Sunday, April 6, 2014

Celebrate Wool Applique love "Spring Basket" on Anything Goes Monday

Greetings blogging friends and welcome to the next celebration and giveaway in A Month of Monday Giveaways!!

but first... "Thank You" to everyone that commented on last week's post and offered their kind words and best wishes for Redbird Quilt Co.!
If you are joining us for your first visit be sure to click on this post and comment to enter last week's Aurifil thread giveaway - it's open until appx 9:00pm EST Monday April 7th.  Thanks again to Aurifil for sponsoring thread giveaways all month long! #aurilove

I did my best to respond to each sweet comment in the giveaway post but, I must admit, I was pleasantly overwhelmed with responses and I've fallen behind.  Please know that your giveaway entries are secure.

Sadly :(  MANY of you are showing as "No-Reply" bloggers, and unless your email address is included in the comments I have no way to reach you.  Click here to ensure YOU are not one of the unfortunate "No-Reply" bloggers.

OK - on to the celebration and giveaways!! 

Today I'm honored to guest host "Anything Goes Monday" - a fantastic weekly Linky party created by Marelize Ries at Stitch by Stitch blog.
stitch by stitch
Marelize is a wonderfully talented designer from Kriel, South Africa who brings her projects to life with the most beautiful free motion quilting sewn on her domestic sewing machine.

If you've never visited Stitch by Stitch I invite you to jump over and check out Marelize's lovely lineup of patterns and tutorials, along with her inspirational free motion quilting.

You absolutely have to see what Marelize makes with her creative self and a little Bernina Artista 180!

Marelize recently designed, created, quilted and published "Summer Solstice" available on her Craftsy Pattern store by clicking here.
Thank you Marelize for inviting me to guest host Anything Goes Monday for you today!  The Linky party is at the end of this post...

New followers -- if you have a blog I would invite you to try the Linky party -- it's a fun way to share your work with others and to enjoy a world of blogger creativity!! 

Today's celebration also includes the announcement of Redbird Quilt Co.'s first ever published pattern "Spring Basket"!  Yippee, happy dance, cartwheels and BIG smiles  !!
"Spring Basket" is an 11" x 16" wool applique mini quilt that is wool charm friendly.  (Wool charms normally contain 5 pieces of 5 inch square wools).  The pattern is available for immediate purchase and PDF download from my new Craftsy Pattern Store!!  Just click the link below !!

I'm a Craftsy Designer

The printed version will be available at a few local and online quilt shops - stay tuned for these upcoming announcements!

The PDF pattern includes full size Applique Shapes (ready to print on 8.5" x 11" freezer paper sheets), step by step start to finish instructions with supporting images, and suggestions for finishing the quilt with big stitch quilting.
The printed version of the pattern includes the full size Applique Sheets already printed on freezer paper!!  This saves you the trouble of printing or tracing them.

Because it is my first pattern I look forward to hearing your constructive feedback on either version.  As always - thanks for your support and encouragement, it drives me to continue growing and sharing what I love <3
OK -- onto this week's giveaway in the Month of Monday Giveaways!!

I'll be sharing 3 copies of "Spring Basket" in your choice of PDF or Printed version.  I'm pleased to say the contest is open internationally (international winners will receive a PDF version of the pattern).
Also, for domestic entries, Aurifil is sponsoring another 10 Spool Thread Pack of Aurifil Mako Cotton 50Wt threads!  WOW -- now we really have something to celebrate!  If you want to see why I choose to piece and quilt with Aurifil threads take a look at a few old posts here and here and here.

Check out this beautiful thread pack that includes spring colors that compliment Darlene Zimmerman's Lazy Daisy Basket line for Robert Kaufman.  These threads would work perfectly if you made "Spring Basket" in cotton - you can even machine stitch it!!   Oh such beautiful colors!!  Thank you Aurifil!

To enter the giveaway:


This weeks giveaway includes 3 "Spring Basket" patterns and one Aurifil Thread pack!

Winners will be chosen using these methods:    

Follow my Craftsy Pattern Store here - and one lucky Craftsy Pattern Store follower will be chosen to win a "Spring Basket" pattern.

Comment on the Redbird Quilt Co. Facebook Post celebrating the "Spring Basket" pattern.  All comments will be placed in a hat and one will be drawn to win a "Spring Basket" pattern.

Comment on this blog post and two winners (one "Spring Basket" pattern and one Aurifil Thread Pack) will be chosen!

On this post tell me what you like about the design.

Leave an extra comment if you follow my blog and tell me how you follow.

You can get extra chances to win if you share the "Spring Basket" celebration on any social media outlet (Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Blogging) - leave one comment per share !!

This giveaway will be open until 9:00pm EST Monday, March ooops April 14th (thank you Dya!)  -- Be sure to come back next week for yet another Monday in the Month of Monday giveaways!

Now back to Anything Goes Monday !!    Woohoo -- we're really partying now!!


Using the InLinkz Link-up below - link up any current projects you've been busy with, anything at all!  From quilting, sewing, knitting and crochet, it can be of any fiber art.  If its handmade, share it!




I'm looking forward to this new adventure with everyone.
Thanks again for your support and smiles -- they really make my day!

Hugs,
Karen

187 comments:

  1. What a stunning design! I love the textures the wool has created. What an exciting adventure for you.

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  2. Always great to see new wool designs! The shape makes it a little different. A good thing!

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  3. I love the shape of the little bird and what I call forsythia branches. It "says" spring!

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  4. Congratulations! This little project is all about spring. I love the little bird and the cute basket of flowers.

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  5. I follow you from Bloglovin.

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  6. I especially like the bird. I love patterns with birds in them.

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  7. I follow via RSS feeds in Outlook.

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  8. I love that it is wool and applique.. 2 of my favorite things.

    Thanks for a chance

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  9. I am a blog stalker, opps make that follower. LOL

    Thanks again.

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway, Karen. I love the design because of the bird and the beautiful flowers. And I really enjoy doing hand applique.

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  11. I like the variety of flowers in your basket. I am hoping to work with wool one day soon. Thanks for the chance.

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  12. I love how the basket looks like there are too many flowers in the basket. (as if!) The little birdy is super cute, he adds that little bit of spring we all think of. Flowers and birds.

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  13. I love the cute design and would love to try wool applique.

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  14. Love the shape! Love the colors and the pretty bird! This shouts Spring!

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  15. Gosh, amazing giveaways Karen! Your pattern is so gorgeous; I love the wool look and love how you have done the flowers.

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  16. oops, forgot to say, I'm a follower!!

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  17. Beautiful!! I really love the flowers and sweet little bird. The shape is also very unique...love it!

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  18. I follow you on GFC and Bloglovin'.

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  19. I tweeted about your first and fabulous pattern!

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  20. A pattern with flower is one I can't resist, Karen. It's darling! Congrats on your new venture. Thanks for the chance!

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  21. Now this comment isn't for the giveaway. I was just wondering if you are going to have two blogs now. This one and one for Red Bird?

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    1. Very good question Angie - to be honest I haven't figured out the answer to that question yet.... I would be happy to hear everyone's thoughts on the topic though... what do YOU think ? Hugs....

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  22. I now follow you at the Craftsy Pattern store.

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  23. Congratulations on your store venture. Lovely start with your basket of flowers. I follow (joined today)

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  24. Sucvh a cute pattern! I esp. like it because it's not completely symmetrical and of course the birdie! :-))
    Thank you for a chance to win this cutie or Aurifil thread.
    Dutch greetings

    PS I think the give away is open till APRIL 14??? :-))

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  25. I love the spray of flowers, and the cute little bird. Mind you I love pretty much all your designs! Thanks for the give away option

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  26. I love birds, and I love working with wool. A perfect combination!

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  27. I follow via email. Not sure how all this works, but your posts appear in my email. I enjoy them so much!

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  28. I follow you in my blog list on my blog here on google

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  29. Thank you for these amazing giveaways!
    I am also following you on craftsy and have commented on your facebook store

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  30. I love everything about this pattern-that this with wool, that is spring time, and I love the colors. and I love that in the printed version of the pattern you already have the pieces printed on to the freezer papers-that would really help me out allot-

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  31. Congrats. Love the colours of the design. I am following you through GFC and will also shortly follow through the Craftsy web site. Unfortunately I have nothing to link up with today...there is only so many times one can show the same quilt!

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  32. Love your first published pattern.It is so pretty. Congratulations! on it too.
    I am now following your Craftsy page.

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  33. I left a comment on facebook.
    I forgot to tell you why I like the pattern. I think flowers and birds are a great mix for any kind of pattern. Two of my favorite things.

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  34. What a great week you are having!! I'm so happy for your well earned successes!! Be sure to stop by and link up some of your BIRD post tomorrow as this week's Tuesday Archives theme is: BINDINGS AND BIRDS....and you have plenty of works of art in the BIRDS theme to share! And what do I love about this pattern so far, the unique shape and size...I have the perfect spot it will hang if I win!!!

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  35. And you know I'm a happy GFC follower and I have ya right on my blog roll!!! YAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  36. I follow via email.

    Gloria
    gyates625@bellsouth.net

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  37. I like the small bird, it reminds me of Carolina Wrens.

    Gloria
    gyates625@bellsouth.net

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  38. I'm an email follower. Thanks so much for sharing, Karen. love your pattern. it is so bright and springy.

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  39. Congrats--I love the little bird and tiny circles!

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  40. Love the birds of course! Congrats on the new venture -- hope is goes well!

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  41. I love the little bird and all the flowers.

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  42. like and shared your new pattern on Facebook -- hope some of my Ohio connections will order it!

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  43. I love that you added a bird that isn't a crow. Crows are cool but don't really say spring to me. I could easily make this one a robin or even a bluebird :)

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  44. Of course I follow your blog--via bloglovin.

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  45. Love the little bird in the pattern. Also love the arched shape of the design. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  46. The bird and the flowers make me smile and think of spring. Congratulations on your first published pattern.

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  47. And, I follow your blog via email.

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  48. Congrats! Love this little bird pattern!
    Thanks for sharing!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  49. FOLLOW VIA BLOG LOVIN' !

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  50. I am following you via e-mail. great information and lovely patterns. Thank you for sharing your passion with us.

    quilturchin (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  51. I love the fat, little belly on your bird in your Spring Basket pattern!

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  52. I follow your blog by email.

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  53. I love the birds that you have in your patterns!

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  54. I follow via blogloving and Craftsy :D

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  55. That spring basket pattern is really unique, I know my mom will love it! :D I should make it for her lol :)

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  56. I like the wee little bird in the basket! So sweet! Thanks for the chance to win!!
    I can't seem to go back to a response blogger, so here's my addy.
    LeeAnna Paylor
    leeannaquilts@gmail.com

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  57. Congratulations on your pattern. Very lovely. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  58. I follow on BlogLovin. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  59. I follow......Love the mini quilt, the workmanship as always is striking......

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  60. Hellow Karen, I follow by email. Love to see your work, and the birds are always a delight......

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  61. Congratulations on becoming a Craftsy designer! I am now a Craftsy Pattern Store follower

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  62. Congratulations on your new pattern! I love the sweet birdie amid the spring flowers!

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  63. I've shared your post on Facebook, telling my friends how excited I am for your new company!

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  64. I love the font you've chosen, it's one of my favourites. Thank you for the great tutorials!

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  65. Spring Basket is a charming pattern, and I love the little bird you included.

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  66. I follow by email and I'm a member follower.

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  67. I am a bird lover so I love the sweet little bird! thank you!

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  68. I am a follower of yours also! thanks again!

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  69. I love to do wool applique. This is right up my alley!!
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  70. Congratulations! It's wonderful to see a wool applique pattern that can be used for springtime. Thanks for the chance to win. VermontPines at aol dot com

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  71. I follow your blog via Bloglovin. I love the ne spring design. I especially love the little bird. It is too cute and looks very like like. I would love to try the Aurifil threads. I keep hearing all wonderful things about their thread produts. I headed over to your Craftsy store and am now following you their as wel.

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  72. Congratulations on the pattern! It's so cute! I love the happy little bird, and also the shape of the stems bending over the bowl -- beautiful, eye catching, interesting. Thanks for the giveaway; I hope I win! sarah@forrussia.org

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  73. I follow by email. Love the way you did the flowers.........would be fun to win the pattern and the thread......

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  74. Hi Karen, what a beautiful little embroidery! I love that your basket is FULL of pretty flowers and the little bird is a sweet touch! This little piece would look wonderful with the word WELCOME appliqued beneath the basket.....I'm thinking :)

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  75. I'm a FOLLOWER with Blogger and now I'm offto check out your Craftsy page!

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  76. I love the bird most of all in the design. I'm a sucker for birds! :)

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  77. I follow your blog with Bloglovin. :)

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  78. I follow and I love the bird !!

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  79. I was introduced to your blog by a friend and I am so happy I was as I enjoy your posts. I love your pattern as I really enjoy working with wool and applique is a favourite technique. I love the bird you have included in your design.

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  80. The design looks so cute, with all the different kinds of flowers around the basket:) perfect for spring!

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  81. I love the realistic flowers and the sweet little bird. Welcome Spring!

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  82. Congratulations! What a cute pattern. I would definitely do this in cotton, I love to needle turn with cotton, of course I learned to needle turn from the best...lol Anyway, I am a faithful follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jodi

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  83. I love your new pattern...very sweet and would like to give wool applique a try. I follow via email at 2bquilting247 at hotmail dot ca. Not sure if I am eligible to win the thread as I am in Canada but it is my favourite thread to work with. Thanks.

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  84. Good morning! I follow along with Bloglovin'!

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  85. What I love about your design is that it is Happy! All the flowers seem to be springy and the little bird just tops it off. Fun, fun!

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  86. I would love to buy this pattern as a kit with the colors you used as kit contents... I love the color of the flowers and would love to stitch the bird too... this would be new fiber for me to stitch with and I would love that too... appliqueing wool! Kathi

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  87. I would love it if this were available as a kit using the wool charms you used and the same colors... love the colors of the flower.. would love trying this pattern if available as a kit in the future :) Kathi

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  88. Posted to your fb page, following your Craftsy pattern page... love that your original one is still FREE! btw :), and sharing your giveaway on my facebook page :) Kathi

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  89. I follow you on Twitter as mtnquiltworks.

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  90. I'm pretty sure I follow on Pinterest - name is Mountain Quiltworks. Don't know how to 'see' who I follow there?

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  91. I also follow on Instagram. Smile!

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  92. I love that little bird. So cute!

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  93. Congratulations! what a great design!

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  94. Congrats! What a lovely pattern, and lovely thread too!

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  95. I am a follower via bloglovin! :)

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  96. I love the Spring Basket. The gentle curve of the stems really appeals to me but the element I love best is the little brown wren! It really is a lovely little quilt!

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  97. I follow your lovely blog by email!

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  98. Such a lovely little Spring Basket! It seems to be smiling at us.

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  99. its fresh and not all dark and love the little yellow flowers and since this is Simplesew and birds are my thing, that cute bird is adorable.

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  100. I love the flowers, they are just so pretty!

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  101. Karen, I love your new pattern and have just downloaded it.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win some Aurofil thread, it's great to sew with.

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  102. Hi Karen,
    I just love your design and congrats on getting the pattern published! How exciting! I've never worked with wool before but this pattern is encouraging me to give it a try! Love the little bird! Too cute!
    Dawn
    array-dawn at cox dot net

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  103. I follow you on Bloglovin! Thanks for the great giveaway.
    Congrats on the pattern too!
    Dawn
    array-dawn at cox dot net

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  104. I shared your pattern on FB!
    Dawn
    array-dawn at cox dot net

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  105. I love how you did the flowers on your pattern.

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  106. I love your applique, it is simply unique and beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  107. I follow through email and bloglovin! Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  108. I shared on Google!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  109. I shared on Facebook!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  110. I shared on Twitter!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  111. I shared pinterest!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  112. I follow by email. The colors in the Spring Basket pop the flowers. It's very pretty. The little bird reminds me of the pair of Carolina Wrens that are building a nest in my window box under my kitchen window.

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  113. Pretty pattern. Pretty colors of thread.

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  114. The basket looks adorable. I like working in wool. It is so much easier for me.

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  115. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this lovely project. I like it looks like an old fashioned tole' painting on a quilt box I have. :D

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  116. Your pattern is lovely! I love the little bird, the graceful flowers, and whole folk-arty feel of it. And it's small enough to finish in a reasonable time! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  117. I follow you via Bloglovin. Thanks for all the eye candy and inspiration!

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  118. I love the amount of detail you've incorporated into this mini-quilt. I adore the white x-shaped flowers, and the bird is to die for.

    I've never used Aurifil thread and would love to try it.

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  119. I follow you on Bloglovin' and Google friend connect.

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  120. I will share info on your wonderful giveaway and on your new pattern with friends and family via e-mail.

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  121. I also commented on your Facebook announcement and shared the pattern information on my own page.

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  122. Your design is gives me a nostalgic feeling.

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  123. I love the "folksy" looks of your work. They are all so pretty!

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  124. I follow you via GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT. I also commented on your facebook page.

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  125. I'd love for this to be the first applique thing I try, it's very pretty.

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  126. Hi! Thanks for the fun giveaway. I follow via email. laura84watt(at)gmail(dot)com

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  127. I love your new pattern just like you I have been ready for spring & am seeing it in the quilting projects I have chosen in the last month. I believe I follow you by email tdsvintagelife@gmail.com

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  128. That should have said that I follow on Feedly, also follow on craftsy

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  129. The design is lovely! I especially like the sweet little Jenny Wren. We have lots of them in our garden.

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  130. I commented and shared on FB. (Stitching Happily on FB)

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  131. Would love to win. Great Blog. Nancy P.

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  132. I like the birds you incorporate in your designs. I love all birs. They make me so happy.

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  133. The texture of the wool makes your basket pattern extra special as does the little brown wren tucked in among the flowers. Lovely. Thank you for offering a giveaway.

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  134. Beautiful pattern. I have been wanting to try wool applique love the mixture of both in your pattern.

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  135. I like the stitching on the red flowers. One of our guild members showed us how she does wool applique and the stitches add so much to the pieces.

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  136. I pinned the pattern to my board.

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  137. I obviously was languishing somewhere and am behind in my blog reading. Cute pattern.

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  138. I follow also on facebook
    I love your new pattern especially because it includes and little bird. I love birds.

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  139. and of course your site is pinned on my board too. now to design one with a sunflower and a crow and then with a poinsettia and a cardinal! I'd love to test your designs. I'm very technical!

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  140. I love the little bird! The design is just so adorable! All of my favorite things in a small area!

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  141. I follow you on Facebook and I have the email sent to me...also have the blog come up on the tablet....I don't want to miss anything!

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  142. I "shared" you on Facebook! Doesn't that sound a bit pervy? LOL

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  143. I think I "pinned" you ....now that really sounds pervy! I am just learning the ways of the Jedi bloggers and Pinterest. I have been around computers for 20+ years, but never got into the blogging etc. until retirement. It is an entirely new world!

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  144. All of your work is beautiful. I especially like the bird on your latest woodwork along with those blue flowers. Very springy!

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  145. LOVE the birds! so cute!! ksmith8@emich.edu

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  146. i follow on bloglovin-karrie smith ksmith8@emich.edu

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  147. i shared on pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/109564203408821681/

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  148. i shared on FB-https://www.facebook.com/karrie.smith3/posts/10201239053693135?stream_ref=10

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  149. https://twitter.com/KarrieSmith3/status/455542548539269120 ksmith8@emich.edu

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  150. i blogged here: http://karrie-s.blogspot.com

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  151. i shared here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KarrieS/posts/F7z3ZtgBHcC

    thanks! ksmith8@emich.edu

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  152. I've never done any wool applique but this is just beautiful. And I have 2 birds so this is perfect! And I love aurifil thread, but I've only used white and tan. It would be fun to try out bright colors.

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  153. I follow you on Facebook and see your new blog posts through that.

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  154. I would love to try some wool applique, and this design is beautiful! Thanks for the give away!

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  155. I love the design because it includes flowers....I'm an avid flower gardener. I also love birds....and loved the redbird pattern.

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  156. Everything says spring, but I love the bird the best!
    robinshelor@earthlink.net

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  157. I follow your blog. robinshelor@earthlink.net

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Thank you for your Sweet comments!