April 5, 2011

Welcome Giveaway

Hello and thank you for stopping by the Fabric Seeds blog. Fabric Seeds is my online fabric/quilt shop I recentely opened in March 2011. To celebrate the opening of my new store, I wanted to introduce myself and host my first giveaway.
My name is Sarah. I am a self-taught hand quilter. I am married, and have two young children. I was laid off from my airline job of 10 years,  one year ago, which also happened to be one month before I was due with my second child. I have been a stay at home mom since losing my job. When I got laid off, I had suggested to my family that I open a quilt shop. The thought had been toggeling in my mind for many months.
I made my first quilt when I was 18, with no clue what to do. I had always associated quilting with a much older generation, like my Grandma. I didn't know there was so many around my same age who quilted. I never would have thought I would be one of them. Working at the airline, I started out in reservations. Time passes slowly when you have a phone job. I needed something to help pass the time and reading was not always convenient. Quilting became my outlet.
My first quilt was (and continues to be) a learning experience. My sister in law had given my brother a quilt for their wedding. I remember thinking, I want to do that. It didn't look hard. But I really had no idea how to even make a quilt. I went down to the closest store that sold fabric, and started buying remnants. Didn't matter to me that I was picking up heavy weight home decor and corduroy, because I liked them and was going to make a quilt. A month or two later, still not knowing where to even start, my mom told me I had bought the wrong fabric. We went to the store together and bought a pattern book. Not even paying attention to size, I picked out a wall hanging that I was going to turn into a twin. Again, not knowing the difference in fabric quality, I bought half the fabric needed at Wal-mart for $2 a yard. I sure thought I found a good deal. The fabric was very light weight; so much so that you can see through it in the dark. The thread count must be ridiculously low, because those pieces of fabric are falling apart at the seam stitch. I was so proud of my first quilt. I doubled the size of cut pieces to make it wide enough. But I didn't want a square quilt, I needed it to be a twin; so I added another half of the quilt to the bottom. I now have a finished twin width with longer than king length. I still love my first quilt.
I have come a long way in my appreciation of quality fabrics, design and use of colors. I was so ambitious after making that first quilt; I immediately started making my own patterns, which I now hope to be able to publish as well. I love that there is always something new to learn in quilting. When I first joined the online quilting world a few years ago, I was amazed how many quilts one person could make in a year, start to finish. I was lucky if I could finish a quilt in a month or two. That's when I learned about machine quilting. I don't know everything there is to about quilting, I am still learning how to applique and machine quilting is not as easy as it looks. I do appreciate this fine art and try to perfect what I do know. I would love to share my talent and passion with you thru this blog and my store.
Before I move on to the giveaway, I just wanted to give you a little background on the name Fabric Seeds. My husband grew up in the greenhouse business and I grew up helping my Grandpa in his enormous garden. We now work the Farmers Market in the summer selling vegetable & herb plants for gardens and specialty container pots & hanging baskets. When I was trying to come up with a name and logo for my business, Fabric Seeds just made sense to me. After all, with out seeds, nothing can grow.

Okay, time for the giveaway. Since this is all very new for me, I don't have a gaggle of followers like most everyone else. So, you will have until midnight MDT on April 15 to enter. All entries recieved after midnight will be deleted.
I have at least one Chrysalis charm pack to giveaway. (Depending on the response I get from this, I have more packs to add.)




Here's how to enter:
Leave a separate comment for each entry.

one:
leave a comment about anything

two:
blog/tweet/facebook about this giveaway
come back and tell me you did (with a link too. I'd love to see it!)

three:
visit my shop and tell me something you like
about the site or products or whatever

four:
become a follower

Winner(s) will be selected by True Random Number Generator.
Winner(s) will have until April 22 to claim prize or a new winner(s) will be selected.
I know a lot of you have your profile set as 'no-reply'. I will not be able to contact you or reply to your comments if you are one. Please be sure there is a way to contact you, either in comment field or profile.
Thank You and Good Luck!

The contest is now closed!

184 comments:

  1. Best Wishes for your new business -- I hope it's a big success! I like the name Fabric Seeds -- from fabric many wonderful things can "grow"

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  2. I went to your shop. Nice clean graphics, well organized. Those Chrysalis fabrics are so nice for spring!

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  3. Congrats on the new shop. Glad to hear I wasn't the first to start quilting at 18 :)

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  4. I am following now. I would like it if you would come follow me too :) http://jenniffier.blogspot.com

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  5. i like that you carry Riley Blake!

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  6. Congratulations on your new shop. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  7. I like the Wanna Be a Cowboy 2 fabrics in your shop!

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  8. I blogged about your giveaway at http://salliessampler.blogspot.com/2011/04/fabric-seeds-gvieaway.html

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  9. Good luck with your new endeavor.

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  10. I see you carry Riley Blake at your shop. I recently discovered her and love her fabrics.

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  11. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway. Good luck with your new shop.

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  12. I visited your shop. I like the tonal fat quarters you have. I would like to see some solid fat quarters as well since I kind of like to mix up some solids with the prints when I'm quilting. Good luck with your new shop.

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  13. Thank you for the welcome giveaway. The name Fabric Seeds is a very good one -- my mother is a quilter and gardener who starts her vegetable plants from seeds. Best wishes for your success!

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  14. What a generous give away and much success in your new venture.

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  15. I like to pick up FQ bundles - but would like to see some solids or blenders that would coordinate.

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  16. Re: Fabric Seeds online shop. I like the clean look of the home page -- and that it is easy to see the checkout information and helpful tabs at the very top of the page. What I did not like was that when clicked on fat quarters link, the error screen displayed about not being connected to internet / web site encountering problems / there might be an error in typing of url address. In other words, a crash. Of course, my internet is Ok because I'm posting this message on your blog.

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  17. A new blog - yippee! Good luck to you and have fun!

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  18. Wow - I am honored to be follower #4!

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  19. Looks like you have the entire line of Sugar & Spice in your shop - I'm impressed - I love it.

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  20. I blogged about your giveaway on my blog at: http://quiltingframeofmind.blogspot.com

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  21. I'm also a new follower of yours!

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  22. I love the Wanna Be A Cowboy fabric (maybe since I live in TX!).

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  23. Congrats and good luck to you on starting your new shop, and thanks for sharing this giveaway with us.

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  24. I just hopped over to your shop and looked around and am excited for the fun fabrics I found there. And I think your shop name is real cute. Thanks again.

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  25. Interesting to read about your quilting journey. I'm just beginning mine. :) Best wishes!

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  26. I tweeted about your giveaway @birdie00000

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  27. I'm now a follower of your blog. Love the name! :)

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  28. I checked out your shop - I like the Sugar & Spice FQ bundle in blue. :)

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  29. Chrysalis is one of my favorite lines. I'd love to win this giveaway--it's not easy to find anymore. Thanks for the chance.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  30. I like that you carry Riley Blake. R.B. has so many great designs for little boys, which are harder to find than cute designs for girls.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  31. I love the Chrysalis fabric - would like to make a quilt in those colors. I like orange, but can't wear it & have never sewn with it either.

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  32. Your site is well organized. And I like your logo! :)

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  33. I am now a follower of your blog! :)

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  34. Good Luck with your business! Thanks for the chance.

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  35. I love that you carry Jaybird Quilts patterns in your shop!

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  36. I just love the name, from fabric seeds, beautiful quilts grow... congratulations on your new venture

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  37. I love the name Fabric Seeds! Thank you for telling us why you chose it!

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  38. I've been to your shop!
    I like the simple uncluttered layout!

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  39. When Nathan told me you were doing this he probably regretted it as soon as the words were out of his mouth! With our apron shop opening up on etsy soon, we need fabric!!

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  40. I am also a young quilter! there are more of us!

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  41. I like that your shop is easy to navigate & easy to see.

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  42. Congratulations on starting your own store. Good luck in your business.

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  43. I visited your store and like your selection of patterns.

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  44. Learning to quilt is a fun process, though it can be slow. I learned from books and taught myself to hand quilt, like you. I read everything-quilt books through ILL at the library-studied photos in books, analyzed what I liked, etc. You're doing a great job!
    I love the name of your blog and it's significance to your family. Thanks very much for the giveaway; the fabrics look lovely.

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  45. Congratulations on having a shop! I like the way your shop is set up, including "Policies" etc.; as a shopper I like to read that info.
    I also like the "New" category on the sidebar-shoppers will be interested in knowing what's just in. Thanks very much.

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  46. I love your name!! Fabric seeds sounds like fabric to grow quilts :-)

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  47. I really like the Sugar Floral and Sugar Paisley in your shop :-)

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  48. Congrats on your new shop & wishing you all the best!
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway :D

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  49. I love the Sugar & Spice FQ bundles :D

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  50. I included your giveaway in my blog today:
    http://straystitches1.blogspot.com/2011/04/place-for-my-pins.html

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  51. Tweeted here;
    http://twitter.com/thepeachrainbow/status/55989566192103426

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  52. I loved reading what you wrote about how you got started - it makes you more of a "person" (don't know if that makes sense). Good luck and you and your family will be in my prayers.

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  53. I'm a new follower. And hey, maybe this is what I should do - have a giveaway. I started my blog in January, and I have 10 followers. Good luck!

    http://deborah-deborahstestblog.blogspot.com/

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  54. First of all, best of luck to you in your new endeavor! And thanks for sharing your story - I love learning that I'm not the only one who stumbled along at the beginning with no idea what I was doing!

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  55. I've visited your shop, and those paisley's in the Sweet Nothings collections are enough to make me buy the whole line!

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  56. I checked out your shop and this fabric kept calling me.....Chrysalis Vines Fat Quarter - Cream Brown

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  57. Love the story of your first quilt!

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  58. Good luck with your new shop!

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  59. I like the Hideaway Folk Art fat quarters in your shop.

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  60. Thanks for doing the giveaway, I love the fabrics you chose!

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  61. I've blogged about your giveaway!
    http://birdolovemoo.blogspot.com/2011/04/thursday-giveaways.html

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  62. I am now a follower of your blog!

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  63. I love the JayBird quilt patterns that you have in your shop, I really like her patterns!

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  64. I am a huge fan of Chrysalis. I love the seed pod prints. I also like the Sugar and Spice FQ bundles you have in stock. Those are new to me. Congrats on opening your store and best wishes!

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  65. I love the bright, summery colors. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  66. I like your selection of precuts and patterns!

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  67. I love quilting too. and i never knew there were so many younger quilters also. Great blog name!

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  68. Good luck in your venture. Thanks for a chance to win that lovely fabric.

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  69. I blogged about it here: http://quiltingiscandy.typepad.com/blog/2011/04/april-giveaways.html

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  70. Wow. What's not to love in your shop? The jelly rolls are really cool, I love the colors in the Isabelle Charm Pack, and you have Riley Blake fabric? I'm sold. You have really pretty fabric and I just might have to buy something from your store....

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  71. Good luck with your shop!

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  72. Wanted to say Hi and let you know I am now a follower of your blog!

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  73. One of the things I liked about your shop was the hover thing you can do on the patterns page to see the patter bigger.

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  74. Best wishes on your new store!

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  75. I love the fact that you have caramels in your quilt shop! Love it!!!!

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  76. I am follower #16, and that is my lucky number too!!!

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  77. I blogged about your shop and contest, too :)

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  78. I like the Wanna be a Cowboy fabric too. I posted your giveaway on my facebook page. I will show it to you when I see you next.

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  79. I love the story of how you came up with the name for your shop.

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  80. I tweeted about your giveaway.
    http://twitter.com/#!/MoeWest/status/56436830731640832

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  81. Love that you stuck with something you wanted to do even though you didn't know how to do it!
    --Holly

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  82. I would love to win the Chrysalis charm pack. The fabrics are divine.

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  83. My comment about anything would be - love your site name and your picture. The seeds growing into fabric flowers is very clever.

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  84. Blogged about your blog and giveaway here: http://ilovescruffydog.blogspot.com/

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  85. Visited your shop. Still liking your logo :) Hey, you have caramels! Who doesn't like that?

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  86. Thank you so much for the giveaway, and I like your shop! I have been apparel sewing but recently seeing how many amazing quilt options there are, and excited about that!

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  87. congrats and much success to you! It's something many of us dream of doing but don't...thanks for the giveaway.

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  88. I've never sewn fabric from a charm pack. It sounds like fun. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  89. I visited your shop site and see that you are carrying fabrics from designers I've never heard of. Looks like some nice stuff. And I love that Heather Bailey stack of elephants. All good stuff. Thank you for my second chance to win.

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  90. I've become a follower. Thanks for my third chance to win. FYI... in my humble opinion, you might want to consider changing your blog font. It's really difficult to read.

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  91. I loved reading your story of how you became a quilter! I read one magazine article in the 1970s (not really absorbing a lot of it) and went from there, reinventing the wheel all the way! LOL. Congratulations on starting your business.

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  92. And now I'm a follower, too! I would really like that fabric. Thanks for offering a chance at it. desertsuz at gmail dot com.

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  93. We just had a discussion on the pincushion list about turtle pincushions, so I posted a note on the list with your turtle pincushion link. That is so cute!

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  94. Hm, anything? Well, today is going to be a record-setting 83 degrees, which makes me extremely apprehensive about a hot summer! I'll have to stay indoors in the a/c and quilt. Oh gee ;-)

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  95. Good luck with your new shop! It's nice to support the independent sellers out there.

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  96. Nice shop - maybe a few basic solids to complement the lines you're carrying?

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  97. I commend you on your endeaver...
    I wish I had the courage to try something like this myself

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  98. I went to your store....
    I am impressed.....
    You have done well. The main thing I noticed was that you have a variety which is important.

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  99. I'd like to take part in your giveaway.

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  100. The link is in my blog http://ytanyusha.blogspot.com/

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  101. I've been at your store. Why don't you have any fabric of Deena Rutter?

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  102. You've picked one of my favorite fabric lines! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  103. Love that Jaybird Quilts pattern at the top of the patterns page!

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  104. I'm a new follower! And I've added it to my blog at http://www.craftbuds.com/giveaway-roundup

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  105. I love all the Riley Blake fabrics in your shop, which looks lovely by the way

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  106. Anything at all? I'm off to Tennessee next month on our first family roadtrip (from Ontario, Canada!)

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  107. Good luck with your new shop! I'm rooting for you!

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  108. Congrats on starting out! Thank you for a lovely giveaway!

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  109. I've been to visit your shop and I love your banner and button! You have a great selection of fabrics too! Thanks for another chance to win!

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  110. I blogged about your giveaway!
    http://amkreations.blogspot.com/2011/04/blog-giveaways-to-visit.html

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  111. Congrats on starting your blog and your business :)

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  112. I like the Sugar and Spice FQ bundles! And I like the prices on your individual FQs - $2.30, from what I saw!

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  113. Congratulations on your new business!

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  114. Like the shop. I especially like that you sell fat quarters -- too many places don't anymore.

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  115. Congratulations and the best of luck with your new enterprise. Well Done you.
    I am a beginner in quilt making and o nly recently 'discovered' Moda Fabrics and am tottaly hooked.
    I am making blocks for two Block Swaps I am part of and am loving the choice of new fabrics and so much colour and best of all learning so much with all the other ladies.
    Would love to win.
    Thanks for the chance
    Gina
    http://gina-catswhiskers.blogspot.com/

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  116. I am a happy follower
    Gina
    http://gina-catswhiskers.blogspot.com/

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  117. Good luck with your new fabric store! I love the name of your business; I did the Syracuse Farmer's Market every Saturday for a number of years; very fond memories of the wonderful people I met!

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  118. I have just become a follower, and bookmarked your blog so that I can come back. Now, on to your new store!

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  119. I like the fact that you sell individual fat quarters! I also liked your selection of precuts.

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  120. It's great to hear about other quilters starting out young, I remember as a teen thinking that no one my age quilted.

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  121. I love the funky layout of your blog - gorgeous! Jxo

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  122. I loved the Sugar & Spice FQ bundles in your shop - difficult to choose between blue or red! Jxo

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  123. I am a self-taught hand quilter, too. I have lots of that $2 a yard "quilting fabric" from Walmart, too. I have been using it as lining in my girls' dresses, backing, etc. just to get rid of some!

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  124. Congratulations on your new venture - it's lovely to 'meet' you.

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  125. Hi just been and looked at your shop. I couldn't find what your shipping charges are, or if you ship internationally, it's the first thing I look for as I live in France. I liked Sweet Nothings FQ bundle.

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  126. Congratulations on your new shop and thanks for the giveaway. Linda

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  127. Visited your shop. It's well laid out and easy to navigate. Fantastic selection and like the variety of fabric sizes available.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  128. Congrats on your new business. I'm excited to check it out.

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  129. congratulations!
    what a great giveaway.
    :)
    katz.gali(at)gmail.com

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  130. i LOVED the goodies department in the shop...
    :)
    katz.gali(at)gmail.com

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  131. You've had an interesting quilting journey. It just shows that it's the passion for something that helps us succeed and the skills "grow" bit by bit. Congratulations on your new store.

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  132. I really like the Quilted Fish sugar and spice range, especially the paisley prints. Lovely giveaway, thanks

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  133. oh your story made me feel better about my own mistakes as well. i wish you the best and thank you for such lovely item up for grabs!

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  134. I love the fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  135. I mentioned your giveaway on my blog.

    http://quiltingcamper.blogspot.com/2011/04/few-give-ways.html

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  136. keebler1962 Fabric Seeds: Welcome Giveaway http://fabricseeds.blogspot.com/2011/04/welcome-giveaway.html?spref=tw

    I tweeted about your giveaway.

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  137. Congrats on opening your shop! Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway :)

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  138. I checked out your shop - love that you sell caramels too!!

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  139. Congrats on the new shop and blog!

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  140. I checked out your shop and love the Jaybird's Quilt pattern!

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  141. I've yet to make a quilt. I'm more of a smaller scale project kind of person. I usually make bags and pouches. Lately I've become interested in beading!

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  142. I'd love to enter, thanks! I wish you well on your new business.

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  143. I am just getting back into sewing and am very happy to have found you!

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  144. I like the variety in your shop and my daughter says to tell you, she likes the spring cleaning apron pattern. Good Luck with your shop!

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  145. Ooooh, I haven't seen this line before. Love the colors! Good luck with your new shop - it's great you've been able to turn a job loss into something so positive and fun! I hope it goes well for you :)

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  146. I'm a new follower. Looking forward to keeping up with you!

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  147. I love the fabrics you have chosen to stock - great selection. I also like that you sell fat quarters as an option. A lot of shops will do that but only if you specifically write and ask - it's great having them as an option directly available.

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  148. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the "Chrysalis Butterfly Garden Fat Quarter's" the white with green and the blue with white! I might have to buy some :)
    my email is candystripe.makebelieve@hotmail.com
    I have become a follower. You should keep awesome updates about your adventures in quilting. I'm starting out my own quilting adventures and I'd love to see other peoples'!

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  149. This is one of my favorite fabric lines, thanks for the giveaway!

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  150. I am a follower

    http://averagequilter.blogspot.com/

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  151. Good luck with your new shop! Thanks for sharing your history and experience with quilting!!

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  152. Love the wanna be a cowboy and sweet nothing sets. AND I love the elephant pattern, SO cute!

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  153. i love being a stay at home mom! can't imagine going back to work now :)

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  154. I think that's so great that you're starting your own quilt shop & love the name fabric seeds. Very cool!

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  155. I like the Jaybird Quilts patterns you have in your shop. I would love to see some that you have designed, also!

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  156. Thanks for the giveaway - the charm pack is beautiful!!
    winnieayala at yahoo dot com

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  157. Thanks for the giveaway and I love the Charm pack. Good luck with this new business. I too am new at quilting, but have started with the machine. I do love the name of your blog. Makes me think of your budding business, creativity and everything growing from something so small.

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  158. I have subscribed via email to your blog

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