Sunday, 25 January 2015

Grow Your Blog - January 25th

Hello!

Once again, I am participating in the Grow Your Blog party, kindly organised by 2 Bags Full.  Click on the icon over there (points to the right.....) to be redirected to Vicki's website.

I participated in the Grow Your Blog last year, and I met lots of lovely people, so I thought I would have another go!

I'm Suzie, I am Australian, and whilst I've tried many forms of needlework, mostly I'm quilting now.  In a previous life I once share owned a quilt shop, and I find I still have many UFO's still needing to be finished that were leftover from there.  I do love to knit though, and I tend to do that, late at night, when the family has gone to bed and the house is quiet.

I thought perhaps over the next couple of days I might show you some of my last few finishes, so you can get a feel of what my blog is like and decide if you want to follow me or not.

I've always loved 1930s reproduction fabrics, and Aunt Grace are my favourites.  I've made quilt top after quilt top in these styles of fabrics.







































There are more, mostly still in phases of completion.  I tend to hyperventilate if my box of thirties fabrics gets down, as an empty box of thirties prints would be just awful.

I also love Civil War fabrics, and I've made a million or so scrap quilts.  I'm particularly fond of Bonnie Hunter designs, so they pop up on my blog a lot.  

I'll save the Civil War and the scrappy quilt photos till the next few days, I think, rather than explode your internet browser with all the photos.

I'd love you to comment and leave your blog name so I can pop over and visit you.  I'm thinking of having a giveaway, because (in a purely serendipitous quirk of fate) this happens to be my 500th blog post so if you'd like to enter my competition, please leave your name and contact details on this post.  I haven't a clue what I will give away yet, but I hope it will be something that will tickle your fancy.  I've never done a giveaway before, so this is a new experience for me.

Thanks so much for the visit, if you're new to my blog.  And if you're not, if you're a longer time reader, thanks so much for sticking around for 500 posts - I value these new friendships I am making very much.

Happy Quilting!

Suzie



67 comments:

  1. All that lovely 1930s lusciousness is wonderful Suzie. I was going to say that I liked the Dresden Plate block, but then I saw another photo, and then another...... Love them all.

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  2. I'm visiting from Grow Your Blog hop. My blog is in Section 24. I enjoyed all your happy 30s quilts.
    Nancy from PugMom Quilts!

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    1. Hiya Pugmum, thanks so much for visiting. I've just become a follower of your blog, so that will be great! Thanks again for your comment,

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  3. I would like to officially welcome you to the party! Vicki and I are delighted to have you join in the fun! What beautiful quilts you have created. I too love the reproduction fabrics...just seeing them brings back memories. I look forward to seeing more of your blog and your stitching!
    Deb

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    1. Thanks so much, Deb. I've really enjoyed bloghopping now that I have a little time to put away for it. It's such a great concept.

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  4. So many lovely quilts! I think my favorite is the hearts and diamonds one. I took a peek back through some posts and I must say your roses are beautiful.

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    1. Thankyou so much, wish I could take credit for the roses but sadly, they are all my husbands doing. Still, I get to enjoy them without any of the work, so that's a plus!

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  5. Hi Suzie - I follow your blog by email and love seeing what you are doing. I'm participating in the GYB event. Like you I am a quilt maker and my blog is Faeries and Fibres (section 34).

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    1. Hi Karen,

      I follow your blog too! Must have signed myself up last blog hop. I do love your stuff, and I'm so glad you're a follower of mine. I hope the GYB works well for you!

      Suzie

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  6. Hi Suzie...I'm stopping by fromthe GYB event and am your newest GFC follower!! YAH!! I too love 30's prints and am a quilter too. Stop by: val from myplvl.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Val,

      Thanks so much for following. I've been on your blog many times before and am now a new follower! Thanks again.

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  7. I love 30's repo, but haven't done much with them. Your quilts are awesome!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Shauna. I adore them too. I've become a follower of your blog now, your quilt photos are so lovely. That's what I am aiming for this year - clear, lovely photos. But we shall see. Thanks again.

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  8. Glad to meet you! I am having a lot of fun seeing all the great inspiration, so many new ideas! L

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    1. Beautiful quilts, and you blog is very entertaining I enjoyed traveling through it '
      gladyswahl@yahoo.com

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  9. I love the vintage style beauty of your work and the colors and prints you choose for it. Very pretty! I am following you on Bloglovin so I won't miss a thing from now on. And please include me in your give away! Thank you! I just smile away at someone who knows they want to give "something" away - but just not exactly sure "what" yet! You're my kind of people!

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    1. Hi J!

      Thankyou so much! I'm sure I'll find something lovely and quilty to send through to my lucky winner, it's not like I don't have much fabric here :)

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  10. Congratulations on 500 posts. What a great milestone.

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  11. What a great quilt show of your 30's quilts...very inspiring! Thanks for sharing.
    Kathy T. in Tampa

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    1. Thanks so much Kathy. I do love them!

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  12. I love your quilts so bright and cheerful!! I'm here visiting via GYB hop! Congrats on your 500 posts - that is reason enough to celebrate!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Michele! Muted colours are lovely too but you can't beat a shiny, happy quilt!

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  13. Your blog was recommended on the Stashbusters list. I'm trying to bust my 30's stash this year. Thanks for the great design ideas!

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    1. Oh really? Do I need to be on this list? Is it a good one? Stashbusting seems like such a good concept but I'm always amazed at just how little fabric we need to make a quilt. Thanks so much for your kind comments.

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  14. Lovely to meet you - your quilts are fabulous!
    Congratulation on 500 posts!

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  15. Love 30's prints. Congratulations on your 500th blog post!

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  16. I love all those sweet '30's prints, too! Nice to meet you and visit your blog, and I'd love to be entered in your giveaway :-)

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    1. Hi Maggie,

      Consider yourself entered! Thanks so much!

      Suzie

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  17. Hello I'm Melissa and I just started a new quilting blog http://asssowip.blogspot.com
    I'm following you via Bloglovin :)

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    1. Hi Melissa,

      I will go over right now to your blog and have a look! Thanks so much for posting!

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  18. Your quilts remind me of the old ones we had in my childhood! That color palette!

    t_ktl at yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Alexis, thank you so much. I do love the colours of the thirties stuff, so bright and cheery. I will never grow out of it!

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  19. Congratulations on your 500th (now 502) blog post! What a great thing! Wow, are you ever a prolific quilter and such amazing quilts. I looked at your two newer posts and enjoyed them too. Have fun at the blog party!

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    1. Thanks so much. I'm not anywhere near as prolific as I would like, mostly this is stuff I've done over the last twenty years. And the blogging is sporadic but I've tried very hard this year so far to be On Top Of It. I've become a follower of your blog and will now go and spend some time having a look!

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  20. Hello, I signed up to follow you -- I love what you make! Glad to have found your blog. sarah@forrussia.org

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    1. Thankyou so much, Sarah. I really appreciate it.

      Suzie

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  21. Hi. I'm having so much fun visiting folks at the party! This is my first year of participating. Your blocks are wonderful. My blog is jojohall.blogspot.com.

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    1. Hi Jo Jo, thank you so much for your kind words :) I've had a look at your blog and your recipes look AMAZING....definitely will be a follower from now on!

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  22. You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

    So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

    What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

    Happy crafting!
    SuZeQ

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    1. Thanks so much Sue!

      I will head over to your blog right now!

      Suzie

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  23. Hello. I Absolutely looove the 30 reproduction fabrics so my heart is beating double time after seeing everything you have made. Your quilts are so beautiful! I am a new follower so I am looking forward to seeing all your lovely creations.

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    1. Thankyou so much, Joyce! I like loads of fabrics but the thirties are really my one true love. I'll never grow tired of them.

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  24. Hi Suzie! I'm visiting from GYB and have become a follower! I Also enjoy piecing Bonnie Hunter designs and working with Civil War and scrappy fabrics. I can't wait to get to know you thru your blog
    gunterheather at yahoo dot com
    Www.peachypages.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Heather,

      Thanks so much for your lovely comments. I guess we enjoy the same sort of thigns! I will pop over to your blog now and have a look! Thanks again!

      Suzie

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  25. Hi, Suzie - popping in from GYB. Your quilts are gorgeous. Wish the few I've made look half as nice.
    Best wishes for a successful quilt show - and I've just become a follower!
    Kim at WisdomwithNeedleandThread

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    1. Thanks so much Kim! It's so kind of you to say so.

      Suzie

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  26. Ive hopped over from gyb party. Youve made so many quilts! 30s prints are sweet arent they. Congratulations on hitting 500 (+) posts!

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    1. Hi Mokki, yeah I have done many, many, MANY quilts and now I don't know what to do with all of them. But as Bonnie Hunter says, they wouldn't ask a painter to stop painting just because he has done a lot of paintings! I'm all about the process really, not so much the finished resuilt, though I do like to finish. Thanks again!

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  27. I'm visiting via GYB from Canada. Thanks for sharing your wonderful quilts. I'm also having my first giveaway.

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    1. Hi Judy

      Thanks so much for visiting. I'll pop over and have a look at your website too now!

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  28. Your quilts are so pretty - I love the scrappy look and that you're using the 30's prints. Thank you so much for inviting us to come over for a visit (and congratulations on the 500 posts milestone too!)

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    1. Thanks so much for coming! Hope you had a nice look around!

      Suzie

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  29. What a wonderful blog and love the name! :) Your quilts are sooo colorful, love them! I will be following as I am a new quilter and your quilts are inspiring. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Connie, thanks so much for your comment. The name is a combination of the two nicknames I have for my girls, and it worked well. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit.

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  30. I love 1930's reproduction prints, too! I have a bunch of old scraps from my grandmother's attic and I think they would go well with some reproduction prints. I really want to make a double wedding ring quilt with the scraps and some new prints. Maybe some day...

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    1. I've done a double wedding ring and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I strongly recommend buying a template set like the Quilt In A Day ones (I think that's who I used). Made the whole process so much easier.

      Thanks so much for your posting

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  31. I love the log cabin / dresden plate quilt. I don't think I've seen that combination before - it looks wonderful.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  32. Your quilts are lovely, and I enjoyed reading about the evolution of the blue too. Visiting from the GYB hop. I'll be adding you to my Bloglovin list!

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  33. You can never have too much fabric! :) I'm looking forward to looking at your other posts for inspiration!

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  34. I am totally impressed with the number of quilt tops you have made and photographed. Amazing!

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  35. I'm confused...I wanted to enter the drawing for the pincushion/sewing tools kit and "went" to this link. Would love to win since I'm known for losing a pin or two! Thanks! akronne17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  36. I'm confused...I wanted to enter the drawing for the pincushion/sewing tools kit and "went" to this link. Would love to win since I'm known for losing a pin or two! Thanks! akronne17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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