Thursday, December 31, 2015

Best of 2015 and Blogiversary Giveaway!

Giveaway now closed, go here to find out who won! :)

When Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs announced she was having a Best of 2015 linky party, I immediately decided "I'm IN!" :) Then I realized, my blogiversary is the last day of the year! How appropriate would it be to do my best of, celebrate my blog's anniversary AND do a giveaway? I think it makes a pretty sweet combo, no? So let's do the Best of 2015 first! If you want to scroll down and just look at what might be up for grabs (I know you want to! LOL), do and come back, check out the best of 2015 according to the statistics page on blogger. 

Let's go in reverse order. . . build up the suspense, eh?

5. I'm throwing this one into the mix because it is my favorite post and 'finish' for 2015. It is the post about the final finish of the family tree quilt.

4. D9P commissioned quilt finish. This stat surprised me. . . It is a post that was not commented on as heavily as other posts but fell in the number 4 position for number of hits, coming in at 852 hits as of this morning.
3. Lambs, Pigs, Chickens and Horses came in third with at total of 857 hits.
2. Twirling #2 came in second with a total of 872 hits.

1. And the most viewed post, not only of 2015 but over the life of my blog. . . are you ready?? The Kremlin quilt!! Are you surprised? Yeah, me too!!! This post has 1211 hits as of this morning. Odd. I did notice that my Russian visitor stats are up. . . maybe I was put on a 'watch list'. . . LOL If that is the case, maybe my blog will inspire a few watchers to become quilters!! ;)
So there you have it. It was fun to see what the most viewed posts were for the year. Kinda fun huh?

OK, on to more fun! Today marks my two year blogiversary. When I wrote that first post, I had NO idea what I was getting myself into! I know you have read it before on many blogs, but the quilting blog world is so welcoming! And friendly! And helpful! OK, I could go on and on but I'll spare you. :) I have made so many friends through this blog! What started out as a way for my mom to be able to easily see what I was working on, quickly became my quilting community! And for that I am grateful. Very grateful! :) For each and every one of you who have cheered me on, provided your opinions, expertise and friendship in general, I say thank you, from the tips of my toes to the top of my head, thank you! :)

Giveaway deets: Giveaway is open to everyone, international readers that includes you! :) No need to follow, but if you'd like to jump on board for year three, I'd love to have you! :) Just leave a comment. Any comment will do! If you have a preference of which of the three you would like, tell me in your comment. If it's possible to give the winners their choice, I certainly will! If you are a follower of my blog, leave another and tell me how you follow and you'll have two chances. :)

Giveaway will close on January 7, 2016 at midnight MST. Winners will be picked by Mr. Random and will be announced on January 8th. Please, please please, leave your email address in your comment if you have any doubt as to whether or not you are a no reply blogger! If you don't want to leave your email address in the comments, email it to me.

What am I giving away? Oh a couple of things I just have laying around waiting to be shipped off to the lucky winners :)

First up, one lucky winner will open their mail and find an Aurifil thread card (someday I'll tell the story of how I come to have two of these lovelies) and a sample pack of Aurifil thread. The sample pack includes all weights of Aurifil. Ever wonder what the various weights, types of thread actually feel, look like? Throw your name in the hat for this prize and you can check it out, for free! :)
I have no idea why this picture is flipped on its side. . . you get the idea :)

And what else? One lucky person will win a fat eighth bundle of Oakshott Cottons!! Aren't they puuuurrrdddyyy?? :D If you have ever wanted to give Oakshott a try, here's your chance! :)

And that's not all. . . one more lucky winner will win a beautiful fat quarter bundle of Morning Walk Holy Breeze by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery! Seems appropriate for a blog set in the desert to be giving away this beautiful bundle of southwesty (new term) fabric :)

Three gifts waiting to be sent to three lucky people! Just leave me a comment, a second if you are a follower and come back on January 8th to find out if you won! I just want to say, you are all winners in my book and to all of my readers, cheerleaders, occasional visitors and lurkers (love lurkers, I am one myself! LOL) I say, "Thank you!" I am looking forward to a great 2016 and can't wait to see what it brings for me and for all of you!

Linking up with Cheryl for the Best of 2015! If you haven't checked it out, do - there is a huge party going on over there! I'm a little late!! ;) And if you haven't linked up yet, there's still time! It's open until January 2nd.

Until next time, keep on quilting!!
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86 comments:

  1. Wow - that is really a fun fact about your most viewed post for the year. I laughed when you said maybe you were put on a watch list. Then again... ;)

    It has been such a delight getting to follow along with your quilting journey, Judy. Congratulations on your second year anniversary. And if I had to choose, I'd go with the fat eighth bundle of Oaskshott Cotton!

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  2. I follow you via Bloglovin. And email conversations totally count, too, right?!?! Happy New Year!

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  3. Of course I'm on for year three!! WOuldn't miss it! I'm always sooo inspired by your quilting (Do you ever get tired of me saying that! LOL!!) OKay..Happy New Year! BTW>>>Awesome give-aways! I don't use that thread...but oh will keep my fingers crossed for the fabrics...they are wonderful!

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  4. It is great seeing those quilts again. Looking forward to seeing what you make in 2016!

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  5. Great quilts; I love seeing what you are making! You inspire me!

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  6. I would love to win either bundle of fabric, so pretty!! emilyste7ens at gmail dot com

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  7. I would love to win either bundle of fabric, so pretty!! emilyste7ens at gmail dot com. I follow you on bloglovin - I really enjoyed seeing your recent finishes, especially the giant purple star, it was striking! :)

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  8. You are on my blog list, and it is so good to read of all your news, and see the photos, for me Kremlin would also be #1. I would love to win something, and the threads would be wonderful.Happy New Year, as we are already in 2016 down here, a fine, warm morning, the pale orange sky has gone to pale blue,the watering system is turned on, and another scorcher of probably 30C is on its way.

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  9. My favourite is your tree quilt!!
    If I was lucky enough to win I'd love the Leah Duncan fabric!

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  10. Ahh, love seeing The Kremlin one again, and that AHHH-mazing Family Tree one, jaw dropped open again, as it did when I first was privileged to see it under construction, and still does every time I see that phenomenal quilt you designed and made. Uh, may I say PHENOMENAL, my word of today apparently, and I'm okay with that ;-), giveaway, my friend! I'd be happy with anything, but kinda love the Oakshott, cannot tell a lie.

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  11. I would follow you to the moon and back, my dear sweet friend, you know that. Bloglovin' and email as well ;-)

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  12. Congratulations on 2 years, looking forward to year 3. It is wonderful seeing everything you make. Put me in for giveaway 2 or 3. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  13. Following on Bloglovin'. Put me in for giveaway 2 or 3. The fabric bundles are so pretty. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  14. Love the morning walk. I follow you through Kevin the Quilter. He never posts anything, but I like who he follows, so I just check you through him. I don't have a blog.

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  15. Seriously? The Kremlin! Mthat is a surprise, though no surprise it is absolutely beautiful! You know im on for year three and for as long as you blog my friend! Ive said it before and ill say it again, i LOVE your blog voice, your stitching, your quilting style...your adventurousness! You could include the pups a bit more...you know, Sandra routinely includes Rocco! Everyone loves a puppy, even when they eat half a quilt...i mean, how could you not? You are the first blog i ever officially followed as i generally do old school bookmarks and check back. Congratulations on your third year to come. I have a lot of respect for those of you that keep up with blogging. Im sure youll be planning a trip to QuiltCon 2017. Its just up the road and im going! When you are really wildly famous, dont forget us little guys...oh, and e Aurifil would be a real treat!

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  16. Awesome giveaways!! Pick me, pick me, LOL I think the FQ bundle would be nice to have! Of course I'll be following you this year again, I follow through google.

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  17. It was fun looking back at some of your projects of the year!

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  18. I have loved following you since almost the beginning! I look forward to your creations in 2016. And I'd love the Aurifil set, if possible. ;)

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  19. Congrats on 2 years of blogging. I would love to try the Oakshotts.

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  20. I have been happily following with bloglovin.

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  21. Congratulations in your two year anniversary! I have enjoyed discovering your blog this year, and following along with your beautiful creations! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  22. Congratulations Judy. I'm not surprised the Kremlin quilt got the most hits; it's amazingly intricate and well executed.

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  23. and in 2016 I'll continue to follow your quilting journey via GFC. Happy New Year!

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  24. Congratulations on your anniversary. I found your blog on bloglovin and really enjoy seeing your creations and your very entertaining writing style!!!

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  25. Perhaps the Kremlin will join me and many others who follow you.....

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  27. The thread work on the Kremlin is absolutely inspiring. As for the prize, I would love the Oakshott Cottons b/c I love the colors. cwhippc at aol dot com

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  28. I recently found your blog. I keep coming back to read more. Happy anniversary and New Year.
    Shelia stitchedfromtheheart@yahoo.com

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  29. I recently found your blog. I keep coming back to read more. Happy anniversary and New Year.
    Shelia stitchedfromtheheart@yahoo.com

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  30. Such beautiful finishes! Happy new year! :)

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  31. You have had an amazing year!! Congrats on your 2nd blogiversary!! Thanks for celebrating with three wonderful prizes!!!

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  32. I'm following you for some time now via Bloglovin!! Thanks for a second chance!!

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  33. And yup, i follow you thru Blogger!

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  34. What wonderful finishes, thanks for linking up! Congrats on your blogiversary too!

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  35. I follow your lovely blog via bloglovin.

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  36. Stats are a fun way to choose to choose your best of 2015. Did they match up with your preferences? Of course all your quilts are lovely, it would be hard to pick! Congrats on your blogiversary, and best wishes for the next year of quilting and blogging.

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  37. Happy Blogiversary to you and I wish you many more successful years of blogging! It is wonderful how friends and community are built by blogging...and commenting! I am one of those sewers that have no friends who share my love of sewing, so I rely on blogs to learn, chat and share. I love your #3 quilt the most of the above posted. Happy New Year to you!

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  38. Thanks for sharing your amazing quilting with us. You are an inspiration! My choice of the 3 items? Oakshotts for sure.

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  39. It is that amazing quilting that makes it #1 viewed. Congratulations on 2 years. Jmikebalou(at)aol(dot)com

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  40. I follow on BL. Jmikebalou(at)aol(dot)com

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  41. What a great way to start the new year! Congratulations on your anniversary. Thank you for all of the inspiration. I would love the Oakshott bundle. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  42. Interesting stats! Congrats! I had to look up what purdy means and yeah those Oakshotts really are :)

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  43. I follow your wordy blog on bloglovin, lol.

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  44. happy Anniversary! Such a great giveaway - whatever is fine with me but would love the fabric. Thanks.

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  45. Happy Blogiversary! And what a great quilting year you've had too!

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  46. I'm a follower by email. I'm so glad that I am! Love to read your posts.

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  47. Happy blogiversary! Love all these new words! Your giveaways are amazing and I'd love any of them. If I had to choose, I'd say, Oakshott, then the bundle, then aurifil! All of your finishes are inspiring!

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  48. Wow, an Aurifil thread card! So exciting! Thank you for the opportunity to win it. I tremendously enjoy your blog. Congrats on your blogiversary!

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  49. Wow Judy - hard to believe it has only been two years! Happy Blogiversary!
    Love your five picks, even if one did put you on a watch list, LOL. I think your family tree is an all time favorite quilt for me. Great giveaways! Wishing you and even more fun year in your third year of blogging!

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  50. Also, I follow you in many different ways, so as not to miss when you post!

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  51. Hi Judy, congratulations on your blogversary. I've been reading your blog for a while now and I'm excited to be in the Stash Bee with you. I would be over the moon to win any of the prizes but the Oakshott would get the most use in this girl's stash. Thanks!

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  52. Your Kremlin quilt is absolutely amazing and well deserved of so many hits!! I am just in awe of its beauty!!

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  53. I signed for the third year too!! Congratulations for your blogiversary! Love your pink quilt, and your Kremlin aslo of course ;-)
    Thank you for this great giveaway (would love to win the three of them ;-))
    quiltpatchappli at gmail.com

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  54. Judy, you are so accomplished!!! The Kremlin is an award-winning quilt. Congratulations on the blog anniversary.
    I'd love the Morning walk FQ bundle.
    Hope your new year is happy and prosperous!!!
    http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com

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  55. I follow you via Blogger. Your blog is on my reading list :-)
    Would not want to miss a post from you.

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  56. very lovely thanks so much for the great giveaway

    erin2470@hotmail.com

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  57. i follow you through email erin2470@hotmail.com

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  58. You had an amazing year! Your quilts are lovely, especially the family tree one. Congrats on your second anniversary. I'll have mine in February, be sure to come by for a visit and a prize. Love to have my hand on the cotton bundle, hee hee. Thank you...

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  59. Congratulations for your blog anniversary, and your beautiful quilts! That was such a year!
    Thanks for this great giveaway, love the Leah Duncan bundle!

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  60. Congrats on the blog anniversary! I've enjoyed watching you grow as a quilter. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  61. awesome quilts all of them!!! Congratulations on your blog-a-versay. Thanks for the chance

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  62. Congrats on the blog anniversary! See, I do read your blog... (And who doesn't like to win stuff?)

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  63. Your family tree quilt is absolutely stunning! I'm a sucker for beautiful over the top quilting, so that one's my favorite too!

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  64. And I have added your blog to my reading list--I should go add the rest of our Stash Bee hive, too. :)

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  65. I follow you on my blogger dashboard. Your work is inspiring!

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  66. I like your HST spiral quilt.

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  67. What a diverse group of quilts! I can totally see why people in Russia are checking out that mini quilt! If I won't I'd go first for the Oakshot, second for the Leah Duncan. I already have a Aurifil color card, so I think that should go to someone else ;-)

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  68. Happy Blogiversary! I love the fabrics....so pretty!

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  69. I follow you on google friend connect

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  70. Happy Anniversary. I love all kinds of fabric best.

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  71. Congratulations on your two years of blogging. I'm glad I have found your blog and what an inspiration you are. An amazing top five posts. Your Kremlin quilt is fantastic. Look forward to following for your third year and then more.

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  72. Happy Anniversary! I love fabric and am just building my stash.
    lsh@gvtc.com

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