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Happy Birthday, Quilt With Us members! This week marks the one year anniversary of this QWU community site. What a year it has been! I am proud and honored to be a part of this wonderful community of generous and talented quilters.

Frankly, when we started this community, I had modest hopes. I thought it would be lovely to have regular communications with our Connecting Threads customers, and was optimistic to hope for 1,000 members after a year. As I write this, we have 13,639 members, 91 groups, and 26,030 photos! Wow!

But as you all well know, this community is so much more than statistics. There would be no successful community without its members. I always knew quilters were special, but you prove it to me daily with your uplifting/ funny/ sometimes sad yet always inspirational blog posts. I am constantly encouraged by you to quilt even more, and to raise my own personal sewing standard. And the photos! Did I say Wow yet?!

So to avoid getting too sappy, it’s time to celebrate! You’ve heard of the television awards called the Emmy’s? We’re going to hold our own…..Quiltee’s! CT staffers have hand-picked a few of our own favorites, in our own freshly made-up categories. This was much more difficult than we thought, but we finally narrowed it down to a few quilters that deserve some extra special acknowledgement:

Quiltee winners by CT staff:
Most Inspirational Blogger – Riley Lane
Most Supportive Member – BJ Elder
Best Member Matchmaker – Linda Sue Robertson
Jolliest Member (this was a tough one ‘cause there are so many of you!) Yvonne
Best Story Teller – Debbie Snyder

But wait! There’s more! We want to hear from you too! We’ve come up with a few more categories for members to vote on.

Categories for Nomination:
Favorite Blog Post
Favorite Quilt Photo
Most Productive Quilter
Funniest Community Member or Blog Post

To nominate a blog post, a member, or a photo, copy the link of your favorite, then paste it into an email to our contest entry address: contests@connectingthreads.com

On Monday, January 4th, nominations will end. We’ll compile your nominations and present the top nominated in each category for you to vote on. Each winner (including the 5 winners elected by CT Staff) will receive the highly coveted Golden Seam Ripper award and a Connecting Threads Gift Certificate for $25! We’ll announce the final winners on January 13th.

CT staff are not eligible for nominations or prizes
Members can only win one Quiltee prize

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Comment by Suzanne L/WA on January 4, 2010 at 5:57pm
Well, I was going to nominate Linda Sue for a great story, but she's alreay won a category. And there were LOTS of great Christmas tree stories on one of my discussion gropus, but I don't remember which one. The ladies from Around the Quilting Frame and Needleturn Appliquers all claim that I'm in too many groups to memeber, just like they are...LOL.
(I wish there was a way to search for topics by date.)
Anyways, thanks for a great website and I love the quiltee awards. I just happened to be talking to Linda Sue on the phone when you posted them and she was tickled pink! Laughing so much and trying to explain to me why she was laughing. :-)
Comment by Margo in Maine on January 4, 2010 at 5:56pm
Happy Birthday QWU....what an enjoyable year for me....I have enjoyed wishing people Happy Birthday each day and posting my work and the contact and quilt friends that I have met via this blog...always look forward to visiting each day....congrats to all the winners...some I recognize and some I don't...Happy Birthday and Happy New Year everyone...
Comment by Annie C. Shaw on December 31, 2009 at 9:20am
Happy Birthday to QWU!

I can't thank CT enough for launching our little (did I really say "little" at with approaching 14,000 members??) community. QWU and all my Friends here have become like family to me and when I can't connect every day, I feel like a part of me is missing.

What a great idea the Quiltee Awards are! Congratulations to the already winners, and I'll get my nominations in for the others - I've already got my nominees for most of the catagories.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Karen and all the CT staff for everything you do for us.
Comment by Nancy B/OHIO on December 31, 2009 at 7:04am
Congrats to all of the winners. And thanks CT for providing all of us the chance to meet and learn through each other. I look forward to another year of good friends and great ideas.
Comment by Barbara Graham on December 30, 2009 at 12:15pm
Congratulations and THANK YOU CT! It is hard to believe a year has passed. I have met many wonderful cyber quilters and expect to meet even more in the coming year. Your selections for the Quiltee are perfect!
Comment by Janet S. - MO on December 29, 2009 at 9:10pm
Wow - a year already! Time does fly! I have to agree with some others in that you chose the best recipients! I have enjoyed this site immensely and cannot put into words what it has meant to me to find it, the friends, the great products at CT - it has kept me afloat during some difficult times! Thank you QWU!!
Comment by Cornwoman on December 29, 2009 at 9:25am
Happy (Belated) Birthday QWU!! I can hardly believe that it's been just a little over a year since we got that email invitation to come check QWU out. Now I can't imagine life without it and all of the wonderful friends that I've made here. Thank you CT staff for providing a great place to play together...and we even learn a thing or two while we're doing it! lol
Comment by Dottie on December 25, 2009 at 1:55pm
Happy Birthday to QWU! A year has gone by and we are all stronger, better and best friends on this site. How luck we all are for being able to share our thoughts, quilts, recipes, fabric and the most wonderful kits. Thanks for bringing us together and may we share another wonderful year of great company on this great site for the best fabric (as you can see by my picture). Happy Birthday and Congrats.
Comment by Cottonwood Quilter on December 24, 2009 at 8:16am
Happy Birthday, and Congratulations to the entire staff at CT, it is indeed a pleasure to have joined such an awesome group of women.
The information shared here has been such an inspiration on a daily basis. This is the first Chat site I have been involved in, and I must say it has been wonderful. I rest assured that everyone here is above board as we have a common interest, QUILTING. The ability to join groups that fit our style is probably the very best part, as with life, we are all different.
Again Congratulations Staff, Job Well Done, and to the winners, you are the BOMB as my DGC would say. (((((((HUGS))))))) TO ALL!!
Comment by betweens on December 24, 2009 at 3:25am
Congrats on being a year old!! I knew it would be a hit especially within 4months you already had 10000 members signed up!!
I have to thank you again for giving a free chat/sharing/learning center for quilters. I have been on some other forums with big names and they were not able to keep up with the pictures and chatting that quilters are well known for.. this service meaning the background IT services and the front line Customer service has been exceptional!! one of kind!!
I have visited in and out and joined a few of the groups all upbeat and wonderful people on this site.. the show and share is just astounding.. choosing will be difficult!!
I really look forward to 2010 knowing that this site will be staying...I had reservations due to past shut down experiences without notice and loosing friends that I had become close to not thinking I would need their contact cause we can touch base on the forum.
You have made this a very special, safe and secure place for a quilter to pull up a chair and keep her thimble safely on the next project knowing it will be there.
Thank you Thank you Thank you

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