Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy Blogiversary Day 2 & Giveaways!!!!

It's Day 2 of my 4 year Blogiversary Celebration!!  If you missed Day 1 and it's giveaways you can find them here ;)  DAY 1




And so now let's Celebrate with Day 2!!!  So for today's part of the celebration I said I would show you around some of the tabs on the blog :)  At the top of my blog you will see this little bar.  So let's run through them shall we ;)



Clicking on HOME will bring you back to the main page of the blog to my latest post.  So if you ever get lost, that's where you want to go ;)

Clicking on QUILT TUTORIALS will take you to a long picture list of every free quilt tutorial I have done.  Some will link to a page on Happy Quilting, and others will link you to Moda Bake Shop, or Riley Blake Designs, or Art Gallery Fabrics, ect for guest tutorials that I have done.  Just click on the picture you like and wherever the link takes you, it will take you to a full step-by step quilt tutorial.  They are listed in order that I have done them, so my first quilt tutorial at the top and my most recent at the bottom ;)  And there are currently 39 of them!!!!



Clicking on MORE TUTORIALS will take you to another picture list but this one is broken down a bit.  But once again, clicking on the picture is going to link you to a free step-by step tutorial.  This tab is broken down into a few sections.
                The first section is PROJECTS.  This is where you are going to find some fun fabric projects that range from ironing board covers, to aprons and from table runners to bags.  There is a little bit of everything in there :)

                The second section is BLOCKS.  This is where you are going to find tutorials that have step-by-step directions for a quilt block.  Sometimes they get turned into a quilt tutorial and sometimes they are just a block one ;)  There is a little bit of everything when it comes to what type of blocks.

                 The third section is TECHNIQUES.  This is where I show some of the tricks of the trade I have picked up along the way.  From No Waste Flying Geese to Custom Bindings and Layered Applique this is a great little resource for some of those little time saving methods :).

               And then there is a fourth smaller section of GUEST TUTORIALS.  I had this as part of my TNT project that is no more but I would love to pick up doing guest tutorials again.   Would that interest any of you???  


And now back to the tabs.   Clicking on the next tab, VIDEO TUTORIALS will take you to a listing of videos.  The first grouping of videos are on Finishing Your Quilt and have a 5-10 minute video each on Basting, Binding and Quilting.    The second grouping of videos are on Applique Basics.  The third grouping of videos are Free Motion Quilting Videos on your Domestic Machine.  All you have to do is click on the video (on the video tutorial page)  and you can watch it right there ;)


Moving on down the list of tabs we find next the QUILT-A-LONG tab.   This is where I keep all of the links for the Quilt-A-Longs I have done and will do on the blog.  So yes, that means if you miss joining us on the original quilt-a-long, or just want to make it again, you still can.  (just not with the prizes :)    The links will always be there, the weekly tutorials will always be there.  Just find the picture of the quilt you want to make, and then go through each link to get the next assignment ;)  And it is always fun to click on the end link and check out the amazing parade of finishes!!!


And now, the next tab is EVENTS/TEACHING.  This is where you can find a list of all the places and times I will be teaching in the future as well as links to any events, like blog hops I have hosted on the blog ;)

The 7th tab is my SPONSOR tab.  This is where you can find a bit more about the sponsors on my blog and their amazing shops and link to their shops from there as well.   I love my sponsors and am so very grateful for their continued support of Happy Quilting.  I could not do all I do on the blog without them!!

One more over you will find the PATTERNS tab.  This is a quick rundown on my patterns that include size options, skill level, and where to go to purchase them ;)  

And then my favorite tab to surf through is next.  That is my QUILT ARCHIVE tab.   This is a picture list with a bit of detail to all of the quilts I have ever made.  (I am still working on the detail on older quilts :) They have links to their original posts and links to any tutorials I did with that particular quilt.   This is kind of like my little quilting journal and I love to surf through it and see not only what I have made but how my quilting has grown over the years ;)  


And finally the last tab is a little ABOUT ME, which really should probably be updated, but it is what it is ;)  

So that is a quick run through of all of those little tabs up there.  Who knew there was so much quilty goodness in there ;)   I hope you enjoy browsing around them and find some things you like ;)  

And now, lets finish today's celebration with some more giveaways!!!!  Once again today, we have 2 giveaways to celebrate!!!   

First up for grabs is a super festive Fat Eighth bundle of Pine Fresh by Sandy Gervais.  Oh, I love Christmas fabric, I can never have enough Christmas quilts!!!  Thank you to Green Fairy Quilts  for sponsoring this giveaway :)


And second up for grabs is a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Cotton Bliss!!!  Yippee, for shopping spree's to get your favorite wishlist items!!!   Thank you to Cotton Bliss 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, again, I am looking for some feedback to make Happy Quilting grow.  Leave a comment here of a topic that you would love to see covered on Happy Quilting.  You can be as specific or general as you like, and if there is a topic that I have covered but you just want more of it, you can say that too ;)    


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

2 - And for a third entry, since Cotton Bliss has also been kind enough to sponsor this giveaway, how about we show them some love too.   Sign up for the Cotton Bliss Newsletter (at the bottom of the page) 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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442 comments:

  1. i subscribed to cotton bliss newsletter.

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  2. i get the green fairy newsletter.

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  3. You have shared an amazing lesson on teaching us our way around your blog. Some of us need to be reminded on using tabs while others are already well educated and know their way around. What about sharing some easy old-fashioned home cooked recipes? Nothing fancy but just tasty and easy? Thank you for another awesome giveaway and giving all of us the chance to win.

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  4. i think you are doing a great job with your blog and look forward to reading it on blog lovin'.

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  5. I am helping to share our love by joining the Green Fairy Quilts newsletter.

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  6. I am sharing a lot of love by signing up for the newsletter for Cotton Bliss.

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  7. More star blocks! You have some of the best non-paper pieced blocks out there but I always want more

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  8. I already get the green fairy quilts newsletter

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  9. As well as the cotton bliss one

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  10. i signed up for the cotton bliss newsletter

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  11. i signed up for the green fairy newsletter

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  12. I would love some FMQ posts. Never enough help in that department in blog land

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  13. I've been getting the green fairy newsletter for a while now

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  14. I could use some help on keeping organized. Any hints?

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  15. I'm already getting the Green Fairy Nesletter

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  16. I already get GFQ newsletter (and follow her blog... SO talented!!!)

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  17. Keep doing what you are doing! I love your blog!

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  18. I get the Green Fairy Newsletter

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  19. I get the Cotton Bliss Newsletter

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  20. I would love some info on precise piecing. Nor losing those points and more accurate centers of blocks.

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  21. New reader of your blog....just keep it coming!

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  22. Just signed up for Cotton Bliss newsletter!

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  23. One thing I've enjoyed reading on blogs lately is product review on tools the blogger really likes. If you have some can't-live-without tools that help you make your beautiful quilts, I'd like to hear about them! I enjoy your blog. Congratulations on your Blogiversary!
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  24. I am signed up for Green Fairy Quilts newsletter.
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  25. I receive Cotton Bliss newsletters.
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  26. I especially love the section FREE MOTION QUILTING ON YOUR HOME MACHINE and can never have enough as free motion quilting on my home machine is something new I would love to learn.

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  27. I already recieve Green Fairy Quilts newsletter.

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  28. I love your tutorials. Thanks for taking the time required to make them.

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  29. You have everything so well organized on the blog that it is easy to find things.

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  30. I do get Green Fairy's newsletter and follow her blog. What a talented artist with thread!

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  32. I've signed up for the Cotton Bliss newsletter.

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  33. Signed up for Green Fairy Quilts Newsletter. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  34. Signed up for Cotton Bliss Newsletter. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  35. I already subscribe to Green Fairies newsletter.

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  36. I think Quilter's always like to see FMQ ideas. You could set up a regular post and maybe a link party.

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  37. I can't really think of anything I want more of from your blog. I am more of a quilt dabbler, only having finished 1 actual quilt, and with like 8 tops in a bag in the basement. So this blog is perfect for me. Sometimes we have QALs, sometimes it's just pretty pictures, sometimes I just get live vicariously through someone who actually has stuff going on! That's my favorite part.

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  38. The site looks great! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  39. I already get the Green Fairy Quilts newsletter. (And one of my favorite bundles ever came from GFQ!)

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  40. I already get the Cotton Bliss newsletter.

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  41. I love your blog and am really new to quilting and I would love to see more samplers so I can start a bit smaller then a giant quilt. I want to do the whole quilt not send it out for the quilting.

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  42. I love your free motion quilting videos. Some more of those wouldn't hurt. :-)

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  43. Also I have signed up for Green Fairy Quilts newsletter

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  44. I love your quilt alongs!!!

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  45. I'm already signed up for Green Fairy Quilts newsletter.

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  46. I already receive Green Fairy Quilts newsletter.

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  47. I'm signed up for Cotton Bliss newsletter.

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  48. I really enjoy QALs. Even if I am not participating at the time, I get to see more of your style, meet other people who are drawn to similar styles, and potentially learn a new technique.

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  49. Rosemary B here:
    I get your blog updates in my email. I love everything you post.
    I learn so much.
    I love learning the basics of quilting. I am still very timid
    Thank you for this giveaway on your amazing blog, Melissa

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  50. Rosemary B here again
    I have been subscribing to Green fairy Quilts forever. they are the best
    I love all of their fabrics and FREE shipping :-)

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  51. Rosemary B here last time:
    I already subscribe to the Cotton Bliss Newsletter. They have lovely things, very happy perky webpage full of goodies

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  52. I already get Green Fairy Quilts Newsletter

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  53. I just signed up for Cotton Bliss' mailing list.

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  54. I love seeing new FMQ techniques. And always, lots of pics...
    Thanks for sharing

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  55. I am a follower of Green fairy Quilts. Love her designs. Thanks

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  56. I just signed up for Green Fairy Quilts & Cotton Bliss Newletter. I love love your blog and tutorials

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  57. I am very into learning FMQ right now so I love watching any videos I can!

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  58. I am a Green Fairy Quilts follower.

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  59. I just signed up for Cotton Bliss.

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  60. I love your tutorials, but you know that already. Ive told you so many times!

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  61. I love reading each and every one of your blogs and am amazed that you have the time to do all that you do. It would be fun to know what tools and/or new items you cannot get along without or just discovered; helpful hints you learn through your teaching and students. Ways you organize so save time with your quilting as well as running your home as a busy wife and mother.

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  62. I love your website just as it is, but I love tutorials, and in this case, more is better.

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  63. Am a follower of Green Fairy Quilts.

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  64. I signed up for the Cotton Bliss Newsletter and Green Fairy Quilts newsletter. I would love to see a thread on problem solving such as shredding, eyelashes....

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  65. Always looking for tips on organization. I seem to have too much stuff in my sewing area that is getting in my way. Thanks for the great blog/

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  66. I'm starting to applique on quilts and am looking for videos that are very detailed, how do i turn down the fabric, ironing everything together etc.

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  67. i signed up for Green Fairy Quilts newsletter
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  68. i signed up for cotton bliss newsletter

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  69. I really like your quilt tutorials -- it's never bad to have more of those! :)

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  70. Love the quilt tutorials and would like more, especially on putting colors together

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  71. I already get the green fairy newsletter - love that shop!

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  72. signed up for the cotton bliss newsletter

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  73. I am already signed up for the Cotton Bliss newsletter.
    thanks for the giveaway

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  74. I get the cotton bliss and green fairy newsletters.

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  75. I love the blog the way it is!

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  76. As my confidence for FMQing grows I love tutorials like the ones you've shared. More of those could be fun if you're up to it.

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  77. I adore Green Fairy Quilts and have received their newsletter for years.

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  78. I signed up for the CB newsletter

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  79. I already get the GF newsletter!

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  80. I love your tutorials - more please !!

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  81. I am looking for free motion quilting tutorials. Which I just discovered reading your blog you have some. So I'm going to go check those out!

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  82. I just signed up for the Green Fairy Quilts newsletter.

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  83. I get the Green Fairy Newsletter.

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  84. I just signed up for the Cotton Bliss Newsletter

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  85. I signed up for the Cotton Bliss newsletter.

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  86. Tutorials and new patterns are always appreciated.

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  87. I already get the Cotton Bliss newsletter.
    Thanks dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

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  88. I am always looking for more tips on improving my machine applique!

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  89. I receive Green Fairy Quilts newsletter.

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  90. You already have so many great tutorials and QAL's! The only thing I can think of is more ideas for quilting other than FMQ.

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  91. I signed up for Cotton Bliss' newsletter.

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  92. I already enjoy Green Fairy Quilt's newsletter.

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  93. More FMQ tutorials please. I am still struggling with this skill. Thanks to you and your sponsors for the chance at some wonderful giveaways!
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  94. I love tips, tricks and techniques to make my quilting better. HIH

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  95. I really like your tips on machine quilting & would like to see more of them.

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  96. I already receive Green Fairy Quilts newsletter.

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  97. I like your blog as it is especially todays talking about all the tabs, if anything I'm a visual learner so the more how to videos the better.

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  98. I signed up for Cotton Bliss newsletter.

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  99. I already follow Greenfairy Quilts via email

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  100. Anything to help me learn machine quilting is always welcome. Your tutorials always make it look so easy but I am still a little hesitant to start.

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  101. I also follow CottonBliss via emails.

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  102. I get the Green Fairy newsletter.

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  103. Perhaps a post giving new quilters the other options for binding. (turning the back to the front, cutting the binding 1.25 inches or binding opposite sides first, then the other two.

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  104. I would like to see some simple FMQ tutorials :)

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  105. I love your video quilting tutorials so I would vote for more of those

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  106. I get the green fairy quilts newsletter

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  107. I get cotton bliss's newsletter

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  108. I would love to see a tutorial and/or a pattern or two on stained glass applique. I really want to try this. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  109. I receive the Green Fairy newsletter. Thanks!

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  110. I signed up for the Cotton Bliss newsletter. Thanks.!

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  111. I am interested in learning from you about how you have become a success in the quilting world. How did you achieve 5000 Bloglovoin followers? How have you achieved work teaching quilting? And so on. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  112. I already receive Green Fairy Quilts newsletters via email. Thank you!

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  113. I subscribe to Cotton Bliss!

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  114. I am signed up for the Green Fairy newsletter.

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  115. I like lots of photos of projects, and tutorials. You do a good job with that, thanks!

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  116. I subscribe to Green Fairy quilts newletter!

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  117. I have subscribed to Cotton Bliss Newsletter!

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  118. I get GF newsletter. Love her quilting! Amazing.

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  119. I think you have a nice mix of techniques, photos, sharing ideas and products and views of your life as a well rounded individual. I like your personal touch on things you do. You are always on the lookout for interesting things to do and blog about but if you find you really aren't interested, you're OK to let it go and move on to something that interests you more. Amazing.

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  120. I love the quilting videos. I am atrocious at fmq so I love seeing others do any type of sewing/quilting.

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  121. I love the Green Fairy newsletter.

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  122. I signed up for the Cotton Bliss newsletter.

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  123. I say keep up the good work on the quilt tutorials! I have several that I have saved to my computer for future quilts and/or future reference!

    Thanks for the giveaways!

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  124. I am already a Green Fairy newsreader subscriber!!

    Thanks again

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  125. Hi Melissa,

    There are so many quilting blogs out there, but few it seems that really cater to the beginner/intermediate quilter. You would be a great candidate! (Not saying you are a beginner!) How about blog posts about things like: better binding made easy, measuring/cutting with rotary cutter and measuring grids, selecting good quality fabrics, etc. I know that when I was just starting out, I found it hard to find someone who wasn't speaking quilting "Greek."

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  126. I already receive Green Fairy Quilts Newsletter.

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  127. I've subscribed to Green Fairy's newsletter.

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  128. I already subscribed to Cotton Bliss

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  129. I subscribed to Cotton Bilss.

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  130. I love what you do . . . more of the same!

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  131. I really appreciate your machine quilting tutorials.

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  132. I receive the Green Fairy newsletter. Very tempting, always!

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  133. I love the tutorials! They are always so helpful. Something I am working on is paper piecing and free motion quilting!

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  134. I receive the Cotton Bliss newsletter.

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  135. I receive the green fairy quilts newsletter already :)

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  136. I loved the free motion quilting tutorial and think that the links to sewalongs would be great. Thanks. Congratulations on your anniversary- a job well done!

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  137. I get Green Fairy Quilts newsletter by email.

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  138. I don't think you have to do too much improving on your blog. It is very easy to navigate through. I enjoy it very much!

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  139. I get the Cotton Bliss newsletter!

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  140. I signed up for the Green Fairy Quilts Newsletter

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  141. I signed up for Cotton Blissnewsletter- they carry Aurafil-yay!

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  142. I think you do a terrific job and I thank you for all you share.

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  143. I already receive GF's newsletter.

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  144. Melissa, I just spent a half hour browsing through all your different tabs ( I usually just read the current post for the day), and I have to say that I can't think of one thing that I would tell you to add. I don't know how you have all that you have in there already!!! Just keep up the good work: you're doing an amazing job!! Have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you get to see some wonderful fireworks!!! Hugs, H

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  145. Things are looking wonderful Melissa. I love your techniques tips.

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  146. I love to see blogs about techniques. There's always something new to learn.

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  147. Just signed up for Green Fairy Newsletter--a new place for me.

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  148. Maybe a few more FMQ videos? I've enjoyed the ones you've done so far. Thanks for all you do for us!

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  149. Also signed up for Cotton Bliss Newsletter. So many fun things to see and wish for.

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  150. I receive the Green Fairy newsletter---they have lightning fast shipping!

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  151. I would love something on paper piecing, applica, sewing curves ;) I always give your blog videos as a place to go with those finishing a quilt and have questions.

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  152. I signed up for the Cotton Bliss newsletter.

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  153. I think your blog is great and very well organized. I often get on and just look around.

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  154. I get the Green Fairy Newsletter.

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  155. I get the Cotton Bliss newsletter.

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  156. I'm always interested in tips for machine quilting.

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  157. I do receive the GFQ newsletter.

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  158. I already receive the newsletter from Green Fairy.

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  159. I love your tutorials and just looking at what you're putting together. I get great inspiration from your sense of color. Thanks!!

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  160. I love your blog. I like to learn new things, or new ways of doing old things or different ways to use certain tools or notions.

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  161. Signed up for Green Fairy's newsletter.

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  162. Signed up for Cotton Bliss's newsletter.

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  163. I love learning how to do things more accurately.

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  164. I already get the newsletter from Green Fairy Quilts.

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  165. I already receive Green Fairy Quilts newsletter!

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  166. I now receive the Cotton Bliss newsletter.

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  167. I seem to struggle with FMQ...keeping the stitches even. Thanks again for the giveaway and congrats!

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  168. I get the Green Fairy newsletter and have also ordered from them...great service!

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  169. I'm new to Cotton Bliss and have signed up for their newsletter.

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  170. I can't think of anything you're missing! Maybe a feature on tools you find most handy?

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  171. Day 2 awesomeness!! I receive the Green Fairy newsletter :)

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  172. I think you do a great job. I would love to see some mini quilts.

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  173. I already receive the Green Fairy newsletter.

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  174. I always like to hear what inspires quilters and where they get their ideas.

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  175. I get the green fairy newsletter:)

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  176. I receive the Cotton Bliss Newsletter also.

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  177. i get the green fairy newsletter.

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  178. I'd like to see more of your FMQ

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  179. free motion quilting tips, thanks

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

Melissa