Friday, August 22, 2014

Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop and a Giveaway!!!!

Yippee!!!!  It's my day of the Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop!!!  If you are hoping over for the first time, Welcome!!  I hope you find lots to inspire :)

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I first met Jenny and Helen from Sew Kind of Wonderful at Fall Quilt Market 2 years ago.  It was my first Quilt Market and Barbara (my wonderful MIL) and I were staring down at the show floor through an upstairs window getting so excited for the show to start.   We looked over and noticed we had some viewing companions.  Well, we soon got to chatting and before you knew it, Helen and Jenny became fast friends!!!  

Helen and Jenny shared that they were at Market to do some demo's on their ruler.  I made a mental note right then that I had to try this ruler.  Well 2 years later, (you know how we get busy)   Barbara and I had the opportunity to actually take a Quick Curve Ruler class from the gals at Sew Kind of Wonderful during the Small Town Quilt Show that I was also teaching at.  Yippee!!!   I knew it was the perfect opportunity to finally give the Quick Curve Ruler a try.   Here is Jenny demoing the ruler during class, so awesome!!!  


And what can I say, It was Love at first Slice!!!  This ruler is so incredible!!!  It really makes curves so easy :)  And why is it so easy, well it could be that they add allowance to trim so you don't have to be perfect, Yippee!!!   Jenny and Helen do a fantastic job on their pattern instructions as well.  They are very easy to follow and have great graphics.   I finished my first block for the Metro Hoops quilt in class and today I am excited to share the finished quilt.  


So here she is, my Metro Hoops!!!!  I am so over the moon excited with this quilt finish!!!  I pieced curves and they look stunning, if I do say myself ;)


I used some Aviary prints by Joel Dewberry that I had been saving for just the right project!!  I paired some Grunge Basics for the diamonds and background.  They were the perfect compliment to the prints.   Eeekk!!  I just love how chic it turned out :)  


When it came time to quilt this, I knew I wanted to do something custom and special.   So I spent some time playing around with sketches and eventually came up with this ;)   I wanted to keep the chic feel, so I went with straight or basic curved lines with no fillers.  It was hard not to fill those centers in, but I really love how the simplicity adds to the overall feel.  I used Almond, Charcoal, and Medium Grey So Fine 50 by Superior Threads to do the quilting ;)  I just love how well it blends!!!


I love all of that yummy texture!!  The quilt finishes at 60" x 75" so it is just perfect to curl up in or to lie on the grass and read a good book :)  


This quilt was so much fun to make!!!  I really fell in love with this ruler and will be adding more Quick Curve projects to my list of things to make for sure ;)   (Like this one from Jenny and Helen's new book!!)  


And that's not all.  Like I said before, Barabar took the class with me as well.  She decided on the Urban Chained pattern.    Isn't it so fun!!!


She got the blocks all whipped up, but when it came time to sew them into rows she decided to get a little creative and try something of her own making.  I love that Barbara always changes patterns around to make it her own version ;)   This is what she came up with!!   So fun huh!!!  I think she is going to call it Brackets, so cute!!!   


It just goes to show you can do just about anything with this awesome ruler!!!!

So, want to learn more about the Quick Curve Ruler . . . .  go and check out Jenny’s blog and shop. You can also join the Sew Kind of Wonderful mailing list to get news of any new patterns or promotions.

There is going to be a linky party on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog on Friday 29 through 31 August – you can link up any quilt or block made using the Quick Curve Ruler. If you haven’t tried a QCR project yet, never fear, there’s a chance to win a ruler (see below :) during the bloghop and have a go. And be sure to follow along with all of the other bloghop participants for lots of QCR Inspiration!

Monday 18 August http://quokkaquilts.com
Tuesday 19 August www.cluckclucksew.com
Wednesday 20 August www.fromthebluechair.com
Thursday 21 August liveacolorfullife.net
Friday 22 August www.happyquiltingmelissa.com
Monday 25 August www.greenfairyquiltsblog.com
Tuesday 26 August http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com
Wednesday 27 August www.pleasant-home.com
Thursday 28 August http://www.lucymade.wordpress.com AND http://msmidge.blogspot.com.au
Friday 29 August www.dontcallmebetsy.com


The bloghop is going to be followed by a 'Curve it up' Challenge Quilt-a-long on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog starting in September, so join in the bloghop, get inspired and get ready to Curve It Up!

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Now . . . Didn't someone say something about a Giveaway!!!!!   The wonderful ladies at Sew Kind of Wonderful have generously offered a Quick Curve Ruler and a copy of their new and totally awesome book, Contemporary Curved Quilts for one of my readers!!!!!



You have two chances to win, please leave a separate comment for each.  

1 - Simply leave a comment that has the word Curve in it . . .  Anything will do :)  

2 - All Happy Quilting Followers, old and new, can have a second entry, just leave a comment here of how you follow  i.e.  BloglovinEmailPinterestInstagramFacebookTwitter :) 

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until Wednesday evening and I will announce a winner Thursday morning, the 28th  ;)  All entries welcome :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

Linking my Metro Hoops finish to Sarah's and Amanda's :)
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538 comments:

  1. Love your quilt! (But, I say that about every one you post!) I definitely see some CURVEd piecing in my future!

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  2. And, I follow you on Bloglovin and Facebook. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. Loved the CURVE piecing! That quilt is really pretty. I want to do Metro Rings and Lattice too!

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  4. I am a follower and I love how that curve ruler makes so exact. Love your quilt and the quilting is stunning.

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  5. I've secretly wanted to learn how to curve piece, but have always been too afraid to give it a go... winning this prize would give me the incentive I need to try it! Thanks for the chance!

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  6. I'm not usually a ruler kind of girl but this one is definitely making me rethink that. Easy curves? Sold!

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  7. Can't wait to cut those CURVEs!

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  8. I enjoy your blog--and I do like CURVEd piecing (made my 2 sons twin size Drunkard's Path quilts over 30 yr. ago).

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  9. I follow you on bloglovin too. Love these quilts, but I'm afraid of curves. ;(

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  10. I personally.have to many curves, and never tried CURVES in quilting, but anxious to try!

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  11. Love your Metro Hoops quilt, the colors are perfect for fall. Since I'm one of those people who is built like a stick figure I would love to make a quilt with the Quick Curve Ruler so I could cover up with it and for the first time in my life say that I have some curves.

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  12. Wow! Curves have been my biggest fear (I finally conquered zippers). This ruler would take the fear away!

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  13. I'm a follower via FB and Bloglovin.

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  14. Curvy sewing has always frightened me. I decided to work on that fear and am putting together an Urban Tiles square. Not as bad as I had feared.

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  15. I would love to try a curve project. My son is getting married soon, and I think these designs would make a wonderful wedding quilt.

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  16. Awesome curves! The book looks amazing. Thanks for the chance.

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  17. I'm a follower on Bloglovin'. Thanks

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  18. I really need to stop snacking on the Buttermilk pound cake I just made or I'm going to get way too curvy.

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  19. I can't wait to try all these curves. Now i want to try the one you made, it's beautiful!!

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  20. Your Metro Hoops is very chic! I recently sewed some test blocks with a curve. Thanks for the opportunity to win the ruler and book!

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  21. I definitely want in on this learning curve! My fingers are crossed that I may be able to create something as gorgeous as your quilt! Thank you for the chance :)

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  22. I love the QCR and have made several curve quilts.

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  23. I follow you on Bloglovin'. You'll see me there, just beyond the curve ;)

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  24. I follow you on blog login. Love love love you blog.

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  25. Curve is the word! Curve quilts, curvy roads, and yes, curvy body.

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  26. I follow you on bloglovin'. I would love to try these curves!!

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  27. I am so afraid of Curves - with this ruler, I would attempt it! LOL!

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  28. I made a cat mat using the curvy ruler!

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  29. I am not new to sewing a curve or two. I made garments for many years. Looking forward to adding a curve element to my quilting.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I follow your blog on Bloglovin.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. I follow on Facebook. I think I am getting a smartphone in the next few days, so I'll be following you on Instagram too!

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  32. love the awesome quilts you can do with the curve ruler. you quilt is beautiful

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  33. I follow you on facebook and bloglovin

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  34. Time to start sewing curves! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. I just love your curves...
    Thank you for the great chance,
    Edit from Hungary

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  36. I'm always amazed at all the different looks that can be made with the curve ruler!

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  37. I'm a new follower on Bloglovin.

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  38. gorgeous quilts, and both so totally different, yet using the same curves...

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  39. I follow on FB and Bloglovin'. Thanks! notwendy gmail

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  40. I have yet to try curved quilt blocks. I'm looking forward to the possibility of trying them using this ruler. Thanks! notwendy gmail

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  41. Just ordered my copy of Curve It Up for my Quick Curve Ruler. Can't wait to get started on it. Love all the curves!

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  42. Cultivate your curves they may be dangerous but they won't be avoided. --Mae West

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  43. I'd love to win one of these curved rulers and make a curved quilt. Curves haven't been one I've made before. I'm still challenged with points meeting up right. ;P Beginner


    I'm a follower by email, twitter and pintetest.

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  44. I love blocks with curves but have never really liked doing them! Perhaps now I have the ruler I will get used to making curves. Your quilt looked beautiful!

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  45. I follow you on bloglovin.

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  46. Your quilt is wonderful...great job on those curves!

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  47. I'm a happy follower via GFC and Bloglovin. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  48. Those ladies have some nice curves, and so do you. ;) I can't wait to see more of your curves, hee hee hee...

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  49. I follow your blog! Love it. I know I've told you this before but I dropped following you for a while and I regretted it.

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  50. I love the quick curve ruler. It makes me feel more curvey...

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  51. The more I sit and sew, the more curvy I become! ;-)
    anetemso {at} gmail {dot} com

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  52. I follow you on bloglovin.

    anetemso{at}gmail{dot}com

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  53. Melissa...BEAUTIFUL!!! that's all I can say!!

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  54. You're Metro Hoops have just the right Curves! Well done.

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  55. That ruler and book would really throw a curve ball in my quilting routine. Exactly what I need! ;)

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  56. Curves scare me but I'd love to give them a try.

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  57. I'm following on IG and probably a few other places too.

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  58. What a nice giveaway... I've been eying that Quick Curve ruler for months!

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  59. HI, love your CURVE QUILT!
    Thanks for sharing!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  60. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU ON BLOG LOVIN' !

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  61. Begone fear of curves! This ruler makes sewing curves a breeze.

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  62. Fabulous quilt!
    CURVEs terrify me but I love the Urban Chained quilt!!

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  63. I love my Quick Curve Ruler! Your quilt came out beautifully!

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  64. I have never made a Curve quilt but would love to give it a try! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  65. I follow on Bloglovin! Thank you!

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  66. The quilting was a perfect match. It was love at first slice with the QCR too :)

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  67. I follow on bloglovin, thanks for the giveaway and for sharing your pics (lucky you - taking a workshop!)

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  68. I love curve piecing but am also intimidated~ this would be a great ruler to get me past my fears. Thanks for the chance!

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  69. I don't like taking curves fast with my husband driving but I think I could easily drive a fast curve making quilt blocks with this ruler.

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  70. Melissa, your Metro Hoops quilt is amazing! Love the design and fabrics! The quilting you did for it takes my breath away! It could not be more perfect!
    I love Barbara's Bracket quilt too. Maybe I might get brave enough to try sewing curves.

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  71. I love this blog hop!!!! Thanks for all the work you do....I have not done much with a curve so excited to try. I have the ruler and have been looking at the book since it came out.....

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  72. Thank you for hosting the giveaway - talk about a stunning endorsement for a product! I am following you on Bloglovin'.

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  73. I'm sold! I have to have a Quick Curve Ruler!

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  74. Not in the giveaway; just have to tell you how stunning both quilts are. I, too, love the quilting on yours, and love the personal spin Barb put into hers.

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  75. I love the Metro Hoops curves! You picked such great colors, nice job!

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  76. I have been wishing for this (figuratively and literally wishlisting it) for some time now. Thanks for the chance to enter and thanks for sharing your gorgeous quilt with us.

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  77. I follow you by email: wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  78. What a beautiful quilt! Wonderful quilting too! I receive your newsletter.

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  79. I wish I could find my curves again..alas I have had too much chocolate!

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  80. I've been looking at this Quick Curve Ruler, watched the videos, and really like the way the ruler is used to trim up the finished block.

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  81. I follow you by email and on FB - thanks for all the inspiration!

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  82. I've been wanting the Quick Curve ruler, but curves scare me. I keep hearing that the blocks are easy, so I may have to give it a try.

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  83. It looks so pretty. I've been ready to try curves for a while. I need to be brave!

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  84. I follow you on BlogSpot and on instagram.

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  85. I own and use the Quick Curve ruler. And I just bought a couple more patterns last week. Contemporary Curved Quilts is on my wish list! Would love to win it!

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  86. Following you on Pinterest! So many curved quilts to make and so little time!

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  87. I love the look of curves in a quilt!

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  88. I follow via email and look forward to your posts. :)

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  89. Jenny and Helen make curves fun! :-D What a wonderful giveaway.

    Your quilt turned out beautifully. Fantastic job.

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  90. Great quick curve ruler giveaway! 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  91. I'm scared to death of CURVEs but ever since I saw this pattern I've thought about giving it a try. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  92. I follow you by e-mail and would love to try the curve ruler.
    Carol in NE

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  93. Following on Bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  94. WOW!! Your quilt looks amazing! You're right the simple yet elegant quilting is striking! I
    absolutely adore the metro lattice quilt, and the quilting on their poinsettia table runner is absolutely drool worthy. Thank you for the opportunity to win a quick curve ruler and the book. mommajaehn at gmail dot com

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  95. I have really enjoyed this Curve Ruler blog hop, love to see what's being created.

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  96. I just signed up for your blog. Fun stuff!

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  97. In my first quilting class we were required to at least one block with a curved pattern -- I said never again! Your quilt is so beautiful - you may have convinced me to try....

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  98. I love this curve ruler and it is on my wishlist. I am sure that the UPS guy can make the CURVE to get it to my house.

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  99. I follow by bloglovin and email.

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  100. I'd love to win the quick curve ruler and book, I've been enjoying seeing everyone's quilts on the blog hop and would really like to make my own.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  101. Do both comment have to have "curve in? Well, they do now anyway! I follow you on bloglovin'.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  102. I am afraid of curves, but I would love to conquer them with the Quick Curve Ruler. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  103. I love my curves on my body and I'd love for my sewing / quilting to have some too!

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  104. I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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    1. I'm willing to get on a new learning CURVE to try this out.

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  105. The ruler looks like it has any easy learning CURVE to it :)

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  106. I love my Quick Curve Ruler. It would be awesome to win Jenny and Helen's book. Curve sewing is so much fun with their ruler. Thanks for participating in the blog hop and for offering a giveaway.

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  107. I have followed Happy Quilting via email for a while now and always look forward to opening my messages.

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  108. I need to get up the nerve to sew a curve!

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  109. I think my body has a few too many curves.

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  110. I have a little too much curve in my body shape, but not enough curves in my quilts! I would love to win this ruler!

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  111. Working with specialty rulers would be a bit of a learning curve for me but I have always been drawn to curves in quilts. They have so much movement. Thanks for the fun give-a 0way.

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  112. When I took the Metro Rings class with Jenny, I discovered just how easy it was to use the Quick Curve Ruler, making those dreaded curves so easy to sew.

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  113. If I switch from straight piecing, it may throw my quilting for a curve! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  114. Beautiful quilt. I've been wanting to try a quilt with curved piecing, the quick curve ruler would really help.

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  115. Both your and Barbara's curve pieced quilts are gorgeous! They make me want to try one of my own. Thanks for the inspiration and giveaway! k(dot)castanette(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  116. I follow your via email.
    k(dot)castanette(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  117. I have trouble with the curve. A plate doesn't do it for me. imakejoy@aol.com

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  118. I'm not afraid of curves, but this ruler looks like it makes it really easy.

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  119. I made a Drunkard's path block; that had curves in it. My body has curse--bigger than the ones on the Drunkard's Path block. I try to follow Curves. Now I am seeing curves everywhere :-)

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  120. I follow you via email. I just had to laugh at my curves comment. There is a typo that may be more ture than I want to admit ;-)

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  121. Both you and Barbara have wonderful finishes from the Small Town Quilt Show! All of the curves are perfection.

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  122. I follow you via email and Facebook. Thanks for yet another great giveaway opportunity!

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  123. Found you through another blog awhile back, and bookmarked you! Check your blog out when I get a free moment at work!

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  124. I want to try the Quick Curve Ruler. I've been looking at it a long time.

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    1. I just started following on Pintrest :)

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  125. I follow by email, though I have not been receiving them, so now I follow on Bloglovin. And on Instagram.

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  126. I enjoy following you with Bloglovin'!

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  127. My learning curve could use some help from the Quick Curve....thanks for the chance!

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  128. I need to learn how to sew curves, it is next on my to do list!

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  129. Love the quilt! The quilting looks fabulous. I've been curious about the quick curve ruler. I've seen so many great quilts using it.

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  130. I follow just about everywhere: twitter, feedly, IG, FB.

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  131. Your quilt is awesome, love the curves/circles. Isn't it great to find the perfect project for your treasured fabric.

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  132. The quilt is gorgeous! Amazing what you can do with a quick CURVE ruler--wish I have one!

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  133. I follow you through email. Thanks!

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  134. I absolutely love your quilt and the quilt stitches are perfect!!! I really want a curved ruler and this book!!!

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  135. I am following you via Bloglovin'!!!

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  136. I used to use a French Curve, now I will use the Quick Curve Ruler for all my quilting needs!

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  137. I love your blog and follow you on Bloglovin.

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  138. The only curve block I have ever done so far has been a Drunkard's Path, but I think I'm ready to try something else - especially if I win that amazing ruler!

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  139. My spine is perfectly curved for handpieceing and quilting. I bought the curve ruler !!

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  140. I am a big fan and follower in all the ways.. lol

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  141. Never thought I'd ask someone to "Throw me a Curve!"....but am today.."Pleeeeeeeese Thro Me a Curve Ruler,.....& Book!!!" lol These Quilts are AWESOME!!

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  142. I'm a Follower! thru Email, Bloglovin', & Pinterest!!! TADA! :)

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  143. I have yet to try a CURVEd pattern but I have been itching to try!

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  144. I love the quilt! I am definitely afraid of sewing curves but this book just might help me get past it. Thanks for the chance to win. kthurn@bektel.com

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  145. CURVE piecing has always looked hard to me, but maybe I will give it a try!

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  146. I happily follow Happy Quilting with email. kthurn@bektel.com

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  147. I follow via Facebook, email, Pinterest and Instagram:-) you are a fabulous quilter, thanks for sharing your works of art!

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  148. I can't wait to sew around the curve.

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  149. Sigo voce no Facebook, e nas curvas desta régua costuro vida e saudades!!!!

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  150. I love sewing with CURVEs, so much fun!

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  151. I need to try some Curves!! Would love this book to get me started. thanks for the giveaway

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  152. Just followed you on Instagram!

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  153. I follow thru e-mail. thanks

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  154. Curving round the bend any day now.....la la la........thanks for the giveaway-- I love how both of these came out! So lucky you have a quilting buddy in your MIL!

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  155. I follow at least in GFC, but I think maybe in Bloglovin too....

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  156. I want the Quick Curve Ruler win!

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

Melissa