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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Remains Of The Day - The Meadowlark Collection Blog Hop & Giveaway


THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED


Back in May I teased you all with a post sharing a few close up pics of  my first project for Quilt Market but today I'm delighted to share with you my Remains Of The Day quilt showcasing a new range of fabrics called 'Meadowlark' for Windham Fabrics by my fellow NYC Metro Mod Quilt Guild friend, Melanie Testa.  You can find out more about Melanie's process in my previous post.

If you're just here for the giveaway feel free to jump to the bottom of this post but first - as lots of you had questions about how I made a circular quilt, the quilting and especially the binding - here's my story:


What's In A Name?

So why is the quilt called Remains Of The Day?  Well Melanie got together with lots of willing helpers at the quilt store where I work in Manhattan to make items for Quilt Market but I was busy working on the shop floor and by the time I nipped in to grab myself some fabric to make something with there was nothing left.  My friend, Emily Klainberg, came to the rescue and gave me her leftovers to work with hence the name Remains Of The Day because that's exactly what this quilt's made from.


Making The Quilt


Laying out the fabric remains on my dining table inspiration struck - I decided to piece them together exactly as they were - nothing trimmed or cut to size - even using raw edge applique to include some small squares and longer strips, again no trimming.


 I used the same technique to make the back


Once everything was pieced I taped the backing tightly to my table and created a quilt sandwich on top of it.


Quilting, Binding & Labelling


I marked one line vertically down the length of the quilt and quilted along it using a 3.2 stitch length.  I used a seam guide on my walking foot and added more quilting lines parallel to this about every 2" across the whole quilt to secure it.  Then I started filling in with straight'ish lines in between the ones I'd already quilted I didn't worry about being perfect and they're all about an 1/8" apart'ish!


I quilted from edge to edge knowing that such dense quilting would distort the circle so I worked larger than needed and was prepared to replot the circle once all the quilting was finished.




Once the quilting was complete I marked the circle out again and cut away the backing and batting to the circle's edge.  I left the quilt top about 1/2" larger so I could fold it over twice to the back and stitch it in place to create a rolled facing.



The finished quilt measures 53.5" diameter.


Quilt Market

So here's the pics I have from Melly's booth in the Windham section at Quilt Market.


In this pic my quilt's over the table on the left


And here it is again.


And this is my favourite pic of Melly holding my quilt :D


The Photoshoot

Obviously all my quilts have to have my obligatory roof garden shot but this quilt looks so much better hanging against a wall so just the one this time.
 

The wind's picking up the bottom corner here - it is a perfect circle really.


And see the wind really did grab the quilt but for me it's the best pic of all

I won't list which fabrics I've used from the collection, easier to give you this link to the full collection in Windham's Fabric Shop.


THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED


And now for the Meadowlark Blog Hop Giveaway:

The Meadowlark Blog Hop And Giveaway


Fancy winning a "fat stack" of 10" squares from each fabric in Melly's new Meadowlark line - and there's 26 fabrics in the collection?  Better still there's one fat stack available for each stop on the Blog Hop!

To enter leave a comment letting me know your favourite fabric in Melly's Meadowlark collection and let me know you've commented using the Rafflecopter below.  The closing time is 12:00 AM EST on Friday, 13 June 2014 and I'll notify the winner by email later that day.  If you're a no-reply blogger or using WordPress or Google+ please leave your email in your comment or your entry will be nullified.  All other terms and conditions are listed within the Rafflecopter.

Update at 11.35 am, Wednesday, 4 June 2014
If you haven't used Rafflecopter before you need to leave a comment as normal at the bottom of my blog post and then come back to the Rafflecopter and click the option saying "I've commented".  Please note 'Anonymous User' comments are disabled so if you don't have one of the accounts accepted by the blog platform 'Blogger', such as Google, then unfortunately you won't be able to join in the giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Melly is also giving away three copies of her book Dreaming from the Journal Page - one copy on her own blog and  the other winners will be chosen from the two blogs with the most comments at the end of the hop.  So get commenting, what's keeping you?!



GOOD LUCK EVERYONE

To see more fun Meadowlark projects and for extra chances to win visit the other blogs on the Blog Hop:
Melly Testa - 2 June
Vivien Zepf - 2 June
Chris Dodsley - 3 June (my turn!)
Sue Bleiweiss - 4 June
Jamie Fingal - 6 June
Lyric Kinard - 7 June
Jen Eskridge - 8 June
Jacqui Holmes Calhoun - 8 June (guest post)
Teri Lucas - 11 June
Scott Hansen - 12 June
Helen Eckard - 12 June (guest post)


 
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114 comments:

  1. I love this quilt, Chrissie! This would be a great 'fat stack'! Can't wait to use it.

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  2. It's hard to choose, they are all fabulous. I like the not-solid solids and the tiles too, but I LOVE the fruits on a purple background number 39604-4.

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  3. I think my favourite is 39643-3

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  4. I like the not so solids solids

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  5. I think my favourite is 39640 - the one with all the gorgeous fruit on it, but I love the birds and really, I love them all! Great quilt Chrissie, good idea to go round. xx

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  6. This one was hard to choose. I like the birds and the shoes and the plants but I think the one that is my favorite is 39645-11 (the chairs).

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  7. I'm having trouble picking a favorite, but I sure would like new sofa pillows featuring the chairs print.

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  8. I like all the fabrics so hard to pick just one. The light blue with pink dots is really pretty. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. Wow! I love that quilting on your piece. That is really cool and really really close together. I should try that. My favorite piece is the white background with the pale greeny/blue vines, outlined in purple.

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  10. Fabulous quilt Chris! I love it.

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  11. would love a fat stack!!! and I love your quilting

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  12. It's got to be the birds! Really like your matchstick quilting

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  13. What a wonderful story and fabulous ending showing a true quilter's determination, creativity, and ability to share, accept the sharing and still create a unique and wonderful piece. Great photos from Quilt Market and Melly. I so love seeing both behind the scenes and from the whirlwind of fund. Would dearly LOVE to win some fabric from Melly's line. Awesome fun!

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  14. Absolutely love the round quilts. Remains of the day is actually what quilting was all about, using scraps from making clothing to make a beautiful bed covering to keep the family warm at night. Well done.

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  15. Probably 39641-4, but I also like the ones with the leaves and also the birds.

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  16. One of my favorites is 39641-5. This was a hard decision to make.

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  17. Hi!!! I love your round quilt!!!! Great title and great use of fabric!!!! I love 39643-3 but I really love them all!!!! Thank You

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  18. I think my favorite is the bird print, 39639-1.

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  19. Cool Circular quilt, I like 39642-6 best with the shoes, I would love to use this in so many projects.

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  20. I love the quilt you made with Meadowlark.

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  21. Beautiful qult - very original! my favorite is 39641-5. Thanks!

    dbelliott@outlook.com

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  22. I really like the Toile like fabric in blue #39641-5

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  23. Oh, I like the 39641-5! very pretty!

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  24. I love the birds - 396639 - 2

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  25. The quilt is so unique! I love the fruit print in the collection!

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  26. Thanks for sharing how you made your beautiful circle quilt. I absolutely love it! I love the style of Mellys fabric, maybe 39639-2 is my favourite... It's so hard to choose!

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  27. Wow!!! I love your circle quilt and the name is perfect! Sometimes I think one's best work comes from being limited. Thanks so much for helping to launch Melly's first line of fabric. Pick only one?!! I love the birds, but the vines and dots hold a special place in my heart. I think the chairs are so much fun and quirky. I'd have to close my eyes and just point. :)

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  28. 39646-12 is my favourite fabric - love your circle quilt - and love all that gorgeous quilting! xx

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  29. What a great idea you came up with! The quilt is wonderful! I think the fabric with the birds is my favorite.

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  30. Shoes! The fabric with shoes is my favorite! love the round quilt. clever!

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  31. I love her purples, but going to pick the not so solids.

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  32. I love the colors, variety of prints and textures in her line. I chose 39643-3 , the vines, but any color of vine I love. Also I love the birds the checks and the polka dots.
    I like your idea for putting together the circle wuilt. It had a modern feel and looks perfect on the sofa.

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  33. My favorite design is... #39646-3. Not only do I love polka dots... but the colors are AWESOME! I loved your choice of quilting on the round quilt. It sets off the design beautifully!! Great job!!! deb@debhathaway.com

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  34. Love that circle quilt!!!! What a novel idea!!! My favorite is 39640-4... Love the mix of colours!!

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  35. It was hard to pick a favorite, I liked quite a few. But I think I like 39644-10 the best. And I love your circle quilt! What a neat idea. I would have a hard time deciding which side to call the "back" though.

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  36. I like the solid purple fabric-so pretty.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  37. I like the birds on purple best

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  38. 39643-8 it's the leaves...love it!

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  39. I like #39640-3 the purple fruit.

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  40. What a great project, from a phenomenal fabric collection! My favorite is the birds on blue, 39639-2.

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  41. I love your circle quilt, and the way you decided to piece it - just the way you laid down the fabrics. This line is so awesome in the way the fabrics play well together. My favorite fabric is 39639-2. Thanks for sharing!

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  42. My favorite is 39641-5, it's the blue china pattern on a white background. So delicate and beautiful.

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  43. Love the birds. Well, heck it is too hard to choose. I cannot wait till we can buy them.

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  44. I LOVE the white background with the blue leaves! Beautiful!

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  45. 39644-10 the orange with small flowers. I love purples and oranges together. This is a very vibrant line! Thanks for the opportunity. Notwendy at gmail dot com

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  46. I like them all, and the way the quilt matches all those backdrops.

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  47. What a great quilt Chrissie! Thanks for sharing your process, its interesting to hear how it came into being, and I love the name of the quilt- its perfect!

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  48. Oops! I always do that.. leave a comment and only then read what I'm supposed to comment about- I love the teal grid fabric that features on the back- the sort of print that I would use a lot.

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  49. My favourite is 39646-12 - it looks like old velvet.

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  50. My favorite is the not so solid purple! It is so vibrant. Your circle quilt is great! Thanks for sharing.

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  51. The rafflecopter has me down as Martyn - my husband's facebook account!

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  52. My favorite is the blue pattern on white! Thank you so much; all the fabrics are lovely, and your quilt is fantastic! sarah@forrussia.org

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  53. I also love that blue pattern on white. it looks hand printed. I grabbed the number from the Wyndham site (39641-5) and am off to to see if I can find it.

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  54. I have been itching to do a round quilt, you've just inspired me. I love all the new pinks that are floating around these days. I'll be looking for some more to add to my round quilt. Thanks for the give a way. Have a great day

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  55. I like 39647-13. Love those reds.

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  56. I really love how you used the "remains..." The line quilting is also becoming a favorite of mine. Thank you for sharing and the opportunity to win. This is a great hop!

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  57. I love your Remains! Beautiful quilt, great idea, great fabrics, what else could a girl want??

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  58. I like the vine 39643-8. Thanks.

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  59. I like the one with the purple fruit - 39640-3.

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  60. I like the bird print with the blue background -- # 39639-2

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  61. Wow, such gorgeous prints! I think my favorite is the blue polka dot 39646-3

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  62. I love the painterly feel of these, my favorite is the teal leaves 39643-7

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  63. I love the purple background with the birds on it, I assume they're Meadowlarks?

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  64. Gorgeous fabric! And matchstick quilting is my absolute favourite kind of quilting. Adds a different dimension to the quilt!

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  65. I am in LOVE with that binding, Chrissie! And the fabrics and quilting are delightful!

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  66. No need to enter me into the drawing since I still have some fabrics, but wanted to say how much a love, love, love your circular quilt! Lovely!

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  67. Wonderful fabric. What a great giveaway! The circle quilt also makes a great table cloth if you haven't already been told!

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  68. Thanks for linking to TGIFF, ChrissieD! Fabulous work on the table quilt!

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  69. The orange leaves is my favorite of the bunch!

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  70. Great quilt - there's so much quilting in it! My favorite is the teal background with leaves on it.

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  71. Brilliant use of those fabric leftovers Chrissie, how wonderful to be displayed at Quilt Market too! I love the birds in the Meadowlark line but my favourite is the fruit - 39640 -3

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  72. I like 39639-1 , love the birds reminds me of home
    cooladam1at live dot com

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  73. I think the blue floral on the white background is my favourite, i love the ghosted image.

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  74. I like the red/orange print with black flowers ( 39644-10 ) the best of all!

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  75. Simple, but very usable - 39647-2.

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  76. Love your quilt, and it's photos. The pink meadowlark fabric is the star of the collection in my view, but red makes my heart sing, so I have to vote for it.

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  77. You used the leftovers to make a beautiful quilt Chrissie!! I like 39639-2, the birds are neat!

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  78. How creative! I would never have thought to do a quilt top that way! My favourite is the 39643-6, blue climbers on a terracota background - it reminds me of medditeranean holidays.

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  79. I like the red box fabric. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  80. Absolutely anything with birds in it is my favorite!

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  81. Impossible to pick just one favorite...the whole line is so cute and fun! A circular quilt, so creative!

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  82. Hard to decide but my fav is 39643-8. Love it!
    Your circular quilt looks great, indeed!

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  83. I like most of the them, but 39643-7 is my favourite...love that aqua and purple on the white, and leaves represents nature, so always my fave. I've been in your shop! Twice on the same trip to NYC! Bought some, nvm, LOTS of stuff!

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  84. 39639-1 I love birds! thanks!

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  85. My favorite is the the seafoam and purple design!

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  86. I am a bird lover so 39639-1.

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  87. That would fit my breakfast table perfectly. Aqua, aqua, aqua, aqua

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  88. What a fun quilt. It's so shape is so unexpected. I always love quilts that are out of the square/rectangle box. My favorite is 39644-9. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  89. I love the rich red of the one with squares that is in your quilt. And I love that you made a round table topper. :)

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    1. Congratulations Janet on winning the Rafflecopter giveaway. Once I have your snail mail address The Meadowlark fat stack will be its way to you :D

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  90. I love 39643-3, the leaves on light blue.

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  91. Hard to pick a fave. I am going with 39644-10

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  92. you did such a wonderful job on your quilt! my favoriet is the one with the birds 30639-1. i love all fabric with birds! thank you babscorbitt at gmail dot com

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  93. My favourite is 39646-3. Leftovers never looked so good! Thanks for this opportunity to win!

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  94. I like the 39646-3 ..love the purple and green circle combo.

    (Karla Sceviour)

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  95. All awesome but I'll probably choose 39640-3 (L)

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  96. They are all so beautiful. I do like the dots, 39646-3. Thanks for such an original design idea!

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  97. Pick a favorite....really ? That was hard ... But I THINK my favorite is the very first one in the link above....the meadowlark birds on pink ! Thank you !

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  98. I love all the dots. They are not like anyone else's dot fabrics currently available. Can't wait to get my hands on these.

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  99. Have to say I LOVE the fact that it is a circle! it is wonderful

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  100. I love the birds. 30639-1 They are all beautiful

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  101. My favorite is the birds on the pink background.

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  102. The purples and greens are amazing!

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  103. i love the dot fabrics. would love to make the zigzag quilt with those.

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  104. Mine is 39641-4 awesome & feminine. I love all the solids. It is the same beautiful print on your beautiful quilt across the gray couch. Pretty.
    Thanks for the giveaway
    irishoday28@gmail.com

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  105. All of Melly's designs are wonderful. Well, first I thought the one with the dots, but I think my favorite is the red checked-like one.

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  106. I think I like 39641-4 best but the bird prints are hard to resist, too.

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