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It’s a Party!! Reflections, Prizes and Chocolate Cake

Last Friday was the Quilting Gallery’s 3rd anniversary and to celebrate we’re having a party!! Grab your dancing shoes and party hats and let’s go. There will be prizes, lots of prizes, and some virtual chocolate cake too!


Some days, it is hard to believe that this site is only 3 years old and, up to now, has been totally managed and developed by just one person. I can’t remember what time was like before this site as it has become a big part of my every day life. And not just from the technical/management side of running the site, but from the wonderful friendships and every-day inspiration that it has given to me.

Some reflections on the past year:

One of my most favourite parts of this year has been the Weekly Themed Quilt Contests. It has been fantastic to see all of the wonderful quilts. It was always one of my goals with this site that it be a Quilt Gallery (hence the name of the site), with a strong focus on showcasing quilts that others have made. I’m very pleased that the weekly contests have allowed me to accomplish that goal.

We’ve done four swaps this year and they’ve all been great fun: Winter time mini quilt swap, embroidery mini quilt swap – designed by Lenna Green, applique posy needle case swap – designed by Erin Russek, and the candle mat swap – designed by Sandi Andersen.

In March, I attended the Lancaster AQS quilt show where I got to meet so many wonderful quilters. I also took a workshop by Linda M. Poole that has changed my quilting life forever. Who knew I’d actually LOVE hand applique? Certainly not me, but I wanted to learn from a great teacher, and that’s what I did. Here’s the Floral Delights I made in Linda’s class:


Earlier this year, Lenna Green taught us how to embroider with great tips and videos on various embroidery stitches.

In May, I introduced the Quilter’s Market section of the web site. It’s an inexpensive advertising opportunity for designers, authors, publishers or distributors to show case their fabulous quilting products. Several new products have been added lately, please do check it out. It’s a virtual quilt show for you to explore from your own home.

Also in May, my girlfriend Sandi and I attended Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis, MN with a side trip on the way home to the Shipshewana, Indiana area. It was a fabulous trip, and so wonderful to meet new quilting friends and connect with old friends too.

The Quilting Bloggers directory continues to grow at a steady pace with 4,675 blogs listed from 73 countries. I also added the ability to see the titles of the last three blog posts and integrated the directory with Facebook.

As an aside, I get asked this on a regular basis: Why don’t I show the actual blog posts from other sites, not just the titles? Other sites do it, why don’t you? Here’s my reason: Technically, I could do that too, but I never will. The main reason is that I sell advertising on my site in various forms, and I feel very strongly that it would be wrong for me to put my ads on YOUR content. I could go into this in greater detail, as it is something I feel very strongly about, but this is a party!!

In the summer, I reworked the payment options for the Quilt Shop Locator. It’s now even more affordable for quilt shops, online retailers and other quilting professionals to get listed. Two advertising options are now available: a Basic Listing for $2/month and a Premium Listing for $8/month (less than the cost of a yard of fabric). Premium listings contain more information about your shop, including unlimited photos, and get priority exposure throughout the Quilting Gallery site.

There have been almost weekly Guest Bloggers featured on the site. I absolutely LOVE hearing the stories of the guests and hope you do too. This feature will continue next year, Want to be a guest?

In September I started working on the latest section of the web site: the Quilt Guilds Directory. Currently, guilds are entering their information. Early next year you’ll be able to search for guilds world-wide. Glancing at the list of submissions so far, there are 6 countries represented. More will come!! (Please tell your guild to enter their info!)

Lastly, earlier this week, the second edition of the Quilter’s Cookbook was published. It brings me so much joy to put together these cookbooks. I love reading the stories, seeing the quilts, and trying new recipes from quilting friends. You just know these are the best recipes out there!

Wow, what a busy year, no wonder I’m ready for a Holiday!

What’s next:

The Weekly Themed Quilt Contets will continue for 2011. Want to sponsor a week?

I’ve been working with a great graphics designer, and he’s come up with a new design for the site. I had hoped to have it done for the anniversary party, but it obviously hasn’t happened. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!

You’ll be able to search using the Quilt Guilds Directory very soon.

At least two swaps will be done next year. Winter and spring swaps are currently being worked on. I’m sure you’ll love what we’ll be making. No, I’m not going to tell you yet!! :)

For me, the biggest personal challenge this year has been trying to manage this site and my day job. To that end, one of my main goals for next year is opening this site up to YOU, the readers and visitors. I loved Lenna Green’s expert columns from last year and want to expand on this.

Are you interested in writing a featured column? I’m open to suggestions, but here’s some ideas that I’ve had:

  • a weekly feature on free quilting tutorials and projects (there are so many wonderful projects to share, if only I had more time!)
  • quilters in the news – links to stories about quilters doing great things in their community
  • weekly favourite quilting blog – feature one of the quilters from the Quilting Bloggers directory (this could be an interview or in your own words)
  • product reviews (not endorsements, there’s a difference)
  • the traveling quilter – reporting from a quilt show or event
  • quilting tutorials and/or lessons

Lots of ideas, drop me an email if you’re interested.

Before I move on to the prizes, I wanted to thank you. Each and everyone of you that has visited this site, participated in the contests, voted for favourite quilts, completed one of my swaps, listed your quilt shop in the Locator, added your products to the Quilter’s Market and just became a part of my life.

This site is for you, and I’m looking forward to us spending many more wonderful years together. Thanks for sharing my journey with me!

Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!!

If I can wake up my trusty assistant Daniel, he’ll be handing out the chocolate cake. Sorry for the kitty hairs.


I want to thank all the wonderful sponsors. I really only started planning this party earlier this week, and they’ve responded in a big way. Please show your appreciation by visiting their web sites, and checking out what they have to offer. Lots of last-minute Christmas gift-giving ideas, or treat yourself to a gift just for you!

Sympoz – Interactive Video Tutorials

Have you heard about Sympoz or seen their video tutorials? They take online learning to the next level. Their videos are professionally produced by a film crew, using multiple cameras and professional editors. With their technology, you can directly interact with instructors and your fellow classmates. The course is truly interactive, as opposed to the passive nature of all YouTube videos.

You’ll hear more about Sympoz when I do a review for them early next year. I’m really excited to see how it all works. Interactive learning is and will be huge in the future.

Sympoz has donated four free courses: two for their Quilting series featured Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company and two for their Cooking class with chef Shellie Kark, Co-founder of KitchenCUE.

Additionally, all Quilting Gallery readers can take advantage of special savings now. (Great idea for a last-minute gift). Discounts are available by clicking these links Quilting Tutorial – 40% off and Cooking Tutorial – 25% off. (You must click the appropriate link to get the discount.)

Aurifil Threads

My dear friend Alex has donated a 12-pack kit of Aurifil’s 12wt wool thread. It’s perfect for hand appliqué and blanket stitched appliqué on wool fabrics, using a single or double strand. It creates a wonderful primitive look.

Did you know I use Aurifil’s 50wt thread for all of my piecing. It’s so thin and makes a big difference to my patchwork pieces actually fitting together.

Dianne Springer Designs

Dianne has the CUTEST quilting kits and patterns around. Her ideas are so unique! She ships every day, so you just might be able to get some last-minute gifts delivered in time for Christmas.

She’s donated one of her famous Quilt in a Cup kits as well as one of her Scrap-O-Lator quilt patterns. Talk about using up your scraps – the finished quilt is just gorgeous.


Terri Thayer

Terri Thayer is one of my favourite quilting authors. She’s published three books in her quilting mystery series featuring Dewey Pellicano: Wild Goose Chase, Old Maid’s Puzzle and Ocean Waves.

Terri has donated a set of all three books for one lucky winner. I warn you, once you start reading one of her books, you won’t be able to put it down. Curl up under your favourite quilt and enjoy! Oh, and Terri doesn’t just write about quilters, if you’re into stamping, check out her Stamping Sisters Mysteries too.


Jojo’s Quilt Shoppe

I have had great pleasure this past year working with and getting to know Joelle from Jojo’s Quilt Shoppe. She’s been a great supporter of our weekly quilt contests, donating fabulous prizes every month.

She is offering FREE domestic shipping from Friday the 17th through December 25th or just $5 per envelope for international shipments. All orders must be completed by the 17th to ensure delivery by Christmas, but the free shipping offer will continue through the 25th. Go on, click the link to her store, I just know you’ll find something for YOU that you deserve.

Joelle has donated a fat eighth bundle of Central Park by Kate Spain:

I Have A Notion

Of course if would not be a party, without the wonderful Kelly from I Have A Notion. I had the pleasure of meeting Kelly at Spring Market, and let me say, I’ve never met anyone so infectiously exuberant as her.

Now, I had a phone call from Santa earlier, and he told me that for all the quilting notions he needs for the wonderful quilters on his list, he shops at I Have A Notion for the best selection and prices around. I think that’s good advice.

Kelly has donated a Star Flake Snap Sack – it’s a mini quilt that includes the fabric and pattern. Great idea!

Stitchin Heaven

When I eventually make it to Texas, this is one quilt shop I will definitely not want to miss: Stitchin Heaven. I had the pleasure of meeting owner, Debby Luttrell last year. She’s been a great supporter of my Quilt Shop Locator for which I’m forever grateful.

You’ll want to spend some time browsing around the Stitchin Heaven web site as they have a lot to offer. I’m sure you can convince your secret Santa that you need to Travel and Cruise with other quilters next year.

They’ve donated a goodie bag of gifts including two mystery books (not shown), tote bag, sticky note book, wrist pin cushion, hand sanitizer and a White Chocolate pattern.

The Longaberger Company

I had never heard of Longaberger before until Maria DiCaprio White contacted me earlier this year. Based in Newark, Ohio, The Longaberger Company is America’s premier maker of handcrafted baskets and offers other home and lifestyle products. Their baskets are made from hardwood Maple, signed and dated by the weaver. Their pottery is vitrified and is freezer, microwave and oven safe.

You simply must check out their beautiful products. There’s even a half-price shipping offer today and tomorrow. I love their baskets; they would be great in my sewing room!

Maria has donated a travel mug in a colour of your choice. (Sorry shipping of this prize is only available to US residents.)

Kelly Kreft – Pay it Forward

My dear Facebook friend Kelly Kreft is Paying it Forward and donating two sets of two of her hand-made crocheted dish cloths. I love these dish cloths and am always buying them at various craft shows. Once you’ve used them, you’ll never want another.


Linda M. Poole – Floral Delights

Earlier in this post, I showed you my Floral Delights that I made while taking Linda M. Poole’s class in Lancaster. Imagine my surprise when Linda’s email arrived telling me that she’d be thrilled to donate a copy of her pattern to help us celebrate. I know from personal experience that Linda’s patterns are fantastic. If you ever get the chance, take one of her classes.

P.S. I have her Bended Bias Appliqué book, and just love it.



Learn2QuiltOnline is a new website dedicated to teaching quilting to beginners. You will find loads of free lessons, tips, videos, resource links, patterns and plenty of helpful articles all dedicated to teaching you how to quilt; right from the comfort of your own home.

They’ve donated a free pattern, which can be chosen from the following patterns:

  • Woven Color
  • Spring Garden (Applique)
  • In the Neighborhood (Paper Piecing)
  • 3-D Wall Art (Trapunto & Couching techniques)
  • Coloring on Fabric (aka The Turkey Quilt)

In addition to the quilt pattern, the winner will also receive three quilt block patterns (Log Cabin, Shoo Fly and Friendship Star). Each of these patterns includes multiple layouts and color options to help you see how to use them in your own quilts.

Santa Alert: I see big savings for December on the Learn2QuiltOnline web site. Check them out for yourself.

Quilt Cetera – Bradie Sparrow

What do I say about Bradie? She’s a mother of 9 (yes, nine, that’s not a typo) wonderful children, a fantastic quilt teacher (remember her Summer Star Sampler – purchase the blocks at her Etsy store), wife to the equally wonderful Man Quilter, aka Matt, and someone I’m pleased to call a friend.

She’s donated two copies of her newest pattern: Windowpanes.

Isn’t it adorable? It’s a good thing these patterns come as PDF files, cos at just $4, I’m ordering one for me, and I’d hate for you or Santa to miss out on getting one too.

The Quilt Life

As mentioned in my Evernote and my Quilting Life post yesterday, I have one copy of the December issue of The Quilt Life to give away.


Read my article: No more sticky notes! How Evernote organized my quilting life. [PDF file]

Quilter’s Cookbook

I’ll also be donating 5 sets of the two Quilter’s Cookbooks.

Santa alert: Filled with fabulous recipes, heart-warming stories and gorgeous quilts, they’d make a great gift for you and your quilting friends. Purchase them here!

P.S. If you have a blog and want to help me spread the word (please!) about the Cookbooks, I’d be happy to donate a set or two for you to give-away on your blog too. Blog post must go up this weekend, and winner chosen randomly by Tuesday evening next week. I’ll send you content and images by Friday.

Fat Quarter Shop
Updated: December 18th

The wonderful gang at the Fat Quarter Shop have generously donated three $50 gift certificates to help celebrate the Quilting Gallery’s third birthday.

Be sure to check out their Countdown to Christmas Daily Deals for some awesome savings this holiday season.

Countdown to Christmas Daily Deals

Accents In Design
Updated: December 21st

Carol from Accents In Design is helping us celebrate our birthday/anniversary too, by donating a set of her “Fine Line” Quilter’s Straight Rulers in the 6″, 8″ and 12″ sizes.

How to Enter, How to Win!

Have you read this far? – Congrats!! I hope you checked out all of the wonderful sponsors.

Here are the rules:

Leave a comment below. One entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Winners will be chosen randomly next Tuesday.

Answer the following:

  1. which prizes – please pick two – from above would you like to win (I’ll try to accommodate everyone’s wishes, but it may not be possible)
  2. what is your favourite part of the Quilting Gallery site OR what would you like to see more of OR what do you think can be improved? Don’t worry, I’m asking for your honest opinion, if I didn’t want to know, or didn’t care, I wouldn’t ask. (If you prefer to send your ideas/suggestions privately, just indicate that in your comment.)
  3. In keeping with the spirit of the Holiday Season, share a short story of something special that you’ve recently done for someone else, or that was done to you. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, just something nice. For example, yesterday, I helped one of the older ladies in the building get her shopping cart up the stairs (the ramp was closed).

The End!

P.S. Facebook friends: Please go to the blog post and leave your comment there. Don’t leave it on Facebook or you won’t be entered to win.

Comments are now closed. Winners will be announced soon!

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393 Responses to “It’s a Party!! Reflections, Prizes and Chocolate Cake”

  1. Frances Harper says:

    I would love to win the Terri Thayer books or the December copy of The Quilt Life.

    I enjoy the Weekly Newsletters.

    Yesterday I helped fill Christmas baskets for our Church Food Pantry.

  2. I have only just found your blog thanks to Charlie and have a link from my brand new Quilting Blog to your website because I think it is so sensational. I am new to quilting, old to stitching but ….

    If I were to win I would love either:
    1. Accents In Design Rulers because I didn’t know you could do this or;
    2. The fat eighth bundle from JoJo’s please

    Something nice that’s happened is our middle child, has been the last to leave the nest, and we bought her all the things that are needed for a new home that you don’t think about like a microwave, pots and pans, kettle, toaster, dishes, cutlery, and cooking utensils for her so she wouldn’t have to buy all that stuff.

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter this birthday bash and may I wish you many happy returns and many more to come and a wonderful Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year.
    Patti xxx

  3. Deb A says:

    It would be wonderful to win, and my two choices would be:
    $50 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop
    and the Central Park Fat 1/8th Material

    My short story for the season: I listen to a country station, and the two morning hosts decided to stay on the roof of the station in really cold weather until listeneners donated 2000 items for a local kids home. I listed for a day and then decided to help out….it was really cold and we needed to get them off the roof. I went to our local Target store and purchased mittens, hats, scarves, toys and more toys and dropped them off at the station. I felt good in the fact that I was even able to help a little bit.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Lizze says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I appreciate the opportunity to enter my quilts in the weekly contests, it sure is fun seeing everyone’s beautiful quilts!! It has driven up the traffic to our blog as a bonus! Thank you so much!

    If I were to win a gift, I would love the books, or fat eighth bundle.

    Thanks for the cake too! Yum!

  5. Lizze says:

    EEEeeeek! Sorry, the thing I did in the spirit of the holidays is donate toys. My daughter’s preschool is the local Lutheran Church and is also the neighborhood food pantry. The other day while dropping her off, I noticed they had a pile of gently used toys with some of their food. I asked if they needed more, and sure enough, the were thankful to receive a donation. It is a very humble church that truly gives back to the community year round. We are very fortunate to have what we need. My children are lucky to have generous family, but are humble enough to not need all the things they are given. They appreciate every gift they get, but have received so many things that we put some aside at Christmas and birthdays to give to children who may be less fortunate. This year they gave the Church 10 of the brand new toys they had received so another child may have as wonderful a Christmas as they enjoy!

  6. Donna says:

    Happy Third Anniversary! Congratulations to you!
    In the spirit of Christmas (and always) – our sil and grandson stayed with us while daughter Steph was deployed – she’s home now safe and sound – sil taught me ots of things while here, including learning to fix a few things.
    What I’d like to win – the goody package from Stitchin’ Heaven and the gift certificate from Fat Quarter shop! Merry Christmas!

  7. Donna McGraw says:

    I enjoyed the cake–it was yummy with my coffee break.
    Any of your prizes would be great but I especially would like to win the ruler you added today.
    It may (would ) help me on my quilting process–which really needs help as I am a newby to it.
    Happy Aniversary.

  8. Anne D says:

    Wow what great prizes. I would be happy to win any of them but my 2 favs are the central park bundle and the gift voucher from the fat quarter shop. Thanks for a great giveaway and I have enjoyed reading your blog all year!

  9. Edna V.s says:

    I would love to win any one of these prizes but my favourite is the $50 to Fat Quarter Shop and the Scrap a mug – what a neat idea! I am glad I came to your site – so many clever ways to give quilting gifts to friends found here. By the way Happy Anniversary!

    My 94 yr old friend is in hospital and although she talks and responds well her body is failing. When I visited I took a few Xmas goodies in ziploc bags and some Xmas napkins so she could enjoy just a bite and feel festive too.

  10. Margaret says:

    Happy Birthday – I just had one this month as well but I’m nowhere near 3 years old. I really enjoyed reading about all the fantastic people in your givaway. I have been learning how to quilt on my Queen Quilter this year and instead of buying a bunch of rulers my husband and I made some out of plexiglass – I wouldn’t mind trying out a store bought one. I’m new to this blog but I will be coming back.

  11. Robin Crittenden says:

    I would like any of these prizes but i’d have to pick the set of quilt novels and the Fat Quarter gift certificate.

    Happy Anniversary, and isn’t it amazing how fast the time flies.

    I am emailing daily a friends daughter who just had surgery and now my friend is in ICU with cancer. Praying hard for them. Also trying to drop money in the Salvation Army red buckets when I see them.

  12. Rachel says:


    I would be very grateful to receive the Central Park fat quarter set from Jojo’s Quilt Shoppe and the Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate.

    I love that your website is a forum not only for those who love quilting to share their knowledge via the internet, but to find ways to leave their computer chairs and explore the quilting world around them. I’ve learned about so many local events from your site that I would’ve had no idea about!

    I’m just beginning to learn how to quilt (I’m 24 and my mother and grandmother couldn’t work a needle, though, of course, I love them just the same). I’m hoping to be able to use it to one day contribute to my household, as I’m getting married next year and my fiance and I are trying to stay afloat as we plan a wedding, start a home, and build a family. However, I was thrilled to see the look on my girlfriend’s face this past Sunday when I presented her with one of the first quilt’s I ever completed — one of the few hand-made gifts given to her at her baby shower. The supplies to make it were an expense, but it was certainly a labor of love and well worth her reaction!

  13. Tilde says:

    I would love to have a chance to win either the Stitchin Heaven goodiebag, or one of the Fat Quarter shop gift-certificates. Both are such nice shops :-)

  14. Sandy Spence says:

    I would be honoured to win something…and if I had to make a choice it would be the Aurifil thread and the Stitchin Heaven package….
    But anything would really do! :)

  15. Susan says:

    Favorite part of Quiting Gallery is the weekly contests, even though I never won! Best prize is the Fat Quarter fabric or the Aurifils thread. And the best 2 things that happened to me this holiday season were surprise presents turning up in my mailbox from two new blogging friends!

  16. Geraldine says:

    Happy Birthday. Thank you for offering the Candle Mat exchange. It was a blast. Looking forward to another exchange. LOVE the Central Park Fat Quarter set.

    Merry Christmas, to you and please take time to sew during this hectic time.

  17. Nancy says:

    First choice- I’d love to win the Quilt-in-a-Cup; and second the Longaberger travel mug. I’m into beverages!

    Best part of the site is the wonderful resource of quilting blogs, followed by your advertisers… I find lots of new & interesting products through the site.

    A kindness- volunteered to take care all of the clerical meeting tasks for a group’s president who is working part-time and did not have time to get them done in a timely way.

  18. Such wonderful prizes. I would be happy to win any of them. I particularly like the Central Park bundle and the FQS gift certificate, oh and the Terry Thayer books…….

    I love the quilt contests on your site. It fun to see the different quilts that folks enter.

    A kindness… One of my quilting teacher/buddies is the most generous woman I know. She is always sharing with others. At a recent retreat, she admired a quilt my buddy was making and said she needed to buy the kit. I had the same quilt kit. I was thrilled to be able to give something, the quilt kit, to a woman who is always sharing with others. I saw her today at our guild meeting. She said that no one had ever given her a quilt kit before. (she has given away many of her kits) I’m thrilled that I acted on an idea and was able to provide this experience to this friend.

    Happy Third Birthday!!!!

  19. Laura says:

    Congrats and Happy Birthday!

    I’ve never seen rulers like the Accents in Design ones. They look fantastic! I guess that and my favorite thread, Aurifil, are my choices.

    We’ve had a lot of snow here lately. This morning, after cleaning off my own car, I scraped the ice off my daughter’s as well. Of course it’s snowing again now…

  20. Nancy L. says:

    Wow-what great prizes!!!
    1. I’d like to win the Kate Spain fabric and the Fat Quarter Shop gift certificates.
    2. I’m new to the site, so just love to look at all the great ideas and learn!! So much fun!
    3. I received a wonderful comment and thank you from someone in a restaurant. I am a RN, and a lady I didn’t recognize told me I had taken care of her husband a couple of years ago, and thanked me for the wonderful care I had provided to her and her husband in his last days. It was very touching and humbling to know I was able to help in that way. We often aren’t recognized for what we do; she brought tears to my eyes that day.

  21. WilmaNC says:

    I want that straight line ruler!! How cool.

  22. Judi says:

    Happy Birthday wow I can’t belive it’s been 3 years already. There are so many great prizes to choose from but the 2 that catch my eye the most are the Fine Line Quilter’s Straight Ruler which will help me alot with my quilting and the Terri Thayer books, I love to read along with quilting. Thanks to all the wonderful sponsers for this giveaway.

  23. Liliana says:

    Happy Birthday to you!!! 3 yeras…It´s wonderfull…!!
    I love to win the “FineLineQuilter´sStraightRullers” or Aurifil Threads. I hope be lucky and win one of the contest of this year. This site is perfect to me,but if I need to say something…se that I like more free proyects…nothing else. Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all people who work whith you. My best whishes, Liliana

  24. Liliana says:

    Happy Birthday to you!!! 3 years…It´s wonderfull…!!
    I love to win the “FineLineQuilter´sStraightRullers” or Aurifil Threads. I hope be lucky and win one of the contest of this year. This site is perfect to me,but if I need to say something…se that I like more free proyects…nothing else
    Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all people who work whith you
    My best whishes

  25. Shirley in Canada says:

    Amazing party!!! Happy 3rd Birthday!!

    A win is a win in my books! Any of the great prizes would be most welcomed here ;-)

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and yours!

  26. Ok, I just have to try the new rulers…those look very cool!!

  27. Happy 3rd!

    I like the Fine Line Quilter Straight Rulers and the Aurifil Threads as well.

    I like your webpage just the way it is.

    I shared some of my stash with a friend who loves to do charity quilts.

    Billie in TX

  28. Becky M says:

    Happy blogaversary!
    1.I would love the Fat quarter gift certificate or the Kate Spain fat eigth
    2. I love the quilt blog links! Such a fun way to find new blogs.
    3. My sister found herself without a place to live his winter so my husband and I have let her move in with us until she gets back on her feet.

  29. Willa says:

    Prizes? Kate Spain Central Park
    or the Thayer books

    Would like to see more of? Well, I have no complaints. I like product reviews and tutorials and chatter and photos. What I like most depends on how busy and what direction I am headed at the moment.

    Good deed for the holidays? Tried to help a friend in dire financial straits. But you know what, that is something I really did not intend to talk about. Most every Christmas my sister and I try to do for some one who is struggling.

  30. Marcia Kosturock says:

    1. Floral Delight, and Learn 2 Quilt Online
    2. Being able to connect to all of the other quilt blogs out there. I love to see what everyone else is doing.
    3. I taught my son how to donate to charity during the holiday season.

  31. Dawn says:

    Congrats and Happy Birthday!!

    Two prize choices…KATE SPAINS Central Park from JoJo’s Quilt Shoppe or the gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.

    Love the tutorials on your site!

    Helped an elderly lady get her holiday shopping and baking finished.

    Merry Christmas and Many Blessings!

  32. Jackie White says:

    The thread or the rulers are great!
    I enjoy the weekly newsletter most.

    I went into the gr 1/2 class at our local school and taught a craft, how to make wrapping paper out of newsprint, foam stamps, that I spent literally hours making and paint. Very fun!

  33. B Hunter says:

    MMMMMM the cake is good and isn’t cat hair a condiment?

    If my name should float to the top… the Aurafil, the Stitchn Heaven, or Fat Quarter Shop…. I know three, but just incase… one or two are already gone…. insurance.

    Not real thought on improvements…. well ok… maybe have the email announcement come with something about the site instead of your name… I know too many Michele’s

    I am helping my gardener improve his reading skills. He wants to get on the Internet, and here as long as you are logged on… you are using your airtime… Internet is a luxury for many here.

    Happy Holidays and enjoy the Festive Season!

  34. Nancy Sue Phillips says:

    I like Stitchin Heaven’s package. Debbie Lutrell seems so nice! My other choice is Dianne Springers Design package. I love her style! Thank you for organizing this giveaway.

    I love the quilting contests weekly here. I am a newbie new to quilting. The contests give me an instant set of examples in a topic/chosen style. Paired with the opportunity to visit new sites through the entries, the contest makes a great learning tool.

    While grocery shopping, a stray dog from the neighboring development found it’s way to the store. Knowing my hubby was holding down the fort with the kiddo, I knew I had the luxury of time (a rarity) and was able to take the dog to the shelter. It was reunited with it’s owner shortly after.

  35. I would love to be a winner:) Happy Anniversary to a wonderful site! Thank you!

  36. MoeWest says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would choose the prize from JoJo’s Quilt Shoppe or IHAN. I love the tutorials on your site. I’ve helped out a senior with her Christmas shopping.

  37. Debra says:

    My favorite prizes is the Kate Spain Central Park and the Aurofil Thread!

  38. Debra says:

    As a new quilter I love seeing pics of the process as well and the finished piece.

  39. Debra says:

    My random act of kindness is i am cooking Christmas and Christmas Even dinner for a friend whose wife is living with brain cancer. I like my cake with cat hair!

  40. Leona says:

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway.


  41. michele hester says:

    I am new to your site, so I don’t really have any suggestions to offer, just to say wow, there is a lot of stuff here!

    If I were to win, I would love to win the Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate or the aurifil threads…..of course anything would be fun!

    Something nice – my children (ages 7 and 8) went to three nursing homes to make visits today – my daughter loved singing o holy night every chance she got.

  42. Donna Goff says:

    thanks for such a great site, I am sorta new to quilting, so,,,,, anything and everything is so helpful.

    the gifts I would love to win are either the Stitchin Heavens goodie bag or the I have a notion, star flake snap sach.

    I have made some bunnies dressed in flannel PJ’s to help children in local hospitals. I am wishing them all well, and a bunny to hold on to.

    thanks for having this wonderful site, and great give-a-away, I also hope to be able to add something for a give-a-way in the future. please let me know through an email for other give-a-ways to be able to donate something.

    Thanks again,

  43. Jacki says:

    Happy Birthday! It must be exciting to see something that you have worked so hard on become successful.

    I’ve been out of town so I’m really glad that there is fresh chocolate cake –I was afraid I would miss it and chocolate cake is my favorite! :-)

    I haven’t had as much time as I would like to explore your site, but I love reading your Facebook updates and I’m determined to have more time to check out your actual site in the coming weeks.

    I have two short stories: I was taken out for dinner tonight as a thank you for doing what I feel is my job–made me feel good to be recognized. #2-I was happy to donate to a senior in need from a giving tree. I always feel like I would want someone to take care of my parents if I was available or able.

    One favorite prize would be the quilting rulers because I really want to work on my quilting and straight line quilting needs the most work! I know I’m supposed to list two choices, but I’ll be happy with any of the prizes.

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