Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog

Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful. 
Mark Victor Hansen





2 Bags Full


Welcome to all the new visitors here for the 
Grow Your Blog Party!!!

I'm so glad you have found your way to my little corner of blogland.  I hope that you will look around and get to know me a little while you are here!

Let me start off by introducing myself.  My name is Patricia and I am a quilter.  I started sewing before I started to school and haven't stopped yet.  Quilting caught my attention in the mid 70s.  I took my first class in 1979 and haven't stopped yet.  I began teaching quilting in the early 90s and opened a quilt shop in 1996.  Before I closed the shop in 2002 I had begun 'stand up' quilting.  I own a longarm quilting machine and enjoy quilting the tops that I have made as well as doing a little quilting for friends.

If you want to see some of the quilts I have made over the years there are a few under the Finished Quilts Tab at the top of the blog.  This is not by any means ALL the quilts I have made.  There are more scattered throughout the blog posts as well as pictures of many in process. 

My Favorite Quilt

Blogging is my way of reaching out to the quilters around the world.  I try to share some of the knowledge I have learned over the years.  I also love taking pictures and reading.  This year I have joined a couple of reading challenges.  You can find out more about them by clicking the tab at the top of the blog or here (Reading Challenges).  I am also trying to share a photo each week to fit a theme for the 52 Photos Project.  You may have noticed I started my post with a quotation.  This is something I try to do on each post.  I love quotes and make an effort to find one that relates to something I have to say in my post.  I guess you could say that is a personal challenge for me.

Now would you like the chance to win a little gift for visiting my blog?  I tried to come up with something that would be nice for quilters or non-quilters.  I found this nice little pewter key ring.  It has a basket quilt block on it but I think that many people like baskets and almost everyone needs a key ring.



How to win?

Anyone can enter a comment and might win here's what to do.

Leave a comment below about why you like to read blogs.  Anything you want to share about what kind of blogs you like to read or what content makes your favorite blogs appeal to you.  Is it personal tidbits, common hobbies, humor, food, etc.

If you are a follower of my blog, new or old, leave a second comment for a second chance to win.  

Be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you are a 'no reply' commenter.

Drawing will be held and winner announced February 15.  That gives you until midnight, February 14, EST to enter.
  
Thanks for stopping by!

75 comments:

  1. I enjoy reading the stories that go with the quilts or sewing project! Thanks for the chance to win the key ring!

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  2. Patricia, I'm a follower and enjoy your blog post. You are very talented! Thanks again for the chance to win!

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  3. Isn't this a marvelous way to meet other like minded people. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I love blogs for the inspiration they give. I like lots of pics.

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  5. I have been following with GFC.

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  6. I feel like I'm visiting friends and learning new things. I get a lot of inspiration for my own quilting. I love your oak tree quilt and Confetti Stars too. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  7. I already follow by Bloglovin. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  8. I enjoy interacting with other quilters and crafters as I am a lone quilter in my family :)

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  9. Already follow you on Bloglovin too.

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  10. I most usually learn something new when reading blogs. I am a semi new quilter and can always use the pointers or tips that I find. Thanks so much for the opportunity. I love the quilt.

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  11. Oh I love your favorite quilt too! My dream would be to have a quilt shop, but in this economy...Blogging for me has lead to meeting so many fabulous people and learning from them all. I just can't imagine my life without it. Your such an inspiration! I follow you!

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  12. I am a follower. Love all your creations. I visit blogs to get inspiration.

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  13. So lovely! :)
    Greetings from Finland!
    Hugs, Ulla

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  14. I have enjoyed reading your blog. I like to see pictures of what people are working on and the completed projects. I like reading personal tidbits, places to see and an occasional great recipe.

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  15. As soon as I saw that quilt picture, I thought, "This is one of the things I really enjoy about reading blogs...seeing skills and talents I don't have, being utilized to create beautiful things!" So I guess that answers your question ;)
    Enjoy the GYB Party!

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    1. Forgot to mention earlier, I am one of Vicki's volunteer greeters for the GYB party, so...have a fantastic time!! :)

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  16. I get so many ideas and inspirations from reading blogs. Thanks so much for sharing

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  17. I read blogs because of the wonderful, caring, creative people I meet. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  18. I read blogs to get inspired, but also helps when I an unable to sew.

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  19. I follow your blog via Bloglovin'.

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  20. I enjoy blogs about crafts - quilting, sewing, knitting, embroidery as well as recipes. I enjoy hearing people's personal stories, too. I like your photos and I had just recently noticed your quotes. I like to read and like the endorsement of a good book/story. Thanks for blogging and the wonderful giveaway.

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  21. I just enjoy seeing a little bit of life through someone else's eyes. Love learning from others. I love reading also, but I seen to get high centerd on other things. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  22. I also follow you on bloglovin.
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  23. I love getting ideas and seeing how people do things different ways.

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  24. I love to read blogs for inspiration and love all the generous women who share tutorials.

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  25. Hi Patricia. I like to follow blogs that have lots of pictures about the things they are working on and things they are doing. I like to read about their familys. I also like it if they have a sense of humor. When I am at their blog, I like to feel like I am visiting a friend. Thanks for sharing all you do and for the great giveaway.

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  26. I am a follower via GFC/Bloglovin.

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  27. Hi Patricia
    I like to follow blogs that have a good mix of projects/tutorials and personal. I like lots of photos too!

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  28. So nice to meet you through the GYB party...I love your blog and I'm now a follower.

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  29. I follow you via email. midwayfarms@hughes.net

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  30. I love reading blogs for fresh new ideas and for continued for inspiration. midwayfarms@hughes.net

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  31. i have been a happy follower via bloglovin babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  32. it never ceases to amaze me at the creativity of other quilters. if i lived to be two hundred years old i still would not be able to make all the quilts that inspire me. thank you for a great giveaway babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  33. I am also an ex quilt shop owner and noew that thngs have settled down, have found the world of blogging. am really enjoying reading others bits and pieces whether it be quilting or some other tidbit.

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  34. I joined your blog last year and have enjoyed your wide range of different topics. Thanks a lot. I live down here in New Zealand and it always lovely to see what is happening in the world up there!!

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  35. I love reading blogs because I have learned so much by doing so. There is nothing like the eye candy that comes from quilting blogs!

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  36. hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :
    elizardbreathspeaks@gmail.com

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  37. Hello,

    Nice to meet you.:)
    I would like to participate in your giveaway.
    petitearmoire2@gmail.com

    Greetings.

    Bernadett

    I like to read blogs,to get know new friends.:)

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  38. I primarily read quilting blogs - I love the tips & tutorials & especially the photos. Thanks.

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  39. I'm a follower with Bloglovin' thanks again.

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  40. I enjoy reading blogs because there is so much creativity that is shared. I am amazed at how many talented people are out there. Thanks!

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  41. I love the inspiration blogs provide, and the deadlines for linky parties really help me finish quilts!

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  42. I love reading blogs to get to know people and to get ideas and tips on sewing and quilting.
    missysaprons@gmail.com

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  43. I follow you!
    missysaprons@gmail.com

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  44. I like reading blogs that combine a bit of humor, peeks into their personal life, pets and tutorials.

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  45. Thanks to the hop I just discovered your blog. I took a look around, liked what I saw and decided to stay so am now a follower via GFC

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  46. Reading blogs is a wonderful way to find new projects (long time beginning quilter) and learn new techniques. I also like the pictures of other places and of pets, people, and life! Thanks for sharing your quilting...I'll be checking back in!

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  47. I find so many creative ideas on blogs that I would never have seen anywhere else. Pretty items, directions, and giveaways are always nice too.

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  48. Hi Patricia, just stopping by from the GYB party. I love seeing everyone's creativity . Really enjoyed your quilts. Stop by for a chance to win my nifty fifty giveaway.

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  49. I like reading blogs to keep up on friends and family, and to get some great ideas for cooking and crafts!

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  50. Love your idea of starting each post with a quotation. Glad I stopped by from GYB, Vicky

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  51. your quilts are amazing and beautiful! I enjoy visiting around blogland because it's a change from winter farm chores. the computer is set up in the same room as the wood stove, next to the kitchen with food and hot drink and it's a very good thing. visiting via Vicki's GYB party and enjoying your blog; the Hansen quote is spot on!

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  52. I am a brand-new follower via Bloglovin'! So happy that I found your blog while going through the Grow Your Blog Party links. :) I can't wait to visit again soon!

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  53. I enjoy reading blogs because I like to connect with people across the globe. There are so many interesting people out there with great crafty ideas just waiting to be spread around the world. What better place to find crafty friends! :)

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  54. I enjoy reading blogs because of all the inspirational things people are up to! Every day is a new adventure. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. I'm a new follower on Bloglovin'. Looking forward to seeing what you're up to! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  56. I love to read sewing and quilting blogs because even though I am older than dirt I learn alot! sewingblogsarefun@yahoo.com

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  57. I love to read all kinds of blogs but mostly vintage inspired ones. Nice to meet you!

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  58. I enjoy many different kinds of blogs, but my favorites relate to quilting and DIY decor projects. I particularly like blogs that feature tutorials. I appreciate the tutorials you offer.

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  59. I like to read quilting blogs because they give me so much inspiration!

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  60. I am an old follower. Just catching up with feedly.

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  61. Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Very nice to meet you. It's been great visiting all the blogs on the hop. Thanks for sharing yours.

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  62. To meet new friends and kindred spirits!

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  63. What lovely quilts - they are a real inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing.

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