Tuesday, August 9, 2011

#7 Guest to our Wantobe Quilters Campaign..No licking this Screen ( restrain yourself) I could not!

Hello all you Wantobe Quilters and all you Wantobe paper piecers. I'm thrilled to be invited back to Stash Manicure for this awesome Wantobe event! My name is Anne and I am also known as Freeze Frame here on Flicker, ( you can view many of my creations)  When Madame Samm asked me to write a tutorial for paper piecing, I thought to myself "ugh, a tutorial". I've never written one before and I applaud those of you who have. Like so many others, I feel that I have discovered several steps to "easier" paper piecing that I simply must share. I'm much better at teaching in person, so bear with me on this... Are you ready? Would you like to make this?

I first discovered paper piecing as a sure way to sew perfect quilt squares with perfect points because I did not at all like the idea of cutting all those little pieces and stitching them together just so and perfectly...I knew that wasn't going to happen. Being inflicted with the "perfectionist" illness without the patience for it, traditional quilt blocks were not going to be in my future. But I also was drawn to how many perfect little cutsie designs could be created with paper piecing. I can applique endlessly, but having the designs with stitched-in seams was very enticing for me. After laying out a small fortune for books and patterns, I was initially disappointed that nothing was coming out perfect! AND, I was spending way too much time with my seam ripper and getting such poor results. However, as usual, persistence pays off and I discovered little secrets and tips that have made paper piecing easier and quite enjoyable. So much so that I've even taught myself to make some of my own patterns. So, without further ado, let's stitch up my ice cream cone pattern.

First, get your pattern on paper that you will stitch on. You don't need fancy paper...I use regular 20# copy paper. This pattern is in 4 sections and you may be thinking that it's too complicated for a beginner...NOT!...with my tips for you, there is no such thing as a complicated paper piecing pattern. (At least that's how I feel about it now.) Cut the sections apart...don't be precise, just cut outside the seam allowance line.
Gather your fabrics. These can be from your scrap bin or you can make new scraps. I use both, depending on whether I have scraps for my plan or not. This particular pattern needs more background fabric than ice cream fabric so I just have chunks that are large enough for each scoop. But for the background fabric that will require several sections within each section, refer to the next photo.

Take note of which background section is the largest and about what size it is at it's widest part. Then add maybe a 1/2" to that measurement and slice a strip off your yardage to use for all your background pieces. Again, no need to be preceise...you'll have the whole lenghth to work with if the short end is not wide enough. Now you're ready to start stitching. Set your machine stitch length for a shorter than usual length. I normally stitch at 2-1/2 so I stitch paper piecing at just under 2.

It doesn't matter which section you start with. It only matters that you sew in numerical order with each section. (Even this rule can have exceptions, but for learning purposes, let's stick with the numerical order rule.) Take your cone fabric, lay it wrong side to the plain side of the paper being sure it covers past the cone lines. This is the only time you will want to hold this up to the light to be sure it covers. And you don't need to give a hoot about straight of grain...love that! Next...

...and here's where life gets really easy...(and every section you sew here after will be done this same way)...hold your pattern facing you with the next number section above the previous number section that you placed or just sewed. With your thumbs, mark each end of the sewing line. Fold it forward enough to see that you will place it on the right side of the background fabric strip with enough for a seam allowance showing and that there is still background fabric going past each of your thumbs. You need at least an 1/8" of seam allowance. Everything after that will get cut off. I usually allow about 1/4". Bring everything to your machine (the photo just shows the seam allowance you will have after sewing.) Keeping your pattern and two pieces of fabric in that position lying flat to stitch on the paper pattern line.


Now, some patterns end up with a pile of seams all in one place...such as a pinwheel...and you will want to press your seams open rather than to one side. If you want to press them open, you cannot sew all the way across the seam allowance. I always make only one stitch in the seam allowance (this also helps for trimming 1/8" seam allowances which in turn keeps fabric bulk at a minimum. Stitch on the line and at the end, sew only one stitch into the seam allowance. Now for trimming...


Flip the sewn section over to the fabric side and trim "all" the fabrics in that seam allowance to 1/8". (Trim them all together, not one at a time) DO NOT CUT THE PAPER! Now here is where I can't believe I didn't take a pressing photo...but open your newly sewn piece and press it back over it's seam allowance. It is said that you only need to finger press, but that isn't pressed enough for me. I use an "iron on a stick" (Clover mini iron) or my regular iron. Then from your pattern side, chop away the excess fabric outside the seam allowance.

Now find your next number, hold the pattern so that number is at the top and repeat the above steps until there is fabric behind every number.

Now getting the sections ready to be joined...

When you photo copy a pattern, there is every possibility that it won't be the "exact" size as the original. So even though I draw a 1/4" seam allowance around my pattern, I still cut that 1/4" allowance by the measurement of my ruler...it usually cuts just outside my drawn line. Now we're ready to join the sections...but first, a few helpful extra tips to get you through the paper piecing process even easier...


Many times a necessary section will only be sewn in by a couple of stitches. After stitching be sure to hold the stitches in place as you pull the stitching away from the presser foot to cut your thread...otherwise you'll just pull them right out.

Don't worry about how much fabric you have in your seam allowance when your sew a piece in because you will trim away all but an 1/8" anyway. These chunks you cut off can be used for small sections as you go along.

You can see in my example that my top scoop fabric is way more than I needed. I actually changed the direction I was going to use it in, but as long as you end up with your fabric pieces extended past the sewing lines, too big is not a concern...too small is a major concern. You can hold your work up to the light to check it if you need to.

And this next one is important because a mistake will no doubt happen at some time...

Remove your stitches carefully, I would suggest one at a time so as not to disturb the paper. 20# copy paper is pretty tough, but if you use something lighter, be careful not to tear it...too much. When you resew the line, stitch in the same exact holes...and I say this, because if you still don't sew it correctly...because I probably got distracted :-)...and you need to take the stitches out again, your paper pattern will remain intact.

Now we're ready to connect out sections...



I join these sections from the bottom up but it doesn't really matter which order you do them.


The seam joining the cone and the first yummy scoop is a straight seam, so you just line them up and stitch all the way across. Be sure you've sewn the right seams together...then before pressing them, I remove the paper in the seam allowance. Fold it over, then tear it away. You can now either press the seam to one side or press it open.

Now for the angled seams. These are the ones that really got to me and made me cringe when I saw a pattern in sections. I could never get them right until I finally figured out how to easily...


Lay the sections together the way they go. Push a pin through the corresponding seam line corners of both pieces being sure the pin comes through both corner points. Hold the piece so the pin is straight across...this will keep your two sections exactly as they need to be. I wouldn't pin the sections together because once you angle the pin, the sections will slip slightly apart. If you're trying to match points, you won't be happy about that! Get the piece into sewing position before removing the pin at the end. It really isn't difficult, just be sure it stays where you want it when you begin to sew. You can even touch the seam allowance lightly with a glue stick for an assisted temporary hold. If your design requires matching a section in the center of the piece, poke your pins through those matching spots rather than at the ends. Stitch, check your match, tear the paper from the seam as you did previously and press.

Sometimes with angled seams (and in the center of pinwheels) you'll end up with too much seam bulk. By not stitching all the way through your seam allowances (as previously mentioned) you can press part of the seam open and the rest can be pressed to one side. When seams overlap, you can press the bulky sections up and down as shown below.


Now let's tear away the rest of the paper...


Work from the outside to the inside. Fold the paper up on the stitched line then tear away. The inside pieces tear away easier. I like to use tweezers with teeth to grab small pieces. It doesn't really matter if every tiny bit of paper is removed.

You can get a copy of pattern here, I just loaded it to google documents) thanks to Annie for adding this ...)


To finish off the top and bottom, I've sewn on a sash piece. I turned this tutorial piece into a postcard because I promised Madame Samm a tutorial on my postcard binding. Watch for that in the near future.

Your paper piecing patterns can be done in any size you want them just by reducing and enlarging the pattern. The lime sherbet cone is at 50% the size of the original. Just remember when you reduce and enlarge that included 1/4" seam allowances will not be at 1/4" anymore.

I more enjoy the smaller paper piecing projects than the full size quilt sizes, but any size can be sewn in the manner as I've shown above. If I've left you still feeling you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Following are some of my paper piecing projects.

Make mine a triple scoop please..

Nosey Parkey Meow!

This Bird is Paper Pieced!

Spool, don't you just love the wee scissors?

Wonky Christmas Tree

Madame Butterfly
Form!


Madame Samm wanted me to send this to her to FRAME.
( do you think she would ever send it back? ) lol


Thank you so much Madame Samm for this opportunity to share. I love it when I learn something new, so I hope I've been able to make paper piecing just a little easier for those that have been frustrated by it in the past. There are so many phenomenal prizes that will be given away for this event, I wish everyone luck for the winnings!

Editors note:

Really Anne when I grow up I want sew much to be as good as you....lol Thank you for an amazing tutorial.


Our giveaway today is from Robert Kaufman
this collection by Betz White
( check out a sneak peak of some of her collection here)
is not even on the market yet,
( due out in November)

But we have some to giveaway
24 fat quarters 
and  some interfacing and fusible batting 
for making mug rugs, postcards, place mats and purses
and this is compliments from 
( another great sponsor)
Their link is on the side bar to all what they are sponsoring.


This is for all of our QUILTERS.
sew yes this will be yours for the asking..
All you have to do is go here and visit 
#1 Anne on her Flicker ( she does not have a blog)
 but leave her a comment on any of her talent pieces she has created
tell us you did sew..
#2 BE a follower here ( of course you are)
and thank our wonderful sponsors
who make this possible..

#3 OHHH thank Anne too please...
( all these tuts will be highlighted in out tut files on the
side of our blog) 

Winners always announced at 12:01 AM
except for Fridays; they are announced 1t 8:15 pm


I am ..



417 comments:

  1. I visited Anne on Flickr. I just love the coffee postcard!!

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  2. I visited Anne's flicker page and left a comment on one of her wall hangings and would like to thank her for the tut on paper piecing will have to try it sometime. I am a follower and would like to thank the sponsors of this giveaway and you Madame Samm for the chance to win this wonderful stuff so thank you. :)

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  3. Just got back from Ann's Flickr page! Had to go through all 10 pages before I was done! Don't know which I liked better so I gave her some extra comment love! Love the photography on the last few pages too!

    I have never been able to paper piece worth a flip but I will give it one more shot using your tute Ann! Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together and sharing it with us!

    Thank you Robert Kaufman and Innovative Craft Products for yet another fantastic giveaway! and can't go a day without saying thank you to Madame Samm! You rock!

    I am registered under SewCalGal!! and follow here at Stash Manicure!

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  4. Thanks so much for the tutorial Anne. I was interested to see that I could use a smaller seam allowance than the traditional quilter's 1/4".

    I couldn't decide if my favourite was Boo or Nosey Parker when I went to have a look, but all the quilts/mug rugs/postcards were great.

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  5. Thank you Anne for sharing your tutorial! Maybe paper piercing is not that hard after all.

    Thank you Robert Kaufman and Innovative Craft Products for this awesome giveaway!

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  6. Love it! I just recently got hooked on paper piecing. Is there somewhere to get the pattern for this?

    kvanella@gmail.com

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  7. Tutorial was really helpful - I've attempted only one piece before and gave up. It is worth another try! Thanks Anne. I loved your work on Flickr - amazing stuff. Thanks to sponsors for the gifts today. I am experienced quilter, A Stitch in Time Blog. Madamm Samm - have a great day!

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  8. Anne "thank you" very much for this wonderful tutorial on ppr piecing. I went and took a gander at your flickr account and my you have done some wonderful pieces. I like the wonky hourses, your lovely postcards and I did leave a comment for you. I can tell you I will make the ice cream cone for my gand-daughters bedroom I think it will make a lovely addition.
    Madamme Samm "thank you" for having Anne join you on your endeaver to help quilters grown.
    And thanks go to our sponors for helping to make our life a little easier with their tools and notions. As a quilter I appreciate you all very much. sgriff57@comcast.net

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  9. Thank you Anne for a great tutorial! I just love your butterfly, and commented on it on Flikr.

    Some lovely fabric Kaufman, thank you!

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  10. Visited flickr & commented on a lovely orange mug rug. What a lot of pretty stuff & what a prolific mug rug maker!

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  11. Brilliant tutorial, Anne - thank you for being a guest blogger! I've been over to comment on your flicker page and got lost in your designs!

    Thank you to Innovative Craft Products too (wonderful fabrics!!), and to QuiltSue who sent me over here, and of course to YOU Madame Samm!

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  12. I really like the Haiku mug rug front. Really pretty!

    Thank you for the awesome tutorials and thanks for the chance to win the giveaway.

    I am a follower and stray stitches is my sponsor!

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  13. Great tutorial Anne! Thank you, I went over and had a great look around. I posted on this tute though.

    I love the idea of the mug rug!

    I'm sent from Amy at Diary of a Quilter. Thanks for all the great posts, links, tutes and giveaways!

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  14. Thank you Anne! I like ice creams.

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  15. I'm already a follower here, of course!

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  16. Thanks Anne, for the great tutorial. Had to be a lot of work. And thanks so much to all the sponsors!

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  17. Thanks for letting me know :o)) im so greatful for these oppurtunities to win great prizes. I left Anne a comment, been there before but havent left her a comment before. Should have because she makes wonderful things and its always fun to get some words!! And of course Im a follower here :o)

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  18. Good morning!!!! Hello Madame Samm and Anne and everyone out there in quilting blog land! I admit I DID lick the screen... twice... here and on Anne's Flicker page. Sweeeeeeet. I want to play hookey now and sew! :) Quite a lot of wonderful people in this world and here I get to "meet" sew many!
    Thank you to Anne, the sponsors and congratulations to Amy, Liz and Teresa!
    All the best,
    Christina in Cleveland / Brenis

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  19. Anne, I love your work, here and on your Flickr page. You have such creative ideas. Thanks sew much for your tut today, I'm sure my PP'ing will be sew much better on my next project.

    Also thanks to Robert Kaufman fabrics and Innovative Craft Products for the Giveaway.

    And of course a big Thanks to Madame Samm for all your work and or course enriching the lives of 300+ followers (including me) who have to stop by everyday to see what you're up to!!

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  20. I visited Anne's Flickr and left a comment. She did a great tutorial on Paper Piecing. Thanks Anne! I know how to do it, but I don't love doing it.

    Thanks to all the sponsors!

    Of course I am a follower!

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  21. I just hopped over from my sponser, Grandmama's Stories, to enter todays giveaway:>) A big thank you to Anne for this tutorial, I love everything I see here. I know I'll be using it in the future. Her Flickr is so full of great projects I don;t know where to begin! The pieced postcards, the dish mat (gotta make one!), everything is beautiful.
    Throw my name in the hat for that gorgeous fabric please:>)

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  22. This is some beautiful fabric...

    Thanks for hosting this cool 3 month long give away Madame Samm

    Paul

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  23. Cara senhora,
    sou sua seguidora cá de Portugal...
    E gostaria muito de fazer esse trabalho com base nas suas explicações, tutorial....
    Onde obtenho o esquema do cone de sorvete???
    Caso seja possível poderia enviar-me???
    o meu e-mail é peralva57@gmail.com

    desde já agradeço,
    com um grande abraço de Maria Filomena

    Dear lady, I'm your follower here in Portugal ... And I would love to do this job based on your explanation, tutorial .... Where do I get the layout of the ice cream cone?
    f possible could you send me?? my email is peralva57@gmail.com I thank, with a big hug from Maria Filomena

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  24. I visited Anne's flicker page. This is a great tutorial. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  25. I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  26. Thanks Anne for the wonderful tutorial. I also loved your Halloween quilt, "Halloween Squared". The colors are so fun. And, I'm a follower here at "Sew We Quilt".

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  27. Thanks Ann for this great tutorial! Thanks for the tip with the seams! That is where I often have problems. Will try this out! Just love this cat pattern! So cute!

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  28. And I am a follower!Thanks so much!

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  29. Thanks to Anne for the wonderful tutorial. Her hints about thinning down the seams in paper-piecing will be a great help to me. Great giveaway.

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  30. I am a follower. I did one paper piecing project that was so difficult. But I still have a big interest in learning and trying more.

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  31. I visited Anne's flicker stream. It all looks so intimidating ... but definitely gorgeous! Maybe some day. I am a follower, introduced to the Wantobe campaign by Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts. Thanks!! = )

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  32. I just posted on your flicker account, I'm not much of a paper piecer but this might make me change my mind - Love it!

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  33. I love the paper piece body form and would love to try it!

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  34. Annie, I need a private lesson! I'm just sayin'!

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  35. Thank you, Anne! I didn't know anything about how to actually paper piece until today!! You Flickr pages are filled with amazing items! I love your Haiku mug rug!
    Thank you Robert Kaufman Fabrics and Innovative Craft Products for this Giveaway!

    Thank you thank you thank you to Madame Samm for putting all of this togeher! I am learning so much every day! I am a follower!!!

    I also became a follower of Adventures of a Quilter so hopefully, we both win because though we quilt, we are relatively new to it!! Good luck adventures of a quilter!

    Thanks again! Keri S.

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  36. I am a Stash follower! A Big THANK YOU to Anne for the great tutorial... your flickr projects are all so very cute! I really like the 3-D Pinwheel Thingy! And thank you to all the great sponsors here on Stash and for all the wonderful, generous giveaways! :) Love reading everyday!

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  37. I love paper piecing! I love how she showed the steps! I can draw anything and sew it! Thanks Anne for spreading the fun!

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  38. Anne~ thanks for the great tutorial. You did a great job! And I did love your flickr photos! I plan on doing a 4-sided mat like you did with the ice cream cones. Very sweet.

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  39. And yes, I posted on your Flickr, Anne. (Smile and a wink!)

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  40. Okay. I think it is one comment per person. I'm definitely a follower. I found Anne's great pictures and left her some love. I am a quilter and Corrie is my blog partner. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  41. I commented on Anne's cat quilt - would love the pattern for that cutie !

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  42. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial! I love your little mug rug with the "dollar bill" and stock market newspaper! So cute! (I did visit and attempted to leave a comment.)
    And yes, I'm a follower!

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  43. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Dish Drainer and the High Rise houses. Flicker wouldn't process my comments. :( the red and blue dots just kept spinning..... But Anne is an amazing talent!!

    (now blogger is telling me that I don't have access to this account, not a good way to start the day....)

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  44. Good Morning Annie...now I am not much of a sweet eater especially ice cream in the morning but my dear.....I have a desire for ICE CREAM this morning...I am with CAROL we need some private lessons...I want to make your table one...love that...this tut is by far the best sew far..but then I am sew sweet on you....hard not to say it...I am going to be a paper piecer..there I said it..thanks every sew much..YOU lick sweet lol

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  45. Thank you so much for the tutorial Anne. 'One day' I'll try paper piecing.
    Yes, madame Samm, I'm still following ;-) and I commente on Flickr (so I'm registered there now as well LOL)

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  46. I am a wantobe quilter and did not really know about paper piecing...very interesting. Your creations are amazing!

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  47. Thank you Anne for the great tutorial on paper piecing! I looked through your pictures and fell in love with the rose quilt you did and left a comment on it. Thank you so much to the sponsors of this great campaign! Of course, I DO follow here. I'm registered with Jane's Fabrics.

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  48. Thank you, Anne, for all the time you took to create that great tut - you make it look so easy.

    Thanks to ALL our sponsors as I have followed this blog from Day One and watched it blossom into this library of quilting knowledge

    BUT , MOST of all, we want to thank that ball of energy named mme Samm for ~everything~ that she does for us - hugs and kisses, lady. I appreciate everything you do both here and behind the scenes. Thanks also to M. Samm for sharing you with us - he is No. One too on my book

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  49. Hi Madamme Samm I apologize for not posting with my google account, I am trying to figure out what I did. I did leave a post already #9 but thank you for letting me know.

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  50. Great tutorial Anne. Thank you for sharing your tips with us. I've seen your Merry Christmas coaster around and have always loved it and now know who created such a beauty.
    Thanks again Madamme Samm for hosting such a wonderful event. I came by way of Melissa at Happy Quilting.

    Ursula

    uschbear at gmail dot com

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  51. Hi Madame Samm: Thanks for inviting Anne to do this great tutorial. I did visit Anne on Flickr, and I will be bookmarking her site. Looking at all her wonderful creations, has on this very rainy morning, motivated me to get back into my studio.

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  52. I commented on Anne's Selvage Spool Mini Quilt over on Flicker - that's such a clever idea! Thank you for sharing your piecing tutorial with us. It makes paper piecing not appear so intimidating :)

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  53. I checked out Anne's Flickr pages. I think my favorite is the Dressmaker's Collage. SOOOO adorable!
    I'm a follower here (since yesterday!) and came by way of A Quilting Sheep.
    Muchas gracias to all the sponsors and to you for opening up so many creative possibilities!

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  54. I love paper piecing and I that now I have a place to send people when they ask me how to do it. Thanks Ann for a great tutorial. Of course I spent way too much time browsing through her pics on Flickr and left a comment (and I stalk er follow you Madame Samm). I never miss a post!!!

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  55. I just visited Anne's flickr and found an adorable truck and tree applique to comment on. She is sooooo talented! Thanks Anne for creating that tutorial, I might actually give paper piecing a try! And thanks Madame Samm for making this giveaway happen .... you are the best!

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  56. I am a follower here! Great tutorial!nni am relatively new to quilting and have never tried paper piecing! But I may have to try! Amy at Amy stitches is who I signed io through!

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  57. All I can say is, "WOW!" Excellent tute and cute show and tells. I love to foundation piece, but haven't met too many people who do it. I visited a quilt shop in San Antonio last year and was talking to the owner and she just 'blew me off' because in her opinion, paper piecing was a thing of the past!! I certainly still have fun with it! Now, maybe many others will give it a try because of your excellent post.

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  58. Madam Samm, I follow you! Thank you and the sponsors again for such a wonderful campaign!!! I'm sponsored by Jane's Fabric and Quilts and I'm super excited to be here!

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  59. Thank you again, Anne - your work is beautiful!

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  60. Anne has some awesome projects. A wonderful place to find inspiration.

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  61. Oh And I checked out Anne's flickr photos! You are so talented! I love the Riley Blake mug rug with the flower!

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  62. Aye Carumba! Someone received extra shares of talent at birth! It's hard to believe how small some of those works of art are. Love the photos and commentary--that was a fun flickr set to browse through. I'll have to try the pin trick with an angled seam--thanks for the tip☺

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  63. I left a comment on Anne's flickr kitty postcard. Thanks for the great tutorial!!

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  64. I love the tutorial. I love the orange mug rug Anne has - I tried to leave a comment, but wasn't able (I don't have a flickr account). I follow this blog. Thanks to all the sponsers for these wonderful giveaways. Thanks M. Samm and thanks to Diary of a Quilter for the information about this site. I am a quilter. I think I covered it all. slp.acp

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  65. Love the small projects above. I am working on a paper piece project right now. THanks for the flicker link - loved her idea of a quilty dish drainer mat :) Posted over there as well - thanks bunches for another give away! kwiley(at)comcast(dot)net

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  66. Posted a comment on Anne's Flickr album on the dressmaker's form...love that and what she did with the piece...love her entire album and her talent!!

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  67. I am a happy follower!! Thanks to all of the sponsors who have made this a such a fun promotion. And an especially big THANK YOU, to you Madame Samm, for coordinating all of this.

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  68. I am a follower....thank you to all of the sponsors who so generously contributed to this Wantobe campaign...

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  69. I like Ann's Special Delivery!!

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  70. Thank youi, Anne, for sharing your talent with all of us...

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  71. Thanks to Anne for the tips on paper piecing, esp. about pressing seams open.

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  72. Thank you Anne for a great tutorial! I've never tried paper piecing, but again I'm tempted! I left a comment on the awesome striped squares quilt you made.

    Thank you to Madame Samm and the awesome sponsors for a great giveaway! Of course I follow this blog! :)

    And thanks to Patty at A Stitch In Time for sending me this way! :)

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  73. A great tutorial and the best part, I learned a couple of new tips. Cute, cute cat. :) blessings, marlene

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  74. Wonderful post. I have never tried my hand at paper piecing. Thanks for the inspiration! (I am a follower).

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  75. I went to Ann's Flicker page and tried to leave a comment about the octagon mug rugs. These rugs are the cutest. When I tried to post my comment flicker would not accept it. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  76. I left a comment on Anne's flicker page!

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  77. Thanks Ann for a great tutorial. I also love to do paper piecing. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  78. I am following you! I found you through Quilt.Cook.Keep and Ellison Lane Quilts. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  79. Thanks Ann for that wonderful tutorial. We really appreciate it.

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  80. I left a comment on her coffee cup postcard. She is super talented!

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  81. Anne aka Freeze Frame. Thank you so much for an awesome tut! Your quilts are absolutely lovely and I am quite in love with the last one with the dress form and notions. WOW. I knew I was out of my league in the scrappy mug rug swap but now I know it! Blessings! AlwaysSewLove

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  82. what fun! I Love ice cream so it would be FUN to make this block - thanks for the great tutorial! I left a comment on Flickr - I am a quilter sponsored by Patty A Stitch in Time.

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  83. I'm still a bit mystifyed by paper piecing, but I'm almost there! Thanks for the tutorial. I commented on the Wall Street mug rug-excellent!! I am a follower here of course and thanks anne and everyone else!

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  84. I went to Anne's Flickr and fell in love with her snowman postcard, he's so cute and of course I told her so.

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  85. I commented on Anne's stash busting mini quilt. Just gorgeous creations! I am a follower and new quilter. Thank you so much Anne for the wonderful tutorial. You make it look so easy. I may have to try this someday. ;) Thank you to the wonderful sponsors that make this giveaway possible!

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  86. Just awesome work on Anne's Flickr great idea's.
    Left her a message on the Halloween Post Card. I of course a follower. Love the orange this month especially when I'm from the big orange country! (GO VOLS).

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  87. Of course I follow you. Thanks to the sponsors for all of these wonderful prizes and thank you Samm. I know it's been a lot of work, but we are all having such a fun time.

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  88. Thanks for such a fun tutorial. Maybe I should give paper piecing a try:) Loved the photos of all of the great creations- especially the dress form!!! I love finding new ideas to play around with.

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  89. Thanks to Anne for the great tutorial. I can always use a papre piecing refresher!=)

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  90. I really like the spool block. I commented on it on Anne's Flickr page. I thanked her there too! I follow here...

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  91. Spooky Pumpkin Patch Wall Hanging is what I commented on. Sallies Sampler is where I signed up. Of course I'm a follower, I'm not good enough at the computer to find you again if I wasn't a follower.

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  92. "I Wantobe A Quilter", sponsor is Michelle at the Raspberry Rabbits.

    I commented on Annes Mat/Postcard she made for you Madame Samm, on her Flicker.

    Thanks, Nancy

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  93. I've just visited Anne's flicker page. Her work is wonderful and of course I left a comment there. I'm a follower of yours. Thanks for another great giveaway.

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  94. I loved her "Me Time" mug rug and told her so. Think I'll make one for my aunt who's addicted to starbucks!

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  95. I visited Anne's Flikr page and commented on several of her items and thanked her for the great tutorial. I love the ice cream scoop and the butterfly. I'm a happy follower of this blog. Thank you to all the sponsors who make it possible for us to win awesome prizes. Thank you too Madame Samm for all you do :)

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  96. I'm a follower here and think your sponsors are awesome!!!! Thank you!

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  97. I would really like to thank the sponsor's for their wonderful gifts that they have donated. Thanks to Anne for sharing her wonderful picture's of her awesome work.

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  98. Thank you Anne for your inspiring work!

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  99. "I Wantobe A Quilter", sponsor is Michelle at the Raspberry Rabbits.

    Yes, of course I am a follower on this Blog!! A huge Thank~You to all of these Awesome Sponsors for their Generosity!!

    Nancy

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  100. Anne is incredible! These are so fun! She needs a blog! :)
    xx, shell

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  101. "I Wantobe A Quilter", sponsor is Michelle at the Raspberry Rabbits.

    Thank~You Anne, for putting together this Awesome Tutorial!! I'll have Ice Cream Cones dancing in my head!!

    Nancy

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  102. I commented on her Flickr and made her one of my contacts. I follow you Madame. Thank you Anne! I hope to master the paper piecing some day. I'm going to try the tutorial and possibly make a mini quilt for my great nieces. I'm here today with Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts.

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  103. I am a follower. This is a great tutorial. I might even give it a try!

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  104. Thanks Anne! I love your ice cream cones! Such a fun idea!

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  105. I am a quilter, and loved the paper piecing tutorial. I've paper pieced in the past and like the fact that you get nice sharp points. Thanks Anne for your time and talent. Loved the "me time" example and told her so on Flicker. I'm registered with LilyPadQuilting.

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  106. That was awesome! I actually understood it and the finished result is absolutely charming!!! Inspiring! Trotting over to see the rest of your work now.....

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  107. I'm a quilting and a follower of Stash Manicure, registered with both LilyPadQuilting and Mary on Lake Pulaski. Thanks for the tutorial - Deb A.

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  108. I left Anne a comment on her ice cream cone on her flickr page. So cute!

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  109. Thank you Anne. Wish I had this tut years ago when I first started paper piecing.
    I left a comment on her flicker page of the white cat postcard. Love it! I'm a follower and I follow Kelly at IHAN, too.

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  110. I visited Anne on flickr and thanked her in my comment. Thanks to Madame Samm and the sponsors for another great prize. Woo Hoo!

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  111. I did leave a comment for Anne about her pinwheel postcard...very cute!

    Of course I am a follower :)

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  112. I am a wantobe quilter and follower or your blog. My sponsor is Amy for Diary of a quilter. I am so excited with this tutorial - great job.

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  113. Thanks Anne! I left a comment on her dish mat (cawsings). Thanks also to the sponsors! I am a follower here and at Diary of a Quilter (where I am registered).

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  114. I left a comment on her orange mat - just beautiful. (I signed up via Amy - Redeemed Sheep.)

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  115. wow...what a wonderful tutorial...thanks so much. All of your designs are just so fresh and clean line looking. A big thanks to Robert for this awesome giveaway and to you Samm!!

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  116. I am a quilter.... I left 2 comments on Annies Flicker pictures... I love the Dressmaker Collage and I also really liked the Haiku Collage. I believe I am a follower but I couldnt find the buttons to check.

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  117. I'm a follower! Thank you to all the sponsors for the great giveaways! (I signed up via Amy-redeemed sheep)

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  118. Thank you to Anne for the tutes!!! She made it look easy! I'd love to learn so I'm bookmarking this lesson. (I signed up via Amy-Redeemed Sheep.)

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  119. I love paper piecing! and this was a great tutorial.

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  120. I am a follower and to all the sponsors: merci!

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  121. Oh my gosh, are those little paper piecing's you have done precious. I used to hate paper piecing, but it just took 1 well taught class to convert me! It's one of my favorites now. My inspiration is now peaked, so I must go start another project. Not sure if I should thank you or not! hahaha just kidding. The other projects in grocery sacks (pigs) will keep! :-)

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  122. I am a follower (daily), and signed up at Amy @ a Quilting Sheep. I enjoyed my visit to Anne's Flicker site -- great projects!! Thanks for such a great and fun paper piecing tutorial!! I have always admired paper piecing, and am looking forward to making some ice cream cones!!

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  123. From a quilter - this was a wonderful tutorial Ann - you should be proud - left a couple comments over there for you - thanks to Robert Kaufman and Innovative Crafts for your wonderful support of all things quilty. Judy C in NC and www.shadetreequilting.com

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  124. I learned to quilt paper piecing, but I always love to see other people's tricks and tips! I love the dress form hanging!

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  125. We decided I'm a "sewer" so I post on these days, right? ;)
    Funny: the part she said was easy made no sense to me! I understand it because of previous experience, but her maybe it's just I think more visually than verbally. Oh well, over all it was a good tutorial. I'm really excited to start quilting now!

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  126. Great tutorial. I have to do some paper piecing for the Farmer's Wife QAL and this will help.

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  127. Per Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts (I'm following her blog) today is the day this quilter without a blog enters the contest. Loved the tut. Ejoyed Anne's photos and left her a comment.

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  128. I visited Anne on Flickr, I love her butterfly pot holder - but I'm a sucker for beautiful butterflies.

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  129. Visited Anne's amazing work on Flickr! I love to paper piece and will give her ideas a try. My favorite is the dress form collage...for my sewing room...yes please!

    Thanks for the wonderful sponsor, Innovative Craft Products, for today's giveaway and to Samm for all your hard work!

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  130. Anne did a great job on that tut! Thank you for sharing. Going through her Flickr pics, the wonky tree is my favorite (& I let her know). And another favorite is mine is the solids by Robert, one word...YUM! Thank you for being a sponsor.

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  131. And to think that I just posted my paper piecing woes on my blog a few days ago! LOL I saw some tips here in your post, Anne, that I believe will really help me...I will give it one more try! Thanks for a great tutorial; I loved on your Riley Blake in your "Collection" area of your Flickr photos - so nice!
    Thanks to our great sponsors...hope I can win. I'm a quilter, and I signed up with Wendy at Why Knot, if I need that!

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  132. I visited Ann's flicker page and love the idea of a quilted mat for self drying dishes. I don't like the drainers either!

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  133. I'm a quilter. I visited Anne's page. Thanks for the tutorial. and I'm a follower.

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  134. Thanks Anne for the tut, I love all you postcards you have made. I am going to start doing that someday. I am a follower of this wonderful blog too.

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  135. Thanks, Ann, for sharing the paper piecing lessons! It has been too many years since I tried it. Think it is fun and your projects are really cute.

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  136. Ice Cream Cones! What a fun summer project! Your work is wonderful. I agree with Samm, that piece she wants to "frame" would look beautiful hanging in anyone's studio. I'm inspired! Great giveaway today...thanks you sponsors!

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  137. Oh, by the way, I DID have to clean off my screen so I could see her Flickr lovelies....I couldn't stop myself - lurve ice cream! LOL
    Of course I follow here!

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  138. Thanks, Anne, for the tutorial. I visited your Flickr pages and love your Merry Christmas mug rug.

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  139. Great tutorial! I Liked Anne's Flickr page and shared it with my fb friends - would LOVE to win fabric - is there a quilter who isn't a fab-ro-holic?!? :-) Thanx for the chances to WIN on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Quilters!! Mary Ann @ RocknQuilts

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  140. Comment above...here's my link.

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  141. I'm a follower. Thanks, sponsors!

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  142. Have been reading this blog for quit some time now but just today hit the join button. Question where can one go to find some of these patterns. I've never had very good luck at paper piecing but would like to try this ice cream cone!! Thanks

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  143. Oh my goodness, Thank you Anne for that wonderful tutorial on paper piecing. I have only paper pieced once and this was a way easier tutorial to follow then the one I used before. I found your dress form piecing over on flickr and agree with Samm that you should get it framed. It would be stunning hanging on a wall :) And yes, I follow :)

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  144. I have left a comment and thanked Ann. It was a great tutorial. I love following along here, I am learning SO much!! :)

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  145. Thanks for a great tutorial Anne - and I really enjoyed looking through your Flickr photos!
    I'm a quilter and I was swnt by Amy at Diary of a Quilter - I'd love to win these fabrics they're gorgeous!

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  146. I am a follower and LOVE Anne's tutorial! It is wonderful--thank you so much Anne! I want to make this! I love your dress form and absolutely LOVE it! You should definitely have it framed!

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  147. this is wonderful thank you and I did not lick the screen.

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  148. Those pieces are absolutely amazing. She is so talented. Her Flickr pieces are all delightful.

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  149. Wow, I'm always learning that there are alot of ways to do different techniques. Thank you Anne, I did learn a couple of new ways to do something I've already been doing.

    I'm a quilter and with Tonya @ Hillbilly Handiworks (I would love for her to win something - she's put up with alot from me. Heehee.)

    Thanks for all you are doing Madam Samm!

    Wanda
    http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

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  150. I'm definitely going to look into more paper piecing! Love it! Thanks for the tutorial! Thanks Anne for your notes and insights. I'm a quilter and sent by Grandmama's Stories. SHOUT OUT: Thanks to all the wonderful sponsors! Your donations will surely bring in new quilters and friends.

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  151. Thanks, Anne, for a great tutorial. I am definitely going to make one of these.

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  152. Thank you Anne for the great tutorial! Paper peicing ... yikes I always mess it up... but I think your tutorial might make me want to try again! I left a comment on flickr under the cat post card... love cats.... that is just too cute!

    I follow here and I'm a quilter sponsored by Happy Quilting! I've never used designer bundles before and I LOVE this bundle. It is modern and old skool at the same time!

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  153. I follow freezeframe03 on flickr and posted a comment under the Me Time fabric postcard.

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  154. Quilter. I commented on Anne's Freeze Frame.

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  155. I am a follower of this blog! Love it

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  156. Quilter, follower, team Marlene B., and what a wonderful giveaway! Fabric is always a favorite, so thank you Robert Kaufmann (I love Kona!).

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  157. Quilter, follower, team Marlene B., and thank you Anne! I've recently rediscovered foundation paper piecing, so I truly appreciate your talent. Thank you for sharing the beautiful work you do.

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  158. what a great tutorial. she does great work on flickr... i left her a comment and made her a 'contact' on there. i've never paper pieced before, but i really want this ice cream cone. i guess i'll have to follow her tutorial and whip one up!

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  159. I went to flicker and commented on the Dressmaker Collage - oh, memories of past days!

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  160. i'm a follower here... thank you sponsors and thank you Mdme Samm for making all of this possible. you're the bestest!

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  161. Thanks Anne for the great tute! You make it so easy to follow that I just might try this.

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  162. What a talented lady!! Wow! Anne's work is incredible!! Unfortunately 'it' wouldn't let me leave Anne a comment unless I let Yahoo access my Google information...and I didn't want to do that! So here is Anne's comment that I tried to leave:
    This creation is absolutely wonderful!!(the sewing room quilt) If I were you I wouldn't let it out of my sight...we quilters are a notorious bunch!! haha Thanks so much for the wonderfully delicious tutorial!! Enjoyed every morsel of it!! Take care!
    Paulette

    Thanks for the chance to win this lovely give away...and Yes I am a follower!! :o)
    Paulette

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  163. I've admired Anne's work for a long time. Nosey Meow is my all time favorite. (aren't all kitties nosey?) I love that the tutorial photos are on flickr, too, so I can blow them up large enough for my poor old eyes to see!

    Thank you, thank you, Anne! Very inspiring!

    Thank you sponsors! The gifts for the giveaway are truly stunning.

    and Thank You Madame Samm! Of course, I follow SM!

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  164. Thank you Anne for the tutorial and sharing some of your work. i've been looking for a fun way to create some new kitchen furnishings/decor, and i think i will try some paper pieced hot pads or something. thanks for bringing this into my life. :D

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  165. I am a follower - a big THANK YOU to the sponsors: Kaufmann for supplying the new Betz White line amd Innovative Craft Products for donating the interfacing and fusible batt.

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  166. I follow you and I left a comment for Anne on her "Me Time" Fabric Postcard. The tutorial was wonderful. What talent Anne has - thanks for sharing with us and thanks to Madame Samm and all of the sponsors, too!!

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  167. I left a message with Anne at Flicker!
    I am a follower and a quilter!
    I register Wantobes and quilters without blogs!
    I love that you are doing this wonderful Quilter's Campaign! Wonderful Kaufmann Fabric and interfacing and batting supplies too! Thanks Thanks Thanks!

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  168. I'm a quilter ; sponsor : Melissa @ Happy Quilting ! Anne - WOW for your work ; I noted your motorcycle picture ; thanks ROBERT KAUFMAN and INNOVATIVE CRAFT PRODUCTS !! thanks ANNE !! your paper piecing has inspired me to WANTOBE talented as you are !
    Thanks again Madame SAMM !

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  169. I went to KD's quilt page!
    She is the one that sent me here also! Great site!

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  170. Cute! Love her stuff. Checked her out on Flickr, tons more pictures. I left her a note and thanked her for her inspiration. I am a quilter and I signed up on Lilypad quilting. Thank you!!!

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  171. Thank you Anne for sharing your paperpiecing tutorial on Stash Manicure. Love the cute ice cream cone pattern; as well as all your lovely work on your flicker page.

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  172. I left a flicker comment for Anne on her gift tags photo. They are so cute and I'm starting to think about Christmas things now. Thanks Anne for a wonderful tutorial on paper piecing. I've always wanted to try it and now I've no excuses. Your tute was so detailed, I don't think I could fail at this.

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  173. Thanks to all the sponsors, and also to you, Madame Samm, for hosting these incredible giveaways.
    I follow Stash Manicure and am sponsored by Lilypadquilting.

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  174. I tried to leave comments on Anne's dress form. So many of her projects are cute. I love how she combines different materials for her collage effect. Gets my mind running. I am also going to keep a close watch for the post card binding tutorial.

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  175. I left a note for Anne. Thank you Anne and thank you sponsors for doing these giveaways.

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  176. Oops,for #3--Thank you again Anne!

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  177. I just loved the highrise houses. She is so talented. I liked the spool and the postcards were very clever.

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  178. I've always been afraid of paper piecing, so thanks to Anne, I will give it another try.

    Ellison Lane is my sponsor.

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  179. Thanks for the great tips on paper piecing! This process has always scared me but this makes it look easy. I think I'll give it a try to make a few mug rugs like those on Anne's flicker site.

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  180. I have left Anne a comment on her Flicker account.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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  181. What a great tutorial. I've never done paper piercing before! I visited her Flikr page, I love her mug rugs!

    I'm a follower.

    I'm registered with Melissa at Happy Quilting!

    Thanks to all the sponsors and for hosting these giveaways.

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  182. Thanks Ann, great tutorial it was wonderful and yummy!

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  183. Thanks for the great paper piecing tutorial. Love the spool wall hanging. I am a follower of this blog, a quilter and am signed up by Jane's Fabrics.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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  184. Just got back from Anne's page - Thanks Anne! You're work is beautiful!!!
    jmistok(at)gmail(dot)com

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  185. Great tutorial. Wish I had one when I first started paper piecing.
    I'm registered with Sharon at http://vroomansquilts.blogspot.com/

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  186. Thank you Ann for the tutorial - love paper piecing. Love your flicker group. I am registered with Mary on Lake Puluski.

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