Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Baking with Tradition and a Give Away

I am so excited about this new Moda Bake Shop Tutorial!  It still seems so surreal that I am even designing for them and here I am with my second tutorial being released.  I am just so excited!  When designing this quilt, I really wanted to bring some flair to a traditional favorite.  I call it Braided Irish Chain.  Have I mentioned how excited I am about this??  So if you get a chance, head on over to the Moda Bake Shop and check it out.  If you love it, don't hesitate to leave a comment letting me know.  (I know, shameless :)   But wait, don't leave yet!!!  Finish scrolling down for a great giveaway.


I couldn't help putting this picture in.  Jacob sneaked up on me because he got a kick out of the fact that I bought gloves for quilting.  It really makes me wonder if my face always looks like then when I am quilting.


GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED :)

Okay, enough silly, on to the Giveaway!!   Moda has graciously sent me some extras to get one of you started on your very own Braided Irish Chain quilt.  So what's up for grabs?? A jelly roll of Maison de Garance by French General and 6 1/2 yards of the shown coordinating print for the backing!!  Yes, that's right 6 1/2 yards and a jelly roll!!  You simply have to get your background fabric and you are ready to sew!  Maison de Garance is another perfect fit for the Braided Irish Chain quilt. It will look fabulous!!



So how do you enter?  Simple - Leave me a comment.  Tell me about you, about what you like or dislike about quilting tutorials, about the weather where you live, about how much you love this quilt (I had to throw it in there), about what project you are working on,  or anything really! Make me smile or giggle.  I love to laugh!

And sure, I will give you a second chance.  Become a follower and leave me a separate comment that you did, or that you already are.  (I know, shameless again, what can I say, I am new to this online quilting world and want to make lots of quilting friends.  I promise I will make it worth your while :)

Lastly, the fine print stuff.  Make sure I have a way to contact you.  I would hate for you to win and then not be able to claim your prize.  I will randomly select a winner on the 26th of October  November (Oops, Sorry, I mistyped, there is no way I could wait till November) and announce it here!  SO, are you excited??  I am!!!  Okay, now you can go on over to the Moda Bake Shop :)
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326 comments:

  1. Awesome quilt and I love anything with a four or 9 patch. Your choice of fabrics looks great. I would love to be the winner of your giveaway. I am adding you to my list of favorites when I am done here. Keep up the great work. Great tutorial.

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  2. The quilt is lovely and the tutorial is excellent! Congrats on doing such a good job an....

    dang it!..... got so excited about your quilt I burnt my bagel!!

    Oh well, thanks for doing such a good job - love the quilt!!!

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  3. That quilt is stunning, and your tutorial makes it look so easy! I'm actually partway through that I Spy quilt I won from your blog a LONG time ago, so maybe I'm ready to try a "real" quilt? And them I'm testing a little toy fairy pattern for a blog friend, which isn't quilting at all but very cute =)

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  4. I just became a follower after seeing you on the Moda bakeshop. Great job...

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  5. By the way, love the tutorial...i have a pattern for an irish chain that i bought during my first year of quilting and have been fearing it ever since....i think i will try yours first, looks much more pleasant....
    cheers

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  6. Wow! How cool. I love the quilt, It's a little intimidating, but I'd love a chance at it!

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  7. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent. Your tutorial is great...love all the pictures! Since it is almost Halloween I am I working on costumes...the Wicked Witch of the West and Glenda the Good Witch. :o)

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  8. The link on Moda isn't working for the Printer friendly version?

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  9. This quilt reminds me a lot of one my grandmother and I made together!! And by "together" I mean she made 85% of it and I sewed a couple squares together ;)

    I have to say, I'm much more fond of the simplistic/white/light quilts than the BAM in your face COLORS COLORS COLORS!!

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  10. Oh, and I'm a new follower!! And very excited to read more, you seem like a really fun gal!!

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  11. After seeing you on MBS, I have become a follower. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. And I'm a long-time follower of your blog =)

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  13. It is so nice to see a traditional project on MBS - and a bed size project - cool! Love the twist. Bet this one will become quite popular.

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  14. I love your quilt! In the photo it looks almost like a pixelated Irish Chain, which gives it a modern look...the colors you've chosen also give it a modern twist. Can't wait to use your tutorial and try one.

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  15. I've become a follower of yours! Thanks to Moda Bake Shop for the link.

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  16. Just seen you on Moda bakeshop! Really really love it. Am over half way through an insanity quilt of 1333 hexagons! Really don't need to fall in love with another project right now, but would be so tempted to make this one!

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  17. I'm pretty new to quilting, I'm loving all of the neat blogs I keep finding through the Moda Bakeshop! I love Moda fabrics, but can usually only afford the cheap knockoffs at Walmart in the dollar bin. I really hope I win, so I can use something of quality! I especially want to win, because I'd love to make this quilt for my own bed, as right now all I have is a microfleece throw meant for the couch! LoL - Jody Edwards jody.edwards@yahoo.com

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  18. Also just became a follower!

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  19. Would you ship to the UK if I won or is it US only? I'd love to give it a try, I've just finished a baby quilt for a friend, I learnt a lot and if you don't look closely it looks great ;)

    Sarah.bowyer@ntlworld.com

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  20. I am now a follower - love spring fling!

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  21. What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for the chance to win the fabric to make it with! :0)

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  22. I really like your Braided Irish Chain quilt. Great Moda tutorial. It would be wonderful to win - I can definitely see that quilt on my bed!

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  23. That is beautiful. Thank you so much for posting on the Moda bake Shop. (obviously I am not postng a comment for the drawing)

    Great job!

    modalissa.blogspot.com

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  24. I can't wait to try this out!!! Now I just need my baby to sleep and to win the giveaway!

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  25. Your tutorial looks great for beginners, like you said. :) Good work!!

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  26. Your MBS Braided Irish Chain is wonderful! I was unable to get the Printer Friendly Version link to work so I wandered over here - glad I did - what a great blog!

    What am I working on? Geez, I have about 5 pieced quilts underway, about 7 appliqued underway, a couple of embroidery projects and I have just dipped my toe into the world of wool and started a candle mat.

    I'd love to win the jelly roll and backing fabric! Hope you pick me - it's my birthday today!

    Thank you for the opportunity!

    Janet
    jfquilts@gmail.com

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  27. I also just became a follower!

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  28. I love the tutorial! I am bookmarking it for a future project. :)

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  29. Aahh! It's been a crazy morning since 7 and I decided to check blog land for a pick-me-up. Your Irish Chain did the trick, thanks. I've wanted to try one, I think it will especially help with my need to "make nicer seams". Right now I'm working on Bee blocks, random leaders and enders in the form of paper pieced 1/2 sq. triangles and it's working out neat. Back to work..

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  30. ... and I also added you to my Google Reader. :)

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  31. I like your blog, and am now a Follower and also subscribed in GReader. Have a great day. You're so cheerful even in your writing it makes me smile across computer land.

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  32. Beautiful quilt...I can't imagine quilting it on a regular machine! Love the way you added something to the traditional and made it yours!

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  33. What a neat design! I love scrappy quilts and the fabric choices bump this one up several notches! Beautiful work!

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  34. I love the quilt: I have been thinking about making a scrappy traditional log cabin but maybe I will twist it.

    I have only ever done one quilt tutorial -- the road trip from cluck cluck sew -it came together quickly so, I am ready to try more. the best part was all the pictures along the way

    I live in pa the weather is cold rainy and dreary

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  35. I'm now a follower! I love finding new blogs!

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  36. I absolutely love your quilt. I don't know how I feel about tutorials because I've never followed one (gasp). I found the quilting blog world all of a week ago and OMG. TUTORIALS! Unfortunately, I had to deal with a husband tapping his foot and pointing at my existing stack of quilts that I hadn't finished. Particularly the one HE picked out fabric for. So... yeah.

    I do love this quilt and I think it's going to be my first tutorial ever.

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  37. I would love to be included in your drawing for this wonderful prize.

    I have just gotten into the world of quilting tutorials and am loving every bit I get. My family is going to think I am crazy because at this rate we will not have anything blanket wise from the store. We will have beautiful hand made items from me only in the house.

    OH NO!!! I have gotten the quilting/needlework disease! LOL

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  38. I am a follower and am so excited about this giveaway.

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  39. I am already a follower...and so glad I am, what a lovely quilt.

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  40. Actually I just came from Moda Bake Shop ;o) I have a soft spot for traditional quilts, and I absolutely LOOOOVE your twist on Irish Chain! Your tutorial has been duly saved to my computer!

    What I like or dislike about tutorials... I love pictures! The more the better (saves me from reading instructions *lol*). Other than that - that they are kept simple to follow, not too "wordy" (if you know what I mean).

    What project I'm working on... ehhh... make that plural... very much so... but what's currently on the floor (ok, I work on the floor) is: a lovely snowman/snowball winter quilt with some embroideries done by a dear friend, a scrappy homespun/brushed cottons version of one of Carrie Nelson's quilts, and a very secret project...

    The weather in Oslo, Norway today is very typical October; chilly, a little windy, but at the moment no rain :o)

    What else to say... PICK ME, PLEASE!?!?!? ;o)

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  41. I've also been following you since day one of my awareness of the quilt blog world.

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  42. Love the pattern. Thanks for sharing!

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  43. For something about myself, I am sure everyone is sick of hearing how I have five sons, or that I live in amerika Samoa but will soon be leaving. So let's find something new.....hummm everyone knows I love chocolate, hot tamales, but I could eat my way out of a pot of spagetti...oh boy could I>>>>have a great day!

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  44. I'm now officially a follower of your blog :o)

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  45. Tell me about you, about what you like or dislike about quilting tutorials, about the weather where you live, about how much you love this quilt (I had to throw it in there), about what project you are working on, or anything really! Make me smile or giggle. I love to laugh!

    I am an older than your typical blogger. At least, from what I see in my travels, I am older. I live in TX and the weather here has been cool in the mornings and evenings and hot during the day.

    I am loving the tutorials! I just haven't been able to do one yet on account of my room being too small to do multiple projects at a time. I need to finish the Maxine quilt for my Mother.

    I'm thinking that this might be a perfect quilt for our bed. The background in green and the "chain" in purple colors.

    Thanks for providing the tutorial and doing the giveaway!

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  46. I am a follower now! It was strange, I thought I was a public follower since I already am following you via Google Reader. Apparently not!

    Thanks for the second opportunity to win!

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  47. I LOVE your quilt and tutorial. This is the first thing for awhile at the Bakeshop that I thought, "Wow! I need to make that!" Great job!

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  48. I am now a follower. Thanks for the chance to win that Beautiful fabric!

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  49. Love the tutorial! You make it look so easy!!! Beautiful quilt!

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  50. Oh and I just signed up to follow your blog!

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  51. I saw your wonderful tutorial at the bake shop, and I am so excited by it! My husband's nephew is getting married next year, and I would love to make this for the newlyweds

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  52. and I have signed up to follow you :-)

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  53. I love your braided IC design - it's a great new take on the norm. Thanks for sharing your talents with the rest of us!!!

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  54. ...and BAM! Just like that, I'm a follower! I'm looking forward to wanderig around your blog!

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  55. This is SO fabulous! LOVE it!!! (my favorite Bake Shop pattern ever? Care to make it a quilt along?) ;)

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  56. This is great - gorgeous fabrics for this design! I'm recently back into quilting, so it's really helpful to have such detailed tutorials to refresh my memory - thanks for all the time you put in! The photos really help.

    I've got back into things with a few small projects (mostly for Christmas presents!) to help build my confidence but this looks like a great larger project to get into next!

    I'm actually a corporate lawyer living in NYC (not your typical quilter, perhaps!) with very little free time, but it is so much fun to decompress by quilting when I do get a few free minutes to myself :)

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  57. Hi Melissa - I came over from the Moda Bake Shop and impressed with your tutorial. I am working on a coat, hat and mittens for my six month old granddaughter because it's getting cold here in Minnesota. I'm going to make your version of Irish Chain, just not sure what fabric.

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  58. I saw your quilt on MBS and said 'OH! I Love this quilt!! That's fabulous!' as I practically jumped out of my chair. So here I am to say that this is a beautiful quilt. And I am happy to have found your blog. and something about me - yes, I truly have chickens - Venti, Ridgey, Florence, Gerty, Trudy (two barred rocks that look very similar, hence the two-part name: ger-trude), and Comet

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  59. And I'm a new follower. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects!

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  60. Loved your tutorial. Thanks for the chance to win such a great giveaway.
    Jenfer96@comcast.net

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  61. I'm a new follower also!
    Jenfer96@comcast.net

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  62. Your quilt is beautiful! I really want to make a queen-sized quilt for our bed, this would look so great! THANKS for the chance!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  63. I follow :)
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  64. Great quilt! I think it would look awesome with Maison de Garance which I love desperately! Thanks for the chance!

    PS: I live in Southern California and it is raining here all week! In October? What the flip flop?

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  65. This comment is for Elaine at elainehow@gmail.com who sent me an email because her comment wasn't working :) Thanks for playing :)

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  66. This comment is for Elaine at elainehow@gmail.com who sent me an email because her comment wasn't working :) She is following :)

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  67. I really like your quilt! It is like a ferris wheel for the eyes. I am working on halloween costumes. . .if my son can decide what he wants to be. He changes his mind about every hour. I would love to win some Moda fabric. I just love everything they have. contact me at wanoniem at yahoo dot com.

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  68. and you already know I'm a follower. :)

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  69. I just love your Bake Shop pattern! I'm dying to print it out, but the printer friendly version isn't uploaded yet. But I'm busy with a few other projects, so I've got time to wait. ;-) It's ugly and rainy here, not good for the aches and pains, so I'm refusing to look outside. L OL

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  70. I live in MN with my husband. I am a design engineer. I love quilting tutorials. I have learned so much. And the Moda ones are so great for beginners. The weather here is sunny, but only 46 degrees. I wish it were still summer. I just completed a Halloween table runner, and this quilt looks like so much fun to make!

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  71. I live in Mt Juliet, TN, right outside of Nashville. The weather is GRRRREAT, very fallish. Cool morning, 70-80 in the afternoon. I am quilting a baby quilt for my nephew's first son, due anytime. Then I need to finish up a quilt for my son's fall festival at school. Then I have to start and finish my Secret Santa gift. Do you see a pattern here? and I don't mean a quilt pattern. I am definitely putting your quilt on my list. I have a black and white bedroom with a little red thrown in and this quilt would be perfect. But the giveway fabric would look good in my bedroom. Maybe 2 quilts??? You are now added to my favorites.

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  72. crazycowgirlbec@yahoo.comOctober 19, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    I have never braved this type of design. I am also just learning how to quilt since I'm getting better at piecing the front.
    We got a new german shorthaired pointer puppy named Avery and she is adorable.

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  73. I left a comment on Moda's site also, which is rare for me--takes a lot to pull me out lurkdom he heh he However, you are truly a designer after my heart. I love bit open blocks which draw the eye around. This quilt combined with its easy cuts, sewing and construction are just "my cuppa tea". Thank you so much!
    Carmen in Alaska

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  74. What a great givaway. Love your Moda Bake Shop Pattern. I would love to win this jelly roll & backing fabric. This would look great in my spare room. Keep up the great work

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  75. I've been reading your blog for a long time, but didn't realize I had forgotten to officially follow -- now I'm official!

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  76. The quilt turned out beautiful! I'd love to win the fabric -- I haven't yet added a quilt by French General to my collection and I've been meaning to do so for a while.

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  77. What a fabulous project and an amazing give-away! I would love to make this quilt. I just took my first "big quilt" to the quilter, and I can't WAIT to pick it up later this week. I'm impressed that you do your very own quilting on a large quilt. I haven't attempted that. . .yet!

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  78. Hi! I'm a fairly new quilter.
    I love quilting tutorials because they are the only quilting classes I've taken so far! I love your quilt -- it is gorgeous -- but the size is daunting.

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  79. I am now a follower - great to have another quilting blog to check out! My e-mail is tkelwag@gmail.com.

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  80. Wow! What a great giveaway! And congratulations on a beautiful quilt and getting to feature on Moda...how exciting!
    On a side note, I can't believe you have 4 children! You look so young. AND you're able to get quilts completed! Wow...VERY impressive! :)

    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!
    ~Teresa
    www.sew-aneedlepullingthread.blogspot.com

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  81. OH! I almost forgot to add my extra entry! I am already a follower.

    ~Teresa :)

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  82. Great tutorial! I just love the classic look ☺
    I have been obsessed with getting some maison de garance lately too-so pretty!

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  83. Wow - i have always wanted to make a quilt that large, might be time to give it a try!

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  84. And I just became a follow too! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  85. I've been looking for something like this for ages--something that will be interesting enough to make a good bedspread, but not so busy that the rest of the room needs to be designed around it. Thanks!

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  86. This is one of the nicest giveaways I've seen in a long time...mainly because the fabric is so beautiful! Thank you Moda and thank you, Melissa. Your quilt is wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous fabric.

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  87. And seeing your wonderful work..can't help but become a follower. You will have a great time in blog land...wonderful quilters will welcome you.

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  88. What a great new take on a traditional quilt. Love it!
    Sally

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  89. I became a follower as soon as I clicked on this blog because I knew I was gonna love it but the giveaway makes it all a bonus.

    Thanks,
    Sheila

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  90. Oh goodness what don't I love about quilting.......
    But I did notice in your pics that your quilting this on a regular sewing machine, do you have any trouble doing this? I've done some small ones on my machine but when they get to be twin size or bigger it seems like there just is not enough room in the center for all that bulk,,,,any hints here?

    Happy sewing,
    Sheila Heichel
    magicaldamselfly@gmail.com

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  91. I LOVE Maison de Garance! Would sew LOVE to win this giveaway! Nice quilt, by the way........

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  92. I am a new follower of your blog. :o)

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  93. LOVE your tutorial and Moda was so generous to send you extra's for a giveaway! Maison de Garance will be perfect for this with a nice light tan/taupe background fabric! What I LOVE about quilting tutorials is that it keeps my mind going! I am never without a new idea for a quilt because of Moda's Bake Shop and all the tutorials! Keep the mind and body going so that darn ''old-timers'' disease can be shrugged off if at all possible! LOL

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  94. I have become a follower and added you to my blog list!

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  95. I just took my first quilting class and I am HOOKED! Just bought some charm packs to make my first quilt (on my own)!

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  96. I am so excited about this giveaway! As soon as I saw your tutorial at MBS, I knew I wanted to try to make this quilt. And then you're giving away a jelly roll and yardage from one of my current favorite lines from a favorite company - the backing fabric, how cool is that?!!! - just fantastic!

    About me: a pastor's wife and mom of 3 young adults, new quilter, and about to move to a new ministry in a new town. Busy times, but exciting times! I can't wait to get set up in my new sewing room - my husband will have his own study in our new house - and settle down to some quilting.

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  97. Your Irish Chain is great - especially with your personal twist. I am working on a film strip quilt right now and have a couple of others in mind. Thanks for the give away.

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  98. I have been looking for a quilt pattern that I think would suit my MIL and finally this is it. Its just perfect thank you.

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  99. Now I want to make an Irish Chain quilt! Your tutorial was very detailed but explained exactly how to make it. The final quilt was beautiful.

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  100. I have become a follower of your blog!!

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  101. I'm just a newbie when it comes to quilting, so I'm doing very small projects right now. I would love to make a beautiful quilt for our master bed and the giveaway fabric would give me a great start! :) (email: Lynarri@gmail.com)

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  102. I adore this quilt, I can totally see myself making it out of scraps!

    Weather here in the pacific northwest has finally gotten chilly at night, so I need to quilt and bind a couple of tops that I've been neglecting so I can be warmer at night!

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  103. Wow what a lovely quilt. You must feel like you are on a cloud...
    I have just the machine to help me cut all those pieces.
    Love to win..

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  104. Love your quilt! Great pictures, which is my favorite part of tutorials. I have a lot of quilts in progress. I am falling behind, as I have not gotten much quilting done after my 3rd daughter was born this summer. Starting to get back on track though, with a mini bear paw quilt. Love the fabric in your giveaway!

    karen624@gmail.com

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  105. I just did a triple Irish chain, but I love your idea even more.

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  106. I am working on my biggest quilt yet. It will be 96" square. I am quilting it in 3 sections.
    Your quilt is beautiful!!

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  107. I live in beautiful north central Idaho and the weather is just now starting to turn cooler which is getting my quilt juices going. I am a self taught quilter of about 5 years and use the internet for most of my info. I love this quilt and the tutorial is wonderful with all the pics and detail directions. Now if I can just get brave enough to free motion such a big quilt with my bernina.. your picture inspires me though! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  108. I love the quilt and the tutorial is great. Just found you and really enjoy your blog. I have been quilting 30 years and sewing atleast 50. I started blogging almost two years ago. It has been so fun and I really enjoy seeing what others are doing.

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  109. Oh and I just became a follower!

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  110. Hi Melissa, Wow, what a gorgeous quilt and it would be a beauty made with Maison de Garance. I am working on a small quilt in 30s reproduction fabrics and this would be a welcome change from my current project. Thanks for posting this design, I love it!! : ) ~~Lisa

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  111. I am now a follower of Happy Quilting Melissa. Thanks for posting your design to the Moda Bake Shop. ~~Lisa

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  112. This is a great pattern. I think I'll give it a whirl, over the winter.

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  113. hi I love this quilt and your tutorial is VERY easy to follow, love all the pictures. I make the same face when I'm quilting, you don't realize how hard you are concentrating! stippling is my favorite, but I work hard at making designs and not crossing over the lines.

    thanks for sharing your quilt and having a give away.

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  114. That quilt is so pretty! I'm just learning to quilt, and have much to learn. I found your blog through Moda, and I'm enjoying reading it. Your instructions are great, so I'm going to give this a try. I probably need to check with my mom first though - I can piece a quilt, but don't know what to do next, so my mom always takes pity on me and quilts them for me!

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  115. hi again, i am following you now :)
    sounds like a stalker LOL

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  116. Thank you for the great pattern and tutorial - Awesome

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  117. My wife and I are in DO school out here in Kirksville and she gets bored while I'm studying! (I bet you can relate to this) So... she wants a new hobby and has chosen quilting! With you giving this away right now it's like we're MEANT to win this. :) Alex-formerly Elder Swan

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  118. Hi Melissa, I love tutorials because I have not one creative thought in my head. However, I confess it would be so helpful if those creating the tutorials put the written directions maybe at the bottom so I could print them out with maybe a picture of the finished product. To print the whole tutorial is often page after page after page. I've been sewing long enough that I don't have to see a picture of every step, though I know others might need them. So, maybe the whole tutorial, and then at the bottom a short version? I love the Irish Chain by the way - my mother made one many years ago and I've always wanted to make one too. Don't you wonder why it's Irish, not Scottish or Scandinavian or German or Chinese? I wonder things like that. And no, I did not used to be a blonde. I'm just ditzy sometimes. I blame my age, cause when I do others just nod and say, oh yea. :) blessings, marlene

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  119. woah look at that!! you are so awesome!! I Love the quilt and the giveway!!

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  120. and yes, im a follower! :) ;)

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  121. HELP I'm afaid of cutting my jelly rolls ! but this pattern may HELP! just don't want to waste it so I just fondle it! thanks for pattern ( i always print them and think how nice it would be to make) but AFRAID to cut FABRIC its not that i don't have any LOL

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  122. Oh yes, I am definitely following your blog now for inspiration!

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  123. I know what my next quilt will be! This is just lovely. I think my only challenge will be how to quilt it once I get the top finished. Course my son would say, 'You mean you're supposed to QUILT it? I thought you just made tops and put them in the cabinet to look at...'
    Thank you for the great giveaway.
    snuginmyden@yahoo.com

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  124. sorry, can't tell which happy follower i am, but it's all in the tea cups :)
    thx for the xtra opp to enter :))

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  125. oops needed to leave you something wild or wonky :)...
    ok, have you ever found a pattern for a wonky teacup pattern out of australia? i had actually made this darling as a vertical strip wallhanging & how it's disappeared i fear to think ?! ...
    someone else LoVeD it too me thinks... so anyway,
    IF you know of said design, i'd be in your debt to rcv same from you & make me another! life's too short to be w/o wonky teacups! :))

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  126. Wow! You seriously outdid yourself. That quilt is awesome and I'm not just saying that. It's going on my list of things to make...after the holidays because that bad boy is for me me me!

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  127. What a lovely quilt and great instructions!

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  128. I love this quilt!! It is great. I would love to do this one. I will add it to my MANY that I want to make. That offer of fabric is wonderful. That was very nice of Moda to do that. Great job on the tutorial. Keep them coming. You do a great job of explaning how to make a quilt.

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  129. Wow Melissa,
    That is one amazing quilt. My eyes are going all over it following the lines. That is a true work of art, good job. As for me, I have been head down, bum up trying to get through my stack of doll, quilting and personal sewing projects. I never do anything in a small way, I always have a million things going at once, but they all actually get done.
    The weather is beautiful, sunny with a fall crispness in the air, my favourite time of year. Thank you and to Mode for this great tutorial (love tutorials, big and small) and for this giveaway...I'm off to join your blog as a follower. Have a great week, Romona

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  130. Congratulations on your Moda Bakeshop tutorial! Love it! It really is a beautiful quilt.

    I love quilting tutorials that answer all (or most of my questions). Good photos too!

    The weather here is a bit warm. It was *perfect* this past weekend. Not many days like that here in Florida. :)

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  131. I'm a new follower and I look forward to getting to know you. I LOVE reading blogs - I find them very inspirational.

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  132. wow, gorgeous quilt, and awesome giveaway!

    I'm a bit useless with patterns, I just like to gather my fabrics and then use them like a paintbox, arranging them until I'm happy. I've never made a quilt to a pattern, and couldn't imagine doing that! I'm much more free-form than that :)
    Actually that's not true! I did use a pattern for a kaffe fasset rice bowl quilt, but made it into a coffee cup quilt :)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wiccked/sets/72157616565049422/

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  133. and now I'm following your blog too :)

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  134. Your quilt looks great and would look equally good in Maison de Garance. I'm working on a Hallowe'en quilt for my son using the Ghastlies fabric because he's a fan of Edward Gorey.

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  135. Hi there! I just discovered your blog through the MBS. Just love your quilt and would LOVE to win this beautiful, beautiful fabric!

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  136. Ok done! Just became a follower! :-)

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  137. Love your tutorial. I will definitely be making this quilt in the future.
    Thanks for the giveaway too.

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  138. This is a beautiful quilt, Melissa! I love the movement of it. Since I'm not talented, I really like tutorials that give close-up photos of tricky to explain steps. Your tute seems very clear. Thanks!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  139. I'm a follower now.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  140. Melissa, your Braided IC is gorgeous and so different! Super tutorial, especially for a someone not quite confident yet. Even tho I've been making quilts over 20 years, I was intrigued "seeing" how you cut your pieces and always like to learn different methods. Great quilt and I'm enjoying your blog.

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  141. i'm an irish chain lover, so find this verrry interesting ! thx for sharing your innovative creativity with us !!

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  142. I've always loved Irish Chains quilts, so when I saw this awesome quilt on Moda Bake Shop, I had to come and check out your blog. New follower!

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  143. I love irish chain quilts.....and your "twist" on the traditional pattern is fabulous! Thanks for sharing the tutorial :)

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  144. What a fab tutorial! I am adding it to my must make list!

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  145. Hi Melissa,
    great tutorial!
    Looking forward to follow your blog.
    Esther from sunny Australia.

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  146. I am currently working on my Halloween costume and a baby blanket for my friend.

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  147. I really do like your quilt. Thanks for the great tutorial. I just finished a table top quilt for a Christmas gift.

    ginger c at gmail dot com

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  148. Love the Irish chain...like the variation just as much

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  149. Beautiful quilt - it's on my to do list for 2011 - assuming I get all the quilts on my to do list for 2010 done!

    p.s. love your name:)

    Melissa

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  150. Fabulous quilt! It's definitely one I am going to make. I love that it's a big quilt too. Well done!

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  151. Interesting look of your quilt! It makes you look twice because of the irregularity: love it!
    And yep, it is now on my quilt bucket list ;-)
    Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing a MBS tutorial!
    As for tut's: the more pic's - the better. One photo can explain the weirdest thing you couldn't put into words if you tried...

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  152. I have been looking for a pattern to make my sister a quilt. I think this is it!!!! Love it!!!
    Thank You!

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  153. Melissa, I'm so glad I found you! What a neat twist to a great pattern! And I love French General. I've been quilting for years (have lots of tops and blocks to prove it LOL), and am so happy to be included in this draw. Sure hope I win!!

    Gerda in AB
    omax2@jwvantuil.com

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  154. I love your quilt! I've always had a soft spot for Irish Chain quilts, love your design! I live in Eastern Washington, no green but lots of vinyards and wine tasting rooms! I love to quilt and am always designing my next one. Thank you for your tuitorial, it is printed and is on the top of my MUST DO stack of patterns. I would love to win the jelly roll and make the quilt; keep up the great work - love your pattern.

    Char S. in Eastern WA

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  155. Your quilt is a beauty....I love tutorials on anything. I blog over at www.joscountryjunction.com and love blogging. This is my first time here and I'm planning on coming back.

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  156. I started following your blog so put my name down for a second chance!

    Char S.

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  157. And I am also now a follower of Happy Quilting!!! @ perissimpson@yahoo.com

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  158. dilarbo49@yahoo.comOctober 19, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    I love jelly roll patterns and collect them. I really love the Maison de Garance jelly roll so please please pick me. Diana in beautiful northcentral Illinois where fall has been very gracious this year.

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  159. Wow, your quilt is beautiful - and your tutorial makes it looks so easy! And of course I'd love to win that fabulous fabric so I can make one!

    Sue in MO
    sashaquilts@centurytel.net

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  160. This is a very lovely quilt! Thanks for a chance to win the fabric!!!

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  161. Yay!! I've been searching everywhere for a tute for a chain quilt - and here it is with a bonus give away!! Totally loving all things French General at the moment too!

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  162. I love this variation on the Irish chain. I made an 80th birthday photo memory quilt using the double Irish chain with the photos in the blank middles. I love it to bits and made my Mother in law cry when she received it. If you are able to get through all these comments, here is the link to it http://quilary1.blogspot.com/2010/07/grandmas-memory-quilt.html

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  163. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the second chance with this beautiful prize.

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  164. Love your tutorial, and really love the quilt-a great twist on an old favourite. Gosh, I'd love to win the fabric- I'm in love with that range. Lovely warm Spring day here in Melbourne Australia. Great sewing weather.

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  165. The quilt and tutorial are wonderful,and the offered fabric too. I would be so happy to win. Hugs from France.

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  166. This is a beautiful quilt! Normally I hand applique, but have recently decided I needed a change of pace. I've looked for a pattern that said "You Must Make Me" for several weeks, but hadn't found one until now! Awesome!
    juels51@yahoo.com

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  167. I don't usually become a follower just on an off chance that I might win something. But I poked around a bit on your blog, and decided to become a follower. Great projects! Thanks!
    juels51@yahoo.com

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  168. I am so happy to give you a plug. That is such a great tutorial you have given us it is only right and proper to return the favour.
    You asked about the weather....it is trying to rain here in Geraldton which is not good...we are just starting harvest of our wheat crops so not good.
    I love quilting and sewing and there is nothing better than sitting down each and every day to do this fun task. I hope I can be the winner. Money is tight at the moment so the fabric will be lovingly adored and used with such love.
    Cheers, Julie in Geraldton Australia

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  169. I am so happy to give you a plug. That is such a great tutorial you have given us it is only right and proper to return the favour.
    You asked about the weather....it is trying to rain here in Geraldton which is not good...we are just starting harvest of our wheat crops so not good.
    I love quilting and sewing and there is nothing better than sitting down each and every day to do this fun task. I hope I can be the winner. Money is tight at the moment so the fabric will be lovingly adored and used with such love.
    Cheers, Julie in Geraldton Australia

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  170. Cute quilt, and very original! I haven't seen this design before. Also, kudos for quilting on a regular sewing machine - more patience than I have for sure!

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  171. i like to put my own spin on alot of tutorials to make it feel my own

    its so cold i fel like my toes are gona freeze right off =P

    and this quilti is very lovely i love old fashoned quilts {working on a gma flower garden atm to (1 in hexes eek)}

    i just finished a denim/flannel quilt
    need to finish off my moms tumbler quilt

    then to start working on a few quilting for a cause sort of quilts

    domedtaco88@aol.com

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  172. I would love to win the fabric. Right now I'm working on a baby quilt for my daughter's first baby, due in a little over a month.

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  173. I love the tutorials from the moda designers and your quilt is just awesome we are still enjoying the fall weather winter will be here soon enough, but that just means more time to sew, right!!!!!!

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  174. Melissa you are so great! I love your new Quilt....I still can't believe I know a real baker :) I am glad that you still have time for the little people (thanks so much for help with my monster quilt) Well you know where I live so I hope I win!

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  175. i absolutely love your braided irish chain!! Irish chain quilts are one of my favorites! I am going to print the instructions out and look for fabric to make this one. thank you so much for sharing.
    Jan potts
    www.jansquiltingobsession.blogspot.com

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  176. Hi there!
    I have just stumbled onto your blog, I am also new to this whole blogging thing, and I only started last christmas when I made my first cot quilt. I am 42 have 3 children and 1 grandchild, I told my then 20 yr old daughter she could have waited until I had a least a few grey hairs so I looked like a granny, but he is adorable! I live in the north east of england, where at the moment the temperature is starting to drop and feel like winter! Ugh! I love your quilt and would be interested to find out how you got into the whole designing for moda thing! I'm currently working on another quilt for my grandson, learning the old fashioned hand patchwork squares, this is keeping me from going insane, as I have just had the ligament in my ankle re-constructed so am on crutches for 8 weeks! Anyway thank you for the opportunity to win some fabric and good luck with your designing endeavors. Regards Helen x
    http://rubyru.typepad.com/blog/
    helenrk@live.co.uk

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  177. Melissa- pick me, pick me!! haha. I love your quilts and think you are so creative. If I win you won't have to pay for shipping!:)
    mason.natalie21@gmail.com

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from each and every one of you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa