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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Every Quilt has a Story....

Hi ya'll!
I'm back.

It's John'aLee ...
from...


I thought I'd share with you today...
my journey into
the world of
Quilt Business.

It all started with one quilt.

Meet Me In Paris
This quilt...
made my business.

And the funny thing is...
I not only designed it way before I even had a thought
of going into 'the' business...
but I almost...
GAVE UP
on it!

While I was working on it...
I had finished the center piece
at Quilt Night
with my girlfriends...
when there was a knock on the door.

A man was asking for me...
so the lady of the home came and got me.

Before I could say anything...
papers were shoved into my hands...
and the man said...
"You've been served!"

I was not only shocked...
I was terribly embarrassed.

The ladies wanted to know what was going on...
so I sat down with the 19 page 
Restraining Order...
restraining me from my youngest child.

Tears streaming down my face...
I shared with the rest about 
the 'darling ex.'

The man initiating the papers...
who
walked out on me 
and left with his secretary 
when the kids were just 3,4, 7, and 8...
many years previously...
and currently owed more than
$100,000 in back child support.

To make a short story out of this...
I will tell you that I stood up in court...
stood my ground....
and would not bow down to the judge
or my attorney
who both wanted me to just agree
to never spank my child again.
I told them I would not 'please man' 
and turn my back on what I knew was right.

I eventually won
and brought my child back home...
but it was this quilt that went on to
become my best seller...
and still is.

I call it God's Quilt.

And I thought I'd show you pic's of
it done up in
several different colors:
Made from one of our Batik kits...
This one is made from a Mary Rose line of fabric...
In this picture you can see two of them I have made. One on the show wall and one on the table below it.

This one on the left was made by Nan Nay of Panguitch. She let me borrow it for a show run.
Another one out of a different Mary Rose line that I made for my dear Friend Jenette who had lost her husband to cancer.
Made from one of our April Cornell kits....hanging at the Pueblo Colorado show.
Made from one of our kits by my dear friend Marla McDermitt
A picture of what our 'Meet Me In Paris' kits look like made up for a show.
I had no idea how much this quilt would bless me.
We have literally sold 
'thousands' ...
of kits, rulers and patterns
off of it...
and it is still our number one all time best seller.

I continue to design custom kits
for people all over the country.

Several people have come up to me at shows
and have  shared their own
"Meet Me In Paris" story with me.

Today in Paducah...
it happened again.

A lady came up to me
and told me she bought a kit a few years ago
from me when she was a new quilter...
just learning.
And she couldn't believe she could make it.
She has gone on to make several Meet Me In Paris' quilts...
but the story that touched my heart
was when she told me about making one for her mom...
and presenting it to her just a few days before she passed away.
She said her mother wept when she saw it  and said...
"That is the most beautiful quilt I have ever seen."

I've heard several stories of it being used
to raise money for breast cancer research...
one such group was the San Francisco Quilt Guild...
who raised over $6,000 on their raffle quilt...
and even had it written up in their newspaper.

Several people have also one 'firsts' at Quilt Shows 
all over the country who have made it and entered...
(Hmmm...I'm one of those who feel I'm not good enough to enter a quilt into a show...)

This last year it was written about on the front page...
of 
The Wall Street Journal!
It was a story about  truckers who quilt.
And the one being interviewed was a customer of mine..
who has the back of his semi set up as a quilt studio...
and he was working on Meet Me In Paris when they
took pics!

My soul is touched...
my heart is humbled.

I thank you all 
for sharing in with my story.

And the moral of the story...
is...
don't give up on a quilt.

When I was so discouraged and embarrassed about
being served a restraining order in front of my
quilting girlfriends no less....
even though I wanted to give up...
something inside me inspired
me to find the spirit
to continue on.

We never know...
how our own God given...
creative talents...
will touch another person's life!

So carry on dear friends!!

Sending Quilting Hugs and Love...


Editors note: 



Winner is Chris Kanter, she has been notified this morning, sorry for not letting you all know...thanks for entering too..
There will be more threads to give away...sew come on back...
 Chris, I will be mailing this out tomorrow with a few
extras. patterns, books, and needles...

Do you need some Thread?
Since John'aLee uses lot's of it
and quite a bit of pastels..
Why not a GIVEAWAY of these fine
sewing  embroidery threads by 



And as always there will always be
extra goodies thrown in..
( I am known for that)


Thanks Presencia for being a great sponsor...
All Followers and Subscribers are eligible...

Tell me, are you thinking of incorporating 
embroidery into your quilts? 
If sew, describe what you are stitching,.


 John'aLee has some fine BOM at her website and store
The scrappy apple yard store
and visit her blog
You will smell the apple blossoms

Thanks John'ALee and Presencia...

Winner Announced Monday Morning
May 16th....



145 comments:

  1. Hi Samm I have never tried there threads but I heard wonderful things about them....take care..

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  2. What a wonderful story. How hard it is to be a single mother. I was one myself for many years with a ex that also did not like to pay support. Good for you for standing up for what is right. Love this quilt it is beautiful no matter what color scheme.

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  3. I don't know how to embroider. I'm one of those newbies who is still trying to get the hang of it. The story is inspiring. We all need goals and creative outlets.

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  4. The Wall Street Journal. You are famous. I love your stories and I have met you a couple times, you are as sweet as pie. Your quilts are beautiful. Nice to see you here.

    I would love this thread and I do embroidery, working on some roses for my aunts birthday.
    cdr at beauderest.com

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  5. What a fun and inspiring story. I am working on a quilt now, nothing fancy, but made none the less out of my head...made up so to speak. it is sometimes hard to keep going when you doubt your abilities.

    I love this thread...and could always use some more!

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  6. What a beautiful story ... lousy, memorable beginning that proves preservance and faith find a way. Thank you so much for sharing, John'aLee!! Madame Samm, the threads are beautiful! I just finished one little project and have to now get back to commission work, so there'll be no embroidery for me in the near future, but they are beautiful!!

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  7. This is a grand story and good for you standing up for what you know works for YOUR child. Congratulations on your hard work and success! May God continue to bestow his grace and mercy on you and yours! Love the quilt and expect to purchase a kit in the near future. Thanks for sharing your very heartwarming story!

    hugz

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  8. I have heard in the depth of despair comes great and wonderful things. God Bless you deary, you have certainly been blesse in many ways. Thank you for your story and sharing your heart. I am going to see that I get me one of your Paris kits. yessiree. Amen

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  9. Some of the most wonderful things come from sore beginnings. Thank you for sharing with great honesty a personal side. I love to add embroidery (and cross stitch) into quilting more and more. I have not used the Presencia threads - yet. Wouldn't it be a wonderful new beginning.

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  10. I enjoy incorporating embroidery in quilting very much, but primarily do machine embroidery. Currently working on some quilts for disabled people that will be given free boat rides in June, as part of an annual Wheelchair Regatta. And each of these lap quilts have a variety of machine embroidery designs on them.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

    PS - I also posted about your giveaway on my page where I share insights on contests & giveaways:http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html

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  11. What a touching story. I would love to start embroidering into my quilts but haven't tried yet. maybe I'll start with a few phrases.

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  12. My old machine does limited embroidery (has a few stitches), so I haven't thought much about adding it. I have never seen or heard of Presencia thread, love to try new things!

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  13. i was gifted a spool when I first started, I cant afford it , But I sure do love them.
    thanks for the opportunity
    carol c
    aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

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  14. I just purchased a pattern for a child's quilt of the "Little Bunny Foo Foo" rhyme. The pieced blocks are interspersed with the rhyme in embroidery. What fun to try out the new Presencia threads on that quilt!
    Thanks again to the sponsors for their generous giveaways!

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  15. What a great story. Thanks for sharing John'aLee. Quilts are always such a healing art. I have seen Meet Me In Paris at many a quilt show, and yes, I have your pattern and ruler. It looks fabulous in so many different fabric lines.

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  16. What a touching story! You truly made some lemonade out of the lemons life handed you. God is good, all the time.

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  17. I really enjoyed reading that inspiring story. As for embroidery in quilts - can't get enough of it. I'm about to start on a coin quilt.

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  18. No I have never thought of including embroidery in a quilt, I am still learning all the techniques of quilting.

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  19. I'm trying to build up the courage to do a bit of embroidery in a quilt. I haven't really done any embroidery since I was a child. I don't think I've improved any. :D
    Meanwhile I am doing a simple top of alternating four patches from Moda's Fresh Cotton line that I hope will turn out well. I've got the four patches sewn and the full blocks all cut so now it's just getting the two together

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  20. I love embroidery. Here in France there are two woman very popular for embroidery. On my blog you could see some examples of what I made . I also LOVE Sue Spargo, go for a workshop in Italy next week to meet here....... Love to win the threads!!!!!

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  21. A great story and a wonderful quilt to go with it.... I have only recently started incorporating some sort of stitchery into my quilting.... adds another dimension
    Hugz

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  22. what a inspiring story ,i have just finished my first quilt but on my next one i intend to embroider my name and other details.so would love to win some threads .

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  23. What a wonderful story. I love the look of embroidery in a quilt. I just bought a pattern for one and can't wait to get started on it. Thanks for the give away.

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  24. What a moving story - thank you for sharing it
    I'm starting to use some basic handstitched embroidery in my quilts but I haven't tried machine embroidery yet!
    I haven't heard of this thread before - is it available in the UK??

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  25. Thanks for the inspriation and the wondeful story. May everybody's stories end up with happy endings!

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  26. That's a very inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. Quilting has been solace to me for years. I'm glad your experience launched you into such success. I have been incorporating embroidery into my quilting for a couple of years now. I keep embroidery projects at the ready for travel. I just completed the 12th block of 12 Days of Redwork by Alex Anderson (except mine is green) and am now working on some Red Brolly pictures, with other smaller works in between. Red Brolly had a picture of sisters sitting on a bench, one holding a book and a cat, the other stitching. My sister and I, to be sure!! ~karen

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  27. I haven't tried embroidery in a quilt but my MIL is very into embroidery. She's making embroidered gifts of all kinds. I would love to win these threads to surprise her. jklmengland@windstream.net

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  28. Amazing what can happen when we don't give up and stand up for what we know is right in our heart.
    This quilt is just so gorgeous in all the different colorways! Gorgeous!
    xx, shell

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  29. I so commend you for standing up for what you knew was right and the inspiration for anyone reading this story to "just keep up the fight". Bravo for you! It sometimes amazes me how God works his plan and everything turns out okay in the end. Blessings to you and your family!

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  30. Embroidery! Yes! I am in a swap, and I hope to have enough to make a quilt very soon!

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  31. What a wonderful story. You did fantastic standing up in court.

    I'm planning to do embroidery in quilts, because I love it. I'm still trying to make the stitches nice and even enough to put in a quilt. I would love to make a quilt with flower and birds in applique and embroider details on and around them. So the plan is there, now the rest LOL.
    Those pastel colors are gorgeous, thanks for a chance to win them.

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  32. In the past year I have started including embroidery in some of my quilts. I'm currently stitching a BOM sponsered by Little Miss Shabby.

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  33. beautiful quilt. Glad it worked out so well for you!

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  34. It's a beautiful quilt -- and a great story!
    I'm having my grandchildren draw pictures of birds which I hope to embroider and incorporate into a quilt. I'd love to win the threads -- the colors are gorgeous!

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  35. You are one courageous woman! And I love the fact that this quilt and your God given creativity were the tools to bring you into a new life of blessing. Thanks for sharing your story with us all. Quilters are sew dear! And it is so true that God "restores the years the locusts have stolen."

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  36. I have many thoughts of adding embroidery to my quilts. As usual my mind hasn't quite settled on any one idea yet. I've thought of doing more hexagons.. like grandmothers flower garden.. but adding little ladybugs to the centers of the flowers with embroidery. I've thought of adding embroidery to an applique project.. however I havn't started that project and I'm not certain what embroidery it needs yet. I just LOVE the hand stitching, it is SEW relaxing! (That and I can't just sit and do NOTHING.. I would go nutz)

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  37. I have a pattern for a quilt that has embroidery incorporated on it. I want to make it for my MIL who is the sweetest person. she has gone through so much the last few year. and i would love to do something just for her.

    this story was very inspiring. i can see why this quilt is so popular. it is beautiful.

    uschbear at gmail dot com

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  38. Thanks for sharing your inspirational story - funny how life works sometimes. I have not tried embroidery but have it on my "to-do" list

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  39. John'ALee, thank you for opening up and telling a story that is both scary and inspiring. It is amazing what God can do, when we do what we know is right. And see how the ripples grew, and how many lives were touched by you, and your lovely quilt! Awesome!
    I am currently working on a "May for Me" project which is my first venture into embroidery on a quilt! Would love to have those pretty threads to use!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. Great post, John'a Lee - it can't have been easy to write, but you did it well! Love seeing all the different variations of your quilt, too! I hope you're back in town and able to visit soon....

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  41. Wonderful quilt and each quilt DOES have it's own story, doesn't it? I am currently working on a hand embroidered block for a friend who put out a request for blocks for a themed quilt; I drew it up in my infamous cartoony style and am happily stitching away. I've never used Presencia threads, but have heard other rave about them.

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  42. I make graduation quilts and love to embroider the child's name and a picture of the class flower on the quilt. All my labels are embroidered.

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  43. My Meet Me in Paris quilt kit is patiently waiting for me. It is on my short list of quilts to get done this year. =) Love ya, lady!

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  44. Until recently i never thought of adding emboridery to my quilt, but have started with a BOM called Birdie stiches by lil miss shabby. Its been alot of fun creating such a unique center to my block! Thanks for the give away, and the beautiful post today.

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  45. Your story is inspiring and your quilt is gorgeous! Keep up the good work and godly work. I've been doing some embroidery on a calendar wallhanging and would love to try the Presencia threads.

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  46. I have an Ursula Schertz pattern that I will be making and it incorporates embroidery with piecing. I hand quilt and so my quilting is like embroidery. At the moment I am quilting hot air balloons and hearts in the white spaces of a baby quilt for my brand new grandson. The hearts are in white thread but the balloons are in blue quilting thread.

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  47. Thanks for sharing my friend!! Quilters are the best and I am sure it embarrassed you but God knew just who to have you near for that shock of your life!!

    ps...Let someone else win the threads. I have tons of machine embroidery thread. Now if it were hand floss...I am seriously in need of that!!

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  48. if i won the thread i would give it to my mom. She uses it in her quilts sometimes. My favorite was when she made a quilt for my daughter and a matching one for her dolls. Each square had a Barney (yes the dinosaur). The background was purple pansies. It was just perfect.

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  49. Good Morning JALee, and yes as each quilt has a story sew does every LIFE - a story. And I know of few who have not had some trials in their life and can I add everyone of them has HEART. It is like those who suffer, get the lesson and open their hearts wider instead of closing them. How lucky for us, you have opened yours sew we can pour our love into it.... very touching...and inspiring. And I love the quilts in all of their designs...

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  50. Today's story was a blessing of hope for all of us! Thank you for bravely sharing it. I LOVE the Meet Me in Paris quilt!!! I want to make one...now! vbg
    I do incorperate embroidery in some of my quilts. In fact today I'm layering 2 Funky Monkey, (Moda), quilts. I have embroidered squares with sock monkeys, and pieced squares. These quilts, along with sock monkeys and sock monkey pillow cases, will go to children rescued from abuse.
    Quilts are the ultimate comfort gifts aren't they?
    Thank you for the chance to win such pretty threads!

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  51. What a story of how God takes something ugly and makes it beautiful. :) He's good at that!

    I've not tried machine embroidery yet (other than the fancy stitches my machine can do) but I am always inspired by the work on this awesome blog: http://marvelesartstudios.blogspot.com/ Check it out - you won't be disappointed! :) Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  52. This dear lady had a booth at the quilt show in Phoenix in January. It was quite simply the most beautiful booth in the entire place! My SIL and walked through it about 5 different times. Totally amazing! Thank you for telling us the story behind your fabulous quilt and your company!

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  53. So glad you won. He has a lot of kharma to work through.

    My mother loves butterflies so when we moved her to assisted living I made a quilt for her that had 4 big butterfly blocks in the center. I embroidered them from drawings in children's coloring books. She uses those books to color in now that she is in the Alzheimers wing of the nuring home.
    glen

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  54. What a great story and a great pattern. This was put on my list of things to get when I go back to work. And I love to embroider, what a great thing - to combine 2 things that I love to do.

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  55. I'd love to try some of that thread in my Quilting. Might have to find the Pattern too, I'd be happy to take a 1st place at our Quilt show in September. It's a dream of mine, gotta dream, right? What a story to go with this quilt.

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  56. I have seen you and your beautiful display at many quilt shows and can personally say that every color way you use is stunning. Your booth has always melted my heart when I see it, it's so beautiful. I have yet attempted to use the scallop border ruler I bought, but it's on the drawing board! :-)
    I love embroidery in quilts, and have a very special, fun one I am working on right now. Hopefully it will be ready to unvail in about a week or so!
    John'aLee, you go girl, no one can keep us down but ourselves and choosing to rise above, no matter now difficult, can make for wonderful results. Congrats! Your an inspiration and I hope many can learn to be as strong and creative as you are...

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  57. This is a heart warming story. Thanks for sharing as know it must be difficult to write.
    Madame Samm, thanks for the giveaway for the thread. I am working my way through my first stitchery for a quilt - the LMS Birdie Stitches. It is sew much fun. There are several others I have on "my evergrowing list" that could use the Presencia rather than DMC floss. Please put my name into the drawing - I follow stashmanicure!

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  58. Thank you for sharing your story! I'm a new quilter after being around this amazing craft for so many years. I went to my first show in Cincinnati last month and was overwhelmed with the amazing quilts, tools and fabric that I saw. One of the things that struck me deeply was your quilt. I saw it the first night and could not get it out of my mind. I went back the next day and bought the pattern, thinking that it will be quite a while before my skill level is up to making this, but I had to have it for when I am ready. I haven't tried embroidery on my quilts yet, but it is on my list of techniques to learn.

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  59. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I needed your post this morning...inspiring, motivating with a little dash of Winston Churchill thrown in..."Never, Never, Never Give Up!" I'm sure he was talking about quilts! I loved your story of your quilt, loved seeing the pics, and truly love knowing you have overcome so much! Thank you! xo, Nan

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  60. How absolutely inspiring! And I love your pattern. It's funny that I'm seeing all of this about embroidery in quilts right now. Maybe it's been being talked about and done more for a long time but I never noticed it? Several months ago I ran across a pile of flying geese I'd made and had so many left. They were a perfect color combo for my daughter. She'd picked out a saying she wanted stitched so I stitched it on black and I'm doing a line of marigolds under and above it. Then I'm going to do a border of the geese and a small black and red border - either one on each side of the geese or just outside. Who knows - I'm winging it.

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  61. Wonderful blessing in that quilt! Of course, that lesson that I try to remember (sometimes it IS hard) is that God blesses us in our hard work not when we give up.

    My current project is a quilt for my Dad who just had to move into a skilled nursing facility. I do want to work on adding embroidery to my projects; I want to do some free motion embroidery on landscape type quilts. I've become very interested in trying that.

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  62. I have never tried this thread, but would love to. I'm working on a BOM that has mice in it and I've embroidered on them. Thanks

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  63. I loved this post...everything! The best part was reading about an amazing, strong woman.

    Please don't enter me in the draw because I don't have any desire to do the 'E' thing...thanks.

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  64. I am working on an embroidery mystery quilt right now - and also a Cinderberry stitches one with embroidery.
    Love the look.
    Love the story.

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  65. Your personal story of trial and triumph inspired me as it must have inspired others!! I was SEW surprised to read such a personal story and yet glad you shared because it makes you seem very REAL. I love the people I meet among our quilting blog neighborhood. We see each others posts so often that we begin to get to know one another. I visit your blog and am a follower. I hope your ex found that the grass was not greener but quite brown and dreary!
    Blessings
    Jane

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  66. what a wonderful witness to God's unending love. Thank you for sharing and telling us of the threads.

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  67. John'aLee, you are a great inspiration to me! Thank you for sharing your story. Bring on the thread...I've never owned Presencia thread, but sure would love to. I'm a Stash Manicure follower. :)

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  68. I have been contemplating doing a quilt with embroidery as a part of the block. Just haven't found one yet that inspires me.
    Good for you to stand up to the "bullies" of the legal field & in making sure your rights were not trampled on or those of your child.
    I am of the thought that what goes around comes around. Hopefully it has already happened to him. Very inspirational story, thank you.
    hadacres at comcast.net

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  69. What a moving story. I am so happy to hear of a successful single mom. A beautiful quilt too. I do use embroidery in my quilts, usually by machine and now I am starting to hand embroider some blocks. thanks for sharing your story with us.

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  70. What a wonderful story. I am glad it turned out so positively for you. I am not a great believer in our legal system any more.

    I haven't done embroidery on any of my quilts yet.

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  71. A wonderful post today, very inspiring. It really is amazing how one quilt pattern can bring so much joy to so many people.
    I haven't thought of embroidery in my quilts. About as far as I have gone is utility quilting with some fancy stitchery on some of the seams. I've been thinking of trying a small quilt by Little Quilts called Bunny Harvest from a book called Bunnies by the Bay meets Little Quilts. Three blocks are embroidered carrots, three blocks are embroidered pumpkins. An easy way to ease into embroidered quilt blocks I think.

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  72. Every person has a story - and yours was very lovely. It is almost as if the quilt has nine lives - beautifully done in so many color ways. I love combining embroidery and piecing in my quilts and this is a wonderful giveaway and opportunity. THanks from Judy C

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  73. I am currently collecting some redwork embroidery designs from Sulky that I want to use in a quilt. I love hand embroidery. I am also working on some applique blocks from Bunny Hill that have bits of embroidery. John'ALee's story was very moving--I'm so glad she stood her ground. With God beside us we can do anything!

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  74. Oh goodness, what an incredible story!! Thank you for sharing that and for giving me inspiration today when I need it most. Can't wait to visit your shop. And thank you, as always, M. Samm for the awesome giveaway!!! We love our Sponsors! I am hoping to embroider something into Sarah Janes Children at Play line when it comes out. Using her matching embroidery patterns. Soooooo cute. http://www.sarahjanestudios.com/blog/

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  75. I am working on a quilt for each of my little girls and I would love to embroider positive phrases around the border. I always want them to know how smart they are, how they can do anything, etc.
    Erin
    emstone28@gmail.com

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  76. I would love to use that beautiful thread in an applique - a brightly colored seashell! - for my siggies. I currently use my finest purple and pink thread to do so.
    Real beauty should be shared 8^}
    Nightingales are singing near my home in Amsterdam!
    Irene

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  77. Hell has no fury like a woman scorned. you go girl!!! i have a quilt top now that has been promised a little embroidery when the quilting is down..

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  78. Embroidery was the first needle skill I was exposed to (over 60 years ago). While I am hooked on quilting, I have been drifting back to think about doing some redwork --- going back to the roots, so to speak.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  79. What a great post! Thanks for sharing this story with us! I'm so happy that everything worked out well for you.

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  80. What a beautiful quilt and an inspiring story! I am working on my second quilt with embroidery and have a third in the wings. I also have some old transfer patterns that I would love to make a redwork quilt out of. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Terri in BC

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  81. I love making quilted wallhangings and more often than not I embellish them with embroidery. Mostly flowers, leaves, and words. Would love to win some pastel threads - thanks for the chance.

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  82. Thank you for sharing what must be a painful but inspiring memory. I have used my embroidery machine to quilt one quilt - a terrific snowflake pattern to accentuate a penguin fabric quilt. I'm planning on making a quilt for my granddaughter which will have dragonflies embroidered in some of the blocks. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway.

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  83. I found some of your comments in my files...sew here goes..

    Irene Onderweegs has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    I would love to use that beautiful thread in an applique - a brightly colored seashell! - for my siggies. I currently use my finest purple and pink thread to do so.
    Real beauty should be shared 8^}
    Nightingales are singing near my home in Amsterdam!
    Irene

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  84. Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    I am working on a quilt for each of my little girls and I would love to embroider positive phrases around the border. I always want them to know how smart they are, how they can do anything, etc.
    Erin
    emstone28@gmail.com

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  85. Jansie has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    Oh goodness, what an incredible story!! Thank you for sharing that and for giving me inspiration today when I need it most. Can't wait to visit your shop. And thank you, as always, M. Samm for the awesome giveaway!!! We love our Sponsors! I am hoping to embroider something into Sarah Janes Children at Play line when it comes out. Using her matching embroidery patterns. Soooooo cute. http://www.sarahjanestudios.com/blog/

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  86. Barb has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    I am currently collecting some redwork embroidery designs from Sulky that I want to use in a quilt. I love hand embroidery. I am also working on some applique blocks from Bunny Hill that have bits of embroidery. John'ALee's story was very moving--I'm so glad she stood her ground. With God beside us we can do anything!

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  87. JCnNC has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    Every person has a story - and yours was very lovely. It is almost as if the quilt has nine lives - beautifully done in so many color ways. I love combining embroidery and piecing in my quilts and this is a wonderful giveaway and opportunity. THanks from Judy C

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  88. Heartsdesire has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    A wonderful post today, very inspiring. It really is amazing how one quilt pattern can bring so much joy to so many people.
    I haven't thought of embroidery in my quilts. About as far as I have gone is utility quilting with some fancy stitchery on some of the seams. I've been thinking of trying a small quilt by Little Quilts called Bunny Harvest from a book called Bunnies by the Bay meets Little Quilts. Three blocks are embroidered carrots, three blocks are embroidered pumpkins. An easy way to ease into embroidered quilt blocks I think.

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  89. Pam has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    What a wonderful story. I am glad it turned out so positively for you. I am not a great believer in our legal system any more.

    I haven't done embroidery on any of my quilts yet.

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  90. hadacres has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    I have been contemplating doing a quilt with embroidery as a part of the block. Just haven't found one yet that inspires me.
    Good for you to stand up to the "bullies" of the legal field & in making sure your rights were not trampled on or those of your child.
    I am of the thought that what goes around comes around. Hopefully it has already happened to him. Very inspirational story, thank you.
    hadacres at comcast.net

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  91. ~Kathleen has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    John'aLee, you are a great inspiration to me! Thank you for sharing your story. Bring on the thread...I've never owned Presencia thread, but sure would love to. I'm a Stash Manicure follower. :)

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  92. Gmama Jane has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    Your personal story of trial and triumph inspired me as it must have inspired others!! I was SEW surprised to read such a personal story and yet glad you shared because it makes you seem very REAL. I love the people I meet among our quilting blog neighborhood. We see each others posts so often that we begin to get to know one another. I visit your blog and am a follower. I hope your ex found that the grass was not greener but quite brown and dreary!
    Blessings
    Jane

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  93. roselady has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    what a wonderful witness to God's unending love. Thank you for sharing and telling us of the threads.

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  94. Tammy has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    I am working on an embroidery mystery quilt right now - and also a Cinderberry stitches one with embroidery.
    Love the look.
    Love the story.

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  95. Deb has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    I have never tried this thread, but would love to. I'm working on a BOM that has mice in it and I've embroidered on them. Thanks

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  96. Michelle has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    I loved this post...everything! The best part was reading about an amazing, strong woman.

    Please don't enter me in the draw because I don't have any desire to do the 'E' thing...thanks.

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  97. Alice R. has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    Wonderful blessing in that quilt! Of course, that lesson that I try to remember (sometimes it IS hard) is that God blesses us in our hard work not when we give up.

    My current project is a quilt for my Dad who just had to move into a skilled nursing facility. I do want to work on adding embroidery to my projects; I want to do some free motion embroidery on landscape type quilts. I've become very interested in trying that.

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  98. Melody has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    How absolutely inspiring! And I love your pattern. It's funny that I'm seeing all of this about embroidery in quilts right now. Maybe it's been being talked about and done more for a long time but I never noticed it? Several months ago I ran across a pile of flying geese I'd made and had so many left. They were a perfect color combo for my daughter. She'd picked out a saying she wanted stitched so I stitched it on black and I'm doing a line of marigolds under and above it. Then I' ;m going to do a border of the geese and a small black and red border - either one on each side of the geese or just outside. Who knows - I'm winging it.

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  99. Pots and Pins (http://profile.typepad.com/6p00e54f8cec778834) has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I needed your post this morning...inspiring, motivating with a little dash of Winston Churchill thrown in..."Never, Never, Never Give Up!" I'm sure he was talking about quilts! I loved your story of your quilt, loved seeing the pics, and truly love knowing you have overcome so much! Thank you! xo, Nan

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  100. Bev has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    Thank you for sharing your story! I'm a new quilter after being around this amazing craft for so many years. I went to my first show in Cincinnati last month and was overwhelmed with the amazing quilts, tools and fabric that I saw. One of the things that struck me deeply was your quilt. I saw it the first night and could not get it out of my mind. I went back the next day and bought the pattern, thinking that it will be quite a while before my skill level is up to making this, but I had to have it for when I am ready. I haven't tried embroidery on my quilts yet, but it is on my list of techniques to learn.

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  101. Marcia W. has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    This is a heart warming story. Thanks for sharing as know it must be difficult to write.
    Madame Samm, thanks for the giveaway for the thread. I am working my way through my first stitchery for a quilt - the LMS Birdie Stitches. It is sew much fun. There are several others I have on "my evergrowing list" that could use the Presencia rather than DMC floss. Please put my name into the drawing - I follow stashmanicure!

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  102. moosestashquilting has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    I have seen you and your beautiful display at many quilt shows and can personally say that every color way you use is stunning. Your booth has always melted my heart when I see it, it's so beautiful. I have yet attempted to use the scallop border ruler I bought, but it's on the drawing board! :-)
    I love embroidery in quilts, and have a very special, fun one I am working on right now. Hopefully it will be ready to unvail in about a week or so!
    John'aLee, you go girl, no one can keep us down but ourselves and choosing to rise above, no matter now difficult, can make for wonderful results. Congrats! Your an inspiration and I hope many can learn to be as strong and creative as you are...

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  103. Mary has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    I'd love to try some of that thread in my Quilting. Might have to find the Pattern too, I'd be happy to take a 1st place at our Quilt show in September. It's a dream of mine, gotta dream, right? What a story to go with this quilt.

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  104. Cat has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    What a great story and a great pattern. This was put on my list of things to get when I go back to work. And I love to embroider, what a great thing - to combine 2 things that I love to do.

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  105. glen has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    So glad you won. He has a lot of kharma to work through.

    My mother loves butterflies so when we moved her to assisted living I made a quilt for her that had 4 big butterfly blocks in the center. I embroidered them from drawings in children's coloring books. She uses those books to color in now that she is in the Alzheimers wing of the nuring home.
    glen

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  106. aci has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    This dear lady had a booth at the quilt show in Phoenix in January. It was quite simply the most beautiful booth in the entire place! My SIL and walked through it about 5 different times. Totally amazing! Thank you for telling us the story behind your fabulous quilt and your company!

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  107. robin has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    What a story of how God takes something ugly and makes it beautiful. :) He's good at that!

    I've not tried machine embroidery yet (other than the fancy stitches my machine can do) but I am always inspired by the work on this awesome blog: http://marvelesartstudios.blogspot.com/ Check it out - you won't be disappointed! :) Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  108. sewhappy has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    Today's story was a blessing of hope for all of us! Thank you for bravely sharing it. I LOVE the Meet Me in Paris quilt!!! I want to make one...now! vbg
    I do incorperate embroidery in some of my quilts. In fact today I'm layering 2 Funky Monkey, (Moda), quilts. I have embroidered squares with sock monkeys, and pieced squares. These quilts, along with sock monkeys and sock monkey pillow cases, will go to children rescued from abuse.
    Quilts are the ultimate comfort gifts aren't they?
    Thank you for the chance to win such pretty threads!

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  109. madame samm has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    Good Morning JALee, and yes as each quilt has a story sew does every LIFE - a story. And I know of few who have not had some trials in their life and can I add everyone of them has HEART. It is like those who suffer, get the lesson and open their hearts wider instead of closing them. How lucky for us, you have opened yours sew we can pour our love into it.... very touching...and inspiring. And I love the quilts in all of their designs...

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  110. cheryl has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    if i won the thread i would give it to my mom. She uses it in her quilts sometimes. My favorite was when she made a quilt for my daughter and a matching one for her dolls. Each square had a Barney (yes the dinosaur). The background was purple pansies. It was just perfect.

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  111. Tonya has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    Thanks for sharing my friend!! Quilters are the best and I am sure it embarrassed you but God knew just who to have you near for that shock of your life!!

    ps...Let someone else win the threads. I have tons of machine embroidery thread. Now if it were hand floss...I am seriously in need of that!!

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  112. Dolores has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    I have an Ursula Schertz pattern that I will be making and it incorporates embroidery with piecing. I hand quilt and so my quilting is like embroidery. At the moment I am quilting hot air balloons and hearts in the white spaces of a baby quilt for my brand new grandson. The hearts are in white thread but the balloons are in blue quilting thread.

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  113. wannabegodly has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    Your story is inspiring and your quilt is gorgeous! Keep up the good work and godly work. I've been doing some embroidery on a calendar wallhanging and would love to try the Presencia threads.

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  114. Angela has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    Until recently i never thought of adding emboridery to my quilt, but have started with a BOM called Birdie stiches by lil miss shabby. Its been alot of fun creating such a unique center to my block! Thanks for the give away, and the beautiful post today.

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  115. Amy, a redeemed sheep has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    My Meet Me in Paris quilt kit is patiently waiting for me. It is on my short list of quilts to get done this year. =) Love ya, lady!

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  116. Charlene S has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    I make graduation quilts and love to embroider the child's name and a picture of the class flower on the quilt. All my labels are embroidered.

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  117. paula, the quilter has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    Wonderful quilt and each quilt DOES have it's own story, doesn't it? I am currently working on a hand embroidered block for a friend who put out a request for blocks for a themed quilt; I drew it up in my infamous cartoony style and am happily stitching away. I've never used Presencia threads, but have heard other rave about them.

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  118. Sarah Craig has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    Great post, John'a Lee - it can't have been easy to write, but you did it well! Love seeing all the different variations of your quilt, too! I hope you're back in town and able to visit soon....

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  119. Me and My Stitches has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    Thanks for sharing your inspirational story - funny how life works sometimes. I have not tried embroidery but have it on my "to-do" list

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  120. Snoodles (https://openid.aol.com/opaque/9e5d2dce-3451-11e0-8b35-000bcdca4d7a) has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    John'ALee, thank you for opening up and telling a story that is both scary and inspiring. It is amazing what God can do, when we do what we know is right. And see how the ripples grew, and how many lives were touched by you, and your lovely quilt! Awesome!
    I am currently working on a "May for Me" project which is my first venture into embroidery on a quilt! Would love to have those pretty threads to use!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  121. Ursula has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    I have a pattern for a quilt that has embroidery incorporated on it. I want to make it for my MIL who is the sweetest person. she has gone through so much the last few year. and i would love to do something just for her.

    this story was very inspiring. i can see why this quilt is so popular. it is beautiful.

    uschbear at gmail dot com

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  122. Mommarock has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    I have many thoughts of adding embroidery to my quilts. As usual my mind hasn't quite settled on any one idea yet. I've thought of doing more hexagons.. like grandmothers flower garden.. but adding little ladybugs to the centers of the flowers with embroidery. I've thought of adding embroidery to an applique project.. however I havn't started that project and I'm not certain what embroidery it needs yet. I just LOVE the hand stitching, it is SEW relaxing! (That and I can't just s it and do NOTHING.. I would go nutz)

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  123. Deborah @ Passions and Pursuits has left a new comment on your post "Every Quilt has a Story....":

    You are one courageous woman! And I love the fact that this quilt and your God given creativity were the tools to bring you into a new life of blessing. Thanks for sharing your story with us all. Quilters are sew dear! And it is so true that God "restores the years the locusts have stolen."

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  124. I'm happy to repost a comment - I enjoyed the ability to share such a private story behind this quilt that lead to such wonderful things. All the success and best wishes for many more -from the black clouds comes a silver lining.

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  125. That was an inspiring story, and making that quilt has inspired many more people. I have used embroidery on a couple of wall hangings I've made and I have some ideas for using machine embroidery in a couple of quilts but they are still very much in my head.

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  126. Looks like my post was one of the ones lost...I have not done embroidery on a quilt but my MIL is every excited about embroidery now. She's making embroidered gifts of all kinds. I would love to win this thread to surprise her.

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  127. Thanks for sharing your story with us. I have used my embroidery machine to quilt a quilt --snowflakes on a Nine-Patch Wonder featuring penguins! I loved te way it turned out. I'm making a quilt for my granddaughter wich will feature embroidered dragonflies. I'd love to win the thread - thanks for the chance.

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  128. Thank you for sharing your story. It's wonderful to know that you were able to move on and become successful in spite of the difficulties you faced.

    I have doing some red work embroidery that I hope to incorporate into a wall hanging. I have an embroidery machine, but haven't used any of the designs in a quilt yet.

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  129. I have done some redwork and am presently sewing the blocks together. I really enjoyed doing the embroidery. Love the quilt John'aLee and especially seeing it in different colors. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  130. quilting for some girls graduating from high school ... would love to try that wonderful, or so i have heard, Presencia thread .... thanks for the giveaway ... darlene

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  131. I love Presencia thread and I use their pearl cotton all the time when I add embroidery to my quilts. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  132. The thread looks beautiful. I've never used it before. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  133. Oh my wonderful Quilting Friends!
    Thank you ever so much for your ever so kind and encouraging comments. I am so bummed that I can't respond to each one of you personally and that I wasn't even able to read over half the comments. Samm has so graciously restored several of these, but they have come up with her name...and so I don't have emails to respond back. So please know...you made it worth the effort to write that post. I almost backed out and was going to write with a much 'lighter' subject matter.

    So thank you again....from my humble little heart....John'aLee

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  134. thank you BIG time for maintaining your sanity during this mjor blog burb - much love and respect to you both !

    Those quilt kits just make me drool ! too beautiful

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  135. Hi John'aLee... You know that I am a proud owner of Meet Me in Paris quilt.... I am still working on mine and I love the prosses...My heart goes out to you through your tough time... I have been there and survied... You know I love your work and I would love it if you count me in on the giveaway... I could always use thread... Hugs :)

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  136. what a wonderful story... thanks for sharing... I love to combine embroidery and quilting :)

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  137. what a wonderful story about the quilt. It is great that you stood your ground and won. Thanks for sharing. I love the use of embroidery with quilting that they are showing now. I have made a few quilts lately with at least one square that I embroidered.

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  138. What a fabulous design, your Gods quilt has done some amazing things for people, blessings to you!

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  139. What a touching story. What a beautiful quilt. What a generous giveaway. Lovely. Simply lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  140. Darling girl - part of God's gift to you is your designing, and part is your testimony. I am so humbled by your story, your courage, and your designing skills! You are precious, hon.

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  141. What a blessing! Thanks for sharing your story!

    Samm - I am not using embroidery right now - Just can't seem to get "excited" about it.... applique? definitely! (sorry!!!)

    J

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  142. Quilting friends are the best and understand our troubles. Beautiful quilt, glad it is so successful for you. keep up the good work. Would love to win the pretty thread. pat

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  143. Thank you John'aLee for sharing such a personal and inspiring story! Thank you too for showing pictures of those pretty quilts!

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  144. Thank you for sharing your story with us JohnaLee. Those quilts are beautiful. I love adding stitcheries to my quilts, mainly small wall hangings.

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  145. What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing it with us! (made my eyes "leak") The Quilt is AWESOME! The pictures of it, made up in the different colors & fabrics, are amazing! Wow!

    I'm really new to Quilting, but am making a Pinwheel for my Daughter..........and yes, I am leaning heavily towards embroidering (by hand) on it too.

    Thanks for chance to win! :)

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