Monday, May 4, 2015

What can you do with 9 fat quarters? Dance, Ta Da! and a She Can Quilt Blogger's Bundle giveaway

Mad About Patchwork's she can quilt blogger's bundle

Pam at Mad About Patchwork asked me if I would like to curate a blogger's bundle, and of course I said yes. After a lot of consideration, those fabrics above are the She Can Quilt Blogger Bundle which you can get here at Mad About Patchwork.

You can read about this bundle and a little bit about me on Pam's blog today too, go here.  Stick with me for this long post, and there is a giveaway at the end for a bundle too.

Mad About Patchwork's she can quilt blogger's bundle

Just so you know that it was a challenge to take that photo at the top, my helper Sundance likes to assist.

I chose this bundle especially to make a baby quilt - a grand baby is arriving shortly in my family. I wanted a pretty, sweet set of fabrics that were not boring or that gender specific. I thought about the ocean and the sky, and there you go, a bundle was made.

Dance

Here is Dance. She is about 52" x 54" after trimming and washing. This is what I made with 9 fat quarters and some solid scraps - an easy and fun improv quilt. I made improv Shoo Fly blocks - which always remind me of dancing Snoopy from the Peanuts comics and added the background in.

Wonky Shoo Fly tutorial

For those of you unfamiliar with improv hsts, here is a little picture tutorial. For my blocks I used 3.5" background squares for the small blocks and 4.5" background squares for the larger blocks. You can make these any size, they are jut a nine patch.

Dance - layout

This is generally what it looks like as I sew, a bit dark with that yellow toned light. I put the blocks on my wall and rearranged them until I liked what I saw. Truly there is no magic to this, just move them until they feel right and they will be right.  I kept making blocks until I ran out of useable pieces of my 9 fat quarters.

Dance - filling in the spaces

I got out my bin of light solid scraps. It is overflowing. I pinned bits onto the design wall and started sewing them in. When I do this, I aim to make pieces meet without too much fuss in the end, and shuffle the blocks a bit as I go.

Dance - top before sashing

There is the top before I added some borders. I pieced together different neutrals to make the border fit in with the scrappy quilt.

Dance - quilting begins

Yesterday I went on a marathon sewing day to finish it, and I did. I quilted it on my long arm with straight lines. People have asked me, so here is a photo to show how I float both the batting and the top. The back is rolled onto two bars to keep it taught. I then baste the top of the quilt down and although I was taught to baste the sides as I roll the quilt down, I never bother.

Dance - before washing

Here is Dance quilted and bound, late last night. This photo is before the wash.

Dance

Here she is after the wash. My assistants - Butch on the left, Sundance on the right - were fully engaged this morning so I had to get more photos at my office.

Dance - detail

I used a light aqua Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread (#2835) to quilt this quilt. I am loving how a soft coloured thread adds just a hint of additional interest to the scrappy neutral background and then blends with the blocks.

Dance - back

For the back, I pieced together a few favourite prints. The binding is one of the Doe prints.

Dance

One last photo of Dance. You can make a pretty fun quilt with 9 fat quarters and some scraps.


Pam at Mad About Patchwork has generously set aside a She Can Quilt Blogger Bundle for me to give away too. Here is how to enter:

  • For one entry, leave me a comment.
  • For a second entry, visit Mad About Patchwork by clicking here and leave a second comment letting me know what you like on the shelves of this lovely shop.
  • For a third entry, follow me somewhere (there are buttons at the top right of the blog) and in your comment let me know where you do
This giveaway is now closed.

Please, please leave me a trail to find you. You have no idea how many of the commenters on give aways are no reply. You can always put your email in the comment.

And don't forget to check out Pam's Mad About Patchwork blog too, go here.

I will draw the winner on Saturday morning using the random generator when I wake up, so you have until then.

Best,

Leanne

534 comments:

  1. Beautiful picks and a stunning quilt, Leanne!

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  2. At Mad About Patchwork, I love the Hadley and Morning Walk collections:)

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  3. Annnd I follow you on Bloglovin'!

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  4. great pick - I love to read about the thought process when cobbling together a quilt - I really need a design wall - it would so help

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  5. Following on bloglovin' peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  6. Love this fabric (and the cute kittie cats)! thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  7. Would love to purchase some "Milk, sugar, and flower" at their shop. So cute! Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  8. I really love this quilt! I saw it on Instagram last night and was amazed at how the straight line quilting made it so beautiful! Love your work!
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  9. oh my!!! This is such a gorgeous quilt. I love absolutely everything about it.

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  10. Congratulations grandma-to-be!!! Nice quilt too.

    What is the print in the bottom right on the back? (Navy, butterflies, large plant fronds)

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  11. And I follow you through Feedly. Thanks!

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  12. I really like the Maker bundle.
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  13. I follow you via Bloglovin' and Instagram!
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  14. Wow! That's beautiful. And a much larger quilt than I expected!

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  15. This is a beautiful collection! Thanks -

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  16. I follow you on email - karen.patch.anderson@gmail.com

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  17. Great fabric choices in the bundle.

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  18. Mad about patchwork is my favourite online store so it's hard to choose. I love the shot cottons and the linen fabrics.

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  19. I follow on the old reader.

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  20. I love your quilt before and after washing. Love the needles fabric. Thank you for the tutorial, and the giveaway.

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  21. I follow via e-mail and FB.

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  22. what a perfectly sweet bundle for a new baby!

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  23. Love the Daysail by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

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  24. i'm fond of the oval elements from art gallery on the site - such a great range of colors offered!

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  25. Gorgeous, love the coloured thread for contrast!

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  26. Apart a from your own beautiful bundle, I like the sunshine bundle.

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  27. Lovely quilt. This bundle does remind me of the ocean. Butch and Sundance are big now and so pretty.

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  28. I love your quilt, the colors are very soothing. My fingers are crossed.

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  29. What a lovely, fresh looking quilt! It looks very snuggly for a baby and I love the subtleties in the lighter colors especially.:)

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  30. I love all the pearl bracelet by Lizzy House and of course the Kona cottons.

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  31. Mad About Patchwork just went on my favorites list as I realized they carry the Kaffe Fassett shot cottons! Nice to know that . They have a great selection of prints too. I've been eyeing the Folk Song fabrics too and I see they have them as well.:)

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  32. I follow via Google, Bloglovin' and my link list.:)

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  33. What a great quilt! I've been stuck on what to make for our little niece, and you've just given me a nudge in the right direction. Thanks!

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  34. I am a fan of Mad About Patchworks's Curated Bundles. In addition to yours, which is so lovely, I know a teen cousin who would be crazy about the Blue Skies and Sunshine bundle, which is on sale now--a bonus. :)

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  35. I follow you via email: wordygirl at email dot net

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  36. I love the baby quilt and especially the fabric.

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  37. Gorgeous baby quilt. Thanks so much for organizing this give away.
    Carlithequilter@gmail.com

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  38. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU >BLOG LOVIN' !

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  39. Such a beautiful quilt! Loove it!

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  40. At Mad About Patchwork, I love Fresh Cut and Wildwood,

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  41. HI,visited ' Mad About Patchworks' and I like the Folk Songs!
    Thanks for sharing a great giveaway~!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  42. The back is so beautiful too! I follow your blog with bloglovin'

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  43. Thank-you for including info on your process. I haven't tried the way you fill in the background but I would like to some time. hmmm, maybe if I will your beautiful bundle !
    I don't know if you can see my email - farmersfeedfamilies@gmail.com

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  44. Really like your baby quilt! Thanks for your inspirational Blog+this giveaway too!
    HAPPY SPRING ! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  45. Beautiful colors, I really must try this type of quilt; usually make bright, cheery baby quilts!

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  46. I'd really like to use some of the Kona solids in a quilt for my granddaughter!

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  47. Really nice. Thank for the chance.

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  48. You really have a talent for putting colors and patterns together! Beautiful!

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  49. Lovely quilt out of those scrumptious fabrics. It is so soothing and peaceful, nicely done.

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  50. i love the fabric in the black and white bundle

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  51. Beautiful quilt and a beautiful bundle of fabric! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  52. I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  53. Beautiful fabric for the quilt, I'm not sure about the pattern. I'm too much a traditionalist I think.

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  54. Absolutely lovely quilt-very creative! The improv hst's are really cool!

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  55. Shop is new to me-they have a great selection of Kona jelly rolls! Also Mochi!

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  56. Love everything about the quilt..especially the cats. What is it about them that they can't resist a quilt??? ;)

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  57. I always like to look at Blogger Bundles...nice selection.

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  58. Love your baby quilt, gorgeous colors and improv design!

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  59. I like the Horizon bundle from Mad About Patchwork.

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  60. I follow your blog via GFC.

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  61. What an excellent idea to play with those blocks and some solid as you did. Lovely

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  62. I would love to have the biology bundle on my shelf.

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  63. I love the colours way of your bundle, thanks for a chance to win one.

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  64. I love that mad for patchwork have the Black and White C + S bundle

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  65. I follow your blog on bloglovin and you on IG as well

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  66. Beautiful quilt I love the colors! Thank you for the chance

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  67. I see they have BirchFarm I love the barn owl fabric!

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  68. Beautiful picks! Congrats on your upcoming new addition!
    basaran.family@rogers.com

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  69. I also follow your blog via email updates.
    basaran.family@rogers.com

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  70. love your quilt-- it's sweet without being fussy.

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  71. I really like the "bracelet" fabrics. Thank you for introducing me to another source for beautiful fabrics.

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  72. I've got my eye on the Milk, Sugar & Flower precuts. I subscribe to Mad About Patchwork's blog. Thanks for the chance! basaran.family@rogers.com

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  73. I follow your blog posts by email. I enjoy them and appreciate the frequency.

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  74. thanks for introducing me to mad about patchwork. I was happy to see a wide selection of shot cottons as well as some lovely organic fabrics and decent prices on notions.

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  75. I follow your blog on bloglovin'.

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  76. I don't see my first post which told you that one of my favorite blocks is Churn Dash. The fabric choices are lovely. Thanks for the raffle offer.

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  77. Thank you for the photos documenting the evolution of Dance! I was very interesting and the quilt itself is great! Your helpers are pretty cute, too.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  78. Very cool fabric! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  79. Great quilt, and I LOVE orange kitties :)

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  80. Nice blocks, I love the mix of colors. They are so cool and refreshing. And I love the mix of Blocks. Thanks

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  81. Mad About Patchwork has a lot of really nice bundles. I particularly like the Prisma Elements FQ Bundle and the Feed Co F8 bundle. My thanks to you both for the giveaway opportunity!

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  82. Love the Q and the U bundle!

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  83. The baby quilt is neat and pretty.

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  84. I follow you on bloglovin and instagram.

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  85. Oh yes!! I love these colours and prints!! Your baby quilt is gorgeous!!!

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  86. My favourite colours. Just lovely. Thanks for the chance.
    ehodasz at yahoo dot com (do not use the google account)

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  87. i love these colors. The quilt is lovely as well. Thanks. Camille@focus20.com

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  88. Thanks for the opportunity! Lovely stack of fabric :)

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  89. I love the Kona Bundles that they carry. Camille@focus20.com

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  90. I follow you by email subscription. thanks. Camille@focus20.com

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  91. Their designer bundles (Natural History, Black and white). It is a temptation...
    ehodasz at yahoo dot com ( do not use the google account).

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  92. Follow you via e-mail.
    ehodasz at yahoo dot com (do not use the google account).

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  93. Lovely fabrics--I follow you already on Bloglovin...hugs, Julierose

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  94. Cats and fabric just seem to go together. Like Butch and Sundance, I think Dance is very lovely too!

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  95. I like the organic cotton selection on Mad About Patchwork.

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  96. I follow you by emal.

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  97. I am following you via IG (@winkowl)

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  98. Great colors! rshields63@gmail.com

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  99. I like the fabric, pattern and cats! Thanks
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  100. Mad About Patchwork is awesome!! I spotted Try Colors - Tula Pink that I'd love to cut into!!!

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  101. Rhapsody Bop: BeBop Dot in Blue is very pretty, I love blue.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  102. Thanks for the explanation of top assembly. I'll have to try it sometime. This is a lovely bundle, and you've made a lovely quilt.

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  103. that is a nice looking bundle would love to win

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  104. I love the Kona cotton bundles at Mad About Patchwork

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  105. Mad About Patchwork has lots of lovely collections. Doe is so versatile. I'd like to make a baby quilt from that collection.

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  106. I've been following you by email for some time now. I have a Mille from Matt and I love her! I've got to make a modern quilt and try the matchstick quilting. It's fab.

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  107. I like your modern interpretation of the Shoo Fly block. Thanks for the tute and the chance to win these lovely fabrics.

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  108. I follow your blog by email. mfhagopian@aol.com

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  109. Love this fabric and the resulting quilt. I follow you via email updates. Many thanks for keeping us informed with new fabrics and your lovely quilts.

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  110. Fun quilt--love the straight line quilting too!

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  111. I follow you in bloglovin'.

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  112. I visited Mad About Patchwork and I'm thinking I need a few shot cottons and some Grunge!

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  113. I was thinking of wonky nine patch blocks when I saw your post, but your idea was a bit more creative. Thanks for hosting the giveaway, its a great looking bundle. Tarnia.hodges at gmail.com

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  114. Loooove your fabric choices...& quilt is perfect showcase for them! Awesome job!

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  115. I visited the site, great sale section. A bit of Hadley, some flannels, a bit of AMH. So much lovely fabric! Thanks for the giveaway. Tarnia.hodges at gmail.com

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  116. Oooh! besides your bundle...am loving "Sew Fresh Quilts. Bundle" too!!

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  117. I already follow you thru Email & Bloglovin too :)

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  118. Pretty collection of fabrics. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  119. New follower on bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  120. I like the Horizon bundles. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  121. Beautiful fabrics, beautiful quilts.

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  122. i love the bundle and what a great way to use them in a baby quilt

    erin2470@hotmail.com

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  123. I love the fabrics in your quilt !
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  124. I love the wide array of fabrics and the latest collections.
    Thank you.

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  125. Beautiful quilt and I love the fabric bundle. Such calming colors. Thank you for a great giveaway. vkh6210 at gmail dot com

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  126. Another beautiful and restful quilt.

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  127. I've been enjoying following you via Feedly for a while now!

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  128. Love the quilt and your bundle! The names of your cats is what really got me smiling though! :-)

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  129. This is such a beautiful quilt - I love the aqua thread on the neutral background.

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  130. I LOVE http://www.madaboutpatchwork.com/Biology-Border-Print.html

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  131. i follow you through email erin2470@hotmail.com

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  132. Another of your beautiful quilts Leanne! Such lovely soft colours

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  133. I follow you on GFC and Instagram

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  134. I love this quilt and the fabrics as well. The back is really fun!

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  135. What a nice quilt! I like the no pattern idea.

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  136. I am really liking the maker bundle. I really need to get my hands on some of that fabric.

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  137. I like that they are Canadian. I did find some eye candy that I just might have to get Evergreen: Wonderlust in Tonal Cherry.

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  138. Pretty! So pretty! Love those colors!

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  139. Mad About Patchwork has some nice Doe and Cotton & Steel selections. I don't have any yet and I want some!

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  140. I follow you via email and love your posts!

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  141. Great colors for a baby quilt! Not the predictable pink or blue.

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  142. I love the bundles on their website, especially Doe and the Kona bundles.

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  143. I follow you on bloglovin.

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  144. I do like these colours together! Great bundle! Would make a lovely plus quilt -- if I win. annesimonot@sasktel.net

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  145. I love Mad About Patchwork, especially the bundles! I almost bit when Moda was on sale a couple weeks ago.. I love the Horizon bundles. annesimonot@sasktel.net

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  146. I have been reading your blog for several years but now officially follow via email. annesimonot@sasktel.net

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  147. I like where you got your inspiration from...can't go wrong with Mother Nature! Beautiful bundle!
    rennix5@hotmail.com

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  148. I recently purchased a bunch of Heather Ross fabric...love it. I love all Cotton + Steel as well.
    rennix5@hotmail.com

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  149. I'm now following you on instagram :D
    rennix5@hotmail.com

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  150. oooooh ! I just love the color scheme going on in this quilt. I have a charm pack with that cotton and steel Tokyo Train print... Love it!
    Loveaphidcrafts@gmail.com. I follow you on Bloglovin and I'm heading on over to Pinterest to check you out there.

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  151. I love how you've used a mixture of solids for the background

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  152. Mad about patchwork have c+s basics, you can't go wrong with them!

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  153. Just went to Mad about patchwork...I'm really liking the cotton and steel black and white. Loveaphidcrafts@gmail.com

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  154. I love how the kitty's have already laid claim to Dance!! Beautiful quilt L and gorgeous selection of fqs! Thanks for the giveaway! Jxo

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  155. Love your quilt - and your helpers! There's nothing better than cats on quilts :)

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  156. The colors in this quilt are so calming.

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  157. There is always lots of eye candy at Mad About Patchwork making it hard to pick just one. 馃槉

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  158. I love your gorgeous quilt! I have a grand coming sometime in the next week or so. I doubt I can do such wonderful improv that quickly but maybe this summer I can give it a shot!

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  159. Love how your quilt came out! The straight line quilting is beautiful!!

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  160. I love the Reel Time bundle!

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  161. Thanks for sharing your lovely baby quilt and the process you followed putting it together.

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  162. I follow you on google friend connect.

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  163. I like the Arcadia: Tumbling in Coral.

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  164. Your bundle is fabulous. It's such a great combination of patterns. I'm rather partial to blues and greys too, which doesn't hurt.

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  165. I'm hanging out for some prismatic elements fabric.

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  166. I'm a follower on bloglovin.

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