I have just returned from a quick visit to my parent’s ranch in Lincoln, California after dropping off my daughter at UC Davis. My husband captured the sunrise this morning from their backyard. This is overlooking the pond. It’s paradise (plus my mom’s cooking is divine)!
Now back to business and announcing the winners of my giveaway for a 6-month subscription to The Quilt Show!
I used Random.Org and the true random number generator to pick the first two winning comments. The first winner goes to comment #24, J. Gage:
The second winning number is 8, Margot!
Margot’s comment was:
And the final winning number was chosen by my husband and he picked #40. He added the ages of our two daughters that are still living at home (22 + 18) and came up with 40. Congratulations to Rosa who said:
Congratulations to all of the winners! I will be emailing you soon with your prize. Thanks to all of you who played along and left a comment. I really enjoyed reading all of your goals and I have been “inspired” to make some of them into future posts on my blog!
Welcome to 2013 and Sew Thankful Sunday! On this day, I like to share the many highlights that I’ve found in the blogosphere and that I’m sew thankful for!
I’m so glad that I’m not the only one with a pile closet full of unfinished projects! I think everyone that left a comment on my previous post mentioned that they wanted to finish at least one UFO each month.
I have found three other bloggers that are hosting monthly UFO linky parties to motivate you. By the way, a linky party is a way of showcasing many blogs/projects in one spot with a certain theme.
At the beginning of each month, there is a goal setting “party”. Pick a project to work on for that month and get it done! Then there is a mid-month progress report (optional) and at the end of the month you can link up your finished project. You don’t need to have a blog to participate, just upload your photos on Flickr and then enter the linky party.
I have had so much fun reading all of your comments from my last post – sharing what your goals are for this year. Thank you to everyone who commented. I have read each and every one of them, (at least twice) and I wish I had the time to respond to all of you! By the way, there’s still one day left to enter into the giveaway (until Sat. 1/5) by clicking here.
Let me say that it just so happens that I have plans for my blog this year that coincide with many of your goals! Great minds think alike!
One of my frustrations this past holiday season was not getting to all of the Christmas projects that I had on my list. Some of you experienced the same thing. In order to prevent that from happening again, I’m really going to try and focus on Christmas once a month this year. So, I’m going to post a Christmas project on the 15th of each month (did I really just say that? There’s no turning back now!). This could be anything from gifts, baking, cards, gift tags, decorating, ornaments, etc.
I noticed that many of you want to polish or begin your free motion quilting skills. I’d like to offer some tips on that topic too in the coming year. It’s one of my favorite classes that I teach at The Granary, so I’ll try to pass along some pearls of wisdom.
I know that there are lots of quilting techniques to learn, and I saw that applique was one of the top requested. That’s something I’ve been wanting to cover too. I’d love to do a monthly feature on all of the different methods of applique. No promises, but I’ll see what I can do! Here’s one way to do turned edge applique that I posted about in 2012:
I’ll pick three winners at the end of the day tomorrow (Saturday 1/5) and I’ll announce the winners on Monday. (I’m going out of town Sunday and will return on Monday, thus the delay).
Thanks again for all of your great comments and ideas. You guys really inspire and motivate me! Have a great weekend!
Happy New Year! 2013 is finally here and this month also celebrates my blog’s one year anniversary!
I now have over 300 followers – I thought I would never see that number! I am so grateful to have this online community to share my creativity with. To thank you all for keeping up with me, I’m giving away three 6-month subscriptions to The Quilt Show!
If you’d like a chance to win, just leave a comment telling me what one of your quilting or crafting goals is for the new year. I’ll pick three winners on Saturday, January 5th.
My own goal for this year is to finish one UFO per month! Then maybe in three years I’ll be caught up! lol!
I love the “pay it forward” notion and Sew Thankful Sunday is my way to highlight the beautiful things others are doing in the blog world and perhaps to share a few things that I am grateful for personally.
So let’s start with Alyssa at Pile ‘O Fabric. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because I mentioned her last week too! She is hosting a free Skill Builder Block of the Month and will introduce two new blocks each month which will emphasize a different piecing technique or quilting skill.
I think this will be a great opportunity to learn some new techniques and Alyssa will be using the “quilt as you go” method – something I have been wanting to try. I hope you join in the fun!
Since it’s almost the beginning of a new year, I have been searching for a new daily planner. There are lots of free printable options on the internet and to make your search easier, Judy at Contented at Home gives you ten to check out.
From December 25 thru January 5 use Mad About Patchwork’s coupon 12DAYS to save an additional 12% on your entire order (includes Kona cotton, Kaffe Fasset Collective, batiks, polka dot basics, fleece, books & patterns, perle cotton and rulers).
And at Hancock’s of Paducah you can still save 20% on your purchase until January 1st, 2013.
And since 2013 is right around the corner, I found a lovely New Year’s resolution printable at Sara Dawn Designs:
This is going on my desk/wall for sure! I think Sarah has captured some positive goals beautifully. While you’re visiting her blog, you should check out her other crafty ideas and be inspired!
I think I’ll end today’s post with that. I wish you all a beautiful and safe New Year’s Eve and a happy and healthy 2013!