Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Blogiversary Day 1 & Giveaways!!!!

Wow, Wow, and triple Wow!!   Happy Quilting turned 4 years old today!!!  I am so excited!!!  I continue to be amazed at the growth of this little corner of the virtual quilting world.  Why, just last week, Happy Quilting broke 5000 followers on Bloglovin.   5000!!!!!  I am humbled that so many of you check in each day on my daily quilting adventures. This wouldn't be possible without all of you, so Thank You!!!!!!




So now, we need to celebrate!!!   So that is what we are going to do for the next three days!!!  And I thought it would be fun, as part of the celebration, to show everyone around a bit.  You know, just in case you are new to the place or maybe have missed something.

First off, one of the biggest changes to see that happened just a few weeks ago was the address change!!  Did you all catch that??    You don't have to type in the blogspot anymore!!!!!   Yippee.   Now you can get to Happy Quilting by just typing www.happyquiltingmelissa.com   So fun!!!   Although, if you do type the blogspot, it's okay, it will just forward you over to here ;)



There are lots of ways to follow along with my daily adventures here at Happy Quilting.  See over to the right, there are a whole bunch of buttons that look just like these below.  Your have RSS feeds, Email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr and my Pattern Shop ;)   All you have to do is click on the button (over on the right, not below) and it will take you right where you need to be to sign up to follow along in that particular social media ;)  It's so fun to see you and interact with you all in all of these different facets ;)


And as mentioned before, you can click on this Bloglovin button over on the right, and follow along with Bloglovin if that is your reader of choice ;)   Wouldn't it be exciting to break a new 1000 follower milestone ;)


 And we still have Google Friends Connect as an option as I hear that some people are still being able to follow along that way ;)  Good Times.

So that is a little about how to get here and how to find me on all of your favorite social media sites ;)  Tomorrow we will go through a few of those tabs up there on the top of the blog :)  There is a whole bunch of yummy quilting goodness in those ;)  

And now, what would a celebration be without some giveaways!!!!  We have 2 giveaways today to celebrate!!!   

First up for grabs is a fantastic Fat Quarter Bundle of the ever so adorable Emmy Grace!!!  I love, love, love these prints!!!  So cute!!!  Thank you to Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring this giveaway :)


And second up for grabs is a $25.00 Gift Certificate from Southern Fabric!!!  Yippee, for shopping spree's to get your favorite wishlist items!!!   Thank you to Southern Fabric for sponsoring this giveaway ;)


You have three chances to win these awesome prizes, and please leave a separate comment for each.  The comments enter you into both giveaways :)  

1 - For the first entry, I want to try to continue to make Happy Quilting a place you love to come and visit so I need some feedback.  Leave a comment here of one thing you love about coming to visit Happy Quilting.  


2 - And for a second entry, since Southern Fabric has been kind enough to sponsor this giveaway, how about we show them some love.  Southern Fabric is new (like me) on Instagram and so for this entry you need to Follow Southern Fabric on Instagram and then leave a comment here that you did so or already do ;)  

2 - And for a third entry, since Fat Quarter Shop has also been kind enough to sponsor this giveaway, how about we show them some love too.   Sign up for the Fat Quarter Shop Newsletter and then come back and leave a comment here that you did so, or already do :)  

And that's it :) The giveaway will close on Sunday, July 6th at Midnight and I will announce the winners Monday morning.    Good Luck to everyone ;)

See ya tomorrow with more Blogiversary Celebrating!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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574 comments:

  1. i love the happy attitude of your blog; always smiling

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  2. i subscribe to the fat quarter shop newsletter, i'm not on instagram so i can't follow southern fabrics there but i do follow their newsletter.

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  3. I come to your blog simply because you inspire me!!! I can't wait to try those curves!!! Happy Anniversary!!!!
    Shannon M.

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  4. I love tips. I am a new quilter and need all the help I can get! Thanks for all you do!

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  5. I followed fat quarter shop newsletter, as Shannon Maxwell. Love that little corner of the web and their you tube videos!!

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  6. I love following Southern Fabric on Instagram! Charlene

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  7. I don't have Instagram but I'm a customer of southern fabric and had to give the shop a little shout out love!!! Thanks. Shannon m.

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  8. I have been signed up the Fat Quaters news letter! Trying to build up my stash!

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  9. Enjoy following your blog- you have fresh ideas on patterns. Thank you for all you do.

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  10. I love the inspiration and the positive vibe from your content.

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  11. Signed up for Fat Quarter newsletter. I do not have Instagram but will visit their site.

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  12. I haven't been following for very long, but I've liked your posts about the metro curves, and they make me want to try it myself! I also like seeing the pictures from classes with everybody's different squares - there's usually an inspiring block in those too.

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  13. I have been receiving newsletters from Fat Quarter and always look forward to receiving them. They need to have responses to show how much we all care and appreciate them.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net






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  14. I follow The Fat Quarter Shop and shop there a lot.

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  15. And I have been getting the Fat Quarter Shop newsletter. :)

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  16. Celebrate! Yes indeed. We all come each day to visit your blog because you always have something interesting to share with us. You have such fresh ideas for your quilt patterns that you can't wait for the next pattern to come out. There are tutorials and free quilt patterns to entice you and to enjoy. Thank you for all that you do and you deserve all of your followers and more.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  17. I come here to get new ideas and patterns.

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  18. I think the name says it all, as to why we all come ..... "happy" "quilting" "melissa" ........ love following your blog and appreciate you sharing with us.

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  19. I already follow Southern Fabric on instagram (and facebook and bloglovin and their newsletter!) :-)

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  20. I already follow (and spend way too much money with) FQS. Love their products, but especially their customer service!

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  21. I really like the quilt patterns that you come up with. Happy Anniversary!

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  22. I follow Southern Fabric on IG, thanks!

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  23. I am signed up for the Fat Quarter Shop newsletter, thanks!

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  24. I am signed up for the FQS newsletter.

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  25. I visit your blog to get inspiration for projects and for the pictures and helpful hints. Thanks

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  26. Oh yeah, I get the FQS newsletter!

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  27. I already follow Southern Fabric on Instagram.

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  28. I don't know how I haven't already signed up for the FQS newsletter but that oversight has been corrected.

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  29. I love all the tutorials you have posted - decently keeps me here and coming back to see anything new. Small or large projects - it's nice to have a place to pop into for some help :)

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  30. I already get the FQS newsletter!

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  31. My first comment got lost. I love seeing your quilts and quilt patterns, and the quilt alongs are fun. I think I found you while looking for info on renting long arm quilting time in St George and I've been around ever since.

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  32. I visit for the inspiration, your happy attitude and your wonderful quilt alongs! Happy anniversary and please keep doing what you're doing! :-)

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  33. I'm now following on Instagram - just getting used to that APP - so it'll be nice to have pretty fabric appear :) Instead of people's kids :P

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  34. I love your mix of projects and tutorials!

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  35. And ... I have the newsletter - which is read faithfully :) Totally addicted to FQS :)

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  36. I receive the FQS' newsletter!

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  37. And I now follow Southern Fabrics on IG.

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  38. I love seeing all the new quilt products/ideas/fabric that you have.

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  39. Congrats on 4 years! Happy Quilting is the first blog I started reading daily and Snuggle Squares is the first quilt I ever made-in a much larger size for my daughter.

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  40. I am now following Southern Fabric on Instagram- beautiful photos of some of my favourite things- fabric!

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  41. I am looking forward to the receiving the FQS newsletters, they have incredible stock and great tutorials!

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  42. I subscribe to the Fat Quarter Shop newsletter.

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  43. I love you blag It is fulll ideas and always positive and happy

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  44. I like to read your blog because you are always so positive and willing to share your knowledge of quilting.

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  45. I receive the Fat Quarter shop newsletter.

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  46. I'm new to reading your blog, but I love all of the pictures you post. So much quilting inspiration!

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  47. Love your can do attitude.

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  48. Very informative blog - enjoy visiting and appreciate your tutorials! I already receive the Fat Quarter shop newsletters but am not into Instagram for Southern Fabric but do visit their site on occasion when mentioned in your blog. Happy Anniversary!

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  49. I get FQS newsletter. Also Southern Fabric but not on instagram.

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  50. love seeing your quilting!

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  51. I like a lot about your bog, but I love the quilt alongs - thank you for sharing your inspiration and patterns.

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  52. I already get FQS' newsletter - I don't do instagram.

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  53. Your blog is uplifting. I like that.

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  54. I already get FQS' newsletter and love it!

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  55. Somehow my first comment didn't appear so I try once again. I love to read about what you are up to and the bar where I find the different pages, especially the tutorials and QAL's which I love very much.

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  56. I've signed up for Fat Quarter's Newsletter

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  57. I love the positive feel of your blog and your QAL's! Happy blogiversary!

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  58. I follow Southern Fabric on Instagram!
    satterfieldfamily@sbcglobal.net

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  59. I subscribe to Fat Quarter shop!
    satterfieldfamily@sbcglobal.net

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  60. I follow Southern Fabric on Instagram.

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  61. I love coming and seeing the patterns and QAL's. You do such a great job on them I like to go to the old QAL and make those patterns. Happy Blogiversary

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  62. I enjoy reading your blog! There are certain blogs in my reader I find myself skipping, but not yours :) keep up me good work, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  63. I enjoy your tutorials and the happy feel of your blog!
    satterfieldfamily@sbcglobal.net

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  64. Your QALs are what keep me coming back. I joined in on one then I lost your for a while and then I was reintroduced right before another one and loved it again! I learn so much every time, and in between. Now I'm here for good and you can't get rid of me!

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  65. I think I get the FQS newsletter. I was getting it, but I don't think I've seen it for a while. I should go check my email...

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  66. I love bright, happy colors, and your website offers both of these things, so that makes me very happy Melissa.
    lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  67. I love the fact that you are engaged with your readers. And that you keep things "real".

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  68. I already am a newsletter follower of Fat Quarter Shop, as well as their Jolly Jabber, which is full of great ideas and tutorials.
    lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  69. I am a follower of Southern Fabric.

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  70. I already subscribe to The Fat Quarter newsletter.

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  71. I am not on Instagram, so I don't/can't follow anyone. But I do subscribe to Southern Fabric's newsletter. Does that count? :)

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  72. Video tutorials are always helpful. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot "com

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  73. Already signed up for Fat Quarter newsletter. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot "com

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  74. Congratulations! I started following along during a Quilt Along. I enjoy that you share a little bit of everything.

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  75. I love your QALs. Even if I cannot participate during the regularly scheduled event, they are such a fantastic resource to have at my fingertips. All your tutorials are wonderful!

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  76. I am now following Southern Fabric on Instagram - thanks for letting me know they have joined the fun!

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  77. I am a FQS newsletter subscriber.

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  78. I come to your blog so I can get ideas and patterns of styles that I prefer to make in quilting (easy patterns but laid out in clever modern ways). Thanks for the chance!

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  79. I also already follow southern fabric via instagram

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  80. I am already subscribed to FQS!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  81. I follow you on Bloglovin and Facebook and RSS feed. It really does make me happy to see what you're working on. The quilt alongs are fabulous and your patterns make me happy. You are a great friend and very helpful mentor .

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  82. I love visiting Happy Quilting because it's always like dropping by to visit a friend. :)

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  83. I get the Fat Quarter Shop newsletter.

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  84. Melissa,

    Your blog layout is clean and pretty, you're always positive and a pleasure to read what you have to say. What more could we ask for? :)

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  85. I'm a follower of FQS's newsletter. :)

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  86. I love your tutorials! You explain and re-explain it till everyone gets it. Happy 4th Anniversary!!

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  87. I'm following Southern Fabric under: satxfam

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  88. I follow Southern Fabric on Instagram via Sandy T! Thanks!

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  89. I just love coming and seeing your tutorials. I'm new to quilting (almost 2 years) and love the way you explain things.

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  90. Just signed up for the Fat Quarter shop newsletter.

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  91. I love your patterns-- I was hoping to go to the Small Town Quilts Retreat and take your class (I live in SLC) but just couldn't make it work because of other obligations! I'm also a sucker for discount codes to shops!

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  92. I follow FQS newsletter... congratulations on 4 years!

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  93. I enjoy your quilt patterns and tutorials. You have a light and happy style to your blog that I enjoy.

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  94. I receive Fat Quarter newsletter

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  95. I now follow Southern Fabric on Instagram.

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  96. I enjoy the quilt patterns and tutorial. Great job!

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  97. I now follow Southern Fabric on Instagram

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  98. I already follow Southern Fabric on instagram

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  99. I have been receiving the FQS newsletter for years.

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  100. I already get the FQS newsletter!

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  101. Hi,
    I love your patterns and tutorials!
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows
    Check out my blog:
    http://www.quilt-sewhappy.blogspot.com

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  102. I follow the Fat quarter shop newsletter.
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows
    Check out my blog:
    http://www.quilt-sewhappy.blogspot.com

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  103. I already get the FQS Newsletter... thanks for the giveaway.

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  104. I love receiving FQS's newsletter! Congratulations on 4 years and 5000 Bloglovin followers!

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  105. I love your tutorials! And your quilt-alongs! They are the best!

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  106. I follow Southern Fabric on Instagram! Love them too!

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  107. With 5000+ followers, I'm thinking that you are doing everything right! Congrats on four years and thanks for the giveaways!

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  108. I receive the Fat Quarter Shop's newsletter. They are the best!

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  109. I'm a FQS follower and customer!

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  110. I really enjoy your tutorials and QAL's. As a new quilter I love the inspiration I find every time I visit your blog! Congratulations!

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  111. I like to see the new ideas for quilt patterns that you come up with & your positive attitude is an inspiration.

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  112. I love the toots and your sweetness! Keep up the great work. Thanks for being here!

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  113. i get fat quarter shop's newsletter

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  114. I already get the Fat Quarter Shop Newsletter

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  115. I an now following Southern Fabric on Instagram!

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  116. I currently receive the Fat Quarter Shops newsletter.

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  117. I signed up for the Fat Quarter Shop newsletter. sarah@forrussia.org

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  118. I look forward to reading your blog on my lunch hour every day -- love it!

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  119. Melissa, one thing I like the most about your blog is the joyful attitude you have about things! I just love coming here to read a little bit of sunshine. :) Thank you! sarah@forrussia.org

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  120. I already follow Southern Fabric on Instagram!

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  121. I already receive the Fat Quarter Shop newsletter!

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  122. I love your projects and quilt alongs. Always so much inspiration!

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  123. I already get the fat quarter shop newsletter.

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  124. I like how your blog is always so upbeat and has great eye-candy! Your patterns are awesome!

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  125. I don't do instagram, but I do get the Fat Quarter Shop's newsletter!

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  126. Signed up for FatQuarter newsletter. :)

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  127. Being the visual learner that I am, I really like the tutorials and Quilt-along. :)

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  128. I love your quilts, tutorials and quilt-a-longs. Love your blog!
    dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

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  129. I love your happy attitude and all of the wonderful quilt alongs and very helpful tips and videos.

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  130. I do not have Instagram, but I do follow Southern Fabric on it since they have the $2 Tuesdays :)
    I get the FQS newsletter!

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  131. I read your blog because it is happy! And you are very talented! Thanks!

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  132. I love your upbeat style! Thanks for helping this newbie quilter to feel less intimidated.

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  133. I receive the Fat Quarter Shop newsletter. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  134. I don't do Instagram but I do get Southern Fabric via email.

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  135. Hi Melissa! I love reading your posts about the things you are currently making! It's an inspiration. And your tutorials are super clear!

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  136. I love southern fabrics. I'm a customer and I follow them on IG

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  137. Love your blog - you have a lovely writing style and your images are delicious!!!

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  138. I've been receiving FQS newsletter for some years now. Thanks!

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  139. I love the tutorials and quilt inspiration!

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  140. I have started following Southern Fabric on IG.

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  141. I already subscribe to FQS's newsletter.

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  142. I have enjoyed participating in a couple of your QALs and I always enjoy your tutorials. I like the whole blog, but those things are particular favorites.

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  143. I love ordering online from Southern Fabric but sadly I do not have the technology to use Instagram.

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  144. I receive and enjoy the FQS newsletter.

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  145. Happy Blogiversary! I, like so many others, enjoy your upbeat attitude. And your patterns are wonderful! Thanks for the cheeriness.

    Leslie S. in MN

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  146. Happy Quilting--your blog name says it all. Your are always positive with your posts. Yours is the first I read when I view my emails. Congratulations on four years. Your celebration is awesome. I am sure I am going to learn something about your blog I have missed. The giveaways are also awesome. Thanks for offering them. Please, please keep me smiling. :)

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  147. I'm not much into social media, and I don't do Instagram, but I have been following the Fat Quarter Shop for a long time.

    Leslie S. in MN

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  148. I enjoy your blog and the things you already do. Pictures do inspire me

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  149. I like the quilt alongs! Even though I haven't actually followed along (yet) I enjoy watching the progress made by everyone.

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  150. I follow you on Bloglovin and really like reading your blog... lots of tips.

    I buy from Southern Fabrics (think Amy Butler) but I am not on Instagram and not planning so.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  151. I already receive FQS newsletter and follow them on BL.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  152. I love your blog. It always has something to motivate and inspire me! I love seeing pictures of your quilting projects.

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  153. I am now following Southern Fabrics on Instagram!

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  154. I already receive the newsletters from Fat Quarter Shop!

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  155. I like your style. You seem to make a lot of projects, which is always good to get my competitive, envious side in gear. I'm grateful that you share lots of tips and tutorials. I have enjoyed many of your free motion quilting designs.

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  156. Yay!!! I'm so excited for you!!! I love your quilt alongs. My favorite thing!!

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  157. I'm following Southern Fabric on Instagram

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  158. And I already get the Fat Quarter shop's newsletter.

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  159. I don't remember when I started reading - but I enjoy your mix of personal, quilting, and photos. I'm happy when I quilt, too -- so I suspect the name caught my attention and the content kept it!

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  160. I follow Southern Fabric on instagram!

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  161. I follow southern fabrics on IG. mhart037 at gmail

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  162. I already subscribe to the FQS newsletter and love it! mhart037 at gmail.

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  163. I really like how your tabs are organized nit makes it very easy to find past projects or tutorials. If I'm looking for something specific I don't have to wade through a bunch of posts that don't apply to that search. mhart037 at gmail

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  164. Congrats Melissa! I love coming to your blog and seeing all your inspiration. You have some great patterns. I enjoy seeing different fabrics, and I also enjoy reading a bit about your family/life :) Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  165. I don't 'do' instagram, but I do follow Southern fabrics blog/get their newsletter, if that counts.

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  166. I follow the FQ shop! Thanks to your sponsors for this fun giveaway.

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  167. I love you emails everyday the way they are...always something new :)

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  168. I've been following Southern Fabrics for some time now.

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  169. Love your blog! Thanks for the chance for a great prize!!

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  170. Rosemary B here:
    Happy Blogoversary Melissa. I love your bloggie!!

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  171. Rosemary B here:
    I have been following Southern Fabric on Instagram. I get it on my iPaddington lol
    I love that spring pile, thank you :-)

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  172. Rosemary B here:
    I am a loyal shopper and newsletter receiver of Fat Quarter Shop for two years now maybe. jeepers forever I know that. They have good deals every day and cute patterns too

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  173. Great blog, I come here for motivation and inspiration!

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  174. Following Southern Fabrics on Instagram

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  175. I already receive Fat Quarter's newsletter! Love 'em!

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  176. Congrats! I always enjoy the pictures on your blog.

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  177. I love that you are so open and share you talent so willingly. Thank you!

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  178. I already receive the Fat Quarter newsletter. I don't do instagram, but I also do receive newsletters from Southern Fabric. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  179. There is always something new and I bought one of your patterns this morning as well (Summer Breeze). I really appreciate all the tutorials as a newish quilter too

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  180. I love the tutorials and all the wonderful inspiration!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  181. I already get the FQ newsletter.

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  182. I love your patterns and your QALs. I can't wait to try the next one you come up with!

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  183. I love all the tips, I can never get enough

    erin2470@hotmail.com

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  184. Just signed up for the Fat Quarter shop newsletter! Thank you

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

Melissa