One New BOTM, One QAL, and One Continuing BOTM…

Sew Fresh Quilts Christmas Sweaters QAL

Lookie, Lookie, Lots of Fun Coming for Everyone.. Nancy Zieman is giving us a new BOTM this year, and it looks great.. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do.

Janeen at Quilt Art is continuing her Bitty Block series. This is a fun paper piece BOTM, which occurs each month, and Janeen always does some really cool blocks. I have followed this one since she started it and am glad to see she’s going to continue it in 2016.

Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts has come up with a fabulous new Quilt Along and it’s a great quilt. I love the idea of it, she has placed traditional blocks inside as the sweater decoration. This looks really fun and I will definitely be following it.

All three of these new fun events have been added to my BOTM page and my sidebar BOTM displays on the right side of this page.

Don’t miss these really cool BOTMs and Lorna’s very fun QAL, which btw, starts next monday.

Marian

The Top 5 Best of 2015 At Seams To Be Sew…

2015's Best..

2015's Best..

2015 has been a year of achievements for Seams To Be Sew.. Prior to 2015, the most I could say I’d accomplished with my blog were the Little Treasures Block of the Month, and participation in blog hops along with the various tutorials I’ve added over the last 2 1/2 years since I opened my blog.

It’s been an amazing year of fun, making friends, and really seeing where my blog is headed. It’s not that I think 2013 and 2014 were low point years, they weren’t, I’m very happy with what I’ve achieved on my blog over the years, I just know that 2015 was really a banner year for me. For one, I posted far more than I’d ever posted before in 2015, with over one hundred posts in 2015 alone, I barely went over that in 2013 and 2014 combined.

I decided to write this post because Meadow Mist

Best of 2015 Linky Party

is doing a linky party with other blogs participating in there best 5 posts of 2015. I’m especially proud of what 2015 has brought, so I wanted to reflect back on the year in general.

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Are You Doing A Block Of The Month In 2016?

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stbs-SSATW-BomBy now you know I am doing a Block of the Month, something I’ve done since 2014 on my blog and always plan to do. I love Block Of The Months. I don’t normally follow pieced block like samplers, for instance, but I love something that captures my eye, something that I say to myself, I would make that. If I believe I’d make it, then I’m an avid follow of that Block Of The Month. 

Don’t get me wrong here, I love them, but I won’t pay for them. I can see where quilt shops offer Block Of The Months for classes and such, it’s just the nature of a quilt shop to do so. I think differently tho when it comes to a blog. For me, doing a block of the month keeps me thinking creatively and helps me generate interest to my blog. While I offer my blocks for free for a limited time, I do still keep it free until the next release of a block. This gives everyone time to download it that’s following, and for those who wish to catch up later, they can pay a small price in order to do so.

I like helping to promote other blogs that are doing a block of the month. Most of the time, other blogs may not even realize that their are links to their sites on my site, but I do promote other blogs in two places on every single page of my blog. One is in the right hand column, the other is in the bottom footer of my page. These are rotating logos of various sites doing block of the months. In 2014, I had an entire page also dedicated to block of the months, and I intend to do the same in 2016. I didn’t have the time in 2015 to create one, but I’ll be more diligent this year.

So, with that said, if you have a block of the month, that is free at least until the release of the next block .. for instance as an example, you release your first block Jan 1, with the next one due Feb 1, the January block remains free until February’s block goes up on your site. I will gladly add a logo to your block of the month on my site. I don’t always catch them all, but there are sites who seem to do them every year, and I’ve grown to know some of these sites quite well.

So far this year, these are the 2016 block of the months I currently know about.

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Coming In February… Nuts About ??? Blog Hop

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stbs-Nuts AboutIt’s hard to believe that I’m sitting here in December announcing a blog hop that is to come in February, but yep, here I am announcing a new blog hop to come in February.

Sometimes as bloggers, we have to plan our posts ahead of time. One of the best features in a blogging script is the ability to schedule your posts. I have several posts scheduled at this moment even, tutorials I’ve planned out for over the next few months for example… As a blogger, because we have to plan out posts, someone who hostesses an event has to think like a retailer and announce things far ahead of time to give people a chance to signup, and create something fun to participate with.

So, here I am announcing the first blog hop in 2016. Nuts About ?? This hop, let you decide who, or what you are nuts about. You can choose to make it about Valentines Day and say, “Heya Honey, I am totally crazy, honestly … nutty over you” … or you can admit to be nuts yourself, perhaps you are nuts over nuts even.. It’s your choice…

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12 Days Of Christmas – Days 09, 10, 11 and 12

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Quiltart&STBS-12daysAnd then their were 0 days of Christmas…

Janeen from Quilt Art and I have teamed up to bring you a special event of giveaways. We’ve each created 12 patterns that have been given away over the last 7 days  with  5 days left to giveaway. Seven days have passed. I hope you haven’t missed any of the other trees or Janeen’s extremely cute penguins. You have only the day they are released to download them. If you missed mine, you can still pick them up in my Payhip or Craftsy shop as it will be available as a single till the end of the year.

If I hadn’t been picking the patterns by random order, I could have just scheduled my posts. I do not even know how many of you have emailed, commented, or said anything on Facebook. Either or, I still have no internet or phone connection. They are suppose to hook it up remotely tomorrow, but if that doesn’t work, they won’t be here until wednesday morning sometime. It’s an Italian holiday today and yesterday in Italy, so they aren’t real bothered about fixing the American’s phone or internet problems even tho they are the cause of them. I could blame the US Congress also, since they made some stupid rule about how people in base housing can’t be paying for utility services on the base, so that’s why this switch is being made apparently. It was suppose to happen at the end of November, although we had all of November to pay our final bill and such, so we’d paid it early in the month, and then had to reconfirm that we had not called any long distance on the 25th, which we did, so we were all set for reactivation. Apparently the reactivation didn’t go as they’d planned and many of us are still out with no internet and phone services.

So I do apologize, because I knew about the dates, but I just didn’t “associate” the dates to 12 Days, and I honestly didn’t think anything wrong could happen.. I should know better, because Italian services have never really left the best impressions with me.. so I really should know better.

I am writing this post currently on a wifi connection a friend loaned me for a few hours at her home, so I am setting this as a scheduled post. I’ve uploaded all the trees for you to enjoy, the last 4 patterns are ready for download and I really truly hope you enjoy the trees.

Day 9’s Tree pattern is.. Tree 15

Day 10’s Tree pattern is..Tree 07

Day 11’s Tree pattern is..Tree 11

Day 12’s Tree pattern is..Tree 18

and on a side note.. I have fixed my contact form.. thank you to those who let me know it wasn’t working properly.

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 07

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Quiltart&STBS-12daysAnd then their were 6 days of Christmas…

Janeen from Quilt Art and I have teamed up to bring you a special event of giveaways. We’ve each created 12 patterns that have been given away over the last 6 days  with  6 days left to giveaway. Six days have passed. I hope you haven’t missed any of the other trees or Janeen’s extremely cute penguins. You have only the day they are released to download them. If you missed mine, you can still pick them up in my Payhip or Craftsy shop as it will be available as a single till the end of the year.

Today is the last day of The DJ Inkers giveaway , everything you need to know is inside the post, click continue reading or the title of the post to enter the giveaway.

Thank you for all the warm wishes and comments yesterday for my birthday.

Update On Row By Row Download Page
if your following the row by row free downloads

Today’s pattern is Tree 16..

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 06 – Today’s My Birthday…

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Quiltart&STBS-12daysAnd then their were 7 days of Christmas…

Janeen from Quilt Art and I have teamed up to bring you a special event of giveaways. We’ve each created 12 patterns that have been given away over the last 5 days  with  7 days left to giveaway. Five days have passed. I hope you haven’t missed any of the other trees or Janeen’s extremely cute penguin. You have only the day they are released to download them. If you missed mine, you can still pick them up in my Payhip or Craftsy shop as it will be available as a single till the end of the year.

Thru December 1 in my Payhip Shop only, All patterns are 25% off.
Please use coupon code: ThankYou2015
All my available patterns are now in this shop, so this is a great time to even pick up patterns you’ve wanted from Little Treasures.

The DJ Inkers giveaway started friday, everything you need to know is inside the post, click continue reading or the title of the post to enter the giveaway.

It’s my birthday today, and I’ve released a new pattern from Little Treasures. Have a look inside for it.

Today’s pattern is Tree 07..

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