Saturday, August 25, 2012

Quilters Blog Hop Party with Giveaways

Blog Hop Party with Give-AwaysPosted by Richard.  Will ship anywhere.

Today is Quilting Gallery's starting day for blog hop with giveaways to celebrate back to school days.  Tanya and I are excited to celebrate because we have 3 kids back in school.

To let you know a little about Richard and Tanya Quilts, our quilting adventure or rather my quilting adventure started back in  December 2011.  I have been married for a while now and at that time had 3 wonderful children ranging from 16 - 7.  My wife and I had decided that it was time to have another child (some of you may be thinking with kids that old we must be nuts), but we decided to have another baby. After Tanya got pregnant, I started to think about all the things I needed for the new baby including a quilt. You probably think that is easy to come by.  At the time I knew no one that could quilt .  I approached my wife and asked her to make our baby (She is born now and her name is Julia) a quilt.

We are not a traditional family in the way we run the house.  I am a kids and baby person (I change diapers, feed the kids, cook etc). My wife on the other hand is a Electronics Tech. She works with her hands repairing and fixing broken electronics devices.  I make this point because I am a programmer and have a serious phobia of getting my hands dirty.  When something breaks around yard or house it usually her fixing it.

So your saying enough of a history lesson, this is a giveaway get to the point.  My wife told me that if I wanted a quilt make it yourself. Hum.  How hard could it be to make a quilt. That started  For a long time it was just me making quilts.  I made my first blog post on Jan 2, 2012. It is worth a read to go back and see where it all started.

Yes I did make the quilt for Julia, it was the 2nd quilt I ever made and its name is Hearts and Flowers, you can follow that link to read more about it.  I did not stop there as my goal was not to make rag quilts (that's what my first few quilts were, because I had no clue how to "Quilt" a pieced quilt.)

It did not take me long to get the nerve to machine quilt that first pieced quilt. The quilts name is Train Wrek you can follow that link to find out more about it.  Note the name is not because there are trains in the quilt, but that the quilt as a whole was a complete wreck from the start (its a interesting read trust me).

This is a batik top that I have recently finished, the largest one to date (Its only twin size). My skills are growing,  but I am far from the quilter I one day hope to be.
 Now 9 months later, I am still lost (OK not lost, but not where I want to be). I set a goal to make 52 quilts this year, 1 per week and I have almost already done that (mostly lap or baby quilts). I am setting a new goal and that is to make a few larger quilts once a month (in addition to the smaller ones).  I want to make a queen size similar to the batik above for my bed (I haven't yet made a quilt for my own bed).


Yes I have stopped blabbing, its time to giveaway.  I would like to have 3 separate giveaways. Each one with a different way of entering. (I will list at the end some bonus entries for those that want to increase their luck)

Before you get too discouraged, you can make one single post and do any or all of the below to enter contest.  I will put every thing into a spread sheet.  Though if its easier for you, you may have more then one post also.

Contest A
 Leave a comment on the post telling me a quilting goal you have. (no strings attached other then you have to have a goal)

Contest B
 Follow my blog (you can do so via email, GFC, Reader etc) just tell me in  comment how you follow. (if your new tell me that too)

Contest C
  Like Richard and Tanya Quilts page on Facebook, Follow on Google+, Follow me on twitter.  (tell me which ones in your comment)

Now with 3 contests we need 3 prizes. Because I have 3 prizes and 3 contests you would think 1 prize belongs to a specific contest, nope that takes the fun out.  When we draw for winners the first drawing will be which prize of the 3 listed below will go to Contest A, which will go to Contest B and which will go to Contest C.  I know some will not want to do all 3 of the above, which is fine, you will get a chance to win a prize.  But if you do all 3, you will be in 3 different contests not just one (Maybe if supper lucky you can win all 3, but I hope we have 3 different winners).

I will at the end of the post give an example post so if you get lost look at that.


Prize 1 
This is 2/3 yard of a fabric called Dress Up Days by Doohikey Designs (A Riley Blake Designs)

Prize 2
4 Fat Quarters picked to to match together.  
There is a solid black, and two Butterfly FQ's - Ball not sure the line or designer. The purple flower is an unknown name or designer.

Prize 3
This is my favorite.  With Halloween approaching I just cant wait to make a Ghastlies quilt, the fabric line is from Alexander Henry.  There are 6 FQ's in grays.

I know your saying how can I give away the Ghastlies?  Well I held back a few of them for me.

Pesrsonal stash, not giveaway.
Yes 17 FQ and a little yardage can we say I have some Ghastly plans up my sleeves (Remember this bundle I am NOT giving away, but the 3 above are!


Bonus Entry (you can have up to 5 bonus entries) Please be specific on the bonuses to which of the 3 contests you are wanting it applied too I will give example below.  (you must have already completed the original requirement to add it).  Note you can do all below if you want, but only 5 bonus entries

1) Blog about my giveaway (linking back to my site)
2) Facebook about giveaway (linking back to my site)
3) Tweet about Giveaway (linking back to my site)
4) Post on Google+ Giveaway (linking back to my site)
5) Pin one of my completed quilts on Pinterest (go to any of my completed blog posts and pin directly to that post one of the images on it please pick posts about completed quilts or blocks you like)  You can do this on up to 3 times (remember only 5 bonus entries).
6) visit my Etsy store and like store or items in store.  You can do this up to 2 times.
7) +1 any blog post on my site. You can do this up to 3 times.
8) Surprise me and do something more creative as a bonus entry!


So to recap 3 prizes, 3 giveaways, up to 5 bonus entries (you pick which giveaway)

Example 1

I leave a comment telling about my goal to make 52 quilts in 52 weeks (Contest A entry) I also am a follower in GFC and Reader (Contest B entry) I hate social media and do not enter Contest C.
I also Like the Etsy store (I want Extra entry in contest A) and I +1 this post (Extra entry Contest B)

I have 2 entries in Contest A, 2 entries in Contest B, 0 in the social crap!

Example 2

I share my goal about making 1 Queen size quilt a month (A), I follow in reader (B), I follow on G+ (C) I also Posted about the giveaway on Google+ (C), Tweeted about it (C) +1 Julia's quilts blog post (C), Liked Etsy store (C), I did something surprising (no I am not going to tell you what) (C)

I have 1 in A, 1 in B, and 6 in C (yes hedging my bet that not many will enter this and I want to win it)

Thanks again for visiting Richard and Tanya Quilts, have a GREAT! Day. (Oh and don't forget to click on the big button at top of the post and visit all the other giveaway's going on this week).

This is open for international entries and will giveaway will close on September 3rd.


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Nanbon44 said...

I follow on facebook

Nanbon44 said...

a follow of your blog.

Mom C said...

Main goal hope it doesn't have to be a quilting goal. I'm running for a political office. My goal is to win in November. Then go on a trip. thanks.

Kathy said...

I would like to finish the quilt for my bed that I started this year.

Mhairi said...

I love the Ghastlies so I am really looking forward to seeing what you create with your stash.
I am a follower.
My quilt goal is to reduce some of the WIPs that I have and to organise my sewing area.

Jeanne said...

My quilting goal is to get my sewing room more organized.

Jeanne said...

I am now following your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jeanne said...

I now follow you on facebook.

Jane's Quilting said...

My goal is to get my site noticed and sell more quilts, do more quilting for others, etc. I am slowly on my way, but it sure takes time.

Jane's Quilting said...

I am a follower, and I think it is great the way you take control, help with the children and quilt. Your quilts are beautiful, good job.

Marcia W. said...
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Marcia W. said...

1) My goal for this year is to make one queen civil-warish quilt top, and to hand quilt one queen top that needs to be sandwiched still.
2) I already follow your blog.

Bonnie58 said...

My goal is to finish quilting the 2 QS quilts I currently have pieced. Great giveaway. Love the butterfly fabric.

Cassandra said...

Great prizes! I love that butterfly fabric. :)

My biggest quilting goal is to learn how to choose fabric and colors. I struggle with that SO much and end up with projects that I'm only half happy with because of the fabric selection.

Happy quilting!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the giveaways-- i like #1 and #3 the best, my goal is to complete one item per day(except Sundays which are reserved for gifts or charitable items)

Anonymous said...

thanks for the giveaways-- i like #1 and #3 the best-- i went to your etsy shop and i love your dots and flowers lap quilt--love the purples and muted color tones cjscraftcorner(at)gmail(dot)com

Sheila said...

My quilting goal is to learn thread painting really well ,hopefully sooner than later . I am a follower , I liked you on Facebook. Thanks for the chance .

Cheryl said...

My quilting goal this year is to do free-motion quilting good enough to give away to someone. I'm tired of straight line quilting and need to branch out.

MC said...

My current quilting goal is to quilt a queen sized bedspread on my tiny little sewing machine with 6" of throat space. I am crazy about the Ghastlies fabrics, thanks for the chance to win!


I have 2 wedding quilts and 5 christmas tree skirts to make before xmas.


I follow in blogger, entry A


Liked on FB, Entry B


I visited the Esty store, and put a heart on 3 things, Contest C


You really made this difficult, but thanks,, Entry B

SIMPLESEW said... plus one on Google. entry c

Judi said...

My quilting goal is to finish all the quilts I have started or planned (which is a bunch).

Judi said...

I am following with GFC

Judi said...

Following you on twitter

Susan said...

My goal to finish all my UFOs

Britany said...

I have a quilt started for my guest bedroom. I started it before I got pregnant. Well my daughter is now 7 months old and it is still not finished. So my goal is to finish it before Isabel turns 2. Yes, it's a lot of time, but I don't have lots of time to sew these days.

Tricia said...

Hiya Richard ... welcome to the world of quilting. I too am a newbie so I can relate. Okay... I am hoping that I am doing this right.

Contest A -- my quilting goal is to completely finish a quilt that is bigger then a doll quilt.

Contest B -- I was a stalker for a while but I follow both by GFC and e-mail.

Contest C -- sorry I'm not comfortable to use social medias outside of my blog.

Bonus Entries.
On your etsy site I Hearted Grandpa's Cards and Soldier's Star.

I added my comment on your posting about the "paying it Forward" ... congrats on your win.

Humm Most Creative -- That one is most perplexing. So how about a small quilt challenge between the two of us.

Thank you for all the chances to win such great prizes.


Renate Bontrup said...

Hello:-) I am a new follower to your blog (great to see the men jumping in there!) I also liked your Facebook page, I'm following 4 of your boards on interest. I also g+1`d you (even though I have no idea what that is) :-) . My goal is to be able to fmq without it looking like a toddler got a hold of my machine! I tell hubby its because my machine is old and I need a new one (think he'll fall for it?)

Dana Gaffney said...

O.K., I hope I have this right, I'm entering for C, I liked Richard and Tanya Quilts on FB, I Favorited your Orange and Yellow Lab Quilt in Etsy, I pinned three pins: Kathy's Quilt, Tanya's Pinwheels and a block you sent out in April 2012.

Melissa said...

One of my quilting goals is to complete my first quilt. So far completed a pillow case and a bunch of fat mouthed zipper pouches, but not quilts yet. So far just pieced it together.

Myself said...

My current goal is to finish my baby's quilted blanke tbefore the winter starts :)

Myself said...

I'm your follower via e-mail :) Thanks for the great givaway!

Angela FlowersMoore said...

congrats on your quilt adventure. I have a goal to make a quilt from neck ties.

Trinity said...

Ok I'm ready to list.....
My quilting goal is 100 quilts by the end of the year, actually it's our church quilting groups goal for charity quilts.
C-liked on facebook
Follower on Google+, Shared on Facebook, Follower by blog, Pinned contest.
Etsy - Love monster rag quilt (I have 3 boys), loved you, shared on facebook (3 things)
I think that was my limit...I do want to win! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

My quilting goal was to make a queen-sized quilt in blue and white along with 4 pillows. I need to put a binding on the quilt and I have started to stuff the pillows. Thank you for all the chances to win and you have made accomplishments in your quilting life.

Sandi T.

Sandra said...

I am a new follower. I have posted on Google and mostly follow you thru your blog.

Sandi T.

Blanje Bleu said...

My quilting goal is just to pick it up again, because I constantly seem to have other priority's. I now am a follower of your blog through google+ and reader.

Teresa in Music City said...

What great items in your giveaway! I've got my fingers crossed that I win :*) My current goal is to get my Girls Just Want to Have Fun quilt finished and quilted in time for retreat at the end of this moonth. Wish me luck!

Teresa in Music City said...

I've been a follower for quite a while by GFC.

Teresa in Music City said...

I've added you to my circles on Google+!!!

bohemiannie! art said...

My next quilting goal is to finish quilting the two baby quilts that are pieced for my new granddaughter.

waggonswest said...

I love the Ghastlies. Great job on the quilts you have made so far and an impressive goal.

Anonymous said...

My quilting goal is to whittle my UFO list down to 10. It's currently hovering in the 70 range and I'd like to have few enough to know they'll all get finished some day!(Besides, I made my daughter promise when she was little that she'd finish all my UFO's but when she got old enough to comprehend what that meant, she only promised to finish 10! After all she has UFO's of her own.)

Karrie said...

Contest A: Goal: To finish all these quilts that I have started or have bought material for.

Contest B: (New) I follow GFC: karrie smith

Contest C: I liked on fb (karrie smith, G+ (karrie smith), and twitter (@karriesmith3)

BONUS: I would like all my bonus entries to go in for the ghastlies, but I'm sorta confused about it, so if it doesn't work like that, please put them all in Contest C:
1.I liked your Etsy store (as karrie smith)

2.I pinned my fave quilt from your store: as karrie smith

3. I posted on G+:

4. I tweeted about the giveaway:

5. I G+'ed this post (number #15)

Thanks for the chance to win. I hope I did this right. My email for easy reference is: I look forward to following you!

bets said...

My goal was to make Xmas quilts for all grandkids...done! New goal...???

bets said...

I am a new follower and love the Ghastly material....I am a Halloween birthday girl!

Maria Kievit said...

My goal is to finish up what I've started years ago. Got a lot of quilt tops that I'd like to finish

Maria Kievit said...

Have been a GFC follower for a while

Judy1522 said...

My goal is to finish three quilts as Christmas gifts.

spiritweaver said...

Points match on lakota star...

Amy Gay said...

My goal is to finally make a christmas wall quilt for the "hole" in my living room!!

I follow your blog now via email, ad like you on FB.

And i linked you in my blog when you asked about my binding method for the mugrug--does that count?! HAHA

Debby said...

my quilting goal is to make a quilt for every member of my immediate family and their children. thanks for the opportunity

Marsha Cooper said...

Not sure I understand if you want all entries in one comment, or several comments, and I see others doing it both ways.
But, for contest A, my biggest goal is to make it in to my craft room every day of the week even if it's only for 10 or 15 minutes at a time. That way at least my projects will start to get done.

For contest B I have just subscribed to and verified to follow your blog by email.

For contest C I have liked you on facebook, added you to my circles on google+, and I am following you on twitter (marsha32)

e said...

so many options....okay, I just set up to follow you from your blogspot page via google+. One of my goals is to learn how to dye or print some of my own fabric, and I am taking a close on this on Saturday. I have liked you on FB. And i shared you to my wall. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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