Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Wantobe Quilters 2nd Guest -A very dear Susan Branch " Imagine seeing you here..."


When Madame Samm invited me to be her guest blogger, I thought how wonderful…and then, writing this, I think, where am I? I feel so strange.  I’m not home.  I’m out.  Popping by, so to speak, and in my jammies too, because it’s before dawn my time.  This is almost like time travel!  Which is somewhat fitting since quilts are a little like time travel too.
This quilt was the one that started it all, made by my great grandmother.  To me, it’s imbued with her, of a time and place I’ve never been and can only imagine.  From a person I never knew. The moment I saw it, quilting flew into my heart and never went away. 
I’ve sewn for as long as I could reach the pedal on my mom’s old black Singer, which was always set up in the corner of our kitchen when I was growing up. But, I’m truly more of an appreciator of quilts and a painter of quilts than a quilter of quilts!  I come by it honestly.
As a child, I loved handwork the best, loved the needle, pushing thread through cloth took all my troubles away and made me feel productive, like I could DO something, be self sufficient.  I found out I could have pretty much anything I wanted if I could make it myself. ♥
My other great grandmother made boxes of dishtowels she sent to my mom every Christmas for as long as I can remember, from her home in Iowa; embroidered flour sacks wrapped in tissue paper.  My mom always cried from happiness when she opened the box. This is the last of them.

When my great grandmother died, I was around twelve and inspired to make my own dish towels, such as they were; I wasn’t my great grandmother, but I didn’t want my mom to go without, and definitely, I liked to make her happy.  ← This is the last of the mohicans, she saved it, of course.  She’s a mom. ♥ 

I managed to eek out two quilts in my short career.  This was the first one,  a Christmas gift I made for my aunt.  I taught myself, so of course they were simple squares; the second went to my mom and by then I’d graduated to different-sized and uneven patches held together with assorted embroidery stitches.  I will spare you the vision of that one.
When I was in my twenties and married, I made everything for my house; from curtains, to pillows, dishtowels and aprons.  I had “Tuesday Girls” at my house where my girlfriends would get together and teach each other how to make things.  We made everything from homemade pasta, to fabric picture frames, to margaritas (that was a good Tuesday!) and finally, one of the gals, Liz, knew how to quilt and taught us the real thing, with templates, all by hand.  Her Tuesday lasted for months. 
I had to show you my doll…I made her from a Raggedy Ann pattern when my mother-in-law came back from Thailand with a beautiful silk fabric dress that was about size one; there was never a chance I was going to fit into it in this lifetime, so I took it apart, made a new little dress and a doll to go with it. (I thought this would interest Madame Samm on two levels, doll level and orange level. )

 Right about the time of “Tuesday Girls” a life-changing thing happened to me. I bought watercolors and painted the geranium on my kitchen table. I didn’t know I could paint, was kind of a stick-figure sort of draw-er and then suddenly, this showed up!  Well, painting was a whole new creative thing in my life; it stole me away from everything else.  I still loved fabric, and loved to sew, but painting turned me from a maker of quilts, into a collector of quilts.
And a painter of quilts.  I watercolored quilts in many of my first paintings, and when I started writing books, they were the inspiration for the colors I chose; I painted borders of quilt designs.  And I hung them all over my house, draped them over beds and sofas, hung them on walls, everywhere I could squeeze one in, I did, and do.
Each one has a story, mostly my story now, of where I found it and what I love most about it, none of them are signed or dated; I don’t choose them for any kind of “value” they might have, I choose them because I fall in love with them and can’t leave them where I found them.
But I never stopped sewing, never stopped making things for my house.
And then, in the way that one thing leads to another, one day the opportunity arose for me to combine my love of watercolors with my love of quilts to design fabrics of my own.  Did I know what I was doing (do I?) No, I did and do not.  I watercolor my designs.  I’m sure there is a faster, better way to do it, but I don’t know what it is.

 
So another miracle happened and fabric came out with my name on the selvage.
I used all my favorite colors, all the ones I loved from my old collected quilts, soft, old-fashioned, homey, with lots of white. Some of the art came directly out of my books.
And then I was asked to design quilts to go with the fabric.  Another thing I didn’t know how to do, and made me question, why don’t I do anything I know how to do?

I still love the charm of applique, still love embroidery.  Sooner or later, words were bound to turn up in my quilts; I wanted people to have a way to add a quote to the border, or do a whole center in an important quote, or celebrate a marriage, or a birth, so I designed these letters-by-the-yard and called this a Story Quilt.
 Of course I never stopped sewing….I still make curtains and pillows, and especially I love to make dishtowels, which still look suspiciously the same as they did when I was twelve. And now I can use my own fabric to do it.  This is what I like about life.  The whole Forest Gump box of chocolates thing, you never know what you’re going to get.  When Madame Samm asked me to come here I wasn’t sure what I would talk about; not being a true quilter, the best I could do would be to show you my appreciation and love for the  beautiful art of quilting.  I’m your biggest fan! ♥ I wanted to tell you how much I admire your creative spirits and the wonderful job you do of making the world a more beautiful place. ♣ 


I have known of "Susan Branch" for many many years..I have every calendar she ever printed....All of my American friends were sew good in sending them to me every year. Her books well I  have every one of them too, her fabric yes that too.Every design she made, have them all.Sew needless to say when I thought of "OUR" official 1st  guest, I wanted Susan ... Susan Branch!

I had already chosen all of the giveaways for each day and then I read about Susan's favorite thing in her sewing room. Her grandmothers sewing basket.Wow, I look at the list and here we have a sewing basket..I know...this happens to me a lot....

This basket is from the Eleanor Burns collection
it is 10 x 71/4...not too large, just perfect actually. 
Let's begin a new tradition since we do have quite
a few of these to giveaway in the next few weeks..


And will you look at all those goodies, pins, needles
threads, finger protectors...

Sew this giveaway for all of our QUILTERS..( yes this one can be yours) filled with every kind of needle you will ever need, seam rippers .. there are Presencia threads, everything you would need to sew anything.....All from Colonial Needles.


Colonial needles I have come to admire. They just acquired Presencia threads which I have been sew devoted to for not only my hand embroidery but also sewing and quilting threads.Sew you can only imagine my surprise when their President gave me the luxury to enter his online store and choose whatever I wanted....Well I thought why should I have all that fun..I called upon Jane from Jane's Fabrics and she had a hoot choosing everything for this basket...

Sew QUILTERS if you like this sewing basket as your very own and you would like to  continue a tradition that your family will wonder "what was she thinking about when...." Leave a comment here, tell us you are a QUILTER and be sure to go visit Susan Branch's Blog subscribe to her blog, RRS feed
.Her blog is just sew darn inviting...having her posts in your inbox is like a sweet treat you give yourself ...I always feel at home with her..sew will you...

Thanks Susan you warm my heart, you warm all of our hearts- thanks to Colonial Needle
and Thank YOU for still being part of all this on Day 2.

"What else will you put in your sewing box?"
I would like to put Susan in there...for now
I will put her post...xx

Mine has a hand embroidered hanky that my grandmother
used to wipe her hands on when she her hands got moist from stitching...

Please tell us you have registered with Susan's blog,
you are a follower here,
you are a Quilter!
that is all.



271 comments:

  1. Susan has a talent for MANY things. It is great that she can put them all together and in great combinations too. I would love to win this smaller sewing box stuffed with all kinds of goodies. My MIL gave me a lovely sewing basket that sits on the floor and is about 2 feet tall with wheels on it, and it has lots of trays inside. It came from Germany. I am not sure what I have in it right now, haven't looked in it in over 15 years. Will have to do that later tonight, because now I am curious.

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  2. I love being a QUILTER! I was introduced to Susan Branch through her scrapbooks. I just love her style and sense of family!

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  3. Madame Samm, You have "floored" me. Knocked me over. I'm speechless. I have adored Susan Branch's work for-evar!! My most treasured Christmas book is a tiny one of hers, called "Christmas Joy" filled with lovely watercolors, yummy recipes and special memories. Thank you for your post, Susan; I was teary eyed just imagining your grandma making those treats, and your mom opening them with delight. Thank you, Colonial Threads for a wonderful prize! I know if Jane picked it all out, it will be super!
    Jacque at Lilypadquilting (pen name Snoodles!)
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I loved reading about Susan at her blog page, too! I did sign up for her emails while there. I am a Quilter, with a blog, but also requested to sign up under http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/ a couple of days ago, just in case I needed to do that. (a little confused as to the rules for quilters to enter) Love the basket with all those wonderful goodies! Thanks for all you do and this wonderful giveaway.
    Linda
    homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com

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  5. What a wonderful, inspiring story! Thank you Susan, for your lovely words, and lovely fabric and beautiful paintings. You are an inspiration!! I am heading over to check out your blog.

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  6. Wow Susan so wonderful! Love the prize too, my mom has a sewing basket, and I've always admired it, with all it's needles and loose buttons waiting for the moment she needs them. I've just started quilting but have never heard of Colonial Threads I'll have to check them out. Thanks!

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  7. I'm a quilter and subscribe to Susan's RSS feed. She is VERY talented! Thanks for having her as a guest.

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  8. You bet, I am a quilter, fabric lover, thread collector...so many things, all centered around color and texture. Tools and gadgets, I love and need them. Pencil, paper, and eraser to doodle with and jot down inspiration at the strangest moments. Susan Branch is another favorite of mine, too. Thank you so much Madame Samm for sharing her with us! ~Kd
    www.KdQuilts.com

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  9. What a wonderful post! I feel like I was just chatting with a friend over a cup of tea. Susan's colors, fabric and style remind me of my early married days when life was slower and more serene. I love this basket - it looks to be the perfect size and who couldn't use all those notions that make our lives easier! blessings, marlene

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  10. Well, I just finished my first quilt, and it feels very good.. I do have more quilts in progress, so yes, I am a quilter :) I subscribed to Susan's RSS feed. I just love the look of love that I see in her fabric. It says home to me.

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  11. What a way to start off the guest bloggers - one of my very favorite, go to people for comfort, for joy - and beautiful imagery in everything. I have loved her work and words for a very long time and so glad she is finally blogging with us. Thank you so much Samm for pulling this one off - what a joy!! The dishtowel story brought tears of days gone by when it took so little to make someone so happy. Colonial Threads, Eleanor Burns and Jane - thanks. Judy C in NC

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  12. Thank you Susan for your great post. Loved reading your story.
    I had a sewing basket my mom gave me in 1970. Loved it. Loved it to death. It was plastic. Not enough duct tape could hold it together. I would love to have another.
    ( Janes Fabric blog)
    I am off to see Susans blog.

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  13. I, too, have always admired Susan Branch and her work! It is so inspirational! Thank you for the reminder of why I quilt! It's all about the emotions tied to it for me! I love the feeling of being connected to my grandmothers and great grandmothers through this medium.

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  14. What a wonderful and inspirational story Susan. It brought tears to my eyes thinking of all the quilts and handmade items my grandmother and her mother made but no one cared enough to keep. It's all gone now and I decided a while ago that my boys would have these things from me. Things that Mom made for them that they could pass on to their children. I'm a very proud QUILTER. They may not be perfect but they are made with love. This little basket would be perfect for my hand quilting supplies.

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  15. I have always enjoyed Susan Branch. I just love the her design and whimsy.

    The sewing basket looks fabulous - lots of great goodies. My grandmother always had a great basket filled with fun trinkets.

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  16. I am a quilter with a blog.
    Madame Samm, thank you for inviting Susan Branch to guest post today! Lovely, wonderful post.
    Very nice giveaway today! My sewing things are stored in a gray/black plastic tool box :D
    Thank you for posting, Susan, I am now going to visit your blog.

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  17. I love that little basket and goodies! I am a proud quilter and I am signed up under Kris @ Farm Girl Transplanted. Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

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  18. I am in awe of Susan Branch and have been for so long! I love the style and simplicity of her work and have several of her books! I currently use misc. baskets and boxes for a sewing basket especially when I need a take along project. I would love a real sewing basket. Thanks!

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  19. I am a quilter and a Susan Branch fan, I have been a follower or her blog for quite a while now and have used a lot of her fabrics in my projects.

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  20. What a great post. We all come into this quilting world thru different doors and meeting each other is the best prize of all. I sure did sign up on Susan's RSS feed. (delightful blog she does in fact have) The sewing box is a perfect size for travel and taking to classes. I have too often got to class and found that I left something I need at home, so I would just duplicate everything I would normally use and keep it packed up for class.

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  21. I AM a quilter and I am totally in lust with the basket full of wonderful notions

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  22. I really enjoyed finding out about Susan Branch and I went over and looked at her blog and signed up. Her blog is so visually beautiful.
    The sewing basket is neat I am signed up at Grandmamas Stories. I am raising my coffee to you Madame Samm for all of your hard work to put this together. Love and blessings Sandra

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  23. I'm a quilter (it feels so good to say that)! I loved reading about the association of quilting and other forms of art work. Thank you Mme. Samm

    I also keep a bottle of water in my sewing box.

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  24. Great post! We never know where creativity will take us. I keep little applique WIP's in my sewing basket for when I feel fidgety.

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  25. I am a follower and a long time quilter! I LOVE Susan Branch and have all of her books! I used to go to Martha's Vineyard where she has a second home, however I have never seen her there. I am registered at Susan's site too! I have been receiving her newsletter for a long time now!

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  26. I loved reading Susan's entry today!! It was so interesting to follow her progression from one creative outlet to another to another!! I'm a quilter who also has many other forms of crafts that are interwoven together. I also signed up for her blog via RSS feed. Thanks!

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  27. I finally delved into the quilting world last year and loving it! I would love to win this sewing basket and all the goodies inside! Thank you Madame Samm for all the work you have put into this! I am registered with Jane's Fabrics. Now I'm going to go check out Susan Branch's site!

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  28. I'm a quilter, a follower here and follow Susans blog!

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  29. I just barely checked out one of Susan Branch's books at the library. Her art work and beautiful quotes help me relax and feel like I'm sitting next to a special friend. It was wonderful to learn more about her start in quilting and to see where she gets her inspiration.

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  30. I registered with Susan's Blog for the Google Reader feed. I am a follower here and I have registered New "Wantobes" for the campaign! I am a Quilter - 30 years plus - New sewing tools and a basket would be wonderful to win! So glad you are giving us all the opportunity to win New supplies! Thanks! Marcia

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  31. I'm a quilter, a Stash Manicure follower, and now a Susan Branch follower! :)

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  32. Good Morning :)

    I am Pat, an experienced quilter and I follow this blog. Me and My Girl, Marissa, are sew happy we joined the Wantobe Campaign. We joined this lovely coming together of quilters and wantobe quilters through Dorian at Ridge Top Quilts.

    I just subscribed to Susan's Blog. What wonderful reading with my morning break cup of coffee. Her stories about her Mother and Grandmothers brought a few tears to my eyes. What a legacy she has shared with us.

    Looking forewrd to learning sew much more about quilting and making many new quilty friends here.

    Thanks to Madamme Samm, Susan and the guest bloggers, and everyone who is working behind the scenes to make this quilty goodness happen.

    Have a happy, quilty day! ... :) Pat

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  33. What a wonderful treat Susan's post was! I ADORE her - so much so that in my next life I plan to BE her! I am now a follower of her blog, love it, and here, of course, and I am a quilter...a hack quilter but nonetheless I do turn them out. Great post, great way to start the day! xo, Nan

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  34. I am a quilter. I'd never visited Susan's blog before, but her pictures are beautiful. I put her in my google reader, and I follow here.

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  35. the thing i love about these events is we're usually invited to join and follow blogs of other incredible people. i love finding new blogs to love! i like how all Susan's images/buttons/graphics are her watercolours. awesome! i would love a blog like hers. i'm now a follower. i'm also a follower here & Lily Pad Quilting!! :D i LOVE to quilt. the only thing holding me back from it overtaking my life is a strict budget and so far a lack of lots of supplies... ;)

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  36. What a talent Susan has! I love her work. I am now getting all her updates. I follow this blog and am excited about all you are doing!
    Marcia @ http://marciascraftysewing.blogspot.com/ is who put me onto all this fun and she is helping advise me on my quilting since I am relatively new at it.
    Thank you Madamme Samm for all you do!!

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  37. I AM a quilter & a faithful follower and OMGoodness my sewing basket is falling apart at the hinges! It would be SEW wonderful to win a new one...and with all those goodies inside? Well who could ask for more?!

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  38. I subscribed to Susan's rss feed, I'm a follower here, and I'm a quilter. Oh, and I signed up for Wantobe through Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  39. I am a quilter (I think)...I sort of fall in between just starting to quilt and really calling myself a quilter as I just finished my first quilt top. I registered at Diary of a Quilter, I have begun following Susan and I am a follower here. :) Thanks!

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  40. Good luck to all of the quilters - It is a wonderful prize ;)

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  41. Wow!!!! What a treat for my morning!!! It was so fun to read about Susan Branch and her amazing work!!! I love the idea of using stitches to make something memorable. I especially love the "Life is Short, Eat Dessert First" towel. That is going to be my new motto :) And yes, Registered, Follower, and Quilter :)

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  42. I was just over at her blog early this morning! It always leaves me smiling, dreaming, feeling positive and optimistic and nostalgic. Later when I popped in here, SURPRISE! There she is! Love her creativity. Thanks Madame Samm for asking her here.

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  43. How exciting! And I'm just a QUILTER by dint of finishing my first ever quilt this week!

    I'm a follower here, and at Sue's blog at Quilt Times blog (where I found you!) and have just subscribed to the RSS feed at Susan's - my, she has some lovely stuff on there!

    The sewing basket is just darling, and I would love, love, LOVE to win it!

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  44. I am a proud and HAPPY quilter, have Susan on the feed and follow here. Her fabric is YUMMY good! That's what I would put in my sewing basket and maybe use some to make a dishtowel or two...

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  45. I am certainly a quilter, follow Susan's blog AND follow Sew WE Quilt. I just parted with a few of Susan's Tea Party fatquarters in my last giveaway!

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  46. I'm a quilter, a follower, and follow Susan's blog. I signed up through LuAnn at luannsloosethreads.blogspot.com

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  47. Thanks for the lovely post and guest! I have admired Susan for years - her work is like the poetry of life... soft, precious, feminine.
    I do not have a sewing basket - i use a tupperware box with a locking lid. Now I really do need a lovely inpiration like this one!

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  48. I LOVE Susan Branch. What a fun and inspiring post. I am a quilter who follows this blog and now Susan's feed.

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  49. I'm a followerand a quilter. I love Susans designs and I subscribe to her feed! That white circle quilt is so simple yet eyecatching.I must make one.

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  50. I registered with Susan's blog, I am a follower of your blog and I am a quilter. Enjoyed learning about Susan Branch and seeing her Asian Raggedy Ann and the tea towels.

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  51. I am a QUILTER! I follow you and now the wonderful and wonderfully talented Susan.

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  52. I have just registered at Susan's blog it looks so fun over there. I also follow your blog and enjoy it very much.

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  53. I just registered at Susan's blog, I am a follower of Sew WE Quilt and I am a Quilter! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  54. I'm a new quilter and I follow both yours and Susan's blog now. Thanks!

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  55. I am a beginner quilter, and a follower of Susan's blog as well as StashManicure's. I am registered with Sew We Quilt. Wonderful blog post today. Thank you Susan for sharing.

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  56. I have admired Susan Branch's talents for a long time. Thanks for bringing her to our attention, again.
    I am a quilter.
    I follow your blog, Madame Samm and
    I signed up to follow Susan's blog.
    I really need a sewing basket. I use a tupperware container now!

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  57. Susan's blog is a true gem of a place! I added her on my feed reading schedule, Twitter and liked her on Facebook. She will be sew much fun to follow around the web.

    I am a quilter, as you know...

    Thanks, Samm, for everything you do for us!!

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  58. Hi, I'm registered at Jane's Fabrics. I loved today's post since I am a fan and follower of Susan and of you! I have my grandmothers wicker sewing basket and cherish it. I currently love to make hexies, so I loved her grandmother's quilt. Kathie L in Allentown

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  59. Oh Susan, May I call you Susan? How I have loved all you have done over the years. Your post brought tears to my eyes as you wanted your Mother to still have dishtowels. That speaks volumes as to what a lovely lady you are. Thank you for sharing your life with us, I read and reread every word. I cannot wait to read more when you post again. You will post again? On your blog? Soon I hope! Thank you!!

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  60. I enjoyed reading Susan's story and I made sure that I have subscribed to her blog, which I already had done. I have a book by susan sitting on my desk as I type this. I am a follower of this blog and came here because of The Raspberry Rabbits post. I have been learning more about quilting this year as I have been blogging for a year and a half and I have been doing a few blocks of the month. This is great fun.

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  61. Susan is now in my google reader....as I was readying her post I was transported back in time, the dish towels, the simple quilts, flour sacks....thanks for the memories....

    Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for this fun fun 3 month adventure!

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  62. How inspiring! I am a beginning quilter and am excited about learning some more ways to quilt. Amy a quilting sheep sent me here.
    Jan

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  63. I signed up for Susan's blog, I am a follower here and I am a quilter. I found out about this from Marcia's crafty sewing and quilting. Loved the stories about the quilts and dish towels. I wish someone in my family had quilted or stitched. I did have a great aunt who sewed me some clothes when I was little and also crocheted. I still have the afghan she made and just love it.

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  64. I so enjoyed Susan's story. I have signed up with Susan's blog through google reader. I am a quilter and am a loyal follower of Stash Manicure! Thanks so much for hosting this great 3 month adventure :)

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  65. I am a follower of Stash.
    I am a follower of Jane's Fabrics and Quilts.
    I am now a subscriber of Susan's blog. I love her art work.
    I am a quilter and thanks for a chance to win the sew basket.

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  66. Oh Susan, my Dear you made me cry ...Why?? I too used to receive a package every Christmas from my Great grandmother (I called her Big Grnadma) and in it was always a years worth of the most lovley hand embroidered aprons (my size!), hankies, tea towels, dresser scarfs, and even a little quilted coat...all wrapped individually in white tissue paper. I am a follower of Stash, Susan, and of course "Iamaquilter"
    Blessings
    Gmama jane

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  67. I loved that you shared your family history! I enjoyed seeing your photos.

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  68. What a moving story! I had to think of my own granny. She didn't quilt, but she could weave like a dream. I still have her last blanket and I found one silvery hair on it...It still makes me cry after 18 years.
    Yes; I'm a quilter and sure will go to Susans blog and sign up. Her pictures and colours are just wonderful. Thanks for sharing your tale with us.

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  69. This is a nice post, and I love the pictures of those beautiful quilts and towels. I already receive the Willard emails, I am a follower of Stash Manicure, and I am a quilter. It's so cool to be able to say that! And, I don't have a sewing basket.

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  70. Wonderful post! I have two of Susan's beautifully illustrated cookery books and love them.
    I have subscribed to Susan's blog.
    I am a follower here
    I am a quilter sent by Amy at Diary of a Quilter.

    Margaret

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  71. I have subscribed to Susan's blog. I am a follower here (love it!) and I'm a newbie quilter wannabe.

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  72. I've registered with Susan's blog, I'm a follower here and I'm a QUILTER! Whew - that really WAS easy! I'm so excited that you're doing this. Fun!
    sunshdws@yahoo.com

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  73. I really enjoyed today's post. It brought back lots of memories for me. My grandma always made embroidered dish towels for her 6 daughters and one daughter-in-law (my mom) for Christmas. Good memories. I just registered with Susan's blog after spending some time reading. (grin) I am a follower of Stash Manicure. I'm a quilter and signed up with Jacque at Lily Pad Quilting.

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  74. Well, seems I must have been burying my head under a stone or something because I hadn't heard of Susan Branch before..so...why didn't someone tell me about her!!!!!! So, first I am a quilter, second I have signed up for Susan's newsletter, third I am now a follower of hers through Google Reader and fourth she loves England and that can't be bad can it..... Linda

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  75. I subscribed to Susan's Blog. I am a quilting beginner. So I am reading everything I can get my hands on to learn this new skill. I am a follower here as well. What a great giveaway. Thank you.

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  76. I am a quilter and a follower. I just signed up for Susan's newsletter. She is amazing. I have my own blog
    http://retiredtoquilt.blogspot.com/
    I am also registered at
    http://ellisonlane.blogspot.com/

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  77. I'm a follower, I'm a quilter, I came from Ellison Lane Quilts

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  78. I'm a quilter, a follower here...and will shortly hop over to Susan's blog
    I had my Mom's sewing basket, once I started sewing she pretty much left it all up to me. Her basket fell apart a few years ago...my daughter is not a sewer but you never know, would be nice to leave her something (besides enough quilts to decorate all her walls and ceilings with! LOL)

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  79. I am a follower of your blog! And Susan's! And yes. I am a quilter. without question! Have agreat day and thanks for doing all of this!!

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  80. I've been a quilter now for 15 wonderful years. I follow Stash Manicure and was so excited to see Susan Branch as a guest poster today. Thanks so much Madame Samm. Susan is a huge favourite of mine and has been for years. I've bought her fabric and her many books. I've also been receiving her Willard newsletter for quite some time and always feel inspired by her words, her beautiful watercolours and her love of life.

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  81. I have registered with Susan's blog - looks like a lot of fun. I am a follower and I am definately a quilter! Love the sewing basket - I made one for each of my daughters when they left home, but I don't have one!!

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  82. How very creative! thanks for the guest post. I follow this blog, her blog (my blog - A Stitch in Time) and am a quilter.

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  83. I am a quilter, follower here and at Susan's. I don't have a sewing basket anymore. What a great gift to give.

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  84. I'm a quilter and signed up for Susan's blog.

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  85. I am a quilter, new follower here and have been a follower of Susan's since she started her blog. I do not have a sewing basket but I remember that my mother did. Thank you for the opportunity for the giveaway.

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  86. What a wonderful guest post! And I am registered for Susan's blog now (as well as a follower here); I too am a newish quilter who can use all the tips I can get!

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  87. I am a quilter, a follower of Stash Manicure and I am now following Susan's blog..love her blog..and I love your story Susan, that you told here today...I still have my grandmother's handkerchief that she hand embroidered..and even one that she crocheted around the ends..

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  88. i am a quilter. I follow here. I follow at Susan's blog. Came via lilypadquilting! Hugs for Snoodlz!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Dorothy jenwhi@ sasktel (dot) net

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  89. What a great post!! I can tell I will love reading Susan's feed. I am a follow, I have signed up for her feed and I am QUILTER!!

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  90. I am now following Susan's blog, and of course,I follow SM, too. I am not a quilter yet, but I am getting there:) Thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway campaign:)

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  91. I am a relatively new quilter, although I learned how to sew at a pretty young age. I have only recently started following a lot of the sewing/quilting blogs and am happy when I find new ones. What a fun new world!

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  92. Oh I have always been a fan of Susans and was lucky enough to receive a hand written note from her 15 years ago, in response to a letter I had sent her. She is so talented and such a lovely person. So nice to "meet" her again here. I am now a follower of her blog and of course of Stash.

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  93. Where has this blog been all my blogging life?? Love it! And what a great introduction through Susan Branch! I'll be back!

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  94. I have been following Susan's website, FB & now blog, for quite some time and love her Willard letters, too. It would be "loverly" to spend the day with her & soak up her talent.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  95. I've been a fab of Susan's for years. Her calendars and scrapbooks and cards are old friends. Sp glad to be able to keep up with her on her blog. She says she's not a quilter, but she 'gets' quilting and quilters so I think we should make her an honorary quilter. I'm a quilter and I'm excited about your Wantobe Quilter extravaganza! I signed up with the Confused Quilter and I'm so glad I did!

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  96. My first couple of quilts have been baby sized rag quilts... those were before I found blog world at the beginning of this year!
    I still need to do a full sized pieced quilt! I have fabric and ideas to get started on 3...two of them for Christmas! I need to get to cutting and sewing!

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  97. I sew identify with Susan's post, and I loved reading every word of it. I've kept an eye on her work for a long time as it speaks to my heart. Susan, you might not be a "quilter" but your heart is full of the creative spirit which we quilters have. I love it that we can appreciate each other's gifts and talents and celebrate together! I'm a follower of Susan's blog, and I am a quilter!

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  98. Wonderful 1st day post for us 'experienced' quilters. I have been to Sue's blog before and know of her work, but exciting to see her here. I am registered with Tonya - Hillbilly Handiwork.

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  99. This post made me feel like I was reading about myself. I am a quilter, my grandmother taught me how to quilt and hand embroider. We made countless numbers of dishtowels and pillowcases. I have her hankie with her initial L on it in my sewing keepsakes box along with all her thread, needles and notions. I have followed Susan's blog for years and my sponsor blog is Janes Fabric. And of course I am a follower here.

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  100. I am very familiar with Susan Branch (receive her awesome newsletters via email!!). I am a quilter and am basically self-taught (it has been quite the learning curve!)

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  101. Isn't Susan Branch wonderful? I read her blog daily, read her books, love her art. I am a quilter as well. One of my quilts is made with embroidered flowers stitched by my grandmother in the late 1920's. So special to me!

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  102. I have subscribed to Susan's blog.
    I am a follower here.
    I am a quilter sent by Amy at Diary of a Quilter.

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  103. Susan designs such charming things. I have enjoyed scrapbooking with her paper and embellishments, and also quilting with her prints.

    I follow SM, I signed up for the for Susan's Blog, and Yes!! I am a Quilter! Yay!

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  104. HAPPILY FOLLOWING YOU+SUSAN!
    LOVE MACHINE+HAND QUILTING!
    LATELY WORKING ON CHARITY BABY QUILTS-LOVE DOING THIS! THIS WEEK'S PINK+WHITE+CHERRIES FOR SOME SWEET BABY GIRL! THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  105. I am a follower here and I am now a follower of Susan Branch. I love finding new blogs to read!
    Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely basket of yummy quilty goodness!

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  106. I have been a follower for along time. I love Susan one of my favorite quilts I made was with her fabric line. What a great post.

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  107. I have registered with Susan's blog,
    I am a follower here,
    I am a Quilter!
    that is all.

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  109. I have registered with Susan's blog, I am also a follower here, and yes, I am proud to say, I am a quilter.

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  110. I love to hear stories of how people start quilting...I have registered on susans blog, I've been Following here for a loooong time, and I'm a quilter!

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  111. I'm a brand new quilter. I still have lots to learn but I'm loving it more each day. I love Susan Branch too and I've been following her blog for some time:>)

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  112. I am a quilter and I have registered on Susans blog, and I am a follower of yours for a while now....

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  113. I have registered with Susan's blog, I am a follower here, and I am a Quilter!

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  114. I am a quilter who also enjoys cooking, and have several of Susan Branch's illustrated cook books!

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  115. Follower here: check
    Subscribed to Susan's blog: check
    Quilter: check check check

    Thanks so much

    Jan at

    iquiltforfun.blogspot.com

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  116. What a fun to read post! I have registered with Susan's blog, I am a follower here and I am most certainly a quilter.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  117. Susan Branch! What's not to love. I read her cookbooks word for word. My favorite is Girlfriends Forever. I've made a baby quilt from her fabrics. I'm now an official follower of her blog. Love, love, love Susan Branch.

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  118. I enjoyed reading Susan's post. I too learned to sew, at a very early age, on my mom's old black Singer . I am a follower of Susan, a follower here, and I'm a quilter. I came via Marlene at Stitchin by the Lake.

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  119. Am a huge Susan Branch fan. Fell in love with her fabrics and signed up for her newsletter; now I can follow her in Google Reader, Yeah! I am also a follower of Stash Manicure and I am a quilter.

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  120. I am a quilter subscribed to Susan Branch's RSS feed. I am also a follower of this blog and I registered with Amy @ Diary of a Quilter. Thank you so much for this opportunity to win awesome stuff!

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  121. I'm a quilter, I'm following Susan's blog, and I found you through Kelli@ihaveanotion. Thanks

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  122. I'm a quilter and subscribed to Susan's RSS feed. She is VERY talented! Thanks for having her as a guest. And her story was so beautiful. I'm also one of your followers. I keep jumping up and down to see your face over all of the followers ahead of me, but alas, I haven't seen your lovely face at the front of the line yet. I just know you're there, though!

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  124. What a wonderful post susan! I subscribed to your rss feed before i finshed reading...lol I am also a follower on this site and a wanttobe quilter. I also follow sue@quilttimes. Thank you:)

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  125. I register for rss feed on Susan's blog.
    I am follower of your blog.
    I love to quilt and am a newbe quilter.

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  126. I am a quilter and I am a follower. I now subscribe to Susan Branch and am very happy to have discovered this blog.

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  127. I am a quilter! I subscribed to Susan's blog and I am a follower her! Thank you!!!

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  128. What a precious story, thank you so much for sharing! For the giveaway...I'm a quilter! I've subscribed to both this blog and Susan's AND I'm here through Amy from Diary of a Quilter!

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  129. I follow Susan's blog AND your blog AND I am a quilter. WooHoo - guess I can be in the drawing. Thanks! I really enjoy the guests you have.

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  130. Well, I have to tell you that Linda at Buzzing and Bumbling sent me! I am registered with Susan's blog through my Google Reader, I am a follower here on your blog and I am a quilter. Thanks so much and Hugs... (GREAT post!!!)

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  131. Hello! I am a quilter (a newbe quilter) and I've just registered at Susan's blog. I'm your follower. I'm here thanks to Quilting By Dawn (thanks Dawn!)

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  132. I follow Susan's blog and now yours too. I am a wanna be quilter - bought all the stuff just don't know where to start!

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  133. Susan is very talented. I am happy to be one of her faithful followers. I truly enjoy being a follower of Stash Manicure. Keep up the inspiring work. Your posts make me want to sew quilt something new everyday.

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  134. I have registered with Susan's blog, I am a follower here, and I am a (very new) Quilter. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  135. I am a quilter, am a follower of this blog and just signed up to follow Susan in my google reader.All of these guest posts are so exciting. Gonna be learning a lot. Thank you.

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  136. I follow you, and am now a Susan Branch convert (and have her uploaded to my reader).
    I call myself a quilter (since 2009). Make that some days -- depends on whether I'm in the flow or not...LOL!

    Looks like Miz Jane did a wonderful job of picking out the loot to go in the basket. I machine-piece with Presencia's 60 wt thread and I **love it** Ever since my quilting mentor showed me that thread, I'm blind to others for piecing.

    Thanks for arranging this giveaway series and fort he campaign to increase the Quilting community.

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  137. i'm a quilter and i follow through google reader

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  138. I love this 'wannabeaquilter' challenge and am so very happy I, being a (lttle experienced) quilter can participate as well.
    I've been a follower for a long time, and now subscribed as a follower of Susan's blog as well. It's great to find new and lovely blogs this way.
    My name is Dya and I registeres with Brenis (heydiddlewool)
    Happy quilting!

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  139. I have registered with Susan's newsletter, I'm a follower here and I am a Quilter!
    Thank you!

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  140. I am a quilter, a follower of your blog, and now a follower of Susan's. I signed up with Diary of a Quilter. Thanks for these awesome giveaways. I am fairly new to quilting and love it!

    cardenfran@gmail.com

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  141. You have put so much time and work into this campaign ... thank you!
    I follow your blog and have loved Susan Branch for years! I have so many of her items ... fabric, scrapbooking, etc. I am a subscriber to her blog as well.
    Thanks again!

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  142. I am a fabric-loving, obsessed quilter and a huge fan of Susan Branch and follow her blog faithfully. I've just discovered Wantobe Quilter and of course started following immediately. What a wonderful thing being done here!

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  143. Great post! And the fun is just beginning! I am a blogging Quilter and I subscribed to Susan's blog.

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  144. I am a subscriber to Susan's blog - thanks for the giveaway! I, too, am a wantobe quilter, blessed to have handmade ones from my grandmother and my husband's grandmother, too!

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  145. Just subscribed to your blog - so good to fine you through Susan!

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  146. I love her blog! I have Susan Branch checks and smile every time I write one! I am somewhere in between a wannabe quilter and an actual quilter. I picked it up about a year ago and still have so much to learn!

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  147. I have just registered at Susan's blog, I am a follower here and I am a Quilter! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  148. Hi Samm! Another awesome guest! As my granddaddy would say, "Susan is a jack of all trades!" My husband and I own a quilt that his great great grandmother made. He also inherited the bed that she made the quilt for so that is where the quilt stays, as it should! If these quilts could talk... what stories they would tell...

    I subscribed to Susan's blog, follow here, and have been a quilter FOREVER it seems! and love every minute of it!

    Thank you for the time I know it has taken you to get this going and for the time it is going to take to see it through to finish...and thank you to Colonial Needles!

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  149. Please include my granddaughter, Allie Coburn, in todays giveaway! She would squeal like a little piglet if she won her very own sewing basket!

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  150. WHAT? Susan Branch has a blog?? Wow, that gave me a hot flash!! I signed up gladly!! (And yes, I'm a quilter and I am a follower!) ~karen

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  151. I follow Susan's blog and appreciate so much her calling it "Susan Branch Blog". So many famous quilt personalities call their blog "wispy spiderwebs" or something and I have not idea who I am reading.

    I have always been a follower of yours.

    I am a 5th generation quilter and own a quilt made by every generation. (And I keep Granny's thimble in my sewing kit.)

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  152. I definitely am a follower of Susan Branch, and love her blog, and now I've found yours! I would love to win this beautiful sewing basket!

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  153. Loved reading this and I am now enjoying reading her blog! (I am following on Blogger Reader) I'm finishing off my first quilt, I am embellishing it with extra hand quilting, my machine stitching was too plain ! I would love this gear, would be the greatest! Thanks :-)

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  154. I'm a quilter! I follow Stash and Jane's fabric! Love the basket!!

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  155. I am a quilter, who sadly doesn't have a sewing basket even though I look at them every time I'm at the store! I haven't heard of Susan Branch before but am looking forward to reading her blog and getting to know more about her. Thanks for this lovely guest post and and fantastic giveaway!

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  156. I am a follower of Susan's blog, and have enjoyed finding yours!

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  157. I am registered with the Why Knot blog. I have been a quilter for over 30 years and still love it. As soon as I post this I will be following this blog and checking out all her great posts!!

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  158. I've loved Susan for many years!! I'm a follower here and subscribed to Susan's Blog also. I will definitely add something to my sewing basket from my grandmother's basket also. I'm registered as an existing quilter with Busy As Can Be! Deborah

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  159. Hello, I'm a quilter. I subscribed to Susan's blog and I love her stuff. She is so talented. Needless to say I also follow your blog too. Thanks for all the great stories ladies. I love to read them.

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  160. Thanks for the introduction to Susan - she has a lovely blog and I've now subscribed to her feed.
    Congrats on such a great start to your campaign, it's going to be sew fabulous!
    I'm a newbie quilter and a follower here. Thanks for your patience last night :) AngelaSews557

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  161. I am a quilter, signed up under Ellison Lane Quilts! This was a great post, thank you for the opportunity!

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  162. I registered with Susan's blog, I'm a follower here, and I'm a QUILTER!

    THANKS for the chance at that generous basket!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  163. Woof! Woof! My mom is new in quilting n learning from lots of great bloggers. We visited Susan's lovely blog. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
    Oh! our blog sponsor is Describe Happy

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  164. i'm a quilter, signed in to your blog through amy's 'diary of aquilter', and am now going to recieve susan's blog through her newsletter as i do not have rss feeds.

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  165. I have registered with Susan's blog.
    I am a follower here.
    I am a Quilter!
    That is all.
    *wink*

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  166. I am a quilter and am registered with Paul @ Outnumbered Quilter. My Google account won't let me comment so I have to do it this way. Bonnie in Iowa browne426@hotmail.com

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  167. Now I want to find some towels to embroider on!

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  168. I have recently been introduced to your blog, and I'm loving it. Although, I do have a sewing machine, I do want to be a quilter! Sent by Marlene at "Stitchin by the lake"

    Connie Wehrman

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  170. Great post! My grandma still makes embroidered flour sack towels and I love the ones I have. I should pick that hobby up... maybe someday! I'm a quilter, I'm subscribed now to Susan's RSS, and look forward to seeing what comes up tomorrow! I'm registered at Happy Quilting!

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  171. What a great post, Susan has lots of beautiful works. I'm a quilter for two years now and I registered at Straystitches. Of course i'm a follower of your blog.

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  172. I am now a follower of Susan Branch's blog, a follower of Stash Manicure and a quilter. Thanks for the opportunity to "hear" from guest bloggers and the chance to win fabulous prizes.

    I am registered with lilypadquilting.blogspot.com

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  173. Oh, I love everything " Susan Branch". I remember reading about and seeing pictures of her house in a magazine- it was just so cozy and happy and inviting. Glad to read her post and I'm following now on my Reader. I'm a quilter, I'm signed up with Linda from Stray Stitches and I would LOVE to win that super sewing basket. Thanks for the chance!! Oh, and of course, I follow Stash everyday !

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  174. I quilt! And I follow! Stash Manicure and now Susan's blog. I love playing along with Wantobe. :)

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  175. Thanks for having Susan as a guest. I love her story. I've subscribed to her blog, am a follower of yours and I'm a quilter.

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  176. I quilt and am a follower of Stash Manicure and Susan's blog now! I'm signed up with Mary on Lake Pulaski and Lilypad Quilting and follow both of them as well, but don't have a blog of my own! carent1@neb.rr.com

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  177. I'm a quilter, follower of stash manicure and now Susan's blog too. I love her style! And what a wonderful post. Thank you!

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  178. I follow Susan's blog.
    I follow your blog.
    I am a quilter.
    I would like to put Susan & you in the sewing basket. You two do fabulous work. I remember my grandmother doing dish towels & hankies, also.

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  179. I'm a quilter and I follow Susan's blog and your blog.
    I've registered with Sue on http://quilttimes.blogspot.com and keep my fingers crossed for Sue and me to be winners.

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  180. I quilt. I read blogs. I am new blogger. Thank you for the introduction to the talented Susan Branch - I am now a follower. I came to Stash Manicure by way of Amy @ diary of a quilter and now follow you all! This is an awesome campaign, I particularly love the meeting new bloogers/people aspect, the chance to win neat stuff is a bonus. Have a super day!

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  181. I'm subscribed to Susan's blog, following your blog, and a quilter. I think I'm in. Corrie is my blog partner.

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  182. Hello, I'm back again to enjoy all the stories in your Wanttobe series. I'm registered for Susan's blog, follow you, and am registered with Jane's Fabrics. That's it for today.

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  183. I'm in love with Susan Branch! I signed up for her blog through google reader, I'm a follower here, I'm a quilter and Iim in serious need of a 12 step program!!

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  184. I am a quilter and have now signed up for Susans blog. Loved her post and her great grandmothers quilt. I am also a follower of this blog. Althought I am a quilter I am a new quilter (1 yr) and learn so much from all the blogs out there. Looks like I will have a few more great blogs to follow.

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  185. I love learning how people reach wherever they are in their lives, whether they take a direct route, choosing one craft and staying true to it, or meander through life, trying new things and surprising themselves (and often others) along the way. I'm in the latter category, and am proud to say that I have recently added quilting to my crafty repertoire. I came to your blog through Melissa Corry, whose blog I also enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee whenever I'm able. Next I'm going over to Susan's blog!

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  186. I am a novice quilter wondering which days to enter this giveaway. I hope it is ok to be entering them all. My supplies have been handed down or picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby, so this would be amazing! Thank you for the chance!

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  187. I am a quilter. I follow Madame Samm. I've become a Google Reader follower of Susan Branch's blog. Marlene Bush would like a chance to win what I'm hoping to win. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  188. Susan is amazing and I never realized her interest in quilting. I am following her blog now. Thank you for the information. I am really impressed that you have been in the quilt world for such a short period of time, but have produced such amazing quilts. You're very inspirational!

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  189. I follow your blog and now i am getting emails from Susan too and i'm new too quilting but have put too quilt tops together so far so i guess i can call myself a quilter now, how very nice that sounds could not be happier, and to have such wonderful women to look too for inspiration is like the cherry on top of this wonderful dessert we call quilting so thank you both.

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  190. I guess I must also mention that I am a new Susan blog follower, quilter, follow Stash Manicure every day, and hungry for a win. Thanks for doing this.

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  191. I'm a quilter who also loves all things beautiful and vintage. Have a quilt handmade by my great-great-grandmother. I follow Stash Manicure via Ellison Lane Quilts. God is good! = )

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  192. Thanks for having Susan as a guest. I'm registered over at her blog now and wish I'd found it earlier. I'm a quilter and a SM follower. As I still use the beaten up old sewing basket I had at school in 3rd grade I probably need a new one after 36 years and the fact that it's filled with stuff is even better!! It's difficult to get rid of things you like though.
    Cheers
    Robyn

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  193. Hi, Loved the post Susan. I have signed up for your RSS feed. The sewing basket is terrific. I am a quilter and a follower here.

    Samm you have done such a great job on this event. Selina

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  194. Pleased to see Susan as your guest. I love all her art. I loved the tea time fabric. I am a follower of both Susan and Stash Manicure. Pam
    mom at coxville dot com.

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  195. I have registered with Susan's blog.
    I am a follower here.
    And I am a quilter.

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  196. I'm a follower of Susan Branch's blogs that's how I found your's. I'm mainly a rug hooker but I've tried my hand a quilting and applique too. I love trying all kinds of hand crafts and especially love reading about what others are doing. I really get inspired that way. I inherited a not quite finished lap quilt, that's my next project.

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  197. I have registered with Susan's blog, I'm a deeply indebted follower of yours, and I like to think that I'm a quilter - errr piecer - JANE is a quilter! Who could not love Susan Branch's art! Melts my heart!

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  198. I am a quilter, and I have followed Susan Branch ever since I first saw her on Simply Quilts. I have been receiving her newsletters for years, and I am going over to her blog to register right now.

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