Sunday, September 20, 2009

YOU MAKE ME SMILE

Yes, you make me smile! I can't tell you how many times I sit here all alone at my computer and read your comments and laugh out loud. Or I read your blogs with a big grin on my face! When my husband and I moved to Virginia nine years ago I didn't know anyone. I was barely literate on the computer. We had never had the Internet before, and so I began looking around for quilt stuff. I managed to find some quilt blogs that were great fun, and so I began winding my way into Blogland. To my great joy, I found a whole new way to interact with quilters. I found a format for sharing my projects, and I found inspiration through other quilt bloggers. I found quilt bloggers to be open and unafraid, generous with their comments, and helpful to me as I struggled to learn new computer skills. In short, I found new friends! Most of you I will probably never meet face to face, but I do enjoy dropping in for the occasional visit. There are so many bloggers out there now that I don't know everyone, and can't always keep everyone straight. I recently found myself making a comment on a blog and as I scanned thru the other comments I found that I had already been there and done that. Haha! That made me smile too!
So my friends, as this year has literally flown by, I once again offer up my little token of friendship in the form of a free Christmas pattern. It is a simple little design that I hope you will find attractive and maybe you will have a chance to make it this year. In light of all that is going on in our family, I put forth my best effort to get this out early this year. You can find the link to the free pattern by going to my website at PatchalotPatterns.com. Free patterns from years past are there as well. Feel free to share this picture and the link to my website and blog.
If you are in this area you might join me at What's Your Stitch 'N Stuff where I am doing this as a class on November 3rd.

Best Wishes and Happy Stitches!

21 comments:

Karen said...

And I thank you for the pattern! I am glad that you found blogland and that I found blogland and that we found each other.

Terry said...

Thank you for the lovely free Christmas pattern! I'm going to really try to make up one of these before Christmas! :0)

*karendianne. said...

A heartfelt, inspired post. So warm and filled with connection. You attract a lot of goodness in your life. It's a real blessing to be a part of that circle. I just hope I don't "embarrass the family" as I describe it.

The pattern is a bonus gift. I dig it. Now you're the temptress!!!

Libby said...

I surely count you among my friends - and maybe now that I'm in the east, there will be the chance to meet . . . . if I can ever make my way through these boxes and find the front door *s*
Thank you for another wonderful pattern. I will definitely be setting aside time to make up one (or more for gifts)

Quilt Hollow said...

I couldn't have said your post better myself....I feel the same way....and I too moved here with no family or friends just over three years ago so know EXACTLY!!
Thank you for another fantastic pattern as your gift to us. Much appreciated!!

Peggy said...

Thank you for the lovely pattern. It is so generous of you. I visited your website and loved the small patterns that are all sold out. Will you ever be having more of them? You have a great lovely blog.

sewprimitive karen said...

Hi, Marcie, it sounds like you are in the Christmas spirit already this year. It will be fun to see people's versions of your Christmas Punch pattern.

Gretchen said...

A fabulous pattern!! Thank you so much for your generosity!!! I bet I have some perfect fabrics in my stash. I don't know if I'll get it done by Christmas but I think this is going on my to do list:)

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh Marcie! I love it! I may have to find time to do this little beauty! I certainly can find some fabric in the stash for this!

julieQ said...

Gorgeous pattern this year, I will make it as in years past, and enjoy it so much. YOU make all of us Smile!!

Janet said...

Lovely pattern Marcie, you are so generous to offer this. Most of us may never meet but we are still real people and we come back to those blogs that we enjoy and connect with the language of quilts.

Julie-Ann said...

Marcie - I just started quilting a year ago, but had been blogging for over a year before. Recently I took a survey about how long I would live. One of the questions was "How many new friends have you made in the past year." At first I thought "none." Duh! Then I starting thinking about all of the wonderful quilting ladies I have met at the various shops and classes I went to. And, then I thought about all of my blogging ladies! Ah - the survey didn't have a "check off" for as many friends as I have made this past year. I am happy to include you!

The patter is wonderful. Thank you so much!

Screen Door said...

Such Talent!!! I'm hoping to do this THIS year.... Thansk for sharing...

Carin said...

Marcie, I am glad you found your way into blogland too! What a beautiful pattern. Thank you!

corry said...

Thank you for the Christmas pattern Marcie!

Karen said...

What a cute pattern Marcie. You are ever so thoughtful. Sharing and caring. Giving to others "just because" is always a good feeling. :0)

Anonymous said...

Dear Marcie, Thank you so much for this precious Christmas quilt pattern. I hope to start cutting fabric tonight!!!! kelley secrest

Candace said...

How nice, Marcie! I have also found a whole new world of quilting in blogland, and on the eve of my first year blogiversary - I couldn't be happier to have you as a treasued part of my blogroll! Thanks so much for the great pattern, too!
Cheers!

Millie said...

Marcie, Mary at Quilthollow sent me over to your blog and I am so happy she did. Thanks for a great pattern. I started my blog in the beginning of this year and the quilters in blogland are wonderful. As a South African living in the US...the blogging ladies are my best friends!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Marcie, I feel the very same way. I've only been blogging less then a year, but I've been so amazed at the warm reception of other quilters and crafters. There are so many talented and creative folks out there and they are so generous and kind. We do not have many quilters in our area that enjoy the kinds of quilting that I love. So I say Thank you for sharing.

Shakerwood Primitives said...

What a wonderful quilt you have offered! Christmasy without being too Christmasy.....does that make sense.

I have lived in the same place for 24 years but just love blogland because it gives me a chance to visit and chat with people all over the world. I would never get to visit with so many wonderful people without Blogland!