Wednesday, February 22, 2012

::Giveaway:: in black and white

So, it's no secret that I've been crushing on black.  Black in prints, black in solids, black to make those colors pop.  It's all part of the 80's creeping into our collective sense of style.  You can love it; you can hate it - but there's no denying that it's there!  When Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works and I started chatting about a giveaway, I asked for something with black and white and boy did she deliver..

. ::Giveaway::in black-white

This stack of 8 black and white prints really, really wants to break out of its shell and embrace some color.  Would you like to add it to your stash?  Well, in fact, these are just a few of many in a rather large collection at Canton Village in the "Black and White" category.   Here are some of my other favorites:

Essentials Fan

Essentials Tweet Tweet
Essentials Dots
Essentials Floral Stream

Obviously, Jackie gets the whole black and white thing!  But, I guess that's no surprise since she's been quilting for 18 years and professional longarm quilting for 12.  Wow!  Yes, fads come and go, but black remains truly basic, good for every stash.

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For your chance at winning this 8 fat quarter bundle, I'm curious to know if you've ever used a professional longarm quilter to finish a quilt.  I haven't yet and I'm curious about how the whole process would feel.  Add your comment to this post for your chance to win!  One comment per person; winner to be announced Friday afternoon.

And... as it happens, you can also save 15% off any order at Canton Village Quilt Works now through Friday with code incolor15.  She also has Kona cotton (including jelly rolls) and Essex Linen!  Talk about good basics...

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I'm late, I'm late!  Thanks for all your thoughts. Comments closed!  The winner is comment #23, who is Liberal Sprinkles.  I'll be in touch with you!

514 comments:

  1. Wow those fabrics are really striking, they would fit so well in my stash! No I've never used a long-arm quilter, they are not very many of them in the UK and I think price would be prohibitive for me as I only make quilts for gifting (actually mostly keeping!). I would love to use their services one day I know it would be a million times better than my efforts!

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  2. I'm still a newbie in quilting, so I'm not gonna help you, but I still want this bundle! ;)

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  3. I love the tweet tweet fabric, though the rest are gorgeous too. I haven't ever used a longarm quilter either and wouldn't know how to find one here in Latvia! I know there are a few near our home in the UK, and might think about using them in the future. I have a kingsize quilt here ready to quilt and have no idea how to do it on my domestic machine, would definitely love to have someone take it away and bring it back quilted!

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  4. I've not used a long arm quilter or black and white fabric before...but I'm open to both ideas... hehe xx

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  5. I am new to quilting so when I made this for my granddaughter (7) I used a long arm quilter recommended by my quilt shop. It turned out nice and Taylor loves it. I met with her, we selected a design from several samples she had plus looked on line at other possibilities. The only uncomfortable thing was that I was no longer in possession of it for a week or two. It turns out it was nothing to worry about. One of our quilt shops rents out their long arm which they keep in a side room. They will help you do it too. I've done small projects myself but nothing more than a table runner size.

    http://movingontothepast.blogspot.com/2011/11/quilt-for-taylors-7th-birthday.html

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  6. Yes, have used a professional longarmer once. It seemed expensive to me, but i've always done my own quilts except for having a friend do one when she was first learning to longarm. I can't handle big ones in fmq so will have to hire a professional again. Good luck choosing someone and thanks so much for the chance to win those great black fabrics. The quilt i had longarmed was a king size black and white supernova quilt. Had fun finding all sorts of fabrics for it. Have a great day

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  7. I've only used a longarm quilter once - for the quilt I made my sister for her 21st. I wanted it done in a 'pattern' rather than my rough stipple or straight line quilting, and it was a little big for me to want to attempt on my basic domestic machine. Okay, and there was a birthday deadline I didn't think I'd be able to meet. My quilter did a fantastic job, and I plan to send the large quilt I'm making for my bed to her when I eventually get it finished.

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  8. Probably almost 10 years ago I used to use a longarm quilter for all my projects. But she only did very basic things, nothing like the things you see today. But she was fast and not expensive and it allowed me to finish quilts. Eventually I wanted better quality work so I got my own mid-arm machine. Now I can finish things myself even though my skills are only average. I know there are many pros who could do so much better, but I make a lot of quilts and it would be SO expensive to hire someone really good. So until I have something really special, I'll just keep doing my own.

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  9. I use a long armer for queen and king size quilts - I just can't muscle that size. Most long armers have a pricing chart, will discuss with you what you like for your project, let you see some of their work, should be able to tell you their 'turn around time', and give you a price list of your costs (just like a contractor). And like with any service, don't be afraid to shop around. I am fortunate that I have 4 very reliable and professional long armers within half an hour of me and usually one is available.

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  10. I haven't used a longarm quilter . I am in love with your black and white fabrics !

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  11. I haven't used a long arm quilter, mainly because I've only actually finished one whole quilt lol Apparently there is one near here (quite randomly) so our guild is thinking of going on a trip there one weekend.

    As for the black and white, yes, definitely good things to have in the stash, thanks for the chance to win :o)

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  12. I have used a long armer. I have been pleased with the finished quilt. I just can't afford to have all my quilts done on a long arm.

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  13. I follow Jackie on everything! I have never used a long arm quilter, I couldn't afford to and there isn't one near to me anyway. I haven't got any black and white fabric so would love to win this and see what I could make with them.

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  14. I have used a long arm quilter a number of times for large quilts that I just can't manage. The most important thing to do is to find one that you can trust to do justice to your quilt - try and talk to others who have used the same quilter. Thanks for the chance to win and good luck!

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  15. I have never used it till now. It is also quite a bit of money.But I adore it, the quilts I have seen till now are looking adorable!

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  16. Haven't used a long arm quilter yet. Most of them seem expensive, maybe when I start making money off the quilts. Coincidence I have been looking for B&W prints.

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  17. i have never used a long arm quilter, though my LQS has a longarm service, and they do excellent work. i may use them someday, if i feel i made a quilt "special" enough :)

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  18. I have never used a long arm quilter, but I've often thought about it.

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  19. Yes, I always use a long arm quilter when it is larger than a baby quilt. Probably why I don't piece a ton of large quilts per year. It can be expensive but my feelings are that if I've already put so much money into the quilt and so much of my time, why would want to make a mistake on it with my own machine quilting. Some of my quilts are so awesome because of the design that my long arm quilter designed and not because of my piecing. I'm taking a machine quilting class online and hope to be able to start working on my own lap quilts.

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  20. Love black and white, love these prints!! Never have used a long arm quilter, would really like to try... it's a bit of a dream of mine... sigh.

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  21. Love the black and white prints!

    Yes, I use a longarm quilter for anything bigger than a lap quilt (50 x 60). It's just too much fabric to wrangle around on my Pfaff. I like finishing a top and handing it off. Then I can start the next project while it's being quilted.

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  22. Yes, I used a longarm quilter for the quilt I made for my daughters bed a couple of years ago. Since then I have been trying to learn/extend on my own quilting ability and doing them myself. I have another quilt at the quilters now :o)and I am excited to get it back and add the finishing touches! It is a trusting process as you have to feel comfortable with the quilter and that they will do what you want and not their own thing. Best key/tip is communication, maybe see a couple of quilters to see who you feel more at ease with. Have a look at some of their work. You have to remember that you are adding a lot more to the cost of completing the quilt so YOU need to be happy

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  23. These prints look fantastic! I've never used a longarm quilter as I'm very new to quilting.
    Thanks for the chance!
    liberalsprinkles at gmail dot com

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  24. I'm collecting black and white prints for a black and white (with a touch of red) quilt, and these are awesome!

    I've never used a professional longarm quilter. Even though it's a struggle to wrestle quilts through the throat of my small machine, I really love the quilting part of quilting.

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  25. I have never used a longarm quilter before maybe oneday. So love the black and white fabrics tho.

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  26. great prints
    I haven't used a long arm quilter yet because of the cost which would put quiltmaking a luxury instead of a hobby

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  27. Well I haven't been quilting long , and taught myself how, on tutorials and bloggers and fun things like quilt alongs.Being able to sew I assumed that patchwork and quilting would be easy and my first quilt I chose to do was a queen size card trick block, no one told me about 1/4 inch seams and not cutting on the carpet because the board doesn't stay rigid and the material will move under the ruler it took me 18 months, the longarm quilt lady sent it back 3 times for me to straighten and square up, um like how!! in the end she helped me and then we sat and talked about my quilt what I had visions of and did I want a soft quilt with not much quilting or a firmer quilt with a tight over all pattern. I have since made many more quilts and sadly I can no longer use my lady but my new one is terrific and always lets me have my visions with just a few tweaks, it can be expensive but I figure I put alot of love into them so I want them to be finished well. On a black and white note I have made 2 both for my great nephews,their dad and mum just love there football and the team they cheer for is black and white so 2 black and white baby quilts was the ask and a pleasure it was to, I quilt the smaller ones myself as I'm learning so much on the net and each quilt is such a challenge. Happy quilting

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  28. Oh I love the black and white fabric! My favorite is Blah Blah Blah! I have never used a long arm quilter.

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  29. I have never used a professional long arm quilter, but I will probably do it one time.
    Great black&white fabrics!

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  30. I love the fabrics! Thanks to you and Jackie for getting together to host this giveaway. I have sent a few bed-sized quilts to be done by a long arm quilter and have been very pleased with the results. However, I do love to handquilt and do my best to quilt all my smaller projects by hand

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  31. I've never used a professional quilter, long arm or otherwise. My MIL had a longarm for a while, and I had hoped to get to play with it, but she ended up getting rid of it (boo).

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  32. I have not used a long arm quilter to finish my quilts as yet, but it seems like a good idea. Thanks for the giveaway and your inspirational blog.

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  33. There aren't that many long'armers here in Finland, and it's not at all usual to use them. So I haven't done it either - so far!

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  34. I have actually! Only because my mom is a long arm quilter. Haha. I finish most of my quilts myself, but I send the really big ones to her. She can do them in just a couple hours! I will say, it is more satisfying to finish a quilt on your own, but it is also a relief to not have to try to work a huge quilt through your regular sewing machine. Feel free to ask questions anytime (City Stitches)!

    Love the black and whites by the way! My favorite is black and white blocks with a bold solid color sashing.

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  35. Love the black and whites! Me and a couple of friends are just finishing up a black and white block of the month from a local sewing store. Just have to decide on my three outer borders.

    I have a long-arm machine - so YES I use a long-arm quilter to finish my quilts! I would not consider myself a professional - I do quilting for friends and a very few for the general public. I can't imagine trying to wrestle my quilts through the neck of my regular sewing machine. I would have such a huge pile of unfinished tops sitting here if it weren't for my quilting machine.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  36. i haven't sent any quilts out yet. i tend to do the majority of my quilting by hand (kind of big, chunky primitive stitches and ties). i am not sure how i feel about all over machine quilting...it hasn't won me over yet. sometimes i feel the quilting takes away from the fabrics and piecing and shapes of a quilt. :) thanks for the chance to win some black and white basics!

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  37. LOVE these prints! Have yet to even finish a quilt, so no need for long arm quilting here just yet!
    Gemma
    x

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  38. Such lovely fabrics... I love the 'Blah Blah' one .... how good of Jackie to share with us...
    I haven't used a long arm quilter - I am learning and practicing quilting myself...
    Hugz

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  39. I have used a professional quilter many times in the past. I had good experiences and only a few bad ones. Thankfully now I've found a shop that rents time on their machine and I do it myself. But, there's still a lot I'd like to learn!

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  40. I'd love to do a notebook cover with the "blah blah" fabric :)
    I've never used a long arm quilter. I'm only new to quilting. Maybe one day when I finally make a huge quilt for our queen size bed I will. To be honest, I think I'd be a bit embarrassed to send out any of my shoddy sewing at this point.... i need to work on not being such a perfectionist.
    dicksonfran@gmail.com

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  41. Started using a long-armer 12 years ago; liked it so much my husband and I bought a Gamill; all my quilt tops are now quilted and we quilt for others professionally as well as do 6-8 charity and Quilt of Valor quilts per month. Very satisfying and a fun activity for both of us--my hubby does all the quilting and he is GOOD! Love black and whites; they just get even more interesting when you cut them up into smaller pieces!

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  42. I, too, absolutely love Black and White! I want to do a B&W quilt with one accent color included, so this bundle would be perfect (hint, hint - ha ha).

    I have not used a longarm quilter before, but I did get someone else to hand-quilt my first queen-sized quilt (probably 20 years ago). I am tempted by the longarm services, for sure! However, money and complete "ownership" of the quilt are issues for me.

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  43. Have never used a long-arm quilter. I do, however, love the look of the quilting that results from that method.

    Those black and white prints are stellar! Love them!!

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  44. I have never used a longarm quilter before mainly because I live in Spain (quilting is just starting to be popular) so I guess there aren't many and I don't know any.
    I would love to use one someday for an "important" quilt. Some quilts I've seen in blogs that have been professionally longarmed are amazing! They really take the quilt to another level!
    Thanks for such a terrific giveaway!

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  45. I've never used a professional long arm quilter. Still working on finishing a quilt worthy of this. Love your blog! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  46. Love the black and white. They're always so striking.

    Only have used a long arm quilter once. I made a quilt for our local hospice house in memory of my uncle who passed away there. I pieced and provided the backing, and a fellow guild member did the longarm quilting for free since the donation was a charity project for the guild. My FIRST entry in a show and my FIRST ribbon!! I won First Place!! What a wonderful shock.

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  47. I have not ever used a long arm quilter. It is probably because I do not think I have pieced anything that is deserving of a long arm quilter's talent.

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  48. I'm curious too. I have never used a long arm machine or service. I've seen them in shops and like to watch when I can. I think I want one, but don't know enough about them, yet. I'm off to read other comments.

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  49. I'm a newer quilter, working on my fourth quilt at this time. As nervous as I may feel when I start to quilt, I don't think I could hand my work over to another. Now, learning how to longarm myself...that's an interesting idea!

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  50. I have never used a long arm quilter myself. I have paid a person to use their long arm quilter on my quilt to quilt it! I just took one this week and dropped it of at the quilt shop near me to be quilted on the long arm! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  51. I have never done it! I haven't to date, because as limited as my sewing budget is, I would much rather buy fabric.I have been thinking about doing a bed sized quilt, and for that I might bite the bullet.

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  52. Only once and a friend came to my rescue. She wanted an applique from me--great trade! Mostly I admire their work from afar. Maybe someday.

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  53. I have never finished a quilt with a long arm quilter, but just yesterday my friend Connie, my husband and I went to see a demonstration of a Gammill long arm. We even got to try it. What a dream machine!!! I want one but can't afford the price tag.

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  54. I love black and white fabrics and have used them in several quilts. I made a black and white quilt for my mother this year and she loves it. I have never used a longarm quilter - I can't get over the fact that it won't feel like I've made the quilt if someone else quilts it. It is that old "I can do that" attitude that most crafters have!

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  55. I've only used a long-arm quilter twice. I just have this thing about finishing my quilts "all by myself" and hate to pass it off to someone else to complete it. Only when it's too big to manage comfortably on my domestic machine. The perfect solution would be to have my OWN longarm, but that's out of the questions :(
    I LOVE B&W's and would be thrilled if I won these fat's! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  56. I've never had a quilt finished by a long arm quilter but I think I will one day. I haven't made that many quilts yet but I'd love a king-sized quilt for my bed that I know I won't be able to quilt on my machine!

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  57. My story is much like Chatty Kathy's (I used to have that doll, too!), I used a longarm quilter for two quilts and loved the results, so my husband encouraged me to get my own machine and have been longarming for 12 years now. My advice if you have never used a longarmer is to find a few of them and just talk to them about your quilt top and try to get a feel for whether or not you are comfortable with her/him. Every longarmer has a different style; think of it sort of like handwriting, everyone's is a bit different, so look at some quilts they have quilted. I am of the old school and do all hand-guided quilting, but there are a lot of computerized machines too. Also, don't disregard a longarmer just because she/he isn't within driving distance, you may find the perfect match in a place as small as Bellevue, NE!! :) (I know... a shameless plug!)
    Take care,
    Rebecca Lilly Segura

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  58. Thanks for this giveaway. I quilT in a domestic machine and like the effect and enjoy the quilting. You could see my quilts in: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2012/02/giveaway-in-black-and-white.html#comment-form , I never use a longarm machine.
    xxx0000xxxx

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    1. sorry. you can see my quilts in: http://soynessy.blogspot.com/

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  59. I hired and paid for a longarm quilter ONE time. While she did a lovely job, I quickly realized what an expense it would be to continue to pay for quilting. I'm a prolific quilter! So, I MADE myself learn how to free-motion quilt. It's one of the best things I ever did. I not only have the fun of quilting, but I have the utter joy in being able to say, "Yes, I made the whole quilt myself, and yes, that pretty quilting is done on my home sewing machine." I'm proud to be a sit-down machine quilter, and I highly recommend that quilters persevere at learning how to do it for themselves. The personal gratification is incomparable. Thanks for the chance to win this great fabric giveaway.

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  60. I've never used a long arm quilter, and I'm not sure if I will...I like doing my own quilting, even if it isn't always perfect.

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  61. I quilt my own quilts on my domestic machine. I am a LONG time customer of Jackie's and have seen her work - she is an artist and does things obviously that I cannot do.

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  62. I have never used a professional quilter. I am selfish and like to do it all myself.

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  63. what a lovely giveaway! I love my brights and black does make them pop! I do use a longarm quilter for most of my quilts. I work so hard on the quilt tops and I am not good at the quilting & don't want to ruin them! I am trying to learn to do more quilting on my machine (starting with small things, tablerunners, mugrugs) but I love my longarm quilter & will continue to use her for bigger items!

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  64. I'm loving the blacks and whites too. Thanks for the chance to win this pretty fabric. I've never had a quilt done with a longarm.

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  65. I purchased my longarm two years after making my first quilt. I wanted to finish all the tops I was making, and I couldn't wrestle everything around the dinning room table! I offer basting for my customers who want to try free motion on their own machines.

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  66. I've never used a long arm quilter, and I really love the quilting part of making a quilt so I'm not sure I ever will. I dream of one day getting my own long arm machine!

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  67. I have never used a longarm quilter, because as yet I haven't made a quilt worthy of it.

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  68. I haven't used a longarm before! I'm also curious about how it works; maybe if you use one (someday), you wouldn't mind sharing the process with us?

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  69. I have never used a longarm quilter...although I am by no means good at quilting myself. :) I figure the imperfections make my quilts more charming.

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  70. I used a long arm quilter for a commissioned quilt I made. It was made of flannel and clothing of a police officer killed in the line of duty. Because of the mixture of fabrics I was afraid my Bernina might not be able to handle the quilting well, plus I wanted it to be really special for the young son of the officer. It was all that I hoped it would be and I plan on using that long arm quilter on my Orca Bay mystery quilt when I ever get it done!

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  71. I've never used a longarm quilter to finish one of my quilts, though I would like to one day. I follow the blogs of a couple of different longarmers and have one in my MQG!

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  72. Love those blah blahs :)
    I haven't used a long arm quilting service yet. It is not common in Europe.
    Susanne

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  73. Incredibly, the first quilt that I had done by a long arm quilter, (the owner of our local quilt shop), was a black & white quilt that I made for my son last Christmas. There was a tremendous amount of piecing and I knew that my quilting wouldn't do it justice. It turned out beautiful. I will continue to do small pieces myself on my domestic machine, but for large quilts - it's not worth my struggling with it.

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  74. I've never used a long arm quilter as I enjoy quilting - I love admiring their work though! Thanks for the chance to win these beautiful fabrics!

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  75. Love the black and whites. Yes, I have used a long arm quilter, and it worked out fine. But now, I've bought my own mid arm to quilt with. Thanks for the give away!

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  76. I have used a long arm quilter and love the life it gives to a quilt. You need to decide if you want custom ( specific to the design of the quilt) or all over and make sure you backing is large enough to go on their rack. Jackie's work is amazing even though I have not been lucky enough to see it in person.

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  77. I've had three of my quilts finished by a long arm quilter -- back when I could afford it. She was someone local and I had admired her work. I brought her my quilts along with batting and backing, we discussed what I wanted as far as density of quilting and thread color, but for design I gave her free reign and I was very happy with the results.

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  78. I have never used a longarm... but I hope to try it someday!

    I love the blah blah blah! fabric and the tweet tweet! So cute.

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  79. I have had a few of my quilts done by a longarm. They turn out beautiful but lack that homemade cozy look I like. I love the just out of the dryer crinkle not so perfect look. I feel I can get "perfect" from the store. But again, it is a beautiful finishing touch. I guess it's a matter of preference. Besides, after spending a small fortune on fabric, your time then paying to have it quilted....lots of cashola there! And, I am loving the black and white prints. Would love them in my stash! Thank you.

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  80. I have never used a long arm quilter, but I would love to try someday. Love those black and whites.

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  81. Yes, I have used a long arm quilter. I've sent two out. Always excited anticipation to see what is returned.

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  82. I've never used the services of a long-arm quilter. But I'm pretty new to this whole quilting craft!

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  83. I´ve never used a long arm quilter but it would be great fun trying one sometime. But I love the quilting part. It´s part of the fun making a quilt. Lovely giveaway, thanks!

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  84. I haven't used a longarmer but have several friends that swear by them. Great giveaway.

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  85. Excited about this giveaway because I really need to add to my bright and beautiful stash now that you have inspired me so. Yes I in the past I have used a professional to do my long arm quilting, but in a desire to be more frugal and creative I am pushing myself to do more of it on my own. I did take a class on how to use one as well, it was fun:)

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  86. YES...my very first quilt is at the long arm quilter. I'll have to say the whole process is a little scary and a lot fun! It feels way more like a colaboration then i realized on the way in..and i love that! What fun when i recieved the email this morning saying it was finished and a few pics attached! ohlala :)

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  87. Those are beautiful prints. I love the Blah, blah, blah! I have yet to use a long arm quilter but am considering it for a a civil war quilt I swapped for. Seems like all the work that went into it deserves some special detail that I couldn't do myself.

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  88. I've never used a long arm quilter. I've only quilted by hand until a few months ago when I did my first quilt on the machine

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  89. I couldn't live without my longarm quilters....Elaine, Kathy, Hannah, Kay, Sue....the best around. Been using them for years with absolutely no regrets! Love your giveaway and hope I will be the one to put some of that B&W in my next quilt.

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  90. What a lovely giveaway, thank you for hosting it!
    I haven't used a longarm quiter so far, I have machine quilted all my quilts myself.
    Though, I'm dreaming of owning a longarm machine one day. :-)

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  91. I've had 3 quilts finished by professional long arm quilters. Absolutely thrilled with all 3! :) Now I have a Tin Lizzie and I love quilting my quilts. I don't have to worry about the extra custom work costing extra dollars. Instead, I just play.

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  92. It would be fun to step out of my comfort zone and try these fabrics - they are lovely! No, I have never used a long arm quilter but I certainly admire the results of what they do.

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  93. LOVE black and whites. I haven't used a long arm YET, but I'm hoping to real soon. I just need to find someone that has one and beg them to try it.

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  94. I have never used a longarm quilter, but as I tried to stuff my current quilt through my tiny machine last night (doing slightly more complex quilting than I have done in the past), I definitely felt the draw of having somebody do it for me (or of getting a better machine, at the very least!!!).

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  95. i am using b&w for my bloggers bom
    i have used a longarm quilter several times mainly gift quilts that i am behind on onc for my husbands quilt and for the quilts that i donate to our 4th of july raffle and the ones that are just to large for me to do hope i win thanks
    young1@irtc.net

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  96. I love using a longarm quilter. Designing and piecing is my passion. Quilting anything large makes me hyperventilate.

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  97. I haven't used a long arm quilter yet but maybe someday.

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  98. I have not yet ventured into using a longarm quilter as of yet (I'm fairly new to quilting-- just over a year)-- but I do have one special quilt top that is going to be a gift that I may take the plunge and hire a long-armer to quilt. So, sorry-- no advice I can offer. But you have posed a very interesting question and I am curious to read the comments others have left. Thanks for offering this black-and-white fabric giveaway-- I am sorely lacking in that area.

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  99. I haven't sent my quilts to be quilted. I've either quilted them on my home machine or hand quilted them myself. I love black and white prints! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  100. Love the black! My stash could use that. :-) I have not used a long arm quilter. But that could be because I have yet to finish my first real quilt... details, details...

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  101. I have not hired a longarm quilter but I have done some longarm quilting myself so I appreciate what they charge for their work. It really does take a lot of practice to get good at it. I would consider sending it out if I wanted something custom on a really special quilt.

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  102. My mom is a professional longarm quilter. She has been for 13 years now and does a wonderful job. I also have a friend who is a professional longarm quilter. They all seem to have their own area of expertise, i.e. my mom does some amazing freemotion feathers! I finally tried my hand at the longarm this past fall. It gives you a whole new appreciation once you try it!! It is definitely a good option for those big quilts that you don't want to do on your domestic machine but make sure you find the right person. Don't be afraid to go meet with them and discuss what you want.

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  103. I love the black and whites. I've not sent anything to a longarm quilter. Most the things I've made are either tied or basic straight lines. If I ever make one for me that just blows me away I might invest a little more into doing that though. Thanks for sharing!

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  104. I haven't used a professional longarm quilter yet...though, I've been thinking about it for Elliott's quilt simply because it's so big! Considering the extra cost, I think for now I'll stick with my Kenmore. :)

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  105. Jackie's quilting is awesome!! I have never used a professional longarm quilter. However, if I ever create one of those advanced quilts that has to have the best quilting available...

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  106. I'm just about to send a Civil War Quilt, that I worked on all last year with Barbara Brackman's quilt along, to the longarm quilter. I'm nervous about it, but the quilter is one who comes highly recommended! It will be my first!
    Love the black and white!
    Jane

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  107. I have had 2 quilts professionally quilted and they turned out beautiful. I sort of felt like they weren't totally mine though since I hadn't done the quilting as well as the piecing. I do prefer to quilt my own.

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  108. Love the black and whites! I've never used a longarm quilter before, although I know many who have. One of my aunts always hires out her quilting, so I assume she's been satisfied. -Teagan

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  109. yes, I have used a long arm quilter many times. If I had the funds to own my own machine I would do my own. : ) Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  110. I've never had any quilts professionally quilted! It's not as common here in the UK and can work out rather expensive!

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  111. I always use a longarm quilter since I tend to make BIG quilts and have been very satisfied. If I have the $$ and room I'd love to have my own longarm!

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  112. I have never given a quilt to a professional longarm quilter but I have rented time on a longarm at Sew Inspired to quilt a quilt. I am working on a quilt now that I will have professionally quilted. The black and whites are beautiful, I have done 2 black and white quilts and want to do one to donate to an dog rescue to raffle off and those fat quarters would work beautifully in the quilt.

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  113. I LOVE black & white. I enjoy the process of making the top but have no skills as a quilter so have utilized the services of longarm quilters since day one. The guild I belong to has several national award-winning longarmers including a "$100,000 quilt" winner.

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  114. nope never used a professional long arm quilter. I'm sorta nervous about the price. but I love to look at professional quilting.

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  115. I've never quilted on a longarm other than with a demo at a quilt show, but would love to own one one day. I'm in the process of gathering black/white fabrics for a pattern I have . . . can't wait to get started, would love to win these fabrics. Thanks for the opportunity

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  116. I've never had a quilt quilted by a professional, but there is a LQS that rents out their longarm machine for $50 a day, after you've taken a lesson. I think I will try that soon!

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  117. I always done my own quilts but my friend is a long armer, and she makes the process very painless. The worse part is figuring out how you want it quilted. hope it goes smoothly.
    Margaret

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  118. I haven't used a professional to quilt for me. Sometimes I think I should, but I rent time on a long arm locally and that is working for me right now. Not that I can come close to what a professional could do, but I do find a satisfaction from looking at a quilt and saying that I completed all of it myself.

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  119. I never have but I'm planning a quilt for our king-size bed so I'm considering it...

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  120. I've been back and forth between having my own long arm and have others quilt my quilts. The longarmers that I have used have always been extremely kind and turn out wonderful end products. I especially loved it when they would quilt a quilt of valor for free. Our servicemen and women deserve so much more, so quilting for them has always made me feel wonderful about having the talent to quilt. Now I have my own longarm again and find this one to be a favorite! I love being able to get the quilts done on my own time and learning a few new skills along the way.

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  121. I have used a long arm quilter to quilt 2 quilts for me, one was a charity quilt too big for me to machine quilt on my domestic, and the other was a quilt I began hand quilting many years before and could not finish. Since then, I have learned to long arm quilt and now do all my own quilts by renting time on a long arm machine. I love it because I cannot hand quilt anymore so the ability to long arm has opened quilting back up to me again!

    MGM

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  122. I`ve never used a long arm machine and I`d love have one.I done my quilts and handquilt them.thanks for the giveaway!

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  123. I've never used a long arm quilter. Something inside me says, think of all the fabric you could buy with that money! I have seen some amazing long arm quilting though.

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  124. I've not used a long arm quilter (I'm a beginner...) and I love very much these black and white fabrics!

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  125. I have used a long arm quilter twice. It was quite pricey so I do most of my own quilting on my domestic machine. One day I would love to own a long arm machine. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!!

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  126. I have only used my domestic machine for quilting. My hubby says I can buy a long arm but I don't know where I'd put it! Several members of my guild have long arm machines and do fabulous work. One gives classes and then lets you rent her machine, so eventually I'm sure I'll go that route.

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  127. I have not used a long arm quilter...yet! I do plan to at sometime in the future. Can't wait to see the comments here.

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  128. I've never used a long arm quilter - in fact I'm only bout to start my first ever quilt this next month! I've heard they are great for people who love to quilt though

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  129. No, I've never used a longarm quilter-that's just not my thing. I like a more handmade look and a handmade look fits in better with my budget.

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  130. I haven't used one - I would love to have this sampler to start my first quilt! I have one semi-planned in my head that uses my wedding dress, my mom's wedding dress, and a couple of dresses from my grandmothers, to pass down to my daughter. I thought it would be a sweet memory quilt for her. Put in special dates and names, so she can pass it down.

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  131. I am making a quilt for my bed it will be a queen size quilt I plan to use a long arm quilter to quilt it for me. I am new to quilting and can do smaller things on my machine but not up to a queen size quilt.


    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    http://trackmyshows.com

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  132. This stack is exactly what I need! I'm about to start on a black and white + pops of color quilt. But I have no black and white prints!

    I've never used a longarm quilter before, but a friend of mine is a longarmer and her machine is so fabulous looking! There are a couple people in my guild who have mid or long arms and I think it'd be fun if you were to have a chance to try working on the machine yourself. I don't like the idea of someone else finishing my quilt, but I like the idea of having a bit more freedom creatively that you'd get from a longarm machine. :)

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  133. I have had a couple quilts done by others. My suggestion is make sure you see a few samples of there work before you take the plunge. I had one quilt done and ended up disappointed with the quality of the work. Bummer.

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  134. Great fabrics! I haven't used a longarm quilter, but I really admire the results!

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  135. Pretty, pretty, pretty! Love B & W!!
    I do use a long arm quilter. My quilter used to have a small quilt shop in town, but retired and moved away. I actually mail my quilt tops to her and she mails back the quilted quilts. She is quite good, all her work is custom, no pantographs or computers, and quite reasonable in price. She has never disappointed me. I send her good tops and she sends back GREAT quilts!

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  136. I use long arm quilters for any project over wall hanging size. I'd love to quilt these projects myself but they can do a fantastic job where I would be struggling. My domestic sewing machine doesn't have much throat space so that's an issue for me. Time is another consideration. I have had to ask myself if I will realistically have the time to machine quilt the top myself.

    To find a good long arm quilter, ask friends for recommendations and look at their work. Be sure to ask the long arm quilter what she requires and what would make her job easier. Be prepared for a long waiting list at times. I also always give the long arm quilter credit on the quilt label.

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  137. I thought sending my quilt to the quilter would mean that I gave in and didn't see it through to the end. I want to be able to say it was "all me" that contributed to the end result. Well, then I picked up a quilt, and knew this was always my answer. I love piecing the top, and I love hand stitching my binding. However I'm leaving the inbetween part to the quilter. It's almost like waiting for Christmas morning to pick it up and see what magic she has worked. Ask around for someone good, and then send a few(not your most favorite works) and see what you think! And I too am crushing black and white, in every form!

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  138. All of those prints are gorgeous! I've used a long arm quilter once and was very happy with the results. It was my first quilt, actually; one that I had made for my daughter's bed. I would definitely go back to her for anything twin sized or larger. :)

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  139. Never sent one to a long-armer, but lately I've been dreaming about a machine of my own . . . all these visions of how to quilt my quilts and only my little home machine to do it on. Wouldn't it be fun to see them all come to fruition. Love the black and white. Thanks for the chance.

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  140. I have been blessed with a wonderful long arm quilter....by making use of her services and amazing talent my time is freed up for designing and piecing more quilt tops than I could ever finish if I were to quilt them myself....

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  141. OMG...I love black and white fabrics and could certainly use some in my slowly building stash!!! Yes, I have used 3 different longarm quilters looking for 'the one'...but I just haven't had the results I expect for the price I paid. So...from now on, I will be shipping my quilts to my SIL who is a professional longarmer and does only custom. She does quilts for people from all over the country for shows and contests. She has agreed (finally) to let me pay her like a regular customers...it took some convincing that I didn't believe in getting it free because I'm family. This is what she does for a living. BUT...I'm also learning to do my own quilting on larger quilts on my regular machine. I hope one day I will be doing all of my own quilts. Thanks so much to both you and Jackie for a chance to win this gorgeous fabric!!! Hugs...

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  142. No, I've never used a long arm quilter although I've been very curious about the process and cost, etc. Thanks for chance to win, Rhonda (marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  143. I've never made a black & white quilt but would like to. I'd have to throw in a splash of red or pink though.

    I rarely do my own quilting. I have 2 professionals I send them to. One does free motion overall patterns on a longarm (my favorite is her clouds). The other has a computerized long arm & can do all kinds of fancy tricks. For both, I square up the quilt & iron both the quilt & backing then along with the batting I meet with the quilter to discuss patterns. That's it! They take it from there & 2 weeks to 2 months later I have a quilted quilt ready to bind.

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  144. I've never used a longarm quilter. I learned to machine quilt myself on my regular sewing machine and now I own a mid-arm setup which is good enough for the basic quilting I do. Someday maybe I will send one of my quilts out. I've seen some beautiful work; some of them are truly artists.

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  145. I have never used a long arm quilter, but would love to! I do love the way their quilting can accentuate the over all design of a quilt. I would also love to not have to run my quilts through my machine, because the quilting itself is not what i enjoy the most. I like peicing and coming up with a concept and watching it come to life better. anyway, love those fabrics....i think one is "writers block?" not sure.

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  146. Jackie has quilted quite a few of my quilts - she does FABULOUS work!! Recently I've gotten trained on using a long arm - love it ... wish I had my own :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  147. LOVE those black and whites! My Aunt made a Bouillabaisse quilt using black and white fabrics with just a touch of red-- and it is gorgeous!! I have been dreaming of making one using electric blue in place of the red! :-)

    I have never had a quilt machine quilted, but love the look of the meandering style--- also, I think that a machine quilted quilt might hold up better to every day use...

    Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful bundle of fabric! :-)

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  148. Ivana
    I just love that bundle!Thank you for the chance to win! As for the longarm quilted quilt I would love to try it once, as I donť enjoy this part of the whole process so much, and it gives so much more possibilities!
    ivana.tvrdonova@post.cz

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  149. I love B/W fabric and have wanted to do a B/W quilt for a long time. This is wonderful!

    I have never used a longarm quilting machine. I have a new shop in town that rents theirs (in their store) by the hour and have given serious thought about going and trying them out!

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  150. I have never used a professional longarm quilter. I manage simple machine quilting on my own -- or, if the quilt is very large, I quilt it by hand. I simply can not manage the expense associated with sending quilts out and would rather spend my resources on fabric (or fleece or wool or...).

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  151. I have only made 2 quilts and have never used a longarm quilter to quilt for me.

    My stash is limited and those fabrics would be lovely here at my place. : )

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  152. I have never use a longarm or had a quilt quilted on on. Yet. I love the blacks and whites. Jackie has a great selection of fabrics! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  153. i adore black and white prints. i've never used a long arm quilter but i would consider it for a very large bed-sized quilt.

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  154. I have not made up a quilt in black and white but it does look very sophisticated. I just got a fq of French Dress by Marcus Brothers which is black and white with a pop of yellow. I don't know what I am going to use it for but it is serving as inspiration right now. I am sure it would look just great with those black and white fabrics you are giving away. I have not used a long arm quilter yet but I have a log cabin quilt that I need to put together and I think it is going to be too big to quilt on my machine.

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  155. I have had several quilts done by someone with a longarm. I just don't feel like I am good at quilting and I love being able to pick from all the wonderful designs. It takes some planning if you are on a time line but I have only had wonderful results and experiences.

    cwhelan at williamwoods dot edu

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  156. I love black and white fabrics! I had a few quilts quilted by a longarm quilter and I just didn't feel like they were my quilts any more. I need to finish my own so that its is truly MY quilt.

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  157. I rely on a local laq to quilt my queen size quilts. They are just too large to get through my machine!!

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  158. I love black and white and have never used a long arm quilter. I do them myself. I am a control freak. : )

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  159. I've had two and half quilts quilted by a long arm quilter. I recently finished up my first hand quilted quilt. It took me several years. I used a local long arm quilter to quilt the borders for me, I just wanted to get it finished. I've always been happy with their quilting, but it can be costly. Being a single income family, I have to watch where we spend our money. So it is a big luxury for me.

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  160. I have had one of my very first quilts quilted by a professional longarmer - about 15 or 16 years ago. Now, I have my own longarm and do them myself! Thanks so much for the giveaway - these fabrics are gorgeous!

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  161. The ladybugs are so incredibly cute!!! Love the black and white theme - already collecting some fabrics for a B&W lap quilt. As far as professionally quilted, most of my family gets their quilts done by a family friend and they love it. I have yet to do it, but for me that's mostly due to the price. I guess I would rather do it myself for two reason: to save money, and to say I did it. Cheers!

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  162. I love the black and white prints - I really do think they are "essentials".

    I haven't sent a quilt out to a long arm quilter...yet. I'm seriously considering doing that for my Swoon quilt because it's so big. But, really, doing that kind of goes against my quilting philosophy: how can I call it "quilting" if I don't actually quilt it myself?

    I had a conversation with my mother last night and she suggested I contact a LQS and see if they rent time on their long arm. With a little practice, I might be competent enough to do the job myself.

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  163. I love black and white print fabrics. Have made one quilt top with these fabrics plus a spash of hot pink for my husband's niece. Re long arm quilters: I have not sent any quilts out to be quilted for me. I figure I've spent so much money on my fabric stash, that I'll have to do the quilting myself. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  164. I'm still new to quilting so I've just made baby quilts so far. I can't see me sending a quilt out simply because of the price, though my quilting skills are rather feeble so it would be a welcome luxury if I ever could/

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  165. I never have but I would definitely consider it for a big bed sized quilt. My crafty friend, Allison, had her daughter's quilt professionally long arm quilted and it was absolutely gorgeous!

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  166. My friends laugh at my growing black and white collection - these would be perfect additions!
    I've never used a long arm quilter, as the quilting part is one of my most favourite parts of the process. Hope you get some good useful information, though.

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  167. I haven't! I've considered it, but I've never used one.

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  168. Wow what stunning fabrics!! No I have never used a long arm quilter. I like to quilt my own quilts, but I do have a large one that I am considering sending out to be quilted.

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  169. I just finished a black and white quilt. These fabrics look fabulous. I've never sent my quilts out, prefering to do them myself - on my domestic machine (even a couple of queen size quilts). But I did rent some time on a longarm to quilt one, and I might just have to invest in one for myself down the road.

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  170. I love to quilt my own quilts but have had one done as it was a King Size Bargello. Far too big to tackle on a domestic machine.

    I love the black and whites. thanks for a chance to win.

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  171. I have not used a longarm before but it would be fun to have it done! thanks!

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  172. I've never sent a quilt out to get quilted...but I really want to. Sometimes quilting my quilts (especially the big ones) gets a bit difficult in my little Bernina! Lovely B&W fabrics and they would love to live at my house, I can tell =)

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  173. Nope, I've always just struggled through it ;)

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  174. I've never sent one out - but I finally bought a used mid-arm machine and frame (Pfaff Grandquilter w/ an Inspira Frame) on Craigslist.....and I'm LOVING finishing my own tops with MUCH less struggle.

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  175. I have had several quilts quilted by a longarmer (?) but I am now quilting my own. Budget constraints force me to choose between fabric and professional quilting...I choose fabric! Love your blog. Love Jackie's blog. Love black and white!

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  176. I have used a long arm quilter. His name is Rick AKA Mr. Quilter and is the husband of the woman who owns our local quilt shop. He does a fabulous job. I've had 3 done by him and love how they come out. When I'm into a edge to edge design I use him, but he doesn't do custom work, so I am learning to be able to take care of that myself on my Bernina.

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  177. I never sent my quilt to any long arm Quilter before, I quilt by myself. I'm still new and I still have a lot to practise.

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  178. I've never used a professional longarm quilter to finish a quilt.

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  179. I've never used a longarm quilter - I just stick to straight lines and quilt at home with my machine! It gets tough, and in the middle of quilting before I've considered the cost of using one. Never gotten around to it before - I'm too scared!

    I also like to consider my options - more fabric ... or professional quilting?

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  180. I have never had a quilt done on long arm. I either handquilt or FMQ on my DSM. Those B&W prints are awesome. I have just recently started to collect. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  181. I haven't used a long arm quilter, but I've only made two quilts so far. I'm a slow & steady quilter and a newbie at that. :-)

    Loving the black and white. thanks for the giveaway.

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  182. I've never used a professional long arm quilter as I own an HQ16. What a great group of black and white fabrics. I've been collecting black and white fabrics for quite awhile now bit I have no idea what I'm going to do with them......

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  183. No, I haven't used a long-arm quilter, but totally see the appeal of it, especially for a wall hanging or a large quilt. THANKS for the chance at this bundle!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  184. I haven't used a long arm quilter, because I am still one of those gluttons for punishment who likes to finish a quilt by hand... which is probably why I have never made anything bigger than a twin quilt! I just like the serenity of sitting there in the evenings with my husband and quietly stitching while he watches tv.

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  185. I've never used a long-armer's services for my quilts. I like to do them from start to finish, but if I ever did need one, Chelsea from Pins & Bobbins is in my neck of the woods and she'd be the one I'd call on!

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  186. One time I used a quilter... she did a great job, but I felt kinda guilty not finishing the quilt myself.

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  187. I haven't used a professional long armer either! I haven't really expanded out of making anything bigger than a baby quilt, and I can do those myself. Once I woman up and start making larger quilts, I may consider using a longarmer.

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  188. I've used a professional quilter twice but they were years ago. The first one only charged me $35, including batting, for two lap sized quilts. The second time was for a special graduation quilt that cost much much more but turned out nicely. I've quilted all my own since then.

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  189. I have never sent anything out to be quilted. It's too expensive.... I'm loving those black and white fabrics! I'm a child of the 80's too. :)

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  190. Yes, I have used a professional longarm quilter a few times. The experience has always been good. The first one was an OVERSIZED KING sized quilt and I just couldn't fathom doing it myself! Love Jackie and Canton Village Quiltworks! Tami In Denver

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  191. I have not used a professional long arm quilter. I'm just starting out with this quilting thing and am enjoying wrestling with my regular machine to free motion quit! :)

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  192. I'm sending my first one out this weekend to a longarm quilter!! Can't wait!

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  193. So far I'm doing my own quilting;I'm a beginner and trying to master FMQ. Plus with the walking foot I can do any number of geometric designs. I probably will not use a long-arm quilter for the added expense to my project. Thank you for sharing!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  194. Since I'm still learning the FMQ part, I have sent a couple of quilts to a longarm quilter. She did a very good job. Thanks

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  195. I use a long arm quilter for every quilt. The only exceptions are wall hangings and doll quilts. I'd much rather design and assemble, plus I have no room to wrangle a large quilt.

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  196. Not a long-arm, but a midsized setup a friend has with a small business. It is amazing what that extra quilting adds to my quilts!!!

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  197. I've never had a quilt done with a long arm.
    My Grandma was a quilter, so she quilted for me.
    Now that she is gone, I may have to try this.

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  198. Love the blacks and whites! The quilt I finished in fall 2010 as a reborn quilter I had long armed as a gift for my sister. I was insecure about machine quilitng. Curiously I machined quilted a second quilt for her for Christmas all by myself.

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  199. Oh, you bet I do! I have two medium size quilts at the shop even as we speak. I've also had one really huge quilt done, and 3 or 4 other medium sized ones. I keep thinking.... if only I could get my own......

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