few of those areas but I can see this being a huge benefit in other places as well. Before I forget, I am from Northern IL. Thank you for the chance to win one of these awesome lights.

Brita said...

I love reading where everyone is! I'm on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau in TN. From Texas, California, New York, Florida and places in between :-D I'd love to win this light!!!

tpott said...

I'm a follower, thanks for the chance.

Gene Black said...

I am in Alabama. We are right on a line between Birmingham and Atlanta. A point of interest is that Jennifer Aniston's father chose the name of our town as their new family name. But he did drop one of the "n's"

matate10 said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I'm in Midwest City, OK.

Penny said...

Nice to get to know some new faces in the quilting world. I'd love the Beam N Read for all the things you mentioned, especially for reading in bed and doing hand work.

Willa said...

near Charlotte, NC, USA!

I think reading in bed would be less irritating to my companions if I had a beam n read. Companions being a spouse and a papillon.

Anya said...

I'm from Wellsboro, PA...in the north-central part of the state! thanks for the chance!

sandra said...

Hello from Stratford,Ontario Canada and one of these lights would be wonderful for so many things, thanks for the chance

Catskill Quilter said...

I love your blog! I am from northern Florida!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Hey Jocelyn - I'm Mary from Minnesota! Maybe I could improve my embroidery with one of those lights!

Loris said...

This looks like a great lamp! I bought something similar once...well, similar but alot bulkier, heavier and producing more warmth I bet. Don't use it for those reasons but this style looks like it would take care of those issues well. thanks for the chance to win one :-)

sewmeow said...

Thanks sew much for the chance to win one of these great lights. I love doing handwork at night sitting in my chair watching tv, and have practically given it up due to my poor lighting.

I'm waving to you from San Antonio, Texas.

Thanks.

LizA. said...

I definitely need one of these since I'm always sewing while we watch movies. If I don't sew, I always fall asleep. It would also come in handy while camping in our VW bus. I never have good enough light to sew by in the bus.

Cornwoman said...

I need a lot of light to sew these days, and this light would make it so that I could go back to hand piecing and hand appliqueing in the evenings once again.

I'm located in Mesa, Arizona.

Nancy B said...

I'm from Bakersfield, Californis. Thanks so much for the give-away and the neat charm yardage chart. A BeamNRead would be so helpful for all the reasons you mentioned.

Donna~~ said...

I'm melting in Idaho--we've finally got warmer weather!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Looks like a great light; thanks for hosting the product evaluation and the free light giveaway for a lucky winner!

Helen said...

Hello from beautiful Northeastern Ohio!

The light looks w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l!

I'm going to save your pdf and print it later...my printer is currently not getting along with my computer.

Thanks so much for your tip and the chance to win the light.

Pam said...

I'm from Upstate NY ...and I would love to own this light ...thanks for the chance!!

Jacqueline said...

Chiming in from Northern California!! <3 I would love to have one of these for handwork while camping!

Vickie said...

Hi! I am from East Central Indiana! I enjoyed your post! Thank you so much for a chance to win! Also, thanks to Kelly and Bob!

Val said...

Oh I WANT this light!! It looks wonderful! I am from Rocky Face, Ga.

robin said...

I'd love to win this light! I'm from Altona, Manitoba, Canada.

jennifer said...

Hello,I see a light from here. LOL I'm visiting from the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.

Kim D. said...

Thanks for the giveaway Jocelyn, what a great addition this light would be as my eyes are not what they used to be. Ugh!! I'm from Phoenix.
Crossing fingers and toes to win this one. :^).

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I am excited about the Beam & Read. I am hoping I win and will probably buy another--I am an avid appliquer and my mother has macular degeneration. I am always looking for a better light to help her with her everyday tasks and to help continue her ability to enjoy reading. This product sounds like it is just what she needs. The magnifyer would be a plus as well!

I love to applique and making a miniature quilt is so much fun. The lighting either makes it possible or impossible. The Beam and Read would be so helpful regardless of whether I am at home, in a motel or in the car. I am excited about this product!
Christine

SewCalGal said...

What a great post. Love all your insights on this Beam N Read light. Inspirational. Great job!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

JJ said...

I am excited to see a light that might actually work. I know I have noticed that I don't see as well as I used to. I live in Washington State and thanks for the review.

Micki said...

Just dropped in to say "hi"...great post!
Micki

Janet said...

Janet from the Yukon. Thanks for a great review.

Kate R said...

This looks really great - I definitely need better lighting for my handwork, so this would be great. I'm from Australia, although now living in Japan :)

Beth said...

Hey, there--I'm visiting from Clatskanie, Oregon, right on the border of Washington-Oregon, near the Columbia River.

Thanks for the chance to enter.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Debbie said...

Great review, Jocelyn. I'm in Israel.

Villa-loredana said...

Thanks for the chance to enter, I'm Loredana from Croatia, Europe. Loredana

Lisa Marie said...

Hello from Ashland, Kentucky. This light sounds like something I could really use!

tich said...

Hi from Sanday, Orkney Scotland. You are getting a world-wide following! The pictures you took of the light in action make me want to win really badly. It would be so useful, and stop me getting overheated as well! Thank you so much for the chart. I am going to laminate it and put it above my cutting table. I am a follower of you and Kelly. Thanks again.

Barb said...

Hey! Stopping in from Spokane, Washington. I like the idea of being able to see my handwork more clearly in the evenings. Lamplight is okay, but my eyes get tired quickly--this would really help! Thanks for the pdf, too :)

Carol C said...

Hello from Ohio. The more I see of this light the more I want one. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Lynn said...

Sounds like a fantastic tool.
Lynn from Nebraska

Sam said...

Hi from Albany, Western Australia - a long way away. Thanks for making this possible. I would love to win this as 'ay my age' I need all the light I can get to do my sewing. Sam sdownes@oceanbroadband.net

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm from Hot Springs, Arkansas but am currently on a mission trip in south Louisiana (another month) - I have aging eyes too and this sounds like just what I need. blessings, marlene

Darlene B said...

I am from Illinois! Seeing as how we have long dark winters in Chicago, I could really use this product to give me extra light for doing handwork, etc. Thanks for the chance to win!

Yvonne said...

I love to quilt, sew, knitting, stitching, etc. I live in the Netherlands and I love to visit different blogs. What a nice give-away.

Mary Jo said...

I live in Minnesota, US. I do a lot of sewing at night and never have the best light. This sounds perfect. Thanks for the pdf yardage guide.
mjlarson@wisper-wireless.com

quiltzyx said...

Hi from Walnut, California!

What a cool light this is - I can imagine myself using it when I'm crocheting in the evenings. (I have learned NOT to cut or sew much after dark! LOL)

Thanks for the chance to win one!

Quilts And Pieces said...

I"ve already visited Micki, and now came to visit you. This seems so wonderful for lighting my hand work! I'm always looking for good light at night! And the best part is no hot light beaming down on me! I"m from near Chicago, IL.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I'm a misplaced Texan living in Illinois (outside of Chicago). I have to take my glasses off to do hand work now. It's such a pain. I can't do hand work and watch TV at the same time. I hope this would help.

Karen said...

That light looks amazing. Thanks for the chance to win one. I am happy to have come across your blog.

Nanbon44 said...

great little light, just what a crafter needs

imsteelefullofscrap said...

That is just the neatest light I want one would make reading and threading needles so much easier and mayb I would not have to wear those darn bi focals that I love so much!!!

QuiltSue said...

Having struggled last night to see well enough to do some redwork, I think this light is just what I need in my life - please?

Quilt n Queen said...

I am currently living in Canton Michigan and eventually will retire back in Ontario Canada. I embroider, knit, and crochet. I would love to win one of these lights as these 61 year old eyes are not what they used to be. I really like that there is no heat from the LED bulbs and it’s sEw portable. Thanks for the chance to win a Beam n Read!…(o:

Laine said...

Wow love this light. I so hope I am lucky enough to win one of these. It would be so helpful with my embroidery work.

lsandes@comcast.net

Linda E in AZ said...

I live in Sierra Vista, AZ, about 15 miles from the Mexican border but am writing this comment from our friends' house in McAllister, MT, about 70 miles northwest of Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. I can see a lot of snow on mountain tops since this has been a very late and wet spring.
thanks!

Nancy Sue said...

A steamy hello from Maryland near the Washington DC /Baltimore area. To keep cool, I'm daydreaming of using this light while quilting during the long nights of winter.Brrrrr!
nsue21702 at gmail.com

Kd said...

Here's a happy Hi from the great state of Montana! What a great giveaway! The Beam and Read looks like a necessary tool. I'd love to win one.
~ Kd ~
www.KdQuilts.com

manybooks said...

The Beam and Read looks fabulous! I'm from CO and I think I need this for reading and working on projects when we're camping!

Sherill said...

I usually do my handwork while my husband watches TV. This light would help me. Thank you for the chance to win one.

Wendy said...

I am coming to the party late:(. I was at a conference and tonight I am trying to catch up on blogs.
What a wonderful giveaway, lighting is such a pain sometimes. I love to read at night, but I can never find a good enough light. Binding my quilt was hard because of lighting as well. All that to say, I am excited to see that there may be lighting hope yet.
I am happy your daughter is home safe.

Wendy B.

richshelpmate at yahoo dot com