Monday, August 8, 2011

6th Guest of Wantobe Quilters ...Nan with ....Janome? Sure! I know you!

(Brief intro to our one and only Nan.
Nan is by far the funniest guest Quilter we have ever had.
She is also the one guest we have on every month ( no exception)
 You will soon know why when you read her. She is like our very own 
Erma Bombeck. ( for you young ones, Erma was featured
everywhere in newspapers and magazines. She would spew about the details
of what it's like to be a woman, in such a funny way.) 
 How lucky for you all to be able
to say HELLO to our  Nan  and tell her-keep us laughing
as only you can do) 

Hi Samm!  Hi Everyone!  It's me, Nan, of Pots and Pins...back again (thanks Samm!) to talk to you about power tools...electrical machinery...things with plugs, lights, and real motors!!  Oh yea!  The mister can wield a weed whacker with skillful precision, and can vacuum a lawn like nobody's business (I realize that's not something every man would dare to admit, let alone be proud of, and I'm here to tell you it's not a pretty sight!  Especially if he takes his shirt off!  When our neighbors first witnessed this odd behavior they thought it was so entertaining they pulled up lawn chairs to the sidewalk and sat and watched him!)

Power tools come in all shapes and sizes, and it's been my experience that the mister's power tools have a life span of about one summer, at least that's what he tells me when he brings home new tools on a yearly basis!?  But my power tools...the ones I use every single day...the ones I depend on and have come to love...well, we have a special bond and I could never just toss them aside for a new model.

The Old gal...she earned her retirement!
My all-time favorite power tool is my sewing machine!  And believe me, it's got power!  The power to create!  (You'll never hear that said about a weed whacker!)  My love affair with my sewing machine started in 1980 with $200...I purchased a Singer machine, plugged her in and for twenty years she was my constant companion.  Oh the things we made together!  Baby clothes, maternity clothes, draperies, bedding, dresses, tablecloths, dish towels, dolls, gifts and of course, quilts - and really, you name it and my Singer sewed it.  So it was a very sad day when we had to say good-bye to each other - at her last check-up the technician said if she'd been built with an odometer she'd have well over a million miles on her!  After twenty years of abuse use, it was time for a new machine.
I love toy sewing machines - especially if they work!  I've only got 4 in my "collection" but I hope to collect more and more...can a collection ever be too big?!?
So twelve years ago I went with some friends to a sewing machine store in Seattle...it was sew exciting!  I had no idea what to get and as I walked around the store, looking at all the different models, my friend was reading off the names of the different machines...Bernina...Pfaff...Brother...Husqvarna...Viking...so many choices!  Then she said,  "Janome?"  And it caught me off guard...I laughed and said, "Sure, I know you!"  We had ourselves a good laugh...except that everyone was laughing at me because I had never heard of Janome before - I thought she said Do You KNOW me!

This little baby really sews...and don't you just love the pink color?!  All sewing machines should come in colors...are you listening sewing machine makers?!?  I'd like Hot Pink or Lime Green...or Fuschia!!!

Well, I've heard of them now!  And because I can't keep this in any longer...Madame Samm has something really GREAT to give away TODAY!!!

                                 A JANOME SEWING MACHINE!!! 

Okay, okay, now that I've spilled the bobbins, I'll give you a minute to calm down and let it soak in while I tell you my:

Top Ten Tips For Keeping Your Sewing Machine In Perfect Working Condition:

#1.  Most problems with sewing machines have to do with the thread.  Use good thread and save yourself some $$$ and headaches.  Make sure the weight of your bobbin thread and your top thread is the same, so your stitching will look better and to avoid thread issues.  At my local sewing machine shop, the technician told me, "A sewing machine is just like a lady's body, if her top half matches her bottom half, then she'll look better...and so it is with the top thread and the bobbin thread!"  She actually said that...in all sincerity...with a sweet smile on her face...I almost choked to death trying not to laugh out loud!   One more thing about thread - never wind your bobbin thread by hand...I know someone who dropped her bobbin and it rolled and rolled and then she sat forever re-winding her bobbin...when she started to sew it was one broker thread after another!

This is one of my very favorite pieces of furniture...an old treadle machine that I found at a garage sale years ago.    I tried sewing with it and discovered I have no rhythm whatsoever!  It's all about rhythm and timing...two things I'm lacking!

#2.  A little brush can be your machine's best friend.  Keep one or two handy to remove threads and lint build-up around the bobbin cage...I have three brushes that are always next to my machine - they work great at removing "dust bunnies" from the machine and straightening an errant eyebrow hair! Hey!  A girl's got to use what she can when she can!
A can of spray air works great, too, but only use it in the bobbin area, not in the upper part of the machine!
#3.  Change your needle as often as you change your underwear.  Okay, not really, but you get the idea...if you can't remember when you last changed your needle then it's definitely time.  Keeping your needle sharp does nothing for your sewing machine, but it will do wonders for the fabric you're sewing on!  I put in a new needle with each new project.  One project, one needle...and remember the flat side of the needle always faces the back.

#4.  Don't let your machine sit in front of an open window.  I know this may seem like a no-brainer, but my old sewing machine sat on a desk right in front of a window...which I left open for most of the summer.  As the temperature changed from day to night, so did the humidity, dampness, direct sunlight, etc., and so did the inner workings of my machine.  Sewing machines have metal parts.  Metal rusts. Rust = expensive repairs.  IF you sew with the window open, make sure you close it at night or...

My roosters seem to be going the wrong direction!  Story of my life!

#5.  Cover your machine when not in use.   Keep dust away from your machine, they are not compatible.  If your machine didn't come with a cover - make one for it out of your stash!  Go to my blog, click here, and you can follow along with my easy Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial...or, just use a pretty pillowcase,  it's better than nothing and works great, just fold in half and put over your machine.   

#6.  Sew on speed.  Ummm, let me clarify, we're not talking drugs here...sewing on speed means to sew using a moderate to high speed on the foot pedal.  As I like to tell my quilting students...It's okay to be fast, but not hot!  Feel free to quote me!  It's true!  Sewing along at a slow speed can cause over-heating of the machine, especially if done for long stretches at a time.  (I happen to know that the internal workings of a sewing machine operate at around 85 degrees, after just a few seconds of sewing, and the longer you've got the pedal down, the hotter the machine gets.  I'm a savant with information like this...trivia, is my specialty!)  If you're a slow sewer, work on picking up the speed, which allows for not only faster sewing, but more frequent stops, allowing for the machine to cool down...think of it as a break for you and the machine. Bet you didn't know your machine could have hot flashes!

This little beauty belonged to my Grandma Annie Merle.  She mainly used it to repair clothing and now I use it as an end table in our family room. 
#7.  Don't allow three-year olds to stuff objects into your machine openings.  If you have little kids or grandkids, (or a rather large son who thinks nothing of answering the phone in your workroom and then, while he sits in your chair and yuks it up with his buddy, he mindlessly fiddles with your machine...until you swat him upside the head!) then you know this is no laughing matter!  I was very surprised to find a wad of tissue tucked into the bobbin cage...along with a few Lego's...which I promptly removed and put in a shadow box because obviously my perfect 3-year-old grandson was trying to make something wonderful for me!!  Along those lines, don't try to fix anything inside the machine by yourself...if you drop a needle or pin into the machine, consider that an omen and take it in for repairs.  Fixing your own machine is like cleaning your ears with your elbows...can't be done...let me rephrase...shouldn't be done!

I bought this at a garage sale just so I could have it on display in the "nerve center"...my workroom - it makes me happy just to see it...and it only set me back one Hamilton!
#8.  Oil your machine every ten to fifteen hours of operation.  I can't speak for all machines here, but I'm going to anyway...ONE DROP OF OIL is all you need!  ONE DROP!  It's not like you're putting on perfume!  (For those of you who know me you're probably thinking, Yeah, She should take her OWN advice and just use one drop of perfume!  And I can say nothing because I'm a perfume slut...sorry, there's no other way to say it...got to have it...can't leave the house without, not even to walk to the mailbox!  The mister has strict orders to bury me with a bottle of perfume and believe me, when the mister's next misses shows up - no doubt before I'm even cold - she's going to have a constant reminder of who used to live here because my scent is everywhere!  I'm like my dog that way, I mark my territory!)  Back to the oil...I know where to put the oil in my machine, if you don't know where yours goes...

#9.  Read the Instruction Manual.  Really, when all else fails, get it out and read about your machine.  And then, if something still doesn't work, it's time to take it in.  Most sewing machine manufacturers will tell you to have your machine cleaned annually.  It's a good idea - like getting a flu shot - you just want everything to keep on running because IF your machine is going to break down, sure enough it will be when you need it the most.

I love the little sewing machines I have around my home - there's something so very comforting about the look of an old machine - like fresh-peach-pie-comforting...speaking of which, you'll find a recipe for the best peach pie you'll ever taste on my blog! 
#10.  Don't get tense, speak softly, don't swear, and a gentle pat goes a long way.  Yes, we're still talking about sewing machines here, although that's usually what I say to the mister as he walks out the door to work in the morning...his Neanderthal DNA needs constant reminding.  Don't constantly mess with the tension, if your needle and bobbin thread tensions are set right, you'll be a happy sewer.  Refer to your manual for help setting the tension and then leave it be!  If you must swear, please do so under your breath, most machines are quite sensitive!  And if you have to take your machine somewhere, to a class or in for it's annual physical, make sure you carry it in a hard case or if you don't have one, put it in a box...your machine shouldn't have to suffer anything more than a gentle pat!  Treat your machine gently and you'll have years and years of sewing fun! 

I bought this machine at a garage sale, too!  I plan to turn it into a lamp...not sure yet how I'm going to do that but it's just too pretty to be tucked away in my sewing room,  I want everyone who comes to my home to see it - all lit up!

Okay, kids, come visit me at Pots and Pins, I'm always cooking up something good and I'd love to have you stop by, become a follower and leave me a comment...just to entice you a bit, I am having a wee little give-away myself!  First, read below about the great machine you can win from Janome  (yes, you do!  Ahhhh, I never get tired of that!)  and thanks for reading along.

Thanks again, Samm, as always, I remain your humble servant!  xoxo, Nan

OHHHH Nan....Ü
YOU do keep a smile on my face from beginning to end! 
luv ya! 

GIVEAWAY TODAY
( of course a machine
a JANOME )


Introducing the Janome HD-1000
For our Wantobe Quilters

The HD-1000 by Janome provides super sturdy construction and easy to use features
 for a dependable and enjoyable sewing experience. Heavy duty aluminum body construction
 make this machine a great choice for the sewist looking to tackle a wide range of fabrics
 and sewing types. 14 stitches and a four-step buttonhole provide stitches for a range
 of applications. You'll even find extras like a built-in needle threader and storage tray.

Calling all Wantobe QUILTLERS
( those with no sewing machine, you have no tools,
no rulers, no rotary cutters, you possibly don't know what that purple
thang is yet lol.) Then you are most certainly a Wantobe Quilter
and you can win this...

WE choose winners every day! And you can win more than once!
Winners will be  posted always at 12:01 AM EST
( exception on Fridays, winners are chosen at 8:17 PM)

Quilters can still comment of course, just be sure
to say you are a Quilter. If you are a Wantobe Quilter
just mention your sponsor./quilting blogger you registered with..
( if you don't know any of this because you are brand new
check out the graphic with her biting her lip and click on that) 

Ohhhh I did not tell you what the blog sponsor
wins....( I know I am not telling you till tomorrow
but YOU will be glad it is YOU) 
Now go, tell your Wantobes....

Big Thanks to Janome for being our FIRST company to giveaway a sewing machine
They are reliable, and I still have a Janome
that I purchased 20 years ago, still one of my fav machines. 

HOW TO WIN..
Be a follower of Nan's Blog
( you just have to see her tutorial for her sewing machine cover)
I want that one...lol
PLEASE tell us you are..
Be a follower here at Stash Manicure.
and tell us you are...( we check lol)
and simply put, 
Janome would love to hear that many of you 
would love this machine! 

Thank you Janome, NAN of course
and YOU for being part of all this..




290 comments:

  1. Hi - This Wantobe was sponsored by Snoodles of Lilypad Quilting. I follow you and Nan. What an amazing giveaway!

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  2. Love the Janome story ... definitely one for the books :) Thank you for sharing it! Really like your collection of sewing machines tooo--though the only thing better would be for the Janome to be added to my house so I can start my own collection! it just takes one to start a collection, right? Thank you so much for this awesomely amazing chance for a Wantobe Quilter!! Why Knot Kwilt sponsors me :)

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  3. Well, I am a quilter, but so jealous!! This is a dream machine ladies, so get those comments in. Thank you Nan for another delightful post that was spot on with machine care.

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  4. Hi,

    I'm a wantobe quilter and love love love Janome machines. I can't believe you are having a Janome giveaway. Thank you madame Samm & Janome.. Needless to say I'm a following Nan@pots&pins and I have been your follower too. BTW, I'm team amy@dairy of a quilter :)

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  5. Wow! So great and generous. I am certainly a wantobe- I spent 1 hour with my seam ripper tonight as proof :)
    I registered with Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts fame.

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  6. I too am a Quilter, but today I wish I was a wantobe :) ... Amazing post, Nan ... thank you so much for the tips and you can be sure I'll be over to your blog for the sewing machine cover ... never thought about the dampness, dust, yes, dampness, no. Madame ... awesome choice for guest blogger today ... Janome??? :) what a story, Nan!! Thanks so much for sharing! I wish you all a super wonderful Monday!

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  7. Nan you are such a delight! I love to read your posts. What a great story! And your advice, thank you!!! Now you Wantobes, this is amazing!! How fun for you! Thank you to Janome (what a machine) and good luck Wantobes!!

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  8. I am a wantobe!!! I am team Lilypad Quilting! Wahoo, what a great giveaway today.

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  9. Oops, forgot to say I am a follower here and now at Pots and Pins. I am loving finding all these great new sites to follow! Thank You!!

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  10. I am a quilter! What a great machine!

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  11. Shucks, I'm apparently a quilter, however an inexperienced newbie, at that! I follow Nan's blog. I'm wildly jealous of whoever is going to win this! My machine no longer reverses... Waaah!

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  12. Hi, I am a wantobe quilter. I have been using my friend's old Kenmore since they can't get mine repaired. I hadn't used it for 10 years. So winning a new machine would be a huge blessing!

    I am signed up through Mary @Mary on Lake Pulaski. I have become a follower of the very funny Nan, and am a follower of Stash Manicure.

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  13. I'm a Wantobe, sponsored by Amy @ Diary of a Quilter. I'm also a follower of this (and now Nan's) blog. Looks like a great machine! I'm crossing my fingers!

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  14. I am a wantabe quilter. I am sponsored by Michelle @ Raspberry Rabbits. I am a follower of this blog and Nan's Blog. I would love to win this machine!!

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  15. Wow! wouldn't that be wonderful to have. I'm a Wantobe sponsored by the wonderful Jacque aka Snoodles at Lilypadquilting (what a sweetie), and of course I follow this blog, and just started following Nan too (funny lady!)

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  16. I would love to win this machine so that can have it to teach my daughter and nieces how to sew. I'm sponsored by Raspberry Rabbits. I'm a follower on both of your blogs. It would thrill my daughter to do some inexpensive Chrismas gifts by making them.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  17. I certainly WANTOBE a quilter! I follow this blog and Nan's blog too! Nan has a lovely collection of sewing machines! The treadle machine with cabinet is lovely as well as the last Singer Machine! The ten tips will be useful for the person who wins this lovely Janome Machine!

    Thanks Janome and Madame Samm (hope your day off was restful!) for the lovely giveaway!

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  18. I'm a wantobe signed up with Jane's Fabrics. I could't find Nan's "follow me" button so I subscribed to her blog. That Janome looks pretty sweet. I've read Nan's sewing machine tips with care. Never knew you were supposed to sew with speed. I'm not sure my 35 year old Kenmore can get up any speed anymore. Looks like I need a Janome!!

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  19. I'm a wantobe and I'm a follower here and at Nan's

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  20. I am a wantobe quilter who would love to learn more about Janome firsthand. :) My mom taught me to sew on that same 1980 Singer that Nan pictured first. I thought that I was going to inherit it one day, but it recently gave up the ghost. Probably because I NEVER saw my mom brush anything out of it or put oil anywhere near the machine. That's not to say she didn't do it, but she certainly didn't feel it was important enough to teach me. Thanks for the pointers, Nan!

    Oh, by the way, I came here by way of Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts.

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  21. I'm a wantobe quilter teamed up with Lily Pad Quilting. And a sewing machine is my biggest hurdle in becoming a quilter so I would L-O-V-E to win one of these! I also appreciate the sewing machine tips. Very interesting. I can see I'll have to learn how to clean and oil the thing.

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  22. And, oh yes, I forgot to mention that yes, I'm a follower of Nan and here as well.

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  23. Wow, this is an amazing giveaway!! :D I am a wantobe quilter, and I am team Staci @ the Confused Quilter. :D

    I am a new follower of Nan's (always so happy to find great new blogs!) and am of course a follower here.

    These are awesome tips. My mom sewed but I never really saw her maintain her machine. I've bookmarked this page so I can come back and use the great advice (possibly on a Janome?! Would I be that luck. :)

    Thanks again!

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  24. I followed both of you.. and I would love love a Janome.. I would love to teach my granddaughters to quilt.

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  25. Hey Samm!!! It's me! Wantobe Quilter Alicia Mower sent by Rae Ann at Cutie Pinwheel (But I'm registered under Jane from Jane's Fabrics). Oh my goodness.. Nan.. I don't know her but I already love her to death!!! I can't wait to get reading her blog (which I am now a happy follower of) I definitely do want to be a quilter but I may have a hard time now that I've found Pots and Pins! ;-) Crossing my fingers to win that "YouKnowMe!" Machine!!! Thanks again for all your hard work!

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  26. I am a Wanntobe Quilter. I am a follower of Nan (the ham) after reading her informative post. A follower of Stash Manicure, and also a follower of Shell at Raspberry Rabbits.
    I would love to learn how to quilt on that Janome!
    What a great prize.
    Thank you Samm and Janome

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  27. Wow! You mean they actually make machines to do all that stuff us quilters do by hand?? And the instructions come in a language you can read? What do you do with all the time that is left over? Blog? I wonder if it is too late to start over...

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  28. I am a wanntobe quilter, and I am a folloer of pots and pins and stash manicure!
    I would love to try sewing on that Janome. I bet I would be able to sew faster and more accurate. what an amazing give away! thank!

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  29. I am a WANTOBE Quilter! I am a new follower of Nan's Blog & already a Stash Manicure follower! What an interesting sewing machine story! And great tips for machines! I would love to sew my first quilt on that Janome machine! My blog sponsor is Jane's Fabrics! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  30. Great advice, I have a kit to make a sewing machine cover. That is now a priority on my to do this! My daughter has just shown an interest in sewing, having made a tote bag to take on holiday. It would be great to win a machine for her and teach her how to make a quilt of her own, especially as she has just moved in to her first home.

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  31. I am a Wantobe Quilter and am sponsored by Janes Fabrics and Quilting. I loved Nan's post and thank you Nan for all your tips and the tutorial for the sewing machine cover which I would make if I won this machine from Janome. Note to Samm - it can be used in the UK no problem just in case by some miracle I win it am keeping everything crossed.

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  32. I am a follower of Pots & Pins and here too, of course.

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  33. I'm a Wantobe quilter who follows your blog, and now following Nan's also. I'm sponsored by Diary of a Quilter. Great info for maintaining a sewing machine. Thanks for such wonderful giveaways!

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  34. I'm a quilter, so I can't win, but I just want to say I am sooo jealous, that looks like a great machine.

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  35. Hi! I'm a wantobe quilter. It's great you have a Janome giveaway. Thank you madame Samm & Janome.. I'm a following Nan@pots&pins and I am your follower too. I'm team with amy(dairy of a quilter). Ioana

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  36. Signing in for Allie Coburn in hopes her dreams of a sewing machine will come true! She is registered under the lovely Darlene over at SewCalGal!! I have been overhauling my sewing room and she now has a sewing corner all dedicated to her visits to mawmaws house and now she needs tools! :)

    Nan, I LOVE that pink sewing machine and it would go perfect in my sewing room where I have tons of pink pigs hanging out! And I never knew that about sewing slow and heating your machine! You would think it would be the other way around.. My granddaddy always said you should learn something new everyday and I learned something already this morning! Thank you to an awesome post!

    I am Nan's newest follower and follow here at Stash manicure as well!

    p.s. I have a Janome6260QC myself! I had always sewn with NewHome machines and when they changed direction and became Janome, I stuck around because these machines will sew forever!!

    Thank you Janome for such an awesome giveaway to these wantobequilters! Hope my granddaughter wins! :)

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  37. Thank you Nan for such an informative post. I'm now a follower of yours, as well as here at Stash Manicure. Thank you to Madame Samm for this wonderful opportunity! My sponsor is Dorian from Ridge Top Quilts.

    Carol (NJ)

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  38. I am a Wantobe Quilter from Italy..I loved this post from Nan, useful but overall very amazing!!
    I follow Nan's blog and I'm sent by Kelly Jackson

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  39. I am a Wantobe Quilter from Italy..I loved this post from Nan, useful but overall very amazing!!
    I follow Nan's blog and I'm sent by Kelly Jackson
    Paola Pallotta

    Sorry if I write twice, but I noticed that My profile google (zazà) doesnt' match with that (paola Pallotta) that appears in the followers
    :S
    I hope to solve this problem!

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  40. Good Morning Madame Samm !! I missed you this weekend ! I am a JEALOUS quilter ! What a great prize !! GOOD LUCK Ya all Wantobe Quilters .
    Happy new week !

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  41. Iam a Wannabe Quilter.I now follow Nan's blog.Im sponsered by Diane over @Lavender Dreams.I sewwwww want this machine,I dont own one at all.Beautiful it is sew Im keeping fingers crossed Samm for this one.Remember I asked you a while back if I could sew by hand LOL.You said yes but it would be dificult and it is LOL.But I try and practice.It would be Sew nice to own this~~~Becky

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  42. Great post--love all your tips for keeping your machine in running order. I follow Nan and am sponsored by Amy at Diary of a Quilter. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  43. OOps I follow here as well.Would loveeeeeeee that pink machine,thanks Janome!

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  44. I am a Wantobe Quilter, I enjoyed this guest and I would love to win this prize my sponsor May@Confessions of a fabraholic .
    From Russia with Love.

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  45. I'm a wantobe signed up with Marcia Crafty sewing and quilting. Following this blog and Nan. I would love a sewing machine (especially a purple or pink one lol)
    Thank you

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  46. Good Morning Nan, As always and there is no mistaking here you are my fav guest..Can I say that? Having a fav of all those who are here daily...( Ok, that will be between you and I) lol
    I see your tut on the cover( on your blog today) I LOVE THAT...just saying..I am going to make one...for the first time ever I want to cover my machine..Ok, maybe I will do that today lol. YOU have my heart..you know that don't You? Thanks for entertaining us and informing us too...xx

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  47. Hello Madame Samm. Hope you had a great weekend! I'm a follower of Nans (loved her post). I'm being sponsored by Robyn of Stitchin' Time. I was just wondering how I'd go using that sewing machine in Australia if I won it. Would I need to get it adjusted by an electrician or just buy a special adaptor? Thanks Madame Samm.

    Anne xx

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  48. I'm a wantobe quilter & sponsored by Jane's Fabrics & Quilts. Thanks Nan for the 10 tips for keeping your machine running!

    Brenda - bllcornish at yahoo dot com

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  49. I'm in tears here Nan, you are going to turn that beautiful sewing machine into a LAMP???!! No way! poor old machine :( What will you take for it?? LOL

    Thanks for the tips, a quilter can always use the reminder ;)

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  50. I want to win this machine so I can try making a quilt myself. Kelly at I have a notion is my sponsor. I am following both blogs. You are my first two to follow.

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  51. I am a follower of follower of Nan's Blog!
    Biz

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  52. I'm also a follower here at Stash Manicure.
    Biz

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  53. Hello Nan and Madame Sam! I'm lucky enough to be
    sponsored by Nan herself and I'm a follower of both blogs!

    Loved the story - as usual.

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  54. Hi! I'm a quilter, but heard about you from Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts. Glad I did, you're hysterical!

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  55. Well Madame Samm I am sure you already know this but I am a quilter...however, I had to stop by and say WOW what a great prize...I hope my ladies are paying attention!!

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  56. I'm a wantobe quilter...
    I now follow Nan and already follow Stash
    I do not own a sewing machine, but would love to not have to borrow one when I get the urge to sew.
    My Sponsor is Amy from Diary of a Quilter :0)

    Thanks!

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  57. Nan I laughed and giggled all the way through your post, as usual. I'm a quilter and I agree with every one of your 10 tips but I would add one - Janome machines are awesome! I have been sewing on Janome machines for many years and love their stitches, versatility and reliability. I've also been following you for ages now and have printed off about a gazillion of your recipes. Not that I cook. Well, not often anyway. But I love to have your recipes to grab when I'm searching for something on those rare occasions. :) blessings, marlene

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  58. I'm a quilter and have been trying to interest my daughters. They have moved out of the house now, but it would be so much more enticing if they had their own machine to use rather than sewing only when they viisit. I'm a follower here, and I loved the tips above....now to follow through with some of those....I sew in front of a window and don't cover my machine GASP!!!

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  59. I'm a wannabe quilter sponsored by Amy @ diary of a quilter. I follow both blogs and loved today's post. I would love to win a Janome! I have a Singer, but it doesn't do quilting stitches, so I really would love the Janome!

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  60. I am a follower of Stash and of Nan. I really enjoyed her guest blog this morning. I needed a good laugh and got one! She is awesome. I have heard so many great things of Janome, but have never seen one in person. I am a no-reply blogger/wantobequilter. I am sponsored by GMama Jane and would love for both of us to win!
    Have a blessed day.

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  61. I'm a follower of Nan's now and a long term follower of SM. I'd really like to win this for my Wantobe quilter daughter as I'm a happy long time Janome owner. My overlocker (serger) reached it's coming of age before my children!
    Cheers,
    Robyn

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  62. Such a fabulous giveaway! Glad to see some of my peeps over here- good luck y'all! Glad to know about Nan. Off to follow her blog. :) Oh And, I'm a quilter. :)

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  63. No way! Greatest giveaway ever!!!! I am a wantobe, and I follow you and Nan, and am sponsored by Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts. I have a good feeling about this one! Thank you!

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  64. I follow SM and Nans blog. Thanks for the great tutorial for the sewing machine cover.
    I am a no blog/wannabe registered w/ Marlene at Stitching by the Lake! thanks for the great campaign.

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  65. I love Nan's collection of machines - there is such a range, from modern and cute to antique! I am a wantobe quilter and am grateful for the opportunity to win! I am a follower of you and Nan over at Pots and Pins, and my sponsor is Jane at Jane's Fabrics and Quilts. Thanks again!

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  66. OH Samm.... what sponsors!!!!
    I adore Nan and went straightwaway to her blog, joined and planning my new sewing machine cover. Great tips.
    Thanks so much always,
    Christina / Brenis

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  67. Pick me, Pick me!
    Janome- I would love this machine!!
    I'm a Wantobe and follower here, of Nan's now and of Jennifer's at Ellison Ln.
    Love Nan's tips and tut.

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  68. Samm I was wondering if you accept anymore sponsers.I cant seem to find your email here on the page.Mine is Charismaa_2011@yahoo.com

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  69. A sewing machine-that is so awesome!! I am a wantobe quilter though I am now on my way to quilting my first. I am now a follower of Nan's and this blog and came by way of Amy@ diary of a quilter. Thanks everyone!

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  70. OH, what a great machine! I'm a wantobe quilter, follower here & of Nan's now too! :-) Also, Amy of "Diary of a Quilter" is my sponsor...
    Thanks for the chance Samm....

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  71. Good morning everyone its monday and Im now a follower of Nans blog and Sew I Quilt and Im a wanna be quilter everyone have a great day

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  72. Follower of Nan' Blog. Printed out how to make a sewing machine cover,just in case I need a new one! I'm a hand me down 5th generation of quilters it runs in the family. Loved to own a Janome.

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  73. Yes, another machine woo hoo.....

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  74. Lavender Dreams sent me over for this giveaway also. I am a follower of Nan's. What a giveaway. TY

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  75. What an awesome prize! I am now a follower here and also Non's blog. (Making a sewing machine cover is on my to'-do list!) I am a wantobe quilter sponsored by Diane of the Lavender Dreamer blog.

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  76. I'm a wantobe quilter, here as Diane's guest, of Lavender Dreamer. I think that's all I need to do! I hope!

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  77. What an awesome giveaway! Thank you! Yay for the first company giveaway! I follow both you and Nan.

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  78. I am a want to be quilter. I am sponsored by Amy of Diary of a Quilter. Thanks to both you and Janome for this great opportunity!

    tech.king.58@gmail.com

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  79. Hi!! Im a wanabe quilter and this a great giveaway! Im a follower of this blog, Nan's blog and my sponsor is Happy Quilting.

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  80. Nan, you're a riot! Thanks for showing all those machines, and listing great tips. I'll certainly use them when I win this Janome!

    I'm a wantobe quilter, sponsored by Freda at Adventures of the Empress of the Universe. I'm a follower of Stash Manicure and now follow Nan at Pots and Pins.

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  81. I am definitely a want to bee quilter!! I love the orange and white quilt you have on here! Beautiful. I am following you and Nan. I am on team Diane @ Lavender Dreams! Love all the old and little machines.

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  82. Janome would love to hear that many of you
    would love this machine! I am a follower of you and also Nan. This is a great giveaway. I was sent here by Dawn from quiltingbydawn.

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  83. Oops, I so forgot, I am printing off the instructions for the machine cover. I am making one pronto! Thanks for sharing, I love it. I am on Team Diane, Lavender Dreams

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  84. I am a quilter but would love to win this for my wantobe daughter who is just now going down the crafty pathway:)...I am a follower of pots and pins and stash manicure.

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  85. Love Nan's posts, am a follower of her blog and Sew we Quilt and I am a quilter.

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  86. Hi! I am a follower here and now of Nan's blog - which is also great!
    I am a Wantobe quilter sponsored by Amy @ diary of a quilter. I am DESPERATE for a sewing machine and would love to be part of this amazing quilting community :) I would love Janome forever if i won - what a fantastic giveaway!

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  87. I'm a wantobe quilter and I'm now following Nan's blog in addition to sew we quilt... this looks like an awesome giveaway. Thanks! Sara (and KD's my sponsor)

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  88. Wow! What a fabulous giveaway!! Thank you so much for the chance to win! I am a follower o your fantastic blog as well as Nan's! My sponsor is Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter!

    {for some reason, when I try to sign in under my google account, it keeps saying I am anonymous. So...I am signing in just using my name and URL. My email address however is kempfyre21@yahoo.com and my google name is AFthfulJrney}

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  89. Hi,
    I'm a wannabe quilter and I follow you and Nan! I signed up with Diary of a Quilter. Thanks so much!

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  90. I'm a wantobe quilter sent by Melissa at Happy quilting.....and I follw you and everyone else you introduced us to so far...love your Janome Story...too funny...I'd love to win that beautiful machine......thanks for the opportunity

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  91. Awesome giveaway!! I followed Nan's blog - who wouldn't love that tutorial and that super cute fabric?! Makes me want to blow off work and just SEW! I'm a Wantobe Quilter sponsored by Stray Stitches.

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  92. Good morning, Madame Samm and Nan! What a team you make....what a happy, giggly start to my morning. I am a quilter - not in the running for the fabulous machine, but encouraging all my wantobes to enter! Thank you Janome for such a fantastic prize!
    Jacque at Lilypadquilting

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  93. Just started following Nan! I am sponsored by Amy - Diary of a quilter, and I am a want to be quilter. I'm actually looking into buying a new sewing machine now since mine is from my mom and is four different shades of faded almond!

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  94. I have never been so happy to be a 'wantobe quilter'. LOL! I am a new follower of Pots & Pins. What a fantastic prize!!

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  95. I have never been so happy to be a 'wantobe quilter'. LOL! I am a new follower of Pots & Pins. What a fantastic prize!!

    Melissa @ Happy Quilting


    Please forgive my last comment...computer froze up and I didnt' get to finish it.

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  96. Oh wow, I would LOVE to win a Janome sewing machine!! It would be a dream-come-true! I just went and joined Nan's blog and am a follower of yours too. I am on Diane's team (she is from Lavender Dreams.) Thanks so much!

    XO
    Cindy

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  97. I am a wantobe quilter and new to blogging! Having fun learning! Started following pots and pins today! I am sponsored by marcia's crafty sewing! Thank you for all the inspiration!
    Kim Kimball

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  98. I am a follower of Nan and, of course, your blog. I would be in heaven with this machine - my old Kenmore is 40 years old. My sponson is the lovely Amy from Diary of a Quilter and I am a wantobe quilter in the worse way!!

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  99. I am another one who would love to win this sewing machine. In fact, I currently do not have a sewing machine at all and have to go to my mom's house to do any sewing. I am a wantobe quilter and know that this is something that I must purchase and just don't have the funds at this time.

    I am here because of Paul at Outnumbered Quilter.

    Angie Black

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  100. Wow! I'm as puffed up with pride this morning as those roosters on my sewing machine cover! (Puffed up with pride sounds just a wee bit better than bloated from too much pie!) I woke to gray skies and clouds this morning in Seattle but inside my nerve-center it is bright and sunny thanks to all of you and your wonderful comments! And thanks to you, too Samm!! You made my day/week/month and probably my year! xo, Nan

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  101. Hi there. I am a new follower of Nan's Blog and a follower of Stash Manicure.

    I've never owned a sewing machine. I even hem my pants by hand stitching. I am new to quilting and still trying to get my seams to line up! I'd love to learn to quilt by machine and this would be an awesome way to start.

    Thanks! Kim. M.
    kimberly.mosqueda@gmail.com

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  102. Okay...I have "Quilters Envy" here, LOL. I want a Janome machine soooooo bad, BUT, I am a quilter and I have a little Pfaff that will keep me going until I can splurge (and I do mean splurge) on a new Janome...*sigh*, someday, someday. In the meantime, I also have a 48 year old Singer in a lovely machine cabinet and yes, I still use it when I want to. She sounds like a freight train because there are no computer parts on my 'Snooklefritz' (yes it's a silly name but hey, I was in my 20's and my kitty of the same name had just died so.....! I tell ya, I will NEVER get rid of her. The old Singers were built to be cleaned, oiled and serviced by the owner, and unless something is horribly wrong, she never has to go to the machine doctor. So, I want to wish all the Wantobe Quilters the very best of luck for todays giveaway. Hugs all around...

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  103. Thanks for the great post, I'm already a quilter. I really needed that reminder about changing needles, I'm guilty of not changing mine often enough!

    Linda
    ps - I still love and use my first sewing machine - a Singer Touch n Sew I bought in 1971.

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  104. I am a wantobe quilter and in dire need of this! I signed up with Amy at Diary of a Quilter for the wantobe events. Fantastic giveaway!
    Laura
    laura.leahj@gmail dot com

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  105. Today is my birthday and a gift of a sewing machine would be the best birthday gift I ever received!!! I am a wantobe.
    I am a new follower of Nan's blog now. I can't wait to see what she says next!
    I am on team Mary on Lake Pulaski.
    Thank you Stash Manicure and Janome for this most awesome giveaway!!!!!!!!
    If I had enough money to buy a machine, it would be a Janome anyway. My grandmother had a cast iron one from the 1960s and it is still making stitches perfectly over at my aunt's house. They were sold in USA under the name New Home at that time. They truly are a great machine!!! She sewed daily on that thing and it still sews perfect. What more can you ask for in a machine???

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  106. I am a Wantobe Quilter signed up with Linda@Stray Stitches. I have never used a Janome, but I would certainly enjoy the opportunity - I hear it is a very reliable machine -

    I am a new follower of Nan's Blog & of course I follow Stash Manicure !!

    Thank you for the Opportunity to win such a great prize !!!! I would truly be in quilting heaven if I only had a Janome HD-1000 ;)!!!!!

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  107. Awesome giveaway!!! I would LOVE this sewing machine. I usually borrow time on friends or relatives machines right now so I would love one of my own. I signed up to follow Pots and Pins and thought the tut was great. I didn't know machines needed oil that often! I follow you and was sent by Lilypadquilting.
    alibear167 at gmail

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  108. I am a new follower of Nan's blog and I follow Stash Manicure as well! I would soooooo love to win this machine! FUN!!!

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  109. That sewing machine tutorial is fabulous (especially because I love chickens). Hope I can win this sewing machine so I can make one! I'm so glad I randomly came across this blog! (wantacraft at hotmail dot com)~ D.

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  110. i AM A WANT TO BE QUILTER. A NEW FOLLOWER OF NAN AND FOLLOW STASH AS WELL. THIS MACHINE WOULD BE AWESOME ;)

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  111. And I can'f figure out how to follow your blog yet, but I sure would like to. Guess I'll have to check back, and maybe you can help me figure it out, as I would love to follow along.
    (wantacraft at hotmail dot com) ~ D

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  112. I am a wantobe with no sewing machine and would LOVE to win this!! Been a follower of Stash Manicure and am now a follower of Nan's blog. @Janome would love to hear that many of you
    would love this machine!<-- Janome, you are simply amazing! Thanks Stash Manicure, Janome, Nan and Thanks Sallie!! Sallie@Sallie's Sampler sent me :)
    obringer.danielle@gmail dot com

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  113. wow what a giveaway! i am a wantobequilter, registered with Amy of diaryofaquilter. I follow you and Nan.

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  114. Ditto on the praise for this post. I can't enter to win, but do enjoy reading sewing machine stories. I'm off to put a drop of oil on one of mine:)

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  115. I am a quilter...

    I agree 100%. Sewing machines should come in colors!

    I need to go apologize to my machine and pat her gently, for leaving her uncovered in front of a window. I hope she forgives me....

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  116. I would love to enter to win, I followed Pots and Pins, but cannot get the followers gadget on here to come up for me. My sponsor would be Diane@Lavender Dreams. If I did win, I'm not sure if I would keep it for myself, give it to my middle daughter, or give it to my youngest daughter to match the Janome Embroidery machine I bought for her last year. Hmmm decisions decisions. lol!

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  117. Wow - what a great way to start a week - with a chance to win a Janome! I follow both you and Nan, and my sponsor is Staci @ Confused Quilter.

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  118. Im a quilter but I love machines! and follow on Blogbridge! Thanks

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  119. I have always wanted a sewing machine since I was a little girl! I left a comment with Nan even though I coudln't figure out how to follow her...

    I am a wantobe and my sponsor is Michelle May :)

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  120. I really want Diane at Lavender Dreams to win this machine. She's my sponsor.
    I'm a follower here and at Nan's. I loved the tutorial.

    (If this shows up twice, please delete one, I'm having a hard time to get comments to go through today)

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  121. I found you the other day through Diary of a Quilter. This is an amazing way to help inspire and excite us Wantobe Quilters! I began reading quilting and sewing blogs this past winter, looking for a hobby to satisfy my creative urges. Nan, from Pots and Pins is great, can't wait to read more.

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  122. I am not a wantobe, but I loved all of the great care tips. The first machine that I bought was a New Home (which is now Janome) and I have loved it for over 35 years.

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  123. I am a wantobe quilter sponsored by Kira at Sticks and Stones. I follow both you and now Nan. And to get a Janome machine... [sigh] :)

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  124. Oh my gosh, it took me an hour of trying and google problem solving to get that comment up......just had to exclaim that IT FINALLY WORKED! woo hoo! Thanks again for this awesome giveaway!

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  125. I am a wantobe quilter sponsored by confessions of a fabraholic, and follow her, you and also Nan. Good luck to everyone :)

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  126. i'm a wantobe quilter registered with amy..i want to have that janome!!!!!

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  127. I am a wantobe quilter registered with Jane. I NEED that Janome :)

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  128. omg! Nan, ( o& Pins) I have read your previous posts, and love your style of writing, funny, and informative! I have been a follower for quite ahile now of Stash Manicure, and now, am also following your pots and pins!!although, I really thought I had already been following you??...guess not, but I saw many familiar things at your blog. Anyway, I am a wanna Be for sure, and have been graciously sponsored by Sharon at vroomansquilts. also a wonderful place to visit! If the Gods above hear me..the JANOME shall live, and love with me! teehee! What a wonderful opportunity, just the chance at winning such a great machine is exciting! xoxox Christel

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  129. i'm am a wantobe quilter sent by melissa at happy quilting. i got a good laugh from nan this morning and am a new follower of hers. i will make that sewing machine cover for my hopefully new sewing machine when i win! i'm a happy follower of stash manicure. thanks for this fantastic chance to win!!

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  130. I would love to win the Janome! It looks magnificent! I am a Wantobe Quilter. I am sponsored by QuiltingbyDawn.blogspot.com. I am following Nan (I LOVE her stuff! She is one funny lady.) and sewwequilt.
    Dawn is actually here in Houston visiting from Chicago and showing me how to get started quilting. I would need a sewing machine....the 1920s machine I have needs to be re"corded" as the plug for the wall is frayed and can't be used as is. I do sew...drapes, cushion covers, dresses. Quilting is a whole new thing. I hope Dawn has lots of patience...I'm sure we will be emailing/phoning ALOT with questions. I hope I win the Janome. It would be a great start for a wantobe quilter like me!

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  131. oh....I loved the 'machines on parade' along with all the helpful hints! This has been a great read. Thank You to Nan! And about Janome - I know whoever wins this machine will have a very long love affair with it.

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  132. Wantobe quilter here - I've stopped over at Nan's blog - love that machine cover - the rooster fabric is adorable. Now IF I were to win a machine I suppose I could make that one of my first learning projects, right? Anyway, thanks to you and Janome for the post (and the laughs - I'd have probably thought the same thing when hearing the name!)Am following both you and Nan as well. :) Happy Monday.

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  133. Good Morning! I completely love your guest Blogger this morning! What a fun way to begin our Monday! I am a wantobe quilter, Wendy @ Why Knot Kwilt is my sponser...gotta love her! I really enjoy hanging around all of you ladies and your wonderful ideas! I love the machine cover from Pots n Pins today! Think I have a cute chicken print that I was going to try out on a apron... Think this will be a 'try'for a cover!

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  134. What great tips for us wantobe quilters. I too am a wantobe (who would LOVE a machine like this), send here by Melissa of Happy Quilting :)

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  135. This is Kim Kimball again posting with a viewable email address. Thanks so much!

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  136. I follow you and now I follow her. I'm a want to be quilter that doesn't have a sewing machine. HINT HINT

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  137. Thank you Samm for all you do! Have a wonderful day!

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  138. I am a novice quilter with an old mini sewing machine gifted to me by my mom's neighbor. I can't imagine having a machine like this! I am a follower of both blogs. Thanks so much for the chance!

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  139. Following Nan's blog! Awesome dream machine!

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  140. Wantabe quilter that would love the sewing machine.
    I am a follower of Stashmanicure.
    I am a new follower of Nan's blog.

    I was sent here by Melissa of Happy Quilting.

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  141. I am a wantobe quilter sponsored by A Stitch in Time! What great tips for a sewing machine - I had no idea that sewing slowly could be bad for the machine! I would love to win the Janome machine.

    I am a follower of Nan and a follower of Stash Manicure! :)

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  142. Following this blog! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  143. SERIOUSLY...How are there not more comments on a day like today??? Anywho, I loved the tips from Nan and I love her blog. I am a follower of her blog, your blog and KdQuilts.com. I love that Janome (Who's your Gnome?) is willing to part with one of their 'power tools.' Very generous! Good luck to everyone!

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  144. I follow both blogs and would love to have such a nice machine. Sent here from mrs. Jane at grandmamas stories.

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  145. Oh yes I am a follower and a Want to be quilter my idea of a Jelly Roll is something sweet with a filling and goes great with coffee umm I know your saying that is not a Jelly Roll well as you can see I need all the help I can get into becoming a quilter my sponsor is Marlene and would love to win
    Peace and Blessings
    Cheryl...Snatch JOY~!

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  146. That was a lovely post to read! =] Very informative!

    I am a WANTOBE QUILTER. My sponser is angela@sfquilts.com at Quilt - Knit - Crochet - MODA Fabric. I am now following Nan's Pots and Pins blog(it was the friend button right?), sewwequilt, and my sponsor.

    (I also think I fixed my 'no reply' blogger status..)

    It would be so amazing if I won the beautiful Janome, as I am using my mother's but it would be sewwww amazing to take my OWN machine back to college with me! Thanks sew much for this amazing giveaway! This giveaway event will be, for many of us WANTOBE quilters, the encouragement and push to move forward into this strange but exciting new territory of QUILTING!

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  147. I'm going to try commenting again. Yesterday, I couldn't get the comment area to type more than a couple of words. I joined Staci's blog and also Nan at Pots and Pins. This whole blog things is REALLY new to me and I find myself mostly confused. Right now I'm trying to understand how to get a sponsor.

    Now...Staci, I loved your story about that prized quilt and so enjoyed all the pictures - love those ancestor pictures. Fun. I have a double wedding ring quilt my grandmother made but I have NO story to go with it. :( Wish I was as lucky as you.

    I am a wanabe quilter - I've done some quilting but no way can I call myself a quilter. So...wanabe is a perfect label.

    I did visit the Aurifil site and I must find a store and buy some to sample; they do sound like the BESTEST thread.

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  148. I am a wantobe quilter, http://heydiddlewoolies.blogspot.com/ Brenis is my sponser. This machine looks awesome!

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  149. Ok, I think I finally have this Wantobe Quilter thing figured out...

    I was sent by Kelly Jackson @ IHaveANotion,
    I'm a follower here,
    & I'm following Nan's blog now (on Google Reader)

    Fingers crossed! (:

    P.s. LOVE all the orange!

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  150. I'm a Wantobe, sponsored by Amy @ Diary of a Quilter. I'm also a follower of this (and now Nan's) blog. Looks like a great machine

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  151. I am a wantobe quilter sponsored by RockNquilts. I am a follower here also.

    Thanks.

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  152. I am a wantabe quilter from The Raspberry Rabbits. I enjoyed Nan's post and now follow her blog. I hope to make my machine cover today, my machine sits right in the window. A Janome sewing machine would be so amazing. I did not know about these machines until I started reading quilter's blogs. Thanks again for this fun event.

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  153. Really enjoyed Nan's post, especially the Janome story (reminded me of my own). The friend who is teaching me to quilt owns a Janome and one day I said to her "You look familiar...Janome?" which sent her into fits of laughter!

    Thanks for the chance to win this amazing machine. I'm a wantobe quilter; a follower here; new follower on Nan's blog via email; my sponsor is Kelly@ I Have A Notion. ~Terry~

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  154. "I am a Wantobe Quilter" sponsored by Michelle@the raspberry rabbits.

    I would love to win this Janome!! I am a follower of Stash Manicure!!

    Fabulous Guest Madame Samm!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  155. "I am a Wantobe Quilter" sponsored by Michelle@the raspberry rabbits.

    I would love to win this Janome!! I am following Nan of "Pots and Pins" Loved all the Info she gave us!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  156. Okay Samm, I have my reply blogger figured out, and I am a Wantobe. My sponser is Diane@Lavender Dreams. I think I am now a follower here! I hope it worked this time. Thanks for such an amazing giveaway!

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  157. Oh Nan! I am now going to be one of your followers! You are hysterical. I am a wanttobe quilter and sponsored by HappyQuiltingMelissa. I have looked at Janome's, as I have longed for a nice shiny sewing machine, but found that alas due to budge concerns around here, I couldn't afford one. See at our house (unlike the federal government) when you can't afford something you just go without it until you save up for it. LOL!!!

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  158. OMG!!! What a great post! I love it! I love that sewing machine cover, too! I am now a follower of Nan's, also a follower of this fantastic blog and I am a wantobe quilter!!! My wonderful blog sponsor is Jane's Fabrics!
    This Janome would be a fabulous prize!!! Thanks to Madame Samm and Janome!!

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  159. I want that Janome, please. I follow both, now. Thanks for the give aways.

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  160. I'm a wannabe quilter. I'm following Nan, and I'm following here. Melissa at Happy Quilting is my quilter sponsor.

    :)

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  161. My daughter loves her Janome. Please enter me - I am a brand new quilter. A Stitch in Time is my blog sponsor.

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  162. I'd love a Janome! I followed Nan, tried to follow you but had to just subscribe (does that work?) and my blog sponsor is Amy at Diary of a Quilter. However, it appears she's on vacation, so she may not have gotten you my name yet. Please, please, I want to win!

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  163. My granddaughter Katie would love to win this! I'm a longtime follower of Nan's blog and follow both now!

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  164. Wantobe quilter here from Corrie/Quilt Taffy! I am follower of you and Nan. Thank you so much for hosting these giveaways! I would absolutely love a Janome sewing machine!!! My mom is strictly a Janome user. I love to sew and quilt. I have made a couple of quilt tops and dolls and dresses. I have even made up a couple of my own patterns. Whenever my mother had scraps leftover from her projects, I would snatch them to build up my own little stash (what can you make with 2 inch by 5 inch pieces of fabric? :) Small problem though, I am heading out to college next week and will no longer be able to share with my mom. Yikes! Time to build up a sewing collection of my own! I'll have my own room, so I intend to make room to sew!

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  165. I follow both and this Machine would be so awesome to win! I have been drooling over this model for month! I follow both and sent by Melissa of Happy Quilting!!

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  166. Ima new follower and am a wanna be quilter. I am a follower of Nans blog. Kathy at Its Only Natural sent me. Please pick me to win the new sewing machine.
    Thanks

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  167. I'm a new follower and a quilting-newbie :D I've been getting the hang of my sewing machine for a few months not, and I'm getter better at it every week, but the day I'll actually start working on a quilt is a day far from today...

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  168. Good Morning. I follow both your blog and Nan's. I am a wanna be quilter sponsered by Lily Pad Quilting. Great prize a Janome sewing machine would be an amazing prize to win.

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  169. I'm a Wantobe an owner of a Janome. I now follow Nan and my sponser is Debra From Easily Distracted Debra!

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  170. I am a wantobe quilter and Jane's fabric is my host for this event. Have been following Nan since reading her guest blog on this site before. Want to start my quilting career or life choice but need a machine that is working. Have one that is long gone and need to be put to it great reward. It has fought a good fight but it has gone to the great machine heaven.

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  171. I am a follower of Nan's blog.

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  172. I am a follower here at Stash Manicure as well. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  173. I am a quilter in my mind but have so much to learn that in reality I more then likely am a
    Janome would love to hear that many of you
    would love this machine! Wantobe quilter. OMGosh the machine of my dreams cause my wallet is flatter then a flitter and I cannot buy :(. Hoping that the Goddess of "Janome" smiles down on me today. She surely knows that my "Brother" is dying and my "Singer" has quit singing and my "Viking" has fought her last battle and my "Pfaff" has gone pffft and my Husquvarna has lost all of her huskiness! Big sigh.Thank you for listening

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  174. Yes--I follow Nan ---love these blogs!

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  175. I am a follower on Pots and Pins, but I am going back to look at the machine cover. I need it. I am a Wantobe and my sponser is Jane's Quilts. This is so excited.
    mcerb8628@elmore.rr.com

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  176. This is amazing! I would absolutely LOVE to win! Thanks so much!! My sponsor is Staci Payne from The Confused Quilter, and I am now following Nan.

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  177. Hello,

    I am a wantobe quilter sent over here from Diary of a Quilter. I am now following Nan's blog (totally need to make a sewing machine cover now).

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  178. I'm posting for my daughter. She is a wantobe. Right now she has a "toy" sewing machine to use and would love to have an "adult" sewing machine to create on. Her name is Jennifer and we are coming from Tonya @ Hillbilly Handiworks. Thank you so much for the helps on caring for sewing machines, we all need reminders.

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

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  179. I'm happily following Nan's blog :) Hope I win this giveaway.

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  180. Of course I'd love to win Janome's sewing machine. I wanna sew a lot of projects for my home and this is perfect!

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  181. I am a wantobe quilter and would really love to have the Janome to try and quilt with. I am a follower of Stash Manicure and a new follower of Nan's Blog. My sponer is Janet @ Caribou Crossing Chronicles.

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  182. I'm a wantobe quilter from Amy@Diaryofaquilter. I would LOVE to win that machine. I follow Nan's blog and Stash Manicure.

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  183. Oh wow! It would be so great to get a sewing machine! I just flipped through some quilting books and magazines on a road trip this weekend, and flagged the quilts I'd like to make. My sister-in-law told me that it might take up less post-it notes if I'd flagged the ones I didn't want to make ;-)

    I'm a wantobe quilter from Amy at Diary of a Quilter. Pots and Pins looks hysterical :-) I'm so glad to have another quilting blog to follow now that I'm getting into this great pastime!

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  184. I'm a wantobe quilter and registered with Lilypadquilting. I'm a follower of Stash and a new follower of Nan's blog too! I'd LOVE LOVE to with this Janome machine. Thanks for a fun giveaway!!
    maryjowyse@yahoo.com

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  185. Hi, I am a Wantobe on team Jane's Fabric &Quilts. I love Stash and have been a follower, love the tutorials. I have visited Nan's blog and am now a follower. I would love to win this sewing machine. Thanks for everything.

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  186. Okay, let me see if I can get this right this week...I'm a quilter without a blog. I'm a follower of Stash and now follow Nan's blog. I would love to win this Janome machine to pass along to my daughter, a wanna be quilter who moved away from my machine when she recently married.

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  187. I am a wantobe quilter. I just learned to sew last weekend.
    But I can't for the life of me figure out how to post.
    nuctech_mi@yahoo.com
    Lisa

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  188. I am so excited there is a give away for a Janome sewing machine!!! I am a serious wannabe quilter and I also want to learn how to make aprons and baby blankets. I was just thinking this morning how in the world I was going to be able to begin my new passion without a sewing machine. I've been busy learning all I can about sewing and can't wait to get started. I am a follower of Stash Manicure and Nan's blog too.

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  189. Tada. It worked
    Lisa

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  190. I would love to win this machine! I am a Wantobe Quilter, who could really use this machine. I am a follower of Nan's blog, your blog, and Ellison Lane Quilts is where I signed up for all of this I Wantobe a Quilter stuff. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  191. I'm a Wantobe quilter sponsored by Melissa Corey. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  192. I am a wantobe quilter. I have just become a few follower of Nan's(LOVED THE POST SO FUNNY)and a folower of this site of course. Sue@quilt times is my sponsor. I have heard amazing things about the janome.Might faint if I won. Good luck to all!

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  193. I'm a quilter who loves Janome. And Nan. And Stash Manicure! Welcome Wantobe Quilters. You're going to have some fun!

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  194. Loved these helpful tips from Nan! Following you both and excited about this opportunity to win a new machine!!

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  195. I followed Ellison Lane Quilts over here. I'm so very excited to have a chance to win a Janome sewing machine! I'm following Stash Manicure and Nan and enjoying learning all I can.

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  196. I am a WANTOBE quilter and I do not have a machine... I use my BFF's supplies and her machine and it would be fun to learn on my own machine... heh heh... thank you Janome for the awesome giveaway!

    I follow here and at Nan's blog. I'm registered with Happy Quilting. I just fixed my settings so I am not a "no reply" blog commenter -- yay!

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  197. Hi I'm Sarah and I was sent here though Jillily Studio. Thanks for all the tips. Looks like an awesome blog and I'm excited for your giveaway!

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  198. I am the epitome of a WANTOBE Quilter! The last two years I have gone to the Sisters Quilt Show, in Sisters Oregon and am AMAZED of how quilting has progressed with patterns and designs. Since no one in my family is a quilter/ sewer I figured I was a lost cause. (It seems like the sort of activity that is passed down from mother to daughter). Just looking at these blogs now encourages these anxious fingers! Help stop this quilt-less cycle so I can teach my daughter! THANKS

    I am a follower here, Nan's Blog, and im regisitered with Kathy @ It's Only Natural.

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  199. Sorry I posted under wrong name. I'm not Fabraholic, but still a wantobe quilter and I'm a follower of Nan.

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