Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog 2015

 I'm a touch late to the party.
I've been working on a deadline for several quilt challenges.




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.
  I am mostly a quilting blogger, but have been known to craft and also share recipes from time to time.




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 with hops of different themes and everyone from beginner to veteran sewists can show projects and cheer on friends.


This quilt is Tropical Sunset and was made for the "Wake Up to Kona" blog hop.

Swaps, QAL, BOM, Linkys, and Hops.  It's fun to share.

  
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 6 is underway.



My most current finish.



I really enjoy the photography part of blogging and have been exploring it a little.
I hope to keep getting better.


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.  This photo was taken a few days before my daughter was married last year.
I'm a mother-in-law now and I love it.




Blogging has brought a lot of wonderful life long friendships my way.


  And my mailbox seems to always surprise me with cards and letters from all over the world.

It's a wonderful thing.


Speaking of wonderful things, how about a giveaway?
Update:  Giveaway is over.

The winner is:

Rose Marie
Rose Marie Andreozzi said...
Wow you are one prolific quilter and to blog about it too, I just can't imagine doing it all. One thing I can do is follow from now on! Thanks for the giveaway.

Congratulations!!

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!


Thank you to my loyal and new friends for visiting.


131 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

better late then never Carla!!! Lol
I overlooked this hop somehow this time and missed out...so, late is good. nice o see your work again, lovely

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I am a faithful follower

kathyinozarks said...

I am visiting from the blog party-so nice to neet you. Your quilts are beautiful-I do quilting but its very very simple and with big blocks-lol I live in the woods in Missouri-so we both live in the wild-haha
I do the same thing-constantly re editing my posts as I think of new things on want to change the wording.
I will be a new follower
enjoy the party
Kathy

Shauna said...

Hey I live in Texas, where it once was wild, but now a little too citified for me. I wish I lived in the wild open with no one around me.

Shauna said...

i follow you with bloglovin

glassbylindi.blogspot.com said...

Glad to meet you! I am having a lot of fun seeing all the great inspiration, so many new ideas!

FeltByRae said...

Stunning quilts... so glad to have found you via GYB, looking forward to reading lots more of your posts

FeltByRae said...

PS I'm a new follower too!

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Hey Carla! I'm so glad you made it intot he GYB event! On behalf of Vicki form 2 Bags FUll....let me welcome you and let ya know your post looks great! You are a busy gal with wonderful work to show for it!

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Took a lok around and had to let ya know I'm a new bloglovin follower. Stop by and Hope if ya like what ya see, you'll follow too! :)V

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Always fun to see what you have posted, and fun to see the blogs that I read are becoming new followers.

Alexis Borsboom said...

I follow by email!

t_ktl at yahoo.com

Alexis Borsboom said...

I live on a Canandian west coast island and have made just two quilts.

t_ktl at yahoo.com

Emily C said...

Hello, I'm from Pennsylvania. I love quilting, sewing and crocheting. I have dabbled in just about everything in years past, so I have quite a few oddities in my stash that i might not otherwise. (things like xacto knives, paint kits, buttons, and sand paper)

delaineelliott said...

Hello. I live in rural Alberta and have recently begun to quilt. Thanks!

Please click in the delaineeelliott above for my email link.

Cindy Dahlgren said...

Not that late, I just sat down for the evening to check my email, and there was your smilin face, just waiting. You could probably really say that I live in the sticks, as I live in North Dakota, not too far north of you. I love to quilt with bright colors, that's my something about me. cdahlgren at live dot com

Cindy Dahlgren said...

I'm a faithful follower. cdahlgren at live dot com

Peggy said...

I live in Florida, but we visited the west a couple of years ago, Yellowstone National Park to be specific. It was a beautiful area to visit.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Jen Barnard said...

Something about me? I love red but hate pink.
jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

Peggy said...

I follow you via Bloglovin.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Cindy Pilkington said...

I follow you by newsletter.

Cindy Pilkington said...

I used to live in the sticks (of Alabama) when I was a teenager, so I know what you mean! I'm from a big family and a long line of women who love to sew.

Vicki H said...

Hi Carla, I am just outside the tamer big city of Wichita, KS. I transplanted to KS from MN shortly after marriage and now have lived here over half my life.

Vicki H said...

I am a loyal follower too.

barbara woods said...

Been a follower for a while

Joyce said...

I have been a follower for a while.

Joyce said...

I am from the Pacific Northwest.Your choice of color in your quilts are lovely.

Joan H. said...

Your quilts are so beautiful. I love bright , happy colors.

Joan H. said...

I enjoy following your blog.

Susan said...

I am currently drowning in housework and wish there were more hours in the day cuz I miss my sewing machine!

Connie Cain said...

I love your quilts, especially the can-can girls. :)
craftyccain@gmail.com

Connie Cain said...

I have been a follower for awhile. :)
craftyccain@gmail.com

nicolesender said...

Hello from the Pacific Northwest where it's foggy and damp. I can hear the fog horns sounding! I'd love to live in the sticks!

nicolesender said...

bloglovin follower!

Sheryl S. said...

Visiting via the GYB hop, pleased to meet you and see your lovely work.

Joyce Carter said...

Hi Carla. I live in Georgia in the N.E. mountains.Sewing is what I love doing the most.I love to sew anything and everything, but creating quilts using my own design is what keeps my creativity flowing. I love visiting your blog and seeing your creations.

Joyce Carter said...

I am a follower. Thank you for the giveaway.

valerie boudier said...

I live in Wales and sew mostly for our craft co-operative valerie.boudier@ntlworld.com

valerie boudier said...

I'm a faithful follower - I follow you by email valerie.boudier@ntlworld.com

KimM said...

I'm visiting from the GayB - your quilts are amazing! My husband and I live on a small farm in Iowa. I dabble at quilting, but mostly do needlework. Hope you can pop over to my blog and give it a spin. So nice to meet you!!!
Warm regards

Quilting Tangent said...

I'm a quilter and do cross stitch.
24Tangent@gmail.com

Quilting Tangent said...

Following on bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Tinliz said...

I am retired and live in northern Indiana. I like to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief and local shelters. Also like to try new patterns and tools.

Tinliz said...

I have been following your blog for at least a year. I discovered it when I followed a blog hop.

Cheryl said...

What a lovely place to live! I now live in the SE US but grew up in the mid-west and miss home so much! Even after 30 years. My passion is helping kids in need.

Cheryl said...

I follow your blog on Bloglovin'

Michele R said...

Just stumbled across your blog today. I'm a newbie quilter and this giveaway is great. Love the colors of the Kona. Congrats on the new son-in-law by the way. I became a mother in law twice over in the space of 9 months. What a change and now we have our first grandbaby. I'm not sure what to do with a boy but I'm happy happy to learn. Thanks for the posts. Will become a follower.

Janie said...

Your work is beautiful. Thank you for the give away.

Andrea York said...

Always fun to find blogs that are new to me! I'm a beginner quilter and have just pieced my first top! Your quilts are awesome!

misty s said...

I kinda live in the sticks too--an hour north of Portland, Maine--google it if you're ever bored. There's lots of trees, mountains, animals, lakes, and tons of inspiration especially when the seasons change. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely fabric!

juliehallfeldhaus said...

Next time I am going to join this hop!! I love your bibs, Iv'e made lots of bibs. Thanks

Lisa said...

I live in the boon docks! Hi love all your hard work this year! Hope you are all warm, we are cold!

Lisa said...

I follow!

Linda B said...

Hi from Nova Scotia...I am a very novice quilter....but getting better...love making quilts using bright color fabric....

Melissa said...

I follow now :)

Melissa said...

I am new to quilting and I just started my own quilting blog http://asssowip.blogspot.com
I took your advice and will try the next Project Quilting challenge when it comes out :)

Vickie said...

I know who one of those life long friendships is ! You make people feel important...

Dawn said...

I am currently learning to quilt, and I really dislike winter. Have a great day! dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

Sarah said...

I follow you with bloglovin. sarah@forrussia.org

Sarah said...

One thing about me, since you live in Kansas, is that I'm related to pretty much everyone in Goodland, KS. :) sarah@forrussia.org

PK Sews said...

I follow you via Bloglovin. Thanks for all the inspiration! Swiftly Fly the Years is my favorite entry in Project Quilting.

carolegoldquilts said...

Something about me?? Hmm...okay. I just bought a new gym membership for myself for my 50th birthday! :-) I'm also a quilter, and I can relate to living in the sticks. (Northern Alberta, Canada)

PK Sews said...

My favorite colors are blue and purple, so this charm pack looks delicious! I'm a teacher from Wisconsin, and I dabble in quilting and jewelry-making.

carolegoldquilts said...

I'm a new Bloglovin follower. Have a happy week!

Doris Rice, The Quilting Queen said...

I'm always a day late and lots of dollars short. I have loved getting to know you through your blog.

Doris Rice, The Quilting Queen said...

I follow via email

GranChris said...

I'm a retired scientist. A mom of 2, Grandmother of 3, lover of birds, gardens, dogs, cats and all God's creatures except squirrels. I live in a rural area of NC.

mlhummy said...

Hi. I'm a long-time seamstress and costumer but am just recently trying my hand at quilting.

mlhummy said...

Also, I follow you on Pinterest!

Sonja Mclane said...

I am a newer quilter of 2 years and recently disabled at 38. sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

Sonja Mclane said...

I also have been and am a Pinterest follower. sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

allison pogany said...

I'm a NY girl (now in Miami) who has never been to the "sticks". Have to say it looks incredibly peaceful! Love your gingham squares quilt!
allisonpogany@gmail.com

Kathy Davis said...

I live in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks.
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Lindsay said...

Hi! I am currently on a blogging break, but I really do miss it! Thanks for the chance to win!

Michele T said...

I am a quilter and crafter... I just have to be creating something and it's usually gifts to be given to friends and family. Thanks for sharing in the GYB hop!!

Michele T said...

I am already following you via Bloglovin' - thanks for an extra chance to win some Kona solids - I love those colours especially!!

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

Hello Carla! I am a faithful follower and today...followed from GYB! Thanks for the inspiration!
Cheri, the quilting nanny
quiltingnanny(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

Hi Carla...something about me? I love sewing. I have been sewing since age 8 when I learned embroidery and have not stopped crafting since...at this moment in time I am quilting, but anxiously looking into altered books!
Cheri, the quilting nanny
quiltingnanny(at)yahoo(dot)com

My heart is here said...

I´m a gardener but don´t own a garden :D

Sue Kosec said...

You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

Happy crafting!
SuZeQ

Gill said...

I love anything to do with textiles and I've recently discovered bookbinding!

Gill said...

Loyal GFC follower!

Tabitha Keener said...

I love following your blog, it has helped me so much! I just started sewing about a year ago and I love it! I started with quilting and I'm can now make a pouch! I'm going to figure out bags and embroidery this year I hope! Thanks for the giveaway!

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

Tabitha Keener said...

I follow you by email! Thanks so much!

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

HI, I'm a textile artist, visiting, via GYB, from St. John's, NL Canada. I'm enjoying visiting lots of wonderful blogs.

msmissy02 said...

Thanks for the fun giveaway! DamianMom at yahoo dot com

Wendy Booth-Boyd said...

This is a lively way to find out about others with a similar passion for quilts and patchwork...and isn't it amazing..I've found your...from all the way over here in Cheddar, UK!!
Wendy
WBooth-Boyd@hotmail.com

Magpie's Mumblings said...

So nice to meet you and spend some time with you. I live in southern Ontario Canada and my favourite thing to do is to crazy quilt. I dabble a bit with knitting and crochet but crazy quilting is my passion. Thank you so much for inviting us to come and pay you a visit!

Cynthia Knapp said...

Hi! I am a fairly new quilter from Oklahoma. cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

Cynthia Knapp said...

I just signed up to follow your blog by email. Thanks for sharing! cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

Ellsie320 said...

Good luck on the GYB

Ellsie320 said...

Now following you on bloglovin'

Katie Hoag said...

You use such bright colors in your quilts! I love that. Thanks for the giveaway!

Threads of Inspiration said...

Hi Carla, I'm visiting from GYB, so nice to meet you. Your quilts are beautiful! Enjoy the blog party!
Susan

RoseAndCons said...

My name is Rose and I have 8 full siblings! and i just started quilting less than a year ago. :)

roseharries_06@hotmail.com

Mokki said...

I remember those dancing ladies you made. Theyre one of my favourite things ive seen on your blog. Im visiting from Britain, I love to sew but ive never made a quilt.

Skootchover said...

I'm Colleen and I'm a brand new blogger. Found you via GYB. Love your work.

Skootchover said...

I'm also a new follower.

Arianna Macy said...

I'm Arianna and I live in Zimbabwe.

Tami Von Zalez said...

Might as well be comment 100. I dropped by from GYB.

http://thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com/2015/01/grow-your-blog-and-repairing-vintage.html

AFistfulof Lemons said...

Hi, I found your blog through the Grow Your Blog features. How nice of you to offer a giveaway! Your blog is nice and welcoming. :)
Afistfuloflemons @ gmail

Greta Honeycutt said...

Your Wild West is beautiful! I am a new quilter and really appreciate the pictures of your quilts. Thanks for a chance to win!

Greta Honeycutt said...

I also follow you on blog lovin.

Wendy said...

I am so glad you posted even though you were a tad bit late. Your post is really great and I love the heart you made in the pics. Now I am off to browse the blog. I am a new follower by email.

Jane's Quilting said...

You got me.....I would like to learn more about this "grow your blog" I was just voted in as vice-president of our Quilt Guild here in West TN. They want me to start a general blog plus put the guilds activities on.

I am Pennsylvania Dutch, so all this is new to me. I am only learning this new technology. And fending it fun. I love meeting new friends.

Jane's Quilting said...

I have just joined your blog and became a follower by Google. I wish so much I knew about this sooner. I woukd have loved to join your "Grow your Blog". If anyone backs out, please let me know.

Jane's Quilting said...

You got me.....I would like to learn more about this "grow your blog" I was just voted in as vice-president of our Quilt Guild here in West TN. They want me to start a general blog plus put the guilds activities on.

I am Pennsylvania Dutch, so all this is new to me. I am only learning this new technology. And fending it fun. I love meeting new friends.

suziqu's thread works said...

So lovely to visit here all the way from Australia to see your amazing energy and vibrancy shining through your beautiful quilts. I am a crazy quilter too but using more vintage and laces. I can see how much you enjoy blogging and like me you are learning all the time about photography etc.
Thanks for joining in and have fun!
Suzy

Linda said...

You are always here for us, Carla! Of course I follow!

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

Wow you are one prolific quilter and to blog about it too, I just can't imagine doing it all. One thing I can do is follow from now on! Thanks for the giveaway. yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

Wow you are one prolific quilter and to blog about it too, I just can't imagine doing it all. One thing I can do is follow from now on! Thanks for the giveaway. yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

Mary Ann said...

I joined in the grow your blog hop to but just got back from vacation and am catching up on my blog reading. Vacations are more fun anyway!

Mary Ann said...

I have been a follower on feedly for a while now!

Kristine said...

I'm new to quilting and have 2 young girls so I don't do much. But I love following everyone!

Kristine said...

And I'm now following with bloglovin

Melissa Miller said...

I already follow with Bloglovin. :)

Melissa Miller said...

Something about me . . . I love 1940s music. It's my favorite.

OhioLori said...

Something about me...well..have 2 sons that are both Chefs! & yep...I am one spoiled Mom! & lucky they live & work close by! :)

OhioLori said...

I'm already a Follower too, since the last Grow Your Blog Hop! :)

Beth Strand said...

Hmm.. about me? How about that I've got five cats... four of whom love to " help" me quilt! Pbstrand@MSN.com

Beth Strand said...

Oh, and I follow on bloglovin' :)

Cindy Dahlgren said...

I've been following you on bloglovin for quite a while now. You usually have something fun to say. cdahlgren at live dot com

Cindy Dahlgren said...

I don't have a blog, but I do test patterns for different bloggers. I love to quilt, it keeps me busy. cdahlgren at live dot com

Linda B said...

Hello from snowy Nova Scotia....have been quilting for a few years....just do it for my own enjoyment...

Cecilia said...

I just found your post. Now something about me, I will be moving to Florida in 2 weeks and my new house will have a space for a new quilting room. I can't wait to set up my new space.

Cecilia said...

I follow your blog via email.

Linda said...

Hi there! I really enjoy your blog. I'm making my first full size quilt and can't wait to start the next. Thanks for the giveaway.

Wei Tay said...

I just started quilting, so I need to build my stash :) thank you! weikt88@yahoo.com

Pauline Perry said...

I love to sew and I make quilts, childrens clothes and toys for my 5 grandchildren. I also donate baby and childrens quilts to my local Womens Shelter. Thanks for the chance to win some yummy Kona.
Pauline
perry94022 at hotmail dot com

Pauline Perry said...

I follow you on Bloglovin'
Pauline
perry94022 at hotmail dot com

Karen said...

I am afraid to be a blogger, so to all you great bloggers out there- hats off!