Thursday, May 9, 2013

Celebrate Mom with guest Maureen Cracknell (and giveaway)

It's Day 4 of Celebrate Mom here at Happy Quilting!!!  A fun filled week of  daily guest posts and daily fabric giveaway's for you !!!  Today, I am super excited to welcome my guest Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade!!!


Maureen is an amazingly creative individual and I am so happy to have her as a good friend!!   She runs a thriving Etsy shop with the cutest handmade crowns, is a member of both the Riley Blake and Art Gallery design teams, and uses her amazing sense of color, design, and artistic talent to constantly create unique and stunning projects!!  So without further ado, let's toss it over to Maureen!!

Hi, I'm Maureen and I blog at Maureen Cracknell Handmade, I'm so excited that Melissa asked me to join in as a "Celebrate Mom" guest! When Melissa reached out to me, by her second sentence, "I realized a while back that one of the most frequent comments I get is "how do you do this all with kids...," I was ready to respond YES! to her invite right away. This is something I am asked quite I bit as well, and was thrilled to have the chance to share a little on this topic! Thank you so much Melissa!!

My creation

As a busy mother of three, finding the time to pursue this passion for sewing has and will always be an ever-changing work in progress. Thankfully, my children are all intensely creative individuals, and are wonderfully encouraging when it comes to my own creating. Especially when they get to be a part of the process, often "helping" me in someway -- that's the key! When I started blogging, I wasn't sewing yet, I was a big knitter and everything I made was either for my children or inspired by one of them! When I would get a new project idea, I would describe what I was hoping to make to at least one of them and ask them to draw out "the pattern" for me. This would both get their creativity flowing and make them feel proud that they were a part of what was being made. They would be so excited to see the finished item, they were more than happy to see me working away until we were all done! Mwah, my super tricky secret!

Here are a couple examples of just that, that I had shared back in the early days of my blog, before I even began to sew!

A Jedi sweater, designed by and for Jacob : :

Jedi Sweater -- Knitting Project from 2/17/10

A Kaiden inspired stitched, felted basket : :

Kaiden Inspired Felted Basket -- from long ago!

When I decided to learn to sew, my children continued that same role. They have always been a huge part of this amazing journey -- helping me, creating along side me, and more than anything, inspiring me!

An impromptu sewing session  -- silly felt hats, designed by Jacob : : 

An Impromptu Sewing Session... from the mind of a seven year old

Since we bought our first home in November, we have all been sharing a creative space, and so far that is working out perfectly! 

Come on in!!

The activity table in the center of the room is full of art supplies for the kids to use while I sew!

Cutting Mat/Craft Table

I try my best to keep our space organized and fun, so when we are sharing the space together, everyone is happy and comfortable, and we can make the most of our sewing/craft time together. Being surrounded by beautiful fabrics and having lots of supplies on hand is really important to me, so I make sure to keep the kids stocked with new, quality supplies of their own, too.

Creative Space

For me, my blog isn't just a place for me to share my daily makings, fabric stashing, tutorials, and giveaways -- it's a journey of not just how I have grown as a creative person, but how we have together as a family. Perhaps what I'm most proud of, and I know my boys won't mind me saying this, is how all this sewing has formed such a special relationship between my daughter Haila and I. I could never put into words how much a part of all of this she has been! I'm getting emotional just thinking about it now. Besides being the inspiration behind so many of my projects, she is such a great little helper. I believe that sewing will be a very special part of our relationship forever!

our aprons

It's my wish that each of my children grows up to be just as passionate about something, as I am about sewing, and that they find the love, encouragement, and support that I have found through them and the amazing people in this community!

Thank you so much for having me today! Maureen


And thank you to Maureen for being part of this Celebrate Mom event!  As you can see, she certainly makes her passion a family affair :)

And before we sign off, how about today's Giveaway!!!

Today's Celebrate Mom Giveaway is sponsored by Christa Quilts.   One lucky winner will win one of Christa's Custom Color Fat Quarter Bundle  as their Mother's Day gift!!  And the winner will even get to choose their color bundle!!!

  
 

So what do you have to do for your chance to win???

Leave a comment here of your what Custom Color Bundle from Christa Quilts you would choose :)

That's it.  Up to 1 entry per person.  Giveaway is open to international entries.  It will close on Friday, May 10th and a winner will be selected randomly and announced shortly after.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow when Natalia Bonner will be stopping by and The Intrepid Thread will be hosting another fabulous giveaway!!!

Linking up to SMS Giveaway Day - And just in case you missed them, here is Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3
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497 comments:

  1. What a great look into her life...I follow her blog, but haven't really seen this type of post. Thanks for sharing.

    I love both bundles, but I'm definitely drawn to the orange. =) Thank you.

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  2. The Perfectly Purple bundle would be my choice. My daughter and my BFF both love that color. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  3. Love the Boldly Black and White! Thanks for sharing and so great to get the kids involved...cherished memories!

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  4. Bohemian Blue has my name written all over it.

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  5. I'd choose Bohemian blue. I think Maureen would approve. She is such a creative person and great mom!

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  6. Thanks for hosting this series! And I love the fun orange bundle!

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  7. I'd be thrilled to win anything.

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  8. Oh my ... too many beautiful choices! I think I'll choose boldly black & white for today ;)

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  9. HMMM, aaaaa, welllllllll, , wow, auuuu, how about....auuuu, hmmm can't decide....ok green! Hard decision! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. My eyes glued to blue !!:) Thanks

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  11. I really could use some bright, fun yellows in my stash - Yay For Yellows is perfect.

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  12. Thanks for an inspirational post Maureen! And thank you Melissa for a great giveaway. The green is calling my name this morning :)

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  13. Great post!. I love the blue : )

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  14. I love the blue for sure. And I love Maureen's blog and her crowns.

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  15. I like the boldly black and white bundle, thanks so much.

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  16. I love the Kaffe Fasset citrus bundle!

    Wow Maureen is such an inspiration, I adore what she has done with her kids and I feel inspired to do the same when my little one is older. Keep these interviews coming Melissa, this is so much fun!

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  17. I like them all, but I think I'd choose the Boldly Black & White. Thanks for the giveaway! racergirl1313 AT hotmail DOT com

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  18. The fabrics are all wonderful. I would choose the Kaffe Fassett Darks. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  19. I am loving the orange!

    Thanks for such a touching post Maureen. Your children are so blessed with you sharing your creativity. I know that it made huge difference in my life when my Mom and sisters shared their time with me. :)

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  20. I'm kind of fond of granny green! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. Thanks for the chance to win

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  22. Today it's the "Only Orange" bundle that grabs me. Or maybe I'd choose one of the Kaffe bundles since I don't have anything like that. Thanks for the chance!

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  23. Ooh- I'd have trouble deciding between the Bohemian Blue and Granny Green!

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  24. Yay for yellows for me - I have only one fat quarter of yellow in my little stash!

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  25. Wow, those Kaffe Fassett colours are all gorgeous, I love the dark bundle best. Thanks

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  26. New to this blog and so happy to be here. Really love that your children are a part of what you love to do. Love the Kaffe Fasset citrus bundle. Thank you.

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  27. My eyes were drawn to the Kaffe Fassett bundles! Such rich colours and patterns!

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  28. I love the Bohemian Blue Collection! Again, a lovely post in a wonderful series!

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  29. I like almost all of them! But right now I'm in love with black and white so it would be Boldly black and white. But the Bohemian Blue is great, too! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  30. Love Maureen's blog and seeing her creations! I love that Bohemian Blue, and the Only Orange, too~!

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  31. That's a great story of a loving family. In my life I'm sharing my sewing passion with mom. We've always been makings something together, but three years later I tried sewing and "infected" my mom :) Now it's our story :)

    What colour bundle I would choose? I think Granny Green or Bohemian Blue.

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  32. Blatantly Blue. Love those deep blues

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  33. Always seem to love blue!

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  34. I would love to win the oranges. Nice article Maureen. Dollartistcarla at aol dot com.

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  35. i would choose purely purple,they are all so lovely.xx

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd love the orange! Thanks for sharing Maureen's story!

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  37. I have my grandaughter most during the day and your tips will certainly help me to get her creative-ness working....appreciate it. I love color so the blues, yellows really all colors are perfect....Have a wonderful Mother's day.

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  38. fab post! I like the Granny Green. Thanks for the chance!

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  39. Kaffe Fassett in low volume is super cute! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  40. Love the colors and designs in the Bohemian Blue! Thanks for the chance!


    vhogsett@comcast.net

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  41. Really red custom color bundle . Thank you for the chanc eot enter this groovy giveaway.

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  42. Oh...only orange, my 4 year old granddaughter's favorite color! Could make her something special! Thank...

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  43. I was going through my stash looking for greens yesterday so I think a green bundle would be my favorite today. thanks for the chance to win

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  44. Oh, the Bohemian Blue for sure! Blue is my favorite color and my husband is Bohemian. :)

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  45. WOW, hard decision. Leaning between the Bohemian Blue and the Purples.

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  46. I love the idea of recreating a childs drawing. I often do that when baking, I can not figure out why that did not occur to me about sewing! Thank you for that! So inspiring. I love the blues. :-)

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  47. Love the colors of the Bohemian Blue bundle. Thanks.

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  48. Orange! I'm collecting oranges for another boy quilt. Love the glimpse into your life. All of my sewing/craft projects invole my kiddos in one way or another! :)

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  49. As much as I need orange added to my stash....I love blue to much to pass up the chance to win that bundle!!!

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  50. The Bohemian Blue is calling out to me!

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  51. I would choose the blue fabric. so cool and calm :)

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  52. I would choose blue because my son asked for a Blue, Black and White quilt and I am not sure how I am going to do that.

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  53. Living in Florida and being surrounded by gorgeous blue water, I think the Bohemian Blue bundle would be perfect. Thanks so much for the chance ~ fingers crossed!

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  54. Bohemian Blue for sure!

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  55. I love the Kaffe Color Bundle in Darks! Thanks for sharing Maureen with us - I'm a recent new follower of hers :*)

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  56. Thanks for the great giveaway! I'd have to choose the black & white bundle!

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  57. I would definitely choose bohemian blue...

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  58. I really like the Blatantly Blue bundle.

    ajoyfulnoise(at)live(dot)com

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  59. I would choose the Yay for Yellow 8 Fat Quarters Color Bundle

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  60. Me and MC became instant friends via Blog and even spoke on the phone about our dreams and experiences with sewing and this included goals and notes on sewing machines. I follower her blog weekly and enjoy when she emails me notes. I find her ideas expiring and eclectic, which I love. I really laughed when she became part of the Fat Qtr Gang and the photo was a hoot, I had called her MC from the beginning and her name became MC Hammer.........I enjoy both of you girls and envy how you find time to create beautiful work. I dont have kids at home and cant imagine how you find the time. I do believe we all have Wonderful Mother's Day memories and wish you both many more. Being a Gandma now, is even better if you can believe that. xox

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  61. I have the perfect project to use the Purely Purples bundle on. Thanks.

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  62. It is very important to have such a wonderful relationship with your children. It just their life and your life so much fun and the time spent with them is exceptional and priceless. Thank you for the chance to win those color fat quarters. I am choosing brown for my color. I enjoy being a follower.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  63. I like the boldly black and white bundle!

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  64. I like the granny green and the only orange!

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  65. What a beautiful room! I am in love with your couch and those pillows! If I had to choose it would be the Kaffee Fassett low color volume bundle.

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  66. Bohemian Blue is my favorite.

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  67. I would go with Bohemian Blue . . . . . gorgeous! Love Maureen and her shared work space! So nice to see a mom so involved with her kids!!

    kellyjo73@yahoo.com

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  68. Thanks for the chance to win, I would love the Granny Green bundle!

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  69. I love the Yay for Yellow bundle! So adorable!

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  70. What a beautiful space! Right now I only sew while my kids are asleep....but someday.... I love the blue set!

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  71. I would choose the Bohemian Blue.

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  72. Love the room- beautiful! I love all the fabric in the cabinet with the glass doors, love seeing it!

    My pick of color bundle is Blatantly Blue 8 Fat Quarters Color Bundle, I have a 3.5 year old son and 3 nephews and another on the way, all of which are under 4 years old!

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  73. I'd choose the 'Granny Green' bundle!

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  74. That room is just beautiful!
    I`d love Bohemian blue or Blatantly Blue 8fat quarter

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  75. Granny Green Is So Fun! Great Blog Maureen! I Love The Shared Creativity Space. And I Have No Idea Why Every Word Is Self-capitalizing In My Comment. :)

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  76. I think I like the orange one best.. i love them both but I love orange a but more as a personal preference

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  77. Granny Green Is So Fun! Great Blog Maureen! I Love The Shared Creativity Space. And I Have No Idea Why Every Word Is Self-capitalizing In My Comment. :)

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  78. I would choose Kaffe Fassett Color Bundle 8 Low Volume. I love Maureen's blog. Great guest post. And thank you for the giveaway.

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  79. the blue for sure as it is Mom's fav color :)

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  80. I'd choose the 'Blatantly Blue', because that's my oldest son's favorite color. I'd use it to make him a very special quilt.

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  81. I would go for the orange! It's not normally a fabric choice I would make.. but summer is coming and it looks so refreshing and fun! I will take that leap! And can I just mention that I love that pearl bracelet print!

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  82. I love the Really Red. Thanks!

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  83. I would choose Yay for Yellow- it made me smile.

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  84. I love blue, purple, orange... but if I have to choose, yellow is my favorite!
    Thanks for the chance.

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  85. oh the granny green...or maybe the blue or the red or yellow....no wait stop just stay with the green

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  86. Thank you! I enjoyed Maureen's blog post and her pics.

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  87. Kaffe Fassett Low Volume -- Beautiful!

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  88. purely purple
    mindingmomma(at)aol(dot)com

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  89. My bundle would be purples and greens! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  90. I do like the bohemian blue.

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  91. All the bundles are beautiful but for me it would be " Kaffee Fassett Color Bundle8 Fat Quarters Red Hot Mama". Thanks for the chance!

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  92. Only Orange bundle is my favorite!

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  93. Purely Purple! My daughter is really into purple and I have a few things I could mix from my current stash!

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  94. Purely Purple for me - to go with my daughter's bedroom.
    lindame dot rumsey at gmail dot com

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  95. Thanks for sharing your life, Maureen! I'd pick blue, yellow or green. My daughter helped me design a quilt for her and now we're collecting fabrics. These would definitely help! Thanks for a nice giveaway.

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  96. I wan to make a low volume quilt so I would choose:
    Kaffe Fassett Color Bundle Low Volume

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  97. I would choose the Only Orange. I'm really into brights right now! Thanks to Maureen for sharing her creative lifestyle with us. Love the pictures!

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  98. How nice of her to share so much about her life with all of us. I would choose the orange.Thanks for the opportunity to enter

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  99. I love this post. I have a 18 month old and am struggling getting anything done. Gives me hope. I would love Kaffe Fassett Color Bundle Low Volume

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  100. I'm liking the Boldly Black and White! I love all of Maureen's works! So inspiring!

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  101. Love the Kaffe Fassett Color Bundle 8 Fat Quarters Darks. Wintery and luscious colors.

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  102. Oh I love the low volume bundle! Thanks for the chance!

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  103. I like the blatantly blue bundle as I do not have much blue in my stash, need to build it up.

    Materialmoments@yahoo.com

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  104. The Bohemian Blue is lovely....thanks for the chance

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  105. Such a tough choice! I think I'd have to go with Yay for Yellow though :)
    Thanks for the chance :)

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  106. Red Hot Mama for me, a fantastic group of mothers this week, thank you for sharing.

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  107. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway. The Bohemian Blue bundle would make me very happy.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  108. The other day i was talking to my mom, getting some fabrics to make a pincushion for a swap. She wanted one, and i said id like to have one as well, but i could not pick the colors. She asked why not yellow, its your favorite right? I was like, yeah! We went into my stash and we discovered that i only have 1 yellow fabric! Is that crazy? So if i could choose, i would desperately grab that Yay for Yellow bundle!! I need my pincushion! aknussbaum at hotmail dotcom

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  109. The Kaffe Fasset, "Red Hot Mama"...It's perfect for "Mama"'s day!

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  110. Fat Quarter Bundle from Christa's

    Bohemian Blue 8 Fat Quarters Color Bundle

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  111. I would choose the Only Orange - My SIL works for a company called Rethink Orange and I'd love to make something special for him from that fabric. He's a terrific guy!

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  112. Yay for yellow! :)
    Sue
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  113. Someday I hope to have a daughter who loves sewing with me! I feel a little guilty that I never had that with my mom - I didn't really get into sewing until after I got married. However, my mom, three sisters and I (poor brother) spent lots of time around the TV together, crosstitching. Those were good times.
    My favorite bundle is Bohemian Blue!

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  114. Absolutely have plans already for the blue!

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  115. I love Maureen! I would probably choose the Really Red color set. Great series Melissa!

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  116. Bohemian Blue or the black and white

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  117. Boldly Black and White would add to my B&W collection nicely :)

    Thanks!
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  118. I certainly enjoy seeing how other creative moms manage their time and children, and their own and children's creativity. I enjoy it so much that my little boy loves to help mom bake and cut pieces of fabric. it's fun when I'm putting together blocks in Quilt Pro on the computer, he likes helping to color the quilts. both boys are very protective of the quilts I make them!
    the color choice is so hard! I tend to use a lot of blue in my meager stash, but I love orange. I think I would choose orange. since I can't get a longarm for Mother's Day, fabric is great too.

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  119. Love the Bohemian blue! Also the boldly black & white! But the granny green.....oh my, they are all perfect!!!

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  120. I love the pictures of your sharing place. You know the saying a family that sews together stays together. I love the Blue and the orange. I guess if I had to pick one it would be the orange.

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  121. It's Mother's Day, so it's gotta be the Red Hot Mama bundle.

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  122. I would choose blues for the Christa Quilts give a way. Thanks for a chance to win. And your creative room looks wonderful!!

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  123. Love the gorgeous granny green....and your creating area is great...when my grandchildren were young we always did a craft during their visits. As soon as they arrived they would ask "RoRo, what are we going to make?". They are grown now and still enjoy using their hands to create.

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  124. I like the low volume Kaffe Fassett. I also love her shop. I've bought there many times... love her Konas.

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  125. Kaffe Fassett's Low Volume is my 1st choice!

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  126. Would love the orange bundle, reminds me of sunshine and sunflowers which my home sorely needs :)

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  127. Clarification...was speaking of Maureen's creating area.

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  128. Great sharing space.

    Bohemian blue for the giveaway. My stash is very lacking in that color right now.

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  129. I would choose the yay for yellow bundle! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  130. Kaffe low volume is gorgeous! I'm usually not a fan of his wild and what I would call "gaudy" stuff. But this would give me a chance to make something pretty that is Kaffe. Perfect.

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  131. I can never find just the right orange when I need it so I choose the orange bundle!

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  132. They are all beautiful but I think I prefer the Low Volume Bundle.

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  133. I would choose Bohemian Blue. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  134. I would love the Purey purple.

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

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  135. Yellow for me, those are so cheery and bright!

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  136. Granny Smith FQ bundle

    Maureen has a fantastic story!

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  137. Hard choice...but I always love blue.

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  138. Well...orange is my favorite color!

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  139. The purely purple .. or the blue :)

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  140. I use black as an accent color/background in a lot of my blocks so I should probably go with that one :) Thanks for a chance to win!

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  141. I'd pick Bohemian Blue - thanks for the chance!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  142. Only Orange 8 Fat Quarters Color Bundle. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  143. I love Christa's sites and would choose her red packet. Thanks for this great giveaway!

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  144. I love blue! Thanks for the giveaway. Ana

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  145. Blatantly Blue!! Gorgeous. (hayleymstephens at gmail dot com)

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  146. OMG:...you have an orange text print in it, then that!

    Fawn

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  147. Oh,all nice choices, but my faves are the granny green, and yay for yellow.

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  148. I felt we were talking! I follow the MC's blog, but this somehow felt intimate :) Thanks for sharing!

    Really Red 8 Fat Quarters Color Bundle

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  149. Boldly Black and White would be my choice.

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  150. I would go with the Only Orange.

    lbanders00(at)aol(dot)com

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  151. i would pick orange. thanks for hosting this- I'm loving it!

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  152. BLUE...my favorite color...I would have to pick the Bohemian Blue bundle! But the other bundles are so fun too! That's great that you get all your kids involved in the creative process of making things; it makes for fun memories (just ask my college aged kids)!

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  153. Really red, much as I love all the others - I'm low on reds! Thanks!

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  154. i like the boldly b&w bundle! what a good way to build up the stash!

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  155. I would choose Kaffe Fassett Color Bundle 8 Fat Quarters Darks or the Purple!

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  156. Love the Bohemian Blue bundle - nice and bright!

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  157. I'd pick Bohemian Blue! Not that I need more blue in my stash, but it's my favorite!

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  158. I would choose Kaffe Fassett Color Bundle 8 Fat Quarters Low Volume Bundle!

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  159. I would get Purely Purple. Thanks!

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  160. Only Orange as I'm very low on orange!

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  161. The bohemian blue is the prettiest thing I've seen in awhile, thank you for the giveaway!

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  162. Bohemian Blue, hands down. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on a super draw,
    bonnielarson58(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  163. I think my favorite is the low volume kaffe fassett bundle, but it was so hard to choose!
    Kedoran@cox.net

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  164. I like the blue bundle. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  165. Oooh I love the blues! What a lovely giveaway, and I loved Maureen's post today! So comforting. :)

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  166. I would choose the Bohemian Blue bundle. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  167. I love Purples so That's what I always choose. Thanks for sharing the fun Mother's this week. Brings back lots of memories for this Grandma.

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  168. I would love the blue bundle.

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  169. Umm does all count? No? Hmm... half yellow and orange? :D
    I am seriously lacking in yellow & orange in my stash since both of those colors make me feel epic-ly creative! I know exactly what I would make. A while back I designed a yellow quilt for charity and while I am glad it found a home, I seriously am missing >that< quilt lol

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  170. The Granny Green bundle is so beautiful!
    Thanks for this giveaway!

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  171. Bohemian blue for me! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  172. i love the greens, Christa has such i great shop, i'm a fan it. thanks for the give away and to all the lovely moms sharing their secrets, i'm always amazed at what this generation of stay home - work from home moms are capable of, my generation was just the start, i'm over 50, but you girls make it work, and i'm sure technology helps

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  173. All of the bundles are gorgeous, but I love the vibrant oranges!!

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  174. To me there is NO color I do not like, but the Blue is special!!

    Thanks for the chance! Happy Mom's Day!!

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  175. Oo thanks for the giveaway chance! I would pick bold black or granny green!

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  176. I would choose orange... It's my FAAAAAAAAAAAAVORITE color! :)

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  177. I would have a hard time deciding between Purely Purple or Granny Green! They are my favorite colors and the fabric choices are absolutely beautiful!

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  178. I love Kaffe Fassett's low volume bundle. Thank you for offering the lovely giveaway.

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  179. Really red would be my favorite.

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  180. I love the Really Red, although it was difficult to choose!
    Judith.
    judithlynes(at)btinternet(dot)com

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  181. Great post today! If I could pick one, I would pick yellow. But I love orange too.

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  182. I would pick the yellow. Thanks for the give away!

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  183. All of the bundles are wonderful, and it was very hard to choose. But, I narrowed it down to the Bohemian Blue bundle

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  184. Granny greeen is my favorite. The are all wonderful.

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

Melissa