Thursday, September 29, 2011

Guest #44 from Australia HELEN with a tut on Colourquer? and a delightful giveaway

When Madame Samm contacted me and asked me to be a guest Blogger on Wantobe a Quilter I was honoured and excited to participate– (well she did say some nice things about me so I guess she had me from there…) I had not heard about this project but after a little reading realised that Madame Samm is quite an amazing woman – to have all of this support from the industry – with sooo many fantastic prizes and wonderful posts from quilters willing to share and teach the new Wantobes – all in the name of sharing the passion of quilting! If you happen to know of me from here or on my blog or maybe my Facebook page then you know all too well that my passion is also to share the love and addiction of stitching and quilting and all things feelgood!
I trawled through all of the wonderful tutorials and free patterns already given and decided to tell you a little bit about Colourque ® which you may wish to add to your newly learned quilting skills.
Colourque is simply the art of using coloured pencils on fabric to give an appliqu̩ effect. It is simple and great fun to do to add a bit of dimension to your work Рor just for a nice change Рits just like being back at kindergarten! You can use it on simple projects such as cushions,
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Tablerunners – yes they are washable ,
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right up to full sized quilts and works of art – yes not a piece of applied fabric on this quilt!


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So, what do we need? – nothing really special or hard to find
Some plainish good quality cotton fabric – can be plain or a tone on tone
A design to colour and stitch
Coloured pencils – any brand any type (except pastel or watercolours) – in all of my patterns I use the Derwent brand because you can get them worldwide but you can use anything – generally the more expensive they are, the easier they are to colour with.
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A sheet of 600 grit sandpaper – from the hardware store

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A bottle of textile medium – I use and prefer the Folk Art Brand by Plaid – available from your craft store – Joanns, Michaels etc.
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a cheap small round or flat paintbrush
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and a good quality pencil sharpener.
Now how?
First you need to transfer the design to the fabric – now if you happen to have one of my Hugs ‘n Kisses patterns then you may well have an iron on transfer in there which makes this process very simple… if not, well you just need a lightbox and lead or ceramic pencil. – Trace or iron the design onto your fabric. You can download the pattern here.
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Place your prepared fabric onto the sheet of sandpaper – this will grip and hold your fabric whilst you colour and also ‘sand’ the colour from the pencil lead to the fabric
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First colour a complete shape in your chosen colour. You can be light or heavy handed – just make sure all of the colour is even with no white spaces. You need to try and keep inside the lines but use whatever method works to get that nice even colour.
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Then we can add a bit of shading – simply choose a shade darker and add some dimension on each petal to give it depth and a rounded shape.
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Continue colouring until you have completed your design.
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Now – to make the colour permanent and washable we need to seal it – this is a simple process that wont take long to get the hang of..
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Place a small amount of medium into a paint pot or a small saucer. Dip your brush in to load and then sit the brush down in the centre of a coloured area. Push the medium to the edges of your shape – don't get it onto the background fabric as it will stain it -and is not removable! Now the beauty of this method is that if you don't like a colour or you went outside the lines, then if you don’t seal it – it will wash out or rub off – so seal everything you want to keep.
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Continue until you have sealed all areas of the design – don’t brush medium from one shape to the next - it may take the colour with it onto the next colour depending on the pencil type you used.
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The last step in the process is to stitch on all of the lines either by hand or machine (This will be dependant on the style of the design). My basic Colourque method involves backstitching by hand around all of the coloured shapes. This design also uses a French knot to cover the dots. You can see tutorials on my blog for these stitches if you are not familiar with them here and here. (ssshhh - not so secret secret – there are lots of tutorials with FREE pattern downloads here)
First I like to apply a stabiliser to the back of my coloured piece and then I always use an embroidery hoop to complete my stitching using a Crewel needle and in this case the lovely Presencia Finca Perle #16 threads.
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and there you have a sweet little finished design to use as you please -
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Or of course you can use it without the colouring if you are just not ready to try.


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If you really did like Colouring then this is the Bible of Colourque® published by The American Quilters Society or available here.
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I also have some starter kits available here but I am sure you can all find the supplies in your local stores.
Thank you for visiting with me here today and sharing my passion – its my daily therapy and something I cannot live without. Please come visit me and show my your results – I’d love to see them or just to say hi to a new quilter, stitcher, embroiderer or Colourquer..
hugs and kisses from me today
Helen


if you would like this image larger in a PDF file
please write me at madamesamm@cogeco.ca 
and I will send it off to you..

Editors note: OH Helen, what is sew amazing
is that YOU have shown many of us something
that this lady knew nothing about. That is what
I love about our blogs, we are exposed
to talent like yourself and we just smile
at all the possibilities...THANK YOU!

Our Giveaway today is for our Quilters.


This lovely collection from 
Shabby Fabrics some Sweet Sue
and some fat quarters of Durham from Lecien.

If you love anything pink, you will no doubt
enjoy this...

What do you need to do?
 Visit Helen's Blog and follow her...
She has amazing treats, eye candy, this lady has
talent that can only be interpreted as AWEspiring....
Be a follower here...( please check your dashboard
and check off show email) sew we connect with you if you win!

Big thanks goes out to HELEN, Shabby Fabrics,
and YOU for being the best quilting friends
any blog hostess would be proud to say they know ....




208 comments:

  1. Oh Helen, I love this so much! This is for sure on my to try list! Thank you Helen, Shappy Fabrics and of course Madame Samm.

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  2. Not a quilter, but I can't wait to try this method....Thanks Helen and Madam Samm...

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  3. Oh wow! This is such a great technique Helen! I am a beginner quilter and this just blows my mind. I'm learning new techniques of all kinds and this is just an awesome technique. I definitely followed your blog because I'm sure I'll use your technique one way or another when it comes to quilting. :)

    Thanks!

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  4. This is just beautiful - I am so excited to learn about this technique !!!!

    Thank you for the Dragon Fly pattern - It is just perfect ;)
    Good luck to all of the Quilters

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  5. I am a new follower of Helen's at Facebook. What a great method! (I detest the process of applique)

    Thanks for your work!
    Annette from Germany

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  6. helen,

    that is such a cool idea! i love to color, now have an "adult" excuse to do so ( not that i need an excuse). i like the idea of coloring your own fabric and making it permanent. i will go back to your blog for sure as i noticed you had some stitching tuts going on. i really need help with the bullions!

    m. samm, thanks for sharing another fabulous creator with us. i love those shabby fabrics too, they are my fav......

    now following helen hugs....
    thank you dorie at ridgetop who sent me this way....

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  7. I've following Helens blog for years, so it's no hardship for me :-)
    Love the line; would be the right thing for a quilt I'm planning.

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  8. Have been reading Helen's blog for ages, and love her work. Her post with you feels like the "push" I need to try Colourque. The fabrics in today's giveaway would be so great to win and try something out of my usual colour range (autumn / country). Thanks again, Madame Samm, for this wonderful campaign ...Margaret

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  9. Wow.. her work is beautiful!! Love stitching, definitely going to try this. I'm following her blog. Thanks for the lovely pattern and giveaway.

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  10. another aussie - yay - I follow Helen (and she lives in my home state of Tasmania - just beautiful) and of course I follow you Madame Samm and my sponsor is Amy's Creative Side - thanks

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  11. Great to see Helen's unique tutorial displayed here today, it really has unlimited potential. I tried it recently on a small project and was blown away by the result.. thank-you for showing us the nitty gritty today and handing us a great tool. I have followed you both for some time.

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  12. What a great tutorial. Add that to my list of things to try. thanks Helen!

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  13. Thank you Helen for the marvelous tut - I have done similar with crayons but never with those beautiful shades in pencils. More fun ahead for me. I am already a regular reader of your blog because I save and practice all of your incredible Sunday Stitcherys -

    I follow you and of course Samm and am a quilter

    Thanks to both of you for today !

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  14. Wow! This is such an awesome technique and I have never seen something like it. How did we not know? I love to color. I have the perfect thing to try it as a first project. Thank you so much Helen for this tutorial. I am now following Helen (great inspiration) and Ellison Lane is my sponsor here.

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  15. I love this tutorial! I always wanted to try it but never knew how to! I thought I needed all kinds of new tools like special brand pencils etc., but I can use anything! Just don't know what kind of medium we can buy over here! The brand you named isn't available in the Netherlands! Tips are welcome! Thanks a lot I will certainly give this a try! And yes, I am a follower of your blog LONG TIME!

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  16. Thanks for the tutorial, never coloured anything before but I just may now. I now follow Helen. Linda

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  17. Another great tutorial and what a fascinating technique.
    I've never been much good at art but I think even I could do this.
    The results are so lovely.
    Thank you :)
    Margaret

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  19. I absolutely love this, Helen!! I love to color, have my own set of colored pencils already that I use to decorate cards with, never knew I could do something like that on fabric. Can't wait to try this out!! I'm following Helen's blog and but of course, I've been following this all along, Samm. Thank you to Samm and the sponsors for this great giveaway!!

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  20. Oh my goodness... I had no idea... all of a sudden, a 1001 ideas just popped into my head!

    Thank you sooo much for this great tutorial!

    I am a quilter and I l-o-v-e LOVE those shabby roses!

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  21. so many possibilities with Colourque! i follow Helen, and here of course! im a quilter.

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  22. How beautiful. I am going to try this. I am a quilter, follow here and now follow helen. have a great day.

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  23. Thank you Helen for a fantastic tutorial. I love the pattern.
    I'm a follower of Helen's blog and I also follow your blog.
    I'm a quilter and my sponsor is Stray Stitches.

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  24. I'm a new follower at Helen's blog. Will have to find a copy of Faux Applique. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm registered via Shade Tree Quilting.

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  25. I just love this pattern and the tutorial. Thanks so much!!

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  26. I love the way the embroidery "finishes" the look of the piece! I have colored on blocks before but did not embroider the edges around. Gotta try this!

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  27. Thanks for introducing me to this great technique. I am now a follower of Helen's blog.

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  28. Nice embroidery tips! great idea with colour too. I follow Helen's Blog and your blog. Thanks for the chance!

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  29. Love Helen and lover her book! One of my most favorites that I own. This technique is really fun! I follow Helen and get her posts in my inbox.
    xx, shell

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  30. I just had to step in and say this looks soooo fun.What a great idea!

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  31. This is a wonderful tutorial Helen! You continue to amaze me with your talents!
    I follow her blog.
    Okay...I almost started drooling when I saw this LOVELY fabric you are giving away today!!!

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  32. Thank you Helen for a great tutorial. I now will have to try out your method. I joined your site as a follower, love your artwork. Please count me in on the fabric giveaway.

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  33. What a great technique - something else for me to add to my list of things to try. thanks for sharing and as always a great big thanks to all the sponsors.

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  34. This looks like so much fun, I can't wait to try it. I'm off to visit Helen and see what other wonderful ideas she has on her blog. Thank you Helen for a great tutorial, and thank you Madame Samm for a great giveaway.
    My sponsor is Clover & Violet.

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  35. This is SEW cool. I love the idea of using my art supplies to do quilt work. Combining the two just doubles my pleasure.

    I am following both blogs.
    Thank you Madam Samm and Thank you Helen for sharing such a delightful technique.

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  36. This was the sweetest thing ever!!!Thanks Samm for finding this lovely lady in Australia!!!

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  37. This is all new to me...but I loved how she explained each step..very beautiful addition to stitching.
    Mama Bear

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  38. I follow Helen on Facebook and through email. I follow you. Helen, great tutorial. I have never tried color pencils before, however, I do color with crayons on fabric. Thank you both for great blogs!
    ~Alicia

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  39. Love everything pink! What a wonderful give way. I am a quilter and am sponsored by Diary of A Quilter. Jumped over and am now following Helen's blog and loved her tutorial on the pencil coloring. Have never tried that before, but it looks easy and fun! Thanks Madame Samm for finding such interesting people!

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  40. Thank you SO MUCH Helen!! I have seen this a few times, and have wanted some plain, easy instructions for doing it. It is so lovely, and looks so easy. I LOVE to color! And I want to start embroidering...this is so cool. Thank you! I am a now a follower...

    And Samm, I WANT THIS FABRIC!! LOL ;)

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  41. I have the pencils, but have never opened them. This is it, I am opening my box and starting today! Thanks so much great tut!

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  42. Oh I would so love to win these wonderful fabrics! I so hope, so hope!

    I am a follower at Helen's!

    Thanks!

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  43. Beautiful work!! Wow... eye candy indeed!! I am now following Helen's Blog - can't wait to see more of her creativity!!

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  44. I can tell I will be a follower of Helen's for a long time. What a great tutorial! I really need to try this technique. I am finding so many wonderful blogs through Stash Manicure. I never want it to end. Of course I follow you too Madam Samm.

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  45. Love this. I had never used the textile medium over my pencils before....gotta try it. I never noticed fading on my own or my antiques... but using this textile medium makes sense!

    I am "hooked" on these tutorials. There is always something new to learn.

    Thanks to Madamme Samm and all who reach out to teach.

    Denise

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  46. I'm now following Helen. I started with embroidery when I was 8 or 10 so I love ideas that incorporate some of that. I would love to actually win something. Today is my birthday so I think it would be a fitting way to celebrate.

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  47. OMGoodness! This is so fabulous:) It never occurred to me to color on my fabrics!!! Thanks so much for the great tutorial and inspiration. I am a new follower and already follow SM. Thanks so much for the great blogs and for all that you do.

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  48. Thank you for the chance to win. I am already a follower of this blog and Helens.

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  49. Wow, this is a great idea. I love applique but many quilters are intimidated by it. This technique would be wonderful for any of us. Thanks for the great giveaway. I was not able to follow Helen as I do not belong to Facebook but I do follow this blog.

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  51. I love this method! Don't know why I wasn't a follower of Helens blog before but I am now, thank you!

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  52. wow that is awesome! I have nearly all those supplies to get started - woo hoo! thanks for a great tut Helen - gorgeous designs! I am a quilter registered with Patty at A Stitch in time

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  53. I have been enjoying Helen's work for a long time now. It is always wonderful. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial on this great technique.
    Great post!

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  54. Wonderful tutorial. I rushed to follow Helen. I can't wait to try this, and some shabby fabrics would be greatly loved and used for my watercolors. Thanks

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  55. Helen makes the whole process look so easy. Thanks for the great tutorial!!
    I'm already a follower of Helen's wonderful blog. Thanks for the opportunity to enter another great giveaway.

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  56. Thank you Helen - this is amazing! I follow you by RSS feed.

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  57. I would love to win this giveaway. Thank you Helen and Madame Sam

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  58. I follow both of your blogs. Thanks again Madame Sam, Helen and Shabby Fabric

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  59. Great tut Helen. This looks like something to add to my to learn list and the stitching to accent just makes it pop . Thanks for sharing

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  60. Now a follower of Helen (and here of course)! I loved your recent posts. That Cretan stitching is amazing and the portraits were so good. Yay for school art programs!
    Thanks for the tutorial also!
    Thanks for the chance to win some fabric as well!!

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  61. Thanks for the fun tutorial. I'll have to try it.

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  62. I am now following Helen, and of course I follow here. The "wanna be" and quilter posts have been so much fun. I just love reading them and there are such great guests! Keep the fun stuff coming

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  63. OH BOY, another project to start LOL. I'm following Helen now and her blog is terrific. Thanks for the chance to win those beautiful fabrics. Of course, I'm a follower here, long time,and a quilter, too. I'm off to find my colored pencils!

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  64. I'm now following Helen by RSS feed...this is an awesome project! Thanks for a super tutorial, Helen! And the Shabby fabric? Yumm!! Thanks, Madame, for introducing us to Helen and her Colorque, and for pulling together these great giveaways!

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  65. Thanks Helen for the great tutorial! This is a new to me technique that I can't wait to try. Although I visit Helen's blog often, I now became an official follower! Thanks to the great sponsors and Madame Samm!

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  66. Helen ; this is just gorgeous ; I dont do stitching , but this looks interesting ! I can't get to your blog for some reason ; so I liked your facebook page and will try the blog again later ( www.facebook.com/harleywife --- Mickey White ) I'm a quilter / Melissa of Happy Quiliting . thanks so much for the FUN ; What will we all do when this is over ????

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  67. You had me at the word Colored pencils!! No One loves to color more than me. I actually sit down with my Grandchildren and color with them. I can't believe I can color and stitch too!! Oh be-still my beating heart! I will have a project set up before you can say the word Colorque!!Thanks ever so much Helen for sharing a entirely NEW technique to me!! Just one more addiction on my list!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane
    P.S. Of course I'm following Helen's blog..who wouldn't???

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  68. This is lovely!!! And I already follow Helen!Thanks so much!

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  69. That is so neat, coloring on fabric! I've embroidered before, but this adds a new dimension. Thanks for stretching me!

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  70. What a great technique! I will certainly try it!!
    I follow both blogs!

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  71. I am a QUILTER! I follow SM, and Shabby Fabric, too 'cause I think Jennifer is awesome, and now I follow Helen! How did I never find my way to her blog before?
    Thank you Helen for this post! I have seen some fine examples of this technique, and never would have thought it was actually something I COULD DO, TOO! Wow! You've opened up a whole new world to me today, Thank you very much!

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  72. What a wonderful tutorial! I must try this technique - so beautiful! I am following her blog now, and it appears she is a woman of many talents. I've gotta try her astounding series of stitchery tutorials-WOW!

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  73. Thank you Helen for this fun tutorial. I'm thinking of the endless possibilities this technique could be used for. Madame Samm was right about your blog being eye candy. Your needlework is stunning, leaves my brain spinning!!

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  74. Just signed up to follow Helen. What a neat process! I am going to try this on some pillowcases.

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway today!!

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  75. What a cool idea!

    Tracey
    thepeonyteacup.blogspot.com

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  76. Helen this is great! I have never tried this, so it will be fun!
    I already follow Helen and I am following Sew we Quilt too!
    Thank you for sharing with us!

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  77. I was jumping up and down with this one...what fun....I will definitely have to try this...thanks so much!!

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  78. I am following Helen and, of course, I am a follower of Sew we quilt! :)
    Lucy x

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  79. Had to say what a wonderful idea! I had no idea I could do that - so many more possibilities! Thank you!

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  80. Oh my gosh!! I'm so following her blog. I had no idea you could do that. You mean I can have those fancy designs without cutting all those pieces?? Hold the presses!! I can paint.. Sweeeeeeet! I'm super excited.. now not too sure DH is gonna be when I bring a whole nother batch of supplies into the house.. but maybe I can sneak in a few at a time :)

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  81. What a great guest blogger! I love the look of the Faux Appliqe. I am a new follower of Helen's blog. Love the great giveaway also Madame Samm!
    Quilting by the River

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  82. following thanked thanks to you too have colored pencils will have to find the stabilizer and try this

    thanks again

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  83. What a great and timely post from Hellen! I just colored 4 blocks for a baby quilt yesterday, and wanted to check somewhere that I had done it correctly. I Had!!!! Her embroidery tutorials are awesome too.
    Yes I'm a new follower there, and of course follow here. How else would I have found out about Hellen.
    Thanks to both of you!
    Lovely roses, so glad to be able to enter for this give away.
    I was sad that I missed the Amanda Murphy fabric giveaway. I'm squeeling wanting some of that fabric! and her patterns too!

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  84. Wonderful inspiration! I love this technique. Very creative. Thankyou for a wonderful tutorial. I am following Helens blog and of course here.

    Thanks Jen

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  85. What a unique and beautiful technique! Thank you, Helen, for showing this to us! I am now following you blog Helen, for I'm sure there are oodles of inspiration on there. And, of course, I follow this blog, too.

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  86. I love the idea of coloring the fabric before stitching! I am a follower to both blogs :-)

    ~ Meagan
    SnippetsAndYarns@gmail.com

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  87. I am a new follower of Helen and follow here. Thanks for this tutorial. I have recently discovered Derwent watercolor pencils and I can't wait to try this technique of coloring and handstitching.

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  88. I have been following the uber talented Helen for a while now. Love her and her work! This is the first I have seen a tutorial on coloring fabric with colored pencils, so thank you. I have been shown how to use crayons and then heat set to make it colorfast. I like the idea of color pencils and medium to do the same thing b/c you have a little more control of what gets set and what doesn't. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  89. Now there's something I did not know about. Helen, thanks for sharing this technique.

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  90. I visited Helen's blog and have now become a follower. She is a very talented lady. So nice to have something new to try. I follow you Madame Samm and lilypadquilting is my sponsor. Love the beautiful fabric up for giveaway today. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  91. I have been reading Helen's blog for quit some time but just realize I was not a follower but I am now. I love her work and will be trying this coloring technique. I have already printed out the picture.

    I am a quilter and a follower here and am sponcered by Jane's Fabrics.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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  92. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it! Helen's talent is amazing and her tutorial was brilliant! So, SO clever! I'm so happy to have found her blog! Thanks Samm, another winner! xo, Nan

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  93. What a wonderful tutorial! I must try this technique - they are so beautiful!
    Thx

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  94. thanx, mm. samm, you really are widening our horizons! great tut, one can easily follow along and make something nice. have given helen's blog a good going over and now am her follower, just as i follow this blog, and amy' diary of a quilter, who sent me here.

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  95. I am a quilter and a follower of yous, with a sponser of Gmama Jane.
    Thank you for a great giveaway. You are doing such an awsome job.

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  96. Great Tutorial today! Great prizes today too!
    I am following Helen now!
    I am following you here and I am a Quilter!
    Again thanks for the chance to win!
    Enjoy your day!

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  97. Great tutorial. I will put it on my list to try when life settles down a bit for me.

    I am a follower of Helen's and here, a quilter and a member of Paul's OUtnumbered Quilter team.

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  98. Helen... You have combined my love of drawing, painting, and stitching. I honestly never thought of such a terrific combination. I CANNOT say enough about these fabulous tutorials and all of the wonderful sites that I now get to follow. It will take me a whole year to complete all the wonderful items during this celebration of quilting, and I will be loving every single minute!! Thanks everyone!! :)

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  99. I'm already a follower of Helen. LOVE her blog and her work. I'm excited about using simple colored pencils for adding dimension and pizazz to a project.

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  100. I follow Helen's blog and yours. What a fun coloring project. thanks, kathy

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  101. I am a new follower of Helen's blog after reading this post. Can't wait to try coloring on my next project. Thanks Helen.

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  102. Hopped over from LilyPad Quilting.... and Oh Sew glad that I did! I love this! I can't WAIT to try it!!

    Thank you for the awesome tutorial...

    joybmts at yahoo dot com

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  103. How fun to learn something new!! This is beautiful, and looks like so much fun!! I am a new follower of Helen, and enjoyed reading her blog. Thanks so much!!

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  104. What a wonderful tutorial and thanks for introducing me to a new technique! I am now following your blog and look forward to your next post!

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  105. A wonderful tutorial and future project. Samm, does the cup come with the fabric? It is stunning. Devoted follower and thank you to
    Helen and Shabby Fabrics, you too, Samm for all you do. Judy C

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  106. Great tutorial! This technique looks like great fun. I am now a follower of Helen's blog and I follow here. Corrie at Quilt Taffy is my sponsor and I am a quilter.

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  107. I am now following Helen's blog. Thanks for the beautiful tutorial and giveaway. I love all things pink! I hope I win :)

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  108. Another fabulous find! I have so many new techniques to try... I had no idea there were so many different quilting art forms. I'm a fairly inexperienced quilter and am learning so much from this blog.
    Jan / sponsor Amy a quilted sheep

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  109. Thank you for another great tutorial from a talented blogger.

    I'm a follower of Helen's blog now.

    Have a great day!

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  110. I am a quilter from Marcia's crafty sewing and quilting and I just love the look of this method. My friends and I were just talking about the crayon coloring of stitching yesterday but this looks more beautiful than that. I can't wait to tell them about this method and try it out. I really enjoyed Helen's post today.

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  111. I follow here, I follow there, and I'm learning so much. What a great post. I love coloring and now I can do it with colored pencils and make it permanent! Thanks so much.

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  112. I am a follower of your blog - love this tutorial - can't wait to try it!

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  113. I'm only a wantobe but I'm commenting anyways just to say: THAT IS SO COOL!!! Thanks for that!!

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  114. I love this process and I already have the pencils to try this method. Thanks for the pattern.

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  115. I LOVE Helen's Blog and follow her Sunday's stitching lessons!! Love your blog too and follow both!! Thanks so much for the chance to win this lovely give away!! Quilt Sue is my sponsor.
    Paulette

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  116. Helen made me want to try using this technique; a whole new realm for me.

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  117. OMG! Love this. I've got to try this. Thanks, Helen. Thanks, Madame Samm for finding such wonderful guest bloggers. I love the fabric. PINK!

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  118. Great tutorial, I want to give this a try! I am a new follower of Helen's site. I have to go back and look at some more of her posts.

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  119. Another so creative post! Lovely fabric too!

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  120. I am a long time subscriber of Helen's and love reading her blog. She is so generous to share her talents with us. I signed up to be a google member but I don't do facebook so couldn't sign up to follow. I think I need to try a colorique project very soon. Her quilt is gorgeous!!

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  121. I've read about colourque before and hope to try it some time.
    Lovely post and the giveaway to. Keeping my fingers crossed for Sue at Quilt Times (my "sponsor") and myself.

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  122. I have been following Helen's blog for awhile now, learning from her fantastic embroidery stitch tutorials. I love her instruction here for Colorique. Hope to put it into action. Thank you for hosting her. Wonderful post!

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  123. Thank you Helen for sharing this with us! I have never heard about Colorique. It looks great with the stitchery!

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  124. I follow Helen, and here, and I'm a QUILTER!
    And I just love that design, I hope to catch up on my projects one day and do some hand embroidery like this, just beautiful!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  125. Thank you for sharing this technique. I can think of several things I'd like to try using this.

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  126. This is to sweet for words. Sometime in my life I will be a stitcher. I'm following Helen and you, Madame Samm (and I want to thank you for friending my blog)I love these fabrics as well. The greatest thing about sew we quilt is all the new bloggers we get to meet!!!

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  127. I'm a quilter, a follower of both and am learning some amazing things through this campaign!

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  128. HAPPILY FOLLOWING YOU+HELEN!
    SUCH GOOD BLOGS!
    LOVE THESE FABRICS TOO!
    THANK YOU BOTH FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  129. I love the effect of the COLOURING! Helen's is a new Blog I follow now. When will I ever have time to quilt reading all these Blogs??? LOL I dont' really need more fabric but I would love some Pretty pastels like the ones pictured...always room for more! right?

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  130. Wow! I'm sold! This is right up my street add in a whole bunch of FMQ'ing and there'd be no stopping me! Thanks Helen for a great tute! And thankyou Mdm Samm for a wonderful giveaway! :)

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  131. I've been a follower of both blogs for a while. I love Helen's Sunday Stitches. This is a great giveaway. I use alot of pink fabric as I have 2 granddaughters who Love pink!

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  132. I just love this technique...I will be sure to add it to my list...I am a follower of Helen's and of this wonderful blog....thanks for the giveaway...

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  133. I like!! I went and checked out the blog (and started following) and wow! The tutorial for the Cretan stitch from last Sunday was so clear.
    I am a follower dear Madame! {Ellison Quilts is my sponsor}

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  134. I`ll add this to my to do list.The effect of the coloring and the stitches are just awesome.
    I`m a follower of Helen and of course ,of you.Thanks for the chance

    Sue (Quiltimes),is my "sponsor.

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  135. What a cool technique. Thanks for showing us how to do it. I am a follower of both blogs and a quilter. My sponser is Janes Fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  136. I became a follower of Helen & am anxious to try her coloring method. I love the look of it. Thanks for introducing us to her.

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  137. I have been a follower of Helen for a few yrs. now and I love her work.....she does some incredible work and is a very gifted artist......

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  138. Holy Cow. This has been my favorite post yet. I LOVE learning new things and this just blows my socks off. I cannot wait to try this!!
    And of course, the giveaway is in my favorite color: PINK. >:D
    Thank you M. Samm and Helen and Shabby Fabrics!!

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  139. I haven't tried this method but it looks like fun. Thanks for the pattern. Susan

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  140. Who needs giveaway prizes when I've been gifted with an introduction to your beautiful projects and blog!! :) I've become one of your newest fans and followers and would've sooner had I found you before now! Great job Lady!! Thank you for sharing and thank you Madeame Sammy for this introduction!!

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  141. Can't wait to try this! Thanks so much. I am following Helen and here of course. I'm sponsored by Busy as Can Be. Thanks for the give away chance!! Deborah in Fort Worth.

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  142. Fantabulous tutorial!! A delightful technique. I already am a follower of Helen's (via e-mail notification) and of course, of SewWeQuilt! ~karen

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  143. I have been working on Helen's Sunday Stitches tutorials to help us learn embroidery. She is so generous! I am really excited about embroidery, and now this new colored pencil technique looks really interesting too.

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  144. Fabulous!! I usually don't have the patience for applique but color and embroider I can do! Thank you for sharing this and Helen's blog!

    (sponsor: Clover and Violet)

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  145. What a beautiful project! It is so delicate and cheerful. I'm so glad that you were a guest on Madame Samm 's and I am now a follower of your blog! It is really lovely.
    cheers
    maggie

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  146. I've subscribed to Helen's blog update emails for a while now - and read about her colorque technique before on her blog. The Sunday Stitches is wonderful - I've saved all of her emails with the stitches. Helen truly lives up to her blog name of Hugs and Kisses!
    I follow sewwequilt and am blogless QUILTER enrolled through Linda at Stray Stitches.
    Madame Samm, Thanks for the giveaway. One day will win something - right? Now, am off to look at blog pretty photos.

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  147. Well, it's a good day when you learn something new! This technique is something I'll be trying just as soon as I buy some coloured pencils. I'm following Helen now. I'm a quilter sponsored by Stray Stitches. Thanks to Madame Samm and the sponsors.

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  148. Thank you Helen, this tutorial really gives me a lot of ideas, I can't wait to get everything together to try it.

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  149. This is a great tutorial on something that I have seen others doing, but didn't have a clue as to how to get started myself! Thanks Madame Samm for hosting, and Helen for giving us all the great details and links.

    Just went and followed Helen's blog -- am always glad for the introduction to new crafty bloggers! :)

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  150. Helen, what a unique and fabulous idea.
    Thanks for sharing.
    My sponser Dionn Stott and I would love to win.

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  151. Thank you Helen for a wonderful tutorial. I may try this in the near future.

    Thank you,
    Peggy

    Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts

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  152. What a great tutorial Helen and Madame Samm. I'm following both of of your blogs with google. My sponser is StitchinattheLake.

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  153. Oh, my! I don't do applique (or I keep telling myself) but I can color. What inspiration. I can't wait for Helen's book to come out in November. (I've even been on line pricing the pencils already!)

    Naturally I'm a follower here and now I'm following Helen as well.

    Thanks for the inspiration

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  154. Hmmm ... possibly more within my skill level than traditional applique. Thanks for the tutorial and the inspiration, Helen.

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  155. Hi. Thanks for the great tutorial, you have really inspired me to give colourque a go. And the fabric up for grabs - beautiful.

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  156. What an interesting blog - I've just finished a trapunto butterfly using exactly the same method as this. I'm heading over to Heleln's blog now. Already a follower of Madame Samm and registered with Paul, the Outnumbered Quilter.

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  157. Great tute! Love learning new techniques. Now I follow Helen's blog.

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  158. WOW! What beautiful work Helen does. I've become a follower of Helen's blog via GFC. I'm also a follower of SWQ. I'm a quilter and registered with Clover & Violet.

    Thanks for a chance to win. Great giveaway!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  159. OH my gosh, I have been a follower of Helen for a long, long time. She designs the most wonderful things. Of course I have followed you here for a long while too. AND Shabby Fabric has to be one of my favorite, if not THE favorite online shops. Great giveaway today. My sponsor by the way is Linda of Buzzing and Bumbling. What an exciting giveaway!!! Hugs... OH, and thanks so much Helen for the lovely pattern.

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  160. Thank you, Helen, for a great tutorial! It's nice to have yet another way to embellish our quilts!
    I'm a new follower of Helen's blog, too.

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  161. I am dying to try this method. I'm just scared of stuffing up. But I guess that's how new techniques are born right. Gottoa bite the bullet and give it a go anyway :) Thanks for the inspirataion :D

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  162. Thanks for the inspirational tutorial, Helen! I'm now a new follower of Helen's and follow here, of course :)
    Lovely, lovely fabric giveaway! Thank you, Madame Samm, Shabby Fabrics and Lecien.
    AngelaSews557

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  163. I had heard of this technique but had never seen it. Thank you Helen for another wonderful tutorial. I am so want to do all these tutorials but there just is not enough time in the day.

    I'm the quilter.

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

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  164. I've done some colouring on fabric but not to such an exquisite degree....gorgeous, gonna have to spend lots more time checking out Helen's blog...of which I'm now a follower!

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  165. Thanks for such a great tutorial. I will have to try this, it looks wonderful. Thanks for the great giveaway. My sponsor is Amy Ellis @Amy's Creative Side. I am a follower and a new one of Helens. =

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  166. Wow! I have never imagined anything so simple and beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us all!

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  167. Oh this looks like fun , always did like to color .Thanks for the great tutorial and the sweet pattern.I already follow Helen and love her work. Thanks for the chance to win. Oh I'd love the pattern in the larger size if it isn't too much trouble. Thanks

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  168. This technique is fabulous and always looks a treat :) I have been following Helen for quite a while now in Reader and love her things she does. Of course I am a follower of this fab blog too. I have once again crossed everything in the hope of winning some gorgeous fabrics :) Thanks Samm :) Hugs Vicki x

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  169. What an awesome technique, I'm definitely going to try it out!!

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  170. I LOVE this technique. I'm ready to try this as soon as possible! I'm now following Helen's blog.

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  171. I "liked" Helen and I love her "new to me" technique. I guess we old dogs can always learn new tricks.

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  172. I'm one of Helen's No. 1 Fans! I've done a few workshops with her and to see her work up close is fabulous. Her lace quilts are stunning!! She's such an inspiration.

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  173. I'm a new follower of Helen's blog but have had her blog on my blog roll for ages....love her designs.Will have to give this method a try :) Barb.

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  174. Beautiful fabric! thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  175. I'm already a follower of Helen's blog and of course I follow here. Great tutorial on the fabric colouring!
    Cheers,
    Robyn

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  176. I'm a new follower of Helen's blog and of course I follow you. I would be so excited to win some Lecien fabric. Sponsored by A Quilting Sheep.

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  177. Brilliant tutorial! I'm going to break out the coloured pencils and colour me some fabric. lol

    Love these girly pink fabrics. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.... ;o)

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  178. Just incredible. And I just bought some 'nice' colored pencils yesterday (kids, hands off!). Thank you for telling us all about your technique.

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  179. What a great tutorial - so glad you shared it with us. Love the fabrics that are offered up today - could certainly put them to good use.

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  180. What a great tutorial. Will have to add it to my to do list. I am a follower of both blogs. Would love to win the fabric giveaway!

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  181. I'm now following Helen & I'm a follower here. I love all the new techniques that I'm learning here.

    Melissa @ Happy Quilting is my sponsor.

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  182. I can't wait to try out this technique. I am a new follower of Helen's and love her work. I am a follower here also. Thanks to Helen, the sponsors, and Madame Samm.

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  183. A fabulous tutorial Helen. I've been a follower of 'Hugs and Kisses' almost as long as I've been blogging. I was thrilled to meet Helen in Salt Lake City at Spring Market. Her quilts are truely amazing. Thanks for sharing your time and coloring technique with us. Thanks to Mme Samm and Shabby Fabrics....sweet fabric!!

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  184. I have followed Hugs n Kisses for a long while now - Helen is so inspirational! And now I have discovered Sew We Quilt through Helen I have become a follower. Thank you for the opportunity of a giveaway!

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  185. Thank you Madame Samm for introducing us all to Helen. She's a very talented artist. I now follow both of you. ;->

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  186. Oh WOW!! This is just AWESOME!! I have loved Hugs n Kisses patterns for ages, and have some in my UFO list. I also have some of the Derwent pencils, as I wanted to colour in a little wall-hanging I had that was a bit plain, but I didnt really know HOW to make it WATERPROOF!! Or, how to give it depth etc., I am SO thrilled to finally learn what to do. THANKYOU so much Helen. I just love embroideries, and stitcheries, so now I know how to give them that WOW factor!! I am following Helen's blog now. Cant wait to see what else she shows us, and of course I follow YOU Mdm Samm :0)
    As for the prize... well, I have been buying fabric from Shabby Fabrics ever since I first started quilting, as I just ADORE all things PINK, and pretty - and they have the most wonderful range of fabrics and patterns! I have told lots of my Aussie friends about Shabby Fabrics too. It is cheaper for us to buy fabric from the USA, even adding in the postage costs, than to buy it here!! So, well done Mdm Samm, on finding us another FABULOUS, entertaining, tutorial! THANKYOU SO MUCH!!
    Hugs n Blessings from Sue in Oz xx

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  187. What a wonderful process and a great tutorial. Thank you Helen for sharing with us! I look forward to trying this soon.

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  188. This looks like an easy technique for a non drawer like me. Thanks for the sweet dragonfly pattern. I follow Helen now. Thanks for the chance :)

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  189. Thanks for the tutorial, and the lovely pattern to color.
    I follow both and am learning so much.

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  190. Glad I found your blog today! I can't wait to give this a try sometime soon. I've been to Helen's blog to follow her as well as you. Both of you have so much info to explore. Following you over on sewiquiltnow

    Karen Finger Lakes NY

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  191. What an interesting technique! I may have to try it. I follow you and am registered through Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts.

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  192. I now follow Helen, I follow here,I am a quilter and my sponsor is Jillily. Gorgeous fabric! Great technique. Thanks again.

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  193. Wow, what an artist and a super tutorial. I'm a follower of both blogs. Thanks for all the great giveaways.

    vail in tn

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  194. Wow!!! I didn't know you could put something together like that. It really is beautiful. Great Job Helen!

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  195. Love the fabrics, thanks for the giveaway.

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