Friday, March 11, 2011

Blog-O-Versary Giveaway 1 of 3

Guess what? I started this blog in March of last year and I am still here! Thanks so much to everyone who stops by, follows, comments, emails, links ... my morning coffee is so much more enjoyable when I see that my follower number has increased and I get to read kind words about what I've been doing.
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Above is the first quilt I posted. The Lighthouse Quilt. It was my first attempt at free-piecing and the third quilt I ever finished. (You can read about the first two disasters in The Story of How I Started Quilting). A friend and I looked at The Lighthouse Quilt the other night, and although I am really proud of it as an early quilt, it makes me realise how much I've improved in the past year.
Anyhow, to celebrate, it's giveaway time. Times three! I'm going to run one giveaway a week for the rest of the month. Why not? It's fun! For the first giveaway, I thought I'd share some scraps since I've been sorting through them lately. One winner will win all the scraps shown in these three photos. The ones above are about fat-eighth size, give or take.

These are smaller.

And some squares I cut but didn't use.
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To enter, just leave a comment on this post and tell me where you're surfing in from. My son loves geography and loves to look up places in his atlases or on his globe. I asked for this same information another time I had a giveaway and he had so much fun finding the places.
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Giveaway is open worldwide. Open until 7:00 pm AST Wednesday, March 16. One entry per person please. Also, please be sure that your email is either attached to your profile or that you leave it in the comment. (I have to be able to email the winner.)
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Good luck!
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Comments are now closed.

124 comments:

Brenda said...

I'd love to win your scraps. I'm dropping by from Winnipeg, Manitoba. right in the middle of Canada!

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Reading your blog in Eugene, Oregon. Lovely scraps, love your selvage snowman.

Cassandra {Sleeping or Sewing} said...

Love giveaways!! Love your blog! I read it from Austin, TX the live music capital of the world.

Annie said...

Hi! Hailing in from the Central Valley of California. As a newbie quilter, I'd love to be the winner. Thanks for such a great give-away.

p.s. Love the lighthouse quilt. I used to collect lighthouses but don't anymore but if that were mine, I would definitely find a way to make room for it. Perhaps one day I will make one of my own.

Lesly said...

Calling in from Kingston, ON, the prison capital of Canada! Love those lighthouses!

beth said...

WOW! I just love that lighthouse quilt! It's beautiful! I'm from Southern California.

Natasha said...

It is amazing to sometimes look back through your work and see how much you can improve in such a short time. I shudder when I see my first one. I wish it wasnt a gift! I am writing from Northeast Pennsylvania!

Mariliz said...

Greeting from Central New Jersey. I love the lighthouse quilt!

Lee said...

Hello from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I would love those scraps to brighten up our gray March days. : ) Thanks for the giveaway!

Jen said...

Hello from Sacramento, California! I am actually right down the street from the Capitol Building. I would love to play with your scraps, you always have the funnest fabric! Love the lighthouse quilt, it is stunning!

Victoria Paige said...

I'd love to win these scraps! I see some pieces I can't get my hands on. I love using scraps for projects.

Here's a couple places for your son to find on the map.

I was born in Valdosta, GA, USA.

I've lived in California for most of my life.

I now live in Wichita Falls, TX, USA.

My father lives in South Korea.

I'd love to go to Paris.

:) Have fun!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Good morning...it's your neighbour from Shepody,N.B. these things are fun; aren't they.....

Anonymous said...

Hi Riel,
Naestved, Denmark in Scandinavia/Europe is calling .... I found your blog when surfing at google, and very often return to your blog which is an inspiration for me. Started saving the selvages ...
Would love to win your give away.

best regards
Pia
lpthomsen@hotmail.com

Natasha said...

I love scraps! I am starting to like brights and there are some in there.

I am from Halifax, NS!!

laurawilson25 said...

Beautiful scraps!
I'm from southeast Texas. laurawilson25@hotmail.com

JayTee said...

Hi! from Goldsboro, NC. Love your projects

Rachel's Quilts said...

I really enjoy reading your blog and everything you do with selvages. Thanks for the great giveaway and congrats on your Blog-O-Versary.
I'm commenting from Moscow, Idaho.

Lindsay Conner said...

Happy blogiversary from a follower in Anderson, IN (near Indianapolis). :)

Clare said...

I thought I was going to be the furthest away until I saw Pia's post (oh shucks!).

Calling from the Dordogne, France. If you son looks at his atlas and can find the Dordogne (on the west side), we're near the top left hand corner.

Happy Blogoversary. Would love to win some of those gorgeous scraps.

AnneMarie said...

Congratulations! Happr Blogiversary! I am following from Columbus, Ohio.

Staci said...

Fun Giveaway!
I'm visiting from Sierra Vista, AZ.

Lee said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I am here from Michigan!

~Michelle~ said...

I'm in Los Angeles (where we are NOT currently having tsunami problems, thank goodness) :)

byneedleandthread said...

Happy anniversary! your quilts are great! i'm visiting from Whitby, Ontario. My aunt lives in Quispam but she's not a quilter.

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi Riel! Sandy from Australia here! I live in Newcastle, a city about 100 miles north of Sydney on the east coast of Australia. We have some beautiful beaches here and a lighthouse, which until a few years ago had a keeper living there with his family, but it is automated now. Love the fabrics, I spied that little owl fabric scrap that you were using for a project a while ago!
;0)

Mary said...

Mary from Indiana: Congrats on reaching a year! You have become such a wonderful quilter and so innovative! I still love that Lighthouse quilt very much! Every quilt you make is such a beautiful piece of art. Look forward to following your blog for many more years.

Laura said...

I love your blog and have followed for some time from Texas. Happy Blogiversary!!!

Melissa said...

Congrats from Oakville Ontario! I've been loving reading your blog (which I just recently found)

Patty said...

I am reading your blog from Winfield Kansas USA. Home of the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival on the 3rd weekend of September. I lived in Ringwood Oklahoma USA until I got married. Good luck finding THAT one on a map. (West of Enid,Oklahoma USA)

Jessica said...

Greetings from New Bern, NC. Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola!! Great giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity :-)
Mugirl113@gmail.com

Meg said...

Hooray for scrappy giveaways! I'm surfing in from rainy Connecticut--it's not good beach weather here yet!

Janet said...

I love all your unique designs and bright colours. Cheers from Carcross, Yukon. (PS I was recently in St. John and environs. Lovely country)

Kristie T said...

We're in Seattle. We'd love to put your scraps to good use. Thanks! kristie_keely(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Linda said...

Happy Blogiversary Riel! Isnt blogging fun! I am not far away in Halifax, Nova Scotia and I used to live in Saint John. I would love to win your scraps.

jennifer said...

Oh how fun and lovely scraps too. I live in Jamestown Tennessee.I hope your son has a good time finding everybody.Oh I'm in the US

ashley said...

Love those scraps! I live in New London, North Carolina...thanks for the giveaway!

Ashley

Stray Stitches said...

Congratulations on your blog-o-versary! I would love to give your scraps a new home in Bakersfield, California.

Quilter in the Gap said...

I am in Cumberland Gap, TN. Tell your son I can hike to a location that allows me to stand in 3 states at one time. Cool huh?

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Congratulations Riel, wow 1 year already. It has been so fun to become one of your blogging friends! I love your bright happy colors. Tell your son to try and find Downingtown Pennsylvania....kind of a small town.
Kelly

DeVona said...

Hi, Riel! Happy quilting! Posting from the tiny, upstate town of Afton,NY. What a wonderful way to use up your scraps! You inspired me to start cut, cut, cutting some of my scraps- will try and follow your very clear tutorial! Thanks! Linda

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm from Elgin, TX about 30 miles east of Austin.

Billie

Delores said...

I am 'surfing' from Canada - Vancouver Island on the west coast, part of BC. We live in a smaller community called Duncan, about 40 miles north of our capital Victoria.

Your scraps look interesting!!

Rose said...

Just finished a Storm at Sea with a lighthouse on it. Would be fate if I win.

Jenny said...

Wow, I'm comment 45!

I'm Jenny, from Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealandway, down in the Pacific Ocean.

Sandra said...

For someone who's only been quilting for a year, you do great work.
Tell your son to look for the community beginning with C;west of a place which proclaims to be French fry capital of the world! and my reason for coming to Canada.

Previously I have lived in York, England; Paris,France and Brussels, Belguim.

Anita in Florida said...

Hi, I'm in Cape Coral, Florida, born in Brooklyn, New York, brought up in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY. We lived in Patchogue, Holbrook and Southampton, New York. Love your lighthouse quilts...and your scraps!

Canadian Kristin said...

Ooooh, Riel's scraps would be a real treasure because I've been oggling over your stellar fabric choices for months now!!! Congratulations on your 1 year Blogiversary! Very exciting... very fun to connect with a whole group of people via web, eh!!!

I'm surfing in from the far said of Canada... just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia! Go Canucks, Stanley Park, and the Fraser River!

Turtlegurl said...

Hi from Vancouver BC. I was born in Sheffield, England, and Then moved to Kingston, Ont (some more places for your son to look up!). I love your selvage quilts!

Colleen said...

Love other people's scraps! I live in Lewisville, NC-Go Tarheels!

Victoria said...

Hello from Mariemont, OH! It's a small town (1 mile square) that was one of America's first planned community. We bump up against Cincinnati, OH.
I LOVE scraps! Next month our guild is having a scrap swap and I can't wait.

Cathy said...

Just dropping in from Mission, British Columbia!!! I am bored with my scraps, your's look like much more fun!

Jackie said...

I've been following your blog for a while. My blog i versary is march too and i am offering 3 giveaways too. I guess us Canadians to think alike... I am in Manitoulin Island Ontario. Tell your son to find Lake Huron, and that island in there is me.

Marcia W. said...

cute scraps - coming from rural Florida, United States - Thanks for the giveaway mlwright29 (at)hotmail(dot)com

Victoria said...

I still live in Ohio but I totally botched my own web address!

ART-HAX said...

Woo hooo, Happy Blogaversary!! I've been reading for a few months now from Omaha Nebraska

Angela D. said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I'm reading your blog from the comfort of my couch in So. California.

Mama Spark said...

I love winning scraps. I live in Canton Michigan! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

robin said...

I'm here from Altona, Manitoba - a little over an hour SW of Winnipeg. :) Great giveaway - thanks!

Rose said...

Congratulations on your first year!

I am stopping by from West Central Indiana...Clinton, to be exact

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Waving from Schoharie New York - just south of the Capital - Albany

Jennifer Joshua said...

writing in from Singapore. Love to win.

Lisa Marie said...

I share your love of bright colors, especially after a long grey winter. I'm in Ashland, KY in the far eastern part of the state. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Hi from the nation's capital Ottawa Ontario Canada!

Here's a couple of neat places your son can look up on his maps (or Google Earth).

The Rideau Canal has started to melt so the skating is done for the year but it was lots of fun while it lasted.

Parliament Hill is pretty cool too. There's a home for stray cats right beside the center block, it's called the cat house.

The best place to go for a hike is in Gatineau Park, which is across the Ottawa River in Quebec.

Thanks!
maget
littlefurymaget(AT)yahoo(DOT)ca

sue said...

My favorite quilt to make is a scrap quilt. I can always use more! I live in Minneapolis, MN

Chiska said...

What wonderful scraps! Hello from wintery western wyoming.

Peach Rainbow said...

Congrats on your blogiversary and thanks for the giveaway :D
I am visiting from Sri Lanka!

Anne said...

Hi! I am posting from Benton, Arkansas, USA. Benton is about 25 miles southwest of Little Rock, which is Arkansas' state capital. Benton is the geographical center of the state. Arkansas is the home of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Years ago, Benton was also the home of Niloak pottery. Niloak pottery was fashioned from a unique clay known as kaolin. "Niloak" was coined from the backwards spelling of kaolin. Niloak pottery is still popular with collectors, and the most-desired pieces feature swirls of rich shades of brown, gray, teal, and tan. Kaolin is related to a sedimentary rock known as bauxite, which contains ores of aluminum. Bauxite is Arkansas' state rock (not to be confused with a pet rock!). Aluminum was once abundantly mined in a nearby town named Bauxite.

Shirley said...

Happy Blog-o-versary! I grew up near Montreal, Quebec but now the closest large city to me is Tampere, Finland.

Sandy said...

Wow, I never would have guessed that that is only your 3rd quilt! Very impressed.

Carla said...

Congrats on your blogs 1st anniversary! I'm surfing in from British Columbia's Northern Capital "Prince George". Thanks for a great giveaway - your scraps look like alot of fun! :)

MoeWest said...

Hi, I'm living in Calgary Alberta. Before we moved west, we lived much closer to you, in Dartmouth NS. Your lighthouse quilt looks great! Thanks for the chance to win some fabric.

Alice R. said...

Surfing from Fairfax, Virginia...near Washington, DC. Those are lovely, fun scraps, thank you for offering them up! I can't publish my email cuz it's our home one, and the only one we have, but I PROMISE I'm checking your blog EVERY day to see if I win and stand ready to email you right away!!!

Nancy said...

I'm in from Phoenix AZ. Thanks for sharing your scraps with us and congrats on 1 year!

craftytammie said...

I'm in Richmond, Kansas! happy anniversary!

Kayjay in New Zealand said...

Gorgeous fabrics and so much colour. I'd love to win them. Karen from New Zealand

Heather A said...

Following regularly from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Now ... say that three times in a row and you'll be granted honorary citizenship! Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is in the Canadian prairies and is a pretty, little city of a little over 200,000 people. Before living in Saskatoon, I grew up on a grain farm near White Bear and Kyle, Saskatchewan ... about a 2 hour drive southwest of Saskatoon. We grew mostly durum wheat on land rich of grain farming. My brother has taken over the farm from my parents and he still grows durum wheat but also sometimes grows field peas, lentils, canary seed, and even hemp.

Have fun with your maps!

What a fabulous bunch of scraps!

Julie said...

Happy Anniversary from Pasadena, California!

Grinchette said...

Hi, I'm Nadia from Switzerland/Europe. Sorry for my english, here we are speaking french or german :-)))
Your blog is absolutely fabulouse. I like very much how you sew, without pattern. That's exactly me !!! I begin with patchwork a few month ago, so I don't finish yet one quilt, but I'm working for it :-)
Best wishes


g.weber@sunrise.ch

Helen said...

That lighthouse quilt is still my favourite! Tell your son to get his atlas out and look for the largest body of fresh water in Australia and my town isn't far away from there! Kununurra in north Western Australia! Happy blogiversary!

Linda said...

I love scraps so would be glad to get yours!

I live in Sierra Vista, AZ, which is in the very southeast part of Arizona, close to the border of Mexico. We are at 4500 feet in elevation with mountains nearby.

HollyM said...

I'm blogging form Bathurst NB. I'd love the scraps!

Kirsten N said...

The lighthouse quilt is amazing -I am in Lismore, NSW Australia!

Paula said...

Hi! I'm Paula, from Lisbon, Portugal. I just found your blog and loved reading "The Story of How I Started Quilting". I'm just starting quilting and although I love it, it's been hard to learn the techniques; I'm learning through online tutorials. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Kristy said...

I remember that giveaway - which seems like forever ago! I live in Friday Harbor, Washington in the US. Boy, do I wish I could play in your scrap bins, just for a bit!

Nancy said...

I'm reading this from North Wales, PA. A town north of Philadelphia. If looking on a road map, follow Route 309 north.

Jodi said...

I quite like your lighthouse quilt - and the fact that you took a lighthouse location shot of it. Beautiful photography. I am from Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

Deb said...

Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Yes, send the scraps on down here!

Nancy said...

Thank you for the giveaway!
I live just outside of Many Louisiana.

Becky said...

I live in Lilburn, Georgia. We are 20 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Char said...

Congratulations from Hatfield Pennsylvania! I'm about 30 miles outside of Philadelphia.

Mommarock said...

Hi, surfing in from Texas..I would love to win your lovely giveaway :) Thanks for the chance!

Linda said...

Tell your son to look up Perry, Oklahoma! Small town in northern OK.

Linda
http://quiltcookies.blogspot.com

Andrea said...

I love scraps and would love to win these. Just found your blog and love what I see. Going to read back over your older posts now. I'm from Wales, UK. If your son can find Chester I' m about 10 miles away xx

Alexis said...

Happy blog Birthday! I'm surfing in wet & wonderful Seattle, WA. And yes, it is raining right now :-)

Pondering said...

I live in Marietta GA 30068, right above Atlanta but I was born in west Texas in Midland. Now there are two places you can look up and they are have very different climate. Have fun looking them up:)

Jessica said...

I'm from Phillipsburg, New Jersey!
The lighthouse quilt it gorgeous, you did a beautiful job! I love it!

The Hungry Crafter said...

I can't believe you've only been quilting for a year! Wow! Congrats on your upcoming book as well. Greetings from Boston, Massachusetts!

Elsa said...

WOW, a whole year! looks like you're doing very well on the quilting front! love scraps and your blog! thanks for the giveaway!

Elsina said...

Your lighthouse quilt is awesome! I would love to win your scraps, can't get those here :) Surfing in from Israel, the Holy Land.

Catswhiskers said...

congrats for the fantastic year full of beautiful work.
May I please have the fabric with the little owl??? - it is so cute!
Thanks for the chance
Gina
http://gina-catswhiskers.blogspot.com/

SisterlyLove said...

I'm from the middle of Oregon! :)
Lovely lovely scraps! And, I love that lighthouse quilt...wow!

Genevieve
jenny(at)ykwc(dot)net

Johanna said...

I would love to win your scraps, they are really lovely!
I am dropping in from Munich, Germany, Europe. That's not totally around the globe but almost :) Hope your son has fun finding it!

MollyP said...

This is a great scrap giveaway! Thanks for being so generous. I'm checking in from a tiny town called Woodstock in Alabama.

quiltma said...

One's scraps are another's treasures.
I'm from Hillsboro, Illinois
And I'm now a follower.

Hilachas said...

I'd love to win your scraps. I'm signing in from Rocksprings, Texas, USA.

Shannon said...

I love your lighthouse quilt. I makes me want to go to the ocean.It reminds me of so many wonderful spring break vacations. Thank you for the happy memories. I live about 45 miles West North West of Boise, Idaho.

Kelsey said...

Hailing from Mountain View, CA!

Kimberly R. said...

Greetings from Marietta, Georgia and I 'd love a chance to enter your wonderful giveaway!!
Thanks :)
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Kathleen C. said...

Scraps are the best thing to jump start a new quilt. I'd really enjoy working with your scraps, rather than mine which are getting boring :).
I live in Torrington, CT, a small city in the northwest corner of this small New England state. It's still rural here, but close to shopping. The closest quilt shop, tho, is 25 miles away so I'm not tempted to just stop in.
I live in a friendly place, and I'm sure you do too. Congratulation on your quilting and blogging.

Impera_Magna said...

I surfed in from Pinehurst, NC, USA... golf capital of the world... and I don't play golf! *lol*

Thanks for the chance at a great give away!

Nancy said...

replying from Goderich, Ontario where we too have a lighthouse on Lake Huron. I am amazed at how fast you can finish a quilt.

Sarah Craig said...

Gorgeous scraps!!! I'm surfing in from landlocked Nashville, Tennessee - so it's a tough ride!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kim said...

Hi Riel,

I'm surfing in from Poughkeepsie, New York....home of Vassar College.
I'd love a chance to win your beautiful scraps and have fun sewing some freestyle with them.

Happy Sewing and Happy blogaversary

Deborah in Atlanta said...

To be a fairly new quilter, I am totally blown away by your quilting. I'm Deborah and I'm hailing from Atlanta, the capital of Georgia. You can visit the World of Coca-Cola here. We also have Stone Mountain with largest bas relief sculpture in the world. The Confederate Memorial Carving depicts three Confederate leaders of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson (and their favorite horses, "Blackjack", "Traveller", and "Little Sorrel", respectively).

arlette said...

I'm from Costa Rica, we're in summer right now, it's really funny to look for the countries in the atlases, I use to do that one and again... Love the scraps you're giving away and felt for your quilt, I have a huge crush with lighthouses, don't have any lighthouse quilted yet, could you please tell me, where did you find the pattern?, it's gorgeous!!!!

Merete said...

What a lovely pile of scraps :o) Congrats on your anniversary! Greetings from Bergen, Norway

katiedidit said...

Cute scraps. A person can never have enough!

I check into your blog on a regular basis from Marshalltown, Iowa, USA.

Thanks for your inspiration.

Gali said...

i'm surfing from Israel.
:)
katz.gali(at)gmail.com

Quiltstory said...

Me me me! I am in Gilbert AZ :) I LOVE your lighthouse quilt! I'm linking it to my mom, she'll be in love too :) Thanks for offering a great giveaway, I'd love to get my hands on some Heather Ross :)

Sheila said...

That lighthouse quilt is gorgeous!

I'm coming to you from Cambridge, Ontario. What a fun way to host a giveaway! I remember being young and looking places up on the globe that my parents had in the livingroom. It's a great way to learn about the world, and begin to understand international politics. :)

Jodi said...

Would love some new scraps, Riel! And I'm from the littlest state in the USA! Does he know the answer??? Email me if not and I'll reveal. I know he's a smart cookie, so I won't get an email!! :-)

Cassie said...

cute way to teach your son geography, I'll have to remember it when I have a son. :) I am from Grafton, Wisconsin. :) Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

Helen said...

I am in love with your selvedge snowman quilt. Tell your son to head down south to Cypress, Texas. Just outside of Houston, Texas.

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

I'm from Chicago, Illinois...today we're having our first warm day of the year (it's about 60 and sunny)! :-)