85F3CE96-2B73-4819-B350-FD64F4FBC6D4 .Quiltscapes.: Quilty Pleasures & Giveaways!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Quilty Pleasures & Giveaways!

Sew exciting!!  Quiltmaker magazine is hosting a GIVEAWAY in honor of my little quilt on the cover of their May/June '14 issue.


Had a nice online chat with Diane Harris, Quiltmaker's Interactive Editor, who had a few questions about my quilting journey.  Poor thing, she may have gotten more than she bargained for!  I appreciated the opportunity to write it all down, though, and had some fun and shed some tears as I thought of what quilting means to me and my family.  You can see Part I at "Quilty Pleasures HERE, and Part II HERE.

(I first met Diane at this EVENT at AccuQuilt's headquarters)

At any rate, it has been a marvelous month of March (National Quilting Day Week Month!!) - full of quilty delights and surprises. Inside I'm still jumping for joy!


Now, about that giveaway.  The package includes a 10" Hexie-Half ruler and a couple of piles of fat quarters from Riley Blake Designs, and the Quiltmaker May/June '14 magazine.  Hop over to Quilty Pleasures and leave a comment to be included in this great giveaway.


PLUS, I'll have a small giveaway here as well!  The package will include Quiltmaker magazine, a 5" Hexie-Half ruler, a small stack of RBD Fat Quarters, along with some other fun Spring/Easter tidbits and goodies! Leave a comment here for a chance at that giveaway too!  Did you celebrate National Quilting Day?  What (or who) got you started on your quilting journey?

 Both contests will close Friday, April 4th at midnight.  Winners will be announced next week.

158 comments:

  1. I'm so excited for you. This has been a great month!

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  2. I learned to quilt in my mid-twenties at a local quilt store. I had always wanted to learn, but there were no quilters in my family to teach me.

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  3. I started quilting when our family was stationed overseas. I took a class at the community center and was hooked. Jenny is the name of my first quilt teacher. That was over 15 years ago. I'm still just a newbie in the skill area though.

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  4. like deonn my first quilt was started by my mom during chemo treatments and after she died i brought the blocks, fabrics, pattern (rising star) and cardboard templates for hand quilting. hand piecing was too slow for me so i finished the quilt by machine and then hand and machine quilted it. thanks for the giveaway, hope i win.

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  5. I learned to quilt from my Mom who made quilts by hand for church bazaar raffles. The quilts were on frames spreading over the dining room table.

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  6. I am a fairly new quilter. Just finished my first quilt. Would love to win this. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  7. I made my first quilt in Home Economics shall we say many many years ago. Wonderful post about your quilting life over at Quiltmaker - well done. I'm thrilled to have found your blog. Thanks for the fun giveaway.

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  8. I love the video of the little lamb. It's almost as cute as your quilt!

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  9. I love your cute quilt. I started quilting as a young mother with a group of friends and now I am a Grandma!

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  10. Thanks for another chance to win. Congrats on a great pattern.

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  11. My family is having some similiar multi generational fun with quilts - I'm teaching my mom and eight year old daughter how to quilt. We're having some great times in the sewing room these days!

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  12. Not until after my grandmother; who did everything passed away did I have an opportunity to learn quilting. I was at a garage sale and picked up a bag of purple 3x3 squares of fabric, bought them took them home and started sewing. I had always wanted to make quilts, had tried a time or two but just wasted fabric because I had no directions and no way to get them. Well that was two and a half years ago and I've now finished 29 quilts and have 6 more to finish. I'm so thankful for having a computer to assist me in my addiction, I would not be sewing quilts if not for the wonderful help I have found online.

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  13. Other than doing some quilting, I didn't celebrate National Quilting Day. I started my quilting journey by taking a FREE, 6 session quilting class called Stitchin' Mission. The instructor taught us the basics of quilting in exchange for donating our first quilt (baby size)to charity. Great deal. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  14. So excited for you!!! All of your projects look so fun.

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  15. My mom and both grandmas quilt. Guess it was hereditary! :) Thanks for the chance!

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  16. I'd been sewing since age 11, but had never considered quilting until I saw my town's evening education brochure about 6 years ago. There was a free class offered teaching quilting for the Quilts for Kids organization, using donated fabric. I joined, fell in love with quilting and my quilting community, and have made countless quilts, donated to sick children, and gifted to family and friends.

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  17. My great grandma and grandma started teaching me to sew when I was little, but I didn't really get into it until high school.

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  18. Attended Mesa Quilt Show with my quilting buddy, so fun. We also got together to do some quilt shopping to inspire us before returning to COLD Montana. Gonna spend my spring back home QUILTING!

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  19. My grandmother quilted way before I was born...I can remember playing under her quilts. I think she would be shocked to see the long arm machines.

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  20. Learnedquilting from my Mother and some very special aunts. Sewed all my life.

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  21. I've been enjoying some quilting time in my sewing room! :-) I made my first quilt while pregnant with my first child... and really more significantly with my second child. My grandmother enjoyed quilts and quilting... it was something she shared! :-) I also have my great-grandmother's treadle machine...

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  22. Cute spring lamb quilt. Learned to Quilt off the TV. Quilt Day, I was picking out fabric for a Quilt top. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  23. I love your little sheep and would love to win the magazine featuring it! My grandmother was a quilter, my mother still is, and I've always been a fabricaholic.

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  24. Love your cute design of the little lamb! On National Quilt day I spent it with gals from my quilt guild sewing on UFO's. Got started quilting on my own about 19 yrs ago started sewing garments in Junior High School in Home Economics. Thank you for the great giveaway !

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  25. My grandmother used to quilt but died some years ago but it got me thinking that I would like to leave something behind for everyone that was a little part of me. I celebrated National Quilt Day by doing some quilting on a gift to my mother. She loved it flaws and all! Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  26. HI, love your designs! Yes, I celebrate just about every day quilting or sewing in some way! I love to make quilts for charity, so I'll celebrate doing just that! Thanks for sharing!


    Ancobaltt16@yahoo.com

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  27. The sheep is ADORABLE! I love the 3D effect. To tell you the truth, I don't remember how I spend National Quilting Day. That was like 3 weeks ago, and I don't remember what I did yesterday! I'm sure I managed to get a few seams sewn ;-> I found your blog from Quiltmaker's blog - Quilty Pleasures.

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  28. Gorgeous lamb! I spent (Inter)National Quilting Day sewing and quilting.My mother taught me how to sew when I was young, but I have only been quilting for two years. I am basically a self taught quilter, with the assistance of blogs and a few books.

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  29. Fabulous!
    I spent National Quilting day sewing! I started quilting with lessons at my LQS

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  30. I love this pattern. I got started in quilting when I joined the church. they had a quilting class at one of our Relief Society Homemaking meetings. that's been 35 years ago.Haven't quilted all those years, but now with 10 grandchildren, I've picked it back up, and can't go without it!

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  31. I did do some quilting on National Quilting Day…and I got started quilting a few years ago because I saw my neighbor's rag quilt and wanted one of my own. Thanks for the sweet giveaway :)

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  32. Love the idea of a design using hexagons to make a "picture", have been doing hexies since last May and teaching hexies to others now. NQD, shopped on line, and working on ongoing projects, usually have 2-3 active projects going all the time. A elderly friend kept pestering me to join the local quilt guild, but I enjoyed the magazines even before that, and that has been many years ago. Keep up the good work, Kathy

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  33. I was helping with a quilt show on National quilting day. Doesn't get any better than that. I've been sewing and quilting for the last 40 years or so. Love it.

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  34. I didn't do anything in particular for National Quilting Day. For me, every day is a Quilting Day! Enjoyed reading about you on the Quiltmaker blog! Your sheep quilt looks so cute!

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  35. How exciting to have a quilt on the cover. I worked on a quilt for my daughter, she even helped with it. My Grandmother got me started sewing, I used to sit in the sewing room with her all the time. It was just a natural jump to quilting.

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  36. I taught myself to sew clothing in the mid 60's and I remember seeing one of the few quilting magazines that was around then,Quilter's Newsletter, and thinking that it might be fun to make a quilt. This was back before rotary cutters and rulers in the ancient time of cut out cardboard templates and scissors. I made a sampler quilt that I still have and I am still quilting away but it's so much easier now.

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  37. My mother and grandmother are quilters and they are the ones who got me started quilting.
    I didn't do anything exciting for national quilting day, not even sure if I got to quilt.
    Love your designs. I remember when the America the Beautiful was in the magazine.

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  38. What a fabulously cute quilt! Love the lamb!

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  39. This is the cutest quilt ever! I taught myself how to quilt many years ago, then stopped for a really long time. Started back up again in 2010, and now sew almost every day. Love it!

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  40. The show Simply Quilts got me started on my quilting journey! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. Still new at quilting but would love this to make a quilt for one of my grandchildren.

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  42. I started sewing with my grandma and then sewed for 4-H. My grandma always made the same dresses for my sister, my cousin and me - mine was always green, my sister's was blue and my cousin's was pink. Ah, memories!!!

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  43. love that lamb. recently made a wall hanging for a quilt forum swap with a lamb eating a giant flower. It was applique and so darn much fun to make. I had fun. love the idea of having that ruler, FQ's etc....that would be the most awesome thing. Always fun to day dream that I might be a winner. anyway, here is what I sew a lot of for very sick kids (Free) with cancer and other devastating things.

    www.dollsforverysickkids.com

    vickey Stamps

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  44. Your cover quilt is so cute! My youngest sister got me started quilting about 7 years ago & I can't seem to stop. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  45. what a darling quilt! great job! I can hardly wait to make it! Looks like so much fun, and it makes me smile just to look at the pattern! Imagine my face with the real thing!!

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  46. Congratulations on your pattern on the COVER of a magazine! It is the cutest little sheep. My mom and I are partial to sheep since we like to spin yarn.I enjoyed reading about you over at Quilty Pleasures today. Again, congratulations! Good job!

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  47. Hi!!!!! I just love love the little lamb!!!! Thanks for the fun give away!!!! I would love to win this magazine!!!! Very Fun!!!!

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  48. Love your sheep! I celebrated National Quilting Day at a sew-in with several from my quilt guild. Sew much fun!! I got started on my quilting journey by making a baby quilt for my first child. It's been a wonderful trip that I hope never ends.

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  49. I didn't know about National Quilting Day. I guess you could say I started myself on my quilting journey, as I'm just a beginner. But I take inspiration from friends and family that quilt.

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  50. Yes. I celebrated N'tl Quilting Day by making a Travel Tray and double-zippered cosmetic bag as a birthday present for a well dressed friend who LOVES high heel shoes. I used the cutest red fabric tossed with black, white & gray high heel shoes! She's very happy with her present, by the way.

    I really enjoy your hexigami flowers & adorable sheep. I'd be thrilled to win your prize and make a version of your sheep in the meadow. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  51. The sheep quilt is darling. Enjoyed reading your quilting story over on Quilty Pleasures. Would love the try the hexi rulers.

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  52. Deon,
    Congratulations for being on the cover of Quiltmaker magazine!! It's so fun to see people that I know improving the world of quilting. I would love to win the rulers & fabric. I want to try that half hexie method.

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  53. I loved reading about you and your triplet daughters. I hope my kids love sewing the way I do some day. I spent the actual "Quilting Day" buying, cleaning, and moving a brand new bedroom set that we did NOT intend to buy, but the price was way too good to pass up. But pretty much every other day this month had some sewing in it! My mom first taught me how to use a sewing machine as a kid, but I didn't really get into it until I decided I wanted to make a jeans quilt 5 years ago and discovered the world of quilt blogs. I don't think I'll ever be able to stop now!

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  54. That's amazing! My grandmother was my inspiration, but I never had the guts to go for it until I found all the wonderful quilting blogs and tutorials on the web. Yours included. ;) Thanks for the chance..

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  55. Mom taught me to sew back in elementary school. My love rekindled when I moved 15 hours away when I got married - I needed a hobby!

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  56. I just returned to quilting and am going full steam ahead! I love how the internet brings us so many great tutorials and information AND contests!

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  57. I feel as if I have always sewed but I didn't quilt until my second son was born. I am self-taught and didn't quilt seriously until I moved to the city I live in now and found that in spite of having little kids, it was a very unfriendly place. In desperation I started working part-time at a quilt shop and the rest is history. No one I knew when I was growing up quilted unfortunately, or I probably would have started quilting much earlier.

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  58. What a sheep! I've been quilting so long, I don't remember what made me start. My mom taught me to embroider at the age of 5, and I've been doing something with a needle and 'thread' since then. National Quilting Day--I don't remember.

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  59. Congratulations on being a cover girl! Your sheep is delightful. I started quilting on my own as a teenager to use up scraps from my home ec sewing class. I was just being thrifty. I never imagined how much I would fall in love with the hobby. Thanks so much for sharing! As for National Quilting Day - yes, I did some sewing!

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  60. I not only celebrated National Quilting Day but I have been celebrating quilting all month! My Great Aunt got me started quilting using my Grandfather's wool shirts, pants, and suits to make quilts for the needy. I have loved quilting ever since.

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  61. I fell in love with that little sheep immediately and cannot wait to try this myself!

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  62. A few years a parent donated fabric to my Spanish club when I opened the bag there were hundreds of little squares. I called the parent and told her that we could not use the squares because we were in need of yardage since we were making ponchos.i asked her what the little squares of fabric were for and she said she made quilts. I was fascinated and a week later she gave me private lessons on how to use those squares. Eight years later I am still quilting thanks to her.

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  63. My grandma on my dad's side inspired me to quilt.

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  64. Congrats on being a cover girl. Amish quilts really inspired me the most the start quilting--they were like modern art and the quilting is fantastic.

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  65. Who doesn't love (if they are honest) to jump on a bed? This sheep quilt is way past cute. You asked who got me started on quilting and it was probably my great-grandmother in Blackfoot, Idaho. She always had a quilt going when I was growing up.

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  66. About 25 years ago, on an East coast holiday, I spotted many handmade quilts and knew that I was going to make some... I only wish I had started much sooner!!

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  67. My sewing journey began when I was in elementary school. I relocated to area three hours away from my home, saw a "sampler" in a JoAnn and signed up for a class. My quiting journey began then, as a way to meet new people that enjoyed quilting like me.

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  68. I guess my Mother started me quilting even if she did not know it. Last March, my Mother passed away. I had been staying with her until bedtime everyday. I needed something to keep busy. I saw a quilt pattern and said, "I can do that." I made a Christmas Tree quilt.

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  69. my home ect teacher and my mother and then my sis started making them so I finally joined it

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  70. great pattern.. I would love to have the chance to win. I remember my grandmother having old quilts that as kids we slept under when we spent the night. About 10 years ago I watched alex Anderson on tv and decided that "I could do that" and that started my journey

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  71. I don't know exactly when or where I started liking quilts. I just know that whenever I saw one, I wanted one. We did not grow up with quilts as my Mom liked more "Modern" things.

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  72. Thanks of the awesome giveaway!
    I started quilting in my early 20's!

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  73. I first started quilting in the late 70's along with just about everyone else after the centennial as a mother with a young child. After a couple of years life intervened as well as a full time job and other interests. It would be more than 30 years later that I started quilting again--and haven't stopped yet! This would be my first hexie quilt as I am a machine piecer.

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  74. I can't wait to get my magazine in the mail. This is so cute. I haven't done anythings with hexies before, but this will get me started.

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  75. My mom started me on a quilting journey! I celebrated National Quilting Day with some hand sewing.

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  76. When I was 18 years old, my great Aunt Mildred helped me make my first quilt. We bought the fabric at GC Murphy's on the flat fold table. We cut templates from cardboard then cut all the pieces out with scissors. We sewed it on the machine and I hand quilted it on Aunt Mildred's quilt frame. Aunt Mildred passed many years ago. She would be amazed with all of the tools and tricks that we have today.

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  77. I celebrated Nat'l quilting day by going to my guild retreat!
    Love your hexies :)

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  78. I pieced my first block when I was 10 or 11 years old under the sharp eye and tutalidge of my great-grandmother. She was a life long quilter and taught me not only to piece, but to embroider and crochet as well. I didn't begin quilting again until about 5 years ago, but since then I have become truly infected with the quilting bug.

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  79. About 20 years ago, I read in a local newspaper that a school nearby was going to have evening quilting classes, so I decided to give it a try and the rest is history. Prior to that I sewed clothing for myself. My mom taught me how to sew because I was getting too picky with the clothes she was making me.

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  80. My mother got me started sewing when I was little, but I took a break for several years. When I got back to sewing, I got interested in quilting and taught myself.

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  81. Grew up in a family with grandmothers who sewed. One made quilts entirely by hand. My other grandmother made our dresses, summer play outfits, and later made drapes and upholstery for an interior designer. Thanks for the give away opportunity.

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  82. It took a lifetime to get the bug for quilting for me. About 14 years ago the bug bit after a big life change and I've been going strong ever since. I watched the first program of Alex Anderson's show and went out and bought the "necessities". The rest is history. P.S. I just love your little quilt and have a new grandson on the way, lucky me! He will be getting one just like it!

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  83. I got interested in quilting because of TV shows and blogs about quilting. I already liked to sew and quilting was something new to try. I love it now and I think it's a great hobby for any age.

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  84. I started with a block of the month at our local quilt shop. My mom encouraged me to go, and I was quickly hooked. On national quilting day, I worked on one of those old quilts.

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  85. Such a cute pattern you've made! I started myself on my quilting journey. I wanted to learn how to quilt, so I made my first quilt fail. It needed to be ripped out. Fortunately, I haven't ripped out any since. I would love to win your goodies. I quilted most of the day on Quilting Day.

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  86. loved reading about you and the family, wow there were a lot of you and you have triplets, all so talented

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  87. I enjoyed reading your quilting journey. Your sheep is so very cute. Reading blogs like yours for the past few years is what keeps me inspired to keep on quilting.

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  88. I adore that sheepie, Deon! We called them sheepies in our family! I loved watching my maternal grandmother sewing when I was a little girl and her beautiful quilts often took Blue Ribbons and Sweepstakes awards for her entries in the State Fair. When I was 5 year old, I was convinced I could make a quilt for my dolly, so I rounded up my daddy's monogrammed hankerchiefs, cut up most all of them, and tried to sew by hand what my grandmother made look so easy. :) I polished my skills a bit better when expecting my first baby, making 5 or 6 quilts that didn't involve fabrics garnished from my father's closet! And isn't everyday Quilting Day? ;)

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  89. I love the hexie-sheep. I already see a few in my grandmother's flowergarden to-be (yes, still have to start that one LOL).
    I would love to know more about the origamie hexagons too, soI better strat searching!
    My start of quilting was a small quilt show in the nursing home where my mother was at the time.
    Thank you for a chance to win this gorgeous give away. But I do live in the Netherlands, so I fully understand if I can't be in it, because postage is 'killing' :-(
    Dutch greetings

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  90. Congrats on your wonderful magazine feature. Thank you for a great giveaway too, I would especially love the hexie ruler and copy of the magazine as they are not too easy to get in England. xx

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  91. Same as you I have always found healing through my handwork and gardening. Congrats on all your accomplishments, you deserve it all. Also how lucky are you that your girls share your passions and you can work on quilts together. How great to spend time together doing things you love. Adore your little sheep.
    thanks Yvonne

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  92. I fell in love with quilts when I was a kid and found a sunbonnet sue quilt in the closet that my grandmother had made for my mother and insisted on using it on my bed. I didn't actually start quilting until a few years ago, when I participated in a quilt block swap. Loved reading your story and I love your hexie sheep quilt!!

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  93. Congrats...that sheep is sew cute! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  94. I have just started experimenting with hexagons and different rulers. Would love this prize!

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  95. I love the sheep quilt! I started to quilt because I had a quilt when I was a child and wanted to learn how to make them.

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  96. I love the sheep quilt, too! I got started sewing as an adult, making placemat totes, and then a tote bag purse, that my Aunt encouraged me to make. Eventually I wanted to make small quilts!

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  97. I never had a daughter,cannot imagine the joy of sewing with three. How lucky we are to have such a creative outlet. I am teaching my granddaughter to cut with scissors, hopefully we will be sewing in a few years. I have lots to share

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  98. I am in LOVE with that fluffy sheep! As most of my friends are still having babies, it'll be a wonderful gift someday soon.

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  99. I love that little sheep. I got started with quilting from my mother. She taught me to piece and then I taught her patterns that I learned on the internet and from magazines.

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  100. I just picked this issue up last night-the technique looks intriguing. I started doing embroidery and cross-stitch back in the 70s. My first introduction to quilting came about because a small quilt shop opened up across from the cross-stitch stop. I walked thru the door and was hooked...been quilting since 1975.

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  101. My Grandmother was a quilter and I think I got my quilting- bug from her..Love your little sheep on the cover of the new Quiltmaker, I'm looking forward to getting my issue in the mail..

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  102. Moved to a new community about 20 years ago and heard they were having a beginning quilt class - the rest is history. I met some great friends and quilting has bonded us together. Those dear friends have been a support and inspiration in quilting and life in general. We spend National Quilt Day at a quilt show - admiring the works of wonderful quilters and also getting more projects that we can do together. Love the sheep pattern and fabrics - thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  103. love the new issue of Quiltmaker with your sheep on the cover! I learned to sew from my Mom when I was just a child - she loved to sew & made sure that I had all the opportunity to do it as possible. She also got me into 4H where I learned even more - and I took home ec in school which included more sewing. How could I not love it now with all the positive exposure my Mom gave to me?? I am so grateful to her for her positive influence on me!

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  104. I love your Sheep, so adorable. I started sewing watching my Mom sew, I was so proud when she let me cut out patterns, She didn't quilt but sewed everything else. So I started quilting after watching Alex Anderson on TV. Now I can't stop, Thanks to people like you who share your techniques and patterns there is no stopping us.

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  105. Pretty Fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  106. I am eagerly awaiting my copy of Quiltmaker so I can make your darling little lamb. On NQD I visited a quilt shop and did some hand sewing on my hexie project. I am making a project bag for----you guessed it----my hexies in progress. I caught the quilting and sewing bug from my Mum and my Grandma. Mum taught me all things machine sewn and Grandma looked after all things hand sewn. Thanks for offering a giveaway and congratulations on having your pattern published in Quiltmaker. Way to go, Cover Girl.

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  107. I kinda learned to quilt on my own, and then finally took some helpful classes at our local shop. I am still a novice! I didn't celebrate national quilting day - family obligations took the whole day!

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  108. I'm really looking forward to getting my Quiltmaker magazine in the mail! I love anything to do with sheep and your design is very cute! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  109. i would love something new, springy
    thank you aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

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  110. Quilting for me was on my bucket list.....:)

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  111. Wonderful inspiration. thanks so much for sharing

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  112. I selected fabrics to make hexies. I will do these while I am at the hospital with my husband. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  113. I watched my Grandmother quilt and knew that I would like to quilt one day when my children were older. After my children left home, I took a hand quilting class at a local college and I was hooked. Thank you for sharing.

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  114. I watched my mom make quilts for each of her grand-babies. I wanted to be able to do that too and when a new local quilt shop had free classes I took a couple. I have been a beginner ever since, but I really like quilting. I really like this sheep. It is so cute.

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  115. I completed my first quilt on National Quilters Day about 15 years ago. Completely self-taught. Although I have been fortunate enough to receive some LOVELY works from my grandmother, I didn't know about them till after she was gone. Would love to go back in time to get the 4-1-1. Recently came into possession of two incredible quilt tops of which I am absolutely clueless as to their pedigrees. If I had known of their existence, I might have been able to ask my mother but I lost her not long ago as well. Sorry to tell you my life story. ;c) My point is, I guess, ALWAYS DOCUMENT!!

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  116. All those lovely pictures of quilts on Flickr is what got me interested in quilting! I've got a BAD addiction now... :)

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  117. My big brother actually got me into quilting and sewing and the ladies from Threadbias really support and encourage me on my journey. I feel that it relaxes me and I love all the beautiful fabrics. Thanks for a chance to win a great prize...just love that little sheep!

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  118. I spent Natl Quilting day teaching a beginning quilting class at my church. Thats celebrating in my book. My great grandmother made quilts. I have the one she gave my parents when they got married. I didn't start quilting until decades after she was gone.

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  119. I did celebrate NQD by finishing a "little qiult" from quilt blocks I found in a bag of rags. I love it so much. Crooked and unmatched seams all left alone as I feel sure some little girl was making this and gave up on it and now it will live with me.

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  120. What a cute little lamb on the magazine cover! I spent NQD packing and moving, and not quilting, unfortunately. Would love to win the giveaway. sarah@forrussia.org

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  121. I have always loved quilts and for many years wanted to make one but with working and raising children I never seemed to have enough time. Now that I no longer work I have finally found the time to quilt and I love it and in some ways am glad that I waited to learn since there are so many new techniques and tools that have changed the world of quilting since the 1970's.

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  122. I was at my first Time Out for Women in Spokane on National Quilting Day this year. My quilting Journey started with a Rail Fence flannel quilt. I got the pattern from a friend and bought my flannel at JC Penney. Those were the days of the machine that counted the yards and snipped the edge and the fabric was torn. I remember using a cereal box for the templates and cutting it out with scissors. Thanks to modern tools and techniques I have made many more quilts since then. Hope to win the half hexie and fabrics so I can maeke the Lamb Quilt for my next grandchild.

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  123. Your lamb quilt is so adorable Deonn!! I am the first quilter in my family. I was first interested in quilting many years ago but never really could get into it. About 2 years ago I saw a YouTube video from Missouri Star Quilt and have been hooked ever since. Jenny made it look so easy. Thank you for sharing!

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  124. I love your quilt. congrats on being published. my mom got me started on quilting, I learned the basics. but then I got married and started a family right away. 30 years later I am starting quilting again and so loving it. I fell in love paper pieced blocks. I love reading your blog. thanks for the give a way

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  125. How exciting! I think that lamb is so cute, it would make an excellent Easter flag. :) I celebrated Nat'l Quilting Day by finishing my oldest UFO (only a year and a half old) which is a quilted pillow case. And my start story is that one day I was STRUCK by the idea that we could use a new comforter on our king size bed and wait, I could just make one! So I went to my Grandma Linda and she suggested I take a beginning class, I did, and was in, hook, line, and sinker! Then my great-aunt sent me a sewing machine, and I inherited my grandma's Bernina, and I love being a part of this world where everyone loves doing what I do as much as me. Thank you for the opportunity to add some more fun things to my corner of the world!
    ~Brandy

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  126. I fell in love with Amish quilts in the 70s and made a few trips to PA to visit Amish areas and came home with a variety of quilts. But it wasn't til I retired in 1999 that I got time to do much quilting. Now I am a longarm quilter for others and love applique.

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  127. Any give-away is fine with me. I do traditional piecing of quilts for Quilts of Valor for our Veterans. I like the look of paper piecing and applique, but too time consuming for making multiple quilts. I ONLY made 83 QOV's last year and 17 other quilts including several king sized, so I just don't have enough time in my day. My bucket list does however have a Mariners Compass on it.

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  128. I love the little lamb, I can't wait to try my hand at making one - I think I will keep it for me. Something I do not do very often. It reminded me of the little bummer lambs we raised as children. Lots of fond memories. Thanks for the chance to win the fun ruler and fabric.

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  129. I, like my great grandmother and grandmother before me, started when I donated my time to a charitable church group of quilters.

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  130. Congratulations on making the cover! Darling quilt and great use of hexagons.

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  131. Some new acquaintances introduced me to quilting when I moved to a new city. They are now life long friends, even though I've have moved away to another new city.

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  132. Oh gosh on National Quilting Day I cleaned some of my sewing room although there is much left to do. :( But then I went online and bought a bunch of quilty things from some tools to fabrics and some new online classes.

    I have no one in my family that ever did any quilting other than my Grandmother. She did hers by hand although I never knew she did until she was gone. A small box was found with my name on it when my Mother was helping go through Grandma's things. What I found inside was a very small pink quilt she had made by hand for my first child, a daughter who was stillborn in my 5th month. She finished it and packed it away after putting a little note in there to me. She had hoped I would have another girl so she could give it to me then if she was still around. Well, I had three boys (one set of twins) after my little girl although she was gone before I had any of them. So my quilting has been learned on my own mostly by blogs and other resources online. There was no local quilt shop available to anyone who is disabled to take their classes. It made me upset to learn this as I thought there were laws that stores were to all be accessible to those who are handicapped. So, I turned to online and have been moving along that way. I'm still amazed at all the wonderful people online who are so nice and want others to learn.

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  133. Congratulations on you and your quilt being featured in the magazine. Great quilt.

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  134. So very cute! Congrats!
    I think I got to snatch a few minutes in the evening on National Quilt Day to get organized. I have a newborn, so mostly I just entered a bunch of giveaways from my phone while I was nursing all day. (I didn't win anything from that day, but it was fun.)
    I love Riley Blake fabrics! My favorites are So Sophie and Pieces of Hope (my son has autism).

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  135. I remember watching my mother and her mother hand piece and hand quilt many, many quilts. At the time I wasn't "big" enough to join in the quilting bee. Mother taught me to sew years later but I didn't start quilting until several years after the death of my mother. I do own quiet a few of the quilts Mother made and they are so inspiring and to me they are rare treasures!

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  136. My mom taught me to sew when I was in high school. Back then I said I would never be interested in quilting. Never say never. Love it now.

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  137. My mom taught me me sewing basics. I learned more in high school. Seeing a quilt pattern on a scrapbooking blog turned me into a quilter! Congrats on the cover

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  138. Congratulations! My mom taught me how to sew as a young girl. Each month we would go to the fabric store and she would purchase material for me to sew a garment or two. Went on to do tailoring (made my honeymoon suit!) and after having two kids who are now awesome young adults attending college, it's time for me to pursue quilting. And how life comes full circle, my mom and I spend time together sewing again. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  139. I was given a quilt by a friend of my great grandmother's when I was about ten years old and got a "real" bed. I still have it. I think that was my inspiration to learn.

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  140. I love making your hexigami's and enjoyed reading about you on Quilty Pleasures. Thanks for an awesome giveaway, I was late to the party but will share with my friends.

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  141. I was lucky enough to celebrate quilting day by going to a quilt show nearby. I was inspired to quilt by my grandma and my aunt.

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  142. My mother got me started quilting, and she also got a handful of my high school friends started too. Over the years I've been working on paying back all those fabrics my friends and I appropriated. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  143. I didn't celebrate quilting day, but EVERY DAY is quilting day in my house! :) At least, I try to make it that! My mom got me started in quilting. We have different tastes, but we definitely have gotten closer over the last few years talking all this quilting lingo with each other! It's been fun!

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  144. I spent National Quilting day making Dresdens - I need 33 of them. Seeing all of the beautiful quilts that are all over the web inspired me to try to learn the art. Thanks!

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  145. Every day is "national quilting day/week/month for me. I am teaching my granddaughters to quilt and find it so exciting to see how they are so inspired.
    Thanks for the chance to enter to win...

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  146. No I didn't celebrate it... I'm not a very good quilter yet. Anywho, quilting blogs are the ones who made me want to start quilting!

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  147. Congratulations! I celebrated quilt day by finally binding 4 quilts of 1930s vintage blocks that had been mocking me from the shelf. Thanks for the chance to win! VermontPines at aol dot com

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  148. Beautiful, beautiful bright blues and greens! I celebrate quilting every day, too! :)

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  149. I started quilting when I became ill and had to leave school. I remembered a quilt a friends Mum had made from childhood dresses and wanted to make one of my own. I haven't yet, but it's on the list!
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  150. I am fairly new to quilting...and am learning with my two daughters! Lots of fun!! :)

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  151. I didn't celebrate NQD but will have to next year!

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  152. I taught myself to quilt using Eleanor Burns "Quilt In a Day " book.

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  153. I started quilting after the death of my youngest son the counselor said it might help the grieving process to have a hobby and she was right

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  154. I learned to quilt from my mom and great grandmother who lived with us! So much fuN!

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  155. I know I'm too late for contests but just want to say how delightful the Sheep Shape pattern is, I grabbed the last copy of Quilt Maker off the shelf yesterday and would start on the sheep tomorrow if I didn't already have 2 half made projects on the table . I was interested in the placement guide (pg 28) and thought how cute it would be if the bottom was quilted with the zig-zag edge. I also have 2 quilt projects from my grandmother to complete. Unfortunately I did not learn she was a quilter until 30 years after she passed away. I is a Dresden plate that is missing one plate and needs repairs and the other 12 blocks of flower pots that I want to make into another QM Fall '12 inspired by Mexican Sunflowers.

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  156. Congrats with my whole heart......what a fabulous treat and treasure you are to our quilting world...always cheering you on, you can count on that

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