Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fabric, Blocks, and A Giveaway! Oh My!

Hello lovlies!

So this past month has been one of insanity in my life.  One complete with life changes, annoyances, long working hours, trips out of town, meeting unbelievable people, and many other things.  So needless to say - I have been a bit busy.  Thus the small absence.

But now things thankfully seem to be back to our regularly scheduled broadcasting and I have time to sew (and buy fabric online) again!

First off - can you believe that I totally missed the release of Tula's Prince Charming in online shops?!  I couldn't!  Bad Tula Troop! Bad!  So I quickly rectified this by ordering a FQ set of the entire line.  Now I just need to get my hands on the lovely lovely voiles.

Tula Pink Prince Charming

Also I got my act together and finished my May bee blocks and even got started on a June set! First up is Elizabeth's blocks in my String Me Along bee. She asked for 15" square in a square blocks.  Love making these!

String Me Along - May 2011

Next up are some crazy blocks for do Good. Stitches May.  These blocks were hard for me even with the tutorial.  I tried so hard to just go with whatever scrap I pulled out next, but I don't think they have enough angles (too many squares) and the sizes of the scraps are a bit all over the place.  Oh well.  Hopefully they can be used and appreciated once the whole quilt is done!

do. Good Stitches May Blocks - Crazy Blocks

Finally, I worked on the June blocks for do. Good Stitches which were these awesome slanted diamond blocks!  These were so fun and easy to make, the tutorial was super simple, and I cannot wait to see the finished quilt!!

do Good Stitches June Blocks - Slanted Diamonds Blocks

Now onto what you all have been waiting for!

A GIVEAWAY!  

While I was totally absent from the internet this past month I surpassed 10,000 page views, plus the Bella Solids Parade was conducted and concluded!  For the parade I made another of my Cacophony of Color mini quilts with 31 different Bella Solids courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop, which means I have TONS of left overs!!

So the giveaway is for a HUGE STACK of Moda Bella Solids (scrap to over 1/4 pieces) as well as a ziplock bag full of small scraps!

Giveaway!!

To enter is easy!  Plus you have 3 chances!

1. Leave a comment - it can be anything from a simple howdy to a story about how quilting has caused you to be known in all your LQS to the point that the employees have a picture of you behind the counter so that they know when they see you they are about to have to earn their paychecks by cutting 42 pieces of fabric.

2. Leave an additional comment if you are a follower - new or old - doesn't matter!

3. Leave an additional comment if you participated in any way in the Bella Solids Parade!

Easy right?!  I will leave comments open for a week and will draw a winner next Sunday evening (6.12.11)!

GOOD LUCK!

222 comments:

  1. I like the blocks you made. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  2. I'm already a follower. Thanks for the chance!

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  3. howdy! my lqs knows me as the girl with the extremely well-behaved two-year-old. (i bribe him with chick-fil-a)

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  4. What a fabulous giveaway! The lqs wouldn't recognize me, I visit it so rarely!

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  5. Love your blocks. I try to restrain myself and only get 10 or so fabrics at a time....

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  6. I am a follower! Great giveaway!

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  7. Love your blocks! Glad to hear things have settled down to the point you can sew again!

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  8. I'm a follower! I've been wanting to work with solids.

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  9. Oh, I love the new Prince Charming! Jealous of your new stash :)

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  10. I poke my nose in my LQS every time I go shopping, but I rarely have the budget to buy everything I drool over :) I am planning to do a "mod mood" quilt this year as part of a quilting bee, and I need a lot of different solids! It is a pretty amazing improvisational quilt design, and I am so glad to have the help of my quilting friends to help me finish it. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  11. What a fun giveaway! One of my favorite fabric stores is also a gift/toy/general store - yay for dropping the 3-year-old at the train table for a few moments of peaceful shopping!

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  12. Lovely giveaway! Okay, got a story for you. My now 18 yo dd and 16 yo ds were both almost born in my then LQS. They used to laugh at me, all big and still sewing my behind off. Sewing is a passion and nothing stops it! Well, I did take time off to give birth - but after that...right back to the machine! When my now 22 yo dd was born, I "wore" her while I made two wedding gowns and the bridesmaids and little flower girls dresses... Hey, I needed to be home the first 6 months of her life and my job didn't have a paid maternity leave... Sewing IS my PASSION!

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  13. Awesome giveaway. You can never have too many solids in my opinion.

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  14. I was at my LQS a couple weeks ago with my non-quilting friend. When I walked in they all greeted me by name and my friend commented that it was like being with a rockstar.
    On a sad note, I was also there when they had to apprehend a shoplifter.

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  15. I'm a new follower- found you through the Bella Parade.

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  16. I uploaded pictures for the Bella Parade and volunteered to do picks for a day (Country Red). I even won a yard of fabric that is on its way.

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  17. Oh my goodness that is a huge stack of solids. I am well known at my local fabric store over the phone as I live 2 hours away from the nearest. They are always so helpful and give great advice and assistance.

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  18. You are super cool. I can't wait to get my hands on Prince Charming. I am momentarily on a fabric diet.

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  19. I am so well known in my LQS that when my second daughter was born I was demanded that I let them know. My husband sent the lovely ladies an email and I found out later that an unoffical announcement was made and hung in the LQS office. It was very thoughtful. Now the owner just sold the shop and I don't know the new owner I am a bit worried.

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  20. I am a new follower thanks to flickr! :-)

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  21. I participated in Bella Parade Quiltalong.

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  22. I was involved with the Bella Solids Parade and did the last color- Royal.

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  23. Well I don't have a local quilt shop, but my local Joann's know me because I keep coming in buying only 1 or 2 DS Quilt prints at a time, so I can use my coupons! One of the ladies told me she went online to read about Denyse Schmidt and this fabric to "see what all the fuss was about", ha. Anyway, I completed my collection today, so I'm sure they'll miss me until I need batting :)

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  24. That Prince Charming fabric looks awesome! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  25. I participated in the Bella parade. My colour was Cheddar!

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  26. I love solids and your blocks are cool!

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  27. Darn! I don't have any good quilting stories today! I guess I'll tell you a daily occurrence in a house of boys: My four year old wags his butt in the air and laughs, "I'll skunk you for sure Mama!" He gets never-ending joy from shaking his behind and using his bodily functions as weapons!

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  28. Here's a good LQS story for you... ok well I typically buy fabric online and at Joann's so not entirely LQS... but for the past several months my almost 3 yr old has been playing "fabric store." She'll grab her purse and her baby is in it's stroller, and she'll walk out of the room explaining "mommy I'm going to the fabric store. Buying some pretty fabric!" lol. She's a trip. She loves chatting it up with our fav. Joann's worker. :) They know her by name.

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  29. I participated in the Bella Parade too :)

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  30. I didn't think I was well known in my LQS, it is in Montgomery, AL. I'm kinda new to the area, I was in Birmingham, AL to see a reading by my favorite author, David Sedaris, do a reading when a lady tapped me on the shoulder. She was from my LQS. I admit I didn't recognize her. She described me, with my red head, curly head, and screaming infant in tow and said she was from the fabric store, and I did recognize her. I've looked for her each time I've gone in there since- but haven't seen her again yet. It was just one of those small world stories. Thanks for the chance. (I came here from FLICKR)

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  31. (I'm about to be a new follower)

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  32. I have just the project in mind for that stack. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. I'd love to win some of those bold colours. I like your String Me Along sample. I wouldn't have picked those colours to go together but they certainly do look striking.

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  34. Ooo Prince Charming yumminess! Love those blocks especially the slanted diamonds ones! My LQS prob wouldn't recognise me, I barely go and when I do I never end up buying much. Most of my pennies are spent online!

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  35. I think those "crazy" blocks are great, thanks for posting the tutorial link - I think I'll have a wander over and see if I can get my head around them :)
    Thank you for hosting this give away too :D

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  36. Hi, I buy most of my fabric online but I do get A++ customer treatment...little notes of thanks in with the fabric or little extra pieces included.
    I love your slanted diamond blocks, it will be fab when it's finished :)
    Thanks for a generous giveaway :)

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  37. Hi, I am a new follower. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway :):)

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  38. Thanks for fun giveaway. All your blocks look wonderful

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  39. I love those bella solids. I had Ivory 9900-60 for my guest appearance.

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  40. I buy from OS and I am sure they are delighted cutting all those 1/2 yards for me.

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  41. Hi my name is Jeanette and I've just discovered your blog it's very informative. How on earth do you find the time to fit so much in? I have a fabric shop in the next town along from me and the owner smiles when I enter because being new to quilting they always sell me different fabrics.

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  42. I'm also a follower of your blog.

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  43. Hi Bry, Your do Good stitches blocks look great! I need to get moving on my June ones!

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  44. Ohhh, after Bella Solids Parade I really enjoy working with solids. And there are room for a lot more of them in my sewing room.

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  45. I made the Cacophony of colors during the Bella solids Parade. It was so much fun, I've just started the handquilting. It will look great, just like yours :o)

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  46. I wish I were known in a LQS because that would mean there is a LQS but there isn't!! UGH!! The closest one is 45 minutes away and they don't carry the current lines either so almost not worth the drive. I am even considering selling fabrics online so that I can be the LQS LOL Thanks for an amazing giveaway.

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  47. Due to budgetary constraints I wasn't able to make the Bella Parade quilt but I did post a few pictures and even won a yard of fabric. Thanks again.

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  48. lovely blocks! I just moved, so the LQS here doesnt know me well yet...hah. but they will!

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  49. Thanks for the awesome giveaway - and the awesome bee block :)

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  50. haha! I wish my LQS were nice enough to put photos on their wall. They aren't exactly the welcoming type there (at least the owner isn't). it's a bummer.

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  51. I learned how to sew and quilt during my last pregnancy and have been hooked ever since. Whenever I would go into the LQS, the ladies would say, "Haven't had that baby yet, huh?" to which I would reply, "No, but I am not allowed back here to spend money until I do!" It started to become a joke because, sure enough, I would pop back in there a couple days later needing something or other.

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  52. Unfortunately, LSQs are very few and far between in the UK, however I'm often embarrassed to go into my local Hobbycraft as it'll be the third time I've gone in that week... I'm sure they think I'm some kind of vagrant with nowhere else to go. But it's on my way home from work and open til 8pm!! It's their own fault!

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  53. What a great giveaway! I love hexi rainbows, but my solids are very lacking - I'd love to win your giveaway to incorporate them! Thanks so much~

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  54. am totally new to the Bella Solids, but would LOVE a chance to work with them..

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  55. What a wonderful giveaway!! My lqs knows me as the mom of the boy who loves their chocolate cupcakes

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  56. I am sorely lacking in the solids department, so an influx of new fabric would be fabulous! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. I'm also a (new) follower :)

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  58. Thanks for the giveaway. You do lovely work.

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  59. Hey I just found your blog! Thanks for the giveway! I need solids, have tons of prints....

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  60. I just became a follower of your blog!

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  61. Thanks for the chance to win some Bella Solids, I haven't branched out past KONA and would love to try the Bella's!

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  62. I would love to own some fabrics. My first quilt was made with a few solids and I really would like to recreate that look, but with a modern edge. :)

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  63. I already follow your blog! Woo-hoo, entry #2.

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  64. Love your bee blocks--they look great! And that stack of solids is just so yummy, I can hardly stand it!

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  65. I'm also a long-time follower!

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  66. those are beautiful blocks!

    knottygnome@gmail.com

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  67. i just became a follower.

    knottygnome@gmail.com

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  68. Glad things are less hectic for you!

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  69. I linked up some photos at the Bella Solids Parade. Congrats on 10,000 page views!

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  70. And I've posted your giveaway at http://www.craftbuds.com/giveaway-roundup/

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  71. I am one of those that brings a stack to the cutting counter and then "takes a yard of this, 1/2 yard of that... what how much is left on the roll??? I get remnant price, of course I will take it", LOL!
    ~Kimberlee, SpunkyDiva at live.com
    www.TheSpunkyDiva.com

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  72. I am a beginner in quilting - thanks for the yummy giveaway :D

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  73. I participated in the parade but since I don't have a camera I couldn't upload much photos!

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  74. I am a new GFC Follower!
    ~Kimberlee, SpunkyDiva at live.com

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  75. I have several LQS in my neighborhood, everytime I go there I get stuck, the woman already laugh just seeing me park my car cause they know what's coming
    meanwhile I even get a coffee, isn't that cool

    by the way, I ordered a FQbundle of bella solids online, but I haven't these colors and as I will do a mola class I could really need more, thanks for the opportunity

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  76. I have only recently started quilting and am loving every minute of it! My first quilt is almost done and it's beautiful despite its beginner's flaws. =) Your blog was one of the first that I started to follow. Haven't won a giveaway yet, so my fingers are crossed! P.S: Love the new Tula fabric! =)

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  77. I'm a relatively new follower. =) Hope this comment counts. =)

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  78. I love that mini you made! The colors just pop. The crosshatch fabric on the reverse is great - I need to find some of that for my stash. Here's to a kindler, gentler month of June!

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  79. Fabulous collection of solids!

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  80. That is a lot of beautiful colors, lots of fun things could be made with that fabric.

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  81. Beautiful colors...I don't have ANY solida...except some MUSLIN!!

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  82. Thanks for sharing your Cacaphony of Color quilt design. I have mine partly done and I can't wait to see it hanging on my wall!

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  83. I participated in the Bella Solids Parade. It was very enjoyable.

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  84. I'm working on my 1st quilt. It's actually been pretty difficult because it's made from men's pants and shirts. the fabric is just way to stretchy so not everything is as perfect as I would like it. But I had fun and and I'm happy with it. Hopefully I'll get to your level of beautiful quitling one day.
    Lovely blocks!

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  85. This is a wonderful giveaway! I just finished my Patchwork Squared Modern Solids quilt top, and both my son and my daughter's boyfriend love it! Since that was the very first time I used solids (yes, can you believe it?) I don't have any left to make another quilt, but it appears I'll need two of them. SO, this would be an awesome fabric selection for that next "solids" quilt.

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  86. And I of course follow you!

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  87. I signed up for the Bella Solids flickr group and lurked. I actually didn't have time to run around and take photos and upload them all. But I did get some awesome ideas for using color combinations!

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  88. Hi, I'm afraid no LQS around, so no stories either ;) Instead let me say that I like the Cacophony of Color very much.

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  89. I love your crazy blocks, such fun colors and pattern:)

    thanks for sharing!

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  90. I love those slanted diamond blocks :)

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  91. I participated by being in the group and following Shruti's blog everyday :)

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  92. I really love your crazy blocks!

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  93. There actually is a quilt shop here that knows me. Normally, they write down the bolt numbers and amounts and take that to the register. I usually buy so much that they always just take all the bolts over to the counter to scan instead. LOL!

    Mary
    http://www.quiltgenius.com

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  94. I am a follower!

    Mary
    http://www.quiltgenius.com

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  95. I matched fabrics to one of the shades of brown. :)

    Mary
    http://www.quiltgenius.com

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  96. I'm a follower, love the blog!

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  97. wow I have never tried moda bella solids, would love a chance with this wonderful package! Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on the views
    bruzzinie@net.elmhurst.edu

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  98. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win. I love Bella Solids and would love to incorporate your scraps into my quilts.

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  99. Oh my gosh! I just spent the past hour trying to figure out why everyone can post comments on blogs except me. Now that I fixed everything, I hope I can win some fabric someday! You can never have too much!

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  100. I was so well known at the lqs that when they closed she offered her long arm for sale to me.....

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  101. I have been a follower for a while now.....love your blog.....

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  102. Your blocks are lovely! I would like to make a solid color quilt. I have never made a mini one either. thanks for the giveaway.

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  103. I am a new follower! thank you!

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  104. I followed the Bella Parade - was going to participate but ran out of time (was on jury duty and work!!) thanks!

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  105. Love your diamond block - gorgeous! And that story about how I'm known at my LQS for cutting 42 pieces of fabric? Yup, that's me. I usually go in on Fridays, and when I miss, they say "We waited for you last Friday!" I think I'm famous - or is it notorious?

    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  106. I am a follower of your blog - Great giveaway, thanks

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  107. I frequent two lqs, but don't tell my DH! lol

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  108. Those Prince Charming FQs are great, I need to look into them a bit more & see if there are any I can't live without.

    LOVE those blocks you did for Do Good Stitches. I was leaning towards a mosaic block when mine comes up for the quilting bee, but now maybe I like those better!

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  109. I'm a new follower - LOVE your Cacophony of Color quilt.

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  110. What a fun stack of solids. The first thing I thought of was a solid colored hexagon quilt.

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  111. I have part of the quilt along done, and I am loving the new solids I got from FQS.

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  112. I sure could use those solids!!

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  113. WOO HOO! There is no giveaway that is more fun than another quilter's scraps! Thank you for having it -- and CONGRATS on 10,000 page views!

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  114. How funny are you! We don't have any LQS around here, or should I say a new one opened about a week ago, and I haven't been in yet, but look forward to it!

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  115. Thank you so much for the chance! I've really been enjoying all the projects that have been popping up online using solids -- would love to try my hand at it (Plus, I already have projects flagged from Fat Quarterly's solids issue!)

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  116. Thanks for this giveaway here~ I don't have a LQS here where I am, the only one having come and gone before I became interested in quilting. However, this hasn't stopped multiple family members from insisting I make them things.

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  117. aaaaaaand I am a brand new follower, though I've had you bookmarked forever. I forget blogger lets me follow you :B

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  118. love the slanted diamonds. thanks for the chance.

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  119. I'd love to scrap quilt with your scraps! Thanks for the chance to be entered. I DO love the blocks that are really crazy scrappy!

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  120. I've just found your blog and I'm really enjoying the bright color quilty things...

    hugZ,
    annie
    rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

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  121. I'm also a new follower!! yep, yep, yep =D

    hugZ,
    annie
    rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

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  122. I LOVE the way your crazy blocks turned out!

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  123. I love all of the bee blocks you made. Welcome back!

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  124. What a beautiful stack of solid scraps! You're so generous to part with them. :)

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  125. I like the variety of your block styles. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  126. I'm just starting to use solids more! So versatile!

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  127. Howdy - liked your quilt for the Bella Parade yet did not have the hours in the day to participate. If win these solids, perhaps can work in going back to all those good tutes you posted and make one.

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  128. I participated in the Bella Parade (posted around 38 photos to flickr and was "Pink" winner). Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

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  129. I looked at tons of posts on the Bella Parade...does that count? :)

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  130. Hello from a fellow blond! By the way, what you wrote about the LQS employees keeping a picture of you behind the counter - so funny!

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  131. Those crazy blocks look like fun. I'm planning to do a similar block for a doll quilt swap that I'm in. Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway! :)

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  132. Hi from Abilene! I need those solids BAD!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  133. Hey Bry! Looking forward to catching up at the meeting! Amy and I just got some Prince Charming, too, it's so cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  134. I am a follower, so this is my second entry. I kinda feel like I "participated" in the parade by watching you work on your mini quilt, but I think that's pushing it, so I'm going to stick to two entries!

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  135. can't wait to see what you do with those price charming fat quarters!

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  136. I'm a follower on my google reader!

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  137. What a great giveaway! I love fabric and I can always use more solids to play off of my prints. Thanks so much!

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  138. I participated in the Parade - I did the Peach day picks. Man, that's a hard color for me!

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  139. Awesome! I'd love to add these to my stash. I actually get most of my fabrics from thrift stores, which are much easier to visit with my toddler in tow.

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  140. I don't really have any LQS stories as I don't have an LQS, but I did want to say hi, that I like your blog and that I really love your Cacophony of Color mini quilt. It's really lovely!!

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  141. Pretty colors! I love them!

    reneelasater(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  142. And I would love to have those solids! I've wanted to try a solid only quilt for a long time and those fabrics would certainly inspire me to do that!

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  143. I usually don't use solids in my quilts but have seen so many pictures of beautiful quilts made with the solid fabrics. I think it is time that I start. Our LQS knows many of us as we have a weekly applique group that meets there.

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  144. I'm in need of solids, since my credit card likes to always purchase fabric with prints.

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  145. I just wanted to stop by and say how much I enjoy your blog!

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  146. My LQS knows I come in totally clueless about what fabrics I want. Yet I have an idea in my head that needs feeding...with fabrics. So they have to work their butts off when I come in, and I imagine they hide in the back room dreading who is going to have to wait on me. But hey! That's what they're there for - right? And I can't help it that I'm an idjit when it comes to what looks good. I just know what I like and don't like, and I have to depend on their expertise regarding whether I'm using the fabrics in the patterns to their best advantage. One day I'll get it, but as for now, I still have a lot to learn.

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