Friday, April 18, 2014

#52 Celebrating 500 Instagram Followers with a Giveaway!!!!!

I can't believe that I posted my first Instagram picture 72 weeks ago (Dec 2/12.), 
and now 835 posts later, and I have 500 followers and counting!!

 I love the quilting community, and I have learned so much from following other quilter's blogs and joining QAL (quilt alongs) and BOM (block of the months) . When I first started  quilting I signed up in my local quilt shop for their beginner blocks series, but too many of their other classes weren't what I was looking to sew. Which sent me searching online where I came across Craftsy.com One of my first projects was the Craftsy 2012 BOM, which is free, and taught by Amy Gibson!! Bonus for me, she is a great teacher! I learned so much doing that sampler quilt!! Then I joined any quilt along or block of the month that looked fun and interesting and different!! I have learned from so many talented quilters over the last 2 years !! Amy Smart Diary of a Quilter (virtual quilting bee), Amy Gibson Stitchery Dickory Dock (Sugar Block Club), Lee Heinrich Freshly Pieced (Bloom Bloom Pow) and can't wait to tackle Vintage Quilt Revival! and I have to mention Julie Hirt 627 Handworks (Block Rock'n -paper piecing) fantastic learning experience!!
I have tested patterns for a paper piece pattern designer, Kristy Quiet Play, so fun!! I have participated in a few blog hops too.One for an online friend, Frances Newcombe, who was introducing her first line with AGF. Who now has two more coming out, Cherie and Utopia!!! Amazing, so much talent out there!!! And another hop, Holiday Hullabaloo, for Jacquelynne Steves that inspired me to create a pattern I shared here. And I have virtually met all of you too!!!

So don't let geography limit you from enjoying and learning  more about piecing and quilting, check out your local shops, but search around online too, and have fun learning and sharing!!!

*I want to add here that I do not have any sponsors for my blog, I receive nothing from any company or product I may mention in my post today, I just wanted to share what I have liked and learned from my quilting journey to date. 
Link Here


Saying that, I did round up a sponsor for my giveaway to celebrate and say thanks for  "500 Instagram Followers" and counting!!!
I love Pam and Mad About Patchwork and she is celebrating too!!
 I shop here all the time! Love the speed of delivery, love the fabric and ever growing products she carries, love the customer service, love the fact that I can buy Kona by the bolt!!! 
So for those of you who may not be familiar with Mad About Patchwork here is a little bit about the online company....


 Mad About Patchwork is a Canadian online shop with a focus on fabric and patterns for modern quilters. With personal customer service, fair prices, and same day shipping from Ottawa, it’s a sweet deal for Canadian shoppers. (Pam ships everywhere, though)

Lots of modern basics are always in stock – Kona cotton, Essex Linen, Westminster shot cottons and Marcia Derse Palette. You will also find fabric from popular designers, along with patterns, books and notions. Recent arrivals include Meadow by Leah Duncan, Fox Field by Tula Pink, and Mormor by Lotta Jansdotter.
Take a look at the Curated Bundles – fresh fabric mixes from Pam and her team, as well as the Stash Bundles – helping you augment your fabric stash by colour or pattern.

Mad About Patchwork is celebrating 6 years in business with a series of weekly sales throughout the month of April. Save 16% on polka dots until April 23. 

So if you haven't checked out Mad About Patchwork, or her Blog, or FaceBook Page, you should!!


What I've Been Up to:

My check list!! 

1. Sugar Block Club 2014

2. Sew Kitschy BOM

3. Classic Meets Modern BOM

4. Modern Blocks BOM Top Complete!!

5. Globe Trotting BOM

6. Layer Cake Sampler QAL (Only 2 more blocks to go)

7. Triangle QAL Top Complete!!

8. Scrappy Trip Around the World Bee (still waiting for 3 blocks from this round!)

9. Modern Insta Bee (Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan)

10. Diamond Tread (quilt )

11. Batik Quilt (just moved from UFO to WIP!!) Top Complete!!




I haven't sewn the Layer Cake Sampler blocks (17 and 18) yet, so I will post them later!! Only one more week to go!!




The Give Away: (2) Twenty Five Dollar gift certificate from Mad About Patchwork!!!

Give Away is open to everyone, Canadian and international!!! Good LucK!

53 comments:

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

Thanks for the chance to win :)

ipatchandquilt said...

Hello, hello hello!
Congratulations on your huge succes!!!
Esther

Melissa Miller said...

Congrats on your milestone!

PK Sews said...

Congratulations on your following! You deserve it. Thanks for your inspiring blog.

Erin Myone said...

Congratulations! That is so very exciting! Cheers to the next 500!

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

Congrats on the fans

Vicki H said...

Congrats. You have done a lot in such a short time.

Sharon said...

I've been following you on Instagram, very excited to find out you have a blog :-) Congratulations on the big 500 and thank you for the opportunity to win!!

Peaches1003 said...

Congratulations on the milestone!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

You have so many beautiful projects! I love Mad About Patchwork too and I'm thrilled that her selection is increasing in size.

Jo said...

Congrats on the milestone. I love Mad About Patchwork too :)

Barb and Sharon said...

I follow you thru Bloglovin!
Barb@Witsend

Barb and Sharon said...

Love the triangle quilt!
Barb@Witsend

Kathleen Lambert said...

Congrats on your milestone. Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway.

Leanne Parsons said...

Congratulations! I'm one of your 500 followers! Thanks for the chance to win.

Lee said...

Thanks for sharing your "what I have been up to list" - lots of inspiration!

Jen Barnard said...

I love the border you added to your trangle quilt, it looks great!
jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

Jen Barnard said...

triangle, not trangle.

Christine Slaughter said...

Congrats on your milestone, Sandy! You are such an inspiration to me... I'm so glad to have gotten to know you online! It's a great big world out there and it's all at our fingertips! How awesome is THAT?!?!

P Bybee said...

Well you have been busy! Look at your list! Can't wait to see the layer cake sampler!

pippirose said...

Congrats!! What a bunch of gorgeous quilts!

Amy DeCesare said...

I'm hoping to make a triangle quilt soon...I am in love with yours! The way the triangles can be seen as smaller or larger...is so fascinating!

Connie Cain said...

I too, started quilting with the Craftsy BOM with Amy. I made a baby quilt for my new granddaughter with some of the blocks. I also am having grand time on the internet and quilting, soooo much info out there. I don't have a phone that instagrams, so have no clue about that, but congrats anyway! :)
craftyccain@gmail.com

Michele said...

Congrats! I love all the ways our community shares!

Gill said...

Congratulations!

Debbie said...

Congratulations on your success with Instagram, Sandy!

Cecilia said...

Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your projects, they are beautiful.

Jo said...

Congrats! You have done so much growing in so little time, I think it s wonderful!

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

Congrats on the milestone! Love following you and all your quilty adventures Sandy.

Tabitha Keener said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I just started quilting and I've been amazed at how much the quilting community supports each other and are each others cheer leaders! I don't think I would have loved anything more than quilting when I started and your blog has been a bonus and huge inspiration!

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Congrats! Love your triangle quilt--a great finish!

barbara woods said...

Congrats

Linda V said...

Congratulations! And thanks for the giveaway.

Ellee said...

I like your quilt with the dark sashing -- pretty colors! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Bethany said...

Congrats on your followers! I would love to hit 100 on instagram! :) (@sewruthie14)

Sherry VF said...

Congratulations of your Instagram milestone! svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Fran said...

You have accomplished a lot, congratulations!

Sarah said...

Congratulations! Thanks for the giveaway! sarah@forrussia.org

Heidi said...

Thank you for sharing all your creations, and the fun drawing

Christy Haugen said...

Congrats and thanks for the giveaway! I like the colors in your triangle quilt.

Debbie said...

Congratulations on 500 Instagram followers.

Janie said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

GranChris said...

Congratulations, I really like your borders. Nicely done.

Jess said...

I'm a little new to the online quilting world; thanks for all the links.

Farm Quilter said...

Congratulations on all the followers!!! Here's to 1,000 MORE!

Purl Buttons said...

I especially like your finished triangle top! It is lively and pretty!

delaineelliott said...

Congratulations! Thanks for the awesome give away!

Kaelyn Angelfoot said...

Congrats on the followers and thanks for the giveaway!

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

I love the border you added to the triangle quilt! And tell your friend Frances Newcombe that I love her Utopia line!

Shar said...

Congrats! I'm so excited to hear that you have done this without sponsors. I'm new to blogging and the social network. It sure takes some getting use to. All the different things you need to do. I feel like I'm getting lost. I'll be watching closely. You are doing great. I love their fabric. They carry my favorites Kaffe, Michael Miller, and Amy Butler. I follow you and them on Bloglovin.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Congratulations and what a nice giveaway! :)

Sue Daurio said...

Congrats on the Instagram milestone! Seriously adore your triangle quilt, what a great finish

Alison said...

Lovely giveaway, congrats!