Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Wantobe Quilters 2nd Guest -A very dear Susan Branch " Imagine seeing you here..."


When Madame Samm invited me to be her guest blogger, I thought how wonderful…and then, writing this, I think, where am I? I feel so strange.  I’m not home.  I’m out.  Popping by, so to speak, and in my jammies too, because it’s before dawn my time.  This is almost like time travel!  Which is somewhat fitting since quilts are a little like time travel too.
This quilt was the one that started it all, made by my great grandmother.  To me, it’s imbued with her, of a time and place I’ve never been and can only imagine.  From a person I never knew. The moment I saw it, quilting flew into my heart and never went away. 
I’ve sewn for as long as I could reach the pedal on my mom’s old black Singer, which was always set up in the corner of our kitchen when I was growing up. But, I’m truly more of an appreciator of quilts and a painter of quilts than a quilter of quilts!  I come by it honestly.
As a child, I loved handwork the best, loved the needle, pushing thread through cloth took all my troubles away and made me feel productive, like I could DO something, be self sufficient.  I found out I could have pretty much anything I wanted if I could make it myself. ♥
My other great grandmother made boxes of dishtowels she sent to my mom every Christmas for as long as I can remember, from her home in Iowa; embroidered flour sacks wrapped in tissue paper.  My mom always cried from happiness when she opened the box. This is the last of them.

When my great grandmother died, I was around twelve and inspired to make my own dish towels, such as they were; I wasn’t my great grandmother, but I didn’t want my mom to go without, and definitely, I liked to make her happy.  ← This is the last of the mohicans, she saved it, of course.  She’s a mom. ♥ 

I managed to eek out two quilts in my short career.  This was the first one,  a Christmas gift I made for my aunt.  I taught myself, so of course they were simple squares; the second went to my mom and by then I’d graduated to different-sized and uneven patches held together with assorted embroidery stitches.  I will spare you the vision of that one.
When I was in my twenties and married, I made everything for my house; from curtains, to pillows, dishtowels and aprons.  I had “Tuesday Girls” at my house where my girlfriends would get together and teach each other how to make things.  We made everything from homemade pasta, to fabric picture frames, to margaritas (that was a good Tuesday!) and finally, one of the gals, Liz, knew how to quilt and taught us the real thing, with templates, all by hand.  Her Tuesday lasted for months. 
I had to show you my doll…I made her from a Raggedy Ann pattern when my mother-in-law came back from Thailand with a beautiful silk fabric dress that was about size one; there was never a chance I was going to fit into it in this lifetime, so I took it apart, made a new little dress and a doll to go with it. (I thought this would interest Madame Samm on two levels, doll level and orange level. )

 Right about the time of “Tuesday Girls” a life-changing thing happened to me. I bought watercolors and painted the geranium on my kitchen table. I didn’t know I could paint, was kind of a stick-figure sort of draw-er and then suddenly, this showed up!  Well, painting was a whole new creative thing in my life; it stole me away from everything else.  I still loved fabric, and loved to sew, but painting turned me from a maker of quilts, into a collector of quilts.
And a painter of quilts.  I watercolored quilts in many of my first paintings, and when I started writing books, they were the inspiration for the colors I chose; I painted borders of quilt designs.  And I hung them all over my house, draped them over beds and sofas, hung them on walls, everywhere I could squeeze one in, I did, and do.
Each one has a story, mostly my story now, of where I found it and what I love most about it, none of them are signed or dated; I don’t choose them for any kind of “value” they might have, I choose them because I fall in love with them and can’t leave them where I found them.
But I never stopped sewing, never stopped making things for my house.
And then, in the way that one thing leads to another, one day the opportunity arose for me to combine my love of watercolors with my love of quilts to design fabrics of my own.  Did I know what I was doing (do I?) No, I did and do not.  I watercolor my designs.  I’m sure there is a faster, better way to do it, but I don’t know what it is.

 
So another miracle happened and fabric came out with my name on the selvage.
I used all my favorite colors, all the ones I loved from my old collected quilts, soft, old-fashioned, homey, with lots of white. Some of the art came directly out of my books.
And then I was asked to design quilts to go with the fabric.  Another thing I didn’t know how to do, and made me question, why don’t I do anything I know how to do?

I still love the charm of applique, still love embroidery.  Sooner or later, words were bound to turn up in my quilts; I wanted people to have a way to add a quote to the border, or do a whole center in an important quote, or celebrate a marriage, or a birth, so I designed these letters-by-the-yard and called this a Story Quilt.
 Of course I never stopped sewing….I still make curtains and pillows, and especially I love to make dishtowels, which still look suspiciously the same as they did when I was twelve. And now I can use my own fabric to do it.  This is what I like about life.  The whole Forest Gump box of chocolates thing, you never know what you’re going to get.  When Madame Samm asked me to come here I wasn’t sure what I would talk about; not being a true quilter, the best I could do would be to show you my appreciation and love for the  beautiful art of quilting.  I’m your biggest fan! ♥ I wanted to tell you how much I admire your creative spirits and the wonderful job you do of making the world a more beautiful place. ♣ 


I have known of "Susan Branch" for many many years..I have every calendar she ever printed....All of my American friends were sew good in sending them to me every year. Her books well I  have every one of them too, her fabric yes that too.Every design she made, have them all.Sew needless to say when I thought of "OUR" official 1st  guest, I wanted Susan ... Susan Branch!

I had already chosen all of the giveaways for each day and then I read about Susan's favorite thing in her sewing room. Her grandmothers sewing basket.Wow, I look at the list and here we have a sewing basket..I know...this happens to me a lot....

This basket is from the Eleanor Burns collection
it is 10 x 71/4...not too large, just perfect actually. 
Let's begin a new tradition since we do have quite
a few of these to giveaway in the next few weeks..


And will you look at all those goodies, pins, needles
threads, finger protectors...

Sew this giveaway for all of our QUILTERS..( yes this one can be yours) filled with every kind of needle you will ever need, seam rippers .. there are Presencia threads, everything you would need to sew anything.....All from Colonial Needles.


Colonial needles I have come to admire. They just acquired Presencia threads which I have been sew devoted to for not only my hand embroidery but also sewing and quilting threads.Sew you can only imagine my surprise when their President gave me the luxury to enter his online store and choose whatever I wanted....Well I thought why should I have all that fun..I called upon Jane from Jane's Fabrics and she had a hoot choosing everything for this basket...

Sew QUILTERS if you like this sewing basket as your very own and you would like to  continue a tradition that your family will wonder "what was she thinking about when...." Leave a comment here, tell us you are a QUILTER and be sure to go visit Susan Branch's Blog subscribe to her blog, RRS feed
.Her blog is just sew darn inviting...having her posts in your inbox is like a sweet treat you give yourself ...I always feel at home with her..sew will you...

Thanks Susan you warm my heart, you warm all of our hearts- thanks to Colonial Needle
and Thank YOU for still being part of all this on Day 2.

"What else will you put in your sewing box?"
I would like to put Susan in there...for now
I will put her post...xx

Mine has a hand embroidered hanky that my grandmother
used to wipe her hands on when she her hands got moist from stitching...

Please tell us you have registered with Susan's blog,
you are a follower here,
you are a Quilter!
that is all.



1st Winner Announced... and our guest for today is on her way...yes she is...


Congrats Crys,  YOU have won this package from the Grace Company
and a fat quarter bundle compliments of Timeless Treasure.
Please send me your address and particulars....
and your sponsor has won a fat quarter bundle too!
Sew Kat your fat quarter Bundle will be the new 
Aqua/RED from Michael Miller. 

Did I just hear some sighs.....Ü
There are sew many more giveaways...
YES in fact I believe another  today...


Today's guest will be arriving very soon..
I KNOW I am sitting here waiting too..lol

I feel like I am at a ROCK Concert ( like that would happen)
maybe an opera truth be known lol. But let's say Rock Concert
for now..it just conjures up more excitement..
Ohhhh where was I ? Yes I feel like I am at a rock
concert and I am waiting patiently for the lead singer
to walk on stage...

I think I am going to pour myself another coffee...

I just spoke to her and she told me to go have a coffee..
I am pouring..anyone???

I assure YOU ALL...she is sew worth the wait..
of course, she is not feeling the pressure at all...lol

p.s this is Tobe...as in WanTOBE...
( Wendy named her) x



Monday, August 1, 2011

Wantobe Quilter Campaign has begun #1 giveaway of many, 5 x a week x 12



Hope you like ORANGE...
and if you don't...it will grow on you...
wait and see.... and you will be sweeter too...

YES we ALL made it!  The Wantobe Quilter Campaign 
has begun. Thanks for visiting, participating and being a cheerleader. 
 I have a few cheerleaders who certainly kept me together and were there to cheer me on this past month..
Jane, Wendy, Marlene, Millie, Kelly, Kathleen, Corrie, Darlene,
it helped sew much to have you there...( you still there- aren't you? I haven't worn
you out have I? luv ya all tons) 

huge appreciation to our Sponsors ( all 52 of them listed
on our side bar, whom you will come to know intimately) 
and who are certainly the GREATEST. LATEST and BEST.
(All of their links go directly to what they sponsored.)

This is possible 'cause THEY believed in ME!  They certainly knew what I was doing.
A few of  them even clapped when I did my campaign speech.
That was pretty awesome. 

I'm possibly more excited than all of you put together
...To be able to write....YOU WIN, and YOU WIN, and YOU WIN...
well nothing really thrills me more. 

I thought you might be interested in why  I wanted to do this? Why something like this when most of you know already that I  put in 12 hours+ a day 7 x a week, just managing this blog... Who does this and why?
I will add here that I am not earning 1 dollar in compensation for this campaign..not 1 dollar ( which is why you will be paying for your shipping cost) ..... Sew why do this? - you ask? .Who does this.....? well me...Madame Samm...

Ahhhh,  I poured  you some brew....
you may be here for a bit...


I started quilting last JUNE 2010, a little over a year ago.
I used to make dolls..( albeit I only did it for 8 months)..made over 500 of them
designed a slew of patterns and stopped.....I felt like Forest Gump...I ran
for sew long and then turned around .....NO reason really, I did all that I could do and
I had nothing left... sew I thought what NEXT????
( don't ask that question unless you are really ready to take
on new challenges? lol)

 I thought you might be interested in some of 
the dolls that kept me up at night in those days.....
These are only a few I designed and created...

I always keep my very first dolls...except for the Carol Doll
and the Chloe doll- these were my only exception...
Here are some of my favorite designs...

Meet Aimee from my Aimee collection ( which translates
to LOVE in French) ...I can't even tell
you how many of these I made.....at least a hundred...
They were only 5 inches tall...

Madge she is OOAK (one of a kind) I still have her..
I made her of the likeness of a retired teacher..
who happens to be a neighbor and not a nice one at that lol
( She is what I call a character doll)
And my she is one character believe me. 
She stands 22 inches tall and she scares me...lol
She seems to find herself in the most unusual places...

My DH does this to remind me never to take life
too seriously. ( oh and to remind me to work out,
he always puts a note with her...This morning,
Madge was in my Powder room across from my office..
(Have you worked out yet???? ) 
Yeah Yeah...and you wonder where my energy 
comes..I work out every day!  It is Madge,
she scares me into it...lol

Chloe here was recently gifted to a very dear friend..
( who sew makes me laugh and she quilts too) 
I made many Chloe dolls in all kinds of colors dresses.
She still is one of my favorite designs...
I hand curled her hair..a technique I learned
from a fellow doll maker Ree...( Hi sweetie) 

 La Modele here, was my very first doll I ever
made, I was sew excited at making her, she took
me less than 24 hours
 (she was suppose to take me 4 days in a doll class
I'm a quick learn)
 She is over 20 inches tall
and attitude more than Madge..believe it or not..
( I still have her ) 

This is the Carol Doll..a friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer
for the 2nd time...I designed this for her...her head cap
was made from ostrich down...to resemble her lost her
hair ..the little sign said,"I am still here" ..
I made a few dozen of them myself then I got an order for hundreds..
I  had to have them
made by a company as I could not possibly make
up the same doll that many times- I would still be making them
if I did...lol
( I don't even have one left for myself) 

And Autumn, well she was my second doll
I had ever made..I still have her...she just makes me smile...
Her face is all hand embroidered.
She is only 4 yrs old (she told me to tell you that, and she is 6 inches tall)

( I made April  in the month of April of this year...... even
she did not stir me enough to stop quilting
and make more dolls..., but she is cute isn't she?)
She is 8 inches tall and I still have her too.
She looks sad, cause she is...lol
She thinks she is the last of her kind....
( Dolls talk to you a lot you know..quilts not sew much)


Sew how did I become a QUILTER?
MY first quilting
ADVENTURE and CONTEST

I was purchasing many of my doll fabrics from Quilt Taffy...Corrie
mentioned there was this quilt contest, called  Moda/Schnibbles.
She said "why not make a quilt...give it a try.".... I would like to add
Corrie was always cheering me on....reminder here, I didn't know how to quilt
anything, she made herself available every step of the way....that was last JUNE 2010..

I had to hire someone to come to my home to teach me how to use
a rotary cutter...I had just purchased a mat and ruler and this cutter
thingamagig..and I had no idea what next or how to use them.......????

Yes I sewed...I made dolls, duvets, designed many Chanel suits
in my day but a QUILT..you have got to be kidding....?
I had ENOUGH. blankets, throws and goose down duvets..
why did I need to make a quilt? Ü
Well I know now...and most of YOU know as well.
....it's not about the quilts
( you quilters know that) 


 Back to my adventure...still with me?

After a few hours of cutting straight pieces of fabric..I got
the hang of cutting..now what????

I purchased Carrie Nelson's Schnibbles book..
that was one of the criteria to enter the contest..
I also purchased fabric from Kate Spain's, 12 days of Christmas
( another criteria, it had to be a brand new line )
I have this thing about red and white fabric...

 I chose the  HOT CROSS pattern ( our of Carries book)  and began to figure out 
this quilting thing.... It took me all of 6 weeks from beginning to end...
( even hand quilted snowflakes all over the quilt)
This is Carrie Nelson and her wonderful
Rosie...( hi you two) 
 Creator of the  Schnibbles FAME! 

I took this  photo  at a local artist home where
he makes gigantic pine cones..

 This is what I ended up with...I called it 
LET it SNOW....I had made some self covered leather buttons
to look like raisins on a hot cross bun, wrote out all the lyrics
of LET is SNOW around the sash around the edge of the quilt
and even added a foot pocket on the back to tuck my feet in
on those cool nights....
I took this photo at a neighboring friend's home...
Dawn is also a quilter... Hi Dawn..

And the biggest surprise of all.......I came in 
2nd  in the MODA/Schnibbles Contest...
Corrie shared she always knew I would walk
away with something...It helps sew much
to have someone believe in YOU.
I cried for days after that call from Mary at 
Martingale Publishing...

That was last September 2010...and my life
has never been the same since..
I changed the name of my blog
Sew Dolls who's next? 
'cause by then I knew I was going to be a QUILTER.
( serious one, well you tell me )

Here are some I have made...I am up to 6 quilts now..
in less than a year...( probably would have made a whole
lot more if I was not managing 2 blogs lol) 


cream-sicle, let it snow, bedtime, you complete me quilts...

I made this from a pattern that was to be used for 
the end of your bed... I made one for our double lounger.
My DH always tells me I complete him...I complete 
his thoughts, his chores around the house, his phone calls,
and texts...you get it ...
and although I don't tell him enough
HE completes me right down to the bottom of my heart!


 Drop me a line Quilt, with Fresh Palette- Carrie Nelson's Collection.
All hand quilted and hand embroidered with needles and thread on
the bottom... and yes my signature  foot pocket too..
This can be found in my office on my day bed...
Just love this one- because it is sew FRESH! 


This was my Cream-sickle Quilt  and was inspired
to be an ORANGE lover...I still love ORANGE
which is why our campaign has been chosen for this color!
Oh Des is Corries sister....and I adore her too..
She sew inspires me! 
I took the photos out in the cold
sew it would not melt ...( get it ) Ü
also hand quilted...

 And with my signature Foot Pockets...and  my custom designed label
 ( of course it is a cream -sickle) I always add the date I started
the day I ended, the  name of the collection of fabric I used, my name 
and the name of the quilt. Always name your quilts...no really
you will be sew glad you did!
( foot pockets...again I had no idea I was the first to do this..
I remember showing it at a local Guild..they laughed at me...
I thought everyone made foot pockets....I was wrong lol)
But you have to admit, what a great idea ..right?
All of my quilts have foot pockets...

This one I call  the Bedtime quilt...I took these
photos then drove away..I was taking many quilt
photos that day...and forgot him.....
it was 14 degrees below zero that day,
I kept going back to the car between shoots
to warm up...
Came home and realized..OOOOPs..
forgot something...
drove back,  it was still there.. lol

I suppose if I had forgotten  him do you think
he would have looked this good in the spring.....
One wonders? lol

Presently....
I am trying to complete this one...called 
my LOVE QUILT  I stitched in stem stitching all of
my favorite things * various words....and I am hand embroidering
using only Presencia Threads ( my fav threads for stitching) from
  Colonial Needle..( sponsor yes) 
wee yellow french knots and stems
all over the white kona background. 
Ohhhh and I only HAND quilt...silly yes.
since I know sew many wonderful long armers...

Sew this now brings me to HERE....
WHY this CAMPAIGN
called 

Frankly the answer is pretty simple....
It has been a somewhat challenging 2 years since I retired
from Big PHARMA, I was well respected and I think pretty well
liked by my colleagues...but when you retire, you lose your identity..
At least I did...I was not sought out anymore for my opinions, my marketing
ingenuity was well--- not needed...I was cast aside... kind of like an expiry date...
still here, but not as fresh...(or sew they thought) 
( I have no idea where all this comes from, but it is how I feel....lol) 

WELLLLLL, when Rae Ann who used to manage this blog..
came after me and said "YOU are the ONE"....I did not know
really what she meant....but she knew...yes she knew...
( Last October-2010)

I gave myself 48 hours to think about it and said
"YES, I will take over STASH MANICURE.
and see what I can do with it...."
( or something like that)
( I knew very little about blogging...quilting good grief
I had all of 4 months of experience) 
What was she thinking? lol

Rae Ann if you are seeing this...YOU lifted  me in sew many ways...
THANK YOU.  I know you know, but I am saying this here...
YOU gave me a FRESH NEW Beginning as
 my dearest Corrie also did from Quilt Taffy .
Both of you  ladies believed in me, when I certainly did not...
There is one thing about me that is TRUE, I always serve up more 
than anyone can ever expect...
And both of you knew that too!~

Which leads  me here today.....

I wanted to do something NOBODY had ever DONE. 
I wanted to reach out to YOU and say I believe in YOU-
 NOW QUILT! 

 Believe me "Your life" will be sew enriched beyond words.
Any troubles, challenges, stresses, they seem to vanish
when one picks up a needle and thread....OH yes...!
And funny enough, you are embraced by a community
that is like no other...My phone is never silent now....
And funny enough many ask my opinions about marketing...
If I know anything it is developing business models...

A President of a company said this to me just  the other day...
" YOU are doing something Samm, that we could not even
conceive the thought of- and you have done this in less than
1 month"...

( I fell silent and that does not happen very often..
then I wiped my tears and smiled.....Yep I did! )

Exactly a month ago ( I know only a month today...
who does this??? I keep asking myself?)

...I came up with this idea to do a  campaign...

while sitting on my back porch....these ideas in moments of silence
just pop into my head... Imagine that...!!!!
I love my solitude possibly even more than quilting..
That surprises many people...

I wrote up my SPONSOR letter that day sent it out to a few potential 
companies and they said yes and kept saying yes... lol

Sometimes it helps to be NAIVE...
I did not know what I did not know..
sew why would anyone say NO to me..lol
EX-ACT-LY! 


My ultimate GOAL is to
recruit NEW Quilters...

Everyone benefits.....Bloggers  get more followers,
Sponsors  get more Sales...
YOU our  loyal visitors obtain  more information, inspiration
and great giveaways too..
WANTOBE Quilters get opportunities for new TOOLS
to begin this most amazing past time...* 

I will speak for myself.....this is a FULL TIME PASSION...
I should come with a warning...do not talk to me about QUILTING
or Blogging or about YOU- our most delightful guests and  quilting friends...
YOU are what I always talk about..ask around....


Everyone who comes and participates has an opportunity to WIN something...
But most of all our Quilting community will grow...
even if you are only bringing
1 new WANTOBE quitler forward...that could mean
 overall thousands of new quilters..
How exciting...maybe there is a another 
Madame Samm who will win some contest someday
and maybe  I will say..." YOU are the ONE"...
sigh....



There is something pretty amazing about quilters..
They STITCH with a lot of

 and why?  because they have ONE!.

If ever you are seeking amazing FRIENDS
you will find them in Quilters...I know....
If you want to de-stress...quilt... I know
If you want to hide away forever....quilt.. I know..
( many of my neighbors and friends have not seen me in 8 months) 
If you are looking for a new identity...........quilt. I know...
If ever you thought 1 person CANNOT make a difference....quilt.... I know..


NOW  for  the next 12 weeks.......

We will still have guest bloggers for all 12 weeks.
Mon-Fri will be guest days and giveaways.
Saturday will be Sponsor days...( they will be able to share
sales, promotions, new products launches....)
Sunday...I will rest..you too ok...lol..




Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are for Wantobe Quilters
( those who do not quilt, they do not have tools, machines, rulers, fabric bundles) 
YOU can win all of the goodies we will be giving  away...as long as you
are affiliated with one of the bloggers here on the side bar...
Be sure to connect with them, be a follower of theirs,
 include their name (blogger)  when you leave a comment and if you win, 
they also win something..if you don't leave their name of  your sponsor blog and yours you
 will not be eligible for any wins...
I will not have time to remind anyone to do that...sew this is your only reminder..

P.S. cannot accept anymore names of  sponsor BLOGGERs 
your deadline was FRIDAY to be included..I only have sew much room
( needed that for sponsors) Nod your head YES! 
Clarification here...names can always be accepted throughout
campaign...just send to those bloggers where you saw the 
Wantobe Quilters button or send your name to someone
on our blog roll...

Sew be sure to give your name, email, phone numbers to these bloggers..
YOU have my word and that means a lot around here...
this information will not be circulated to anyone...

Why I am doing it this way....sew we don't get 
people who have nothing to do with the quilt community
winning product and selling them on EBAY-
not going to happen...( Nod your head YES) 


Tuesdays and Thursdays are for QUILTERS...
( all those who quilt..you will be able to win new tools too
Did I just hear a squeal.....lol)
If  you do not have a blog you can still enter of course..
but give your name to someone on our list of bloggers
and be sure when you leave a comment you provide their name of their blog too..
IF you win, sew do they...if you only leave a comment with no name
you will not be eligible ....again I will not have the time to remind everyone of this....

If you have a BLOG yeah and you are a QUILTER.
, .you only have to leave a comment to win 
on Tuesdays and Thursdays... if you win..YOU win...
well you will see....lol.. ( we will know you are a blogger cause your avatar
button will link us to it) 

Everyone who leaves a comment must be a FOLLOWER here!
( All of our subscribers must leave a comment here to win) 
See the follower button on your right...( must be a follower to win anything)
And when you register with a BLOG sponsor  you must follow them too!

Sew my dear Quilters, Sponsors and Wantobe Quilters
thank you for being here today...It is indeed my pleasure to be your first
guest and also be the first to introduce  to you our very 1st sponsor 
for today's giveaway!




They were one of the first I approached and again
they did not hesitate to be part of this...and this is what they offered...

click to enlarge to see details.
  
As I kept thinking about my very first purchase of a mat, ruler 
and rotary cutter...I wish I had started with these..OH MY...
I thought this would be a perfect start to our campaign...
Big thanks to the Grace Company....
be sure to visit them..thank them for being a sponsor..
* they have sent lots of goodies to giveaway~!

This giveaway is for ALL-Wantobe Quilters 
( those who possibly have
no idea how to use these..yes YOU) 

 YOU will get this package...
a 24 x36 mat..a perfect size to begin quilting....
this personalized comfort cutter ( rotary cutter)..
and this True Cut ruler..
also I will be sending you a fat quarter bundle ( from our Monica Lee
 to get you started. And what do you know it is ORANGE. 
After all you will need something to practice on right? 

Now how is that for a NEW Beginning?
( winner will be announced tomorrow)

and ps ( if ever you want to see who was on the day before
go to the bottom of page and link button to OLDER POST) 
This way ONLY 1 guest blogger is highlighted every day.

Sew to all those who will be participating ,
guesting, sponsoring, cheering...
 Welcome to our very 1st Campaign!
( did you really think this would be the only ONE)
Seriously! Ü


 Now leave a comment, if you are a Wantobe Quilter-
be sure to add your blog sponsor and that you indeed are a WANTOBE
QUILTER, asnd a follower on this blog...
AND...

And since it is ME who is the guest today..
I can't really say go follow me... ( you are already here aren't you lol)
but I can ask you to go and follow someone
who has been of great assistance to me this month..
Any hour of the day I could throw stuff at her ...
(  well not literally of course..but she became my sounding board.
and my we laughed sew much at the audacity of all of this till we cried..
Ok I cried..she laughed......)

SEW go to HER BLOG and be a FOLLOWER
come back and tell me YOU followed her, it would be really
nice if you thanked her too...because she held me together most days...
and YOU will be able to win....this amazing giveaway...

Winners -Wantobe Quilter and Blog sponsor ( special prize)
 will be announced tomorrow morning when the next
guest arrives..


THANK YOU Grace Company.
YOU are the Greatest, Latest, Best. ! 

And PLEASE say YES you will be BACK!


 Ps. I don't want any of you worrying about me.( some were thinking I only had 109 comments.....we actually had 1009 and counting...) Please no more concerned notes...lol...( funny peeps)
 Our blog got a little shaken up today...it happens...Good day in all! See you tomorrow. Those Wantobe Quilters are all accounted for...#1 Winner announced in the morning...