Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Historic Giveaway

Hello!
Part of my busy fall schedule included attending the American Quilt Study Group Seminar in Manchester, NH.  It is a wonderful organization that concentrates on American Quilts through study and research.
To celebrate my first seminar, I'm giving away my Windham Fabric favor, the seminar book, so you can see what kind of events are included, a NH quilt card and a one yard piece of George Washington fabric.

AQSG Seminar - New Hampshire
The Bed Turning event on Thursday was absolutely wonderful.  Eight tables of quilts hosted by the owners who provided details.
Here is Wendy (Constant Quilter) and Cindi (Busy Thimble) at their table of Maine quilts.  Thank you ladies they were fabulous!
I had to laugh, Wendy did a post with no photos, but she is in nearly everyone of mine, ha ha.

Here are some of the quilts we enjoyed~
A small group of us visited the Manchester Historical Association to look at their swatch books.
Prepare yourself - this is what I came for.......
I was obsessed with this line of Grant/Wilson fabric.
Note the eyeglasses in the border along with Grant's initials.
 His coat, and beets (?) and read the words -
Wendy wrote in her comment:  I think the coat and hatchets were from the Horace Greeley fabric who ran against Grant & Wilson. He is the one who wrote the booklet "What I know About Farming". 
"Let us Have Peace" 
Hatchet, scythe, top hat, glasses and initials -aaaahhhhh!!  so good!
 I almost fainted from delight in seeing this fabric.

The live auction was on Saturday.  I loved this one - but it got away.
 Awesome blocks.  I've seen this many times in antique quilts.
 Here is the one that I got - a great folk art 4-block summer spread.  I'll share a better photo when it stops raining here in CT.
Since my regional group hosted I helped out where I could.  Here are the co-chairs (over my right shoulder) Marge and Anita.  They did a fabulous job.  Also in the photo are Wendy and Barb G from my former NJ regional group.  
We were sorting over 400 items of the silent auction.  I'll share more about that next time.

Here is the start of my basket project.  Feel like making some baskets?

Leave a comment to enter the Historic Giveaway!
xo

98 comments:

  1. This is absolutely on my bucket list! Looks like a wonderful event.

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  2. Wish I could have made it to Seminar this year. I have enjoyed seeing the pictures posted. Thanks for sharing those, it made up for not being there in person!

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  3. Love those historic striped fabrics. It would be so fun to go through the swatch books!
    Thanks for the reminder to get back to my 4" finished basket blocks. I was using them for leader/enders but got sidetracked with another L/E. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  4. Sometimes I would love to be in Star Wars and use the teleportation !
    Oh my....these fabrics are gorgeous and this brown so unique. ... Thank you for the pics Barb and thank you for this wonderful giveaway !
    Hugs !

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  5. You lucky girl! The seminar looks great. Those quilts- WOW! That swatch book is pretty amazing!!! No wonder you were swooning!!!
    I'd love to have a chance at the giveaway.
    Your little basket blocks are so sweet.

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  6. That does look like a great event. So much inspiration!

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  7. Looks like you had so much fun. I am glad you got to see the fabric which almost made you faint!!! Your baskets are coming along famously. Lovely blog post Barb! So interesting.

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  8. Wow...what a great seminar. So much eye candy. Thanks for a great giveaway. Love your baskets. They are a favorite of mine. Hugs

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  9. I just heard about this seminar over the weekend! Glad you had such a great time.

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  10. Wow what a wonderful trip and experience. I am a little green with envy. So much eye candy. Lucky girl!

    Mary

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  11. When I read Wendy's post I knew we could count on photos from you. These are great! It looks like such a fascinating experience. The Grant fabric is so interesting, fun, unique - wow! Wouldn't it be fun to have some to sew with? My jaw dropped at your aquisition - what a fabulous 4 block summer spread! I just LOVE the applique and those gorgeous pieced suns - wow! I can't wait to see more of it! Were the blocks with all the grapes/circles antique blocks? They're so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us :0)

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  12. So glad you enjoyed your first seminar. Thanks for all the photos; almost as if I were there.

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  13. Looks like a good time. Some pretty fabric. dorthac at aol.com

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  14. How wonderful it was for you and thanks for including us! I am amazed at the vivid color of the swatches after over 100 years. You find the coolest places to visit. That bed turning must have been "swoon worthy".

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  15. I knew you would have some great photos! I need to get in the "photo" habit. Maybe my new (old) phone will inspire me. I need to practice! Thanks for making this seminar so much fun! Can't wait for next year. And, I think the coat and hatchets were from the Horace Greeley fabric who ran against Grant & Wilson. He is the one who wrote the booklet "What I know About Farming". I could have stayed in that room all day. I think we definitely have to go back and spend some MORE time with these books!

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  16. Oh, and I adore your basket blocks! Delicious!

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  17. Your enthusiasm for this experience exudes from your post! It looks like you had such a great time.
    Would love to see a bed turning. Did Sandra S. do one of those, do you know?
    The swatch book--look how rich and intense the colors are! And I love the "swoon-worthy" line of fabric.
    Your basket blocks do make me want to make baskets, but I am trying to reign in the urge. :)
    Wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win those lovely goodies!

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  18. What a wonderful experience! Thank you for sharing it with us....the fabric is fabulous!

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  19. I think it’s time I learn more about the American Quilt Study group and join in on the fun!

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  20. How does one join the AQSG, please? Colonial repros are my absolute favorite. How wonderful that you were able to drool over the antique fabric sample books!!!
    Sharon M

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    1. Here's a link for you: https://americanquiltstudygroup.org/

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  21. I recognized Barb Garret in your pics but be still my heart! Those fabrics are fabulous.

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  22. I enjoyed meeting you in person. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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  23. Love all the antique quilts...thanks for the giveaway.

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  24. What a fun post ; love the 4 block quilt that you brought home and I enjoyed seeing all of the quilts, fabrics, etc.

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  25. Thanks for sharing the seminar! I'm almost done with cataract surgery recovery.

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  26. It was a great seminar; we have so much textile history in New England! You picked a good time to attend for your first time. It was so nice to meet you, and I look forward to following your adventures here.

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  27. I love that you got all those pictures of Wendy and she had almost none (except a great picture with you two together!).
    Thanks for sharing the pictures. I love the swatch book. And it looks like you really scored on that applique quilt you bought!
    I'm so sorry I wasn't able to go this time.
    The baskets look like great fun. I love making baskets. Are you doing a sewalong?
    Would love to win your giveaway!!
    thanks for an exciting post about an amazing event!

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  28. You ended up with a beauty! What a great event! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  29. looks like you'll had a great time

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  30. Barb, It was great to meet you at AQSG. Looks like you are 'hooked' to say the least. Thanks for pitching in and helping with Show and Tell Friday night.
    AND.......thank you for posting the Manchester swatch books......because I have quilt blocks with the fabric with the coat and 'beets'........it is Horace Greeley fabric. I just posted a photo of the block on my facebook page......So now I have a picutre of it in the swatch books.....THANK YOU! Jane Crutchfield.

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  31. Thanks for sharing. Glad you had a great time! Looking forward to seeing you soon at our Pioneer Quilts exhibit in Houston. Please stop by and say hi!

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    1. If only I was going! I have a quilt in the American Tradition Exhibit, but I expect you'll be super busy - have fun
      xo

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  32. The swatch book is really cool! I love the historic story each swatch tells. I would love to have a chance at your giveaway.

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  33. Oh my gosh the summer spread you took home - wonderful!! It looks like such a fun and exciting day! I'm obsessed with your George Washington fabric, but I can see why you felt the same over the Grant Wilson line. Absolutely divine!!

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    1. thanks LaLa - I don't have an email for you - that GW fabric is older, but I still love it.
      good luck in the drawing.
      xo

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  34. Part 2 of my comment: The white top hat with glasses and HG is also Horace Greeley fabric. He ran for President in 1872 against Grant. He also was a New Hampshire native, read his bio. Jane C.

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    1. Thanks for the added information! I missed the official visit and I was in a state of wonder to absorb it all.
      It was nice to meet you at seminar
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  35. Loved seeing the photos of the swatch books! I could look at those for hours.:) I hate to admith this but have actually stopped period pictures like Gone With the Wind just to look at their dresses and the fabrics used to recreate. I know very sew geeky! jodyrandall@hotmail.com

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  36. Oh, there are hardly any words! Fabulous post, and I can't wait for your next post with more photos. Those swatch books are such a treasure! Yes, I love baskets! I need to get back to hand quilting my first basket quilt, set the blocks for the second, and make hundreds more little basket applique blocks - guess I'd best get off the computer for a bit. Thanks for offering up some of your treasures from the show/seminar!

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  37. Wow, I just knew you'd have a wonderful time! What a treat it must have been to see all those quilts at the bed turning event. And the swatch books are to die for! Your summer spread is wonderful and I love your new little basket blocks. So charming!

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  38. Thank you for sharing your photos. It looks like it was wonderful. The political fabrics are amazing. I don't want to even think about what 2017 political fabrics would look like. :-) Your spread is gorgeous.

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  39. So sorry I had to miss seminar this year. Looks like you had a great experience. The bed turnings would have been particularly enjoyable. You scored a wonderful appliqued quilt or summer coverlet (?) The swatch books are a great resource, aren't they? I particularly like seeing the Horace Greeley fabric. I hope you continue to enjoy AQSG. It is a wonderful group of antique quilt enthusiasts!

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    1. Hi Pat - I can't find an email for you - thanks for the nice comments. I'll post more on the summer spread soon. I'm a long time member of AQSG just a first time seminar.
      xo

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  40. wow....sooo terrific to see those old sample books....such gorgeous swatches....bet the foliage was great too....fantastic giveaway!

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  41. The swatch books are very interesting. Would love to have fabric like that now.

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  42. Great to meet you at seminar! I am glad you enjoyed it. I consider it the best conference of the year.

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    1. Great to meet you too. The seminar was fabulous!

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  43. O.m.gosh... I just LOVE those swatch book fabrics - SWOON!
    Looks like an awesome time, would love to have been there.
    Thanks for sharing all those wonderful photos with us.
    Congratulations on your purchase of that Gorgeous 4 block summer Spread!

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  44. It was a great Seminar, even if I was on the Organizing Committee! Barb, thanks for all of your help. The dates and locations of the next 2 seminars is on the AQSG website.

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    1. You're welcome! it was great fun all around.
      xo

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  45. How fun to see all this quilt and fabric history up close!

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  46. Barb,

    What a great post. I always knew you'd enjoy the scholarly aspect of quilt making. The swatch books and antique quilts are amazing and the folky four patch will be right at home in your collection. Count me in for the giveaway please.

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  47. Wow it looks like you had a great time! Those fabrics, who knew they were so many "hidden" things in there? Not me! I love the quilt you got, it's so you!
    I have 4 blocks made and am enjoying the process.
    I didn't know that you knew Barb G......she used to be in my guild.

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  48. What a wonderful post. The quilts, the history lessons, etc., fabulous. Thank you for sharing and a chance. to win. Can't wait to see more of the quilt you got. Thank you.

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  49. Your post has made a lot of us very excited seeing what went on at the AQSG meeting. All those quilts, historical information, fabulous swatches, and your beautiful new summer quilt. I did have to smile at Wendy apparently photo bombing your one photo. She's so cute! Any fabric companies interested in reprinting any of the fabrics you saw?

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  50. Don't include me in the giveaway. I've been such a bad blogger friend these past few years. Just wanted to let you know I enjoyed the post. Sounds like a lot of fun and a great chance to see some awesome quilts and fabrics.

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  51. I've never seen anything like the fabrics you shared - amazing. The quilt you were able to get is very intriguing. I look forward to getting a closer look.

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  52. Wow!!! Totally amazed at those fabric swatches! And what an awesome time you must have had! Absolutely Lovely. Thank you so much for sharing it all!!

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  53. WOW! I have to admit I actually drooled while reading this post.LOL

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  54. Just too much to love in this post. Love, love, love.

    Rondi

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  55. Oh my goodness! Thankyou for sharing with us! Would have loved to see this in person!
    Merry_Mary_1800s on Instagram

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  56. What a lovely time with all that history loved
    D the fabrics and the quilt you got.

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  57. That had to be an amazing event! I love your new acquisition! Swoon....can hardly wait for your next post!

    Also, What a nice giveaway!count me in!

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  58. Great event! I’ve never heard about this Grant fabrics....thank you so much for sharing!!!!

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  59. I can understand your love for historical quilts. The one that has my eye right now is My Sweet Sister Emma--a signature quilt. I'm just fascinated with signature and inked quilts. Thanks for sharing your event!

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  60. Wow it must have been so much fun. I enjoyed hearing about all of it.

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  61. You always manage to make quilting look like so much fun! What a great event to attend. Lucky you!

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  62. What special fabrics you have seen and the beautiful quilts. It must have been such a great event. The baskets for a new quilt look sweet. Greetings
    aubphg (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  63. What beautiful quilts and thank you so for showing them. Like nothing I have ever had the opportunity seeing. I keep going back and looking again. So special and thank you so much for the share. Diann Smith kyquiltymama@ Hotmail.com

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  64. Looks like a fantastic event, wonderful quilts, fabric and ladies! Thanks so much for sharing with us, so many of us are unable to attend! Your basket blocks are so cute, I am making mini bow ties at present. Happy Fall!

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  65. Wow! that Grant fabric! Fascinating & the new Grant bio by Ron Chernow just came out 10.10.17.
    Thank you so much for your wonderful photos-such an interesting take (& no driving :) ). I am
    going to leave your blog up & will keep coming back to it on this rainy day. Susan

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    1. You're welcome - thanks for reading and leaving a nice comment.

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  66. Oh my, you could be arrested for posting such quilt porn! Those MHA swatch books are like a hidden stash of substances that could be illegal! Sure wish a fabric company would reprint just a short run of some of those wordy fabrics... and the eyeglasses, definitely! Thanks for sharing! And if you want a few basket blocks, I'll be happy to make a few for you.

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  67. Wow - what a great time seeing fabulous quilts (swatches) and people! Your photos are excellent and I feel like I am looking directly at the swatches! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  68. Great up close photos of things, my old eyes love ya'. Looking forward to MORE.

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  69. Wow, I have looked at this group again and again.....maybe next year? What a lovely collection of prints you got to see, and that quilt you bought, can't wait to see how you quilt it.

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  70. As always, a wonderful and interesting post! Love all the historic fabrics and quilts too! Thanks for all the great photos. Tammy Morrow morrowrj(at)telus(dot)net

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  71. I am in awe of the swatch book and the fabrics. How nice that such a thing exists and that you shared it. Thank you!!!

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  72. Thank you for including the photographs of the swatch books. I can't get over how vivid the colors still are. Lots of wonderful pictures to drool over here.

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  73. here I am, on the other side of the country, drooling over the pictures, fabric, experience you had there! Would be ever so delighted to win this grouping you are giving away!

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  74. Thanks for such a fun and interesting post, Barb. Gosh, it looks like a fabulous time you had. Mentally I was thinking, as I read, the best part of your trip was ... and then I realized that every part was wonderful: the bed turning, the swatch books with the Grant/Wilson fabric (to treasure), the auction, fun with friends. Lucky you!

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  75. Thanks, Barb, for all your help and enthusiasm during Seminar!

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  76. Love seeing the history, the fabrics, blocks, the good time everyone had.

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  77. Wow, lots of interesting quilts and fabrics...Makes me what to look closer at the designs on the fabric I have.

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  78. Wonderful post! Thanks for all the info you shared with us. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  79. Wonderful post! Thanks for all the info you shared with us. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  80. Oh my! I would have swooned over that Grant/Wilson fabric for sure! Thanks for sharing all the eye candy!

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  81. What a wonderful time you had - so glad that you didn't faint as you would have missed all those details in the fabrics. Thank you for posting such an informative article. carol at artlessfabrications dot com

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  82. Thanks for sharng - great information. I don't think I would have picked out all those details on the fabric if you had not pointed them out.

    Charlotte

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  83. I love that U. S. Grant fabric! What an interesting event!

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  84. Hi, I just found your blog and am delighted. I will be bookmarking it. I hope it’s not too late to enter the drawing. Looking forward to more of your blog.

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  85. I would just be so happy to have every single thing in this blog post!

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  86. I don't think I would have picked out all those details on the fabric if you had not pointed them out.


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