Saturday, April 11, 2015

Springing into Spring- Let's Celebrate!

  After several days of raw, rainy weather, today finally felt like spring. And how better to celebrate than with a giveaway? 

    Martingale, Island Batik, and Ackfeld Manufacturers (makers of these adorable mini quilt stands) are sponsors. As an Island Batik Ambassador, I have a copy of "Little Gems" to give away to one of my blog followers; you also have a chance of winning prizes from Island Batik and Ackfeld.










   This is my version of Daisy Daze, made from Island Batik fabrics. The bright colors are from the "Full Bloom" line, and remind me of my multi-colored portulaca. I chose to make this pattern for the blog hop because I just love the little yo-yos, but truly, all the patterns are so cute that you'll want to make every one of  them. The title is so perfect; every pattern is a gem. 



So how do I enter to win? It's easy. Comment below, telling me why you deserve to win. Make it funny; everyone needs a few laughs. Then follow this blog. On April 20th I will choose a winner by random number generator.  And don't forget to go back to my previous post where you will find contact info for ALL the Island Batik Ambassadors who are participating- you can enter there too!

Good luck! 

111 comments:

  1. My name is Ellen and I hoard fabric...oh wait don't most of us. Anyway..I need something new to work on and this book just might do the trick...ya ya ya. That's the ticket

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  2. I "need" to win this book because I finished a project today so there are only ten projects on my to-do list now! I love the book and your yo-yo quilt.

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  3. Why do I need this book? I have only done one paper pieced block-ever. I have a collection of buttons that fills half a dozen Kraft Peanut Butter Bear jars and I need to use some of them before they explode!

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  4. I really need small projects to work on at my UFO Saturdays with the girls because they laugh at me when I haul in the 5 bags full of all my junk. They think I'm spending the night not just the day. This would be perfect.

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  5. A lovely little mini! The book is perfect for me, because I need to make a lot of tiny quilts! I follow your blog and I have a little joke to share:

    Heard between to women at a guild meeting:
    "My husband is an angel!"
    "You're lucky, mine is still alive..."

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  6. A lovely little mini! The book is perfect for me, because I need to make a lot of tiny quilts! I follow your blog and I have a little joke to share:

    Heard between to women at a guild meeting:
    "My husband is an angel!"
    "You're lucky, mine is still alive..."

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  7. My husband told me I can't buy any more fabric until I use up what I have. These small paper pieced projects would be perfect for using all the scraps I will have from all the other projects I need to make. Oh, what was I thinking! I just remembered. I could use the book now. I have 3 grocery bags full of scraps!

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  8. I deserve to win because I need more quilting books to add to my insane collection!! You can never have too many quilt books! ;o) But seriously, I have gotten addicted to minis recently. I just love how quickly they can be made, & they are great for gifts. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of Little Gems!

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  9. What a sweet little mini and the yo-yos add so much! Don't add me in the drawing as I already have this wonderful book!

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  10. I need to win this book because maybe I can finish a mini quilt.

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  11. Loving what I'm seeing. I deserve to win cuz I cannot bear to throw away all those little fabric pieces and these patterns would help my fabric OCD!!

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  12. I'm following you with Feedly.

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  13. I love your little mini! I need to win because I never win anything! I love minis and paper piecing and Little Gems looks like it has lots of great minis in it. I follow you with Bloglovin. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book!

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  14. I deserve to win, because I save allll my scraps...for "Someday!"....and if Someday doesn't get here soon....noone will be able to find me! I will be completely buried in lil' scraps! :) This book will be a Lifesaver..dontcha think? giggle :)

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    1. forgot to add I already follow you thru Bloglovin too! :)
      (seeeeee...already beginning to be buried under these lil' scraps! lol)

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  15. your mini is so pretty, I love the yo yo's and buttons you added.
    Hmmm cant think of anything funny, but I love paper piecing and would love to win. Have never made a mini, (don't think baby quilts count) would love to see them all year long to brighten up the walls. thanks for a chance

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  16. I need to win so I can break into a "Happy Dance" cuz I won and have a new mini to make.

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  17. I deserve to win so that my great-granddaughter can have fun tearing the paper from the fabric. The mini quilts are just the right size for her tiny fingers especially with Me-new's help.

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  18. Seriously I need to win so your scraps can meet my scraps, they are lonely, LOL What a cute project you made.

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  19. Lovely mini quilt; I love the yo-yos. I deserve to win because I'm trying to lose weight and a lightweight mini quilt will suit me fine.

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  20. I deserve to win this book because I live in the country and am relegated to satellite internet, and don't get to watch video because of download limits.
    You who have cable, DSL, etc, be thankful! HAHAHA!

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  21. Why do I deserve to win? Because I live in Iowa where we've had a terribly long, frigid winter and I want some color in my life! I am tired of seeing white snow, muddy brown grass and gray slush for what seems like forever. Bring on the color of this fabric collection and give me new life!

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  22. I should win this because I have a three year old. Yes, that's right. A darling, insane, full of energy 3 year old. I need something to help me relax. Making a small quilt, or taking the ideas and making them into larger quilts, is just what I need to unwind.

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  23. Love your mini! I deserve to win because I need to get rid of my scraps before my dog finds them and eats them(yes he eats fabric). I don't think fabric is great for dogs so please save my dog! In truth I keep them out of his way, so don't worry!!!!!!!

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  24. I deserve to win since Saturday was my birthday! This book would help to make a dent in my scraps. And then, of course, I could but more fabric. Which would lead to more scraps to use. ~ the cycle of scraps

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  25. I'd love to win because I need practice with color choices. I could make a bunch of mini's (tops, that is) of fabrics that I think go together and yet, probably no one else would. I've made some pretty ugly tops along the way!! Trust me.

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  26. Oh my - I really need to WIN a copy of this book because my hubby has threatened my life if I buy one more book! Naaah - not really! He's very encouraging with my addiction! I love your mini & since I've never "really" paper pieced (only one block in a BOM once) I'd sure love to give these little gems a try. Thanks so much for another chance to win :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

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  27. I want to buy one of those little display stands for the mini's I need to make because my scraps keep multiplying.

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  28. Your little quilt is delightful! I don't deserve to win, because I already have some great quilt books and patterns. But I hope I get points for honesty! :)

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  29. 10 reasons why I deserve to win...a) because I am a wonderful person...b) because you are a wonderful person...c) because I'm shameless...d) because I am a hoarder of all things fabric and textile related...e) because I need to divest myself of my gigantic stash and work on something small (see d)....f) because I love quilt books and their inspiration and always want more...g) because this book is a delightful one taking me in a tiny new direction...h) because the projects are portable and packable for trips...i) because the projects can be worked when encountering unexpected downtimes....j) because I love the little quilts, and want to do them. That's it!

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  30. I've had one of these adorable frames for over a year with nothing to hang on it--I need this book!!!

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  31. I like your rendition of Daisy Daze. I deserve to win because I never do! Also I used to live in Indiana and I know Connie from Heartland Quilters! mfhagopian@aol.com

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  32. I deserve to win because as "conservator" of an "extensive textile collection" for 30+years, I either need to liquidate it (which will never happen!) or I need to use it up. That being said, to use it up, I have determined that my life expectancy needs to be about 300 yrs old. So, this book of Little Gems will help to use some of it up quickly. And besides, who doesn't like a mini quilt?! I make them to have on hand for hostess & house warming gifts....I usually mat & frame them to give. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. I deserve to win because I'm babysitting 2 of my little granddaughters this week and I can't quilt! :-)

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  34. Why do I deserve to win this most awesome of quilting books? Because someone has to win it and why not me!! :) Thanks for the great giveaway and good luck to everyone!

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  35. I need to win this quilt book, as I've gone through 2 vacuum cleaners, and an injury trying to get my house clean for guests who never even came into my house...sigh, I could use a little therapy and some quilt therapy too

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  36. Why do I deserve to win? Because I need all the help I can get!

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  37. I feel I deserve to win because the book looks like it is so cheerful! I feel I need some cheering up! Thanks and Your little is wonderful!

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  38. I am doing taxes this weekend. The kind of funny mood I am in is not that kind of funny!

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  39. I have to ditto Lydia's 10 reasons she should win. Couldn't have said it better! Great sample and thanks for the giveaway. Zollj@bosnetworks.com

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  40. Those yo yo's do make that little quilt. don't include me in your giveaway since I am a part of this , just wanted to show my support....

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  41. Well, I got up at 4:30 this morning, on a Sunday, to take my husband to the airport for a business trip. Business. On Sunday. Four thirty. I think I deserve to win because I've gone above and beyond the call of duty. LOL Wait, maybe he's the one who deserves to win!

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  42. I deserve to win, because it's my birthday month, but I'm an Island Batiks Ambassador, and in the hop, too. Cute quilt!

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  43. I deserve to win since the hubby thinks I'm crazy when I make things. He keeps asking me "Why don't you just go buy it?"...that's no fun...lol

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  44. So funny- why do I serve to win? Well why not,someone has to! Might as well be someone who loves minis!

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  46. Well, let's see, next month I will be a grandmother again for the fifth time and I have been doing nothing but baby sewing. I need some fun sewing - just for me. AND I am in dire need of some new fabric.

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  47. For me to win, my number must be up! If my number's up, I'll be making minis

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  48. Hi, I deserve to win because I have a banged up knee>whine whine !
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  49. Your quilt is so cute! Love the yo yos and buttons. I can not get enough buttons, I buy old clothes at the thrift store just to cut off the pretty buttons. I didn't know how to quilt my first quilt, it was twin size for my 14 year old daughter. She chose all these great bright colors for the fabric so we tied it with cute buttons. It was great!

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  50. Hmmm....I deserve to win because I really need another book and more fabric to use for "insulation" cause it gets cold in Michigan.

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  51. I need another pattern book like a need a hole in my head and because I have nothing else to do (ha ha). Seriously, I would love to make some of the quilts to decorate my walls. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  52. I deserve to win because I am me!! Well, actually because I love to paper piece and I love mini quilts. This book is perfect!

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  53. I deserve to win as my children tell me I have too much fabric, more than I can use before I die. Really? Is there too much fabric? Maybe I need to make more "little gem" quilts:)

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  54. i deserve to win because i am beautiful, talented, perfect and humble! :)

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  55. Because a surprise prize would make my practical self more fun!

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  56. I deserve to win because I was destined to read your blog. I have a dog named Daisy and my Mom loved growing portulacas (sorry, I can't spell. That's why I teach math). Your mini quilt made me smile and feel mushy and sentimental remembering my mother's beautiful garden.

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  57. I deserve to win because this is the only way I would ever receive Gems!

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  58. I deserve to win because I'm a "mini me."

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  59. This book would help me to figure out how to use those scraps in the 'scrap' pile that seem too small to do anything with! How beautiful they could become if they were organized into these "Little Gems"!

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  60. I deserve to win this Little gem because we just celebrated my husband's 62 Birthday and he got all of the gifts! Nothing for me except that it could be considered that I was gifted with the menu planning, gift wrapping, cooking and baking, and the cleaning and the recycling afterwards were considered. Which were necessary but not fun!
    This looks like it would be a chance for me to play and I deserve that!

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  61. Those yo-yos are perfect for it and it's beautiful especially being inspired by your portulacas.

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  62. I should win because I just had to leave quilt camp to go to the hospital for a gallstone stuck in my bile duct! It sucked...missed all but the first day of camp :( It isn't funny but that is my reason!

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  63. I should win this fabric because nothing has ever won, and for that this book contains some great mini quilts that charmed me !!! I tried not to paper-piecing technique, because it seems so difficult - although I would like to learn! Greetings from sunny Poland :)

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  64. Would love to win as it is a project I can finish within a reasonable amount of time.

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  65. I totally don't deserve to win! I have never made a mini but I enjoy paper piecing. I have so many books I still need to make something from and I am a SABLE! I spend most of my time trying to get my 50+ UFOs quilted!!!

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  66. Of course I deserve to win! I'm old, cranky and need something to smile about!
    lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  67. I should win this fabric because my stash needs some stoking! (Thanks for the opportunity.)

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  68. In order to make a little gem, I need more fabric.

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  69. Because I need a new project and tag you are it. All of these mini quilts are so incredible and would be welcomed in my home. Judy C

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  70. Yo Yo pick me! I would love to have this book in my librar(ee)😄 Hee Hee!

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  71. I should win because I've never won anything yet :), I never had the courage to sew ie paper-piecing technique, and I really want to learn !!!

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  72. I should win because I am a 73 and won't have as many chances to win something as when I was 37.

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  73. That is just "sew" darn cute! I love all those little yo-yos! I'm with you...a laugh a day keeps the Dr away!

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  74. I should win, because I can use more fabric! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  75. I should win because I promise to make something really pretty with the fabric! :)

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  76. Don't know if I deserve to win, but this would be an awesome gift for one of my quilting friends. Of course, I would have to read it first! :)

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  77. I should win because I cleaned up my sewing room (and consequently I can't find anything!!!!) :)

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  78. I should win because I cleaned up my sewing room (and consequently I can't find anything!!!!) :)

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  79. I should win because I love to quilt, live to quilt, and give most of my quilts away!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  80. I'm afraid I don't have much of a sense of humour when I'm put on the spot like this, not like my sister who can crack a joke anywhere, anytime, any place but usually it's my oldest brother that is the wise guy of my brothers but his sense of humour is really dry...what was the question or was there even a question, no I think I was supposed to buy fabric but I really need thread and I'm all out of black thread but the quilt shop is closed today so I 'm just going to get some groceries once I finish my laundry but I hate doing laundry but not as much as cleaning bathrooms, I think I'm just going to sit at the computer instead and creep around some blogs I like, Oh look there is one with a giveaway but I have to be funny and I'm not so I guess I'll just read what everyone else is writing and get an idea on how to crack a joke!!!

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  81. I deserve to win because I am a newbie at quilting and I do scrap a lot of fabrics!!!
    rachel.gagnon5@sympatico.ca

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  82. I would like to win because this would be the perfect book to have in my pile of possible projects that I hope to get to someday.

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  83. I think I NEED this book! It may be the only way I ever make my way through the giant fabric scrap stash that's been following me around (and growing) for decades!! Help me out!

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  84. I like the bright colors, too. I really enjoy making miniatures

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  86. You know that song Ursula sings in the Little Mermaid Disney movie about poor, unfortunate souls? That'd be me, since I can't buy any books right now, so I'd love to win one lol

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  87. This mini looks like I wouldn't even have to destroy my quilt room (crazy scraps of paper everywhere) -- or worse yet clean it after I was done with it! I think I could make this one without paper piecing! Because we all know the worst part about PP is the PU (pickup)! Super fun quilts! Thanks.

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  88. I love your quilt - so very neat. I am new to quilting and would love to recreate your magic using this book!
    thanks for the giveaway!
    merryorganic@gmail.com

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  89. I deserve to win because I can touch my nose with my tongue! Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  90. I should win because I need something to cheer me up after all the snow Maine got this winter.

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  91. I'm not sure how deserving I can be and be funny at the same time - why was I voted class clown by my senior class eons years ago?

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  92. If I win this book and calculate how many minis I could make with my stash...well, it would be a LOT! Not so funny now that I think about it. Kinda scary! Thanks for the giveaway! akronne17@gmail.com

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  93. I should win because all my other quilt books would like to have another friend join them. I just love the "little gems"!

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  94. I deserve to win because I always share my winnings with friends! (not very funny, but true)

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  95. Why do I deserve to win? Well I have so many quilt patterns that will never become quilts to grace a bed, that maybe, just maybe, a few Little Gems are more realistic! Those waiting for a gift from me might just get one, or two, or more. Thanks for sharing. I so enjoy making yoyos so your choice from Little Gems is perfect. That is the truth.

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  96. I sooo "deserve" to win because I sooo DON'T "deserve" to win! Got that? Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  97. Beautiful design! Thank you so much for share.... Please visit my site BT help

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  98. I need help turning my diamonds in the rough into beautiful gems.

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  99. I deserve to win because my post is the same number as what the random number generator will pick.

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  100. Because I'm cute! And because I need another project that I actually have a chance of finishing this year! If I started now, I might be able to make Christmas presents by 2020!

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  101. Because I'm cute! And because I need another project that I actually have a chance of finishing this year! If I started now, I might be able to make Christmas presents by 2020!

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  102. Maybe if I made more mini-quilts, I would keep more and have more quilts to hang on my walls! My walls are pretty bare!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  103. I deserve to win because I am an old woman new to quilting and can use all the help I can get.

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  104. Snow, snow go away. Don't you stay another day. I want to see the islands now, warm and toasty, sweaty brow. Can't dig us out, don't slouch and cry--batiks will brighten our corner of the sky.

    I'm not a poet but I try. Would love to win and blow the cold winds of winter to another region.

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  105. I deserve to win because I am needing a special project when school lets out for summer. This would be just perfect.

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  106. I should win because I think I might have gone insane - I have a crazy idea to make all of the blocks as a sampler quilt!
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  107. I deserve to win because the book looks wonderful but if I buy another quilt related item my husband will make me sleep in the shed!

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