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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!!
- Won the Jungle Ave + Quilt Now Quilt Design contest.
- 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).
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.
- A Robert Kaufman Kona Color Card from the FQS.
- And a box of Alison Glass Aurifil thread kit (small)
Linking up with Lorna for Let’s bee Social (see button on the right).
51. Congratulations, it’s been a big year for you, for sure. I find it hard to keep up with all the projects you have on the go – one at a time is quite enough for me. The piece of work I’m proudest of so far is this one:
It was a real technical challenge to work out how to make it happen, but I got there in the end.
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!)
52. Wow, you have had so many wonderful goings on this past year! I enjoy reading your blog posts, and I look forward to what the next year holds for you. 🙂
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.
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.
55. I have been happily following with bloglovin.
56. Congrats on all your milestones, especially the design work that you’ve been able to do and the recognition that you’ve received for it. I haven’t been able to get any quilting done over the last 2-3 months, but I started the year with a bang when I finished my Rainbow Race quilt: http://www.oneenglishteacher.com/2014/01/16/wake-up-to-kona-day-9/
57.Happy Blogiversary!!! You are soooo busy & share & inspire us Totally!!! You are Awesome!!
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….
59. I’m a happy follower!
60. Congratulations on your Blogaversary! I am most proud of my Cavernous Wonder quilt for the MQG Michael Miller fabric Challenge https://www.flickr.com/photos/svf_5/14543885819/. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com
61. Congratulations! So happy for you – and you do wonderful work. As for what I’m proud of…well, I just made another purse from some fabric I found at an antique store in IN. Here it is!
62. OH yeah – I’m also a follower! 😆
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)
64. And I follow you through my reader. Thanks!
65. Ahh I want to win all of those things! 😀 You really have had a great year but you deserve it with your talent! 🙂
I think I’m most proud of the quilt I made for my mum: http://riddleandwhimsy.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/my-mama-said/ just because I went to all the effort of unpicking the quilting I hated after leaving it untouched for about a year and then finally quilted it again and it came out even better! Disaster averted!!
66. I follow you, of course! 😉
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
68. I’m really proud of this one: https://flic.kr/p/ozpZqp
It’s at the long armer right now.
69. I follow you on feedly!
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.
71. Happy Blogiversary! I’m pretty proud of all my quilts, but my Radiant Gem improv mini might be my favorite. I loved the entire process, and I already have another (bigger) one in the works!
72. What an amazing year. I can’t believe you’ve fit all of that in to just one year. I am most proud of my new Etsy Shop: The Accordion Door. I have been wanting to start my own sewing shop for years, and I finally did it.
Here it is: https://www.etsy.com/shop/theaccordiondoor
73. I follow your blog.
74. Congratulations and yes I follow you on Bloglovin.
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
76. I am a happy Bloglvin follower. x
77. Well done – 2 years of quilty goodness is awesome!!!
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.
79. I’m a follower via email subscription, thanks.
I finished this little quilt top that I LOVE: http://instagram.com/p/sQyQSYRizD/ It isn’t fancy or intricate, but the colours are different from what I’ve done before and just a lot more my style. 🙂
81. Many congratulations. I enjoy following your blog. I am super proud of the quilt I made for my parents this year (http://www.sunshinethroughtherain-deborah.blogspot.com/2014/07/memories-of-india.html).
82. I follow on Bloglovin and by email.
83. I’m still very new at this, so the one I’m most proud of right now may not impress people, but I’m really happy with how it came out. Still a WIP as I am still working on piecing the back. My brother calls this the wormhole quilt…
http://ilibymi.wordpress.com/ (shown in the upper left hand corner)
84. I finally made a quilt using 1930’s fabric. Your quilts look amazing. Thanks for the chance.
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)
86. I am a follower!
87. I’m really proud of the quilt top I finished recently – I can’t wait to get it quilted & bound!
88. I made this dress for a friend’s baby shower! Probably too much work put into it, but it is gorgeous! http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/oliver-s-fairy-tale-dress-in-pink
89. I am proud to be sewing for Teeny Tears now, such a touching and meaningful project. 🙂 Thanks! http://hopefulthreads.blogspot.com/2014/07/introduction-to-teeny-tearsa-very.html
90. Following on bloglovin’ Thanks!
91. I follow on feedly
92. working on an amish inspired quilt- the handquilting takes forever…
93. The quilt I’m most proud of from this year is my Maple quilt. I had a hard time with this one, but it was *so* worth all the hard work in the end. All that’s left to do is bind and gift, and I’m so excited (and also a bit reluctant 😉 ) to give it away. Thanks for the chance to win!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
99. Congrats! I’m proud of the projects I made from the Swim Team fabric because they were spur of the moment and without any patterns. http://missourimel.com/2014/05/24/in-the-swim/