Saturday, October 29, 2016

Artisan Blog Tour, Day 2 - Moroccan Tiles, Bonus Pillows, and a Giveaway!

Hi, all!

Welcome to the second day of my turn on the Artisan blog tour!  Artisan is a new line of fabrics coming out in November by the fabulous Kaffe Fassett for Free Spirit Fabrics.  As I said yesterday, I had so much fun with this beautiful pile of fabric...


...that I couldn't cram it all into one blogpost!  So today I'm going to share a few more things I created incorporating the second color way in this beautiful line of quilting cottons, batiks and ikats from Kaffe Fassett and Free Spirit Fabrics!  Just so you can see all of the fabrics in the Blue color way, here's a wonderful shot from the Artisan brochure...


Such gorgeous, rich colors!  Quilting cottons on the left, batiks in the center, and ikats on the right.  They play wonderfully with the Sunny color way, too, as I'll show you in just a minute.  

When I was asked to help with the launch of Artisan back in July, my mind was whirling with possibilities - especially because they put very few restrictions on what we could do!  And of course, my mind always goes to quilts....


...and with the strong bohemian vibe of these fabrics, I keep envisioning the beautiful ceramic tiles of Morocco.  I paired quilting cottons and batiks in both the Sunny color way and the Blue color way with some vibrant tangerine Kona cotton to create this vivid quilt.


It's a smaller lap size - 48" x 60" - and I've written a tutorial if you are interested.  Just request it in a comment below and I'll send you a PDF version.


In the making of this quilt, I also created some bonus HSTs which I used to make the pillow shown above.  Don't you just love bonus HSTs?   I still have a mess of them - I see more pillows in my future!


Here's a closer shot of the pillow - I embellished it with large stitch quilting in a variegated perle cotton and did a knife edge binding around the edge to continue the look of the small borders.

But wait - - - that's not all!  I had scraps left over from the table cover, too, so I put them together in another pillow cover...


I'm really fond of this one - I love the wild variety of fabrics it contains, and I did large stitch embellishment on this one, too, varying the distance between the vertical lines of stitching for a random feel.  This pillow make me smile!



Looks like a cozy little place to set a spell, doesn't it?  This was taken by the side of an old smokehouse on our property - it is my first time to use it as a photo shoot location, but I don't think it will be the last!  It makes a great backdrop for quilts!

I hope you've hung in there this long - because now it's time for the giveaway part of our program!  Remember this pretty stack?


Your comment today will put you in the running for one of those lovely jelly rolls of Kaffe Fassett's shot cottons!  And because it's my birthday, I'm going to sweeten the pot for a second winner... do you see the mat underneath my sewing machine in the background?


Here's what the other side looks like.  Inspired by Lillyella Stitchery's Undercover Maker Mat, I made this using some Artisan fabrics combined with some other Kaffe Fassett prints I had hoarded stashed away.  Look how nicely they play together!!!  I'll be sending this to a second winner chosen from today's comments (without all my tools - sorry!! I need those!)

So how do you enter?  It's easy!  Just leave a comment below, and in it, tell us your favorite birthday surprise!  

I'll start it off - one year, based on a random comment from me, my husband gave me a Suzuki Samurai that our local bank had repo'd.  Total surprise!  When I asked him why, he said, "Because you said it was cute!"  It replaced our broken down and ancient Plymouth Fury, so it was a welcome gift - and a totally romantic one!

Please please please leave your email address in your comment, particularly if you want a copy of the tutorial!  So many people are no-reply bloggers these days, mostly through no fault of their own - I think there's a conspiracy going on out there! And if you don't feel comfortable putting your email address out in public, feel free to email me at salliesue57 (at) gmail (dot) com to let me know.  

And remember - there's another giveaway tomorrow, and still time to enter yesterday's giveaway!  It's just a big birthday giveaway weekend around here!!  Entries will remain open for all three giveaways until noon CST Thursday, November 3rd, and I'll announce all the winners in my whoop whoop post next Friday, November 4th.



Tomorrow I'll be sharing a couple of bags I made using these wonderful fabrics - hope to see you then!!

Hugs!

Sarah
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189 comments:

  1. My favorite birthday gifts are pictures of my Daughter's family
    llamance@hotmail.com

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  2. Happy Birthday! I hope you receive a great surprise this year, too. Thanks for offering the fabric and mat. They are beautiful.

    I think the biggest birthday surprise was a party when I turned 8.

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

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  3. I guess it was a surprise some.well many years ago, Hugh gave me a beach umbrella!!! It was still being used some 25 years later!!! Those are startlingly beautiful fabrics, and your pillow, the first one, what a super design.But then the quilt, a real beauty.

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  4. My Bernina 180 (many, many years ago)!!!

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  5. Any surprise gift I receive. Most of the gifts I get are usually ones I actually ask for! Happy birthday to you. I love the vibrant colours of the things you have made. So cheerful. You did a wonderful job. I love the fabrics in your give away, the shots are fabulous.
    (hedworth01atgmaildotcom).

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  6. Hi Sarah, Happy birthday, and so generous to think of this wonderful giveaway. I love Kaffe Fassett. All his fabrics make me smile. As for a birthday surprise, well, last year, when I was 70, my husband took me to our local pub for lunch and when we got there all our friends had gathered to give me a surprise party. It was particularly sweet, since the last time I had a birthday party was when I was 5. I'll be 71 on Nov 7th, so I would love another surprise then (Kaffe's fabrics, perhaps? <BG?) Blessings

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  7. First of all, Happy Birthday! Second-I would love a copy of the tutorial! Such a gorgeous Moroccan quilt!!! Third-I got a birthday surprise just this year-a new amazing sewing machine from my hubby and parents-inepuld have never picked it out for myself (too expensive!) but I love having it and seeing on it!!!

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  8. Happy Birthday. I hope you have a special day. Beautiful quilt. It is a surprise each year if my children remember to call or text me.

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  9. Happy birthday, Sarah! About 12 years ago, an aunt flew up to spend my birthday with me. That was a lovely surprise! XO

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    1. P.S. Your quilt, pillows, and sewing machine pad are really something! I love that bohemian look! Reminds me of days gone by!

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  10. My favorite birthday surprise? I think it was this year! I had gotten a nice new phone and dropped it and broke the screen, so I went back to the old one. But, I was given a brand new Moto G4 Plus as an early birthday present - with a protective case so if I drop it, the phone won't break!

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  11. My favorite birthday surprise was the year my husband, along with my four then young daughters, bought me my current sewing machine.

    I had been using the one from the wards catalog I bought with my baby sitting money when I was 11, but it had started leaking oil everywhere! I was a little distraught, but I limped along on that old machine because I knew we had no money to spend on a new one.

    So my birthday comes around, and my husband and four little giggling girls presented me with this huge wrapped box. Inside was an Elna 6003 quilter's dream! My first question was how did he know to choose this machine? Second how can we afford this??! He had seen a quilting magazine open to an Eleanor Burns ad for the machine (I was only marking my place!) And he charged it to our newly fully paid off credit card (all of a few short weeks!)

    How could I say anything to those excited faces! So we scraped another year to pay it off, and I have sewed and quilted, mended and created all the years since :) sdelar(at)frontiernet(dot)net

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  12. Your quilt and pillows are amazing!!! My favourite surprise birthday gift was when my husband bought me an iPad years ago. I had been using an iPod to look at blogs and surf online. I didn't have a cellphone or computer to use. But I new iPads were expensive. It was a total surprise.

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  13. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day. Thanks so much for sharing your quilts with the bright fabric. Best gift is time, glad to get it each year.

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  14. The year my daughter surprised me when she made me a hand stitched mug rug!!! It is a treasure and she was only 8 yrs old!!!

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  15. My favorite birthday was a surprise party some friends threw for me. They even got my favorite cake recipe for me and baked it!

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  16. I once got to go to ringing brothers circus for my birthday! I'd love a copy of that Moroccan tiles pattern. Thanks so much!

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  17. Birthdays in my family are quiet affairs without a lot of celebration, but several years ago, all of my grown siblings gathered at my mom's house a few days before my birthday, called me to come down, and surprised me with a cake. It was awesome to see them all, and I was very surprised! Happy birthday to you! Love your blog--it is so colorful and bright. Always look forward to the "whoop whoops".

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  18. Best birthday surprise - actually it was this year but a few days shy of my birthday when my daughter texted me a photo of her positive pregnancy test! She's almost 34 and this is her first, so that was a real surprise! Happy birthday to you, and I hope you find a few minutes to sit outside and soak in the beauty of those gorgeous pillows, quilt and table topper. They are beautiful!

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  19. Love your quilt, pillows and table cover. But I love K Fassett. I would love the pattern for the tiles. My favorite birthday gift was a day trip to several quilt shops and to eat at one of my favorite places. dorthac@aol.com

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  20. Thanks for the chance to win the jelly roll of Kaffe Fassett's shot cottons! My favorite birthday surprise was when my school friends threw me a sweet 16 party. I turned 16 in 1981. They gave me a charm pendant that just started being popular back then. A few of my closest friends went together and bought the necklace. Then each one of them bought a personalized charm. What a beautiful memory. I still have it. It's a treasure. Have a great weekend, Sarah! LOVE the pillows!!!

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  21. would love to win anything LOL - my favorite birthday surprise is actually having someone in the family remember my birthday!the biggest surprise would be getting some flowers, I never get flowers and I love them and usually just have to buy them myself. Love your quilt

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  22. Happy birthday, Sarah! Hope it's filled with lovely surprises. My favorite birthday surprise is that I'm still 29--even after so many birthdays!

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  23. Happy Birthday, Sarah! Those quilts and pillows are amazing! My favorite birthday surprise? The year my mom gave me a new sewing machine for Christmas (my birthday is in December). I'm still using it; wish she were still here so I could show her the fun stuff I make! Wendy at piecefulthoughts@gmail.com

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  24. Sarah, the quilt is fabulous. It's perfect for the fabric. My favorite was a car as well! My husband pulled it around back where I could not see it and while were on the deck grilling out he made the horn blow with the key fob. I was blown away because he's not the surprise gifty kind of guy. (I'd love your tutorial)

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  25. My husband grows a beard each winter as he works outside a lot. It's quite a big crazy beard. Each spring he shave, an event I look foward to! But one year it just never happened. As each week passed I started to give up hope. On my birthday he showed up late from work during my birthday diner, shears in hand. Just for me. My birthday present was to do the shaving!

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  26. My husband grows a beard each winter as he works outside a lot. It's quite a big crazy beard. Each spring he shave, an event I look foward to! But one year it just never happened. As each week passed I started to give up hope. On my birthday he showed up late from work during my birthday diner, shears in hand. Just for me. My birthday present was to do the shaving!

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  27. Love the quilt!! And using the 'bonus' pieces to make pillows made for a super addition to your set. Happy Birthday - I don't think I can remember a b'day surprise.

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  28. Happy Birthday! I am so in love with your Morocan Tile throw and would appreciate the pdf please! spierssusan52@gmail.com My favorite birthday suprise is when my daughter sent me chocolate covered strawberries! Love, love chocolate -the strawberries were the size of my fist-yum, yum!

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  29. Your Moroccan Tiles throw-size quilt is beautiful! I would love get the PDF of the pattern. Please send it to quiltingisinmyblood at gmail dot com. And my favorite birthday gift was a plane ticket to visit my sister in Michigan and that visit also included going to a Po' Girl concert in Ann Arbor. Thanks so much, Mary.

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  30. My favorite birthday surprise was when my DH proposed to me and gave me the diamond he hand picked-it was perfect!

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  31. Well, it wasn't a surprise but it was a great birthday gift -- a few months ago my husband, son and I took a trip to Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales. It was actually a combination birthday gift and 30th anniversary gift and it was wonderful.

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  32. My Best Birthday included 5 friends, tutus, tiara s and toes. We wore custommade tutus in colors suiting each personality...for three days we cavorted about centrally located Des Moines IA with our pedicured toes, tutus and tiaras. We did photo shoot out on the Bridges of Madison County. Thanks for sending the pdf. Happy Birthday!!

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  33. gorgeous collection of pillows, the quilt and the table topper...and my favorite birthday surprise? would have to be free fabric of course!

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  34. My best birthday ever was 9 years ago when my family and friends through a big party for me. They made a hilarious remembrance video, hired someone to come teach the group shag dancing, and included in the guest list so many friends from over the years! Fun! Hope your birthday week is fun too! Thanks for sharing the gifts with us ! cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  35. Happy birthday Sarah! May your day be filled with pleasant little surprises. And a cake! lol.
    My favourite BD surprise was shopping for a new vehicle and when we (DH and I) went inside to sign the papers, DH said "put it to her name. I want her to be able to borrow too so she needs a build credibility." I thought that was so sweet. (Yes, he did still pay for it. :^D) My most romantic gift is any day that I come home and there's candles alighted on the table and diner is ready! Enjoy your day! ;^)

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  36. Happy Birthday, Sarah! You are off to a great start for a grand year! These quilts and pillows are so vibrant. Your designs really make them sing! And your photo shoot site is perfect.
    I'm extremely tough to surprise apparently. But my sweet mom managed to surprise me a few times and one time it was with a wonderful rustic birdhouse that I love and enjoy everyday. It's a sweet memory of her for me.

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  37. Boy, you've had fun with these fabrics, that's for certain! Glad you've asked us to help you celebrate - Happy Birthday from one October Girl to Another! My best birthday surprise was last year when my husband flew both our kids into town for my birthday - they surprised me during the Bed Turning at our Quilt Show - I had happy tears and all my friends thought something was wrong. Nope, just happy tears!

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  38. Happy Birthday. My best birthday was 40 when my twin sister and I left our families and flew to paris for a week. when we were young we had planned it for 30 but, we both were in graduate school.

    I love the quilt and would love to make one --- I have never used orange as a backround-- How fabulous
    plese send me a pdf
    sharongalli(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. Decades ago when i was in college, a few close friends drove all the way to my college to throw me a surprise party. My roommate was roped in to plan for the party and I did not smell a rat. I was touched. That was a memorable birthday.

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  40. my favorite bday treat is cinnamon ice cream from coldstone creamery.

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  41. Love your use of red/orange and would like to give it a whirl, please pdf me! My favorite birthday surprise was a trip to New Orleans...it was fantastic. My birthday is coming up soon, wonder what's in store this year? Thanks Caltexgal@aol.com

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  42. Oh those colors! They just glow intensely on my computer screen--bet they're amazing in person. My favorite birthday is a trip downtown to browse the antique store and sushi after. Happy Birthday!

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  43. This is so wonderful! My favorite birthday suprise was a lichen covered rock my friend (now husband) sent me that he'd found while hiking on my birthday.

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  44. My husband surprised me with a trip to visit my son and granddaughter in another state. It was a great gift...I really missed them. I love your mat, I made them for my sewing girls for Christmas last year.

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  45. Gift cards to Jo Ann's. jetanner31@gmail.com

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  46. gift cards from Jo Anns. jetanner31@gmail.com

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  47. One year my hubby found a ceramic artist that built a ceramic Castle that was built brick by little brick. It took 18 months and stands about 20 inches high and is made so you can look down into the courtyards . My dragons Love It!!!!

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  48. Happy Birthday, again!!! I've made many different sewing machine mats, but, I like your little pockets on the big pockets. I may use that idea for my next mat.

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  49. Please send me the pdf of your quilt pattern. It is beautiful.

    I love the shot cottons. They have such depth of color. My favorite birthday present was a small hammer that my hubby gave me so I could put up wall hangings in my studio. The end of the handle unscrewed and he put in a $50 bill so I could go fabric shopping!

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  50. Happy birthday, Sarah--hope you have a wonderful day celebrating & don't have to cook (that's the best present IMO)! Love the background for your last photo, and all your projects...fall is a great season for decorating. I'd like the directions for the bohemian quilt please--it is adorable! As for my favorite birthday surprise--2 yrs ago my daughter & sister-in-law conspired over many months to surprise me with a signature quilt in honor of a milestone bday. They gathered lots of blocks from friends & relatives, and it made me cry when I opened up the present to see the finished quilt. It is such a treasure!

    booksherry3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. Hi Sarah,
    Please send me the pattern for that sweet quilt.
    And my favorite birthday surprise was a bundle of perfect fabrics from my non-quilting, non-sewing daughter. melodymartin40 at hotmail dot com

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  52. My husband would buy me roses for my birthday, which is in the summer. They would wilt within a couple days. So he started buying me rose bushes early in the season, so I could enjoy my roses for months before my birthday.
    I wish I had the energy you have to get so much done. I would love a copy of your pattern. Thank you. ndfromsd at gmaildotcom

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  53. My best birthday surprise was my 50th birthday. Both of my sisters and their hubs flew in and surprised me and then we all went to Canada to Fairmont Hot Springs

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  54. Whoops, sorry. I didn't leave my e-mail address It is: technoturt@yahoo.com

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  55. Beautiful! I love the Moroccan tiles quilt and would appreciate a PDF of the tutorial. My email is lminnich (at) gmail dot com.

    I'm not very big on surprises, so tend to be explicit about what I'd like to receive or do for my birthday. So I was pretty pleased when one year my husband did surprise me with a gift card to my favorite local spa and a basket of goodies to go along with it. Totally picked out by him, as I think that year I was adamant about wanting/needing a toaster oven. :)

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  56. My favorite birthday surprise several times has been jewelry--and I don't have much jewelry at all. Some my husband bought for me, and some my sister made for me. I'd love to have a copy of the tutorial--I support a local charity, and this looks like it would be a great pattern to use some of my stash. Of course, I'd also love to win your give away too. rgbeasley@hotmail.com

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  57. I follow you through email and you have your very own spot in my favorites! tweetyb936@aol.com

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  58. I just love your little sitting spot- so pretty!
    My favorite birthday surprise is a tough one.. i dont get many surprises.. getting to do anything i want - like sewing, of course, wins for me!
    Thanks so much for the opportunity!!
    Amyscrapspot@gmail.com

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  59. Happy Happy Birthday! Forgot to mention that I would love a pdf for the quilt pattern. Thanks so much!! tweetyb936@aol.com

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  60. Love the Morroccan Tiles. Please send me the pdf.
    wheelco4@gmail.com

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  61. My family doesn't do much for birthdays mainly have a BBQ at the house. However, they do up Christmas really well and my best surprise for Christmas was when my mom called the week before and said pack a bag we are getting on a boat tomorrow! The boat just happened to be a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that we spent Christmas on with the whole family!!! Please send me a pdf readingtirzah at yahoo.com

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  62. My goodness I do love that really bright blue fabric. I think the biggest surprise I ever had was winning a freezer from my local grocery store. It was a shock because I hadn't even entered a contest that I knew about. It was some food that I purchased that caused me to be entered.

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  63. My most recent birthday surprise was my husband planning our summer trip so my birthday would coincide with a stop at Lewis and Clark Caverns on my birthday. It was a marvelous treat! I would really like the pdf for the pattern, when you have time. Thank you!

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  64. Happy Birthday! I adore this material, it displays such beautiful bright colours and I love what you've made with them. My best birthday surprise was a lap quilt made for me by my sister-in-law in England. It's beautiful, it's got reds in it (my favourite colour) and greens to match my couch. Love it. :-)

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  65. My best ever birthday surprise was a trip to New York City on the 50th birthday arranged by my husband. BEST TRIP EVER!

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  66. I love your Moroccan design! Could you send me the PDF? goldnplum at (gmail) dot com

    Birthday surprise--hmm, My husband is always romantic and thoughtful...but, a friend brought over some flowers this year. Totally unexpected and nice of her. :)

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  67. parabéns Sarah!!!!!Meu aniversário saio para jantar fora com amigos,este ano ganhei coisas para casa...sniff.
    Tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail .com

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  68. Happy birthday! My best ever birthday surprise was a surprise party--I had been pretty down and it meant so much to me.

    livingincolorblog(at)outlook(dot)com

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  69. A 1966 Citroen 2CV wrapped with bows in the driveway!

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  70. I love birthday surprises. The mister surprised me with a set of Bloc-Loc rulers one year because he heard me say they looked neat. Thanks for the chance to win and I hope you are having a great birthday weekend! sarah123quilt (AT) gmail [dot] com

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  71. My best surprise was when my son showed up for my birthday--he lives across the continent. There he was when I came home from work!
    The best birthday gift I got was when my husband said--I keep telling you to get a new sewing machine, so he drove me an hour to the sewing machine store and I got a Janome with a deep throat and lots of bells and whistles. I almost cried every time I used it for the first few months. I felt so privileged.
    Thanks for the giveaway
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  72. My favorite birthday surprise now happens (with luck) every year! My husband and son make a special burnt almond cake for me - and dinner too! Originally they would buy the cake, but the bakeries stopped making them so they figured out how to make. It's always delicious, but each year they try to improve it so it's always different. Just have it that one time a year so very special to me. It's wonderful that they make it together too. Thanks for the chance! And Happy Birthday to you too - I enjoy your blog. junedodge at gmail dot com : )

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  73. My best gift is the one my love gave me last may for my birthday in november. My Janome Horizon 8200!!!!!

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  74. My best birthday surprise was a surprise party my husband gave me for my 50th. It was so cute of him to go to all that effort. Thanks for sharing the great giveaway!

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  75. Happy Birthday! If I get anything that is quilting related that is my best birthday. One year my husband bought a Kaffe kit and it was so wonderful. I would love the pdf please.

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  76. Happy birthday Sarah!!! Thanks for sharing the birthday love with this great giveaway!! I would love to have the pattern too! Kaffe is one of my all time favorite designers because of his bright and bold fabrics!!
    For my 40th, my sis and hubby planned a huge surprise. Took me to a hotel in Sedona, secretly flew in my brother and Sil from ny, aunt from Vt, and cousins from texas! After a great weekend, I got to return to California with my family. Then my sister surprised me with my bff from my, a night on the Queen Mary and a trip to Catalina Island. I will never forget it as long as I live!!
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  77. One of my best Birthdays was my hubby to me a really nice restaurant and all my family was there. I was greatly surprised. My. Email is tazachary89@yahoo dot com
    I LOVE the sewing machine mat and a HUGE fan of Kaffe fabrics!!

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  78. I remember getting up the morning of my 8th or 9th birthday and finding a shiny purple Stingray bicycle (with banana seat!) at my spot at the breakfast table. I had learned to ride on a very old, hard to pedal bicycle so I super excited to have something new of my very own.
    (I think you are one of the folks that can actually see my email, but: bolderbaker.at.gmail.dot.com, just in case)

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  79. My Birthday is between Christmas and New Years Eve. And I have 4 family members who are in the same week, so it's never been a big deal. Especially after my daughter moved away, 1000 miles! A few years ago for my 5th my girlfriends surprised me with a fancy lunch out! Love the machine mat, haven't made mine yet!

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  80. My fav birthday gift was when my husband invited my son and his family to my restaurant birthday dinner.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
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  81. my favorite is if my husband remembers if i don't remind him. he's done pretty good so far. lol love my kaffe fabs finishing on now in cobalts and purples and starting one now with some of his black and white prints and stripes and purple of course. i started quilting because of his fabrics. always exciting.

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  82. I would love a copy of the quilt pattern!
    My best birthday surprise was when my husband bought me an antique hall tree, I had been wanting one for a long time and when I commented to my friend how much I liked her's, she talked to my husband and sold it to him.
    missysaprons@gmail.com
    I love your photo spot BTW!

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  83. Please send a copy of the quilt pattern; it's beautiful! The bonus pillows are gorgeous, too. All that saturated color just makes my heart go pitter pat :)

    It's been years since I've gotten a birthday surprise; I don't exchange birthday gifts with any other adults. But a few years ago when I turned 50, my parents surprised me with a beautiful flower arrangement in the shape of a birthday cake! It lasted for weeks and made me crave cake every time I looked at it :)

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  84. Yes, please, I would like a copy of the tutorial!
    My favorite birthday surprise was the year I turned 50 and came home to find my front yard decorated with bras...at least 100 of them! My friends did the deed and hung signs to say "We Support You!" what fun!

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  85. I would love the tutorial mfunk1 at satx dot rr dot com.
    I guess I'll go with my 50th. that was 10years ago and it was memorable because my DH put 50 candles on my cake in a very small area. Then he lit it and I thought the curtains were going to go up in flames. LOL

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  86. Love the quilt! Please send a PDF tutorial to prjule at gmail dot com
    Favorite gift was from hubby, a beautiful jewelry box!

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  88. Can't recall any real surprises. Although in restrospect, it surprises me that mom and dad let me have a slumber party, with a 5 week old baby brother in the house-sleeping through the night, first time in his bed alone! Great quilt, it sings! lutzcats@gmail.com

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  89. Can't recall any real surprises. Although in restrospect, it surprises me that mom and dad let me have a slumber party, with a 5 week old baby brother in the house-sleeping through the night, first time in his bed alone! Great quilt, it sings! lutzcats@gmail.com

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  90. The best birthday surprise I ever received was when my sweetheart gave me a gorgeous diamond ring and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes, and we will celebrate our 10th anniversary next May.
    juliek dot quilts at gmail dot com

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  91. My DH gave me a puppy. We got in the car for a trip to the go cart track but ended up picking up fur baby instead! I had her love for 14 years!

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  92. Happy Birthday! My favorite birthday surprise was a good chunk of spending money for the Vermont Shop Hop several years ago. It was such fun and I still have not used all the fabric I bought! I would love to have a copy of the Moroccan tile quilt tutorial. b.burnett1@myfairpoint.net

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  93. Happy Happy Birthday!! :)

    My favorite birthday surprise was when our girls made me a birthday cake that looked like a Merry-go-round! Did great job..were 11 & 12 years old then...even had candles! Was Awesome surprise!!
    Love your lil' sittin spot, by the smokehouse! Your Tablecloth is Gorgeous!!

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  94. Happy Birthday Sarah! My favorite birthday surprise was a male dancer at a local club, many years ago. My best friend came up with the idea. They sat me down in the middle of the dance floor and the entertainment began. Talk about being embarrassed! But it sure was fun.

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  95. HappyBirthday! My best surprise was a trip to Montreal when I was 18! Lots of fun seeing then sights of the big city! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  96. Happy Birthday to you! I had a wonderful birthday surprise when my niece invited me to visit for a few days. On my birthday her 4 year old son made me a birthday card - so colorful and sweet. Howland space quilt at g mail dot com. Thanks.

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  97. Happy Birthday! Your quilt is STUNNING! I'll take a pdf copy please!

    Sadly, I can't remember a birthday surprise. BUT...I have a favorite gift that I gave myself! A nook w/glow light e-reader. I use it every single night! Thx for the chance to win!

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  98. First of all, Happy Birthday! Well, I guess having my twins born 7 days before my birthday (26 years ago) was my best birthday surprise. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  99. I'm a zebra fanatic, and my biggest birthday surprise was when my husband gave me a statue for the lawn of a zebra, the size of a live zebra foal! At the last minute, he had to be away that year for my birthday, and when he called me to tell me about it and apologize, I told him it would be ok if he gave me a life sized zebra, just for fun, of course, and never expecting to get one! In fact, my husband thinks I have way more zebras than I need already, so I didn't expect him to ever buy me any zebras. So he really surprised me when he got me this amazing statue, by far the largest of all my zebras! He ordered it on line, so it arrived via FedEx when he wasn't even here!

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  100. Here's wishing you a great birthday! My story is not my favorite birthday surprise but it is one of my most memorable. I was 7 months pregnant with our third child when my husband phoned me in the morning of my birthday to tell me that a couple was coming by to look at our house that evening. We had been trying to sell our house ourselves for several months. So I rushed through the day cleaning, scrubbing and even ironing to make my house sparkle and shine. At the appointed time of 6 pm, I opened the door to discover my mom, dad, and all my 4 siblings on my doorstep wishing me a "Surprise! Happy Birthday." There was my husband behind them holding pizzas for supper for everyone. This was his idea of throwing me a surprise party. I was not amused and was too tired to enjoy it. Let's just say he's never thrown me another surprise party.
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  101. My birthday surprise was just going out to dinner with friends and being surprised by their bringing out a cake for me. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  102. Happy Birthday I suppose the handmade card I received from my children when they were small were always the best gifts. I loved them.

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  103. 4 years ago , my Birthday surprise was a Springsteen concert
    weekend getaway !!!
    Thank you . kcummings71@gmail.com

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  104. I would love a copy of your instructions for the title for the Morocco tiles for the pillow (I'm always making pillow covers😁). Also interested in the Jelly Rolls by Kaffe Shot Cottons (I've never used or actually seen and felt "Shot Cottons). Happy Birthday to you also!! My Birthday is next month Nov 27th. Every 7yrs mine falls on Thanksgiving. Hopping your B-day was a memorable and fun day!
    Jeri Oldtisme@aol.com

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  105. Happy Birthday!My favorite gift is celebrate it with family and eating a chocolate cake!!

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  106. Hi Sarah, I'd love a PDF of your tutorial and thanks for the great giveaways. Hope your birthday was great! wonderlust57@hotmail.com

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  107. Happy Birthday! I hope the happiness you share all through the year comes back to you on your birthday, Sarah.

    My biggest birthday surprise was the year I received a marriage proposal. I didn't end up marrying that sweet boy, but at the time I thought I was going to, so that made it a lovely and memorable birthday. (I was still in high school, so it was all very romantic...)

    I would very much appreciate a copy of your Moroccan Tiles quilt. My dad was stationed in Morocco in WW2, so that gives it extra meaning to me.

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  108. My husband bought me a gorgeous agate bracelet he saw in a shop whilst on a business trip I was truly surprised and when I asked how he came to buy it he said "well it's purple and that's your favourite colour ".

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  109. Happy Birthday to you! My favorite birthday surprise was a trip for my 50th birthday to Punta Cana. My husband planned and arranged it all so that all I had to do was pack my bags. Thanks!

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  110. My hubby arranged a surprise bday dinner for me and invited all my friends for my 40th
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  111. Happy Birthday!! I have never received a surprise birthday present.

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  112. Happy Birthday! I hope you do like I do and celebrate for days--my record so far is 30 days, and I try to beat it every year. One of my favorite birthday surprises was seeing a young man holding a flower bouquet walking toward the front door of my California workplace, and then realizing it was my younger son, who was in college then in Boston--I had NO idea he was coming for a visit. But my all my colleagues knew, so I was shooed out of work early to enjoy his company. Later that night he had me close my eyes and gave me a hint of my "real" gift--a light bulb with a tiny basket hanging below it, and two tiny stick people inside the basket. He had reserved two spaces on a hot air balloon ride the next morning--150 miles away! He knew that was one thing I really wanted to try, so he made it happen. Love that kid; obviously his mother raised him right!

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  113. One year I had mentioned I would like to go see a Patsy Cline show in downtown Baltimore (when we lived in Md) and then forgot about it. My husband made up some elaborate story about going out to dinner with his boss in Baltimore and once we got to the restaurant he spilled the beans that we weren't dining with his boss but after dinner he was taking me to the show!! It was so sweet!!

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  114. Happy Birthday!
    I prefer quiet celebrations with my sweetheart so no surprises I can share.

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  115. Happy birthday! I honestly don't like surprises but my husband manages to surprise me every year! The best was when he was preparing to deploy for Iraq and he was able to get leave and take me out for dinner on my birthday. He returned early in the morning and I didn't get to see him for a few more months. It was a great surprise. I hope you get lots of great surprises for your birthday this year! Thanks for hosting!

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  116. I would absolutely love a copy of your Moroccan tiles pattern! I love it! Kristine.w.Clay @ Gmail.com thanks so much!

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  117. My fav birthday surprise--quilt fabric from a shop in Tokyo, from my DH! Love your undercover maker mat! ~graceandpeacequilting at gmail dot com

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  118. Probably a surprise party when I was 12.
    chamois44(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  119. Happy birthday! And thanks for all the wonderful eye candy. I love that pillow! My favorite birthday surprise was when my daughters invited me out to dinner for my 50th birthday. We showed up at the restaurant and my whole extended family was there!

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  120. My favorite birthday surprise was when my husband brought me to the Houston quilt show a few years ago......my first time to go! We stayed at the Hilton Americas....a great trip!

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  121. Oh what luscious colors!!! I'm in love! My biggest birthday surprise was my 45th birthday when I was totally surprised by a party with five good friend couples ALL COMPLETELY planned by my husband! We showed up at the chosen restaurant for dinner out and there they all were! Then we went to one couples home for yummy desserts and actual presents. It filled my heart with joy especially since my 61years young mother had suddenly died of a heart attack on my 44th birthday.

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  122. Love, love your artisan tiles! The colors are so wonderful. There is something so satisfying about making cushions, I have hust finished six to coordinate with quilts I made for our family. Happy Birthday!

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  123. My favourite birthday surprise was when my husband took the day off work to spend with me on my birthday last year. I wasn't expecting it all and he took me out for lovely lunch. x

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  124. I would be so happy and surprised if someone baked me a cake for my birthday. No one has since I was a kid! Lots of birthday suppers and good wishes, but no cake. Sigh. :(

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  125. My favorite gift came between my birthday and our anniversary. My husband went to a garage sale and found a Singer Featherweight and bought it for me. It is in fantastic condition and was such a surprise.

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  126. I would appreciate receiving the tutorial for the small lap size quilt. I just love the colors of it. You did a wonderful job.

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  127. My favorite birthday surprise was that my husband asked me to marry him and he gave me an engagement right.

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  128. I'd love a copy of the quilt tutorial, it's stunning!

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  129. My husband is just terrible at picking out gifts, but one birthday her surprised me with a tennis bracelet that was just beautiful--this coming from a man that bought me a bag of cinnamon disk candy and argyle socks for our first Valentine's Day together. I was SO pleasantly surprised. Thanks for the giveaway. Bschnellenberger@gmail.com

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  130. I just spent the weekend with my parents - 80 and 84. We celebrated my birthday by making a pecan pie cake and eating onion rings. I would love a copy of the tutorial. I will need to watch for that fabric. I have a soft spot for batiks. Lisarcast. At. Gmail

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  131. Happy Birthday. My favorite surprise was when I was 7 I got my very own rocking chair for my bedroom. I would like a copy of the tiles quilt pattern. Thanks Darlene dhoctor@sbcglobal.net

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  132. Hugs on your Birthday! Hope you are having a great one.
    My BD falls so close to Mother's Day that I don't really get a BD gift. My favorite gift was for Christmas Day a dozen years ago. My hubby went off the grid (out on his own away from any list) and got me an easel with storage for paints and brushes. It's a lovely thing.
    Hugs

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  133. I'd love a copy of the tutorial! laurendmatheson at gmail.com

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  134. Happy Birthday, one year a friend of mine drove me around a whole bunch of wineries so I could drink wine and he was my designated driver, so sweet. grecomara at gmail dot com

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  135. My husband bought me a new sewing machine the year before last and an iPad last birthday - don't know how he's gonna top that this year! 😀

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  136. My husband surprised me with Chanel No 5 perfume, in the classic glass bottle. At 70, I'm old enough to remember when it was better known, and I treasure it and use it!

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  137. My favorite birthday surprise was a weekend trip to Atlantic City with my husband (then boyfriend). We blew through our allotted play money really quickly, but had lots of fun on the beach and boardwalk. I'd love the pattern sent to me at erin (dot) mypatchworklife (at) gmail (dot) com. It's lovely! Thanks!

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  138. Happy birthday Sarah! Thanks for sharing your goodies!
    I had two special birthday surprises - when I turned 50, my hubby and kids threw a surprise party for me! I had NO idea that anything was up... They even invited a very special friend, who drove about 2.5 hours to come to the party! Then, 2 years ago, my best birthday surprise ever was the announcement that I was going to be a grandmother! What a blessing! My grandson will be 2 in January, and we'll be "getting" another grandson in time for Christmas!

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  139. My favorite birthday surprise was when I turned 40 years ago and received a whole basket of individually wrapped gifts. Each gift related with humor to "getting old". I opened them in the staff room for everyone to enjoy. We all had quite a laugh over them at the time.

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  140. Yes I would love the instructions for your beautiful quilt. And in case I forgot to include my email address yesterday for the table cover, I would like that too please!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net
    My best birthday surprise was the surprise birthday party my daughter held for me when I turned 60. She totally pulled it off . . . I had NO idea!!

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  141. Fantastic designs - just love them! I would love the pdf! Thank you! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)edu

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  142. I love any birthday when I get to see family which sadly doesn't happen very often anymore..Super designs! Would love to have the PDF - what a job you have created for yourself offering to all of us! Thanks so much! jenscantvienneau@rogers.com

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  143. When we moved to our 2nd house, I went from sewing on my dining table table to having a spare bedroom as a sewing studio. As a birthday surprise, my husband took a day off work and installed floor to ceiling shelves on one wall of the room. That was over 20 years ago, but I still smile when I think of that wonderful birthday surprise.
    hijoffeATgmailDOTcom

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  144. Your backdrop is perfect for quilts and your photos turned out so well. These are bright fun colors. One year my husband surprised me with a serger for my graduation and birthday. I was shocked, but I still love the machine he picked out for me all by himself.

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  145. I love your quilt and pillows! The colours are so vibrant! I got a surprise party when I turned 30 that was totally unexpected.

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  146. My favorite birthday surprise was in 1975. We had been married seven months and I had been washing our laundry in the bath tub with a washboard and hanging it on the line.
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  147. we had a party to celebrate my 60th birthday a few years ago and my dear sister flew in to celebrate it with me. It was very special for me!

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  148. Thanks for sharing your beautiful Moroccan Tiles quilt with us & HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  149. I think this I pad that my husband surprised me with a few years ago is the most used gift I have ever received. I never thought that I would use it as much as I do.

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  150. I forgot to add that I would love a PDF fo the pattern. Quilts204@gmail.com.

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  151. One year my husband surprised me with tickets to see Celtic Women in Boston , during St Patrick's Day weekend. We got to see our daughter , too.
    Love your projects!! Please email me your tutorial! Susie at Legato1958@aol.com.

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  152. It wasn't a surprise, but my favorite birthday was spent at the Grand Canyon on a trip to the southwest for our 25th wedding anniversary. I'd also like to have the PDF for your quilt karenadd@gmail.com. Thanks so much for sharing your many projects and have a happy birthday!

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  153. THat is a sweet gift! I love all the projects that you did - you must never sleep. My favorite Bday was a surprise trip to the mountains to hike all day, it doesn't sound like much - but - my birthday is the same day as school starts - every stinkin' year - so they had to plan ahead and get me all packed up with out me knowing about it.

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  154. No real birthday surprises but the grandkids make each birthday especially special. I'd love a pdf copy please. ctbledsoe(at)gmail(dot)com

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  155. My best birthday surprise was taking a pregnancy test to find out I was pregnant with my oldest daughter! I'd love a copy of the pattern please. tandrejack(at)gmail(dot)com

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  156. One of my favorite birthdays, my husband kicked me out of the house (sent me over to my mom's) he cleaned the house, bought me a cake and had my parents, my siblings, and his parents all come over to celebrate.

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  157. I would love a copy of the pattern crystal_jordan_235 (at)hotmail (dot) com

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  159. Craig took me to see the Blues vs. Blackhawks game on my birthday in Chicago when we were visiting his family. That was a big treat, but even better was when the section that we were sitting in found out it was my birthday and sang to me!! Blackhawks fans actually singing "Happy Birthday" to a Blues fan who just happened to be wearing a Blues jersey!!

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  160. As an admitted Kaffe addict with no wish to be cured I would love a copy of the tutorial for your amazing quilt using his new Artisan collection! scrip10@yahoo.ca Thank you for keeping my addiction going ;-)

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  161. Happy, happy birthday! I just love the hst pillow!! My favorite birthday surprise came a few years ago. My husband is not a good cook so he enlisted my sister in law to make a wonderful dinner with my favorite dessert. I had no idea till she showed up at my door.

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  162. Happy birthday week! Birthdays should last a week. Please send me a pdf of the tutorial as I adore your quilt and pillows. My email is FabriCatz@aol.com. My husband planned a surprise birthday party for me and I never suspected anything was going on (my birthday is the week before Christmas and isn't a convenient time for celebrating - which is okay as I get older).

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  163. Love the lap quilt! I'm requesting a pdf copy of your tutorial. email is: kgracewitte@gmail.com and, THANK YOU!

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  164. Happy Birthday. I love your quilt and would be delighted if you would send me a copy. lynnmcindoe@gmail.com

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  165. Happy Birthday. I love your quilt and would be delighted if you would send me a copy. lynnmcindoe@gmail.com

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  166. When I first started working my friends surprised me with a party. They blindfolded me and took me out to dinner--even walked me into the restaurant blindfolded, and we had a table at the way back! Very fun! Love your quilt, and I'd love to get a copy of your tutorial for it! Thanks for sharing!

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  167. My birthday is in August. My favorite birthday surprise is fresh juicy peaches. Some years I can find them, other years, NO.

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  168. One year my husband got me an iPad for my birthday because my boys thought I should have one. Gorgeous fabric and gorgeous projects!

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  169. What great colours. That pillow caught my eye. I love (and have received) gift certificates to my LQS.

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  170. My favorite birthday surprise is having my family call and sing me happy birthday from across the country. It makes me smile and miss them as they do it when they are all together. It is not necessarily a surprise, but I never know when they are going to do it.

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  171. May I please get a copy of the PDF of the tutorial for the quilt. It is absolutely stunning, and I love the block shape! christina.mugg at gmail.com

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  172. Beautiful lap quilt and pillow. Please send me PDF file. Thanks!

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  173. My best birthday surprise was having a special lunch with my girlfriends for my 50th. It was a great day. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  174. Your quilt and pillows are beautiful. I'd love a PDF. Thanks again, grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  175. Favorite b-day surprise? Flowers! And I'd love a pdf of the quilt pattern - it's wonderful! stitchedbysusan@gmail.com. Thank you.

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  176. Happy birthday. I love birthdays (I am 74) -- it is a celebration of life and not getting older. Love the vibrant colors. My birthday surprise-- many years my husband gave me a surprise party. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  177. my best birthday present is books and gift cards. I would love a copy of the pattern please, mattandtam01@optusnet.com.au. Thank you & happy birthday

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  178. My first car was a Plymouth Fury. My favorite birthday surprise was my husband baking a cake from scratch for me, and I would love to follow the tutorial for this beautiful quilt. tonilachance@gmail.com

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  179. Never had a birthday surprise. But I have had other surprises for Valentine Day etc.....
    monica(at)icanquilt2(dot)com

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  180. Hi Sarah, I have just arrived at your site after searching In vain for a Moroccan Tile pattern ,I could not find one I liked at all until I saw your Beautiful Fabulous quilt you have a great eye for colour, I was amazed and punched the air when I saw you were offering a tutorial,please please could you kindly sent me the details, you will make my day. Best Birthday or anytime presents anything Quilty.
    Thanks once again you are awesome.
    Suewarby@aol.com

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