Happy First Birthday!

To celebrate my first birthday, and to say, “Thank you,” I am giving away a 5 inch Square Benartex Sampler of “City Girl Holiday by Kitty Yoshida. Perfect for anyone wanting to get a head start on their Christmas projects!

I started this blog one year ago today intending to document my quilting journey.

Here are the things I learned this first year.

  • I have found:
    • A great podcast/blog/twitter community
    • That I love the feedback from readers
    • Encouragement to try things I had on my to-do list
      • Sewing with hexagons
      • Try a Hoop Sisters pattern
    • That I can use a camera – Disclaimer: any good pictures are taken by my good friend Kathy
    • Great eye candy on other blog sites
    • Lots of quilt inspiration
    • That many of the quilters out there are introverts
  • I am not the only one that;
    • “Pets” fabric
    • Can’t wait for the mail to come when fabric is on order
    • Finds quilting patterns in everyday things
    • Wishes they had more time to sew
    • Would rather sew than clean (I know this is a shock to my long time friends but yes I got over my need for spotlessness)
  • What I learned about myself:
    • Having a stash is a wonderful thing
    •  I like the challenges others have on their blogs
    • I hate mystery quilts (it’s my need to control)
    • I really love to teach sewing, particularly quilting
    • It is okay to not like to do applique I tried my hand at it again. Just don’t like to do it
    • I like Engaging with others about quilting, even online
    • Blogging about quilting makes me more aware of my process

To sign up for the birthday give-a-away, leave a comment telling me what your favorite post was and why. I am still finding my “voice” and I would like your feedback. To get placed in the drawing twice “Like” me on my Facebook page – Sew Excited Quilts – and leave a comment there. The giveaway will end Aug 31st.

Happy Birthday to me,

Thank you to you,

Enjoy the journey, Jackie

  • Diane Rincon

    Happy first birthday! I wish you many more. Your blog is fun, informative and inspirational. Diane

  • Jackie

    Happy Birthday sewexcitedquilts blog! Just thinking how this all started and now where you are…WOW! Keep up the hard work and great posts! May you have MANY MANY more blog birthdays!

  • Pam

    I think my favorites posts are the ones were we get to peak inside the studio, so my favorite is the one you posted on your re-done basement sewing space.

    Happy blogoversary!

    • I have recently made some more changes in my studio and I hope to get a post up about it sometime. Thanks

  • Happy birthday number one! May you have many more!

  • I went back and looked over the last couple months of posts. My favourite out of those was the Veteran’s Sew In Day 2 – where you included the quotes from the day. That gave me a laugh. I also like to see the posts where you interact with your grandchildren. Who can’t resist cute kids?
    Congratulations on your one year anniversary!

  • Dianne

    Your love of quilting is inspiring and you go that extra mile to help us that are just learning.You make classes and the sewins fun and I love to read your blog, you always have something different going on

  • Nita Hayes


    I enjoy my Tuesdays at quilting. You are a great teacher and listener. I like the credit card holders, want to make some as gift card holders. Loved the doll quilt you helped me make.