Friday, August 26, 2016

Fabulous Fabric Friday and a Giveaway

Hey Everyone,

I have been sewing... even though you haven't seen much of me lately. I feel like Instagram has ruined me for blogging... so much easier to take a photo and forget it, you know? Here is the makings of my next personal project:

Gotta love Liberty. Since I will not be able to use my machine for 4 weeks (after surgery) I am going to be doing a hand project with this.

For those still waiting for your sale packages we are working as fast as we can but we had about 4 times as many orders as usual during this sale and some of them are 3-4 pages long (meaning 60 or more fabrics) I promise we are cutting them in order they were received and we will have them done no later than Monday. I go into the Hospital on Tuesday for my big surgery and I will be pretty out of it for a week or so but the kids (who are grown ups if you were wondering) are going to be running the shop and I am still going to be cracking the whip from my bed :) So you shouldn't see an interruption in service at all. I am going to say one more time how proud I am of them... I have been training them for the last two months (so glad that I got to pick when to have the surgery) and they can easily do everything that I can do.

Here are a few things that I have made in the last 2 weeks (it is fun when you get your Sewjo back)!

I designed the pattern for this blouse to showcase the Wanderlust Lawn fabrics. I seriously adore this top it looks really good on as well as on the hanger (this pic was before I added the facing and hem but I think you get the picture). These fabrics are Sky and Dusk.


I also made a pattern for a t-shirt and did a sample out of Alison Glass Knits they are so soft to wear. Here is a little peek at it:

There are a few more projects I have been working on that I will show soon but this is the last one for today:


This was our last Mini for the "Maker's Mini Quilt of the Month" A cute little Flowering Snowball. I made it in Grand Canal by Kate Spain which we will have in the shop in October. I had just enough of my sample spree goodies to make kits for everyone in the Quilt of the Month group (I love to spoil my of the month groups with things that are special) plus a couple left over... So how would you like to win a kit for this quilt including the Mini Mania Book from which the pattern came, the 36 charms and everything else to make the top and binding? A little Grand Canal before you can buy it in shops...

Just leave a comment here letting me know what entices you to buy fabric most. Is it photos of finished projects, buzz, a certain designer you like, other? I will leave the giveaway comments open until next Friday but will likely not be able to do the drawing until the week after because I will be on pain meds and too loopy to be coherent LOL Also, it seems that more than half of the people that leave comments on the blog lately are no reply (meaning I can't contact you) so if you really want to win you need to leave me a way to contact you, I understand coded email like soandso at the big G dot com if you are worried about spam :)

PS. We are going to make an announcement about a new "...of the Month" program soon so keep an eye out.

197 comments:

  1. Sometimes it's a featured project and sometimes it's all about the gorgeous fabric and I'll figure out what to do with it later!

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  2. It's either finished projects that show the fabric's potential or just the fabric itself. It has to be inspiring in just the right way. It's hard Rio put in to words! Christinedeniece2atyahoodotcom

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  3. Just a plain old photo of the fabrics does the trick for me. I have a problem. I know! marianagalvagno at hotmail dot com

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  4. While I'll look at collections based on who designs them, it's got to be pretty too. I buy mostly because of featured quilts.

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  5. Designer first, sometimes finished projects or buzz get me off the fence - like seeing the million ways people use that exlibris panel! I want yards if it now!

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  6. I like to see finished projects and photos of the fabrics. Thanks!

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  7. I but completely based on the fabric. Favorite designers are awesome, but if I don't love the fabric and have a purpose for it, I just admire from afar.

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  8. I but completely based on the fabric. Favorite designers are awesome, but if I don't love the fabric and have a purpose for it, I just admire from afar.

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  9. Photos of the fabrics and of finished projects entices me. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. It's a combination of 3 things: good photos of the fabric,good prices of said fabric, & photos of finished products entice me. If a place has at least 2 of those, it's a winner!

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  11. Sometimes it's a project and sometimes a designer but I have to really love it to buy it. kingspa9 at MSN dot com

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  12. It doesn't take much to entice me to buy fabric! Ha! It's usually photos of the bundles or finished projects that get me to take a second look. There are just so many choices that it's hard to pare it down to my budget!

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  13. I love looking at fabric and I am one of those that buy fabric I like with no project in mind. I made clothing for many years so my fabric buying is deeply ingrained.

    With that said, I buy fabric because I like what I see and it gets made into projects that I see and want to make.

    Godspeed with your recovery and prayers for a successful surgery.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  14. Hi Julie.
    Hm. Of course, I look out for the designers I love - anything new by Tula Pink, Heather Ross, Cotton+Steel, and I will for sure check the fabric out.
    Then the fabric itself has to inspire me in a way that I think - wow - this would make a great caravan tote! Or: wow, my daughter would love this fabric for a skirt.
    Then there are fabrics I don't know what to do with, but I just need them because they are so pretty - they go into the collection, and I might come up with a project later or just keep them to love them.
    And then there are fabric collections that just look awesome as a collection where I think I need these fabrics as as charm pack or fat quarter bundle to make a quilt with it.
    I try to only buy fabric that I want to use immediately, but I am not always able to pull this approach through.
    But I have not enough time to sew anymore to excuse buying large fabric amounts ....

    I wish you a good and speedy recovery, and very little pain!
    Tina

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  15. Easy question :) Everything has the power to make me want to buy fabric!!!! I want to buy fabric all the time!!!! No seriously most of the time I want to buy fabric when I come across a picture of it. Then I buy it when I find good prices, because as I live in France , shipping costs are quite big. But most of the time buying it here in my local store is even more expensive ! And they almost only sell old fashioned fabrics :( Once I bought fabric because of quilt though. But it was the only time. Aghhh! I love fabric too much! :D
    Quiltoph at gmail dot com

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  16. Usually it is color. I love bright colors and patterns. I get excited when fabric is all arranged by "line" so I can imagine the quilt i my head. Not loyal to any particular quilter...I like several.

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  17. Hi Julie! Hope you heal quickly! Fabric entices me. If I see something I love then I will spend days deciding on the quilt. �� Love that shirt!

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  18. Nothing convinces me to buy quite like seeing samples of finished products sewn with the fabrics. I also tend to go back to my fave designers over and over again... I am more likely to buy a collection from Amy Butler or Anna Maria Horner "just because" than I am anyone else. I wish you good luck with your surgery and a full recovery.

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  19. Usually it's all about the fabric but every so often, seeing the fabric used in a project will make me want the fabric even more. I am very easily enticed to buy fabric though.

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  20. Good luck on the surgery and I hope you recover quickly! I have been trying not to buy fabric since my stash is already overflowing but I still sneak some in now and again. I usually go googly-eyed for fabric with neat geometrics in colors I don't already have stashed. Carolyn Friedlander prints are the exception - I buy them all!

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  21. Julie, good luck and take care. Having had major surgery (7 hours!) this year, I know what you're up against. Don't come back too soon. So glad your kids are helping. They're really sweet. Love snowballs and orange peel designs by the way. annemarieq at gmail dot com.

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  22. I have bought so much fabric that my spare room is overflowing and my husband gawks at me when I receive a new package. Anyway, there is always some new fabric that I like coming out. Plus, I have to have fabric in my house in case I pick a project to make on the spur of the moment. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  23. Seeing the fabric design to upon a whimsical memory always makes me buy the fabric especially from designers I already love ! I do enjoy seeing finished projects as it brings the fabric collection alive and you can begin to imagine how the collection fits together for other projects!

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  24. Color and pattern. I'm a sucker for text prints. I don't care too much about designer. Suzska gmail works best.

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  25. Everything entices me when when it comes to buying fabric. The first thing that draws me in is color. It doesn't have to be any certain color just something that grabs my eye on that day. Pattern doesn't matter as I can always figure out some way to use it. I guess I'm just addicted to fabric and love everything about it from the possibilities to the feel. Rina

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  26. I like the texture of the prints, how it looks from a distance is often a big draw for me. Hope your surgery goes well! Have fun with your hand sewing.

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  27. Fabric comes first, I enjoy the colors, designers I love, projects, too

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  28. Pictures of just the fabric is what gets me! It doesn't matter who made it! If it's bright- bold- modern- sweet- sucker- that's me!!! Wishing you all happy thoughts on your surgery!!! Get well soon so you can play again!! Xoxoxo

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  30. I buy fabrics I think are beautiful, no matter how I've come to see them. I do like certain designers more than others, but gorgeous colors and patterns lure me in every time. I wish you a speedy recovery!
    jklmengland at windstream dot net

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  31. Seeing pictures of the fabrics gets me every time. I love seeing different colors and pattern! Get well soon and thanks for the giveaway! Chrissie.Conway at gmail dot com

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  32. Julie,
    Best to you next week for your surgery. I'll be thinking of you and am sure you will sail through it! I'm sure your kids will man the fort fine...you guys have had amazing turn around with my summer purchases btw. I buy fabric based on the fabric - colors, design and the fabric's Wow factor for me. I've been working hard to build a stash and will now have to face the question of what design to use for the components in the stash. Good problem to have.

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  33. I do like certain designers but don't always buy their collections. Most of my fabric is purchased because of colors or designs that catch my eye.

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  34. good question. thinking cap on. hmm, I guess a combination of pattern ,color,pattern of material.

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  35. I like seeing photos of the fabric itself- certain colors and prints are what motivate me to buy. I do have some favorite designers, too. I also like seeing finished projects- sometimes that helps get an idea of the size of a print.

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  36. I am intrigued with displays of fabric lines that laid out together, or projects that show the line well. I'm trying to figure out the embellishment on your tshirt sleeve...looks really cool. Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

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  37. I trying to only buy fabric that really speaks to me--color is big. lesley209@gmail.com

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  38. The first thing that entices me with fabric is color and pattern. There are certain colors I just can't resist!
    (majesticjenkinsATgmailDOTcom)

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  39. HI,GET WELL FAST!
    For me I choose color,then design! Thanks for sharing a neat Giveaway! msstitcher1214ATgmailDOTcom

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  40. A new inspiration. Or a great sale that comes along when I have a bit to spend.

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  41. I have to like the colour palate and the theme. eliz.i@sympatico.ca

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  42. First and foremost-sending you good wishes for successful surgery and a speedy recovery! Thanks for the great giveaway-the flowering snowball quilt is too sweet. As for what entices me to buy fabric-it is generally an unusual color combination. I often struggle with color selection and when I see a bundle of fabrics that look fantastic together it is a "must-buy" for me.

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  43. I have to like colors to buy fabric and it has to make me want it. Usually it's love on first sight.

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  44. I have to like colors to buy fabric and it has to make me want it. Usually it's love on first sight.

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  45. The fabric itself inspires me -- It's like a siren call, "Buy me. Buy me." LOVE your blouse! Wishing you a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!!

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  46. Oh, you mean something has to inspire me to buy? �� For me mostly it's some great detail in the fabric, a lovely twist or hidden picture!

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  47. The colors of a fat quarter bundle all together. Cute top!

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  48. That's a great question - it's usually just the fabric. Something unusual about it but mainly the color. I prefer saturated colors but if there's a neutral background, it must be white, not off white. Crazy, right? Wishing you a successful surgery and a quick recovery.

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  49. Colors, colors-its what draws me to the fabric. Then, its feel, feel-I run my hand over every piece, them I make my decision. If it looks good, and feels good-sold! (And it doesn't hurt to check out the sales racks either). Would love to make this quilt-great giveaway, thank you, Susan spierssusan52@gmail.com

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  50. Right now I am in a "fabric by designer mode". Current favs are Alison Glass and Carolyn Friedlander. Can't miss collecting with those two!! Heal well and successfully!
    Juliejlundquist@gmail.com

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  51. I tend to buy fabric after seeing pictures of it in newsletters, blog posts or instagram. Usually when the fabric is featured in a project, or all fanned out so I can see all of the prints in the line.

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  52. Usually color and texture are what appeals to me about fabric. It is also nice to see it used in a project!

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  53. Pictures of fabric lines and quilts made with the fabric usually get me clicking that 'Buy Now' button! This Liberty fabric is delicious!

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  54. I often choose by designer but projects draw me in as well. Good luck with surgery

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  55. I love unique prints - but more and more I'm paying attention to value and scale of print. It's about making sure I have a good mix of values and scales on hand for whenever inspiration hits!

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  56. Color is was drives me mostly. Unless I'm looking for fabric for a design I have in mind. I tend to cruise through and just buy what strikes my fancy that day or night. Heal well.

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  57. Praying for a safe surgery and speedy recovery. What draws me to a fabric is whatever I see in my head. That probably seems silly, but I seldom use a pattern and if I do I'm changing things anyway. A photo of a building, shadows on the ground, the roofs on the hill in La Jolla cove, colors, shapes, and tiny detail all make it into my brain. It rattles around until it becomes either a glass mosaic or a quilt. Prints work well for the small subtle details in a quilt, while in a mosaic you may have to use 100 pieces to get the same effect.

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  58. There are many things to entice me to buy fabric....mostly color, then pattern/print of the fabric, a favorite designer. Also seeing a project done up in the fabric can be a big attraction. Thanks for the draw. raydeer@memlane.com

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  59. Seeing pictures of the fabric from favorite designers usually entices me but I really like to feel it also. Hope your recovery is speedy.

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  60. Julie, I'm thinkg of you already and your upcoming surgery. GOOD forethought to have some hand stitching ready to roll.
    Fabric designers inspire me (April Rhodes, Jennifer Sampou, Pat Bravo), and fabrics, in particular, south west prints . Aurifil Thread and floss too as I'm about to join the hand stitching bandwagon. Thank you so much for your thoughts of us readers & shoppers out here.

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  61. I by fabric by its look, color, hue, brightness. Then I pick out the pattern, and it goes in my to-do pile (read large dresser here).
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  62. I usually buy for a specific project. Right now I am working on a throw for a graduation gift for our oldest granddaughter who is a student at the University of Alabama, so the fabrics are red, white, and a houndstooth black and white. The next project is for her sister who is a student at Murray State in Kentucky. The team is the Racers, so the quilt has 4 horse heads. I bought several batiks for the horses and blue and gold, the school colors, for the borders. I also have been kitting up fabric for a hand sewn project for trips. The quilt will be made up of 6 pointed stars joined by hexes. Needless to say, this will be a long term project. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  63. I am enticed by the pictures...and projects of course....love seeing how the fabrics look made into things! :) Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too!! :D

    Sending prayers for quick healing!!!

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  64. I usually buy fabric just because I love it - and then find a project for it!
    Hope your healing comes quickly!

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  65. Photos of the fabrics...the designs, the colors...collections...also I am a sucker for precuts :) I also admire curated bundles! love this little quilt!

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  66. I buy fabric because I like how it looks, & if I'm in a brick & mortar store, how it feels. Sending speedy healing vibrations your way. Thanks for the chance to win

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  67. I am crazy about this flowering snowball mini! Its so beautiful, but the Grand Canal makes it really perfect. I think pictures of finished projects are what entice me to purchase the most. But,also, I always keep an eye out for lines of fabrics that are different from what I already have - colors that I haven't worked with much, prints that strike me as new and unique, that sort of thing. Thanks for the sweet giveaway! patchandjenni at juno dot com

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    1. Oh, P.S., I hope all goes well with your surgery and that you are on the road to healing quickly!

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  68. I do have some designers that I like, but mostly it's the colors that do it for me. I hope you have a speedy recovery--take care!

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  69. Your so lucky to have your kids to help <3 I hope the surgery goes good! =)
    I LOVE fabric!! haha
    The funny thing is, once I get to the store I have such a hard time coordinating them!! =(
    I can buy based on the look of it or a project that I have in mind.. I'm learning designers and have found several that I like as well.. So pretty much any reason works for me! =D

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  70. When I find something bright and cheerful, it seems that I need it in my stash. I seem to have a thing for black and gray prints as well. I'm afraid that I am hopelessly in love with fabric!

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  71. Well it doesn't take much, I'm an easy target...or pushover...but a sale usually is what makes me hit the buy it now button! Caltexgal@aol.com

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  72. Well it doesn't take much, I'm an easy target...or pushover...but a sale usually is what makes me hit the buy it now button! Caltexgal@aol.com

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  73. Hi Cutie! Good luck on your surgery!! I hope all works out best for you! And as far as fabric goes, I look for designers I love ( Fig Tree, American Jane, Kate Spain, Sherri McConnell), and pics of quilt projects. Who can't be inspired by wonderful projects?!! :-)

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  74. First off....good luck on your surgery! Second, those are some beutiful projects! Third, pictures of the scrumptious fabrics like the one you posted in this blog always make me want to buy them, i like them scattered around like that so you can seee all of what is in a line of fabric together.
    laura333369@gmail.com

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  75. It's got to be the photo of the fabrics themselves, and maybe I have a project in mind, just looking for the right fabric. Good luck with your surgery - enjoy cracking the whip!

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  76. Certain designers and a good price!

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  77. Hope all goes well with the surgery and you have a speedy recovery. I usually am a sucker for a good sale.

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  78. Wishing you the best with the surgery!! I love seeing just the fabric and new patterns for ideas and a good sale seals the deal. Thank you!

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  79. I am inspired by the fabric or an idea for a quilt. Very nice giveaway.crazeematz@gmail.com

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  80. Great mini. I buy fabric consistently from designers I really like. I'll also buy fabric when I see a project made from it - gets me introduced to new designers.

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  81. Seeing the fabric in action is what inspires me. I like to see either a stack of coordinating prints, something made from a new fabric, or seeing a new collection from my favorite designers. thanks for the give away!

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  82. The siren song of beautiful fabric is impossible for me to ignore. The ONLY thing that holds me back is my budget.

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  83. I buy fabric because I like the designer and have confidence the colors will go well together,or just because I like it. While I love to see finished products, I generally don't buy that same fabric, I am imagining it in my own color choices. Although, I love your color combinations and trust your judgement. Speaking of projects, I'm still messing with my stars on the Pixie Summer Home QAL. I made way too many of those darling tiny ones and am still making the blocks for them. But they were so much fun! Recuperate well and quickly. Thanks.

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  84. Hope you have a speedy recovery.I like to see photos of the fabrics and finished projects.

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  85. Sending positive thoughts for your surgery/recovery! I love how fabric just sends all my creative juices flowing. To have it inspire me to create is another factor when I buy fabric whether it be at my LQS or most likely when I'm on a vacation/trip. Gotta have a souvenir! Thanks for the giveaway. akronne17@gmail.com

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  86. Sending positive thoughts for your surgery/recovery! I love how fabric just sends all my creative juices flowing. To have it inspire me to create is another factor when I buy fabric whether it be at my LQS or most likely when I'm on a vacation/trip. Gotta have a souvenir! Thanks for the giveaway. akronne17@gmail.com

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  87. I just love fabric!! I think seeing pictures of it in use really gets me going the most though. Good luck on your surgery!

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  88. Color calls to me, well, and pattern. I have had fabric that called me from across the room or across the internet. My sweet husband has gotten use to it. He just smiles and says "Leave some money for the bills". Thanks for the giveaway. Hope all goes well with the surgery and get well soon.

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  89. I usually just get the urge to buy something, and since I quilt, fabric is my drug of choice.

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  90. I'm a fabric junky too. My favorite lines seem to come from Riley Blake and AGF.
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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  91. Hiya!!! I'm not really sure about what makes me buy one certain fabric over another. Sometimes it's the color, the next time it might be the design of the pattern. Sometimes it's just the feel of the fabric. There are so many aspects to selection.
    Hope your surgery goes well and the recovery is fast. But be sure to take whatever time you need to heal well.
    Best of luck. Thanks for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

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  92. Pictures, colors a certain designer, or even a sale makes me want to buy some fabric. Hope you have a speedy recovery.

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  93. I am usually enticed to break my fabric diet, when I see colors and patterns that make me excited. As excited as going to The Blue Pig, in Croton, NY. All of the ice cream, even the herbs for mint chip, are grown on the premices , and the ice cream is made by hand.

    If I get as enticed as seeing coconut ice cream, with mashed up Almond Joy bars in it, it's a sure bet I'll buy it. This is probably a silly analogy, but it is true for me.

    Currently, I am enticed by Art Gallery Fabrics, especially those fabrics designed by Bonnie Christine. I'm loving Joel Dewberry, and various Moda lines too. Cotton + Steel is like buying fresh Oreo cookie ice cream at the Blue Pig. As you can sense, I am fighting the urge to go to the Blue Pig, because I've been loosing weight. But I am inclined to cheat on my fabric diet, lol.


    Thank you for the opportunity. acbeier71@gmail.com

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  94. Usually a picture inspires me to buy certain fabric! Good luck with your surgery!

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  95. The cute patterns and colors usually grab me first. When I'm planning a gift for someone, seeing a fabric that I think they'll love inspires me.

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  96. Usually a picture inspires me to buy certain fabric! Good luck with your surgery!

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  97. Mainly I choose fabrics for the colours and prints, but sometimes it is seeing finished products that will make me want to buy fabric which is a great way to find new designers.

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  98. I buy fabric when I need it for a project and I make my decisions based on colour and pattern. Sometimes I have no reason for making my fabric purchases except that i simply love something and know that I would regret it if I didn't.

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  99. I am more apt to buy when I see something beautiful made with the fabric. jarvenpa1ne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  100. Any reason is a good reason to buy fabric! I see so many new fabrics and it's overwhelming. My budget keeps me from going nuts buying fabric so I buy mostly what I like with no project in mind. Thanks so much for the giveaway....and best wishes for a successful surgery!

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  101. I admit it, I love fabric. And I mostly buy fabric that I love. Not for a particular project, but when I see something that appeals to me, I buy :-)

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  102. I'm most likely to buy fabric with a specific project in mind ... then I look for the right colors/designer for the feel I'm going for.

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  103. Best of luck with your surgery next week. I love all different kinds of fabrics. The new organic blends are great and the details are amazing. The mini quilt would be fun to make, although I've never done curves before. Thanks. grinnie1961@gmail.com

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  104. It's usually the colour first then the pattern. Good luck with your surgery! Look after yourself

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  105. Designer due to their different pattern, style, color.

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  106. Love your blouse and looking forward to seeing the t-shirt. I usually purchase fabric by color and print. Good luck with your surgery and wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  107. I buy fabric purely on "eye appeal" If it doesn't make my say "oooh, I like that" then I probably won't buy it.

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  108. usually buy because I think it looks pretty or imagine it made into something. :)

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  109. When I see fabric I like, I buy it. I think the color plays the most important part and I like it bright and saturated

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  110. Pretty pictures do the trick for me!

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  111. What a beautiful mini! I'm just lead by my heart but sometimes seeing people's projects makes me look at a fabric that I wouldn't have noticed before. Good luck with the surgery x

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  112. I watch for new lines of fabrics by designers I like.

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  113. My inspiration are blogs..I see a design or color combo and then look for it next time I visit a fabric store

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  114. What entices me to buy fabric is Liberty of London. I've loved their fabrics for years. Had an opportunity to visit the actual L of L store in London. It was heaven. There is a 3 part series on Acorn tv about the store and the people who work and shop there. Very interesting...They sell more carpets than any other carpet seller in the world. Who knew?

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  115. My inspiration are blogs..I see a design or color combo and then look for it next time I visit a fabric store

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  116. Seeing finished projects made out of the fabric makes me want to buy it. Also seeing all the other fabrics in the line to know what is available and what goes with it helps!
    Sandy A

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  117. I hope you get lots of rest and heal quickly! Photos of gorgeous finished projects usually make me want to buy the fabric. But sometimes the fabric alone makes me want to buy it. Speaking of gorgeous, I love the Flowering Snowball made in Grand Canal!

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  118. I buy fabric based on what I like, usually the color. I love color! The snowball is wonderful. Jmikebalou(at) aol (dot) com

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  119. My main inspiration for fabric purchases is the color palette!!!! If the colors speak to me, then I must have it! I have on occassion purchased something that I didn't think I liked after seeing it in a project, and seeing the potential in it. I really love how fabric is evolving, and how one can mix traditional and modern aesthetics without creating a train wreck!
    Good luck on your surgery and heal quickly!!!! And I LOVE those Liberty prints that you plan to work with!!!

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  120. There are 4 designers that I will almost always buy their collections but I get the most inspired by finished projects. Liberty of London, Anna Maria Horner, Bari J and Alison Glass are some of my favs! Most all my fabrics are Art Gallery though.

    PS. I love your mini and can't wait to see the knit shirt. I've yet to sew knit but hoping to this fall!

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  121. These days I mostly buy fabric for specific projects, and occasionally when I see something I simply l-o-v-e, which is often from a favorite designer, such as Kaffe, Anna Maria Horner, or Denyse Schmidt.

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  122. I always buy any fabric by Bonnie and Camille because eI love their designs and all of the ranges work so well together. Apart from that I buy what I love, often I have seen a gorgeous project on a blog which showcases a fabric and that leads me to search it out. I don't have a quilting shop nearby so everything is done online. Sending happy thoughts for your operation and recovery. x

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  123. Often inspired by the colors , the prints, the patters but also can t beggin my work before checking the quality of the fabrics and touch it ,look it..
    email:melodie10@gmx.fr
    Have a fab weekend!

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  124. Warm wishes on your surgery! Hoping it all goes well.

    Fabric enticement is tough. Sometimes it's color, others it's subject. A specific project can tempt too. But usually, it's a good photo that shows design and color of the print.

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  125. Warm wishes on your surgery! Hoping it all goes well.

    Fabric enticement is tough. Sometimes it's color, others it's subject. A specific project can tempt too. But usually, it's a good photo that shows design and color of the print.

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  126. True confessions...I'm a fabric addict. Some days I just look and look and some days I have to hide the package that comes to the door. I have ideas and then I see a line of colors and patterns that just call my name and it's all over for me. I like to browse the online fabric dealers and do so regularly.

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  127. Lots of times it is the project, sometimes it is the designer and colors always sell me.

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  128. Lots of times it is the project, sometimes it is the designer and colors always sell me.

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  129. I admit I don't need much enticement, lol. I think I notice color first. I think that because I know I completely overlook anything yellow or shades of it. Who can really say why certain fabrics catch your eye?

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  130. Anything that makes me go "Ooooo" will likely end up in my stash, so usually any visual contact.
    brenda at selden-son dot com

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  131. When I see fabric that looks perfect for a project that usually does it for me!

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  132. Hi, Julie! I wish you a safe surgery and a speedy recovery!!!
    (SO glad your kids are there to help and take care of you!!)

    What entices me to buy a fabric??... Wow, great question!
    Sometimes it seems like it doesn't take much! :-D
    Seeing projects made with the fabric certainly gets my attention, as does looking at favorite designers... But it is the fabric itself that gets me to collect it. (And I do say "collect"!!... I am the "curator" of a fine, extensive, enthusiastically acquired collection! LOL!)
    (Also, Julie, those sample charms that you have included in my orders have an amazingly strong influence on me!!... Most often I have added those fabrics, too!... SO clever of you to do that!)
    Julie, I really Love the work you did on the Flowering Snowball! Now I'll be watching for the new announcement, too...
    Be well, Dear!!
    {{{hugs}}}
    Pat T.
    in Michigan

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  133. It's funny because I was thinking about this the other day. I think the color palate is the first draw, then I look closer. Every now and then, I'll see a project using a line I hadn't thought about and that will draw me in. Good luck with your surgery and recovery.

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  134. I love to see finished projects using the fabric before I choose to buy. Sometimes I find it difficult to visualize all of the fabrics together and these projects do it for me. powersjlc at gmail dot com. Thanks for the chance. Well wishes for your surgery and recovery.

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  135. I buy fabric on how it "feels" to me. Feels means emotionally based on color and texture. Love to see photos that show the textures well. Once I see fabrics that appeal, then I choose amounts based on projects that come to mind. Good luck with your surgery.

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  136. I think I first look at a finished project made with the fabric and if there is a tutorial either video or pictures I jump right in.if there is a way of asking any question through email I feel confident I can challenge myself with a more difficult project or if I am learning a new technique. suzieq57@sympatico.ca

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  137. I think it's a combination of clear photos (so I can see the scale, etc.) and seeing how it works in quilts/clothes/accessories, etc. Good luck with your operation, I'll be thinking of you xx

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  138. Just looking at fabrics entice me to buy fabric. However, when I act on that impulse, price is a major factor as I am retired on a fixed income. Next, I would say color/design. Seeing finished projects inspires me, but not necessarily to buy the particular fabrics used in the project. I prefer to buy fabric in person so I can actually see the "real" color(s) and/or design, and feel the fabric to make sure it is what I really have in mind for the project in which I will be using it.

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  139. Hah! All it takes for me is the mere sight of a pretty bundle all tied up with a ribbon so it's slightly squished. Makes me drool . . . .
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  140. I am becoming a fabric junkie . . . an addiction I know many of your readers understand! Lately it is tutorials or patterns that entice me -- I am a sucker for a pattern or instructions that I think will make a nice gift for someone I love. Now if I only had time to make them all! :)

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  141. Just the thought of having fabric for more projects, I'm a fabric junkie :)

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  142. I am enticed to by fabric from following blogs. The creations by some designers are amazing.

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  143. Usually seeing a quilt made in a certain fabric range is what really draws me in!

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  144. Sometimes finished projects, sometimes it's a certain designer. Sometimes I just gotta have it!

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  145. boy that question has go me thinking...i am not sure why i buy fabric ... going to be a question to mull over for sometime ... i think it is a multifaceted answer ... thanx for giving me something to think about ... in the meantime those fabrics are wonderful

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  146. I usually buy fabric because I like the colors and print. If I have seen it used in something that is a bonus. it is easier to see how it goes with other colors in the collection and I may pick up some other prints from the same collection. I like to mix and match between collections, but that doesn't always work out.

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  147. I just love pretty fabric!! If I see something and love it I try to wait a week or two and if I still love it then I buy! renae1225@gmail.com

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  148. I usually buy fabric because I like the designer or the brand and the colors and prints. I love if there's a good picture of the fabric best with a scale so I can see how big is the print. I have to say I rarely regret an online purchase.
    Good luck with your surgery and a quick recovery.

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  149. When I see an unusual or hard-to-find color with a design/theme I like ... that makes the fabric irresistible to me.
    I'm hoping for a speedy recovery for you ... can't wait to see what you make from all those luscious Liberty prints.

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  150. Sometimes it's the designer, however, even my favorite designers occasionally design something I don't like. :/ Mostly, though, a picture of fabric does the trick. Sending you prayers for an uncomplicated surgery and speedy recovery. Gladystan.dawn@gmail.com

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  151. I'm pretty good at only buying If I know what I'll use it for, so just pictures of the fabric works for me. I do like the pictures that shows every fabric in a collection, as opposed to just of the precut when you can only see the top fabric.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  152. Thank you for offering the mini quilt project as a prize. I like to pick fabrics by seeing them combined in an appealing project. I may decide to use them on a different project but at least I can see how the fabrics work together.

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  153. Color speaks to me more than anything. I'm also excited seeing fabrics in finished quilts. The mini quilt project look amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  154. I think the fabric itself is what makes me want to buy it. But sometimes it's a pattern or project with a specific fabric first.

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  155. Usually it's just the fabric photos that get me (I'm easy I guess!), but I do have certain designers I love and am always looking for lines with good yellows I can add to my stash!

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  156. I'm usually inspired to buy fabric when I've seen a quilt made out of them. However, sometimes I just see something in the quilt store and buy it without knowing what I'll use it in. lol

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  157. Get well soon.. I get inspired by the finished projects.

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  158. First off, good luck with your surgery. I am wishing you a speedy and complication free recovery. I love looking at the fabric and the completed project.

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  159. Prayers for a speedy recovery. Color, color, color for me. That will do it everytime.

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  160. Good luck with your surgery! I'm always looking for great color combos and I'm a sucker for big florals. <3

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  161. Color. Throw in a little metallic and I am sold.

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  162. I love certain designers of which Kate Spain is at the top of my list! hope surgery goes well!

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  163. I'm always looking at color first, then what else is in the line.

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  164. When I see the new collections, it's usually a combination of the colour and design that catch my eye. I don't always have a project in mind right away. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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  165. I am in love with your mini! The fabric itself/photos of said fabric are what entice me the most. Not that I don't already have more ideas than time, bit seeing finished quilts already made up just makes me more eager to get an idea from my head and onto my work table!

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  166. Sometimes it is a particular project or pattern that I want to make, and other times it is just the fabric calling my name.

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  167. Sometimes the projects but usually the fabrics. The design and the COLORS just get my sewjo drooling and excited. Hope your surgery goes well. Do we know what it is all about?
    Ellie
    elliefpw@sbcglobal.net

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  168. The real eye candy is seeing the fabric in a quilt (or other finished project). It seems to demonstrate how the fabrics might set each other off better than just having a photo of the fabrics laid out together.

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  169. Colors, patterns..... Anything that speaks to me! I hope surgery goes well and you recover quickly!

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  170. To me I buy fabric by the colors and also if I like that pattern. Good luck with surgery. eloise123061@gmail.com

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  171. Sometimes it's a finished project but usually it's the fabric itself. The color first and then the pattern. And if it's Fig Tree fabric I'm automatically in.

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  172. That's a lovely pattern and one I'd love to make. Good luck with your surgery -- and you will be in my prayers.

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  173. I am influenced by samples and I also keep tabs on favorite designers. I am just learning of your "of the month" club and will be looking into it. Good luck with your surgery and recovery.
    blp cruzn at comcast dot net in case I am a no reply (how do I find out?)

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  174. usually it is a fabric (anything art gallery or alison glass are good bets), but sometimes it is something i see out the window, or in a photo, or a word, or a person! i could really go on here, but i'll stop! (susan at fffltd dot com)

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  175. For me it's the color and print of the fabric. Good luck with your surgery. I hope all will go well and you to have a quick recovery!

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  176. It's usually the wonderful photography that entices me to buy fabric as I buy most online.

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  177. I enjoy pictures of the fabric while shopping. I usually know quickly what I will do with all that pretty goodness.

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  178. FOMO is what keeps me buying fabric. There are several designers I buy the entire line EVERY TIME they have a new release. m_elmer at Q dot com or on IG.

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  179. Finished project and some fabrics just grab me and I buy it because it's special and I know it will be gone when I figure out what to sew with it colleen1990atyahoodotcom

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  180. Usually all it takes for me to love a fabric is to see photos of the swatches, especially with swatches of other coordinating fabrics.

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  181. I love certain designers (Tula, Lizzy House, Cotton +Steel) but I can be pulled (sometimes too easily) into a project when I see something striking online.

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  182. Being new to quilting I have a problem deciding what to try making. I would say that I fall in love with the quilts that quilters design and make. To me you are making usable art and I hope I will eventually become an artist.
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  183. Pictures are great and finished projects featuring the fabrics entice me too =) madforfabric at gmail dot com

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  184. I'd say a featured quilt project with the exact fabric would draw me to it. I also like specific designers....but being visual, seeing the project already finished is a good motivator. I hope your surgery goes really well!

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  185. I usually buy fabric that has the right color and design for the project I am working on. My biggest influence is who the quilt is for and how to capture them with the fabric choices.

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  186. If I don't have a project in mind, I just go to the fabric store and have a blast just picking what ever catches my eye. Praying your surgery goes great and your back sewing in no time.
    sewfabrics@outlook.com

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  187. I try to buy for specific projects. Then it's the color palette that sells me!

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  188. It is not always the same. Sometimes I have a clear project in mind and go searching for the right fabric to do it, other times I just "feel" that absolutely I have to buy the fabric because it makes me happy, and then it sits in my stash....

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  189. I just buy all the fabric! Please don't ask me for a reason. I have no excuses too :)

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  190. My friend introduced me to quilting. I've been a sewist for years but seeing the fabrics and all the options is what intices me! How one bundle can become so many different final patterns is what's exciting to this newbie. My empathy with the inability to sew; I'm waiting on spinal surgery myself and not being able to sit at my machine for the past few months has been agony itself! Perhaps a contest for quilters on painkillers is in order? There seems to be a few of us in this boat and I suspect the results would be rather amusing. :-). Heal well!

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  191. Right now I am build my stash. Have learned alot in a little over a year, and am trying not to just buy blindly! Love, Love pre-cuts for a quick fix and the urge to buy.

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  192. Seeing a finished project is what usually entices me to buy fabric. :) Thanks for the chance to win! Dana (familytreeknits@outlook.com)

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  193. I just love all the fabric - the colours, the prints, the feel of it! I' admit I have a problem (but not in front of my husband)!!!

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