August 18, 2012

500th Follower Giveaway! - Sponsored by The Fat Quarter Shop!

The winners of the Fat Quarter Shop Gift cards are:
Michelle Hudak
and
Hueisei

HOMESPUNBLUE marks my 500th follower!
She has also won a prize!!!

If I do not hear from the winners by next Friday, I will draw another name!

I want to say thank you again to everyone who follows my blog and keeps up with my quilting, sewing, love of pigs and my family.  Your visits are always welcome and much appreciated!


I never intended to start a blog. 
 Really, I didn't...

And then here comes Bonnie...

Bonnie stayed after me until I stopped resisting!  And now I am so glad that she stayed after me like she did!  Because if I had not started blogging, just look at all of the friends I would not have made over the past few years!

And 500 followers! WOW!  I would have never thought it! I remember 2 years ago I was wondering if I would ever have 200 followers! :)

I have lost my blog a couple of times and had to start over and I know I lost a few friends during those times and I hope that one day they will find me again. 

I count each and every one of you my friend and I hope you do the same.

YOU MAKE ME HAPPY!!


 I know there are some who have followed me in the past who do not keep up with me any more but they have not deleted themselves from my followers gadget so hopefully one day they will check in again. None of us have the time in our day to check out every single blog that we have ever followed every single day.... or every week for that matter.  And there are some who check in on you but do not comment so you are unaware that they are there.  I call them my "guardian followers".

My blog has undergone a small facelift over the past few weeks.  I have created a new banner to reflect our love of pigs and quilts.... hence the name of my blog.  

My good friend Carolyn Phillips of California drew the artwork on my banner of the little girls and their doll wrapped up in the quilts when I started my longarm business.  Isn't it precious!   I told Carolyn about how my granddaddy would come in early to wake us up when we stayed with him and granny in the summer and reach under the covers at the foot of the bed, grab our toes and say "wheeee little piggies...wake up"!  Of course, we were already awake but we would pretend to be asleep because this was our favorite time of the morning!  We would squeal and say "Stop granddaddy"!  all the time hoping that he wouldn't. lol  And the artwork was her interpretation of my story.  I loved it! The only things I told her were that I wanted the churn dash pattern on the quilt (my granny Ida's favorite) and  I wanted the little girls toes sticking out from under the quilts... hence the name of my longarm business "Cover Your Little Piggies Quilting Studio".

I have also moved my extra  "Pages" of the blog over to the right sidebar and have them labeled on one of those cute piggies!  I hope to add to each of those pages pretty quickly and hope you will find the time to visit them at periodic times to see what is new.  

I have several tutorials that I want to write up and photograph to share on the "Tutorials" page and hopefully I can do one of those every 2 weeks or at least once a month to keep new content there for you to enjoy.

I have gone to part time in my longarming business  but I do hope to add new content to the "Longarming" page once a month.

And I will continue to search for linky parties that I think you all would enjoy to add to the "Linky Party" page as well!

My "Creations" page is a place for me to file away the things I create and make for myself and others... mostly others.  I will always blog them right here on the home page but I will also post them on the "creations" page so you can find them all in one place.

Over the past 3 years I have blogged sporadically with 2011 being the biggest blogging year of the 3. Life happens to us all and I won't go in to that here but I am glad the ride is basically over.  I hope to blog more often now that life has settled down and I have more time to do things that I want to do.  And by going to part time in my longarming business (partly for health reasons, partly because I want to) , that will open up more time for me to piece, applique and crazy quilt!! ... And then share it all with you through photos and blog posts!  :)

I always enjoy seeing comments on my post. That lets me know that what I post is interesting to some people.  Not everything I blog is as interesting as other things but I hope that when you think of my blog as a whole you will find things that will keep you coming back.

I have tried things in the past to get bloggers together that didn't quite work out and maybe I didn't give them enough time.  I am going to be bringing some blog parties to my blog  and hope that you all will take part.  Blog parties are fun and you always make new friends!   Some of the older parties will come back and a few new ones are in the works.  So stay tuned!

 I just want my blog to be a fun place for you to come and visit  -  over and over again!

So to celebrate the milestone I want to have a giveaway and give something to 2 lucky followers!

One U.S. follower -- One international follower!

The Fat Quarter Shop has graciously offered up (2) 25.00 gift certificates (one per winner!) for me to use as my prizes!  They are the best at giving back to quilters all over blog land!

Since this is a 500th Followers Giveaway, you do have to be a follower to be eligible to win one of the prizes...
new followers are welcome, if you aim to keep coming back to visit me from time to time. :)

And.,.. since The Fat Quarter Shop is so great at making quilters happy... You should go pay them a visit.  Come back and tell me what your favorite upcoming fabric line is.... It isn't for sale just yet... You can find these in any of the Specialty Cuts categories. :)

That's it... 2 simple things...

Be a follower of PigTalesandQuilts and tell me you are!

and

Visit Fat Quarter Shop and tell me your favorite upcoming fabric line!

The giveaway will end at 7 pm Eastern time on August 18th, my older sisters birthday! :)

GOOD LUCK!

and HOMESPUNBLUE -- You win a prize for being the 500th follower!!!  Please send me an email using my Contact Me button on the right sidebar.  You are a no-reply blogger and do not have a blog so I cannot contact you.

AND THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FRIEND!!!

143 comments:

LynCC said...

Hi! I'm a follower :) I'm glad life is settling down better for you.

Gill said...

Hi Thearica
I found you in the Christmas blog hop and now I'm your newest follower!

Gill said...

I'm looking forward to the arrival of 'Simply Spots' at the FQS¬

LynCC said...

Oh, dear! How to choose my favorite in their upcoming fabrics - Anna Bella? Blushing? Cruzin'? Cuzco? Extraordinary World? Frippery? Juggling Summer? Pirate Matey's? Joyfully 'Round the Garden? Sew Be It? Urbanista? Winter Elegance? I'm in trouble!!

Rebecca said...

I'm a follower, congrats on reaching 500!
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Rebecca said...

I'm looking forward to Hello Sunshine at the Fat Quarter Shop! THANKS for the chance!

Thearica said...

Welcome to my blog Gill!

Thearica said...

I know!! I see so many I want!!!

Thearica said...

Thanks Rebecca!!

Barbara Woods said...

i like the amy bulter spots

Barbara Woods said...

i am a follower

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Me too! I'm a follower.

Patty said...

I am an email follower. So glad I found you and congratulations on reaching 500. My favorite upcoming(s) are the following 3. Big Red, My dad had an IH tractor,Treasures and Star Wars II, for my daughter and HER daughter.

Judy B said...

I am a follower! The Fat Quarter Shop has the best fabric. My favorite is Peach Cobbler by Hoffman, looks and sounds yummy! Thanks for the great giveaway.

Jen said...

impossible to pick!! I love so much of their shop, and I can't tell you how much i hope i'll win this giveaway! I guess if I"m going to pick one, I'd go with Bella, but there are so many I drool over on that site!!

Pokey said...

Congratulations on 500 followers, that's amazing, isn't it? You do inspiring posts, that's why. I am a follower from way back. Life sometimes does throw curve balls, but We'll keep swinging at them, right? I've had a few myself, so let's grab our bats and gloves, and play ball ~
:-}pokey

Pokey said...

I do like the bright happy prints:
Cuzco, Hill Farm, Gypsy Girl, Simply Spots...where to stop....
:-}pokey

Lisa Marie said...

I follow your blog. Thanks for the chance to win!

Lisa Marie said...

I browsed the Coming Soon pages at FQS. That could be dangerous to one's budget! I already had a list of upcoming lines I want to get, so I thought today I'd look for one I hadn't seen before. I found Cruzin' by Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup. So cute! Add it to the list!

Thearica said...

Me too!!!

Thearica said...

A very familiar face! :)

Thearica said...

I wish there was a way to know how many email followers you have.

Thearica said...

I have fresh peaches on the counter. A cobbler sounds yummy! Oh but wait, you were talking fabric. lol

Thearica said...

Drool away! :)

Thearica said...

Let's play! Yep, another very familiar face who has stuck with me for a long time!

Thearica said...

Hi Lisa! yes, you have been a follower for a long time as well! :)

ritainalaska said...

thoroughly enjoyed the coming soon pages at fat quarter shop, thank yoou! Softly Blushing Fat Quarter Bundle by Margot Languedoc for Henry Glass Fabrics is coming in february next year ... a long time to wait for this pretty collection. softly green with gold accent fabric, it suits my mood right now!

ritainalaska said...

i am a follower! like your new blog frame!

SeeingStars said...

Of course I follow your blog! Love to visit you. :)
The FQS has some adorable new fabrics scheduled. I love some of those batik collections, but when I saw the Bee Happy Fat Quarter Bundle by Shelly Comiskey for Henry Glass Fabrics, I found a new favorite.

Kathrynn said...

I'm a follower, I try to check out your blog everyday. I don't always comment, sorry

Kathrynn said...

I'm looking forward to Blush Anna Bella

ShirleyC said...

I've been a follower, and I enjoy your blog. I've been lax too lately. Life just gets in the way sometimes.

ShirleyC said...

I know right now that my little grandson would have a fit if he saw the "Battle over Gotham" FQ bundle! They have so much to choose from!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I'm a long time follower and enjoy your blog very much!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I love Winter Elegance! Thanks for the chance!

Patricia said...

I started following you recently and have been enjoying your posts!

Patricia said...

I think I would like the Kaffe Fassett Water Collection although the earth and fire look good too!

Barb said...

Coming in Nov is The Morris Apprentice collection--I see applique! BTW I am a follower :)

Mom C said...

My grandkids are way into Strawberry Shortcake. Who knew! They'd love aprons, skirts or pillowcases. congrats on sticking to blogging. Thanks.

Needled Mom said...

I am a follower and look forward to the upcoming plans on your blog. Congraulations on reaching such a great milestone. I think it will be fun to see the new lines of Coffee Break and Country Time with the chickens.

AlessandraLace said...

I love Cuzco. I am follower from Italy. thank you for this chance. congratulations for your blog and so many followers. hugs

Sallie said...

Congratulations! I'm a follower.

Sallie said...

I LOVE Chambray Rose Collection Collection Yardage
Rachel Ashwell for Treasures by Shabby Chic!

Mike Pearson said...

I'm a follower! I think I'm at that point wondering if I will ever reach 200!!!

Mike Pearson said...

Hmmmm... Amy Butler Spots... and oh, man I love those Monkeys: A Fun Day in the Jungle :)

Linda said...

HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU VIA GFC AND BLOG LOVIN'!
THANK YOU FOR SHARING A NEAT GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Linda said...

CONGRATS ON 500 !
VISITED FQS AND I'D CHOOSE THE "SWEET FLOWER SUGAR" FQBUNDLE!
THANKS TO YOU+FQS FOR SHARING A NEAT GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Chris said...

Well...I didn't have to go too far to find my favorite. It's Amy Butler's Spots. You know how I love dots!! Congrats on number 500, T...

shawkl said...

Of course I'm a follower...from the start and glad to be here! And it's hard to pick a line of fabric that isn't pretty at the Fat Quarter Shop...but Softly Blushing looks line one I'd use right away!
Hugs, and congrats on your 500th!
Kathy

Hilachas said...

I like "Winter Elegance," so pretty. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway I'm a long-time follower.

Jane S. said...

I'm a follower of yours through Google Reader/RSS feed, and I also love pigs and quilts! My youngest daughter raises pigs every year for 4H...every year after fair she says she'll never do that again, and every spring she gets 2 more weaner pigs. :)

Winterkist by Monica Solorio-Snow can't get here quickly enough for me! Seems like I've been waiting a long time for those little gnomas. I'm also really looking forward to The Morris Apprentice line. Good stuff!

Thank you for the nice giveaway!

JustPam said...

I am a follower and I think Incense and Peppermints is soft and pretty. Congrats on 500 followers.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Congrat's on 500 T! That is quite a milestone. FQS is fabulous~ too hard to choose just one. LOL I do like Amy Butler's Spots though... ;-)

Denise said...

Congrats on 500 Followers! Wow! I am a Follower of your blog. Thank you for the chance to win a prize!
blessings, denise daniel :D

Denise said...

Congrats and best wishes for many more years of blogging. My favorite new fabric from The FQ Shop is Octoberfest Batiks - love the purples and oranges.
blessings, denise daniel :D

Thearica said...

Thanks Rita!

Thearica said...

Kim.. It always makes me happy to see you visit! From one Alabamian to Another - Roll Tide!

Thearica said...

I don't comment on every blog I go to either... But it is nice to know you are visiting. :)

Thearica said...

Yes, it does... Hope things are better for you soon!

Thearica said...

Good luck on the giveaway!

Thearica said...

Welcome to my blog!

Thearica said...

Good luck!

Thearica said...

I am glad that I did!

Thearica said...

Always a pleasure to see you mary!

Thearica said...

I love my international friends!

Thearica said...

Good luck!

Thearica said...

Hi Mike.. I visited you and love that hexie quilt!

Thearica said...

You should sign up for the Men Quilt Too Show that airs on my blog Oct. 1!

Thearica said...

You will have to tell me about the Blog Lovin'

Thearica said...

Oh yeah!

Thearica said...

Kathy.. You inspire me every day to keep going... and I am working my backside off getting something new ready to air! :)

Thearica said...

Good luck!

Thearica said...

I wish we had 2 pot bellied pigs. We would name them Porky and Petunia. :)

Thearica said...

Good luck pam!

Thearica said...

Hi Sandie.. You and I think alike.. Love those dots!

Thearica said...

Good luck Denise!

Thearica said...

Thank you for the well wishes!

hueisei said...

Congrats on 500 followers! :)
I've been following for you for sometimes ;)
I love Gypsy Girl from FQS.

Melinda said...

I'm a follower! Congrats!

Melinda said...

I want Seaglass Bella by Amanda Murphy!

Pam said...

Hiya! I'm a follower by email, love getting the posts. Congrats on 500, way to go!!! Blessed be, hugs!!!

playamom57 at yahoo dot com

Marcia W. said...

I follow your blog.

Pam said...

The Macaron Bali Snaps really caught my eye, but there are so many to choose from---I'd love to have them all!!! Blessed be, hugs!!!

playamom57 at yahoo dot com

Karrin Hurd said...

Congratulations Thearica on 500 followers, of which I am one. I would choose By the Sea by Helen Weinman fat quarter set.

Marcia W. said...

I'm looking forward to the arrival of Cuzco by Kate Spain for Moda and Civil War Melodies by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabrics. Thanks FQS.

Goosegirl said...

I think the Cherry On Top collection looks yummy! And I am a happy and faithful follower.

lisa said...

I've been a follower for a while, but lately haven't been "talking" back much. I do read still!

I want a jelly roll (you didnt tell me to tell you what cut, but I am doing it anyways) of Simply Color by V and Co. I saw somethign on Pinterest I want to make with it!

Charlene S said...

I am a follower.

Charlene S said...

They are all lovely and each one becomes my favorite when I see it.

Jayardi said...

• • • Congratulations on your 500th follower! I am a follower, but alas I do it manually. Do I still qualify? ;)

Mhairi said...

I am a follower. Congratulations on your 500th follower. I certainly love reading your posts.

Mhairi said...

I am really excited about the Winterkist range. I can't wait to get that one and start sewing.
I also saw the Little Stitches Embroidery Book that looks wonderful

Michelle Hudak said...

Newest follower here! Thanks for a great giveaway....my daughter and I are anxiously awaiting "Get a Clue with Nancy Drew" coming in November. It's going to make a great Christmas gift for both of us because we're planning a Nancy Drew quilt for my daughter who happens to be the world's biggest Nancy Drew fan (as was I at her age).

shel704 at aol dot com

quiltmom said...

500 followers - that is terrific. What a nice way to celebrate by having a giveaway. I am a long time follower who reappears periodically- It is always fun to see what you are doing on your blog.
I really like the new Incense and Peppermint fabrics by Robin Pandolph - I love her pretty flowers and the pink and brown look like a lovely combo..
The fat Quarter Shop does have wonderful fabrics. Thanks for having such a nice giveaway and for continuing to enjoy blogging- It really is a fun way to connect with others.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

Mommarock said...

It was easy for me to choose! We are a Navy family. Met my husband when we were both in the Navy. Now my son is in the Navy. I would have to be Navy a Military Salute by Dan Morris for RJR Fabrics.

Homemaker Honey said...

I'm a new follower from Australia, G'Day!

Deborah
homemakerhoney @gmail .com

Homemaker Honey said...

Amy Butler Spots is my favorite upcoming fabric line.

Deborah
homemakerhoney @gmail .com

lanybleu said...

I am a follower from sunny Ireland (thats an achievement in itself, probably the only sunshine we have seen so far this summer.)
Well done on 500 followers.

lanybleu said...

Meek Sew Be it would be my fav.

krisgray said...

Congrats - love your new look! I am a happy follower.

krisgray said...

One of the new lines that I like is Double Chocolat.

andri. said...

Am a new international follower:)
andri_chama(at)yahoo(dot)com

andri. said...

I'm looking forward to cuzco! Congrats for more than 500 followers, that's a lot!
andri_chama(at)yahoo(dot)com

Thearica said...

Welcome to my blog!

Thearica said...

I would love to see Ireland!

Thearica said...

Welcome to my blog!

Thearica said...

Thanks for stopping in today!

Thearica said...

Good luck Melinda!

Thearica said...

Thanks for visiting today Pam!

Thearica said...

Hi to a familiar face!

Thearica said...

Thanks Karrin!

Thearica said...

Good luck!

Thearica said...

Been wondering where you were.. :)

Thearica said...

Hi Charlene!

Thearica said...

Yes, Jean.. Cannot leave you out!

Thearica said...

One day you HAVE to tell me how to get those dark dots and stuff you have on your post at HGTV! :) Trade you a jar of pickle. ha!

Thearica said...

Good luck!

Thearica said...

I am glad you are a follower and thank you for sticking with me. :)

Thearica said...

Mommarock... everyone loves your blog!

Thearica said...

Welcome to my blog! Love Australia!

Thearica said...

Hmm... Have to go check that one out!

Thearica said...

Thank you! I like it too! :)

free indeed said...

I'm a follower, but have been one of the 'guardians' lately. Once they changed stuff, I had a hard time finding things, but I'm getting the gist of it again. You know...old dog :P....

free indeed said...

I loved the Little Boy Spot On fq bundle...TOO CUTE!!!!

Emily C said...

I am a follower.

Emily C said...

I love Anna Bella by Studio 37

Thearica said...

I didn't like the new look at first but now I can't remember how it looked before.

Thearica said...

Good luck Emily.

hennies.pennies said...

I think I'm in love with the Wintery patterns... A Year to Crow About! Love them!! Be especially blessed... and congrats on a wonderful milestone!!! Kathy

Debbie said...

Congrats on the 500 follower milestone, Thearica, of which I have been one for a long time!

Debbie said...

I would like to see some of those chevron fabrics. The new Kona colors are great, too!

SewCalGal said...

Congratulations Thearica. You have delightful blog and help to make our world of quilting so wonderful in a variety of ways, including your blog. I'm happy to be a follower, even if I don't always leave a comment.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Ali said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway! I am looking forward to Inkwell by Meg Hawkey for Lecien Fabrics, a few really cool prints including some texty ones that I can't wait for!

aerialkabuki said...

I'm a follower!

aerialkabuki said...

I'm looking forward to Bella Yardage by
Amanda Murphy for Blend Fabrics.

Jennifer Gail said...

Hi I love love Aunt Grace first place. I follow:)

Marilyn said...

HI Thearica. Congratulations. I won't be able to enter your contest because it just takes way to long to do followers on dial-up, but I check your blog every morning :). I'm working away on my entry for the next CQ are quilts too.

diane said...

Absolutely the chicopee collection is my favorite, but then again there isn't a fabric I don't like!! I'm a follower......now:)

Michelle C said...

I've been a "ghost" follower for months....keeping you bookmarked, but not officially following. I've made the leap...Congrats on 500! What a monument!

Quilt n Queen said...

Congratulations Thearica...500 followers. I've been a 'ghost' follower too, I made it official. Moda's Dancing in the Rain by Edyta Sitar...can't wait till it gets into my LQS. Have a wonderful weekend, happy stitching, I'll be back often!!

Marlene said...

Just became a new follower! The upcoming fabric I'm waiting patiently for at the Fat Quarter Shop is Amy Butlers "Spots"

hueisei said...

Thank you for choosing me as the winner :)

susane said...

I really love what you do wonder how did I miss your blog

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