Saturday, December 8, 2012

Time flies - a Blogiversary GIVEAWAY

Wow, I can't believe I've been blogging for a whole year!  Time flies.  Here is my first post.  So silly!

2012 mosaic

1. Urban Nine Patch Table Runner, 2. Teacher quilt, 3. IMG_0412, 4. finished quilt, 5. IMG_0815, 6. Itty Bitty Mug Rug, 7. Rollercoaster / Easter table runner, 8. Mom's peacock quilt, 9. Peak Hour Quilt, 10. Leaf table runner, 11. Batik stripe in focus, 12. Totally Groovy, 13. Olivia's Quilt front, 14. birthday mug rug, 15. November FMQ Challenge Front, 16. October FMQ Challenge, 17. The Grinch, 18. sept star of africa, 19. sashiko coasters, 20. September FMQ Challenge, 21. place mat for Gram.1, 22. place mat for Gram.2, 23. for May, 24. August FMC - front, 25. For Patty - Star of Africa Bee, 26. Reverse applique T-shirt, 27. 3 x 6 bee mosaic, 28. IMG_0292, 29. IMG_0428, 30. IMG_0363, 31. Road to California notebook covers, 32. Front January FMC, 33. Front March FMC, 34. Front of April FMC w/filler, 35. pink star, 36. 3 x 6 solids mosaic

How much have I learned this past year?  LOADS!  About blogging, quilting, crafting, you name it.  It has been a wonderful journey and I can't wait to see what next year brings.  In fact, I've been pondering it quite a bit lately, especially since my following has doubled this week!

What do I want to do with this blog in the upcoming year?   What do you want to see?

Here are some of the things I have been considering including in the blog:
  • A monthly link up for New Projects - I was thinking of putting together a sort of "Resolutions" list of new projects I want to give a try during 2013.  I live by lists (my mommy brain can only retain and keep track of so much!). I could then host a link up for everyone to show off their progress.  Very similar to Judy's UFO challenge, but new projects.  I already have a bunch of patterns I bought, and some I designed, that I want to try out.  A free linky party to celebrate just seems a bonus.
  • More new tutorials for 2013 - considering that I only really did 3 tutorials last year, there is easily room for improvement. I know I like to read tutorials on other blogs, and I like to share free stuff with all of you.
What are some of the things you would like to see?
  • For those of you who are thinking, "better photos", I am already on top of that - I take my first photography class at the end of January.
  • Do you like the Inspirational Sunday's?  I love to see quilts from shows, but perhaps I am the only one.
  • Should I eliminate any no-sew posts like the Art with the Kids?
  • A Quilt Along of some sort?? - I had so much fun with the other QAL's I participated in (like the How Far Will You Go?, Totally Groovy, and Vintage Holiday QAL's)!  I think I could make one fun and a learning experience by using these well run QAL's as an example.  Would there be enough interest?
Obviously, I can't do it all!  That would be silly.   Plus, I want to be able to participate in other things going on in blog land, so I am truly interested in knowing your opinion of things so I can best choose what to include as content.

Oh yes, I did mention a giveaway, didn't I?

I am giving away 1 yard of fabric (for my 1 year blogiversary) from the Intrepid Thread.  Intrepid Thread isn't sponsoring this giveaway, but I really like Julie's shop and her service is impeccable.  The winner of the giveaway will be able to choose ANY 1 yard cut (or I suppose 2 half yard cuts) from her store.  I will order them and have them shipped directly to you.

How to enter:
  • Please leave a comment below telling me some of the things you would like to see on your blogroll next year = one entry.
  • If you are a follower, I think that deserves another entry, just leave an additional comment telling me you follow = one entry.
Please make sure I have an email for you.  It was shocking how many "no reply" blogger comments I received for the SMS giveaway earlier in the week.  I know many people don't realize that Google + changes your setting for this - but when in doubt, include your email in the comment!  Or send me a separate email at intheclosetquilter (at) gmail (dot) com.

I will randomly choose a winner Monday, December 10th at 10 am PST.  That will give me enough time to get the kids to school and even have a 2nd cup of coffee!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

International entries welcome.

And as always, thanks for reading,

Jen



51 comments:

  1. Congratulations! My favorite things to see on blogs are finished projects and tutorials. I hear you about the photo thing! My sister is getting me a new camera for Christmas and I'm going to follow your lead and sign up for a class. Thanks for motivating me! Ps I'm a follower.

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  2. Hi Jen
    I'm a new follower from SMS blog hop earlier this week. Congratulations on one year of blogging! What a milestone it's a wonderful accomplishment. ;->

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  3. Congratulations! I love to see tutorials both complex long projects and things I can rock up in an afternoon. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  4. Congrats again! Hi Jen, I like your blog as it is just fine. I love seeing children's pictures. It makes you a real person, not just a crazy quilting machine (not that, that's a bad thing. I feel I'm one at times). I love to learn new things so tutorials are wonderful, now and then. ;->

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  5. Congratulations! I like your blog just the way it is!
    I'd love to see a QAL - I did the Groove one too (Haven't quilted it yet though!!)

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  6. I'd like to see tutorials, quilt-related touble-shooting and finished work.
    Congratulations on your blogaversary!

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  7. I would like to see tutorials and inspiration for small projects. Congrats

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  8. I love QALs and Mystery Quilts. Congratulations!

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  9. A whole year! Congrats! :) I think your resolution linky party is a great idea. I always fofet mine by March or so. Maybe this would keep me on track! I would also be interested in a QAL! Thanks for being awesome :)

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  10. I like to see tutorials and finished projects!

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  11. I love to see finished projects and fun tutorials!

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  12. I like quilt alongs with tutorials. I like how we all have a finished project but they are all unique and different by the fabric choices that we chose. Thanks for the chance.

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  13. I'm a follower. Thanks for the chance.

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  14. Congratulations! I Would love to see more Pictures,tutorials, and QALs. But you are doing a great job as it is!!

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  15. pictures but you are doing great . i would like to see my blog grow

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  16. Tutorials and QALS, but you are doing so much already!Keep up the good blog and congrats on your 1 year anniversary!

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  17. Happy 1 year bolgoversary...lol...I am a follower now.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at0yahoo(dot)com

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  18. I think u should do wahtever it is you wan't to with your blog. Being as it is yours. Personally I do love photos and tutorials . But I love to see projects are bots and pieces fo them as they go together. And includeing the family life in a blog makes it all the more special. Our children are such a vital part of our lives and we need to include them in as much of our lives as we can...
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. Yay for the first year! I love your blog already - I don't think you need to change!

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  20. I love to see lots of tutorials. They really help me get ideas and inspiration

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  21. This coming year I'm also hoping to put up a tutorial or two. But like you mentioned above, I too need to work on my picture quality :)

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  22. I enjoy seeing finished projects and tutorials and hearing about what people do in their lives, but I think you should blog about whatever you want to.

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  23. Ideas on selecting and matching fabrics... As well as your favorite color palates.

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  24. I'd like to see quilt-alongs with tutorials to help us! Thanks for the giveaway

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  25. Congratulations on your blogiversary Jen! I like your blog as it is but a QAL would be fun!

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  26. I have been a happy follower for a while :)

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  27. Happy Birthday! I love watching projects come together.

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  28. I follow via a link to my non functioning blog!

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  29. Hi Jen, I just became a new follower by email. I'm looking forward to your posts in the future!

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  30. I would really like to see more tutorials! And I'm always looking for inspiration, so those inspirational Sunday's sound great!

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  31. I love to see finished projects, and even better when they start out with the fabric selections and include a couple of work in progress photos.

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  32. Congratulations! One year is super exciting. I love seeing finished projects and in progress pictures on blogs. I am also a huge fan of tutorial and "slice of life" posts where you talk about other things going on either crafty or just life related. Mostly, keep up the good work!

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  33. I am a quilter and like to read blogs with quilty projects and tutorials, along with why you made certain decisions .... and always discussion about fabrics. Congratulations on your 1 year blogiversary milestone!
    mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  34. Congratulations on 1 year of blogging! I like tutorials and seeing what you are working on.

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  35. I'm a follower ;-)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  36. I esp love tutorials, lots of pictures, and sometimes I can be persuaded into a quilt-along!

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