1/24/15

Grow Your Blog Party! + Giveaway x3!

If you have followed my blog for any amount of time you know that I love blog parties of all kinds!  I am a "people" person and love to be where people are! When Vicki of 2 Bags Full put out the word that she was going to host a virtual worldwide blog party, I could not pass it up!  There are over 400 bloggers taking part in this years party so head over to Vicki's blog once you finish your visit here at my blog to see the entire list!  Some will have giveaways so you don't want to miss the chance to sign up for those.


Vicki has asked us to tell a little bit about ourselves so the readers coming through can get to know us a little better. I will start off by saying that I used to blog at Pig Tales and Quilts, www.pigtalesandquilts.com but decided to change the name of my blog because the focus of the blog had changed somewhat.  So I retired the old blog and built this new one here at Stitch and Quilt.  I have left Pig Tales and Quilts online so if you ever feel like going over to see my old posts, they will always be there.  So, welcome to my new blog one and all... current readers and new readers alike! If you like what you see and want to follow along, please feel free to follow me via Google Friend Connect or Blog Lovin.  I would love to have you as part of my blogging family.

If you followed me before on the old blog, you will need to re-follow me here to continue to get my updates.   I don't want to lose any of my friends!

My granddaughter  Allie at 8 years old with her first quilt.

Now all grown up at 11!

So, where do I begin?  My name is Thearica (pronounced Theresa).  My dad spelled my name when I was born and I have no idea why he spelled it this way but I can say, I love my name!  I know of one other person in the U.S.A. who spells their name the same way... she contacted me via my old blog about 2 years ago to let me know.  I tried to strike up a friendship with her as I was curious to know where she was from but I never heard back from her.

My granddaughter Emilee in 2014 at the age of 3.

I am originally from Northwest Alabama but have resided in North Carolina since 2003.  I am a mother to two beautiful girls and grandmother of 3, 2 granddaughters and a grandson.  I am married to the sweetest man and live with him in North Carolina!  We live on a tobacco farm and make our living growing the crop... My hubby has been farming for 37 years now.. and is looking to retire hopefully in the next year!  Then we are moving to Alabama, back to my hometown!

My grandson Parker leading a gospel hymn at worship service
His friend giving him moral support by standing down by the podium.
That is what friends are for, right. :)

My interests include quilting, sewing crafts, crazy quilting, cross stitching, knitting, reading historical romances and traveling.  I don't tend to just do one thing at a time so my UFO pile is quite hefty.  I keep several projects going so I can change back and forth so as not to get bored with any one thing.

One thing I truly enjoy is creating crazy quilt pieces revolving around someone's life.  I want the embellishing I add to the quilt to tell a story about the individual and to play off of true events that happened or are happening in that person's life.  I find I create better in this venue than just trying to embellish a block  that has no particular meaning.

This is one such block that I created for my mother-in-law for her 79th birthday.  She loves God, hence the saying I wrote on the background, "Be silent, and hear the whisper of God".. she has a yard full of flowers, a wheelbarrow that sits in the side yard always overflowing with flowers, she has an arbor and wisteria trees.. she is a sewist, hence the button cluster.. You can look at this block and every thing you see has meaning to Mildred.
Another custom block was for my granddaughter Allie.  I suffered with achilles tendonosis in 2010 and could not walk for 4 months so this piece was created during that time.  It kept me sane and happy as I was always smiling while working on it.  You will see Allie's name in the top left corner of the piece.  At the time I made this piece she loved all things to do with pink.  All of her clothes had to be pink, I kid you not! and she loved to have tea parties in her room.  When we came for visits, she would always take my hubby's hand and he knew what he was in for.  My grandchildren love him because he does take up time with them and he allows them to subject him to play time, even if it is a tea party.  You will see fairies and animals all over the piece and a saying "Come little fairies, hiding among the flowers, Come and have a sip of tea and we will play for hours".  Look closely as I have hidden a few fairies. :)

I had it framed to hang on the wall in her bedroom.

You can tell a little more about the details in this photo.

Here are a few close ups..




Allie has since outgrown her pink phase and the tea parties as she is now 11 years old.  She has moved on to deer hunting and loves horses and now her bedroom is all decked out in lasso's, horses and camoflauge!  I asked her this past December if she wanted me to take her crazy quilt piece down and bring it home with me for safe keeping for later and she quickly informed me that it was never leaving her wall!  Of course this grandma smiled really big!  I need to get busy now and do Emilee a piece to hang in her bedroom but she is only 4 and pretty rambunctious so I will wait a couple more years so she will know better how to take care of it.

I am currently in the process of  collecting things to make myself a crazy quilt wallhanging depicting my life.  One of the things I will add to my piece revolves around me learning to ride a bicycle.  The very first time I got on my blue bike, I rode smack-dab in to the clothesline pole!!!  How can anyone hit something so small?  I did, that is for sure.  When the front tire made contact, of course over I went! Mother came running but I wasn't hurt, thank goodness.  She wiped my tears and promptly made me get right back on.  I now know why she did that as I may have never tried again!  I am looking forward to starting this piece and will share progress photos on the blog.

Now I will show you some of the things I have created over the years.

I love to take part in swaps and these blocks were for an embroidered heart block swap.

I started a group blog with fellow art quilters.
This was made to the theme of Baubles Bangles and Beads.

I made this t-shirt quilt for my baby girls 30th birthday.

I love to hand quilt when my hand will let me.
This was for a dear friend in Canada as a group comfort quilt.

Some of my free-hand machine quilting
more  free-hand machine quilting

I love to take part in round robins. 
The green background row was my work for Rhondi's quilt.

I made this pillow to try out a new to me product.  Now I can't remember the name of the product.  Oh well, I loved the pillow! :)

Some of my latest crazy quilting...




Have you seen enough photos?  Are you ready to hear about the giveaway I am hosting? Well, let's get to it then.  Since Valentine's day is right around the corner, I have 2 sets of these storage boxes.  They are kept inside a heart shaped box to help keep them organized.  I am giving away 2 of these sets! There will be 2 winners! (the pigs are not included)


I am also giving away this Pinny that I made for a previous blog hop over at Sew We Quilt.  The third name drawn will win this lovely little pin keeper.

the backside (tools not included)

How do you win?  Simple, leave me a comment.  That is all there is to it.  If you do not have your email visible in your Google profile, you need to type it in to your comment as I will have no way to contact you should I draw your name.  You would have to forfeit the win and it would go to the next person.  Good luck everyone!

You do not have to follow my blog to win but if you like what you saw while here on the visit, I would love to have you choose either BlogLovin or the Google Friend Connect gadget so you can get my updates.  There will be much fun on the blog over the year.

The giveaway will remain open until February 15th, my wedding anniversary!  Everyone is eligible! I never leave out my international readers from the chance to win any of my giveaways!

Don't forget to head on over to Vicki's to see the other bloggers who are participating in this year's Grow Your Blog Party!

80 comments:

  1. Hi Thearica, your crazy quilting is just fabulous!

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  2. Hi Thearica! I've been a follower for quite some time. Love the crazy quilting and now I may just have to give it a try myself, like I need another project.....

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  3. Beautiful work Thearica!

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  4. Your crazy quilting is wonderful!

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  5. Lovely work especially the crazy quilting. Sew pretty.

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  6. These parties are always fun and I always enjoy my visits here! Your blog is a great source of inspiration to many stitchers.
    Deb

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  7. I've followed you for a bit now, but, after this post, I know much more about you. Cute grandbabies.

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  8. Beautiful piecing and quilting! I enjoy visiting your blog- old and new.

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  9. You do such beautiful work! Your grands are adorable -- I have an 8 year old granddaughter, too, and it never occurred to me that she could try quilting already! Fantastic! :)

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  10. Visiting from the Grow Your Blog hop, lovely quilts! I enjoy crazy quilting too, and yours are wonderful. Hello to another NC gal!

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  11. Love the round up of your creative projects! I've been following for a long time and didn't know the pronunciation of your name.... you learn something every day! Thanks for the giveaways!

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  12. Hello Thearica, Welcome to the Grow Your blog party:D
    I love that quilt that you made for Halloween.. wooo.. Spooky looking.. ;)
    Hope you'll have many new friends and followers this coming week. Huge hugs from Singapore

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  13. What a nice way to get to know people. I particularly love the feathers on the log cabin quilt.

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  14. Your crazy quilting blocks are amazing. What a great way to tell a story.

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  15. I love your handwork and will be following you to see what else you do. Great children. Just wait till your grandchild drives you around...was a bit daunting the first time! L

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  16. your work is awesome!!!! thanks for the chance.

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  17. Hi Thearica I've been following for a while but it's always good to learn more about you!
    Your grandchildren are gorgeous!

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  18. Hi Thearica. I have been following your blog for quite a while now, but I honestly don't remember seeing any of your Crazy Quilt projects. I really love these. I have always wanted to make a Crazy Quilt, but I haven't gotten around to it. There seems to be too many things on my to-do list and not enough time to do all of them. Thank you so much for your giveaway.

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  19. What a fantastic giveaway. Put me in the hat. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  20. What a fantastic giveaway. Put me in the hat. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  21. already follow just came over from Vicki's list

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  22. I just started following you as you were switching over, so glad to find you!!! A friend and I just started a crazy quilting project, chicken/rooster, and I love seeing what you have done. It is BEAUTIFUL!!! I LOVE the dragon fly. Is that a pattern or instruction you can share? Maybe from a past blog or something. I only see crazy quilting on a quilt or on a pin keep, but I really like the idea of having it framed. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see what you got coming. =)

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  23. Hi Thearica!! You have some lovely creations! Thanks for sharing in the hop! I will follow you via GFC, thanks!!

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  24. Hello! I love your name too :)
    That organizer box set is fab!

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  25. Thanks for the great giveaway. I love your crazy quilts.

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  26. I'm visiting from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. You have been a busy lady. Lovely crazy quilt stitching.

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  27. I love your creations. Glad I visited your blog, thank you for the opportunity to win. :)
    -Brittany @ Pickles Quilting

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  28. Hi Thearica! Thanks for coming over to say hi! Your creations are gorgeous!

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  29. Hi Thearica, I'm Sandra, one of Vicki's helpers...thanks for being a GYBP 2015 blogger; enjoy the party!

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  30. I just joined to follow via email (quiltingnanny).... I am going to be working on learning and doing crazy quilts this year and LOVE LOVE LOVE your blocks! I hope I can be as creative! You have done perfect work! Thanks for the inspiration
    Cheri
    fabricandmemories(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. I am one of your followers. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  32. You do beautiful work Thearica. I love the piece you did for Allie's room, it's stunning.

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  33. I like your name! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  34. Thearica, check your email setup/address you have in blogger. I just received a mail delivery failure notification saying my comment I left at 11:38 p.m. didn't make it to your inbox.

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  35. Hi Thearica, Pleased to meet you via GYB hop and discover the beautiful embroidery you do. Hope you will have time to visit me.

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  36. Enjoyed visiting your blog. Love your peace pillow!

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  37. Enjoyed visiting ... love your CQ! Have fun at the party.

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  38. Girl, you can quilt!!!!!!!!!!!! What masterpieces - be proud!

    Thank you for the chance at the giveaway ... I love anything handmade and would treasure for a lifetime.

    When you get down the list, check out my blog: SuZeQ Creations ... I'd love to have you visit.

    I've become a Follower and would love if you did the same. That's what this party is all about, right!?!

    Happy quilting ...
    SuZeQ

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  39. thank you for visiting my blog, Yesterday by the time I was visiting after about 6 hours I stopped commenting-lol your crazy quilt work is fabulous. I got my books out a few years ago and made my first crazy quilt block with wool pieces on a foundation and learned several stitches-I loved it-I turned that one into a pillow, I always wanted to make a foot warmer for the bed too but don't know if I will get to that now. On my "agenda" for this year though is to make a crazy quilt purse with wool and do stitches for an undergrown ocean scene-I had collected many beads and buttons for it--I am not on any forums I did join a couple yahoo groups at that time but was dissappointed in them so left. so gald to meet you
    Kathyinozarks

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  40. Hi Thearica, What a joy to meet you and visit your lovely blog - your quilts are beautiful and you are so gifted. I will be following you and looking forward to visiting you often to see what you are up to. I am so excited about your kind offer to donate a quilt to the October Breast Cancer Awareness fund raiser I am involved in - all of the money goes to the Susan Komen Foundation to find a cure. The event is hosted by another breast cancer survivor friend who owns a darling tea shop in Old Town Orange, CA and I am sure that anything you create will be fabulous and raise a lot of money. I will check out your blog Friday and stay in touch by email.
    God Bless You and your Family, Erin

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  41. Wow! What gorgeous crazy quilts! Visiting from Grow Your Blog and am bowled over by your beautiful quilts! I will spend more time perusing your pages in the days to come!

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  42. I really love the crazy quilt you made for your granddaughter - my daughter was also a fan of pink when she was little! And what a great idea to incorporate all of your daughter's sport tees into a quilt. If she will let me cut them up, I will have to try to make one for my b-ball-er! - Elizabeth

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  43. HI Thearica - I was so excited to see your comment on my blog - thank you for taking the time ... I will have to visit Phil Campbell one day - we tried a while back but the best laid plans etc etc ...

    I love your crazy quilting - it's brilliant and so glad that your granddaughter wanted to keep hers - I've been messing about with free style knitting and crochet - nothing to show for it yet, but it has so many possibilities ... You must put a lot of thought into creating those pieces.
    Fil
    Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

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  44. already a old follower, visiting from Vicki's

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  45. Hi, I'm visiting from the GYB party. Your quilt designs are amazing. You are so talented! Thank you for stopping to visit me and for signing up for my giveaway.

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  46. Hi Thearica - it's always fun to visit you and see what you've been creating. Enjoy the tour!

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  47. i am amazed by your granddaughter Allie's quilt. so pretty. i was taught by my great aunt to crochet but i never could get the hang of it ... i guess i am not patient enough. thank you for stopping by my blog. have a great and warm week. ( :

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  48. I love your work and the things you share. Your free-motion quilting is beautiful

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  49. Hi from across the pond! Thanks for popping by my blog too, and hope you're enjoying the GYB party. Your crazy quilt pieces are just fabulous - what wonderful keepsakes they are for your family.
    xx

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  50. You make such beautiful things! sarah@forrussia.org

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  51. Hi Thearica,
    What wonderful crazy quilting ! I LOVE it. The pink one for your granddaughter is amazing !
    So nice to meet you. I'm following now and I so hope you will visit and follow me, I'd love to have you.
    I live in the Netherlands but write my posts in English. Love needlework.

    Blessings to you and your loved ones,
    Wilma.www.shabbyroyale.blogspot.com

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  52. oh thearica your handwork is absolutely delicious. You can tell each piece is made with love. I am now following so I can see all the new stuff you are working on.

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  53. I love your work! The crazy quilting is beautiful! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway, your blog inspires me so much!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  54. Your work is simply beautiful, especially the crazy quilting. I would like to try my hand at that someday.
    I was visiting for Samm's blog hop and got caught up with this on. I'm now following.

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  55. Your work is simply beautiful, especially the crazy quilting. I would like to try my hand at that someday.
    I was visiting for Samm's blog hop and got caught up with this on. I'm now following.

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  56. Your crazy quilting work is just amazing. I'm so glad I found your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  57. What GORGEOUS work you do!! Crazy Quilting is sooooo Beautiful!! Thanks for such a fun Give-a-way!!! I love the Heart storage!! :) And the pinny is Awesome!

    I found your Blog thru the Support Blog Hop...and was looking thru your Blog..& found this Hop too! Ya know I had to Enter this one too! lol (& yep...I am now a Follower thru Bloglovin too!)

    Happy Weekend! :)

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  58. I love your crazy quilting. I have always admired this type but have never tried it as it seems like a lot of work. Your quilting is beautiful too. I really enjoyed looking at your quilts.

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  59. Hiya Thearica!!! I love your blog, from Pigtales and Quilts to the new one. And I ran into a clothesline pole too, while learning to ride my first bike. And this was when I was 10 years old too, lol. I love your crazy quilt pieces. The one for Allie could have been done for me. I love pink and fairies too. Those little heart boxes are adorable. Thanks so much for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam
    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  60. Wow, your crazy blocks are awesome!! Love all the little details can look for hours and still not find everything. :) These storage boxes are cool. Would be wonderful, never can have enough storage. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  61. Glad to have found your blog again. I am following via Bloglovin. Love the new blog. It looks great..

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  62. WOW! What a lovely blog! I am so glad you stopped by SunflowerHouseArt and left me a comment. I love your blog. I'm a new follower. I'll be back often :0) You are such a talented artist!!!

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  63. What lovely work you do! I specially love the row of witches you did, so unique and wicked too!
    I am a follower.

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  64. I forgot to add wishing you a wonderful anniversary. DH and I just celebrated our 41st one on Ground Hogs Day. February sweethearts for sure.
    PS: Love your crazy quilting too, they are all so precious.

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  65. I can always use more storage! Right now I'm trying to re-organise my sewing/crafting supplies and it's a real challenge. I love the heart boxes!

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  66. I truly enjoyed reading your blog this morning ..... took two full cups of coffee for me to finish! :) I love that you shared the work your Grammy made, absolutely love these things. Your work is so beautiful and I love the idea of working someone's life into a crazy quilt, a wonderful idea and what an heirloom for the family to pass along. Keep up the great work and keep on sharing. As for storage, anyone who does any kind of crazy quilt work knows we ALWAYS need more storage for all our 'stuff'.' I can be found at Kn0her@aol.com.

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  67. I enjoyed learning about you and what you do. Its a pleasure meeting you and your passions. I've became a new follower. Thanks for giving us a chance to win something. My email is per7867@yahoo.com.

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  68. I'm intimidated to try freehand sewing but your work proves you can make truly beautiful pieces using that method. Love them!
    - afistfuloflemons @ gmail

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  69. visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoying your blog...especially seeing Parker leading hymn service; May he grow into a man after God's own heart, as he is now a boy after God's own heart.

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  70. How wonderful to read about your grandchildren and their "projects". God bless!

    ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  71. Wow! Your crazy stitched items are awesome!
    hulseybg @ gmail dot com

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  72. Delightful grandchildren and wonderful crazy patchwork pieces! So pretty : )
    Don't worry about me for the draw but I had fun dropping by, so thank you ~

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  73. Stopping by to say hello from the Grow Your Blog Event. What lovely things you make! Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. Oh and Happy Anniversary on Sunday. My husband and I celebrated our 32nd on Wednesday. Where do the years go?

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  74. Just love your crazy quilt blocks. They have so much meaning and are beautiful! I know the recipients must be proud of them. I think I will have to be a new follower.

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