It’s my blogiversary!!!

Eleven years ago I decided to start writing and posting a blog featuring quilting, traveling and the other crazy things in my life.

When I started, I was uncertain that I would enjoy blogging, uncertain that it wouldn’t just take up more and more of my time, and uncertain that ANYone would want to read it. Well, all three of those worries were unfounded!!!

I love writing about what I am doing and I have found that the blogging process has helped to focus my quilting energies. I am always thinking about the next project and how I can blog about it. I have also enjoyed the documentation process that goes along with blogging, and have found it to be really helpful to write what I do and why.

But the biggest enjoyment of blogging has been the people that I have met along the way…..I have connected with women from many parts of the US and many foreign countries, and they all have one thing in common……they each have SO much quilting talent!!!

I have “met” people who spin with drop spindles, knit until their arms ache, learn to speak Greek just for the heck of it, cook some amazing dishes and, most importantly, keep the art of quilting alive and well in this world. I have been encouraged, complimented, educated and loved by all of you and I thank you!!!!

So, please raise your glasses…..

”To all of the wonderful blogging quilters of the world…..HERE’S TO YOU!!!!!”

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Blogspot comments

Have you tried to place a comment on a Blogspot post lately?   It has become almost impossible to figure out the word verification so people are simply not leaving comments anymore.

 

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Can you read the word on the left…..and this is an easy one!!!

 

To this end, I (along with lots of  other bloggers) have removed the word verification from my site. 

Come on Google…..figure it out!!!!!

Happy Blog-i-versary!!

As of yesterday, I have been writing a blog for 3 whole years.   When I started I didn’t know if it would endure, but I have truly enjoyed my time of communicating with friends, old and new, and from all around the world.

There hasn’t been much quilting going on in my life as my DD had major shoulder surgery this past Tuesday and spent three days in the hospital.  She is now at home and functioning mostly by herself, but my husband and I are still on call at any time, day or night.

The upside of this event is that, knowing this was coming up, I am the most prepared for Christmas that I have EVER been.  It is a wonderful feeling to be a week out and know that everything is in order.

At our last Fiber Frenzy meeting, Shirley brought out gifts for all of us….she always comes up with something fun!!  This year it is a “Just Do It” hanger for our studios.  She said that the first stitch or cut is the hardest to make in each project so this is our reminder to…..

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Maybe I will get the hint!!!!

101st Post and Giveaway

Well, this post was supposed to be my 100th post, but somehow I ended up counting wrong, so this is my celebratory 101st!!!!

I started this blog in December of last year after talking to my friend Anita about her blog. At the time I was very reticent about whether or not I wanted to do this, but decided to give it a try. I am SO glad that I did step into the blogosphere as I have learned so many things…..

One of the first blogs that I found was Bonnie Hunter and Quiltville.com. Bonnie is the queen of scrap quilting and has a wonderful Scrap Saver system. After reading her website, I have now completely organized ALL of my scraps….no more boxes, baskets or bags of unusable bits and pieces.

Then, while reading Maggie’s blog, she mentioned a You Tube video about a good method for folding fabric. I used this new method to fold all of my larger cuts of fabric and also those that were multi-colored and wouldn’t fit in a particular color box. As a result, I have used a lot of fabric that I would not have remembered previously.

Both of these ideas have greatly improved my quilting enjoyment in the last few months.

I have found that writing this blog has helped me to focus on the areas that I want to pursue most. I have also enjoyed learning to document my quilting process with photos, and at least one set of these has come in handy while teaching a class.

But, most of all, I have loved and cherished the friendships that have been made (or renewed) during this past nine months. It is such fun to open the blog and have comments from England, Australia, Canada, France (in French no less), and many from here in the US.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE COMMENTED, CHEERED AND ENCOURAGED ME!!!!

AND….as a thank you, I am presenting this Give-Away……

If you would like a chance to win this Wall Quilt, please leave a comment on this post and your name will be added to the pot. I will pick a winner on Sunday, October 3rd. GOOD LUCK!!!!

A new way to write a blog

While reading another blog, I saw someone mention “Microsoft Live Writer” as an easy method of writing a blog, so I downloaded it yesterday and tried it out on yesterday’s post. IT IS WONDERFUL!!!!!!!

You can easily insert photos and they go exactly where you want them to!!! You can move them to the right or left of the page and can wrap text with just the click of your mouse.

Go here to download the program.

When you first open the program, it asks information about your blog and then goes into it and pulls all of your settings, lists, etc.

After you write your post, you tell it to publish and the program posts it for you, along with all photos, special effects and labels.

I understand that there is a mobile version as well so that you can post from your phone….I will check that out soon too.

Have fun blogging the new and improved way!!!

Bye for now.