Tuesday, September 29, 2009

GRANNY'S Birthday Quilt Give Away

The stack of quilts doesn't look like this anymore thanks to all of you bloggers and friends.
We still have several left though and of course Granny is still sewing quilts!!

Precious Hands

Today is the day!!
I want to honor Granny's 96th birthday by having a give away!
I have purchased one of Granny's quilts for this event. I am so excited about this give away. It truly is more rewarding to give than to receive. There are several ways you can enter this drawing. You can do all or one!

Rules for Give Away
(I treasure any comments that you leave for me & Granny.)
1. If you have purchased a quilt from Granny then you qualify for 3 entries.
(1 quilt =3 entries, 2 quilts=6 entries, etc.)
2. If you send Granny a birthday card (address below) in the mail, then you qualify for 2 entries.
3. If you would like a "Granny Fan" Button on your blog & are a follower of this blog (deadline is Oct. 23), then you qualify for 1 entry. (I have the instructions for the "Granny button" that I will email to you when requested).
4. Special note: I have had several bloggers & friends wanting to do something for Granny. Any sweet gesture or gift will put your name in also and will be greatly appreciated- (Please make sure and tell me in a comment what you have done or are doing.) Please do not feel as though you have to do this. This was just a request by several and I wanted to acknowledge it.

If you do not have a blog then please leave your email address for me to contact you. I am keeping up with all of the purchases of quilts and birthday cards that are being sent but your job is to let me know through a comment or comments what all you have done or are planning to do. (Several of you have already sent birthday cards. Please comment and tell me.) That is how you will be eligible for this give away. (Example: I have bought 2 quilts, a birthday card is on the way ( or has been sent), and I have or would like the "Granny Fan Button" for my blog.) That would make you qualify for 9 entries BUT you have to tell me in a comment. You have plenty of time to at least send a birthday card if you would like to be in this drawing. You will make Grannys birthday special and also get a chance to win one of her quilts. Granny's quilts are far from perfect but are made with love and prayer and warmth.

Granny's 96th birthday is Oct. 24, 2009.

Entries will end on Oct. 23, 2009 at midnight.
The winner will be anounced no later than Oct. 26th!!
The address for a birthday card is:
Valerie Shoates
Attn: Granny
P.O. Box 35
Dalton, Ga. 30722
(Please put your blog address or email on the card).
Also, please leave your email address in the comment if you do not have a blog. I have to have a way to contact you if you win.
I am planning on letting Granny actually pick the name for this Give Away on her birthday. I will also save all of the birthday cards to give her that day!
Granny loves cards!
Give Away Prize is a full size quilt made by Granny and chose by me. There will also be a bonus gift with your quilt.
You all have been so great to Granny and this is my way to say thank you.
You all are a blessing.
A special thank you to Mary for some beautiful fabric that she cut for Granny. She also made the "Granny Fan Button". This button takes you to the video of Granny talking but I will put a note on that post for this give away.

Please go visit Martha! She actually started this whole Granny thing by buying the first quilt! She also honored me and Granny with a special post that meant the world to me. Go to her Sept. 13 post titled Grandparents Day. Thank you Martha!

Also, thank you to my daughter Shannon for giving me this idea.
I have tried to find a poem to honor Granny but I could not think of anything better than this. It says it all.
Proverbs 31:10-31
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her,
so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

She riseth also while it is yet night,
and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it:
with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain:
but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

*This give away is open to all bloggers & Friends. Family is excluded (just to be fair- sorry!).*

Thank you all!!!
*Don't forget to check out my Moms blog!


blushing rose said...

What a sweet idea Val. Of course she will receive a birthday card ... what a gem to do this for. Hugs, Marydon

PS Have a beautiful autumn week.

Darla said...

How generous and getting Granny in on the fun without her knowing it, clever. Wish I could afford a quilt right now, maybe later...I would like a 'Granny Fan' button, card and surprise gift is on the way...Precious scripture Valerie!

beth said...

I read your blog today. thanks for taking such good care of nice to see children and grandchildren doing such a good job! i hope granny has a GREAT birthday!

Needled Mom said...

And a very happy upcoming birthday to Granny! The verses you chose to write describe her so well. This will be a wonderful giveaway to honor her.

Amelia said...

No poem could have been written that would have been better than these Bible verses to describe this saintly woman. You have my card already so I am entered in this drawing. I hope you receive many cards to honor her.

Diane said...

That is awesome! I wanted to let you know I am stopping today at the P.O. to mail the "care pkg" and my card with money! Kim and I wanted her to feel like she won the lottery!

Anonymous said...

I am thrilled to be able to pick out a special birthday card to send Granny. Thank you for setting up an address to collect cards for her special day...I'll put one on the way to her.

Kat said...

Granny has beautiful quilts! Happy Birthday to her. Nice blog, surfed on over from another blog. Have a wonderful day!

Michelle said...

Its Michelle in VA. I purchased 2 quilts and am sending Granny a birthday card and gift. I have no blog to post an 'I'm a Granny Fan' on but you know I am!

Alice Grace said...

I am excluded from winning this wonderful prize, but wanted to say how sweet this is to honor Granny. Granny was my sweet mother-in-law for 27 years, and I still consider her that and she was my Mother's best friend (your other Grandmother, Valerie). The Bible verse fits her perfectly! Thanks for giving my sweet mother-in-law this honor. Happy Birthday, Granny!

Angela said...

I have had my card all ready to send. Just been waiting til October rolled around. Thank you for sharing your grandma with us.

Anonymous said...

Hi Val, I've bought two of Granny's quilts. I'm sending her a card (very soon) and there will be a "little something" enclosed for her. I've requested the blog button instructions which you sent but I still haven't got it added to my blog. The directions were kind of long when I got them and I was short on time so I didn't try yet, but I will. This is such a special way for you to honor your sweet Granny. Connie W // you know how to reach me :D

Kim said...

Hi Val!
I am so excited about this giveaway, what a great idea for Granny and her birthday! Let's see, I bought a quilt, I am definitely sending a card for her birthday and I would love a granny button!
Thanks again,
Love and blessings,

Julie said...

Hello Valerie--what a wonderful give-away. I will send a card when I get home, I will use the Granny fan button, and I am posting. Thank you for your kindness and love. People like you and Granny make this a better world in which to live. Love, Julie

cockermom said...

I have sent Granny a card. I wish I could do more, (like buy a quilt)but that may take a little more time. I do hope we will be able to see granny's reaction to her special day, I am sure it will make all of our days special!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I am sending a birthday card to your Granny.

I miss my Grandma's one was 100, and my other Grandma was 97.

I still treasure the quilt that my Grandmother made me when I was little. She took a school drawing of mine, and turned it into a quilt. She is definitely the reason why I still sew, and why I did for so many years.

Please wish her a wonderful birthday. I am so glad that you stopped by and left me a comment. And thanks for taking the blogging with integrity pledge.


Michelle said...

Hi Val,
My card and package will be on the way soon to you for Granny. What a special birthday this will be. I hope she doesn't cry!
be blessed,

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I love Granny's hands. So creative.
I haven't been able to get Granny's button to work on my blog yet. The instructions don't seem to fit Typepad. But I'll keep working on it when I have more time.
Valerie, could Granny use some more fabric? I have too much and am planning to get rid of some. Would love to send some to this sweet, talented lady.

Grandma Ciffer said...

Stumbled across your blog. I will send Granny a card. Peace, Prayers and Blessing!

Nanci said...

Hi Valerie,

I would love to join in the birthday celebration so my card will be in the mail soon and I purchased one of her quilts and love it and will add a button as soon as I hear back from you.

God bless you for bringing all these blessings to her, I know she will love all this fuss over her!


Tootsie said...

I wish I could order a quilt from her too...she is just priceless...and she must think she is a celebrity by now...does she ever see the posts you do about her? she really is our hero!

Sherry said...

What a great idea count me in I will be sending s card this weekend. I only wish that I had one of my grandmothers quilt. I enjoy your web so much it reminds me of my grandma.Thanks for sharing

Pat said...

I have been reading back a bit and my heart is filled with joy reading about Granny. Thank you for visiting my blog because it led me to you AND your posts about your Granny. We had to help our daughter and son-in-law and family right now, so a Granny quilt isn't in the works for me, but I'll be praying for her continued health and well-being. May God continue to bless her and let her do what she loves best!

martha - ca knitter said...

The Proverbs 31:10-31 is perfect for Granny. She's going to be so happy when she receives all the beautiful cards and special surprises.
I haven't sent Granny's birthday card yet, but I believe my quilt purchase and Granny button qualify me for a few entries. :-) Giveaways are fun. Thanks Valerie for doing this, you're very kind.

grandmarockton said...

YES, I will send a card. As one GRANNY to another I will be putting button on my blog also. You've been TRULY blessed to have GRANNY!

Erzebat said...

how cool is that! Granny and I are birthday buddies! My bday is Oct 24th. I will be a proud 53! I will be sending granny a birthday card closer to her and mines birthday. both of my grannys passed when I was a teenager. I get my quilting skills from both sides of the family. Happy early Birthday from your Birthday buddy! (mauh) Liz

bekah said...

Can I just say that I love your Granny?! Geez. I got your comment on my blog (thanks, by the way) and I had to come and check out yours. What a blessing. I had no idea that I would be scrolling down to read every post since forever ago... Granny's my new hero. Please send me instructions for putting a Granny Fan button on my blog. I am praying a sweet birthday for her- hope she's showered with lots of amazingness thru this. I love it :]

Sherry said...

I've been off somewhere in Never, Never Land. My mind has been drifting.

This is a wonderful idea! My mom shares her birthday with Granny. I will be sending her a card for sure!

Okay, bought a quilt, will send card and will put button on my blog.

Thanks Val and I'm wish I could be there to see Granny's face when she sees all of the cards she receives!

I'm getting teary eyed now!

Egater said...'s so amazing. And you post is so cute!
I send her birthdaycard from Estonia.

Bonnie in Iowa said...

Your Granny reminds me so much of mine. She was a wonderful lady who loved to make quilts out of whatever fabric she had on hand, or what people gave her. I guess I got my love of quilts from her. Just wish I could share with her like you are doing. She has been gone many years, but I still miss watching her sew on her treadle machine. So, if you don't mind, I'll just adopt Granny also. Love your blog and photos. Wonderful beautiful lady. Birthday card will be on the way with a little surprise inside. Bonnie

Allie said...

How exciting! Val, I love that pic of Granny's hands....such precious hands that do the work of our Father. And Proverbs 31 is the PERFECT verse for her, I think of her when I read it.

Let's see...I sent a card, I have the button on my blog, I'm a follower, and Val, did you get the measurements of Granny's new machine? I'd like to get her cover to her by her birthday.

Sarah said...

Hi Valerie! Birthday card and some Aussie goodies are in the mail from Australia for Granny - what a great thing to do :) I hope my hands are still so productive if I am lucky enough to live to 96. Feel free to send me a Granny button.

Karen said...

I have been following your blog for several weeks now, and I must say I am in Granny's fan club too!! What a dear sweet lady. I will send a card for her birthday, from windy west Texas. I would love a granny button too. I just started my blog, so don't know how to do much yet. lol

Anonymous said...

She looks so sweet sewing away there! I will have to send her a card for sure, what a wonderful grand-daughter you are!

clare's craftroom said...

I just want to wish your Gran a happy birthday ! What an incredible woman .

PEA said...

Everytime I see Granny's sweet face, it warms my heart:-) How wonderful to have this giveaway in honour of her birthday!! I've already bought her b'day card and a little something to enclose with it...will make sure I mail it in time for her special day. I bought one of her quilts and yes, I would love to have the Granny Fan button for my blog:-) xoxo

Sherri I said...

I'm so glad that you are open for us sending Granny a birthday card. I will be sending one soon. What an honor for us and how gracious you are to share her! Thanks.

JRZ Jenn said...

oh, I just stumbled across your blog today and I wanted to say what an amazing woman you are, and how beautiful and amazing Granny is. I'm a bit strapped for cash right now, but I would love a Granny quilt to snuggle under - could you contact me for how much one would be in total and I can save up?

I'm going out tomorrow to get a Birthday Card for Granny. Could she use some fabrics?

terryandjennifer4ever @

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh my goodness...this post just melts my heart....look at those hands...that photo of your granny's hands just tells us so much. I ♥LOVE♥ that photo.

I'm a follower!! This blog is incredible.

[ps...I picked up the Granny Fan button from Pea's Corner and will post it on my blog asap!] I would LOVE to win a quilt as it reminds me of my mother AND grandmother...

Love Bears All Things said...

I have visited you before and read posts about Granny and saw photos you posted. I will send a card. I would also like to post the button. I am interested in one of Granny's red and white quilts.
We will be on vacation around the time of her Birthday in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
Honey Bear's family are from the Chattsworth area.
Mama Bear

W. Latane Barton said...

It's so difficult to believe that Granny will be 96. I've adopted her as my 'Granny' I sure hope you don't mind and will share, Valerie. My granny has been gone since 1970.

I haven't bought a quilt but I would treasure one so maybe I can be the lucky one with the giveaway. I plan on sending her a card and some 'sweets' to eat after lunch. Would love I'm a Granny Fan'. Thank you so much for introducing her to us all.

belle said...

A card will be mailed tomorrow. Thank you for the email last week and for sharing Granny. Blessings to you and your family for caring so sweetly God's child.


StitchinByTheLake said...

Hi Val, Granny is such a treat for us everytime you feature her on your blog. I have her button, I have one of her quilts (which I love by the way) and I'll be getting a card to you this week for her birthday. blessings, marlene



Kim said...

What an awesome gift for someone. I may not be able to get a card out, but I did put a post and a link on my sidebar about Granny. I still miss my Grandmother. The bible verse really fits her. I think we all strive to be the woman in Proverbs 31.

Sherrie said...

I receive such a blessing everytime I read your post about GRANNY!! What a special relationship you have and how blessed you all are!! Continue to take care of her...she is a precious jewel. I would love to be entered into the give-a-way and a card is off to her with birthday wishes! Hugs to you all! Sherrie

Anonymous said...

This is the first I have heard of Granny and I just love her already! I will get a card in the mail to here Monday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANNY!

Peg said...

Sadly being across the ocean in the UK a card from me would not arrive in time for Granny's birthday but who could not wish her well on her great day. I hope it is a wonderful day for her with many blessings and surprises. I would love to display the Granny button on my blog if you would kindly send it to me.
Happy birthday Granny may you have many more.

hugs Peg xx

Lisa said...

I read a post from Sandy (that send the fabric postcard) and came to check out your blog. I will be sending a card out to Granny ASAP. Wishing her a wonderful and blessed day!


Shelly said...

What a wonderful granny you have. I can't wait to read more updates about her and your adventures in quilting. Thanks so much for sharing Granny with the rest of us.

OsageBluffquilter said...

I mailed my card to Granny today. I so hope it gets to her on her special day!

Cheryl said...

I am so happy that I found your blog today. I know I am late but I am going to be sending out a card today. Hopefully I can still beable to purchase a quilt. This is so heart warming and touching to me. Happy Birthday Granny! Gosh this brings warm soulful tears to my eyes how special this is.
Peace and Many Blessing to You and Granny
Cheryl...Snatching JOY!~

Bellamere Cottage said...

God bless your sweet Granny. How wonderful that she's still able to make quilts. It must give her so much pleasure and purpose.

Happy, Happy Birthday Granny!


Heidi said...

I found this story through the "sewn" newsletter. As I sat and read your blog this morning I had tears in my eyes.

Granny is amazing and so very sweet. I just want to hug her. You are so very blessed to have her in your life.

I would like to send Granny some precut squares - what size does she like?