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The Blogoversary That Wasn't, Part One

February 27, 2010

Hi everyone, thanks for visiting! It's Saturday midnight here at Casa de Babble, so the giveaway is closed. I'm going to get a good night's sleep, then get it together to draw a winner tomorrow - Stay tuned!

She said, "Yes, it does." "Chance" by Robert B. Parker ♦♦♦♦◊

Let me get this started off with the important stuff I have to say (okay, I'll wait until you wipe up the coffee/soda/tea that you just snorted onto your keyboard)...

I really like blogging. I've been doing it for FOUR years now and it's really become part of my... what? mindset? lifestyle? (Wow, that sounds pretentious, doesn't it?) I dunno. I know that there are long gaps between posts sometimes and then I get all hyper and post a bunch all at once. It's not that I don't have stuff to share or anything to say (even though I tried to convince you of that very thing in my last post), it's usually because I don't take the time to write it up for you. I haven't yet found a quick* and easy way to say/show/link everything I want to share with you. (*f'r example: Writing this blog post took over 2½ hours. It's hard work to herd all the gerbils in my head.)

Through my blogging adventures, I've 'met' some really nice people. You are a funny (haha, not hmmm) and supportive group. There are the core readers, the feed-reader followers, the Blogger followers -

► I can see my Blogger followers' names, but haven't figured out how to visit their blogs. Not everyone comments.
Thank you for following me - speak up occasionally and tell me who you are or where you post because I'd be thrilled to come visit your blog ◄

- forum friends, and people who wander through from links on other blogs.

I appreciate each and every one of you, whether you just wander through or are an 'old friend'.

I know that oftentimes a blog is pretty self-indulgent and I don't expect that my occasional bouts of babbling are going to change anyone's life (though I notice I have a "These Posts Might Just Change Your Life" category over there in my sidebar... apparently sometimes I'm more humble than other times). Heh. Oops.

Where was I? Oh, of course -

Thank you for visiting my blog. For commenting, for sharing, for just dropping by. You make me happy.

So, yes. I had a Blogoversary. I knew it was gonna happen. I even mentioned it to you last week. Did I do anything? Nope.

Why didn't I, when I had a few 'plans'? Let's see... The Blogoversary was on Monday. The preceding Friday I managed to find/contract/develop some gnarly muscle spasms in my upper back, after just recovering from lower back issues earlier in the week. Joy, eh?

I managed to recover enough by Sunday to be a guest bellringer at a local church. Heh. "Guest" bellringer. That's foo-foo talk for "I subbed for a ringer who was out of town". It was nice to play with a different bell choir - it's always interesting to see how other directors & players 'do it'.

Monday brought a lunch date with a good friend and then some sample sewing for a class at the shop:


Ever since I first 'discovered' this combination of fabrics in the shop I've wanted to do something with it. So when we needed a sweet sample for the class I jumped on the opportunity to "play".

Monday was the actual Blogoversary. As I said, four years. Can you believe it? So here's what's up with the "Part ONE" in the title:
I've gathered a set of fat quarters of the fabrics in the sample quilt PLUS a gorgeous Shadowplay red FQ that goes wonderfully with the ensemble. This is prize ONE to celebrate my Blogoversary.

Yes, there will be a prize TWO. Probably tomorrow.

Leave a comment on this post before midnight Saturday, March 6 (California-time) for a chance to receive this FQ bundle. I'll do the random-number generator thing on Sunday to choose a name from the entries.

For a second entry, blog about the little giveaway Part One then come back and leave me a comment that you did so. A link to your blog post would be handy (but not required)... who knows? Maybe you'll get some new visitors!

(Just a note) Blogger comments accept html code... here's what you need to put in to make a clickable link:
<a href="web address of my blog post.html">Name of my Blog Post</a>

Aw, heck. How about another entry opportunity? Email a friend and tell them to come visit me. When your friend comments and says "Bertha sent me," (though I'd prefer them to include YOUR name)(unless you're Bertha. Then they can say "Bertha sent me.") both you AND your friend will each get an additional entry.

So, you're not in the U.S.? No problem. I don't mind shipping internationally!

Now I'm going to indulge my own 'contest' entry blogging while I'm here.

I've run across a cooler-than-mine giveaway that I'd like to share with you - both because it's pretty cool and also because I get an extra entry for telling you about it.

i love quilts First up is an incredible giveaway over at ctpubblog.com, the blog written by the folks at C&T Publishing. The super prize package is all things Jan Krentz - an innovative and just plain clever quilter/designer.

She's such a popular designer and the blog is one of the 'big guns' so I expect I have a snowball's chance of winning the goodies - but I'll still try. It would be way cool to be the winner!

Next up: Part TWO of The Blogoversary That Wasn't, with another giveaway and show and tell from something I forgot to show you back in December!

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permalink 60 Comments:
At 2/27/2010 6:27 PM, Blogger Brenda Babbled Back:  

OK, four years is a LOOONG time. Congratulations on your long run. I check you on bloglines... and you know where to find me, hee-hee...or so I hope, LOL!

At 2/27/2010 7:39 PM, Blogger Annmarie Babbled Back:  

tracy - I really enjoy your posts when you do blog so they are worth the wait (tee hee) - I enjoy your comments at QLR too - that's how I learned about your blog. Keep up the good work! iambuzzysma

At 2/27/2010 9:40 PM, Anonymous Gimpy Cat Babbled Back:  

FB it doesnt matter if you post sporadically, your blogs are always funny and interesting with lots of stuff to look at and link to. Happy Blogversary and wishing you many more satifying years blogging and keeping us all entertained! Thanks

At 2/28/2010 3:59 AM, Blogger Crispy Babbled Back:  

What a lovely Blogversary giveaway, I'm in!! Did I mention that I was tickled pink when I found your blog? Your blog just makes me smile everytime you post. Does stoking your blogger ego give me any extra entries? :0)

Off to post this in my blog....I'll be back bwahahaha


At 2/28/2010 4:26 AM, Blogger Crispy Babbled Back:  

Ok, I'm back and have posted the giveaway on my blog, even though it will cut down on my chances to win :0)

Here's a link to prove I did it LOL


At 2/28/2010 4:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous Babbled Back:  

Tracy,congrats on the anniversary. Just popping in to say how pleased I was with your help in finding that split nine patch pattern. Thanks for the tips. I'll be getting busy with the quilt come tomorrow.

Here in my neck of the woods there's a saying that is used to wish a person good luck and good fortune....so here it is...... Tracy,....."long may your big jib draw".


At 2/28/2010 5:22 AM, Blogger Pat Babbled Back:  

I found your blog from Crispy's blog. I was tickled to find you are a bell-ringer, too. I am one in our church bell choir in southern Delaware! When I get comments on my blog, I click on the person's name and then their profile page comes up....and I scroll down to see THEIR blog (which will be listed there if they have one) and that is how I get to read their blogs. (You mentioned not knowing how to get to our blogs......so if you click on my name, look at my profile page, and scroll down to where it says "My Blogs" and click on my blog and THERE you will see me!!) Happy 4th year blogaversary. I've only had one of those but I did reach 500 posts after 15 months of blogging daily...and now I"ve cut back to just 3 or 4 posts a week.

At 2/28/2010 6:02 AM, Blogger Peggy Babbled Back:  

Way cute quilt - congrats on 4 years!

At 2/28/2010 6:08 AM, Blogger Ann Champion Babbled Back:  

congratulations on your Blogversary! I always enjoy seeing what you're up to..and you never fail to amuse me with your style of writing.
"Herding the Gerbils in your head"..for example. LOL!
I love that line of fabric. :)

At 2/28/2010 6:21 AM, Blogger Karen Babbled Back:  

This is my first visit to your blog. I like how the comments people leave for you say their name and then "Babbled Back". Fits right in with your blog name.
Congratulations on one year of blogging!

At 2/28/2010 6:36 AM, Blogger Anita in Florida Babbled Back:  

This is my first time to your blog....Happy Blogerversary! Love your prize!

At 2/28/2010 7:02 AM, Blogger Unknown Babbled Back:  

Congratulations on your creative longevity!! Long may you quilt! Thanx for the great giveaway. jungkid49@yahoo dot com

At 2/28/2010 7:05 AM, Blogger deserae Babbled Back:  

Wow! I love the fabric and would love to win!!!

deserae at gmail dot com

At 2/28/2010 7:39 AM, Blogger Mia's Cottage Babbled Back:  

4 years is a long time. I just started mine this past summer and I hope I can hang in there like you.Great giveaway! Donna

At 2/28/2010 10:27 AM, Blogger sjoko Babbled Back:  

Your baby quilt is wonderfull. This is one of the quilt you see and just want to get yourself. Fantastic fabrics.
I would love to win and will follow you on. Happy week to you :o)

At 2/28/2010 10:47 AM, Blogger Alicia Babbled Back:  

Wow....Love your site!....Great giveaway ideas too!!!! See you on the forums!!!

At 2/28/2010 11:20 AM, Blogger quiltmom anna Babbled Back:  

dear fiber babble,
Its nice to meet you- my blog friend Crispy sent me - says you make her smile and i can see why- I have added you to my blog list and certainly will be returning to read many more posts I hope( 4 years is quite an accomplishment- congratulations)
A quilter can never have too much fabric -so those fat quarters will be a great addition to your lucky winner.
I am a Western Canadian quilter - you can find my blog here:
Hope you will come and visit me too.
I am going to post today after the Olympics are over so I will add a link to my new post.

At 2/28/2010 11:56 AM, Blogger Janet Babbled Back:  

I found out about your giveaway from Crispy's blog. 4 years! Congratulations! What a great combination of fabrics in your shop sample.

At 2/28/2010 12:07 PM, Blogger free indeed Babbled Back:  

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At 2/28/2010 12:08 PM, Blogger free indeed Babbled Back:  

I haven't even been following blogs THAT long! Congrats on four years! Wow. Love that sample.

At 2/28/2010 12:37 PM, Blogger Cathi Babbled Back:  

This is the first time I've visited your blog -- got here thanks to Crispy. I'll definitely be back!

At 2/28/2010 2:32 PM, Blogger Carrie P. Babbled Back:  

Congratulations on 4 years. Wow!
I have enjoyed reading your blog for the year that I have been blogging.
Hope your back is still doing better and what a great little quilt. Love that floral fabric.

At 2/28/2010 3:16 PM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Pat receives an extra entry - she's visiting via Crispy's blog!

At 2/28/2010 3:19 PM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Crispy gets another entry because she sent Pat!

At 2/28/2010 4:07 PM, Blogger Anya Babbled Back:  

Congratulations and thanks for the chance!

At 2/28/2010 4:16 PM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Anna gets another entry! She came over from Crispy's blog!

At 2/28/2010 4:17 PM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

And you know what that means - Crispy gets another entry for sending Anna!!

At 2/28/2010 4:35 PM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Janet gets another entry because she said she found out about me on Crispy's blog!

At 2/28/2010 4:36 PM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Crispy gets yet ANOTHER entry because she sent Janet. Hmmm. Looks like someone is racking them up!

At 3/01/2010 7:02 AM, Blogger Jocelyn Babbled Back:  

Congrats, and Happy Blogiversary!

At 3/01/2010 7:20 AM, Blogger Joyce Babbled Back:  

Happy Blogaversary and many more to come!

At 3/01/2010 9:40 AM, Anonymous JennQT Babbled Back:  

Congrats on your Blogaversary. I love your blog it always makes me laugh :)

At 3/01/2010 10:40 AM, Blogger Barb Babbled Back:  

Crispy sent me and when she speaks, I jump....she is an amazing gal...and I am glad I came overe. I too like meeting new people. What a wonderful giveaway!!

At 3/01/2010 10:46 AM, Blogger Barb Babbled Back:  

I blogged, look on my left sidbar...thanks againg, and congrats!!

At 3/01/2010 4:12 PM, Blogger Sarcastic Quilter Babbled Back:  

Congrats on four years! You started blogging about the time I started quilting. :D

At 3/01/2010 4:14 PM, Blogger Sarcastic Quilter Babbled Back:  

Oh, I added your giveaway to the side of my blog.


ps - to get to where folks are when they leave comments, click on the name and it brings up their info. In there is a website or "my blog" link and you should be able to get to their site.

At 3/01/2010 6:12 PM, Blogger Kim Babbled Back:  

so thanks for a chance to win but looks like crispy is gonna run away with the loot.
Yes she sent me :0)

Bertha.....what a horrible name my
dear mother was Thelma.....both equally horrible names.

Happy sewing......even if you are named Bertha or Thelma :0)

At 3/01/2010 8:48 PM, Blogger arlette Babbled Back:  

I just found your blog, happy blogiversary, it have been a while, huh?, 4 years!!!!, congrats!!!, thanks for hosting the giveaway!, love the goodies!

At 3/02/2010 5:27 AM, Blogger Deanna Babbled Back:  

Four years--wow. I have yet to jump in that pool, but I surely enjoy other people's work....and, let's be honest here...GIVEAWAYS. Thanks.

At 3/02/2010 5:46 AM, Blogger pajudie Babbled Back:  

Barb sent me over to check out your blog - congrats on four years of blogging. I'm a newbie to this blogging fun - wish I had more time, though, to be creative. Love the fabric collection that you're featuring - put me down. My blog is Quilted Scottie - www.quiltedscottie.blogspot.com. Come on over and see me -

At 3/02/2010 5:53 AM, Blogger Shelina (formerly known as Shasta) Babbled Back:  

I'm here too, sent by Crispy.

At 3/02/2010 10:05 AM, Blogger Robin (RsIslandCrafts) Babbled Back:  

Congrats on 4 years! That's a big milestone. I guess you do have lots to say lol.

Barb sent me :)


At 3/02/2010 1:46 PM, Blogger Betsy Babbled Back:  

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win this beautiful prize. Barb from bejewledquilts sent me.

At 3/02/2010 9:19 PM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Cathi from Toronto gets an extra entry! Crispy sent her!

At 3/02/2010 9:20 PM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Crispy sent Cathi - she gets another entry!

At 3/02/2010 11:18 PM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Barb blogged about my giveaway! She gets another entry!

At 3/04/2010 9:58 AM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Kim even after seeing how many others are giving extra entries to Crispy, still fesses up that she sent her. Kim gets an extra entry!

At 3/04/2010 10:00 AM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Such a loyal and lovely following Crispy has. She gets another entry for sending Kim!

At 3/04/2010 10:15 AM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Judie found me from Barb's blog (heh! you thought I was gonna say Crispy, didntcha?). She gets an extra entry!

(And thank you for adding me to your sidebar, Judie!)

At 3/04/2010 10:16 AM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Barb gets an extra entry for sending Judie!

At 3/04/2010 10:21 AM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Shasta sez Crispy sent her - she gets an extra entry!

At 3/04/2010 10:22 AM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Another entry goes to Crispy for sending Shasta!

At 3/04/2010 10:40 AM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Robin came over via Barb's blog. She gets an extra entry!

At 3/04/2010 10:42 AM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Barb gets an extra entry for sending Robin!

(I wonder why it is that Every. Stinkin'. Time. I mean to type "an extra entry" I always type "AND extra entry"?)

At 3/04/2010 5:11 PM, Blogger Patty Babbled Back:  

4 years WOW. I just started, but I love reading blogs. Congrats!!

At 3/04/2010 5:12 PM, Blogger Patty Babbled Back:  

Wanted to tell you that Barb of Bejeweled Quilts sent me.

At 3/05/2010 9:52 AM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Fiesta gets another entry - she said Barb sent her!

At 3/05/2010 9:52 AM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Barb gets another entry for sending Fiesta!

At 3/07/2010 12:26 PM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Crispy gets one last entry for sending Barb over!

At 3/07/2010 12:28 PM, Blogger Fiber Babble Babbled Back:  

Phew! I almost missed it! >Barb gets another entry - she admitted it: "Crispy sent me and when she speaks, I jump..."

(Barb had a few people jumping when she spoke, too!)

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