Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Let's Go Visiting

A good morning welcome to all the new friends dropping by today. Marvelous Marlene at Stitching by the Lake had a super idea after Christmas.  She decided to help us introduce ourselves to the friends and neighbours that we haven't met yet. Every Wednesday she publishes a list of quilt blogs so you can visit and get acquainted.  Today is week 5 of the list and I'm on it! Here are the others...please drop by and say hello!

Adrienne at With A Grateful Heart
Carol at Just Let Me Quilt
Jane at Grandmama's Stories
Carolyn at I Believe Inn
Michelle at The Raspberry Rabbits
Judy at Shade Tree Quilting
Cathy at Cate's Linens
Kristi at Thankful Me
Marge at Roadsage 
Lesley at The Cuddle Quilter (me)
Janet at Caribou Crossing Chronicles


She encourages us to tell you a little about ourselves, so in a nutshell, I am recently retired, live in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia with my retired hubby, have quilted for over 30 years, and am still struggling to find out who I am in the quilting world. One day I'm quilting along making civil war blocks, the next I'm making a wonky house quilt. One day I am hand quilting, and the next I am forging ahead with machine quilting. I haven't done any FMQ yet...I'm a scaredy cat! I started blogging in September of 2011 and have enjoyed it immensely. I love to read, write, and quilt, so a quilt blog is a perfect fit for me!

I love the blog hops coordinated by Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and her wonderful hosts. Being a participant or hopping along has been an awesome journey!  And I really enjoy participating in BOM, BOW, and QALs. You'll see some of my favorites in my sidebar. Make sure you check out the Country Charmer Quiltalong that I am hosting along with designer Lynn at Sew'n Wild Oaks. It's never too late to join this one and on Friday we'll show you our progress to date.

I especially love making Schnibbles quilts designed by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosies Quilt Company.  I participated in Another Year of Schnibbles (AYOS) last year coordinated by Sinta of the Pink Pincushion and Sherri at A Quilting Life. On Friday, they will have a parade of our favorites that we made during AYOS.  For me, it was an easy decision...my favorite is my ISTH quilt (aka I'm So Totally Happy quilt). A quick pic from the living room taken moments ago...


You can read more about this quilt HERE and HERE

I want to thank you for dropping by today, both old friends and those I haven't met yet.  To celebrate this fabulous quilt blog community that I am a part of, I am offering a gift certificate to one of my favorite online shops. The giveaway will be for a $25 gift certificate from 1Choice4Quilting. For your chance to win, just leave me a comment. The deadline to enter will be Friday, February 1 at 4:00EST.

It's always a great day for quilting!




46 comments:

  1. Marlene had a wonderful idea. I love being introduced to new quilting blogs and finding friends in blogland.

    I am excitedly waiting on the Country Charmer link party Friday. Happy quilting.

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  2. I also took advantage of Marlene's offer, what a great idea. I have been following your blog since I started and enjoy it very much.

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  3. It's nice to read more about you, Lesley.

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  4. It has been lots of fun meeting new bloggers this way! That's one of the things I like about blog hops, too!! Your Schnibbles quilt IS a beauty! Didn't I see it on display at the guild meeting in PH? Hope you are keeping warm and cozy. By the way, the way you describe yourself and quilting is the way I've been for the last 30 years! I want to make everything I see, and try everything I haven't done before!! ~karen

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  5. It is so fun to visit Marlene's list each month - old friends and new friends.

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  6. I think Marlene's idea is great and I am spending more time on the computer! I recently retired too. I can't decide on color choices for the Country Charmer Quiltalong yet. I love red but also love Civil War reproductions....choices, choices! Enjoy your blog.

    Gloria
    gyates625@bellsouth.net

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  7. You'll have to try FMQ. My 2012 goal was to learn to FMQ. I still can't believe what I can accomplish on my domestic machine. I learned the most from Leah Day at the Free Motion Quilting Project. I followed the Free Motion Quilt Along which is still available on her website. ~Jeanne

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  8. I'm with Ray and Jeanne, you have got to try the FMQ it won't take long and you'll be sewing up a storm. And if you don't like the results well...just wash it. It all looks great after it's washed. Thanks for the giveaway and your ISTH quilt is beautiful.

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  9. I didn't know you were FMQ-phobic like me... try it! It's not that bad really. I love Schnibbles too or just smallish quilts in general.

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  10. I just recently found your blog. Love it.

    Jo Anna

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  11. I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing all of the projects that you are involved in. You accomplish so many things, while my stack of UFO's just grows! Thanks for sharing your creations with the blog world!

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  12. Week five....where have I been. I hadn't heard about this hop. I look forward to finding new blogs. Thanks for sharing more about yourself and the giveaway!

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  13. Hi Lesley, Just wanted you to know how very much I enjoy reading your blogspot! Such good ideas, and tons of references to other quilting sites. Keep up the good work.
    Regards,
    Nettie from Spanish Fork, UT

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  14. I so enjoy reading your blog every time it appears in my inbox! It is lovely getting to know you a little better :) I hear you about FMQ on a DSM!! I solved that problem by getting a longarm 9 months after I first learned to quilt (can it really be only 5 years ago??)!

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  15. HI! WHAT A GREAT POST!
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR BLOG+INSPIRATION!
    THANKS TO FOR A SWELL GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  16. It was so nice to read your story. I am retired too but have only been a quilter for twelve years. I live in Sweden and quilting is not a big hobby here. I have also been afraid of FMQ, but now I am taking a class on Craftsy for Leah Day, and I must say that I love that class and I have learned a lot. And the best of all it is so fun. Thanks for sharing your quilting story.
    I have also been in Madame Samms blog hop and I have enjoyed it very much.

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  17. I like reading your posts, along with a LOT of other blogs,lol. Thanks for all the inspirastion(sp) and the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  18. Your quilt is beautiful and it's inspiring to me that you try so many techniques! I'm very glad to meet you, neighbor! :)

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  19. I love the get to know your neighbor idea. I so enjoy blogging. And I also enjoy Schnibbles.

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  21. I think your Schnibbles quilt is beautiful. Your sewing is inspiring. And I know your FMQ would be amazing, just like you.

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  22. Ive been following you for a while but its nice to pop and see other neighbours, the hop was a great idea

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  23. Thanks for sharing your quilts, enjoyed the blog hop

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  24. I have been following you for awhile and enjoy reading your blog. Glad to find some new blogs. Very pretty quilt.

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  25. Lesley I love your Schnibbles quilt - I keep thinking I'm going to make more (I've only made one) but something always seems to get to the first of the line before my Schibbles books. I love those patterns; it's just such fun to make a small quilt and her directions are wonderful. blessings, marlene

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  26. Always a nice read when I visit and I love your Schnibble quilts , they are just too cute!

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  27. I have enjoyed Marlene's visit your neighbor.Beautiful quilt.Thanks for listing ua here.

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  28. You and I have a lot in common. I am doing "Dare To Dresden" this week. Madam Samm Blog Hop's are great fun! Love your blog. I am having a giveaway too! Stop by!

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  29. This is a lovely way to find new sites. Great idea.
    I like your choice for your favourite Schnibbles. It is lovely!

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  30. I'm so glad quilting and blogging has brought us together. You are a fun lady and somebunny I'm so very happy to call my friend.
    Hugs!

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  31. These little Schnibbles are so cute - and it always amazes me how different they can look because of fabric choices. Yours turned out darling!

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  32. I am a Schnibble's fan and enjoy the monthy parades that have taken place. I just finished piecing a "Lincoln" wall hanging this week. I am excited to get to quilting it. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway. Off to check out the others...

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  33. I've enjoyed visiting the blogs on Marlene's list. It's fun to discover new blogs and visit the blogs I already enjoy. Although I follow your blog, I have to admit, I learned new things about you today.

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  34. What a great idea, I'll be checking out a few on the list.
    Your Schnibbles quilt is adorable.

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  35. I enjoy all the QALs and Blog hopping. I'll have to try a Schnibbles pattern love that one. I'm going to check out the other bloggers, I didn't hear about this one. Thanks for shareing.

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  36. Your ISTH quilt is still my favorite.

    Time to check out "new to me" blogs.

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  37. I love your ISTH quilt, the colours are gorgeous.

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  38. I love the fabric choice for your ISTH quilt. The colours are just right.

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  39. Hi Lesley! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have had so much fun checking out all the blogs on Marlene's list, and have seen so many beautiful quilts. I also like doing Schnibbles quilts, and am determined to learn FMQ this year.

    Blessings.

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  40. What a wonderful idea to get to know quilters from all over better. It was especially nice to learn more about YOU! I enjoy seeing all the wonderful variety of quilt projects you undertake. Variety IS the spice of life!

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  41. Ohhh wow!! Love this quilt and love the border!! Your hanger is wonderful too!! Thanks for the chance to win your VERY generous give away!! Now I am off to do a bit of visiting!! Thanks!:o)
    Take care!
    Paulette

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  42. What a wonderful and fun way to get to know other quilters with an "introduction"! Your Schnibble quilt is awesome! So happy you are hosting the Country Charmer quilt-a-long and we look forward to you cheering us on and helping us along the way! Thank you for a chance to win your generous give away! Love reading your blog!

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  43. I just had to participate so I ordered the pattern for the country charmer. Alas it has yet to arrive. Maybe I can be caught up for part 2.

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  44. Love your country charmer Quilt along, and like the idea of introducing quilters to newcomers to their blog!!!
    Cynthia
    cynabar@sbcglobal.net

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  45. I'm another visitor via Stitchin by the Lake, and enjoyed your post and blog.

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  46. Your ISTH Schnibble is lovely! Great choice :)

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Thank you so much for visiting me. I enjoy writing about my quilting projects and am so glad that you enjoy reading about them. I will certainly reply if you leave a comment. Thanks again!