Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Guest #23 Nel from UK in Happy Go Lucky and Sleeping Beauty at our Wantobe Quilters Campaign



Hi from the North of England and thank you so much for asking me to do a guest blog Madame Samm, what a treat! I am a new designer with Freespirit. I have literally just come back from the International Quilt Show in Birmingham, where I was a guest designer for the first time, so it's been an exciting time. It's so nice to be able to share with you a little of what's been going on.

 The show was attended by people from all over Europe. It was fantastic and so inspiring. I met Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably for the first time, as well as several other designers such as Melissa White and Tod Bennett. It was great to compare notes and meet quilters from all over Europe.

I was launching my first range of fabric called ‘Happy Go Lucky’ on Cotton Patches stand, they put on a great show and displayed everything beautifully . UK Supplier Cottonpatch.  Free Spirit Fabric Co.
              There's nothing like being camouflaged and blending in with your quilt is there!!!
( editors note" I noted that right away..my kind of lady lol- I would do that ) 

From Fat Quarter Bundles in the shape of tulips, to the Happy Go Lucky Trip Around the World Quilt Kits.

People LOVED  the Happy Go Lucky Cats that are easy to make and can be doorstops or just stuffed. Here is Cool Cat/Fancy Cat and Happy Cat below. I had such fun making them! Downloadable patterns will be will be on my website soon www.nelwhatmore.com/merchandise/



There will be a new cat with every collection.

 Just a little of my background before I go any further, not too much though as I don’t want anyone to start yawning!



 I love colour, and flowers, and paint to try and convey emotions. My aspirations as a painter are simply, to move people on a basic emotional level and hopefully to convey all that I see that I think is beautiful. All my textile designs are inspired and come from my original paintings.


 I am married to a writer and have two kids so, needless to say, I never have enough time in my day to do all I need to ( what woman does? ) and always have a list as long as my arm, of things to do!
 I have been fortunate to be nominated for Best Published Artist in the UK three times and my work can be seen in many different countries in the form of limited editions prints, ceramics and on paper products. To see originals and prints 

So What Got Me into Textiles and Quilting?

Well my Mum’s sister Jenny was in charge of restoration embroidery at Hampton Court Palace for 23 years and so as a child we went to visit her and saw the women dyeing threads and sewing. So from an early age I was introduced to sewing as well as through my Mum and Grandmothers . I became a professional artist in 1986 and have been a painter ever since . About seven years ago I started working with Coats producing the Maia stitch kits and tapestry kits .It was great to see my work interpreted into another form. 
This is the newest design called Happy Go Lucky Tapestry as I loved the idea of bringing patchwork into the Tapestry kits 
The opportunity to work with Freespirit grew out of their interest in my stitch kits. It was a very exciting new challenge to design fabric for the first time and necessitated a very steep learning curve. I am learning more and more about quilting and find it fascinating and quite addictive. I've made all sorts of things using the fabric some of which you can see here .

 This is the pillowcase I did for the Million Pillowcase challenge using Happy Go Lucky/ Aqua

,  and also here are some pics of a photo shoot we did of lots of items that I made with the help of friends and family. The garden we did the photoshoot in, is owned by my friend Angela and is typically English and was such a lovely location.



It has been a very busy summer for me as I have been exhibiting my paintings at several shows as well as getting on with designing my next range of fabric.

 I get a lot of inspirations from these shows that I attend particularly the world famous Chelsea Flower Show. For the first time I also went to Hampton Court flower show where I had a very exciting day. On the Friday I left my stand , thanks to my good friend Rebecca who came to look after it, managed to find somewhere to get changed, into a nice dress, and then went  to a private reception at Clarence House to present His Royal Highness Prince Charles with one of my paintings. This was to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Princes Trust, one of his charities. 
I received a grant from the Princes Trust 25 years ago this year so it seemed like a very special way to celebrate that. The picture was called Devoted To You and was dedicated to all the award winning growers at Chelsea Flower Show. 


My day was finished off beautifully by finding my parents on my stand at the flower show , when I returned ,later that afternoon. My Dad was 80 the other day and they had travelled a long way just to surprise me and to see me looking smart for once ! Naturally everyone shed a few tears.

 If you would like to see the Flickr gallery of the whole week then here is the link to my blog Nel's.Blog . So the last few weeks have been rather exciting to say the least. 

My next range for Freespirit is  Sleeping Beauty and is due out in September, in the UK it will be in November I'm told.


The samples of Sleeping Beauty arrived on a rather  cloudy day I came home to find a nice box in my hall , I love it when the final samples arrive as it is the culmination of a lot of hard work and then we can get onto the fun job of making things.

Here is a sneak preview of the Sleeping Beauty as I was with Hazel Williams, only yesterday, who is kindly making the quilt for us. She lives near me in Yorkshire and has a great blog too if you would like to go and see http://cottoncocktails.blogspot.com/2011/07/friends-on-monday.html#comments


                                                                                                                                                            Sleeping Beauty is a collection inspired by the famous children’s fairy tale and originates from a series of paintings I did that take as their starting point, some of the imagery I loved from the book, that I read when I was little. Here are two of the originals.
So there are butterflies and misty stripes and magical dense carpets of flowers, that woven together ,create, hopefully, something enchanting for everyone.
With the help of Hazel Williams we are just piecing together the first Sleeping Beauty Quilt we have focused on the purple colourway predominantly, although we have drawn in some of the fabrics from the other two colourways.
Here are the fabrics we are going to use in more detail...
The Sleeping Beauty quilt pattern will be available soon.
I will be doing a blog update as we go along as we already have boxes and butterflies and origami flowers planned.


Anyway thanks for listening and when we have things made up I will perhaps pop back if it’s ok with Madame Samm to give you another sneak preview. Look forward to hearing from you all on my blog  Nel's Blog or follow me on facebook Nel'sfacebook. Happy quilting! Just off to go and make tea for my kids and eat outside..which is a rarity over here so we will be making the most of it, love Nelx

Editors Note: ( and I really don't consider myself a very good one at that)
Nel, I loved your post, your colors, your collections, your paintings..all truly inspiring..
To encourage all of our new Wantobes I think it is befitting to giveaway this today:

OUR GIVEAWAY today is for  our WANTOBES....
You can paint your future quilts with these
Presencia threads..and needles and pins,
everything you need to get you started..

Our very generous sponsor at Colonial Needle
are giving away this  beautiful heart shaped basket
and it is filled below too with a few surprises..
ask those who win...this is a great prize..

Also on its way is some Fat Quarter Bundles
see her complete collection here 
from FREE SPIRIT
Is this gorgeous or what???

Now telling you would like to win this fabulous giveaway?
Our Blog Sponsor will win a collection of PRESENCIA threads
and sewing threads....you will be pleased...! 

Please follow NEL 's blog is here\
( her follower gadget is there, you 
just  may have to refresh the page a couple times)
 Follow us here , and really you should be...
there is sew much more  to come....
can you believe it? 
Winner announced tomorrow morning..


Big thanks to you NEL, Colonial Needle, Free Spirit
and YOU of course for starting your day or ending
your evening with us...WE sew APPRECIATE YOU,
YOU sew Matter! 


174 comments:

  1. Oh, Nel, I am in love with your artwork and your fabrics! What a wonderful artist and designer you are! I am definitely going over to follow your blog and Miss Hazel's, too and then off to Facebook to keep tabs there! I loved reading about you and your inspiration. To give back 25 years later is ...... a true gift. :-)

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  2. What a fascinating blog posting. I raced to become one of Nel's followers!

    I'm a quilter who is entering on behalf of my want-to-be quilting niece (who is busy with a premie now, and hasn't time or internet access). I'm sponsored by Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts. I'm also a follower of you, Madame Samm.

    Thank you to today's sponsors! I know this is a repeat generosity for some of them.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  3. Wow Nel, that's some beautiful fabrics and love love the cat. And you are truly an artist, love your artwork and your inspiration. Following your blog to get inspired for my sewing :)

    Madame Samm, I'm def your follower and I'm a wantobe quilter@ amy at dairyofaquilter. And I would love to win something during this campaign.

    Thank you madame samm and colonial needles and all other sponsors.

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  4. I love that Nell is an artist that designs fabric, AMAZING! I am following her blog.I also Wanabe a Quilter @ happyquiltingmellissa.

    Thanks for ANOTHER great give away!!!!

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  5. I now follow Nel's blog. I'm a wantobe quilter. Melissa from Happy Quilting is my sponsor. I'd LOVE the win the prize pack. But I love two of the quilts in this post more -- The Sleeping Beauty quilt is awesome! Love the piecing on it!!! I also like Happy Go Lucky (and the skirt that matches!) Thanks for the chance to win.

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  6. Oh Nel, You are amazing, your colors in your paintings and now fabrics are so beautiful. Rich, deep, vibrant color. Thank you for sharing your talent with us today.

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  7. maravilhoso como Nel trabalha com as cores,Im a wantobe quilter.katusya04@gmail.com is my sponsor.Adoraria ganhar estepresente da COLONIAL NEEDLE e tambem o fat quarter bundles of Nels HAPPY GO LUCKY COLLECTION. Obrigada pela chanse de concorrer a estes maravilhosos premios.

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  8. I follow both blogs and am a wantobe quilter sponsored by Amy@diaryofaquilter.com I would love to win.

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  9. Nel, I really like your art and your fabric. Love it, love it, love it. I am now a follower. I am also a Wantobe with Janes Fabric & Quilts. I have folled Stash Manicure for a while now. I would love this giveaway. Thank you sponsors.

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  10. Beautiful paintings and fabric!!
    Love that black cat :)
    I'm a Wantobe quilter, I follow both blogs and Lily Pad Quilting is my sponsor. Thanks

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  11. Woof! Woof! we visited Nel's blog ... she did not have a google follower gadget so we just added her url on our reader. We also left a comment on her blog post.
    My mom is a wantobe a quilter ... sponsored by Described Happy. Hope to WIN this prize for her.
    Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  12. Oh my goodness! I am blown away by such talent! Your paintings are gorgeous, and your fabric is too! I'm a want to be quilter and the one thing I've figured out is that I LOVE fabric! My sponsor is Diary of a Quilter :)

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  13. Enchanting fabric line and such beautiful painted florals! How I would love one of those hanging on my wall!

    I'm a wantobe quilter with team Lily Pad Quilting and I follow here and at Nel's blog. The basket of goodies and fabric giveaway are truly exciting!

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  14. I am a Wantobe Quilter registered with Linda@StrayStitches
    I am now Following Nel's Blog (thru google reader)
    She certainly is a fabulous artist - I so enjoyed the paintings !!!
    & I follow stash Manicure

    This is such an awesome package-
    Thank you Nel, Colonial Needle, & Free Spirit- We certainly appreciate your time & generosity -

    The threads pictured are gorgeous
    & the basket is wonderful ;)

    Thank you Madame Samm for this terrific campaign !!!

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  15. Ellison Lane is my sponsor, and what an honor to meet the prince but I can understand your grant, your work is wonderful, beautiful and outstanding.

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  16. I love the vibrant colors in your paintings and fabric (also- love the cats!) I am a wantobe quilter sponsored by Lily Pad Quilting and a follower here- just became a follower of Nel. I would love to win the heart shaped basket filled with all the sewing goodies and the beautiful fabric. Thanks so much to all the sponsors. We appreciate you.

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  17. Kathy's Cottage is my sponsor, and I am following both your and Nel's blogs.
    I love the diversity of colour that she uses. And I want to make a cat!

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  18. I am a Wantobe quilter!! I teamed up with Staci from The Confused Quilter... I am following your blog and NEL's blog. Thanks for a chance :)

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  19. Nel's fabrics are wonderful! I'm definitely feeling inspired (:

    I love them all, and I've been looking for a fabric like the green w/white & red flowers in the Sleeping Beauty collection for a while!

    Thank you to Colonial Needle & Free Spirit for sending such a great prize for us Wantobes!

    I'm following Nel & my sponsor is Kelly @ IHAN. Thank you Madame Samm! (:

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  20. What wonderful fabrics and paintings! Nel, you're amazing!

    I'm a wantobe quilter, following here and now also Nel's blog. I'm registred with Amy @ diary of a quilter and I would sooooo love to win today, the basket, threads and fabrics look simply gorgeous!!! Thanks for the generour giveaway!

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  21. What a beautiful Artist Nel. I love your painting and all the pictures you posted. Your quilts are wonderful. I follow Jane Fabrics and quilts and now I will add you to my list.

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  22. Nell's work is absolutely beautiful!
    What a nice way to wake up this morning. Can't wait to peruse her blog....New Follower!

    Follower here and Nan of Pots and Pins is my sponsor.

    Thanks again!!

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  23. Goodmorning!What can I say my mouth is still open,lol.I loveeeeee that material Nel,The Happy Go Lucky so cute.The cats oh my,they are just sooo adorable.Thanks so much for inspiring me today,lovely things.I now follow you.

    Im a wantobe quilter,Samm that giveaway is just what I need the sewing basket with everything inside to make a few cats and then who knows the fat quarters lovely.Diane of Lavender Dreams is my sponser.Sewwwww love the roses too,just saying,lol.;)

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  24. Nel is such a talented artist; what an awesome opportunity to be able to manifest that fact in so many different mediums. I love both the Happy Go Lucky line and the Sleeping Beauty line.

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  25. beautiful colors in her fabric line! I am a wantobe, sponsor is A Stitch in Time. I am a new follower of Nel and follow here. have a good day.

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  26. Her fabrics are beautiful! I would love this prize!

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  27. Nel, your art, like your fabric, is beautiful. Many congratulations on the Princes Trust and I am following your blog as well as your website.
    Wishing you every success and happiness.
    Christina in Cleveland/ Brenis

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  28. What beautiful artwork and fabrics too......thanks for sharing Nel with us. I'm a follower of her blog and yours...and I'm a wantobe went by Melissa at Happy Quilting. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  29. How inspiring to read this morning... and I love Nel's tag, "Art for Living"... just beautiful, all of it!... and, I would love the opportunity to work with some of the fabric...

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  30. Another wonderful guest posting, Madame Samm! I just love Nel's art and her fabric is gorgeous. I tried to become a follower of her blog, but no follower button was there, so I'll leave a comment and subscribe to her blog. I'm a Wantobe Quilter sponsored by Dorian of Ridge Top Quilts. Thanks to Colonial Needle, Nel, and Free Spirit! Awesome giveaway!

    Carol (NJ)

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  31. I'm a new follower of Nel's blog. She has some beautiful fabrics. What talent she has. I'm a wantobe quilter & Jane's Quilts & Fabrics is my sponsor.
    Brenda C
    bllcornish at yahoo dot com

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  32. Wow, Nel, you are amazing. I'm tired just reading what you do. But, what amazing beauty you present.

    I'm writing this for my daughter, the wantobe. We are coming through Tonya @ Hillbilly Handiworks.

    Thank you so much Madam Samm for another wonderful opportunity.

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

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  33. I now follow Nel's blog. What beautiful fabric and artwork and her cats are so cute! I am a want to be quilter and Amy of Diary of a Quilter is my sponsor.

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  34. quante belle idee, questo post per me è spettacolare un saluto dall'italia ciao rosa.kreattiva

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  35. Beautiful post - am a wantobe quilter sponsored by Amy of Diary of a Quilter. I follow both blogs.

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  36. Nell is fantastic!!!
    I'm a wantobe quilter sponsored by kelly jackson!

    Paola Pallotta

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  37. Loved the fabric and the cats Nell creates. What talent she has!

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  38. I am following both blogs. I am a wantobe quilter sponsored by IHAN.
    Nel's art is wonderful. I am a photographer and I love the way she sees things.

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  39. Love the fabrics Nel! I'm a follower. And I'm sponsored by Raspberry Rabbits.

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  40. Oh Nel, your paintings are just lovely!! And I love your fabric collection. So nice to 'meet' you!

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  41. I am a wanttobe quilter with Happy Quilting as my sponsor. The fabrics featured today are absolutely beautiful. Also, since I'm learning embroidery too, winning the Prestancia threads would be a real bonus!
    Liz Smith

    ces2147@verizon.net

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  42. What an inspiration! Loved reading this post Nel.

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  43. I am always so impressed with artists that use multiple mediums and are fantastic with all! The paintings and fabrics are gorgeous!!
    I am a Wantobe with Amy@Diary of a Quilter as my sponsor.
    I now follow Nel as well as here.
    Thanks for the chance to win such great prizes!
    mjwolanin@gmail.com

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  44. Nel - What a treat for the eyes this morning! I had to rush over to your blog to look at the Chelsea & Hampton Court pics. Your paintings are as beautiful as the real flowers . To be able to interpret your art into fabric - excellent.
    Thanks Madame Samm for another delightful guest blogger.

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  45. Good morning, Madame Samm!!

    I'm following Nel - - love her fabric!! Her cats are too cute!

    Visiting you through Freda at The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe!

    Have a great day!!


    Hugs ~~ Suz
    inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

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  46. Sweet Nell, Your work is just simply beautiful. Your art style is replicated in your fabrics so wonderfully. It is a perfect representation of your paintings. So lovely. I can't wait for Sleeping Beauty to arrive. I already have ideas and more ideas. Thank you for this beautiful blog entry.
    Madame Samm, another fabulous blog! I'm and follower at both blogs and do hope DD Lindsey and I win.
    Hugs,
    Mary

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  47. Hi, I'm a wantobe sponsored by Dawn at quiltingbydawn.

    Nel, your work is beautiful. The flower you presented to Prince Charles is stunning. I love your Happy Go Lucky fabric,it makes a lovely quilt. I am happy to be a follower.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us.

    Thanks Madamme Samm for all your work, and the vision to bring all of us such wonderful guest bloggers. You are truly appreciated.
    Thanks also to the sponsors who are providing such lovely prizes.

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  48. Nel's work is BEAUTIFUL - she's so talented! I'm a wantobe and I follow both you and Nel. I'm sponsored by Jane's Fabrics. Thank you for another fantastic giveaway!

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  49. I follow Sew WE Quilt!
    And this prize package and fabric give me warm fuzzies!!!!

    Biz

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  50. If that doesn't inspire you, I don't know what would. Her paintings are to die for. Love, love, love them. And the material too. I'll be on the look out for them.

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  51. good morning and Im now a follower of Nels blog and I just love all the beautiful colors Im a wanna be quilter and Janes Fabric everyone have a fantastic day

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  52. wow... I'm a follower of Nel's blog and here. Nel's cat are so beautiful big WOW.

    my sponsor is Amy from a redeemed sheep

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  53. I love the gorgeous florals of Nel's fabrics and paintings. Very beautiful. I left a comment on Nel's blog and I am following her and this blog by RSS feed.
    andersonclanatmacdotcom

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  54. WOW!! What a designer and each one you introduce me to are unbelievable - thank you for showing there is more out there than Granny's old quilts. I am following Nel's blog as well as you. My sponsor is Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts. Thanks.

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  55. Nell you paintungs are amazing. I LOVE them! I am now following you. My sponsor is diaryofaquilter. I would love to win these fabulous prizes!

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  56. I love the paintings! Just lovely. I am a wantobe and my sponsor is A Stitch in Time. I am now following Nel's blog.

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  57. It's official........ I just finished my first quilt!!
    It's official........ I'm ready to start my next quilt.
    It's official.........I definitely need more practice.
    It's official ....... I am now a follower of Nel.

    oh, and also....... still a wantobe, sponsored by Amy @ A Quilting Sheep

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  58. Amazingly beautiful paintings and fabric! How wonderful to meet such a lovely artist. I am heading over to her blog right now!

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  59. I woke up to this post and found it a great read to go along with my morning cuppa! Although I'm a few thousand miles away now, Yorkshire is where I grew up, so it was wonderful to hear about such a creative person back up north!

    And what an exciting few weeks! I'd love to meet Kaffe Fassett - he's been an inspiration since I was young with his knitting patterns, and I had no idea he quilted too until I stumbled across one of his books in the local library :)

    Thanks for another great giveaway MadamSam, and for this guest post Nel - I'm heading over to your blog to see if I can get the Follow gadgety thing to work for me!

    Giles (Touch And Sew / touchandsew.blogspot.com)

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  60. I am a quilter so not entering but wanted to say .... WOW!!! What great inspiration for Wantabes! That woman is very talented. And today's prize is something all wantabes could use. Thanks for sharing!!

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  61. What a talented lady! The paintings are just gorgeous! What an honor to present his highness with such a beautiful gift..it seems you have came full circle with your work. The designs originating from your paintings are ingenious! I am a nature lover, and find so much inspiration from God, and his art. I am a wantobe quilter am happy to now be following Nel, and am already a follower here at Sew We Quilt / Stash Manicure The prize basket is WONDERFUL!! would love to be the lucky winner!

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  62. thanks for pointing me to Nel's artwork and her blog. She is creating wonderful patterns and pictures. YES I'm a follower now, here and there ;-)
    hugs
    Brigitte from Germany, where autumn ist just around the corner

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  63. I am a wantobe sponsored by Teresa - At willow tree pond.
    What a artist. Love the fabrics, Kitties are too cute.
    Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

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  64. Nel, what beautiful colors and flowers and fabric! So inspiring! I'm a wantobe sponsored by amy@diaryofaquilter, following here, and now Nel, of course. Would love to win!

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  65. Just to report back that I managed to follow Nel's blog without my usual diffficulties! (hey, it's not always easy when you can't see what you're doing, lol!)

    And I forgot to say how adorable those cats are, and I'm definitely going to have a go a making one or six of them when the pattern is available! :)

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  66. Amazing guest today. She is SO TALENTED! I have signed up to follow her site also. So many beautiful things to see on her site.
    Wantobe quilter CJ in NC
    w/ Shadetree Quilting

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  67. WOw Nel your fabrics and paintings are just beautiful. I have left a message on your blog and I am following so I will be back. Thank you and Madame Samm for waking us up this morning with such wonderful colors. Thanks to all our sponsors for making our quilting world better and better...have a great day.

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  68. Awesome guest today and such talent! Love her fabric inspired by her paintings. Beautiful!

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  69. Beautiful fabric! I follow you, Nel, and am a wantobe. I am sponsored by Jennifer at Ellisonlane Quilts. Thanks!

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  70. I am a Wantobe quilter!! I spent all of yesterday afternoon and evening scanning patterns, blogs and websites finding my next project that will hopefully get started soon and FINISHED. My sponser, Deonn Stott has been a wonderful help just since we became aquainted yesterday evening. We'd love to win a Wantobe quilter prize. I'm an old/new quilter. Tried and did some long ago and have forgotten most.
    Loved seeing the new product line, all the kitties and your blog, Madame Samm.

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  71. What gorgeous artwork! I want to buy one of your paintings! Or two... In the meanwhile, your fabric would be a fine substitute. These colors would certainly help get me through the upcoming winter! Thank you for the giveaway, and thank you MMe. Samm for introducing me to another talented designer!

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  72. Hi Nel and Madame Samm I am so sorry I forgot to tell you that I love the kitties and cannot wait for a pattern....

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  73. "I am a Wantobe Quilter" My Sponsor is Michelle@theraspberryrabbits

    I am just in Awe with Nels Post!! So much Inspiring Talent!! I am following her Blog and left her a comment too.

    Huggs, Nancy

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  74. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration and the giveaway! I am sponsored by Diary of a Quilter.

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  75. "I am a Wantobe Quilter" My Sponsor is Michelle@theraspberryrabbits

    Yes, I am a follower here at Sew we Quilt. Have a wonderful Day Madame Samm!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  76. "I am a Wantobe Quilter" My Sponsor is Michelle@theraspberryrabbits

    Thanks to Nel, Colonial Needle, Presencia,and Free Spirit for such amazing Products!! Creme de la Creme of the Sewing World!! Most of all Thanks to you Madame Samm for bringing this awesome Art form to all of us in such a Fun and Inspiring way!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  77. Your fabrics are stunning - such wonderful rich colors! And I loved reading your story and seeing your paintings. What an honor you were given to have your painting chosen and then to meet the Prince. That's surely a dream come true. blessings, marlene

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  78. I am in awe of Nels work. Following her blog and SM of course. Wantobe quilter (Stitching by the Lake) thanks for the inspiration!

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  79. Nel, God has definitely blessed you with an awesome talent! WOW!! I'm a want a be, sent by Marlene from stitchin by the lake.

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  80. What a wonderful giveaway!! I'm a Wantobe registered with Jane. I just signed up to follow Nel's blog. Love this!

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  81. wow how beautiful! i am a wantobe and my sponsor is diary of a quilter. i follow you and nel now

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  82. Nel, God has given you an awesome gift. Your fabric and paintings are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. You are a very talented lady. I am a want-to-be quilter sponsored by GrandMama's Stories and loved this post!

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  83. I am a wantobe quilter sponsored by Jane of Janesfabrics.blogspot.com.

    I love Nel's fabrics! They are fantastic! What talent! I am now a follower of Nel and here too. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  84. now following nel, what amazing paintings. she should make big panels of some of those floral paintings for quilts! I'm a want to be quilter from amy @ diary of a quilter. Thanks for all of the education! Now if only I could win some of this fabulous loot!

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  85. What beautiful fabric. Love the vibrant colors! I've never been one for pastels. I am following Nel on her blog and I follow this blog. My sponsor is Amy at Diary of a Quilter.

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  86. Just peeking in again such lovlies those kittys are just the cutest.Just sayin Samm seww cute ;)

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  87. I follow both blogs and really love Nel's art and fabric design. I am a Wantobe and am sponsored by Jane of Janes Fabric & Quilting. Also love the cats - our youngest grandson is two and is totally in love with cats which he calls Memaws and by hook or by crook I shall try and make him one.

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  88. Oh! Nel! I absolutely adore the Sleeping Beauty collection!

    I truly admire your talent, what a great idea to have a cat for each collection!

    I'm a WANTOBE quilter and from this guest visit you have inspired me so much. I feel as if I can conquer the sewing world! LOL!I'm definitely a new follower now! Thank you for sharing all your beauty with us!

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  89. Following Nel- check
    Following Sew WE Quilt- check
    wantobe quilter- check
    winning the prize- priceless

    I am sponsored by Kathy at It's Only Natural.

    Please pick me. Thanks

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  90. Helloo Madam Samm! My, this was a lovely post!! I love everything about it, but I'm particularly fond of those cats, oh yes I am! You know, I Do have 2 of my own, don't you? My Flora and Fauna, both whom I love sew much!

    I'm a Wantobe Quilter and I'm sponsored by Paul at Outnumbered Quilter. I'm also a follower of you, Madame Samm and now...after REFRESHING a bunch of times, I am Nel's 100th Follower!! (I LOVE myself! I have sew much Fun with everything!) Love You, too! ~ Jo

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  91. Helloo Madam Samm! My, this was a lovely post!! I love everything about it, but I'm particularly fond of those cats, oh yes I am! You know, I Do have 2 of my own, don't you? My Flora and Fauna, both whom I love sew much!

    I'm a Wantobe Quilter and I'm sponsored by Paul at Outnumbered Quilter. I'm also a follower of you, Madame Samm and now...after REFRESHING a bunch of times, I am Nel's 100th Follower!! (I LOVE myself! I have sew much Fun with everything!) Love You, too! ~ Jo

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  92. I'm a Wantobe Quilter sponsored by QuiltnQueen. I don't have much so this would really help me get started. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

    Eva

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  93. Artists of all mediums inspire me! Quite impressive to be able to present a painting to Prince Charles!! Her fabric captures the same color palette in her paintings. I will be following Nel for future inspiration.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  94. I love the flowers! How beautiful! Makes me wish spring was coming instead of fall! I am a wantobe quilter sponsored by Marcia's Crafty Sewing and would love to win all of these great "goodies". I am also a new follower of Nel!

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  95. Thank you for having Nel as a guest this morning! I became her follower as well. She is very talented and it will be great to see her new lines as they come out next month. Sleeping Beauty is a wonderful name! I am a wantobe, Wendy@ Why Knot Kwilt is my sponser. I am enjoying each of your guests every day. Thank you for all of your hard work, because with out you, I would have never met some of the wonderful people and gone to each great place you are taking us along the way! Have a super day yourself Madame Samme!

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  96. Nel's artwork is beautiful and I love her fabrics. I am a wantobe quilter with The Raspberry Rabbits and a new follower of Nel's blog. Thanks for sharing her story with us today.

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  97. Wow - What stunning artwork and fabric! I can't wait for the Sleeping Beauty line to come out. I especially love the hatbox.

    I am a wantobe quilter sponsored by Another Mary Ann. Just followed Nel's blog, and am keeping my fingers crossed for that lovely fabric.

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  98. Wow. So beautiful!! The paintings are amazing and they translate so beautifully into the fabrics. I have just started following Nel's blog I will be awaiting the Sleeping Beauty line. Thank you for sharing.

    Wantobe Quilter sent by Melissa @ Happy Quilting.

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  99. Nel you are a very talented woman, you have done so many things that some of us only dream of. From meeting a prince to designing a fabric line fit for a sleeping princess, I can't wait to see what you come up with next. I can't wait until your sleeping beauty quilt pattern comes out so please keep us posted! I am a wantobe quilter and a feature like this one has inspired me to keep on learning! Thank you ladies for the give away and my sponsor is Angela@sfquilts!

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  100. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be so very talented. Nel, you do convey great emotion in your art work. I would love to own one of your flower prints. I will have to do some research on that.

    I now follow Nel, and of course I follow Sew we Quilt. It is so exciting to come here each day and have a different guest and different prizes.

    I am a wantobe sponsored by Mary on Lake Pulaski. Please pick me. I am in love with this fabric. :)

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  101. I follow both blogs and my blog sponsor is Gmama Jane at Grandmamas Stories. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  102. I follow Nel's blog and yours. I am sponsored by Amy @ Diary of a Quilter. This is some beautiful fabric!

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  103. Wow Nel - I can't believe how beautiful the paintings and fabric are! Your fabrics are just my style! I'm a wantobe follower here and at Nels. My sponsor is Sallie at Sallie's Sampler. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  104. Nel is one talented lady! Wow! How amazing to be blessed with so much talent.
    I am following her blog, and this one (of course). These posts have all been so inspirational.

    My sponsor is Lavender Dreams.

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  105. Wow I love Nel's fabric, just beautiful! I follow both blogs and am a wantobe quilter sponsored by Amy@diaryofaquilter.com I would love to win.

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  106. Nel, what beautiful fabrics! And my mother is a lover of all shades purple, so once I really learn to quilt your fabric will make a beautiful quilt for her.
    My sponser is ThatGirlThatQuilt.

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  107. Wow, gorgeous! I love all the pictures and projects too. Makes me want to run and get some fabric and do something!!!

    I am a wantobe, from team Lilypad quilting. Of course I follow the wonderful Madame Samm!!

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  108. I am a follower at Nel's now too. Glad to add a great new blog to follow!

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  109. Thanks for the guest post. Love all of them. My blog sponsor is Sew Much Beauty.

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway.

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  110. WOW!!! The colors are so bright and the paintings are well I wish I could do that..I now follow Nel's blog and yours also...My sponsor is Jane's Fabrics

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  111. What a great post by Nan. Her use of such vibrant colors is outstanding. I love it. Thanks for having her post. I am now a follower on her blog.
    My blog host is Shell @ raspberry rabbits and I am a wantobe quilter and also follow Sew WE Quilt.
    Thank you for the chance to win such a nice prize.

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  112. I am following nel. Thanks for the chance to win. I am a wantobe quilter sent by Melissa correy at happy quilting

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  113. NEL,WHAT BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS!
    HAPPILY FOLLOWING YOU TOO!
    THANKS SO FOR SHARING@

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  114. ooh beautiful! i'm a wantobe, melissa from happy quilting sent me. i'm a new follower of nel's and a follower of madame samm . would love to win this one!

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  115. Oh I NEED this!!!
    and The happy go lucky fabrics are delicious!!! The cats are so cute!
    My sponsor is Ariane from Ariane Quilts.
    Thanks,
    sibleysara@yahoo.com

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  116. Wow, Just Wow! I am a follower of nel, what an amazing and inspiring woman. So glad to have found her blog, and all the others you have directed us to:) My sponsor of course is Quilttaffy. Can't wait to get Des busy helping me;)

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  117. I'm a quilter, so I'm not in the draw today -- just stopping by to say congratulations on being honored and the piece you presented to Prince Charles is beautiful! Thanks for a wonderful post - your work is so inspiring, and your new fabrics are "to die for" pretty!
    Jacque

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  118. Such colors, just love your story.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  119. I'd love some of those beautiful threads! The paintings are fabulous! I'm Nel's newest follower. follow here too. Amy @ dairy of a quilter is my sponsor.

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  120. I am a wantobe quilter...and soon I will be a quilter. The colors today were stunning. my sponsor is Janes Fabrics Thanks Madam Samm. I am also a follower of todays quilter agnes pat

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  121. Very much enjoyed this post of Nel's so went to her site and am now a follower. I'm in love with her Sleeping Beauty collection. I'm a wantobe quilter who followers this blog also.

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  122. Beautiful stuff! Would LOVE to win today's giveaway! I'm a WANTOBE quilter sponsored by SewCalGal. I'm following both of you. Have a Nice Day! :)

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  123. I am a wantobe wuilter and sponsor is Janet @Caribou Crossing Chronicles and a follower of you and now Nel. What a beautiful artist and the colors are just amazing, will definitely check back and wait for all her next collections.
    have a great day.

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  124. I am a wantobe quilter and my sponsor is Jane's fabrics! I am a new follower of Nel's blog & of course your blog! What beautiful paintings & fabrics Nel does! :)

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  126. What a beautiful post with such gorgeous colors!! Thank you for brightening up my day with your talent!

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  127. Great post to start of my morning! I am a wantobe quilter a new follower of nans site, a follower of this site and sue @ quilt times is my sponsor :)

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  128. I wish I had a quarter of Nel's talent! Her paintings and now fabric are amazing. I look forward to the Sleeping Beauty line here in the States. I am now a follower of Nel's blog as well as Stash. My sponsor is Kdquilts.com. I look forward to the next guest!

    Blessings from the NW

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  129. i'm a wantobe quilter, sponsor diary of a quilter...i follow NEL 's blog is here and this blog.

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  130. Hey Thanks Madame Samm for the opportunity to do my first guest bog! It is honestly hard to put into words
    how lovely it has been to read all the comments and I wish I could answer them all but will certainly try even if I do it in batches. It is so nice to share what is going on over here and so glad that you liked the blog. Love Nel x

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  131. I'm already a quilter. Wow, I loved looking at all the photos, and hearing Nel's story. Thank you Madame Samm for getting her to guest post. I'm still so excited about this giveaway. Wow!

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  132. Following Nel on facebook and at the blog. Love the fabrics and can't wait for the sleeping beauty range. The purples are so me :)

    I'm a wantobe sponsored by Marcia @ crafty sewing and quilting
    Thank you for all the inspiration

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  133. i love the art work, have always wanted to make with flower in it. i follow stitchintherapy blog.

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  134. I am a wanttobe follower and would love this.

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  135. Beautiful work and I enjoyed reading your post. I have joined your blog and look forward to reading more.

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  136. Wholey Schmokin' talk about talent!!! If only I had 1/10 of her talent I'd be thrilled. Beautiful photos, handwork and fabrics.
    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  137. I am so inspired by your blog! I just joined and I am a want to be Quilter!I have to say that you are VERY artistic! I found that I can spend hours on your site! :) I have to entertain myself while the little one sleeps! I am in need of a hobby! :) My sponsor is www.cloverandviolet.com
    -Lindsey

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  138. I became a follower of Nel. What beautiful designs & fabric she has! Thanks for introducing her to me.

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  139. I’m a wantobe quilter, Madame Samm, and my sponsor is Deborah from the “Deborah in Atlanta” blog. I’m following you and now Nel too (wow, is she talented). Thank you for all of the sponsors – this is going to be so much fun for me!

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  140. Some people are blessed with an amazing amount of talent, and Nel is one of them. Her paintings and fabrics are out of this world! I follow Nel and I folow you (hopefully it shows up by now) sponsered by lily pad quilting I am a want to be quilter

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  141. I LOVE the bright floral prints! I'm so excited to see their part of today's fantastic giveaway! I follow Nel and Madame Samm and Shell from the Raspberry Rabbits is my sponsor! I want to be a quilter!

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  142. I'm a follower of Nel and her beautiful fabric. Also loved all the pictures so talented. As a wantobe and sponsored by Jane's Fabric and Quilt I would love to win today's prize. Thank you so much Madame Sam for all your hard work on this event.

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  143. I think i've been hiding under a rock...thank you...now following..so inspiring for this newbie..x

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  144. I'm encouraged! Nel manages to have time and interest (and lots of work!) in both fine art and quilt art. This gives me hope, that I can also quilt! (I'm a glass artist).
    I am a wantobe quilter, sponsored by Freda at The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe, a.k.a., Impera Magna ;-)

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  145. Wow! What spectacular art and great inspired fabrics. I can hardly wait to see the Sleeping Beauty line. I'm a double follower and Jane's Fabrics is my sponsor. Keep up the interesting posts.

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  146. I just love Nel's fabric collections!! The sleeping beauty line looks amazing!! Her artwork is just stunning!!!! Thanks for the wonderful post!!!

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  147. Nel you are sEw very talented, luv the royal blue and orange fabrics and to present one of your paintings to Prince Charles WOW, what an honor! Thanks for sharing your talents and thoughts with all 'Sew We Quilt' followers. If they are not followers they are missing big time. Thanks for your inspiration!! I'm coming for a visit to your blog...

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  148. Nel, your colours are just beaitiful! I follow Samm, I follow Nel, I am a Wanttobe and my sponsor is A Stitch in Time

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  149. I am a wantobe quilter and my sponsor is Nan@pots and pins. I am now following Nel too. huge array and just really freaking interesting. Really unique and neato things. Again, big thanks to the bloggers, the sponsors and Madam Samm. I'm already learning and picking up so much. So thanks for taking time from your schedules to do this.

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  150. I'm a wantobe with KD as my sponsor (from KD quilts) and I'm following Nel now (and here to be clear)....
    thanks for the fun post and another nice giveaway.
    Sara

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  151. Every picture in the blog was beautiful. I love the colors. I do hope I win and I know jane's fabric and quilts would love to win also. Many thanks

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  152. Hi Nel! Thanks for taking the time to guest post here today. Your artwork is just beautiful. I bet it is exciting to join the new design world you just got into. I don't think I will have to worry about matching my quilts. I was not very successful at making clothes, so I decided to just stick to quilting for now. Your skirt is amazing as well as your designs. Your cats are cute and I could easy see them as a doorstop. Meeting Price Charles is a dream for many people and you did it. It must have been an honor. Your Happy go Lucky colors are my favorite color family, brights. The orange one is my favorite. Darn, Madame Samm must be rubbing off on me with her love of orange. It is such a nice shade of the color.
    Is that a flower castle on your blog? It looks amazing. It reminds me of a float for the Rose Parade that we have here in the States.

    Thank you Colonial Needle for the beautiful basket and that amazing selection of items to go with it that you gave to the campaign. The heart shaped basket was my favorite of the ones we got to see in the preview post showing all the baskets. The Presencia threads are the ones that Madame Samm speaks so highly of. Whoever wins this basket sure is in for a treat! There looks like there is enough thread to stitch for years.

    Thank you Free Spirit for the Fat Quarters for the campaign. They sure are beautiful. I love such happy bright colors. The instantly put a smile on my face. I know that they sure will put a smile of the face on the winner also.

    Thanks Madame Samm for finding another wonderful guest poster and for having this campaign. My day would not be complete without a visit here.

    I am a wantobe and My sponsor is Mary on Lake Pulaski. I am a follower of Sew We Quilt and of Nel's Blog.

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  153. Hi, this wantobe follows Madame Samm and Nel! I was sent by Snoodles at Lilypad Quilting. This is an amazing prize, I hope that I am the lucky lucky winner!

    jlwhite (at) sasktel (dot) net

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  154. I am a wantobe quilter and my sponsor is Jane of Jane's fabrics. I am a follower here and a new one of Nell's. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  155. My goodness, what talent! I would love to go and sit in a corner and just watch her. Oh, I could help with the fabrics, too, but just being in the presence of such talent would be a wonderful gift.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN sponsored by Raspberry Rabbit

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  156. Wantobe 12yo loves Nels cats! The fabrics are gorgeous. We're following Nels blog. Nel, Love the misty photos especially the woolly cattle!
    Cheers,
    Robyn

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  157. t's hard to believe that there could be that much talent wrapped up in such a small package as Nel! I love my flower garden, and seeing her art and fabrics makes my heart so happy. Thankyou for bringing us this artist and her gifts!

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  158. I'm a wanna be quilter sponsored by Debbie at Designs by Debbie. I follow here and Nel's.
    I adore those cats.

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  159. Follower of both blogs, now. Sponsored by Kelly at IHAN. Thank you for sharing ~ the flowers, the paintings, the colors, and the ideas. They are marvelous!

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  160. I'm a new follower of Nel's blog and already one of Stash! I'm a Wantobe and my sponsor is LilyPad Quilting. It would be so fun to win!!
    maryjowyse(at)yahoo.com

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  161. i'm a wantobequilter sponsored by amy@diary of a quilter..i want to win today's prize..pretty pretty2 pleaseeee~

    i've followed nel's blog n stash manicure..

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  162. Oh my gosh, Nel is quilt the accomplished artist. Her work is absolutely gorgeous and how impressive to be able to have Prince Charles not only see her work but for her to actually meet him as well. How exciting that must've been. Wow.

    I just adore her new line, "Sleeping Beauty" and will be keeping an eye out for that. Just beautiful. But I really love the "Happy Go Lucky" just as much for different reasons. I love the bright colors of that fabric.

    I am now a follower of her blog as well as Sew WE Quilt of course. :)

    Thank you to everyone involved in such an awesome giveaway. What a great group of prizes.

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  163. Happy Wednesday! It's been a very long day and it's time for me head to bed. I was sent here by my friend Freda from The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe and I AM A WANT TO BE QUILTER!

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  164. I'm a want to be quilter, and my sponsor is Amy @ Diary of a Quilter. I am a follower here and just became one of Nel's too.

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  165. Let's see, I've followed everyone - those paintings are gorgeous, and I adore the fabrics. Here from Stash Manicure. Love the giveaways!

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  166. I joined Nel's blog. Don't you just love her paintings. Romance and Meadow were favorites. Now she's getting fabric design - we are lucky! I love Sleeping Beauty and the purples. I'm so enjoying the guest bloggers; thanks, Madame Samm.

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  167. Thanks so much for sharing your talent and progression from painting artist to fabric artist. It is comforting to know that we are not always what we started out as, and that sometimes we come full circle. Love the vibrancy of your colours and the cats too!
    Merci & bonne chance!

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  168. I am Nel's follower and my sponsor is Jennie from Clover and Violet blog. I love, love, love the Sleeping Beauty patterns. How extraordinary!

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  169. I am following Nel's blog and my sponsor is Melissa Corry. I'm a wanttobe quilter, and love those stuffed cats!

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  170. I love Nel's work and am a new follower! I'm a Wantobe sponsored by Happy Quilting.

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  171. I'm a Wantobe sponsored by Jane's Fabric. I love love the fabric posted today. I wrote down the name and stashed it in my purse so I can ask the local fabric shops if they carry any. I'm a huge purple fan so the Sleeping Beauty fabric just calls to me.

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  172. Love Nel's beautiful artwork and fabric! This post was surprisingly inspiring! I'm following Nel's blog and this blog. I'm also a wantobe sponsored by Lily Pad Quilting. Thanks!

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