Saturday, December 11, 2010

Create a little, Create a lot...just Create...



Hi! I’m Jane from Sew Create It and I’m really honoured that Madame Samm invited me to post on Stash Manicure.   There have been such talented people before me; I hope I keep up the standard with my two cents.

I started quilting in 1994 when a friend of mine told me about a foundation paper piecing class at the LQS.  At the time I was into dress making and thought quilting seemed liked hard work.  I didn’t see the sense in cutting up little pieces, only to sew them back together... but when it was suggested I could use my scraps to make quilts, my interest was piqued.  So off I went to the class with my rumpled scraps.  I still recall the teacher’s face when she realized I hadn’t bought yardage for my project... in fact I hadn’t even bothered to iron my scraps!  The lady of the shop was less than amused!  Not being deterred at the first hurdle, I joined the other ladies and learned to paper piece.  I was overjoyed at the thought that I had found a use for my dressmaking scraps and went home with a new spring in my step.  It was not long after that class, that my interest in dress making waned and within a couple of years I had started my cotton stash and had all but given away anything that wasn’t “quilt” worthy.  And thus started my quilting journey!

For the longest time I sewed on the dining room table, but in recent years I have been fortunate enough to have a designated desk in our extension.  Of course, I still manage to spread out across that room and back into the dining room where I have 2 cupboards to store fabric and tools.


I have always been a scrap quilter... and I suspect I always will.  But I do try and keep my scraps in order and trim them down into more usable sizes so they are at the ready when inspiration strikes.

 
Even my coordinated quilts have a scrappy look.  


As I started my quilting journey with paper piecing and scraps I thought I’d share with you a pattern that uses both and would be ideal for Christmas.  I wrote this pattern just for you here at Stash Manicure and I promise you this is a quick enough project that there is still time to make one for this Christmas.

Click here for the PDF pattern for the Mini-Christmas Tree Runner

Many thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me to write a post for Stash Manicure.  I hope you enjoy the pattern and if you do make one up, let me know!

Merry Christmas!

 p.s
Stash Manicure would also like 
 to offer another Giveaway!


Quilt Pattern from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company
her newest pattern
 Route 44 by Carrie Nelson.

Leave a comment, draw will be Monday morning...





#66 Judi, please connect with me...
and congrats.. you have won this Carrie Nelson Pattern..
I am sure you will enjoy her latest design...
Blessings...
( and to all those who commented...there will be more 
chances sew keep checking in) 

124 comments:

  1. Thank you for a cute, easy little pattern. Perfect to whip up this weekend. And these trees are great for beginner paperpiecers, too. A perfect hostess gift with a little tray of cookies.

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  2. sweet little tree pattern ~ thank you!
    love the scrappy look too..

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  3. Thank you for hte pattern. I think I will try this with my scraps. Love it!!

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  4. Love the mini tree skirt! Have only done one little paper piecing project before. It will be so much fun doing yous. Thanks for the great project. Kim

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  5. I like the pattern as well as that scrap quilt! the color combination is gorgeous.

    I have a giveaway on my blog. A gift card sponsored by CSN Stores. Please do come over and visit.

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  6. I love scrappy. I am a lazy quilter and love the process of sewing...picking the colors, not so much. I would LOVE this pattern, it is ME!

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  7. I think it is great that you use your scraps on a regular basis. I need to be better about this. I'm so glad you weren't discouraged by your first quilting class. Thanks for sharing your tablerunner pattern.

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  8. What a great easy pattern and just
    enough time to make one or two for
    Christmas.
    I vist Stash manicure everyday -
    excellent site particularly for
    scrappy quilters.

    julieclarke01 at bigpond dot com

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  9. I find it fascinating to learn how everyone begins their quilting journey. Lovely pattern

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  10. This is a darling little piece! It really uses a bunch of scraps. Now I know what to use my leftover Christmas fabrics for! Thank you.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  11. Thank you so much! This is such a lovely little runner! So cute!

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  12. The table runner is just tree-riffic! Thanks for sharring.

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  13. Thank you for the charming little table runner pattern! Scrappy quilts are the best (in my opinion).

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  14. What a great little runner pattern Jane! Thanks you from one former dressmaker to another! I love your scrappy quilts too! And what a great giveaway, a wonderful start to the weekend!

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  15. Love the table runner.....fabulous! Thanks so much :)

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  16. What a great pattern-perfect for the scraps I'm generating from other projects. I started as a garment sewer as well-just gave away the last of my non-quilt stash (to make room for more quilt stash).

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  17. What a clever way with 4-patches, all dressed up and interesting. I'd love the pattern...

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  18. That is a cute tree runner! Thanks so much!

    And a pattern give away to boot. Feels like Christmas or something!

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  19. Thanks for letting us get to know you! I absolutely love the mini tree runner! Thanks for sharing the link too.

    Merry Christmas!

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  20. Such a great post!! Thanks for sharing your quilting journey with us. It was great to get to know you better. Thanks for the wonderful little pattern. Being a scrap quilter myself, this is right up my alley! I hope to have a chance to make it before Christmas!! Hugs Ariane

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  21. Thank you so much for the adorable Christmas tree runner pattern. I have already saved it in my to make folder :)

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  22. I love anything with trees - this is very nice and just the thing for yet another quick project to finish before the holidays! thanks!

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  23. Thank you for the cute pattern. I would love a chance to win a Miss Rosie Pattern. Happy Holidays!

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  24. Love the tree pattern! I'm going to have to try and get that done this year. I also am excited at the chance of winning the Miss Rosie Pattern. Thanks!

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  25. Good Morning Jane, although no doubt it is a little later than that over there....but still may I serve you a spot of tea? Your post, mmmm always nice to hear where one we began and what diversified stitches lead you to here. Your tree pattern is just lovely. Funny how the simplest things make such bold statements. Sew appreciate you joining us, and looks like others felt the same too..I am pouring for you all...who's first?

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  26. Always love the ideas on Stash Manicure. And now a giveaway! Thanks!

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  27. Thanks for the giveaway! Thanks for the pattern.

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  28. What an adorable table runner! Love the trees. Thanks for including me in the giveaway :-)

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  29. Thank you for the free pattern -- it's too cute! :-)

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  30. Thank you Jane for the tree runner - I'm off to download it!

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  31. Adorable little pattern! Thank you so much for sharing and joining us at Stash Manicure!

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  32. Thank you so much for the pattern - it's such a cute design.... I want to stitch one right away :0)

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  33. love all of those little patterns. Enjoyed reading your post.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  34. I always love to hear how a quilter got started on their quilting journey....how long they've been quilting and what they like the most...and least about quilting.... I've printed the tree runner pattern and I've been struggling about a pressy for a friend and I think I just found it. Thanks bunches.... love your post. I feel I'm a winner already just by following Stash Manicure and reading all it's wonderful posts....you guest bloggers are sEw aWEsoME. Would love to win ROUTE 44....have a wonderful weekend EVerYonE.

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  35. I am constantly amazed at all the wonderful ideas that show up on Stash Manicure.

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  36. Beautiful little table runner - thank you.

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  37. The little table runner is so cute. Thank you

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  38. Nice to see you here Jane! Awesome website you have and even more awesome photos! You know I am an admirer. I like the little runner too, thanks for the pdf!

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  39. Carrie is one of my favorite designers, as well as a really nice person with an adorable dog!

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  40. Jane, so nice to meet you! And thank you so much for the pattern. THat is a darling little runner!!!!!

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  41. Thank you for the pattern, I love the trees, especially the one with the slanted fabric strips. Very cute.

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  42. WOW talk about a stash buster ... it's so pretty. thanks also for the tree table runner.

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  43. Thanks for the table runner pattern. That maybe everyone's Christmas gift next year.

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  44. Hi Jane! Thank you so much for the sweet Christmas Tree table runner pattern. I'm a new quilter so have been looking for easy patterns to sew. This is adorable and looks "do-able" for me! And it would be awesome to win a quilt pattern - thank you so much for the give away, Stash Manicure!

    Merry Christmas,

    Cyndi

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  45. Wonderful post - thank you very much for the adorable tablerunner pattern. Runners are just the right size projects!

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  46. Ahhhh a girl after my own heart, taking your scraps to a quilt shop for a class. I too have done so, and gotten the same look of disgust! All I can do now is smile, and keep on stitchin! Thanks for the great tutorial. I plan to work one up soon!

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  47. I love scrappy patterns and the table runner is so cute!

    Linda
    http://eatsleepquilt.blogspot.com

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  48. Thanks for the pattern - I especially like the idea of gifting one with a tray of cookies!
    And thank you for the chance at your giveaway!

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  49. Thank you for a very festive pattern...and thank you for a great giveaway...

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  50. I love EVERYTHING Miss Rosie and I really love that Route 44!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  51. The tree runner pattern is darling and a perfect use of scraps.

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  52. Merry Christmas and thanks for the chance

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  53. Jane, I LOVE your scrappy tree pattern. Totally my style. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  54. Cute scrappy trees! Just the thing when you crave a little sewing time. And of course I love all things Rosie.

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  55. What a cute little tree runner! Thanks so much for the pattern.

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  56. Love your scrappy quilts Jane and thank you for sharing your pattern!

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  57. thanks for the tree pattern. saw it at a friends house Thursday and wondered where she got it. will be making one. Love the give away pattern also.

    Merry Christmas

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  58. What a wonderful tree "runner", both the cartoon and the actual runner. Miss Rosie's pattern would be a great scrappy pattern.

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  59. Jane, I love your scrappy quilts. The pink star quilt and your mini tree runner are both so pretty. Thanks for sharing the pattern for the runner and for giving away away a Miss. Rosie scrappy pattern.

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  60. I love scrappy quilts too. What a great giveaway.

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  61. Such a cute runner to use up some of my stash! Thanks!!

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  62. I love scrappy quilts!
    Thanks so much.

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  63. Thanks for the cute table runner pattern. This will definitely be on my list for next year. And thanks also for the chance to win the giveaway.

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  64. Cute table runner! Thanks for the pattern! What a cute pattern in the giveaway that I wouldn't mind winning at all!

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  65. Thanks for the tree pattern. It's so cute. I want to make some for presents.

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  66. What a great idea......must be time to raid hubby's toolbox lol
    Chris

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  67. I too have lots of old fabric from dress and other clothes making. I use them from time to time for creative embellishment on art quilts. Love your tree runner!

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  68. Cute table runner. Thank you. Would love the chance to win the pattern. Love Miss Rosie's patterns.

    Darlis

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  69. I was directed here from Sew Create It. I am adding you to my Google Reader...I like your aesthetic. Always looking for new fun ideas!!

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  70. Thank you so much for the cute pattern - love it, as well as your blog - I read you all the time and your guest post was awesome!!

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  71. Thanks for the wonderful pattern and directions! Paper piecing is something I shy away from but this looks like something to try. Congrats on the guest post.

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  72. FANTASTIC blog today!
    Thank you SO MUCH for the tree table runner pattern too! I think I might just TRY this form of quilting...you make it look like FUN!

    Kim

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  73. I am glad that you did not quit because you had a rough start. I love your post. Thank you. Also thank youfor the give away!

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  74. What a cute scrappy tree runner! Thank You! Another thanks for a chance for the giveaway!

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  75. Thanks for the great project and the awesome giveaway!

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  76. Like everyone else I'm in love with Miss Carrie! But your tree runner...so very cute. :) I might just get to make it the week before Christmas because I plan to be through with everything by next Sunday. One week. Oh my. But my son and family come that day so it must be true - finished in one more week! Thanks for the great pattern. blessings, marlene

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  77. Awesome stash buster. Thank you for the chance to win. pamspinks.blogspot.com

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  78. I'm just learning to paper piece so this pattern will work well..not too difficult, short and sweet...in other words..JUST RIGHT! Hope I win!
    Merry Christmas
    Gmama Jane

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  79. What a lovely little table runner. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  80. Thanks for the tree pattern and the giveaway. Both look fun.

    Billie

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  81. Thanks for the table runner pattern. I will try to make one before Christmas! I would love to win the pattern!

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  82. I love the cute tree pattern. I think I'm going to have to make one next week. Also I love, love, love Carrie's patterns, and would be thrilled to win that one. Thanks!
    And Merry Christmas!

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  83. What a cute christmas tree runner. As one who never gets christmas projects done, I think I can handle this one. Route 14 looks adorable and just the right thing for scraps.
    Thanks!

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  84. Cute trees. Glad you graduated from clothes to quilts! And thanks for the opportunity on a Rosie pattern!

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  85. I would love to win this pattern. Thanks for a chance.

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  86. Jane lovely to see that so many more people will be able to enjoy your blog and your fantastic photography as well as the quilty content. Liz

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  87. I love trees and love scrappy things. Great little table runner and thanks for the chance to win the pattern.

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  88. The table runner pattern is so cute with all the trees, which I know I can make. Some tree patterns are too difficult for me. The Miss Rosie's pattern also looks like one that I can make, and the 4 patch is a favorite block. MadameSamm, please enter me into the drawing (my zebralongwingbutterfly picture icon disappeared from google). Thanks, Marcia W. alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  89. Great timing for the tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

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  90. Thank you for the runner pattern. Love small scrappy patterns!

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  91. Thank you for this cute Christmas Tree table runner! Thanks, too, for the chance to win the new pattern from Miss Rosie:)

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  92. I think I am going to try to get the tree table runner for Christmas! I would love to win the pattern from Miss Rosie!

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  93. The Christmas Tree pattern is very cute. I can see it being next year's pattern.
    I have been a follower on Stash Manicure for a while now and I'm learning soooo much.
    Thank you and Merry Christmas!
    Sherill

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  94. Thanks for the pattern! I look forward to trying it using some of my scraps!

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  95. Great post, Jane. Thanks for sharing your story and I love the runner!

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  96. Cute pattern I love the paper pieced trees!

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  97. Love the table runner pattern and really like the Giveaway pattern. Thank you for the chance to win it.

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  98. I truly enjoy the inspiration from this blog. So many ideas that it is hard to keep up with them all. The table runner is a keeper but not for long. I vow to use it instead of saving it. My resolution is to save only those ideas and patterns that I am committed to completing. Carrie's pattern looks like an ideal choice to use up stash as well.

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  99. Thanks for the giveaway and the tree runner.

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  100. The table runner is too cute! I'm gonna have to look around for more green! The giveaway is beautiful!

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  101. You know, I think I love this blog because I am drawn to non-traditional quilts. Even though some of your guests are traditional quilters, most of them are scrappy and appeal to me. I don't see a lot of scrappy quilters in "real life" these days and appreciate the inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  102. What a great variety of contributors to this blog. I enjoy every one.
    The tree runner is cute and I'll just have to make one.
    Nothing compares to the scrappy beauty of a Miss Rosie quilt. Maybe I'll be the lucky winner of the pattern. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  103. Thanks for this post. I really like scrappy quilts, even when it's a coordinated scrappy look. I have never been brave enough to try paper piecing, so I applaud you for doing that with your very first quilt!

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  104. Thanks again for such a great post in a fantastic blog.

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  105. darling little pattern, thanks for sharing!

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  106. Thanks for the little tree pattern and the chance of winning a pattern.
    cindy cke49 at yahoo dot com

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  107. The tree runner is really cute. I hope I can find time to make it. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of Carrie's patterns. I like it.
    Mary

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  108. Thanks so much for the pattern. Love being able to use my scraps.

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  109. Trees and Greens what goes together better?
    The pattern is perfect. and will get used in my world for sure..
    Merry Christmas to every one! We all have a reason to celebrate.
    The pattern drawing is nice, thou I never win.

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  110. Those scappy trees are delightful, I can use up some greens for that. Love Carrie nelsons patterns, thanks for the pattern.

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  111. Thank you so much for the mini tree runner pattern! I love it and have to make one for this Christmas :)

    Great give away, thank you!!

    SheilaC

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  112. Thank you for the free table runner, what a fun pattern.

    Char S.

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  113. Love your tree runner Jane...very cute! Thanks for the pattern :)

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  114. ooh how cute are those trees? so very cute! i have filed away the pdf for beginning on pressies for 2011 next year. Thank you for the pattern!

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  115. Thank you for the mini-tree runner [pattern. So cute! And thank you for the giveaway of a Miss Rosie pattern. Love her patterns.

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  116. It's nice to see you here Jane - love all your scrappy quilts and your amazing photography as well.

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  117. I'm like you...I'll take quilts over clothes anytime....well,,,at home, anyway...

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  118. That's an adorable runner Jane -- thanks for the pattern!

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