Winners of the Blogiversary Party Prizes

Wow!   What a party.  Thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate by stopping by, leaving comments and blogging about the giveaway.   I have enjoyed spending each morning with a cup of coffee and reading your comments.  Sometimes you write these things and you think somebody is going to write . . .  sorry, that is quote from one of my favorite movies – You’ve Got Mail.   Seriously,  I don’t always know why you stop by and what you are interested in hearing about.  I really don’t feel like I have that entertaining of a life, so I was glad to hear that you are all enjoying the simple things, a binding tutorial, color options, how to decorate with quilts, and even pictures of my person life with cute nieces, nephews, and scenery from Minnesota.   I was surprised how many of you remembered my posts about our remodeling adventures.  A few of you even mentioned Daisy, which made Joel’s day!  One of my favorite comments (and believe me, there are lots!) was how one of the readers had showed the blog to her daughter and now she wants a sewing machine.  Now that made my day!  I guess in general, I will keep posting about the same things, as it sounds like you are interested in learning about all things quilt related.  I had several ask about learning about machine quilting.  I will have to do a post about that at some time too.

 

Anyways, enough rambling.  On to the winners, selected by the random number generator.

 

Winner of the charm packs and patterns:

quiltmom(Anna) – www.quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com, posted at 2:38 on August 22-09

 

Winner of the Little Charmers 5 quilt:

Bev Beckman, posted at 10:21 on 8-24-09

(Seriously Bev, the number generator picked it.  I did not cheat!   Bev is a friend of mine and I just saw her last night at quilt group.)

 

Winner of the Grand Prize, the Cotton Candy Quilt:

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Amber of http://alittlebitbiased.blogspot.com/posted at 12:38 on 8-25-09

 

Send your mailing addresses to hmulder@wecnet.com and I’ll ship out your prizes right away.

 

Here are a few (okay maybe more than a few!) pictures from our trip to Montana.

 

We drove through some bad weather in South Dakota to start out our trip.   We could see we were driving into a thunderstorm, but all of a sudden the sky turned green and it started to pour.  We then heard an announcement for a tornado on the radio.  Of course we were three miles from the town where the tornado was spotted.  We heard the announcement too late and ended up on the side of the road in a white out.  The truck rocked back and forth in the wind and we got pelted with hail.  Three sides of my car got dented, but  luckily we never actually saw the tornado.  I was quite terrified and had to wrap the table runner that I was binding around my head.  I was sure the windshield would break.  Joel somehow remained fairly calm.  After the storm we saw this:

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A gorgeous, HUGE rainbow.   The whole event kind of reminded me of our last trip to Montana, where we blew a tire on Bear Tooth Highway.

 

Once in Montana, we went to Glacier National Park.

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We usually do lots of traveling without hotel reservations and always find somewhere to stay.  That turned out to be a dumb idea during high season at the park.  We almost had to sleep in a Tee Pee.

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I’m not kidding.  This was all they had left for $229 a night.  I really did not want to sleep in a Tee Pee, but the hotel clerk assured us they were nice -“With granite counter tops and everything, but no electricity.”  Seriously, who cares about granite counter tops if you don’t have electricity.   

 

We hoped to see some Glaciers in the park, but actually saw very few.  You probably can’t read the sign, but it says there used to be almost 200 glaciers in the park and now they have about 30.  Within 20 years they say they will all be gone.

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 Instead we saw beautiful vistas

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 and lots of wildflowers

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 and waterfalls.

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Joel found us a spot to have a picnic -

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My favorite place in the park was Logan Pass.   The mountains were beautiful and there were millions of wildflowers in bloom.  It reminded me of the movie the Sound of Music.   The music wasn’t as good though.  Somehow Joel singing “The hills are alive, with the sound of music” doesn’t compare with Julie Andrews.

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We took a hike up through the valley.  1 1/2 miles up to be exact.  One way.  That doesn’t sound so bad, but I’m only in shape for quilting at the moment and this picture only shows the flat part of the trail.  Later it turns to gravel and rock, all up hill.

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This was our reward at the end of the hike.

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On the way to this view, we encountered a family trying to coax a little boy to keep going.  He was sitting down on the side of the trail with his arms crossed, lip out, and a mad expression on his face.  This isn’t him – but Joel’s impersonation of him.

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We kept chuckling about it the rest of the day.

 

That’s enough for today.  I’ll be back later with pictures of the quilt shops that we stopped at. 

 

 

 

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40 Responses to Winners of the Blogiversary Party Prizes

  1. Kit says:

    Congrats to the winners!

    And gosh – your comment “Who cares about granite countertops if you don’t have electricity?” cracked me up. I feel the exact. same. way.
    :)

  2. Jocelyn says:

    Congratulations to the winners. And OH what beautiful pictures. Keep on postin’.

  3. Michaela says:

    That waterfall picture is gorgeous! I wish I was swimming in it : )

  4. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations to the very lucky winners and thank for you fantastic and generous giveaway opportunity. I’ve never been to Montana. A vacation destination for sure. Gorgeous photography of a gorgeous place. So sad about the glaciers.

  5. Deb says:

    I can’t believe you missed out on the opportunity to sleep in a tee pee. We are so jealous!!

  6. corinnea says:

    Congrats to the winners! Beautiful pictures!

  7. adrienne says:

    Congrats to the winners! Your pictures are beautiful!

  8. Tara says:

    Joel absolutely reminds me of my three year old! I can so see him pulling that! Looks like a wonderful trip and congrats to the lucky ladies!

  9. rachel says:

    congrats to the winners!!!
    your pics are stunning. :)

  10. Kris says:

    Those are AMAZING photos!! Some looks too perfect to be real! My husband wants us take a trip there in our motorhome next summer. I am going to show him these pictures, and he may not want to even wait!!! Wow!

  11. Sara says:

    I have never been to Montana – but, I certainly felt like I was there with your photos. I spent my vacation this year at another National Park – Acadia (in Maine) and isn’t it wonderful to see such beauty!

    I am going to have to remember your “I’m only in shape for quilting” next time someone wants me to hike somewhere! Love that line! And, darn, it is true.

    Congratulations to your winners!

  12. Marisa says:

    Beautiful pictures! Makes me wonder why I live in Ohio :)

  13. Dena says:

    Congratulations to the winners. Those were some great prizes.

    Thank you for sharing your trip. Your photographs are very striking, especially the rainbow.

  14. Carrie says:

    Your trip looks wonderful, I am ready to take the trip. Congrats to your lucky winners.
    Look forward to the quilt shops from your trip too.

  15. Julia says:

    Congratulations to the winners! Wish I had been one…LOL!
    I love the picture of your husband impersonating the little boy! Totally cracked me up! I can just imagine him looking up and sticking out his tongue!! That’s what MY three year old would do!
    Great pics. Glad you had a good time!!

  16. V says:

    WOW! congrats you lucky ducks!

    heather your trip photos are amazing!!!
    no pouting Joel. ;-)

    I love it when kids do that, it is pretty funny.(even when grown ups do it!)

  17. Congratulations to all the winners, you lucky sods!!!
    Fantastic pictures of your trip – being that close to a tornedo would definitely have me wrapping something around my head, too! Joel does a very good imitation of the little boy, has he been practising? So sad that all the glaciers are melting away, but the views you saw were incredible. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Tracy says:

    Congrats to the winners and now I REALLY want to go to Glacier. Love Yellowstone so I know I’ll love Glacier.
    Great pictures!

  19. anna says:

    HI Heather,
    The photos of Montana are stunning- it reminds me of the Canadian Rockies which are about a 4 hour drive from my home. I love the clear lakes and beautiful waterfalls. Aren’t the mountains beautiful with the snowy peaks?
    There is a place called Johnson’s Canyon that has a gorgeous waterfall that you can walk up to. It is on the Banff Jasper highway in Alberta. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photographs of the mountains. It looks like a fantastic trip in spite of the rainstorm( which would have been scary). The rainbow was very beautiful afterwards.

    Thank you so much for choosing my name for the charm packs and patterns. I have sent you a separate email as requested. I am one fortunate lady these days. Congratulations to your other winners – It was a lovely blog giveaway.
    Warmest regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

  20. Janice says:

    Congratulations to the winners, i think most of us lead normal (boring) lives with just bits that is fun or exciting i know most of the time i don’t believe i do anything anyone really wants to know about but i put bits & pieces on my blog in the hope that someone finds it interesting.
    I love the photos & how can anyone not think that such beauty is not interesting i love to see it in person well one day i may get over there to see some of the wonderful places but need to win some serious money first lol
    Hugs Janice

  21. Karen says:

    Absolutely stunning pictures of your trip. Mother nature is truly amazing. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more.

    Karen

  22. SewLindaAnn says:

    Congrats to all the winners!! Your pictures are amazing. I am now in the mood to work on a landscape quilt with lots of wonderful threads and maybe some paint stick work!!

  23. bevb says:

    Wow! What a day brightener to learn of being a winner. Thank you Heather.
    I consider knowing you–seeing your creations in their early stages–such a privilege.
    One of your biggest fans–really!
    Bev

  24. Christine says:

    Great rainbow, congrats to the winners, and gosh – it looks like you scanned postcards for those pics, they’re amazing!

    Cheers,
    Christine

  25. Christine Thomas says:

    That rainbow was fantastic. And all the other pics are soooo pretty. I’m wondering if you’re rethinking driving to Montana again. A blown tire and the tornado? I don’t know if I’d want to find out what a 3rd trip would bring.

    The winners are indeed blessed…you are a generous and kind give-awayer.

  26. Darlene B says:

    What beautiful pics! I know very little about Montana – but those pictures make me want to jump on a plane and get there NOW!

  27. Congratulations to the lucky winners! Your photos bring back memories of our trip there five years ago!

  28. Viv says:

    Wow, what a beautiful place to visit !!

  29. A Betty says:

    Congrats to the winners. YEAHHH BEV!!! The pictures are great.

  30. andi says:

    what an appropriate pic of joey

  31. Dawn says:

    Your pictures are beautiful! Congrats to the lucky winners.

  32. Dawn says:

    Wonderful Pictures of an amazing place… Congrats to all the very lucky winners….

  33. Rafael's mum says:

    Thank you so much for posting the photos! Most likely (being in the UK) I will never get the to see the real thing but your wonderful photos feel like as if I have been there! One of the things I really love to see in a blog (and am trying to do myself).

    Isn’t it wonderful to see what it is like in other places? And your photos are absolutely beautiful!!

    Like the quilt content too of course but this is stunning! Thank you for sharing.

  34. Angie/sweetbabies00 says:

    Pictures are great. I love Joel’s picture acting like the little boy!!!

  35. Carol says:

    I’m one of the “Carol”s who took you class in Belgrade, Mt. Today I finished quilting Baby Bloomer and really like it. I havn’t decided if my sizzlin’ sixties project is done or if I want to add more….. I enjoyed your Glacier Park pictures, too. It’s been some time since we have visited there, Yellowstone is close so we tend to go there the most. Looking forward to your Montana and South Dakota shop hop pictures!

  36. ^A^ngel says:

    Congratulations to all the winners!! And thank you again Heather for the wonderful opportunity…

    Your pictures are gorgeous and Joel’s impersonation got two thumbs up from me!! LOL

    Have a wonderful week and God bless,

    ^A^ngel…

  37. Judy S says:

    Congratulations to all the winners!!
    Fabulous pictures!!

  38. crystal knight says:

    Just happened to click on your blog. My husband & I went to Glacier National Park 10 years ago. Love the photos. Many fond memories of all the sites. Thanks for sharing. Your pictures are amazing.

  39. Tina C. says:

    Your pictures are gorgeous. I am fortunate to live about 3 hours from Glacier Park. It’s my favorite place in the whole world! I love how green it is, the beautiful mountains, big sky and that fresh smell. My husband has done quite a few hikes in Glacier park, one was 15 miles. You’ll notice I didn’t say I did that hike with him!

  40. TerryG says:

    Beautiful vacation photos! I could look at them all day! (Hey, they’d make a nice calendar.)

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