7/13/17

7th Blogiversary Celebration and Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Sorry you missed the party.
Wahoo! Help me celebrate my 7th Blogiversary today. Who'd a thought I'd still be blogging seven years on when I started Cat Patches way back in 2010? There's been a lot of water flow under that bridge, and it's been so much fun! I've met so many wonderful and generous quilters, the time seems to have flown by.

Sadie and Smitty have on their best purrty duds, and they are ready to PURRTEEE! Smitty is especially excited to be here.


Geez, Mom, it's empurrassing to be dressed up this way.

So...thanks for coming everybody! I have something you're really going to like to celebrate and to thank you for being such good friends. It's a 10-fat quarter bundle of "Joyful" by Fusions by AGF for Art Gallery Fabrics.



Something cheerful and bright for these summer days. So what do you have to do to win?

1. Just leave a comment...any comment will do. If you can't think of anything, then tell me about your summer vacation plans. Since the giveaway is to thank you for following along over the years, this prize is reserved for followers only...new, old, salty, sweet, bitter, and twisted...just step on up and tell me how you follow. If you want to become a follower, you can find lots of ways to do it there in my left side bar. Also, I will ship internationally, so all residents of Planet Earth are welcome to join in.

2. If you're no reply, be sure to leave an email address. You can't win if I can't contact you.

I'll leave this giveaway open through Sunday, July 16th and announce the winner sometime on Monday, July 17th. Good luck and thank you!

137 comments from clever and witty friends:

Sher S. said...

Love following your blog and all your travels and daily life with the fur kids. Love seeing your quilts and hearing your thinking process. You give me inspiration to try new things, thanks.

Linda M @ Pieceful Kingdom said...

Congratulations! I follow by email and on FB. Here's to another (at least) 7 years! 🥂

Rhonda Casey said...

Congratulations Barbara! I look forward to your blogs. They are a bright spot in my day. As for my summer vacation plans? I don't have any this year, but we've been busy. We had our house painted and a generator installed. After being without power for 3 days straight last winter, it was a nice gift to ourselves. But this Saturday I will be on a Quilt n Cuisine Shop Hop with my quilting buddies.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Congrats on 7 years.

Aimee said...

Congrats on your blogiversary. I follow you on FB.

Judy H said...

Congratulations on 7 years and here is to 7 more!

Charlotte M. said...

Congratulations Barbara. I think we must have started blogging in the same year. I think that was the year blogging exploded. I have loved following the exploits of the cats, being a cat person myself. And of course, your sewing and other adventures. You are a very busy lady. I hope you are around for a long while. I ready every post and I follow you on Bloglovin'. Happy anniversary.

Quilting Babcia said...

Wow, seven years is a long L-O-N-G time by today's short attention span! Congrats on another anniversary! And to Smitty and Sadie for helping you write all these entertaining posts! And helping you get all those quilt pieces figured out!

Rina Mason said...

Congratulations! I love it when my morning starts with a post from you. You're always so entertaining and informative. Between the four of you there is always something to make me smile. Here's to the next 7!

gpc said...

Tell Smitty that a Cat in a Hat is a classic look, that will surely comfort him. I follow and follow, by Facebook and Blogger and by stealing your recipes and discoveries and techniques. I have no shame.

Margie Crewse said...

Congrats! Am not sure when I started following you with blogger, but it's been years. Always happy when I see you've made a post for the day. Enjoy when you go on your travels. It's like I get to be there too! Thank You!!!

Jan @Cocoa Quilts said...

Congratulations on your first 7!! Here is to the next 7!!

Ioleen said...

I've enjoy my time with you, the kitties and your travels. Love the pictures of your blooming things, your quilts and your cooking. Congrats and here's 🍷🍷to many more.

Kathy S. said...

I've been following via Blogger for a few years. My husband is taking a four week vacation starting this FRIDAY!!! We will not be traveling this year. He will be working on his new (1967 orange thing -- earth mover, pan, something like that.) He loves equipment. Our son will be in science camp for one of the weeks. I will get to longarm quilt (hopefully the customer quilts that I have) during most of that week. We will also be doing some little road trips to Lake Erie, a waterpark, bowling, putt putt, and a few other little jaunts. It's just going to be fun family time.
Shahann@yahoo.com

Betty said...

Congratulations! I think I fall into the old and twisted follower categories, through Blogger and Facebook. I enjoy reading about all your adventures. The cats and quilts are my faves, the virtual tours of your travels, gardening and cooking are fun also.
My vacation this year was to see my kids in Massachusetts. My main request was to visit the Atlantic coast and that was granted. It was beautiful! They also surprised me with a visit to a quilt show and a fabric store I hadn't been to before. The week went by way too fast and I can hardly wait to do it again!

claudia said...

You know me...I have to comment whether there is a prize or not! I love your blog and all it entails! I especially love your two blogiversary purrty purrticipants.
My summer plans have been slightly side tracked, beings as I don't know the distance between my house and my RV! Yes...I hurt my new baby! So I suppose I would have to say my summer plans are to get poor little Betty (the RV) repaired. I got an estimate yesterday and the price I will have to pay will cement in my knowledge of distances between the RV and other immovable objects. Expensive lesson learned!

Penny said...

I read your blog every day. Love to hear about your quilt, kitties and RV/Camper adventures. Here's to many more years.

Rosemary Rivas said...

Smitty doesn't look too happy. I love reading your blog and especially about Smitty as he reminds me of our recently departed Gus-Gus.
Yesterday marked eleven weeks our little miracle granddaughter has been with us. She's very much like her mom, moves constantly and loves to have her diaper changed. She's started smiling and wanting already to stand up. She's still having a bit of problem holding her head up, but that will come with time. I have been documenting her using my iPhone and am keeping a journal of my visits. Since she was born on a Wednesday, I check in with her on Wednesdays. It seems that my daughter needs lots of help, so I have also been going on Mondays, and Wednesdays so Gabriela can eat, pump, do laundry, take a shower-all those things that new moms need to do in addition to caring for a demanding new baby. It's fun and I suspect it will get easier on her as time goes on. Fortunately I am relatively close so I can help her with these things. Her other grandma lives quite a distance and doesn't get to see her as much. Alicia, Gabriela's big sister spends time with her niece on the weekends. Sorry to bore you with mundane news about our newborn granddaughter, but she's the "light of our lives" right now. I have several projects to make for her and also make "Lacation" recipes for her mom.
Thanks for the opportunity to win some cute fabric that I could use to make something for Isabella.
Rosemary

liniecat said...

Dignity is important in a cats life and Smittys street cred is at risk in that hat lolol
You so often have me chuckling away with your wit and purs-onality :)
Many congrats are due indeed and I enjoy walking almost with you, on your various jaunts spotting flora and fauna and fabric shops along the way.

Danette Stankovich said...

Happy Blogiversary! My summer plans are camping and boating. Love your cats and I love my cat, too. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

Kristin in Alaska said...

I've been following you since December, via Blogger, and everyday I look forward to your posts!
We already had our vacation this year, and traveling from Alaska to Iowa to Pennsylvania, and back again, was quite enough!

Dorothy Finley said...

You make my day every day with your posts. Thank you

CJ Smith said...

I stumbled on your blog a couple of years ago when I Googled "Cat quilts". I was hooked instantly! Like you, I grew up in southern California just a few years ahead of you. Often times when you comment on something it blows me away! It sounds exactly like something I'd say. I follow you on both blogger and Facebook. Perish the thought I miss an episode of "The Adventures of Smitty and Sadie"!

Pam said...

Congratulations! Your Blog is the first I read every morning and again throughout the day on Facebook. I especially enjoy your travels and adventures with your cats.

Vanessa Kasal said...

Congratulations on your 7 year anniversary! I started following you right before you got Smitty and I've been enjoying his (and your family's) adventures ever since!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Way to go--7 years--bet it only seems like a couple instead!!!
I follow you by blog site--and I only do blogs--none of the other stuff!!
I like to keep things simple--and want more time to quilt--
love all your projects--and did you notice that I am working on the Christmas camper sampler from Crabapple hill on Sundays!!! and that is all your fault!!!
and I think you need to go back to the pet place and adopt that all black kitten and name him Bear!!!!
enjoy the moments, love, diane

Shirley Elliott said...

Love your blog and, of course, the felines! Have been reading for many years and not sure how I discovered your blog. I just started following via Facebook. Smitty does not look like a happy guy. Congratulations on your anniversary and thank you for all that you share.

Kathy L said...

Hi, I follow you by email and I'm constantly amazed at all you are able to accomplish. Hope you and Mike enjoy many years of retirement.

Karen Hammond said...

Love your blog and your adventures with the cats. We have three siamese which keep us on our toes. You are inspiring me to try your picture quilt techniques.

Karen Hammond said...

Love your blog and your adventures with the cats. We have three siamese which keep us on our toes. You are inspiring me to try your picture quilt techniques.

Sandra N said...

I love reading your blog every day. Can't get enough of Smitty and Sadie and all the blooming things you show us. Congratulations on 7 years of blogging! I can't wait to see the adventures you and Mike have on your upcoming trip.

Sandy N
explabgirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

barbara woods said...

doesn't 7 years fly by? i will be 6 this year , congratulations

crazy quilter said...

Wow! 7 years! How exciting of course I am a follower how could I miss those sweet kitties and all your adventures in cooking, traveling and blooming things?!Congrats love your blog! Hope you have a

Richard Healey said...

That is fantastic 7 years. I was really good for the first 3 years and now my blog has been so idle its never visited. I really need to make a quilt and start blogging again it was fun and kept me hopping when I was doing it.

Quilting Tangent said...

Congratulations on 7 years. Looking forward to many more fun posts. Enjoy following on Bloglovin'. Summer just staying home. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Lesley said...

I follow on bloglovin and like to see what your kitties are up to now!!

Linda Schiffer said...

I'VE been following your blog for some time - not sure if it's from the beginning but at least since before Maggie. :)

I read your posts daily on my iMac using Leaf, an app.

:) Linda

Sandra N said...

I forgot to say that I follow you on Bloglovin.:)

Sandy N
explabgirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Marlene said...

Happy Blogiversary from New Zealand where we have just been hit by a severe polar blast-winter here.
However I am off to Bali in a couple of weeks on a Quilting Retreat that has a focus on Batik fabrics-visiting factories, dyeing our own and lots of other things planned and all in sunshine!!
I follow the old way through GFC loving the stories from the Cat Ranch!

quiltmom anna said...

Hi Barbara,
Congratulations on blogging for 7 years - that is wonderful accomplishment. I blogged for a number of years but I have given it up for now- we moved house after 35 years and I am still teaching full time- there just didn't seem to be enough time to do it all. perhaps I will return to it someday. In the meantime I follow you on bloglovin and on facebook.
I am starting back quilting after a hiatus of 18 months and finished my first quilt on Sunday. I now want to make a Canada 150 quilt and do some wedding quilts too. In my spare time I am still unpacking some things in the garage to purge and catching up with family and friends. All in all life is full which is good. Hope you have a wonderful summer.
Warmest regards,
Anna
quiltmomedm(at)gmail(dot)com

HouseDragon said...

Aloha from Kaua`i ~ Paradise in the Pacific.
I read your blog first thing every morning with a click and have done so almost from the beginning.
I enjoy reading about your quilting adventures, your wonderful garden shown through your beautiful photos, your travels with your kitties, and your ratings of quilt shops I might someday be near enough to visit. You are an excellent photographer.
Our Spots Cat supervises my quilting. She's an ex-feral and at least fifteen years old.

heartsease54 said...

Smitty looks overwhelmingly enthused to be featured today, silly cat.

Charlene S said...

Sadie reminds me of my Me-new only Sadie seems sweeter.

Sandra W said...

I follow you--via my bookmark bar--a very special place. I just click on Cat Patches and there you are!
AGF fabrics are my favorite--just beautiful cotton.
Happy blogversity.

DeeDee said...

I'd just like to say thank you for sharing on your blog. I started reading right about the time you got Maggie and it's the blog I look most forward to reading everyday. Your cats are amusing, your writing is amazing, and your quilts are so much fun to keep up with. I've even forwarded a few of your posts to my husband when you travel and he's loved it, too. Congratulations on your 7th blogaversary.

CathieJ said...

Happy Blogiversary. I have been enjoying your blog for quite a while now. I really love all your posts, but your first person cat posts always make me smile. Thanks for the giveaway!

Vicki H said...

Congrats on your blog anniversary. I follow with GFC.

Renata S said...

I follow via Facebook. I love your mix of topics. I hope to follow your adventures this fall.

NancyA said...

Wow! 7 years, congratulations--especially since you blog almost daily. I like that in a blogger. I don't 'technically' follow you, so may not be eligible for the drawing, but just wanted you to know that I do read you daily. I have my own routine of morning coffee with my blogging friends; I want to read blogs on my schedule--not get them in my already-over stuffed inbox or my fb (I am afraid your posts would get lost in all the memes, kids photos, and political junk that my 'friends' post). But I do read you every day you post and love ALL that you write about, but especially the kitties and quilts. I am afraid that your bread baking posts have just about sucked me in to going back to baking my own bread--thanks (I think). Keep on doing what you do.
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Jill said...

I follow you on blogger. It's because of you that I agreed to buy a trailer with my husband😂😂. The adventures will soon begin! Just wish we were retired too!

quiltzyx said...

OMG! 7 years already! What a great ride it has been indeed. Thank you for taking me along on your walks and vacations & quilt shows too - you're the BEST!!!

HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY!!

Kate said...

Happy Blogiversary! Wow, has it really been 7 years? I started blogging just a few months behind you. I loved the Foto Finish linkup and really enjoyed your NewFO challenge (even though I'm still digging out from under all the UFOs that came out of that). Looking forward to following the your next adventures.

Cathy said...

Congratulations, Barbara! I've been a regular follower (via Feedly) for a year and a half. Don't comment much, though, because I spend too much time sawing (as if..). Love to hear about all your adventures, and my furkids Darla and Alfalfa like to keep up with what's going on with Sadie and Smitty.

Patricia said...

I been following your cat news for a number of years now. Thanks for all the smiles and chuckles you bring into my life!!! Here's to at least 7 more years of daily snippets of joy.

minibea12 said...

Congratulations! I follow you on Bloglovin: Nicole Sender! This summer is about gardening and organizing my home!
nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

Lisa Boyer said...

Congrats on seven years! Monster and Mike enjoy seeing what Smitty and Sadie are up to every day. Thank you for letting us into your life, even if you just talk about errands you did that day. I love your wit and how you make everything sound like fun, even a failed bread recipe.

Janarama said...
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Janarama said...

Ack, I deleted my previous comment because I forgot to tell you I follow your blog via blogger and email.

Blogging for 7 years is amazing! I laughed out loud when I saw Smitty and Sadie in their purrrty hats (please don't tell Smitty and Sadie). There are only 2 blogs I must read every day and yours is one of them. I enjoy your sense of humor, creativity, reading about all of your adventures at home and on the road, and of course love reading about Smitty and Sadie. Looking forward to the next 7 years.

Celtic Thistle said...

Congratulations on your 7th Blogiversary Barbara, I have fun following your posts on Bloglovin. We are in France right now on our summer holidays, so enjoying fine wines, good food and lots of sunshine. I shall raise a glass or two to toast your 7 year celebration!

mogsinc said...

Love your blog and l enjoy hearing about your travels and your feline friends. It's winter where I am so no summer holiday plans yet. We did spend a few days on an island near where I live called Rottnest Island. They have really cute marsupials there, called quokkas. They are not as cuddly as cats but really gentle and sweet. They are called the world's happiest animals. I'm not clever enough to know how to put a link in my post but if you have time, check them out.

Lisa Marie said...

I follow via GFC. I always enjoy your posts and am amazed by all that you do. And the fact that you have time to write about it!

Beth said...

Happy Blogiversary to you and the Three Cats Ranch crew! I'm looking forward to your further adventures, as you hit the road.

I follow you via email. (wordygirl at earthlink dot net)

delaineelliott said...

Happy Blogiversary! I love your blog. You always make me laugh! I am an old, salty twisted follower on Bloglovin. Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

Rhonda D. said...

Happy 7th Blogiversary! I follow you through Bloglovin. Thanks for the chance to win!

Sarah said...

Happy, Happy Blogiversary!! I follow you thru Bloglovin'.
My summer vaca will be camping in the Adirondack mountains, working on hexies by the camp fire and climbing a few mountains. Hopefully this summers almost constant rain will hold off...

Susan said...

Happy 10th blogiversay. It seems like it wasn't that long ago you were celebrating your 9th blogiversary. We are planning a two-day trip to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at the
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. I follow via e-mail.

KaliaContiki said...

Congrats! That's an awesome anniversary. Of course you couldn't do it without your helpers so a congrats to Sadie and Smitty as well.

piecefulwendy said...

Sometimes i have just as much fun reading the comments to your blog as I do reading your blog! Congratulations on the 7-year mark! I agree with many of the comments above. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog each morning with my coffee in hand, chuckling away. I enjoy the variety of things you write about, as well as having a peek into what you are up to each day. Well done, Barbara! Here's to another 7 years!

Grandma said...

Cute picture of hat on the cats!
patsystitch@gvtc.com

Paula McCown said...

Happy blog anniversary! I follow via email and love reading of the kitties adventures! I have multiple kitties of my own and always have one helping to sew!!

Kathe Gardner said...

Congratulations on your Blogiversary - I've so enjoyed your posting and travels and cats. Don't know you you got your cats to sit with hats on their heads - photo-shopped? Hope to read many more postings.

Nancy said...

I so enjoy reading your blog. Your pictures are always magnificent. I have especially liked "traveling" with you.
Nancy

Lori said...

I follow through bloglovin.
HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY :)
Your cats are wonderful. and they let you put hats on them and take a picture. Love it.
in September we will be going to Shipshewana, IN for vacation. we love the Amish area and all the wonderful fabric and quilts are to dye for. We are able to find something for both of us there.
quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

Lou said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!
I follow by email and FB:) Love it when you travel and bring me along:)
I think I have been following for maybe 3-4 years now and love all the cat antics and cooking you share:) Keep up the fun!!!

Laura said...

Barbara, I've been following you by email for quite a time now. Must say that I enjoy following what you are doing, your photographs (which often give me glimpses of places I've never been) and your ongoing dialogue around your cats. I am dealing with quite alot of caregiving at this point in time and I must thank you as your sense of fun and humour often lifts my spirits. Thanks for the energy you put into your blogs.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

I follow by email and most mornings it is the first email I open! I drink my coffee and eat my breakfast bar while I read it:) Thanks for the chance to win more fabric!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nita said...

Congratulations & happy blog-birthday! Your posts pop into my inbox regular as clockwork! :)

Rebecca said...

Happy dance for your 7th!!
I have you marked in my favorites and check each morning with a cup or glass of tea. (winter vs summer morning).
I always enjoy the verity on each post and the update on kittys and quilts!

Robin Haupt said...

Hi Barbara, as you know I love your blog. The Emperor and I find it very entertaining and helpful! He loves the cat antics and I love it all. I literally just laughed out loud about the thread retrieval from your quilt. To me, reading your blog is like having a chat with a warm, comfortable, be yourself, old friend. Thank you. Thank you for showing me there is a generosity out there that is beyond what I thought possible. You rock Sista! Alright, carry on then, and I'll keep reading.

suzanprincess said...

I love your interesting daily posts, and that you include cats and food and flowers--my other main interests besides quilting!

My vacation plans for a family reunion in MO were summarily cancelled when I tripped and dislocated and fractured my shoulder--yes, OUCH. I did get to stay home with my three kitties, but no sewing or cutting fabric or even crocheting for two months and counting. But I still count my blessings that it wasn't worse damage to my body, that the handsome hunks from the fire station rescued me from my kitchen floor, that #1 son rescued me from the ER and watched over me all the next day and every weekend for another month, and that the $1700+ bill has only cost me $600 so far, thanks to insurance. Still finding the silver linings in my clouds!

LaDawn Dalley said...

Congrats! You have been an inspiration to me! I started my own blog this spring after reading yours for more than a year. You showed me an example of how to blog successfully without it being a business. I don't have many followers yet, but I mostly do it for me so I don't stress about it!
LaDawn Dalley in Texas!

Bonnie58 said...

lovely fabrics, Barbara. Thanks so much for sharing.

Synthia said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary!! I lub you and admire you and look forward to your visits each day. And on top of all that, we're practically neighbors. Yea, Oregon!!!

Synthia

Lana Ku said...

Seven years! Wow! That's a lot of writing and pictures and more! Following your blog makes me feel like I'm keeping up with an old friend...or shall I rephrase and say long time friend. Lol. Hey....I think we're the same age so yep....we are a wee bit old and hopefully getting wiser. I love your blog because you hit on most of my favorite things.....quilting, cats, embroidery, travel, gardening, family, and food! And I love your humor.....and your "naughty" humor lol. I also have learned so many new things from you. I already feel like a winner just by reading your blog each day (and especially the days your kitties hi jack your blog). Thanks for taking time to share your knowledge and adventures. Here's to many more years. And I think I'm a no reply. I can't seem to figure out how to become a "non" no reply lol so I'm including my email. lanaku@msn.com
P.S. My sister and I are traveling to Calgary and Glacier National Park in August and next July I think we're visiting the Pacific Northwest area including Portland. Yay!

Marti M said...

Congrats on 7 years! I follow via email.

Shauna said...

I've been following for a while, and although I'm more of a dog person I do love reading about your cats.

Auntiepatch said...

Congratulations my friend! I open your blog first thing in the morning to get a laugh, a recipe, or a glimpse of the quilt inspectors! Thanks!

Kathy H said...

7 years! Congratulations! I love reading your blog and seeing the cats and what you are working on. Thank you for the inspiration and the many laughs you have given me over the years.

Donna said...

Congratulations! I love reading about you and your kitties!

Edie said...

Happy 7th Anniversary. Love reading about you and your kitties, as well as your quilting journey. Follow by e-mail and on Facebook. raydeer@memlane.com

Diane Wild said...

Wow.Seven years? Always enjoy chatting and traveling with you. We could almost be sisters. LOL Happy Blogaversery. (sic) Sew on

Diane

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Wow how time flies. I thing I follow you by email, fb, bloglovin' etc. I think Smitty wanted the green hat. He looks like he is a little PO'd.

Karen L. said...

I am subscribed to your blog so get it whenever you post which seems to be about everyday and that is nice. So Happy Bogiversary! You've really been doing this for 7 years? Wow! It's like you are keeping a daily diary like we did when I was a kid but much more involved and better looking than those small little lockable blank paged books. Must be wonderful for you or your family to go back and read what you were doing 5, 6, or 7 years ago. Hmmm, maybe blogging is more like an ongoing time capsule instead of a diary. Either way, congrats and keep it up. I always have fun reading the email I get everyday telling me what you have been up to.

ckrut said...

Happy Blogiversary! I follow your blog by e-mail. Love your purrtee kitties! What pretty & colorful fabric-thanks for thinking of us! ckrutjo@gmail.com

Dawn said...

Happy Blogiversary. Love visiting with you daily through e mail. Hubby and I enjoy reading about your RV trips and preparations as well. We retired in 2000 and traveled full time for 8 yrs. Such fun. Retired to Florida and learning to quilt and hubby is improving his golf. LOLOur kitty's name is Hannah.

Judy Forkner said...

I get your post"liked" you on FB, too. Congrats on your 7th!

Studio TBF said...

I'm amazed at how many quilts you complete! Looking forward to following for 7 more years.

Ray and Jeanne said...

Congrats on 7 years of blogging! I enjoy reading about your adventures and I'll never forget 'escaping' from the Estes Park floods in 2013 at the same time.

Ruth K. said...

Happy Blogiversary! I've been following you through e-mail for a couple of years now. You are always so up beat and friendly, just a great way to start the day. I've enjoyed your baking adventures, I don't do that myself, though I would like too, but I would have to eat it myself too.
We are retired now and pretty much stay home, so I enjoy your travel adventures. I also have a cat companion who wants to help me sew.
Not sure if I'm a no reply person or not. rkingscott@hotmail.com

Quiltdivajulie said...

I am here -- a bit tardy, but here. I follow through my reader Bloglovin and then I click through to your real blog. Vacation? We have a quick trip planned to AR to see a Chihuly exhibit this month. September we are going to Paducah KY for the AQS show (I get to talk about my book) and then the rest of the year is still up for debate. Happy blogiversary and purrs to Sadie and Smitty!

Dora Gibson said...

Hi Barbara and Happy 7th to you! I follow you on bloglogin'. I've enjoyed your bread making days so much fun to see your loafs and delicious meals. I've also discovered I love quilting and embroidery. Always a joy to see what you are working on and of course the cats. Thank you for sharing! Dora

OhioLori said...
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OhioLori said...

Happy Blogiversary!! Looove the dressed up Purrrrty Fur Babies!! Sadie & Smitty look Adorable!! Ohio Hugs!! :)

Thank you for chance to win during your celebration! lol Beautiful fabrics! Have been a follower of your Blog for quite awhile now...love the adventures, seeing Smitty & Sadie..your Awesome embroidering , and your recipes! Always feel like just visited a special friend

Karen Granoff said...

I have been following your blog for about three months. I love a quilter who includes her cats in everything. Happy Anniversary

Pamela said...

Congrats! I follow on Bloglovin, and really enjoy what you have to say each day. I started reading your blog about the time you added Smitty to the family, and we also had added a kitten to our family at that time. Cats and quilts, what could be better :)

Unknown said...

I'm here and not just in email so I'm sure I've covered the bases. Since I discovered you, I have been reading the blog with interest and pleasure. I'm a cat person, too, and am fighting to keep my cats as I sell my home and move on to a another "resident care facility".

Now, Cat Patches. I could never keep up with the pace you set--quilts and quilted materials, contests, group projects, traveling, and photographing. I

Thanks for our blog! I enjoy it as often as I can manage and save those I may have missed on the day I received it.

Marie Godfrey, mgodfrey39@gmail.com

Brown Family said...

I follow you on Facebook, Instagram, and Feedly! I really enjoy your blog!

Motherdragon's Musings said...

I follow you via email, for years.

Your felines look purr-fectly kissable.

Happy 7th Anniversary.

I follow on Facebook as well.

Brown Family said...

Thanks, Kirby! I was not finished with my comment when you stepped on the enter key!
I may not read all of the blogs I follow, and I may not keep up day to day, but, I read every one of your posts! It is nice to be able to have friends all over the world!

Now, Kirby, I an through..... Wait, where did you go! Oh well!

Lyndsey said...

I always love your blog, following along on trips, sharing the up and downs of family life, trying out the recipes you post and of course the quilting and stitching. Thanks to you I made the It's a dog's life quilt, You introduced me to the Snow ladies and I'm currently following along on the bag lady stitch along. Some of my UFO's are from the NewFO challenge you run and once fully fit again (and retired) I'll get them finished. So keep on posting as I will be here reading, smiling, laughing and occasionally crying. You are the perfect friend, you talk about the things I'm interested in and I don't have to do lots of tidying before I can sit down to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with you. I follow you by GFC, bloglovin and facebook.

allier4 said...

Love following your blog and love your kitties!

Juliet Nowlan said...

Love your blog - thank you so very much for being so consistent. Usually read it with my breakfast and enjoy all the different features - cats, flowers, recipes, travel etc and of course most of all the quilting info. Sometimes it is like having ones own personal tutorial on a quilting technique. Have been a follower for at least a couple of years now and look forward to seeing your bye line on my email.

Juliet, New Brunswick, Canada julietnowlan@gmail.com

Elizabeth Rodgers said...

I spend every morning with you and always look forward to reading your adventures. I started quilting with you, then traveling and the food info is so much fun. Thank you for all the fun. Oh yea, I have started talking to the cats in the neighborhood, I don't know if I should tell anyone that.

Karen said...

I too am the twisted sister variety. As I say often, you are the HBO station of my day. I get grumpy if I don't visit your blog every day. Mises you lots when you take a break. Where else can a quilter and animal lover learn history, New quilty things, see wonderful pictures of your family (two footed and four footed), fantastic history lessons, and armchair traveling. There's so much more, but this was supposed to be a comment, not chapter 1 of my best seller. Love you Barbara. Thanks for all you do.
Karen

Karen said...

Oh! Forgot to mention the "every bloomin thing" who doesn't love all of those beautiful pictures. Yumm!

Quilter said...


Thoroughly enjoy all aspect of your blog - like going on an adventure when
you post your travels - love seeing so many places I would never get to.
Your reports on your fur babies are wonderful - they are just like our kids
especially once the two legged ones are grown... sometime maybe a little
less stressful.. Thank you for all the infor you share about quilting - traveling and life in general.. Look forward to your blog post every day
also Thank you for sharing patterns & recipes and ideas. Really has it
been 7 years... those beautiful flower and plants photos are also looked
forward to... So Congradulations!!!!!
MaryLou



barbaraw said...

Love reading your blog and following your travels. As far as travel this year, I've been down to Atlanta, up to Maine, and down to Cape May. Live in Nj. Planning another trip the Maine.

Tosty's Quilting Tidbits said...

Congrats on 7 years. I've followed you since Smitty was a wee one. Love hearing all the adventures and daily life. Keep it coming!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Happy Blogaversary!! Keep us charmed for many more years with your witt, photography, furkids, family, food, travels.

Debby said...

So many chuckles! Cats, gardening, walking, food, family and quilting! What more could we all ask for? I so enjoy following you! Debby on Vancouver Island

VickiT said...

First I want to say Happy Blogiversary! Wow! 7 years. I love reading all about the kitties and your adventures. Your sense of humor cracks me up.

The day you posted this I never posted because, truthfully I forgot to come back and do it. The day it was posted was my 15th Wedding Anniversary so I was celebrating the same as you, although no one is getting any prizes from me. :)

Since I've already read the post "today" (which is after this was posted) I'm going to add that I LOVE your camper/caravan quilt. Super cute.

Karrie S said...

Happy 7 Years!

I love reading your blog, but I don't post a lot! I'm a cat lover too :)

Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Someone will love those fabrics!
Karrie
Ksmith8@emich.edu

Janet S said...

Congrats Barbara! I've been following you via email for several years and love to hear all about your adventures! You inspired me to take up hand embroidery again and am now addicted. I can't wait to hear more adventures as you travel east. If you venture in Illinois give me a shout. We plan to travel to Nashville for the total eclipse of the sun which is also our anniversary!

Snoodles said...

Oh my word, woman, I've been stalking you and enjoying the kitty posts and the quilting ones, too....for so many years! I suppose that makes me an old follower, and perhaps some would consider me twisted, but that's subjective. Haha! Congrats and best wishes for many more years...I share your condition. I believe they used to call it verbosity. If I don't post and make it humorous, I get all clogged up and no one wants that.
Seriously, I feel like we are old friends, and that is an awesome blessing.
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

How do I follow thee?
Let me count the ways...

Bloglovin
Email notifications
Google reader (I know they stopped but I LOVE the app)
Osmosis

Hugs and Huge Congrats on seven Wonderful years of Cats, Mike, 5th wheel adventures, Catio-construction, windmills-or not !~!, your sons and their lives, all those kitties that have cycled thru, canning, bread baking. The list is enormous and your kindness to me in the aftermath of my sorrow has remained a high spot in my internet friendships.

Thank you. Namaste.

Judy1522 said...

My vacation plans next are to go to Banff and Jasper National Parks in Canada. I have your blogging to thank for that vacation as you are the one that blogged about the free national park pass this year in Canada so I applied for one. I follow your blog on bloglovin. Your blog is one of my favorites to read. Thank you so much for always keeping things so interesting.

TheEclecticAbuela said...

Congrats on the anniversary. I think Sadie is so beautiful--I look for her every time I visit! :)

Robin Klein said...

Hi Barb, congrats writing everyday for 7 yr. I have followed you for years and especially like following your trips with your husband. Keep it up. I feel like you are a good friend even though we have never met but we have several things in common. Best Wishes!
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Lorie Dale said...

Congrats on 7 years. Love your blog I'm also a cat lover and quilter and your cat stories make me smile, I often read them to my husband. My vacation plans are to visit family my kids in Seattle and parents in California. I follow you on Bloglovin.

Dar said...

Oh my I almost missed your party. I've been preoccupied lately and haven't checked my email for a few days. That would have been awful. Congrats on so much fun over the last 7 years. I have been following you and the kitties for several years via email so I don't miss any news recipes, and travelogs and other fun things. I look forward to another 7+ years.

QuiltE said...

How do I follow thee? The old fashioned email notice and then I surf on over to your blog!! Why do I follow thee? I think it is all about the variety ... quilting, cats, travel, gardening, cooking, humour, just to name I few! I love that you take us on your trips, whether day or several days, or the upcoming mega trip. Taking me to placed that I will never be, and telling me all about them!! As for summer vacation, I think that was yesterday, when I went to eight quilt stores, some part of RxR as well as a localized Hop. What a variety.

Happy 7th Blogiversary, and may there be many more to celebrate.
More so a huge THANK YOU to you for all your sharing in the blog, along with your giveaways. Good Luck to everyone!

kc said...

Wow, that was a quick 7 years! I always love what you write, and I love your (sometimes) snarky sense of humor...you sound a whole lot like me!! especially when you get unexpected or undesired results. Thanks for sharing about that nifty little hooker, never saw such a thing.

I follow you via email, but I often click over to the blog to view the pictures better. This is my 2nd attempt to comment, as we are currently on the road, square dancing. well, not at this moment, we're not square dancing, but we will be before the week is out. Right now, we're fighting the rain and the internet (there's nothing much going on in this campground, so everyone and their brother & sister are on the internet!!) on the shore of Lake Oconee, in GA.

Love your Wheel Estate!! gotta go, apparently, it's dinner time at our house and I won't let hubster cook (he's too messy!!), so it's up to me. Always. Much love!

beaquilter said...

awesome 7 years!! congratulations!! no plans to go anywhere this year here, we're doing a staycation instead with a new deck and gazebo

Debby said...

I followed you for over a year by checking your website but now by email as I was checking daily anyway! I so enjoy your sense of humor and love your stories. I live just up the coast from you on Vancouver Island and am headed to Calgary, Alberta on Wednesday with my Dad. He doesn't know yet about all the Row by Row stops that I want to make! We'll be watching for fires, that's for sure! Debby

c said...

Congrats, I look furward to your posts. Really enjoy your posts. The cats are the best as is your descriptions happy anniversary thank you for your sharing.

Amanda Best said...

I have been following your fantastic blog for several years now, and it is truly one of my favorites! The quilts and the kitties are always interesting and I love "joining" along on your vacations. Congratulations on your blog anniversary, and thanks for sharing your adventures with us!
My email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com
Thanks!

Rhonda Best said...

Congrats! It is fun to keep up with all your fun through following your blog. We have been unable to go any place yet this summer, but hopefully we will soon. mtmom57@gmail.com