One Year Blogiversary and a Giveaway

February 11, 2017, I wrote a short post as our very first message.  This blog was started as a diversion for Sue, to keep her busy in her retirement.  Fast forward one year, and Sue isn’t retired and she has only written one post.  Happy blogiversary, Home Sewn By Us.  I can’t help but share some of our stats for the year:

  • Number of Posts = 323 (see, I am a blah blah!)
  • Number of Followers = 86 on WordPress and 22 on Bloglovin’ (we thank each of you!)
  • Largest Number of Views in one day = 710 views on June 23, 2017 – wowee!
  • All Time Views = 50,953
  • Number of Comments = 2,614

Someone from 78 countries has visited our blog (amazing!):  United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand, France, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Czech Republic, Sweden, Russia, Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, European Union, Finland, Turkey, Mexico, Japan, Poland, Italy, Greece, Austria, Belgium, China, Brazil, Ireland, South Africa, Israel, India, Oman, Singapore, South Korea, Belarus, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Philippines, Malaysia, Uruguay, Ukraine, Portugal, Estonia, Mauritius, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile, Romania, Costa Rica, Peru, Colombia, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Iceland, Malta, Zimbabwe, Aruba, Isle of Man, Fiji, Qatar, Ecuador, Palestinian Territories, Kenya, Taiwan, Panama, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Jamaica, and Algeria.

Blogiversary Fun:

Enough of the stats – I could go on and on.  I find that kind of stuff fascinating.  Now for the good stuff!  Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts has designed the cutest pattern that has struck my fancy for months.  Giraffes In a Row is its name.  I love everything about it – the bright colors, the friendly faces, the dark gray background:

Giraffes In A Row

Their cute little faces have always spoke to me, whispering that we need to make a quilt from this pattern.  We decided that not only did we need this pattern, but that we also needed to share it with someone else.  We reached out to Lorna to ask her how we could go about this for an unknown person, to-be-determined after our blogiversary raffle.  Lorna graciously has agreed to help us send our winner a pattern of their choice!

Blogiversary Giveaway:

How do you win a pattern as cute as Giraffes In a Row?  Visit the link below for your entries:  one for leaving a comment below, and one for following us.  If you already do follow us, be sure to click the entry to get credit.  The raffle opens/closes at 12:00am CST on Sunday, February 11 through Saturday, February 17th.

Click here:  ***Sew Fresh Quilts PDF pattern giveaway***


Good luck to each of you!  Thank you so much to Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts and to each of you for making our first year a very special one.  We are so blessed. ~smile~

Blogiversary Survey:

Here’s a quick 5 question survey that you are welcome to take about our blog.  We are interested in your feedback if you are willing to share it.  Thank you!

Home Sewn By Us Survey


Our other Linky Parties can be found by clicking the link for more quilting fun – check out what our friends are up to.  Like/follow us on our Facebook page and you can share your photos of what you’re working on.  We would love to see them!


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88 Responses

  1. Happy Blogiversary, Roseanne! Here’s to many more years of quilting fun!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Lorna,
      Thank you again! It has been a fun year and now we’re on to the second. There are so many fabulous friends in the quilting arena. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Paula says:

    The giraffe pattern is so cute, I’d love that one. Congratulations on the blogiversary and thanks for the giveaway!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Paula,
      I agree with you about the giraffes, and they seem to be the favorite in my informal poll too. Thank you for visiting and commenting. I hope you come again, and good luck in the raffle! ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Joy says:

    Congratulations on a year!

  4. tubakk says:

    So fun about stats. I love Lorna’s patterns, all of them. I’m following her. And now you also have an extra follower.

    • Roseanne says:

      Good Morning,
      Thank you so much! I agree – Lorna does have a lot of really nice patterns. I wish you good luck in the raffle, and appreciate that you are following us. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Dawn Tornes says:

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary! Impressive stats! I never looked at my stats…wonder what they would look like 😉

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Dawn,
      Fortunately or unfortunately, Word Press puts your stats right in your face. I look at them almost every day . . . just for fun. HAHA! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting, and I do hope you come again. ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. lapaylor says:

    congrats! As you know I follow you through I Like posts at least!! I love your writing style and unique way of looking at the world. The giraffe pattern is so stinkin cute I want to make it and I don’t even have a working machine available at the moment!! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi LeeAnna,
      You are sweet – I didn’t think I have a writing style. It’s closely resembles how I speak because I rarely get a chance to write at all any more. I used to have pen pals . . . dating myself! I wish you the best of luck in the drawing. The giraffes seem to be the big vote getter in my informal, mental poll. ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Cecilia Young says:

    Congratulations on your blogaversary! I love the Horse Unicorn pattern!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Cecilia,
      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting! We appreciate it very much and hope you visit again. Good luck in the raffle. ~smile~ Roseanne

  8. P.S. my favorite of her patterns is the Blackbirds quilt! Would really like to make that one someday!

  9. Congratulations on your blogiversary, Roseanne and Sue! I agree, blogging is a great diversion, whether you are retired or not! I found you through LeeAnna’s I Like Thursday. Thanks for letting us join in the fun with the nice giveaway!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Diann,
      Thank you so much! The Thursday bunch is a great crew of peeps. I always find something to be thankful for or to like that I overlooked. The whole idea behind it is just in my wheelhouse – I love looking for the gold or silver lining in everything. Good luck with the giveaway – you are the first asking for the Blackbirds quilt. ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. Nicole Sender says:

    Congrats on your Blogiversary! I love giraffes and this giraffe pattern is so cute! I’d love to win it!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Nicole,
      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. I agree about the giraffes and it seems to be the informal vote winner! Good luck in the drawing. ~smile~ Roseanne

  11. Happy Blogaversity! Your blog is so polished it seems like you have you have been blogging for years.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Kate,
      Well, aren’t you the sweetest! Nah, it’s not – I need a Word Press class sometime to show me all the ins and outs. But it sure has been a fun year! ~smile~ Roseanne

  12. Congratulations on your one year anniversary!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Carole,
      Thank you so much! It has been a fun year, ‘meeting’ lots of new blogger and non-blogger friends. ~smile~ Roseanne

  13. Roseanne, CONGRATULATIONS on the blog anniversary! Good thing you picked up the ball and kept it rolling! Here’s to another successful year! 🙂

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Cindy,
      I am having a ball with this blog, I have to say. I can hardly wait for the New Bloggers blog hop to start. All the things I’ll learn, all the people I’ll meet. It will be great! I am so glad I ‘met’ you and can count you amongst my friends. ~smile~ Roseanne

  14. Mary D says:

    Happy blogiversary to you. Hopefully you will consider joining the new bloggers blog hop that will take place shortly. Lorna has so many great patterns is will be hard to choose just one.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Mary,
      I did sign up for the New Blogger blog hop! I am SO looking forward to learning more and getting helpful critiques. Thank you for visiting and commenting, and good luck to you! ~smile~ Roseanne

  15. Susan says:

    Happy Blogiversary!! Love the list of all the stats, especially the country list – wow! Keep up the good work!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Susan,
      I don’t know how some of those folks found their way to this blog, but I’m glad they did. Thanks for the good wishes. ~smile~ Roseanne

  16. cheriec12 says:

    I’m so happy for you and your blog. I love that giraffe pattern.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi again,
      It won’t be long and you’ll be there too! I wish you good luck in the drawing, and one more vote for the giraffe. I think they are adorable. ~smile~ Roseanne

  17. Syeda Nizami says:

    omg lovely <3
    perfect gift for v-day… thank you for the chance

  18. Susan says:

    PS, hard to choose just one, as I liked several, but I might have to go with the giraffes, too … unless the love birds won out, or the cars. =)

  19. Wow – great numbers for your first year! Congrats.

  20. Susan says:

    Congratulations on one year! That’s a significant number of posts, too. You’ve done well, and I like reading your blah, blah, blah. =) Here’s to another year and another 300+ posts!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Susan,
      At first I really felt like I was talking to myself but now I get a few comments. It has been a fabulous year with all the people I’ve ‘met’. ~smile~ Roseanne

  21. Christi says:

    Congratulations quite an accomplishment. I love the giraffes. So cute.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Christi,
      Another vote for the giraffes – I’m doing an informal count in my head and I think that is the most popular pattern. Good luck! ~smile~ Roseanne

  22. nancyangerer says:

    I love the patterns that she designs, and have a few already. I would love to also have the giraffes. Our oldest grandchild is getting married in the fall, so I am starting to think baby quilts:)

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Nancy,
      How wonderful and fun! Our niece just had her first baby this past year – almost 6 months ago now, and it is just the best. So many things to sew for him! Oh the possibilities. Good luck on the raffle and thank you so much for visiting and commenting. ~smile~ Roseanne

  23. You have a lot of quilt blog posts for one year!!! Congrats and keep on smiling!!!

  24. Liz Horgan says:

    Congratulations on a year!!
    I love all of Lorna’s patterns and have made elephants on parade and some of the Christmas blocks!
    Ducks in a Row is close to my heart–reminds me of my own family!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Liz,
      Oh, I agree – those Ducks in a Row are SO darn cute! Close to my heart because who doesn’t like those duckies?! Best of luck! ~smile~ Roseanne

  25. annalutzbrown says:

    Omg there all cool but yess the giraffe in a row looks like it would be fun…

  26. Kathy h says:

    I would choose giraffes in a row. When I first saw it, I knew I needed to make it.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Kathy,
      That’s exactly how I felt when I first saw those giraffes. They’ve been whispering in my ear ever since. I wish you good luck in the raffle. ~smile~ Roseanne

  27. Maureen says:

    I would choose giraffes in a row. Thanks for the drawing and congrats on your first year.

  28. Tu-Na Quilts says:

    I’ve always loved Lorna’s raccoon pattern AND THEN she created the giraffes! I do like her creativity. Happy anniversary! My goodness time flies when you’re having fun.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Karen,
      Time does fly by quickly, and thank you for your good wishes. Good luck in the giveaway! ~smile~ Roseanne

  29. Mary C says:

    This giraffe pattern is so cute!! Congratulations on your blogiversary!

  30. farmquilter says:

    I love her Forest Friends, but the Giraffes are a close second! I have made her Elephant Parade and loved it! Congratulations on the anniversary and thank you for the give away!!

    • Roseanne says:

      Good Afternoon!
      Forest Friends gets your vote – it would be interesting to see which of Lorna’s patterns is the favorite. Good luck and thank you for visiting, commenting and entering the giveaway. ~smile~ Roseanne

  31. Audrey says:

    I have only followed your blog for a few months and would never have imagined that it was so young. Thank you for all you have shared with us and may you enjoy many more years of blogging. I know I will continue to enjoy reading your posts. Lorna has some awesome patterns. Every post seems to be just one more that I want to add to my “to do” list. It has been a hard choice but I think I would choose “Kissy Fishy” as my pattern choice should my name be drawn.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Audrey!
      Thank you for following us and commenting. We appreciate it very much. Kissy Fishy – what a cute name. I’m going to have to go look at that one. Good luck! ~smile~ Roseanne

  32. Kathy E. says:

    You (two) have had a busy, successful year of blogging! Those are amazing stats! Congratulations. I am one of the lucky Bloglovin’ followers that found you. I’d love to make the Teddy Bear pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts. Hats off to many more great years of blogging and sewing! duchick at mchsi dot com

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Kathy,
      We both thank you for following us! Sue may not write much (can once be called much?!!) but she hears all about our followers and comments. The Teddy Bear pattern it is – good luck! ~smile~ Roseanne

  33. Theresa Taylor says:

    Congratulations and happy anniversary . I love all her patterns could not choose just one.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Theresa,
      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. If you win you are going to have to narrow the choices down to just one! Good luck! ~smile~ Roseanne

  34. You two(?, LOL) have done so well with your blog in one short year…doesn’t time move faster when you are blogging! I think I had about 100 pageviews my first year so you are doing something very right (and smart!). Very cute giveaway but I don’t need to be entered; I enjoy reading your blog and seeing what you are up to. Also keep showing food…see where my interest lies…sadly… smile

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Jocelyn,
      Thank you for your sweet comments! Yes, the two part is a question, isn’t it?! This year has flown by and I met so many great friends. It’s such a friendly, welcoming community. ~smile~ Roseanne

  35. Carol S. says:

    Happy Blogiversary! The stats were so interesting…amazing to see where all your visits come from. I love, love, love Lorna’s patterns and have made a few.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Carol,
      I love looking at stats – not that I know what to do with them or anything. Maybe I’ll learn something in the New Blogger blog hop. Hopefully Lorna has a pattern that you haven’t tried if you win! ~smile~ Roseanne

  36. Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    I follow your blog & get your newsletter.

  37. Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    i enjoy your blog and congrats on your anniversary. It is a hard pattern choice but I lean towards the “Dog Gone Cute” pattern.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Rosalind,
      I agree – it is a hard choice. I love that pattern as well. I think I need to make one of those for our sweet boy. ~smile~ Roseanne

  38. Shannon Fleming says:

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! I like the Little Blooms pattern, but I think I would still choose the giraffes. I follow your blog on Feedly…..don’t leave me out of your count!

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Shannon!
      I won’t leave you out of the count. I didn’t know about Feedly . . . or how we got on there. ~smile~ Roseanne

  39. Vicki in MN says:

    Lorna has so many great patterns, but since I LOVE giraffes, this one would definitely be my choice!!! Oh I hope I win, hehe.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Vicki,
      I hope you win, too! I just love those giraffes, but I have to say it’s a tie between those and elephants for my favorite animal. ~smile~ Roseanne

  40. Happy Blogiversary! What a fun giveaway! I’ve thought about getting that pattern from Lorna. I did get her little fox, but haven’t made it yet. I’d love to win.

    • Roseanne says:

      Hi Wendy,
      Thank you and I hope you do win! I haven’t started on the cute little giraffes yet – I’m hoping it will be needed for the second great-baby . . . ~smile~ Roseanne

  41. Congratulations on your anniversary! I should probably choose one of Lorna’s quilted squirrels quilts – make it and hang it as a reminder not to go chasing too many….. 🙂 but if I was only buying one of Lorna’s patterns, today it would be elephant parade. xx

  42. Kathryn says:

    Congrats on the anniversary and my word those stats are so impressive. Awesome.

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