Sunday, September 29, 2013

Happy Blogiversary with a Giveaway!

Two years ago today I published my first blog post and I am so glad I did! I had spent the summer before that discovering quilt blogs...it was like a whole new world to me! 

At first, I was happy just reading the quilt blogs and looking at those gorgeous quilted creations,being inspired by everything I saw. But eventually, reading blogs was not enough. I wanted to be able to communicate with the quilters and let them know how truly gorgeous their quilts were. So I set up a blogger profile and was thrilled when I could finally make comments. But after awhile, that, too, was just not enough. I wanted to share pictures and stories of all my quilty stuff too! So on September 29, 2011, I wrote my first blog, entitled I'm Hooked On Quilt Blogs.

Two years later, I am still hooked on quilt blogs! It has been a ride into a virtual quilting world I hadn't even known existed. When I first started writing, I was working. But now, for well over a year, I have been retired and loving every minute of it. I now have ample time to read about quilts, write about quilts, and make quilts! 

And the biggest bonus? In addition to having wonderful quilting friends in my own community, I have made wonderful blog friends across Nova Scotia, across Canada, into the USA, across the pond, and across continents! I have met some of you "in real life", consider many of you genuine friends even though we have never met, and hope I will get the chance to meet even more of you as this wonderful ride continues.

I want to thank you so much for coming by, reading my posts, looking at my pictures, and often leaving a comment that makes my heart soar! For a gal who has fought with low self-esteem for most of her life, your comments have raised me up time and time again. Many hugs for your continuing support and your gracious words of encouragement.

If you have been following my blog journey, you know I tend to be a little long winded. Who, me?  So I am going to cut this short and say two more things...

1) Look at this! 

Yep, I finished sewing the blocks and the sashing units together for the Blogger Girls BOM.  I added one red print border, will follow this with another narrow border in black, and then repeat the same red print for the final 6.5" border.  Unfortunately, my stash was a little short, so I may have to order a bit of fabric to finish this. When done, the quilt will be about 74" x 90". The sun was so bright today, the camera kind of washed out the reds. Even though it may look like a Halloween quilt of orange and black, trust me...it is really a red and black quilt with lots of neutrals.

2) I'm having a giveaway to celebrate two years of blogging! I will choose two names. Each winner will receive a gift certificate for $25 from an online shop of their choice from the following five shops:  Christa Quilts, Sew Lux Fabrics and Gifts, 1 Choice 4 Quilting, Green Fairy Quilts, and Sew Sisters Quilt Shop (Canadian). I have ordered from all of these shops and have been so very pleased with the personal service and the quick delivery times. 

How do you enter the giveaway? No hoops to jump through. Just leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, October 2 by 9:00 pm EST. I will get Random.org to help me select the two winners. If you are a winner, I will send you an email to find out from which shop you would like to receive the gift certificate, so please make sure your email works!

It's a great day for quilting!

106 comments:

  1. Happy Blogiversary! I also got hooked reading quilt blogs before I made my own.
    You have a very nice blog, and I don't mind the "lengthy" posts at all! You make a lot of great-looking quilts, and I really enjoy following the progress on your quilt journey. Keep on quilting!

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  2. I just wanted to congratulate you on getting your sashing completed! That is an accomplishment on such a complicated sashing. And it looks great!

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  3. Congratulations Lesley!
    I'm hooked on quilt blogs too!

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  4. Congratulations on your Bloggy Anniversary. Fabulous giveaway too. Hugs from Mel in Melbourne

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  5. Happy Blogaversary, Lesley. I remember when you first came on the scene, another very early riser. Who WAS that perky lady who was showing up on all the blogs I follow and leaving comments just ahead of me all of a sudden, day after day?? I'm so glad my curiousity finally peaked and I finally discovered your blog, only to learn that you were just 30 miles away!! What were the odds in our neck of the woods?? Here's to many more years of enjoying our wonderful internet quilting community!! Big hugs, Karen.

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  6. Happy blogaversary , I personally am so glad you began this blog as it is highly unlikely we would have met and I would have missed out on a real great friend . I so enjoy your blog posts , your writing ability makes for a great read not to mention all your beautiful work . Love this quilt , stunning ! Keep on blogging we all love it ! Hugs Sheila

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  7. Your quilt looks fabulous - I SO love the sashing!!! Yes, I can relate totally to slipping into the blogging world one foot at a time, ending with a big slide in! You forgot to mention you've been an initiator in the blogworld too with your Country Charmer SAL :-) Here's wishing you all the best for even more fabulous blogfun and lots of lovely newsy interesting and informative long winded posts!!

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  8. Oh Happy Blogiversary! I'm so glad to have found you when I found the online quilting world. Your quilt turned out gorgeous.

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  9. Congradulations on your two years of blogging. I know what you mean. I have been blogging for a little over a year and just love it. Love seeing and talking to all the people over the world. There are so many lovely people out there that make such beautiful things it keeps a person busy in the sewing room. Your quilt is beautiful and it looks like you put a lot of time into it.

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  10. Happy Blogiversary, Leslie! I agree with everything that you said.... the blog world has been such an inspiration for me, and your blog is no exception. You always have so much to show us, teach us, and share with us and I always enjoy reading your posts and following along with you. May you have many more years of happy blogging!

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  11. Im glad you started blogging or I would have never known about you and your quilting. I agree...always long and news filled post here! LOL!!!! Congrats...see you many more years in the blogging world.

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  12. Happy blogiversary! I follow and enjoy your blog so am glad you do it. I haven't taken the step from stalker to doer yet but I might. Keep up the good work.

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  13. Congrats on a wonderful finish, beautiful quilt. congrats on 2 years of blogging I for one am happy you started blogging always fun to visit and see what your working on.
    don't include me in the giveaway I just wanted to congratulate you :) and say thanks
    Kathie

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  14. Leslie, your quilt is stunning. Congratulations on your anniversary. It goes so fast when you blog. I read your blog on bloglovin and your quilting is spectacular. Thank you for the chance.

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  15. Congratulations on your anniversary. I am glad you took the leap and joined the blogging world. I enjoy reading about you quilting endeavors.

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  16. Well, happy blogversary and many more.
    I was thinking that if you are just a wee bit short on your border fabric, perhaps you could just add another pieced block to the four corners. Just a thought...

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  17. Happy Anniversary! I have been following along on your journey and have been so impressed with how you jump right in. Blogging does open you up to a world of fellow crafters who don't live just up your street but it sure cuts the distance between us all.

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  18. Your quilt is just beautiful! Congratulations on your blogiversary and thanks for the giveaway! :0)

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  19. I am happy you made the journey to blogger. Happy Blogiversary! I love seeing all of your projects which always look perfect and inspire me. You are right; it is a great day for quilting.

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  20. I am a "lurker" but do enjoy your blog even though I don't comment very often.

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  21. Thanks for the kind words about your bloggers. Wow what a finish, you must feel so good to have completed such a big project.

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  22. Congratulations on your anniversary! I truly look forward to reading your blog...you have been such an inspiration! I admire your ability to complete projects...always fun to see what you "have cooking"! Your completed quilt is gorgeous! Wish you lived closer...I would love to meet you:)

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  23. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Two year - Wow! I love reading your blog.

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  24. Happy blogiversary! Love your Blogger Girl BOM Quilt. My newest great nephew was born early this morning; I've already made him a quilt. But another great nephew is due in January, so a gift certificate to purchase fabric for a baby quilt would be fun to win. Thanks for the chance.

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  25. See hoop... jump. See no hoop... jump anyway.
    Congratulations on two years of blogging! Here's to many more!

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  26. Congratulations on the two years! Your story sounds a lot like mine: discovering blogs, commenting and "meeting" people, and starting your own. I think quilting has always been a social activitiy and blogs are just the newest form of that. The Blogger Girls BOM looks great! Isn't it a wonderful feeling to get all those bits sewn together. I can't wait to see the final version!

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  27. Congratulations on your Blogiversary!!! I am absolutely addicted to quilt blogs. Every morning I get up, make a cup of coffee, sit down on the couch with my iPad, and stalk, I mean read, the quilt blogs I have joined. I am just amazed at the quilts I see. It is so inspiring!!! Your work is always so pretty. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  28. Happy anniversary!
    Hope you have many more years of enjoying both quilting and blogging.

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  29. Two years goes by in a hurry, heh? Congratulations and thanks for your inspiration. Have a great Sunday:-)

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  30. We should be giving you a prize for sharing your world with us. I love your blog! That quilt is so beautiful...your work is always so amazing. Okay, I've gushed enough about you (but I really do love your work!) :O)

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  31. Yes! Blogging is so much fun and I have learned sooooo much from other bloggers. Another exciting aspect to blogging is the friends! I have even met at least 8 blogging friends in person! It is so much fun! Congratulations on your 2 years of blogging!

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  32. I am so glad that you took the leap. It has been a joy following you. Your quilt is gorgeous with great colors.

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  33. Happy blogaversary Lesley.I for one am very pleased you started your own blog,I always read may not always get time to comment,but you always always inspire me.
    Keep up the good work.(you never know I might come to Canada one day to stay with Sue,and catch up with you at the same time)

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  34. Happy blog anniversary. I am proud to read your posts. I hope someday my blog will take off. I am just not good at blogging yet. Thanks for sharing

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  35. Hi, Lesley - your journey through the online quilting world sounds much the same as mine! Except I'm not retired yet, but very much looking forward to it. Congrats on your Blogiversary, and here's to many more to come!

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  36. First off, your quilt is magnificent!! Happy Blogiversary!! I have enjoyed every single post!! Such a lovely, generous give away...thanks SEW much for the chance!! Here's to the next twenty years!!
    Paulette

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  37. Hi Lesley! Happy blogging to you! Only two topics today, whew, I kept up nicely and can even remember everything I read about! lol You know I gotta josh you about it. What a quilt! What a lot of cutting and stitching and piecing. I know that would have ended up as an unfinished one for me. Excellent job! And it looks fabulous!

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  38. Congrats on your blogaversary! I followed a path very similar to yours.

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  39. Happy Blog anniversary ! Your quilt is gorgeous !!!!

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  40. AWESOME!! Giveaways are always fun (tho I don't usually win! HA). Congrats on two years and many more.

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  42. Happy Blogiversary. Love the quilt.

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  43. Congratulations on your two year blogaversary, and hope you have many more. I've enjoyed reading your posts and project you've shared. I thought of starting a blog many times, but am afraid I just wouldn't have enough of interest to share. Some day, perhaps once I retire, I may decide to be brave and jump in the blogging community myself.

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  44. Happy Anniversary Lesley! I'm always amazed at how much you get accomplished.!
    Thanks for the drawing!

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  45. Best wishes as you celebrate your 2-year anniversary, Lesley. You're always busy with something interesting, and you leave the nicest comments. That's the best a blogger can be. Your giveaway is generous, but please do NOT include me. I've been a lucky winner too many times and places. I just stopped by to send my compliments and my congratulations.

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  46. Isn't it amazing how fast two years fly by. I only discovered quilt blogs about six months ago but now spend why to much time reading them. To be in contact with people all around the world makes you realize that we are all so much the same.

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  47. Happy Anniversary, Leslie. I'm still in the reading and commenting stage of my blogging career. I do follow your blog by email and love your quilts. Thanks so much for sharing and many, many more anniversaries.

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  48. Congratulations! Two years of blogging is a great milestone. I don't post nearly as often as you do, but I can't imagine what I did with all of my time before I discovered the wonderful world of quilt blogs.

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  49. congratulations! I too am a blog addict and I love yours! I hope you have many more years of blog enjoyment.

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  50. Happy Anniversary! I just discovered "blogs" about two years ago. I'm hooked & have finally "learned" how to comment.:) Getting to know quilters through their blogs has been so much fun and looking at everyone's work is so inspirational. Love your quilt-those sashing units are wonderful!

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  51. Happy 2 Yr Blogiversary!!! Awesome Blog by the way!! :)

    Looooove your Quilt......you do amazing work!

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  52. Your quilt turned out wonderful! Happy Blogiversary Lesley!!

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  53. Hi Leslie,

    I always enjoy your blog and all your pictures. Glad you took up blogging.
    Happy Anniversary.

    Dianne

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  54. Great blog and congrats on your blogiversary!

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  55. Your Blogger Girls BOM is stunning, in spite of the colors being off. What a lot of work but so worth it judging by the end result. Great job, my friend.

    Congrats on your two years. It's been a ride, hasn't it?

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  56. Congrats on your 2 years! I love reading blogs too! And I'm your blog reading too!

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  57. I love your quilt Lesley! Beautiful!! And congratulations on a lovely blog! You are a very supportive blogger to me and others also. Your encouragement is always appreciated! Cheers to many more years of blogging!!

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  58. Happy Anniversary. I enjoy your blog!

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  59. Congrats on your 2 years! We all love your blog (and quilts!) The Blogger Girls quilt is beautiful. Thanks for all your blogging, inspiration and chance to win a very generous prize!

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  60. HAPPY BLOGVERSARY!
    LOVE YOUR BLOG!
    THANKS FOR SHARING A GREAT GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  61. Happy 2nd Blogiversary. I'm still at the reading everyone blogs stage, but don't have the drive yet to create my own. Thank you for the chance to win such generous giveaways.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  62. Congrats! Two years of blogging has certainly been amazing for you. From the comments above, your followers love to read your wonderful posts and be inspired to create and turn out projects that are as amazing as yours. I know we joked about our first "real life" meeting, but every word was true. I am so fortunate to have hopped onto your blog and even more fortunate to call you my friend. Just wish we lived closer.
    Your Blogger Girls BOM is gorgeous! That sashing is just perfect. I need to keep this in mind. Oh wait. I will PIN it!
    Hugs

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  63. Congrats on two years! So glad that you jumped into the world of quilt blogging! Looking forward to meeting you someday! And just in case you're needing my email address lol dadeon@eastlink.ca

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  64. Hooray for two great years! I admire those of you who can do a blog and keep it going. I keep thinking I want to start one but am afraid I won't be able to keep up with it. Thanks for the blogging fun and inspiration. Your quilt is beautiful.

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  65. Happy 2nd Blogiversary! 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  66. Love the quilt... and congrats on the two years....our blogging friends are the best!

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  67. Congratulations on two years blogging. I enjoy reading your posts.

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  68. Happy Blogiversary! I haven't made it beyond following quilt blogs...but it's all good. I've learned so much by following them. Thanks for the chance at your giveway.

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  69. Happy blog Anniversary, Thank you. You always share such pretty quilt projects and ideas.

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  70. Happy blog versary. Love that blogger girl quilt!

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  71. What a wonderful blog, thanks for the chance to win! awolk at rogers dot com

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  72. Happy Anniversary! My blog path has followed much like yours. I love seeing all the beautiful creations.

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  73. Happy two years! I really enjoy your blog and your writing style. And, of course, your gorgeous quilts!

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  74. Hi Lesley, Thanks for your wonderful pics, posts and inspiration. I have a similar style in fabrics so I especially enjoy your projects. I am looking forward to another exciting year of reading your blog.

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  75. Your Blogger Girl BOM is wonderful! Congratulations, you're almost done. I love those sashing blocks, well worth the time. I'll be eager to see it with the final borders attached.

    Also, Congratulations on two years of blogging, I'm so happy you've had a wonderful experience with your blog, I'm with you, it's a wonderful way to connect with quilters.

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  76. A very Happy Blogiversary Lesley. You are a girl after my own heart. If there is a long way to say something that is the road I take lol. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your part of the world. I wish you many more wonderful posts xxx

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  77. Congtraulations!! Yours was one of the first blog I started to read and felt I started to get to know you during Jane's Wonky House/Blocks swap. Your journey sounds much like I feel though I haven't gotten to the level that I want to start my own blog. Right now, I'm OK, but who knows what time will bring. Hope your weekend was beautiful. Have more grand years of blogging - I'll be reading and watching.

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    1. Congratulations on your 2 years. Although I did not find you 2 years ago I have enjoyed finding and reading your Blog for I think about a year.

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  78. I just discovered your blog ... just in time for your giveaway!

    Congratulations on your 2-year bloggaversary! I am another one who's battled low self esteem, and you're right - blogging is so good for our souls!

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  79. Congrats on your 2nd year blogiversary. Love your quilt. Wonderful giveaway!!! Thanks
    for the chance to win!!!
    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  80. Congratulations Lesley & thanks for the chance to win.

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  81. Congratulations on your 2-yr. blogaversary! Here's to many more.

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  82. Congratulations. I discovered quilting blogs in August of 2011 and started following you when I found you through a blog hop sometime after that. I enjoy reading your blog and always look forward to seeing thequilting projects that you share.

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  83. Happy Blogiversary, Lesley!! I love reading your blog, you always give inspiration to anyone who reads it and you do wonderful work.

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  84. Congratulations on your Bloggy Anniversary. Fantastic giveaway!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  85. A big congratulations on your 2 year anniversary. It is a wonderful world of discovery when you venture into Blogland. I am so pleased you decided to be a part of it.
    Your quilt is looking wonderful. With only a couple of borders to go you will be finished in no time.
    Have a wonderful week!

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  86. Congrats on two years of blogging! And i wish you many more babscorbitt@ gmail dot com

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  87. Happy blogiversary Lesley. I am so pleased you started a blog and feel that we have become friends through that.

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  88. Happy Blogiversary! So wonderful that you eventually gave in and joined the fun!
    Resistance is futile!! LOL
    Always enjoy visiting! I am from Nova Scotia (Digby) since me Dad was in the navy when I was born...someday I'll come visit again!

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  89. Well, congratulations. So glad you decided to blog.

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  90. Happy Anniversary! I just love our little blog! mburnette912@bellsouth.net

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  91. Congratulations on two years of blogging Lesley! Love your red/black quilt! Have a happy day!

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  92. Congrats on your two years of blogging. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    1. Happy Blogiversary. I have so enjoyed reading your posts, and seeing the quilts you make they are inspirational. I look forward to your continued sharing.

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  93. Happy Dance! Congratulations on your first 2 years of blogging! :) I'd be lost without my online quilting family!

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  94. I've made some good friends through blogging - even met a couple in person - so much fun!

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  95. Happy Blogiversary! Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous

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  96. congratulations on 2 years of blogging. I envy your being able to do so much in your blogs. They are so interesting and lots of ideas for many people. Your quilts are fabulous.

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  97. Leslie Happy Blog Anniversary! This world of quilting blogosphere as been amazing fun and a great way of making friends with other quilters. I started quilting when Eons, another social media that ended up going defunct. I made friends throughout the US, Canada and a few internationals through this group of friends, then I started my blog too! Anyways, I know the joy you have expressed in your message.

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  98. This is my first visit to your blog...after your visit to mine...thank you. After reading all these above wonderful comments, I have tears in my eyes! How wonderful you are regarded! So glad our paths crossed!

    val from myplvl.blogspot.com

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  99. Lesley, CONGRATULATIONS,,,,,
    I am so happy for you. I am not sure if you remember me but I asked you some questions and blogging and you blessed me with a lot of good information and more than that encouragement.
    Just a moment of update...I do have it up and running....just .working out a few things and then I would be thrilled if you would visit me.
    Back to you, I LOVE your blog and visit it all the time. It is encouraging and beautiful. I feel as though we are girlfriends sharing our passion of quilting.

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  100. Lesley - add my name into the pot of friends you have made through blogging!!! I've so enjoyed getting to know you and see all your quilty fun :*) Thanks for sharing yourself and your sewing fun with us for 2 years now. I'm coming up on that same anniversary in December. And thanks for such a cool giveaway! Crossing all my fingers and toes :*)

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  101. Congratulations on your 2 year blogversary! I love reading your blog and seeing your quilts. I'm not sure how long I've been reading blogs, maybe 2 or 3 yrs, it's so much fun. So much to learn, so many ideas, it's great to see different plays on the same pattern. I hope you have many more blogversaries!! ;-> Toni Anne

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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!