Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ms. P Designs USA Christmas Caroling Row Along

I'm sharing my blog with Ms. P. Designs USA to show off another amazing
row for the Christmas Caroling Row Along. I love their row!



We at Ms. P. Designs USA are so excited to be included in this year’s Christmas Caroling Row Along
 Event!  Many thanks to Carol, from Just Let Me Quilt, for hosting our blog post.  Thank you, Marian
from Seams To Be Sew, for inviting us and a HUGE thank you to each of our great sponsors! 

Ms. P. Designs USA consists of Sharon Andersen and Susan Hatcher, sisters who have each been 
sewing as long as we can remember!  Growing up as farm girls in Montana, we learned various types 
of needle arts from our mother and our grandmothers.  We both relocated to Houston, Texas, as 
adults, and we have never stopped creating.



 Our inspiration for our Christmas Caroling Row Along Event row came from some little Christmas 
mouse ornaments that Susan made and sold at many craft sales in the 1990’s.  People at work 
referred to her as the “Mouse Lady”, so when it was time to create Ms. P. Designs USA’s logo, the 
“D” in Designs became a little mouse.  Our row brings to mind those precious little mice that made 
Christmas just a little bit merrier for her children during financially lean times.


“Here We Come A-Caroling” was written in 1850, and was sung to wish everyone good health and a 
Merry Christmas.  Bands of singers (usually beggars and orphans) made their way through the 
snowy streets of Victorian England, offering to sing good cheer if the homeowner would give them a 
drink, a penny, or some food to eat.  Sometimes the singers were invited inside to stand beside the 
warmth of the hearth and enjoy some wassail, to warm their tingling toes and fingers before they 
went out to continue singing the joy of the Christmas season.

Love and joy come to you,
And to you glad Christmas too,
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year!

Our mouse family is dressed in typical Victorian-era costumes.  The mouse children represent two 
kids that you might see when you attend any children’s choir concert: the little boy’s enthusiasm for 
singing far exceeds his abilities (someone must have told him to sing loud during the rehearsal), 
while the little girl sings because it makes her happy (and it brings us joy to watch her)!  Mother and 
Father Mouse are dressed in their Sunday best, enjoying the family outing.


 Click this link to download the “Here We Come A-Caroling” pattern:  http://payhip.com/b/bQNz

The applique panel for our row was made using raw-edge applique, which Susan finished by hand 
with a blanket stitch and two strands of black embroidery floss.  The pieced star flower blocks were 
created by Sharon, using precision quick-piecing techniques.

Our sponsors at Northcott Fabrics generously provided several of the fabrics that we used to create 
our row model.   Our fabrics are from the following collections: “Magic of Christmas” , “Tis the 
Season” , and “Toscana”.  The rest of the fabrics came from our extensive private textile collection, 
aka “fabric stash”.

We hope you’ll enjoy our row pattern!  We’re happy to offer it to you free of charge through 
September 20, 2017.  You can choose to “pay it forward” by making a donation to the 
Samaritan’s Purse Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
www.samaritanspurse.org/disaster/hurricane-harvey, or another charity of your choice.  
If you are able to help, your financial support will make a positive impact on the lives of those
who are still in need after the devastating effects of the storm that affected our area.

If you’d like to see more of our quilting patterns, please visit our Craftsy pattern shop: http://craftsy.me/2gHVpVd

Please join us in showing our appreciation for Marian at Seams to Be Sew, and each of our wonderful
 sponsors!  “Like” their Face Book pages and leave a comment.  “Follow” them on Twitter, and 
tweet about the Row Along Event!  Let them know that you’ve enjoyed the Row Along and 
appreciate their generosity.  It has been FUN!

There's a giveaway, too, from Anita Goodesign!



a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here's the list of all the other designers:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017





Thursday, September 21, 2017
Martina Latimer




*More giveaway rules from Seams to Be Sew:
Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day. You'll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways. Not all giveaways can be entered at Seams To Be Sew. Winners will be starting on September 12, 2017, and finish announcing winners on October 12, 2017. In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their winners. You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned loses the ability to win automatically. With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.
You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don't do so  because there are no exceptions to this rule. If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address. In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway... do the right thing  and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and...
Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer  great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages.  Even if you don't win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you. No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
You must be 18+ in order to win a gift. You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed. All winners are chosen at random. All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the  blogger at the site where they won and here at [Seams To Be Sew](http://www.seamstobesew.com).  All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog. Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week
 and in total for all giveaways. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law. Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways. The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes. Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year in some cases, you will be asked to pay for shipping your giveaways.

90 comments:

  1. Such a fun and fabulous row, so cute and playful I to am thrilled you joined us for the Christmas Caroling RAL this year.

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    1. Thanks Marian! We're glad that you invited us.

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  2. Such a sweet row! I love the mice!

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  3. Thanks for being a great hostess! And thanks for the wonderful row!!!

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    1. Thank you Kelly! We hope that you'll enjoy your row.

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  4. This is such a great design, Sharon and Susan. So much fun and really gets one into the Holiday spirit. Keep on creating.
    Kat

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  5. What a wonderful row! The mice are adorable.

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  6. Carol, we appreciate you hosting us in your wonderful blog! I smile every time I look at these mice, happy memories of our childhood and the joys of Christmas!

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  7. Such a cute row! I love carolers and classic blocks!
    Susie

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  8. The mice are adorable. I've already downloaded the pattern. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Enjoy! We'd love to see your row, if you want to send a photo please.

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  9. Love your Pattern. I downloaded it and I can't open it. I get this error message. Adobe Reader could not open 'RAL 2017 Caroling Mouse Family.pdf' because it is either not a supported file type or because the file has been damaged (for example, it was sent as an email attachment and wasn't correctly decoded).

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    1. I just tested it and it appears to be working just fine. Thank you for letting us know! Perhaps you could try again?

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  10. Thank you for this fun row! =)

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  11. I love your caroling mouse. Total #CreativeGoodness

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  12. Love the mice ... Perfect for the row x row ... Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Oh, so mousy! I love them, and my cat can only 'look' at them. Thanks for the pattern.

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    1. Careful where you put them though; the mouse kids tend to giggle a lot when left to their own devices. ;o)

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  14. Ok, now this is just too stinkin cute. I can't help but smile when I look at it.
    Ms P...you've got that eye for whimsy that speaks to my soul!
    Thanks for a great row!

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  15. Love your row and the story behind it!

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  16. thank you for the mouse caroling pattern. L. Kuch

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  17. Very pretty, thanks for sharing and the giveaways! cork@pa.rr.com

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  18. It's a lovely design. I appreciated the story of the mice in your lives and in the row. Sorry, I don't FB, but I thank you so much for your efforts.

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    1. You're very welcome! The mice have been part of our lives for quite a long time.

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  19. Such a precious design ;-). Thanks!

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  20. Thanks for being a part of the Christmas Carol Row-Along! All the blocks are so cute! I especially enjoy yours!! Blessings!! Vivian wvoaks at comcast dot net.

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    1. Thank you Vivian! We've enjoyed the Row-Along too.

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  21. Wow! This is outstanding! The blanket stitch with the black thread really makes it pop! So, so cute!

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  22. Very cute row. The mice are super! Thank y'all for designing it. It's amazing!! Have a great day!!

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    1. Thanks! We have fun with all our projects and are pleased that 200+ people have already downloaded the pattern!

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  23. Thank you for sharing your block! I love it!

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  24. Such a sweet row. Love those little mice!

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    1. Thank you! Drawing and stitching the mice hit a happy place for me! I love them too! Susan

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  25. Your row is adorable, love those cute little mice! Thank you!

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  26. This is such a cute row...love it!

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  27. That is just so cute. I love the story about how the mouse came about.

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  28. Love your row! Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  29. Really cute row - reminds me of days gone by.

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  30. I love your row. Thanks for sharing

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  31. Fun row Susan, thank you for your time in creating it.

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  32. Ms. P, this is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Elizabeth, Silverdale, WA

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  33. Thank you so much for such a beautifully designed pattern.
    The family of mice are just adorable! :-) :-)

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  34. I love your row. however, i've downloaded three times and keep getting an error. argh. I can't get the file to open.

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    1. Hi Apple Blossom,
      So sorry that you're having difficulty with the pattern download. Have you tried to download on a desktop computer? Sometimes there are issues when using a phone or tablet. Send us a message via email to mspdesignsusa@gmail.com, and we'll be happy to send it to you by return email.

      Sharon at Ms P Designs USA

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  35. Thank you for this adorable row! Enjoyed reading your background story too of both of you.

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  36. I missed this hop, went through the earlier posts, so many beautiful designs.

    Debbie

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  37. What an adorable row! Thank you.

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  38. Your row is soooo cute! Thank you so much for sharing it.

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  39. I love that Christmas Carol and love the mice--they are so adorable! I also love the star flower end blocks! Thank you very much!

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  40. I especially like the pieced poinsettias.

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  41. Your row really made me smile! Those sweet faces singing with joy in their hearts and the bright colors are so much fun! I would love to embroider with Anita's designs!

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  42. Love those adorable sweet little mice. Such a cute row. Thank you for sharing.

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  43. Thanks for a very cute row design!

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  44. Your row is very cute! Thank you for participating in the hop.

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  45. Mrs. P Designs has created a very sweet and adorable row and I LOVE this Mouse Caroling Crew. Happy Quilting...<3

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  46. Thank you for the very cute mice pattern. We in Florida hope Houston is better.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! Our family was lucky, none of us (4 households) had any flooding in our homes, although it came really close!

      Did you fare okay in Florida as well?

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  47. Beautiful row, your applique is so precious!

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  48. Really love all the patterns, Thank you. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  49. Thank you for all your kind comments! As of today, the patterns are no longer free; however, Ms. P. Designs will be selling the pattern at a reduced cost (using the same link found above) and all of the profits through October 31, 2017 will go to Samaritan's Purse, a non-profit organization. They are currently working here in Texas after all our flooding, as well as in Florida. A worthy cause that Sharon and I both support.

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