Saturday, March 27, 2010

600th Post Giveaway!

Well, after thinking about starting a blog, I have bit the bullet and decided to do one. I do a bit of quilting at home when I'm not running around being a Mum to a 3 year old and a 21 month old. Sometimes I do both! I'm hoping that by starting a blog about my work it will inspire me to do more.This is what I am working on at the moment. Its a quilt for a friend who had a baby girl back in May. Better get cracking! I'm going to add a boarder of purple 2.5 inch squares......
I started blogging on the 28th of July 2006, nearly 4 years later I have cracked my 6ooth post! Above is a snippet of my first ever post. A lot of sewing and friendships have been made since then! The girls have grown a bit, we have seen Daz through Uni, moved house twice and moved to a new town the other end of Australia and I have brought a lot of fabric since then!

To celebrate I am giving this little mini quilt away. I have just finished sewing down the binding. It measures 13 x 17 inches. I used some left over charm squares from the Stacked Coin I blogged about in the previous post. And quilted in in my favourite quilting pattern of the moment, pebbles. Wouldn't want to do this all over on anything bigger than a mini quilt, it looks great but it took awhile!

I randomly pieced these together and had bit of a d'oh moment when I realized the two brown and green blobby bits were right next to each other. But then I really liked it, sort of draws your eye in.

So leave a comment below. Don't have to answer any questions or relate a favourite memory or anything like that, just pop out of lurkdome and say hello. I love reading everyone's comments in any post, makes it feel like I'm not talking to myself. I'll draw a winner from the random selector thingy on say Wednesday. See you then!

140 comments:

Belinda said...

Oh my goodness Helen, I just love that quilting pattern. Congratulations on the 600th post

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous quilt! The pebble stitch looks like hard work.

Candi

AJ said...

boo!! stupid exercise routine...not first!! :(

But you know I still love ya!

Partito y Monito said...

I Love the pebble quilting pattern, Helen. Love all your work!

Jo said...

This quilt is gorgeous! Love the colours and the stitching.

Samantha Marshall said...

Hi Helen- it's STUNNING!!! Love it. The quilting is just beautiful. I hope I win!!

Meredith said...

Congratulations on 600 posts. Your blog is fantastic. So are your quilts. So are you. Have fun reading all the comments that come flooding in to mark this great achievement.

Ann said...

Congratulations Helen. I love the look of the pebble stitch. So when are going to start taking orders?

Ann

The Humming Cat said...

This pretty little quilt would look mighty fine with a cat on top of it! I was pebbling the other night, how's your tension? I had to unpick sections and re adjust, the BSR does not like.

chaletgirl said...

Congratulations! 600 posts is a mighty fine effort!
I am going to enter to try and win because I figure it's about time I had a quilt from you on my quilt wall!

Car said...

I want a Mini Grey hanging on my wall too :)

Congrats on 600 posts! What an acheivement!

Jennifer said...

600 posts! Well done. The quilt is BEAUTIFUL. I love the quilting that you have done. I hope I win.

Cass said...

Well I'm not de-lurking but I definitely want to win. Congratulations.

amylouwho said...

wow! 600! great work. I love all your quilts! That pebble quilting looks great and after venturing into my own world of machine quilting I can only imagine how hard this is.

Kathie said...

congrats on 600 posts and well I love this little quilt and it would look wonderful on my wall of little quilts someday!
thanks :)
wow all those pebbles very impressive
kathie

Mands said...

Happy 600th Helen! You are an inspiration. Mands x

Ingaredstoka said...

Happy 600th post on your great blog. I have read it for a long time now and enjoy it much! You give plenty of inspiration! Thank you for that!
And your work are so nice that it's hard to tell in English...
Susanne in Sweden

Cascade Lily said...

Helen the pebbles are totally rocking the stacked coins! Great choice.

brissmith said...

Love it what a wonderful giveaway Congrats on reaching 600. Sisan

Kelly said...

Wow lovely quilt, thanks for the opportunity to win it. Very generous of you :)

I love the pebbled quilted look, and the colours work really well together.

Well done on reaching 600 posts too!

Kelly

Bec Clarke said...

Wow you have so many more posts than I do. Well done and as usual I always love your quilts

Bec Clarke said...

Wow you have so many more posts than I do. Well done and as usual I always love your quilts

Janny said...

Happy 600th! The pebble quilting looks great.

Nic Wood said...

Congratulations on 600 posts! The quilt is stunning, and such a generous give away, Id love to be in it!

The pebbles quilting is just divine, I love the texture it gives the quilt, and the randomness of the sizes of the pebbles against the even and straight lines of the quilt - can you tell how long I just sat drooling over it LOL.

Nic xxx

Jane said...

I'm one of the lurkers. I've attempted about 4 quilts (all ufo's) over the last... hmmm many years, and I've been lurking in the quilting area of eb as I have that urge to give it one more try. You all inspire me that I 'could' do it. Maybe your beautiful quilt could be the first finished one in my house!

Flib said...

I *love* that quilt!

Helen, you would have to be one of the most prolific quilters *and* bloggers I know - love your work! Congratulations on your 600th post, it is always lovely reading what you and your family are up to.

Can you believe my Little Poppet is about to start wearing Milly's gorgeous stripy jumper? How time flies.

Anne

Khris78 said...

Happy 6ooth post Helen, have enjoyed reading a lot of them and looking at the lovely quilts you have made :)

shequilts said...

It's just lovely, anyone would be proud to hang it on their wall. Congratulations on your 600th post (just running off to check my - neglected - blog for a post count).

szkornelia said...

I really like to follow your blog. As a beginner quilter I get a lot of inspiration. Thanks. :)

And I also like a lot this little quilt. Very nice job.

amummy said...

Congratulations on making 600 posts.

Liam's Mummy said...

I would love to win an original "Patchy Work of Mini Grey" of my very own. Love the colours, and love the pebble quilting.

Trudy said...

happy #600. I love the pebbles!

Vanessa said...

Awesome quilt - love the pebbles - Congratulations on your 600th post - BTW thanks for the tip on not doing the pebbles on a larger quilt - I was contemplating doing that.

Pamela S. said...

Congrats on your 600th post - that's wonderful!! Count me in on your giveaway - I'd love to have this beauty hanging in my studio to admire every day. The pebble quilting is also beautiful and I hear time-consuming but what a pretty look!!

Leah said...

Congratulations on reaching 600 posts.

I love the quilts you make so owning one would be awesome!

Emma said...

I'm so glad you decided to start blogging, Helen! That's a beautiful quilt, and the quilting is just right. You've come a long way!

Epiphany said...

Fantastic, 600!!I wonder if I've read all of them? LOL!

Enter me in the comp!

bloominworkshop said...

Just look at how the time flies! I love the pebble quilting. I haven't tried that one yet. Congratulations on 4 years of blogging!

Brenda said...

Happy 600th post. I am just getting around to starting a blog. Have my layout-now just to post the 1st post. Love your quilt.

Missie said...

You do such beautiful work! Congrats!

Trisha said...

Congrats, Helen, on 600 posts! So glad you started a blog. :)

Lauren said...

Congratulations! 600 posts is a quite a feat!

The quilt is gorgeous.

lissie.loo@gmail.com

Millie said...

It's lovely!

Jenny said...

this is me slinking out of lurkdom to say thanks for teh giveaway and for my chance. i love the pebble quilting!!

Marina said...

What a lovely quilt, the quilting realy made it pop. congratulations on 600 posts.

sopheecat said...

what a way to get some responses. hmmm, maybe i should start giving things away too?

xox

Kylie said...

Wowsers - 600 posts - who would have thought. Well done Hele and all that you have achieved in the past 4 years:)

Amy said...

Really cute little quilt! I'm trying to get the nerve to try pebble quilting.

Alex said...

congrats on your 600th post! that's a whole lot of posts :)

Linda said...

What a great little coin quilt! Love the pebble quilting. I have never managed to machine quilt so I'm in awe!

KQ Sue said...

WOW! 600th post, chasing toddlers and moving twice. That is pretty amazing you could get anything accomplished. Congrats, you are obviously Wonder Woman!

silversmith said...

happy 600th post!!! what an inspiration - i'm at 122 posts on mine and it's been a little over a year.

beautiful quilt...whoever gets it is very lucky!

Vicki W said...

Congratulations on your milestone and what a cute quilt to celebrate with!

Trish said...

Helen, congratulations on your "blog-jevity" Love your pebble stitch. I would love to win your beautiful quilt. It is made in my favorite colors.
www.quilttalesandcattails.com

Anita said...

Congrats - I really enjoy your blog. Thank you for inspiring me to push my quilting skills.

Vicki said...

Congratulations on 600 posts! I really enjoy seeing all your beautiful quilts.

mythreepaynes said...

Wonderful job on the quilting. One of these days I'm going to have to try that.

Your quilts look great!

Rosey said...

Congrats on the 600 posts!!! I secretly stalk your blog and love all your quilts - keep up the great work !!!

Jody said...

Wow, 600 posts, amazing! Everything you make is just beautiful - keep up the great work!
Jody

Luv 2 Kreate said...

Congrats on your 60oth post!
Cute mini quilt...Love the pebble quilting on it.

Lollydo said...

I loved your comment about talking to yourself. That's how I feel when I blog or tweet. Too funny! The quilty is just lovely! I agree, pebble quilting is for small projects :)

Diane said...

I visit your blog regularly and always look forward to seeing what you are up to. Congratulations on reaching such a milestone! I love your pebbly little quilt.

Poppyprint said...

Fantastic little quilt - and your pebble quilting is to die for. How generous of you to give us all a chance to win it! 4 years blogging! I don't think I even knew what a blog was 4 years ago. Way to go!

zippiknits said...

It's really a beautiful little quilt. And congratulations on your 600th post. Best Wishes for many more happy years blogging.

Jen said...

Congratulations Helen! I love your work.

wishes, true and kind said...

600 posts!!! It boggles my mind to think I will make it to 100 (one day). Congratulations! So many life changes over your 600 posts, and you have weathered them all with grace :).

This is a wonderful little quilt, and your quilting is fantastic. I'm am totally blown away by anyone who can do this. I am totally dependent on my long arm quilter. One of these days I will learn to do more of my own quilting.

mom2three said...

I'm a follower in google, so I rarely comment- but your work is lovely! Congrats on 600 posts!

Blossy said...

Congrats on your 600th post!

Nedra said...

A little hello from Utah. Love your work, and happy 600!

Annabel said...

I'm a long time lurker popping in to say congratulations on the 600 posts! I absolutely love the pebble quilting on your mini quilt - as usual you've done a fantastic job :)

KQuiltyBee said...

Well, hello. Congratulations!

Carol in E TN said...

That is a darling little quilt, pink, green and brown! What could be better? And I really like the pebble quilting. Great job!

Hilda said...

Just followed a link from The Patchery Menagerie to your blog, and maybe it's my lucky day, and you'll draw my name as a winner. Wednesday is our 35th wedding anniversary, so it would be a lovely to win your sweet quilt! Fingers crossed.

pklaw said...

Congrats on your 600th post! The mini quilt is so sweet-love the pebble stitching.

Kylie said...

Pick me, pick me!! Love the quilt! Congratulations on 600 posts.

MeganZ said...

Congratulations! Long time reader who never seems to comment. :) Love your work!

Shari said...

Congratulations on 600 posts! Who knew you'd have so much to say... lovely little quilt...

Daniel said...

This quilt would be perfect as a play blanket my soon to be baby daughter to play on. I would love to win it Good Job!!!

Mrs Moen said...

I just adore your soft, little mini quilt, and would love a chance to win it. 600 posts - well done!!

Sue said...

What a beautiful quilt and such a lovely giveaway :)

Kucki68 said...

Got here via the link for your swap from Patchwork Menagery. Will stay.

Jill said...

What an awesome acomplishment! I love your giveaway quilt! I got here via the link for your swap from Patchwork Menagery. Love what I see and will follow you!

http://cre8fmomquilts.blogspot.com/

Fiona @ Feebeez said...

You definitely aren't talking to yourself! Congratulations on your 600th post and on all of your readers too.

Sue H said...

Would love to win this darling quilt! That's a lot of pebbles -- what a great way to get a lot of practice. Very attractive.

wendiq said...

I just found your blog....because of the wonky 9 patch. Very clear tute......thanks. You have done well with your blog.. Congratulations! Count me in as impressed!

Lucette said...

600 is a lot of posts and a lot of inspiration. This little quilt is just so lovely and very generous of you.

Valerie said...

Ahhh such a cute little quiltie, love the pebble stitching but wow does it look lik a lot of work!

Kelly said...

600 Posts!!!! Awesome! Love the mini quilt, the pebbling looks fantastic!

Megan said...

Love that mini quilt Helen.

Megan

DeeRoo said...

"...makes me feel like I'm not talking to myself." ArrrArrrArrrr...too funny...I feel ya!:)

Wow....600...that is amazing...I'm only on 45 so I have a lot of catching up to do!:)

Leah said...

Congratulations on 600 posts!

Do you feel like you've come a long way creatively?

Lynn E said...

Happy 600th!!! The pebbling is just lovely, I would be proud to hang it on my wall.

Jan said...

Hi Helen
That sure is a cute quilt, and it would look so good in my home. I made the bye, bye birdie small quilt last year and am still not sure where to hang it though.

Becky said...

Happy 600 :)

SoozeM said...

Congrats on 600 posts, what an effort!!

Edna said...

Congrats on 500 posts!! Wow! The little quilt you are giving away is so charming and your quilting is wonderful. Would be a real honour to win it.

Emma said...

Helen-Love the quilt it is gorgeous, and congratulations on 600 posts!!!!

In Brief said...

Your one of a number of quilters that I am in awe of. Also what a genorous giveaway. You AMAZE me!

Gretta said...

wow - 98 comments! People really want your lovely little quilt!

(I wouldn't mind it myself, but as a v new commenter i wouldn't take it away from one of your regulars)

Beetlehouse Designs said...

Hello....gorgeous quilt as usual Helen. Love your work. :)

Channy said...

The quilt looks great, it looks like it would take forever but a great effect

Melanie said...

I love the pebbles quilting....your quilt is fantastic!

Belinda said...

That pebble stitch looks gorgeous. Congrats on 600th post, is good reading. Good luck to everyone.

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Love your pebble quilting. I just started straight line quilting on my machine - still a challenge though. Hope to get the nerver to do pebbles on some future projects. Good job. Congrats on your 600th post! WOW! Jenn

Marcia said...

I am coming out of lurkdom just to enter your 600th post giveaway. Best wishes for 600 more:)) mlwright29 {at} hotmail {dot} com

Crystal Hendrix said...

Oh that is so beautiful!! And doing the pebble stitch! I am about halfway to 600! :D

synnove75 said...

Wow the quilt is beautiful! I love the pebbles:-)
Congratulations on 600 posts!

onlymehere said...

That's very unique quilting on this and so perfect for this mini quilt. I'm glad to have found a new fun blog to visit!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Congrats on 600 posts! And what a gorgeous quilt! Thanks for entering me in your very generous giveaway.

Sara said...

600 posts, that's amazing! The quilt is wonderful!

Kathryn said...

I love reading about all you Australian quilters. Such imagination you have. It is a lovely giveaway, especially the pebble quilting.
Kathie L in Allentown

Doina said...

Congratulations on 600 posts! Great giveaway! Please count me in!

Gwyneth said...

it's so pretty!

Bailey said...

I'm new here, but congrats on the 600th post! Beautiful quilt, really love the pebble pattern!

Duff said...

Love the springy giveaway, Helen! Thanks for not forcing me to follow you. Is it me or does it not seem stalkerish? I'm Follooooowing you! Maybe some of these stay-at-home moms need those close cyber relationships, but not me. All I need is bacon. And plenty of it.

Ah, the joy of being crackers...

Deanna said...

i love this little quilt!

i've been trying my hand at this pebble quilting! boy do i have a lot of practicing to do to make it look as nice as yours!

congrats on your 600th post!

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Great quilt, great blog!

Kirsty said...

Congratulations on your 600th post, I don't ever think I will have that many. I love the look of the pebbled quilting, might have to give it a go one day once I get over my fear of FMQ.

Anonymous said...

LOVELY QUILT!
Thanks so for sharing!
Wishing you A Joyous Easter!
Love,Linda

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Anita in Florida said...

Your little quilt looks adorable. I bet those pebbles were a pain to do...I've never tried them.

linny said...

What a beautiful quilt, I have just found your blog, & would love to be in the running to win

Jo (sparkly green knickers) said...

Hi, I've just stumbled across your blog after following a link to your squid eye quilt! Love the odd sized pebbles on this stacked coin. I'm off now to trawl through your archives ;)

SheilaC said...

Adorable quilt!!! How can you part with it!?

Congrats on 600 posts!

SheilaC

Vesuviusmama said...

If you are willing to give it up, I am more than willing to take it off your hands - it is beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win!

Debb said...

Oh, my goodness it's beautiful... and thanks for not making me jump through all the hoops to enter...

Frieda said...

Congrats on you r 600th post. That is an awesome little mini. I love the quilting and need to just try any FMQ

Mystica said...

Congratulations on the 600th post. That is some milestone!

Thank you for offering such a beautiful piece of work as a giveaway.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Wow - really?? 600?? That's amazing! Congratulations.

arlette said...

Hello Helen, congrats with your 600 posts, have been a while. Love your mini quilt, please enter me in the drawing!

becanne said...

Well - I'm 130!
There are seriously a lot of people after your quilt!

The Jenkins said...

I love that quilt! It's amazing and beautiful.

Sally said...

I love the colors in your quilt! I would love to make a large size one of these for my bedroom.

I am curious to know, what sort of machine did you do your quilting on? I am getting ready to invest in a new sewing machine so I am very curious as to what everyone uses.

polly said...

Just learning to quilt.
Yours is so cute!

patty a. said...

What a sweet quilt! It would look great hanging on my wall with the other pieces I have collected from other quilters. I found you thru jaybird quilts blog.

Lee said...

this is so cute and would look perfect in my daughter's pink room. congrats on 600! wishing you many more

Heather said...

I LOVE the pebbles. Wish I had the time to do that!!!

ladmquilter said...

Your pebble quilting looks marvelous, I love it I will have to try to do that soon on something small. Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful quilt and congratulations on your 600th post WOW

Ellie said...

Green & Pink would have to be one of my favourite colour combos.

Congrats on the 600 posts. Blogging definitely requires dedication and I know I have certainly enjoyed reading yours for the past 18 mths since I joined the blogging world.

p.s the word verification for me is hoard. Like you I am a massive fabric hoard

Linda said...

Congrats on the 600th blog! What a total. Love your blog and, of course, all your quilts. The Mini quilt is lovely, so restful.
Good luck for the next 600 posts!

cmcscraps said...

Love the clean, simple design of this mini quilt. The pebble stitch looks great, I am working on a quilt where I want to use the pebble stitch. Was it hard?