January news + giveaway

After my big clean up of my sewing room, I am feeling very productive. To keep the productivity up, I need to set my “A lovely year of finishes goals” for January.

My ButtonMy focus this month is to finish my Spoonflower Sampler quilt and write-up the pattern for each of the blocks. I have already made some progress on this quilt (sorry for the quality of the photos…we have had some grey and miserable weather over the last week).

  • The back is made:
  • The quilt sandwich is basted and some straight line quilting is underway.SpoonflowerSampler

My Blog and a Give away
Those that use WordPress hosted environment, knows that you get an annual report on how your blog went this year. In 2014,

  • If my blog was an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.
  • My top posts were the iPhone/iPad stand tutorial, and Gypsy Wife QAL (final link up of the finish is happening now)
  • My blog was viewed by 137 countries
  • I posted 190 times this past year

The best news though, and the reason for running a give-away today is I now have 1,000 blog followers. I want to say a bigย  thank you to those that follow me, who make me feel part of a community and who have become close friends. hawthorne_threads_200_225I will randomly select a winner Tuesday 13 January 6pm EST….for a $30 gift card to Hawthorne Threads. Leave a single comment if you are a follower letting me knowย  the one big thing you want to accomplish this year. Mine … to “Sew my Stash” in the first 6 months of this year.

Additionally, based on WordPress annual report for my blog, I am sending a $30 gift card to these top commenters.
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Thank you all !!!

108 thoughts on “January news + giveaway

  1. Kathy Schermerhorn

    3. My 2015 goal is same as yours and several other people in my sewing community….sew my stash! And for REAL this time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Heidi

    6. I want to finish my current to-sew list before baby #2 comes in May… includes a few baby quilts for friends and a few dresses for my almost-2-year-old daughter ๐Ÿ™‚
    (follow via bloglovin)

  3. Alli

    7. Congratulations on a thousand followers! This year, I want to sew more things (or at least as many things) than I did last year, while also getting enough sleep. hah! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Dawn Jones

    12. I want to make my first quilt. I’m new to sewing in general, but I really want to quilt. So I hope to accomplish at least one quilt this year. Have a great day!

  5. Lori Smanski

    13. congrats on 1000 followers. I want to finish the wedding quilt I am making by the end of January. Then start my dress for the wedding and hopefully be done with that by begging of March. It is a civil war dress and I have never seen the likes of this pattern. Will be interesting.

  6. Lauren

    14. First wanted to say…I found your blog this year…and got to meet you in person and that is one of my many highs in 2014! And for me…to finish my la passacaglia quilt of course!

  7. Andrea Salisbury

    16. Happy follower of your blog and on IG. Goals for 2015 include more original pattern design and more projects completed (I mean really completed). Congrats on reaching 1,000 followers and for all your success! Much deserved. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Kathy h

    18. Congratulations on 1000 followers. I follow you through email. I want to work on old projects this year, clean out those bags and boxes that I have either started or just are ready to go.

  9. Jen Beatty

    19. I want to learn how to use my new long arm that is hopefully arriving this week and like you, sew my stash!

  10. Terri Ann

    20. Congrats on hitting 1000! The big thing I want to accomplish this year is being more actively crafty. I plan to accomplish this by sharing my work and process along with cheering on and expanding my crafty community online and in person.

  11. Beezus

    21. I want to get my quilting services business off the ground … my long arm was installed the first of December, and I want this year to be about me learning and growing with that. As a part of that, I also want to get my new website up and running. Small goals will get me there, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ I follow via FeedWrangler and Reeder (yep, it’s still around).

  12. June @ QuiltQuest

    22. Congrats on your stats and thank you for sharing and inspiring us! In 2015 I will be happy if I can set up my new sewing space and sew a little a few times a weeks AND TO FINISH projects!
    : )
    Thanks for the chance!

  13. Delaine

    23. Congratulations on 1000 followers! I want to make a scrappy nine patch style king sized flannel quilt for my bedroom to use up a lot of my flannel scraps in 2015. I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks!

  14. knitnkwilt

    24. I’ve been a follower for a while; not sure how long. My big project for the year is a twin sized quilt for my great-niece who was born before I was making baby quilts–ocean themed. Cheers on 1000!

  15. katechiconi

    25. Thank you! How lovely, and how nice that just doing what comes naturally has put me in the No. 2 spot! My goal for 2015 is to have a Year of Finishing, Finally all the UFOs, partial or unstarted projects lurking in my sewing room. I’ll be posting YFF #1 tomorrow, so I’ve made a start.

  16. Kim

    26. Hi! I have several quilting goals this year- finish a quilt for my sis, finish one for my soon to be two year old son, make a fancy fox quilt for my 4 year old son, make a hexie project of some sort and make a quilt using triangles with Chicopee fabric. Also, trying to sew my stash, but really want some Doe fabric!!! Cheers! Happy new Year!

  17. Vicki H

    27. Congrats on 1000 followers. I am following with bloglovin. This year I would like to try quilt as you go method, possibly starting with a table runner.

  18. Nicole

    29. This is my year to master (or at least become proficient in) quilting my own quilts. I can’t afford a longarmer, so I don’t have that as an option. I know what I want the quilting to look like I just have to get to that point.

  19. Rebekah S.

    32. I want to do some quilting! I have all the material for a Jelly Bean quilt—now all I need is time! =)

  20. Aileen

    34. How nice to reward and thank your top commenters! My goal this year is to learn foundation paper piecing and make one really stunning FPP quilt. Thanks for the chance

  21. Renee

    36. My little bitty thing I want to accomplish this year is getting a long arm. It is itty bitty because I’m only just starting to realize it is 2015 and the thought has taken hold that this might actually be the year it happens.

  22. Lori Morton

    39. I follow you thru Bloglovin & Email too ๐Ÿ™‚ For 2015..I want to learn to FMQ for sure…and also make a Quilt for each of my Sons. (Both Daughter’s got one last year)

  23. Quilt Musings

    40. Congratulations on hitting 1000! My larger goal for the year is to raise the quality of my quilting — actually stay in the ditch when I am trying to stitch there, keep my free motion lines smooth — and develop my own style of quilting.

  24. Chiska

    42. I love that you’re rewarding those that “talk” to you the most. I think that’s so awesome! My big goal this year is to use what I have and only buy something if I need it to finish a specific project. I have so many thing in process that nothing is getting done.

  25. Michele Timms

    44. Congrats on reaching 1000 followers!! Awesome giveaway!!! I am designing and planning a quilt for the master bedroom, very excited to begin the process. I’ve pulled out a bunch of batiks and already it’s looking heavenly!!!!

  26. Lee

    45. Happy new year and congrats on 1000 followers – I am happy to be one through bloglovn. This year I want to make a quilt of valor! thank you!

  27. Allison C

    47. Congrats! I want to finish my UFOs. Especially an old video game pixel quilt I have the top finished and 3/4 of the back done. Four years In the making

  28. cdahlgren2013

    48. Wonderful! My goal this year is to sew more for myself, instead of for everyone else. I am doing one block of the month for my nephew, but I wanted to do it really badly. cdahlgren at live dot com

  29. clumsykristel

    49. Go you with the 1000 followers! Thanks again for the sweet prize ๐Ÿ˜€ (No need to enter me into this giveaway round!) My biggest goal for this year is to finish more than I start ๐Ÿ˜€


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