Friday, March 22, 2013

Stitch Me Up Blog Hop!

Welcome everyone!
First of all
I'd like to thank Madam Samm and our Cheerleader Jane
for all their hard work behind the scenes
as well as the very talented Debbie and Cyndi
for sharing their amazing talent
by offering the beautiful patterns for this hop! 
This has been one of my favorite hops so far.
I used the "Nana's Chair" pattern
and shrunk it down a bit.
I wanted to make a ginormous pin cushion
and thread catcher.
This hefty cushion measures 7" by 8" by 3".
I used batting and crushed walnut shells for weight.
My wonderfully talented friend Denise
made a pincushion and thread catcher set
for me for my birthday last year
and I use it daily.
It's gorgeous and weighted
and the fabric is adorable!
I mean red polka dots.....nuf said :)
My only problem is that my sewing machine table
is slippery and I knock it down at least 5 hundred times a day.
So I will move that one to the living room 
to use when I cross stitch every night.
It sits so nicely on the arm of the couch :)
 
For this one I thought I would try
some of the fabric with the little grippy dots
that you use for footed sleeper jammies
for the under side of the cushion
to keep it from slipping
and it worked like a charm!
No more slipping off the edge
and on to the ground :)
I'm sure that my lack of grace and co-ordination
as I move through my little sewing room
may play a part in the pincushion ending up 
on the floor repeatedly...........?

The thread catcher unbuttons for easy emptying.
This project just kind of "evolved".
I didn't use a pattern
and I'm really quite amazed that it turned out so well :)
Here's a close up of the embroidery pattern I chose.
I'm in awe of people who can draw like this. 
And now for the giveaway:
How about a set of 10 fabric Easter eggs?

Just leave a comment telling me
about your favorite Easter tradition.
You don't have to be a follower to enter,
but if you are, please leave a SEPARATE comment
letting me know, for a second chance to win.
You have until next Friday the 29th to enter.
I'll announce the winner on Saturday the 30th.
(Please know that I love reading all your comments
but I may not be able to respond to each of you)
Good luck!

Don't forget to check out all the other amazing projects
today from these other talented bloggers!!!!




131 comments:

  1. Karen your work is fabulous as always! Awesome job designing, stitching, sewing, etc! The fabric you used is too die for and sooooo you! My favorite Easter tradition is definitely the egg hunt. It always brings a smile to my face. :)

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  2. I'm definitely a very happy, loyal follower! :)

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  3. we do every year bunny footprints in the talcum powder and the kiddies get so excited.xx

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  4. Karen i am a happy follower as well.xx

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  5. I am a follower & I love making bunny bread ...
    The kids used to love it when they were little
    (It's almost as fun as chocolate bunnies :)

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  6. Oh I just really like the chair pattern also. You did a wonderful job stitching on it and making your caddie....congratulations.

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  7. I follow you by email but just added to reader cause I heard that the reader might be staying. Have a great day.

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  8. Wow so special your pattern looks on this.
    Thanks for sharing
    Frederika

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  9. Love your pincushion and thread catcher, so cute and what a good idea to use the non slip stuff for the underside.
    Our Easter tradition is shared with my sister and her family, we take a week long trip on a canal boat her in England and over the week the kids get to do various activities for a " crazy canal boat challenge" ending with prizes of Easter eggs hidden around the 70ft narrow boat.
    Wish us luck as we leave for the trip tomorrow and we are presently under 4inches of snow and minus temperatures are forecast! Not very seasonal weather.

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  10. I like your pincushion very much. The chair was my favourite pattern too.

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  11. That is some mighty cute stitching, but what you made with it is even better. Where do you get that slip proof fabric? Great idea!

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  12. love the big pincushion and your embroidery is great.
    My favourite Easter tradition is of the kids making their Easter Bonnets to wear in the local sailing club competition. Everyone gets a prize so they all feel like winners.

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  13. Karen, your project is beautiful. My best Easter memory was actually having both my kids at home at the same time. A true miracle.

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  14. Your projects are wonderful. Attractive and fun to use. The fabric is so darn cute. Nice job!

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  15. Just love your PC and thread catcher! Love your idea of the sticky dot fabric on the bottom. Your stitching is lovely too! Great projects!

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  16. What an great project. Love the idea with the grippy dots! And the stitchery and fabrics match so lovely together. Just beautiful!

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  17. I am one of your followers and my favourit easter tradition is to bake little bread doves and gift them to neighbours and friends around.

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  18. Your projects are beautiful. They'll be so much fun to have while you are quilting :) Thank you for sharing them.

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  19. I'm a new happy follower.... thank you for the chance to win.

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  20. Karen,
    I love this!!! :) The footie-gripper is a great solution and the size is to dream for...Beautiful creation! Thanks for sharing!
    Beulah

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  21. Cute, cute project...glad you shared today :)

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  22. That is beautiful. The best by far. We get together with my husbands family for Easter dinner. Going to church and watching the kids preform their Easter pieces. What a nice give away.

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  23. Helping my kids color easter eggs. They make some pretty cool designs sometimes! lol Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  24. Your pincushion turned out really cute!! The chair lends itself quite nicely with your engelbreit fabrics. Your stitching is beautiful. The addition of the button for your thread catcher and the grippy bottom are great ideas !! So happy to see your work!!

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  25. I love your pin cushion and thread catcher! It's wonderful!!! Wow!

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  26. That's a great tip - fabric with the grip dots - never thought of using it for that. I will be passing that tip on to my stitching buddies! Nice project! The cloth eggs look very nice. We don't have Easter traditions anymore as my daughter is all grown up and gone far from home. However, that said, we always cook a turkey and all the trimmings (same as Xmas) and have family in for a meal.

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  27. Hey Karen,
    Love your pincushions:). My first was a patchwork one that reminded me of a bar of soap. I do plan to try more options though. It was fun.
    I would love to win the Easter eggs.
    Putting my e mail add in here since I don't (can't figure out) the blog stuff.
    srblack525@yahoo.com

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  28. What an absolutely lovely pincushion! And such a great idea to use that grippy fabric on the bottom! I also like how you have the thread catcher attached with the button--great project!

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  29. Ok - someone has to be first ! I love what you did with your patterns. - they turned out beautiful
    Our tradition is still an Easter tree - ie a branch decorated with paper mache eggs I made my kids when they were young (they are now 27 and 30! ) but I'm still waiting for grandchildren so keep the tradition going

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  30. Love the pincushion - favorite Easter tradition, dying egg - oh, oh, and chocolate malted milk balls:)

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  31. This is gorgeous! The stitchery is lovely and the colors such fun choices. Putting gripper stuff on the bottom is a great idea! Beats the shelf gripper material I put under my tool caddy cup artistically anyway. I thought that button on the pin cushion was just embellishment but look, it allows you to hook on the thread catcher bag! Well done

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  32. I am a follower---those eggs are adorable too!

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  33. Wow, this is so pretty! A very clever idea.

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  34. Your embroidery is beautiful.I like your project. Pretty neat.
    the eggs are really cute. one day I am going to make some.

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  35. That's a beautiful pincushion...WOW, so cute! Using the footie fabric is a great idea to stop the slipping and sliding. Two very cool projects!

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  36. Karen- How beautiul and functional! It's really too pretty to stick a pin in it (humming that like Rhianna's put a ring on it). Jane

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  37. Your pin cushion/thread keeper is so sweet! I love it. My favorite thing to do on Easter is not happening this year. We have 7 grandchildren and a younger niece and nephew that we have been having Easter Egg hunts in our very large yard for a few years now. But our snow is still 6 inches deep covering our yard and we have called it off this year. I hope you have a blessed Easter!

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  38. And because I see such pretty things to check out here I am now a follower!

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  39. Absolutely stunning....really amazing..love it...

    now if I could ask you one were request..please add the list of your fellow stitchers to your post so we can find them as easily as we found you ....thanks ....


    and ps stunning

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  40. The pin cushion and trash set is beautiful, I just love what you did. My favorite Easter tradition is taken the grandkid, down to the White House for the Easter egg hunt and roll. Great time that is.

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  41. OMGoodness, I love that pin cushion/thread catcher! I want one!! Hee,hee......what a great idea to use those grippy dots for the bottom. Always something good here!

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  42. What a great project to have sitting beside your machine. I didn't know you could by the "grippy" fabric, and it makes sense to button on the thread catcher. Your embroidery work is lovely. I'm going to have to try one of these!

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  43. I follow you with my Linky Followers.

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  44. I am a new follower! My favorite Easter tradition growing up was going to Easter Sunrise Services. It was a great way to start off the day, gathering with other Christians, then eating breakfast together.

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  45. Good Morning Karen, I had to stop by this morning to see what you made for your blog hop. I love the pin-cushion and thread catcher. It is just a wonderful size. Sometimes they can be to small and I like the colors. The pattern you embroidered on top is adorable. Have a lot of fun with your blog hop. There is a lot of amazing crafters out there. Our Easter tradition was to get together with family and have an Easter Egg hunt in the afternoon for the kids. The kids always got to help decorate the eggs. Sometimes it would get a little messy, but fun. Hugs and Prayers from your Missouri Friend.

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  46. Karen, I just LOVE your project. What an adorable pin cushion. I love the idea of using the "dotty fabric" for the bottom -- very clever! Thank you for sharing!

    Since my hubby and I first married, I always made a 'bunny rabbit' cake for him to take to work. I used two round cake layers and cut one to be the ears and the bow tie.

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  47. Oh I just love your chair in the Mary E. colors! What a great project. My kids loved my indoor Easter Hunts with clues to find their next egg and the last clue would lead them to their baskets. The more clues the merrier the hunt!

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  48. Love the pincushion . hanks for sharing all your tips and tricks and for the opportunity on a great draw.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  49. Love your pincushion and thread catcher! Clever idea using the gripper fabric to hold it steady. Thank you for sharing.

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  50. I am a follower and love those eggs!

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  51. I love your new pin cushion and thread catcher. One of these days I am going to make myself one. LOL My favorite Easter memory is going to my Grandmother's house to hunt Easter eggs with my cousins. We had so much fun! I loved that time together.

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  52. I love you stitchery and the pincushion you made of it. Thanks for sharing!

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  53. All I can say Obi Wan is BOY HOWDY WOW!!!! You are 'sew' creative, but beyond that your work is meticulous and filled with happiness and love for your creations!

    I totally need to make a thread catcher that is functional and convenient! You know I am going to totally chat you up :-)! Or, since you did not use a pattern, do I see a tutorial in the future (hint, hint) :-)?

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  54. Great project, I love it! Thanks for the chance to win some Easter Eggs, they are darling!

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  55. I am a follower :-). I am not lucky 'sew' I need all of the chances to when I can get :-)!

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  56. Tht is simply gorgeous and you did such a nice job on it.

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  57. That's a gorgeous pincushion. I love pincushions. I have so many saved on Pinterest! I think you did an amazing job of the pincushion and thread bag.

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  58. I LOVE the fabric eggs! So cute for the little ones and a great use of scrap spring fabric!

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  59. I love dying the eggs & hunting for the eggs, but, really, the best part is EATING the eggs!!!

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  60. I'm also a follower. Thanks! The eggs would be PERFECT for the kiddo!!!!!!!!!!

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  61. Wow, I just love your set. What a great idea for the bottom. and Mary Engelbreit fabrics make me smile they are so happy. Your stitching and color choices are just wonderful. And you made it in the top at Sew We Quilt!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  62. What a great project~ and I just love the ME fabrics! As for Easter tradition.. decorating with bunnies. :-)

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  63. I'm a happy follower too. Have a great weekend!

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  64. Your pincushion thread catcher is sew wonderful! Love everything about it.

    My favorite Easter tradition is just having my family gather for brunch. There are a lot of other fun traditions from when my children, now all young independent adults, were young. The Easter egg hunt with the special "golden egg" that started a clue trail to find the hidden Easter baskets was my children's favorite. Looking forward to doing that someday with my grand babies should I be so blessed.

    Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  65. I love your project! Great idea putting the grippy dot material on the bottom, I never would have thought of that. My favorite Easter tradition is egg hunting. Even though my 3 oldest are in college now, we still do it as a family!

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  66. great job, as usual. love the grippy dot idea...will have to steal it!
    you get to use your art everyday.....score! fab!

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  67. Your set is amazing, thanks for the tip about using the 'gripping' fabric. At easter we always spend easter Sunday with all the cousins etc and have a big hunt around the garden for all kinds of treats. The children have a basket each which is overflowing at the end. We still do it even though the youngest are teenagers. Your fabric eggs are just lovely, thank you for sharing.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  68. I am already a follower.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  69. The grippy dot fabric is a new product to me...gotta try it. Love the chair on top of your sewing box. perfect.'Gmama Jane

    I will become a new follower

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  70. Hi!!! Love your pincushion!!!! Very cute!!! Great idea for non slip!!!! Thank You

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  71. I am a happy follower and we always always do and egg hunt!!!!

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  72. That is a terrific project and sew useful. It looks like it belongs on the arm of your chair but it will look great on your sewing table too. I hope it stays there! We do many different things for Easter from hiding eggs to baking and decorating sugar cookies but the one thing that is constant is getting together for dinner. I love having dinner with my family!

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  73. oh, I just love love love your pin cushion and thread catcher very nice.

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  74. love to be entered in the giveaway thanks
    we always loved dyeing the eggs and neighborhood Easter egg hunt

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  75. That is fabulous! I love it and I think it's my favorite of your projects - along with the ironing board cover, the needlebooks, the aprons, etc. :o)
    Just awesome and a great idea! I wouldn't want to poke pins in it!

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  76. Oh and of COURSE I'm a follower!

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  77. Great pin cushion. And a wonderful idea to use the grippy dots on the bottom of it. I will have to go and pick up some of that fabric to use on my next pin cushion or even a mug rug. Great possibilities.

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  78. I am a follower and our tradition would be to hunt for those plastic Easter eggs hidden around the yard. I kept it up until the kids were done college. THey sort of rolled their eyes at me when they were older but that didn't stop them from looking for them.

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  79. Our family tradition is hiding the fake Easter eggs outside for the children. Inside we hide for the wee ones. Wouldn't it be fun to hide your beautiful eggs inside too?

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  80. Always a follower here and on Facebook!

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  81. That is such a cute idea. Love your stitch work and the none slip backing is great.

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  82. What a great idea! it's much too pretty to stick pins in though!!
    No Easter traditions here I'm afraid!

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  83. Love the pincushion! Great idea to put that grippy fabric on the bottom! Mine is always falling off too:(
    Thanks!

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  84. love the pin cushion/thread bag idea! Great job!

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  85. Your projects are so cute! Even the Easter eggs. Girl I am really impressed you did a great job. I will be a follower soon as I find the spot!

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  86. My favorite easter tradition was when my daugher was little. Every year I would make her a gorgeous little easter dress and every year she loved it. But nowfor the past 3 years or so she refuses to wear anythign that I make her. It is very sad and depressing this time of year.Those easter eggs are gorgeous. I tried makeing those a couple years back..Mine definitely did not turn out to be eggs. They were misshaped misfits...lol...

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  87. Wonderful pincushion and thread catcher , great project ! Thanks for sharing .

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  88. I am a follower by email :-)

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  89. We start with the easter basket sitting in the livingroom waiting on the little ones to come hopping in. Then we usually get together with friends and have an egg hunt outside. Your fabric eggs are beautiful.

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  90. I am a new follower and have enjoyed reading your blog.

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  91. Oh, I love your pin cushion/thread catcher!! My favorite Easter tradition is still painting eggs! Luckily my 21 year old daughter still loves it too!

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  92. Your pincushion is fantastic as is the thread catcher! What a wonderfully useful combo for your sewing room!

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  93. I love your pin cushion, the dotted non-skip fabric on the bottom: brilliant. I'm making one for myself so now I need to get some of that fabric for the bottom of mine.
    When my kids were still home, I loved decorating eggs with them. Of course I was stuck with the job of blowing out the insides, yuck.

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  94. Wow! I love your pincushion - what a perfect design to put on it. :) I remember the excitement of Easter because we so seldom got candy - that was my favorite part! blessings, marlene

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  95. Love, love your pincushion. That design made up into a wonderful cushion. Loved your idea of the grippy fabric on the botton and then to add the button-on thread catcher - bravo!!!

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  96. My chin is on my chest. You never deny us the "wow" factor. Thanks for so much inspiration. I want to be like you when I grow up (ha, ha I am old and now a follower).

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  97. I love your pincushion/thread catcher it looks awesome. Love the eggs to I think they would look very cherry in my new grand daughters room! Lovey ideas!

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  98. I am following you now! Love to see what you make next!

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  99. I still go on a chocolate egg hunt at the age of 49! awolk at rogers dot com

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  100. oh yeah, I am a follower. we always get together at the park by my home on saturday before easter. we play games, eat, let the grands run wild. this year my father made marshmellow guns, for the adults too! it should be a great happy day for everyone.

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  101. What a great pincushion and thread catcher! I love the fabrics you chose to compliment your lovely embroidery. The entire project is very cheerful and just begs to be used as you work on a project.

    My favorite Easter tradition is going to sunrise service and then having a wonderful Sunday dinner with the family. My family has a recipe for ham loaf. It's made from gound ham and ground pork and has a sweet and sour sauce on it. It is a family favorite. Not long ago each of my children (now adults) commented that they miss my ham loaf. I just returned from a visit to Albuquerque to see my daughter. I had two ham loaves (with the sauce) frozen. So, I took them to her. She was excited to have them. We did not bake them while I was there. I bet she, too, is saving them for a special occasion.

    Thanks for participating and being a great inspiration to all.

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  102. I am already a follower and enjoy seeing all the fruits of your labors.

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  103. Easter Sunday tea with English scones, simnel cake, little, itty-bitty sandwiches and a big pot of tea.
    Have been a follower for ages - such talent.

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  104. Your pincushion is sew awesome. Thanks for sharing

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  105. Cute pincushion and love the thread catcher. I am thinking I need to make one for myself.

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  106. This is beautiful....practical (love the grippy bottom idea) and really I just love how pretty it is. Sweet threaf catcher too.
    Congrats for being one of the chosen.

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  107. Love decorating the dining table with springtime decor and bunnies...like folding the cloth napkins to look like bunnies.

    I am a follower.
    :-)

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  108. Karen, you always wow me. I luv your pin cushion and the thread catcher...so useful, and the no skip dot fabric...sEw clever of you!! Painting eggs was always a tradition in our house. It was Dad and the two boys doing the decorating. Today my son and the grandpeeps are carrying on the tradition. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your creativity with us. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  109. I am a happy follower and luv to see all your creations. Always sEw beautifully stitched. Thanks again for the inspiration..luv your coffee cup organizers. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  110. What a great project! I love Mary Engelbreit fabric!!! :)

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  111. Love the pincushion & the thread catcher.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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

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  113. I love you pincushion/thread collector, you should start selling these on Etsy too!

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  114. Love your pincushion and thread catcher - so bright and colourful! I have to make myself one of these one day. And I love the fabric eggs - just wonderful!

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  115. I didn't write about and Easter tradition... Hope you can join this to my last post. This year hubby is going away fishing for a week over Easter. I hope my kids will want to get together with me for ham and scalloped potatoes...

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