Monday, May 2, 2011

Guest Blogger and three GIVE-AWAYs!!!

Today is indeed a day to celebrate here at RocknQuilts.  Please help me warmly welcome a lovely lady from the South who is a talented pattern designer!  


Linda, from http://www.b-bumble.com/, has graciously offered to be today's guest blogger here at RocknQuilts and has donated THREE of her precious, personally-designed patterns for our GIVE AWAY...more about all that later...please allow me to introduce Linda:



Hi, everyone! My name is Linda Winters and I’m living in Texas again after being away for twenty years. I grew up in the colorful city of San Antonio, where Fiesta parades and colorful celebrations made an indelible impact on my tastes. To this day, I have a very difficult time working with soft, muted colors although I often admire them in the work of others.
I have been interested in quilts and quilting since I was a very small girl. My grandmother made a Little Dutch girl quilt that I found fascinating. Every little Dutch girl had a different print dress and her little socks were tinted (probably with crayons) to match! I thought that was just the most wonderful thing! Quilting, though, was on the decline during those years so I didn’t learn to quilt until I was grown. I did learn to sew, though, and as a teenager and young adult I made my own clothes.
I started college with the intention of majoring in art, but was persuaded by my counselor to minor in art and major in education, since that was what most women were encouraged to do in the early nineteen seventies. (Being a compliant type person, I did just that.) I found that my creativity really helped to make me a better teacher, so I didn’t regret that decision. I taught elementary school for twenty years.


Rain, Rain, Go Away!
When expecting my first son, I was part of a group of women at church who met for the purpose of sewing for others. We made quilts for a children’s home and knit slippers for local nursing homes. I have very warm memories of sitting at a quilting frame with women in their eighties and attempting to “quilt” with them. (I wouldn’t be surprised if they had to remove my stitches after I left, but they certainly never let me know about it if they did!) The pieced tops we worked on were beautiful and the stories from their lives were fascinating to a young mother-to-be. From then on, trips to the library nearly always included perusing the needlework aisle and bringing home at least a couple of books about quilting.
 It was when my granddaughter was born that I started quilting in earnest. I lived in Athens, Georgia at the time. Athens is a very diverse little town because of the presence of the University of Georgia. I bought some “how to” quilting books and dove in! My first quilt was a queen sized Grandmother’s Fan with a fancy pieced scalloped border! I had no idea it was not a good project for a beginner. I even hand quilted it, although my stitches were BIG! That quilt is now in our motor home, where only family can see it! I tried another pieced quilt, but this time I added some appliqué that I had designed. It won second place in the beginner category of the local guild quilt show. I had found a way to be creative, so I was hooked from then on. Athens has a great quilt guild called The Cotton Patch Quilt Guild. Those ladies gave me encouragement and confidence when I needed it most. I never heard anyone say anything negative about another person’s big stitches or poor color choices. Every lady who brought in her work to show left feeling validated as a quilter.


Rascal Rabbit
 
After living in Georgia long enough for our three sons to grow up and move on, we moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. This is another great area for quilters. The guild there was HUGE! Big name speakers were brought in for programs. Many of the members there were well known and published in the quilt world. We were only there for two years, but I was encouraged to believe that I could publish my patterns. It was when we moved back to Texas that my sister gave me the push I needed to actually do that. (Thank you, Darla!)
I live with my wonderful scientist husband (of forty years) only thirty minutes from the Alamo and the San Antonio Riverwalk. We are in a small farm and ranch community where the main “industry” is oil, cotton, peanuts, and cattle. I can hear coyotes howl at night and I can see Longhorns and other cattle grazing in nearby fields.  It’s not unusual to see people riding horses along the side of the road. It can be one hundred degrees in the summer, but Fall, Winter, and Spring make up for it by giving us glorious, sunny days with cool (not cold) temperatures.  I spend my days designing quilts, turning them into patterns, delivering them to a couple of area quilt shops, writing my blog, and sometimes teaching classes. (I fill in any idle time baking or gardening!) Most of my quilts are inspired by childhood themes like fairy tales and nursery rhymes. They are mostly appliqué done with a very easy, freezer paper method. I quilt every chance I get with my granddaughter, who is eight, and lives way too far away! She has made three small quilts so far! My three year old grandson was happy to have a Superman fat quarter that he wore as a cape.


Who's Been Eating my Porridge?



I invite you to check out my blog http://buzzingandbumbling.blogspot.com and my website www.b-bumble.com . I would love to hear your comments. I try to keep my blog as visual as possible for those of us who learn best from pictures. After all, I had a second grader once tell me, “Actions speak louder than verbs!” I agree with him.


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Now, for the GIVE AWAY part...


Linda has donated three of her precious patterns...


1.  Jesus Loves the Little Children


2.  Little Cowboy/Cowgirl
and
3.  Little General




You will have five chances to WIN!


1.  Be or become a follower of my blog with a way for me to contact you through your blog or e-mail address.  


2.  Go over to Linda's blog http://buzzingandbumbling.blogspot.com and "follow" her, then come back here to let me know for a separate, second entry in the give-away.


3.  Go to Linda's website http://www.b-bumble.com , peruse her patterns and come back here to let me know which pattern(s) you liked best.  


4.   Go over to my sister blog at http://www.rocknrecipes-rocknquilts.blogspot.com and come back here to post which recipe you like best.


5.  For a FIFTH separate entry, let me know which of the three give-away patterns you would prefer to have:  1.  Jesus Loves the Little Children, 2.  Little Cowboy/Cowgirl or 3.  Little General


Winners will be announced here at RocknQuilts on 
Monday, May 16th!


Good luck and happy blog hopping!


The Shop Hopper
Are you a no-reply blogger?  If so, I won't be able to contact you to tell you if you've won and then I will have to pass the prize along to someone else.  So that doesn't happen, please read & follow these directions from Pleasant Home so I can contact you, please:


Have fun and check back on Monday, May 16th to see who the three winners are!
Mary Ann @ RocknQuilts 


Good Luck!

61 comments:

  1. Rascal Rabbit is my favorite...though I like that little skeleten too

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  2. Pancakes; they looked declicious!!!! but then they all did.....those strawberries are very tempting.

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  3. The Little General is too cute....I'll have hime please....lol..thanks for this chance.

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  4. I am a regular follower of your blog.

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  5. I am a regular follower of Buzzing and Bumbling.

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  6. My favorite pattern of Linda's is the Shop Hopper which I already owl :)

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  7. If I'm lucky enough to be selected as one of the winners I would prefer the pattern Little Cowboy/Cowgirl. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

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  8. I follow you! Thank you for the cute giveaway!

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  9. I love the Shop Hopper pattern! I would hang it over my sewing cabinet!

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  10. I love the Sour Cream Cookies recipe! It is written in the same way I write recipes today...LOL!

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  11. I really would love the Little Cowgirl!

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  12. I just became a follower of Linda's blog and signed up for her email updates too.

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  13. My favorite pattern at Linda's site is: 'THere was an Old Lady". I like how she used animals around the quilt!

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  14. Frosted Chocolate Drop Cookies and the frosting. Love her old fashioned utensils and methods.

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  15. Little Cowboy/Cowgirl - of course! Happy Trails to all.

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  16. I'm a follower of Buzzing and Bumbling.

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  17. The think the Blind Mice are pretty cute, but also like the Little General.

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  18. The chocolate drop cookies remind me of something my Grandma used to make - without the frosting though. Yummy!

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  19. I love the Little General, with Little Cowboy/Cowgirl as a close second choice. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  20. I follow your blog. Thanks for the chance!

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  21. I'm a new follower of Linda's blog.

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  22. I like The Good Shepherd. Thanks for the chance!

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  23. I would prefer Jesus Loves the Little Children. Thanks!

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  24. The Frosted Chocolate Drop Cookies look yummy!

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  25. I already follow you, happily!

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  26. my favorite pattern is Good Shepherd. Stunning

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  27. I am already a follower of Buzzing and Bumbling, thanks!

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  28. I am a new follower here, thanks!

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  29. I like following 3 patterns as my favorites: Jesus Loves The Little Children, 3 Blind Mice, and the Halloween print. Thanks!

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  30. I picked 2 recipes. I happen to like strawberry shortcake as one of my favorite desserts. Ive never made it with a cake recipe though and like the versatility of swapping the cake and extract flavors. I dont own a castle-looking cake pan but do have a bundt which I havent used in a long time.. hmmmm.. The other recipe I will try is the chicken rub. Generally I use premade mixes and I'd like to try something homemade. Thanks!

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  31. If my number is selected, I would like the Jesus Loves the Little Children pattern. I can make that and hang it near the Sunday school rooms or in one of the classes. Thanks!

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  32. I am a follower of LInda's blog.

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  33. My favorite pattern from Linda is the sugar cookies.

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  34. I like the Jesus loves the little children the best.

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  35. I love 3 Blind Mice and The Good Shephard!

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  36. I really want to try your Grandma Block's Sour Cream cake

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  37. If I won, I would definitely want the Jesus Love the Little Children pattern!

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  38. Jesus Loves the Little Children would be my choice - wonderful!
    thanks

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  39. My favorite pattern is Three Blind Mice! They're all wonderful.

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  40. I love them all!!!!! Wonderful patterns!

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  41. would like to have SHOP HOPPER or Little Children

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  42. I now follow your blog. Thanks for the great giveaway chance!

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  43. I follow her blog also. Great ideas on both of yours

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  44. Darling patterns! Love Jesus loves the little children...my dear grandmother sang that all the time when I was visiting. She had a wonderful voice and baked the most wonderful tall rolls and bread while singing it and other songs I loved hearing!

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  45. Love your recipes. Gotta make those chocolate ones NOW...super yummy sounding, but I have to say I'd pick the 7 minute frosting. Mom gave me the recipe over the phone one day while I was home and she was at our family business-- to frost the heart shaped cake for my boyfriend. Turned out so beautiful in pink but she forgot to tell me about the water and it turned out like a rock! Always laugh when I see that recipe!

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  46. Would definitely pick Jesus loves the little children since it brings such happy childhood memories of my dear grandma

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  47. I love the bunny, it is so sweet..it is calling me.

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  48. I love the sour cream cookie recipe.

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  49. I would like the Jesus Loves Little Children pattern!

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  50. oh i just love the 'jesus loves the children' pattern! they all are precious.

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