Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Welcome back to Quilting on a Budget!

Welcome back to the newly redesigned Quilting on a Budget blog. The blog has a new look compliments of Acornglue.com. (See below to find out how you can win a BLOG MAKEOVER from Acornglue.com!) But we also have a new mission – to bring quilters more ways of making what can be an expensive hobby more affordable, especially in light of today’s increasingly difficult economic times.

What’s in the future?

More free pattern links – For an example, see the column to the left, where you’ll find a new and more complete list of free patterns available from the fabric manufacturers.

Return of the “Steals and Deals” Feature – How can you find the best deals on fabric, books and notions? You could subscribe to more than 500 quilt shop email newsletters like we do, or you can simply come back to the QOB blog and check the Steals and Deals postings. We keep track of clearance bins, monitor email sales announcements, and subscribe to web sites to find the best fabric sales for you!

Interviews with Frugal Quilters – During tough economic times, some quilters return to the old ways of true scrap quilting, using fabric from many resources or simply trying to use up the stash they currently have. We’ll be on the lookout for these quilters and find their best tips to share with you.

More Quilt Room Organizing – Challenges, tips, techniques, and items on sale around the ‘Net – all to help you keep your quilt room/ sewing area neat and organized!

Book Reviews – Quilt books are one of the least expensive ways to learn new techniques, try new patterns, and add to your quilting repertoire. We’ll be reviewing new “hot off the presses” quilt books for you so you can not only stay up with the current trends, but not waste your quilting budget funds as well!

Our First Giveaway!

Giveaway Sponsor: Acornglue.com acorngluecom

What better way to celebrate the new design of the Quilting on a Budget blog than by offering you a new design for your blog! Acornglue.com has generously offered to give one QOB blog reader a choice of their own beautiful blog template.

Rules of the Giveaway:

1. Visit Acornglue.com and view the large variety of blog templates. Return here and leave a comment and tell which template is your favorite. Make sure your email address is in your comment. Everyone must do this step to be eligible to win.

2. Become a follower or subscriber of this blog, and leave a separate comment telling me you’ve done so.

3. Grab the QOB blog button and post it on your blog, and leave a separate comment telling me you’ve done so – be sure your blog address is included in your profile or in your comment.

You have until 12 Noon (EST) of Saturday, March 28, 2009 to leave a comment for entry into this giveaway. The winner will be announced on Sunday, March 29, and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 72 hours to verify receipt of the email.

The Winner may choose one $10 - $15US .xml blog template from acornglue.com. The giveaway does not include any template modifications (except modifying the header image to reflect your blog title/description) and all other details as per the FAQs: http://www.acornglue.com/2007/12/faqs.html. The template is compatible with Blogger/Blogspot blogs only!

And that’s not all!

THERE ARE MORE GIVEAWAYS COMING! Prizes? Oh, I’m not telling yet… but they do include fabric, hot off the presses quilting books, tools for a quilting technique you may never have tried before… and more!

28 comments:

Tina said...

This is absolutely wonder, gorgeous, etc! I love the new look. Very good job Joan and Acornglue! I haven't looked at everything yet...but I will. And I will be making sure I enter the contest too!

Clare said...

If, just if, you happen to pick me, which I very much doubt, then I love the Aurora one.

I'm a loyal follower and I've put the badge on my blog.

SandyQuilts said...

Love the new look. The aqua print is alittle hard to read for my very old eyes though.

OK I love the Poppies layout. Poppies are such a happy flower.

SandyQuilts said...

Well shoot I never follower or subscribe to any blog. I use google.com/reader to track my favorite blogs.

Have a happy day.

Tina said...

I have viewed the Acornglue website, and I really like the BE MY FRIEND design. I think that will work with what I would like my blog to look like. tlbtap @ juno (dot) com

Tina said...

Joan - I have officially signed up as a follower!

Tina said...

I have moved the new QOB blog button to my site!

Wendy said...

There are so many I like but I really like the Windy City one!!! Wish it was not sold. LOL

Wendy said...

I became a follower.

Dionne said...

My favorite template is Coffee Break!

Dionne said...

I am a follower.

Dionne said...

QOB button is on my site.
SewManyQuilts.blogspot.com

Kaye said...

You are so very clever, it is hard to pick a favorite, but I especially like the Watermelons. I would have liked the Angel on the swing but its sold. My Mom, who was a quilter is in Heaven, she is NanaT, I am following in her footsteps, I am Nana B. I like the angel swinging because it reminds me of Her, swinging away, not a care in the world. Keep up the Good work. I signed as a follower and will try to put the blog button on my site. e mail is kbartolotti@yahoo.com

Stasha said...

Do you really want 3 separate comments?

1. Love the Aurora.

2. Am publicly fo
llowing on Blogger - you should receive a blogger notice.

3. Blogged about this on my Shondratasha blog and posted the badge at my Celebrating40 blog.

Donna said...

I love the Hearty Blog Template...

I am sure any would be great to use...

I am a QOB follower...

I am firesidequilter@yahoo.com

Donna said...

I have the blogspot for QOB on my blog...

firesidequilter.blogspot.com

THANK YOU!!!

Tricia said...

Your blog is so appropriate and easy to read! Love your QOB ideas. Keep 'em coming.

I am a member of yahoo group QOB (and so appreciate all the great info.)

... and I visited AcornGlue and like the "Roses from Bret" template.

Tricia
quiltwithme@cox.net

imagrandma2five said...

I love the Flower Dream blog template on Acornglue. I have been a follower of your blog for several weeks now and am a member of the yahoo group. My email address is mawmaw2five@gmail.com
And I put your button on my blog
http://grandmachicken.blogspot.com/
Love the new look!!
Karen in Indiana

Jackie Davis said...

I like "Dinner Time" very retro and feminine! Love it!!!!

*HUGS*
Jackie(at)jackiesue(dot)com

Jackie Davis said...

Pssst! Watch out, i'm following you!!!! heeheee

*HUGS*
Jackie(at)jackiesue(dot)com

MJ said...

I really like the template. What a great idea to have a place to go that gives you what you want for your blog,
MJ Saylor
allwrappedup4u@blogspot.com

MJ said...

I added your blog to my blog, love your site.
MJ
gr7fun@gmail.com
allwrappedup4u@blogspot.com

Jackie said...

I have been thinking about setting up a blog but really didn't know how. Then I'd look at all the really cool blogs and wondered HOW THE HECK they did all that!!
Ahh, now I've learned some and will go back to your site to read more about setting one up. Looks like fun!! AND a challenge!!

Thanks.
Jackie in San Antonio
quilterintexas@gmail.com

Elizabeth said...

Awww, I LOVE the new look, it's so pretty!!! And Acorn Glue has so very many templates to choose from, wow. I think my favorite is Fate or Luck - so pretty.

:)

Elizabeth said...

I'm a follower, too!

Elizabeth said...

I also posted your button on my blog, Type A Mommy - http://typeamommyblog.blogspot.com

:)

PS - I totally need a new look on my blog, so I'm crossing my fingers on this one!!!!

Bella said...

I love The Moon design....and this one is great.

Bella said...

I added you to my Google Reader.