7/13/11

One Year Blogiversary Giveaway Celebration



Today is Cat Patches' one year birthday!  When I started blogging, I thought it would be just to link up to certain linky parties in blogland.  Little did I know that I would have so much fun in this virtual community.  It's been an opportunity to learn, to create, to share, to give and receive encouragement, and to meet people from all over the world.  Those of you who follow and comment regularly have begun to feel like old friends.  You are a creative and talented group, and I am fortunate to have found you.

What better way to celebrate than with a giveaway?  So that's what I'm doing.  One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive all of these goodies.  Three one-yard cuts of fabric:




And a "Twinkle" pattern by Sew Be It:


Now I suppose you're wondering what you'll need to do to win, so I'm just about to tell you.

1.  Leave a comment telling me what your favorite summer activities are.

2.  You don't have to be a follower, but if you are, or you become one, please leave an additional comment telling me so and you'll get an additional chance to win.

3.  You don't have to post any of my buttons on your blog, but if you do, please leave an additional comment for an additional chance to win.

4.  Finally, if you blog about my giveaway, leave me a comment with the link for yet another chance to win.

This giveaway is open to all participants from the Planet Earth.  (My apologies to all of you extra-terrestrials.  Next time I'll include you, I promise.)  I'll draw a winner two weeks from today, on July 27th, which just happens to be my father-in-law's birthday.  (Happy Birthday, Old Dad.  We still miss you.)

Good luck!

141 comments from clever and witty friends:

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Happy Anniversary, Sweet Barbara, what a lovely year it has been getting to know you and your loved ones--human and feline.

wv-prizer = prediction ?

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

I am a faithful follower.

Jennifer Joshua said...

Happy Anniversary Barbara.....I love your blog....

In this occasion I take the opportunity to tell that I love the title banner picture of your blog. To be true I have admired it many times.

I dont have any specific summer activity that I love...Except that I loved holidays during school in summer!!!!

I'm a follower

MareeR said...

Congratulations on your first anniversary. I am glad I found your site. If I am lucky enough to win I will be away for about a week after you do your draw. I will hopefully be doing lots of swimming in a warmer climate.

MareeR said...

I am a follower.

MareeR said...

I have your foto finish button on my blog site.

Martha Raiford said...

Have to get in on this...it's my real birthday today (lucky me, another year older)...and I love summer...working in the yard, going to the river, eating watermelon and other fresh veggies from the garden.

Martha Raiford said...

I am already on your followers list...love your blog.

Martha Raiford said...

Whoopee...I already have your fabulous "cat patches" button on my blog. I, too, love cats! Have many outside and 2 very spoiled ones in the house with me. They were born a month before Katrina hit us down here, so I sat in the bathroom and held them during the storm. Makes them kinda special to me.

501 Quilt Blocks said...

This year I'm loving sitting on the porch enjoying the day.

501 Quilt Blocks said...

I'm a follower.

501 Quilt Blocks said...

I have your buttons.

Martha Raiford said...

I just finished putting a shout out on my page for your great give-a-way. So happy birthday to you!

marth225 said...

I posted on my blog -- averagequilter.blogspot.com

marth225 said...

I am a follower

yorkie mom said...

I am a follower! gougeonathome@charter.net

yorkie mom said...

Congratulations!! My favorite summer activity is camping in my little pop up and sitting by the fire! Thanks for the chance! gougeonathome@charter.net

Nancy said...

Happy Blogiversary, Barbara. Isn't it amazing how quickly time goes by.

Nancy said...

I am a follower.

Mommarock said...

It has been over 100 here for quite some time.. so when you asked what my favorite summertime activity was.. all I could think was ... finding the Air Conditioning!! LOL

Mommarock said...

I am a follower. Those fabrics are delightful.. each for their own reason. And the pattern... super cool!

Mommarock said...

I have your FFF button on my blog :)

Lee said...

Happy Blogaversary! I enjoy reading your blog. My family and I love kayaking and hiking and walking our dogs in the summer!

Lee said...

i am a follower! thanks again!

Stray Stitches said...

Happy Blogiversary, Barbara!!!!

My favorite summer activity? Getting away from the heat and going to the beach!

Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway :)

Stray Stitches said...

I am a regular and happy follower of your wonderful blog :D

Stray Stitches said...

I have your FFFF button on my right sidebar!

flowerofshona said...

Happy birthday !!!
My favorite summer activity is..
I love picking strawberrys from the garden, warm and fresh (some never reach the kitchen lol)

flowerofshona said...

Im a follower xx

Mimi said...

I live in Canada and our summers are not very long so I enjoy any time possible outdoors... even if it is unbearably hot I quickly remind myself of those below 40 days in the winter!!

Mimi said...

I am a follower - Yay! Nice fabric selection - would love to win!!

Anne said...

Happy Blogiversary, Barbara! Glad you're enjoying blogging. I enjoy stopping by. I was referred by Linda at Stray Stitches.

My favorite summer activity is lounging at Lake Ouachita, where we keep our ski boat docked. I don't ski, but I am quite good at being lazy and enjoying fun times with friends and family.

Anne said...

I am a follower.

Anne said...

I have two of your buttons on my blog. http://anne-writehere.blogspot.com/

Sallie said...

Happy Blogiversary, Barbara! My favorite summer activity is getting a snowcone.

Sallie said...

I'm a follower. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

Sallie said...

I have your FFFF button on my blog.

QuilterLaura said...

Congrats on your 1 year anniversary! Many more to come I hope.

Kathleen said...

my favorite activity in the summer is to walk in the nearby park...

Kathleen said...

I am a follower....

Kathleen said...

I have your buttons posted on my blog...

jennifer said...

Favorire summer activity is watching lightening bugs.

jennifer said...

Of course I follow you:)

jennifer said...

I have your buttons.

jennifer said...

Off to post it now. Happy blogaversary , Barbara

free indeed said...

I like to read on the porch swing and while away the day while soaking up some sun. Also, Had all 10 grandkids here this weekend..all under 7! Reading to them, planning picnics in the park and a special treat at the ice cream shop which a 6 yr old dubbed Happy Freeze :)

free indeed said...

I follow via email. Love that purpley fern fabric...purple is one of those colors I'm just beginning to appreciate.

arlette said...

Happy Anniversary to youuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!
I'm a participant of Planet Earth and we aren't in summer, it just passed, but I enjoy to go to the pool, drink tons of lemonade and eat bunches of watermelon, it's soooooooooo nice!!!!

arlette said...

I'm your follower, from a while now

Pat V. said...

My husband and I love to go boating in the summer. We sometimes charter a 45-foot boat for a week and have fun in the San Juan Islands. It's just heaven to live on the water for a few days!

Pat V. said...

...and of course I follow your blog!

Anonymous said...

My favorite summer activity is, honestly, working in my garden. Happy anniversary!. Judith. carrierman4755@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I am also a follower. Judith. carrierman4755@gmail.com

quiltzyx said...

Happy Blogaversary Barbara!!

I would say that my fave summer activity is spending time with my friends - BBQs, b'day parties, going to see Harry Potter... :D

quiltzyx said...

I'm a follower. :^)

quiltzyx said...

And I have your buttons on my blog too.

Deborah in Atlanta said...

My favorite summer activity? Going to visit my son-in-law and riding on the lake in his boat. I almost feel like a rich person, and with a hat on, some sunscreen, and my sweet hubby beside me, that's all I need!

Deborah in Atlanta said...

I'm already a follower.

gill said...

Happy Blogaversary!
I love eating outside in the summer!

Sandi P said...

Happy Anniversary! I love those fabrics! In the summer I love cooking out, making ice cream, and all the extra time we get to spend with family.

Sandi P said...

I follow you. I don't blog, but am thinking about starting for the same reason you started. I'm afraid I will really enjoy it though and that will mean even less time for things like sewing, cooking, cleaning, etc....

ElfRenee said...

My favorite summer activities are eating watermelon and relaxing with a book!

ElfRenee said...

I follow your blog! :)

Patchwork Sisters said...

My favorite part of summer is having coffee on the patio in the morningsl

Patchwork Sisters said...

I am a follower

Pam said...

I like to garden in the summer-veggie and flowers.

Pam said...

I am a follower.

Stormy Days said...

Summer means swimming or should I say floating lazy days away. We do have a longer summer than most people, but when it's this hot it feels so wonderful. Happy One Year Barbara, you're blog is wonderful. Thanks for being there.

Stormy Days said...

Your blog is one I can't miss, so of course I follow. Thanks.

Jo said...

The things I enjoy most in the summer are motorcycle riding, and long lazy evenings. I also love to go out in the boat fishing, camping and gold panning. I sure wish summer was longer. Congrats on your anniversary!

Jo said...

I am a follower and though I don't comment often i get enjoyment from every post! Thank you for having the giveaway and giving us all a chance to win!

Jo said...

I am fairly sure I am an earthling! Well at least I live on earth at the present time! I have your FFFF on my blog.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Staying inside in AC....grin...sewing or reading my kindle.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm a follower.

Irina said...

congratulations! I love reading your blog!

Irina said...

I'm a follower for quite a while

Irina said...

I also use your buttons in my blog

819545a0-663d-11e0-88c0-000bcdcb5194 said...

Summertime means puttering to me - precious moments of just walking barefoot without a goal. Ok, far and few between lol. Happy One Year Anniversary!! VermontPines@aol.com

Diane said...

First of all, I am a follower! Secondly, I enjoy putzing around in the garden. And even better, I LOVE canning what I pull out of the veggie garden!

annmarie said...

I have a big veggie garden & quilte a few flower gardens so my favorite summer activity is playing in my gardens. Love a hot sunny day to do so. Congrats on your first year of blogging!

annmarie said...

I am a follower of your blog & enjoy it alot. Thanks for the fun and thanks for the chance to win!

Snoodles said...

Congratulations, Barbara! It has been a joy to read your blog and admire your photography! i happily follow you! Happy Blogiversary and thanks for the chance to win!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Snoodles said...

My fav activity in the summer is playing in my garden, and then canning and pickling my harvest! Thanks for the chance to win!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

otterdaughter said...

My favorite summer activity is when it's been hot enough for the lake to warm above 'hypothermia' degrees and go float in the sunshine.

otterdaughter said...

Long-time follower here, too!

Cecilia said...

My favorite summer activities would be enjoying my back porch and riding our motorcycle with my husband. :) Happy anniversary!

Cecilia said...

I am already a follower. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Pam said...

Just recently discovered your blog and love it, I am a follower! Happy Blogiversary!

Pam said...

My favorite summer activity is spending time outdoors with my 5 granddaughters, blowing bubbles and drawing with sidewalk chalk :)

Kari said...

Happy Blog Anniversary!
My favourite summer activity is going for ice cream with my little girls!

Marcia W. said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I do enjoy your blog. Thanks for the celebration!

Kate said...

Congratulations on your Blog Anniversary!

Marcia W. said...

I follow your blog...Happy Anniversary.

robin said...

Lovely giveaway! My fave summer activities are staying cool, eating ice cream, and watching my perennials bloom! :)

robin said...

I've got your FFFF on my blog. :)

Stray Stitches said...

I included your giveaway in my blog today:
http://straystitches1.blogspot.com/2011/07/all-sorts-of-color.html

Avis La Fin said...

Hi Barbara,
I love your blog!! My favorite summer activity is the permission a hot, hot summer day gives me to stay inside with the air conditioner and sew.

hueisei said...

Happy one year Blogiversay!!!! I'm living in a country having summer throughout the years, I would think of visiting a winter country whenever the weather is so so crazy hot :)

hueisei said...

I am following your blog for sometimes :)

hueisei said...

In fact, I have your button at my blog...check it out !!

Diane said...

My favorite summer activity is definitely working in the yard .. .I know it sounds silly but I love being outdoors & I am happy when my yard & gardens look nice :) Thanks.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Happy blog Anniversary!In Summer I love to go to the beach and see the sun set by the sea.It's gorgeous.
I also like to swim and catch a little sun tan.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

I've been a follower for quite e while now.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Your button "lives" on my side bar.

deserae said...

I love BBQs!

Hilachas said...

I love to get together with family and friends during the summer months. Thank you for the opportunity to win your generous giveaway.

Hilachas said...

I am now a follower of your blog and thank you for the opportunity to win your giveaway.

Catskill Quilter said...

I live in sunny Florida, so in the summer (when it is VERY hot!) I stay inside and sew all day!

Catskill Quilter said...

CONGRATS on your blogaversary! I am a regular follower!

quiltmom said...

Hi Barbara, What a nice giveaway to celebrate your blogging anniversary.
I hope that you have many more years of blogging and making friends from different parts of the globe.
Love the photo of your cat.
I am a follower and have been for awhile now.
My favorite summer activities are having barbecues with family, quilting and catching up on my reading.
Happy summer and happy blog anniversary.
Warmest regards,
Anna

LethargicLass said...

Happy Blogiversary! Hugs!

Fave summer activity is eating popsicles :)

LethargicLass said...

I am a follower :)

Julie said...

My favorite activity is just being able to sit outside in the nice weather. Great give away. Thanks!

Julie said...

I am a follower. Thanks for the give away.

The undomesticated scientist said...

personally i'm not that keen on summer. all to hot and sticky for me! give me autumn any time. i would say spring but then i'm dogged with hayfever!

Flutterby Gail said...

I have SO enjoyed being one of your followers. Maybe I'll BLOG one day myself. You always put a smile on my face.

Favorite summer activities include sewing andd quilting (duh), spending more time with grandkids (they stay at Camp Grandma and learn to sew an cook), and am currently enjoying the warmth, rather than the heat (we're having an unseasonably cool summer)

Hilachas said...

I have blogged about your giveaway at:
http://muchashilachas.blogspot.com/2011/07/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-x-none.html

Deb said...

My favorite summer activity is staying inside by the A/C and sewing! I'm just not a summer person. I'd love to win your giveaway.

Janet said...

Congratulations on your one year blogiversary! My favourite summer activity is gardening. I find it relaxing. I love the green and purple leaf fabric. Thanks for a chance to win.

Junk Loving Girl said...

One year is a huge achievement, congrats!

My favorite summer activity would have to be paddling in the sea eating ice cream. Yum!

Junk Loving Girl said...

I also follow with GFC

Amanda said...

I love swimming with my boys and having them both home from school to play with!

Amanda said...

I follow on GFC!

James-Linda said...

ALREADY FOLLOWING YOU!!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

James-Linda said...

NEAT GIVEAWAY!
WE LOVE CAMPING IN THE ROCKY MTS HERE NEAR OUR HOME! HAPPY SUMMER TO ALL!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Sharon said...

very interesting reading here, i enjoyed it much. i love cats and flowers too. my daughters live in portland and i love it there. I enjoy kayaking and camping and swimming. But i live in the brutal desert and don't actually get to camp much.

Sharon said...

i have signed up to follow your blog. thanks.

Kathy said...

I have your button on my blog!
http://new2quilting.blogspot.com/

Kathy said...

I am a follower. Happy blogiversary.

Kathy said...

My favorite summer activity is exploring new things with my four year old son. We enjoy swimming, finding new parks, bugs, mud puddles... Every Friday is picnic night and my husband, son and I pack a picnic and go to a park. I always love to see what my son puts in the picnic basket that he feels is important (a big tub of butter, bubbles, a truck...)

Aliene said...

Happy Blogaverisary , I have enjoyed following your blog even though I don't leave many comments.

I think I would rather stay inside and work on crocheting or quilting or sewing. Louisiana is too hot for me to get out.

Aliene said...

I am a follower.

Aliene said...

I also have your cat FFF on my sidebar

Ashley said...

I love going swimming, going to the beach, and going fishing!

demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

TheSharpTeethOfLove said...

half_blue_sky@yahoo.com

I love swimming and spending time with family outdoors

Connie said...

Congrats on your 1 year blogversity! Normally my favorite summertime activity is gardening but it has been so hot this year that staying inside and quilting is my fav. Beautiful fabrics in your giveaway, I'm already a follower.

Deb said...

Congratulations on your Blogging Anniversary!!! I'd love to be entered in your giveaway. My favorite summer activity would be staying inside out of the heat and sewing!

Denise :) said...

Favorite summer activities?? Hmmm...lazing about on the dock, hanging out with the (adult) kids and their families, cooking out, and water play! Congrats on the one year anniversary! :)

Denise :) said...

And...I am a follower! :)

Ruffles and Relics said...

happy anniversary! I am a new follower..

Ruffles and Relics said...

our favorite activity is camping and canoeing..