Wednesday, May 7, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Guest-Hosted by Laura of Quokka Quilts

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 
WIP Wednesday comes to you today from the most remote city on earth - Perth, Western Australia, where we are closer to Indonesia than we are to Sydney and the only land-based animal between us and Africa is the quokka. Hi, I'm Laura and I blog over at Quokka Quilts


Now I know you want to rush to the linky party, but just so you don't spend all day wondering what on earth a quokka (pronounced kwokka) is, it's a marsupial found only in Western Australia, is possibly linguistically related to a wookie, and it looks like a kangaroo got friendly with a rat and... well, now you have an idea. You can kinda see it in my old blog button. Add a long ratty tail and that's it. (I made up the wookie bit but the rest is true).

These creatures below are not quokkas. These are highly trained quiltdogs. Also known as Melody and Scarlett. 

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They take their work very seriously as you can see. (The tutorial/pattern for that bag is on my blog but be warned, it's NOT a normal pattern). When I'm not being disrupted by the Quiltdogs, I sew on a Bernina 820 and a HandiQuilter Sweet 16. I love extreme free-motion quilting, appliqué, making bags, and all things modern quilt related. I am President of the Perth Modern Quilt Guild and I run Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday (which Lee inspired) with MR from QuiltMatters.

Works in Progress

On the design wall

I've been slightly obsessed with the Quick Curve Ruler lately, so this is on the design wall in pieces. I've fallen in love with Kaufman printed quilter's linen, which is the grey background. The other bits in there are some Simply Color, Kate Spain, Tula Pink and Birch organics, which is a fairly good indication of my fabric loves.
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On the quilting table

I have two dinosaur pillows in progress for an old school-mate's children who drew the dinosaurs themselves. This pillow is now finished, the other (in the inverse colour scheme) is just waiting for me to finish the quilting before being turned into a pillow .
Neeve's dinosaurs  

I also have a quick little charm quilt (Sunnyside by Kate Spain) pinned and ready to be quilted. I've been a bit overwhelmed by green recently so looking forward to quilting something warmer!
scarlett on the Sunnyside

I've also got a monster-sized Mondrian-inspired quilt which I am bashing away at bit by bit using templates and the S16.
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I cannot wait until this one is finished!Mondrian1

Thanks to Lee for having me here! I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up!

This WIP Wednesday is brought to you by LiMa Sews. LiMa Sews is a one-stop shop for both fabric and long-arm quilting services. (Oh, and she's got a great blog, too!) And in honor of Mother's Day, Linh is offering two amazing giveaways this week!

Giveaway Prize #1 is this gorgeous bundle of Dear Stella fabrics. What a great bundle for a summery picnic quilt.

Giveaway Prize #2 is a $150 gift certificate for long-arm quilting services! That $150 can include quilting as well as batting and/or shipping! Wow, who couldn't make use that fantastic prize?

To enter both giveaways, check out the LiMa Sews Etsy shop and then leave a comment here about what you might like to either give or receive for Mother's Day. Thank you so much, Linh, for both of these fab prizes!

And of course, don't forget to link up! Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any blog post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


96 comments:

  1. I'm really compelled to yell out "YAY PERTH" and then I feel ashamed that my Eastern states roots are being over taken by my Western residency. Where am I supposed to be loyal to?! Yay Australia ;)

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    1. YAY Jo! when are you coming to a PMQG meeting? Serena says she is trying to persuade you!

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  2. Ha ha highly trained quiltdogs :) You got great projects on the go!

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  3. You have a sweet 16?!?!?!?! Me too. I just love mine. I'm going to search your blog for posts about it. Do you have any other suggestions of where to go for new ideas on the s16? I'm seeing a cool right angle ruler. Thanks for the linky.

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    1. you can use it with a template. you have to get some handigrip - it is AMAZING for using with rulers on the S16 :)

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    2. join the yahoo gtroup for sit down quilting machines. That's where I am and there are lots of tips and help if you have a problem

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    3. I've tried rulers, but hadn't thought of the handigrip. GREAT idea! Thanks for the great tips.

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  4. Ha ha yes that's a very fair description of a Quokka! Yay for putting Perth on the map!!! Loved your cushion Laura and how clever are you being with the quick curve ruler ... um, very!

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    1. thanks Serena! :) was great to see you on Sunday :)

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  5. I love the quilting on your pillow. It's awesome. I'd love to have that fat quarter bundle of Bark and Branch. What a cute Etsy shop.

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  7. Wow, Mondriaan! Your quilting on the dinosaur cushion is spectacular so I'd love to see what you do with all that negative space in the Mondriaan-inspired!
    My favourite in LiMa's Etsy store is the "Sweet as Honey" series. It would be great if one of my children thought about giving me that. The Dear Stella bundle is also pretty, very cool colours could team up well with white of very pale gray.

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    1. Thanks Marly :) the Mondrian is monster sized so I'm going to be very boring with it!!!!

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  8. My mother doesn't sew and I don't have children, but that Up and Away bundle is gorgeous for ME!

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  9. Since I lost my mother many years ago, my MIL has been a wonderful "other mother" to me. I know she wants a new runner for her foyer table. Since she hasn't been sewing so much any more I plan to make one for her as a Mother's Day gift. Time to get busy! As for me, my son came to visit last weekend from 900 miles away so that's the best gift I could have gotten. Although the BARK & BRANCH by Eloise Renouf for Cloud 9 Fabrics - Line Leaf (Khaki) fabric in LiMa's shop is something I would enjoy getting any time!

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  10. I love the fabric bundle of New Leaf fabric! Fabulous colors and high drama!

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  11. I visited Lima Sews and if I were choosing my Mother's day gift, I would go there and snap up all the bits of Glimma she has left! Love this line but I only have one print right now. I would love more! I think it goes with everything. A little Charley Harper wouldn't hurt either :).

    sew4given AT aol DOT com

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  12. lovely work Lee....congrats on your s16...I have the Tiara and love it too.

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  13. anything by Leah Duncan! Happy Mothers Day!!!!

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  14. Fancy seeing you here, Laura! Great post! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm hoping for fabric for Mother's Day and I eyed the Charley Harper and the Jay-Cyn fabrics on Linh's site. I'd also love to give away fabrics for Mother's Day, but my mom's not a quilter. :(

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    1. you'll have to keep them yourself then MR!

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  15. My mom's a big fan of paisley - she'd love LUDLOW by dear Stella - Mini Paisley (Navy).

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  16. OOH...I'd get Havana by Monaluna - Scoot Scoot ...I love it! I noticed recently I'm drawn to bicycle/scooter prints for some reason! Love your shop - I favorited it!
    Thanks for the chance to win wonderful prizes! Very generous!

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  17. interesting - a cross between a kangaroo and a rat I will need to look that one up and see some good photos of it!

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  18. It would be nice to have or give a nice coordinated fat quarter set.

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  19. I'd love the bark and branch bundle. Thanks for the chance.

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  20. Quilt dogs? Can they quilt?
    I love (and I suppose all quilters do) like fabric. I would choose for me or for my mother or any other: BARK & BRANCH by Eloise Renouf for Cloud 9 Fabrics - Fat Quarter Bundle.
    Thank you for giveaway.

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  21. I would get Pearl bracelets. No idea why they are not already in my stash. Your quilt dogs look much better behaved than my quilt cats.

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  22. Love the Koi FQ bundle, or some Chambray for making bags for friends.

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  23. Love the Palos Verdes Voiles...still debating if I should pick some up!

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  24. Ooh, that Mondrian quilt is divine! As to LiMa Sews, I'm all about Meadow and Sweet as Honey! Both are so yummy!

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  25. HI,
    Thanks for the generous give away once again. I would love some Avignon fabric. I am working on an applique quilt that has a light yellow background in it. This fabric would make a great backing for it once it is completed.

    Ruth ruthq@rogers.com

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  26. What an awesome giveaway! Thank you for hosting and thanks to Linh for sponsoring!
    I would want to receive the Grey Abbey bundle :) My mum doesn't sew or quilt, so I'd have no one to give anything to! lol.

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  27. I'm kind of behind (have been in everything in my life) but I'm really loving the Pearl Bracelets lately and would love to have a stash of those. This is a fantastic giveaway, and the longarm service would be a great gift (for me of course) because I have a small home machine and anything over a twin size is totally not gonna happen (and my mom has a queen bed I'd love to make her a quilt for).

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  28. I am totally in awe of your FMQ!! Beautiful work!
    And such cute "quilt dogs"...I am sure they are a big help :)
    I would love fabric...a little bundle of Sweet as Honey would be fun to play with!

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  29. Oh, she has Up Up and Away, a collection that I would *love* to have. Also, winning the longarm gift certificate would be amazing. I promised my mother I would make her a very large quilt for her very large bed, and I'm planning on sending it out to be quilted (first time using a longarm service), and this would really help make it possible!

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  30. I would love to make myself a tee from the Elk Grove knit. It's super cute. I also have 3 quilts that are already ready for the quilter... so a gift certificate for long arming would be awesome! And I am in LOVE with your Mondrian quilt. I may need to borrow the concept and make one for myself.

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  31. I love the knit basics by Riley Blake in gray an navy. Lots of other fabric caught my eye, too.

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  32. I really love the Koi FQ bundle by Rashida Coleman-Hale. Some True Colors yardage by Joel Dewberry would also be great - I really need blenders.
    Thanks for the opportunity! notwendy gmail

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  33. Hi Laura :-) I'd be happy if the Tula Pink Acacia bundle was gifted to me... but since my family won't see this, I'm probably SOL... madfabriholic at gmail dot com

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  34. Thank you for the fabulous give away. I am very keen on Dear Stella these days, oh and just about any fabric. Love colour!

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  35. This is an excellent giveaway!
    While I love anything by Rashida Coleman, I would choose the red/white/blue Shelburne Falls bundle to make a quilt for my mom.
    These fabrics fit her perfectly and the red would look great I her living room.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  36. The FMQ on your dinosaur pillow is stunning...the Handi Quilter Sweet 16 is my dream machine, how do you like yours? Got quite a kick out of your two highly trained quilt dogs - my own two are, sadly, less highly trained...and, I think I might want a Quokka, both for the name and the cuteness - he or she could keep our guinea pig company! Thanks also, for the chance at a great giveaway!

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  37. Beautiful fabric shop. My wishlist is long but it would start with some of that Bark and Branch. Very cute shop!

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  38. Mom and I both love pearls, so some pearl bracelet fabric would fit just right. Happy Mother's Day!

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  39. I would love to get an up up and away bundle!

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  40. Hi Laura:) (Making big wavy arm movements from Denmark @ the other side of the earth) What great fabrics in the shop. My heart skipped a beat when I saw SHELBURNE FALLS by Denyse Schmidt, which has my favorite colors.

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  41. The Mondrian quilt is AMAZING.

    If I were choosing a gift to give (or get!), it would be the Bark and Birch bundle of Cloud 9 fabrics.

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  42. I could just swim in all the fabric that Lima Sews sells, but if I can only choose one then I like this set: GREY ABBEY by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud 9 Fabrics - Fat Quarter Bundle - Complete Collection of 12 Prints - Organic Quilting Weight Cotton

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  43. Oh my, sew many beautiful choices! I love the Acacia FQ bundle!!

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  44. laura, that is some extreme and extremely cool fmq on the dino pillow. also, your Mondrian is very exciting!

    lima, I think either the sweet as honey or grey abbey would be nice. then again, pretty much anything in yummy art gallery cotton is a winner. very nice selection at your shop!

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  45. I love the Mondrian quilt. I love the line leaf blue organic fabric in Lima Sews Etsy shop, as well as the other fabrics in that lovely line.

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  46. Oh my - I would LOVE the quilting gift certificate! I'm not good at doing much more than straight lines on my own machine at this point.

    There is some great stuff in the shop too - I especially love the Koi fat quarter bundle!

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  47. Love the meadow bundle!
    PS: Your long arm quilting looks fabulous!

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  48. I'd love to get Denyse Schmidt fabrics for mothers day!

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  49. I would love if my kids picked out a few of the Grey Abbey prints in the LiMa shop. That palette is one of my all-time favorites and it seems fitting for May and Mother's Day.

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  50. I'd probably give the Sweet as Honey bundle, but I'd love love love to get long arm quilting services! Thanks for the chance!

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  51. I love the Grey Abbey by E. Olwen for Cloud 9 Fabrics - Fat Quarter Bundle

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  52. Laura had me at "extreme" free-motion. Haha! I'd love to receive any Bonnie & Camille prints for Mother's Day.

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  53. I am sadly in need of some longarm services, but if I am buying fabric - I jump to the great sales page so I can make my money go farther.....and I spied some good candidates.

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  54. I love the Havana by Monaluna - Fat Quarter Bundle - Blue Colorway. Fantastic.

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  55. I would give my aunt some Koi canvas to make some stylish bags :)

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  56. Love this give-away, first because the fabric is great and I barely have blues in my stash, second because my 'GrandDog's' name is STELLA! I would love this so I can make a quilt for my daughter. She and her husband, of 10 years, have no children, but we are proud grandparents of a Cocker Spaniel - Stella, and a Calico cat - Mollie! I hope I will win. :-)

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  57. Highly trained quilt dogs?! Hahahahahahaha, well they have you trained at least ;o)

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  58. Laura cracks me up so much!! Great post and lovely projects on the go :)
    We've already had our Mother's Day in the UK but I would happily receive some lovely Koi, Meadow or Tule!

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  59. OOh,nice! I love Catnip by Lizzy House and think it would make a really cute baby quilt!

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  60. I have five lovely, unruly quiltdogs, five sparky quiltcats, and four quiltchickens. Do you suppose any of them would splurge on a complete fq bundle of Shelburne Falls for me? I would share the finished quilt with most of them. (Idraw the line at hens with quilts.)

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  61. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love the Havana fat quarter bundle

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  62. Thanks for hosting, Lee and Laura. Ohhhh, gorgeous fabrics at LiMa Sews: Sweet as Honey with the bees in corals; Bark and Branch in tans; Palos Verdes with pink flowers and aqua leaves; Ludlow in red and pink; Chicopee Shirt Stripe in green!... There's a lot of fabric to love at LiMa Sews!

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  63. Oh! I've been wishing for some Art Gallery Fabric! I see LiMa Sews has a fat quarter bundle that is lucious!

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  64. I would love the FQ bundle of Sweet As Honey for Mother's Day! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  65. Theres a lot that I like but I will just list two:
    (1) CATNAP by Lizzy House - Fat Quarter Bundle - Complete Collection of 19 Prints, Plus 5 Coordinating Jewels
    (2) Solids by Riley Blake.

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  66. BUNGALOW by Joel Dewberry Great Fabric selection............ thank you

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  67. Definitely the Monaluna Havana...or the pearl bracelet coordinates...or maybe just one of everything. :)

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  68. I love the Belle by Amy Butler but then again there is the Bungalow by Joel Dewberry, lots of great stuff there!!

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  69. Such pretty fabrics, and I really love the Ludlow fqb that is being offered as one of the giveaways, so that would be my choice.

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  70. I love New Leaf by Daisy Janie and the Dear Stella bundle is pretty too, but the quilting giveaway, omg, I need that I am so not a finisher of quilts just cause I don''t want to screw up during the quilting process.

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  71. love the bark & branch as well as the pearl bracelets. I'd be stocking up on a few fun fabrics and then some needed "basics"!

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  72. The Briar Rose bundle! I love that line!

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  73. Eiko and up up and away are amazing!

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  74. The Mondrian quilt is so striking--I love it!

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  75. Wow Laura is crazy talented! When it comes LiMasews everything is fantastic! She has beautiful fabrics!

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  76. As for LiMasews, too bad I'm not a mom, but do feline children count? I'd love lots of the fabrics, especially the Lotta Jansdotter Glimma prints.

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  77. Basically anything by Leah Duncan - I've been browsing LimaSews for the past week trying not to buy everything, talk about nice timing!

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  78. I love BRIAR ROSE by Heather Ross . :D not sure what I would make them into yet. But cute cute prints.

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  79. Bark and Branch Bark and Branch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOVE it

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  80. Love the Bark & Branch prints.

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  81. I would love to receive the Leah Duncan Meadow fabrics for Mother's Day! Sadly my son is too young to read so I doubt he'll see this :)

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  82. I know I'd love your quilting services! Also love the fabrics! Hope you have an awesome Mother's Day!

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  83. I would love to receive fabric as a Mother's day gift. I need some Lizzy House Jewels in my stash. I'd just turn it into a gift for somebody else, but that means mama is having fun! The quilting gift certificate is awesome! I have a king-sized Swoon that needs some attention.

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  84. The Shelburne Falls collection is so pretty!

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  85. Gosh, any of the Cloud 9 bundles would be great gifts. They are so special!

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  86. The bundle of Up Up and Away would be awesome to have! Briar Rose too!

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