A new award and another sneaky peek :-)

Hi everyone!

Just before I begin……

I have noticed that many readers from all over the world are reading my posts and browsing the tutorials etc. The only thing is, a lot of them don’t leave comments and then they are gone 😦 I sometimes look at my blog statistics and think “Oh, if only they had left a comment”, especially if they come from somewhere I need to look up because I don’t know where it is πŸ™‚ Please feel free to join us and leave a comment so we can all chat about sewing πŸ™‚ I’d really love to hear from you πŸ˜€

One of my lovely readers at redheadedstitcher.wordpress.com has nominated my blog for a Readership Award. Thank you so much πŸ™‚

As usual, I will be happy to take part but will break the rules. What a rebel! I won’t be nominating any blogs but will link to some of my favourites and if they want to take the award for themselves it is up to them πŸ™‚

I do read quite a mixed bag so here are the links in no particular order. I’m not going to describe the blogs or the writers behind them. That way there will be an element of surprise when you get there πŸ˜€ Enjoy them all. I do!

Treadle Music




Double Barrel Outdoors


Not Without the Bike

Made By Patch

Chic Envelopements


Jodi Stone

Occasional Crafter

Dragonfly Quiltworks

The Cheshire Quilter

Dog Tails Blog

Nero’s Post and Patch

Time To Be Inspired

If I’ve missed anyone out, it wasn’t intentional so if you want me to link to you in my next post, just ask πŸ˜€

Have fun hopping around to see what they are all up to!

Now for another sneaky peek. I’ve finished my sampler quilt top. It isn’t pressed yet but you get the idea πŸ™‚ If you’d like the instructions, they are in my tutorials category on the right of the page. The remaining parts will follow soon πŸ™‚

I’ve got a busy week ahead of me, so for now, have fun crafting!

Avis x

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  1. how lovely that you got an award xx I wont be pinching it … but thanks for the mention xx

  2. Is this the renegade seamstress you follow? http://chicenvelopements.wordpress.com/ I couldn’t find a wordpress one.

  3. I just realised it is a wordpress blog just not a wordpress URL. Sorry about that. ☺

  4. claire93

     /  September 25, 2012

    not to worry, you’re not the only one who has people stop by and never leave a comment ^^
    guess there must be some really shy people out there lol

    • Yeah, I know it must happen to everyone. I was just trying to encourage more people to take part because I’ve met so many lovely people on here and I think the silent few could enjoy that too πŸ˜€

  5. Congrats on your reward, and I love that you break the rules. I’ve been trying to respond to some award nominations and I really like your approach. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Well done on the award. Well deserved and thanks for the mention!!

    I know what you mean about the comments, it’s so lovely to get some feedback and a bit of an idea if you are doing ok. I look at the stats which are always quite healthy and then nothing and I just think to myself that they’ve visited and gone ‘oh, not very interesting’ and move on. LOL

    The quilt is looking great BTW!!


    • Thanks Tiny πŸ™‚ Well, I know they are interested by the number of visitors who look at the tutorial pages in particular, and I know they come back for more from my “Clustermap” which gives more precise locations of visitors. Just saying “Hi” would be great and very much welcomed πŸ™‚ Spreading the lurve….. πŸ˜€

  7. Wow, look at that sampler! It’s amazing how complicated it looks – but actually I think even I might be able to manage it. It’s really nice the way it’s built of manageable shapes. (I’m not quite ready to tackle anything with more than 4 straight sides just yet πŸ™‚ ) lovely set of tutorials. And thank you for the mention – very kind of you!

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ The blocks are large so it makes up fairly quickly. It is really worth trying to sew triangle blocks in the way I explained as it doesn’t cause the fabric to stretch as much as when sewing individual triangles together. There are so many ways to use triangles in patterns. I think they are my favourite patchwork shape but they sometimes need a bit extra maths first πŸ™‚

  8. Hi Avis! Congratulations and thank you for linking to my blog! It’s great that you are not affraid to brake the rules because often we want to join but just can’t find the time at the moment. I’m so happy that you are my blog friend because it’s always so nice to ‘chat’ with you! I thought I have more time in September but this has still been grazy and too hot month. I think many visitors don’t blog and they may think they don’t know how to leave a comment – let’s try to encourage them to join!
    Hugs to Archie and you! x Teje

    • Hi Teje, I’m not sure I could have accepted without breaking the rules as, like most people, I have little spare time at the moment. I’m so lucky to have you as a friend Teje πŸ˜€ So many times you have mentioned things on your blog or in comments and I say “That’s just like me!” I couldn’t begin to tell you all of the things as there are so many πŸ˜€ Let’s hope more readers will say “hello” on all the blogs and join the fun. Maybe they are afraid of becoming addicted to blogging he-he. Virtual hugs to you and yours too πŸ˜€ Avis x

  9. … sorry, forgot to say that your quilt top is so beautiful! I love all the blocks and hopefully can make this pattern … x Teje

  10. I like your quilt, it is really nice πŸ™‚ Thank you for linking to my blogg πŸ™‚ Congratulations (Grattis) to the award πŸ™‚
    Gun, Sweden

  11. witchylin

     /  September 26, 2012

    Congratulations on winning the award. Congratulations also on breaking the rules. You have included more links to people you feel are worth reading, much better than just nominating one person.
    Love the quilt top now that it is completed. It is stunning. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Lin πŸ™‚ I have decided on a white backing with cotton wadding. The front is to be quilted with variegated turquoise and the back with a pale linen shade. I still haven’t decided exactly how to quilt it but I do have some ideas πŸ˜‰ It is always difficult to nominate blogs and I could have linked to about 100 but had to exercise restraint πŸ™‚ I didn’t link to any of the crochet blogs I read and there are some really stunning ones. Enjoy browsing! Avis x

  12. Avis, congratulations on your award and thanks for linking up to my blog. I love your quilt, it is very striking! Give Archie a big kiss for me!

  13. Oh it’s looking great… Very graphic (is that the right word?). I know exactly what you mean about meeting lovely people through blogging. I have definitely made lots of new friends and its especially nice to find like minded people because you don’t always find them in real life. Thank you for mentioning my blog ;D

    • Graphic sounds good to me. I started to quilt it today then unpicked it all. I was experimenting really so it is my own fault. Hopefully I’ll be able to start again tomorrow πŸ™‚ You hit the nail on the head with β€œlike minded people”. The wonders of the world wide web πŸ˜€

  14. I’m just now getting a bit caught up with my dear “bloggy” friends….and imagine my surprise! Avis, you really ‘made my day’ is such a wonderful way! I have also experienced many faceless visitors (a couple of them are very ‘local’….you know who you are..hehe!). I agree with Teje…some are not bloggers and may not know how to comment(?) or just so time crunched that they only have time for a quick in/out.
    Love you sampler quilt and the colors, as I may have already said, have been my faves for years. Blessings and hugs, Doreen

    • Me too! I’m way behind with reading πŸ™‚
      I agree with both of you about some people not knowing but one of my readers two days ago took 18 images…..no “like”, no “thank you”, no “comment”. I don’t want to get grumpy about it because life is far too short for that, so when you read this (and I have your IP address so I know who you are) you are very welcome to them until you break my copyright πŸ˜€ Have a lovely weekend Doreen! Thank you for your lovely comments as usual πŸ™‚ Avis x

      • Sorry to hear about the unauthorized “borrowing”! Must really be new to this, though, cuz (as you pointed out) the ‘footprint’/’fingerprint’ was left as evidence!!!

  15. I just wanted to drop a line and let you know that I love your block series and want to thank you for posting all the tutorials. I’m sorry I don’t always comment but will try to more often in future! πŸ˜€

  16. kalfury

     /  October 15, 2012

    Oh Avis this is simply stunning, green is my favourite colour, I would treasure something like this, how clever you are x


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