Friday, August 21, 2009

100th Post Giveaway Winners

WOW, did we have some wicked storms yesterday evening. Just north of the city tornadoes did touch down and several hundred homes were damaged or destroyed. In another community north west of us, they were also hit by tornadoes in the late afternoon and unfortunately one person was killed. The weather was so severe at one point that Environment Canada took the unusual step of advising people to take shelter in basements or other secure areas. It was rather spooky listening to these warnings on the battery operated radio, especially when one lives on the 22nd floor of an apartment building. After the storm moved to the east there was a beautiful double rainbow in the sky. Rather ironic to say the least.

So without further delays, I want to say thanks to everyone who came by and responded to my giveaway. I had visitors from across Canada, the US, American Samoa, Australia, Costa Rica, Croatia and Italy. It's certainly has been an international event.

So let’s get to the random winners. The first winner of the book "Simple Start Stunning Finish" and a bunch of fat quarters is poster # 15 Carol E of Giraffe Dreams. The winner of the Amy Butler fabric and the black & white fat quarters is poster # 3 Hetty of Crafts and Stuff. I also had enough fat quarters for a third random winner and this is poster # 26 Rock Granny of Krpe & Zakrpe. So if you will e-mail me your mailing addresses I will get your prizes out to you. By the way keep reading since there are more winners listed at the end of the blog.

Next I'm going to give you my answers to the questions that I asked of everyone.

The blog that inspired me to try something new - there are two. First off, Donna of Quilt Pixie inspired me to start my own blog. She may not be aware of this, but when I first started looking at blogs, I posted a few comments and initially Donna was the only one who actually responded to my posts. I also liked what I saw on Donna’s blog and thought if she can do it, then I can give it a try.

In terms of actually trying a new technique it was Tia at Camp Follower Bags. She issued a challenge back in February of this year for everyone to make some wonky star blocks for a drive to get quilts made for the bush fire victims in Victoria Australia. I've never made anything wonky and thought why not. Initially I was only going to make a couple of blocks and send them off. But I had so much fun making these blocks that I ended up making a whole quilt top for the quilt drive. You can see my end result here

The blog that has taught me the most, has been the Friday Block Party hosted by Donna of Quilt Pixie. Each week Donna posts a new block and it's up to use whether we do it or not. It's a great learning experience without the pressure. I've been fairly good with only 4 blocks missed over the course of the year. I have to say that my piecing skills have greatly improved and I've tried things that I would never have done otherwise.

And what have I learned from my own blog. My blog has shown me how much my quilting skills have improved over the last year. It also has provided me with a good way to keep records of what I have completed and what is underway. Finally I was looking over the year and it was interesting to see what my intentions at the beginning of the year were and how things change.

So now for the prizes that are based on personal reasons.

First I have a special package of fabric and a book as a thank you to Donna of Quilt Pixie for her support over the past year and for hosting Friday Block Party for which I am very grateful.

The second gift of fabric is going to go to Kelly Jackson of I have a notion who made me laugh and put a smile on my face this past Monday. It was one of those mind numbing days where I had boring work to do and at my lunch break I decided to see if there were any more posts on my blog. Well when I read Kelly’s post I almost burst out laughing, but caught myself realizing that I was still at the office. Let me just say that Kelly practices “Extreme Quilting”. It’s probably best that you go and read her post for yourself for the full impact of her post. She is post # 18.

The third and final gift of fabric goes to Elizabeth for the sweet entry she wrote on her blog about my giveaway. Here is part of what she had to say: “Let me start by staying I love looking at quilts and kittys. A blog about both is like having homemade apple pie and pumpkin pie with your Thanksgiving Dinner.” You can go and read the rest of her post here if you wish at and look for the entry dated August 15th.

So please e-mail me your mailing addresses and I will get your gifts out to you in the mail.

So there you have it. I hope everyone enjoyed this giveaway and even if you were not a winner, hopefully you found some new and interesting places to visit. Have a great weekend and hopefully it will be storm free.


ooglebloops said...

Congrats to the winners!!! :>)

hetty said...

Oh wow! I won! I won! Thanks Vicki! What a great give-away! I love those black and white fabrics! Congratulations to all the other winners too! This was a good way to find interesting blogsites!

rockgranny said...

I'm a winner too, and I'ms o happy I could sing loudly (but don't worry I wouldn't) whole day.
Hope I'll have my 100th post soon

Quilt Pixie said...

I love all the links you've led me to with this give away! thanks so much. And thanks for letting me know my presence has mattered -- I really didn't know I'd encouraged you, and am glad to know that you've found both me and the Friday Block party postive experiences. I've enjoyed our email conversations back and forth too, and am glad to have met you and count you amongst my friends. :-)

quiltmom said...

Congratulations to all your winners- It was a fun giveaway and I always enjoy discovering new blogs to me.
Hope your weather improves and that you did not suffer any permanent damage from the storm.
Warmest regards,

Librarynan said...

I'm glad you and the kitties made it through the nasty weather! We were having a MAJOR heat wave (100+ here in Central Oregon!) and my animals weren't happy with that situation at all! Neither was I, but we didn't have "Take shelter" warnings like you did, so I'm OK with the hot stuff for now.

Congratulations to the give-away winners... you have some pretty awesome readers, Vicki.

Elizabeth said...

Oh what smiles I've been enjoying tonight! I went back through and read all your giveaway comments (great turnout BTW!) You're right that one from Kelly, oh my! :)

Thanks for selecting me.

Bev C said...

Congratulations to the winners. Enjoy your prizes. Vicki the tornadoes were just on the news here. Pretty terrifying to be caught up in something like that. Have a safe and happy weekend.

Valerie said...

I guess I am too late for the give away but I have enjoyed my visit and hope to come back soon.

Carol E. said...

My giveaway prize arrived, and it is fabulous! I can hardly wait to play with those great fabrics and the book. Thanks for the interesting candies,too!