Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog #2 Blog Hop, a Giveaway and Some Great News!

Hello! Welcome to the 44th Street Fabric blog and, if you've visiting here fort the first time and joining the party over at 2 Bags Full, I hope you will stop by often and that we will become friends!

I don't even know how long I've been blogging here. I originally started because I started an online fabric company, 44th Street Fabric. The shop is winding down for a variety of reasons and the blog has really become my personal quilting blog.

I started sewing at the age of 4. My grandfather had a White sewing machine store in John A. Brown's department store in Oklahoma City. He also worked in sales for the company are flew all over which is something that not many people did in those days. The zig zag machine had just come out and it was so easy to use that he would set me up and I would stitch. Women would come by and say, "well if that little girl can sew those difficult looking stitches, so can I". He even took me to trade shows-lol.

I went to school, got married, had 3 babies and lots of other stuff happened and now I'm single and  live with the cutest little dogs ever, Charlie and Lola, the old Shih Tzu couple I have a pesky "real job" where I can work from home and I love to piece quilt blocks and sew them together. I have a lot more quilt block projects going than I have finished quilts and I like to share the progress.

Here are some of the projects I've been working on this last few months:
A Farmer's Wife quilt that started out as a quilt made with some of my stash fabrics. Then I decided I didn't like the way it looked so I changed it to blocks made from a fat quarter pack. I didn't like that either so I combined them for this little quilt. I'm making a little Farmer's Wife topper right now that is just blocks-not assembled yet out of aqua, red, pink and gray. And I'm using Karen Walker's Craftsy methods that are soooo much easier than cutting out all those little pieces.
I'm working on a quilt I call Oklahoma Beauty. The blocks are all completed -- I just need to add the border and get it put together. I just haven't chosen the border yet:

I finished a little Basket quilt:
and I'm working on some Lady Liberty blocks that just need to be put together:

Are you seeing a trend? Yes, I'm a serial piecer! It's kind of embarrassing now that I'm adding the photos all together. The worst part is that there are more! 

I really try to do two or three blocks a day. What I'm bad about is putting them all together! 

My blog friends give me advice and encouragement and we laugh together and cry together. In fact, I have some GREAT news for people who've been following along! Our blog friend, Judy of 20 North Ora blog just went through her husband John having cancer surgery. They were told that it would be extensive. Everyone was praying and the surgery went well! It was a mass localized under the skin and the surgery was quick and he is already home! Great news for some very kind people who spend time doing nice things for other people.

So now for the giveaway! I decided to give away some of my favorite patterns! I'm giving away 3 patterns - one to each of 3 winners! Just leave a comment to enter and I choose the pattern for you unless you tell me you already have one of them! You don't have to follow the blog to enter but if you are already a follower or become a follower, let me know and I'll give you another entry! I'll announce the winners on February 14th. People outside the US can enter also! Here are the patterns I'm giving away!

I LOVE this pattern...here's the Sugar Dish top I made (no, not quilted yet....sigh) from this pattern:
The second pattern is Strawberry Social from Pattern Basket. I've done 3 blocks on this one--easy and fun!
and the 3rd pattern in this giveaway is Remember Who Loves You by Acorn Quilt Co.
This is a really cute pattern that my friend, Jenny, made in Halloween colors. I think it would be a great baby quilt! All of these patterns are available in our eBay shop!

Please look around the blog and I hope you will come back often and visit! Vicky from 2 Bags Full has done a great job in organizing this blog hop, so do hop over HERE to see a full list of participants on Saturday, the 25th of January. Enjoy hopping through blogs! XO and cheery wave from Bev

116 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

very nice to meet you...I am one of the participants this time around.Love your quilts!!!!

Heather said...

Such good news about your friends husband! I love all your quilts and especially those Lady Liberty blocks. Bright with a touch of black - perfection. I made that owl quilt as a baby quilt, adorable. I am one of your happy followers.

"laugh yourself into Stitches" said...

That's terrific news Bev!

Vicki H said...

Bev, I love the color scheme you are using for your Farmers Wife blocks.

20 North Ora said...

Bev - Gorgeous quilt tops. Love that strawberry quilt pattern.

Thank your readers for me for all of their prayers. And thank you for mentioning it on your blog. I am just overwhelmed with the people who did not know us that prayed so fervently.

AND IT WORKED!!!!!

Judy

Lynn McIndoe said...

I love your piecing and your colour sense. I love visiting your blog to see your latest blocks

Great news about John's surgery, I was quite moved by the responses on your blog post about him. What caring people.

Emily C said...

I love the owl quilt. So cute and with the 9 patch, easy to make.

Emily C said...

I follow on bloglovin.

cakegirl said...

Each and every quilt is darling. Thanks for the very generous giveaway.

DebraKay Neiman said...

Bev, I already follow on Bloglovin. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

DebraKay Neiman said...

I love your quilts and the Remember Whoo Loves You is a favorite - need to make baby quilts. I love people who pray and I am glad everything is better. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Elisabetta said...

Thank you so muc Bev for this nice giveaway I don't have these patterns and I have to say that Stawberry Social rules, maybe because you said that it's so easy to put togheter ^_^
Your works are gorgeous and Oklaoma Beauty with Lady Liberty are my favorite! You're a great quilter

Elisabetta said...

Thank you so muc Bev for this nice giveaway I don't have these patterns and I have to say that Stawberry Social rules, maybe because you said that it's so easy to put togheter ^_^
Your works are gorgeous and Oklahoma Beauty with Lady Liberty are my favorite! You're a great quilter

margaret said...

I never get enough of your quilting Bev, you have shared a lovely selection with us today. Such good news about your friend`s DH, they must be so relieved the op went so well.

weekend et coup de brosse said...

Very nice post!
Have a lovely weekend!
Cath-(Cath CH Photography)

Karen M said...

I am already a follower. I love seeing your blocks. I'd love to win one of these patterns. (I know we can't ask, but I'd really love Strawberry Social.) Thanks so much for the chance.

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Oh ww - your NYB blocks are delicious!!! And I love the pattern Strawberry Social!! That is good news about your friend on the mend - here is to his cancer-free future.

Sharon Eshlaman said...

Remember Who Loves You would be my choice. Thanks for a chance to win.

Sharon Eshlaman said...

I already follow you on Bloglovin.

Bruna Aguiar Melo said...

I love your colorfull quilts!
Have a nice weekend!
HAppy Grow your Blog Party!!!
xoxo

Podunk Pretties said...

Hugs to Judy and her family, wonderful news! Big ole wave to all your new followers. And as always...Love seeing your quilt progress!

Aureas Kitchen said...

You are such a hard working. I have a lot of blocks already sewn, by now I have to find some time to put them together and then finished them.

Thanks for this great giveaway. I follow your blog on bloglovin.

Melody said...

Hi Bev, wow wow wow, what a lot of wonderful quilts you have on the go. I'm so glad I found your blog as part of Vicki GTB party and of course I'd love to enter your giveaway.

Becky said...

Morning! Love the colors you use in your blocks! I am one of the GYB volunteers visiting blogs for Victoria. Thanks so much for participating! Enjoy the party! Thanks for the pattern giveaway! Three great choices!

Becky said...

Morning! Love the colors you are using in your Farmer's Wife blocks! I am a GYB volunteer. I'm visiting blogs and helping Victoria. Thanks so much for participating in this party! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway! Take care!

Becky said...

Morning! Love the colors you use in your blocks! I am one of the GYB volunteers visiting blogs for Victoria. Thanks so much for participating! Enjoy the party! Thanks for the pattern giveaway! Three great choices!

Merrilee Rogotzke said...

Love your quilts. I am a fellow quilter and new follower of you via bloglovin'.
Merrilee
stitchinpost-blog.blogspot.com

liniecat said...

I think I may be becoming a serial piecer too with a dread of finishing!
Im one of the GYB party volunteers and really enjoyed your post.
I wish you well and am in awe of your quilt tops.......love the colours!

Daisy Jones said...

Hello and ooooh I have a little shih tzu too although sometimes I think he maybe a little monkey.
Love the colours on your quilts I am a big fan of Brights!

popping by as part of the 'grow your blog day' Its such a lovely way to find super new blogs to read...I am joining along with you too.
bestest weekend wishes
Daisy j

Gill said...

I love your quilts especially the Oklahoma Beauty and Lady Liberty!
I love the strawberry quilt pattern!

Gill said...

Old GFC follower!

Learn How To Make Quilts said...

Lovely quilt tops and patterns. I also have quite a few quilt tops ready to be quilted. Since I only hand quilt it takes a little longer to finish a quilt. From a fellow oklahoma quilter if I'm correct.

Derrith said...

Bev: Your work is SO beautiful and is so cheerful, it just makes me happy every time I visit you. I'm so happy to be one of you friends!

kathyinozarks said...

Hi nice to meet you, I am visiting from the party-I love your quilts-just beautiful-especially your color combinations.I love the strawberry pattern the most cause it's something different, I also like the owl too
Kathy

renee said...

love the serial quilting idea.... the color combinations are great.... bright and fun... thanks for sharing....

EvalinaMaria said...

Hello from another 'grow your blog' participant. Are you enjoying this party as much as I do?
Evalina, This and that...

Tanyia said...

I love your blocks, you have a great use of color :) I found your blog through the hop, stop by if you get a chance. http://www.domesticdeficitdisorder.blogspot.com/

Lee said...

I love your blog! The patterns are lovely - Thanks for the giveaway!

Lee said...

I follow your blog too!

Shirlee Fassell said...

Love your quilts! Hope you are enjoying the GYB party I know I am!

Bonnie58 said...

Thanks so much for sharing

Bonnie58 said...

I am a Google follower

Kay said...

Lovely to meet you on the blog party. I love to see colourful quilts and your blocks are lovely. I love the red and white blocks especially. Thanks for a fun giveaway.

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

Your quilts are lovely and the bright colors are so cheerful.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very pretty quilts!! And thanks for the great giveaway! Lovely patterns.

Ella and Nesta said...

Glad to have discovered your blog through the GYB Party. Your "serial" blocks are beautiful!

Leah said...

Loved reading more about you!

Leah said...

I am a happy follower.

Cherry Chick said...

Hi Bev...I really love your eye for color and your Sugar Dish pattern is a favorite. Have a wonderful blog hop.

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Cherry Chick said...

Hi Bev...I really love your eye for color and your Sugar Dish pattern is a favorite. Have a wonderful blog hop.

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Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Been following...love your blog and your work

barbara woods said...

always enjoy your blog

A Nudge said...

Oh what beautiful quilts you are working on! I love, love Oklahoma Beauty and Lady Liberty - so colorful! I'm one of Vicki's volunteer, so thought I'd stop by. I'd love to win the Owl pattern - that is so cute and I have a DGS who loves owls. Thanks for the chance!

A Nudge said...

I'm now a follower!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

wow! you are my kind of gal! The colors you use are stunning! and your work is amazing. I would love to visit more often and have you on my Feedly list now.

barb said...

i love sugar dish. all your quilts are breathtaking. if you ever have any scraps, blocks etc you would want to part with, i would be honered to finish them and donate to charity. that is all i make anymore and it gives me so much pleasure to pay it forward. babscorbitt@gmail.com

barb said...

i follow via bloglovin babscorbitt@gmail.com

MooseStashQuilting said...

Wonderful quilts. Your colors are fabulous! I love the Oklahoma Beauty! I'm definitely going to be a new follower

Joanna said...

With all of the blocks you have I'm not feeling so guilty about all of my UFO's. I'm glad to know that there is room for people who just want to make blocks. I just love the Farmer's Wife quilt and the basket quilt. So pretty.

Margaret said...

I love your quilts. I am always amazed at how beautiful they are. I am glad things turned out well for your friend.

Sarah Craig said...

Hi, Bev! You've got a lovely blog - I can see that we are kindred spirits as far as color goes! I'm a new follower and can't wait to see everything you do in the future!!

Kathy H said...

I enjoy seeing all of your quilts. Especially love the owl quilt.

Missy Shay said...

I love all three of those patterns, how fun!
missysaprons@gmail.com

Missy Shay said...

You know I am a follower since I stalk you! LOL
missyaprons@gmail.com

Lisa said...

Hi Charlie, we know who is in charge don't we Bev! Such great blocks all of them are so bright , colorful, and happy like you Bev with you Cheery wave. I really love the strawberry pattern, when the girls were little we picked them out of the field and they ate more than picked sometimes. Good memories! Hope all is well in your world we got 3" today and more brr cold. I and glad to see the power of prayers work to show the skeptics! She seems like really good people!

Lisa said...

I am a follower and have been for awhile. Give Charlie a pet for me!

Jan Baker said...

I am so impressed that you manage to get three blocks done a day. Wish I could get so much done. Would love to have your patterns.

Jan Baker said...

I follow you by email.

Crickets Corner said...

You always have such great eye candy.

Crickets Corner said...

Longtime follower.

Farm Gate Creations said...

Your work is beautiful, I'm now a follower.

Wendi said...

I love your farmers wife... I just started as well

sofen said...

l LOVE the colors in the third picture!!

jachelno(at)gmail(dot)com

Kathy Davis said...

I would love to have the Sugar Dish Pattern. How cute! I will warm up my machine! Thanks, Kathy
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Kathy Davis said...

I follow on bloglovin.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Debbie said...

Love your use of color! Your quilts are beautiful. I will now be following via bloglovin.

Busy Lizzie said...

Love your blog and colorful quilts :)

JoyceLM said...

I'd love to win Sugar Dish - thanks for the chance.

JoyceLM said...

I'm already a follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

Diane E W said...

Returning your GYB visit. Beautiful quilts. You've picked up another follower. Your giveaway is great, I don't have any of those patterns. The Owl quilt would be my favorite.

Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

Wow, your quilt blocks are amazing, especially your lady liberty blocks!

Susan said...

Hi Bev, I am a long time follower and love to see what you are doing. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Karen said...

Your blocks are very bright and colorful.

Beverly C. Stigge said...

You are a SERIAL BLOCKER...

I loved the Oklahoma quilt.

P Bybee said...

pramuditahandaristi @ gmail . com

Whoa, you are quite the serial piecer! That's a ton of beautiful blocks!

GranChris said...

Love the quilts. Granny Squares and Baskets are my favorites!

Mokki said...

Sounds like you must have had a really fun time growing up! The Oklahoma beauty looks great, I'll have to come back and see it finished. :)

Gayle said...

As long as you get pleasure from piecing, there is no need to ever actually FINISH your quilts! At least that's MY philosophy! Great projects, and a great giveaway!

Wendy said...

nice to meet you! You may well be a serial piecer, but wow are you talented at it!

Dawn Frisch said...

Oh my gosh! I just love all of your quilts!! They are so colorful and lovely! What a great giveaway too!
Happy quilting,
Dawn
array-dawn at cox dot net

Dawn Frisch said...

After looking at your beautiful quilts, I immediately signed up to follow you on bloglovin'. I can't wait to see what you make in the future! You are so talented. I'm so glad that you are on this blog hop!
Dawn
array-dawn at cox dot net

fmbegly132@comcast.net said...

First time reading your blog, but won't be the last! I love your story about your grandfather and the sewing machine shop. My grandad was a Singer sewing machine rep in Southeast Kansas back in the 1960s & '70s. I also love your use of color in your quilts.
--Frances

Hooked on Quilting said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm so excited to meet someone that loves to piece, but hates to put the rows together...blocks are pretty, right? No need to make a quilt, right? Hmmm...am I encouraging you to make even more blocks? Ouch! I feel I have a new BFF!!!

Julie said...

Love all your blocks!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Julie said...

I follow on Bloglovin!

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

I love the "remember who loves you" quilt! And I LOVE those dishes!!! How unique! I found you on the Grow Your Blog event.. I am there too! Love your quilts..so much color!
Cheri
www.fabricandmemories.blogspot.com

Susan said...

I love the strawberry pattern.

Jen Barnard said...

Great blog. Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to win a pattern. (Not Strawberry Social).

Abbigail said...

I love the way you use the old style fabrics in these quilts. Beautiful!

Lisa said...

I enjoy your blog and your quilts so much! Thanks for the giveaway - they look like fun patterns. :) quiltwoman0@gmail.com

Louise said...

Hello, what a pretty blog you have. I love your choice of fabric, so bright and cheery! I just became a follower, you may help encourage me to finish my UFO's. Meanwhile I make jewelry and collect beads. Ha! I have plenty of fabric so would love to win a pattern. Have fun with the GYB party.
Louise from Lily and Jasmine Treasures.

Sarah and Dan said...

Everything is so pretty!

Mel said...

I made my first quilt for my mom do Christmas. I'm hooked. Patterns to get me started would be amazing. :) especially as I'm wanting to make a special quilt for my newly renovated living room!

Tickledpeep@yahoo.com

Lisa said...

I'm a follower to forgot to tell you that! :) quiltwoman0@gmail.com

Patty Antle said...

Beautiful quilts Bev! I love the Sugar Dish pattern especially. Nice to meet you!

Bead and Needle said...

Boy, what a happy blog spot this is - SO bright - SO quilty - LOVE it. This is also the second blog I've run across today that talks about the Farmer's Wife Quilts...I MUST check that out, because you've hooked me. NEWEST Follower - glad to have found you through Vicki's wonderful Party. Happy Friday - Tanya

jackie vernon said...

Love your quilts and giveaway. Glad your friend is doing better. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks, Jackie

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Very nice to meet you. Great blog and projects. Thanks for sharing.

Dawn Castrova said...

I like all things creative n thrifty and I found you from the GYB party.
I don’t have a lot of blog time in for I just started blogging when I joined the blog party it was my New Year resolution. 600 entries and I am Reading my 410 blog and more to go. Whew a lot of good read and great giveaways too. My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is ovr_brd@yahoo.com I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do's and don'ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. And loving the crafting networks.
Oh thanks for letting me part of your giveaway.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Lovely quilts - very colourful! Thanks for sharing.

macmillanmarie said...

Such beautiful quilts. You are truly amazing - not only do you do beautiful work but it appears you are also very fast. Thanks for sharing.

Carol D. said...

Love to see the bright colors in your quilts. Just my style. I am slow getting to all on the GYB party, but I am getting around.

Carol D. said...

New follower of your blog.

Dasha said...

Hello Bev, visiting you from the GYB party from Australia. You have a great colour sense. Does your local church hall/community centre have trestle tables? That is how I pin quilts these days. My quilt group meets in a community hall, so I set up a couple of extra tables and pin on them whenever I need to. Invariably someone comes along and puts in a few pins for me too.

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

Love the colors you choose. So bright and happy!

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