Thursday, October 28, 2010

Guest Blogger and GIVEAWAY Time!

Today I am so excited to be hosting

a special guest blogger!

I would love to introduce you to




Melanie is the owner of the fabulous

web store, Above All Fabric.




For those of you who are new to her store,

Melanie carries a wide variety

of fabrics, patterns, trims,

notions, and ribbons

that would satisfy the taste buds of

any sewing enthusiast!


If you hop over to her store,

you will see that shipping in the US

is never more than $5 !

Above All Fabric also has a perks plus/reward points program.

(I personally love reward points

and I am so glad to be able to earn them on the

fabric that I purchase!)


In addition to running her online store, raising her family,

quilting, and sewing,

Melanie even found time to help start

the Tucson Modern Quilt Guild.

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So here is a little bit about Melanie in her own words:

Tell us about yourself and how you got started sewing/quilting.

I started sewing at a very young age because my mom sews. She would make us matching outfits and stuff like that. My grandmother (95 years old) is the quilter of the family. She still completes multiple quilts each year. In high school, I had made several jean/flannel quilts. Simple squares, tied with yarn ... nothing very fancy. Then after I went to college, I decided one summer to make a sampler block quilt. So I bought a book and learned about templates and 1/4" seams. I machine pieced my quilt (a queen size) but decided I needed to be true to the tradition of quilting and hand quilt it. On my! It was totally overwhelming! My grandma showed me how to do little stitches- and I was terrible at it! It took me forever to ... and so finally about 10 years later, I hired someone to finish it for me so that my family could actually use the quilt! Looking back at it, the quilt is no longer my style but I love that we can use it.

What lead you to open your own store?

Well, basically, I'm crazy! I started to sell my own items several years ago. People were always asking me where I got my fabric. Several things influenced my store- so when we sold our house, I used some of the money to start the store.

What types of fabrics are you drawn to?

I find that my fabric styles definately shift over time. I am usually an earthtone girl...love browns and greens and yellows (not sunny). I love sewing for my daughter and find I can use anything from tonals to bright prints for her clothing. For quilts, I love things that will switch from room to room rather than focusing on making something for a particular room. I've also done quilts for each of my kids first birthdays...that was fun. I want to do that for my nieces and nephews too!

What kind of projects are you currently working on?

Right now I am working on a few projects that aren't ready to be revealed yet! Isn't that mean! I am also trying to finish up a couple of outfits for a show that I have next week. I also have a Make Life quilt that is completely pieced and I just need to sandwich and do the free motion quilting!

What is your favorite fabric line and why?

Gosh, a favorite is so hard to choose! I love Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow. I am also excited about Patty Young's new line that is coming out... and Kate Spain is my favorite Moda designer right now (I love her new line that is coming out in January).

What project (quilting or non-quilting) would you like to tackle at some point in the future?

My goal this past year has been to sew more for myself, which has been great. BUT I have not made myself pants (besides PJ pants) and with the extra curves motherhood has given me, the whole idea of flattering pants is kind of  scary to me (I use my kids as an excuse, but let's be honest, the donuts don't help much)! So maybe 2011 will be the year of the perfect pants!

Thank you Melanie for sharing a little bit about yourself!
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Now for the GIVEAWAY!

Melanie is giving one of my fabulous readers a

fat quarter bundle of






To enter the giveaway:

hop over to Above All Fabric

look around and come back and tell me

what is your favorite fabric line.

For an additional entry in the giveaway

become a follwer of my blog


Also leave a link to this post on your blog

for another entry in the giveaway!

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In addition to the awesome giveaway prize,

Melanie is also offering a 10% discount

to all orders at Above All Fabric

for the next week.

You must use the code:PATCHWORK

in order to receive the discount!

The discount code is good until

Thursday, November 4th!




Thank you again Melanie for being our guest blogger,

for offering a great giveaway prize,

and for the great discount!

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So let the giveaway begin!

Entries for the giveaway will be taken until

midnight Monday, November 1st .

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 2nd!



Until Next Time .... Happy Quilting!

193 comments:

  1. LOVE her shop ~ some of my favorites are the All Star 2 line and the Vroom bundle! Can you tell I'm in need of some boy fabrics?? Thanks for the chance!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. oh, and I'm a long time follower of both your blogs :)
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. OMG!! Right now my fav fabric line is PURE by Sweetwater...I actually bought a Pure charm pack from AAF and another charm pack!!! I so would love you forever if I win...seriously!!

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  4. My actual favorite is Origins. I'm already a follower of your blog and a new follower of Melanie. Thanks for the chance to win !

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  5. Melanie has a nice online shop - my favourite is Ginger Blossom

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  6. Wow. This is such a great giveaway; our second little boy is due early December and I've been craving this line for several months already. It and Vroom are definitely my *current* favs from Melanie's very cool shop.

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  7. Love that shop too! My favourites are free bird and all star 2! Thanks for introducing and the chance to win some pure!

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  8. I enjoy to follow your blog since a while! Thanks so much!

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  9. Love her shop! I love Nicey Jane! Thanks for the chance!

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  10. My Favorite is Pure at the moment,love the variety thank you.

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  11. I love the entire dot section! So many lovely polka dots all together!

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  12. I added Melanie to my google reader! Lots of good info on her blog!

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  13. Nicey Jane is my favorite line

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  14. I already am a follower of both blogs

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  15. My favorite line at the moment is City Weekend! Just love this! Also love the Pure line so would love to win this! Thanks!
    orr20004@msn.com

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  16. I'm a follower of your blog!:)
    orr20004@msn.com

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  17. I love the 'Just Dreamy' collection

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  18. Love the Irving Street collection - such happy prints!

    Janet
    jfquilts@gmail.com

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  19. I would have to say that Limeade Chain Flower is my current fave. It's bright, lively and reminds me of spring.

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  20. I am a follower of your blog and Melanie's blog. Does that get counted as an extra?

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  21. I gave a shout-out to the giveaway on todays post on my blog.

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  22. I am def already a follower, I absolutely LOVE the Lagoon Collection!

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  23. Riley Blake's Summer Song is one of my recent "drool over" fabrics!!

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  24. Follow you! her store is amazing--I will be bookmarking it for later use;)

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  25. I love Origins! Thanks for sharing this fabulous store!

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  26. This shop was so easy to navigate and utilize that I'm definitely going to be back, hopefully today after work! I was excited to see Mo Bedell because I am anxiously awaiting the fall line. As of right now, though, the Monaco line (scooters) is my favorite. thanks for the introduction and link!

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  27. i'm loving city weekend at the moment! thanks for the giveaway, melanie has a lovely shop, i've had great experiences shopping at her shop!

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  28. and i follow melanie's blog on my reader.

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  29. I love the All Star 2 collection. It is always nice to see a few boy collections along the way :)

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  30. The Deer Valley fabric is beautiful!!!

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  31. and I now officially follow you!

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  32. I like the Pure line. I have some of it but would love the fqtrs.

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  33. great fabrics!!! i love the 'all star 2' line, either of the 'meadowsweet' lines, and the 'nicey jane.' what can i say? i'm easy to please. :)

    bess

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  34. I think my favorite collection is Summer Song. It would make a great purse for next summer :-). (entry #1)

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  35. Entry #2 - I am following your blog and have begun following Melanie's blog.

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  36. Great giveaway, Stefanie!
    I'm loving the Monaco line. I just obtained my first organic fabric set, and I LOVE how soft the organics are. And those scooters are just too cute!

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  37. And I'm a follower of yours!

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  38. My favorite fabric line she has listed is the Origins line. Love to have the fat quarter pack.

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  39. I am a follower of Above all fabric (the blog) thru GReader.

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  40. I really like the all star 2 orange line very cute! Great store!

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  41. I subscribed to your blog

    grimtania at gmail dot com

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  42. OO So many things I like! I like the road stripe! I love anything that is orange/green/brown/blue. (can you tell I have 3 boys and my mind focuses on those boy colors?)
    babyfickas@gmail.com

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  43. I follow your blog!
    babyfickas@gmail.com

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  44. My favorite collection is Lantern Bloom.

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  45. It was so nice to read about Melanie. I have purchased from her before. My favorite would have to be Origins.

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  46. My favorite collection would have to be Freebird. That fabric just sings to me.

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  47. What a lovely shop. I love the Fandango fabric line. Thanks for such a sweet giveaway :-)

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  48. I already am a follower of your blog :-)

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  49. Love the store and the Origins Set...I am hoping to redo my bedroom in yellows..

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  50. Oh, I just can't choose one favorite. Pure is definitely high on my list though. I also really love the All Star 2 line, and the Funky Monkey line is SO CUTE!

    ~ Meagan
    SnippetsAndYarns at gmail dot com

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  51. I am subscribed to your blog!

    ~ Meagan
    SnippetsAndYarns at gmail dot com

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  52. I spotted the Lagoon Bird Swing right there on the first page that I had not seen before. What fun!

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  53. I'm a follower of yours and have been for some time. *S*

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  54. HAPPILY FOLLOWING YOU!
    JUST LOVE YOUR BLOG!
    LOVE,LINDA

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  55. "CITY WEEKEND" is my favorite in the shop!
    "PURE" is pretty nice too! Thanks for sharing!
    Love,Linda

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  56. My favorite line is the Poppy line by Laura Gunn! Love it!

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  57. Amy Schimler's fabrics would be my pick for favorite. Her panel is darling and all her other fabrics are just plain fun!

    MGM

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  58. I follow both Little Lady Patchwork and Melanie's blog...love her mitered corners tutorial!

    MGM

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  59. My favorites would have to be either Fandango or Ginger Blosson. What a great site, I had to bookmark it.

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  60. I love Alexander Henry prints - gorgeous designer. Love the site Above All Fabrics - it is nicely designed and easy to find what you want. Thanks for the chance!

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  61. I am a follower - thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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  62. I subscribed to Melanie's blog and look forward to her updates via email. Thanks for the chance!!

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  63. I would love some Meadowsweet 2, but Pure is also on my list. So, if I win, then I can go by Meadowsweet. :) Thanks for a chance to win!

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  64. Very cute shop! I just love...Make Life. It's a great line.

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  65. I love anything by Monaluna right now - I love the scooters in teal!

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  66. I am a follower of your blog

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  67. i follow Melanies blog
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  68. I have the Meadowsweet collection so would want to add Meadowsweet 2. Thanks for this giveaway. alt email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  69. I follow the littleladypatchwork blog. Thanks for this giveaway. alt email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  70. I am a follower of yours! I love reading your blog!

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  71. I think I'm likin' the WILDWOOD collection for its unusual pairing of colors. I follow you on Reader! Thanks for the give away!

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  72. I subscribe to Above All fabric's blog!

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  73. I ♥ Fandango! And Meadowsweet 2. Yummmy!

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  74. My favorite line is Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane.

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  75. My favorite fabric line at Above All Fabric, besides "Pure" is "Nicey Jane".
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Debi
    debi1953@sbcglobal.net

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  76. I'm a follower!

    Debi
    debi1953@sbcglobal.net

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  77. My favourite line is All Star 2!

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  78. I think Fandango is gorgeous!

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  79. Love Nicey Jane
    sntbosch@msn.com

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  80. My eye candy today is Origins.
    teekayb29@gmail.com

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  81. I like all the sweetwater stuff (Pure, Make Life) and also thought the Vroom was very cute. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  82. I follow your blog and also am a frequent reader of Melanie's.

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  83. 3rd entry - just posted on my blog. (My blog is brand new so not sure what traffic it will bring. Just thought I join the fun.) Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  84. Right now, my favorite line is Blush. It is soooo cute!!! :)

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  85. Oh love so many - Pure, Dolce, Blush... it is so hard to choose!!!

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  86. I LOOKED AT YOUR LINES AND IT IS TO HARD TO JUST PIC ONE. I MAINLY MAKE QUILTS FOR CHILDREN. I LOVE TO USE BRIGHT CHEERY COLORS. I LOVED YOUR CHILDREN FABRICS. I HOPE I WIN THIS GIVE A WAY. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR STORE

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  87. I'm a follower, have been for a long time~ :-)

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  88. I love all the lines by Sweetwater. I am currently sewing the Funky Monkey line, so I guess that is also a favorite of my kids. Thanks for the link to a store new to me.

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  89. Happy Tunes, Lagoon, and Tweet Tweet are my faves! Love her shop, love the way she has her fabric collections displayed together for ease of seeing the whole thing as it would look as one quilted piece!

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  90. I like pure.. I can't have enough. I love it for quilting, baby crafts and so much more. I may pass out if I win. :)

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  91. I like the Origins line by basic grey.

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  92. My favorite line is Origins...It is so pretty.Thanks for the chance to win!
    Micki

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  93. I am a follower of your blog.
    Micki

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  94. Thank you for this great giveaway!

    I like Sweetwater fabrics, particularly the "Make Life Colorful" collection. Those paisley prints are great.

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  95. I've just become a follower of your blog. Thank you again!

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  96. I'm a follower of your blog. I'm currently making 2 patchwork star quilts!

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  97. I've blogged about your giveaway over on the Quilty Giveaways blog http://quiltygiveaways.blogspot.com

    and will appear at 5pm CST

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  98. I'm a huge Sweetwater fan...I love all the lines. Thanks so much for the chance.

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  99. Oooh I'd love some more Bloom and Grow by My Mind's Eye!

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  100. I've been really into All Star 2 lately, though I have to think that Funky Monkey is still a bit ahead. :)

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  101. I have added Melanie's blog to Google Reader

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  102. Oh it's so hard to choose a fav collection. I do really like Summer Song, Fandango, and Farmer's Market

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  103. I really like the "make life colourful" line. Nice blog

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  104. I am now a follower.. Nice fabrics at Melanies. Must go follow her too!

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  105. Fandango is my favorite fabric collection! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  106. I'm a new follower of your blog. Love the ladybug in your heading...

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  107. Poppy by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller is my favorite

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  108. I posted about your giveaway on my blog.

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  109. I am a follower and love the Play time line. Thanks for hosting this interview and sharing.

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  110. I love the Blush line of fabrics - so hard to find here in the UK!
    Gill

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  111. As hard as it is to choose, I must say I love Laura Gunn's Poppy.

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  112. I love Alexander Henry's Monkey business! So cute for my grandson. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  113. I think I like Monaco the best.

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  114. I'm a sucker for kits and I've gotta say that little vest kit would look darling on my grandson.

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  115. Hi Stefanie! i'm your 378th follower :)
    thx for the invite! i love that you've listed
    yourself as loving to 'shop for fabric' :)
    that's me too !!

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  116. i've posted your giveaway on my blog sidebar :)
    come by for tea and see ..

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  117. for me it's the Moda sweetwater 'simple'! FAB!!
    loving it ..
    thx for the giveaway to both you & melanie!

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  118. Love the More Life Colorful.... love the design of the fabric.

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  119. And I am already a follower or your blog!

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  120. I am a follower too! love the blog

    tracy dawson

    dawson.tracy35@yahoo.com

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  121. I am loving that new michael miller far out floral, the pure by sweetwater is amazing as well! Thanks for a great giveaway!

    Tracy Dawson
    dawson.tracy35@yahoo.com

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  122. I love that Michael Miller's Lagoon. I love fabrics with cute birds on them!

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  123. I follow your blog on google reader :)

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  124. PURE is def my favorite line ... right now, today, this minute. I just bought a jelly roll and would LOVE the fat quarter bundle to go with it!!!

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  125. I'm a follower...thanks for the giveaway!

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  126. I'm really likin' the Corduroy, it's my colors! thanks for the giveaway!

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  127. I love Moda's BLUSH. The pinks and browns are my favorite colors right now!

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  128. i'm a new follower....thanks for the chance...

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  129. I'm still a big fan of Fandango!

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  130. I follow Little Lady Patchwork.

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  131. I would have to say Nicey Jane is my fav at the moment. Thanks for offering this fabulous giveaway!

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  132. My fabric fabric line is Irving Street - the colors are all so bright and cheery!

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  133. Favorite line of fabric right now is Origins.

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  134. Just posted a link on my blog to your giveaway!

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  135. For me, I'd pick the Nicey Jane, just so I could feel like I was bringing summer back into my home for a little while.

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  136. Hi, my "gotta have some" fabric right now is definitely Pure - although she's got a great selection in her shop! I'll definitely be back!!

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  137. I'm a new follower of Little Lady Patchwork....

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  138. And I'm now following Above All Fabric's blog!!

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  139. I really like Fandango by Kate Spain ... Above All Fabric has a great selection of fabrics! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  140. I love all the bright and bold prints. The $5 shipping is pretty sweet too. Thanks for the give away.

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  141. I love the Poppy line.
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  142. I follow your blog via GFC.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  143. Love that Bloom and Grow...and you can't beat 5 shipping. I have bookmarked you! Many thanks.

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  144. I really like City Weekend by Oliver & S. The colors can be used in a wide number of different projects.

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  145. My favourite fabric line is Wildwood :)

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  146. Am following both you and Melanie's blog in my Google Reader.

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  147. City weekend and origins. Thanks for the give away!

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  148. I love the blush jelly roll. Great giveaway!

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  149. My favourite fabrics are Ta Dots (Michael Miller) - I recently bought a lot of them at Above All Fabric:)

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  150. I'm subscribed to Melanie's blog newsletter.

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