Sunday, May 26, 2013

It's A Flowery Day For Me And You!

+ 2 Extra Days!

It's my turn to play cheerleader on this one...whoohoo!
It's finally here! I've been so excited just waiting for this day to arrive.
I've heard there are lots of others who are pretty excited, too!

Madame Samm comes up with some of the most creative and
inspiring blog hops, doesn't she! She's got some amazing sponsors, too...
check out this giveaway from Andover on her blog:

Today is MY day to show you what I made with flowers.

I love those felt pillows that are so popular, but I didn't have any felt, so
I improvised and used some red fabric and Comma fabric to create this pillow.
It was so easy to make after checking out a few tutorials online.
Even my kids liked it so I will definitely be making more!

I had fun making this quilt with some Charisma fabric I've been holding on to 
(I still have LOTS more), which started with a pattern by Sunset Crochet and Quilt 
called 3-D Flowers Quilt. It was an easy quilt with great instructions, but I did different
flowers because I'd already started making some and didn't want to remake more. 
(I do tend to veer off from pattern instructions, anyway.)
 I used the vintage buttons I found on my little outing last week.

 I tried a new way to add binding and loved this method, mainly because I'm
not great at hand sewing binding on and this way is done totally by machine!
I found it HERE.

If you're interested, here's how I made the flowers...if not, scroll on down to
see who else is hopping and see the GIVEAWAY.

I love these templates for cutting different sizes. Yes, I do have an Accuquilt, Big Shot, 
AND a Vagabond to cut out shapes, but of course, none of them were the exact size I needed. 
Start by cutting six circles out of your fabric for each flower...I made 5 1/2 inch circles. 
(I love those little clips for keeping them all together.)
 Fold one circle in half and baste on the raw edge
(it doesn't have to be perfect.)
 When you reach the end, pull up the gathers and start on the next folded
circle using the same string of thread to connect them together.
 Keep going with the other circles.
 When you finish the sixth petal, pull them tight and
stitch the first petal to the last petal to make the flower.
 They are so EASY you could make a garden full of them!

Oooo....a giveaway, too!

Cherry from Cherry's Prairie Primitives makes such cute little dogs (and lots of other things), 
so I bought one just for this occasion--she added that flower for me...too cute...and it could 
be YOURS if you win! There will be a some mystery fat quarters thrown in the package, too.

SILLY LITTLE RULES TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY:
  1. Leave a short and sweet comment. 
  2. This one is important! Make sure I can contact you if you're a no-reply blogger. *If you don't get a reply from me, you're a no-reply blogger or something else is screwed-up.
  3. I'll mail it anywhere...yes, even to the other side of the world.
  4. Giveaway ends at 6 p.m. PST on June 4thEntries after 6 p.m. PST on June 4th will not be included in the giveaway.
Look who else is blooming on their blog today:

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Thanks for stopping by to visit!

141 comments:

  1. Thank you for the instructions for your flowers. I love the button center :-)

    Have a great day!

    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  2. LOVE your pillow!!! AND your quilt...it's all I can do to make myself go to sleep and not try whipping up some flowers right now - thanks for the tute! This is going to be the most wonderful hop yet (true..I say that every time..lol) - THANKS for being such a wonderful head cheerleader!!!!!

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  3. Such pretty flowers in your "garden" ;)

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  4. Oh Carol, I just love your pillow. Your flowers? I soon want to try them thank you for showing us how. And thank you for being a wonderful cheerleader. I can't wait to see all the projects.

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  5. I just LOVE the pillow! And buttons are a must. I've seen the binding before - have to try that on a project as I think it really adds wonderful accent.

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  6. Love the pillow and the quilt! If it weren't midnight I would be trying out your tutorial on the flowers. I know what I'll be doing in the morning!

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  7. Przepiękna kołderka w kwiaty!
    Your flowers are beautiful!

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  8. I LOVE your pillow it is so awesome. And your quilt is so wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial and the great give away.

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  9. Carol I have to say I love the pillow also...very pretty. But your quilt is just awesome and thank you so much for letting us know about making the flowers....just so much talent in one post...

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  10. I love your pillow, what a great flower, the 3D quilt is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial.
    Thanks for being our cheerleader, enjoy the hop.

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  11. Adorable pillow, fabulous tutorial and I adore your giveaway prize. Must check out that binding method too. Many thanks.

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  12. I love making fabric flowers and your tutorial is excellent. Thank you! Your projects are just lovely. I bookmarked the blog with the binding tutorial (which I watched...a must-try for sure). And I HAD to watch the Honey Badger video. HAD to. Honey Badger just. don't care. :D

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  13. Love your black & white pillow, the red flower is just great. Thanks for the tute on making the flowers.
    lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  14. Sorry i had to delete my previous comment...full of typos ( hate spell check) LOL
    Love the quilt !!!

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  15. What a lovely cushion! Love your 3d quilt too. Its so fun. I might just teach my 6 year old, she's love flowering everything up.

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  16. I love the flowers, I will be making something with your tutorial for my mother who is in the nursing home. She loves flowers. Thanks.

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  17. Wow, looks like you put a lot of work into it!

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  18. thanks so much for beeing our chear leader... :-)
    Wondeful flower, and quilt.
    Would love to participate in the give-away.
    Thanks for instruction reg. the circles and flowers.
    Hugs InGa.

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  19. Really lovely flowers! The cushion is stunning! Such a cute dog!
    carin(dot)aschan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  20. The pillow is gorgeous and the quilt is stunning!
    Love your flowers. Yhanks for the tutorial and also for being such a wonderful cheerleader in this hop.
    Cheers!

    Jeanneke.

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  21. Thank you for the instructions for your lovely flowers. I love the button center :-) and now I must try to some for me too :)

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  22. Hi Carol
    You make these flowers look so easy - thank you!!

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  23. Carol, your pillow and quilt are adorable. I have seen those flowers but didn't realize how they were made...thanks for the help and the chance for the cutest little giveaway! Great start to the blog hop...well done!

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  24. I sat here this morning and what did I see..
    a giant flower peeking out at me
    I awed and ohhhhh and set a thunder
    will she beat me now , you bet ms wonder...lol


    absolutely gorgeous! ..

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  25. Great projects. Thanks for the flower instructions and the cute giveaway.

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  26. I do love those pillows with the big flowers on them. Yours is lovely. And your flowery quilt is very cute too.

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  27. Your flower pillow is awesome; the quilt is beautiful; and, I really appreciate the instructions for the dimensional flowers!

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  28. Love the huge flower pillow and the 3D flower quilt! All wonderful! And thanks for the binding link... I've never seen this and will certainly give it a try. Happy Memorial Day!

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  29. What beautiful flowers! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Love the quilt and a great idea. Used this no end of times for projects with the Boys when they were younger. Thanks for sharing and the Giveaway. Susie x

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  31. Oh Carol!!! wonderful work on your quilt....I adore the pillow!! thanks for the giveaway.

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  32. Wow Carol that red flower on the pillow is huge and oh so beautiful! I really like your flower quilt. I have made some small flowers like those on your quilt before and I like them a lot.
    I have a friend who makes quilts with her own 3-D flowers and leaves on them. 2 of her quilts were in the Fiber Arts Fiesta, which I took photos of and linked to on my blog. There were a few other 3-D small flower quilts on display too, but those weren't Jeanne's.

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  33. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and the inspiration. You are a very creative lady!

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  34. I love the little flowers. I will be trying that. A cute little projects that my granddaughters would love to help me with. What a nice give away.I hope to see you on June 3rd for my blog.

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  35. Lovely! And thanks for the flower tutorial!

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  36. Love your flowery projects. Thanks for the great tutorial & the chance to win.

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  37. Wow Carol: Terrific flowers. Thanks so much for the binding tut too.

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  38. Love your flowers and happy to say I have those templates!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Jan

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  39. What a great way of making flowers. So lovely your projects

    Frederika

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  40. I love your pillow! Also, your quilt is precious. I have always wondered how to make those flowers. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

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  41. Lovely flowers, my mother bought me a couple of sets of the Kanzashi flower makers. I made a couple of barettes for the girls but not much else. Great binding tutorial over at 52 Quilts. I have seen it several places and mentioned several times. Beautiful quilt.

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  42. Carol!
    Oh my goodness! :D Love your flowers!!! And thank you so much for the tutorial on those adorable flowers!!! I have a summer hat that is going to be embellished very soon with a 'bunch' of these cuties!!!

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  43. Love these flowers! Great job. I have to have this dog! Soooooo cute. Thanks for the chance.

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  44. A goregous quilt. Thank you for sharing the awesome tutorial :)

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  45. That quilt with the flowers is absolutely AAAAdorable---thank you soo much for sharing how you made the flowers. I want to try this. :) And that little puppy dog is just too cute for words. :p
    badgershipley@gmail.com

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  46. Love your flowers! But most of all, your pillow! I think I'm gonna make one too!! :D

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  47. Love the flowers. Thanks for sharing. bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  48. Love the quilt ! Now I know what the rat was up to ! LOL and thanks for the flower tute. The pillow is g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s- ! Wowzers !

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  49. That is a beautiful idea for a quilt and nice tutorial, wonderful pillow too, would be beautiful pieces for a sunroom.

    Debbie

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  50. I love the flower pillow. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Carol, I am happy to see how to do those flowers as I "Flunked" making some last week. I was trying both a round petal and a square so a friend is hopefully going to show me where I messed up at our quilt meeting.

    Love the quilt and the "wow" pillow!

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  52. Your pillow and quilt are wonderful, thanks for cheering this hop on...I look forward to everyone's posies!

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  53. What a beautiful quilt, Carol! You never disappoint. Great job!

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  54. I have spent over 30 minutes or more reading your blog, enjoying the projects and tracing down all the tutorials provided. I have several new techniques to add to my bag of quilting tricks! I will be sharing those cute little flowers at my sewing group this Thurs. and I will experiment with that binding trick on my current project. Thanks Carol...as always you Blow me Away!! Great Job on everything! That red flower simply POPS!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  55. Beautiful quilt! You are so very talented babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  56. Those fabric flowers are really cute...and with your tutorial...they look easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

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  57. Wat een prachtig kussen heb je gemaakt!
    Bedankt voor de workshop van de bloemen.

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  58. Oh WOW! Love your flower quilt. Thank you so much for the show and tell about making the flowers. Now off I go to read more.

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  59. Beautiful flowers. I need to try one.
    tvbart@charter.net

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  61. Your red flower pillow is sew fabulous! The 3-d flower quilt is lovely. Thank you, Carol, for the how-to photos and instructions for the flowers and the links ... :) Pat

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  62. Thanks so much for cheering this hop. It must be a lot of work but it is so appreciated. Your flowers are all beautiful. That pillow would look beautiful in anyone's house and thanks for showing how you made the little ones for the quilt. I had seen them before but forgot how to make them. Beautiful work.

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  63. Que colcha maravilhosa! Adorei seu trabalho! Um abraço.

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  64. Your pillow is just bloomin' fun and the quilt is sweet! Once again you've raised the bar for "you know who" ;D
    Thank you for the chance :)

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  65. Love your red flower pillow!
    Thanks for the tutorial on the small flowers :0)

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  66. Beautiful pillow and quilt!!! I bet my daughter woul dlove one of those pillows... will have to go searching:)
    Thanks!

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  67. Cute flowers! They look so easy to make!

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  68. Wow! Those fabric flowers are great...and so easy! Thanks.

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  69. Hi Carol, Your pillow is fantastic. Thanks for showing us how to make the flowers on your quilt. I have some of my grandma's buttons that I could use. Thanks.

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  70. Your quilt with the little flowers could not be cuter but that pillow is over the top super! Thanks for the tut on flower making too.

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  71. OMGoodness - I guess I will have to fight Mdm Samm for that pillow because I know she will be wanting it too lol! I mean gorgeous! And I love the clever little flowers you made for that quilt. You have just had a bloomin' good time haven't you? Terrific!

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  72. You definitely know how to say it flowers, Carol! Love, love, love your flower pillow. Red on black is so classic and gorgeous.

    Sweet 3-D flower quilt. You know my weakness for vintage buttons, right? ;o) No wonder I'm drooling over this quilt. lol

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  73. A very sweet, flowery quilt you made. Your pillow? Wow, that just knows how to bloom!

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  74. another awesome blog hop thanks and a lovely dog how cute. thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  75. Hi!!! Wow!!! I love em all!!! I love your pillow done in fabric!!! Your flower quilt is beautiful!!! Great binding technique!!!! I will have to try that one!!!! I know I will try the flowers!!!! Thanks for the fun!!!! Another great hop!!!!

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  76. ps I love your flower quilt too. nice love the vintage button centers nice touch.

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  77. Wow, great flowers on your blog, love your pillow. And your quilt is great too!

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  78. Love your flowers. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  79. Love your flowers. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  80. cool flowers, I have to try those one day

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  81. Wow, the pillow is so great, greatings from Germany!

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  82. Thank you for the great flower-making tutorial!!! It looks like something I could even make - you did a fab tut!!!

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  83. Love your big flower! So pretty on a pillow. Thank you for showing us how to make the small flowers, I will have to try that. Spring and summer are on their way....

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  84. Love your flower quilt! Thank you for the tutorial and for being the great cheerleader for this hop.

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  85. I love the flower pillow its so full and beautiful!!!!! Your quilt is so super cute!!!

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  86. Love your flower quilt. and the tutorial for making the flower. They would make great embellishments on a purse

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  87. OMG! I don't know how you do it. Absolutely gorgeous.

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  88. Love your Quilt!! & thanks for tutorial on making the adorable flowers!! :) Also love the pic of mouse w/ buttons! (actually, I really think it's a Pack Rat tho! lol) Guard your Buttons!!!

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  89. I love all your 3 dimensional flowers. Thank you for the little tutorial. They do LOOK easy.

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  90. Hiya Carol!!! Love that pillow, it looks so full and comfy. I think that even I could do some of those flowers lol. Thanks for sharing the tutorial for them. And thanks for having the giveaway, he is soooooo cute!!! Blessed be, hugs!!!

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  91. Very lovely. I love your flowers. You should have put a button in the hands of the mouse. S/he already looks like s/he is chewing on something. I thought s/he was chewing on the buttons!

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  92. I love your work! Thank you so much for the flower tutorial. I'll plan to make some with my granddaughters when they visit at the end of the month. I bought them a sewing machine for Christmas, and they've been having a great time!

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  93. Thanks fo rcheering us along this go round. Love the flower tutorial. That is much needed by me. Love your projects. Very pretty.

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  94. The binding looks really good, I can't wait to try it out!
    Love your quilt!

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  95. I agree with you about the sizes of the circles!! Love the clever way of doing the flower petals, and I can't wait to check out that binding.

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  96. Love that you went BIG with flowers in the hop!!

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  97. I love, love, love your pillow! The 3D flower quilt is so sweet for a little girl. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  98. Hello Carol,
    yor red pillow is fantastic and I just love the small flowers. Thank you for telling s how to make them.
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente

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  99. So cute Carol - I love, love the rose! blessings, marlene

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  100. What fun! loved the circle flowers and the instructions. Thanks

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  101. The tutorial is terrific and I will love to make the flowers.

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  102. Oh, my goodness! I love the big red flower pillow. The gathered flowers are fabulous! I'm going to be back when I have some circles cut out as I've got to make some of those!

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  103. Your binding looks awesome! I'm off to check out how you did it. Lovely flowers, too! What a nice post today - so happy and cheery!

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  104. Carol I absolutely love your pillow, it is gorgeous. the quilt is lovely too and thanks for showing how those neat flowers were made they look really cool. ..as usual you get an A

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  105. LOVE your flower pillow! Wonderful flower quilt. Thanks for the flower tut and the link for the magic binding.
    Congrats on being one of the chosen.

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  106. I love the pillow; I'd seen the project using felt but it's so neat to see that you used cotton fabric and it turned out perfectly. The quilt is fab - adorable flowers. That is a wonderful binding and one I'm going to remember and try to replicate.

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  107. So pretty! Just my kind of flowers too--I can't kill them! lol Love the puppy-hope I win it! Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  108. Really cute flowers and they do look easy to make!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  109. Well. you really set the bar high! I love the flower pillow-it really makes a statement. I think I would like to copy your quilt with the 3D flowers and buttons. I also love your little mouse, how adorable.

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  110. I really like your dimensional flowers, and thanks for the tutorial. I am always looking for something different and those flowers could be so versatile. You made a beautiful quilt with them, and I love the pillow too!

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  111. Love the pillow and the tutorial for making flowers, wonderful, you make it look so easy. Thanks for being our cheerleader.

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  112. Gorgeous flower quilt: it is beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial of the flowers, must try to make some soon :-)

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  113. I love that pillow! Great job! :)

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  114. Wow! Amazing. Thank you for sharing with us!

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  115. I've got to make some of these flowers -- so cute! The dog is awfully cute too.

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  116. Carol,
    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial on making the flowers. I wouldn't never have figured that out on my own. I have it in my favorites, now! Even I may be able to do these flowers with your clear instructions. I knew you would be a great head cheerleader! Thanks for assisting Samm to make what I know will be another extraodinary hop. I learn great tips and am entertained as well blown away by all the creativity all the time. I can already tell I am not going to be disappointed this time either. Thanks for all the fun this is going to be.

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  117. How very cute. Thanks for telling me how you made the flowers.

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  118. Lovely projects! And the puppy is adorable. pbstrand@msn.com

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  119. What a fun pillow and the flowers on your quilt are wonderful! Looks like I have something new I have to try! :-) Thanks for an adorable give a way.

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  120. Love your 3-D flower quilt, those antique buttons were the perfect finishing touch!

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  121. I loved all of your pictures and tutorials, thanks so much for sharing.

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  122. I loved all of your pictures and tutorials, thanks so much for sharing.

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  123. Carol, just wanted to say congrats on being a creative pick of the day. As always your projects are amazing!!

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  124. Congrats on creative pick..you never disappoint!

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  125. Lovely! And thank you for the great tutorial too.

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  126. Who doesnt love that beautiful pillow! I took a quick peek the other day but was too tired for commenting... Just came from the symposium and was over tired... Have been hopping along this morning playing catch up... :)

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  127. Love the flower pillow. I Hope to be able to join in on another swap soon

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  128. I'm a little late here. Your projects are stunning. My jaw dropped when I saw your flower pillow! BEE-U-TEE-FULL and my fav color combination too. So when you get tired of it just let me know and I'll give you my address. ; )

    Thanks for the information for the binding method. I'm definitely going to try that next time I do a binding.

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  129. Thanks for the tutorial. I think the flowers are really cute with the button center!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  130. how lovely they all are
    Thank you for sharing

    Robin in Washington State
    assweetaspeaches hotmail

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  131. I am soooo far behind looking at everyone's project. I love your giant red flower. It is just fabulous! And so is that quilt! Great work again! :)

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  132. Thanks for the tutorial! Can't wait to try the flowers.

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  133. Your flower quilt is so cute and cheerful, and the little dog is adorable!

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  134. Love the flowers especially the pink pillow. What a great blog hop. Thank you for the cheer leading.

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  135. Great pillow and thanks for the flowers tutorial!

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  136. Gorgeous flowers. Thanks for the tutorial and Thanks for sharing.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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