Friday, May 13, 2016

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Crafted Appliqué, and a Giveaway!

Hi, all!

Wow!  Can you believe it's Friday again already?  And as always, that means it's time to get our whoop whoop on!!  Are you ready?  I've got something really special to share today, so I know I am!


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Back in December, when I found out that my friend Lara had a book coming out, I was thrilled that she asked me to be part of her book release blog hop!  I love reviewing books for friends, and it's always an honor to be entrusted with the task.


Now, I'll be the first to admit that appliqué is not my first love - in fact, we've had a love-hate relationship over the years.  I know how to do it, but haven't ever really enjoyed it.  But when I looked through Lara's book, all that changed!  She has come up with a fantastic new method for appliqué that makes it all simple, and yields fabulous results!  For example, right after I read her book, I decided to use her technique for this quilt...


...and was SO pleased with the results.  There is no fraying, lovely clean edges, and all I did to secure the appliqués was some straight line stitching near the edge of the appliqué.  

So let me tell you what I really like about this book.  First of all, Lara starts out with an introduction that explains exactly what Crafted Appliqué is, and compares it to other methods of appliqué. She even does a test of several different methods, showing the results after washing, which will completely sell you on the possibilities of her method.  

Then there is a very well-written section on the process, which makes it easily understandable and very clear exactly how to experience great results the very first time you try it.  She's even come up with a method for back-coating fabric so that your background fabrics won't show through! 

And while you can use any of several methods to secure your appliqué to the background, I love that you can simply stitch them down with a straight stitch!  It makes it so much easier and less time-consuming, and you can use much more complex appliqués.  Here's a picture from the book that shows in great detail the stitching possibilities...


And look at how clean those edges are!  I'm telling you, even if you don't think appliqué is for you, this book will change your mind!  

The other day when I was looking over the book again preparing for this review, I spotted this adorable project...


This particular project is a needle case - a really nice one with pockets inside to hold not only hand sewing needles, but sewing machine needles too.  But when I saw it, it made me think of journal covers.  My grandchildren absolutely love writing in journals, so I thought I'd use the technique to make a journal cover.  


I gathered up some supplies - enlarged a picture from my copy of Heather Ross Prints and printed that cute little girl out on some printer fabric.  Grabbed a scrap piece of Essex linen and stitched her onto it, added a lining and a journal and voila!  An adorable little journal cover sure to be well-loved by one or the other of my granddaughters!  This appliqué had a lot of little tiny pieces, the locks of hair and the arms and feet, but I didn't have a single problem with them, thanks to Lara's great new technique!



And there's one more thing I love about this book - Lara is a wonderful writer, with a great conversational style that is easy and enjoyable to read.  Here's an example from the book that made me laugh out loud...


You've gotta love someone who will admit to her "oops moments" in writing!

And now comes the very best part of this book release blog hop - Lara is offering a copy of her book to one lucky reader!!  So how do you throw your hat in the ring for the giveaway?  Simple!  There are several ways you can enter...

1.  Leave a comment on this blog.  Let's make it interesting - answer the question in the comment before yours, and leave a question for the commenter after you.  I'll start with the first question - have you ever made an appliquéd quilt?

2.  Link up for Whoop Whoop Friday!  If this is your first time, it doesn't have to be a finish - it can just be something you've been doing the happy dance about this week! 
No need to leave an extra comment for this - 
I'll get your entry from the linky party!

3.  Be a follower of this blog! I'd love to know how you follow - Bloglovin, email, GFC, or something else!  Let me know in a separate comment.

NOTE:  Please be sure to leave your email address in your comment - because of changes in Gmail and Blogger, many more comments are coming up as "no-reply" and I'd hate to draw a winner, only to find that I had no way to notify them!

Entries will close at 6 pm CST on Thursday, May 19th, and I'll announce the winner next Friday, May 20th.  And if you really want to increase your chances of winning a copy of the book, check out all the other stops on the blog book tour!  The other reviews so far have been excellent, and each offers a chance to win a copy of the book.  

Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop - May 1st to June 5th

Sunday, May 1 - Introduce the Hop and post the schedule on BuzzinBumble
Monday, May 2 - Valerie Smith - Pumpkin Patch Quilter
Tuesday, May 3 - Dana Gaffney - Stormy Days
Wednesday, May 4 - Lorna McMahon - Sew Fresh Quilts 
Thursday, May 5 - Mary S. - Needled Mom
Friday, May 6 - Heidi Kuntz - Red Letter Quilts
Saturday, May 7 - Alycia Carmin - Alycia Quilts
Sunday, May 8 - Amy DeCesare - Amy Made That
Monday, May 9 - Sherri McConnell - A Quilting Life
Tuesday, May 10 - Lara Buccella - Sew Mama Sew 
Wednesday, May 11 - Christina Cameli - A Few Scraps
Thursday, May 12 - Melissa Corry -  Happy Quilting
Friday, May 13 - Sarah Craig - Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Saturday, May 14 - Soma Acharya - Whims and Fancies 
Sunday, May 15 - Val Reynolds -  Val's Quilting Studio
Monday, May 16 - Angela Pingel - Cut to Pieces
Tuesday, May 17 - Sandra Walker - Musings of a Menopausal Melon
Wednesday, May 18 - Cheryl Brickey - Meadow Mist Designs
Thursday, May 19 - Judy Murphy - Quilt Paradigm
Friday, May 20 - Yvonne Fuchs - Quilting Jetgirl
Saturday, May 21 - Cindy Pieters - Stitchin' at Home
Sunday, May 22 - Susie Zlogar - Susie's Sunroom
Monday, May 23 - Connie Kresin-Campbell - Freemotion by the River
Tuesday, May 24 - Ruth Bourke - Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner
Wednesday, May 25 - Kaja Zieslar - Sew Slowly
Thursday, May 26 - Ann Brooks - Fret Not Yourself
Friday, May 27 - Cynthia Brunz - Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Saturday, May 28 - Monday, May 30 ... Memorial Day Weekend in the U.S.
Tuesday, May 31 - Jenn Trott-Zisserson - Quarter Inch From the Edge
Wednesday, June 1 - Paulette Horn - The Way I Sew It
Thursday, June 2 - Sandra Jansen - Studio Sew of Course
Friday, June 3 - Christine Sherman - Triangles and Squares
Saturday, June 4 - Darlene Simmons - Quilt Shop Gal
Sunday, June 5 - Announce BuzzinBumble Giveaway Winners - Lara Buccella

And if you just can't wait and want to buy a copy of the book right now (I certainly wouldn't blame you!) have no fear - Lara has offered to refund your money if you win a copy on one of the giveaways!  You can purchase a signed copy on BuzzinBumble, or buy it from the AQS shop or through Amazon.

So - - - let's give Lara a great big whoop whoop!!

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And now it's your turn!  

What's got you whooping it up this week?


What's making you dance a little happy dance?

Share - we want to dance right along with you -
And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

This week, the party will stay open until Thursday, 
May 19th at 6 pm CST.

Hope to see you there!

Hugs!

Sarah





195 comments:

  1. Just your funny book cover with the girl is enough for me to buy the book. So funny and beautiful!!

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  2. I have made many applique quilts for my friends with new babies using needle turn.

    Have you ever made a redwork quilt?

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  3. Lara's book is wonderful, I should know, I already have a copy so I don't need to be included in the draw but I wanted to join in the fun anyway.
    Maartje forgot to answer the question so I will. Yes I have made an appliqué quilt, a blue and purple needle turn Baltimore to be exact, it took me a couple of years though. There is a pic on my blog http://smilesfromkate.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Baltimore
    if you would like to see it.
    My question is what is your most memorable oops moment.
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    Kate

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  4. My most memorable Oeps moment, hmmm I guess it has to be when I sleep walked and locked myself out of my hotel room at 3 am. Craftwise it has to be when I mix up numbers and end up with blocks that are 1/2" smaller. My question is what is your all time favourite pattern?

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  5. I don't usually follow a pattern, I prefer to make something up myself, but among traditional blocks it would probably be Storm at sea (although my all-time-favouretes are prone to change every half a year or so ;)))
    My question is what is your favorite quilting tool (rotary cutter aside)?

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  6. I follow your blog via bloglovin

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  7. My favourite quilting tool is my Machingers gloves, they make moving a quilt for FMQ so much easier.

    I don't have a go-to quilt or block pattern, so my question is do you?

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  8. My favorite block(s) are the churn dash and the pin wheel blocks (you can combine them, too). Do you take a sewing project on airplanes?

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  9. Why yes, I have sewn on an airplane. Once I finished hand sewing down the binding on a baby quilt when on the way to visit said new baby and I've basted hexagons on the paper on the way back from QuiltCon.
    My question is...Are you a prewasher of your fabric before quilting, I am!

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  10. I follow via bloglovin and Facebook!

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  11. This book looks like soooooo much fun! I don't take a project on airplanes. What is your favorite "pop" color?
    Shelia. stitchedfromtheheart@yahoo.com

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  12. I follow you thru Bloglovin.
    Shelia stitchedfromtheheart@yahoo.com

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  13. I love applique and I'm very intrigued by this book :) Thanks for the chance to win. Lately, my favourite 'pop' colour is pink, but it really depends on the quilt. Which do you prefer, sweet, salty or both together?

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  14. I love a bit of yellow in a quilt...my favorite "pop" color. What is the largest quilt you've ever made?
    amityquilter2008 at gmail dot com

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  15. following via my google dashboard
    amityquilter2008 at gmail dot com

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  16. I have quilted many projects like purses etc but have never made a quilt.

    Have you ever used the paper piece method?

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  17. My largest quilt ever was a queen size.

    who is your biggest quilting inspiration?

    geneblack(at) gmail dotcom

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  18. I am now following with GFC (google)

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  19. Quilting inspiration for me is usually driven by the fabrics, how they sing together.
    Do you free-motion quilt?

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  20. Yes, I free motion quilt, but only smaller quilts since wrestling anything bigger than a lap quilt through my domestic machine is a pain!

    Where was your last travel destination?

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  21. I like to feel that my quilt is complete when I free motion quilt.

    What projects do you want to complete this summer?

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  22. I can't say who is but my inspiration is usually the blogs I follow. I always see great ideas.

    next question did you ever make a sampler quilt?

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  23. I bought the book right from Lara! I am thrilled to think I may be able to do my landscape quilts that I have been struggling with to make by using her technique! I have never met her, but correspond through email, and she is such a helpful, encouraging person!

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  24. Yes, I free motion quilt on a domestic machine and love it.
    How many applique projects (less than 5, 5 - 10, more than 10) have you done?
    sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  25. I bought the book right from Lara! I am thrilled to think I may be able to do my landscape quilts that I have been struggling with to make by using her technique! I have never met her, but correspond through email, and she is such a helpful, encouraging person!

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  26. I follow on BlogLovin...love you Friday posts.
    sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  27. I love applique and would be really interested in learning a new method. Thanks for the great giveaway. I usually have one applique project going all of the time. How many applique projects do you have going on right now?

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  28. I am signed up to get your newsletters.

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  29. I have one, though it's not really going. The background is prepped but I have yet to cut out any applique. Maybe this book is just what I need to get it started.
    My question: How many UfOs do you have in process?

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  30. I follow your lovely blog through blogger

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  31. I did a Primitive Gatherings wool snowmen applique quilt, however, it still needs quilted...

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  32. How many UFOs do I have in progress? Well, way too many. Probably, 3 that are active

    Question: what is your most favorite fabric line?

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  33. Sarah, you should write book reviews for some of the big quilting magazines! Yours was so awesome and you covered so many aspects of the book - Thank you so much! I'm in love with your Heather Ross Journal cover! (And gaga over your orange peel quilt!)

    To answer Em's question... if you don't count unstarted objects, then I have four UFOs.

    My question: What is your favorite time of the day to sew?

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  34. I like to swe anytime I can squeeze it in. My machine sits at one end of the kitchen table so 5 minutes after breakfast, in between loads of laundry, when grandbabies are napping, waiting for kids to get ready to go to ballet, ANYTIME.
    My question Are you addicted to zipper bags?

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  35. No I am not addicted to zipper bags although I like them, but don't make a ton of them.
    My question to the next perso-What is your oldest UFO?

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    1. we must have posted at the same time. I only have one UFO and it is a small vintage quilt top. about two years I purchased at a yard sale two ago that I'm finishing.

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  36. No, I would not say addicted but I do like them.
    Your review was very well done, in fact so well I'm going to get the book if I don't win one. I just purchased the new book by Margo Yang
    Soft and Cozy Keepsakes, which if I'm not mistaken you also review. I love it. which also has some applique. So I want to know how Lara takes care of the see through problem. This bring me to my question. How many books do you by because of blogging reviews?

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  37. I follow your blog via Feedly. Thanks for ask your inspiration and encouragement!

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  38. I hate zippers..(except invisible zippers in clothes)...but I made the Bionic Gear Bag and I realized that they were not so hard to do. I'm actually going to make some Bionic Gear Bags with zippers and all for Christmas presents.

    My question: Are you a modern or traditional quilter?

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  39. To answe the question, oh yeah, I am addicted to zipper bags! My favorite is Blue Callss Clematis. It's a great way to use those really awesome fat quarters

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  40. My oldest UFO is my daughter's trek quilt. Six years this year ... Only the border left too quilt. What is your favorite applique technique?

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  41. I'm following you with bloglovin

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  42. Alas, I have no favorite applique technique, they tend to make me impatient. Thus, looking forward to seeing if Crafted Applique can fix that for me!

    Do you have an 'oops' moment you're willing to share?

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  43. Forgot to leave my email
    allthingzsewn@gmail.com
    and how many book have you bought because of blogging reviews?

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  44. Forgot to leave my email
    allthingzsewn@gmail.com
    and how many book have you bought because of blogging reviews?

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  45. No, I would not say addicted but I do like them.
    Your review was very well done, in fact so well I'm going to get the book if I don't win one. I just purchased the new book by Margo Yang
    Soft and Cozy Keepsakes, which if I'm not mistaken you also review. I love it. which also has some applique. So I want to know how Lara takes care of the see through problem. This bring me to my question. How many books do you by because of blogging reviews?

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  46. I lost count on the number of books I have bought based on reviews. LOL.
    My question is would you rather hand applique or machine applique, why?
    gml448@yahoo.com

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  47. I lost count on the number of books I have bought based on reviews. LOL.
    My question is would you rather hand applique or machine applique, why?
    gml448@yahoo.com

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  48. This book has me so intrigued! Would love to learn about this method!

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  49. I would rather hand it to my sister and let her do the applique....failing that Its going to be machine work.

    Have you ever tottaly reworked a pattern just to avoid putting in a zipper?
    ladybecket 2002 at yahoo.com

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  50. I would rather machine applique, I have no patience or time with a two year old to hand applique.

    How many WIP do you have?

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  51. I only have a set of place mats I am working on. All caught up so far, LOL.

    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

    Do You Do Much Quilting During The Summer Months?

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  52. I now follow you on email
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

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  53. I quilt all year around so summer is no different than any other time.

    pattynubs at gmail dot com

    What color of fabric do you buy most often?

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  54. We live in our rv and spend the summer on the road, so I save actual quilting until winter, but piece all summer long.

    What is your favorite applique method?

    memorton@gmail.com

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  55. Answering Patty A's question: I buy blue fabrics the most in every shade.
    My question: Do you usually make your quilts using a pattern you purchased or a free one online or do you design your own quilts?

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  56. i am always drawn to aqua fabrics and if it has red and aqua in it i will always buy it. how many years have you been quilting?

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  57. I've been quilting since the late 60s. This is definitely the technique that will change minds on applique. Thimbles drive me nuts. Do you use a thimble?

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  58. I have only used thimbles sparingly - when I really have to shove a needle through whatever I'm working on. I can't find one that fits my fingers and is comfortable.

    I have only tried appliqué a couple times. Do you enjoy the appliqué process?

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  59. I check your blog daily for new posts, but I am also subscribed via email.

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  60. I struggle with applique. Do you enjoy the paper piecing progress?

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  61. I love to paper piece! What is your favorite sewing/quilting technique?

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  62. I love paper piecing!!! Just did a table topper using it and I am teaching it to a newbie quilter! Do you use beads as an embellishment on your quilts? churcae(at)auburn(dot)edu

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  63. I love paper piecing! Even though it's backwards from normal piecing there's something about that that just clicks with me. Kinda scary.

    Have you ever tried hand-applique?

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  64. I follow you, and participate in Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop regularly.

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  65. I follow this blog via email....Yes, I've tried hand-applique---needleturn, that is. Most of the time when I applique I use a paper-backed fusible and do a tiny machine blanket stitch. My handwork is adequate---I'm looking forward to learning more about Lara's technique.

    Here's the next question....if you were a sewing notion/tool---which one would you be and why?

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  66. I follow you by email! :) churcae(at)auburn(dot)edu

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  67. The more reviews I read about the book, the more I want to read it! I've done many types of applique through the year but hand-applique is one I've never tried; somehow it sounds too slow and tedious.

    So you use a stiletto when you're piecing quilts?

    Emma
    douglas040@centurytel.net

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  68. I have tried to just use a knitting needle once when I was having trouble sewing down an applique. : )

    What's your favorite topic to use for applique?
    tljeo@yahoo.com

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  69. I signed up for your newsletter!
    tljeo@yahoo.com

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  70. I follow on Bloglovin, and email.

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  71. My favorite topic to applique are flowers, vines, etc. I mostly hand applique. ndfromsd.at.gmail.dot.com

    Would you like to attempt a Hawaiian Quilt using Lara's technique?



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  72. I guess I'm following on Google... I started out on Blogger, and they made the transition for me.

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  73. I've always enjoyed the Hawaiian quilts, but whatever her method, I don't think I have skills enough to try them. I've not done enough applique to make a whole quilt that ambitious.
    Have you ever made an applique quilt?
    Hugs

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  74. In answer to Terri's question, I have made one wall quilt that was all applique and a bunch of quilts in varying sizes that combine applique and piecing.

    Next question -- do you prefer to watch comedies or dramas on TV?

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  75. I follow your blog via GFC.
    jklmengland at windstream dot net

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  76. I follow your blog via GFC.
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  77. Answering Lisa's ? We love both; however I'm thinking Comedy is not what it used to be>too bad!
    Next ? Have you ever done any Applique?
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  78. Hi Linda, my applique is mostly for pockets on bags, or wall hangings. The latest wall hanging is somewhere in the air from New Zealand to California.my question? Do you have a room that is yours, and just for sewing and quilting?
    I am jeanmck at clear dot ne tdot nz

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  79. I hopped to you from Tish and will follow with blogger.Always so good to find a new one to follow and add to the excitement each morning when reading all your posts. my email is jeanmck@clear.net.nz

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  80. I have done applique a few times, a bit on a quilt, some small quilt blocks and a mixer cover. They were needle turned and I did not enjoy them, but they were what I needed for the look I wanted. This method looks like I'd enjoy it much more! Here's my question: How many quilts do you have hanging on your walls? (I just counted mine, and there are 9. I guess I'm the crazy quilt lady.) jmhuisjen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  81. I follow on Bloglovin'.
    jmhuisjen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  82. I've made an appliqué quilt before, and love appliqué, but I'm sure I'd love appliqué even more with this technique!

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  84. I have 1 wall hanging, and one on the way! I ADORE applique!!! Cats or Dogs, meow?

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  86. Answering Melody, we have had both cats and dogs at our house but right now have no pets at all. I especially like cats! As for applique, I have done a few applique quilts but have not found a method I enjoy. I would like to learn this new method!

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  87. My answer to JanineMarie's question is "None are hanging on the walls. Although there is one hanging on my door and another hanging as the top half of a half-door.
    My question is "What type of quilter do you feel you are - contemporary, modern, traditional, or 'whatever hits my fancy at the moment?'

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  89. Charlene S Whatever floats my boat or whatever is needed...... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  90. Answering Charlene's question...I will try anything quilting style once but absolutely love doing traditional scrap quilts the most. My question is do you like to do "sew alongs" or mystery quilts?

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  91. In answer to Ursula's question, Yes, I do like to participate in sew alongs or mystery quilts! In fact, I just finished the Stepping Stones QAL with The Inquiring Quilter last week. I try to keep it to only one or two per year, as I went a little SAL/QAL crazy a year or two ago and became very overwhelmed by all the projects!

    My question is: What is your favorite quilt or sewing project that you've made?

    christine81474@gmail.com

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  92. Answering Christine's question about my favorite sewing project...a few years ago, I was involved in a sewing swap. I was partnered with a gal from Canada who shared the same favorite colors. I made her a large quilted tote bag with interior and exterior pockets for her sewing and knitting projects. She loved it!

    Next question: Do you have any odd habits when it comes to sewing? (I have to be barefoot.)

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  93. Odd habit huh? lol Hmmmmm... not sure HOW "odd"...but I HAVE to have music (radio, CD,)...and some M&M's handy!! :D

    My Question... What is your favorite part of making a quilt? (EXAMPLE: picking pattern & fabric, piecing top..or quilting it..)

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  94. I follow you thru Email & Bloglovin :)

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  95. I love choosing the colors. Who is one of your favorite designers? maryc76904 @ yahoo dot com

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  96. I love choosing the colors. Who is one of your favorite designers? maryc76904 @ yahoo dot com

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  97. One of my favorite designers is Pat Sloan. What is your favorite sewing tool?

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  98. Besides my sewing machine, my favorite tool is my titanium rotary cutter (an Olfa). It is so smooth--when I remember to change the blade!

    Have you ever been on a quilting retreat? (I haven't.)

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  99. I follow you via email: wordygirl at earthlink dot net. (I forgot to leave my email in my first comment--sorry about that!)

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  100. My favorite sewing tool is my rotary cutter. I cannot imagine making a quilt without it, although I did make my very first quilt before I knew there was such a thing as a rotary cutter - I tore strips of fabric because I couldn't cut it sufficiently straight with my scissors! I don't ever want to do that again.

    What is your favorite quilt block?

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  101. I truly don't have a favorite. I have done some sampler quilts and some other projects. I just get really excited when I get an idea or design in my head what ever the block that is involved.

    Where is your favorite place to vacation?

    Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  102. I follow your blog by email. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  103. My favorite block is a Granny Square. Love that block. I just read about the daughters selling off their Mother's vast collection of fabric in Kansas City. Actually near my home town. Anyway made me think if you died tomorrow who would be left to sell off all your stuff? Would you want friends or charity to have it?

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  104. I don't really go on vacations. Our vacations are local cruise nights in my husband's 57 Ford Fairlane, and the occasional weekend trip to car shows.

    Do you prefer outdoor flea markets or indoor estate sales?

    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  105. I follow you via email.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  106. To really hard to pick one but if I had to it would be outdoor flea market.

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  107. I like estate sales.
    llamance@hotmail.com

    What is your favorite color palette?

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  108. My favorite color palette changes every day or every time I start a new project. Today I'm liking brights - aqua with lime green, sunshine yellow,orange, and purple.

    If you could take a quilting class anywhere in the world, where would you go?

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  109. I would love to take a quilting class in Australia! (I really would love to go there and meet some of my internet friends!)
    What is you favorite style of fabrics or quilts? Think 30s, Civil War or 19th Century, batiks & contemporary, Modern, you get the idea!

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  110. Favorite style of quilt - I call myself a modern traditionalist but basically any quilt that uses fabric is my favorite. I'm very eclectic.
    My question - would you rather see alone or in a group?

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  111. I follow via Bloglovin and on Instagram (user sckett)

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  112. I would much rather be alone than in a group.
    My question is: Have you been to Japan? If no, do you want to visit Japan someday and why?

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    2. And then I forgot my email.... sdelar (@) frontiernet.net

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    3. And then I forgot my email.... sdelar (@) frontiernet.net

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    4. What a fun book! I'm answering Crafty Tokyo Mama's question - no, I've never visited Japan, and yes,I would because I love to travel (but alas,don't get to do it as often as I'd like - darn budget!) My question is who taught you to sew??

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  113. I follow via email. craftytokyomama at yahoo dot com

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  114. I follow by email, and probably Bloglovin'. mountainquiltworks at gmail.com

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  115. I have never been to Japan, but would love to visit one day! Now my question is: If you haven't been sewing for a week, do you get antsy to get back to your machine?

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  116. Barb, I do get antsy. Recently I went to visit my daughter and while I love every minute of our visit, I was antsy to get back to my machine.

    Whose fabric do you hoard?

    Camille@focus20.com

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  117. I follow through email. Camille@focus20.com

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  118. This is too much fun!!! I 'hoard' scraps -- all kinds of scraps, anyone's scraps, and any scraps I can get my hands on! Can you guess that I am a scrap quilter?

    My question is, Who would you most love to take a class from?

    lynnstck(a)yahoo.com

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  119. I follow you on Bloglovin. lynnstck(at)yahoo.com

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  120. No need to enter me, I've already purchased the book and it's awesome! I just wanted to to say that I love your journal cover, it's so sweet. You may have to make another so the girls don't fight over it!

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  121. This looks like a great technique. I'd love to win the book. thanks for sharing

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  122. I have the book as well and have been soo inspired! Now I am thinking Orange Peels! Great review Sarah, & I want to tell you that this is my favorite linkup, I just haven't finished anything for awhile!
    I would like to take an advanced EQ7 class from Christ Watson, but I haven't upgraded! A Gwen Marston retreat would be a dream come true! Do you EQ?

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  124. I have EQ 7 but haven't played with it nearly as much as I'd like. I have taken a couple of classes too.
    The book looks great; I'd like to try the techniques in it. I have subscribed to your blog posts via email.
    What is your favorite quilting reference book--one you refer back to whenever you need an answer?
    Bschnellenberger@gmail.com

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  125. This book looks like so much fun! I've already checked our library as that's what I typically do before purchasing a new book(they don't have it yet, boo hoo).
    My favorite reference 'book' is probably Mr. Google and YouTube... I have many books and magazines and I guess the first one I typically reach for (if I can't get on the computer) is "Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking" By D. McClun and L. Nownes. I just checked, the copyright is 1988!! YIKES, time for something current! My question is "do you sew your binding with a machine or by hand or both?" debshookandneedle@gmail.com

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  126. And I follow via email and Bloglovin.
    Love your blog!!

    debshookandneedle@gmail.com

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  127. This looks like an interesting way to do machine applique. Thanks for the chance to win. I do machine stitched binding on philanthropy quilts for kids. All other quilts I do by hand as I enjoy the process. My Question: Do you block your quilt before you attach the binding?
    mfhagopian@aol.com

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  128. I follow you on bloglovin and read every post!
    nl@ridder.ca

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  129. I don't block my quilts before binding. I do square them up. Since most of my quilts are lap and bigger with a few baby ones, they don't look out of shape. HOwever if I did small art quilts I probably would block. Would also be easier to block.
    when machine quilting a quilt, when stopping and starting, do you tie the ends and bury OR do you just back stitch?
    nl@ridder.ca

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  130. What a fun thread of comments!
    I have been tying a knot and then using closer cheater needle (http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-to-hide-your-quilting-threads.html) but lately have been changing the length of the stitches when beginning or ending FMQ that starts or ends in the borders, and then have not bothered with burying the thread as it's just going to be cut off when the binding is applied. I hope this will work out, I haven't washed anything yet to test it out!
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book - the technique is so full of secrets - what fun!

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  131. I forgot my question in the other comment so writing it here BTW I an a blog follower of this blog. junedodge at gmail dot com
    What suggestions do you have for making quilting friends or for involving current non-quilters in your craft?

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  132. I'm having computer woes and can't seem to get my comments to post. So this is a test. I'm following you via Blogger and IG. 😊

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  133. Ok that worked 😊
    To answer June's question...I have had some challenges in this area but I joined a guild where they have started scheduling "sit and sews" for the guild where guild members can spend time together sewing. Hopefully this will be a good platform for some friendships.
    For the next question...what width do you cut your binding strips? 🤓

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  134. I usually cut my binding strips 2-1/2". My question is: What is your favorite style quilt that you have made)granny squares, triangles, log cabin, etc)?

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  135. I enjoy most styles and try them at least once but have to admit log cabin is really versatile and I have done a few so far. My question - how do you deal with mental blocks when it comes to making certain kinds OS quilts? Having a tough time in believing I can make landscape quilts!

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  136. I try not to limit myself to anything, but I am really having a hard time understanding paper piecing. How to deal with them? I guess with most types of quilting, realize that it is only fabric and the world will not end if I fail. And it won't be a failure. I will actually have learned what doesn't work. My question, do you work to find your style, or do you make what strikes your fancy?

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  137. I follow your blog on bloglovin'

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  138. I have varied tastes, and find myself getting excited about a new technique or a new pattern and get obsessed with that one for awhile then move on to the next thing. I tend to gravitate towards more modern quilts. I do a LOT Of baby quilts and try to match them to the tastes of the recipients. I have made 7 baby quilts so far in 2016, and over 100 altogether. I also have started the Splendid Sampler, which is 100 blocks over a year by 83 different designers. I am being a good sport and attempting them all, even if I don't care for the technique.

    My question: Do you tend to stay with the tried and true, or do you branch out and try new techniques for something you already know how to do? For example, try a new ruler for making an HST, etc?

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  139. I tend to stay with tried and true processes. There are still so many things I want to make!
    My question is: what are your favorite colors to work with?

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    1. I really do use a variety of colors though black and white are definitely toward the top.
      Question: I have lots of UFOs; do you have lots/some or are you good about finishing your projects?

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  140. I have LOTs of UFOs! I even have a tab on my blog to track them. And, yes, I do finish some...so far this year I think I've finished 11 and started 2!

    Question: Do you gather all of your fabrics for a quilt before you begin?

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  141. Depends on the project....if it is scrappy, not always.
    What do you do with quilts/projects you start, but don't love once you get into them? Finish? Modify? Abandon?

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  142. If I'm not happy with a project, I don't finish it - I go on to a new project. I really should do something with my growing pile of abandoned UFOs!

    My question - do you buy a lot of technique books (like the Crafted Applique) or just figure out your own techniques?

    (Trying to link up, but the linky party seems to be broken.)

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  143. I do not buy a lot of technique books, but I am a big public library user, so I do tend to read some technique books when they come along. I learn best in person, actually, so I get most of my techniques from friends of quilt shows. This book, I will buy, because I am so curious and the buzz (pun intended!) had been so positive.

    My question: do you buy a lot of specialty tools/notions, or make do with what you have?

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  144. I have several specific tools but mainly from ebay steals! What is your favorite gadget?

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  145. I love my gadgets! I guess my favorites are my embroidery scissors - I'm a sucker for a new pair and have them everywhere.

    What's your favorite thread for applique?

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  146. I use Superior Threads exclusively on my machine - it seems to love it best.

    Do you enjoy QALs?

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  147. Yes, and no! I enjoy following along on QALs, but I can never keep up! Then when the QAL finishes and I'm not done, I kind of lose my motivation (and get sucked into another one) and the project languishes!

    Question: How many projects do you have going at once?

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  148. How many projects do I have going at once. hehehe I have as many as I can. I have one for hand work in front of the TV and one on my machine and a couple being cut and at least one that bored me so I slowly work on it too.

    Question: Do you like to use contrasting thread so it shows a pattern on the back of your quilt?

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  149. I usually choose my top thread according to my flimsy and then match the bottom thread to it no matter the colour of the backing!

    What is the most adventurous sewing project you have completed?

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  150. To Sarah: Thanks for blogging about this book and for hosting the giveaway. I especially like your suggestion for comments: answer a question, ask a question. I'm learning lots!

    Answer to question: I can't remember one specific sewing project but in general, these have been challenges: dresses with tucks, hand-stitching zippers (because I utterly fail trying to stitch them by machine), and helping to alter a ready-made wedding dress. As far as quilting: adding several borders on one quilt, a project I'm in the midst of at the moment.

    Question: do you categorize yourself as a specific genre of quilter, such as modern, traditional, primitive, etc.?

    --Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

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    1. I follow your blog on feedly, GFC, and bloglovin'. Thanks gain for posting about the book and hosting the giveaway.

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  151. Answer to previous question - I think I am an all around quilter. I love new techniques and putting them together will older ones.
    My question is - What do you think is Lara's secret? I can't wait to find out.

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  152. I follow you on Bloglovin and really enjoy it!!!

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  153. My answer? Gee, maybe a glue baste? I really have no idea.
    My question: What's your oldest UFO?
    Thanks for the giveaway Sarah. I like to check into your blog daily while I drink my morning coffee....

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  154. I think the most adventurous thing I've made was when my last daughter was in high school. I made her prom dress...finished it about half an hour before she left for the prom....
    Thanks for the chance to win!! I really appreciate it!
    My question is: How many quilts have you completed?

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  155. Wow! How cool to think I may have actually lost count! Over 100 by now anyway...started sewing and quilting in 1985! My question is: Do you have a favorite shape, unit or technique...a happy place in your piecing?

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  156. I follow you on bloglovin and you're in my favorites!

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  157. My Favorite shape is four sided shapes... And it's amazing how many different patterns it makes...even chevrons..and flying geese. I try to stay away from triangles and applique; but, hope with Lara's book "Crafted Appliqué" that I will learn a technique that I can use...
    What is the difference between piecing, appliquéing, and quilting?

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  158. No favorite shape, unit or technique. Favorite happy place is finished! LOL What is your most unique sewing experience? I had to literally sew a bridesmaid into her dress right before the wedding as the zipper broke! mamaspark@gmail.com

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  159. My most unique sewing experience was making a cover for a photo printer that my sweet daughter-in-law purchased…I had to 'wing it' since we live over 2400 miles apart and I couldn't see it in person…it was a big challenge and I'm so happy it fit perfectly!!! My question is: What is your favorite 'go to' handmade gift item?
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  160. I follow you via email :o)
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  161. My favorite go to gift item is a machine appliqued potholder/hot pad.
    Do you want to make a whole cloth quilt with lots of FMQ?

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