Sunday, November 28, 2010

Blog Anniversary and a Giveaway!


It's hard to believe that I have been blogging about quilting and farm life for four years already. A lot has happened in these 4 years, there have been lots of ups and a few downs during these years. Up has definitely been the arrival of Alexander and Oliver and being married to the most wonderful man I know, up--but also not easy, has been the finishing of the house (well--almost, still need to do some painting when we finish the busy time of the year). Down has been the drought and my trigeminal neuralgia (which I haven't been disturbed with in a long long time so maybe it will not return?) And through everything quilting has not gone away. I still love quilting! And now more than ever if that is possible!

So, I've also most recently started an etsy store to sell bits of leftover fabrics and maybe one day quilts. Many people have asked me if I sell my quilts and it is so hard to answer that question. Most quilter's would understand this, but for those of you who do not quilt the simple answer is that it is not economical. Making quilts is about the process and the passion for color, fabrics and design. It is not necessarily about the end result, although I do enjoy a quilt that has turned out like I envisioned or better. In the future, I may find a way to do to make quilts without compromising what it is that I love about the process enough sell what I make. It might be a journey that will take a little time for me though.

Ok, so for the giveaway! Please check out my etsy store here and let me know which charm pack you would chose if you won this giveaway. I will give up to 3 chances for you to win if you blog or follow in addition to commenting on this post, just post extra comments telling me that you have done so. I will do the draw next Monday, December 6th, so all entries must be in by the 5th. Good luck!

97 comments:

BaileyGirl5 said...

Happy Blogiversary! I'm loving all the fabric in your shop but my fav would have to be the Katie Jump Rope. Thanks for having such a fun giveaway!

BaileyGirl5 said...

I'm a follower via google reader.

Marg M said...

I really like the blue green brown but don't have any red and aqua in my stash so would probably pick that one. Hope the shearing is going well.

Marg M said...

I follow via Google reader so happy blog anniversary

Liz said...

I would love to have the red and aqua. Always love seeing new things on your blog! Beautiful work!

Andi said...

KJR all the way!!!
Happy blogiversary.
Andi :-)

Sandy said...

I like the Katie Jump Rope.
Happy Blogiversary

Sandy said...

I am a new follower of your blog.

Jeannette said...

Happy Blog anniversary! I would pick hands down the red & aqua collection..so nice to have all them picked out for you! Thanks for a chance to win.

Jeannette said...

I am a follower! I love your quilts!

Val Miller said...

Happy blogiversary! Green, blue and brown for me (although the KJR is also really nice).

The Calico Cat said...

Happy Blog-i-versary! Hands down, blue, brown & green. (Oh to get a kerchief girl...)

The Calico Cat said...

I follow on google reader & flickr.

Val Miller said...

I am now a a follower too!

The Hungry Crafter said...

Oooh, tough call -- I'm sorely tempted by the Flea Market Fancy in some of your packs, but I'd have to go with the Katie Jump Rope -- I just adore that line. Happy Anniversary, and best of luck with your Etsy shop!

Quilting Mom said...

Happy Bloggy Anniversary! I follow your blog and the pictures of your quilts on FLICKR are gorgeous! Denyse Schmidt's fabrics are always so beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win!

James-Linda said...

HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY!
THE 'KATIE JUMP ROPE' IS MY CHOICE!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

Laurie said...

Congrats on the anniversary of blogging! I really love the KJR set.

Laurie said...

I follow your blog via google reader.

Seedy L said...

Hi there! Your work is truly an inspiration - here's to another four years, pain-free and fabric-filled! Thanks for sharing all you do.

PS your blue/green/brown charms are my favorite.

wishes, true and kind said...

Happy blogiversary! I would definitely have to go for the green, blue, and brown, but all your charm packs have great fabrics!

wishes, true and kind said...

I am a follower!

webmailaddress2 said...

I would love to win the Katie Jump Rope set!

InkyTonka said...

Happy Bloggy Anniversary! And here's to many more happy years.

I know what you mean about not wanting to part with finished quilts. My MIL constantly harangues me about how I ought to sell the quilts to get my money back, blah, blah, blah. She's not a quilter, so she just does not understand what the whole process means to me!

I like all of the fabrics, but if pressed to pick just one I'd go with the red and aqua. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Jojo's circus said...

Happy aussiversary to you! happy blogiversary to yoooooou.....I have watched in anticipation at your red and aqua creations......and I want one toooooooo.
Congratualtions

Jojo's circus said...

I am a google reader follower and really want to know how you make the hexagon quilts?

Karamat said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! I'd pick the KJR.

Karamat said...

I'm following...

Khris said...

Love the red and aqua charm squares. I follow you in my Google Reader. Has to be the easiest way to read hundreds of blogs...lol..congrats on the 4 years blogging..hugs Khris

Hollie said...

Happy Blogoversary! I would love the Katie Jump Rope.

Hollie said...

I am also a loyal follower.

V said...

Hi there! Having just made my first trip Down Under, I am thrilled to have found your blog! My faves: either Katie Jump Rope and Blue-Green-Brown. Thank you!

V said...

I am also a brand-spanking-new follower. Happy Blogaversary!

karoliinahv said...

happy anniversary!
i love the green, blue, brown pack - every bit of it is wonderful.

savvy stitch said...

I like all the charm packs, but would choose the turquoise and red pack. Thanks for the chance to win!

savvy stitch said...

I subscribe to your blog via Google Reader.

gill said...

I love red and aqua so that's what I would choose if I was lucky enough to win
Gill

gill said...

I'm a follower
Gill

Zegi said...

Happy blogiversary!!! I love the red and aqua set. Lovely. :)

Zegi said...

I am also a follower!

Megs said...

That is a hard choice but I would go the Red and Aqua!

Congratulations on the blogiversary!

Megs said...

I am a blog follower!

Margaret said...

Happy Blog-day!! I love so many of the quilts you've posted, I think it's because your eye for colour is so similar to mine! I'm having a really hard time picking my favourite stack I love them all so much but I guess I'd probably pick the aqua and red, maybe . . . yeah. Thanks for the super contest!

Jenny said...

congrats on 4 years blogging. wow! as much as i love KJR, and i really really love KJR, i think your brown/blue/green charm pack is really outstanding!

kath said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I'm always impressed someone can keep up the blogging. I love the Katie Jump Rope--the colors are so happy. Thank you for the great giveaway!

kath said...

I also follow your blog!

Adrienne said...

Happy Anniversary! Of all the charm packs that you have in your store, the blue/green/brown speaks to me the most. :)

Adrienne said...

I am also a follower of your blog!

{BrianaArlene} said...

I would definitely go for the Katie Jump Rope. I don't have any of this fabric, but I love the whole line!

thought/found said...

Wow! 4 years! Congrats! All the fabrics in your shop are wonderful, but I think my fave would have to be the Katie Jump Rope.

thought/found said...

I'm a follower!

Angelina S. said...

Katie Jump Rope or red & aqua for me, please! Thanks for the chance!

Angelina S. said...

Following! Thanks again!

Jen said...

Congrats on 4 years of blogging! That's so awesome (and coming from one who blogs maybe once a year, lol)! KJR is my fave of all the cute packs in your shop. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Jen said...

Now following your blog! Thank you!

Kate @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Congrats :) I love the red and aqua set. And I know what you mean about quilting for sale. Its so hard to price stuff like that. I'd almost rather give them away then sell them for a "giveaway" price. Best!

Jamie said...

The KJR is so nice! Congrats on your anniversary.

Jamie said...

I am now following you on google reader. For my second choice I pick the red and aqua. Nice color choice!

Linnea said...

Congratulations! My favourite is definitely the Katie Jump Rope! I love seeing those fabrics all together.

Linnea said...

oh, and I follow via Google Reader :)

Barb said...

Congrats on 4 years! I love your charm packs...I would chose the Green, Brown and Blue...you have some lovely fabrics in there.

tong said...

i would love the KJR charm pack! thanks so much for the giveaway, and congrats on your milestone!

tong said...

i'm a new follower via Google Reader!

sarahbeth814 said...

Happy 4th Anniversary! I love KJR or reds, browns and oranges. :)
Thanks for such a great giveaway!

sarahbeth814 said...

I am now a follower on google reader!

Darci said...

I would love the Katie Jump Rope I love that line. Congrats on the blog anniversary that is great.

Ducks and Rabbits said...

Wow! Those are all gorgeous packs! I'd choose the green blue brown one - such beautiful fabrics and colours :)

Jen B. said...

I LOVE Katie Jump Rope! I don't have any of it, but I've been lusting for so long!

Jen B. said...

I'm a follower.

Emily said...

Happy Anny! I would Definitely have to choose the Katie Jump Rope!!

SewOverwhelmed said...

Congrats on the Blogiversary! I would love the red and aqua group. Thanks for the chance to win. And Happy future blogging!

Kimberly said...

Congrats on your anniversary! I would definitely be all over the Katie Jump Rope squares. Lovely shop! Thanks for the giveaway.

Elena said...

Ooh, Katie Jump Rope for sure! Thanks and happy blogiversary! :)

Elena said...

New follower! :)

Mama Spark said...

I would love the Katie Jump rope fabric.

Mama Spark said...

I have been a long time follower!! I love your blog.

jill said...

the red and aqua is very pretty

Dena said...

Happy Anniversary. I love the Katie Jump Rope or the Red and Aqua. Yummy stuff.

Dena said...

I'm a follower through google reader

Emma said...

Lovely charm packs! My favourite is the red and aqua, thanks for the giveaway!

Emma said...

I'm a follower too :)

Clarissa said...

Happy Blog-anniversary!!! I love the red and aqua set. What a cool color combination :o) And thank you for such a nice give-away
Clarissa
http://www.artfire.com/users/clarissa68

Carmen said...

Please put me down for Parisville - the colours are stunning! Happy blog anniversary and thanks so much for this giveaway:)

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

Wow! 4 years? That's awesome!!! happy Blogiversary. The red and aqua is so tempting because I still have your Winding Ways quilt on my mind. : ) The collection of Katie Jumps Rope makes my heart beat a little faster. It is so pretty all together. I think I would pick that one.

Kerry said...

Happy bloggy birthday!.. It would have to be Katie Jump rope!

Isisjem said...

Happy Blogaversary! I think I'd go for the Katie Jump Rope because I have none of that range...mind the Parisville is really calling to me as well

lil said...

wow, 4 years, that's long
congrats for that

I would love to have the Katie jump rope, despite the Parisville is tempting too

lil said...

and following you

felicity said...

Happy Blogiversary! I'd choose the Green/Blue/Brown set, I think. Thanks for the giveaway.

felicity said...

..and I'm now a follower!

Sunshine said...

It must take forever to cut all these charms out by hand. I bet the big stores have machines for that!

I love the green, blue, brown pack you also blogged about the best - my favourite colours. The TulaPink pack is also pretty cool.

Love reading your blog!
Cheers,
Christine

Shasta said...

Happy blogiversary. When people ask me if I sell my quilts, I tell them, "yes, do you want to buy one?" Few people take me up on the offer, but you never know.

epban said...

Love the Parisville charms! Happy blogiversary!

epban said...

I'm now a follower!

Joanna said...

Happy Blogiversary! I'm glad I found your blog a couple of years back - you always post great stuff :) As for your fabric packs - I love them all! I think I'd have to choose the Parisville pack, just because I don't have any of it, but I am also in love with the blue/grown pack and the read/aqua pack. I have all the KJR so don't need any, though it's still a great combo!!

Joanna said...

And yes I am a follower :)

Amy Gordon-Pruden said...

Although that Parisville line is nice, I can never turn down more Katie Jump Rope. My second favorite line of all time! I hoard it and have probably made 4 quilts already from it.

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