Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog 2015 & Giveaway

Hello world!!!  Since I'm participating in the "Grow Your Blog 2015" being lead by 2 Bags Full. I'm thinking most of you are stopping by from there and are new to my blog. If you are a current follower, I hope I don't bore you with things you already know, but either way make sure you read to the bottom to participate in my giveaway.

I will start by telling you a little bit about me.  I'm Shauna (bet you could have guessed that one) and I live in Texas, just north of Dallas.  I started blogging about 6 years ago as a way to show off my digital scrapbook pages and still show some of them, but now I mainly show mine and my sisters quilting accomplishments.  I am what I like to call an advanced beginner, I am trying to learn more and more. Now a little more about me personally.  I'm single, but have quite the menagerie at my house. Besides me there is my sister, Sharla (she quilts too), my nephew Cole (he doesn't quilt), and our three dogs, Tucker (yorkie), Zoey (shih tzu), and Hollywood (lab mix). If my sister had her way we would have a couple more dogs, but I'm holding firm that three is enough for now.  Tucker is my quilt dog, he loves them and I have to be careful when I'm ironing because if any fabric hits the floor he tries to make a bed on it.  The funny thing is that he is blind, but can always find a quilt if I'm working on it. Just so you can put faces to names, this is us.


On this blog I talk about my current projects, along with goals I set for myself, stash purchases and bee blocks I've made.  I have participated in quilt alongs, tested quilts for designers and even donated some of my work for charity.  My favorite thing from last year was the Texas Road Trip Quilt Along, and I hope to finish my quilt this year.  I got the basic top done, but need to add borders and then quilt it.


The favorite quilt I finished last year was the Looking Glass quilt I did as a test quilt for Meadow Mist Designs. I love the colors in it and I smile every time I see it. I want to do another on that is queen sized to go on my bed, but I have lots of projects in front of it.


If you decide you want to follow my crazy life, let me tell you what you might see this year. I keep a spreadsheet of projects and currently I have 26 quilts where I've purchased fabric and Sharla has 30, so we have to get busy and get piecing.  We also have 17 tops that are completed and ready to be quilted, so you will see all kinds of quilts. So that is 56 on the books as of right now.  You have probably realized about now that I love fabric and I do mean LOVE. I'm currently working on 4 memory quilts for a friend and her children, as well as a cross quilt that I picked as the blocks to receive as my time as queen in the Compass Quilters Bee.  I just finished a quilt this week that I was testing for a designer and will get to show it off soon.  I will also be showing some scrapbook pages and who knows what else.

Now that you've gotten to know me a little, let's talk about a giveaway.  I was lucky enough to win not one but two copies of 100 block Vol 10, so I'm giving one away. It is packed with great blocks!!! I thought I would sweeten the pot just a little by adding a charm pack of Cookies and Cream by RJR Fabrics and an alphabet panel. I bought two assorted fat packs from Massdrop at the end of last year and both had the same panel in them.  So I thought I would share one with ya'll. The selvage says it is Petite Fleur by Carolyn Gavin by Windham Fabrics. Since I'm not sure how I'm going to use mine, I would love to hear how  you would use it.



The giveaway is open to everyone and all you have to do to enter is leave a comment.  I love hearing where everyone is from, so why don't you tell me where you live and what the weather is like today. The giveaway will be open until noon (Central Standard Time) on February 15th and I will use a random number generator to pick a winner that afternoon/evening.  Now you don't have to follow me to enter, but if you want to follow me there are buttons on the side for Bloglovin, Feedly and follow by email. If you've not checked out Vicki's site at 2 Bags Full, you really should the blog hop is huge and there are lots of people holding giveaways.

103 comments:

  1. I'm from the Pacific Northwest. Tonight it's warmer and spring like weather is predicted for a few days this week.

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  2. Wow 56 quilts on the books! I thought I was busy having 13 finished quilts and two on the go! Mind you I do have a lot of other projects on the go that aren't quilts so I could probably match that number if I sat down and thought about it! Very cute dogs you have there too! Have a great day. Sunshine Girl - Grow Your Blog section 24.

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  3. Shauna, I love the pictures of you and your gang :) Cole's picture is awesome!

    Holy wow girl! 56 quilts on the books? You and Sharla are going to be busy for a very long time :)

    I live in sunny AZ, it is very early AM so it is not sunny... yet :) High in the 70s today. . . perfect sweatshirt weather! LOL

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  4. Hello. I love to look at what others are working on. I live in Alabama. It is in the 30s weather wise.

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  5. Northeast here and snowy! Love your Texas quilt! Not exactly sure what I'd make with the alphabet panel but I'm thinking I'd cut them apart and make bean toss bags for my grandson and help teach him the alphabet!

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  6. First, I love the pictures of you and your gang! :) it's so nice to put a face with a name. I think keeping a project spreadsheet is a great idea and one I'm going to start immediately. I usually have an idea for the fabric I buy but by the time I get to it I forget what my original plan was!

    Oh, I'm in West Virginia. We have snow on the ground but it is suppose to be sunny and warmer today.

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  7. I'm from Saginaw, Michigan and today is cold and dreary, just like yesterday. :) I'm happy to meet you -- such talent and energy!!

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  8. Hi there! I am from a small town located north of Lake Superior in Ontario, Canada. Today we enjoy another sunny but crispy cold day, it is 10:00 in the morning and the temperature is -22*C. We also have about 3 feet of snow and it is so pretty sparkling like diamonds in the sun!!

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  9. I'm in southern Ontario Canada. It is very cold but the sky is a beautiful bright blue! Cold days make the house feel cozy - perfect for quilting! I would cut up the panel, frame it with complementary prints and maybe add a pieced sashing. The blocks are so cute. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. I have been following you for a long time! The weather in western Colorado is partly cloudy and our high will be about 40 degrees which means I must go out and take a walk in the afternoon. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. Hello! I'm Paula from Portugal. Thank you for the great giveaway!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  12. I'm from Pennsylvania, it is sunny out. We are between snow storms, so there is plenty on the ground and more on the way tonight.

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  13. I love the TX quilt! I have been there (TX) my best friend lived in Jefferson and I spent some time there. My son was in Amarillo and I loved that as well. I really liked the part of driving as fast as I could! I will be following you! L

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  14. Wow a lot of quilts! I am such a novice quilter that seeing all your quilts is so inspirational! I look forward to checking out some of the other quilting fun you have been having now that I am following your blog! Thanks!

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  15. Hello from Wichita, Kansas. Today is about 50 degrees and extremely windy. I love your Texas quilt.

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  16. Hello dear Shauna! On behalf of Vicki, I would like to welcome you to the Grow Your Blog event - Vicki truly appreciates your participation :)

    I was blown away by your amazing talent - your quilts are like beautiful works of art. I enjoy quilting, but am still quite the "newbie" :) Have a lovely day! Hugs!

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  17. Nice to meet you through the GYB hop. You must keep very busy what with all the pets and quilting goin on! Have fun on the blog hop

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  18. Wow! I love your beautiful work! And your blog :-)

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  19. Hi just came from vicki's list follow you now and i am a quilter

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  20. HI Shauna - lovely to meet you - thank you for dropping by this morning
    Fil
    Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

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  21. Hello Shauna! Quilts are beautiful and so are your dogs! Thank you for the chance to win your giveway... not sure how I would use the panel... have to give it some thought! Thanks for visiting my blog... I'm glad you enjoyed it! :) x

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  22. Hi Shauna I live in London UK. The weather here has been cold but dry.

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  23. I live in Norfolk, UK and it was cold but sunny today. I'm not quite sure what I'd do with the panel either, maybe a fabric book, with an applique page to go with each letter, apple, book, cat... Or a wall hanging.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  24. Lovely post, I learned more about you and your nig family! I would use the panel to make a quilt from my friend's beautiful Baby!
    Winter has arrived: snow ten minutes from here and the mountains are full of snow now!

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  25. I'm Melissa from Cumberland, VA. Today it was very sunny and nice, warmer than usual--almost 60 degrees! It is the warm before the cold snap because there are rumors of snow tomorrow
    Thanks for the chance!

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  26. HI,GREETINGS FROM MONTANA-NOW SNOW-TEMP=58 !
    SUCH A NEAT GIVEAWAY!
    Happy to follow you on Blog lovin'!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  27. I from Louisiana but I'm living in Arizona, a small town outside of Phoenix. Today it was cloudy with temps in the low 70s. Beautiful day as usual.

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  29. Hi Shauna, it was nice to get to know you a bit more. I'm a new follower. I live in Melbourne, Australia. It's Summer here and we've just had a hot spell, but a cool change has arrived with sweet breezes and refreshing showers. Meredithe

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  30. Would love to win your giveaway. You are a very busy quilter.

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  31. So nice to meet you via the GYB party. Love your quilts. And the critters...awesome

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  32. I'm visiting from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada and I'm participating in this Grow Your Blog too. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  33. Your scrap quilt of Texas is amazing! You did a great job! Makes me want to move back (to Odessa or Houston) so i can make one! I am in southern california...don't care to make a quilt of this state! Right now...just kind of cold, but rain tomorrow! I love the rain!
    Cheri
    fabricandmemories(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. Great blog post, Shauna. I love hearing about your life, family and quilting. I live in Canada just near Niagara Falls and the weather for the last few days has been clear and cold. We've had a pretty mild winter so far without very much snow. Big change from last winter!!!

    i don't know much about quilting has I've been pretty focused on jewelry making and polymer clay but I love seeing what you create so I will be following you.

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  35. Hi Shauna
    thank you for visiting my blog. I am in awe of your beautiful quilts. You are very talented. YOu and your sister sound so productive with all of those quilts! I love your fur babies too!

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  36. Though already a happy follower...I so enjoyed learning more about you in this post! I love love your alphabet...it's just beautiful!! V:)

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  37. I am from Michigan in the thumb by the bay. It is too darn cold lol!!!!!!!! I love the block magazines thanks for the giveaway!!!!! sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

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  38. Illinois and it is 34 degrees. Love your Texas quilt.

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  39. Love your Texas quilt! I live in South Florida, but this morning its kind of nippy at 60 degrees (yes, for us that is nippy!) Thanks for a great giveaway!
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  40. I am form Longmeadow Massachusetts. Enjoyed visiting your blog. Your Texas quilt is super! Have fun at the party!

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  41. I am from Griffith, NSW, Australia. Soooo many quilts in your line up of todo's!!! I am sure you will enjoy everyone of them!! Kerrie at Channelbank Creations

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  42. WOW... and here I thought my UFO list was big with 9 quilts on it.

    For that alphabet panel... I think it would be fun to take each individual letter, add coordinating fabric and make journal covers and then give them to friends and family as various gifting occasions arose. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

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  43. 56 projects -- that's ambitious!! I live in Northeast Ohio, it's currently 21 degrees and there is a couple inches of snow on the ground.

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  44. Hello from Northwest Pennsylvania! It is 25 and snowing here. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  45. I am trying to learn quilting and the book of a 100 blocks would come in handy

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  46. I live in Dallas, but the one in Georgia :) that alphabet panel is cute! I think I would try to incorporate somehow going down the side of a quilt for my kids, depending on how big the letters were.

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  47. I live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia....it is beautiful today...sun is shining...but we are about to be hit with a winter storm tomorrow...hopefully it won't be as bad as what they say....

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  48. Hi again, Shauna! So wonderful to meet you, your lovely family and special pups (of course part of the family, too!) on the GYB 2015 party :)

    Though I don't quilt anymore unless "convinced" by quilt-less friends, I do love to read about what all you creative sewers get up to :)

    I would nevertheless gladly accept if I were to win your lovely prize. Would they result in a quilt? Hmmm... hard to say, but they would definitely be awesome inspiration for my creativity ;)

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  49. Oh oh - I'm about to start making my first quilt. Does this mean I will have 56 waiting in the wings before long? Think maybe I'd better stick with crazy quilting!! Thank you for the invitation to visit. Enjoy the tour!

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  50. What a pretty blog you have here! Great blog design. I found you through the hop - you paid a visit to my blog. Thank you. What a generous giveaway you are holding. I'm in NC and it is variably cloudy and breezy here today.

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  51. I am an hour north of Portland Maine. There's currently a Blizzard warning in effect and the snow is supposed to start sometime after midnight--I'm really hoping for a snow day with a prediction of 18 to 24 inches of snow where I am! Right now its a whole 14 degrees but I'm inside with my woodstove to keep me warm. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  52. I'm writing from just outside of Philadelphia -- 26 degrees, and supposed to snow 6-12 inches tonight and tomorrow! My kids are happy! I LOVE that alphabet panel! It begs to be made into a baby quilt, but I like the letters too much to waste it that way, so I'd probably cut them and use them individually, framing them with fabric and embroidery. The hallway to my children's rooms could use some! sarah@forrussia.org

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  53. I live in Indiana, the weather was cold today. But there was no snow today so I won't complain. I am a new follower via email, I look forward to your posts, have a great day! dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. I'm outside Charlotte,NC. It's cold but no snow so I'm happy. I had 30 years of Chicago. Enough snow and cold for a lifetime.

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  55. I'm from So. Cal. It was a rainy day here but I love it. Your quilts are beautiful. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  56. Hi there, have found you through gyb and am following along now! I'm in SW England and it's a bright blue sky, cold and wintery!! J9

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  57. I am from Topeka, KS and the weather today should be gorgeous for January. High 60's for today. Too bad I have the crud that is going around. But the good thing is the sun is shining! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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  58. Hello - just popping in for the GYB party, and to say thanks for stopping by my blog too. What fab makes you have there! xx

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  59. Nice to meet you Shauna. I live in Alberta Canada and we are having an unusual warm spell - even some rain and freezing rain so that everything is almost too slippery to walk. I have put some cleats on
    the bottoms of my shoes just to go out to the car.

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  60. Hello from Maryland. Got about two inches of snow right now :)

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  61. I am in central PA and we are getting a break from snow today- I think I may even go hang some laundry out now! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  62. You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

    So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

    What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

    Happy crafting!
    SuZeQ

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  63. i'm from northern california, and it is very overcast today... it needs to rain! i love your texas quilt :)

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  64. We're having a sunny spring day on Mayne Island....a small west coast Canadian island.


    cobcottagecraft.com

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  65. I live in Wellington, New Zealand. It's the middle of summer here - 27C today which is 80F. School starts back today so my kids will be very hot when they get home.

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  66. Hi Shauna,
    Stopping by from Grow Your Blog Party and enjoying your beautiful quilts - each one is a work of art. You are one busy lady and I am looking forward to seeing more of your work.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Erin

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  67. Hi Shauna! I'm visiting via GYB from Illinois. I'm also a quilter and traditional scrapbooker (though quilting has taken over my life these days). As for the panel, I think I'd set them against alternate blocks, maybe darker fabrics to make the alpha blocks pop!

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  68. I´m from Finland and it´s raining today :)

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  69. Stopping by from GYB and will definitely be back again. Such a lovely blog you have and what fun you are having with your quilting!

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  70. Wow! I am really impressed by all that you plan to accomplish. I hope you reach all your goals.
    I live in N.E. Georgia. The temps were in the 30's last night with a wind chill in the 20's. Today it is going to be in the 50's. No snow yet, but I would love to see some.
    Thank you for the giveaway. I think I would use the panel to make a baby quilt. I think it would be very cute.

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  71. Hi Shauna

    Love your dogs (of course). We are digging out from our first blizzard of 2015!

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  72. your map of Texas is so clever. thank you for sharing.

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  73. I live in Kentucky and today it was 14 degrees when I woke up. Yikes! It did warm up to nearly 30, before the sun went down. No snow on the roads, I'm always thankful for that.

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  74. I've been following your blog for several months already via BlogLovin. Cold and sunny here today in upstate NY. :)

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  75. Wow, that Texas quilt is FABULOUS. I'm just getting back into quilting...I may have to aspire to make that someday.
    kathleen, a new follower near San Antonio

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  76. Great texas quilt. That would be fun to make from states that I have visited. I am from Pennsylvania. It is really cold here here, 10 degrees tonight. Luckily we only got 2 inches of snow instead of the 10 or more they predicted.

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  77. I'm from Ohio, so we have a lot of snow and ice! It is so cold, it makes me want to move to a warmer climate! I can't wait for Spring, much warmer and I might go outside! Thanks so much for the giveaway, I love your blog!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  78. I'm from the UK and it's cold here with flurries of snow!
    I've been following you for a while but it's good to learn more about you!!

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  79. Hi shauna, I live in (currently)snowy Britain. it sounds like youve got a lot of work on your hands with all of those quilts!

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  80. I love the panels! I would love to make a baby quilt! My best friend just because a grandma. I would love to make a baby quilt for her first grandchild!

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  81. Hi Shauna. I found your blog from the GYB tour. Love your Texas quilt too. Thanks for such a nice giveaway.

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  82. Here in northern Utah, we've had cloudy skies today. Snow's all but melted away.

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  83. I live in Utah, and it's late so I can't see the clouds, but it's actually been a pretty warm Winter. msmissy02 at gmail dot com

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  84. Big ole wave from the Hoosier state! It's early in the morning and cold here in Indiana, we're expecting a bit of snow today, so it's a good day to stay inside and sew! Thanks for the fun!

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  85. Wow - you are very talented! I live in Alberta, Canada, and today it is snowing and very cold. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  86. Hiya Shauna!!! I've been following you a few months now, and it's still good to meet everyone. I live in a little town in Western North Carolina, called Valdese. It's beautiful today, sunny, but a bit cold. Only in the 30s. This part of the state is beautiful, with the mountains on the horizon. You should come visit. That alphabet panel is scrumptious, lol. Would love to work with it. Thanks for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam
    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  87. Visiting from GYB and am a bit of a quilter too. Today was sunny and a bit cold and windy here in SW Virginia.

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  88. Nice to meet you - I'm visiting from the Spain.Love your quilts!

    Today is a warm and windy day-

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  89. I'm from Western New York and today it's cold (about 25 degrees F) but it's sunny. I can't wait for spring! Thanks for the giveaway

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  90. Hi Shauna,
    Such beautiful quilts you have made. I enjoyed reading your post! Enjoy the blog party! Susan

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  91. I live in Penticton, BC, Canada. today its chilly (36*F), theres a fresh sprinkling of snow from last night, and the sun is just peeking through the clouds. I like it when its sunny/cloudy like this.
    roseharries_06@hotmail.com

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  92. Visiting from GYB, it is taking a long time to get around to everyone, I keep getting sidetracked by beautiful quilts like yours and more posts to read! I am in the western NC mountains, and it is cold today!

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  93. I love that panel! I live in Harare, Zimbabwe, and today it is quite hot and sunny out.

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  94. Hello Shauna, nice to meet you and thank you for your sweet visit to my blog :) You make such beautiful quilts! And you're so generous. Thank you for giving us the chance to win your giveaway. I'm not a quilter but I do love to work with fabrics and love embroidering. I'm from The Netherlands and it is brrrrrrr cold outside! Wishing you a beautiful day ~ Wendy of Apple and Apricot blogsvanwendy@live.nl

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  95. I'm from Vermont, and it's snowing today!!

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  96. I live in central Ohio where we are having a blessedly mild overcast day. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  97. Fabulous blog and what a generous giveaway!

    I'm in New York City. We're supposed to get a wintry mix tomorrow (rain, snow) but I love it. :)

    - afistfuloflemons @ gmail.

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  98. Your TX quilt is amazing! Visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your photos and post.

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  99. I'm in the suburbs of St. Louis and it's very cold here right now.

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  100. I am in COLD NC!!
    Reeeaaaaaaaaallly like your Texas quilt!!!

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  101. Very very very cold philadelphia pa.

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  102. I'm from western KY. Expecting snow this weekend!

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  103. I live in Texas also - Houston - so my weather was much like yours. Happy Valentines Day.

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