Friday, January 31, 2014

Three Years

Once upon a time I started a blog, solely for the purpose of getting more involved in the online quilting community. I was uncertain yet excited, and as with most journeys, I had no inkling of where blogging would take me. I did not foresee just how varied the experience would be, how meaningful the relationships, how downright motivated I would become.
FAITH Circle February quilt completed
At One Year and Two Years, I had already stretched and grown, and it isn't any different at three. I tried to come up with some really meaningful words for today, and I found myself cruising through old posts, stopping to read one now and then. And you know what? I find that I am bordering on speechlessness.
"Common Affection" completed!
I can't seem to find the words to quite express how full life is because of all of you. To say that I find joy in sewing and sharing in this community of ours is in itself an understatement.
"Crossex"
The fact that I actually just grabbed a tissue and dabbed my eyes tells, I guess, how much it means to be welcomed, accepted, and affirmed. It means alot. And it encourages me on. Who knows what this next year will bring. But with you in my corner, I can't wait to find out.
*This giveaway is now closed.* Celebrate with me just for a moment, won't you? We'll have a little giveaway . . . Just leave a comment on this post, and on Sunday night, I'll choose a random winner to receive a $40 credit to Knotted Threads, one of my favorite online shops . . . a small token with a heart full of gratitude behind it. So it is.

126 comments:

  1. Wow ! Truly an example of the power of putting yourself out there and then getting back so much more than you ever thought:)congrats
    Cheers
    Robyn

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  2. The online blogging community is a hard concept to explain to those who aren't part of it - it all sounds a bit odd. But WE understand exactly what you mean. It is remarkable what strong a sense of belonging and acceptance comes from words on a computer screen!

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  3. I don't follow your blog that long but it sure is full of inspiration. So thank you for sharing and keep it up :-)

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  4. Congrats! I hope one day (when the little starts school) maybe I can start blogging too! But for now I love reading yours and other blogs so I can live thru y'all while my machine collects dust. Lol

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  5. Deb, totally hear you....even though we've never met I feel like I "know " you. Non bloggers just don't get that. I hope with IG that blogs don't disappear. Yours is one I always read.

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  6. We do have a great community happening online! Super supportive and encouraging, not to mention inspirational!

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  7. I'm rejoicing with you and have loved being an observer from the other side of the planet!

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  8. Awe, that's awesome...three years is just wonderful! Congrats.

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  9. One of the first blogs I started to follow and also on Instagram. Your work inspires me daily! Congrats

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  10. Happy 3 years, Debbie! I very much enjoy reading your blog :-)

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  11. Happy 3 years of growth! I have built some wonderful relationships through blogging also. I enjoy reading your posts and following your journey.

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  12. Happy 3 years! Your blog is a delight to read, and you have put so much back into the Quilting Community. I got to know you first through the Patchwork Please blog hop. Thank you :-)

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  13. Glad I found you! Your designs are very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Happy 3 years, and may you have twice as many happy years ahead!

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  15. Congratulations on 3 years! Your blog is so inspiring, you do a beautiful job with it! And your quilting is getting more and more amazing. Can't wait to see what all you make in year #4!

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  16. Congratulations on this milestone in your blogging life! Your blog was one of the first I followed when I discovered quilting a couple of years ago. Great projects, photography and writing style! I have only been blogging for 1.5 years and I completely agree with you about the tremendous support I've received from the blog community. I look forward to seeing what's on your quilter's table!

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  17. Debbie I only recently discovered your blog and love it and everything you create. BTW,I see you're from Seattle - my new favorite place to visit since my daughter, SIL & only grandchild reside there.

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  18. well said! so glad you are a part of the community. I always enjoy your blog. Happy Blogaversary!

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  19. Congratulations to you, Debbie! You do a beautiful job of blogging, outshone only by your quilting!! I'm happy to have gotten to know you.

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  20. I've been following your blog for quite some time. I find your posts fun, friendly, insightful and inspirational. As much as I like Instagram, I hope blogging doesn't disappear. There's a depth to blogging that IG just can't capture.

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  21. Congrats! You do a great job of inspiring me with each post.

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  22. I've been following your blog for quite a while now and I always look forward to your posts. Even though I don't blog, I too find the on-line bloggers a meaningful part of my life. Maybe one day I'll figure out how to blog and join you with more active participation.

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  23. Congratulations on all of your years (of blogging, of course) and let's hope for many more to come!

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  24. Congrats on 3 years! I hope there are many more years to come! I really enjoy your blog.

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  25. Congrats! I just started blogging my quilting at the beginning on this year and I can't wait to see where it takes me!

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  26. I so know what you mean and feel pretty much the same way. I am so glad you are my friend - you give as much inspiration and encouragement as you receive. Happy Blog Birthday!

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  27. Love the sharing and openness! Best to you and yours

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  28. You're so sweet :) I have felt the same way about blogging and being involve dint histamine community. I have made so many great friends over the past year! Thanks for your generosity!

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  29. Congratulations on three years. I've been around for six, and I've found the blogging community both inspiring and supportive.

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  30. Its always lovely to ne able to look back with pride at how far you have come. Sounds like its been a god ride.

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  31. Congratulations on 3 years of blogging! I'm not a blogger (yet?!) but I really enjoy reading your blog. Best wishes to you for the year to come!
    tstanulis@mac.com

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  32. Congratulations on three years of blogging. I certainly enjoy your blog and am inspired by it. Keep it going!

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  33. Congrats on your success! It inspires all of us to push ourselves.

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  34. Happy anniversary and many many more. Thank you for sharing your talents and showcasing the talents of many others. You are an inspiration, an innovator and the very best of cheerleaders. Keep up all the great ideas and thoughtful enthusiasm. (I still am trying to figure out how you can be so creative and still have time to say, sleep and eat). My best Debbie- this year and many years to come!

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  35. Glad I've found you too...a fellow NW quilter! You are very inspiring to me...I love the blogs because when I'm stuck and can't think of what to do, I find ideas to try! Thanks for the inspiration and here's to many more years of it! Cheers!

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  36. Congrats! It's so exciting to reach this 3 year milestone.

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  37. WELL DONE!! Congratulations onward to the next 3 years!! I very much enjoy your posts and hope to be reading many more.

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  38. What a great milestone! Our community is a better place with you in it. Congratulations!

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  39. Happy 3rd blogiversary. Probably wasn't there at the start, but I've been following for a while now. Thanks.

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  40. I just recently started following you but your talent astounds me. I wish you continued success and growth. Congratulations on the three year milestone!

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  41. Congratulations on three years of blogging success! I do not remember how I came across your blog but I am glad I did. I find your posts inspiring and your projects are just lovely (just how DO you get so much done???). You are my inspiration for putting my fears aside and just getting right out there with my blog. I look forward to another year of your blog!

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  42. Happy anniversary! I am so grateful for your candor, encouragement and communal spirit that you share online.

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  43. I'm a follower and love, love your blog and fabulous inspiration! Congratulations!

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  44. Lovely post! I'm excited to see what you do next too. I feel much the same about my blog and had no idea how it would be so rewarding.

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  45. Congratulations and thanks for your inspiring quilt pieces!

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  46. Aww, you've accomplished quite a lot in the past three years! Love watching your blog grow and your skills expand!

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  47. Congrats on three years! I love following your blog and reading about your projects. Your 31 Inspiring Quilters series was fab as well!!

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  48. Debbie,
    We should start a 'once-upon-a-time' blog thread where we talk about how we all got started blogging and why.
    I am hoping the next year is jam packed with happiness and sewing fun, friends and loads and loads of fabric. It has been a pleasure to follow you and see all your wonderful creations. What a journey!!!
    xxx

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  49. Debbie, I find your blog very inspiring. You've just given me the push needed to get back to posting on my own blog. Thanks for all you share.

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  50. Congratulations on your Blogiversary!! You are an inspiration and I look forward to your future posts and works!!

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  51. Wow! Your blog is great. I am so happy you made that choice three years ago, and even happier that you persevered and continued to grow. It is inspiring and I am grateful that you are willing to share with us. On to year four!

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  52. I love your blog, the texts and the pictures that you show. It is always such an inspiration. And I also love your facebook account where you show interesting links. You are the most inspiring real and social media quilter that I know of.

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  53. Congrats on three years!! I've really enjoyed following your blog :)

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  54. Congrats! I so enjoy blogging too. It is very motivating and you meet so many lovely people!

    Katy
    sew4given AT aol DOT com

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  55. Congrats! Love the projects you share.

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  56. I don't have a blog but I do enjoy following quilters - so many ideas and lessons to be learned. I was drawn in by your stripy binding article and one day hope to make a triple zipped pouch - when I do I will be using your tut. Keep up the good works.

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  57. Congrats on your three years! Blogging is an amazing journey. I can't count the number of friends I've met thru blogging.

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  58. Congratulations on your achievements in quilting, blogging and life! truly inspirational.
    If I achieve even a small portion of what you have I will be well satisfied.

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  59. What an amazing job you've done with your blog! It's been fun following along...

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  60. So wonderful to follow your adventures. I didn't realize that I probably started following when you were first starting! Must have been about the time I stared quilting and realized their was this community of quilting bloggers. You are still my fav! Happy blogging anniversary!

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  61. Thanks for sharing your work; it has inspired me.

    Jen at toddleita dot com

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  62. Congratulations on your blog anniversary! Your work is an inspiration to us all! I have learned a lot from your blog, and always look forward to seeing what you are working on.

    Susie

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  63. Congratulations!!
    I love your wonky crosses!!

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  64. That just goes to show you how a little bravery really opens doors to opportunity. In this case, the opportunity to enjoy and be enjoyed by others. I enjoy your blog every day, keep it up!!

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  65. I just love the saturated colors in some of your quilts. I am inspired to make one similar to the triangles one!

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  66. How exciting to be celebrating three years of A Quilters Table Debbie! I'm so happy to have gotten to know you through Lee's SuperNova QAL. And now, I thoroughly enjoy stitching with you each month as we create quilted goodness for do. Good Stitches. I hope you continue to stretch and grow in the coming year :o) Hugs to you!

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  67. Love your blog and congrats on three years!

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  68. You are awesome and inspiring! Congrats on 3 years. Keep on blogging! Blessings & Love.

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  69. Congrats on 3 years, I love your blog

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  70. I've loved seeing you evolve as a quilter

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  71. I have so enjoyed to getting to know you more Debbie! Your encouragement to me has been invaluable! Here's to another wonderful year with unknown possibilities! Congratulations on 3 years blogging too!

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  72. Love your scrappy plus quilt. The colors are great. Happy anniversary!

    yoyopattycakes at hotmail.com

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  73. Congratulations on your third anniversary. Your blog is always interesting and inspiring. Although we've only met a few times, I feel that you're a friend and I look forward to hearing about your latest adventure. Best wishes for many more successful anniversaries!

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  74. congrats good for you putting yourself out all those years ago...great job.

    mcsweeney.erin@gmail.com

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  75. Happy bloggiversary! Long may you continue :o)

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  76. Hooray for three years! You have accomplished so much already and I am sure that it will continue to grow!

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  77. Congrats on 3 yrs! I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing all the beautiful quilts you make. Here's to many more years to come!

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  78. Yea for three years! I have really liked getting to know you online. And I really want visit all the restaurants you review too. ;)

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  79. Happy Blogaversary! I'm not even sure how I found you but you've been on my favorites list forever. Can't wait to see what the next three years has in store. :)

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  80. Congratulations on the 3 years Debbie! You are one of the most inspiring bloggers and although we live on opposite sides of the world, I hope that we can meet up IRL one day:)

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  81. Congrats on 3 years! I've been following you for about a year and your work and blogs posts are so inspiring! Thanks for sharing!!

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  82. Yay blog anniversary! I love following your blog, and I am so glad your write about local delicious food in addition to all the great sewing you do!

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  83. Congrats on 3 years! I always look forward to getting your latest post in my email. Your work is just lovely!

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  84. Happy third anniversary! What an accomplishment. I know you have encouraged me to grow some in the few short months since I found your blog...thank you!
    Here's to many more happy meetings here in Blogland!

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  85. I, for one, am very proud of you! I remember helping you think through the name of this blog, your intentions behind blogging, and how much and often the readership has grown these past few years. Way to go Mom! Here's to whatever is next!

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  86. Yours is the blog I most look forward to reading when I check my Bloglovin' post each day! I feel like you are just having a conversation with us, your readers- like we are in the same guild. Speaking of guilds, if you are ever in northern Minnesota we'd love to have you visit the Lake Superior MQG in Duluth. We are just starting out, meeting number 4 is coming!
    Thanks for all you share!

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  87. Like all your posts, your voice is genuine here. I am so pleased to have met you (online, anyway) and look forward to many more years.

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  88. Congrats to a wonderful three years of blogging. I have been at it just over three years myself and can totally relate. I had no idea what an enriching adventure I was embarking on. Thanks for all you give in your wonderful blog.

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  89. That's awesome! Thank you for all you share!

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  90. Congratulations! So glad you started your blog to share your wonderfulness with us!

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  91. Oh, I did not know we shared a bloganiversay! Congrats!

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  92. I have only recently found your blog but I love all your posts and am inspired to try quilting myself this year. I was given a new sewing machine for Christmas so must really get down to it! Congratulations on your blogaversary and thank you for always being so willing to share your knowledge! Love and hugs from Cape Town, South Africa. xx

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  93. I'm new to your blog but it gives so much pleasure and inspiration to drop in every couple of days. We are so lucky that you take the time and energy to share your beautiful work with us!

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  94. I'm new to your blog but it gives so much pleasure and inspiration to drop in every couple of days. We are so lucky that you take the time and energy to share your beautiful work with us!

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  95. Congrats on 3 years. I have really enjoyed your 31 inspiring quilters series. So much inspiration out there.

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  96. Awwww! don't cry....just keep blogging.

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  97. I'm a new blogger, so you are an inspiration to me. By three years, will I be where you are?
    linsquilts.blogspot.com

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  98. Congratulations Debbie! Your quilts are beautiful and your blogs are always fun and friendly . You are an inspirational quilter. Thank you.

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  99. How fabulous Debbie. I have enjoyed watching you 'bloom' here on your blog. You try things that make my heart go pitter patter. Looking forward to seeing what this year holds

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  100. Happy Blogiversary! Love that solids quilt and all the zig zag quilting. And thanks for being so generous to all of us who read your blog so often.

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  101. The online community is a richer, friendlier place with your voice and your talent added to it, Debbie! Cheering in celebration of your 3 year Blogiversary - yay!!!

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  102. Happy Anniversary Debbie! I love your quilts and it's always enjoy to visit your beautiful blog! Thank you for giving us so much inspiration! Thank you also for a lovely give away! x Teje
    nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. Fantastic - it is fantastic to see how you've grown (even though I've only been following for a few months), it's fantastic to be a part of the online community and its great to read how significant it has been in your life, its encouragement for everyone.

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  104. Congratulations Debbie! I always enjoy reading your blog and find much inspiration here.

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  105. Congratulations Debbie! It was so nice meeting you at the PNW MQG Meet-Up. I'm loving following all your projects ... and I have to admit I'm a little tempted to start a blog, when I see a post like this ...

    Paula

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  106. Congrats Debbie! I truly love your quilting SO much! you are such an inspiration! I hope to be able to make creations half as good as yours some day!

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  107. I have been following g you for a whole and the thing is...when I see you comment on my blog???I am honored. You are sew inspirational! Blogger buddies for sure! It is bloggers like you, who give bloggers like me the will to keep going! Thank you!

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  108. I am new to the blogging world, haven't started my own yet. Yours, Deb, leaves me so encouraged, inspired, and in awe!! Thank you so much for sharing your journey :)

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  109. I can't believe it's only been three years! You are such a pro and a staple in my bloggy world. Thanks for sharing your journey!

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  110. I'm a relatively new reader of your blog but I've been following you on IG for quite awhile. I love the series you did in January for Sew Mama Sew. I found several new blogs to read and tons of inspiration!

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  111. Congratulations! I love all the quilts you chose for this post. I hadn't seen that HST quilt before and I LOVE it! Feeling inspired to add it to my "To Do" list.

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  112. Congratulations on three years! I love reading your blog and seeing your work!

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  113. Congrats on your blogaversary! I love reading about your quilts!

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  114. Awesome post! i love all of your quilts.

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  115. Congratulations! I hope you'll keep enjoying writing the blog, it certainly is one of my favourites to read!

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  116. Fabulous quilts! I love them all. You can be so proud

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  117. Congrats on three years! I'm a newish follower but love all the inspiration. Looking forward to the next three years.

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  118. Happy 3 years in blogland! congrats!
    I'm your avid follower, always. Your blog inspires me all the time. xx

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  119. Happy anniversary! Thank you for all of the inspiration... I love visiting your blog and seeing all the gorgeous projects. Here's to many, many more...

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  120. Congrats on the 3 yr! Love all reading & seeing all your projects. So inspirational - thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

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  121. I'm in awe of three years - I'm still trying to get my son to help me get a blog up!

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  122. Congratulations on 3 years of online sharing! I started for the same reasons and feel exactly the same way about where this community has taken me creatively and personally. Hugs!

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  123. Congratulations, Debbie! I'm catching up on my blog reading here in the middle of the night when I can't sleep. I feel the same way about the delight of blogging. I have my posts made into a book each year and enjoy looking through them at my pleasure!

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  124. So glad we both started blogs and found each other. :) So glad to see where we've come and can't wait to see where we're going. :) Congrats Debbie!

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  125. Awesome! Happy Birthday to the blog! You've done great!! :) So glad we met in real life and then in the blog world too!

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