Friday, February 17, 2012

A Hearty Welcome to the Lilypad! (Giveaway closed)

Looking for our giveaway? Well, there's one here, and one on this post, too! (Giggle!)


I'm so happy to be hosting the Accuquilt "Go Ahead and Show Some Love" blog hop today, along with Sharon, over at Craizee Corners. Welcome to the Lilypad -- I hope you enjoy your visit, and that after you do, you'll hop over to see Sharon, and check out her project, too!

I have been watching as a growing number of quilters have been enjoying their Accuquilt Go! machines, and I have seen some wonderful projects out there! I'm no exception --- I love my Go! Baby, and keep a notebook handy for jotting down ideas for using the dies that I have. And I have a wish list (posted prominently in my house) for dies that I'd love to try!

The die that I used for these projects (oops, I let the secret out. I have two projects for you today, instead of just one! Yay!) is the Hearts die, pictured here:

This is even more versatile than you would imagine at first . . . lots of possibilities here, for hearts, flowers, and more. Today we'll make a table runner that I named "You Captured My Heart," and then we'll make the bonus project.

Now, since this will actually be two tutorials, let's get prepared, OK? I need my cuppa tea,


and I'll pour one for you . . . hmmm, you got any candy left from Valentines' Day? Gack! You ate all of it the very same day? Sheesh! Well, luckily, I have some cookies right here.


Now we are ready to begin! First we need to raid our stash (or win the giveaway at the end of this post. Grin) and find some "heart-y" fabrics . . . some real Valentine show-stoppers. I found these:


After you press them smooth, you'll want to cut some rectangles to place in layers, on top of that heart die. I cut mine at about 5.5 inches wide, and about 10.5 inches long.  Shhhhhh! I can hear some of you whispering that I'm being extremely wasteful here. Work with me, OK? You will see why I cut them on the large side, in a little while. Be patient. (Wink)
After we turn the crank a few times, we have an ample supply of cute hearts, in three sizes. I shudder to think of the time it would have taken me to trace around a template, and then mess up, er, pull out a few hairs, er, obsess about cutting directly on that line and getting perfect heart shapes! The Go! Baby makes it sew easy!  See?



By the way, hang on to those "outsides" . . . the outer edges of the rectangles of fabric. After you free the hearts from the die, gently lay the outsides over to the side, and don't let them escape. We'll get back to them later.

Now, take out some white fabric, or some white-on-white, like I did, and cut two 12.5 inch squares, and three rectangles. The rectangles will be 12.5 inches long and 6.5 inches wide.


Now, separate your hearts - you want to have a random appearance, not all of one color together . . .  four medium ones will go on each rectangle, like this:


I liked the way they looked when I let them twirl around a little, but if you like them all in a row, with the points going in the same direction, that's cool, too. (What can I say, I had Billy Joel bopping in the background and I just didn't feel like having them all in a straight line!)

Now, I know that many of you are quite expert at the steam-a-seam and other fusible methods of applying shapes for applique. I just want to 'fess up here, and say that I really took a short cut. Well, maybe not a short cut, but I definitely didn't play by the rules. I had some interfacing left over from sewing projects (you remember that stuff you put in collars and such, while the home ec teacher stood over you and glared) - and it was fusible. It was stiffer than the more "with it" fusibles, but I figured this was a table runner --- not a quilt or a wearable, so I fused that white on white rectangle to a smaller rectangle of the interfacing, and then machine stitched around the hearts!  

I love how crisp the stitching looks - and I kept the hearts on top in the right places with my trusty Lapel Stick (gotta love that little guy - he works great!). 


Next, I folded the 12.5 inch square in half, first north to south, and then unfolded it and folded it again, east to west. (If you have Billy Joel on your player, and decide you want to break some rules, you could fold yours south to north, and then west to east. I won't rat on you.) Then I had creases to help me lay out the large hearts. Like so:

See the creases? (Sorry, I forgot to snap an individual photo of that, before I stitched 'em down!)
I stuck the hearts in place with Lapel Stick, and stitched around them. Then I took the teensy hearts and put them in place, and did the same thing. Here is what I had at that point:


Now it was time to trim away the excess of the interfacing. That won't be necessary if you use the steam-a-seam or what not.



Just keepin' it real, here, folks. Yes, you can see the bobbles in my machine stitching. I was trying to make the deadline and didn't un-sew and re-sew that section. Just don't tell that home ec teacher. I really don't want to see her cry.


At this point, I searched my stash and found some Kona red left- overs, and cut 1.5 inch strips to place in between the squares and rectangles, and also around the outside. I joined the decorated portions and the red strips like so:


I pinned the runner to some batting, and using some red Presencia Finca thread, stitched "Hugs," and "Kisses," and "Love," and "XOX" on the large squares. I am a sucker for sappy stuff, have you noticed?
Then I used some Kona black for the backing, and outline stitched the hearts, and stitched in the ditch around all of the white areas. 
I used narrow strips of the black for binding, too.


Here's another look at the whole runner . . .


(Oops! Ignore the photographer's shoes in there!)

Now, it's time to show you that bonus project I mentioned. Need your tea warmed up? This one is called the "Trios MugRug."


Corral those "outsides" that you laid to one side earlier, and let's look them over. We want to choose two that we think will play well together. This is one of the ones that I chose:



Now you want to choose a fabric that will show behind the heart cut outs . . . place it carefully, so that your hearts are "filled up."



Now, flip it over . . . 



Voila!!  . . . yep, this technique its called reverse applique, and this is a cool short cut, all courtesy of your Accuquilt Go! machine! 
You want to carefully stitch around the hearts, but this time, you want to have your stitches overlap onto the top fabric --- the piece we called the "outside." Put some of that interfacing or a foundation fabric like muslin on the back side for stability. I'm not too good at explaining, so here are those pictures that are worth thousands of words:


There's the interfacing . . .


And here's the stitching. 


Now, after you stitch all the way around the trio of hearts on this one, do the same thing with the other "outside" piece that you chose, and then join them with a quarter-inch seam. You can now make your "sandwich" with the batting and the backing fabric.


Are you as OCD, er, Scrooge-y, er, green as I am, and save all those snippets of batting from other projects?  I was gifted with a wonderful product that helps me to utilize them:


If you want to see my review, it's here, and the web site where you can order is here.
After I got the sandwich made, I stitched around all three hearts with Presencia Finca 50 thread, choosing a color that would contrast nicely. 



Then all that's left is to bind the edges, and your Trios mugrug is done! Now, aren't you glad you trusted me about using the scraps from your Accuquilt? (Grin)




I know this has been a long post, and if you are still hanging in there with me, you'll be happy you are --- there's a giveaway today! I have an adorable fat quarter bundle of SIX wonderful Valentine-themed fabrics and a selection of pre-cut hearts from my Go! Baby escapades for you to win!


These cuties come from one of my fav ebay stores, so if you don't win, or can't wait, look for "Steel City Stitches" on ebay - they have an awesome selection and super prices, too.


Leave me a comment about your mostest-favoritest Valentine that you ever have received, for one entry. And then because we love, love our followers, you can have an extra entry if you follow Lilypadquilting. 


We'll keep this open till Sunday, and announce our winner on Monday!


Happy hopping! Go and visit Sharon now, if you haven't already stopped by Craizee Corner!


Oh! And I'm linking up today with the Valentine's Day Showcase, organized by the one and only Melissa at Sew Bittersweet Designs! Also linking with the Thursday Think Tank, too!
Love,



165 comments:

  1. I love your reverse applique idea with the "leftovers" from the heart cutouts. That is an excellent waste reducer.

    A big box of dark chocolate truffles was my favorite Valentine ever...yes, it is true: The way to a man's heart IS thru his stomach!"

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  2. I love these sweet little projects! Can anyone have enough hearts around.My favorite valentines have always been the handmade cards I received over the years from my children. They are grown now, but I still have them in my treasure box so I can look them over now and again. Have an especially blessed day!

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  3. Love your projects and your post was very entertaining. I do, in fact, have Billy Joel on my player (CD player not ipod!) so I am going to spend the day not following rules, since you said it was okay. So liberating! Anyway, the best valentines I've gotten were the handmade ones my son made when he was in elementary school. So sweet.

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  4. The fabrics you used are gorgeous. Love the funky "love" fabric.

    This year's Valentines has got to be the worst yet and wipes all the good times away. We spent the day coping with burst pipes after a 2 week freeze. Don't laugh! It wasn't funny!

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  5. As you know, I'm following you ;-)

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  6. My best valentine gift was the "grand" born in November, after a trip to NYC on valentine's. Love the idea of using the outsides.

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  7. I love coming up with projects to use the "left over" pieces from using a Go! die.

    I always loved the Valentine's the kids made at school. Lots of lace and glitter.

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  8. Great tutorial! Love it! My best gift ever must be the love I see in my hubbies eyes every time he looks at me! Thanks for a chance.

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  9. Hi I have just become a new follower to your blog
    in stitches

    cute runner.....

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  10. best valentines gift......hmmm....I think back when I was still in high school my sweetie and I gave each other the same necklace. a simple chain with a charm ( he did not know that it was in the mens section) we had a chuckle and he is still my sweetie . We have been married for 32 yrs in May.

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  11. I love your table runner...it is very cute. We don't really exchange things for valentine's day...we usually just go out to dinner (which is always nice!)

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  12. My favorite valentine would be the one of those that my sons made for me when in early grade school

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  14. My favourite Valentine so far would have to be the drawing of a red heart with the hand written message from my 6 year old (who has just learnt to write) that I received this year.. Even the husband couldn't beat that heart melting moment!

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  15. My favorite Valentine's gift involves my high school fundraiser selling carnations. An ex-boyfriend gave me a red carnation (red = love), while my current boyfriend only gave me a pink one. I guess the pressure worked, because I have been married to the pink-carnation giver for over 25 years!

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  16. I am a follower, too! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  17. Thanks for the great tutorial(s). My best Valentine's gift was red roses the first year we were married. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  18. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the tutorials and giveaway.

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  19. What a wonderful giveaway -- LOVE that beautiful fabric!! :-) I can't say that I have a single favorite Valentine-- but I *do* have box full of them.. :-) My girls have always been very "Craftsy" and they have made me some beautiful Valentine cards over the years-- I have saved them all. Some are just simple crayon drawings, some are made from construction paper and lots of glitter.... there are painted cards, embroidered cards, even an appliqued card. Each and every one is so very special to me! :-)

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  20. I am a Lily Pad follower! Thank you again for the chance to win! Love the tutorial!!! :-)

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  21. Love, love, love the table runners! And I would love to win that prize! We have low key Valentine's Day. Usually steaks on the grill with all the fixins. My favorite presents are flowers from hubby. This year I told him not to buy me any because he bought me a GO for my February Bday. Best hubby ever!!

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  22. I cut out some hearts for my GGdaughter. I too saved the material I cut the hearts from. Now I know what to do with it. Thanks so much. What a great project. GGdaughter is my Valentine and the best I've ever had. She was born the 12th of Feb. seven years ago.
    SallyKingemail@gmail.com
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  23. I am a follower!!
    SallyKingemail@gmail.com
    www.BabyStepsQuilting.com

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  24. Love your reverse applique idea...BRILLIANT!! and dang cute to boot!! Thanks for sharing!! Best valentine...was long stem pink roses!!
    Thanks again!
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  25. Wonderful projects!! I love both of them; very neat way to use those leftovers....thank you

    My favorite Valentines Day was receiving my engagement ring....great day for me!!

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  26. The gift I loved the most has to be flowers from my honey :)

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  27. Adorable! I have to get the hearts die! Thank you for the great ideas.

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  28. I got a pandora bracelet for Christmas and this year my hubs got me a bouquet of flowers charm. Most years I just get a card. So this was pretty special.

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  29. WOW, love the way you did those hearts. Thanks for sharing. My Valentines was great, surprise dinner out with my hubby

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  30. I have just become a follower. Thanks again

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  31. My favorite Valentine was a heart necklace my Dad gave the first Valentine's Day after mom died. I treasure it.

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  32. Both projects are darling. I really like how you used the reverse design as well as the hearts.

    I am a follower.

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  33. Favorite Valentine's gift would have to be from the boys when they were young. I would get fresh picked flowers - roots and all!!!

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  34. Oh, I love both of them! I have got to make both of these! I made several little quilts and runners for Valentines Day and used up my scraps for other little projects but your idea of the reverse applique is brilliant. I'm going to pull my heart die out and do it. I absolutely love that. I'm going to have to try that with other dies too. Oh, you opened a big can of worms. Thanks so much!!!

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  35. My favorite is anything my boys made for me when they were little.

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  36. very cute. Favorite valentine was the first card my little boy made me all by himself -- I will save it forever.

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  37. I'm a new follower. And I nearly forgot to say: thanks for the tutorial! It's great. :)

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  38. My favorite Valentine is one that has the outline of my children's hands on it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  39. I follow you! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  40. I just love chocolate, so anytime I can get some, is a good time of year...Christmas, birthday, Valentines...:) I'm happy!

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  41. Fun, fun fabrics! Very cute table runner, but I love that reverse applique project. And some very great tips here!

    I hate to cook, so dinner out is always my favorite Valentine! No fuss, no muss, just good peaceful time with my love!

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  42. I am a follower. Your projects are lovely. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

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  43. My favourite Valentine gift would be the Valentine cards made by my children. So precious!

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  44. I love the funky fabrics you used!!! Please count me in... would you believe that I don't have any Valentine's fabric... well that is not all true I have pink and red but none with hearts and other sweet things.

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  45. The most memorable gift I received for Valentine's was a giant stuffed dog... it was almost bigger than me!

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  46. My favorite Valentine is a simple card that my one-year-old 'signed'!

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  47. My mostest favouritest valentine pressie was my godson! although technically speaking he wasn't given to me! but I like chocolates too!

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  48. my favorite valentine has been on display for years now, when my grandson was little he made me a card and he had a heart magnet that said, #1 grandma... I love it and still have it..

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  49. I use my leftovers just like that for making mug mats too. I think one of best is the handmade Valentine cards my sons would make for me when they were young (they are 35 and 33 now).

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  50. I have been following your blog.

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  51. So inventive - way to think outside the 'dye'!

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  52. Love that you utilize all pieces of the AccuQuilt cutter. I dream of a cutter and you certainly make the cutter a dream!

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  53. Hand-made cards are my favorite things to get at Valentine's Day.

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  54. One of my DDs sent DH and I an electronic valentine which included a kissing baby. When you clicked on the button the baby gave a smacking little kiss. It was sooo funny!

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  55. Awesome projects. Those are great. Thank you.

    I think this year was probably the best Valentine's present although it came four days early. Our Granddaughter was born the Sat before and then she came to spend the night with us on Valentine's Day. Grandma got to hold her all night long too since I'd planned ahead and hubby picked up our supper rather than me cooking. :)

    Of course, that wasn't really MY present but more my son's. The other was the big teddy bear that surprised me a few years ago by arriving on Valentine's day. Hubby had ordered it from the Vermont Teddy Bear company. It was sitting here next to me with his fashionable sweater and little purse with shoulder strap and at least two hours went by before I realized that maybe I should look inside that little purse. ACK. Inside was a gorgeous diamond necklace. :)

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  56. Both projects are really sweet! I love the reverse applique idea, too. My favorite gift was from my son when he was little. I had a gift card, and let him pick out a heart shaped locket that had I LOVE YOU inscribed inside. Every time he wanted me to know, he would climb on my lap, open the heart and show it to me so I could read it. It was so sweet! Love the fabrics, too. Thanks!

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  57. I follow you. Thanks. Love Valentine fabric, something about red!

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  58. I really like both your projects. One year my daughter gave me a paper she had colored with colored pencils It says, Mothers hold their children's hand for a while, their hearts forever. I framed it and it hung in my bathroom for years, now it's in my sewing room.

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  59. That table runner is so cute. I love your use of leftovers from the cutouts. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  60. Very cute projects. My most favorite valentine was a boquet of paper flowers from my son. I think I still have them. He was so proud when he gave them to me (and I was too). Thanks for the chance.

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  61. Several years ago (a long time ago) my husband sent me flowers at work. Never happened before then, never happened since. We usually don't "do" Valentine Day. But I do remember that one.

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  62. The reverse applique idea is wonderful!
    High quality chocolate is my idea of the "best Valentine's Day" gift.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  63. I follow now. Thanks for a give away chance.

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  64. loved both tut.'s but especially the reverse applique.

    My best Valentines were the ones from my children that were hand made.

    jleibfried@aol.com

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  65. I love love love your project! Thanks for sharing it! I am definately going do use that reverse appliqué system soon.

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  66. What a great giveaway, I am a happy follower!

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  67. I'm glad to see a project using the "outies". I am loving the beautiful bouquet of flowers I received this ❤ day.

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  68. I enjoyed your posting today. I have this thing about wasting fabric, and you showed a great way to overcome that fear.

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  69. My favorite Valentines are always the handmade cards from my kids :)

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  70. I'm a follower! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  71. Love your Go heart die, and these two projects. Think I'll have to get the heart die and get busy. My fav. valentines are the old vintage ones that we gave each other in school as kids. Also the ones from our girls as they grew up on at first on their own, perhaps missing home and me a little!
    thanks for the great giveaway!

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  72. I've become a new followers also! Have a great weekend! Jo in MN

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  73. Your projects are just wonderful!!! I love that you saved the outer cut for the reverse applique. My husband and I don't usually give each other valentines gifts. We do many things throughout the year. But I do love when he buys me flowers. Thanks for the great tutorials and giveaway!!!

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  74. I'm a follower. I'm planning on buying a Go Baby and the Heart die is one of the dies that I've picked. Thank you so much for the great tutorial. ;-> Toni Anne

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  75. My most favorite Valentine's gift was my husband being able to come home for the weekend of Valentine's. We recently bought a house in rural Missouri and I moved in September. He is still stuck in Texas getting our old house ready to sell, and finishing up his job there.

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  76. My favorite Valentine's Day gift was this year. My 12 yr. old son bought me a charm (that he picked out and paid for), he asked my mother to drive him to the store. The charm has the words, #1 Mom and I Love You. He's a fantastic kid. Thanks for letting me brag. ;-> Toni Anne

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  77. I think should be my current handbag. It's a Coach handbag from hubby. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  78. will always remember the fun i had teaching my cub scouts to make a heart trivet for their mom's valantines. those were the days!
    would love your extra hearts ... my fingers had a tough time cutting hearts for my valentine's projects. thanx for the opportunity to win them.

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  79. I always loved getting Valentine's Day cards in the mail from my Grandma.

    robyn(dot)geddes(at)gmail(for)com

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  80. I'm a follower!

    robyn(dot)geddes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  81. Cute projects - and I'm sure your home ec teacher would be proud of you!

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  82. I am a loyal follower! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  83. My favorite valentine was the homemade one from my grandkids - so full of love and surprises!

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  84. My favorite valentine is always the same...chocolates and a card from my hubby of 33 years!

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  85. I'm a follower and just love your tutorial, especially using the leftover pieces! Beautiful!

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  86. My best Valentine's gift was a homemade card by my grandson when he was little. Great projects and I use up all my batting scraps too!

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  87. I love your tutorial. Great way to use the cutouts. My best Valentines was a bedroom suite my husband gave me. I had wanted that suite for a long time.:-)

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  88. Your projects are great! I love your clever use of the leftovers for the mug rug. Flowers or dinner out are two of my favourite Valentines surprises.

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  89. I'm a follower :-)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  90. I love your projects!!! They are absolutely adorable!!!!

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  91. The most memorable valentine's gift I ever received was the bouquet of peppermint carnations my hubby gave me on our very first Valentine's day - before we were married. They were beautiful and smelled divine and were accompanied by a card and a heart-shaped box of chocolate. Yummy!

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  92. I just became a follower of your blog as well.

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  93. What a great idea using the outside cutouts. My best Valentine's days are the ones where my husband found the perfect card. I keep it around all year.

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  94. I'm a follower. Great fabrics. I don't have much red and pink in my stash, so they would have a good home.

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  95. I am a follower and love that die from accuquilt. It is on my want list :)

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  96. My favorite valentine memory is the one when my son made me my own envelope like his at school to hang on my desk at work. He was only 6 and did not quite get the fact that we did not have a party at my work like he did at school.

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  97. I love these projects!! TY for showing how you made them.
    The best Valentine gift I received was a ring my husband gave me, an engagement ring. :)

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  98. Love your blog...you have a great sense of humor that translates well in the written word.
    My favorite VD gift was a heart shaped necklace,hidden inside a heart shaped box of chocolates...

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  99. I am now a faithful follower of your blog! Love the heart projects btw, very cleaver ideas. And love the heart fabric, I'm a sucker for novelty prints.

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  100. I really like that you used the "left overs" to make another quilting project - that's just awesome. My bestest gift was a card hand made by my g-babies last year.

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  101. I'm a follower. Wouldn't miss your blog!

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  102. If I had a "Go", I think the hearts would be my first purchase to go with it! I love your appliques and your tutorial is great. Thanks for sharing fabrics and shapes :))

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  103. I did not grow up with Valentine's. In my home country there was no such a thing. So, for me it is still as every other day, except I am baking for everybody else to enjoy the sweetness of the day.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Your table runner and mug-rug are things on my to do list.

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  104. My favorite valentine was my first sewing machine -- what a fabulous present!

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  105. I am a happy regular follower of Lily Pad -- love your heart table runner!

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  106. Favorite valentine? I have a vintage one that I inherited from my Grandma that has cut outs and stands up.

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  107. I am a follower - thank you for the great giveaway.

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  108. This year I got a little pink lady bug with a mini rose bush....I love it.

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  109. That is a really great idea for using the leftovers. Thanks for sharing.

    My favorite Valentine was the first one I got from my hubby when we started dating....he made me dinner, which he had never done before. It was sew sweet.

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  110. I just joined to follow. This looks like a fun blog to follow. I hope I win this giveaway.

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  111. I hope I win this giveaway. I loved the projects you made. So creative!
    My best Valentines gift? Hummmmmm it's been a long time..... flowers.

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  112. Super ideas My favourite Valentines are the Homemade ones from my kids.

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  113. I'm pretty sure I got pregnant on Valentine's Day - best gift ever (especially since we thought I couldn't have kids!). I love your projects - I like using the "leftovers" too - feels like too much waste if you don't do something with them!

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  114. Flowers from wife was best valintines pressent to me.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    Stop by for my quilt givaway to guess my babys b-day and weight.

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  115. I am a follower.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    Stop by for my quilt givaway to guess my babys b-day and weight.

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  116. 12 years ago my husband and I decided to get married that year, decision made on valentines day.

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  117. Favorite valentine's are the ones my kids made me when they were little.

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  118. That table runner is BEAUTIFUL, and the reverse applique mugrug is such a Great Idea! Wow! You have been very busy!!

    Big hugs,
    Thing I

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  119. This year my husband took me on a long weekend trip to KY to visit with some dear freinds! that has been the best... so far! thanks a great tutorial. I love the reverse applique!

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  120. i am a follower also! thanks again!

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  121. Amazing! I have never seen reverse applique before your tutorial. I think I could use the circle die for a way cool modern border on something. Hmmmmm. The wheels are turning!

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  122. I just realized I never commented on this. The runner is spectacular and so is the little pad. Hmmm, makes me wanna get busy!
    The only memory that comes to mind about Valentine's Day, is from when I was a child and my Mom helped me create a very unique Valentine box for school. I loved it and loved working with her on it.

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  123. I am a happy follower of Padsworth!

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  124. Cute projects!!
    My 'mostest-favoritest' Valentine is this year's trip to Death Valley NP..had so much fun!!
    ~Terry~

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  125. Hopefully I did the 'show my email address' correctly so you can let me know I won the bundle. LOL I loved both your projects and I guess my favorite Valentine gift was a dozen red roses with one yellow rose in the center. I will try to be a follower if I can figure out how to.

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