Wednesday, 11 April 2012

WiP + a giveaway!

That's right - two for the price of one! Showing off my current WiP plus having a giveaway! WiP details first so keep reading for the giveaway details - you'll be glad you did ;)

I've been working on some paper pieced blocks to do a mini sampler strip down the back of my XOXO quilt. The rest of the backing will be plain aqua - by request. Mum wants me to quilt in white so the quilting shows up. Eek. Do you think a simple meander will be impressive enough and hide all my errors?!

I am loving paper piecing SO much. Yep, so much in fact I have dreamt I have been paper piecing the past two nights. Disappointing to wake up and discover I wasn't actually sleep paper piecing. Because really, wouldn't that be the ultimate in multi tasking? Sleeping -and- paper piecing at the same time? Alas I am not that talented. Just tired from all that creative dreaming.

So I'd like to introduce you to the two newcomers completed during waking hours.

Adhara:
Pattern is Adhara by Liz Schwartz and Stephen Seifert - picked it up for 99c on equiltpatterns.com. Love this one! I don't think the photo does it justice. Even my 4.5 yo son was impressed. I may have had to fish for compliments but I was rewarded with a very enthusiastic "Beautiful!". He may or may not have been rewarded with some chocolate for that.

Sea Star:
Pattern is Sea Star designed by Liz Schwarts and Stephen Seifert - another 99c bargain. This one gave me a little bit of grief as I was starting to run low on scraps so there are a few extra patches in this one. I have to say, I did not notice until I took a photo that the negative white space around the centre creates a lovely little pointy flower type star too. Pretty!

I retook the photos of the other four blocks which I'll quickly show here because I think these photos are better than my last storm-approaching-bad-light ones. If you're interested in a bit more detail, look over here.

Circle of Geese:

 Birds and Pinwheels:

Snow Crystal:

Bright Star:


Here are all my blocks hanging out together in a little mosaic, showing off their gorgeous scrappiness. That's right - these are pieced entirely from scraps from the XOXO quilt.Yep I'm a bit proud of that.


So the next job now is to sew them all together in a nice sampler strip and make them into a backing! Hopefully that'll be accomplished over the next few days.

Linking up with WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced - though hopefully this one will be a finished project soon!


Whew and if you made it all through that, you deserve a giveaway. Of course there will be a pop quiz to make sure you read all the above so I hope you were paying attention. Whoops sorry, just kidding, that's my teacher side showing.

My lovely bloggy friend Fiona from Finding Fifth and I have both reached 50 followers! Exciting for us small time bloggers right? Thank you lovelies for reading our blogs! :) So we've decided to team up and host a giveaway together! We are each offering a charm pack as a prize - ooh yay for fabric right?

My offering is a charm pack of Oh Deer by Momo for Moda.
I picked this one up over at Fabric Buzz which is run by Anorina of Samelia's Mum. She's a fellow member of Quilt Club Australia. Great place to pick up Moda pre-cuts for great prizes here in Oz! :)

Here's a sampling of fabrics in the charm pack:

How gorgeous are those little birds right?! I can't wait til this line comes out in yardage!

So how do you go in the running for this? Easy. You have three options - each one gives you an entry.
1. Leave a comment of any sort (preferably nice haha!) on this blog post.
2. Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment telling me so.
3. Become a follower of Fiona's blog Finding Fifth and leave a comment here telling me :)

Entries end in one week - at 8pm Wednesday 18th April (Aussie time). 

That's it! Do one, do all three - your choice. This is open to everyone - happy to post internationally. Please make sure that you leave a separate comment for each entry. And! Most importantly! Make sure you are not a no-reply blogger! I need some way to contact you in case you're the lucky winner :)  If you're a wordpress user and can't follower via Google Friend Connect, you can subscribe via RSS to your preferred reader. It's all about options!

Thanks if you made it to the end of this post! Long I know! Always so much to say ;) So I'll end here wishing you luck with the giveaway and remind you to pop over to Finding Fifth to see what lovely fabric Fiona has on offer!!

219 comments:

  1. I love the colour combo in the blocks.. just great! Thanks so much for the opportunity, the fabric back is lovely!

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  2. I am following your awesome blog too :) thanks!

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  3. I love the colors you're using in those blocks, especially in the Snow Crystal. I've been really wanting to get into paper piecing. It's next on my list I think!

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  4. I L.O.V.E your paper pieced quilt blocks. I've been eying paper pieced stars for the past week or so (like the Soltice stars quilt-a-long) and can't wait to get started on some. Yours are stunning. Thanks for the link to the patterns. I'm getting some right away.

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  5. and I'm now your follower #51. Great to find your blog :)

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  6. The giveaway is an added bonus to looking at your beautiful blocks!! I am seriously impressed by today's beauties!! Just lovely! How great would a quilt be made from Sea Star! Thank you for sharing and congratulations on over 50 followers! Before you know it you'll have 100!

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  7. And I am already following...I love that 'oh deer' charm pack! I would really LOVE to win some of this! If not, I may have to buy some!

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  8. and I already follow Fiona's blog, too :)

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  9. Love love love the sea star! You really are on a roll with your paper piecing!

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  10. I love the animals in that charm pack what an awesome giveaway

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  11. Love the colours, so fresh!

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  12. I have started following your blog

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  13. Am already following Fiona's blog. :-)

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  14. I love the colors in your blocks. Your son is right, beautiful. Congratulations on 50 followers. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  15. I am already a follower of your blog.

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  16. I thought I was already following Finding Fifth, but discovered that I wasn't. I have fixed that and am now a follower. I guess I have just visited her blog often.

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  17. Your blocks are fantastic! It is going to a great quilt back!

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  18. I'm trying to follow Finding Fifth but am having trouble getting the page to load :/

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  19. Gorgeous charm squares, what a lovely giveaway. I really love your XOXO quilt, fantastic colours. Your paper piecing is brilliant too.

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  20. I am now a follower of Fiona's blog too!

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  21. Love to see all of your beautiful new blocks!! Thanks for sharing and congrats on 50 followers!!

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  22. Beautiful blocks that will make a fantastic sampler :)

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  23. I also just became a follower!

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  24. Those blocks are just divine! What a beautiful way to use your scraps. :)

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  25. I'm a new follower - love reading all the QCA girls' blogs.

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  26. ...and I'm a follower of Finding Fifth.

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  27. Now I am a follower of Fiona's blog too!!

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  28. I love all of your paper piecing!!! I think the birds are my favorite. They are so fun! Congrats on your 50 followers!

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  29. I'm a follower of your blog :D. I *love* the charm pack you are offering. If I don't win, I'll probably end up buying it anyway LOL!

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  30. I follow Finding Fifth as well!

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  31. LOVE all those paper pieced blocks - so inspiring!!

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  32. I'm a follower of your blog!

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  33. He may or may not have been rewarded with some chocolate for that...LOL! Your blocks are fantastic Kristy. I particularly fancy the birds and pinwheels one :)

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  34. I already follow your wonderful blog ;)

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  35. As a fellow QCA member, I also follow Fiona's blog :)

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  36. Funny that you dream in paper :)

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  37. Before I got to the "how to enter" I had already clicked on the link to Fiona's and followed her :P

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  38. Wow!!! Your blocks are amazing.Love the colors.

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  39. You have a new follower...me!

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  40. I love the blocks! You've made paper piecing look like a breeze! =D

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  41. Those are really pretty blocks!

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  42. I'm following your friend at finding fifth :)

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  43. I love your PP blocks and the colors are wonderful. I'm going to follow you via Google Reader

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  44. I really want to learn paper piecing!! These look so good!! But that's gonna have to wait until we've moved. Grr, so impatient!!

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  45. And yes, am a follower of Finding Fifth too!! What wonderful girls you are to do this :)

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  46. I'm loving the paper piecing blocks you've done....if they're still in the 99c bin after payday I might be investing in them too!

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  47. I'm a follower of your blog and we're friends on facebook I think!

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  48. I follow Finding Fifth as well.

    Congratulations of reaching the big 50, and you don't look any older for it I must say!

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  49. I really like the paper pieced birds. I only recently tried paper piecing for the first time myself.

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  50. I love your paper piecing...and I signed up for your blog even before reading about the give-a-way. Congratulations on your milestone and I look forward to reading your posts.

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  51. Love the birds and pinwheels!! Thanks for thc chance to win!

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  52. I already follow Finding Fifth which is how I found you :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  53. hi kirsty just joning to be a follower as well . just love ready your blog .. thanks for sharing . cheers beverley roberts .

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  54. Love the charm pack. We still don't get designer fabric in India so would love to win some.
    leena

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  55. Am a new follower at Fiona' blog as well.
    leena

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  56. I love your blocks! especially your circle of geese!

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  57. Beautiful blocks! Loved the birds and pinwheel.

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  58. I'm new follower to your blog.

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  59. Hello, I'm a new follower! I found you through Fiona's blog. I am in love with your blocks! The fabric colours are beautiful and I especially love the birds and pinwheels block!

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  60. Congrats on reaching 50 followers:):) love your blocks and the fabbie is my fav:):):)

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  61. I really like the deer and birds in this pack. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  62. Hi Kristy i have enjoyed my visit to your blog,i will try and become a follower for some reason blogger isnt letting me do it any more.xx

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  63. The paper pieced blocks are lovely!

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  64. I'm also newly following Fiona!

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  65. I'm a first time visitor, you have a lovely blog.

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  66. I now follow Fining Fifth

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  67. I love these colours and the circle of geese block!!

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  68. I am a new follower -- thanks for the giveaway!

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  69. I absolutely adore the birds and pinwheels block!

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  70. And I'm a follower of Fiona's blog to!

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  71. I am following you via RSS in Google Reader.

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  72. I am also following Fiona's blog on Google Reader & RSS.

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  73. Thanks for the chance to enter. It is very generous of you to offer such a fab range of fabric

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  74. Just also signed up as a follower

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  75. Following Fiona's blog too. Blogger is great as it provides us with loads of inspiration.

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  76. Congrats on 50 followers! I hope I get there someday and what a great fabric you picked for your giveaway - I need to add that to my wishlist. Oh, and I LOVE that birds and pinwheels block.

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  77. I've just started following your blog and was already following Fiona :) I do love the colours you've chosen for your piecing. So pretty!

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  78. Congrats on your 50+ followers. I love your WIP blocks~~great color
    combinations!

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  79. Nice to find your blog via QCA. Congrats on all the followers Kristy..way to go! Love your blocks, and the Moda Oh Deer is an awesome giveaway. Thanks!

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  80. Grats on reaching 50 followers

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  81. New follower of your blog.

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  82. New follower of Fiona's blog Finding Fifth

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  83. Congrats on reaching the 50 follower milestone, but I think you are way past that now!! Thanks for the chance to win the charm pack!!

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  84. I am a new follower of your blog.

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  85. I am also following Fiona's blog, too.

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  86. such fun prints! thanks!

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  87. I am a new follower. Glad that I
    found you!

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  88. I am also following Fiona's blog:
    Finding Fifth.

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  89. Love your blocks. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  90. I am a new follower of your blog.

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  91. Pooh lovely! Congratulations on the follower milestone!

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  92. I am following Fiona also.

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  93. Congratulations on reaching 50 followers! I am looking forward to spending time on your blog. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

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  94. That charm pack looks awesome, Kristy! Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on reaching 50!

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  95. I'm a follower of your blog! :)

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  96. I'm also a follower of Fiona's blog! :) What a great idea for you two to team up like this!

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  97. LOVE YOUR GIVEAWAY!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  98. FOLLOWING YOUR VIA GFC!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  100. FOLLOWING FIONA TOO!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  101. Gorgeous blocks! Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on 50 followers (soon to be many more I suspect)!

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  102. Oh Deer is so adorable! And, maybe what I saw this evening was a good omen?! :-) We were sitting out on the backyard swing watching the fireflies begin to twinkle, when we saw FIVE little deer come out from the woods below our house. :-)

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  103. And I'm a new follower (also doing the Craftsy BOM...though behind!)

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  104. I am a new follower of your blog! Thank you for the chance to win! :-)

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  105. I also follow Fiona's blog, Finding Fifth! Thanks again! :-)

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  106. I soooo love this fabric! Thanks so much for sharing ;)

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  107. Your paper pieced blocks are beautiful. Think I like the first 99cent block most of all. Thanks for the lovely giveaway and including international (USA).

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  108. I love your paper pieced blocks. The colours are gorgeous. I will have to read further into your blog to see the other side of your quilt. I have just finished making a star quilt which used a lot of paper pieced blocks too! You're welcome to take a look at them on my blog, http://quiltybitsandbobs.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/stars-are-complete.html. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  109. I'm a follower of your blog now! (And I love the top of your quilt too!)

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  110. I'm following Finding Fifth as well now. What a nice couple of blogs to find!

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  111. Your paper pieced blocks are much too pretty to be a backing! You'll be putting the quilt on the bed upside down every time. Thanks for a chance in your giveaway.

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  112. And a new follower at Finding Fifth.

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  113. I'm already a follower of yours! :)

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  114. I'm a new follower of Fiona's! :)

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  115. Thanks so much for a great giveaway! Love your paper piecing! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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  116. Hi and I always like a new blog to follow, thanks to Anorina

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  117. I am a new follower and I make 85

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  118. I also have gone to Fiona's blog and follow it

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  119. I love color selection - reminds me of the colors of my childhood, so nostalgic!

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  120. I became a follower of your blog!

    sandra _ mitr at yahoo dot com

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  121. Great choice - love the colours and slightly retro look. Congratulations on your blog.

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  122. Lovely! I am on the very verge of starting a sampler quilt (using blocks from 99 Modern Blocks) and you have convinced me that scrappy is the way to go.

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  123. I am a new follower here.

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  124. beautiful blocks, really like your choice of colours.

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  125. Love the charms. thank for the great chance to win. angchappell@yahoo.com

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  126. following your blog great blog excited to see all that you make. angchappell@yahoo.com

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  127. now im following Fiona from Finding Fifth looks like some nice things on her blog also thank you angchappell@yahoo.com

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  128. ...drool...

    I love MoMo too but still haven't gotten my hands on any fabric yet. It's sad, I know.

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  129. I'm a new follower. Congrats and I look forward to future posts!

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  130. I now follow Finding Fifth. Yhanks for sharing.

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  131. How cute are those charms! Would have no idea what to use them for but I'm sure I'd find a way :)

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  132. I love the deer thanks for the giveaway

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  133. Opps thought I already was a follower but only had you on my watching list... now corrected so my number counts :-D

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  134. Following Finding Fifth, thank you so much for the chance to win

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  135. Yes...I want a second chance to win and yes...I became your follower...I love these colors and I really want to try paper piecing even more now.

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  136. Oh Kristy, I *love* the Oh Deer! Fingers crossed :-)
    I've been following your paper piecing on QCA and really love it. I'm going to have to try some myself soon, but I seem to be trying to do soooo many things! Beverley :-)

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  137. I'm a follower of Fiona @ FindingFifth too :-)

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  138. WOW. I love your blocks. I was looking at them and thinking, I love that one, I love that one and then I just went - I love them all. They are so bright and colourful.
    Great giveaway too. Congratulations on the 50 followers.

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  139. Great giveaway, thank you so much! ana

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  140. Wholy paper piecing Bat Man! LOL That is a lot of little pieces! You go girl!! :)

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  141. I love the colors in this charm pack. I just bought a book on using charm packs and am excited to make some of the projects. Maybe I can start soon if I win.

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  142. I love this fabric for the colors and fun theme, and because I have a dear friend whose dog is names Momo, so that makes me smile!

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  143. I'm a happy new follower of your blog-- just love your paper piecing work! I'm going to follow to see how it all turns out!

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  144. I joined Finding Fifth's blog too!

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  145. This fabric is just so 'charming'! It will make some sweet little gifties. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win. Have an especially blessed day, Kathy

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  146. I've just become the newest follower of your blog! Yip!!

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  147. I've also just begun following Finding Fifth. One can never have enough inspiration and motivation!! Be blessed, Kathy

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  148. Your quilt blocks are beautiful! I love the colors you chose.
    Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  149. I am a new follower of your blog.

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  150. I also am a new follower of Finding Fifth.

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  151. love your birds and pinwheels block!
    thanks for the giveaway!

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  152. I really love the pieced birds!! So cute. :) Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  153. I just signed up to follow Fiona's blog. :)

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  154. I'm following Finding Fifth, too.

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  155. I already follow Finding fifth :)

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  156. thanks for the giveaway, Im getting to love paper piecing too, I want to get the flying geese done next, love your colours :)

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  157. I just love your blocks in this post. They are so pretty and festive.

    Thank you for the chance.

    sandyb720 at gmail.com

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  158. I am a new follower - You will have a lot more followers now!!!:)

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  159. I am following the Finding Fifth.

    Great blog!

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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