Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Nearing 200

Here soon I will reach my 200th post. Considering I didn't know a thing about blogging and wondered if I would even stick with it when I started it about a year ago, I'm pretty amazed that I'm nearing 200. No doubt my mother is astonished. When I originally told her I was going to start a blog she asked what exactly that meant. Then she did the trademark response of someone who thinks your an idiot and doesn't know what else to say . . . she said, "Well, that's interesting." Interesting in deed. She reads it daily thank you very much.

To celebrate I'm going to have a giveaway. To celebrate 200 posts. And, to celebrate spring. (Please don't let the mere mention of "S" word jinx it. I really, really, really need "S" to show up and stick around!)

Da-da-daaaaaah. Drum roll please.



I'm not ready to actually reveal the quilt, establish the entry guidelines, yada-yada-yada. But, I will tell you that if you help me promote the giveaway then you'll get your name entered into the drawing multiple times! If you post a blog entry with my quilt give-away graphic and link to me here, I'll enter your name five additional times into the drawing. If you post my linkable give-away graphic in your blog sidebar then I'll give you an additional five more entries. So, what if you don't have a blog? Send people my way and have them say that you sent them in their comment and I'll give you an extra entry for each person that visits and comments that you sent them. Make sense?

Why all the work to promote the prize?
Mostly because I love, love, love this quilt and want it to find a good home. A home that loves quilts as much as mine does. A home that will use it and cherish it and not put it out as an extra cushion on the dog's bed. But, really the main reason is because this sucker took me forever to make.


Oh, and there may be second and third place prizes as well.
















The contest won't begin until my actual 200th post.

Anyone gonna play?

-dana

93 comments:

Sarah and Jack said...

Dana,

I love all of your quilts so much, so you can count on me. But no matter who wins, I am sure it will to a lovely new home.

Sarah and Jack said...

Erm, also, I might need directions on how to use a linkable thingamob-er.

capello said...

dude. SHUT UP. you're giving that quilt away, good gravy.

and you know, i love how you're marketing yourself. you need a job in advertising! :-)

Anonymous said...

I love the music on here it'sAWWWWWWWWWWW so cute!

Kris said...

I want that quilt!!!

julie (jane's apron) said...

oh yes...I'll play!

rayna said...

OMG!! That quilt!!! How very, very generous of you. I just started reading your blog a couple of months ago, and have been a lurker, but while I'm here commenting, I should let you know, that I too, have found some great new music through your blog. And all sorts of other great things--outside the car dances. clogging, and beautiful photography!

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely playing! Jenifer

vintagechica said...

Im in...I am SO in!!!

The Powell Family said...

As a total quilt lover and wanna be quilt maker, I am totally entering your contest!!! I have to agree with everyone else that has posted, I too have copied some of your music and used it on my blog. ALSO, I am in love with the folding table you made with your fabric squares!!!! I told my mother in law that I have a new project for us!! I already have a link to your page, but I'll be sure to add the graphics in a post!!! Crossing my fingers!!

The Powell Family said...

Just thought I would share that I posted your graphic on my side bar!! I know the contest hasn't started yet, but I'm being a brown noser!! :)

Anonymous said...

In the words of your mother..."Well, that's interesting." I love the idea and I want that quilt! I'm in--Jamie

Dedra Cook said...

That is a beautiful quilt. I would have never seen it but Mary Jane Pressley sent me to your blog. Good luck with your giveaway.
Dedra

Hip Mama Crafts said...

Thanks for a WONDERFUL giveawy! I'll post ou on my blog!

beetlegirl said...

I only recently found your blog, and how lovely to be so near 200 posts. This means I have some reading to catch up on.

Anna said...

I'll happily jump on this bandwagon, and post your banner link on my blog at www.annasplaceofholding.blogspot.com if for no other reason thatn to celebrate your 200th post! Congratulations!!

Anna

Dana said...

How fun seeing lurkers reveal themselves. And, visiting all of your wonderful blogs is a real treat! This is going to be fun.

And to Powell Family PowPow . . . brown nosing . . . cracking me up!!!!

dana

Jacquie said...

I would love to play. (Though I'm still scratching my head why you would give away that quilt!) You are a generous blogger!!! I'll do all the linky things this weekend. (We'll see if I can do all that!)

Jacquie said...

Oh, by the way...you don't have to worry about cherishing...maybe it could have its own special chair...its own wall...why not its own room...

Jen said...

I'm in! Not only do I love quilts, I love THIS quilt.

Jen (sewandsox)

Bec said...

I am in the process of finishing my first ever quilt (for my son - covered in trains) - but this is the quilt I would make for myself, if I ever became this skilled!!! It is beautiful. Thank-you for running such a generous giveaway. By the way, I found you from Tall Grass Prairie Studio, where she has promoted your giveaway on her site.

Kind regards, Bec

Janet Pressley said...

Dana - Love what you are doing here! Mary Jane told me to check out your site. I am K & C's Nana. You have done some beautiful work on quilts,etc. I have enjoyed your music, also. Would love to have that quilt in my home!!! Still have more to read about you. Keep it up!!! ~Janet~

Jackie said...

I absolutely love your quilt and you can bet that I will promote it on my blog. I am going to do it right now so check it out. It is very generous of you to do this. Jen from Sew and Sox sent me here and I love your blog . I am now a subscriber too. Thank you for allowing me to enter, I would definitely love the quilt and it would fit right in with mine!!

Morgan said...

The quilt is gorgeous!! Congrats on almost 200!!

xoxo
Morgan

log cabin quilter said...

Please add me to your drawing! I found out about it from Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works. I will try to put your notice on my blog. I LOVE quilts. Ruth

eileensattic said...

Hi, I just found your blog through Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works. I can't believe you are giving away this beautiful quilt. I'm putting your contest on my blog today.

Jen said...

I saw this on Sew and Sox and couldn't resist leaving a comment. Well done!

a painter said...

Congratulations on your blogging! Count me in. I have added you to my blog!

Jen said...

Dana,

I read that to mean that if someone enters and mentions my blog, I would get an extra entry:

"Send people my way and have them say that you sent them in their comment and I'll give you an extra entry for each person that visits and comments that you sent them."

But I guess that's just for people without blogs.

I'll edit my post. Thanks.

Thanks for giving me the chance to win that beautiful quilt!

Jen

sbonetsue said...

I linked from Canton Village Quilt Works. Count me in for such a generous giveaway!. sbonetsue at yahoo dot com

country mouse said...

Hi! Just found out about your blog and the giveaway through Jacquie's blog Tallgrass Prarie Studio, and would love to play along too. I'll make sure to pass along the news of your generous giveaway.

Cheryl said...

Just read about your giveaway over at Jackie's at Canton Village. Oh yes I want to play and I know that anyone who enters and wins would love to have your quilt and give it a wonderful home. Nice to find your blog!

Lynne in Hawaii said...

Jackie over at Canton Village wrote about your giveaway so I have just found your site! Thanks for the giveaway and your site is now in my favorites.

julieQ said...

Just found your blog and love it! Cute pic of your baby and her missing tooth...reminds me of the days! I still have my babies teeth...

Shawn said...

Hi Dana,
I'm a first time visitor to your site but I'm enjoying it and I'm gonna add you to my faves. Also, I would love to have the quilt and I promise not to let my dogs sleep on it. I almost forgot to tell you that Mary Jane sent me the link to your blog.

Helen said...

I'm going to play!! Thanks to Jackie at Canton Village Quilt I can play along. I'll quickly go to my blog now and advertise your 'quilt give away'.
I would love to give your quilt a good home, so I hope I win. But if I don't win, at least others found your blog ;)

Morgan Ledford said...

I think the quilt is very pretty. I love the old country looks in houses. Congradulations on your 200th post. This is an awesome sight. Your photography is awesome. I loved the picture of the clogs. I just quite clooging two months ago. I would love to win!!

Joan said...

I've added you to my blog via post and sidebar! First time visitor, but I'll be back!

The Calico Quilter said...

Count me in! You're in my post, now just let me figure out how the heck to do the sidebar.

Don't worry, if I win I will give it a very good home. "And I'll love it and hug it and pat it and pet it." Anybody up on their Bugs Bunny trivia that can identify that quote?

BusybeeDebQuilts said...

Hi Dana - just stumbled over your blog ... love it! I'm a brand new blogger and have no idea what I'm doing, but would be happy to publicize your event on my blog! I'll work on figuring it out today. Here's the link to my new, and still a little bit lame, blog: http://www.busybeedebquilts.blogspot.com/

Debbie!

Linda said...

Ok, wow, count me in...I love quilts and love your blog....Congrats on 200! I have some catch up reading to do, take care....hugs, Linda

Linda said...

Hey, I blogged about you and put you in my sidebar. I had to play with the side bar to get it in but I got it there. Not sure it was the best way to do it but it's there. Anyway, thanks to Calico Quilter I found your blog. You do some NICE things. I hope I win but if I don't, I found your blog and am enjoying reading it and looking at your pictures. Take care, Linda

paul said...

Dana,
Congratulations on sticking with your wonderful blog and reaching your 200th post. I was sent your way by Tipper Pressley. She has started a blog called Blind Pig & the Acorn.

The Calico Quilter said...

Well, I got your link in my sidebar too, but it wasn't my brain power that did it - kudos to "My Quilt Life"'s Joan for showing me how. She's the one that tipped me off on the giveaway.

Susan said...

Dana,

I may have to hire you to run my marketing department. I'm 'in'. I'll post the link, I'll start writing more in my poor blog, I'll show your banner in the side-bar, main-bar, and the corner bar, if you'd like!

I want that quilt! You know I'll love it and take care of it and make it feel at home.

Suz

AnnieB said...

oooh... that's a beautiful quilt, can't believe you are going to give it away

I'll bet it is heavy though...are you happy to entries from overseas?(I'm in UK)

If you are I'll be putting your button everywhere I can, but will understand completely if you are not

ps I linked from Canton Village Quilt Works

Paula said...

I'll join! Let me see about putting your link in the sidebar....still not great at this stuff!

bettyninja said...

I too came from tall grass Studio's link. And I linked you here: http://bettyninja.blogspot.com/2008/03/old-red-barn-quilt-give-away.html

Jodi Renshaw said...

Me too! Thanks to Betty Ninja, I learned about your site and plan to link yours to mine as soon as I figure out how to do the sidebar thingy. THANKS!

Dandelion Quilts said...

Congrats on your almost 200th post. This is my first, but not my last, visit to your blog...thanks to Jackie, from Canton Village Quilt Works for sharing on her blog. I will share your banner on my blog, but since I am very new to blogging, I cannot promise that many will see it.

Artsy Threads said...

My first visit - but not the last - to your blog as well. Count me in! I just need a little time to figure out how to do the link thing . . . then I can WIN!
Thanks :)

Jennifer said...

I love visiting you site. I would love to get the knowledge on making quilts, but for now I will just enter your contest and take my chances at winning.

~Jennifer

Jilly said...

I just got sent here by Betty Ninja -- does that give her more entries? Awesome quilt, I'm totally going to play when you've got everything set up.

lil said...

yes, why not try, you never know, I might be lucky this time

didn't know your blog, love it and the music is perfect

Lil

She sure is strange! said...

Oh sign me up, sign me UP!!! What a woooonderful quilt!! Also wanted to let you know that I have a darling girl who just lost her top front tooth, it just pretty much fell in her hands, thank goodness! She has the cutest lisp now and is quite self concious about it all. I love the middle and last pictures of her in the red fuzzy hat, btw.

Molly

Meg said...

Please sign me up as well! Betty Ninja sent me your way.

Kate said...

i added a post to yours - i'm excited! http://kateidesign.blogspot.com/2008/03/quilts.html

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epban said...

I would love to adopt your gorgeous quilt. I have hand pieced and hand quilted several quilts for family and understand all the blood, sweat and tears involved!!
Found your blog via Sew Sox...Don't have one of my own...yet!

StichingSurgeon said...

I love your quilt and would give it a very good home! The music on your blog is AWESOME! I have to give credit to Kate of kateidesign.blogspot.com for finding your awesome giveaway and directing me here. I have blogged about it on my site and also put your icon in my sidebar. Good luck with the give away...I have a feeling you are going to be overwhelmed with responses because it is such a beautiful quilt!
http://thestitchingsurgeon.blogspot.com

Alice Grace said...

Love love love your quilt! count me in! Congratulations on a wonderful blog!

Valerie said...

I would just die for your quilt. I need this quilt! Ha! Thanks for giving us the opportunity for it. I hope I win!

sarah, rsm said...

What a beauty! Please count me in!

Sarah

Valerie said...

I have added your link to my posts and my sidebar. I am so excited.

Valerie said...

I have added your link to my posts and my sidebar. I am so excited.

Fiesta said...

how sweet of you. count me in

Suze said...

Almost too late but I did add a post about the give away. Now I am wondering why I did that. I am encouraging more entries which will decrease my odds. Silly me. Oh well, Spread the Joy I always say.

Anna said...

Me again-I jsut added you to my sidebar-picture with address, but couldn't figure out how to make the addy link-I am clearly tech challenged!

Anna

Nadine said...

WOW ! This is such a nice and generous giveaway, Dana !
I can promise you that in case I win that wonderful quilt, I will cherish it in all respect of your work and generosity. A quilt is a labor of love, and that's exactly how I take care of them : with love :>)
So now I only have to cross my fingers AND toes, until the BIG day... :>)

((HUGS)) & smiles from my little corner of the world !
NADINE

ps : I followed all your instructions ,as to your label + sidebar.

Jeanne said...

I have blogged about your giveaway, but cannot get the graphic to be linkable for my sidebar. What am I doing wrong? Thanks so much for offering such a wonderful gift.

Leah S said...

The soap looks good!

SewToBed said...

What a generous giveaway. I've just starting quilt-making but I think it will be a while before I reach anything like your standard.

I've just starting blogging too but I shall endeavour to add the links to your swap to my blog.

Good luck to us all.

kiwicarole said...

I'd like to play from New Zealand! And I'll certainly be mentioning it in my blog!

Beth said...

I just find your blog...So beautiful! Congratulations!

Lissa Jane said...

oh my gosh! how generous of you and second and third too??? I'd love a quilt and red thingamajigs too :O)

I have added you to my bloglines, I love your blog!



Lissa
Australia

Vickie said...

oh my I've been a lurker of your blog for awhile-but gee this giveaway made me jump out of lurkdom fast-how generous of you..I have added a post re yoru giveaway on my blog,
cheers Vickie
(Humpty Doo)

Sew Prim Khris said...

Well who could resist the chance to win a gorgeous quilt. Sure aint me...lol...I am in for sure and have put your graphic on my sidebar. Hugs Khris in Oz

Sew Prim Khris said...

p.s. I reckon in would love to live here in Oz with me...hehehe
Hugs Khris

Shepherd Family ACAL said...

Very beautiful site... I am putting up the like and banner on my site as I type... well sorta! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your 200th post. I just found you and I will definately be back! Count me in!
Robin
RJBmom7@aol.com

anne said...

Wow 200 post, well nearly, congratulations, hope you have fun with the next 200 future post. Happy Stitching

jenn said...

Love your site and your music! Your quilt looks adorable! I have made a post in my blog. Good luck and happy 200!
jenn

Bunny B said...

Ooo! I'd love to play, but if I do win the quilt, I wouldn't expect you to ship it to me as it'd cost a bomb! (Not that I don't adore your quilt!) I just wanna play for fun, if that's okay with you! :)

Bunny B said...

Oh. Sorry. Hafta give credit to cristalle.wordpress. She sent me here :)

Vickie said...

No refererral, just surfing and recovering from my oral surgery today. What better to get better than winning a quilt!

Anonymous said...

Sent to you by Sew Prim Khris.
I don't have a blog, but I want
that quilt LOL. You are so
generous and the quilt is so pretty.
God Bless
Janice
jtluvs2cq@charter.net

Mel said...

I was also sent here by Sew Prim Khris. LOL I enjoyed looking through your blog. The winner will be very happy with the quilt, I'm sure.
Meloney
mfunk1@satx.rr.com

BrineS said...

Such a WONDERFUL giveaway! I found out about it at A Bookworm's Diary.

dbstout[at]juno[dot]com

Ready with my Michigan address! :)

Karen said...

What a generous gift - and a Beautiful quilt!

Southern Mom said...

I'd like to play too! lol. Great blog and I love, love your music.

Em said...

I need help with the banner - I can't get it to go into my sidebar without being HUGE!

lyn21 said...

Awesome prize, when's the drawing??

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