Grow Your Blog Event 2015

Hi, I’m so glad you stopped by!  Thank you for coming to see what my blog offers.  In a word, much!  But first, I want to thank Vicki at 2 Bags Full for hosting this blog hop party.  And I want to thank my regular readers for all their support over the past year.  I plan for this next year to bring as much fun and variety as the first year.  Click on the Grow Your Blog Button below to see all the blogs participating in this year’s event.

grow your blog 2015

I have been blogging for one year now, (it is my blogiversary tomorrow!), and I do enjoy sharing the many projects I do.   I think a blog should be a source of inspiration and learning for the reader, so I concentrate on content.  There are lots of tutorials here – just look in the upper right corner above the banner picture for categories of tutorials you can see.  I enjoy quilting, crafting, sewing, designing, cooking, reading, gardening, beading, wool work, stamping, photography and playing with my glue gun.  I go hiking in the warmer months in these beautiful North Carolina mountains, and share my best pictures with you.  Here’s a sample of what I have blogged over the past year –

I have quilted and sewn for many years, and each new project brings fresh excitement.  This past year, one of my quilts was accepted into the American Quilter’s Society show in Charlotte.  It was my first quilt accepted into a juried show!


I created several Quilting Tutorials for basic skills…


and a few more fun Quilting Projects.  I have a designer page on Fave Quilts too!


I created a few sewing projects


and crafting projects

Jars basket 2

My garden and veranda occupy a lot of my warmer weather attention.

Porch July 2014

I enjoy cooking, baking and creating new recipes.  This is Rustic Egg Bread.

Egg Bread 14

Try my Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup for a cold winter day.


Sometimes I do research on interesting foodie items, like this article on salt.


And sometimes, I’ll tell you about silly holidays with things you can do to celebrate, like National Donut Day.

Donuts 3

On holidays, I’ll show you my tablescapes, both formal and informal.

Thanksgiving Tablescape 6

Lunch table

In the fall, we go to the local Apple Festival every year, such fun!  We go to other local events too.


We enjoy hiking and exploring the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, see our view from home on the header.


I read a lot too, and often post Book Reviews, sometimes with a Movie Review.

13th Glazed Murder garden Food12 QuiltAsYouGo elegance GoneGirlBookClubCookbook_09-06-11 Tim Gunn Th 101 Knifeskills BreadAlone

I have just so many interests, I have to write about all of them.  DH says I have a low threshold for boredom, so I have to have something going on all the time.  The variety of subjects keeps me interested, and allows me to work on more than one project at a time.  Coming soon are articles on sewing and serging, creating more fun projects with buttons and natural materials, and a series of small quilts for tabletop display, along with several new recipes, book reviews, and mountain living articles.  Check out the categories on the sidebar for more articles, projects, book reviews, recipes, and more.  Or click on the home button to see the last several posts.  If you like a variety of subjects, heavy on the quilting, crafting, cooking and reading, you’ll enjoy this blog.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will come again.

74 thoughts on “Grow Your Blog Event 2015

  1. Oooh what a fun blog with lots going on! Congratulations on having a quilt accepted into the American Quilt Society, I bet you well chuffed! I am joining you via Grow Your Blog and will be back to visit you again soon! Have a great day. Sunshine Girl – Grow Your Blog section 24.

  2. You are amazing! I don’t know how you can fit so many things into your life. I like to quilt, read, sew, have five dogs, eleven chickens, two birds and a husband. It seems that I don’t ever get a chance to do the things that I love to do. What is your secret? Again, you are amazing! I love your blog!

  3. Good morning from just North of you… we are almost to the VA state line! What we would not give to have that kind of view every day! We love the Blue Ridge and come for a day out when we can! Your blog is fabulous and I am going to follow you and I hope you will come and follow me back.

    Have a fabulous day!

  4. Oh I enjoyed reading your post Carole and getting to know you even better! I’ll be watching for those “donut holidays” to perhaps share with my second graders!! Have fun with the hop. I hope it brings you many new sonderful followers. I know I sure do enjoy being one!

  5. Hi, I’m one of Vicki’s helpers checking all the blog links as part of the Grow Your Blog hop. Wow you are busy, but I understand, my family calls me twitterpated…not because I tweet but because I am always doing something. I am going to have to try some of your recipes and read your tutorials. Have a great day.

  6. Dear Carole,
    Welcome to Grow Your Blog party. wooo… i love your table decoration and cooking.. the dishes looks very delicious.. Hope you’ll made some new friends and have new followers in the weeks to come. Big Hugs from Singapore

  7. paintedthread

    I’ve been to your blog several times – whenever post on Linky Tuesday, but I’ve just focused on the quilting posts. I now see I need to return for the photos and the food, too!

  8. Hello and thank you, Carole ! I so appreciate the nudge to post my own Grow Your Blog Party post. I can’t believe that I had forgotten after having my post saved and ready for days !
    I love your place settings ! I try sometimes to really make dinner special, but there are too many at the table and so many varied dishes that the fancy stuff is removed to make more room ! I will visit you again to see your latest table setting.

  9. Your quilts are beautiful! Something I need to try again. Those recipes look great too and I will probably be trying one of them out 🙂 We do love our food here 🙂 Lovely area you live in also, I love being outdoors as much as possible ans would love to hike in your neck of the woods >

  10. Susan Clarkson

    I have enjoyed your blog since I discovered it some months ago. Keep up the good work! I’d love to have a view from my home like you do. I’m in Sacramento, California & am lucky to have a few trees between my home & the neighbors, or the street, depending on which way I’m looking. Love all your activity. You are a woman after my own heart.

  11. I’ve just joined your blog via email. Look forward to getting to know you better. This GYB Party is the best! So many great blogs to discover and new friends to make!! Yippeeee

  12. Congratulations on having your quilt accepted to the show. That must be exciting. I think I’ll hunt through your quilting tutorials sometime. I’m only just getting into quilting and there’s lots to learn.

  13. Your quilting looks awesome and such a beautiful part of the country you live in.!! How exciting to have your quilt in a juried show. I have just completed my first quilt and had so much fun making it. I made it from some antique squares that were given to me by an old friend who passed away. HOpe that you are enjoying the Grow you Blog event. It is so much fun meeting so many new people and sharing in everyones creativity.

  14. What a great, eclectic blog. Eclectic is a good word to use when you’re “accused” of having too many interests! I love food and I love quilting. You have some great ideas. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do in the future. Now I’m the newest folower!

  15. HI carole I am a new follower of your blog and so happy I visited. Your quilting is beautiful. You sound like you could be my sister with all the interests and things you have going at the same time. Such a beautiful blog post. I hope you will come visit.

  16. Thanks for your comment on my blog! You have a very busy and creative life and I will hop back soon and read some more. What a gorgeous part of the world you live in. cheers Wendy

  17. After reading your post I think we are kindred spirits – at least as far as interests go! I had to stop mid post and add one of your books to my Good Reads shelf – I love books about cooking and food. We lived in Virginia for many years and your photo of the mountains make me a bit homesick. Have you read The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flynn? One of my favorites! So good to meet you and find your blog.

  18. It’s very nice to meet you! Happy Blogiversary. I hope you have as much fun this year as you did last year. I’m following you via Bloglovin from the GYB hop. I enjoy crafts, cooking and hiking as well. We are blessed to have such good hiking trails here in Ohio. Right now we’re buried under snow, though! Have a great week!

  19. Monique U

    Hello, Carole, from a fellow GYB 2015 gal! You are someone, like me, with “craft ADD”, though in my case it was a serial malady LOL. I can only really handle one craft at a time. Your blog is a treasure… sewing, baking, beautiful surroundings and elegant tables… what’s not to love?

    Following via Bloglovin 🙂 I’ll be back!

  20. bethnpenn

    I am so glad I found your site. I have visited several of your past posts while here…. I love to read, I like to bake bread and I do some quilting. So I know I shall be back to visit often. I signed up through bloglovin.

  21. I’ve enjoyed my visit! I am embarking on making my first ‘real’ quilt (king sized – nothing like jumping in on the deep end!) so I know I’ll be back to read your tips on quilting posts. Thank you for inviting us to visit.

  22. I can see why you would never be bored. I really enjoyed your donut (sic) day and your garden post. Your tablescapes made me smile, because I believe in a good tablescape, whether formal or informal. I really enjoyed visiting your blog. It was a genuine treat, just like those gorgeous doughnuts.

    1. Thank you for commenting, I did do some research and found that both spellings are correct, and the books call them donuts. I tried to reply but the email address you entered wasn’t valid. I do respond to every comment. Thanks for visiting!

  23. Congratulations on the first anniversary of blog writing for you! I love all those stitching projects you’ve shown; the white mini quilt in the post after this, is gorgeous.

  24. Hi Carole, so glad you stopped for a while in Normandy during the GYB Party hop. I have been amazed at all the talented women taking part this year, your quilts are fabulous. I checked out your book shelf and saw 2 that I’ve read, 13th Tale & Gone Girl, will have to investigate the rest courtesy of my Kindle Fire!

  25. I’ve really enjoyed looking around your blog. I also love dreaming over seed catalogs in addition to sewing/quilting. I’m looking forward to your future posts! ~ Lisa

  26. Hello Carole

    It’s lovely to meet you at Vicki’s GYB party and thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your comment.

    I love your blog and I take my hat off to you for getting so much quilting done as well as working!
    I quilted years ago when my children were very young and last year I went back to a class called English Paper Piecing – I’m making a little hexi bag, a Brigitte Giblin pattern, it’s for my daughter’s birthday in June. I love hand sewing, I sit in the evenings as my husband watches the history channel – I’m not a huge TV person apart from things like Downton Abbey!

    I read some of your book reviews and enjoyed them – I’ve always got a couple of books on the go too!

    It’s a pleasure to visit your blog.
    Enjoy the party!


  27. Hi Carole, the views from your home are just stunning. And your garden and veranda look very pretty. I am enjoying seeing so much from the Grow Your Blog party.

  28. Tanya

    Wonderful blog! Visiting from GYB party and so glad I found you! I love the table stand quilt frame!!! Looking forward to following you.

  29. Love your blog! Thank you for stopping by my blog and saying hello! So many goodies on your blog and your quilts are beautiful! I always wanted to take up quilting and still have my books on quilting…maybe some day! Just became a follower of your blog! 🙂

  30. Thanks for the GYB visit – and I’m delighted to make my way here and find your lovely piece of virtual real estate. So many delicious wonders to peek at. Look forward to visiting frequently and seeing what you’re up to.

  31. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I’m overwhelmed by the number of blogs in Grow Your Blog and it’s taking me forever to get through them. Did I hear someone say we have a year to visit everyone? I’m going to need it. I love your blog – I adore your tablescapes and your quilts are lovely. I’m going to browse through the tutorials. I have never quilted and I would love to learn. We have a fabulous quilt store near us, bolt after bolt of beautiful fabric. It’s so nice to meet you.

  32. Thank you for coming to visit me Carole. Otherwise I may have missed your lovely blog. I was going to comment on the quilt in the first picture, then I saw some of the other things. Basically I loved it all! LOL

  33. Hi Carole! Thank you for visiting my blog. I think it was very clever of you to have that Blogspot page that directs people over here. And let me say, I’m loving all your projects and will be following to see what else you have up your sleeve.

  34. oh my! your quilting is so professional! you also have a variety of interests like i do so i will deifnitely be following along. My daughter and family have just moved to Georgia so I know how beautiful that area is.

  35. CynthiaCrane

    So many wonderful things here! The quilting tutorials are much appreciated as that is something I would like to learn more about. Thank you so much for them! And the recipes, too, everything looks so yummy! Cindy from

  36. Hello Carole, and thank you for your visit on my blog. Here I am just looking a bit around. I am not into quilting I must say or into cooking much but I am sure I will find something interesting in your blog afterall!It looks lovely!AriadnefromGreece!

  37. quinn

    Thanks for visiting me at Comptonia, and thank you for your soup recipe. If I have all the ingredients, I will be making it today!

  38. Hello Carole, thank you for visiting me at Apple and Apricot! You have a beautiful blog with lots of beautiful projects. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us through your tutorials. And I love love your veranda with the beautiful green view. I’m following you now via my wordpress account!

  39. Carole,
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I have thoroughly enjoy checking your site this morning. Noticed your Kennie like mine (a great workhorse). I have put your blog on my list of faves. Enjoyed the scenery.

  40. Thanks for stopping by my blog , I have been following your blog by email for a while , I don’t comment often but always read and love your work . I better change my bad habits:-)

  41. Hi Carole, thank you so much for visiting my blog too …. glad to see I’m not the only one who’s taken this long to get around to saying hello to everyone 🙂 You have such an interesting blog and you live in a fabulous place – so much music around you.
    I’m going to try and follow from either Blogger or Bloglovin and keep up with you. (Yes I do have a redundant WP account which is a pain … can’t be doing with it but it won’t go away lol)
    Best wishes
    Fil in Ireland

  42. Carole, it is a pleasure to meet you through GYB 2015, thank you for your visit to my blog and for taking the extra step to contact me by e-mail, big hug to you from Australia for that! I have enjoyed reading through your posts, you are everything in a blog I would love to be; regular, organised and an informed great read – oh well they say opposites attract!
    I am looking forward to the year ahead following your My Carolina Home life, come with me and we’re going all over, with only a one way ticket to Paris and no real plan 🙂 LOL
    Wren x

  43. you had me at Blue Ridge Mtns. I’m in Virginia. were you just visiting or? i love the purple quilt that is gorgeous. we had a friend make us a quilt just one to hang on the wall … one about the size of a little wall hanging … love it. such a great wedding day memory. if that is your porch i love it … love those blooms too. i will keep check on your blog to see what you are up to next. have a great week. ( :

  44. Hi Carole, thank you for taking the time to visit my blog through the GYB event! I like that you blog about different and interesting things that I enjoy too. Take care.
    Julie at Julie’s Lifestyle

  45. Hello again Carole, I just followed your lovely blog through Bloglovin! I do hope that you will follow me also on Bloglovin from the GYB event so that we can become new blog friends since we have a lot in common. Thanks again.
    Julie at Julie’s Lifestyle

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