February 8, 2011

Pillow Talk Day 8

Welcome to our Moda Pillow Talk Day 8! Have you been reading all these wonderful posts? I sure have. It's so much fun to learn (more) about these talented women through questions that uh, would not come up in a regular conversation...like ever. Not to mention that Sandy is doing a painting-a-day to go along with the hop! You have to go see how cute they are. Joanna is practically giving away the farm in her giveaway, and i think tomorrow is the last day to win a designer iron over at Anne's! **oops, nope. she picked a winner today. maybe it was you?

If you're a new reader here and are just beginning your hopping...welcome to our happy little Moda family!

You probably want to know what this is all about, right? Well, last fall at Quilt Market, Moda held a Schoolhouse called "Pillow Talk". Our fun-loving, brilliant marketing director (and maker-of-mischief), Lissa Alexander, asked each of us to make a pillow that told about us and our journey as a designer. It was the first market where i had a booth and when Lissa's email came in, i was in a sewing frenzy (understatement).

Did you ever watch Project Runway? Remember when contestants were in the final stretch of making something and then Tim Gunn waltzes into the studio and announces that they'll have to add another garment to their "look" without getting any extra time? That's sort of what it felt like! But challenges like this only make things more interesting because the less time you have to over think it, the easier it is to make decisions. At least sometimes. So let's send my pillow down the runway...
Before designing fabric with Moda, I really didn't sew. But i love to learn new things. I had learned about nine-patch quilts and thought that would be the perfect place to start: a simple grid. Nine squares. I can do this. My biggest hurdle is always where to start telling the "story". The beginning seemed good. So, i was born in New York City. See that square in the upper left corner? Yes, the city skyline..
The next significant step along my path was when i went to art school. At RISD, we were challenged to think creatively with playful freedom and to explore possibilities, but in a very deliberate way. Does that make sense? So if you go back to the first pillow picture, and look at the square in the upper right corner, i tried to embrace that same idea by sewing with reckless abandon! No plan other than color and of course, block size.

(Some of this might be broken record-ish to you...if so, just look at the pictures, skim through "The Questions" and get right to the giveaway!)

After art school, i worked at Simon and Schuster publishing in the children's division. I was a book designer for many of the media tie-in books for Nickelodeon. Which meant i knew more about Spongebob Squarepants, Rugrats and Blue's Clues than any 7 year old. I even designed the first set of Dora the Explorer books to ever hit the stores! Needless to say, there was always a stack of books on my desk. And when i found a traditional quilt block called "stack of books"...ding! (idea lightbulb) It became my center block:I made a bit of a transition from book publishing— where i designed things to print on paper — to children's accessories — where i designed things to be printed on fabric and other products. Again, i worked in the licensed character world and got to design watches, backpacks, flip flops, socks, slippers, umbrellas and so much more. The character property i worked on the most was my all time favorite:
Hello Kitty. I still love her...

...but eventually i had to say "Goodbye Kitty" when i hit another career path fork-in-the-road. This was really when i decided i needed to be making my own art. I had a booth at Surtex (an industry trade show) in NY which is where manufacturers go to find original art to put on their products, and met an agent who i began working with. Around this time, i had shown some of my designs to family members, one of whom is an avid quilter.

You know where this is headed, right? She thought my designs would be great on fabric and said, "You should try to work with Moda." I didn't know who Moda was (i can hear the gasps), but asked my agent to try to get in touch with them and to send along a giant pile of designs. You know the rest! Every day i thank my lucky "star of Texas" (bottom left corner block even though i think this traditional block is called "ohio star". just bear with me for the story we're almost finished)...
(aka: Moda) for allowing me to do something which brings me a joy i had not known.
And now there are spools of thread (lower right corner traditional block called "spool") all around my studio and thread on the floor, and stuck to my socks, and stuck to my sweaters and in the dryer and the refrigerator!
I included the flowers because i love to garden :)
Right now, my pillow is on vacation in France (wish i were there with it!), but that news will have to wait just a little bit longer...

Poke, poke. You still awake?

Now for "The Questions":

What is a little known fact about yourself?
I’m pretty handy with a plumbing wrench (you can stop laughing now). I didn’t know this until we bought our house and certain things needed fixing and upgrading. The sink in our bathroom was so tacky (i’m being nice here) and from the day we moved in, we wanted to replace it. Right around that time, my sister-in-law and her husband were renovating and about to toss their 1940s porcelain-covered cast iron bathroom sink into the dumpster, but asked if we had any use for it. I happen to love those old sinks, so we snatched it up.

It sat in our garage for a few months and then I had one of those “how hard can it be to install a sink” moments (could also read: “do we really have to pay someone to do that?”) With some determination, a very handy “Plumbing 1-2-3” book, and many consultations with the guy in the plumbing aisle at Home Depot, I installed the sink in a day. Yes, a very long day, but the sink hasn’t fallen off the wall yet! I also replaced the fixtures on it. Just look at that shiny chrome…
And a little confidence is a dangerous thing — since then, i’ve replaced our kitchen faucet, repaired a leak in our bathtub, installed a new shower head, and fixed a rotary ball faucet. We only had to call Roto-Rooter once to fix something i “fixed”. And in case you're wondering, the answer is "no" i don’t make house calls.

Another little known fact about me: I never leave home without chapstick.

Oh, and last one: I would eat hot dogs every day of the week if they were good for you.

How do you relax?
I cook. There’s something about the repetitive actions of prep-work (like chopping, dicing, slicing, and mincing) that i find very relaxing and meditative. I also like to make bread and anyone who has ever hand-kneaded dough might know what i mean about how relaxing that is. It requires time, patience, and attention, and i enjoy all the care that goes into making a single loaf--even though it's hard to make any less than three at a time. A little melted butter on a slice just fresh out of the oven is a simple joy i will always appreciate. I just learned (through this hop) that Anne and Alma make bread too! Had no idea..

What do you sleep in - PJ's or NightGown?
Just your average t-shirt and shorts. I used to wear a nightgown, but would wake up in the middle of the night twisted up in it like a pretzel, or a cruller.What kind of pillow do you like, Hard or soft, foam or feather? And why?
I prefer a soft, feather cloud that i can sink my head into and barely know it’s there.

When you were young did you sleep with a stuffed animal? If so what?
I had many stuffed animals but none that i remember sleeping with. I do remember sleeping with Mr. Meow, though (but he was real, and for those of you who have asked, yes that's me in the picture):
Do you sew in bed? Read? Watch TV? eat?
I usually do Sudoku puzzles in bed. By that time of the day, that’s all the brain power I have left. If I read in bed, I usually end up re-reading what I had “read” the next day.

How many nights have you or your spouse spent on the couch?
One. Right after we installed our “surround sound” tv speakers, we decided to make it a “movie night”. We have a small couch in our living room that is the best place to get the “full effect” of the stereo. It also happens to be a twin-size pullout couch, so we squished together on it to watch the movie. The surround sound was great. The movie stunk. We fell asleep in the middle of it — on the couch, together. Are we geeks, or what?! (no need to answer that)

Nighttime toddy?
Hot ginger tea with lemon.

Early to bed or all-nighter?
I’m definitely a night person and that causes lots of problems with my morning person. I think Jerry explains it best.

Who would you most like to have a pillow fight with?
My teenage nieces. Even though they’re younger and quicker than i am, they’re sure to stop at some point to text message their friends, at which time i’d make my move. If it were a famous person i’d want to have a pillow fight with? Hands down: Claes Oldenberg with one of his giant french fries:
If you've managed to read all that you deserve something special!! How would you like to win a jelly roll of Central Park?
There will also be some other surprises but i can't tell you what they are otherwise they won't be surprises anymore. So if you'd like to enter, please help me by doing either or both of the following:

1. Please let me know if there is a certain color you are craving to use in your fabric projects, but just can't find enough of out there — or a color you'd like me to consider for a future palette.

2. If you already follow my blog and subscribe to my newsletter, thank you! Please let me know if there's something you're interested in learning more about (other than the ravioli lesson i still owe you!). If you're new here, please sign up to follow my blog and/or newsletter and come back here to let me know. **There's something wrong with the newsletter sign-up form on my blog, so please click here to sign up from my website. Thank you!

Winners for this giveaway will be picked on Sunday the 13th.

And please, if you have a spare moment, try to get involved with the Million Pillowcase Challenge sponsored by American Patchwork and Quilting. It's such a wonderful cause and has helped to form special bonds for some very special people i'm lucky to know.

The hop continues tomorrow over at Kathy's blog. Wait until you see her beautiful pillow. Keep on hopping!

***COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED
AND WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY!***

1,049 comments:

  1. I have a craving for an eggplant hue of purple. Love your fabrics!

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  2. What a great story! Thanks for sharing your journey in such a wonderfully evocative way!

    I'm hankering for a little mossy green...

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  3. How about a little bit of pink? I'm a girly, girl...just a dash would do!!

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  4. I am a lover of all things green, keep them coming.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  5. I am now a follower of your blog!! I have been inspired by Joyce and her daughter Sarah from JEllen's House of Fabric to make some pillowcases for the challenge.

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  6. Your pillow is so beautiful. As a librarian I especially love the stack of books. I absolutely adore Central Park and have a hard time cutting into mine. Did you ever consider CP wallpaper? I'd be the first one to buy it!
    As for colours, I'd love to see more "antique" or dusty colours. I'm also pretty fond of lavender.

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  7. I love your new line. The colors are reminiscent of the colors I remember from the late 60's, early 70's only fresh and clean. Guess I'm showing my age!
    Grandma Rita

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  8. I follow your blog! Thanks for such fun info about you and definitely for your generous give-away!

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  9. Your pillow is a secret keeper.... love it!
    I'm just in love with green.....

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  10. I love seeing Hello Kitty tucked peeking out from your pillow. When I was a nursery school teacher, the little girls in my class were thrilled whenever I brought in Hello Kitty stickers.

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  11. I would love to see more contemporary NAVY and PURPLE designs - I seem to find a lot of "childish" or "whimsical" blues and purples - but not a lot of sophisticated ones... does that make any sense? I would love to have a purple and white quilt... and since you asked... I'm so sick of gray and orange I could scream. There. I said it.

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  12. Central Park is my favorite line ever, and I just today came and found your blog and I'm so happy i did!

    I have a friend who loves orange, and I'm trying to make her something fun. But when I go to the quilt shop it seems there are only three shades of orange. Halloween orange, rust, gold. It works okay, but I'd love it if there was more variety! I do love the orange in central park, so I feel a bit greedy asking for more oranges. :)

    For me, I'm all about the aqua, but I can't complain, there's a lot of that out there.

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  13. So when I found your blog today, I immediately subscribed. :) However, I'd love to get your newsletter, but when I try to subscribe I get an error "Please enter a value". I'm using Firefox on Windows Vista. Not sure what's going on with it. :(

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  14. I'm loving green right now... maybe a mint green?

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  15. I love the story that your pillow tells and it is beautiful too! Who would ever believe you were not a quilter until recently?
    RED!! I'd love to see lots of RED in modern, fun prints that aren't Christmas prints (although yes, I do love your Christmas prints).

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  16. I love purples, but don't often seem to find the "right" one in fabrics! Would love to see more :)

    And I know a million people have said it before me, but I guess for you it doesn't really get old: I LOVE your Central Park line :)

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  17. I'm a recent follower - love keeping up with all your wonderful creativity!

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  18. I am a long time subsriber to your blog. I love to see your work and would love to see the process...how you start working on say Central Park, make the sketches (or use a computer), pick the colors. The whole process fascinates me. I'd love to see your original drawing for those Reservoir prints (those tulips are so beautiful!).

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  19. I've seen Central Park everywhere on-line but where can I find it in the UK? Love all those bright colours - especially orange but am thinking of sea blues and greens for summer...or ice-cream colours especially pistachio!

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  20. Have now joined your family of followers and thanks for the invitation. I am looking forward to seeing more loveliness in your future designs. And thanks for the opportunity to win some Central Park...fingers crossed!

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  21. I honestly think that good browns are hard to find. I want some rich chocolatey browns that don't look like dirt or washed out. I would love to win some Central Park!

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  22. I also started officially following your blog. I have followed it just checking it every day though. I would love to see lots of home dec stuff. I need some great ideas!

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  23. Just as I was reading about your spool of thread and the thread on the floor, my 3 year old informed me that he wanted to take a spool of some lovely aqua thread to bed with him--it's all over the house here, too!
    I love the oranges and aquas and lilacs in Central Park. Okay, and the green and yellows--that's almost all of it--the stone is a great neutral. Red is something I don't see much of. Particularly a true red rather than a dark pink red.

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  24. I am loving purple and browns! I can't seem to get enough of them right now. Thank you so much for the chance!!

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  25. I just became a follower! :-)I love the Central Park collection and the colours in it. I love aqua, there's a lot of that around, fortunately, and also the combo of aqua with green or red. For fall I can see myself craving a mix of grey, purple and petrol.

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  26. I think aubergine would be a good colour, with greys perhaps?
    Cheddar is another
    Loved your pillow story, the thoughts behind the process were good to get to know you
    Chris x

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  27. Clear red. It's hard to find except in Christmas lines. Your pillow is fantasic and tells a great story of who you are.

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  28. I would love to see more periwinkle blue. I think you used some of the color I'm looking for in central park, but I haven't gotten to see it in person yet. Which is why I need to win it :)

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  29. I love the spice colours like cinnamon but they are usually solids. I would like some spicey patterns with plenty of crisp white.

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  30. I love your pillow and would really like to see you design more quilts and small projects!

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  31. I fell in love with the CP range as soon as I saw it on the 'Coming Soon' section of the FatQuarterShop, great colours, great graphics - love, love, love them!!! I'm making the Urban Life quilts with them ATM. I'm a follower and I'd love a duck egg blue and fire engine red colourway

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  32. What a lovely pillow---love all the colors! The story that you told with it is really nice, too ;). My daughter is getting married this fall and I would love to do a quilt for her in her wedding colors: kind of a medium gray and tea rose/mango palette. I would love to make something with the Central Park collection just for me! Thanks for the give-away~~

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  33. I found your blog today and am now a follower:) Loving it!!!

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  34. Your pillow is great, would love to see more shades of green in fabrics.

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  35. Recently, I am really loving orange. I think my daughter is partially responsible for this; we just revamped her room with orange and chocolate:) Also, I am really into light turquoise these days. Weird combination to be sure, but there you have it! Thanks for hosting and for giving me a chuckle or two this morning:)

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  36. I am a follower of your blog, would like to see some bags made from your fabric!

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  37. I am a humble follower and fan of your beautiful fabrics. I love turquoise. I cannot get enough.

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  38. glendabusby@yahoo.comFebruary 8, 2011 at 4:56 AM

    Love your brights. All shades of green are a favorite of mine. I am trying to subscribe to your newsletter and it says add a value. Don't know what that is. I am new to leaving comments. glenda

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  39. Oh I love Central Park! Waiting every day for my order to arrive!
    Best wishes
    Susanne

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  40. I would love some subtle light greens - mint and sage, for example - and at the moment, I can't get enough lavender and violet.
    I tried to subscribe to your newsletter too, and got the "please enter a value" error message. Maybe something's up?
    thanks for your blog, and for the chance to win.

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  41. I'm sure that any color combination that you come up with will be lovely. You have such amazing talents. I always like more muted colors.
    stephensons4 at embarqmail dot com

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  42. I've been subscribing to your blog since the Verna fabric debuted. I always enjoy your content. keep up the good work!
    stephensons4 at embarqmail dot com

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  43. I love seeing the blues in fabric lines. Green is also a fabric color that I use way too often.

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  44. I also just subscribed to your blog. I tried to sign up for the email list, but the computer is acting all wonky.

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  45. I was desperately trying to find more purple fabrics recently, and it was surprisingly difficult!

    So good to know more about you :-)

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  46. I like soft pink, pink purpel and rosered the best, i just can't get enough of that:-)
    btw love your fabrics.
    *Anneke*

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  47. I am a follower now to:-)
    *Anneke*

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  48. Your pillow and story are wonderful - thank you! As for colors I have been searching for the right purples - hard to find!

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  49. Eggplant & turquoise is my favourite combination right now, I'd love to see more fabrics with the two!

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  50. periwinkle!!! That's just a fun word to say!

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  51. I would love to see a range of fabrics designed around a rich "Peacock" colour palette: emeralds, royal blues, purples....

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  52. I love tangerine and aqua..Also lt blue lilac pink rasberry..I guess all of them!! Love your designs and fabrics...Thank you

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  53. PLUS - I am already a follower :)

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  54. I bought some Christmas fabric late last year, and today decided I wanted to hunt up a little extra of it (because of course I never got around to using it a month before Christmas). When I went search for it, I discovered it was your range (12 Days of Christmas)... and then here you are as today's Pillow Talk!

    I'll definitely be following your blog now...

    As for what a certain colour that I'd want? Right now I want you to make fabric I *don't* want because I can't afford to buy any and I'd hate to think I was missing out LOL

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  55. Your pillow is fabulous and such a great story with it!
    I'm a sucker for purple. There can never be enough purple fabric! I love the purples in central park and would love to see more of those shades.

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  56. beautiful pillow and what a great story it tells.
    I would love to see more Blue

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  57. I'm a follower. I think you should give us all plumbing lessons now! Ha! I always like when people share their creative process and any of the process involved in creating these gorgeous fabrics.

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  58. I really enjoyed your "pillow talk". I would love a group of coordinated fabrics in eggplant, green (not lime, not the avocado from the 70's) and navy (or indigo). Love those combinations. And what's the matter with hot dogs seven days a week? I never tire of them, either! But, I'll give you they're not very healthy. Keep creating all of those wonderful designs!!!!

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  59. it's probably a good thing i didn't go to market.
    i would have been tempted to steal your pillow.
    :P

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  60. I'd love to win a jelly roll of Central Park! I love your fabrics -- bright colors are my current love and your designs fit the bill for sure!

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  61. I am a blue lover so I would expect to say blue to your question about color. But as I have been hiking everyday through the grayness of an Indiana winter the only color I have been seeing is the beautiful red of the cardinals flitting through the trees. So, now I'm in a red mood.
    I was at your schoolhouse and saw the pillow. I then met you at your booth, a few times. You were so much fun to talk to.

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  62. you are the one designer I have found that does the colors i have been looking for. -purple, blues and greens. Cant' wait to see what you come out with next.

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  63. At the moment I love the reds, pinks, greens, all mixed together. I also love Central Park and will definitely be buying but will wait....just in case...LOL

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  64. I am already one of your followers, and love your blog.

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  65. Blue, darker shades, which look so rich with deep purple and emerald green.

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  66. Central Park?! Yay! Love that line, but don't have any yet. I do have a FQ bundle of Verna, and I'm having the best time making the Block-A-Palooza blocks using mostly Verna. The bright pink is perfect. I'd like to see a blue with less green, like a clear blue/slightly purple-y blue, that sounds yummy.

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  67. I loved your story. I love blues, but not any blue, I'm always looking for a periwinkle type blue.
    Elizabeth

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  68. I tried to sign up for your newsletter, but it kept saying to enter a value.

    I also want to start using teals and aquas more.

    All the girls in my family are big Hello Kitty fans

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  69. I loved your story.
    Colors that I would like to see would be the blues, light blue to navy blue.
    Thanks,
    Connie F
    naej95@mchsi.com

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  70. I love all your color palettes. I look for fresh, clear, clean colors (not muddy, musky or antique-y)...but I'd really like a good "Salmon-y" color. (wild Alaskan Sock-eye, please) Like Fiesta ware "Persimmon"..not orange. Actually, I'm loving all my Fiesta ware colors...Scarlett, Persimmon, Sunflower, Lemongrass,and Turquoise.I'd be all over that.

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  71. Love your pillow, you put so much effort into it! I am thrilled by your use of purples in Central Park, I have found it hard in the past to find a fabric line with a beautiful purple and that is modern and bright!

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  72. I forgot to mention, I am a subscriber to your blog. Love it.

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  73. I would love some pastel blue based type greens. There is something restful yet happy about certain shades of green. I like happy colors.

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  74. I always chose some sort of blue.......so would not dare suggest color! But in bringing home a jelly roll or other precut, I get the variety to work with that forces me outside my comfort zone.

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  75. I am a subscriber. Enjoy your posts.

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  76. The fabric I am always searching for and seldom find is this -- interesting background fabrics. Things like white with a subtle pale grey design, or with tiny lime green or pale blue swirls. Things like that. Something that reads as white, but looks more interesting than white on white.
    Love your blog and fabrics; thanks for the chance to win.

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  77. Loved your pillow story, all the delicious bits. Bread baking is wonderful-so much fun to give a loaf as a surprise!My hand-me-down recipe makes 5 loaves from 5lbs flour. Would love to see good "creams";even tho' there's lots, I like new fresh cream. Tried to follow but box told me to "add a value"? Hmm

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  78. oh kate... i love orange... but you knew that.. but let someone else win.

    anyway... i figured out why we get along so well. Oh, and last one: I would eat hot dogs every day of the week if they were good for you. Yeah so hot dogs aren't as bad as you think and I do eat them at least 3 times a week. seriously.

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  79. My color for now is aqua! I love it! Your post is wonderful and funny! The story behind the pillow is great! Thanks for sharing and a chance to win!

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  80. I am fortunate to live in an area where I have 4 quilt shops within 45 mile radius they all carry a different color scheme I would love to see more creamy greens thank you for the great pillow story I really enjoyed it

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  81. I love your Fandango and Central Park lines. I'm not normally a quilter with soft or light colors, normally dark, navy, brown, etc., but I'm trying to work outside the box and use lighter colors more, brighten my mood! Thanks!

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  82. Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed getting to know you from the blog. My favorite would be a fabric line in shades of blue! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  83. I loved your pillow-very creative. How about some great browns, tans and also an eggplant color? This has been a great quilt hop!

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  84. My color is green, I am trying to use other colors. But I always go back to greens. I like the little door in the middle of the pillow. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  85. I really enjoyed reading your blog and am now an official follower.

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  86. I just added your blog to my Google reader.

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  87. I love red so any good red print needs a home in my stash.

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  88. I always enjoy hearing how designers get their start. Blues would be great!

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  89. I am really into gray right now - it is a great neutral. :)

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  90. Your pillow really speaks to me. I absolutely love Hello Kitty, especially after spending 3 years in Japan. It's so clever she's behind the stack of books. I love cornflower blue and it's sadly lacking in any new or old line of fabric.

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  91. I am a follower and I love all of your designs!!!

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  92. love your pillow kate!! i am dying to make one, but a little intimidated :O(
    as for your colors, keep designing the way you are, all your fabric is so pretty!!
    i have been following you since you started your blog, and i am glad to have become cyber friends with you.

    stacey

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  93. Really? Hot dogs every day? I love hot dogs, but probably wouldn't want them every day!

    Right now all colors seem to be my favorites, and every single one of your lines has hit it on the nose ... don't change a thing!!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    jfquilts@gmail.com

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  94. The only thing better than winning a jelly roll of Central Park, would be winning a fat quarter bundel! Love your fabrics and the pillow is gorgeous. For colors I love green like mint, the ocean... Great pillow talk! Thanks for sharing. Greetings from Seoul

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  95. I am a follower of your blog! Love to hear you share!

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  96. And I'm a follower. Thanks!

    jfquilts@gmail.com

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  97. I am really loving that old green color...you know the one from the 70s shag carpet...it is retro but modern at the same time.

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  98. Hi Kate, I have just discovered your blog from Joanna's and I have loved this pillow talk... I love your fabrics too, just finished using 12 days of Christmas..loved it... must say I like the color Cherise and don't see it to often...off to become a follower... thanks for pillow talking.....
    Hugs Dawn x

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  99. Nancy T (mnthone49@aol.com)February 8, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    I want to use more Orange -- that's a color I have almost never used, and I don't see a lot of it out there (except for at Halloween, and who wants just a Halloween quilt?). I really enjoyed learning more about you on this blog hop, and I'm signed up to receive an auto feed. Keep it coming! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  100. I am a new follower, and enjoy your blog.

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  101. Just added you to my google reader as I could not subscribe directly from your blog.

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  102. Hi!
    Just loved reading about the serendipity of your life!! --Amazing!
    I love red -- I can never have enough of it!!

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  103. Kelly green! (I'm seeing a lot of "green" in the comments!)

    Your post had everything - not the "kitchen" sink, but even a sink!

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  104. Loved your story and your pillow is beautiful - so creative which is not surprising after reading your story. I am new to your fabric, but I'm already hooked on it. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  105. I have signed up to follow your blog.

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  106. Thank you for sharing your interesting creative self! I am craving traditional/vintage easter colors/fabrics. robin egg blue, lavender/purple, yellow, mint greens that you can use at Easter time. If fact, just doing Easter, like you do your great Christmas fabrics!I love your 12 days of Christmas and really looking forward to your Flurry. So, if you did an Easter line...wow, Kate Spain Easter!

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  107. I tried to sign up for your Newsletter. I'm not sure it worked. It said add a value, but nothing to type in. So, I hope I'm signed up.

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  108. Hello. I have been a follower of your blog for some time now. I always like your color palette, but I do wish there were more bright pastel-like purples out there. Not shades of lavender but something a little more sophisticated. Thank you for the giveaway. BTW, love the pillow and the story.

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  109. I just subscribed to your blog! really enjoyed reading your post and looking forward to getting to know you better in the future :-)

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  110. I adore your pillow and how it represents your creative journey. Central Park is just the best fabric line. I love eggplant purple, sage green, and cool shades of gray.

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  111. I can't get enought of yellow and orange.

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  112. I love purple, but recently realized that I have almost no purple fabric (gasp!). Love Fandango, love Central Park, can't wait to see Flurry!

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  113. I follow your blog! I really enjoyed your blog post about the inspiration for your Central Park line with the photos from Central Park and how it was represented in fabric. I would love more "inspiration to design" posts. thanks!!

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  114. Wow-you've had a remarkable life! Your pillow story is amazing! I'm currently working on the Fat Quarter Shop BOM w/your fabric and I love it. I doubt I would have thought of those colors as Christmas colors, but the blocks just sparkle. I'm always looking for loden green and a soft sagey green. While I love all greens, they are my favorites.

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  115. I am a very happy follower of your blog.

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  116. I just joined your blog and am so glad I am following the pillow talk blog and meeting new designers.

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  117. I love shades of greens and blues. Mint greens, turquoise blues. Or, you can make some fabric inspired by your recent Caribbean vacation, which I was completely jealous of! sarahbethe at yahoo dot com

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  118. What a great hop this is! I love getting to know you all. I have been interested in the color gray lately. I think it's a great neutral color.

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  119. Your pillow is so cute! I love an eggplant color and don't find a lot of that out there. Thanks for the chance to win!

    gale
    galew417@comcast.net

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  120. Hello to a fellow Night Person! (I love Seinfeld, and somehow have never seen that bit.. LOVE IT :-)
    I'm SO excited!! Contests are so much fun-- I hope I win! ;-) So, to choose a color now.... Well, I tend to love blues, so I *would* say blue, but actually I think I will step away from my normal tendencies and say "RED". Reds seem to just POP in a quilt and I probably have fewer reds than any of the other colors... SO, red it is. :-)
    Thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to win one of your prizes, and for sharing your incredible talent with all of us. Your fabrics are gorgeous! I really enjoyed reading about your pillow, and your answers to all the questions.

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  121. I am already a follower and find your blog so inspirational!

    gale
    galew417@comcast.net

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  122. I'm a follower ... as of a minute ago and thank goodness - can't believe I wasn't before this! I've made about 50 pillow cases (my guild donated 500) and I love Central Park - like everyone else who's ever seen it.

    I'd love to see more red but not really red. The color that would fall in between red and orange.

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  123. Enjoyed your post. The pillow was too cute. I would like to see more purples - the grape kind in the crayola box with colors that complimented it. I love all the brighter colors, but need to find some "manly" prints.
    Thanks!

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  124. Your pillow is adorable! Love the story behind it and the colors in Central Park are lively and vibrant. My goodness, you are definitely a woman of many talents. You sound very handy to have around. Thanks for sharing and for this great giveaway. Can't think if any colors I'd like to see more cause you touch on all of them.

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  125. Very nice blog. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd love to see more grays and yellows.

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  126. Just saw the tease for the new Christmas line at the top of the page - I'm going to love it!!!!

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  127. I love color, but usually trend towards blue - and it is so very hard to find 'clear' blue colors. Love the story your pillow tells!

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  128. I have been following your blog for awhile. I really enjoy your posts and LOVE your fabric!

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  129. Love the pillow, the color I want to use are purples, all shades from deep deep grape colors to dainty lilac. Would love the jelly roll of Central Park as I enjoy "the central park" Thanks for the great fabric.

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  130. A little girl I am making acquit for wants aqua, it is really hard to find lots of aqua designs so I would love that!
    brienne_scott@yahoo.com

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  131. I love purples and also yellow and gray.

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  132. I'd love to see more purples. I am dying to try something in purple and peach/apricot.

    Thank you for your generousity. You are an inspiration to us all.

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  133. I would love to try a quilt with your fabrics. I haven't seen enough blue or lavender fabric lately. Thanks for the chance to win a jelly roll from you.

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  134. There's a colour I heart so much, it's acid green. It's so cute with brown, or whit turquoise... so, for your next palette...
    I'm a follower and I would like you to write about all sort of tricks of the quilter trade...

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  135. The Hello Kitty surprise was so fun! I love all your colors, but what I crave especially these days are creams, mochas, and soft turquois.

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  136. I love your pillow and everything about your fabric, your blog, love hello kitty, love that you have the threads on everything you wear too....I have a pair of socks....micro fabric....and the threads stick like glue....oh well. I've read every word and thought the same...that Joanna was giving away the farm. I love your colors now...not too many to add, maybe pinks. Thanks for sharing.

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  137. I follow your blog!
    brienne_scott@yahoo.com

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  138. I receive the newsletter :)
    brienne_scott@yahoo.com

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  139. I signed up for your newsletter. I enjoyed learning about you and look forward to learning more about you and your fabric lines.

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  140. I love CP and all the colors in it. But my all time favorite color is green.

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  141. I would love to see some amazing deep purple. Like an eggplant type. There just isn't a lot of purple out there :) I loved your interview, so fun to get to know more about you. I especially got a kick out of you sleeping on the couch for the movie :)

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  142. hello! shades of purple and green with a crisp white; winter is stretching out far too long and those colors make me think of spring.

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  143. I just can't get enough green. I love it like no other. So anything with green in it is my color pick. Also like to pair it with black.

    Loved reading about your pillow! What an interesting journey you have been on! Thanks for sharing

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  144. i love yellow and grey, just yellow and grey, it's so simple yet so fresh!

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  145. I follow your blog and get your newsletter. I would love to hear more about how you choose colors to go together.

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  146. I love your fabric lines, Kate! I always love rust colors for fall...I just can't get enough pumpkin quilts! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  147. I follow your blog in my Google reader and subscribe to your newsletter. Thanks for sharing your talents! Awesome giveaway, too!!!

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  148. i already follow your blog, and i'd love to see more posts about your design process, be it fabrics (which are gorgeous) or patterns.

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  149. I am a follower.....and feel as I'm a winner every day while following the Pillow Talk Blog Hop. It is awesome....winning the Central Park JR would be real sweet....thanks for the chance to win a piece of NY:)

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  150. I'm a follower of your blog! I tried signing up for the newsletter, but I didn't receive the confirmation email (I checked my spam folder as well, and it wasn't there either....)

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  151. Hi Kate! I really enjoyed your post and learning about your career...you are definitely a multi-talented, creative lady! Your pillow is just too stinkin' cute (especially love the little Hello Kitty window!) and really does a beautiful job of representing you!

    Now, as to colors I'd love to see...I am a real periwinkle fan....mix it with soft greens and I'd be in heaven!

    Thanks so much for the wonderful give away, and the opportunity to win! Have a Happy Day!

    XOXO,

    Cyndi

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  152. Oh, and now I am happily following your blog, too!

    XOXO,

    Cyndi

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  153. I am loving yellow right now, and I want to make a fun yellow quilt - for me. (Your pillow is adorable!)

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  154. Wonderful to hear about your "journey" to becoming a Moda designer extraordinaire! I am making a project with your 12 Days of Christmas line and your teasing about next years's holiday line is almost more than I can stand! As far as a colour...I really can't name one...all reds are great for me.

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  155. You have had an exciting blessed life! But I think working for Moda is probably the best! I would love to see some really funky blues and pinks in a fabric line of yours.

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  156. Lovely to hear your story. I love all ranges of green. Thanks for a chance.

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  157. Thanks for being in the blog hop. I would love to see more pinks and teals. Love them together.

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  158. Signed up for your email newsletter, thanks again.

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  159. Love your pillow. I'm always looking for sage green fabric.

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  160. I am now officially a follower. Can't wait to see what you have in store. (By the way, I love your logo.)

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  161. LOVE all the colors in your jelly roll - would make an incredible guest room/craft room quilt for my home. The color I've been on the lookout for and having a hard time finding is a turquoise/aqua/teal that is really more on the green side. Nothing I've found is quite right.

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  162. Thanks for sharing your journey. I love all colours. No favourites for me.
    I am a follower. I have a baby quilt in the making with Fandango, and I just finished a prairie point tree with 12 days of xmas. love your fabric..

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  163. Loved your pillow and post - COLORS I need more of are PERIWINKLE AND CORAL. I love combining them with BRIGHT GREEN. Would love to win your jelly roll. Awesome giveaway.

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  164. I love the central park line. All of your colors are great. More purple would be nice.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  165. I follow you on my google reader.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  166. I have just registered to follow your newsletter and really looking forward to it.

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  167. I believe Tim Gunn would approve of your creation for the pillow design challenge. I really enjoyed your story of what each block means.

    Last fall I started wanting to work with orange, specifically with a pumpkin orange. It would be fun to see that color in a line that wasn't an autumn line but just added richness to the collection.

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  168. I don't have many purples in my stash, which is one of the reasons I'm so excited about the Central Park line. :)

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  169. Also, I am a blog follower in my Google reader.

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  170. I just love soft greens, browns and oranges...guess I'm just an autumn sort of gal...loved your pillow....Thanks for a chance to win a jelly roll!

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  171. Just joined the mailing list for your blog.....thanks

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  172. I love the purple and turquoise in you Central Park line. Actually I just adore this line it is my all time favorite!

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  173. I have been a follower for awhile and just love your blog. Its nice to find out some more about you and your journey into the world of fabric designer.

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  174. I am a follower of your blog too :)

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  175. I would love to see more tangerine orange and some fuschia.

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  176. I am now (or at least I hope I am ) a follower.
    I don't have too much of a stash being a little new at this. I have been a sew er for years tho.
    I loved your story. My dd had an obsession with Hello Kitty when she was you. She still loves her at 28.

    pam roever at yahoo dot com

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  177. Kate: I'm now a follower and signed up for your newsletter as well. I'd like to see a nice black in your next fabric line with just a touch of colour in it - subtle - not big and splashy. I would love to have some Central Park goodness to so put me down as an entrant.

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  178. What a great pillow story, thanks for sharing! I could randomly pick some color that I think is missing from my stash, but truly the thing that is missing from my stash is Central perk!

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  179. Yellow is hard for me to find---is it ever!!! I have some Central Park and LOOOOOOVE it!!!

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  180. thank you for your "pillow talk" Loved reading it. As for the colors, I like the colors you have already; but purple is my favority - all shades. Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity.

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  181. I loved reading your story. How exciting to be able to design for Moda. I signed up for your newsletter. I so relate to thread everywhere. I Love Red, and all bright colors. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  182. Hi
    I am a fairly new follower. Love your pillow story, especially the stack of books block! My favorites are greens, but love clear colors, not muted--especially reds that are true. A nice clear (not muddy) grey would be nice too! I just made some handbags with your Verna line. Everyone is loving them and wondering what the fabric is called!

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  183. Lately the color combination of green, brown, and yellow call my name - prefer the muted shades rather than neon brights. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  184. I would love to win your Central Park fabric. And I love all of your fabric lines. Colors I might like to see more of would be pinks, aquas and soft yellows, but I love all the bright colors too. Love the "pillow talk" blogs -- so fun and so interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

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  185. I am a follower..Okay, so my question is when you are starting a new collection, do you design with "intent," or do you just design, and then evaluate what you have, and fill in the missing pieces?

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  186. Follow you and signed up for the newsletter--looking forward to learning from your blog:)

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  187. I'm a blue person and its hard to find sophisticated blues these days. I love Central Park and have a quilt started in it and my daughter is going to using the zoo print as the inspiration fabric for their nursery, guess who's doing the sewing? LOL And I signed up for the newsletter...thanks again.

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  188. I'm partial to apple green and dreamsicle orange -and can't seem to find much of either! I love love love Central Park - can't wait to get some to play with!! Your pillow is awesome, and very creative! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  189. And I'm a follower of your blog!! It's always a great place for eye candy....

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  190. Your pillow is beautiful!
    I can't get enough of green, springy grass green to be specific. Love it!
    Hope I win me some Central Park:o)
    Kelly O'B

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  191. Your fabrics are just so fresh and delightful - love them. I'm all about the greens - can't get enough of them! I'm so happy to have found your blog - now a follower!

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  192. What a great pillow and story! Love it. I am a stalker, I mean, subscriber.

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