Monday, 28 October 2013

fast basting and a GIVEAWAY!


**giveaway now closed**

For many of us basting is a chore. A boring but necessary chore. I actually enjoyed basting, all those pins and a couple of hours crawling about... some how it felt like a satisfying job. Since having the 3rd baby though my back is not as strong and when faced with basting my giant feathers quilt I just couldn't stand the thought of it (also I don't have enough pins!!). I did contemplate basting the traditional way with a good old needle and thread, and I got great advice from the ever helpful Helen, but again it is so big I just couldn't face it. Time is also a factor, considering how little free time I have I want things done quickly. Done right but done fast!

what better way to test your basting than have a baby walk over it!!

The solution for me was to use Hobbs Heirloom Fusible wadding from Minerva Crafts. So brilliant. This HUGE quilt took me less than 40 minutes to baste. I stuck a few pins in too, only because I'm hand quilting and know I will be throwing it about so if I hadn't pinned it would have been even less time!

night shot but you get an idea of the scale - that's some of it in front of our piano
I know I would have spent at least a couple of hours if I basted this using just pins. Pressing the iron took far less effort and it looks super neat and nicely basted. I wouldn't have needed to pin if I was machine quilting it or didn't have children attacking it.



Hobbs Heirloom Fusible would be a fantastic product to use when you are short on time, if you want to try an alternative to traditional methods or just like the idea of using something easy. It feels a tiny bit stiff but not horribly so, just enough to tell me it has worked and is stuck together. It is quilting like a dream too:



As a celebration of becoming a new sponsor and to introduce their brilliant products Minerva Crafts are giving away a pack of sewing and haberdashery goodies (worth £20), open to everyone!


They stock such an amazing range of products including fabric and quilting supplies. While I know fabric is always lovely to win, haberdashery is crucial!

**GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED**

To enter leave a separate comment for each:

1. Leave a comment, if you like you could tell me your favourite haberdashery (sewing notion) essential.
2. Like Minerva Crafts on facebook or sign up for their newsletter (at the bottom).
3. Be a follower of Charm About You (GFC, any reader or by email subscription).
4. Share a link to this giveaway - tweet, facebook, pin or blog.

That's four chances to win! ONLY if I can contact you so please leave your email address in the comment (no reply bloggers will NOT win).

The giveaway is open internationally. Giveaway ends Monday 4th November and the winner will be chosen by random.org.

Good luck!

If you need some supplies right now remember to use the discount CHARM10 at the checkout to get 10% off at Minerva Crafts!

*I did not know haberdashery was a UK term and yes it is sewing notions! Here's the Oxford dictionary definition of haberdashery:



noun (plural haberdasheries)

[mass noun]
  • 1British small items used in sewing, such as buttons, zips, and thread.
  • 2North American men’s clothing and other items sold by a haberdasher.
  • 3a shop or a department within a larger store that sells haberdashery.




213 comments:

  1. I'm so pleased you mentioned this fusible wadding, I had been wondering about it for ages. One question please. How did you iron it on? I'm guessing you laid your quilt sandwich out on the floor and crawled across it with an iron?
    The giveaway sounds fun, I follow via Google.
    My favourite haberdashery item.. has to be my very fine needles. They are actually bead embroidery needles, but are gorgeously fine with nice long eyes, perfect for my EPP projects.

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  2. This is funny, as in the US I think Haberdashery means mens wear or items ;-) However if you are meaning essentials for sewing and quilting, my favorite item would be good scissors or seam rippers.

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  3. I live in the United States, we don't have a haberdashery. Looks like a giant sewing/notions store. Would love to look around one some day. Essential -thread. And all the zippers, rulers, books you hear about - would be great to go to a store and see them and be able to buy them. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  4. I love the Clover Wonder Clips!!

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  5. I signed up for the MC newsletter!

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  6. I love rickrack! So cute and so many ways to use it.

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  7. I love a good rummage in the haberdashery section! Recently my unpicker has been my faithful friend - sadly!

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  8. My favourite notion is a new rotary blade ; )

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  9. Yes I follow you. Your feathers look amazing

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  10. Oh, my favorite quilty notion (haberdashery?) is my trusty seam ripper. I put it to good use ;/ Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I am signed up for their newsletter! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. I am definitely a follower of yours :)

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  13. My favourite notion is actually a pair of small scissors that I use for snipping threads and are my favourite all time pair of scissors. Thanks for a fun giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  14. I follow you with Bloglovin.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  15. For me, it's a good sharp, pointy scissors. thriftstorecrafter at yahoo.com

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  16. I am now following Minerva crafts on Facebook.

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  17. I am all ready a follower of charm about you and I follow via Bloglovin

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  18. I too am from the USA. And we do not have Haberdashery. I am thinking it must be like a Joann's fabric but lots of notions. I love floss and threads and buttons and patterns.

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  19. I always use hobbs fusible these days but I pin too with larger quilts. My favourite sewing notion is Gloria - a little pair of embroidery angel scissors. She makes me smile :)

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  20. I love following your blog :)

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  21. Ooo great product - I will be trying that for sure as I hate basting!! And I adore buttons, and love zips!!! Great giveaway!!! amycav at hotmail dot com

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  22. I have liked Minerva on Facebook :) This is a great giveaway!!

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  23. LIKE MINERVA ON FB

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  24. me again! I follow with Google xx

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  25. FOLLOW YOU >BLOG LOVIN'

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  26. HI,I'D LIKE TO TRY THE HOBBS FUSIBLE! SOUNDS NEAT!
    THANKS FOR SHARING A GREAT GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  27. SHARED THIS GIVEAWAY ON PINTEREST:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/187110559491681843/

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  28. Haberdashery is such a fun word to say :D I love zips, especially ones in fun colours. Thanks for the giveaway and for the tip on the fusible - would be quite worried about burning the carpet tho!

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  29. And I am a follower off course

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  30. My favorite notion(s) are my Superior Threads Frosted Donuts. I will NEVER applique with another thread EVER again.

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  31. I liked Minerva on Facebook.

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  32. I follow your blog through Blogger.

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  33. I'm not sure I have a fave habdash essential, but what a fab giveaway, I can hardly believe this shop was only 10 minutes away from me when i lived in Egerton until a few years ago!

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  34. And you know i'm a follower already :o)

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  35. I just liked Minerva on Facebook, some great ideas there!

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  36. My favorite item currently are my brand new rotary blades! I feel like a new woman! (I won't even say how old the others were....)

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  37. Not entering the giveaway - but I wanted to say I love Hobbs fusible batting - it's the only kind I use.

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  38. I love your feathers! My favorite thing right now is thread. That counts right? :)

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  39. My favorite notion these days has to be those bent safety pins for basting quilts. Thanks for the chance to win! xoxo

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  40. Actually, my favorite notion right now is a tiny pair of embroidery scissors that I bought with a half off coupon at Joann's. They are small enough to take with whatever hand sewing project I am working on, very sharp, and fit perfectly in a tiny pocket of my sewing kit.

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  41. And I follow you on Google friends!

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  42. I follow your blog. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  43. My favorite sewing notion is my "purple thang". It's a plastic stylette with a pointy end and a flat end. Great for pushing out pointy corners and guiding tricky pieces through my machine.

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  44. I have signed up for the newsletter.

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  45. Next to my sewing machine my most important notion is my fine pins.

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  46. Favourite haberdashery, mmm, that's hard: thread, zips, buttons, needles...

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  47. My favorite haberdashery is my seam ripper and my pins.

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  48. I follow you via GFC. Thanks for the chance.

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  49. I have signed up for the newsletter.

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  50. I love having a good stash of zippers around.

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  51. My favourite notion is a pair of embroidery scissors. jennylarking at gmail dot com

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  52. Oh, I am so glad to know about bondaweb, and fusible batting, too. live without my little snips? surely not- too many favourites to choose!

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  53. I follow you on Bloglovin jennylarking at gmail dot com

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  54. I liked Minerva on FB and I actually am a customer of theirs too. jennylarking at gmail dot com

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  55. My most favorite essential is my embroidery scissors. My most used essential is my seam ripper. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo.com

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  56. I follow Minerva Crafts on FB & by Newsletter.

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  57. I am a happy follower of Charm About You by e-mail

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  58. I love thread. I like to have a lot of colors so that I've always got something *close* to what I need.

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  59. I Tweeted about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/wigglypup/status/394935694637813760
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. I can't live without my Gingher scissors

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  61. I follow already with bloglovin

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  62. My favorite notion is a good pair of scissors. Your feather quilt is gorgeous.

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  63. I liked Minerva Crafts on Facebook.

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  64. I follow your blog via email. Thanks for the giveaway,

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  65. Your quilt is gorgeous and your hand stitching is perfection!!

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  66. My favorite sewing notion is a seam notion, alas!!

    I can't take my eyes off your feather quilt- eye candy.

    onehotstove AT gmail DOT com

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  67. I follow your inspiring blog via Bloglovin.

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  68. My favorite item is great thread!

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  69. I follow Minerva Crafts on Facebook. Thanks again! Your quilt in process is gorgeous!

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  70. You can never have enough sewing notions!! I like my rotary cutters. Thank you for sharing.

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  71. I like Minerva Crafts on facebook and signed for her newsletter.

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  72. Beautiful feathers! When basting my favorite tool is the Kwik Klip and the curved pins. Makes it so much easier.

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  73. Really love your feather quilt. That baby is pretty darn cute too!

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  74. My favorite essential is my rotary cutter....I don't think I would be interested in quilting at all if I had to cut squares out by hand.

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  75. hi there lucy, my fav thing are the quilting pins that have the curve in them - ready bent, saves me bending them!
    (I follow you on gfc)

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  76. Awesome quilt.Rotatory cutter and mat.

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  77. Welcome to your new sponsor.I do follow you by GFC.

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  78. I guess I would have to say thread - it would be hard to sew without it! I am currently loving variegated thread - love the color changes as I sew!

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  79. I very happily follow you by email

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  80. Your quilt is beautiful and yes we all need haberdashery haha. I like rulers.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  81. Love fusible batting, should have used it for the big chevron quilt... I hat basting, will send my next quilt top to you!

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  82. Your quilt is beautiful and so is the little model. My favorite sewing notion is my rotary cutter. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

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  83. I have liked Minerva Crafts on FB.

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  84. I already follow you through GFC. Thanks again!

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  85. I think that my rulers are my favorite. Thanks for sharing about the fusible wadding. This must go on my wish list.

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  86. I tweeted; https://twitter.com/schind67/status/394981816538365953

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  87. Fusible batting? That works for hand quilting? I can't wait to hear more about the drape and snuggle of this quilt later.

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  88. I'm sharing your giveaway by adding it to the weekly link up on my blog. Come check it out! :)

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  89. What a great tip about the fusible batting, thanks Lucy! I could really use something innovative like this - not for any physical reason other than not being happy with my recent basting performances. My quilts have been so lumpy while machine quilting, I think I need a helping hand.

    I know it's not very exciting, but my favourite sewing notion is my fabric scissors. They are a good pair of Fiskars and were my late Grandmother's. Every time I make something with them, I think of her and like to imagine that I'm doing her proud.

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  90. I'm a follower. This is great timing - I have lots of tops and absolutely HATE pinning. I have been thinking that there has to be an easier way.

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  91. Hmmmm.....my favorite notion has got to be my good hand quilting needles

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  92. my favorite notions/haberdashery items are ribbons... especially crocheted laces... sooo delicate and pretty. a feminine accent to any project.

    tickledpeep@yahoo.com

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  93. I'm following MC on FB. :) Melle Eldridge

    tickledpeep@yahoo.com

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  94. I follow CAY via email and on FB.

    tickledpeep@yahoo.com

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  95. and I tweeted the giveaway!

    https://twitter.com/FeatheredRuffle/status/395025583668592641

    tickledpeep@yahoo.com

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  96. I think my Aurifil thread is my favorite item. I love the smoothness of it.

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  97. As I accumulate more years than I care to admit to, I am increasingly finding a needle threader to be an essential item of haberdashery.

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  98. Clower wonder clips are my favorites :)
    mmyheartishere@gmail.com

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  99. This fusible batting sounds fantastic! I had no idea that this product was available & it will make basting (my least favourite part of quilting) an easier process. My favourite notion is my 60mm ergonomic rotary cutter.

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  100. I signed up to Minerva Crafts newsletter, thanks.

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  101. I follow your blog via Bloglovin, thanks.

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  102. My favourite notion is quilting pins with flat ends - I often use them for basting.

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  103. I signed up for their newsletter!

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  104. I follow your lovely blog by email.

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  105. This could be a saviour to my crap basting!!!
    My favourite sewing notion would have to be my new clover thimble that saved my finger, during the hand quilting of my last quilt!
    But also I can't beat a really sharp pair of fabric scissors!

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  106. I've signed up for their newsletter!

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  107. And I follow you!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  108. My favorite sewing notion would have to be the seam ripper. It's is the only way to get my seams correct is to rip them out and do them over, and over and over again! mburnette912@bellsouth.net

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  109. I'm a follower! thanks for the giveaway!

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  110. My favorite habdash items are twin ballpoint needles, new rotary blades, beeswax, and all manner of bag strap- D rings. What a lovely giveaway!

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  111. I'm a follower in Google dashboard!

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  112. I liked on Facebook and signed up for the newsletter too!

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  113. pins and a seem ripper, they're in constant use with every project! batting too- warm and natural 100% cotton is my current fave.

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  114. following minerva - I went up to darwen for a visit earlier in the year and was tempted by far too many goodies. It's be even harder to leave with out spending far too much money now as I've learned to crochet and they've got an amazing wool selection!

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  115. I'll be sharing the giveaway on facebook - I know a few people who'd love to win the giveaway

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  116. Couldn't live without my cutting mat and rotary cutter. Not exciting as far as cutesy little notions go, but definitely an essential!

    Thanks for the giveaway Lucy.

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  117. I pinned your giveaway: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/572590540095035262/

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  118. I follow you on bloglovin :)

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  119. My favourite notions...right now it's these round suede "dots" that have amazing glue - sticks on my quilting finger and doesn't budge and re-usable. Also having a selection of the proper needle for the job. And good quality hand quilting thread. What I want but don't have is a selection of pearl cotton and the proper needle to try hand quilting large stitches with. I've never tried it that way and it looks beautiful in pictures I've seen.

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  120. Cotton fusible wadding. How cool is that?! My favourite notion though - hard question. Good hand sewing needles, embroidery hoops of all shapes and sizes, thread and more thread, different marking pens (soluble, air soluble, chalk, etc), and I could go on. How can a person live without haberdashery?

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  121. Gorgeous feather quilt! I'm sure the hand quilting will look great. I couldn't quilt without my rotary cutter. It is a lifesaver!

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  122. I would be lost without my rotary cutter, rulers and mat.

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  123. I'm loving your feathers quilt. Like the first commenter I was wondering how you ironed it. If you did it on the floor, did you put something underneath to protect the floor from the heat? Did you start pressing from the centre and work out? Or from one end and then down. Such neat stitches too :)

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  124. My mom's sewing scissors are the item I can't do without. I'm so glad she didn't let us kids cut paper with them, now that they are mine. I'm a very sentimental person, and using her scissors makes me feel close to her with every quilt I make.

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  125. I signed up for the newsletter--and just saying "haberdashery" makes me smile. :)

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  126. I pinned the giveaway:http://www.pinterest.com/pin/491525746802230860/
    I love your feathers quilt!

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  127. What a great product! My favourite notion is my snips.

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  128. My favorite notion is a seam ripper - because I use it so often! LOL!

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  129. Signed up for their newsletter

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  130. I already follow you be email!

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  131. Tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/goonyburd/status/395519140607193088

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  132. Favorite Haberdashery item would be buttons! And plenty of 'em!

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  133. I follow you via Bloglovin...BTW, stunning feather quilt!

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  134. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/203999058094575881/ Pinned the giveaway

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  135. Okay Lucy - here I am again :D I adore your feather quilt, and I think the addition of the hand quilting will make this a real heirloom. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  136. I love my needle gripper....helps to yank the needle through the fabric when it's being stubborn!

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  137. I've liked Minerva crafts on FB

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  138. I tweeted about the wonderful chance to win some goodies over here.

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  139. My favorite notion is buttons - I have a big popcorn tin full of them!

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  140. Your quilt is wonderful! I love to hate the seam ripper my dad created for me!!

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  141. I am a new follower on bloglovin'

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  142. I liked Minerva Crafts on FB.

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  143. My favorite sewing notion has to be a nice needle and good thread. Really - those two together just make sewing incredible!

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  144. I follow you by Bloglovin and will like Minerva on FB too. My favourite haberdashery item is so difficult to choose as I'm new to quilting and like buying all the bits and bobs. If I was made to choose it would be my small rotary cutter. I'm sure I need lots more so would love to get this giveaway!

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  145. Ooooh the fusible wadding sounds like a great way to baste.
    Thanks for the chance to win some haberdash too.

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  146. I love all haberdashery! One of my favorite things to shop for...my favorite is my rotary cutter with a fresh blade.
    (majesticjenkinsATgmailDOTcom)

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  147. Follow you on Bloglovin'
    (majesticjenkinsATgmailDOTcom)

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  148. Sadly my seam ripper is my bestest friend, but I also find a pair of tweezers very useful.

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  149. I am a follower. Thanks for the chance to win

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  150. And my favourite haberdashery is thread;)

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  151. I love the clover clips. They are the best
    Shawn

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  152. I love your feather quilt, Lucy and your hand quilting is gorgeous! My favourite haberdashery item is my pointy tweezers! Thanks for the chance to win, Lucy and Minerva Crafts!

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  153. I like Minerva Crafts on facebook!

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  154. Shared a link to your giveaway on my fb page at https://www.facebook.com/SewFreshQuilts

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  155. I used that fusible wadding for the first quilt I made. It would have been brilliant, had I not fused my quilt to the ironing board! If you do plan on using fusible wadding, make sure you engage your brain before you start...
    I've been using a lot of elastic recently, but that's boring, I like trims - pompom, maribou, beaded...

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  156. right now, I would have to say sharp new sewing needles, since all of mine are old (as in some of them I have had since junior high!) and dull :)

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  157. happily following Charm About You :)

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