Monday, July 25, 2011

Pearl Cotton Giveaway!

something for you from Anna & I...

for you, from Anna & I

Really!  It's the complete 2-box set of Anna Maria Horner's new pearl cottons produced by Anchor and Westminster - both Geranium Wall and Reflecting Pool!

Imagine what you could do with this bowl full of yum.

bowl full of yum


The colors are inspired by Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi collection, but these glowing hues and stunning neutrals are sure to make themselves at home in fabrics everywhere.  I know that the Loulouthi Tiles quilt is only the beginning of my hand quilting indulgences with these lovelies!  If you're following along with my free Loulouthi Tiles pattern, what could be more perfect than a complimentary set of pearl cotton?

Loulouthi tiles stashed away

Enter to win!  To put your name in for this giveaway, please leave a comment sharing what needlecraft you're enjoying most or dying to try this summer.  Is it embroidery, hand quilting, crewel, cross stitch or something more exotic?  I'm just curious!  I'd also love to know if there is a particular blogger who inspires you along these lines so that I can make a visit.  But that second bit is just optional.  Giveaway ends Wednesday the 27th at noon, EST.  Good luck!

Pearl Cotton giveaway!

526 comments:

  1. I plan on doing some hand-quilting on a blue and white quilt, using Elizabeth Hartman's Practical Guide to Patchwork book, the Superstar quilt. And someone to check out would be mary from "mollyflanders.blogspot.com"

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  2. I have been dreaming of these ever since you started posting about them! The colors are absolutely gorgeous. I'm enjoying working on my Daisychain ABCs crewel kit from Posie Gets Cozy. I am just about finished with "A"! I'm learning new stitches as I go too which is fun :)

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  3. My current embroidery project is the Little Birdie Stitches hosted by Little Miss Shabby.

    Michelle K.

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  4. i have yet to try out hand quilting but i'd love to give it a go before summer ends!

    knottygnome@gmail.com

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  5. Oh, those are gorgeous! I've been dreaming about hand quilting a little birdie baby quilt that's been sitting around for quite some time. Mostly because I'm afraid to try hand quilting, and I wasn't sure what to quilt it with. This solves my problem and provides ample inspiration!

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  6. What a great giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity. I am quilting both by machine and by hand this summer as well as knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. Summer is a great time for me to work on UFO's and get caught up!

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  7. I hope to start on some Christmas embroidery projects to get a head start on the holidays and also a few decorative embroidery projects for my craft room. Thanks for the giveaway! As far as inspiring crafters are concerned, I'd check out So September at http://soseptember.blogspot.com/

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  8. I enjoy cross stitching and have been doing it since I was a girl. I will be taking a hand embroidery class next month and can't wait because I have always wanted to make the leap into more organic design.

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  9. I have always loved embroidery but lately I've started hand quilting. It's such a relaxing way to finish a quilt (no being hunched over a machine wrangling a heavy quilt through a small hole) and I love the added texture and color. That being said ... these beautifl perle cotton sets would be perfect for my upcoming quilt project :)

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  10. I have been waiting for these to become available! I love the colors. I have to finish a blanket then it will be hand quilted...Jackie@Pacitti.us

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  11. I have been quilting for 20 something years and have done quite a few hand quilted quilts. But just this summer I started hand quilting my single girl quilt with perle cotton and I LOVE it. It is a bit more difficult but I love the look. I have plans for many more quilts with perle cotton hand quilting. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway, I would love to win these.

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  12. I'm always a fan of freestyle embroidery, but I've been wanting to delve into crewel work and using perle cotton thread for hand quilting, so these gorgeous threads would be wonderful!

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  13. Cross stitch/hand embroidery has always been my "outlet". Lately I've gotten into quilting. I'm loving the look of hand quilting with perle cotton! I have too many works in progress but I'm drooling over Vignette in Stitches from the Vignette magazines.

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  14. Oh you know I'm SO excited for these new threads!
    I'm not sure if it's the needlecraft I'm enjoying most, but I'm trying to carve out a little time each week to develop my crochet skills. I've only known how to do what my mom showed me many years ago, but reading patterns??? disaster! I'm getting better at it though! But of course I've got a few handquilting and knitting projects on the go as well. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

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  15. Yummy, I could just eat them up! I do a bit of cross stitching and am going to be making my first forays into hand quilting here soon. I also am learning some couture (hand) sewing techniques for apparel.

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  16. I love embroidery and hand quilting and have done both many times. What I would like to try is crewel. Looks nice with the yarn, I think. Thanks for the chance to win...these are beautiful!

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  17. I am dying to try some of Sarah Jane's new embroidery patterns. I also have a lap quilt I want to try hand quilting on. These colors are so beautiful!

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  18. Crewelwork is my embroidery of choice. I'm super excited to get started on a special project this summer -- embroidering mini hoops as table numbers for my wedding!

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  19. I am excited to try quilting with colors! I have only done traditional hand quilting with white or black thread so I will be branching out with some colors and big stitches. I love the look.
    I am trying wool felting for the first time this summer, too. Fun!

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  20. I'd like to try making doilies, which I know is old-fashioned!
    -Andrea H.

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  21. I just finished my first hand quilting project - with pearl cottons - it's a mini quilt / mug rug to be sent off in a swap all the way to Ohio, but other than that, the details shall remain secret until it arrives at it's destination!

    Of course, I would just love to win these gorgeous collections - it would definitely inspire me to do a larger project. I have certainly enjoyed using these cottons in the swap project!

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  22. Ooh! Forgot to say who inspires me....your recent posts on hand quilting have been great - and I referred to them when I did my first few stitches. But of course AMH herself, with those beautiful hand embroidered cushions earlier this year inspired me to buy a couple of perl cottons and do a bit of hand quilting in the first place.

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  23. I'm itching to just SIT and hand quilt... how fun would THIS be to use! :)

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  24. giving myself a try! count me in..I am doing cross stitch and free hand embroidery now!Mainly cross stitch!

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  25. I'm enjoying hand quilting a Big Zig quilt I made from Denyse Schmidt's pattern. I kind of went on a spree yesterday, quilting away, and this morning my hand and arm are not too happy with me! I didn't think that I could get sore muscles from hand quilting!

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  26. I've been dying to try hand quilting, and also embroidering my own quilt labels. Jennifer's vintage flower loom projects have really inspired me lately, you can check them out here: http://twinfibers.blogspot.com/2011/07/vintage-flower-loom-projects.html

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  27. I love embroidery, but I really really want to try hand quilting. :)

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  28. I really want to try hand quilting. Just need to get through these quilts I'm working on now so I can start on something new that lends itself more to hand quilting. The blogs that I usually get ideas from are, of course, this one and Care at Obsessively Stitching. I'm making her I Spy quilts for all 7 kids, nieces and nephews for Christmas.

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  29. I would love to have these for the hand quilting I plan to do on my Little Folks quilt and maybe even my Bottled Rainbows, if the colors look good -- I do wish there was that yellow!

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  30. I really would like to hand quilt a smaller one for starters, but I would love to dabble in hand embroidery too!

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  31. I have a friend who has been trying to embroider with knitting yarn. Not having much luck, but that's what she has. would love to surprise her with these!!!

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  32. all those colors are wonderful! I have done one project with perle cotton and would like to do more.

    Could you recommend a good needle to use with the perle cotton?

    I have a couple of projects in the works one involves embroidery and the other applique. nothing new here.

    thanks for a chance to win.
    Janita

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  33. Yum, indeed! I have been inching my way toward quilting (and your blog is a HUGE inspiration!), and these cottons might just push me over the edge!

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  34. I'd have to say that I'm so busy this summer that I don't desire to start any hand work. But maybe this fall and winter when things slow down a notch I'd like to try embroidery.

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  35. I would like to do more hand quilting and embroidery, but as far as something I've not done before, I really want to try crewel work!

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  36. Wow, what a generous giveaway! I can't resist this one. I have Anna's free embroidery printed out to give a try, other than that I might hand quilt a small quilt!

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  37. I've mostly been knitting since I'm moving and it's more portable, but I have several quilt tops waiting for hand quilting. I'd love some AMH to use! Thanks for the chance!

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  38. i'm a knitter but i really love to finish a quilt this summer
    to prove that i can finish a quilt.
    so many tops laying around.
    but sandwich none.

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  39. I've just been dying to try perle cottons in general, and I've really been anxious to do some hand quilting where I don't have to peel apart six strands of embroidery floss!!

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  40. These are gorgeous!!!
    I want to do some hand quilting.

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  41. I'm working on my first quilt, and haven't gotten close enough to the quilting step to decide if I want to attempt hand quilting or not. I think it would be really fun, but definitely time consuming!

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  42. Because of travel this summer and the readiness of my very first quilt, I have been doing alot of needlework. I've got some (wonderfully portable) embroidery projects going on as well as hand quilting with perle cotton! Am loving it and have been waiting anxiously for the AMH needleworks to be available! Lovely giveaway.

    Brookemadams at yahoo dot com

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  43. What a generous giveaway! I love both colors, lovely. Thanks for the chance.

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  44. I am currently working on some embroidery for a quilt and hope to try some hand quilting soon.

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  45. I'm doing handquilting right now. Though I do have an Alicia Paulson embroidery project that I started a few months ago and have to get back to. :) One of my NEXT projects is to handquilt one of the loulouthi totem tiles for a wall hanging. So winning this thread would really help me in that aspect!

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  46. Wow! Simply scrumptious colors! I love to hand quilt and have not done so yet with pearl cotton. This would be the perfect time try it. I love the look.

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  47. These are gorgeous! My current embroidery project is the Little Birdie Stitches hosted by Little Miss Shabby. I haven't started yet, but I want to!

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  48. I've been quilting for a few years, but never hand-quilted anything. I'd love to give it a try with these beautiful threads! This summer I've been cross-stitching like crazy after many years of not touching it. I guess needlework crafts are like riding a bike?

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  49. I've been spending a ton of time embroidering and piecing quilt tops this summer, but I've been dying -- DYING -- to get my paws on some needlepoint and learn how to do it.

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  50. What a great prize :-) This summer I am most enjoying working on making hexies :-) but I've also been doing some knitting too. I just finished a shawl, perfect for the cooler summer evenings.
    I've been getting my inspiration from Lily's Quilts http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/
    and also flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/lilysquilts/
    Thanks for the chance to win :-)

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  51. My current project is little cowboys and cowgirls embroidery.

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  52. This would be so perfect! I'm getting ready to piece a back for my very first quilt, then I plan on hand quilting it. Having such a great color selection would be awesome.

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  53. I'd love a chance to win these lovelies! I've been enjoying embroidery lately, and have been knitting a vibrant blue sock (I stayed up late last night working on it, in fact). I've not yet tried hand quilting, but it's on my to-do-soon list. Thanks, Rachel!

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  54. I have a quilt that was given to me by a lady who hated quilting, but loved quilts. she started hand quilting it. i wanted to learn to hand quilt and finish it so i can give it back to her completely done so she an enjoy it. However i felt completely at a loss until reading your blog recently about needles.. so hand quilting is my new technique i want to learn!

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  55. I have been embroidering this summer! New grandchild coming soon....Thanks for the giveaway!

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  56. I've been itching to do some tatting lately. I haven't for a few years, and I don't want to lose those skills! I have yet to run across a blogger who tats, I would love to find one though!

    Wonderful giveaway!

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  57. Those colors are beautiful! I am working on a felt applique project right now and using some of those threads though not those colors so they would be great to add to my thread collection! (and I love anything by Anna Maria)

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  58. I've been itching to try out hand quilting and crewel work!

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  59. I would so love to win this! I want to try hand quilting, as my machine quilting efforts so far have been very frustrating, leading to lots of unquilted tops hanging in my closet!

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  60. I've really wanted to try handquilting! I free motion everything because it's so much faster, but I'd really like to take my time with one...for a change! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. I am planning on trying the hand quilting on my latest quilt. Such yummy colors!! Artwork!

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  62. Lovely! Thank you for the give-a-way!! Some crocheted doilies and washcloths when it is too hot to work on anything else, but mostly piecing table runners and blocks for FWQAL and SSSQAL :o)

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  63. I've just begun to work with Bari J's "We Love French Knots" and improving my embroidery techniques. So I would use these beautiful threads for that; along with some nice hand stitching on my quilts.

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  64. I'm an embroidery lover. Right now, I'm working on a quilt block that incorporates embroidery for next month's modern quilt guild swap.

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  65. I love to embroider! It is so relaxing and easy to pick up and put down whenever I get the chance to work on it. Thanks for the AWESOME giveaway!

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  66. I have a hundred things going on this summer -- applique, embroidery, hand quilting, machine piecing, paper piecing, English paper piecing. But what I really need to brush up on is my free-motion quilting. Thanks for the chance to win that beautiful Perle Cotton. I'm absolutely drooling!!

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  67. What a neic treat! Thanks for the chance. Actually, what I would like to try is making one of these tile quilts and handquilting. I do all of my quilting by machine and stick to plain straight line quilting. Winniing this may inspire me to take a leap into hand stitching.

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  68. I would love to embroider more. I need to get some practice at it in order to get better. These are all so beautiful!

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  69. I would love to try reverse applique like in the Alabama Stitch book. Before I do that, I have to try to finish some UFO's lying around here. Hopefully in the fall I will be able to start something new.

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  70. I really want to take on hand quilting a quilt as I have never done so. I have a feq quilt tops that would love to be quilted with some pearl cotton!

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  71. I've embroidered for years, but somehow just discovered perl cotton. I would love to use this!

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  72. I want to do more embroidery on linen and burlap - I love the flexibility of it (and forgiveness!). Alicia Paulson is a wonderful inspiration of all kinds of needlework @ posie gets cozy.

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  73. I've been dying to try crewel ever since Katherine Shaughnessy's The New Crewel came out
    (http://www.amazon.com/New-Crewel-Exquisite-Contemporary-Embroidery/dp/157990680X). I just don't have the time or money resources to devote to a new endeavor.

    I really want to try hand quilting once I fininsh the We Can Do It! Skill Builder Sampler so this would be a wonderful prize.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    jennhgray at gmail dot com

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  74. I have just finished hand quilting- (my first attempt)with pearl cotton and am really pleased with the result. Im keen to do more in the future, and I definitely love the effect the pearle gives so this giveaway would be ideal for me, thaks for the chance.:-)

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  75. Ooooh. These would be great to have! I luuuuv hand quilting with perle.

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  76. I want to try some crewel work. My mom gave me a canvas she did back in the 70's and I'm smitten with it.

    As for bloggers who inspire, I love AMH herself for all things handwork!

    Thanks for a chance to win!
    Lindsey

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  77. I'm just getting into handwork (hexies, cathedral window blocks). Next up: hand quilting! Handwork seems to be the perfect take along project in the summer.

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  78. I've just bought some crochet hooks and and going to teach myself how to crochet whilst on maternity leave (next week!)

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  79. I am totally schitzophrenic (spelling?) when it comes to needlework...I love and try to do it all at once! This summer I am knitting, sewing, cross-stitching, crocheting and hooking a rug! But the thing I am totally loving is doing a BOM by Sue Spargo which involves a lot of embroidery on cottons and wools and yummy embellishments! Scrumptious! Go check out the Sue Spargo blog. You will love it!

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  80. I have been working on a embroidered Haiku poem for the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap on Flickr. The pearl cotton would be a great addition as my "stash" is someone limited.

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  81. I'm in the middle of my first tapestry project and there are a thousand(almost!) different needlework techniques I want to try. I have a page all about them (and other craft techniques) along with some links if you fancy a look?
    http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.com/p/challenges-for-2011.html
    I'm planning on working my way through them, though not all this summer, it's more of a lifetime goal!

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  82. Hi, I'm into handquilting this summer: a good portable project is very handy.
    I follow lilysquilt in this: hexalong with hexagons!

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  83. I want to try my hand at hand quilting this summer and I would love to use these beautiful colors. =)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Ly

    lyannab(at)gmail(dot)com

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  84. What a lovely box of perle cotton! I am enjoying the Birdie Stitches of the Month qal, by Little Miss Shabby. It's been fun doing hand embroidery squares every month.

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  85. my husband's grandmother just gave me a trunk full of crewel yarn, needlepoint canvases (some were already started by her mother), and embroidery patterns. i've only tried embroidery so far, so i can't wait to try one of the other projects!

    thanks for the chance to win!

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  86. I'm hoping to try making my first quilt this summer, and having these beautiful colors would certainly inspire me to try hand quilting it!!

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  87. I'm doing the zig-za QAL at Cut to Pieces and I really, really want to hand quilt it!!!! I would love these more than you could know!!! Also, I've been seeing a ton of crewel embroidery lately and I want to try my hand at it!
    The_yellow_submarine440(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  88. oooh, i would love to win these gorgeous threads!!! what i'm loving this summer... well just today, i finished my very first hand pieced quilt block! i really enjoyed it and want to do lots more of that this summer. Lily's Quilts, and her hexalong has really inspired me to give this a try :)

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  89. I'm going to be trying out some Sashiko for a swap I'm in on flickr. Slightly intimidated as it's so stark but hoping it will be easy and effective. Great giveaway too. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  90. I would love to give hand quilting a go. I've done some before but not I want to try different thread types.

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  91. Oh, wow, those are stunning! I would be so excited if I were to win. Recently I'm loving my hand stitched hexies. It's so nice to have something small and portable to work on in the summer!

    And who's really inspiring me? Pugly Pixel! She's not a quilter (that I know of) but comes up with all sorts of great stuff for building your blog. Which mine can do with!

    Chelsea
    Pinsandbobbins.blogspot.com

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  92. I've just finished an embroidered block for my in-laws to donate to an anniversary quilt their church is making. I've also been working on needle turn applique on a quilt top. I'm really interested in doing some big stitch quilting and this perle cotton collection would be awesome to work with~

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  93. I'm afraid I'm just a quilter - found my niche and I'm happy there! But I'd love to give some of those beautiful threads a go!!

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  94. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway! I've been making hexagons so I can handquilt around them to make a pouch. Small and a great way to start!

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  95. I really really really want to try hand quilting...but I'm scared. I am thinking some pretty pearl cotton thread could help me get over my fears haha :)

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  96. I haven't done cross-stitch in about six years and I'm thinking of picking it back up again. I'm also thinking of learning how to knit or crochet...decisions decisions!

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  97. This summer, I have been primarily machine quilting. The only "needle" craft I have done is some knitting. These boxes of pearl cottons would be great inspiration for some hand quilting. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  98. Never thought I'd want to learn to hand quilt, but the Loulouthi Tiles hand quilting is so fabulous, and the colors are SO lovely, that I have to learn. So I can't wait to get my hands on some pearl cotton and give it a try!

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  99. This summer I joined Lily's Quilts Hex-a-long (English Paper Piecing Hexagons). I've never tried pearl cotton but heard so much about it. THanks for the chance to win. Jxo

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  100. I would love to have the time to learn how to hand quilt. I love the punchy details of color it adds to quilts. And it just seems so much more special to put all that effort in.

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  101. What a wonderful giveaway! I am enjoying quilting this summer. Small quilts for two new great grandchildren. I am inspired by many bloggers both sewers and quilters and knitters. I have been admiring the vintage sheet quilts of In Color Order recently.

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  102. Swoon! I've been working on hand piecing a grandmother's flower garden quilt for over a year now and I plan to hand quilt it when the top is finished (whenever that may be!). These pearl cottons would be perfect for the project.

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  103. This is a great giveaway!!! I'm currently working on the alphabet sampler from Alicia Paulson. It's embroidery with crewel yarn and I love it!

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  104. How Exciting. I am dying to try handquilting. What a wonderful giveaway! I also would like to try a embroidered quilt...Very ambitious.. I know!

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  105. I haven't had the opportunity to work with pearl cotton yet. I'd like to try some hand quilting with it.

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  106. Wait... hold on... Wiping the drool off

    Does this set sell as a coordinate to her collection ot did you just make this? I love the colors they are beautiful I really need to get my hands on some of her new line.

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway

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  107. Oooh- I'm dying to try out AMH's new perle cotton!
    Currently, I'm highly enjoying hand quilting my second-ever quilt.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  108. What a great giveaway!
    Right now I'm doing a lot of knitting. HOT, right? But I'm just doing dishcloths with cotton yarn. It's great for sitting on the porch and enjoying outside while still getting something done.
    Love the new favicon, by the way :)
    Bethany
    sweetbeebuzzingsATgmailDOTcom

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  109. I have about 6 projects laying around that just need some zing. This would certainly help

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  110. Love these!
    I've been working on Birdie Stitches from LittleMissShabby, but have also made a change and made a set of Doggy Stitches for my other niece.
    I'm also exploring making my own art with 3 inch hoops. We'll see!

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  111. I have two quilts to finish this summer - one that just needs some decoarative hand stiching and one that additionally needs a cross-stiched panel of a kokeshi doll. Both for my daughters. Those kits I have been drooling over and to win would be FANTASTIC!
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Sherry

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  112. I am anxious to try some embroidery and LOVE the colors shown. I have the set of Loulouthi so I'm ready to go!

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  113. Beautiful colors. I used to be a cross stitcher, but haven't touched it for a long time . . . didn't seem practical with little ones around to "help". I'd love to try out some perle cotton though! Thanks for the chance.

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  114. Thanks for the beautiful giveaway! These colors are so rich. I've been hand quilting this summer and want to try my "hand" at using pearle cotton. I have a quilt layered, basted and ready to go, that's just screaming out for this type of quilting!

    Thanks so much.

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  115. I am a beginner quilter and I just realized how important it is to have good thread. I could use this in my stash. I love to do cross stitch for WOCS they give our projects to Nursing Homes.

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  116. I have a crewel work piece I've been working on for years. A friend of mine gave it to me as well as a variety of threads, I think they're from the Czech Republic or Russia. I would love to finish it up, but I would be timid to use it, afraid it would get ruined (maybe that's what's kept me from finishing it all these years... lol). Either way, I love it!

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  117. For me is free form embroidery. I am taking an embroidery class and the last lesson we learned how to make our own designs. I was so inspired after that. I have scheduled that post to be out later this week.

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  118. Those are gorgeous! I'm working on a English Paper Pieced diamonds quilt this summer. And probably next summer and the summer after that. It was inspired by the travel quilts on the blog Life Under Quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  119. In our family, it's my eight-year-old daughter who is dying to win this giveaway! She's been bitten by the embroidery bug this summer, and she's working her way through all 26 alphabet letters of the Penguin & Fish animals - as soon as she finishes, she's going to assemble them all in her first-ever quilt and enter it in the county fair. I'm thrilled that she loves sewing, quilting and knitting as much as I do! I have some of her work (and mine) posted on my blog, Blueberry Hill (where I also just blogged about your fabulous Bottled Rainbows project!)

    http://web.me.com/andrea.hungerford/On_Blueberry_Hill/Welcome.html

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  120. I haven't stitched in quite some time, but the beautiful work I am seeing here, paired with the lovely products, has gotten my fingers itching! Most of my crafting is focused on my 16 month old daughter so I think I would do a thin, soft quilt with stitching on it for her to snuggle with. I'm inspired to do this project after a visit with my 10 year old niece and seeing how well loved a blankie can be. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

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  121. I'd love to use them for cross stitching, they would look so lovely in any of my handbags... Awesome colors!!

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  122. Wow. Where to begin. I just finished a quilt for my best friend. It took me about 6 months of constant working on it. It was a Kaffe pattern and not an easy one. And, I hand quilted the whole huge thing. Now, I'm working on the alphabet sampling from Alicia Paulson, finishing a quilt for my friend's daughter, using pearl cotton to handquilt a quicky summer quilt I made out of Dream On/Moda and some Kona solids. I am going to make some pillows out of the three pieces of Loulouthi I bought, using Anna Maria's samples on her blog. Oh, yeah, I'm also mostly handsewing a blouse made Loulouthi voile -- I'm copying an old farmdress I found in a thrift store! Sheesh!!!! I would love love love to win some of those beautiful little balls!

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  123. I'm embroidering eight large butterflies on my king sized blue, green and purple batik quilt. Those pearl cottons would make them pop! Even if I don't win them, thanks for the link to purchase them.

    Jan Myhre, Spokane, WA
    jal_myhre41@comcast.net

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  124. These are so beautiful - and because I used to be an obsessive cross stitcher, I have been aching to own some of Anna's product! I quilt now - and I have been thinking of making a small wall hanging and hand quilting it - winning these would get me started! Thanks for the opportunity :)

    caribousmom (at) gmail (dot) com

    http://www.caribousmom.com

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  125. Those are so pretty! Thank you for the chance! I have some projects that I would love to use pretty colors to finish. I have been working on some embroidery panels in my "waiting" time. It is so relaxing to just sit and stitch on something!

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  126. be still my beating heart!!! I am drooling on my keyboard. Pick me Pick me!!! : )

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  127. I plan to share my limited knowledge of embrodiary with my youngest daughter next month when I go up to help her bring her three new babies home. Don't know how much time we will have, but should find some.

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  128. I've been embroidering the Wee Wonderfuls Book Club Stitchettes http://www.weewonderfuls.com/store/book-club-stitchettes-1.html

    and would LOVE to win these threads from Anna Maria!
    Thank you for your free quilt along too!
    Jane

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  129. I've definitely been wanting to try some hand quilting, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to love it when I do. Thanks for the giveaway! Winning would definitely push me over the edge into giving hand quilting a try!

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  130. I literally squealed with delight to see this give away! :) I am dying to try hand quilting. I have a few Christmas table runners in mind to test it out on, too :)

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  131. I'm enjoying embroidery and I'm thinking about hand quilting with pearl -which I've never, ever used. So my fingers and toes are crossed.

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  132. I'm loving hand quilting with pearl cotton threads. I'm also planning on incorporating some embroidery into the centre of a log cabin quilt. These would be perfect! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  133. I want to try hand quiting and embrodiery with these threads this summer. Thanks for the giveaway

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  134. I am definately going to try my hand at some doll making ala elinor bailey style.

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  135. I've really been getting into embroidery this summer! I just started the Ryan Berkeley series for Sublime Stitching to frame and hang on my walls! I would love to incorporate these beautiful threads.

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  136. Oh thank you Rachel! This is an amazing giveaway! I've never tried perle cotton but I am really dying to give hand quilting a whirl after reading your loulouthi tiles tutorial. Hand stitching is not really my forte, but having been inspired by the hexalong going on at the moment I have given it a go!

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  137. love embroidery, but haven't been able to practice it lately. such a beautiful bunch of thread!!

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  138. I am going to try to hexalong with Lynne at Lily's Quilts x

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  139. I love working with pearl cotton... it crochets up beautifully into delicate necklace cords and bracelets. I had never thought of using it for quilting though, but I am now looking forward to my next quilted project--placemats for my new home after I get married in September (yes, I am not only "old" but old-fashioned to boot!)

    Currently though I am working on a counted cross stitch sampler for the wedding...but then it seems like everything I have worked on these last few weeks and months has been wedding, wedding, wedding now that I come to think of it!

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  140. I recently completed a twister quilt top using Innocent Crush. I've never hand quilted before, but I'm dying to try it on this top. I think it would really be something special. akmajor (at) gmail (dot) com

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  141. I have a stamped cross stitch Christmas piece I'm working on. I'd love to finish it food Christmas. I'd love to try hand quilting too!

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  142. I'm about to start embroidering some wall art that includes our initials. This would be an awesome group of colors to work with...I hope I win!

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  143. I'm actually in the middle of hand quilting the Rockin Robin quilt in pearl cotton -- this would be awesome! Thanks for the chance.

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  144. This summer I plan on doing some crochet and some EPP hexagons - easy and portable!

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  145. I am about to start a quilt that I will do some hand quilting on. I enjoyed the hand quilting of my daughter's dresden plate quilt so I thought I would try some more. Thanks for the chance at this fab giveaway!

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  146. Those are some fabulously gorgeous colors!

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  147. This summer has been spent mostly traveling, but I want to get back to embroidering some lighthouses for a wall hanging I am working on.

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  148. I recently learned how to hand quilt (an AMH tutorial)... and I absolutely love it. But my true love is embroidery and I can't wait to get my hands on some of these new threads. Fingers and toes crossed.

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  149. I've been hand quilting this summer Anna's Summer Totem in grapefruit for a purse for myself because I was inspired by her pillow. (I blogged about it). I would love the coordinating perle cotton to finish it off. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  150. I love embroidery. It's been a while since I've indulged, but it's nice to see it's making a comeback! :)
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  151. i just saw these the other day & immediately put them on my Christmas list :) My daughter & I have been doing bits of embroidery with applique, so fun! We've got plans to pretty up lots of her T-shirts for school.
    As for blogs, I love http://tashahorsley.typepad.com/ & http://nanacompany.typepad.com/
    thanks!
    gigi

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  152. I've been doing a bit of embroidery this summer, and have an upcoming mini quilt that I am interested in quilting this way. Lovely prize! You'll make someone very happy!

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  153. I forget what blog I saw this at...but I saw some projects done from the Studio Twelve flower looms from the 1970s, and they were beaaaautiful. It definitely made me want to scour Ebay for one of those kits!

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  154. I would love to use them for making friendship bracelets! With my 2 girls!
    And I always get inspired by eloleo.

    vonken@casema.nl

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  155. I'm just getting ready to try hand quilting. I will be following your instructions, wish me luck!

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  156. I would love to try embroidery. A friend of mine gave me a pair of scrubs with a hand embroidered monogram as a going away to vet school present and I love it. It has inspired me to try.

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  157. That's one generous giveway :) LOVE it. I want to use it to add some texture and color to some pillows and small quilts I've been itching to start this summer.

    Great giveaway and thanks for hosting! :)

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  158. I'd love to try some hand embroidered details on a quilt. I love what I've seen others do, and am just an eeeensy bit jealous of those daring enough! :)

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  159. Oh! Oh! Oh! I just learned how to hand embroider this summer. I'm dying to get my hands on this and make some presents, baby blankets, a clock...the list is huge!

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  160. Thank you for the chance to win! I love doing embroidery in my quilts, and have alse wanted to try some hand quilting as well!

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  161. I've been working on hand embroidery this summer!

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  162. Beautiful colors. I have been wanting to try some hand quilting this summer. I finally finished a small piece that I want to quilt and use for a pillow cover. I usually machine quilt but it is too hot to work on big pieces so I thought I could try the hand quilting on something small.

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  163. I am really enjoying English Paper Piecing and Hand Quilting using Perle thread lately! I hope I win these beauties!!!

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  164. I've never done any hand sewing before, but recently purchased my first embroidery pattern to try out. I can't wait! And while researching how to do it, I found that I love the way crewel work looks and can't wait to try that, also!

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  165. I love embroidery. I'm always looking for a new project to have on hand. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  166. One of the first things I learned to do in school sewing lessons was embroidery stitches and now I'm going back 50 years and enjoying them again. Laura Wasilowski's blog and book has inspired me to have a go dyeing my own fabric and then make little quilts which I take with me and embroider on long journeys. Her blog is called Artfabrik and I love it. fibre.fantasy@btinternet.com

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  167. Oh, these are just luscious colors! I add embroidery to the lavender sachets I make!

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  168. I'm interested in trying some embroidery to follow along with the ladies at http://www.cloverandviolet.com/p/embroidery-101.html

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  169. I just started doing my first hand appliqued quilt, a Kim McLean pattern. I have already been sorting my scrapes to start you Bottled Rainbow quilt next! Would love to try some pearl cotton on both!

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  170. I have a birds and bees crewel pattern I have been dying to get to this summer. I have one more quilt to finish and then I'll give it a start! Those thread colors are simply delicious!!

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  171. I just finished hand quilting my first quilt and I love it!!! I can't wait to hand quilt something else! Those threads are beautiful!!! Thank you for the chance!!

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  172. I am so thrilled about this pearl cotton! I have been working on hand quilting a pillow using summer totem and have also been really into English Paper Piecing. Hand work is so great for the summer when you are running around!

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  173. Oh amazing! I'm hoping to get in some hand quilting accents and embroidered words put onto a quilt that my bee members helped me with. :)

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  174. This summer I am all about quilting...piecing and the actual quilting and binding. By machine though!

    Thanks for a chance to win!

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  175. I have only embroidered and cross-stitched, crewel work is beautiful and something I would like to try. I am always inspired by Alicia Paulson's blog Posie Gets Cozy as well as her books.

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  176. I've been doing a lot of hand-stitching this summer and loving it: embroidery (including the Spring Sampler from Doodle Stitching, we're doing an informal stitch-along on our blog), embellishing projects like zipper pouches, and lately hand sewing felt ornaments for Christmas in July.

    The Pearl Cottons look incredible. I would love to win. Thank you so much for the giveaway! :)

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  177. i have been (slowly) working on alicia paulson's daisy chain abc crewel sampler, which i absolutely adore! (http://rosylittlethings.com/daisychainsamplerpattern.html) she is the one who inspired me to try my hand at embroidery in the first place.

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  178. I'm loving quilting this summer. I've been practicing my machine quilting on a few wall hangings, table runners and mug rugs and am going to be machine quilting my first baby quilt in August.

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  179. I really want to try out hand quilting after reading your tutorial!

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  180. I love doing hand embroidery in the summer when it's hot. This thread would be perfect as I have been used pearl cotton lately, so much easier than stranded floss.

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  181. Al tough I am not doing as much hand stitching anymore, if I do it I always use Perle cotton. I'd love to get my hand on this set.

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  182. I just finished up my Kaleidoscope quilt from the quilt along in LouLouthi and I would love to hand quilt it with this line! How perfect would that be?!?! Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win! : )

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  183. I mostly make dolls. But I have some handquilting I'd like to do, too. I love all these colors, and the photos are just scrumptious!

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  184. I REALLY want to try to hand quilt. I bought some of this fabulous pearl cotton, would love more tho! :)

    http://mollyflanders.blogspot.com/

    She shows really awesome hand quilting on her quilts in several posts and was super helpful when I emailed her for more information on the way she does it.

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  185. I would love to win this! I have had such a hard time finding pearl cotton and have this on my "must have" list!

    For an ongoing, by the couch, fun, as-I-have-time handwork project, I'm wanting to purchase this - http://rosylittlethings.com/daisychainsamplerpattern.html - and give it a try! It is so cool!

    knspears (at) gmail (dot) com

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  186. SO lovely!! Love this giveaway. I am knitting and crocheting as usual, but would love to try some bargello cross stitch designs I've seen online lately!

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  187. I've been wanting to try some embroidery. I did some years ago, but haven't really tried since. Great giveaway!

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  188. I have been chomping at the bit to try some bobbin work on my sewing machine, then combine it with hand embroidery for a wall hanging or table runner. I'm inspired by your blog and also fellow bloggers Poppyprint, Oh Fransson, and Freshly Pieced. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  189. I am dying to get started on hand quilting a King size Anna Maria Horner voile "Turning Twenty" quilt. I would love to win these cottons!

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  190. I have recently rediscovered embroidery! Clover & Violet is the blog that has been inspiring me.

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  191. Wow! I have been dying to get my hands an some pearl cottons. I even have some of the coordinating fabrics. This summer I have been working on some smaller projects, as it is to hot to sit under a quilt.

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  192. I love the colors of both sets. Would love to try hand quilting with these. I am also planning to try working with wool, liking the "primative" looks.

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  193. I have been looking at getting into embroidery. I have looked at several beginner books and kits. I would love to win!

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  194. Embroidery, embroidery! I am reconnecting with this art form my Mom taught me when I was a kid. These colors are gorgeous, and it would be so delightful to work with them! I love "Stumbles and Stitches" blog, which has a variety of handmade goodness on it.

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  195. I'd love to do some wall art embroidery hoops - these cottons would be fantastic to use. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  196. I've been dying to try some hand quilting! Nothing too courageous maybe just some pillows to start! :)

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  197. I NEED to start working on Christmas gifts - throw pillows with the skyline of the city where different family members live.

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  198. I just finished a embroidery project and now I'm waiting on my sewing machine (its being repaired) so I can finish piecing my first quilt, then I'm going to venture into the world of hand-quilting.

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  199. My main needlework hobby has always been crochet and knitting but I've really been longing to give quilting a go. Especially after seeing all your beautiful work!

    peatmoss83 at hotmail dot com

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