Monday, March 2, 2015

Day 1 of the Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop !


            Simply Striped Pillow Blog Hop
                             March 2



Welcome to my first Blog Hop at  Susie's Sunroom!

I invited six "super star" quilters to make a pillow  "any way you like" from  one pattern-   
     the Simply Striped Accent Pillow Pattern   { available on my Craftsy here}!

Each day of the hop,  we will  have a guest blogger and  they will share their own pillow.

I also have a giveaway to share with you at the end of the post!  **The Giveaway is now closed.**

So let's get started!!

Our first quilter, as well as designer, is the talented and artistic Elaine, of Summercrafter blog:                                                     
Meet Elaine    @ Summercrafter  blog

Hi! My name is Elaine the Summercrafter. It used to be that Summer was when I could really enjoy crafting and quilting. Now, I am embarking on a pattern designing business and I couldn't be happier doing something I really enjoy, like making pillows for one. I had a great time doing Susie's Striped Pillow Tutorial (once I decided which fabrics to use).

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For me, choosing the fabrics always takes the longest, yep, I over think it!


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I am in the process of making a baby quilt for a little bundle of joy due to arrive early in the Summer. Once I had the quilt pieces cut out, squares and rectangles, I had the rest to use for my pillow.


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I had to play with Susie's measurements and see which pieces would work best.


Because of the fabric restrictions I encountered, I ended up making two FRONT versions of the pillows. On one side, I used rectangles to make the stripe in the color scheme I was using for the quilt. I love how it pops on the gray.
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On the other side, I accented the pillow with orange chevron.


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To assemble the pillow, I was able to "patch up" pieces of batting and adhered it using spray baste which I like to use for small projects. I basically had two small quilt tops. After flipping the pillow, I dreaded that closing stitch that never quite comes out as neat as I would like. So I decided to add a little binding for some color contrast and to conceal the stitches.

I left a big opening to stuff the pillow. TIP: Always sew the binding on completely to one side BEFORE stuffing the pillow!


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Overall, I have to say Susie's tutorial was really easy to follow, her photographs were very detailed and helpful for us visual learners. You can find the pattern for the pillow right here.


And more pictures...

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I think this pillow can grow up with the baby right through college!


Elaine


Wow!!  I just love Elaine's pillow!!  These fabrics are so vibrant,, and I love the binding addition to my pattern!  This will be a much-treasured gift for that little baby boy!!
The Schedule-    here at Susie's Sunroom  :      
                        
March 2   Elaine    Summercrafter       

March 3   Susie  Susie's Sunroom      

March 4   Geta      Geta's Quilting Studio     

March 5   Sheri   Sunshine in the Attic         

March 6   Lara    BuzzinBumble          

March 7   Amanda    The Patchsmith   

March 8   Amy  Amy Made That!     

Now for the GIVEAWAY :    ~the giveaway is now closed

The Prize:    

Windham Fabrics  Wallflowers charm pack  plus 1 yd  Wallflowers Lattic Green
plus  Easy Angle 6 1/2 " ruler  by Sharon Hultgren
 
The  Prize:

One  Wallflowers  Charm pack   (by Windham Fabrics)  and
One yard -  Wallflowers Lattice Green fabric      and 
 Tool-   Easy Angle 6 1/2 " ruler   by Sharon Hultgren 

To Enter:      Simply leave a comment on this post.
  If you need an idea... you can  tell me ( or confess ) if you have a large or a small fabric stash!

Contest dates:    Monday,  March 2 - Friday,  March 13, 2015   midnight EST * now closed*


Giveaway is open to USA and International friends !!  

If you are a no-reply blogger, you must  leave me your email address so that I can contact you , if you are the winner.   If there is no email address, I will have to do a re-draw and pick another winner.


Good luck everyone!  
Come back tomorrow to see what I  have made for the blog hop!


1. The pattern          2. Summercrafter


I'm off to my sewing room!


117 comments:

  1. What a cheerful pillow Elaine - so versatile and great colours.

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  2. Elaine, your version of the Simply Striped Pillow is so smart and handsome! What i really love is how you showed its versatility. It looks fun sitting with the teddy bear and baseball, classic on the bed, nautical by the poolside, and sporty with the football trophy! Truly a design that won't be outgrown!

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  3. Thanks for the kind words ladies. Susie congratulations on your first hop, what fun! I can't wait to see what the other ladies have made!

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  4. Love your color and fabric choice for the pillow….the binding was a great addition!!
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Great color and pattern choice for a pillow that'll be cherished throughout the years. No stash is too large, right?

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  6. Cute pillow, medium stash. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  7. I love how you combined the pattern and colors of the fabric, Elaine. The binding is a nice addition.

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  8. The swimming pool photo really sets off the shades of blue! Lovely pattern. I used to think I didn't have a stash but the other day I realised in the last year or so I have made giant steps or rather giant stacks (of fabric)!

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  9. her pillow is great. i like it sitting out by the pool.I look forward to seeing more.

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  10. This pillow turned out so great! I agree with Carrie - it looks awesome by the pool, in the famous Summercrafter chair. Well done, Elaine!

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  11. Elaine's pillow is darling-- well maybe attractive and sophisticated is a better description! My favorite photo is the one with the teddy bear and baseball.

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  12. I'm really excited to see all of these upcoming pillow ideas, but mostly because I've found some new quilty blogs to follow! My stash is small-ish, but it's growing. :)

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  13. Fun pattern! can see it could be one of those addictive patterns. About my stash... Let's just say it is all out in the open now, no where left to hide it.
    Thanks for the give-away.

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  14. I love your pillow; the design is simple, yet stunning!

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  15. Beautiful pillow! I have a huge stash....way too much, I could sew for years...oh my gosh!

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  16. Lovely pillow! Quilting for over a decade, yes, I have built up a bit of a stash!

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  17. It's always fun to see what different people do with a pattrn so I look forward to seeing more versions. My stash is getting pretty large -and growing -and I Love it!

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  18. I like how the orange pops and it always looks great with blue. It's a great summer color combo. About my stash, I try to keep it limited to the three drawers of an antique wash stand. If it starts to escape or get too crowded, then it's time to thin the heard by making something or selling some of it off.

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  19. My stash is pretty small. I love your pillow. Can't wait to see more. (Hope this didn't come up twice).

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  20. never enough of that beautiful stuff... fabric

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  21. What fun! Can't wait to see the other variations on this pattern!

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  22. Love the simple lines and colors in your pillow! Great giveaway.
    Thanks!
    nettiecrain@live.com

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  23. HI, WHAT A NEAT POST!
    I'M A BEGINNER QUILTER SO THE STASH IS SMALL; DON'T EXPECT IT TO STAY THAT WAY!
    THANKS FOR SHARING+A GREAT GIVEAWAY TOO!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  24. I love your pillow. I haven't added much to my stash in the last couple of years, I am trying to get it used up so I can justify a shopping spree.

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  25. I have a large stash. Love, love your pillow. Simple but so pretty. Great job. Thanks for the great giveaway too. I've also shared your giveaway on my Giveaway List for sewers & quilters at wowilikethat.com. Thanks again. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

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  26. Thank you for your giveaway. I have what many would term a small stash ...but it is growing. Wallflowers would be a wonderful addition!

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  27. I have a "medium" stash of quilt fabrics. I am always looking to add to it though.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  28. Beautiful pillow. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

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  29. Orange and blue is always a great combo-if you're brave enough to try it! Lovely pillow.

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  30. I think my stash is small in comparison to others I've seen (though I'm a fairly new sewer), however if you ask my husband he would gladly tell you I have plenty, if not too much, fabric. We agree to disagree.

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  31. My stash is small compared to some.....but it has the colors that I want and use....but I can always use more.....more is always better.....

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  32. I have a small stash as I am a new quilter! thanks! Those pillows are lovely!

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  33. Oh it's a large one:) My goal si to make lots of scrapy quilts and start using some of it up!!!

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  34. I have a fabric stash that I think is a large one, but in comparison to others, it's fairly small. I once ran into a woman in a fabric store in Arizona that told me she had to rent a storage unit to hold all of her fabrics! Yikes! Now that makes mine tiny!

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  35. I have a really small fabric stash, but it's slowly growing bigger, I love all the ideas of projects that I am finding!

    - lwest.86@hotmail.com

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  36. My stash is spreading like a glacier, slowly, silently, steadily. It's a natural wonder.
    Thanks for the fun draw and blog hop. I love to see what others are doing.

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  37. Great pillows and I love the fabric. My stash is so so.

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  38. Thank you for hosting the giveaway! weitay at gmail dot ocm

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  39. My fabric stash is medium sized but very varied. Too varied to co-ordinate, I almost always have to buy more fabric for each project.

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  40. Hi Susie, Pillows are great little projects to make simple changes to the feel of a room. thank your for the opportunity to win the fabrics and ruler, I don't have an angle ruler yet, maybe soon though.

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  41. I have a small fabric stash of mostly not cute fabrics. I just started sewing so I'm trying to build a stash. I would love some really cute fabrics to motivate me to do a more advanced project!

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  42. I have a massive amount of fabric yet never have what I need to start a project! mrskaty marriott at gmail dot com

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  43. I have a small to medium sized stash, growing steadily. Would love a chance to win!

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  44. beautiful pillow! I would say my stash is medium sized- though I fear when I get my new sewing room in a few months, it might grow out of control!
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  45. I have a large stash of small pieces - a lot of fat quarters so that forces me to make quilts with lots of fabrics.

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  46. I have a rather large stash but not much of it is for quilting. I usually work on costumes and am just beginning to switch over to quilting.

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  47. I have a small to medium stash compared to most bloggers when I see their craft rooms online. But my family probably thinks I have a lot! I'd love to win your giveaway..perfect for a new table runner. Your pillow is striking!

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  48. I have a very small stash, including a couple of kits for quilts I want to make soon!

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  49. I have the usual 'my husband thinks I have a large stash' stash. I don't buy fabric too often, usually when I am working on a project and need something.

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  50. I don't have much of a stash...I normally only buy fabric for a specific project that I'm working on at the moment and use it then. I do have a couple of quilts kits that I haven't gotten to yet, though!

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  51. I would love to win this prize - it looks so good! I am a newbie quilter and thanks for the chance to win! I have a very modest stash right now.

    merryorganic at gmail dot com

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  52. mine is smallish but growing! I had to put a hold on my fabric buying until I'm out of school and have a job again.
    roseharries_06@hotmail.com

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  53. I think my stash is medium sized, even though my husband would call it large. But in comparison to other friends stash mine is not that bad.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  54. I have a very small stash since I am new at quilting

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  55. My stash is always too smal for a new quilt.
    Erika from Austria

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  56. wow, what a fun blog hop! love me some pillows! and the fabrics are so pretty! patchworkgarden@aol.com

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  57. Gorgeous pillow. I have a small stash as I have only recently started sewing. However, it appears to be growing quite rapidly!!

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  58. I have a small stash of quilting cotton - it all fits in one drawer. But I have another two shelves of miscellaneous other fabric.

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  59. I have a large stash as I have been quilting for a long time. It's amazing how such a simple pillow design adds so much to a room.

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  60. I've been quilting for about 30 years and my stash is fairly large.

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  61. I've been quilting for 40 years and have accumulated quite a large stash. Many years ago I donated my older fabrics to local group to do as they wanted with it, mostly charity quilts.

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  62. Orange has never been one of my favorite colors, but I love it in this pillow! It looks great with the blue. And you're right - this is a great pillow for all ages! Thanks so much for sharing you beautiful work, and thanks for the great giveaway! I have a fairly small stash, but enough to keep me quilting!

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  63. Such a happy pillow! I have a small stash -- one little shelf of scraps. sarah@forrussia.org

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  64. I have a large stash of fabric, unfortunately I do not have a big collection of pieces a yard or larger.

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  65. It depends who is looking at it! I consider my stash as "small" but my husband says "HUGE"! lol...one can never have enough fabric!

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  66. How fun! I came here through LaraB's blog! I think my fabric stash is on the small side...but it is still wonderful :) I am only just beginning to make a few pillows and this one looks really cute and fun! Thanks for a sweet giveaway, too!

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  67. My stash is small but I make do with what I have and if I start a new project I only buy what I might need. Of course, if I see some other fabric that I fall in love with, I'll buy a little more!

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  68. I have a tiny stash. I am a new quilter, so I haven't had time to accumulate much fabric.
    cornelius.jessica@gmail.com

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  69. I have a tiny stash. I am a new quilter, so I haven't had time to accumulate much fabric.
    cornelius.jessica@gmail.com

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  70. Your pillow is very nice! My stash is getting pretty big. I need to use some up! Thanks for sharingQ cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  71. Your pillow is very nice! My stash is getting pretty big. I need to use some up! Thanks for sharingQ cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  72. Love the colors you used. Looks so bright!

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  73. Great and fun pictures!! Love the summer style of this pillow!!

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  74. I must confess I have a large stash but it's mostly small cuts or precuts!

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  75. What a great cushion - I love the colours!
    I would say my stash is kinda average!!

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  76. Love the cushion and the cute Kohl's bear. My fabric stash is based on my Grannie's rag bag which I inherited - basically offcuts from clothes alterations and bits I've picked up here and there over the years. There is definitely room for improvement.

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  77. What a great pillow. Orange and blue are great together.

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  78. My stash continues to grow, but it also comes in handy when I need to make something!

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  79. I am so impressed with the variety of ways the bloggers are treating this simple, but effective, pillow! Great inspiration to be found at all six stops. I have a --shh-- large stash. One of my friends said it's like paint for a painter, you need a lot of choices. :-) Somehow, I find I still have to make trips to the LQS or online stores, drat, you know how much I hate that...haha.

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  80. Sadly, I have a tiny stash. I only ever buy what I NEED. This would help fill in some empty space on the shelves. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  81. Simple design! So many possibilities!

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  82. Small in comparison to a fabric store. Ha!
    jarvenpa1ne@gmail.com

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  83. Forgot to add my email... capperoo@aol.com or colleeng73@gmail.com

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  84. I am enjoying all the pillow ideas. Thank you for hosting the giveaway. cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  85. Your cushion colour way is my absolute favourite! I think I have a medium sized stash. My husband thinks it is enormous.

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  86. I think it's a small stash but my husband complains it's a very large stash so who knows? I am working on using my fabric on hand though and not buying anything new so my stash is getting smaller!

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  87. Such a pretty pillow and it dresses up a room so nicely. I have a large stash but very varied so I am always looking for something else to go along with it.

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  88. I have a rather large stash but never just the right fabric when I need it, I wonder why that is????

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  89. My stash is kind of small compared to others that I know. Thanks for the giveaway. It's neat to see one pattern made many different ways.

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  90. My stash is large, although not as big as other quilters I have seen. I am working hard to whittling it down by using it up!

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  91. Loooove your Pillow!!! My stash is probably Medium to most..or even Small! lol But it is definitely Growing...seems to be taking on it's own Living Space too! giggle...

    Thanks for chance to win your fun Give-a-way too! :)

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  92. I love the colors you chose to do your pillow. Thanks for sharing.

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  93. Since I only started collecting fabric a year ago my stash is pretty big...but it always needs to be bigger!!!

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  94. I think my stash is in the medium range...of course that doesn't stop me from adding to it, lol. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  95. Love your pillows with the pop of orange. I have issues picking fabric as well. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  96. what a gorgeous design - I am loving seeing all the pillows :-)

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  97. Beautiful pillow pattern. So simple yet striking. My stash is pretty small because of habits and budget constraints. I like to buy for each project and have very little left over; its growing, though over time.

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  98. I loved looking at all the Pillows made from just one pattern. This roundup of bloggers has shown what it takes with a spark of one idea and create many things that are the same but unique...Thank you for the giveaway, and all the fabulous ideas......

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  99. Cute pillow Elaine. I've also been looking at all the fun variety of pillows . Great inspiration.

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  101. It's been fun looking at all the different pillows made with one pattern - all very cool. Our stash just got a little big bigger with a trip to a garage sale recently - Yippee!

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  102. My stash is shrinking slowly. I've two 6 ft tall cabinets that at one time were full. I can now get all of it in one cabinet. However I now have tons of scrap bins!

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  103. I have a medium sized stash of fabric, but I have a large stash of cross stitch supplies.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  104. I have a medium fabric stash, but a huge cross-stitch and wool stash! And patterns, books--well, that's a whole other story!! :o)

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  105. What a lovely variety of cushions! And as for my stash, there is definitely enough for a couple of cushions, but not enough to stop hankering after some more yummy additions!!

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  106. Great pillows! I have a fairly large stash, especially fat quarters BUT, there's always room for more, right?

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  107. Lovely! I think my fabric stash is quite moderate although my yarn stash is big.

    t_ktl at yahoo.com

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  108. NICE! I think my stash is much larger than my husband imagines.....

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  109. Nancy Hilderbrand gandn74@ymail.com I am a fairly new quilter so I don't have much stash

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  110. My fabric stash is quite small, but I still have enough fabric for a couple of bed quilts and a few wall hangings.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  111. I have a medium stash...I have seen some that are enormous, but not mine.. I.try to keep using it up!

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  112. I have a small stash compared to a lot of people due to having to keep it all in our bedroom along with all my other sewing things under the bed. Thanks for a great give-away. I do love making cushions and they are great, quick presents for friends too. x

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  113. I would say I have a medium sized stash, however, it's much too much for my small sewing room to contain! I used to have floor space in there. Now I can barely sidle through to my sewing machine! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  114. I have a moderate stash, but I need to start making and get rid of some of it so I can buy some new fabrics. cdahlgren at live dot com

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