Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Giveaway and a Forgotten Finish

** The giveaway is closed, and the winner is #25, lalaluu. Congratulations! **

Hello and welcome to the 100th post here on From Bolt to Beauty. I want to thank you for reading my musings on all things sewing and quilting. You’ve enriched my hobby by the encouragement, insights, and friendship you’ve offered me in this space. If I had known blogging would be so much fun, I would have started doing it years ago.

My friends and family would also like to thank you. Because you and I can talk about scant quarter-inch seams and single-fold bindings, my husband doesn’t have to hear about them. Because you sympathize when I scorch a project or miscut some fabric, my friends don’t have to feign interest. Because you care to read my posts, my family members don’t have to pretend that they do. (Mom, you are exempt from this judgment. I know that you really do read my posts!)

I think giveaways are crazy fun, so to celebrate the milestone of my 100th post, I’m giving away this fat-quarter bundle of Carolyn Friedlander’s cross-hatch fabrics (17 FQs in all).


This giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world. Everyone gets one chance. For that chance, you need to follow me. Please leave a comment, indicating how you keep tabs on me—whether it’s Bloglovin’, Feedly, RSS, Instagram (@frombolttobeauty), stalking me at guild meetings, etc. (Please don’t say that you follow me on Facebook—I’m not on Facebook!) If you’re feeling chatty, you can also share with everyone how writing a blog or reading blogs has influenced your own sewing or quilting.

This giveaway is open through Friday, September 11, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. I will email the winner and announce his or her name on this post.

Heads up: I noticed a bunch of no-reply bloggers leaving comments. If you’re a no-reply blogger, please leave your email address so I can notify you if you win. Thanks!

And because no blog post is complete without some pretty project pictures, here is a tote I made as an extra for the Lizzy House mini-quilt swap but forgot to post. I used Alicia Paulson’s Jane Market Bag pattern (for the, like, 30th time) ...

Mmmm ... pretty bag with hedge hogs.

Thanks again for reading. Good luck!

Linking up to Let’s Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday, TGIFF, and Finish It Up Friday ...

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132 comments:

  1. I follow you thru your blog. I enjoy reading your blog thanks for sharing

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  2. Hello Michelle, I follow you on both instagram and bloglovin, I don't write a blog myself but really enjoy following and reading , it has inspired me to get back to my quilting, just had my first granddaughter and I am working on a beautiful project for her. Thank you for your posts.

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  3. I've added you to my Bloglovin' list. Those fabrics really are nice. What a great gift you are sharing. I've been blogging for 8+ years. (How did that much time pass so fast?) I have found some wonderful friends through blogging. I know if I had a chance to meet them in person we would be great quilting buddies.

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  4. I follow you on bloglovin'. Your hope valley and big zig quilts are my favorites. Congrats on this milestone!

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  5. I follow thru Bloglovin. I don't have a blog but enjoy reading them and getting ideas from them. Rina

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  6. Hi Michelle, I follow you on Bloglovin. Congrats on the 100th post milestone! I actually just finished my hundredth post yesterday. I started to blog a year ago as a way to talk about and sharing my quilting and sewing as I missed the bi-weekly talks with my Mom who has passed away. I think she would think it was a real hoot that you can share your projects worldwide by blogging. She loved to go to area meetings and share her latest and greatest machine embroidered projects.Thank you for sharing your lovely quilts and the most generous fabric giveaway.

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  7. I follow you using Blogger. Love those hedgehogs!

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  8. Congrats on 100! I follow you on instagram as @honey81619. Your pics are amazing.

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  9. Love that bag! Congrats on your 100th post! I love your blog and get so much inspiration from you!! I follow via IG and bloglovin!

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  10. I follow you on bloglovin . Thank you . Congratulations !

    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  11. Hi been a long time reader, but have just added you to my 'follow list' on google. I read blogs to make sure I know how much better everyone's lives/skills are than mine .... and they are a great distraction from work!

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  12. Hello! I follow you on Instagram! I love reading blog posts (although I'm kind of random about it) to find inspiration, and yes- hear from those that speak the same language. ;) My husband humors me, but his eyes glaze over after awhile. Congrats!

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  13. I follow you in Bloglovin and Instagram. I always love to see what you are up to.

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  14. Cool! love the Jane Market bag. I follow you on bloglovin and IG. Your lucky your mom reads your blog- she barely started reading mine- haha!

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  15. Hi! I follow you on bloglovin' and instagram. I am a fan of your makes and I adore the name of your blog. You are a true inspiration! Also: thank you so much for this chance to win. I love Carolyn Freidlander's fabric but it is hard to find where I live. It would be beyond words to win some of it!

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  16. I follow you on Bloglovin'. I just love being inspired to take risks and try something new.

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  17. Great bag! I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  18. I'm always happy to read your post through BlogLovin. Congratulations on the 100 post mark. And thank you for a great giveaway.

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  19. I follow on Bloglovin'! Love the hedgehog tote!

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  20. OMG that bag! I love!! Congrats!! I follow you on Bloglovin and IG, of course. Blogging and quilting have always gone together for me. :)

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  21. I follow on Bloglovin' and on Instagram. I love seeing the things you make!

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  22. I follow your blog via Feedly. And congratulations! 100 blog posts is a real milestone.
    anu(dot)sorvali[at]gmail(dot)com

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  23. Look at you all fabulous and stuff! I love blogging for all of the same reasons. Since I have very few IRL friends who are as obsessed with fabric the way I am, it helps to have online friends who relate! The very first time I met one in person, I kept feeling like I needed to apologize for gushing on and on about how much I loved a certain fabric line until I remembered who I was talking to and the fact that they were just as obsessed! It was glorious. So bravo for anniversaries, and bravo for blogging being a healthy pursuit.

    I follow you on IG AND through blogger's reader because you deserve double following love. :)

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  24. Love the bag! I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  25. I follow you on Bloglovin and my Blogger dashboard. I'll catch you whenever you post, somehow! I just found quilting blogs in the last year to year and a half. It's been very inspiring, quilting-wise and otherwise. Everyone has a compelling story, a reason why they're on this crazy ride, and triumphs, mistakes, and loss along the way. The blogverse is my day-to-day pick-me-up and quick fix (especially on work days!) on everything quilty. On the flipside, I started a blog last fall, and I've gained insight on what an effort it can be sometimes to not only post but also have pictures - and in focus, well-compositioned ones too boot - and engage the audience (especially when there's NOT a giveaway ;) ). Kudos to you for 100 posts and best wishes for the next 100!

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  26. 100 posts, well done and congratulations! I follow through Bloglovin and IG.

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  27. Congratulations on 100 posts! I follow on Intagram.

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  28. Hi, Congrats on 100 posts! Love your Tote! Happy to follow you on Blog lovin'! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  29. I'm a happy follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks.

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  30. Congratulations on your 100th post! I'm a Bloglovin follower and when it comes to sewing and quilting, blogs are the reason why I have a Pinterest board full to bursting of the quilts I want to make and they're often a good nudge when I need some motivation to press on with my current wip!

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  31. Congratulations! I follow you on Instagram - love the pics!

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  32. Following on Bloglovin'. Congratulations on hitting 100. I like reading blog posts for the same reason you post. Reaching a community of people who know what you are talking about. :)
    24Tangent@gmail.com

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  33. Congratulations!! ooooh....crosshatch... I follow on Bloglovin.

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  34. Congrats on the milestone, Michelle! I follow you on Feedly and Instagram.

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  35. I have your site bookmarked with lots of other quilty ones I like and check through them each week to see the new quilts, fabric, and inspiration. Congrats on the milestone! Now I need to go check how many blog posts I've made.

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  36. I've been wanting to get my hands on some of that fabric for awhile now... Great choice for your prize. I am following you via Bloglovin'.

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  37. I have been following with bloglovin. I love getting inspiration from the many blogs I read.

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  38. I follow you on Bloglovin and FB (just kidding!). Your blog is fresh and I enjoy reading it. Great giveaway.

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  39. I have stopped by many times thru Link parties. This is a great giveaway and you do great work!

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  40. I follow on BL. I love blogs they let me learn all kinds of new things, see new fabric, get product reviews, all in real time. Plus I know I am not alone in this big Quilt world.

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  41. I have followed on Bloglovin for a while now, I'm not sure how I originally found you, maybe through a SMS Giveaway Day perhaps? Anyway I like blogging and have done so for about 8 years now I think, it works as a craft diary thing for me, keeps me focused on goals and it's good for looking back at how rubbish I was when I started which is very encouraging :D

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  42. I follow you through Feedly and Instagram and have been known to follow you around on retreat (if only to pin the clothespin on you!). Congrats on 100!!

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  43. I follow your blog through Bloglovin and I follow you on Instagram. Congrats on 100 posts and thanks for being a part of a great community of crafters, makers, sewers, and doers!

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  44. I follow you through Feedly.

    Congrats on 100 blog posts! I love being part of the online community of quilters - I'm constantly inspired, and challenged to approach my own work with new eyes. Thank you for being part of that!

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  45. Michelle, I'm with you on Bloglovin. Just the sight of fabric collections inspires me to pull those one or two special patterns from my archives and make a garment, a bag or table topper.
    Lately I'm not making quilts, just feeling like I want to finish what I start so I do small projects like bags and runners. You know what I mean:) Thank you for sharing and congrats on #100.
    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. this blog world is amazing, everything i have learned about quilting i have learned online. my son teases me and says i started quilting but i discovered the purpose of the internet. lol i follow on bloglovin.

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  47. I follow you on Bloglovin, and think first really discovered your class through doing the Curves class together :-) I love blogging - for the personal record for myself, and for the fun interaction with others. Thanks for an amazing giveaway!

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  48. Thanks for the giveaway! I follow you via bloglovin.

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  49. I follow you on Facebook...just kidding, I'm not on FB either! Actually, I follow you on IG. Blogging, and IG, are the only ways I have sewing friends, so they're my lifeline/encouragement/enablers. Congratulations on 100 posts!

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  50. I follow you on Feedly, though i don't remember how i first found you. Congrats on 100 posts! I must talk a lot as i'm close to 800

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  51. I follow you on bloglovin. Well done on 100 posts, nice bag too.

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  52. I follow your blog....you are on my bookmarked list.

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  53. I follow you on IG and feedly. I look to blogs for inspiration and new ideas for how to do things. I also try to follow other Granite Staters, because we are a pretty cool bunch! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  54. I follow you on Crazy Mom Quilts linkup party. I have found that since I follow blogs, I quilt less but am more inspired when I do sit down to sew. Congrats on your 100th. Looking forward to the next 100.

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  55. Congrats on post 100!!!! I completely missed my 100th post so I didn't get a chance to celebrate mine so I'm doing a little excited dance just for you right now *dances in chair*

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  56. I follow through my favorites list on Google. I don't write a blog, but I certainly get tons of inspiration from those of you who do. Don't stop posting your finishes and process because we all get great ideas from you.

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  57. Thanks for the giveaway! What a cool FQ bundle. Your bag is pretty cute too.

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  58. Happy 100th! Amazing how fast those posts can add up, isn't it? It's so wonderful to have a place to share, to inspire and to make lovely friends. Here's to hundreds more!
    I'm now following on Bloglovn'.

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  59. I'm not a blogger, but I do enjoying following blogs on my tablet on the interweb, does that mean bloglovin???. Lynnstranghall(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. I follow on Bloglovin. I don't have a blog but I enjoy the inspiration I get from reading blogs. Congrats on your 100th post

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  61. I follow your blog by bookmarking it and checking in every couple of days. Congratulations on 100 posts.

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  62. Congrats on your 100th post! I follow you through my favorite linky parties. I know that's not an efficient way to follow someone. I just haven't taken the time to change the habit. I love blogs just because I appreciate all quilts and the stories/personalities behind them. For myself, blogging helps me document my quilting journey and probably also keeps me working at a project so I have something to share each week.

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  63. I now follow you through Bloglovin'! Awesome giveaway - thank you so much. I started blogging mainly to keep a "journal" of my quilting, but when I started meeting people, it changed everything! The blogs I follow inspire me to try new things and keep learning.

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  64. I love seeing all your projects! I follow you by seeing your Instagram posts then I hop on over to the blog. and I would loooove some beautiful fabric such as these!!!

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  65. i follow on blog lovin'. thanks for the chance to win.

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  66. I came to your blog from another but now have you saved on my bookmark list. I am a newcomer to quilting and love to read what others are doing

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  67. I follow you through your blog. Following blogs has pushed my creativity and rekindled my love of sewing!

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  68. I follow you through my blog reading list. By the way, puppies do add a cuteness factor to blogs, but of course they do grow fast. looking forward to seeing your pup on next years pets on quilts. tania.hodges at gmail.com

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  69. I follow on Bloglovin! Congrats on a great blog!

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  70. Hi Michelle! I follow you via Bloglovin, and I love the bags you make! I'm a teacher so I maintain a blog for my writing students, but I don't have a personal blog. I'm too shy to put myself and my quilts out there. So I deeply appreciate bloggers like you who share their work and techniques. A lot of my inspiration for and knowledge about quilting and bag making comes from reading blogs. So thanks for everything!

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  71. Hmmmm, where does the stalking begin??? Guild meetings ... check, "official" retreat roomie ... check, blog ... check, fabric shopping outings ... check, Marden's madness buddy ... check, Instagram ... check, meet and great with Rose ... check pending.

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    1. This is Chelsea ... I guess I need to sign out of doing the guild's blog!

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  72. Hi there
    Hello from New Zealand, way down in the South Pacific!
    Please add my name to the chance to win. I'm a new follower!

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  73. Congratulations on your 100th post! You are a super-duper special blogger, always encouraging, intelligent and witty in your comments and your posts, and I look forward to many topics, ideas and projects to come! Congrats to you! xoxo

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  74. I follow you on Instagram. annsim64
    I enjoy your blog. annesimonot@sasktel.net

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  75. Oh I just found you through Instagram so I'm following there and with blog loving now.

    I look forward to reading back through your blog.

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  76. Congrats on your 100th! I follow you on Bloglvin'. I do not write a blog, but follow many for inspiration and to see the beautiful things that everyone makes :)

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  77. I follow on bloglovin'. I really find the give-a-way fabric subtle and striking at the same time. With some creativity and a guy pattern this bundle could be just want i need. Congrats on the 100th post!!

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  78. I don't really follow you - I read your blog from finish it up Friday.
    I used to follow more blogs, but I decided that I had to cut down so I spend some weekend hours reading what everyone finished and then I don't have to feel guilty.

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  79. Congrats on your 100th post! I follow you on Instagram!

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  80. Congrats on your 100th post. i already follow with Bloglovin. I love to read blogs for inspiration. I taught myself to sew a few years ago from books and blogs. I love to try tutorials and get tips on how things have worked out on project. What I really like is to see a project done in more than one colour way to get more ideas on how things can look. x

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  81. Congratulations on your 100th post. I follow you on Bloglovin. I find so many great ideas and helpful hints by reading the different blogs. What a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  82. I follow you on Bloglovin', and love your blog!

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  83. Congrats on your blogiversary! I follow via bloglovin

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  84. I follow using Bloglovin'. Great market bag! clarachandler@centurylink.net

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  85. Cute bag! I am a follower through bloglovin.' Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on hitting 100 posts!

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  86. Honestly, I just found your blog tonight because of the jolly bar blog hop. I love your Bring On the Dancing Horses quilt! I have a jolly bar of Daysail that I could not figure out how I wanted to use...I know now! I started following you on blogger this evening :)

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  87. I follow on instagram and blogloving. I love your jolly bar pattern!! Thank you for giveway!

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  88. Follow you via Instagram and email (diffent address). Love the Jolly Bar pattern!
    fabricstasher24@gmail.com

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  89. I follow you on bloglovin'...have been here before (through the New Bloggers Hop). Love what you wrote there about grammar and publishing! Also can totally relate to what you said here about thanking readers wrt friends and family groans and feigned interest, lol. Great giveaway, thank you!

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  90. I follow you on bloglovin. Thanks for the great giveaway and the chance to win.

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  91. I follow via Bloglovin. Thanks for the exciting giveaway!

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  92. I've been reaching your blog through your link up with Crazy Mom Quilts, but I just added you to my Bloglovin feed. Love that Carolyn Friedlander fabric.

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  93. I follow you on your blog. Thank you for this giveaway!

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  94. Does Following on Flickr count? I tried to follow you on blogger, but it won't let me add your blog to my list--I guess I'm following too many blogs. That's confusing though because when I add blogs from the blog it doesn't give me any grief. Anyway, I want to I just can't figure it out. Your bag is darling!

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  95. I follow you with bloglovin. Beautiful bag! sarah@forrussia.org

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  96. I just found you and I love your quilts! I follow via e-mail. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  97. I am a new follower on blog lovin'.

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  98. Great bag - I follow on bloglovin! mumbird3@gmail.com

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  99. Congrats on 100 posts! I don't have a blog myself, but I enjoy reading others! I'm following on bloglovin :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

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  100. Yea! Congrats on the 100th post. You can post as many pretty pictures as you want, I love them and thank-you for the giveaway.

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  101. I follow you on IG. Thanks for the giveaway x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  102. I follow you with bloglovin :) Happy 100th post! x

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  103. I follow on Bloglovin. I've learned so much from blogs. I'm a fairly new quilter. I'd call myself intermediate though. I've learned all the basics of quilting and tips and tricks through blogs. I'm very appreciative of other quilters that share their talents. Thank you for the chance to win!
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  104. Congratulations on No 100. I follow you on Bloglovin. I started a blog early this year - mostly to catalogue my finishes and to enter Quilt Alongs. So far that is all I have done with it, but it is there if and when I decide to build it up.

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  105. I follow you on Bloglovin. Congrats on your 100th post! Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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  106. I follow on bloglovin! Congrats, and thanks for a chance to win.

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  107. Gretahoneycutt (at) gmail (dot ) com

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  108. I follow you on Bloglovin' and really enjoy your "musings." Congrats on your 100th blog post! krseitz at earthlink dot net

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  109. Congrats on your 100th post! I am like you, I don't think my husband truly appreciates the art of sewing and the creative work behind it. It's nice to have a blog to share the details with others who understand! I am a new Bloglovin' follower and look forward to the next 100 posts!

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  110. I follow you on IG! Congrats on 100!

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  111. Ifollow you through Bloglovin! What a great bag! I have never made one! I think this may be the next project in line! Thanks for the chance to win! onlydiamonds [at] hotmail.com

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  112. I follow your blog whenever you post a finish on Amanda Jean 's Friday blog.. Love those crosshatch fabrics.

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  113. I follow your blog Thru Bloglovin :) Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way & Congratulations on 100 Posts! Keep Blogging please! :)

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  114. Congratulations on your 100th! I just check your blog once in a while. Thank you. jarvenpa1ne at gmail dot com

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  115. Oh love those fat quarters. I can just see a wall hanging in the making with them.
    Love your blog

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  116. I found you from Crazy Mom link ups and follow you on Instagram! Thanks for the change. I've been reading blogs for many, many years... and reading tutorials on blogs is what made me feel confident I could become a quilter to begin with.

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  117. Congrats on your 100th post! And thanks for the great giveaway. I am following you on Blogloving. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  118. I follow on bloglovin. Thanks for the great giveaway. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

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  119. I follow you on instagram :) just in case I'm acourtois27 at gmail

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  120. Hi Michelle!

    Let's see..... I see you at guild meetings, fun Saturday sewing days, your blog, and IG!
    😂😂 and I'm @bcurran322 on IG

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  121. I follow you on IG. And I'm also not on FB. 😀

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  122. Thanks for having a giveaway! I follow you on Instagram.
    @sivgrefslie :)

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  123. Happy 100th post! I follow you through Instagram but now I'll also follow you through bloglovin! Such pretty fabric!

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  124. Congratulations on your 100th post!!! Yes, we understand. None of my family reads my blog, but I think my mom would if she had internet. And a computer. I follow on bloglovin' and Instagram. By the way..... Your bag is beautiful! Can't go wrong with cute hedgehogs!

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  125. I follow on Instagram! Congratulations! Big milestone!

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