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.
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.
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.