Saturday, January 24, 2015

It's a Party! Grow Your Blog and Giveaway



It's a party - whoohoo! Who doesn't like a good party? I'm anxious to meet some new people and see what you've been up to to wile away these crazy cold winter days. There are so many great bloggers participating in 2 Bags Full's Grow Your Blog!

But first a little about me. And I mean, just a little because I really don't like talking about myself that much.

Here's the surface view of Me:  My Day Job is managing a state-wide accounting association. I've done that for more than 15 years from my home office and I'm getting ready to retire from it a year from now (yea!!!).  But retiring isn't in my vocabulary just yet. . . . . . I'm also a quilter!


Quilting has become my passion, so much so that I bought a Gammill long arm quilting machine a couple of years ago and I've been in seventh heaven ever since. Sure, I've torn my hair out trying to learn to navigate the tricky boundaries and interplay of thread and fabric. But it's been great fun! I've discovered late in life (I'm still holding onto being a 50+ something gal for a few more months) that I have a creative side to me that loves being released. Loves it!

Quilting practice after taking one of Judi Madsen's first long arming classes. Fun, fun!

Baby quilt from fabric swap


So I work my day job, quilt for others, and make some nice things to sell in my Etsy shop (link at top of page) and at local craft fairs. Definitely keeps me busy.


I have two grown children: a son who is an accountant and a daughter who is a fine jewelry designer. She's always been the creative one in our family and now it's paying off for her as she designs custom-made, fine wedding and engagements rings. My husband and I have a 15-year-old Cocker Spaniel named Misty, and we've been dog-sitting our son's Cocker Spaniel, Camber, for several months now while he gets settled into a new job. I love these critters!

Misty - the Old Lady at 15
Camber loves his toys!

We've lived near the Sun Valley ski resort in the mountains of Idaho for more than 30 years, and so I consider myself a Mountain Girl. Hiking, boating, fishing, skiing, watching wildlife and just plain watching the clouds pass by are some of the many ways I feel blessed to live where I do. This is my little piece of God's Country and I don't take it for granted one little bit! It's also why I named my business Mountain Quiltworks. I love where I live!

View from my living room window. See? I'm blessed!

This is part of a herd of 17-23 deer that hang out. Very cool.


Here's a bird's-eye view of my neighborhood.
Oh, look! There's my house - way down there out the canyon to the east by that BIG white field!

And now for my Giveaway! And of course it's fabric!!! I have four one-quarter yard cuts of Kaffe Fassett, Phillip Jacobs and Brandon Mably fabrics! I cringed when I cut them from my stash, but I'll bet they will end up going to a good home!


To enter:  Just leave a comment!

I will announce the winner on Feb. 15. Please check to see if you are a No-Reply blogger.  I must have a way to contact you should your name be chosen as my winner! And I try to respond to all email comments, and I'd hate to not be able to communicate with you.  If in doubt, just leave your email in your comment.
Don't forget to stop by 2 Bags Full Grow Your Blog Party for the full link-ups for the rest of the Party  this week. It's definitely a crowd!

Thanks for stopping by. Good to meet you!

Quilting with a smile,
Barb



156 comments:

  1. That is one lovely view from your home! I have a longarm too but thankfully no day job. Quilting for myself and others is how I spend most of my day.

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  2. I happily follow along on Bloglovin, Facebook, Instagram and even Pinterest!

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  3. I have been following you. Love your posts.

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  4. What an awesome place to live with such beautiful scenery. I just moved to the Tulsa area from Atlanta and my sewing room is still packed up. I'm organizing my sewing room last because it's a huge distraction that I would never get the other rooms organized. I sew clothes, totes and love to quilt. I have a long arm and I'm still in the practicing stage...do you ever get out of that stage? Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  5. What a beautiful place to live. I'm a born and raised flatlander from Missouri and am surrounded by farms and fields but I adore the mountains. Since I'm retired I do a lot of sewing of quilts, crafty things and clothing for my niece and sister. I also do embroidery and enjoy hand piecing quilts. In the summer I enjoy working outside in the garden and taking short road trips to investigate the surrounding states. The first quilt in your post is beautiful and the second one is just so pretty. I think you have the quilting pretty well nailed down,it's wonderful.

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  6. I've been a follower for sometime and enjoy each of your post.

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  7. I too work all day and squeeze in sewing and other creative ventures in the evening and weekends. Wish I could give up that working stuff but it is what it is. :) You do beautiful quilting. I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for the lovely giveaway too. I've also shared your giveaway on my Giveaway List for just sewers & quilters at wowilikethat.com. Thanks again. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

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  8. I too work all day and squeeze in sewing and other creative ventures in the evening and weekends. Wish I could give up that working stuff but it is what it is. :) You do beautiful quilting. I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for the lovely giveaway too. I've also shared your giveaway on my Giveaway List for just sewers & quilters at wowilikethat.com. Thanks again. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

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  9. I've been a follower for a while and love visiting your blog to see your quilts

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  10. I retired a few years ago but seem busier than ever with quilting and running a quilt group and organising retreats.

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  11. Barb, your work is beautiful! I tried my hand at a long arm, and it definitely has a learning curve. Your fur babies are sweet, and I understand the attachment.

    I'm a newer quilter/blogger from the midwest. My attachment is definitely for the color, but I think, even more so, the challenge. This is such an open field split between skills and creativity, and both excite me. It's what drives me to work for hours every day in pure bliss!

    Love your fabrics you've chosen. I'd love to be the lucky recipient.

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  12. Hi. I'm Kathy from Ohio. I love to quilt. I found that I have the same passion and also invested in a longarm about 2 years ago. I am addicted to quilt alongs and BOM's. I love ANYTHING scrappy. People give my scraps at random. They bring them to surprise me at work, at the YMCA, at church, or just call to say "come get 'em". I blog at new2quilting.blogspot.com. Nice to meet you!

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  13. You live in a very beautiful place! and, your work is just lovely. I am a beginner at quilting-just bought a sewing machine this year and took a few classes at my local quilt shop. I am enjoying it very much and hope to soon start on a memory quilt. Thank you for the chance to win these lovely fabrics.

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  14. I would love the colors in a quilt they are bright and vivid.

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  15. Oh, what inspiration in the landscape around your home! My passion is sewing for kids in need. I love to make them bright things to make them feel loved and brighten their days.

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  16. I follow your blog on Bloglovin'.

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  17. I am a 38 yr old mother wife and recently disabled nurse. I was recently diagnose with RSD a nerve disorder. I began quilting 2 years ago to help keep my mind off my pain. I don't do much any more but try to get to my quilting room at least an hour a day which doesn't happen often. I just try to get through one day at a time at this point!!!! sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

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  18. I absolutely love this fabric and the quilting you do!!!! I follow on Facebook and Instagram. sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

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  19. Gorgeous fabrics. Your quilting is so beautiful. I live in northeastern BC, not far from you. I sew in the winter and knit, it helps pass those long winter days and brings some much needed color to my lift.

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  20. I follow you on Facebook and instagram and love your creativity!

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  21. I learned to quilt through online tutes and Facebook, enjoy Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics a lot too! I would use these beauties in a double snowball quilt ~ Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway!

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  22. I am following your blog... I live in the mountains of northern BC. I teach online fromhome, thankfully, now only half days the other half I design and sew my own quilts. I do a lot of improvisional piecing and art quilts. I love Kaffe fabrics for their colours, I dye fabrics to go with them... would love four more pieces...gheh make wonderful scarves..

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  23. We have a lot in common. 50 something, long armers, two dogs and love of pretty fabrics. I also love to cook, bake and make baskets. Would love to win the KFC fBrics because I am getting ready to make my first quilt using those gorgeous prints.

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  24. Learning quilting through blogs and craftsy - hello from SC

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  25. I follow you on FB - you have some very dear 4 legged quilting companions !

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  26. Beautiful view from your place. I'm a quilter and cross-stitcher in NY. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  27. I live in Northern California and spend many hours sewing and quilting. I also enjoy cooking and gardening . I would love to win these beautiful fabrics . Thank you!

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  28. Following on bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  29. Live in Tucson AZ and also in Silverton CO (when I can; mostly summers to escape the desert heat). Winter in the desert is fantastic so I spend a lot of time outdoors. Enjoy quilting, only been at it a few years, but have been sewing since I was a girl. Follow you on Facebook. Haven't gotten the hang of Instagram - yet. Enjoying your blog and your Etsy shop, too!

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  30. Hello from the beautiful Missouri Ozarks, I kayak and canoe our local rivers, read, crochet, and SEW!!! My first quilt was at age ten. ( I am 62 now!)
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  31. I follow Mountain Quiltworks on bloglovin,
    kdavis1@centurytel,.net

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  32. I live in North Carolina & have been quilting for 8 years. My youngest sister got me started quilting. And now my 3 sisters & I do block swaps, make round robin quilts & mystery quilts. We live in 4 different states & keep connected through our quilting. Thanks.

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  33. I'm a follower of your blog with Bloglovin' - thanks again.

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  34. Hi Barb! I enjoyed your post and getting to know you and where you live a little bit better! I pass these cold Oregon winter days with a good cup of tea and sewing. I find I slow down a bit and sleep a bit more...but that's good too!

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  35. You know I'm a happy follower by way of GFC and I keep your blog right on my blogroll so not to miss a post! Glad we are blogging friends!! (Ohhhh I would have found those wonderful fat quarters hard to part with too...but don't worry, if I win...I'll put them to good use! LOL!!) Enjoy the hop! V

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  36. I live in southern Ontario in Canada where it is a cold day! I am a quilt maker although I used to sew clothing for myself and my family when they were younger! Thanks for the chance to win the gorgeous fabrics!

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  37. I have live in some beautiful places...Breckenridge Colorado..San Francisco California.....Saudi Arabia...but now I live in Las Vegas, Nevada...I am retired and a grandma to 4...girls 11, 13, and 6 weeks old and a boy 2 years old...I dabble in everything...quilting, sketching, painting, knitting, crocheting...etc..I usually send my quilts out...but I am looking for new ways to finish them..I just bought a Bernina Stitch regulator for my machine...but I haven't tried it yet..I started out hand piecing and hand quilting...but my hands and wrist can,t take it anymore...I make art quilts...inprov pieced scrap quilts..totes..soft cloth baby toys....etc etc etc....Toni Thompson ...tonitgr1946@yahoo.com

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  38. New friend! Great giveaway one of my favorite color ways. A quilter and a "I've seen the light" believer in Kaffe and his Collective of merry men and Liza too!

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  39. I have been following you on Bloglovin'

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  40. I am also an Idaho quilter. I primarily enjoy hand work - applique and hand quilting. My goal over the past couple years has been to improve my FMQ. I am 4 quilts away from a long term goal to make a quilt for each of my niece/nephews, my siblings and my husband's siblings (a total of 17).

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  41. I am a fellow colleague in the accounting world and sewing and crafting has been a creative outlet for me for many years. I use to design and sell children's clothing for years. All of my sewing talent has morphed in to a passion for quilting. i am enjoying it all.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  42. I live in the Midwest and I love to travel. I have been to 35 of the 50 United States with a goal to visit all 50, a goal my college roommate and I set for ourselves. I follow you on Bloglovin.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  43. Nice to meet you and may I say you do beautiful quilting. What a beautiful area you live in. I have followed you on Bloglovin

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  44. Nice to meet you and may I say you do beautiful quilting. What a beautiful area you live in. I have followed you on Bloglovin

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  45. Nice to meet you and may I say you do beautiful quilting. What a beautiful area you live in. I have followed you on Bloglovin

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  46. Love your bird's eye view! I'm also a quilter, and feel your pain on cutting into those Kaffe fabrics--lol!!

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  47. I live in Washington State. I love to do bed size quilts. I do not get to leave my home but one or two hours so I sew . I am caregiver 24 hours a day for my husband who has now become bedridden as of two weeks ago. He is terminal with stage 4 cancer. Sewing keeps my mind off of what I am facing. We were the type of people that would fish, clam dig, go chantrell picking and climbing through the woods. Just loved the ourdoors.

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  48. I live in Boston and am visiting you from the Grow Your Blog Hop. I'm also a quilter and dog lover. Three handsome pug boys live with me. I'm in Group 24 of the Grow Your Blog Hop if you want to read more.

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  49. I have also signed up to follow your blog through BlogLovin'. Looking forward to learning more about you!

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  50. I am a quilter and just started blogging. http://stitchinathome.blogspot.ca/ I found your blog through Vicki's blog party. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  51. Aww what CUTE puppies! They look like they live very happy lives.

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  52. Hi, I'm in Ohio and I've been sewing clothing and costumes for well over thirty years. I'm just beginning to try my hand at quilting.

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  53. Oops! Also, I'm following you on Instagram. :) mlhummy

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  54. Great looking Quilting.I love KFC and do not have those fabrics. The one with the slices I do not even know the name of it. I can be reached cathytomm(at)xplornet.com, in case I win. thanks for the chance to win.

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  55. I'm a quilter! I pay other people to do sewing and alterations which always surprises people. I fallow on Facebook

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  56. What beautiful colors! I just started quilting about a year ago and find it to be somewhat meditative. I thank you for the chance to win. I live in the flatland of Illinois so your Home looks amazing. I follow you on Bloglovin so I can see the beautiful work you do.

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  57. Beautiful fabric. I am a retired research scientist living in NC. I have 2 grown children and 3 grandsons. I share my new life with my husband, 3 dogs, a cat, birds I feed constantly, 12 acres where we grow what we eat and lots of new friends. We might not be wealthy but we are stress free now and taking it easy. I can sew and quilt everyday. Life is good.

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  59. I have follwed you since you started on FB. Love your work and have a stocking to prove in NZ, I don't sew or quilt instead I am a writer of children's stories

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  60. Drool- my favorite fabric designers! I'm a "stay at home" mom of three with a law degree from a very fancy school which I've never used. Instead, I've just started teaching preschool. Two year olds are way more fun than other attorneys! I've been quilting for about ten years and am still definitely a beginner! It's the first thing I've found in life that I enjoy doing even though I'm really bad at it! And now, my younger daughter is learning to sew as well.
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  61. I am a ranch wife mother grandmother and a quilter!! We live in eastern SD. I fill my winter days sewing and quilting! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  62. Love your blog and I'm following you on Facebook :)

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  63. Hi...I'm a retired social worker from Vancouver, BC. with 2 grown kids, a husband and a dog. I love quilting and travelling (and collecting fabric when travelling!). My favorite fabrics are Kaffe and Batiks. (My fingers and toes are all crossed :) )

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  64. Hi, I work as tech support for a market research firm, but I would rather be quilting any day of the week. I live in Texas, just north of Dallas. And those are awesome fabrics, thanks for the chance.

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  65. I'll be following you on Facebook!

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  66. My first attempt did not show up. Hope this isn't a duplicate! I am a quilting, knitting, Seahawk-loving grandma from Redmond, Washington. My favorite fabrics are Kaffe Collective and batiks.

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  67. I love your blog! Your colors and fabric choices and designs and quilting are gorgeous. And your pictures of Idaho are beautiful too. I visited Coeur d'Alene this summer and loved it. I'm an English teacher, mother of two grown daughters, and grandmother of a delightful four-year-old girl who spends a lot of time with me. I love bright colors, Kaffe, and batiks. I've been accumulating Kaffe fat quarters, planning for a pickle dish quilt. I don't have a lot of time to quilt during the school year, but I try to do as much as possible during the summer. I've only recently started keeping photos of quilts (I wish I had taken pictures of all the quilts I've gifted) so there is not much on my Flickr page, but here it is: https://www.flickr.com/photos/112865627@N06/
    Thanks for this awesome giveaway, and for sharing your work!

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  68. I'm now following you on Facebook. Thanks again!

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  69. I love the mountains; your hometown looks lovely! My husband, cat, and I live full time on our boat. We're currently exploring the west coast of Florida and will head for the Bahamas this spring. I started quilting in 2014 and am totally hooked. Kaffe Fassett fabric is my favorite so your giveaway really caught my eye! Thanks for offering to share from your stash.

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  70. I follow you on Instagram, where my user name is @louisehornor

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  71. Hi Barb! I know what you mean when you say you don't like to talk about yourself. I'm the same way, but here goes: I'm a 50-something substitute elementary teacher (quit my high stress full-time teaching position in middle school 2 years ago). We are empty nesters recently, so one bedroom is now my sewing room and I am learning to quilt and loving every minute of being creative!

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  72. I follow your blog on Bloglovin' and enjoy every post!

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  73. you live in a gorgeous place-we live in the woods and do get see the wildlife too-love that too. your quilts are beautiful and I love the fabric giveaway-thanks so much for the chance-I love Kaffe
    I do a little quilting and lots of other fiber crafts-stop by if you have a chance I have a giveaway too
    enjoy the party
    Kathy

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  74. I am a mother of 5 and love to sew small projects. I just started following you on facebook :-)

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  75. LOVE LOVE LOVE the baby quilt! DITTO the giveaway fabrics! (Drooling over here in Spokane...we're neighbors!)
    Righwt now I'm (almost) not crafting at all. Tree fell on our house in August and husband, four teens, and I are making do in a little three bedroom apt while the insurance company... Well, I really don't want to talk about the insurance company. Anyway, many people and little room, plus a very hurried boxing-and-putting-into-storage of all belongings means I am SO THANKFUL for the knitting needles and yarn I did save out. But normally...quilting! :-)

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  76. Barb, I hadn't seen your new set up since you moved. I love the view and room you have for your machine. Anna would love to see your "herd". Your work is beautiful.

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  77. I live on a small island off the west coast of Canada. And I've just made two quilts so far.

    t_ktl at yahoo.com



    t_ktl at yahoo.com

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  78. I follow you on bloglovin!

    t_ktl at yahoo.com

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  79. I live in the north of Italy, near the mountains. It has snowed ten minutes from here and has now started getting colder. The Alps covered with snow are stunning!

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  80. What a beautiful view you have. You are lucky! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  81. What a lovely area of the USA you live in. I live in Wisconsin, also a beautiful state. Thanks for the chance to win such fantastic fabric. I follow your blog via email.

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  82. Hi Barb
    I live in sunny Australia and we don't get snow where I live. It snows in the mountains but that is a couple of hours drive from my place. Today is Australia Day. We have a public holiday and there are celebrations and fireworks tonight. I saw a report on the news that Julie Bishop (our Deputy PM) and Hugh Jackman lit up the Empire State Building in green and yellow to celebrate out National Day.
    Later this week the schools will return after the long summer vacation. This evening the roads will be very busy with holiday makers returning to the capital cities for work and school.
    I am enjoying being at the beach - love the evening walks along the sand with my shoes off.
    Regards Judy
    judybarr at iearn dot org dot au

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  83. You are one lucky woman, living in the valley and having those gorgeous views. I love the fabrics you picked out, just about the most gorgeous fabric I've ever seen. cdahlgren at live dot com

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  84. Luck you to be living in Idaho, I've heard it's gorgeous there. Nice getting to know you, thanks for sharing.

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  85. It is nice to stop by, we seem to have a lot in common. I will be following from now on. Love that quilt in your first picture

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  86. Thanks for giving us the birds eye view of your home. Snow days are the best when you're a quilter, right?

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  87. Beautiful where you live...sigh....Your work is beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. akronne17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  88. I love this fabric so much!!!! I pray I win it!!!!! thanks for the chance!!!! sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

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  89. Yes you are very blessed. Your quilts are gorgeous. We had a white cocker spaniel with brown spots growing up. She was the best family dog.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  90. That's a really cool aerial photo. Love it! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  91. I just found your blog! I'm looking forward to learning from you!

    -a new fan from Boise

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  92. Thanks for the giveaway! Your quilting is breathtaking. sarah@forrussia.org

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  93. Your view is incredibly beautiful, I am a tad jealous. I live in Indiana and it is pretty flat. I used to live in Kentucky, and oh how I miss the mountains. I am a follower via email. Have a great day!
    dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  94. I've been to Sun Valley and it is gorgeous! I love your long arm quilting skills- your picture of your quilting after that class looks so perfectly my style! So glad to get to know you!

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  95. What a beautiful area! I have driven in the area a few years ago driving my daughter to Rexburg. Your quilts are lovely.

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  96. That's a beautiful area! I love the mountains, and seeing the different views all over the country is such fun. Thanks!

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  97. I follow your blog and love to see your quilting. You have a beautiful view!

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  98. Your quilts are simply stunning. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  99. What beautiful fabrics - I couldn't give those away valerie.boudier@ntlworld.com

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  100. gorgeous view, gorgeous quilts and gorgeous fabrics. thanks for the giveaway

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  101. i follow on blog lovie' facebook and by email

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  102. Please enter me for the giveaway.

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  103. Thanks for this opportunity. Patchpj@cox.net

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  104. Such pretty colors, no wonder you cringed when you took them from your stash!!! Gorgeous country you live in !! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  105. You're an incredibly talented, interesting, and beautiful lady.....living in "God's country". So glad we've met!

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  106. Fantastic photos of your 'neighborhood'! And that long-arm machine must be heaven to work with! Love the colors in your giveaway....hope you can actually part with them, lol

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  107. I've been following you for a while but It's good to learn more about you!

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  108. Lovely photos of your neighborhood and your quilting is lovely, too! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  109. I love the overhead shot of your town. Very different from where I live!

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  110. You are indeed blessed!! I live in a small community in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. You are a very talented quilter too! Thanks for sharing in the GYB hop!! I am following you via Bloglovin'

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  111. Great looking projects and pictures!

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  112. I live in Georgia and am moving to Florida in March. I have a Gammill, too and I love it. Thanks for sharing your life with us. :-)

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  113. Your quilting is so beautiful Barb, I can't believe all you get done and work also......imagine what you'll be quilting when you retire! Beautiful fabric giveaway also!

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  114. what awesome pieces for a giveaway! whomever wins them will be lucky :)

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  115. Oh my, those fabrics are GORGEOUS!

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  116. You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me!

    So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

    What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

    Happy crafting!
    SuZeQ

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  117. Barb, your quilts are beautiful as is the landscape you so enjoy! Thanks for letting us into your life for a bit. Good luck on that last year of work before retirement. Susan

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  118. The scenery, the quilts, the giveaway fabric -- all simply beautiful! A class with Judi Madsen must be wonderful.

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  119. I love your blog! I'm pretty new to everything sewing and I get a lot of inspiration from your blog! I love where you live, I would definitely call that the mountains, I'm from Ohio, so a lot of flat land. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  120. Great set of pictures Barb. You are really living in a gorgeous setting. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. Crossing my fingers. :-)

    Take care,
    Bernie
    Needle and Foot

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  121. Hi Barb, I'm dropping by on the GYB party. Waving Hello from snowy cold eastern Canada. I have an aunt who lives in Challis- a bit north of you. I visited her a few years back - what beautiful country!! You have a lovely blog- really like those SSS BOM blocks- I'll be anxious to see how you put them together. Hope you'll have time to drop by and see me at Stitch Lines. Have fun with GYB.

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  122. What pretty fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  123. Lovely fabrics. Now following you via bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  124. The fabrics look awesome! Thank you for the chance! msmissy02 at gmail dot com

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  125. Beautiful fabrics, beautiful part of the world you live in...and beautiful quilts too.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Wendy
    WBooth-Boyd@hotmail.com

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  126. Amazing view! Kaffe and Brandon are my faves.

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  128. Wow - what an incredible view from your window. Waking up each morning certainly wouldn't be hard if you have that to look forward to! Thank you so much for having us over for a visit. Enjoy the tour!

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  129. I would love to have a longarm someday! You do some beautiful quilting! Thanks for the giveaway, these fabrics are so bright!

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  130. I love that birds eye view of your town. It looks like you get a bit of snow there!

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  131. What a beautiful place to live! And amazing quilts! I'm just learning to sew "the real way." My daddy taught me to wing it years and years (and years!) ago. Now that I kind of know a little more what I'm doing, I'm enthusiastically looking to build my fabric stash to make goodies for Operation Christmas Child. :-)

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  132. Hello Barb, visiting you from Australia for the GYB party. What awesome quilting you do! The first quilt you showcased is just gorgeous. And what a pretty place you live in. Quite special to have the aerial shot of your town.

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  133. Really love your quilting! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  134. Wow, what a great post, and beautiful quilts!! I'm a mountain gal too, NC mountains. I love to quilt too. Will be following you to see more of your gorgeous work!

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  135. What an amazing blog! Your quilts are amazing and you live in such a beautiful area. Thank you for your generous giveaway!
    - afistfuloflemons @ gmail. :)

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  136. I loveeee those fabrics! I'm a college student who lovessss sewing but with being in school it's often hard to save money to buy fabric so i would love to win these!

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  137. I loveeee those fabrics! I'm a college student who lovessss sewing but with being in school it's often hard to save money to buy fabric so i would love to win these!

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  138. Great blog! It's my first time here... nice to "meet" you and so many other amazing crafters. God bless!

    ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  139. What a beautiful view! I grew up in Utah and miss the mountains and the wildlife so much. Thanks for sharing and good luck growing your blog.

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  140. Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway!

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  141. Hello form Ohio! :) Love your Quilts! & gorgeous pictures!

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  142. Wow - if that was the view from my window I wouldn't get any work done! It's spectacular! Thanks for the generous give away - I have a Kaffe Fassett quilt in the works that these fabrics would match perfectly. jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  143. Love the pictures. Thx for the give away.

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  144. Visiting from GYB party and southwest Virginia. Love your quilts. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway for the gorgeous fabric.

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  145. I really like your quilts and I enjoyed your photographs. Kaffe Fassett is my favourite designer - oh - along with Tula Pink!! Thanks for the chance to win such gorgeous fabric.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  146. That view is stunning! Great quilts too! :)

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