Happy New Year! I hope everyone is now relaxed and refreshed from the holidays, I know I am! Those of you that follow me on Twitter and Facebook already know this…but something very exciting happened in the last hours of December 31st. My blog had it’s 1 millionth page view!
Some other blogs probably get that many hits a month, but for me this was a big milestone. I’m so grateful to all of my readers who subscribe, explore and comment on my posts and keep me motivated to keep on creating.
In celebration, I decided to have a little giveaway sponsored by…me! I’m going to select three winners for this one. One person will win a copy of Modern Blocks (which I contributed), one person will win a copy of the newest Quiltmaker magazine with my Prism quilt pattern inside, and one person will win the below set of fat quarters from my stash!
All you need to do to enter is leave a comment. I’d love to hear what you’d like to see MORE of this year on my blog. I will select a winner Friday evening (Chicago time). Open to international entries. Thank you so much everyone! xox
Thank you to everyone for your kind comments!! I look forward to a wonderful new year with all of you and already have some ideas from your suggestions! Now to pick some winners…I’m closing comments and will be right back with lucky readers.
Ok, back with the winners! Big congratulations to the following readers!
#5 – Lou says:
congratulations!!! what a terrific way to end the year and begin a new one!! I think your blog is delightful, i love seeing your new ideas and encouraging tutorials..that would be great, but, again, it’s wonderful~xo~
Lou wins the Modern Blocks book!
#188 – Marg says:
I love the colour and the pictures yes I’m a visual kind of gal. Keep up the lovely work and do what you like.
Marg wins the Quiltmaker Magazine!
#348 – Charlotte says:
Congrats on your milestone! Yours is a blog I don’t miss, so you are are doing everything right in order for me to come back!
Charlotte wins the fabric set!
I will be in touch with the winners for their shipping addresses, be sure to check your email! And thank you AGAIN to everyone for your comments!
January 2, 2012 601 Comments
About a month ago my two year blogiversary came and went with little fanfare. It happens to be around the 4th of July, and that happens to be my husband’s birthday, so not a lot of blogging usually occurs that week.
Part of me can’t believe it’s been 2 years since I started this blog. I suppose time flies when you’re having fun! In the last year, I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot of personal goals, from developing quilt patterns to appearing in publications, from adding many tutorials to the blog to cohosting this latest quilt along.
When I started quilting, I learned so much from the free tips and tutorials online on other blogs. It’s always been a goal of mine to also give back to the online community and help those who are getting started themselves. And hopefully inspire a few people along the way.
So! In celebration, I have a giveaway! I mentioned earlier this week that I spent last weekend in Cincinnati. My mom, sister and I (oh, and the kids) did a mini shop hop.
Our first stop was The Quilter’s Studio in Loveland. This store is almost entirely batiks and includes many bolts by designer Marcia Derse – very pretty. They also have an entirely separate building with lots of classroom space and two long arm quilting machines where you can rent time.
I picked up The Quilts of Gee’s Bend postcard set there and plan on framing 9 of them for my sewing room. Part of the giveaway is 9 other prints from this postcard set so you can frame them for your room! Or mail them. Or whatever you want to do with them.
Our next stop (after lunch at Dewey’s Pizza) was Sewn Studio. This shop has been on my list to visit ever since my sister stopped in a few months back and told me how cool it was. Boy am I jealous that this shop isn’t in the Chicago suburbs!
It is so fresh and modern and welcoming.
I don’t think I saw one bolt of fabric that I wasn’t interested in – they even had embroidery patterns and perle cotton embroidery thread!
I was lucky enough to meet owner Stephanie and employee Jessica. Both were SO nice! Stephanie was kind enough to even donate a beautiful Summer House by Lily Ashbury charm pack to giveaway on my blog!
I picked up several great small prints for my stash and I am sharing them with you as well. The last portion of the giveaway is a FQ of each of the fabrics you see below.
It was a great visit, only slightly marred by my daughter announcing “I NEED TO POOP!” as we were just about the leave the store. A bit embarrassing but there is just no predicting what a 4 year old will find appropriate conversation in public.
Phew! So if you made it this far, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment! I will select a winner Monday evening. Good luck everyone and thank you for supporting me over the last two years – here’s to many more!
Update: For those in the comments that are interested in that great bike bag, Sewn Studio has commented “Our blog (www.sewnstudio.com/blog) is currently featuring an interview with Kathy McGee of Hemma Designs, the designer of the Ilsa Bike Basket. We’re giving away one of her patterns, too, so come on over and take a look.”
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I will select a winner shortly. The winner is #315, Alisa, who said “I’ve been enjoying your blog for almost the two years. Looks like you had a fun blog hop.” Congratulations Alisa, I will email you for your address!
I want to thank each and every one of you for your comments. I read every one and they all made me smile.
August 4, 2011 413 Comments
Happy Monday everyone! I am excited this morning to introduce you to my newest sponsor, Alice Essinger of Fresh Modern Fabric! Fresh Modern Fabric is a fabric shop on Etsy, specializing in designer prints and modern quilting solids and basics, including some PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabrics. Alice loves fabric designs that tell a story, so she tends toward illustrative or novelty prints. She also carries organic fabrics and for those looking for Kona solids – she has a lot of those as well. Her background is as a catalog librarian, which really shows in her listings. Lots of great photos in natural light that show the scale of the fabric and very detailed listings.
Alice will set up custom listings for you, including fat quarters and quarter yard cuts. Love that.
Some of my favorites…
The Ghastlie’s are back and hot right now. The next bundle from Spring Street would be a great stash builder for someone just getting started with quilting. And finally, Lizzy House’s 1001 Peeps is now out (and yes, she carries the ENTIRE collection). You can bet some of these Pearl Bracelets will be in my stash! Especially that brown.
To celebrate Fresh Modern Fabric coming on board, Alice has kindly donated a fat quarter set of Lemons and Limes, Metro Market, Monaluna from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. The fabric will ship directly from Fresh Modern Fabric.
All you have to do is leave a comment. I will keep this giveaway open until Thursday evening. Good luck everyone and welcome Fresh Modern Fabric!
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Will return with a winner!
The big winner is Carrie!
carrie says: June 20, 2011 at 9:23 am
Love the transistor fabric!!
Congratulations Carrie! I will email you for your address and pass it along to Fresh Modern Fabric to send your fat quarters.
June 20, 2011 223 Comments
Calling all fans of Flea Market Fancy! Penny over at Sew Take a Hike and Flea Market Fancy Freaks is hosting an awesome giveaway! Books, stationary, FABRIC! If you haven’t already, be sure to go check it out and see. And don’t forget to sign the petition to bring this fabric back into production! I know I would love to get my hands on some of those beautiful blues.
November 22, 2009 No Comments