Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow Your Blog Event & Give-Away

 WELCOME! 

If you're already a regular around here, I'm happy you stopped by. 
If you are new to my blog, well Hello! I'm Val and that's my little "selfy" pic over on the right.  This is a quilting/sewing hobby blog. By day, I'm a veteran teacher, to a class of energetic Second Graders in Oregon, (USA). I started quilting in the Fall of 2009 and blogging last summer to document my projects and growth as a quilter. (So it's safe to say I'm still pretty new to all of this). With that said, I'm so grateful for this event and the opportunity to network and meet others of like interests. 
There's almost 600 bloggers in this meet and greet party. Crazy amazing!
Click this pic for a quick shortcut to check things out:
 2 Bags Full
I have found blogging to very motivating in my completion of projects and love the "virtual quilting guild" it has created for me. I enjoy linky parties and blog hops and find the inspiration and support received from fellow bloggers to be priceless.

  Quilting and blogging are a way for me to truly play with my creative side!

You'll find I'm a pretty eclectic sewer who dabbles in applique, English Paper Piecing, (love my hexagons) traditional and out-of-the box piecing, long-arm quilting, quilt/sewing area organizing (See my Sunday Organizing Series). And, as if that's not enough, 2014 will find me exploring wool by participating in Sue Spargo's BOM. I usually have many W.I.P. but let's not talk about that! (wink! wink!

Feel welcome to check out my "pages" at the top of the blog and/or my "labels" over on the right. Maybe something will spark your interest! If so, become a "follower" and I can return the visit and follow your blog as well. I look forward to meeting you.
Hey, I've always been a great multi-tasker

Today's 2014 Grow Your Blog Give-Away:
This Give-Away is closed. The winner was announced here.
Everyone has two chances to win this little kit to make a spectacle case.


First, comment if you are a new or already a follower and let me know how ya follow. (thanks!)
Second, just for fun: comment with a quilting acronym. IE: WIP: Work In Progress. Try to make it a new one..but if you can't think of one, comment with your most used abbreviation. (LOL: Laugh Out Loud...would be mine!) I'm still learning the quilting "language" myself, so thanks for the help. I'm going to put these together in a February 15th post, when I'll also announce the give-away winner. (So be sure to return to see the collection).

I'm glad ya stopped by!
With Smiles!
Val:)


FYI:    I'll choose the winners using Mr. Random Number Generator.
I will announce the winner and highlight their blog here at Val's Quilting Studio on February 15th.  I will also email the winner, so make sure you are not a no-reply blogger. Everyone is welcome to enter as I'm happy to post internationally.  Good Luck! I hope ya enjoy this meet and greet event!  

85 comments:

  1. I am already following you by Bloglovin. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  2. PIGS (Projects in Grocery Bags) is a new one for me and very funny. Since I saw this one, I got all mine out of boxes and sacks and packed up in my plastic totes....crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  3. I follow you via my Blogger Reading List.

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  4. I'm trying to come up an acronym, but the best I can come up with is PIP (Project-Induced Procrastination), where having an excess of WIPs, UFO's, or even just ideas for many projects at once, induces a paralysing onset of procrastination.

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  5. I follow you via GFC, and have for a while! You have such a fun blog!!

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  6. And my favorite quilting acronym? FART - Fabric Acquisition Road Trip!!!

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  7. Hi Val - I am following you by email. I too am addicted to hexagons but as addictions go it is one of the best!
    Karen H
    http://faeriesandfibres.blogspot.ca/

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  8. My newest quilting acronym is PhD. I am currently trying to finish several PhDs (Projects half Done)

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  9. Hi there,
    my name is Karen B. and I am one of Vicki's volunteers and would like to welcome you to todays GYB and wish you a nice time and many followers.
    Hugs,
    Karen B.

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  10. I like FART - Fabric Acquisition Road Trip!

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  11. Just yesterday I named a project ALE 3D for A Learning Experience in 3 dimensional sewing. It was a good learning experience but the project, not so great!

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  12. I've been a happy follower for sometime via gfc!

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  13. Hi- I'm a new follower on Bloglovin. Sometimes I feel like I've got TMS- Too much stuff!

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  14. I learned a new one PIG...project in grocery (bag).

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  15. It's so fun to find new blogs like yours...I'll be following you around. Wish I knew how to FMQ!

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  16. Hi Val, so nice to meet you! Thanks for the visit and comment over at my blog this morning :D I just love that "Play" quilt you made... hmmm, it would look fabulous hanging in my studio! LOL! :D I couldn't resist becoming a follower of a fellow fabric addict's blog, :D Hope you have much success and fun growing your blog...
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  17. Good luck with your blog. BOM is one that had me stumped at first. Someday I'll make a Block of the Month.

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  18. Hi there!

    Here from the Blog Hop!!! LOL! is truly i think the only abbrev. i use anymore. LOL! See! I just received a sewing machine for Christmas......never used on in my life but i want to. I craft about anything except sewing. So this should be interesting!
    i follow you thru GFC. Hugs! deb
    nuleaf at comcast dot net

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  19. stopping by to say hello Enjoy the party! Kathy

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  20. Hi Val,

    Thanks so much for your visit to my blog and your kind comments!! I love all your quilting projects. I am not a quilter (I don't think I'd have the patience... But as an avid knitter, I certainly know all about WIPs. I'm following you through GFC. :)

    Hugs, Silke

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  21. i am like you new to this, friends hugs

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  22. I follow by email. That's my favorite way. I don't like Bloglovin. It doesn't work well for me for some reason. PhD is my latest acronym that I am over using. But from the comments here I see i have a few pigs I didn't know about! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  23. Val, I am a new follower on bloglovin. I just love your site it's so colorful, fun and upbeat. I think this is my favorite acronym.
    FART Fabric Acquisition Road Trip ( Great to do with friend!!)

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  24. I am following you with email.

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  25. Reading the comments, I have decided to change my PIG's to PhD's. Sounds classier.

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  26. So nice to meet you. This blog party has been fun...i am now a follower....look forward to return visits.

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  27. This blog hopping party has been fun. I'm now following you via bloglovin!

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  28. Hi Val, I love your blog it is so bright and bubbly. So nice to meet you through the GYB Party.

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  29. Hi, I am now following you on bloglovin! Looks like a fun place to visit!

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  30. Let's see stop by my place and enter my QCU (Quilters Candy Unwrapped) Giveaway

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  31. Just stopping by for a visit Val....So happy you came by to visit with me today.. This has been so much fun! I am following with you.. Happy quilting...I do not sew but so admire those that do.. Blessings!

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  32. I am already a follower and love your blog.

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  33. UFO is my word for unfinished projects.

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  34. I stopped by from the GYB and I am now a new follower. Really enjoy your blog.

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  35. Have lots of PhDs - projects half done. Heard a new on called NewFO but don't know what it stands for.

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  36. I have PITs then. Project In Totes.

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  37. I am a very happy follower through my email!

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  38. I am an "old" (2013) follower via Bloglovin'

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  39. I just learned that a PIW is a "Project in Waiting"....I have alot of those. ;)

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  40. Hi Val, stopping in to say Hi. I see we are kindred spirits, we love hexies.

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  41. I am already a follower via Bloglovin.

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  42. I have trouble remembering what "LQS" means (Local Quilt Store). lol

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  43. Good morning Valerie! Thanks so much for your visit and follow yesterday on A Rural Journal. I'm now a new follower of your lovely blog. Look forward to getting to know you better. Have a blessed weekend. xo

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  44. I already follow through blogger. I love seeing how you organize.

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  45. Two new ones for me: WISP=work in slow progress, and FIZ=fabric in ziplocks.

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  46. Hi Val - I visited yesterday and signed up to follow your lovey blog by email! Looking forward to more pictures of that adorable Jackson. I'm also looking forward to watching your progress on your Rainbow Scrap quilt.
    Karen H
    http://faeriesandfibres.blogspot.ca/

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  47. Hi Val! You do beautiful work!! My mother quilts all of hers by hand and always has a quilt in the process. We have several from way back when and my Mother has done for us!! I can sew - it's just a matter of making the time!! One day when I retire!!
    WIR = when I retire!!

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  48. I am now following you through bloglovin!

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  49. Don't know why I didn't leave a comment when I joined as a follower yesterday? Now you know my acronym CRS ! Can't Remember Stuff, get your mind out of the gutter, lol. Seriously, love you colorful scrap challenge so far and all your other work as well. Thanks for helping with the GYB party.
    Patrica

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  50. I am a new follower from Grow Your Blog, Val. And I have to pass on the letter game.. I do not like texting and all that new "language"! English is just fine for me!!LOL!!!! Okay, so I had to put that in there! Cute little bag...if I win, I am going to give it to my grand daughter to make..I am teaching her to quilt and sew and she'd love a little pocket purse!

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  51. Hi Val. Popping in to return your visit. Isn't this GYB hop hectic,? So much to see and some really lovely work out there. I follow via bloglovin. Chao

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  52. Hi Val, I’m one of your new followers and a native Oregonian. I’m also hosting a little diddy over at my blog, peddlerjo.blogspot.com (Easy Street Rambling) for the GYB Party. I love piecing on my FW and consider myself an intermediate LA. Right now I rent a LAQ at one of the LQS. I say that I’m doing the longest test drive they ever had. LOL. Well I better be getting back to my HST for some anvil blocks. Have a super-duper day! Toni

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  53. Hi, Val - newest follower here...another quilter. Working my way through the list of Blogs - happy to meet you!!!

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  54. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - PIGS...Projects in Grocery Sacks...we had a PIGS Night Out at the shop I taught at a few years back! Happy Tuesday

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  55. Hi Val,
    Visiting from the GYBP. I'm also a new follower. Also a quilter and long-armer.
    Mary

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  56. Thanks for stopping by my blog....So glad to take part in Grow Your Blog! I am a 1st timer and loving every minute of finding wonderful blogs like yours!!! Love you spectacle case, maybe I'll have a chance to win it.
    Teresa Young
    www.foxhollowtales.com

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  57. Hi, Nice to meet you here. I am very impressed by your work - it is beautiful. I have only made one quilt in my life - a quilt for my son when he was 3 or 4 ---- he is over 30 today. My passion is jewellery. I find quilts very inspiring ( the colour palette makes great jewellery.) Hope to see you again.

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  58. I'm a new follower via email….really enjoyed visiting your fun blog :)

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  59. WIP is my most used quilting acronym (also a good excuse to visit one of my LQS to pick up 'needed' supplies) ;)

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  60. Hi Val! Im excited to find a hexie person out there in blog land. I love EPP too. I do a bunch of different crafts and I have a wonderful pile of UFO's. I hope you will have a chance to visit my blog. I am following your blog and can't wait to see the wonderful things you make.

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  61. Hey Val, I love your quilts especially your play sign. It looks so bright and whimsical just like a little kid playing. I don't know anything about quilting but can appreciate how much work goes into it. It has been lovely meeting you.

    Hugs
    Caroline

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  62. Hi Val! I'm a relatively recent follower through Bloglovin'! Your Play quilt is SO cute!

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  63. I think one of my favourite acronyms is CRAFT (Can't Remember a Frickin' Thing)! We also frequently use PhD's as I think it sounds so much nicer than WiP. :-)

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  64. I follow you already through google friends. I used to belong to a UFO group. Unfinished objects.

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  65. Glad to meet you on the GYB circuit, Val! I really like your blog; it is SO cherry and fun - I'm a new follower and look forward to your posts. best, deborah I'm at: http://deborahstanleyinspirations.blogspot.com/

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  66. your quilts are just amazing, I love how much fun you have with them

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  67. I follow you with Bloglovin'. Great!

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  68. What I recently learnt; ASAP (as soon as possible)

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  69. I'm a follower via G.F.C., but I don't know how to set up a "follow me gadget" without having to use a Google+ profile, which would render me a "no reply blogger" again. I'm just going to search the Internet for advice, but maybe someone reading this can give me some assistance.
    My acronym: MTCO - measure twice, cut once. I've made some expensive mistakes.

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  70. I'm now a new follower. Really enjoyed my visit to your site. You have very lovely and cute worK. I also like to quilt, sew and garden, Stop by to win my nifty fifty giveaway.

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  71. I am a new follower via email. Jackie

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  72. I guess it would be LOL on Facebook or emails. Thanks, Jackie

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  73. I am a new Follower...thru Bloglovin & GFC! :)

    You have an Awesome blog too...will be back to look longer in just a bit...

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  74. I use the LOL sooooo much too...... But funny story: my daughter & I are learning to quilt together...she called one day & asked what is a WOF.....& she pronounced it like "Woof".... she was talking about Width Of Fabric of course! giggle giggle So is now my favorite Quilty Acronym for sure!!!

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  75. My friends and I have a favorite: FART (Fabric Accumulation Road Trip)!

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  76. Just signed up as a follower via email after your visit to my blog!

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  77. Hi Val! I am a follower for a while now. I think I found you on RSC. My acronym would be one I hardly ever get to use (and that I just made up): FAF = Finally a Finish...LOL
    Hugs

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  78. UFO would have to be my ongoing quilting acronym!

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I have to admit, your comments make me smile! Thanks for sharing and for letting me know you stopped by. I Hope your day is awesome!

Val:)

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