Saturday, January 24, 2015

Time for Grow Your Blog and Giveaway - Again!

I can't believe it's been an entire year since the wonderful Vicky over at 2 Bags Full hosts the "Grow Your Blog" party! I don't know if she realized it would grow to be so large! She has put together lists of over 400 bloggers to visit! It's a wonderful opportunity to follow new blogs and make new friends!

If you are just visiting my blog for the first time or you are one of my regular blog friends, welcome! My name is Bev and I started this blog to promote my online Etsy fabric shop that sells the fabric I use for my quilting. I started to say my "hobby" of quilting but it seems like much more than that. I never expected to meet other bloggers who are amazing, sweet friends of mine now. We email, we text and we share the important and mundane things that go on in our lives. So poke around on my blog and stop by any time and say hello!


I live in beautiful Oklahoma City where we have had a tornado, snow and an earthquake--all in the same day!


 I share my home with my little dog Lola and until earlier this month, my little dog Charlie. I lost Charlie and it was so wonderful to receive the support that I did from my blogging friends.
Lola's tongue is her most impressive feature! Isn't she adorable? She is my sewing buddy and lays by my feet no matter what sewing task I'm performing.



I actually started sewing when I was 6 years old. My grandfather worked for White Sewing Machine Company. I'm not sure but I think he was in sales. He flew all over the country for them and went to trade shows, county fairs and to other events. When I was 6 years old, White Sewing Machines came out with the "zig zag" stitch, as well as other decorative stitches. This was a new, big deal! My grandfather taught me to sew...just on scraps to demonstrate the stitches. Ladies would stop by and say, "if that little girl can do those stitches, so can I". I was too busy working and raising 3 children (whose pictures are here on the blog--with the grands) to do any sewing. I actually taught myself to quilt in the 90's from the book, Quilting for People Who Don't Have Time to Quilt.by Marti Michelle and by watching Eleanor Burns on television. I still recommend both to new quilters.


I share all my quilting and sewing projects on my blog. Every time I stitch up a block, I put it on the blog. The feedback from my buddies is amazing and helps me so much! Now, about my GIVEAWAY! I was thinking of something that quilters and non-quilters or even non-sewers would like! So I'm giving away two gifts! You can stitch them but you don't have to. You can just cut them out. First:
A Delighted bunting panel! You can either add a backing onto each little flag and string them or you can just cut them out and they are ready to go. See the circle designs on the end? Those can be added to your bunding or can be used to make one using just those little circles! Here are some photos of this bunting that I made:



As you can see, they make a long bunting string and are cute and colorful. You can use them inside or out for parties, to decorate a room, on your porch...everybody loves bunting, right? And the second item that someone will win is another bunting panel:

This one is perfect for a 4th of July picnic celebration, a nautical room or to decorate your porch. I have a customer that is using these colors for her twin boys room and hung these cute flags from the ceiling. To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave me a comment on this post. You don't have to start following my blog, but I would love it if you did! If you do become a follower or already are, please let me know so that I can follow you back! Make sure that I have a way to contact you. If you are a no-reply blogger, please include your email. Winners will be announced on the blog on February 15th.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll visit the rest of the bloggers who are participating in this fun blog hop! Cheery wave from Bev

64 comments:

Sonia Parham said...

I'm a follower. Beautiful quilts! :)

Nancie Anne Quilts said...

My daughter had the opportunty to witness the damage that man & nature can both inflict when she was in OKC for FFA contests. It was unnerving for us Moms to put our daughters on that flight just 24 hours after that devastating tornado struck. They also saw the devastation of the bombing and 2 years later revisited to see the memorial and healing taking place.
Love those little pennants in your Happy colors. Hugs to you!

20 North Ora said...

Love the bio! Love those pennant passes too!

Judy

Crickets Corner said...

I love your blog and have been a follower for sometime. I thought Missouri was the only place that had so many different types of weather all in one day. Love the pennants.

Simply, Sarah said...

I love the bunting fabrics! I'm already a follower of your blog, and like seeing your projects.

Andrea York said...

Very cute bunting! Would look cute in my little grandson's room.
Thanks for the giveaway. Years ago I lived in the Midwest and I remember the tornado and tornado warnings vividly!

Stephanie Faris said...

I LOVE that first quilt. The colors are breathtaking. That's my kind of quilt!

Sonja Mclane said...

I love your quilting!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway. I was just diagnosed with RSD a nerve disorder so I take 1 day at a time a really try hard to get to my quilting room daily for a little bit but it doesn't always happen. So, one day at a time!! I just do what my body will let me do at this point. sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

Hooked on Quilting said...

Welcome to the Grow Your Blog Party! I am one of Vicki's volunteers and wanted to stop by and share how excited she is that you joined the party. I've enjoyed my visit here and love Lola's tongue and sad that Charlie is gone. Thank you for joining in and hope you find lots of new blogs and new friends. Your work is beautiful! Gloria

Sunshine Girl said...

What a lovely blog with some great quilts and bunting there. I am visiting here via the Grow Your Blog hop and look forward to popping back again soon. Have a great day. Sunshine Girl - Grow Your Blog Section 24.

Rebecca said...

Puppies and bunting . How cool

Kathy Davis said...

I love buntings. I made one for my granddaughter's first birthday that I was able to later use at a wedding shower.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Karen in Breezy Point said...

That op-art quilt is amazing! Thanks for the chance to win one of the adorable bunting panels--I've never seen them before!

Stitchin At Home said...

I am now following you. Love the bunting flags, since I'm Canadian if I had a choice I would love to win the first one. Thanks for the chance to win.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

I would love to win the cute bunting !! I am visiting from eastern SD. Will be back again:)

Shauna said...

such cute bunting, I've never made any, but love the look.

Gill said...

Lovely to learn more about you - I've been following you for a while now!

J said...

Hi Bev! I am a fellow GYB-er and would love to be entered in your generous give away. Your work is beautiful, but my heart melts at the sight of Lola! I am also an animal lover. I am sorry about Charlie. We have 6 cats and a dog. My favorite cat is Charlie and I can't think about someday losing him.

Sigi G said...

I really enjoy reading your blog posts. We too have lost pets and it is very heart wrenching. Beautiful colors in both bunting fabrics.

Raina said...

Love the gorgeous quilts! I am a follower via email and GFC. Those buntings are adorable, thanks for the chance!

Nan V. said...

I love your quilts! Cute bunting fabric too. I always look forward to your blog posts. They're a sunny spot in my day.

Jacqueline Frances said...

Hi there Bev,
I have been a follower of yours since the last SMS giveaway week(but didn't win though)! I really enjoy reading what you are up to!!!
I didn't find out about the Grow Your Blog event till too late…would you like to follow my newish blog?
Quilty Huggs,
Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows
http://quilt-sewhappy.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

I love your blog and your cheery self, I am a follower can you guess! I love both of them and David's room could use a little red, white and blue or Zoey the bright colors. It would be fun to win I never made bunting yet but would love to give it a go! Have fun hopping!

Sandi Moran said...

Cute bunting and what a great blog. I'm a new follower.
Sandi
www.thevictoriangypsy.blogspot.com

SuperMomNoCape said...

Stopping by from the Grow Your Blog event. What sweet buntings! Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. I'll be back to have another look around.

heathquilter said...

Love your blog--can't wait to make the baby quilt with the fabric I bought from you...as with all quilters, I've got about 20 projects before I can get started with it! Love the doll quilt you made with it! Thanks for this terrific opportunity--the pennants are darling!

Kathy E. said...

I'm a new Bloglovin' follower and look forward to reading more from you! You make such lovely things! I'm in Iowa and we have crazy weather too. Today it was only in the lower 20's with snow and yesterday, it was mid 40's! But, I do love it and the seasons!

Sarah said...

I signed up to follow you. Beautiful quilts! That black and white one is stunning! sarah@forrussia.org

RoseAndCons said...

thats so cool how your grandfather taught you how to sew! and great giveaway.

roseharries_06@hotmail.com

Alexis Borsboom said...

Stunning quilts!
(I also have twin sons)
t_ktl at yahoo.com

Janie said...

Beautiful quilts! Love the black and white one. Thanks for the chance at the bunting panels, looks like fun!

Michele T said...

Nice to meet you!! Your quilts are beautiful!! I have a couple of buntings hanging in my sewing space.. I always feel like I am going to a happy place (which of course I am!!).

Her Indoors said...

Bunting is one of my favourite things - what a fab giveaway! crafting_for_shoeboxes@yahoo.co.uk

Maggie said...

Sounds like sewing is 'in your blood'! Those bunting panels are so clever...I've not seen those in the stores. Especially love the bright colored one. I'd love to win it :-)

I have a little bigger version of your Lola. He's in my studio right now, looking at me and wanting attention, haha.

Threads of Inspiration said...

Bev, I enjoyed seeing your quilts and the photo of Oklahoma City. I've never been there and it looks beautiful! I'm not sure I would enjoy all of the weather during a 24 hour period though! Enjoy the blog party!

Dixie said...

Lovely quilts and cute little dog!
mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

jesop84 said...

What a great giveaway. Really, really like the red, white, and blue. I have been reading your blog now, off and on, for about a year. Have a great day!

Kathy H said...

I have been happily following you and always enjoy seeing what you are working on.

Dawn said...

I really love the first quilt, it's beautiful! Have a great day!
dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

nicolesender said...

New bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender!
I really enjoyed visiting your blog.

Julie said...

I'm so sorry for your recent loss of your little friend. 3 hairy girls keep me company all day while I sew. Popping in from GYB. Your New York Beauty is stunning, and on my list this year! Following you on Bloglovin'.

Julie @
pinkdoxies.blogspot.com

Lindsay said...

I am a new follower!

Lindsay said...

Those pennants are just too cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lee said...

Enjoyed your post - I am a follower!! Thank you for the lovely bunting giveaway!

Kathy L said...

So sorry about Charlie. I'm a follower.

Sue Kosec said...

You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

Happy crafting!
SuZeQ

Val's Quilting Studio said...

FUn post and it was nice to get to know ya! I added myself as a GFC follower and welcome you to stop by! I have a TUesday Archives linky party you may be interested in too! Val from myplvl.blogspot.com

latanya t said...

This is a beautiful quilt!

dlatany at gmail dot com

Mokki said...

Wow, I love your quilts. They look so complicated! Ive never made a quilt but I do love to sew.

msmissy02 said...

I love the bunting! Such great colors! Thanks for the fun giveaway! msmissy02 at gmail dot com

Linda said...

THANKS FOR YOUR BLOG!
HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU>BLOG LOVIN'!
LOVE YOUR PENNANTS! THANKS FOR SHARING IN A GIVEAWAY TOO!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Janet said...

Hi Bev. I'm a long time follower. Love the quilts that you have shown here!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Visiting from GYB, lovely quilts. I quilt in western North Carolina where it is supposed to snow tonight. I understand how you feel about losing Charlie, my sincere condolences. Furkids take up a big space in our hearts.

Ellee said...

Cute bunting! I'd like to make one just like it. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I enjoyed seeing that wonderful doggie tongue (all the better to lick you with, my dear!). Thank you for inviting us to visit.

Missy Shay said...

What a fun giveaway! I follow you!
missysaprons@gmail.com

AFistfulof Lemons said...

Your quilts are amazing! And you live in such a beautiful neck of the woods too. My mom's name is Bev by the way. :) Thanks for your generous giveaway. I've got your blog bookmarked and will visit often!
- afistfuloflemons @ gmail.

liniecat said...

Sorry to hear about Charlie, we get so attached to our pals don't we, its hard to lose them.
Had fun visiting with GYB, and am following now by RSS feed.
All the best, Lyn

Kristine said...

Fun pack! Thanks for sharing and best of luck growing your blog.

Carol D. said...

Didn't know there are bunting panels. Cool idea! Think I might need one for me new bead studio. Already a follower.

Jusmom1 said...

I love red, white and blue! Thank you for the chance to win!

Judy Allen said...

I love it when Bella-dog joins me in my sewing room. I know how you feel. Dogs are great quilting companions.
judyanncreations@comcast.net

Nancy said...

Never heard of bunting before. I have a shitzu that looks exactly like Lola...her name is Ida.

Jacklynn Grimm said...

Love the banners - the Delighted one with the extra circles, you could put those on solids and put on the back and make it reversible. Thanks for the chance to win! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com