Friday, December 28, 2012

Thoughts For The Year And Giveaway Too!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We are hoping that you received a lot of quilting goodies under the tree. Another year is upon us and we love to want to thank you for being awesome! This year we worked hard at bringing you some new things. Thank you for being here with us this year! Here are some of our highlights:

1. Great Fabric
We love to bring you great designs and fabulous fabric!

2. Blog Hop
We had a few blog hops. Our annual holiday blog hop is always a beautiful one and the summer one was such fun.

3. Contests
Jacquelynne Steves of The Noble Wife designed a line called Happy Town and we announced a contest. The fabric will be out soon and we look forward to your submissions!

4. Book Signings at Quilt Market
For those of you who attend Quilt Market [wholesale trade show], we hosted some awesome book signings for our designers at our booth. Buggy Barn, Jill Finley, Barb Jones, Linda Lum DeBono and Kim Diehl were fun and fabulous to have around the booth. We have some great designers and we love to show them off! Look forward toward some more exciting fun at our booth in Portland this spring.

5. Fabulous Sentiments Sampler Quilt And Other Free Designs
Dawn Heese designed a gorgeous pattern for you! The patterns on our website are terrific too.

6. New Guest Designer Profiles
We think that it is important for you to get to know our designers, see where they work and what influences what they do. Delphine Cubitt, Beth Logan, Brenda Pinnick, Debbie Taylor-Kerman and Shelly Comisky are illustrators who license with us and it is fun to get to know them because they're not totally in the quilting industry. Leanne Anderson has an interview coming up.

7. Social Media Fun on Facebook
Have you liked us yet? We'd love to see you there!

8. Giveaways
We've been hosting some fun giveaways here. Fat quarter bundles for you to win sure makes this space fun. Look forward to some more in the new year.

9. Designer Inspiration

We've asked the designers to dig deep and to share with us the background to their designs. They're wonderfully talented and it is nice to know what inspires them for each line that they design. Lizzie B Cre8ve, The Pattern Basket, Anni Downs, Amy Hamberlin, Dana Brooks, Heather Mulder Peterson, Debi Hron, Jana Nielson, Kari Ramsay, Little Quilts, Marie Cole, Mary Jane Carey and Vicki Lynn Oehlke have or will be contributing their ideas soon!


10. Free Patterns
No need to comment any more! Go over to our free patterns page for some great designs!

That is not the entire list but we are proud of what we've worked on and these are just some of the highlights. Tell us what your highlight of the year was for 2012! We'll send you a bundle of fabric to give you some inspiration for the new year.

Enter by January 2, 2013 at midnight and we'll pull a name randomly. Good luck!

Happy New Year!

-hg

88 comments:

WoolenSails said...

I have enjoyed spending the year, reading your postings and being inspired. I am hoping to do more quilting this year and making quilts for my family and charities.

Debbie

giddy99 said...

My sewing/quilting highlight of the year was finishing my first quilt! Followed closely by two more baby quilts. Personally, my first year anniversary was a pretty big highlight, too. :)

DebrafromMD said...

The highlight of my year was a cruise through the inside passage of Alaska.

The Amateur Quilter (Mike Pearson) said...

I had so many great highlights this year! (besides all my finishes) I went to DisneyWorld and Disneyland. I survived Hurrican Sandy. Santa went sewing/quilting/fabric shopping for me this year! Yay!

Lisa Marie said...

The highlight of 2012 for me was my son's college graduation. I did lots of sewing and quilting too, which is always enjoyable.

Cecilia said...

My highlight for 2012 was the birth of my third granddaughter and a trip to Spain and Italy with my daughter, husband, and two granddaughters. Thank you for all of the fun blog hops and for the introductions to your designers. It has been a lot of fun playing along.

Gill said...

My highlight was my 'Garden Fence' quilt which I made for my niece and presented to her at her wedding in April!

Darlene D said...

I've had such a great year. Making it to my first one year anniversary of being cancer free would be high on my list of greats! And I've been blessed to spend many hours doing one of my favourite things, and that is quilting.

Wanda said...

The highlight of 2012 for me is that I got engaged after almost 16 years to the most wonderful man. I wanted to raise my two children before starting the next chapter of my life. The highlight of 2013 will be selling my house and finally being together with my future husband.

Debi said...

The highlight of my year was a new granddaughter born in June after a very complicated pregnancy. I also finished and quilted 2 dozen quilts in 2012~

Margaret said...

I think the highlight of the year for me was that my husband is still with me after being dx with cancer 6 years ago. He was told he might live for 5 years and now has made six. Hooray. As far as quilting I learned to paper piece and have learned to use brighter colors. We have a local quilt shop that just opened and they carry Henry Glass Fabric whichI love Thank you for all the inspiration that you give.

Mommarock said...

Highlight of the year was just the day to day with my family. Every day is bright and beautiful spent with the ones you love

Material Girl said...

I had a pretty quiet year with a few health problems along the way, but I am hopeful that things will be ok and 2013 will be a better year for me and my family. One highlight for me was winning a FQ bundle and a quilting book. I look forward to following your blog post and facebook posts for the upcoming year. Thanks for all you do.

Marilee said...

It's been a great quilting year for me. I recovered nicely from a broken arm. I finished several quilt projects, including one for my granddaughters 3rd grade class. My kids went to Japan and brought me some lovely fabric for Christmas. I thoroughly enjoy your blog.

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

My highlight of 2012 was going to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. Its a super place full of people as mad about fabric as I am!! Happy New Year!

Nancy said...

The highlight of my year? I'm here, healthy, and survived the Mayan Apocalypse! LOL!

Jan said...

My highlight was going on a Baseball Tour in July, then visiting family in WI. Outstanding time.

hueisei said...

My highlight of the year is finish my Birdie Stitches quilt for my sister and Garden Steps quilt for myself.

Courtneysews said...

I started quilting this year! Yeah!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Fibercrafter said...

My travel highlight was a trip to Europe, and quilting highlights were finishing several long-term quilts.

Gale, Ky quilter said...

The highlight of my year is that I survived a horrible personal/family issue through the love of sewing & quilting. I got so many UFO's finished, pieced a 63 block sampler - by hand, made bags & check book covers & did some English paper piecing for the first time. If it weren't for my fabric, needle & thread don't know how I would have survived. Thanks for an awesome giveaway! You have beautiful fabrics!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

My highlight of the year was this year's Christmas holiday spent with all my children and grandchildren at our house. My sister and her family also shared the fun. We couldn't have had a more wonderful week!

patricia said...

It was a good year. I was fortunate enough to be able to teach, got elected to the Presidency of my guild, and enjoyed traveling with my trunk show. It's been a very sharing year.

Potpourri said...

My highlights, everyone was healthy and happy.
I was able to gift many quilts to family and friends .
And enjoy your blog and getting to know your designers.
Have a good 2013

ritainalaska said...

the highlight of my year was the birth of my greatgrandson, the first baby in our family in 12 years. i thoroughly enjoyed quilting baby things for him!

Sallie said...

highlight was spending time with my family. Thanks for the giveaway!

Joanna said...

I was a new follower this year and enjoyed meeting your designers during one of your blog hops. I was also lucky to win so that for me was a highlight. The designers often have tutorials on their blogs that I have appreciated and so I'm happy to be following along with you. And the free patterns on your site are another plus. Thanks for that resource.

LeAnne said...

My family came for Christmas for the first time in ten years. It was so great to have everyone together.

Michelle Hudak said...

My first grandchild was born on October 7 and I finished her quilt exactly one month before she arrived. It was my first quilt attempt and I have to say it turned out fantastic...just like she is.

shel704 at aol dot com

Becky said...

I have to say one of the highlights of 2012 was our new daughter-in-law. It has been wonderful having a "daughter". We only have sons. Even our precious dog is male. Love having another woman in the family.

Carrie P. said...

The highlight for me this year was growing my own garden with lots of fresh veggies. I have really enjoyed reading your blog this year and will be finishing my quilt that Dawn Heese shared this month.

Julie said...

My highlight was being able to spend more time doing the actual quilting of quilts.

Judy1522 said...

The highlight for me was finishing a quilt from start to finish to give to my son for Christmas. He thought it was great.

marie said...

My highlight was finishing 2 high school graduation quilts. Also a 'almost' finish of a my favorite things quilt with wool applique on cotton fabric.

Sherry said...

I think my highlights this year were the births of my three new grandchildren. I would say that I have learned so much this year about quilting and I alway enjoy visiting here and the holiday blog hop.

VickiT said...

The higlight of my year had nothing to do with sewing although it gives me plenty of reasons to do lots of sewing. Our 3rd Grandchild, a Granddaughter was born just a few days before Valentine's Day this past year. She is an adorable little girl who, along with her parents are living with us temporarily so I get to hold her all I want.

evelyn said...

Pick one, there are so many highlights if you stop and look back. I became a great grandmother. I learned how to paper piece.

Farm Quilter said...

The highlight of my year was moving my daughter in the Army from Florida to Washington, so she is only 5 hours away from me instead of 5 days of driving!

Donna said...

My highlight for the year was a new grand nephew born 08/22/2012. Babies are such fun!

Linda said...

ENJOYING YOUR POSTS!
HIGHLIGHT OF MY QUILTING YEAR WAS TO BEGIN LEARNING FREE MOTION QUILTING!
THANKS FOR YOUR SITE+ SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

scottylover said...

I finally finished a quilt for my hubby this year. He requested black & white fabrics and a specific pattern. I even had one of the long arm quilters from guild quilt it for me. Turned out pretty good if I do say so myself! :)

Sandy A

lefuntz said...

The highlight of 2012 was retiring. I now have more time to quilt and spend with my grandchildren.

CathyK said...

This was my first year of quilting. My highlight for the year was donating a Quilt of Honor to a Veteran. It made me feel so good to give a little something to someone who sacrificed so much for his country.

Sheila said...

I am quite new to following your blog ,however I am so glad I found you , it is always inspiring to see tutorials and learn from such talented designers .My highlight this year was my first teaching class in our quilt guild , quite a learning experience but lots of fun.Thanks for the chance.

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

I would have to say the highlight of 2012 for me was moving into a new home with a sewing room....an entire room for my quilting stuff. I even have a wall that will soon become a design wall. I truly grateful for this blessing!

KaHolly said...

The highlight of my year was selling my first quilt....actually sold two!!

Deb said...

The highlight of my year was finally finishing a king-sized tee-shirt quilt for my son; i had put it off for 10 years!
Deb

barb said...

I was in a near fatal accident and was life flighted to a trauma unit in another state. I suffered a broken pelvis, broken ribs, collapsed lung, severe c9ncussion (i srill suffer from short term memory loss) and a broken left arm that was paralyzed as a result of the accident. And yes i am left handed. I spent 7 weeks in the trauma unit. My condition was so bad they would not do surgery. Then i was transferred to a physical rehab facility where i stayed for almost two months. They did surgery and put a metal plate from my shoulder to elbow. While there i spent 4 to 6 hours daily in physical therapy. When i came home, i had physical therapist every day. After many painful and frustating hours and by the grace of god, i have gotten some use in my arm so that i can quilt again. My inspiration came from blogs like yours with so many beautiful and inspiring quilts. And others talked about the barbarahardships they endured and i knew then that i was not alone.

Carri said...

Finally learning to paper piece. Spending time with dear friends.
The ultimate...my dear sister moving back the the U.S. after 25 years overseas, oh the memories we will be making since we are living on the same continent. :-)

Lynn S said...

The highlight of my year was giving each of my daughters a hand-quilted quilt for Christmas. The quilts took a long time to make and I know they are in special hands now! Now to start a new project!

BarbaraG said...

A highlight for this year was losing 70 lbs! I'm determined to lose the rest this year!

chefpa said...

The highlight of the year was my brother's wedding to a wonderful woman!

Emily C said...

I was appointed secretary of Delta Mu Sigma @ Penn State Dubois and I have been offered membership in Phi Kappa Phi. (for reference: Delta Mu Sigma requires a 3.0+ GPA and Phi Kappa Phi is only offered to students in the top 7.5% of their campus)

Kathy MacKie said...

Spending two full weeks with mt Grand daughters!

The Pink Chick said...
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The Pink Chick said...

The highlight of my year was my husband finally joining me in Saudi Arabia. I've been here working for 3 years but he wasn't able to come over until this year! Also, I gave six various sized quilts (4 bed size, 2 smaller) to the women in my family that I quilted myself! It was fun to see their excitement when they opened their presents!

patti said...

The highlight of my year was a cruise to Bermuda with my daughter and my friends!

Dorian said...

The highlight for me this year was bringing home my fourth child. He spent his first 15 days in the hospital, so coming home was heaven.

JoyceLM said...

My highlight of the year was helping my 92 year old father move in with my youngest sister. He's doing so much better now. And we all feel blessed to still have him in our lives. Thanks.

Dana Gaffney said...

Wow, you've got me running through lots of highlights, for quilting the one that really stands out is being invited to submit a design to a quilt magazine. Pretty awesome.

JCnNC said...

After ten months of dealing with health issues, I am so inspired to make 2013 very productive. Thank you for all your inspiration. Judy C

Pat S. said...

I am still recovering from having had 3 surgeries within 4 month this year. The highlight has been receiving clean margins from a malignant tumor. I'm sew looking forward to a happy and healthy 2013!

Miriam said...

The highlight of 2012 for me was a trip to France for my niece's wedding.
While in Paris I spent an afternoon looking through lots of fabric shops near Montmatre and brought home lots of fabric, habadashery and inspiration!!!

Thank you for a great blog! I have really enjoyed Dawn's blocks for the last few weeks.

Thank you for the oportunity to win.

Marcia W. said...

The highlight of 2012 for me was our family celebration for Christmas when all 19 members of the family came to our house. My mother was so happy to be with everyone, and each grandniece sat in my lap for at least a few seconds. I love to be around my family.
From your blog, I have thoroughly enjoyed the blog hops with the designers.

ledamewood said...

The highlight of my year was getting to spend time with my granddaughter.

Wendy said...

The highlight of my year was the birth of my nephew in March

Lee said...

My highlight of theyear was my son passing his CPA and getting his first "real" job and I finished a lap quilt for my dad for his 85th birthday! thanks!!

Kaye M. tkmattson@hotmail.com said...

In my quilting adventures this past year, I took a Dresden plate quilt class and actually finished it before the year ended! Also made a tiny wallhanging that used Dresden Plate sections to make baskets with rickrack handles. I enjoy reading the designers' blogs and learning more about their work, its very inspiring!

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

My highlight of the year was welcoming my baby girl into the world - and starting quilting and blogging about quilting!

Kathy H said...

I have had a great time this past years, reading the blog and getting wonderful inspiration. Looking forward to seeing what 2013 brings.

Mary Ann said...

My highlight of the year was taking the Amtrak to Seattle to spend the holidays with my daughter and grandkids. I had forgotton how wonderful and relaxing the train could be! My other highlight was I made my first "modern" quilt for my daughter which she really liked. I am thouroughly enjoying reading all that comes my way from you. So much inspiration and great free patterns.

jackiero said...

Highlights of 2012? Family asking me to make assorted storage fabric roll-ups, each one different & exclusive to a different shape. And then being asked to make nylon covers for hot water pipes. I lovingly made all these, yet I mourned my quilting laying still off to the side. I can already predict 2013....Jackie quilts! :P

Ali said...

Well my sewing highlight (hmm, and probably overall highlight now that I think about it) was finishing the class quilt for Handstitched class at the Stitched In Color blog. It's great to make something that I know I will love forever!

Sharon B said...

My sewing highlight was completing a hand appliques 72 inch bed runner for my MIl's christmas gift.

Kay said...

2012 was the year I overcame my fear of the sewing machine and learned to use one. At nearly 50 that is quite a personal achievement for me. Thanks for the giveaway.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Susan said...

Highlights in my year include the birth of my first grandchild and working in India for nearly 3 months. My Grandson is a joy, and working in India was an experience I am glad I did not miss.

Susie Johnson said...

A family reunion on the beaches of Houston!

Jo said...

For me it was the coming of a French woman friend (I'm from Quebec) with whom I correspond in recent years, it was a pleasure to be able to spend quality time together talking quilts among other things.
Thank you for the giveway and Happy New Year !

Patty D from NC said...

HIghlight of my year was when my 2 girls graduated from middle school! Happy New year

Deb said...

My highlight of the year was making a cake/cupcake quilt for my daughter who started selling her baked goods at our local farmers' market. The bright pink cupcakes on the quilt at her booth drew in customers. It was a delight to make it and give it to her for her new endeavor.

Hannah said...

One highlight was planning a surprise 60th birthday party for my mom during the derecho that hit the east coast in late June. Thankful to have pulled it off with the help of family and friends!

Sarah said...

This year I went to Texas for the first time, and I was able to visit the Alamo! That was a lot of fun.

Chris S said...

I have to say the highlight would be finding quilting/sewing. I have found something I truly love. I am still learning and every day I seem to add to my to do list. I have an obsession with fabric (I'm learning this is common in the sewing world!. I love quilts the most, but am finding tons of little projects that I enjoy so much as well!

patricia said...

It was a good year for my trunk show and it traveled well! I enjoyed teaching classes and meeting all the people. I got a few quilts done in between too.

Hifam said...

The highlight of my year was a trip to D.C. with two of my children. It's my goal to take each of my kids there before they are out of our home.

Ann Bowman said...

The highlight of my year was to have my 50th wedding anniversary and have my husband buy me a gorgeous new Janome machine with lots of bells and whistles and it arrived in time for me to finish off a Christmas gift, a quilt with lots of free motion work and did the machine ever come in handy.

Kd Brown said...

The highlight of 2012 for me was spending time with my two wonderful grandchildren. They are the best!

farmgirlathart said...

The Highlight of 2012 for me was being promoted to Division Director (28 staff, 150 children) of the summer camp I work for. It was an amazing experience and I can't wait to change the lives of more children and camp counselors in the years to come! Also, my mom and I finally picked the pattern and fabrics of the first quilt she'll make for me!