Sunday, 13 January 2013

Bet you can't guess ...

Please note:  this giveaway is now closed.  Thanks to everyone who entered.
 ... what today is?  Yep, it's my birthday. It's Chatterbox's birthday too.  So, to celebrate, how about a little giveaway?  Sound good to you?  OK but first let me tell you about my day.

First, Mr Fixit decided last night that he'd had enough of being in hospital and wanted to come home.  That was fine and I went and collected him and we were home by about 8pm.  He says he doesn't feel too bad, but he did not have a good night, and therefore neither did I, but he seems quite a lot better today.

Because he's not well, it fell to me to go to the supermarket this morning, which is something he usually does.  Well, I don't know if it was a good thing I went or not.  Apart from the fact that it was full of people who seemed to be out for a family sight-seeing trip and those who left their trolley in the middle of an isle while they wandered off to look at the shelves, etc, it was not too bad an experience, until I went through the checkout and my credit card was refused!  Needless to say I didn't have enough cash for everything, so had to put some things back.  Talk about embarrassing.  I'm sure the whole of Leeds was in there, sniggering at me!  I came home rather quickly, and straight away tried to log on to my card account on line, only to find I couldn't and I was given a number to ring.  When I rang it, I was talking to someone in the Fraud Department, and it seems someone had tried to use my card twice fraudulently, so Barclaycard had blocked it.  My pin number hadn't been "compromised" as they put it, but they cancelled the card immediately and are sending me a new one.  I was told that fraudsters often try to make 2 small payments (in my case for 43p to some company I've never heard of and then for £7.54 to Virgin in the US,) then, if they go through, they start going mad with the card and making large purchases like TVs etc.  Thank goodness I found out in time.  No harm has been done, it's just a pain in the you-know-where.

Anyway, I also tried to change my blog layout today, and I don't know what happened, but all sorts of odd things were going on, so I ended up having to revert to an earlier back up of it.  Thank goodness I do the backups before I change anything major, just in case, otherwise QuiltTimes would have disappeared altogether today.  Still, that's all sorted now.

Now, I think I mentioned a giveaway, didn't I?  This has been sponsored by my favourite quilt shop, CrazyQuiltGirlFabricshop who have kindly donated two charm packs of Seasonal Little Gatherings.  All you have to do is go and look at their website, and then come back and leave me a comment telling me your favourite item. If you are a public follower of mine or of theirs, please leave me another comment telling me so, and finally if you have ever taken part in one of the Christmas Quiltalong Days, leave me another comment telling me that.  This is open to everyone, as long as I can contact you r, so if you are a no-reply entrant, please add your email to the comment. I will reply to every entrant, so if you do not hear from me, then I could not contact you and you might like to look again at your blogger account settings.  The giveaway is open for one week, and will close at midnight, GMT on Sunday 20 January.

100 comments:

  1. I love seeing Crazy Quilt Girls lovely Moda selections. And because I am a big fan of French General, my favorite item is CHATEAU ROUGE! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

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  2. Polka Dot Stitches by Lori Holt for Riley Blake fabrics.

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  3. I have done all your Christmas Quilt Alongs - sadly done, but on to Lynn's pattern - hey.

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  4. Happy, Happy Birthday to you, Sue!

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  5. Happy Birthday to you and Chatterbox. Here is wishing you both a wonderful day. Hopefully, Mr. Fixit will feel up to celebrating with you two.

    Crazy Quilt Girls has the top of my "I want/need/must have" list -Double Chocolate by3 Sisters for Moda.

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  6. I am a loyal follower of Quilt Times and I just liked Crazy Quilt Girls on FB.

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  7. I participated in the 2012 Christmas Quilt Along. I enjoyed myself, met some fun new people and have a quilt top waiting to become a quilt.

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  8. Happy Birthday!!!! May your year be filled with overflowing blessings! I am so thankful for you that they 'caught' the misuse on your card before any damage could be done. Very frustrating I know, we were dealing with that last year about this time it took weeks for them to figure out what had happened!
    I love the Wee Wovens and the Get a Clue fat quarter bundles. sowingstitches[at]gmail[dot]com

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  9. Happy Birthday 2 Ya!! Glad Mr Fixit made it home to celebrate with you. I really like Raining Cats and Dogs redwork. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. I follow you and Crazy Quilt Girl.

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  11. Happy Birthday! I went shopping today to treat myself to a gadget with a sim card contract. The assistant told me they would take two 50p debits off my card as a credit check. We went through a 15 minute application process then they tried to take the payment for the gadget - guess what? Yep my card was declined in a small crowded shop with everyone listening in!

    I visited Crazy Quilt Girl and fell in love with the Juggling Summer layer cake on the front page!

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  12. Happy Birthday! I hope your week gets better. You deserve a nice quiet stitchy day.

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  13. Happy Birthday!!
    Sorry to hear about your credit card fiasco - the same thing happened to me last year!!
    I love Juggling Summer!

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  14. I'm putting you on my prayer list:) Hope you don't mind. I think you need some wonderfulness. I visited Crazy Quilt Girl and went straight to the sales. I love charm packs that sell for less than $6.00 and layer cakes for less than $23.oo. Winter Wonderland, Coming Home or Little Gatherings are just three that I would order. Thanks to Crazy Quilt Girl for sponsoring your giveaway. Thanks, Quilt Sue.

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  15. I'm a follower. Happy, happy Birthday and many more to come.

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  16. I've been a Christmas QAl participant since the beginning.

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  17. I like Flirt by Sandy Gervais. Such cute charm packs..

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  18. I am a public follower of yours

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  19. I hope you have a happy birthday despite the aggravations you've already had! I love the Simply Color layer cake at CrazyQuiltGirl.

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  20. I worked in a bank most of my working life, so am very careful with my credit card. Hope all will be well. I made the 2012 Xmas qultalong and it is finished, even with a label, and have been following your blog for over a year now. Thanks for my email!
    I must have a look at CrazyQuiltGirl.

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  21. I just wanted to stop in to say~ Happy Birthday! And wishing you many more!

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  22. I love Simply Color!
    Happy Birthday!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. What a day you've had - many happy returns.

    Thank goodness for the credit card company software that picks up the activities of these little b*st*rds. Management had a call a few months back asking him if he was buying some large electronic item overseas ... needless to say, he wasn't.

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  24. Happy Happy Birthday Sue!
    My favorite at the Crazy Girls shop is the Crafty Chloe Clothes fabric in white. So cute.

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  25. Happy Birthday! I hope you're having a better end to the day than how it started. I also hope Mr. Fixit recovers quickly and well. We had two rather large charges on our card in December, thankfully it was easily fixed!

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  26. I am a happy Quilt Times and CrazyGirl follower!

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  27. Happy Birthday! The "Eat Your Fruits & Veggies" FQ bundle calls to me.

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  28. Happy Birthday to you! Sorry to hear about your credit card fiasco...but glad that Mr. Fixit is home for a speedy recovery!

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  29. I am a follower...and I forgot to tell you I loved seeing the treasures at your favorite quilt shop. I love the fat eighths...especially Fellowship by Brannock and Patek.

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  30. Happy Birthday. I like Flirt. I hope your household's health improves. I know when one is sick it is difficult for all.

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  31. I really enjoyed your Christmas Quiltalong and am very happy with my Festive Mystery that is now at the foot of the bed. Love it! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  32. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead and a very happy birthday (that improves from its rocky start!!).
    I hope you get to eat cake.
    Ab xx

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  33. I popped over and checked out Crazy Quilt Girl. I really love the Juggling Summer fabrics. I'm thinking that they would make a great quilt for Grandson #2.

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  34. I am a follower of your blog, and I have participated in the quilt along. Love both!

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  35. Sorry to hear of your credit card misfortune--and glad it was caught in time. I had someone use my number a couple Christmases ago--fortunately in a part of the country away from where I live, so it was caught early on too. And I'm a follower of your blog!

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  36. My favorite item at CrazyQuiltGirl Fabric shop is "Juggling Summer"! Looks like it would be fun to play with--and I could use a little summer warmth with our below zero temperatures right now. Hope you've had a wonderful birthday--and have a great year ahead too! Happy Happy Birthday!

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  37. Happy Birthday Sue. So happy to here your DH is back home. Hope he feels 100% very soon. Sorry to hear about the credit card incident. I had that when I was on a business trip in another country. Not fun!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  38. Happy Birthday!!!
    I love the Coming Home fabric from their shop :D

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  39. I'm so sorry, I forgot to wish Chatterbox a Happy Birthday!.

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  40. Happy Birthday to you and Chatterbox!!! Sounds like you had quite the eventful day! Wishing you all the best on your birthday and every day

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  41. I took a look and they have the #1 item on my wish list
    SIMPLY COLOR Charm Pack by V and Co.

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  42. Happy Birthday :) Love the Cuzco fat quarter bundle. Thanks

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  43. I follow CrazyQuiltGirl blog. Thanks

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  44. Happy Happy Birthday!
    Have Fun!

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  46. Thank you for this great giveaway and for the link to a great fabric shop! I love the Sakura Park line from Moda. It looks so simple and elegant, calming. So sorry to hear about your credit card woes but am glad to hear that Mr. Fixit is recovering well.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

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  47. Oh, I forgot to say Happy Birthday to you and to Chatterbox! So, Happy Birthday!

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  48. Love following you! sounds like you can do with a birthday dinner to help with your day.......Really enjoy the fact that they have so many free patterns available if you want to use them with the many wonderful fabrics that are on sale right now!

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  49. Happy Birthday! Enjoy the day.

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  50. The fellowhip heart to heart table runner kit is my favorite item over on crazy quilt girl fabric shop. Happy Birthday and happy blogoversery too.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  51. I am a follower of yours and now theirs as well.Thanks fo ra chance to enter your giveaway.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. Happy birthday to you Sue!!! I was just trying to catch up on blogs and saw that it was your birthday yesterday! I hope you have a fantastic year ahead!

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  53. I love the Magic Beans fabric. Especially the yellow.

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  54. I am a follower. And happy, happy birthday (despite all those things conspiring to get you down. I had a fraud thing on my credit card this month too and I had to get a new one....)

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  55. I love Kaufman KONA SOLIDS Pretty Peonies 22 Fat Quarter Bundle!!

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  56. I am an old follower and wish you a happier remainder of your birthday and the year to follow!

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  57. I am a follower, I made the Christmas Mystry quilt, which I love, and I can't deside what I like on the fabric shop sight.
    Happy Belatted Birthday and I hope that things get better soon.
    Carolyn

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  58. I just love table runners. I can actually finish the, lol. I love the Moda Fellowship Heart to Heart table runner. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

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  59. I'm a follower. Hope your year starts to look better!!

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  60. Lots of CC fraud lately, your not even safe on Paypal either. I have been hacked twice through paypal, and not on paypal CC another one.

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  61. Happy late birthday wishes to you and Chatterbox. I hope Mr. Fixit will feel up to celebrating with you two when you decide to celebrate...

    Double Chocolate by3 Sisters for Moda is my fave.

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  62. Yes, I follow you and am glad you didn't lose your blogsite...

    I hope you get your credit card worries over quickly too.

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  63. Happy belated birthday!
    My favorite is Double Chocolate by 3 Sisters / Moda.

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  64. I'm a follower to your blog too. :)

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  65. Belated birthday wishes. I've read your latest post that you haven't had the best of birthdays, why not have an "official" one, like the Queen, when things get better! Anyway have had a visit to your favourite quilt shop and my choice would be "Simply Colo(u)r".

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  66. ..and I follow your blog too!

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  67. Happy belated Birthay!! I really love it all!! But for today I will say Simply Color layer cake looks yummy.

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  68. Hope you both had a good birthday. I really like the sew stitchy charm pack.

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  69. I am a follower vickise at gmail dot com this email also applies to the above comment.

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  70. My fav was Sew Stitchy by Moda. I think I am going to have to get into internet shopping, so much more choice! Sorry to hear that your DH isnt well and certainly the credit card issue is something you could do without full stop! Why in this day and age of communication can they not RING before they cancel your credit card?! Hope next week is a far better week for you!

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  71. Happy Birthday Sue. Sorry that your husband is poorly at the moment. I hope and wish him a quick recovery.
    I am a follower, using Google Reader.
    One of the many items I like in the Crazyquiltgirl fabric shop is the Heart to Heart table runner.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

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  72. BELATED BIRTHDAY GREETINGS!
    HAPPY TO FOLLOW VIA BLOG LOVIN'!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  73. HI! LOVE 'SIMPLY COLOR'!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  74. happy belated birthday to you. I really like the Seasonal Little Gatherings fabric but the Moda INDIGO CROSSING Fabric by Minick & Simpson was really calling my name too.

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  75. Hi Sue!!
    Happy Birthday!! Hey the same thing happened to me when I tried to use my credit card! Where do they get our information from??? Scary!! Glad they caught it in time!
    Thank for the chance to win some Seasonal Little Gatherings...love this fabric!!
    Big Birthday HUG!!
    Paulette

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  76. I love the Seasonal Little Gatherings fabric and by the way Happy Birthday

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  77. Happy belated birthday, Sue. I follow your blog through my reader. Since I am a fledgling blogger I can only imagine your frustration but I listen whenever people have problems so that I can learn how to undo or fix. Backing up is my lesson of the day. :-)

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  78. Happy Birthday! Hands down my favorites are the Moda Marbles collections. I love tone-on-tone fabrics!

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  79. Hello there, happy to know you are also English, I've been a long time follower of Quilt Times and would fancy Crazy Quilt Girls charm pack called Flirt, so pretty. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. Kind regards Mandy Currie (mandycurrie@googlemail.com)

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  80. I have never been to that site before, (which is suprising to me) but I simply adored the Raining cats and dogs redwork quilt pattern. It is wonderful. I will be participating in this quilt along, although I have not participated in one previously. I loved this quilt from the moment I saw it, and it is wonderful. I will be doing mine in Christmas colors, albeit, scrappy, like the one which was originally made. Thanks so much. Shelley (willsjgl@comcast.net)

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  81. It was good you hubby got to come home but you had a busy busy time. Happy birthday!!! Love reading your blog. Hope you will have a great day.. and thank for the giveaway!!!

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