Today is a big day. This marks post number 1,000 for Sew'n Wild Oaks. I can't believe when I started blogging in 2008, it would take me this far. I can't believe that morning after morning, usually at or before the crack of dawn, I'm at the kitchen table in my jammies with coffee cup at hand. I sit and write about quilting and my daily life.
First of all, I wasn't a quilt designer in 2008. I had just retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a Geographic Information Systems Analyst. I started working at In Between Stitches just one day a week....every Monday. You know the phrase, "Will work for fabric." Well that was me.
One thing led to another. The very supportive shop owners Leslie and Melissa, had me making shop samples, then I offered to design the quilt for a shop hop, and I became hooked on designing. I now have 17 patterns and a resource manual all under the Sew'n Wild Oaks name. (Insert confetti tossing here!)
Blogging has opened up a whole new world for me. I've made and met so many blogging friends over the past six years from around the world. It has been an amazing experience and I treasure our friendships, our meeting, and our good times we've spent together.
I also treasure that fact that morning after morning YOU, sit in your jammies and read, and comment back to me. I love to read your comments! They make my day and make me look forward to putting together another post.
Half the time when I sit down to post, I have no clue what I'm going to say. Who knows what comes out of these typing fingers at 5am!! Some posts are better than others.....some write themselves......some are a struggle. Just like quilt blocks, you can't hit them all out of the ball park.....but you can try.
To help me celebrate this momentous occasion, the kind and generous folks at Marcus Fabrics are donating a bundle of fabric for me to giveaway! The fabric is on it's way to my home as we speak. As soon as it arrives, I will post a picture so you can see what you have a chance to win. Knowing Marcus Fabrics......it's going to be good! I will also include any pattern of mine that you want. You will have your pick of the litter!
Speaking of litters, Mazey turned 8 months old this week. Those of you that have been following my blog know that she will be selecting the winning name. So it's time to suck up to Mazey, who will accept any form of bribery from Kibble to toys.
To enter my contest, all you have to do is make a comment on any of my posts between now and next Saturday, December 13th by 12pm. I will hold the drawing on the 14th and announce the winner. If you are a "no-reply" blogger, please include your email in your comment. If I can't get in touch with you, then you can't win. You can also send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will enter you name in the contest.
All of the blocks in this post are made with Marcus Fabrics and will be included in my newest pattern called Lil' Orphan Scrappy. I've been playing around with different settings. This offset setting could be interesting and give me lots of space for some wonderful quilting.
Until the next time......which will be soon,