Thursday, March 21, 2013

400 GFC Follower Giveaway!

Today we are celebrating our 400+ follower though GFC.  Richard and Tanya Quilts has come a long long way since that first desire to quilt about a year and half ago.

I would like to share a few of my favorites along the way before getting to the giveaway.  The first up is the first quilt I made for Julia Hearts and Flowers it is a rag quilt made with cotton fabric rather than flannel on the top.  We appliqued hearts on to some of the squares and ragged the edges of the hearts.

From the beginning of our quilting, Tanya and I have not been good at following patterns or even doing things in a traditional manner.  We like to mix things up and make them more creative.  From mixing techniques like rag quilts and applique to doing non tradition mix of fabrics and styles.  To in a sense, making a style all our own.
For the first while Tanya and I made only rag quilts, and boy did we make a lot of them.  Mostly this was because we could not figure out how to quilt and bind a quilt and had to go slow at doing this.  Train Wrek was the first of our Quilted quilts and was like most of our quilts a quilt designed by us more out of frustration then plan.  This is where I learned that you should have a plan long before you sit and quilt and have enough fabric.








I have made many quilts based on ideas that I have found on other blogs and my blog following is long.  When I checked today even I was amazed that on my following list is over 1000 blogs.  Not all quilting, but most are.  I follow too many blogs to read every one ever day any more, but I do enjoy taking the time when I do have time to read as many as I can and more importantly look at the quilts made by others.

Last year my goal was to complete 52 quilts in 52 weeks.  I have not gone back and figured out exactly how many quilts we made, but it did exceed that.  My goals this year have shifted to maybe a little less quilts to more quality and more designed out quilts.

For example I made Pillar of Fire using a pattern that I created and shared called Helix you can follow that link to download the pattern.  Tanya is also working on some patterns to share this year as we try to focus a little more on quality and process and less on quantity and speed.  One problem we realized early on is if I am making 50+ quilts I have to find people willing to take them off my hands.  That sounds easy at first, but you have only so many friends and family to take them all.

Because of this last year Tanya started our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/RichardQuilts where we sell some of the excess items.  It is slowly starting to be found and we have been able to sell a few of our quilts.

One thing you will be sure to find at our blog is a variety of quilts and quilting styles.  Tanya and I both have different tastes and different styles.  As a way to appeal to all audiences we have tried to make our blog and its posts available in different locations.  We also started a Facebook page so we could reach out to those (like Tanya) that use it.  You can find us at http://www.facebook.com/RichardAndTanyaQuilts.  I am a fan of visual ideas and unlike Tanya I am not a huge fan of Facebook, but I do enjoy Pintrest and you can find us at http://pinterest.com/richardandtanyaquilts/  I love to see what people like and follow.   I like to share what inspires me on it.




Well enough talk, lets get to the giveaway.  First I would like to thank our sponsor http://www.fatquartershop.com/ for making this giveaway possible.

Please remember to thank our sponsor by visiting their store at http://www.fatquartershop.com/ their blog http://www.fatquartershop.blogspot.com/ and Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterShop

Our giveaway will be a $25 gift certificate to buy something you love at their shop.


To enter the giveaway you can do 3 things (so 3 chances to win)
1) Follow our blog in GFC, email, RSS or other following options  This is required as its a follower giveaway.  Leave a comment saying how you follow.
2) To support Tanya's love of Facebook go like our Facebook page and leave a comment on Facebook on the blog post for this giveaway (if so inclined share the post with your friends) This is a optional entry. No comment on blog needed as we will count the entry from comments on Facebook.
3) To support Richard's love of Pinterest find any blog post other then this one and pin a quilt or item that you enjoy. Optional Entry, no comment needed I can track pinners on pinterest if your name differs from your Comment name here just add your Pinterest name to a comment.  You can also follow me on pinterest, but not required. This is optional entry.

Giveaway is open until March 27th at midnight.  We will also be having a baby quilt giveaway starting on March 28th (Julia's 1st birthday) on Facebook.  If you are interested in that, be sure to like us on Facebook.


67 comments:

giddy99 said...

I'm following via GFC, BlogLovin' and Google Reader (until GR goes away - sniff)! :)

Sew Surprising said...

Congratulations on your increasing followers numbers :) a nice sense of achievement. I follow on facebook and now on The Old Reader (thank you google grrr) You certainly have come a long way :)

Marla's Crafts said...

I am a follower through your blog. I am not much for flitter or face book. I really enjoy the blog and seeing what every one is making.

Crickets Corner said...

I follow via RSS, FB and Bloglovin. Think I got it covered!

carla said...

Hi!!! Congrats!!! I have been following and have seen how far you all have gotten!!!! I also follow on gfc and facebook and pinterest!!! This one entry is it for me as I don't do a lot on the other 2 social networks...I prefer this as seems more personal!!!! Thank You

Shauna said...

I follow you on GFR and bloglovin'

Shauna said...

I have liked your FB page

Shauna said...

I did this pin

http://pinterest.com/pin/44613852531101199/

and started following some of your boards :)

Margaret said...

I am following by email.

Gill said...

I'm a GFC follower!!
Congratulations!
BTW Julia and I share a birthday!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I think I was in the first 60 of your followers. I don't facebook or pinterest. I'm trying to reduce, not add, to the amount of time I spend on the computer. Congrats! Quilting is an adventure, and, ignore the 'quilt police'. They are just too scared to try anything new (unlike our grandmothers did).

quiltmania said...

I follow through gfc. Congrats on the 400 followers!

Jennifer Gail said...

I follow through GFC sorry I don't facebook.

Karen said...

I'm a follower :-) well done on your follower numbers and thanks for the great giveaway!

Teresa said...

I am a follower and have been for awhile!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Hey Richard and Tanya!!!! I follow you via GFC

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I liked Tanya's FB page and left a comment.

Jaime said...

I follow on Google+!

sandyb said...

Congratulations!

I followyou on GFC and G+.

Thank you!

sandyb720 at gmail dot com

sandyb said...

I follow on facebook.

Thank you!

sandyb720 at gmail dot com

Carrie P. said...

I am a follower. Congrats on 400!
52 quilts in 52 weeks. That is amazing that you made even more than that.
I don't do facebook.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

GFC follower!

Margaret said...

I follow you through bloglovin and e-mail.

Gene Black said...

I follow with GFC

Vicki H said...

Congrats, I follow with GFC

Deborah said...

I follow on GFC, and I cannot believe you made more than 52 quilts in a year! I will be lucky if I get 5 made this year!

Heather said...

I'm a new follower by GFC. I popped in to the Fat Quarter Shop, my frist visit there . Great assortment, I'm sure if I were to win, I'd manage to find something I liked, and a few more items on top of that. Congrats on all your followers.

Amy said...

I am following you via e- mail and bloglovin! Congrats on 400!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

I follow you via RSS :) Congrats on 400!!

nicolesender said...

gfc follower: nicolesender
e-mail subscriber
I love to see all the quilts you have finished!
nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

Hilary McFarlane said...

I follow in reader, bloglovin and emails. Congrats on your 400!

Julie said...

I follow you through email. Love the batik quilt you are working on. Thanks for a great giveaway.

tubakk said...

Of course I'm a follower through Google friend connect. And I really enjoy it.

Diann said...

I follow with GFC.

The Amateur Quilter (Mike Pearson) said...

You probably know this already, but I follow you on facebook, pinterest, email, gfc, bloglovin,... you name it :) And I love reading your posts on my phone in the morning on my daily train commute :)

Ellee said...

I follow by email. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

JLVerde said...

GFC follower.

JLVerde said...

Liked on FB.

Chiska said...

I'm a GFC follower

Kathy S. said...

I follow you via Google Friend. Congrats on having so many followers in so little time!

Kathy S. said...

I liked you facebook page (Kathy Schaller Snider).

Kathy S. said...

I follow four of your boards on Pinterest already (Kathy Snider).

vicki said...

I am a follower via email and GFC. thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

Bonnie58 said...

Hi Richard
I am an existing follower through google +. hanks for sharing all your beautiful quilts and for the opportunity on a great draw.
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Barbie Mills said...

Congrats on so many followers! I'm following on Bloglovin' now.

Catskill Quilter said...

I am a happy regular follower of your blog with GFC! Congrats on hitting 400!

Cindy said...

Congratulations! I can't believe how quickly time has passed since you first started this endeavor. I remember way back when you first started. You and Tanya have come a long way! I follow via GFC.

Peggy said...

I follow through GFC and FB.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

crafter1953 said...

Hi guys I follow with GFC. Congrats on 400.

crafter1953 said...

I follow on FB also and Pinterest.

Becky said...

GFC, FB and G+ follower.

SewLisa :o) said...

I follow via email.

SewLisa :o) said...

I am a Facebook Follower.

Emily C said...

I follow via Facebook. Love all the quilts, wish I had the time and speed =)

Dawn said...

I am a follower on GFC :) Thanks for the giveaway :)

Dawn said...

I Liked you on Face book :)

Dawn said...

I follow most of your boards on Pinterest--Dawn Hollingsworth--and pinned "The Beginner's Quilt-Along" onto, yep, my Quilt Along board :)

Patty said...

I follow your blog and receive it by email.

Janet said...

I follow via GFC.

Lorna McMahon said...

I follow via GFC.

Lorna McMahon said...

I liked your facebook page using my personal profile. Facebook page likes do not increase your likes...

Jessica said...

I follow via GFC! Congrats!

Jessica said...

I like you on FB!

Elizabeth said...

Follower :) (via Google Friend Connect.

Congrats on 400+ followers! And congrats on all the wonderful things you've accomplished in the last year or so! Thanks to you and the Fat Quarter Shop for the wonderful giveaway. Crossing my fingers!

xo -E

cherylj said...

I follow you through RSS (now using Bloglovin)

cherylj said...
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cherylj said...

I pinned your rainbow quilt - pinterest name of Cheryl Brickey

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