8/31/12

12 Days of Best Christmas Quilts Blog Tour

I am thrilled to be participating in the 12 Days of Best Christmas Quilts Blog Tour. If you are new to my blog - WELCOME!! This is where I share my crazy but crafty life as a mom, quilter, knitter, gardener and a deep love of books. I also have a podcast where I chat about all of that and more a few times a month: Crafty Garden Mom on iTunes.

I was so honored to have not one but two projects in Quilters Newsletter's special issue: Best Christmas Quilts. I’m so proud to be a part of this magazine as it is full of beautiful quilt patterns and projects for the holidays. Each of the 28 projects include step-by-step instructions. The issue went on sale on August 21st and is available at newsstands, fabric stores, and quilt shops around the country. It is not included in a QN subscription, but at $9.99 US/CAN for 28 patterns, what a value!




You'll find my first project, Selvage Christmas Tree Mug Rugs, on page 21. I have been intrigued and charmed by the colorful selvages that come in much of the quilt fabric on the market today. I've been saving a lot of it up to use in various projects but one day it struck me that little circles look like the bright Christmas ornaments we decorate the tree with every year. Why not add them as a fun element in a quilt project? This pattern is very simple to put together, as the tree is a foundation pieced block. These mug rugs will make great stocking stuffers and teacher gifts, so make a bunch up now and pull them out as the holiday season begins.

My second project, Christmas String, can be found on pages 22-23. This is a mini quilt using fusible applique (you could also hand applique these motifs on of course) and a simple embroidered backstich for the string and ornament hooks. I used a swirl motif for the free motion quilting in the background, and outlined each of the ornaments with black thread.

GIVEAWAY!!!

Quilter's Newsletter is making this holiday-themed blog tour even more merry by offering this fat quarter bundle of Star Flakes & Glitter by Tina Givens to one lucky winner.  



To enter, leave a friendly comment on this blog post before 11:59 pm MDT tonight, August 31, 2012, for a chance to win the fabric bundle! GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED I will draw one name at random. One comment per person, please. Open to those who haven’t won something from Quilter’s Newsletter in the last 90 days. Make sure you are not a no-reply commenter, or be sure to include your email address in the comment box so QN can contact you when you win!! The winner will be announced on this blog by 9/1.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by on the tour!

CGM

201 comments:

  1. Congrats on the projects being published. I can't wait to do the tree mug rug. WQhat a great use of those cute selvages.

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  2. Love the mug rugs.Cute! But also the little quilt is so sweet.

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  3. Tanesha - your two projects are wonderful! Congratulations on having your two projects published in a magazine...perhaps a book is next? :)

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  4. What a wonderful giveaway! And congratulations on being published!!! :)

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  5. Wonderful projects - I love the selvages as garlands!! Very creative :-)

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  6. Thanks for showing us your project and the magazine cover. That will make my search for the issue so much simpler.
    Sue

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  7. Congratulations! I'll look for that magazine.

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  8. Congratulations Tanesha! I love your projects. LOVE the striped binding on each. It really sets the project off. I am definitely going to have to buy this magazine. I have really enjoyed the Blog Tour with the magazines.

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  9. What a cute idea for using selvages...decorations on Christmas trees! Thanks for the chance!

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  10. Thanks for the chance of winning the fabric pack. Your Christmas wall hanging is adorable - nice and clean looking and I love the use of stripes on the binding.

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  11. Both projects are so great. Thanks for sharing your patterns in the magazine.

    diane-morse@sbcglobal.net

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  12. Adorable projects! I am excited to get this magazine.

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  13. Your Christmas tree coasters are darling! So glad you got the opportunity to be published.

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  14. Wow! Both projects are super cute! The quilting really sets them off! I just love, love the little trees with the selvages and you're right! They do look like ornaments! Wonderful job!
    hulseybg@gmail.com

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  15. I adore the whimsy of these two projects. What fun these would be to display during the holidays. I have got to get this magazine.
    quiltn6897@aol.com

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  16. WOW, both of your projects are awesome, I too will have to look for this magazine and start some of the projects as gifts.

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  17. So cute!!! Love the swirly quilting, especially.

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  18. I just love the Christmas String and the Selvage Christmas Mug Rugs. I'm just beginning to try to learn to quilt, and these sure did catch my eye. Love, love, love them both. Maybe I might try to do something like this, would be a great Christmas present, I think. Linda (nannylnda@charter.net)

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  19. What a wonderful project. Can't wait to see how it was made. Looking forward to getting the magazine.

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  20. So cute! Love the Christmas String because it looks like fun to make!
    Laura(gmomalaura@yahoo.com)

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  21. Love the Christmas tree mug rugs!

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  22. I love the projects that you made for the magazine! I glanced at your blog. What a wonderful job you are doing as a mother.

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  23. Your Christmas String project is absolutely darling & so original. Thanks for sharing your creativity with everyone!

    Cheryl

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  24. Really great contributions to the magazine and I listen to you on I Tunes.

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  25. I love your two projects! I can't wait to get the magazine.
    wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

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  26. Thiese two projects are my absolute favorites in the Xmas issue. Thank you for such great designs.

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  27. What is it about Christmas lights, no matter what shape, size or form brings a smile to my face? Adorable! Great use of 'scraps'!!!

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  28. I love your use of selvage, I just gave my five year old granddaughter all the selvage strips I was saving. She was here for a sewing vacation and they caught her eye. Wonder if I could get them back!

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  29. Both of these projects are very cute. I've been saving selvages, so I'll definitely be making a few mug rugs.

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  30. Love your use of selvages and the Christmas ornaments project!!

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  31. What a clever lady you are! The colored circles on selvages make great ornaments for your Christmas tree mug rugs. Thanks for getting us started thinking about holiday projects as there is never enough time to get everything made that I have on my list! tkmattson@hotmail.com

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  32. Finally - a way to use those selvages. I have been giving them to a member of our guild. Now I will have to save some for myself.

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  33. Tanesha, your projects are gorgeous! Clean looking and modern.

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  34. You can't go wrong with christmas anything!! congrats on a job well done!! tfd552000@yahoo.com

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  35. I love your work!!
    Eva Kasapi
    evankass@gmail.com

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  36. Congratulations!!
    I love your'Christmas String'!!

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  37. great idea to use up my stash thanks!!! memee49@yahoo.com

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  38. Love the use of the selvige strips on the mug rugs!

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  39. This is my first visit to your blog, but I must say it is not my last!! Thank you

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  40. 2 projects, way to go! love how that selvege looks like ornaments!! thanks fo ra chance at the fabric.

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  41. Wow - I love your blog and I now know that I'll be making the mug rugs as Christmas gifts!

    Beth

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  42. Love your CHristmas tree coasters! Very ingenious to use the selvage edge! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  43. What a cute design! Love it!

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  44. I didn't notice the selvages when I first looked the picture. I thought it was the pattern in the fabric. Now I have a use for all the selvages I save, just in case I need to match a color!

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  45. What a great idea for the trees!

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  46. What a wonderful idea, to use the selvage edges as the Christmas tree decorations! The quilted wallhanging is so cheerful and it really makes me excited to get going on Christmas quilting! Thanks.

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  47. Hi I am not big on decorating for Christmas but the sting of lights is too cute. I might want to hang that in my kitchen.
    glad to hear about your blog, Anna annapinkharley@aol.com

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  48. Those selvage mug rug trees are sooooo cute! Golfer543@comcast.net. - Beth

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  49. Love your style! Gotta save me some selvedges. I usually forget and they end up at the end of a strip.

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  50. Very cute designs. I love the whole issue.

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  51. Love the ideas, love the fabrics

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  52. This opens up a whole world of ideas for those selvedge strips! Love both projects. Thanks.

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  53. so cute-love the Christmas clothesline

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  54. very nice fabric. it's different that the usual colors.

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  55. The clothesline is great! It would look nice on the kitchen wall next to some muffins Christmas morning. Very cute idea. The little trees are just as cute .

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  56. Wow! Great use of selvages! I love the pretty colors in the give away fabric too.

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  57. thank you so much.... love these fabrics would be awesome to win them

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  58. Charming! Love all the yummy quilting!

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  59. So pretty! I love these colors! (ANY time of the year!)

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  60. Sooo cute!
    I really want to win!
    kboehner at gmail dot com

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  61. Love the mug rugs and the little quilt is so cute. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  62. I love your use of the selvages. Great idea.

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  63. I love the use of the selvages on the tree mug rugs. Thanks for the great idea!
    Jane
    janeleph@yahoo.com

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  64. Very nice, I would love more fabric. :-)

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  65. Hi, love your work Tanesha !!!They are so gorgeous! Both are very cute!! Will love to win those wonderful fat quarter bundle, because here in Argentina we can´t buy it!! Thanks for this giveaway!!

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  66. I'm so glad they included you on the tour. It was like coming home to myself. I love your site. I bookmarked you so I can come back and I'll find you on Facebook! Happy living to you! Kim kimpe@izoom.net

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  67. It's a lovely quilt -- thanks for hosting the give-away
    mrfbrown@yahoo.com

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  68. I love the simplicity of this quilt! It is a wow!!!!

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  69. Wow I really like this quilt!!! So bright and pretty. Thanks for giving us a chance to win.... bpfrimmer@yahoo.com

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  70. Best I've seen on this blog hop! Can't wait to clean my craft area and try something like this!!!

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  71. Christmas String is just so cute. That is a lovely design for a wall hanging. And the way you used selvage pieces to decorate the trees is cool. Really sweet projects. Thank you.

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  72. I love the mug rugs....amazing what can be done with the selvage of fabric! Christmas string is great....love the simplicity of it!

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  73. I love the mug rugs! So cute!

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  74. your mug rugs & wall quilt are delightful, if I should win the fabric email me at enderbygrandma@hotmail.com

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  75. Very clever designs! I hope to win because I need to get started on Christmas quilting.

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  76. Mug rugs could also be ornaments!
    kathygarringer@gmail.com

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  77. Mug rugs could also be ornaments!
    kathygarringer@gmail.com

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  78. Very cute ideas. I always through my salvage away. Guess I better start watching for them. Congrats on 2 projects in the magazine. Love the fabric in the give away.

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  79. What a unique and charming idea! Who would have thought!!!
    carolyemola@hotmail.com

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  80. Congrats On the projects! Love your podcast and blog. Well be getting this mag this weekend!

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  81. Love the simplicity of the wall quilt--nicely done! And mug rugs out of selvages?! Too cute...who would've thunk it?! Thanks for sharing your great ideas and participating in the give-away. bverburg@juno.com

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  82. Wow! Eyepopping eye candy!! The picture and the mug rugs definitely got my attention. I'm going to look some more at your blog too.
    Claudia Curtis claudave@cableone.net

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  83. Lovely job. Loving the mug rugs. Using the salvages is so clever.TFS!

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  84. I love this project! You did a great job.

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  85. Kudos to you! Love both of your projects and am collecting selvages as well - Blessings, Terri - huffmanterri@gmail.com

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  86. I love the mug rugs and darling little quilt. What a great use of those selvedge edges! They have fascinated me, too. I usually give them to my granddaughter, and she uses them in her art creations. She's 6. But now, I think I'll keep a few for myself.

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  88. Such cute projects! I love that the Tina Givens fabrics are so fresh and non-traditional - perfect for the contemporary-minded.
    Email: donnlaw@comcast.net

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  89. Always nice to find something to do with the throwaways!

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  90. I've been seeing some fun uses of selvages, but your idea is really cute! Love the quilt, too. Thanks. (typo in 1st post, can't fix it, sorry about delete. Have a great weekend!)

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  91. I always appreciate anyone who works from scraps! It's like making something from nothing! Nice work!
    janevancho@comcast.net

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  92. Wow, congrats on being published. How fun is that. Love the projects.

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  93. Great ideas!
    Deb S(shupefamily@enter.net)

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  94. I love your Christmas String! Very fun and festive.

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  95. I really do like the two patterns. I need to buy the magazine next time I am at our quilt store. I want to make the patterns as Christmas giveaways and need to get started --- soooonnnn...

    Brenda at beg6brg@msn.com

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  96. What a clever idea for the selvages! Too cute! The santa ornament just makes me smile!

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  97. the coasters were really cute and love the wall hanging.
    thanks for the chance to win the fabric

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  98. I loveeee your work. They make me happy.

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  99. Love the mug rugs - how cute is that

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  100. I'm reminded by your work of how good primary colors look against a solid white background. With all the wonderful blenders we now have, I think we sometimes forget the power of pure white. Lovely lovely work.

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  101. The mug rugs will make great gifts

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  102. I love both of your projects - they are adorable!

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  103. Both of these projects are cute. I have been saving the selvage dots because I saw them in another project, but this one is even cuter.

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  104. The trees are really cute and that wallhanging is going on my to-do list, that little elf is just adorable. Thanks.

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  105. Oh my goodness, your projects are adorable! I can't wait to get my copy of Quilter's Newsletter!!! Thanks sew much for this chance to win :-)

    back2loghome@yahoo.com

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  106. These are soo cute. Would love to make them.
    Grandma Kay Jones
    k_rjones222@msn.com

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  107. Such a cute use for selvages!!! Good work :)

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  108. I love these whimsical projects. I plan to make the mug rugs as gifts this coming Christmas.
    Carol Sharman
    sharmand@shaw.ca

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  109. I love those little mug rugs! They would make really nice gifts for my quilty friends. :)

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  110. Such cute projects. Would be a great birthday present to win the giveaway.

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  111. Love the mug rugs. So creative to use the selvage as decoration for the tree.

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  112. I love your idea of using the selvedge as the trim on the trees!

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  113. Such cute mug rugs! Love the use of the selvage for the decorations.

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  114. Love them both - Christmas is my time of year! Vickie at tnvwiens@yahoo.com

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  115. I love both your Christmas projects - the selvage is an adorable use of these and thanks for the idea as a christmas tree and i love the Christmas String - very striking

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  116. Congratulations on having your patterns chosen for the magazine, they're both so cute, hope you'll have more patterns published in the near future.
    I just bought the magazine today at my LQS, can't wait to have time to sit at my machine and do some quilting, I love the fast and easy projects. Also those Fat Quarters are fabulous, sure would look good in one of my projects, thanks for the great giveaway.

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  117. I am just about out of fabric using scraps to make your adorable items and need more for Christmas gifts!

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  118. thanks for the great pattern and giveaway.

    Nicki

    nawrot4@yahoo.ca

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  119. I love your designs and I love the fabric.

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  120. Both of your Christmas projects look fun..also cute. fabric for the giveaway.
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  121. Such cute and do-able projects. Love the fabric too~

    only1cy@bellsouth.net

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  122. Way to go! I loved these the first time you showed them to us and I love them still!

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  123. How nice you had two projects published in the magazine! Congratulations and great projects too!!

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  124. Cute, cute stuff - really want to make both for the holidays!

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  125. Adorable - makes me want to get started on Christmas fun stuff!

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  126. Nice projects just in time for the holiday sewing. Love the idea and will work great with those fabrics. Oh if it could make it into my stocking :) Happy holidays

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  127. Cute projects for the holidays. Winning that fabric would be great!

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  128. Congratulations on being published! I've never thought of saving my selvages, looks like something I need to start doing. Thanks for sharing and for the chance at your giveaway.

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  129. I absolutely love those selvage christmas tree mats! So very creative. I'd love to win that Christmas bundle.

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  130. I like the idea of using fabric selvage for the Christmas tree trim! Good luck on more successful pattern publishing.

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  131. Cute projects. Love to be able to use the selvage.

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  132. These projects are very cute ones for Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway and sharing your designs. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  133. Beautiful, you are getting me into the mood. I need to start with my Christmas presents before to long. Thanks for the giveaway, hope I am lucky.

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  134. So lovely and fresh! Very creative use of selvedges in your sweet mug rugs. Looks like Christmas came early this year! And it's cold here in Oz so feels especially appropriate.

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  135. Love the projects they are so cute and looks like could be completed quickly as well.

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  136. I LOVE your great idea for using those colorful selvages!
    Godon123@aol.com

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  138. I'm sorry but I had to remove my last comment as I'd neglected to leave my email address as requested.

    Both of your projects I fell in love with as I was flipping through my magazine. I think they are just wonderful. Using the selvage is adorable on the mug rugs. What a great idea to use it that way.


    vburr at charter dot net

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  139. I love the mini quilt. The quilting is great! So many ideas.

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  140. Ahhh! I made a small wallhanging like the coasters! So cool! (howdyfolk at gmail dot com)

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  141. Oh how cute! What great projects to get the holiday's started.. Thanks

    Arlene
    bellenme@aol.com

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  142. Tanesha, congratulations on having your projects published. The Christmas String and the Salvage mug rugs are awesome projects for gift giving. Thanks for sharing, happy stitching!!

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  143. Such cute projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  144. I really like the Christmas String because it is Christmas without being fussy and that fits my lifestyle. The fabrics that are being given away are great especially the green & purple ones.

    thelady at hotmail dot com

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  145. Thank you so much for sharing your designs! I finally got a chance to pick up the magazine today :) I will definitely be making the Christmas String and the mug rugs!!
    tuna48858@yahoo.com

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  146. Love your podcast Tanesha!

    jenny f at q dot com

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  147. Tanesha love the coasters and will definifely pick up the magazine since im a subscriber and you are a published friend. Cingrats!

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  148. Congratulations on your projects being published! I love your choice of fabric and patterns. Hope I can find the magazine soon! I've looked everywhere!!! bmoubray@yahoo.com

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  149. Wow!! I love both of them. Will have to look for the magazine. Congratulations on having 2 projects in the magazine.
    Louise
    louisegerould@charter.net

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  150. I love the coasters, I am always looking for quick fun holiday projects!

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  151. I love the way you used the selvedges in the coasters. I like your wall hanging too, it is so bright and cheery. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  152. What great projects! And I love how you used the selvages to make the tree ornaments! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  153. Love the way you used the selvedges for the trees! Thanks for the chance to win

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  154. Such a wonderful idea using the selvage strips in the coasters! They look like little Christmas Lights! Love the wall hanging too!

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  155. Love the Christmas tree mug rugs.

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  156. Your projects are stunning! Thank you for the opportunity! awolk at rogers dot com

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  157. I fell in love with this magazine as soon as I opened it! I adore your Christmas Strings, very whimsical. takr26@hotmail.com

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  158. What great designs and use of color! You are so talented!

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  159. Your wallhanging is terrific.

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  160. love the wall hanging...very cute

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  161. Congratulations, Tanesha, for being published. I loved that ornament wall hanging when you showed it to us last year. I'm so glad that you are releasing a pattern.

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  162. I love your quilt! It is so adorable and festive for Christmas! Thank you for sharing it with us!
    Godspeed,
    mary

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  163. Love your idea of the ornaments with the selveges! So clever!

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  164. What a creative idea to use the selvages as garland!! WOW! Thank you so much for the chance at the giveaway!

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  165. Great projects for the holidays! I love the little trees with the selveges of fabrics. I have been saving them for awhile but had not done anything yet. This is perfect!

    Dblenickel@comcast.net


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  166. Love that these projects won't take months to complete. Can always use small non-complicated projects for those last minute gifts.

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  167. Wow!!! Your projects are striking! I loved seeing them on Day 10. Have a wonderful Blue Moon evening. There won't be another one until 2015.

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  168. I just started saving selvages. I love these trees!!! Looks like a great Quilter's Newsletter and a fabulous giveaway. I'd love to jump start my Christmas projects :)

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  169. Especially like the mug rugs! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  170. Great use of colorful selvages--makes such fun trees! Very creative, thx. Barb
    mizippipete@comcast.net

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  171. Congratulations - love the giveaway!!!

    Thank you

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  172. What a great idea for the mug rugs. I am always looking for ways to make something out of nothing and this idea is a keeper.

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  173. What a creative way to use selvages. Adorable!

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  174. I love your use of selvages in the coasters, very creative. I also love how eye catching the bindings are on both the wallhanging and the mug rugs. Congratulations on being published!

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  175. Cute idea for the selvages. This is one I think I would do. Congratulations on being included in a wonderful magazine.

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  176. Your work is so neat!!! I need more practice :(

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  177. Wow what a cute wall hanging the santa is just too cute. I like the tree coasters. Diane I

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  178. So cute! And, I love the tree coasters, using the selvages--so clever!

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  179. Love the coasters! I need to get my own copy :)

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