Saturday, September 27, 2014

Blogiversary + Handmade Giveaway

Today, I was scrolling through my somewhat-neglected-of-late blog and realized, with a jolt, that today is my 4 year blogiversary (thanks to a widget on my sidebar)! It's hard for me to believe that quilting/blogging have been one of the most important parts of my life for 4 years already. At the same time, it feels like I've been doing this my whole life (it has been most of my 20's so far!).



When I think about how many things I'll (hopefully) be able to make in a lifetime, I start to itch with creativity. I just want to make things. So, for this blogiversary, I'm offering a custom made pillow cover for one reader!


Details: The pillow cover can be any size up to 24" (so long as you provide the actual pillow form).  It won't be started until at least the end of October, and I'll aim to send it by the end of the year. This giveaway is open internationally to anyone in the world. You tell me what kind of pillow you would want (size? improv? curves? quilt-as-you-go? a certain pattern? quilter's [my] choice? dense or not-dense quilting? which colors?) to enter. If you enter, please give it some thought. :) You can answer any of the questions - I can't wait to read about it. Feel free to change your mind/alter your response if you win, though (before I start sewing :D).

You can have a second chance at the giveaway if you follow me - just let me know how in a second comment. I'll close the giveaway on Oct. 3 at 7pm EST, when I'll choose a winner by Random Number Generator.

Thank you for all of your support and for all of the opportunities I've had with quilting so far. This blog has been the most unexpected and exciting creative outlet, and I've made some of my most cherished friendships with quilters. :)
Cheers!

 

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82 comments:

  1. oh if I won I'd just leave all the deciding up to you ;-)

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  2. I follow you on feedly, IG and FB.

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  3. Happy blogiversary! I follow you with bloglovin'.

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  4. If I won I would love something in blue/greenish. I'm not really a fan of improv or wonky but anything else at all would be cool! Thanks for the chance! - As an aside even though I'm not usually an improv fan I do actually like that bottom pillow. Maybe it's the awesome color layout? Fabric choices? I don't know but you're almost making me a believer. ;)

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  5. Happy anniversary! Love your work and it inspires me to push (outside my little box)! I especially like the orange peel work you do. Would love anything you make if I should be the lucky winner! That's what keeps life interesting...people and their creativity!

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  6. Happy 4th Anniversary! I look forward to seeing many more post and love your creations. If I won I would leave it up to you as to the design, it's much more fun to receive another persons vision. As for the colors, I would love anything in blues or sea glass blue or green range. Quilting...lots of it! Size....something nice and comfy for the sofa.

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  7. Happy Anniversary! You're so lucky to have started quilting so young, at such an exciting time in the quilting world and to have so many creative years ahead! I'd love a pillow that has feathers, improv and purple...and lots of quilting...

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  8. I follow you on Bloglovin and always enjoy reading what you share...and seeing your creations, of course!

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  9. Happy 4th! I love anything wonky/improv. And I love navy, aqua, orange and red...and low volume, I love it all really :)

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  10. Happy 4th!!! What a lovely idea of gifting a reader! I'll have to think on the colors and everything...if I am the lucky one, we'll talk!! But I know my husband would love to not have a snowman pillow on the couch all year!

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  11. I am a seasoned follower of your blog via email.

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  12. Oh......colorful, heavily quilted, curves! What a wonderful giveaway and much congratulations on your continuing blog!

    t_ktl at yahoo.com

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  13. Happy 4th! I enjoy getting your posts. I saw that you like churn dash and x plus blocks. Me too! I've been wanting to make both into quilts. Still surfing the web for color combos I like. The nested churn dash quilts are really nice. Either would make a great large quilt. Betsydotsmithatverizondotnet

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  14. I follow by email. Betsydotsmithatverizondotnet

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  15. Happy Blogiversary. I follow you with Google and love reading your posts.

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  16. If I was lucky enough to win such a great prize from you I would be doing a happy dance. In New Zealand we call these cushions-pillows are what we have on the bed-it is so interesting how we have different names for things. I love the cover you made your sister in law and would love one like that with bright colours in the centre fabrics.

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  17. 4 years - well done you!!! Welllll - if I win a handmade cushion made by you I think I would want it medium-dense quilting, improv or modern, paper pieced or free-peiced, with definitely some green :) Fun!!

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  18. Congratulations on four fun years! I would love to win a quitler's choice (yours). I love your work and I think I would like the colors similar to what you did for your sister's quilt as you go.

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  19. Congrats on 4 years! The pillow giveaway is a brilliant idea and very sweet of you! If I were lucky enough to win, I would love a bloomin' QAYG pillow to spruce up my family room a bit. My colors are golden yellow, red and burgundy with a pop of leaf green. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  20. Happy 4th anniversary! If I won, I would like quilters choice with yellows and oranges. Thanks for your generous offer.

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  21. I love improv with lots of rich purples

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  22. I love bright happy colors but I would love to week anything you come up with.

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  23. How about something with petals or peels?

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  24. I love your grey combos. I love them with yellow or green. But I also find all your colour choices inspiring. As for pattern... Improve or those awesome petals. Congrats on the blogiversary.

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  25. I'm also following you on blog lovin.

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  26. We just moved into our new house and a improv piece with green and orange would definitely help to tie my green and white chevron curtains and orange china cabinet together.
    Lovely give away and congrats on the Blogiversary!

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  27. I would love to win a surprise pillow created by you in greens, purples and pinks (baby girl colors). Your pillows are so creative and fun! I love to see your creations when you post! -Brittany

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  28. I follow your blog via Bloglovin'! :)
    -Brittany

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  29. Congratulations! Were I to be the lucky winner and win a pillow for my new home -- yahoo! I'd say have at it in bright colors (blues/greens/oranges/purples). What a great blog celebration idea!!!

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  30. Congratulations!
    If I was lucky enough to win I'd leave all the choices up to you!!

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  31. Congrats! I would go with QAYG because I'm too impatient for that and I love the look :) Either monochromatic or the right color order would be nice, lol.

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  32. Congrats on your blogiversary Jess! I would love a Jess pillow, and my favorite is your quilt as you go pillow. I love home colors of teal, gray, and blues of all colors.

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  33. And I follow you on bloglovin and IG.

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  34. Happy blogiversary to you! Time always seem to fly by. If I were to be the lucky one to win a customized pillow I would want in it some exciting palette, minimal grays, around 16". I would leave the design to your able talents.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. Hi Jess. Happy Blogoversary. I just celebrated my 4th in August!!! Blogging is such fun! I follow you on Instagram!

    I love the pillow you featured on this post for your family member! One in that technique would be great. So hope I win!
    quilterinmotion
    http://quilterinmotion.net

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  36. I follow you on bloglovin' :) and I'm glad I do!

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  37. OOOh~ a pillow cover sounds just delicious! Pillow are not my forte and yet I would just love to be able to churn them out to make each room of my house sparkle with character!
    If I were to win I think I'd love a pillow cover for our living room... in teals, aquas, mustard and and we have burnt orange chairs so a little addition of the orange might make it pop!.... or for my t.v. room a large one to cover our snuggle pillow... right now I'm digging a plum, peach, magenta colour scheme and cream and gold accents... I love bold and saturated colours and am not afraid of unusual pairings and love text fabrics and glitter and gold! I love me some dense and contrasting quilting and I'm in love with the look of curves but haven't ventured there myself yet... and then saw this today while surfing the net and LOVE IT!http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2iiedgOY_W4/VCRkTbdkBQI/AAAAAAAAXR0/1vdQuqvY6wY/s1600/quilt-as-you-go-amy-smart.JPG
    The quilt as you go method takes on a whole new meaning when I see this and the book Quilt as you Go Made Modern looks fabulous! As you can see I'm all over the map and will pretty much love it all :) After all this crafty chat I'm feeling inspired :)

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  38. Happy 4th Blogiversary Jess! If I won I would like it to be a scrappy improv in cheerful colors.

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  39. Happy Blogiversary! I love anything rainbow you do (especially with AMH - yum!) and loved your grey/orange/purple sister's BOM quilt, so something along either of those lines would be spectacular! I tend to love patterns over improv, but would probably leave the design work up to you :) thanks for the giveaway!

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  40. oh and I follow you on bloglovin :)

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  41. Happy 4th Blogiversary! I have been following you for a little over two years now. The first blog entry I read was Chain Piecing is Good for the Soul! I found your blog via the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild when I was living in Princeton, NJ. I totally regret now that I never made it to a guild meeting and missed the opportunity to meet you and the all other guild members.
    I would love one of your fabulous creations. I have no particular color or piecing ideas in mind, I just want to see lots of your awesome FMQ.

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  42. Congratulations Jess. I love following your blog and you continue to be an inspiration. If I won I would choose something like your Diamonds in the Rough quilt :-)

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  43. Congratulations!!! :D I think I'd leave it up to you, 20" (to fit the great Ikea forms), with at least a smidge of yellow. I'd have to add that, right? :D

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  44. Congrats! If I won, I would leave the design totally up to you. I might request that the pillow be predominately red to go with my living room.

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  45. I follow your wonderful blog via bloglovin

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  46. Happy Blogiversary!!! Cool!!! :) Wow! I would be honored to have something made by your...& would say Your Choice!! Happy colors..will definitely go in my Sewing Room!! A Snuggable size maybe Rectangle or ???....will let You decide too. Surprises are fun!!

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  47. I follow you thru Bloglovin too :)

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  48. Happy blogversary! I'd like a small rectangular pillow for a chair in my daughter's first apartment. Thanks!

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  49. I follow you through Bloglovin.

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  50. Congratulations! If I was lucky enough to win I would say... Could you make me a Doctor Who inspired pillow? Like maybe use 4's scarf as inspiration... or the episode "Vincent and The Doctor" (my second favorite episode). Outside of that it would totally be quilter's choice as to how it looked.

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  51. I follow with bloglovin, thanks for the chance to win something fantastic!

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  52. Oh my - I ADORE the Quilt as you Go pillow you made for your sister in law. I just had to pin this pillow and might fling aside all my housecleaning chores today to sit down and make one!!

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  53. You've had me thinking about orange peels for a while now ... a pillow along those lines would be very cool.

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  54. BTW: I follow you on Bloglovin', as well as Instagram.

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  55. I think it's lovely you are doing such a personal giveaway for your readers :) if I am chosen, I would pick a traditional-ish block (something pieced or paper pieced) with some of your amazing quilting in grays, blues, and greens to fit a 20 inch pillow form.

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  56. Happy Anniversary! I'd love the chance to have a lovely homemade pillow to accent my big comfy red couch! if I won, I'd want you to choose what you want to make. That makes it more special in my opinion. Though I definitely prefer strong geometric patterns and modern fabrics.

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  57. So many options! There are lots of things I'd love but right now I'm swooning over this really awesome selvage pillow: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cottilello/7589401398/in/photostream/.

    Thanks for the really generous giveaway!

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  58. Congratulations on the anniversary! I really wasn't commenting to win anything, I just wanted to say congrats because 4 years is a huge accomplishment! I guess I'd have to leave it to you if I won! Quilter's choice!

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  59. Congratulations on your 4 years of blogging - I really like the quilt as you go pillow you made for your sister in law. Good Luck and keep on blogging.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  60. I follow you on Bloglovin' - congrats on your Blogiversary!
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  61. I love the quilt-as-you-go pillow you made for your sister-in-law, and would love a pillow like that, either in purples or Christmas Fabrics. I would be happy with an 18" pillow, a perfect bed size. Thanks for your generous prize! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  62. I am a new follower of your blog via Bloglovin'. jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  63. I follow with bloglovin. sarah@forrussia.org

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  64. The pillows you made above take my breath away, particularly your use of colors. I would love to win one from you! I think I'd like a 20" pillow, and the look I'd go for would be soft and feminine. The colors I'd choose would be cream, raspberry, deep teal, light pink, light blue, gold, green, and chocolate brown, or any combination of any of those colors. I LOVE what I see in your pictures so I would like to leave it up to you to figure out what to do with all that! I really hope I win. :) sarah@forrussia.org

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  65. Happy blogoversary Jess! I love your taste so if I'm lucky enough to win I'd leave it up to you!

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