Monday, November 16, 2015

You Can Quilt! Building Skills For Beginners Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY

Hello!
This week five bloggers will be reviewing and making blocks from You Can Quilt!  I am so excited!

First up is Lee from Freshly Pieced.  When I first started the You Can Do It! Skill Builder Sampler Quilt-Along (the precursor to You Can Quilt!) back in 2011 I had about 50 followers, one of which was Lee (who had a much wider readership).  She posted about the quilt along and made the first few blocks.  The quilt along would never have taken off nor this book been written without that initial jump start.  Head on over and see what she has to say about You Can Quilt!.

This week I will be posting behind-the-scenes photos from when we were writing You Can Quilt!  Stop back and feel free to ask any questions about the book writing process.


As part of this blog hop we are giving away a hard copy of You Can Quilt! and a bundle of fabrics provided by Moda.  These are some of the same fabrics that I used in the book!  They vary in size, but there are over 2 yards total.  You must have a US mailing address to be eligible for this package.

But never fear!  We have a second prize for those living outside the US.  Our publisher, AQS, has all their books available as e-books and they will send an e-book of You Can Quilt! to an "international" winner.

You have 3 chances to win:

1.  Leave a comment here and let us know where you live.  This will allow us to send you the correct prize and it will be fun to see where everyone is from.  I love our world wide quilting community!

2.  Follow me on Instagram.  I just joined last week and it is awesome!  I am still figuring out the ropes and need to find some like-minded quilting people to follow.  Come back here and leave a second comment saying that you follow me.

3.  Follow my co-author Marlene on Facebook.  She owns a small quilt shop in Washington State and does beautiful longarm quilting for her customers.  Lots of eye-candy.  Leave a third comment saying that you follow Marlene on Facebook.

The giveaway closes Saturday, November 21st at midnight (Central Time) and we will randomly select a winner on Sunday morning.

And please visit the other bloggers throughout the week to see what they think of You Can Quilt!:


Nov. 16th - Lee (freshlypieced.com)
Nov. 17th - AnneMarie (genxquilters.com)
Nov. 18th - Leanne  (shecanquilt.ca)
Nov. 19th - Julie  (thatssojulie.blogspot.com)
Nov. 20th - Lyn (a beginning quilter guest posting at flourishingpalms.blogspot.com)

If you want to buy a copy of You Can Quilt! it is now 55% off at Connecting Threads!!!  A total steal for 144 pages and a CD.  Signed copies are also available from Marlene and myself.

The giveaway is closed and the winners have been contacted.   Thanks for visiting!

203 comments:

  1. I've been waiting for this blog hop 😊
    I'm in Virginia

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  2. I followed you on instagram, @@iluvmybaronie

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  3. Hi from Stillwater, Minnesota. Thanks!

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  5. I think that the book looks great. I am in New Zealand

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  6. Looks like a really useful reference book! I'm in New Zealand too-how about that two kiwis in a row!

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  7. Looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance!

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  8. I live in a coastal town on the east coast of Australia, about a 3 hour drive north of Sydney. The book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Hi Anne, I'm in Armidale NSW. What town are you in?

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  9. Looks like a really cool book! I live in Maryland, about an hour away from Washington DC.

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  10. I live in Niagara, Ontario Canada but I have a U.S. mailing address- I send a lot of my packages to my mom in the U.S. so I can save on shipping ;)

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  11. I live in Clatskanie, Oregon, where it has just started to rain...and likely won't stop for another six months. (But I shouldn't complain, given how we longed for rain all summer long.)

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  12. I'm one of your new Instagram followers; I am "wordygirl11" there, although I almost never post.

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  13. I love following this blog! I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan!!

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  14. I am following you on Instagram, and Marlene on FB. I am from Oxford, CT (USA)!!
    j_dobler@msn.com

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  15. Hi, I'm in the western burbs of Chicago, IL.

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  16. You are going to love IG! I'm jbscraps

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  17. Hello from the Adirondacks in Northern New York! Nice giveaway Leila, AQS and Moda. Good luck to all!!!!!

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  18. I live in Arizona! Thank you for the opportunity.

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  19. Welcome to Instagram. I have to be careful I don't let my day get away from me from all the wonderful things there.

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  20. I'm a new follower of Marlene on FB.

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  21. The book looks great! I'd love a chance to win. I live in New Jersey.

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  22. I just followed you on Instagram- looking forward to seeing what you post!

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  23. I live in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.

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  24. Happy quilting from Panama City, FL

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  25. I live in central BC and love it here!

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  26. I'm in Central Michigan. I read about your book on Lee's blog. Congratulations. It sounds like it will be a great quilting reference.

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  27. I follow Marlene on Facebook. :-)

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  29. What a great idea for your book! I'm reading from Dayton, Ohio.

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  30. I am following you on Instagram.

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  31. I am following Marlene on Facebook

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  32. I'm in Melbourne, Australia. Love the idea of this book. I consider myself a 'beginner' quilter so still have loads to learn!

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  33. I'm following you on Instagram (@geometriquilt)

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  34. I'm following KISSed Quilts (Marlene) on FB.

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  35. Entering for my friend Leah in Iowa.

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  36. I'm a brand new quilted in SC so that book was meant for me!
    Barnara

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  37. I'm a brand new quilted in SC so that book was meant for me!
    Barnara

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  38. I'm a brand new quilted in SC so that book was meant for me!
    Barnara

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  39. Started quilting 10 months ago. This book looks right up my alley! From Minnesota just across the river from Fargo.

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  40. So many interesting places! I'm here, on the Central Coast of California.

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  41. I'm following you on IG, lkhomework.

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  42. Looks like a great book. Nice work! I am from Utah.

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  43. So excited for you, congratulations! I'm from Loveland, Ohio.

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  44. Hello from California! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  45. Hello from beautiful, Prince Edward Islnd, Canada. It's cold here today.

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  46. I'm following you on Instagram. I'm grannycanquilt.

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  47. Thanks for the chance to win! Good luck with your awesome book.
    Oh, and I live in Maryland.

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  48. I live in New Jersey-the Garden State!

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  49. I live in Texas Hill Country, USA.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  50. I follow Marene on fab.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  51. I follow you on Instagram.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  52. I live in Kentucky, in my husband's hometown. I would love to give this book to my sister and help her start quilting!

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  53. Hello from Murcia,Spain.Your book looks great and love the cover,hope you sell many.Thanks for the fun!

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  54. Hello from Knoxville, Tennessee.

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  55. I live in Pennsylvania. This looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance.

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  56. Seattle, Washington here. I just ordered your book from Connecting Threads.

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  57. Looks like a great book! New York State

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  58. Followed you on instagram, I'm new to it too but love it and you will be amazed how much fun it is!

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  59. Cold and snowy greetings from the beautiful state of Colorado!

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  60. Greetings from Czech Republic! Book looks great, congratulations!

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  61. I live in Alberta, Canada. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  62. I'm following you on instagram. The only reason I am on it. 😀

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  63. And now I'm following Marlene on Facebook!

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  64. I live in Bloomington, Minnesota. Thanks!

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  65. I'm following you on Instagram. :)

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  66. I'm following Marlene on Facebook. :)

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  67. I follow you on IG now, thanks for the giveaway.

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  68. I would love to take this book and work from start to finish. I know I would learn a lot.

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  69. I am following Marlene on Facebook

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  70. I live in Flower Mound, Texas!
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  71. I'm following you on Instagram. I'm @stitchingal there!
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  72. I am following Marlene on Facebook.
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  73. I'm from Maine happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  74. i follow marlene on facebook....happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  75. This is STH from Pasco, Washington state, USA.

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  76. I am following Marlene on Facebook. I'll be in her area next summer--I'll have to stop in!

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  77. I live in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, which is also known as South Detroit.

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  78. I live in the United Kingdom. More precisely, halfway between London and Oxford.

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  79. Hello from Australia's east coast. We are gearing up for a crazy hot summer this year.

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  80. I live in Tuscaloosa, AL. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  81. I follow Marlene on FB. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  82. Thanks for a great giveaway! Even though I have been quilting for a long time, I have many new skills to practice and learn!

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  83. I follow you on Instagram. I just figured it out, too, and it is great fun!

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  85. I am following you on IG - @pammylee76

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  86. I am following Marlene on Facebook - there are some beautiful works in the photos!

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  87. Welcome to Instagram- just started following you.

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  88. Just started following Marlene on FB. Thank you for introducing me to her.

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  89. Thanks for the opportunity to win your book! I'm from Michigan.

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  90. I'm new to quilting, in North Carolina.

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  91. i am following you on Instagram barbara.dougherty126

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  92. Nashville Tennessee
    The perfect book for everyones shelf!!

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  93. Helllo from LA (Lower Alabama) :)

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  94. Rancho Cordova, California. And heading off to Connecting Threads to check out your book!

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  95. Hi from a neighbor of Marlene's in Odessa, Washington!

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  96. Hi from British Columbia Canada.

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  97. I am following Marlene's Kissed Quilts on FB.

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  98. I clicked to follow you on Instagram. Thanks for the chance!

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  99. I clicked to follow Marlene on Facebook. Thanks for the chance.

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  100. I'm from Southern California. Thanks for the chance, looks like a wonderful, useful resource and inspiration.

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  101. Sounds like a wonderful new book. While I've quilted for years, I've been looking for ways to improve my piecing skills. I'll confess I began quilting long before there were books available, rotary cutters, mats, etc. So I picked up plenty of bad habits along the way.

    I'm also in Southern California.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  102. Southern California sounds good about now! It's cold and raining here in Wisconsin. I think I need a new quilting book to lift my spirit.

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  103. Hello from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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  104. I also am new to Instragram. I just started following you.

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  105. Looks like a fun book. From Danville, Kentucky. Central Kentucky, about 4-5 hours east of Paducah!

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  106. Hello from Texas. I bought the book last summer, I have my fabrics, can't wait to get started after the holidays!

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  107. Hello from Texas. I bought the book last summer, I have my fabrics, can't wait to get started after the holidays!

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  108. I follow Marlene & Kissed Quilts on FB. She is quilting one for me now. Sorry... I don't instagram

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  109. I follow Marlene & Kissed Quilts on FB. She is quilting one for me now. Sorry... I don't instagram

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  110. Snowy and cold but getting in the Christmas mood in southern Utah.

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  111. Looks like a great book! I'm in Wisconsin ;c) shopgirl7232 at yahoo dot com

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  112. I follow you on Instagram! shopgirl7232 at yahoo dot com

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  113. I will do all the things, but mostly I am thrilled by this book. I've been inside my straight-line comfort zone for too long! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. Yikes. Forgot what I was doing! TEXAS! And I follow on IG.

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  114. I live in central Illinois. Thanks for the blog hop. I have been quilting over 25 years and I continue to learn new things everyday.

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  115. I follow you on IG - dreamingstardust

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  116. On the Atlantic, in Virginia!
    Quilting about 6 years now.

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  117. Leila, it's wonderful to meet you and share in your world of colorful quilting.
    I'm following Marlene via FB. Thank you so much for inspiring us to step outside our boxes:)

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  118. Looks like a lovely book! I'm from Toronto Canada.

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  119. This looks like a great book. I am in Ohio.

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  120. I am from Odessa, Texas. Home of Friday Night Lights (movie)

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  121. HI I follow you on instagram and am in England. Just read a review of your book over at 'she can quilt', looks fabulous and inspiring!

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  122. Hi, I follow you on Instagram and live in Louisiana. Thank you for such a generous giveaway.

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  123. What a great chance to win! Thanks for it! I am from Germany.
    Sylvia

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  124. And I follow you on IG (I'm too new to IG - Sommerscheibe)

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  126. sorry for the oops! Looks like a wonderful teaching book! I'm from Rhode Island.

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  127. Hello from Idaho, looks like a great book!

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  128. I'm in Florida. Looks like a great book for my sewing student.

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  129. Happy Friday from The Villages, FL.

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  130. Nice job on the book, and those fabrics re lovely! Anne D. from Newfield, NY

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  131. Hello from Alma, Illinois. Don't even think Chicago! Closer to Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky than Chicago.

    Love this giveaway!

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  132. HELLO FROM MONTANA !
    THANKS FOR A NEAT GIVEAWAY!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  133. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU ON BLOG LOVIN' !
    (USER>lindadouglas35)
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  134. Greetings from chilly Pennsylvania. I can really tell winter is coming, with the drop in temperature.

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  135. Holiday greetings from Arizona where I am enjoying our fourth season...sunshine.

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  136. Hi there! I am in NE Iowa where we are in the midst of our first blizzard for the "winter". We are expecting about 9 inches by morning! duchick at gmail dot com

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  137. Hello from Palestine, IL
    Nancy
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  138. I follow you on Instagram
    Nancy
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  139. I live in Calgary, Alberta (Canada)

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  140. Hello from Arden, North Carolina. bettyharden@charter.net

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  141. I follow you on email. bettyharden@charter.net

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  142. I follow you on Instagram.
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  143. I already follow KISSed Quilts on Facebook.
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  144. Owensboro,Ky
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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