Monday, April 4, 2011

I Love Applique Giveaway



Do you love appliqué? Me too! Whether done by hand or machine, I love the added personality and interest that appliqué gives to a sewn project. Being an artist (watercolors, mostly), I always find myself drawing and doodling, and a quilt just doesn’t seem complete to me until it has some flowers or birds or some kind of motif added. I think almost every quilt design I have ever published has featured some sort of appliqué. It just seems to add so much to the “story” of the quilt design.

And appliqué is not just for quilts- try adding an appliqué to a pillow, table cloth, or give new life to an older garment with appliqué. Vintage clothing is so popular right now- if you have a piece of clothing that has a hole or spot on it- cover up the offending blemish with an adorable appliqued flower or bird and voila!: instant clothing makeover.

I like the process of hand appliqué and I love the look of hand appliqué, but truth be told, I am a very impatient person. I have barely sketched out an idea (let alone actually completed it) before my brain is conjuring up the next project (I know you can relate!) So I am really into instant gratification with my projects, which is why I like fusible machine appliqué- it’s quick and easy and lets me get on to my next project fast. Click here for my Free Fusible Machine Applique Tutorial. (My favorite tip: Don't let your machine boss you around! Don't we all feel that way sometimes- that our machine is in charge instead of us!!)

I am sponsoring 2 giveaways this week. One will be at Quilting Gallery- hurry on over and submit a photo of a favorite appliqué project you have done. The winner will receive a bundle of Fat Quarters from my Sewing Room Social Fabric line and a free pattern (retail value $53.00). (And even if you don’t have a project to submit- make sure you stop by and vote for your favorite!)

The second giveaway will be right here on my blog. To enter, go to my website and choose your favorite quilt pattern featuring appliqué, then come back here and comment and tell me what it is. The winner here will receive 3 free patterns and a pile of other goodies (retail value $45.00). Winner will be drawn at random, you must comment by midnight EDT on Sunday April 10.

You may enter both giveaways. Good Luck and Happy Monday!

103 comments:

  1. My favorite pattern of yours featuring applique is Chamomile Afternoon!

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  2. I love wool, so many times I do wool applique - my fav of your designs is the Americana Fish Pillow - he just makes me smile!!
    Thanks for the chance!

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  3. I enjoyed the chance to get to "know" your work. I have two young boys, so I was quickly drawn to "David's Playmates". The blues go together to nicely & I could see my boys being proud to have such a neat quilt. Thank you for your efforts through Quilting Gallery!

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  4. Gosh it is hard to choose! I love all your patterns! The Noelle Wall Hanging really caught my eye. Thanks for the fun!

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  5. Samantha's Garden got my attention. I love the flowers. Thanks!

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  6. All of your patterns are gorgeous so it's hard to pick just one.
    However, I think my favorite would be the Romance Quilt.

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  7. I'm a new follower of your blog! I stopped over from the weekly quilt contest...love your creations!
    I love the Merry Go Round Quilt pattern...I think maybe I could do it...as long as it's not too hard. =)

    Thanks for a nice giveaway!

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  8. I love your blog and the quote at the top has been a special encouragement to me.
    I really like the "Dress your nest" pattern since I am looking to make so pillows for my home.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  9. Two of my faves would be the Merry Go Round, and Village garden patterns...I like the movement of the pinwheels and the pieced background of the garden.

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  10. All very nice patterns! Just love Chamomile Afternoon, thanks for such a sweet giveaway here and at Michelle's.

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  11. It's hard to make a choice they are all lovely, I like Noelle.

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  12. I really like the My Romance pattern - pink and flowers, what could be better?

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  13. They're all lovely, but I really like Flutterby. :)

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  14. Great giveaway. I love your My romance pattern very much:)

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  15. Wow! What a nice giveaway you have going on! I loved both the Samantha's Garden Quilt Pattern and the Noelle Quilted Wall Hanging Pattern. Both are just adorable!

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  16. wow, I love your Merry go round pattern. I'm new to your blog so I'm off to have a look around! Thanks for the giveaway

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  17. HI there, I like Spring Fling best and your fabric colours are lovely too.

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway. I really like the Savannah wool table runner, the Noelle wall hanging and the Ladybug Garden Quilt. Love your work

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  19. I just love chamomile afternoon. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  20. So many lovely patterns, but I think my favourite... for today anyway ;) is Hugs 'n Kisses. So bright and bold, it jumps right off the page!

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  21. I love the lady bug garden quilt! It is so adorable.

    I agree with you about loving applique but wanting instant gratification. Sometimes I use quilting to stitch down my applique. Nothing like skipping a couple steps.

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  22. My favourite pattern would be the "My Romance Quilt", followed closely by "Flutterby Quilt".

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  23. I like the My Romance and the Ladybug

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  24. My favorite is Darling Daisy table runner & placemat or Village Garden quilt. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  25. I love David's Playmates - so whimsical and fun... and I love that it has dragonflies on it, too.

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  26. My favorite pattern is The Romance Quilt. So very pretty.

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  27. My Romance is the one that catches my eye the most - very pretty and fresh. Thanks for having a giveaway!

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  28. I love pink, so I LOVE your "Tickled Pink" pattern!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sandy A

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  29. My favorite pattern is the Basket of Posies. I like the flowers and I think the half circle border is very unique! I enjoy doing blanket-stitch machine applique. It is a nice change of pace from piecing.

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  30. My absolute favorite pattern is the "Bee Happy Bee Joyful" pattern. Bees are my favorite because of the fact that aerodynamically they should not be able to fly, but All things are possible with God!! They remind me of who God is and who I am in Him! Thanks for the chance to win!!
    Blessings,
    Renee

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  31. I do machine applique but I am not the best at it.

    I think I like the Bee Happy one. Maybe because it is Spring. But the Romance is so pretty too. Well, and Hugs n Kisses. Oh, do we have to choose a favorite??

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  32. I do machine applique but I am not the best at it.

    I think I like the Bee Happy one. Maybe because it is Spring. But the Romance is so pretty too. Well, and Hugs n Kisses. Oh, do we have to choose a favorite??

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  33. My fav pattern is the Tickled Pink pattern...I have a new granddaughter so I am all about pink right now

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  34. I Love Village Garden! (But I'd be thrilled to put my own spin on any of your patterns!) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. You're right - applique really adds something to a pieced quilt top! Much more character. I am just venturing into the world of machine applique and hadn't seen your tutorial yet, so am really pleased to see it today! Thanks for sharing :)

    I love all of your quilt patterns, especially the daisy table runner and placemats! Very cute :)

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  36. My favorite pattern in your shop featuring applique is Chamomile Afternoon. Thank you for such a lovely giveaway.

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  37. My favorite pattern is Ladybug Garden.
    Thanks for the great giveaways!

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  38. My favorite is Moonlit Stroll - just love it.

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  39. I absolutely love the Hugs n' kisses Quilt pattern! This could be make modern or old fashioned. Just love it!!!

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  40. Just stopping by to say "Hi" since I have some of your patterns and fabric, I'm not here to enter. I just like your blog and like anything you do. :-) And if I'm lucky one day I'll meet you! :-)

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  41. Love the Chamomile Afternoon--makes me want to have a Tea Party!

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  42. My favorite would have to be the new one of the sewing machine tote it is so cute and whimsical. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  43. My favorite pattern of yours is the Darling Daisy Table Runner and Placemat pattern. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!

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  44. I adore your Ladybug Garden quilt and pillow pattern! Thanks for the chance!

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  45. I love the Happy Harvest pattern!
    thanks for the lovely giveaway
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  46. I have to say that I love your new pattern, Dress Your Nest! And (although so hard to chose...) the Darling Daisy table runner is so cute too!

    Thanks so much for the post and chance to win. It's great to receive encouragement doing things that may be intimidating, and knowing that others feel the same way!

    Cheryl
    thestitchinchicken@comcast.net

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  47. My favorite is your Ladybug Garden quilt! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial...I finally got up enough nerve to do my first applique project, and entered it at the Gallery!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the My Romance Quilt Pattern!!!!!!

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  49. Your Dress your Nest collection is by far the best! Modern fresh spring...feels good!

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  50. I love the LADYBUG quilt! Sew cute! Your patterns are adorable!

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  51. My Romance Quilt and the Savannah Wool Table Topper are both beautiful, as is everything else. Your designs are charming.

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  52. It was hard to chose, but the Basket of Posies pattern is the one I like best. It just makes me smile. And the minimal amount of piecing appeals to me to as that is my least favorite part of making any quilt. I would much rather be doing applique, quilting or binding any day than piecing. I know I am in the minority with that, but it is who I am.

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  53. I like the Flutterby pattern best, because I love dragonflies!

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  54. I like several of your patterns but am into small projects right now so I would have to say the Darling Daisy Table Runner and Place mats are my favorite.

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  55. Oh my goodness. First time to your blog and lots of eye candy to savor!! I loved all your quilts, but when I saw "My Romance", ooooh, what a beautiful quilt. I can just imagine that quilt in my bedroom. My second choice, would be your new "Dress Your Nest" collection. Would really appeal to my daughter and she just moved into her new home. Would make nice housewarming gift. So bright and cheerful!

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  56. I like your blog design. I think my favorite quilt design is your new dress your nest design. Your other designs are very nice but this is my favorite. It must be the white and blue colours and the idea that Spring must be on the way.... isn't it?

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  57. Chamomile Afternoon is my favorite. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  58. Oh, my goodness, I am head over heels in love with your "Darling Daisy" table runner and placemat pattern! So cute!

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  59. I love the soft colors of My Romance. Beautiful quilt. Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

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  60. I chose Moonlit Strolls although it was a tough choice!

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  61. I love the Ladybug Garden, though you have a wonderful assortment and they are all so nice!!

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  62. I would have to say I like them all but I love the Chamomile Afternoon. The daisies are adorable! Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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  63. I just love the Bee Happy piece, it is so fun and happy.
    It would make a wonderful piece to give as gifts to those who need a pick me up.

    I have done needle turn, but I want to do fusible applique too. I got wonder under and like the heavy and lighter weight, depending on the project. My machine is finally being fixed today, so now I can get back to my projects tomorrow.

    Debbie

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  64. Your applique is beautiful - and inspiring ! Thanks for the chance to win a pattern I really like lots of them but I think my favourite is Dress Your Nest - I want to !!

    Margaret C

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  65. I just love the Flutterby Quilt pattern
    Thanks for having such a love giveaway
    Sharon Jones

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  66. I am building up my courage to try some machine applique and your patterns will give me that boost. I love the "Dress your nest" and "bee Happy" since that is my motto.

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  67. The Ladybug Quilt is my favorite. The 3d features are very unique.

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  68. I like the pattern Bee Happy. I really like your lamb logo do you have a pattern with it in it? Thanks for a chance to win a great prize.

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  69. My fave is the Merry-go-round quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  70. I especially like Basket of Posies, but Chamomile Afternoon is sweet too. I love hand applique and always will. However, I'm getting into machine applique because sometimes I'm also impatient!. Thanks very much.

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  71. I love your "My Romance Quilt Pattern". It is just beautiful!! I enjoy your blog also.

    Linda

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  72. I really like the hugs and kisses pattern! http://www.thenoblewife.com/item_106/NEW-Hugs-n-Kisses-Quilt-Pattern.htm
    I think it may be because of the red, blue and brown (or black?) together, that's a great combo. But I also like the theme :) and how it looks like a traditional quilt but it expresses a very sweet idea!
    paintfaerie@gmail.com

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  73. My favorite pattern is Chamomile Afternoon. Thank yoou for the chance to win.

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  74. I do believe that your Mad About You pattern is my favorite, though picking just 1 was rather difficult. LOL.

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  75. My favorite pattern is Lady Bug Garden. It's quite whimsical. I can imagine it in my home.









































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  76. My favorite pattern featuring applique was David's Playmates Quilt. I have had ideas about a similar quilt for my cousin's kid but just haven't gotten around to it yet... I have the fabric bought though... so that's one step!

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  77. I love the My Romance Quilt Pattern :D
    Thanks for the chance!

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  78. Picking was a little difficult! But I think my favorite is My Romance.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Karen
    kkholland@centurytel.net

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  79. i love the spring fling. i had a near fatal brain anurysim and suffered the tragedy of losing my 36 year old daughter who died in my arms from an unknown blood clot. i have been so down and depressed. but looking at your quilts has inspired me. also can yu do me a favor? Please if you know anyone who takes birth control pills to have their doctor do a special blood test to check for factor five. i dont want anyone to go through what i have by losing someone they love.

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  80. Moonlit stroll is my favorite. Love it! :) Course I love all applique.

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  81. Oh my...I love the Dress Your Nest Collection!
    Thanks for the chance!

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  82. Your patterns are so nice!
    I tried - I really did - but I cannot choose between the Dress Your Nest Collection and the Samantha's Garden Quilt Pattern.
    Ohh.. and the Merry-go-round Quilt Pattern is nice too *sigh*

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  83. My Favorite is Merry-Go-Round and Samantha's Garden. I love pinwheels and I like the flowers in both. You have lots of pretty patterns. I've only done a little bit of applique. It's time for me to try more of it.

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  84. Hi, I love the Samantha's Garden pattern. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Hugs Naomi

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  85. Your patterns are great but after looking through them I think my favorite is Sunflower House in your free section. I can see it in the center of an upcoming project already!

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  86. Thanks for the great giveaway, love your blog. I love your patterns Dress Your Nest Collection and Merry-Go_Round Quilt Pattern.

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  87. I really love the "Sew Cute Tote & Flower" pattern! It has so many elements that I am most partial to. It is the ideal portable project, (no pun intended)!
    Actually I like all of your patterns, but this one is my favourite. THANK YOU for being guest blogger this week, very good one too and the Appliqué Contest has brought out some wonderful quilters with their quilts, all too beautiful to pick just one.

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  88. What fun applique patterns. I love the chamomile afternoon. It is relaxing just to look at it. thanks for the chance to win.

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  89. I love the spring fling pattern. Have always loved applique in the borders. Your website is wonderful!
    Oh, and I entered a quilt at Quilting Gallery. Would love to win your prize there, and here, too of course. Greedy, greedy.

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  90. I really like The Village Garden pattern - just my style! Thank you for a chance to win some of your goodies - have a great weekend!

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  91. Very hard to choose, but if I have ,it is between two. My Romance and Basket of Posies. Thank you for all the wonderful patterns and also a chance to win.

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  92. Your patterns are amazing and I have a hard time choosing a favorite. Today I think I like the Bee Happy, Bee Joyful pattern. I have done several pillows with wool and wool felt and I am in the process of working on a hand applique quilt. I think I have given each of the pillows away as gifts. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

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  93. Love, love, love the Dress Your Nest collection, too cute! Thanks.

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  94. My favortite applique pattern of yours is Chamomile Afternoon...so cute.

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  95. I am very drawn to the flutterby quilt. I really like the mushrooms!

    http://tildastwistedlife.blogspot.com

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  96. My favorite is the Dress Your Nest collection. I love the appliquéd flower pillow and am really partial to the cute bird. It all would be adorable in a baby girls room.

    Laura
    Tylerlauragates@yahoo.com

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  97. I love the Nantucket Quilt Pattern. Having lived in Charleston, SC for a time in my life, I love the starfish and sandollars!
    nsue21702 at gmail dot com

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  98. I LOVE both Millie and Tillie!!! I can see one of them hanging in my office!

    kearley75860 @ yahoo dot com

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  99. My favorite pattern would be Samantha's Garden. I love the flowers!

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  100. I loved your garden ladybird quilt pattern. Who doesn't love ladybirds.

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