Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Stacks - One for me, One for you :)

Sunday stacks- this one's mine.  I've been adding to and taking from this pile for almost 1 1/2 years.  Hmmmm, maybe I should get a round to making a quilt with it.......

It's orange, brown, yellow, with some almost reds and hints of pinks.  I especially love the Amy Butler Coriander and the Moda Lush in there! (Top left two fabrics)

And this loverly stack of Heather Ross- well this one is for you!


25 different prints!  11.75 yards of fabric.   
Those are yard cuts on the right, 1/2 yard cuts in front of my toes, and FQs at the top
WINNER GETS ALL!!


I love Heather Ross.  I will be meeting her next Friday afternoon.  I am so crazy nervous.  Not so much about meeting her, but more being out of my element, away from my everyday norm, around a bunch of "strangers" (can I describe them as strangers if they love sewing and HR as much as I do?)  I have never left my kids overnight, let alone for a whole weekend.  I will be 5 hours away from them!  I had to change from a shared room to a single room so as not to scare my roomie with my bawling about missing my kids.  I thought it better to play it safe and not frighten anyone.  Hopefully, if I state my nerves here, they won't show up when I get to the hotel, right?.  What if I'm introduced to Heather and start crying?  No really, this has played out in my head.  My "sewing" is so intertwined with me having kids and dealing with Post-partem depression and figuring out what to do with my life, so it's not like I'm just meeting someone who designs fabric and had a sewing book published, I'm meeting someone who has had a major flippin impact on my life, ya know?  I feel like my entire sewing life would not exist were it not for HR, her fabrics, and her book.    Okay, a little over dramatic......but if you knew me in real life.........that's me!

Oh, and just wait for my post about how I love  Anna Maria Horner.  It's all about hormones and breastfeeding and how I used to utterly detest her fabrics (not any more).  I am very convinced that I will cry when I meet her.
And finally, I actually have sewn something in the recent past.  This quilt is just waiting patiently for the binding to be sewn on.  I did not like it as I was making the blocks, but now I am so in love with this one!  I've been doing a ton of hand sewing with felt- toys for the kids.  I'll get some pics of those- so fun!

FOR THE GIVEAWAY
1. Leave a comment.  Let me know something about you, about your sewing, about your kids, pets, life, car, neighbor, anything really.

2. Become a follower.


I will leave the comments open until I get back from my "Weekend Sewing" (closing 1/24)

Good Luck and Happy Sunday!!

199 comments:

  1. Super giveaway! So generous of you. I love the orange/reds in your stack. Something about me...I just signed up for the Squam Art Workshops! I am super excited, but also a bit intimidated by being surrounded by so many other crafty/talented people. I know it's a great opportunity, and I'll have a great time, but it's still a bit scary too. Just like you are describing! Have an awesome time meeting HR!!

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  2. Hello***
    Great Giveaway!!!
    Me...
    I'm a mother of three boys (19 & twins with 15 years old) and two little girls (9 & 8 years old).
    In my free time I like to embroider and I have a passion for linen fabrics.
    Because of this I have a store on ETSY where I sell it my crafts.
    I like to discuss politics and football (soccer).
    I'm addicted to coffee and I love black tea.
    At 10 years old I wanted to be an astronaut.
    At 15 years I wanted to be V.I.P.
    At 18 years I became independent.
    At 20 I met my husband.
    At 25 I was the mother of my first child.
    At 35 ... mother for the fifth time.
    And I love life ♥

    XºXº

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  3. Great giveaway! I'm actually going to the HR weekend as well and am a little worried too. What will I work on? What projects should I bring? Can I even sew well enough to be there? Should be fun though!

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  4. Wow! that's a great stack of fabrics! Two things: I felt exactly as you did when I first left my kids for a "me" weekend. i was sure the plane would crash and my kids would grow up without me. But once you're there, you're going to have a great time, I promise. Another thing: I made puppet hair yesterday for a large puppet. Not quite as much fun as quiltmaking, but it looks great!

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  5. Thanks for another chance to win! I'm already a follower! and please tell, how and why are you meeting Amy Butler?

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  6. OM how I love HR fabrics. It may seem a bit cheesy but when I see her fabrics tears come to my eyes..........=).
    This is a wonderful giveaway! xoxo

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  7. Wow!! What a generous giveaway. I'm an attorney in Chicago; quilting and crafting are my stress relief. Just started following this blog. You must be so excited to meet Heather Ross! I love all her fabrics and projects.

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  8. This is such a generous giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win. :)

    I TOTALLY get where you're coming from being crazy emotional. Same goes for the PPD. There's a musician who's music I connected with when I was in middle school and when I go to one of her concerts I start crying uncontrollably the moment she plays the first not on her piano.

    Me? I'm 31, have 3 kids age 10, 9 and 7. I have an 11yo cat and a 1 year old dog. We JUST paid off our car this month! WOOT!!! LOL! I can't wait for summer. I'm so sick of it being dark and cold.

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  9. forgot to tell you, I'm a new follower from now on!xo

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  10. This is such a generous giveaway. Thank-you so much for the opportunity. I started hand-sewing at the age of 6 or 7, Barbie clothes mostly, and it was Heather Ross' fabrics that many,....many years later brought me to learn quilting and patchwork in general. Like you, I too have an emotional connection to her fabrics that revolve around children. I would love to meet her but fear being completely tongue-tied (so not like me to be speechless) or saying something completely stupid (much more like me...insert foot in mouth!!)

    Hope you have a blast!

    Cheers,
    Lisa Michelle
    toadsandsnails@gmail.com

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  11. wow! you are so lucky that you are going to the sewing workshop to meet Heather Ross AND Anna Maria Horner! i'm sure you'll have a blast!!!!

    i'm a 26 year old young quilter from Toronto, Canada and it's been just over a year since i taught myself how to sew and quilt (and became a fabric hoarder along the way). i work as a business consultant during the day, but at night i'm usually happily sewing away in my sewing room. i'm getting married to my best friend this september. we met in university and have been together for 6 years. we bought a house together in 2009, it was such a crazy year! i don't have any kids yet but i already hoarded a very impressive stash of fabrics and clothing patterns for them.

    wow i babble a lot! thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway!!! i just love Heather!!

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  12. and i just became a new follower!

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  13. Seriously!! This is an awesome giveaway! You really rock! There ... that was an awful lot of exclamation.

    I have three boys.
    I love snowy weather and staying inside.
    My best friend is my rottweiler Jada. She is also my sewing assistant.
    I am starting to think about things such as bone density and whether or not I need reading glasses. BORING!!
    I hope you have a great time at your weekend with Heather and can't wait to live it vicariously through you. Details please.

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  14. I'm also a follower via google reader.

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  15. I hope you have a great time! I was sewing before I had my daughter but I am certainly a different person now, more focussed and appreciative of the time I do have to create. It is much more passionate now.

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  16. Wow, I'mso happy for you that sewing has had such a positive impact in your life. I also found sewing as a safe harbor during a difficult time in my life. We recently moved and my one requirement for the new house was that it have a sewing room just for me - as luck would have it our new house has that room for me and I love it. The room is my sanctuary - NO BOYS ALLOWED! (ie. my husband and 10yo son)

    Have a great weekend - Palm Springs right?

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  17. How exciting for you to meet HR!

    I would say that quilting is intertwined with my family life as well. It is my escape from the stresses of raising three little girls. My girls know how much I love to work on my "sheen" (sewing machine) and when daddy asked them what he should get mommy for Christmas, my oldest told him "fav-ric" (fabric). Too bad he didn't follow through with that idea! I have never had a hobby that I love so much. Sure, I have moments (days or weeks) when I don't have the urge or desire to sew/quilt/plan my next quilt, but aside from those moments, the overwhelming majority of my free time is spent quilting or dreaming of my next quilt.

    Thanks for a fantastic quilt away!

    wilke [at] lulubloom [dot] com

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  18. And I follow you through google reader!

    wilke [at] lulubloom [dot] com

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  19. Wow! Fantastic giveaway...let's see...I'm an attorney that loves to sew in my free time. I've always been crafty, but I decided one day I wanted to take up quilting so I did and never looked back.

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  20. I'm happy to become a follower.

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  21. I'm a big Heather Ross fan. I love her fabrics. I spoke with her on the phone once, she is super sweet. You will love her. Thanks for the chance!

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  22. This is such a generous giveaway. And thanks too for being so real. You are going to have such a wonderful sewing weekend with Heather, Anna Maria and all of the "strangers"--enjoy! I'm working on a few quilts with Heather Ross fabrics as the centers, main prints so am loving this chance to win (the quilts are a quilt as you go wonky log cabin and a wonky star quilt too). Thank you!

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  23. Holy freaking moly! This is a whopper of a giveaway! I totally relate about leaving your kids for the first time. The first time I left my oldest he was two! I was only gone for 24 hours and he was with my mother-in-law, but I kept calling to check on him. I hated that I would be missing a whole day of his life. I had been there for everything, what if he did something fabulous while I was gone? Of course he was fine, but I still hate leaving them. :)

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  24. I hope you have a great time meeting Heather! I've only spoken with her on the phone and she was so nice. I'm a big HR fan too...and am trying to fill my collection. I have so many projects in mind...but have trouble actually doing the cutting. :) Thank you for the giveaway!

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  25. thanks for a chance at this giveaway...i love HR fabrics...only wish i would use what i have! its so hard to not just squirrel it away and look at it...which is one of my goals this year...use what i have and what i love...wont i be much happier seeing the fabric in a quilt on my bed vs. stacked up on a bookshelf? i think yes. i love those martha negley tree rings too by the way!! i think green is my favorite. im a mom of 2 great kids. used to work full time in insurance and so glad that is behind me now. i stay home with the kiddos...enjoy it a lot. have fun in palm springs! deep breaths!!

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  26. i just signed up to follow your blog! i saw your post on flickr, so thanks for a 2nd chance!

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  27. Oh Raven, you are going to have the best time ever. You'll be totally into your project and surrounded by people who are excited about sewing and great design. Heather is so charming and funny and lighthearted and helpful.... And I just can't believe you're going to spend an entire weekend with Anna Maria Horner! Her fabrics are THE reason I started sewing. She just shines through her work, doesn't she? (And really, if anyone would forgive you for crying upon introduction, I think it would be her; don't you?) I'm terribly jealous, but that HR stack would go along way toward making me feel better! :) It's going to go by super-fast.... Take lots of pictures and blog all about it when you get home!

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  28. Wow, what a gorgeous stack of fabrics. I think I might cry if I got to meet HR too...or start giggling uncontrolably. In a really awkward way. Enjoy your time away from your kids...it will make you love them even more!

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  29. Your pOst brought tears to my eyes. I know exactly what you mean when you talk about babies and sewing and breastfeeding and HR. I have three kids (boy age 6, girl age 3, and boy 9 months). I have never been away from anyone of them for even one night. I am sure you will cry. And I am sure you will be fine and have a blast. I think giving yourself permission to let your feelings free is the key thing. Also, I met HR at the DS studio sale. She was so awesome and the nicest person ever. Tell her what you said in your post I think she appreciates hearing it. Have a great weekend!!!

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  30. Oh my gosh, 11+ yards of Heather Ross? I'm so in!

    I'm Amanda, an Indonesian currently living in the States. I've been here since I got married 6 years ago. now, I have a 4 yo girl and 1.5 yo boy.

    Have fun at your sewing weekend!

    sasikirana at yahoo

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  31. What a generous giveaway! :) I look forward to your post on AMH, she was the first "designer" that I knew! I bought her first book and from then on I was hooked! She is still one of my very favorites, but I've caught the HR bug as well!

    Also, I have a pet bunny, his name is George :)

    Have an awesome time!

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  32. I'm now a follower! Thanks! :)

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  33. Lovely stack. I so get your being nervous about meeting someone who has had such a huge impact on your life. I met Heather once briefly after a lecture and she was totally nice and easy going. I think she would love to hear about how positively she has affected your life.
    I started sewing after having kids also. My SIL taught me how to quilt and I made one as a baby gift for a friend. I haven't stopped sewing since! After having my son I wasn't sure if I would ever find the time to sew again but here I am almost three years and another kid later and still at it. It's my sanity saver, I swear!

    Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing so much of yourself.

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  34. What a lovely giveaway. I wish I was going on that weekend!!

    I'm a mom of two boys - 3 and 7. They are full of energy and keep me on my toes. I feel like this is a second lifetime as I had them late (first at 39) and had an entirely different life before them!!

    I love being a stay at home mom and find time to sew any chance I can get.

    Tks again for the lovely giveaway!

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  35. I'm now a follower (and I'll add you to my blogroll) : )

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  36. What a generous giveaway! Thank you for a chance to win first of all. About me I once spoke to Heather on the phone in reference to one of her workshops.... it was so funny when she called me herself. I was like I am sorry I just didn't expect to talk to you personally, & I love your work by the way! I felt like a complete dork but it was so funny!

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  37. Those fabrics are great!!! I found two of the Heather Ross prints (the tadpoles in pink and the same green frogs on lillypads) in the Netherlands at a junk-type dollar store! I was so excited! It was the first fabric I bought when I started sewing again and became obsessed with little projects and quilts! I started slowly and have loved every minute of it - making things when I never thought of myself as creative! I love creating! I just started working with my kids on some projects and I love that they will have some creative skills and can watch a process like sewing. How exciting to meet your "idols"!! It will be an honor for them to know how they have helped you in your life! We never know the difference we can make, do we?? THanks! elizabethlehman@hotmail.com

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  39. I follow already!! elizabethlehman@hotmail.com

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  41. This is quite the giveaway you have going. Thanks for the chance to win. I have a lot of "online" friends going to the sewing weekend. I wish I was going to be there. What's a few tears between friends. Don't let it bother you everyone there will be super friendly and lovely and you will have the best time. I am sure I would be a total dork if I actually got to meet Heather herself. I would probably say something silly. Good luck and have fun!

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  42. *squeal!* What a super giveaway! Something about me...I got back into sewing after taking a few years off to get back to "me", an identity separate from my roles as mother and wife. I love creating with fabric and Heather Ross is my favorite designer!

    I'm at
    ambernoel226 at gmail dot com

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  43. adding you to my google reader!

    ambernoel226 at gmail dot com

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  44. I am now a follower!!
    sarahbeth814 at yahoo dot com

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  45. Hi! What an amazing giveaway! I am a mom to four beautiful daughters. 7, 5, 3, and 1. They are wonderful, exhausting and amazing. I can't imagine my life without them. People often ask me if I was trying for a boy or want a boy still and I say no to both and I can't imagine not having one of my girls!! I love them dearly and I am so super blessed to be able to stay at home with them full time.
    I started sewing as a little girl and started back up after a few years break when I got married. I love it and enjoy being inspired by so many others projects.
    Thanks again for the giveaway!!
    sarahbeth814 at yahoo dot com

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  46. What an amazing giveaway. thanks for the chanc eto win this lovely fabric. I have been a follower for some time.

    Nadine (nadinesaupe@googlemail.com)

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  47. and something about me, well, I might as well tell you, and all you other quilters out there: I started quilting after seeing the Winona Ryder film "An American Quilt". yes, no grandma introduced me, no long tradition in my community, a HOLLYWOOD MOVIE inspired me to quilt. There, I said it.

    Nadine (nadinesaupe@googlemail.com)

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  48. This is insanely generous... crossing my fingers. My sewing... I've been starting a number of projects lately and not finishing them, it's a horrible habit!

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  49. What an amazingly generous giveaway! Heather Ross is one of my favorite designers ever! Her drawings remind me of happy childhood memories of the outdoors in the 60's & 70's! Grew up in Cincinnati and went to college in Miami...fun times! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  50. Now following you via Google reader! Have a fantastic time!

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  51. Aw - I think if I ever had the opportunity to meet Heather Ross I'd burst into tears too (heck I'm getting misty eyed just thinking about it!)

    What can I say about me? I just came in from skating and my bum is still a little frozen. Too much info? :)

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  52. What a wonderful gesture.

    I'm a professor that found sewing was a great hobby for my down time. Unfortunately I find the number of projects greatly outweighs my free time. My kids have a great selection of pjs and my DD some great dresses. The larger projects, like quilts, curtains, etc., are less likely to get done due to my need for instant gratification. However, my resolution for 2011 is to start those quilts in my head and try to set small realization goals!

    Have fun sewing with Heather. You will have a blast. I did Vermont and loved it!

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  53. 1st of all...I'm so totally jealous!
    2nd...I'm so happy for you!
    3...I totally get what you're saying.
    4...like you, I LOVE Anna Maria Horner...
    5...my current WIP is Good Folks & Garden Party.
    6...haven't been away from my kids for more than 1 night (but if I do it will be to sew with some fun gals)
    that's all, except thanks for offering such a freakin' amazing bunch of fabric!
    I'll go follow your blog : )

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  54. I'm jealous you get to meet Heather Ross, and to be alone for a weekend :) With two toddler boys, I don' get much quiet time myself :).

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  55. Oh wow, awesome giveaway! I met Denyse Schmidt in October and had to interview her. I was convinced I'd cry. But she was so awesome it was like chatting to a friend you'd known for years. She said most people have no clue who she is. I am pretty sure I called her a rock star, but the whole thing is like one of those crazy dreams you have. *sigh*

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  56. Alright, this giveaway is INSANE! I am jealous of your trip to go to the workshop. I was just starting to sweet talk my husband into going, then it filled up. Next time I'll move more quickly! Have lots and lots of fun, and cherish the time away from your kids. It is always so hard the first time away, but I bet you'll end up loving it.

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  57. What a wonderful giveaway... very generous!I am so jeleous that you are doing one of Heather's classes! Todate I haven't been able to get to one, but I WILL!
    After working the past 20 years in retail I am finally a SAHM and loving it! I recently got a fur baby because my skin babies are growing up and moving out! I have a graddaughter who is 9 months old and the most wonderful baby ever... her Mom dosen't know how lucky she is! I have been quilting for just over 3 years now and have had a small obession with HR for just as long! I too am "saving" her fabrics for the imfamous "HR Quilt"! Her fabrics are just so cute it's hard to cut into them!

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  58. such a generous giveaway! I hope you have a blast meeting Heather Ross and Anna Maria Horner. I would love these fabrics because I'm trying collect these prints for the ultimate quilt. LOL. And I will definitely keep it for myself instead of giving the quilt away...I always give them away!

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  59. I'm now a follower too! I think I would follow you to the ends of the earth for that fabric! LOL.

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  60. What an incredible giveaway. I think I would be totally starstruck if I had the opportunity to meet HR! Have fun.
    I'm a mother of 3 boys under 6. It is a crazy life, but wouldn't change it for anything!
    I'm a follower.
    Val

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  61. have a wonderful time! It's hard being away from the kiddos but you will feel like a new woman!

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  62. just became a follower! Another blog for my reader is always a good thing!

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  63. That is a serious stack of fabric you are parting with there! Let's see...something about me. I can't drive behind those double decker 18-wheelers that transport the new cars because I have an irrational fear that one will come undone and crash down in front of my car. I also didn't try salad until I was 25 years old. But really, I love fabric and love making beautiful things with it!

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  64. Wow, you are a generous soul! I'd love to go to a workshop with Heather Ross or Denyse Schmidt, but I'd be way too scared. I imagine they would look at me and say, "what are you doing here?" although I'm sure they're really very nice and down to earth...

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  65. I'm a new follower of your blog. I decided to follow before I saw this giveaway though. I just love that orange and gray sampler quilt.

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  66. wow! this is the best giveaway ever! thanks so much. about me...hmmm, i just ordered my first blythe doll and i'm a little nervous about it. i don't know why.

    nettiepete at gmail dot com

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  67. I'm a mom of two boys and wife to an Australian sheep farmer, though I'm originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I started quilting in 2005 and when I started I only used batiks!!! I can't believe how much my quilting has changed in my tastes since I started out. I tried out many different styles including 30's, civil war, various moda fabrics and now I am into solids with modern style fabrics. It keeps evolving--just like life:)

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  68. Wow.... I would love to win those fabrics. I got a chance to meet Heather Ross in Santa Cruz. It was so much fun!

    This weekend I'm sewing baby presents for a friend. Baby clothes are soooo little!!

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  69. I follow you in my google reader {love that thing}

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  70. I'm convinced you will have a great trip, and you will be so busy you won't even notice that you are away from your kids. I haven't got any kids, just a ton of pets, but I know if I did, I would be a mess, thinking that my life is over, and that my boobs are the only thing that matters anymore, and that they hurt and I just want to get some sleep, etc..... I've just talked myself out of kids, did you hear that? Anyway, thank you for having such a great giveaway.

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  71. oh jeez! what a giveaway!
    Heather is such an inspiration to me, too. I can't wait for the day when my babes are old enough for me to go on crafting weekends (though then I'll be sad that they aren't little anymore)!

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  72. Generous! I have some Heather Ross pieces left over from a quilt project which I'm going to save for my daughter for when she hopefully learns to sew. Though if I won this giveaway I'd be making her a quilt from it, plus maybe some clothes. Fun!

    cherrymonty@gmail.com

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  73. I am now following via bloglovin too. Thankyou!

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  74. I am following your blog through Google Connect :)

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  75. I admit I am a newb sewist, and have little time to sew with a toddler, but I love it when I do. I totally felt what you said in your post though, I'd feel horrible if I actually could get away to have a weekend for myself. :)

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  76. You will have a absolute blast. I left my daughter for the first time to go sew with Heather and Liesel this past summer in Vermont. I admit I was upset the first night but by the next day I just embraced having time to myself with a bunch of great women to sew with. It's a chance of a lifetime!!! Enjoy!

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  77. woahhh you are WAYY too generous to be giving all this fabric away! I hope that you have an awesome time with Heather!!

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  78. Thank you for such a real and touching glimpse of the meaning of sewing for you in your life. have a wonderful time of your trip - although you will miss your kids just give yourself the ok to enjoy such a wonderful experience and revel in all that sewing goodness.
    Allie

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  79. man, i want to win that fabric....
    i liked to sew before my daughter was born, but now she inspires almost all of my sewing. there are so many wonderful patterns for little girls out there..
    have a great trip!

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  80. Something about me is that I let alot of things slide when I am in my sewing zone and I probably shouldn't but hey it is nice to not worry about anything when I am sewing.

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  81. I love to sew quilts and have the Heather Ross fabric with bicycles on it. I have two of it in pink and can't cut into it until I have the perfect quilt to make. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  82. I started sewing again after raising 4 children and finding myself home alone for the first time in my life. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  83. I'm a follower. Thanks for another chance to win.

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  84. I sew when I get stressed- but usually I actually buy fabric, sewing with it comes secondary in a crisis.

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  85. What a wonderful giveaway. It was interesting to see the Martha Negley Rowan (red tree cross-cuts) in your stack of fabrics for your next quilt. I have cut up some of this precious fabric to give to my friend for her birthday. I am a student and have a full-time career. My 'sewing' these days includes fondling fabrics. I'm an avid cyclist and a new follower of your blog. Dangling HR in my sights is a terrible thing to do! Thanks!

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  86. WOW! Ok I LOOOVE Heather Ross. I feel the same. I honestly would not sew if it hadn't been for seeing a blanket a friend recieved at her baby shower made with HR gold fish. Before that I thought fabric was all calico and old lady ;-) Little did I know what was out there now days. I would LOOOOVE this bundle.

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  87. An amazing giveaway. Thanks so much, Raven!

    Me, I'm Carmen -- I'm trying very hard to find a first job in the publishing industry, and I'm actually very much looking forward to an internship that I've got starting tomorrow! My chances of securing that are better than of winning this giveaway, but you know:)

    Also, super-jealous of your trip to Palm Springs! I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time. Cheers!

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  88. I know exactly what you mean about sewing having such a big part in your life. I too took to sewing when I was suffering PND, and it got me through many a hard and dark place. Have such a great time meeting Heather - I'm sure you will be fine. Wish we had all of these fun getaways here in Australia, it is so fun when crafty chicks get together!
    Oh and by the way - what an absolutely amazing and generous giveaway! Thanks for the chance to enter and so glad I came across your blog!
    Megs x

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  89. Wow, what a great giveaway :-) I'm a sahm with two little ones. I love Heather Ross! I love to sew stuff for my kids and home. sang(at)gci(dot)net

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  90. Great giveaway I love Heather Ross to, I would be really nervious about meeting her but everyone says she is so nice so just try to relax and have a good time. I know easier said than done but I bet 10 minutes after you get there everything will be wonderful and you will have a great time. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  91. Ahhhh, what a faboo giveaway! If it makes you feel any better, I just recently left my kids overnight for the first time. I went out with my hubs and had a great time. I hope you do too!

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  92. Oh, and you're on my Google Reader! starfishlover615 at hotmail dot com

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  93. OMG, I'm SO jealous that you are going to such a wonderful quilting retreat! I think you're going to have a fantastic time. :)

    Hmmm...what can I tell you about myself...well, I'm newly 31 (last weekend) and I'm still a student. I'm supposed to be finishing my Masters of Architecture, but I'm just not feeling all that passionate about my thesis right now. I need to find the strength to finish it this winter so that I can put it behind me and regain the creative headspace for other things. Wish me luck!

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  94. You are so funny! It will be fine. I meet Heather last summer and shes so easy going and down to earth you won't even think about being nervous. Something about me? tonight when my two year old wanted to nurse I told him the "nums" were sleeping so my four year old screamed in my chest "NUMS WAKE UP! FATTYMCFATTERSON WANTS SOME BOOB!"

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  95. I've stopped by before, but now I'm officially following you because I simply must see what quilt you make with that fabulous stack!! And I can't wait to hear about how the retreat went!

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  96. I can't believe your generosity! This is a fab giveaway and I'm excited for you about meeting Heather Ross and AMH - hope you have a great time!

    AMH is my favorite designer too! I called her shop one time about a custom bundle they were putting together for me, and I nearly dropped the phone when she answered. I kinda made a fool out of myself gushing over how much I loved her fabrics :)

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  97. Have fun at your getaway!

    Something about me: I just laughed to hard at Betty Crocker Ass's post up there that I had to clean soup off the keyboard. Never eat while looking at the internet. Spillage could occur anytime, anywhere.

    Thanks for the chance to win these beautiful fabrics. What a dream!

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  98. Wow, I'd be nervous to meet HR too! Lucky you!
    I have a wonderful baby boy, Eli, who is 9mo old.
    He is the most happy, smiley, silly boy, and he is my reason for being. I can't relate to PPD but the nursing... getting a hang of it was hard, but we stuck it out and now we're old pros, he and I :-) The question is... do we go for baby #2? I think yes! haha
    Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

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  99. Oh and I'm your newest follower, yay!

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  100. Oh I give you props for being able to leave your kids. My husband keeps pestering me to come see him for a weekend. He is doing training for the army but I don't want to leave the kiddos behind. But I don't want to fly across country with all three of them either.

    I am way too obsessed with sewing. I look at blogs way too much. I'm always saying do not get online, do not look at that stuff and take time away from the kids. But I have a hard time doing that. Great give away though!

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  101. Thank you for the great giveaway!! I love HR and AMH too. Random fact about me. I had my son at home and my husband delivered him because the midwife didn't make it in time :)

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  102. what a pretty stack... i'm a sahm to my little boy (and another bub on the way).... i love to sew and i also love heather ross fabrics... i am so jealous you get to meet her :)

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  103. fact about me: i'm participating in the HR quilt-a-long, so these would come in very handy!

    great giveaway!

    bess :)

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  104. Amazing giveaway. I truly understand how amazing it is as you will learn. My daughter is so wonderfully creative. I am very proud of her talents. She has a passion for fabric and the things you can create from them. For christmas, she wanted some OOPITF fabric. The fabric she wanted was Heather Ross, Far Far Away collection. After extensive searches, I was able to find the orange unicorns and some princess and the pea fabric. Based on my searches, it really makes me appreciate the treasure you are giving away. I love the masterpieces she designs and creates from the fabric she gets. http://www.ginapina.com <-- shameless proud Mom promotion. Anyway, if I were to win this giveaway, I know it would make the absolute best birthday present for her and hopefully she would make a wonderful bag for me with it. A double win. She has me totally hooked on fabric too.

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  105. Well, I can totally relate to what you said in this post. I too sew to think. I think about my 4 kid when I sew. I think about my husband and friends when I sew and I think about the recipient of what I'm making when I sew. I really feel that sewing has made me a better person. It is such a relaxing and creative outlet and at the same time helps me formulate my thoughts. Thank you so much for the chance at such a generous give-away. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  106. I am now a follower. So glad I found your blog. Your work is wonderful!

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  107. I am following you in my reader now.

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  108. Wow - this sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you. I follow as Renee G on gFC. I've never taken a quilting class, but I would love to. I am married and have two boys. My oldest is in college. And I absolutely would love to work with this fabric.
    Hope you have a great excursion.

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  109. Wow, I'm so jealous!! Have a great time away. I can't wait to hear how fantastic it was.

    I'm grouchy today. We've had 4 weeks of school holidays and I'm dying for a wee bit of child free time. Two more weeks to go :-) Add to that, it's really hot, humid and we could do with some rain. Grouchy aye??

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  110. great giveaway.I'm semi-retired quilter. Love all the new fabric lines the younger generation has brought to the table. So much more fun now than it was 2o yrs. ago. I've been not buying fabric for a while now and sewing down my stash. New fabric would be so appreciated. I'm following,too
    thanks

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  111. The is possibly the most generous giveaway I have ever seen on flickr.. I was looking for macaroni Love story.. apparently I left it too late and missed out. I have been dreaming up ideas to make my 3 kids, 2 boys 5 and 3 and a girl 1, a storybook type quilt for night time stories with Heather Ross fabric.. So far I have made only 2 quilts for my youngest, princess and the pea and owl and pussy cat, both are binded with Amy Butler.. my other fav. designer! I am soooo envious of you and happy.. I will certainly be excited to READ all about how it went meeting her. Bummed that I did not do this myself when I lived in MI for 6 years. I have just moved to Australia (Aussie rasied) and started sewing when I found out i was pregnant with my girl. I am motivated by my children and the sense of accomplishment is wonderful. Ive just started making myself clothes because they are so overpriced here in Australia..
    Im blabbong a bit.. sorry.. time to JOIN your blog!
    THANKS! and have an AMAZING time on your wkend away!!!!
    karlacola@yahoo.com

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  112. Thanks for a chance to win such a great giveaway! I saw your stack on Flickr and hurried over! I am a new follower of your blog!I am a single mom of two. I work full time and am sole supporter of my children. My kids lost their dad in 2002 after a long illness. I love to sew and quilt. Quilting has been my refuge and escape from all of the stress and craziness of working full time and trying to juggle my family, housework etc..With the economy the way it is I have to be a little more frugal in how I purchase fabric this year. My goal is to be able to use more of my stash and less of my cash!lol...Thanks again for such a lovely chance!

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  113. What a lovely giveaway and such an exciting week end ahead of you. I adore HR fabrics. I only started quilting 3 years ago after my third child was born. Having a girl after two boys, I was busting to sew something pink. Now I have the bug.................have fun!

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  114. I love sewing! But you knew that already :-)

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  115. I love sewing with HR fabric. Can't wait to see pics of the trip.

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  116. That is an awesome stack--I cannot wait to hear all about your adventures! You'll do fine--the first time is the hardest. Just remember to breathe. Mind you, this is advice I wish someone had given ME when I met Denyse Schmidt last year! What a blithering idiot I was--haha! That's something about me--I love Denyse Schmidt, Heather Ross, Amy Butler--their patterns, fabric, and they've had a huge impact on my life as a woman and as a sewist. Meeting Denyse was seriously one of the standout moments of my life...and then I blogged about it. And she read my blog, and emailed me to thank me. And I stopped breathing altogether. LOL!

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  117. And I am SO now a follower--love your blog!

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  118. I am a mother of two and a fabric addict. Thanks for this giveaway and I hope you are having fun!

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  119. This is the most incredible giveaway ever! I don't think anything could top this. I have a full time job and two adorable kids (my 1st full time job). The first time I left them was for a work trip. Let's just say, it was the last time. I couldn't keep my mind off of them the whole time. I was so afraid I would miss something. Didn't miss anything, but just the thought...... Needless to say, they were fine and had a great time spending the weekend with their daddy.

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  120. What an amazing giveaway! I have three kiddos myself, and I totally related to your post. I am sure you will have tons of fun!

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  121. I can't believe you get to meet HR! That is going to be amazing! A little about me: I am a Seattleite living in Copenhagen with a little boy and have a little girl on the way. I also have a golden retriever who is really more like a son. I am making the hugest hexie quilt in the world and would love to add these pretty fabrics to the mix. Thanks for the chance to win!

    emily.nudelman@gmail.com

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  122. I follow you via Google Reader.

    emily.nudelman@gmail.com

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  123. I am a fairly new HR lover--I saw FFA1 on etsy one day a few months ago, and almost fell out of my chair. I'm now in the process of becoming addicted to Munki. I have 3 boys (6, 4, and 3 months) and one girl (2). I used to work full-time as a vet tech at an animal shelter, but now I get to be a stay-at-home-mom, and I try every day to be good at it.

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  124. Great give-away! I follow you via Google Reader for a few weeks now. I am a quilter trying to teach myself how to make unique handbags. I will become a mama for the first time in the next 6 weeks, so exciting!

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  125. I went to middle school with Heather Ross, though we didn't know each other then. I have been a huge fan of her fabric ever since I saw the gnomes! I sew for my daughters who are 4 and 8 and I think I'd make some patchwork skirts and embellished tees with all of that. I am sad I didn't get any VW bus in pink when it was still available!

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  126. Lovely giveaway! Well..Im still young, very stressed, lots of exams, and not a lot of quilting ! Would love to do so much more quilting !!

    Caroline~

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  127. Great give away! I feel exactly the same about Heather Ross as you do! I've never met her, but I had the opportunity to speak to her on the phone when she had her studio sale. I couldn't believe she had actually called ME! I still can't remember what we talked about as I was so stunned. I think I said Yes to all she asked. It all worked out as I received an amazing package!

    Have fun on your retreat!!

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  128. Wow, what a giveaway! I am 33, have 2 kids, love to sew & knit, and think Heather is the bomb! Anna Marie is pretty amazing as well!

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  129. I am a follower now, too ~ hope you have a fantastic time!

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  130. I JUST HAD A BABY!!! She is so amazing. So now I have one of each. 1 boy 1 girl. We are thrilled. I'm a new follower here!!!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    Alison

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  131. What a great giveaway! I have just become a follower. I'm a Aussie , married with twin girls who are away at Uni. I say I love to quilt but I have never "quilted" anything I have made yet. I am really a collector of fabric and a quilt top maker! I know you will have a great time with Heather & Co. Enjoy!

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  132. This is a most awesome give away! I am now an official follower! Although, I have been "following" you for months via my web browser bookmark ;) I love to sew, and just learned to do so in the last couple years. My mother was an awesome seamstress (she made my wedding dress) but I never took much interest in it, when she passed away a few years ago, I took it up as a way to feel close to her. She could sew anything, I mostly quilt. Anywayh, that's a little factoid about me. Enjoy meeting Heather Ross (so jealous)!

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  133. I hope you have an absolutely fabulous time Raven! I know for sure you will, and I hope to read all about it on your blog once you get back! No need to enter me in the giveaway - just wanted to wish you all the best!

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  134. What adorable fabric! I'll be following as soon as I'm done with this post:)

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  135. Beautiful fabric, I would LOVE to win this. I have a stack of Heather Ross Far Far Away II that I am itching to get started on.

    I hail from western Canada along with my three delightful daughters, apple-farming husband, and 7 chickens.

    Hope you have a great weekend,
    missy

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  136. and I've subscribed...is that the same thing as following? :)

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  137. I would be crazy nervous too! I am such a Heather Ross fan. Great giveaway!!

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  138. Nice array of colors and prints! thanks?

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  139. Can I say that I adore Heather Ross fabric, but don't really have the money to buy any of it! I am a stay at home mom and some things get sacrificed, of course, fabric is one of them! So needless to say over 11 yards of fabric would just be a dream come true!

    As far as you meeting her, WOW!!! How exciting, I am a shy person so in that situation I would be over the top nervous, but I have found that I sometimes let my shyness rob me of the joy of a situation, so my advice is this.....do not let your nervousness and anxiety of being away from kids rob you from the joy of the weekend!

    Have fun and enJOY yourself!

    lissaneyhartpc@yahoo.com

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  140. I am so jealous that you are meeting heather ross!!!! one of these days i will make it to one of her workshops, but until then i must just sew with her fabric. I can't believe you are giving away that beautiful fabric, but i would love to win it. Have a great time, and i am already a subscriber!
    jen(at)red(dash)curls(dot)com

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  141. My sewing took a whole new turn when I had my son! I started wanting to make a million quilts for my son, and sewing allowed my to have a few moments to myself. I still find calm in my sewing room after a Lind day with a 4 year old!!!

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  142. Thanks for hosting this giveaway, how very exciting! I've never made a quilt before, but I did design a logo for my quilting friend. That's me, I love to design. I also love to create with my kids and by myself. I'm so hoping to conquer my quilting fears (its the layers that have me nervous).

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  143. Hello! My name is Gina, I am 27 and live in Austin, Texas. I don't have any kids, but I have plenty of animals to keep me busy. First thing I do every morning is put some water on to boil for coffee and then head outside to check on my chicken flock and gather eggs. They love kitchen scraps just as much as I love fabric scraps! I also have a massive 100 lb dog named Kuma and 3 lazy cats. Part of why I love Heather Ross fabric so much is because she always draws the cutest animals!
    I normally sew accessories, but lately have been addicted to patchwork & quilting. This fabric stack would make a lovely quilt!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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  144. Hi Raven, I live in the most bush-fire prone area of the world and I have never thought of a fabric fire bucket. All the other plans are in place but I haven't given my chaotic loft a thought. Thanks for the tip and congrats on giving away stuff too. It's a nice point to reach in your life when you realise you have enough! Love the blog by the way. Cheers Donna

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  145. I'm a follower!

    tavsmummy at cableone dot net

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  146. Wow - what a gorgeous giveaway pile! I'm new to quilting and I really enjoy all the inspiration I get from blogs. THANKS for the inspiration and the giveaway chance :)

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  147. And now I follow your blog on my Google Reader!

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  148. Hi! Since I know you "in real life", I am not surprised by your generous give-away!! You are one cool chick. Now I am going to think of some things to tell you about me that you probably don't know:
    • I have met and talked with Princess Diana
    • I was a punk rocker with a purple Vespa
    • I married my high school sweetie
    • My first sewing project as a kid was making tiny vests for those little pinch-on koala bear stuffed animals.
    • I got in big trouble at age 10 for cutting up an old shirt of my moms to make doll clothes-- and it turned out to be a treasured keepsake from her trip to Italy in the 1950s. Ooooops. After that, i maintained my own stash!
    •My first sewing machine: a blue, puny "Holly Hobbie" machine. Which sucked. And that is why I still love handsewing and handwork!
    Thank you for being you, Raven!!
    ~Virginia

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  149. Hi, I just found you through flickr, what an awesome giveaway! I'm a mom, a wife, a job hunter. I recently moved to a new town and am still seeking new people.

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  150. And now I follow you through google reader.

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  151. How generous!!! I am a third generation quilter!!

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  152. Wow. How generous of you! I have only had a few HR prints and I could only ever use them for fuss cuts. I particularly love the prints with the tadpoles and frogs. My boys and I spend a lot of time in the summer catching, examining and releasing tadpoles and frogs.

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  153. Hi! I found you via the Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild.
    I've been sewing since I was four or five, much to my mother's delight, and quilting since I was 13. I myself am a mama of four boys, ages 16 to 2 and have taught sewing (and other textile arts) at their co-op school once a week for the past 9 years. So yeah, my three older boys can sew, knit and embroider although my nine year old is the only one who really gets into it.

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  154. Hmmm--What to say? I have been quilting for only 3 years since I waited to retire before starting, but it has become a passion. My first quilt was a Heather Ross fabric extravaganza, made for my daughter's return from a year in Uganda. The thought of more HR makes my heart flutter! I'm still doing all of my quilting on a 40-year old Singer, but have dreams of something new in the near future!

    I love to snowshoe and ski and spend my precious summer mornings riding my horse. I am a lucky woman. I enjoy your blog and would love to win some stash.

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  155. Super-giveaway!

    I, too, am suffering from PPD and starting sewing a year after my daughter was born in 2007. Now, she is 3 and I suffering again with the birth of my son a few months ago. I am coping, on medication and doing much better. I hope to get back to sewing as I miss it terribly!!
    My mother suicided from PPD in 1988 (with my Brother) and I am just glad that there are more resources available now and that that kind of suffering is more rare now. Now you know a little about me :)

    I would use this stack to sew a quilt and keep all of these in my private delicious stast :)
    stacy

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  156. I'm relatively new to sewing but have this idea that I'd like to make a quilt. Looking at sewing blogs seems to make that goal more achievable. I have a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old and I have about 45 minutes to sew every other night. It may take me until 2012 to finish a quilt at that rate but I think your fabric choices are beautiful and inspiring and I promise to provide a very good home to your fabric stash.

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  157. What a great giveaway! They'd make a great quilt! I have two cats who love to sleep on all my quilt stacks that are all over the house. :)

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  158. And I just became a follower. :)

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  159. What a fabulous giveaway! I love Heather Ross and would love this fabric. I am a work at home mom of two kiddos. Happy to find your blog.

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  160. I just became a follower as well.

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  161. HiRaven
    Hmmmm, let's see..what about me would you care to know. I'm a mom of 4 amazing kids, wife to one cool guy (I mean he's with me so it just goes he'd be cool) high school chem/bio teacher and quilter with never enough time for anything to get done..nope, scratch that, no time for the mundane to get done, like cleaning. One more thing---I know nothing about punctuation and how to write any kind of a sentence other than a run on one.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Ann

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  162. Amazing giveaway! I have a Heather Ross addiction too, and have yet to make a quilt with her fabrics, since I am waiting for the perfect collection of her fabrics, and this giveaway would certainly help!

    Ok so about me:
    I'm a mama to the sweetest 3 year old boy, I have two pugs, an Etsy shop to help support my fabric addiction, and a place to sell all the crafty things I make. Sewing became my life when I left work as a florist, three years ago. I love photography, yoga, rollerskating, and chocolate. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Steph

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  163. I have a 9 week old baby, so I'm sewing in little bits nowadays, which patchwork is great for! Enjoy your weekend. I follow in google reader.

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  164. I will definitely become a follower. I almost missed this great giveaway!

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  165. Raven, I love your blog and I love you and your creative energy! I am in awe of you and the other women who are moms of young children and have found the joys of fabric/sewing/quilting while raising little ones. My kids are now 23 and 21 years old, both sources of pride. They are pretty much "launched" out of the nest and living their happy independent (not counting college costs!) lives.

    I started seriously collecting fabric about four years ago, joined a traditional quilt guild two years ago and our mutual local guild last summer. (Sooo glad to get to interact with you there!)

    I am finally starting to play with my fabrics more, not just continually stash and hoard them. No little ones at home any more and STILL I have trouble carving out the time to play in my sewing room/son's very very part-time bedroom (6 days a year?).

    Missed you at Guild on Friday, looking forward to seeing you soon and reading/hearing all about this fab weekend.

    IF I AM THE LUCKY winner of your hugely generous giveaway, I ask that you split the 11.5 yards into three piles and make the days of two other Heather Ross fans too. (I would love to have a bit of the Matryoshkas/ trikes/ goldfish and the vans on aqua.)

    Random fact about me: my first language was Polish, I crave polka music and dance a pretty mean polka on the one or two occasions per decade I get the chance to strut my stuff! :)

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  166. Just became a follower with Google Reader. :)

    And how funny that my "weird word I had to type in" to post my last comment ended up being janom.... Sewing anyone? I have a cheapo machine, my friend LOVES her Janome... hmmm...

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  167. Awesome giveaway!

    I'm a long-time (40 years) seamstress, but beginner quilter. I'm currently taking my first quilting class, and I'm enjoying it so much!

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  168. Hi! I'm Elizabeth and I love to sew! :-) The kids don't always leave a lot of time for it, but I sew when I can.

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  169. I just became a follower via Google Friend Connect.

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  170. Hi! I'm Kaye and I'm just learning to sew. I'm mom to three wonderful teenage boys and three mostly wonderful cats. The cats are more work than the boys. LOL!

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  171. HI! I just became a follower!

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  172. I hope you were able to enjoy your time away! I have completed one quilt top and two rag quilts so far....I just received a quilt hoop for Christmas--so once I decide on the quilting design--I am going to finish that quilt!

    I have been doing more scrapbooking now--but find that it has opened up so many ideas and color combos for my quilting!~ I can't wait to get back to it!

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  173. I love to sew, and those fabrics are gorgeous!

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  174. Beautiful fabric.

    Let's see, about me...I'm a 30 something, who started quilting about 2 or so years ago. It's taken over my life. Much to the chagrin of my family :)

    So glad found your blog.

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  175. What a generous giveaway!
    No kids here, well...just three furry ones! Two cats and one dog.
    Sewing is in the blood I'm afraid, there's no escape!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Joanne
    cried2dream@gmail.com

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  176. Wonderful giveaway. I am a sporatic quilter. I have been making quilts with Bali Pops. I have also done some for Quilts for Kids.

    Thanks for a chance to win your wonderful fabrics.

    Debby
    deshacrafts75@yahoo.com

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  177. Am I too late?! Me me me!!!! I love me some Heather Ross... and you! xoxo

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