Thursday, April 5, 2012

It's a month of kitchen tutorials...look what Kathleen is serving up...

At my house there's almost always a pot of coffee brewing, that's what. My thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me back (I'm Kathleen Tracy, from A Sentimental Quilter), to show you how to make something cute for your kitchen. Or perhaps this one is more for your car, which can be almost like a kitchen some days - if you have kids and you're always on the go, LOL.

A cute Coffee Cup Cozy!

Coffee made at home is great and I have a special travel mug for that if I want to take it on the road. But when I'm out and about and just need to buy a cup of coffee at my favorite coffee shop or chain restaurant, ouch, I really don't want to burn my hands. Also, you have to admit, those cardboard sleeves are not really very attractive. Keep this one in your purse or car and whip it out when you need it.

First, however, you do have to go and buy a cup of coffee (or tea) to get the template. When you finish your hot drink, toss the cup but keep the cardboard piece that wraps around it.


Select two fabrics for your cozy, one for the outer wrap and one for the lining.



Cut 1 rectangle, 4 1/2" x 11" from each print (for 2 rectangles). Cut a piece of cotton batting the same size. Open your carbboard template and trace it on the wrong side of the rectangle for the outer part.


Layer your fabric rectangles, right sides together. Place the batting on the bottom.


Cut through all 3 layers about 1/4" around the drawn shape. (Doesn't matter if it's a little bigger, you will trim it later.)



To make the closure loop, take a small piece of elastic (a coated hair band works) and place it between the inner and outer layers with the loop that's going to show inside. After you sew the layers together, you can trim the loop that hangs outside the piece.


Pin your layers together. Stitch around on the drawn line, leaving a 2 1/2" opening on one long side. Stitch over the part with the elastic several times to make it sturdy. Now trim the seam allowance, clipping the corners a bit. Turn the layers right side out through the opening. Press, folding the seams of the opening inward.


Stitch about 1/8 inch around the piece, making sure to sew the opening closed. Add a cute button to the side opposite the loop and you're done!





This cozy fits most smaller cups perfectly and I carry mine in my purse for those days when I grab a cup while I'm out. If you find that you're spending way too much on those lattes, money that you could be spending on fabric instead, here's an easy one you can make at home -

Kathy's Low-cal Vanilla Latte

1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 cup of very strong, hot coffee
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 T Cool Whip
dash of cinnamon
sweetener of choice



I usually make a pot of regular coffee in the morning. If I'm home and need a little more in the afternoon and don't want to bother with the coffeemaker again, I use my little one-cup filter I've had for 20 years or so (when my kitchen was "country blue") to quickly make a vanilla latte for myself. I pour the milk and vanilla into the cup before I let the coffee drip through, add the sweetener and sprinkle the cinnamon on top of the Cool Whip.

Decaf for me if it's after 3 p.m.
Enjoy your coffee and cozy. If you have a little time and energy to quilt after all that caffeine, I've challenged some of my Yahoo group and blog followers to make one Small Quilt a Month this year from patterns in some of my books. At the end of the year they'll have 12 little quilts finished. Trust me, it's very doable if you take it in small steps - and also drink a cup of coffee, LOL. I'm giving everyone weekly reminders to keep going. And if you can't make 12 quilts, how about 6 or even 4? Stop by my blog A Sentimental Quilter to see what new little quilt we're making for April. This month's quilt is a free pattern and you can download it from my website Country Lane Quilts on the Free Pattern page.
                                                            
A thousand thanks to Madame Samm for inviting me to blog for you again. The last time I guest blogged, you left me some pretty wonderful comments. To make it even easier for some of you to begin making some of your own little quilts, I'm giving away a copy of my newest book, The Civil War Sewing Circle (which contains quite a few patterns for cute doll quilts) to one lucky person who posts a comment. So be sure to say something really nice . . .





congrats Marilyn
sent you an email..please send
details for mailing..
all of your comments very appreciated...

124 comments:

  1. Just joined a new doll quilt swap and loving it - this would be quite the inspirational book for this swap - want to make my partners tickled pink when they open that package! Thank you for the quick little tutorial and the latte recipe.

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  2. Would love to win the way to make some of those lovely doll quilts. I have a couple of great-grandaughters who would love one!

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  3. I love doll quilts, & would be happy to win this book. Thanks

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  4. I don't have any of your books, this would be fabulous. It would make a lovely change not to make up the pattern as I go along

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  5. I love the idea of the hair elastic for the elastic closure. Leave it to you to come up with something so practical but so wonderfully smart. You just amaze me.

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  6. Hi there just wanted to thank you much for the tutorial on the coffee cozy and that is exactly what I will be using it for it coffee... also thanks for the pattern, I never had dolls myself when I was little but now that I have a grand baby girl I have already made 2. Would love a copy of your book. You have a wonderful blog thanks so much for sharing...

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  7. What a great idea!! I really am making your coffy-cozy! Here in the Netherlands we also have those dreadful hot disposable-coffee-things.........., where you always burn your fingers on!!
    I think I'll be making some more, just to make my friends smile.....
    Enjoy your day and your quilting!!
    And ofcourse, I would really love to win your book!! They are so great!!
    Smile, this day is yours! Love, Ria.

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  8. What a great idea! Thank you. And thank you for the coffee recipe too.
    Liz B. in England.

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  9. I just joined your yahoogroups and am working on the baskets quilt. So sweet. Wonderful job on the coffee cozy. Thank you for sharing so much with everyone.

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  10. Lovely work; pity I don't drink coffee. I would love to be entered to win your book.

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  11. I have three boys so I love to stop by your blog and dream about doll quilts! Still have my own (I'm 40 something) and I think they'd appreciate a new quilt made from your book. Thanks so much for offering a copy for the giveaway!

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  12. Kathleen, it's very easy to say something nice! Your coffee-cozy is wonderful and your monthly quilts are so much fun! I've been able to keep up with each quillt so far. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing the lovely quilts you make - my favourite kind of quilts!
    Using a hair band as a fastener is a brilliant idea and would be great to use on a sewing kit/huswife as it would stretch a bit if needed.

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  14. Great tute and just in time for Easter so some with chickens on coming up. The book looks beautiful and packed with ideas.

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  15. Sugar (or Equal!) and Spice, and EVERYTHING NICE!!! Thanks Kathleen, for another great tutorial and the chance to win your book. Maybe I'll be NICE & lucky and win.... and be ready when you have a challenge from this book. Have a great (better than NICE) day!

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  16. Your tutorial looks so easy...and I love your giveaway too...thanks for sharing!!

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  17. Kathleen, thank you for sharing such great ideas. Thank you for the chance to win this book. It looks great!

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  18. Very cool idea. Your book looks interesting -- thank you for the chance to see what you do. Small quilts are the best. Barb

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  19. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial, I've been saving a cardboard sleeve for a while now to make a cup cozy... your blog has inspired me to get it done! Thank you for the chance to win your book! Happy quilting :)

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  20. Kathy, thanks for the coffee cosy tutorial..very cute and nice & easy to make too!
    Thanks for your generous giveaway too! I love that pink & brown quilt, reminds me of choc raspberries, YUM!! :)) cheers, Marian

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  21. What a great idea to use the SB cardboard thingie as a pattern! I see I'm gonna have to make a SB run here soon. Love that cozy... thanks for the tutorial AND the recipe... I'm gonna be able to impress folks when I make that for them!

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  22. The cup cozy would make a simple but cute gift for some friends. Thank you for the directions.
    I am expecting my second granddaughter and would LOVE to have your book to guide the making of some doll quilts for them.

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  23. I wasn't sure where to leave my comment here or on your blog, which I just became a follower. I love the coffee cozy, I know a few people that would love it as a gift for their morning java they pick up on their way to work. Thank you for the giveaway, I am so very interested in the Civil War Quilts, I have a lot of the Civil War Homefront fabric from Moda, and this book would give me some ideas on what to make with it. My son is an alumni of Gettysburg College, right in the heart of where the battle was fought! Thanks again can't wait to read your past posts.

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  24. Nice job,
    Thanks for sharing this tutorial.
    Exam Notes

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  25. Great tutorial - I'm going to have to whip one of these up! Your book looks amazing, thanks for the opportunity.

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  26. That coffee wrap is adorable. Thanks for sharing it with us.. And thanks for the chance to win your book..

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  27. Love the coffee cozy. Defintely on my "to make" list. I have given all my doll quilts away to little girls at church; would love to win so I can make some different ones

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  28. Cute project. I happen to have just the cup for that!!

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  29. Cute mug wrap. I adore your books and quilts. I've only done one so far. Time is the issue. I hope to catch up. Carla from your yahoo group.
    dollartistcarla at aol dot com

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  30. Kathy, you have come up with a great gift idea for me. I don't drink coffee but I have a group of friends that do and they are really going to like these!!
    Thanks for the inspiration you give me!! Karen/IL

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  31. Thanks for the great tutorial. I love your book. Thanks for the chance to add it to my quilting books library.

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  32. I love the cup holder pattern and will be making some of those! I am also really enjoying the small quilt Challange and have my April Quilt ready to quilt. I am keeping up easily and Love my small quilts. And I am sure I will need this book!!!!! It is the only one I don't have. Thanks for the tut and thanks for the challange Kathy! Jan

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  33. How cute is this?? Love it! And, I love the book! As a re-enactor, I am eaten up with a love for all things Civil War! Would love to add this to my collection!

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  34. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your ideas and patterns both here and in the smallquilt yahoo group.
    God bless
    Gml

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  35. Thanks for the tutorial and the recipe. I would love to win this book as I have 2 grand-daughters now so some doll quilts may be in my future.Thanks for the chance.

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  36. Wonderful tutorial and I would love a chance to win the book. I love making small quilts and love civil war fabrics.

    Debbie

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  37. Ohhh, such a wonderful book!! I have two of your books already and would LOVE to add this one to my collection! I love making these little quilts!

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  38. love love love the fabric... and the idea! hihi to be honest i tought is was useless this cozy things.. but one day i had to put on my mittain to keep the take out coffee in my hand.. that day i understood... i had to make this cozy thing! thank's for the tuto..
    nice day and happy easter

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  39. You made me giggle. I forget what movie it was that the guy was the 'inventor' of the things that go around coffee cups and he would always hand one to people because he got like ten cents for every one used! Gosh now I have to figure out what movie that was!! LOL Loved the tutorial. Looks like a great book, too!

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  40. Such a great idea and perfect to keep on hand and to make as gifts. I could even see sports fabric for the men in our lives who love coffee too. I myself love that brown fabric in your tutorial!

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  41. Great tutorial...gave me an idea for a cold drink cozy. Looks like a wonderful book.

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  42. I love small quilts! Thanks.

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  43. This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us!

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  44. Thanks for the great tutorial! I carry my knitted coffee cozy around in my purse all the time. I think I may try a fabric one. Not only are the more attractive than the paper sleeve, they are environmentally 'green'.

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  45. Carol in Mid-MichApril 5, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Hi Kathy, I LOVE your smalltalkquilt list (so friendly!) and the small quilt challenges you have encouraged us to do. Your patterns are great & your choice of colors always seem to be perfect. After I found your list, I just HAD to seek out and buy all 4 of your books. They are the BEST! I want to remind folks that besides other venues (shops, etc) your wonderful books are available direct from you! Hugs, Carol in Mid-Mich :))

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  46. With twin great granddaughters,I am always looking for doll quilt patterns and these would be wonderful. Loved your tutorial and very timely ...off to make the mug cozy. Thank you for participating, for your generosity and for the opportunity to win a wonderful book. Judy C

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  47. What a great book you're offering! And the coffee cup sleeve is a great idea - love it!

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  48. I love this tutorial. I have an Annv Party to go to this month. This will make a wonderful addition to my gift to them. Thanks Kathi for letting us know it was here. I belong to your Yahoo club.
    Becky Wilson

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  49. I love your coffee cozy. I think I'll make one tomorrow. I think I might try to adapt it to make one for my water bottle too. Thanks for the tut, and the latte recipe (I have a one cup filter too)
    I'd love to win your book.

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  50. I do so love your work and I am on your group list as well as your blog. Would love to own this book - thank you for the opportunity.

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  51. Thank you for the nice tutorial. The mug cozy and a matching mug rug would make a great little quick gift. Tuck in the latte recipe and your good to go.

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  52. Thanks for the tut. I don't drink coffee but thought these would make wonderful gifts for teachers and such with a little gift card to go along with! Love minis - would love th eopportunity to win your book! Thanks in advance! Thank you for sharing your talents with the rest of us :)

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  53. I have just sent off a little doll quilt to a little girl I know. I thought it was fun to use up some little pieces and create something a ittle one might love. More ideas would be great. thanks for hosting a give away
    in stitches

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  54. Yum! The recipe sounds really good and the cozy is cute! Thanks,
    Karen in Breezy Point

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  55. Thanks for your post! I would love a copy of your book. It looks really cool!

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  56. love the recipe you posted. I am going to have to try that...thanks for the tut and thanks for a chance to win the book...I would really like to make some small quilts...

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  57. I live in the land of Starbucks (Seattle) so I'm going to make a dozen or so of your cozies for all of my friends! Thanks so much - what a great idea for gifts. I'd love your book - looks wonderful! Happy Easter! xo, Nan

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  58. I would love to win the book! Going to have to make the cozies for the kids. I swear their day is not complete without a trip to the coffee shop!
    Heidew2003 at yahoo dot com

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  59. Thank you for the cozy tutorial! The churn dash and Dresden doll quilts in your book are amazing!

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  60. Kathleen
    Thank you for your post at Sew We Quilt today. The tutorial and recipe you shared will be in my bookmarks.
    I hope to win your book because it would be so awesome to own and make doll quilts from. You are sew sweet to gift it to some lucky person.

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  61. Thanks for the tutorial and for the chance to win your lovely book!
    Happy Easter!

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  62. I would love to win The Civil War Sewing Circle. We've been blessed with 5 granddaughters - 4 are 4 and under. I've been thinking of getting started making doll quilts for each of them and this would be a perfect nudge in the right direction. Love your idea of small mini quilts as a goal for the year. Thanks for the Latte recipe - with it going into spring and summer, I'll just add some ice for a cool variety. Thanks.

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  63. Oh how I wish I had time to do a small quilt each month! One quilt blogger has all her small quilts up on a big empty wall and it looked like a miniature quilt museum. Some day I hope to do it, but for now my goals are set on getting some UFOS finished before starting on anything new. Your book looks so inviting!

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  64. HELLO! THANKS FOR YOUR POST!
    WOULD LOVE THIS BOOK! LOVE MAKING SMALLER QUILTS AND WALL HANGINGS BEST!
    THANK YOU FOR A SWEET GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  65. I would love to win a copy of this book. I have only made one small quilt but love it and am inspired by your small quilt challenge to make more. thank you janita

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  66. I love the coffee cozy and am looking forward to viewing your webpage. Thanks for the pattern!

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  67. Thanks Kathy for the cute coffee sleeve. I have a few friends that would love one. Cute, easy gift. I must try your coffee recipe! I would love to win your book. Thanks, again.

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  68. Oh I would love to win this book , making dolls quilts is such fun and I have five granddaughters so no shortage of who to give them to :-) Thanks for the chance. Sheila

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  69. I need to say something really nice!!.... Love the tute...Would love to have the book more. Thank you for the opportunity.

    qltnannyx2@metrocast.net

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  70. Janny SchoneveldApril 5, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Love your coffee and the mugholder.
    Most make one or two.
    Greetings from a cold but sunny Holland.
    Janny Schoneveld.

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  71. Thank you for your very nice tutorial! You made it look so very easy...even for a beginner such as I am. My sweet daughter made me one of these and I have wanted to surprise her by making her one but haven't done it yet. Maybe today is the day! Love the fabric you chose as well. Madame Samme, your guests are always so talented! Thank you for sharing them each and all with your sewing world!

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  72. Kathleen,
    You have taught me so much in making doll quilts. I love your books for the history and all of your lovely work.
    I intend to make my sister a couple of the coffee cozy's. She always has a cup in her car.
    I will be trying the coffee recipe too!
    Thanks for all you do for so many people!
    Louise

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  73. love your mug holder thanks for the giveaway

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  74. Thank you for sharing your tutorial...As a beginner quilter, I try to soak up all the information that I can...My grandmother use to quilt and as a child, I always wanted her to teach me, but she passed taking her knowledge with her...So I am on my on, trying to learn from others...Thanks again for sharing your wealth of information...

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  75. What fun to make a cozy for my Chai Latte! And that pink and brown shoo-fly doll quilt looks like a "must-make". Thanks for the great tut!

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  76. I would love to try some tiny quilts!
    Count me in please!

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  77. Thanks for the sweet tutorial! The vanilla latte recipe sounds tasty and healthy - light cool whip is in our fridge and we just received a new order of exotic Penzys cinnamons. Good job! I need to make 3 dollie quilts for grandnieces and your book would be great for giving me a starting point. Also, been wanting to make a civil war quilt so this book would get me started!

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  78. A cute idea - and thanks for the latte recipe! I'd love to win your book! Thanks for the chance!

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  79. Thanks Kathy. That is one cute project. The recipe sounds yummy too! Would love a copy of your book.

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  80. what a good idea to use the Starbucks cardboard as the template. You drink coffee in style. I love the Civil War era and would love to win your book. Kathie L in Allentown

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  81. What a fun little gifty! I'll be making some of these. Thanks for the tutorial. I love your books, Kathy. Any new ones on the horizon?

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  82. Oh, doll quilts are so handy - especially when you have a dolly-kinda-grandaughter, who is almost 4 - a wonderful opportunity to win - thanks!

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  83. Cute! I love these cozies. Would love to win that book. I have two of your others!

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  84. I'd love to try your doll quilts. Your reuasable cup cozy would be a great stocking stuffer for my coffee drinking friends next Christmas!

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  85. Oh I'd love to win that book. It's so full of gorgeous quilts. I'm a first time visitor but what a great blog you have. Thank you for sharing.

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  86. What a great tutorial. I'll have to make mine bigger. I have larger, reusable cups. Looks like a great book.

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  87. Thanks for the great Coffee Cozy tutorial! My fingers are crossed that I win your new book!

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  88. Kathy, your little quilts are the most fun! I love your group too. They are the friendliest and share so much information, concern for each other, and photographs. You enrich each of my days! paulinefisher@verizon.net

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  89. Thanks for the great tutorial. I don't have any of your books and this one looks really interesting. I would love to win it. Thanks.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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  90. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial and the recipe. I would love to win a copy of your book.

    Have a wonderful evening~Becky

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  91. What a nice opportunity! Thanks, Kathy. I love being part of your small quilt group and just got your American Doll Quilts book and look at it every day. I am so ready for another book of yours and hope to get them all.

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  92. Great tutorial. I'd love to win your book, I love really love little quilts!

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  93. Thank you for the pattern and recipe. And also for the opportunity to win. Your blog is one of a few favorites that I read daily without fail. :-)

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  94. I have two wonderful granddaughters that need doll quilts! I would love to make more for them. Thank you for the coffee cuff, my Mom will be getting a couple for Mother's day! She loves take out coffee! Have a wonderful Easter!

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  95. Hi would love to win this book have seen the books, other quilty friends I just about to get stuck into it they say start small so theu get completed then you willhave confidence about making a large one, I think they are right, anyway thanks for the inspiration, please count me in. Thanks

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  96. I would be more than honored to have your book.....with 'sweet' hugs.....giggle.

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  97. Thanks for the cute cozy pattern, and the great recipe!

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  98. I would love to make a few dolly quilts. I have nieces who go wild for little quilts to use in the babies bed. I thank you for the terrific giveaway. Can't wait to read your book the book looks awesome.

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  99. Ooh thanks for the lovely tutorial and recipe. Love that you added Cinnamon, always add that to my hot drinks.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  100. I had the pleasure of meeting Kathy at my guild meeting in St. Charles - SHE is really nice!! REALLY!! Her trunk show was wonderful - her books are wonderful! I would love to add the newest book to the others that I already have! Thanks for sharing! Also - thanks for the tut on the cup "cozy"!! Great for the quilt show bazaar!!

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  101. Great pattern. The recipe looks yummy and the give away looks like it would keep me busy for quite a while. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  102. I don't usually drink hot coffee-iced for me! My husband does though so thanks for the tutorial.

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  103. I really need to make some of these as gift for my family members. Thanks for the tut and the chance at the book!

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  104. How fun! I just found your blog post... This year I do have a goal of one little 12" mini-quilt a month (on top of keep up with everything else) and have been eyeing that great book for quite a while... thanks so much for a chance to win & for great encouragement! Best wishes for this holiday season! b

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  105. I'm not a coffee drinker, but have a cousin who is addicted to Starbucks lattes. Coincidentally, her birthday is next week. So, guess what I'll be giving her.

    I'd love to win the book on Civil War quilts. Traditional quilts are my favorites.

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  106. What a fun project. Im going to make sonera gifts. The recipe looks good too.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win your book! All great Fun!!

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  107. The cozy will definitely improve my chai tea lattes.

    I am a HUGE history buff.
    Would love to make quilts from your new book.

    Thank you for the cozy tutorial....Kgcg

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  108. Interesting patterns, concepts and favorite foods- Coffee! How about a little blueberry crumb cake on the side?
    I really enjoy the little quilts- they're so much fun to look at, and how different everyone makes the same block.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a book!

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  109. Thanks for the chance..love the tutorial!

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  110. Just on my way to finishing a Civil War BOM quilt from 3 years ago. So many CW scraps, so few good ideas. I need the book.

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  111. What a lovely break to settle down and read your blog! Terrific pattern for the cup-cozy, and your book looks to die for-thanks for all the inspiration.

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  112. What a grand idea! Your tutorial is wonderful. I am going to make some for Easter for the adults. I will also include the recipe. Thanks so much. I love your blog.

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  113. Great book. I'd love to have a copy. I like making small quilts to hang on the wall and those would be perfect.

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  114. Oh my goodness! I just stopped to read Sew We Quilt and saw your great tutorial and then went to your blog! WOW!! I love all your little quilts. Each one is so sweet. :) I have now put you on my favorites list and will definitely be back to read and glean! :) Looking forward to making one, or two, or MANY of your quilts! :) Also, thanks for the give away!!!

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  115. Thank you for the nice tutorial and recipe, and also for the chance to win one of your lovely books. I love your little quilt patterns, am just finishing the quilting on one and have begun another. I really enjoy your blog, always inspiring.

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  116. Great easy tutorial - maybe I'll make some of these up as teacher gifts with a Starbucks gift card! I'd love to win a copy of your book. I've been collect FQ of CW fabric and need some inspiration which I am certain your wonderful book would provide.

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  117. Kathleen,

    Thanks for the direction and idea to make a coffee cup cozy. I attend an annual quilt related retreat and we make "gifties" to give to each of the attendees. This will be my "giftie". I love the idea and will run with it.

    I would also love to win your book if possible. Thank you for offering it.

    Ellen in Kansas City

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  118. Your tutorial is really well done. Cute choice of fabric, too. I'm looking forward to making more quilt of the month patterns.

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  119. Oooo, I'd love to be put in the hat for a chance to win a copy of your book!
    Please be kind enough to enter me :o)

    Love all these tutorials, they are so inspirational, and keep me out of mischief!

    Happy Easter Monday folks :o)

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  120. I'm probably too late for the giveaway but it's never too late to say something nice..right!? I'm always impressed by anyone who authors a book of any kind and most especially a quilting book. Your color combos are very much to my liking. I really love the coffee cozy tut!! That is going on my gift list of to-do projects.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  121. Great tutorial - thank you for something very practical!!
    I'd love to win the book - I make doll quilts for my granddaughters.

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