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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Jumping the Gun - Blogiversary Giveaway

I honestly think I am going round the bend with the sheer amount of stuff going on right now.  Today, an all-morning course-type-thing at work, followed by a Year 3 recorder concert.  All the regular days for school swimming and forest school are all swapping, swapping back and changing times; I am writing lists, trying to cross things off quicker than the list lengthens, but fear I am losing that battle.

I was convinced that I should be celebrating my 5th Blogiversary this week; a quick check just now tells me I should be waiting until next week, but I sewed my fingers off to get the prize finished, and as it's my blog, I'll do what I want to!

So would you like a chance to win this Cotton & Steel, Jen Kingwell Flutterby block cushion cover?


A little hand-quilting and my new favourite spotty binding, and bob's your uncle.

This little token of thanks will go to one of you lovely people.  I know blogging in general seems to have been hit by the rise of instagram, and I do understand entirely how it seems that everyone's lives have got increasingly hectic and something has to give, but I do still love my little part of the inter web.  I wish I had more time to devote to it, but then I would have no time to sew, so I just thank you for sticking by me.


In order to honour a little bit of tradition, I will leave this giveaway open until next Monday, 13th July, my real blogiversary.  I will mail, (without a cushion form, for obvious reasons), anywhere in the world, the only condition is that you are a blog follower, and not an un-contactable No Reply blogger - sorry but I am all done playing Inspector Clouseau!

So please do have a couple of chances; make one comment telling me how you follow, so should I feel the urge, I can check; and a second, separate comment telling me something you want to achieve in the next 5 years.  You tell me yours, and I'll tell you mine!

I will close down the comments at 7pm next Monday, and let Mr Random pick a winner.  Please don't leave more than 2 two comments or I will delete them.  I am the boss!

Good luck folks xxx

109 comments:

  1. Five year plan ?
    Another 5 years Cancer Free !
    Maybe with five years I well finally become comfortable machine quilting ?
    Ultimately keep finding time to sew.

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  2. Oops, I'm following you on bloglovin

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  3. Beautiful cover! I follow with bloglovin :)

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  4. I want to learn free motion but hoping it doesn't take 5 years :)

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  5. That's so beautiful Hadley! Huge congratulations on a fabulous five years! :) I follow on feedly

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  6. I'm struggling to know what day it is never mind a five year plan!! I have pipe dreams of fabric designing but that might take a little longer since my kids are so young... we'll see!

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  7. Five years? Good grief! I follow on bloglovin, and I would LOVE the cushion on my bed!!!!

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  8. Five years? Can I aim to be retired so I can sew everyday? Or can I wish to be a grandma?

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  9. gorgeous cushion! i follow old school google thingy.

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  10. 5 years? my goal would be 1, still be sewing but more bloody often!! 2, still be a brit bee. xxx

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  11. Would love to win this pillow cover. I am following on bloglovin'. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  12. I would like to complete 5 more quilts. Seems like I can only achieve 1 completed quilt in a year. I do complete lots of small projects, though. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net And Congrats on your blogiversary!

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  13. Omg in 5 years I will have just turned 60, scary scary stuff . To be still alive will be s bonus !

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  14. I follow you with Bloglovin' these days, missus! Happy Blogaversary and "pick me!!!" Gorgeous prize, hope it calms down a bit soon for you!

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  15. In five years I want to win the lottery! Oh, acheivable goals? Er...... I hope to go to Japan. And finish my baby clothes quilt - it's been awaiting quilting for 2 years already!

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  16. I follow you with Bloglovin', love the hand quilting on the cushion cover, it really sets it off.

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  17. In 5 years time I would like my achievable goal to be that I have been to QuiltCon (which gives me plenty of time to save up)

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  18. 5 years humm. I would love to be debt free and have enough livestock to live off the farm and not have to go to an actually office to work. It just might be doable so fingers crossed!

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  19. I'd like to have finished making the wedding quilt for my bed...and hopefully gotten to Europe with my husband.

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  20. A dedicated follower my friend!

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  21. In 5 years time I would like to still be sane (relatively speaking!) Jxo

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  22. Thanks so much for all the time and effort it takes to share your quilting life through this blog!

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  23. I follow somehow - can't recall. before bloglovin'.

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  24. My next travel destination is england with a side trip to ireland (again). I hope to be there before five years are up.

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  25. oh this is beautiful! Congrats on 5 years! And I agree, Ig is great, but my blog's my homebase and I like it there alot. Btw, I follow on bloglovin and Ig.

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  26. Within 5 years I'd love to travel to Europe again!

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  27. I follow you on bloglovin. I gave up on trying to blog myself---not enough time, and it was blog or sew and you know who won... But I really appreciate that you still put in the effort. You just don't get to see enough of people to really connect or care on Instagram.

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  28. Five years... Well, I work for a small start up. I'd love for our company to still exist in 5 years, with me as a data science researcher, rather than running the team, so that I don't have to commute to the office as much. :). Less driving, more time for sewing!

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  29. Congrats on reaching 5 years ( and what a fantastic cushion cover!)!. I follow on GFC and IG

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  30. 5 years seems such a long time to look ahead! I want to improve my FMQ, learn to speak a little Spanish, visit Houston Quilt Festival, Quiltcon and Tokyo Quilt Festival but not all in the same year!!

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  31. 5 years - well I hope me and himself are still fit and healthy - or fitter and healthier than we have been this year! And maybe I may have my own dedicated sewing space. Who knows!

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  32. Congrats on 5 years. I'm full of admiration, having just given up on blogging. I follow you on my blogger page.

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  33. Gorgeous cushion! I follow you via Feedly.

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  34. In the next five years, I'd like to find a new job, pay off some debt, start a blog, and continue to improve my sewing and quilting skills. Congratulations on your five year blogiversary!

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  35. In 5 years ...... wow what a thing to think about so early in the morning! I guess it would be to build on my sewing and quilting skills and to learn FMQ so that I am truly happy with my result. Ooh and to enter some quilting competitions. I think that will do!! Many thanks for the lovely giveaway. x

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  36. I follow you on bloglovin I think, either that or email, I am rubbish at the techy stuff!!

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  37. I have just taken early retirement, so in five years I hope to have had more time to quilt and become more proficient at machine quilting, many thanks for the beautiful give away. X

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  38. Beautiful cushion! I follow on bloglovin, happy early blogiversaey! I appreciate bloggers who still take the time to blog as I know I am lured by Instagram too but sometimes you just need a little extra.

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  39. In five years I hope to have a clean sewing room, stash under control and lots of fabulous quilt tops done :) thanks for the giveaway!

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  40. Hmmm, in 5 years I hope to have all of my children moved out and living on their own so that I can retire and sew all day. The only down point of this is that I'll need to build a huge stash because I surely won't be able to afford fabric after I retire!

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  41. I've followed you for several years by email and more recently on IG.

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  42. That is beautiful! I follow with GFC

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  43. Most of the time I have trouble figuring out what I'm doing 5 days ahead. There is no plan :D

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  44. in the next 5 years I want to get my daughters sewing list for me finished, lolol. It gets longer and longer all the time.

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  45. I am so glad that you like to blog. I look forward to each post as it makes its way to my email inbox. I love the way that you keep things real. :)

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  46. I follow by email. Betsydotsmithatverizondotnet

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  47. Five year plan - play more!

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  48. My five year plan would include finishing some of my WIP's most of which only need to be quilted and bound. I am good making the tops of quilts, but have not worked up the nerve to FMQ any of them. I am afraid of messing up my hard work. Little projects I can complete, but the big ones scare me. Haha

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  49. Many congratulations Hadley - I really enjoy reading your blog. Bring on the summer holidays for you I say - hope you will have a bit of respite from the business then :-) My 5 year plan - honestly, to survive living where I am and hopefully find a way of being useful. I would love to sell a few more quilts too!

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  50. I follow on Bloglovin and Instagram

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  51. Incredible piece. Thanks for the chance. Camille at focus20 dot com. I follow you by email subscription.

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  52. I follow on feedly! What a wonderful prize. Happy anniversary!

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  53. I am just realizing I can't imagine what the next five years will hold. The last five years, I have been a stay at home mom to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Now we are entering the school years and I can't picture how my life is going to change. It will be a fun adventure though!

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  54. I follow your blog via feedly and I also follow you on instagram. Happy blogiversary!

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  55. The next 5 years, hmm thats tough! But I'll keep it sewing related and say I'd like to have finished my tula pink Elizabeth swoon quilt in that time and also to have made it along to festival of quilts at some point in the next 5 years!

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  56. I follow Flying Blind On A Rocket Cycle on Bloglovin.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  57. The next five years.... since I am 62 I plan to remain healthy and continue to lose the weight that the dr has suggested. Already 20 lbs down. I plan on watching my granddaughter play and grow up. She is three. .I plan to finish 2 quilts that are taking up room in my sewing room, and do lots and lots of new projects.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  58. I follow you......a bit like a stalker really!

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  59. In the next five years I hope to keep healthy, improve my quilty output and enjoy my Granddaughters, there may be more than two by then, who knows!!!

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  60. I am a brand-spanking new follower of yours on Bloglovin'! ....and Bob really is my uncle!

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  61. Why did I have to be commenter #69 in that last post? I hate that number!
    In the next five years, not only do I want to lose this extra weight that's been following me around, but I'd like to have my sewing/craft room perfected. I want the perfect tables and organizers so everything has its own place and doesn't look like a tornado just hit.

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  62. Five years? Congratulations! I follow through Feedly.

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  63. Happy 5th Blogiversary!!!! I follow through the followers thing at the top and by Bloglovin

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  64. Five years??
    My husband retires soon so I'm looking forward to having time together!
    Congrats on your blogaversary Hadley x

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  65. I follow you on bloglovin

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  66. In 5 years my twins will be 8, so I definitely hope to have found back into a 'proper' job.

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  67. Happy anniversary. I know what you mean about blogging being hit by IG, but I do like that we can say more in a blog post and for me it's a personal record of a project which I do refer back to. I also love to read what others are doing but have got a little slack in commenting.
    I follow you via feedly.

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  68. I'd love to find the perfect (for us) gluten free bread recipe! I don't know if it even exists but it would change our lives!

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  69. I have no idea how I found you but I loved the name. I get your blog entries via email and I enjoy them while I read my lunch. I'm a paralegal for an IP firm in Dallas, TX. In the next five years, I'd like to sew a dress for my mother. I quilt and make a few (very simple bags) but the serging/fit business just scares me to death. But she's 79 and has trouble a) finding a dress with sleeves and b) finding one long enough (just below her knees) that still covers her knees when she sits (ie., not a sheath dress). So I'm working up my courage.... Congrats!

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  70. I follow on bloglovin. Rcoyle at olemiss dot edu.

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  71. In the next 5 years I would like to retire and sew all the time! Rcoyle at olemiss dot edu

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  72. Congrats on the blogiversary! I still love reading blogs too and I follow your blog on Bloglovin'.

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  73. In 5 years time all of our children will have finished school so hoping to be able to have more time for sewing and travelling.

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  74. My 5 year goal is to continue with a healthy lifestyle. And sew,and sew!!!

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  75. I am following you on Blogloving as Rose Santuci-Sofranko. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  76. I would like to achieve getting a DSLR Camera so I can get better photos for my Gallery to sell. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  77. I follow you thru Bloglovin :) Thanks for chance to win your Awesome Pillow Cover! It is Beautiful!

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  78. In 5 years I pray I will be Totally Cancer Free!!! Amen!!! Also that I will be able to have made quilts for the Kiddo's & Grankiddo's! :)

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  79. In five years I hope to be completing my masters in educational counseling!

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  80. In five years....... I have no idea really. My sons will be nine then and I can barely imagine the shape of my life. Perhaps they'll wash the dishes. :-)

    alexis at cobcottagecraft dot com

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  81. In 5 years I hope my FMQ is so much better but honestly I will be happy if I am still here on earth.

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  82. I would love to have a made a quilt for my own bed within the next 5 years. Not for anyone else's bed!

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  83. I follow you via Bloglovin'

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  84. Happy blogaversary. I am a happy Bloglovin follower. x

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  85. My main goal for the next five years is to go back to work. My children are all teenagers now and I recently started job hunting again but it is proving difficult after so long a home. Maybe it will take a whole five years to actually get work again. The cushion looks amazing. x

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  86. You're on my blog roll so I can obsessively stalk by clicking through. You're probably on my bloglovin too but not sure how to get into it so that's a bit useless really :-)

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  87. Happy Blogiversary and thanks for the chance. In the next five years I'd like to be able to see more of Chief and not have us living at opposite ends of the country. I'd also like to do some travelling. Which I'm pretty rubbish at.

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  88. Happy Blogiversary! I think I have been following you for about 2 years now on bloglovin'

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  89. 5 year plan? 5 years from now I will officially be in my 40's and hopefully in better shape physically than I am now...I would like to start teaching quilting and zumba... we shall see!

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  90. I follow your blog in my Feedly reader and probably on Bloglovin too. I follow you on instagram too. Happy Blog birthday!

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  91. In 5 years I want to be entering your 10 year blog giveaway. Maybe I will be travelling in my autonomous vehicle and will be fit and doing yoga every day. I am pretty sure I will still be making things with fabric and fibre and having fun too.

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  92. I hope my three children are still sweet and aren't running amok.

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  93. I follow you on Bloglovin' and Instagram :-)

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  94. In 5 years? I'm hoping that it does not contain the same amount of family trauma of the last 5 years.... Actually I'd like to get a bit further in my career now that the children are a bit more independent, and hopefully finally finish decorating this house! I need to get fitter too, as I'll be over 50 by then (runs off to stick head back in the sand.....) And I' m determined to start making myself some clothes.

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  95. I'm a feedly follower Hadley! Congrats on the anniversary! LOVE....LOVE this cushion!

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  96. Five years? 2020??? I aim to be retired from teaching, that's for sure! Yes, I am THAT old!

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