Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Giveaway : :

little folks and folksy flannel for giveaway

You all know that Anna Maria Horner is my most favorite fabric designer. Her Good Folks line and my wonderful husband Kevin are truly the reason I began to finally sew. Kevin had surprised me with a sewing machine for our 5 year Wedding Anniversary (almost 5 years ago). Actually, he really surprised me since I had never asked for or even mentioned wanting one. It's a really fancy Husqvarna Viking that sews beautifully with lots of stitch options, all digital and even will do embroidery (which I have yet to try.) He bought it refurbished at a Singer store in a town nearby, putting down $20 here and $10 there until he was ready to bring it home to me. When he did, I was thrilled! But quickly became overwhelmed by how different it was than my Great Grandmother's Singer. So it just sat there as three, yes three, more years passed by. Then one day I stumbled upon Anna Maria's blog and saw Good Folks and the rest is history!

I am so grateful for Anna's fabrics and constant inspiration! And so very grateful for my husband Kevin, who knew how much this machine would change and add to my life, even before I did!

Here is just some of what I've stitched up with her fabrics, on my much-loved machine this last year and a half that I've been sewing. Pillows, dolls, clothing, blankets, recovered chairs, deskmats, pin cushions, aprons, and curtains, oh my!
Made with AMH fabrics

In addition to Mrs. Horner and Kevin, I really want to thank all of you who visit my blog here and make it such a fun place to be. You're sweet comments and feedback and inspiration make sharing here worthwhile. So, thank you! Now let's have a giveaway!

The Prize!

One of my readers will win one yard of Folksy Flannel and another of Little Folks voile.

little folks and folksy flannel for giveaway

Enter to Win!

Here's how,

1. Simply add your comment to this post. I'd love for you to share a sewing story of your own, if you'd like! (one entry)
2. Followers of my blog get a second chance, just let me know that you follow my blog by making a separate comment to record that entry. (one entry)

That’s 2 possible entries! Enter now through 10 o'clock pm (EST) Sunday, August 21st . I will announce the winner this Monday morning here on the blog.

* Note * This giveaway is open domestically and internationally. If you're a "no reply" commenter, remember to include your email address in your comment so that I can contact you should you win!

Thanks again friends!!!

251 comments:

  1. sewing story of my own... well I have learned I should not sew when over tired. This morning the babes went for her nap and I decided to get some sewing done and I had to re-do the same seam twice - how sad to get it wrong twice in a row! (she had my up at 1:30,3, and then was up for the day at 5am!)

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  2. I too sew on a Husqvarna Viking - my second. I bought my first (which I still use!) in 1974 when I started work - I saved up for months to buy it!

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  3. What an inspirational story, it just shows you dont need a lifetime of sewing to create beautiful pieces. I sew on a pfaff, the same machine I learnt to sew on at school 16 years ago and I love it!

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  4. You know, my husband was also a big proponent of me learning to sew. I think that's because his mom does and he realized it's such a handy skill.

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  5. ... and would just loooove o win this beautiful fabric :) Have a great day!

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  6. I kept up sewing after high school with a Janome SchoolMate and made baby gifts here and there. Last year I finally upgraded to a quilting machine. It's become my hobby, and now I am addicted to sewing and quilting for my kids. I think it's what keeps me sane!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. i sooo have a fabricy crush on anna maria horner..all her designs are so pretty..i havent really got a sewing story to tell..im starting to get back into sewing again after a hiatus..and i just got a new machine so this fabric would def come in handy!! raineoc@yahoo.com

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  8. I grew up sewing with my mom and using her machine from time to time. I wasn't a super serious sewer, but enjoyed it nonetheless. I love to crochet, and have more yarn than I really know what to do with. Last year I thought to myself that I might like to take up sewing and quilting, but seeing as how my husband has had to put a stop to my yarn buying, I figured he wouldn't appreciate it if I started buying fabric as well. But then my inlaws bought me a Husqvarna for Christmas, so I had no excuse not to start! :)

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  9. I am also a follower and love ooing and aaahing over your creations :)

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  10. im following your blog by email! raineoc@yahoo.com

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  11. Many consider me a seasoned quilter, but I don't consider myself a seasoned quilter. I made my first quilt 6 years ago when my granddaughter was born. Prior to that - no sewing whatsoever. Since then? I've made maybe one quilt per year. And each time I go to make something, I have to pull out the books and surf the net to find out how to do the basics. I can't wait until I retire and can do nothing but sit around and piece/quilt all day long.

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  12. I'm already a follower. Pssst!! Haven't you seen me when you looked over your shoulder??

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  13. Hmm, well I sew on a Brother machine, very basic, cheap, no whistles, no bells, we have a love, but mostly utter hate relationship! I think that is probably why I hardly ever sew, its pretty sad really ;)

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  14. I once made an elephant and giraffe. It was pretty hard but it turned out okay.

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  15. I follow.

    emileenreynolds@yahoo.com

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  16. I love to sew! I first got started when i was 7 years old and continued till i was 18 but then with college and life i had quit but just recently i have started again since i had my baby girl.

    kindredscents@gmail.com

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  17. I also follow your blog ;)

    kindredscents@gmail.com

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  18. I love Anna Marie Horner's fabric and would love to win these lovely fabrics. I'm already planning my sewing projects! Thanks for a chance to win.
    twelve30{at}gmail{dot}com

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  19. I'm a follower of your blog. Thanks for a chance two win.
    twelve30{at}gmail{dot}com

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  20. I'm a follower of your blog. Thanks for the giveaway!
    csillangel@yahoo.com

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  21. I sew on my mother’s hand-me-down Kenmore machine from the late sixties. I learned how to sew watching her for hours and hours on this machine. Every Halloween costume, Easter and Christmas dress, prom dress and pretty much all of my clothes in grade school were made by my mom on this machine. She even made my wedding dress! It sews like a dream and I intend to pass it along to one of my daughters some day. I do dream of a new Bernina or Janome though .... (maybe my husband will surprise me one day like yours did!)

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  22. What a great giveaway!
    slhightower5(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. I'm a follower of your blog.

    slhightower5(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. i love your blog and happily follow it.
    my favorite sewing story is about my grandma.
    my grandma always had fabric around her house..she saved my dads business shirts that he no longer wanted...old dresses that may have no longer been in style..a stained tabelclothes...pants that brother and i outgrew etc
    she sewed everything by hand...altered all of or clothing..patched worn our knees and elbows on pants and jackets ....and recycled fabric to create placemats.napkins...aprons and all sorts of wonderful things.
    and so this being said..now i will NOW...finally... tell you my sewing story..(LOL)
    when i was in kindergarten...i came home from school one day..to find my favorite baby doll..named giovanni.(yes we are sicilian..can you tell?? my doll was named giovanni...lol)
    well..while i was at school..my grandma ewed a aor of shorts with suspenders..and a buttons down dres shirt for him..with a color.. the shorts were made from an old skirt of my moms...and the shirt was one of my dad's old pajama tops...
    i still remember how excited i was that day..to walk into my grandmas house and see giovanni sitting on my little wooden chair..all dressed up....
    I NEVER took that outfit off of giovanni....and cherished that it was mae and sewn by hand..by my sweet grandma...the single most influential person in my life....even now...34 years after she passed away.
    thank you for allowing me to remember givoanni's ...his outfit....and to share my sewing story about my grandma here..with you.

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  25. I use to watch my mother sew all the time then a good friend (you) pushed me to start sewing. I am very grateful of them both for being such an inspiration.

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  26. how sweet! i'm a huge fan of anna maria horner myself. I can also relate to being intimidated by a new machine -- I bought a serger almost a year ago and still haven't used it because I'm just overwhelmed at trying to figure it out!! silly, i know. i hope that once I do, I'll be as much on fire as you have been this past year and a half! congrats!

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  27. I am a follower of your blog!
    Thanks :)

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  28. I'd love a chance to enter for the beautiful fabric!
    Thanks :)

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  29. I just bought my very first grown up sewing machine a few months back. A Pfaff select and it's probably the best purchase I have ever made!!
    I came a long way from the old treadle sewing machine my mum taught me how to sew on when I was a little girl :-)

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  30. Love Anna Maria Horner! How exciting! I also follow the blog. :)

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  31. i don't really have a good sewing story. i'm just learning to sew and have been excited with getting to know my machine.

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  32. I started sewing three years ago. Right now I regularly use three sewing machines. My friends think I´m a geek but a women can´t have too many sewing macines, can she?

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  33. I´m a follower by the way.
    And just to make sure:

    1.yngla@gmail.com

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  34. I'd love to have this fabric to add to my stash. I love to make things for my Etsy shop!

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  35. wow..each story is so great! I am following you too.

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  36. Anna Maria Horner is my favorite fabric designer too! She is one of the main reasons why I've decided that learning to sew is my #1 goal for this year! :)

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  37. I remember making purses with my grandmother from a very young age. she kept my sister and I busy sewing these and I can picture her at her Singer treadle, wizzing up something wonderful. It seemed natural to me to buy my own as soon as I started work...layby and paid it off in 3 months. Bought the next one 25 years later from same shop and both, now all 3 have been Bernina. You stay with what you know I suppose. I just love to make something and it is the best therapy and can be real useful too.

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  38. wow=beautiful= love your stuff. i just started sewing last year but am love love loving it. thanks for your inspiration, really.

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  39. I have been sewing for 13 years. I started sewing when my oldest girl was a year old. I wanted to have the cutesy girly stuff I saw in boutiques and on ebay , so I started sewing to make her cute stuff at a cheap price. then it turned into a hobby for me. And here I am :) making stuff for other people. My favorite machine- a 1986 in cabinet dressmaker. it was given to me and I LOVE this machine.Its a workhorse and has been through alot.

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  40. I've always been crafting, sometimes with a break (that happens when you're turning into a teenager). When I graduated, I was surprised when my parents bought me an amazingly great sewing machine. I haven't been sewing for very long, since I haven't had my machine for long. But I know it's something I'll keep doing.

    I think it's a lovely giveaway you're holding. :)

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  41. Your story is sad to me. All that time lost when you could have been sewing! I had a husqvarna sewing machine and really liked it. When the motherboard died my dealer said it would cost more to fix than to buy a new Janome. (found out later that wasn't true. Should have known better.)

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  42. WOW! Thank you for a new giveaway!!
    I start sewing when I was 16 and I used to go to learn sewing. I don't sew to much now, but I would like to have more time for it!

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  43. My own sewing story....well really I decided to take textiles at school, and then got wayyyyy to into it from there! And now I love it so much, and am very jealous of you cushions!

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  44. I've only been sewing for a little longer than a year. Nobody in my family has any sewing experience. I first took a 12 hour class to see how it'd be and got hooked instantly but agonized over whether buying a machine would really pay off as I was afraid I might not keep it up when the initial excitement faded. After some serious thinking and with some extra funding from my mom I bought my Brother and have never looked back!

    Skirts, bags, plushies, pillow covers - I've created so many things in these past months and sewing is such a nice way to wind down that that I'm still as excited as in the beginning and I don't feel it'll go away any time soon. I've actually started on my first quilt!

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  45. For years I cross stitch & sewed items and sold them on eBay but grew so tired of it. Then I found World of Charity Stitching where I can cross stitch and sew for charity. What a wonderful fulfilling feeling to know that something I make brings such a smile to someone's face - maybe someone who has been forgotten. It's been worth every second!!!

    Dona
    www.worldofcharitystitching.blogspot.com

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  46. Thanks for the chance to win :). I learned how to sew in school and with my mother and then as an adult I started up again, it's a great hobby. I used to sew lots of things when my daughter was small, now mostly quilts.

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  47. God blesses husbands of quilters with patience and "yes Dears"!

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  48. HI! Well I'm quite a newbie and I bought my first sewing machine this year for my birthday. Since then I'm really trying to learn as much as I can. I really love it!

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  49. Love the fabric! Thanks for sharing! I have lots of baby gifts in the works for my friends and coworkers who all seem to be having their bundles of joy at the same time!

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  50. Well I'm studying a degree in Textiles have a sewing machine but don't ever ask me to make anything practical I cant really sew on it lol not yet anyway getting better (I think)Bunting is the best I can do at the moment lol :)

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  51. i don't have much of a sewing story actually - i have been sewing since i was quite little, i used to hand sew my own teddy bears hehe and now i have a whole master bedroom full of supplies! I loved to watch both my mum who sewed a lot of our clothing and my nanna who ran her own craft stall and that's where i got the sewing bug :)

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  52. I love her fabric too! I made a lovely dress for my little one with voile. I've never bought any flannel, so I hope I'm lucky to win this and see how beautiful it is!
    A sewing story... My mum used to sew clothes for my sister and I, so we grew up with lots of scraps around to play with. I soon began to sew dresses for my dolls. I remember sewing something and resting my work on my lap, and found later that I had sewn the whole thing onto my skirt!I'd say I was probably 5 or 6...

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  53. I'm your follower! thanks for the chance!

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  54. I have always had the desire to sew but it was not until after a divorce and bening a single mum to 3 that I then met my partner and settled down again that my creative desire reappeared and with him love and total support I am where I am now.

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  55. I have a "cute" sewing machine story too. I decided I wanted to learn to sew and my husband being the wonderful man he is traded an "oldish" treadle machine he had (that his late wife sewed on) for a new machine I could learn on. I used it a few times but was not very successful with it because I tried clothes (not quilts). I ended up putting that machine up for a while and trying quilting many years later. He was very understanding.

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  56. I am a follower of your blog!

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  57. What a compelling giveaway! I have long admired images of AMH voiles and flannels but have never seen them in real life.

    Real life sewing story ... I'm kind of new at this and made my first solo quilt top this summer. I took a week of holidays to do it and I'm quite pleased with my somewhat off-kilter finished quilt top. That said, I struggled a lot with my low-end Singer and am about to start shopping for a fancy new machine. Suggestions most welcome.

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  58. I also just bought a viking designer se someone traded in. I started sewing 1 yr ago July and bought the SE in November bc I became addicted to sewing! I love it!

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  59. I sew on a vintage Kenmore. My husband keeps offering to get me a new machine, but I'm overwhelmed by all the options and I'm happy with the Kenmore. For now!

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  60. My sewing story is from my childhood. I remember wanting a cabbage patch & pound puppy so much, but not being able to afford them. I sat on the floor beside our dining room table while my mom made them for me using some knockoff supplies from the craft store. :) The happiness I remember feeling inspires me to sew for my boys.

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  61. I have a Viking also and absolutely love it! My mother taught me how to sew when I was young and I've been sewing ever since. I would love to win this fabric!!

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  62. Sewing story? well I haven't been sewing for very long, but I've always wanted to start. Just recently I promised to make my nieces dresses for their 18" dolls. After tackling one, I discovered how much I like sewing! I love trying to figure out how to piece things together to make what you want :)

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  63. The first time I tried straight-line quilting, the back got folded and I sew the back to itself...and didn't realize it for more than one row...and had to unpick it all.

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  64. sewing story: I gave a friend a spare room to sleep in while going through her divorce and in return, she gave me...wait for it....a long arm. I have quilted ONE quilt so far and I've had it for a year. I feel horribly guilty that I'm not using it all the time. I hope that I feel inspired one day to just get crazy!

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  65. i am a follower! you have made so many beautiful pieces in such a short time span! Jealousy abounds!

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  66. I love the pretty fabric! My daughter left for college and her room immediately turned into my sewing room. She moved back this summer to finish school closer to home and she laughed as she needs to fit in around the sewing stuff!
    thanks for the giveway.

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  67. You have made some beautiful things! She is one of my favorite designers too! I was inspired to sew seeing beautiful fabrics, amazing clothes and quilts. I really wanted to become part of creating something beautiful. My grandmother also sewed and made her families clothes, so she was an inspiration too. When my mother in law handed down a sewing machine I knew it was time to get started.

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  68. Your husband is such a sweetie! I purchased my sewing machine when I was left $1000 by my Nan. I wanted something that would be around forever, I put my thinking cap on & came upon the idea of buying a really good sewing machine that would last me, my kids & maybe their kids too. And it should last, I don't use it very often!!!!!

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  69. Cute sewing story...well, I learned to hand sew from my grandmother as a child but didn't learn to sew on a machine until I was an adult. I mentioned my desire to learn to hubbie, he bought me a machine and he taught me how to use it! His mom sewed, his grandmother sewed and his great grandmother was a seamstress!

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  70. I sew on a fancy shmancy Singer which can also embroider. I also have an older Singer which I just love that doesn't do a lot of fancy stitches but which is really dependable. Oh I forgot, I haven't even tried to sew on it in years and it's in storage right now but I have an antique treadle Singer sewing machine! I've got a pattern going on don't I? lol

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  71. I'm also a follower of your blog!

    Hugs XX
    Barbara

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  72. I taught my Girl Scouts to sew and they made blankets for Second Chance, a no kill shelter! I'd love to win this - I keep hoping to find time to make small quilts for newborns or babies in hospitals.

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  73. AND I'm a follower! via google reader!

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  74. My parents bought me a machine for my twenty first...a bit out there at the time but boy the miles I have sewn on it in the last twenty three years is mind blowing. Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

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  75. I'm currently learning to sew right now so I'd love to win! elephantstrunk42@gmail.com

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  76. My sewing machine has been passed to me from my husband's Gramma. He has taught me how to do everything on it and a much better sewer than me, this years goal is to conquer sewing on it.

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  77. What a great story and giveaway! I'd love to try these materials, as I've never given them a shot.
    I started sewing as a wee one on my mom's Kenmore. I was never allowed to use it alone, so i was frequently begging for more sewing sessions. My Barbie's were well dressed :)

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  78. I love those pretty pretty fabrics. I've been sewing for about a year and a half now. I miss it at the moment because I went back to work this month. Hard to find the time these days!

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  79. I started sewing about two years ago. I gotmto meet Anna last winter....amazing to get to talk to her in person

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  80. I received my sewing machine as a birthday present from my husband and some friends. Then I discovered crafting/quilting blogs! It is so great to be inspired and encouraged as a beginner by people like you! My goal is to make my first quilt this year using - what else - some AMH fabric! Thanks for the chance to win some beautiful fabric!

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  81. I am following your blog - look forward to the new posts!

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  82. I started sewing on an old Domestic sewing machine as a young child. I then had a Singer Touch & Sew for many, many years. I now have a Janome QE, which I love. Last year, my uncle surprised me with an antique Singer Featherweight.

    LeAnn aka pasqueflower
    leannlafave@hotmail.com
    http://pasqueflowerponderings.blogspot.com

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  83. I follow your blog :-)

    LeAnn aka pasqueflower
    leannlafave@hotmail.com

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  84. My sewing story would be I wish I got to sew more with my grandma, I only knew her for short time.. I use to watch her when I was little on her old singer peddle machine. She would be amazed with the new stuff out now!!
    thank you = )

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  85. and I follow your wonderful blog!!!

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  86. My then boyfriend now husband knew I wanted a sewing machine so he got me one of those as seen on TV one hand sewing machines. It lasted literally 30 seconds. I didn't have the heart to tell him then, but several months later I did and now it is sort of joke between us. It was the thought that counts.

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  87. My husband doesn't mind me sewing except when I need(want) more fabric! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a lover of Anna Maria Horner's blog as well.

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  88. I love Anna Maria horners fabric!

    Emily
    emilyannogle@yahoo.com

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  89. First, your creations are amazing! Wow! Not much of a story her! I discovered designers fabrics about 2 years ago and I am addict! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  90. I grew up watching both of my grandmothers sew, but didn't buy my own machine until I was in my 20's. I sewed a set of kitschy cafe curtains, put it back in the box, and left it there for 10+ years. I dug it out again last year on a whim, took a quick Sewing 101 class, and I've been hopelessly addicted ever since. Thank you for such a lovely, inspirational blog!

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  91. I follow in Google Reader. Thanks for the chance!

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  92. I don't really have sewing stories, since I'm still learning, but I'm going to try to make a Halloween skirt for myself soon. I have the fabric (orange and black stripes) and buttons.

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  93. Three years ago, when I was 10 or 11, my grandma got me a sewing machine. I guess I had shown interest in sewing earlier in the year, but I couldn't remember, so it surprised me when I opened up my Singer for Christmas. I've been sewing ever since... ;) Yep. That's it. My amazing sewing story. (yes, this is sarcasm) :)

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  94. I'm also a follower (though by email). For some reason, I always have trouble with GFC... :)

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  95. She is one of my 2 favorite designers. That fabric line is my FAV! I didn't learn to sew until I had 2 children and randomly one day decided I wanted to make them "something"- 4 years later not much more than a day or two goes by without me sewing.

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  96. I am sewing on my second Viking. I love my sewing machine and I am loving sewing for grandchildren.

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  97. Sewing story: I watched my mom sew for years and years - learning to watch where I stepped when she had her sewing stuff out - because a pin in the foot doesn't feel good. When I was 11 I took a home ec class and the rest...as they say was history :)

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  98. I'm a follower!

    Cheryl
    cllcraft@sbcglobal.net

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  99. My husband recently bought me a sewing machine out of the blue too! I mean, he knew I was wanting one eventually, like, I was thinking in a couple of years' time! But while purchasing some fabric for photo backdrops, he bought me a basic little one. Gobsmacked. Haven't stopped since now! Well... metaphorically...

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  100. Have been following your goodies for a while now!

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  101. I am a follower of your blog for a long time.

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  102. Though I have been following your blog for a long time now, in the google reader, I do not post comments on anyone's blog especially there is a giveaway, I can't because i live in Chennai, India.
    It's the first time that I have seen a giveaway for international subscribers as well.
    I do a lot of sewing for the house for so many years and also for my grandson, in the last 2 1/2 years. Have lots of stories to tell but they are too long.
    Keep up the good work and thank you very much for all your postings
    Viji

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  103. I learned to sew in middle school, but didn't really start until a year ago when I took a class (again). I fell in love and can sit at my machine all day, time permitting. (I also love AMH's fabrics and just got some Square Dance to make her Museum Tunic!)

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  104. My sewing story began when I was 36and had a friend who made quilts. I wanted to learn, but didn't know how to sew! She patiently taught me,and now I make anything that pops into my head. I love making small items, the instant gratification of it, But also love making clothes for my family. Thank you for the give-away opportunity! I greatly appreciate it!

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  105. I was inspired to sew by my mother who stitched our clothes when we were young. And my husband bought me a sewing machine after realizing my desire to sew :D

    Thanks for lovely giveaway!

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  106. I started sewing last year and learned to made a few projects following the tutorials from blogs.

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  107. I haven't yet learned to sew... one of my friends is lined up to teach me now that I'm not working, but I need a sewing machine first. My grandmothers both sewed, so this is something I'd really like to be able to do for my son.

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  108. oh, and I'm a follower! If I win the fabric, I am pretty sure I can finally convince my husband it's time to take the plunge for a machine.

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  109. A pattern from my Mother-in-law totally inspired me to actually sew on the sewing machine that had been sitting in my basement for awhile. It was so cute and right up my alley, and before too long I was trying clothing, quilts and purses.

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  110. I love Anna Maria's Good Folks line, it's one of my favourites! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  111. Thank you Maureen for the lovely giveaway! I'm a Follower as you know for some time! you are so inspirational!

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  112. I, too, had a sewing machine kept in the box it came for about 3 years since I didn't figure out how to use it in my first try. I hated it. I took a sewing class and fell in love with their Janome machines and my DH got one of those for me. After getting my dream machine I gave my old one to a friend who had not trouble at all with it and sews for her family now. I've been happily sewing for my family for almost a year now.

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  113. I follow your blog via GFC. Thank you for sharing your story and for the lovely fabric.
    naslyyadid(at)gmail(dot)com

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  114. In my "younger days" my mom made me spend my summer's at the sewing machine. I was pumpimg out projects for the county and state fair. I hated it so much then! Now I just can't get enough sewing time. My mom chuckles everytime I show off a new project. I enjoy your blog!

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  115. Well, one day I was sewing a dress, but i went on and I didn't leave space for the zipper...
    Anyway, I wore the dress but in the night I couldn't take it off!
    So I was kind of trapped until my sister helped me...
    That was really funny, because I looked just like Winnie the Poo with a jar of honey covering my face :)

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  116. I have a wonderful old Kenmore that just keeps stitching and stitching even tho I pretty much neglect it! I love my Kenmore!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  117. My husband also bought me a machine but for our first Christmas. It has gotten so much use and will forever be a special gift to me.

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  118. I'm already a follower of your blog

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  119. Lovely fabrics, gimme gimme gimme!

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  120. I love that story about your husban buying to a sewing machine when you didn't even know you wanted one. My husband bought me a cordless iron, and I didn't really know it would make a difference in my sewing--and now I love it!

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  121. I sewed once or twice as a child...and never had any interest in doing more. Then my Mom gave me an old Singer Scholastic machine. Now I can't imagine being without my sewing machine Recently I got brave and actually used a pattern and it worked!

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  122. My sewing story...I failed my first quilting class!! I've never failed a class in my life, but the instructor and I just didn't hit it off and my sewing machine was an old one from a garage sale that died. The class became more of a stressor for me than a relaxant, so I finally quit and gave up. A few yrs later my soon-to-be hubby bought me a spiffy new Viking and a friend of mine taught me how to quilt. I LOVED it! I mostly quilt, but I do bags, a few clothes and other things. I still have a fear of sewing classes though!!

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  123. I follow your blog.
    Lroghair (at) aol (dot) com

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  124. What a sweet story! I started sewing when I was young on my moms machine & one summer I worked for my Aunt & made my first Big paycheck & used it to buy my very own bernina! She's not the latest model anymore but she still sews! Can you believe I don't have any anna maria horner fabric?! Ackk I know!

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  125. I'm a long time subscriber & now also a follower!

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  126. I sew and quilt on the cheapest little Kenmore that Sears sells (actually, sold, since I bought it over 7 years ago). But it works pretty well. I'm hoping to upgrade to an embroidery machine soon!

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  127. What a gorgeous blog! Like many others here its hard to fit sewing around babies :)

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  128. I follow your blog!!

    Linda J
    LJeterpudd@aol.com

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  129. I'm a follower of your blog.

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  130. I was GIVEN an Elna Xquisite sewing/embroidery machine, the sewing part is GREAT,, however, when I open the manual to learn the Embroidery part,, I totally freeze up,,it's like over my head,, so there she sits all pretty and nice on my sewing cabinet,,one day, one day.
    Linda J
    LJeterpudd@aol.com

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  131. What a beautiful story and mosaic of projects! I can not believe you have only been sewing for such a short time! Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

    Carla

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  132. Maureen, the items in your etsy shop are adorable. Those felt crowns are amazing!
    lalablissblog@gmail.com

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  133. How fun! AMH fabrics are a true inspiration, most definitely. I guess the story I can share is that I first learned to sew when I was under ten years old. My grandmother taught me how to make scrunchies, and let me tell you, I had scrunchies in every color! I was such a nerd, but I owned it. ;) Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

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  134. Oh, and I am a new follower, through google reader!

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  135. I started sewing when I was in high school so I would have more clothes to wear (and not hand-me-downs)!

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  136. I don't really have any sewing stories of my own yet, because I am a beginner. I'm just really happy with two cushions I made my Dad for his birthday recently.

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  137. I follow your blog--love to get it in my email!

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