Sunday, June 5

Zippy Seahorse Bag Contest & Blog Hop Giveaway Winners!

Do you know what song has been running through my head for the last five weeks?  The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends".  I wish I could sing it like Joe Cocker did, because that would make everyone laugh, coming from me.  But as an old James Taylor fan, that's the version I've been singing and humming all month!

Truthfully, I get by with a LOT of help from my friends.  I can't do enough to thank all of the friends who've helped me promote my book.  And not only those who participated and created such wonderful stops in the Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop, but all of you who followed the hop and left kind and enthusiastic comments along the way. So many of you have said what a fun blog hop this has been and how you've followed to the very last stop.  :)  If it was possible to give a standing ovation in Quilting Blogland, that is what you would see me doing right now!

So for today's post, before I get to announcing the winners of the giveaways held here on BuzzinBumble, I want to entice you with one last contest, with the goal of shining the spotlight on every one of my blog hop participants.  

I've made something special as a way to say thank you.  Actually, two "something specials" and you all can earn multiple chances to win one!

Two Zippy Seahorse Bags to Give Away!

Zippy Seahorse - Sewing Notions Bag - #craftedapplique

I made two little appliquéd bags to give away to two lucky winners!  Each bag is eight inches square and fully lined and has a zip closure at the top.  Each one also contains 50 light blue Wonder Clips.  Zippy Seahorse is a new design I came up with just for this giveaway.  I hope to play around more and develop this into a pattern.  Thank you Teresa for that suggestion.  (LOVE the paper pieced seahorse she made!)

How do you earn a chance to win a Zippy Seahorse Bag?  I'll tell you at the end of this post!  Mwah ah ah!


Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop - Giveaway winners!

At each stop in this blog hop, participants gave away a copy of my book and they each will notify their own winner.  I've sent out quite a few books already and a few of the later hop stops still have giveaways in progress, so you might want to check them out!   

Here on BuzzinBumble, I had six giveaways, with seven winners.  I used the Random Number Generator to choose each winner, based on comment number.  Here are the results below.  Congratulations and I'll be in touch with each of you soon.  Thank you to everyone who left so many wonderful comments and shared thoughts about their favorite color combos, first quilts, and favorite book projects!   

Prize #1's winners are:

Prize #2's winner is:

Prize #3's winner is:

Prize #4's winner is:

Prize #5's winner is:

Prize #6's winner is:


The Fun Isn't Over Yet!

Zippy Seahorse - Sewing Notions Bag - #craftedapplique

A Brand New Blog Hop!

Remember that Zippy Seahorse Sewing Notions Bag giveaway?  Well here is how you can earn chances to win one: 

By going blog hopping again!  Just check out the blogs and pages and posts linked in the list below and leave a meaningful comment there.  

This is a brand new, one week long blog hop to show my gratitude to the past hop's participants.  I hope you'll take the golden opportunity to get to know them better.  There has been some confusion about this, so I just want to clarify:
**The bloggers are the same but the posts are not. Comments you left in the old hop, while really wonderful, do not count in this new Spotlight blog hop.**  Only comments on the newly linked posts, shown in the list below will be counted.

When you are ready, just come back here to this post and leave a comment, telling me how many stops you made and commented on from the list below.  That's how many entries you will get in the contest drawing.  For instance: if you visit and comment for all 30 bloggers, you will get 30 actual entries.  

Everyone is welcome to enter and I do ship internationally.  

On Sunday, June 12th, we'll write up all the entry slips, then randomly draw two winners and verify their wins.  I'll let you all know who won a Zippy Seahorse Bag on Monday, June 13th. 

It's really important that you leave contact information if there is a possibility that you are a "no-reply commenter".  If I don't have any way to reach you, you can't win.  Many people must not be aware of the problem, because all last month there were many no-reply commenters who forgot this step and it's a real bummer.  

Okay!  Here's the new Spotlight Hop List below, in alphabetical order.  
*If your last name starts with a letter in the last half of the alphabet, you might sympathize with the people on the last half of the list and start visiting stops in reverse alphabetical order.  :)

You can click on each blog title and the link will take you to a specific post or page that's being spotlighted for this hop and where you can comment for an entry in the giveaway.  

Spotlight Hop for the Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities 
Blog Hop Participants

1. A Few Scraps - Christina Cameli  
Wild Quilting - Christina makes complex quilting designs simple and straightforward in her new Craftsy class. I took her class and it lit a fire under my own quilting abilities.

2. A Quilting Life - Sherri McConnell  
Pattern Launch: "Mahalo" - One of Sherri's favorite quilts, originally made by her great-great-grandmother. This one is sewn in Sherri & Chelsea's Desert Bloom fabrics.

3. Alycia Quilts - Alycia Carmen 
Follow along with Alycia as she is actively involved with Quilts of Valor and her presentation posts are incredibly moving.  Check out MysteryQuilts4Military!

4. Amy Made That! - Amy DeCesare  
Pattern launch: "Be My Valentine Heart Mug Rug" - so sweet and fun and if you explore further, you'll see that Amy has made a few of these and they're fun to sew any time of the year!

5. Charly & Ben’s Crafty Corner - Ruth Bourke -
The start of the Rainbow Rose Quilt Along with Modern Quilter's Ireland.  Ruth has designed a wonderful quilt for this! Explore color theory and make either a Charm square quilt or a Layer cake quilt.

6. Confessions of a Fabric Addict - Sarah Craig - 
Sarah's 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop is coming soon!  Get a head start this year on your handmade gift making with a sleigh full of ideas to inspire you.  There will be a little bit of something for everyone! (Including occasional extras, like yummy recipes and holiday decorating.)

7. Cut to Pieces - Angela Pingel
See Angela's radiant Disappearing Rainbow quilt - the inspiration for her Craftsy class "Disappearing Blocks Using Precuts".  I took this class and it's so exciting and fun! 

8. Freemotion By the River - Connie Kresin-Campbell
Pattern release: "Confetti Steps".  Connie is an ambassador for Island Batik and this pretty quilt will be traveling from quilt shop to quilt shop all year. Connie's patterns are so well written!

9. Fret Not Yourself - Ann Brooks
On the first of every month, Ann hosts the Kaleidoscope of Butterflies linky.  She started this as a way to bring attention to the importance and beauty of butterflies and the need for habitat restoration.

10. Happy Quilting - Melissa Corry
The free Summer Solstice Quilt Along is starting on June 9th and ends on September 15th.  There will be easy step-by-step biweekly directions.  Melissa's quilt alongs are always great!

11. Meadow Mist Designs - Cheryl Brickey
The free Meadow Mystery Quilt Along starts on July 7th and runs 'til April 2017.  Directions are revealed on the 1st Thursday of every month, but you can also choose to get a sneak peek if you're a good secret keeper.   Cheryl makes this a fun event every year!

12. Musings of a Menopausal Melon - Sandra Walker
Pattern release:  "Blue Skies" and "Sunny Days".  Sandra's had some bona fide hits in free patterns through Craftsy and Moda Bake Shop. These lovely quilts are her very first "for sale" pattern.

13. Needled Mom - Mary Schuberg
Check out Mary's amazing paper-pieced sewing notions blocks!  She meant to make only one, but got carried away, with such fun results.

14. Pumpkin Patch Quilter - Valerie Smith
Valerie is an award winning free motion quilter with her latest article in Machine Quilting Unlimited.  This post shows some of the magic she works with client's quilts.

15. Quarter Inch From the Edge - Jenn Trott-Zisserson
Jenn runs Throw Back Thursday, a fun linky party where you can show off quilts that are a blast from your past on the first Thursday of every month.

16. Quilt Paradigm - Judy Murphy
Judy has been quilting quilts for Kat's charity Covered in Love.  This one's a woodland beauty and the blocks were made by Kat's bee mates at do.Good Stitches.

17. Quilt Shop Gal
Quilt Shop Gal always shines the spotlight on others - that's what she does: shares #CreativeGoodness!  She's been discovering the delights of Creativebug and you just have to read her post.

18. Quilting is More Fun Than Housework - Cynthia Brunz
Pattern release: "Spin".  Cynthia has written a pattern for a completely different and beautiful take on a log cabin quilt, just wait until you see it!  The giveaway on this post is over, but comments are welcome.  

19. Quilting Jetgirl - Yvonne Fuchs
Pattern Release: "High Road Low Road" quilt. Choose from six different sizes to make Yvonne's fun, modern quilt.  It's a great scrap buster and has lots of negative space for quilting fun. 

20. Red Letter Quilts - Heidi Kuntz
Heidi is the host for One Monthly Goal - an inspiring linky party with prizes.  Share your quilting goals in the first week of the month and then return and share your accomplishments in the last week of each month. 

21. Sew Fresh Quilts - Lorna McMahon
As the host of Let's Bee Social, Lorna gives many bloggers a great start.  She has been swept away with the #MMminimini challenge from Make Modern Magazine and you just have to see her cute critter blocks!

22. Sew Slowly - Kaja Zieslar
Kaja is an improv quilter who follows her own creative muse with every quilt and it's so fun and inspiring to watch her work.  This post is about more play with Crafted Applique, shared at Kaja's suggestion.  

23. Stitchin At Home - Cindy Pieters
Cindy is a gifted pattern designer and here she's creating another beauty with lots of design potential.  She plans to write up a quilt pattern using this block.

24. Stormy Days - Dana Gaffney
Every month, as faithful as the sun, Dana creates and finishes a bright and beautiful quilt for Sharon's "Let's Book It" linky party.  This month she has an extra something special to share too.

25. Studio Sew of Course - Sandra Jansen
Sandra is a very accomplished quilter, with practically every technique.  Here she shares a wonderful color wheel quilt, made for one of her surprises for a friend.

26. Susie's Sunroom - Susie Zlogar
This post happens to have the "Folk Art Christmas" quilt, which Susie just made and it turned out beautifully.  But, you also have to see what her clever mind came up with for repairing a worn out bag. 

27. The Way I Sew It - Paulette Horn
Scrappy Mountain Majesties has to be one of my favorite quilts and Paulette's is a real beauty.  I love both her sense of color and her sense of humor.

28. Triangles & Squares - Christine Sherman
This Oh-So-Sweet 16 patch quilt will make your heart feel all warm and squishy.  Chris has a gift for putting together wonderful fabric combinations and making fresh and fun quilts.  

29. Val's Quilting Studio - Val Reynolds
Val is the host of the "Tuesday Archives" linky party.  Each week she picks a theme and you can link up and show off your quilts no matter how long ago they were made.  This week was "I Spy" quilts.

30. Whims and Fancies - Soma Acharya
Soma is a very talented paper-piecing pattern designer, with a gift for simplifying designs yet creating the full effect. She sometimes takes on custom pattern design commissions too.  Visit her shop and let her know which patterns you love most!  Part of the proceeds from Soma's sales go toward her favorite charities.


That's everyone!  They're such a great bunch of bloggers and I think you'll have a ball hoppin around and checking out everyone's posts.  I hope the Zippy Seahorse bags are an appealing incentive too. 

Usually, I make it a goal to reply to and reciprocate all comments.  I really love it when you take the time to stop and chat.  This month, with the Blog Hop and multiple giveaways in progress, I hope you will understand if I don't manage to keep up.  

You can click on the pup to leave a comment.  Good luck and thank you for participating!


  1. so, you want us to go back and leave ANOTHER comment on their blogs--even if we commented the first time around?

    1. Hi Nancy,
      Yes, that's the idea! This is a new, one week long blog hop and these are all different posts. How much you do is totally up to you.

  2. Congrats to all the winners!! Awesome blog hop. And I'm going to try for one of those zippy bags! So far I did not win a book :( . . . but I will buy one for sure!

  3. This was SOOOO much fun, Lara!! Thank you for including me. I love that you got me to play with appliqué. You are amazing for doing this and I am very proud of you :)

    The seahorse bag looks amazing! Good luck to all!

    -Soma xx

  4. Lots and lots of fun. Congrats to all the winners. I visited each and every blogger on the hop and left a comment.

    1. Hi LJ, I added an edit to my post to try to explain this contest better.

  5. Love your seahorse pouches Lara, After finding out about your new book and blog hop I tried to go to every blog, not sure if I did or not, but I will say I went and left comments at at least 20 of them :) Mara

  6. I LOVE your zippy seahorse bags!! Those are just adorable. You've outdone yourself this time - and thanks again for the shout-out for the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop!!

  7. Your seahorse bag is incredible. You do such beautiful work and the fabric selection is perfect. I, too, loved Teresa's seahorse. It has been a wonderful hop and I have enjoyed meeting so many new (to me) blogs along the way.

  8. Your seahorse bags are beautiful Lara and will make a wonderful pattern! Thanks so much for a fun-filled blog hop and a shout-out!

  9. this was such a fun and inspiring hop. thanks so much. i love those sea horses pouches. thanks for a chance. I went to all 30 blogs and left a comment. that was fun also.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  10. Hi Lara! I spent the evening visiting all 30 spotlight blogs and left a comment at each. Even got some replies back already! And I picked up a new one to follow too! (. . . hope it works . . .) Thanks for doing this. It was fun.

  11. I visited all 30 blogs, I left comments on 29 of them ( one I was unable to figure out). Love that seahorse bag.

  12. Well you know I will be visiting some blogs and leaving some comments - I am SO in love with your Zippy Seahorse bags Lara!!! I got my book in the mail Saturday and I'm totally stoked to play with your method this week - I already have the perfect project for it in mind. And thanks so much for the link to my Fractured Seahorse - such a nice surprise to see it there!

  13. sweetpeamarie2003@yahoo.com
    (Forgot my email address)

  14. I have visited all 30 blogs and commented. What an awesome bunch. So much talent. Thanks for putting it all together.

    1. That's wonderful Sam! I agree; they really are an awesome bunch!
      Your comment came in with you as a "no-reply" commenter, so I hope you'll check back here and leave contact information, in case you win.

  15. Love the seahorse bags! Thanks for including me in your wonderful blog hop it has been a blast.

  16. Lara, I was lucky enough to win a copy of your book and I think it's changed my life! Thank you so much for your generosity. I'm off to visit all of the blogs involved again. I loved loved seeing all the inspiring projects!

  17. Nice seahorse bags ....And ty for a different look at all the bloggers i got all 30 in... happyness04431@yahoo.com.... ps great blog hop...

  18. thank you thank you thank you - so excited to have won the fabrics :):):) and love your seahorse pouches - so adorable - and I look forward to visiting all of the bloggers for this week's blog spotlight !!

  19. Such a fun hop and lovely giveaway! Congrats to your other winners and Thank you!

  20. Thanks so much for all the fun and all those new blogs and your book and ....! I really enjoyed it very much! And I also visited all 30 again which was another great thing! I am glad i did! Your seahorsebags look so wonderful! I would love to win,lol!
    And congrats to all winners, such lucky ladies!

  21. I can't believe how busy you've been the past couple of months. It takes so much work to put these blog hops and giveaways together. Your little bag is adorable - so well done! Enjoy your summer.

  22. The seahorse bags are so cute! I just love how you embellished these. I've visited 3 of the sites this time.

  23. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks for having me on the hop - had great fun visiting and seeing all the projects!

  24. Your seahorse bag is so cute. I visited all 30 sites and was happy to find a few new to me blogs to follow.

  25. It's so much fun to be a winner! Congratulations to all the lucky ladies! Your pouch is precious! Nice of you to offer up one more give away. Wish I had time to visit everyone on your list! Have a great day!

  26. beautiful bags, congrats to the winners, I won on another blog and can't wait to get my book, Thanks you so much

  27. Tada!!! I finally managed to visit and comment on all of the hosting bloggers - with the exception of Whims and Fancies which brought up a data connection error and said it was not a valid site. So 30 site visits and 29 comments. I finally picked up the supplies I need so I can play with your technique this afternoon - so excited!!!

  28. I've visited all 30 blogs again and left messages at all except Quilt Shop Gal (where I have gotten some gator error message five separate times) . I have no clue how to get around that (help...)- I'll keep trying though. I really love your seahorse pouch and dearly want to have a chance to win one. Thank you for the blog hop, it was fun.

    1. Deborah, I just got your email and it came in as a no-reply comment. I can't find contact information by clicking your name either, even though it says "open ID", it says "No Identity Page for Opaque Identifiers". I don't want your wonderful efforts to go in vain, so I hope you see this replay and can add contact info. And I'll certainly count your comments as 30; you don't have to keep trying. Thanks so much!

  29. I really, really enjoyed the blog hop Lara and just spent a little time visiting and revisiting all of the great blogs that took part! Thanks for all that you do and....I'll be waiting for your pattern to come out for the cute Seahorse bag!

  30. Hello again Lara! I'm back after visiting all 30 blogs again. Loved the featured posts--they really gave me a sense of each blogger. Your blog hop has been so wonderful--I really enjoyed it so much. So many impressive, lovely projects and your seahorse is simply gorgeous.

  31. I visited and left comments on 16 blogs.

  32. Whew! I think I did it. And it was fun!! I made it to all 30 blogs and commented. (Good thing I was waiting for a fabric shipment or I would have been distracted by all that new fabric to pet.) Thanks for this fun little whirlwind of a blog hop.

  33. Hi Lara, I thought my email address was coming through. Thank you for counting my numerous attempts at Quil;t Shop Gal. My email is FabriCatz@aol.com.

  34. You're such a generous lady, Lara! Your pouches are little treasures. I like the contrast between the soft background and the deep red. Your secret method is the perfect one for the seaweeds.
    Thank you for all the fun. Now I'm off to check the links...

  35. Hi Lara, thank you for this spotlight post, I have enjoyed hopping around all the posts, and I have happily read lovely comments from visitors to mine, too! I have visited all and commented, though some posts already had a comment from me, I have not added another one. That's 29 for me (I didn't comment on my own ;-) )

  36. Hi Lara,
    I have visited six blogs so far, and made comments, still visiting..... it's been a funny week here, time flew by! Will carry on visiting everyone but what with time zones I thought I'd better comment now! Hope I haven't missed the draw!
    It's been lots of fun visiting so many "new to me " blogs. Well done, and thank you for organising such a great blog hop!
    Barbara xx

  37. Your seashore notions bag is absolutely gorgeous! I wish I'd found your blog hop earlier in the week, but it was very fun to visit the 10 blogs that I was able to drop in on (and comment on) tonight! Thank you for introducing me to these new-to-me blogs! amwegener (at) gmail (dot) com

  38. This visiting has been great fun!! Found some new Blogs to follow too!! :) I just finished visiting all 30! Took awhile...was havin toooooo much fun perusing! giggle...

    Thank you for chance to win your AWESOME Seahorse pouch!! :D

  39. Oh Lara...it was so fun to be a part of your book launch! Congrats again!!

  40. It has been a humdinger of a blog hop, Lara. I've had such fun seeing what other people have done with your technique: such a range of ideas and it's really highlighted what a useful tool this is. Congratulations all round.

  41. Love love love your seahorse bag! I visited all 30 sites. Some blogs I was familiar with and some were new-all such creative quilters. It was a fun blog hop.

  42. I've been following these bloggers since your book review blog hop. I visited all 30 blogs and made a comment on each one. Thanks for introducing me to these creative and inspiring quilters. The only problem is that now I have more ideas than time or money!