Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow Your Blog


Congratulations to Brittany, of Pickles Quilting!  Brittany is the winner of the giveaway.  I'm off to my sewing/reading room to gather items that I think she will enjoy.  Thanks so much for joining in this giveaway!  The comments were so much fun. I've discovered several new to me blogs.  

In the evenings whle Dear Hubby watches TV, I read blogs.  This past year I've definitely read more blogs than actually writing blog posts.  My non-blogging definitely began when I agreed to co-chair the Programs Job for my local quilt guild (Gwinnett Quilters' Guild)  It has been lots of fun, lots of communicating and lots of personal growth.  I'm hoping to blog sometimes about the wonderful quilt teachers I've met because of this venture (Amy Bradley, Marie Bostwick, Mary Lou Weidman, Edytah Sitar, Muriel Pfaff, Jennifer Jangles, Paula Barnes, Lisa Bongean, Kathy Brown .....)   In addition to my guild work, we are currently living in two homes.  My dear hubby will retire in 3 months. At that point, the last phase of our moves will be completed. We sold our home in July, moved necessities into a rental home and moved the majority of our life to our retirement home at the lake.   We are at the rental house during the week and our retirement house on the weekend.  It's a hour and a half drive each way. We are leaving the suburbs of Atlanta for small town living. Our new home is near the Georgia/South Carolina border in the quaint town of Hartwell.  It's a new adventure for us, but one with many blessings!

In some of my blog readings, I ran across Grow Your Blog (http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com/2014/01/welcome-to-grow-your-blog-2014.html) Blog Party.  WOW!!!  Hundreds of blogs with many different areas of focus are in this hop.  It will take weeks to visit them all, but what fun !   Lots of new blogs to visit and new ones to follow!

I adore  blog giveaways. I enjoy hosting them and participating in entering them.  For this blog hop, I will have a giveaway.  I'm stealing this idea from another blogger.  I'll choose a winner on February 15th. To enter, tell me a bit about you. What are your interests, what do you like to read, what do you collect or just something to guide me. I'll select the giveaway prize on your interests.  If you like to read, I'll send you a book I enjoyed. If you are a fabric-holic like me, I'll send you some fabric some my stash.  If you are a cook, I'll send some of my DH's recipes (he's an awesome cook).  Get the idea? I'll try to cater the giveaway to your interests.  

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!  I'm off to a quilting retreat this week.  I'll read your posts, but won't be able to respond until next weekend.  Take care, dear friends!

Becky
The Quilting Booklady

41 comments:

Create With Joy said...

Dear Becky,

It's a pleasure to meet you - thanks for stopping by and entering my Let There Be Light giveaway!

I love to read so - should you draw my name - I'd welcome one of your cherished books!

Have a beautiful weekend!

Create With Joy
http://create-with-joy.com

Create With Joy said...

P.S. Forgot to tell you - I followed you on Blog Lovin! I hope you'll reciprocate - and I hope you'll share your creative talents at one or more of our weekly parties! :-)

Gill said...

I'm already following you with GFC - I like quilting and gardening!

JoyceLM said...

I enjoy reading, quilting, reading, knitting and reading. I've enjoyed following & reading your blog. Thanks.

DebraKay Neiman said...

I love to quilt, reading mystery and paranormal books, to quilt, photography, to quilt, drawing and sketching, to quilt... Retired nurse so I have more time to quilt. Loving this blog...following you on Bloglovin. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Teresa said...

I have always enjoyed reading your blog and appreciated your book reviews. You actually helped me select some books for my moma few years back. My Interests include any kind of handwork, from embroidery to appliqué to English Paper Piecing...I love them all.

Michele T said...

I have been following your blog via Bloglovin' for awhile now. I guess you could say that my passion is quilting and I love fabric.... I mean really, really love fabric!!! Some days I wish I didn't have to work because I would much rather be quilting!!!

Debbie said...

I love to read and I love to sew. I live in Cleveland, Georgia and my husband works in the Hartwell some days. I just discovered yesterday that there is a fabric/quilt shop in Hartwell that carries Aurifil

Nancy Claeys said...

Hi Becky! I used to enjoy quilting some years ago when I had more free time... maybe I'll get back to it someday. Enjoy your retirement... your new adventure sounds wonderful! Happy to be a new follower here. xo

Patty Sumner said...

Hey Becky! How nice to meet you.. I have been reading my way through blogs... I am so glad you made your way to me.. I havea so enjoyed m y visit.. what and adventure you are having in your move....A house on the lake... Wow! What a wonderful retirement... I love the water in any form or I will say living close to it..... I do not get in it that much...lol I imagine sitting and looking out on a lake will be so serene and peaceful for you as you read blogs... I am looking forward to visiting with you and I am following along with you.. Blessings!

Sharon Hughson said...

Fabricholic here. Hope I win.

WhoMom said...

Good Morning!
I have only recently started following quilt blogs and am having a wonderful time looking at beautiful quilts. As a Mom of four children i am enjoying all my children being in school full time. i read constantly, usually mysteries but also several other genres. my hubby is our family cook. Thank you for sharing.

Sheila said...

Nice to meet you via GYB party , you have an interesting blog , great reading . I love quilting , anything to do with quilting .

Karen said...

I love to quilt but my stash is overflowing. I do enjoy cooking simple easy recipes. I love to read mysteries but I haven't done much reading lately. I need to find time again for that. I will be checking out your blog.

Linda said...

HELLO from Montana! Yes,I'm a fabric-holic for sure! I do Charity baby quilts and personal gifts for friends+family. Working on a blue+white piano top runner just now,it will be 9"x50" with blue work on each end and hst's as a border!
Thanks for sharing a neat post!
Thanks for the giveaway too!
Happy Stitching

Vicki H said...

Hi Becky, it's nice to find you on this hop. I was in Atlanta once in about 1990, had a good time sightseeing at Stone Mountain and surrounding area. I love sewing and quilting and in the spring and summer I will be found in my flower gardens.

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

Hello Becky, a pleasure to read your blog! I am a crafter of all kinds, but currently a quilter! I found you with the Grow YOur Blog event and now follow you!
Cheri
www.fabricandmemories.blogspot.com

Emily C said...

Wonderful idea letting the winner pick their prize. Personally I got into quilting not too long ago and do not have much of a stash right now. Thus, I would love some fabric.

Wendy said...

What a great idea for a giveaway...I am a quilter so fabrics would be great if I won...I also collect peacocks, so anything with a peacock on it would be great as well...hope you are having a great day.

WhoMom said...

Quilting books are such happy things and sewing with lovely fabric is happy. Usually, except when it's not...had to use my seam ripper yesterday but soldiered through.

Lori said...

Oh Becky--a few things about me? I hate the cold, will you send me some warm weather?? I love fabric, especially civil war repros. Biographies are good, but a good romance as long as its not a historical romance. Vampires and werewolves are good! I love OLD cookbooks.

Shauna said...

Hi, found your blog with the GYB party. I am a quilter, who loves, ok LOVES fabric. I love all colors, but my most favorite is purple. I am just learning long arm quilting, and loving it!!!!

Abbigail said...

Enjoy your retreat! I love quilting retreats. I go to several a year.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's nice to 'meet' you and get to know you! Enjoy your week! Hugs!

Sarah and Dan said...

I like to cook, and I teach violin lessons. I also dabble a bit in sewing kid's costume accessories. Thanks for telling us more about you!

Just Quilt It said...

I'm sew happy I stumbled upon your blog. My daughter is a librarian, and my husband and I really enjoy reading, especially since we are retired. I enjoy mysteries and memoirs, but 2 books I read lately (suggested by my daughter) were The Book Thief and Salvage the Bones--both excellent reads. I enjoy building up my stash, like all quilters. I collect pie plates, but since I have about 50 of them, I have switched somewhat to pie birds. I have about 10 of them, currently. They take up less room! I've enjoyed coming across your site! Happy quilting!

Jeanne in Ohio said...

I'm a quilter, knitter and avid reader. I've enjoyed reading your blog.

Dolores said...

Hi enjoyed your blog and am a new follower. I love quilting, art and gardening. I cook but not many dishes. Stop by for a chance to win my nifty fifty giveaway. Happy Blogging!


http://doloresfegan.wordpress.com

Kathy H said...

Your blog looks very interesting and I am looking forward to reading about what you are quilting or cooking or reading. I enjoy mystery books and my favorite crafts are quilting and embroidery.

Pickles Quilting said...

Hello! I am an old (2013) follower of your blog via Bloglovin'. I am really cannot pinpoint one thing that I love. I am a Young Adult Librarian, so I tend to read ALOT of teen books. I collect all kinds of things: coins, postcards (I love them!), fabric, and buttons.) I'm very happy to "meet" you! I look forward to following your crafty creations.

Mokki said...

Hi becky, your place by the lake sounds like a great place to retire to. Enjoy it! I like to sew bags, clutch purses, hats and other accessories. I also make soft sculptures which is loads of fun!

Patty Antle said...

It's nice to meet you through this blog party. I am really into creams and whites, lacy things.

Sheryl S. said...

What an interesting blog. I´m making my way through the GYB list and will have to return to read more here. My first love is embroidery and last love embroidery also.

A Nudge said...

Hello, so glad to meet you via GYB. I am a long time quilter (1986) who love to read and garden as you can tell by the name of my blog. I've tried a lot of areas of quilting and am now exploring the amazing corner of applique. Thank you for helping Vicki with this great endeavor.

Ivory Spring said...

Hi Becky,

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you had fun at your retreat. :)

jackie vernon said...

Hi, I am a fabricaholic, if you choose me, fabric please. I love to sew and do all kinds of crafts and I have the stash to prove it. Thanks for the giveaway. Jackie

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Nice to meet you. I work with fabrics: surface embellishment and felting. Thanks for sharing your blog.

Dasha said...

Hello Becky, I have come visiting from Australia. I am a scrappy quilter, almost exclusively for charity. I also love to read, mostly crime. Loving this GYB party and have really enjoyed visiting all these lovely blogs.

macmillanmarie said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us - it was so nice to meet you here - I too really enjoy reading blog posts - sometimes more than writing them.

OhioLori said...

I'm a new Follower thru Bloglovin! :)

Lovin your Blog already too!! Lots to peruse,,,I will be back shortly to take my time..over a cuppa tea!

Am fairly new to Quilting & am definitely a Fabric Addict...... Totally!!! lol

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Jen Barnard said...

I love the name of your blog, it describes me perfectly. jen.barnard@btinternet.com