September 27, 2011

Moda Country Fair

Welcome to my stop on the Moda Country Fair Blog Hop! Did you happen to visit Julie and Eric over at Cosmo Cricket yesterday? What a laugh (and cute cute free project)!

So hello! I'm Kate and it's such a pleasure to have you stop by. If you're new here, feel free to poke around. You can browse some of the amazing projects people (maybe even you) have posted to my flickr groups, share photos of your own, visit my website or some of my favorite blogs, or if you'd like, sign up for my monthly newsletter to find out what's happening here in my studio. Plenty of ways to find out much more than you ever wanted to know!

I've had the privilege of designing fabric for Moda for almost three years now. Whew, time sure does fly when you're having fun, especially the Lissa Alexander kind of fun! Lissa is the infinitely imaginative marketing director at Moda...who continues to broaden the spectrum of the word "creative". A big thanks to Lissa for keeping things so colorful and entertaining!

So without further ado, come join me here in "Fair"field, Connecticut!

Believe it or not, Connecticut and New England have a tradition of country fairs – although on a smaller scale than the mega-state fairs in the heartland. The largest fair when I was a girl was the Danbury Fair. Here's an old post card from its heyday: 
We would pass the grounds whenever we'd visit my grandparents in New Milford, and from the backseat of the car, i'd press my nose against the window to catch glimpses of the larger-than-life sized statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. In this picture, you can kind of see Paul near the ferris wheel in the way back, the large farmer in the middle of the crowd, and the carousel horse in the foreground:
 When the fairgrounds had to make way for a shopping mall in 1981, the statues adorning the fairgrounds were sold off – including this one — a 38-ft., 4,500-lb. towering Uncle Sam! Today it can be found standing in an amusement park near Lake George, New York.
 Other area fairs that we went to were in Goshen, NY and Bridgewater, CT. Both continue to this day. The biggest fair in New England today is the “Big E” in Springfield, MA.

What's your favorite thing to see or do at a fair?
Even better than the rides (and almost better than the cotton candy) at the fairs, for me, were the hay bale-lined tents and booths where the most outstanding produce, animals, and kitchen confections from the region were on display for judging. Some years we’d even get to see the judges wandering around with their clipboards and keen eye in search of the blue-ribbon-winning pie, peppers, piglet, or to watch the official weigh-in of the giant whatever!

Speaking of which...

Our fellow townsman, Dr. David Garrel, enters his giant pumpkin in an annual contest here in Fairfield. It's called the "Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off" (i mean what else would you call it?!), and the other day Pete and i decided to have a peek at how this year's contestant was coming along. WOW! (and yes, it's surrounded by caution tape):

 Can you believe the size of that thing??  Impressive. Not only because it's a gardening achievement of the highest degree, but especially because it somehow survived Hurricane Irene. Just a quarter mile down the road from this pumpkin, the hurricane tore a house right off its foundation and swept it into Long Island Sound. Crazy.

Pete and i were trying to guess how much the pumpkin weighs — which gave me the brilliant idea to have Pete take a picture that looks like i'm holding it. But we were caught in the act by a passerby who shouted a little pumpkin humor our way...


...which of course cracked me up. Who doesn't love a little pumpkin humor?!

What's your favorite fair food?
That's easy. Hot dogs. It's also my guilty pleasure. Though i have never eaten more than two in one sitting, i am flattered (and flabbergasted!) that so many people entertained the idea that i could have won a hot dog eating contest when i was in high school (see 2 truths and a lie section--and i'll tell you more about the Smurf thing in another post)! But hot dogs are partially why we moved to "Fair"field in the first place. You see, on one side of town is this place:
that both Martha and i love for their deep fried hot dogs. It's extra dangerous because we can walk to here from our house. And on the other side of town, thankfully a car ride away, is this place:

My favorite is the New Yorker Dog and i can say so with certainty because oh yes, i've tried them all.

What's on your bucket list?
Well, i spotted this on the wall of Super Duper Weenie, so i guess i can cross that one off!

What else is on your bucket list?
Learning how to make hot dogs? Just kidding! I'm sad to say i've never been to the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls or Yosemite, so i would really love to travel more here in the U.S. to see the natural beauty of this country. Actually, if Pete and i could visit every National Park in the U.S. together that would be even better. We went to Olympic National Park in Washington this summer and it was wild and beautiful. Or wildly beautiful.
 I'd also love to venture to faraway places like Thailand, India and Japan. And to set up a small pottery studio so i can work with clay again. And to volunteer in an animal shelter. And to grow a lemon tree. And to learn how to actually use each of the nozzles on a cake decorating set. And so many more!

What inspires your work?
Our garden is always an immediate source of inspiration for me. When i was a student at RISD, there was a place called the "Nature Lab" where many of my drawing classes were held. In the lab, there were drawers and cabinets filled from floor to ceiling with specimens of butterflies, shells, seed pods, dried flowers, coral (and more), as well as a number of plants, live birds, turtles and even a bunny! The purpose of the place was to connect elements from our natural surroundings to the art and designs we created...and it worked, and the idea stuck with me. I learned that you never have to look or go too far to find creative inspiration. Just look around.

How many quilts have you made?
Four actually finished, and two quilt tops (yup, there's a UFO in the middle of the pile).
The other quilt top:
 is being finished by Teresa Coates of Fab Shop Network to whom i owe a triple-exclamation point thank you!!! She will be donating it to survivors of the Texas wildfires as part of the 100 Quilts for Kids sewing event. And thank you to everyone who emailed me and graciously offered your time and help to finish this project for such a worthwhile cause.

Tell us about your pet(s)...picture?
I'm not sure you really want to ask me that question! You can search my blog using the word "fur" and will quickly find out how crazy i am about these two:
Their names are Lou (left) and Franny (right) and we adopted them from a friend of mine in late June of this year, and fell in love instantly. I started a blog series called "Furry Friday" and post pictures of them each week. It's verging on embarrassing, but i just can't stop!

What movie do you watch again and again?
I'm a hopeless romantic and four of my favorites are: Sense and Sensibility, Notting Hill, Sleepless in Seattle and Before Sunrise. Oh, and recently added one more...Midnight in Paris.

If you could be any age again for one week, what age and why?
I would be whatever age i am in this picture (5? 6?) so i could wear a hat like that, mix plaids and a jean jacket, eat an apple and reconnect with the feeling of dancing like no one's watching..

If you've read this far, then you deserve a Blue Ribbon!!! So this blue ribbon key ring is a super simple and fun project i came up with just for you (because you're all winners to me...awww...) You can download the project sheet here! I used two of the blue prints from my latest fabric collection, Terrain.

Annnnd, i am thrilled to give away some Terrain to a bunch of you. I've got a fat eighth bundle, a jelly roll, 15 mini charms and a few other surprises...thank you Moda!
The giveaway portion of this extravaganza will be in two parts, but please only enter once in the comment section.

Part One
For this part, i need your help. You see, from the very first moment i saw these ziggy zaggy quilts popping up on blogs and all over the place, i knew i wanted to make one. Then one day, i came across this tutorial that showed how to make said zig zag quilt with strips instead of triangles! Woohoo! So i added a couple extra rows to make the quilt slightly larger and made this using some of the prints from Terrain...
I am so happy with how it turned out and was surprised at how quickly it went together (even for me)! Now here's where you come in...i need your help to pick the binding fabric! I just couldn't decide on which color/print to use. Here's a better look at the whole thing:

and the back:
So...which would you pick?
A
 B
 C
I'll go with whatever the majority decides and randomly pick one winner for the fat eighth bundle...and a few others for the surprisey things. Fun and easy, right?!


Part Two
This part is a little trickier. Scroll back up and take a good hard look at that giant pumpkin. I mean a really good look. Now take a wild guess about what you think that thing weighs. The "weigh off" contest for Dr. Garrel's pumpkin will be this coming Sunday Oct. 2nd at which time i'll get to find out the correct answer. The person who guesses closest to the actual weight of the pumpkin without going over (just like the "showcase showdown" on the Price Is Right) will win a Terrain jelly roll and the 15 people who are the next closest will each win a mini charm pack!

So just to review, please leave only one comment that addresses both Part One (binding selection) and Part Two (guess the pumpkin weight). Entries will be accepted until this Friday September 30th, and i'll announce winners for all prizes on Tuesday October 4th.
Good luck everyone!

**Comments are closed for this giveaway, and the pumpkin has been weighed!! Stay tuned tomorrow to find out who the winners are! Thanks to everyone for playing along.**

Thank you so much for spending some time with me, and i hope you'll come back again soon. The fair festivities continue tomorrow with Karla, Susan and Lisa from Sweetwater! Love those ladies and their free project is as sweet as they are.

Happy sewing!
xo,
kate

900 comments:

  1. I would def choose the dots...love dots on a binding. AND I guess it weight 75 pounds. Of course I am never good at this type of thing. Thanks for the chance though.

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  2. Fabric C!

    987 pounds.

    And you have to go to Iceland, and try the hot dogs (pilsur) at the stand across from the harbor in downtown Reykjavik! Ask for the spicy brown mustard and don't forget the crunchy onions. They are the BEST in the WORLD!!!

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  3. I would say A for the binding, and for the weight, I would say 456 lbs. Good luck, and great looking quilts!!

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  4. I would choose fabric B for the binding.

    I can never guess the weight of anything (and I normally work in kilos) but I'll guess 341 pounds for the pumpkin - just think of how much soup one could make!

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  5. fabric choice A
    1,593lbs. i think that is quite a lot of weight, but ill go with that guess...its what my fingers typed.

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  6. Why not use all three? I made my first quilt ever this year, and I used 7 or 8 different fabrics from my quilt!!

    And I believe the pumpkin weighs 436 lbs.

    I love your quilt!! Thanks for the chance to win.........twice!!!!!
    Bev E

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  7. the binding? fabric C, the orange dots...and the pumpkin? about 1225 pounds...

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  8. Should definitely be C. That would make all the other colours pop, the fact that I'm biased toward spots has nothing to do with it!

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  9. I would choose fabric B, and guess 999lbs!

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  10. I vote for B for the binding and 850 lbs for the punkin!

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  11. I like B, the others may distract from the terrific orange zig zag in the quilt.
    My guess is 842 lbs.
    Fun giveaway, glad I've found your blog!

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  12. ...agh, forgot about the pumpkin..I'm guessing...121lbs

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  13. Fabric Choice B

    327 Pounds.....lucky number.

    Love that stripy quilt top!!

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  14. I choose fabric B.

    What a pretty quilt!! I'm going to guess the pumpkin weighs 1340 pounds. That may be way too much but it looks BIG!!

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  15. I would choose B, love the quilt. I have no idea about pumpkins, but I'll guess 357 pounds, it looks so small when you're holding it. By the way, I look forward to Furry Friday so please keep those wonderful pictures coming.

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  16. What a fun post! First off, your quilt is pretty and I think B would make a pretty binding. The large pumpkin (why it so big!); I'm going to say 335 lbs. That is a crazy guess!

    Thank you for sharing such a cute project!

    It's so good to Meet You!

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  17. Fabric A struck me first. My guess for the pumpkin is 236 pounds. I love your "furry kid" pictures. I'm glad there's someone else out there who is silly over their cats.

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  18. I'd choose the dots as well ... love dots AND orange! As for the pumpkin, I'll go with 1019.

    I'm absolutely wild about Terrain - thanks for the opportunity to win some!

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  19. Oh part one is definitely much easier. I would go with fabric choice A.
    For the pumpkin, i haven't a clue. I want to say $1 in the spirit of price is right, but I'll go with 500 lbs! :)

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  20. I would pick A for the binding. I like them all but I think A would be best.

    I think that pumpkin weights 155 lbs.

    Hope I win some awesome fabric.

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  21. B for the binding
    948 #'s for the pumpkin
    Thanks for the chance(s) to win!

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  22. Pumpkin weighs 375 pounds
    Binding C orange like a pumpkin
    alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com
    I'm awful at these guessing contests yet trying anyway. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. I would pick A for the binding.

    I'm going to guess 1122 pounds for the pumpkin.

    Someday I hope to have a huge field to grow nothing but pumpkins in, I love them. I even tried to grow some in my tiny back yard..mine are always super small though.
    Thanks for the chance at that great fabric!!

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  24. I choose B for the binding and guess 850 lbs for the big pumpkin. Thanks for the zigzag pattern idea too. What a fun blog. I love gray tiger kittens.

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  25. I'd go with fabric C. It's such a fun quilt and needs a fun binding. Dots are definitely fun!

    I have absolutely no idea on the pumpkin, but I'll guess 872 pounds.

    Hot dogs are a guilty pleasure of mine too! I don't eat them very often anymore, but when I do I relish every bite!

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  26. Let's say 500 pounds for the massive pumpkin. For the lovely quilt I would probably pick none of the above and use white so as not to distract from the zig zags but since that is not an option, I choose A. Thanks for the give-away!

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  27. I would choose C for the border. Love the dots. About the pumpkin...300 pounds.

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  28. Oh i just love these blog hops! Thanks so much for your cute key fob and fun post.

    I think B would help to pull the colors together. You have plenty of the pinks/oranges/multi color.

    Gosh, I have no idea about that pumpkin! I am so bad at guessing things...hmmmm....625lbs I'll say.

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  29. I vote for B for the binding. To me, the quilt is cool, with a hot center, so to me, the green offers the most continuity. Love the pattern; will have to try if I ever have time for personal sewing again.

    I guess 314 lb for the pumpkin. 14 is my 4 yr old's favorite number.

    Your hot dog love is a riot. My husband saw hot dogs being made a couple of yrs ago, on a business trip, says it's an amazingly clean process.

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  30. Love your fabrics!!! Binding definitely B or solid white.
    Pumpkins...it's a whopper....626lbs is my guess. Love your colors!!!

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  31. I'm going to say 412 lbs. Thanks for the fun post!

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  32. Select 'C'. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your give away. Robert, in northern Iowa.

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  33. ok, I am totally into scrappy bindings lately so if it were me I would use ALL of the binding prints, in 12-18 inch sections.... and I will guess 219 lbs on the pumpkin

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  34. I would choose C for the binding (LOVE LOVE the quilt, BTW), and I'll guess 557 on the pumpkin. Weird number, huh? LOL

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  35. I'd say fabric C. Before I even saw the fabric choices I thought 'orange' because the orange is in the middle of the quilt, so the binding will balance it out.

    And I'm going to go with 1,357 pounds for the pumpkin weight!

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  36. I choose Binding "B" and I think the pumpkin weighs 457 lbs.

    I really like the Terrain fabric line. That zig-zag quilt is beautiful!

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  37. I love your quilt!! OK well I will go with C for the binding (although if it was my quilt I would go with the orange in the quilt that looks more solid - sorry LOL!). I have never seen a giant pumpkin but I will go with 746 pounds.

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  38. Part I: I'd go with C as I am a dot fan. No other reason than that. :-)

    Part II: I'm guessing 1436 pounds.


    Thank you for this post. It was a wonderful read. And thank you for a chance to win!

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  39. I vote for C.

    My guess for the pumpkin weight is 279 pounds.

    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  40. I choose fabric C fabric - I love the dots!

    That pumpkin is HUGE! I'm not a good guesser at weight...I'll go with 1,600 lbs!

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  41. Fun post ! I would go with C, I think the dotty looking choice would be fun with the zig zags. And for the pumpkin I think it will be 749 lbs. Thanks for a chance to win some of your beautiful fabric.

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  42. I'd choose B.
    For the pumpkin, I'd say 629 lbs. Every October in the community nearby they have a water race using hollowed out pumpkins as their boats, lots of fun!

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  43. Binding "C" wins for me. And the pumpkin? 742 lbs. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  44. Fabric B for the binding

    Pumpkin is 597 lbs.

    Thanks for the chance to win
    Shawn in Michigan

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  45. My vote for the binding is B.

    For the pumpkin, I'm guessing 759 lbs.

    Thanks for a chance to win!

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  46. Alright, love that this is a two part answer. I think I would for sure do C, I love the cirlce dots and the orange that it will bring out. Oh that pumpking is huge. I am going to say 836 lbs which is a lot of weight for a pumpkin. Thanks again for sharing with us.

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  47. I'd choose C for the border and my guess for the pumpkin...500 lbs.
    Thank you for the instructions to make the cute key fob! I love the zig zag quilt!!!

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  48. I would pick A for the binding, the most colorful

    My guess for the pumpkin is 773 pounds.

    I have been to the Big E in west springfield many times,what a great fair! Lots of everything!

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  49. what a fun blog to read!
    For the binding I would use FABRIC A. My guess for the pumpkin is 1150 lbs.
    Jody

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  50. What a lovely quilt and I think fabric C would be a nice contrast.. The pumpkin should be at 719lbs.. haha..Enjoyed reading your Fair hop,,
    Maggey

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  51. I would choose binding "B" - doesn't take away from the brillant zig zag. As for the giant pumpkin - I'll guess 1,100 lbs. Enjoyed your blog entry today. It was fun to read and I love your furry pals.

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  52. I love the Terrain line - I would choose "B" for the binding - something dark and dramatic to frame this spectacular quilt. I think this great pumpkin weighs 1254 pounds!

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  53. I LOVE the pokie dots and the deep burnt orange, so I'd pick C. Your zig zag quilt is beautiful, I can't believe it went together quickly. It looks complicated, at least to me. I think gi gantor the pumpkin weighs 560 lbs. My family and I are going to the Big E the end of this week, I can't wait! Did I see a Dariy Queen sign in the left corner of the hot dog photo? We vacation between PA and NH every summer and I think they hide all the Dariy Queens from me. The last DQ on Long Island closed over 20 hrs ago. Sigh! thanks also for the great tutorial. ;->

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  54. I love "C" - and I think the pumpkin weighs 753 lbs.
    Love the quilt but the fabric is what makes it.

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  55. Fabric A for the binding, I like that it's colorful and fun! Lovely quilt.
    I'm thinking 384 for the pumpkin. Thanks for sharing. Jodi

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  56. I think C for the binding as it will balance everything out. Incredible quilt. Love the Terrain fabric, it is amazing. Thanks for a chance to win. Now, on to the pumpkin, I will say 1015 pounds.

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  57. Fabric 'B', 551 lbs and thanks for the designing such great fabric!
    Marsha

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  58. Cute blog!
    I'd use A as it has most of the colors in your quilt...although I love the blue swirl
    and for the pumpkin: 988 pounds

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  59. I love the first two options but I think I would use the first one - A. It is such an amaing combination of colours and design.
    The pumpkin weighs 1325 pounds. (Say the Aussie with false confidence):)

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  60. If it was me, I'd use an orange solid to bind but from your choices, probably A. As for the weight of the pumpkin, I will guess 1234 lbs. Thanks for the giveaway, I love the Terrain line, just beautiful!!

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  61. 834 lbs for the pumpkin
    I would go with A for the binding.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  62. Great blog, I love your colors!

    I would choose fabric A.
    My pumpkin weight guess is 953.

    Thanks for offering a give-away!

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  63. I would choose C for the binding. For the pumpkin hopeless at this but I will say 750lbs. Linda

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  64. B and 326 lbs. Thx for the blue ribbon download!

    jenny at youmansfamily dot com

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  65. Love your fabrics.......I'm guessing 877.

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  66. My choice would be C for the binding. I'm guessing the pumpkin weighs around 987 pounds - it's a total guess. Your kitties are adorable! How could you not just love them to pieces!!

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  67. Definately "A". And I think the pumpkin weighs 546 lbs. Thanks for a chance to win some great fabric.

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  68. Because you don't have a border on the quilt, I pick B as the binding. It will put a "stop" on the edges (to me anyway!).

    I pick 985 pounds as the weight of the pumpkin.

    Thanks!

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  69. I would choose B for the binding and guess the pumpkin weighs 597 lb.

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  70. I just adore you! Definitely (C) for the binding, I love the zig zags as well and can't wait to try out the technique you used, how cool! I am a not a pumpkin expert, but that is certainly a great pumpkin. I am going to say it weights 1418 lbs.

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  71. Fabric: C

    Pumpkin 1123 lbs.

    Laura J.B.

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  72. I would do fabric C for the binding...

    For the pumpkin I'm guessing 1,243 lbs..

    Love your Terrain fabrics!!!

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  73. B for the binding; the pumpkin weighs 323 pounds

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  74. Great blog,love.
    I go with B and the pumpkin weight guess is 145kilos.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  75. I love 'C' for the binding. Orange is the new red. The pumpkin weighs about 500 kilos approx 1102 lbs. Thanks for the great giveaway. Love every one of your collections. Making something with Good Fortune now and so in love with that fabric.

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  76. Binding fabric - C - orange will make it sing.
    Weight? 124.5 pounds. (What I wish I still weighed:)

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  77. before I saw the binding options, I thought orange - to really make the orange zig-zags pop! So I vote for "C"

    and I'm guessing that giant pumpkin will weight in around 1,429 pounds! :) WOW!

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  78. Kate, I want to thank you for your beatiful fabric designs! I would suggest B for the binding. A would make a great skinny border. Not knowing the size of the dots on C they might get cut up in the binding.

    That pumpkin weighs 575 lbs.

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  79. I think you should use binding C - the orange would look great. And I'm gonna guess that pumpkin weighs 892 lbs - it looks like a whopper!
    Best,
    liz @ mommysaidsew dot com

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  80. I would go for choice number c. for the binding on it, but that's just me! As far as the pumpkin... I'll go with 891 pounds! Uff-da! Thats big!! Thanks for the chance!I don't have a blog, but I hope I am still eligible!
    Denny Aleckson---
    dratla at tds dot net

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  81. i would pick B for the binding & am guessing the weight of the pumpkin at 744 lbs...i think that quilt pattern would be adorable for my granddaughter who loves pink & orange (and sometimes purple & green)!! :-)))

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  82. 600 lbs and B for the binding!

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  83. Definitely A!!! And my guess for the weight of the pumpkin is 918 lbs. *fingers crossed* :)

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  84. I would do binding B. My pumpkin weight guess is: 1205.

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  85. Great quilt! I vote for fabric A for the binding.
    I guess the pumpkin weighs 601 pounds. It's really huge!

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  86. I would use fabric C. It has the feel of all the colors and it would just pull them all together.

    The pumpkin 897 lbs.

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  87. I vote for B for the binding, but I'd be tempted to use all three and chain them together in various lengths. My wild guess for the pumpkin is 900 pounds. That is one big pumpkin.

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  88. 777 pounds is my guess - I actually think you should use all the colors in the binding - it makes such a unique binding when you use all the colors in the quilt. If you want me to pick just because - I will go with C. Judy C thanks you for a wonderful giveaway and opportunity.

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  89. I'm thinking C for the binding and my guess is 1,250 pounds!

    Love love love your kitties...our Mr. Mooch looked just like your kitties but sadly he died 3 years ago and I still miss him so much, but seeing your kitties makes me smile and think...I need to find some new "Love".

    Enjoying this hop and love your site!
    Teresa

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  90. I´d pick fabric C as the binding!

    The pumpkin? It´s really hard to guess from a picture (and I´m so bad when it comes to guessing the weight of something ;-)) but I think it weighs 1029 lbs (heck I don´t even know what that´s in kg...)

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  91. I'm going to go with A, just because I think it's one of the most gorgeous fabrics I've ever seen.

    Weight? I'm going to say 526 pounds!

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  92. I would choose choice A and guess the pumpkin to be 927 pounds.

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  93. Binding: definitely C!
    Pumpkin: 753 lb

    You crack me up! I just love reading your blog posts. :) Oh, and sauerkraut, onion, mustard AND bacon on a hot dog?! SOLD!!

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  94. In the spirit of fall and your pumpkin pic, I vote for C...I think that one really pops! Taking a stab at the pumpkin weight at 357.8.

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  95. 2,034 pounds
    I hope I win, I love the fabric. Thank you for sharing.
    Pam

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  96. What a great post for the fair.I think A for the binding and my guess for the pumpkin is 462 lbs.
    Tahnk you for the chance to win.

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  97. C for binding.
    Wild guess at 530 lbs.

    Linda

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  98. I vote for 'c' fabric and going to guess 1820 lbs for the giant pumpkin. I love hot dogs and think I have an outfit from Kindergarten that looks very similar to your choice! I do miss those days when my mom let me pick out my own clothes and even though they did not match at all she let me wear it and it made me so happy. Love each new line you create..I have my 12 Days of Christmas quilt done, Verna done and now waiting to hopefully win some Terrain! Lisa in Texas
    PS. Thank you for donating to the Texas Wildfire relief, it has been a devastating summer.

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  99. I love the A print to add a bit of extra bling to the quilt, the more colors the better in my book.
    The pumpkin would weight 1,436 lbs.
    Thanks for the entertaining blog post and the
    chance to win some of your wonderful fabrics.

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  100. I like A for the binding with all the colors pulling it together. Pumpkin weight guess is 1157 lbs. have a great Tuesday.

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  101. I like B the best and I'm going to have to guess 663lbs.

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  102. Oh Kate -- you MUST get to see The Grand Canyon! And while you're there, take a detour to Zion and Bryce too -- they're all SOOOO beautiful! Your post is awesome (as always!) -- Love those furry cuties.

    Now, for my part. Definitely the orange polkadots. And I'm guessing 922 for the weight! ;-D

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  103. Omg i love ur zig zag quilt! I would chose A it shows off all the fab colors.
    My guess in the weight of the pumpkin would be close to 600lbs. Loved reading ur blog.

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  104. I like fabric the best and I think the pumpkin weighs 1025#.

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  105. I love the dots or C for the binding and my guess on the weight of the pumpkin is 1,111 lbs. Darling quilt!

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  106. Wow, tough binding choice! I'm torn between A and C, but I'm leaning more towards A. (I know...no help, right?)

    As for the pumpkin, I'm going to guess 812 pounds.

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  107. Whoops - I forgot the fabric choice - fabric C and the pumpkin still weighs 1025#!

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  108. Love your quilt, it's so fresh looking! I would go with C for the binding. However, I'm nuts for orange. But bindings are such a little bit of color, I think they can stand to be bright. The pumpkin......563 lbs is what it weighs!
    Your kitties are so sweet, and so sweet together.

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  109. I like B for the binding as it would be a strong 'frame' for the quilt. Could use C for a flange. As we're from CT, the Danbury fair was an annual event the whole family attended, along with the 4H fair in August. I'd say the pumpkin weighed 423 pounds.

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  110. I say Fabric A for the binding and 459lbs.

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  111. Oh I really like A, but I think I'm going to have to go with B. And as for the pumpkin, I have no idea... but I'm going to say 300 pounds. :)

    Tracey
    thepeonyteacup.blogspot.com

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  112. The quilt is great. I like "B" for the binding. As for the pumpkin I'll guess 790 lbs.

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  113. I vote for fabric c for the binding, For the pumpkin, 827 lbs.

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  114. I like A fabric best...it has all the colors of the quilt and no pattern will show up in the binding...
    I am going to guess the pumpkin weighs...1200 lbs...

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  115. I think B would balance the quilt best. As much as I love fabric A, I don't believe it's best suited to a binding. Using the large spots on a binding is risky; unless you get the fabric perfectly aligned, the spots will be wonky and ruin it - plus I think the orange is too strong for the rest of the quilt. (Please consider me ineligible for the giveaway, having already won a delightful parcel of Terrain from you.)

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  116. I would choose C. Before you even listed the options my gut was to say use an orange color. I think the pumpkin probably weighs...oh, how about we guess 192 pounds. Thanks for the giveaway. The quilt turned out great!

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  117. would use fabric A. Light and bright just like the quilt. I also think the pumpkin weighs 549 lbs. Thanks, Sherry F.

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  118. I think the pumpkin weights 736 pounds. That would be fun to see in person. I think you should bind the quilt in A. At first I was going to say the dots because I like them so much but I think the colors and swirls of A would look beautiful (I think it is my favorite anyway).

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  119. For part 1, the polka dots, no doubt.
    For part 2, 254-lb.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  120. I would go with B.
    I think the pumpkin (wow its a biggy) would weigh about 1312 LBS

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  121. I'd use the polka dot fabric!

    I'm guessing that thing is 872 pounds.

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  122. When in doubt, I always use a polka-dot binding!

    As for the pumpkin...I'm guessing 632 pounds.

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  123. I love the kitty pictures! Thank you for the opportunity to win! I pick fabric b, and I think the pumpkin weighs 800 lbs.

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  124. What a fun little contest...I vote for fabric "B" and my guess for the weight of the pumpkin is 1495lbs.

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  125. I would use B so as not to take attention away from the rest of the quilt.
    The pumpkin weighs 401 lbs.

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  126. Okay, first things first-- I think that the "C" fabric would really set off the quilt-- I love using dots/spots and stripes for bindings and my first thought was a red/orange fabric-- so "C" will be my choice! :-)
    Now, as for that giant pumpkin.... That's a little more difficult for me, as I'm not familiar with pumpkin weights.. But, I'll bet that baby is HEAVY, and my guess will be 1201 pounds! Can't wait to see how close I am, and way more than that, can't wait to see who wins those wonderful prizes! Thanks for sharing with us!! :-)

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  127. Thanks for the fun post! My choice would be option C. I love the orange. I guess the pumpkin will weigh in at 1,013 lbs.

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  128. I would go with the orange fabric for the binding. I bet that pumpkin weighs 700 lbs.

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  129. I would love to try the Zig Zag quilt.
    I choose C for the binding.

    My guess for the pumpkin is 1000 pounds.

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  130. I like C! And I'm going to guess 635 pounds. Thanks for the fun!

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  131. I just purchased some of your terrain line yesterday and absolutely love it. I already made one quilt using Central Park. I would go with A because it has all the colors that are in the quilt, although I love the dots also. And for the pumpkin I say 898 lbs.

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  132. Lovely post and beautiful fabrics.
    love lovo them and your quilts.
    for the binding mmmm.....C, even if all the 3 are ok
    for the pumpink : 1810 lbs...
    thank you!!

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  133. My choice for the binding on your quilt would be fabric C! And I think the pumpkin weighs 1625 lbs!

    Thanks Kate!

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  134. I have LOVED this blog hop! So many fun new people and places, including you! My choice for binding would be C, though I always allow for a change of heart at the last minute, and I'm guessing that pumpkin at 354 lbs. I'll be back, and thanks again for playing.
    Sally in SC

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  135. I would use the orange polka dot for the binding.

    I am guessing the pumpkin will weigh 989 lbs.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  136. I really like B....and how about 478 lbs. Thanks for the chance to win!!! janet

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  137. Oh it has to be C, the orange polka dot!! As for the pumpkin I'll try 449!! Don't have a clue, but just a guess!! Love the fabrics!

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  138. Hello Kate, I would choose fabric B and I guess the pumpkin is 524 pounds... By the way; I did make the Poststampquilt from your fabric 'Fandango' , it's a lovely quilt. Do you want to see it? I put photo's on my blog. Love, Margreet from Holland

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  139. I would choose the coral dots for the binding and my weight gain on the pumpkin is 1851 pounds.

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  140. Your zig zag quilt is beautiful. So is that fabric line. For the binding my favorite is C, but I love dot fabric so I am bias.
    As to the pumpkin....256 pounds.

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  141. How fun! For the binding I'd choose the orangey dots and I'll guess that the pumpkin weighs 585 pounds! Thanks for the chance?~

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  142. I would go with C. Gotta make it shout. :) I think that pumpkin weighs 892. It must be a monster. :)

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  143. I would definitely go with B for your binding.

    And as far as that pumpkin goes, I'm thinking it's a huge one so I'm going to guess that it's 1156 lbs.

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  144. I'd use C for the binding. I love orange. I think the pumpkin weighs 1111 pounds. Kathie L in Allentown

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  146. I would choose fabric B for binding and I think th pumpkin weighs 133 lbs. Thanks for a chance to win these lovely fabrics!

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  147. For the binding I would choose A because you would be picking up a lot of the colors in your quilt. For the pumpkin weight, I guess 253 lbs. I'd love to win some of your beautiful fabric. Thanks....Lana

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  148. I will vote for fabric C, because I love bold binding, and guess the pumpkin weighs 846 pounds.

    But that's not why I'm leaving a comment, because I never leave comments or enter drawings.

    The reason I felt the need to comment is because... NO ONE IN CHICAGO WOULD PUT LETTUCE ON A HOT DOG!!!

    Ever!

    Replace the lettuce with onions and sport peppers for comestible accuracy. Or just come visit Chicago and enjoy the real thing.

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  149. I would pick A for the binding. The pumpkin is a big one and I would say it weighs 900.

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  150. I would choose B for the binding fabric and I would say the pumpkin weighs 68 pounds.

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  151. Definitely B! And I think the pumpkin weighs 1144 pounds.

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  152. Before I even saw the fabric choices I was thinking a dot would be good, then I saw "C"... absolutely perfect! That orange will make the other colors sing. My guess for the pumpkin...635 lbs. Thanks for sharing the adorable key fob.

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  153. I would pick the polkadot flower fabric. It just looks happy. Now for that pumpkin...I'm going to guess 1052.

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  154. Hmmm...all three options for the binding are GORGEOUS...but I'll vote for Option A, that print is gorgeous and has all of the colors!

    And now...the pumpkin...1213 pounds...I hope I'm at least close!

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  155. Binding fabric C for SURE! It has all those colors of the z's in it. If it were mine, I'd do a scrappy binding, so this fabric of yours accomplishes the same thing.

    I see the Chicago dog up there with celery salt. I think we're about the only ones who use that.

    Thx for the fair fun.

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  156. Fabric A would be my choice for the binding because it has ALL the colors of the quilt in it! That is such a bright, happy quilt! My guess on the pumpkin weight is 825 pounds! It's pretty big!! That would certainly make a LOT of pumpkin pies, wouldn't it!!! LOVE the blue ribbon key chain! I have actually been looking for a blue ribbon to make for work, so now I have one!!! Thank you! Oh, and what a GREAT fabric giveaway! Beautiful!

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  157. Love your kitties,so cute! The polka dots are my choice :) What a big guy! I'm guessing 761.Your fabrics are wonderful!!!!

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  158. I would choose B for the binding.

    My guess for the pumpkins is 782 pounds.

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  159. Thank you for your great blog and the bits of fair history in this post! Part1: definitely fabric A, as I think it would look better than C as a binder and B is not contrasty enough for me! Part 2: who knows? But based on my limited experience with normal sized pumpkins, I will say...315lbs!

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  160. Fabric choice is A....however they are all lovely. As for the pumpkin...I am going with 554 pounds. As for being the winner...I have a plan all set for the fabric....now I will be here hoping!

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  161. I would choose fabric B as binding. I guess the pumpkin weights about 1312 pounds. And I love your kitties, they're adorable!
    Greetings from germany
    Hildy

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  162. I think the orange dot fabric would make a fabulous binding. The pumpkin? 518 lbs.

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  163. Hi! I would choose the dots and the pumpkin would be 304 pounds. Thank you for the generous giveaway and the cute pattern. Love your fabric!

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  164. I would use fabric C --- at first I thought A, but, then realized, it has white in it and would probably show soil earlier. The polka dots would still show the interest of all the colors. I am totally not sure about the weight of the pumpkin --- so... on a wild and uninformed guess --- 518 lbs. Love the fabrics and the zig zag quilt!
    quiltschon@att.net

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  165. I love love fabric A, but my suggestion is fabric B as it is closest to the top and bottom of your quilt. My guess for the pumpkin is 1,232 pounds.

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  166. Binding wise, none of the above...I'd choose the same white you used in the zig zags. But if you MUST use one of the choices, then A, I guess...

    I don't do age or weight guessing very well at all, but hey, let's say 485 pounds.

    Love your fabrics, the colors and prints are so much fun!

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  167. I like fabric C for the binding and I will guess 1575lbs. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  168. Love your quilts, I would choose "A", love the fibrant color.
    I think that pumpkin weighs in at 731 lbs.
    thanks for a great give away.
    Judy
    starkey_judy@yahoo.com

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  169. I would choose A for the binding and guess that the pumpkin weighs 642lbs. Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

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  170. Oh, definitely C - the flower dots! Love a good dottie binding. And my pumpkin guess is... 361 lbs. Great post! I think that I guessed that you DID win the hot dog eating contest, oh well :)

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  171. Love your blog! I am choosing Fabric B and going with 830 lbs! Thanks for the chances to win.

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  172. I like A. I love colorful bindings.

    I say the pumpkin weighs 328 pounds!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  173. I think I'd go with C for the binding...any of them would look great though! I'll guess the pumpkin will weigh 468 pounds. LOVE the zig zag quilt!!

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  174. Orange dots would be my choice for the binding and my guess for the pumpkin is 946#. Great pic from your childhood...what a great sense of style you had!

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  175. I think I'd choose Fabric B for the binding, although C would be awfully pretty too.

    Hmmm, I'm going to guess the pumpkin weighs in around 634 lbs.

    THANKS for the opportunity to win!

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  176. I would say A. The pumpkin would be 376 pounds.

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  177. Hi Kate! I enjoyed reading your blog post. Your quilts are beautiful and your kitties are just adorable. :)

    For your binding, I am liking 'B' the most.

    As for the pumpkin. Well, I am certainly no expert at that! I did grow a large pumpkin once, but it was not as big as that one. I don't even know how much mine weighed. Um hmm. I will guess... 977 pounds.

    Blessings, Jessica

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  178. Love your fabrics. I like B because the more solid effect frames the prints in the quilts. 460 lbs for the pumpkin...fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  179. *I love the colors of your quilt! Well, I love most of what you do. :o) I think you need more of orange in there, so I would chose "C" for the binding.
    *That pumpkin weighs....2184 lbs. :o)

    Thank you so much for the chance!!!

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  180. I love the quilt! I would definitely choose B for the binding. My guess is the pumpkin weighs 455 pounds.

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  181. Enjoyed your post very much! Your zig zag quilt is wonderful! I made one over the summer, and it was a lot of fun. I would choose B, the tonal fabric for binding. The first one is too busy, and the dots on the last one are spaced far enough apart you won't really get the feel of the polka dots.

    Recently saw a peek of your new fabric line on Fat Quarter Shop. Very exciting!

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  182. I would say the pumpkin is 430 pounds. And for the binding I would go with C. :-)

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  183. I would say binding A, for sure! And about the weight I think 290 pounds would be a fair guess.
    I have done a quilt exactly the same and it was great fun but your quilt with your fabrics in are the best!

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  184. From those 3 choices, I would go with #2, but if I had my choice from all of the fabrics in the quilt, I would pick a more solid orange! Not sure why, but that was my first thought! On the pumpkin...hmmmm...so hard to tell! I will guess 212 pounds.

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  185. I would go with fabric C and the pumpkin weighs 520#
    Thanks for the chance to win that lovely fabric!!

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  186. Love your blog. You really put some thought into it.! I think you should go with fabric "B". And I think the pumpkin weights around 1011.

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  187. binding A.. I have made that pattern just to try out that technique and it was so fun. I used strips from my bright zig zag strips (alternated with solid black) for my binding so I would go with the fabric that is multicolored. And will guess 650 pounds for the gigantic pumpkin! Would like to be there for the weigh-in. Love pumpkins!

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  188. Definitely fabric A! Since the quilt is mostly orange and green and fabric A has both :)

    I'm going go go with 388lbs!

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  189. I would vote for pattern A. It pulls all of the colors together without on being predominant. And the pumpkin is 470 lbs

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  190. What a fun way to do a Giveaway :) You are always so creative!! As far as the binding I like B, mainly because the top and bottom are both done in the blues and I think it ties it all together very nicely :) And the pumpkin - who knows?? How about 616 :)

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  191. I LOVE your quilt! Gotta make one of those. I would use fabric "C".

    784 pounds!!!

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  194. I like fabric A for the binding. That is a beautiful quilt! I think the pumpkin weighs 578 pounds. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  195. Sorry, I'm so used to having to leave separate comments for everything!

    I would go with one of your purples for the binding, but since that's not an option then I choose A :)

    And I'm going to guess the weight of the pumpkin at 1300 lbs. I want to guess higher but I'm afraid of going over! I'll play it safe and maybe I'll be one of the lucky few to come close!

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  196. Love your country fair post!

    Hmmm my guess is 1037 for the pumpkin.

    And fabric B for the binding! It's going to look great:)

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