Categories: UncategorizedBy Published On: July 27, 201313.7 min read293 words33 Comments on 500!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YAY!

We reached


How EXCITING is that?

I am Super Duper EXCITED!

So much in fact that I called my LQS….


{You know the store I talk about all of the time…I used to work there (well I quilt for them now) and she helped get me started by working off a machine..and the rest is history.} You can find their online shop here. ( they just did a system transfer and they are having issues with on-line sales..so sorry…you can always call 509-754-8280…until that is worked out)

They Donated Several 


So I have several things to give-away!


This is a kit and pattern for my first pattern…cute huh? This is the same as the cover quilt. :)

I also have this:IMG_5899

Cute winter panel…..WE all know how I feel about Christmas quilts right? They also have companion prints…if you need this line….

I also have this Bunny Hill Pattern…{I collect them all.}¬† This one is called Strawberry Hill…Adorable! IMG_5900Charm packs…YAY! IMG_5897 IMG_5898

2 of Cindi’s patterns…the wool one also includes the wool background. (Bonus!!!) Navaho rose is the most popular pattern around here..I can’t even give you a number of how many I have quilted….and I have made two myself. ¬† IMG_5895-001IMG_5896

So I will choose several winners! I will leave this open until Wednesday the last day of July 2013.

Just leave a comment sharing why you love quilting…or why you follow my blog…or your favorite quilt technique….or

What are some ideas of what you would like me to share…or not share.

Thanks so much! I feel blessed by all of you every day! You make my living possible…you provide me with love!



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  1. Robin Pladson July 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Yeh!!!! You did it. Can’t wait to see everything.

  2. Penny Quist July 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    You know you were already a winner in our book, but WOW! 500 and growing…Congrats Girly Friend.

  3. Penny Quist July 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Oh, why I love quilting…let me count the ways:
    You have provided warmth, comfort, and beauty to my home.
    You have helped my son with a forever talent that I was unable to mentor him in.
    You have inspired the masses and brought beauty and completion to many a quilter’s dream.
    I love quilting; because, I LOVE YOU!

  4. Sheila Mace July 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Quilting is the continuation of an old necessity that has become an art form. Quilts were once a way to be frugal, use what you have or go without. But we women soon saw a way to express our creativity. Modern quilts pay homage to our past while bringing beauty and warmth to our homes. I love to see what my quilting sisters have done, the possibilites are infinate.

  5. Nelle July 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Quilting for me is many things:a medium to express my artistic abilities; a task that keeps my hands busy as I pray for my loved ones, friends and those who are less fortunate; an expression of love in the form of a gift made from the heart; a potential link to past and future generations; a way to decorate my surroundings; to create an item that brings comfort through warmth or charity or bridging a gap in a community. Quilting is all that and more to me–such as bringing together people of like minds and hearts, who most likely wouldn’t have met except through a shared interest with so many beautiful and useful facets! <3

  6. Karin July 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Happy 500!! (quilts quilted, I’m assuming??)
    Why do I love quilting? Truth be told, I don’t love it so much as I love sewing itself & seeing the finished products! I love how you bring the designs to life & I love looking at how all the colors blend & contrast with each other. I trace (sometimes with my fingers, sometimes just my eyeballs) all the feathers and leaves you put on my (first) quilt as I lay bundled under it – yes, we are running 100 degrees daily, but our house a/c is set on 80, and I am still chilled, every time it kicks on…so it’s much easier just to snuggle up under..

    I love how much joy quilts bring to others when they’re gifted – I guess that’s why I only have the one, heehee. Like, that Strawberry Hill pattern – it would be soooo perfect for Michelle May of http://www.theraspberryrabbits.com – I can just imagine the look on her face if someone were to gift her with that!

    Or my dear friend in Canada, who has such a short blooming season, but she loves flowers – if I made her the table mat, I just know she’d love it! Gifting my sewing, be it quilts or garments, is what makes me happiest!! Well, that and looking at the gorgeous quilting you turn out!

  7. Carol Amos July 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    I love your blog for all the beautiful quilts and how real your life is.

  8. Annette July 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Congrats on your 500th…..after seeing a wonderful quilt show in southern Ontario I fell in love with quilting….I `ve always loved creating and this just seemed like the cumulation of all the crafts I`ve tried. As to your blog I like looking at your wonderful quilting and am always inspired by what you create. Reading about you helps me know you better even if we are so far from each other. You inspire many by your talent and you kindness. Blessings Charisma!!!!

  9. Amy July 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Yay! You are amazing! Congrats on 500. Here’s to 5000! more! :) I love the inspiration I get from reading your blog. When I am not feeling very motivated I will read something in your blog that makes me want to get up and get to work! Thank you for always being a blessing!

  10. Babs Williams July 27, 2013 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    I think I like quilting because it allows me to express myself artistically.
    I cant draw or sing but I can do many wonderful and creative projects with fabric.

  11. Laurie Smith July 27, 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    My very first quilt, I couldn’t afford to buy fabric so I cut up my hubby’s old flannel shirts and made bow tie blocks with muslin. I cut up his old blue jeans and used them for sashing strips. I named it “Bow Ties & Blue Jeans” I made something useful from ‘nothing’. I, as well as my budget, have come a long ways since then, but I will never forget the sense of accomplishment, the thrill and pride of that first quilt. I cannot paint or draw, but I tell people that I ‘paint with fabric’….and no matter how many quilts I make, the NEXT one will be a masterpiece!!

  12. Alison July 27, 2013 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    I have followed you on the Quilting Board forever! What a talented woman you are!

  13. Jan Scruggs July 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Love your blog and your work. Since I have had the opportunity to send quilts to you my work has been enhanced. You seem to be able to read my mind and do it exactly the way I would if I was capable. You are on of the sweetest, most talented people I know. I love hearing about your children and your DH Rob, feel like you guys are part of my crazy family :). I enjoy quilting because it lets me get in another world that has so much room for beauty and precision, but still able to be creative. I hope for nothing but the best for you and your blog, may you have 5000 more. <3

  14. Karen July 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    I love quilting because it puts me in a calm, relaxed zone that nothing else has so far, and I need the therapy right now. Quilting also gives you a mental lift because you get to start something and enjoy the finished product. It’s just so much fun to experiment with color and try new patterns. I love your blog Charisma because you are so talented it inspires me and it’s great that you share so much of yourself in your writing. It makes you a real person, and I’m enjoying getting to know you.

  15. Ruth Fruhauf July 27, 2013 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on 500!!!! I love to look at your blog and see the beautiful quilting you do. I wish I had just a portion of your talent. I love quilting because it gives me such satisfaction when I can give someone a finished quilt. One quild I belong to donates quilts to the children that are getting addopted so they can take something of their very own to their new home. The other guild I belong to makes quilts for unwed mothers and their babies that live in a community home and also a head start program at the church we hold our meetings at. It gives all of us a very warm feeling (like being wrapped in a quilt) to help these children and some new moms.

  16. Deb July 27, 2013 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Way to go !

    I am not sure why I love to quilt, I have never been artistic (accountant) but Evan though I just follow other people’s patterns, when I am done I feel like I did some thing good. Especially when I do for others.

    Why I follow you blog. It started out as just Eye candy. But then I got to know you and realized you have been through and are going through, a lot of the same struggles as i did. With you Rising above it, in Christ. I need examples of that in my life. Here’s to thousands more!

  17. Susie at ProsperityStuff July 27, 2013 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the chance at a fun giveaway! I love to quilt because of the satisfaction of creating something pretty and useful out of what was “just” a stack of fabric. I enjoy the chance to keep my mind and hands busy designing and creating.

  18. lou July 27, 2013 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    I love quilting because it is the way I express my love for the person I am making it for:) You inspire me and that is why I follow you. Your quilting is magnificent and pushes me to go out of my comfort zone. Thank you!
    Congrats on reaching 500! I am sure there will be many many more!

  19. Joyce Chapman July 28, 2013 at 6:57 am - Reply

    I also followed you on the Quilting Board and didn’t realize that you had a blog until a few months ago. I actually looked back to see the Cross quilt you quilted for me (my pastor and his wife loved it!). I love that you tell your life like it is, and don’t just tell us the perfect parts. I only follow one more blog continually and she does the same.

    I don’t get the chance to sew much right now. Life is so busy (canning, building my son’s house, etc.), but reading about your quilting, looking through quilt books and mags, touching my fabric occasionally, and dreaming of quieter times keeps me sane.

    You do fantastic work. I never wanted to make quilts with lots of empty spaces until I saw what you could do with those areas. When things settle down, I want to send you some more of my quilts. You are an inspiration to many, both in your quilting and your personal life!


  20. fran July 28, 2013 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Making and giving a special person a quilt is a way of giving them big hugs when you can’t be there. It is a way of continuing a craft/art/skill that is centuries old. I can’t draw, but I can cut fabric and sew-so quilting satisfies my need to be creative.

  21. Barb Bruce July 28, 2013 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Just found this page this morning. Your work is INCREDIBLE!!! I want to be like you when I grow up!

  22. Laura Higgins July 28, 2013 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Congratulations – What a great milestone! I am impressesd that you kept track of the number of quilts that you did. I only started quilting due to pressure of my old friends but I am sure glad I started and I am super glad that I found your awesome skills on the Quiltingboard. Thank you for keeping for blog so interesting and for showcasing so many fabulous quilts. I am looking forward to seeing the next 500!!!

  23. tisha July 28, 2013 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Congrats on 500 !!!!!! I quilt bc its what I love…its how I express my creative side. My favorite technique is applique…I love the look I love the process. Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. helen-mary July 28, 2013 at 8:59 am - Reply

    I love quilting because, as a longarm quilter it puts puppy chow in the bowl. :-) I just found your blog on Quiltville’s FB page, so I’m a new follower. Love your quilting!!!

  25. Mary Ammerman July 28, 2013 at 11:44 am - Reply

    I follow your blog to see all the beautiful quilting you do, and I love your wonderful posts. Every quilt you have quilted for me is cherished!

  26. harmony July 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Quilting is fun because you never know what you can come up with. helps me to be more creative and think outside the box.

  27. Deb M July 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    You provide such inspiration in the beauty of your quilting and I look forward to reading your blog. I feel quilting allows me to expand my horizons (and learn something new each day!)

  28. Jane July 28, 2013 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Congratulations my friend! I am so proud of all you have accomplished. I follow your blog because sometimes that is the only way I can keep up with what is going on in your life. No I won’t do facebook! I still need to get inspiration from my mentor too.
    I quilt because it is the talent I was blessed with and I love it. I am obsessed with it. I sure hope God needs quilts and LA quilters in heaven! I wouldn’t consider it paradise if I couldn’t quilt LOL

  29. Kay Marie July 29, 2013 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Why do I love quilting? I think it all started when I made a scrappy quilt out of family clothing. As I cut the fabric I would remember who it came from, when I wore it, etc. To this day I see the red, white and blue striped square and recall my 4H sewing class and the sailor dress I made from that fabric.
    I also sew because my grandmother, a farmer’s wife with 15 children, always saved and reused everything. She used to make blankets out of milk strainers, doubled and tied. I feel a real family connection when I make my scrappy quilts.

  30. Julie July 29, 2013 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Congrats on 500!!!! As so many others have said you are so talented and I have so happy to have found you. You make my quilts come alive. I love quilting because I am always amazed at what can be made from just pieces/scraps of fabrics. Thank-you for all that you do!!

  31. Carol July 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on 500. Love the fact you share yourself and quilting.

  32. Suzette July 29, 2013 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I am so excited for you!! Congrats!!

    I love your blog because it delights and inspires me! Your work is beyond beautiful and it just uplifts me to see your exquisite quilting on all those lovely quilts!

  33. jolinda July 31, 2013 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Congrats on reaching 500!!! that’s great hope I sell that many of my patterns this year. I read you blog cause I love your quilting style. I hope some day I can get half as good as you. And its nice to read your posts on God and spiritual stuff. I have shared some of the things you have posted with my church group.

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