Monday, 21 July 2014

Start choosing - Fat Quarter Shop GIVEAWAY!

**GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED**


I am nearing the end of English Paper Piecing my Rose Star quilt and that means it's time to start a new hand sewing project. I have been stashing away fabric for a special project for some time and will be using it to make Jen Kingwell's Green Tea and Sweet Beans pattern. 


It began with some vintage prints my cousin (love you Jackie!) gave me and then I discovered 1930's reproduction prints, which I adore. I picked up some modern prints that I think work with that style and create more interest. I ended up with a rainbow of colours.


Once I knew I would be making that pattern I got some blender / neutral fabrics too.


The colours and styles feel very 'me', eclectic and happy. There's definitely other themes here too; florals, spots, checks, geometric shapes and a lot of small prints.

I'm making a start, I've chosen my fabrics and am ready to sew. 

The Fat Quarter Shop are kindly offering a $50 gift certificate for me to give away so you can choose some fabric of your own!



**GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED**

You have three chances to win, please leave a separate comment for each entry:

1.   What themes are you attracted to when you are choosing fabric? Let me know if you search for specific themes when fabric shopping or what themes you are excited about.

2.   For an extra chance follow my blog and let me know how you follow (GFC, Feedly, Bloglovin, email etc.) optional entry

3.   Spread the word! Share this giveaway on social media and leave another comment telling me how you shared. optional entry


~ I will be checking #2+3 if you win! ;)
~ No reply bloggers can not win because I can't contact you. Please leave your email address in the comment.

The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here on 28th July.

Good Luck!





435 comments:

  1. I have a lot of fabric in my stash. So right now a I look for fabrics to work with whatever I have. I always look for Zen Chic and Lotta Jansdotter modern designs.

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  2. I'm currently collecting lots of bunny prints, so they're what I'm keeping my eye out for!

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  3. I follow you on Feedly, and I used to follow by GFC before they disabled Google Reader, so I might still be on there...

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  4. I shared this on Instagram

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  5. I look for the theme "text" and "low volume" a lot!

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  6. I follow you on bloglovin, but still have you on my blogger too, so that is where I saw this when I was going to go make a blog post.

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  7. When I look for new fabric I am drawn to the colors first. From there I dwindle options down to design and whether or not the line includes colors I don't like. I always buy my fabric by the line because I am horrid at mixing and matching fabrics. I like mine already matched up.

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  8. I love novelties. The sillier the better. Corn dogs or Star Trek or aliens driving VW mini buses. YES! I need to slow down with them and get some more blenders and solids.

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  9. Shared on Twitter (@UgFab)

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  10. I tend tobuy with future projects in mind, so I buy around various themes. When im looking for blenders I tend to like geometric prints.

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  11. It will depend if I am only fabric shopping without a project in mind, then I buy fabrics depending on colors, buy also just tiny flowers, or maybe only dots, whatever size or colour...

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  12. I've not been fabric shopping for 6 months! When I do go browsing it's generally directed by what I'm sewing or planning to sew, so recently I've been looking at spots and dots (but not buying any!)

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  13. Do you know Missouri Mel? some one beat me to putting the giveaway on her weekly linky, but you might like her for her 30's fabric swaps, I did pin it, http://www.pinterest.com/pin/271130840041969793/
    and I google + but not sure how to show you that. Have fun working on your new hand project.

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  14. I follow you via feedly - thanks for a superb giveaway

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  15. I don't have any theme in mind, so I just buy prints that make me happy:) your stash is so pretty!

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  16. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/MaryEmmens/status/491195960530194433

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  17. I'm following you with GFC:)

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  18. Not sure that I follow a theme unless you count colour !!

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  19. Gosh, that's an awesome giveaway. I am in search of bears and moose for my OH at the moment but I struggle to pass up teeny animal prints like the ones Timeless Treasures do, and I'm a huge Basic Grey fan.

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  20. I follow you on Bloglovin, of course I do :D

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  21. I love dots and text prints. Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  22. I'm a new follower at GFC
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  23. I shared this giveaway on FB (Paula Lemos)
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  24. I am trying to use my stash so going for colours that will work with that at the moment and trying not to be tempted by other fab fabric.
    doyleajackie at gmail dot com

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  25. I tend to look for cute / whimsical fabrics, and then ones to blend with it. (Aneela Hoey, etc.)

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  26. I follow you on bloglovin
    doylea jackie at gmail dot com

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  27. I'm already following you on bloglovin :) (Jessica Burns; jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com)

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  28. I don't usually buy by theme, but buy by designer. I have a handful of designers that I love to work with. mhart037 at gmail.

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  29. I follow via Bloglovin. mhart037 at gmail.

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  30. I haven't really thought of choosing fabric by theme - I usually choose by colour or by designer. love the fabrics you have pulled for your next hand pieced project. I am trying to think of a hand worked project to do as well - not quite up to Green Tea and Sweet Beans just yet though!

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  31. I already follow on bloglovin

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  32. I follow you by email and Bloglovin!

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  33. Lucy it depends who I am sewing for. If I am sewing for my granddaughter then I look for girlie themes

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  34. I cannot resist flowers... So my stash does have some pretty flowers which do not match a thing. ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. And I'm already a follower of your blog, using Feedly.

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  36. I'm not drawn to a particular theme, but I am attracted to softer colors, old fashioned prints, etc, and stay away fro real brights or geometrics. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  37. I follow through Bloglovin.

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  38. if only I were that organised! It's the "buy what I like then get it to fit" approach for me

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  39. follow you to the moon and back ;)

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  40. the word has been spread (FB/IG)

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  41. Pretty fabrics! My stash has a lot of geometric prints, but lately I've been drawn toward lots of pretty florals. :)

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  42. I love the 1930 reproduction prints .I am always looking for a print that I don't have and get excited when find one.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  43. I honestly can't say that I choose fabric by theme but quite it depends on who I am making a quilt for and the pattern of the quilt that helps me decide on fabric colours,textures, and designs. Thank you for this most generous giveaway!!

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  44. I follow Lucy @ Charm About You on bloglovin as Kathy Davis.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  45. I tweeted! @dlk3265
    https://twitter.com/dlk3265/status/491211538577911809

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  46. I am following your blog via Bloglovin'. Thanks for an extra chance!!!

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  47. I tweeted: https://mobile.twitter.com/mimistarquilter/status/491212040879345664

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  48. I will ditto Moira's thoughts about buying fabric. I buy odd pieces of things that I like and then it's a mix and match process!

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  49. I follow you via Bloglovin'

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  50. I have tweeted, pinned you on Pinterest and shared on FB!

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  51. Right now my Theme is 30's and Civil War ( I love your 30s choices! mixed with the more modern!) My bff was doing civil war and then she gifted me some 30s and I fell in love with those. Otherwise I usually choose by colors! thanks!

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  52. I look for a print with multiple colours, that I really like. Then I find fabrics to go with it. And, usually pick up a few more that will go with previous purchases.

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  53. I follow you blog as a few follow w/ GFC. Thank you for another chance!!

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  54. I love Christmas, floral and blender fabrics. I also buy when I am starting a project, rather than picking up everything I love the print of. I have learned that not every print I love will work together, so I can match fabrics easier when I am shopping for a particular project.

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  55. I choose by colour, whatever pattern, but it's got to be the right tone I'm looking for. Favourite designers at the moment are Bonnie and Camille.

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  56. I follow you on Bloglovin, Facebook, Instagram everywhere!

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  57. I follow on BL :-)
    skeshlaman@comcast.net

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  58. I'm sharing your giveaway on Instagram.

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  59. My theme de jour is small scale anything.

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  60. I just like to browse EVERYTHING! You never know what you will find!

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  61. I adore low volume prints and small scale prints.

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  62. I follow you via Bloglovin and IG.

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  63. I tend to be drawn to rich jewel tones. I am learning to keep an eye out for complimenting tones though in an effort to diversify my stash.

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  64. Hmm, good question! Right now I am obsessing about starting Gypsy Wide, Gypsy Kisses, and GTSB. I have been obsessing about where to start with the fabric collection. I love scrap quilts but don't want every quilt to look the same. I guess the best answer is that I like things to be happy and scrappy.

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  65. Ohhhh - I love your fabric choices for this next quilt. I can't wait to see the finished project. I really like bird themes, and birds of all kinds seem to find their way into my quilts. Thanks for this giveaway and for your inspiring blog. I love your Retro Flowers and Dancing Matryoshka quilts!

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  66. I've been following your blog via Bloglovin. Thanks for everything that you share!

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  67. Polka dots and florals always catch my eye first. They can be worked into most any project and they make me happy!

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  68. I follow your blog through bloglovin'.

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  69. I shared on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pk.solberg.1/posts/269926146547207 Thanks again!

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  70. I think I'm most attracted to color, rather than themes. I love intense saturated colors.

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  71. Beautiful choices! I try to go for fabric that adds to my stash in a useful way, filling gaps. Most of the time I buy with specific items in kind.

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  72. Themes I am attracted to include specific colours, florals, children's, dots and stripes

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  73. I follow you on bloglovin

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  74. *in mind. I follow you on Feedly.

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  75. When buying fabric for a project, I am either trying to work with a customer's desires or I am inspired by something. Lately my inspiration has been color based, but sometimes it can be sparked by a fabric that I want to coordinate with.

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  76. How I select fabric is usually a bit random and ridiculous (in my opinion). The only element I am actively looking for is fabric with Dahlia flowers incorporated, it is my oldest daughters name and I plan to use them on a quilt for her. Otherwise I just look through the fabric until something catches my eye.

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  77. I don't tend to shop by theme with one big exception. I do a lot of nautical quilts so when I see a good nautical fabric I do tend to pick that up. Usually I shop by color inspiration!

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  78. I begin with happy fabrics! Bonnie & Camille fabrics are usually first followed by Lori Holt's lines. If I'm mellow it's Fig Tree. Every once in a while I go for themes, like for the Very Cherry Wap or grandson's love of cars/motorcycles.

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  79. I follow with Instagram & will share there as well.

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  80. Oops, didn't separate the comments...I will share on Instagram as well.

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  81. Choosing fabric kind of changes based on my mood! I LOVE 30s repros AND have this quilt on my to-do list, so I'm really excited to follow your progress. I'm almost done with a large hand-sewing project and might start this one next - hopefully your photos will help push me to get it done so I can start this one :)

    In general, I like fabrics that have a lot of contrast but still "match" - like Anna Maria Horner fabrics. I love to make rainbow quilts, but I also love to use just two or three colors (in various shades/tones) that are contrasting on the color wheel. Hah basically I love sewing because there are so many possibilities of colors and fabrics... it's just such a beautiful hobby!

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  82. I find it hard to use large scale prints, so usually avoid them. But otherwise any fabric can tempt me!

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  83. And I follow you on bloglovin and IG - thanks for this chance, I'm on a fabric diet (NO stashing allowed, trying to use what I have!) so I would be SO happy to win this because it would mean I could buy some fabric! :)

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  84. Right now I can't get enough polka dots, but I love all kinds of blenders. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  85. I follow you by all ways so check away.

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  86. I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  87. I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  88. Right now I can't get enough polka dots, but I love all kinds of blenders. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  89. Themes huh? I love cotton & steel basics and want to collect all the ones with the plus signs on them!

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  90. I have such varied taste in fabric it's hard to narrow it down. This time of year I'm looking for Halloween and Christmas fabric by my eye always goes to geometrics first followed by Civil War and then delicate fabric prints like those that Tanya Whelan designs.

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  91. Bold color is what first attracts me to a fabric. Then a fun, modern design or novelty print.

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  92. I shared the giveaway on pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/422142165045407027/

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  93. I tweeted about the giveaway - https://twitter.com/Chanzy01/status/491240259254906881

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  94. I'm all over the place when it comes to selecting fabrics. If I've finished a project with flowers then the next time I'm looking for cowboy fabric - if I've just worked with brights then I'm looking for pastels. I love it all and want it all!

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  95. I follow with bloglovin - and I have you on my the home page of my blog.

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  96. I like metallic and novelty fabrics when I'm looking for fun. I tend to buy fabric in sets along a theme. When I have a person in mind I try to keep their interests in focus. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  97. I follow you with blog lovin :)

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  98. I don't normally look for themes, it is more color driven for me. Unless I see a cute theme that draws my eye. Thanks for the chance

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  99. I follow you with Bloglovin'

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  100. I dont follow a theme...I'm a big of a magpie in the fabric store...which is why I always end up making scrappy quilts!

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  101. I seem to get a lot of blenders in all colors, holiday. I'm trying to branch out into other types. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  102. New follower on bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  103. I collect firefighter prints, because my hubby is a firefighter. I love stars, snowflakes, Celtic designs, and marble blenders, too. I adore just about anything Kate Spain makes.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Thanks--this is a fabulous giveaway

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  104. I follow you on Bloglovin. It's a lot of fun.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  105. I am always searching for something different, but the type of fabric I can never resist is floral.

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  106. I am a follower via bloglovin!

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  107. Hello, I do a lot of Charity Children's Quilts so I am always looking for small dotted+floral fabrics! Thanks for a great giveaway!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  108. I really like basic/blender prints and solids. Color Me Happy is one of my favorite collections!

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  109. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU ON BLOG LOVIN' !

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  110. SHARED GIVEAWAY ON PINTEREST:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/187110559493012932/

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  111. I loved picking out fabric for my steampunk quilt, it was repro fabrics, but a little dark and grungy too :)

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  112. every year I make a quilt for the festival of trees, so I often search Christmas fabrics looking for inspiration

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  113. I just wait for thei inspiration to hit me when it comes to choosing fabric. Although I do tend to like saturated colours and rainbows. Your choices are great - I can't wait to see your quilt bit love Jen Kingwell's patterns but they look a bit intimidating!

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  114. I mainly go for blenders in rainbow colors & jewel tones. Once I have enough of a stash of those built up, I plan to work on text & low volume prints.

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  115. I have followed forever my dear in my google dashboard ; ) I think on blog,ovin too.....

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  116. These days I choose modern themes : )

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  117. With 8 grandkids all under 6 and another being planned, my themes have been decided for me, I am excited to sew for myself and I love the shabby chic, but also I love the ocean 1970's theme, I grew up on the beach.. Love grandma's roses too, it pulls me back to my childhood. I sew according to a feeling.

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  118. I follow by email and blovin

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  119. I think it really depends on the project, but I tend to pay closer attention to the children's lines. I have twin toddlers (boys), so naturally I'm always on the lookout for something they might like. Not to mention the fact that baby quilts are so fun to make!

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  120. I follow via bloglovin. Thanks!

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  121. Love vintage themes or whatever blog hop theme I'm involved in! I follow you on GFC and have for years! I will do my best to share this Give Away on FB with my Sassy Sewers group!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  122. Regrammed! I'm tiffsewinsomethin.

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  123. I'm a sucker for 30's reproductions. This is so fun! thank you!

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  124. I follow you on Bloglovin. xxx

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  125. I think I'm drawn towards dots and stripes more than anything else. I don't do much fabric shopping so when I do, I tend to be looking for something very specific so tend to search by colour and then look at the geometric prints in the results. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  126. I tweeted about the giveaway https://twitter.com/Archiewonderdog/status/491271426494582784

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  127. I like Bright's,dots,metallics,stripes,zigzags

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  128. I love bright solids, monochrome or simple, bold prints. I steer clear of pastel or cute. I also like any print involving stationery!

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  129. I follow via Blogger and Bloglovin - thanks for the fantastic giveaway

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  130. I search a lot for low volume fabric and also by designer name.

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  131. The theme definitely depends on what project I'm shopping for.

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  132. Great giveaway Lucy, I choose depending on the project, wish I had unlimited funds.

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  133. I mostly shop by color, but sometimes I do look for a juvenile theme.

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  134. I follow you on Bloglovin.

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  135. I re-posted giveaway on IG and am rather pleased with myself for managing that!!

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  136. Wow, great giveaway! :-) Thank you for the chance.
    I love text prints and bright colors. Recently I especially like geometric prints.

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  137. I am a long time follower via GFC. :-)

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  138. Thank you for an awesome giveaway! Right now I am in a very Retro phase so I love bright 70's style patterns, they're top of my list!

    Hx

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  139. And I'm following your Blog...
    Hx

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  140. And reposting on Instagram too...!
    Hx

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  141. Color combinations are generally what catch my eye . . . my tastes are so eclectic it's hard to narrow it down to just one or two things! I do like texture and I like 'bling' in my fabric! Haha! :)

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  142. And I'm a new follower (glad to have found you) via GFC and Bloglovin'. And IG and Twitter, too, while I was at it. But I'm not a stalker. Just a completionist. In every thing but UFOs. TMI. Sorry!

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  143. I am sure I follow you via bloglovin but I'm not very good at using it. But you are on my blog roll so I tend to follow from there.

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  144. And I shared, I shared! I shared via InstaGram, which means I also shared via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. Whoohoo! :)

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  145. When I'm shopping I usually go for smaller prints that are colourful. Usually just tone on tone or a few colours but not usually big patterns.

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  146. I go for colours that I love (green, navy, teal, aqua, red and grey) and go from there. I love graphic prints but I do love a floral or two!!! I love your taste in fabric :)

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  147. I am a follower through GFC - awesome giveaway xx

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  148. When shopping for fabrics I like to buy 30's reproduction prints and modern retro types. I like happy get soft colors.

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  149. thanks so much for the chance! I am not necessarily drawn to specific themes, but more color schemes always grab me!

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  150. Lately, I'm trying to build basics. Your stash building skills are impressive.

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  151. I like nature themes like leaves and birds, but not so much flowers unless they are modern looking. I like silly things on novelty prints -- that old RK Metro Cafe print with the toast and toasters is one of my favorites. I love basics like polka dots and swirls and geometric prints. And color is at least as important as the print -- love bright, clear colors.

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  152. I usually choose fabric by color first, then by print. I love Japanese fabrics, retro prints and most all modern collections. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  153. https://twitter.com/lolaeuto/status/491309272844623872
    I retweeted .. :)

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  154. I follow you on bloglovin, FB, Instagram and twitter!

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  155. choosing fabric is really not a choice.. the fabric has to "talk" to me.. and most of the time, they all say, BUY ME... I am drawn to little flowers or shapes. I have recently discovered 1930's repro prints.. OMG.. I LOVE THEM

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  156. I keep trying to build up my low-volume stash, but I always get drawn to bright colors instead.

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  157. OOH Awesome Giveaway, thank you for the chance to win. My fabric buying these days is influenced by current projects and what fabrics theme or colour I need for them, I then fill up the envelope with classics like spots or pretty blender type fabrics.

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