Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mail and SAL #6--Evening or North Star variation

The mailman brought something other than bills and junk mail yesterday. First, I received Maple Leaf Blocks for the exchange I am participating in at Small Quilt Talk. I am a hostess for the group.

Second, a pattern from my friend, Kimber, at Heirlooms by Ashton House. I was so excited I just had to make one up. I am sans transportation, so I will have to wait until tomorrow to get some black seed beads to replace the pins, but isn't it adorable. Great gift idea with the holidays around the corner! Her easy to follow pattern is available for purchase at her blog, where you can email her your request. And this morning's cup of coffee produced the next block in the SAL--Evening or North Star Variation. You will find the instructions here.

Now for the 'word of the block.' As I venture far and wide in blogland, I have discovered that generosity, creativity and concern for others is ubiquitous among quilters. It just confirms my belief that quilters are some of the kindest, most sharing individuals you will ever meet.

Two days ago I decided to add a visitor counter to my blog. When I first started my blog, I was so focused on the number of followers I had. I bet I checked hourly for new ones and sighed when no one came. While reading a post at Quilting Daze, she pointed out that many people visit blogs without ever leaving a mark. So I decided to see just how much action came my way. I started my counter at 0100. In less than 48 hours, I have had over 300 visitors. I wonder where they all come from and whether they find anything of interest to them. So I will not worry about the # above my followers gadget anymore. What I like is the comments. Beware what you ask for! I get a maximum of about 8 comments with every post and try to reply to each one. What would it be like if all 300 visitors had left comments--Yikes, mayhem.


  1. Now I am two blocks behind - AGAIN! Maybe tomorrow they will get made. The strawberry is adorable!

  2. You are absolutely right - comments are the real deal! :-) They say, "What you expressed today touched me in some way." That's what makes blogging fun and interesting and how you get to know people!
    But I like "followers" too. They say, "I don't want to miss the next one!" That's why I don't want to tie give-aways or what not to people following. I want them to follow because they want to, not because I've bribed them! :-)
    Your block is (yet another) gorgeous one! -- and I love your list of fave designers! They are all also on my list!
    Mary Lou

  3. I love it Cheryl, your use of colour gives such an attractive result. Was it you who wrote on SQT that a good blend of colour choice when planning a quilt is 25% darks, 25% light and 50% medium?

  4. I love your blog, Cheryl. And, I love doing the blocks (although, I've just completed one.) This being my first experience with Civil War reproduction fabrics, I'm not completely confident with my choices. We'll see how it turns out.

    Since I'm new to blogging, maybe you don't know that I check your blog every day and enjoy it so much. I'm loving checking out the blogs you have listed, too. This is too much fun!

    Anyway, just wanted you to know I'm being a good follower!!



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