Today rocked! Sharing the love

1. This morning I had a job interview at another school. Some would say it's a better school, I would say that it's just more affluent. Anyways, but time I got home from school there was a message on my voicemail offering me the job. So now I know that I will be employed next year, yay!

2. I received my Make Mine Modern swap goodies from Tracey. I'm not going to say much here because they deserve their own post. With lots of pictures. But here is the picture she took, just to give you an idea of how lucky I am.


3. I found out that a quilt that I made is not only being published (I have known that since January), but is also going to MARKET!! Can you believe it?? A quilt that I made is going to be displayed at Market!! The quilt will be in the June/July issue of Quilter's Home.
Sneak peak - Quilter's Home quilt

4. I redecorated my blog! There are still a few things I want to spruce up, but overall I'm happy with how it's looking. It was too cluttered and there wasn't a theme. So the theme is now par-tay! I think it reflect my aesthetic a bit better - clean and simple with some fun and colors!

5. See down at the bottom where it lists my followers? Notice that number? Over 100!! That is a HUGE FREAKIN' DEAL! And the number keeps going up! I can hardly believe it. So, for sticking with me (through this post and the ones before it) I have a little give away. :)  I picked up a few of my favorite craft books to share with you guys.

To win, leave a comment telling me something that we have in common. Anything? Nothing? Which book would you prefer? Giveaway is open to everyone until April 27.
Giveaway books!

37 comments:

  1. Um....Not sure what we have in common. I haven't been following your blog for very long yet. Guess we both must love to sew?! :)

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  2. Par-tay! Enough said. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway and I enjoy reading your blog!

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  3. Beautiful new changes to the blog, Ali! Just keep posting and your follower count will continue to rise.

    What do we have in common? You're an awesome quilter, smart, and talented woman. I'm so happy to say that I am too!

    I'd love the Dare to be Square book, especially because my 4 year old saw the cover and declared "ROBOTS!" He's already sold!

    One suggestion for the blog - videos! Your tutorials are so clear and perfect, I know it's not really necessary, but I'd love to "see" you in person, ya know?

    Just an idea!

    Leah

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  4. oh, i really like the changes to the blog - congrats!
    and speaking of congrats: hey, soo cool ~ your quilt at quilt market is definitely a reason to party!
    a thing we have in common: fabric hoarding...not in common: you're far better than me in letting fabrics go :).
    and i also wear glasses :)

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  5. Wow! What an awesome week you've had! :) From a job offer to quilt feature--love it.

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  6. I'm the math lover who bought the DS quilts bundle from your Etsy shop. I am always excited when I find another woman who loves math. Sometime I'll have to share my "Sophie [Germain] is my Homegirl" shirt with you.

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  7. We both love buntings! Love the new look of your blog!! And those are some fantastic books you are giving away! I have been wanting the Dare to be Square book for a long time now!

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  8. Will you still talk to me when you're famous with your own fabric line and a book published and so much more?! Will you remember me? hee hee - I'm so proud of you!

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  9. I have not been following long enough to know what we have in common, but I'm sure we do or I wouldn't have become a follower. LOL

    Mary
    http://www.quiltgenius.com

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  10. I think we share a liking for a lot of the same fabrics. You are a way more adventurous quilter than I am though! Congrats on 100 followers! That is A HUGE deal! Yay!

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  11. Wow, that is a busy post. Congrats on your job, I spent my early teaching jobs in hard schools, it is nice to cut a bit of slack and be in a 'nice school' even if it's just for stress levels. Like your label sidebar things! In common- teaching I guess, book? Square- fingers crossed x

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  12. Well, maybe we both like math? And then there's the obvious - I love craft books and fabric. As the parent of a child who had great middle school math teachers, I think you have one of the most important jobs around. And I like what you've done with your blog. Lastly, since I already have the Patchwork and Quilted Gifts, I would LOVE to have a copy of the Dare to be Square!

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  13. We are both fabric addicts who love a good pattern with plenty of pics, and we both always have a stash of Burts Bees Lip Balm handy!

    I would love the Dare to be Square. I am new to quilting, and this book is just perfect for me.

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  14. We are both females! There something in common. Congrats on the job and the blog makeover.

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  15. Oh my gosh!!!! What a great day for you!! I had a good day today, too...we've been looking for houses for months, and today we found 2 to put offers on (obviously we're only buying 1, though, lol). We have our heart set on one...hopefully it works out! I'm so glad about your job, and that's AMAZING that your quilt is going to market!! I have had that Dare to be Square book on my Amazon wishlist for awhile!

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  16. In common - Fresh and Funky
    In common - married

    NOT in common - an understanding of Math - of this ability of yours I admire and but only think if I'd had a teacher who made math as fun as you do and referred it to sewing LOL my love then maybe just maybe I would have furthered it

    I LOVE your blog and have followed you since we started Fresh n Funky and love your quilts and crafts

    Cat

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  17. In common..we are in one of the same swaps/bee on Flickr. Congratulations on being offered the job, I'm really so happy for you! Getting a message when you get home should make you feel really good, obviously they were very impressed with you. I'd love the Patchwork book, I actually have Dare to Be Square and it's fabulous!

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  18. Fabric addicts unite! I like your blog. I'm glad I found you!

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  19. Glad to see your follower numbers getting higher!!! :) I think I would rather have the patchwork book. Congrats again! And Happy Easter!

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  20. I also get excited about fabric, finished quilts, and fun mail! Congrats on your new job!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. Hi!

    I also work in a school.

    And I get particularly happy at getting new followers too :)

    My blog - Sew Ray Me

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  22. Things in common - we love to sew, we both like old wooden spools of thread and we both hoard fabric! Congrats on 100 followers!

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  23. Just found your blog today, so I have no idea what we have in common. I came in via the bookshelf block (I'm a librarian). Any more sneak peaks of this quilt. I have a rocking books pattern I'm itching to use. I have one bookshelf pattern- but your's looks promising. Thanks for the chance.

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  24. Thanks for the "just because" giveaway. Things we have in common: the traits that most quilters share - love of making quilts and the "stuff" that goes with that.... and I taught high school for 3+ years. Book: Dare to be Square.

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  25. I like using zig-zag stitches too as that is the only other "decorative" stitch that my sewing machine will do:) The owl is so cute on the cover of the "Dare to be Square" book!

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  26. Your blog is great, I'll definitely be keeping an eye on it :) I sew, you sew!

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  27. We're both fabric addicts and we wear glasses. And we both like giveaways!

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  28. Love the way the blog looks :)
    We are both definately fabric hoarders!!

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  29. I love the new look of your blog: simple and very cheerful: well done!
    What we have in common: love of fabric? quilting?
    I could be wrong ofcourse ...
    Book: I have a few on my wishlist, so pick one (if you pick me):
    The practical guide to patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman;
    The books by Boo Davis: the one you show (with small gifts), or the other one (dare to be square)
    Otherwise I am happy!

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  30. we both Love to sew and I would love either book.

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  31. We in the same 3x6 Bee! Love your blocks! I would like the Dare to Square

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  32. We both enjoy pronouncing "party" as "par-tay," which is awesome! Thanks for celebrating with a great giveaway, I love love love resource books. bugruder (at) gmail (d0t) com

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  33. I am new here, but from previous comments, I found something....math! Except I hate math. lol. I do envy people who are good at it though, I wish...
    Last minute Patchwork has been on my 'to buy' list for an embarrassingly long time, so I would prefer that one :)

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  34. Congratulations! you deserve all the good things coming your way! pssstt...you and me both have that thing where we 'collect' pretty fabric and are then torn between wanting to use it to make pretty stuff now or just holding on to it for the perfect project to come along... :P

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  35. Your blog looks all freshened up for spring (but I liked it before, too). You like color, I like color. I like the look of the Patchwork and Quilted Gifts book. And congrats on your work being published and going to Market!

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