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Monday, June 6, 2011

Framing With Fabric and a Thread, Dots, and PATTERN giveaway

This is Sharon from Vroomansquilts here again. Thank you Madame Samm for my return appearance. Today I would like to share a tutorial on how you can fabric frame your stitcheries. I evolved into this method when professional framing got costly and good wooden frames became hard to find. And as quilters, you have all the materials necessary - fabric, thread, bindings, and scrap batting.




Your stitcheries are probably wrinkled (hand held)or have hoop marks. Your hands have oils that do get left in the fibers and it does pick up dust, so it needs a bath.




A little bit of a mild soap in tepid water - a little hand swishing, let set 5-10 minutes, and then run under cold water to rinse.




Lay your piece out flat (DO NOT WRING OUT) on a nice clean,absorbant towel and roll up loosly. Set aside in a warm area to dry.




Place a thick towel or double fold bath towel on your ironing board. Place your stitchery FACE DOWN and press from the back. The towel protects your stitches - we don't want to flatten them. Or if you have used beading or metalic threads - this prevents damage from a direct iron.




The fun part - pull those scraps and select a backing, audition border fabrics, and maybe there is enough of a scrap binding to use. Hmmm - this all sounds familiar - like making a quilt?




Layout your basics - backing fabric, batting, stitchery. I go over every piece with my lint roller to pick up loose threads and fabric bits. It would be a shame to have a 'red' thread show thru the stitchery background. Then I draw out my framing for the first border. Yes, pencil right on from edge to edge as it is where I am laying my strip and will be covered.




As you can see, I lay my first inner border strips using the pencil line for a guide. Sew from edge to edge and use your 1/4" seam quide, catch your strip, and continue on. I used a purple thread to hopefully show you the 1'4".




After lightly pressing the first strips back, just like making a quilt block, our second inner border strip is sewn, using the same edge to edge using the pencil line for the guide and our 1/4" seam. This is the 'flip-and-sew' method - some of you may be familiar with.




Again lightly press your inner border back. You will need to mark your sewing guide line edge-to-edge again for the next border.




Rinse and repeat - we add our first strips for the second border using the same edge to edge and 1/4" seam.




I usually 'eye-ball' the edge over laps - but if you feel you need the quide - redraw your line.




Just like a quilt block - we need to square up and trim. You can leave your edges or if you feel better in keeping things together, you can use a long baste stitch around the piece.




Now it is time for the binding. Use your method of binding - just like a quilt. If you are adding a hanger sleeve - it can be attached with the binding. Remember - these are smaller projects, so start your binding close to the corner and end just after the last corner to give you room to handle splicing your binding ends.




This is a candle mat, so no hanger. I use metallic thread to 'tie' the Celtic Knot centers for a little 'quilting' in the center.




This is the back - to show why I sew edge to edge when applying the borders. You have quilted your entire piece.
















So take your cross stitch, hand or machine embroidery, a pretty orphan block, even a section of a pre-printed panel and use this same flip and sew method. Table matts, tote pockets or backs, notebook covers, or simple wallhangings - experiment and have fun with fabric framing.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon



Editors note... OHHH LOOK A GIVEAWAY


This is positively inspiring Sharon...goodness knows we could  all do more of it this way....
and on that note..why not a giveaway today?


Jill from Jillily Studio sent along this summery pattern, called Summery Slices.... and dots...and I thought since green seems to be a theme here, why not a giveaway...Thanks to Jill for her pattern and DOTS which I used all weekend long and not surprising they were a gem....and some  Presencia Threads from Jane's Fabrics ( she is having a sale on these threads). ( She thought some red and green would be befitting...( and of course I always throw in a few extras to make it exciting...ask around they know wink) here is.her blog


Sew go and visit our sponsors...leave them a thank you, and leave a wonderful comment for Sharon here
and visit her too...She always leaves the most amazing notes for us all...NOW is your chance to let her know 
she matters too...


Winner announced tomorrow....

And our winner is from the Netherlands, Kspotle ( another newbie) YEAH.
sent you notice by email...You will also be getting 10 layers cakes in red and greens...
To all those who entered, ohhh come back again, we always have surprise giveaways....
Congrats Kspotle



101 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the great tutorial! Keeping my fingers crossed that I win the goodies...8-)

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  2. I know Sharon, I'm her follower from her lovely blog... sometimes I use to fabric frame my stitcheries, it's a good idea for me, altough I was making them the wrong way, lol, I enjoyed this tutorial, it's really interesting, thank you Sharon for sharing with us!!!!
    Adore ALL the prizies for today, I'd love to give a bite to the watermelon quilt, I'm a big fan to watermelon shapes, think they look cute in my kitchen!

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  3. You have given me a great idea....now I no longer have to worry about what to make for my secret santa gift!
    Thanks for a chance to win the give-away!
    suecshamekhatgmaildotcom

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  4. I love this tutorial, what a great idea for stitched pieces! Hope to win

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  5. I have several "framed" cross-stitch pieces that my mother has done. She, too, couldn't afford to frame them all. Actually, I have no place to hang them all. Hmmmm...This makes me think I should give one each to the grand-kids and great grandkids and it would be a hand-stitched treasure from Grandma. Thanks for the post that gave me this idea! LOL!

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  6. Great idea, thanks for sharing, I have done this but turned mine into a cushion:O)
    Thanks for the giveaway too!

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  7. Sharon ... you truly do always leave such lovely comments, so I thank you in return! I've been tossing this idea in my head for the same reasons you cite above, and your tutorial is very timely! of course, the giveaway would be extra bonus come framing time! Off to thank the sponsors now ... thanks ladies!!

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  8. I have some old cross stitch projects that I need to bring out of the closet and "frame". Thanks!

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  9. What a great post. I have several cross-stitch items from long ago that I didn't know how to display. Now I can combine my old and new love and have something beautiful. Thanks so much for the inspiration. The prizes are great too.

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  10. Thanks for this amazing tutorial, just what I need to get me started. Wish me luck! =)

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  11. Very good post Sharon, and goodies from Jillily? Wow. Hope I win.

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  12. My goal is to do something with all the stitcheries I have, so this is perfect timing

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  13. This is perfect! Thank you Sharon!

    On a side note DOTS, Summer Slices and thread = me totally in love!

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  14. Love the tutorial and hoping for the thread to do my embroidery for my quilt shop pattern!

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  15. Another great way to frame our projects that doesn't cost a fortune, thanks.

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  16. Thankyou Sharon for all that helpful information,well done

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  17. Sharon, this is so cool! What a great idea. And beautiful work, by the way. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Thank you for a great tutorial! I'll absolutely use it in the future.
    Lotta in Sweden

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  19. Oh wow! Watermelon! My favourite summer fruit! Great giveaway - thank you!

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  20. Thank you Sharon for your tutorial. Thanks for the giveaway too, really need some of those Dots xx

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  21. I used to use fabric to frame my cross stitch project, but I haven't done cross stitching for years! they look lovely. thanks for the chance

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  22. Great idea! Thanks for the tute and the giveaway!

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  23. I have several cross stitch projects that have never been framed. What a great idea for a finish! And thanks for the giveaway.

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  24. I have use this technique with a piece of lace I made in the shape of a rabbit and I hang it up every Easter. Haven't used it for X stitch though! Thanks! Love your thistle - but then it's my national flower!

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  25. Thank you for this tutorial, very good done with the pictures. Thanks for the giveaway. greetings from liesbeth

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  26. Thank you for a great tutorial. Now I will hunt for some embroideries to frame. Hugs Ullis in Sweden

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  27. Great tutorial - Thanks!
    Love the colours

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  28. Your so right about the expense of framing. I much prefer the fabric type. Your tutorial is perfect, now I need to dig thru my UFO pile and pull out those embroideries! Thanks

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  29. What an adorable pattern! The framing fabric instructions were very helpful. Thank you!

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  30. Good Monday MORNING to you Sharon, and what a delightful creative idea. and easy too. You know this is good for a number of reasons...I have never made me a candle mat yet...on my list, as I do have a problem with them spitting. And I lift my cup to you for being a terrific guest and commenter..

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  31. Thanks for the great tutorial. I've been a follower of Sharon's blog for a while now. She always has something of interest to read.

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  32. I'm so happy to see my friend, Sharon, back with a post on Stash Manicure :)
    My mother has several pieces of embroidery, ufo pieces. They would make lovely quilt framed wall hangings, presents for the grandchildren. Thank you for a wonderful idea and a great tutorial!

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  33. What a great idea Sharon!! I am going to have to try this one out :)

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  34. Well, Sharon, that's such a great idea! My DIL makes the most gorgeous cross stitch pieces for me, but boy it costs a lot to get them professionally framed. I think I'll try this, I have one she made last year, and it's so beautiful I have to let it shine!!! Thanks :-)

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  35. I have a cross stitch sampler finished years ago I think I will try this on. Sharon's blog is one of my favorites. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  36. What a great tutorial! I will use this for sure - thank you so much!

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  37. Great tutorial Sharon , I have been framing my small projects just not quite like this and that looks like a much better solution,thanks so much.

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  38. Sharon, your candle mat is gorgeous. Almost too pretty to set something on top of it. I think I would have to hang it on the wall. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  39. Thanks for the tutorial Sharon. I have a few pieces of cross stitch just laying around that I didn't really know what to do with. Why not frame them with fabric and show them off!

    Ursula

    uschbear at gmail dot com

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  40. What a fun tutorial! I love to make stitcheries but get lost when it comes to the framing part. Making a little quilted wall hanging is a wonderful idea for those every day projects.

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  41. Good idea! I know that I have some old stitchery laying around and putting them in some quilting would allow them to be enjoyed. Thank you for the inspiring post Sharon.

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  42. thank you, sharon, for a wonderful tutorial! i too have started thinking about combining my stitched pieces with quilting. thank you for your inspiration!

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  43. I have some cross stitch pictures that I made for my children that I had framed. Of course they don't have them hung up anymore but now that I have grandchildren I could use your method and give to them. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  44. I have a cross stitch sampler from 1978 that I had just thrown in a frame. But it fell and the frame broke. It is like 16x20".Wonder if I could do something like that? But I would have to quilt the inside....Anyway, very neat tutorial!! You know I love ya.

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  45. Thanks Sharon for a great tutorial.

    And thanks too to Jillily Studio and Jane's Fabrics for the items for this fun giveaway. And to you for hosting it.

    The watermelon quilt would be such fun to make.
    (supermomnocape at yahoo dot com)

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  46. Very nice tutorial. My daughter is doing cross stitch and her walls are becoming crowded. Thanks for a "branching out" idea. (And the giveaway chance, too.)

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  47. Great Idea! This has lots of applications. Thanks.

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  48. I love the colours in your piece of stitchery and the beautiful frame you added compliments it so well! Thanks for the great idea. I have a few pieces of cross stitch that have never been framed and now I know what to do with them.

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  49. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, Sharon! I have several counted cross stitch pieces that have been laying around for years and now I know a great way to frame them.

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  50. Thanks for the tutorial - I have a set of cross stitch alphabet blocks I made years ago that this would be perfect for!

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  51. I always love tutorials! Great giveaway too!

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  52. Thanks for sharing today Sharon. ! I enjoyed your tutorial.

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  53. Watermelon YUM!!I loved the tutorial too, thanks.

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  54. Just had watermelon at the campground yesterday - yum. Great tutorial - and, love Jillhilly. Dee/jessibir@hickorytech.net

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  55. Sharon, your instructions are a huge help. I just found 2 finshed Xstitch projects is a drawer. Now I can really finish them both.

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  56. Thank you for the information on framing the stitcheries. I have a small basketful of them that I have enjoyed stitching but then didn't know what to do with them. Candle mats are a good idea too. I hadn't given the pieces a bath before but it looks like they would come out even better. Thanks again and I enjoy reading your blog.

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  57. thanks for the great tutorial and the chance to win the cute give-away.

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  58. Thanks so much for a great idea!! I have some of those never-framed stitcheries...hmmm... Thanks for an opportunity to win a great give-away!! I love the watermelon quilt!!

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  59. Another great tutorial! A lovely way to show off a bit of handwork :)

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  60. A great informative and useful tutorial. You have a great blog, Sharon. Once again, I want you to know how much a enjoy this blog. It is checked and read daily.

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  61. Very inspiring! and the watermelon pattern looks absolutely yummy!

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  62. Great tutorial! I have several cross-stitch flimsies that would be great with this technique! Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  63. Wonderful post, Sharon! Ya know, whether it's on your blog or here at Stash, I never cease to be amazed at all the great ideas you show us, and your skill set, too! Lovely work, and I, too, am inspired to get out some things that were just too pricey to get framed!
    Off to thank our super sponsors!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  64. Excellent tutorial!
    Thanks for sharing and the chance to win a gift!

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  65. I think watermelons are such a fun representation of summer.

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  66. So thankful for this idea, have several cross stitched panels done that would look great on the wall. Love getting my emails from your blog makes my day.

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  67. Thank you for a very well presented lesson!

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  68. What a great idea for orphaned blocks and stitchery. Thanks Sharon for the tutorial!
    ...and such a cute summery pattern with the watermelons.

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  69. Thanks Sharon. This was a great tutorial and a very creative way to showcase my cross stitching.

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  70. It never occurred to me to add borders in the quilt as you go style. Thank you - I love quilts blogs!

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  71. Beautiful stitchery!! Oh my.. thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. Oh that pattern is delightful.. I've been looking at those finger dots for a while now too.. sweet what a great giveaway!

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  72. Loved your tutorial! Thank you for taking the time to write and to photograph it!

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  73. All of the folks associated with this blog are so generous with their time, knowledge and stuff. Thanks, Selina

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  74. Lovely! I used to cross stitch a lot (before quilting), maybe I should look out some of my old ones and combine them.
    And I agree - delightful pattern and stuff!

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  75. What a great idea! I am not new to quilting but I am new to embroidery and I have been trying to figure out some ways to show off my stitching. Thanks for sharing!

    Jennifer :)

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  76. I cross stitched and needle pointed before I quilted. I have a piece from early in the transition that I made into a log cabin block, bound and hung next to the sewing machine. A nice reminder of how life changes over time. Thanks for the opportunity to meet other quilters and fiber artists at Stash Manicure and to see what they are doing....
    And if I were to win the give away, that would just be the icing on the cake!

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  77. Thank you for the great tutorial! I love the chance to win the giveaway. This is the one blog I check everyday!

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  78. Great idea!! Great tutorial!!Never miss a Stash Manicure post, the talented posters overwhelm me with their creativity! Thanks so much!

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  79. Thanks for the great tut on how to finish off needle work. Yours looks superb!! Such lovely colors and a wonderful design. Thanks for sharing.

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  80. What a wonderful idea. I love all the great ideas and how to's I find on the blogosphere. Thanks for sharing!

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  81. I love this! I may not take it quite as far but I think I would like to go as far as using the idea for matting. I always have an old frame that I have picked up at a re-sale shop but it never fits what I have to put in it. Thanks! And I am going over to look at the threads because if there is a sale I better go check it out!

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  82. Great idea, Sharon....hey, why couldn't we use these as quilt blocks and join together???? Wouldn't that be a great way to coordinate some fabric and sew the blocks together for a wall hanging, throw, or larger quilt!!! I think I will do this with some of my old cross stitch pieces sitting in my drawer from the 80's!!
    Blessings
    Sharon
    Gmama Jane

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  83. This is a great idea!! I sooo need to try this, thank you!

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  84. Great idea. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  85. Thank you Sharon, for a great tutorial. What a fabulous idea, I have quite a few stitcheries just sitting in a bag waiting to be displayed somehow. :)

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  86. Thanks for the tutorial - I have to do this!

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  87. Nice tutorial. Now I can make that bunny cross stitch into a nice baby gift! Thanks!!! :)

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  88. Figured out how to leave a comment. I love the tut Sharon great job. Thank you for the give away!!

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  89. Hi Sharon

    That was a really great tutorial and what a clever idea to sew to the ends to get the quilting done.

    Regards
    Val

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  90. What a great tutorial - I've got a few x-stitch items that I never made into anything! This is perfect! And what a great give-away! Perfect for a summer table topper! Thanks for being SOOOO generous!

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  91. I have some small blocks that were made by some lovely lady in my past (g.mother, gg.mother, etc) that I have wanted to showcase...maybe I can find some nice fabric to work with and try thhis tutorial....Thanks, Sharon!

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  92. Thanks for the great tutorial and giveaway!

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  93. Hurry quick pick....My fingers are cramping from crossing so hard...
    Smiles,
    Debbie

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  94. I have so many unfinished cross stitch pieces so this will come in handy. Fan 4 may at aol dot com

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  95. Maybe my number will come up again. I really love the watermelon pattern. Everything in the picture looks so summery.

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  96. What a great idea. I love doing my stitchery at night while watching a TV program. It gets expensive getting them framed. I will have to go through my left over fabrics when I finish the next one to see what I have to frame it with. Thanks for the tutorial.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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  97. Thanks for showing a nice way of framing stitery. I am just learning stitery and really enjoy it so far.

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  98. Thanks for showing a nice way of framing stitery. I am just learning stitery and really enjoy it so far.

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  99. excellent information :) and thanks for a chance to win that cute pattern - Laurie

    llsbaskets@comcast.net

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