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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Crummy backgrounds ... and a giveaway!

Hi everybody, if you're looking for me I'm over at Sew We Quilt / Stash Manicure today!  See?




 
So go over there and read the post, then come back here for a giveaway (ends Sunday May 1 at 11:30 pm EST).

Welcome back, here's what you do for a chance to win:  (1) leave a message here telling me why you like small quilts; (2) mention my giveaway on your blog if you have one; (3) state your preference - Petunia or the Water Bearer; and (4) become a follower - it's free and we're always glad to scoot over and make room for one more!

So here's Petunia ...


And here's the water bearer.  I still need to attach the binding but it'll be finished by the time a winner is announced  ;o)




The winner will be announced on Monday, May 2 by 10 a.m. EST

117 comments:

  1. I like small quilts because I can actually finish them and move on to another project. Also I get to hang them up or use them on a small table and admire them longer.

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  2. I am now following your blog and glad to do it...I will be reading old posts so I'll be here a while:)

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  3. I just love your mini piggy - I just adore pigs (miss them on the farm). How gracious of you to offer your new mini's as a give away.

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  4. I like small quilts because they are more likely to actually get finished - LOL. The pieced backgrounds look great by the way. I don't have a blog to link this to, but I am adding you to my Google Reader now.
    Oh, and I love Petunia, but the Water Bearer is very nice too.

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  5. Great tutorial. I love the way your pieced all those little crumbs. Love the pig too.

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  6. I am a follower of your blog.

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  7. I have just started making small quilts and am really enjoying it - it is fast and uses up a lot of scraps. I love both of these quilts but if I have to choose it will have to be water bearer by a tiny margin.

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  8. I like small quilts because they make great wall adornments and they are quick and easy to make.

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  9. Both the quilts are lovely but since I am an Aquarian (water bearer) I'll have to pick that one.

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  10. I seem to be directed to your blog a lot....so I'm now becoming a follower.

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  11. I like small quilts because you can try new techniques more easily and quickly, and spend more time on embellishing them. I really like the Water Bearer quilt because I love love love vibrant color!

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  12. I love small quilts for several reasons. First of all, they are a quick fix if I'm dying to sew but can't commit to a large project. Secondly, they just go anywhere! I love them on tables, the backs of a chair, hanging on the wall, or off of a shelf. So many possibilities! Thank you for the contest!

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  14. I have been a follower of your blog for quite some time now. :)

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  15. I have posted a link to your giveaway on my blog. :)

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  16. If I were lucky enough to win, I would have to choose Petunia. It brings back so many memories of my precious mom. Both of them are just wonderful, but I had to pick that one because of her. Thanks again for a chance!

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  17. I like small quilts because they are more likely to actually get finished. I love your method of making backgrounds. Great tutorial.

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  18. It is very generous to offer one of your mini quilts as a giveaway. I like them both, but the water bearer is my favorite.

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  19. I am a new follower. I have discovered so many lovely blogs thanks to Madame Samm.

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  20. Thanks for sharing your crummy background ideas. I will definitely try it out on my next small quilt. Making small quilts is very fulfilling for me. I enjoy the process and completing the project in considerably less time than making a large quilt. Thus bringing complete satisfaction for me and lovely gifts for my friends and family.

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  21. I left this off my previous message:

    I do not have a blog, and I prefer Petunia, if I should be so fortunate to win your giveaway.

    Best wishes,
    Patty

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  22. Like everyone else, I like small quilts because they finish quickly and also because I can try out new techniques on them..

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  23. I posted about your giveaway..it is on the Giveaway page behind the tab at the top of my blog.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your creations!

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  24. This is the first time I have seen your blog and am quite intrigued. I don't normally do small quilts but I love Petunia so I might give it a try.

    Thanks for the opprotunity to win her.
    Kathy

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  25. Hello everybody, I'm glad to see your comments! Last night I was a victim of Murphy's Law... I wanted to put numbers on the comments but I couldn't get on the internet! So, I'll do that tonight and I hope it picks up all the comments, else I'll have to print out and number by hand? eeyeow!

    Good luck everyone!

    Linda

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  26. I like small quilts because they can usually be done quickly and with my life I need quick!

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  27. I have only done a mug rug which I consider a small quilt. I think when I need a sense of accomplishment, these work well. In a few hours, I've accomplished something. I'll have to try to make a small quilt. Thanks for the inspiration and an opportunity to win. I like Petunia.

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  28. I've become a follower! Thanks for the opportunity to win again. Petunia's for me!!

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  29. I love scrappy backgrounds and would love to win one.Thank you for the chance.

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  30. I like small quilts because they don't take as much time as large quilts, and they are easier for me to quilt.

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  31. I like both of your small quilts! I like Water Bearer slighly more, though. Thanks for the chance!

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  32. I blogged about your giveaway at http://salliessampler.blogspot.com/2011/04/petunia-or-water-bearer.html

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  33. I love the your idea for crumbs! I have only made one smal quilt and working on another along with my other projects - some cannot have just one project going.
    My favrate is Petunia of course he is so cute!

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  34. I love to make small quilts as my favorite quilting method is applique. Thanks for the idea of making background fabric. I love the look! I save every crumb of fabric so this is a great way to use them up. Petunia is my favorite. It would be so cute in a child's room. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. I like small quilts because you don't get bogged down making the same block over and over. Plus they are easier to display. And I can easily quilt them in my machine.

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  36. I love the Petunia little quilt. I have a grandson that loves pigs.

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  37. I am a new follower. I love the mini quilts you have created and look forward to seeing more of your work. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

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  38. I love Petunia! I also love the Love Bugs from your April 25th post. Too cute.

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  39. Small are easily stored but more importantly, they are so much fun to work with. Great for trying out new techniques.

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  40. I'm a new follower. Thanks for sharing on Sew We Quilt

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  41. I like Petunia and so would my 4 yr old son.

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  42. I really haven't done any small quilts except for the baby ones. They are definitely easier to handle. I'm sure I'll do more in the future though.

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  43. I like small quilts because they take up less space and you can finish them quicker.

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  44. Don't have a blog of my own, but prefer Petunia, but they're both beautiful!

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  45. I love Petunia just delightful .

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  46. I like small quilts as I get a sense of accomplishment when I can finish in a smaller amount of time and don't get bored with the quilt .

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  47. I have become a follower and am so happy to have found your blog.

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  48. Linda, I have been a follower since you started the blog. I like small quilts because they are easy to finish. sometimes I get bored making the same block so many times. I am not fond of machine quilting large quilts. I have to give it to someone else who loves it. I love instant gratification. You make so many beautiful quilts while working 9 to five, I can't wait to see the quilts during your retirement.

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  49. Just found your blog at stash manicure and enjoyed your post. I will be a follower now.

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  50. I like small quilts because I can find room to hang them easier than the larger ones. I give away a lot of mine and the people I give them to have the same space problems. Plus I think I like that they are finished so much faster. I just love your pig quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  51. Small quilts are easier for me to quilt and embellish than larger ones. Also I can finish the quilt all by myself.

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  52. The waterbearer is absolutely my favorite.

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  53. After continuing to read your blog, I am now a follower.

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  54. I like to make small quilts because I can get almost instant gratification. I love making candle mats and mug rugs!

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  55. I like small quilts as it gives me a chance to practise before going on to a big quilt.

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  56. I like Petunia. She is just so fun and brings a smile to my face.

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  57. Little quilts are great when I get overwhelmed with a large project and need to have satisfaction of finishing something. Petunia is so cute. Enjoy your blog.

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  58. I blogged about your giveaway!

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  59. I have always liked small quilts because I put them on my wall as art and I get to change my art whenever I want. Besides, it takes less time to hand quilt a small quilt than it does to hand quilt one made for the bed.

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  60. I VERY much enjoyed your tutorial...I am already a follower, and the weee piggy is my favorite.

    hugz,
    annie
    rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

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  61. I love the Water Bearer. I have a yellow wall that needs a quilt. I haven't made one for it yet and this would fill the space very nicely.

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  62. Love the idea of how to use the crumbs. I've been saving anything over one inch having no idea what I could do with them, just knowing I didn't want to throw them away. This is a great idea for a project with my granddaughter who also likes to play with fabric pieces. Both quilts are beautiful, but I think I like Petunia best. I have limited sewing time, so I love small quilts. I use them as table toppers and wall hangings.

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  63. I love doing small quilts as I can actually finish them. I work full time and help raise 2 great grandbabies so my quilting time is limited. Love Petunia.

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  64. Both very nice but I like Petunia better! Thanks for the chance!

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  65. I got here from Stashmanicure. Great idea about background creation from crumbs.

    Are you the historian for your quilt group? If not you should be. You did a great job chroicaling the retreat. Sounded like a wonderful time.

    I've enjoyed visiting. Selina

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  66. Small quilts are fast to make, use up scraps, make great gifts and don't take up much wall space. I really like Petunia!!

    Thanks for the chance

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  67. I've always enjoyed making small quilts, in part so that I can try new ideas and designs without making a large quilt. Most of my small quilts have been hand appliqued. Small ones also make good gifts--but first I find out if my relative(s) would like one!
    It's also nice to know that a small quilt will be done fairly quickly. And small wall quilts are just right for quick redecorating.
    Thanks.

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  68. I'm a follower; I'm glad I found your blog today.

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  69. I love the water bearer! The woman's figure is just right for the small quilt; the fabrics couldn't be better.
    Thanks very much for your description on how you make your scrap backgrounds.

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  70. I like small quilts for my grandnieces "dolly quilts" or occasionally as wall hanging. Petunia is my fave. Thanks for your post at stashmanicure.

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  71. I like small quilts for my grandnieces "dolly quilts" or occasionally as wall hanging. Petunia is my fave. Thanks for your post at stashmanicure.

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  72. I love small quilts because I can start and finish one in a reasonable time - I can also try out a new technique to see if I could love it long term!

    Love both your quilts, but the water bearer really speaks to me!!

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  73. I love the Water Bearer the best. Small quilts are great to try out a technique without a huge investment in time and materials to see whether you like it or not.

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  74. Thanks for the crumbs tutorial -- the directions are clear, and the results look great!

    I like small quilts . . . because I can try something that is out of my comfort zone "safely" . . . because I can sample/practice new techniques (eg, photo transfer, couching) . . . because they can showcase the vibrant colors I love . . . and best of all, because they are less likely to become UFO"s!! I

    It's probably no surprise to you that I like both small quilts, but give the edge to the Water Bearer!

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  75. Thanks for the great tutorial at Stash Manicure. I just love your little Petunia quilt - she has so much personality. I love small quilts, I don't have much wall space, so small quilts are easy to find a place for in my house. My absolute favorite quilt I've made so far is a babydoll quilt for my grandbaby - 1" blocks and HST's -- my guild friends think I'm crazy, LOL.

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  76. I love the pieced background idea. Thanks for sharing. Patunia is adorable.

    I love small quilts because you can get so creative with embellishing them and hang them up to enjoy.

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  77. I'm currently taking some classes, so the only thing I can do is work on small quilts (and hardly even that right now!). I love Miss Petunia!

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  78. I like trying out new techniques with small quilts. Lets me know if I like the technique enuogh to try on a bigger quilt or not so much.
    Petunia is my favorite. Love those "crummy" backgrounds!

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  79. I like your Crummy backgrounds. I like the pig the best! I'll click to follow your Blog after this comment. Thansk for the Chance for a free project I don't have to make.

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  80. Hi! I am a follower. I've read your blog previously, but I guess I didn't sign up as a follower at that time. Silly me. Small quilts? I must confess, as useful as large quilts are...my heart loves small quilts. I've made many. Those seem to be the ones I am motivated to completed. ADD? I don't know. By the way, I LOVE the "Crummy (or crumby) Background" idea...I'm also a scrap lover. It adds such depth to the background, rather than one solid fabric...and uses scraps!!
    Favorite? I like both...but Petunia reminds me of my mother...in a good way! She collected pigs throughout her life, so whenever I see little pig figurines or on quilts or fabric...I fondly think of my mother!

    Deb from clutteredquilter.blogspot.com
    PS: I will mention you at my blog!

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  81. I like smaller quilts...because I can quilt them myself and they take less time to make.

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  82. I prefer the water bearer. Just not a fan of pigs, tho I do like the "crummy" background.

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  83. Small quilts finish more quickly and are easier to hang on the wall! Also, in a small quilt I can try new things and find out pretty quickly if they work.

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  84. 1- I like small quilts because you can finish them in a half day or so, I'm a big fan of them!!!!!

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  85. I love both quilts, both of them are awesome, but I'll give Petunia a try
    I'll blog about it tomorrow, it's bed time and I'm sure will dream about little Petunias around, lol

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  86. Guess what?, I'm your newest follower, yay for you, I know it isn't going to stay for too long, lol. Now, my secret, I'll have my fingers crossed!!!!!!!!

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  87. I included your giveaway in my blog today:
    http://straystitches1.blogspot.com/2011/04/its-two-of-two.html

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  88. Small quilts are great, lets me try a new pattern or technique without the commitment of a full size quilt! I love "Water Bearer" absolutely beautiful! gougeonathome@charter.net (Allison)

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  89. and what a great post it was...see not sew hard at all you can come back anytime...x

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  90. I like small quilts because I can practice new techniques and patterns without the long-term commitment of a large quilt. They make great 'show and tell' items and lovely extemporaneous gifts.

    I am now a 'to be loyal follower'.

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  91. I forgot to note I would like the water bearer

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  92. I'm a follower. I like petunia she is very cute! I also like small quilts because they make great gifts!!

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  93. Hi Linda:
    I loved your tutorial on using scraps for background - both quilts are delightful!
    As you know, I am already a devoted follower!

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  94. I like small quilts because I don't have time to get bored making them. I like quick results!

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  95. I think I like the water bearer the best. I like African influence and am not as fond of cutesy. They are both nice though.

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  96. I LOVE Petunia!!

    I enjoy making small alot. I like that I can have a quick project. I also like that I can try out a new method (paper piecing for example) or practice my quilting. Plus, I can hang lots of small quilts on my walls but it is hard to hang 30 full size quilts lol.

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  97. I'm still loving Petunia... **sigh**, lol. The info about your giveaway's in the sidebar of my blog, thank you so much for brighten our days!

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  98. Love both of your quilts, they're adorable!
    I love small quilts because I don't have enough room in my house, it's a small one. Petunia has my heart
    Melba
    melbaks(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  99. Small quilts are great because you can finish them in a couple of hours and explore new techniques.

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  100. I like the water bearer. very beautiful.

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  101. Hi there, nice to see you over at Stash:) I love Petunia. When I was a child I had a pet pig her name was Stella she was a black potbelly pig and truly a member of our family. She wasa pet that slept with us and our other pets a true delight!! What a nice memory you've brought back for me:)
    Valerie
    Chestermere, Alberta, Canada
    Http://www.PastimesOnline.ca/Vals-Quilting

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