Saturday, 25 January 2014

Grow Your Blog

Hello, my name is
Margaret
and I am linking up with Grow Your Blog 

I have been blogging here at Pieces of My Heart for about 2 1/2 years. I starting blogging as a way of sharing and documenting the things I love, the things closest to my heart.
I am an avid quilter, over 30 years now, but I also love mixed media art, knitting, my family, my pets and travelling, so you see little bits of all of that here.
I live in northern Alberta, Canada, where winter prevails for a good 5-6 months of the year. Gives me lots of indoor time to pursue my creative passions.

One of my goals for this year was to increase my blog traffic so I have been linking up with a few other blogs and it is wonderful to hear from new readers. I really love looking at my stats to see where people are visiting from. 
So, leave me a comment telling me where you are from and I will enter you into the draw for these goodies from my stash. You have until February 15/14 to be eligible.

I am also looking a block swap to join this year and hope some visitors can lead me to some options.


Finishes for Friday

The hat is now winging it's way to it's new owner



AND, my first pair of mittens! I see now from the picture I forgot the make sure the thumbs were the same size, and sadly, they are too big, but I love them and will wear them anyway!


 My layout for all the blocks from Linda's Stash Buster Quilt Along.
I don't have enough room to get the whole thing in the shot (and the dogs knocked a bunch of the lower row blocks down with their tails) but you get the idea. 
I had to reject one block that was too small, I have plans to make that the label, and make two more but I am happy I found a way to use them all in one top.


I hope to get this top pieced before the end of the weekend so hubby can hold it up outside for a better photo op.
 Thanks for stopping by. 

77 comments:

  1. Hello Margaret, a wave from the NSW Central Coast, Australia. Love the quilt in your header!

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    1. Thanks, that is my favourite quilt! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Good morning Margaret...very nice to meet you. I am in New Brunswick...Canda.

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    1. nice to meet you too, thanks for stopping by

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  3. Good luck on your blog growth. I already follow you and I do like the projects that you have shown. I have yet to make a pair of mittens but perhaps one day... Sorry I can't help you with the block swap but check out Google for them or Yahoo groups.

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    1. thanks, I am thinking of dragging out all my left over wool and starting to make mittens for our Christmas mitten tree at church, they are addictive!

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  4. I'm quite a fan of purple, so I love your quilt! I'm so glad I found your blog today. :O)

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    1. Thanks, I am not a purple person, but I think I had about 5 meters of that purple in my stash for I don't know what! I am happy to have made that quilt completely from my stash.

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  5. Great setting for your blocks Margaret. Good luck in the block hop!

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  6. Hi Margaret, I am from Belleville Ontario, I am fairly new to quilting , but have been sewing for years, enjoyed reading your blog, happy sewing to all

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    1. Welcome, hope you are loving quilting. So happy to see so many Canadians stopping by!

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  7. Hello Margaret, I am currently living in Pennsylvania.

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  8. Interesting to read where friends are from... Your gloves are awesome! It was great to see you last night.

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  9. Hi Margaret
    I'm from a very wet England! I've been following you for a while!

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    1. Welcome, thanks for leaving a comment today!

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  10. Hi Margaret! I am visiting from a chilly South Carolina today!

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    1. Welcome, I am with you on the chilly, we are -21C this morning!

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  11. Greetings from Nova Scotia Nice to have met you in this blog hop .

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  12. I am visiting from Michigan. Pretty cold here too.
    I am a brand new blogger, so I'm looking for direction. linsquilts.blogspot.com You have such nice "stuff" all around your text. How did you do all that? I feel like such a beginner. I guess cuz I am! Am following you now.
    lin3841@gmail.com in case the blog doesn't allow you to comment.

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    1. Thanks for visiting. The blog "stuff" was all already here in the blogger template. It was all stuff I could chose from. Just take some time and look around at what is in your blog templates and settings. I am always tweaking a bit.

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  13. A GYB visitor whose staying around lol
    love the twisted scarf, hope you got it completed!

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    1. thanks! Sadly I have not completed the scarf yet, still waiting for the yarn to arrive in the mail. This week I hope!

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  14. I don't have a blog. I'm in western KY!

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  16. Stopping by from Grow Your Blog Party. Great job on the Stash buster blocks - I did some of those too! So nice to meet somebody from Canada, and coincidentally we have the same name. Looking forward to getting to know you!

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    1. Hi Peg, funny, one name I have never been called. I am from Kamloops, where in BC do you live. Where in AB do you think you might move? It is KA,KA,KA KOLD here in the Peace today!
      Loved your post on spelling!

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  17. Forgot to say, I'm from BC, looking to move to Alberta. And now a new follower!

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  18. So glad I found your blog! I am a new follower. See my comment on the previous post.

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    1. I quickly went and linked up to your hexie linky, but you didn't tell where you were from?

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  19. A quilt on the playground- why not?! :)

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  20. Hello from north western Ontario. I just found out about grow you blog yesterday as I've been home sick with a bad cold and can't do much else. I enjoy reading your blog. Keep sharing.

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    1. Thanks, I hope you keep visiting and feel better soon!

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  21. Your mittens are pretty and serviceable; the best combination! Visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog.

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    1. the mittens have become a bit of an addiction! Thanks for stopping by, hope you come back again soon.

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  22. I would prefer if mittens had no thumbs! :) They are such a pain to put in. I do not knit a lot of anything except scarfs. The local shelter gets a lot of very loud scarfs from me since my family and friends have begun to decline my offers. (I guess 10 or 12 each is a lot.) My passion is jewellery which is just as bad but it is easier to hide. Your work is great and I do know you need multiple projects to keep you going all winter. I am from Calgary so we are almost neighbours. Happy hopping.

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    1. The method I have learned for the thumbs isn't bad, it is just like socks tho, that hole you get when you pick up the stitches. If I can get that part mastered I will be a happy camper! Thanks for stopping by

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  23. I enjoy seeing what you are up to. Your hexie blocks were really neat to see at Katja's- the exact opposite of my country muted theme! Now I just have to get them all together - Linda is quilting my top in September.

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    1. thanks! My hexies are all stacked up in order, ready to be sewn together, but the mitten addiction has me completely side tracked!
      Thanks for visiting.

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  24. I've been blogging for about 5 years and I agree with you, it's fun to see where everyone comes from. I'm from the sunshine state of Florida. It's been fun meeting new friends through the GYB hop.

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    1. Oh lucky you, no winter! We are headed off to Costa Rice in a month to get warm and enjoy the sunshine and longer days.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  25. Dropping in to say hello. I also love knitting and lately have been making fingerless gloves for everyone in the family. They seem quite popular here. Lovely to meet you.

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    1. The kids love the fingerless ones, so the can use their phones, but up here, we need full finger coverage!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  26. I made Linda's Stash Buster quilt, too. I love your layout.. It's original and looks great.

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    1. can't wait to see yours. Not so original, I was inspired by this layout on a quilt on the Freshly Pieced blog.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  27. Thank you for sharing your blog/ story! I hope to visit again soon. Please consider coming over & visiting my embroidery/ redwork blog. I'm in the 1st set of the GYB list.

    I am from Greenwich, NY & we say it green-witch, not gren-itch. It is a small, rural town along the Hudson River, east of Saratoga Springs, NY.

    aprilsongstress

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    1. thanks for stopping by. I did visit your blog, lovely work! And thanks for the pronunciation, have never heard it that way. I think even on TV they say Gren-itch!

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  28. Hey Margaret

    Your quilts are lovely and I absolutely love your mittens. I could use a pair of those right now. Good luck on increasing your blog traffic I am sure you will. It has been nice getting to know you.

    Hugs
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    1. Thanks Caroline, it is growing along beautifully!

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  29. Hello! Nice to meet you. I've always found that the best way to grow your blog (aside from parties like this!) is by visiting and commenting on other people's. I used to join a lot of link parties but hardly saw any visitors from them. I'm from Nottingham in England where it seems to rain for most of the year!

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    1. Well, whatever I am doing is working, lots of lovely growth last month!
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  30. Hi. Visiting from the GYB Party! Hope you enjoyed the party. Following you now.
    ~Tanya

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  31. I am enjoying the blog party! And I love your mittens. Still trying my hand at knitting socks. I can knit a scarf a mile long. And here in New York, you can wrap and wrap and wrap to keep warm! Have a great weekend! Party on! Aloha

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    1. Thanks! Learning socks are next on my knitting adventure!

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  32. Hi Margaret,
    It is nice to meet you. I started quilting almost two years ago and absolutely love it. The quilt on your header is beautiful. I look forward to see what you create throughout the year.
    ~Amy
    Sew Incredibly Crazy

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  33. Margaret, great blog, enjoyed visiting you today via the gyb party...

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  34. Margaret , I love that you have a lot of time to quilt and add to the years of style and experience. I live in SoCal where 56* is cold. I am glad to have stopped by and I will return, so for now I must continue to visit others in this great GYB party.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and I would LOVE a 56 day right about now! I am heading to Costa Rica in March in hopes of getting warm!

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  35. Hi, I live in sunny central California, where for the last 2 weeks it has been cold and dreary, and I am ready for some sunshine. I really like your blog and am signing up today. Jackie

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    1. thanks for visiting, it is a sunny -18C today in the north!

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  36. Hi Margaret, I'm stopping by your blog via the GYBP and have become your latest follower. I look forward to seeing more mittens and your latest quilting projects. Have a wonderful day, Toni from Easy Street Ramblings

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Toni. I just keep knitting and quilting so there is always more blog fodder!

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  37. Love the different projects you are working on. I try to work on one quilt at a time. Currently I'm following Celtic Solstice with Bonnie Hunter and loving it. Find that I am very slow though. I'm also knitting baby hats to help with my daughters Silver Award Project for Girl Scouts.

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    1. I wish I had a long enough attention span to stick with one project at a time. I am like that dog in the movie UP!
      I am going to get back to knitting baby hats too, they like them in for the newborns at the hospital where I work.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  38. Hi Margaret
    I found your blog during the GYB party. I see you like to have your fingers in many pies, just like me. I enjoyed seeing all the different things you make. Lovely. I am a new follower now. Enjoy the party.

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    1. Thanks Chantal, I find my creativity needs to be fueled by lots of different things. I am trying to challenge myself to work outside my box this year.

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  39. Your blog is lovely and your quilts and knitted projects are wonderful! You are very talented in drawing also.

    Like yours, my blog is also an eclectic mix of many of the things in life that make me happy and keep this grandmother of five going strong.

    I am going to be a follower of your blog, so I do not miss out on things! I hope you can find a moment to go over and check out my blog!

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  40. Wow I love my visit. Didn't realize that there is so much going on in cyber world. Forgive me for coming to the party at the last minute, But 600 blog reading was a little tasking. I wanted to read and get to know the girls so I did read everyone's bio. Your my 552 blog and 24 hours left to go. If you like come visit My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is http://ovr_brd@yahoo.com I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do's and don'ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. I liked you following you on goggle connect and Bloglovin you. hope to see you in the cyber neighborhood I am new to blogging so I don't have a lot posted because I got side tract with GYB party. Kind of felt it was important to have some one read my silly chatter. I can't remember a time I didn't dabble in something creative. I tried a little of everything. But, my new love these days is Card making I just love it.

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