Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Guest #22 Quilt on the Floor -Quilt on the floor with Mary..

I had only been blogging for about 2 weeks when Madame Samm invited me to be on her blog. She
KNOCKED MY SOCKS OFF!
It is such an honor to be here, and have all  you talented quilters reading this.
I hope it inspires you to get even more creative than you already are, and have some new kind of fun!
Come visit me at Crooked Gulley Art Quilts , I'll give you even more ideas with today's blog.

So here we go... Today's blog entry has nothing to do with quilting, or maybe it does... You  decide after you read the "How To".  I got this idea from a friend who has a very clever sister. I'm going to show you how simple it is to make a floor cloth. You're probably thinking the Colonial floor cloths that were labor intensive made with heavy canvas and required numerous steps, creativity, patience, hemming... Well just stick with me and I'll show you what my problem was and how I solved it - easily.

I had this area, and wanted to protect the wood floor, because the kitchen is always a major traffic area, especially when it leads to the laundry room. Plus it was an irregular shape with the sink and stove top cabinets extending out more that the other cabinets. It wouldn't look right to put in two area rugs.


So, I used this...  Yep, that's just cheap vinyl flooring!


But, I accomplished this by flipping the vinyl over and painting the other side!


Ha! You don't believe me?... You want proof?  Well, check it out...


(Just so you'll know, I put the Rubber Maid shelf lining under the floor cloth so that it wouldn't slip and slide.)
This floor cloth is much easier to make than what they had to do in Colonial times or what crafters do today when painting canvas floor cloths.

First, I went to a big box store like Lowes or Home Depot,  and bought a large hunk of vinyl flooring.  Next I turned it over - and painted the back side, and decorated it with a stencil or two!!! Yep... that's all there was to it. The back side of vinyl flooring is a paper like substance that is perfect for painting.



Whoa, hold on a minute, I was just at Lowes and bought a remnant for $10, thinking I'd just make another floor cloth to use as this demonstration. When I got my bargain home I was dumbfounded to find a surface that can't be painted... look at the picture and you will see that the back side of this "higher priced" vinyl flooring is actually a rubber backing that paint will not adhere to and will not accomplish the effect we want. Moral to the story - check to make sure the back of the "cheap vinyl" is a paper like surface that will readily accept and absorb paint.

So, here's what you do:

Wait a minute - Before we start, I want to preface this by saying I'm not a stenciling or Tolle painting instructor. I am me, a self taught crafty person. I am supplying you with the basic instructions for doing a floor cloth. You will take what you know or learn from a credited source to add the artistic touch you want. 
Okay,  we can start now.
    • First you need a work area where you can make a mess and leave it alone for a few days and not have to deal with wind, bugs or kids. The garage is ideal. Park your car outside and work inside. When I made my big floor cloth the room over the garage had not been finished. That was the perfect place. I worked away on the subfloor and didn't care if paint got splattered. That room is now my sewing room!   For this lesson,  I'm demonstrating in my kitchen/dining area using the dining table and using a small scrap of vinyl since my bargain was a no go.
      • I  started my kitchen floor cloth by making a paper pattern of the shape I wanted so that it would fit around my cabinets. Notice in the picture that I am making a pattern for a floor cloth at the door coming in from the patio. That is a traffic area that can be wet, dirty, dusty, cat hair... you get it... traffic grime. (Ha, I haven't discovered the back of the bargain vinyl yet!)  You can do a simple  rectange, oval, circle, square... well, any shape and size you want works. I just wanted a custom fit. REMEMBER... The back of the vinyl piece is the side that you are going to paint and see. The actual vinyl floor patterned side is the WRONG side. We are going to paint the back side and love it!

      • Next, cut the vinyl with strong scissors to make the basic shape.  Lay your paper pattern on the vinyl and traced around the pattern. (Since the fabulous deal I got at Lowes turned out to be the wrong kind of vinyl, I'm going to demonstrate on a small piece.)  Do a final cut using an OLD rotary cutter with the mat underneath. I wanted a perfect straight edge so I just slid the mat under the vinyl and cut and slid my way along the marks from my pattern using my quilting straight edge.  For my big floor cloth, I was on my knees sliding the mat and doing the cutting on the floor. Knee protectors would have been a good thing.


      • Once you have the floor cloth/vinyl the size you want you add the first coat of paint. I used the left over latex wall paint from our house. I painted the  whole floor cloth the base color, and let it dry over night. Latex wall paint is durable and strong and works fine, plus latex paint is not only durable, but can be gently bent without cracking. You can roll or brush the paint on. You need to do 2 coats for both good coverage and as another layer of protection for your floor cloth.  The picture shows me painting the small 'example' floor cloth the light sage green that is on my kitchen walls. You want to be sure and paint the edges also.

      • When making my big kitchen floor cloth, I wanted to lightly faux paint the straw colored paint before I added the border. I took the dark green that was also the border paint; mixed it with a glaze, and dabbed it on with a big sponge... *This was my technique! I'm clueless on how to OFFICIALLY do Faux Painting CORRECTLY. Talk with people at your local paint or craft stores to get clear directions. The picture shows a sample of the faux painting I practiced before doing the big kitchen floor cloth. I also used the same scrap to practice the stenciling I was going to use.


      • I measured for the border by carefully putting light pencil marks on the dried painted surface. I ran masking along the lines and made sure it was straight, and secured to the surface before starting to paint. As you can see from my example,  I used my quilting straight edge to draw the lines. 

      The dark green paint is a semi gloss latex wall paint. It matches several furniture items in the room and is a good accent color. I painted two coats and let it thoroughly dry before removing the tape. 



      Now you get to learn a lesson that I had to learn the hard way... See that purple masking tape? It is the same tape I used on the big floor cloth that was made 4 years ago... Masking tape actually has a shelf life! Did you know that? I didn't. Take a look at how the dark green paint was able to creep under the tape even though I made sure to securely press it into place. 
      Moral to the story: Tape is cheap, buy a fresh roll when doing a big project!  


      • The picture above also shows how I started to play with stencils. Whether you are stenciling or painting a design/picture, you need to practice on painted scraps. You've got to get the feel of how the brushes are going to interact with the painted surface. Once you have completed the painting of the main area and the border, you are ready to have fun decorating...
      The pictures below show you where I got my inspiration. It's my friend Kate's kitchen. Her sister painted these beautiful floor cloths and custom cut them to exactly fit the space. Kate went to a rug dealer and bought a non slip rug liner that she could easily cut to put under the vinyl floor cloths.

        Check out this close-up. Linda, the talented sister, hand painted the apples and also did a faux paint in the background and the border. So beautiful!  Kate recently reapplied 2 polyurethane high gloss coats to her floor cloths. I plan to redo mine this fall when our humid weather is gone. My floor cloth is a semi-gloss. It's a personal choice and entirely up to you to choose the effect you want. I love it both ways.



        Here you can easily compare artistic painting vs stenciling... I'm not an artist, but I can stencil and come up with a similar effect. Please remember, I'm not a professional stenciler. I'm merely sharing what I did. I used regular craft acrylic paint and a stencil brush. I love the illusion of the metallic copper color in the words and line border. I also got brave and mixed greens and the copper to do the grape leaves. 
        You just do your own thing and it will be perfect for your area!



        • You're at the final step. When your floor cloth looks just the way you want, all the painting/stenciling/decorating is completed... You need to seal and protect it. Use a clear liquid polyurethane that you brush on. Two of the  main brands are MinWax and  Varathane. They all come in Gloss, Semi-Gloss, and Satin finishes. There are spray on polyurethanes, but you just are not going to get the coverage and protection you want and need. Applying the polyurethane needs to be done in a well ventilated, dust free area. The garage is perfect as long as it's dust and bug free. Probably you will need to sweep out your garage and do the painting at night when no one is around. Remember... at least 3 coats.
        Before starting this blog entry I "Googled" floor cloths to see what was out there. Well, there's a lot, and there's also a lot of very clever floor cloth artists. Lots of great ideas for shapes and colors.
        But, think about this for a moment... How about painting actual quilt blocks on your floor cloth. You could also use all those stamps from scrap booking ... Once you have the base color and border on your floor cloth you can let your imagination go wild. What... if your decoration doesn't turn out great? Who cares... just paint over it with your base color and start again. Who's gonna' know?? 
        I can't wait to see what you come up with. I can see your creative juices kicking in right now. You're tired of that old kitchen sink rug, aren't you. Get creative and have fun!
        Me? I'm heading back to Lowes to return that vinyl and get what I want. Then the floor cloth by the patio door is going to get underway!
        • Cleaning the floor cloth is simple, easy, not complicated at all...  vacuum and then use a damp mop. Wow, that could wear a girl out!
        Stay creative, have fun, and thanks for inviting me, Madame Samm... You're the best!
        Hugs from Mary

        Editors note:

        Didn't I tell you...? Is this not an amazing find...?
        A quilt on the floor and you can only imagine the possibilities...
        I wonder what Ghastlies would look like on my Floor?  YES ? lol

        Anyway to honor Mary's clever post ..
        YOU may need some TOOLS....sew here is our
         GIVEAWAY TODAY for QUILTERS... 


        I bet many of you could use some new tools
        and let us throw in some fabric too..


        Clover USA sponsored this Large Mat 24 x 36  ( this is their triple healing mat)
        and the their soft cushioned rotary cutter
        Creative Grid these pretty amazing RULERS ( yes all 3 of them)
        YOU can SPOT the difference between theirs and others...they don't slip ever!
        and Elizabeth Studios this fine collection called African Spirit cut into 1/2 yard
        Bundles....Sew yes a good day it will be for someone...
        Oh and my Gerberas. compliments for Great Gerberas
        ( my props, your view)


        Here is what you need to do.

        Please follow MARY, after all she is a brand new blogger..
        she would love to see you..
        Be a follower here. and by now, I am sure you are...
        And tell me, I really do want to know..
        Will you be doing this project?



        Big thanks goes out to Mary, and Clover and Creative Grid,
        Elizabeth's Studio and Great Gerberas and YOU
        for spreading the news about this great past time
        that unites a world of quilters..
        Frankly speaking the best PEEPS I have come to know
        and LOVE.





        288 comments:

        1. Woohoo! 1st commenter! I totally want to try this! But stencils will be my friend here! I now follow both blogs and I am a quilter. Amy stitches is my sponsor! Have a great Tuesday everyone!

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        2. I love the idea! But, my kitchen doesn't need extra floor protection at this time...maybe in the future it will though.
          I am now a follower of both of your blogs.

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        3. Looks like fun. I can think of all kinds of new ideas for this one. Would be great on my back porch. Yes I am a follower of both you and Mary.

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        4. Your floor cloths are the best I've ever seen. Love them. Thanks for sharing all your tips. You've certainly inspired me to make some. Thank you!

          SewCalGal
          www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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        5. Those are amazing. What a great project. I like how it's so customized to your space.

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        6. WOW!! I am here just for the fun...and was this ever a fun demo! I LOVE the idea of the 'floor-cloths'I am a new follower for Mary now and will truly watch her in the future! Have a great time out there all you talented ladies! Thank you Madam Samm for bringing her here!...Ghastlies indeed!! What fun!!!

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        7. Love that idea they look very nice, i have stenciled in the past on my walls and really like it. I'am following Mary now and am a follower here. Thanks for the chance to win would love to have them rulers!!!

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        8. I follow Mary, and I follow here (of course!) and I'm a QUILTER :)

          I love the look of stencilling, but not sure I would do it on a project for the floor. I would love to try it on the walls though, or a tile that I hang on the wall.
          ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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        9. Following Mary now. And following you, of course! Quilter here, sponsored by Deonn.

          I am not sure whether I'd make a floor covering per se, but it's a really great idea which I'd probably try out for some other purpose at some point! I'd be very interested to see how it looks after some months/years of traffic going over it

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        10. This idea is insane and I love it! Wishing I had a crazy imagining brain that could come up with such awesome ideas!

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        11. I'm a quilter and a follower of both blogs. I'm not sure if I'm going to try this right away (nowhere to paint that's clean enough), but I am definitely going to look more carefully at the vinyl scraps up in the attic--this might make a fun gift for my sister. I'd looked at making a canvas floor cloth years ago, but too much work! This is one very clever idea!

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        12. I'm a quilter, and a SM follower, and follow Mary.
          What an amazing thing! I never knew such a thing could be made! I don't have a place for this in the house we are in right now, but since we are an Army family, there is no telling what will work in the next house. I'm bookmarking the idea! Amazing!

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        13. This looks so fun, I definitely want to try it. Mary's cloth is gorgeous!!

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        14. Wow! I would have never thought of that!

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        15. I seriously may try this -- just think, if we make our own, we can get the exact size we want! Fabulous!

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        16. I'm definitely saving a copy of this tutorial. We are tweaking our kitchen, just a small remodel. Once the new island is in I may need to add one of these!

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        17. I'm a quilter but right now I'm doing remodeling in my house so I definitly need good ideas!!!! I signed up for both blogs

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        18. Hello! I follow Mary's blog. thanks so much for the chance to win these rulers. i surely could do with some more! I'll put that project on my list (long long list) and maybe some day...
          Thanks Dawn for taking me here too

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        19. Love the idea! think I might try this!

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        20. That is the cutest idea I cant wait to try it! And i have the perfect spot that i need a cute rug for! What a great tutorial! She made me a follower!

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        21. Thank you Mary for the inspiration, but I'm afraid I can't use it. At least not now, but you never know.
          Yes, I'm a quilter and follower of Mary and just would love to try out these rulers. I'm using Omnigrid and they are skidding away.

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        22. What a good idea, would never have thought of that, mine would not be as artistic though!! I now follow Mary

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        23. Brilliant idea, and would love a quilt on the floor. My French kitchen floor is tiled so doesnt need floor covering, but it is an interesting project.
          Going over to her site now to become a follower.
          I'm sponsored by Kathy's Cottage.

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        24. Would love a quilt on the floor... but first, I think I need new floors...

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        25. What a brilliant idea! Mary's floor quilt is stunning, love her tutorial!

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        26. This is great! Though my floor doesn't need covering :( WIll need to find somewhere else that does! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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        27. I think the floor cloths are very creative, pretty and practical. Right now I need to redo my kitchen including the floor...both are circa 1972. Then, this could be a very nice thing to make.

          I am a quilter sponsored by Jillily, a new follower of Mary's blog and a follower here.

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        28. I'm now following Mary at Crooked Gulley Art. Interesting and very creative project. No, I probably won't be doing this project. I do have a little side note. When my mom was growing up in the 20s and 30s, they routinely painted the kitchen linoleum floor.

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        29. What an amazing tutorial - thank you Mary. I follow both blogs and badly need rulers and a large cutting mat. My sponsor is Jane of Janes Fabric and Quilting.

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        30. I became a follower of Mary's blog. Her floor cover is amazing. I might try a tiny one first...maybe a new kind of "fabric" postcard. Hmmm...

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        31. Good Morning MARY you say you are not a professional...WELL a professional is someone who can share their mistakes and teach us to do it right...I am smiling here as I read every word and I think you WIN for sense of humor. I LOVE this idea of a floor cloth, floor quilt, like I like to refer to it as....and I for one will be making one, I will print off your list of must haves...new tape, good paint and a sense of humor ohhh and knee pads....I love this...love this...

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        32. Great ideas but I've just had a new floor laid so maybe in the future???
          I follow both blogs! My sponsor is Dawn!

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        33. VEry creative Mary and I enjoyed reading all about the floor mats. Great ideas :) Thanks Hugs Vicki

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        34. This is a great idea. Love the end result! I must give it a try :)
          And the guiveaway prize is so cooool!!
          Thanks for the chance!

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        35. Wow Mary what a wonderful tutorial and very different. I know for one I would love to do a quilt pattern on one for my tiny kitchen and intend on doing just that. Thank you very much for this wonderful idea and the means to do it, thanks also to Madame Samm for something different to add to our list of ways to add quilts in our lives and also thanks to our sponsors who also give us the means to have wonderful tools to help us do what we love.

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        36. great idea, but I have a ceramic tile floor. So probably not at this time, but if I ever do, I know it can be done. Following you both. Ellison Lane is my sponsor.

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        37. uhhh May I have the ones with the apples if you ever change your mind to something else??? :) LOVE those!

          Me, I am no painter so I would defintely have to use stencils but this is something worth trying at least once just to see what one could do!

          I am a quilter and I REALLY need a new mat! Just this past Friday I was teaching a local woman the importance of squaring up your quilt blocks and made a comment to her that I needed a new mat! And viola! Here today, we quilters have a chance to win one!

          And while the rulers I have are great, they do slip and we discussed the difference in rulers while I was giving her the class. The Creative Grid rulers would be awesome to have!

          And who wouldn't love more fabric for their stash!!

          AND more of those luscious gerbera daisies!!

          I have left Mary some comment love but the Followers App is broken over there ... You can see the word Followers but that is all that is there and it isn't clickable. I left mary a notation of this.

          I am glad that you have asked some new bloggers to be guest here too! It helps give them exposure and I think that is pretty cool!

          My sponsor is SewCalGal! and I follow here!

          Thank you to all of the sponsors for today!!

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        38. I have a wooden floor in my kitchen and despair of keeping it clean as I am a pretty messy cook. I love this idea and will definitely be trying it. Will have to buy some new stencils though.

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        39. Love this idea! I would have never thought to paint a "rug" for my spaces- but I can do this one:) I now follow Mary and SM, as well. Thanks for the great opportunity to win!

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        40. I am now a follower and am so impressed with the floor cloths! Absolutely beautiful! So nice to welcome a new blogger and an obvious artist!

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        41. Yes, I will be doing this but doing it on my front and back porches something that I have been wanting to do since rugs get wet, dirty and ugly when it rains and blows. Yep, I am ready for a little cooler weather but think I will do my design now. Thanks for the tips, thanks for the giveaway and have a good day!

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        42. I will follow Mary as soon as the "follower" begins working again.

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        43. I'm following Mary. I don't think I'll do this project. Stenciling isn't my cup of tea, but it does look cool.

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        44. I'm following Mary, she has some really neat ideas over at her blog. Yes, I think this would be something I'd like to try. Maybe in a small scale to see just how well I do, I'm not much of a painter, but perhaps I could make something for the garage for my hubby. He loves AMC's, (American Motors Cars), so I think a nice mat in R/W/B with the AMX logo on it would be great. Thanks for the idea Mary and thanks again, Madame Samm!!

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        45. I am now following Mary's blog! No, I won't be doing this project. the floor covers are really nice, but I have all stone floors that are very easy to clean, so don't need anything extra. But, I do like the cell phone covers that Mary has on her blog!

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        46. Im just commenting here this is absolutely the cutest thing Ive seen.How nice.I love it!What some people can do just amazes me.

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        47. Loved the tutorial on floor cloths. When we get our kitchen updated (hopefully soon), this will be on my to do list. I'm a follower here & at Mary's blog. Registered at Shade Tree Quilting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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        48. I have always always wanted to make a floor cloth. I will definetly be trying it on my 1st school break. Thank you for the chance to you. I am already a loyal follower here and now Mary's follower.

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        49. I am following Mary's blog now and yours !!! I'd like to do the project to HIDE my UGLY floor ! my sponsor is happy quilting ; thanks for more fun (I'm really made at myself for missing the Go!Baby chance yesterday ... but , oh well....) :=)

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        50. Great idea, tho' I don't think I would do it as I have slate floors. But, I do have friends who could benefit from this great idea. I am a follower of Mary's and Stash of course. Thanks for the chance, Dianne

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        51. I am a new follower of Mary's. I love this project. I am thinking I NEED a couple of these floor clothes. I have two rooms that are not carpeted (I wonder if these will sit on carpet). My kitchen and my bathroom could use a little help. Now to find a home improvement store in my area...rural America...gotta love it.

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        52. Wonderful idea! Some people have the greatest minds and ideas. Thank you Mary for sharing with us. Your blog and your quilts are amazing, too.

          Thank you Madame Samm for the amazing people you are bringing to us.

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        53. Thanks Mary for a great tutorial. I'm looking forward to trying it. Thanks Madame Samm for inviting Mary. I've just become Mary's follower and I'm a quilter.

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        54. Beautiful floor cloth! I don't think I will tackle this myself but I do love the way it looks. I am a new follower to Mary's blog and follow here. A Stitch in Time is my blog. Thanks Madame Samm!!

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        55. I'd love to make the floor mat but not sure I will - so many things on my unfinished list as it is!!!!

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        56. Mary did a fantastic job with her floor cloth, and also with the tutorial. Love it!

          That said, (and the fact that our house is for sale) I know I won't be doing one...at least not until I know where I will be at this time next year!

          I follow you both...

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        57. This is such a neat idea!!! I learned a lot and never in a million years would have thought to do this!! Very creative idea!
          Mary Beth
          marybeth.ticknor@yahoo.com

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        58. Good morning! Wow, Mary, your floor "cloth" is stunning and the tutorial grand! (I am following!) Thanks for the tip to look at the back of the vinyl. I'm thinking this would be a nice addition to my balcony. :)
          Great prizes, great tutorials, great posts... thank you Madame Samm and Sponsors!!
          Christina in Cleveland/ Brenis

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        59. Wonderful job - I follow both blogs and Amy of Diary of a Quilter is my sponsor.

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        60. I'm already a follower here and am now a follower at Mary's! The floor cloth looks great (and her kitchen is to die for!). I'm familiar with this technique and have wanted to do it. Adding to the list of things to try!

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        61. Hi, What a fabulous tutorial!! I have read it through a couple of times, and I want to save it for future reference. I have become a follower of Mary's blog - she is very talented! Of course I follow you Mdm Samm. I would love to do one of these floor cloths once my knee replacement allows me to move about more, whenever that is!! Hugs n Blessings from Sue x

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        62. So many creative ideas here! Now how many new floor mats can I make for my house? Many! Great post today.

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        63. I'm now following Mary. I already follow you. My sponsor is Jennifer @ ELQ. And, although I love the painted floor cloth--I probably won't be making one for my house. = ) Thanks for all the giveaways!!

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        64. I most certainly will be doing a project like this. I have a brand new house and I need a rug in front of my sink as my husband spills water on my hard wood floors all the time and it drives me insane. Unfortunately I have to wait a little bit to do this as there are too many houses under construction in my area and the dust is flying everywhere. Amy@diaryofaquilter is my sponsor.

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        65. Great idea! I think there is some leftover flooring in my basement...may just have to try it sometime. I now follow Mary. Sure could use a new cutting mat!

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        66. I am following Mary and of course this blog. I don't know if I will ever use this idea or not, but I will definitely store it away. I have painted my vinyl kitchen floor - I used a paint with epoxy in it that was recommended by the guy at the hardware store. He had done it at his house and swore by it. Several years later, my floor still looks great.

          I WANT/NEED those rulers. ha ha

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        67. Yes, great idea! I am a quilter sponsored by Jane of jane's fabrics. I went to Mary's blog and left a comment and am a new follower there. Not sure if I would make one of these, but it sure is a great idea! thanks so much for the giveaway!

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        68. I"m following you and Mary. I love finding new bloggers to read. Love this project but it is more up my sister's alley. Hmmm. Maybe I'll suggest it to her.

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        69. I am constantly amazed by the creativity that is out there in blogland. I'm not sure I'm confident enough to try this project, but Mary does have some beautiful creations on her blog. I am a follower at Mary's and here. Clover and Violet are my sponsors.

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        70. I've done a floor cloth before, but did it the hard way using canvas. I've wanted to try doing it this way for a long time, and may get the chance soon. Mary's tutorial was great and so easy to follow!
          I could sure use the tools you are giving away today!

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        71. Thanks for the chance to win today! I'm now following Mary's blog and of course, this one, too! I'm a quilter and Stray Stitches is my sponsor.I think this would be a great project for my screened porch. Wish I didn't have quite so many projects going right now!! Thanks also for such varied posts- they're sure to spark a newbie's ( or a quilter's) creativity.

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        72. too awesome ! Have to go to lowes for other stuff today and now have this added to the list. Too darned cute - and my mind is going crazy, thinking of quilting squares to paint - what great holiday ideas and gifts

          PS - Mary has LOTS of other cute very creative goodies on her blog - pulling fabric right now for a cell phone bag !

          Many many many thanks, mme Samm, as always, for all the work, thought and time that you put into making this one of THE most interesting and fun creative craft blogs ever.

          I very much appreciate you !

          i am a quilter !

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        73. Neat tutorial. Good luck with your new blog!
          I'm following here and there. I don't see myself making a floor mat but I learned a long time ago, never say never! Thanks for the chace to win!

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        74. LOV this idea as my jumping off for my own ideas. I will use knee pads!
          because these are flat they can be used in places that rugs will not fit.

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        75. Wonderful Mary! What a great idea. I know my floor could use something like this. Thank you!

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        76. Love this, Mary! I'm your newest follower! Madamme Samm - you did good inviting her to post!!

          Have a great day, girls!!

          Hugs ~~ Suz
          inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

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        77. well that's fun! following here & with Mary - I would like to make this for our entry door! here because of patty at a stitch in time - thanks for the giveaway!

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        78. I now follow Mary's blog. Neat things going on ove there! I follow Madame Samm too & registered at LilyPad Quilting. I'm not very good with a paintbrush so I don't think I'd attempt a floor cloth. They sure are cool, though - thanks Mary & thanks to all the sponsors today.

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        79. Awesome! That is the only thing I have to say. I am a follower of both and Corrie is my friend. I need to try this.

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        80. You were right. Totally amazing. I am now a follower of Mary's and will be for a long time. Of course I follow you. This is going into my file of things to do when I have a moment. I really could use some new tools too! Thanks for the chance.

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        81. I'm lovin' it!!! I knew about Roc Lon Multi Purpose Cloth and Canvas....but I didn't know about vinyl....how cool.

          Of course I'm a follower...how else am I going to learn about all these cool things?

          Smiles,
          Kelly

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        82. I love what Mary did, but I would not be able to paint such a beautiful piece of artwork.
          I am a follower here and I am going now to say hello to Mary.
          Thanks for the chance to win all the great replacement tools.

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        83. I'm follwing Mary and following here obviously!!
          I will definitely give this a go because I so need something to cover the holes in my kitchen floor (sadly I'm not joking!!)
          Thanks for the great tutorial x

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        84. Thanks for the great tutorial. I have made floor quilts before but only used scenes for holidays. I love what Mary has done so the floor quilt can be used all year long. Thanks for the great giveaway. These rulers and mat look like they are amazing.

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        85. It is so FUN to read all these comments. Madame Samm, thank you so very, very much for this opportunity.
          Now, how do I qualify for the prize? I need that mat so badly. Did you see me using my quilting mat to cut vinyl flooring? ;-)
          Hugs again,
          Mary

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        86. Thanks, Mary! I'm a new follower of her blog and have been following here for quite some time now.
          I have actually made one of these several years ago. It is just as easy as Mary says! I might make another one to put in my quilting studio!

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        87. I just joined you as follower, even though I have been reading for a while now. I may actually try this for my family's summer place, or maybe on a small scale for the spot in front of the back door where the floor gets so much sun it is bleaching out. I can completely see it coming out looking like some kind of quilt pattern since most everything I do ends up looking quilty in one way or another! Thanks for All the giveaways!

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        88. I'm following Mary and have been following here for a while.
          I love this post, but I'm not talented like Mary.

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        89. This would be perfect in front of my sink. Thanks for the tutorial. And awesome giveaway!

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        90. I love this idea and can't wait to try it! I am now a follower of Mary's blog also. Marlene at Stitchin by the Lake sent me here and I am SO glad!
          - Jeanne

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        91. Cute idea, Mary. I love how reading different quilters gives us a new look at fabric. I probably won't be making this project any time real soon, though. My "to-do" list is already to long.

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        92. Super idea Mary! This caters to the painter in me. The possibilies are endless... Love idea on her blog for using them around bathroom stools. It would even be a great asset in the studio. Safer than spilling paint on the floor. Great tutorial! I will be visiting Menards this weekend. :)

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        93. I do follow here and now at Mary's blog. I love the work but would not try it in the forseeable future. We live a small townhouse with a big dog. Her goal is to drool on any and everything. Very tough on floors. Love her to bits but have given up trying for nice floors or anytype.

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        94. I am not a quilter just a wanna be so I am just leaving a comment. I love this easier idea to making a floor cloth. I tried one once by stretching a cloth over a frame....what a mess.
          Deb

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        95. I love the idea of the floor cloth but it will be a while before I attempt one. I will be using it when my studio is completed.

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        96. I've got stencils hanging around. The floor cloth is a great idea to use them on.
          I could really use some new rulers too. I'm wearing the lines and numbers out on mine!

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        97. What a neat concept. Thanks Mary for taking the time and photos to explain it to us. No, I won't be making one. Too many new-to-me supplies are needed, when I'd rather be quilting. I'm a Madame Samm follower, a quilter, and on team Marlene B. Thanks for the chance to win new rotary supplies. I would use them when teaching newbies in my free beginner quiltmaking lessons called "Stitchin' Mission."

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        98. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. You covered everything...especially the things I forget to look for or am in too big of a hurry to do.

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        99. Oh my gosh, this is so amazing and looks soooo expensive in her home. What a talent...thanks so much for this post...another inspiration for this mornings get up and go...(still have to make the bed before I go...take a shower....brush my teeth...well..you know...just get me going...still slumped over in my gown..) Have a great day!!

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        100. With this project I think I will make a floor cloth for my craft room. I paper craft and quilt, the craft room has wall to wall carpet. Making this floor cloth would make clean up a lot easier, especially since my 7 year old son has his own crafting spot in my craft room.

          I am a follower here and a new follower of Mary's.

          My sponsor is Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts

          Thank you,
          Peggy
          www.mydaytocraft.com

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        101. I am a follower of Mary and a follower here. If I can figure out where to work on a floor cloth ( in an apartment)I will make one for my ugly kitchen floor.

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        102. I am now a follower of Mary's blog also. What an amazing idea. Her floor cloths are beautiful. I think I would like to try it some day but have to get some painting or stenciling skills. I am a quilter from Marcia's crafty sewing and quilting.

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        103. I just became a follower of Mary's and am a regular follower of Stash Manicure. Loved reading about the process but will probably never use it. Thanks for the opportunity to enter another great giveaway!

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        104. I follow Mary and you and Sew? Knit? Is a sponsor.
          Thanks to Mary for being a new blogger and for taking the time to share her creativity with a floor cloth. It will be fun reading her blog and learning how she paints on cloth and quilts. I plan to make her scrap phone bag. This is so much fun and with the bonus of chances to win. Sure do need a new cutting mat and I would love those slip proof rulers as mine do slide around on me, makes me when I need to cut.

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        105. I love how resourceful and creative this project is! Fancy kitchen mats are expensive. Don't think I'll be doing it any time soon, but it's a good idea!
          I'm a follower of both sites and would love to win these items. I realized this week how handy it would be to have a longer ruler.
          Thanks for the chance!
          mjwolanin@gmail.com

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        106. Great idea! I will have to try this. I am a follower of both blogs. My sponsor is Amy @ Amy's creative side. I can always use new tools.

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        107. I am now following Mary's blog. Awesome tutorial and very creative. I am definitely bookmarking this for a future project!
          Blessings,
          AlwaysSewLove

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        108. I love her blog, amazing idea. I will follow as soon as the follow works, I did use the share button.

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        109. This is THE BEST IDEA I've read about in a LONG time!! I need one of these desperately for my kitchen but knew I couldn't afford one...But NOW, I can have one!! Mary, thank you so much for sharing this perfectly creative and easy tutorial. I'm a follower for life! I will have my vinyl by next week, all my supplies, and creative juices flowing. I may even share IF it turns out but like you said, if it doesn't look right I can paint over and start again. How easy is that?!
          Blessings
          Gmama Jane

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        110. I'm a new follower of Mary's blog thanks to her wonderful tutorial here. I may try this at a later date. Thanks, Madame Samm and sponsors, for the giveaway!

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        111. My jaw dropped as I read this - I am definitely doing this. I have a "ding" in my floor that bugs the heck out of me but I haven't found a way to cover it up that I like. This may be the ticket. I am now following Mary (great blog!) and of course am following this blog. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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        112. I now follow Mary and of course you..I want to try this floor cloth..My sponsor is Mary's Fabrics..Thanks Madame Samm...

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        113. I'm a follower here and now of Mary's. What a great idea. I've tried several rugs in front of my front door and never been pleased. This is perfect. I may even try the quilty idea.

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        114. I do paint but like I told Mary on her blog, I have never painted floor cloths but I will now...thanks for a great post, Mary and a great giveaway Madame Samm...I could use this giveaway today...

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        115. I'm a follower here and a new follower of Mary's. This is such a great idea, I would have never thought of it!

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        116. Great and creative idea.

          I`m a new follower of Mary and I+m proud sponsored by Sue,from Quittimes blog.Thanks for the giveavay!1

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        117. We just purchased a new (to us) house and I am SO going to try this. GREAT IDEA!!!

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        118. What a great idea for irregular spaces, like my foyer. Oh boy, another project in the pipeline.

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        119. I'm following! I don't know that I'll be able to try this right away, but maybe sometime in the future! The new cutting set, however, I NEED!!!

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        120. I am all over Mary's blog - love that idea! Love creative grids too:).

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        121. Mary, what a creative idea to use the back of vinyl flooring to make a floor cloth. I think we need more creative people running this country!
          I look forward to visiting your blog, as my head if filled Art Quilt ideas. Thank you Madame Samm for introducing us to Mary, and your Gerberas look stunning next to your orange quilt.

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        122. Beautiful floor cloths. Have to keep this in mind as I don't have hardwood floors, yet! I am a follower here and at Mary's blog.

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        123. Oh wow! I have a scrap piece of vinyl with paper backing on it. Now I know what to do with it! I have some stencils too.........guess what I will be checking my supply list for? Thanks for a wonderful idea, will be working up a design for mine.

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        124. I follow Mary. You would never think she was a "newbie" blogger.

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        125. I'm a new follower of Mary's blog, and of course a follower of yours.

          Wow! Mary made that project look so easy. I'm not very good with paint or stencils or paint stamps. So I'll steer clear of that project...at least for now. Think I'm too judgmental in my crafts so when paint doesn't do what I want it to do then that project is out the door. :-/

          Love the giveaway!! I soooo need a new cutting mat mine is slowly starting to shred.

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        126. i followed Mary's blog. this is a great tutorial - i think i will try it out as soon as we ever get moved into our new home! i'm getting lots of ideas from this wonderful blogging event... thanks everyone!

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        127. New follower of her blog. Thanks for the chance to win.

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        128. This looks like so much fun! I so have added it to my list of things to make. (that list is getting pretty long :) Thank you for the wonderful idea's Mary, and I am following your blog now to keep up on all your new projects :)

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        129. Oh geez! Do i see a new rotary cutter in that giveaway? I need one of these, Madam Samm, I really do! I'm learning to quilt and mine ran away some years ago and This whole cutting fabric with an Xacto knife thing SUCKS! Also a bigger mat would be nice, too. Making wonky 12 1/2 inch blocks on my 12" mat... You can see my predicament?

          I follow everyone, you know that!

          Also, I don't think I will be doing this kind of floor quilt, but I do have a book around here somewhere about making floor quilts with fabric and glue on canvas: no sewing. Paint would be a nice addition to them. Maybe I should get motivated to do this? Maybe when I'm done with these other projects that keep springing up? *snicker!* But oh, I would need a rotary cutter and larger mat first so if I don't win this giveaway chances are slim that I will get it done... (guilt trips works on giveaways, right?)

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        130. Judy C in NC will definitely be doing this project - I have not been able to find a kitchen rug I like and and now I can, because I can make it myself. Thanks go to wonderful people like you, Samm, and to the fantastic sponsors - Clover and Creative Grid, Elizabeth's Studio and Great Gerberas. Thank you Mary for opening my eyes to this wonderful possibility and solution. I am your follower and a neighbor, kinda. Judy C in NC

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        131. I am thinking that this might be a great project for a barn quilt block. I wonder if it would be weather proof. It seems like it would be better than painting it on wood. Hmm.

          They are gorgeous!

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        132. I don't think I'll do this project... sorry

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        133. I'm a follower of Mary's blog and over here too. I love the floor cloth idea and would love to try it but it may take me some time to get up the nerve:))
          vail in tn

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        134. I'm a follower of Mary's now! What a great idea! And for holidays! EVERY holiday! So cute! And oh wouldn't it be great to win the giveaway today! Rulers, and mats, and cutter, OH MY!! Have a wonderful day! Hope you don't get trampled at Lowe's in the flooring section - remember CHEAP is bestest! Gotta love it!

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        135. Okay, I saw the step-by-step photos, and I STILL can't believe that is just upside-down vinyl flooring. I want to try this for my entry hall!

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        136. I am now a follower of Mary's blog-she is so creative. Don't know if I'll do the floorcloth thing, but she has some other great ideas too, and I could sure use a new cutting mat-mine is getting grooves in it!

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        137. Thanks for introducing me/us to Mary - lovely blog with great ideas! I am definitely going to have bookmark this project for the future! I do love stencils! Great idea.

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        138. What a creative idea! Thanks for sharing! I'm a new follower of Mary blog. Thanks to all the sponsors!

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        139. Love this idea. I have an entrance where my dogs come in thru the laundry room and onto the carpet. I have not been able to find anything I like to protect the carpet. This is perfect! My sponsor is Lilypad

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        140. Very informative and artistic, but Me? I'm a longtime quilter who needs a new mat and I love Creative Grids rulers. The fabric looks interesting, too.

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        141. Thanks for introducing us to Mary, Madame Samm. Loved her tutorial, such a great idea for not only protecting floors, but for personalizing their look in a beautiful and creative way. I am now a new follower of hers.

          Fingers crossed, my quilting tools (especially my war-weary cutting mat) could use replacing. Thanks for another fun giveaway!

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        142. I'm now following Mary's blog. She certainly has some great ideas. I'd love to win some new tools. I've been quilting a long time and new tools are not always a priority.

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        143. What a fantastic idea for an odd shaped kitchen. It also is a cheap way to try out flooring/color ideas without the investment of large area rugs. Good luck to all the quilters!

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        144. I'm badly in need of new cutting mat and rulers so thanks for the chance to win! I'm a follower and would love to try making these floor mats!

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        145. I am a new follower of Mary's. Such an amazing indea.

          Thx

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        146. Following Mary now. And following you! I'm a quilter. Everything for the giveaway is awesome, but I really could use that cutting mat. Mine got badly warped during my last move. And it was a large one too! Not much left on it that's not warped, but I use what I can. Please pick me! Please! Please!

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        147. That looks beautiful. I would love to do that in my kitchen and bathroom

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        148. Wow! I would love to try this. I have visions of floor cloths for several empty spaces dancing in my head - and when she said quilt blocks ... OOOO.
          Anyway, I am a quilter, now follow both blogs and I signed up under SewCalGal for the campaign. Would love to win today's goodies.

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        149. Yes, I am a quilter, and a follower of yours. My sponser is Grandmama's Story's. And yes, I am adding this to my list of must do. :)

          Thx

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        150. Love your blog...I'm following:) I'm going to try a Texas star floor cloth...can't wait:)

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        151. Not sure about making a floor cloth, but I like the idea and am glad to have the tutorial. I'm following Mary's blog now and even if I don't make the floor cloth, she had some very interesting ideas for other things. Of course, I follow you, Madame Samm and my sponsor is lilypadquilting.

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        152. This is a great idea! I can see one of these in my kitchen to cover up the hideous floor tile, and on my porch to be less maintenance when I have the dogs frolic through, and in my .... LOL I definitely need to try it!
          Love today's prizes, and am a new follower of Mary's. Thank you sponsors!

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        153. Even though I am not eligible for the contest as I am a Wantobe, I have to say this is a fantastic idea....I am definitely saving this one for a future project!!!

          Off to check out Mary's Blog. SO much fun finding all these great new people to follow.

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        154. I am a quilter, and Lily Pad Quilting is my sponsor. I am now Mary’s follower, and I follower Stash Manicure. Thanks to Mary, Clover, Creative Grid, Elizabeth's Studio, and Great Gerberas! I will give this project a try. Many years ago, I made a floor cloth using tough canvas. I struggled to hem the edges of that cloth. I used stencil sets cut into pineapple motifs and acrylic craft paint to stylize my project, and I sealed it with several coats of varnish. I enjoyed that floor cloth for many years, but I can’t recall what happened to it.:( I’ll just have to make a new one using the back side of vinyl flooring. I am certain I already have some pieces rolled up and stored in my attic! I love Mary’s designs. Her many talents shine through in her projects.

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        155. I went over and joined Mary, her blog looks good. I don't think I'll do the project, I have rag rugs everywhere that I've made, but you're comment about the Ghastlies made me wonder about decoupaging them on one of the floor cloths. Interesting thought, but I don't want to step on their ghastly little faces.

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        156. FANTASTIC idea. I am now a follower of Mary. Where do you find these wonderful people? I am in awe. And, the giveaways! I am in serious need of a new cutting mat...thank you for the opportunity!

          Jacque/Bren

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        157. Mary shared a great idea! I have already been following her and enjoy Mary's Blog Posts! Wonderful prizes! Thanks for the chance to win!

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        158. i am a follower here and of mary's. i love this idea for a project! i think i will do it, but for my sewing studio floor so i can have a nicer space (the floor is painted plywood- the joys of renting!)

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        159. Oh my goodness, that is so creative!! What an amazing idea. Such talent!! Thank you for sharing!!

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        160. Hi Samm, love the tutorial I have made them in my past, and they are fun. I went over and joined Mary's blog and you know I follow you and Gmama Jane is my sponsor.

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        161. I love floor cloths. I have wanted to do one for a long time but never had the nerve to try. I really need one in my laundry area, so might brave it and give it a go.

          I'm a quilter and joined Mary's blog. I've been a follower here for a while.

          I'm here through Tonya @ Hillbilly Handiworks. If I win, my prize will go to my daughter (the wantobe).

          Thank you Mary & Madam Samm.

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

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        162. Joined Mary's Blog, will be interested to see what she comes up with next! Love the idea of the floor cloth!

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        163. Beautiful Gerber Daisies...I spell like I hear and I speak like I spell. Lovely color choice for your bouquet in the picture. ~Sincerely.

          I hear different words in songs than the artists sing, and I have a way with quotes that makes my family laugh.

          Here goes:
          Women are the Mother's of Invention.

          Thanks for the wonderful idea!

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        164. I am a follower of your blog and now Mary's that for the great link her site is wonderful. and with this fabric I would have to do some sort of bag, great giveaway thanks

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        165. Thanks for the great tute -- I'm moving house soon so I'll see what the floors are like there -- may need a floorcloth.

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        166. I wouldn't have the patience to do this but I really like it! Very clever.

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        167. This looks like a great way to refresh an old floor. Unfortunately, I dont think I can find a place where I could do it without the 3 kids trampling all over it! Something to keep in mind for the future! I'm now a follower of Mary's blog and, of course, a follower her.

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        168. I've been over to Mary's blog, joined her following and commented too. I'm a quilter, and a faithful follower here. I'm not likely to do that project, but she definitely has inspired some new creative juices running! And I am drooling over today's prize because I so need it all!

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        169. I love this project and will definitely be trying it - on a smaller scale - for the entrance to my sewing room!

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        170. wow, such a fantastic idea. I can't paint, but can manage stencilling. I'ld love to make one in my kitchen, betterr keep my eyes open for 'left overs' in shops in the clearence isle LOL.
          Dya/ via Brenis

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        171. I can't imagine doing this project myself, paint and I do not get along. Clever idea though. I am now a follower of Mary's. Lily Pad Quilting is my sponser.

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        172. So Awesome!!! I loved this tut! I loved the floor cloth and the kitchen!!! I have had a piece of canvas that I was going to make a floor cloth with for years and years...now I'll just use vinyl - and your post has inspired me to get it done! Thanks!! xo, Nan I'm a follower for sure!

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        173. HI Samm, I am a follower of Mary's blog. and yours. I truly don't know. It is a great idea and I need to do it for my kitchen. <3 kathy

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        174. Now this is too cool. I just might have to do some playing around with this technique. What fun!

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        175. Love those gerberas! So great. The floor cloths are great too. Not a project for me at this time. I am so not a painter.

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        176. I'm following Mary's blog and enjoying it very much! What a talent. These floor cloths are wonderful!

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        177. I am a follower of both blogs. This is a great idea. We will be re-doing our kitchen one of these days. It has carpet on the floor and that HAS TO GO! I will save this idea, it has soooooo many possibilities! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

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        178. I would love to do this project, I have the perfect place for a rug like that, the work area in my double garage, 2/3rds of it is my sewing room. The 'work' area needs a 'rug', might even get creative and stencil tools and such on the rug.. Love this project.

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        179. I am a follower here and I follow Mary! I would definitely love to do stenciled floorcloths! I have a painted mural on my wall that my daughter did for me--great sunflowers!

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        180. Absolutely fascinating! This would be perfect in my kitchen...I'm thinking a quilt sampler! Blessings, Marlene

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        181. What a great project! It looks easy enough for even me! LOL I now follow Mary and of course I follow Madame Samm!

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        182. Looks like fun. We are putting a new wood floor in the kitchen and a floor "quilt" would be great.

          I am a follower of Mary's and here. I am a quilter and a member of Paul's Outnumbered Quilter team.

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        183. What a creative idea! I have hardwood and cork flooring and am always looking for new mats. For sure I will try this, and follow Mary's blog in Reader. I am already a follower here! I also have a sponsor-Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts.

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        184. Oh my gosh, who woulda thunk??!! This is awesome!! I have seen it done on canvas, and the process is very much the same, except you seal it first, then paint, then seal again just like you did. I am going to HAVE to try this now! LOL!! Thanks soo much for the tutorial!! :)
          And yes yes please enter me for those awesome rulers and mat! Mine is about 15 years old and not so self healing anymore! And the nonslip rulers look superb to any that I use! Would love love love to win!!!!! :D

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        185. Awesome tutorial, I may have to figure out a way to incorporate this for my Daisy Girl Scout troop this year... maybe placemats?

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        186. Oh I'd love to try that project. Her painted rug is so pretty and so is the apple one. Need plenty of space to do it in, and Id like to do one for in front of my kitchen sink. I'm headed over right now to become her follower.

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        187. This is brilliant...I will definitely be trying this! Can't you just see them for all seasons? Oh the ideas!

          For the giveaway...I follow both blogs...AND I registered with Amy from Diary of a Quilter. :)

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        188. Now THIS is a creative project. I would not have thought of this in a million years. Very very cool and such an original idea. Mary's a pretty good painter for being a newbie. I will keep this idea in mind for the day I have a bigger house and kitchen. I live in a small 1 bedroom apartment and my kitchen is really tiny. You don't have to walk to any of the appliances. Everything is within arm's distance of each other. LOL

          Thank you Madamm Samm for introducing Mary to all of us. I am now a follower of her blog and of course this one.

          Happy Tuesday! I'm sure you are having fun playing with your Ghastlie fabric today.

          Jen

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        189. I'm now a follower of Mary's blog and (thanks to you Mdm. Samm!!!) I'm actually following Stash Manicure instead of just reading it daily, LOL. I'm not sure if I'll ever make one of these floor quilts or not. But I'm intrigued and that's always a good sign! Mary sure made it look simple and affordable.

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        190. What a great idea. Unfortunately, reality is that I won't be trying it, not because I don't want to, but b/c I just don't have time right now w/ a 4 yr old. I barely have time to quilt and you KNOW how important that is!!
          I am now following Mary and of course, I follow you, Madame Samm. Thank-you for the opportunity to win and all the work you do. I'm supported by Jennifer at Ellison Lane.
          Lroghair (at) aol (dot) com

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        191. What a cool idea! I'm bookmarking this - I might try to make one for my deck next summer.

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        192. I like the idea & may very well use it in front of my washer & dryer which are now in our shop under my sewing loft. Very simple idea for this paint challenged person.
          Thanks for the tutorial.

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        193. too cool!
          I am a follower of Mary's blog now. She is very talented.
          I am also registered with Jane's fabrics and quilts.

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        194. I follow both of your blogs.
          While I like this tutorial I probably won't be making it anytime soon. I have so much on my plate right now and don't really need any of these. But thanks for the tutorial.

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        195. I follow the blogs SewWEQuilt and Crooked Gulley Art Quilts.
          We have a handicapped accessible home zone so would not be adding a floor cloth. However, I'm wondering if these techniques could be used for an outdoor table update??
          I am a blogless Quilter and sponsored by Linda at Stray Stitches. I "borrow" my mother's supplies to quilt, so this would be a wonderful prize to win!

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        196. I expect most quilters are generally crafty types as well. This is a good audience for this tutorial. Interesting.

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        197. I am a follower here and now following Mary too. Thanks for the great tutorial. I might try it some day because you made it look so easy.

          Im a quilter and my sponser blog is Janes Fabric.

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