Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sponsored Blog Hop - Colonial Needle (Now Closed)

Thank you so much for your interest.....this giveaway is now closed!

Welcome to the Colonial Needle Blog Hop! We have assembled a super panel of bloggers for your enjoyment! And we all have wonderful notions from the Colonial Needle Company to give away!



(Padsworth wanted to check out the giveaway prizes . . . excuse me, whilst I get him out of the box.)

Colonial Needle is one of the companies that sponsored the awesome Wantobe Quilter campaign last year, over at Sew We Quilt. They have an incredible array of notions, needles, tools, and even sewing baskets. You can check out their web site at this link, and you can always click on their badge on the sidebar here at Lilypadquilting, too.

Here's some notes from their web site --- you'll be amazed at the variety of products you can find there!

Our extensive collection of hand and machine needles, beading needles, weaving and specialty needles, and even industrial and specialty needles is unrivaled.
In addition to needles and notions, we have felting tools and wools, fun and easy felting kits, knitting needles, gift sets and helpful accessories.
Sewers, quilters and needleworkers will also enjoy our sewing and quilting notions and supplies including fasteners, hoops, measuring and cutting tools and pins of all sizes and styles.
If crafting is your passion, you can choose from an assortment of glues and colorful writing and craft pens for all of your craft projects.

Personally, I think the most wonderful things on their site are the "Pebbles" - but I bet you'll find your own favorites there.
Let me tell you a little about the Pebbles.  If you have reached into your sewing bag or tote just once and come out scratched, and possibly bleeding, then you need a Pebble! (Grin)   These little gems are packages of needles that close right up and protect you and the contents of your tote. You can get them in all types of needles, and our bloggers will be telling you more about those as the week goes along.


They were incredibly generous with their sponsorship, and I was able to divide up the items and ask some wonderful bloggers to help me out.  Here is the schedule of our hop:

Sunday, April 15 – Snoodles at Lilypadquilting (that's me!)
Monday, April 16 –SewCalGal
Tuesday, April 17 – Gene Black
Wednesday, April 18 –HillbillyHandiworks
Thursday, April 19 – SewBittersweet Designs
Friday, April 20 – It’s So Kiki
Saturday, April 21 – Love Affair with my Brother
Sunday, April 22 – Catpatches

I sure hope you are still with me, because we'll have a giveaway here, too! Here is a package of prizes that TWO lucky winners will receive:

 Safety pins, tape measure, magnet, seam ripper, needles and more!
And they'll also receive one of these Colonial Needle Pebbles, too!


So do you want to win? Well, we love our followers, so please leave us a comment if you follow, for one entry in the giveaway.  For another chance to win, tell me if you use a thimble --- whether you are hand-quilting, embroidering, or whatever; do you use a thimble?

We'll leave this one open til Saturday at midnight, and announce the winner on Sunday, April 22!

Good luck!

Love,

328 comments:

  1. I am a long time user of Colonial Needles for my handquilting. Love them. I have never heard of Pebbles..how awesome would that be. Thanks for the chance.

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  2. I just love the Padsworth! He showed me the way to your blog again! Those pebbles do look good, and Colonial needles are good too!

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  3. I try using a thimble whenever I hand quilt, or just sew, but I hate how sweaty my finger gets. Let's say I haven't found one I like yet.

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  4. i love your frog and am a followr

    Richard Healey

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  5. as for thmble i dont use one but shoud as i poke my finger a lot

    richard healey

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  6. Would love to try Colonial Needles! I use a thimble when I baste quilts and do hand sewing. Thanks for a chance.

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  7. I do use a thimble for hand needle work, but find it clumsy... beats the alternative of sore finger tips, though!

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  8. Sou seguidora e gosto muito,um beijo e obrigada.

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  9. Nunca usei dedal.Todos os meus amigos me perguntam por que...Não sei,sou viciada em hexágonos e tudo que é papel e costura a mão,tipo ponto cruz e outros.Muito obrigada.

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  10. Wow, looks like this is going to be a great giveaway. I am a follower, of course!!

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  11. I am definitely a follower of that cute frog of yours...thanks for this giveaway.

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  12. I have never been able to get used to the feel of a normal thimble on my finger. But I'm a nurse and have discovered "Coban". It's a fabric that sticks to itself but not to anything else. We use it for pressure bandages and such because it doesn't damage skin. Well, wrap a bit around your finger and press it to mold it to your finger, and guess what -- you have a perfect thimble!! This I have gotten used to and it has saved my fingers many times!!

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  13. I am a hand quilter; and I definitely use a thimble...a metal one on my middle finer to push with. And a rubber one on my index finger to pull that needle through. It saves sore fingers.

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  14. Woo Hoo - John James needles!! No thimble for me and I hand quilt (and other needlework) a lot - gotta feel that stitch.

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  15. And I am a happy follower - you are busy this week!!

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  16. I use a thimble for hand quilting, to get the protection AND the extra strength it allows...I don't use one for embroidery or hand sewing, though

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  17. I don't use a thimble but I often wind a piece of micro pore tape around my finger!

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  18. Thank you Snoodles.... I am a follower...
    Hugz

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  19. ... and I use a thimble always when I am hand sewing... and sometimes two - one on each hand...
    Hugz

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  20. I don't use a thimble, maybe I should though. I've not "quilted" anything yet though, so I may be changing my mind soon!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. Great giveaway! I am a follower! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  22. I use a thimble when I hand quilt...sometimes 2 thimbles!

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  23. I am a follower- thank you for the giveaway opportunity

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  24. I very seldom use a thimble. They do not fit, and make my finger sweaty. If it is very difficult fabric I may use a thimble. Usually I end up with a callous on the end of my finger instead!

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  25. I do use a thimble when I hand quilt.. I find I have the best luck, most comfort with the soft thimbles rather than the hard metal ones. Thanks for the chance to win! xo

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  26. I am a follower of your blog and I have not heard of Pebbles. They sound like something I could use.

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  27. I do use a thimble when I am working with wool felt and some embroidery. It does take some getting used to though.

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  28. I am a follower and love your blog.

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  29. I do not hand quilt, so I don't use a thimble.

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  30. Hand embroidery - no thimble
    Hand quilting - do not do
    Hand applique - THIMBLE

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  31. I occasionally use a Japanese thimble, but that is rare. My fingers seem to hold up pretty well!

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  32. I use a thimble, gotta protect my delicate fingers :)

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  33. I am a follower. Thanks for a chance.

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  34. I use a thimble about half of the time when I hand applique - it all depends on how long I have been stitching and how sore my finger is.

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  35. I sometimes use a thimble - when I hand quilt (almost never) I always use one. When I bind, it depends on how things are going -

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  36. I just subscribed to your blog feed. Blogger seems to pick and choose who I can follow.(ekkk) I tried to follow and I hit the refresh button but my mug didn't show up.
    I use a leather thimble sometimes. I can't keep the little metal one on my finger.
    Your blog is fantastic!

    Have a great day!
    Debbie

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  37. I would love to try Colonial needles. Thanks for the opportunity to win some. I'm a long-time follower.

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  38. I do not use a thimble although I do have one in my sewing box. Thanks for the opportunity to win some Colonial needles and all the other notions in your giveaway.

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  39. I am a follower and I'm tickled pink that you're having such a fun blog hop! Was wondering what was going to fill my days for the rest of the month - now I know! :) And, oh, yes, many times have I accidentally found that needle!

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  40. I don't *usuallly* use a thimble, but then, there are those times....when the fabric is just tooooo thick, or my finger is already full of holes from the last sewing session!

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  41. I do use a thimble, love blog hops, thanks for the giveaway.

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  42. I'm a follower. Thanks for the chance to win such great notions.

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  43. I use a thimble for applique, hand quilting, and most embroidery--unless I have misplaced it!

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  44. I do use a thimble when I am hand quilting. :-)

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  45. I usually start out without a thimble, but once I have stuck my finger several times, I end up putting my thimble on.
    kmrel4@gmail.com (also for previous comment)

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  46. I'm a follower and sure, I want to win!

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  47. I sometimes use a thimble when hand stitching binding. I find that hard thimbles don't work very well for me (or I don't work very well with them!) but I like the Nimble Thimble pretty well.

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  48. I am a follower (of Padsworth mostly) but I love the blog too. :D
    I love the pebbles for needles, they also stop the needles falling out of whatever you stuck them in and disappearing into the black hole at the bottom of my bag.

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  49. I don't use a thimble, I have never found one that I am comfortable with. As I started sewing without one I think I am used to not having one. I tend to end up with very bruised and battered fingers but as I have no feeling in the ends of my fingers it is not a major problem.
    Great prize pack Padsworth, you have done good.

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  50. I just recently started following your blog and am enjoying it very much.

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  51. I try not to use a thimble because I haven't found one I like that much but if I really need one I do use them.

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  52. I just started following your blog. The bingo cards are adorable. I am rarely without a needle in my hand. I do Redwork, embroidery, crazy quilting, appliqué and needlepoint. As for a thimble, I would use one if I could find one that fits. I have large hands and have yet to find one that fits comfortably.

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  53. I'm a follower! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  54. I have never used a thimble, I bought one a couple of months ago and always forget to try it out :)

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  55. I've bought a Pebbles and love it! Blessings, Marlene

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  56. I follow you and the very handsome Padsworth.

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  57. I use a thimble when I sew binding, and hand quilt. Thanks to you and Colonial Needle for the great giveaway and blog hop. I'm not familiar with their products so I'm off to check them out now.

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  58. I always use a thimble...always. I have one I bought at the Houston show several years ago made by TJ Lane and I guard it with my life! Blessings, Marlene

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  59. I'm a follower, what a great giveaway! Colonial Needle is such a generous company to sponsor your blog hop. Thanks Lilypad.

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  60. I'm a follower & must admit I've never heard of Colonial Needles so I look forward to learning more about them this week. Would love to win some to try out too. Thanks.

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  61. I've recently started using a thimble. It's very hard to get used to.

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  62. I don't do much hand quilting but I do embroider - I use a leather thimble when I do.

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  63. I'm a happy follower :o)
    ~Terry~

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  64. Even though I own a couple of thimbles I never use them. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    ~Terry~

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  65. I am a follower and always love to hear from yo!

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  66. I always use a thimble to hand quilt and to sew on the binding.

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  67. I'm a follower, and am always impressed at the goodies you introduce me to!

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  68. A thimble? I don't consider any project finished until there's a drop of my blood on it! LOL

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  69. I use a leather thimble for hand sewing- I find I can keep it on my finger easily and still have mobility with my finger. It works great

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  70. I am a follower. I saw those pebbles on Sew We Quilt. I would love to have one of them. They seem so practical.

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  71. I am a new follower. Thanks for the opportuniyy

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  72. I always use a thimble when doing any hand work. It took me a long time to get used to one, but now I have to have one.

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  73. Of course, I follow you silly goose. I mean frog:)

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  74. I can't get the hang of using a thimble. I hand piece.

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  75. I'm all thumbs when it comes to using thimbles! Any tricks to using one? Your prizes look super.

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  76. And, yes, I'm a follower also.

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  77. Yes! I'm used it when I'm hand sewing the hexies flowers.

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  78. Although I have several thimbles, I do not really use them.

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  79. Thank you so much for the chance to win. I do not use a thimble, ever. When I've tried, I just wound up switching fingers to push the needle.

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  80. Have been following you for a while. Love your frog! Maybe he should meet mine which I have in my sewing room also. Only he doesn't make as much trouble as yours does....

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  81. Of course I use a thimble when I am hand quilting. Any other time? Are you kidding me? I don't even know where to find them or how to use them there....
    Clothesandcrafts@blogspot.ca

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  82. I do not use a thimble for my hand sewing.

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  83. Lovely giveaway!

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

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  84. I usually only use a thimble towards the end of a long hand sewing project, when my fingers start to get tired.

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

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  85. I am a follower. :-) Thank you for the chance to win!! What an AWESOME prize pack!!! So many wonderful goodies!! :-)

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  86. I use a thimble for quilting and some hand sewing-- like hems, for instance. It took a little getting used to, but now I love using my thimble-- it really saves my finger! :-)

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  87. I don't use a thimble. I really don't hand quilt. I piece things, do English Smocking and general sewing.

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  88. I am in the non-thimble using minority. I do stick myself quite often with straight pins, though (hate those little bloody dots on my fabric!) so maybe I should start??

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  89. I am a happy follower of your blog!

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  90. I use one of the leather thimbles that slides on the upper part of your finger. I'm sure I don't use it like I am supposed to, but it does help me push that little bugger through the fabric!!

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  91. Thimbles are not easy for me to use. I love to hand sew quite a bit. Love your Blog! Judith, Texas

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  92. I just bought a thimble, but I haven't really tried it out yet.

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  93. What a neat giveaway, those little Pebbles are cute!

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  94. I used to use a leather thimble when I hand quilted. Yikes, forgot about a thimble...I'm going to try my hand at embroidery!

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  95. Hi, yes I am a follower love your blog. Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.

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  96. Hi, no I don't but I should but I just can't get used to having it on my finger. I have tried several but just can't sew with it on. Someone told me to put it on and go about everyday things till I forget it is there. Do you think putting the thimble on and wearing it all day would work?

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  97. I'm an avid follower and I had long desired some of those pebbles.

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  98. I do use a thimble and have recently found the clover thimbles with the rubber body and the metal tip which don't damage my nails when I've painted them.

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  99. I'm so looking forward to this hop and finding out about some great tools. I aleays ferl better about trying something if I know more about it and hearing how other's like them. I love needles by John James and use his needles for hand piecing and applique. When I started learning applique my teacher suggested always using a thimble. My problem is I can not find one that fits well after I get it home. So I have about 10 thimbles. I would love to know the secret about how to get one that fits and works.

    Thank you and Colonial Needle for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  100. I'm a follower.

    Thanks again for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  101. I use a thimble when I sew by hand! :)

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  102. I use a an old metal thimble for sewing on buttons and hand sewing. I have a plastic half thimble. My finger doesn't sweat in it, but it is not really comfortable, so I end up using my old metal one again.
    I machine piece and quilt all my quilts. Binding, too.

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  103. im following now. might join bingo angchappell@yahoo.com

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  104. No thimble just cant get the hang of using one angchappell@yahoo.com

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  105. I do use a thimble when quilting and occ when I do other hand sewing

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  106. I am a happy follower! Thanks so much!

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  107. I only do use a thimble with handquilting.

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  108. I am a follower. Couldn't miss out on Padsworth's antics.

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  109. I don't use a thimble. But I cut my finger up badly when hand sewing so maybe I should try one.

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  110. I am a faithful follower :-) Hugs

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  111. I use a thimble when I am making hexies or doing applique because of the extra thickness, I have tried all different thimbles and have now found a leather one I really like...trouble is it's a bit big so keeps dropping off!! Need to get a smaller one, or one that wraps round your finger so fits any size. Hugs

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  112. Oh I am a big follower and love your blog..

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  113. And yes I use a thimble. What happen was I started with a leather one and cannot seem to get free to go to metal do you have any helpful hints? Would love to win because I am in a great need for needles thanks for your lovely log cabin block....beautiful..

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  114. What a great array of notions. I've not used Colonial products but would like to try them!
    gfc follower: nicolesender
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  115. Yes, I use my mother's thimble when I hand quilt!
    I usually don't use it when I hand sew unless I'm sewing on heavy fabric.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  116. How to get free Facebook Covers in website. I search in huge.

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  117. I try to use a thimble now and then. But it feels so awkward, but I sure would need to.

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  118. I don't use a thimble for hand sewing. I can't seem to get used to wearing one. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  119. Beautiful Block and great idea! Thanks.

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  120. Yes, I use a thimble for hand quilting.

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  121. I only use a thimble for tough fabrics or possible for hours of handwork (which is rare). I typically use a leather thimble. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  122. Thanks for the opportunity to learn more about Colonial and the chance to win something wonderful from them.
    I am a follower, and I do use a thimble for hand work.

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  123. I use a thimble, and I LOVE John James needles!
    sew glad I found your blog!

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  124. I do use thimble when I do hand sewing and stitching. It is easy for me as that is how I was taught.

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  125. I am a new follower and would love to win a prize. They look great!

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  126. Love your log cabin mini quilt.
    great giveaway.
    I only use a thimble when I am hand quilting. Can't wear it when I am doing other hand work.

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  127. Rarely use a thimble. Nice blog.

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  128. Rarely use a thimble. Nice blog.

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  129. How could I NOT become a follower? This blog looks like too much fun AND notice my avatar???

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  130. I always use a thimble and I have a favorite...I go to great lengths not to misplace it!

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  131. I am a follower of your wonderful blog.

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  132. I do not use a thimble. I have tried but it feels so clumsy that I can't work.

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  133. I am a follower :-)Thanks for the opportunity!!

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  134. I do not use a thimble (although I should probably try one sometime...LOL)

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  135. I always use a thimble when hand sewing or quilting. My finger feels naked without it. Kathie L in Allentown

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  136. Of course I follow you and Padsworth! What else is there to do in the bloggosphere?

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  137. I do not use a thimble. I do know there was a project I used one for last year (or the beginning of this year?) but I was embarrassed, my husband gave me crap for it, and now I can't remember what it was. Blocked the horribleness from my memory I guess, but now I am annoyed. What was it? I need to go to my list...

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  138. I think I tried to use a thimble way back in junior high school in Home Ec class, but I have never used one since. I never could get the hang of them and they were just in the way for me.

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  139. Of course, I'm a follower. who wouldn't be? Padsworth is the greatest.
    Oh, you're great too.

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  140. I am a new follower, thanks for the giveaway.

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  141. I have a lot of thimbles, but never feel comfortable using them. Of course, when my finger is raw from sewing, I wish I had!

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  142. Yes, I always use a thimble. I have one good one that I like the best and panic when I can't find it. Thanks

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  143. I'm a new follower of your blog, but have been around some of the others for awhile. Nice blog!

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  144. I am a follower. Thanks for a chance in your generous giveaway.

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  145. I, sadly, do not use a thimble because my finger is too big. And usually my fingernails are too long. I tried the fabric/leathery ones once, but figure for the little amount of hand stitching I do, I'm okay. Now if I were hand quilting an entire quilt, I'd definitely figure something else out.

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  146. I am a new follower to your blog.

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  147. After many years of trying to find a comfortable thimble, an Amish quilter gave me a leather thimble with a metal insert. I can not sew without it. Now if I can just find a replacement . . .

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  148. I'm a follower and I am very glad I am!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  149. I very rarely use a thimble as I do very little hand sewing... but when I do it is best to have a good fitting thimble!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  150. Of course ,I`m a happy follower and I always use thimbe when I`m sewing.

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  151. I'm a follower :)
    I do not use a thimble as I haven't hand quilted yet.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  152. I am a new follower. Peeking in from the Table Topper Blog Hop...

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  153. O! I do use a thimble when I am hand quilting and putting on bindings.

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  154. I am a follower and I use a thimble if I can find it.

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  155. I use one of those leather sticky pads instead of a thimble.

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  156. I never used a thimble, until I started hand quilting. Now I have to use it for everything - if I have a needle in my hand I must have a thimble on!

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  157. Yes I am a new follower. What a nice site!

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  158. I am always trying new thimbles. I have very small fingers and nothing is just right!

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  159. Unfortunately i do not use a thimble. Instead i have poked and and bleed so many times that now when i poke, nothing happens. LOL. I should use one, i have 3 :) but my fingers seem to be too big for most thimbles on the market.

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  160. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  161. Yes,i use a leather thimble for hand quilting.Over the years I've tried several different kinds and found i like this best!
    Thank you for a really neat Giveaway!
    Happy Stitching!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  162. I am a follower and thanks for the chance at this great giveaway .

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  163. Yes I do use a thimble for hand quilting and occasionally for other hand sewing , took me a very long time to get use to it but now I can't do without one . Thanks again for the chance at your great giveaway.

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  164. I am a follower.....thank you for a great giveaway

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  165. I do have a few thimbles but rarely use them....I should try it one of these days....I love your little frog....

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  166. I don't use a thimble. I bought one when I started quilting about a year and a half ago because I wanted to have a complete "tool kit" but I haven't ever used it! :) Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway!!! :)

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  167. Ohhhh, I have been dieing to try out the pebbles needles.
    Crossing my fingers!!
    XXX

    I'm a follower

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  168. Love the giveaway. I am a follower.

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