Sunday, 25 January 2015

GROW YOUR BLOG!

Welcome (or welcome back!) to Fresh off the Frame. It's time to meet and greet at the Grow Your Blog party hosted by Vicki @ 2 Bags Full!  This is an international event open to anyone with a blog...so it should be interesting!!!

Most of my posts involve quilting, but you might also see photos I've taken in art galleries, in my studio, kitchen, or garden, or in faraway places if I'm traveling. Where I go, you go!

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Icelandic poppies blooming in my garden.

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A brilliant installation at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
I've been blogging for just over a year. One of these days I will tidy up around here, but in the meantime just pretend you've dropped in for tea and spotted a few dust bunnies. Nothing to get worked up about!

Dust bunnies...aahhhhh!

One thing I do take seriously is the quality of my work. I strive for excellence, always. 

Most recent client quilt, Fresh off the Frame.
The large star is on the BACK of Tracy's quilt (I flipped a front corner up for the photo). This quilt could easily be reversible!

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My own project using Ricky Tims' "Kool Kaleidoscope" technique.



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Margaret gave me free reign on her Buggy Barn, so of course there are funky feathers and swirls!

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Quilting in progress on a commissioned piece.

I set challenges for myself that force me to try new things. Once I dive in, nerve, determination and resourcefulness get me through. It's not always pretty or graceful, but I always learn a ton!

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My most recent art quilt.
The challenge here? Stitching applique down using the long arm instead of using my domestic machine!
It went better than I'd hoped, and no blood was shed, so this goes in the WIN column!!!

My APQS Freedom gives me wings (sorry Red Bull!), and all of my quilting is hand guided.
No computer for me!

Click here to see where I work

Even with my dream machine I have plenty of UFOs (UnFinished Objects). Of course, I don't let that get in the way of starting new projects!


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Postcard detail.
When the urge strikes, I stir up some colour and splash it around!

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I've been known to splash bleach around, too. Sometimes a bit too liberally, as my new, black (not anymore) pants can attest.

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I guess I'm a bit eclectic (a polite way of saying All Over the Map), but I sure have fun!

Click here and get to know me better, if you dare!

Click here to see more of my work.

Click here for my "Flange Binding By Machine" tutorial!

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My granddaughter. I love that she accidentally made a heart with the edge of her quilt!

TIME FOR A GIVE AWAY!

If you've stayed with me this far, you deserve a chance to win a prize!!!

The prize?
The winner will commission a small piece (4 x 6 inches) of original art designed and stitched especially for them!!! Winner will suggest a theme, and I will do the rest. Fun for both of us!


 
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Wildlife themed work in progress. Poor coyote doesn't have eyes yet!

Simply leave a comment to enter. No need to follow my blog in order to win. :-)

However, if you DO follow, I truly appreciate it. Thank you.
If you leave a SECOND comment saying HOW you follow, your name will go into the draw a second time!

You can find email and Bloglovin gadgets at the top of my sidebar if you'd like to sign up today.

The winner of this contest will be drawn on February 15, 2015.
I'm happy to mail the postcard anywhere in the world, so don't be shy!

Psst!!! If you are a no-reply blogger you must include your email address in your comment. What if you win??? I will need to notify you somehow! 

I will post the winner on the day of the draw. If there is no way to contact you, and you don't contact me within a week after your name is posted, I will discard your entry and draw again.

Linking up with:
Grow Your Blog @ 2 Bags Full
Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times 
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River
Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story 
Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts 
Work in Progress Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Try, Learn, Grow!
Carole 

The draw has been made, so this competition has closed. Updated February 15, 2015.

100 comments:

  1. The picture of you and your grands is priceless!! :) Always love seeing your work and what you are getting up to! I'm not participating in the blog hop this year (just too much going on) but had so much fun last year and found SO many new friends and blogs! I am heading over to find some new reading material though because my reader isn't full enough! HA

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  2. Thanks for the chance to win something beautiful made by you! I think that I discovered your blog in a previous blog hop - possibly a Canadian blog hop. I enjoyed the story of the gnomes magically appearing! I always like seeing your work. What you call eclectic - I'd call creative!

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  3. Good Morning Carole! I'm the assistant for the blog hop out making my rounds. What a fun blog you have here. I love your art quilts. :) On Vicki's behalf I would like to welcome you to the blog hop. Have fun!

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  4. Hi Carole, great to find you on the blog hop, really enjoyed reading your post and envy your quilting skills. I look forward to following your posts.

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  5. What interesting work! So much fun to meet you -- I love blog hops! :)

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  6. I think you have a lot to teach me so I'm a new follower, through Bloglovin. :)

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  7. Your quilting is just stunning! beautiful work. I love to hand dye too and I do allot of fiber arts-I kinda bounce all over the place-but I kinda pick up what I feel like on any particular day. so glad to have you met a the GYB party
    Kathy

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  9. fun, creative, amazing.........as always! You know I am a fan!

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  10. I didn't see the google follow-duh I didn't read the part-how I follow-lol I will follow you on my own one blog list right on my blog-thanks for the chance

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  11. Love your work and enjoy your blog!

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  12. I'm amazed at the beauty and quality of your work! I am a quilter too, but not one with the courage to go anywhere but follow patterns exactly! Still, I enjoy it immensely!
    I'm a fellow GYB-er this weekend and would love to be entered in the give away. Thank you!

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  13. I'm following you via Bloglovin!

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  14. Your quilting work is beautiful! I admire your originality.I'm thrilled to have found you through GYB today.

    Julie

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  15. And also, I'm following you through Bloglovin'.

    Julie

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  16. Hello Carole,
    I am a first time visitor and I love what I saw. Congrats on a wonderful blog and amazing work. I ♥ it.

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  17. I started following via email AT scrap and quilts, of course.

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  18. ooopppsss. I was checking out your blog and think I left my original comment on your designs or studio page...anyhoo...I know you'll get it and glad to be a new follower and added ya to my blogroll too! V:)

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  19. Your machine quilting is amazing and inspiring--thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

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  20. I'm no quilter but I love your work, it is so creative and colorful. I love it!

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  21. And I'm following with Bloglovin'

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  22. your work is wonderful, thanks for the chance

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  23. WOW. came over from the grow your blog party, and i'm impressed with your quilting. can't wait to peek through your posts to see more

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  24. i've totally added you on bloglovin' :)

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  25. Lovely post with lots of lovely projects . I follow via email .

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  26. What beautiful poppies! And the back of that quilt - oh my! I'd be showing it all the time. Your work is fabulous. Thanks for the chance, Carole. I am now following you on Bloglovin' .

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  27. Beautiful quilts! Lovely! Would love to win.

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  28. Nice work, I will be following.

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  29. Wow, I love your work. Ive just had a look at some of your other posts, your quilting is so intricate. I showed my husband - he cant believe a computer didnt do it. You do lovely work.

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  30. Here's hoping you get lots of new followers. I can't see why you wouldn't. Your quilting is skilled and you show us up close! I can't get enough.

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  31. I've been following for some time now. I prefer to follow by email.

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  32. Following on freshofftheframe blogspot

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  33. I love your work. The piecing and appliqué is wonderful and the quilting is exquisite. Those Icelandic poppies are just waiting to be made into an art piece.

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  34. I love your creativity, joyful spirit and wonderful sense of humour my friend. The poppies are beautiful :)

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  35. Awesome stuff Carole! I too follow you on Bloglovin' and on facebook! Bloglovin appears in my email on a regular basis. If you need to contact me, I'm at hehjude53@hotmail.com. Thanks for the chance to win something that you created. BTW, I love anything poppies.... lol

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  36. your longarm quilting is just beautiful! I also quilt on an APQS machine, the Millenium, but am far from being able to do simple custom work....one day, I hope!

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  37. Following via Feedly & Byline!

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  38. A personal piece sounds like an amazingly awesome giveaway! Almost too generous, but I would be honored to win

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  39. Oh my goodness! Your work is GORGEOUS! I really enjoyed looking around your blog.

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  40. I just started following you via Bloglovin'. Looking forward to seeing more of you work.

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  41. Wow, that kalidiscope quilt is incredible, all of your work is incredible! Thank you for the giveaway, I would love to win something you made. sarah@forrussia.org

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  42. I signed up to follow you on bloglovin. sarah@forrussia.org

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  43. Carole, your work is absolutely beautiful. Love your quilting, totally in love with your Kaleidoscope quilt, the poppies are fabulous. Swelled head yet? LOL. So I'll add another - the latest art quilt is great too. So glad I called in fro the GYB party

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  44. Your work is incredible. Wow to the wildlife piece!

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  45. What wonderful quilts you create, and I enjoy the way you write about it!

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  46. Started following you with Bloglovin

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  47. Your stuff is amazing. Started following with Feedly.

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  48. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah..... how.....GORGEOUS....is your work? Oh ye gads....... Talk about eye candy!! Yep. Love it. Wish I could quilt... it's something I want to try this year - you're an inspiration! Thank you for visiting my blog - big hugs from Shroo:) xxx

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  49. Your work is stunning! Your sewing room is very cool. I also learned embroidery first as a child, then sewing, then quilting. I am looking forward to following you!

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  50. I am following you via email.

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  51. Hi!!!! Wow!!!! I love the wildlife quilt!!!! Your quilting is wonderful too!!!!

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  52. Hi!!!!! I am a happy new follower on GFC and bloglovin!!!!! I really enjoyed my visit!!!! Thank You for the fun give away!!!!

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  53. Hi! I've been a follower for awhile now, and have learned much from you - thank you!

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  54. What a great giveaway - a splendid treat for the winner! I love the commission quilt you're doing now on the poppies. My favorite flowers anyway, plus your quilting is gorgeous. Come on over to visit my Giveaway on GYB at Mountain Quiltworks, I'm in Section 30. Can you say, "Kaffe Collection fabrics?" Fun, fun.

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  55. What beautiful work, I love your poppies piece.

    ukcitycrafter@live.co.uk

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  56. I've just become a follower via email :)

    ukcitycrafter@live.co.uk

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  57. Oh-so-beautiful makes and such lovely pics too! Hope you're enjoying the GYB party and thanks for popping in to say hello at mine too :-)
    Happy Tuesday,
    xx

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  58. You have so many interesting and beautiful projects!

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  59. I hadn't quite appreciated what a good photographer you are before this post. And definitely incredibly creative rather than just eclectic.

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  60. And I follow you on my blogger dashboard thingy.

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  61. I love the poppy photo - one of my favourite flowers! Thank you so much for inviting us to visit and see your beautiful quilts.

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  62. I am so happy that I found your blog via the GYB Party! Beautiful photograph of the poppy! You are going to have one lucky winner to receive such a kind gift created especially for them.
    -Brittany @ Pickles Quilting

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  63. I am a new follower via Bloglovin'.
    -Brittany @ Pickles Quilting

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  64. stunningly beautiful work, love all the colour combinations

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  65. Your art quilts are beautiful! Found you from Let's Be Social. Glad I stopped by

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  66. Your work is beautiful and what a fun picture of you!

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  67. Love the fluid look of your quilting!!

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  68. Your longarm fmq is outstanding! Stitched applique down w/the longarm?! Wow! Never heard of that before! I would've guesed you'd been blogging for years! You are a true professional. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  69. Hi Carole it's good to meet you!
    Your quilting is fabulous - I especially like the poppies!
    I'm visiting from the UK

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  70. I'm glad you mentioned your giveaway. I'd love to win. ;) I enjoyed reading your post and seeing more of your work. You know I'm a big fan of your FMQ.

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  71. And I follow with Bloglovin.

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  72. Oh my gosh - your quilts and the quilting are beautiful! I love the poppies. Thanks for all the eye candy and inspiration!

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  73. I'm now following you via Bloglovin. I'm looking forward to visiting often!

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  74. Stopping by from GYB, fun to see what you are up to. You know I have been a follower for a while now!

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  75. Beautiful work! Inspiring. Visiting from GYB Party and am now a new follower. You made me want to quilt today!
    ~Tanya

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  76. You do stunning work!

    t_ktl at yahoo.com

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  77. Your quilts are lovely! I especially like your poppy piece.

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  78. New bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender

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  79. Your work is stunning! I will enjoy following your blog!

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  80. Oh it's been so nice getting to know you. I love your all over the placeness!!! It's all Fabulous! I came over from GYB party and I Thank you for the great read.

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  81. I'm Following both with Email and Bloglovin' and thank you for the Giveaway.

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  82. Your quilts are amazing! I like the dyed fabric too, such lively colors.

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  83. I am amazed by your quilts. Your dream machine is a stunner. Thank you for offering such a generous giveaway!
    - afistfuloflemons @ gmail.

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  84. Your quilts are gorgeous! And the dust bunny line made me laugh. I won't notice yours if you won't notice mine!

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  85. I admire your dedication to great craftsmanship and playful experimentation. You have lovely quilts.

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