Monday, March 25, 2013

I'm All Stitched Up...Want To See?

Has this hop been a blast or what! Of course it has!
Jane's the queen cheerleader of Stitch Me Up and she's
done a royal job of ruling this blog hop...way to go Jane!

Madame Samm is stitching away with big plans to sew 
more than me--she always beats me, dang it! 
I'm not competitive at all, but has anyone heard how many what she's making?
I have heard she's planning more hops for the future...what a woman!

There were so many fun patterns to choose from, but I went
for the ones that weren't too complicated and (hopefully) weren't going 
to embarrass me as I attempted these embroidery things.
I think I LOVE embroidering!

This little flower was created by Cyndi from Stitch, Stitch, Stitch 
and was perfect for the bib pattern I wanted to make.

This bib pattern (that I sorta-kinda-followed-but-not-exactly)
is by Wimzee Fabric Arts, Designs by Steff Tiffin
Little Girl's BIB-A-FORE 

Since I had dug out all my Mary Engelbreit fabric for that bib, 
I thought I'd go ahead and make a matching quilt using the 
cutest little girl from Madame Samm's Wee Tots collection.

My Sweet Cherry Quilt

I just love how shy she looks.

My Monkey Boys helped hold up the quilt for the first few
pictures I took, but chose to remain anonymous since it was a GIRL quilt 
and they didn't want their friends to think it was for them.
I did my own quilting on this, nothing fancy, just straight stitches.
One thing I love to use when I do those straight stitches is blue
painter's tape...it doesn't mess up the fabric and I can 
stitch right along the edge for perfect lines. 

I can lift and reuse it multiple times and in multiple directions.

We all remember that cute purse pattern from the UR Priceless blog hop
(weren't they all just the cutest things!) Well...I just made it a little bigger 
(okay, a lot bigger) and created a sewing bag to be able to 
grab-and-go whatever embroidery project I'm working on at the moment.

For this project, I embroidered Madame Samm's French lady and 
used melted purple crayon to color in her beret, scarf, and shoes.
Mines not so perfect, but check out Quilt Whimsy's blog for more details.
It was fun melting those crayons!

There's one pocket in the front.
(The beige fabric looks stained, but it's not...it's the print on the fabric)
Two pockets on the back.
And one big pocket inside.
This was so much fun! I really want to try stitching
some of those other patterns because they are just amazing.

Now on to other important matters...

MY GIVEAWAY!

Five fat quarters of Audra's Iris Garden by Brannock & Patek

SILLY LITTLE RULES:
  1. Leave a short and sweet comment. Don't know what to say? Just tell me what part of the world you're from.
  2. This one is important! Make sure I can contact you if you're a no-reply blogger. Typing out your email address like this helps avoid spammers: iblog at aol dot com. If I can't contact you, you can't win. 
  3. You don't have to be a follower to be entered in the giveaway, but if you do follow me around, leave a separate comment that says "I'm a follower" for another chance (plus, if you're a follower I'll throw a little something extra in the package if you win.)
  4. I'll mail it anywhere.
  5. Giveaway ends at 6 p.m. PST on March 29thEntries after 6 p.m. PST on March 29th will not be included in the giveaway.
Want to see all the blog hop creations in one place?
Check them out on Madame Samm's Pinterest page

Look who's blogging with me today:

TUESDAY MARCH 26th
 Isabel @That Other Blog
Jeanette @That Other Blog

The whole schedule is

182 comments:

  1. Love the sewing bag!! So cute!!

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  2. And I'm a follower on Bloglovin' :)

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  3. Love your quilt and purse but my absolute favorite thing of all is those Monkey boys standing backwards!! Just like 3 little boys not wanting anything to do with anything "girly". I'm so tickled at that picture. It made me smile so big!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  4. I love you, you are such a riot,Always love coming here!! Putting Samm's beautiful French model on one of those snap purses and making it a sewing kit on top of that, Oo la la it is perfect and you take the cake Madam Carol!!!! And your other projects are Tres' magnafique'( or something like that trying to do a little of my country charm in !!)

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  5. Great projects! Love the darling bib. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. I follow you via email!
    jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  7. Gorgeous as always, Carol! Love your combination of embroidery with awesome projects. Perfect finishes!

    ... got a kick out of your Monkey Boys helping out... lol...

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  8. Carol, How do you do it! Love the bib, the purse but especially the quilt and those darling boys, that picture just cracks me up. Once again you have shared your talent with us. You are amazing. I bet you do not even sleep!

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  9. Great Giveaway - Your work is stunning !!!

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  10. Wonderful as always! Really love the coin/sewing bag, fabulous!

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  11. You did a great job with all your projects! Love the photo with the boys...I have all boys too. Such fun, but they don't aways appreciate my 'girly" quilty things!

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  12. I love your bag and the quilt/bib combo is beautiful! I hail from WV!

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  13. Carol your projects are wonderful and your bag is so adorable. You have some great helpers. I live in central Florida.

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  14. I love your quilt and the bib is so cute. The purse is great the embroidery pattern fits it perfectly.

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  15. Im a follower my emai is dianeswett at gmail dot com

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  16. I remember when embroidery intimidated you. I'm so glad you stuck with it. Your projects are fantastic! I love the photo of the boys holding the quilt. Definitely a keeper!

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  17. I love the fabrics in your quilt and the purse is super adorable, thanks for the chance to win.

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  18. What a lovely projects you made.
    A looking so lovely.
    Thanks for sharing
    Frederika

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  19. Love all of your work Carol! Just remember, This is not a competition,this is not a competition, this is not a competition!!!!!

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  20. I love all your work. But the quilt is so nice.

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  21. I am working on a quilt right now with these exact fabrics!

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  22. I am most definately a follower of your blog! And, thank you.

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  23. Carol, your projects are all awesome. And that little girl may look innocent to you, but I see the twinkle in her eyes that says otherwise.

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  24. As before you have made so wonderful projects. You are so creative. My favorite is the girly quilt and you have indeed been very busy.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  25. And I am of course a follower since long time ago.
    Thanks for the great give away

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  26. Love your projects!! Sweet bib and adorable quilt - your quilt holders are too funny, typical boys!! Awesome giveaway, thank you from eastern Washington!

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  27. I am a seasoned follower of yours!

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  28. Such a cute collection of items. The bib is adorable as is the quilt (I love the boys holding the quilt) The purse is also very nice. You always produce such beautiful work.

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  29. What a great collection! I love everything, especially the tot quilt! The fabrics that you used are so pretty. Love the bib and purse too. All just fabulous! Oh...and thanks for the great giveaway!

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  30. The quilt is so pretty. and that lady on the purse is in style. This has been a great hop with so many nice pieces. Everyone did such a super job. Thanks for the give away.

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  31. Your projects are wonderful but that picture of the boys? priceless!!

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  32. Your baby quilt is super sweet. Thanks for showing us your talent.

    ljridge4511 (at) Gmail (dot) com

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  33. Thanks for sharing your fun projects - I'm from North Carolina.

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  34. Carol your projects are all wonderful. I am currently working on a large (about the same size as yours) coin purse too that I enlarged....in fact I have the same metal closure. Since that closure was much more squared at the top than the rounded coin purse, did you make any changes at the top to make it fit better?

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  35. I follow you of course and lurk sometimes too, :0)

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  36. Love the quilt. It is so sweet.

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  37. what great work, love that little cutie of a girl and the purse you made is so snazzy. Best wishes from Ireland

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  38. That purse with the pockets is very sweet. Getting your boys to pose backwards - great idea!

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  39. Wonderful bib and with no doubt girlquilt! No wonder your monkeyboys did not want to be seen with it ;-)
    I love your purse! I'm in awe again, you always make such fun stuff!

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  40. The bib a fore is a terrific idea, and the quilt and little girl stitchery was super cute. Great ideas to share today.

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  41. I HAVE to make Miss Emilee one of those bibs!! She is 2 and is the messiest eater on the planet! ha! LOVE that!

    and the quilt is just way too cute too! Some little girl is going to be over the moon for that!

    Do you mind sharing how you enlarged the pattern. I have been trying and trying to do that but hard as I might, I cannot figure out what size hardware fits what size enlargement. duh me. lol

    Bravo for today!!

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  42. All of your finishes are terrific. Love that french lady Madamme Samm drew up into a finish sewing tote, ingenious! Jane

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  43. Of course I'm a follower too. Jane

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  44. hey Carol!!! You did beautiful pieces for the hop, as always. I love that little purse..and your giveaway fabric is gorgeous

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  45. OMG it is all really cute...and the little one that receives them will love it. Your stitching is wonderful and wow for what you done with the purse..love the pockets and the Lady,,,,uhhh lala

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  46. Of course I am a long time follower

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  47. Love the bright colours on your quilt, the little embroidery makes it very special.

    ukcitycrafteratlivedotcodotuk

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  48. Love your quilt how very special. I'm going to try to remember your tip on the painters tape for my next finish.
    Thank you

    Robin in Washington State
    assweetaspeaches hotmail

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  49. Love everything you did but that sewing bag is so cute!

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  50. Your projects are great. I especially like the bib-the yellow print background fabric is perfect.

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  51. Great work. Super colors in the quilt. I'm a follower.

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  52. I am a follower by email.

    susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  53. Love your embroidery touches!
    I especially love the picture of the your boys, with their backs to the camera, so we KNOW this isn't their quilt! lol

    I am a follower by email.

    susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  54. Love all your projects. Thanks for the tips using blue tape and the melted crayons. I'll try both tips. The anonymous boys are adorable, especially the youngest. LOL

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  55. I am a returning follower via an updated email.

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  56. Wowie, Carol. You sure that this was the first embroidery attempts?

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  57. Follower--love the anonymous boys and the quilt was my fav!

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  58. What a lovely group of projects--I love them all! The bib, the quilt, the bag--you DO seem to be in a competition!

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  59. As always I am in awe....awe that you would even think we are competing with each other lol....really Carol...

    Now for your lovely projects....outstanding again....love those monkey boys....so tell us we won't tell which one claimed this quilt lol....love the girls bib....now this is something my girls would have loved when they were little...they were such girly girls....love all of your stitching...you are doing very well...maybe too well

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  60. Oh yes the bag. Loved that too of course

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  61. Lol boys! Love all of your projects, esp. the sewing bag. Thanks for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

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  62. I am a faithful email follower via email from Oklahoma. vickise at gmail dot com

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  63. Love all your projects but your sewing bag caught my eye. Thanks for sharing!

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  64. Your bib, quilt, and purse are all just adorable! Great job!!!

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  65. Very nice, love the quilt, you have been a busy girl!

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  66. I love them all, but especially the sewing kit. Thanks for sharing.

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  67. I love your projects, especially the quilt! I have to laugh at the boys!

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  68. Of course I am a follower. I follow from Kansas.

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  69. LOL ! Your anonymous monkeys are adorable (but tell them some lady said they look tough, they'll like that much better I'm sure !)Your bib, and quilt are also adorable, but I'm totally in love with that sewing bag !

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  70. I am a follower by email and (now by bloglovin)

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  71. Carol, Now that I have my laughter under control....I love the photo of the boys holding a "Girl's Quilt"! :) Your creations have once again birthed new ideas! Thanks for sharing!!! :)

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  72. I had to laugh out loud, especially the youngest one...too cute. All are great projects.

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  73. Your projects are fabulous. Love your quilt.

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  74. I love it all, but the quilt is precious! Great job!

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  75. I love your projects - especially the purse!
    I'm from England!

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  76. Love the Monkey boys.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  77. I'm an email follower.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  78. LOVE your projects, especially the quilt! You did a wonderful job on the quilting. Thank you for sharing.

    kearley75860 at yahoo dot com

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  79. I am a follower!

    kearley75860 at yahoo dot com

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  80. Carol ... all sew adorable. I especially love the "bib-afore." The monkey boys are just too cute holding that lovely girly quilt. Your coin purses just keep getting better and better. Thanks so much for sharing ... :) Pat

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  81. I love that the boys do not want to be seen with that lovely "girl" quilt!!! Your stitching is beautiful.

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  82. Love the bag. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on the draw. I am a follower.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  83. Love your quilt. Great job! I am a follower.

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  84. I am from Illinois but soon will be moving to Alabama. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  85. I am a follower. Your cute quilt reminded me of a quilt with embroidery that my mother made me. It had several embroidered blocks, and I remember enjoying looking at all those little blocks. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  86. Boys! I had to laugh at them. that was cute!
    hulseybg@gmail.com

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  87. Love the bib! Too cute. Bet my little boy would not appreciate it though.

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  88. Love your stitching! The quilt is adorable. Perfect for a little girl.

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  89. Great projects,love your work. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  90. Love all your projects! The quilt is so sweet!

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  91. Your grandsons hiding their faces cracked me up! Your projects are all very nice! The bib-a-fore is such a cute idea. The little girl stitchery is a good match to the ME fabrics. And my favourite is the embroidery purse. I could use one of these for car trip projects. Of course it's purple!

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  92. Wow! I love all your creations and had to laugh at the boys-so typical. Thanks for the reminder about the painter's tape. Sometimes we need a "memory Jog." That little purse is precious. From California, thanks for sharing.

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  93. Your creations are fabulous. I made three items but they are not as involved as yours. You inspire me! I live in the Seattle Washington area.

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  94. You are so talented. Love the purse. And the little girl pattern was my favorite although not the one I chose. Your quilt is beautiful. And the bib was so cute. Love them all! AND your boys too.

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  95. Such lovely projects! I love the quilt and the bib. What a lovely match and the fabrics are just sweet!
    Your purse is absolutely cute! I have to think about this too...
    Great job!

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  96. I am one of your happy followers!

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  97. good afternoon from a small rural town in South Caroina. Lovely projects. You did a great job on the embroidery. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  98. I'm a follower. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  99. Hello from chilly Minnesota! I love the embroidery on the go bag. Haveing it all in one spot ready to go makes all the difference. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  100. Hi Carol, Your projects are so neat! Thanks for showing them to all of us here in Oregon! You're little girl in the middle quilt is a masterpiece! I love the colors you chose. The purse is so clever with the added pockets! Thanks for sharing!

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  101. Love your lovely and super fun quilt! So sweet! Love the little sewing bag! Great idea! Thank you for sharing.

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  102. You have been busy. I always love to see what you come up with when it comes to these hops. YOu are so creative. Love the photo with the boys. Make me smile. thanks for sharing.

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  103. LOVE, lOVE the quilt. So bright and cheery. You did a fantastic job..

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  104. Amazing! Now I know why you have been so quiet--just real, real busy I can tell. You are getting into this embroidery stuff full throttle.

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  105. I adore the bib and little girl's quilt! The picture of the boys holding it up made me laugh out loud!

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  106. Wow! You have been busy. Nice projects. I live in St. John's, Newfoundland,Canada

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  107. The bib is adorable. Always love ME fabric.

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  108. I just followed your blog. I know I am going to enjoy reading it. My grandsons would be imitating your Monkey Boys - nothing to do with pink and girls!

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  109. I just followed your blog. I know I am going to enjoy reading it. My grandsons would be imitating your Monkey Boys - nothing to do with pink and girls!

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  110. HI! GREETINGS FROM MONTANA!
    WHAT A NEAT POST!
    THANKS FOR A SWEET GIVEAWAY TOO!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  111. HAPPY TO FOLLOW VIA BLOG LOVIN'!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  112. Your quilt is beautiful Carol. As are the bib and purse. I love the photo of boys holding it. Thanks for sharing your projects with us. I'm from Melbourne, Australia.

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  113. Oh,you are going to make some little girls day! That take-along purse is the best. Much better than the ziploc bag I use to carry my projects along with me!!!

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  114. Love all of your creations. Cute pic of your son's holding the quilt.

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  115. Love the melted crayons in purple on your coin purse. So creative.

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  116. gfc follower

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  117. OK you outdid yourself as usual! Great projects! Love the shy little girl ! And the ADORABLE boys!! Thanks for sharing your creative side! lol

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  118. And I am a fan and a follower!lol

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  119. Hiya!!! I absolutely love the bib and quilt. I just bought a few Mary Engelbreit fabric scraps that I can't wait to use, just gotta figure out what I'm gonna do with them---decisions, decisions. Lol. You're work is wonderful. Thank you for having the giveaway---love the fq's. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  120. Hiya!!! I am a follower, love your blog. Thanks for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  121. I just love your "girlie quilt" which is adorable as the boys are! ... and that frame bag is just stunning! TIA! B-)

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  122. Love, love everything you've made...Fantastic job!

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  123. Carol everyone of your projects are just adorable and I just love the sewing bag. I just love the friendly competition between you and Madame samm.lol

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  124. Oh my, such beautiful work ! Love love love that quilt! Thanks for sharing.
    Jackie
    jcmpmorrisonat gmail dot com

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  125. Absolutely love your projects!! Great work for being a newbie to embroidery.

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  126. Greetings from Illinois! What an adorable bib and quilt, and I love the bag. Cute, cute, cute! You do such lovely work!

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  127. I am from western kentucky. You did such a beautiful job!! babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  128. I live in Iowa. I love all your projects. That bib is too cute - I mean, do you really want a little one spilling on it? Let's just hang it up in the kitchen and talk about it. :) Perfect little quilt - monkey boys did a great job of holding!!!

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  129. I'm impressed with your ability to enlarge the purse pattern with such success -- kudos!
    krseitz at earthlink dot net

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  130. I'm impressed with your ability to enlarge the purse pattern with such success -- kudos!
    krseitz at earthlink dot net

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  131. I'm a follower on Bloglovin'. :-)
    Karen
    krseitz at earthlink dot net

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  132. such fun projects! Love the sewing bag! Also, I love the little bib-a-fore! So adorable! Your rivalry with Samm is priceless!

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  133. Great projects! The Mary Englebreit fabric really looks great with the little girl. Thanks for the giveaway too.

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  134. What wonderful projects! I love your little quilt, it's so cheery.

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  135. That quilt is too cute, and the painters tape is a great idea.

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  136. I am dying to make one of those like coin purses, your is very inspiring!

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  137. I'm from just south of Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
    mindingmomma(at)aol(dot)com

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  138. OH, you are so creative! I love all your projects.I also love and want those fat quarters. They are gorgeous and I could make a little purse too. I am a follower too. Sharon K. Lozano

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  139. This is fun to find lots of blogs with so many creative people! Thanks.

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  140. I'm from the Pacific Northwest!
    Love your projects.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  141. gfc follower: nicolesender
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  142. Loving the purse/aka sewing kit.

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  143. What a sweet quilt! Funny about the boys not wanting to be identified holding it:)
    I am from Texas:) Spring time here:)

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  144. I am an email follower at louster388@......

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  145. Carol...super cool projects...you never disappoint. The bib is darling as is the quilt with the Wee Tot. Yes, your boys are the cutest and too funny. They take after their Mom. Luv the sewing kit/purse. Thanks for the inspiration! I'm playing catch up on the blog commenting. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  146. Oh my goodness, Carol, your projects just blew me away! I'm a little tardy in reading blogs this week, but am I ever glad I dropped by! Love your quilt with the little tot in the centre. Your quilting is perfect, and the pic of the little monkey boys is so sweet! As for the little purse, it is too cute! Crayon melting sounds like fun and it seems to be another technique you have mastered. Thanks for sharing such wonderful projects, and congrats to the giveaway winner. Enjoy your Easter weekend!

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  147. Wow! Love your work!
    Thanks for popping in over on my blog....I'll be adding you to my list in my reader on BlogLovin'
    Hugs,
    susie

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