Blog milestones, thank you and a giveaway

I keep track of my blog statistics in a casual way.  They tell me what you like and what you don’t like.  I can see that the holidays generate a lot of activity, especially Christmas.  I try not to lose any sleep when I don’t get too many visits in a week or if a blog post falls flat.

One of my favorite things about blogging is sharing tips and tutorials with you.  I love to teach and it’s apparent that you love to learn.  I’ve been watching the number of email followers grow, and last week I reached over 5,000 followers.  Wow!  I didn’t think I would ever see that number, and I’m honored and privileged to have you all part of my online community.  Many of you follow me through Bloglovin’,  Feedly, and other RSS feeds, too.  There’s so many ways to stay up to date with your favorite bloggers.

The other thing I just  realized (seriously, like 10 minutes ago) is January 28 will mark five years of blogging for me.  That’s another milestone that totally crept up on me.  I’ve come a long way since my first blog post.  There’s always something new to learn and I enjoy the challenge of staying up to date with technology.  It’s constantly changing!

Thank you so much for joining me on this awesome, crafty, quilty, journey.  It’s been a blast and I’m so glad to share this creative space with you.  I’d like to celebrate with two giveaways.  Giveaway is now closed.

The first giveaway is for a Scrappy Project Planner.  If you want to keep track of projects and stay organized, this is the tool for you.  It’s designed by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet and you can read more about it here.

Scrappy project Planner


The second giveaway is for a mystery box of goodies.  I’m going to fill a USPS Priority Mail medium flat rate box with fabric and quilting notions that I’ve pulled from my sewing room.   There will be a nice mix of supplies to add to your stash!

Mystery box giveaway

To enter the giveaway(s), all you need to do is leave me a comment (about anything.)  This giveaway is open to everyone.  You must comment by midnight, PST, January 28, 2017.  Two winners will be chosen randomly on January 29.  CLOSED.

Some people love giveaways and others think they’re a waste of time.  My problem is that I want everyone to be a winner.  So, I’m working on a new tutorial for all of you that will show my appreciation and how full my heart is.  Look for the woven heart tutorial soon.  Here’s a peak at it before adding corner triangles.  It will be perfect for Valentine’s Day, too!

Woven Heart block tutorial coming soon


I always enjoy reading your comments.  Due to the high volume of comments during giveaways, I won’t be able to reply to each of you.  I appreciate your participation and I wish you luck!




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  1. Just discovered you via Instagram. Love the Swedish Heart pattern; I think my daughter needs a Christmas quilt made with it!

  2. Congratulations on everything. I am new to sewing. Better late than never, right! I just found your blog and it is so wonderful. Can’t wait to read more. Good luck to everyone!!

  3. I just found your site today on Jan 28, 2017. I am trying to get in on your give away. I don’t know if this is the right place or not. I am learning to quilt and I love your valentine above. I am excited to learn new ideas from you. Thanks and happy 5th year going on 6th.

  4. Congrats on your 5 yr anniversary of blogging. I know it’s a dedication to keep blogging for that long and not get bored with it. I enjoy your tutorials and all of your tips. Thanks again, also, for the woven heart pattern..

  5. I found your blog and have been a fan since day one. Your tutorials and pictures make everything you teach so easy to follow. I am a visual learner and yours are wonderful. Happy Anniversary!

  6. Five years is a milestone. Quilts, projects, tutorials, motivation, positive blog, beautiful pics. Sharing, helpful. Thanks for five years.

  7. Many congratulations on your 5 year milestone. Thank you for all the effort that you put into everything that you so willingly share with us – here’s to many more years to come. Love the woven heart – beautiful x:-)

  8. Wow. congratulations on 5 years. Mystery boxes are fun. Will you reveal the contents to everyone later (so we all know what the lucky winner got)?

  9. Congratulations! Quite a milestone! I have only been following you for a little more than a year and am so glad I found you. I read every single email you send. Thank you very much! Good luck on your next five years. I Love your heart block.

  10. Valentine’s Day is my birthday. Thank you for the woven heart tutorial. I would sure like to win, as I have been in a deep funk lately, as I have had two friends pass away, one just before Christmas, and one just after. Your blogs and projects always brighten my day.

  11. I always smile when I see a new email from you and I can’t wait to see what you post. Oh happy day!
    Congratulations on 5 years and wishing you many more!

  12. Julie, great tutorials. I have been watching you since the alphabet quilt by Karen Stone on The Quilt Show. I still have the border to do. Why can’t I finish anything? I do thank you for all you have taught me. I know you will do another 5 years!

  13. Five years ! And 5000 followers !! That’s fantastic. I am a relatively new follower, I am enjoying what I’ve seen. Thank you

  14. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging. I’m glad I found you they the quilt show. You are one of only a couple that I follow and enjoy.

  15. I am so glad I discovered your blog! It is filled with useful information. Your tutorials are awesome!!

  16. Congratulations Julie on a superb blog & the great tutorials. Apparently, I am a “late comer” in finding you but as the old saying goes, “Better late than never.” I cannot tell you how hard I worked to find your blog when I inadvertently came across it on another site & am I ever happy to have persevered. Your site is refreshingly original with no also rans which I enjoy. Thank You again, Onward & Upward Toward Number 10!

  17. Congrats on your five year anniversary of blogging! You are such a motivator – helped to push me finish off several UFO’s last year, many thanks. Enjoy reading your blog.

  18. Congratulations on 5 years!!! Thank you for the giveaway. I will definitely have to make the heart block

  19. I have only been following your for a short while and have enjoyed every bit of it and have learned so much. I am a beginning quilter and feel you have helped me in so many ways. Glad I started following you. Congratulations on your 5 years and may you continue to gain more and more followers. I love give aways.

  20. Hope your next five years are as much fun as the last. We, your followers, have enjoyed them from beginning to the half-way point. Congratulations!

  21. I’ve just discovered you via Pinterest and I am so happy I have. I am learning various Applique Techniques and I appreciate your tutorials as well as discovering much more about you! Thank you! I’ve bookmarked you!

  22. Happy Blogaversary!!! Thanks for sharing your tips and tutorials with us. I think I found your blog when one of your tutorials was highlighted on a site I follow.

  23. Julie, I think I have followed you from the very beginning. I call you my friend in Calif. I’ll never forget your answer to someone’s asking you just what kind of a person are you. It blew my mind when you answered about yourself and how alike we are. I kept reading your answer and said to myself, Oh my goodness, that is me 100%. I love all your tutorials and appreciate all your time you put into your blog. I also followed you on the Quilt show when you had tutorials for the awesome Janet Stone quilt which I made that year. I just noticed to the right of your blog there is a gold medal saying you are 1 of the top 100 quilting blogs. You deserve it. You put so much energy into your tutorials and blog and it shows. I also love the pictures of your family and wow, what a broccoli. Congrats on 5 years and I look forward to many more.

  24. Hello Julie,
    I’ve just realized your name is the same than my daughter’s. Funny !
    Congrats for having spent that much time on your blog sharing and enchannting people.
    I hope that you will continue having that pleasure to write for us.
    Regards from France

  25. Just saw the picture of your clean sewing space in your previous post and I love it! That is my big goal this year, but it is slow going since I have so much stuff and I started working full time.
    I accidentally found your blog before Christmas, (thanks Pinterest !) and I have really enjoyed reading through many of your older posts. So much inspiration here but I can’t get to my machine. Soon, I hope!

  26. Congratulations on your accomplishments! Your blog is very inspiring and I’ve found many projects I’ve enjoyed making here. I’m looking forward to making a Patchwork Peter Rabbit this Easter and loved your Nordic Mini Quilt so can’t wait to see what you do next with the ‘flettet julekurv’. Thank you for all you do!

  27. Congratulations on your anniversary! And a big thank you for all of your beautiful and helpful tutorials and patterns! I have learned so much from you, Julie!

  28. Thank you for your blog, and thank you for the giveaway! I’ve been interested in the Scrappy Project Planner and would love to give it a try.

  29. I just started to quilt a few months ago, and I am so happy to have found you.
    Congrats on 5 years
    Thank you for what you do

  30. Congratulations on your fifth anniversary and thank you for sharing your day to day work.
    I would love to receive a gift!

  31. I just love your heart block! Congrats on your 5 years of blogging. I have enjoyed all your tutorials and hope you will continue with them. Thanks for all you share.

  32. Congratulations Julie. I love your posts, been following for a couple years. Thanks for all the tips, techniques and projects.

  33. I just discovered your blog through a link on Lori Kennedy’s The Inbox Jaunt. I’m so glad I did! The heart block looks wonderful and congratulations on 5 years! May you be increasingly blessed in the next 5 as well.

  34. Hi Julie,

    I found your website by accident a few months ago. Your Winter Seeds quilt was displayed as a sample for your free pattern (thank you by the way). When I saw Winter Seeds, it took my breath away – the design, the colors, the quilting – everything about it is beautiful.

    I was also impressed by your workmanship. It is outstanding. I have also enjoyed the inspiration of your blog.

    I love to sew but I am basically a beginner in quilting. Your Winter Seeds pattern, wonderful instructions and the enthusiasm you have for quilting was a HUGE factor in my wanting to learn quilting. I really wanted to make Winter Seeds. To my surprise, it actually turned out pretty good.

    I wish you many more years of blogging and sharing your love of quilting!

    Thank you very much!!!

  35. Congratulations Julie on the wonderful milestone! I started following you about a year and a half ago. I always look forward to your new posts and tutorials. I didn’t do the ufo completions last year but will try to finish a ufo each month in 2017. Thanks for all you do and for the inspiration! I look forward to learning much more from you for years to come. Therese

  36. Wow 5 years of sharing your thoughts and your creates. That takes alot of energy. Thanks for taking time out of your days to blog.

  37. congratulations on 5 years of blogging and on all your followers! Thank you for all the inspiration you provide. The heart block is delightful!

  38. Congratulations!!! What a great Milestone for sure!! Love your Blog!! Your Heart is Beautiful!! Can’t wait to see how you made it! 🙂

    Thanks too…for chance to win your fun Give-a-way !! 😀

  39. I have bookmarked many of your tips and ideas. Five years of blogging means all of us win who end up enjoying your efforts. Thanks for offering the planner and goodies.

  40. Congratulations on your 5 years blogging! Your giveaway sounds mysterious – thanks for the chance to win. Love the woven heart block too – can’t wait to make that.
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

  41. I have always looked forward to your blogs. And Sew Thankful Sundays are the best, I have gotten so much inspiration from you!!!

  42. I’m new at crafty but I’m a quilter of 45 years and still learning. I recently got married in fact we will be celebrating our 1 st anniversary on Sunday January 29 . We are in our eighths and enjoying our life . I’m still learning so I really enjoy everything you do and congratulations on your 5 years of wonderful work

  43. Hi Julie. I love the sneak preview of the heart block. It is clever and creative. I took a class last week and it reminded me of how much we can learn in just two hours from you wonderful teachers. Thanks for your blog. Robin

  44. You are a born teacher! I appreciate your tutorials and the many tips I’ve learned from your blog. Thanks, too, for linking other blogs that are interesting! Congrats on 5 great years!

  45. I look at your blog almost daily to see if you have posted something new! I really like the first Sunday of the month when you post all the other sites to look at. Thank you.

  46. Wow congrats on 5 years and 5000 followers! Those are both great milestones indeed! And I love love love the woven heart. I used to make paper ones in grade school and the application with fabric is brilliant! I’m looking forward to the tutorial. Thanks in advance and for the chance at the giveaway!

  47. Congrats!! I love seeing what you’re up to here- you always have lovely posts and great tutorials! Thank you for all your hard work 🙂

  48. Congrats on 5 years! That heart is adorable! One of the first thing I made from one of your patterns was the “glass half full” mug rug. Look forward to the heart pattern. I like the Sunday so thankful posts too!

  49. I just found your blog while looking for a square in a square tutorial. I am so happy I found your blog! You have so many lovely ideas and patterns. Thank you for blogging!!

  50. I love the woven heart block. Can’t wait for the Tutorial. I enjoy your blog and inspiration. Thanks for all you share. I would love to win one of your giveaways since the 29th is my birthday. Have a great week.

  51. Oh my gosh….the time really goes by quickly and have to say I have enjoyed reading all of your tips info and just love all the projects and pics. Congrats on your 5 year anniversary and hope the next 5 are as great for you as the past ones are for us readers.
    Thanks, Gail

  52. Hi Julie,

    I know I’ve said it before, but yours is my favorite blog. Your love of quilting comes through in each post. Thank you for all tutorials, inspiration and of course for the pictures of your sweet little Grand daughter.
    Congratulations on 5 years and 5,000 dedicated followers.

  53. Congratulations on your mile stones. At the end of this month I will be attending my first quilt retreat. Looking forward to it!

  54. Congratulations on the 5’s – 5 years and 5,000 followers, that’s wonderful. I always look forward to and enjoy your blog. Your tutorials are very easy to follow with great instructions and clear photos. Thank you for the chance to win.

  55. I can’t believe you have JUST reached your 5,000th email follower! I learned about your blog from The Quilt Show, I think. (It’s been a while.) I always look forward to a Crafty Quilter email in my in-box. Thank you!

  56. I always look forward to your posts. I have enjoyed making several of your projects. I especially love your Sew Thankful Sunday’s. Congratulations and keep up the great work!

  57. Oh my goodness, 5 years! How time quickly flees from us. I so enjoy your ideas, tutorials, tips and family happenings; and of course giveaways. Who can resist a giveaway, not me. Thanks for all you do!!

  58. Congratulations Julie…..5 years certainly goes quickly doesn’t it….and you develop so much from what you expect when you first start blogging…the changes are wonderful! Love your blog and looking forward to the tutorial! xo sugary hugs :o)

  59. Congrats Julie! I too learned of you thru The Quilt Show and so glad I did. I’ve been sewing and quilting for awhile now, but you always teach me something new and I love that. Thank you!

  60. Hi Julie,
    Congratulations and please keep the blog going. Thank you for all the tips and tutorials. They have assisted me a great deal as I continue to learn about quilting.
    Sharon Loftus

  61. Confratulations on 5 years and 5000 followers! I discovered you about a year ago and have learned much from you. Thanks so much! I love giveaways so thanks for all of them too! [email protected]

  62. I just finished watching your tutorial on how to use Quilt Stencils. Thank you so much. I am going to use the water soluble marker the next time. I have used the chalk pounce but it comes off after you have turned the quilt a number of times. Love your tutorials.

  63. Congratulations on keeping your blog going for 5 years. I have been following for several years and really look forward to you post. Love all your tutorials and usually pass along something from your Sew Thankful Sundays to my quilt guild friends. Can’t wait for the new tutorial.

  64. Gosh is it really 5 years since I was a newbie in your class at the Granary and they announced that you were starting a blog and for us to be sure to visit it … which I did and have ever since then!
    Congratulations on your amazing following and the accolades so richly deserved.

  65. After such a depressing weekend in the news, getting my mind back to simple things that give me joy–like quilting–is most welcome! I love your blog!

  66. Congrats! The woven heart block is so cute. I’m looking forward to seeing it complete. My maiden name is Hart, so hearts are always catch my eye. I enjoyed your UFO project last year, and while I didn’t officially participate, it did help me to whittle my UFO pile down to just a couple. Although, the new year finds me planning and cutting out quilts like nobody’s business.

    I’d love to see an update on how your kitchen, et al., remodeling project is going. We were in the middle of remodeling our kitchen 2 years ago. My husband made the cabinets…purchased rough lumber, designed the cabinets, planed down the wood, and did every singe part. Then also did all the demo, electrical, drywall, mudding, wood flooring installation… everything. The only thing we hired out was doing the knockdown finish on the ceiling and installation of the countertops. It was a long process, spanning nearly a year. We’re still working on some trim pieces, so maybe it’s been spanning 2 years!

    Anyway, hope you are managing to salvage your sanity during the process. We ate a lot of homemade soups while we were remodeling. I could cook a couple big pots, and we would eat from them for several days, utilizing the microwave and crock pot.

    Thanks for the inspiration you send to my inbox.

  67. Congratulations on 2 impressive milestones–5000 followers and 5 years. I follow very few blogs regularly. (Spending time online can use up way, way too much time.) Yours is a favorite. Thanks for all you do and share.

  68. I joined your blog after watching your tutorial “Binding Basics 2.” I had struggled for forever trying to miter that last seam on the binding. Watching the video gave me my AHA moment! Now I struggle no more! I joined your blog to see what else I could learn and see if I have another AHA moment!!

  69. Congratulations on your 5 years blog anniversary. I’ve been blogging (to a tiny audience, but I don’t mind) for 10 years and how those years have passed! I enjoy your blog and look forward to the heart tutorial soon. Best wishes.

  70. Oh my goodness! I could hardly find the end of all the replies to leave mine! Must be about 5000 of them!! I enjoyed your quilt binding method and shared it with my friend who said your explanation was easy for her to follow….yeah! I made a row of your woven hearts for one ladies quilt in our Friday night quilt group…her colors were red and white and she said my row was her fave! Thank you for all you share and teach.

  71. Wow! Five years is a lot of dedication. Thank you for all you share with all of us — your loyal group of followers.

  72. Thanks for doing such a nice job with your blog! It’s nice to read about all the treats that you have for us…

  73. Hi, I do not blog but sure do like to read what others do on theirs. I think this is a lovely give away so thank you even if I do not win. I learn so much reading blogs. Spent the evening arguing with my quilting on a frame. First thread split and broke. Second thread fell off the spool and caught and broke. Have to try a third option tomorrow and see if I can get this UFO finished soon.

  74. Congrats on 5 years! that’s a huge milestone. Your woven heart is to die for! Looking forward for the tutorial! Would love to give it a try. xx

  75. Julie, congrats on your 5 years of blogging. I first “found” you a few years ago when watching “The Quilt Show”, and you had a tip to share. I have been following your blog and video ever since. Your instructions are always clear and your projects are always fun. I am looking forward to your “woven heart” tutorial and already have a project for it. Thanks for all you do to promote the art of quilting.

  76. Congratulations on your staying power and 5 yr blogiversary. It’s good to know that you still enjoy sharing your creativity and blogging about it. Life is too short to stress about much of anything.

    Not being one to really organize my quilt projects, I just do what I feel inspired to create. I admired those who do and blog about it. Keep being creative and share your knowledge as long as it feels right for you. The scrappy heart is a winner.

  77. That is a great block. I can’t wait for the tutorial Your blog is always fun to read and I always learn lots of good stuff. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

  78. Hi Julie,

    Congrats on the 5 year history of your blog. I’m honored to be one of your 5,000 followers. I follow a lot of blogs, and I really enjoy yours the most (don’t tell the others, they’ll be jealous). I’ve been following you for almost 3 years. That’s hard to believe, too. Time does fly, doesn’t it! I enjoy your tutorials, and I really appreciate it that you answered a question I had about automatic thread cutters on my machine. Keep up the good work.

    xo Linda

  79. I absolutely love your woven heart for Valentine’s Day. Can’t wait to make one. Thank you for the great ideas.

  80. Congratulations! Love reading your blog posts and seeing your projects! Thank you for the generous giveaway and I am looking forward to your tutorial.

  81. Congrats on your blogaversary — love following you! Such inspiration. Thanks for a giveaway, hope I’m a lucky one.

  82. I am not a blogger but I follow. Blogs are where I get most of my ideas for quilts, see the new and old in fabric and techniques and learn to appreciate the ups and downs of quilter’s lives. Congrats on 5 years. That’s a real commitment. I have the scrappy project planner, I started keeping better track of my projects last year and I like what Lori put together. Thanks.

  83. I do so enjoy your got. It helps me stay on track (well as much as anything does). And I find inspiration and links to other good stuff. Bravo to you for your dedication.

  84. Happy Anniversary!! 5 years is a long time to be coming up with new ideas and projects to discuss. I am very impressed. I enjoy reading your blog posts!

  85. I just finished a quilt from your Nordic Mini Quilt tutorial in the larger size. It was most enjoyable. I especially love your speed methods for making the various blocks. Thank you for sharing your inspiration this way.

  86. Hi Julie, congrats on your 5 year milestone! I really enjoy your tutorials and appreciate the time & effort put in. Here is to another 5 years!

  87. Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary–an important one to say the least. I appreciate your willingness to share your God given talent with all your loyal followers. Thanks so much!!!

  88. Congrats on reaching 5 years of blogging. I must admit I failed miserably last year with mine, and must get back into it. I always enjoy your tutorials. Thank you for your kindness!

  89. Congratulations Julie on your 5 year blogging anniversary. I am looking forward to following you through many, many more years of your blogging journey.Thank you for all you do .And thank you for the giveaway. ( I really love the heart block.)

  90. I have been following you for the past year. I love reading your blogs and trying some of the tutorials. I am completely amazed at how prolific you are. Thank you for all the information you provide and especially all the time spent doing what you do to teach all of us. Congratulations of the past 5 years and hope there are many more.

  91. I just found a similar heart made of ribbon and set it out today. Your patchwork one looks like fun. Congratulations on your blogging milestone, and thank your for helping us learn through it.

  92. Congratulations Julie, on your successful blog! I appreciate all the tips you share here, & at the Granary! I wish you well in the years ahead!!

  93. Congrats on your blogging milestone! I know that is a great achievement and blogging is a commitment for sure! Your heart block is very cute! I love the woven look!

  94. Congratulations. Five years is a milestone and I hope you have enjoyed posting as much I have enjoyed reading your posts. I alway love giveaways, either of yours would be fun to win.

  95. I love, love, love, your binding tutorial for joining the ends, it’s the best I’ve found. Thank you for making it so easy.

  96. A comment about anything, huh. Well, I love making quilt tops, reading and browsing on the computer. I am expecting my 8th grandchild in July, a little girl, #4. My daughter is a 37 year old diabetic and this her first child, so a high risk pregnancy. I appreciate any and all prayers for her. I would love to win your giveaway, but regardless, I do like reading your blog.

  97. I love your blog and e-mails. Your taste in colors and projects is similar to mine, so I always look forward to what new things you are going to share. Thanks!

  98. I really enjoy your blog and I do appreciate your tutorials:) The blog world opens up communication for learning and being in touch with people that share a common interest. I have been interested in starting my own blog…..just to keep track of what I am working on and share thoughts on sewing, crafting, quilting and whatever strikes my creative juices. Thank you for all you do and the time you put into your blog and your tutorials:)

  99. I’m a new follower and I’m loving your blog. You should not be surprised at how many followers you’ve accumulated. Congrats on your milestones and keep up the great work!!!

  100. Wow!!! 5 years of blogging, congratulations!! I look forward to your posts, they always have something I love in them! I loved it when I made your heart ❤️ block! I gave them both away! Looking forward to sewing another!

  101. Congrats on 5 years! I know it takes alot of time to post on your website but I want you to know that I REALLY appreciate it and I REALLY look forward to each one. And I LOVE your patterns. I first became acquainted with your site when my daughter picked up a kit and the store told her the pattern was online. So she gave the kit to me with the instructions to look up the pattern online. Hence, 3 years later, Thanks so much, you always make my day brighter.

  102. Congrats on your blogging anniversary…I just returned from Road to California..lovely show with fabulous vendors and marvelous quilts..Wanted to say thank you for your blogs,patterns and all you put out..Thanks too for this opportunity to win a fabulous prize!

  103. Hi there, I didn’t realize stats are kept! I love your blog. Most of the time I read the synopsis via the email and then click on the links from there. I think you should get tons of kudos! You do a great job finding great ideas and tips. I also love when you provide a tutorial on a project. You’re the best teacher I’ve had and learned to quilt from you. Thank you for all the work you do for us through this blog. Keep up the great work! We all love it!

  104. I really enjoy reading your blog. Congratulations on reaching over 5,000 readers and your 5 year anniversary. I can’t wait for the woven heart tutorial. You are so generous. Here’s to your next 10,000 reader milestone.

  105. Thank you, not only for the give-away but for the wonderful blog! I love learning and I look forward to the tutorial.

  106. Congratulations on your upcoming blogiversary! It’s amazing how fast the time goes by – we’ve all learned a lot together 🙂 I like the heart block – I’m afraid of circles so this will be a good challenge!

  107. Congratulations on your blog success and anniversary! I’m trying to stay motivated and get some projects done–but stop reading and start sewing!!

  108. Thank you for five great years. I love the tutorials, patterns, pictures and best of all that you share your home and family with us.

  109. holy moly… five years AND 5,000 followers!!! i say you absolutely deserve a huge pat on the back. as much as i love the giveaway part (have yet to win ANY of the ones i enter), i am more intrigued by your upcoming heart tutorial. i am a sucker for ANYTHING heart related – hence the three heart table runners i have already in progress thanks to a blog link that you posted recently. i guess thanks are in order?!?! 🙂

  110. HI Julie, I love the heart block you’re working on and look forward to seeing the tutorial! You are such a great quilter/crafter and an excellent teacher – all rolled into one. We’re so fortunate you share your tricks, tips, and techniques with us on your blog. I always read your blogs but don’t always make a comment and I’m sure others do the same so I bet you have even more followers than you think! Thanks
    for being there for all of us.

  111. I read your blog via RSS reader and often wonder if that counts toward your readership numbers. I hope it does. Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary!

  112. Dear Julie. Thank you for your blog posts. It is a 2 way street; its obvious you enjoy doing this and we, your readers, enjoy receiving them. Keep up the good work, we look forward to many more years of sharing our passion of quilting with you.

  113. Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary and I hope you have many more to share. I love your posts and projects, you are very talented and inspirational. Thank-you for the giveawy.

  114. I love your blog! Its the first one I started following when I started quilting. I can’t thank you enough for doing it.

  115. Happy 5th Birthday Crafty Quilter Blog! You and my granddaughter are the same age! And thanks to you, she’s benefited by so many beautiful crafty/quilty items. It makes her, my daughter and me so happy to share the love! I enjoy your blog so much and look forward to reading it whenever I see it in my inbox! Thank you and best wishes in the coming year!

  116. Congratulations on your 5 year blogging anniversary. Thank you for all the inspiration you have given throughout those 5 years.

  117. your blog was one of the first ones i followed and is still one of my favorites. thanks for the giveaway.

  118. Congratulations! I have been following your blog for some time and it’s one of my favorites. I really like your sew thankful posts, it has introduced me to some other blogs I enjoy as well, so thank you!

  119. Happy 5th blogging anniversary! I have enjoyed each and every one of your blogs. If I see your email has come into my box, yours is the first mail that I open. Looking forward to another 50 years!

  120. Hello – I really enjoy reading your posts – they are very inspirational. A planner seems like a really good way to go. Sometimes I have too many ideas or items I want to make, I almost get mentally exhausted. I have to remember to let go , less is more, make a wish list and then just have fun.

  121. Julie, I love reading your blog and all of the tips and tutorials you offer. I’ve learned everything I know about quilting through reading blogs like yours. I’m looking forward to your pattern for the woven heart. It will be perfect for my love of Valentine’s Day! I am a happy Bloglovin’ follower.

  122. Congratulations on 5 years and over 5,000 followers. Fun seeing what you come up with. Put me in for the mystery box.

  123. Julie it has been a fabulous journey for me with your blog. I look forward to many more years of following you! Congratulations!

  124. Giveaways are fun, but a tutorial means everyone wins. Congratulations on 5000 followers and your upcoming anniversary.

  125. Hi Julie, Congrats on your 5 year anniversary. I have been following your blog thru Bloglovin for a couple of months, and I just love your posts. I am especially interested in the heart block you are working on. Love the tutorials, I am just dipping my feet into quilting, and the tutorials have been very helpful. One block at a time is my motto right now. Thanks for your help. Again, congratulations.

  126. I enjoy reading all your blogs. it does give me inspiration to get my items done. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

  127. Thx so much for your generous sharing of ideas and tips! I am relatively new to your blog, and I am thankful for the inspiration you share! Thank you also for your giveaway and congratulations on 5 years of blogging!

  128. Anniversary Congratulations to You. I just stumbled upon your blog this morning but have bookmarked it for future browsing. I would love to be a winner of your goodies. Thanks you for your generosity.

  129. Congratulations! I would love the Scrappy Project Planner to help me organize my projects. I have tried several of your projects and would like to keep them in one place.

  130. Congratulations on your anniversary. I am new to your blog, but I am enjoying it already. Thank you for accepting me.

  131. I’m happy to celebrate your milestone with you. I enjoy your blog and all the wisdom you share and really enjoy your positive outlook. It makes enough of an impression that I am often going back to refresh my memory on methods/techniques you’ve shared. Giveaways are fun but I understand if shipping is too expensive outside the US. I follow anyway because there’s always something to take away.

  132. I have enjoyed checking out your website and have found so many helpful tips and techniques in just the short time I have followed you. I even bought a Bernina based on your sewing machine comment in the applique techniques section. Congratulations on all your milestones/mileposts! Regards

  133. Keep up the great blog posts! I may not comment often, but do enjoy being a reader. Your posts provide great ideas and inspiration. LOVE the little heart project you’re working on.

  134. Hi Julie,
    Love reading your blog plus I love giveaways. I enter every one I come across when they are quilt related. We are having a very snowy weekend here in Colorado so my time will be devoted to quilting.
    I am working on a large throw quilt that is to be gifted to a grand nephew who was born in July. I purchased a kit from Craftsy for this one . It took me a long time to find a pattern and colors that I thought would be appropriate. I am not a cutesy baby quilt type so the hunt was a little more difficult.
    Congrats on 5 years of blogging and 5000 readers.
    Thanks again and enjoy.

  135. Congratulations on 5,000 followers!. Thank you for sharing your ideas and tutorials. Looking forward to trying your new one. My sister loves the pillow I made at Christmas from your tutorial.

  136. Your blog is the one that I most look forward to. Your projects inspire me and your tutorials provide me with insightful instruction. Congrats on 5 years!

  137. I love your blog and the Sunday posts are always interesting as well as the tutorials. Thank you for the time. I’m late on my blog post this week so I know the effort it takes. Trying to ramp up my social presence too.

  138. Congratulatios Julie on your 5 years as a blogger. If you are a traditionalist, you get wood, but if you are a modern type of gal, you would get silverware. Neither is that exciting from my point of view, but wood could mean a new piece of furniture for your sewing room. I enjoy following your blog posts and have learned quite a bit at the sam time. Hope you enjoy many more years in your blogging life.

  139. Congratulations on these impressive milestones! I always enjoy your blog, especially your monthly, I think, blog sharing other’s blogs you’ve enjoyed. Your positive outlook is so much appreciated!! Thank you for sharing your creativity and this giveaway 🙂

  140. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! That’s a lot of talk. I enjoy all of your post and all the sharing you do. Thank you!

  141. Thanks for five wonderful years. I think informative and fun quilting blogs like The Crafty Quilter are the best format for quilters. Now I can’t wait to see the new woven heart tut:)

  142. Congratulations on your milestones, Julie. It has been a pleasure following you. I love your tutorials and just hearing about your projects. Here’s to many more years of success!

  143. Congratulations on five years of blogging. I so enjoy reading your blog, seeing what you are creating, and your tips, blocks, and tutorials. It is one of my favorite ways to relax after a day at work and I appreciate the time and effort you put into your blog for all of us. I love adding to my stash and I bet I’m not alone in looking forward to a package of quilting goodness to arrive at my door (purchased or won). Thanks for the chance to win one of these great prizes.

  144. Thanks for the inspiration and all of the tips. I like to go back to your binding tutorials when I need to refresh my memory about finishing and my bindings always look good, thanks to you!

  145. I only follow a few and only by email, had too many problems trying to use other sources. I do read yours, I just don’t normally comment anywhere.

  146. Congratulations on your almost 5 years and 5,000! I think your blog is great … I can’t wait to make your weaved heart. Thanks for your inspiration! ♡

  147. Thank you, Julie, for all you have shared with us. I have learned so much reading your blog. Congratulations on 5 years of success!

  148. I so enjoy reading your blogs. You give so much helpful info such as the one about rulers. But most of all I like the patterns. I made the poinsettia table topper and put a real plant on it and it’s still out even tho it is Jan 21 because it looks fab!

  149. I love reading a good quilting blog. There seems to be fewer than before. I do not like the ones that have pop up advertising. I skip those.

  150. Congratulations Julie on 5 years of blogging. I look forward to your blogs and now I am impressed that you reply to comments at all with 5000 followers. Give yourself a big pat on the back from all of us.

  151. Congrats on five years! I really enjoy receiving you newsletter in my in box. I a looking forward to the woven heart pattern!

  152. Congratulation on five years of blogging. I don’t often comment, I enjoy ready your posts and seeing all your beautiful accomplishments. Thanks for all of your tutorials.

  153. Good morning Julie!
    I love all your tips and techniques. I tell everyone about your binding tips and techniques-especially that 1/4″ space you leave between the two tails of your binding and how to join them.
    It works every time for me! I work in a vacuum/sewing machibe store here in Sarnia, ontario and tell everbody about your videos on youtube.
    Wishing you a wonderful, creative 2017!
    Hope to win the USP BOX-love surprises!
    Cathy Cloutier

  154. Julie, I love your tutorials, and that you pay it forward, and I especially love videos you’ve mad, such as those featured on The Quilt Show. You’re very generous with your talents and knowledge, and it is much appreciated!

  155. I look forward to your blog postings especially the ones that highlight interesting websites. You clearly live up to my favorite motto of “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” Congratulations!

  156. Hello Julie, congratulation on your 5 years, I just started recently to write about my quilting passion I have for about three years. I really enjoy and find useful your blog tutorials and tips. All the best!

  157. Just a short note to let you know I appreciate your blog. Your tutorials are always very clear and easy to follow. I like the way you do things. Thanks for sharing with us. I also enjoy your videos and watch them. Congratulations on your 5 year blog. I am 80 years young and did not start quilting until 5 or 6 years ago. I come from a sewing family so knew how to sew a straight seam but it has been a great journey and I love the creative process of quilting and making totes and placemats, etc. etc.

  158. I really enjoy your blog, Julie, thank you so much for your generosity, your wonderful tutorials, ideas and sharing your quilting life. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging, and thank you for the chance to win!

  159. I love seeing and reading your blog Julie! And I love seeing pictures of your sweet little granddaughter…..she is so pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  160. Wow….5 years…good for you reaching out to all of us. Thank you for your posts. Your ideas are great and really work! Hope your blog continues for many years to come.

  161. Hi Julie, congratulations on your milestones! I wanted to thank you for your tutorial I find them very helpful and inspiring. Thank you so much.

  162. Congratulations on 5 years and 5000 followers! I’m thankful to be one of the 5000, I’ve enjoyed your many posts. I’m looking forward to your Woven Heart pattern. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

  163. Wow there are a lot of us wanting to win. I found you through Bloglovin. I check 4 or 5 times a day for new blogs. It has helped me with choosing colors and blocks. Keep up the good work!

  164. Congratulations for your blog and thank you for all the work and passion you put on it!!! You’re always a font of inspiration !!!! Dany

  165. Congratulations on the 5 years. I am only one year into blogging, with on and off the previous year, and would live to be able to reach such a milestone in the future. I always look up to people that have succeeded in this field, you are all an inspiration to small bloggers like me. Keep up the good work and looking forward to reading more of your posts! Thank you for this opportunity to win! ♡ have an amazing day!

  166. Wow! It’s been five years? Congratulations! Now, I almost never come to your blog itself, as I get an email. Do those statistics show anywhere?

  167. Hi Julie,
    Love your blog and will be eagerly waiting for your Woven Heart!!!!!!!!!
    Happy Anniversary too!!!!!!!

  168. Hi Julie, I love your Woven Heart Pattern and look forward to the tutorial. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us all. Warm Regards from Western Australia.

  169. I’m really new to the site, but what I saw today, the woven heart block, I will not be a stranger to this site. Looking forward to more

  170. Looking forward to the woven hearts tutorial. I should be putting fabric into your box to give away to someone!

  171. I’ve enjoyed following you for about two years now. Thanks for all your wonderful tutorials, pictures, etc. You inspire me! I look forward to the new tutorial. It is adorable. 🙂

  172. Greetings from New Mexico! Congratulations on 5 years and thank you for the information you share with all of us.

  173. Congrats on 5 yrs of blogging. I am so glad I found you and look forward to new projects. Here’s to 5 more yrs of blogging and making new friends.

  174. Congrats on the 5 years and the 5000 followers! About giveaways… I get excited about them. I don’t depend upon winning, but I love quilt giveaways because sometimes I have won. Most of the time, I turn around and gift or donate the winnings. Unfortunately I am one of those people who have far more fabric, books, thread, tools, and even patterns than I can possibly use in what is left of my life. So it only makes sense to make others happy too.

  175. I’m so excited for what you have in store this year. I really enjoy your blog. Am looking forward to the braided heart tutorial.
    tracinecharest at Gmail dot com

  176. Hi! I love reading you blog and I pick up many new tips from you. I’m also thrilled that you share so many facets of your life with us. Not only do we get the sewing and project tips but your delicious recipes as well. Thank you for sharing so much great information with us. <3

  177. I love reading your blog. It’s especially nice on Sundays to see you recommending others. Thank you so much for sharing your love of quilting.

  178. So happy to have found your blog. I enjoy quilting and look for places that will give me inspiration. I began receiving emails re your blog last fall and enjoyed all of the holiday ideas that you sent out this year. Looking forward to what the spring and summer will bring.

  179. Love the blog and have been following for sometime now. It is always nice to have updates about the family, especially Amelia. Your tutorials and tips have been most helpful.

  180. Thank you for everything that you share with us. I have followed you for awhile and hope you will be blogging for a long time to come.

  181. I am so glad that I started reading your blog but I’m not even sure how long ago I did join. You are such an inspiration. You have some wonderful tutorials, you make beautiful quilts and cards and I am so grateful that I can follow through with some of my projects with your information.

    I mainly make jewelry and sell it but I also like to quilt once in a while. I have made some runners and a quilt for my grand daughter. I actually finished her quilt and had it written on the 2016 UFO Challenge in February, but was so excited that I got it finished that I mailed it off to her and forgot to take pictures of it to post.

    I really like the planners. I have used quite a few of them in the past when I was a Circulation Director at a publishing company. It helped me to stay on top of things. Now that I am much older, (retired) and have time, I have my hands into a lot of things. But I still like to give myself goals.

    The woven heart picture is so nice. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

    Continue to do what you are doing. You’ve touched so many people. God Bless you and your family.

  182. Congratulations on 5 years and 5000 followers. Obviously we love what you do. The woven heart is one of my most favorite blocks have never made. You inspire me to give it a go. Thanks!

  183. Julie, I just love following your activities! I especially love Sew Thankful Sunday’s. I am not surprised you have so many followers.

  184. I was introduced to your site thru The Quilt Show and have been following you ever since. Love your tutorials and choices of colors and fabrics.

  185. Hi, Julie! Just found your blog! I’ve found kessons on applique’ that is useful. Thanks!
    Christy Isom

  186. Thank you so much for sharing both your quilting knowledge and photos of your family with us. I usually see you on The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky. Please continue sharing with us.

  187. I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing your creative inspirations. I made these hearts last year into mug rugs.

  188. Congratulations on your 5 year/5,000 milestone! I enjoy learning your new tips and ideas for quilts. Thanks!

  189. Your blog is my favorite. So so many craft ideas, tutorials, and sharing your Sew Thankful Sunday’s gives new ideas- blogs -that some of us would not have had the time to seek on our own. You are personable in sharing your family with us -even opening up your home with a home improvement task! I look forward to your posts and look forward to the next project because I know it will be wonderful!! And I can’t wait. ideas are overwhelming as I enjoy making – creating for myself and others… i may not be able to do everything this year but there is always next year ! Thanks for taking the time to create and share !

  190. Wow. Congratulations on 5 yrs Julie! I always love to see an email announcing you have a new blog post because you always have such interesting blocks or quilts that may teach me something new I didn’t know. Or in the case of this new block you’re working on now for us; something I’ve been afraid to try as of yet. It appears in looking at that block that I’ll be forced to do curves if I want to make one. And I do like that block already.

    I’ll have my fingers crossed to get a box of scraps if I am lucky enough to win.
    Thank you for the chance, and in advance for the block you’re working on for all of us.

  191. I appreciate all your tutorials I have learned a lot from your generosity. Congratulations on your anniversary. Looking forward to another year of learning from you.

  192. Congrats on your five years, a big accomplishment! I enjoy reading your posts and appreciate the ideas you share. Please don’t enter my in th giveaways – I have a planner and am drowning in stash and tools right now. @susansquiltstudio

  193. Thanks for the great giveaway and congrats for five years of blogging. I read your blog on a regular basis. While I rarely make Valentine projects, I look forward to your tutorial.

  194. I enjoy following your blog and have learned A lot! I am looking forward to your woven heart block. I have always wanted to make that design. Congrats on your 5 year bogging anniversary!

  195. Can’t start my day without reading all the great blogs I follow. Yours is a favorite. Happy anniversary.

  196. Julie, love your blog, I tried your way to put binding on a quilt and now it turns out perfect every time. Thanks for all the time you spend helping us with projects.

  197. I’d certainly be keen to win some fabric 🙂 I don’t think im the right type of personality to use a planner! Congratulations on blogging for five years:) emilyste7ens at gmail dot com

  198. What a great milestone! Congratulations! I’ve been following for a little over a year, and I really enjoy your tutorials and your thankful posts.

  199. About 2 years ago I found your blog. It has proved to be one of my luckiest finds while meandering through cyberspace. Your blog and inspirational postings always engage and interest me. Keep up the great work. I’ll be looking for that heart posting. Thank you for the opportunities to win as well.

  200. Thank you! I always appreciate your blog posts, and have especially enjoyed your beautiful Splendid Sampler pictures, love the colours and how you set the picture up so beautifully. It’s a true inspiration to a very new, inexperienced quilter, to see what’s possible, after gaining more experience of course.

  201. Well, I love giveaways even though I know it’s a game of chance. I enjoy your blog even more. Thank you!

  202. Julie, I rarely post anything, but I always look forward to hearing from you! I refer to your site quite often for tips, ideas, and patterns. Thanks for all your time and effort.

  203. Hi Julie – I love reading your blog posts – It’s like getting to know a neighbor. Thanks for being so generous with your skills. It’s easy to see you enjoy what you’re doing. Congratulations on your milestones!

  204. I have a short list of blogs that I love to read and yours is at the top of my list. I love your quilts, tips and patterns. Thanks so much for all you do!

  205. I look forward to reading your posts and checking out all the links and info you provide in your Sew thankful posts. Thanks!

  206. Congratulations on 5 years and 5,000 email followers!! I honestly don’t know how you find the time to keep up with everything! I can hardly get to my email everyday, let alone get in some sewing and reading and..oh yea – the dreaded c word – cleaning!!!. Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway – I love surprises!!! 😉 😉 And thanks for delightful blogging and tutorials

  207. Love the heart! I’m making a heart wall hanging for my granddaughter, might have to hold off finishing it so I can put this heart on it too……Congratulations on 5 years! that’s a great deal of writing!

  208. Congratulations Julie! I first “met” you on TQS BOM 2014, and have been following you ever since. I actually finished that quilt, albeit a year late, thanks in good part to your great tutorials!

  209. Julie
    I so enjoy reading of your latest experiences; a young, energetic wife, mother, homemaker, & creator of arts in many forms. I am ever proud of the interests & talents exhibited by so many who are inspired by you & other talented artists who so graciously share precious knowledge. You indeed must take time to Realize Your GOD Given talent. You’ve a terrific blog, Thank You.

  210. I love reading your blog and many others; it is my way to unwind at the end of the day! And I get so many great ideas! Thanks for being here!

  211. Thank you for continuing to share your talent with us! 5000 followers can’t be wrong….you have great talent! Happy Anniversary!!

  212. Love your blog! I really appreciate the links you provide for projects as well as the projects and tips from you. Your applique tutorials were really helpful!

  213. Hi Julie!

    This is a voice from your not too distant past. I lived in Sunnyvale for 32 years before we moved to Washington State in 2015, after the fire in our house, and Robert retiring. I was at The Granary a lot; sometimes with Joanna, taking classes, joining in in the assisted sewing hours, etc. I miss everyone so much! There is a very nice shop up here called, of all things, “Quilting Bee”; the name is almost the same as The Quilting Bee in Sunnyvale. I hope I have as much fun at this Quilting Bee as I did at The Granary. Please say hi to Paula and all of the Ladies for me.

    I love your Blog and look forward to each new one. Your Blog has inspired me to get back into quilting again, as well as to explore other blogs. What a talented group of folks out there in quilting land. You are all a big inspiration to me too.

    Take Care, Gail Jones

  214. Congratulations on sticking to blogging for so long. I really enjoy seeing the linked projects you find!

  215. Your blog has been such an inspiration for 5 years. Thx for providing the motivation & examples of your’s & others’ creativity. I hope to get up to Sunnyvale for a class one day soon. I’d luv to receive either of the surprises.

  216. Congratulations of blogging for five years! And thank you for getting me motivated to finish up some UFO’s. Really appreciated the push as well as all your enthusiasm. Cheers to at least five more really productive blogging years.

  217. Congrats on the blog anniversary! I love the woven heart block and can not wait for the tutorial! Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  218. Congratulations on your big milestones! I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your lovely projects. Thanks for sharing! I think giveaways are fun and a mystery box is especially exciting.

  219. As a non-blogger I just want to thank you for your efforts. Yours is one of my favorite blogs. I love your tutorials and your upbeat attitude. Here’s to many more years.

  220. You are such an upbeat person, it’s always so nice to read your blog. I seldom leave a comment as you are sew busy and I wouldn’t expect a reply. Just know how much people enjoy your enthusiasm and ideas. i look forward to the Valentine block! Keep up the good work and especially the happy personality! and congratulations on 5 years. Such an accomplishment!

  221. Julie I really love your heart I will definitely be making some for Valentine’s Day. Maybe a table runner.

  222. Thank you !!!! I appreciate your efforts and ideas . I read it , and am inspired by all the many links, posts and projects. Beautiful.

  223. I’m going to miss the block of month with you; but then I just can’t reup either. I’ve always intended to go back to your Christmas every month ideas and do them. That was such a great idea – do things ahead of time. Maybe this is the year. I feel like I should work on Seasonal items at least 11 months early if I ever want them done. So I’d better look up you Christmas ideas now.

  224. I would absolutely love a chance at the Mystery box! My 13 year old daughter and i have just started sewing and would really like to get in to quilting.

  225. Congratulations! I am new to quilting so I have a lot to learn especially as I am an older beginner. Looking forward to the woven heart tutorial. Love seasonal/holiday things. I love your blog and am so glad I found you. How is the remodel going?

  226. I love your blog. You love to teach and I love to learn. I would love to win but if I don’t that is ok too. Thanks

  227. Congrats on 5 years. Yes I too love your blog. I just wanted to say as my husband and I have traveled this country, I am just amazed at the beauty all around us. We spent a month in Lancaster County Pa in Oct, now Port Aransas, TX for a month staying warm and enjoying the “third coast”. Just love this country. BTW, I brought my sewing machine and have finished 3 quilting projects as a bonus.

  228. I love reading your blog — congratulations on 5 years! Can’t wait to see the woven heart tutorial 🙂

  229. Your blog is my favorite. I always enjoy whatever you have to share. Thanks for the giveaway and here’s to at least 5 more years.

  230. Congrats on 5 years! And, thanks for the chance in the giveaway. Can’t wait for the new tutorial. I’m a newbie, so I’m trying to soak up everything I can as quickly as possible. I’ve got, like, a hundred projects I’d like to make, but don’t quite have the skills yet. Happy quilting!!!

  231. Julie, way to go! Five years of great quilting tips and tons of inspiration for us. I’m going to love the new heart tutorial. Looking forward to your posting about it. Your blog is one of my favorites, so thank you so very much for continuing to share with us!

  232. Congrats on 5 years. I dont know how I have been reading it but it has been awhile. So keep it up. Thanks again.