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Friday, August 24, 2012

Back to School Blog Hop Party


I'm joining in on the fun---hope you'll join in too!.  The Back to School Quilter's Blog Hop Party will be underway until September 3.  For this blog hop I'm giving away a great book by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes Say It With Quilts.  I discovered this book a few months ago and greatly enjoyed the stories, quilt patterns and ideas. To quote Laura Nownes "this book is all about...our feeling toward a special person, event, pattern or fabric that inspires the making of our quilts." 

To enter for this give-away leave a comment about what inspires you to quilt.   The winner will be announced on Monday, September 3 at 6:00pm central time.  All comments will be individually placed in a bowl and the winner will be drawn.  A link to the other Blog Hop Party participants can be found at http://quiltinggallery.com/quilters-fun/quilters-blog-hop-party/

  Enjoy the Hop and Happy Quilting!

121 comments:

  1. Playing with colors inspires me to quilt--I just love to make new color/fabric combinations! (which explains why I don't finish much--and start way too much!)

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  2. Fabrics and things all around me inspire me - I buy fabrics that may sit and sit and then one day I see something that I know those fabrics would be great as and shabam - a quilt is born! Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway.

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  3. All of the fabrics are what inspire me to quilt. I love mixing the colors and patterns to get a quilt that I love to work on.

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  4. I think it's the need to create with my hands, I've always been that way. This looks like a lovely book.
    Thank you for the chance

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  5. Thanks for the chance. I recently was inspired to quilt by an idea I had. I started sewing about a year ago. All this time I have been making gifts for people but never my husband. I don't think he cared much, but he did mention a few times I never make him anything. The reason is that he's the only person who's opinion I cared about and I didn't want to make him something while I was starting out. Plus I wanted this perfect gift. So I had the idea to make him a batman quilt. Its like a pixel quilt. Completely my own design. My husbands favorite thing in the world is a good movie. His favorite movies are either scary, or the new batman movies. Anyway, I know he'll love it. Thanks for the chance!

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  6. I have somewhat of a fabric obsession, so the fabrics are definitely what inspire me to quilt... I love mixing the different fabrics to come up with something completely unique :)

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  7. I am your 21st follower. That's a lucky number, right? I love the look and feel of quilts....the patterns and the colours especially. And I love the joy in the faces of the recipients of my quilting projects.
    Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

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  8. Even though I've been quilting for going on 20 years, there is still so much I want to learn and do. I am constantly inspired by the many quilting blogs out there.

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  9. Great giveaway! I love to create with fabric and work with all the beautiful colors!

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  10. I'm inspired to quilt because it give me chance to play with color, fun fabrics...and to give to others. (I sew a bunch for charity.)

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  11. I am so inspired by quilt shows. I get so many ideas and come home itching to quilt!

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  12. Inspiration comes from everywhere -- color, feel of fabric, a design on a sidewalk grate, a person whom I care about - whether I know them or not... and I love cutting and putting it all back together!

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  13. Inspiration for quilting? Comfort and sanity - it is my refuge.

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  14. I think fabric determines how it will be made. I see others patterns and make something similiar from several quilts.

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  15. My love for quilts came from my love of fabrics and sewing as a young girl. First it was creating a unique garment to fit my awkwardly tall frame as a kid, then on to making quilted jackets and now mostly making quilts. I love touching fabrics, picking out colors and playing with how they relate to one another. Thanks for a chance to win your book. Another Missourian.

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  16. Family and Fabric inspire me to quilt. I love to make them all sorts of things! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. I find it theraputic to create things, and love to see a finished product for my efforts that is actually useful as well, so quilting does it for me!! Fab giveaway thanks x

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  18. quitling itself is something I do because it doesn't need a lot of tools (I just don't have a lot of space) and I can play aroudn with textures and colours. I often jsut quilt because Ilike a certain fabric and then look for matchign fabrics .. and in the end I either keep it or the patterna dn colours look liek they belong to a friend or family member and then it turns into a gift...
    Thanks for the chance!

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  19. I browse blogs and pinterest and visit Etsy and online fabric shops for inspiration.

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  20. Other blogs inspire me to quilt...so much beauty! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  21. I just love to create and not have the same things as everyone else. Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize.



     

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  22. Seeing all the beautiful quilts and projects that other quilters have made is where all my inspiration comes from-- makes me want to try my hand at making something equally beautiful. :-) I guess that's partially why I love Quilting blogs and websites so much-- tons of inspiration! Thank you for the chance to win!! :-)

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  23. Familyband blogs are my inspirations. Thanks for the chance!
    b.zanninelli@gmail.com

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  24. The best inspiration to me comes from all the gorgeous fabrics.

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  25. Lovely book! Thanks so much! What inspires me to quilt? Fabrics, other quilters and nature. Perhaps also the wish to make something very special to give as a gift.

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  26. I love reading quilt blogs & quilt magazines & quilt books. Lots of inspiration all around me. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  27. I don't know if I can say I am inspired to quilt... it is more of something that I have to do to stay happy :)

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  28. The creative challenge. The prints and colors.

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  29. My mom inspired my to quilt in 2008. And haven't looked back. I love the look on my family's faces when I give them a quilt for a gift. Thanks.

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  30. I'm inspired by what I see on all the great blogs...such awesome talent.
    Thanks for the giveaway.....love books

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  31. My need to play with fabric inspires me to quilt!

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  32. This book! My mom had a copy (and still does) when I was growing up and I looked through this book a million times. I would love to have my own copy. :)

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  33. Usually, my inspiration to quilt comes from seeing something when browsing through the many great blogs and quilting things I see on Pinterest. I have to browse all the time, because I am stuck working on a hand pieced, hand quilted, queen size quilt since 2010... and in the mean time all I can do is dream about the next, next, next quilt I am putting on my list of things I will do. I love piecing things by hand.. do not like hand quilting. THAT is my new decision.

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  34. I love to sew and I really LOVE fabric. To take a piece of fabric and turn it into a beautiful quilt is the most amazing thing to me. I get my inspiration from the things around me and from quilting blogs. Thank you for your giveaway.

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  35. Ooo that looks like a fun book. fabrics and fun pAtterns always inspire my quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  36. Hi, I just found you though the hop and I am a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway. I am inspired by beauty...plain and simple. If I think it is beautiful, I want to make it.

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  37. I'm inspired by quilting blogs and books. I love looking through all the lovely finished projects and imagining myself creating them. I also love fabric and designing my own patterns.

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  38. I get inspiration by books and blogs. thank you for this chance. hugs Alessandra

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  39. My daughter and I quilt together on one machine switching from helper to sewer... It is inspiring.

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  40. It just makes me feel good to make something with pretty patterns and colors.

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  41. I think the beauty of the fabric is what inspires my quilting. Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

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  42. Thanks for this chance....my inspiration lately are all the wonderful blogging friends I have....

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  43. I love taking classes. I find even if I don't finish the project started in the class, I always take something away - a new technique or something I'll use later.

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  44. I'm inspired to quilt when I think of people I would love to gift with a quilt...that and all the lovely fabrics I see on-line! Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  45. Quilting is a way for me to express my creativity publicly. LOL. Otherwise I just write for myself. Usually, a pattern will grab me and say "I need to be made for so and so, and do me in these colors"

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  46. Oh I would love to add a book to my small library of quilt books. I quilt to bring joy to others.
    quilting[dash]lady[at]comcast[dot]net

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  47. I'm inspired to quilt by the reaction I get from people when I give them one of my quilts as a gift - it's very gratifying. Thanks for the giveaway.
    bandkgram(at)hotmail(dot)ca

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  48. have my first grand child inspored me to learn to quilt. I'm self taught with the help of the internet. Thanks for the wonderful give away.

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  49. I am inspired by all the quilts I see on the net! Thanks

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  50. I'm new to quilting, but I'm inspired to quilt because I love to sew and I think a quilt is a very practical gift! I'm inspired by all these wonderful bloggers that quilt - they are motivating me to make quilts and know that with every quilt I will improve my skills. Thanks for a chance to win! This book looks fabulous! :)

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  51. I am inspired to quilt by the pictures in my head! Hmmm, that makes me sound like I am crazy!!! I love the reactions of people when I give them a quilt. I like to do art quilts and my favorite part of quilting is the longarming process! The quilts talk to me and tell me what they want!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great book!

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  52. I am a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win, and nice to *meet* you. :o) I think the thing that most inspires me to quilt is the person I'm making it for, or the reason for making the quilt.

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  53. A lot of my inspiration (and motivation!) comes from the blogs I read!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  54. The blogs I read -- love seeing a quilt come together with the different blocks.

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  55. I'm inspired to quilt by the colours and fabrics. I love bright colours and I'm a fabricholic, so quilting is great for me!

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  56. The fabric and who I am making it for. Thanks for the chance to win a great book.

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  57. I am inspired by both nature (I love color and textures in the mountains where I live) and people. I never know what is going to spark a quilt idea in my head. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  58. There is so much inspirpation for quilting...it's everywhere! When I'm making something for a particular recipient they really serve as my main inspiration - I love making things personal. Thanks for the chance - the book looks great!

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  59. My inspiration comes with the person receiving the quilted gift. A favorite color, hobby, comic book character, flower, etc.

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  60. Reading about all the wonderful bloggers in blogland. your creativity gives me inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity on the book giveaway and good luck to all the participants.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  61. Seeing a beautiful photo of a quilt inspires me to make my own so I'd love to own the book you've chosen to giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  62. Seeing other quilts either at a guild meeting or blogs!! There are just way too many on my list to make, love them all!!

    thanks for the fun!!

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  63. I am inspired by everything. Sometimes it's nature, sometimes it's a color palette and sometimes it's a pattern. I see quilts everywhere!

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  64. I am inspired by my family, other quilters, and sometimes just colors. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  65. I am often inspired by what is around me especially nature , the colors and textures . Thanks for the chance and I am a new follower.

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  66. Other quilters inspire me and with internet insperations are endless.

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  67. I love the colors, shapes, and different ways the puzzle pieces fit together.

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  68. My kids inspire me I started quilting to make my baby a quilt and could not stop.

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  69. I love the patterns others make it gives such inspiration....

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  70. I am inspired by whammy friends are making and also many of the blogs.

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  71. I am inspired by my quilting buddies in our Wednesday get together group. I find that when you meet with other quilters. Regards from northern British Columbia, Canada

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  72. i like making gifts for others...my husband says I owe him a quilt, for all the fabric I've bought, lol

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  73. I love the colors, fabric choices and smiles on a recipient's face

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  74. I am inspired by all the beautiful fabrics!

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  75. I am inspired by fabric. Love to look at, buy and touch! Greetings from Northern British Columbia, Canada

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  76. I don't know what inspires me, I just know I have to do it!

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  77. Beautiful fabric, great books and inspiring blogs! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

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  78. I quilt because homicide is frowned upon and it's a great stress reliever. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

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  79. My best quilt-friend inspires me and of course all the quiltblogs that I´m reading :)
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  80. Quilting relaxes me and makes me happy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  81. My mother inspired me to quilt, when she was here I never quilted as she was the quilter, when she passed I inherited her machines and decided to follow in her footsteps and make quilts for charity... to date I have made 68 quilts for my charity group and I am working on 12 more for this december delivery

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  82. I'm inspired to quilt by a piece of fabric - it could be any piece but for some reason it shouts at me and things just start to fall into place. The idea creates itself.

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  83. I just need a creative outlet. Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

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  84. I think going to Quilt shops and reading blogs inspire me to quilt. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  85. Just knowing the love that goes into one. Great book. Love the airplane quilt on the cover

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  86. Everything inspires me to quilt! Beautiful scenery, new babies, old friends, illnesses, recoveries, good days, bad days...there's not much in my life that doesn't come full-circle to my quilting!

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  87. Reading all these blogs and seeing the motivation to create inspires me! awolk at rogers dot com

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  88. The fabric colors, a pattern and the joy of making a quilt.

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  89. I just started I am new and I was inspired st start by my mom.

    llmgabbard60 at Gmail dot com

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  90. Life around me inspires me...nature, patterns in brickwork, buildings...sometimes I dream my quilts...I just love quilting.

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  91. I am always finding inspiration on blogs and Pinterest. I'm motivated to actually get to it though by the fact that it's my quiet time alone. I have a licensed home daycare and I homeschool the three of our five children who are still at home, so a little alone time is a wonderful thing once in awhile!

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  92. Quilting blogs definitely inspire me probably more than anything seeing beautiful completed quilts and tutorials.

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  93. seeing what others have done inspires me

    lovely giveaway thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  94. I have always loved colors and playing with them gives me a real peaceful feeling.
    Hugs from France

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  95. I think what inspired me initially was the tradition in my extended family of quilting, but what got me hooked are the fabrics. An unending source of inspiration.

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  96. I love watching the quilt come together as I sew the pieces - it reminds me of working on a jigsaw puzzle. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your wonderful giveaway!

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  97. Going on blogs. You have so much talent and so much to give. A lot of giveways as well as tutorials. Your like a wealth of quilting infor. Thank you for giving us all a chance to win such a great book. Nothing can say it better than a homemade quilt given from the heart.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  98. Seeing colours and patterns everywhere inspires me to quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  99. Showing my friends and family my love for them inspires me to quilt.

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  100. I am inspired by the lovely quilts that I see with fabulous, fabrics, colours and patterns. Wish I got to see more of them!

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  101. This looks like a wonderful book! Thank you for the sweet giveaway! I find that fabric inspires me...any chance to play with it!

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  102. I love playing with colors. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  103. I love every part of quilting, designing it in EQ, picking colors and fabrics, cutting, sewing, quilting and adding binding and label, then also giving them away.

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  104. Laura and Diana have inspired me to quilt. I learned so much from their book Quilts, Quilts, Quilts. I have not seen this book of theirs. These blogs are a great inspiration to me as well. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and ideas with us

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  105. Looks like a great book. I am inspired to quilt because if gives me a creative outlet and because there is so much variety in a pattern just because of the fabric that is used. That totally fascinates me how tow people can make the same pattern but the quilts will look so different because of the fabrics used.

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  106. I love my Juki...and it inspires me to quilt!

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  107. Thanks for participating in the giveaway. Other people's finished quilts are an inspiration and seeing nature's colors. Fabric itself also inspires me.

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  108. quilting and creating through sewing help me feel a more fuller sense of who I am. I am good at my job, good at being a friend and quilting is a way for me to connect to myself, more deeply listen to my ideas.

    Michelle

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  109. My family inspired me to start and I create quilts for the people I love, which is the best motivation :)

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  110. I enjoy making quilts for loved ones - its like giving them one big hug . I also love playing with colors and fabrics- it is interesting to see how the combinations work out.
    I have their first books and used the Mcclun and nownes book as my quilting bible as a beginner quilter. I have not seen this book.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  111. Reading blogs inspires me! And going through my fabric stash and touching the fabrics usually slows me down because then I can't choose and don't want to cut in to any fabric.... sort of a "quilting block" funny isn't it?

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  112. A good fabric selection and colour selection in a quilt will get my attention to often take a class, and then I go off finding my own colours. thanks for the giveaway.

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  113. easy answer, My children inspire me... they make me complete... j x

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  114. The finished project, it still amazes me how I could make something so beautiful.

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