Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hugs And Kisses From Me To You!


YOU'RE GONNA LOVE THIS BLOG HOP!

Oh my! What fabulous paper piecing patterns these two came up with for this blog hop!


Thank you!

I LOVE to paper piece, so this was a wonderful treat for me. My quilt has 11" finished blocks and is made with "2wenty Thr3e" fabric by Cosmo Cricket. The pattern (with a few changes like adding the paper pieced blocks) came from the book "Happy Hour" by Atkinson Designs. 


I LOVED how it was beautifully stitched by Quilted Works.

My hubby and I took a road trip to find a nice spot to take a photo of my quilt. We ended up at the Gunlock Reservoir in Gunlock, Utah. It was a great trip and I LOVED spending time with my hubby! 

You can skip all this if you want to, but here's some interesting trivia about Gunlock: The town of Gunlock was named after William Haynes "Gunlock" Hamblin who was born Oct. 28, 1830, and was married to Mary A. and Betsy Leavitt. He died on May 8, 1872, in Nevada from poison given to him so he couldn't testify concerning a silver mine he had discovered and was selling. He was the father of 17 children, and was given the nickname "Gunlock" by George A. Smith, for whom he drove a wagon across the plains and worked for him as a gunsmith. He got his fame for his great marksmanship. At 50 paces, he shot the bottom from a pipe bowl without touching the rim. He won a $50.00 bet.

Whew! The thought of 17 children makes me hyperventilate! You'll also note that he had two wives...at the same time. I LOVE this kind of historical info that makes anyone's genealogy much more interesting!

I fell in LOVE with the heart and arrow, so I made a nice little Valentine pillow using it.

I LOVE GIVEAWAYS!
I picked up a $20 gift certificate from Quilt Taffy for some lucky winner...

The rules...
  1. Leave a comment...short and sweet works for me!
  2. It can be mailed anywhere...yes, even to the other side of the world.
  3. You don't have to be a follower to play along.
  4. Giveaway ends at 5 p.m. PST on February 19thEntries after 5 p.m. PST on February 19th will not be included in the giveaway.
  5. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: If you aren't sure whether or not you are a no reply blogger, LEAVE ME AN EMAIL ADDRESS...pretty please! You can't win if I can't contact you! 
Hopefully, you didn't nod off with all this little history and giveaway stuff, because there
are lots more places you will LOVE to visit today to get some Hugs and Kisses inspiration.


Feb 12th


Lady Carol

Lady Sandy

Lady Cynthia

Lady Pat

Lady Jolie

Lady Susan

162 comments:

Scrapatches said...

Just beautiful, Carol! The 2wenty Thr3e fabric looks great in this quilt. The pillow looks so nice and soft and squishy. Thanks for the chance to this great giveaway. XOs from me to you, too ... :) Pat

Anonymous said...

What a great story about Gunlock. I never knew that's where he got the nickname! Love your quilt - it's absolute gorgeous and what a great line of fabrics. I like that there's pink in it, but it isn't all candy sweet! dezertsuz at gmail

Hooked on Quilting said...

Thanks for sharing your quilt with us and for contributing to the Blog Hop (and the great giveaway).

hooked.quilting @ gmail.com

Judy B said...

Your Hugs & Kisses quilt is beautiful! Sweet pillow. Thank you for sharing and the history lesson about Gunlock!

Amy said...

I love it! So modern and the fabrics you choose fit it to a T.

Janet Monahan said...

I love what you did with the 3 blocks!

Cynthia said...

Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous, Carol! I love the pinks with the corral colors and gray. It is really stunning. We used to live in Santa Clara, so I've been to Gunlocks quite a few times :)

usagypsy said...

Great post! Beautiful quilt made with one of my favorite fabric collections. Love it!

Anita said...

Great job and lovely projects!

Anonymous said...

Waoh, 17 kiddies, OMG. I sometimes get nuts with my 3 boys at home, but 17...? Well, divided on 2 women, you will hardly have all the 17 sitting around a huge table, what a chaos it would be.... LOL
I love the quilt, the picture is great, and the fabrics are exactly the one "of my sooooo long wish list...".
The pillow is great too, but I love your quilt!

Suze said...

A man that can put up with two women - wow! When I read that, I went back and reread it and then I looked to see where he lived. I'm baaaaad. All my life my grandfather lived in the same house with my grandmother and her sister. It was my dad's side of the family. At some time, all three of us kids asked MOM why grandpa married grandma not Aunt Ruth. After they all died and my parents were cleaning out the house, they found a valentine from grandpa to Aunt Ruth. I have no idea when he gave it to her or the circumstances. He was sick with leukemia for years and years and the two ladies took care of him.

Your quilt and pillow are phenomenal. I love the fabrics you chose. You did a beautiful job of your projects. I like the heart and arrow design, too.

Glad you had a great day with hubby. Also, glad that not everyone is snowed in the house. Thanks for participating and contributing to a great cause(s).

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Beautiful quilt…lovely pillow and interesting trivia on Gunlock. Thanks for sharing :)

Britt-Inger said...

I love your quilt. The fabric is so awesome and the quilting is great. Thanks for sharing and for a great giveaway.

Lesley said...

Your quilt is gorgeous and looks so beautiful with the beautiful background. Well done!

Shauna said...

Love the quilt so pretty and great story!!!!

Shari said...

Fabulous quilt and cute little pillow. So these blog hops improve your time with hubby as well eh?! Great idea to spend the "picture search" time with him too. Is he the reason behind why you always have such wonderful photo shoots?! LOL

Patti said...

Pretty, pretty quilt and pillow! Love the story of Gunlock!

charlotte said...

Love your quilt, Carol. Best use of that fabric line I've seen.

Mdm Samm said...

ohhhhh soooo pretty my heart is just filled with ox for you and your pretty talent… history lesson oh y ….

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

So pretty! I love the fabrics & colors you used.

Betsy said...

Carol I always love when you take part in the hops because your creations are always unique and beautiful. I love the quilt and the story. Thanks for hoping.

ozone3 said...

Beautiful Quilt!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Carol I love the quilt - the fabrics you chose are just gorgeous! And the pillow is perfect for the holiday. :) blessings, marlene

giddy99 said...

Love the quilt! I love paper piecing, too!

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

I love historical fun facts, so thank you for sharing! Love the quilt and the pillow... both are just so sweet!

Teatime Creations said...

Love the gentle colors and the way the heart designs work in the quit. lovely.

Vickie said...

Carol, I love your quilt and pillow, the setting for the pictures and the story of old Gunlock.

Julie said...

Carol! Your quilt is awesome!! You knocked it out of the park.

Marit Johanne said...

Such a cute quilt! And I loved the scenery and history about Gunlock!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Very nice Carol!! I like your bright colors.

Carol said...

Wow, I love the quilt--the fabrics are so bright, cheery, and spring-like--with that gorgeous paper-pieced heart! Then in black for the pillow--Wow! again. The history of Gunlock is interesting--love learning things like that. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Melody said...

Love the design and the fabric

Dorian said...

Very nice Carol. That black really makes your heart pillow sing.

Sherry VF said...

Love the patchiness of this quilt. It owrks so well with the pp'ing. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Thearica said...

Your quilt is fabulous and the photo shoot location... welll, I just wish I had such spots! :)

Leah said...

Beautiful quilt! I love all the fabric choices. They all play so well together.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, I just love your quilt. What a great spot to photograph your quilt. I liked reading the history. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

Ruth said...

Very cute quilt and pillow! Love the black background for the pillow.

ga447 said...

Just love all you do. Have a great Valentine's day.

Carla said...

Love the fabric you chose and the pattern is just perfect. Cute pillow too.

Vicki B said...

Loved your project and the history lesson. 17 kids wow and I had my hands full with 4.

KaHolly said...

Interesting post today. Cute, cute, cute fabrics for fun projects.

Doris Rice said...

absolutely beautiful! And the road trip with hubby a bonus to the whole project.

Abbigail said...

I like to learn the history behind things like that too. The pillow is darling!

Tanyia said...

beautiful quilt and pillow! I love the fabric used for the quilt as well.

Lana said...

SO YUMMY! That is a beautiful quilt and pillow!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Fabulous quilt and pillow!

WoolenSails said...

This is a fun hop, love seeing heart pieces and I love the ones you have made.

Debbie

Mystica said...

Love the quilt. Thanks for sharing.

patchouli moon studio said...

Carol what a great quilt, pillow and scenic spot. I like your "photo shoots".

SIMPLESEW said...

its beautiful and a love story...to a little road trip.. love the red and black combo and the quilt colors are meshed together flow so sweetly

Margaret said...

I love the quilt.Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful spot and gorgeous day to show off your fantastic quilt. I enjoyed the history of the location. Thanks for sharing.

Needled Mom said...

I LOVE that Valentine's quilt. It sounds like an interesting place to visit too.

Kathy H said...

Great quilt. I love the colors, not just all pink and red, it makes the quilt more interesting and not just for Valentina's day. The only problem with this hop is that I will want to make so many of the quilts for Valentine's day but won't have enough time to get them done for this year.

I like visiting places like you did and hearing those little historical tidbits. Lots of fun.

Lisa Marie said...

Cute projects and interesting story about Gunlock's namesake. Thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

Carol, once again you did great. Love the quilt, and the pillow is so cute.

gpc said...

What a sweet quilt! And I love the pillow. :)

Lou said...

Love it!! The colors are beautiful! Thank you for the history tidbit:) They did have lots more children back then but 17... oh my!

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

So pretty and I agree 17 kids makes me want to go hide!!

Connie Cain said...

Love your quilt! Being a newbie, I love to see everyone's work. It awes me to see such workmanship and I wonder if I will ever get there. :)
craftyccain@gmail.com

Amy DeCesare said...

Great photos and great projects made with those sweet blocks. The pillow is super cute!

Linda Loosli said...

I love the beautiful quilts in your pictures! Wow, the history information was so fun to learn! Keep up the great work! Hugs! Linda

sandra said...

Very beautiful quilt and cute pillow. I love the pictures and where you went to take them. 17 children hmmm.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing and for giving us this opportunity!

Lorene Holbrook said...

short and sweet! hugs

qlt7scrap at gmail dot com

Farm Quilter said...

Great hearts!!

Soma Acharya said...

What a fabulous quilt, Carol!! It's stunning! The modern fabric you used for the Valentine's quilt looks amazing and I LOVE the pillow so much.

The thought of 17 children would make me hyperventilate too! LOL!!

Thank you for joining the blog hop!
-Soma :)

Linda said...

Hi,Such pretty projects!
Thanks for sharing!

cobaltt16@yahoo.com

legato1958 said...

Quilt + pillow = pretty!
Love heart additions!

Susie

Julie in WA said...

Love the quilt!
Love the history lesson!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Lovely projects! I especially like the colors in the quilt. Thanks for the chance on your wonderful giveaway!

barb said...

i love doing geneology! you always find out something interesting. i love reading your blog. and beautiful quilt. babscorbit@gmail.com

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Fun projects--especially love your quilt!

Anonymous said...

Love the scenic background and the story about Gunlock. Your quilt is simply beautiful and the pillow looks very soft!
- Jennifer (quiltedcat07 @ gmail.com)

Carol O said...

I love your hugs and kisses quilt.
caoshea2002 at yahoo dot com
Thanks!

Gill said...

Gorgeous quilt! and I love the story about Gunlock!

Sewgirl said...

Beautiful work…I am a glutton for Valentines hearts and hugs and kisses!

Createology said...

How very interesting you are. I adore your quilt and pillow of Happy Hearts. I have been to Utah many times yet do not know of Gunlock. Thank you sew very much for Hopping...

Marjorie Nath said...

Love the history lesson..seems the older I get the more I enjoy learning about the past. The quilt is cute and I know a few young ladies that would love it but the pillow really is the killer for me. I'm not a frills gal so the black with red pillow is just right (not too girly)for me.
thelady at hotmail.com

Janarama said...

Beautiful projects Carol. Great use of the paper pieced blocks.

Jeanie said...

Love the quilt and the pillow too! 2wenty Thr3e is one of my favorite fabric lines and looks fabulous in this quilt. Love it!

Jane S. said...

Really interesting information about Gunlock! I enjoy finding out stuff like that.

Your projects are just wonderful! Using a black background is such a different idea for Valentine's Day. I love it. :)

MooseStashQuilting said...

Beautiful quilt for a beautiful setting. 17 kids...that would drive me to drink! LOL or lock myself into my quilt room and never come out! LOL!!

madebymeinred said...

What a great quilt and a good reason to drive away for a perfect photo shot. Good idea using the pattern and mixing in the paper piece. Your quilter is outstanding too.

Anonymous said...

Lovely colors and quilt. Interesting history of Gunlock too.

Bonnie said...

Love the quilt. It looks great with the paper pieced blocks added. The history was interesting. It's always fun to find out the background. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lori said...

wow your quilt and pillow are fantastic. I so love short trips with my husband also. Its like I get him all to myself and no interuptions. Thanks for a chance.
quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Great post! Your quilt and pillow are beautiful! I took a class many years ago for paper piecing, I'll have to do some review, lots of cute patterns out.

Thanks for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Love those fabric selections in your kwilt. Great photo.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!

Diann said...

Love your pillow. Simple and effective and perfect for Valentine's Day.

Crow Calling Woman said...

Sweet! I love seeing what everyone did with this pattern. Wewt-Wewt!
Crafting 4 goddess at gmail dot com

Vicki H said...

Beautiful quilt and great story of Gunlock.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Hello Carol,
your hugs and kisse quilt is gorgeous, lovely colors wonderful fabrics.
Thanks for sharing!
xo
Bente

Angelia Lanouette said...

Great story and beautiful quilt! Hope you don't hyperventilate but my mother-in-law is the youngest of 18 children...same mother and father and a few sets of twins. Thank you for sharing!

Cindy said...

Love your quilt, it turned out beautifully! Loved the photo and the added history... wow 17 kids... can barely handle two grown boys let alone 17, lol.....

Linda said...

Oh, Carol! I love the quilt and the pillow! And thanks for the history lesson. (I love history, too!)

Baa. xxx said...

Love the colours in the quilt - very pretty!

DH said...

I enjoy Blog Hops because I find lots of new bloggers to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...

Love your hearty designs. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Moira said...

Great use of the pattern in your quilt and pillow! Thanks for the giveaway!

DebraKay Neiman said...

Love the quilt, but the pillow is the tops. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Cecilia said...

Cute quilt and pillow! Thanks fir the history lesson, I enjoy learning the history about different places.

maggie said...

Great project Carol! I love the fabrics.
I love historical stories. Its fun to imagine what the lifestyle of these early settlers was like. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the great giveaway.
Cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Dropping by from St. John's, NL. Lovely work. Thanks for sharing.

Just Quilt It said...

Oh, I love this quilt, Carol! Very pretty!

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

INteresting history lesson about Gunlock, Utah but I was especially touched to hear that you and hubby got to have a little alone time finding just the right spot to take your pics! And a wonderful project it is...thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! sewingblogsarefun@yahoo.com

Jo said...

I am with you about the 17 children I don't think I would have made it to 50 if I had that many children. Your quilt is beautiful

PK Sews said...

What a sweet and joyful quilt! And thanks for the Gunlock story too. Thanks so much for a delightful visit to your blog!

Sandy W said...

Beautiful quilt!!

tink's mom said...

Your quilt is lovely but I'm in love with your pillow. Great job.

jmniffer said...

I enjoyed the historical trivia...I cannot begin to imagine 17 children! Thanks for participating and for the giveaway.

Corrie Hadaller said...

Amazing work!

Cheryl said...

Very beautiful quilt!

Sheri said...

Nice quilt!

Emily C said...

What a cute pillow. So perfect for Valentine's day.

Melissa Miller said...

Very nice quilt. That story is great. It's interesting people like that that I enjoy finding while doing genealogy.

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

Beautiful quilt and pillow. Loved the black in the pillow. First time I have seen that. Thank you for sharing...bpfrimmer@yahoo.com

Tamie said...

Seventeen children would make me hyperventilate too- even split among two wives.

carla said...

Hi!!! They are both very sweet!!! Two wives?!!!! Oh!!! Not the wives the quilt and pillow!!! Hee hee

Bethany M said...

How beautiful! Thank you for sharing, you did such a great job!

Kristal said...

I've just realized I've never been to Gunlock . . . I'll have to go there next time we're down that way. I'm super jealous of the weather you're having down south!

jan said...

Very cute! Great fabric choice. Love the pillow too.
xo jan

Kathy Davis said...

I just started paper piecing again. I forgot how much fun it is. Thanks, Kathy
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Brandy Pettit said...

It's so great you and your hubby got to have a little get-away time, and thank you for the history tidbit! Also your quilt is very fun :)
~Brandy

GranChris said...

Love the quilt and thanks for the history lesson.

Kristy said...

Very sweet quilt. Love the colors. Thanks for the giveaway. K-

Kristen King said...

Terrific projects Carol!!! :)

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Love the quilt it is so springy. How refreshing to see a picture without 3 feet of snow!

nicolesender said...

Your quilt is impressive! The photo was done well. Like where you went to take the picture.

Sandra said...

Your quilts are lovely.

syvisser@gmail(dot)com

lauraluvsloons said...

Perfect quilt for February, brightens our snowy, cold winter.

Kim said...

Love your quilt and pillow. Gunlock sure had a lot of children. I can't imagine what life must have been like with that many kids. I'd probably end up in the insane asylum😉

Lynn - JnL4God said...

Nice History and thanks for the giveaway. Lynn jnl4God@live.com

JanesQuilting said...

I heard of Gunlock, Utah long time ago, but never that. I enjoy History myself. I know when I write my posts I sometimes get winded. Thank you for the story. Your quilt...very pretty! I too fell in love with the heart.

P Bybee said...

pramuditahandaristi at gmail dot com

I love that pillow! Love the black and pink color too!

Timtirim said...

Dear Carol! Your quilt is my favorite in the first day of the blog hop. It's wonderful! I love the colours of it, too. Hugs from Hungary
timea.greman@gmail.com

Rachel said...

That was an interesting bit of history. With 2 wives and 17 children, are they sure he didn't poison himself?? :P That 2wenty Thr3e pink heart is my favorite bit. Nice work.

Cherry G said...

Carol, I LOVE your quilt and fabric choice, and that pillow is beautiful... enjoyed Gunlock's story, but 17 kids, wow, I can't imagine! Thanks for the inspiration!

LJ said...

I love history and especially when the history lesson is short and sweet!! :) Great looking quilt but I felll in love with the pillow; it certainly speaks "Love" in a big way.

Corrie said...

The 23 quilt is fabulous. That is such a great line and you made it shine with those blocks. Cute! Looks like a fun trip!

Wendy said...

what a gorgeous quilt! That is interesting about him having 2 wives, it fascinates me!

Julia Plunkett said...

Hi Carol! I haven't been able to keep up with this blog hop but wanted to leave you a comment. Love your quilt and great use of using the blocks. Beautiful job on the quilting.

sofen said...

That quilt is just beautiful!

jachelno at gmail dot com

Michele said...

Just fabulous Carol! I totally expected something in the typical Red, White and Pink scheme and love that you did something totally different.

MoeWest said...

Your quilt is very pretty! I love the soft colours. I enjoyed the history tidbit.

Patty said...

It's so cute how you changed the pattern by adding the different blocks. I've always loved that collection. Won't try to spell it cos I know I'll mess it up. Thanks for a great giveaway.
paweis at yahoo dot com

Mara said...

2 wives at the same time, I just thought you were listing his wives and 17 kids, hyperventilate is right.

Sewing Mom said...

Oh how lovely...so cute. Thank you also for a chance to win your giveaway.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Short and Sweet!

Joan H. said...

Darling quilt. Beautiful fabrics.
Talented girl.

Wendi said...

Love the info about the town and the man it was named for.. the quilt is great as well

Marian said...

Lovely quilt, love the pillows, congrats on top 2 ..

Cheryl said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love the fabric line and how you integrated other blocks! Well done! Mrscwatson81@hotmail.com

Theresa said...

Your quilt is beautiful.

Sarah said...

Your hearts are so cute!

Sewing Mom said...

How beautiful! This is turning into a lovely blog hop, so much creativity...but very diverse.

Connie said...

What a beautiful quilt and pillow and how fun to go with your husband to Gunlock for a photo shoot!! 14 children......wow!

Jen Barnard said...

Lovely cushion. Thanks for the giveaway. jen.barnard@btinternet.com

Afquilt said...

Thanks for the chance to win!