Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My 200th Blog Post: An Abbey Bag Giveaway

I've only been blogging for six months, but in that short time I've noticed that bloggers love two things: readers and giveaways. I've also noticed that bloggers will do almost anything to get new readers {like give away free stuff} and to win the free stuff other bloggers are giving away to get more readers {like follow a new blog and tell all their readers about it}. I've also noticed that giveaways sometimes coincide with special occasions, like post 100 or a blog-iversary or a certain number of followers.

My 100th post came really fast and I wasn't ready for a giveaway. At the time, I hinted at a bribe-new-readers type of giveaway at some random post like 137, but that came and went and so did 164. In the meantime I gave away some milk glass serving plates of my grandmother's and some sleep masks for National Pink Day. But those weren't serious attempts at luring in new readers. Those were just for fun.

About the time that I hit post 187 I realized that if I wanted to do a giveaway for a special blogging event, I'd better hurry and get it together because post 200 was just around the corner. I've actually been planning to make this fun little goodie since I realized that you could bribe entice people to follow your blog. I've just been waiting for the right time to do it. That day has finally arrived. Today is my 200th blog post. Coincidentally, today is also the day that Mr. Bug and I had our first date 14 years ago, so it is a doubly good day to have a giveaway.

Without further ado, I present to you my 200th Post Giveaway. I'm giving away this cute little Abbey Bag pincushion, specially made by me. {There are more specifics about the pincushion here.}

Here's how my giveaway works:
Preamble: This pincushion is very girlie. The fabric has women on it saying things like, I got a sewing machine for my husband. Good trade, huh? and I told him it was unwise to make me choose between him and my fabrics . . . I will miss him though. I know that there are men who to like quilt {I follow several of your blogs} and so not to exclude the men, in the event that one of our quilting brothers enters and wins my giveaway, I will make a pincushion in more masculine colors. Keep in mind, the pincushion is gathered for cuteness and sits on top of a flower {which can't be left off because of the way the whole thing is put together} and the bag is all puffy and cute. So, it is still going to come out looking pretty, well, girlie. But I've turned this over in my mind quite a bit and that is the best solution I can come up with.

You do not have to have a Blogger account or blog to enter my giveaway. However, if you are using the anonymous posting option, please leave your first name and e-mail address in the following form: address @ domain name (dot) com. Anonymous posts with no contact information will be deleted.

The giveaway will be open until 11:59 pm {MDST} on Tuesday, July 27. I'll close the comments at that time and draw and post the winner by noon {MDST} on Wednesday, July 28.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Each person is allowed up to four entries.

1. Comment: leave a comment on this post. You can comment about anything {the weather, your favorite sports team, your kids, how you got engaged} but if you're stuck for something to say, I'd love to hear about your favorite sewing project. Leave me a link and I'll check it out.

2. Following: If you're already a follower of my blog, leave me a comment saying so. If you're new, become a follower of my blog {scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to find it} and then leave me a comment. {Editor's Note: If you're new here, please have a look around before you commit to following me just for a chance to win a pincushion. Read some of my other posts, know that I'm a little weird, I tend to ramble on, I'm not always super funny and although I try to keep religion contained to my Sunday posts sometimes it leaks out on other days. It is just who I am. And sharing who I am is part of my blogging process.}

3. Blog: Blog about my giveaway and then leave a comment with a link to your post. I'll come and check you out!

4. Button: Add my little button {thank you, Iris!} to your sidebar and then leave a comment with a link to your blog. If you already have my button, let me know in a comment.


Such a Sew and Sew

Good luck and let the fun begin!

120 comments:

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Mr. P proposed to me on our stone staircase right near our compost bin (how romantic - thanks for asking)

I already follow your blog...

And I already have your button in my sidebar because I don't follow trends E, I create them.

I'll blog about this later this week...and you'll know when I do because you'll see it.

Ok now that all the bidnuss is out of the way - I freaking love this abbey bag and you know I'm too useless to make one of my own. (Do I need to remind you again of my frienship bag with the disappearing handles...I just cant follow a pattern...

Great Giveaway Elizbeth.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Oh Crud...I forgot to say

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 200TH POST Eliazbeth!

Because I got so very excited about your super awesome giveaway.

coley said...

I would love that pincushion! I think it's great.
I'll be heading down to Utah again, to see my new neice! :)

coley said...

Oh, and I'm already a follower of your blog!

coley said...

One more thing, I already have your button on my blog! lol

coley said...

and lastly: http://broncos08.blogspot.com/2010/07/giveaway-from-such-sew-and-sew.html

its on my blog now, as you'll soon see anyways!

Congrats on post 200!!

a funny side note: I've been bloggin for 3 years and haven't gotten to 200 yet!

Brenda said...

Congratulations on your 200th post!!Great giveaway.

Brenda said...

I am already a follower.

JeffnJenna said...

I'm a faithful and happy follower :)!

Annelise said...

ive never followed a blog before. youre my first. that should count for double ;)

Annelise said...

hmm and i did just leave a comment but its not showing (delete this one if it does) saying I WANT TO WIN because this would be the perfect bday gift for my mom. if i dont win, im buying one from you.

Michelle said...

Hey Elizabeth,

I'm your number one fan, and I don't mean that in a Stephen King, Kathy Bates, Misery kind of way. ;-) I enjoy your blog. So I'm already a follower.

Michelle said...

Me? I'm all about the FMQ feathers right now. I'm just inches from finishing my first block, after what will be about 3 1/2 hours time invested. Thankfully, I am getting faster.

Love the Abbey Bag!

Michelle said...

Snitching your button. :-)

SewSara said...

hey i'm glad to find your blog! i totally need that pin cushion bag ... i'm always taping a walmart bag to my sewing table to toss scraps and thread.

SewSara said...

Why can't I figure out how to follow you? I don't see a "follow" thing in your sidebar ... but I added you to my google reader :)

Vicki said...

Congrats on 200 posts!

Ivory Spring said...

Please count me in! Congrats on your 200th post.

whimsyfox said...

Hi Elizabeth! Not here to try to win the Abby bag, though it is REALLY tempting. But you already made me an Abby bag so it just wouldn't be right to have two. Though mine isn't as colorful....*insert sad puppy eyes*....hahaha.... just wanted to say "you're welcome" for the button, thanks for the shout out. It was fun making it! I still think you're nuts for making multiples of everything, but you're also super awesome! Gonna go catch up on your posts, it's been a few weeks since I got to come over.....

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

2oo posts that is fantastic...I always love coming for a visit...look forward to your next 200..congratulations..

Quilt Nut said...

love this fabric; congrats on the 200 posts!

hubby proposed to me on the Riverboat in Disneyland at sunset :)

Quilt Nut said...

i follow you!

Quilt Nut said...

i grabbed your button

http://quiltnutcreations.blogspot.com

Beeshebags said...

Almost everyone knows what cold feels like, so I won't bore you with chit chat about the weather here in Australia at the moment! What I will do though is say Happy 200 Comments, and if you want to check out my latest bag, here's the link http://beeshebags.blogspot.com/2010/07/hot-off-presswell-nearlyits-actually.html I enjoyed making it. Hugs Naomi

Beeshebags said...

I'm now a follower, and no, not just to be entered in the giveaway....I stalk, ooops I mean follow peoples blogs because I hope to one day be up-to-date with my google reader and be able to read everyone's latest posts daily....in my spare time that is...hee hee hee. Hugs Naomi

Beeshebags said...

I'm about to blog about your giveaway.....it'll be on my blog in the next 5 minutes! Hugs Naomi

Beeshebags said...

I'm also off to pop your button on my sidebar. Hugs Naomi

Jenny Bolech said...

Congratulations on 200 posts - quite a landmark - I hope i get there some day:)
jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

Jenny Bolech said...

I'm a new blog follower too!
jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

Doina said...

Great giveaway! Please count me in!

Doina said...

I am a follower.

Doina said...

I have your button on my blog.

Patty said...

We have been having a very rainy summer so far. We had tons of snow, and now all the rain is really causing problems for the farmers in SW Iowa. Isn't this a boring post?

pinksuedeshoe said...

So, quick question for you, who did the drawings of your children in the sidebar. Because they are seriously awesome. And I love this little bag. If I don't win I might just have to make another! Also, Creamie LOVES the eyemask, she drapes it over her head every morning (along with one or two of my bra's) and walks around like she's the Queen of Sheeba.

retdairyqueen said...

Just found your blog and had a look around
Yes a giveaway seems to be the way to meet new friends

retdairyqueen said...

Iam now following you
Look forward to getting to know you

happeningswithLana said...

I have also just found your blog. I am enjoying looking around at it.

I LOVE the Abbey Bag. The material is GREAT!

I do alittle sewing that you can see some pictures on my blog.

happeningswithLana said...

I am going to blog about your give away now.

P. said...

That is an adorable bag/pincushion, and I love that fabric!

P. said...

Follower. (That sounds creepy).

P. said...

Will blog about it on Friday.

Barb said...

What a lovely pin cushion and thread catcher...truly love it. Congrats on your 200 post.

Barb said...

I am a follwer

Barb said...

I am posting

Barb said...

I am nabbing your button

Elizabeth said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. I don't know if your giveaway is limited to the US, but I thought I'd enter just in case.

I'm still working on some new Korean patchwork, but taking a blogging break while my parents are visiting me (yeah!).

Congratulations on your 200. I started blogging about the same time as you, but I have a long way to go to catch up.

Fiesta said...

Thank ypu for the chance to win. I have been wanting an abbey bag for a long time. Are they easy to make?
I am presently working on a crazy quilt. http://quiltingfiesta.blogspot.com/

Fiesta said...

I became a follower. Looking forward to reading your daily blog.

Fiesta said...

I added you to my blog roll.
http://quiltingfiesta.blogspot.com/

Penney said...

I love your blog and the unique pincushion! I'm adding you to my blog list and my (at the moment) favorite item to sew is my Needle Book!
http://faerieacres.blogspot.com

Just JaiCi's Crafts said...

I found you through a blogging friend...and it's darling! Thanks for the awesome give-away...and congrats on 200 posts!

p.s. for some reason i just KNEW you were LDS when I saw your blog :) :) :) (me, too!)

Just JaiCi's Crafts said...

I am a follower of you!

Just JaiCi's Crafts said...

Definitely snagged your button .... it's too cute!

Dayle Yates Harris said...

I am a follower and love your blog.. Too cute pincushion..

SRK Quilts said...

I am a follower and love your blog. My latest quilt project is in the making now and just posted some pics. It's a quilt using the new Karla Alexander Curved Slotted ruler. I love her Stack the Deck process and this one is no exception. Fun and you never know what the next block will look like. Happy Quilting!

Aunt Pitty Pat's Fun said...

Please enter me into your give away.. I saw this on Barb's blog ;)
M

quiltmom said...

What a nice giveaway- I love things that are handmade and I think the combo of a pincushion and bag for threads is very cute.
I saw your giveaway on Barb's blog. It is always nice to meet new to me bloggers- congratulations on reaching 200 posts.
Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
Anna
http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

quiltmom said...

I also have become a follower of your blog. One of the things that I love about blogging is that it has introduced me to many wonderful bloggers around the globe.
Regards,
Anna

Robin Quilts, etc. said...

Just discovered your blog and your great give away. I'd love to win that cute thread catcher.

Robin Quilts, etc. said...

I've become a follower for another chance to win.

Quilt Nut said...

I finally blogged it :)

http://quiltnutcreations.blogspot.com/2010/07/bloggy-giveaway.html

Tiffaney said...

Congrads on the 200th blog post! This is so cute - I might just have to make one for myself.

Nancy said...

Nothing wrong with a bribe, er, enticement to get people to follow. I did the same thing! don't you just love the feedback.
I think these are so cute and would love to win one. Fabric sound very cute.

Nancy said...

I'm now a follower. I love a little bit of weird!

SandyQuilts said...

I use google.com/reader to track my favorite blogs ... hope that counts

SandyQuilts said...

And I definitely could use that little jewel to help me celebrate the birth of GC#4.

Leslie said...

this is such a great giveaway...thank you so much for the chance

Anita in Florida said...

Happy 200th Post! Great giveaway, thanks for the chance.

Anita in Florida said...

I am now a follower and added you to my blog list.

Coloradolady said...

Congrats on your 200 post!!!

I am already a follower!!

And I love this giveaway!!! Crossing my fingers here!

Katie :o) said...

Oh what fun! I found your giveaway through beeshebags blog!

Katie :o) said...

And I am becomming a follower! Oh! Forgot to say that I enjoyed your fun writing style in posting this comment! I must be some kind of a throw-back to some former age... much as I love photos, it is the writing that really grabs me on a blog!

Kimberly said...

Congrats on your 200th! My favortie project is usually the one I am working on currently. However, I have made 3 Weekender Bags and will be starting a new one soon. I love the way the Weekender turns out. Making it though, not so much. You can see one of them here:
http://klum78.blogspot.com/2010/01/weekender-in-oh-about-3-months.html

Susan Entwistle said...

Congrats on your 200th post. I love your scrap bag/pincushion. Far superior to the one I've made.I adore the fabric. Thanks for giving me a chance to win it.

Susan Entwistle said...

I'm also your latest follower, and not just for the giveaway. I enjoyed reading. Thanks Ms. P for directing me here.

Anonymous said...

My wedding anniversary's in August 12th, we're going to turn 49 years together. My mom's going to turn 102 years old hopefully in January, she were married for 72 years with my dad, I guess we like to set new records in our family. Congrats in your 200th post, wish you many more to come, I love the Abbey Bag, I'd be honoured if I win!, it's such a cutie!
Melba
melbaks(at)yahoo(dot)com

Vivian said...

My son complained last night because there were fabric and thread snips on our carpeted staircase leading from my sewing room to the upstairs. I really need that Abbey Bag.

Vivian said...

I usually don't follow blogs I just bookmark them and go through the list every night and spend hours reading them. But after I saw your Twilight quilt I decided to follow. I sure don't want to lose this blog. Can't wait to see the finished quilt and go back and catch up on your archives.

meeyeehere said...

Ooh, my favorite sewing saying is when life hands you scraps make a quilt.Thats a good saying! yay!!!
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

meeyeehere said...

You are my kind of weird so I am following you!
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

Carol in E TN said...

Thanks for a great giveaway, it is very cute!

Carol in E TN said...

I became a follower on your blog, weird makes things interesting!

Eileen said...

well...got engaged on the way home from visiting my grandma in spokane. didn't want to appear too anxious, so every time we'd get near a jeweler at the mall, i'd run off to some other store and sweet guy would follow!! finally said yes about cle elum on I-90. Because of all of that, I had to drive to Utah from Seattle to actually get my ring--crazy girl, eh? Anyway...that was over 40 years ago, so guess it took. and my favorite sewing was making the blessing gown for my first girlie girl (granddaughter) 12 years ago, and then a similar one 4 years ago for the second of her twin sisters to wear. now i'm working on a quilt for their newest little cousin--another girl. blessed to have four girlie girls and four boyly boys!!

Eileen said...

LOVE the name elizabeth, too. it's the middle name of many of my family. my grandmother's name, many, many great grandmother's names on both sides of my family and in my husband's family. it's also one of my favorites for the beautiful story in the bible. i can't for the life of me figure out how to grab someone's binkie!! i would love for you to come visit my site--ladybug lovelies names for two of my favorite things, ladybugs and hearts. have a great day!

Marcia said...

Well, I quilt yet don't have a pin cushion. So.... this prize would be most helpful - and give me a place to put "the needles" too. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway to celebrate your blog milestone.

Anonymous said...

I don't sew all that much, and I'm not sure if it would be fair of me to win since you told me to look on your blog. But the bag sure is cute!

Love you! Your ten-years younger twin.

Nancy said...

Please include me in the drawing. This pincushion looks very handy(and cute!)

Nancy said...

I just became a follower of your blog. Please come and join mine-I am new to the blogging world. I have read blogs for years, but I just started my own. I was directed here by Karen of Sew Many Ways.

meri_drake said...

I'm a new follower (by way of Sew Many Ways) and LOVE your snowball quilt. I laughed out loud about the "wanting it back" and now you're glad to have another one waiting to sew. Glad you don't have to be an Indian giver! You did a lovely job on the stippling, btw!
Congrats on your 200th post. I think I'm almost ready to try blogging...maybe. It's kinda scary putting yourself out there but I'm glad you're doing it!

Carol Jordan said...

I just found you through facebookk Accuquilt. I love my Go. I have made 4 baby quilts this summer with nine patches and 6" squares. Everyone seems to like them and they are easy. I love your sewing caddy - hope I win.Carol J.

Carol Jordan said...

I recently retired from our public library. My husband had this strange idea that I would be staying home! I quilt with three bee's and attend weekend sewathons at my LQS. I love retirement.

Marilyn said...

Am a new follower, but have enjoyed what I've read so far. Love the Abbey Bag, and hope I win it, as I have two sewing machines and a serger - and they each need one of these, especially the serger. I think it's really cute.

Am enjoying your blog, and seriously considering starting one of my own...I guess I'm afraid it'll take too much time away from my sewing/quilting time to keep something up like this. I sure do admire you for keeping yours active, though!

Judy C said...

nice little pin cushion would love to win.

Lorelei said...

Hello Elizabeth, Love the blog... keep it up! Lorelei Y.

Lorelei said...

Oh and this is so much cuter than my tomato.

Becky said...

Congratulations! Love your blog. Would love to put the Abbey pincushion to work in my sewing room. One of my favorite quilting projects.... hmmm... they are all my favorites :) The t-shirt quilt I made for our school has to be one of my favorites. It was a challenge for me with color and technique. Have a wonderful day!

Becky said...

I am a new follower:) Thanks!

arlette said...

Oh my!!!!!! I'll die and go to heaven if I win the Abbey's Bag... I've been looking for the pattern for make one for myself since a long time ago, everywhere and didn't have luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, I think's too cute and I won't mention I'd love to have it :), thank you for brighten up my day

arlette said...

I really like the Abbey's Bag,and love to win, but I became your follower not only for that, you have a beautiful blog <3!!!, congrats

arlette said...

I already have the button of your blog on my profile, I like it a lot, looks a lit similar with the colors of your layout, still loving the Abbey Bag :D, lol

arlette said...

The info of the lovely giveaway is in the sidebar of my blog now!!!!!, you can check me!

Egater said...

This is lovely pincushion! If I don't win this I have to make one :)
Greetings from Estonia

The One and Only said...

My favorite project is the one Im currently working on because it is my first. I haven't found the time to baste, quilt and bind, but I will soon!! It's for a family friend who shares the same bday as my son!! Speaking of son, would you like to know how me and his daddy got engaged? Of course, I had to do it because I do everything :-) so, not sure what day it was, but he came home from work and the baby was laying on his boppy with the front of his onsie saying, "Daddy I think it's time" and on the back it said, "For you to marry Mommy" and his ring was attached with a ribbon...Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! Have a great day!!

cw said...

I just completed my first baby quilt (will be a donation since there are no babies in my circle). I loved working with the bright fabrics and am sure it will be the first of many. Thank you for the chance to win the lovely pincushion and thread catcher! Congratulations on 200!!

Quiltstory said...

Beautiful pincushion, it'd look great in my craft room :)

Nancy Sue said...

Am a follower....even in this 100 degree heat!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Nancy Sue said...

Am working on all UFO's this week. It's so hot, company has just left, have people sealing our deck, potty training the 2 year old, I NEED a little time to not have a deadline. I feel like I'm getting more done this week, than if a deadline hangs over my head. I want to keep this feeling and make it last to Dec 24th!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Dandelion Quilts said...

Congrats on your blog-aversary. I just love Abbey Bags. I have been so tempted to buy the pattern. Do you think they are tricky to make? Thanks so much for the chance to win, your blog is very inspiring.

Sandy said...

I love the quotes on that fabric!=) It reminds me of some of the magnets I have on the fridge. One of them says "I'm sorry, you must be confusing me with the maid we don't have". Thanks for the opportunity to win such an adorable prize.

Sandy said...

I am a follower.

sy said...

happy 200th post. i really want to make this spring ruffle top although spring has passed u_uhttp://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=791

sy said...

i'm a follower.

Victoria said...

The pincushion bag is one of the cleverest items I have seen in a while.
My favorite project is turning swap blocks into finished creations.

bobbie23nc said...

Wow, 200 post, that's alot of shared info. I could use this pincushion. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

lips said...

Congrats on 200 posts!
My husband proposed to me in his car parked behind our favorite deli - the Onion Roll - right by the dumpster!
Colleen
butler83ataoldotcom

lips said...

I am a new follower - I like your blog. Colleen
butler83ataoldotcom

SheilaC said...

That pincushion is adorable!! How sweet of you to offer to make a more "manly" model!!
Maybe you can do a tutorial?

SheilaC

SheilaC said...

New follower

SheilaC

meri_drake said...

Did I say I'm a follower? I am!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I just finished putting together the top of a new quilt out of Bliss and posted about it.