Thursday, January 29, 2015

{Clambake} with Ivete from Gotham Quilts!

Clambake quilt-alongSurprise!  Guess who stopped in today?  It's Ivete of Gotham Quilts, who's joining the Clambake Quilt-along and wants to share some fabric-shopping goodies for those of us needing to do clam-related shopping.

First, let's hear about Ivete's plans for her clamshell quilt and then a Gotham coupon and giveaway!  Fun.


{Ivete of Gotham Quilts}

When I read about the Clambake QAL I immediately knew I had to join in! I've never made a clamshell quilt before, and it's been on my to-tackle list for, well, forever, so this was just perfect. Initially I considered doing Rachel's quilt-as-you-go method, because that definitely seems like the faster way to do this quilt, but I want this project to be a learning project for me, and I particularly want to get better at piecing curves. So, I've settled on following the Latifah's Glam Clam pattern in the 8" clamshell size, and assembling on my Juki.

Once I had that decided, I moved onto my favorite part: Choosing fabrics! I knew that I wanted to make a modern, graphic version of a clamshell, so I went to our shelves and started considering collections. I first thought about using some Cotton & Steel fabrics (I can't believe I still haven't made a C+S quilt!), but then my eyes landed on Lotta Jansdotter's new collection, Follie. And I knew instantly that this was the right pick! I decided to focus on the periwinkle and raspberry section of the collection, like in this bundle:



Aren't those colors lovely, and an unusual color combo? I smile every time I look at them!  We pulled lots of coordinating prints and solids and ended up with this stack of lovelies:


I'm planning to do a modern layout with lots of negative space, the way Latifah did in her original quilt, and I can't wait to get started. I have a few projects that are due shortly, so I can't start *quite* yet, but I did allow myself to start cutting just a little bit: I cut all the paper templates out!



Next up, I'll be cutting plastic templates for these, and then I'll start cutting into fabric! After I get a quilt off my design wall so that I can use it for the clamshells, that is . . .

{Coupon + Giveaway}

Thanks for sharing your plans with us, Ivete!  I look forward to seeing your quilt progress.  Actually, I look forward to seeing all your quilts, Clambake people.  We'll start some link parties in February!

Need to do some fabric shopping?  Visit Gotham Quilts and save 20% off all regular priced items now through February 28th.  Use coupon code clambake to redeem your Clambake QAL savings!

One lucky reader will also win a $25 gift certificate to Gotham Quilts!  To enter this giveaway, open internationally, answer this question in the comments of this post:  "Who do you make quilts for the most?"  The random winner will be selected on Monday, February 2nd, around noon (EST).


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And our winner is Dawn of comment #31.  Enjoy your fabric shopping, Dawn!  I'll be in touch via email.

138 comments:

  1. I mainly make quilts for myself--maybe a bit selfish but I find they require so much work that I don't want to give them to anyone who doesn't appreciate them. If a family member ever said they loved one of quilts--I would give it to them without moment's hesitation. I don't do charity quilts but annual lyI donate a hunk of money so that the charity group can buy a roll of quality batting.

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  2. HI, my local children's charity>my passion!
    Thanks for your Blog+Giveaway!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  3. I've mostly made quilts for my family. I'd love to have time to make them for friends as well. Maybe when the kids are a little bigger...

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  4. Babies! Almost all of my quilts are for babies :)

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  5. I make quilts for myself and always end up giving them away to family members. One of these days I'll make a quilt that I just can't let go of!

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  6. I hate to admit that most of my quilts are made because I want to make them and then I have to find a victim/recipient that the quilt fits.

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  7. I love to make quilts for friends and family.

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  8. I tend to make most for friends and family. Occasionally, one for me. :)

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  9. I mostly make quilts for very good friends, family and for new born babies.
    Thanks for the chance!
    Rike

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  10. very dear friends around the globe - some whom I have never met in person but whom I have known through the internet for 2 decades

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  11. I make quilts for friends and family, although I do have a good amount here at home for my family and myself!

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  12. Family first including gifts for the kids to give to their friends.

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  13. I mostly make quilts for the family and friends. I have made one flannel rag quilt for me though!
    Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  14. I generally make them for myself, but if someone comments about the quilt, it's theirs! Love the bundle, not at all colors that I gravitate towards, but I'm being pulled........

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  15. New babies and family. Also myself, but I try not to stockpile!

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  16. My family members! I ordered an acrylic template and plan on joining along, quilt as you go style!

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  17. Definitely new babies and family, rarely for myself -- something I hope to change in the future.

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  18. I have made quilts for whoever's birthday is next! I am excited to finish my first charity quilts this year!

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  19. I make quilts for family and friends, mostly, and for my husband. He gets jealous if I make too many for other people and don't make him one!

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  20. I make quilts for my boys and I to snuggle under while we are sleeping or watching movies and reading on the couch.

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  21. Mostly for us, my hubby and the kids. I make them so we can snuggle up watching a movie or reading a book!

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  22. I haven't made very many quilts yet so the ones I've made have been for me and my house!
    renae1225@gmail.com

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  23. I quilt for my family - immediate and extended - so that I can always visit the quilts if I miss them :)

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  24. So far all the quilts I've made have been for family members, though I did manage to make one for myself as well.

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  25. My family members are my guinea pigs :-) I learn so much every time I make a quilt, and they get the results, mistakes and all. Somehow they never seem to mind it though.

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  26. I love making quilts for friends and family, and seeing them in their homes. But I also get a special buzz when someone buys one of my quilts too!

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  27. Most of mine have gone to charity. A few to good friends and a few that I've kept for myself. Of course, I'd love to keep them all but who has space? :-) Anyway, I love the process more than the keeping.

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  28. I'm a selfish quilter and keep most of my quilts. However, my fabric stash has gotten out of control! I'm going to start a quilt as you go string quilt for my brother and his wife and then go down the list. I'm waiting for a niece or nephew to get married so I have an excuse to make a beautiful quilt for a new couple. I'm also planning to make a couple of doll quilts for my great nieces Camilla and Beatrice. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. It seems that I make quilts for everyone except me! I love the pleasure they bring so I do give most of them away.

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  30. I have to say for my kids... or minis for swaps. I am starting to do more for me now, though :)

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  31. Friends and family, especially new babies!

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  32. Mostly family...Mom, 3 sisters, 2 daughters and SIL's and 7 grandkids.

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  33. Definitely for me! Once in awhile I have to give up one of 'my' quilts though and then it goes to friends or family.:)

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  34. I make them mostly for family and our home. Love those Gotham fabrics!

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  35. Mostly family, but lots of friends too! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  36. Technically, I think no one! I have them all, so maybe just for myself? But I've made a lot of baby sized ones and I have no one to give them too (have put them on etsy before) but I just end up making them for fun with no particular recipient in mind! I am trying to get into the habit of making larger ones I can use (I'm a bit big for baby size!) so I suppose I do make quilts just for me!

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  37. That's easy my little girl!!!!! Thanks!!

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  38. For my family to snuggle! What could be better?

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  39. My little boys have received most of the quilts I have made. :)

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  40. My kid and our family in general, but lately I have been doing more charity projects

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  41. I make quilts for my family, but most of them are for my grandsons. I am working on some quilts to leave for my great grandchildren.

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  42. I make most of my quilts for my family members.

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  43. I make quilts for my girls ones into rainbows the other foxes, keeps things interesting.
    marinaclark@live.com

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  44. I love making quilts for my family and friends. My 3 girls are probably the biggest benefactors though!

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  45. I haven't made many quilts, so at this point they're mostly for me. when I get better, I'll work through my family and friends.

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  46. My nieces and nephew - 8 little ones in 9 years means a lot of quilts! Now working on the second round for when they're 8-12.
    Thanks!
    KaliaContiki@gmail.com

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  47. Most of my quilts go to friends, family and charity, but I keep some for myself, too.

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  48. My children. My goal this year is to start a quilt top actually for our bed (and finish one for each of the 3 children!) sarah@forrussia.org

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  49. These days its mostly for me or one of my grand kids. :)

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  50. I make mostly for my family, parents, children, grandchildren, sister nieces, you get the idea! Oh, and for me!

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  51. Just being a beginning quilter, the quilts I make are for my family, especially my two boys. I'm planning to get at least one made for myself too. And I'm hoping to get involved with an organization that can use them to help others in need. ktsquiltdreams at g mail com.

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  52. Mostly make quilts for the family & friends & myself hen possible...TY

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  53. I love to sew quilts for my familiy and friends, it's like wrapping them in happiness and love :-)

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  54. I make most quilts for family members, although I've done several for babies.

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  55. I make most quilts for family members, although I've done several for babies.

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  56. My nieces and nephews receive most of my quilts, although I've started making more quilts for us to keep at home, which is also nice.

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  57. I make most of my quilts for my family.

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  58. I make the most quilts for my family...which means most of the time I get to keep them! lol

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  59. I make them for my kids (and me 😊)

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  60. I mostly make quilts for charity at this point, although I also make quilts for family and friends.

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  61. Friends and family originally came first...now doing just one for me and several for Project Linus.
    Best wishes
    Wendy

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  62. I definitely make quilts for myself and my family to use the most. Thank you for the giveaway! Magistra13 at yahoo dot com
    Beth

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  63. I make quilts for me, and then give them away. I make quilts because I enjoy the process, but we don't need to be knee deep in quilts.

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  64. Most of my quilts are made as gifts, but because I enjoy the process so much I guess in a sense they are all made for me!

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  65. Most of my quilts are for family.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  66. I definitely like the raspberry and periwinkle combo! Most of my quilts are for my kids!

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  67. I make quilts for babies and little ones. And to teach others the craft!

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  68. I mostly make quilts for my family. Occasionally I do keep one for me... :)

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  69. I've only made quilts for family. I want us all to have one for each season.

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  70. Probably for my etsy clients and then me...I love to find the perfect person for a quilt but don't want a quilt to be unappreciated so I am stingy!

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  71. Probably for my etsy clients and then me...I love to find the perfect person for a quilt but don't want a quilt to be unappreciated so I am stingy!

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  72. I make quilts for myself because I love the process. I give most of them all away but I do make one quilt each year for my own bed.

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  73. Most all the quilts I make now are for charity since my friends and family have plenty. I am starting to make some for myself, turns out I don't have many of my own.

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  74. Friends, family, and charity. While I have a couple quilts in the house that I've made for my fiance and little boy, I've never made one just for me. At least not yet!

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  75. When I began quilting, my first instructor advised us to make quilts for ourselves and then bless people with them later ~ ~ I did NOT follow that advice and now years later I am starting to make quilts for me ~ ~ and I'm so surprised at how much more fun it is (I still pass them on to friends and family later, but ~ ~ ~ ). I think my teacher gave good advice. It's almost more fun to share a quilt that was mine alone for at least a while.

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  76. u make more quilts for myself and family and friend's babies.

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  77. I make quilts for family. Only one of my brothers doesn't have a quilt from me.

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  78. My family! Everybody gets one for milestone birthdays -- currently working on one for Dad's 90th!

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  79. I have the accuquilt 8" template, after reading Latifah's instructions, I realized that I needed to print out her templates for the top and bottom rows, otherwise I'd be struggling to get that first row done correctly.

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  80. Having not made very many, they're mostly for myself at this point...but I'm not complaining. :)

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  81. Why do the templates need fox ears? Is it tricky to align the clamshells?

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  82. either my immediate family, or many many babies born to friends...
    madfabriholic at gmail dot com

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  83. I always end up making myself another quilt, I have like 5 on my bed haha! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  84. Most of my quilts go to my family of three children and seven grandchildren. I love showering them with my creations!.
    yoyopattycakes at hotmail dot com

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  85. Most of the quilts I've made have gone to needy children. But I have made 4 that went to family. Thank you both!

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  86. Most for my grandchildren and great nieces and nephews. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  87. I made all my little cousins and a coworker quilts for Christmas and my Mom received one shortly after the new year. I'm hoping to make at least a few that stay in our house, but I do love seeing how people react to getting something handmade especially for them. :)

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  88. I haven't made many quilts yet, but for now it's all about making quilts to make a new house look homely and comfy and adding character, I think quilts definitely do that. Then I'll start with family and friends.

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  89. My daughters, for sure!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  90. I tend to make quilts for my pleasure and they end up getting claimed by family! It's okay though....I wouldn't have it any other way. kmcassie@gmail.com

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  91. All new babies of my acquaintance and family members. If someone compliments a quilt, I gift it.
    Thanks for the chance to win. I have had Latifah's pattern for ages and this is the push I needed.

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  92. All new babies of my acquaintance and family members. If someone compliments a quilt, I gift it.
    Thanks for the chance to win. I have had Latifah's pattern for ages and this is the push I needed.

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  93. Most of my quilting has been to benefit Project Linus; one of these days I'll get one--or better yet, a few--made for me!

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  94. I usually just make them for my children. Thanks for another great giveaway. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

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  95. I usually just make them for my children. Thanks for another great giveaway. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

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  96. So far, only for myself, but I am new to the game! I love your color choices here. Gretahoneycutt@gmail.com

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  97. Actually I am new to quilting and have not made a complete quilt yet. I have been concentrating on making potholders for practice. Although the potholders go to my family. Have a great day!
    dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  98. What gorgeous fabrics! I choose projects for the challenge. My husband has started asking, "Is there a plan for that?"

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  99. Most of my quilts are made for charity, or as gifts. That is what inspires me to quilt. I enjoy making them and enjoy giving them away more.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  100. How fun!! I'm going to do Latifah'd 8" as well!! Thanks for the giveaway!
    keribaar@gmail.com

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  101. I make quilts mainly for myself, then they end up being given to my kids. So far, I have yet to keep one! Tarnia.hodges AT gmail.com

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  102. I make most quilts for charity. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. cknapp3626@sbcgobal.net

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  103. I make most quilts for charity. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. cknapp3626@sbcgobal.net

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  104. I make most of my quilts for my family :) I hear of so many quilters that don't have any quilts at home because they give them away... I do the total opposite! I have given some away, however, and I do sell them from time to time...

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  105. I'm actually entering for my Mom, and she makes quilts for her grandkids, and others. Thanks for the fun giveaway! msmissy02 at gmail dot com

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  106. I make alot of baby quilts for my family. I have also made some to donate and to sell.

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  107. Mainly my family and charities. I started 2 years ago so I still have a lot to learn since I am teaching myself my trial and error. Lol sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

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  108. I make quilts for my family members and friends, but one of these days, I'm going to make one for me. Thanks for the chance to win! I visited Gotham quilts and they have a great selection of fabric!

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  109. I am very new to quilting so I've only made a quilt for my self and my dad. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  110. I mostly make quilts for clients. I want to do more for myself this year though!

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  111. I'm fairly new to quilting, so what I've quilted so far has only been for myself and family, with the exception of a small one I made for a mini-quilt swap. That's the one that got me hooked!

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  112. It's a pretty even mix between making quilts for family and making for charity. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win!

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  113. I love your color choices. It's a tossup between family, friends and charity.

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  114. new to quilting still working on first one

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  115. Most quilts I made I gifted to family members, but am working on a quilt for myself right now :)

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  116. I just started quilting a year ago, but am planning to make lots of quilts for my family. I have two done and another in the works. It is much more fun than what I even imagine it could be! I meant so many nice new friends that enjoy this passion too! I love the colors that you have picked out!

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  117. I just started quilting but Im in the process of making for my immediate family

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  118. I make quilts for grandchildren the most. This year I am focused on finishing UFOs and challenging myself with trickier designs. Clambake seems to fit the challenge part!!!

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  119. I tend to start quilts for myself most often, but of things I've finished, it's mainly baby quilts for friends.

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  120. I make them for family the most! trying to make one for each of my nine siblings, and one for my parents.

    roseharries_06@hotmail.com

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  121. I make baby quilts- mostly for nieces and nephews.

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  122. I make quilts for my family. The first one that says dibs gets it! Ha! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  123. I haven't made a quilt yet, but I am gathering my supplies to start my first one! I plan to make it for myself, but if I find that I like making quilts, I would probably make some for my sisters and parents, too.

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  124. I make quilts for babies the most!

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  125. I make things for my family. It's nice to pass something on.

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  126. I think my mom has 3 or 4 quilts from me. I can't say no when she comes and says "Oh I love this one. Can I have it?" :)
    Susanne

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  127. I have made a Lot of swap quilts and blocks, but 2015 is the year I make them for me/my immediate family, and my new niece! I love all the size options for these :)

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  128. I make quilts for my immediate family. I can't bear to give them away to others

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  129. I make quilts for my immediate family. I can't bear to give them away to others

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