Friday, April 1, 2011

It's Me......John'aLee.....from The Scrappy Appleyard

True Friendship Never Ends Block
I'm not a foolin'...
when I say....
I am tickled
down to my 
itty bitty tippy toes...
that Madame Samm
has invited me to chat with you all here today!
You know how you meet someone...
and instantly you know....
this is a kindred spirit?

Well...
that's what happened
when Madame Samm rung me
one snowy Sunday afternoon.

So about me....
I am a pattern designer,
and owned a quilt shoppe in Utah for 
several years...
A Picture from my Quilt Shoppe

before moving here to Nashville, Tennessee.

I'm happy to let you know
that I am going to be giving away...
one FREE Buttercream Summer
Mystery Block of the Month
Quilt Kit to one of you readers!!
A Summer Afternoon Read
Flowers For Sale
Grandmother's Flower Garden
Now on my blog...
I have shown the whole design process
of this quilt.
From original drawings...
mistakes...
etc.

Here are some of the works in progress for
the Grandmother's Flower Garden Block
And some of the others...
Sometimes I have to rework a drawing
several times
before I am happy with it.

And more times than I care to admit ...
I have to throw out my mistakes...
like the above pic.
I forgot to mirror image these
applique pieces.

And then here...
I cut out all 16 pieces for the chair
and ottoman...
thinking I was going to use them all.
Only to end up with 4 of them!
So who says a Designer's Life
is glamorous?
Ahhh....my friends...
it is very humbling!!
Very!

This next block....
I have over 200 hours invested in.

Not that it will take you 200 hours to make it!!
Straw-berry-li-Cious
I made the whole piece
before I was happy with all of the 
scrolls, strawberries and flowers.

I will say...
this is my very first time to do 
hand embroidery.
So don't be too hard on me!!
I finally figured out...
I had to have the drawing
perfect...
before it could ever go to fabric!
Just look at this first trial run...
YIKES!!!


This quilt has 8 blocks...
Next month I am designing all of the pieced blocks
to put the 8 blocks together...
which will create the center of the quilt...
and then it will be finished off
with a large border encompassing the whole quilt.
This final outer border
will have the scrolls, flowers and 
strawberries
 embroidered in it!


It has taken me a whole year to design this baby...
but I am hoping it will be a winner when
it's done.

So that's all for now folks!
Don't forget to leave a comment here at STASH and on my BLOG
to be included in the drawing!

The winner can choose either this color way...
or the other color way....
Parisian Summer.
(Hint: Gotta go to my blog  HERE to see it!)
 (Put 'Parisian Summer' into the Search Box)




WINNER IS #33
Renee....waiting for her to respond...
She is the lucky winner of this BOM


Thanks to all who entered....


Until next time...

Ciao~~

129 comments:

  1. Taken many strolls thru your blog and just lovely work. No wonder Samm is into buttercream - hmm. Love the 'Parisian Summer' in these blocks - yes just 'berry li-cious'. Thank you for guesting and sharing a wonderful give away with us.

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  2. Love the Buttercream version! Especially the latest block!

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  3. Awesome post. I love your photos and sharing the design process with us. your embrodiery is good. I think the colors of 'Parisian Summer' are cool. it is nice to see something different. And since you owned a quilt shop that tells me how hard of a worker you are. :)

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  4. They are beautiful blocks...love those Figgy fabrics in them too! Fun to see you posting here, John'aLee!

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  5. Madame Samm thank you so much for sharing the
    Scrappy appleyard with us. I visited their blog and it is wonderful....I am going to have to try that transfer stuff for applique' they are talking about....Very nice of you to share, thank you Mam!

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  6. I enjoy all the blogs you share with us, and especially John'alee. And the Parisian Summer is beautiful.

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  7. Thank you for sharing with us. You do beautiful work.

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  8. So creative! Thanks for sharing your process of designing. It is very time consuming, but rewarding!

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  9. This is going to be a lovely quilt.......yes, a real winner! Love the name "Buttercream". Sounds and looks yummy!

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  10. I forgot to let you know that I prefer the Parisian Summer. Thanks

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  11. Combining embroidery and applique.....always a winning idea. Both colorways are lovely.

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  12. What a delight, and to think so many hours goes into making it perfect.

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  13. Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous. I adore applique and embroidery and have never combined the two. LOVE LOVE this quilt!!! The Parisian Summer designs are the cutest I have ever seen. So much talent!!

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  14. I just LOVE what you are doing with this quilt - absolutely gorgeous. It would be wonderful to win this kit and to have the huge problem of choosing which colour!!!

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  15. All those hours spent on designing these is definitely worth it - they are lovely. I am in total awe of people who design all these stitchery patterns. Well done!

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  16. You are so very talented. I'm happy that Madamme Samm introduced me to you. Love your designs.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  17. Very pretty, love the Parisian Summer version much. hugs

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  18. I just love your beautiful designs, thank you for sharing it with us.

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  19. You did it again Samm! Made my day with such a nice guest for this morning =^}
    Spring is here, a whooping 22 degr. C will hit the streets, and I will be confined to sit in the sun, sewing, windows open to view the Y (part of Amsterdam harbour) where the first cruising ships will come in! Not that very bad a place 2 B today! ;^}
    Irene from a yet misty Amsterdam

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  20. A new blogger to me - off to have a look around!
    Great interview - thanks!

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  21. It's buttercream for me love the colours in it and the designs are awesome, have just been over to your blog for a quick look...now going back for a longer look. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. Very cute and so much work goes into the whole process, who knew? Would love to make it. Thanks!

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  23. Oh my goodness I love your work all those swirls and curls and femanine fabrics (drool) ;0)
    thank you for sharing your creativity ttfn Nicole

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  24. Buttercream version will be my choice.
    You have done a great job....I love your embroidery.

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  25. Thank you for the chance to win. Your quilt will be a winner.

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  26. Lovely work! Would love to win this in Parisian Summer. Thanks for the chance! Can't wait to see the whole quilt put together!

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  27. Wow -- what a lovely quilt in either color. I especially love the buttercream. All the details!! Just gorgeous.

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  28. Good Morning JOHN'A LEE. look it is April 1st...what a delightful new beginning YOU and Butter CREAM! And you know how I feel about this new BOM it is that a BOM = B-eautiful, O-vertly feminine and M-ine.....lol... Ohhh got a bit carried away...I just love every one you have done sew far..This speaks to me...Sharon (1st) comment was correct.. I LOVE BUTTER CREAM....and You ! xx

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  29. I love the 'Parisian Summer' version. Thank you for sharing your design process. Can't wait to see the pieced blocks.

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  30. Your work is beautiful if not glamorous. Of course a quilters life rarely is.

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  31. So much work for a beautiful product. Love the blocks!

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  32. Just visited your apple yard and love the artistry in your work. I would be happy with either of these kits. You surprise me if I am to be the lucky one honored with one of your quilt kits. Thanks for the giveaway and keep on designing!

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  33. Lovely post and creative work - just beautiful ! Thank you for the chance to win one

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  34. Very pretty BOM! I'm off now to look at your blog - it's new to me!

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  35. What a lovely quilt! I may have to learn embroidery, too.

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  36. Just visited Scrappy Appleyard...

    Some nice stuff over there. Keep up the good work!

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  37. I just love these blocks!!
    Great work.

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  38. Very beautiful - love the sunflower

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  39. I love your design and sharing the process with us. Thanks for doing such a nice interview.

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  40. Thanks for sharing the behind the scenes a little more in this post. One person is going to be very lucky indeed!

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  41. What's not to love about this quilt - applique and embroidery - both my favorites, and the 'Parisian Summer' fabric line. I never knew there was this must challenge to design decisions. Awesome giveaway and wonderful opportunity. Thanks from Judy C

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  42. Amazing work! I would so love to win this pattern! blessings, marlene

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  43. What a wonderful giveaway. I love your designs...so cute. Hugs

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  44. Your work is wonderful, cozy and cheerful and very inviting. Thanks for showing your process-what a wonderful artist you are. I've been thinking about doing embroidery on a quilt or a wall quilt of some kind, and your pattern is perfect. Thanks very much.

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  45. How fun to use embroidery and applique together. I love your work!

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  46. *waving* Hi, John'aLee! Great giveaway, lady!

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  47. Gorgeous! I just loved seeing your work!

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  48. Love this one by John'A Lee. Always enjoy stopping by her blog.

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  49. The best of both of my sewing loves! Embroidery is so much fun and beautiful. And my my the artistic talent to do these designs. Thanks for the opportunity to win a pattern. Beautiful!

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  50. This is marvelous - I may have to REALLY give hand embroidery a try again. Maybe I improved since I last tried it - you think?

    Hugs - Marie

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  51. Love the use of the embroidery to enhance the applique. How pretty!

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  52. I absolutely love your design ideas, thanks for showing them to us. I like the colors that you are using here on Stash Manicure, so if I'm lucky enough to win a block, that color would be fine with me.
    Keep us the good work, I'm anxious to see the completed quilt!
    Marie

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  53. So pretty! I love the colors and how dainty everything is.

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  54. Love the use of embroidery with appliqué. Beautiful blocks. I never realized the amount of time and energy that goes into designing a block. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  55. Oh my goodness, your work is very inspiring...never had a clue that there was so much involved in designing. Guess I thought ya'll were so talented the designs just popped into your heads and then you drew them out, and away you went! LOL
    Just finished my very first applique project and now I'm raring to go on more - love the Parisian Summer colors!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  56. I love the block with the reading chair. Reminds me of my grandmother and her pile of books.

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  57. I'm scootin' right over to the Appleyard from here. Thanks for sharing the fun pics of an artists process.

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  58. Oh, my--I love embroidery! Thank you so much for bringing this today--it's truly the best of all worlds for me. I'm rushing over to discover a new blog.

    Thanks again!
    Dot
    dminshall67@yahoo.com

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  59. Oh how fantastic is this lovely quilt! It does not get much better than applique and embroidery. These are my two favorite things to do. I just love both color ways and the fabric is just fantastic. All of your hard work shows.

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  60. So much work you put into the process....but, It comes out just beautiful!!

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  61. Beautiful guest blog! I love all the different elements of embroidery and applique, and the colors are gorgeous and fresh.

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  62. Wow! It will be a wonderful quilt and I hope I get to work on it one way or the other. Thanks for all the hard hours of designing.

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  63. Thanks for bringing this guest blogger to us. Her stuff is lovely. So much work for her

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  64. I am learning applique and stitchery because I love that in a quilt. This BOM is fantastic, so cute and detailed. My chin dropped on the floor when I saw the chair :-)
    Think for a chance to win this gorgeous pattern.

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  65. Your love shows in your work John'aLee.
    Your post is a sweet way to begin my day.
    I'm off to see your blog.
    Hugs,
    Gerry

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  66. Lovely giveaway. I like the colorway. Would be a fun project. I have been following along with your blog for several weeks or more. I'll go there now and post. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  67. SWEET GIVEAWAY!
    LOVE THE BUTTERCREAM FABRICS+YOUR DESIGNS
    THANKS SO FOR SHARING WITH US QUILTERS!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  68. Lovely. With summer coming, hopefully, would be wonderful to have some hand work to do.

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  69. I am very impressed with all the work you put into designing your quilts. They are wonderful. I love both colorways of this quilt. Thanks for sharing your process.

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  70. Absolutely beautiful! I haven't tried to do embroidery on my quilts yet, but this is really tempting me! :)

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  71. Just beautiful work - I love combining sticthing and quilting. Thanks for your generosity! Piece....

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  72. I just love the blocks on this quilt, it is so gorgeous and unique.
    I love being able to see new designers, that I did not know about and learn about them and their quilting.

    Debbie

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  73. It is good to hear just how much time and effort goes into a design.. I sketch something, and it isn't as good as those others, so I quit, and toss it out. Thank you for sharing your talents and efforts and process with us.

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  74. I would love to win your giveaway. I have read your blog faithfully and also visited your quilt shop. "Great Shop" and I miss it.
    Marge

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  75. I would love to win this BOM. I have just started appliqueing and would love to do more.

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  76. Thanks for showing some of your creative process. So much fun!

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  77. I Love the Buttercream Summer designs -- it was so fun to see the creative process!! Love your website, too! Thanks so much for the inspiration, and the opportunity!

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  78. Your charming designs are so nice to view. I would like to try making them.

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  79. I just love these blocks, and would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

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  80. I love the blocks...thank you for the wonderful giveaway....

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  81. What a lovely quilt this is going to be! Thanks for sharing the process.

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  82. I love the embordery along with the applique. I don't think I seen a single flaw. Unless being too beautiful is a problem.
    Seriously it looks fantastic!

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  83. I love your buttercream summer mystery blocks. They are just gorgeous!!! Thanks for giving us a chance to win. You are so generous!!! Hugs Ariane

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  84. This is an adorable pattern and I love the Parisian Summer colorway , so fresh and pretty .

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  85. LeAnne O. solo663@aol.comApril 1, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Just love these sweet and precious blocks... al special and unique with the embroidery and applique...awesome...simpley awesome. Great giveaway.

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  86. This is such a pretty pattern -- and as I want to learn to applique, thank you for the tips. I've started embroidery so know would enjoy making this quilt. This is a really, really, good post. Madame Samm, thanks for having today's guest.

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  87. HI JL! I'm so happy to see you over here at Stash! You are keeping good company:). Thanks for sharing your design process- your BOM is fabulous! (along with your other patterns)!xxoo

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  88. The buttercream looks so inviting. I love the combination of applique and embroidery. I haven't tried them together yet but the purse looks like the perfect one to start with.

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  89. I love the patterns I saw on the blog. It will be a darling quilt. I enjoy the fabric and the stitching. That makes a really pretty piece.

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  90. Love your blocks, I'm babbling!!!

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  91. I just love giveaways. Its good to know that I am not the only one who have to try something "several" times before I get it right! Thanks, Lisa

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  92. Awesome kit that combines some of my most favorite things to do, quilt and embroider. I hope that I win it. Thanks for the opportunity

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  93. Thank you for sharing your design process with us. I see that it takes many hours, so may I say thank you! We all Love your amazing designs!!

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  94. Thanks for offering the chance to win this lovely kit.

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  95. Sweetie, I love following your progress on this, I love it SO much - you have a wonderful eye for design and I love all the attention to detail! I can well believe all the hours - I only do little stitcheries, and even they take longer than I think they will. I can't imagine designing a whole quilt like this, but I'm so glad you are!

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  96. I love your designs - very fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  97. Thanks for sharing about your design work. I never realized how much time it takes to finalize a design. No wonder they look so fabulous.

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  98. Oh, you know I am a huge fan of yours and would love to win one of these!!!

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  99. LOVE the Buttercream blocks!!! Such alot of work you have done! Wowie! You are amazing!

    Thanks for chance to win! Woohoo! What a Treasure to make!

    Hugs!
    Lori :)

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  100. Your patterns are great! I love the Parisian Summer colorway. I visited your store in Panguitch while attending the Quilt Walk a few years back. It was delightful and the fabric choices were amazing.

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  101. Love your designs! Thanks for sharing the process! I love the buttercream!

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  102. Your designs are super cute!

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  103. Your blocks are lovely. I especially love the flower cart.

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  104. Love your work, and was surprised (truly surprised!) at what you have to go through for all of us. And we want you to know we appreciate it. I love both the butter cream and the parisian summer, so please, if I win, send me whichever one you have most of in stock. I'd be thrilled to have either one. Thanks for your generosity in the giveaway.

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  105. Thank you for sharing a "first draft" picture. It's way too easy for all of us to think these things just roll out of your brain and off your fingertips, and are perfect the first time. It encourages me to take time to do my projects right. Thank you for insight and giveaways.

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  106. Beautiful design and fabrics! It is so neat to hear about the design process of this pattern. It is beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy Stitching!!!

    gale
    galew417@comcast.net

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  107. I love these blocks. I think my favorite so far is the chair and ottoman but then the flower cart is pretty cute to and well they are all fabulous.

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  108. Thank you for sharing the designing process...WOW it does take a lot of time. John'aLee you are amazingly talented....and would luv to win the Buttercream Summer Giveaway....my favorite quilts are a combination of piecing and applique or embroidery...now I'm going back to your blog....(:

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  109. LOVE your pattern! so cute - especially the Parisian Summer
    greetings from sunny Germany Brigitte

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  110. Sorry that you closed your store. Utah will miss you. I have bought a couple of kits from your store. Love this BOM. Buttercream looks great. Thanks for the give away.

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  111. What a generous giveaway. Looks so cute.

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  112. Love the BOM! It was a pleasure to meet you in Fort Lauderdale recently. I'm having such a great time with your hexagon templates that I need to order more. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  113. I enjoy your blog and have loved this quilt!
    Thanks for sharing your design process with us!

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  114. I loved the blog, and the BOM. Would be fun to win the giveaway.
    Marci
    marcih@kc.rr.com

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  115. I had no idea of how involved the process is - but your blocks are soooo..different from anything else I've seen I thought they would take some time to design. I'm sure they will be in high demand and I'm sure they are filled with love (at the beginning and the end anyway -lol).Good job! Treasure your creativity!
    vboschman@shaw.ca

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  116. Beautiful fabrics, colors and designs. Love the different things you have pulled together to make the blocks. Lovely.

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  117. What a wonderful design. Excellent work!!!

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  118. Darling, as always. You design the most beautiful blocks!
    Patricia :o)

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  119. The blocks are all beautiful and a wonderful combination of stitchery and quilting. Thanks for sharing the process.

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  120. What a beautiful design - bet the quilt is gorgeous.
    Am loving to embroider these days, so this would be right up my alley!!
    Love to win

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  121. Love the applique and embroidery together. What an inspiration!

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  122. Thank you for a wonderful post! your designs are beautiful!
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  123. Great blocks and thanks for sharing the making of it.

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  124. OH, I adore this quilt! Stitchery and applique quilt blocks have been my haven since last August when I had unexpected surgery and then another just 3 weeks ago. I have to wait a while before I can work at my sewing machine though...so I will have to keep doing the hand stitching I have fallen in love with. It would be so great to have your beautiful quilt to work on. Thanks for a chance. Hugs...

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  125. The Blocks are geourgeous. Great ideas. You are a true artist.

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  126. I've been on vacation and am probably too late for the drawing, but I love this pattern and your colors. Great work!

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  127. Just wonderin' if this has ended..........and if so......WHO won the Awesome Kit??? Can't find info anywhere.....searched both Blogs. ARRRGH! LOL Thanks for ending my curiosity....LOL.... :)

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