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Sunday, May 15

Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop - Week Three Giveaway!

We're heading into week three in the Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop!  The first two weeks were so much fun and if you are just joining us, it's definitely worth checking out the previous blog hop stops.  This week is going to be super exciting too.  You'll hear more about what people think of the book and also get a chance to see more terrific projects using the Crafted Appliqué method.  It's really thrilling to see how many of you are trying it out and then letting your own creativity fly with new ideas!

The blog hop calendar is shown at the end of this post.  All the blog titles are live links, which I will keep updating as participants post their reviews.  You'll have a chance to win a free copy of "Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities" at every stop!  Plus, today here on BuzzinBumble I'm holding another brand new giveaway.  (More on that in just a minute.)


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Folk Art Christmas

But first, it's time to show you another one of the book projects.  This one is called "Folk Art Christmas" and it is a small wall quilt with a tree fashioned with two lovebirds, pomegranates, leaves and berries.  Want to hear something funny?  I drew the two birds way back when I was in high school and happened to save the sketch all those years.


"Folk Art Christmas" by Lara & Alina Buccella
Quilted by Valerie Smith

This pattern reflects my love of many different traditional folk arts.  I designed it as a way to put the Crafted Appliqué technique fully to the test.  It passed with flying colors: All those little stems and berries... all those curvy shapes and fine cut outs... and No Fraying!  (If you click on the close up picture below, you'll be able to see for yourself.)  

In addition, our daughter Alina was home visiting and I asked her to test out how difficult this would be for a newbie to sew this pattern.  She had sewn straight seams, but had never sewn on an applique or tried to follow curved edges before.  Well she rose to the challenge and by sewing slowly and carefully, she completed the whole lower half of the quilt in one sitting. Way to go Beana! 

My friend Valerie Smith, aka Pumpkin Patch Quilter quilted "Folk Art Christmas" for me with the tiniest McTavishing style quilting.  It's next to miraculous!  I met Valerie through The Quilting Board, when she posted there about her gorgeous Heirloom Christmas Stockings.  This is the best photo I have to show off Valerie's quilting.  Her fabulous quilting made the appliques appear as if they were trapunto and it brought the whole quilt to life! 


Close Up - Lit to show off Valerie's quilting



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Kona Cotton Solids Color Card Giveaway


One of the best things about quilting is getting to play with fabrics and color.  Appliqué quilting, in particular, gives you the opportunity to get creative with fabric almost as if you are using a paint box full of color.  So week three's giveaway is a Kona Cotton Solids Color Card - with swatches of 303 beautiful colors from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.   




1.  To enter for a chance to win a color card, simply leave a comment on this post.  Just for fun, tell us when you made your first quilt.   Did someone finagle you into trying it, like I did to Alina?
 
2.  BuzzinBumble followers, both new and old, can have a second chance to win by leaving a second comment and letting me know how they follow me.  (If we already chat back and forth a lot and you follow me, just say "Hi Lara!" in your second comment... I don't want to make you jump through more hoops.) 

Everyone is welcome to enter the giveaway contest and I'm willing to ship internationally.

All the giveaways here on BuzzinBumble will run right up until the end of the Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop.  Winners will be randomly drawn on June 4th and I'll announcing the winners during the final post of the hop on June 5th.  If you'd like to see the first two giveaway contests, there is still time to enter!

Just check here:

Please - If you are a no-reply blogger, remember to leave your e-mail address so that I will have a way to contact you if you win. 

And now... without further ado:  Here is the calendar with all the fabulous Blog Hop Participants!

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Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop
May 1st to June 5th 2016

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
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Lara
Buccella
Introduce Tour   

2
Valerie Smith
3
Dana Gaffney
4
Lorna McMahon
5
Mary Schuberg
6
Heidi
Kuntz
7
Alycia Carmin
8
Amy
DeCesare
9
Sherri McConnell
10
Lara Buccella
Guest Post

11
Christina Cameli
12
Melissa Corry
13
Sarah
Craig
14
Soma Acharya
15
Valerie
Reynolds
16
Angela Pingel
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Sandra Walker

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Cheryl Brickey
19
Judy Murphy
20
Yvonne Fuchs
21
Cindy Pieters
22
Susie
Zlogar
23
Connie Campbell
24
Ruth
Bourke
25
Kaja
Zieslar
26
Ann
Brooks
27
Cynthia Brunz

28
Holiday
29
Holiday
30
Holiday
31
Jenn Trott-Zisserson
1
Paulette Horn
2
Sandra Jansen

3
Christine Sherman


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Lara
Buccella
Giveaway Winners Announced!        
















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118 comments:

  1. I made my first bed sized quilt (a full size) while I was in college. All sewn and pieced by hand. I was taking an art class and we had to make something for our final project that was 3-D and quilts were considered 3-D so I made the Grandmother's Fan quilt set in the Mohawk Trail setting using brown calicoes and muslin. I was dating the man who later became my husband and whenever we went on a drive or trip somewhere, I would be hand sewing or later quilting on that quilt. After we had married over a year later, it was our bed quilt for years until we got a larger bed. That quilt has fond memories for me of our dating and the places we traveled to when we lived in California.

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  2. Made my first quilt about 40 years ago...a pinwheel for a friend's new baby.

    Your Folk Art Christmas is beautiful! Both parts so intricate-they work well together.

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  3. Started following you by checking your website, but now by email.

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  4. I made my first quilts when my BFF's were doing a BOM at our local quilt shop. It soon became an addiction:)

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  5. I made my first quilt using homespun. I needed zillions of tiny half square triangles and that fabric just stretched and frayed. I can't believe that I ever even finished that one and didn't quit immediately after!

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  6. I made my first quilt on my own it was a bears paw....And then my mom hand quilted for me.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  7. I follow you on good old bloglovin...... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  8. I made my first quilt in 1992 for my second child. I took a class, and we used Eleanor Burns' Irish Chain book.

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  9. I follow you on bloglovin.

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  10. I made my first quilt for my son in 1975. I enlarged a colouring book page of a lion and once it was done it was the shape of a lion with a mane and all. At about 45 x 54 it is all poly/cotton with a flannel backing. The backing had to be replaced but the top looks almost new. After years of use it is tucked away for a future grandchild. No luck yet.

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  11. Hi Lara. I'm stitching my first quilt now. A combo of my love of sewing and embroidery.

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  12. I made my first quilt 10 years ago and am still in love with each and every part of quilting. My Father had made a ton of quilts for relatives while he was adjusting to life as a retired car mechanic. It really fascinated me and pretty soon, I could not resist and had to give it a try. LOL.

    I do follow you by bloglovin and email!

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  13. This book is getting more and more interesting !!!! I am new to your blog :)

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  14. My first quilt was a "quillow" - it folded into its own pocket and changed from quilt to pillow. I didn't think of it as quilting at the time - just sewing. That would have been over 20 years ago, now. Woo! Time flies!!!
    The quilting on your project suits it perfectly. Sometimes it pays to hold on to artwork forever! I still have the sketchbooks I used in grade ten, and even several of my assignments! Nice work, Lara (and your helper, too!)

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  15. I commissioned a friend to make a special quilt for my granddaughters 5th birthday(she is 9 now), I was so disappointed in the quilt that I took lessons and started making and designing my own. Best thing I have ever done. I had never even sew before and now I can make anything I want. I have many wonderful women in my life now, thanks to quilting. Thank you for the giveaways, always fun to get inspiration.
    akk_nana@ayahoo.com

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  16. I don't remember exactly when it was, but it was when catalogs came in the mail with patterns for sale, and you had to call or mail your order in! I saw a pattern for a Christmas tree wall quilt and just decided I wanted to make it. I had only sewn clothes, crafts, and window treatments at that point. But my MIL was nearby and I knew she could help me if I had trouble making it. It probably wasn't the best pattern choice for someone without quilting skills, but I finished it -- and it put me on the path to bigger things!

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  17. I follow via GFC. Hi Lara!

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  18. Your book is so awesome, this Christmas design was one of my favorites.

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  19. I've always been a sewist but...quilting...not so much. I did make a bedspread that you could call a quilt (I guess.) many years ago but I generally say I started quilting about 2007 - just on my own.

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  20. Hi, Lara. A recent follower using Feedly.

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  21. I follow you on Bloglovin'
    akk_nana@yahoo.com

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  22. I started quilting after seeing a friend's quilt and borrowing her American quilt magazines (no UK mags then), more than 21 years ago when expecting my eldest...

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  23. Following of course! By the way, that close-up photo is amazing!

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  24. Following of course! By the way, that close-up photo is amazing!

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  25. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net5/15/16, 4:04 PM

    I made my first quilt when I had my 1st daughter. She is now 46:) That 1st quilt was twin sized and had 114 hand embroidered pictures. I copied the pictures from coloring books.

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  26. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net5/15/16, 4:08 PM

    I follow by email but don't usually comment. Is that lurking? I do really enjoy seeing the things you do.

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  27. My first quilt? A man-sized trip around the world nap quilt made in 2003 for my hubby. That was before I knew anything about 1/4 inch seams, binding or avoiding a mix of polyester fabrics with cottons. I've come a long way - enough to look longingly at that Kona card (tentatively added to many a shopping cart, but never purchased).

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  28. Following you on Bloglovin'

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  29. I made my first quilt about 25 years ago and still have it. Would give you the exact month and date, but it's stored away. The reason I started quilting is because I wanted a new hobby and a local college had quilting classes, so I signed up and the rest is history.

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  30. I follow you via Google Friends Connect.

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  31. That is one of my favorite projects in the book. You were talented way back in high school!!!! No surprise there! I decided to make a quilt after seeing a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt that belonged to a friend of my grandmother. Ha! I'm sure an accurate hexie pattern would have helped. lol

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  32. Made my first quilt for my first baby!

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  33. Folk Art Christmas is beautiful. Your new method is on my list to try - I'm planning to use in in a shop sample to show off your method. Hmm, my first quilt - that was a lap size wedding gift for my brother and his wife. It was slow going and ended up being over a year late being gifted!

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  34. I made my first quilt when my oldest son was graduating from high school 17 years ago! It was totally needed therapy for the big life change of sending your first child off to college!

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  35. I follow you on Bloglovin! Thanks, Lara!

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  36. I made my first quilt when I retired in 2011. It was a picnic quilt for my sister and she loves it! I received your book yesterday and am anxious to try out your method of applique.

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  37. I made my first quilt in 1998 when a friend invited me to a 1-day quilt workshop. I was hooked!

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  38. I made my first quilt when I was in grade school. A lap quilt for me.

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  39. My twin sister and I made our first quilt when we were about 12 years old. All hand stitched. One day it was suddenly missing. Still don't know what happen to it. Never made another quilt until 1994 for a friends wedding.

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  40. my first quilt was 25 years ago, and one of my best friends mother talked me into it.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  41. I pieced my first quilt top when I was in middle school (long time ago!). I entered it in the 4-H craft show and won 1st place. My mom sold it to a lady to help buy me school clothes. We were pretty poor so through the winter months, I helped her piece quilt tops to sell. In the summer, they did truck farming. I still love sewing today!

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  42. I follow you through Bloglovin'.

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  43. my twin sister and I made a quilt for our eldest cousin's first baby-- we were 20 and in college, that little baby is over 30 now!

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  44. I made my first quilt when I was about 11/12. For my Barbies. Cut rectangles out of fabrics, folded them in half, hand-stitched the square together, stuffed it with old pantihose of my mum's, to make a little pillow and then sewed the little pillows together by hand except for the last row when I was 12, which is when I was allowed to use my mum's old machine. I still have that doll quilt.

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  45. I began making my first quilt when I was about ten. My grandma bought me two colors of fabric from JC Penney when they had fabric. It was a blue calico and a blue and white gingham check. I began stitching the squares by hand, and then gave it up. Years later, I finished the quilt and sent it away with my newborn daughter as she went to her adoptive parents. I was 18. It was made with love, but not with much skill.

    My daughter is now 32, and still has that quilt. Her mom had to completely re do it, as she slept with it every night and it wore out. I was so touched to see the quilt in her rocking chair in her living room when I was able to visit her last year.

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  46. I made my first quilt in 2014, I had been in a sewing bee for 2013 and after everyone sent me their blocks, well I just had to make it a quilt, but I don't really like doing big quilts, I'm more of a mini quilt or pillow or bag fan :)

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  47. Hello! I do follow on bloglovin, but it's been ages since I have checked it, just posted a new blog post myself and had to check how everyone else is doing.

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  48. I made my first quilt, a sun bonnet Sue about 34 years ago. It won a prize at a local exhibition.

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  49. Thanks so much for the giveaways and the wonderful patterns! I just found your site when clicking on someone else's blog, and I'm so glad I did! I'm going to be checking out every stop on your blog-hop, just to see what I've been missing!!!

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  50. I made my first quilt 22 years ago when I was expecting my 3rd baby.

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  51. Just started following you by email.

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  52. I don't recall when I made my first quilt, but being a Home Economics teacher, I dabbled in many different crafts during my teaching career. It's only when I was about to retire that I took a formal quilt class and made a sampler for my daughters graduation.

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  53. I made my first quilt when I was a teenager, age unknown. Nobody prompted me and I had no clue what I was doing but I did it anyway. I still use that quilt everyday! Thanks for the chance to win! sarah123quilt {AT} gmail (dot) com

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  54. I follow you on Bloglovin! sarah123quilt {AT} gmail (dot) com

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  55. I cut the squares of my first quilt two decades and a half ago... and finished the quilt about 12 years ago. Thank you for this generous giveaway. :-)

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  56. I made my first quilt in 1985? 86? My MIL invited me to a quilting class with her! It was love at first quilt!

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  57. I made my first quilt, well really just a patchwork rug, with a backing, no wadding or quilting on it at all, way back in about 1984!!! I would love to do applique this wonderful way. Super way the birds stand out,McTavish and all, and a colour card would be such a gem to have.

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  58. Yes, I do follow you, and find that distance is reduced to nothing when we read a blog or email from an older or a new friend.

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  59. I made my first quilt about 15 years ago in a class.

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  60. I am now following you on Instagram (Im @mamaspark59), and I follow your blog through Blogger.

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  61. Your Folk Art Christmas is beautiful Lara and the quilting that Valerie did really sets it off! I would love to win the Kona card! My first quilt was actually made many, many years ago when I was in high school. It was a simple 9 patch.

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  62. Great Christmas tree applique! I made my first quilt in 1973. I teach sewing and was asked to set up a quilting class, in preparation for the Bi-Centennial. I was hooked and have been quilting ever since.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  63. Great Christmas tree applique! I made my first quilt in 1973. I teach sewing and was asked to set up a quilting class, in preparation for the Bi-Centennial. I was hooked and have been quilting ever since.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  64. I have signed up to follow you by e-mail. Looking forward to reading your blog.
    quiltschon@att.net

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  65. My first quilt was made in 2005-ish and yes, I was roped in to it! My daughter wore me down until I said fine...just to get her off my back! The rest is history! I was hooked!

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  66. I follow via Bloglovin!

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  67. I appliqued for the first time on a Christmas wall hanging I made for my daughter's piano teacher. Her cat had just been put down and I saw a pattern of a black cat sitting in the middle of a wreath and knew she would like it. So I made it and it came out pretty good. tljeo@yahoo.com

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  68. Thank you for your ideas and inspiration. I get your newsletter. tljeo@yahoo.com

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  69. Popped in from Let's Bee Social because the applique really caught my eye - that design is fab! Those birds are beautiful, just as well you saved the sketch. :D

    I made my first quilt in 2013. The first one I finished was not the first one I started, it was a festive table topper that I gave to my mum for Christmas that year. :)

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  70. I think it's fabulous that you saved the drawing, Lara. This one is one of my favourites from the book and quilting is amazing!

    -Soma

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  71. I made my first quilt in 1983ish! My 'favorite' aunt was having a baby and I made my cousin a quilt! And didn't make another for almost 20 years!

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  72. I follow via bloglovin' and IG!

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  73. Congratulations on the wonderful book! I have tried all kinds of ways to do applique - can't wait to try yours! I wish I wasn't joining this party so late - life certainly has a way of interrupting the blogging mojo :*). For the giveaway, I started my first quilt in the mid-1980's. Took a class at a local craft shop to make a quilted GFG pillow - which then morphed into a twin-size quilt. I've been hooked ever since!

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  74. I'm a new follower via Bloglovin' and headed over now to check out your IG photos!

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  75. That quilt is so beautiful--and it just tickles me that you were able to use artwork from your school days to make the lovebirds. I made my first quilt in 1979. It was awful in almost every way, but something sure stuck because I'm still hooked on quilting.

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  76. Hi, Lara. Bloglovin', facebook, email, and oh yes, I think Instagram.

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  77. I made my first quilt about 47 years ago - started with an applique medallion center (which was supposed to be a baby quilt but my friend changed addresses and I couldn't find her)finished it up as a quilt for my brother's 21st birthday - used an old wool Army blanket as batting because I didn't know any better. We still live in Florida!!

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  78. Oh. My. Goodness. I'm so impressed, and really want to know the secret! Congrats on the book, and that it's flying off the shelves! Let's see, my first quilt was started over thirty years ago, but I didn't finish it till I really got going good, about ten years ago!

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  79. Your Folk Art Christmas looks stunning! I made my first quilt about 20 years ago but then had a 15 year delat before the second :)

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  80. I made my first quilt about 7 years ago. It started out as a pot holder and then grew!

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  81. I made my first quilt for a baby shower in 2013. Had been making potholders till then and figured it was time to just jump in. It was beautiful and wonky. Here is a link to it just incase you want to see it
    http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com/2013/12/my-quilts.html
    Preeti.

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  82. Hi Lara,
    I am delighted and honored to call you my friend. Hope to meet you someday soon.
    Love,
    Preeti.

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  83. I made my first full sized quilt last Christmas for my dad. I have made small things for quite a while, but nothing that big. I've been wanting something like this color card ever since I first saw one. Love the Folk Art Christmas pattern. I'm thinking I need this book.

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  84. Hi Lara. Just signed up for your newsletter via e-mail. ckrutjo@gmail.com

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  85. Your Christmas quilt is beautiful, Lara! The exquisite quilting matches your design perfectly.
    I only started quilting in 2013, when I was staying home with my second child and wanted to get away )) We also had moved to a new flat at the time, I had chosen some beautiful wallpaper for the bedroom and wanted a special bedspread to match it. So I started a patchwork course and got hooked!

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  86. What a beautiful quilting style! I'm in love with your finished project!

    My first quilt was a set of two doll quilts for my then- four and six-year-old daughters. They were simple 3-inch squares, sewn together, and meandered. Each took me hours and hours and hours, but they caused me to fall in love with quilting!

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  87. My first quilt was a mistery quilt with paperpiecing , more than 10 years ago. I still love it very much.

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  88. I am a new follower via bloglovin' and I look forward to read more!

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  89. My first quilt was in 1963. My grandmother that quilted was visiting that summer and she helped me get started. It was an embroidered baby quilt (I still have it) that was so fluffy and puffy, it had to be tied. Things have changed a lot since then.

    weedymama at gmail

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  90. Just now started following via email. Hmm, my first quilt was for charity and it was done with shoo fly blocks.
    jsorensen794 at yahoo dot com

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  91. What a beautiful Christmas project!

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  92. Barbara Harvey5/24/16, 7:24 PM

    Hi! I made my first quilt at 18. I used scrappy colors then and it's still my fav today, at 62. The one thing about it though was I missed a straight pin in the finished quilt and my father in law sat on it! Ouch...sorry pop.

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  93. ooooh that Folk Art Christmas quilt is divine xxxx I'm having so much fun with this great blog hop !! my first quilt was actually a churn dash block that I made and then didn't know what to do with - I made the block with templates waaaaay back in the mid 90s !! it did put me off patchwork for quite a few years but now I so love it ! thanks for the giveaway too :) daisyandjack@hotmail.com

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  94. thanks for the second chance xx I follow by email :) daisyandjack@hotmail.com

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  95. i took a quilt class, a free 20 week one at a public high school once a week, i can not beleive Kona has 320 colors to choose from!!

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  96. My first quilt was a double wedding ring, pieced and quilted by hand! How foolish was I? I love Kona!

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  97. I made my first quilt when I was a teenager many, many years ago. I designed it myself and made it using real scraps. At that time there were no patterns that I knew of, no quilting books and no classes. I had been sewing since I was very young, making my own clothes. I was always very creative.

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  98. The first quilt I made was "candy cane' (all people quilt) for my Mom for Christmas. Love quilting. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  99. I follow on Blolovin.

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  100. I was a garment sewer and got hooked on quilting when i went into my local shop to buy a new machine and saw all the awesome quilts on display.

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  101. I made my first quilt about 35 years or so ago when I was about 15. I didn't start quilting serisouly again until about five years ago when I became a stay-at-home mom.

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  102. I follow via Bloglovin'.

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  103. I started my first quilt in 1976 and finished it 6 years later. I hand quilted it and it was a thousand pyramids design.

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