Monday, December 3, 2012

Hope Takes Flight (and a giveaway)

(alternative title: Quilting Insanity)

This is a long post, but it's a good story, so I do hope you'll read it. It's not about me -- it's about a quilt and a young girl.

As a quilter in the {Faith} circle of very popular do.Good Stitches bee, I have the opportunity, 2-3 times a year, to ask for blocks from my bee mates, and make the quilt I have designed. So back in August, I asked the associate pastor at our church if he knew of any needs within the church. He said "No, but Restore Innocence is doing a blanket drive for Christmas. Maybe you could make one for them?"  I'd heard of Restore Innocence, but didn't know much, so I went to their website. And commenced to having my heart broken, over and over again.

I want to just paste every word from their website here so you'll really see for yourselves!! I won't do that, but I will post a few tidbits:

There's this one:

“In the United States, children are subjected to human trafficking in many different sectors. Examples include prostitution on the streets or in a private residence, club, hotel, spa, or massage parlor; online commercial sexual exploitation; exotic dancing/stripping; agricultural, factory, or meatpacking work; construction; domestic labor in a home; restaurant/bar work; illegal drug trade; door-to-door sales, street peddling, or begging; or hair, nail, and beauty salons. Family members, acquaintances, pimps, employers, smugglers, and strangers traffic children
.”  -U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  {emphasis by Melissa}
 Or this:



An estimated 2.5 million children worldwide, the majority of them girls, are sexually exploited in the multibillion dollar commercial sex industry – UNICEF
 Or this:



Investigators and researchers estimate the average predator in the U.S. can make more than $200,000 a year off one young girl. – NBC Report by Teri William
It. Is. Disgusting.

I honestly can't believe this is happening right under our noses. I mean, we think sex trafficking, and sex slavery happens in places like Thailand. Or Amsterdam. Not here in America! But, it is. And actually, I can believe it. There are some seriously sick people out there. And those are just the ones using the girls...the ones doing the abusing? I hope there's a special hot place in Hell for them.

I copied this from someone on Instagram, but the details were provided by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center 2011.



(I'm gonna let those figures sink in for a sec)

These poor, poor, innocent little girls and young women.

So back to Restore Innocence. They are based in Colorado Springs because human trafficking happens here, but they work with Police and FBI Victims Assistance teams all around the US. So when there is a sting, and a young girl is rescued from the sex trade (read: slavery), they often have very little more than the clothes on their backs. And their clothes are often confiscated as evidence against the sicko pimp. Restore Innocence send Restoration Bags to the VA teams, who are then equipped to offer something to these girls. Something of their own.

Often, the girls that are taken into human trafficking didn't have much of a home to run away from, so it's not like they've got anywhere to go back to...and I highly doubt it would be a supportive and encouraging environment committed to helping the girl heal, physically and emotionally! (Can you imagine?)

So Restore Innocence has been working towards opening The Cinderella House - a place where rescued girls can come and live for a while, and get them the counseling and the assistance they need until they are able to move into a stable environment...whatever that may be. They have the house, and are in the final stages of opening it. :)

Anywho...

Back to do.Good Stitches. :)

When it was my turn, I decided to have the bee make butterfly blocks like we did last March, using Mrs Schmenkman's tutorial.  I asked for 8 blocks, one of each "rainbow" color, with white background and a black "body". My plan was to make one quilt, with all the butterflies pieced together. Like this:

Butterflies and Rainbows


To me, the butterflies represent being made into a new creation, a second chance, a chance these girls need. The rainbow represents God's covenant with Man after The Flood that He will never leave us. The black body represents the the black ribbon that Restore Innocence uses as their logo. The binding is black satin ribbon, for that same reason. They use the black ribbon because a ribbon represents innocence and youth, something these girls have been robbed of. And the color of the ribbon, black, represents what a dark, dark world human trafficking is.  All along, my plan was to quilt with swirls, to symbolize wind currents of the butterflies taking flight.

So when the blocks started coming in, and I threw them up on my design wall, a new plan emerged. Not only did I have a new, fun, modern design, I also would have enough butterflies for 2 quilts!  Because, really, why make one when you can make 2? (Or 5?) Right? :)

Faith do.Good Stitches ~ Butterflies and Rainbows

Even though I've rearranged some blocks, this design stuck. All the way to the bitter, bitter end.

While I can now say that I am finished, I can not say that this has been easy. This quilt has been fraught with challenges. Oy.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook, thank you for walking this journey with me. I am sooooooo glad I had that support when things were difficult, and the next difficult thing happened, and the next difficult thing happened, and the next difficult thing happened. Hah!

The piecing went along fine. (the craft room is still a wreck, so I moved Sewing Ops to the dining room...and the entry to the living room became my design wall...) :)



t was once I started quilting that things got ugly. I always spray baste, but I used Dritz spray baste for the first time, and I'm pretty sure it will be the last. I know some people LOVE Dritz, and that's all they use, and maybe I got a bad can, but it literally took me 2 weeks to quilt this simple quilt.



immediately had problems with the thread shredding. I changed thread. 3 (expensive) brands. I changed needles. 3 brands. I changed the bobbin 4 times. I moved my sewing machine. I flipped the quilt around.



I don't know if you can see it up there, but somehow, the thread shredded and half of it came out of the eye of the needle. Only half...the other half was still threaded and still making stitches. Very weak stitches.



And then I thought I had it all sorted, but MAN was I tired (this was Day 2 of what became a never-ending saga!)


Then, on Day 3 (and by "day" I really mean "night), not only was the thread shredding, but it started skipping stitches, too!! Grrrr!  So I took it into the shop. They tried EVERYthing. And they couldn't get it to happen again on anything other than my quilt.  So I determined to simply sew till it shredded or skipped, stop, and start over again. There wasn't anything else I could do!



LOOK at that shredding! Ugh.


And then my needle bent and broke. I've broken needles before, but never bent it like that! It's like I was trying to sew through Teflon, or something!

But eventually I finished the free-motion quilted swirls in the middle, and it was time to quilt the white. I had originally planned to swirl the whole thing, but since it took me a full week to quilt 1/3 of the quilt, I figured I needed to put away the free motion foot, and just get it finished!!


Wow. Straight-line quilting is deceptively time-consuming! And very physically challenging!  So, that took me another 3 nights.  And when I was finally done with the quilting...

I had over 100 thread tails to bury. Yes, I know there are easier ways to stop and start than to pull out the threads and tie a knot, but because of the skipping and shredding, I had to be able to rip out the stitches, and you can't do that if you stitch a bunch in one place before you start quilting.
That took me another tiring evening. But the hard part was DONE!! Now to bind it with the black satin blanket binding, and call it DONE! :)


This is a close-up of the quilting.



 And here is the finished quilt!! Hallelujah!!  I named it Hope Takes Flight.



This is, of course, my sweet little Rocket Man, photobombing the picture in his slow, I'm-gonna-roll-till-I-get-there way. :)

Honestly. Two WEEKS!!! To quilt this thing!! Working on it for 3-4 hours a day/night!  Thankfully, I have very tame children and I could sew some during the day, too, but most of it was done at night.

I had more than a few people ask why I kept at it. Why I didn't just put it aside, buy some fleece and tie a quilt for Restore Innocence's blanket drive.  But I couldn't.

I couldn't give up on a quilt that we were making specifically for a young, precious, girl whose innocence has been stolen from her. I couldn't give up on a quilt that will bring her warmth. I couldn't give up on a quilt that will comfort her. I couldn't give up on a quilt that we have prayed over. I couldn't give up on a quilt that will remind her that God has not forgotten her. A quilt that will remind her that she has been rescued and has been given a second chance. A quilt that will scream to her heart that God loves her. A quilt that will whisper in her ear that God is with her. A quilt that will sing in her soul that she matters.

I couldn't give up making a quilt for someone who everyone else has given up on.

And now...for those of you who waded through all of that... :)  I'm linking up with Sew, Mama, Sew for their biannual Giveaway Day, and one lucky person will win a charm pack of Mama Said Sew from Sweetwater, a lovely Colorado family,



AND one generously donated membership to Amy Gibson's Sugar Block Club! Another Colorado beauty. 

2013 Sugar Block Club


Heck, I might even throw in some Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory scrumptiousness.

I'm sticking with the natives over here! :)

The giveaway is now closed. I will announce the winner on the blog on Sunday (or sooner) December 9th. Thanks to everyone for the comments! :)

So about the giveaway...Please leave me one comment telling me what kinds of things you like to sew. And if you don't sew, tell me what your favorite creative outlet is. I will close the contest on Friday, December 7th at 5pm PST, and will do a random drawing. Then I will email the winner and announce it on my blog on Sunday the 9th. (By the way, I'm definitely willing to send internationally!)

If you want to win, you better be sure your blogger profile is not a "no-reply blogger"!! I can't find you otherwise. :) 

Good luck...and please visit Restore Innocence's page...I think our eyes need to be opened to this. Seriously -- thank you for reading this. Seriously. :)

267 comments:

  1. I like sewing things that have a practical use, so bags, aprons and quilts feature heavily in my projects.

    Thanks for the giveaway and a thought-provoking post.

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  2. I like to sew clothes for my girls - and letting those numbers sink in as well ...

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  3. This is an awesome story, and a beautiful quilt. I just bought my machine, and I am getting ready to start my very first quilt. So far, I have had some success with applique and I made a crayon roll. I can't wait to get started on this quilt, and pray that it goes smoother than yours did! =)

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  4. Melissa, the quilt turned out amazing! I am so glad you stuck with it through all your problems and I was trying my best to send happy vibes to you from Missouri. As you know, I am a quilting addict, but I also love to sew some clothes and applique onesies. ;)

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  5. Wow, your quilt and the story behind it is amazing. Good for you for sticking it through and not giving up! I love making quilts and lately I've been making placemats. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. Throughout the year I go through phases. Sometimes I crochet amigurumi dolls for friends. Sometimes I sew purses, quilts, or try my hand at clothing. Or any number of things like laminating paper dolls and putting magnets on them to use on the fridge. I'm a little all over the place!

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  7. way to go! i believe you were in a spiritual battle while sewing that quilt. there is a war waging for the lives of those girls, but you are on the winning side, and your efforts are part of the whole good that is being accomplished, step by step, or in this case, stitch by stitch. your story has inspired me. i don't know what my part is, but i do have a yearning to help restore innocence and respect in the lives of girls who have been abused.

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  8. WOW!! A great story! I love to make mini quilts that tell a story!

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  9. I love sewing quilts and what you just made is AWESOME! It and the story behind it is super inspirational.

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  10. I'm new to quilting but I'm loving it so far and have plans to make many many more! Thanks for the give away!

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  11. Thank you for allowing me to read your journey. Those numbers are terrifying. I love sewing quilts for people I love and young girls in need. I also enjoy painting watercolors.

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  12. I love sewing quilts. And your quilt is gorgeous -- thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  13. Thank you for allowing me to follow your journey. Those numbers are terrifing. I make quilts for people I love and for young girls in need. I also enjoy painting watercolors.

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  14. I love sewing quilts. Your quilt is beautiful. Thank you for its story and the giveaway.

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  15. It turned out so beautifully, Melissa and I admire your perseverance. I would have been crying over my sewing machine. It's going to bring a lot of love and hope to a lucky little girl. I do home you get to take the extra blocks and make a second quilt that sews like butter.

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  16. Girl, you don't need to enter me in the giveaway, but I just had to give you another CONGRATS on finishing that quilt!!!.! I don't know why God had you spend 2 hair-ripping weeks on it...perhaps every other quilt you quilt from here on out will be like baby-games compared to this?? We may never know. All I can say, is I'm SO PROUD of you for hanging in there, documenting your journey and sharing about it- we were laughing and crying right here with you! (probably more crying than laughing, but you can laugh now that it's over!). XO

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  17. I love making shopping totes and pouches for friends, and little toys for my kids!

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  18. Thank you for sharing such a sobering post with us. I am so glad you made it through that quilt. I have had the same issues with Dritz...ugh. I love to quilt, sew items for my kiddos and babies, as well as knit. It really is my therapy!

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  19. I like sewing clothes for my girlie and I like trying out new things on small scale rather than making a whole quilt of of it.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  20. I love making large quilts. Sometimes I think I'm making a small one, but then it grows.

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  21. I really like to sew things for around the house, especially aprons and potholders.

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  22. I'm an IG follower so I've seen the frustration that came with that quilting job, and it says wonderful things about you that you stuck it out. That quilt turned out absolutely amazing, and someone is going to love it so much!
    I'm sewing a whole bunch of quilts right now, they're (usually) my favorite to make.

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  23. Thanks for the story!

    I love to make handbags, they have great opportunities for personalizing and doesn't take forever to make.

    Thanks!

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  24. I am blown away by the numbers you shared up there. How heartbreaking to realize this is happening in our own backyards. Your quilts have been a true labor of love! So sorry the quilting was such a battle. I love sewing and quilts are my favorite projects. Thank you for this post and the giveaway.

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  25. I'm addicted to making bags & aprons.
    Thanks for the info on human slave trade. It's such an important issue.
    sshuttrbugg at aol dot com

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  26. My niece chairs the Stop Child Traficking committee in Austin, TX. I probably have the name wrong but the idea right. :) Because I work in public schools I know and see the hazards to our children and it is heartbreaking and gut-wrenching. Your dedication to this quilt is amazing but so worth it. I quilt and I embroider and I applique. Once upon a time I even crocheted. There's not much about stitching that I don't like. God bless you for your efforts and your stand on this issue. blessings, marlene

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  27. I like sewing for my family, whatever they may need.

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  28. My favorite thing to sew would be really large quilts!

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  29. i love to sew stuff for my (3) boys.
    :)

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  30. I like making baby blankets because new parents are always grateful. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. Love to sew bags and pillowcases!

    Thanks for a chance to win your great giveaway...love Sweetwater!

    Julie

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  32. My daughter and I are going to get started on a quilt for Restore Innocence. Seriously, it is a disgusting thing and I want to do my part.

    Two weeks! Ugh! My machine started skipping stitches last night and now I'm unpicking everything (I'd only just started).

    Okay, my favorite things to make are quilts. Love them. We're being overtaken by them!

    Thanks for the giveaway, but even more, thanks for the awareness. We all need to be aware of ways to serve!

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  33. I love to sew quilts and clothing for my children. The rainbow butterflies quilt is simply amazing!

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  34. I love to sew quilts. I LOVE your quilt and will be checking out the link to the site. How sad that is. Your quilt will be making some young woman feel so loved and cherished. You rock! Thank you for sharing the link.

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  35. My favourite things are quilts, the larger the better!

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  36. Way to push through and finish it! Unbelievable that human trafficking is happening right under our noses. I pray this quilt is a huge blessing to some girl who needs to know that God does love her and values her because He made her.

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  37. I love to sew quilts,tablerunners, bags and little purses.

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  38. I like to sew lap quilts, small bags, wall hangings. Haven't tried the big quilts yet!

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  39. I love to sew clothes for my daughters, but more importantly I wanted to commend you for bringing attention to such a horrible problem facing so many children and women around the world.

    limor477 at aol dot com

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  40. I love sewing toys and skirts and shirts for my kids ;)
    Have a nice christmas time...

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  41. I love making quilts of all sizes!

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  42. I love to make quilts - baby, throw, mini & mug rugs! Thanks for sharing ..

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  43. I love quilts, mainly for other people though

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  44. My current love is sewing quilts of all sizes, and I also occasionally sew clothes for my kids. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. I like to make baby quilts, lap quilts and table runners. Reading your blog post was heart breaking and stunningly unbelievable, it's amazing that in this day and age in America this happens.

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  46. Sexual explotation it's a terrible problem and people don't seem to be really aware of it. Glad you talk about it in your post and such a besautiful quilt.
    I like making quilts too.
    Terrific giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

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  47. thanks for the info - a perfect way to incorporate it with a lighter note (giveaway). love the butterfly quilt as well - so awesome. i love making quilts!

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  48. Your butterfly quilt is gorgeous. Thanks for the info on Restore Innocence. I really hadn't thought about it as a first world problem. So horrible.

    I like to make practical things. Purses, quilts, clothing:)

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  49. I like to sew clothes for my kids

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  50. I like to sew skirt or blouse for myself

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  51. My son was born in July and I LOVE making clothes for him!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    kjjharrison(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. I am so glad you completed your beautiful quilt and and shared your knowledge about Restore innocence.
    I like to sew quilts for my family and friends

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  53. I love making quilts from little runners to big bed quilts. Also the occasional bag or pouch or potholder.

    Thanks for the great giveaway. I am impressed that you found a cause that moved you and did something to help. Kudos!

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  54. Yea for persistance; glad you were able to get the quilt finished. I enjoy sewing quilts, wallhangings and table runners...I love to give them to family and friends for special occasions.

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  55. Great giveaway, I love sewing anything! Quilts, bow ties, hairbands, luggage tags, mini quilts.....

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  56. That quilt is really fun! Thanks for the giveaway. I like to sew just about everything - but especially quilts.

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  57. I love to sew quilts. And I really love donating them, I love that someone in need will get my quilt, and without knowing of me, know that someone thought of them to make them a quilt.

    I love your quilt, it is beautiful!

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  58. I like to sew everything! Bags, quilts, clothes, curtains, you name it. I adore your story. I am a hard core pin baster because of spray basting. Yech!

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  59. I got through the whole post and it was very powerful. I have heard of the trafficking before and felt helpless. I think I will check it out and donate a quilt because it is something dear to my heart too. Thank you for putting this post out there.

    Bed quilts are what I sew usually. Table runners have been sneaking into the mix as well presently.

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  60. Quilts quilts and more quilts! It's my therapy!!!! Thanks for the giveaway

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  61. I love making bags because it's quick and the results are pretty much immediate.

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  62. I'm gad you were able to make the quilt for that organization.

    I like to make quilts and childrens clothes

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  63. i like to sew quilts! and kid's clothes :D

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  64. I like to make baby quilts for our church quilt ministry. The quilts then are sent to foreign orphanages or given to the local pregnancy help center.

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  65. I like making quilts. And I like your taste in charm packs and chocolate!

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  66. I am so glad you persevered. Some young girl is going to receive that blanket and rejoice in the love and thought that went into it. And yes, I am sure there is a very hot place reserved for people who knowingly promote these things. Anyway, I enjoy sewing for my daughter when she asks me to.

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  67. Wow, what a work out that quilt was!

    I mainly sew quilts, occasionally bags, rarely clothes. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  68. I like doing hand applique. God Bless You for all the good you do

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  69. You have a warm heart. Just wanted to tell you that. As for sewing, I like making quilts for my girls, clothes for my grandson, and the occasional present for a friend. :-)

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  70. My favorite thing to sew is felt food for my son!

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  71. Mainly quilts but a few gifts as well. I have been doing donation quilts as well and will definitely check this one out.

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  72. I love sewing clothes for my daughter. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  73. I like to sew quilts, and I'm trying to branch out, using "One Yard Wonders" and all my courage.

    Hooray for Coloradans! (Is that right? Coloradans?) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has marzipan so delicious it tastes like the precious stuff my friend sends from Germany.

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  74. I love sewing quilts and bags. Your giveaway is awesome!

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  75. I like to sew clothes for my kids, pillowcases, bags, and now I'm learning to quilt! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  76. In the end the quilting looks wonderful.

    I love sewing anything for the grandgildren.

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  77. wow-- I just read through that entire post and as a mother to a young girl, it is horrifying.

    I mostly sew for my daughter, but I have recently caught the quilting bug and am getting started on my first quilt.

    Desiree-- weeshareblog@gmail.com

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  78. I love quilting with bright oolors. Great butterflies!

    michaelacking(at)gmail(dot)com

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  79. I like your quilt! Thanks for sharing your process. I have had a few similar problems and I know how frustrating it is. I like to make quilts!

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  80. I mostly sew quilts. In fact, I discovered a burned or stained block in my work-in-progress tonight and I was feeling VERY sorry for myself a little while ago while I was ripping seams and redoing. But now I'm shamed a bit. My word, what perseverence. It looks wonderful and good on you for having done it. You couldn't very well have abandoned all those butterfly blocks made by others. Thanks for sharing this and for the giveaway.

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  81. Thanks for sharing that story. I like to sew quilts too.

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  82. I make quilts, but I also love to make smaller items like potholders and mug rugs. Thanks for speaking out - I wish the world were different, but we darned well better know how it really IS. Thanks too for the link...

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  83. I love to sew items that are fast (zippy pouches, potholders, tea towels, notebook covers) so I can feel I accomplished something. I have a few quilts that are WiP's that have been sitting and waiting and they are waiting because I'm not seeing progress very quickly so I abandon them and move on to something else! But - I am on a mission to finish them :) Great quilt you have made - beautiful! amycav at hotmail dot com

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  84. I love to sew bags and accessories, I would love to learn how to make more clothing! Thanks for bring some more light to this topic, it's so often swept under the rug. It's easy to forget the world that we live in! And thanks for having a giveway :)

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  85. I love to quilt, thanks for the chance :)

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  86. I like sewing quilts and bags!

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  87. I like stitching nice easy things like table runner and cushions

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  88. Bless you for persevering with the quilt - I'm sure that the recipient will treasure it and feel the love, blessings and care you've put into it.

    I love making quilts and cushions/bags/pincushions, etc. but mainly quilts.

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  89. I love to make quilts although I'm currently getting really in to knitting.

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  90. I admire your determination for such a good cause!
    I used to live in CO, such a beautiful place.
    I really like to sew quilts but also work on some smaller projects in between, always something on the go :)

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  91. It's easier to tell you what I do not like to sew...I'd rather make 25 new outfits than to mend or alter a garment. I avoid sheer and chifon but everything else... the sky is the limit. I LOVE to sew!!! Lately I've been on a quilting binge.

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  92. Quilting and making little things for my 2 little girls and their dollies

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  93. I'm a knitter and handknits designer, but also love to quilt and sew! I've only done a few quilts this year, and also some fun quilted bags. Thanks so much for sharing the story of Hope Takes Flight and for participating in Giveaway Day!

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  94. What a lovely giveaway. I sew bags, quilts and anything else I need at the moment. =) Thank you.

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  95. What an inspiring story about the reason for making the quilt and sticking with it. I hope the second butterfly quilt will be so much easier.
    I am mainly sewing quilts, but for very quick projects I throw in mug rugs, place mats, and table runners.

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  96. I love sewing quilts! It is so much fun choosing and purchasing fabrics, patterns and creating! It's very relaxing and rewarding for me! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  97. I love to make quilts or cloths for me or my daughter just depends on my mood...

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  98. I like to make blocks and eventually make quilts, pouches, sewing kits, pinnies, and mugrugs, and small wall hangings.

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  99. Bless you for working so hard on that quilt! It will help a young girl by letting her know that someone does care! I'm in to making mug rugs and wallhangings right now.
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  100. What a cool quilt! I hate that you went through so much to get it finished, but man does that show the heart you have. I mostly like to quilt. I have quite a few projects that need to be finished. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and all that you do!

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  101. Aww, what a fabulous quilt for a wonderful, and deserving cause, glad you were able to get to the end before you lost your sanity entirely!

    I pretty much sew anything, but you knew that ;o) Thanks for the chance to win :o)

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  102. I sew many things, tote bags, quilts, counted cross stitch. I like a variety of crafts. I can't believe what I just read. That is horrible.

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  103. I like to sew just about anything except clothing, I just can't seem to ever understand the directions. Thanks for the chance to win. I am so very glad you kept going on your quilt, what you have done was driven by love and Gods hand. There is a child out there now who will feel love and hope who didn't before

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  104. I like sewing skirts and purses
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  105. Wow what a powerful blog post. Your quilt is just awesome and the project you made it for is so deserving. I like all fiber arts, sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and embroidery. I love to make things for others and participate in 'charity' projects too. I'll check out the Restore Innocence page as it hits somewhat close to home. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaways. Peace

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  106. I mostly sew quilts and clothes for the little girl. That quilt, by the way, is amazing! Good for you for conquering it and making something so special for someone who needs the extra love!

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  107. LOVE that quilt you made....gorgeous!!!

    My favorite things to sew are things for my girls!! Peasant tunic dresses, ruffle pants, pjs, etc.

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  108. I am a quilter at heart, but I do just about everything with textiles/fiber

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  109. I love your giveaway! I'm a little bit of everything: pillows, machine embroidery, cross-stitch, quilt blocks (learning FMQ), tote bags, tablerunners and clothes. Long list - aren't you glad you asked? hee hee Thanks for the chance.

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  110. I sew quilts. Glad you perservered - that's gorgeous.

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  111. I like sewing toy , because see children face when you give them are priceless

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  112. I'm a relatively new sewer....I like to sew anythign that will turn out looking nice!

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  113. Wow, the quilt really was a labour of love for you but worth it in the end. This year I have enjoyed sewing lots of bags and pincushions using hexagons and EPP. Thank you for a lovely giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  114. Dispute all your troubles with the quilt it turned out GORGEOUS!

    I love to quilt, but with two under 6, I don't get many chances...

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  115. My favorite thing to sew is quilts.
    Glad you stuck it through for that quilt! I am sure it will go to someone who will love it.
    beth(dot)sebastian(at)gmail(dot)com

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  116. THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST!
    I LOVE TO SEW+QUILT THINGS THAT WE+OTHERS WILL USE!
    GIVE A LOT OF BABY QUILTS TO CHARITY TOO.
    THANKS FOR A NICE GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  117. I love sewing clothes for my 2 girls.
    Thanks for such a great giveaway.
    Erin
    emstone28@gmail.com

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  118. What a story. The quilt looks amazing though and that is a great cause to send it off to. I am a quilter. Sometimes I make other things and I am hoping to try out making a dress.

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  119. Wow, I think the next quilt I make needs to go there...those poor, sweet children!

    I love to quilt...keeps me sane through the stay at home, homeschooling madness ;-)

    brookeali(at)hotmail.com

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  120. I sew many things: bags, cushions, softies... I haven't started quilting yet.

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  121. I sew quilts mostly, I love piecing and the organisation and the maths which are behind piecing. :-)
    But I also sew bags, and the odd dress once a year.

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  122. Lately, I'm making doll clothes.

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  123. I love to sew quilts, bags and home dec items.

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  124. I have been sewing doll diapers

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  125. I love to sew anything, but mostly quilts.

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  126. I like to sew bed-sized quilts mostly. Restore Innocence sounds like a very, very worthy cause. And your butterfly quilt is gorgeous and inspiring! Blesssings.

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  127. I love to make lap sized quilts, and bags. Thanks!

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  128. I like to sew rag dolls and quilts!

    Deborah
    pinkscissorsdesign @gmail .com

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  129. I like to sew lap quilts and dresses for my granddaughter.

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  130. I like to sew bags & purses!
    peachstateme (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  131. I was sitting there in tears reading all that :( And I'd say someone didn't want you to get that quilt finished, hence all the problems only ever on that quilt. May God richly bless you for the time and tears sewn into that quilt!

    I've been working on some UFOs and WIPs lately :)

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  132. Such a lovely quilt - and for such a great cause! I'm so glad you stuck with it. It was totally worth it. I don't spray baste {yet} but if I ever do...

    Meanwhile, I sew just about anything I can get my hands on. I started out sewing garments, then quilts, bags, blocks, minis, pot holders...

    Thanks for a lovely giveaway. Hope your next quilt goes better.

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  133. that quilt is BEAUTIFUL - I'm so glad you pushed through despite the troubles! And thank you for bringing this organization up - sometime in 2013 I'd like to join a bee and that seems like a great place to donate quilts! Hah as you can probably tell - I like to make quilts!

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  134. It's stunning! I LOVE it! I love to sew quilts the most.

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  135. I totally understand you need to finish. I love making quilts and pretty dresses for my girls.

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  136. Good story - tough stats that are real people.
    I love sewing everything - clothes, bags, quilts, dolls...just don't have much time for it. Would love some Mama Said Sew to help this mama find time to sew.

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  137. I like making random quilt blocks best. Some make it into quilts, and some are just lovely.

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  138. I love sewing quilts and dresses for my little girl

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  139. I love sewing..just about everything. Right now I'm into skirts!

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  140. I'm learning to sew, so I mostly have been making pillowcases, pillowcase dresses, all kinds of little bags and I've made an apron!

    I also crochet like a house afire! I embroider, knit and bake, too.

    Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!

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  141. I actually love sewing garments for myself, but I find quilting very soothing, too.

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  142. I like to sew quilts. It makes me so happy to see the finished product and I love to see peoples faces when they receive a wonderful quilt. I admit I'm a blanket junky!

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  143. Right now I am in the throws of sewing teacher Christmas gifts. Thanks for the chance.

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  144. That is a beautiful story.

    I love sewing quilts...not interested in making bags or aprons or scarves etc!

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  145. I make quilts. Always and forever quilts. Because anything can be a quilt, right? Your Hope Takes Flight quilt is stunning and your patience is even more impressive. I am terrified about the statistics up there but I am so glad that two little girls will get to be wrapped in love. Thank you for sharing!

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  146. I like to sew bags and quilts :)
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  147. I like to make quilts and random bags. My most recent project was a lunch bag for a friend made out of the currents from the apartment we used to share :)

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  148. You've worked hard!! For me, I like embroidery but it takes so much time so i rarely do it:p

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  149. I love to see pillows and lap quilts the most. The rocky mtn. Chocolate Factory has awesome tiger butter apples.....yummy

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  150. I love to quilt and crochet. They are my stress relievers.

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  151. I really enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for your effort. One year, I had time in my schedule to help out once a week at my church to make blankets for those in need. I've missed it, and after reading your story, I want to find some way to make it happen again.

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  152. I think it's wonderful that you didn't let the quilt get the better of you and conquered it! It turned out beautifully, and I'm sure that the girl who receives it will love it.

    I like to piece quilt tops.. I'm still drumming up the courage to FMQ, so I do a lot of straight line quilting!

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  153. Thank you for sharing your story.
    I have only just started quilting so at the moment I only sew small baby quilts but I am honing my skills and hope to soon make a quilt for my little boys.

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  154. Wow, what a journey! I like sewing garments and quilts. Thanks for the giveaway! adriprints(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  155. I love to sew quilts, pincushions, and stockings the best

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  156. Well done on the quilt, it was worth the hard work it's lovely :) I love sewing quilts and clothes :)

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  157. I love making bags for me and skirts and dresses for my grand girlies. My heart, though, belongs to quilt making. I am happiest when hand stitching a binding or a small motif hidden in the blocks just waiting to bw found by a beloved grandchild. vic mil at aol dot com

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  158. Nearly cried reading about Restore Innocence! How absolutely terrible! :'(

    But what a lovely quilt you made, I was so happy when I saw the finished product of all your labours! <3

    My favourite thing to sew have to be quilts actually, I love finishing up a big quilt that's all my own from pattern design to stitching and quilting, it's such an amazing feeling of accomplishment =)

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  159. I love sewing quilts (mini & otherwise) and bags the most probably! Thanks so much!!

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  160. I love to sew quilts! Your butterfly quilt is lovely! Thanks for the chance!

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  161. Your message is important and tough. Thank you for sharing. My mom's club has been sewing stuffed animals for a domestic abuse shelter. It feels good to help but like not enough you know? Makes you count your blessings and hold your children close!

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  162. thank you for sharing about this - it breaks my heart but strengthens my resolve to help somehow. :) i like to make smaller quilted projects - bags, tablerunners, the odd throw. :) thanks for the chance to win!

    bess

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  163. i like making stuff for my family and home

    radiyas(at)gmail(dot)com

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  164. I quilt but if I had a machine that would free motion I would do more fiber sewing.. one day. I also cross-stitch and my friends love for me to repurpose items for them.

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  165. My favorite thing to sew is quilts!

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  166. I like making mini quilts and bags at the moment.

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  167. My favorite things to sew are quilts and bags. I finally made Jeni's lined drawstring bag recently, and it was such a great pattern. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  168. I love to sew dressed for my little girl because she loves them so much and little girls are cute in anything (she makes my sad sewing skills look awesome in other words). I also like to make quilts but I only do one a year. eatkin85(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  169. I love to sew anything! Thank you for sharing the Restore Innocence project.

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  170. Heartbreaking.

    Right now I am having fun making infinity scarves for Christmas gifts - they are an easy project that looks more complicated than it is. Many thanks for your giveaway!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

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  171. I love to sew table toppers using charm packs. Thanks for a great giveaway~!

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  172. I like to embroider the most, but I do all kinds of sewing. :)

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  173. I just started sewing quilts and am loving it.

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  174. Your blog post is definitely an eye opener. I had no idea. I am a new sewer/quilter and make mostly small projects like wall hangings, mug rugs, pouches, and aprons. Thank you!
    anglanouette(at)gmail(dot)com

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  175. Wow, thank you for that post. The statistics are mind blowing! I like to mainly quilt but I've been dipping my toes into making other stuff like bags and ornaments. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  176. Quilts are mt go-to right now. Thanks for the opportunity on the draw and Merry Christmas to you
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  177. I like sewing special gift bags and little crafts like bookmarks. audiodropzone(at)gmail(dot)com

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  178. I love to sew quilts. Cute fabric. Vivian

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  179. kids clothes, zip pouches, potholders, bags

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  180. I really love to piece quilts. I'm impressed with your quilt saga, that you had the determination to stick it out and get it done. That is a gorgeous quilt and my heart goes out to Restore Innocence. What a worthy project. Thanks.

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  181. I like to sew quilts, mostly. And thanks for the disturbing but important post! :(
    steeplechaser29 at yahoo

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  182. I like to sew quilts and bags.

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  183. I sew everything..quilting is my new love, but home decor, clothes, doll clothes, I just love to sew.

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