A little thank you giveaway!


Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on my last post. It means a lot that you take the time to comment and I really do treasure your lovely words. 

As I've mentioned 2017 is shaping up to be an action packed year for me. I've got some other teaching dates to look forward to, In March I'll be heading up north to Coffs Harbour to do Whizz Bang! workshops at Nesting Needles.  The shop looks gorgeous, full of fabulous fabrics and Lisa stocks lots of ric rac and trims. I'm so looking forward to spending time with Lisa and the Coffs Harbour quilters. If you're interested in joining in the fun give the shop a call. Check out the Nesting Needles website here.



Here's a bit of Christmas fun to share with you. 
Many years ago, well 11 years ago I made this Christmas stocking for my friend LeoniePeony. It's when we were florists so of course I had to go with a flowery theme. 

I love seeing it on this fabulous Christmas hexagon quilt Leonie made. 

The flowers are meant to be 3D. It's fun to think I was playing with felt all those years ago. 

Here is the stocking Leonie made me. A wonderful crazy pieced, colourful stocking. She's incorporated some pieces of silk I brought back from a trip in India and finished it off with wonderful big chinese tassels. I love it so much I have it hanging all year.



And now it's time for a little Thank You Giveaway. 

I've been so thankful to all of the wonderful comments I received about my exciting news of teaching classes next year. And for all the congratulations on received on my awards for my Fair and Square yo-yo quilt. With these two things in mind I've decided to have a giveaway of a Quilters Companion 2017 Diary, that just happens to have my modern yo-yo quilt on the front.

It's such a great diary! I love the ring binder so it lays open or can be flipped around,  There's lots of room for writing notes, or jotting down quilt ideas. Each week has a quilt photo with a double page spread at the beginning of each month.
My Charming Smiles quilt is Miss March
I'm using mine for all my important dates next year but I was thinking it would also be a good sewing room diary, for writing down notes of what projects you're sewing, a reminder of fabrics used or particular measurements, thoughts about techniques, quilt deadlines etc. Even just to flip through and look at all of the fabulous quilts is inspiring. 

This Giveaway is now closed - A Huge thank you to all who entered - I loved reading all of your wonderful comments. The winner is Cindy Maki. I've emailed her so hopefully she'll be doing a happy dance when she finds out she's getting a wonderful quilt diary. 

To be in the giveaway leave a comment on this post. I'll use the random selector, or pull a name out of a hat next Saturday 17th December at 6pm, Blue Mountains, Australia time. Everyone is welcome to enter. I'm more than happy to ship worldwide.







A little thank you giveaway!

100 comments

  1. This diary looks great ! Thanks a lot for the chance to win !

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  2. You sound so happy and excited! I would be too, if I had the fun stuff all planned out for next year!
    Those stockings are both adorable!
    Thanks for the chance to win the diary.
    I love your Modern Yo-Yo quilt. It looks complicated!

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  3. Hi Rachael what awesome stockings,love the flowers on the one you made xx

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  4. The stockings are sooo cute and full of kindness ! Presents are definitively the link between friends !
    Thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway all around the world !
    I wish you a lovely weekend !
    Hugs

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  5. Great Christmas stockings from 2 like minded friends. Thankyou for sharing. Cool Diary

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  6. Congratulations on all your success. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  7. I so enjoy your blog, quilts, and photos of your trips. However, your creativity makes me smile and feel daring at the same time. Lot's of inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Wonderful that you are doing something you love!
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  9. What a great idea to use the diary as a sewing diary! Love your Christmas stockings. Don't put me in the draw - I already have a diary with your beautiful quilt on the front.

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  10. Love your work. The flowery felt stocking is gorgeous. Thanks for a chance t win.

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  11. I love the circles you create. So much fun to look at.

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  12. Congrats on the beautiful cover and your classes!! Ksmith8@emich.edu

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  13. Pretty diary, would love to win it!
    Eileen ekmvalencia@gmail.com

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  14. just a gorgeous spread of color!!! thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  15. What a lovely diary! congrats on the cover!

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  16. I am so excited for your giveaway!!!I live a world away from you in Arkansas, USA so I cannot take your class. I am working on my own version of your Whizz Bang on my own. Thank you for your inspiration.

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  17. I have often admired your yo yo quilt.How in the world did you make it?? would love a diary to organize 2017.

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  18. I love your Modern Day yo-yo quilt. I have also made a yo-yo quilt that contains 4320 yo-yos. I worked on it for years(13 or 14 to be exact) and I finished it this year. Thanks for the cute giveaway and congratulations!

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  19. I love the stockings you two made for each other. Was just thinking about what to do with stockings that are no longer used and your post made me think of using them on a quilt! Will have to play around with that idea.

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  20. You are a steady sunshine for us, your smile and your quilts are pure bliss.

    You can't imagine how much I would enjoy to win this Quilters Companion Diary!
    Thanks for offering us this possibility to get it!
    Katell,France

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  21. Love the stockings and the diary is beautiful.

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  22. Your quilts are amazing. I will be in Sydney in march, but it is not the day you teach at material obsession. Would have loved to meet you and take your class.

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  23. Thank you so much for the beautiful giveaway! How special that it has your quilt on it! sarah@forrussia.org

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  24. This binder will have a year of inspiration in it. Thanks so much for sharing it. Love your work and interesting posts.

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  25. The diary looks like almost as much fun as the first picture in this blog post! Love it!

    Cindy

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  26. wow...now you are not only clever, but generous too!! Isn't India such a hot spot for fabric. You know I am interested in the workshop...oh... It is too far away...Well..post the pictures, I do not mind living vicariously!!!
    xxoo

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  27. What fun Christmas stockings!!! Thanks for the sweet giveaway.
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. Sewingsweetpea@hotmail.comDecember 11, 2016 at 2:36 AM

    Looks like a great diaryπŸ˜€ Adele x

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  29. I love your felt flowers stocking! So you! Thanks for the chance at that wonderful diary.... I LOVE your yo-yo quilt!

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  30. I love all of your quilts, so creative! Thanks for the chance to win this diary, it looks very useful!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  31. Love your inspiring quilts, for each to be their own!

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  32. How fun to swap stocking with your friend--both of them are beautiful! I would love to be included in your drawing--it's awesome to have your quilt on the cover!

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  33. Those stockings are so cute and it's nice to see Christmas decorations each year. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  34. What a wonderful way to start the new year!!! Love the idea of dating my doodles! Congrats on the cover!! WooHoo

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  35. What a great diary and gift. I'm in for the giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  36. A stocking like those are so great as they just are for the person lucky enough to have them. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  37. Sounds like you have planed a wonderful year ahead.

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  38. What a lovely and useful giveaway! 2017 is going to be an exciting year for you. Have fun!

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  39. Beautiful photos, inspiring enthusiasm!!

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  40. Rachael: Those stockings are So pretty. I think I would like a combo stocking. How about a modern yo-yo stocking? I think I am going to try to make one. That diary looks gorgeous. Here's hoping! Good luck everyone!

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  41. Both the Xmas stockings are very pretty! The diary is a wonderful {& very useful} giveaway! Fingers crossed!

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  42. Lovely prize. I would LOOOOOVE to attend your classes but I live in regional NSW. I'll definitely be signing up for your Coffs Harbour workshop ❤️❤️

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  43. Beautiful stockings!
    Love the diary. Thanks for the chance! And Merry Christmas!

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  44. Congratulations on all your achievements. Your work is amazing.

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  45. Love two likeminded friends. What a clever idea to use a diary as a sewing one. Thank you for the inspiration. Xx

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  46. I rarely comment but your photos always cheer up my day. I love your colours so much in our grey Pacific NW Canadian winters.

    alexis at cobcottagecraft.com

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  47. Have a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Wishing you lots of fun, sunshine,smiles,laughter, joy and excitement throughout 2017. Thank you for bringing many smiles and much happiness to everyone, through your amazing quilts and brubbly personality quilts. πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ»πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ»

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  48. I never seem to be lucky LOL! but I may as well keep trying!
    Love the Christmas stockings.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year Rachael, and I hope to be able to come from across the ditch to do one of your classes sometime. :-)

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  49. It looks like the two of you had a lovely time making the stockings. Wonderful memories.
    Have a fun time with your give away!

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  50. Two lovely Christmas stockings bringing colour and cheer to your place. It's not often you have a double page spread photo for each month plus a weekly photo, I doubt I shall be a lucky winner so I'll watch out for it in the shops over here. Have a Happy Christmas if we don't hear from you again before then.

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  51. What an amazing year you've had! And 2017 looks set to be a great one too. Such a lovely diary and extra special with your quilts featured.

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  52. Without doubt, well deserved recognition and successes!

    Fingers crossed but best of luck anyway : )

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  53. does the diary contain patterns for the quilts?

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  54. Wow what an Incredible journey you are on Rachael...just wonderful! A lovely idea to keep this Diary as a Sewing Diary!

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  55. I'm a new comer to your blog. The 3D floral stocking is adorable. Merry Christmas.

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  56. I do believe you got your fantastic sense of color from your experiences as a florist! You do such awesome combinations that take my breath away. I continue to be inspired.....

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  57. Such great news Rachael. Enjoy every minute of it and your opportunity to influence otherw with your creativity. That yo-yo quilt is simply awesome. The diary looks really useful.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  58. Would love to win that diary, lots if inspiration.

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  59. Congratulations on so much fun ahead. I haven't made any modern yo yos yet but I must give this a try next year.

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  60. So happy for you! Look forward to seeing you SHINE in 2017

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  61. Congratulations on making such a significant contribution to the diary- Cover Girl AND Miss March! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway Rachael!

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  62. Congrats on all of your recent successes! It is SO well deserved!
    Happy holidays!

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  63. Thanks for the chance to win. I live in the U.S. and I always feel like I'm "traveling" when I read your blog. I really enjoy it.

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  64. Congratulations on a fantastic 2016, and what looks to be an equally 2017. Your efforts are well deserved.

    Thank you for the chance to win the wonderful 2017 Quilter's Diary.

    Happy Christmas and 2017 to you and yours.

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  65. Wonder if my buddy will be at the Coffs workshop. I must email her.....
    All sounds exciting. I was hoping 2017 was going to be wonderful but there are some major issues that will be very stressful........ You 2017 sounds fantastic...... Go for it....

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  66. Here's hoping that 2017 just gets better and better. Love you and your work :)

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  67. Oh what a beautiful diary. Would love to have.

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  68. Wow! Thank you so much! That looks like a lovely diary! I expect your classes will be a big hit, and I wish you the very best as you take on these fun new challenges!

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  69. What a lovely year you've had and more to come in 2017. Your refreshing style and designs have definitely been embraced by the quilting community. Thanks for including my name in your drawing.

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  70. what an honor to be on the cover. congratulations! your quilt looks amazing.
    You are THE breakout star the last few years. Your hard work has paid off for you and you must be so proud! good for you Rachael
    Wish I could take your classes.

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  71. I DO so enjoy your blog, quilts, and photos-when I see your post in the morning mail, I realize I start smiling. Have just realized this. What a proud quilter you must be-instead of a Joseph's coat of colors you could do a coat of many ribbons!! What fun!! Susan

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  72. Simpatiche e belle le calze, bellissimo il diario!

    Ciao

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  73. This is a fabulous giveaway, thank you so much for sharing. x

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  74. using the diary for sewing/quilting is a great idea! that's what I'd use it for if I was lucky enough to be the winner.

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  75. Wonderful Giveaway. I would use it as a record of my sewing, I think, if I was lucky enough to win!

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  76. What a lovely diary I would use it to organise my sewing and workshops and swaps

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  77. Congrats on being a cover girl! And thanks for the chance to win!

    Both of the Christmas stockings are wonderful - you are such a clever girl! I love the 3D felt flowers!

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  78. What a great giveaway. I love a good paper planner- no electronic calendar for me.

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  79. What a fantastic cover, happiness enough to last all year. Congratulations on your successes this year Rachael and may they continue into the next 12 months.

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  80. Oh my Rachael, that is just the most wonderful thing! TO be on the cover and Miss March! I have used the AQS desk calendar each year since 1988. I do just what you are thinking about. I keep it right on my sewing table and each day I write down what I have worked on that day. It is fun to go back through the years and see what I have accomplished. I already have my 2017 AQS calendar, but I would LOVE to have this one to drool over all year!

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  81. That journal is AH-MAZ-ING!!! You must be so excited at how it turned out.

    Julie.mirdoch@shaw.ca

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  82. I was checking out my stocking this year and thinking I need to make my little family some new ones... not this year but maybe a good idea for 2017. 2017 Quilters Diary would be a good place to keep track of my ideas!

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  83. How generous of you, Rachael :-) It would be a such a honour to own something which came from a great artist like you .
    xx

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  84. would be delightful to win, thank you for the possibility1

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  85. I love your yo-yo quilt! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  86. It sounds like you are going to follow up a very successful 2016 with another exciting year. I look forward to following your adventures in 2017!

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  88. What a delightful give away! I would love to have that gorgeous planner with your quilt on the cover. You are a cover girl yet again!! Congratulations. And what lovely stockings. Thanks for sharing those. I would sign up for all of the classes if only I could get there. I know you'll have a wonderful time. Thanks again for the fun give away!

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  89. This would brighten up my office, congrats on the cover!

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  90. Lovely flower stocking! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  91. Oh how awesome! Thanks for the chance to win this lovely diary! Your work is gorgeous! Happy Holidays!

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  92. I am a little behind this year and have not yet gotten a 2017 diary. This quilting one would be great and also remind me to take some time for my passions & hobbies.

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  93. Gosh it must be exciting to have all those wonderful things happening, all because you are doing something you love. Wishing you all the best luck with your plans for next year, and also all those to come too. And that looks a great diary.

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  94. Loving all the Xmas projects

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  95. Love all the stockings and projects.thanks for the chancd

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  96. What a great year it has been for you and to have been able to witness your growth in Quikting has been inspiring. All the best for 2017 it looks as though it is shaping up to be a super year for you. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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