100th Post Giveaway

Mal | Give-aways | Monday, June 1st, 2009

 Mini quilt on fence 2

On January 18th, I broke my years of blogging silence and rejoined the ranks of crazy people who share their lives with total strangers. 5 months, 550 comments, and many miles of email exchanges later, we arrive at a milestone. It’s no full-sized quilt or bundle of designer fat quarters, but I am pleased to give away this mini quilt in celebration of my 100th post.

 Mini quilt close-up

The little quilt is dedicated to my readers in every which way. It combines elements of some of my most popular entries — modeled after my first mini-quilt, and made with the two colors you identified as your favorites during the last giveaway. Truly, this is the mini quilt that my readers built.

I’m so grateful to all of you who have contributed to the collaborative spirit of this blog. The comments are consistently well-written, thoughtful, and provocative. I learn so much from my exchanges with you — both those that happen here in public and those that happen behind the scenes in email or by phone.

 Binding on back 1

If you’re new here, welcome! Please feel free to jump into the conversation and share your views. If you’ve been following for a while, here is a rough draft of what you can expect in the next 100 posts.

  • Streamlined organization of the site, including better category structure and collective lists for series such as the What to do posts.
  • Active recruitment of guest posts from like-minded folks.
  • Tutorials?
  • Putting my art therapy skills to use with some kind of collaborative art project that you can join.

 Quilt on wall 1

Recently, there’s been a lot of talk on this blog about setting priorities and making time for creativity, so put on your thinking caps. Enter to win the mini quilt with one (or all) of the following methods.

  1. Comment on this entry by answering the question: How do you make time for making?
  2. Post about this giveaway on your blog, then post a link to your entry in the comments section here.
  3. Subscribe to this blog, then send me the secret phrase you’ll find in your feed reader or emailed entries. (Current subscribers can enter this way, too. You don’t need to be a new subscriber.)
  4. Post about the giveaway by twitter, including the phrase: “I make time for making by ________________. #turningturning.com” (Fill in the blank with your answer, of course!)
  5. As always, earn a 5th entry bonus point by doing all of the above. Just email me with the subject line “Giveaway Bonus Point.”

 Mini Quilt on Fence 1

If you’d like to hang this quilt, I’ll gladly stitch a pair of loops on the back. Just let me know! Entries are open until Sunday, June 7th. Good luck in the giveaway — I hope you win!


  1. What a pretty quilt. I’ve been “making” for several years, though I didn’t always acknowledge it – sometimes I’d do outrageous goodies for my kids’ birthday parties, requiring me to expend enormous amounts of creative energy. Now that they’re a little older I do it just for myself. The family is used to my “watching” television and soccer practices with my ears as I stitch. And I admit it – I will steal the time when I can. Oh, you want to sleep at a friend’s house? Go, go! Hubby, take the other kid camping, please!

    Comment by Sally — 3 June 2009 @ 3:51 pm

  2. Oh wow, so glad to find you. Love the pretty little quilt.

    Comment by Jocelyn — 3 June 2009 @ 4:33 pm

  3. Sometimes I get up earlier than the usual rising time and ‘touch fabric’ before work, do even 10 or 15 minutes of sewing or cutting for a quilt. That way I have a physical memory of the project during the day and it helps me want to get back to it. Or I might take the current project to work and put in a few stitches during morning break and/or lunch. It helps keep the connection with the project so it doesn’t fall to the side in the rush of days.

    I like an uninterrupted hour or two to go in and sew, but how often does that happen?

    Comment by Leslie — 3 June 2009 @ 4:34 pm

  4. I used to never have time.. then I got ill. apprently stress related… so I had to de-stress… quilting ! hurrah ! best thing ever. and even better.. doctors orders so I don’t have to feel quilty !

    Comment by rafael's mum — 4 June 2009 @ 4:15 am

  5. That is a beautiful quilt! I love the colors/fabric choices…I make time for making by scheduling it in. With an infant, I have to arrange time that my husband can take him and give me a block of time to work. I try to be ready to start as soon as possible so that my limited time is put to good use. It never feels liek enough though!

    Comment by JJ — 4 June 2009 @ 9:53 am

  6. Wow great quilt!

    I make time for making things because it’s int eh top 5 things that make me happiest. I guess that helps me carve out the time. In addition to meeting up regularly with a small group of quilters every 2 weeks, I try to do some sewing/quilting/craft magazine reading every day.

    I steal a bit of time before work and after my son has gone off to school. And in the evenings i try to have something to work on that allows me to be near or with my family. Like sewing a binding, doing applique, etc.

    The meetings with other quilters gives me deadlines to shoot for and I’ve recently discovered that I like having small goals, like make of x number of quilt blocks a week.

    Comment by Britt — 4 June 2009 @ 10:44 am

  7. I make time by using little bits of free time between getting home from work and before fixing supper and then a little more sewing in the evening.

    Comment by Patty Weis — 4 June 2009 @ 12:00 pm

  8. I already follow you!

    Comment by Patty — 4 June 2009 @ 12:14 pm

  9. just blogged it! 🙂 http://julochka.blogspot.com/2009/06/dont-forget-big-petroglyph-giveaway.html

    Comment by julochka — 4 June 2009 @ 12:18 pm

  10. I make time by ignoring my housework – LOL! Or just trying to save an hour of my weekend for me!

    Comment by Ryan Ann — 4 June 2009 @ 12:55 pm

  11. I make time after work or on long car trips….I love knitting, so I try to do it whenever I can!

    I just blogged about your giveaway here: http://fidgetinggidget.blogspot.com/2009/06/turningturnings-100th-post-giveaway.html

    Comment by Fidgeting Gidget — 4 June 2009 @ 1:07 pm

  12. I make time to make time just like I did when I worked full-time. I still keep a calendar and block out “Me Time” just like I would when I was making sales calls all day long. I’d be lost without my calendar. Okay, does that count as an entry????


    Comment by Joanna Jenkins — 4 June 2009 @ 4:21 pm

  13. Hello there.

    I love this so much. I really hope I’m chosen. I subscribed to your blog in Google Reader. The secret phrase is so nifty… how in the world do you insert secret phases only visible in the reader. Wow – for your talent both in quilting and in blogging. “Make Time for Making.” I am a very busy student (in a doctoral program), and at times I am overwhelmed by my homework + my desire to embark upon large projects. I have found though that if I don’t indulge my need to create, I become anxious and progressively crabby over time. I really think that for me creating is a necessity for mental well being. I think that balance is crucial to find. No aspect of well being can ever be ignored and happiness be maintained… Spiritual, Emotional, Mental, Physical, and Social health are all critical!! I guess I find time for making simply because my body craves it, just like food – it’s a must. 🙂 Please pick me because I’d love to place this gorgeous mini-quilt on the wall in my new rental house!!

    Comment by Terisa — 4 June 2009 @ 4:22 pm

  14. Your giveaway is posted on the right side of my blog! I hope it brings you lots of entries.
    My home is very modern except for the guest room which is “my room”. Your lovely quilt is the perfect color and perfect size to hang on the wall. It would look perfect 🙂
    The Fifty Factor

    Comment by Joanna Jenkins — 4 June 2009 @ 4:31 pm

  15. And





    Google Feeder

    GREAT giveaway entry ideas, by the way. You’ve set the bar for the rest of us!

    Comment by Joanna Jenkins — 4 June 2009 @ 4:33 pm

  16. http://www.thefiftyfactor.com/
    Your giveaway is live on my blog The Fifty Factor – See the right hand column under the chocolate chip cookies!

    Comment by Joanna Jenkins — 4 June 2009 @ 4:36 pm

  17. the way I make time for making is to ‘make’ my husband bathe my son or I somehow steal the time from some other activity I should be doing instead.

    Comment by krystyn — 4 June 2009 @ 4:58 pm

  18. OK – I subscribed via GR and Twittered the giveaway. I didn’t get any ‘secret message’ after subscribing though. 🙁

    Comment by krystyn — 4 June 2009 @ 5:03 pm

  19. I make time for quilting by making time for myself. Quilting brings me joy and helps me share that joy with other people. It inspires and challenges and me and let’s me play at being an artist. One special way is to pack up my sewing machine and several projects and head to the beach. I can enjoy being outside on the beach, but also have uninterrupted time to spread out projects and sew, sew, sew!

    Comment by joanhcallaway — 4 June 2009 @ 7:09 pm

  20. Congrats on your 100th post!! I love your mini quilt – the colors are fabulous and the binding sublime! To answer your question, I can always make time to sew and create as I’m single. Your blog is wonderful and I look forward to seeing future ones. Tutorials would be wonderful, BTW!

    Comment by Pamela S — 5 June 2009 @ 8:12 am

  21. I make time for making because I HAVE to – if I didn’t, I’d go insane! Making things, the whole creative process, is my outlet for peace – I can put aside all the “junk” of the everyday mundane and make something that adds a bit of beauty to the world. And, if it sparks a smile or two from my daughters, that’s a big reward as well!!!

    Karen G.

    Comment by Karen G. — 5 June 2009 @ 12:15 pm

  22. I make time for “making” by being retired. Lucky Me. Hope I’m lucky here too!

    Comment by Joyce — 5 June 2009 @ 10:09 pm

  23. What a gorgeous quilt.
    I make time for making by multitasking. If the TV is on, I’m knitting. If I’m waiting in line at the post office, I’m knitting. It helps that I always have a small project with me.

    Comment by Cathy — 6 June 2009 @ 11:15 am

  24. Congratulations on your 100th post. I look forward to the next 100! This is a great and thoughtful blog.

    It seems that at the moment I’m not making much time for creativity at all (not of the sewing, crafting kind anyway). But this too will cycle back around and I`ll find myself beavering away at a project or two, findng pockets of time in every day to dedicate to crafting. That said, for me, it’s not always about “available time” that makes the difference in whether I create of not. Other factors like purpose, meaning, confidence, energy, materials and inspiration all play their complex part in my creative life as well. Oh for it to be more straightforward than that!

    Well done on a great blog!

    Comment by Emma — 7 June 2009 @ 11:22 am

  25. First time visitor, found you on flikr. Darling quilt!

    Making time is always a challenge- for me its about finding the balance. I am so “all-or-nothing” that I tend to dive in and get swallowed up in whatever I focus on, whether that is ‘making’ or attending to daily responsibilities. I do think of making time as ‘me-time’ and it often comes last.
    this past year I have had some physical limitations that have ended up being a gret ebenfit to me in this area. Not being able to sustain activities for any length of time has forced me to figure out how to do a little bit about a lot of things. Surprisingly, this piecemeal approach has resulted in several unfinished projects getting done, and even a couple of bigger ones! Now I try to spend a little time instead of trying to do it all in one sitting, and so far, its working!

    Comment by Catherine — 7 June 2009 @ 9:15 pm

  26. Hope I’m not too late! Just had time to catch up on my bloglines, and saw this lovely quilt! I just helped my Mum redecorate her home (after more than 20 years of ” the same” ), and this wouls tie in perfectly with the colours we used! Fingers crossed…

    Tala xx
    (PS, I am seriously considering some hexagons…)

    Comment by Tala — 7 June 2009 @ 9:45 pm

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