Blogiversary + Giveaway

It’s been two years already!! Where did time go?? This year has been a big one for my blog and myself. You may have noticed I stopped posting about topics other than quilting/sewing. This was not a conscious decision. It kind of happened organically, as such, I changed up my blog menu, to reflect more of my active quilting topics.

Some of the big things that have happened in the last year:

  • Won Designers Choice award for the Threadbias Critters Patch Baby Quilt Design contest.
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  • Participated in my first online bees – Scrapbeelicious and Stash bee.
  • Started Book Review Tuesdays (which is still happening just a little more sporadically).
  • Hosting Gypsy Wife Quilt Along and it was the first time I reached out to get sponsors.
  • My most successful post is the tutorial for the iPad/iPhone stand.
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  • Teaching 4 modern quilting classes at Spoonflower using my Sampler Quilt design. Part 3 of the 4 classes is currently open if you want to attend and in the Raleigh/Durham area.
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  • Participated in Sew Down Nashville and met some of the folks in the blogosphere. Also met Ashley (finally) from Wasn’t Quilt in Day!
  • Joined the Quilt Design a Day group.
  • Michael Oakshott, sponsored my “Neighbourhood” quilt and sent me fabric!!
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  • Won the Jungle Ave + Quilt Now Quilt Design contest.
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  • You can check out my finishes for this year here.
  • Last week, I reached over 100,000 views!! and ~800 followers
  • Today, I have a featured tutorial on Sew Mama Sew for my new quilt, which is one of my Quilt Design a Day designs. I will be choosing a couple more designs over the next couple of months and sharing them on Sew Mama Sew (if you have a favorite let me know).
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A thank you goes out to the top 5 recent commenters to my blog. This is based on a wordpress statistic which does a count of the number of comments made by a person in the last 1000 comments. I will be sending a gift card to these 5 people from Hawthorne Threads. An email has been sent.

In addition to this I want to thank all those who have supported me in my new hobby/obsession, I thought a giveaway would be in order.  All you need to do is leave me a comment about a project you are proud of so far this year (include a link so I can take a look. I love seeing everybody’s work). If you are a follower leave a second comment for a second entry. The winner will be announced after 6pm EST this Friday (5th September).

The giveaway includes:

  • A 1/2 yard bundle of a selection (at least 3-4 yards) of my “Elements” fabric designs from Spoonflower.com.
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  • A Robert Kaufman Kona Color Card from the FQS.
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  • And a box of Alison Glass Aurifil thread kit (small)
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Linking up with Lorna for Let’s bee Social (see button on the right).

116 thoughts on “Blogiversary + Giveaway

  1. Anne

    Wow Michelle, I knew your name kept popping up everywhere but didn’t really think about how it’s all happening so fast. Congratulations to you!! You’re an inspiration. ^_^ (Not entering the giveaway, just wanted to say how awesome you are!)

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  2. Helen

    53. Love your Succulent quilt – so simple but striking in its colors. I am proud of every charity quilt I make for the Pediatric Infusion Therapy Unit at Mayo Clinic/St. Mary’s Hospital as a thank you for the wonderful treatment I’ve received at the facilities. Each quilt is different and made with love, no matter how simple the pattern.

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  3. Vicki H

    54. Congrats on another great year. This year I am most proud of the dozen quilts that are no longer old ufo’s. Now I am able to start new projects without the guilt.

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  4. Allison C

    58. I’m purging my scraps….and lots of ugly scraps. So far I have almost 1/2 the oversized king I’m planning on finishing before it gets cold.
    Happy 2 years!
    I think this link will work….
    Purge update.  Almost 1/2 of my king size scrappy HST sewn together!

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  5. Nicole

    63. Happy anniversary to you! I’ll go with this one for pride; it was for my first niece/nephew. (Turned out to be a niece)
    A's quilt

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  6. sewinbear

    67. I do follow your blog thru Bloglovin & Email 🙂

    Am pretty new to quilty things…..proud of every project I make…lol & each one is Favorit..til next one…lol

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  7. Pam S

    70. Congratulations on your blogaversary! I really enjoyed reading your retrospective. Thanks for all the inspiration on your blog. Here is a link to my latest quilt – a baby quilt for a coworker.
    Baby Quilt #DearStella

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  8. Kay

    75. What a wonderful year, congrats on so many things. I think the thing I am most proud of in the last year in learning to put zips into things like cushions and bags, it has extended my repertoire of what I can happily make. x

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  9. Fran

    78. I’m proud of the quilts I’ve finished this year (I don’t have a blog but they’re on my Instagram feed, I’m fran433). Congrats on your blogiversary, your quilts really are amazing & I’ve been loving your QDAD posts, such a great concepts & so many fantastic quilt patterns. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  10. Sarah L.

    85. It is so fun so see everyone’s projects as I scroll down. Congratulations on your anniversary! It has been fun to follow you/get to know you this year! I am pretty proud of a lot of things this year, most of which I have not posted on the internet yet (bad blogger!). But, you have seen my Tangelo quilt in person :). I am also just really proud that I have been finishing things in general… I am super proud of my Pink Chowder Quilt (http://stitchingandbacon.blogspot.com/2014/02/pink-chowder-during-cold-dark-winter.html)

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  11. mudpiesandpins

    94. Happy Blogiversary, you definitely have lots to celebrate. I have two projects this year that I am especially proud of – one is an EPP butterfly quilt, that I designed myself, and the second although much smaller, is my “Pebble-icious” mini quilt. Not only was it the first quilt I free motion quilted but I did so with metallic thread so I’m especially proud of it.
    http://www.mudpiesandpins.com/2014/07/pebble-icious/

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  12. Sarah J.

    95. I love your work- congrats on 2 years! I don’t have a link, but I’m most proud of the Hungry Caterpillar quilt I made a friend for her new baby this year (it’s only my 2nd quilt, but I loved how it turned out!). Thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. Kim

    96. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! So much to show for one year! I’m not looking to enter the giveaway, but just wanted you to know that you are an inspiration and I can’t wait to see what the next year holds for you and your blog! – Kim

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  14. arthurndi

    97. I am most proud of a commission piece I’m rushing to finish. Its a 3’x4′ fabric and thread “painting” of the Ski Santa Fe trail map for a home in Santa Fe, NM. It will be stretched and framed when done. I can’t post any pictures of it until its done but I could email you a progress pic. My blog isn’t up to date. I have RA and sewing is about all I can keep up with.

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  15. kris

    98. Well you have accomplished so much. I love following your progress. One of the things I am proud to say I finished was a DIY sampler. I used up so many scraps and orphan blocks. Then it turned out to be the biggest quilt I have made so I had to tackle the machine quilting and I did that too. http://sewsunshine.blogspot.com/2014/07/alyofinishes-for-july-i-almost-didnt-do.html
    Aside from that I am really proud that I entered a design in the Jungle Ave. contest. I am so glad you won as I love your design. I was just so happy I made myself draw up a design on graph paper. I hope to make it up soon. Can’t wait to see yours when it is finished.

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