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. 
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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:

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

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

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

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

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  5. 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!!

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  6. Congratulations on the milestone!

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

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

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  9. I follow you thru Bloglovin!
    Barb@Witsend

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  10. Love the triangle quilt!
    Barb@Witsend

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

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

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

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

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  15. 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?!?!

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

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  17. Congrats!! What a bunch of gorgeous quilts!

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  18. 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!

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  19. 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

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  20. Congrats! I love all the ways our community shares!

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  21. Congratulations on your success with Instagram, Sandy!

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

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

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

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  25. 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

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

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  27. Congratulations! And thanks for the giveaway.

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

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

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  30. Congratulations of your Instagram milestone! svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  31. You have accomplished a lot, congratulations!

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

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

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

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  35. Congratulations on 500 Instagram followers.

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  36. Congratulations, I really like your borders. Nicely done.

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

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

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

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  40. Congratulations! Thanks for the awesome give away!

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  41. Congrats on the followers and thanks for the giveaway!

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

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  43. 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.

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  44. Congratulations and what a nice giveaway! :)

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

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