Saturday, October 2, 2010

#100 - It's Give-Away Time!!

(This would have been up first thing this morning, but I failed at finding my camera, and then failed at finding the memory card for it.  Hubby had it, of course.  So then, I had to borrow a memory card from my mother-in-law.  Anyway..)

*cheering*

I made it!

ONE HUNDRED POSTS!

And I didn't even have to come up with filler content.  Who knew I was so verbose?  (Well, maybe my husband, lol!)

To commemorate the occasion, I've spruced up my blog.  You guys can finally see the logo that's been decorating my buttons.  In addition, there's a give-away!

Drumroll, please...

You, yes, YOU, have the chance to win this mini-quilt made by yours truly.  I call it "Exuberance".


A close-up of the metallic thread quilting:


I love it!  I loved it back when I came up with the idea, and started buying fabrics over a year ago.  I'm still collecting batiks, actually, because I want to do a bed-sized one for myself, just without the metallic thread.  Methinks that would be a little scratchy for sleeping.

But I digress, again.  I'm good at that.

This is the classic and ever popular Double Wedding Ring, done up almost entirely in batiks.  The solid is Kona Charcoal.  I've quilted it with a combination of black silk thread and a multicolored metallic.  It will all be done on my trusty Bessie, a Brother PC-210.

I'm attempting my first pieced binding, as you can see from the pictures.  I promise, I will totally have this done by the time I send this off to the lucky winner.  (Another batch of firsts for me:  first use of  metallic thread, first use of silk thread, first double layer of batting, first pieced binding, first give-away...)  Work kept getting in the way of my self-imposed deadline... Darn that having to pay the bills thing!

A small warning for those of you wanting to win this quilt...  If you are allergic to cats, you may want to reconsider entering.  I have three cats, and, well, they're magnetically attracted to my quilts.  I will wash this quilt, and once done with being photographed, it will be put into a large Ziploc bag.  Still, I feel I should warn you.

You have several ways to enter:

1.) Become a follower of my blog, and leave a comment.  For the purposes of this contest, adding me to your Google reader does not count.  Use the Followers widget in the sidebar on the right.

2.) If you are already a follower, leave a comment to that effect.

3.) Blog about this give-away on your own blog, and leave a comment with a link to your post about it.

4.) Post about this give-away on your facebook page, and leave a comment with a link to it.

5.) Put my blog in your blogroll or blog list on your sidebar, and leave a comment linking to your blog.

6.) And for a bit of impishness on my part, your last chance for an entry is to email me privately at greycatgiveaways [at] hotmail [dot] com, and tell me which batik was used a grand total of ONCE in the top of this mini-quilt.  Leave a comment saying that you've e-mailed me.  (This one I will be verifying against my e-mail account, so be sure to use the same e-mail address linked to your comment.)

Here are pictures of each individual quadrant, to give everyone a fighting chance at finding that one batik:


That's five chances to enter!  FIVE!  Please ensure that each entry is a separate comment.  I'll be choosing a winner via random number generator, so if you follow that simple guideline, you'll have a better chance at winning.  (**DISCLAIMER -  Due to the manner in which blogger displays comments, which is 200 to a page, the coding for the numbering system restarts the numbering with each page.  So, if your comment is on page 2, add 200 to the number shown by your comment, or 400 if you're on page three, and so on and so forth.)

Here's a picture of my son giving the quilt the sweetheart seal of approval before it's even done:


I will be posting the winner on October 15, 2010, along with the rest of the bloggers participating in the Fall into Fall Quilter's Blog Give-Away.  I will give the winner one week to contact me with their mailing information.  If contact is not made, a new winner will be selected via random number generator, and the cycle will begin anew.

And, just to share a little something else...  Today is my husband's and my sixth wedding anniversary.  That's right.  Six years ago today, the poor man got stuck with me permanently.  I love you, JohnPaul, and I look forward to many more anniversaries to come!

UPDATE:

Anyway...  The random number generator gave me this:

...which means that the winning comment was:
Congratulations, Brooke!  And to answer your question, this actually a fairly easy quilt to make.  The curves are actually very gentle, so it's just a matter of finding your centers (easy with the notches from you GO! die) and taking your time.  Keep your eye on this blog.  Somewhere in the last couple of weeks in January, I'll be starting a Double Wedding Ring Quilt-Along.  

E-mail me at gyrmalcyn [dot] go [go] pop {at} gmail [dot] com with your shipping information, and I'll get this quilt by the end of the week.  I still have to wash and photograph the final product, but I should be doing that tomorrow evening.

Actually, working on finishing up the binding was part of my Friday Night Sew-in project.  I did a lot of "unsewing" taking the binding off, and then figuring out where I'd gone wrong.  

And, for those of you who are curious, the batik that was used just once:

106 comments:

quiltmom said...

This one stunning quilt that you have created for yourself. I have made the wedding quilt and it is a challenging quilt to piece- yours is particularly beautiful with the black and the batiks. Your winner is going to be thrilled to to chosen as its owner. Thank you for such a terrific opportunity.
Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
Anna
http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

quiltmom said...

I have become a follower of yours- Congratulations on reaching 100 posts- I soon will have reached the same milestone.
Regards,
Anna

quiltmom said...

I also have added you to my blog roll.
You can find it here:
http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

Regards,
Anna

shannon said...

congrats on 100 posts! and happy anniversary!

i've been a follower for a while now, and i think the miniquilt is beautiful!!!! i'd be a liar if i said i didn't want it to live on my wall!!!

shannon said...

i sent an email with my guess to the solitary fabric...

Leah said...

Very nice quilt. Love the black background. Very stunning. I am now a follower.

piecemealquilts said...

Congratulations on your anniversary, Jeanne! I've blogged about your giveaway here:
http://piecemealquilts.wordpress.com/2010/10/02/gorgeous-giveaway/

Wandering Minstrel said...

I've been a follower for a bit, and just today added my blogroll to my shiny-new blog! That quilt is absolutely gorgeous.

And happy anniversary!

Renee G said...

Congratulations on your anniversary and 100 posts. Both are exciting.
I'm a new follower as Renee G.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

Violette Severin said...

I have become a follower, The color selection for this quilt is stunning.

Violette Severin said...

I have added you to my blogroll.

Alisa said...

Happy Anniversary! That is one stunning quilt. So generous of you to give it away. I would love it, cat hair and all!

BROOKE said...

I'm a new follower. How was this to make? I've got the GO die and am hoping to make this as a king size quilt for my Brother next year. I have cats too so no issue in giving it a home here!

grendelskin said...

For that piece I'd follow you just about anywhere! Sandi from Piecemeal Quilts sent me, put an extra ticket in the hat for her please!

Littlebook said...

I'm a follower and your quilt is beautiful! Love the batiks.

Needled Mom said...

Happy anniversary!!!!!

The DWR has always been one of my all time favorite patterns. I made one in a baby quilt years ago, but would really like to tackle another one.

Needled Mom said...

I am a new follower.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

This is gorgeous and I'm thrilled I have the opportunity to win it. Congrats on 100 posts! My FTF giveaway coincides with the 200 post milestone and I have to say, it's still way fun.

I'm a new follower.

Starquilter said...

What a great quilt...the quilting is outstanding.....someone is going to be thrilled....

Nanbon44 said...

congratulation on your 100th post. Lovely quilt

Deborah said...

Your quilt is absolutely stunning. Anybody would be thrilled to win something as astounding as your creation. Glad I found your blog. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

Deborah said...

I'm a new follower. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

wonderful quilt

Billie

Tim said...

I am a follower.

tahearn at roadrunner dot com

Marcia said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. I follow you now. Thank you for this lovely giveaway - double wedding ring is one of my favorite patterns. I can relate to your opinions on purchasing simple quilt patterns that can easily be worked out with colored pencils on graph paper. My sister told me that she likes more complex scrappy patterns because it keeps her eye moving around the quilt and is more interesting (she doesn't quilt - she appreciates quilts). I was reading (cannot remember which one) another post about modern quilting that referred me to your blog - and surprise, after reading your interesting post I saw you had a giveaway. alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Mimi said...

This is an absolutely beautiful mini quilt - are you certain that you just want to give it away to a total stranger?? Wow! Please count me in. I have never made this pattern before and you have inspired me! micheletimms at gmail dot com

Mimi said...

I am a follower and look forward to more inspiration from you - thanks for sharing. micheletimms at gmail dot com

Monica said...

Congrats on your 100th post! I just became a follower.

Jenni said...

New follower!

Jenni said...

added you to the sidebar on my sewing blog, you have a great site:)

http://jennisews.blogspot.com/

Loralynn said...

Simply gorgeous! Batiks are my favorite! I am a follower!

Loralynn said...

I have posted about your giveaway on my blog! http://loralynnsart.blogspot.com/2010/10/computer-time-and-giveaways.html

Gari said...

What a beautiful little quilt. I have never tried a DWR but my 88 year old mother recently bought a kit so I may get to try one someday. ;-)

racergirl1313 said...

I'm a new follower. What a beautiful quilt. Thanks for the chance!

corinne said...

New follower, thank you for a chance on a beautiful giveaway

Pokey said...

I love your creation, and cannot BELIEVE you would share it ~! I'm a new follower, thank you for the opportunity. :-}pokey

Colleen said...

I follow you!

Colleen said...

I have blogged about the fall give away
http://cyarnell.blogspot.com/2010/09/giveaway-begins.html

Colleen said...

I have put you in my blog roll cyarnell.blogspot.com

Sewgreen said...

I am a follower of yours and excited to read it, I love kitties and sewing :)

deborah said...

New follower. Spectacular quilt!

Henria O. said...

I'm a follower!
sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

Janet said...

I've become a follower. Love your quilt!

Henria O. said...

I emailed you!
sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Holey Smokes...what a beautiful prize. I love it. I'd follow you anywhere for an opportunity to enjoy all those beautiful batiks.

Smiles,
Kelly

dawson.tracy35 said...

i am a follower and my puppies love my quilts too! arent they all so cute!

tracy dawson
dawson.tracy35@yahoo.com

Petit Design Co. said...

that is a gorgeous quilt. Good luck to all!

PS you can promote your giveaway on the new Quilty Giveaways site (it's free)
http://quiltygiveaways.blogspot.com/

jparker@fsu.edu said...

I have become a follower and I love your miniquilt.

free indeed said...

I just became a follower...and that is a fantastic prize!

free indeed said...

I'm going to send an email with my guess. It'll come in as madmecyr@.....

Laura said...

I am happy to be a follower

Diane said...

I am a follower

Grandma Shell said...

Your quilt is beautiful. love the background for your blog also. I will become a Follower and do a post on my blog and Facebook.

butterflyangels said...

I am a new follower!

butterflyangels said...

am involved with this giveaway as well. See http://butterflyangels.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/fall-into-fall-blogger-event-giveways-galore/

Brittainy Barnes said...

Thank you for this chance!! That is a gorgeous mini-quilt and I love the batik... Too bad I can't recognize any!

I'm following you via GFC! Buri.sama(at)gmail.com

WvHmmngbrd said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

WvHmmngbrd said...

I am now a follower!

baukje said...

I love to win this beautiful quilt.

Deb said...

I'd love to win, since I've never made one of these for myself.

Kathy said...

I now am a follower! Thanks for such a personal giveaway~

Patchworked said...

What a lovely quilt and I don't mind cat hairs, Burty will find them fascinating. the colours are delightful

Patchworked said...

I am a follower

Patchworked said...

And you are on my blog roll as I plan to come back. my blog needs work.

Jackie said...

metallic thread? i never knew there was such a thing but its good to know, lovely quilt.

Joanne said...

I just found your blog this afternoon via Quilters' List. I was fascinated by your blog, your projects and point of view. So I got myself listed and became a follower. Love all your quilts ... even the one you did not like !! Joanne @ lavendertfieldsetc.blogspot.com

Kristy said...

I'm a follower :0)

Kristy said...

I also posted a link to this giveaway on my facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/kristy.ayers

Kathy H said...

I just became a follower.

Kathy H said...

What a beautiful quilt . thanks for the chance to win in your giveaway. I have been looking closely at the pictures and can't find the "one" but will keep looking.

Kathy H said...

I just emailed you my guess.

Erica said...

I'm a new follower.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's really beautiful! Love the vibrant colors! Hope you had a wonderful anniversary! ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm a new follower! Hope to be a new quilter soon, too! ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I have the giveaway button on my sidebar! Hope that helps! Thanks! ♥

Shooting Stars Mag said...

This is so cute! Thanks so much, I follow.

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Nancy Sue said...

Congrats on your anniversary! Beautiful quilt. I am a new follower. Please let us know the answer after the giveaway. My red pen and I are stumped :)
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Micki said...

What a gorgeous quilt! You are so talented, and the colours are so dramatic! Thanks for the chance to win!
Micki

Micki said...

I am a follower of yours.
Micki

Micki said...

I have put your blog on my bloglist.
Micki

NanaSings said...

Wow - what a generous giveaway and I just happen to love cats and batiks!! I am a follower of your blog.
Susan(at)mathisons(dot)org

Carin said...

I become a follower ! Your mini quilt is beautiful.

Gunda said...

You got a brand new follower
Hugs Gunda

Gunda said...

I have you now in my blog-link-list
Hugs Gunda

Gunda said...

and there is a post about your awesome giveaway on my blog
Hugs Gunda

Zlaty said...

Very pretty quilt! I love the bright fabrics you have used!

Zlaty said...

I just posted on my side bars about your giveaway! I am your newest follower! :)

Kim said...

Beautiful quilt.

Knäulchen`s Landhausquilt said...

Ein toller Gewinn, da spring ich doch gleich mal in den Lostopf und verlinke es auf meinem Blog

Liebe Grüße Gaby

Becky said...

Hey - I love your "exuberance!" The quilt and your spirit! I am now following you!

Thanks for the chance to win!

beckysews AT hotmail DOT com

Sean said...

I am entering for my daughter Mel, her computer is down and she called and asked if once again I would enter her in contests, I couldn’t say no as she helps my wife and her mother with their charity quilting projects. I try to support them any way that I can.
thank you for putting our name in your drawing. Florida area
tcsean(at)aol(dot)com

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Happy Anniversary!

Your quilt is gorgeous. I;m a new follower.

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

i am happily 'following' :)

Jackie said...

I am now a follower

jackthewarner(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Ginny said...

Love the little quilt it is amazing!

I added you to my blog roll..

http://ginnysquilts.blogspot.com/

Thanks!
Gin

Ginny said...

I am also a follower! Btw, I have 5 cats so if I win I am not so worried about cat hair!

Ginny said...

I also emailed you! I was amazed at how many of those same fabrics I have!
Happy quilting!
Gin

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

i've posted about this giveaway

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

your blog link with photo of Exuberance is happily on my sidebar :)

apple blossom said...

follower
ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

your URL is in my blog listing

http://abis-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Ellie said...

I'm a follower, and this quilt is stunning. Wouldn't it be thrilling to be the winner!

Cecily said...

I've been a follower for a while now and so glad I am! The quilt is beautiful (and I have no problem with cat hair - mine seems to have the same magnetic attraction to half finished quilts). Thanks for the chance to win and hosting a great giveaway!

Sarah Craig said...

I'm a new follower!

Sarah Craig said...

I've blogged about your giveaway on my blog:

http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2010/10/make-list-monday-16.html

Sarah Craig said...

You are now in my blogroll over at confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com!