Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ode to Botanics

It took awhile to get my mits on this collection.   But, mmmm, it does not disappoint!  I definitely warmed up to designer Carolyn Friedlander over Architextures, but with Botanics she lands squarely in my "thank-you for creating awesome fabrics" zone.  If I have such a zone?  Which I probably do.

 Botanics by Friedlander

Since this delicious fat quarter set arrived on my doorstep last month, courtesy of Robert Kaufman, the fabrics have been disassembled, pressed, cut and dragged back and forth through my house.  Especially as I work on Color Catolog for Color Intensive workshop, Botanics fabrics are showing up everywhere. They're just that useful!  All of these fabrics are one-color prints, with textures that add interest but allow them to remain so easy to mix with other fabrics.

a Color Story {sea}  
algae. storm clouds. deep water.

Sea palette 

Here's one of my Color Catolog mosaics, which appeared in Color Intensive this week (you can still join us - class blog stays open through March 31st).  I spy 3 Botanics in the mix.  Lots of my fabric mosaics for Color Intensive feature 2-3!

Crosshatch fabrics

Botanics includes a huge helping of Carolyn's popular crosshatch print.  Lots of great colors, including unusual shades (like simple green and pale blue (not aqua!)) and neutral basics (I tend to use the pale gray quite a lot).

Botanics Leaves and Graph Paper

I was eager to see these two designs - the tiny leaves and graph paper floral.  They're better than ever in person!  Turns out the tiny leaves are my favorite.  So sweet and simple.

Ode to Botanics

But I've saved the best for last.  These are my favorite Botanics by far.  They're called "metallic succulents" in some shops or just "foliage" in others.  What they are is plain AWESOME.  The prints really do have subtle metallic accents and an all-over foliage design that's neither feminine nor masculine.

I love the intensity of her colors!  The yellow is a lovely caramel.  The orange is super intense!  The teal is absolute luxury, and the emerald green is gorgeous (using it a ton in my Gathering Flowers quilt).  Plus, the white-background metallic foliage... swoon.  This is, for me, the perfect low volume print.  I'm already having trouble "letting it go" by using it.

fabulous Metallic Succulent Foliage

Officially. done. gushing.  But, honestly, I like this stuff so much that I"m pretty sure you will too.  In fact, I asked Robert Kaufman if they would like to sponsor a giveaway of 1 yard cuts of all 5 fabulous metallic foliage prints.   Turns out the good folks at Robert Kaufman are going to start sponsoring this blog (whoot!), and they were game for a giveaway.

Would you like to win?  Enter now through Friday at noon (eastern time) by adding your comment, 1 per person.  International entries welcome.   Good luck!

p.s.  You can find Botanics at lots of my sponsoring fabric stores:  Fresh Modern Fabric, Marmalade, Pink Chalk Fabric, Intrepid Thread, Sew Modern, Fabricworm, Lark Cottons, Fat Quarter Shop, Cuts of Cotton and in Canada at Mad About Patchwork.

Botanics is available in Fat Quarter bundles, roll ups and charms.  Plus you can buy coordinating Kona roll-ups and bundles.  Choices, choices!


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Our winner is comment #292 - Beth, who said, "Oh man, I need this!"  Coming right up, Beth.

444 comments:

  1. i adore botanics and congrats on your new sponsorship!

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  2. I use a lot of Robert Kaufman fabrics and I would love to win anything from the Botanics collection. Thanks to you and your new sponsor.

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  3. I love Botanics! Thanks for a chance to win some!

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  4. They are beautiful and like you I appreciated the slightly unusual true blue and simple green. Thanks for the chance!

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  5. Fabric-envy! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  6. Botanics are so pretty! And I seriously love the coordinating Kona bundle too!

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  7. Wonderful fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  8. So pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. Lovely giveaway...thanks for a chance to win!

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  10. What beautiful fabric! Thanks for the chance!

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  11. Those fabrics might be my favorite from the Botanics as well! Thanks for doing a giveaway!

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  12. I fancy the Botanics collection every time I see it at my local shop; but it never makes it into my final assortment; which is sad because as I said...every time I'm in there I want it. Commitment issues I guess :-)

    Congrats on the new sponsor!

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  13. I adore this collection. Such great colors and prints! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. I love the botanics collection, thanks for the chance to win

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  15. Yesss! I absolutely adore Botanics. I can't get enough of that metallic foliage either -- thank you so much!

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  16. pretty giveaway! thanks for the chance to win.

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  17. Gorgeous fabrics! Thanks for the give away opportunity:) Amy

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  18. Oh I didn't realize that this line had metallic in it...so fabulous!

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  19. Botanics is beautiful, and all colors that are somewhat lacking in my stash (I had to buy a bundle to fill those gaps of course!). Who couldn't use more though, right :) Thanks for the chance, your photography really shows off the lovely fabrics nicely!

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  20. I've been eyeing this bundle, too. The Metallics I would share with my SIL who just loves that for her bags.

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  21. Umm, yes! I would love to win this fabric. Just reading your post almost made me jump out of my desk and run to the fabric store!

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  22. Oh my they are just awesome! Would love some!

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  23. I also love Carolyn's fabrics, and would love a chance to win some.

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  24. Thank you for the opportunity to win some of this beautiful fabric. I'm loving the instruction /information in the color intensive workshop. Congratulations on your new sponsor.

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  25. Ohhhh I would love this opportunity!

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  26. These are gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. Stunning! Thank you for the opportunity!

    Anestinthemaking at gmail dot com

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  28. Wow, love those fabrics. The graph paper flowers are great. I think my lqs stocks them.....

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  29. It is so sad this kind of fabric is impossible to be found on Spain, and the postal costs are so high... They are amazing

    Thanks for the chance

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  30. The fabrics are gorgeous! And they're so brightly colored they go perfectly with your class on color, which I'm loving by the way!!!!

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  31. I LOVE this print. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  32. I've been looking at these for a while too. They look like they will play nicely with others!

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  33. Oh, man, I would really love to win this bundle! I just got a charm pack of this collection and I was amazed at how wonderful the metallic prints look in person!

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  34. Congratulations on the new sponsor, and thanks for the chance to win. Botanics is such a beautiful line!!

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  35. Oh my yes! These are beautiful. Would love to have the chance to play with them.

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  36. Wow! How generous! I love this line too. <3

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  37. I agree with your comments about the fabrics. They are gorgeous. Now, if I could just see them in person... :) zbilusic **at** gmail**dot**com

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  38. I really liked the Architextures line, and this one looks lovely as well.

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  39. Ooh, count me in! I'd love to add this to my stash.

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  40. Congrats on the new sponsor!
    I would love to win this collection.

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  41. Such a gorgeous line. Love the metallic hints!

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  42. I could always use some more swoon-worthy fabrics! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  43. Oh, what a lovely giveaway!!! Thank you for the chance to win these lovely fabrics!
    Jolana

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  44. I would love to have some botanical to boost my stash. I was too late to get any architecture fabric.

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  45. Love this fabric line too!!! The metallic succulents are also a personal favorite :)

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  46. Just lovely! Thanks for the opportunity to win... and for extending it to international entrants! :)

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  47. Beautiful colors, nice collection of textures and prints. Thanks for the chance.

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  48. Lovely! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. would love to win these metalics - first of the year the budget is tight and I just sit at the computer and drool over all the great fabric finds - hopefully there will still be some left over by the second half of the year

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  50. You know I would LOVE to win!!!!

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  51. I love this line. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  53. Congratulations on your new sponsor! And thanks for a chance to win this awesome fabric. Swoon!

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  54. I love Carolyn's fabrics. They're just different than the others

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  55. I couldn't agree more about the beauty and usability of this line. It seems to work with everything. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  56. Ooh pretty fabric! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  57. Just picked up a charm pack of Botanicals... it is every bit as beautiful as I expected. Would love to have more! Thanks for a chance...

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  58. oh what a wonderful prize! her fabrics are so dreamy! thanks for the opportunity

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  59. um, yes! i'm finally getting into metallics and these are perfect.

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  60. Lovely fabrics! Perfect for building the stash...or helping it grow anyway! Thank you for sharing!

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  61. I loved her first line and this one is equally beautiful! Thanks to you and the Robert Kaufman company for the opportunity/giveaway!

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  62. I would definitely love to win. Congrats on the great new sponsor.

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  63. Oh my goodness, this is such a fantastic line! Congrats on the sponsorship by Robert Kaufman, very exciting!

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  64. I gravitate to the same colors and hues that I see you pulling together. Totally am in love with the metallics. I'm gonna get me some of them for sure!

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  65. LOVE Robert Kaufman fabrics. Great giveaway!

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  66. It is so fun when a collection really hits the spot!

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  67. Dear Mr. Random--pick me. I love these fabrics.
    sandravwoods@hotmail.com

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  68. Thanks for the chance to win. These are my favorite fabrics recently. Such a great color pallette.

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  69. Cool! I'm on a no-new-fabric self imposed period. Trying to save for a new kitchen so would LOVE this! =)

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  70. This line is so beautiful! I love the colours and the sophistcated prints!

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  71. I love the colors of these fabrics. Thank you for sharing.

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  72. I agree with your love affair with Botanics. Carolyn Friedlander did an awesome job. Congrats on your new sponsor! I'd love to know how you go about getting sponsors for your blog, maybe we can email one day soon. Best - Elizabeth

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  73. Congrats on the new sponsor, and such lovely fabric! I <3 Bontanics

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  74. Oh, we can win these fabrics? That's wonderful! Thank you very much.

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  75. This line is so beautiful, what a wonderful giveaway :)

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  76. I love this line! I really want to mix it with my Charley Harper collection for quilts for my boys. Great giveaway!

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  77. I totally agree, the metallics are my favorite, but it's the intensity that wins me over. Love them.

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  78. love love love this fabric, on my wishlist for sure, thanks for the chance

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  79. Love all those fabrics and they just look like so much fun to play with. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  80. I want a chance to win a yard or so of the Botanics!

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  81. The botanics are lovely. What a great collection.

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  82. LOVE this line! Thanks for the chance!

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  83. Lovely fabrics! and love the fabric pull for the 'sea' colors!

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  84. I love the blue, but they all look like great basics.

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  85. I am dying to get a bundle of those fabrics...gotta save up for them! Thanks for the chance to win something new!

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  86. This line of fabric has been on my wishlist. On a buying freeze right now, so it would be lovely to win. Thanks so much for the chance. Love your blog.
    dragonfly9716 at yahoo.com

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  87. I have not seen this line quite so close up as this post and now I want some too!

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  88. If you like them, then I'll like them! Hope I win...

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  89. I am currently making a sampler quilt in Botanics and they are awesome especially in the strong colours with the matching cross hatch. Would love to have more in my pile

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  90. Lovely. I was considering doing a log cabin quilt with some botanics prints this very morning.

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  91. I love Botanics! I'm dreaming of a way to get my hands on some. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  92. I have been oogling this line for a while now. It is just stunning!

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  93. I adore Botanics! I too have trouble 'letting it go' by using it- I'd love to add some to my stash!

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  94. These fabrics are just stunning - love them!

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  95. I have coveted this bundle for ages - but as is usually the case in New Zealand ... it is just not available! Would so love to win :)

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  96. Thanks for the chance to win....love it!

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  97. Those are great! Love the metallic bits.

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  98. I have loved the Botanics collection since I first saw it. The colors are wonderful - especially the orange and the graph paper floral. Would love to win this bundle!

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  99. congrats on the new sponsorship and please pick me for the giveaway!

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  100. So so so pretty. So any possibilities! My mind is racing!

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  101. OH! I've wanted that collection for a while as well! Next month I should have enough saved in my fabric piggy bank!!! Thanks for the giveaway! Such beautiful fabrics!

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  102. Beautiful fabric! Thanks for the chance to enter.

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  103. I agree. The metallics were a pleasant surprise for me too. I wish that I had ordered more of those, so fingers crossed on the giveaway. :) Thanks for the chance and congrats on the new sponsorship!

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  104. I agree that this collection is to die for!

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  105. **fanning self** I love this line! The colors are amazing and the great combo of low and high intensity colors is great. Would love to add these to my collection! Thanks!

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  106. Ooooh, I love those metallic foliage prints too! That yellow is wonderful. I have a hard time finding yellows that I like.

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  107. Ohhhh, now I'm going to have to acquire "a few" of these too. Thank you!!!!

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  108. I positively adore these fabrics, I'd love to win

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  109. Seriously have this on my to buy list!! I always love your sense of color, it's so amazing! Thanks for the chance!!

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  110. the only reason I haven't snapped these up yet is the fabric fast I'm (trying) doing right now. =) but i'll take them free for sure! congrats on the sponsorship by RK. you're a match made in quilting heaven.

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  111. Totally agree with you about Botanics - really lush

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  112. Wow. I've seen little snippets of these prints online, which really don't do the designs or colors justice. Thanks for sharing them here -- they're gorgeous!

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  113. I love everything about these too! One-yard cuts would be a dream. :)

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  114. That is my favorite print of the bunch too! So beautiful, and I always love a little metallic touch. :)

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  115. Oh yummie! Thank you for deconstructing this bundle for us! I'll have to get my hands on one too!

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  116. This really is one of my favourite fabric lines of all time!

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  117. I am not a "shiny" person, but I do enjoy a peek of sparkle in a quilt!

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  118. These are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the chance to dream!
    turner_post@hotmail.com

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  119. What beautiful fabric. Thanks for the chance.

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  120. This is hands down my favourite line of last year. Perfection.

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  121. This is one of my favorite new lines also...love the floral graph paper especially....would love to win these gorgeous fabrics, thanks for the giveaway!

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  122. I'm with a bunch of others, I really love this line! I loved architextures, but I like how this line has more solids w/linework instead of most of the color being from colored linework on white. It gives the whole line a slightly different feel which I am drawn to. Thanks for sharing!

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  123. These are beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

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  124. I got to use this line for the PMQG Medallion charity quilt that was generously donated by Robert Kaufman to the guild and it is amazing! Gushing is in order and I would love to have some to have and hold of my own! Thanks for the give away!

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  125. I'm saving up for Botanics. Love how original it is!

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  126. Wonderful fabric and a super giveaway. Thanks to both you and Robert Kaufman.

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  127. Another print from Botanics that I love is the line-drawn Stems. I've been using that one in charcoal for a recent quilt and it is so elegant.

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  128. oh wow! love this line the more i see of it.

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  129. Wow! Those metallics are gorgeous! I especially love the teal and the orange. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  130. Love those blenders, they just go with everything!

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  131. Botanics is a huge favorite of mine! Thank you for the chance!

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  132. yep, I too can see these featuring in my future! Thank you for sharing

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  133. I love this fabric line and all her others. I am on a self-imposed fabric budget but would live love love to win this!
    Patti

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  134. That collection is so versatile! I love that you could easily break up the bundle and mix the prints in with others from your stash. xoxo

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  135. Yep, those are my favorite prints of the collection, too. But I am in love with the whole thing. Thanks!!!

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  136. You're not alone in being obsessed with Botanics! I'm currently using it to make Swoon by Thimble Blossoms. (:

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  137. Me me me! I can't believe how much I love this line of fabrics. If I get just one lucky day, let this be the one!

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  138. I've snagged all colors of the tiny leaves, thank you for the giveaway and the pictures, it gives me a better idea which other ones I want to add to my stash!

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  139. Wow what a gorgeous collection, I can think of sooooo many things I could make with this. Thanks for the giveaway

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  140. This is my kind of collection too! I usually work with monocromatic fabrics so, I find this collection incredibly appealing!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  141. i love this line!! Thanks so much for sharing the love and lining up a giveaway for us :)

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  142. I am in love with Botanics too! I used the white Foilage print for my last quilt and immediately bought 4 more yards. I would love to buy a whole bolt of it, and I agree it is the most perfect low volume fabric!

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  143. I couldn't agree more! I absolutely love this fabric!!

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  144. This is my favorite fabric collection ever!! I love the metallics and I think it's so great! Thanks for the chance to win!!! =)

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  145. I have the texty prints from architecture. Love them.

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  146. So pretty! I've been drooling over pictures of this line, and I'd love to see them in person.

    Sarah

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  147. Of cause I would like to win, they are beautiful

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  148. Thank you for showcasing this collection. I am officially smitten and would love to win!

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  149. Amazing - great giveaway. You forgot to mention the wide screens - the 108" versions of the crosshatch. I have a queen quilt top that I really want to back with it so I don't have to piece a back! There was enough piecing in the top so I deserve a break! Just need the Aussie dollar to go a little better so I can buy...

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  150. I've been drooling over this collection too, but am currently trying not to buy unless I have a specific purpose...and I guess just looking doesn't count. Fingers crossed for this!

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  151. Beautiful collection! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  152. I adore Botanics. Would be sooo happy to win!

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  153. Love this collection! Oooh, random number generator, pick me!!

    (PS - had some issues getting this comment to go through, please delete other comments if any made it! Sorry!)

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  154. They are brilliant, something that should be a feature in every sewing room! Thanks for the competition.

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  155. Love this line too :) Awesome texture.
    Susanne

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  156. I love the metallic colors! So bright and bold. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  157. I've fallen hard for Botanics, and would love to see these fabrics in person! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  158. Wow, those are awesome! And in reply to your question, yes, I would very much like to win. :)

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  159. What a fabulous giveaway! Love this fabric.:)

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  160. I love this line! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  161. I absolutely LOVE those colours! Great giveaway.

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  162. I love Botanics! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  163. I love this collection, it's so pretty! Thanks for the opportunity to win

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  164. I have had my eye on Botanics for awhile. I have a little bit of birthday money that might go toward adding some to my collection.

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  165. I loved her Architextures collection and I love Botanics too. Her prints are modern and useable!

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  166. Great news on the new sponsor. These fabrics look amazing.

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  167. You know, I am in love with this fabric line. The metallics are my absolute favorite. So pretty.

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  168. I adore Carolyn's fabrics! I use her fabrics all the time, thanks for the chance to win some more :)

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  169. Gorgeous fabric - fingers crossed and thank you.

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  170. Gorgeous fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win!

    sew4given AT aol DOT com

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  171. I have admired Carolyn's fabric ranges for a while but have not yet been able to indulge. Perhaps I will be lucky!

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  172. Those are pretty!

    (knittngirl@gmail.com)

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