Friday, 1 March 2013

Blog-anniversary and a Giveaway

The time has finally arrived to celebrate with all of you my blog-anniversary.  I cant believe it is one full year of blogging!  What better way than to celebrate with a giveaway.  I have THREE great sponsors that is celebrating with me, so I just want to extend a BIG HUGE thank you to them!

But before I get to that.. I thought I'd share a little bit about ME.

I live in a very small town in South Africa.  I am 35 years old and married to a gentle hearted man.  We have 3 children, our oldest son is 17 (Marco, had his birthday yesterday ♥), middle child is 13 (Ruben) and Kayleigh, now 22 months old.  I used to work at a local coal mine...NO, I did not take out coal, but I worked as a Maintenance/Scheduling Planner for about 11 years.  After our last baby was born (2011) I had no desire to go back to work.  That was when I became a housewife.  Even though that by itself is quite demanding, I found that I had too many hours during the day, where I did 'nothing'.  So I bought a general arts and crafts magazine, saw a quilt pattern and it all went from there... That was when I made a quilt for the first time, and since then I had no desire to stop!

I have really come a long way this past year, not only in my quilting, but in my blogging too.  I started my own linky party running each Monday, called "Anything Goes - Quilt 'n Sew".  It is so nice meeting everyone, seeing your gorgeous hand work and I admire every single one of you.  

My dream is to one day design my own quilts, or even teach what I've learnt.  I know I still have a long way to go as every day I am learning something new, but I am going to make this dream come true one day.

So enough of all this talk,...  I mentioned a giveaway!


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Dorothy has a quilt shop situated in Epping, Capetown here in South Africa called Dot's Quilts.

She is kindly sponsoring a Lecien’s St Ives 4pc fat quarter bundle (left) and Free Spirit Designer Melissa White’s Misaki range 4pc fat quarter (right) .  These fabrics are just gorgeous, the colours are bright and would look wonderful no matter what you decide to make!  



You can visit her online shop or view her facebook page too.  Be sure to check out the gallery of the quilt shop itself, it is just beautiful!   

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Yolande, also from a local quilt shop here in South Africa called Pied Piper Quilt Shop and Lady Slipper Needlecraft is kindly sponsoring one reel YLI Mono-filament Clear, one reel YLI Mono-filament Smokey and YLI Variegated 100% cotton machine quilting thread - colour DUSK.

You can also find her on Facebook, with lots of tips and inspirational ideas.


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I would also like to introduce you to Christa Quilts who is giving away a $20 gift certificate good for anything in her store!

Christa has been quilting for almost 2 decades but she just started modern quilting only 6 months ago. In addition to running her on-line shop full time, she also blogs and loves free-motion quilting.

You can visit her blog at christaquilts.wordpress.com where she is offering a free quilt-along showing you how to make an entire quilt from start to finish.


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One lucky person will win the 2, 4 piece fabric FQ bundles, thread AND the $20 Gift Certificate!

Here's how,


 Visit Christa's store at www.ChristaQuilts.com. Then come  back here and leave a comment telling me what you would like to buy from her store if you win

②  My followers get a 2nd entry, if you follow my blog let me know that you do by making a separate comment to record that entry. Don't be shy, just click 'follow' ...LOL (optional)

③  Follow me on Facebook, just let me know that you do by making a separate comment to record that entry.  I've added my Facebook page link below, just click on "like" below...(optional)

④  Help spread the word!!  This is just another way to increase your chances of winning, either blog about it or share it on Facebook, I've added the Facebook "send" button to make it a bit easier to share.  Remember to leave a separate comment to record that entry.  (optional)




So there's 4 possible ways to enter for this giveaway.  This giveaway will run for a week,  and will end on Friday 8 March 2013.  "True random number generator" will pick the winner and I will announce their name here on my blog.

If you're a 'no reply' or anonymous commenter, please remember to include your email address in your comment so that I can contact you, should you win!

*Note*  All entries are welcome local and international, this giveaway it is open to  EVERYONE!!


! !   G O O D   L U C K   ! !

Happy quilting.


70 comments:

Renee Castro said...

I follow you on facebook :()

Renee Castro said...

I follow your blog :)

Renee Castro said...

I really like morning faries from Michael Miller

Lorna McMahon said...

I just logged onto facebook and liked your page from my personal page and from my Sew Fresh Quilts page. AND I posted a link to encourage other to come visit you for your blogiversary! Does that count for three entries? lol!

Lorna McMahon said...

Me again! If I win, I would get the Deb Strain Meadow Friends Layer Cake Boy Prints 42 -10 Inch Squares by Moda! It's right up my alley!

Lorna McMahon said...

And, I think you are aware... I am following you. Love to read your blog. And you make a wonderful linky party hostess!

Lorna McMahon said...

Happy Blogiversary, Marelize. What a gal! Your day and you're the one offering the gifts! Made a blog post to help you celebrate.
http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.ca/2013/03/happy-blogiversary-marelize.html

Thank you to Christa Quilts, Pied Piper & Lady Slipper, and Dot's Quilts for helping make Marelize's celebration that much more special!

Anonymous said...

Hi Marelize. I checked out the Christa Quilts site, very cool. If I were to win your lovely giveaway, I'd have a hard time choosing between the Kaffe Fasset or Laurel Burch fabrics. I love both of these designers for their colour choices and the vibrant patterns they use. I've followed your progress on the in 2 crafts site and you have progressed in quilting in leaps and bounds. If you want to study, the city and guilds of London offer a wide range of really good courses. I wanted to do one this year, but couldn't because of financial problems. Check out the website of this school that offers these courses. www.sofst.org Cheers Gem

Anonymous said...

Whoops, I didn't read all the instructions, my email address is gem.homan@yahoo.com

Gill said...

I'm a happy follower!

Gill said...

Congratulations to you and Happy Birthday to your son for yesterday!!
If I was lucky enough to win I would choose some' Pearl Bracelets'

Sonia said...

Happy blogiversary Marelize! You've come such a long way :) Christa's got a lovely shop - I think I would have to go for the Amy Butler Gypsy Caravan in green/plums (or maybe both!) and would probably make a giant star quilt for my little girls bed :)

Sonia said...

And I already follow your blog :)

Sonia said...

And I now follow your FB page :)

Sewing Mom said...

How nice to meet you!

I'm always drawn to fq bundles...and Amy Butler's Gypsy Caravan is lovely. Thanks for a chance to win.

Sewing Mom said...

I follow your blog...don't have fb though. =)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kiddo Congrats Love it Mom XXXXX

Anonymous said...

Sorry My e-mail address Kris22@vodamail.co.za
Mom

Sewing Mom said...

I shared your giveaway on the bottom of my recent blog post. =)
http://sewcharminglyquilted.blogspot.com/2013/03/sneak-peek-homeschool-artwork.html

SIMPLESEW said...

I would be happy to win the GC from Christa's and I would buy my favorite line of by Amy Butler for Westminster-Rowan

SIMPLESEW said...

And I already follow your blog :)

SIMPLESEW said...

And I already follow your FB

SIMPLESEW said...

I shared on FB to my DIL..

Kelly Vetch said...

Happy Anniversary Marelize!!! I would buy a set of fabrics from he collection 2-D Zoo from Alexander Henry. So cute and my little boys room needs a makeover :) Happy celebrating!!

Ps: Of course I am a follower!

KT said...

I now follow you :)

KT said...

I also follow you on FB now.

KT said...

I LOVE Robert Kaufman fabric so if I win I would probably spend it all on fabric :)

KT said...

I also shared this post via pinterest

Laura said...

I would get some Pearl Bracelets.

Laura said...

I am a new follower!

Laura said...

I liked you on FB.

susan nieuwoudt said...

I am a happy follower and just love your blog and your quilting journey. Its just great keeping up with fellow quilter.

Jo said...

I liked you on FB!

Jo said...

I think I would get some of those lovely pearl bracelets.

Jo said...

I am a new follower of your blog :)

Rhonda Phillips said...

I would love to purchase a couple of FQ Bundles by Kaffe Fassett.

Rhonda Phillips said...

I love your blog and follow you by email.

Rhonda Phillips said...

Liked you on Facebook!

Rhonda Phillips said...

Shared on Facebook!

This Dog's Mom said...

Happy blogaversary! I hope all your quilting dreams come true! Thanks so much for the generous giveaway opportunity!

This Dog's Mom said...

I am following your delightful blog and my favorite item at Christa quilts is Kaffe Fasset's milefiore!

Im4quilting said...

I love Christa's quilts...all things Amy Butler for me.

Deborah said...

I would buy Kona Solids from Christa's quilts, or maybe some charm packs - too much choice!

Deborah said...

I am a new follower and am happy to have found your blog :-)

Deborah said...

I follow you on FB (Deborah Gunthorpe)

Teresa Higgins said...

I follow your blog, I'm glad I found it!

Teresa Higgins said...

From ChristaQuilts.com I'd love to buy the Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet FQ bundle.

Teresa Higgins said...

I like you on facebook.

Teresa Higgins said...

I shared the giveaway too!

lisa cox said...

I would like to buy Christa's quilt kit for her new QAL Hugs 'n Kisses. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lorna McMahon said...

Not trying to get an additional entry, Marelize, but was just informed by Karin that I am a no-reply blogger. I think I've got this fixed now, so you can delete this comment.... But just wanted to make sure that I followed your instructions! Best wishes for your increase in likes!

cakegirl said...

I love anything by Kaffe Fassett and Christa's shop has a great selection of his designs. Thanks for a very generous giveaway .

giddy99 said...

Hi, I'm a new follower from Tennessee, USA!

giddy99 said...

I would get a Kaffe Fassett bundle! Or maybe the Pearl Bracelets... (decisions)! :)

giddy99 said...

I like you on Facebook, too! Thanks for the chance!

giddy99 said...

I shared on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/Giddy99

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Following on FB!

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

I think I'd use the gift cert towards a FQB of a Kaffe Fassett line! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

I'm a follower via GFC! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Shared on FB! http://www.facebook.com/mummy.quilts

Linda said...

Just found your blog .......so happy :) as a new quilter I would be so thrilled to win a prize ! Thanks for all the info and inspiration
Linda. lu3921@gmail.com

Darlene Crosby said...

Hello! I am a follower and customer of Christa Quilts and would love to win!

Darlene Crosby said...

I have liked you on FaceBook and will follow you:)

Lisa Marie said...

I checked out Christa's current offerings in her shop and have my eye on a layer cake of Honey Honey or Ticklish. Thanks for the chance to win!

barbara woods said...

i love her flower faries fabric

barbara woods said...

i follow your blog

barbara woods said...

i follow you on facebook

Southern Gal said...

I'd buy a Bella Solid Jelly Roll to use with her quilt along. Thanks for the chance.

Southern Gal said...

I'm your newest follower.

Grey said...

I don't have a blog, so I am not entering the giveaway. I just wanted to congratulate you for your anniversary and your quilting! I am a follower by email though so I can watch your progress.

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