Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Intrepid Thread Scrap Challenge!

Not going to QuiltCon?  Well, then, I have just the project for you....  a Scrap Challenge! 

This fun, lighthearted challenge is your ticket to free fabric, a little fame and that self-induced creative high, which is of course the very best part. 

Julie at The Intrepid Thread has sponsored our latest Scrap Challenge sure to get your ideas flowing.  This time we have a fat eighth bundle, so a bit more of everything to work with.  Fabrics from Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, Art Gallery... lots of delicious designer quilting cottons in blues and oranges.

I think I see something springy?  Something that really takes advantage of that gorgeous Lillybelle bouquet, resting on the tippity top of our fabric stack, which you can see to full effect here...

Project & photo by Art Gallery Fabrics

But, hey, it's not up to me.  It's up to YOU.  Yep, the ball is in your court, my friends.

Scrap Challenge from Intrepid Thread

Now, what would you make with it?  Seriously, start thinking because it's yours for the taking.  Four participants will receive a scrap bundle of all 8 fabrics shown in 18" x 11" pieces entirely free.  But, of course there's a catch.... you have to sew with it.  Like soon!  This bundle is not going to languish on those shelves.  Nosirree.
 
So here's how it works...  On Thursday of this week I'll announce the 4 participants, our scrap challengers.  As soon as we have your address info, The Intrepid Thread will mail out those fabrics, likely getting them in the mail by Saturday.  Then, you must make something... anything!!!! using all 8 scrap fabrics, plus one fabric of your own choosing if desired.  So, you can add the extra fabric (could be solid or print), but you don't have to.  You do have to use all 8 scraps, but you can use a little or a lot of each.  Participants can use their own buttons, trims, etc. to embellish if needed.


There's a deadline!  Really, it's a good thing, because that means you'll enjoy this now.  You must finish sewing your project and post pictures by Sunday, February 24th.  (For that reason and due to unpredictable shipping speeds, we must limit the challenge to U.S. residents.  BUT, our next Scrap Challenge is going to be for Canadians!)  Participants can either share the results on their blog, or if they don't blog, sharing pictures on flickr or anywhere else online will do.  The due date is the same weekend as QuiltCon, so keep that in mind.  We want to see what you make because...

You and your project will be featured here!  On February 25th, I'll be posting about our challengers, with pictures of your project and hopefully some tidbits about your process.  Looking forward to it!  You people never fail to inspire me!  Now, all we have to do is figure out which of you 4 are ready stitch with the Intrepid Thread challenge bundle.

So, go ahead, convince me.  I'll hand pick our participants, quite possibly with one hand tied behind my back.

I'm sure this could get interesting...

95 comments:

  1. I can actually picture in my head exactly what I would do and will clear all the tables ready for a challenge!

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  2. You will pick me next time right ?? I mean if you next challenge is for canadian, I have to be in !!

    I can't wait to see what everyone does with this happy little bundle !

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  3. This sounds like a lot of fun! I would make a patchwork bubble skirt from this tutorial.
    http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2013/01/bubble-skirt-tutorial/
    I will add in another solid color, and if it's okay with the rules, I could sew 3 of them with each a different solid color and a patchwork strip all around and have my 3 daughters model them!

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  4. Oh, that sounds so fun (seriously, my mom had to call me to tell me about this, because I love a challenge!). I'd love to make a patchwork handbag with these fabrics. Mine needs to be replaced soon, and I actually have a perfect design in mind that I've been scouting for fabric for!

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  5. Rachel,
    I am so up for this challenge! I love following stitched in color and Julie's blog. Love the yummy prints and have something in mind for this bundle... something that I was already cooking up in my mind. These fabrics would make it truley special. I would so Love Love LOVE if you would pick me.

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  6. hmmmm, i would make a matching game for my friend's daughter...some sort of wall hanging with pockets. each pocket out of a different "scrap" fabric. then i would cover a whole bunch of 4" squares of wood with the fabric (but only on one side). the game would be for her to place all the squares into the correct pockets. since the squares would only be covered on one side with fabric, they would make an excellent memory matching game for when she is older. there would be at least two blocks for each fabric, maybe more....

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  7. My daughter's walls are practically bare, and I've been thinking of working up some bunting and a scrappy wallhanging (or two). I love these colors--they would bridge the gap neatly between her crib/baby room and a big girl room. You just TRY and stop me adding Pearl Bracelets in Peach, if I get picked! :)

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  8. I'm up for it! I see a spring QAYG tote bag with leather handles...I have been looking for a reason to make one!

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  9. Oh fun! I can see it now, all of those delightfully spring fabrics made into goodies just in time for the windows to fling open and the picnics to begin! Pick me and I'll put together a modern-vintagey-springtime some'm some'm. :)

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  10. These fabrics would make a great wall hanging but I think I would be making a lap quilt -- our guild does quilts for the elderly and they average about 36 inches square. this could be just the thing to brighten the life of an elderly person. I see it in fussy cut blocks or a split nine patch pattern

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  11. I was beginning to feel like I was the only person that was not planning on going to Quiltcon! (And feeling sorry for myself...) I am a advance beginner quilter and one of the ways that I have stretched my skills is through challenges. If I were picked for this challenge, I would make something using a new technique. Something like paper pieced stars, or maybe a complicated pieced block (1/4" seams is an ongoing effort!). Anyway they are lovely fabrics and I am looking forward to something that will distract from all the "can't wait to go!" chatter...

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  12. I'm seeing a wall-hanging with a lattice of scrappy strips, offset by a solid neutral in between the lattice. Diagonal lattice in an X-pattern (with on-point squares in between), and 1" vertical striping. It's an idea I've been wanting to try for a while - saw a paper-pieced version and made a pattern for myself that didn't require the paper piecing. Just the thing for a bunch of scraps :)

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  13. How fun!! A spring themed runner would be fabulous, i'm thinking some intricate EPP and applique would add to the appeal... cute color choices! i'd love it youd pick meee!

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  14. I am going to make a wall quilt for my daughter that will hang in her room with an inspirational quote most likely from Mother Theresa

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  15. fun...looking forward to the next one, as i am canadian!!
    good luck to the chosen 4...looking forward to seeing your projects!!

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  16. Hmm my daughter has been begging me for a new tote bag, quilted mind you, for her library books and classes.. so I would make that, and the accessories.. matching book cover for her notebook she likes to take with her everywhere.. a pencil/crayon roll and a patchwork cushion so she can take with her since she is always looking for something soft to sit on.

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  17. Me and a few friends have formed a "sort of" quilt guild of our own. We have been making quilts for kids when they have to be in the hospital. A few of us had experience and we have helped teach the others some quilting techniques and tips.

    I would LOVE to make a CHARITY QUILT for a child in the hospital out of these cheerful and fun fabrics. Some four patches and some strips and squares would make a nice big HUG for the child. Thanks for a chance to win!!
    txjennywren.blogspot.com

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  18. I would like to mama a mod blossom wall hanging for my niece's bedroom. She is due on Thursday.

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  19. This is a beautiful bundle of fabrics. I can see sew many things coming from this fabric. Spring scrub to for my daughter, baby quilt for a special mom to be, an apron for my other daughter, a pillow... I've got patterns and I'm ready to go, I think this would be one majorly fun challenge! Pick ME! lisamcgriff (at) hotmail(dot) com

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  20. I really want to make some fabric storage baskets! I would love to incorporate some kind of piecing. Maybe even design a blocks especially for the project.

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  21. Fun! I see a Dresden inspired patchwork skirt for me. It would be an awesome spring and summer piece for the wardrobe!

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  22. So...here's the situation...my two bambinas (3&5yrs) are crazy avid readers and books have completely taken over my tiny backseat. I keep saying that I'm gonna make them one of those snazzy hanging book pouch thingies, but I just never seem to get around to it. I need a deadline...I must have a deadline (and a little fabric wouldn't hurt) or we're all going to be eaten alive by Junie B and Dora! Only you can save us from the mutant book mob! :):):) (I figured a little drama couldn't hurt...it always seems to work for my girls!)
    Beckymac1 at hotmail dot com

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  23. My current handmade handbag is annoying me lately and I do think it is time to make a new one. Everyone needs a new bag for spring, right? I think a pretty patchwork over the shoulder purse would be fantastic!

    I was hoping to make it to Quiltcon, I could have driven there, but alas it isn't in the cards this year...bummer. Oh well, maybe next year! I do hope you have fun!

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  24. I would LOVE a chance to participate in this challenge, I love to sew and quilt and this would be my first bloggy/quilty/fabric challenge!

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  25. Since its Valentines Day and I'm anything but traditional I can totally see this as a Vday wall hanging with some reverse appliqué hearts and maybe a little text added to it!!!
    I love a challenge!!!!!

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  26. I am definintely game for this one. I have several ideas for those fabrics. I have never done on of these challenges before but I have been known to be pretty creative and unique in a pinch. I am a great sewist and am a fairly new quilter still But I am definitely up to this....And I have new quilting notions arriveing this week from Amazon so it would be awesome oppourtunity for me to try some of those babys out. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. This is Perfect for a rag quilt! Just add a solid, complementary flannel and I'd have an adorable, cosy quilt for one of my younger siblings. :)

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  28. I'd love to participate in this challenge. I am ready to take it on and have it finished by the 24th too. Already have a project in mind that these would be perfect for it. Jane

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  29. Wouldn't those fabrics look awesome with some Kona charcoal in some sort of a 6.5 inch medallion then surrounded by pieced borders until one runs out of the fabric? As a quilter at heart I would have to make a quilt and I've been really into lots of pieced borders lately so that's what I would do!

    It's a gorgeous bundle!

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  30. I'd make a twirly patchwork skirt, maybe with flying geese units all around the hem line. Why should great patchwork be limited to bed coverings when you can wear it, too?

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  31. Ooo, I love that bundle! And Julie has such good taste. You're right, it just screams Spring!.... There are so many ideas that come to mind when I see those fabrics, but I think I'll probably go with a baby quilt. We are expecting #8 and I have baby stuff on the brain!! I sure hope you pick me, for I would totally enjoy this!

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  32. Oh, this could be fun, I always work better under pressure!

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  33. I can see Stars with the beautiful collection, they would be lovely I'm sure. Love those fresh colors...

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  34. I love those two orange medallion prints and the aqua with the "pizza pies"! I can't say off the top of my head what I would make. I would like to leave that a mystery! But it will be GOOD! Haven't won any freebies yet this year, so my # must be up, right?

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  35. That stack is just begging to be made into a scrappy quilt...

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  36. I would love to turn this into a bright, sunny floor cushion! We have such limited seating in my apartment and I have been meaning to make some lounge-friendly pillows to help with our seating issue.

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  37. My neice is about to have a baby girl! I can see it now:
    a "jane market bag-esque" diaper bag featuring fussies of the bouquets , a wipey-wallet and a lined changing pad mini-"quilt" to go along. I am seriously rockin' this idea- !
    I love Julie's wonderful bundles!

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  38. Ooooh! Pick me! Pick me! I love making childrens toys and I've got a fun idea for a play set if you pick me for this challenge! What a fun idea!

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  39. Im picturing an bright and cheerful baby quilt and matching bag for Mommy! I would love to participate and ready to start now!
    aparrish1113@Yahoo.com

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  40. What gorgeous prints! I'd love to use these to make some bright, springy accessories, like a patchwork infinity scarf. And some headbands. And maybe a cute wristlet. ;)

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  41. I'm in a Dresden kind of mood. I'm thinking of a throw of some kind. My class play is finally over Tuesday (so much drama) and I'm looking forward to getting back to sewing every day. It's a lovely spring-y bundle!

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  42. Oh, I can think of a few scappy things that I could make....a wall hanging, a table runner, some cushion covers...can you tell I am in a decorating kind of mood right now?

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  43. Love the scrappy zigzag quilt. I would love to make a pillow using that pattern.

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  44. Love challenges! I would make a very scrappy miniature quilt.
    I enjoy using very small squares ~ 1 1/2 to 2 inches finished.
    Hope I am in the final four. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. Ooooh!! I love this fabric stack!! I have been wanting to make a quilt-as-you-go laptop case and potentially a zipper pouch to match. I have a lot of free time in the next two weeks and would love to spend it stitching up this gorgeous fabric.

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  46. I think this would make a wonderful scrappy tote bag!

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  47. I have yet to complete a patchwork bag but this bundle is just perfect for the project I have in mind. I'm thinking Joel Dewberry's In Flight pattern would look wonderful using these fabrics.

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  48. I am thinking a paper pieced mini quilt, maybe a bird of some sorts to bring out the spring beauty of this collection.... Thanks for the chance!

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  49. I've got an EPP mini quilt in mind for this bundle -- hexagons and diamonds. This could be a lot of fun...

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  50. After reading your post yesterday I was wishing I was going to Quilt Con, but this is the next best thing!! At first I was thinking of a clutch but then I decided I would channel some Rachel. You have made some awesome improv pieces!! I have never given improv a whirl but really admire it so I think it is time to try it. I see a spring scene in that fabric stack: green grass, blue skies with white puffy clouds, and lots of sunshine!! Can you see it??.....

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  51. Pick me, you will.

    Kristi.griggs86 at gmail dot com

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  52. I would make the scrappy pinwheel pillow I've been dreaming up. This fabric would be perfect!

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  53. Am I ever up for this challenge! :)
    I pulled an all-night design marathon last night....BEFORE I knew about this scrap challenge!
    Thinking ahead of my self or what?! Winning a bundle would certainly save me the journey and task of 'mining' in my scrap stash! :)
    I have 3 designs that are a Must Make ASAP as in I am chomping at the bits ready to get started.
    One of which I plan to start today!
    Just not sure which design...one is an article of clothing, one a quilt and one a table runner. sowingstitches[at]gmail[dot]com

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  54. I will make a doll quilt, possibly two. My granddaughters both got American girl dolls for Christmas.

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  55. Oooh, can't wait to see what people come up with - that bundle is gorgeous (and I will be patiently awaiting the Canadian version...) :)

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  56. Being 2 days overdue, I've got babies on the brain, so it would definitely have something to do with baby! Maybe a mobile, maybe some baby clothes or ruffly bum covers... So many ideas!

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  57. I've been wanting to make a pieced feather throw pillow a la anna marie horner (http://www.annamariahorner.com/Feather.Bed.Quilt.pdf)for a while. I just bought some neutral linen for the background, these would make great feathers...

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  58. I'm thinking some bright spring EPP or applique. Maybe flowers stacked on top of each other. Or I've been itching to finally do a clamshell piece. With little touches of handwork.

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  59. I'm interested in participating! I've recently inherited my grandmother's sewing machine and have been working on small projects -- a panel quilt, a pot holder, neck warmer. I would LOVE to be able to use this as an opportunity to take on a project with multiple fabrics! I'm thinking a patchwork drawstring tote for my daughter or or possibly a playmat for outdoor picnics when the weather breaks. I think that the deadline is just what I need to have enough push to focus and finish something while acquiring new skills. Thank you for the opportunity!!!

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  61. Love this challenge! I would sew a kitchen accessory set: appliqued dishtowels, a "vintage" apron, and oven mitts. And of course, what is a better kitchen accessory than a headband for the chef. 

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  62. Beautiful California colors! I would do a "first year fun" for an adorable baby and her mama! 3 over-sized, appliqued baby bibs, a binky holder, burp cloths, and a matching nursing cover for mama!

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  63. I have some great Linen to use as I would love to make a childs sleeping sack, like the Doll ones you have seen... It would be perfect for my 2 yr old granddaughter to crawl in while laying on the floor for TV or games and of coarse a sleep over..

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  64. I would make a butterfly blanket for my daughter for her birthday!

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  65. Oh this is a gorgeous bundle maybe a mini quilt or a bag. Awesome challenge.

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  66. I'd love to be one of the chosen 4!! I agree with the other hopefuls that these would make a gorgeous QAYG tote, but I just can't resist making quilts. I would probably make an interlocking stars quilt with this gorgeous natural linen I stashed as the negative space :)

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  67. Perhaps a baby quilt for my niece coming in June! This is so cool!

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  68. Oh! I have a great quilt idea for these. Don't want to give it away. I have been sewing lots of scrappy things for the past year, so I know I can do this. And a deadline will keep me sewing until it's done! Bring it on!!
    And thank you for the opportunity!

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  69. Me thinks a springy table runner would be just the thing! Thanks for the give away!

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  70. That bundle makes me think of "April Showers Bring May Flowers" so I'm imagining some sort of abstract teardrop (raindrop) themed blocks in a small quilt. But that's just my first thought...

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  71. Oooooh. Definitely would LOVE to work up a little something with this pack! So gorgeous.

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  72. I'm not sure what I would make but I will have FUN coming up with something............
    Shawn

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  73. This is perfect timing! I have been wanting to learn to paper piece for a long time now.. I would make a beautiful springy paper pieced table runner ( which I really need and have been contemplating) I really hope you pick me coz I really want to make this and I love the fabrics!! Thanks for the chance :)

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  74. How awesome! I would love to a few dresden plates for mini quilt/ wall hanging. So much fun!

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  75. These are beautiful. Had me at Lillybelle! I first thought dresdens, but I think I'd use the Lil' Twister to make a small quilt with it. Actually I think it would be a pretty good size quilt. Or a table runner.

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  76. Oh oh oh, Ive got a Bag Test Pattern that would be Beautiful in those fabrics! Hoping I get picked :-) Thanks!!!

    vbehymer at gmail

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  77. Oh, so fresh and springy! I'm thinking a churn dash table runner with a text print thrown in there. I love a challenge!

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  78. I would love this challenge. What ever I make out of these beautiful fabric colors I know will be really nice. Thanks


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  79. I would love to make a special wall hanging with pockets that would allow the children who have to have a Cat Scan procedure to pick a special little surprise from the pocket. It helps them focus on their surprise and not so much on what is happening to them.

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  80. My Grandmother has been hinting about wanting a new table topper for her table for spring and this would be perfect !!

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  81. I'm doing Melissa's Starburst quilt a long. Love the stars and was toying with making another quilt with the same pattern. Those fabrics would be so much fun, bright and cheery. Thanks.

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  82. I would love to participate in this challenge!!! :)

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  83. I'd love make a quilt for my penpal all the way in Spain!! She'd love these prints. They're absolutely beautiful. She'd cherish this quilt made in the US!

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  84. one of my goals this year is to use my scraps up- I have already been scrap-project brainstorming so this would totally kick my butt in gear since there's a deadline. So awesome!!

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  85. Pick me, pick me! I would make the most awesome-sauce thing ever made this side of the Uintah mountains. It would be intricate, have secret codes, be small and big at the same time and include unicorn dust.

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  86. I have a tote bag pattern these will look awesome in. It's partly pieced and a beautiful design. Looking forward to all the things everyone will be making.

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  87. I need to win this. I'm looking for a job right now, which means I'm poor, but have time to finish the project. I love compliments, and it will make me accountable for something being done. It will help with my self esteem which is about equal to a worm family living in a mud puddle. Think about it :) You can count on me!

    thank you
    Karrie

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  88. I wish that I could put my name in the hat but I have too many other projects on my plate right now. Maybe next time.

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  89. I thought I posted yesterday - but it looks as though it didn't go through. I am a new sewer and would like to get my sewing room organized so I'd love to make some fabric basics to organize :)

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  90. I would love to participate in this challenge. I have been quilting for over 25 years, but really enjoy the modern/art quilts, and have done quite a lot with those. I also enjoy making garments, tote bags purses, knitting ... pretty much anything having to do with textiles. So please pick me would love the challenge and I do have the time to finish a project right now.

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  91. A deadline is the greatest form of inspiration. A looming deadline less than two weeks away - well that is the stuff from which miracles are made! I'd love a chance to vicariously attend QuiltCon with you :) I'll keep these ideas brewing this week...

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