1.12.09

Pattern Giveaway


It's Sew Mama Sew's (now famous) Giveaway Day, and we are happy to participate! We have 2 patterns to give away to two people.

Thimble Blossoms Wild Thing Pattern (60x68"quilt)


Fresh Vintage Issue #13 (Includes a quilt pattern, a scarf pattern and many other interesting tidbits.)


The Rules:

Leave a comment. Please tell us what kind of sewist(er) or quilter you are. Are you the type to follow a pattern or do you just "wing it?"

If you follow this blog, please leave another comment letting us know that you follow. Scroll down and check out some of the things we make. If you like our style then feel free to follow our creative pursuits.

We'll leave the comments open until Dec 7 in the morning. Then we'll randomly pick the winners.

Edited to add: Make sure your email is in your profile or put it in your comment!

250 comments:

  1. I am a "would love to be one" quilter !
    I sew but I am pretty slow, I knit much quicker...
    And I just would LOVE to be able to quilt something huge and unique and beautifull...

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  2. I try to stick to patterns. I don't do well when I wing things.

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  3. i dun stick to patterns, more like trial and error
    ^0^

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  4. I usually wing it ... mostly because when I started out I wanted to make the most efficient use of my fabric (so I'd figure out what size to make my squares such that I'd have less than 1" of scrap at the end of a row)
    That being said, planning quilts on graph paper is my favourite part, and I've been following more and more patterns lately :)

    Sarah

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  5. I love the name of your blog, so I'm following it now!
    Sarah

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  6. sometimes i follow the pattern but in other i just let it go to my mind! is very dificult be only one of them! thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  7. and i'm a follower of you! besos desde México!

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  8. All quilts I did were done without pattern, but only because I never owned one. I love those patterns. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. I have to follow a pattern - unless it is applique and then I tend to improvise. Thanks for the chance to win one of those patterns!

    Gina

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  10. so far I've just been winging most of my quilts, but I love the Wild Thing pattern and have been eyeing it for a while now. I think I might just be ready to try my first pattern!

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  11. Nifty! Thanks for participating, this looks like great stuff.

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  12. I usually start with a quilt pattern and then I change some things as I go along.

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  13. I thought I would be the type of quilter that sticks to patterns, but I'm not. I usually see a quilt that I like, and then pull out paper and pen and figure it out on my own.

    As far as sewing goes, I do follow a pattern. I've messed up far too many times wingin' it!

    Linda T
    ltenhage@gmail.com

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  14. I'm also a follower.

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  15. Cute! I wing it sometimes, and sometimes I follow all the instructions. Depends on what I'm making. :D

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  16. following on google reader now!

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  17. Came through SMS and I'm loving the blog! Thanks for the giveaway, it's very generous!
    patriciaconesa@gmail.com

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  18. Oh, and I just suscribed to your feed through my bloglines!

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  19. The first time I try a pattern I follow it and then if I like it I will add my own style to it.

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  20. I just recently have started following you blog and I have really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. I normally do a little of both. For some things I follow a pattern and others I might start with a pattern for an idea but then change it.

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  22. I follow your blog on my google reader :)

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  23. I sew clothes, quilts, and fabric crafts.

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  24. I'm a self-taught sewist, and haven't tried "real patterns". I like to wing it, or use a little help from tutorials. I haven't done a "real" quilt yet, just rag quilts, but I plan to tackle that next. I'd love to have those beautiful patterns for my first attempt! Thanks for the chance to win!
    sonya.missbossypants@gmail.com

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  25. I tend to wing it.. inspiration leaps forth when I'm winging it. Lovely patterns, I would make sure to follow the directions if I won!

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  26. Beautiful booklets!! I like to wing it but I also like the patterns, but I learn from the tutorials on other's blogs!!

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  27. I have also become a follower and am excited to check out your blog!

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  28. Oh those look so fun. I love that Whirly gigi quilt I have been wanting to try one for a while.

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  29. I am not quite brave enough to wing it just yet, but the more I quilt the closer I get:) Lovely prize!! Thanks!
    christinbanda at yahoo dot com

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  30. I definitely follow the pattern, just like I follow the recipe!

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  31. I am a complete and total beginner so I would rather follow a pattern

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  32. I usually see a quilt, forget exactly what it looked like
    then wing it

    Some times it works

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  33. I'm totally a wing-it person, but then I pretty much always do simple designs anyway. :-) Maybe a free pattern would convince me to try something more complex!

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  34. I'm most comfortable with a pattern, but I'm winging it with my latest project. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. I usually wing it but would love to try one of your patterns.
    Thank you

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  36. I mostly take a pattern and then change it so it fits what I need.
    Karen
    nkschouten@telus.net

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  37. I'm an impatient sewer...so I usually do little projects and when I am feeling adventurous, I'll make some from patterns :)

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  38. Quilter here and if you check out my email id you'll know what I do!

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  39. Added you to Blogs I follow! I like your style!

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  40. I love the vintage pattern!! I am knitter turned sewer because I like quick projects. I am mainly a bag maker but have moved on to patterns. I love to follow a pattern the first time around and then I modify. I have made my first quilt and would love to make more!!

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  41. I usually see something I like and then figure out the pattern myself (for quilts). For sewing I usually need a pattern or directions. Thanks for the chance!

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  42. I am a pattern girl! and I've been wanting to try the wild things pattern, so this is totally great. thanks!

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  43. I'm a combination! I like patterns, and am a pattern junkie, but wing it quite often too. Sometimes I modify patterns as I go too.
    Great giveaway!

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  44. Both patterns are great! I usually just "wing" quilts! :) I used to use patterns quite a bit when I first started quilting but found that I enjoy creating a quilt much more. I do use a pattern once in a while still though! :)
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    hmscott@charter.net

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  45. I'm now following the two of you! :)
    Ooh, that just sounded "stalkish" sorry! :)

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  46. I think I'm use a combo. I sew more clothing than quilts and I usually read the directions, but sometimes I like my own way better - and then sometimes it backfires on me!

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  47. hi
    i kinda follow the pattern - i like to tweak things a bit!
    gill x

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  48. I started with sewing from t-shirts, then tried patterns, but I like tutorials best.

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  49. Hi! When I quilt or sew, I usually follow the pattern, but sometimes I tweak it just a bit to make it my own.

    Thanks for the giveaway offer!

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  50. I like to do a bit of both. Patterns are great, but the challenge of turning your own idea into a finished project is really rewarding.

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  51. I'm new at quilting, so i still follow the patterns. but i leave a margin for my creativity (and errors eheheh)

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  52. I am usually a wing it kind of sewer. But I am slowly coming to appreciate patterns a little more. I LOVE tutorials though. They are like winging a pattern. Very fun!

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  53. I love to quilt and I like a pattern. That doesn't mean I will stick with it exactly as it says, but I like to have some basic guidelines to go off of when I am working on a quilt!

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  54. I haven't ever really quilted before. But I'd really love to get started.

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  55. I'm a quilter who takes parts of patterns to make quilts. Either just a block, or I like the setting treatment or an applique feature. I usually do my own thing. That being said, I would love to add these patterns to my collection! Thanks for the chance.

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  56. I wing it with tutorials and patterns that I find on line. i cannot for the life of me follow a store bought pattern!

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  57. I used to just wing it or since I have a fairly pictographic memory, I can just look at something and work out the dimensions later, but have recently started using patterns and have found that I have a better chance of success!!!

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  58. I am newbie self taught so I definitely need a pattern to follow to the T

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  59. I love those patterns! For quilting I'm usually a pattern follower, or I at least have a general sketch. For other crafting I wing it :)

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  60. I "wing it"! lol! Great giveaway!

    kynaroyal(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  61. I'm a little bit of both...but I really like to wing it (I just get scared!)

    kellyjo(dot)haines(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. I use the pattern for the general idea and I follow every step if I get stuck.

    emily.nudelman@gmail.com

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  63. I don't follow a pattern (although I do need detailed instructions), but I am starting to change my mind...

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  64. I'm too inexperienced to wing it! I'm normally a wing-it sort of person, so I'm looking forward to that day when I can!

    Nice giveaway. Thanks!

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  65. Hello again,
    I use patterns for clothing items and then still like to embellish. I haven't done enough quilting yet so say that I do it without patterns. I would have to say that for most of my sewing, I prefer to make things up as I go - suits my crazy wing things personality!! I do love patterns though for the ideas and in quilting I still need to learn more than a few techniques before I scrap the patterns!

    Lisa
    ejvandam@cogeco.ca

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  66. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

    I'm still new to sewing and quilting having only started this August, but I'm definitely a "wing it" type of sewist. I don't normally follow any pattern, but I do have a rough idea of the size of things I'm making, and I would draw out patterns for the blocks when I'm quilting.

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  67. I start following the pattern but at the end I always have added a personal touch

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  68. I am a follower of the blog !

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  69. I am the type who should follow a pattern but tends to wing it. Result: every project takes longer than it should. Maybe with one of these patterns I could see the light. :)

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  70. I make a wide range of things from sleep sacks to curtains. Sometimes I wing it, and others I follow a pattern- most of the time with some minor adjustments. :) Karen- twiceasniceboutique@live.com

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  71. i would love to win wild things since i am a follow a pattern kind of girl when it comes to quilting! thanks!

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  72. I start by following the pattern but usually rely on pictures after that.

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  73. I start by following a pattern... but I usually make things up as I get toward the end. Have a wonderful Christmas ladies!
    simply.simon.sisters(at)gmail(dot)com

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  74. I'm a beginner so I am definitely one that needs a pattern. I love those chosen for the giveaway!

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  75. I am the type of person who prefers to wing it. I have an odd body shape, so a pattern doesn't usually fit. Besides, I can come up with some pretty cool stuff when I put my mind to it!

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  76. I'm really new to quilting, so I've only followed tutorials. I'd love to try a pattern on my own!

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  77. If a pattern exists for my project I definitely follow one. If I'm making up a project myself, I try to write out the steps and make pattern pieces otherwise I get confused!

    Michelle
    michelou[at]gmail[dot]com

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  78. I especially love that first pattern!

    I'm following you :)

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  79. That magazine looks like a ton of fun. I'm mostly a by the book type of person (my motto is: "Rules keep us safe) and sewing is no exception.

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  80. Oh I definitely need to stick to a pattern!

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  81. Sometimes I stick to a pattern, sometimes I change something, and sometimes I do sewing my way.
    Thanks for a giveaway
    Kind regards,
    Simona

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  82. I'm a little of both - patterns and try my own designs...

    Thanks for the giveaway...

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  83. I am follower using bloglines!

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  84. I usually just wing things, maybe referencing tutorials or tips online. It doesn't always work out as well as I'd like, so I think I need to learn to use patterns more.

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  85. Those patterns are so lovely, I am not very good at winging it, I usually do better following a pattern, I am trying though.

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  86. This might be backwards, but I'm afraid to wing it on quilts! I'll wing it on clothes and bags, but not on a quilt, generally! lol

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  87. With experience comes confidence - like to make some changes to the pattern in order to customize it to a certain size or preference

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  88. I am fairly new to sewing and am a pattern follower.

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  89. I am a beginner quilter, I love those patterns

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  90. I usually wing it on things like bags, quilts and pillows, but always follow a pattern on clothes.

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  91. I love a good pattern but I always make some changes and when it comes to clothes for DD I usually wing it.

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  92. I am definitely a pattern-follower when it comes to clothing, but I do enjoy making up my own designs, or combining a number of patterns into one, for everything else.

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  93. I'm a new quilter so I follow patterns! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  94. I'm fairly new to quilting, and I love having a pattern, or at least a detailed tutorial!

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  95. I usually follow a pattern, but I am tiring to wing it more as I don't have much patience to cut out patterns. Thanks for chance to win.
    curry.jessica@gmail.com

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  96. I mostly stick with patterns and would love to start quilting (beyond standard squares) - you have up some great stuff. Glad that I found your blog!

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  97. I'm now a follower!

    michelejudd@gmail.com

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  98. I am also a follower.
    curry.jessica@gmail.com

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  99. i'm a craft sewer-i usually follow patterns but if it's too hard-i wing it

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  100. I'm a prolific knitter branching out into sewing, and found your blog in the Sew Mama Sew forum. Glad to find you! I have made up simple projects (kerchiefs and aprons) and am about to try following a pattern for the first time as a sewer (have done so a lot when knitting).

    sgtmurphy1975@yahoo.com

    www.iwantnina.blogspot.com

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  101. I start out thinking I can wing it, but then fall back on the pattern (although, I do take shortcuts),

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  102. Depends. Sometimes I modify patterns too.

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  103. Neat patterns
    I follow a pattern, but adjust it to my liking and needs.

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  104. Oh, I'm such a follower of rules (and patterns and recipes). Sigh, I wish I weren't! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  105. I TRIED TO POST EARLIER BUT i DON'T THINK IT WENT THROUGH. i AM A PATTERN FOLLOWER, i WILL MAKE CHANGES TO A PATTERN IF I FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH HOW IT GOES TOGETHER!

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  106. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! I generally follow patterns, I have enough issues as is making sure my pieces are cut properly and seams are the same size, etc. Even if I don't use a pattern, I usually plan things out precisely!

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  107. I'm a newbie quilter. I'm on my third quilt right now, and I'm loving it!

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  108. I'm just a beginer sewer, so I use patterns
    shou.milk@gmail.com

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  109. I love that Wild Things pattern. I mostly follow patterns when I quilt, but lately I've been following patterns but putting my own twist on them.

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  110. I LOVE to quilt, it's a little obsessive! I have made 6 this year all done by machine. I have never followed a pattern, I just look at tutes and wing it, however I think following a pattern would be very good for me, and may teach me a thing or two about quilting! Thanks for the chance to win! -Karen from ontario Canada!

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  111. Ooh, how fun!

    I've gotten away from patterns recently, though I suppose I do follow a fair number of tutorials. Slightly different, in my mind. A lot of modifying this or that to suit my fancy. ;-)

    But I would love those two patterns, I've been wanting to make quilts just like that!

    Liz @ teeny tiny quilts

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  112. I'm pretty much a make it as I go along type :)

    But it would be nice to try using a pattern for once. I love them both.

    Thanks for the giveaway

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  113. I always thought of myself as a pattern user--but then I recently made a few items on my own (after seeing them other blogs). I guess I don't have many good ideas myself, but I can wing it if I see it. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Jodie
    jodcoz(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  114. i typically use patterns but i'm learning to wing it and slowly learning to quilt as well

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  115. I follow the pattern, but wing it when i have to.

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  116. sometimes i wing it.... a little. :) but usually, i'm a traditional-loving girl.

    bess

    jbknav@hotmail.com

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  117. I swing back and forth. For clothes I use a pattern, for other things I tend to wing it and not be as precise. My lack of precision can drive me crazy sometimes!
    Shawna

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  118. I typically can draft a pattern myself by looking at the picture, but there are some that defy my abilities...I want to better myself in color play

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  119. I am a newby. I have never followed a pattern I have learned through tutorials in the great blogs I have found online. I would love to know how to follow and read a pattern. I guess that will come with time.

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  120. I'm mostly a pattern kind of gal, but I have branched out and tried my own thing, too.

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  121. I'm a "create as you go" type person, or sometimes a "see a photo and try to duplicate it" person. I've used a pattern from time to time, but I always tweak it to make it "mine".

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  122. :) Hey! Checked out your blog the other day after we chatted! Great work! Sweet giveaway too! I'm mostly a pattern follower. I'm usually timidish, though since improvising with my wedding dress, I've branched out considerably. I still like to base my work on something, generally.

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  123. as much as I would like to 'wing' it, I am a pattern girl..I can't wing it in the kitchen either! woudl love your patterns! Thanks for a chance.

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  124. I do both- pattern for help and then I wing it and make it my own. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Happy Holidays.

    Jane

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  125. Ohh..I'm a little bit of everything. Quilting, clothing, accessories, home decor - and I pretty much wing most everything. But that's not always successful...I tend to buy thrift store sheets, etc to practice on first go round! Thanks!

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  126. I am prone to measuring and drafting most projects without a pattern. I love math and geometry and get my kicks by employing these skills. Mind you, when it comes to clothing patterns, I like to stick to the basics and only adjust or alter where necessary. The only type of clothing patterns I like to do on the fly are twirly skirts for my preschooler. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  127. A am a procrastinating but enthusiastic quilter. (Just bein' honest.)

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  128. I am more apt to follow a pattern and directions. I love to sew but I'm not especially creative ...I do try tho!!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  129. I am a new follower of your blog as of today. It's wonderful!

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  130. Because I am a pretty rigid person, I always, always begin with a pattern and the intention to follow it to the letter. By the end, though, I usually have ventured off on my own, either because I feel inspired or because I am accomodating some problem--lack of a needed fabric, or measurements that don't quite add up.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  131. I am a born again sewer and have found myself embracing patterns and patternless sewing alike.

    Gosh I would love to win these and start quilting too!

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  132. Hi there
    Cute site
    Great giveaway(s) :)
    I am a self taught sewer and a quilter in the making. I read read read the directions and then always tweak or add something that I like to make it kind of mine
    Thanks for the opportunity
    Cheers
    Catie
    cathycurrie@comcast.net

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  133. i read a pattern and then adjust it to the way i would want!

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  134. great patterns! I use them as I do recipes.. as suggestions only. what are the ingredients? Okay, now I shall make it my own!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  135. Wow...I love your blog...It's the first time I have been but honestly love the home-y- more with less. I'm a mom of five and can totally relate. I would LOVE a copy of your bib pattern. Did you make it or is it a pattern?

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  136. I just added you to my blog roll...check it out at www.joscountryjunction.com

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  137. a am the tipe that does it just like the pattern shows.
    but if i make it again i become more free to start changing things in the pattern
    thanks!

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  138. I usually follow a pattern. Everyone creates such great stuff! How can I not follow.

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  139. I usually wing it. But I like patterns too. I just don't have too many of them. I've been thinking that I could control my stash better if I only bought fabric for a specific pattern and made it right away. Don't know if that will happen but I might try it.

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  140. I have to have a pattern, but hope to break out of that some day soon. I love both those patterns!

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  141. I just finished my first quilt top last night. I just winged it but it would probably be best if I followed a pattern.

    scharris21@gmail.com

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  142. I'm a pattern type gal. Sometimes after I look at patterns and tutes, I think that I could have figured it out myself, but I really like having someone tell me the size and measurements.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Jenny~

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  143. When I started out sewing I followed a pattern. I've been winging it a lot more lately. I've also started trying to make my own patterns.

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  144. I do a little of both. I started out making my own patterns (because it was easier!), but now I am at the point that I can also follow patterns. I find both totally enjoyable!

    Thanks!

    Sarah @ http://comeandseetheseitz.com

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  145. I just started quilting...thanks for the lessons Suzanne! I am thinking I will need to follow patterns for a long time before I get the hang of it.

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  146. i am a wing it quilter that craves the order of a pattern. imagine that.
    this is a great giveaway...please count me in
    lezlie21(at)aol(dot)com

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  147. I am most definately a quilter!! It's my passion!
    I love the Wild Things pattern! And yes, I do like to follow patterns. Although I would like to break out of that eventually!
    Happy Holidays!
    h_freund@Hotmail.com

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  148. oh and I am a follower! :-)
    Happy Holidays!
    h_freund@Hotmail.com

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  149. I tend to stick to patterns because I am a relatively new quilter. Hopefully in a few years I won't need to. janet(dot)salonen(at)pp(dot)inet(dot)fi

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  150. I am now a follower!
    janet(dot)salonen(at)pp(dot)inet(dot)fi

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  151. I have to follow a pattern. I'm a terrible perfectionist.
    I love the Wild Thing pattern you are giving away. Thanks.

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  152. Can I pick both? When starting out or doing something I'm unsure of...I am a pattern kind of girl. But when it's just straight lines--I'm a look at someone elses and make my own kind of girl. So, I'm pretty easy to please, I guess!
    kelli
    kellbell_6@hotmail.com

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  153. I think I might fall somewhere in between. I never work without a plan. Sometimes that plan is a pattern, sometimes it is an adaptation of a pattern and sometimes it is planned out based on what I happen to want to use up.

    Thanks for or the great giveaway!

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  154. I often make up my own patterns, but pre-made patterns are nice even if only because they have the fabric requirements all printed out.

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  155. I do some of both, although I used more patterns when I started than I do now. I guess lately I've been doing more of my own pattern-drafting. But when I see something that I must make, then I use the pattern.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  156. I'm a follower! Thank you for the giveaway. alusco(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  157. When learning I definitely follow a pattern - handbags & quilts. For clothing, I usually wing it :) Thank you for the giveaway. alusco(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  158. i'm new to quilting. Recently, I made the 3-2-1 quilted throw from the sewmamasew tutorial. I also made the picnic quilt with pockets for rocks.

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  159. Normally I sketch out a pattern and go from there..I like to use patterns tho. Thanks for the give-away!

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  160. I am new to quilting and would love to win a pattern. ladycolmn@aol.com

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  161. For my quilts I fallow patterns but I just wing it when sewing clothes for my kids.
    Thanks
    ~kelly

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  162. I do both actually though lately I have been winging it a lot. Great giveaway.

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  163. I am so new to quilting, I've only used one pattern from a book, and I also made a strip quilt top. I've wanted to try some pinwheels, so thanks for the chance to win your patterns!

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  164. I am new so I have to follow the pattern and look at the directions!!

    I did make my son's quilt without a pattern, not sure how I managed that!! (still waiting to be quilted. )

    thanks for the great giveaway!

    SheilaC
    shecarita(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  165. I'm a poor pattern follower - I usually screw up a step along the way and end up having to do my own thing to fix it !

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  166. I mostly follow patterns (love the two you are giving away) but have been know to change them up a little.

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  167. Love your blog and now I am a follower.

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  168. I usually wing it but have to admit things always go smoother when I follow a pattern.

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  169. Love your style and will be back for more. I am now a follower

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  170. I am both a follower and a wing it at sewing for my little one. As for quilting, I will be a follower when I finally get around to starting one. That's such a hurdle I haven't jumped yet. I am adding you to my google reader because I just enjoyed reading a few of your recent posts. That quilt is beautiful and I really like the outfit you refashioned for your daughter.

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  171. I am a little of both. I often "wing it" when I come up with an idea and want to start working on it immediately, without taking the time to find a pattern. But it is far easier for me to follow a pattern and I make less mistakes when I do. I guess I like to experiment and wing it, but when I really want to get something done quickly and properly the first time, I follow a pattern. I love the patterns you are giving away! They are beautiful!

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  172. I have never used a pattern. I've always just winged my quilting. I'm actually interested in trying a pattern sometime. Maybe I'll win yours!!

    aaronandconsuelo@gmail.com

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  173. I wing it! which gets me in trouble... often :)

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  174. I prefer patterns, but I have a few ideas bouncing around in my head that I might try sometime. I've been considering that Thimble Blossoms pattern, actually, and I love the Fresh Vintage patterns too!

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  175. I am a "patterns are just suggestions" kind of sewer, though when I make a quilt, I tend to follow the directions - which are usually my own anyway. That was confusing!

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  176. I follow patterns. Without them I would be totally lost!

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