May 4, 2015

10th Anniversary as a Quilter!

 glitter of balloon- It's party time
It's celebration month! 10 years ago this month I decided to learn how to quilt. I walked into the local quilt store, bought a book about log cabins by Eleanor Burns, read it cover to cover 6 times, and made 12 log cabin quilts in a row amidst a busy life as business owner, with two little busy boys, and not a whole lot of sleep.

There aren't any pictures of the quilts I made in my first few years as a quilter as I would give them away just as fast as I finished them. When I finally get a picture of one of those quilts the quality is not that great but, hey, it helps me retrace my steps and see how much I have learned. Here is a short trip down memory lane:





This is another reason why I am so glad I started this blog three years ago because I get to take pictures of what I make and share them with you. I realize I have a very eclectic taste, which allows me to learn and try very different techniques. I have since begun to design my own patterns and a whole new way of enjoying this craft has flourished (click here and here for the published ones, and here for the Etsy Store. More patterns to be added soon to the store).

This year I am having a lot of fun designing the blocks for the City Girl Sew Along.  More new projects and tutorials are lined up for the next few months.

To celebrate my love of quilting I will have giveaways this month. The first one starts today with a $25 gift certificate donated by Fat Quarter Shop to a random reader who answers this question: For how long have you been quilting?

[Giveaway Closed]

$25 Gift Certificate

You do not have to do anything fancy. Just leave a comment (leave another one to tell me you follow my blog for an extra chance to win), and if you are a no-reply blogger, make sure to leave your email address (you can write it like this so you won't get spam emails: mary(at)everywhere(dot)com). The giveaway ends this Friday, May 8, at 5pm, and the winner will be announced on Monday, May 11.

I will be spending this day going through my current projects and deciding which one I will finish. I hope you will be having a fun day, too!


216 comments:

  1. Happy Quiltiversary!
    I made my first baby quilt 32 years ago. I am a first generation self-taught quilter. While raising my children did not have time to quilt on a regular basis. Now that I am an empty nester, I am padding my nest with lots of fabric, making quilts and sending them out to make the world a warmer place, one quilt at a time. Thanks for the chance to win ... :) Pat

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  2. Congratulations on 10 years! It's always great to see how people started out and the early quilts they made!

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  3. Congrats! I began quilting less than 3 years ago (and I'm SO addicted).

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  4. Congrats on your big 10! All all the years of inspiration you have shared with all of us! Here's to the next 10! ;-)

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  5. My first quilt I made was when I was a sophomore in college...waaay back in 1981! It was a simple block quilt in shades of purple and covered my full size bed. I still have it and use it on picnics, ball games, the beach or snuggling under when in the hammock. I've just recently gotten back into quilting and want to learn more techniques and blocks.

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  6. I am a Pieced Brain follower on Bloglovin!

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  7. Congrats on the Big 1-0! I've been quilting for most of my adult life, but only seriously for the past 16 years.

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  8. Congratulations! I'm 11 days off 11 years with my husband so we're celebrating together this month!

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  9. I started sewing in 4-H 34 years ago but I didn't really begin quilting until about 9 or 10 years ago. Happy anniversary.

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  10. I've been quilting 20 years and what fun it's been.

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  11. I follow your blog by email. Congrats on your anniversary.

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  12. Congratulations on your 10 year quilting anniversary! I have been quilting 5 years. cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  13. I've been quilting off and on for the past 29 years. Wow that seems like a long time when I see it written down. Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary! :)

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  14. Congrats to 10 years of quilting! My mom hooked me on the quilting train when I was a teenager about 13 or 14 I think. Ironically while I'm still driving with this train my mom now get most of the quilts I'm making but I still wait for the one she started to make for me shortly after she started quilting (about 20 years ago).

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  15. My first quilts were for dolls and 4-H projects, but I never quilted my own until three years ago - I had always tied my quilts before that.

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  16. Congrats. I have been quilting on and off for about 20 years. My first quilt was a log cabin also.

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  17. I have been following with GFC.

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  18. I have been quilting for approx. 5 yrs now.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  19. I follow you through email.
    congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  20. Just started last year with a class at my local quilt shop!

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  21. I have been quilting since 1994. I took a beginner's class just to learn about the basics of quilting and practicing a lot before I decided to make a black, white and gray cat quilt. I took a lst place ribbon at our Fairgrounds and cried when I saw the ribbon on my quilt. Anyways, congrats to you and bless your little heart for being so generous with all of us. I have enjoyed your blog and have been looking forward each month for the City Girl Sew Along.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  22. Happy 10th Anniversary to you! I have been quilting since 1987, which I make my son a quilt and handquilted it while pregnant with my second child - 14 years difference between the two:).

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  23. My first quilt project was when I was just 13. I have gotten away from it for years now and would love to begin again.

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  24. I made my first quilt project in 1986 - 29 years ago, but didn't get serious about it until 1991. My first project were floor pillows quilt as you go - kissing dinosaurs I think. Don't know that I can ever stop. Congrats on your 10th year!

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  25. I follow your blog on Bloglovin' and Pinterest.

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  26. Happy Anniversary! I've been quilting for 6 1/2 years. I decided to take a quilting class at the local community college the year out youngest daughter graduated from our homeschool. I learned to make a quilt completely by hand and the next year I learned how to make a quilt with a sewing machine. I haven't looked back and I can't wait to see what I will learn in the next 6 years.

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  27. I started quilting 5-6 years ago. I have a lot of fun with it and would sure enjoy winning your give away. Congrats to you Denise

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  28. Congratulations on 10 years of quilting. We should be giving you presents for all the good things you do.

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  29. I follow Pieced Brain with Bloglovin. Great blog.

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  30. i follow you by email updates

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  31. I follow your blog via email. Thanks for the chance!

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  32. I've been quilting for 5 years. A newbie...

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  33. I've been quilting off and on for about 13 years. Congrats on your anniversary!

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  34. Congrats! II just started quilting this year. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  35. I've been piecing for about 4 years. I've always sewed and made lots of whole cloth quilts which I tied. I love piecing and machine quilting. Congrats on your anniversary and thanks.

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  36. I follow with email. Thanks.

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  37. Congratulations! I have been quilting for about 30 years!

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  38. I started quilting in 2008, just making small stuff at first to build up my skills. Congratulations on 10 years of quilting!

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  39. Congrats on the 10th year of quilting!! :)

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  40. Hey congrats - 10 years is a long time!! I am an email follower :) amycav at hotmail dot com

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  41. Congratulations on 10 years. I'm little more then that.

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  42. Following on bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  43. Congratulations!!
    I've been quilting for around 12 years

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  44. I started my first two quilts about 35 years ago, and didn't finish either one. They had such dated colors and prints! The first finished quilt was about 25 years ago.

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  45. I made my nephew a quilt in 1999 (when I was 20)- then didn't make another until a friend was having twins just last year! Now I have 2 done and a few in progress! Congrats on 10 years! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  46. Wow 10 years goes by so fast. Congratulations. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  47. I follow you on Bloglovin and e-mail newsletter. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  48. Happy Anniversary of quilting!!!! I think I have been quilting about 25 + years. I watched Georgia Bonesteel on tv and just had to make one so did:) Of course I started with a kit that had all the techniques in one... ugh!!! Still have it in the bottom of a trunk somewhere. Always smile when I come across it:) Oh what I have learned since then!!!!

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  49. Congratulations on your quiltaversary! I've been quilting for 45 years or so....but not consistently. Years on.....years off....but have been steadily quilting this past 10 years. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  50. I happily follow you on Bloglovin!

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  51. It's always interesting to discover how people started quilting!! For me it was a trip to the east coast (NS, NB, PEI)! Thanks for the chance!!

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  52. I made my first quilt 30 years ago, but really started quilting in earnest about six years ago as part of my "retirement"

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  53. I started "quilting" aka buying/hoarding fabric a year and a half ago. I quilted my first pillow case 6 months ago and am almost now done with my third baby quilt! :D

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  54. Cheers for anniversaries. I started quilting in the 70s but took a 20 year break in there somewhere.

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  55. and I do follow your blog. I think the google ID gets to my addy, but just in cse . . .
    clairealex at gmail dot com

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  56. Congratulations on 10 years, Denise. It's a great milestone. Here's wishing you many more decades of great quilting.

    I made my first quilts when I was in my early 20s (about 40 years ago) -- a 9-patch corduroy lap quilt for my grandfather who was in a nursing home, and a large wool quilt with a blanket sandwiched between the top and bottom layers for our queen-sized bed. The next time I quilted was the autumn my mother died. Christmas was near but it was different. So my daughters and I made about 10 baby quilts and took them to our local children's hospital. That was 1997. Then, we had a service project at church in 2002 or 2003 and I made some quilts for that and then just kept going. (But I'm not a prolific quilter.)

    Thanks so much for inviting us to celebrate with you and generously giving the gifts.

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  57. I follow your blog on feedly.

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  58. I've been sewing for about 8/9 years but still a fledgling quilter - haven't done what I would call a "proper" quilt yet (as in batting, quilting and binding) but I'm working on my first one :) Congratulations on your anniversary!
    x

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  59. i've been quilting for a couple of years

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  60. Congrats! Isn't quilting and blogging fun!
    I have been quilting since 1999 and blogging since 2008.

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  61. I started quilting 31 years ago! I follow your blog and enjoy it!

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  62. I began quilting in September 2011. You won't believe this, but the first quilting tool I got was a midarm quilting machine. I just kind of fell into my lap, and presto I became a quilter.

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  63. mummyquilts@gmail.comMay 4, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing and congrats!

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  64. I made my first two quilts last year!

    t_ktl at yahoo.com

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  65. I follow you by email.

    t_ktl at yahoo.com

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  66. mummyquilts@gmail.comMay 4, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    I follow by email!

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  67. Ten years!?! That's amazing--congratulations!!!!

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  68. Congrats to you! My hubby bought my sewing machine about three years ago because I wanted to start quilting and I am just now getting it out and starting to put it all together. So I have been quilting for just a few months.

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

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  69. Happy quiltaversary! I'm a self-taught quilter of 21 yrs. At the time I was pg with my first baby, and had a lot of time on my hands. And my baby needed a quilt. I so wish I had learned at my Grandma's knee. She quilted till she was well into her 80s :) Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  70. I've been quilting for about 15 years and now I get to sew with Eleanor Burns once a month! She's the reason I quilt as I watched Quilt in a Day every week and finally gave it a go.

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  71. Happy 10th Year Quiltyversary!!! giggle It is such a Fun time isn't it! Yay!

    I probably actually started to quilt long time ago...tho not seriously until past few years....so am learning with my two Daughter's pretty much. Definitely consider myself a Beginner..tho has been close to 3 years...lol

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  72. I follow you via email. thanks for the City Girl blocks!

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  73. I Follow you thru Email, Bloglovin & Pinterest :)

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  74. I follow you thru email and bloglovin too.

    Thanks Denise.

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  75. My other comment disappeared, so I'll try again. I have dabbled in quilting for over 23 yrs. when our oldest son turned one.

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  76. Wow, 10 years of quilting - a great milestone! I count my quilting start from the time I joined a bee - since I figured out what I was doing wrong and how to do it right with the help of some patient and caring women! That was about 7 years ago. It took me many years to finish my first quilt, but I have come a long way and have finished several just last year. Hopefully, this year will be even better!

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  77. Congratulations on 10 years! I have been quilting for about 7 years now - and still learning. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  78. I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  79. I follow on bloglovin and email

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  80. I started my first quilt when I was six. Thank you for the chance to win! louisecake@xtra.co.nz

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  81. I started quilting 12 years ago. Yay!

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  82. I am a follower with bloglovin'. Congrats to your milestone and many more to come!

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  83. Since the mid 1970's is when I first stated quilting. Everything was done by hand then! Happy Anniversary Denise.

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  84. I have been a follower of yours for a long time now.

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  85. Congrats on reaching this milestone!!!!

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  86. I get your posts via email! Thank you!!!

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  87. Happy 10 years! wow! thank you!

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  88. I get your posts by email! thank you again!

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  89. Congratulations on your 10th anniversary!

    wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

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  90. I follow you by email.

    wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

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  91. I follow you through Bloglovin.

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  92. I first took a class in 1982 that was all hand quilting. 33 years later I am quilting more than ever.

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  93. I follow you through GFC.
    karenadd(at)gmail(dot)com

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  94. Congratulations on 10 years! I've been quilting for half my life, 25 years.

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  95. Pretty quilts you made! Congratulations on your 10 years of blogging and sewing.

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  96. I follow you by email. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway.

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  97. I wish I had photographed my early quilts, but without a blog I never thought about it!!!! I started quilting in the late 60s!!!! Yikes.

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  98. Congrats on 10 years! I've been quilting for a couple of years.

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  99. Congratulations! I've only been quilting for 3 years. I probably never would've taken the plunge except for the great online tutorials and online quilting community. Thanks!

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  100. Congratulations on ten years of creativity. I started quilting at age four for my dolls but the first bed cover was made fifty three years ago out of necessity for life in an unheated apartment. I didn't start taking pictures and keeping a quilt diary until about 30 years ago.(even then, sometimes I gave them away before I remembered to take a picture) Blogging? That was my son's doing... he scanned my paper diary. Isn't it great to meet other quilters this way and share all kinds of stuff ? Inspiration and friendship re at the top of the list.
    As to no-reply ... sometimes I am and sometimes not ... I think Mr. Google messes with my settings when I am asleep (He must live in the states so I am asleep while he is awake)

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  101. I started quilting 8 years ago & love it. Thanks.

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  102. Happy 10 years!!! I've been quilting for 2 1/2 yrs!! Thank you!!!

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  103. Congratulations! i love quilting...but now it's gardening season, so my latest project will have to wait til a rainy day!

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  104. I follow your blog via your email newsletter.

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  105. I am a follower!!! I am getting busy with yard work now, but the quilting never stops!!!

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  106. I`ve been quilting about 3 years. It`s nice you describe yourself as an eclectic quilter. I like that!

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  107. I'm not sure exactly how long I've been quilting, but it's over 15 years. It's fun to look back on how our personal styles and even styles in general have changed over the years.

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  108. I have been REALLY quilting since 2011. I had dipped my toes into quilting years earlier, but didn't really have to time until I retired. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  109. I made two quilts back in the 90s, but rediscovered the fun four years ago.

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  110. Love your quilts in the blog. Those points can be a bear sometimes!

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  111. I started my first quilt in 1990 so I guess it is my 25th anniversary!

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  112. Congratulations on your anniversary! Glad to hear you are still enjoying your blogging - I am!
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  113. I get your newsletter and follow your blog.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  114. Congratulations! I started a couple of years ago and am hooked!
    jarvenpa1ne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  115. I follow on Pinterest.
    jarvenpa1ne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  116. I've been quilting for about 25 years!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  117. Google+ and bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  118. Happy anniversary! Your quilts are lovely! I've been quilting for about 30 years.

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  119. I follow your lovely blog via Bloglovin! Thanks for the anniversary fun!

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  120. Happy Anniversary. I have been quilting well over 50 years. That is a very long time. Oh the changes I have seen.

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  121. Congratulations and a happy anniversary

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  122. Happy anniversary! I've been quilting for... four? years now. But I am such an intermittent quilter. Someday we'll have a big enough house that I can actually set up my sewing machine and leave it set up instead of having to put it away after using it. :)

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  123. And I am following you on Feedly!

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  124. Congrats on your wonderful journey. I took my first quilting class about 28 years ago. That quilt is not finished and probably never will be. I started machine piecing in 2003 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Six weeks later I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The loss of arm strength due to the cancer and the exhaustion due to the fibromyalgia certainly limit my quilting and I enjoy every minute I am able to piece. Thanks for the month of giveaways.

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  125. I made my first quilt 16 years ago, but took a few years off until about 2 years ago

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  126. I really started focusing on quilts about 5 years ago. But technically I learned to quilt when I was about 11 or so. Hand quilting :)

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  127. I've been quilting for about 18 years. Happy 10th anniversary!

    explabgirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  128. I follow by email.

    explabgirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  129. I have been quilting for the last 3-4 years. I love the complicated and hand sew, so I have only finished 2 quilts. I have 2 WIPs and a few I want to start.

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  130. I have been quilting for 10 years too...doesn't seem like I am old enough to say that...

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  131. Congratulations! You have really gone places in your 10 years. I have been quilting for about 13 years now. Trying to put a lot more time into it since I retired. Keep up the good work!

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  132. P.S. I am a follower of your blog.

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  133. happy quilt-a-versary :D i've been quilting for about 5 years now! gooberific @ yahoo.com

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  134. i also follow your blog! gooberific @ yahoo.com

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  135. Congrats on 10 years of quilting. I don't have pictures of my first quilts either.

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  136. About 12 years now! Can't believe it has been so long! I should have more done.

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  137. About 12 years now! Can't believe it has been so long! I should have more done.

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  138. Congratulations on these milestones. Love your mini review.

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  139. I have been following your growth right here on your blog. Thanks for the opportunity for participating in your giveaway.

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  140. wow, congratulations :) I have been quilting for 3 years.

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  141. Congratulations on 10 years quilting. I love all your quilts and hope to eventually be able to show mine. Nancy
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  142. I follow on blogovin and email

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  143. My first quilt was when I was 23 years old... I had cut up my husbands old work shirts which were Burgandy, blues and whites... I just cut 5" squares, laid them out in a nice pattern and sewed them together.. hand tied.... now that I look back it was just awful... I have no clue where that quilt ended up and I didn't make another for many years.. thirty years later I am now making many quilts for my charity group, family and friends... and loving every minute.. shame my first one was such a flop but so glad I found my quilting love in later years.

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  144. Congratulations on 10 years of quilting. I've been English paper piecing for 40 years but only 3 years for pieced blocks.

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  145. I follow by GFC. Love your blog and your quilts.

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  146. Congratulations on 10 years. I enjoy reading your blog.

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  147. learned in highschool but only been quilting for 3 years

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  148. Congratulations! I've been machine sewing/quilting for 3.5 years. -Ever since my mom gave me a sewing machine that she picked up off the curb!

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  149. Happy anniversary. I have been quilting for about 25 years and love it.

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  150. I did my first one about 5 years ago. (Following on Bloglovin)

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  151. Oops, comment two :) - following on bloglovin

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  152. I would love to win this thanks so much for the giveaway!
    larslaura27@gmail.com

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  153. Denise, wow congrats on your anniversary . Do you ever slow down:)
    I've been quilting for almost 7 years now. Isn't it cool to look back at those "firsts" and amaze yourself w/how you've developed your skill set.

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  154. Thanks for the giveaway.
    merryorganic@gmail.com

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  155. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  156. I follow you on bloglovin. :)

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  157. I have been quilting for 20 years...egad. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  158. Your quilts are beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win! mto2golsen (at) gmail (dot) com

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  159. I have been quilting about 20 years now...just after my first child was born! And Congratulations on 10 years...that's a lot of quilting!

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  160. Only for about one year. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  161. I follow your blog via email. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  162. Congratulations on your 10 yrs! I began learning to quilt about 5-6 yrs ago now I think. I learned most of what I know online from blogs and reading lots of books and websites.

    vburr at charter dot net

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