Monday, August 23, 2010

100 Follower Giveaway - or Should I Say QUILTAWAY!

I've been looking forward to this post for a little while now.  A couple months ago, I realized that within my stash I had a group of fabrics that accidentally went together beautifully for a quilt and decided that I would use them to make one for one of you.  With time running out before school starts for me, I knew it had to be on the simpler side and this is what I came up with...


I named it Over the Garden Gate.  The white bars remind me of a fence and the color combinations remind me of a flower garden.  I also was trying to capture the feeling of how, as we click our way through blogs and link parties, it can feel like we are peeking into someone else's craft room or living room or kitchen - just stopping by for a minute to chat before heading out to the next link down the street.  There is a sense of community out there that I just wasn't expecting to find at the outset.

I all but stumbled into blogging at the end of May, basically deciding I wanted to do it because I found out there was something called the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  What I could not have known was what a warm, generous and creative group of people I would find on my travels through blog-land and how the very act of blogging itself would push my creativity and give that part of my life focus, definition and goals.  As I was cutting and sewing and quilting this quilt, I was thinking about the many comments I've gotten from some of you on my various projects, your insights into your own crafts and some of the beautiful things you guys have made and shared on your blogs.  It is amazing to me how we just keep putting ourselves and our projects out there and how often someone has something lovely to share with us because of it.  This quilt is for each of you, even if I could only make one.


On a personal level, it's nice to finally have a group of individuals that are truly interested in all of my crafts and not just humoring me because I just dragged them up to my craft room, again, to show them things that they just don't get or can't understand the amount of hours I just "lost" creating whatever it was.  I thank you and my friends and family thank you.  :)



I decided to give the back a little interest using some of the scraps from the top.



The quilting is difficult to see in photos since it is white on white, but it's an all-over meandering pattern.  I originally planned on quilting it more tightly, but I used a higher-loft batting and I thought it looked better more widely spaced.  I finished the binding by hand. 

The quilt measures 62" x 76". 


This quilt is washed and ready to be sent to one of you.  It still needs a label and I promise it will have one before I send it out.  I just haven't decided what I want it to say yet.

Thanks for reading my blog and a special thank you to all of my followers - you make blogging fun.  :)

Here are the giveaway quiltaway rules...

You have 3 chances to enter.  Each comment is considered an entry (no more than three per person):

1. Leave a comment about this quilt or what you might do with it if you win it or about what blogging has meant to you.

2. Become a follower.  Just leave a comment, whether you're a new follower or old, just saying that you are one.

3. Blog about this quiltaway or post one of my buttons (located in my sidebar) on your blog.  Let me know which you did and post the link in the comment.

Please make sure there is a way for me to contact you by email!  This quiltaway will run from now through Sunday, September 12th at 6:00pm.  The winner will be drawn by random number generator and announced Monday, September 12th at 9:00am.

GOOD LUCK!!  I hope YOU win!

Linking up to Atticmag's Giveaway Friday.

559 comments:

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kristin said...

what an incredible quilt! i would definitely be putting it on my bed, over a solid colored comforter. it matches my bedroom perfectly!

i am so glad i stumbled upon your blog - what a treat! you are so talented and so good to share your talents. that is one of my favorite things about blogging actually--the talented people sharing what they love!

kristin said...

you are on my sidebar! and i don't put many people there. :)

kristin said...

i am also a new and excited follower!

Candice said...

Beautiful quilt! I would display this quilt on a wall in my house if I were to win it. I love the colors of the quilt, and it looks beautifully sewn!
candicebairn(at!)yahoo(dot*)com

Candice said...

I'm a follower

barefootT said...

I love the way you added pieces of the front onto the back, I do that in most of my quilts... If I win this one will go in my guest room / sewing room.

barefootT said...

I am a new follower..

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Wow! I cannot believe you are giving away this work of art. It is stunning. And the colors are perfection for fall. I think I love the back best- I love a bit of whimsy!

http://preppypinkcrocodile.blogspot.com
pinkcrocodiledesigns@hotmail.com

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

I am a brand new follower and can't wait to catch up on your craft-fabulous blog!

http://preppypinkcrocodile.blogspot.com
pinkcrocodiledesigns@hotmail.com

Dana DeLuca said...

I love the quilt. I would put it in my beautiful daughter's room. Sofia would love it. I love to create, but have not yet developed the patience to quilt.

Sarah said...

wow this is gorgeous! you are very talented!

Sarah said...

I am a follower :)

Carrie J said...

I'm now a follower of your blog and would have been without the giveaway. You have a lovely blog. I have set mine to private for now until my life slows a little and so I cannot post a link.
My grandmother made beautiful quilts and would love yours. I would lie if I didn't say I hope I'm the one who wins. My daughter recently moved out and I am remodeling the room as a quest room and would love this quilt to use in the room. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

Sherry said...

What a beautiful quilt! It would love so pretty on my guest bed!!!

Sherry said...

I just became a follower!!!

Mrs. Muffins said...

How beautiful! I would love to win. I think pieces like this are classic and timeless. I could use it in my bedroom, my daughter's room, or to keep me warm while I curl up and read a book this winter <3

mrsmuffinsblog@yahoo.com

Emily said...

That is gorgeous! I would either use it to be the inspiration for a nursery if and when we have another baby, or as the main focal point for a guest room.
familyandlifeinlv(at)gmail(dot)com

Emily said...

I am a follower (new) but I would have followed even without the quilt giveaway!
familyandlifeinlv(at)gmail(dot)com

Emily said...

I put your button on my blog!
www.familyandlifeinlv.com
familyandlifeinlv(at)gmail(dot)com

Amanda said...

I would definitely use it for my room, or for one of my sisters' rooms. It's a beautiful quilt!

Amanda said...

I follow!

Amanda said...

I put your button on my sidebar (it's in the scrolling one labeled "blogs I read and love").

emily said...

wow, this is one of the prettiest quilts I've ever seen. I know it's simple, but simple can be soooo beautiful.
piccadillypeddler(at)gmail(dot)com

emily said...

I'm a follower!

Jessie said...

I am new follower!
natjesleo at gmail dot com

Jessie said...

I think this quilt would be beautiful in my daughters nursery, its so beautiful and classic. I can so picture reading books in the morning in her rocking chair all cuddled up in this quilt!
natjesleoatgmaildotcom

♥ Calamity Anne ♥ said...

What a gorgeous quilt!!! As much as I'd want to display it, I'm more of the thinking of using an item and getting full enjoyment of it that way. It'd find a special spot on the couch so I'd be able to cuddle up under it!

♥ Calamity Anne ♥ said...

I'm one of your followers!!!

Vanessa said...

I am your newest follower!

Vanessa said...

I simply LOVE this quilt! I love earth tones, you did a beautiful job. I can't believe you're giving it away, and I sure hope I win! :)

Cindy said...

Sad to say I am a new follower. Where have I been???? Great blog.

Staci J said...

This is such a beautiful quilt!! Wow, what a generous giveaway!! I would love to win this:)
acers14@msn.com

Staci J said...

I'm now a follower!

Staci J said...

I have your button on my sidebar!
justsewsassy.com

Casey said...

it's a great quilt and it's so generous of you to give it away! I could see myself snuggling under it in front of the tv, or more likely my kids, they steal anything new that comes into this house lol

Casey said...

I'm a new follower :)

Cindy said...

I am thinking that I would display the quilt on my wall in my family room. I have enough bedding and it's too pretty to just hide in a room where nobody will get to enjoy it. Also,

Stray Stitches said...

The quilt is absolutely beautiful! I would love to win it. Blogging is something I started not to long ago. I enjoy sharing my quilting, recipes, crocheting, and aspects of my life with family, friends, and fellow bloggers!

Stray Stitches said...

I have become a follower!

Lynne said...

Wow! Your quilt is beautiful! I love the strip of patchwork on the back, so pretty. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Lynne said...

I also follow. Great blog! Thanks!

Charity said...

I would donate this quilt to the 'Relay For Life' Auction at the Eureka California Quilters Guild.
( cancer sucks )

cherrypicks.by.humboldtcherry(at)gmail.com

Charity said...

I'm a GFC follower

cherrypicks.by.humboldtcherry(at)gmail.com

momof2boys said...

This is awesome! I would have to confess if I won this quilt I would keep it for myself. I have only been quilting for a few years but have 3 children so that makes for little time to sew. The quilts I have made have been gifts to loved ones. You do amazing work!

Zibeline Knits said...

I would redecorate my whole knitting room/guest room around this quilt. Absolutely beautiful!!!

www.zibelineknits.blogspot.com

Zibeline Knits said...

I am already a follower--commented on your fantastic lunch bags idea that I'm going to steal ASAP!

www.zibelineknits.blogspot.com

Zibeline Knits said...

Your blog button has been on my blog for a while now--love all your crafty stuff! Pick me!

www.zibelineknits.blogspot.com

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Absolutely beautiful! I would use it to cuddle up on the sofa . I have found the quilt I have seem to get more beautiful with time, and what an honor it would be to have such a treasure. What a wonderul quiltaway! Jackie

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Following, and catching up on some of your other projects. Jackie

SolDucky said...

We just moved our daughter to a toddler bed, and have been trying different blankets but haven't found one she likes yet. I bet she would like this one though - how could she not? It is amazing!

SolDucky said...

I am a follower!

Kathy said...

I love the wuilt and love the details but most of all loved the way you named and talked about blogging. I want to scream AMEN!!

Kathy said...

I am a new follower:)

Kathy said...

I proudly posted your blogs button here:

Having a Hallelujah Good Time
http://www.handfulofellers.blogspot.com

Judy said...

I think the quilt is BEAUTIFUL and if I won it I'd put it on the sofa so that I could sit on it and show it off each day. I do have to say that as I read your words they made me think of myself. I too, have found friends in Blog Land that understand my need to sew, craft, etc. Thanks for being so generous by giving a quilt!!
judyk2310@yahoo.com

Judy said...

I became a follower and can't wait to go back through your older posts.
judyk2310@yahoo.com

Judy said...

I'm going to post about this on my Blog though I want to keep it a secret for myself! :)
judyk2310@yahoo.com

lips said...

Your work is beautiful! What a lovely and generous giveaway. I would gift it to my college daughter to keep warm and study hard!
Thanks for the giveaway
colleen
butler83ataoldotcom

lips said...

I am a new follower and loving reading your blog.
Thanks again
colleen
butler83ataoldotcom

Tammy said...

The quilt is gorgeous. Always wanted to learn to quilt. My Great-aunt quilted and passed away a few years ago. I have two of hers! I would showcase this quilt as I do the other two! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

becca said...

This is gorgeous! I would love to put it on my bed!

becca said...

I am a follower!

Tammy said...

Posted a link from my blog to your giveaway! Enter me again!

Tammy said...

Here's the link to my mention of your giveaway! http://tammy-domesticdivaatwork.blogspot.com/2010/08/depression-glass-recollection.html

Tammy said...

Became a follower - enter me again!

momentary lapse said...

I love how simple and classic the design is. I have only made two small quilts and am just amazed at the amount of time that is put into one. This giveaway is so generous of you!

momentary lapse said...

I am a follower.

canadianblonde said...

I became a follower.

canadianblonde said...

I have a blog www.tuscanydesign.net/craftbook. It helps me to stick to my goal of improving my writing, and hopefully to publish a craftbook one day. Blogging helps me stay on schedule with chapters, and information gathering.

Stray Stitches said...

I included your beautiful quilt giveaway in my blog today http://straystitches1.blogspot.com/

Deenie said...

beautiful - I would use it on my couch where my grandkids LOVE to cuddle up with cozy blankets and it looks cozy

Vesuviusmama said...

I started blogging as a way to journal. I wanted to chronicle my quilting adventures, and wanted a way to easily incorporate photos in a time when photos are more often digital than hard copy. Blogging just seemed to fit. I had no idea that I would develop the friendships that I have or receive the inspiration and support that I have from other bloggers.

Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful quilt!

rolynwest said...

If I win this quilt I will give it to my neighbor. She needs something like this to uplift her spirits. She lost her daughter last fall and now her husband in under Hospice care. What a strong woman she is, but I'd love to wrap her in this quilt as a reminder that I will be there for her.

rolynwest said...

I've just become a follower.

Heather said...

OMG! This quilt is gorgeous! I would use it in my boys' room!

Heather said...

I'm a follower!

Becca said...

With a baby on the way, this would make such a wonderful addition to our new addition coming soon! I really think is this a beautiful and amazing quilt!!!!


BeccaAlley[at]gmail.com

Becca said...

I am a new follower on GFC as "Becca"

:)
BeccaAlley[at]gmail.com

Debra said...

If I win it would definately be a gift for my mother.

Debra said...

I,m a new follower!

Deborah said...

Love, love, love your quilt. And would love, love, love to win it. Please drop my name in the hat (and it would be so wonderful if you picked me!). I would give the quilt to my Mom. She's been bedridden since 2001 and the colors woudl look gorgeous in her bedroom. Even though you made it, she would think of me each time she reaches out and rubs her fingers over the fabrics.

dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

Deborah said...

I'm a follower! And so happy about it too! dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lynn said...

I LOVE this quilt! It would look perfect in my spare bedroom.

Fallan said...

Just became a follower!!!

fallanr@gmail.com

Fallan said...

This quilt is beautiful! I love the colors! I am glad I stumbled upon your blog from The Girl Creative.

Kimberlee said...

I can't believe how many followers you have gotten out of this, LOL. I posted about your giveaway at my blog.
~Kimberlee
www.TheSpunkyDiva.blogspot.com

Jayme said...

Jayme C: That quilt is beautiful. I made a similar one that was auctioned off to raise money for breast cancer. I'd love to have it back in a different form!
jaytensen@gmail.com

Jayme said...

Jayme C: I follow your blog!
jaytensen@gmail.com

Jayme said...

Jayme C: I blogged about it!
jaytensen@gmail.com

saraban13 said...

im a follower <3

sarabanister13@gmail.com

saraban13 said...

i absolutely love this quilt!! it's soooo beautiful! one of my great aunt's that i have gotten very close to in the past year is a quilter, and one day i hope to learn how to quilt myself!

sarabanister13@gmail.com

springrose said...

I am new to your blog. I LOVE quilts. If I won this we would use it in our Family Room for a cuddle quilt. We love to cuddle under quilts and blankets and read books. This blanket would go perfectly with my colors in my family room. Love it!!! If I happen to win (you know with only 491 comments there is still a chance) you can post a comment on my blog and I will get you my email.

Holly said...

Are you kidding...this is amazing! What a wonderful giveaway...you must really love your followers! Of course I follow! I would love this quilt!

Helena said...

Oh my, this is beautiful! I don't have a quilt, and if I won, I would use it to snuggle up and read when it starts getting chilly out.

Helena said...

I am following you through GFC! laniereeblog@gmail.com

Helena said...

And I grabbed your button!

Jamie said...

You are so talented! I love this quilt! If I won it I would probably put it in a special box until I have a little girl (I already have 2 boys) and then I would display it in her nursery when she was born as either a wall hanging or a throw over a rocking chair.

fragrantblissoils@gmail.com

Jamie said...

I am your follower!
fragrantblissoils@gmail.com

Maureen F. said...

What a beautiful quilt - thank you for the chance to win it !!! looks really warm to snuggle up with !

Maureen F. said...

I just became a follower

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

That is beautiful and I love the detail you included on the back! The colors work so well together, what a happy accident! I know what you mean about it being nice to have crafty people to talk with who understand the obsession!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Thanks for following me☺ Following you too now!

Jessie said...

I'm a new follower. Pick me!

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

The quilt is beautiful and it is so generous of you to part with it. If I won it I think I would make it mine to use while hand stitching or reading.

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

I am now a happy follower of Craftopotamus...such a great blog!

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

I added a button link to your site on my blog, Coffee and Cotton {over in the right margin}

Gabrielle Krake said...

I love your quilt and the back is awesome...blogging for me became a creative outlet beyond my studio and the friends who visit.

I'm a follower and would love this quilt!

CK said...

OH MY WORD!!! This is a BEAUTIFUL quilt!!! I can't even begin to describe how much I like it! I would use it to cuddle on the couch with my husband while we watch old movies and chit chat till way late in the night!

CK said...

Haha! I just realized you have 300 followers now! That is SOOOOO cool! you deserve it girl, that quilt is gorgeous!
I'm a follower from way back!
-CK

Nicole said...

this quilt is beautiful. you are so talented!

Nicole said...

I'm a follower

Nicole said...

i blogged about your giveaway and added your button.

Carol H. said...

This quilt is beautiful. What would I do with it if I won? It has just the colors in it that I am planning on using in our new house, so it would go on the wall in the great room. How great that fabrics from your stash accidentally went together!

Carol H. said...

I am now a follower. Looking forward to your craftopotamus!

Carol H. said...

I just blogged about your quilt-away at http://creativecarol.wordpress.com/2010/09/05/a-quiltaway-otherwise-known-as-a-give-away/

Julie said...

It would become a treasured family quilt that is for sure. I always wanted one of the handmade ones my great grandmother hand stitched but alas it was not meant to be.

Julie said...

I'm a new follower!

Kat from California said...

Your quilt would look perfect in my living room. I'd either use it over my couch and as a throw or put it over my wall a/c unit on a quilt hanger. I have fall colors in my living room and it would match perfectly.

I'm a follower.

I blogged about your giveaway:

http://katspurrfectboutique.blogspot.com/2010/09/craftopotamus-is-having-quilt-give-away.html

Thanks, Katharine katmeowrine@hotmail.com

Thomicwrst1106 said...

hello!
new follower here!! totally hooked on the love in teh web world for quilters young and old!!

Thomicwrst1106 said...

if i were to win this quilt i would send it to my husabnd over seas deployed right now. he has been telling me that the wuilt i made him for his first tour is finally falling apart and will need to be replaced while i patch it.

Thomicwrst1106 said...

dont have a blog but will repost on facebook and deviantart.com

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/profile.php?id=1650055780&v=wall&ref=notif

http://autumngeshia1106.deviantart.com/

thomicwrst1106@aol.com

Debb said...

Wow, what a wonderful, generous quiltaway... lovely.. thanks so much for the chance

debbebennett at yahoo dot com

Debb said...

What a lovely quilt and what a wonderful gift to giveaway thanks... I am a follower...

debbebennett at yahoo dot com

JenTsoulogiannis said...

I love quilts and looking forword on seeing more

Sandy said...

I'm a new follower.=)

Melissa said...

That is a beautiful quilt. This would be my snuggle upon the cough and watch a movie quilt. :)

ramona said...

It is a beautiful quilt. I have never made one. pottershomemade@gmail.com

Sarah Tressia said...

the quilt is beautiful and the name is perfect!

sarahtressia@gmail.com

Sarah Tressia said...

I am a follower of your blog.

sarahtressia@gmail.com

Jessica said...

Ah, I love this. I love how some of the fabrics look a little old fashion-y. If I win it's going on my bed for me to cuddle with - and that's where Daisy the daschund can't make it her own personal blankie!

Gorgeous quilt. :)

Heather said...

I would give this lovely to my daughter Sophia! She would adore it!

heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

Heather said...

New Follower!

heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

Heather said...

Blogged!
http://vintagefabulous.blogspot.com/2010/09/craftopotamus-100-follower-giveaway-or.html

heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I love hand made quilts. I would display this quilt in my guest room on the bed.

Marla said...

Pretty quilt! Looks soft and comfy! It would make a great picnic blanket, except I would be afraid to get it dirty!!

Marla
mrsmarlacasey at hotmail dot com

Marla said...

I am now a follower of you blog!
Thanks!
Marla

mrsmarlacasey at hotmail dot com

June said...

Wow, what a beautiful quilt. I would love to win it. It reminds me of my Mother and her love of quilting. She isn't able to finish quilts now after a serious stroke.

I've never quilted, well almost never. This spring a few of my sisters got together and finished a couple quilt tops our mother started.

Next week I'm meeting up with a few sisters to tie some quilts. I think the hope is to finish four that day! Big job with mostly non-quilters.

The quilt I have from my Mom has just started to come apart. :( I don't know why but the fabric is ripping apart where it was tied. I love to use it but hate that it is getting so worn...... what to do???

A. L. Martin said...

I'm a Follower!

ladylaugh_alot@hotmail.com

A. L. Martin said...

I blogged!

http://ambremartini.blogspot.com/2010/09/quilts.html

A. L. Martin said...

I absolutely love this quilt! I recently moved back home from school and in the process of decorating my room- it would make a PERFECT focal point (not to mention warm and snuggly atmosphere) on my bed!

TeenaBugg38 said...

BEAUTIFUL Quilt!!!

TeenaBugg38 said...

Just became a follower

TeenaBugg38 said...

And added you to my sidebar!

lynnecp said...

This would be beautiful in my guest bedroom. As a new empty nester, I am anxious to start decorating it!

Curried Cupcakes said...

That is a beautiful quilt. I would use it as a lap quilt while reading. My Hubby says he would use it while studying for tests.

Curried Cupcakes said...

I now follow you in my google reader. Can't wait to see what you craft next.

Kami Lynn Ferguson said...

I am a follower! I'm new and I am so glad to have stumbled on your blog! The quilt is so beautiful!!! I'm excited to see all of your creations!

The Mickelsens said...

I admire the talents of those I can't seem to aquire. It's a beautiful quilt and I hope I win. I don't have the patience to quilt. casidyanne at hot mail dot com

gypsy@Hebrews11:13 said...

This is gorgeous- you are so talented. I'm wanting to start collecting lovely quilts to put throughout the house (cottage-style) for people to use whenever. Especially now that fall is almost here:)
lydia@strongsignals.net

Nanci D. Byers said...

What a lovely design. I just some fabric at my local quilting shop, and can't wait for my class to start. I hope one day I will be able to make such beautiful quilts.

Thanks,
Nanci Byers
ndbyers23@gmail.com

Sarah said...

if i won this quilt and what a wonderful beautiful quilt it is, i'd probably give it to my mother for christmas - she LOVES quilts!

sadiekate2001 at yahoo.com

Sarah said...

new follower!

sadiekate2001 at yahoo.com

Nikki said...

I am a follower!

Nikki said...

I would keep it on my bed and use it everyday. It's beautiful!

millie♥ said...

I am definitely a follower :) I love this quilt! And I would love to win it and give it to my momma for Christmas. She is an avid quilter and would LOVE the simple beauty of this quilt. Thanks for all your inspiration!

Allison Shops said...

I would love to win the quilt. DD2 recently married, so I would give it to her for the guest room.

Glad you joined Giveaway Friday!
Allison
Atticmag

Allison Shops said...

New follower to you blog!
Allison
Atticmag

Nancy Sue said...

I love the colors in this quilt. My brother and sil have just found a new house, and I would love to give this to them as a house warming gift.
Beautiful job!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Gracey is not my name.... said...

That is gorgeous and I'll jump in at the last minute to add a comment....

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