Friday, August 24, 2012

A Giveaway for MyTwo Year Blog Anniversary

Two years of blogging have come and gone in a blink of an eye. I started this blog as a travel journal in August of 2010 and it has evolved to include all these topics and more.

bees 
friends
quilt-alongs
food
canning
swaps
gifts
challenges
quilts
bags
grandchildren
fabric
gardening
photography
family
recipes
travel
contests

In looking back over some of the projects I have shared in the last two years, these are among my favorites.


1. DSC_0102, 2. edens outfit, 3. Bloom/Sunflowers, 4. 3rd quarter bee blocks, 5. Circle me back to Amsterdam quilt, 6. Little Apples ensemble, 7. refashioned swag bag.after side 2, 8. post sewing summit swap, 9. Hexagon Park, 10. side 1, 11. framed clutch, 12. Made in Cherry QAL



  1. Almost finished, 2. Rockin Robin quilt, 3. Simple Clutch, 4. Retro Flower QAL, 5. Fabric nesting bowls, 6. 241 tote and matching wallet, 7. Patchwork Chevron Quilt, 8. tomatoes, 9. Sunflower, 10. an Heirloom Swoon Quilt, 11. disappearing nine patch pillow, 12. momma's got a brand new bag

Through all this blogging I think the best part has been the friends I have made and the techniques I have learned.  I was fortunate to have met several people last year at Sewing Summit and look forward to meeting even more blogging buddies at this year's Sewing Summit. 
I have also been able to meet a few of my blogging friends in person, one on one, from as far away as Germany and the Czech Republic and in my own part of the country, one state away in Arizona.
One of the friends I have made is Julie from The Intrepid Thread

Do you buy your fabric from Julie? If you don't you are missing out on fantastic customer service and unbelievable prices. Julie always sends a hand written note with your purchase and really makes buying fabric easy and quick.
In honor of my two year blog anniversary Julie has generously donated a Fat Quarter bundle of the much anticipated Indie by Pat Bravo in the Sunlight Bazaar colorway. That's 10 fat quarters, enough to make some lovely projects.

So because I love my readers so much I am going to give you four chances to win. Remember if you are a no-reply commenter, you must leave a valid email address in your comment

1. For one chance leave me a comment telling me why you blog.
2. For a second chance follow my blog or tell me you already do.
3. For a third chance check out the Intrepid Thread shop and tell me what you want to buy next.
4. And for a fourth chance blog, tweet or Facebook about this giveaway and come back and tell me you did.

I try to always reply to comments, but because I am anticipating  300+ comments, please forgive me if I do not reply. I will read all your comments, promise. Thank you! I will draw a winner on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 9 am California time.

Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

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Patchwork and Play said...

Oh, I'm first again! Happy Blog Anniversary! That cake in the first photo looks amazing! Yum! I blog to share my craft! I 've made some great friends in the process too!

Patchwork and Play said...

And I do follow you! But I think you knew that!

Martina said...

Happy Blog anniversary! I don't have friends who quilt and so the blog is my place of inspiration , sharing and making friends all over the world!

Martina said...

And I am a happy follower of your blog. Thanks for all your sharing!

Martina said...

I think I would buy some 'Mama said sew' fabrics!

Gill said...

I don't have a blog but I read lots and love them all! You're all so inspirational!

Gill said...

I'm a happy follower!

Cliodana said...

happy anniversery! i follow you with bloglovin. thank's for the chance to win

Lisa Marie said...

I follow and enjoy your blog! Thanks for sharing!

Gill said...

I'd have to choose 'Chicopee'!!

Cliodana said...

Why i blog... to share and find new friends. I love to talk sewing with other blogger!

Lisa Marie said...

There are many things I want to buy in Julie's shop but right now my favorite is the Oh Deer! FQ bundle.

Cliodana said...

Yes i bought and buy fabric at julie'e shop. My favorite collection is the ''piece of hope'' those puzzle piece are awesome

Susan Standen said...

Orignally I blogged for family and friends, but now I blog to be part of this wonderful community. Love it and wouldn't be without it. So pleased we became bloggy friends Di. You are brilliant! Congratulations on two years of incredible posts and inspiration.

Susan Standen said...

I am most definitely a follower.

Susan Standen said...

If I had the budget right now I would have a whole stack of Madrona Road. Love it, covet it, need it in my life.

Lyn said...

I am a current follower, love your blog, happy anniversary!

Lyn said...

I just bought the complete line of Oh Deer fat quarters from Julie, she is awesome!

Catherine said...

I don't blog anymore, but when I did, it was to share my crafty life with a community that "understood" me. :)

Catherine said...

I already follow your blog.

Catherine said...

I think "Down Under" would make a sweet quilt for my niece/nephew on the way. Thanks for the chance and happy anniversary!

JuneBug said...

I blog so that I will be able to remember some of the parts of my life "right now" that I otherwise would forget. It is certainly my journal and record keeper. Not so much for public purpose, but the posts are written that way... maybe it's like I'm writing to my future self! Secondarily it's for friends and family who want to keep up with what I'm up to with out always calling or emailing me.

JuneBug said...

I'm a follower of your blog.

JuneBug said...

More Madrona Road is absolutely on my list. I bought a few cuts earlier in the month but I really really want more of that line!

JuneBug said...

I facebook-ed the contest!

Anita said...

I blog for myself...to have a record of things I do, it's like a journal. I hope that family keep up with us that way...and I've made some great friends too. =)

Anita said...

I follow you, Happy Blog Anniversary!! =)

Anita said...

I would love to buy...
Serenade - Half Yard Bundle In Sienna and Cocoa includes Panel

Thank you for a chance to win.

beaquilter said...

I'm a follower here already

beaquilter said...

I blog because I love the feedback and I love to follow and get inspired by other blogs.

beaquilter said...

I follow intrepid and everytime she lists a NEW bundle I WANT it, so each week it changes....
happy blog birthday BTW

giddy99 said...

Happy Blogiversary! I blogged for five years, and finally gave it up in 2009. It was fun; but I just found that I'd rather spend that time doing other things (since I stare at a screen all day for work). :)

giddy99 said...

I follow your blog via Google Reader, and GFC

giddy99 said...

I really think I need some of that Wrenly Christmas - but which colorway?!

Laura said...

I blog sporadically at best, but I'm trying to do so in order to have photos and stories of the quilts I've made.

Laura said...

I follow you on Google Reader :)

Laura said...

I would love to buy Chicopee :)

Amanda said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! I blog because I love journaling. I first started a paper diary in the 3rd grade, then played with online diaries in high school until switching to blogs. I've been blogging steadily for a few years now and I love it. I love having a record of my life and sharing my art / recipes / projects with the world.

Amanda said...

I already follow your blog (ulixis.crafts).

giddy99 said...

I tweeted! https://twitter.com/giddy99/status/238986897060417537

Amanda said...

I love the Cherry Christmas line - especially the washing line in advent! So cute!

Tiara said...

I love your blog because it's a little bit of everything. Cooking, gardening, quilting, knitting, and sewing with your grand daughter! What's not to love?

Mommarock said...

I blog occasionally, so I can show what I am quilting. It doesn't happen often because I am a hand quilter, and it is a slow process.

Diann said...

I blog to be part of a community and to share and keep a record of my projects.

Diann said...

I follow your blog.

Mommarock said...

I follow your blog.

Tiara said...

Already follow your blog on google reader!

Tiara said...

I love Cherry Christmas

Diann said...

I want to buy some fabrics from the Joy Christmas line.

Mommarock said...

I'm loving the Ladies Stitching Club Fat Quarters In Tea Cakes. Pink and more pink.. YUM.

Brita said...

I love reading blogs, especially about quilting, because I get so much inspiration! and sometimes it's just what it takes to get me started on something new and wonderful.

cherylj said...

I do not blog myself though I have considered it many times. I have such little free time with working and two young kids that I like to take a few minutes in the evening sewing. That said I love to follow and read blogs and have learned so much from them.

cherylj said...

I follow your wonderful blog

Brita said...

And yes, Julie has wonderful stuff -- I'm in love with Cameo! Amy Butler started my love of the modern fabrics :-)

Linda Coleman said...

I blog as a record of what I've made, what I've received in swaps etc and as an encouragment to myself to keep making. Through the wonder of blogland I have been able to see what beauties everybody else makes, to learn a huge amount and to laugh. Keep on blogging.

Linda Coleman said...

I follow your blog and have enjoyed your wonderful travels, family stories and great makes

B Greene said...

I am a happy follower of your blog.

B Greene said...

Tweeted the giveaway.
https://twitter.com/AlphaBecky/status/238995522357186561

Linda Coleman said...

I want some of the Valori Wells Cocoon fabrics to make some new cushion covers

Tricia said...

I blog to share and record what I have made.

Tricia said...

I am a follower.

B Greene said...

I might buy some of the kona Modern Quilts - Pacific colorway. I think it would make a fabulous backing!

cherylj said...

I need to get some Cherry Christmas next

Tanyia said...

Sometimes I think I blog just to "hear"myself speak! lol. Mainly though, I just love having a place to share my crafts since I do not really have anyone in my life to share it with :)

needle and nest said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! I blog to share my thoughts with a community that I don't have in real life. And I've made some great friends through blogging - another great reason to be a blogger! :)

Tricia said...

I want some of the Ladies Stitching Club fabric.

Tanyia said...

I am a new follower!

cherylj said...

I just twitted the giveaway

https://twitter.com/CherylBrickey1/status/238996319048462337

needle and nest said...

I follow your blog! :)

Tanyia said...

Oh geez, I am in love with this and think I need t get it asap!
Cameo Voile - Fat Quarter Bundle

needle and nest said...

I love Julie's shop - she always carries the loveliest fabrics. Lately, I've been drooling over Alpine Wonderland. :)

Tanyia said...

fb posted https://www.facebook.com/tanyia.deskins/posts/474067699283647

Teddy & Co. said...

Ciao
scrivo dall' Italia, e ti seguo, e seguo Intrepid thread dove sto per comperare delle stoffe natalizie per un nuovo quilt.
Buon bloganniversario!
Sonia

capitolaquilter said...

I started blogging to help me remember my quilting journey. A time capsule of sorts. I'd hoped it would help me organize and document pictures of my projects but that is certainly still a work in progress.

The social networking has been a bonus and reading comments or seeing a new follower just makes my day!

capitolaquilter said...

I'm a follower. Happy Blog anniversary, year two.

capitolaquilter said...

Echino Decoro is calling my name - crazy animals.

Danielle Weiss-Raichel said...

I blog to release my writing creativity. My minor in college was journalism. I love to write. :) I love sharing too!

thepianohouse said...

Congratulations! As a very new blogger, I love seeing how your blog has grown. It makes it a lot less intimidating when I remind myself that everyone gets better with time and I don't have to compare myself to "grown-up" blogs.

Danielle Weiss-Raichel said...

I follow your blog and your facebook/twitter

Cathy said...

i blog because it is just so much fun to share and happy blog anniversary!

Cathy said...

I do follow now that I found you. I becane 501

Cathy said...

I would so buy madrona road. drool!

Danielle Weiss-Raichel said...

I really,really want: Kona Modern Quilts - Fat Quarter Bundle in Berry from The intrepid thread.

Danielle Weiss-Raichel said...

I also tweeted about your lovely anniversary giveaway

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Happy Blogiversary!! I too started my blog as a Quilting journal, but quickly found many new friends from all over the world. Thanks for such a generous giveaway.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I checked out the shop and there are so many beautiful fabrics to choose from. But I think I would pick The Good Life next :-)

Marga (MarPie) said...

Why do I blog....like to show my making to others....it brings friends from all over the world, that is the great thing about blogging.

Kind regards,
Marga♥

Jessica Jo said...

I don't blog, I just use the dashboard. There are so many already awesome blogs out there, I don't think it's my niche.

Jamie Lee said...

I love The Intrepid Thread and buy almost all my fabric there. I just ordered some items last week--AMH field study and Chickopee, so I hope that counts for what I want most:) One thing I didn't get that I like are all the crosshatches from Madrona Road, but I have spending limits....

Norma's Clay said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! I started blogging to share with others my passion with polymer clay. Now I started sewing after many years of neglect and I've added my sewing experiences in my blog too. Too bad my blog name has reference to clay only but it's hard to change it.

Jamie Lee said...

I like to blog just as a kind of diary of what I'm up to. My kids and I like to look back at old blog posts. And maybe I will when I'm an old lady!

Jessica Jo said...

I would get a Pretty Little Things Fat Pack from the IT if I were to get anything. So pretty.

Norma's Clay said...

I've been following you!

Carla said...

Hello Di. I blog to keep a record of my quilting journey ; )

Carla said...

Yes, I already follow too

lynaeve said...

I currently don't blog, but I would. It would e to keep up with all the crafty things I do.

lynaeve said...

I follow you via rss

Marfa said...

I ♥ to blog as a way to journal and show my pictures (I also keep a personal daily journal and can't print off pictures quickly enough for that) to family and friends!!!

Cynthia said...

I blog because my youngest recently left home and I have more time to share my passion of sewing and creations. I want to become a designer :)

lynaeve said...

I shared it on fb.

Cynthia said...

I just joined your blog :)

Marfa said...

I am now a follower of your blog (do or "di") very cute!!! My email is mama_marfa@yahoo.com

lynaeve said...

I would like to get a walk in the woods

Heather D. said...

I started blogging as a way to put up pictures of my projects for my family to see so I wouldn't be bombarding them with emails and photos of the things I make!! It quickly turned into so much more, community and friendship. :)

Heather D. said...

I follow your blog via google reader.

Norma's Clay said...

I'll probably get some Tapestry prints from the Indie collection and I've always love Oval Elements from Art Gallery.

Heather D. said...

I visited Intrepid Thread and I love the new Chicopee fabric bundles.

Cynthia said...

I really like golden star by Tina Givens!

Marfa said...

Over at the Intrepid Thread I ♥ the Pat Burch "Indie" and Sarah Jane "Out to Sea" collections!
P.S. the birthday pics of your granddaughter's are cute!!!

Cynthia said...

I follow you on Instagram too, clkh55. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary! I have only been blogging for 5 months. You're a great example to me!

Cindy Sews said...

I follow your blog!!!

Cindy Sews said...

I love the Intrepid Thread and my next purchase will probably be some more Lilly Belle fabric!

stephmabry said...

Mostly I blog to show off what I've been working on, I guess - so since I haven't been sewing much lately, I haven't been blogging! My family and my best sewing buddy all live on the other side of the country, so my blog is the best means I've got to keep them up to date on my sewing adventures. :)

stephmabry said...

I follow your blog :) (and Julie's, for that matter!)

stephmabry said...

I'd love to get my hands on some Cherry Christmas - I love how sweet Aneela's lines always are, and this is no exception. I'm not a huge Christmas person, but this is too cute to pass up. The half-yard bundle in cardinal and advent that Julie has listed would be perfect for making a Christmas quilt!

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

Congrats on this outstanding achievement and best of luck as you move forward!

Stephanie Granite said...

I mostly blog to share what I make with others out there!

Phyllis said...

I don't have a blog yet, but I have a long list of blogs I visit often. I love all the creative ideas here.

Phyllis said...

Your blog is one I follow and I love your ideas!

Candice said...

i follow you :)

Candice said...

i adore Julie- she is incredible!! She's my go to shop! I am on the list for Nursery Versery- can hardly wait to get it :)

Candice said...

i blog to prove to see how i progress and to connect to others that i can learn and share with. sewing provides inspiration and seeing how different we all all with the same "hobby" is just amazing to me!

Cindy said...

Why I blog? To meet others that have the same interest as I do. I met you!! Congrats on 2 years Di.

Cindy said...

Of course I'm a follower! :)

Phyllis said...

Over at Intrepid Thread I want to buy some of the Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey.

baukje said...

My blog is a dedication to my mother, she died when I was only 16 years old. She was aREAL craft woman, we always had knitted clothes!!!!
I also blog to meet lovely people all over the world/ Already several times I discovered that blogland is a good land to live in....

baukje said...

I became a follower

baukje said...

I also be a follower of intrepid thread. I think I will wait till Bella arrived.....

Jess said...

Happy Blogaversary! I started blogging almost a year ago as a way to archive my work and more easily share it with friends and family who don't live close enough to see it in person.

Phyllis said...

Congrats on your blogging anniversary! Love your blog!
I've put a link on my fb page!

Jess said...

I follow your blog!

Rebecca said...

Love that shop - I'm really looking forward to the Ruby Star Vinyl!!

Jess said...

I love the new Bella collection by Lotta Jansdotter that Julie carries. Thanks for the chance to win!

Rebecca said...

Happy Blog Anniversary!! I've been a happy follower of your blog for a while now :)

piece peace said...

New follower of your blog here.

Rebecca said...

I started my blog to have my own place to write about what I love.

piece peace said...

I blog mainly for myself as a record of my completed projects.

piece peace said...

I love The Intrepid Thread. Right now I am trying to show some restraint and not purchase the entire FQ bundle of Madrona Road.

Judy1522 said...

I haven't started a blog of my own yet but I do enjoy reading all the blogs that I currently follow. Congratulations on your blog anniversary.

Judy1522 said...

I would buy Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey.

Erin M. said...

I've met Julie through our Quilt Guild. Her shop is definitely having success these days. I looked around and like La Dee Da the best. Thanks for hosting a great giveaway.

greycatquilting said...

Congratulations on two years blogging!

I blog for a number of reasons...

1.) It's another creative expression.
2.) It's a way for me to document my creative process, with a purpose.
3.) I get to communicate with some truly gifted and talented individuals, and become inspired by them.
4.) I can share knowledge that I've picked up in my time as a quilter.

Chelsea said...

Thanks so much Di and Julie for the amazing giveaway!

I really started focusing on blogging when I moved away from the city I'd lived in all my life to a much smaller community. I found it really hard to meet people in person and found myself sewing a lot and boring my husband with my talk of it. Blogging gives me a place to talk about the craft I love and meet people, so even though I now live in an even smaller town I feel like I'm part of a huge community!

Chelsea said...

I'm a follower - who wouldn't be!

greycatquilting said...

I've subscribed to your blog via Google Reader.

Grey Cat said...

I'm very much in love with the entire Bukhara line, available at Intrepid Threads.

JLVerde said...

I blog to have a place to show off what I've done. My immediate friends and family get a little bored with my "look at this cute thing I made" so I need a bigger outlet for my bragging!

Happy blogiversary!

JLVerde said...

I follow your blog.

Chelsea said...

Ok, I'm not going to Julie's site because I know if I do I'll order a bunch of fabric and I'm not letting myself do that until September. But if I did there'd be a bunch of field study, some chicopee, definitely a little madrona road...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Cheryl said...

Happy 2nd Anniversary!The blogs are a great source of inspiration.

JLVerde said...

I love the nursery versey line. Looks like it's selling fast!

Cheryl said...

After looking at your blog,I am going to start following your blog. You have some interesting projects. The one that caught my eye was a hexagon quilt.

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Hi Diane, Happy Blog Anniversary to you! I blog so I have my quilts are cataloged in some way and also to get feedback. Thanks for the giveaway!

Melanie said...

I started my blog because none of my friends in "real life" quilt and I wanted to be a part of a sewing community. While I don't blog as much as I used to I still love it and hope to do it more often when my kids are a little older.

Happy Blogiversary!

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

I am a follower as you know it already :)

Cheryl said...

There ar so many fabrics I would like to buy at the intrepid thread. I love Indie but I am also interested in Field Study and Bella.

Melanie said...

I follow your lovely blog!

Melanie said...

My next purchase from Intrepid Thread will probably be more Birds and the Bees or Chicopee. I have FQ bundles of both of these lines, but I think I might need more...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

I love the Cherry Christmas fabrics at the shop :)

Mermaid Sews said...

I blog to be a part of the amazing on-line sewing community

Mermaid Sews said...

Hmm, I order from Julie all the time, we are in the same guild, love her, next order, a little bit of field study

Mermaid Sews said...

already follow you!

Mermaid Sews said...

And, I retweeted about the giveaway!

Laura said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! I don't blog, but I enjoy reading everyone's lovely crafty adventures!

Laura said...

I follow you!

Laura said...

I think I need to add field study to my cart at the Intrepid Thread soon! I love her store!

Courtneysews said...

I'm a new follower! Thanks for the chance to win!

Courtneysews said...

I'd love to get some Madrona Road.

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I started blogging so my sister in Hawaii could see what I was knitting! Now I sew everyday and could have never dreamed what it has turned into!

:)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I'm a new follower!!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Congrats on your Blogaversary!
I blog because of quilting and scrapbooking.
Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

I am a follower.

Gemma said...

I blog to try and keep track of what I'm doing!

Gemma said...

I'm a new follower.

bee said...

happy 2 year!
i started my blog when I moved to sort of keep in touch & have a document of new adventures. i love it now to share quilt related projects & ideas!

bee said...

i love the Cherry Christmas line and Half yd. bundle in the IT shop!

Lisa said...

I started blogging to keep a record of my quilting but it soon became a record of my country life. The things I see, make, raise and find. Happy Anniversary! I really enjoy your blog!

Myself said...

I don't have a blog but I get so much inspiration from others that I couldn't get anywhere else... :)

Myself said...

I follow your blog now! thanks for the great givaway!

GranChris said...

I don't have a blog I'm too busy reading everyone elses. Keep writing and sewing.

Lisa said...

I follow your blog by connect and email! You have a very adventurous life, lucky girl!

The Amateur Quilter (Mike Pearson) said...

My friend Diane is also having a 2 year anniversary giveaway! She did a similar post to yours! Anyway, I blog to collaborate and learn mostly :) Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

I follow Intrepid Thread, I want some mamma said sew!

Purl Buttons said...

I follow!

Purl Buttons said...

I FaceBooked!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

I would love some Madrona Road, Sweetwater or Mama said Sew.

Myself said...

I just love Adrienne Looman's fabric and would buy them once I get the chance... :)

QuilterLaura said...

congrats on your anniversary! i am a follower.

Purl Buttons said...

I like the Westminster Impressions line best at Intrepid threads.

Purl Buttons said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! Thank you for sharing with us for the past two years.

Purl Buttons said...

I blog because it is a way I communicate with my mother and my children. It gives her a reason to used the computer once a day!

Dawn said...

Sorry, I don't have a blog, I am a follower, not a leader :/

QuilterLaura said...

I want to buy some of that new line called "Cameo" it's lovely!

Dawn said...

Sorry, I don't have a blog, I am a follower, not a leader :/

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

I blog and read blogs to share experience, mainly in quilting and cooking.
Happy Blogaversary!

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

I'm a follower of yours!

Dawn said...

I am a new follower :)

Dawn said...

I would love to get my hands on some of the "Pieces of Hope" line at Intrepid Thread

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

I'd shop the Picadilly Complete Collection FQ Bundle, the fabrics are gorgeous!

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

And I've spread the word: http://naehtante.blogspot.de/

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