Monday, February 16, 2015

Welcome to My Party!

I have things to celebrate today, two finishes and a Blogaversary! Last post I told you about my wedding anniversary which is a pretty big deal and now it's on to the other anniversary in February, my 3rd Blog Anniversary! Of course to celebrate I'm having a give away but I'm saving that for the end of this post.  Read on for the other cause for celebration.

I actually have a quilting finish to tell you about. Will wonders never cease?
Alaskan Stargazer
The Alaskan themed wallhangings are complete and have been gifted. I blogged about them in these posts, here and here. I decided to quilt it in a very linear way and added some jade stone embellishment to represent the six companions on our wonderful Alaskan trip. Jade is the state gem stone of Alaska.
I tried to bump up the contrast a bit so that you could see the stones . The border has a wintery star fabric since the recipients, Marsha and Bill are avid astronomers.
North to Alaska
I just couldn't resist using these turquoise bits to represent sea foam in the next wall hanging. The whale and salmon splashing in the waves.


Raven holds the six jade friendship stones.  This wallhanging went to Jay and Carol. What a wonderful time the six of us had together, here's to many more fantastic adventures.
 Your reward for reading this far!
Dogwood Lane Rambles Third Blogaversary Giveaway!!
The Giveaway is CLOSED as of March 15, 2015


 My thanks to all my readers/followers. You are the very best thing about this blog and I want to give you something to celebrate the time we have spent together.

This complete McKenna Ryan Art Quilt kit. Instructions and fabrics, everything you'll need to make this beautiful art quilt. The finished project measures 29 1/2" x 21". All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post and tell me what you favorite thing about quilting/blogging/whatever your hobby is. I'm interested in knowing what my readers are doing these days. You don't have to be a follower to win but of course I'd love it if you decided to follow my blog. I'll draw the winning name on March 15. So, if you've ever wanted to try a McKenna Ryan pattern now's your chance!
The Giveaway is CLOSED as of March 15, 2015

I'm linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times for the first time in a l-o-n-g time.

Until next time,

117 comments:

  1. Congratulations! You sure know how to throw a party! The quilts are beautiful, as is the kit. My favorite thing about blogging is the connections I have made to people I never otherwise would have met. :-)

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    1. That's what I like about blogging too. Good luck in the drawing.

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  2. Congratulations! Your two pieces are gorgeous. My favorite thing about blogging is that it gave me the courage to go out and become a "joiner". I now belong to the local quilt guild and I so thoroughly enjoy the creative process even though there are some portions that are blech!

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    1. That's interesting. Blogging made you more of a joiner, I like that. Community in all it's forms. Good luck in the drawing.

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  3. i follow and i'm tring to make quilts out of all my scraps to get rid of them,. I love all my new friends i have meet through blogging.

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    1. Thanks for following Barbara. Have you found Bonnie Hunter's blog http://quiltville.blogspot.com/ she is the scrap quilt queen and has lots of free patterns on her site.

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  4. I love quilting but I'm a little scared of applique. The McKenna Ryan quilts are the best so I would to give it a try with this one.

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    1. Good luck on the drawing as this would be a free way for you to try applique out.

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  5. My favorite thing about blogging is reading about what others are doing. Piecing helps me think. It is my me time. Lately, Im trying to complete UFOs and using scraps. I would love to try piece an Art Quilt.

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    1. I use piecing as my meditation too Charlene. I do a lot of problem solving while I'm sewing. Good luck with the drawing!

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  6. Congrats on your blog anniversary., i enjoy making gifts and i love embroidery. This year I am trying to use up my scraps and started with three patchwork needle holders.

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    1. Sheryl, do you machine embroider or hand embroider or a little of both. I love both but my hands are not cooperating lately due to arthritis so my machine is taking over.

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  7. Congratulations on both anniversaries! Your Alaskan wallhangings are great! My favorite thing about blogging is the people I've met online. And every one of them likes to talk about quilting! How great can you get?

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    1. My sentiments exactly Mari! Good luck in the drawing.

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  8. Cingratulations on your bloggy anniversary. I have so many creative hobbies -sewing, jewellery making, cake decorating, crochet..... My favourite thing from all of them is the moment the item is finished and you hold it up or lay it out and see it for the first time. I love that feeling!

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    1. It's wonderful to complete a project and see your idea come to life isn't it? Good luck in the drawing.

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  9. Happy Anniversary ... lovely quilts and so meaningful ! The turquoise is a beautiful touch !
    I'm not a quilter so, please, leave my name out of the draw .... i appreciate quilting very much :}

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    1. I aspire to be as creative and free as you are in your art - maybe some day. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  10. My, my, time flies! Congrats on your blogaversary--we are nearly twins. My blogaversary and wedding anniversary are this month too! But I haven't gotten my act together yet:). Thanks for the chance to win a great prize. My favorite thing about quilt blogging is all the talented folks who post eye candy like your Alaskan wallhangings! It's a great place to hang out, this blogging world !

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    1. Annie I'll be the first to wish you twin Happy Anniversaries! Yes, I've 'met' so many talented and generous people through blogging, you being one of them. Good luck in the drawing,

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  11. Happy Anniversary and Blogiversary!! I also really enjoyed seeing the post with all the great pictures of your room.....it really looks organized!

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    1. That re-org has been a real trial but how nice it's been to get back to sewing this week in my new/old space. Thanks for always being so inspiring Connie. Good luck in the drawing.

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  12. Congrats on the anniversaries! I enjoy reading the quilt blogs and use it as a way to pick up tips, ideas, recipes and most of all, inspiration! Love your sewing room organization...another thing I'd like to get done! akronne17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Alice, I learn so much through the internet I don't know how I got along before. I spend way too much time looking and not enough doing IMHO. Thanks for visiting and good luck in the drawing.

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  13. Wow.. I was hoping seeing your great ORGANIZED space would encourage me to tackle my own. Nope, not yet, too much sewing going on right now. I am not a blogger but faithfully follow a few, yours included. I enjoy handwork of all kinds the most whether it be quilting, stitching, hooking, whatever.

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    1. Believe me Jacqueline I wouldn't have started that project if I just couldn't move in the space any more! Thanks for following and goos luck in the drawing.

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  14. Thanks for a peek into you space!!! I bet it was a little overwhelming to start...but certainly well worth it...expecially those bag fulls you got rid of!! I acutally love reorganizing and am looking forward to my spring break to finish mine! I also like that you put your machines so you can look out the windows....along with your treadmill...that one made me laugh! COngrats on your blogging anniversary and thanks for the chance to win such a nice give-away. If I win, I think I'll make it for my dream cabin!!

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  15. This wallhanging would be wonderful in a cabin retreat dream or real. We all have to start some place ! ;-)

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  16. I love the Northwest flavor of the wall hangings you shared. Especially the first one with the feeling of a night sky or universe.... The bears would be a kick to play with.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

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  17. Your Alaska wallhangings are amazing! I love the addition of the jade pieces to them. And congratulations on your 3 year blogging anniversary. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and the chance to win!

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    1. I had a lot of un working on those and enjoyed gifting them too. Good luck in the drawing.

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  18. As much as I love quilting I love going to guild meeting and classes so I can meet others! I love your wall hanging!

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    1. I have a local quilting group, the Needle Nellies that you'll hear me blog about if you hang around. Thay're my life line too.

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  19. Congratulations on your wedding and blogging anniversaries! I love to make quilts for the Santa Train (a train that runs the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year and delivers items of comfort, warmth, and cheer to the impoverished towns of KY, TN, and VA). I would love your McKenna Ryan Art Quilt kit and appreciate having the chance to win.
    LeslieBower@juno.com

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    1. I haven't heard of that project before thanks for sharing it sounds very rewarding. I like to make things for our annual holiday drive as well. Rural towns are always in need.

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  20. You do lovely work! I have never tried McKenna Ryan's patterns but have long admired them.

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    1. Good luck in the drawing perhaps you'll have the chance to try one out!

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  21. Alaskan Stargazer is a wonderful quilt! The turquoise really brings it alive. I love quilting because of all the great friends I've met who share my hobby. I still quilt once a week with my friends. We started getting together to quilt almost 30 years ago and have as much fun together now as we did when we were just learning how to quilt.

    lin.web.28(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Quilting friends are just the best they share our obsession and don't think we're weird at all!

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  22. I love to make rag quilts because they make up quick and are great for donations to fundraisers.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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    1. I've only made two rag quilts but I thought they were great fun and super cuddly. I gave them away as baby quilts and I plan to make another for here at home.

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  23. The stargazer quilts are breathtaking. You are so talented. I'm fairly new to quilting but have been sewing costumes and clothing for a long time. I've started following you on bloglovin so that I may be inspired!

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    1. My clothing sewing skills are next to zero so that is a talent I admire. Now that I have grand daughters I have to get on it don't you think?

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  24. Happy #3 Blogiversary!!! What a fun Give-a-way too! Beautiful Art Quilt!! Would love to win. Your Stargazer is Gorgeous!

    I am fairly new to actually making Quilts...have sewn forever. Quilting is my new very Favorite thing to do...love making Special things for our grown Kiddo's & the Grankiddo's now too.

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    1. Oh you are going to have so much fun with your new hobby/obsession!

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  25. I've just started quilting. My favorite thing about crafting in general is being able to give handmade gifts. I often stress more about them and worry people won't like them but I like to try anyway and preserve a little personality and uniqueness to my gifts. Thanks for your blog and the chance at the giveaway!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean Kristine. I almost didn't give these wallhangings away because I worried they weren't good enough and the folks wouldn't like them. Self doubt is the enemy/killer of creativity and I have to remind myself of that every day.

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  26. Thank you for your giveaway. My favorite things to make are quilts for babies. Most of my creations are for grandchildren of friends. Since I am a grandmother, I find these gifts to be quite special and memorable.

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    1. I make a lot of baby things too. So cute and so cuddly, who can resist?

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  27. I love making scrap quilts. I am making one right now with 2000 squares, not a record for me but a lot of pieces anyway.

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    1. You and Bonnie Hunter must be best friends, she is the queen of scrap quilting so that would make you the princess.
      http://quiltville.blogspot.com/

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  28. I have recently started sewing, I meet with my mum and her friend on a Monday afternoon for our craft 'club'. I love the satisfaction of being proud of the finished products. My mums friend does quilts and she is teaching us xx

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    1. How extra special to share this with your mother. My mom was a wonderful seamstress, she could tailor anything but I doubt she would have been interested in quilting, much too frivolous for her taste. LOL

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  29. I love the wall hanging. I just started quilting 3 years ago and am still working on my first quilt which is the reversible quilt as you go. I can take the blocks to doctor appointments and when I am in the hospital but they won't let me take my sewing machine in the hospital so it is taking a long time but I love doing it.

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    1. Quilting is a wonderful, relax thing to do especially when we are stressed by illness. I have a quilt which I worked on in a hospital setting and which I treasure because it reminds me that beauty can come from hardship and that I can be victorious! Hugs from a sewing sister.

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  30. What beautiful quilts! I love the stone embellishments. I found my way to this post from you sewing room organization ones... and will be subscribing tonight. :) Happy blogaversary! www.quiltartbymegan.com

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    1. I had the most fun sewing on those stones. Everything we do has meaning if only to us. Good luck in teh drawing.

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  31. Love your recipes. Your quilt is simply stunning. Great addition of embellishments. Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to try the technique.

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    1. I love to cook almost as much as I love to quilt. Good luck in the drawing.

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  32. i love those! Native art is so interesting. My favourite part about quilting is when my points line up perfectly! and when I have a finshed cozy quilt to snuggle up in. great giveaway!
    roseharries_06@hotmail.com

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    1. My inspiration for those wallhanings came from my visit to the Totem Museum in Ketchikan, Alaska. I blogged about it in this post
      http://dogwoodlanerambles.blogspot.com/2014/10/adventures-on-last-frontier.html
      I love it when my points are perfect too - it doesn't happen that often alas, LOL.

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  33. Your wall hangings are so cool. Great idea to add bits of jade and turquoise, too. My favorite part of quilting is the piecing. I probably spend more time reading blogs, though, LOL Thanks for sharing with us! cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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    1. My greatest challenge and pleasure is piecing too. I want to be perfect and rarely achieve perfection. I also spend way too much time at the computer but it's so much fun to read about and connect with other who share our obsessions.

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  34. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! I love quilting to share something that I make with my kids and Grand kids and Great Grand Kids.
    Thanks again for the Giveaway

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    1. Wow, great grand kids! Sounds like you will always be busy Good luck in the drawing.

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  35. Thanks for the giveaway - love those bears!

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  36. I have been sewing since I was in junior high (that's a good 40 years ago) and have always found it be a creative and relaxing hobby. Sewing is just something I do and most people know that about me ....and have gotten great gifts from me too! My husband's office is decorated with bears of all types, so this quilt kit would be perfect!

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    1. It's a good size for an office so good luck in the drawing.

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  37. Happy Blogaversary! Your Stargazer quilt is beautiful! My favorite thing about quilting is being able to create unique gifts for family members and friends. It's like giving a gift of beauty and warmth. And my favorite fabrics to create with are batiks. Thanks for this beautiful giveaway! I follow your inspiring blog on Bloglovin.

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    1. Thanks for following it's always nice to hear from my blog friends and good luck in the drawing.

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  38. Happy blogaversary. Those stones in the borders are a great addition. I always like an interesting border. I usually do something easy but admire what else I see. I enjoy my quilting as I like to see something new come from bits of fabrics.

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    1. I'm trying to expand my border options so I'm taking baby steps.

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  39. Happy Blogiversary!
    All the little details. I just love details and that quilting is always about putting together a puzzle.

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    1. Oh, I like the puzzle thing too. Do you like to put together puzzles? in the summer we usually have one on the go in the dinning room.

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  40. Happy blogiversary!! I love seeing what other blogger are up to!! I would love to win it's a great little quilt:)

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  41. congrats on your Blogiversary. Lovely Alaskan quilt! What a wonderful give away! Fingers crossed (I LOVE McKenna Ryan quilts)

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    1. I think McKenna Ryan has beautiful patterns too so good luck in the drawing!

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  42. I love the peace that comes with hand quilting. sarah@forrussia.org

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  43. I enjoy the alone time I have in my sewing room, just me and my fabric. Very relaxing.

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  44. I love the creative release - I hope to win this stash

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    1. Good luck in the drawing and thanks for stopping by.

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  45. Congrats on celebrating 3 years and what a prize to win!!! Toss my name in the hat!! What I love most about quilting is that it keeps me content and I love to make things for family and friends!!!

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    1. Making things for our family and friends makes most of us feel so accomplished doesn't it? Good luck in the drawing.

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  46. Congratulations!!! :) My favorite thing about sewing is how relaxing and rewarding it is.

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    1. I am totally relaxed in my sewing room too except when I'm not, LOL!

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  47. I love all the crafts I can try, I'm just starting with sewing and love it so very much!
    If it's creative, I love it, it's so much fun and relaxing.

    - lwest.86@hotmail.com

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    1. I'm not very crafty I admit, I seem to be all thumbs at most craft things so sewing is my niche.

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  48. I'd love to try that pattern valerie.boudier@ntlworld.com

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    1. Good luck in the drawing perhaps it will be your lucky day!

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  49. I love creating with quilting and meeting new blogging friends who share that love. it is inspiring to get ideas as they go around the blogs and I hope that I can inspire others too. Happy blogaversary! ( I am usually not late to the party! but I baked you a virtual cake! hey no calories)

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    1. Just what I like best a no calorie cake! I like meeting blogging friends too - like you! Goof luck in the drawing, I know you need a new project ( giggles)

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  50. Hard question, I love the fabric fondling of quilting, also giving my quilts away, and the response I get!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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    1. I've had my fill of fabric fondling this month with all the refolding I've done in the reorg. who would have thought it possible?

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  51. Qulting = express artistic side, giving them to loved ones,

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    1. Art and giving, two of the very best things about quilting. Good luck in the drawing Susan.

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  52. My favorite aspect of quilting is the designing and planning of a new quilt. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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    1. Beginning a new project is always so exciting isn't it?

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  53. I love this art quilt. The fabrics are wonderful! I love to quilt!

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  54. I love quilting because I get to play with pretty fabrics.

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    1. The fabrics do speak to us don't they as we pet them and stroke them and...

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  55. Congratulations!
    I love to do all sorts of needlework because I love creating!

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    1. Something so satisfying about creating with needle and thread I do agree.

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  56. My favorite thing about piecing and making a quilt is the satisfaction I get when I am finished and can give it away to someone or to a charity.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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    1. It is a wonderful feeling to gift our creations and see them appreciated, joy all around.

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  57. I love looking at all the wonderful photos of folks work! And dreaming about future qrojects......

    t_ktl at yahoo.com

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    1. The best thing about blogging is the inspiration and encouragement I get from seeing the creations of others too!

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  58. I just love to create mix and match crazy quilt and scrap quilting are my favorite its relaxing.

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    1. I've never made a crazy quilt, I'd love to see some of your work.

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  59. Congrats on the finishes and the Blogaversary! Both quilts are lovely and your giveaway is very generous. It's really hard to choose just ONE thing I love best about quilting and blogging, but certainly at the top would be the people I have met. I have met so many wonderful people through blogging, and the same with quilting. I'd have to say probably 80% of my closest friends are all quilters and fellow Guild members. I teach classes and that's another avenue for meeting more lovely people- quilters are caring, kind and generous. I haven't met one yet that I didn't like! lol

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  60. The bears and the berries! Just like we have around here, I'd love to make this. My biggest hobby these days is knitting, I like the practicality of it. Most recently I've finally managed to make socks that fit both me AND my boots. Thanks!

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  61. My favorite part of quilting is making them for others. I recently made a quilt for my dad's 90th birthday, and one for my mother-ilaw's 91st birthday. I also enjoy making quilts for the Santa Train (a train which travels through Appalachia towns of VA, KY, and TN delivering items of warmth and comfort along the way).

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  62. I love all crafts and right now I am trying to learn jewelry making but I am only a begiiner quilter and I have only made simple small items so . I am always try to further myself in any of my crafts. Thanks for the chance to win.
    I follow on GFC sally0630
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  63. What fabulous work!! Lucky friends ! Congrats and thank you for sharing. I would love to try out the art quilt - bears are my favorite! thanks!

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