Saturday, November 24, 2012

Blogathon Canada + a Giveaway!

Hey y'all! If you've been here before - welcome back, I love you! If you're new to these parts feel free to put your feet up on my coffee table and stay a little while!

Today is Ontario's turn for Blogathon Canada; that means Cathi, Cara, and myself are welcoming you to our little corner of the world! I have not had the pleasure of meeting Cara as she lives in London, Ontario, but Cathi is the extremely lovely lady who gifted me (just about three years ago now) with the sewing machine that I still use to this day. If you don't know that story, you can read more about it here.

Well, let's see, I guess you'd like to know a little about me, right?


I live in downtown Toronto with my partner of four years, Alex (that's us with the popsicle stick snowflakes we made at our friends' American Thanksgiving party this past week). I am a librarian by trade, but am currently working freelance writing quilting, sewing, and cross stitch patterns, as well as articles, for various publications including Stitch Craft Create and Quilts & More. I also have my own independent line of patterns which can be found here and here.

I have been crafty all me life but began quilting a few years ago when a friend from high school was getting married - I randomly decided that I wanted to make her a quilt and just jumped in fully dressed. I didn't even realize at the time that there was such a thing as a quilt pattern so I just made up my own and that's basically what I've been doing ever since.


In June 2010 I was asked to take over the presidency of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild and have been President ever since. In July the TMQG was asked to participate in the Quilts at the Creek show at Black Creek Pioneer Village and this is me with two of my quilts. The one on the left is Mine Shaft and the one of the right is The Geese Have Landed.

To celebrate our little blogathon, here are some other Ontario blogs that you can visit:

Dresden Quilter

And here's a few I've added myself:

Thought & Found 
Finger Thumb
Sky's Slate 
The Enchanted Bobbin

Well, how's about the giveaway now then?


To celebrate the Blogathon, Sew Sisters is offering one lucky reader of my blog the chance to win the above bundle which includes one metre of the chevron print from Down Under by Mint Blossom and four coordinating Kona fat quarters in White, Deep Blue, Chartreuse, and Leprechaun.

You have two chances but please be sure to leave separate comments for each entry. Here's what you've got to do:
1. Leave a comment letting know what your favourite solid colours are!

2. Leave another comment if you are a follower of my blog.

That's it! Two easy-peasy ways to enter! The giveaway is only open for one day so jump on it now!!

International entries are, as always, welcome! Also, please remember that I have comment moderation enabled so if you don't see your comment right away it just means that I haven't had the chance to approve it yet (duplicate comments will be deleted).

*the giveaway is now closed*

258 comments:

  1. really nice giveaway. I have few solid fabrics. My favorite ones are all the browns.

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  2. Love the snowflakes. My current favorite solids are aqua and peach.

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  3. I love purple - and the Kona solids have a lot of those. Your bundle is great - nice and bright the way I like it! Thanks for the give away!

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  4. I am a follower...... I smile every time I see the picture of you hugging the bundle.

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  5. I use a lot of cream, ivory and tan solids and I love blue solids.

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  6. I love using kona snow and ash in projects. THANKS for the chance at this bundle, perfect for some sewing for my little guy :)

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  7. I have been stuck on Kona Cerise for a while now. I never get tired of it!

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  8. I love lime color!! It's bright and full of life :)

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  9. Greens are always my favorite. Right now my favorite Kona color is Ash it is amazing.

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  10. Yellow is my favorite color :)

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  11. Greens are my absolute favourite, but I also love reds--and I really like them together but sometimes it looks a little too Christmasy...

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  12. Hi there, I am a new follower and thrilled to have the lists of all these wonderful Canadian Bloggers to visit and some to follow. Your modern quilts are superb; I get a real kick out of art quilts and am eager to try and FINISH as many as I can. I'm finding mug-rugs are a great way to try-out new ideas in a scale that doesn't overwhelm. No matter they are always functional.
    My fave colour is and always have been green in any of its variances.
    Cheers from Oshawa Ontario.

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  13. Great blog Kaye! It's wonderful to find all this Canadian talent thanks to the Sew Sisters/Blogathon Canada.
    I have too many favourite colours (read: too much stash?! NOT!)but lately I've been collecting various greys. I hope you're enjoying all the Grey Cup festivities & thank you so much for a chance at the give-away!
    mgw070 at shaw dot ca

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  14. I have joined as a new follower.
    Barb@Witsend

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  15. Wow! All my favourite colours. I hope I win. :))
    Barb@Witsend

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  16. I love all kinds of blues and teals.

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  17. My favourite is green. Thank you for the chance :)

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  18. I love deep colours most. Like School Bus and Corn and Chartreuse...
    Thanks for hosting!

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  19. I am also a follower now! Love finding new Canadian blogs.

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  20. Lately I have been sewing a lot of pinks and yellows, my favorites(I have 4 great nieces) But a new great-nephew has made me rethink, these would be perfect!

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  21. Wow - your Mine croft quilt is very cool! Thank you so much for the chance to win such a great giveaway!

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  22. Funnily enough, my favourite (at the moment lol) colour is chartreuse!

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  23. You both made cooool Stars! Clever idea! Love 'em!

    Favorite solid color has to be shades of greens....tho love others too! lol

    Thanks for chance to win your Drawing!! :)

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  24. I am a new Follower, thru Google Friend Connect...

    Thanks for a second chance to win! :)

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  25. Nice to meet u Kaye! Thanks for the chance to win. Love those colors especially the lime green!
    mcb@mts.net

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  26. hi I love teal. Thanks for the chance.

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  27. I use a lot of Kona Snow, but my favorite color of all is cheddar!

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  28. My favorite solids are pure white, black, and red -- but I sure do love royal blue as well.

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  29. Love that lime! Thanks for hosting.

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  30. I like blue and green, just like you are giving away. Thanks so much.

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  31. Kona snow is my go to - and the dark grey (don't remember the name) is another basic that makes its way into most of my sewing.

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  32. Awesome giveaway! My fave Kona colors are Ash and Steel! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. I am a new follower. (Pinehavencreations@rogers.com)

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  34. My favorite colours are grey and yellow! Thanks for the great give away!

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  35. I love magenta, cobalt blue, and grey.

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  36. I love this blog hop! I'd say my favorite color of solid is a deep blue---no baby blues, sky blues, light blues---nope, I go for the deep moody blues!

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  37. Wow, what a smart lady you are! Love your quilts! One of my favorite colors is blue...
    Thanks for the chance to win, i would be pleased.

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  38. I love color...can't say that I have a favorite. If I was to choose a favorite it would be all the shades of green in the spring. Thank you for hosting this part of the blogathon, now off to visit the other ON bloggers. forbesrj@shaw.ca

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  39. i love all the greens, any shade, hue or tint! my current fav is kona's cactus.

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  40. Currently my favorite solid colours are oranges but I think I am going to have to add greens as I am having new flooring installed in my kitchen and it is telling me it likes green

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  41. I'm loving lime these days. Fab giveaway.

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  42. Lovely post! Fav solids hmmm....blue,brown,aqua...I could go on...lol

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  43. I'm always drawn to grays. I recently discovered cotton coutures and I LOVE how soft they are!

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  44. I like the blues, but a whole lot of greys are showing up and they are tempting, too!

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  45. I am a new follower and glad to be!

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  46. I love blue and aqua (are those two colors?)

    lawton_linda (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  47. I am indeed a follower of your blog.

    lawton_linda (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  48. love all solids, these are beautiful! I use lots of lime green lately and gray

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  49. also I am a follower of your blog

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  50. I like pastel solids, all this baby-pinks and blues.

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  51. I love pastels, especially pink, purple and mint. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  52. My favorites are greens and blues!

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  53. I am a follower! Your quilts look great! Love especially the flyingeese!

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  54. Your quilts are beautiful! I was looking for a chevron fabric just like that a couple of days ago in NS with no luck! lol What a beautiful set!

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  55. Turquoise is my fav but I adore any solid really. Just love a quilt made with solids. Your quilts are amazing!

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  56. My favorite colors are the blues and grays

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  57. I'm a new follower. So inspired by your jump right in attitude. That's what I need to do and toss the rules. lol

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  58. These days, I'm liking the greys. Ash and charcoal are my favourites. But, I'd love to win the ones you are giving away!

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  59. I have been following for a while now. Thanks for the second chance to win.

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  60. favourite solids? oranges, any shade will do. Love you blog, will come back for another visit.

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  61. Ooooh, count me in. BLUE is my fav, all the way!! Blue rules!! haha
    Nice to visit your blog, you're doing great work!!

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  62. Oh, me, me, me, please! I love those colours. So nice to learn more about you, Kaye! Beautiful quilts! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  63. A huge fan of plum right now ; )

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  64. Hi Kaye, My favourite solid colour is reddy orange, like our maple leaves in fall.

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  65. I just became a follower and will avidly follow your creative adventures! (mindji@yahoo.com)

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  66. I really love blues too! Any kind of blue will do ! :) (mindji@yahoo.com)

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  67. Kaye,
    What a nice photo of you and Alex- You do have a fantastic blog and I do visit when I can- The Canadian blog a thon has been terrific- I have enjoyed meeting some new to me Canadian bloggers and visiting some old friends. I love most bright colors - I do love the deep ultermarine blue- such a rich color.
    Regards from Edmonton,
    Anna

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  68. I love aqua, lime green and yellow, separately or together, but the solid I use the most is Ash, so I guess that is a favorite as well.

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  69. I'm pretty much drawn to blues but Chartreuse is one of my absolute faves to add a little pop!
    Thanks for the yummy giveaway :)

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  70. It's so lovely to be celebrating Canadian bloggers! I visit quite a few of you regularly and of course I'm a happy follower here :)

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  71. I'm a sucker for the greens and greys! Thanks for the give away!

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  72. Jewel tones...purple, fuschia, teal.

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  73. my favorite color is pink. i love putting purples and turqoise with it.

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  74. Beautiful giveaway! My favorite solids are teal, pumpkin, and lime green!

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  75. I am also a follower of your blog! :D

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  76. So glad I checked back in and found your post up! I'm a big fan of navy right now, but all colour is glorious!

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  77. I'm already a follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  78. This time visitor to your blog...thanks! Love greens.

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  79. Lovely! I am a follower (and thanks for mentioning my blog too -- so sweet!).

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  80. I love this Blogathon!!I have discovered so many new pages and quilters!!
    Will also check out your patterns!!

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  81. I love purples all shades with the lime green.

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  82. I love tangerine and plum, but also really like all sorts of shades in the non-solid solids Sketch (Timeless Treasures) and Painter's Canvas (Michael Miller). Thanks for asking :)

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  83. Love the chevron colours and they look awesome with the kona solids, especially like the chartreuse green!! :)

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  84. I am also a follower for over a year and I enjoy your blog.

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  85. My favorite solids are: turquoise, black and purples...thanks for the chance at your fabrics! Love your blog!

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  86. I am starting a tinners exchange and have been threatening to put lime greens in my tin. These would be perfect! Thanks for the chance to have them.

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  87. Well for Kona, crimson and peapod are my current faves! I do tend to aim towards any greens in general.

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  88. I follow your blog too, thank you for the giveaway!

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  89. My favorite solid color? Black - it goes with everything! Have a super day!

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  90. Love blues. Pretty much any blues.

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  91. Now that I've discovered your blog, I'm a follower. Love it. Have a super day!

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  92. I am loving all shades of blue!!! Thanks for sharing in the blogathon!!

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  93. I am following your blog via Google Reader!! Thanks for another chance to win this bright and cheerful bundle!!

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  94. My favorite color is purple thank you for a great giveaway babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  95. I am a new follower babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  96. You are one creative and talented lady!! and busy I imagine, hehe. I love a bright yellow, always makes me happy.

    Thank you and Sew Sisters for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  97. I'm already a follower.

    Thanks again for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  98. How do I pick a favourite colour when they are all so luscious. I guess that's why I spend more than I really should on fabric.

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  99. My favourite solid colours are greens and blues so if I won that fabric bundle it would be perfect! Thanks for the chance.
    (supermomnocape at yahoo dot com)

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  100. Having no favorite single color-but many favorites, I can't choose just one favorite solid. I love pinks, oranges, reds, greens, salmons, blacks, browns. Everything pretty much but blues. I am not crazy about blue-but I like the soft aquas and teals.

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  101. I can't pick a favorite Kona color. I love every single one of them!

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  102. I'm a new follower. Thank you for offering a great giveaway! I look forward to seeing more of your projects.

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  103. I love all solids! I guess my favorites would be various shades of purple. :)

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  104. I love any shade of blue, turquoise is my favorite at the moment!

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  105. I tried once already to pick my favorite color and it ended up with way too many! LOL

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  106. Blue, blue, any shade of blue. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  107. I love using grays... and greens... and of course black...

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  108. thanks for sharing some more about yourself; I really enjoy following your blog.

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  109. Blues and teals
    Sewsally23
    @yahoo.com

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  110. I love any bright colour :-) I would have to say blueish purple in a solid.

    I love your scrappy stitched cards. How cute!!!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Kay Lemieux
    Sudbury

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  111. The chevron is lovely. My favourite colours are butter yellow and then aqua.

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  112. Cute picture with the snowflakes! Right now I'm liking blues, from light blue, aqua, to navy.

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  113. Eek, what an awesome color combo that is!! My favorite solid color is pink.

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  114. Great blog. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on a great draw. I love brights and darks - mainly solids with some prints for accent.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  115. Leí la historia de su maquina de coser.Me imagino su sorpresa y su felicidad.
    Todos los azules ,violetas ,verdes,son favoritos .
    Gracias por regalar tan bellas telas.Cariños.

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  116. currently, my fav solid colors are orange, lime, and navy :)

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  117. Love your quilts! And this fabric. My favourite colour is kona blue lagoon!

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  118. I follow your blog by facebook (jdgunthorpe at yahoo dot co dot uk)

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  119. I like to use either a white or cream but I have been changing it up a litte trying some darker colors too.
    Thanks for sharing and picking a nice and bright give away
    in stitches

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  120. Medium Grey is my favourite solid. Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  121. I'm a follower of your blog, thanks!

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  122. I love all the gray Kona solids - especially Steel :-)

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  123. I am a happy follower of your blog!

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  124. Any blue--but Kona Pacific to be precise.

    Nice to meet you!

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  125. I am a follower of your blog, too!
    Julie Andrea
    sundayschild1966(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  126. Looove Kona Lagoon and Glacier! Thank you for hosting this giveaway.
    Julie Andrea
    sundayschild1966(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  127. Good question! The color I use the most in my quilts right now is gray (all shades). I like all of them, though.

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  128. Great bundle! I do love green! Greetings from Kingston, ON!

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  129. I'm a follower on Google Reader!

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  130. I bought some end of the bolt kona pomegranate on sale a few months ago and have been super in love ever since.

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  131. I am a follower! (I follow with google reader)

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  132. I love the dark blue & aqua solids. Thanks for a chance to win this bundle of great fabric! :)

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  133. My favorite colors are Kona Papaya and Azure!

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  134. I do love kona ruby but use a lot of ash and coal

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  135. Your quilts are beautiful. I am a rainbow kind of gal. Thanks for the giveaway.

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