Thursday, 10 January 2013

In my words

So glad it is my turn in the hop today. If it is your first time around, a big welcome and hope you enjoy it... for those of you that know me already, I have been so anxious to share what I had plan for the hop.

But first of all a big thank you to Linda from Buzing and Bumbling for being our cheerleader in the hop and to Madam Samm for her lovely hop ideas and making us all stay creative!

Now on to my projects, there are two... the first one I have been meaning to make it for so many months now... first as a thank you present, then as a birthday present, then as a christmas gift... all for the same very special lady (keeping her name a secret as it is a surprise) but did not manage to make it, and then the In your words blog hop was the perfect excuse... so here it is.

Update: You can now download the free pattern here!


I had seen that saying a few times over the internet, and had pinned one of those to my Pinterest  "Embroidery & Appliqué" board for ages...  Since I started quilting and sewing last year my fabric stash has grown considerably, I have been blessed with lovely family members and friends who gifted me a lot of my stash (and I did a fair bit of shopping as well). And I have found myself trying to hide some of the fabric, not to alarm my husband who seems to think the fabric is taking over the flat...

But I wanted it to be in my own handwriting and with my own little drawings... so I added a needle and thread, a thimble and a clothes pin...and of course a little heart. Here's a close up of the design.


I painted an embroidery hook blue, just to make it highlight the white. I first glued the fabric to the inside ring of the hook, to make sure it will stay in place, and then tidied the loose fabric by gluing it back to the inside. Sorry I have no picture, but if you are making one, just make lots of tiny bit cuts and stick it to the interior, so it looks nice and tidy from the back as well.

The second project is also meant for a very special lady... I won't say much about her either because I am sure she will be reading this post...

Last year has been about giving, started my charity blanket project and became a member of a few local charity events. So for next year I had to have "give" as one of my main words... and then the three words appeared as magic... Give, dream, love...

I made the little cross stitch into a mug rug using the Simpatico collection... sorry have no pictures of the back but I used the straw fabric (same as the yellow one in the background) in orange. I quilted it in a square spiral to highlight the centre. And to make it into a little set I made a pincushion. I am calling it the "Stacked with love" pincushion. It is a set of two tied up with a ribbon... the tiny little one is good to take it on the go, but they work great stacked up because there is a lot of surface for the pins.

Today I am not hosting a giveaway, but your comment in this post gives you the chance to win amazing prices at Madam Samm's blog (check it out here). So don't forget to leave me a comment letting me know what you think of my projects... love to hear your thoughts.

I wanted to be able to share with each and everyone of my followers a gift, and therefore I will be giving away both embroidery patterns. If you would like a copy of one or both the patterns, just say so in your comment and I will email it to you soon. You just need to be a follower (or become a new one) either in the blog, by email, via Facebook or Pinterest.

And please do not forget to visit the other lovely projects being presented today in the hop, here is the schedule, and you can find the complete one by following the link in my sidebar.


Thursday, January 10
Just Sew Sue (Sue B.)
Nati's Little Things (You are here)
Scrappy 'n Happy (Jess R.)
Little Mushroom Cap (Amira A.)
Sowing Stitches (Beulah aka. Carol)
Just Quilt It  (Kathy G.)


Thank you for stopping by, hope you had a fun time!


115 comments:

  1. Adorable projects! I love the stitch you used for your embroidered words, it really makes them stand out.

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  2. Lovely projects - I love your precise stitching!!! See you later!

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  3. I also love both projects. I really really love the "give, dream, love". Very creative. I'm a follower and I'd love the pattern for it! Thanks

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  4. So cute. Love the embroidery hoop project. You took a lot of time to design and execute it.

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  5. I love both of your projects, they are so thoughtful and creative. Every thing is special when made by hand. I am already a follower and love your work and would like both patterns. Thank you for the give away.

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  6. I love the projects!! Thanks for sharing them with us. I need to make one of those embroidery projects except mine would say yarn as I crochet more than anything else. I am a follower as melsdaisypatch. My email is melsdaisypatch at gmail dot come.

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  7. I love both of your projects! Thanks for sharing :D

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  8. They are both great but I love that mugrug!

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  9. The mug rug is my favorite. I love the saying and the colors are just beautiful!

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  10. Hihi

    I am glad for every fabric delivery that arrives a day my husband is at work :-)
    (easier to hide)

    Greetings,
    Tina

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  11. Beautiful words and work! I love the mug rug. It shall be a treasure to your gifty ... :) Pat

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  12. Two very sweet and creative pieces of work. Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  13. Love both of your stitcheries! Thank you for sharing.

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  14. That quote always makes me smile! I love the hoop idea!

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  15. LOL. I just suggested framing some Christmas projects in hoops to our Guild yesterday. I'll have to show them your example to persuade some.

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  16. I can SO relate to the hiding of fabric. Frantically trying to finish some UFOs so it looks like I have achieved something.

    Thank you for sharing with us!

    Lavonna

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  17. Love your version of the quote. It makes it so personal. And the cross stitch miniquilt is so sweet. Love the fabrics you used to go wit the words. Well done.

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  18. Such a lovely gifts.. and I really like that staked of love pincushion!

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  19. They are both lovely - I too have material and craft stuff hidden away all around the house and I dont think we are the only ones either!

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  20. You did a lovely job on both of your projects! What a cute saying you did for the hoop. Your mug rug is awesome and great words to inspire you for the day when you're having your coffee. Thank you for sharing your words with us, great job!

    I would love to have both patterns you offered. Thank you! I'm a new follower via GFC and Pinterest.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. I like both patterns. The first one is so true! lol Thanks. I am a new follower via GFC and email. vickise at gmail dot com

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  22. What a noble thought and action, GIVE. Your first project made me giggle. Perfect sentiment for my house too. Whenever I purchsae fabric, the first thing my husband asks is I hope you have space for that. Hurrph!!!! Of course I reply then scramble around to find a spot. lol
    Nati, both works of arts are very creative and just lovely. I would love to have the pattterns too. Thanks for sharing and giving inspiration.

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  23. Lovely mug rug and the stitching is very cute and quite appropriate here as well. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Wonderful projects. Your stitching is exquisite. Stitcheries are making such a great comeback.

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  25. I loved opening your blog to such a cute project. I would love to have your patterns. You do beautiful work. Give is such a great word. What a wonderful place the world would be if everyone focused on this one little word in his/her life.

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  26. Fabulous projects!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  27. Beautiful stitching, love both of your projects, the first saying in the hoop gave me a good laugh, love it! I would love copies of your patterns, how very generous of you.

    cindy at quiltdoodledesigns dot com

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  28. I love the first project - I should hang one in my quilting room!

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  29. Lovely projects! I often see sayings that I think would make great projects and don't take the time to put them to fabric.... now I'm inspired!

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  30. Your projects are very beautiful, but I love the first most. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  31. Your friends will love the gifts, I love the words on the first one, now if I could only find a way for the postman to hand all packages only to me.

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  32. :) The thought of hiding fabric stashes brought a big smile this morning!

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  33. I cracked up when I read that saying - too true! I'm just glad my husband doesn't really understand how much fabric costs. Love both of your projects, and I'm sure the recipients will as well.

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  34. soo cute, a LQS has a similar sign by the front it reads : your husband called, he said you can buy as much fabric as you want.

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  35. So cute...love the projects. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Love the projects they are so cute,especially the saying about husbands. Mine is just like that. If I was lucky to win I would like either of the patterns. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway. Susie x

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  37. Ohh Nati...what a delightful quote...I think we are at fault for hiding a few wee things....wink...great ideas...

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  38. What lucky friends you have to receive such lovely gifts!

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  39. yes..I want on your friends list....lol. Your work is beautiful

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  40. I can tell a lot of work and thought went into these treasures and yours are fantastic. Judy C

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  41. Your projects are lovely (wonderful gifts!) and I love that saying! I hide fabric, too, but my husband really doesn't care what I buy. I think I just don't want him to see how much fabric I really have. :O)

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  42. How wonderful! (And that saying is hilarious! A lot of us need that one!) Great job!

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  43. Hi!!! I love both of your creations!!! Thank You

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  44. I am so thrilled to see so much embroidery becoming part of fiber arts. Embroidery, cross stitch, hardanger, etc., have been part of my 'sewing' for so long - it's so calming. I would love your patterns. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  45. You do lovely work and you are so generous and giving.

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  46. Its great ! I miss not cross-stitching ! since I learned to quilt a couple years ago, I havent finished much. I need to find some Cross-stitching Blogs and make some buddies.

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  47. Good words.... lovely work!!! happy blogging...

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  48. Both of those projects are great. I love a combination of stitching and quilting. Always a favorite of mine.

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  49. And what a great guy your hubby is!!! We all need guys like him!! LOL!!

    Adorable projects!

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  50. Your husband must be friends with mine!

    Your craftsmanship is exquisite- love both pieces!

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  51. Beautiful gift and swell idea! Well done!

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  52. I love both of your projects...the first one is so fun, and the second one is so beautiful! Great photos too!

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  53. I had to laugh at your first project - I'm pretty sure my husband has NO IDEA how much fabric I have in my sewing room!

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  54. I love both of your projects. I laughed at your first project. I believe all our WDH's are all releated. The thing is all my fabric can be right in front of him and he still does not see it! LOL It made my day! Thanks for sharing today and I look forward to seeing more of you sweet projects. Judith, Texas

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  55. 2 great projects. My LQS has that first saying on the wall there -- along with another that says "your husband called, he says you can have whatever you want"

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  56. Cute projects. Love the fabric saying...Ain't that the truth....I really like the mug rug though. It is very nice. Thanks for shareing your projects with us today.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  57. I like your projects...my husband don't care how much fabric I purchase either. But not like your sign, I do not hide it. hahaha

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  58. Great sayings!!! My husband has no idea what I have!!! Loved your projects.

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  59. Both projects are lovely ~ especially the Give, Dream, Love ~ we can all do that a lot more!

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  60. I'm loving the simpatico fabric line!!

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  61. Great projects and I am sure the two lucky ladies will be very pleased with them.

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  62. LOL! I love the piece about your husband. Excellent!

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  63. Thanks for sharing your lovely project. Embroidery is so much fun.

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  64. Boy, oh boy, Nati you hit the nail on the head. Only I guess I should add that he lets me keep all the fabrics he doesn't know about! LOL!

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  65. I read in your profile that your are married to an Englishman. I live in the States and my grandfather was an Englishman. We have our own "melting pot." We have lots and lots of nationalities and ethnicities, I guess that's the politically correct way to say it. More and more nationalities are also becoming ethnicities, too, now.

    I love the patterns. I used to cross stitch extensively and have gotten away from it. I was even thinking of donating many of the projects that are finished stitching but not done into a finished project to the quilt guild. One gal seems to like to take and finish them for the small quilt auction. And, I think lots of quilters have GIVE in their vocabulary as a major verb.

    Thank you for taking time to share your creativity with fellow creators.

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  66. Lovely words, and lovely mug rug!

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  67. I became a follower. I love the sentiment about a husband. Unfortunately, my hidden places have overflown two closets, so I think someone could easily find my hiding places. Two husbands certainly knew about them as well as the cats. It certainly makes a cute hanging and I think it would be a hit at guild!!

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  68. Muy justas palabras Nati!!
    Y adorables todos y cada uno de los trabajos.
    Saludos!

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  69. The first project makes me smile. and the other, your quilting and stitching is wonderful. They will love them.

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  70. Wonderful projects and the lucky recipients will love them ! Thanks for sharing .

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  71. Love BOTH of your projects, especially the first one, and would appreciate both of your patterns. Thank you so much for sharing. I am a new follower and my email is sharonbrown.99@comcast.net. Looking forward to reading your blog.

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  72. If my husband saw how much fabric I have hidden, he would have a fit! Love your patterns and would be thrilled to have both. swalker287 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  73. I loved your projects. Number one made me smile. LOL Thanks for sharing and for giving through the year.

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  74. What a cute message on the hoop! Love it!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  75. How cute! Wonderful words to live by, lol

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  76. Your embroderey project in the hoop is so cute! I love how you did it.
    paweis at yahoo dot com

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  77. You expressed your words in a lovely manner. Nicely done.

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  78. Since my hubby likes to come nose around in my sewing room every so often,and is with me when visiting the quilt shops...there is no hiding any fabric from him ;) That saying gave me a good laugh tho! Both of your projects are beautiful.

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  79. lovely projects....each so unique. Well done.

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  80. Love your work! Love the mug rug. Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  81. I love the Mug Rug, and the small embroidered project s great too.

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  82. Nati these are truly lovely pieces - both of them. It would be hard to pick a favorite but of course the one about fabric made me laugh out loud. :) blessings, marlene

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  83. Love your saying! Also the cross stitch!

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  84. I am having a ball on the hop, thanks. Your projects are wonderful. I was impressed with all of your original designs in the hoop; that safety pin is darling. Great words!

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  85. Just beautiful! I'm sure that the recipients of each will be thrilled!!!

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  86. I think your project is lovely and I love your words

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  87. Love your projects, thanks for sharing.

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  88. My husband would have a heart attack if he actually went looking in my sewing room! He values his health.....so he stays out. I would love your patterns for the embroidery. They are very cute. Thank you for sharing.

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  89. Rosemary B here: lol we were just talking about fabric and well, quantities, today at my quilt club. My hubby says whatever, it is cheaper than therapy.
    I absolutely love what you made. The mug rug is also very very cute.!
    Thank you for sharing all of your creativity

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  90. Love the saying. Absolutely perfect.

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  91. How beautiful. I love your choice of words and your work. I'm not much of an embroiderer, but I appreciate the work of others and yours is lovely! Thanks for sharing.

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  92. Beautiful gifts you have made. The first one gave me a laugh. ( I have fabric stored under the bed on hubby's side, he thinks it's wrapping paper)

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  93. Lovely words... and the best place to hide your fabric is in plane sight.....
    in stitches

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  94. I love your projects. I pinned the hoop. And speaking of pins I want those pincushions. I've been planning to make one. I can see I will need to make two!

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  95. Hey Nati! Yippee! I'm comment 100 :)
    I love your little sign - it's hilarious. Me needs one o' those, me thinks, lol. And what hubby doesn't know, won't hurt him ;)
    Your sympatico mug rug is awesome, too. Love it :)

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  96. Love your stitchery it is very cool. Lovely mug rug too. What a beautiful sentiment.

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  97. such lovely projects, I'm sure the recipients will be thrilled.

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  98. "all the fabric I can hide"
    that's great! mine lets me keep the stuff that fits on the shelf.

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  99. Beautiful stichery and words!

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  100. Beautiful projects! You did a great job on all the hand stitching!

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  101. Love the first project. The less Hubby knows about the amount of fabric the more I can acquire. Your second project is beautiful. I am sure that both will be welcomed gifts. Thanks for sharing.

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  102. Ha ha! My husband doesn't know where I hide all my fabric...but then again, I'm not sure where he hides his stuff either. But we love each other and get along well so that makes it okay.

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  103. Love your project! Simpatico is one of my favorites ;)

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  104. I so agree about hiding fabric. I have so much more fabric than anyone knows!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  105. I love embroidery too!! PERFECT!
    I hope you'll check out my daily blog.. my day is the last day

    Pat Sloan
    Radio show Host... The Voice of Quilting
    http://blog.patsloan.com

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  106. They are wonderful projects. I'd love the patterns.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  107. Wonderful contribution to InYourWord's Bloghop!

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  108. Cute little projects! Wish my husband wouldn't frown so much on my stash.... But then it's not too organized at the moment, and that makes it messy. Thanks for sharing your projects and words.

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