Monday, December 8, 2014

Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day!

Win me!

**Please note: The giveaway is closed**

Welcome readers of Sew Mama Sew! You’ve landed at From Bolt to Beauty, a crafty corner of the interwebs where I chronicle my sewing and quilting adventures.

First, a word or two about me …

I’m Michelle. As the mama to two little monkeys, I crave peace and sanity. I find that at my sewing machine, where I make bags and quilts and the occasional garment or window treatment.  Some of my projects from the past few months have included ...

Clockwise, from top left: Candy Circle quilt, Mini Miranda Bag, The Tree Is Trimmed, and 10 tissue cozies

Other important things to know about me are:

•    I love Quilter’s Linen. I really love Moda fabrics. And I really, really love Denyse Schmidt’s designs.
•    I avoid hand-stitching at all costs.
•    I have an unnatural fear of Clover’s yellow Chaco Liners.

But I suspect that you’re really here to learn about winning this fabulous set of Aurafil thread. It’s 12 large spools—1,422 yards each!—of the most popular thread colors.


This giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world except the woman who gave birth to me (because, Mom, it’s against the rules of giveaways; I’ll make sure Santa hooks you up if you want some fancy thread).

For a first chance to win, leave a comment, telling us what one sewing-related resolution you hope to keep in the new year. I, for one, plan on getting proficient at free-motion quilting.

For another chance, leave a second comment, indicating how you follow me—on RSS, Bloglovin’, Instagram, etc.

Old and new followers are welcome to leave a comment. If you’re on the fence about following me, give me a month. Both here and on Instagram, it’s all crafts all the time. No pics of my kids or my meals. No inspirational sayings or photos of pets (although my husband has plans otherwise!). We’ll laugh. We’ll cry. And by the end of the month if you’re not into my scene, we’ll part as friends. No hard feelings. : )

This giveaway is open through Friday, December 12 at 8 p.m. eastern time. Mr. Random Number Picker will select a winner. I’ll post the winner here and email him or her. Good luck!

**Please note: The giveaway is closed**

BTW: I typically respond to comments on my blog via email. Since I expect a lot of people to want a chance to win this prize, I doubt I’ll be able to follow up with everyone on this post. My apologies! Rest assured that I read every comment, though. : )

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789 comments:

  1. I follow you via Instagram :) And hmmm a sewing resolution. I resolve to follow my creative instincts and do the random things that are catching my fancy, be it flying geese or cutting up quilt tops or monochromatic quilts.

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  2. Hmmm ... definitely work on my FMQ and try to sew a little every day.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  3. Hmm, I haven't thought much about next year yet... I think one of my goals will be to finish the quilt tops I have sitting in a stack in my room!

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  4. I want to finish some of the tops I started recently -- and maybe find a better table solution for fmq. thanks for the chance to win!

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  5. I want to improve my free-motion quilting.

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  6. Resolution - just spend less time faffing, more time sewing

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  7. Over the next year I'm going to see if I can make each of my children a personal quilt - one top down, seven to go.

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  8. I would love to use my stash more and that would be one of my resolutions for next year.

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  9. I have made the resolution to finish 6 charity NICU quilts. When my daughter was born, she stayed in the NICU and received a quilt and that started me learning to quilt. I owe a payback!

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  10. It is my pleasure to follow you on Bloglovin' now. I love your work!

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  11. My resolution is to finish all the projects I've started and bought supplies for already. No new buying until they're complete!

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  12. I really want to do an awesome sampler quilt. One that I slowly work on!

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  13. I have been ogling this thread box for a long time now! My resolution is to set up and use a design wall in my quilt making.

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  14. I want to do more smaller projects. With limited sewing time, this is definately the way to go, but I am stuck in the bigger is better mindset.

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  15. Following you on bloglovin. mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Trying really hard to finish....yeah yeah LOL the perennial quilters' resolution!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. My resolution would be to finish all the projects in my UFO bin--fingers crossed!

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  18. So, I totally laughed at this post. Sewing resolution? I haven't even started thinking about that! Is that sad? Maybe I should?

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  19. I follow via blogger reader and instagram. Woo!

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  20. I plan to hand quilt at least one quilt in the new year. I recently took a course and am keen to practise more and finish a whole quilt.

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  21. my resolution is the same as yours...tackle free motion quilting.

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  22. I want to get over my fear of free-motion quilting.

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  23. Hi Michelle, I hope to get better at FMQ, too, and perhaps do a bit of EPP, perhaps;-)

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  24. I plan to finish the EPP Liberty butterfly quilt that I have designed and started work on this year. If I achieve nothing else next year I'll still be a very happy bunny. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  25. Taking my free motion quilting up a notch.

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  26. And, I follow on feedly. Love the all crafts all the time rule.

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  27. I am going to finish my Mom's Tula Pink quilt!! I have to!

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  28. I hope to make myself FINISH before I start anything new,.

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  29. I am hoping to finish one UFO each month in 2015. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  30. I would also love to learn to free motion quilt!

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  31. I, too, would like to try my hand at free motion quilting, starting with a small project.

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  32. I won't buy any more fabric unless I've sewn enough before and it fits in the wardrobe... and I hope to improve my sewing.

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  33. "Open to everyone" except your Mom LOL It is nice to learn a little bit more about you Michelle! Well I hope to learn to be a better free-motion quilter this coming year... at least good enough for small projects.

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  34. I want to get more proficient at rotary cutting!

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  35. Yup! I'm following you with Bloglovin' and with Instagram.

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  36. I would love to take a class and learn how to quilt on a long-arm!

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  37. Ooo lovely giveaway! My resolution is to sew with knits, I got a craftsy class for my birthday last week which is the first step, next is knit fabric shopping!

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  38. I'm a new follower via feedly - thanks

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  39. One thing i want to do is finish all of my UFO's before I start any new projects.Thank you so much for your giveaway.

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  40. I am a new follower via Bloglovin.

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  41. I'd like to finish some projects that I started and also try my hand at machine quilting.

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  42. My resolution is to use more of my stash instead of just adding to it :)

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  43. I hope to really make a dent in using up my scraps.

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  44. I follow you on Ig. (Great giveaway btw!!)

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  45. I want to finish up my UFOs!

    pacountrycrafts at gmail dot com

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  46. new follower via bloglovin!

    pacountrycrafts at gmail dot com

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  47. Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize.

    My goal for 2015 is pretty simple - finish the three quilts that are sitting as flimsies right now. One will be displayed at a local quilt store in July and the other two are supposed to be entered into a quilt show in August so I may actually get them done.

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  48. My resolution is to quilt more, piece less. Also, I should do some stash busting. So quilt more, piece more, buy less? Yeah, I think that's it!

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  49. I want to try some quilting on bags that I make.

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  50. I'm following you through my Blogger Dashboard!

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  51. hmm 2015 sewing goals..... i've promised to make a quilt & a baby quilt for 2 friends!

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  52. My sewing resolution is to get better at being more precise in my sewing and finally learn to sew a perfect 1/4 inch seam :) If I accomplish that, it will be to try free-motion quilting.

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  53. I'd like to clear a few UFO's off my To Do list!

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  54. I need to get busy quilting my tops!

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  55. I really hope to get my fabric stash in order!! Happy Holidays.

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  56. I have about 20 quilt tops that I need to finish before starting another project so my quilty resolution is to finish those tops.

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  57. I am following you on bloglovin

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  58. You always make me laugh and I love your blog. :) Um, I want to finish my epic AMH medallion quilt next year!

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  59. I hope to perfect my hand sewing so my paper piecing seams are invisible. Thanks.

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  60. I really want to catch up on my quilting. I have over 20 tops just waiting to be quilted!

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  61. I hope to follow directions better so my projects end up how they should be.

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  62. Mm..... sewing resolution: to finish what I have started - before starting something else!
    fabricstasher24(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. Now following you on Instagram.
    fabricstasher24(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. I want to be more adventurous with my ideas and designs! And like you, I still haven't tackled FMQ! Cheers to 2015!

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  65. Oh, and, of course, I follow you everywhere!! :)

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  66. Lovely giveaway,thank you for the chance to win it.So generous of you.My plan is to make blanket for my daughter.Have a great week.

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  67. I need to tackle my dear of sewing curves!!

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  68. I hope to DO AWAY with my sewing procrastination in 2015 and sew thru my extensive stash!! P.S. I also avoid hand stitching!

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  69. Following you on IG now as well as through Bloglovin'

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  70. I resolve to make a wedding ring quilt!

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  71. I want to finish that 2+ years old UFO

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  72. Develop more EASY patterns to add to my range! :)

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  73. I want to buy less and use more of my stash in 2015.

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  74. New follower. Glad to meet you.

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  75. I plan to work with solids more. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  76. Finishing more, more accuracy, and using my stash.

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  77. I'm on the FMQ bandwagon also, and I want to make another actual quilt one of these days.

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  78. My sewing goal for 2015 is to learn some new quiltinh techniques like appliqué, curved piecing, and English paper piecing.

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  79. I am a happy follower of your wonderful blog (via bloglovin)

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  80. I hope to "shop the stash" more in the coming year and practice, practice, practice my free motion quilting!

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  81. I want to finish at least one project a month in the new year.

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  82. I plan to make a cuddle quilt for each of my children this year.

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  83. I plan to learn how to sew curves! And continue to work on free motion quilting, which I'm finding is not a skill that you can put aside and expect to go back to a few months later...practice, practice, practice...: ) Thanks for the giveaway!
    sweetfeetstitches at gmail

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  84. I'll be teaching my granddaughters the love of sewing

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  85. I plan to start following you on Instagram. You have very pretty stuff! Thanks for the give away.

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  86. My sewing resolution is to finish all the things in my started but not finished pile!

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  87. If I am going to buy fabric to make myself clothes, then I have to follow through! :)

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  88. I am determined to finish the quilt I said I would finish LAST year. ;)

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  89. To actually finish projects I start!

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  90. My resolution is to be a bit tidier and keep my sewing space organised. It drives my very patient husband crazy!

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  91. 2015 is the year of applique for me. Whether by machine or hand, with cotton or wool, I want to give it a try.

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  92. I am a new follower. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  93. Oh man that's a tough question...My resolution is to finally make the teal-grey bed quilt I've been collecting fabrics for for several years.

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  94. My sewing resolution is to buy less fabric and start making inroads into my stash. So many plans and not enough time.... lynnmcindoe at gmail.com

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  95. My NY resolution for the past few years has been to quilt my evergrowing pile of quilt tops, hopefully it'll be smaller by this time next year.

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  96. I have decided to accept your challenge of a month following you. I am following by bloglovin

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  97. I'm a new bloglovin follower. :) Thanks for the chance to win a great prize!!

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  98. Want to work on fmq skills . Thanks for hosting this give away. Mrscummings2u at Gmail dot com

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  99. What a fun giveaway! My resolution for the next year is to figure out how to improve my machine quilting.:)

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  100. My resolution is to finish the tote bag I started and to make at least two quilts out of my goodies from the last quilt show.

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  101. I follow you via bloglovin and instagram.

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  102. For me it will be finishing the projects ive started! Too many!

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  103. my resolution would be to finish all the half-finished projects!
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  104. following on Bloglovin as DESPINA VENETI,
    thank you!

    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  105. I'm resolved to finish all my UFO's in 2015. I only have three left from 2014.....maybe 2015 will be the year I get them all done!

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  106. I hope to finish up my current WIP list before I start anything else! Yeah...right ;)

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  107. I joined the Sew Sweetness Bag of the Month Club and vow to finish all 6 bags...I'll be almost ready for Christmas 2015:)

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  108. I need to stop procrastinating when it comes to hand sewing.

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  109. My goal is to learn to sew garments .. at least one item that either me or my hubby wouldn't be embarrassed to wear. :-)

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  110. I want to sew a purse, some day. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  111. I would like to get my quilt tops finished and quilted. Thanks for the giveaway. Funny about your Mom entering!

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  112. I have started following you on Bloglovin.

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  113. I resolve to go on a fabric fast for at least 6 months.

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  114. To craft more! There hasn't been as much as I'd like this year

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  115. I want to finish my WIP's, I have way too many almost finished projects!

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  116. Scared of only yellow chaco? My 2015 goal - one really big quilt finished for my bed!

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  117. My sewing resolution is to learn how to finish my patchwork quilt! I am fine with getting the top together, but am not quite sure about the binding/batting/etc!

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  118. I hope to learn to hand quilt!

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  119. Just followed you on bloglovin'!

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  120. I would like t finish more projects!

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  121. Hi there! What a great giveaway!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    h_freund@hotmail.com
    I would just be soooo happy to finish some of my WIP. This year I need to finish more than I start!! Eeekk!!

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  122. I follow through Bloglovin' and slight stalkerish activity!

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  123. Next years resolution, get my WIPs under control again!

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  124. I absolutely positively Will conquer binding so help me!

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  125. Michelle I have two four year old UFO that I want to finish before I get too tired of them

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  126. I already follow on bloglovin

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  127. I am learning free motion quilting and would love to learn more and feel more confident this year.
    Cmcg6@ icloud. Com

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  128. I really hope to do some sewing every day, no matter how small.

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  129. I have two forever WIPs that I want to finish! mhart037 at gmail

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  130. I need to make sewing time a priority... I miss my creative time

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  131. I have resolved to be better at changing my sewing machine needle. I always put it off and end up struggling to sew with less than optimally sharp needles.

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  132. I want to try my hand at a craft fair next year. And I think it's awesome that your mom follows your blog closely enough to try to enter your giveaways. ;)

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  133. I definitely want to get better at FMQ and I want to learn how to make bags! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  134. I'm now following you on bloglovin and instagram! Thanks so much!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  135. I have the same goal - to improve my FMQ skills. I took a class but have yet to really put it into practice. Here's to more quilting confidence in 2015!

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  136. follow you with bloglovin. Cindy bluemoonstencils@yahoo.com

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  137. need to try curves, maybe a dresden or compass design. Cindy bluemoonstencils@yahoo.com

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  138. I have collected so many free quilt patterns that I hope to at least make some of them next year. Of course, I am going to need lots of thread and I have never ever tried Aurifil thread. So, your giveaway is one that all of us want. Thank you for being a part of the Sew Mama Sew giveaway and the wonderful opportunity to try and win Aurifil thread. Merry Christmas to you.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  139. I just want to sew for me in 2015. My goal is to not make so many commitments

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  140. I want to make a spiderweb or pineapple quilt with bright scraps.

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  141. I'm planning to learn how to machine applique. Thanks.

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  142. I'm a new follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

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  143. My resolution is finish the same number 9f topß as quiltß

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  144. I want to sew more spontaneously....allow myself to take my time and just be creative instead of just getting the "job" done. :) Thanks for the chance!

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  145. My resolution is to be more organized and to learn to sew with knits.

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  146. Following via bloglovin and IG! Thanks!

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  147. My resolution is to sew more. My sewing mojo has been interrupted by my kiddos' crazy schedule!

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  148. I'd like to finish a quilting project each month.

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  149. I would like to complete at least one sewing/quilting project each month. ("A Lovely Year of Finishes" was quite helpful with this for me through much of 2014.)

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  150. I am a new follower via Feedly.

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  151. I plan to finish some WIPs in the new year.

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  152. I want to finish at least three UFOs next year.

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  153. I plan to make my first quilt

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

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  154. I'm vowing to finish a lot of WIPs next year and use the fabric that I already have.

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  155. I follow via bloglovin

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

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  156. I have a list started of at least 6 quilt tops I made last year and a few from the year before and I want to talk myself in to quilting them.

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  157. I just want to finish some things that've been hanging around for years. Oh, and make at least one thing that is actually for me! :)

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  158. I would like to finish my 10,000 one inch pieces quilt in 2015. I took a break from sewing for a bit so now I am ready.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  159. I follow you via Bloglovin.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  160. I totally agree with your goal of FMQ, and I'm also throwing EPP into the mix. Fingers crossed for both of us! Thanks for the chance for such a super prize.

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  161. I want to improve my FMQ too. I also want to learn how to work with hexagons and finish more than one quilt this year!

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  162. my resolution would be to take better care of my sewing machines by covering them and oiling often gotta keep them running smoothly!

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  163. My resolution would be to finish my UFOs before June.

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  164. Really want to finish more of my projects.

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  165. just signed up with bloglovin

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  166. I want to finish a chunk of WiPs before the New Year so I can work on new things without the old judging me for ignoring them! Then, I want to be better at handling WiPs and try to not have (m)any!

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  167. I follow you on IG and now BL (which I thought I already was but apparently not, but I am now!).

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  168. I WILL start and finish my first quilt...I have only been making small projects like mug rugs, table toppers, pillows and small wall hangings.

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  169. I resolve to make more quilts and less bags this year! I got side tracked last year with bag making because I fell in love with ZIPPERS, but this year, it's quilts for friends! And, most importantly, I want to make one for my own darn bed!

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  170. I am totally with you on the FMQ!

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  171. my resolution is to keep on my tear of quilting/sewing. It's become in the last few months my go to creative outlet & i don't want to lose it. I'm determined to keep it a part of my life!

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  172. i just started following you on instagram! I love the christmas tree mini you have on the blog!

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  173. I need to finish more UFOs this year.

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