Friday, September 5, 2014

'See you in September' Day 3 & Give~Away

Welcome Friends New and Old, I am so very happy you stopped by to see me for Day 3 of our 'See you in September' Blog Hop!!  

Don't you think this was such a fabulous idea from Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt, and our Head Cheerleader Shari of Living with Purpose?  I do!  I have had a Grand Summer filled with New Beginnings.......

Until Madame Samm announced this Blog Hop, I was Gardening Away with a New Potting Bench my hubby built me for Mothers Day.  Planting Perennials around the New House that will be with us in years to come(Blog Post), and for our Veggie Garden this year, I did 85% of it in containers(Blog Post) and it hasn't affected the yield at all.  In between that it was crocheting and spending cherished countless hours with my Granddaughters.

While Pondering what to do for the Hop, I was introduced to Massdrop.  Massdrop offers various items at a reduced price depending on the number of committed buyers they have for a offered Product.  This is where I found Stitching Designer, Nancy Nicholson.  I picked up her Teapot Design,

Her kits come complete, even in a Fabric Bag that you can also embroider.  When I saw this I thought 'What have I gotten myself into'!  As you can see though the top and bottom of the design has symbols for all the stitches in the design.  Pretty Cool.  I did contact Nancy once through her Etsy Shop as I didn't receive a color card with all the thread I received in the Kit.  She responded with be creative or follow the picture card.  I could do that.


This is what I finished with, it is currently being framed as it will be a Christmas Gift.  So I folded back the sides to give you a pretty good idea.

Next up was my Kitchen Window, it needed a New Valance.  The one that came with the house was plain white.  I have White walls and I wanted Aqua/Teal in the Kitchen with the White.  Several Months back I had ordered a Aqua/Teal Ticking for the Valance, and a coordinating Aqua/Teal Toile for the eating area(project for another time).  Fabric was all cut and I was going to hand sew it when I received a call that I had won a New Sewing Machine(Blog Post).  Lots of Happy Dancing and Happy Tears were flowing here.

Once she arrived, I was on my way
I have a 72" wide Window, and I added a Front Rod Pocket of a 4" Dark Tan Dupioni Sash that I had in my stash of Trims.  I had to double layer the pocket so the Rod wouldn't show through, but then that added another benefit to the look
You see the Dupioni sash was wired so once hung I just pulled the two layers apart for another Ruffled look.

Bless you Riley Blake Designs for having a Aqua Gingham for my Towels.  I Love making pretty Towels for my home.  
I used the Medium Aqua Gingham for the Ruffle, and the Large Gingham for the Lower 6".  Now with the New Machine I purchased Oodles more of RBD Gingham in assorted colors for more Towels for Gifts and for my Etsy Shop.

Let me introduce you to Mrs. M. and Mrs D. (they have a long history together, sometime I will post a story that I wrote about them for Victoria Etc. Magazine)


Mrs M.(in Red) is wearing a Kimono Jacket I had started upon returning from China 4 years ago.  Mrs. D. is wearing a Quilted Scarf (pattern from 2 Peas in a Pod)I wanted to try.  No batting just a very plush back from a thick Burgundy Blanket(New).  

The fabric, a Vintage White Damask Tablecloth from my Mimmie.  It is the Perfect weight for cool Spring Mornings and now Fall evenings.  This was suppose to be a Pattern I wanted to play with, but it turned out so well it became a wearable finished product.

The Front Fabric of the Quilted Scarf is Robyn Pandolph's Boxwood House.  This was a Twice the Charm pack.  I love Robyn's Collections, she offers such a variety of Patterns in her color story.


I added some Vintage crocheted Lace from my stash in various places.  The scarf measures 6" x 72".  It will wrap nice and warm.  I have started more of these for adults and some in Children's sizes too. 


A bit more than the required 3 projects for the Hop but I have enjoyed every minute creating and sewing.

Now for the Give Away!!
I have picked up a few things to build my Quilting Stash, so I thought I would pick some up for you too!


Makin it Cute 'The Petal Pack' by Me and My Sister Designs
Easy Friendship Template by Omnigrid
Miniature Block Combo(2" Block Template & Fussy Cut) by Martelli Notions
A Pair of Measure Snippet Scissors by Martelli Notions
A Cute Measuring Tape(not shown, will be here by end of Give Away)
and
What would a Coeur d'Alene Give Away be with out a set of our CandyLight Light Strands!
Apple Harvest Light Strand for your Fall Decor!

All you need to do is leave a comment, the Give Away will be open until the end of the Hop on September 16th, 2014 at midnight.  I will announce the Winner the following Day.


Please visit these Wonderful Blogs today too!

Thank You so much for coming, I have thoroughly enjoyed your visit!!  Please contact me if you have any questions about what you have seen here today!!

Madame Samm & Shari, Thank~you again sew very much!!

Huggs, Nancy



102 comments:

  1. I love the towels, they look very smart. I must have a go at making some.

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  2. You sure have been busy! I love the aqua gingham towels and they look so fresh and pretty hanging there. I enjoyed reading bot Mrs. D and Mrs. M. You are a very talented lady. Thanks for sharing your creations with us today.

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  3. Your projects are wonderful! WOW, winning a sewing machine, what a great thing, would of made my day! Thank you for sharing your summer.

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  4. I love the gingham ruffled towels. Congrats on winning a sewing machine.

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  5. Wow! What wonderful projects! But those aqua gingham towels rock everythings

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  6. So many projects, I love the towels especially. I love your models and their gorgeous scarves.

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  7. You made such lovely projects!

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  8. Great projects Nancy! That sure was a lot of embroidery...turned out just lovely. Pretty curtains...is the view from outside the window as nice? Oh and your gingham towels are so perky. Loving your sewing creations too!! Such varied projects...thank you for sharing this summer with us...it has been such fun!

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  9. Wow you have been busy. I really love the shall. that is lovely. the curtains are so fresh. Very nice.

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  10. Your stitchery is wonderful, that pot would fit perfectly in my kitchen, LOL. And your scarves are so full of tiny details, great

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  11. Don't you just love making things for your home - I'm always adding something different and have so much fun doing it! And I'm in love with that kimono jacket. I always need a wrap or shawl for church so that would be perfect for me. Could you share the pattern name/number? Congrats on the new machine...fun! blessings, marlene

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  12. oh my look what you did....all those ruffles and gingham...I cannot imagine you being without something to sew....gems...all of them...your projects are lovely

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  13. What lovely projects. Your kitchen is sure to look pretty with the valance and hand towels. Great job.

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  14. Nancy, what wonderful projects. Love those towels. Aqua is such a pretty color. I see you have your sewing mojo back and in full swing. Have a sewing kinda day!

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  15. Your pieces are all gorgeous! I love that teapot embroidery and your towels especially!

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  16. Fabulous projects - thank you for sharing!
    I'm a new follower and I'm going to read about the sewing machine you won - lucky you!!

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  17. Your projects are fantastic! I am happy that you now have a machine! No sewer should go without one. Now you can sew up a storm!

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  18. Nancy, your summer projects are all so beautiful. What a lovely home you have with all your perfectly stitched touches.

    I like the two sizes of gingham checks that you used so beautifully on the tea towels.

    Thank you for sharing your summer. I always feel sew inspired when I visit your blog. Thanks also for the chance to win the generous giveaway ... :) Pat

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  19. Wow, you must be exhausted! All your projects are great! I especially like the gingham gift towels!

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  20. You did such a fabulous job on your projects. Thanks so much for sharing and for the inspiration.

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  21. Creativity is the word for you. Everythings is so creative and eye opening, love what you did with the towels, and winning a sewing machine is what I would have love to have. Great job. Thank you for the give away and sharing.

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  22. Nice assortment of projects. I like what you have been working on. Beautiful work!

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  23. Love the Quilted Scarf. Such a variety of projects.

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  24. Oh Nancy!!! Ruffles Ruffles Ruffles!!! All different ideas and perfect! Those little window dressings are to die for! AND those cute little characters...I am going to have to go back to see their story for sure...they are dressed so lovely! I am in awe of how creative you have been this summer!!!! GREAT JOB!

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  25. You are a lovely seamstress, Nancy! The shawl is so elegant. Love all your projects.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  26. I can not even imagine hand sewing those curtain. Winning that machine sure made your sewing easier.

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  27. Wow! The little teapot project is beautiful! I love the colors!
    The valance and tea towels are perfect for your new look in the kitchen!
    I love the kimono jacket! How perfect for cooler fall days!
    The scarf is also beautiful.

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  28. I wish I had seen the aqua gingham when I was ordering - love the touch on the towels - it really is a wonderful splash of color. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful stitching projects with us today.

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  29. OMG, what fabulous projects you have done. I love how your used ticking and dupioni together. The valence is incredible. Your hand stitching is gorgeous, but those clothes...Wow,Wow,Wow! I'm so glad you won a new machine. Someone who stitches like you deserves it for sure!
    Beautiful work!

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  30. I agree with Judy, I like all your projects. any one of them would make a wonderful gift.

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  31. Great projects…love your valance!!! Thanks for sharing :)
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. You had a busy sewing summer with that new sewing machine!!! The valance looks so pretty in those colors and the towels make a wonderful addition. I like how you used the two sizes of gingham.

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  33. So many beautiful projects really kept you busy this summer...I love them all. The ruffly curtains and towels are adorable and look amazing, and that shawl is very classy looking!

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  34. You had a super busy summer Nancy....my goodness ...Kimonos ! The teapot needle work is beautiful, and your kitchen accessories are ruffled to perfection. All are very pretty. (Side note) I like to read the comments you leave on peoples blogs, they are always so appropriate and nice.

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  35. What great projects and I really, really like the kimono jacket!

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  36. You do beautiful work...I love these wraps! All your projects are beautiful! I think whoever gets your Christmas gift, will certainly love it!

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  37. Your tea towels are so charming, you've inspired me to dress up my kitchen! The Kimono Jacket is beautiful.

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  38. All your projects are so lovely and I especially adore those towels. They look so cute!

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  39. Absolutely gorgeous! I received one of Nancy Nicholsons's stitch kits as a gift, but I'm such a terrible hand stitcher I haven't even opened it yet - but your post makes me want to get stitchin'! Thanks!!

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  40. WOW! Such beautiful work! I don't think I will ever get past my clumsy work, but I try. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

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  41. Hopping is so wonderful as I am able to find blogs like yours that inspire me. Your projects are amazing. Each one sew fabulous. Thank you sew very much for sharing and hopping. Creative Gingham Bliss...

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  42. Lovely projects, thanks for sharing!

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  43. wow, such a beautiful projects love them all but the kimono is my best fav.

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  44. WOW! What gorgeous projects. Your kitchen looks very pretty with all the aqua in there. Love the towels. And I really love the jacket. It hangs so beautifully. Thank you for sharing and thank you so much for the giveaway.

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  45. Nancy- I love your teapot because I enjoy hand embroidery. Looks like you've had a busy summer. Thanks for sharing

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  46. Wow - you are so talented and I love the vintage feel of your blog. Thank you!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  47. Very nice projects. You've been a busy girl this summer. My favorite is the towels, no wait maybe it's the teapot. I can't pick just one.

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  48. How wonderful that you won a sewing machine! AND put it to such good use! Your projects are all beautiful. :)

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  49. You are so talented, and I love the vintage-ness of your blog. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  50. Love all your projects, but am coveting your valance!. I want one just like it, but different colors, so if you don't mind, I'd like to ask if you remember where you purchased the Dupioni silk trim. It really makes that valance pop. Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity. lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  51. I am loving your teapot. So fun and vibrant! All of your projects are just fabulous. I love the aqua gingham towels. Right up my alley!

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  52. what an interesting blog! And also such interesting give-a-ways. Would be delighted to win any of them.

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  53. While I enjoy hand stitching, I cannot imagine not having a sewing machine. I have one I use all the time. However,I have a couple of backup machines that I hope work in a pinch. It wasn't economically feasible to trade them in at the time. I shed tears of joy for you when I read your story of the angel picking your name. Your projects are phenomenal! I have purchased one thing from Massdrop and was thrilled. I was tempted by the embroidery and passed. Now that I see yours completed, I wish I had jumped. Yours is amazing! Someone is going to be thrilled with the Christmas present. I love gingham and love the towels. I adore the mix in the gingham sizes. Your valance turned out a masterpiece. I don't think I would have attempted that and certainly not by hand. My mom loved aqua and had an aqua and pink kitchen. Each year she even had an aqua and pink Christmas tree complete with aqua and pink lights and ornaments. Your design are wonderful. Keep up the good work. You are very generous with your giveaway. Thanks for a chance to win your sharing.

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  54. You have been busy with your summer projects. I love the Duponi silk trim on the valance; it really adds so much style. The towels made with gingham (I do love aqua, too.) and the deep ruffles are wonderful.

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  55. The valance really turned out nice!! And those wonderful towels. Gingham is so versatile!! I hope they never stop making it. kthurn@bektel.com

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  56. Very neat projects, thank you for sharing!
    ~Brandy

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  57. Such pretty projects! I'm going to have to check out massdrop!

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  58. Congrats on winning a new sewing machine!!! That's fabulous! Love what you did with it - I am also coveting your valance...I so need curtains in my kitchen and yours are perfect!! Thank you for the opportunity to win so many great gifts!!!

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  59. You have so many beautiful projects. I especially like your teapot and then those cute towels.

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  60. Your valence looks very elegant and I really love the aqua gingham towels! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. Oh wow. What fun you had making goodies for your home. Lovelies!

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  62. I love the valence. It looks so elegant. I love the aqua gingham towels too! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  63. Lots of wonderful projects you made this summer. I'm impressed!

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  64. What a great idea to add the "ruffle" to your kitchen valance. I have a plain green valance on my window and I have been trying to think of something different to do with it. I think I will add a ruffle like yours to mine in a pretty patterned fabric since they are plain green. I love your ideas.

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  65. Where to begin.....I absolutely love all you projects, but I adore your teapot! Amazing. Mrs M and Mrs D are adorned in exceptional stylish outfits! Thank you for sharing you summer's bounty!

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  66. Well, well, well, I am so inspired! You rocked out soooooo many lovely projects this summer! Thank you for sharing all your creativity and inspiration!

    Nini~

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  67. All of your projects are sew cute. Thanks for sharing and for the great giveaway.

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  68. Hi Nancy, Love your giveaway and all you have included to a lucky winner. I would love to enter too.
    So fun to catch up with you in all you've been up to and doing all summer. I sure have missed you. Love your kitchen valance, towels, and the teapot stitchery is really adorable. How pretty that will be framed for a gift.
    Your two dress forms are gorgeous and their outfits are perfect.
    You have been a busy gal and I understand that too well.
    Congrats on your sewing machine win. That is terrific and I am so happy for you!!

    Happy September my friend and have a great weekend.
    Hugs and Blessings

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  69. So many cool projects. Thanks for sharing.

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  70. Hi Nancy! What a fun, ruffley summer you have had! It's so great to be back together again!

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  71. Love all of your projects and congratulations for winning a sewing machine.

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  72. What lovely projects, you had a wonderful summer of sewing.

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  73. Fabulous projects! Thank you for sharing!!

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  74. Nancy, you really have such stitching talent. Great inspiration you have shared. I love how you made your valences. Thanks for sharing all your ideas.

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  75. I love those kitchen towels you made to match your new valence the most but what a wonderful visit to your blog. Looks like that machine arrived just in time. Congrats there!

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  76. What lovely projects. And I love your etsy creations as well.

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  77. Love your projects, but especially the gingham towels. Now I have something else on my bucket list.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  78. Great projects! I love the aqua tea towels. Thanks for sharing all of your projects with us.

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  79. Thank you so much! That teapot is simply wonderful. :) sarah@forrussia.org

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  80. Everything you have made is beautiful - thanks for sharing.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  81. Your projects are beautiful. The ruffled valances look so nice. I love the gingham accent on the towels. What a clever use for the fabric. Thanks for sharing.

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  82. Wonderful projects! I love the tea towels. The gingham is so wonderful to work with and I love mixing the different scales.

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  83. What awesome projects! I love the blue gingham! Wonderful giveaway too! ruthgriffeth@gmail.com

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  84. I don't know how to embroider, but seeing your teapot makes me wish I did!

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  85. Wonderful projects, this hop is great!
    Lovely tea towels, goes perfect with ginghams.

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  86. Hi Nancy, so glad my comment finally went through and you know I have been visiting. Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Wishing you a great week my friend. Happy Creating and fall decorating.
    Hugs and Blessings

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  87. Your blue gingham towels are just lovely! And the scarf is really beautiful. I love the fabrics and lace!
    Susie

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  88. I missed the post where you won a sewing machine WOWZER...Congratulations! So many great projects here, I love teal and your towels are perfect. Wow on the embroidered tea pot...That is quite a talent!!

    Carojl

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  89. These blog hops are such fun. You learn about all kinds of things and meet so many new people.

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  90. Love your projects so cute and thanks for the Giveaway, Hugs, Susie x

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  91. Oh what a lovely giveaway! :) And wonderful projects.

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  92. Great projects! Love the repurposed damask table cloth!

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  93. thanks for the giveaway! i like the towels

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  94. I need snippet scissors! Your projects are lovely, thanks for sharing.

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  95. WOW, luv all your summer sewing projects...the ruffles and gingham towels, the ruffled valance...awesome!! Thanks for sharing your talent and for all your inspiration!! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  96. your towels are pretty. I need to make some like that with the ruffle.

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  97. I really like the curtains and how the tops of them look.

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  98. What cute projects - so very inspiring! Thank you so much for the change to win :)

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  99. I love the blue gingham you've added to the tea towels. I am going to do a project similar to that for my daughter's new kitchen, only in red. I love that! Thanks for your generosity.

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