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Monday, October 26, 2015

Halloween Haunt hop



To Marian of Seams To Be Sew I give my sincerest gratitude for arranging this Halloween Haunt blog hop. I also wish to thank everyone who participated with their wonderful projects without which we wouldn't have treats to hop along and be inspired.

Thank you!  Please be sure to visit all of those haunting on this hop today:

Tuesday, October 27

Why Knot Kwilt (you are here)

For haunting this year's Halloween hop, I created the Boo Ghost table topper (or wall hanging, in this case) 


from the Art to Heart Table Please Part Two book.  You all know that I adore Nancy Halvorsen's work and once again she proves to be as dependable in her quick and easy patterns.  Always a favorite.  I discovered that since this is Part Two, I obviously will have to find Book One ... goes without saying {wink}.



I thought my daughters would enjoy this happy ghost shouting boo at them.  I feel the colors are not the typical dark but still work with the Halloween theme... besides, the ghost is just so cute! 


We also have been provided a generous $25.00 gift certificate giveaway from the

Fat Quarter Shop

If you would like a chance to win this gift certificate, please visit the Fat Quarter Shop website and comment below telling me which Jolly Bar you would purchase if you won the $25 ... not that you have to purchase it, but just for purposes of this giveaway.

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As a bit of explanation for past readers, followers, and friends of my blog, I will admit my contribution to this hop may be limited, especially since I haven't posted here since April.  I actually signed up for this hop in hopes of getting back into the swing of quilting and blogging.  

It didn't work out like I'd wished.  Having to trek to libraries, coffee shops, book stores, or friends' for internet access kind of limits a person's desire to browse blogs at one's ease during down time.  Lack of internet was not the only hindrance this time.  The burn out of yet one more well-used Bernina sewing machine puts a bit of a kink in the plans of a quilter.  However, I found another hand-me-down for which I'm grateful and I had several generous offers of loans for use to finish some projects.

Where there's a will .... there's always a way!

Always be positive, kind, and grateful!

As for any said down time, during the last several months my writing skills have been used for composing legal documents in on-going court battles regarding my two most precious daughters who still reside in Montana while I live and work in Tennessee.  That fact alone has lent towards a huge downwards spike of staying inspired, creative, and light-hearted.

My reasons and needs of having to leave the life I had in Montana remain the same and the decision to leave would not change had I a "do-over." However, when a person is presented with pages of her blog in Court to be used against her for some unknown reason and without explanation, she begins to question the desire to write and share on said blog. 

 While I am still in the battle that is my day to day life, it is understood that my friends have had to move on with their lives as my problems proved exhausting or overwhelming to them on top of their own lives. I will always remain grateful for everyone and everything that has gotten me to where I am today.  My email and phone number are unchanged so always welcome friendly, supportive conversation! 

To everything there is a season.... 

Today, I am grateful my daughters are alive and healthy ... as am I.  I am grateful for my faith and belief that God has a plan for us for which He is preparing me.  I am grateful for the wonders of my new work experiences at FedEx and the opportunities of furthering my education in hopes of providing my daughters a strong, capable role model as not only a mother but as a woman in today's world.

I am grateful for each and every one of you that have stopped by to leave comments through this blog over the years. I sincerely thank you for your time, thoughtfulness, and kindness.

I will always be grateful for all of your kind words about my creative works.  I hope to one day be back to earn that kindness again soon.  

Until then, Happy Stitching!

Happy hugs and warm-hearted wishes, 





66 comments:

  1. I love the ghost runner, that's very cute, found book one for you on ebay and amazon... so they aren't totally not available.. I can't imagine what you've been going thru and I'm truly sorry your having to deal with any bad things in your life. It sounds like your on the right track and I only wish you more and more best wishes for your future. If you ever need to vent, I'm a good listener, and a quiet one. I'm very happy you decided to participate in Halloween Haunts, I know it can be hard to get those juices flowing again after an absence.

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  2. Wendy, so nice to see your blog pop up on my reading list. Thinking of you and know that you will find the silver lining. I wish you all the best in your legal journey and know that your heart will always be full and will carry you far. Take care...

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  3. The Prairie Jolly Bar looks lovely! And Jingle -- always love Kate Spain fabrics for Christmas. Your Boo decoration is super cute! Best wishes in sorting out your current struggles. I always try to remember "this too shall pass". Hopefully sooner rather than later -- and with a positive outcome.

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  4. Very cute ghost! I love Nancy Halvorsen's work too.

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  5. I would love a Ambleside Jolly Bar.

    I love your wall hanging and hope this rocky portion of your life passes soon. I know that I would not enjoy crafting in similar circumstances.

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  6. Thank you for sharing! I haven't visited the Fat Quarter Shop for my favorite Jolly Bar, but I want to let you know that I will be praying for you. Love your wall hanging!

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  7. I love your ghost and the Boo lettering! I'm glad that you were able to get a little sewing done in the midst of very difficult times. May God give you wisdom and strength as you continue the battle. Take care!

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  8. Very cute runner. I am sure it will bring a smile to your daughter's faces.
    As far as the jolly bar goes, I think my favorite would be Union Blues Jolly Bar by Barbara Brackman.
    My email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com
    Thanks you.
    And best wishes and prayers for your situation to improve.

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  9. Too cute. Nothing beats Art to Heart for the holidays! :-)

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  10. Love the table runner/wall hanging but why did you have to show me that book LOL. I HAVE to look into buying #1 and #2. Those patterns look awesome. Thanks for sharing and good luck getting back in the swing of blogging!

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  11. I really like the Lakeside Gatherings. Thanks for the great givewaway.

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  12. My favorite is the Gooseberry Jolly Bar. Wow, so many great choices! Boo! To you and yours Happy Halloween! ;-> Toni Anne

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  13. Thanks for making and sharing your boo wall hanging. It is very fun!

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  14. This is my first visit here...you are certainly going through a lot and I offer prayers for a resolution to your situation. I hate that some of your friends have deserted you...maybe they were not really friends. I like the BOO wall hanging and I'm going to have to go look for that book!!

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  15. Varsity Bar. Your Boo ghost is so cute. It will really decorate the table, but would also be adorable hanging on a wall.

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  16. Your project is just wonderful! Thanks for sharing and good luck with your legal battles!!

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  17. I love Me and My Sister's Hidee Ho bar. And your wall hanging, and Nancy Halvorsen.

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  18. Bread n' butter is my favorite! Prayers to you for strength in your battles.

    Beth

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  19. Your Ghost Wall Hanging I So Cute!

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  20. I like Prairie but Varsity is also tempting me!

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  21. I like Snowman Gatherings II- Thanks!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  22. I've always liked Nancy's work - this is BOO-tiful!

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  23. Bandana is my favorite Jolly Bar. Happy Halloween. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  24. Bandana is my favorite Jolly Bar. Happy Halloween. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  25. You always delight me with your creations and your sweet posts. That ghost will definitely make your daughters smile! Battling a legal system full of loops and lies can definitely take a toll. Be strong my sweet and "Wicked Wendy" and know you are always in my thoughts.

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  26. The Jolly Bar I would purchase is Sticks and Stones. I love anything by Laundry Basket Quilts! Thanks for sharing your delightful tablerunner! I'm sure that your daughters will love it.

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  27. Such a cute wall hanging! I'm going to have to pop over and order the book, thanks for the link to it. I would buy the Union Blues Jolly Bars. Rina

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  28. I just love your table runner, it is adorable. Don't stop stitching, you are very talented and everyone needs a place to escape. I pray you get over your hurdles and you and your daughters find peace together.

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  29. I feel you! I know what it feels like to be stretched in every direction once and sometimes something has got to give. You'll come back when you're ready😁
    As for the Jolly Bar, now is the time I want to start on Christmas gifts, so Jingle looks best

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  30. I like the Fresh Air Jolly Bar, thanks for the chance!

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  31. Fresh Air Jolly Bar. It would go perfect with a PP bluebird that I am making for placemats
    your ghost is just too adorable. you daughters will love it.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  32. Can't decide on the Jolly Bar ???? Your Boo wall hanging is adorable. Love the colors. I am amazed you can function at all much less create anything with the heavy weights on your heart and mind. Stay strong. {{{hugs}}}

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  33. I love your runner! So sorry you are going through such a struggle! I agree that sometimes it is hard to stay uplifted when so much is going on. I will keep you in my prayers. Stay strong for yourself and your children.

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  34. I understand how it can be difficult to find time both to craft and hop. I am missing several hops this year for lack of being organized and prepared.
    I had a hard time choosing, so I chose the Bread 'N Butter Jolly Bar®
    Your ghost would bve a welcome addition to a door or made into a flag!

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  35. I would choose the Under the Mistletoe Jolly Bar. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  36. Love your 'Boo' wall hanging! As always you have added a very sweet project to another wonderful blog-hop! You have a very creative heart and will do well. I am hoping that you do not give up on your blogs and posts....you are deeply cared for as you can see from your posts. True friends are there for you always, through thick and thin. Please keep doing what you do best and keep creating. Thank you for posting!!

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  37. Under the mistletoe jelly bar by three sisters for moda yesssssssss But there all cool.....Ty for sharing your boooooo ghost my grandson loved it....happyness044312yahoo.com

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  38. Adorable Boo wall hanging. I'm glad you were able to share it with us. I'm so sorry to hear of your ongoing problems and hope you'll be with your girls soon. As for the Jolly Bar: Union Blues by BB!!

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  39. So glad you were able to join the hop, I love your runner, Unable to decide on a Jolly Bar. I wish you good health and strength through the legal battles..

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  40. Sorry to hear of your issues with your family. It must be challenging. That said, your wall hanging is delightful. I'm sure your daughters will love it. I would love the Bandana Jolly Bar if I won. Thanks for your honesty. Best wishes for the future.

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  41. Thanks for sharing in the hop especially with your family challenges. I love your Boo! Wall hanging... It is so sweet! I'd choose the Hollys Tree Farm as my Jolly Bar, thanks! Hope things smooth out for you!

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  42. Your BOO hanging is delightful! I have not made anything with a Jolly Bar but it would be fun to try! I really like the Windermere fabric but am also liking several pieces of the Vintage Picnic collection. I am sorry to hear of your family struggles. As you said...God does have a plan for you and I believe you will be blessed! Thanks for sharing!

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  43. I made a quilt using the Bandana Bar this summer. Your boo table runner turned wall hanging
    is cute as well as versatile. May you have peace in your heart knowing God will come through.
    I also pray it is soon.
    I'm praying for the girls too.

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  44. I would choose a holiday jolly bar. I'm sorry you are having family problems but you seem to be able to now see some positives to your situation. I will ad you & your daughters to my prayer list.

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  45. I love the ghost. I would like the Bread 'N Butter Jolly Bar.

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  46. Love your ghost table topper, adorable!

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  47. Love the BOO hanging. Just proves that ghosts can be cute. HAPPY hALLOWEEN

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  48. Wendy, I'm so sorry that life has dealt you a hand of nasty cards. Your faith in God will lead you through this and take you places you've never dreamed of! Peace to you, my friend.

    About the jolly bars, this one is my favorite (currently): Hi-De-Ho Jolly Bar® by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics

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  49. I could use some Christmas in my stash, so maybe "Jingle"!

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  50. Love the Boo wall hanging. Sure hope that you are reunited with your daughters soon. mtmom57@gmail.com

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  51. Your wallhanging is soooo cute!! Sending prayers for your Success & all settled soon...Blessings & Ohio Hugs to ya too! :)

    I would spend my certificate on a "Prairie" Jolly Bar! thanks for chance to win your give-a-way!

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  52. Love the ghost and his greeting. Wishing you all the best in the near future hugs and prayers.
    I think I would select a Christmas jelly bar
    in stitches

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  53. I think your project is lovely...and isn't it so true, we never know each other's personal battles, but hopefully, we all are supportive and kind...and check up on those that drop out for whatever reason. I will be praying for you and wish this were not something you have to go through. I hope from all the comments you feel the love...

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  54. Wendy, it was so good to meet you on the airplane...made traveling so much nicer. �� I continue to pray for you and your precious daughters! Never doubt that God's plan for your life is perfect! Continue to trust Him and praise Him. His steadfast love never ceases! ...Katie

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  55. Love your ghost table runner! Nancy Halvorsen is a favorite of mine, too. Great job!

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  56. Mistletoe Lane Jolly Bar. Wendy, life would be boring w/o those ups and downs. Stitch often, it truly takes the focus off the not so positive life situations and as you know creating encourages thinking, reflecting. The Ghost runner is so unique...:)

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  57. Oh Wendy. I am so sorry that your life is so stressful right now and can only hope that things improve for you and your daughters very soon. When you are able to be more creative and share with us, I'll still be here.

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  59. Don't you write anything on your blog anymore?

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