We have a winner ... or 7!

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Thank you everyone for playing along with our 1 year blog anniversary and coming everyday to celebrate with us. Everyone left thoughtful and sweet comments. It was fabulous to read them and enjoy the participation of both old and new readers. I know you hear people say "I wish everyone could win" but really - I do! I guess that is why we did a week of prizes so more people could would win. We had over 300 people participate. There is so much bad news this Christmas that I thought this would be a fun way to do something positive.
First I have to tell you that my daughter Shelbie and I worked on this giveaway in a completely mathematical process. We made a spread sheet and put each commenter's name on the spread sheet and kept track of each day's comments. Extra points were given to those that came to the blog everyday and those that posted about the giveaway on their blog. We assigned each person a number(s) from 1-1615. So for instance, if you posted 5 days you got 5 numbers assigned to your name. It worked out perfectly - better than cutting up over a thousand comments and then making extra bits of papers with names for the extra points and pull out 7 winners out of a jar.

We downloaded the random number generator and with the spreadsheet up on my computer and we let the number generator pick 7 winners. I know this may sound corny but I had butterflies when we ran the number generator. I was so excited to see who would win. But also sad knowing there would be 295 people that wouldn't be picked!

Remember the first person gets their first pick of prizes and so on down to #6 and poor #7 gets what is left over - sorry. Below are the winners with one of their comments and timestamps next to them.

1. Belinda - Brown Dirt Cottage
belinda said...

well nanette....it's been a 'wild' ride this week, but as the saying goes 'all good things must come to an end'.....i've gotten kind of used to this morning ritual of doing 'the fredas hive thang'......but, i felt right at home....i meander through your sewing room every morning anyway...so, this week just had a little more 'sparkle' than usual......love all the 'goodies' and have enjoyed everything you have shared with us......i'm just glad you're THE ONE who gets to sweep up after all this partying!!

December 13, 2008 9:21 AM

(leave it to Belinda to speak the truth about clean-up!)

2. Linda - All Stitched Up
Linda said...

It sure has been a fun week Nanette, thank you for all the fun you've provided. I know it must have used so much of your sewing time.....

December 13, 2008 9:19 AM


3. Hetty - Hetty's Creations
hetty said...

Congratulations on your first blog anniversary! Just found your blog a couple of days ago, but I love it! Now to get myself a copy of that Fons and Porter magazine. I'll be posting your give-away on my blog. See you tomorrow.

December 7, 2008 6:54 PM


4. Cheryl - Polka Dots and Rick Rack
Cheryl said...

Happy bloggiversary to one of my favorite blogs!!!! Great ideas for gift giving in your giveaways!

December 9, 2008 3:58 PM


5. Amanda - Busy Little Quilter
Amanda said...

How adorable are those! Thanks for sharing the link!

I blogged about your party today on my blog. I'll e-mail you just so you'll know.

Thanks, Nanette!

December 8, 2008 7:47 AM


6. Kristin - We had 2 Kristins but it was No blog Kristin/no email that won (Kristin send me your email!)
Kristin said...

Wow a 40 pack of japanese fabric charms and a book to boot. Holy cow! Every day this week has been a amazing prize. Thank you for all of the fun!!

December 12, 2008 9:29 AM


7. Doris - Threads of Conversation
Doris said...

Very cute dishtowels! Happy Day #3!!!

December 9, 2008 12:12 PM


Thanks again everyone. Christmas 10 days away and if you are like me you'll be sewing up until Santa time.

-nanette
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50 comments

Sherri said...

Congratulations to all the winners!!! It sure has been a fun celebration!

Simone de Klerk said...

Happy for you it came to such a wonderful end!!! Thank you for all the fun and happy happy holidays to you and your family!

Julia said...

ah, sad me...Congrats ladies!
Thank you for the fun giveaway game!!! yay!

Stephanie said...

Yippee for the winners!!! Terrific to see winners I know. :o) If I ever have a giveaway with that many comments and need to do a spread sheet and random number generator I'll know who to call.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Yeah!! to all the winners, you are some lucky gals, Nanette, I still will be back every day to bug you, thank you for a fun week and what a great idea with the spread sheet. Happy holidays xoxo

em's scrapbag said...

Thanks for such a fun week! Congrats to all the winners!

Susan said...

Congratulations to all seven winners! You throw a really swell party Nanette, thanks again.

Purple and Paisley said...

congratulations to all the winners and thank you to nanette and shelbie for a fun week! ☺

Messy Karen said...

it was fun. and nice that there were so many winners. thank you Nanette.

Linda said...

What a lovely start to the week, thanks for all the fun Nanette, and especially for all the work that I know must have been involved.

~D Spack~ said...

Aw shucks!!! Thanks Nanette, you are great! Those 7 are luckey gals.
Have a productive week.

Kathie said...

congrats to all the lucky winners and to you for hosting a great giveaway.
It has been fun checking all week at what you would come up with next. Lots of good ideas I came away with too for presents for next year!
thanks
Kathie

Jeanne said...

Hugs to the winners --- and to you, Nanette, for offering such a great contest. Thanks! Jeanne :)

belinda said...

OH WOW NANETTE......ARE YOU FOR SURE??....I WAS CHECKING MY EMAIL WHEN YOURS POPPED UP...HUBBY HAD JUST ASKED ME IF I HAD BEEN OVER TO 'FREDAS HIVE' TO SEE IF YOU HAD ANNOUNCED THE WINNERS YET ( yes, even Mr. Brown Dirt got into the Freda's Hive Thang )anyway, I said no, I'm about to find out and WOW..your email said I HAD WON!!!..THANK YOU SO MUCH NANETTE..it really and truly NEVER entered my mind that I would win....I was just having fun! I'm sure all the other winners are excited as I am...WOW!!!

Jen in NY said...

It was a lot of fun Nanette! Congrats to all the winners! I'll still be back every day! :-)

--Jen in NY

Thimbleanna said...

Wait!!! Do Over!!! My name isn't in that list LOL!!! Congrats to your winners -- you'll have to tell us what each one of them choose!

sewtakeahike said...

Yay for all the winners! Thank-you so much Nanette for having the giveaway week! It was so fun! I wish I had read the "rules" more thoroughly and posted about it on my blog for extra entries, darn!

hetty said...

Thank you, Nanette, for hosting such a wonderful give-away week! It was a lot of fun, but a lot of work for you and your daughter, I'm sure! This is very exciting! Congratulations to all the other winners!

Candace said...

Nanette, I feel like a winner, even though I didn't win! It's so much fun to go to Freda's Hive each day and see what you and Shelbie have come up with! There is always something fun, new, creative, etc (no pressure here - LOL)! Thanks for a great week of give-aways!
Cheers!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Nanette,
Congratulations to all the winners and just want to send a big thank you for having this fun giveaway. I'll be checking back to see what your stitchen' on.
Merry Christmas to you and your family,
Bonnie

Pieceful Afternoon said...

What wonderful gifts they will be choosing from - this has been fun just to see the things offered.

Thanks!!!

Nancy said...

Congrats to all the winners!! Lucky ducks you all are...

Thanks for the giveaways...I will keep coming back even if you aren't giving anything away...

Carrie P. said...

Congratulations to all the winners. It was a fun time and Nanette gave away some very nice gifts.

Kim said...

congrats to all the winners. Thanks for making it fun week Nanette- but I'm still coming back every prize or no prize. ;)
Gotta finish quilting at least one quilt today, almost done and then load the next in que. The que is getting too big :(
Off to pick up ds from school and do the recycling.Enjoy your day :)

Sara said...

Congratulations to all the winners.

I feel like I'm a winner too cause I found a great new blog to read!

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

I'm so happy for all those lucky girls! But finding your blog was definately a gift for me.

Now I'm off to make gingerbread men and sugar cookies with the boys. And then we have to collect kindling from the woods before we get an expected ice storm. And somewhere in there, I hope to have a wee bit of time to stitch!

Thank you for a fun week! All your projects have been so inspiring.

Wishing you joy,
Lea

rachel griffith said...

congrats to the winners.
even though i don't like yall anymore.
I KID I KID I KID.
i'm SO happy that people are being blessed with such wonderful prizes.

nanette...you're awesome!!!
:D

Dawn said...

Applause to all the winners!!! Thanks girls for a fun week of giveaways....

Nedra said...

You have been so generous this week. Congrats to all the winners!

Kristin said...

thank you so much! this is Kristin - no blog. I sent you a separate note earlier with my email. Boy, do I feel silly that I am not just a no blog but a no email person. Geez.....Sorry about that.

Kritta22 said...

This was so fun!

Do I get points if me name is on the top picture??

LOL I'm kidding. congrats everyone!

Thanks for doing such a great giveaway!

Jackie said...

Terrific way to pick the winners! My hubby is an actuary and would have definitely done the spreadsheet thing. I am not that advanced. It was a lot of fun to participate and Congrats to all the winners!!

Sandi said...

Congratulations to all of the winners!! It is always fun to win something special and each of your gifts, Nanette, was really, really special. I could never have picked a favorite as I liked them all!! What a lot of work this was for you and your family but also what a celebration!!! As you know, I'll be "Freda's Hiving" whether you're having a giveaway or not!!! Now take a rest and sit back and read some blogs. :-)

shelley said...

What a great week, Nanette. It has helped put some fun into the every day tasks and Christmas shopping! Congratulations to the winners!

CJ said...

I was wondering how you were going to figure that all out. I am not so inclined and would have done the little pieces of paper. :o
Congratulations to all the winners!!!
Thank you Freda. I come here every day anyway but the prizes added some extra fun to the week.

Shari said...

Congratulations to all the winners! It was so fun to participate. Thank you so much Nanette! - and the girls too of course :)Hope the cleanup wasn't too bad after such a big party! 300 guests, wow.
Happy Christmas!

Pat said...

Congratulations to all the winners (even if I wasn't one of them)!!! BUT...next best thing is to KNOW one of them and one of them is an online buddy who has helped me a lot with my relatively new blog...Amanda!!! YAY for Amanda! And.....I feel a bit like a winner anyway as I found Nanette's blog because of this giveaway being announced on another blog, so that DOES make me a winner of a fun thing to read everyday at Freda's Hive!!! :)

jacquie said...

congrats to all these lucky ladies...you're in special company to be part of nanette's lovely blog life. enjoy! and congrats again, nanette....are you napping yet?

martameiga said...

Congratulations to the lucky winners!! And thanks again to Nanette for having us feel the illusion all this week through. I really felt like a little girl waiting for X-mas presents each time I peeped into your blog to see what the next present would be :))) though I did not win, I felt equally honoured to spend this time with you.
Will keep on visiting

marta from Spain

PS. forgive my english :)))

KSedlak said...

Congratulations to all the winners and have fun with your prizes.
Happy Holidays to you all

Karen

Sherry said...

Congrats to all the winners! Thanks Nanette for such a fun blog to follow. Happy Holidays to all.

Cynthia said...

Hi Nanette,
I feel like you are one of my friends, since you have been leaving comments on my blog. Thanks so much and I always enjoy reading your blog. You had a great contest going. Congrats on your one year blog anniversay.

Christine said...

I have only just found your blog and love everything you do,you have a great eye for colour and print and it gives me so much inspiration. Lots of fabric I have not seen in Australia, just wonderful will come back and visit often.

quilting hugs
Christine

Claudia said...

congrats for the winners! and a happy quilting time for 2009 for all.

pratima said...

It was such a delight to watch all the fun festivities. Nanette, you are just awesome!!
Congratulations to the winners :)

Eileen said...

Oh!!! I am SO HAPPY for Belinda!! I can't wait to see what everyone picks. I know all the winners except the last two.. so I'm going to go check out Doris' blog now.

Thank you so much Nanette for having such a fun week for us all.

amandajean said...

congrats to all the winners! thanks for hosting a fun giveaway week!

Julia said...

Congratulations to all the ladies..
Thank you Nanette, it was so much fun, and it must have taken up a lot of your time..
Best wishes for a happy Christmas..
Hugs Julia

Nanci said...

congrats to all. too bad I didn't know you were here, I would have entered.
Lovely blog. lots of friends too.

Nan said...

Congratulations to the winnders and once again to you, Nanette, on your blogiversary and for hosting such a lovely give away!!