Thursday, November 21, 2013

Quilt label and a giveaway!

Isn't blog world great?!  Thanks to Elizabeth (check out her blog - it's lovely!), I did a label for the quilt in cross stitch. Don't know why I didn't think of that before as I have done many a cross stitch project.  I did some binding on it and then hand stitched it to the back of the quilt. 




Now it's in the washing machine getting that lovely soft and aged look.

I have been enjoying reading so many lovely blogs lately.  When Wendell and I were first married we told each other how we used to look at young families and dream of the day that we would have a little family and home of our own.  Family was, and still is, something that is very important to us and dear to both our hearts.  To this day, if we go for a walk in the early evening and the lights are on in people's homes, I love to peek inside and see the coziness of a home.  Call me nosy, but I just love to see people at home enjoying all that goes with family life (I don't mind seeing how they decorate either!).  I think that's one of the reasons I love to read blogs.  People often say that they are writing just mundane, everyday stuff - but it's the everyday stuff that makes up our lives. At the end of it all, it's what we do with our time here that matters.  If we have spent it trying to serve others, we will find that in doing so we have found true joy.  A great King once said that "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God".  I believe that with all my heart. As women and especially as Mothers, we serve a lot, and I think that's why we love our families so much.  We love those we serve. So don't get bogged down by your everyday responsibilities.  Especially young Moms, remember that you are doing the greatest job in the world.  Enjoy every day and find joy in the simple things in life. 

Now, because I have had so many lovely comments on my blog lately, and have been introduced to many new people, I have decided to have my first giveaway.  So I have a copy of this little book for someone.


There are some really cute projects in here.  These wrist warmers are lovely (I actually love the bag!)


Love the soft colours of this blanket


This looks like a bag I would have carried as a teenager.


And these teddies are adorable


So here are the rules.  Follow my blog and leave a comment on this post.  I will mail overseas, so don't let that stop you. I will choose a winner on December 3rd, so you will have it in time for Christmas.  Good luck!

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for the comment you left on my blog about a quilt label. I hadn't thought to do one, but you are right, I should. And now I've seen yours, I'm inspired! Happy to be following your lovely blog, and I really enjoyed this post Julie.

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  2. These are heirlooms CJ so it's important to label them. I actually didn't label the first couple I made, so I need to do that. You're the first our of the gate on the giveaway, so good luck!

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  3. Your quilt label looks just perfect!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I'm so glad you gave me the suggestion for the cross stitch!

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  4. Julie, how much do I echo your sentiments! Family is all important.
    I think its a fab idea to have done the cross stitch label for Alex and Bekah's quilt. Hopefully one day it will become a family heirloom and your great grandchildren will treasure it! Quilts get better with age and use I think.
    Please count me in on your giveaway.XX

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    1. They really do get better with age Anne (kind of like us?!) I just washed it and I love a new quilt when it comes out of the dryer - all soft and wrinkled! Wendell said I need to make one for us now! That's next on the agenda. Your name will go in the hat! Hope Tony is home and doing better. XX

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  5. Julie, I feel just the same way about blogs and I blog for exactly the reasons you said: it's extremely important to me to capture the simple happy things in my daily life, especially right now as I am parenting young children. It can feel very difficult at times and blogging helps me remember why I chose this lifestyle and gives me an even greater sense of purpose. I would love to be included in your giveaway. This book has been on my wishlist for a long time.

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    1. I think we may feel the minority sometimes, as Mom's who love the domestic life, but the more I read, the more I think that there are more and more women going back to basics and to what really matters. Time flies so quickly and it's so important to make the most of it! Good luck in the giveaway, this is a really cute book.

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  6. I absolutely love your blog - and all those examples from the crochet book are so good, I just want to make all of them. My little granddaughter would love the teddies; I love the colourful bag (and it would make an excellent gift for at least 2 of my friends) . . . well, as I said, I just love all of them. I have been reading for some time now but I'm ashamed to say I rarely post; neither do I have my own blog (not really confident that I would keep it up as my life is very quiet) but I hope I could still be eligible for the draw for this gorgeous giveaway. Many blessings on you and your loved ones. . . . . Rosemary xx (Rambler)

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  7. Thank you for your kind words Rosemary. You don't necessarily have to have your own blog to enter the giveaway, but you do need to be a follower of my blog. I need to know how to contact you if you should win.

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  8. I have made Christening quilts for my grandsons over the past couple of years Julie and I must admit the favourite part was cross stitching a label for the back.........I think it's important that future generations of the family have a little insight into who made the quilt and when it was sewn. I would love to own a quilt sewn by my grandmother, sadly this was never to be...........your label is lovely and makes the quilt a very special heirloom.

    Please don't add me into the giveaway as I already own this lovely book.

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    1. I agree Kim. It adds to a quilt to know who made it. I made quilts for my two other children and my grandaughter last Christmas and I labelled them. Someone once told me that the quilt their Mother made was like getting a hug from her when they wrapped themselves in it after she died. What a wonderful thought! I feel the same about journals and wish I had a journal that my grandmother had written. How do you finish your labels?

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    2. I almost make a mini quilt by backing the cross stitch label with some batting and fabric, then after sewing the layers right sides together, I turn and lightly press.........sometimes I centre the mini quilt label onto a small square of fabric left over from making the quilt before sewing the whole thing to the back of the quilt.

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    3. Thanks Kim, I am always curious how people do theirs. I did a similar thing in that I added binding to the aida cloth and it looks like a mini quilt. When it all came out of the dryer it was nice and soft (aida cloth too) so I am happy with it.

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  9. Thanks for your comment on my blog today. I know that you like English Pottery - did you notice the shelves of pottery in my "snug" room?!
    A dear friend, who collect antiques told me a few weeks ago that I should be putting my name on quilts I was making. I had not thought about it until then, but I will do so from now on. I am just about to finish a quilt for my goddaughter, but cannot show it on my blog until after Christmas, as all our presents are a surprise and I know she looks at my blog!

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  10. Hi Gill. No, I didn't notice that pottery on your shelves until you mentioned it. Looks like you have a good size collection there. I have a dresser in my dining room which is full of Emma Bridgewater mugs, jugs & teapots and that is just the top part. Underneath is all my Burleigh blue pottery dinnerware. We use Bridgewater Polka dot pattern for our everyday dishes. I live the weight of pottery from England - so sturdy! I look forward to seeing your quilt after it's been received at Christmas. I'm sure your Goddaughter will appreciate it!

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  11. The idea of the cross stitch label is a great one, and it looks lovely on the back of your quilt. I'm sure that your daughter will treasure it forever. As you know, I follow your blog, so would love to be included in your generous giveaway - I so love the colours of that bag that you pointed out! xx

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  12. Hi Amy, I hope you're feeling better. I will add your name to the giveaay. Good luck!

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  13. Hi Julie, thank you for inviting me to join your giveaway! Please don't enter my name, as I already have that lovely book! Someone is going to be a very happy winner! :) xxx

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  14. Oh well, maybe the next giveaway will be something for you. Yes, it is a lovely book and I know will be well loved by whoever winds it. Thanks for stopping by Tina.

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  15. Hi

    My first visit to your blog and I loved being here. Hopped over from Tina's blog. And I have never ever won a giveaway! That must not stop one from entering one. Be positive and keep going is what I am mulling over in my mind and smiling. I love to crochet. So lets hope for the best :0

    Good day

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  16. Hi Aishwarya, You actually have visited before as I remembered your very unusual name - it's beautiful! You never know, you just may win the first time. I won a giveaway last year and it was such a nice surprise!

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  17. Oh that little blanket with the flowers is stunning.............something simple that I could tackle....since I haven't done crochet since I was at school.........and that is long long time.....I could manage that....the colours are beautiful too. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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    1. The majority of things in the book are fairly simple to follow, so I'm sure you'd be able to do it. Good luck!

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    1. Hi and thanks for stopping by, Don't forget that if you want to be entered into the giveaway, you need to follow my blog (either on Blogger or Bloglovin). I'm glad you took a peek today.

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