Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pin It Blog Hop - My Day

Madame Samm is always coming up with great blog hop ideas and when I saw the announcement for this Pin It Blog Hop, I sent in my "Yes, please me!" email right away.
I knew exactly what I wanted to make.

Now pin cushions aren't terribly complicated to make but given the fact that since I started quilting 4 years ago, I have never made anything other than quilts, this was a new adventure for me.
Of course I didn't pick an easy one to start with...I had to pick something a bit more challenging...this has been on my "To Make" list for quite a while.

Being the overachiever that I can be at times, I didn't just make 1, I made 3.
 It was a tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! for Sew Mama Sew. If you want to make one yourself, the tutorial can be found here. I used Kate Spain's Fandango fabrics and started by making the bags.

Let me tell you, sewing the lining and the outer fabric together was a little bit of a wrangling job (the arm of my machine was just a bit too long) but I got it done.
 Next came the organizers. Yes one is made in a different fabric for a reason. These weren't tough to do, just a bunch of steps.
 Part 3 was making the weight bags to go into the pincushion. The tutorial called for rice but I used crushed walnut shells instead.
 Up next was making the actual pin cushion. Easy peasy.
 The pin cushions were then sewn to the organizer and Ta Da!
Now on to what was the hardest part of all....stuffing those filled bags of crushed walnut shells inside the pic cushion cover. That was Not. An. Easy. Task. Note to self...next time make the bag a tad bit smaller than the instructions state.
I persevered and now they all are lined up together. A trio of weighted pin cushion organizers, each one slightly different.
Here you can see how they work with the scrap bag attached and hanging off the edge as if off your sewing table. I made the organizer pockets to fit a seam ripper, a small pair of scissors and one other slot for anything else you might need it for.
This one was gifted to my BFF as part of her birthday goody bag. A 2nd one was gifted to the Judy as part of my It's A Sister Thing Secret Pal Swap.
And the 3rd one? You assume that I'm keeping this one for myself?
Yes it does look great next to my Lucy
but No this one isn't for me either.

This last one is for one of you!
Don't worry, I'll be making myself one soon with fabrics that I'm totally Gaga over.
I purposely made this one to send off to a new home.
A giveaway is in order to see who is the lucky recipient.

To be entered for a chance to win this lovely Weighted Pin Cushion Organizer

1. Leave me a comment and tell me what is your favorite Fall recipe (one entry)

2. My followers get a 2nd entry, just tell me how you follow (one entry)
And if you haven't already, I'd be most appreciative if you also join my Google Friend Connect, on my sidebar. I'm almost up to 350 and just waiting to have a giveaway to celebrate that milestone.

3. Share about this giveaway on your blog, Facebook and/or Twitter (one entry for any/all of these options)

That's it. 3 chances to enter.
Entries will close at Midnight, Saturday September 21st and the winner will be announced next Sunday.
Please make sure you leave me your email address if you are a No Reply Blogger.

A huge thank you so very much goes out to Madame Samm and Kristen for organizing this terrific hop. I've seen so many wonderful creations and am totally inspired to make a few more for me. I've never been a pin cushion collector before but I might become one now.

Don't miss checking out the creations of all the other ladies that I share the blog hopping stops with today.

September 17

152 of you added your own colorful comments:

  1. OK this is seriously cute and I don't know how I ever missed this tutorial. Yes, that makes for a lovely swap/gift item and I think I am going to try this on the weekend. Thank you for sharing today.

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  2. Old fashioned deep dish apple pie... and I'm going picking with my daughter and grandchildren on Wednesday!!! Would love to win your giveaway,,, please enter me?

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  3. Make sure when you make yours you can get the crushed walnuts inside! They are all lovely! :)

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  4. I love the fact that your thread catcher buttons on! The one I have is attached and is hard to empty completely when I am collecting my trash...the disconnect is a great idea! My favorite fall dinner is stew with warm biscuits!

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  5. These are wonderful...pretty and so useful! Favorite Fall recipe is a pot of homemade chili...perfect for those cooler days. Thanks for the chance!

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  6. Very cute. I like this fabric line and it looks lovely in your pincushion thread catchers. Thanks for sharing! Apple and pumpkin pies are my favorite fall recipe ... yes, I know that is two, but I always make both at the same time as some in my family prefer apple and some pumpkin so my recipe calls for making three crusts and two pies. Me? I like them both ... ;) Pat

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  7. So sweet, Michele! A terrific idea, so practical and pretty. My favorite fall recipe is for pumpkin soup. A little curry, a little nutmeg, oh, mmm. Mouth is watering. Hope all is well in your crayon box!

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  8. These are just adorable! I love the fabrics you used!
    One of my favorite fall recipes is Pecan Pie. We have a huge pecan tree behind the house and i love to pick up fresh pecans and shell them for a pie. It is so good using fresh pecans.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Congrats on 350 followers on GFC - I already follow on email but signed up to follow on GFC too.
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

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  10. Great job! Hmm, since I rarely cook/bake I would say any choc. chip brownie recipe would do for me.

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  11. Love your weighted pin cushion! Favorite fall recipe is French Onion soup, followed by a close second, Potato soup. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. I like the pin chusions you made!

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  13. They are lovely - I love the fabrics. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. They are so lovely and beautiful fabric. Thanks for sharing

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  15. Love your pincushion/organizer bags...great choice of fabrics!!!

    My favorite Fall recipe is stew...easy to make and yummy to eat! Thanks for sharing and for the sweet giveaway :)

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  16. I'm already one of your happy followers and congrats on reaching 350!!

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  17. I love your pincushion organizer! It looks amazing. Don't worry... I have notes to self on every project I undertake. I think it is just part of the sewing process. I am making owls right now...and every one (4 to give away) is different....due to the notes to self thing. Thanks for the chance to win one of those cutesies!

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  18. They are adorable so I would love to have a chance to win one!
    My favorite fall recipe, apple pie.

    Warm regards from Holland,
    Marga♥

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  19. Michele, I totally need one of these. Ok two since I have two machines. Thanks for the chance.

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  20. I am a loyal follower on GFC and bloglovin.

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  21. Great pin cushion! My favorite fall recipe is warm apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the top!

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  22. Love your pincushion! My favorite recipe in the fall is White Chicken Chili! yum!

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  23. Your pincushions and thread catchers are awesome! My favorite Fall recipe is beef stew made in my crock pot.

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  24. I see in triple ...really cute set up

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  25. Lovely fabric for your pincushion and organizer/scrap bag. My favorite recipe for fall is pumpkin ribbon bread.

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  26. what a cute pin cushion set, never knew that you NEVER made them before.... you may need to sign up for my pin cushion swap WHEN I start it up.... :)

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  27. Noooo I'm not a follower AT all..... I'm more of a STALKER..

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  28. Nice job on getting 3 done, they are all lovely! My fave recipe for fall is a Cooking Light apple cinnamon cream cheese coffee cake...the before one, not the "light" one...lol.

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  29. A very lovely trio of pin cushions you have there ! Fav recipe...apple dumplings.

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  30. Your three pincushions are beautiful...nice job on them! I love apple pie in the Fall.

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  31. Great post Michele. Love your pincushion/thread catcher/accessory holder! My favourite fall recipe is definitely pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top.

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  32. I happily follow on GFC and Bloglovin

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  33. I just shared your post on my FB

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  34. Hi, happy Tuesday! I'm already a follower through GFC. YAY!

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  35. My favorite recipe for fall is making pot roast in the crock pot, especially when it's really cold outside. I love coming home and the house smells like someone's been cooking for me all day. I love your pincushion/organizer I need one. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial and for telling me where to get the pattern. It looked familiar, I'm sure I saved it somewhere. Thanks again! ;-> Toni Anne

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  36. Love you pincushion. I love eggnog.

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  37. Those are so cute. I love how the scrap bag is detachable. You did a wonderful job on them.

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  38. I am a follower. My favorite fall cooking is baked chicken.

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  39. My favorite fall recipe is probably chili...with a side of cornbread! Thanks for a chance to win your lovely pincushion/organizer. It is beautiful!

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  40. Wonderful thread catcher and organizer, great work!
    Thanks for sharing and beeing part of this hop.

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  41. Love your pin cushion and organizer. My favorite fall recipe is Taco Soup, you can find the recipe here on my blog http://quiltinginsouthcarolina.blogspot.com/2010/11/delicious-soup-recipe.html
    It is wonderful.
    I am also a follower of your blog. Thanks for also being part of the blog hop, I have enjoyed this so much.
    Shelia

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  42. Very pretty, Michele. I really like these. There is a place to keep every thing you need close by your machine. In the Fall I like to make fresh pumpkin pie. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  43. This pincushion is definitely on top of my "to do" list, very nice! For fall recipes I love soup, or how about baklava http://travelthrugreece.blogspot.gr/2012/11/baklava-recipe.html

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  44. Lovely, great job. Thanks for sharing. Anything with pumpkin is good with me.

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  45. Oh I made one of those pincushion/thread catcher/tool holders too years ago. I made my pincushion out of an old felted wool sweater and covered a ceramic tile in fabric and glued the pincushion to it to weigh it down, then put that grippy shelf liner under it so it stays put. I love mine and use it all the time. Thanks for the giveaway, but if you pick me, please give it to someone else, since I already have one. Yours is lovely in those colors.

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  46. I was going to make one of these too for the hop but didn't get it done... maybe I was meant to win your adorable one instead! LOL

    I tried a pumpkin mocha latte at our local coffee shop the other day and now I'm going to have to search for pumpkin creamer on my next grocery trip. Yummy!

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  47. Love your pincushion. Favorite fall recipe. Applecake with carmel topping.
    tvbart@charter.net

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  48. Love your pincushion. Favorite fall recipe. Applecake with carmel topping.
    tvbart@charter.net

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  49. What a cute project...looks like you got some nice gifts there. Very handy gifts too.

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  50. Nice pincushion and thread catcher. Awesome fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  51. I'm a follower with GFC and bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  52. Love the weighted pincushions. They are so versatile. Thanks so much for sharing. My favourite fall recipe has got to be fresh apple pie with cheddar cheese...

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  53. I have always wanted one of these! They are beautiful~wish me luck!

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  54. Love them! My favorite fall recipe is pumpkin bars :)

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  55. Ooh! I love pumpkin rolls with cream cheese! Yummy!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  56. I'm a new follower by email and google.
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  57. I am a new follower by email.
    This is an adorable pincushion and so functional. Love it.

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  58. My favorite fall recipe is soup, soup, soup.

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  59. I'm a "FOLLOWER" on your sidebar.

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  60. My favorite recipe is for a pecan pie. The secret ingredient is maple syrup.....shhhhhhhhh...LOL

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  61. Your pincushion caddies are so sweet in that fabric! Great job!!
    Fav fall recipe???
    Well I guess it would have to be pumpkin anything:) Cookies, bread and pie:)

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  62. Your pincushion caddies are very cute in Kate Spain fabrics!
    I use the walnut shells kitty litter for stuffing pincushions, too, and make sure I put them in a big dish or bowl when I fill them up! Love how they feel , with that weight , though.

    I love pumpkin quick bread in the fall.

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  63. Your pin cushions are really nice!!! Who wouldn't want to win one of those!
    My favorite fall recipe is apple pie.

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  64. I'm a long time follower on GFC.

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  65. Hmmm fave fall food.... Well I looked up these pumpkin cookies (pintrest) that were a huge hit :)

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  66. I love pin cushions with the thread bags with them. So convenient!

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  67. the scrap basket is wonderful. I could use one - I am fearful of having a litterbin close to the sewing machine as I fear tossing scissors or other odd tools falling in to the basket! This is a great idea - lovely color of fabric, too

    thx for sharing

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  68. My favorite fall recipe is an easy one - a large jar of Spicy V8 juice, a large can of chicken broth, a large package of fresh cheese tortellini, and a bag of frozen mixed vegetables. Crusty rolls with sharp cheddar cheese chunks makes a nice side dish for this quick and easy dinner!

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  69. I'm a follower, and I think I'm already on your GFC list!

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  70. Hi!!! These are too cute!!! Thank You

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  71. I adore your fabric as well. My favorite is pumpkin roll. Thank You.

    Vickie

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  72. Those are just too cute. I love them.

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  73. I've had my eye on this for a while now, too :) I almost made it for my swap sister, too--but settled on something completely different. Now I want to get down to it and make one for me. They look awesome!

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  74. I love that pin cushion/scrap basket. My favorite fall recipe is beef stew and dumplings.

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  75. These are just adorable - love those fabrics. I wonder if the walnut shells made the stuffing a bit tougher cuz they don't 'squeeze down' like polyfil would do.

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  76. I follow with GFC and Feedly.

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  77. My favorite fall recipe is pumpkin pie and I seriously need this pincushion organizer. I did download the pattern to make it myself if I don't win.

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  78. You did a great job on your threadcatcher/organizer/pincushions. This looks like a really cool pattern and I did just print it off. I used a funnel to put the crushed walnut shells in a recent project, and maybe you did as well.

    My fav fall food? My no bake pumpkin pie recipe which is made with eagle brand milk and knox gelatin in a graham cracker crust. Easy!!

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  79. I follow in sage feeds. THX for the giveaway opportunity! sweet of you to do this.

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  80. Spicy Pumpkin Pie. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  81. Love how the fabrics go together so nicely so pretty. Thank you for this great giveaway I really appreciate it. My favorite fall recipe-I have three really, beef stew, sweet potato cassarolle, and pumpkin pie. Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  82. I follow via email and GFC. vickise at gmail dot com

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  83. That are great pin cushion bags, or bag pin cushions! I love the fabric you used. Thanks for sharing!

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  84. I love your creative pin cushions. I love pumpkin pie! Thanks for inspiring us.

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  85. I am a new follower. I am looking forward to seeing more of your creativity. Thanks for sharing.

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  86. Great projects--how industrious to make 3! My favorite fall recipe would be apple cake--apples fresh from the trees. Yum!

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  87. I am a new google friends follower and subscribe to your e-mail.

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  88. My favorite is pumpkin pie wit cream cheese layer and pecans glazed on top.

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  89. My favorite is homemade applesauce. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  90. I've not seen a pin cushion/thread catcher/organizer! Great idea and great job overachieving! Anything chocolate is my favorite:) Thanks for sharing.

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  91. I love your pin cushions, great fabrics too. I am forever losing my scissors when I am sewing so that would be a good idea to keep them handy. One of my favorite fall recipes is caramel popcorn. finally cool enough to make it so it isn't too sticky.

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  92. I follow you through Google Friends Connect.

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  93. Very nice pin cushions. That is what I like about these hops, you always get a chance to finish the things we have on our to do list. Thanks for having such a nice give away.

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  94. Thanks for sharing. I really like that pincushion. My favorite fall dish is apple pie

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  95. I tweeted; https://twitter.com/schind67/status/380106344612642817

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  96. My favorite Fall recipe is pork roast with sauerkraut and apples in the crock pot. I serve it wit mashed potatoes and apple sauce.

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  97. I really love the thread catcher/pincushion. The one that you made is especially handy! Love it!
    Well done.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  98. Of course I follow you Sister Dear

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  99. I follow you on Bloglovin'.
    Thanks
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  100. My favorite Fall recipe is "Sweet Rolls and Hot tea". MMMMMMMMMM. Those weighted scrap bags are Wunnerful. Thanks for the chance to win one.

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  101. I now follow you on WordPress and joined Google+

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  102. Yes these are really cute I think you need one of these in each room that you sew in and one in car for trips. My favourite recipe is apple crisp.

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  103. I am also a follower of yours and love your blog.

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  104. Absolutely adorable and I love that line of fabric. Would love to be a winner. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  105. I would be honored to be the owner of your pincushion and thread catcher. I love pumpkin pie in the fall.

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  106. I love the colors of this pin cushion. Very sweet. My favorite fall recipe is apple crisp.

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  107. love this pin cushion and thread catcher. and the colors you chose work sew nicely together.
    favorite recipe for fall would be what my husbands family calls sweet cabbage soup, which is served with massed potatoes.... comfort food ( it has a German name that I can not spell)
    thanks for sharing

    institchesandseams@hotmail.ca

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  108. You know how to pick fabric for sure. These are gorgeous.

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  109. What neat pincushions and thread catchers, I would love to win one! My favorite fall recipe has to be Chili!

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  110. I have a great recipe for pumpkin bread that my family looks forward to every fall. I love the fabric choice of your weighted pincushion organizer....I have been wanting to make one of these for a long time. Thank you for sharing! anglanouette at gmail dot com

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  111. A super useful pin cushion. My favorite fall meal (rather than recipe) is baked ham, scalloped potatoes and fresh roasted beets followed by pumpkin cake. My mouth waters just typing that out. I think I know what is for supper tomorrow. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to participate in a giveaway.

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  112. Love it! And great choice of fabrics! For fall, anything with butternut squash is delish...

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  113. My favorite fall recipe is for a good old fashioned apple pie. Love the "fragrance" as it bakes.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  114. gfc follower: nicolesender
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  115. Love the pincushion/threadholder. :)
    My favorite food now? Zuurkool met rookworst! :D

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  116. My sister is a new quilter and could really use a thread holder. She actually asked me to maker her one, but I have enough projects going right now, so yours would do nicely. I love lentil soup with sausage in the fall.

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  117. I am a new email follower. Love your pincusjion organizer!

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  118. thanks for sharing the great pictures and for the giveaway. I am sure that all of the recipients will be/are thrilled...

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  119. My favorite fall recipe is pumpkin pie. What a wonderful giveaway!! Thanks
    for the chance to win!!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  120. I am a follower by GFC & e-mail. Thanks for the
    chance to win!!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  121. I Tweeted about the giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/wigglypup/status/380378973936422912

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  122. Love your pin cushion/organizer/thread catcher. My favorite recipe for fall is pumpkin muffins.

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  123. Love your pin cushion/organizer/thread catcher. My favorite recipe for fall is pumpkin muffins.

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  124. What wonderful pincushion organizers! My favorite fall recipe is anything pumpkin.

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  125. I love those kind of pinushions.
    , thanks for the chance
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  126. Lovely pincushion organizers. I like roasted vegetables and any kind of dessert.

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  127. Wow, those are gorgeous! I love the use of the large print, I always have a heck of a time figuring out how to use them. My favorite fall recipe is pumpkin pie, my family says I am the Queen of Pumpkin Pies, probably because I insist on making them every year (but that way they turn out good, not burnt!) Hahaha! Thank you for the opportunity to win!
    ~Brandy
    brandizzle7133 at yahoo dot com

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  128. My favorite fall reciep would be Apple Crisp with vanilla ice cream...so yummy!!!

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  129. Your pincushion/threadcatcher is very pretty! I've been meaning to make one of these but so far it's still an item on my to-do list. I like to cook with pumpkin in the fall. I'm going to make a pumpkin bundt cake this weekend.

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  130. I follow with GFC. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  131. I tweeted. https://twitter.com/MoeWest/status/381258116362301440

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  132. MY favorite fall recipe is iced pumpkin cookies.

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