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. I posted a long response to this question on my blog: http://unfolding-moment.blogspot.com/2009/06/artistic-identity.html Here’s the Cliff Notes version… I’m still working on the logistics of How to make time for creating, but it’s the Why that paves the way and makes all those silly little logistics seem very easy. It’s about an offering to the world, and to myself. It’s about honoring my unfolding process. The How comes to be irrelevant in the face of I Must Somehow.

    Comment by Tracy — 1 June 2009 @ 10:55 am

  2. I make time for creating by ignoring stuff I consider less important: dust bunnies, lint on the carpet, and organized closets and cupboards, and cutting out television watching except for the news. that’s how I make time, but of course I do it because I have to do or I would die inside. thanks for the chance to win your little quilt and I love blues and greens and of course I would hang it up. I already follow your blog on google reader and I don’t twitter (I create instead) so I’m happy for at least one chance at a lovely quilt.

    Comment by Brenda — 1 June 2009 @ 11:42 am

  3. I make time by not waiting until I have a big block of time. I used to think I had to have a dedicated chunk (like 2 hours or more) to get anything done. But now I just keep a running list of bite-sized tasks, and if I have 15 minutes, I do one. The next time I have 15 minutes, I do another one. It adds up, and I’m getting a lot done! I also find that this lets me have multiple projects going at once. If I don’t feel like doing task 5 for project A, maybe I can do task 2 for project B instead.

    I also stopped waiting until I had time to myself. I have a 3-year old, and sometimes I let her “help” me. It might take twice as long to get something done, but that’s not wasted time at all – she’s learning, we’re spending time together, and some sewing does eventually get done. ;-)

    Comment by Evelyn — 1 June 2009 @ 12:08 pm

  4. I just discovered your blog and I’m so happy I did. I’m looking forward to reading all the posts I missed. Fortunately, I’m in a phase of my life where I have a lot of time for creative pursuits. When my life gets busier, as I know it will, I’m going to have to give up some things to have enough time to quilt. Maybe I’ll give up time in front of the tv or computer–I’m sure I’ll be able to cut back there.

    Comment by Christa — 1 June 2009 @ 12:11 pm

  5. Wow, I’m just looking for answers to how others find time to create because I haven’t found time in too long. I think part of it is that I’ve lost some motivation to create and I first need to be inspired. My daughter is in summer camp this summer and I’m planning on using a little of that time to try to do a weekly artist date (this a concept from the book The Artist’s Way in which I think they suggested a monthly date). Finding a few hours to take yourself on a creativity date – see an exhibit, go the art supply store, sit at the bookstore and look through the art books that you can’t afford, a trip to the fabric store, wherever you can seek inspiration, to get motivated to turn off the TV, the internet, and to say, “No, sorry I can’t do that for you right now.”

    Comment by Alex — 1 June 2009 @ 12:17 pm

  6. I hope I win, too! This is so beautiful, some of my favourite colours are in there and the stitching is so neat! Very impressive.

    I make time for making by leaving out non-essential things like eating and sleeping. Haha, sane? No… chocolate covered bridge mix helps with the eating, the sleeping problem? Haven’t figured that one out yet. I can’t help it that I sometimes stop quilting because my foot is cramping up and see that it’s 1am. Oops, how did that happen ;)


    Comment by Christine — 1 June 2009 @ 12:27 pm

  7. Hmm…sometimes making time for the things that I SHOULD be doing is more difficult. But what is “should”? I tend to just go, forget it! I NEED to make! Like when I chose to make flags this weekend, instead of catching up on work. Read it all (including my slightly embarrassing connection to the making of the oh so lovely quilt above) at my blog, where you’ll also find the link back to this post: http://wildolive.blogspot.com/2009/06/getting-ready-for-summer.html

    Comment by mollie — 1 June 2009 @ 12:38 pm

  8. How do you make time for making?
    It seems I never stop “making”. I see patterns everywhere I look. I dream about sewing. My color favorites are seen in the Fall season. A field of wheat waiting for cutting, pale blue sky and the turning leaves are my pallet of colors.
    I set rules for myself. A little housework then the reward of sewing something. I even find joy in super-cleaning my sewing machine or winding a box of bobbins so I am ready to go with the next rush of sewing. I am newly retired and still sew like there is a limit to my time. I guess it is hard to change 30 years of work related sewing time habits. I no longer have to postpone an idea. Or marathon sew on a weekend.
    Beautiful quilt BTW…and thanks for the nice comment on my blog.
    Subee (www.subeesews.blogspot.com)

    Comment by Subee Mohr — 1 June 2009 @ 1:41 pm

  9. I wish I made more time for making. I do procrastinate. Then panic.
    I find it much easier to do my crafting at night when there are fewer distractions and interruptions. I just grab my mp3 player loaded up with all kinds of my favorite music and tune out the rest of the world.

    Congratulations on 100 posts. That quilt is just gorgeous (and in MY COLORS!!).
    I would love to see an interactive art therapy project on your blog. That sounds fascinating.

    Comment by Heidi — 1 June 2009 @ 4:08 pm

  10. I try to set aside an hour a day to spend my craft room, usually between dinner and family time. I also keep hand work projects that I can do while I am sitting in the same room as the family. I make lists of project I need to complete and ones I want to start, it helps me stay focused and make better use of my time.

    Congrats on the 100th post. The mini quilt is gorgeous. It would look great on the wall in my office.

    Comment by Rochelle — 1 June 2009 @ 4:56 pm

  11. Hmmm… such a good question. I think it’s actually harder for me to make time to do things besides crafting. Sewing is such a wonderful way to spend time by myself, listen to some craft-errific music (though nothing too uppity: makes me wanna sew too fast!), and invest some energy into my own creativity. It’s gradually become such a part of who I am, if I take too many days off, I start to get grumpy. And I’m not sure anymore which is more important: the crafting or the energy and dedication I’m putting into “me” time. Plus, it’s so nice to have a way to connect to people on sites like flickr…. that’s added a whole new and wonderful dimension to my creative time. Okay… enough gushing!

    Comment by digs&bean — 1 June 2009 @ 5:55 pm

  12. I make to much time right now… I am forgetting to to do the other mundane stuff in my life like, buy groceries… light bulbs… etc… while my daughter is off to school I sew pretty much all day. Sort of like I used to do before kids, when I painted… Obviously there’s a lot of creativity needing to escape… but I need to find balance. I’m working on it. a little each day, step by step… Cute quilt Mal! ;-) the binding rocks!

    Comment by V — 1 June 2009 @ 6:22 pm

  13. After work and housework, I sit down in my craft/family room and sew. I am single and don’t have kids and the time for myself I spend sewing or reading. I turn on some music or some of my favorite TV and go to town. I don’t know how I would be able to juggle everything if I had a family.

    Congratulations on your return to blogging & 100 posts. Your work is beautiful & I would be honored to hang that lovely quilt in my family room.

    Comment by Korie — 1 June 2009 @ 6:27 pm

  14. BEAUTIFUL quilt!!! I make time for making by making when the kids are asleep. I know that one day I will be able to sew and craft and sing, etc when they are up, but now, when they are awake, I try to work on expanding their creativity. So at naptime and at bedtime, I do about 30 minutes of housework and reward myself with time to sew and craft.

    Comment by Leigh — 1 June 2009 @ 7:24 pm

  15. Hello, I’m new here, just dropped over from Flickr. What a beautiful mini quilt. I agree with your readers, blue and green are lovely. But my favourite part of your quilt is the actual quilting. I am making a larger whirleygiggle right now and I just might have to quilt it that way.

    As for making time for making, all I can say is “NAPTIME!” I am a mom of two young kids under 3 and I steal a bit of time during naps, but my I get the most done after the kids have gone to bed at night. But I must admit, I’m a terrible housekeeper. I guess I prefer that my obit reads “quilter” or “maker of beautiful things” or “always sewing” than “she kept a spotless house”!

    Comment by Barb — 1 June 2009 @ 7:29 pm

  16. Before I got my wonderful Koala sewing cabinet, I did not have time for sewing, for the dining room table was the only place to park myself, and then it would have to be put away before suppertime, etc. So I did very little. NOW, I can leave my project in process, and I when I have ten minutes here and there, I can pick up right where I left off. My favorite time is while my daughter is practicing her piano. Of course, when the weather is great, I must make time for gardening as well…

    Comment by Julie in WA — 1 June 2009 @ 7:42 pm

  17. Forgot to add my link – http://quiltsandwiches.blogspot.com/2009/05/another-week-another-quilt-started.html

    Comment by Korie — 1 June 2009 @ 9:18 pm

  18. Congrats on your 100th post! I am new to your blog (found it through Flickr quilt photos) but have enjoyed what I’ve read so far. Keep it up!

    Hmm… I make time for creating by depriving myself of sleep (and ignoring some household chores! whoops!). Is that sad or what? I have two little girls — one just turned 3, the other is 17 months. My current creative outlet (obsession?) is quilting and I try to sew while they play, but they don’t always like that. In order to get the majority of my quilting done, I have to do it at night after DH gets home or when they’ve gone to bed. I tend to stay up late to get just a little bit more done, then I’m exhausted in the morning (like last night; I went to bed at 2 and the girls were up at 7). And then, instead of taking a nap to catch up on my sleep when the girls nap, I take that *nap* time to do even more quilting. Craziness. But, it makes me happy. Just so long as I go to bed at a decent hour every once and awhile, I do ok with the sleep deprivation.

    Comment by Lucia — 1 June 2009 @ 9:51 pm

  19. Last december, I came back from a year traveling in South America, and I decided not to get a TV. It was the best decision I’ve ever taken (Or second, after deciding to actually go to SA)! Since I don’t have a TV, I have more time to create, to write, to blog (which is, for me, a creative activity), and generally, to do more things that I enjoy.
    Also, since your post about holding back, I have tried to just make something whenever I have a bit of time with whatever is around. And it’s working! I’m creating more than ever before! So thanks!
    I’ll also blog and twitter about this because I really like that quilt! With all these social networking, it’s amazing that we find time to make something away from the computer, don’t you think? We must be more commited to it than we realize. :)

    Comment by B — 2 June 2009 @ 4:29 am

  20. What a way to celebrate! Such a lovely little quilt. I make time by, stealing any little free moment that I might have to sew. It is my therapy on a daily basis and wouldn’t miss it 5 minutes or 5 hours, never miss it. I already subscribe, so I guess I am not sure about the secret word. Oh well, this comment will just have to do. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity.

    Comment by Jackie — 2 June 2009 @ 4:55 am

  21. love the mini quilt! it’s all of my favorite colors!! these days, i find i make time for making in a number of ways…1) i stay up really late (that’s not new). 2)i neglect housework in favor of spending time with pretty paper and/or my sewing machine. 3) i make things (if writing counts) for a living, so time for making is built into my day and my paycheck. i love that!

    congratulations on 100 posts! may you soon have 100 more.


    p.s. i tweeted too.

    Comment by julochka — 2 June 2009 @ 5:48 am

  22. I love that quilt…

    Comment by Amy — 2 June 2009 @ 6:37 am

  23. Your mini quilt is beautiful!
    I make time for creating by limiting my time on the computer (it can eat away an hour in a hurry), and making use of small amounts of time, instead of waiting on that “afternoon” of free time.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Comment by Angelia — 2 June 2009 @ 7:59 am

  24. Blogged at http://my-rich-life.blogspot.com/2009/06/you-are-going-to-love-this.html.

    Comment by Angelia — 2 June 2009 @ 8:06 am

  25. the mini quilt is great!! I make time for making by having the kids take naps or at least quiet time in their room, unfortunately that hasn’t been working much, so not too much creating is happening nowadays.

    I posted about your giveaway on my blog here: http://caseyrandom.blogspot.com/2009/06/giveaway-sharing.html

    I also tweeted about the giveaway :) twitter.com/caseyplusthree

    thanks for your generous giveaway!

    Comment by Casey — 2 June 2009 @ 8:07 am

  26. I make time by neglecting everything that I don’t consider imperative. Often I use any ‘free’ time I have to create and ignore the dishes or the folding. First I tend to the children and all things related and when they are set, I head to the machine, sketchbook or knitting. After that I deal with everything else.

    Comment by Amy — 2 June 2009 @ 8:23 am

  27. what a lovely mini quilt! my creating tends to be a bit obsessive at times, so I make time for making in big chunks. Often, when I come home from work, I say hi to my husband, and then head to the sewing machine or to the couch with my knitting for several hours, stop for dinner, and then head right back until the wee hours. Sometimes I feel like I should cut it short, but I really think I do some of my best work when I’m working for long periods and late at night.

    Comment by Carrie — 2 June 2009 @ 10:04 am

  28. I do indeed love those colors together! I recently painted my sewing room that sea blue and accent with green and cream. Please, If I win, I do want the hanging tabs put on. I make time to ‘create’ by GETTING OFF THE COMPUTER!!!! I spend so much time admiring stuff online; it does inspire me, but I just keep reading and playing. It also helps to have hubby working and the girls in school. It’ll be much easier this fall when both will be off to college and I’ll have an empty nest after 30years. Many times after my morning shower, I run into the sewing room to work on something for 30minutes or so…then come down and start my coffee pot and my day….

    Comment by Shelley C — 2 June 2009 @ 10:37 am

  29. What a beautiful quilt. Amazing colors and motion! Thank you for the opportunity to potentially having the honor of seeing this hanging on my wall :)

    Ooh, Make time for making. That’s a good question. When I see a free day on my calender- I try to actually make an appointment with myself. It helps me not have any excuses with other tasks. When I find 5 or 10 min a day that I don’t have anything going on I check out the web- blogs, flickr etc for inspiration so I’m ready for the days I plan to be away from technology with all these mental images and sketches that come from them!

    Comment by Liz — 2 June 2009 @ 12:16 pm

  30. Blogged it!


    Comment by Liz — 2 June 2009 @ 12:17 pm

  31. http://twitter.com/chedderfish Still not sure how to single out a tweet for ya.

    Comment by Liz — 2 June 2009 @ 12:19 pm

  32. I am still trying how to make time for the things I love to do balanced with the things I need to do. It will be interesting to read everyone’s responses.

    Comment by carriegel — 2 June 2009 @ 12:21 pm

  33. I always manage to make plenty of time for making everyday, I like to get houseworky things done in the morning at speed!!! I also save time by cooking from scratch meals but freezing some for other days.
    I’d love to win your lovely quilt!! Love the square quilting you did!

    Comment by aneela — 2 June 2009 @ 1:18 pm

  34. goodness make time for making; I squeese it in all through out my day; if my kids get into a movie but I do try to reserve dangerous things like ironing or rotary cutting for night time when they are in bed! I love your quilt!

    Comment by Anne — 2 June 2009 @ 1:23 pm

  35. unfortunately, i haven’t discovered how to make time (wouldn’t that be a wonderful talent?)… i only really get to make after the kids go to sleep….so i guess i make time by staying up a little bit later…. congrats on 100 posts…i really enjoy reading your blog…thanks for sharing…and i love the little quilt, it is just wonderful!

    Comment by elizabeth — 2 June 2009 @ 3:01 pm

  36. I make time for making by sewing whenever I have a moment. I do end up procastinating in other areas because really, I’d rather be sewing. :)

    Comment by Mary P — 2 June 2009 @ 4:11 pm

  37. Hello there – I have just come across your blog via the lovely Aneela at Comfort Stitching and wanted to pop along and say Hi!

    Mmmm ‘How do you make time for making’ a truthful answer I guess would be I don’t – I just try to go with the flow with the family as they are my priority and try and squeeze everything else in around it – even if it means sitting on the toilet and stitching at the same time!! I have even tried to knit in the dark whilst travelling down to my parents one very late night, thankfully my husband was doing the driving!!

    The quilt is beautiful and I love the colours –

    take care and it’s lovely to meet you,

    Nina x

    Comment by Nina - Tabiboo — 3 June 2009 @ 4:18 am

  38. Hello. Just popped over from comfort stitching. I make time for making by not going to bed at night! I crawl into bed quietly at around 2’0 and try to forget that the alarm will bring the house to life again at 5.45…..I have very big bags under my eyes!! t.x

    Comment by kitschen pink — 3 June 2009 @ 4:49 am

  39. I am loving those colors, But If I win it I would send it to my brother and his new wife! Those are there colors!
    I encourage Daddy daughter dates to give me some creative time!

    Comment by Renee E — 3 June 2009 @ 5:13 am

  40. Just found your blog through a photo of this divine quilt on flickr. Its lovely!!! How do I find time for making? Well I ignore the household stuff and my kids watch too many DVD’s!

    Comment by Helen — 3 June 2009 @ 6:05 am

  41. This is quilt absolutely gorgeous!
    I make time for making … by bringing portable projects with me whenever I leave the house. I also have stitching and knitting baskets in every room in case a spare minute pops up.

    Comment by Courtney — 3 June 2009 @ 7:04 am

  42. I make time for making by ring fencing bits of time. I book them out to myself in my diary, and refusing to agree to do anything in those bits of time! I also do as much planning and preparation as possible in free moments on buses etc.

    I’d love to try making a whirlygig quilt – thanks for the inspiration!

    Comment by Isobel — 3 June 2009 @ 7:23 am

  43. By sacrificing my sleep. Fortunately I don’t have children so I have more time. But then I have the issue of not being able to use my machine anytime I want since there are people sleeping in the next room. But hey, there are things that need to be done without the sewing machine. If only we can skip eating, showering, reading the news…

    Comment by Zarina — 3 June 2009 @ 7:38 am

  44. This quilt is gorgeous and I love how you quilted the whirlygiggles! I would never have thought of doing it that way.

    Comment by Mary on Lake Pulaski — 3 June 2009 @ 8:03 am

  45. I blogged about your giveaway, so here’s my second chance at winning!!!


    Comment by aneela — 3 June 2009 @ 8:03 am

  46. This quilt is gorgeous and I love how you quilted the whirlygiggles! I would never have thought of doing it that way.
    I find time to make by having a mental note of a deadline for certain projects. I love doing it so much that it’s usually not a problem – getting others things done is the problem.

    Comment by Mary on Lake Pulaski — 3 June 2009 @ 8:04 am

  47. Since I have a full-time job outside the home, I have limited hours in the evening to do things in my home. I usually decide to leave chores and phone calls undone in order to spend my evenings creating. I get a lot more fulfillment out of crafting than cleaning. I have a bigger mess to clean-up on Saturdays, but I get up an hour earlier to get it done.

    Comment by Sandy Shirley — 3 June 2009 @ 8:27 am

  48. Hi, I just found your blog through a post at the 6 oclock stitch blog. Love your minin quilt, such pretty colors. How do I make time to make? That’s easy…I do mini sessions. I have a project on the dining room table at all times and when I am cooking I add something to the project in between watching the pos (a watched pot never boils). The same with laundry time, put in a load then go to the project. When I hear the timer go I get up and switch the loads and then back to the project. You’d be surprised how much you can get done this way.

    Comment by Teresa aka Tess — 3 June 2009 @ 8:29 am

  49. I get up at 5:30 every morning so I can get some quilting done before the rest of the family gets up and I have to go to work.

    I also sneak time whenever I can and work on hand sewing projects while I watch tv.

    It is well worth it!

    Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

    Comment by Sue Cahill — 3 June 2009 @ 11:32 am

  50. I just found your blog. What a generous giveaway! Congratulations on your 100th post, that is quite a milestone. I would love to win your mini quilt. I’m expecting a baby boy in October and it would fit perfectly in his nursery. Thank you for the chance to win.


    Comment by Christina — 3 June 2009 @ 12:36 pm

  51. 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

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

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

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. I already follow you!

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

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

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

  60. 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

  61. 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

  62. 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

  63. 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

  64. 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

  65. 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

  66. 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

  67. 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

  68. 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

  69. 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

  70. 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

  71. 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

  72. 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

  73. 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

  74. 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

  75. 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

  76. 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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