Saturday, April 14, 2012

Farewell to the April Christmas Quiltalong and Welcome Granny-Album Giveaway

This is my final post for today's Christmas Quiltalong. What a wonderful time we've had. I have almost all my units put together and I love the finished units I see around Blog Land. Did you remember to put them in a plastic bag and mark them Unit 3?  And for all you West Coasters, I'm not going to bed yet so I am only a mouse-click away if you want to visit. 

Again, huge thanks to Quilt Sue at Quilt Times for designing this wonderful Festive Mystery quilt and for creating and coordinating the Christmas Quiltalong. 



It's been a great way to spend a cold day in Nova Scotia! Or anywhere else in the world, right?  We have had people dropping in to make a comment from all over including the UK, Australia, Spain, Malaysia, several states in the USA like Florida, New York, Iowa, Kentucky, San Francisco, Utah, Washington, Georgia, Montana, and Tennessee. Canada was represented as well, including Ontario, mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island.  Add to this all the other wonderful folks who have visited today to read about the Christmas Quiltalong and I figure we have covered the globe! 

So where is the Quilalong next month?  At Vroomans' Quilts! I've followed Sharon's blog for awhile and her enthusiasm, excellence  and creativity in the quilt world is next to none! I am so excited to be passing along the torch hosting duties to Sharon.  I know she will be wonderful! 

If you haven't entered the Christmas fabric GIVEAWAY yet, make sure you go to my first post today by clicking here and enter your comment.

Mmm, you're still here?  Could you be wondering what I meant when I said I would have a surprise Granny Giveaway to celebrate  reaching out to almost 100 followers?  (99 the last time I looked!) Well, you know there has been a huge wave of Granny Square or Album quilts riding along in Blog Land.  Jolene's tutorial here has been well used!  I wanted to ride the wave too, shortened my version a little bit,and started with a nine-patch. (Update: I know I saw this method somewhere recently in Blog Land but don't know where and don't know who.  But I thank them, because it went right into my subconscious and came out when I needed it!) 
  

Then I made the side units.  


Had a peek at everything ready to go.


Sewed my units together.


Grabbed my ruler to cut accordingly, and presto, I had one block.  


What to do with one block? I could be greedy and keep it myself. Or I could combine the block with enough 2.5 inch squares of dark and lights, plus some background white squares to make a little home-grown kit to GIVEAWAY!  Yup, this is my Granny-Album GIVEAWAY. One completed block and enough pre-cut 2.5 inch squares to make a little quilt top (Finished size would be 3 blocks x 4 blocks). If you are the winner, I'll expect a picture of your completed quilt, please. 


The winner will have to provide your own border, binding, and backing.  And of course, your own tender loving care. But this kit will give you a good start! 

How to win?  Enter a comment on this specific post.  Deadline April 19 at midnight, Atlantic Standard Time. One chance per person.  



Hope you enjoyed all the festivities at The Cuddle Quilter here today.  


Now I have to do a quick change from Christmas mode to Spring mode. 


I am participating in Madame Samm's Spring is in the Air Table Topper Blog Hop that starts on Monday and runs through 'till April 26 (excluding weekends).  And I do have a parade of table toppers to show you! Tomorrow I'll be by again to let you know the schedule and links to all the participants. See you then!

It's a great day night for quilting!

57 comments:

  1. Fun to see Granny Square's shortcuts! A girl after my own heart!

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  2. Couldn't you just use up those orphan 9-patches with this layout! Oh, now I need to find that box. Love that brown mix, what a lovely 'Granny' that will make - and enough time to make a quilt for Hands2Help!

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  3. you certainly have had a great day. I said you were enthusiastic in my first comment so today you have motivated me to go and buy what I need to do the quilt. It will be different. Thank you. Aurea

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  4. I'm out of the loop about the Granny Squares in quilting although I've crocheted a ton of them, so I would love to win your starter kit and get going on it. I did see quite a few miniature quilts today at the show and can find many uses for them. Thanks, Lesley. You were a wonderful hostess.

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  5. Thanks so much for hosting the day Lesley. I've enjoyed getting to know you better virtually that is. I'm going to make some of those cinnamon buns for sure!

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway! I think I wanted to make the granny squares project soon....I'd love to win :)

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  7. Love the colors and fabrics you used for this pretty block Lesley! Thanks for the giveaway and thanks for the shortcut info!!!
    ~Terry~

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  8. They look lovely Leslie, I like to crochet the Granny squares as well...

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  9. Well just how much fun is this? And The colours on your granny squares just sing, don't they?

    I must thank you for being such a FABULOUS host today, Lesley, (even if you did eat all the cinnamon buns) it's been a blast - and I've just loved being in your corner of Nova Scotia!

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  10. What a nice giveaway! These will make a wonderful quilt. I like the way you put them together too.

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  11. What a wonderful giveaway.......I've seen the granny square all over blog land and have been wanting to do one..
    I've been following the Christmas quilt a long. I have not been able to quilt, but it has been fun reading all the fun things everyone is doing...you were a wonderful hostess.

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  12. Wow, that is a GREAT giveaway, the Granny Square is on my to do list (that just seems to grow since I've discovered so many great blogs)LOL.

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  13. EU sou fã de todas as avós.Faço muitas flores de vovó(sou viciada em hexágonos)E já tenho alguns quadrados começados,vou parar e esperar sorteio...se não não terei acabamentos para duas e o dinheiro está curto,Muito obrigado.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  14. Two giveaways in one day! This is a creative one - the Granny Square looks lovely.

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  15. Thanks for being a wonderfuls Hostest with the Mostest fabric! I had a great time at the party, and I love your Grannies shortcut too! I could add that into the Siblings Together Grannies that I'm making :)

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  16. Woww, another giveaway. I'd love to win this as I've been eyeing up quilts made with this block for a while and thinking ....

    Thanks for being such a great hostess, even if I didn't get one of your cinnamon buns!

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  17. I've wanted to do some grannysquares for some time now, this would be the perfect start for me.

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  18. Wow, 2 giveaways in one day. Thank you.

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  19. I have been wanting to try Granny Squares...would love to win. Thanks for your offers!

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  20. i love granny squares thanks for the chance

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  21. I'm a wannabe quilter and this is just the size project I would love to try.
    Thanks for the chance to enter.
    Margaret

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  22. How Fun! I have been loving all the granny squares in blogland and would definitely make it up quickly if I won. Thanks for the chance!

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  23. I have been making some bright and springy granny squares...this block is now one of my favorites! So cute! I love your block in the warm browns....if I win, that would look great in my cabin living room! Thanks for your hints on the granny squares, Lesley!

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  24. What a darling little table topper that kit will make. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  25. What a great idea for a giveaway. I would love to attempt to make one of these quilts. My daughter would love a new quilt for her dolls bed. Or I might add lots of borders and a couple of extra blocks to make a lap rug for me.

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  26. Great tutorial! I'm a granny so I'm allowed to make Granny squares now! Thanks for a chance.

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  27. I love this tutorial! I want to try this style.
    I would love to win your giveaway!
    Thanks for the oppprtunity.

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  28. Thanks so much! Sounds like fun!

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  29. That is too cute! I would love to be motivated to make a little quilt top, winning this would do it I think.

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  30. what a great idea for using up some of my left over scraps I will be looking into them later to see what might work for this granny block.thanks for hosting a give away or shoule I say 2
    in stitches

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  31. Thanks for such a nice giveaway. I hope I win, the block looks fun to make. :)

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  32. That is a neat way to do this block. Thanks for the info and a chance to win your kit.

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  33. Way to go....thinking outside the box! Great way to make the block! I would so love to give those a new home --- maybe they'd like to come down here where it's warm! LOL

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  34. Love seeing these Granny Squares everywhere. I've been busy, but they are on my list...a little kit would be just perfect! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. Love your granny block and the tip to go with it! I too have seen these all over blog land and have been itching to make my own.

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  36. LOVE your giveaway kit! Yes, put me on the list of people who want to make that quilt. Kit or no kit, I have to start picking fabrics, NOW. I also love the name. ;-> Toni Anne P. S. I'm a new follower

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  37. This is a wonderful giveaway. It seems that everyone in blog land is making a Granny Square quilt and I've wanted to start one, but have been trying to finish up some of my UFOs first. I've also had trouble trying to make up my mind about what fabrics to use. Winning your little quilt kit would definitely solve that problem for me.

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  38. Making a Granny Squares Quilt is on my bucket list!!! What a great giveaway this is!!! Thank you!!! :)

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  39. Love the colors for the granny square! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  40. I love these blocks!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  41. another great giveaway and would love to have a go at the granny square

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  42. Okay, I admit that I am hooked on these Granny Squares too and would love, love, love to win your giveaway. I've tried to make the blocks a different way, but discovered the way you do it and it works much better!!

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  43. What an awesom awesom giveaway. I have been wanting to try some granny squares for awhile now.

    Vail in tn

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  44. What a great pattern. I have never tried this.

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  45. I really like your blog, i have seen the grannys around blogland they are so pretty. I would love to win this giveaway. I am the woman who buys any blocks I see at yard sales, I hate abandoned blocks, so to receive one and the fabric to complete it would be fantastic. So I thank you for having a very thoughtful and loving giveaway. So cool!

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  46. What a great giveaway I really like the block that you made.

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  47. Wow, I have been dreaming about making a granny square quilt, so this is a giveaway after my own heart! Thanks for the chance to win and the pictures on how you put your square together. Your colors look great!

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  48. what a fun giveaway! I need to make one of these myself.

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  49. Neat way to do the granny square. Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  50. A granny square by any other name would have to be a Granny Album....and what a generous quiltette you are Lesley....I'd love to win your DIY Granny Square quilt kit, and would be happy to send you a pic of it finished (if I can leap that far into FMQ that is - otherwise SITD it'll be!)

    Hugs
    Naomi from Berri, Sth Australia

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  51. This is just the kick start I need to get me making granny square blocks - it's on my 'one day' list :) Thanks for the chance.

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  52. Granny squares - I am SO behind! thanks for the lovely giveaway - I love browns - those are nice!

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  53. I've been drooling over all of the Granny Square blocks on the internet, but haven't started my own yet. This is a perfect idea for a giveaway. Thanks for offering it.

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  54. I've wanted to make a quilt with the granny square block since I saw it - other obligations to finish - but cannot pass up the chance to win one that is done and the fabric to make a little mini. Thanks for the chance! I'm visiting via the stashmanicure table topper blog hop. This is my first visit to your blog too.

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  55. Thanks for the giveaway of the Granny Square mini kit and one block as an example. I've wanted to make a quilt of the granny's yet other obligations came first. Having everything ready to make one is a wonderful idea. I'm visiting via the table topper blog hop.

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  56. It looks easy the way you explain the how-to of the Granny Square. Thanks for the chance to win for the giveaway!! and congratulations for achiving 100 followers...I'm one among many.

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