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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway + Newsletter Announcement

*The giveaway is now closed and the winner is Rina. She has been emailed. Congrats!*

Today is a special day - I've been blogging here for 5 years! I recently looked back through my posts (right sidebar) to see how my blogging has changed. Believe it or not... here's my first post! I've made friends, hosted blog hops and quilt-a-longs, written tutorials, and created many things. Blogging to me is about keeping track of all of my makes and methods but also interacting with the community involved. I started out with just my sister reading (hi Ris!) but I got a lot more chatty with the CJMQG, other bloggers, and Instagrammers.


I love contributing to this community, and I love writing. As a result, I'm starting a bi-monthly newsletter, The Wonky Press! The first issue will go out on October 1st. If you'd like to hear more about it, I'll be back later this week to explain (two things I can guarantee: exclusive content related to modern quilting and community involvement!). If you'd like to sign up for the mailing list right now, you can!






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Giveaway

This year I'm offering a handmade giveaway that is similar to last year's; I'll make you a mini quilt based on your color and design choices!


Details: The mini quilt can be any size up to 20". I'll send it by the end of the year. This giveaway is open internationally. These are pictures of several minis from this year:






To enter: Please leave a comment about what kind of mini quilt you would want (Size? Improvisation? Curves? Quilt-as-you-go? A certain pattern? Quilter's [my] choice? Dense or not-dense quilting? Which colors?). If you enter, please give it some thought. :) You can answer any of the questions - I can't wait to read about it.

You can have a second chance at the giveaway if you follow me - just let me know how in a second comment. I'll close the giveaway on 9/22 at 8 PM when I choose a winner by Random Number Generator. I will email the winner (so make sure you leave your email if it isn't linked to your account)

Thank you for being such a wonderful community to be a part of!

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119 comments:

  1. Please exclude me from this giveaway, as I'm already the happy recipient of two of your quilts! But I wanted to say yay! How awesome five years! Congratulations! ...and is your mailing address supposed to show up when I subscribe to your newsletter?

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  2. Congratulations, how awesome 5 years. I'd love to have a Quilter's choice, it would be great to receive a small quilt made by you.

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  3. Congrats! 5 years is a big accomplishment! I'd love to win one of your quilts! I love all of your work so I will leave the pattern/design up to quilters choice. I love yellows grays and oranges together as they were my wedding colors, I also love blues teals and purples together (think peacock) but I love all colors brights and neutrals, just not particularly fond of red or green! I'd love a densely quilted mini but I definitely know the time and work that requires! Thanks for the opportunity! My email is Luv2FollowChrist@yahoo.com

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  4. Also, I follow you on Instagram! I'm @Stand4da96 and my email address is Luv2FollowChrist@yahoo.com thanks for such an awesome giveaway and congrats on such an accomplishment over the past 5 years!

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  5. Congratulations on your five year blogiversary, may you have many more. I'd love to win one of your mini quilts, size wise I think 16" is a nice size, I like improv rectangles, squares and triangles, Gees Bend inspired, the quilting could be organic lines and organic echo quilting, fairly dense, and well, my favourite colour is blue, all shades of it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  6. Hi Jess. Happy blogiversary! I would love to win a mini. I love bright colours, but think candy, not primary colours. I tend to like cool colours more than warm with the exception of pink but I love a rainbow. I think curves are awesome because I don't really see the myself. Other than that if I were lucky enough to win I'd leave it up to you. That's part of the fun right? I also love surprises 😉

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  7. I am now following you on IG, I'm @mizrini

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  8. I like curves and modern quilts. Yellow, green are favorite colors.

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  9. Easy peasy. Anna Maria Horner and orange peels. Because i love the quilts you have shown.

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    \outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 Congratulations for celebrating five fabulous years!!! Wow and what a generous prize!! All of the quilt you have shown in this post are gorgeous!! If I were the lucky recipient, I would love one that had colours of purple, teal (or Aqua), and a cream or grey. You are quite skilled at Improvisation, but I'd prefer curves and dense quilting. Winning would be a real thrill and we can work out the details after. Thanks for the chance!!}

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  11. I am following you via Bloglovin and IG, thanks again... You are a sweetie!!

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  12. you are so generous! Congrats on 5 years!
    If I were to win I would love a quilt that utilized jewel tones, deep saturated colours and then a back ground of low volume/multi neutrals... I also love the idea of a medallion quilt design... I enjoy dense quilting.... honestly anything you make is fantabulous!! thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. Congratulations friend! I'm so honored to have a piece of your artwork hanging in my office where I can look at it every day <3 I love it so much!

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  14. Oops, it looks like my first comment didn't publish ... Let me try again. If I were lucky enough to win, I'd love a quilt of your choice--something that you think represents you and your quilting style. Congratulations on your fifth blogiversary. Woo hoo!

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  15. Congratulations on your fifth year! If I were to win one of the mini-quilts, I would pick quilter's design, but request the use of Allegory Story fabric collection by Windham. I'm in love with this collection and would love something made just for me, by you!

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  16. Happy Blogiversary!!! Many Blessings ahead!! :)

    Ooooh..I love your Rainbow of Pearls!!! Also the Teal Peek! Your are soooooo talented!!! thanks for chance to win something you have made! It would be a special Treasure to me.

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  17. Congratulations on 5 years! I'd love to have one of your mini quilts in red white and blue, featuring stars and strips!

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  18. I would Love a mini made by you! I'd go with Quilter's Choice! I love low volume- especially text prints. I'm not crazy about pink or purple but all other colors are a go! As to the quilting I think that should be Quilter's choice as well. If you love it, I'll love it!!☺️

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  19. I would love a mini quilt. All I ask is red, red, and red! Any style or size or type--just red! :)
    TheEclecticAbuela@gmail.com

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  20. Congratulations on your 5 year blogiversary. Here's to staying power. I like saturated rich colors and creativity. My choice of a mini would be Quilter's Choice as I want to give room for creativity and free flowing thoughts. Thanks for such a personal give away. I would love to own one of your mini quilts.

    tushaythreeatyahoodotcom

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  21. I follow you via Bloglovin.

    tushaythreeatyahoodotcom

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  22. Your sunrise mini makes my heart sing, so I would say quilter's choice! :) karenalindellatyahoodotcom

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  23. Hi Jess! Congratulations! I love your work! If I would be the lucky one to win, I would love to have a mini quilt that 'looks and reminds of you'...so that could be some orange peeles on your favourite, rich colours! Thank you for a fantastic give away! x Teje
    nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. You may consider yourself new to quilting, but you have a fresh take on it that I just admire. I would just love to have a mini version of your Cascade Pebbles quilt. It is probably my favorite quilt made by anyone ever! So peaceful, and I can almost hear the water flowing just looking at it! I think it would be fabulous with aquas and grays and that fabulous pebble and matchstick quilting you do. Maybe 14 - 16" x 20". Yep, I can just make it out in my mind's eye.

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  25. I follow you by Bloglovin. x Teje
    nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Congratulations to your 5 years! And wow, what an amazing give away! I would love your choice as all the things you make are just lovely. Colorwise: I am a blue and purple girl.
    Thanks so much!

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  27. As far as I'm concerned, your signature design is orange peels. Eep! I would love an orange peel mini in shades of yellows, reds, and greens.

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  28. I follow via IG and Bloglovin'. Pick me, pick me, PICK ME!

    Thank you for the time and effort you put into blogging. I know some people think blogging is done with (fools!), but the thoughtful writing you post here instructs, inspires, and tests our creating in good ways. I would not be where I am today with my craft if it weren't for quilty bloggers like yourself. : )

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  29. congratulations on 5 years blogging! Reading that made me realise I had my 5-year blogoversary last month but completely forgot! I'd love to win a handmade mini, made by you! I'd definitely go for dense quilting as I love your quilting. The design would be your choice as I like your aesthetic, but I'd ask you to stay away from hexies as I don't like them, also prints by Tula and AMH as I'm not a fan. I love blues and greens, but I also like red. Not pink, though pink in a rainbow or graduation of colour is fine!

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  30. Congrats on 5 years! That is a huge accomplishment. I would love a rainbow of colors but the pattern of your choice. Your work is beautiful!

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  31. Many congratulations Jess! You know I love reading your blog :-) I would choose your amazing improvised piecing, orange peels, Anna Maria Horner and of course your brilliant quilting!

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  32. Congratulations on 5 years! I'd be happy with anything you created! You have such a flair for color/design. I don't own any mini quilts so one made by you would be a great start to a new collection of hand-made originals. Thanks for the generous giveaway! akronne17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. Congrats on 5 years! Your orange peel quilt along last summer inspired me to make a fun Dr. Who baby quilt for my niece's little guy. I didn't get it done in time to participate, but I finished it earlier this spring. Thank you! I would love a mini made by you--I would choose orange peels--with your choice on design. I love color--especially striking contrasts. I love your rainbow of pearls above.

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  34. I would love a mini designed by you, thanks for the chance to win. I would want you to make whatever you felt inspired to make. I love dense quilting and tons of color.

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  35. Congratulations on the five year mark! You write a wonderful blog!

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  36. And of course I follow you! On bloglovin. I'd love a mini quilt of your choice since I could use a little purple in my life!

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  37. Congratulations on your first five years!!! I would love a mini quilt that uses my favourite mix of colours which is aqua and red, with a little white and navy thrown in maybe. My favourite fabric designers are Bonnie and Camille because they make such 'happy' fabric. I love applique, curves, dresdens, and free motion quilting (I struggle with the quilting side myself). Thank you for a fun giveaway.

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  38. I am already a happy Bloglovin follower. x

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  39. Love all your mini's, super cute! Love the dense quilting and the improv. Hmm something red orange yellow green and blue. Okay rainbow, bright! Fun! All the things you do best! Thanks for your blog! Congrats on 5 years.

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  40. i follow quilty habit on blog lovin'.

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  41. i would love a rainbow mini 20X20. thanks for the chance to win.

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  42. Congrats on 5 years...does it seem that long in a whirlwind of quilting? This is a super-awesome giveaway, because your mini will be one-of-a-kind! I'd want to put the mini on my quilt room wall so that I can see it and be inspired! I love blue and you love purple, so I'd want your interpretation of blue meeting purple and deciding it would like to be purple (maybe if only for a day?) :) Your choice on size and quilting. I love your quilting, and I know that sometimes the finished top tells you how it needs to be quilted, so you need to do what it tells you! Best wishes for the next 5 years and beyond...

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  43. Your Sunrise mini quilt is awesome. I'd like something like that with the orange peels.

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  44. I love your handmade giveaways!! I am always envious of the winners :) I love aquas and greens, white, greys, navy blues.... Curves are cool, so are orange peels - any designer, any quilting!! I would just be thrilled to have one of your creations!!!

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  45. Oh my gosh. I rarely enter giveaways but this is an amazing offer!!!!! You are so generous! The fun thing about mini's that you get from someone else, is to let the artist shine through. So I wouldn't want to micromanage your creative genius ;) But, since you asked I would love for a mini with some crazy improv curves and some amazing FMQing including pebbles. I've never tried pebbles on my own and am dying to hang some up in my sewing room. I love aqua and coral colors and don't love when things get toooooo busy. Thanks again for this wonderful giveaway.

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  46. Following via Bloglovin

    clemonssarah7 at gmail dot com

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  47. Congratulations on 5 years! That's a milestone that needs celebrating. I would be honored to own one of your mini quilts and would consider myself extremely lucky if I were the winner. I like bright happy colors that make you smile no matter how rotten the day. As far as forms and shapes I'm open to anything. Rina

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  48. I've got you covered via blogger and Bloglovin but am headed to Instagram to follow you there also.

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  49. Oh wow! loving this giveaway I also love scraps and making up as you go not one for rules so anything would be fabulous loving brights all the colors of the rainbow and also chocolate too!.

    clemonssarah7 at gmail dot com

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  50. Congratulations!
    I'd love a Quilters Choice mini quilt!!

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  51. Oh my word, what an amazing thing to consider. Because it is you, I would say, orange peels, or designs created from orange peels such as your Rainbow of Pearls configuration. I love Anna Maria Horner, pretty much any and all. I like deep, rich shades, and even her blues and purples have a warmth to them, don't you think? I am so impressed by your dense quilting--and am worlds away from even attempting it--so if I won, I'd be thrilled to receive something quilted pretty heavily, especially since it will be displayed on my wall, as the artwork it is.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway, but mostly for the time and effort you put into this blog. It really does bring a lot to my days. I live on a farm on the West Coast, without a lot of contact with other quilters, and your "visits" inspire me and make me smile. A warm hello to your sister, too--how is she liking school?

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  52. I follow you via email: wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  53. Wow, I really have to enter to this giveaway. Bright, rainbow colours, orange peels and your wonderful quilting. Swirls. Those would be great.

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  54. Congratulations on you anniversary! 5 yrs is a long time! If I won I would pick rainbow colors and a swirly quilting! Thank you for the opportunity!
    Carol S
    Sandyzoo45@comcast.net

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  55. I follow your blog. By email.
    Carol S.
    Sandyzoo45@comcast.net

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  56. Congratulations on 5 years and more to come!!

    I do follow your blog by email and if I win , Teal Peek will be my choice.Thanks.

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  57. Congrats on five years!
    I've been blogging for six years - time fly's by and I enjoy re-reading some of my older posts - brings up some memories.
    If I win... So many directions. I love turquoise and aqua colors but I would like to play with tone on tone using japanese yarn dyed fabrics -- maybe with some three-dimensional features, maybe some sashiko hand-stitching.
    I also love to fly and would enjoy a bird's eye view up there with quilting taking care of the rectangular houses and straight and curvy roads.
    I would enjoy anything you dreamed up - incredible offer on your part.
    I will add, I just won a two year blogaversary prize which was amazing and I made something for the giver as a second thank you.

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  58. Congratulations! What a wonderful milestone!
    If I win, i would like something along the lines of the Rainbow of Pearls. I like blues and purples, with medium density quilting. I like traditional themes, like stars.

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  59. Five years! That's so great. Thanks for inviting us to be part of your celebration! I would love a mini quilt, your choice! Thanks, and congratulations!

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  60. I would love something with cheery colors, maybe red, yellow, green and whites, something like your rainbow of pearls colors, also I like curves. I am now confined at home mostly, but I won't let Lupus win ! :) So I would love something happy!

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  61. I am definitely going to have something fit for a newborn baby...perhaps something neutral because I would be learning my baby's gender next month :)

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  62. Thank you for the opportunity. I would love something that combines black & white low-volume fabrics (especially with text, numbers, etc.) with teal (blue/green) and purples. I like your improv orange peels, and that's something I'd probably never do for myself because I don't like to do applique. I'd love to have the peels be colorful and the background to be pieced B&W and low-volume more muted colors.

    I would want a rectangular quilt rather than square, and I'm sure I can find space on my sewing room wall for whatever size/dimensions it ends up.

    Thank you again! I know whoever wins this will be thrilled with whatever you make! Congrats on your five years!

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  63. Congratulations! What a lovely idea and way to celebrate! It would be a pleasure to have a mini made by you. I particularly like "Wanderer" but I would prefer to let you choose what inspires you at the moment.

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  64. Congratulations on your blogiversary! So generous of you to offer to make a mini. If I won, I would love something your choice, with lots of quilting, in either rainbow or "beachy" colors (my sewing room has mostly sand-colored walls with one nice bright teal-y blue).

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  65. Congrats on 5 years! I would love a quilters choice quilt with rainbow colors. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  66. I have been happily following with GFC.

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  67. Congratulations! I'd love an orange peel mini because if I'm going to win something from you, I'd love it to be something that's very "you." Same goes for the quilting; I usually prefer less dense quilting, but I'd like to see some of your quilting in person. I especially like when you write words into the quilting. Thanks!

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  68. I follow you on Bloglovin' and IG. Thanks!

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  69. I like the sunrise quilt but would like deep fall colors and olive green leaves. Thank you!

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  70. Would love an imrovised quilt infresh colors (turquoise, lime, orange) as I would love to do some impov quilting myself.

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  71. I love your "Wanderer" and purple and pale green would suit me fine. If I don't win I might just improvise something with those colours anyway. Unfortunately, I have more ideas in my head than there are hours in the day!

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  72. I follow you by email, but I've also copied your blog address into my blogger list; that way posts are easier to read on my iPad.

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  73. Congratulations!!! Your giveaway is really fun! I would choose something modern, colorful, and must include my favorite color, purple! And you wouldn't have to bind it because I'd turn it into a pillow to be used by our ever expanding family:)

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  74. Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for the fun giveaway. If I were to win one of your pretty minis, I think I'd like something rainbow or at least in shades of blues and purples and I really like your orange peels - I've never done orange peels. I love your rainbow of pearls.

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    Congratulations! If I were to win I think I would choose X marks the spot.or maybe Sunripe or Rainbow...all are beautiful!.

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  76. Congratulations - I am a devoted follower on blogger

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  77. I love them all but Rainbow of pearls us definitely for me!

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  78. Oh, I love the top one, the sunrise mini :-) My colour palette tends to be pink, purple, grey, blue...

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  79. Jess, I love Cloud Atlas too! My ideal mini quilt would be of Sonoran desert sunset colors, hot, warm and bold w/a some turquoise in the mix as that's my favorite Arizona gem:) Oranges, coral, reds, golds, citron . Quilters choice, not so dense...serene like.
    Thank you that is so generous. Happy 5th~

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  80. Jess I'm a follower via email.
    ALso sub'd to your Wonky Press bi-monthly news! Cant wait to read Octobers first. Thank you again.
    Diane

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  81. Congratulations on reaching such a big blogging milestone! I really love your color sense and would be thrilled with anything you come up with. Original designs (including improvisation) are always my favorite.

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  82. I enjoy following you on bloglovin

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  83. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! I enjoy reading your posts! I would like a mini with words on it like the wooden letter words I have up on my wall over the closet doors. I have 'Dream' in pearly white, 'Create' in limey green, and 'Sew' in teal. I may not put the wooden letters up in my next sewing space, so it would be great to have them on a mini quilt.

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  84. Just saw I forgot to say I follow your already too...thru Bloglovin & Email both :)

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  85. Awesome! Congrats on 5 years!!! I really want to learn to quilt as you go. I think a mini quilt would be an awesome way to start. I find that after I have finished a project, but need to quilt it, my steam seems to be gone. I think quilt as you go might help me with that. Thanks for the chance.

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  86. I follow you on blog reader and of course IG good luck, looking forward to seeing your newsletter.
    Would love one of your famous Orange peel mini quilts, beachy colors would be great.

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  87. I follow you on blog reader, IG and look forward to reading your newsletter. I would love to win one of your famous orange peel mini quilts, think beachy colors. :-) thanks

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  88. I follow by email and facebook. Excited about the give-a-way. Thanks

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  89. If I should be so blessed as to win The 20" is perfect. I prefer shabby chic style of some sort in teals, browns and maybe a little pink. This will be placed at the head of my 3/4 iron bed and posted on my blog. Oh, I think I just got a little ahead of myself. Talk about the power of positive thinking. 8-)).
    Congratulation on the 5th anniversary of you blog. I see many more coming. Oh to be young again.

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  90. The string of pearls is very nice in a 20" in yellows, oranges, and red. 5 years is awesome!!!

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  91. I follow with email. Then again a nice new pattern design of a yellow sun peeking up from a corner sending off rays of oranges, and reds with a greenish background would be fun and interesting.

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  92. congratulations on 5 years! I love all the different rainbow designs ... Flying geese, circles hexes, anything. thank you for the chance to win.

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