Monday, April 16, 2012

A Handmade GIVEAWAY!!!

 Summerlove Spring Birdie Pillow

Another Giveaway? YES! I decided late last week to have a handmade giveaway today for one of my own pillows. There are a couple of reasons I feel like celebrating right now...

1. My blog is very close to having 2,500 followers! And, that is just completely amazing to me! I have in so many ways had the most challenging personal two years of my life, but the most blessed two years all because of this blog, as well. I’m so grateful to all of my readers who follow, subscribe, comment, and share my posts. It's you all who keep me motivated to keep on creating and who are making so many of my dreams come true!

2. Feather Your Nest! Have you heard? It's a new sewing and stitch - along contest on Stumble & Stitches! I have been asked to join in as one of the judges, along with Ellen Luckett Baker of The Long Thread, Amanda Carestio of Lark Crafts, Rashida Coleman-Hale of I Heart Linen, Keli Faw of Drygoods Design Online,  Rachael Gander of Imagine Gnats, Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop, Jennet Mae Jones of Feathered Nest Studio, Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew!, and  Melanie O'Brien of A Sewing Journal. Honestly, having my name listed amongst their names for anything is reason enough for me to feel like celebrating!

There will be some amazing prizes to win in the Feather Your Nest contest. Including $150 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop! WOW!!

Feather Your Nest

You can find all the details right here, as well as my very own "nest" being featured today on the Stumbled & Stitches blog! So what do you say?? Will you join in and welcome Spring in handmade style with us? I hope so!!

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For my own Handmade Giveaway today, I thought it would be wonderful to get the chance to help "Feather Your Nest" by offering one of my handmade pillows to one of my readers. Last month for my two year Sew-iversary, I shared my new Summerlove Spring Birdie Pillow and asked you all to share your sewing story with me. I received a great response on both my pillow and with your stories, so today, I'm offering one of my Spring Birdie Pillows to one of you! This one measures a 14" square, has three little Summerlove appliqued birds, I will be including an insert, and a few other surprise goodies, too!

Spring Birdie Pillow GIVEAWAY!!!

Enter to Win!
 

Here's how,
 
1. Simply leave a comment here in this post letting me know what you'd like to see more of here on my blog. Or, if you plan to join in the contest, you can let me know what handmade item you plan to make to "Feather Your Nest." (one entry)


2. My followers get a second entry! I thank you all SO much for following!! Whether you follow me here or on Facebook, just let me know that you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (optional extra entry)

That’s 2 possible entries! Enter now through Wednesday evening, April 18th. Mr. Random will pick the winner and I will announce their name in a new post here on the blog.
 
* Note *
This giveaway is open to EVERYONE! If you're a "no reply" or anonymous commenter, please remember to include your email address in your comment so that I can contact you should you win!
 
                                       

Good Luck everyone!!! Happy Monday!

513 comments:

  1. I plan on whipping up some new spring napkins this week. Can't wait! I've got ideas a-brewin' ;)

    Last day for the giveaway on my blog if you're interested in the new Mingle magazine too !

    Hugs from Lexington,
    Megan@ Art of Homemaking

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  2. Beautiful pillow. I love the birds...

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  3. I love seeing what you make on your blog-beautiful inspiration.

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  4. I absolutely love these pillows! Your birds are so cute. I like to see quilts on your blog, you have such fun patterns and designs.

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  5. p.s. I follow you on facebook!

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  6. I have a small hair accessory business so I have 3 orders waiting on me to finish today...lots of new ideas too :) I follow you on facebook and LOVE your work!

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  7. I love visiting your blog. Any kind of tutorials are always an inspiration to me. Thanks!

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  8. I don’t think my skills are quite up to par enough to be entering anything but I will for sure be following along!!

    I always love inside glimpses into your creative studio space (so lovely and inspiring!) and your tutorials are fabulous little gems, too! <3

    Vicki Helderman
    CVHelderman@gmail.com

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  9. I love everything you put on your blog so I'm just excited to see more. These pillows you make are particularly inspiring and so gorgeous! I hope I win! Thanks for the chance and for your wonderful blog!

    I'm hoping to make some napkins too but probably won't enter them in the contest unless I find extra time to do that. we'll see!

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  10. Also - I follow your blog on my google reader AND I stalk you on FB :)

    Vicki Helderman
    CVHelderman@gmail.com

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  11. I'm a follower too and love it! Thanks again.

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  12. Love the pillow. I have some retro birdie FQs waiting to be made into a quilt, just can't decide on what to do. Your pillow has given me inspiration. Thanks!

    boppiesgirl@gmail.com

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  13. Love the pillow. Would look great with the birdhouses in my den.
    Also follow you on Facebook.
    Wonder work.

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  14. What a lovely cushion! I have registered for the competition and have nearly finished my pot holder! Made from an old tablecloth and a few scraps!
    Elaine
    elaineridley@btinternet.com

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  15. Hi. It's hard to say what I would like to see more of on your blog - I really enjoy your blog in general. I will say, though, that I have really enjoyed seeing your sewing sketches. They are amazing to me, and I love to see what you do with them.

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  16. Oooh, I LOVE the birds on that pillow. Delightful! I already follow you :)

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  17. I am a follower too!

    Elaine

    elaineridley@btinternet.com

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  18. I follow your blog on google reader. Thanks!

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  19. hollyvan @ hotmailApril 16, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Love the pillow. I don't think I have any suggestions for your blog as I enjoy just seeing what develops each day. I love your creativity and enthusiasm.

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  20. hollyvan @ hotmail.comApril 16, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    I follow you on facebook.

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  21. I would LOVE to see some more tutorials.

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  22. I'm a follower of your blog...I love your tutorials and have made quite a few of the valentines day pillows!

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  23. Tough question--you're blog is already so diversified. Maybe more about your color choices--color is an area of difficulty for many sewists, but for you it is natural. Think about why you put together the colors you do and then tell us so we can replicate that process.
    Hey, you wanted an idea! I know, it's like teaching someone to to read (that's what I do)...who knew it was skill?

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  24. I am going to attempt to make some new curtains for my dining room... fingers crossed. :)

    I also follow you on Facebook.

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  25. I need to make some valances for both the spare bedrooms. But, I have a lot on my plate this week and next sewing crafts to sell at the Relay for Life at the end of the month. We'll see...your birdies are very inspiring.

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  26. I love the appliques on your pillows, simple ideas but very effective! I love too your birdhouse bags, very loveable. Your creations are simply awesome. Have fun!

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  27. Am already a follower of this blog. Thanks.

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  28. Hi there, being that I'm in Australia, I'd like to see more of the current trends in sewing where you are.

    Hugs and thanks for the chance to 'Feather my Nest' with that gorgeous pillow.

    Naomi

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  29. I follow your blog and facebook.

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  30. It's great to visit your blog for modern quilting ideas- I didn't really know that existed until I discovered you!

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  31. That just might be the cutest pillow I have ever seen! I wouldn't change anything about your blog. It is very inspiring just the way it is!

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  32. I am a loyal follower of your blog! Love it!!!!

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  33. I am a follower of your blog.

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  34. I love this pillow! I am in the middle of a move so my contest participation is not likely. I would love to see more tutorials and more about the process of how you work, how you come up with your brilliant ideas, etc.

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  35. i would love to see more tutorials/ideas on QUICK & EASY gift for co-workers, housewarming, hostess, baby, bridal, the unexpected gift I did not know i had to have. I want to make 75% of my christmas this year and have a cache of goto standbys that i can whip up at teh last minute.

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  36. Your pillow is adorable...I am a new follower, so not sure what to see more of , other than more of what you do best.
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  37. Your pillows are so cute and would be a great addition to any room.(Especially mine) I love your blog just the way it is!I enjoy visiting and seeing all the things you do. It is very inspiring. I wouldn't change anything.

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  38. I just became a blog follower! I am a fan on facebook!
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  39. I love your blog. Just keep on sharing.

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  40. I follow you on Facebook and on your blog.

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  41. I am a follower of your blog! Would love love love to win that cute little pillow. :)

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  42. I have my thinking cap on... I shall create something special for my home, but still working on what it shall be. Would love to win the pillow! :)

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  43. I might have to make a pillow - yours are inspiring and wonderful.

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  44. i'm working on a pillow cover and can't wait to share the tutorial! love your birdie pillow :)

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  45. and i follow you here and on fb.

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  46. You are so talented. Really like the colorful cute birdies on the pillow~gets one really into the Spring/Summer mood!

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  47. I love all of your creative ideas on your blog!! There is nothing I could suggest.

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  48. I love your work! And, this bird pillow is no exception. Thank you for the chance to actually own it.

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  49. That cushion wants to live on my bed, I can tell! I'd love to hear more from you on your blog!

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  50. I follow your blog, and on Facebook.

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  51. i'd love to see more of your process in making your beautiful quilts and pillows - i'm a beginner quilter and could get all the help i can!

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  52. I enjoy seeing your creative creations (your improv quilt is one of my favorites) I also enjoy all the giveaways :D

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  53. I absolutely love those birds. If I don't win one, I may have to purchase one. Are they for sale in your esty shop?

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  54. I have been following your blog for about a year now. So much inspiration, you are truly an artist!

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  55. Thanks for letting me know about the Feather Your Nest competition! I'd love to join in the fun and am planning to make a pillow :)
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway, those birdies are so cute!

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  56. I love your sweet birds! I also follow your blog!

    Kari dot stewart at me dot com

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  57. Handmade? I am working on quilts for my children and a few cute totes for the farmer's market.

    Kari dot stewart at me dot com

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  58. Congrats on so many followers! I'm happy to be one of them :)

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  59. I want this pillow. I wanted this pillow the first time you posted a picture of it on your blog, but I didn't even think it was in the realm of possibility that you would ever part with it. Now, it IS in the realm of possibility that I could own it and I am trying not to wish for some incredibly selective virus to attack your blog and destroy all the comments... except mine! Trying, but not succeeding!!

    I bought some amazing, kitschy woven Christmas coasters (almost the size and shape of a mug rug) at a yard sale this weekend ($0.25!!). They might actually be napkins, but very small for that. They have a campy, Hawaiian vibe to them and I would like to make a table runner or wall hanging with them!

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  60. I am a very happy follower of your blog!!

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  61. I'm a follower of yours!!! I love your blog!

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  62. I would like to see more of ANYTHING YOU MAKE! It's all so pretty and gives me so much inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  63. These is a nice pillow with really nice birds! Oh how I wish I could make things as professionally as you! Therefore I would love to win :)

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  64. I ama follower of your blog and also on Facebook!! Many thanks for the chance to win!!

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  65. Good Monday morning Maureen. Of course I'd love to win your adorable Birdie pillow. This week, hopefully, I will get started on a quilt for a benefit raffle. Then aprons, hats and bags of different types. Lots of ideas not too much time.Need to organize!!! Cyndy cyndylouquilts@yahoo.com

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  66. Yes I follow you on Facebook!!!Hugs, Cyndy cyndylouquilts@yahoo.com

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  67. Congrats on so many followers! That's fantastic! I'm finishing up a table cloth this morning, then whipping up some superhero shorts for my little guy. :)

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  68. And I do follow your blog! It's always inspiring :)

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  69. Oh this would go great in my little girl's new big girl room!

    mandy dot ueda at gmail dot com

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  70. I follow you on FB!

    mandy dot ueda at gmail dot com

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  71. I love the tutorials! Thanks for the chance to win such a cute pillow!

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  72. I also follow your Blog and follow you on Facebook!

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  73. MC, you posted this at 8:42 am,,,,,,, by 9 am central time so an hr ago and I am not even in the top 20, You know I am atleast in the top 20 of being your fan.......Thanks girlfriend and have a nice week.

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  74. I love inspiration! More inspiration!

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  75. I love inspiration! More inspiration!

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  76. i would like to see more of your free motion drawing... it is amazing what you do with thread maureen!

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  77. I would love to join in the contest. Thank you for the chance to win your beautiful pillow.

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  78. Oh me please ! I love this little pillow :) I might need to make one if I don't win.

    Thanks :)

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  79. I'm following with Google Reader and on Facebook. I don't want to miss anything hehe :)

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  81. I'm a follower here also!
    Linda Harbin
    MidwestieLady on Etsy and FaceBook
    revlindah@tampabay.rr.com

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  82. There's that pillow I love! Thanks for the chance...it's love to see more embroidery, but then I'm an embroidery enthusiast!

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  83. i love absolutley everything on your blog. everything you make blows my mind. I'll hopefully have time to enter the Feather Your Nest contest (what with school winding down) and i plan to make some kitchen accessories of some kind. i have the fabric all ready - just need the time! :)

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  84. I'm a follower of your blog too. :) thanks for the giveaway!

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  85. I love your bird pillow and would love to have it on my sofa! I'd like to see more birds and animals in your creations on this blog! Thank you!
    Linda Harbin
    MidwestieLady on Etsy and FaceBook
    revlindah@tampabay.rr.com

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  86. I always love tutorials, as I have nobody close to me who shares my passion for quilting and sewing. Your blog is so full of inspiration. Thanks so much!

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  87. Thanks for a second chance being a follower. I love your birds and would be awesome to add it onto my sofa!

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  88. Love your birds and your pillow. Inspirational. Now I want to make them.

    Going to pop on over to check out the challenge. Not quite sure what I'll make yet, but currently thinking about a wallhanging with birds. Wonder where I got that Idea.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

    PS I am a follower

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  89. Beautiful, beautiful pillow cover, I can't believe you're willing to part from it.
    And I would like to see more of everything you already do on your blog, really, I cannot pinpoint just one thing.

    lauramdd(at)terra(dot)es

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  91. And I'm a follower!

    lauramdd(at)terra(dot)es

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  92. What a beautiful pillow, and you're very generous to part with it as a prize! I hope I win - and you'll sign it for me. I visit your blog every day - for inspiration and to see the woderful things you're working on.

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  93. I follow your blog and I follow you on Facebook. Thanks again for the give aways!

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  94. I follow you on Facebook ;-)
    Also, my father shared a number of fabrics, quilting patterns, & projects in various stages after my stepmother died. One of those is a quilt top that I plan to finish to have a nice/over-sized couch throw quilt or quilt for the floor for my first grandson
    I would love to win this pillow for my sister, she has a set of tea towels that she is having me adapt into kitchen window panels for her that the pillow would go with quite nicely. Thank you for your giveaway.
    Barb Poposky

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  95. I'd love to see more tutorials. I love to sew bags and all kinds of little things for our home as well as quilt.

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  96. I love this pillow!
    slhightower5(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  97. I'm a follower... totally love your blog!

    slhightower5(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  98. I love your birdie pillow! I'd love to see more of your Stitchie Girls (I can't remember what you call them) as your stitch drawing is divine.
    I'm working on a wall hanging for the feather your nest with some re-purposed goodies.

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  99. I follow you here and on Facebook! My but the numbres have grown even since Christmas! Congrats!

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  100. I like your blog just the way it is!

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  101. LOVE this adorable pillow!!! I'd love to see more tutorials. Thanks for this great giveaway!!!
    ~Terry~

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  102. I am a follower of your blog. Congrats on reaching 2500! Love your pillow.

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  103. I love looking at your blog! Keep the tutorials coming!

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  104. that pillow would be awsome on my daughters new sofa. I will be offline from the 19th thru the 28th so if I win, please hold for me (smile).

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  105. I love all your giveaways, but a chance to win one of your finished projects, that is an awesome prize!

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  106. I am going to make the Cafe Napkins, I just cut up my hubbys shirts and this is a great idea for my new patio set and its upscaling and recycling.. thank you.

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  107. I'm new to your site (popped in because of the guest blog today) so I don't know what I would like to see more of on your site. I love little chubby birds and find your work inspirational to look at. Thanks for the chance to win the pillow.

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  108. I love that pillow. We have lots of birds to feed in our yard so I am a bird lover! I always enjoy tutorials, so whatever you like to share would be great!

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  109. I am in need of a kitchen make-over so would love inspiration on pretty kitchen towels.......

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  110. Love your blog, thanks for the inspiration!

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  111. love the bird pillow! thanks for a chance to win.

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  112. I like your blog just like it is. I really enjoy it. Thanks for a chance.

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  113. I am a follower and that birdie pillow is precious!

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  114. I love seeing what you're making. It always inspires me. Thanks for all your work here and in your sewing room!

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  115. I love your blog just the way you keep it. I'm a happy follower!

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  116. I'm a happy follower of your blog.

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  117. I'm toying with joining the Feather Your Next but I'm a little intimidated. Maybe I'll participate on the sidelines to build up my confidence to join the NEXT craft along I find. (have no clue what I would make)

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  118. You blog is my daily inspiration. I would like to continue each day tune in and see the remarkable things that you have started or just your ideas! You amaze all of us!!!

    Congratulations on your accomplishments!!

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

    I love the birds.

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  119. I am a follower of yours everywhere!

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  120. I am thinking about entering the contest. There is a project that I have been wanting to make for my home and this might be a good time to get it completed.

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  121. I am a happy follower of your blog, Maureen!

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  122. I love all of your cute pillows!

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  123. I love your blog Maureen and I can't think of any way you could improve it!

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  124. This is a beautiful pillow! I'd love to see more of what you do (make). I really enjoy your blog.

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  125. I'm a follower of yours on Facebook, too.

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  126. I am a follower of your facebook page.

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  127. Leave a comment of what more I would like to see here? I don't know I like all that I see and always enjoy seeing what you else you are up to.

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  128. I have entered and am going to make a wallhanging that has been in my head for a while.

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  129. Love, love, love birds - we have them in wood, glass, paintings, photographs.... would love to have them on a pillow!! Thanks for the chance!

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  130. I am already a long time follower!! Your blog is everything that I could want!! Thanks!

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  131. beautiful pillow! Anyone would be lucky to win!

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  132. The birds look so cute, thanks for the chance to win.

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  133. I'm a follower on your blog, it's one of my first and favorites!

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  134. I probably won't have the time to enter in the FYN contest, but I do have plans to make some curtains for our bedroom with some Loulouthi Coreopsis fabric I'm expecting any day now! Your pictures of the kitty ensconced on your piles of fabric got me thinking how much I loved those colors and that fabric, so I bought some! I'm dreaming up the details...

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  135. Everything hand made is simply amazing and above all SPECIAL!
    I hope I'll be the fortunate one Mr.Random will pick

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  136. I love seeing what you've been up to - you make such gorgeous things. Love the contests too!

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  137. Follower and I love this pillow!!! Can't stand the six ga-gillion way to enter the giveaways so I'll take my changes on the one!
    Thanks
    Jess
    essicajmj AT yahoo dot com

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  138. I'd love to see more information on fabric selection/combining prints/choosing color schemes. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  139. I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  140. I enjoy seeing what you make. I enjoy interviews with designers. I enjoy looking at bloggers buy. I really like your birds. Especially because I'll probably never learn to applique (too many things on the "want to learn" list above applique even though it begins with an "a"!). Probably need to learn to spell it also...!

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  141. I love your pillow! Your blog is great - there's always lots of good inspiration here :)

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  142. I love tutorials and love your blog! thanks for the very sweet giveaway. ... I am hopping over to see about the feather your nest comp.

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  143. I am a follower too! thanks!

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  144. I have so many projects I plan to do including a baby quilt for my new grandson!

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  145. I enjoy your blog very much and am a regular follower!

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  146. I love the birds! All of your projects inspire me!

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  147. I love,love,love that pillow! I wish i could make one like that.

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  148. And I'm a follower here on the blog!

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  149. What a cute cushion. I shall have to have a thunk about the contest though, as I'm not sure what I have that I can recycle/upcycle...

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  150. I've been so excited to get a bunch of sewing done.See here, including my new spring bag. I used some Innocent Crush to make it:)
    http://www.handbagsnpigtails.com/2012/04/hello-monday.html

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  151. I'm following/like you on facebook too1

    Julie Phillips
    bjphill@citlink.net

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  152. I follow you/like you on Facebook too!
    Julie Phillips
    bjphill@citlink.net

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  153. I would love to see more applique, I love it so much!
    Thanks
    Julie
    bjphill@citlink.net

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  154. Please put my name in the hat for this great piece of artwork. Many thank you's.

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  155. Sweet pillow! It would look beautiful on my bed! Thanks for the chance to win it!
    I love applique projects.
    DeniseB

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  156. I am also a follower here!
    DeniseB

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