Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog & Giveaway

A few weeks ago I was visiting another blog.  Vicki over at 2 Bags Full is hosting a party.  Everyone likes a party, right?  It's a "GROW YOUR BLOG" party.  Well of course, I'm always looking for ways to grow my blog and get new followers.  By golly, I think I'll join in the fun and party with the best of them.

Vicki suggested I tell you about myself.  For my readers that already follow, I'm not really sure I can tell you something you don't already know.... you know I love to quilt.... after all, I'm the Quilting Queen.  You know I love to scrapbook.  I recently finished up 6 years worth of scrapbook photo albums for William's graduation party.... you know I love to garden and work with my flowers.... and you know I love to cook.  But quilting is, has been, and always will be my passion.

However, for you newbies, you may not know that I'm married to The King (aka Gregg).

We just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.  Well actually there was no celebration.  He is in DeKalb, IL, I'm in Brownwood TX until the house sells.  He was recently transferred with 3M (his employer for 30+ years).  But like any good husband would do to stay out of the doghouse, he sent me these roses.  There are 20 of them; one for each year.  There are also 3 pink ones for each of the 3 kids and 4 white ones for each of the 4 grandkids.

We have 3 grown children.  Drew and his wife Bethany live near Nevada, MO and are the parents of 2 of my grandchildren Josie and Emmett.


Hollie and her husband Kyle live in Sasebo Japan (where he is stationed in the Navy) and are the parents of the other 2 of my grandchildren Raleigh and Kameron.



William is a freshman in college and is living at home still.  I call him my webmaster, court jester, and sometimes the King as he thinks he is most of the time.  He helps me a lot with my blog!!  He and are are hosting Tasty Thursday and he is doing all the cooking so far.

Obviously you are interested in quilting or you probably would not have visited.  So here's a quilt I made to wet your taste buds.  It's called Luvin Texas and features hand embroidery blocks and pieced blocks.  I also have Tuesday Tips, Tricks, and Tuts that features a helpful quilty related post.  I'm a longarm quilter and will post from time to time photos of the quilting I do for my customers and the patterns I used to quilt them.  I participate in several block of the month programs and post my progress on here.  I've been published in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 8, Volume 9, and Volume 10 and hope to be published in many more.  I also participate in blog hops at Sew We Quilt and am always looking to participate in other blog hops.  You just never know what you might find quilt related on here.



Now if you're still with me, you deserve a chance to win something.  I'm so glad you've stopped by to visit.  I have a signed copy of a book that I got from Quilt Market last fall that I'm giving away.  All you have to do is leave me a comment that you follow me and how you follow me.  I'll give it away on Feb. 1st.  It is open to anyone, just make sure you're not a no-reply blogger.  I have to be able to contact you to tell you you've won.

Be sure to link up to Vicki at 2 Bags Full and check out others who are joining the Grow Your Blog Party.




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26 comments

  1. Hi Doris! Glad your blog post made it to the party! Thanks for letting me know it was up now. What a lovely looking family you have -- and that quilt is gorgeous! I am following you now from my Feedly Blog reader as well as through the Google+ button. Either way I look forward to visiting your other quilts soon!

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  2. Hi Doris, great post. those grand babies are beautiful as were the roses. I must have missed the post on you moving, hope the house sells soon. I can't believe how low the comments are this year. I wonder what is going on, I'v seen some beautiful work and great post. But I have seen more blogs with no gyob posts too. Any ideas why?
    Gotta go visit some more, met some really nice people too.
    Latter
    Blessings.

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  3. Beautiful quilt and lovely family! Thanksforbeing a part of this hop

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  4. Hello, Doris! I 'found' your blog recently and follow on Bloglovin'. I was glad to catch up more with today's post. I especially liked seeing a picture of your son! I have heard you refer to him and it was good to see him.

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  5. Beautiful family!! Very thoughtful of your husband to send colour coded roses... How sweet!

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  6. Hi Doris! I'm liking this look. I have a hard time reading your blog with the gray background. It is fun to get a behind the scenes view of the royal court! I hope you and the king are reunited soon. Followin you on Bloglovin'. PS Being a grandma is the best job in the world.

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  7. Hi Doris....I follow you on my blog" Marg' s Primitive Quilts" and in my email daily postings. You always have great tutorials to follow and you quilting is gorgeous! I enjoyed meeting your family. Beautiful roses. Thanks for the chance on your give away. Have a great day!
    Hugs Marg.

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  8. I love to see what you are working on or what you have seen somewhere. It's a good thing you blog.....cause I sure am going to miss our weekly UFOs get-togethers when you sell that house and move....Thanks for being a friend!

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  9. You have a beautiful family...and also do gorgeous quilts! :) I follow you thru Email & Bloglovin both. Have a super week of Blessings!!!

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  10. I look forward reading your email daily. I am going to suggest to my quilt guilt to make a portable designer mat. I am amazed at how you are able to do everything, moving, quilting for customers as well as yourself etc. Wish you well in all your endevours & your blogging. Happy quilting

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  11. I follow on Bloglovin. Your design board tutorial is great, I really need to get the "ingredients" next time I'm out shopping :)

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  12. Would love the book and would love to make that quilt!!!!! I follow on bloglovin and get your news letter!!!! sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

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  13. Howdy from Texas! My quilting cousins in the DeKalb area are waiting for you! I found you on a 100 Blocks blog hop and began following on FB, too. Love your work and it's good to know the person behind the quilt! Blessings, L

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  14. Hello, it's good to meet you! I signed up to follow you on Bloglovin. sarah@forrussia.org

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  15. You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

    So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

    What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

    Happy crafting!
    SuZeQ

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  16. follow you on blogovin and newsletter

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  17. Hello Doris...I follow you through email...i love your blog and am always excited to see it in my inbox...love to see your family and hope your house sells quickly so you can join the King. Not sure if I am a no reply but here is my email spx823@gmail.com

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  18. Good Morning - I enjoyed reading your blog and follow now w/ GFC! I love the quilt!!

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  19. I follow you through Google friends and now through email. I love the thoughtfulness of those roses.

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  20. Hi Doris! It's been great visiting your blog via GYB! After scrolling around and checking out all of your interesting posts, I've become a follower via Feedly & Byline!

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  21. Hi Doris I've been following you for a while (GFC) but it's great to learn more about you!!

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  22. I'm a textile artist visiting via GYB from St. John's, NL Canada. Interesting blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. So nice to meet you and your family and to see some of your quilting projects. I'm about to embark on my first 'real' quilt project that is a special request from our #2 son and his wife and of course they want it king-sized!! Thank you for inviting us over.

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  24. Hello Doris, visiting you from Australia tonight for the GYB party. I enjoyed meeting you, and hope to see you again soon.

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  25. Hi Doris, still working my way around to all the blogs on the GYB hop, and I am going to visit every single one. Your quilts are just wonderful. Lovely family!

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  26. I love the flowers from your husband, so thoughtful. I follow you on bloglovin' as Jen Barnard.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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