March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I so enjoyed chatting with Pat Sloan on her radio show today! You can hear our chat here http://www.creativetalknetwork.com/  Then enter the giveaway for the green fabric bundle (photo below) ... by leaving a brief comment, on this post, about something Pat and I discussed. Good luck! 



** This giveaway is now closed. Please see this post for winners.
Thank you so much for joining us! **


94 comments:

  1. I see things I love in this stack...

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  2. Hi Kate, I'm writing a blog post about my quilty bucket list and I wanted to include a photo of your quote quilt from the Moda hop. It would be fully credited to you of course. Would that be OK?

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  4. Kate, I think your comments today about relatives of the Gee's Bend quilters being in Bridgeport (where you live) only goes to show it's a small, small world! Thanks for the opportunity to win fabric! Helen

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    1. Helen, congratulations! You were randomly selected as one of the winners of the green fabric bundles! Please email me your mailing address so i can send your prize off to you! kate(at)katespain(dot)com Happy sewing!

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  5. I listened to your radio with Pat. Love it.

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  6. I loved your interview today and I know what the green fabric is about ;) Something that stood out to me was how you make a quilt from each collection. What a wonderful beautiful archive you must have :)

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  7. Thanks for an opportunity to win fabric.

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  8. just listened to your interview with Pat Sloan. ...very good. You talked about the Gees Bend quilts and a workshop you took and tearing fabric. I often tear fabric.Have been doing it since I was a kid and my mother taught me to make rag quilts. Now I do it when I'm playing around trying a new block or technique. I haven't had the nerve to make a pieced block for an actual quilt I'm working on.

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  9. I'm thinking 40 shades of green quilt! Just love it!

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  10. Love to know that Pat hoards your fabric too! (I thought I was the only one! Ha!) I was intrigued to hear about tearing fabric. That I have never tried!

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  11. I learned your designs are coming out on a bedding line on Macys.com.

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  12. Like Pi and Pat, I tend to hoard your fabrics. Partly deliberately and partly because I cannot carve out enough time to sew these days. It is nice to know that you make a quilt from each fabric line for your own collection and pleasure. Enjoyed hearing about Gees Bend.

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  13. Kate, I have to say that I love all your fabric lines... You are my #1 favorite fabric designer!! I listened to your interview with Pat and the topic that stays with me is about the inspiration for your Daydream fabric collection which is based on the Mexican animal and botanical designs. I am going to look at this collection more closely now!

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  14. Awesome....my favorite colors!

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  15. Kate this is the first time I have had the opportunity to listen to Pat's interviews! I loved hearing you talk and about your inspirations. Green is a real new colour for me, I love the colour, its actually my favorite colour, but I have never put it in any of my quilts. I am a fabric hoarder and I find that I love to hoard your lines because I can look at them and fondle them any time I want! Thank you for your great lines of fabric that are an inspiration to so many!

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  16. Kate, I listened to you on Pat's show. Daydream is in the stores now, inspired by Mexican designs. I have hummingbirds in my backyard too. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  17. Hello Kate, Happy St. Patrick's Day! Lovely green fabrics, what a wonderful giveaway. I think that it is so creative for you to make a quilt from each of your fabric lines. I hope that your Spring weather arrives soon. Here in WA. we are looking forward to Springtime~

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  18. Downloading shows to my ipod to listen to at work - that way I do take a lunch hour!
    Love your fabrics and those dragongflies - I just gotta have!! Thank you!

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  19. Enjoyed listening to you with Pat Sloan talk show today. I am from Alabama and have heard about the quilters from Gees Bend, but never been there yet. Have seen some of their quilts at shows before. It warmer in Alabama then Connecticut.

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  20. I enjoyed listening to you on Pat's show today. I just got a bundle of Daydream and can't wait to use it. It was interesting to hear it was inspired by Mexican designs. I was also interested in the Gee's Bend info. I used to live in Connecticut, but down near Danbury. It is a lovely state. It sounds like you had a blast at the workshop.

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  21. Love the connection between Gees Bend and Bridgeport. Also love hearing you tell about tearing the fabric. My grandmother taught me to clip the selvage and pull one thread so I would have a straight of grain line to start cutting on, not as fast as ripping but no stress on the fabric. Thank goodness for rotary cutters!

    Another thing that stuck with me was your mention of the Million Pillowcase Challenge. Right now I'm working on 136 of them and with the 80 plus I've already donated I'm trying to put a dent in that million. No better feeling than giving smiles to kids in the hospital.

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  22. Love your fabric and enjoyed the Gee's Bend discussion! Thank you for the opportunity for your fabric. Love it!

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  23. Loved listening to you with Pat Sloan. No green quilt...love the green fabrics that you chose for Pat's shamrock pattern

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  24. I enjoyed listening to you talking with Pat Sloan. It is a joy to hear about you working with the artist of Gees Bend! What a joy to find there were relatives right there in your home town! Wow! Those are lovely green fabrics!

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  25. Love your fabric and Daydream is in stores right now! It is inspired by Mexican Atomy Designs, I hope I spelled that right, and it sounds like you absolutely love to design fabrics for people to use and enjoy. You love to sew one quilt per design. Loved listening to the show! Thanks for this opportunity.

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  26. I love your fabrics - so soft and peaceful. Keep up the good work!

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  27. Daydreams and Sunnyside in bedding... Hope you consider prints on knit sheets...once I tried them, I hardly ever use percale sheets any more! (P.S. The part of Queens I am from is Sunnyside, so that collection name makes me smile.)

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  28. I loved hearing how you get your inspiration to design fabric. I have to admit I have not seen a Gees Bend quilt in person or been to this area. But I have looked them up online. They have so much character. When I look at them I want to know the story that went into making the quilt. As you have with designing your fabric. Everything has a story to tell. It is great to pass that along.

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  29. Love listening to you talk to Pat Sloan, How very wonderful to have products in all different kinds of areas. I need to go to Gees Bend sometime. I live in Arkansas so the trip would not be very long.

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  30. This is the first time I listen to Pat's show. I remember you talking about your paper goods showing up in Michael's in the dollar bins and a new line of household goods coming soon to Macy's!
    Sandy A

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  31. I really enjoyed listening to you and Pat having such a good time on the radio. I thought it funny that your husband looks for your designs in stores and puts them to the front. Nice to have a proud husband! And I enjoyed your Moda Blog Hop post with your letter N.

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  32. I LOVE your fabrics, Kate! And often hoard them too!! I'd love to have made a quilt from each of your collections (but I haven't yet). Also, I wish I'd made a pillowcase like you talked about...and the Gees Bend conversation on the show. Thank you for the chance to win GREEN!

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  33. Always interesting to listen when at work and the day never seems to end. Ha Ha

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  34. Always interesting to listen to Pat's radio show. I loved all your talk about the inspirations for your fabric lines. I really like to use your fabrics.
    Honey honey was one of my favorites, and your Christmas fabrics!

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  35. Pat mentioned how she liked the hummingbird in your logo and you said you had been watching for them in your yard last summer and got to see one. I love hummers also...they are so amazing. I have gotten some pretty good close-up looks at them when they come to the feeder every summer here in WI. Thanks for having this giveaway.

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  36. I would of loved to visit the gees bend group.... There stories are so interesting .

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  37. I love Pat's shows. Your fabric is wonderful. I am a humming bird follower as well. I am headed to Arizona this summer on my Humming Bird dream vacation. Hope to see all 15 species found in the US. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and camera ready.

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  38. Green is a favorite color of mine and my husbands. It's the dominant color in our home. Talking abut tearing fabrics - my mother taught be about it when I was a girl, and the place I buy most of my fabrics (Mary Jo's) tears fabric. Works great.

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  39. I love green, too. It is also the color that is very low in my stash at this time. I'm glad I live where earth quacks are mild. Glad you spotted a hummingbird after a while. I didn't realize that you licensed your designs for so many uses. (I dabble a little with designing at Spoonflower.com)

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  40. Loved to hear that you too get inspiration all around you! That you do more than design fabric! And the modern quilt show will be back in Austin Texas in Feb 2015! Thanks for the chance to win ! New to quilting i could use the green daydream bundle. Congrats on it coming out today!

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  41. I enjoyed listening to your interview with Pat. I don't have hummingbirds where I live but every summer I visit a friend who has them in her yard, I so love sitting on her deck and being buzzed by them. as they visit the feeders. The thought of tearing fabric ...hmmm I'll have to try it. Thank you for the opportunity to expand our green collections.

    Colleen colmg1487@yahoo.com

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  42. The green fabrics are lovely! They remind me of spring and new beginnings. I am a huge fan of your fabric lines - they are gorgeous. I have the whole Day Dreams collection and just love looking at it. Will be cutting into it soon :) Thank you for the chance to win more beautiful fabrics.

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  43. Tearing fabric, it really scares me.

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  44. hi kate, i dont normally like green, but these are so beautiful, what is not to love! thank you for all of your beautiful fabric and making the quilting world a wonderful place to be. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  45. Green fabrics are secod only to blue! LOL Loved the show.

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  46. I too love hummingbirds. I put a feeder in front of my kitchen window so I can watch them as I wash dishes every evening. Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful green bundle.

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  47. My husband and I used to live in NY and we visited Connecticut on many occasions. Good choice of a place to move. My husband is from Atlanta and we visit there occasionally too. I think it is funny and charming that your husband will organize the bins in the stores and put your designs in front.

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  48. Belated Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too. I was so interesting to hear about how your Daydream desings were inspired by the Mexican otomi designs. Thanks for a really lovely giveaway.

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  49. I enjoyed hearing about Gee's Bend. I need to find some Daydream fabric because I love hummingbirds (and everything you design!). I have quite a few things from Michaels with your designs.

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  50. I love all your fabric. Your colors really resonate with me. I'm surprised you don't have a green quilt though!

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  51. HELLO,we have hummingbirds here in Montana too>if you can imagine that! Love these little creatures! Love this fabric bundle too>Thank You for the giveaway!

    Ancobaltt16@yahoo.com

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  52. Hummingbirds are so cool! Occasionally we will get bursts of them in our back yard. We don't really have anything for them to eat, but they still stop by once in a while. I often get inspired by the things that I see out my window or sitting on my deck. Thank you for sharing your process.

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  53. I enjoyed listening to your interview with Pat. I laughed when she admitted she hoards your fabrics, because I do too! I even still have a Flurry jelly roll and yardage for a Christmas quilt for myself, which I have had for a few years, as you know. But I have used lots of your fabrics for my local quilt groups' donations to a children's cancer unit, because they are so bright and cheerful.
    Love the green fabrics!

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  54. Sadly, I can't listen to your interview with Pat. I live in a rural area where the internet doesn't like to work very well. This is some beautiful fabrics!

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  55. Sadly, I can't listen to your interview with Pat. I live in a rural area where the internet doesn't like to work very well. This is some beautiful fabrics!

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  56. I most enjoyed the discussion Bridgeport and the south and the connections there. My husband grew up in Bridgeport and I grew up in Wethersfield. I really loved hearing about ripping the fabric as well - I think I am going to try that! Thanks for putting together a beautiful green bundle. :)

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  57. Hi Kate! Listening to Pat's podcast today and hoping the drawing is still open. I'm Irish, love your green fabric bundle, and could relate to the tearing of the fabric. I quilt with older quilters at my church who still like to rip for true accurate straight of grain!

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  58. Like Pat, I also hoard your fabric. Although I'm trying to find patterns for my pre-cuts. I'm leaning towards Belle Waves for the Verna line. I've also made a quilt using your In From the Cold line.

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  59. My greens are limited to really dark or really light. Really would like more variety.

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  60. I cant believe your husband goes shopping and puts your items on top. That is funny to picture. Your colors and patterns are great on so many items other than fabric. But I like the fabric best.

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  61. I had to laugh about tearing fabric - had the worst fabric cutting experience yet in Japan the other day where clearly the shop lady's scissors needed a good sharpening and while I hate it when they tear fabric, she may as well have just ripped it up *shudder*

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  62. I finally got to listen to this, this morning!How fun to hear your happy voice! I loved all the snippets with Pete, especially combined with your recent post about finding one of your pillows in the gift shop of a place you visited :) The visual of Pete straightening up the Michael's bins is just too cute...and a sweet expression of his support of your "stuff" :)

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  63. I loved hearing about tearing fabric. I worked in a fabric store in the late 70s and early 80s and we tore almost all the fabric.

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  64. Hi Kate, I just listened to your interview with Pat. I just started quilting and I got up the nerve to tear my first fabric to piece the back of my first quilt, it worked beautifully. I also have just moved to the mountains and was thrilled when our first hummingbird couple showed up on my feeders. I can't wait to go to Macy's and see your fabrics that inspired the bedding! Congratulations!

    Blessings,
    Jodi

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  65. I would love to attend a Gee's Bend quilting workshop - so inspiring.

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  66. I love to hear about the inspirations for your collections. I learned to tear fabric many years ago but haven't done it for a long time. Thanks.

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  67. Love your new fabrics, especially the dragonfly. I like hummingbirds too!!

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  68. It is so strange having someone tear fabric these days, but I wish they would as sometimes so much is scrapped because of the wonky folds/cuts

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  69. Interesting listening about the Gee's Bend quilting. Would love to win.

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  70. I am never sure about tearing. I worked in a fabric store many moons ago and some "calico" was made to be torn. Some was printed off grain and not good for that. Plus extra for pulls made many people upset.

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  71. Such a fun show to listen to! So fun to hear about the class you took. I was "green" with envy! LOL I have seen some of the Gees Bend quilts, but would love to take a class and learn the construction techniques.
    Thanks for offering a giveaway to celebrate!

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  72. Gees Bend and quilting just about go hand in hand don't they. How wonderful to LIVE there! I am another that tends to hoard your fabrics.

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  73. i enjoyed the discussion about gee's bend. i have seen the original traveling exhibit twice and the houston maf and am fascinated not just by the quilts but also by the names the makers give them.

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  74. I love the daydream designs that you have created for Moda. The inspiration coming from the Mexican art form. To me it reminds me of flower power types of art too :) Love green fabrics too. Can't wait to see your designs showing up on new linens at Macy's too

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  75. Tearing fabric always makes for an interesting discussion among quilters! I used to work for a quilt shop where the owner insisted we tear to make sure we were right on grain. Quite a few folks would stop us and wanted us to rotary cut, which is my preference.

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  76. Many years ago, at the SF Airport, I saw a quilt show displaying quilts made by African American women from the South that were made from their house dresses, gingham and other simple cottons. They were awesomely simple yet beautiful. I'll never forget them. Regarding the controversy about tearing vs. cutting fabric, when I first learned to sew many years ago all cotton fabric was torn. I don't know why the practice has changed to rotary cutting as it's not always as accurate, just not as messy. I prefer purchasing fabric torn as you can always tell when it's "on-grain."

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  77. How fun to tear fabric. Scary love to win some green

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  78. Love your fabrics Kate! Also very cool that you make a quilt from each collection. carolann427@aol.com

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  79. Interesting discussions! I've been tearing fabric for a long time and think it's the only way to go, especially if you're making a rag quilt. Tried to get a friend to do it on her rag quilt, but she just couldn't make herself give it a try. I kept telling her a straight edge didn't matter with a rag quilt because you were going to clip the edges and you want it to rag, but she just couldn't handle it. Too funny! To each his own I guess.

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  80. Ahhh, tearing fabric. I do it to get a straight straight of grain, especially if I'm using the long grain like for a border. But I trim up with my rotary cutter - I learned the hard way that my seams are not what they should be if I don't.

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  81. Great discussion!
    I've only recently discovered Gees Bend !! and I was taught at school never to tear the fabric!!!

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  82. LOVE the color combos and thanks for the chance to win them! I can't tear fabric - even the sound of tearing fabric just doesn't seam right!
    ~Andee

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  83. You talked about hummingbirds, as there is one in your logo. You also talked about your Moda spell it blog hop, and you did a quilt about follow your dreams, and the other side says now get up and do it. Love that.

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  84. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only fabric tearer. before rotary cutters, I would tear strips for log cabin quilts.

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  85. I love all of your fabric lines! I made a quilt with Fandango that many of my friends and family have coveted, so I really do regret not buying more of that fabric! I have torn fabric and found that it works out just fine. I am also a big fan of the Gee's Bend quilts and quilters. Thanks for all the beauty and inspiration you share with us and for the giveaway!

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  86. Great interview. I can't make myself tear fabric, it doesn't seem right to me. :-) thank you for the chance to win.

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  87. My goodness I am late!The only excuse I have is it was my birthday on the 17th!
    Yup My name is Patricia and my birthday is March 17,too bad I wasn't born in Ireland.I am struggling with a broken knee for 14 weeks 2 weeks before Christmas...so have not been able to go shopping for some green fabric!AND I do not have any in my stash either.So I hope I win.

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  88. As I followed along on the Alphabet blog hop, I enjoyed hearing about how you used the letter N in your quilt...being very creative with that letter. I can relate to not getting to sew as much as I like too, but I would love you to know how much I love your fabrics...there are a few of them in my stash. =) Some day I'll sew them. Thanks Kate!

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  89. It is interesting that you use the letter N and my last name begins with an N. I also love the different colors of green. Great show with Pat.

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  90. Your conversation about the gees bend quilt. Thank you for the chance to win this collection. Green is my sisters favorite color and I am sure I could make her something fabulous with the fabric.

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  91. Just love the greens, Which is one of my favorite colors. Thank you for the giveaway.

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