Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 7 Blog Tour! (giveaway also!)




Hello, and welcome to my blog.  I am Stacey, and Quiltmaker is one of my favorite magazines.  This is my second feature in the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks magazine, and I am honored to be included.  Issue 7 is due out on May 7th.  I love to quilt, and my second favorite thing to do is reading.  Reading is a hobby that I picked up as a young girl, and have done it my whole life.  *ahem* Some would say I spend too much time reading (I seem to always get in trouble with the husband :D)  Having a busy life with my husband and our 4 busy kids, then you now add our new farm into the mix (9 goats, 6 pigs, 2 calves, and 60 chicks~oh my!), reading is my down time, my escape so to speak.  This is where I got my inspiration for my block design.  I designed a block of a girl with her nose in a book, almost quite literally.  And what better than covering up with a quilt while you enjoy that book?  I love to do them both together.


I did make a second block, and for the heck of it, I decided to hand embroider it and then I did a really weird and bazaar thing for myself, I did something out of my comfort zone, I sent it to one of my favorite authors, and the hand embroidering that I did on it was of the cover to her first book.  This amazingly talented author is Colleen Hoover (and her first book was called Slammed, amazing! the second book in that series is called Point of Retreat, and actually today her third book is being released called This Girl.)  Anywho, in my haste to send it to her I forgot to take a picture of it, so I emailed her last week and asked if she could take a picture of it for me so that I could share it with you all, so here is the picture :D



I love this block, now I need to make another one for myself.

Ok, so now it's time for the giveaway, I am giving away 2 copies of the magazine, one from Quiltmaker, and one from myself.  To be entered, you can earn 2 entries:
~follow my blog
~leave a comment

That's it, easy peasy!  and Thank You for stopping by.  Giveaway winners will be announced on May 4th!





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SewLindaAnn said...

That was such a cool thing to do! I bet she was completely flattered that you sent something so personal. (you must be great at time mgmt.!)

SewLindaAnn said...

Follower here too.

Anita said...

I love your block! Books are also a big part of my life.

Stephanie @ Quarter Incher said...

I follow you on bloglovin

Stephanie @ Quarter Incher said...

great block! I would love to enlarge this and make it for a kid's book corner :)

Thim3 said...

I love your block and the story of sending the block to the author..that was so sweet. Thank you for the chance to win and I do follow your blog.
thim3@hotmail.com

Sandra said...

Such a novel idea for a block. Grats for having it chosen.

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Sandra said...

Am a follower via bloglovin

Maryjo said...

Love your block...my favorite downtime is reading too! Maybe it should be used on a literary poster to get people to read:) Congrats on being chosen!

Podunkpretties said...

My goodness with all those children and animals when do you find time to sew! Sounds like a lot of fun! My husband wants to raise chickens and bees. I frowned upon the chickens so he went out and bought be hives! Wishing now I had kept my big mouth shut, chickens don't sting! Thanks for sharing your block. I had to follow your blog just so I can see the gal that does it all, do it!

Sandi1100 said...

I like how your block represents something you love to do although, I wonder how much down time you have now. I also love to read and will have to check out Colleen Hoover's books. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine. Quiltmaker is my favorite magazine.

Ally said...

Love your block! When I'm not quilting, I also love to read. Thanks for the chance to win

Jitka Oherová, Czech Repubic said...

A reader, good. I see my daughter, still reading.

Susan said...

What a great block! I have a friend who this would be perfect for!

Bernie said...

Books and Blocks. Now that's life!

kt said...

Great block! We are a family of readers and make weekly trips to the library to stay supplied with reading material.

crazy quilter said...

I love your block. It is a perfect block to describe ME...and my daughter. Could see it gracing the walls of my home soon. THANKS

Laurie in Maine said...

Thanks for the chance to win the 100 blocks magazine :)

TheStylishHome said...

I follow your blog

TheStylishHome said...

I used to read A LOT too, when I was growing up. You'll have to email me your secret of how you find the time to quilt and read with a family and a farm! I have a PILE of books that keeps getting bigger and bigger....

Nanbon44 said...

there are a few girls in our family like that with their nose in a book all the time... great block,,

Koricard said...

I love your block! What a cute idea. I really enjoy reading, too, so I am trying to think of a way to use this block in a slightly bigger wallhanging. Thank you!

Stitches said...

I bet Colleen was thrilled with your gift to her..I love reading first time authors too. Love your block..

edith said...

Your block would be great for a book bag to go to the library.

AnnieK said...

Follower here :-)

Abbigail said...

Great looking block! I have always enjoyed reading and my kids do too.
hulseybg at gmail dot com

Robbin said...

Love your two hobbies, mine too, reading yesterday and sewing today.

Carrie P. said...

sounds like you stay very busy. very cute block! thanks for a chance to win one of my favorite magazines.

Mary said...

Cute block. You are one busy lady. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

Mary

Deb said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Reading is equally important to me as Quilting. It's a challenge to balance my time between the two, along with everyday care-giving.
Deb

Deb said...

I just signed on to follow your blog.

Joyce Carter said...

I follow your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

Joyce Carter said...

I love to read,too.It is the best way for me to get away from everything and get some time to relax. I love the block that you made.

stitchinRN said...

Now that is about the sweetest idea I have seen. Congrats

Whichcrafts said...

I just discovered your blog. I love that block -how unique! Thanks for this chance to win.

hiyacinth said...

Quilts and books--my favorite two things, too!

hiyacinth said...

I'm a follower!

Gill said...

I love this block - it would be perfect for me too!

Gill said...

I'm a happy follower!!

Debbie Rhodes said...

I am a reader too. read every night your block will mean a lot to me.. hope I win

Cathy said...

What a cute block. You are very talented. Hugs

Pat S. said...

I love your adoralbe block! Thanks sew much for this chance to win :-D

Pat S. said...

And I'm a follower :-D

Dana Gaffney said...

I love that block! It would work into a great snuggle quilt for reading time. Thanks.

Purl Buttons said...

YAY! I already follow.

Purl Buttons said...

Fun block! I think it would be fun to make it for a wall-hanging for a local public library or to show appreciation to a school librarian.

grannyanne said...

That is so cute! Thanks for a chance to win!

Eva said...

I am a follower of your blog. I truly love your block, I can see this block as a future quilt for my little three year old niece. It appears that you have a very busy schedule, I wonder when do you find time to read?Thanks so much for sharing.

Denise :) said...

How FUN! I'm a hard core reader, so this block definitely appeals to me! :)

Denise :) said...

And I'm a new follower, too! :)

Kristen said...

What a very cool block! I can envision that this block would make up into a great raffle quilt to benefit a local library! Thanks for the chance to win!

Loralynn said...

Your block is absolutely charming! Kudo's on the book cover too!

Dolores Fegan said...

Love the block you sent to the author. I am following your blog

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Cute block! I'm excited to get the magazine!

Cathy B said...

Great block, congrats on getting in the magazine! thank you!

Lori S said...

Super cute! My favorite of the day. Thanks for sharing & the chance to win.

Annie said...

I put Slammed on my to-read list!

Jill said...

I love your block. I need to make one since I am a reader as well.

dquilterguy said...

Amazing Block.. I love reading as well. Congrats on being chosen by Quiltmaker to be included in issue #7 of 100 Blocks

Susan Stanton said...

I love your block too! It's so original and delightful for readers who quilt!

Deb said...

Really cute block.

Margaret said...

I now follow by GFC. Nice blog will look forward to reading it

Margaret said...

I love your block. Thanks for the chance to win

bairdmtn said...

What a sweet block for a book lover! I have several friends I need to make this one for!! Congratulations on having your block published!!

Mom2Caleigh said...

What a great idea for an avid reader! Loved it!!

Jean Bloom said...

Such a cute block. I can see this put in a child's quilt.

Margaret Andrews said...

What a cute block. Must make it for my granddaughter who is enjoying reading everything in sight. Can't wait for Volume 7.

Diann said...

I'm another one who love to read, so of course I like the block.

Diann said...

I'm a follower.

darlene said...

I think many of us would be snuggled up beside you. When the day is done my time is books and tv. Really cute block.

Mary Baars said...

Love your block. I also love your quilt "Stars and Strips". All my kids are grown and I still don't have time to quilt and I'm just a beginner. How do you do it?

Tammy said...

Love the block..I am an avid reader also. And it get me into trouble too...I ratehr read soemtimes than do ohter non fun things like housework...lol Congrats on your block being selected for the cover.. Thats a great achievement.

Rebecca said...

Reading is not a hobby... Its one of the necessities of life...tell your hubby so....
I love the block and think blowing it up to make a one block throw would be wonderfull

SIMPLESEW said...

I joined your cute blog

SIMPLESEW said...

Have a special day, Love your block and smile

Marie Atkinson said...

I love to read too! And with your troop of kids and farm animals I know you greatly appreciate the down time! great idea for a block!

kathy S said...

There's nothing like a good book to read for the summer! Thanks for your block!

Gena in Dallas said...

REading, quilting, and batiks!! Can't ask for a more perfect combination. Thanks for the chance to win. I just discovered the 100 blocks magazines and would seriously love to win/own a copy of any edition!!

Lee Ann L. said...

I am following your blog! Congrats on getting into the magazine!

Lee Ann L. said...

by the way, I really really like that block! I'm a book lover and this is way too cute!

Mary said...

What a cute block. Right up my alley. Thank you for sharing.

sandy said...

Well, aren't you a clever girl. I like your block because it is so different. Way to go.

Leanne Parsons said...

I love this block! I'm a big reader too...I get in trouble by staying up waaaay too late to finish a really good book and then being crazy tired the next day.

sandy said...

I just signed up as a follower. Thanks I look forward to your adventures, in such a busy houshold.

Lou said...

I enjoy reading too!!!
I am currently reading the Yada Yada series...really inspirational!
Cute block!

hueisei said...

Very cute block!!

Sandra MacWilliam said...

Your quilt block is adorable, love the idea of identifying the book you are reading, what a great idea for a child's quilt, with her favorite book! Thanks for inspiration. Sandy MacWilliam

hueisei said...

I follow your blog.

Beth said...

Your block might be my favorite EVER--not just in this issue, but of all time. This will immediately be made into wall-hangings for my nieces, after I've made one for myself!

Beth said...

I am a follower.

Sheree said...

Thank you for sharing your block and for the chance to win.

David & Tammy said...

I love to read, so I will make this block for me and my reading daughter. Thanks for the ideas for my next read too.

David & Tammy said...

I love to read so I will be making this block for myself and my reader daughter. Thanks for the book ideas also.

Donna Joy said...

Fantastic story and block, so what book are you reading now. Yes I love to read to.

banjo795 said...

Boy can I relate! Once I get my nose in a book or in a quilt, the house could fall down around me and I'd never notice. Well, at least that's what my husband says ;->

Donna Joy said...

I follow you now.

~Kris~ said...

What a sweet and generous thing to share your block with your favorite author. And from the look on her face I would guess she loves it. Very clever block. I love to read too!

Evelyn Dugan said...

I've GOT to get that block and make a bunch for my friends who are published authors! I may have to change the hair to a man's hairstyle, though, for one of them!

Suze said...

I grew up on a farm. I loved to read as a child. Then our lovely school system ruined that love for me. Then as an adult, I have renewed a great friendship with reading. I have a Kindle and prefer to have a real book in my hand. Growing up, we did not have a television until I was 9, so each family member took a book to bed. I still love to curl up under a comforter of some description to read.
Congrats on your block and it's versatility. Thanks for being very generous in your giveaway.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I LOVE YOUR BLOCK!! I've been doing more reading lately and this block is so perfect for a reader ;-)

Karen said...

Thanks for the chance to win. Love your block. So cute.

thequiltedcat said...

What a fun block!

Jolara said...

I just love your block and your blog. I am now a follower. So happy I found you through Quiltmaker's Blog Tour!

Hanke said...

What a fun block!

katiedidit said...

What a sweet block! Reading is a passion of mine also (along with quilting)! Thanks for the chance to win.

Jody said...

Love the block--it could be me!! I'm always getting in time crunches because my nose was in a book for "just one more paragraph!!"

Pam said...

I love reading also! Love your block design!

Gwen said...

What a fun block, love the design.
Thanks for the chane to win.

Tamsyn said...

Great block. Two of my favorite things, reading and quilting.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a sweet fun block...just perfect for any reader.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm a follower.

Sharon said...

I love your block. The reading girl is so cute.

Kathy L said...

Love your creation. Thanks for the chance to win.

barbara woods said...

i follow your blog

barbara woods said...

thanks for the chance

Nancy said...

I just love your block - so cute!

Unknown said...

My two hobbies are sewing (doing more and more quilting) and reading. Your block touched a soft spot in my heart:) Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Unknown said...

I am now a follower! Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Laurie Parrack said...

What a wonderful block, and way cool to send one to your favorite author. It was a wonderful picture. Congratulations on being chosen for a block in the magazine.

Laurie Parrack said...

I am now a follower too.

Alberta Diane said...

Thanks for a chance to win!

PJB said...

I love your block. Congrats.

AnnieK said...

What a neat gift for an author! I bet it makes her smile every time she looks at it. :-)

AnnieK said...

I'm following!

Sandra said...

Love your block. I am an avid reader also, and yes it does get in the way of quilting.

JoyceLM said...

I love to read too - it's my main hobby & de-stresser. Your block is fantastic - thanks for sharing.

JoyceLM said...

I'm already a GFC follower. Thanks again.

Unknown said...

I would love to win a copy of "Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 7"
Thanks

Mary said...

Cute block to encourage young readers. I see this as a Birthday pillow for my grandchildren, It wouldn't be hard to change the hair style and color to suit each one. Thanks for a great Block. I am a new follower with GFC.

NewSooz said...

This block reflects two of my favorite things too. Don't know how many times my hubby has heard, "Just a minute, let me finish this chapter or row (depending on what I was indulging in at the time.

Rolyn said...

Oh how stinking cute is this??? I've always been an avid reader so I will definitely be whipping up this one!

Kathy Stoessner said...

Wonderful block. So different and appealing. Thanks for creating such a fun piece

Rebecca said...

Oh my gosh! This block makes it absolutely imperative I get this book! So awesome!

Joanna said...

I'm a new follower. Look forward to your posts.

Suji said...

Love your block! Enjoyed the pictures of the farm animals, too.

Kathy H said...

What a fun block. We are all big readers in our family so everyone will want me to make that now too!

Joanna said...

Your block is adorable. And how nice that you made one for your author friend. It looks just beautiful. It reminds me of some young people I know who also love to read.

Kathy H said...

I am a follower.

Angelia Lanouette said...

I love your block! I also enjoy reading and wish there was more time in the day so I can do more. Thank you!

Victoria M. said...

VERY cute block!!

Nita said...

Cute block. Congratulations on being in the magazine. :)

BizyStitches said...

Love your block and congrats. Thanks.

BizyStitches said...

I'm a happy new follower

Vivian said...

What a nice thing to do for an author. I am sure she loved it.

Jeanne said...

Very cute block. Thanks for the giveaway.

Karen said...

Neat block. I can think of several people who could use a pillow with your block on it! I love to read, too!

Michele said...

Very fun block. That girl could be me!

bgail said...

Oh, Stacey, you made a block featuring me :) As a kid, I was busted (and had my flashlight taken away) for reading under the covers after lights out!

Sandy said...

Love the little girl reading - sweet!

Joan H. said...

Darling block. I love to read, too

Joan H. said...

I'm a follower, too.

Shirlsu said...

I LOVE this block because if I'm not quilting, I'm reading!

Cindy May said...

Love the mini quilt block! You definitely need to make another one for yourself. It's darling!

Cindy May said...

Love the mini quilt block! You definitely need to make another one for yourself. It's darling!

Darlene B said...

What a great block! I like to read, too, but it's hard to fit in reading, quilting, crocheting, etc. into my life! (I guess I'll have to quit my day job!!)

Vicki H said...

Growing up I always had my nose in a book. I haven't made the time to read very much the last several years.

dcFfLy80wJbYSTL0EVonGf_lvA-- said...

What a cute block. I might have to make one for our local library. I completely understand about the too much reading issue...
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Grammie said...

I am a retired school librarian and I love your block! I will have to make one.

Bonnie Thiem said...

This is just a cute little block.

carla said...

Hi!!! I love your block!!!! what fun on the cover of a book too!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

carla said...

I am a new follower!!!!

SewingJanice said...

WOW! Love your block, especially since I too LOVED to read as a child. In my adult world, I only read when on vacation, as now I want to sew all of the time!

Robyn said...

What a great block. My second favorite hobby is reading.

Becky said...

I'm a follower.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Becky said...

Fabulous block!!! I love the idea that you stitched the title of your favorite book and sent it to the author. Wonderful idea!

Jeanne in Ohio said...

Cute block! I'm a reader too.

MissPat said...

As a recently retired public librarian, I heartily applaud your block. Not sure how you find time to read, but true book lovers will always find a way. Congratulations on having your block in Vol. 7.

BJ Coleman said...

What a cute block & love the originality of it! My daughter reads constantly & finally got her Master's Degree in....you got it..READING! She now says, when you spy her reading a book, that she is "Working"....hahaha!

Jodi said...

Love the block, I am an avid reader, who just started quilting this year. How to you find time to do both?

Jodi said...

Following you on Bloglovin too

Theresa Litz said...

What an adorable block! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Linda said...

Very cute block!

JANET said...

Fun block! Thank you for the chance to win!

WYO Di said...

I've always said, give me a book, a quilt and a cat and I'd be happy!

WYO Di said...

I'm following, NOW!

WoolenSails said...

I love your block too, that is so fun and great for a mini quilt and great to personalize for a friend.

Debbie

apple blossom said...

love your quilt block

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apple blossom said...

gfc follower

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Sue in Scottsdale, AZ said...

Very nice block.

Gloria said...

So cute and clever! I too am a reader and have a grandaughter who is one. I am goig to do a block for her.

Peggy said...

Great block! I love to read also.

Back Porch Extras said...

Oh My Gosh, I love your block! What a cute block for my grandkids that like to read. Congrats on having your block in Vol 7. I know everyone will love it.

Quilt Monkey said...

Adorable block! Can't get any better than quilting and reading!! Thanks for the chance.

Shelor Robin said...

My goodness, what else do you have time for? Books are a great escape.

LJ said...

Your block would be the perfect block for my one daughter. She loved to read also and I'm amazed at all the books she has time to finish!!

Carla G said...

What a great block! And I love the batiks you used. I love to read too! :)

Carla G said...

I already follow you via gfc! :)

Rachell said...

wheee-reading and quilting are my two loves as well. my time and desire to do both are always fighting with each other. my favorite new author is my cousin Michelle Davidson Argyle. she has written The Breakaway and the follow up "Pieces", Monarch, and a Cinderella novel. her blog is titled the Innocent Flower.
happy reading!

Lynda said...

I love this block, my mind is racing with ideas for using it already

wendy said...

Cute block! Must do one for my GD who loves to be read to. It's also one of my favorite things to do. Thanks!

Linda Big D said...

I'm a book addict (seriously!) so I looooove this block! It's an inspiration for a bigger quilt for a Guild challenge!

Carol Sc said...

I, too, love to read. Sometimes it is difficult to decide --- "read? quilt? read? quilt?" I'm going to search out your author and the your block is a great one for a reader. Thanks.

Sher S. said...

OMG! I absolutely LOVE your block. I love to read all the time so I definitely want to make your block. Thanks for your creativity.

Sallie said...

I love to read, too, and I love your block. Thanks for the giveaway!

lauraluvsloons said...

I love your block. This is a great block to make for a child's room. My quilt guild donates quilts to David's House in NH and this would be great for a quilt to donate.

The Village Queen said...

Books are still my favorite escape, quilts are second. Thanks for the chance!

Donna's Quilts 4U2C said...

I know a oouple of grand-daughters that would love this block. Very cute! Thanks for the giveaway.

Cecilia said...

Very cute! I used to be like that, until I started quilting. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

Marcia W. said...

Thanks for the background on your unique block. It really ties reading and quilting together, both of which I love to do.

justreadit said...

I LOVE your block!

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