Friday, May 10, 2013

Celebrate Mom with guest Natalia Bonner (and giveaway)


It's Day 5 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 Natalia Bonner from Piece N Quilt!!


Natalia is an amazing friend and has some mad quilting skills!!   Nataila runs has a wonderful long arm quilting business, has written 2 books, and has been published in lots of magazines and books.  Natalia's is always creating something clever and her blog is loaded with lots of free tutorials!!    So without further ado, let's toss it over to Natalia!!

Hi there, I'm Natalia Bonner and I blog, quilt, play, design and whatever else over at Piece N Quilt.

Ever since Melissa asked me to share in her Celebrate the Mom series so many thoughts have been running through my mind. Six years ago I decided to quit being a "normal" part of society and quit working a "normal" job. I gave that all up so I could be a mom. Little did I know... I didn't have a clue what was in store for my future and for sure had no idea how difficult yet rewarding it can be to be a mom. My children are some of my biggest joys.


I cannot express how grateful I am that I have the ability to be with my kids all day every day, even though most days are NOT picture perfect, the studio is generally.....lets just say my kids have a lot of toys, our hair is not always done perfect, our lunch isn't always the healthiest but we manage to make it through one day at a time. Even though I only have 2 kids of my own generally we have a 3rd child here with us, my niece. She's become like my 3rd child. 


Just this past weekend my grandma was here in the studio for a couple days and she asked me "how do you do it" really I don't know... hahah. Some days I really ask myself how I made it through another day. I'm pretty sure every mom feels that way. One thing that I have learned being a mom, when my daughter was born my husband told me that we needed to have a "schedule" I was so confused by this whole concept. As a child I never had a bedtime, I was very well taken care of, but a schedule was something I couldn't grasp. Now, I can't thank him enough for teaching me about a "schedule" napping, eating, playing, quilting, and so on, at certain times each day are the only way I can survive, maybe I should be celebrating the dad here. :) Really, since my studio isn't actually in my home I've learned that a schedule is the only way I can be productive, actually I don't even have a sewing machine in my home. Every day, my children and I go to "work" from 8:30 - 5, some days my daughter cries because she doesn't want to go to work, some days she's excited, and my baby, he doesn't care, as long as he has food and toys. :)


I'm pretty sure none of us moms are perfect, we all wish we could do more, but at the end of the day I'm pretty certain that we are all grateful that we have the opportunity to be a mom!

Hope you all have a fabulous mothers day!

~Natalia Bonner

Thank you to Natalia for being part of this Celebrate Mom event!  

And you know whats next, the Giveaway!!!

Today's Celebrate Mom Giveaway is sponsored by The Intrepid Thread.   One lucky winner will win this fantastic Madhuri fat quarter bundle as their Mother's Day gift!!  I just love the elephants!!

 

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

Leave a comment here of your what Fat Quarter Bundle The Intrepid Thread carries.  

That's it.  Up to 1 entry per person.  Giveaway is open to international entries.  It will close on Sunday, May 12th and a winner will be selected randomly and announced shortly after.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow when Jenny Pedigo will be stopping by and I will be hosting our final giveaway!!!

Linking up to SMS Giveaway Day - And just in case, here is Day 1Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4
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472 comments:

  1. That's easy! I just bought the crimp fat quarter bundle from Julie. I love it!

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  2. The Shelbourne Falls collections are beautiful.

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  3. Global Bazaar in Purple is gorgeous!!! Thanks for the chance... Madhuri is beautiful and I do love those elephants too!

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  4. I love lots of bundles in Julie's shop! One favorite is the Color Me Retro bundle.

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  5. I love the Remix Ovals Fat Quarter bundle. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. Enjoying all these guests! I love the Floressence bundle!

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  7. Indian Summer - Fat Quarter Bundle in Mystic Mountain is my favorite. I have been wanting to do a somewhat neutral quilt...this would be lovely.

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  8. Gummy Bears! I love that bundle.

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  9. I like the Floressence bundle.

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  10. i love folk Tale,there is lots of lovely ones there.xx

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  11. Carnaby Street - Fat Quarter Bundle In Cool Peace
    Thabks for another great giveaway! My husband told me the same thing about schedules. I just wanted to hold my baby all day but its nice that she has a set nap and bed time because I get the unwind time I need.

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  12. It was really great to know Nataila. Its so true about schedule. Without it, definitely it would be difficult to find time to quilt with young children.

    What could be better than the giveaway fat quarter bundle? The complete collection of course ;):
    Madhuri - Fat Quarter Bundle Complete Collection

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  13. I love love love Madhuri - the complete fat quarter bundle. Those elephants are just fantastic :-)

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  14. My fav bundle IT carries is the Glimma bundle.

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  15. Glad tomeet you.!!

    I love Winter`s lane.Thanks

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  16. I like Julie's selections of fabrics.
    Shelburne Falls - Fat Quarter Bundle Complete Collection is tops ...
    as is Floressence and Indian Summer
    but it must be THE Complete Collection! alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. Wow! Great selection and prices. I love the Junebug fat quarter bundle! Natalie, your kids are adorable!, Mary

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  18. MargaretQuilts mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com
    I'm Marcia's Mother so celebrate Mother's Day means I have to enter too!
    I like aquas so my picks are: Indian Summer - Fat Quarter Bundle Complete and Indie Chic - Fat Quarter Bundle Complete

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  19. Beautiful fabrics. I love the In My Room Fat Quarter Bundle - the complete collection. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  20. Here's hoping for no snow or rain tomorrow. Love the Remix Oral and Reading Rainbow collections. Thanks.

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  21. Now that I have seen the pink elephants, I am picking the Madhuri Fat Quarter bundle. This sure has been fun and it is nice to learn about these designs and how they cope with their families. Thank you for the awesome giveaway.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  22. Totally lovin the Aspen Frost FQ bundle! but then again they're all gorgeous bundles!!

    :)

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  23. Indian Summer - Fat Quarter Bundle in Mystic Mountain is my favorite.

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  24. I'm loving the Spring House in Basil!

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  25. The Urban Mod bundle! Yum!

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  26. I can't decide between Indian Summer or Tsuru!

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  27. Folk Tale In Tiffany Blue And Tangerine. Adorable Children!

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  28. So many to choose from. Glimma is one of my favorites.

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  29. Nice to meet you and your family....thanks for sharing....I love Cleo!!

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  30. I'm absolutely loving Glimma at the moment!

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  31. floressence is very pretty!

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  32. Oh wow - just saw the Gummi Bears bundle - yum!! Fab giveaway - thanks Julie and Melissa!!

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  33. Carnaby Street. SUch beautiful colors

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  34. Love the gummi bears bundle- such great colours

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  35. It's been fun reading about all the moms this week. Each day I've enjoyed "meeting" some new friends! And my favorite FQ bundle today would be the Roughing It collection with all the camping stuff--this would make a fun lap quilt!

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  36. What a very cute bundle. Love the color combination. Thanks for the great interviews.

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  37. Global Bazar has caught my eye over at The Intrepid Thread - all the colorways are fantastic. I like the elephants in Madhuri too. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  38. Totally glimma. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  39. Seven Wonders FQ bundle looks very interesting. But there are lots of other beautiful collections that would find a home with me.

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  40. Madhuri - Fat Quarter Bundle in White...love it and have the perfect person to gift with a lape quilt with it...

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  41. Global Bazar is gorgeous and so is reading rainbow!! thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  42. I really like the remix ovals FQB or the shades of black FQB. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  43. 2wenty Thr3e Fat Quarter Bundle Complete Collection - I LOVE that fabric line!

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  44. Twilight Whispers is so pretty. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. I really like the Floressence bundle!

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  46. Color Me Retro is my favorite - I want to make my DIL a quilt with it - it reminds me of her alot!

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  47. Indian Summer is one of my new favs. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  48. Maduri is lovely. jennylarking@gmail.com

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  49. Love them all! Maybe I like the Indian Summer bundle best...thanks for the chance to win.

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  50. Happy Go Lucky is my favorite, such happy colors and prints.

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  51. Remix ovals. Can always use some basics!

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  52. I love In My Room - Warm! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  53. My favorite at Intrepid Thread - Indian Summer - Fat Quarter Bundle Complete Collection!! Wow - it's so pretty.

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  54. Beautiful Bundle !! Love and JOY!! Count me in

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  55. Remix Ovals is an amazing stack of yumminess.

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  56. I love FOLK TALE. Thanks for the chance to win

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  57. I love the cycling fabric...but this bundle is too cute also! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  58. i love reading rainbow but alas it's out of stock :( i would go with i am ninja.

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  59. I love the colors in Glimma

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  60. Today it's Madhuri, ( plan on using the collection soon) . Yesterday was Gummy Bear, and tomorrow..... it's always fun to check !

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  61. I like most of them. If I have to choose just one, it's Happy Go Lucky. Thanks for a chance to win this lovely Maduri bundle.

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  62. I really like the Junebug bundle

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  63. It's hard to choose! Maybe the Folk Tale bundle! Thanks for (another) giveaway. You are the best! Ana

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  64. Man that's hard to choose - they carry so many great lines! I guess I'll go with Indie Chic... thanks for the chance!

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  65. Ohhh that's easy...Folk Tale!

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  66. The Glimma bundle is so beautiful!

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  67. I am loving / coveting the Spring House bundle! I've never commented before, but I enjoy your site! Thanks!

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  68. I love the winter's Lane collection!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  69. Love the Reading Rainbow bundle!

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  70. Madhuri - Fat Quarter Bundle in White

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  71. Wow! They have some wonderful bundles! My favorite is Shelburne Falls by Denis Schmidt. Thanks for a chance to win this one, it's lovely, too.

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  72. So hard to choose, but i love the colors in Madhuri

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  73. It's hard to choose, but remix ovals.

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  74. I like Global Bazaar in purple.

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  75. Every fat quarter bundle she carries is a favorite!!! Seriously! So ONE of my favorites is Color Me Retro-Jeni Baker :) Sweet Mom post, too :)

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  76. Hard to choose but really I like Madhuri in orange
    Thank you for this giveaway !

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  77. I'm really wanting the 2wenty Thr3e Fat Quarter Bundle Complete Collection.

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  78. I had no idea Natalia's studio isn't even in her home! My mind is blown. She's amazing.
    My favorite bundle is the Gummi Bears custom bundle. :)

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  79. I seem to be drawn to kids fabrics lately, especially little boys, so I'm loving the I am Ninja bundle :)

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  80. I love the Folk Tale - Fat Quarter Bundle In Lime!!

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  81. It has to be the Indian summer bundle. Happy Friday to you.

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  82. I like the Gummi bears custom bundle

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  83. My favorite is Color Me Retro.

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  84. I've been eyeing the Folk Tales FQ complete bundle :) sguday at shaw dot ca

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  85. I love them all, especially 2wenty Thr3e. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  86. I want FOLK TALE! It is so darn cute!!! Thanks for the chance to win! I love Intrepid

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  87. I would pick Folk Tale but I wouldn't be able to decide on a color!!!

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  88. I like the Folk Tale bundle.

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  89. So much wonderful fabric! Woodland pals is my favorite.

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  90. Right now it's Glimma, but I'm keeping a sharp eye out to see if Bijoux comes in!!

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  91. It's hard to choose, they are all so beautiful. I really like the The Folk Tale bundles and the Color Me Retro too. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  92. I like the Floressence - Fat Quarter Bundle In Magnifi Scent

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  93. Next to Madhuri? I think Junebug is awfully cute!

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  94. I like both Woodland Pals and Reading Rainbow. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  95. Carnaby Street! No, Shelbourne Falls! I can't decide!! :D

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  96. I love the Round and Round quilt pattern by Thimble Blossoms... All the material is beautiful - can't pick one!
    But, elephants are one of my favorite materials to collect in my stash! Hee Hee

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  97. I love Madhuri. My next favorite would be Rainbow Reading. Love word prints.

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  98. OMGosh...2wenty Thr3e FQ Bundle had me hooked IMMEDIATELY!! Such lovely fabrics throughout the shop! Thanks for the chance to win some!!
    Paulette

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  99. So many cute ones. Love folk tale, I am ninja & life in the jungle.

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  100. The Urban Mod bundle is great but I also love the colors and elephants of the Madhuri bundle!

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  101. My favorite folk tail or any other fabric by natatlie Lymer

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  102. I love Global Bazaar and Woodland Pals. So different--and I have a million ideas for both!

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  103. Carnaby street; although it's hard to chose from so many beautiful fabrics!

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  104. The remix Owls collection is my favorite bundle Intrepid Thread carries.

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  105. Color me Retro caught my eye :)

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  106. Ride Fat Quarter Bundle. Thanks!
    Amandak@whatthebobbin

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  107. I think it has to be the the Remix Ovals bundle, love those colours and they would make such a great addition to my stash! thanks for the giveaway

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  108. I'm really wanting to make a "guy's quilt" right now and I'm thinking the Seven Wonders fat quarter bundle would really fit the bill. Perfect, right? Thanks for the chance to win. Pink elephants! I want some! Happy Mother's Day everyone.
    - sunshdws at yahoo dot com

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  109. Madhuri is lovely! I also like Global bazaar and Urban Mod

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  110. such great fabrics! happy mother's day.
    :)
    thank you for the giveaway.

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  111. I think Spring House would be my pick today.. but then tomorrow would be something different.

    Being a Mom is the best, but wait until you are a Grandmother... it is the best in a different way. Sort of the reward for being a Mom.

    Happy Mothers Day to all the Mom's out there.

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  112. So many fun bundles! I love the indie chic bundles as well as carnaby street and so many others!

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  113. Folk Tale is actually pretty cool, i loved the pink selection!

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  114. Love the Hipster Bundles! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  115. Indian Summer are just the perfect fabrics for my dream Airstream trailer.

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  116. I'd say either Floressence or the Folk Tale in orange and blue. But, seriously--there is too much goodness there. It's hard to choose a favorite!

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  117. I love Ocean View in aqua. So cute! :)

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  118. I just love the Color Me Retro bundle! It is just plain fun! Thank you for the chance at this giveaway!! :)

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  120. Folk Tale! What a great giveaway!

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  121. Love the Color Me Retro bundle!

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  122. The one you picked Madhuri fat quarter bundle, totally cute.

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  123. I love Global Bazaar in purple. It's so colorful & pretty! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  124. I love the Color Me Retro bundle! Thanks for the chance.

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  125. I love the Folk Tale bundle in blue and tangerine! Gorgeous colours.

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  126. Folk Tale! kerihag at yahoo dot com

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  127. Love the Roughing It bundles! A table runner or throw would be so cute for my RV!
    usagypsy(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  128. Indie Chic is fabulous! Thanks for the opportunity to play and win.

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  129. Cleo would be my choice. Thanks for chance to win

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  130. I love the In my room bundle isaribeiro1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  131. Love Kate Spain so my pick is In from the Cold. Beautiful!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win. Fingers crossed as my birthday falls on Mother's Day this year.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  132. Happy Mother's Day to you! :)

    I LOVE the Folk Tail! Soooo sweet! :) Thanks for the chance!

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  133. Love and Joy for me! So many great fabrics at The Intrepid Thread. :)

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  134. Cleo is the one I pick. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  135. My daughter has 22 mo old triplets. She lives in the interior of Alaska, 200 miles from anything and she could not have survived this long without a schedule. The kids are all healthy and happy, and all are on the same schedule! For the fun part, I love anything hipster at the moment.....what a fun fabric line!

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  136. In from the Cold by Kate Spain. Although I can't believe I even mentioned ANYTHING about Christmas yet!

    lawton_linda (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  137. Oceanview, love the solids that really look like waves.

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  138. Gotta love Winter's Lane!

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  139. I like the Gummi Bears custom bundle. :)

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  140. The folk tale is very nice. Thanks for the chance! jgemeroy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  141. I like the 2wenty Thr3e bundle! :)

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  142. I think the Indie Chic in Gold is my fav :)

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  143. I like Glimma. I know some days you think your not going to make it through the day but you always get it done. Thanks for the give away and the chance to win.

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  144. Hard to chose, but probably Cleo- thanks

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  145. Happy Go Lucky is Great but I love Glimma and Comma too. I love reading your blog.

    lawton_linda (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  146. I like the Remix Ovals. I'd love to have them all!

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  147. Hard to choose, but right now I'm eying the tsuru bundle

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  149. A hard choice but I think Indie Chic.

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  150. I like Love and Joy in Red. So bright and fun!
    brooke at richardchurch dot com

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  151. Folktale looks like wo much fun!
    lbanders00(at)aol(dot)com

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  152. Love the Indian Summer Complete FQ Bundle. Thanks.

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  153. I love the Happy Go Lucky fabrics

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  154. I really like Glimma and Comma

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  155. I still really, really want Tsuru!

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  156. I'm currently liking Ride by Julia Rothman as I do a lot of biking during the summer.

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  157. I love the Gummy Bears fat quarter bundle and a toss up would be In My Room.

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  158. so many choices! I'd love to have the entire collection of Carnaby Street!

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  159. I'm loving Glimma right now. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  160. Happy Go Lucky - love this fabric.

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  161. All are beautiful, but I love the Indian Summer bundle the best! Although, I really love the elephants!!! LOL Thank you for the chance to win the contest.

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  162. I really like the Remix Ovals FQB. This bundle would be great as "basics."

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  163. I really like the 2twenty Thr3e bundle in Petal & Clementine. Such pretty, pretty fabrics.

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  164. Happy Go Lucky is my new favorite......but, coming in a close second is the Shelburne Falls collection and Madhuri collection. Thank you! anglanouette at gmail dot com

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  165. I like the Gummy Bears Custom Fat Quarter Bundle... not sure if it is the colors I like best or the name lol.

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  166. I really like the 2twenty thr3e bundles. All colorways are great.

    Teresa teequilts@bellsouth.net

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  167. I am liking Cleo by Dear Stella. Shelburne Falls is a close second.

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  168. i love the Shellbourne falls and color me retro, really enjoyed the week long series on all you amazing young moms.

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  169. I love the Cleo bundle! Thanks for the give away!

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  170. Hoping to get my hands on some Glimma... soon :)

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  171. I've really surprised myself with how much I like Indian Summer! I'm hoping to get a small bundle soon ♥ Also, I am in love with those elephants in the Madhuri bundle! Too cute.

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

Melissa