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Thursday, September 15, 2011

#34 Guest Gmama Jane in U.S. with Spooling around with a Sizzix Giveaway and Die

Spooling Around with Klosjes
Hi Y’All,  
Gmama Jane is in the house…
House of Grandmama’s Stories to be exact! 
Such a lovely Invitation from my friend and Mentor, Madame Samm could not be refused.  Hasn’t this Wantobe Quilter’s Campaign been the Bee’s Knees, the Cat’s Meow, or the Cherry on top?  It’s for Everyone I tell ya!
I became a quilter by accident back in 1990.  In trying to find an activity for my aging mother, I took a quilting class WITH her and I was the one who ended up being bitten by the Quilting Luv Bug.
(For some funny stories about Mama, come visit me at Grandmama’s Stories.  Mrs. Mary was a Hoot!)
So…
Who am I? Gmama Jane
A Fabric Designer?...NOPE
A Quilting Book Author or TV Host?...NOPE
An Etsy Shop Owner?...Nope
I’m just like Most of YOU
I’m a regular Grandmother in Chief, retired educator, southern by choice, mother of 3, Grandmama of 5, wife of #1 Husband for 38 yrs or for a better description:
I am a Martha Stewart Wannabe, Married to a Mr. Haney of Green Acres.
(Mr. Haney, a 60’s TV character who for those of you too young to remember, was a lover of collected junk and  That’s a whole ‘nuther story for another day)
As a retired teacher, I enjoy reading about the history behind a particular quilt or quilt block so let the lesson begin
Students,
If I may direct your attention to the latest quilting obsession in the Netherlands:  “KLOSJES” which is the Dutch word for “little spools”
In Holland, many quilters dedicate entire Saturdays or Klosjes Saturdays to making these little beauties.  According to An Moonen, A Dutch Textile Historian, Klosjes or Spool Quilts are one of the oldest Dutch designs among Traditional Dutch Quilts.
Klosje Dutch Crib Quilt 1800's
 Common measurements of little klosjes usually end up with a 2 ¼ in. spool block, center square is 1 1/2 in., and trapezoids around 1 in. which includes ¼ in. seam allowance.   

The klosjes I prefer to hand sew are a little larger and much easier to handle; especially if you battle arthritis like Gmama. Here are some klosjes I made from my Stash using a variety of fabric lines. 

Klosjes with a Modern Twist and a Teeny bit larger...about a 3 in. block
  Sitting nicely for Gmama to play with them!

I think all the different fabric choices are a bit like coloring with fabric.  I love to gather up bits and pieces from my stash and play with the plethora of fabric combinations while watching TV with #1 husband.  He likes it because I will actually sit still for more than 10 minutes! Most Klosjes were originally made from primitive looking fabrics like these in the picture.  A little too drab for my taste but to each his own.
I’m seeing more and more of a modern spin on fabric choice.  Take a look! Now you're talkin' my language! Do you recognize any line of fabric in these klosjes?

Can you see these little cuties made into a medallion quilt with borders and sashing from another line such as Sew Cherry by Lori Holt? OOH, I do love her fabric lines...so yummy and bright.  I like bright colors more and more...I'm just not a drab kinda gal. I used to be more earth tones but the older I get the Flashier my taste...Go Figure?!

 Example of using fabric to look like Thread with a larger Center block
Originalsbylauren...Lauren Darby
 I’m a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of quilter in that I like to pick and choose parts of quilts and put them together in a whole new design.  I even like making up my own designs using patterns from all over the quilting world.  I don’t design original patterns, but like any good teacher worth her salt, I’m an expert in the art of
C.A.S.E ing
Copy and Save Everything
(Give credit where credit is due of course)

Would the Spool Block or Klosjes be a good way to use up some of your stash?

 Do you like the spools turned the same way??
A picture from an antique store with a spool quilt!

What about making some mug rugs using klosjes and Holiday/Theme fabric?
(More examples on my blog)
How about a cute crib quilt with “little spools” and baby theme fabric?


Spool Quilt Variety
 Or better yet, Black, Red, and White Klosjes for an infant activity quilt which research tells us are most stimulating colors to the infant eye. Here I am spreading my BWR Klosjes out to see how they best go together but since I'm gifting them to some lucky follower, I'll let YOU figure that out!
Oh BTW, i just read the BEST tip...you know those little bumps in the corners of blocks caused by all the bunched up fabric??  Turn them over, right side facing down, Place a piece of muslin or sturdy fabric on top and smash them with a Hammer..kerplop, Bump gone!  Works every time! You should have seen #1 husband the first time he heard/saw me smashing my klosjes with a hammer?  That's a whole 'nuther story as I like to say!

 I have some Black, White, and Red Klosjes to Give-Away (50 in fact)
to one lucky visitor/follower of my blog.  Just comment and tell me you came to visit from Sew We Quilt and I’ll pick a winner on Friday.  No hoops to jump through, easy peasy!  I’ve been working on these BWR Klosjes off and on since March with the intention of making a medallion quilt.  I envisioned these blocks as my Big Center Medallion with BWR Borders, more BWR Klosjes in the outer borders, and perhaps some embroidery around the edges.  You can make them your own but I would love to see the finished result if you win them!
Here is a Brief Tutorial Overview
but if you hop on over to my blog and tell me you want a pattern, I’ll email you the entire file/attachment (or whatever you call it) but basically it’s the instructions with ALL the templates and directions plus a bonus embroidery pattern!  I will contact each of you who want the pattern via email.  If you’re a No Reply blogger…well, just follow the directions from the lovely Madame Samm on this blog on how to fix that issue because I don’t have a clue!  Computer savy, I am not!  

SPOOL Block Pattern















Full illustrated instructions PLUS embroidery pattern for your spool Block emailed to YOU, my New Friends,
at
Grandmama's Stories
I'm not good at written tutorials since I'm a visual person (that's my learning style as we teachers would say).  Give me pictures and turn me loose.  But for those of you who need a bit more precise instructions (OCD), I've put together a full written tutorial giving all the How-to's , much too big for today's post.

This Gmama is quite ordinary but my love of quilting is quite EXTRA ordinary!
I hope you’ve enjoyed
Spooling Around with Klosjes. Make a few and tell me they aren't the most addictive little critters!
Thank You Madame Samm for having me as a Guest Blogger Today!

editors note: and I use that term sew loosely...
JANE you did good...I admit I was worried...not that you
would not do anything spectacular...worried that I would
not have the perfect giveaway for you...
but no more worries LOOK..I was sew inspired
I thought we just have to serve this one up today...

GIVEAWAY for our QUILTERS today...


 with 2.5 inch strip die and mats
complete....OHHH you're gonna
love this- ask Katherine..she 
won one here last month. 
OUR sponsor Sizzix sent along another one...
and yes we have still 1 more for a Wantobe in the
not sew distant future...

It is sew easy to turn and the cuts well they 
come out perfectly..

Sew what do you need to do?
Please follow JANE here...and tell her
how wonderfully she did...I know she
was terribly excited..
and follow here if you would like
to be included in the giveaway
and you know there are always extras
added to every giveaway....


Big thanks goes out to JANE, Sizzix, Colonial Needle for more
threads, Great Gerberas for the flowers...
and YOU for bringing life to our quilting
world...we NOTICE, YOU do make a difference.
( oh and the quilt was purchased by me 
for my grandsons by Melissa...sew thank
her too for the added background to my shot)
this was in our January banner her quilt was...




203 comments:

  1. Great tutorial Gmama Jane and a lovely giveaway, too! Love the advanced tools and need more of them. Kd
    www.KdQuilts.com

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  2. Oh Jane, what a great post! I read every single word. Thank you! I think I may have found a new block to try!!

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  3. Hi, This is a great tutorial Jane, really interesting! I will be following your blog too :0)
    Hugs n Blessings from Sue in Oz xx

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  4. I am a follower of both blogs and I have asked Jane from Grandmama's Stories blog to be my blog sponsor. I love this post and I will try this out.
    Regards from Denmark

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  5. Thank you Jane for your tutorial! I just became a follower of your blog. I fell in love with the Southern touch to it!

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  6. Thanks Gmama Jane for the great tut you did a wonderful job and i am now a follower of yours and am a follower here too. Thanks

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  7. I'm drooling all over my gready hands...

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  8. I'd just love to have one of the beauties! It sure would help.

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  9. This was a great post! I will have a look at Janes blog and surely follow her :o)
    Would love to win this little purple beauty!!

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  10. I signed up to follow Jane. She has such a fun way of writing and her tutorial was very helpful.

    I am enjoying this Wantobe Quilter campaign very much!

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  11. Good luck to all of the Quilters - This is a wonderful opportunity !!!

    Thank you Gmama Jane for the tutorial - Hang on - I' heading over to your blog for that file !!!!!

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  12. Love this tut! Great quilts shown! I'm a quilter that follows SM and Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts.

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  13. Inspiring tutorial. I'm going over to Gmama's place now to take a look. I'm a follower here and sponsored by Kathy's Cottage.

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  14. Hello Madame Samm - I enjoyed Grandmama's Klosje post today, and just think - she's giving away stuff as well as you ! Am feeling greedy today for these lovely giveaways, and would be delighted to win from both ! Am following her blog now too, and am sponsored by Deonn at Quiltscapes. ...Margaret

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  15. Jane's pictures are very instructive. Thanks for having her Madame Samm! I am a follower of both.

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  16. Following Jane now. What a great post! I have long wanted to make those little spools, but set in seams sorta scare me. Maybe I'll give it a go. Ellison Lane is my sponsor.

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  17. I would so love to own this cutter. I am already a follower here of course and became one of Jane's. Thank you for the chance.

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  18. These little spools look like fun, but imagine they take some practice. Love the precious spools of thread in the wall hanging and that would be a doable start. What a give-away!! I am a follower here and now there. Great inspiration. Thanks.

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  19. I loved the tutorial - I always find it so much easier to follow when there are good pictures!

    Tracey
    thepeonyteacup.blogspot.com

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  20. great post ~ I love making Klojses also! I went to Gmama's blog and I really liked it!

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  21. Really enjoyed this guest blogger witha great tutorial and exceptional quilts!

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  22. I follow your blog. I too use a hammer in my sewing room - I get really ticked if anyone takes it. It works great when working on jeans too.

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  23. Great tutorial for the cutest little block. I definitely have to make these.
    Amazing prize today on offer today!
    Margaret

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  24. I haven't tried that block yet...thanks for the tutorial. I'm definietly a follower. Great pricze!
    kvanella@gmail.com

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  25. What an excellent tutorial! I would so love to win a Sizzix! I have never been able to win a GO, so it is time to endorse and try something new! Thank you so much!

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  26. how fun! Thanks for all the nice photos and history. I've gone off to follow her blog as well.

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  27. Love the colors in this giveaway!Good Luck to the Quilters!

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  28. I love her block! I'm newly following her blog too...cause it looks like she has a lot of great ideas! =) Thanks for sharing her with us!

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  29. What an interesting post! My good friend Roos (from the Netherlands) is working on a spool block quilt and sent me the pattern so I could start too. I've gotten as far as to cut out the pieces of the first spoolblock. Gmama Jane has inspired me to get moving on this project. Thanks, Gmama Jane!

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  30. I came to your site through Sew We Quilt. Love the hammer idea. Your BWR spools would be great fun to play with. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  31. Greetings ! Melissa of Happy Quilting is my sponsor ( that's her quilt you bought , right ?) I am following Jane now and left her a LENGTHY comment !!! You sure have put together another fabulous giveaway ! thanks .

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  32. I love this block (I've made it in 6" before). It really isn't hard.

    I've been following Gmama since about 10 min ago and already love her blog. I have been following this blog for quite awhile (I'm almost at my 1st blog-versity and think this was one of the first blogs I joined).

    I'm coming through Tonya @ Hillbilly Handiworks. Thank you both for this great opportunity.

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

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  33. What a fabulous Tutorial! Clear and just what you need, being a visual learner myself! And a grat giveaway too! Thank you both :)

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  34. Nice tutorial!
    I follow Jane's blog and this blog too. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway and thanks to Dawn for letting me know all about it!

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  35. What a great tutorial and post. I think this would make a great take-along project. The BWR klosjes are so wonderful! Thank you to Gmama Jane, Madame Samm,Sizzix and Colonial Needle. I love Great Gerberas flowers they are always so pretty!

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  36. Hopped over and following Jane. What a great lady and a fun post! Have always loved spool blocks.
    xx, shell

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  37. Looking forward to trying this block. Jane is a fun quilter; thanks for introducing me.

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  38. Love mini blocks so this was up my ally! WOudl love a sizzix to help make more precise blocks

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  39. Great tutorial - I've never seen this design before, so I'm glad I get to see how they are made as well! I can't imagine winning a Sizzix! That would make my day for sure! Or even winning Jane's blocks! I'm hopping it's my lucky day!

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  40. Hi Grandmama Jane visited with you many times you have a wonderful blog. Thank yosaring the spools with us I will be requesting the whole pattern in a minute. Thanyou Madame Samm for a wonderful guest blogger today and the wonderful sponsors. Its a good day when you have help with cutting fabric to ake a lvely quilt.....enjoy your day.

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  41. I love the modern twist on the spools. Not sure i have the patience for hand piecing!

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  42. I am a new follower of Jane's! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  43. Jane did a great job! I am thinking I would do larger spools so I could finish faster. Ha ha.

    I am also one of those who uses parts of different quilts I see to make my own way.

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  44. I am now very happily following Jane, after bumping around her blog this morning. She makes some beautiful creations - did you see her tablerunner ?! Stunning !

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  45. You did great Jane! Thank you for the bit of history and lots of eye candy. I've been a follower of Jane for awhile now...and would love to win this cutter.

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  46. I'm now following Gmama - thank you for the great tutorial for spool blocks!

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  47. I've never made spools before, oh excuse me, klosjes! Love the tutorial! And thanks so much Mme Samm for what a great job you're doing with this campaign!

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  48. I have to try this tutorial. I Haven't attempted anything with triangles yet - a bit intimidated - guess that is why I like squares for a newbie! I will venture out for this tutorial.

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  49. I'm a follower here & at Jane's blog. Great tutorial on making spools. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm enrolled at Shade Tree Quilting.

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  50. What an awesome post! I will be trying this for sure. A super scrapbusting project.

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  51. Thanks, Jane, for the wonderful post and tutorial. I wish I could go back to Holland again, I was there in 1984, such a beautiful country, I could join in their quilting group on Saturdays and learn how to do this first hand! Some day!! Thanks again, Samm, for the giveaway!!

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  52. I really enjoyed your post and enthusiasm for the spools. I will have to make one of these soon. Thank you.

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  53. Great guest post and tutorial! Why I have never come across this blog before?! As I was reading, it was obvious Gmama Jane is from the south... she even says so... and I hop over to her blog and find she is also in Alabama!

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  54. Sorry... forgot to post that i'm a Wantobe and my sponsor is Kathys Cottage :) I'm now a follower of Gmama Jane!

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  55. Great post. I'm a follower of Gmama Jane blog. Looks like another fun blog to catch up on.

    Thank you!

    Carrie

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  56. wow, another great price! I would love to own a cutter to make cutting those strips a lot easier :-)).
    I'm following Jane's blog, another inspiring one to follow and I love her 'how to' make those little klosjes.
    Dutch hugs
    Dya/via Brenis

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  57. Another wonderful guest blog/tutorial!! How could one resist following Jane's blog? It's a no-brainer! ~karen

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  58. Hey, Ya'll!! Good morning!!!

    I love Gmama Jane's post and learning all about the little spool blocks!! I'm a visual learner, too!!! DEFINITELY NOT OCD!! hahahhaa

    I'm visiting here with Freda from The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe!!

    And since I finished my first quilt, I'm a QUILTER! And since I don't have all the cook tools or much experience, I'm still a WANTOBE, too!! The best of both worlds??

    Have a great day!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz
    inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

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  59. What a great tutorial. It doesn't look as hard as I thought it would be. Jane's Fabrics and Quilts is my sponsor. Now following Gmama Jane. Thanks! kckapes@gmail.com

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  60. GREAT SPOOL BLOCKS. Love Spool Blocks. Thank you for all the eye candy....I will be following your blog:)

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  61. Hello Jane, I enjoyed your guest post today. I enjoy the ease and variety of your little spools. and I would love to win this purple machine. I am heading over to follow you now. Thank you for a nice start to my day. christine.bonehill@belldot.net

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  62. Thanks so much for the chance to win!!I have so many scraps that need to be 2 1/2" strips!! I'm following Jane now, another wonderful blogger. I can see spools in my future- I'm thinking a Christmas theme.
    I'm a quilter and Stray Stitches is my sponsor.

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  63. Love this! Thank you for the chance.

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  64. I haven´t try that block.With your tutorial doesn´t look as hard that I thought.
    Thanks for the tutorial an d giveaway.Quiltitimes is my sponsor.

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  65. Thank you for the great tute! Spools has been a favorite from the beginning, but one I haven't actually done. Now I am motivated again!

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  66. I do follow Jane & she did a GREAT job on the tute. I follow Madam Samm too and Lily Pad Quilting (she sent me here). Thanks to all especially Sissex - boy could I use one of those! Thanks for the chance.

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  67. Great way to start my day - a little learning and a big chuckle!

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  68. Our quilting group did a class on the spools and I love making them. Your tutorial is great! Thanks for including me in your giveaway.

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  69. Love the little spools! Thank you Gmama for the tutorial!

    Of course I follow both blogs and registered through Amy from Diary of a Quilter!

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  70. Thanks for the great tutorial! Another simple quilt block with fabulous results! I'm a new follower over at Jane's blog. Thanks to all the sponsors!

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  71. Awesome tutorial (Yes, I went and told Jane so and happily became a follower...LOL). Of course I am a follower here :-) Thanks for the opportunity!! Have a fantastic day!

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  72. I am so excited to try out this little block. I really appreciate Jane sending out a more detailed pattern for those of us that are not as sure of ourselves! GREAT TUTORIAL Jane!! Thanks so much Stash Manicure for another wonderful blog to follow!! :)

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  73. Great post, very interesting! I'm following Jane now and I'm sure I'll enjoy reading her stories. I'm a quilter sponsored by Stray Stitches. Thanks to Madame Samm and the sponsors for another great prize today.

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  74. i follow jane, and Sew We Quilt!
    That is a great tutorials. it gets me excited to try it for myself. :) thanks!

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  75. I follow you and now Jane, please include me in your fabulous Sizzix giveaway, I've been eyeing them for awhile and heard they're great!

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  76. Wow Jane wonderful job really enjoyed reading your tut etc. with my morning coffee,.Morning Samm as you know I am already a great fan of Gmama Jane and follow her blog and of course yours. Two sweet Ladies. I am off to Jane's blog now to tell her what a great job she did. Blessings Sandra

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  77. That is awesome! I am now a follower of both blogs and lovin it! I am a quilter and Amy stitches is my sponsor!

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  78. What a great "take along" project! Love the teeny blocks! I do think I'll give it a "go"! And who couldn't use the Sixxex?!! And threads!!

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  79. I really enjoyed today's post by Jane. I have been thinking of what pattern to make for a new baby quilt and saw those red, black and white and was inspired by them.

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  80. Wonderful post, from one granny to another.
    I follow you and Katherine at Sew me something good.

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  81. I forgot to say I am a quilter and am from Marcia's crafty sewing and quilting.

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  82. Love this post! I love to have a hand sewing project to take along while waiting on kids! I would love to win the Sizzix:) off to grandma jane's to thank her for sharing!

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  83. OOOOOH, I'm just tickled to death with all your great comments, of ocurse having a great Giveaway helps juts a tad!! Thanks Samm, you're my Hero, but you already know that!! I feel like the small town girl gone off to the big city!
    Thanks Y'all!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  84. I'm following Jane. I love the spools, and would love a chance at the cutter! Thanks!

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  85. My friend has a Sizzix and loves to use it for quilting. This would be a fun addition to my quilting room. This was a great tutorial for making these cute spool blocks!

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  86. Thank you Jane and Mme Samm. Great tutorial - I'm off to Jane's site to become a follower.

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  87. Love the post by Grandma Jane! Hopped over to follow her too! Thanks for another chance at an opportunity to win the wonderful quilting prizes! This is so much fun!

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  88. A wonderful and fun post - you did really great, Jane. Fantastic thanks go to Sizzix, Colonial Needle, and beautiful Great Gerberas who are great sponsors. Can't leave out our wonderful Samm and all the work that is going on, what an incredible lady. Judy C

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  89. Great tutorial. I made a spool doll quilt for my daughter when she was little. I am following Jane and I follow you too. Kelly at IHAN is my sponser.

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  90. Gmama Jane thanks for the fun tutorial. Your blog is fun and I bookmarked it to go visit often. I'm going to search to see if you posted the recipe for deviled eggs southern style. This northern gal loves them too! I enjoyed reading what you wrote about your daughter on her 33rd B-day. She is one special daughter with her lovely son! Wondering if she has a blog too? I'd like to see her photography. Better go - Thanks again!

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  91. Thanks for the tutorial...I am now following Jane! I have tried making one spool block a few months ago, and love the look. Look forward to seeing the full tutorial over at Grandmama's Stories and trying again! I love the quilt the cutter is sitting on. It is some lovely eye candy this morning!

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  92. I'm now a new follower of Jane. I love the spools she created. The Sizzix machine looks like fun!

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  93. I just love those little "Klosjes". Great tut Jane. I already follow Grandmama Jane. She is my sponser.
    Thx

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  94. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial Grandma Jane! I might have to make some spools for my sewing area. I am a new follower of Gma Jane's blog, and a follower here. I would love this machine!!

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  95. I love purple. The Sissix would go great in my sewing room! Wonder if there's a die for spool blocks. I am now a follower of Jane's blog. My sponsor is Jillily Studio.

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  96. I now follow Jane and I follow you! Thanks for your help yesterday it is now all sorted..would love to with this so hate cutting. x

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  97. I love G'ma Jane. I've been following her blog for a while. She's my kind of quilter!! I love the spool idea for my scraps. I have been playing with several ideas of what to do with these bits and pieces of fabric. You CAN'T let them go to waste. I'd love to win today's giveaway. Thanks Samm!

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  98. Love the tutorial. Great job gmama Jane! I am a quilter sponsored by Jane of Jane's fabrics. I am a new follower of Gmama Jane and posted there, too. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  99. I read Gmama(and follow her) and found out she was posting here today. Love her little spools. I also follow Sew we quilt, too, and would love to be a winner here. I am a winner because I am learning how to quilt, but would like a few new tools. LOL

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  100. Love today's tutorial. The little Klosjes are adorable and have my gears turning this morning. I am also now following Jane (have you seen that gorgeous table runner on her blog today - LOVE IT!).
    Of course, I follow here and SewCalGal is my sponsor for the campaign. Would love that little machine to make cutting quicker. Thanks again for all you are doing for all of us.

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  101. I think those spools are just darling! Would love to win the Sizzix. Thanks for the opportunity!=)

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  102. I just love Jane's spools! :o)
    Those are certainly on my list of blocks to make and she did a super job showing us how! :o)
    Kathy from Kathy's Cottage is my sponsor.
    Thank you for such a nice give a way! :o)
    Just imagine all the 2.5" strips that can be made with this Sizzix. :o)
    Have a wonderful day! Thank you for your kind words on my blog this morning.
    Hugs. Trish
    ps. I am a new follower of Jane's. :o)

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  103. Great give away....Perfect for my 2and a half inch bindings and maybe make up some of my own jelly rolls??

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  104. Gmama Jane, what a delightful post! I'm a new follower to your blog, and will be watching to see if you post the recipe for the deviled eggs! lol (My DDH LOVES them.)
    I'm a follower here, too! Of course. :)
    My sponsor is Debbie at Busy As Can Be.
    Thank you Madame Samm for your great wisdom in choosing guests!!!

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  105. I'm a new follower of Gmama's and so happy to be one! Great post!

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  106. What a great giveaway. Loved Jane's blocks and her blog. I am a follower there and here, am a quilter and a member of Paul's Outnumbered Quilter team.

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  107. I enjoyed Jane's post so much. I can relate to her on so many levels. Can't wait to try some spools. Also would LOVE, LOVE to get the sizzix. I have dreamed of owning one. Would make this gmama one happy lady. Thanks for all you do.
    Judy

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  108. What a great tutorial. Thank you so much Gmama Jane. Think I'll try this.

    Sharon at Vroomans is my sponsor.

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  109. Jane, so cute. And, I've had a history lesson too.
    Thanks for sharing. I'm now a follower and I agree, the table runner looks great as is.
    Madam Samm, thanks for sponsering the contest.
    My sponser, Dionn at Quiltscapes, and I would love to win.

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  110. That was a wonderful tutorial - I'm a visual learner just like Gmama Jane, so understood everything just fine. I'm a follower of both Madame Samm AND Gmama Jane, and can't wait to see what the rest of Gmama Jane has to share with us. It's great to have another Southerner (Gmama Jane is from Alabama) to converse with about all the going-ons around here.

    And as always, thank you Madame Samm for sponsoring such a great giveaway. This has been an awesome journey.

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  111. Great tutorial. Fun to see modern fabric with the old patterns. Did what I needed to for the giveaway.

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  112. Gmama Jane is very sweet as is this give away. I follow her now of course. Thank you to Sissex and Colonial Needle for being sponsors.

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  113. What great quilts! Thank you, Jane, for inspiring us!

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  114. I'm a good follower, especially a grandma with a #1 hubby! Great directions for spools. Oh, those accurate, accurate cutters! gnash, gnash! ;^)

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  115. I am a quilter, a follower of Sew WE Quilt, and now a follower of Grandmama's Stories.

    As always, Thanks for the Opportunity to Win!

    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  116. Thank you Jane for sharing the little Klosjes - familiar with the block and history being of Dutch decent. In a block swap that I requested spool blocks of any type, color, and fabric. Will be a twist on the spool block quilt. What a fun and generous give away by host and sponsor.

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  117. thanx for gmama jane! she gave the spool block jazz! i'm signed up to follow her [as i follow you now, through amy, 'diary or a quilter']

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  118. Great tutorial thankyou! I am not eligible for the giveaway as I am a wantobe, but love reading every day and learning more and more!

    Thanks!

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  119. Thank you Jane. Great tutorial and yes, I would need a cutter for all those pieces. I am now one of her followers and here of course. Now it is my time to win! thanks, kathy

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  120. I'm a new follower at Jane's blog. She has some really pretty stuff over there. Loving all the fun tutorials and all the tips and ideas. This has been so much fun:))

    vail in TN

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  121. Yeah, don't think I'll get any of those made but that was very interesting. I also like to learn things intellectually (not just physically) so thanks!

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  122. Hi Im a follower og Gama Jane and a wanna be quilter love this idea thank you

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  123. Great tutorial!! Looks like fun! Thank you!!

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  124. Crazy but these spools never really caught much of my attention till now. Some of the fabrics really made them look fun and the international connection (KLOSJES")adds to the interest as well! (how DO you pronounce that?) I'll have to try these soon--looks like a great way to use up some scraps, too! How fun to dedicate one's Saturdays to doing this!

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  125. Great tutorial! I'm a follower of Gama Jane's blog and a follower here, of course.
    Lroghair (at) aol (dot) com

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  126. I've been seeing these spools all over - so cute! I would love to win this die machine so I can take my quilting to a whole new level - thanks for the chance to win! commented on Jane's blog already. registered with Patty at a Stitch in time

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  127. Love the Sissex. I really really want a 2 1/2" strip cutter. I belong to a strip exchange and this would make it much easier.

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  128. Jane's post was a fun read. I am now a follower over there. It's hard to make time for actual quilting with all the wonderful blogs I'm learning about here. Would love to win the Klosjes blocks--the Sizzix prize would be pretty cool, too.

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  129. Wonderful tutorial. Thanks for a chance for the giveaway.

    Janet

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  130. Thanks so much for the tutorial, Jane. This will be a great take a long project. Love the look. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm looking forward to all the possibilities. Happy Quilting!!!

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  131. I enjoyed the tut from Jane...I think I am going to enjoy making a quilt out of that pattern...I am now one of her followers and a follower of SM...thanks for a great giveaway...

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  132. I think this has been on of my favorite post. I love how passionate Jane is with the history of the block. I live that. I am looking forward to reading her blog.

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  133. I really enjoyed Gmama Jane's posting. I like her attitude and generous spirit. So naturally, I became a follower. Also naturally, I am a follower of Stash Manicure. Thank you for bringing her to our attention!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  134. Great guest choice. She did a great job with the post, tutorial, and everything. I am following Jane now. I haven't tried the spools yet but I've been eyeballing it.

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  135. Amazing guest. I went right over and now I'm following Jane. Thanks for another great giveaway
    oshnpashn at gmail dot com

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  136. What a fun post. I love the little Klosjes. They are just too cute. Thanks for sharing with us Gmama Jane. I'm following Gmama Jane. And thanks to all the sponsors and to you Madame Samm for another wonderful giveaway!!! Hugs Ariane

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  137. Samm-san, You really picked a goodie this time! But I knew that away back.

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  138. I don't know how you've found all these wonderful bloggers, but I'm enjoying their entries so much! I've signed up to follow Gmama Jane (love her description of her DH!). I'm sponsored by Amy at A Quilting Sheep.

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  139. I'm following Gramma Jane. She's my kind of gal......fun, funny and creative.....oh and a former teacher like myself.

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  140. Jane - you did a great job!! I love the quilt - I would love a copy - I GFC Follow you but for some reason I couldn't leave a comment!!! I would LOVE a copy!!

    suzannebake@gmail.com

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  141. Great informative post. Thanks! I'm one of her new followers.
    Jan / sponsor Amy a quilted sheep

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  142. Thanks for a great tutorial and giveaway!

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  143. Thanks for the great tutorial. I am now a follower of Jane's blog and I follow here. I am a quilter sponsored by Corrie of Quilt Taffy. I'd really like to own one of these gadgets. Thanks for the chance.

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  144. I love Jane instantly when I hopped on over to her blog. Why you ask? It is because she is addicted to Halloween prints like me. I have wondered how that tool works and really how well it does what they say it does and if I'm lucky enough to win it, I guess I'll get to find our for myself. Amy@diaryofaquilter is my sponsor.

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  145. Great tutorial Gmama Jane, I've been to your blog and become a follower.
    Thanks to you Madame Samm for all your hard work and the chance to win the Sixxix!!
    And thanks to the sponsors.

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  146. Thank you Jane for a great tutorial. I cant wait to try these. I am now following your blog. I am a follower here, a quilter and my sponser is Janes Fabrics.

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  147. Great tutorial. I've joined the crowd in following Jane now and I already follow you Madame Samm. {Ellison Lane is my sponsor} Thanks for sharing:0)

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  148. My all time favorite quilt block design. Following both you & Jane. (Raspberry Rabbit)

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  149. I have one spool quilt.Everyone should have at least one! I am a follower her and of Jane. I signed up with Why Knot Quilt. Julie

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  150. This block may take over my handsewing from hexies to k's. I follow Jane thru email subscription (the follow box would not display). I also already follow Sew We Quilt. I'm a blogless Quilter enrolled through Linda at Stray Stitches.
    Thanks to the sponsors, Jane, and Madame Samm. I've wanted a die cutter and this would be so wonderful to win.

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  151. I follow both here and at Jane's blog. I can't wait to give these a try. I'm thinking they may be as addicting as my hexies are currently.. UTOH!! Hmmm, well a girl can only hand stitch so much at one time.. Can't wait to get my mitts on that pattern. Thank you Jane!!

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  152. Love these blocks...you made it look VERY easy when I know that they are not!! :o)
    I am a follower of both! Quilt Sue is my sponsor...and I would love to win your lovely give away! Thanks for the chance!
    Paulette

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  153. You do make it look easy! Nice tutorial - thanks! It's been awhile since I've done a spool block.

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  154. I love these darling little spool blocks. What a great way to stash bust. Beautiful photos of all your treasured quilts too!

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  155. And of course I am a new follower. What a great blog you have there!!

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  156. I follow Jane and here and I'm a quilter! I'd love to use that for strips ~ would save a tonne of time!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  157. What a great guest, I loved reading this post. I loved reading this one and I really want to make a whole quilt with this pattern. So fun and what a great give away!
    Debbie

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  158. Awesome giveaway! I'm now following Jane's blog. :) Thanks, Samm!!! ;)

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  159. That was a great tutorial Jane. I've just become a new follower of yours and look forward to reading more about you and your lovely family. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I'm sponsored by Lilypadquilting.

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  160. I know I'm a WANABE but I post every day cuz I love these guest bloggers. My list of quilting ideas/projects is growing, growing... Afraid the list is expanding much faster than my quilting abilities and time will allow - but I'm loving it. :)

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  161. Great job Jane! I'm now following Jane and I follow here! Thanks for all you do, I know it's alot of work!

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  162. The spool quilt tutorial was great I would love to try it. I am a follower of Jane and of here. I would love to win the Sizzix. Thanks for the great giveaways.

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  163. Loved the spools and the tutorial. Will have to try so I can use up some of my stash. Thanks for the giveway.

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  164. Love the spools, though I think I'd better stick with English.

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  165. Great post from Jane today. Loved it. Thanks for the introduction. The more I see of this "campaign", the more I am loving it. I can't imagine the work that you have put into it behind the scenes. I follow through Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts.

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  166. I am going to have to try the spools pattern. Haven't tried that one yet.

    I have been wanting one of these machines for a very long time!

    Thank you for the opportunity.

    I am following Jane, love her blog.

    My sponsor Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts

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  167. I have been a follower at both blogs for quite awhile. Love both!
    Thank you Madame Samm for the chance to win such fantastic tools!
    I loved this post. This might become my next hand project!

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  168. What a lovely, clear tutorial - the klosjes look such fun! Jane's blog looks a lot of fun and I've signed up to follow her there :)
    Thanks for another incredible giveaway. A Sizzix cutter could be just what I need to cut fabric accurately, lol. Did I say how much I'm loving this campaign?!
    AngelaSews557

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  169. I love to win this giveaway :). There are so many innovative "machines" and also notions for quilters today, and I'm so glad that there are many, many new women joining us in quilting.
    I'm a follower through Google Reader but couldn't get your follower button to come up, even with Refresh.
    Thanks so much.

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  170. Another great instructor. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  171. I'm a Wannabe Quilter, sponsored by Deborah in Atlanta, and wanted to drop by and see what was going on today. What generosity - you have a giveaway here and Gmama Jane has a giveaway on her blog too. Wow! What a wonderful community the quilt community is.

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  172. Great tutorial. I am a new follower of Janes. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  173. I love the little Klosjes! I am now a follower of Jane's and follow here. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  174. Oh man, I keep trying to win one of these machines. Would love it. I am now a follower of Jane and of coarse I am a follower here!

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  175. I'm now following Jane's blog. I enjoyed the tutorial. Of course, I want to winnnnnnn!!!

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  176. A history post as well as an interesting one! Lol, Jane you're still teaching. I'm following Jane's blog as well now as I want to try the klosjes table runner. Love both giveaways.
    Cheers,
    Robyn

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  177. What a great tutorial! I love it! I'm a quilter. I follow Jane, and of course Sew We Quilt, and I'm here because A Stitch In Time sent me here! Thanks to all the great sponsors for an awesome giveaway!

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  178. I love this tutorial! These spools are so cute. I am a follower of Madame Samm and of you, so include me in the giveaway! Love the black, red, and white ones.
    Teresa

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  179. I've just become a Jane follower. Thanks for introducing her and I love her little spools. I'm here due to Jane's Fabrics. Kathie L in
    Allentown

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  180. Great tute! Oh the possibilities! I am a follower of Jane's and of course SM. Thanks for the chance, Dianne

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  181. Gmama did great and she's given me a new idea to add to my quilting list.I've become a new follower to her blog and it looks very entertaining!
    Boy it would be something to win that prize!

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  182. What a great tutorial! I might even be brave enough to try it (So far I primarily stick to squares/rectangles - I am a little afraid of triangles!).

    Thank you for taking the time to post!

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  183. This is a block I don't have much experience with. Thanks for sharing. This is another great post and another great giveaway.

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  184. Great tutorial and I'm now following Jane's blog too

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  185. I am now following Gmama blog. Of course I follow this one and I would love to own this cutter. Thanks, as always.

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  186. cute! cute blocks!..thanks for the superb tutorial, Gmama Jean!

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  187. I headed right over and gave her some major comment love and a click to Follow! It was a lovely presentation and the continuation on her blog was great!

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  188. Follower here...yes, yes I am! (and proud of it:)

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  189. Love the Klosjes--and the idea of Klosjes Saturdays sounds so fun.
    Thanks for the tutorial--will be putting this little block on my to-do list.
    And a great giveaway--I love jelly rolls and with this I could make my own strips.
    My sponsor is Clover & Violet.

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  190. I went to gamma to follow her and I follow here and my sponsor s Knit?sew?
    This is a darling block that I plan to make. Sure would love to win this prize as it would help in my quilt making. Looks like a quick way to cut blocks,love it.

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  191. I'm following Gmama's blog and left her a comment. Thanks for another great giveaway for the Quilters. I follow you and my sponsor is A Quilting Sheep.

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  192. Just signed up to be one of Jane's followers. ;) The klosjes are cute. I would definitely have to make them bigger than 2 1/4.

    My sponsor is Melissa @ Happy Quilting

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  193. Loved this tutorial! I follow Jane and you. I'm sponsored by Happy Quilting!

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  194. Wonderful post today. I can't wait the give these little cuties a try. I am now a follower, and of course I follow here. Thanks!

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  195. I'm a quilter, I follow your blog, I am a new follower of Jane's blog and I left her a little note. fun tutorial. Jillily is my sponsor.

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