Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog

2 Bags Full

 I'm Carla and am so happy to have you here. Thank you to Vicki at 2 Bags Full for helping us all Grow Our Blogs.
 
 Blog hops are a great way to be inspired and meet new blogging friends.   I am mostly a quilting blogger, but have been known to craft and also share recipes from time to time.
 
This quilt is Tropical Sunset and was made for the "Wake Up to Kona" blog hop.
 
You will find me trying to be a part of as many blog hops as possible.  In fact, one of my favorite places to hop is over at Sew We Quilt.  Madame Samm organizes 2 hops with different themes a month and everyone from beginner to veteran sewists can show projects and cheer on friends.

If you like ruffles, there is a blog hop beginning in March.
Sign up is going on now!
Get all the information to be a part of "Think Ruffles" HERE.
 
 
Swaps, QAL, BOM, Linkys, and Hops.  It's fun to share.
 
Most of the things I participate in are on my side bar.
 
Projects for Season 4, Project Quilting.
 
Project Quilting is an event I enjoy at this time of year.  You have one week to make a quilt after the challenge is announced.  If you are interested in a fun quilting challenge, this one will make you think out of the box.  Season 5 is underway.
 
 
This is where my blog name came from - I'm always telling people that I live in the sticks. 
I actually live in the wild, wild west. 
Dodge City, Kansas
 
It's no so wild, anymore.
 
I'm one of THOSE bloggers that walks away feeling good about a post and then.... oh wait.  I wanted to say that.  I'm always adding and rewording.  lol
 
This is my family.  My daughter is getting married this year and I will have a lot of wedding posts to share.  She just let me know that the date has been set.
October 18th!!!
 
This is her modeling a pants bag my friend Jen over at Glinda Quilts made for her.   Jen is taking over the world by showering it with pants bags. 
I met Jen by blogging about quilting.  She is one of the most giving quilters I've met.
 
In fact, blogging has brought a lot of wonderful friendships my way.
  
Since you have made it this far, let's have a giveaway.
 
A pack of Charm Squares: Kona® Cotton, Sunset palette
 
 
It's open to anyone and all you have to do is leave a comment telling me something about yourself.  Let's grow our blogs.
If you are a follower, new or loyal, you can leave a second comment saying you follow.
That is 2 chances to win.
The giveaway is open until February 15th
when the winner will be announced.
 
Good luck!
Update
The giveaway is over.
   The winner was Connie!
Thank you to my loyal and new friends for visiting.
 

I don't know why Blogger decided to send an email post written in November just today.  I apologize for sending my email followers old news.  I don't know if it was that delayed or if I pushed a button I shouldn't have...lol 
 

176 comments:

Michele T said...

I live in the sticks too.... But in Northwestern Ontario (north of Lake Superior). Right now we are experiencing a deep freeze and it is lasting far too long!!

Michele T said...

I follow your blog via Bloglovin'!!

Tiffany said...

Thanks for telling us more about yourself! I'm a mom to twin boys (2 years old) and I live up in the mountains, sort of. Kinda like where you live - far away from civilization. We love being nestled in the trees, it's so peaceful.

Tiffany said...

I follow you! :)

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Already follow on Bloglovin'

Shauna said...

Awesome I love kona solids!!!

Shauna said...

I follow you with bloglovin

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I live in Eugene Oregon. A great place where you can get to the beach or the mountains in about an hour!

DebraKay Neiman said...

I used to live in the sticks, but a lot of people are building homes next to me now. Oklahoma quilter. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

DebraKay Neiman said...

I am a follower on bloglovin. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Melissa @ Missouri Mel said...

I already follow your blog with Bloglovin.

Melissa @ Missouri Mel said...

I became an aunt when I was 22 months old.

Carol said...

I love following you around!

Vicki H said...

I live in Kansas as well (Haysville). I am married 36 years and have 6 grands.

Vicki H said...

I have been following with GFC.

Wendi said...

I follow on BL

Wendi said...

Something about me... I am relatively new to the blog world

PK Sews said...

Thanks for this fun blog hop! I'm having fun teaching my four year old granddaughter to sew.

PK Sews said...

I've been following your blog on Bloglovin for quite awhile. Thanks for all the inspiration. :)

Carla said...

Hmmmmm we have the same name : )

Carla said...

Yes I follow

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

I much prefer country living than city living

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

Happy follower via bloglovin

GranChris said...

I live in the middle of nowhere too. Thank heavens for a computer. Is winter over yet? Can't wait for open windows, fresh air and tomatoes off the vine.

Suze said...

I used to really live in the sticks. I went to a one room school with no running water. I was the only girl in my grade in grades 2-5. We had one junior high and one high school in the county. I had my mother for 5 classes in high school. I wanted to be a math teacher and took the first computer class offered at our state's only university at the time. I did major in math and got a minor in computer science. I had a career as a computer engineer. Now, I live in a suburb on Tulsa. Quite a change from the hills of WV.

Suze said...

I cannot image making a quilt in a week. Wow! I follow you via Bloglovin'.

Glinda ♥ said...

So excited for you - a wedding to plan! Thank you for your kind words and for continuing to inspire ... hope this brings many more followers your way ... they won't be disappointed :)

Glinda ♥ said...

Oh and I'm a stalker too!!

delaineelliott said...

I live in the sticks too - in a very small village of less than 200 on a small lake in Alberta. Thanks for the give away!

delaineelliott said...

I follow you by email.

Betsy said...

Carla I already follow on bloglovin

Betsy said...

Carla my baby girl is expecting her first child. We are super excited. I hope you get a lot if visits during the hop

StitchinByTheLake said...

Weddings are always so much fun! I just have to ask Carla - what is a pants bag? blessings, marlene

Kay said...

I follow with GFC.

Kay said...

It is fun to find out more about the bloggers behind the blogs. A random fact about myself is that I live in an English city and we have a castle and a cathedral which are both over 1000 years old. Thanks for a great giveaway too.

Kelly Williams said...

I am a fairly new quilter. I love reading blogs to try to learn something new about quilting. I also love winning. Thanks for the chance.

Kelly Williams said...

I am a follower via bloglovin.

Patty Howe said...

I am a follower, and love seeing your work.

Gill said...

I live in the sticks too - a tiny village in Gloucestershire, England!

Gill said...

I'm a loyal GFC follower!

Patty Howe said...

I have followed you for quite some time. I am carrotcakeks@gmail.com. I am a wife and mother and grandma to one bearded husband, 2 great girls, and 2 grandkids, one 12 yr old girl and a 7 month boy. I love to sew(but have no time for it now) love to read and cook. I was a school lunchlady for 14 years and loved every day of it. retired to become a stay at home grandma. And I live in Winfield,Kansas.

Mdm Samm said...

Who could be prouder of our other other other lady than i.....love your growth fuguratively and visually

Vickie said...

You have a beautiful family and You my dear are the cutest thing I ever saw !

Jo said...

I miss living in a small town

Jo said...

I follow on bloglovin'

Barb and Sharon said...

I live in snowy blowy Oshawa,Ontario well it is today. :) I also follow you through Bloglovin'
Barb@Witsend

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

Dodge City, huh? I watch Gunsmoke every day during my "down" time from quilting! Those are shows from back when TV was fun to watch! I am a Grow Your Blogger too! I am in southern california high desert!
www.fabricandmemories.blogspot.com

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

I just joined to follow you via email.

barb said...

i like living in the sticks too! it is four miles to a neighbor or a black top road. thank you for a colorful giveaway. babscorbitt@gmail.com

barb said...

i follow you via email. babscorbitt@gmail.com

Kathy Boice said...

I am a follower via email. midwayfarms@hughes.net

Kathy Boice said...

I am a country girl who has gotten older and not in such great health and had to give up our TN farm and all our precious critters. Makes me sad, but your blog helps me remember the good times! midwayfarms@hughes.net

barbara woods said...

already follow , thanks for the giveaway, great blog

Rosa said...

I`m from Spain and love cooking!

Rosa said...

I follow by GFC.

Doris Rice said...

I don't live in the sticks but it sure seems like the middle of no where. Actually it is in the geographical center of Texas. I love to quilt, craft, and scrapbook.

Doris Rice said...

Oh and I follow you by email too.

maggie said...

I love your blog. I do not have a blog but love to follow many. I live in the sticks as well but i'm on the Maine coast where we are having a very cold snowy winter. But even so it is beautiful. Winter is the best time to stay inside and quilt.
cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

Dawn Frisch said...

I live in Chandler, AZ, I'm a Wife, Mom, disabled and I love to craft and sew. Thanks for sharing your life and talents with us!
Happy sewing,
Dawn
array-dawn at cox dot net

Dawn Frisch said...

I follow you via bloglovin'!
Dawn
array-dawn at cox dot net

Connie Cain said...

I have to ask, what is a pants bag?
I am a newbie, so I have never heard of that before. :)
craftyccain@gmail.com

Connie Cain said...

I also follow you on Bloglovin. Was wondering what the deal was with the November post,lol. :)
craftyccain@gmail.com

cobcottagecraft said...

I follow by email.

cobcottagecraft said...

I've just started my blog. I live on a small West Coast Canadian island.

Mary said...

Love checking out your blog. You did a great job on your Kona project. Looking forward to your next one!

Sandy said...

You are very rural....but so pretty! I have been quilting several years and am treasurer for our local guild, Material Girls, here in NE Ohio. We are in single digits weather wise with lots of snow right now...brrr! Thanks for the chance to win.

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Sandy said...

I also am a follower of your blog....

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

I don't have a blog but I enjoy reading yours. You are always a busy little bee getting everything done. Thank you for sharing your life with us. bpfrimmer@yahoo.com

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

I follow by e-mail. bpfrimmer@yahoo.com

Cecilia said...

I live in the country here in Georgia. I enjoy reading your blog.

Cecilia said...

I follow by email.

Jen Barnard said...

I don't live in the sticks, I live in England, in a town so old it's in the doomsday book.

Susan said...

I am passionate about quilting. When I started, I didn't even know how to thread a machine.

Susan said...

I am a follower!

dcargill said...

I am a new quilter & have found blog hops a great way to connect with new friends.

dcargill said...

I follow you via e-mail.

Vicki Boster said...

Welcome to the GYB party -- your blog islisted in section 27 --- I hope you have the opportunity to make lots of new friends!

Vicki

valerie boudier said...

I live in South Wales

valerie boudier said...

Following you by email

Coser Tejer Crear said...

Blog hops are great! Thank you for this giveaway!

DeborahGun said...

this is a fun blog hop. Thanks for telling us about yourself. I live in the tropics and hate the cold!

sofen said...

Nice to get to know you! I have never been to the U.S, but I would love to once I can afford it.

I live in Norway, and right now it is snowing. Again!

jachelno(at)gmail(dot)com

charlotte said...

I am enjoying this blog hop. Not that I need any new blogs to read. lol

charlotte said...

I follow you on bloglovin'.

Jolien said...

Nice to meet you. :)

I'm not blogging, mainly 'cause I'm just spending way too much time to read blogs. Any time left, I want to spend on sewing.

Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :
elizardbreathspeaks@gmail.com

sorry to hear you are having issues with blogger as well. it is no fun at all ... i guess it is just a thing... hoping it will clear up very soon.

Purl Buttons said...

I open to your blog everyday. I DO follow you on Bloglovin, probably as Sewbeads but what counts to me is that I have a few special people in a folder marked WEEKLY and once a week I visit them all. Then there are REAAAAAAALLLLLY special people that I visit once a day. Yup, you are one of those.

Purl Buttons said...

I have enjoyed the Kona blog hop so much. As far as getting new ideas go, it has to be one of my favorites. I enjoy these hops so much!

Quilting Tangent said...

I love rainbow color quilts.
24Tangent@gmail.com

Quilting Tangent said...

Follow on bloglovin'.
24Tangent@gmail.com

JoyceLM said...

I was born in a farmhouse on an Appalachian mountaintop. Thanks for the chance to win.

JoyceLM said...

I'm a follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

Barb said...

You may live in the sticks, but I want to know how far it is for you to drive to your local quilt shop? We live near a resort community in the mountains of Idaho, but I have a quilt shop just 7 miles away. Easy to pick up a new project at the LQS and then climb up a mountain for a good hike!

Barb said...

I'm a new follower on Bloglovin'. Congrats on your daughter's upcoming wedding - how exciting!!! I keep waiting for my daughter to announce something - good thing I'm not holding my breath, lol!

Bernadett Rauski said...

Hello,

Nice to meet you.:)
I would like to participate in your giveaway.
petitearmoire2@gmail.com

Greetings.

Bernadett

Debbie said...

I love to craft and to learn new crafts.

Debbie said...

I follow your blog via bloglovin.

Linda said...

I follow you on bloglovin!

Linda said...

I live in England and it's very wet here at the moment, sooo much rain! I love sewing and quilting.

Sheila said...

Greetings from the sticks of rural Nova Scotia , I am a follower and enjoy your posts .

Linda said...

Hello from Montana! Raised in Downs,Ks.+your Blog is so neat to me>bringing back so many good memories! Thanks for sharing!

cobaltt16@yahoo.com

Linda said...

HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU ON BLOG LOVIN'

cobaltt16@yahoo.com

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

It's been fun to meet new bloggers on the hop. I've been blogging for about 5 years, and I am still amazed at the creativity that is shared.

Abbigail said...

I live in the sticks in western KY!

Abbigail said...

I already receive your emails.

Jayne said...

I live in Nashville and I do not sing! I started my blog just about 3 months ago. It's been so much fun!

Jayne said...

Following you!

Sharon Jones said...

I too live in the sticks, in outback Queensland, Australia. I also have a cat and a JRT called Poppy.

Sharon Jones said...

I have been following you since last year.

OhioLori said...

I also live in the sticks...almost in middle of Ohio! We also have a Peach Orchard here (180 trees) I make a yummy peach cobbler!! (Husband's Gma's recipe!YUM!!!)

OhioLori said...

I have followed quite awhile...thru GFC & now Bloglovin too :)

Wrote during the Kona Blog Hop...LOOOOOOVE your Awesome Quilt!!!! GORGEOUS!!!!

Joan H. said...

I don't live in the sticks now but I did most of my life. I miss all the wide open spaces and all the wild animals and birds. I don't have a blog of my own but I love reading quilter's blogs and adding my comments.

Jusmom1 said...

I am the first one in my family to own a sewing machine! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jusmom1 said...

I follow you on Bloglovin! Thanks for the chance to win!

Carol said...

I went to college at McPherson College in McPherson, KS, and met my husband there. We now live "in the sticks" in central IL--by that I mean out in the country. :)

Carol said...

I follow you via email.

Mom C said...

I was just to a conference with several members of your state. Loved them all but no one was from Dodge. Thanks.

Wendy said...

I'm Wendy and I've just spilt coffee down myself.

Mokki said...

It's so nice that your daughter is getting married. Designing a wedding is so much fun the planning part can be stressful! I live in the uk, near a national park so the countryside around is very pretty.

Carrie P. said...

WOW! you really do live in the sticks but I like it. thanks for the giveaway.

Carrie P. said...

I am a new follower.

Julie said...

I follow on bloglovin

Julie said...

I live in WI and it's supposed to be -18 tomorrow morning, without the wind chill. I'm so sick of this winter!

Renee said...

Something about myself--I wish I had enough time to use all the fabric I buy! But I'd rather make a few really nice thing than a bunch of mediocre things.

Rachel said...

I made my first blog post one year ago today! Also I'm tired of this severe cold snap. Negative temperatures for a sustained period of time are not my idea of a good time. Some really nice projects for project quilting season 4. Congrats on your daughters engagement!

Mrs Quinn said...

I would love to make a rainbow quilt this year. So I'm a little obsessed with kona right now. Congrats to your daughter and your family on the upcoming wedding.

Mrs Quinn said...

New follower of your blog through blog lovin. Can't wait to see what you've got in the works.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi, I'm visiting you out in the sticks from the GYB party. You create some nice quilted pieces, I especially like the Tropical Sunset.
Congratulations on your daughter getting married, it will be a busy year.

Brandy Pettit said...

Hmm, well here's something you don't know yet: my mom and I share a birthday, with each other as well as John Travolta! :) Thanks for the chance at some Kona solids!
~Brandy

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

I live in the sticks too. A very rural upstate SC

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

I am a follower on feedly

nicolesender said...

I live in the Pacific Northwest. I'm trying to finish some quilts that I started a long time ago. This charm pack would be perfect for me.

nicolesender said...

Already follow you on bloglovin: Nicole Sender.

Sarah and Dan said...

Nice to read more about you and see what you've been making!

Vicky Myers said...

Enjoying my journey through GYB, thanks for sharing about blogging:) Vicky

Unknown said...

I live in the "sticks" in Los Angeles. It is an area with horses, chickens, llamas, and other interesting creatures. Including the ones who are great garden pests. On the other hand I am only 20 mins out of downtown LA

Love Kona!
thanks
Natalie

Cindy Pilkington said...

I understand growing up in the sticks. We lived in a very rural part of LA (Lower Alabama) near grandparents and and cousins. I like your blog and I'm a new follower.

Gene Black said...

I am not "in the sticks" but certainly not in a big city. I love sewing, quilting, weaving and digitizing embroidery designs.

Scrapatches said...

I enjoyed reading and getting know a little more about you here. Now I know what part of the "sticks" you are in. Very pretty country. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Sewbig said...

I follow on bloglovin'.

Sewbig said...

If I had to choose between the sticks and the city, sticks would win, hands down.

Reb Thack said...

We used to live in the sticks - the Poconos (NE PA) but are currently just outside of San Francisco in suburbia... We definitely miss the woods!

Reb Thack said...

I follow via GFC

Susan said...

I live in SW Michigan. I really like all the things you have made.

Susan said...

I follow your blog via email.

pippirose said...

I became a first-time grandma last summer, and I am crazy about my little grand-daughter!! :o)

pippirose said...

I follow you via GFC and BLoglovin.

Mom C said...

Had a couple of great days.Yesterday helped DIL cut out her first ever quilt, finished piecing baby quilt with 8 yr old granddaughter, and supervised teen age granddaughter remodel a slip to wear with her Sweetheart Dance dress. Then today, tended 4 grandchildren while their brother was born. What a great life! Thanks,

atabanana29 said...

I have three girls that I love to sew for!

atabanana29 said...

I'm a follower of you blog on bloglovin!

atabanana29 said...

I'm a follower of you blog on bloglovin

Patty Antle said...

It's nice to meet you. I like to do everything, although I have been inspired with all of the quilting blogs. Enjoy the wedding plans!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Hi.....I'm from Central Texas and have been married for 48 years.

Stephanie said...

I currently live near VA Beach, VA (hubby is navy) but by the end of this year we will be closer to country. Hubby is retiring and we are moving back home to Michigan. So excited!

Stephanie said...

Following on Bloglovin as The Simplified Home

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Very nice to meet you. Lovely work.

Lee Ann L. said...

I live near San Antonio, Texas!

cobcottagecraft.com said...

I live on a small island.

cobcottagecraft.com said...

I follow via email. I'm a beginning quilter and learn so much.

Pierce Family Blog said...

Thanks for the chance to win.

Stephanie @ Quarter Incher said...

Your quilts are gorgeous! I love all the colors!

Lorna McMahon said...

I live in the sticks, too, on a farm in Ontario, Canada. Love your quilts, Carla. Glad you are my friend and thanks for the giveaway!

SIMPLESEW said...

follower

SIMPLESEW said...

I love being 50 and my lovely studio

Cindy Pilkington said...

I follow you!

Cindy Pilkington said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I need more solids in my stash.

Diann said...

Hi! I'm a mom to 4 grown kids and hope that someday they make me a grandma.

kristi_d said...

New follower, old quilter. You have very handsome children!

macmillanmarie said...

What a delightful blog - so much to enjoy. Thank you for sharing. You are going to have a very exciting time while your daughter prepares for her wedding. My daughter married in June and the excitement before was wonderful. Congrats.

andri. said...

Congratulations to your daughter! My bro just got married last year:)

dcargill said...

I am just learning to quilt.

dcargill said...

I follow via e-mail

Beth Strand said...

A wedding, how fun! I just ordered a 10-yard bolt of wedding-themed quilting fabric. I have a quilt to make for one wedding and with a daughter who is 22, we're getting into that area where her friends are announcing engagements all over the place! Lots of wedding quilts in our future! Beth @ Words & Stitches, pbstrand@msn.com