Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day Two ~ Wicked Black Cat Crossing Hop & a Give~Away!

Welcome Friends to Day 2 of our "Wicked Black Cat Crossing" Blog Hop!
  
Our Annual "Wicked" Blog Hop this year is Sponsored by Maywood Studios and their "Black Cat Crossing" Collection.   Thank~You Maywood Studios

 A Grand Thanks to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt, the impeccable Genius behind our Hop.  For her 4th year in a row, the one and only Wicked Wendy of Why Knot Kwilt, our Wonderfully Wicked Leader!!  

I was elated when I saw the "Black Cat Crossing" Collection on Madame Samm's Blog, I saw some colors that were perfect for a very Special Gift that could be used all year long in my Family Room or Living Room.  This Special Gift is for my Hubby who celebrates a Birthday every year on Halloween!!

A little background before we start.  My Husband is the Perfect Gentleman, full of Humor that makes me laugh and very quick witted.  After 5 months of trying to make a date(many years ago) as our after work lives were full of commitments, finally the day came and I have to say by this time we knew each other quite well.  After opening the car door for me, and strapping in my seat belt, Nick said "All set Miss Kitty?"  I replied "Well yes Chester, Thank~you".  Hence, as you will see below "Chester's" Black Cat Crossing Quilt.
Out of the Collection I chose all of the Black and Tan Fabric Designs and the Panel too.  I did design this Quilt with one I saw on the Fat Quarter Shop Blog, I believe it was called Fat Quarter Fizz.  One day I will make one just like theirs but since i wanted to include the Panel here and Borders, I did keep theirs in mind when designing mine.

With the help from Madame Samm and Gmama Jane of Grandmama's Stories, I was able to add an embroidered Border at the top and Bottom of the Quilt.
In Black Presencia Thread I embroidered "Chester, How do I Love thee, Let us
Count my Wicked ways.  Miss Kitty"
I typed this saying out in Word, made it Bold and printed it out.  Then I just taped it to my cutting mat and laid my Fabric strips over the top, taped them down too, and traced the words with my Frixon Pen.  Very easy!  I used the basic Stem Stitch on all the Lettering.
I also embroidered the Center Panel,
outlining the Tree, Fences, Stars, and Gravestones with the Stem stitch and Precencia Threads as well.  The Black Cat I outlined with Hand dyed Black Mohair. 


I am an avid crocheter with specialty fibers only purchased at yarn Boutiques.  For the past 4 years I have been buying my Wools, Mohairs, and Merino's from a Shop here in Shelton, WA.  Fancy Image Yarn owner Myra Garcia just does a Gorgeous job with color.

The Quilt is lined with Pellon 80/20 Natural Touch and backed with a very Plush Jet Black Throw I picked up at Tuesday Morning.  I was worried about it being to slippery to quilt with, but it sewed up beautifully.  Hint:  when using fabric very plush like this, cut off all the hemming just before binding, or you will have bits everywhere.  Thank heavens I knew before hand to do this.
Here on Nick's Chair for when he returns from his trip, folded up though, but this is his first time seeing it too!
The Quilt measures 52" x 70", and will keep him nice and warm this Winter in his favorite chair as he watches evening Television.

One thing about Nick, once he sits down here, it's a little snooze, then he likes to snack!  So with some extra pieces I whipped him up a reversible Rag Style Snack Mat and Coaster Set,


In the evenings though, it will look like this,
One of his favorites an Apple Lattice Pie, and a Caramel Latte.

I thoroughly enjoyed working and designing with this Collection, I hope you enjoyed your time here as well!!

Now for our Give Away, from my New Blog Sponsor of our Blog Hops,


A Very Generous $25 Gift Certificate

When I get busy on a project I get sew involved I can forget about eating, and I have to make sure I have a healthy snack close by to graze on.  Lately, because our Washington Apples have been so plentiful,
I have been slicing them, drizzeling a little Sugar Free Caramel Sauce over the Apples, and adding some chopped Honey Roasted Cashews on top.  With a fork there is no mess or sticky fingers.

So for our Give Away, let me know your favorite fall snack if you have one in your comment.  That's it, the Give Away will go until the end of the Hop on October 31, 2014
I'll announce the Winner the following day.

Please Visit my "Wicked" Sisters today, they have incredible Projects to share:

Tuesday, October 21

Wishing you a Very Fun & "Wicked" Halloween my Sweet Friends!!

Huggs, Nancy

136 comments:

  1. Anything sweet for a snack will do... great idea for the snack mat. I constantly catch hubby laying his snack on the arm of the chair without anything to protect chair! Gonna have to make him one! Thanks!

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  2. Nancy, your husband will adore that spooky little quilt! It is just purrrrfect.

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  3. Love your quilt especially the sayings along the border.

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  4. Perfect quilt for the Birthday boy! My Fall favorite is pumpkin chocolate chip cake from Great Harvest Bread Store. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Your quilt is gorgeous Nancy. I love the background story you told.

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  6. The spooky quilt is adorable, I would love to have one of those, too!
    My favorite is pecan pie, yummy!

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  7. I loved the story to the quilt - purrfect gift for a Halloween B'day. My favorite fall treat is warm Apple Crisp - with vanilla ice cream of course.

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  8. The design and panels of your quilt turned out great. I am a beginner quilter and your design inspires me! ... My favorite fall snack/drink is anything with a warm mug of apple cider.

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  9. What a wonderful story! I love hearing the stories behind the projects people make. :-) I love Fall apples and just about anything with pumpkin. I just made some pumpkin cookies tonight, so as to surprise my hubby. The house smelled wonderful and his grin filled my heart. Thanks for sharing your creations with us today.

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  10. Hello dear your husband will adore that spooky little quilt! It is just so cute...
    Please count me in for your giveaway ..my fav fall snacks are spooky faced chocolates :)
    Love cucki xx

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  11. Pumpkin soup with an apple pie chaser! Actually anything apple at this time of year. Love the quilt and the story.

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  12. Wickedly fab-u-lous! Love the story and the embroidery, Miss Kitty!

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  13. Nancy this is a beautiful quilt...and I love the round edges, nice touch there and with the embroidery , well done....my fav fall dessert, pumpkin cheesecake...tangy, rich and subtle to the palette....lol

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  14. Love the quilt!!!!!!! My favorite fall snack is apple crisp. Thanks

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  15. This is a very cool quilt. I love all of your embroidered embellishments. Great commentary too. Favorite fall snack? Why, carmel apples of course!

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  16. Love the story and great gift for "Chester". I love pumpkin bread.

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  17. What an absolutely wonderful quilt Nancy. Your husband sounds like my hubby was. I lost him 4 years ago and miss doing things for him. Your story about Miss Kitty and Chester was great. Loved it. Such a great idea to make the snack mat for him. Just fantastic.

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  18. What a beautiful post and quilt. Thanks for sharing.

    My snack of choice right now is dry roasted peanuts mixed with candy corn.

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  19. That quilt is amazing. So many details. I love the story behind it too. The snack mat and coaster is really cute too. I like the one with the pie on it most, for some strange reason.... Thank you for sharing your awesome wickedness.

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  20. What a lovely, creative quilt! I love (gluten free) pumpkin cheesecake.

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  21. Nancy, at this time of year I love anything to eat with pumpkin. This morning I am having pumpkin waffles. I have been so looking forward to this hop since it was announced. Your project is awesome and you definitely inspired your readers.

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  22. Your quilt is beautiful! Awesome project. My favorite fall dessert is apple crisp with hard sauce. Thank you for sharing and offering such a great giveaway!

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  23. Your quilt is fabulous! I love apple crisp in the fall :)

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  24. Your quilt is wonderful, as is the story behind it! The snack set is a great idea too.

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  25. Your quilt looks so warm and cozy and a wonderful birthday gift. Thanks for sharing your creativity and being part of this blog hop

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  26. Very nice, I bet your hubby loves it.

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  27. Oh I just love your quilt. It was such a great idea and the sentiments are so wickedly sweet. My favorite fall snack is cider donuts, fresh from the local farm market. Yum!

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  28. fantastic quilt!!! I love the colors you chose. my fall food would be pumpkin pie

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  29. Your hubby is gonna be all smiles when he sees his chair!! You did good for him! Love the quilt!

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  30. Oh, your husband is going to love his quilt! So nice, looks so snuggly! I am liking the fruit that is available right now. Thanks for the great giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  31. What a great quilt to wrap up in the the cold fall nights. Chester is one lucky guy! :-) I am thinking that your delicious apple idea is my new found favorite fall snack! It sounds scruptious!

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  32. Nancy I love your quilt and your precious story of that first date. I bet your husband is going to love it too! And the backing so soft and warm will be perfect for the winter. Like most husbands snacks in his chair are an every night experience so the coaster and mat are a great idea. I confess that at this time of year my husband snacks on the Halloween candy I've bought but his favorite is oatmeal cookies. blessings, marlene

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  33. What a lovely story Nancy and a very beautiful quilt! You did a fantastic job!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  34. Love the quilt. I can't ever seem to make my quilts manly enough. I like to many bright, wild colors I think. Love this one for your husband. Favorite snack. Not much of a snacker. Maybe hot buttered popcorn

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  35. Oh Miss Kitty, what a good story and cute quilt you created ! Chester is gonna love it.

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  36. My favorite Fall snack is crisp apples with caramel dip. Thanks for the great giveaway and for sharing your really cute quilt.

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  37. Wow such a beautiful job on the quilt! In the fall I love candy apples not so healthy

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  38. Love how you did your quilt and the curved binding is beautiful.
    I'm addicted to Tim Horton'S pumpkin spiced muffins right now. I'll be really sad when they go away. :(

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  39. My favorite is hot cider with cinnamon.

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  40. Beautiful quilt...hmmm...I like ginger chews :)

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  41. Fabulous use of the Black Cat Crossing fabric in your sweet quilt! You added so much detail and creativity...love the wording! My favorite Fall dessert is my mother-in-laws Swedish Apple Pie...yum!

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  42. Love the quilt and the mat and coaster set! My fav fall snack is granny smith apples dipped in caramel!!

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  43. I like apple and nuts with a sugar coating.
    I love Halloween, it is my birthday, also.
    Your quilt is wonderful!
    Patricia C

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  44. For a fall (and winter!) drink, I love that it is cool enough to enjoy white hot chocolates :)
    Lovely projects! The added embroidery is a great touch

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  45. What a sweet story behind the quilt. Very special! I love pumpkin pie...yum. Thanks so very much!

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  46. "Chester's" quilt is stunning! I love that you backed it with the black plush. I'm sure it will keep hm warm and comfy for many years!
    My favorite fall snack is gingerbread with lemon sauce!

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  47. I enjoyed your story very much and the throw is wonderful. Good tip about not cutting the edges until the end. Those plushes are hard to work with. My favorite fall snack are fresh apples and an apple pie too.

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  48. Love your quilt and the extra touches of embroidery are perfect. I'm sure your husband loves it. My favorite fall snack is spice cake with caramel icing.

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  49. I make a apple dumpling thingy with crescent rolls and mountain dew! sooooo yummy!!!

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  50. My favorite fall treat is candy corn mixed with salted peanuts.

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  51. I love how you made him a complete set to totally make his evenings. Thank you for sharing y'alls story. It was lovely. My fav fall snack is similar to yours, I love to dip apple wedges in caramel. May have to try your way so I don't wear as much caramel sauce. ;)

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  52. Your quilt is lovely! Crazy quilting is my passion, so I always love to see embroidery combined with "sane" quilts. The panels worked great for your coaster, too! Just lovely!

    As for a favorite snack... I recently attempted to make copy cat Almond Joy candies (with dairy-free chocolate.) The coconut filling was so tasty, I opted to skip the chocolate and almonds. These little coconut truffles became my new favorite snack.

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  53. How very thoughtful and special this Birthday quilt is for your husband. Wickedly Wonderful and full of love. I have been eating an apple every day with some mozarella cheese. My grandma like sharp cheddar with her apples and pie. Thank you sew very much for participating and hopping. Creative Black Cat Crossing Bliss...

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  54. Love your quilt and I've never tried apples dipped in caramel sauce but so many of the comments mention it that I'm going to give it a try.

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  55. What a wickedly, beautiful quilt. It is perfect for the season. Your husband must be very proud. My favorite snacks, that is a hard one, I love snacks, especially when they involve chocolate. I never thought of Carmel sauce on top on apple pie...sounds scrumptious, especially with nuts.

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  56. Nancy, you did a spooktacular job on your quilt. I am sure your husband is going to absolutely love it.

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  57. What a gorgeous quilt. I am sew interested in learning embroidery. Love the mug rug and snack mat too! I guess I would say pumpkin pie is my favorite fall snack :)

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  58. I love lightly salted Pistachios. I buy them in the shell and when I have a handfull of empty shells, I know it's time to stop. You projects are awesome-very appropriate for the cool days of fall. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. What a beautiful quilt..love the details you added!! My favorite Fall snack is homemade apple pie…yummy!!!
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. Love all the details on your quilt and the palette you choose to work with, Nancy! Beautifully done.

    I liked to snack on dried fruit and nuts if I don't have fresh fruit on hand.

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  61. I love your quilt and I'm sure your husband will too!
    I love anything with apples - especially apple crumble!

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  62. Wow, what a fabulous gift for your hubby! Love how you personalized it. Fav fall dessert, either apple or pumpkin pie.

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  63. Such wonderful use of the panel. "Chester" is indeed a lucky fella. I think pumpkin pie, my Favorite, would look wonderful on that sweet mat.

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  64. What a sweet husband, that is also what I love so much about my husband, he can make me laugh! I like popcorn in the fall.

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  65. My favorite fall snack is pumpkin cookies. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  66. What a purr-fect gift for your hubby!! I'm sure he will love it:) My favorite Autumn treat are Chai Lattes!! Yummy:)

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  67. Apple pie, apple bars, apple crisp, baked apples with warm cream sauce ... I love them all. Just biting into a crisp juicy apple is my all time favorite way to enjoy. Sliced apples with peanut butter or caramel dip. Yum! I enjoy apples all year though. So when it comes to fall, pumpkin pie is hands down my favorite treat.

    Your quilt is wonderful. I love the use of the BCC fabrics. The embroidery touches take make this sew very special. The mug rug and snack mat is cute, too.

    Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win ... :) Pat

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  68. Absolutely beautiful!! Your husband is going to love everything. As for my favourite snack - anything with oat would win my heart :)

    -Soma

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  69. I like Apple Crisp and anything with pumpkin. Beautiful quilt. Great use of the fabric.

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  70. I love s'mores and have discovered you can roast marshmallows in the oven and they don't stick to the pan! So I've had quite a few the last week or so as it's starting to cool off. Love your project for "Chester", thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!
    ~Brandy

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  71. Your cat quilt is so sweet as are the apples you have there! Yummy treat :)

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  72. What a great quilt, love the colors, a grown up way to celebrate the season. My favorite snack in the fall is caramel apples, with or without nuts. I buy them from the local orchard and, like you, but them up into chunk so I can eat them without gumming up my cheeks, lol. :)

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  73. A very sweet quilt, the embroidery was the finishing touch. I'm going to reread and see if I understand how you put it on the the quilt.
    I am having some heart and sugar issues at the present moment so reg. snacks are out for me as of yesterday. So your sharing your health snack is my favorite right now..Thanks for reminding me there are alternatives.
    Blessings
    Tonia

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  74. I love Caramel Popcorn in the fall! Your quilt is awesome and filled with so many extra special touches!
    Susie

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  75. Wonderful quilt! I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Thanks for the chance.

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  76. Love the quilt. I like apples with caramel dip.

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  77. I'm so pleased to see how well your embroidery adds to your project!! I like the color choice and quilt pattern!! But that little snack is right up my alley!! Yum! I am known to have a sweet tooth!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  78. Love the quilt and it's oh so perfect for a Halloween birthday. My favorite fall snack would be apple slices.

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  79. Love all your projects. The quilt is my favorite and I got a real kick out of your story. I like apples and anything made with pumpkin in the fall.

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  80. Great quilt! Love the color accents you added. Thanks for the sweet story too. My favorite fall desert is pumpkin pie with lots of whip cream. :)

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  81. Love your Black Cat Crossing quilt. My favorite fall snack is apple cider and donuts.

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  82. Fall is football season, so my fav snack is chips with guacamole!
    Carole @ From My Carolina Home

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  83. beautiful quilt. My favorite fall snack is apple pie

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  84. What a wonderful quilt. I love that your tried new things. Isn't it wonderful how quilters are so ready to help one another. Love the background story behind your quilt, thanks for sharing. Now if only I could reach in and grab apiece of that pie-!

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  85. Definitely apples dipped in caramel!

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  86. I love anything that has apple. Thanks for the give away.

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  87. What a great birthday gift and story. I don't think I will make a snack mat for my husband, as I would like to discourage his snacking. I am not a snacker, but he loves any salty snack.

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  88. What a great quilt for the love of your life! The snack mat and coaster are wonderful, too! My favorite snack? Halloween candy!

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  89. I love pumpkin muffins. Your quilt turned out so cute - great job with the embroidery!

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  90. I'm not sure what happened to my first comments. Fingers must have missed the publish button. I love pumpkin muffins in the fall. Yummy! Great job on your project!

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  91. Love all your designs! I'm totally hooked on Chicago mix popcorn--yum!

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  92. I like sliced apples with almond butter.

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  93. What a sweet story to go along with your wonderful projects! You really did a fantastic job.
    My favorite Fall snack is Popcorn Balls. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  94. My favorite snack at this time of the year is Honeycrisp apples with a caramel dip, yum!!

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  95. lovely quilt. favorite snack is candy corn

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  96. Hi Nancy! Your quilt is great, but your post is such a sweet story about how much you love your dear husband :)

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  97. I LOVE this quilt!!!! All that hand stitching just added to all the charm!!! VERY nicely done!!! I love the pattern too!!! So glad you joined in on the hop!!!!

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  98. Great, great quilt. The embroidery tops it off.
    Just pie, any kind.

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  99. Love the quilt. Nice job. I like carmel apples in the fall!

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  100. I love the design of your Black cat Crossing quilt. It looks so cozy.Apple pie is a fall treat. happy Halloween.

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  101. We loooove apple slices with caramel dip round our house.....& sometimes Apple Crisp w/Vanilla Ice-cream! YUM!

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  102. Great job on your projects. Love them.

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  103. Nancy...what a spooktacular quilt!! Love the story of Miss Kitty and Chester...too cute!! My favorite fall snack is anything pumpkin and sweet. I have a fabulous pumpkin cheese cake recipe...I can almost smell it baking...wishful thinking. Thanks for the chance to shop at the FQS...there is always something on my wish list.

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  104. Nancy, your quilt is just lovely! Great job on the embroidery, and that backing - well, your husband may never want to crawl out of it! And that dessert looks delish! Favorite Fall snack? Apple slices in caramel/cream cheese dip. Frost a plate with 8 oz. cream cheese whipped with 1/2 c. powdered sugar, then pour Mrs. Richardson's caramel topping over the plate and sprinkle pecans around the edges. Slice granny smith apples into wedges, and line them up around the edge of the plate. Mmm, my mouth is watering, just thinking of them!

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  105. Your details on that quilt are incredible. WOW. Popcorn balls are Halloween for me.

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  106. Your quilt is beautiful! I like to snack on crackers and cheese spread.

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  107. What beauties you have created for your sweetheart! I love candy corn and apple pies! Thank you

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  108. I really like apples and pears right off the tree. I overdose on them this time of year.

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  109. Wow, that's a fabulous quilt! The story behind it really makes it special. Love all the extras you added in embroidery. Sounds like you two lovers were meant to be and are still feeling the love. My family's favorite fall snack would be Pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting. Actually, my son asks for them for his birthday in JUNE so I'd call them timeless. :)

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  110. I just love caramel apples! yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

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  111. I love your quilt. I love popcorn on the fall. b.j.day68@gmail.com

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  112. Your quilt is gorgeous. I am sure he will love it.

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  113. Such a romantic post! My favorite Halloween snack is Candy Corn, and fresh caramel apples. Yum. Apple pie comes in close third.

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  114. What a great saying to but on a quilt. It is lovely along with the snack rug.

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  115. I grew up in an apple growing town... Sliced apples with caramel sauce. Yum yum :-)

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  116. Hmmmm... are we talking healthy snack? That would be fruit like apples, grapes, and bananas. If we are talking junkie snack... that would be chips, peanuts, or chocolate.

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  117. We have apple orchards within driving distance from town, so fresh caramel apples or apples with peanut butter would be my choice. Making me hungry! Thanks for the give away! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  118. I would love to curl up in a chair like that with some chocolate covered almonds. Any time of year :)

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  119. Loved the story and your quilt and the little accessories are wonderful.i bet your husband loved it .

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  120. Hi!!!! So much fun!!!!! Thank You

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  121. I love your quilt...gorgeous!! Before I was allergic to apples I loved to snack on apple slices dipped in caramel and apple crisp. Now I love to snack on popcorn...I love the kettle corn I get from our State fair. Thank you!

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  122. My favorite Fall dessert is pecan pie!! Oh my goodness, I love that stuff! ;-) Thank you so much for the chance to win!!!! :-)

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  123. I enjoyed seeing your quilt. I like the sentimental embroidery to bring back memories. My favorite fall snack is apple crisp.

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  124. How talented you are with your stitchery, hand-stitched to boot, very well done!

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  125. Your quilt is so cute and even more precious with the connection back to a sweet memory long ago. My favorite fall snack is snuggling up with some hot chocolate as the days become cooler.

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