Monday, May 12, 2014

a few (more) of my favorite things {SMS giveaway day}



Somehow, half a year has gone by and once again it's time for Sew Mama Sew's semi-annual Giveaway Day Week!  (!)

Much like last time, I've grouped together another trio of favorites.  Think of it as a trifecta of sorts:  fat (or skinny) sixteenths+ of 21 jewel-toned liberty and oakshott fabrics, plus a miniature arsenal of neutral 50wt aurifil in 2024, 2021, 2000, and 2325 (that gracious Mr. Veronelli slipped in a few extras and I couldn't help but share my good fortune).


You might recognize some of those liberty tana lawns.  That's because I just gave away a FQ set on behalf of the lovely folks at Massdrop.  And guess what?  By popular demand, the classic 10-pack will be making a reappearance in a few weeks, along with a *new* assortment of 10 more prints.  Just go here to sign up for a reminder when that buy is back on :o)


Right.  So getting back to THIS giveaway.  You have three chances to win*:

1.  Leave a comment on this post.  Anything at all.  Need help?  Tell me your thoughts on paper-piecing.  I'd love to hear them ;o)
2.  Leave a second comment if you are a follower (old or new, just tell me how you follow:  Instagram?  Bloglovin'?  Feedly?  Email?) (optional second entry)
3.  Help spread the word!  Then leave a quick (third!) comment telling me how you did that. (Pinterest? Facebook?  Instagram? Tag me @nohatsquilts!) (optional third entry)


*International entries welcome.  Void where prohibited by law.  Because hats or not, we follow the law in (and out of) this house. :o)   

This giveaway will be open until 8 pm EST (5 pm PST) on Friday, May 16.  The winner will be notified by May 18.


Best of luck, and if you haven't already, be sure to check out all the other amazing goods up for grabs!

xo Sarah

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1,201 comments:

  1. I like the accuracy of paper piecing but I hate to remove the paper. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  2. gorgeous fabrics - thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Looks awesome! Thanks so much!

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  4. I am a follower through bloglovin'. I love paper piecing as I can use up all those small scrap pieces from other projects.

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  5. I am yet to tackle the intricacies of paper piecing, it is a little terrifying to me. It is definitely on my skills to learn list so I hope to get on board at some stage. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  6. I follow your blog on Bloglovin, thanks.

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  7. I love paper piecing but am still very much a learner. Practice makes perfect...

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  8. I think paper piecing is cool...but I don't personally enjoy it. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

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  9. I love paper piecing! Especially a certain set of heart arrowhead feathers I'm currently piecing! :)

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  10. The idea of paper piecing scares me!

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  11. I love that we can get a lot of details into paper piecing. However i do not fancy lots of seams that are sometimes a bit too bulky.

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  12. I am a follower... Bloglovin and instagram

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  13. I have a love hate relationship with it- sometimes it goes well and I do loads of it, sometimes I can't get the pieces to match or I sew the pieces on the wrong way and have to unpick...

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  14. What an awesome giveaway! I've been thinking about using some Liberty for paper piecing to keep it stabilized. Love the precision, but hate all those teeny tiny scraps. (melintheattic at gmail.com)

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  15. I'm a follower on Instagram and Feedly!

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  16. Not sure if your giveaway is international but I have to tell that PP is not my fav thing since there is no room for twisting the pattern. The only thing you can do differently is your fabric choice and that is not enough, lol.

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  17. I have done a lot of EPP but not paper piecing yet. But I want to make a Harry Potter quilt before the baby arrives so I have to get my groove on. Thanks!

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  18. I also follow you with bloglovin. Thanks!

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  19. Great giveaway! I follow you on Instagram. I absolutely love paper piecing, the whole process is so relaxing, enjoyable and completely portable. It's really satisfying to know you created something entirely by hand without the use of a machine. I think you have more control and accuracy when piecing small bits by hand.

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  20. I think paper piecing is rad. Certainly a good thing to know how to do!

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  21. I follow on blog login already

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  22. I enjoy paper piecing especially for projects I struggle to piece accurately like flying geese

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  23. I would like to try the type of paper piecing where you don't actually sew through the paper but fold it instead. So far I have only sewed through the paper.

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  24. I took a paper piecing class at my LQS last month and I am officially obsessed!! That kind of precision is so pleasing!

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  25. Paper piecing is quite satisfying (at least on a small scale) Seeing everything lining up so crisply! I could never do a whole quilt like that though...

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  26. And I follow you on Bloglovin

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  27. What a lovely giveaway! I haven't done much paper piecing but it makes me think fondly of my grandma, who taught me traditional English paper piecing when I was young.

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  28. i follow you on bloglovin and IG. im very thorough....

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  29. I follow you on Feedly. Love your blog:-)

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  30. i have never tried paper piecing. seems like a stressful situation...all that point matching and stuff. i sew to relax and go with (the chopped off points) flow. thanks for a chance...all my favorite things!

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  31. Paper piecing...I like it! I am just finishing up a quilt with some appliqu├ęd on for detail. I've had a fun time with it.

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  32. I love paper piecing! It's so orderly and efficient and the results are always just right. I also love that there are so many awesome patterns available and that pretty much anything can be turned out in fabric thanks to foundation paper piecing.

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  33. Also! I follow you on Instagram and via Bloglovin.

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  34. I love the results of paper piecing but I only like to use my scraps because I hate wasting lots of precious fabric.

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  35. I follow on Bloglovin! Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

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  36. Lovely giveaway. Paper piecing and I have a fragile relationship. That said, I haven't invested much time in nurturing this relationship.

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  37. I follow on Instagram and on Bloglovin'

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  38. It's been a slow journey, but I've come to love paper piecing--how crisp the lines are, how detailed the patterns can be!

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  39. I absolutely love paper piecing! Thanks

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  40. I'm a follower on IG. Thanks

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  41. I shared on pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/143622675591263336/

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  42. I love paper piecing - thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  43. I follow via bloglovin, and love it!! Great photos for your giveaway :-)

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  44. I have only done english paper piecing, but I like it because I can carry it around with me and do it anywhere.

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  45. I love the results of paper piecing, but is it ever fiddly and messy!

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  46. I like to paper piece! I'm not very accurate, which has caused some wonky points and figures that don't go precisely together, but I enjoy it nonetheless. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  47. I love paper piecing! have done english paper piecing for quite a while now & recently learned to do foundation paper piecing too

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  48. I LOVE paper piecing. I can sew all kinds of complex blocks. But I don't like removing the paper or unpicking mistakes (tip: sew with a larger stitch first and then if all is well, go over it with a small stitch (back stitching at both ends). Sewing over it twice also helps paper removal much easier later on!).

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  49. I so love this prize, as for paper piecing I love the result but I have a love/hate with the process!

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  50. I dislike the blockyness of paper piecing.

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  51. I have tried a few paper piecing bits and I like it. I like how accurate they are but then I have all these weird shaped bits that I can't seem to throw away after. :)

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  52. Petty fabrics, thank you for the chance to win. I'm good with paper piecing, just a little tired of it right now.

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  53. I'm new to paper piecing and I love it, I've had some teething problems but I'm finding ways around them.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  54. I have never tried paper piecing. Such lovely fabrics, keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be the winner. :)

    ajoyfulnoise(at)live(dot)com

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  55. Hi and thank you for a great give away! I love Paper piecing - and didn't know that until last year when I joined the Forest QAL. I like both english and foundation piecing - now I'm making hexagons and hope to start soon new foundation piecing Project. x Teje
    nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. I'll be honest-- never tried paper piecing. BUT, I would love to learn.

    glazefamily3 AT gmail.com

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  57. I follow you by Bloglovin.
    nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. follow on bloglovin- Desiree Glaze

    glazefamily3 AT gmail.com

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  59. https://twitter.com/WeeShare/status/465849119362129920

    glazefamily3 AT gmail.com

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  60. I love paper piecing...now that i got the hang of it...

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  61. I have been a little too intimidated to try paper piecing. Why does it take courage to try new things in sewing??

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  62. I love paper piecing as it really takes a bit of brain power to get patterns all running the right way.

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  63. I love paper piecing for projects in the garden - easy to carry around and very relaxing!

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  64. A new follower through Bloglovin. Enjoying checking out your projects and posts!

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  65. Hi! Great giveaway thanks for the chance to win!

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  66. Paper piecing scares me! Plus I'm put off trying it because it takes so much paper/printer ink and it's expensive to buy ink all the time :( (I'm a cheapskate when it comes to ink lol I'm one of those people who never wants to print anything :D unless I'm not using my printer and I have access to a work one or something ahem)

    Jo
    riddleandwhimsy [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  67. I'm learning English paper piecing.

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  68. I really enjoy paper piecing, not the English kind that my mum used to do however, although one day I'll get around to it. Love to be able to use small bits of fabric

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  69. I've only tried paper piecing once so it's still overwhelming for me. I have a lot of patterns I want to Attempt though, I just need to be brave and do it when I have a lot of energy to stick with it :)

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  70. fabulous giveaway! I love EPP but paper piecing can drive me a bit nuts - I do it when it's a pattern I love!

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  71. I follow you on Bloglovin'!

    Jo
    riddleandwhimsy [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  72. I love these fabrics you have put together!!
    buffyh_6 AT yahoo DOTCOM

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  73. I really like paper piecing because it's so accurate. The points are just perfect!

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  74. Follower on Bloglovin!
    buffyh_6 AT yahoo DOTCOM

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  75. Great fabrics! liesbet_rombaut@hotmail.com

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  76. Ooh what a lovely giveaway! Such amazing treats! I've been paper piecing a quilt for the last 7 years! Haha, I love it, but obviously it's slow going for me.
    Cheers

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  77. I do follow you on bloglovin also! Happy May :)

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  78. Hmm...paper piecing always just ends up in a mess for me. I must be missing some important step...

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  79. Wow, these fabrics are beautiful! I like paper piecing and love the accuracy you can get with it. I'm still a beginner and would like to get better at it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  80. Thanks for the chance to win - what a great giveaway!

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  81. Gorgeous fabric. I have only done a little bit of paper piecing, but I think it's the best way for me to be accurate with more complicated geometric patterns, which I love!

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  82. Beautiful fabrics! I have never tried paper piecing ;)

    jachelno at gmail dot com

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  83. I follow you on bloglovin. Thank you for hosting this awesome giveaway!

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  84. I follow by Bloglovin already

    jachelno at gmail dot com

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  85. Fabulous give away - just some of the best things to play with ever!

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  86. Lovely fabrics - thanks for the chance

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  87. Gorgeous fabrics - And I love your fun photos!

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  88. Thanks for the opportunity. Haven't done a lot of paper piecing; still trying to figure it out!

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  89. Paper piecing is fun from time to time!

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  90. I follow you on Insta and Bloglovin'!

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  91. And I'm ambivalent about paper piecing. I just learned how (as in I taught myself last weekend) and while I love some things about it, I dislike many of the things people make with paper piecing. I'm happy to add it to my tool box though! I think I just need to do more of it and SEE more of it.

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  92. I'm not the biggest paper piecing fan in the world, but love to use it when I need total accuracy.

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  93. I love to paper piece! Sweet giveaway!

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  94. I have never done any paper piecing before. But it looks very accurate. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  95. I like paper piecing if it's worth it. It has to be for something super cute! Definitely not something that could be regularly pieced ;) I just finished some fairy tale blocks - super intense but SO worth it! thanks for the chance! lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com

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  96. I follow on Bloglovin' and now on Instagram! @sewathomemummy

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  97. I love paper piecing. But since I make most of my quilts for others, I don't do as much as I'd like. Because they'd have to be a super special person for my to be willing to give up a paper pieced quilt. There's one for me on my list though!

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  98. I follow you, almost religiously. :D

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  99. I like paper piecing - I'm relatively new to it, but I find it so rewarding that it's so exact!

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  100. Thanks for the chance, these are beautiful fabrics!

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  101. Seriously, getting ready to start my first paper piecing project as soon as I finish entering all of the giveaways! I'm a bit nervous about my first project, but everybody says it's fun and addicting. Thank you for being part of giveaway day!

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  102. Following on IG. Thanks again.

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  103. I just learned of paper piecing and want to try it - my family commutes to Washington, DC, in the car every day and paper piecing would be a great car-commuting project. Thanks for the chance to win! bonandclyde AT hotmail DOT com

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  104. And I shared your giveaway on Facebook for my extra entry :) bonandclyde AT hotmail DOT com

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  105. I tried it once, and will definitely like to perfect it.

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  106. Follow through email. nikita.smith@hotmail.com

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  107. I haven't done much paper piecing yet, a few EPP hexies and the odd block on foundation paper, but I've still a New York Beauty on the list. Thanks for the chance!

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  108. Wonderful assortment of fabrics you're offering! (I usually avoid paper piecing, but I suspect I would use it a lot if I just jumped in and did it!)

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  109. beautiful choices for the giveaway! i haven't done any paper piecing...yet, but it's on the to-do list :-)

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  110. I have been saving Liberty fabrics for a special picnic quilt!

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  111. forgot to add that i'm following on bloglovin :-)

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  112. I follow you on bloglovin and instagram.

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  113. Love to sew handbags. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  114. I don't mind paper piecing, but I really detest having to pick the paper out later.

    belopminata@gmail.com

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  115. I follow via Bloglovin'.

    belopminata@gmail.com

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  116. Your display is so cheerful and unique! Piecing is my favorite part of quilting!
    Cheri
    quiltingnanny(at)yahoo(dot)com
    coffeebreakwhatever(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  117. I joined to follow you via email
    Cheri
    quiltingnanny(at)yahoo(dot)com
    coffeebreakwhatever(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  118. I just learned to paper piece and I love it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  119. I have mixed feelings about paper piecing. I think it's difficult, time consuming and creates too much fabric waste (for someone like me at least since fabric is hard to come by), but it's hard to argue with the results. Thanks! wonderlandbyalyce(at)gmail(dot)com

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  120. Gorgeous bundle! I loved the one experience with paper piecing but so much little bitty cutting !

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  121. Paper piecing is a mystery to me. I have never done it, but would love to learn!

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  122. I would love to learn paper piecing, but am thoroughly intimidated and don't know where to start. But this year seems all about trying new things, so maybe I'll get there sooner rather than later.

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  123. love a wee bit of paper piecing here and there...especially like the perfection of it...and i LOVE liberty !! xo

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  124. Paper piecing: love the results, but lack the patience to get very far. I joke that by the time I'm my grandmother's age I will have eventually finished my grandmother's garden quilt.

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  125. Followed on bloglovin.

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  126. Posted on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/40039884161808657/

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  127. I am new to paper piecing, i'm loving the effect and trialling several cheap papers to see which is the easiest to work with.

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  128. I love paper piecing. You know the points and design are perfect. Removing the paper is another story - not so much fun.

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  129. how gorgeous are those fabrics! thanks for the chance. I love paper piecing! I learnt to do it last year by joining in the And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play and now I love it!

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  130. I follow your blog on bloglovin

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  131. I love the paper pieced items I have made...but goodness me do I need to be wide awake to do it.

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  132. Found massdrop from a blog post of yours recently. Hope to win. Cindy bluemoonstencils@yahoo.com

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  133. I'd love to give it a try as you can create really special designs with it - but there are so many things on my to do list, so it might have to wait a while...

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  134. I enjoy paper piecing. The fabric looks beautiful. Thanks for the chance.

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  135. I love that bundle. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  136. Gorgeous collection of fabrics! Wow!

    My feelings on paper piecing are mixed -- I love the results, but I hate the process. So I tend to get intensely frustrated and exhausted and omg I Never Want To See This Project Again while I'm at it and then in the end it's always like choirs of angels singing.

    (clumsy.chord(at)gmail.com)

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  137. Also, I have added you and now follow via feedly.

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  138. I haven't tried pp yet, but it is on my sewing bucket list!

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  139. Paper piecing looks like it should be fairly straightforward, but I have yet to try it and think it might be a bit harder than it looks.

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  140. I've never tried paper piecing, lol. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  141. i've tried paper piecing, but can't seem to get it down. i always end up with messed up blocks and being frustrated. i love EPP though!

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  142. I like paper piecing for small projects.

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  143. I follow via bloglovin' and IG.

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  144. What a lovely assortment! Thank you!

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  145. What a great giveaway! I haven't tried paper piecing yet, so I'm loving the feedback in these comments!

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  146. I've never tried paper piecing but I really want to learn!

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  147. I'm a new follower on Instagram

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  148. Don't know much about paper piecing. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  149. Oh I love paper piecing - such precise points!

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  150. thanks for the chance :) I love the preciseness of paper piecing! I am working on a PP quilt now actually. My first whole quilt with pp

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  151. I follow via email and Instagram

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  152. I'm a new follower via Feedly.

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  153. I have at this point never tried paper piecing. A "someday" project.

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  154. Following on Bloglovin'. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  155. Love the fabric! Although I've been sewing for over 45 years, I'm a quilting newbie. Thanks for the incentive.

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  156. Lovely fabrics, thanks for the give away.

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  157. I love the results of paper piecing and I CAN do it, I just don't like to. ;-/ Wish I liked it more.

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  158. I like the paper piecing method of turning back the paper instead of sewing through it or using plastic pieces and popping them out. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  159. I don't paper piece YET. It's sure to be something I learn in the future. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  160. I'm happy to follow you with bloglovin.

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  161. I have no interest in paper piecing whatsoever! Thanks for this chance.

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  162. Paper piecing - I love the beautiful results, but find it a little time consuming. I definitely need to break from it and do something simple when I'm doing a big paper piecing project. Also, I won't do it without the easy rip paper. ;)

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  163. I am now following you through emails and can't wait to hear from you. Awesome giveaway.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  164. beautiful fabrics! thanks for the opportunity!

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  165. These are fabrics that I have always wanted to try, but have not been able to budget for them - would love to win some and learn to make beautiful things like you do.

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  166. I love to have a paper-piecing project for travel. Easy to carry in a plastic bag, Easy to work on in the car or before bed. I was working on hexes this winter and they showed up as modules in my senior design project. I got an A. I love paper piecing.

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  167. Thank you for being a part of Sew Mamma Sew giveaway. You, my dear, have an awesome giveaway and will make one of us a very happy winner indeed. I have done paper piecing. I really do prefer not to do it. I feel like I just aren't good enough to be really perfect at this. Still, it is a challenge, but one I can do without. I just like quilting my way and in my own timeframe. I am just a pieced quilter only.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  168. I follow you down the hall at work ;-)

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  169. I just did my first paper pieced block after avoiding paper piecing for almost 18 years! It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. It did waste fabric :( Love your giveaway photos. Thanks for the chance.

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