Monday, January 23, 2017

Roses, Roses Everywhere... and a Giveaway!


Hi, all!

The day has finally arrived - the big reveal day for the projects I have made with Rambling Rose, a new line of fabric by Tanya Whelan for Free Spirit Fabrics!  

When Free Spirit contacted me back before Christmas to see if I would like to help promote another line of fabric for them, of course I said YES!  It's so much fun to play with a new line of fabric and come up with fun designs - and it really stretches me out of my comfort zone sometimes.  That's a good thing!

Rambling Rose is a beautiful line of fabrics - soft pastels in white, pink, and light blue, with a few robin's egg blue and reds thrown in for spice.  Paired with Tanya Whelan's trademark roses, they have a distinctly feminine flair!  As with all Free Spirit fabrics, they have a lovely hand, and sew up beautifully.  You can read Tanya's own thoughts about her fabric line on the Free Spirit Fabrics blog by clicking here.

I knew immediately upon seeing these fabrics that I wanted to make a quilt - something sweet and feminine and yet distinctive. 



 I went through my Pinterest boards - a place where I keep all the ideas that catch my eye - and found a block that had potential.  Later I was looking through Find My Pins, which shows what people are pinning from your website, and notice that this version was pinned a lot from a Wednesday scrap blogpost.  



As cute as this block is, I was looking for something on a larger scale, so I re-designed it as a one-block quilt.  I'm really loving the way this turned out!



I chose Kona Honeydew as the background fabric.  Its springlike green was the perfect complement for these fabrics.  


I used fussy-cut bands of the Gingham Ticking fabric for the border, and Framed Rosebuds for the binding.  


The front of the quilt only used ten of the prints, though, and I wanted to show all of them - so I made a simple charm squares back for this quilt using all twenty-one prints!


Lots of swirled quilting gives it lovely texture, too!


But with two little girlies of my own, and all that beautiful feminine fabric, I couldn't stop at just a quilt!  


A pair of twirly skirts were definitely in order...


I just love the boots with them, don't you?  


Definitely twirly!


I made a pair of reversible headbands to coordinate with their skirts, too!


You can really see the back of the quilt in this picture - all those beautiful prints made for a lovely and totally reversible quilt - and a great picnic blanket!


A wonderful place for a tea party...


...even when your "tea" is roses!


Aren't little girl knees the cutest?

I also made some sweet little hexie trinket bowls...


...and a rope bowl, wrapping the clothesline with narrow strips of the fabric used on the quilt front.  See that little nosegay on the lip of the bowl?  I found the dark green leaves, made of glass and wire, tucked away in my stash of antique buttons.  I don't know where they came from, but they were certainly perfect for this project!


I had so much fun playing with this fabric - the beautiful colors and designs were certainly a welcome change from the winter weather we've been experiencing!  So if you need a little something to brighten your day, look for some Rambling Rose - it's guaranteed to do the job!


My sweet little models certainly like it!!

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And now for the fun stuff!


I have two bundles of Rambling Rose (eighteen fat quarters in each) left over from my projects.  Who wants one?  Here's how to get in the running...

1.  Leave a comment below.  Let's make it interesting - if you have a smart phone, open up a new message and tap the center autofill box five or six times.  What message did you get?  Mine was "The first thing is to make"!  If you don't have a smart phone, tell us what you do to beat the mid-winter blues.

2.  If you're a follower of my blog, leave a second comment for an additional entry in the giveaway.

That's it - easy peasy!  I'll draw two winners next Sunday and post them on Monday, January 30th.  

Thanks for joining me for the big reveal!  It's been fun, hasn't it?

Hugs!

Sarah

NOTE:  There will be a tutorial for this quilt during the Stunning Stars Quilt Along, which begins 1/29/17 and goes for six weeks, through 3/5/17.  I'm not sure which week yet, so check them all!  There will be six different quilts featured, all with a star theme.  And there are links to the tutorials for the skirts, headbands, trinket dishes, and rope bowl on this post.

391 comments:

  1. You certainly did a lot of sewing with these fabrics, wow! I paint watercolors from my flower and landscape photos to beat the winter grays.

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  2. As an avid follower of this blog, I am always amazed by the breadth of your work and consistency of its posting and projects. Thank you for taking the time to document your work.

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  3. What beautiful fabrics, and dresses. Everything you made is awesome. I do have a smartphone, tapped but received no message. To beat the mid-winter blues, I try to sew/quilt more, lol.

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  4. I am a long-time follower of your blog :)

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  5. I keep my bird feeder full and enjoy watching the five pairs of cardinals that eat there every day along with many other birds including woodpeckers and blue jays. The feeder can be seen from my office window or my sewing room window.

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  6. I've been a follower of your blog for several years now.

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  7. So many possibilities. Visual, fragrant beauty. The fabrics will be perfect for making either a Dresden plate or Grandmother's fan quilt with a scalloped border. Mix up the rose prints for the blades and background in the blocks. Thanks for the chance to receive this fabric bundle.

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  8. I am a blog follower. My quilting day starts off with your blog and coffee. Can't think of a better way to get the day started. Donna Weeks aka Momma Llama

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  9. Lovely projects here. You are lucky to have girls and being able to make some twirly skirts. I have 3 boys so those gorgeous flower fabrics would really be MINE, lol. Thanks for the chance to win. To chase the winter blues, I open the curtains all the way out to let all the light in. (I don't open them that must in the summer.) I also like to feed the wild birds. They now come and feed out of my hand. So cool. ;^)

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  10. I follow you via blogger. Love to see what magic came out of your sewing machine. ;^)

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  11. Hmmm. Sounds like fun but nothing happened when I tapped! I guess I have a blank page to start my day with...perfect. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  12. I look forward to your blogs on BlogLovin. Seriously, your posts are always so positive that you are one of my favorite bloggers. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  13. LOL So, that was fun! I found this message, "Guess what? C.. is pregnant! " Hubby's niece just let us know she's expecting baby #3, which is a great thing and a wonderful excuse to start a new quilt!

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  14. I play music and clean! Thank you for the chance!
    tghjlw at gmail dot com

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  15. I follow you on Feedly so I never miss a post! :)
    tghjlw at gmail dot com

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  16. Those girls look like they couldn't be happier with their twirly skirts. They also look ready for spring. Just yesterday, I decided I couldn't take the dark and grey any more and swapped our usual winter tablecloth for a summer one. It's a madras plaid with yellow and orange and lime green. It looks both 100% wonderful and 100% out of place and I couldn't be happier. If we don't get more sun soon, I may do a 'Scarlet O'Hara' and make that tablecloth into a dress for me!

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  17. I follow you via Feedly, and look forward to your posts every week. So much inspiration and great use of color here.

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  18. No smart phone, but I look forward to your blog, love this fabric and really want a chance to play with it!

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  19. Very pretty - your two adorable models most of all! Congrats on some great projects which perfectly captured the mood of this fabric collection.

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  20. I would love some fabric to play with. I beat the winter blues by standing in the sunlight(if there is any) for some time with the face to the sun and the eyes closed.

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  21. I tried the smart phone thing and nothing happened...maybe the operator isn't smart enough to figure out how to do it right!..Ha! Thanks for a chance to win some of this absolutely gorgeous fabric. Your projects are so cute and inspirational.

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  22. I do follow your blog and look forward to seeing all you do!

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  23. My smart phone is the land line! lol To brighten my day I put on a pot of tea, fill the crock pot and curl up with a stack of books!!

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  24. And I follow you by having you on my favorites list that I check every morning with a cup of tea

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  25. Those pinwheels have been on my list to make. Your projects are all gorgeous especially the skirts. I have been sewing away during our crazy So. Cal storm.

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  26. I follow your blog via GFC.

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  27. What a beautiful hat a beautiful fabric line. Would love to win one of the bundles. As to what to do to beat the winter blah's I am not sure I can beat them but I try by regularly playing with bright colourful fabric. No smart phone here.

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  28. Love your quilt and those darling skirts...cute models too! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  29. I follow using the news reader, Newsblur.

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  30. What a funny way to suggest a comment. I got a photo of my eldest son. They are expecting their first baby in six weeks. In the picture he is wearing the Baby B'jorn carrier and has the cat in it. He said he was practicing. Hilarious!!!

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  31. Sarah, I love following you on Bloglovin and IG. Also, LOVE the projects you came up with here - every single one and the attention to detail. So perfect. The twirly skirts are adorable - great job promoting this gorgeous feminine fabric.

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  32. Mine says: I have a great day to

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  33. Enjoy your blog and follow each post via Blogloving. I chase winter blues by stitching hearts for my sisters and sister-in-law for Valentines. Your giveaway fabrics would make great embellished hearts!

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  34. Can't wait for your tutorial of this lovely quilt! I usually try to make up lists of projects I want to complete in the coming year to banish the winter doldrums.

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  35. I'm fighting the mid-winter blues by reading quilting blogs! It works!

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  36. My way of beating the winter blues is to have beautiful fresh flowers around to cheer up the house, today I bought my first daffodils of the year. Thank you for a great giveaway. x

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  37. I follow with Bloglovin' already. x

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  38. I follow you on Instagram and blogloving. This would make the cutest baby quilt, which I need to make for my grand daughter. She's having a little girl in May.

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  39. Everything is just so pretty, love it all. My text was "OK I just want a good day", which is true.

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  40. I follow on bloglovin' and newsletter.

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  41. I don't have a smart phone - love those twirl skirts in this lovely rosey blush fabric and wish my granddaughter was old enough. Oh, definitely need boots to twirl in.

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  42. I chase away the winter blues by going to Road to California every year in January. It is "The Quilter's Superbowl".

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  43. Ok with the New York NY. (Have no idea where that came from I don't live in or text about NY!)

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  44. I follow your blog (it's one of my favorite!)

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  45. My auto message says, "Yes, you should know that the way we do that is here." Thanks for an interesting way to enter your generous giveaway. BTW, lovely projects you came up with.

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  46. I'm a long-time follower. Thanks for the 2nd opportunity to win the giveaway.

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  47. Beautiful fabric! As to beating the winter blahs, I sew and listen to my favorite music!

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  48. Mine said, "We love and the way you want it you too but we are not going through it too much." Hmm... what is my phone trying to tell me? Lol. That was fun. Beautiful projects. I love the twirly skirts! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  49. I am a follower of your blog! Keep up the good work!

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  50. Beautiful fabrics for beautiful girls! I follow on Bloglovin.

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  51. My crazy smartphone sentence is: But a bath is the only way.

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  53. Smartphone - has a better idea for a woman
    I think I'd better go sew. Sounds like a better idea than cleaning!

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  54. I'm a follower. Love the quilts you make. :-)

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  55. I quilt of course, to chase away the winter blues
    nl@ridder.ca

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  56. I follow you on Bloglovin and enjoy each blog
    nl@ridder.ca

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  57. To beat the mid winter blues, I visit my parents in Arizona for three weeks. Blissful relaxation and warmth!

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  59. BEAUTIFUL BLOG+GIVEAWAY!I like to quilt and embroider during the cold months!Thank You for sharing! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  60. Trying to keep the winter blues away by staying busy--sometimes hard when you're snowed in!

    livingincolorblog(at)outlook(dot)com

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  61. I follow via Bloglovin.

    livingincolorblog(at)outlook(dot)com

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  62. FOLLOW>BLOG LOVIN'!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  63. For the winter blues, I do a lot of sewing and follow a lot of blogs, so I can Spring coming from the southern states.

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  64. Love watching musicals to beat the winter blues; My Fair Lady, Sound of Music, Muppet Treasure Island, etc. All your projects are great today, Love the skirts, your models are the best.

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  65. I also follow your blog and look forward to everyone published and I like to see all the beautiful mission quilts. You get some done and are an inspiration to me to keep going.

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  66. I follow your blog. This fabric would look great in my daughter's room.

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  67. I love to make a quilt or two in the middle of winter with very bright cheery fabric that makes my heart sing. Thanks for the chance to win some "fabric that makes my heart sing". It reminds me of my rose garden that overflows with color each year.

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  68. right now, making vintage farm blocks by Lori Holt

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  69. I love those fabrics- truly sweet and girly. I would love to make a quilt and purses for my little girl

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    1. I beat the winter blues by reading, sewing and baking. I love being in when it's nasty outside!

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  70. No smart phone here, just the old fashioned flip phone. Sweet fabrics and the girls twirly skirts are fabulous. Easy to see why they loved them so much. Mid-winter blues never hit as long as I get to spend time sewing!

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  71. Following via my blogger dashboard.

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  72. I sew all year round but my mid winter sewing is always quilts. The rambling rose fabric is the perfect choice to bring in spring with.

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  73. No smartphone here. But love your blog!! And love that fabric!

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  74. Lovely projects you made! Love all the roses...TW fabrics are some of my favs. The Honeydew solid is gorgeous too. I like to mull over seed catalogs and visit the local conservatory where I can see beautiful plants and seasonal flower displays.

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  75. Lovely projects you made! Love all the roses...TW fabrics are some of my favs. The Honeydew solid is gorgeous too. I like to mull over seed catalogs and visit the local conservatory where I can see beautiful plants and seasonal flower displays.

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  76. Super cute! I exercise to work off the gray winter day blues!

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  77. First off, I'm drooling over all the beautiful things you made with this line of fabric! I tried the Smart Phone thing and got "I'm not going on the block list and I'll be fine" That must be my phone reminding me not to look for new projects, I have UFO's to finish :)

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  78. Just this past weekend I went on a short quilty retreat...that was a good way to beat the winter blues, but it ended up being a gorgeous 60* weekend!

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  79. I'm a follower on Blogger/Google.

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  80. Love the rosy prints! Looking forward to the star directions.
    Hugs

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  81. My smart phone is very old, so nothing happened. :-( I'm a winner anyway, just because I saw this post. I love the quilt and those skirts are so darn cute! As usual, you did an awesome job on everything.

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  82. I've happily been a follower of yours for a long time. It's always a pleasure to read your posts.

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  83. I love the quilt! I'm making a cute baby quilt in summer prints to beat the winter blues.

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  84. I sew to chase the winter blues way . Thanks for a chance to win . I love Tanya 's fabric . Janita

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  85. I go for a good long walk with my husband and our 2 dogs!

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  86. I follow your blog with Leaf on my iMac.

    ;) Linda

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  87. MIdwinter is so drab, I have to use bright, saturated colors in everything I do - my clothing, my knitting, my quilting ... strong and bright.

    :) Linda

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  88. I'm not sure I've ever suffered the Winter Blues. I'm a pretty social person so spending time with friends typically cures my blues in general.

    Your work is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  89. That quilt is absolutely stunning!

    My cell phone sentence: "We have a few days of the New York"

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  90. Also, I follow you through email notifications.

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  91. Try to keep busy helps beat winter blues. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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

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  93. I beat the winter blues by checking out quilting blogs for inspiration

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  94. I follow your blog. Thanks for the chance of a giveaway

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  95. Of course I'm a follower (via Blogger). I participate in a lot of your linky parties too! Thanks for the second chance to win.

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  96. I have a smart phone, but it's smarter than me. I don't know how to do what you asked with the auto fill feature. To beat the winter blues I like to quilt. Chain piecing is a lot of fun when I can just look out at the snow.

    The fabric is the giveaway is really cute. But your models make it look gorgeous! :)

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  97. I don't have a smart phone but I do have an antidote for winter blues. As long as the roads are passable, I go every morning to a fitness class at the local YMCA. I get energized from the workout plus I see friends there for a little social time.

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  98. I don't know how to do what you asked with the auto fill and to beat the blue days I enjoy reading and try to keep busy al day long.

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  99. I opened up the text box for my Mom and it said the most often saying that I say to her, "I love you too (you said five or six times so I kept going and it finished with) and I will be a good idea" LOL So I guess it was a good idea for my mom to have me. LOL
    missysaprons@gmail.com

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  100. Love that feminine fabric line, and especially love what you did with them! Twirly skirts! Every little girl's favorite!

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  101. Sorry, Sarah, but I'm one of those who doesn't have a smart phone. Right now we've had 5-plus dreary foggy days in a row, so to fight the midwinter blues, I pick the brightest fabrics in my stash and start a new quilt project while playing some upbeat golden oldies on the radio. Luckily my sewing area has lots of bright lighting, and starting a new project always gives me a lift, no matter what the season. Plus I just got home from a 3-day quilting retreat with my sewing friends, so that got me enthused as well. Sewing makes my heart go pitter patter!

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  102. And I follow you like a shadow...sounds creepy but it's actually admiration! LOL Love seeing what you're up to and getting ideas for my to-do list. Keep up the awesome blog.

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  103. I tried the phone thing, but it didn't say anything. Knowing me, I could have done something wrong. Not the most tech savvy person here!! LOL

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  104. I follow your blog. Thanks for the 2nd chance at winning the drawing!!

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  105. My autofill say: You are the best thing ever. I'm sure it knows I was reading your blog!

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  106. My smartphone is oooooold and going senile. Nothing happened. Hmmmm. I will say, however, that your creations are wonderful, only out done by the beautiful, sweet models! Thanks for the chance to win a fat quarter bundle!

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  107. I am a long time reader of your blog via Bloglovin! Thanks for the extra chance of winning!
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  108. What beautiful fabric, and projects, and delightful models! You are so blessed! My phone said" we have a few more weeks"!

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  109. I follow via Bloglovin. Thanks for sharing such a great giveaway!

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  110. Winter in northern Wisconsin can be brutal, but I keep new projects by my rocking chair and the fireplace. I work on quilting in the morning and a new project in the afternoon. It keeps my mind and my hands busy!

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  111. To beat the mid winter blues, I make girlie colored quilts for charity. The Rambling Rose fabric would fit the bill for sure.

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  112. I make quilts! It makes me so happy!

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  113. I like to walk in the brisk cold for mid-winter blues when the skies are blue and sunny. It's invigorating.

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  114. I follow you on Feedly. Your projects here are wonderful!

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  115. Sara, I've followed you on Blogspot for several years and am continuously amazed at all you do. Wonder Woman! When I get the mid-winter clues, I go to flowers--gardening catalogs, dreaming of daffodils, buying flowers to set on my tables, and now, a chance to win fabric flowers! I'd love to make a light and airy quilt out of those fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  116. Quilting is my winter beat the blues go to activity. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  117. My iPhone message: You are the best I have yet
    That's kinda neat!!! Thanks for the fun!!

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  118. Hey Sarah, I've been gone or a little while. I won't go there. But good news is the shop finally sold. Now did I pick a great day to come back or what. I love the star pattern and going to try and use it as a scrap buster.
    The girls and their skirts are adorable. So pretty.
    Haven't had much down time, but when I did it was spent on Pinterest looking for new scrap busting ideas. Picked up a couple. Thanks for sharing your extra fabric.

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  119. I follow your blog. I came over today from Vicki's blog though.

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  120. I follow via bloglovin

    sharongalli@gmail.com

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  121. I tried the smart phone thing and only got squiggly lines

    your little girls are quite pretty
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  122. The only problem I had was when it comes out I don't think I could get it out for free because it would have not been made for this.
    Haha ! That's my auto message. I kept tapping it because I did not know where it was going! ��

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  123. I am a long-time blog follower! 💕

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  124. I love to find "Springie" or bright fabrics on deary winter days to inspire myself to see! I am new to blogs and will try to follow you.

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  125. These are certainly some pretty feminine fabrics. Such pretty flowers and they would make a very girlie quilt for my great niece.

    How do I beat the winter blahs.... first let me say that I love winter and cold weather and snow and all the wonderful seasonal food flavors like pumpkin spice. Now let me say i like to dream and plan my next vacation adventure during the winter months. I need a little something to keep me warm during the cold spells.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  126. I follow your blog via Bloglovin and I find continuous inspiration from your blog. I hope you keep doing blogging.

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  127. My phone said, '"But Andis stories are true to the…" Andi is my daughter; she is 37 years old.

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  128. My phone doesn't do funny messages like that, so for the winter blues, I sew more and I try to get outside to ski once in awhile.

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  129. I like to sew with bright colors in the winter.

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  130. My message came up as "I think I can do it". Huh...

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  131. Very pretty projects you came up with! Here's what I get for my first six words - I can just get a chance. Lol that came out OK for a giveaway, didn't it?

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  132. I couldn't get the phone trick to work, so I'll just tell you that I beat the mid-winter blues by making beautiful quilts... and I love Tanya Whelan fabrics!

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  133. We beat the winter blues with a large vegetable garden !!! In Florida it's the only time to have a garden...summers are too hot.

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  134. I follow your blog...one of my favorites .

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  135. I follow your blog...one of my favorites .

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  136. We beat the winter blues with a large vegetable garden !!! In Florida it's the only time to have a garden...summers are too hot.

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  137. No smart phone here, but I quilt, quilt, quilt to beat the winter blues!!

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  138. Hmmm, no luck with auto-fill..... :)

    So, my midwinter blues buster is sewing, sewing, sewing! I also try to get out of the house on adventures like going to museums or the Conservatory or a new restaurant.

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  139. I do follow your blog - I enjoy reading about all of your projects!

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  140. Midwinter blues are busted by a trip to FLorida for some sun and sand!! Leaving Thursday.

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  141. I follow through my dashboard. Enjoy your sweet projects. Now I think I need to make a rope bowl.

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  142. What do I do to beat the mid Winter blues?
    Live in Florida :p

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  143. Autofill = "you are going on the one that is the one". No idea where he's going :)

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  144. I don't know if it counts as "following", but I have a list of favorite blogs that I read once a week, and you are one of them :)

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  145. Midwinter blues come on every year, and I can always bust them by trying something new. Usually sewing a brand new pattern and doing a photoshoot gets my sew jo back.

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  146. Love your collections and following your blog!!

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  147. You did a great job with all of your projects!!! Love the twirly skirts! I have three grand girlies so I'm partial to girlie stuff!!!

    To stave off any mid winter doldrums I always have a couple of great books to read or listen to while sewing or cooking.

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  148. I've been lovingly following your blog for several years now.

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  149. I am not sure what to. LOL! I am super excited for the quilts tutorial! Beautiful projects and fabric.

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  150. I do love reading your blog!!

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  151. to beat mid-winter blues, like I did today, I went out and saw that some of my tulips are up!

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  152. I have started following your blog as of this morning!

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  153. What do I do to beat the winter blues--drink a cup of green tea... and make quilts, of course!

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  154. I cuddle up and read, than start a new quilt!

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  155. I like to read, crochet and piece quilts to get rid of the blues

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  156. I take a long walk anyway in the cold air. Wakes me up, then have a cup of hot tea, find a new pattern I like, pull out some fabric and sew. If I just don't feel like it I call a friend, watch a movie, read a book, bake some cookies for a shutin, do a new puzzle, check out Pinterest, clean the house or read some blogs.

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  157. I follow and enjoy reading your blog--thank you for the time you put into it!

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  158. I follow on BL and love reading.

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  159. To attempt to beat the midwinter blues, I overeat carbs. Yup, I admit it. It doesn't work, but I keep doing it anyway!

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  160. I don't get the midwinter blues until February, but I'm ready this year. I have two quilts all cut out and ready to go next week and they're both for me.

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  161. I've been following you with Feedly for a very long time!

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  162. My message was, "I don't know if you are interested in". That was fun.

    hijoffeATgmailDOTcom

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  163. I follow your blog through email.

    hijoffeATgmailDOTcom

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  164. Well I thought I had a smart phone iPhone 6+ but it only did look up
    Doesn't matter I enjoy my phone your girls are so darn cute they really show off their Mamas hard work well
    I'd love to have that fabric to make my granddaughter s goodies same as you

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