Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow Your Blog Day!

Hi!  My name is Chantal and I would like to welcome you to my blog.  I am so excited by the opportunity to make new friends.

I started blogging about three years ago.  I had two reasons for this:
1. To have a diary of things I make
2.  To see all the wonderful projects people are working on.

I am a quilter - I started quilting 14 years ago when we moved to Dallas from South Africa.  When I thought about the USA in terms of handwork, quilting was the first thing that came to mind and I am so glad I decided to try it.  Fabric has become my obsession with yarn running a close second.

I have  knitted and crocheted for most of my life.  I had two wonderful grandma's who taught me how to crochet when I was five years old.  My Mom taught me how to knit.

I love to English Paper Piece too and host a Club at my Local Quilt Store for English Paper Piecers!
So when you visit my blog, you will see a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Always made with much love and enthusiasm.  Handmade, truly snaps my socks.
Here is some Christmas Quilting.  I do my own machine quilting too.  I mastered this art to not have to pay a quilter.  I would so much rather buy fabric!
 Here is some progress on a Yarn Eater afghan!  I love this stitch.  In the picture below is an example of some English Paper Piecing.
I have a present to give away to one lucky reader.  Now in my mind a gift is a surprise, so no picture!  I will announce the winner on the 15th of February chosen from a comment to this blog post.  I will ship to anywhere in the world, so go ahead and leave me a comment.  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Your support means to world to me.  A BIG thank you to 2 Bags Full, for organizing this event.

49 comments:

  1. Hi! I am Angie - one of Vicki's GYB volunteers. Welcome to the party! It is so nice to meet you. We have a lot in common. I am a self taught quilter who loves hexies and is doing the Soupcon QAL also. I have a Hexie linky party every Friday to enjoy the eye candy of my fellow hexie lovers. Love the projects you shared today. Thank you for participating in Grow your Blog 2014.

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  2. howdy neighbor, I'm a quilter from the great state of Texas too. Unfortunately I'm not nearly as talented as you, but with each quilt I do my skills grow.

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  3. following by email, love your quilts

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  4. Hi Chantal,

    I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. Your table runner and quilt are beautiful - you are very talented! I never learned how to quilt. I am into papercrafting. I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

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  5. Hi, Chantal ... Hope you have lots of visitors find your lovely work. Even though I have been following you awhile I have enjoyed getting to know you better with this post. Thanks for sharing. Have fun with the GYB Hop! ... :) Pat

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  6. Hi Chantal. I have arrived here via GYB and really like the yarn eater afghan, looks complicated but I'd like to try this stitch. Pity I gave all my wool stash to my mum-in-law last summer! Hope you will have time to visit my blog too. Best wishes Sheryl

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  7. Hi. Found your blog through GYB Party. Your table runner is beautiful. I have yet to master machine quilting.

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  8. Hi Chantal. Just swung by from the GYB party. So nice to meet you! Love your quilt and afghan. I do some quilting and crochet, too. I hope you'll stop by my blog and enter my giveaway.

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  9. Very interesting. I always love a good surprise. Will follow along for awhile.

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  10. I have been quilting for perhaps 30 years, but blogging for only 1 week. So I have lots of questions. linquilts.blogspot.com You have so much "stuff" going on on your blog. How do you do all that? Mine is very plain jane I'm afraid. Tell me what I need to do to help it along please.
    lin3841@gmail.com in case the blog doesn't let you comment

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  11. I too have 3 boys and a girl. We are in the thick of it now... I love your intro and I look forward to following!

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  12. Hello,

    Nice to meet you.:)
    I would like to participate in your giveaway.
    petitearmoire2@gmail.com

    Greetings.

    Bernadett

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  13. Good morning Chantal! I'm already one of your followers via Bloglovin. I am with you on the machine quilting thing, I decided to teach myself to do it so that I would have more money for more fabric! I can see the corner of your Soupcon block and it is lovely! I hope you find some lovely new followers!
    Karen H
    http://faeriesandfibres.blogspot.ca/

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  14. I have enjoyed my visit to your blog and have become a follower. The pattern of the afghan was very interesting.

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  15. I love the little flower poking out of the corner in your quilt block!

    Thanks for visiting my redwork/ embroidery blog yesterday. My follow button is working now if you would like to stop back...

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  16. Youd won me with your soupcon and hexi's lol
    Im following along : )

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  17. Hi! i do love that wool eater! Love your sewing projects too! Glad to meet you! :)

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  18. Thank you for sharing your lovely creations! I'm a quilter but not a blogger, and I really appreciate people like you who share their creations and inspire us non-bloggers! I especially love your combination of embroidery and quilting.

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  19. I am loving the yarn eater!

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  20. Visiting from DownUnder for the GYBP. That afghan you are making is very pretty. If you ever need to rehome it, it would be loved in my home LOL.

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  21. Visitng from New Brunswick, Canada.....nice to meet you

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  22. Hi, Chantel! Thanks for stopping in and following my blog. We have quite a bit if projects in common. We both are quilters and I have made about three of those wool eater blankets. They turn out sooo pretty. It is nice to get to know you better and look forward to seeing what you create.
    ~Amy

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  23. Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Very nice projects.

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  24. Oh those stars are wonderful fussy cut like that!

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  25. The stitching adds a lot of dimension- nice!

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  26. Hi Chantel. I really love the paper pieced stars. I have been thinking about making some for a quilt. But after trying to make hexies for a long while, I don't think I can handle the stars.lol

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  27. Hello Chantal. You have a lovely blog. I spotted that crochet stitch just recently and mean to try it out. It is pretty. Love your runner and stitching. Hope you are enjoying the GYB event.

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  28. Hi Chantal! I'm returning the visit and am sooo glad I did!! I added myself as a GFC follower and look forward to EPP "together" . With smiles! Val from myplvl.blogspot.com (Val's Quilting Studio)

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  29. Thanks for the chance to win your *secret* prize!!
    I would also love to hear how you run the hexie club at your LQS - I'm always looking for ideas for my hexie club. LOL!

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  30. I've been blogging for about 5 years and, it's fun to see where everyone comes from. It's so nice meeting new friends through the GYB hop.

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  31. Hi Chantal
    Good to meet you - I'm visiting from England!!

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  32. Very nice work. It is so nice to meet you here. Happy hopping.

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  33. You have some very pretty projects there. I don't do English paper piecing but really enjoy seeing quilts made that way.

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  34. Oh wow, I love your stars in the post above. I'm not a quilter so I'm not familiar with the correct terms but those are just gorgeous. So is your Christmas wall hanging. Very nice. It has been lovely getting to know you.

    Hugs
    Caroline

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  35. Those stars are fabulous! Visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog.

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  36. ah, I see, you're an EPP lover. The results are gorgeous but I don't have the patience

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  37. My goodness...what beautiful work you do here. And I need to make a "yarn eater" so I can drag out the hidden stash of yarn I have. I am enjoying the blog party. Hope you'll stop by for a visit. Blog on! Aloha

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  38. Looking forward to your future posts. You've got some great projects. Love those fussy cut stars. Was going to get started on a similar project with triangles.

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  39. Yarn Eater afghan never heard of it but wow that's a cool stitch. I done some crochet in my day. but that is beautiful. I got hooked on the paper crafting but, I am always mused by all thing creative. My dawn is Dawn and I am a GYB party hopping and I love your site. you can catch me at overboardcreations.blogspot.com. I new but you got to start some where.

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  40. Good Day Chantal, it is nice to meet you here in blogland. I'm a new follower via the GYBP. Your projects are wonderful and very inspiring. I look forward to seeing how your EPP progresses. Have a great day, Toni from Easy Street Ramblings (peddlerjo.blogspot.com)

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  41. Love your work. It's just beautiful. I have never seen yarn like a quilt before. So nice to meet you!

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  42. Hi Chantal,
    It is very nice to meet you. I am visiting from GYB. I love love your fussy cut stars. I just discovered EPP this past year and have fallen in love with it. I love quilting, crochet and knitting too. I am a new follower and look forward to seeing what you create next!
    xo jan@ Sew and Sow Farm
    http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com/2014/01/grow-your-blog-hopand-giveaways.html

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  43. Welcome to the party! You sound just like me until recently (my gift was a surprise even to me ... but I finally made up my mind :P).
    Anyhow, enjoy the party!

    Lija
    http://stitchingincrossesandmore.blogspot.co.uk/

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  44. Hello from Yukon, Canada! I'm still visiting GYB participants and I hope to be done by tomorrow. There is so many of us! Love your blog ♥

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  45. Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! Your yarn eater afghan is so pretty! I think I'll try the pattern.

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  46. Who was your winner? I must have missed the announcement!

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