Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Own Blog -2014

My name is Joan and I'd like to welcome you to the MooseStash!  MooseStashQuilting is the name...Quilting is my game. I can share a little background with you...  :-)  I professionally crafted for 14 years before finding my passion as a quilter. A fabric-holic, a thread maniac, a gadget collector, sewing machine junkie... the list goes on and on!   LOL!!  I'd "like" to sum it all up by saying I am a fabric artist, but really I am just a girl who can't keep her "butt" out of those darn quilt shops!

 (Oh and I love to dye fabric too. This one was snow-dyed)


In my real life I am an 18 year, customer service agent at the airlines. I retired a couple of years ago, only to realize that I really missed getting yelled at for just about anything and everything!  :-) So back to work I went. I learned long ago, not to take it personally. When things are out of our control, we tend to panic and blame whoever is near.  Finding time in the ole' sewing room is a must, for me to keep my sanity!  Although some will tell you, that it's been out the window for so long, that I will likely never find it again!  My sense of humor tends towards the raucous!


These two could be proof.  The front and back of a pillow for the Pom Pom Blog hop I participated in last year. I call it... "The Way We Were"
So sad, so true!
LOL!!

Quilts are a lot like people...some  you love, some you don't. But we have to treat each and every one with respect and grit our teeth occasionally.  This one here, like to drove me to the loony bin. It was a mystery quilt that went mysteriously wrong.


For some reason, I was sure that by pressing the tar-nation out of it, all would be well....
              Well, I'm here to tell you, it just ain't true!  Darn it!!
                  I share the good, the bad, and the ugly with you.         
          :-)  No secrets here!  I'm human and I make mistakes!  :-)
                           (but you didn't hear that from me)
                                                    ;-)
                                                         

(I just needed to be quilted)

For myself, I started blogging to motivate me, to finish projects that had been started long ago. And to really take the plunge into photo quilting. It was such a good plan...  But soon, I found this huge community of support and inspiration to start a zillion new things!

Like this great "spool" quilt from Nanette, over at Freda's Hive


What a stash buster!

I've even shared a tutorial or two...
The most popular being Hidden Wells. 
I wrote this after stumbling on a couple of web sites.

You can find others on my right hand side bar.


I got involved with the greatest Yahoo group  "The Quilted Table". What a wonderful bunch of gals there. Its small quilting table topper projects. Tamera finds one or two free online patterns for us monthly and we just make a project and share photos.  Five or six times a year we swap toppers, mug rugs, candle mats, that sort of thing.

This one came from Mary, for our "Picnic Tables with Style" swap. Isn't it just fabulous!

Great minds must have been thinking alike, because this is the one I sent to my partner.

:-)

We even have monthly fabric swaps. What a great way to make friends, while building that stash!
Here is the link to join our group and have some fun...
              http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/quilted_table/info
We will need to approve your membership, but not to worry, I help out with that job, so I will be right on over there to take care of that for you. Sharon and Tamera are always there for you too!



I am trying to reel myself in a bit this year and tackle those pesky PIGS  (projects in grocery sacks) that are still piled high. You can see the list on the lower right had sidebar. It's shrinking, but progress is slow.  :-) I hate to admit, that I have even lost some of them. I know they are in a tote in that sea of totes somewhere in my storage room!  UGGGGGG!!


Our blogging community is absolutely terrific. In my 5 years of blogging, I have made some amazing friends. For those have followed me, you have heard it before...

This is the one place that we can all come together and get to know each other, without any kind of preconceived notions. We don't judge who you are, how you live or what you choose to do in your life. It's all about, the interests we have in common. We cheer each other on, champion our causes and share like no other place on earth!  Can it get any better?  :-)

As for me...my goal is to inspire and entertain you down this "crazy" quilting road me all "seam" to love to travel.
   
                 It would be a honor for me, if you would like to join us!

                            In the spirit of "growing" my blog,
                       I would love to offer you a 'lil give away!






               Not 1
               but 2
           fun patterns!

           









Leave me a comment telling me if this blog is for you, and what you would like to see. Heck, I'd love to know a little about you while your at it, too!   Feb 15th, I will be picking one lucky winner for these 2 patterns and a few other little surprises!  :-)

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                     To sum things up here, I really am just an ole...

Come join the fun!


Thanks to Vicki at 2 Bags Full for this huge undertaking!
You can see the complete list of bloggers...
http://vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com/2014/01/welcome-to-grow-your-blog-2014.html

Have fun!


72 comments:

  1. Joan, I have been following you for quite awhile! I enjoy your blog and your humor. You are very talented and inspiring! So yes, this blog is for me.. just keep doing what you do! Thanks for the giveaway offer!

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  2. I have enjoyed your sense of humor and cant wait to see what 2014 holds.

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  3. I have been following you for a while, I get such great ideas from blogs like this. And I have to admit I LOVE the pillow!!!

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  4. I have been following you on bloglovin since last year...your MISTAKE quilt will be just as warm as any other and probably just as loved. love from Oklahoma, USA crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  5. You're one of my favorite blogs...I love following you around!

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  6. This is definitely you. A lovely selection of all that you do. Just imagine, if neither of us blogged we would not be able to stir each other along!! That would be a shame.

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  7. I always enjoy visiting your blog. I know I will leave with a smile. Thnaks! ... :) Pat

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  8. Your blog al wats make me happy and always learn something new and that is great!!!! Love the way you describe your quilts....

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  9. and i would follow you anywhere laughing all the way..that is what you bring to our community…such an asset

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  10. Hi Joan, I'm not a quilter but one of my best friends is and I totally get the "PIGS" problem, having seen my friends sewing room! I enjoyed my visit to your blog - Grow Your Blog is a wonderful idea. Elaine www.ascattering.blogspot.ca

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  11. Hi Joan, I'm Beth one of Vicki's GYB party volunteers. Your quilts are fabulous girlfriend... I am quite jealous :D I hope you have lots of fun at the blog party and wish you much success at "Growing Your Blog"!
    Hugs and have a great weekend,
    Beth P

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  12. I LOVE that pillow and remember almost spitting out my coffee when you made it... Makes me think of the song- do your EARS hang low, do they wobble to and fro..... well insert WHAT those pompons are covering on top instead of EARS..... LOL

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  13. I'm a long time follower because you are always full of great advice and fun projects. I wasn't even a quilter when I started to follow, but slowly I'm gaining a few skills. :)

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  14. Your Pom Pom pillows crack me up! I've been a follower for a while. I'm a slow quilter, but love to stay current reading all the blogs. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  15. Ah, hah! A senior delinquent, eh? I knew it! Keep up the good work. Always look forward to your posts.
    barb at www.mountainquiltworks.blogspot.com

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  16. Hi Joan
    I've been following you for a while - I recognise those pom poms!
    I love your sense of humour!

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  17. Just started to follow you, but will continue to enjoy your "raucous" sense of humour. Just got back from trip to Mexico where the beach boasted both images you depicted on your pillow! I think the connection made me laugh even harder. Looking forward to following your completed quilts.

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  18. I have been following for a while and always enjoy your posts. I love seeing the things you are working on.

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  19. Morning Joan, I have been following you for some time now and I clearly remember almost choking on my tea when those pom poms appeared on my computer screen - OMG! too funny and yes so true!! I love quilting, it is a passion and any free moment I get is dedicated to that, evenings, weekends, and my favorite... holidays will find me quilting to my hearts content!!

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  20. So lovely! :)
    Greetings from Finland!
    Hugs, Ulla

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  21. I, too, have been a follower for a long time. I enjoy your "silly" quilts - I think the way we were is the best of them so far - But I enjoy all your quilts as well as your wonderful, fun writing style. Yes, I'm one of those who actually reads the words! I changed to following people mainly with RSS, but still kept my Bloglovin list - good thing - when the hard drive crashed I lost the RSS feeds. Hence the double feed. Keep plugging along on those PIGS - we all have them, then actually buy more of them at garage and estate sales. Thanks for the entertainment with coffee you provide.

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  22. I enjoy this blog and seeing the quilts. I haven't quilted in years, and after reading the grow your blogs I may have to get back at it.

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  23. Your blog posts are always filled with humor and beautiful projects and always bring smiles and belly laughs.

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  24. Im following mainly because we have the same sense of humour but also I just loved the pom pom cushion and the delinquent quilty too!! Brilliant!
    Why DO boobs need to droop so, when you've spent all your womanly life with them hauled up so they wouldn't?
    There's so little justice in this world ~
    And we also have a similar fabric storage system by the looks of it too LOL

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  25. I, too, have been following you for awhile! Enjoy all your posts.

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  26. OMG, you made me laugh with those bikini pillows! Great stuff ~

    Soooo, you went back to work to be yelled at? Poor gal. I just left a job of 15 years where that was all I encountered. I went to work for the State of CA - now no one will be yelling at me anymore ...

    Visiting from GYBH - come on by for a visit.
    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  27. Ha ha I love your pompom cushions....adorable and v cheeeky!!
    .....popping by as part of the 'grow your blog day' Its such a lovely way to find super new blogs to read...I am joining along with you too
    bestest weekend wishes
    Daisy j

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  28. I love your sense of humor. I used to embarrass my husband and my friend's husband with my humor when we played cards. They weren't used to a woman having that sense of humor. I've tamed my sense of humor over the years. Mine was totally out of control. I adore your blog and follow via Bloglovin'. I like this post and learned even more about you.

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  29. I've been a follower for awhile and enjoy your wonderful projects…and most of all...your sense of humor!!! :)

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  30. Hi Joan. I have been following you for a little while. I found you through one of the blog hops that Madame Samm had. I always enjoy your blog because of your wonderful sense of humor. Your projects are a delight to see, so I want you to know that I look forward to seeing you post and enjoy reading every word you write. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  31. Hi Joan. You sound like a fun person! It would be fun to meet up, but Iive in New Zealand so that's unlikely. I love the quilts you've chosen to include in your post.

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  32. Hi Joan...ty for visiting my blog. What a colourful blog you have and what fun quilts! It was a joy to see your blog.

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  33. Hello from another 'grow your blog' participant. Are you enjoying this party as much as I do? I love your work and sense of humor. If I'm lucky winner of one of these lovely patterns I will learn to quilt. It has been on my dream list for a while...
    Evalina, This and that...

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  34. I am so glad I found your blog in the hop, you made me literally LOL with your cute pom poms! I love your sense of humor and cant wait to read more of your blog. Im a new follower as well. I found your blog through the hop, stop by if you get a chance. http://www.domesticdeficitdisorder.blogspot.com/

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  35. Very fun post. My first visit here. I too am a quilter. Thanks for participating in Grow Your Blog Hop.

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  36. Wow, you have some wild quilts there, girl. Thanks for visiting my blog. Please enter me in your giveaway.

    Judy in Colorado
    judy@atticraggedys.com

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  37. I have always loved your sense of humor even "before quilting" and that has been a long time. I read your Blog every day to inspire me to keep trying. Thanks Annette

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  38. i have been a follower for a while now and love your blog. if you have too many ufos, scraps etc i would be honored to finish them and donate to charity. that is all i make anymore and can always use for fabric. thank you for a great giveaway. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  39. been following you a while , love your blog

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  40. I love your fun attitude-I may just check out your yahoo group-about 7 years ago or so I learned how to quilt in a yahoo group called beginners and beyond-I am still friends with many of the ladies there. I love to hand dye too-and I have some hand dyes for a giveaway at my blog here now. I am a new follower Kathy

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  41. I've been a follower for quite some time and I can always be assured that I will have a smile on my face when I read your blog, love your sense of humor. I remember the Pom Pom ladies from the hop last year and they still crack me up.

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  42. Oh dear, I needed to stop laughing to type. Love your pom pom pillows, and that quilting graffitti! I just clicked your follow button.

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  43. I just joined your blog and am looking forward to many more posts. I,too, started my blog about a year ago to track my own progress throughout the year. Sometimes life gets hectic and my posts are way late but that's ok too. Feel free to visit me at grammysstudio.blogspot.com

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  44. You my dear are the life of the party, besides all of the amazing stuff that you make...that cushion definitely got me in.

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  45. You my dear are the life of the party, besides all of the amazing stuff that you make...that cushion definitely got me in.

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  46. Hummer is always a good thing. Anyone who can work in customer service for an airline and lives to tell the story...and then goes back after retiring...deserves a metal! I'd love to have you come visit me at http://aquiltersmission.blogspot.com

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  47. I love following your blog and remember your pom pom pillow well. It kept me giggling all day.

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  48. Love your blog, Joan. I am an email and google follower and thorougholy enjoy your creative side. Thanks so much for sharing, and please, keep on blogging.

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  49. i see you have a wonderful sense of humor & i love that!! such a must have in this time & age. 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

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  50. Thanks for stopping by my blog in the GYB party . I have been a follower for sometime and love visiting , you always make me smile :-) thanks for a great blog!

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  51. I love your blog - been following for several years now. Your quilts are always a joy to see. I'm an experienced beginner quilter who plans to learn machine applique this year. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  52. Great Blog name and sense of humor. I am coming along for the ride.

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  53. LOL!!! You made me laugh...I actually found myself tilting my laptop saying: "Honey check this out!" LOL!!! Stop by: myplvl.blogspot.com (I'm a newbie to all this fun blogging stuff!!)

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  54. Hi!!!! I am an oldie and I really enjoyed this post!!!!! You really know how to have fun!!!! Thanks

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  55. Love your humor...how did you last 18 years in Customer Service??? Keep finishing your quilts, because there is always several more you would love to be working on.

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  56. Hi Joan,
    I too am a follower of your fun blog. I enjoy all the blog hops and I certainly appreciate your sense of humor. I feel the same way. without a sense of humor, life would be pretty dull and depressing. (my family tells me that my sense of humor is a little on the wicked side, but they laugh even so.
    I love the watermelon table runner. Makes me look forward summer especially after our Maine winter.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  57. Of course this blog is for me. I have been following you for quite a while. I love your sense of humor. And a Cozy Strip Club pattern! Cozy is my local quilt shop. I have taken my granddaughter to strip club!

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  58. Your blog looks wonderful! Mooses! I will sign up to follow your blog and follow along for awhile! Thank you for sharing. Finishing up unfinished is on my list for this year, imagine that?

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  59. A wonderful stack of Pigs, I try to only have 3 projects at any one time, sometimes I fail ;-) Your post is happy and funny so I am off to sign up to follow and then read backwards for a while.

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  60. Is there a difference between PIGS and UFOs? This is my first time to your blog. I am a fairly new quilter. I have only completed one quilt, but have another almost done. I have a half dozen or so, UFOs--they aren't in grocery sacks, just plastic bins--so maybe they should be called PIBS?

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  61. The dye-ing process sounds interesting to me. Need fewer toddler around my legs to do any of that, but interested nonetheless!

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  62. Hi, your blog is great, I have added it to my favorites. I really like the blue and purple quilt with the stars and flying geese. Please can you tell me where you got the pattern? If you designed it yourself, WOW.

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  63. I have been a follower of yours for awhile and just love to see your quilts and read your posts. You always make me smile. I don't have a blog but enjoy quilting, really piecing the most and am always happy when it is finished. I too have a ton of unfinished projects but I get lots of inspiration from bloggers like you. So thanks.

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  64. Love your blog, just asked for email updates. I have too many ufos and need a place like this to relax and have fun.

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  65. Love this blog. I've been following this ever since I was in a guilt swap and ended up with one of your creations. It's a snowman table topper and it graces the kitchen table every year. Just love it. I have to say with all this cold we've had I'm ready for the snowman to go away though! You always make me chuckle and smile when I read your postings. Keep it coming!

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  66. Oh Joan! I adore your blog and I believe I am already a follower ... but no matter ... you always bring a smile to my face and you ALWAYS leave such kind words on my blog, how could I pass up an opportunity to leave a little love for you??? Thank you so much for sharing and I may just be hopping along into one of your groups one of these days, should I be lucky enough to be approved ;) .... Best wishes to you, Wendy of Why Knot?

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  67. Hi Joan,

    First of all, I love your profile photo -- gotta love a woman who dresses up as a witch. :) Moreover, I love your humor -- that was one of the most entertaining introductions I have read so far.

    Your projects are all great -- I especially like your watermelon topper. (Why do I crave watermelon now?)

    It has been lovely to meet you -- I hope our paths will cross again in Blogland.

    Greetings from Germany,
    Birgit

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  68. Birgit, I had so much fun, and quite a few smiles reading your post. Those pom-pom ladies - oh my! - LOL. Glad to meet you via GYB. I live in Southern California in US and have been quilting since 1986. Thank you for the quilt show. It was a pleasure to see it.

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  69. Well, hi to Birgit, but it was Hi, to you, Joan! I can be ditsy sometimes.

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  70. I love this blog and am joining via email right now. You are my kind of gal. I so resemble the pompom pillow-side 2 that is! I love your work and your sense of humor and I plan to checkout some of the sights you have listed and join a few. Thanks so much for the inspiration and laughs. Jackie

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  71. Thank you for sharing your talent with us - your blog and quilts are wonderful - it has been a pleasure.

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