Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog & Giveaway

Greetings! My name is Tanya and I have been quilting for nearly 20 years. My blog is dedicated to quilting. I only started blogging last June and have really become inspired by other quilting blogs. Since I have quilted for so long, I have tried lots of different techniques and my tastes have certainly evolved.

I confess that I have not finished my first quilt. It is a UFO (gasp, a quilter with a UFO, shocking!) and can be found in a tub in my garage. Every time I look at it, I am horrified by my terrible piecing skills, the atrocious colors, and my ridiculous attempt at beginning to hand quilt it...I fear it is destined to always be a UFO!

I like country and primitive quilts. The big, chunky stitches of quilting and embroidering with perle cotton and delicious wool felt are my favorite things to do as far as handwork. Handwork is definitely my therapy! This is a primitive flower quilt. I used wool felt and appliqued it onto flannel using perle cotton.
Lately, I have become restless with country and primitive quilts which was kind of what drove me to the quilting blog world. I found Lori Holt's blog beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com in June and immediately started her row along project. I made this in a couple of weeks, but have yet to finish it because I can't make a decision about the borders. Do these kinds of dilemmas stump anyone else besides me? And then these same uncertainties prevent you from finishing a project....
I find myself drawn to more modern quilts and fabrics. I like the bright colors and how the gorgeous fabric is the predominate feature in the quilt.
To celebrate this Grow Your blog event, I am offering this kit that has been in my stash for too many years to count. I have enough Christmas quilts for my home and classroom, I want to pass it on to someone who will make it! It is 22"x 22" and includes the fabrics, batting, buttons, and embroidery floss. You do not need to follow my blog to enter (I am not even sure how to arrange all the followers stuff), if you could just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite type of quilting is. I will draw for a winner on February 15th and will figure out how to ship it anywhere...Good luck and I can't wait to meet some new, talented bloggers!

39 comments:

  1. Hi Tanya. I think we enjoy the same type of quilting! - hand quilting with Perle 8. Good to see that you are part of Grow Your Blog too!

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  2. I too like the primitive quilts, appliques and I cross stitch too. I don't blog but I read some of the blog each morning when I have my coffee.

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  3. Hi Tanya, I enjoy hand quilting; I recently hand-appliqued and hand-quilted a Princess Feathers quilt that took me 18 months to complete.

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  4. Greetings, Tanya, and welcome to GYB! I am one of Vicki's "volunteer meet and greeters" and I'm excited to be discovering your blog. My experience making quilts is primarily patchwork and utilitarian bed coverings, but I love to see beautiful art quilting and handwork such as you are doing :)

    I think we all have UFOs, beginner projects, etc., in any and all artistic interests (my current fave is jewelry making and polymer clay), but it's good to keep early work as a reminder that we are all growing, changing and adapting our skills :)

    Since you mentioned it, you can get a Bloglovin follower's badge here:

    http://www.bloglovin.com/en/widgets

    To add the "Followers" link from Blogger (my favorite), you need to go to the layout link on your dashboard to "add a gadget" (the same place you went to add the badges on your margins). Good luck and happy blog-hopping!

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  5. I enjoy making mini quilts, table toppers, and wall quilts at this time in my quilting life. I'm saving large quilts for retirement in a few years. I also enjoy hand piecing and am going through a English Paper Piecing phase... very addicting! I always enjoy visiting your blog to see what you are up too!

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  6. You are definitely not alone in getting stalled on quilt projects–there are at least two of us :-) For some reason I have very few Christmas quilts, though I love them. I sometimes describe myself as the quilting equivalent of an omnivore--I love it all and am always up to try a new technique or quilting style.

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  7. Tanya, I am so excited that I can now follow you on Bloglovin. I never finished my first quilt, either. I finally just threw it away and felt nothing but relief.

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  8. Hi Tanya. I found your blog through the GYB Party and l enjoyed seeing your quilts. I will be following via bloglovin. I am also a quilter and usually tend to make traditional scrap quilts.

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  9. Hi Tanya :) I have snooping through your blog and am having a great time. Love the owls! I tend more towards the traditional designs but hope to break out and try a modern this year.
    Thank you for the chance :)

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  10. Hi Tanya....thanks for visiting my blog also...and for the nice comments. Love your quilts. Enjoy Grow your blog day!

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  11. I love pieced and applique quilts. I have one of each that are WIP. Personal projects (items for me) always get put on hold when a friend or family member wants something made.

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  12. I love looking at applique quilts....but I have not had the guts to try it myself yet. (haha) I follow your blog via Bloglovin'. I love all of your work!

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  13. Pick me please, I love the carolers. Your quilts are stunning and like you I struggle to finish them - I'm more of a topper LOL.

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  14. My favorite is something I didn't have to use the seam ripper on!

    love the row along quilt! :)

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  15. Hi Tanya,,,I too have changed my liking toward more modern and brighter quilts....I favor the whites/aquas/pink and reds more now. You have some lovely work!! will be following along with your makes, xx's

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  16. Hi Tanya. Love your applique quilt!

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  17. love your wool felt and flannel quilt and i agree with you about the happy bright colors of modern quilts. your row quilt is very happy and bright and i bet you think of the perfect border idea for it soon.

    i'm happy to have found your blog but please don't enter me in the give-away as i am desperately trying to reduce and simplify in my studio. btw: LOVE your beautiful jars of threads~!~an inspired way of keeping them both visible and clean.

    happy slow stitching sunday.

    :-)libbyQ

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  18. The carolers kit looks so cute. I am into prim style which in think you have figured out after visiting my blog a few times. You may not have completed a quilt all the way but you are making great progress.

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  19. I'm a GYB visitor and glad I came over lol
    love the primitive and owl quilts especially : )

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  20. I love primitive quilts and traditional blocks. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Judy in Colorado
    judy@atticraggedys.com

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  21. Found you through blog party. love your quilts. primitive quilts are cool.
    Stop by and say hi if you get a chance! onecreativecat.com

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  22. Good afternoon! I've enjoyed visiting your blog, I am a happy new follower via email!

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  23. Hi Tanya
    Good to meet you - I'm visiting from England!

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  24. Hi Tanya! Found you through the GYB party. Had fun looking at all your quilts. I design all my own quilts, which include applique, thread painting and free motion quilting. Stop by for a chance to win my fabulous fifty giveaway. Happy blogging!

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  25. I like to hand quilt but it takes so long! I have started to learn to free motion quilting now and am getting better. I may get some of these tops actually finished into a quilt!

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  26. I love to applique, but time constraints and charity work keep me from it plus the grandkids. I'm going to follow you on bloglovin' a great way to keep abreast of my favorite bloggers. Welcome to blogland and GYB. PS - have so many kits - don't put my name in the pot - let another reader get that cute project.

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  27. Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Lovely quilts. That's a cute giveaway pattern.

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  28. Hi Tanya. I love the more traditional quilts and patterns.I also love applique. But my favorite is scrappy. (Maybe that is because I need to use more of my scraps and using them in scrappy quilts is a great way to get them out of the way.) Thank you for the giveaway.

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  29. Hey Tanya, I love your quilts. Especially how bright and stand outish the colors are to me it makes them very unique. It has been lovely getting to know you.

    Hugs
    Caroline

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  30. Very pretty quilts. I like to machine piece and paper piece.

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  31. That UFO would make a baby somewhere very, very happy. Or, the local animal shelter can always use blankies for the unwanted, throw-away animals. Please don't think the work of your hands and heart isn't wanted because it not up to your standards. Someone, somewhere needs that love, hasten to finish, please.
    Visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoyed your post.

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  32. Hello! It is nice to meet you via the GYB hop. Your quilts are beautiful!

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  33. Hi nice to meet you. I love your work. I have enjoyed your blog very much. Thank you for sharing. Happy hopping!

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  34. Hello nice to meet you! Your row quilt is beautiful, and you finished it so fast! I'm a novice quilter and enjoying finding my way. I've been doing quite a lot of paper piecing and really enjoy it.

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  35. Hi I love your blog and your quilts. That little kit is so cute. I love to try all kinds of quilt patterns. I am working on strip quilts and patchwork patterns right now. Thanks, Jackie

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  36. Oh MY fingers are crossed to have my name get pulled out as I just LOVE Christmas items and this Carollers quilt is gorgeous!
    Pick me Pick me...xxx
    Love all the other more recent posts too! :)

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  37. my name is Dawn your my one stop on the blog party, Hope that I soon will be friends with all of you cyber neighbors. I just say that 600 plus bloggers that sign up to the Party and I am only up to 370 whew a lot of good read and great giveaways. Thanks for this opportunity to join friends with you and be apart of your giveaway. Can't wait to see more of your great projects in the making. My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is ovr_brd@yahoo.com
    I don’t have a lot of blog time in. but I like all things creative.

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  38. Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! I prefer to hand quilt! Enjoyed visiting your blog!

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