Friday, October 28, 2011

Guest #64 64 Guests...wow....and Heather with her SUNSHINE kissed Journals....and Giveaways...LOTS....

Hi again! Heather here from quilt.cook.keep. In my first guest post for Madame Samm's Wantobe Quilter Campaign, I confessed to being a little intimidated by Madame Samm. Silly me. No need at all. Not only is she generous and gracious, she's quite funny as well. We've had several chats since then. During one of our chats, she asked if I'd like to do another post. Sure, why not? Then she told me it was the last spot.  As in the ending to this fabulous three months of quilting tips, tutorials and talented teachers. Okay, intimidated again. But, here we go. Today I'm bringing you one of my favorite things to make, journal covers.

Wait, wait, wait. Before I go on, can we have a round of applause for Madame Samm? Over the past three months, 89 days she tells me and 30 days before that- she's brought together quilters, wantobe quilters (who must be "real" quilters by now, right?!) amazing teachers and the most generous sponsors. And she's done it all on her own with nobody paying her one cent, she gave up countless hours, days, weeks, and months for all of US.  She's the prize procurer, the guest securer, the photographer, the web designer, the shipping and handling department, the complaint department (yup, she's gotten a few of those along the way) and she's done it all because she wants to celebrate this hobby, this art that we dearly love make sure there are plenty of new quilters to share it with. So, please put your hands together.So many of us have benefited from her big heart and creative mind.


All right then. Back to our regularly scheduled tutorial. Today I bring you not one but TWO Sun-shined Kissed covers! I confessed my love for journal covers in this post a few weeks ago. I'm still enamoured of them. In that post I picked a favorite. This one I'm showing you is my new favorite. Until I make another one, of course.

Let's start with the big one.


Oh yeah, did I mention I have a thing for Dresdens too? Yes. Yes I do.

Here's what you'll need:



A selection of fabrics for the Dresden plate. I've had these in my stash for well over a year, waiting for the perfect project. You know those favorites that you can't bear to cut in to? These weresome of them. Can I just say one thing here about saving fabrics? Don't. USE THOSE FABRICS! My quilt cave is in our basement. A few weeks ago, the supply line to the toilet, which is located over the basement, burst, thus, flooding the basement. Gratefully, the water didn't damage much, and my fabric is fine (whew!) but it very easily could have been soaked. So please, don't be afraid to cut into your "good" fabric. You never know. And, I'm pretty sure that the fabric manufacturers will come out with something that you're going to like even better. Okay, stepping down from my soap box....

You'll also need a composition book for the journal (standard size ~ btw they also make these with gridded paper ~ perfect for sketching quilt designs!) Base fabric (I used linen) and a backing fabric. Honestly, I just used a heavy weight  muslin for the backing fabric.  It will never seen. Plus it adds a little sturdiness. You can get fancy and use a print if you'd like. For the Dresden blades and center, scraps will do, charms will do. We're making 20 blades. The base and backing are cut to 16 1/4" x 10 3/4" (basically, an inch taller and wider than your book, allowing for a 1/2 inch seam allowance.) Not pictured: one hair elastic, one uncovered button, to be turned into a covered button, and fabric for the side flaps, 2 pieces, cut 10 3/4" x 5 1/2" (you'll see these later.)


Aside from the usual rotary cutter, mats, rulers, I used a Dresden ruler. You can get it lots of places. I highly recommend one. I think you'll find that you'll use it for all sorts of things. If you'd rather make a template out of cardboard or template plastic, here are some dimensions.


Let's make the Dresden plate. First, cut your blades. I experimented a bit with the size, and this fit the best on the journal cover. You'll need 20 of these. I had 7 fabrics, so cut three of each and had one left over.




Once all the blades are cut, arrange them in a circle. Make them look pretty!

Take each blade and fold in half, right sides together, matching the sides, and giving a little finger press down the center. (The wider, outer part of the blade is shown here.)

Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew across the top of the folded blade. You can chain piece these guys.
Little Dresden Soldiers.


Snip between seams, keeping them in order. Turn the point out on each blade. Use the finger pressed seam to line up the center seam of each blade. Press.


After all the blades are turned and pressed, pick up two at a time, matching seams, and sew from side to the base (from pointy side to the base.) I like to do it this way, so I make sure my side seams match. It won't matter if the bottom seams aren't perfect.


You can chain piece these if you'd like. I get confused easily, so I sew a pair, lay it down, then pick up the next pair. After you have all your pairs sewn, pick up a pair of pairs, sew together. Continue in this manner until your circle is stitched.

I hate to bring this up, because we were having such a good time, but at this point, you need to press the circle. And, you need to press the seams open. I will do almost anything not to have to press seams open, but in this case we must. Sorry.


Back to the fun stuff. Take your journal cover front, and give it a little press down the middle. We're going to center the Dresden plate on the spine of the cover. (Of course, you can put it anywhere you want!) Line up the plate on the seam, centering it top and bottom as well.

Pin well.


Using matching or neutral thread, stitch down the plate to the cover. I stitched very close to the edge of the plate, maybe 1/16th".


Now, on to the center. I measured my center. About 3".

Totally serendipitous, one of my fabrics had this awesome motif!

There are several ways you can finish the center. You can choose not to have any center at all, and just turn under the edges of your circle (I guess you'd need to do this before you stitch the outside down!) You can needle turn applique it. I decided on a raw edge applique. I traced my circle template onto lite heat n bond. Fused the heat n bond to the wrong side of my fabric, and cut out my circle. Then, fused the circle to the center of the Dresden plate. Using matching thread, navy in my case, I used a small zig zag to stitch the center down.

For the closure, take your hair elastic, take a little thread and wrap around the end to secure it (I learned that little trick from Jeni!)

Using a 1/4" seam allowance, tack the hair elastic to the left side of your cover (which will become the back of your cover.)

On to the side flaps. Super simple. Fold long edge under 1/4", then 1/4" again and topstitch. Repeat for the other side. (Make sure you create a right and left side. See picture!)

Almost done! Time to layer it up. Place your cover, right side up. Then place your side flaps, right side down, with the finished edges towards the center.

Lay your backing fabric on top, right side down.

Pin all around.

Sew, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Leave a 2-3" opening on the bottom to turn the cover right side out. After sewing, I clipped the corners and trimmed the top and side seams to 1/4" to reduce bulk.

Turn your cover right side out through the opening, give her a good pressing. Hand stitch the opening, add a covered button to the front and voila! You're finished!


Whew! Ready to make the small one? Much quicker. Besides, you're an expert by now!

This is the one we're going to make.

How cute would this be for a stocking stuffer? Or for you to keep all of your gift lists, receipts, menu plans? You can whip up a bunch in no time!

You'll need:


Front and lining, 7.5" x 5" ~ basically, add 1/2" to the height and width. (I used osnaburg for the lining, which you'll see later, not a great choice. Should have stuck to muslin.) Two inside pieces, (3" x 5"), hair elastic, covered button garnish. Finish the side flap pieces like above (fold, fold, stitch.) For a super easy, faster way, you can use selvage edges from your fabric, like  in this scrappy version:


For the closure, cut your hair elastic so it's one long piece. (Cut your hair elastic on its seam.) Tack it to the front left side (which will become the back of the cover) stitching in about 1 1/2" from the side and 1/8" away from top and bottom edge.
Layer your pieces as before: Cover, right side up (keep the hair elastic on the left side), flaps, with finished edges toward center, then the inside of the cover, right side down.

Again, pin to keep layers from shifting. Stitch all the way around, this time using a scant 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 2" opening for turning. Clip corners.

Turn it out!

See that mess at the bottom? That's why I wouldn't use osnaburg again. Oh well. Hand stitch closed. Add a decorative button (I sewed mine to the elastic.) Bring the elastic around from the back to the front to secure your mini journal cover.
Now go make a whole bunch of them for gifts!


Thanks so much for spending some time with me. I do hope you'll give these a try! I'd love to have you come by and visit my blog, stay for a bit, maybe check my other tutorials. Thanks again to Madame Samm for all she's done for us! She's very special. But you knew that!


Editors note...
Thank you Heather, thank you..
LOVELY post...and in your honor
for being our very special LAST guest of
this Wantobe Quilters Campaign....I have
chosen these giveaways.....



 Sizzix cutter with 2.5 strip die...
and these rulers...
ONE WINNER WILL WIN BOTH


 Creative Grid Rulers oh yeahhhhhhhhhhh
they always measure up to any quilters needs!

( winner announced tomorrow)


Big Thanks goes out to Heather,
Sizzix and Creative Grid...and YOU
for cheering on our wonderful delightful
creative guests and our over the top 
generous sponsors.

 I have no more words!
Time ate them all up!
 Ü


344 comments:

  1. A Dresden plate tutorial...fabulous! Thanks to Madamme Samm and to all the wonderful people who posted for this marathon giveaway.

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  2. Thank you again Madame Samm for everything!!!!! Thanks also to all the wonderful sponsors and guest bloggers! You are all so generous with your time, energy, talents and products! You are very much appreciated! I have truly enjoyed this journey! THANK YOU!

    For today's giveaway... I'm already a follower of yours & Heather's blog! Thanks! Have a wonderful day! :)

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  3. What an amazing tutorial - thanks for sharing! I am already a follower, and would love to win. But I already feel like a winner, being the recipient of the combined knowledge of all the wonderful guest bloggers!

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  4. What a great giveaway! I'm so in need for rulers like these. It would be great to win and try to make some fabric covers.

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  5. Thank you Heather for the tutorial - love the little ones and will have to shop for some now. Thank you Madam Samm and to all the sponsors.

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  6. I have been dreaming of doing a Dresden plate quilt. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  7. Heather i love your tutorial and am inspired to make some journal covers.

    Oh Madame Samm. Oh oh oh. Such a magical campaign there will never be again in blogland. Thank you so very much and to the awesome sponsors also.

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  8. I love the Dresdens! Great giftie idea for a Secret Pal too. Thank you and a BIG THANKS to Madame Samm!!!

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  9. What a great giveaway! I'm so in need for rulers like these. It would be great to win and try to make some fabric covers.

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  10. I just bought my first Creative Grid ruler and they are fabulous, and have been researching the Sizzix to see whether to buy one or not....maybe I won't have to - fingers crossed. Linda

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  11. Those are really a great gift idea! Thanks so much for the tutorial - for a dresden as well as the journal cover! (sponsored by Jennifer @ Ellison Lane)

    And a gigantic THANK YOU to Madame Samm, this was amazing!

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  12. thank you, so much, samm! I look forward to whatever else you are doing. It has been a joy! Thanks, kathy

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  13. Great tutorial Heather, love the dresdens. Thank you Madame Samm, this campaign has been fabulous.

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  14. thanks for the tutorial Heather - great idea for christmas gifts - and thanks Madame Samm for all your efforts over the past three months - my last comment - not quite sure I'll know what to do with myself without my daily sew we quilt dose ! and another fabulous giveaway to end with - thanks again

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  15. I'd certainly would love to try and win this! Would be a great addition and very helpful for me.

    Thanks so much for the great tutorial, I love it! Love the technique on making the pointed tip. Very nice!! :)

    Please enter me in this great giveaway, I'd really appreciate it!!! THANKS!

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  16. Two tutorials in one - especially love the dresden plate! Thanks Heather.
    Time to take a deep breath Madame Samm. I would say stop and relax, but I know you are already onto your next adventure!!!

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  17. journal covers are so cute...I will have to try this...thanks for showing how...and love the giveaway!

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  18. Love the journal cover ideas! I Sew need new rulers. I follow here and with Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts.

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  19. The dresden cover is so beautiful! i love the hair elastic fastening too. Creative Grids-probably the best quilting rulers in the world!

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  20. A great show. I have not made ​​Dresden plate block. Now I will try. Great presentation booklet cover. Thank you, Sam Madamme all this wonderful tutorials. It would be nice to win me such wonderful gifts. Gievawey Thank you!

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  21. Cheers to you and Madame Samm. This has been quite fun for all.

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  22. Thanks Heather! I love Dresden Plate too and this was a really clear tutorial!I'm off to your blog now!
    Thank you Madame Samm for all your hard work - it has been much appreciated!

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  23. Lovely Giveaway -I to have a thing for Dresdens - Thank you for the tutorial;)

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  24. Thanks Heather, but thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you to Madame Samm for such a great three months :-) x x x

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  25. great tutorial and thousands of thanks to Madame Samm for a great campaign. I know several people these journals would be great for.

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  26. What a smashing end to an amazing event.

    I follow you, I follow Heather, and I am sponsored by Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts. I think each of you is fantastic, and I extend my thanks.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  27. I have SEW enjoyed the past few weeks. I've learned a ton, discovered new blogs, and lusted after new fabric. Tahnk you sew much!

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  28. Oh wow great giveaway. I love the idea of the cover for a journal. I am putting together a book of recipes for my daughters. A cover like that would be so cute.

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  29. Thank you so much! I'll be making loads of those covers in the near future. Great step by step tutorial. I would (of course) love to win....Thank you Madame Samm for hosting this wonderful campaign. I've really, really enjoyed all the amazing posts and tutorials! Will you do it again?

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  30. Another wonderful tutorial and wonderful giveaway! I now follow Heather. I've followed here for several months. Amy of Diary of a Quilter is my sponsor. Thanks to Madame Samm for all her hard work! This has been a lot of fun!

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  31. Great tutorial thank you, and fantastic giveaway as always.

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  32. I don't know why I hesitate in making dresden plates. I love the way they look. I've hand sew since I was a kid in 4H. Maybe this will inspire me. The journal covers are so stinkin cute! I love them! Thanks for the tutorial! Thanks one last and final time Madame Samm for all your hard work!

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  33. Wonderful tutorial!
    Thanks for this busy time!

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  34. Great post!I agree with every single word this sweet guest has written.Samm rocks!!!!!What a great tutorial!!!I just love dresdens!!

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  35. Beautiful giveaway, and excelent tutorial. I love creative rulers but Sizzix cutter is great.

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  36. WOW 3 MONTHS !! mme Samm ; you are wonderful ! and thanks for living this campaign the last 3 months ; whoever complained to you should be ashamed of themselves .

    Heather ; thanks so much for the great tutorial ; another gift idea for me .....

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  37. I can only echo Heather's words of thanks to Madame Samm and join in the huge round of applause for this beautiful, creative, generous, inspiring lady!!
    Heather, thanks for the fantastic journal covers - I definitely see some of these in my future!

    Thanks again to all the wonderful guests, sponsors and Madame Samm!!

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  38. Neat tutorial. Those would make great Christmas presents! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  39. Awesome tutorial!! Please put my name in the hat! Following where I need to be!

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  40. Madame Samm you have done a wonderful job of entertaining and enlightening us during this campaign. Thank you. I loved today's post and I appreciated the reminder to USE our favorite fabrics -- I am guilty of having a "too nice to use" pile. Thanks again!

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  41. I have learned so much the past 3 months! Somehow, someway I will get a machine so that I can start quilting! Thanks Madame Samm! I follow quilt.cook.keep.

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  42. Heather, your dresden is so lovely! i adore my dresden ruler too! i made a skirt with an appliqued dresden on it last month, and now i'm dying to make more. thanks for the tutorial - finally, a use for all the hair elastics i never got around to using before i chopped my hair off!


    i can't believe it's OVER! ohmygoodness madame samm, you are SO AMAZING! thank you so much! and thank you to the sponsors! and to all of the guest posters! i've so enjoyed following along with the campaign!

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  43. I love the Dresden Plate pattern, and they are really fast and fun to put together. Great way to use them! Thanks for a great 3 months, M Samm and thanks to all the bloggers who shared their talents and inspired so many of us!

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  44. Love3 the Dresden plate, especially the flower in the centre!

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  45. Good Morning Heather and Madame Samm. Heather thank you so much for this tutorial and it is perfect timing as I have just got supplies to make a few jounal covers for chritmas presents and I love the dresdan fan so that is for someone special. I am following you because your blog is wonderful. Thanks to you Madame Samm for everything this has been a wonderful journey and I know tiring for you and I truly am so glad that now you will get to have fun. Again thanks fo all our sponsors for having all this kool stuff to share with us quilters and trusting that Madame Samm knew exactly what she was doing...now aren't you all glad that you supplied these wonderful prizes to her? Look at all the new quilters she has produced to give you more sales...lol Take care and have fun!

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  46. Thanks Heather for the tut. I love dresdens.

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  47. Wow. The last day. It has been a lot of fun to visit with all of your guests and enjoy their generosity and talents. Thanks to the sponsors and to you Madame Samm.

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  48. I love this tutorial! This would make a great gift! Thanks Heather!
    Thanks also to Sizzix and Creative Grid! Thank you again Madame Samm for sharing your life and love for quilting with all of us for what must have seemed like forever! I very much appreciate it!

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  49. I love journals too. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  50. Great tutorial! Need to get some composition books and make some of these! Thanks for sharing!

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  51. Thanks so much for the tutorial and tips...the prizes today are Terrific! Thanks for the great ideas.

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  52. A big round of applause to Madame Samm for all her hard work putting this together!!!! Thank you sponsors for the great prizes and thank you guest bloggers...I have learned so much!! And thank you for the chance to win!!!!!

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  53. I have been following Heather for a bit now. She has some very good ideas.

    Thanks for all you have done!

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  54. I am already a fan of Heathers! Thanks again Madame! I hope this fun day you have planned is fun beyond words...you deserve it!

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  55. Madame Samm, I was shocked that only one winner had written to thank you. Actually, we al thank you for pulling off this wonderful feat. I followed you even on my 3 week trip to Rome. I've thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the bloggers and visiting their sites. You have expanded my Wannabe horizons. Thanks, now get some rest!!

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  56. awesome tutorials! I can't believe only one winner wrote to thank you. You've done an awesome job with this whole campaign! I appreciate all the work you've put into it.

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  57. I've been following Heather for awhile now. Great journal cover Heather, thank you!

    And thank you Samm, it's been a fun 3 months ((hugs))

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  58. Heather what a great tutorial...I have bookmarked this so I can come back to it. I know my girls would love these as Christmas presents. Thanks so much! blessings, marlene

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  59. Oh wow, wow, wowie! Lovely tutorial and I really like the look of your big dresden cover. As it happens I have been thinking of purchasing a cutter and whatdoyouknow... my big ruler broke in two (my fault, I fell over it when it was sticking out of my bag during a workshop) so I really need that for definite. Is it a sign???

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  60. A fabulous last blog post for this awesome campaign. All my journaling pals will be getting covers for Christmas!
    Many thanks and lots of hugs from Mary.

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  61. What an awesome blog for the last day! I've had a ball and I've learned so much. Thanks to Heather today, I can make some of these now. Thanks to all the generous sponsore and thanks so much Madame Samm!! Hugs to you!!

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  62. I'm following Heather - - LOVE her blog and all the tutorials! Thank you, Heather!!

    Madame Samm - It's so hard to believe that Wantobe is over.... NOW what am I going to do while having my morning coffee? Well, I WILL be checking in on you!!

    Thank you so much for all of your time and talent and encouragement and every part of you that you have given to this campaign. I definitely call it a HUGE success!! You are an awesome person and I'm so glad we've 'met'!! You are a true inspiration!!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

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  63. What a great tutorial to end on! Thanks Heather for your brilliant instructions.
    Big Thanks to you too Mdm.Samm! I think three cheers are in order... Hip Hip....

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  64. Love the dresdens! I so enjoy making them. I may have to make a few of those notebook covers for Christmas gifts.
    Kristie

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  65. Fabulous last post! And great giveaways! I'm a wantobe, sponsored by Lily Pad. Wouldn't it be great to win on the last day??

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  66. Thanks so much madame Samm for this great bunch of giveaways and new people to visit on the blogs. I have enjoyed the ride even though I have yet to win anything.

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  67. Thank you Heather for this great tutorial. I have not tried dresdens yet, but I just love them, so I can't wait to make some of these lovelies for my Christmas list.

    Thank You Madame Samm for all your hard work and dedication to making this a fabulous three months. What fun it has been.

    I'm a want to be quilter sponsored by Buzzing and Bumbling. I would love to win the die cutting machine.
    Happy Quilting to All,
    Linda

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  68. I am already a follower of quilt, cook, keep. I would love to have a 2.5 inch strip cutter. Yeah.

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  69. LOVE your Dresden plate colors. I know I saw a tutorial on how to cut three Dresden pieces from a 5" charm square but can't remember what size they ended up being. Truly inspirational. I want to take the day off work and stay home and make a couple - ALAS - no can do :'( Thanks to you and Madame Samm for the inspiration!

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  70. Heather- thanks for the wonderful tutorial. Love these covers. Madame Samm- The relief must be setting in. Thank you so much for all the hard work, time and organization for this great campaign. I have learned sew much and been entertained every morning when I get my computer going. I hope you can relax now, enjoy a cup to tea and cuddle under that favorite quilt. Thanks for all the great giveaways.

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  71. Madame Samm - Thank you so much for all that you have done for us and the inspiration from you and all the guests you have had.

    I think and hope I have learned much (that is if my brain has any cells left after all of this) as my quilting is so-so but I do sew other items.

    I am also now following Heather and my sponsor, Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts.

    Again thank you.

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  72. What a great tutorial to end with. Thank you Madame Samm for organizing things and for the guest posts and companies who donated all the wonderful fabrics and notions.

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  73. Loved this tutorial - and this has all been so much fun! Thanks!

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  74. I just love journal covers. Great tutorial.
    Thanks again Madame Samm for putting on this campaign and to all the sponsors who donated product!

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  75. I love dresden plates made this way! I'm sure my grandmother would have appreciated this tutorial! And when I started quilting 20 years ago, I sure would have loved to have this tutorial, rather than the freezer paper applique way we were taught. Thanks so much! And with this final post to a great campaign, where much good will was spread for the entire quilting industry/community, thanks to Madame Samm for all her work, patience, humour, enthusiasm, kindness...even despite some of the blah blah blah's! It's been fun!

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  76. I follow you both. Haven't been a winner yet, so fingers crossed for today. Thanks for the chance to win! And THANK YOU, Samm , for this wonderful campaign. My blog list grows, but yours is the first one read every morning with the first cup of coffee. Don't know how you do it all, but very glad that you can! I'm going out today to look for those journal books with graphs, too.

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  77. Thank you Heather! Great tutorial on making covers for journals! I'm a follower.

    Thank you Madame Samm for all your hard work! It surely was FUN and inspiring. I hope we have some new quilters out there.

    Thanks to all the sponsors...it has been great!

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  78. Heather great tutorial. Love your cute ideas for the hair elastic closure. I will try a few this way. And thanks again to Madame Samm and glorious sponsors.

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  79. What a creative little - quick - idea, coming into holiday-gift-giving time!... I can think of a few particular applications... thanks, Heather... and MADAME SAMM, THANK YOU FOR A DELIGHTFUL COUPLE MONTHS... I entered a lot, though not always (sometimes, I was reading in catch-up mode), and though I 'won' nary a thing, I HAVE LEARNED SOOOOOOOOO MUCH... your efforts will have had results beyond your wildest dreams and certainly beyond your ability to be aware... like ripples on a pond when a pebble is tossed...

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  80. Love those little covers! Now have to go see if I can find something that will fit in them.
    Already a follower...thanks again Madame Samm

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  81. Thunderous Applause for Madame Samm!! Everything was much appreciated. :) HUGS!! Heather, I really loved your tutorial.. that dresden plate cover is just a delight. The best part of them is that you can just use them on the next journal when you have filled one because you will be totally in love with it.. of course you will be addicted to making them, you can just share them with friends..share the love!!

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  82. Thank you Madame Samm! This has been so much fun and I love the fact that i've found so many quilting blogs in the process.

    I now follow Heather... loved her tutorial! WOULD LOVE to win the cutter :) I'm a wantobe sponsored by Kathy's Cottage.

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  83. I am so loving dresdens right now. And covered notebooks? even better! I love it! I follow here & am sponsored by Amy @ diary of a quilter.

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  84. Heather this is simply terrific! You created a Dresden Plate tutorial that even I understand... WOW!! Such a beautiful design and a creative way to dress up some of my tattered sketch pads. It has always bothered me how the covers look so common and uninviting. Thanks for taking the time to share with us! :)

    Thanks to Madame Samm for this wonderful ride through the Kingdom of Quilting... It was a blast!! :)

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  85. Thanks for the tutorials and for the chance to win. I really love this give away. Please enter my name.

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  86. Glad to have tutorial and ALL the effort. Thanks so much. Jan

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  87. wow - so many awesome giveaways! I would LOVE to win this! I'm a wanttobe and my sponser is katherine from sew me something good! and those are some FANCY rulers used in that tutorial!

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  88. I was a little late to join in all the fun, but learned so much here. Thanks! Love the notebook covers.

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  89. Those were such great tutorials! I think I might try the first one soon!

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  90. great tut I can see this as a teacher gift this Christmas. Thanks for all the give aways and getting this huge undertaking done
    you are one great lady Madam Samm

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  91. Thanks Heather for a super tutorial! I already follow you!
    Thanks, Madame Samm for all you've done - you deserve a long restful voyage on a cruise ship now!

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  92. The Dresden tutorial is fantastic, love the journal covers. Thanks to madam Samm for organizing the wannabe quilter blog hop. Oh how I enjoyed each new guest, now I have learned so much, so many new projects to make. Thanks to all the quests for sharing their creative sewing.

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  93. Great gift idea and helpful tut! Love this and thanks Madame Samm for keeping the delivery of info coming.

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  94. What a great tutorial - another idea I need to try! Such a cute gift for everyone I know! Thanks Madame, for all these terrific new teachers!

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  95. Great tutorial for terrific simple gifts. The Dresden Plate tutorial was so easy to understand. I'm ready to go buy one of those rulers.

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  96. Fantastic tutorial! Thanks so much. I love dresdens too, although it is a recent love. LOL.JUST discovered how easy they really are! Thanks again Madame Samm, it has been a great run...Take a deep breath and look at how amazing you are!

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  97. Thank you for the tutorial and great gift ideas. I am in love with the Dresden Plate.

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  98. I love the look of dresden but have yet to attempt a project with it. Thanks for sharing!

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  99. Words cannot adequately express how thankful I am to Mme Samm for coming up and executing this fantastic campaign. It has opened up a bigger world for me, with loads of new blogs to follow, fabrics I crave to have myself (though the budget is hindering the shopping a bit), tutorials of things I really want to try and inspriation at every turn. My favorites list has grown considerably over the past 3 months. I will surely be in withdrawal after this is over. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Now if I could finally win something it would top off this perfectly for me. Please, oh please Mr Random pick me this time!

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  100. What a wonderful tute far enough in advance of the holidays to put it into use!!

    And, you used "MY" Joel Dewberry fabric for the Dresden...I just love that line of his..it was my inspiration for a swap I am in.

    Chris Mc (Bel Air, MD)

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  101. I must go out and buy a Dresden ruler! Thanks so much for the great campaign. I learned so much!

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  102. What a great tutorial. Thanks so much. I can definitely see these as Christmas gifts.

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  103. The Dresden Plate is on my list of things to do! The fabric you pulled from your stash is perfect. I love the tutorial. Perfect gift idea for sure. Thank you!

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  104. I really want to try this tutorial! That would make a great gift! Thanks for the giveaways Madame Samm!

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  105. Bravo, Mme. Samm, for all of your hard work in coordinating the past three months of giveaways. Will you do it again, do you think? Ok, maybe it's too soon to ask that question. I would love it if you did, but for now, thank you for all of your efforts. So far, I haven't been a winner of any of your giveaways...yet.... but I have learned so much from your guests. I looked forward to learning something new every day. You should take all of the tutorials and make them into a book! Thanks again for your generosity, and thank you to all of the sponsors and guest bloggers.

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  106. OOOO, Dresden plates and journal covers in one tutorial -- it doesn't get any better than this!! Great tutorial. And thanks once more to Queen Samm for all the fabulous tutorials and give aways you've provided.

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  107. Thank you Heather for the great Dresden journal cover tutorial. Love that fabric! Thank you Madame Samm for making my day that much more brighter, nicer and educational. Being here on your blog is time well spent and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Cyber hugs to you!

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  108. thank you first to Sew We Quilt for all these weeks of so much fun for all of us Ive learned so much for all and the quest on here Im a wanna be and have truely loved this and so thank you to all

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  109. Oh, definitely saving these tutorials for Christmas presents for some darling young ladies in my life! Gosh, I can't believe it's over! It's kinda sad -- it's been such a major part of life for so long! LOL!!! Thank you again for the GREAT times! :)

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  110. Can't wait to cover lots of notebooks.
    Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

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  111. What a wonderful tutorial! Love the Dresden cover and can't wait to try it out! Christmas is coming and I need to get going. Thank you M Samm for all you've done!!

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  112. Well, Madame Samm; You certainly saved a good posting for last, I really enjoyed Heather's instructions and will be making some of these journal covers.
    thanks so much for your efforts in this project.
    Marie

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  113. Great tutorial! A big thank you to all the "teachers". I have learned so much during this campaign. The biggest thank you goes to Madame Samm for all her hard work.

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  114. great tut! very inspiring. thanks for the opportunity to win all the great prizes and learn all sorts of new things :)

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  115. Creative rulers are wonderful I have heard. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I previously didn't care for the Dresden look, you have created something that I do like...it is beautiful. M'Samm thanks for all the many, many giveaways and tutorials that you have provided. That was a lot of work and effort on your part! And thanks to all the great "tutors"!

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  116. Thank you Madame Samm for hosting such a wonderful get together of quilters and want-to-bes! My blog reader is just filled with exciting blogs from all your guests.

    This was a wonderful event.

    (Oh- and pick me, pick me! hahaha)

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  117. Thanks again Mdm Samm. This wantobe has gained enough confidence from these tutorials and guests you've shared with us over these past 3 months, I'm now the "little engine that could" LOL. Thanks for this geat tutorial heather!

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  118. I am always drawn to Dresdens. They are so lovely. Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

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  119. I really want to try a dresden but I've been scared! Maybe one of the rulers will help wiht the confidence?! (and certainly the accuracy)

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  120. I can't wait to make a bunch of these for family and friends! A fantastic tutorial, well done, and a wonderful end to an incredible event! Thank you, Heather!! And I add my heartfelt thanks, adoration and adulation for Madame Samm. I am pretty sure she has changed lives with this camnpaign, starting with mine!

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  121. I love Dresdens, but have never been brave enough to try one!! Would love to win this. WANTOBe registered with Jane's Fabrics.

    hdelacruz15@gmail.com

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  122. Wonderful tutorial, beautiful covers, and tender words I agree with. This has been an amazing learning trip from great people so willing to share. Thousands of thanks to all and especially to Madame Samm. To all the newbee quilters...enjoy the journey. You will meet many more wonderful people.

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  123. I loved the journals, you made it look easy. Regina C.

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  124. I've always wanted to make a journal cover, thanks for the great tut.

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  125. Madame Samm - words alone cannot describe what you have created and the dedication you have given to our craft. This campaign may have been about new quilters, but all quilters learned - new techniques, perseverance, thinking outside the box, and so many wonderful tutorials. We now know that the many facets of our craft comes in many forms, shapes and sizes and without you I would have only dreamed.

    Thank you is not enough, we appreciate you for who you are and how you have enriched our lives. We have had the opportunity to grow because of the generosity of your heart. I am filled with joy for having been part of this and so grateful for this journey. Judy C in NC

    Thank you Heather for a wonderful tutorial and the words spoken for Samm and for Sizzix and Creative Grids for being such good sponsors.

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  126. love (to win?) that little Sizzix cutter!! sew sweet! perfect for cutting scraps for future journal covers 8-)

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  127. Thank you so much for taking your time to put on such a fantastic event full of prizes and above all learning! This has been the best class ever! What a great prize to win! Wow.

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  128. Love the journal covers. I'm so sad this is the last day! Thanks so much for putting this all together Madam Samm!

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  129. very nice tutorials! LOVE IT! I love making little portfolios too :-) I have a nice pattern from CT that I use often.
    I'd LOVE to win another GADGET too :-)

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  130. What a fun last post. Thanks for all the cool giveaways and terrific inspiration.
    Best, sallove (sponsor KD of Kdquilts)

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  131. The Dresden Plate tutorial is really nice. I have enjoyed all of the blogs, they have taught me a lot of new things and given me a lot new ideas. Thank you Madame Samms!

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  132. Thank you Madam Samm...this has been so delightful and learning. I loved all of the guests...tutorials...everything about it..thank you.

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  133. I've been a follower of Heather for a while. Thanks for the fun-filled trip to meet new sponsors and new blogs. My sponsor has been Jane's Fabric. Kathie L in Allentown

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  134. Mariac0215@yahoo.comOctober 28, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Thank you for this tutorial and all the tutorials. I enjoyed each and everyone of them. Thank for organizing the campaign and all the behind the scene things that were done. This was quite an accomplishment! THANK YOU!!!!

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  135. What a wonderful tutorial to end on. Absolutely great.

    Mme. Samm deserves all of our thanks for making this journey so fulfilling.

    THANK YOU Mme. SAMM!!!!!

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  136. Thank you Madame Samm for all that you've done to pull this off!! I'm sure there are many grateful winners!
    Thank you Heather for the awesome tutorial!

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  137. I sooo love the notebook covers - have seen the tuts before - just haven't had time to make them yet...would SO love to win the giveaway.......today!!!!

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  138. You make it look so easy and the results are fab!
    I am a follower of both :)
    The prizes are awesome; thanks for the chance to win!
    mjwolanin@gmail.com

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  139. Thank you Madame Samm for this wonderful campaign! It has been so fun and I've learned so much!

    Great tutorial, Heather. I love my journals looking cute!

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  140. Thank you for the dresden plate tutorial! I've shied away from them because they looked too complicated but now, I'll give one a try. I love the look on the journal cover! Thank you Madamme Samm for your dedication!

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  141. Thanks Madamme Samm for the past 3 months worth of tutorial's, great guest's...Words really can't say how great this has been..Learned so much with all the tutorials..I think I have graduated from the Wanntobe to a semi new quilter...

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  142. What a fun tutorial for making journals! Thanks to Heather,
    Sizzix and Creative Grids!

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  143. FUN! Two tutes in one! Thanks so much!

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  144. I have to make some of these journals! They would make great gifts!!! Nice giveaway too!!!...Jackie@Pacitti.us

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  145. Love the journal covers and the dresden plate tutorial. Great way to try it for the first time!

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  146. Yeah for the reat ideas Heather! I can do this! (I'll just keep saying that...)
    :o)
    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway too (it will make my cutting fabric easier, yes?)

    Thanks Samm! Whatever will you do without us? (oh, wait...you have another life?) hehehe.

    :o)
    Darice
    mummyx8

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  147. All good things come to an end. It has been an amazing ride!! I have not post a comment every day that it was my turn but I have enjoyed every tutorial and guest!! Thank you Samm for doing a wonderful job!! Heather did a great post today. Such a good way to leave with a bang. I am a so happy to have been a part of this.

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  148. Yet another great tutorial. Thanks for a great 3 months.

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  149. What great little gifts these would make and so simple, too! Thanks for the tutorial! Thanks to, to M. Samm and all the great sponsors for such a fun three months. Now Samm, take some time off to rest and relax, have some fun, you have earned it!

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  150. Wonderful tutorial! Thank you. I actually bought some of those journals a few months ago in both sizes to make covers to give them as gifts. I just love Dresdens so mine may be getting the covers like these instead of my orignally planned covers. Great job.

    I'm now following Quilt.Cook.Keep and need to go back later to check those tutorials she's got. I noticed one she's done using the Quilters Grid which I had seen something about in the past. I was interested in learning more about that so her tutorial might be just what I need.

    I would be thrilled with those rulers and wow, the Sizzix with the strip cutter too? What an amazing prize. I NEED a strip cutter so this would be perfect. Thank you for offering this one.

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  151. Thanks for the tut, your Dresden plates are beautiful!

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  152. Hi Samm,
    The words thank you seems so inadequate after all you have done for us wantobe quilters and quilters these last three months but I will say them anyway. THANK YOU - to you, the instructors, and the sponsors.
    It has been fun!

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  153. Oh, Wowee!!! Thank you Heather for such a great tutorial. I love, love journals, and fabric and now they are together! :D
    Madame Samm you are the best! This has been an amazing experience, and I can't imagine all of the hours you've put into this extravaganza of quilty wisdom and fun. Thank you, thank you, thhank you!
    Thank you, too, to ALL of the generous sponsors! There are some goodies I'm definately going to seek out because of their presence here.
    I'm an email follower of Heather, a follower here, too, and my sponsor has been Busy as Can Bee!
    Thank you all!!!
    (Madame Samm are you going on vacation now?????? vbg)

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  154. I have been wanting to make a journal cover for some time, actually. Thank you, Heather for the wonderful tutorial for it. I think I will make one or two for Christmas gifts this year :-)
    Madame Samm ~ Thank you for such a great campaign of wonderful quilting tips, tutorials, inspiration & giveaways!!

    ~ meagan
    SnippetsAndYarns@gmail.com

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  155. This is a wonderful idea for gifts! Great tutorial! And thank you for the chance! Sonya alaska_lady8@yahoo.com

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  156. You had me at Dresden Plate. It's easily one of my favorite blocks. Great tutorial! And thanks for all of the great information.

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  157. My list of things to do just got longer. Thanks for the tutorial. Love Dresden plate blocks.

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  158. Thanks, I will definitely be making some of these up for presents. Thanks for showing the hazard of turning Osnaburg. This is what has been so wonderful about the Wantobe campaign...the brilliant sharing of such talented women, with Madame Samm at the top. Love you all.

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  159. Thank you so much for putting this together. I have several new blogs, including Heathers that I love to follow and have learned a ton! I know it was a massive amount of work and want you to know it is sooooooooo appreciated.

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  160. I am a sucker for anything fabric covered! I need a whole pile of these. Guess I better get started. :D

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  161. I love the journal covers - very nice and thanks for the tutorial! I follow both places too! :)

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  162. I have been wanting to doing a Dresden plate quilt. Thanks for the great tutorial! Thanks Madame Samm for the marathon campaign and thanks to all the sponsors. Speaking of sponsors I am sponsored by Jane of Jane's fabrics. Thanks to Jane, too!

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  163. Thanks Heather for the dresden plate tutorial. I can hardly wait to make them.

    Madame Samm, by following your blog, I have developed from a wantobe quilter to IAMAQUILTER! With the help of your guest and the wonderful sponsors, I have a much better idea of the best tools needed and the methods to use to enjoy quilting. I thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of quilting with us. I can only imagine all the hard work you did. I appreciate it! Although this campaign is ending, it's just the start of many more quilting ideas for me.

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  164. This is a very inspiring post. Thank you for the tutorial and great ideas.

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  165. Where have I been the last three months?! Oh yes moving. I am so glad to have stumbled on this post and blog. Heather- great tute. Can't wait to see all the rest. I'm going back to the beginning.

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  166. Sad to say . . .
    It is the last day . . .
    Please send that cutter my way :)

    You are amazing! Thanks for all your hard work! It has been SEW MUCH FUN and I have learned alot!

    PS THANKS to all the GUEST BLOGGERS TOO!

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  167. "Celebration time, c'mon on". Wow, it's the end of the party. Thank you, it was an amazing time! Heather, super cute journals. I have yet to make one of those, but this tutorial is great & I'll know where to find it. Thank you!

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  169. Love these! Thanks for posting. These are on my list for gifts! Thanks for the giveaways!

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  170. Thank you Madam Samm for such a great adventure.

    Love this project. Quick and simple.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  171. heather does a great toot! i've been following her, as i've been following you through this marvelous campaign.

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  172. Madame, I was going to say "I will miss you" but that is not appropriate at all. Just because your giveaways are over doesn't mean we can't visit you daily and drop you a funny note now and then. You really have done a wonderful job pulling together everything the way you did. I know you're exhausted and need a rest, please do that for us, we need you to keep us inspired and pumped up to do more. Heather, you were picked to be last for a very good reason in my opinion. What better way to end this wonderful carousel ride then with a Quilters Journal Cover. Read between the lines peeps, we all should have dozens of these books laying at the ready for those spontaneous ideas to be jotted down, to chronicle that beautiful quilt, to design that one of a kind, etc. It is up to us, the quilters, to make sure the history of our quilting is out there for an eternity. Great job Heather. Madame Sam, there are not nearly enough words to extend my gratitude to you! I have enjoyed every minute of this time. Rock on chick!!

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  173. What great gifts, and I think I can totally do it! Great tutorial! I follow you , Heather, and am sponsored by Ellison Lane Quilts. I'm going to start on these this weekend! Thanks

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  174. I am obsessed with journals and so is my daughter. I've also wanted to try a dresden pattern for a long time. Your directions are so clear I think I'll finally give it a shot :) Thanks!!

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  175. Cute tutorial! Thanks for all the chances to win Madame Samm, and to all guests for tutorials.

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  176. I am going to bookmark this page so I can keep this tutorial. You cool with that? I would love to win, but I already feel like a winner with this tute. Hooray! Oh wait, what is that you say? You are leaving me? Will I ever see you again? Will you ever have fabulous prizes to tease me with and not give me again? I do hope the day will come. Damn, I guess I need to go buy an iron now.

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  177. A great idea. I will teach my little girls. They will love it.

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  178. What a great tutorial! I will be trying this out soon, for sure! Thank you so much Madame Samm for all the giveaway opportunities!

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  179. Perfect timing w/ the dredsen plate as I just bought the fabric and ruler to do one!! Thank-you!! I'm following Heather and or course you, Madame Samm. You've done a wonderful job on the campaign! Thank-you. My sponsor is Jennifer @ Ellison Lane.

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  180. Fantastic tutorial - THANK YOU, Heather!

    And Madame Samm, THANK YOU for 'introducing me' to so many talented bloggers! Now I have so many more people to follow & ogle!

    A Sizzix and rulers is a great way to go out! Good luck to all!!

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  181. When I think of the time I tried to make a dresden plate quilt....not so good. This ruler would have made things so much easier!
    Deb

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  182. thanks so much for the campaign. I sure learned a lot. congrats to all the winners!!!

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  183. Great tutorials, Dresden Plate is also one of my favourites. And those cute journal covers are definitely going on my gifts-to-make-for-Christmas list.
    Many thanks to you, Madame Samm, for putting all this goodness together over the past three months and also to the sponsors and guest posters. I'm clapping my hands for all of you.

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  184. I agree - a huge hats off to Madame Samm! What an event she has created and maintains! The tutorial is awesome as well. LOVE those rulers :-)

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  185. Awesome tutorial, Heather! I just love your journal covers and thanks for getting over feeling intimidated ...and for giving the shout out of praise for Madame Samm. I'm adding my thanks too.
    Madame Samm, you're the best!!!

    Three cheers for the awesome Want to be Quilter campaign!

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  186. LOVELY, LOVELY! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING...iTS BEEN A WONDERFUL RIDE :) LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT TREAT HERE AT SEW WE QUILT. janita

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  187. love it!!!! thanks again for all the giveaways and for hosting this! you are amazing!

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  188. Thank you Heather for such a great tutorial on covering a notebook. You made it look so easy. That's a project that I've always wanted to do. You can make a statement for sure !!

    Thank you Madame Samm, Heather, all the bloggers and all the great Sponsors for such wonderful giveaways. Thank you again and for a chance to win. Oh Heather, I'm a new follower.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  189. These are perfect for some names on my Christmas list! THANKS for the tutes!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  190. What a great tut. My granddaughters like to make gifts for their friends for Christmas and I think I have found this year's project. This has been so much fun. Can't believe that it is over. I would love to win the cutter.

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  191. The last day and last giveaway!! What a nice ending. As a quilter I am embarrassed to say I do need new rulers. There are only so many times they can get dropped on the floor before the corners are chipped and sharp. Thank you again Madame Samm!

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  192. Wonderful tutorial. Thanks to Madame Samm for all you did for this campain!!
    oshnpashn at gmail dot com

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  193. Thank you for the great tute. I have a Dresden Quilt I started years ago, and have never finished it:( Maybe I can use a block to make a cover :)
    I am a follower, I just never seem to show up.

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  194. Another great tute and blog to follow!

    Thank you!

    Carrie

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  195. Thanks for another great tutorial and another great giveaway, and for a wonderfully fun and educational campaign. Loved all of it!

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