Friday, March 16, 2012

Blog Hop Party and Give-Away!...


Welcome to A Farm Wife's Journal.   

I am so excited to be a part of this Blog Hop Party and Give-Away!!!

As a new blogger, I have really enjoyed sharing projects, recipes, and glimpses of our life on a small family farm.  

I hope you will take a few minutes to look around.

This is my 1st Blog Hop!!!  

Thank you Quilting Gallery for hosting and organizing this great Party!
To get more information about this Blog Hop Party and to find a list of participating blogs click here.

Give-Away!!!!

I am giving-away this cute little needle case/sewing kit that I stitched together using some of my very favorite fabric Sew Cherry by Lori Holt. I have been saving this fabric for awhile now, and cut into it just for this...my very 1st Give-Away!!!

I love the needle case that I made last week.  It is roomy enough for all of my sewing essentials, yet small enough to tuck in my purse.  

You can read more about it and find the tutorial here.

To Enter

Simply leave a comment on this post with your favorite sewing, quilting, or blogging tip.  

 For another chance to win, become a Follower.


This Give-Away will be open until next Friday, March 23, 2012.  

I will then randomly choose a winner. 

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Blog Hopping!!! 

Cherilyn

207 comments:

  1. I love the colors of your needle case!

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  2. So sweet! Would love to win! Thanks for sharing...

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  3. My best quilting tip would be not to force things. If you're not feeling up to working on a particular project, then wait until you are. There's no need to rush things and put out some less-than-stellar work!

    What a darling needle book. I recently took up English paper piecing and this would be a lovely thing to have. Thank you for the chance to win! :)

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  4. Me tornei seguidora.Eu adrei seu prêmio,obrigada.BOA SORTE PARA VOCÊ.

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  5. That needle case is beautiful! My favorite sewing tip I guess would be to measure twice and cut once. I know it is a carpentry tip, but it works for me in my sewing room too! :)

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  6. its also my first blog hop, my fav tip which after about 5 years i've just finally twigged, how to press and not iron seams LOL

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  7. Hello Cherilyn,

    A beautiful needlecase. I guess my tip is read the instructions always!!! Good luck with your blog.
    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  8. I would suggest you to design the quilt layout first on a paper or software before cut your fabric. So, you won't regret it..

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  9. So cute, I will be back to check on that tutorial!!!! Thanks for the chance!

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  10. Adorable! I just love needle books. Best advice.... measure three times, cut once!

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  11. Welcome first to Blog Land and secondly thanks for being a participating Blogger in this Hop, it's a nice feeling isn't it? What a pretty needle case you made. Bet you will be veggie planting very soon now (ssshh) I think Ms. Spring is on her way but I won't say that too loudly in case ole man winter hears me!
    Enjoy your first Blog Hop, cannot wait to hear more from you.

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  12. What a lovely needle case! So glad to see your blog - I am a farm wife too!

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  13. I am a new follower (by email)

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  14. I would love this needle case! It would be so handy on quilt retreats!

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  15. I love the needle kit, would be so handy at work!

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  16. I'm a new follower
    (you have the word robot on BTW)

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  17. Thanks for being so generous...my tip...relax...enjoy quilting...if it doesn't grab you...put it aside...life is short. Have a great day.

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  18. My best tip would be "If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?" So I try my hardest to do it right the first time.

    carolyn.briese@yahoo.com

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  19. The needlecase is super cute! My best tip would probably be: If things keep going wrong, it's time to walk away for a few minutes/hours/overnight... go have a cup of tea/coffee and do something else for a little while, then when you come back it will be with a clear head and hopefully things will fall into place!

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  20. I have made a similar needle case but, I wish I had found your tutorial, It is very easy to follow

    And of course, I gave it away. I need to keep something someday.

    My quilting tip is to be slowly persistent

    thanks for the giveaway. I find if I start and set small goal (like 5 blocks a week) I can almost meet them and in a few weeks my quilt top can be completed

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  21. Your needle case is adorable. Thanks so much for a chance : )

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  22. Thanks for chance to win. My tip lets see smile and don't panic. I did that a lot when I first started I hate unpicking any thing and refused when I started to do so. My wife calms me down when I start panicking about blunders I have done good thing she is around.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    http:// my1pictureaday.blogspot.com/

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  23. New follower. Looking forward to seeing what you have done and poking around the blog.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    http:// my1pictureaday.blogspot.com/

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  24. I just love these little pin/needle holders. They just make me smile when I see them. Thanks for a chance to win yours.

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  25. I am a new follower of your blog. Come on over and join in to mine. Great giveaway going on
    http://jeannegwin.blogspot.com

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  26. REad the directions all the way through before starting a project.

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  27. When I start a new project I first fill two or three bobbins with the thread I am using so I don't have to stop an unthread and rethread my machine. Then I cut small scraps of the fabric and tape to a piece of paper with labels of which piece they are. Sometimes I get confused or forget if I haven't worked on it for a few days.

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  28. When I design a new project I always sketch it out with measurments and colors first before starting!

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  29. I sew on to a scrap of fabric when I am done with a seam, save thread and clipping long tails of tread.
    Love the needle case, thanks for the chance to win.

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  30. Such a cute prize. My tip is to keep your sewing machine as clean as possible.

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  31. Welcome to the world og bloggers, especially quilting bloggers! I´m pretty new to it myself, but I love to read the blogs and getting inspired.
    Gun, Sweden
    This is my blog:
    http://rutigt.wordpress.com

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  32. I wrap all the pieces of my fabric such as fat quarters and up to 2 yards on comic book backboards and secure with a pin. They fit nicely on a shelf and you can easily see all your fabric. Mine are in a bookshelf unit. I think backboards are about $12 for 100 of them. Luckily, my son works at a comic book shop but you can get them online.

    Dona
    http://sewingmilesofsmiles.blogspot.com

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  33. Don't be afraid to try new things. I just started an applique BoM. At first I was so afraid to try such a complex design, now am looking forward to next months block.

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  34. Love the needle case! Tip: be sure to regularly clean under the bobbin case on your sewing machine!

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  35. Elmers glue stick is my new favorite quilting tool!

    Enjoying your blog!

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  36. I like to use a pipe cleaner to get the lint out of my bobbin case.

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  37. My favorite is a long time know addage.. measure twice cut once.. this would have saved me much .. if i would ALWAYS use it!

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  38. I am a new follower, thank you for a 2nd chance to win.

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  39. I love the needle case. My tip would be one from Eleanor Burns when you do your binding. Stitch 1/4 away from the corner, pivot and stitch 3 stitches to the corner on a diagonal, make your usual fold and then stitch from the edge down to the next corner. Very neat corners. If I haven't explained it very well, she does have a you tube video of it. :)

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  40. The needle case is sooo beautiful. Thanks for participating in the blog hop. My sewing tip is to love and enjoy what you are doing.Take your time, and you will be amazed at what you can do.ccarter13@windstream.net

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  41. I am a new follower to your blog.
    ccarter13@windstream.net

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  42. Figure out your scant 1/4 inch before making anything important, read and reread and reread the directions....grin.

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  43. Very cute! Recently I liked the tutorial on bias tape that the angry chicken posted a while back :http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2008/03/bias-tape-tutor.html.
    I always have a frustating time with binding stuff.

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  44. My favorite tip is to keep a basket or just a box near your sewing machine for your scraps. I go to sew ins and see people start throwing away there scraps, I bring a little bucket and set it in a center table and tell everyone "if you don't want your scraps please put them in the bucket". You can make a quilt with just scraps. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway I love your tut. Hope I win it I will keep it always. Handmade is the best gift.

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  45. My favorite sewing tip is more of a technique that I learned a while ago: Chain Stitching! It is amazing! Talk about saving time! :)

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  46. The biggest tip that everyone should know, whether sewing or some other craft, is always measure twice, cut once.

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  47. What a cute case! I married into a farm family and although we don't live there, it's one of my favorite places to visit in the world. We're trying to figure out a way to take it over, actually. My quilting tip is to invest in a good seam ripper and don't be afraid to use it! It's easier to take out a seam than try to work around keeping it in! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  48. When cutting for a project, be sure and use the same ruler for all the cuts - amazing how some rulers measure differntly. Thanks for the opportunity. Judy C

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  49. Now signed up to follow. Thanks from Judy C

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  50. A favourite tip I was given is to snip a couple of stitches at the centre of a pinwheel then press seams all in the same direction clockwise or anticlockise. It makes a little pinwheel in the centre of the reverse which lies nice and flat. I love your table runner tutorial. If I win your lovely needle case I'm going to try hand piecing too :-)

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  51. Ohmigoodness! That is so darling. Do you mind if I pin it?
    My favorite sewing tip is "Make a Muslin". I don't make muslins when I sew for my daughters, but I have just started to make clothes for myself and learned the importance of it!!

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  52. My favorite Quilting Tip is to always have a little chocolate on hand. I make 5-6 bobbins and when I run out I always try to give a mini tune up on the machine at least to remove the LINT ball that generates :) Thanks for a fun giveaway.

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  53. Well, my best tip is that embedded comment forms don't work with a GoogleId and IE! :)

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  54. Love the needle case and the fabrics you used! My favorite tip...read the pattern when you buy it, read it again when you purchase the materials (or get them from your stash) and read it again before you start cutting. Funny how I can miss little steps when I only read it once! Thanks for your giveaway.

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  55. I am a new follower! I look forward to getting your cute blog in my dashboard from now on!!!

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  56. My favorite tip is to enjoy the process - don't rush through just to get the finished product. The joy is in the creating (for me at least). Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful needle case. I am always in danger of losing one and finding it in an unfortunate place :-0

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  57. Hi, the best thing I can tell you is to measure and measure again then cut. I love the needle case,thanks for your giveaway.

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  58. My tip is to have many different works in progress. All of them are developing as time goes by. Cute little nedle case I really like to win.

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  59. What a cute needle case and it would come in very handy for me. My tip is to measure twice if not three times before cutting. I have learnt the hard way.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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  60. That needle case is fabulous...love your blog...
    My tip is to to keep the sewing machine needle in the material as a stitch when turning a sharp corner..then you can just turn the material to next side to be stitched ...easier with needle stuck into material...
    If this isn't making sense we are doing a tutorial soon to explain it...
    Would so lve to win your beautiful work!
    Warm wishes from south africa

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  61. My tip would be to make sure you sew an 1/4 inch through out the whole quilt. And another tip is to use the same sewing machine from start to finish. Love the needle case - would love to win it

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  62. I' m a new follower. Pretty needlecase! Thanks for the chance!

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  63. What a pretty needlecase!
    My tip would be to read all the instructions before you start!!

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  64. Buying fabric tip:
    Like it - 1 yard
    Love it- 2 yards
    Gotta Have It - 3 yeard.

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  65. I love it, thank you for this chance, I work on different projects at the same time, so I can get bored. hugs

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  66. Change your sewing machine needles often! It makes all the difference :-)

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  67. don't deny yourself anything - you always need that extra piece of fabric

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  68. I'm a new follower. With colour in quilting try something new - break out of your comfort zone - you may just discover a new comfort zone! Cheers, Karen

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  69. What a cute needle case! I am a follower. :o)

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  70. Good quilting/sewing tip... don't know that I have any, maybe I need to read some of the comments and pick up some. :o)

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  71. This is a darling needle case and I would love to have it! This is my first blog hop as well.

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  72. I love your needle case! I do like to pre-wash my fabric. I learned the hard way that some colors may bleed after the quilt is sewn together. It's an added step, but it sure is better then throwing away a completed quilt ;-)

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  73. Pretty needle case. My tip would be (like so many others) measure twice, and then measure again, then cut! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  74. I LOVE your needle case! So pretty! I am a relatively new blogger also as well as still new to sewing/quilting...

    So, I don't have many tips except for when it comes to sewing, or trying to get much of anything else done---shut off the computer! LOL I find my self whiling away my creative time on the computer looking at blogs, inspiration, tutorials, fabrics, etc. I think I would get so much more accomplished if the computer were unplugged!

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  75. Lovely sewing case! My tip is to use Live Writer for writing blog posts. It is so much easier to use than Blogger.

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  76. Sweet needle case , my tip would be accurate cutting .

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  77. If you're a new quilter, my best tip would be make small projects using cheap fabric while you're learning. There's no point in wasting great fabric, expensive fabric, on shoddy sewing.

    Cute sewing kit!

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  78. I'm following. ;)

    I will say that one of my favorite quilting tools is youtube. If you can't figure something out, someone already has and they have posted a video for it!

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  79. Thanks for the chance to win the needlecase. My tip is the old measure twice cut once. My sister and I were sewing together today and she said that several times.

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  80. I am your newest follower and I enjoyed visiting with you today

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  81. Thank you so much for the chance to win this cute little needle case! :-) Let me think... a sewing tip... well, a new thing that I've learned recently is how useful it is to use that small square of fabric for a leader/ender when sewing blocks. It really helps to keep the blocks neat and tidy-- also, another tip I love is to use chain piecing. :-)

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  82. I am a new follower -- thanks again! Love the cute little needle case! :-)

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  83. My best tip would be to go with the flow - if the quilt is going well keep on with it but if you are stuck leave it for a while as when you are doing another project your mind is still processing the original problem and can often come up with a solution if you don't force the issue. I did this with one of my quilts - have had 3 different ideas for finishing and was not happy with any so did not start even though I bought the fabric and then one day got help and that is the one I will do when I have the time - maybe this winter as it needed hand quilting not a machine finish.

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  84. Very cute giveaway. My quilting tip is to always wash your fabric before cutting into it.

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  85. As a self-taught quilter, I didn't realize what a difference squaring my blocks could make... until I did it! HA!

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  86. Very cute needle case...

    My tip: Measure twice - Cut once...

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

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  87. My favorite quilting tip is to join a guild where you'll find lots of quilting friends. Quilters share so much information and have fun just being together.

    Love the needle case....I plan to use your tutorial, too.

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  88. I have made my friends all a needle case but I still do not have one. Would love to win!

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  89. That is a lovely needle case!

    Blogging Tip: write about what ever you want and about what you love!

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  90. Thanks for the chance to win

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  91. What a cute needle case...thanks for the chance to win!
    My best quilting tip is to be sure you have what you need before starting a project.
    ~Terry~

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  92. I'm a new follower...thanks again for the chance :o)
    ~Terry~

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  93. That needle case is so sweet. Awesome fussy cutting.
    Measure twice, cut once are words I wish I lived by. I try to follow them, but I still mess up.

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  94. I'm a new follower! Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Day! :)

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  95. My tip is measure twice, but once! :)

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  96. I always use my walking foot for piecing, I find it more accurate.
    Best Wishes from England.
    Karen

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  97. I no longer waste time hand-stitching a binding around a big quilt. I set my zig zag stitch to wide and stitch in the ditch from the front. It looks great!

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  98. sewing tip ... if you have to use your seam ripper, find someone else to do it - hurts less...
    Thanks for the chance!

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  99. Beautiful needle case! Thanks for the chance! My best sewing tip of late is to just try new things! I never EVER thought I would enjoy hand-stitching the binding (I'm a pretty new quilter and had only done them by machine)...but now that I've done it a couple of times on small projects I actually kind of enjoy it!

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  100. Sweet needle case -thanks for the blog hop giveaway! my tip is the usual but its true - measure twice and cut once. thanks!

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  101. My tip is to find a ruler you like (try them out) that works for you so you can get accurate cuts.
    Love your needlecase. Thanks for the tutorial also.

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  102. I am a follower too! thanks!

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  103. Always make sure you are fully awake before starting to quilt. Things can go wrong with cutting and sewing because accidents can happen. WOW A real homemade gift. That is so sweet and thoughtful. We have snow here in Sonora, CA so this blog hop party is just what I need right now.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  104. Welcome to Blogland...when sewing on borders, I place the border on the bottom, next to the sewing machine, that way if there are seams you are sewing over you can see them and avoid having the seams fold the wrong way. Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful needle case.

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  105. Love your needle case. would love to win! Thanks, Lyn

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  106. so cute, I have always wanted to make one.

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  107. Your needle case is so cute.

    My favorite quilting tip is...If you can't see it from a galloping horse, it doesn't matter!

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  108. that is the sweetest little needle case -- i would love to win it or make my own from your tutorial. My favorite tip is to have fun ... and to take a break when it's not

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  109. A pincushin with sand in it will keep pins and needles sharp!

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  110. Measure twice, cut once has saved me many tears!!

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  111. My tip would be to read all the instructions before you start. Again. And agian

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  112. What a cute needle case! I've clicked over to see the tutorial. My favorite tip is to keep your seam ripper handy, and don't be afraid to use it - ripping goes quicker than you think it will!

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  113. I love your needle-holder, it is very pretty.

    My quilting tip is to quilt with a friend or group of friends, it's fun and great to get other people's ideas, especially when you are a beginner.

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  114. I Love your needle case. It's so pretty.

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  115. My favorite tip for sewing and quilting: read the directions first. Cute needle case. Thanks for joining in the Blog Hop Party

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  116. Double check your measurements, so you don't waste fabric. What a cute needle book! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  117. I'm now a follower! awolk@rogers.com

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  118. My favorite tip is to fill several bobbins at once to save the interruption later ! awolk@rogers.com

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  119. I love your little needle case. I would love to win. Thank you for being part of this blog hop!! Hugs

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  120. The needle case is beautiful.
    Best tip enjoy the process!!

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  121. Sew Cherry is one of my absolute
    favorites! I love the needle book!
    Great giveaway!! My best quilting tip is to always keep your seam
    ripper handy!! Thanks for the
    chance to win!!!

    wigglypup2@yahoo.com

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  122. I am a new follower. I am so glad
    I found you! would love to win!


    wigglypup2@yahoo.com

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  123. I am a new follower and will be following by email. I love the needle case and the fabric you chose. I'll be making a few of those, I'm sure.

    A great quilting tip is to use Reynolds' Press 'n Seal to draw a design on your quilting project. Stitch right over it and lift off the Press 'n Seal. There's more details this week about it on my own blog. http://www.quilterinmotion.wordpress.com Hop on over and comment for my giveaways.

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  124. I am always loosing my needles, I think I need one of these.

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  125. Love these niffty little projects. Great when you have the time and I do now that I am retired. Time, and read all instructions and you won't be disappointed.
    Aurea Gillis
    aurea.gillis@gmail.com

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  126. cute! I'm still a novice - so right now my best tip is to follow great blogs online - you can learn so much from all the great turotials etc.

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  127. The best tip I know is a way to make bias triangles less stretchy. Iron a 1" strip of lite interfacing diagonally evenly over your cutting line before you cut. 1/2" is even better since more goes in seam.

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  128. Best tip is to have the stitch ripper handy. You're more than likely to use it at least once during any project.

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  129. Am a follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  130. Beautiful give away, nice colors. My tip work precisely and take your time, than your quilt wil be beautiful. Hugs and lot of succes from the Netherlands

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  131. Relax, enjoy and don't work on anything when you are tired. I have made many a mistake that way. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  132. Hi from New Zealand I am a new blogger and I am just loving it :-) I also live and work on a farm were I rear about 500 calves and my husband milks the cows, it's such a great life and stitching a quilting just add to my day :-) Thanks for letting me blog have a wonderful day.

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  133. The needle case is so pretty. I do not have a needle case. Sewing tip ... mmm well, maybe relax and enjoy the moments you have, there are so many projects I would love to do, but I can only do a limited number.

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  134. Great idea for a needle kit. Love it. Thanks for the opportunity to win it. My best tip would be to don't rush, take your time, relax and enjoy...

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  135. My first blog hop as well--hoping to win something wonderful!!

    My tip--measure twice cut once. :-)

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  136. How fun for you to be involved in stuff like this! I'm so excited for you! :)I'd say don't be afraid to ask questions. It's a great way to get started and to learn new techniques.

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  137. My tip - don't be afraid to think and act outside the box (pattern). It is fun to make changes. Thank you for the chance to win such a cutie.

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  138. Would like to be counted in. Thank you for sharing. I press as I go whilst sewing. Learnt the hard way what happens when you don't.

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  139. I'm a new Blogger and Follower. My favourite tip for sewing a quilt in particular is to buy several fabrics from the same fabric story/range so that I have enough co-ordinating fabric on hand to make a quilt without the stress of trying to match colours etc. It makes it so much easier!! Thank you for your generous giveaway, what a cute needle book :)

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  140. I've never used a needle case before. They seem very nice.

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  141. Tip: I use a wooden skewer as a stiletto. Love your needle case!

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  142. My Tip - Measure twice cut once, works

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  143. I also live on a farm. This is my first blog hop.

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  144. Love the needle case...Best sewing, quilting tip is to organize wisely....do I follow that all the time??? wish I could, but it is so much easier when I do

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  145. How sweet of you to give away something you made and something you love.

    My best tip is to correct problems as you go. It is much easier to take out and redo a small seam before you've sewn it into a row and dealing with it means attacking several connecting seams. And it will bug you if you don't...

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  146. Such a pretty needle case! tip- press your seams as you go.

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  147. I am a new follower-- my hint is to cut accurately and spend more time at your ironing board than at the sewing machine-- don't save your pressing until the end!

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  148. I am a new follower and Love that needle case! I have never owned one. Love your blog!!!

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  149. Oh I forgot to leave a tip. My tip is to enjoy blogging! Have fun with it!

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  150. I love the needle case. My favorite quilting tip is to always press as you piece.

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  151. Cute needle case. My tip is to keep all your fabric scraps and then stitch them under tulle to make new fabric!

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  152. Always keep a lint rollar nearby...It's a quick way to clean off your cutting mat and threads off the floor.

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  153. best tip, humm. Try to work on 2 projects, one that you want to do and balance that with one that you have to either do or finish!! Thanks for the give away!

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  154. Very nice giveaway! Favorite tip...don't forget to clean lint out of your machine and change your needle after each project! Thanks!

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  155. My favority quilting tip is: if it does not work at the first try,take a deep breath and start over.
    You do a very nice job!

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  156. Your needle case is lovely. Would love to win. My favorite tip is "it is all about the journey and not the destination" That is true in life and in quilting. Enjoy the quilt making journey.

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  157. My favorite tip is one I received from a quilt retreat. Buy 2 inexpensive door stoppers. Place them under your machine by placing the part that would go under your door in back of your machine. This will tilt your machine towards you allowing you to see your fabric better. hope I explained that ok.

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  158. My tip would be measure 2 or 3 times before you cut your fabric. :)

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  159. Welcome to blogging, Cherilyn! Your little needle case really is cute. Thanks for counting me in.

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  160. I am a follower and look forward to sharing.

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  161. My favorite is quilting but my tip would apply to any hobby. Ndont be afraid to try something new. If you hear of a new technique, try it. Brontosaurus be afraid.

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  162. One of my favorite quilting tips is to cut your quilt borders on the lengthwise grain of the fabric. They are less likely to stretch out of shape that way. Thanks for letting us visit. Oh, and I have a question: What language are these "prove you're not a robot" phrases in? Just wondering. It's starting to be quite captivating after a hundred or so blogs. Ha!

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  163. I reuse clingy window vinyl decals by placing them to the right of the needle on the sewing machine bed to mark my 1/4 inch when I'm strip piecing. They don't have any glue so they don't gum up the machine bed and they are free (if you get your oil changed in your car and they place them on the car windshield :)

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  164. I am a new follower. Thank you for participating in the hop. The needle case is too sweet! Perfect giveaway choice!

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  165. I love your needle case! So cute!

    The quilting tip I have to remind myself way too often is to slow down. When I try to rush through steps, I end up having to undo my work! That takes longer than if I had just done it correctly the first time. lol

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

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  166. Congrats on starting your own blog! What an exciting adventure and a wonderful way to keep in touch with others who share the same joys as you. And we must be pretty special for you to cut into some of your favorite fabrics. But I must say it was well worth the effort because your needle case is ADORABLE! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  167. Tip: I have found storing my fabric on cards (like a small bolt) is really so much easier to access and also auditioning them for suitablility. If the cards are about the average size of a book they can then store in bookcases and be arranged in order so much more easily..I just love it..oh, but make provision for insects with some fabric protection such as lavender bags or moth ball bags too.
    Toni-Anne:) weftandwarp(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  168. I am a big fan of Loti Holt too, your needle case is so pretty! Just signed up to keep in touch, God bless you and all your sewing endevours.
    Toni-Anne:) weftandwarp(at)hotmail(dot)com

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