Thursday, July 14, 2016

ode to the trees {paper obsessed giveaway}

It's my stop on the Paper Obsessed blog tour, and I figured I'd share a little something old and new.  Or, more specifically, something Ode.  You see, when Heather first told me last year about her new line about all things paper, my mind immediately went to the trees... those luscious, leafy green givers of fresh air, shade, the seasons, and of course, paper.


The design started off as a play on a row quilt, with trees both small and tall.  You know, because it is "Ode to the Trees" after all.  But I couldn't help but add in a few doodle blocks, like this one, which I call "scratch":


Then, as I was thinking about today's tour, I decided to test out another hack.  I have to say, no offense to the trees, but "scratch" has quickly become one of my favorite blocks from this design.  It's got such potential for movement, and Heather's line has the perfect range of grays to do the trick (with spot-on pops of color in that black print, I have to say!):


I enlarged the original pattern by 190% (similar to what I did with the trees, but even bigger :: hop on over here for instructions on how to enlarge paper piecing designs using a simple print feature!).


And because I can't make just one, I have big plans to turn this newly enlarged 9.5" x ~23" block into this...

At 190%, this particular layout would finish around 45" x 60".

Because paper's for doodles and chicken scratch too, right?

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you'll follow along here to keep up on my hack progress, and along with the rest of the tour to see some more amazing makes from fellow Paper Obsessed peeps!

July 12 Windham Fabrics :: http://windhamfabrics.wordpress.com
July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/
July 14 Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts ::  http://www.nohatsinthehouse.com/
July 15 Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine ::  http://uppercasemagazine.com/blog/
July 16 Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing :: http://onegirlcircus.com/
July 17 Jenny Leisure / David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/
July 18 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio :: http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/blog
July 19 Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography :: http://oartooar.com/
July 20 Annie Unrein of By Annie’s :: http://byanniecom.blogspot.com/
July 21 Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts :: https://materialgirlquilts.com/
July 22 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness :: http://sewsweetness.com/blog
July 23 Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce :: http://www.instagram.com/giucy_giuce
July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/
July 25 Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine :: https://twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com
July 26 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate ::  https://blog.crimsontate.com/

And because Heather and Windham are so very generous, there's lots of goodies in store along the way!  For a chance to win some Paper Obsessed FQs, a copy of Ode, and a whole bunch of swag, leave a comment and tell me what *your* current obsession is!  I'll choose a random winner on July 27, after the tour has come full circle ;o)

xo

Sarah

 

105 comments:

  1. My current obsession is hexies! But my on going, long term obsession will always be fabric and I love the paper obsessed fabric! Thank you for a chance to win!

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  2. What an amazing picture and quilt! I always love hearing about your design inspiration. :) I'm obsessed with cobalt blue and buying fabrics in that range.

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  3. It seems to be collecting modern fabric. And sewing with it a little bit. I love your fish patterns. I bought the pattern from Heather at Quitcon and now I need to find the time to make some. So fun.

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  4. Love your design (as usual). I don't currently have an obsession, I'm in a major sewing funk. Hoping to find my way out of it soon!!

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  5. I love all thing foxes! I have tons of fox fabric but not enough time to do something with all of it. What a problem to have!! :)

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  6. My current obsession seems to be text prints - which kindof fits with Heather's new line! It seems like text prints go with everything!

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  7. My current obsession is beachy blanket things! Gotta get that done before summer is over, ha ha! Love paper airplanes too!

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  8. Current obsession is trying to learn how to quilt. And How to do it as you go. Love your fish pattern, very avantgarde. My daughters love it too!

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  9. Fabric, fabric and more fabric!!! Currently obsessed with making picnic quilts!!

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  10. Sewing up tons of doll and stuffed animal friends!

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  11. I love garlic! It is incredibly cute and delicious and fun to draw. Thanks for sharing your awesome work.

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  12. What a striking design! I've been obsessed with making wedding pew bows lately but now I'm on to searching for the perfect block for my upcoming Bee (when I'm the Queen). It needs to be scrappy. Any ideas? sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  13. My current obsession is starting Christmas gift sewing. Love your project.

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  14. Hi Sarah! Great quilt - love it! Goes so well with the fabric!!! My current obession (besides paper boxes) is Christmas in July - going off on a retreat with several other obsessed ladies - we will be caroling and indulging our passions of Christmas delights!!! (I can proudly say I made all my gifts!!!) mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Hi i'm obsessed with scrap quilts right now and boy do i have scraps..lol....happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  16. My quilt obsession is Illusion quilts. My personal obsession is Humming birds. Love those birds.

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  17. WHAT BEAUTIFUL DESIGNING+QUILTING! THANKS FOR SHARING! I'M INTO 30 DEGREE BLOCK PATTERNS RIGHT NOW>WORKING ON A BABY CHARITY QUILT OF THESE! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  18. My current obsession is applique. I have been piecing for 25 years, and have a stack of applique patterns saved up, so I took the plunge-an applique class,. I like it and applique is a great reason to buy more thread.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  19. After finishing up some projects that others needed help with, I'm ready to get rolling on my own projects! I have several paper piecing projects in the works and after bringing home your cute fish pattern from QuiltCon, I'm determined to make some of those cuties yet this summer :)

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  20. I don't know if it is an obsession but I'd really like to finish the Swoon that I have been working on for quite awhile.

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  21. I keep making minis instead of finishing quilts. I also love every churn dash pattern I see.

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  22. Not quilting related, but my current obsession is Outlander. I'm catching up on season 2.

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  23. My current obsession is finishing off UFOs. 6 down, 15(I think) to go

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  24. I am Obsessed with new techniques at the moment and when you said above 'doodle blocks' my heart skipped a beat! I can doodle block my new obsessions all the way... Here I am looking at too many quilts stuck with which new technique to use first, (and when I say obsessed I mean there are many!!) I can use them all! I have paper obsessed girls all wanting quilts in Heathers fabric over their laps as they endlessly doodle in their notebooks.

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  25. I'm currently obsessed with making baby quilts from 2 ½" squares. I've made 3 now and have a lot more squares cut from my scraps, so I'll make a few more. It's a lot of fun to sew with these scraps from previous quilts and from fabric that's been in my stash awhile!
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  26. Fresh corn on the cob, cherries, white on white low volume fabrics, and bacon.

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  27. My current sewing obsession is making pincushions.

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  28. I am obsessed with hand turned applique!! I've made a baby quilt with the Orange Peel block and have started another!!

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  29. My current sewing obsession is making wedding quilts, have 2 on the go and fast approaching deadlines! Oh and embroidering bibs for my baby x

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  30. I am obsessed with Instagram! I don't post much myself, maybe a dozen or so blocks and projects I have been working on (#summersampler2016!) but I love seeing what everyone else is sewing and quilting. It is really inspiring. When my partners asks me, "what are you looking at on your phone?", the answer is very often "oh, just fabrics/quilts"...

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  31. I am obsessed with Scottish Terriers. I want one so bad, but hubby isn't on board, so it isn't going to happen. So, instead of getting a puppy I buy all things Scottie that I find. Usually it is fabric or prints but sometimes it ceramic planters or salt and pepper shakers. :)

    Thanks for the chance to win! I love your quilt!
    Sandy A

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  32. I'm obsessed with paper piecing. (I LOVE your Paper Obsessed fish!)

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  33. Your quilt is going to be beautiful. Loving that pattern with those fabrics!!

    My current obsession seems to be appliqué. With a touch of embroidery.

    Rpsandbag at gmail.com

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  34. I'm making square in square blocks using Deb Tucker's ruler. They turn into rolling stone blocks and I have enough for four quilts!

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  35. Paper piecing feathers and trees is my current obsession.
    And little coffee mugs and pinnies w/teenie scraps that I refuse to toss out.
    Sarah I'm anxiously awaiting your post on Ode. Love your fish too! Thank you for sharing in Heather's obsession. I finally finished my "succulents" quilt from her first collection.

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. My current obsession is buying fabric. I can stop!!

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  37. I'm currently obsessed with finishing all my sewing and knitting projects. I've been at it for most of this year.

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  38. New Obsession: Embroidery. Old obsessions: fabric, sewing, knitting.....

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  39. My new obsession is foundation paper piecing. Just love it. There are a million pattern to try. grinnie1961@gmail.com

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  40. I am currently obsessed with hand sewing binding down. If only I could finish up more quilts to get some more practice in!

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  41. Right now I am currently obsessed with those tiny scraps left over from HST's! They should go in the garbage, but I decided to use them...raw edge weaving!

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  42. Making fish - I just started your folksy fish pattern for a baby quilt gift!

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  43. I'm obsessive about so many things. Currently i'm obsessed with using curves in my quilts. And I'm so late to the netflix game, I'm obsessively watching Orange is the New Black while I quilt!

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  44. too many to list, but I love birds! All kinds! lol

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  45. My current obsession is your fish pattern!

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  46. My current obsession is hand embroidery. I have fallen in love with Sue Spargo's designs and all the beautiful threads and fabrics! So much fun....but not so much wool working in the hot summer! Thanks!

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  47. It's hot, so my obsession is garments, not quilts, something cool and flowing to wear when it's hot!

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  48. Paper piecing seems to me my obsession of the moment -- both EPP and foundation varieties :)

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  49. Fabulous pattern.I`m a lover of paperpiecing patterns.
    Current obsession is trying to learn to FMQ and improve applique.

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  50. My current obsession is wedge bags! I love making them and It is fun to mix and match prints.

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  51. Current obsession is low volume fabrics. Everything I make is going to get a low volume background and I might even try and make a whole quilt with only low volume fabrics... Well, my obsession is probably going to change before I get to that...

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  52. Your quilt is very interesting and unique, great job!
    My current obsession is 1930's fabrics. I just love their cheerful cuteness. I am also really into embroidery patterns, and I have bought quite a few lately.

    My email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com
    Thanks!

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  53. Wonderful pattern. I just finished a big paper piecing top myself and now am on to disappearing nine patches. Always something new to do.

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  54. I loved your thought association process that resulted in the beautiful Ode to Trees! My current obsession is bag-making. I've made lots of pouches over the years, but now I'm collecting patterns and hardware to make purses. I have a two-week vacation coming up, and I'm going to spend it in my sewing room!

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  55. Presently, my latest "crazy" is hand piecing. No, not EPP but another method.
    I'm lovin' "Scratch", but somehow it looks like abstract tree rings to me. Whatever the name, the end result is pleasing.

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  56. I'm currently obsessed with kid craft supplies. It might have something to do with crafting with kids, but everywhere I look there's something else that I might be able to use. I love this line.

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  57. I am obsessed with specialty rulers. I love to use them with my other obsession, fabric!

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  58. I really like what you did with your quilt. The 'scratch' portion really pops and would make a visually interesting quilt. My obsession has always been fabric for many years especially ethnic fabrics. Currently I Just have to make denim totes and finding different ways to dress them up. I'm snagging jeans from everyone in my family. I got it baad. Lol

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  59. I've been recently obsessed with hand sewing and been exploring lots of things using sashiko stitching. I'm really drawn to the Business Mail prints in this latest line with its sashiko-like lines, playing with what I can do with it!

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  60. It's such a shame to hack trees! Currently obsessed by hand piecing, liberty and sashiko but not yet all three in one project x

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  61. Not sewing related, but I'm currently obsessed with the tomato tart that is just delicious. I keep making up excuses to make it.

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  62. I really into paper piecing right now. It's easy and mindless. I like projects where everything is all laid out for me.

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  63. Hmmmm...my current obsession? Starting a string quilt! I have never made one, obviously have plenty of scraps, and am ready. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  64. I love this project - the colors are just divine! My current obsessions are improv blocks and handbags - one is loose and easy, and the other takes focus and attention!

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  65. my current obsession is pop ice freezer pops!

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  66. My current obsession is improv work, and I love your pattern hack here!

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  67. Lately I am obsessing on hand quilting. I am trying to teach myself and am just getting the hang of it.

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  68. My current obsession has been catching up on boms I haven't finished! Thanks for your inspiration and a chance to win!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  69. I love the mock up of the scratch rows! I'm obsessed with Heather's Aerodynamics and all things Paper Obsessed!

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  70. Obesessed with Instagram lately-- totally late to that party, but better late than never! It also coincides with my hubby working from home now an hogging the laptop, so I now I'm on my phone. Thanks!!

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  71. I’m obsessed with all things vintage. Old vinyl, old pyrex, old fabric…if you can find it at an antique store I want it.

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  72. Love this new line. I am obsessed with two things... school supplies and fabrics. So those paper fabrics are just a dream come true!

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  73. My current obsession is baseball. My husband turned me into a statistics and probability obsessed baseball fan in the last two years. It helps that his/our team is in first place this year.

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  74. My current obsession is trying to get a quilting bee quilt finishes ASAP =) Everything else sits on the back burner just now.

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  75. I'm obsessed with eye glasses.

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  76. My current obsession is trying to get things off my WIP list. the 2016 FAL is working quite well in this regard. Thanks for the giveaway. tarnia.hodges at gmail.com

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  77. I'm sure I'm not alone among your commenters here, but my current obsession is collecting fabric. I don't think it will end soon. I love to sew!

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  78. My summer obsession is always my garden. But the fabric one never ends...
    sewfabrics @ outlook.com

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  79. Honestly I think I am now obsessed by your design in this post. Seriously! That will be such a cool quilt and I may have to copy you.

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  80. That's such a cool design!! I am currently obsessed with stickers and also my kids impression of Shia LaBeouf saying 'do it'!!

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  81. Great prints – dramatic in a subtle way!! Personal notes are my obsession – I think some funky pillows would be a way of making a special gift with these prints. Love them all.
    savvychixstudio@gmail.com

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  82. Love! I am currently obsessed with sewing, and adorable little gift card/business card holders are my latest love.

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  83. LOVE the paper pieced fish! Is that a pattern? Too too fun!

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  84. I'm obsessed with garden tomatoes! We just got our first handful of cherry tomatoes a few days ago and they're the best. Cute line!

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  85. My current obsession is bags. Can't seem to have/make enough of them.

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  86. Your quilt is beautiful! Where it intersects is amazing. My current obsession is..an amazing Greek salad from this cute little French pastry shop in my town and sewing bindings on the 8 quilts I just got back.

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  87. Love your quilt and adore the fabric! My current obsession sadly is Klondike bars!

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  88. My current obsession is finishing WIPS. Heaven knows I have enough!

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  89. My current obsession is Liberty of London fabric and now I have been inspired by the range of fabric designs here.
    Jo

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  90. My current obsession is making zipper bags to put in Samaritan's Purse shoeboxes using up some of my stash. pam1045bg@gmail.com

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  91. My current obsession is just trying to learn how to quilt and stay with 1/4" seams
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  92. LOOOOOVE your Quilt!! Stunning!!

    My current obsession..has to be finishing things in my UFO pile!!! Making progress too...feels gooood!! :)

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :D

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  93. It seems I'm always obsessed by one thing or another. Good thing it changes from time to time, eh? :) Lately, I'm obsessed with using up my scraps. I've plunged through my basket of them to coordinate colors and have been making small projects like bibs, pot holders and mug rugs. I love them and love to make them!

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  94. I am a little bit obsessed with collecting cups!
    Love your quilt very much!

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  95. Cute fish pattern! My current obsession is to store properly all my stash, so I'm looking for bins and beautiful containers in every store I'm walking in!

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  96. Thank you for the tutorial on how to enlarge patterns!! I am obsessed with desserts lately. Lol I need to cut that out!

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  97. Funny you should ask about my current obsession. I've been thinking lately about what I am really passionate about and for some reason this feels the same. I'm not super obsessed with anything right now, except trying to find some balance to the madness that is the end of summer. haha!

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  98. My current obsession is making matching clothes for my baby girl and her big sister. Thankfully big sister thinks it is great.

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  99. Girl, this one is amazing! I'm going to get started on my fish pattern soon but maybe I should do this one next.

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  100. Love your fish! My current obsession is jams and jellies, since the blackberries we planted 2 years ago have really taken off!

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  101. my obsession lately is applique/fusible! Something I have never really done in great amounts! But I LOVE it. So easy and quick for a gift! Love your quilt btw! Love how you designed it!

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  102. My current obsession is reading, sewing, and doing some exercise every day! Totally a different summer for me! It's been really fun! Thanks for the chance.

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  103. Love your quilt. My obsession is sewing and spending time wit my daughter. Both together is the best. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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