Thursday, March 10, 2011

Guest Blogger & a Sponsored Giveaway!! Quiltmaker Magazine...

As many of you know from my post in November, I love Quiltmaker Magazine! Some of you even received a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks as a gift from me! After I wrote my post I was honored to meet Diane from Quiltmaker via email. Diane is the Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker. She had contacted me for permission to use a quotes from that post in their newsletter. Several months ago, Diane was invited to become a Guest Blogger on Leona's Quilting Adventure! She graciously accepted! I hope that you will enjoy her post and enter her giveaway as we celebrate reaching a milestone of more than 400 followers!!
Thank you, Leona, for this opportunity to guest blog on behalf of Quiltmaker. I really enjoy Leona's Quilting Adventure! It inspires me regularly.
There are so many exciting things going on at Quiltmaker these days! We'll get to 100 Blocks in a minute, but first, there are other exciting Quiltmaker highlights to share with you.
#1: We've recently launched the QM Scrap Squad, a group of eight enthusiastic QM readers who take one pattern from each issue and create their own scrappy versions of the quilt.

This is Dionne's version of Rhapsody in Bloom by Doug Leko from the March/April issue of Quiltmaker.
This is Carol's version of the same quilt. Isn't that border great?! Altogether there are eight versions for your enjoyment. So much fun!
The Scrap Squad's projects are shown online when each issue comes out, to inspire you toward new possibilities. These gals are dynamite and have just finished up their second project. Those quilts will debut online in about two weeks over at Quilters Club of America/QM Scrap Squad. I hope you'll have a look. (Nothing to join or pay for!)

#2: We blog at Quilty Pleasures and I'd love for you to come visit! We feature free patterns, ideas and inspiration and great how-to posts like this one on Understanding Stitch Length and this one on A Quick Quilt Label Method. We have lots of giveaways. There is never a dull moment!
You may have heard all the buzz about Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks from Today's Top Designers. We started publishing 100 Blocks in 2009 with Volume 1; 2010 brought Volume 2. This year we'll do Volumes 3 and 4.

Egg Plant by Susan Geddes
We invited a variety of designers to submit blocks and we've been WOW-ed by the response.

Ice Crystal by Eileen Fowler
There are so many fun, interesting and creative block designs! One reader is making all 100 blocks from Volume 2 and is blogging about it at teaquilts.com. It's so much fun to watch her progress!

Love Apple by Jo Morton
ach time a new volume comes out, we host a one-week blog tour featuring the issue's designers. There are lots and lots of giveaways on all the blogs and it's great fun! The next 100 Blocks Blog Tour is May 2–6. I hope you'll join us. Volume 3 will hit newsstands and quilt shops by May 10. If you can't find it locally, please visit our shop site: quiltandsewshop.com.

Night Owl by Marjorie Rhine
The competition to be published in 100 Blocks has greatly increased. Currently we take designs by invitation only. The designers in Volumes 1–3 are a mix of widely recognized names and newcomers to the industry and a lot of people in between. You can't imagine how much fun it is in our offices when blocks start pouring in for a new volume.
Hummingbird Haven by Cathy Van Bruggen
I hope you'll grab a digital download of Volume 1 or Volume 2. Limited hard copies of Volume 2 are still available, too. And I promise you that Volume 3, due out May 10, maintains this title's reputation and even boosts it to new heights.

QM staff: Ian, Diane, Carolyn, Mellisa, June, Denise and Eileen. Paula has joined us since this photo was taken.
It would be hard to find a group anywhere who is more enthused about quiltmaking than the staff at Quiltmaker. We love our jobs and we think it shows in our publications. I hope you'll take a peek at QM soon. For the Bloggy Giveaway, we'll give away three copies of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 2! Thanks in advance for checking us out!
To Enter is Easy:
1. Be a follower of the blog, or become a new follower!
2.If you are a blogger, please blog about this giveaway and paste your link into the comment section!
3 Visit Quilty Pleasures and leave a comment on the Guest Blogging Today blog post!
This giveaway will end Friday, March 18, 2010 at middnight, Eastern Standard. Winner will be announced Saturday, March 19, 2011!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

82 comments:

Quilter in the Gap said...

I am a follower! Love the blog!

Stray Stitches said...

I am a regular follower of your wonderful blog!

AMKreations said...

I follow your blog! and I just went over to visit the other blog too! It's in my favorites now! =)

Diane N said...

I'm a follower!

Diane H said...

I already follow Quilty Pleasures. Thanks for a great post.

Stefy said...

I'm already a follower of your fantastic blog.
Stefy

Hilachas said...

I am already a follower of your blog.

gill said...

I am already a follower!
I tried hard to win a copy of this magazine and still haven't tracked down a copy here in the UK!!

Stefy said...

I put a link on sidebar of my blog. I've visited Quilty Pleasures but i couldn't leave a comment on the Guest Blogging Today because i didn't find it.
Stefy
http://ilcastelloincantatato.blogspot.com/

Diane Harris, Interactive Editor said...

Oops--the Guest Blogging Today post is live now at http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2011/03/10/guest-blogging-today/

Janet said...

Thanks for the intro to yoour blog! I just love the EGG PLANT!

heleen said...

Hello. I', now following your blog. It looks great

Mimi said...

I am following your blog - love it!! Thanks! Would also love to win this magazine... we don't get it in my neck of the woods.

Sunnybec said...

I follow Quilty Pleasures on google reader hope that counts.

Mamacessories said...

I am a follower of your blog and Quilty Pleasures! I love them both!
Maria

Nichol said...

I am a new follower!

Nichol said...

Blogged about your giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

http://adesertquilter.blogspot.com/2011/03/another-fabulous-giveaway.html

Nichol said...

Left a comment over on Quilty Pleasures. :)

Petit Design Co. said...

already a follower

Petit Design Co. said...

I added you to the weekly giveaway post on my Quilty Giveaways site:
http://quiltygiveaways.blogspot.com/2011/03/march-7th-march-13th-giveaways.html

Petit Design Co. said...

I left a comment (and already follow) quilty pleasures

Needled Mom said...

It was so interesting to read the interview. It is fun to see the behind the scenes of the talented quilters out there.

I follow your blog already.

Pia said...

I follow your blog.

upstateLisa said...

Now I am a follower!

Jessica said...

I'm a faithful follower :)

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

I follow :)

krisgray said...

Cool - had no idea there were digital copies of vol 1 available! I am a happy follower.

Jenny said...

thanks leona for a chance, i really admire this type of quilt magazine!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm already a follower...smile.

webmailaddress2 said...

follower

webmailaddress2 said...

Posted on QM. Thanks for the giveaway!

quiltzyx said...

I'm a follower!
Thanks for the opportunity!

Christine M said...

I just love Hummingbird Haven! I'm a follower!

A.J. Dub. said...

I follow you. How did I not know about these books?

Sandy said...

I'm a follower of yours.=)

Sandy said...

I visited the other blog and left a comment.

Marcia W. said...

I already follow your blog and visit quiltypleasures often! Thanks for the chance to win Vol.2 - I wanted it and didn't purchase because not carried locally.

Sallie said...

I already follow your blog. Thanks for the chance.

Canadian Kristin said...

[happy follower]
You know I love your blog, Leona! I visit you every single day and I feel happy! :-)

SewCalGal said...

What an excellent post. I loved hearing more about the group of eight, as well as seeing the photos of blocks and plans for future releases. Would love to win a copy.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

SewCalGal said...

Ooops. Forgot to say I am a follower.

I've posted about this fun giveaway on my page where I share insights on contests & giveaways:http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Snoodles said...

I'm a follower! Loved this post, so packed with information and lovely blocks. The owl block is just so fun!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Snoodles said...

I went to the other blog and left a comment, cos I'm already a follower!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kristy said...

Wouldn't it be fun to be part of the QM Squad? I love QM!

quilary said...

Wow Leona, what a fantastic guest blogger! There are some lovely blocks to look forward to in the next series of books. I'm a follower.

Stray Stitches said...

I included your giveaway in my blog today:
http://straystitches1.blogspot.com/2011/03/it-was-better-day.html

ladyof2 said...

I'm a new follower,and i love this blog.

Catswhiskers said...

I am your happy follower for a long time
Gina
http://gina-catswhiskers.blogspot.com/

Hilachas said...

I have blogged about your giveaway and thank you for the opportunity to win.
http://muchashilachas.blogspot.com/

Cassie said...

I am a follower. :)

Cassie said...

I've blogged about your giveaway!

http://birdolovemoo.blogspot.com/2011/03/friday-giveaways.html

Cassie said...

Commented over at Quilty pleasuers. Am going to follow her too, I might already be following, but I am not sure.... sorry. :(

Joanne Lendaro said...

Follower of your blog, thanks for the giveaway!!

Jessica said...

I posted about your giveaway here:
http://quiltyhabit.blogspot.com/2011/03/massive-awesome-giveaway-post.html

Potpourri said...

I follow your Quilty Pleasures blog and I love the Quiltmaker magazine. I can't wait for the next Big Blocks issues.

free indeed said...

I'm a follower of your blog. I won vol 1 last year; would love vol 2 to start my collection!
freeindeed at myfairpoint dot net

Carla said...

I am a follower! Great post & gorgeous quilts! :)

Quiltin' Sandy said...

I am a follower of your blog! :)

Deb said...

I'm already a follower.

Butterfly said...

I am a follower already.

Leona

rubyru_rubyru said...

I'm a follower and love it! x

quiltmom said...

Hi Leona,
I am one of your followers and have you on my blog list so I know that I will catch up with what's happening in your neck of the woods.

I love the quiltmaker blog and also have it on my blog list. The 100 blocks look like a terrific magazine too.
Regards,
Anna aka quiltmom

Quiltingranny said...

#1 I am a brand new follower. Sad though because the pictures here didn't come through on my old 'puter!
http://quiltingranny dot blog spot dot com

Quiltingranny said...

#2 Left a comment at quilty pleasures as I can't get your link to work, sure hope I was in the right place!

arlette said...

I'm your happy follower, from a little while now, yay!

Little Creatable said...

I am a new follower ^_^

Little Creatable said...

I also commented on the guest blogger ^_^

Kaye M said...

I hopped here from the Quiltmaker blog and found lots of great topics to read about! I'm going to become a new follower. Thanks for sharing.

Heidi M Ross said...

I became a follower via google friends.

Heidi Ross
heidi.ross.quilting@gmail.com

Heidi M Ross said...

I made a comment over on the guest post at Quilty Pleasures (#40)

Nanbon44 said...

I am a follower

Nanbon44 said...

Love this mag, I got last years and I am still looking to see what I want to make;;

Jeanne said...

I am a follower of your blog. My son (46yo) checks in to see the "hoots". He is so funny. Thanks for the op to win this great book. I read through the interview and have so many links open I know I am going to crash this old computer.

Jeanne said...

I blogged about Diane being a guest blogger and her giveaway

http://jeannegwin.blogspot.com

Jeanne said...

I blogged on Quilty Pleasures.

heleen said...

I'm a follower

prsd4tim2 said...

I'm a follower. Thanks for arranging the great giveaway. I could sure use that book.

prsd4tim2 said...

And I commented on Quilty Pleasures.

Sheetal said...

what a great giveaway! I'd love to own a copy!

Sheetal said...

oh, I already follow!

Samelia's Mum said...

I'm a follower. Keeping my fingers crossed that I'm not too late.

jennifer said...

I'm a follower.