Monday, April 4, 2011

200th Post Celebration Giveaway


A blog is a message in a bottle, both in purpose and likely readership.
 ~Robert Brault

Today is my 200th post!  I never would have thought I would make it this far.  Thanks to my DD#1, I started blogging back in August.  At the time I thought "I'll give this a try and maybe post something once a week or so".  But then I found out that this blogging thing is really lots of  fun, which really surprised me.  My DD#2 had given me beautiful leather journals to record my thoughts and I was terrible at that.  Blogging is something different.  It's some place to connect with others of like minds; to share thoughts and ideas; to learn and discover.  But I think the best thing about blogging is friendship.  I have made so many wonderful friends since my venture into blogging that I would never have had a chance to meet.  New friends from my own state of California, many from all over the USA, and even several from all around the world!  Your friendships are precious to me.  Thank you for letting me share a little of my world with you and for sharing your life and creations with me!!! 

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PHOTO FACT OF THE DAY

The first telephone

The first commercial telephone used by Alexander Graham Bell was based on his patent of January 1877. The telephone consisted of a single transmitter/receiver placed within a rectangular wooden box. One would speak into the opening in the box and then listen through the same opening. This telephone had essentially the same design as the patent drawing except for the shape. The the patent drawing had a round shape rather than squared.  Two or more of these box phones were connected in series on a line with a ground return.
On April 4, 1878 the first telephone was installed in Madison by Richard Johnson. It connected his home, the Johnson Starch Factory and the J. M. & I Railroad depot. It was a convenience for him and, by all accounts, a source of amusement for his family, especially his young daughter who took every opportunity to sing to people on the other end of the line. In 1881 citizens of the town considered the merits of contracting for the formation of a telephone exchange in Madison with the Central Telephone Company. The company required the assurance of thirty subscribers which were quickly signed up. In early March of that year a shipment of poles, wire, cross-arms and insulators arrived by rail. A foreman and a gang of five men completed the installation in seven short weeks.
Isn't amazing how the phone has evolved in just over a little over 137 years?

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!!!GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Would you like to help me celebrate my 200th post?  Do you think I should have a giveaway?  I DO!

How would you like to win........


A $25.00 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!!!!!!!

I'm not going to make you jump through hoops to enter.  You don't have to be a follower but if you like what you see, maybe you would like to be one.  I'm going to give you two ways to enter:

1.  Leave me a comment telling me what State you live in.  If you don't live in the USA then tell me what country you live in.

2.  Blog about this giveaway and provide a link back to your blog where you have posted about it. (I will check)

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

 
This giveaway is open to everyone, no matter where you live (even if you live on a planet far, far away).  Please make sure that I have some way to reach  you.  If you have a no-reply blogger, make sure to include your email in your comment.  IF I CAN'T CONTACT YOU - YOU CAN'T WIN!!  I will do my best to respond to each comment left, but if it becomes too overwhelming, don't worry that you haven't heard from me.

This giveaway will end Monday, April 11, at 8:00 pm PST.  I will announce the winner on Tuesday, April 12.

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BIRDIE BOM

Friday I was happy to see that the Birdie Stitches BOM provided and designed by Little Miss Shabby was posted.  This month's design is adorable.  I immediately traced it onto my fabric.....

I used a new pen to do the tracing.  I recently had read a couple of reviews about this pen that disappears with heat so I just had to give it a try....

The picture isn't very good but the pen is called Frixion and is put out by Pilot.  It is available in 6 colors.  Besides disappearing with heat, it also can be removed with friction.  I then continued onto the next step of attaching the border of 2 1/2" squares and pressing the seams to one side.  Not even thinking about the pen...

Guess what?  It does disappear with heat. LOL!  It didn't even occur to me (obviously) when I had to press the seam allowances that I might just make contact with the ink.  It was one of the AHA moments, or possibly a DUH moment.  No problem, I just put the block back on the light box with the design underneath and traced over the parts that had disappeared.  I understand that the ink will reappear in cold temperatures ( below 10 C or 14 F) but I don't think I will have worry about that here.  I have also read that it will not reappear if it has been removed with the heat of an iron.  You can also remove the ink with a blow drier if you do not want to put an iron to your fabric.  Now onto stitching!

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BLOCK FROM AUSTRALIA

Friday I received my swap block from Leanne in Australia.  She was my swap partner in the Quilting Block Swaps Australia for March....

I just love the bright green fabric Leanne used to make this star block!  She included a nice note in the wonderful quilt related note card.  Leanne did a lovely job with the sewing too!  Thank you so very much, Leanne!

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TODAY'S GOAL

Today I will make another Bee block.  This time one for Let's Bee Together that I received the fabric for on Friday.

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GIVEAWAYS
(and it's a long list!)

Write Here is having a giveaway to continue with the Traveling Stash.  This giveaway was originally started by Kelly at Cotton Charm Quilts.  Now Anne has removed what she wanted to keep and has added items from her own stash like some 1/2 yard cuts of fabric, some fat quarters, a darling pin cushion she made, and several other items.  This giveaway ends Friday, April 8 at noon CST.

Handcrafted by Mary Ann Miller is having a giveaway.  You could win a $50 gift certificate to her store.  This giveaway ends Friday, April 8, at 10:00 pm EST.

Hoodies and Flip Flops is having her first giveaway.  Jennifer is giving away two charm packs of Fresh Flowers by Deb Strain for Moda.  This giveaway ends on her birthday, Thursday, March 7.

The Jolly Jabber is having a giveaway.  You could win a Pom Pom de Paris pattern and fat quarter bundle.  This giveaway ends Thursday, April. 7.

Happy Cottage Quilter is having a giveaway.  You could win a package of Lapel Stick.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, April 5.

Applique Addict is having a giveaway to celebrate reaching 100 followers.  Marjorie is giving away 12 five inch batik squares to 9 lucky winners.  This giveaway ends Thursday, April 7.

Blushing Rose is having an Easter giveaway.  Marydon is giving away an Easter basket filled with lovely gifts and 'pinks'.  This giveaway ends Tuesday, April 5.

I Have A Notion is having a book giveaway.  You could win a copy of Pennies From Heaven (a book I would really like to have).  This giveaway ends Wednesday, April 6.

Inch Worm Fabrics is having an April giveaway.  You could win a fat quarter of each of the 5 new Riley Blake prints.  This giveaway ends Friday, April 15.

Mad About Patchwork is having a giveaway for spring.  You could win batik strips of solid fat quarters in pretty shades of spring.  This ends Thursday, April 7, at 10:00 pm.

The Intrepid Thread is having a giveaway.  You could win two charm packs of Happier.  Not sure when this one ends.

Val Laird is having a giveaway to celebrate 300 followers.  Val is giving away a threadcatcher, pincushion, needlecase, scissor pillow and sewing pouch is a little pack of 30 charm squares from the Garden Party range.  This giveaway ends Saturday, April 9, at midnight Aussie time (it's also her birthday!)
Bryn Alexandra Interiors is having a giveaway.  You could be the grand prize winner and win 5 stacks of 5 one yard pieces of Waverly Modern Essentials fabrics, or one of five winners to win 5 one yard pieces.  This giveaway ends Sunday, April 10, at midnight.

Pieced on Earth is having a giveaway.  You could win five fat quarters of Love Birds.  The winner will be chosen on Thursday, April 7.

Quilty Giveaways is having a sponsored giveaway.  You could win a PDF patterns offered by Pear Quilts or from Little Louise Quilts.  This giveaway ends Saturday, April 9.

Crooked Seams is having her first giveaway.  Megan is giving away a 12 Days of Christmas charm pack and a Spring Meadow jelly roll.  The giveaway ends Tuesday, April 5 at 9:00 pm EST.

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FINAL THOUGHT

Gosh.  What to write about......I've had many thoughts going through my little pea brain lately.  I came to the realization just this week that I'm over half way through my life.  Weird thought, right?  I look at the obits in the local paper and see the ages of people who have passed and the average is around 80.  Then I think, well, that gives me 25 years.  But that's not enough time to get everything done that I want to make!  Then I think back to where I was 25 years ago and it seems like a very long time ago.  My girls were little and it was a time of learning and exploring life.  Over those 25 years so much has happened and I have changed over the years.  I really have to quit dwelling on how much time is left because you just really don't know.  So onto creating, living, and loving.  On with life!

With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's Monday and a brand new week - enjoy every little bit of it!!

213 comments:

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Natasha said...

I am from Pennsylvania! I am a follower too. Congrats on 200!

Sandra said...

I am from Ohio! I am already a follower. Congratulations on your 200th post and thanks for the opportunity to win!

Sue said...

Well I am a follower and I'm from Michigan and really do enjoy your blog.

I have the book Pennies from Heaven and am actually working on that quilt! It's gorgeous.

On to the living part. I don't even look ahead at how many years I might be here on this earth, but try to enjoy the time I do!!

Thank you for having this giveaway and have a great day today!

Linda said...

I have been using the Frixion pen for about a year now and LOVE it! I have one warning - sometimes on darker fabrics it leaves a lightly bleached out line when removed. SO...if you are using it on a color instead of white or cream, test it first to be sure it doesn't bleach out the color a little. Other than that, it is wonderful!!!

Kasey said...

Indiana, where there seriously is more than corn- they also grow soy beans!
Congrats on 200 posts!

Linda said...

Oh, and I'm from Texas and I'm a follower.

quiltercaroline said...

Hi Linda. Happy 200th Birthday! I live in Kent UK. Thanks for the giveaway. C
carolinehemsley@btinternet.com

Maria said...

Hi Linda, congratulations on your 200th post.
Your posts are always fun and interesting.

Mommarock said...

Congrats from TX! You do an amazing job on your blog.. someday I'll get better at mine.. I'm just not very organized.. I yap a little when I get a chance LOL.

Wendy said...

Did you say you've only been blogging since this past August? 200 posts is an amazing feat and you know I love your blog so congrats!

I live in California...just up the road a piece from you!

Diane H said...

Wanted to say thank you very much for info on pen - I'm on the look out for it. I'm a follower all the way from Canada. Your blog is wonderful - don't know how you manage to do such wonderful posts.
Thanks for everything.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations on your 200. My dear, I spent over an hr. here today. All those give aways you search up for us - then I browse those sites - almost forgot what I was suppose to do today. Oh, yeah - your give away - I'm in New York State. Too funny about the disappearing pen - I would do the same thing.

A.J. Dub. said...

Texas, our Texas! Yeah! Congrats on the 200! I love that green block you got. Sharp!
Someday when I figure out how to not make my WIP list a mile long, I will have to join a bee or a block swap. It looks so fun!

Laurie in Maine said...

I'm in Maine - where it snowed +15 inches of snow on April Fools day :)
I visit your blog everyday to 1st read your latest entry and then click some of the links in the sidebar. You have a good list!
I still LOVE the sound of rotary dial telephones. We were at an antique mall a few weeks ago and I dialed 9's over & over to just to hear the long rotary sounds.

Jo said...

I am a follower from Oregon! Congrats on your 200th post!

harleywife57 said...

HELLO & CONGRATS! I am a retired AT&T Indiana resident ! I worked there 32.5 years ! I saw a ton of changes during my career . I can't blog about your giveaway cuz I do not have a blog !! but I touwld if I could ! THANKS for this chance !!

Scrappy quilter said...

Congrats on post 200. What a wonderful giveaway. Hope you have a great day. Hugs

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I live in the other Sunshine State - Florida! Yes it has been such a delight to meet new friends from all over the world :-) Thanks and congrats on 200 posts!

Catswhiskers said...

Hi Linda,
Congrats for your 200+ posts.
Your blog is full of good information and is bursting with so much inspiration.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, your creativity and your friendship.
Gina

Kelly O. said...

I am from Canada but my mom lives in Pennsylvania:)

I'm so glad you began your blog--I enjoy it immensely :)

Barb said...

Congrats from Virginia....

Barb said...

I posted on my left sidebar...thanks for this opportunity.

Mary Lou Casada said...

Bluegrass State -- Kentucky, here! (Sadly, we are NOT in the NCAA Championship Game! :-D during which I would have been quilting anyway! LOL) So cool to see where everyone is from! Congrats are your 200 post milestone!
Blessings,
Mary Lou

cw said...

Great blog Linda. I am a newbie blogger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Congrats on your 200th post!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Hi Linda! Congratulations on your 200th wonderful post. I am from Utah, and I have been a follower for a while now. I have to say a couple of things here...the time and effort you put into each days post and the format that you follow with things like your delightful Photo Facts of the Day, helpful quilting tips and all the lovely quilting projects you share with us, make your blog a genuine pleasure to visit and read. Not to mentions all the giveaways you let us know about!!! You brighten my days Linda, thank you for that! As for your 'Final Thoughts' for today...my hubby and I have discussed this very topic many times. It is a mystery to me how the time flew by so fast, BUT...Ralph Waldo Emerson was right, so as you said...On with life! :o) Congratulations again and I'm looking forward to the next 100 posts. Big Hugs...

Tiffany said...

Yay 200! Go you Linda!

I live in Wisconsin. I'm ready for spring/summer! We had snow and hail last night!!!

Hilachas said...

Congratulations on your 200th post. As always, I enjoy reading your blog so much. Best wishes always from Texas!

Mariliz said...

Congratulations on your 200th post! I live in NJ and today the weather is almost pleasant, warm but they are calling for showers. Thanks!

Kathryn said...

Congratulations on your 200th post. I've been a follower from Pennsylvania for a while, and your post is one of my favorites. I love the format and your quotes always give me something to think about. I don't know how you find the time to blog and do all your swaps!!

I'm afraid I'm more that half way through my life, I turn 60 this summer. I hate that I'm starting to lose friends, mostly to cancer, much too soon. I wake up every day joyful that I'm blessed with good health, a wonderful family, and friends both near and far. I hope you have a blessed day. Kathie L in Allentown

501 Quilt Blocks said...

Congratulations from New Hampshire. I love the green dot block. The fabric is way cool!

Joanna said...

Wow, Linda, 200 posts in 8 months is wonderful! I love the polka dots in bright green and white. The block looks perfectly made. And I think your birdy will be a cutie. I am a follower from Massachusetts.

JayTee said...

I am a follower from NC

Deborah in Atlanta said...

Congratulations on your 200th post. As you can tell from my name, I'm from Atlanta, Georgia. And even though I know you don't remember me personally, I am always telling you that your blog is my very, very favorite of all of the blogs I follow. I love the format of your blog and always learn something new.

Sunnybec said...

Hi Linda, congrats on your 200th post I always enjoy reading your blogs they are always entertaining. Thanks for the giveaway. I live in sunny France (well it is today).

Snoodles said...

Well, I guess Blogger ate my comment...I'll try again! Congratulations on your 200th post! I enjoy this community of like-minded folks. I like seeing the creative ideas, the processes, and the finishes, too. I follow from South Carolina, which I have heard some people liken to a whole 'nother planet! LOL
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Shannon said...

There is a shop hop going on this next week in my area and I am going to be looking for that pen. I have heard great things about it. Wow 200 post. How exciting. It is a great way to keep track of your thoughts and things that are happening in your life. I have enjoyed your blog a lot!

Mimi said...

Hello from the Great White North: Canada!! Today it is snowing - seriously...I can barely see across the street. I am a follower and congrats on your 200th post - I really enjoy reading them!

Kira said...

I live in Utah. After a balmy 60 something Saturday, we woke up to 10 inches of snow Sunday morning.

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

Oh, I love ordering from their shop! Such great selection and always comes so quick! THANKS for the chance!

I'm in western Canada :)
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Sandy said...

I'm physically from Northern California but mentally, more often than not, I am on a planet far, far away! LOL! I'm a very happy follower. Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

Shannon said...

Well I forgot to post about my state. I love in Idaho. We are about 12 miles from the border with Oregon. It is great here. I hape blogged about the giveaway!! Thank you!!

Karen said...

Okay, so did you want my state of mind which is kind of 'scrappy and out of my control' lately or did you mean 'Georgia'!

Have a wonderful week.

Diane N said...

I am from Ohio. I am also a follower!

Karen said...

Congrats on the 200th Post - what a milestone!!! I love your blog, it is so informative and just plain fun!

I posted about your giveaway and your blog here:

http://karenstreehousequilts.blogspot.com/2011/04/weve-been-busy-with-company.html

Mystica said...

I do not live in the United States. Across the world from you in Sri Lanka.

Hilachas said...

I have blogged about your giveaway at:
http://muchashilachas.blogspot.com/2011/04/please-pray-for-my-family-and-friends.html

Lee said...

Congrats on 200 posts! I am a follower and I live in Michigan!

Irina said...

congratulations!
I follow you from the west coast of Ireland, near the seaside village of Kinvara.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Congratulations on 200 from WA! I love reading your blog and am a happy follower. Have a happy day!

Peaceful Piecer said...

I'm so glad you started blogging. Your blog is one of my favorites. I live in beautiful North Carolina.

Donna said...

Congratulations! I love reading your blog down in Florida. Happy quilting!

rockgranny said...

I am a follower from Croatia, Europe
Congratulations on 200 posts

Kathy H said...

Congratulations on your 200th post. I always enjoy reading your blog. That new pen you have sounds like I need to find one. I use the pigma pens when I do embroidery in 1 color but with the little birdie blocks I decided to use all different colors so wanted something that would disappear. thanks for the tip.
I am from Pennsylvania and today is finally warmer. Maybe spring will be on its way.

Janet said...

Congratulations on post 200. I always love reading your blog and all the interesting info you provide. I'm from South Dakota and have been a follower for a long time.

AMKreations said...

Yay!!! 200th post!

Thank you for a wonderful giveaway. I'm in NY...so far, my whole life. =)

Carla said...

I'm from British Columbia, Canada. Congrats on your 200th post! Thanks for a chance to win your giveaway! :)

Melinda said...

Congratulations on 200 posts. I live in Georgia but am originally from California. I think you are working on my block since you should have received my fabric on Friday.

robin said...

Manitoba Canada! I follow your blog.

robin said...

Just blogged about your giveaway: http://quiltyascharged.blogspot.com/2011/04/giveaway-at-stray-stitches.html

Marcia W. said...
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Marcia W. said...

I got so involved in telling you about how much I liked your blog and forgot to list my state -- Florida where today it is 80 degrees and later this week they saw we will be in the high 30s. Congratulations on your 200th post. I visit your blog most every day M-F (you deserve the weekend off). I just like to read your blog and see the wide variety of blocks that you make. Also learn something with your stories, such as the one about the telephone. So, please enter me into your giveaway. Fabric makes the quilty world go-round! Thanks for sharing.

Emily Malsam said...

I'm a follower living in Maine, but from Kentucky =) Congrats on 200 posts! You're doing great!!!

Jessica said...

I'm from new Jersey! :)
Congrats on 200 posts!

Staci said...

Currently stranded in Arizona. . .

Got a giggle over you removing your birdie stitchery with the iron--it so sounds like something I'd do! LOL!

Janet said...

I live in Canada, in the Yukon. I follow your blog and admire your organization - you are marvellous and having something new in each section of the post every day! Thanks for a chance at your giveaway.

Bailey said...

Congrats on 200 posts, Linda! I live in Idaho!

Thanks for the chance to win :)

krisgray said...

Hi Linda,
Congrats from Missouri!

Sallie said...

Congratulations, Linda! Thanks for the giveaway!

Sallie said...

I'm from TX and I blogged about your giveaway at http://salliessampler.blogspot.com/2011/04/giveaways-i-found-on-monday.html

Canadian Kristin said...

Congratulations on 200 posts, Linda!!!
I love reading your blog and always find something new and interesting to see or learn when I visit!!! I totally get that AHA/DUH moment with the heat pen, totally something that would happen to me, friend!!!

Here's to another 200 posts... make that another 2000!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

[happy follower]

Impera_Magna said...

Congratulations on your 200th post! Well done...

I'm from NC and am a follower!

sue niven said...

congratulations! I have just blogged about it and have become a follower! I am in Australia.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Happy 200th from sunny Florida!

Val Laird said...

Hi Linda from Queensland, Australia. Congratulations on your 200 and thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

Gene Black said...

I am a follower from Alabama. Do I need to win this? Not really, but I had to congratulate you on 200 posts!

All Things Beautiful said...

I am a follower from FL because I like what I see. ;-) Congrats on 200.

Christine M said...

Hi Linda. Congratulations on 200 posts. I live in Melbourne, Australia and love reading your blog. I've learnt so many things from all your interesting fact of the day posts. I'm definitely a follower! Hugs, Christine

Kathy said...

I am a follower from Wisconsin. I always enjoy reading your blog - congratulations on 200 posts!

Debbie said...

Im in NC but moved here 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Patty D from NC said...

I live in North Carolina. Thanks for a chance to win!

elizabeth said...

Congratulations! Your blog is one of my favorites :
I live in Oklahoma.

elizabeth said...

I blogged about your give-away on my blog:

http://piecefullife-elizabeth.blogspot.com/2011/04/dresden-quilt-along.html

Thanks for a chance to win : )

quiltzyx said...

Congratulations on post #200!!
I enjoy reading your blog nearly every day, and almost always learn something new.

Thanks for entertaining us!!

scottylover said...

Congrats on 200 posts!

I like to say I live in a constant state of confusion, but I actually live in Missouri (or if it is the dog days of summer..."Misery")

Thanks for the chance!
Sandy A

Pam said...

I am in PA-snow last week and 80 degrees today.

Pam said...

I posted about your giveaway on my blog.

http://negnellie.blogspot.com/2011/04/giveaways.html

RobynK said...

I live in NSW Australia. Congratulations on reaching 200 posts!
I had to laugh at your antics with the disappearing pen as UniDD, who marks students lab results and does Physics, had a panicked student come to her on a hot day (40 deg C/104 degF) saying their assessment had vanished but they were sure they'd written it in that book. On querying their writing methods she advised student to put the book in a snap lock bag in their freezer and see if it was readable at lunchtime and hand it in then. After it was marked she also advised recopying in permanent ink and never using friction pens for work you need to keep!

MoeWest said...

Congratulations on 200 posts! I live in Alberta, Canada. I enjoy reading your blog. I especially like the photo fact of the day. You always come up with something interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

Deb said...

I'm a follower who loves your blog, too. Love the little facts, all your quilting projects you're doing, the giveaway links, and the quotes. I always enjoy stopping by! I'm from VA...way cross country from you...a world away from CA! Thanks for the chance to win the $25...I would love to pick out some yardage.

WoolenSails said...

Congratulations on 200 posts, I realized I am almost there myself.

Debbie

Linda said...

Hi Linda, from Linda. We must be close to the same age, born between 1948 and 1955 to have the name "Linda." I live in Iowa.

Thank you for this lovely giveaway. I appreciate the chance to win, and offer my best for your next 200 blog posts.

Linda said...

Another Linda here!! I'm from Oklahoma. Congrats on 200!!

Ann Flowers said...

I just recently learned about the fat quarter shop, They have amazing fabric selections. There is a fat quarter bundle I have to have to make my son a turning twenty. May I please have a entry:)


Ann Flowers
flowerscrazyq@gmail.com

Veronica said...

Hi I'm a new quilter and would love to be entered thanks for the giveaway

Thanks,
Veronica

Veronica said...

Hi again I am from Reno Nevada and love it just posted about the giveaway on my blog here is the URL

http://craftingfrenzy.blogspot.com

Thanks so much,
Veronica

Peach Rainbow said...

Congrats on your 200 posts and thanks for the lovely giveaway :D
I am visiting you from Sri Lanka!

Leah said...

Popping in from BC, Canada!

Congrats on 200 posts

Barbara said...

I hope you consider me a friend from Oregon. Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway!

Barbara said...

I blogged about your giveaway!

http://catpatches.blogspot.com/2011/04/giveaway-at-stray-stitches.html

Jennifer Joshua said...

I live in Singapore. Love to win

Brita said...

Yes, Barbara at catpatches.blogspot.com blogged about your giveaway, so I had to come and take a look. Hope to win -- I live on the beautiful (stormy!) Cumberland Plateau in TN.

Impera_Magna said...

I blogged about your give-away and here is the link: http://imperamagna.blogspot.com/2011/04/first-day-back.html

Stormy Days said...

I live in Key Largo, Florida. We are part of the US, but coming up to our celebration of when we seceded from the U.S.,proud to be part of the Conch Republic.Congratulations on your 200th post and yes, I follow your blog.

deserae said...

I live in Utah!

Karen said...

Congratulations on your 200th post! I live in northern California and am totally enjoying the sunny, warm weather. Thanks!

Ruby said...

I am in North Carolina. Found the pen interesting. Especially the part about disappearing under the heat from a hair dryer. Ummmm....

Helle said...

Hi Linda, Congratulations on you 200th post! I am already a follower; read and enjoy your blog every day. Sometimes I feel like I am living on another planet as I presently live in South-Korea. But I am from Norway and married to an Austrian. Warm regards from Seoul, and thanks for the chance.

Karenkay said...

I live in NJ and I am a follower!

Debi said...

I live in TX and I am a follower also! I love the info on the pen, will have to find one of those myself. Thanks for the opportunity.

Gali said...

i'm a reader all the way from far ISRAEL.
:)
katz.gali(At)gmail.com

Sandi P said...

I'm here from Georgia and I like what I'm seeing. Congrats on the 200th post and thanks for the chance at a prize - a girl can never have too much lovely fabric and a hubby can't fuss if she wins it. LOL

Linda E in AZ said...

I'm from Arizona, WAY down, almost on the Mexican border. This county gets about 14 species of hummingbirds who come up into the very SE corner of Arizona from Mexico and points south. Such fun!

Peggy H. said...

I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I am from Utah, a follower, and posting this on my blog.

Thanks.

Peggy H.
www.neverenoughstash.blogspot.com

Regina said...

I love blogging, too - it makes the world a whole lot smaller! I am from NY - near Rochester.

Lisa Marie said...

I like your blog so much that I signed up as a follower. I live in Kentucky on the far eastern end of the state. Sadly, many many miles from Paducah. I would LOVE to win a gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop. Thanks for the chance.

Nancy said...

I live in Pennsylvania and love reading your blog. Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I live in Illinois, but, I'm a misplaced Texan. The pen looks neat. I'd love to hear how it works when you are finished with the block. I'm a hand quilter and I'm always looking for new ways to mark my quilts. I found a pen that is white by Clover that I like a lot.

Karyli said...

I live in a tiny town in Idaho and, of course, I'm a follower. Thank your for 200 great posts!

stitch_days said...

Hi Linda and congratulations on blogging 200 posts. I am from the Arizona high country.
Rita E in AZ

stitch_days said...

I posted about your giveaway on my blog:
http://stitchdays.blogspot.com/2011/04/win-25-gift-certificate.html
Rita E in AZ

Jenniffier said...

I am from CA

Karyli said...

I've been considering on of those nifty pens... maybe I'll have to get one now.
I posted about your give-away on my blog.
sewandsoon.blogspot.com

Leah said...

Grats on 200 posts. That is wonderful, even more so because your posts are always thought filled and full of info and photos. So 200 is a great accomplishment.

I will be keeping an eye on your blog down here in South Carolina and look forward to the next 200 posts. :)

Riel Nason said...

Yay for 200 posts! Congrats Linda. I'm from New Brunswick, Canada. It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to drive to the Maine border from where I live.

Jen said...

I live in CA, too. But the greener, wetter area: Sacramento! I'm actually just a few blocks from the capitol building right now!

annmarie said...

I live in northern Wisconsin where we still have cold & snow. Love your blog.

jennifer said...

The hills of Tennessee.

Nancy said...

I live in Arizona. Thanks for the great giveaway and congrats on reaching 200!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm a follower from Texas.

Billie

Beth said...

I'm a native Californian transplanted to Oregon and loving it. Thanks for the giveaway, and congrats on reaching your 200th post. I'll be back!

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Deb said...

Already a follower and have been for ages. i love your blog and all the interesting tidbits!

I am from New Zealand.

Patty C. said...

I am a follower from Florida & of course I would love to be included in your giveaway - Thank you for the opportunity :)

Congrats on the 200 posts - Your fingers are flying !!!!

Brenda said...

The last time I checked, no one from TN had left a comment, so here I am, Bren from Memphis TN. I love your blog and the Fat Quarter Shop!
www.quilterrits.blogspot.com

Brenda said...

I mentioned your giveaway on my blog! Thanks for the giveaway!

Sheila said...

I live in North Carolina. Congratulations! Happy 200th!

Nanbon44 said...

200th post on my birthday, might be lucky for me... I now live in Florida panhandle area... originally from PA

Nanbon44 said...

I am a follower

Tanyusha said...

I am from Russia, the middle of Russia (Siberia).
The lik on your giveaway is in my blog http://ytanyusha.blogspot.com/

marth225 said...

I'm an immigrant to south Louisiana and besides the awful humidity and mosquitoes the food is great.

marth225 said...

I posted on my blog about the giveaway.

http://averagequilter.blogspot.com/

Anne said...

I live in the beautiful state of Arkansas and love it! And thanks for sharing the info about the Frixion pen. I'll have to try it.

Enjoyed reading about the history of the telephone. My hubby is manager over the technical specialists that handle Fujitsu equipment for AT&T (worldwide). Telephone equipment, quite complicated today, manages billions of connections via a delicate interplay of high-powered computers, "clocks," and sensitive electronic "cards" that must be maintained within an nth of a degree. I didn't explain that very well because it's all over my head!

I completely understand your contemplation of longevity. I first read your post Monday, which was a difficult day for me because it marked the 16th anniversary of my dear mother's death at the young age of 63. If my lifespan were to match hers, I'd only have 13 short years left.

I had a dream last week that I think was prompted by the approaching anniversary. Anyway, in the dream, I was waiting with my husband for our son. At the opposite end of a long sidewalk, I saw my son at various ages walking toward us. The older images of our son walked ahead of the younger ones. I was elated to see how our son's appearance had changed over the years, but my husband repeatedly said that he didn't see the images. At that point, a woman with a Jamaican accent said to my husband, "You don't see it with your eyes, mon; you see it with your heart." My son, now age 22, thought I was crazy when I told him about the dream, and my daughter laughed and asked me what I'd eaten before I went to bed. LOL!

Can't help what we dream, I suppose, but it can be emotionally painful to realize that each year of life passes so quickly, and sometimes we might wonder if we truly appreciated each of those precious days.
(Sorry my post is so long!)

Anne said...

Blogged and tweeted the post!
http://anne-writehere.blogspot.com/2011/04/stray-stitches-200th-post-celebration.html

Alycia said...

COngrats on 200 posts. I live in Colorado - where today I am hoping to get some rain!

Genevieve P said...

I'm from ТХ. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jacqueline said...

Chiming in from Sunny Northern California! =)

Kathleen C. said...

I'm in CT, in the northwest corner where there are no large cities-or even medium sized cities!
I read your blog every day,tho I don't have my own blog. Thanks for this gracious giveaway.

LethargicLass said...

I'm from Canada :)

caitlindevlin(at)hotmail(dot)com

Char said...

Greetings Linda, from south eastern Pennsylvania.

Char said...

I've posted about your giveaway on my blog Linda.

http://clothstitched.blogspot.com/2011/04/taxes-taxes-organizing-and-quilting.html

Becky said...

Congratulations, Linda! I totally enjoy your blog. Glad that you blog daily. I live in Georgia.

Anonymous said...

Happy 200th. I'm from Illinois . Hannah

mhtrkeller@fairpoint.net

Cassie said...

Hey! Thanks for doing the giveaway. I live in Wisconsin! :) Hope you are having a great day!

Cassie said...

I've blogged about your giveaway!
http://birdolovemoo.blogspot.com/2011/04/some-wednesday-giveaways.html

kmw said...

I am from North Carolina. Happy 200th.

Vesuviusmama said...

Virginia! Although I was born in New Jersey and have lived in Maine, Massachussetts, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Washington, Oregon and Ohio.

I, too, love that new Birdie block, so I printed it out right away, but honestly, I haven't done any past January yet. I think I'm going to skip ahead to April first, though.

MollyP said...

Congratulations! I am from Alabama. Best wishes for the next 200!

Heidi M Ross said...

I live in Ohio. Good luck on building your followers.

Joy said...

Congratulations on your 200th. I'm glad you are enjoying blogging so much. It can be such an adventure! I am in North Carolina enjoying our Spring weather which finally arrived.

Charlotte said...

I would love to win! Thanks so much for the chance!

Charlotte said...

Crap. Just realized that I forgot to say what state i live in. I'll combine it together I guess then...
I live in Michigan.
I blogged about this here: http://quiltingiscandy.typepad.com/blog/2011/04/april-giveaways.html

Ann Marie said...

Congrats on 200!!! I live in Florida. Nice and sunny here for now, another month and it will be flat out miserable. Come on October!!!

Tracy said...

Happy 200th post, Linda! :D I'm from Kentucky, home to bourbon, the Derby and KFC. Not sure if I should brag about any of those things. *L* Thank you for hosting such a lovely giveaway. :)

Natasha said...

Can't believe I just realize I did not enter this one!! Where is my head???

I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. Bright and sunny here today. Congrats on your 200th post and looking forward to many more.

em's scrapbag said...

Congrats from Utah! Thanks for a chance at this great giveaway!

Deb said...

Congrats from Nebraska! Thanks for the chance to win, I could always use a GC from the FQ Shop.

Mary Ann & Mother said...

Congratulations on your 200th post from North Dakota! A $25 gift cert. from the Fat Quarter shop would be SEW nice!! I'm trying to build up a stash :-) http://www.rocknquilts.blogspot.com

Mary Ann & Mother said...

I listed your give-away on my blog's home page!

Catskill Quilter said...

CONGRATS! It is hard for me to believe that you have been blogging only since August...really? Now I am getting even worse blog envy! I just found your blog, and I am already a follower (and a fan). I am living in Florida.

Val said...

Thanks for the reminder about your giveaway. I joined you after this post. I would love to be in it and win it :) I am in Australia.

Marjorie said...

I'm in Idaho and quickly approaching my 200th post as well. Fun isn't it? Thanks for stopping by my blog!

LisaT said...

Living in Maryland, thanks!

LisaT said...

Blogging about your giveaway here: http://ilovescruffydog.blogspot.com/

Quilting Krazy said...

Howdy from the Crossroads of North Carolina! I love your blog and a co-worker follows your blog through mine! Keep up the great blogging!

LynCC said...

Hi, Linda! I'm in Florida.

Love your adventure with the heat-disappearing ink. ;D

Wendy said...

I'm from BC, Canada. I feel so lucky to have met wonderful friends through blogging. I've enjoyed having new friendships from all over.

Needled Mom said...

I'm from CA too.

I am going to have to check out that pen. It sounds really interesting. Where did you get it?

Reading obits can be bad for you!!!! I find myself thinking the same thoughts! lol

tpott said...

Congrats on your 200th post!!! I'm from the Big Apple, New York. My family moved to Long Island, NY when I was 8 yrs. old. I guess I'm a lifer. Thanks for the great giveaway! ;>

Monica said...

Congrats from Texas on your 200th post!

jennifer said...

Going to post it right now. Better late than never.

sophie said...

Howdy from the state of Texas! What a fun way to see where everyone lives. Congratulations on 200 posts!

jane p said...

Hello from Singapore. It's always hot and sunny here. Sometimes it rains crazily. Like today.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Wow 200 posts! I'm in awe! I really enjoy your blog, it is full of interesting information and inspiration. I'm from Utah.

Coloradolady said...

congrats on your post! I am following along right her in Texas.

ladybug said...

I'm jennifer and I live in a state of perpetual panic, confusion, disorganization, and procratination! (In the heart of Central California) Congrats on your wonderful achieveiement! I love reading your blog!

Pondering said...

I live in Georgia! I am amazed at your post! Wow , you have a lot to say:) and I am glad.

Vickie said...

I live in the state of Indiana!! I love to read your blog! I really enjoy the quote at the beginning!
Congratulations on your 2ooth comment!

Vickie said...

http://2sistersandme.blogspot.com/2011/04/its-giveaway.html Here is the link back to my blog!
Thanks for having such a great giveaway!!

Jodi-JoJoMia's Place said...

I live in South Dakota and today is my birthday, so I hope I win! I love your blog.

free indeed said...

congrats on another milestone!
I'm in Maine!

Cecilia said...

I live in Georgia. Thanks for the giveaway.

Cecilia said...

I am also a follower. I forgot to put that in. :)

desertskyquilts said...

I'm late, but not too late! I loved your post, so I'll be back. I'm doing the birdie stitches, too, and love this month's block. I've heard a lot about the frixion pens and haven't tried one yet. I felt like you - I'm not going to be sticking my quilts in temperatures cold enough to make the ink come back, so what difference does it make? Congratulations on 200 posts. I really think your quote misses on the message in a bottle audience, a little. Lots of people are reading and following your blog, obviously, so it's much more than the hit or miss of a bottle message floating by! I live in east Tennessee.

dezertsuz at gmail dot com or leave a comment on my blog.

Kathy said...

Congrats on your 200th post. This is Kathy from Ohio. I love the green/white polka dot block! Great swap!

krisgray said...

I just posted the giveaway on my blog, http://farmgirltransplant.blogspot.com/2011/04/stash-report-week-15-and-giveaway-links.html

mozarks said...

I am a follower from Missouri. Congrats on your 200th post!

Tiffaney said...

Congrads on your 200th post.

Jo said...

I am an Iowa girl..congrats on your "anniversary".

JanetK said...

Congrats on 200th! I'm in California.

Lynda said...

Hi Linda, I too love blogging and really enjoy connecting with other people who love quilting. I've always enjoyed your blog with all the fun information, sites to giveaways, and seeing what you are working on now. I especially love the Hexie flower Wednesdays. Congrats on 200 posts!

Debra said...

Hello Linda...have blogged about your giveaway.
Congrats on 200 posts
Thank you for the giveaway and have a groovy week xx

http://ohflotsam.blogspot.com/2011/04/need-to-shop.html

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