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Sunday, August 5, 2012

My Christmas tale in Paper Piecing...


Good Morning and welcome to my Christmas tale...
 I Love that I am your last visit of the tour...
( I do hope you followed the order of quilters today...and I am my last yes lol)


MY tale begins...( in paper piecing photos)

It is likely still dark for some of you...sew I provided some light...
You will note it's cool this morning because the wicker is barely moving..
brrrrrr.



You may be browsing awhile sew I poured you a large cup of your favourite brew...
It was especially made for you....Ohhh my-  do you feel a chill.....?



 It is possible you feel chilly after all you are still  walking around in those undies..
I am sure I have a dress that  will suit you for the Christmas tour...
Let me see....


 Ah yes, I found one...It suits you perfectly..you like dots..me too!
Ohhh you want to see the tree...well let's go into the parlour..
You first....


I know, I know, how can you not love an aqua tree?

I knew you would like it...look our local cardinals even brought some
red ribbon..our cardinals are very talented..they drop in all the time..

OHHHH...you feel like something to eat..
Well, let me see what we have....




 I have some pepper mints for you..
YOU love CANDY CANES...me too ....

Oh that ornament!!! It has a story
would you like to hear...



 This ornament was made in the 60's, oh silly girl that is not a store
it's the year....lol  This was made from old tablecloths, you know
we  used to save every bit of scraps... enough to make these ornaments.
I think these came from Amanda's place a long time ago..
( these young ones lol)


Ahhh but they have such heart, even if at times they seem a bit wonky....
( saying to myself) lol



WE know their hearts are in the right place...
and we know that because.....



They still believe in Santa....

Thank you for dropping by, I don't want to rush you or anything,
but I think I heard the doorbell...more visitors are waiting...
Off you go...x

To a seasonal holiday with warmth...
( or should I say a cool breeze)



Ohhh and a special treat for a special cheerleader....


And by now you know we have giveaways ...some pretty amazing 
ones ...our participants of this blog hop have
at least 2 chances, some have 3 to win all that 
our generous sponsors provided...

Thanks to Michael Miller, Westminster Fibres ( Esprit)
all of our participants...all those who were our top 2
and honourable mentions, those who followed along 
and were cheerleaders for you and all of your new found friends..

And a big THANKS to Santa Lesley
who was one of the best cheerleaders on our team..
She cheered, she organized, she was there when
you needed her... I could not have done it without
her passion to excellence..
Now she can sleep through the night ..wink..
That large runner above is yours, to do what
you wish. A large body pillow, a start of a quilt
for just Santas, a runner....from my heart to yours...



WEDNESDAY we will announce the winners..
Give many you a chance to see them all..

PLEASE let me know here...
WE will go by honour system
Tell me you visited them all and left comments
and you could win 32 fat quarters of fabric...

The other ladies, will know who won
by random generator on WED.
Good LUCK!

OH  come back next week to see 
what next blog hop YOU can be involved in..
There are many reasons why you should consider..
YOU will SEE!


IN case you did not go in order..
Here is whom I shared my day with ...

August 5



Madame Samm ( yes that is me)




What is a hop without a giveaway?
NOT 2  but  3 giveaways?


1 winner of all those who participated
and created blocks... you will get one Michael
Miller bundle and one Esprit bundle...
( every one is included here even Santa Lesley)


1 winner who followed every day
and left comments to all participants..
You will get same as above lol
I know a few who did.... how many more by 
next WEDNESDAY!
WE will go by honour system
if you tell us you left a comment for everyone
we will believe you!

1 winner for all those who were
the top 2  and honourable mentions each day...
YOU will receive
24 YARDS total 
( and that is approx...I think it is a lot  more than that) 
of both of these collections..



The winners will both receive
Christmas collections from

( I am doing a special project that you will see soon with this
collection...cotton couture..have you seen it?)

Valorie Wells Christmas collection

Total 32 fat quarters each..

I think it would be enough for next years
Think Christmas don't you think?

Or maybe a Christmas project
you will have plenty of time
for that now...

Winners will be announced next WEDNESDAY!

Thanks for playing along...

A deep appreciation for 
our sponsors who are always
eager to help out..
Michael Miller and Westminster Fibers.
Thank you time and time again!


Oh and be sure to come back tomorrow..
we still have 1 more day of participants...
who will be our top 2 tomorrow
and honourable mention?
YOU?

oh we are very close to our 200+ mark
on Pinterest...I think I saw 220 amazing
contributions.. the doors are closed..


220 wow! 
can you hear me clapping!


199 comments:

  1. This is a first for me! I can say honestly I have stopped in at each one but didn't leave a comment at ever one of them. I hope I can still be in the giveaway! Another great Blog Hop ladies! I have really enjoy it. Thanks to each and every participate, you all did beautiful work!

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    1. HI Lisa. glad you have been waving your poms poms to our girls...they love that

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  2. The blocks and your story are beautiful, funny, and inspiring. Santa turned out so perfect--love him! Of course I visited each blog and some of them twice, left them messages, and enjoyed reading the responses from the ones who emailed me back. Thank you Madame Samm and Lesley for giving us all a jump start on Christmas. :O)

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    1. Ahh Just Carol...nothing just about you..now that you are this funny witty cheerleader..oh my ...are we ready for you? downright yes yes yes

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  3. I was a million dollar girl yesterday but now I feeling like my normal self : ) You blocks are really woo..and ahh.. and I am really in awe .. they are totally gorgeous ... your light are warm, your mug smell like fresh brew coffee, your jingle are totally sexy,and your dress are perfect. I have to be honest I had stopped at each one of them but I just didn't write any comment I am too busy clicking them pictures for inspiration. I have enjoyed each post and I thank you for everyone who participated in this Blog Hop I am totally inspired and challenge : ) Great job, Madame Samm! Merry Christmas : )

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    1. Hi Jessica.ahhh inpsired is what we love to hear...glad to see you here with us today

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  4. Oh you are too sweet - love all the blocks in all of their special delights. And yes, Ms. Lesley deserves a huge hug and a thank you - sleeping, well I enjoy her hours as they match mine, so know she is always there. I need to visit these folks today with a little quip to leave and then I will come back and tell ya I been there to all. It has been a wild ride on Santa's sleigh!

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    1. Hello Sharon...you two are always close in your comments...not figuratively but measurement wise...lol you both need to sleep more..but then if you slept more, I could never keep up to you both...you would be more productive lol I know you have seen them, I see your comments always at the top lol
      thanks for being a cheerleader too

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  5. Oh, Madame Samm...I don't know what to say...of course I just woke at 2 am my time and of course I grabbed my iPad on the bedside table and of course I raced to your blog first...sorry, didn't follow the rules. And I read, and I liked, and I was in awe, and then I cried...cause that is what I do. I had to read it twice...that is really coming to my house? I adore it...it is so wonderful...and everyone who knows me will agree that I will provide a loving home for this most special gift. You might giggle a little more when you read my post today. You are the best...you are so very generous, and you know this means so much to me. With a heartfelt thank you...till tomorrow when we will chat...thank you, Santa!

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    1. Ohh there you are...I began answering from the bottom up...lol 2 am..you and Sharon above you need an egg timer..yes..more on that later...
      I will head over your blog in a few min...which you know may be awhile longer...lol

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  6. Oh Madame Samm! You had me from the large cup of your favorite brew!! I loved each of you creations, Santa ia a real doll, the candy cane is sweet but your cup of coffee struck me in my heart. You are a kind, gentle spirit. Such a joy to follow. I was not fortunate enough to have followed this whole wonderful hop, but how could I have missed your post?

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    1. Hi Susan...of course you would love that monster cup...we all needed that these past couple days..glad to share it with you lol glad you did not miss a thing...

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  7. Oh Samm! Silly girl ... did you know that I always read magazines from back to front so of course I start at the end of the list to the top ... so I had to start with yours! I'm glad you are under supervision again in order to let your creative mojo flow ... we so benefit from your creativity! All of your blocks are simply delicious and thank you for sharing them :)

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    1. Yes you Wendy. like to do what I do...I actually answered from the bottom up...however by the time I am done here I will be starting again..
      mmmm we are alike..glad you enjoyed my little show.....x

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  8. I have visited each one, left comments on most, enjoyed reading the responses to my comments. Loved the Christmas hop. Such neat projects, have given me encouragement to get to work on Christmas projects. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. HI Diana...nice to hear that..glad you had fun

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  9. Your blocks brought a smile to my face. My son and family left to go home to Toronto Canada today which left me sad. That is sooooo far from California. I visited each and every site and left comments. Thank you for the great giveaway, and now off to bed, LOL!

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    1. Hi Judy...ahhh they won't be far from us..but a long way from CA...see you again..nighty nite

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  10. I love the blocks !!! The bra is to funny and I would love a polka dot dress!
    I had a lot of fun in he blog hop...thank you !
    I visited all the blogs ( I'm to nosy not to have ) but don't leave comments every where....but I I'd do a lot of oh & ah ing !

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    1. Hi Liz, glad you played with us...we loved having you part of it

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  11. Wonderfull Christmas Blocks.I love them all.

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  12. A bright Christmas tale you tell, thanks for the dress, how did you know my size, it fits perfectly! Your house is decorated in al lovely way, great tree, I love them in aqua colors, the ornamenst are so 60's, great, they don't make them like that anymore. My wonky believers heart also loves Santa. Thanks for the tour along all those great blogs, I still have a few hops to make, so I'll be hopping further~, bye!

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    1. Hi Pauline...ahh glad it fits....thanks for hopping with us today...bye lol

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  13. Thanks for sharing the wonderful story. Lovely Christmas blocks.
    Inhave enjoyed hopping the blogs. Thanks for organizing it.

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    1. ahh we all added our own thing..you added the comments lol

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  14. I visited all of the hops, read all, got inspiration from many, got very nice replies from some of the comments I left these lovely ladies, and started my Christmas projects for this year! Thanks for all of your work and the give away.

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  15. I'm back! I've had some sleep and now I just want to say, I love this tale! Starting with a candle, and taking us through that first cup of coffee...you are just so darn creative! Who could not love that bra and then that pretty little dress...oh so cute! Your trees and your hearts(my heart soars) just complete the story. Of course, you know that I have read each and every post to date...again, how could I not? I love Christmas! Thank you, Coach, and thanks for the chance at some wonderful giveaways!

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    1. OHH you are funny...I know...today I am going to take my ipad upstairs outside and go over them all again..over 200 and I haven't added mine yet..lol
      it has been a wonderful hop...thanks to you

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  16. Your blocks are very funny and inspiring!!! My fav is the "Jingle". Thanks for this Blog Hop!
    All the best,
    Debuko

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    1. YOU are welcome Debuko...glad to have you part of it all

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  17. Oh Madame Samm you have done some wonderful blocks...I love the candle to the dress and then some...very inspiring. I must get the pattern for the wonky tree and heart they are just wonderful. Thank you and Leslie for putting us in the Christmas spirit it has inspired me to start my Christmas stitching. I have visited almost all of them and will finish today's very shortly. I have met some awesome quilters and they each have been filled with their own inspiration. Thanks again and Happy holidays to you.

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    1. HI Sharon...both those patterns can be found at paperpanache and Ula ...I will find the link for you, when I have some time...Leslie did well didn't she....
      lucky for us all to have sew much help now...frees me up to study and sew more...how is you Sharon..?

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  18. These are great blocks. I'm curious, are you going to put them all together? It would be a fun quilt.

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    1. HI Charlotte...ahhhhh you are sew darn smart..and yes..I was going to show you all this week, why I kept saying unfinished blocks..wait till you see what I am doing with them...you sew smart lol

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  19. oh my, you have been busy and what a story to tell. Thank you, I think you covered all aspects of christmas and I am feelilng it. Thanks to you and Lesley for this great hop and I look forward to the next one. Can't wait until the draws since this is the first one I have fully particpated in.

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    1. Hi there Aurea...I am pleased to bits you joined in..hope to see you again..your block was pretty amazing... good luck in the draws,,

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  20. What a great way to end. I love paper piecing, so I thoroughly enjoyed your blocks. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Oh my, oh my! Again I am blown away by your blocks. Now I really want to try paper piecing. Where in the world do you find all those great patterns? Please share. You are the best cheerleader ever and I know that you have tons more wonderfulness cooking up your sleeve. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such terrific inspiration and another awesomely fun hop. It will be hard to wait for the next one to start. Huge hugs!

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    1. HI There Michele...well can we talk about your pretty amazing poinsetta and pinwheel..you were certainly in the running today..it was tough..you were all so darn good..sew glad you came in...it is fun to do things on the last minute..sometimes they are our best..you proved it..

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  22. I look at your blocks and it is like watching a cheerleader, for a moment I think I can do it, too! Then my self doubts take over and I just stare (without inspiration) at my own pile of scraps. But I keep coming back -- maybe this winter, with more indoor time, I'll finally get moving!

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    1. Ahhhh but you can...I was in the same boat as you only a couple months ago...I could not for the world figure it out..and then Elaine did a tut
      on this blog, and I got it...it was with freezer paper..go to our tuts and look for the one that says freezer paper..it is sew easy, you will wonder
      where was Elaine long ago lol

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  23. I didn't think I could go with Christmas in July but you got me hooked. I really enjoyed visiting everyone and came away with so many ideas. Thankyou all so much.

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    1. Ohhh but Teresa....we need to be thinking Christmas all year..I think it brings out the best in people, don't you think...? lol
      hope to see you again

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  24. What wonderful blocks! So many great ideas. I am going to have to figure this out!
    loritfrench@comcast.net

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    1. OHHH please do and when you do..please join us in some of our hops...you can do paper piecing any time...
      we always love to see more..

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  25. I love, love, love your blocks! They are fantastic, I enjoy paper piecing and these blocks look like so much fun to do! I've enjoyed this blog hop so much, tons of inspiration. Huge thanks to you and Leslie!

    Happy quilting,
    Cindy

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    1. HI Cindy...glad you let us know and others...they just love seeing the comments..you have no idea how thrilled some of them are...

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  26. Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing today.

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    1. And thank you for that...that was kind!

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  27. Lesley's gift is wonderful she definitely has a whole lot of heart and has worked as hard as Santa.
    And what about you, can you choose yourself for a winning block? The paper-piecing works so well. Thank you for sharing these blocks, your blog for others, pinning & choosing the blocks.
    Today, there are two bloggers not up yet but I have commented on all (even went back to Primitive to leave a comment). I think. Thanks to all the bloggers giveaway and now wonderful fabrics here what a cheerleader.
    Thank you.

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    1. NOPE I am not in the running ....that would not be fair at all...I just add some on the last day, to say I enjoyed the hop too lol
      glad you enjoyed our ladies..and our cheerleaders...I am thrilled to have them on my team

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  28. Wow! I am so impressed with your variety and your clever designs! I am hooked on paper piecing thanks to you and the Think Christmas blog hop. I am so jazzed with ideas now I must get out and start more things. Thank you for sharing your designs!

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    1. ohhh they are not my designs sweetie...all patterns that were made by others....I just try to make them pretty lol. Now soon I will be designing my own, and you will know then how bad I needed practice..these are my practice ones lol

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  29. Of course, you would come up with such a creative way to share your blocks! I enjoyed them so much! thank you!
    I visited EVERY one of the gals on the hop! Yay! What fun!

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    1. HI Linda...good morning...yes fun, creative yep that would be me right...in your eyes...lol
      I thought it was simply put..FAST ....glad you loved it lol

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  30. Amazing wonderful and lovely!
    I have really enjoyed this Christmas blocks blog hop.
    As a new quilter, I have met so many beautiful and creative ladies, and learned more than I have ever imagined
    I feel so lucky to meet everyone.

    the prize fabrics are adorable

    Your blocks are so cute. I love the jingle bra, the dress the three and the heart :-D

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    1. We have sew enjoyed you enjoying us...you are a delight with your feline stories..yes I even got a chance to get out a couple days..which is rare..but will be more now , that I am down to just this blog..yeahhhhh your choices were mine too..

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  31. That bra (a.k.a over the shoulder boulder holder) is hilarious!

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    1. yes Marcia..one of my fav next to the Santa one...yep...I remember that term...lol

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  32. Those blocks are amazing. I really chuckled over the bra.

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    1. Ohhh you could not be more lifted by that one...even while making it I was laughing too...glad you hopped along with us..

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  33. Your paper piecing is so neat......I love your bra........oops, I mean your paper pieced bra :) Thanks so much to you and Lesley for another awesome blog hop! I have visited all the blogs that have had their Think Christmas post up and left comments.

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    1. Hello Connie...ohhh yes that bra...I wish I was that small...sadly I filled those cups when I was 10 lol YOU were such a wonderful cheerleader too...I am sew looking forward to all the hops we will be in together...I will be able to sew more not less....x

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  34. Now I have to ask???? Do you ever sleep? You've done it again. What a fun array of paper piecing. Love them all, but the BRA, now really, you've outdone yourself. Dare I ask where you found that fabulous design??? :-) :-) Great wrap up for a very fun hop! I'm off to refill my cuppa... Thanks so much!

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    1. HI Joan...I get asked that a lot, probably more than any other question...GET an EGG timer...don't ask...just be sure to tune in later this week...I will explain my magic formula lol The bra was found at paper panache.com it was one of her freebies..most of the ones I showed today came from purchased books and patterns...i have been securing many in this area...lol for future hops..I am soon going to be making my own...I am loving this technique much more than others...ahhh but I just myself a dresden ruler..oh oh lol

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  35. You do the best paper piecing. I have visited all the blogs, although several did not post anything for the hop. I left comments at most I visited, but I was in a hurry a few days so I couldn't leave a comment.

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    1. Yes your honesty is noted...we had a couple no shows..but that happens, and the % is minuscule...how lucky for us all...
      glad you participated with us...

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  36. Oh I love all your blocks!! They are beautiful!!! I visited all the blogs that posted this week! Weren't they fabulous!! There are a couple that have't posted today yet, but I'm sure they will come up soon so that I can visit and comment!! I left lovely comments at all the blogs on the hop!! It was a lot of fun to go look at there projects. I would get off work at 7 pm, grab a cold drink.....'cause it was soooooo hot, then check out all the blogs on the hop. I loved participating, and thanks you so much for getting this hop organized!!

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    1. Well I absolutely adore all of your blocks - might have to have a go at this paper piecing lark one day! I visited everyone and commented on everyone I saw - there were a couple of late ones which I think I caught up with via pinterest but they might have slipped through the net - thanks so much for everything you have done - look forward to seeing what the next hops are (already in for dots one and I even bought some material on Thursday for it (it was on sale so I couldnt resist!)).

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    2. Oooh think I have replied instead of commented - oh well.

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    3. YOu are just fine...I can still comment for you...and yes take a peak at our tuts on this blog..look for the one that says freezer paper..that is the method I use for this technique...I finally got it..it has only been a couple months..you note..I keep practising...lol. soon I will be making my own...
      that will be fun, I just know it..glad to hear you got some dots...I will be talking about that this week....among other things...on this blog of course

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    4. HI Ariane, we noted a couple no shows..but trust me there is always something really grave that keeps them away...we have been saddened by some true stories...sew we know of those..and yes I saw you...you have been a wonderful cheerleader.... hope you are feeling better..food P. right>

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  37. I did visit every blog and enjoyed their blocks. I didn't leave a comment at each one (didn't realize that was going to be a requirement). I hope I still qualify to enter the giveaway. From now on I'll leave a comment at each site when I visit your blog hops. I do love blog hops!

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    1. Mary Beth..you still have to WEDnesday...glad you enjoyed it..these ladies did put in sew much...I actually went back to some again, just to peak....lol

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  38. Samm, I love your story! It is amazing how your blocks work into a story for us to enjoy. Where to start, wow, they are all wonderful! You are a paper-piecing nut!! I have a few favorites, Santa, the dress, but especially the ornament. brings back childhood memories.
    Another hop coming to a close but thanks to you and Lesley, it was wonderful!

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    1. Ahh I know I will wear that one.. a PP nut...cannot help it...I have yet to master it...but I am getting close..and before you know it..I be making some...today...I am working on my next project..has to be done by tuesday..eeeeeek. off to paint...talk soon..glad you loved it..your cheers could be heard

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  39. I loved your parade of paper pieced blocks. Cute story to go along with them. I had a great time hoping to all the bloggers. Seems there were a couple that was missed because they didn't have anything posted. I'm pretty sure I commented on all the ones that had some lovely blocks and projects posted. I love hops because I find so many new ideas and blogs to follow. Thanks to everyone of them and you.

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    1. Thank you Bizy....yes a couple were missing , it happens...lol thanks for you lovely note

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  40. You never cease to amaze! I haven't gotten around to all the blogs yet, so don't include me in the raffle. Thanks for another fun blog hop - you've inspired me to get started on my holiday projects. It's easy to get excited after seeing all your sweet blocks!

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    1. HI Ellen, never...geesh...pressure here lol. YOU still have till wed. to pop in quick to everyone..the prizes are pretty nice ....lol

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  41. I have double checked thru the Pinterest Board and did find one I missed and left a comment (a late to the party) - I see Inga today posted that she will not have her post up until tomorrow, so will be sure to stop in - and PigTails has yet to post, I will be sure to catch her, if the post comes alive. Other wise I have enjoyed everyone's inspiration and enthusiasm - Miss Lesley Claus and you have given a great 'eye-opener' with this blog hop - so refreshing during this heat wave!

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    1. HI Sharon..oh you are sew good...it is true...going through them through PInterest...brilliant...and yes thanks for the note on Inga...did you see those slippers or socks she calls them...love those..lol. and yes some days it was a nice breeze...lol. actually today..we finally got some rain...it hasn't cool off anything, but it certainly has greened up things...thx

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    2. I did catch PigTails post and left her a comment - yes, I did see those wonderful felted slippers on Inga's site - they look so comfy and sweet!

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  42. First I want to thank you for the whole experience of Think Christmas! I stumbled across it while I was following a Traveling Stash and I was hooked. I have read every post but didn't comment on each one.I have even gone back to read the ones who weren't quite "timely" :-)! and am planning on checking out InGa's tomorrow when she posts it. I have gotten some great ideas from all the folks involved. Your blocks are soooo great. What a great story in blocks. You and Lesley have done a FANTASTIC job and I am looking forward to more blog hopping! Thank you again!!!!!!

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    1. Hello Sue, sew glad as a beezy bee, you found us ....stay tuned, this week, there will be a couple of announcements that may interest you or not.lol
      we will see...thank you on behalf of both Lesley and I...but I assure you Lesley did a terrific job..

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  43. Thank you so much for this hop - and lesley of course! It has been such !
    I've visited everyone and left comments at almost every blog!
    Can I say how much I hate word verification!! sometimes I have to have several goes before I get it right and sometimes I give up! Sorry folks!
    Best wishes!

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    1. HI Gill, you can say it...when I see it I almost P my pants lol. no really....I just well you know lol. We will be sure to note in the next one, that everyone shuts it down for just the week they are on...This blog never gets spam...never...lol

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  44. I LOVE your paper pieced blocks....I'd love to get my hands on your patterns! Thanks for the fabulous hop!!!

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    1. Hi Kimberley....90% of my patterns were purchased online or from books that I also obtained....some day, I will post them all...
      glad you enjoyed the hop...OHHHHHH if you look at all my photos and enlarge them you can trace them from your screen shhhhhh not that I have ever done that of course lol

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  45. It looks like you had a heck of a great time paper piecing these blocks. I so love the Jingle Bra. And the banner for Leslie is stellar. Great job all the way around.

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    1. HI Selina..I actually hate to say this....I am obsessed...I just cannot stop it...in fact today. I was .....oh can't tell..next hop stuff lol
      thx on behalf of us both ..

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  46. Thanks for another great time, love all your blocks, especially the candle...are you planning a sampler quilt? I visited each and every one but a few weren't accepting comments when I'd try...loved everyone's contributions and so appreciated everyone's lovely comments to mine!

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    1. HI Kris, ahhh another one just ahead of my thoughts..will be showing you this week...what I have planned...lol
      and yes I am taking that into acct, some you could not get in ...good luck..oh ps. take a peak here...I did not want to explain later...www.sewIquiltnow.com I know ...

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  47. The paper pieced blocks rocked! My faves were the bikini top/bra and the ornament. I love reading your commentary and your enthusiasm is contagious!!

    I've enjoyed seeing everyone's blocks and have been inspired, to say the least...and have added a new pinterest followers in the process1!

    I hope I win some of the giveaway!!! Fingers Crossed!

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  48. i visited them all but didn't leave comments on all

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  49. Your paper pieced blocks were just darling. I'm afraid to try paper piecing myself. I have enjoyed the hop so much and am really looking forward to making some of these wonderful items! I do believe that made a comment on all the blogs. I'd like to be entered into the drawing please!

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    1. ohh don't be afraid Abbigail....take a peak at our tutorials..that truck on my blog...go to freezer paper...that one is the simplest one I have been able to find....that is what turned me into an obsessed lady lol
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  50. I love, LOVE, love all your paper pieced blocks...a girl after my heart! Love them all...can't pick a favorite.
    Even though I couldn't participate, I visited and commented on all the contributors! It was a great hop! Thanks Samm and Leslie!

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  51. I love your poem. And your blocks. Would love to know where you found them.
    I visited most of the blogs. Some wouldnt open for me. Hmmm Not sure why. Left comments on the ones that I did visit. Everyone did a fantastic job. Thanks for putting this all together.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. HI Lori, I purchased 90% of them...some on paperpanache.com and the others from varied books and I did do a lot of changes...just because lol
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  52. OK, I was looking at all of the blogs until I saw this one, then I went ack to all the ones I had already looked at and left comments, and I went to the rest and left comments. It took me three days, but I'm pretty positive i went to every single one.

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  53. You are an amazing paper piecer. Love Santa. I am sew grateful to you for everything you have done since I first found you during the wantobe campaign. You Inspire!!
    I believe I have visited everyone and commented. It would be awesome to win!

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    1. HI Roxanne...getting there..to you amazing to me, still learning and playing lol. and thank you for being a cheerleader for me too ...t.y.
      good luck

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  54. I have SO enjoyed visiting all the quilter's site!! Since I know how much their comments to me encouraged and inspired I was sure to leave a comment for all of them! How fun this was!! Thank you!!!

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  55. goodness! you have been very busy. love all your blocks and the little graphics are great too.

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  56. Wow! I love your blocks!~ esp the candle and Santa. Lesley will love that runner! Gorgeous! Thanks forr all the work you put into this hop too!

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  57. What a lot of blocks you have made. They are all great, especially the Santa.

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  58. All your blocks are beautiful!! The candle and the Santa were my favorites!!

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    1. HI Cherry...ahhh coming from you..I will accept that with a great big smile..x

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  59. Fabulous paper piecing! I think the candle was my favorite. Thanks for the blog party!
    Great Motivation! I think I visited every site and left comments at most but not all.

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      you can view them all on Pinterest too...the link is on the blog..2nd one.

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  60. Whew! I've hopped til my hopper is hopped out! I visited all the blogs on the hop and left comments on all. If I missed someone, I assure you is was an honest oversight. Thanks again for a fabulous and inspiring blog hop! Can't wait to see this particular hop again next year!

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      and yes we will be celebrating many hops...I look forward to seeing you again

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  61. your blocks are awesome, the santa and the tree.. love both very much. thank's for this blog hop, i went throught every blog and that was very fun! thank's again

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    1. Ahhh oui mon ami...merci pour toute que tu fait avec nous...
      a bientot.

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  62. Fabulous! Love your blocks...all of them. Santa is my fav. Love his face so much. What a great hop. I visited everyone. Dont think I commented on every one but I was amazed by every blog. Such inspiration! Thanks so much.

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  63. HELLO! WHAT BEAUTIFUL BLOCKS! I KNOW I VISITED EVERY SITE,BUT SERIOUSLY DOUBT I COMMENTED ON EACH ONE,BUT I HOPE I DID! THERE WERE SO MANY GREAT SITES! THANKS FOR SETTING THE HOP UP>YOU'RE THE BEST!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  64. Looooooooooooove all your blocks Samm! So fun! Yep, you are the paper piecing Queen! Woo hoo!
    Haven't been to all the sites yet. Had a sick bunny. Playing catch up now. Like always. Has been such a fun hop!
    xx

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      it is well over 100 again today..in Ontario Canada...surrounding by great lakes...yeeesh

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  65. Your blocks are totally fantastic!! I don't know where you get all of your energy! Pass me some please!! :)

    I have just sit here at this pc and visited every single hopper... Even those I had previously visited to be sure I did visit and had not dreamt it.. Left them all some comment love!

    This has been a fantastic hop and I am looking forward to seeing what is up your sleeve for the next one! :)

    p.s.. I will be jarring pickles tomorrow! they are finally ready! :)

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    1. Ahh are you in for a treat...sometime later this week, I will be sharing how I do it all...get an egg timer...and thanks for the heads up on pickles...

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  66. I did a lot of "Oh I want to make that, no that, and that." But the Santa is the best. Love it.

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  67. Oh dear lady, you have outdone yourself, again. Right down to the holly leaves and berries in the background. Looks like the makings of a great quilt.
    I wouldn't be surprised to look outside and see snow-with all the Christmas spirit of the last week.

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    1. Hey sweet evelyn...ohhh I may have just a bit you.think lol. Well you know me, if i do something I need to do it well...
      And the Christmas snow...oh how I miss that...I would welcome it even now..we could have snow cones lol

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  68. Madame Samm, Yes I have left comments at all the other ones so I must leave one here for you- I love your fun sense of humor and the great blocks you have created for this blog hop. Kudos to you and Lesley for all your hard work to make this a fantastic hop. I saw some great blocks and fun inspiration. Thanks for entering my name in the group of visitors.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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    1. HI Anna...and yes I did many of your comments..on behalf of everyone..we love cheers..especially from our peers... and good luck..

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  69. My Dear friend, only you would have so much fun doing paper piecing and making it fun for us who are looking looking at them. You are really loving this paper piecing! They are all really cute but I love Santa I will have to look into this. If you can e-mail me because I always miss your reply because I didn't realize for a long time that you were answering on the blog and I miss you. Blessings Sandra

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    1. HI Sandra..hope you got my note..and I am sorry about doing them all here...they were getting missed with the subscribers..sew I thought this would be a better solution...therefore I see the empty spaces I know I did not answer...lol miss you too...come by more..x

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  70. Oh. My. Goodness. I am totally amazed by all you did Samm, but not surprised. You have certainly inspired us all to give paper piecing a try. I did some years ago but it's been a long time. Congrats on a job well done. blessings, marlene

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  71. Love all these blocks and Santa is my favorite. Awesome job.

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  72. Wonderful blocks, thanks for sharing! Love the Santa! This has been a real inspiration--thank you!

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  73. Oh, your blocks are wonderful and what a fun read! Thanks for all the Paper piecing inspiration. This has been a wonderful hop. I have enjoyed seeing what everyone is doing and my list of things I want to do is longer that Santa's list! Hugs from hot Texas but cooler for doing and thinking about the wonderful Think Christmas blog hop!

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    1. HI Linda...ohhh if you were cooled..then we did our job..even here in Canada it has been extremely hot...

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  74. I love PP'ing and your blocks made my day! Thank you and Lesley for a wonderful ride on the blog. Judith, Texas

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  75. Thank you for illustrating your story with pp blocks. I do love your Santa the best. How could anybody not like Santa? Thank you Madame Samm and Elf in Chief Lesley for a lovely blog hop. I have to start getting ready for next year's Christmas blog hop so I can be better prepared. I think I'll have to keep some of the Christmas decorations from going into storage this winter so they will be ready for next summer's hop.

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    1. Hey there Katie....you are sew darn welcome.....and yes you now have a great start for Christmas..listen before we know it ..we will be hearing jingle bells on the radio..

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  76. Loved all your efforts, and also the paper pieced blocks that you created. I participated, enjoyed every post from every blog, and tried to leave comments to all! Thanks again for all of it! It was so much fun!

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  77. Your PP blocks are all so nice and I can see you are addicted to this technique now! It was sew nice that the last one is for Lesley because she did a wonderful job. You both did. I felt like decorating for Christmas after reading the posts each day. I do believe I left a comment for everyone but I will go through Pinterest and double check. I can't wait to see what you have planned for your blocks.

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    1. Hi Moe...addicted..nooooo obsessed yessssss...lol Lesley was a gem of a cheerleader let me tell you....and yes we recorded all of your comments..you did good..good luck...

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  78. I am a newbe to quilting, I have done a couple of quilts but all with patterns. I cant look at a block, unless it is really basic, and tell how to make them. I loved your blocks and thanks for the giveaway but until I get more experience i wont follow these blog hop unless it is a QAL. You have given me a lot of ideas and it gives me ideas for me to try, or look for similar blocks with patterns. Thanks

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    1. Hello newbee Wanda...always love to hear about new quilters on board...hope to see you again..you will gain experience by watching and learning from us all and we will cheer you too.

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  79. You know what, I visited all the blogs, but didn't leave comments. I am leaving a comment on yours because I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your paper pieced blocks and would love to know where you got the patterns for them. They are absolutely fabulous, gorgeous, and to die for. Thanks for sharing them.

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    1. Hi Cindy...most of the patterns I purchased or got from books I purchased and gathered...some day I will share them all. Sorry it is not now...
      Have a few time commitments..like getting to all of you first lol. and thank you for dropping by..

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  80. Hi, I visited all of the blogs on the hop and loved seeing what everyone has done. I have never followed a blog hop before, but this was a must because I love Christmas. I didn't leave a comment on every blog because I didn't think it was right thing to go into a draw to win something I couldn't use. It is better to give the people who really want to win the chance. I would really, really like to win this one though. Thank you for a great blog hop. Now I can go back to my normal life, I have spent hours on my computer hopping. Vicki vickilorraine at hotmail dot com

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    1. HI Vicki, I saw your comments, they were very nice for us all to see...all the best , see you again..now you can rest .whewwwww

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  81. Madam Samm-Thank you to you and Lesley for an outstanding job of organizing the supervising this fantastic blog hop. "Kudos" especially to you for developing the website for non-bloggers to use-that's genius. I have often though about starting a blog, but don't know how to go about doing it and I really don't have something to say about what I am doing on a daily/weekly basis. So to provide an outlet for those of us who may wish to contribute, but don't have a blog, Thank You! I love your paper pieced candy cane, heart and santa. I so want to learn how to do that now. Today I had the time, so I went back to make sure I gave positive feedback to all participants as I think it is important to recognize all the time that each person has spend as their contribution to the success of the blog hop. I have received email feedback from a few bloggers and it's really fun. I have enjoyed trying to find out where each blogger is located in this summer of crazy weather as I always pay attention to the weather reports and it's interesting, especially for the "visits" to other countries. What a fantastic experience it would be for school children to have something like this to correspond with students all over the world-can you tell I'm a retired teacher! LOL.

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    1. Ohh Nellie...we are sew pleased about having a non-bloggers blog...it was a great idea for you ladies...and to see you somewhere vs nowhere..well we woud have missed you . If you go to the side bar where you see a truck...that says VIP...click on that ..it will take you to a page of all of our tutorials...look for freezer paper...that one is one of the techniques that I use for paper piecing..Elaine is a great teacher...that may help..
      Glad to hear everyone made you feel welcomed..hope to see you again. glad to hear you were a teacher...an especially good one no doubt...

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  82. Wonderful display of Paper pieced blocks , so creative and wonderful fabrics . Thanks for the terrific job that you and Lesley did in organizing and running this fun blog hop, I had lots of fun hopping around to each and every blog ,leaving comments at every stop and getting lots of inspiration for even more Christmas quilting. I also enjoyed taking part and look forward to the bowls although I will be away so could not take part.Thanks again for this great hop and also for the chance at this wonderful generous giveaway. Sheila

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    1. HI Sheila...thank you...and Lesley, didn't she do well...you know she even booked again for next year lol. we will miss you for the bowls...but see you again...and good luck

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  83. Thank you for sharing your Paper Pieced Blocks they were awesome, and allowing me to join everyone else I see lots ideals that I want to try! Thanks for the generous giveaways and the hop, it was my first and I enjoyed seeing everyone work!
    Donna
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  84. This was such a fun hop to do! I'm sure everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did - sure gets you thinking about neat projects to start working on. I read everyone's blog, but I don't believe I commented on every one of them. Just not enough time in the day to keep up! Merry Christmas - early!

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  85. Fabulous paper piecing!! I really want to do a quilt with Wonky Trees! The cup, santa and clothing are my favorites but I love them all! Thanks for all you did for the hop!! All of that amazing work we were able to see!!
    Sharon

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    1. Hi Sharon, did you see one of our ladies with her quilt of wonky trees..it was her first quit...and those red bows...well that just took me away lol
      Hope to see you soon

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  86. I love the paper piecing! The bra and tree are favs for me and I love the aqua in the tree as well! Bravo for your fabulous blocks.

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  87. WOW lovely work!! You never cease to amaze me!!

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  88. Well I have now visited all the blogs, and left comments on them all. There have been some amazing blocks and loads of inspiration. Thanks Samm and Lesley for doing this hop.

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  89. I visited and commented on all the blogs - even caught up with Inga - again thank you Lesley and M Samm for such a huge successful and inspiring Hop.

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  90. Visited and commented on all blogs! Thanks for a wonderful reportoire in all your blocks! You have all the bases covered I see. Sorry to have missed you the other Saturday. My daughter was in our pool, and saw you at the greenhouse, but didn't tell me. Also thanks for the goodies. Don't know yet what I'm making from the charms, but will soon use them. Thanks for all the work you put into these blog hops.....

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    1. Ahh Maria..those Annabelles despite the heat are doing well, you will be glad to hear...DH found great spots for them...I expect next year they will give us a great show...thank you again...

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  91. THANKS LOVE your paper piecing blocks!

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  92. What a great quilt. Your story was beautiful to read with it - fun!! Is there a pattern available? Thank you,
    Dianne

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    1. Hi Dianne...mmm I did not make a quilt..did you mean the blocks? and the patterns...I purchased and found in books..some day I may get around to listing them ...thank you too.

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  93. Hi!!!! Love all of your blocks!!!! Thanks for the hop it was wonderful!!! So festive!!!! I have missed a few of the bloggers but found them this morning and I will be looking so more to find some that I could do!!!! Family might get pillows for Christmas this year!!!! I had so much fun!!!! hugs

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    1. HI Carla...did I see you win something in our hop..yes I did somewhere lol ...glad to see you out ....come back again...

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  94. Hi Samm... what a wonderful Christmas tale. Yes, the best for last. Your paper piecing is mah-va-lous, just mahvalous!
    And I do spy some "dots." That, too, will be a fun hop.
    I have tried a couple of times to comment on one specific bloggers post. The page jumps and my comment goes away. Will give it another try.
    Made some new friends and gained a few during this hop. Always a plus!

    As I said before, thank you for all your work and encouragement to bloggers.
    YOU is kind, YOU is special, YOU is important.

    Did you eat all the ice cream?

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    1. Hi there Karen...well I certainly won't forget you...not that I ever really forget anybody lol Your video is one I will always remember..isn't that funny, I never saw it being such a fan of both ...mmmm I must of been at school...My nose was always in books..now it is pcs and macs oh and iPads...lol
      Glad you were part of it..glad you were a cheerleader...and I think you got to them all..according to our software..yeahhhh

      and thank you thank you...and yes let's eat ice cream tomorrow..time for bed for me x

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      And I'll bring the ice cream. Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla... my mostest favorite.

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  95. It is so good to see that you've decided to eat some ice cream before it melts. But in this heat, that doesn't leave you much time! This hop has been so fun and inspiring with all the tutorials, different techniques and beautiful blocks. Thank you so much, Madame Samm and Santa Lesley, for all the hard Thinkin Christmas work!

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    1. Hi There Susan...ahh no ice cream today, but you know I will get some in me soon enough lol. What is your FAV? I like vanilla, always.isn't that funny..
      we should do a poll on that one...chocolate or vanilla.and what is says about our character...lol Thanks for hopping along...you are a great cheerleader too..

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    2. Mine is vanilla as well! You know....... "great minds". Lol... I rarely have much chocolate anymore. But now a great home made penuche with a great cup of coffee, now there is a problem for me ( mmmmmm) I love your hops! They are each unique, fun and creative. Everyone is so talented.

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  96. Mme Samm you are definitely the paper piecing queen...I love them all...the Santa is just the sweetest. Thank you for inspiring us to try paper piecing. I'm always on the look out for paper piecing patterns now...yes because of you. Another awesome, fun blog hop thanks to you and Santa Lesley!! I'm so glad I did the Think Christmas hop, what a beautiful person Lesley is...I passed it by the first time offered and just knew I had to do it when it was extended. I'm looking forward to the Bowls with Borders and as much as I love polka dots I am passing on de 'Dots'. DH and I are going away for a little R&R for a few days in October and in November we are going to South Carolina for a week. I have one more blog to leave a comment on...the one with the cool timer, she is another beautiful person!!!

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  97. From one great lady to another...you make our blog hops complete, how lucky for us all. We need cheerleaders for our ladies who stitch...see you then..x

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