Sunday, January 6, 2013

In Your Words


First I would like to thank the ingenious Mdm Samm for this inspirational theme and  our lovely host and head cheerleader, Linda .  I share the day with these wonderful word players and I hope you take the time to visit everyone:
 
 
IN MY OWN WORDS
 
 
 
I knew immediately what I wanted to do with this project as it was something already on my mind.  A project that was a mix of words and fabrics that was me, in my own words.  The faithful tiny scraps that I so love to play with and the challenge of working from just 'that special scrap drawer'.
 
 
Selecting a block that I love to make with this mixture of scrappy fun - the framed floating star.  I wanted the centers to be my focal of the growing list of words that were formulating as I went from fabric to machine - yes, not a word or two, but a list of words!
 
 
How quickly those stars and words piled up and there was an urgency.  In the middle of all this was the horrid news of Sandy Hook.  It made the need for this project to come to fullfillment on a more personal level.  And I mini stippled all those stars with that word list at my side and so many thoughts in my head.
 
 
 
Even when my faithful helper decided this was a good napping spot in the middle of free-motion quilting all those words into the sashings - it did not matter to me.  I think my sweet Bella sensed what was emoting from me - my medicine pet that she is.  She made me take a break, to breath, to calm.  And it didn't matter that those words were a bit wobbly - my hand writing is a bit demented anyway - but I filled all those sashings with those special words that were my family, me, home, and life.
 
 
Of course, I love to use something a little more untraditional for binding.  Polka dots, stripes, plaids are all fun, but I wanted something special to go with the 'In My Own Words' quilt.
 
 
 
FRIENDSHIP - CROSS STITCH - OUTDOORS - APPLE ORCHARD - GRANDCHILDREN - COWS - QUILTING -  KITTIES 
 
 
COFFEE - SPORTS - BIRDS - CAMPING - CHICKENS - FISHING - THREADS - BUTTERFLIES - FLOWERS - BUTTONS
 
 
 
SCOUTING - DUTCH - HERITAGE - BIRD HOUSES - QUILT LANE - DRAGONFLIES - HIKING - FAMILY - LAUGHTER - NANA (my name)
 
 
 
PINETREES - SUNFLOWERS - HORSES - ATHLETE - BRICK HOUSE - BLUE -
FARM - LILACS- SKIPPER (farm dog)
 


 
 
GOOD LUCK - PLAIDS - BASKETS - CUPS - NATURE - SUNSHINE - APPLES - CHILDREN - POLKA DOTS - MEMORIES (quilt date)
 
 
 
 
Yes, a quilt evolved that was a need to express myself .  Not a lot know but I have a grand daughter that I don't get to see very often.  With the Holidays in bloom, my Mom's health scare,  and then a disaster thrown in - I have wanted to make a 'memory' quilt that will be saved for her.  (No I am not ill - just that the year 2013 is the year of the BIG 60 and that is a bit of a scare.)  When she is old enough, a gift to share a part of something missed over  time.  My daughter is going to hold this for Lily's 16th birthday and share the story of it.  
 
 
 
Thank you for letting me share my WORDS - maybe there is a word quilt inside you.
 
 
 
GIVEAWAY - I have a layercake of 'Noteworthy' by SweetWater for Moda.  Simply leave a comment and be sure I have a way of contacting you. I will ship international.  Comments will be left open until Midnight (EST) Jan. 16th (Weds.) and the winner announced the next day.

 

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon
 
 
  



 
 
 

238 comments:

  1. oh wow Sharon that is BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  2. What a wonderful quilt! I am sure you GD will love it. Thank you for sharing and the great giveaway.
    jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  3. WoW! How inspiring! Your quilt is beautiful and I love that you used alot of words, all meaning something to you. I know your granddaughter will love this when she receives it. Thanks for sharing with us. Great job!

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

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Oh how wonderful is your quilt Sharon? Absolutely delightful! I loved seeing all the different motifs in the blocks. Your granddaughter will treasure this for many years to come! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  5. What a beautiful quilt and such a beautiful idea behind it! I know Lily will treasure it forever.

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  6. Oh Sharon, I loved hearing about your quilting process and reading all the words you quilted into it. What a special gift that will be for your Granddaughter!

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  7. What an original and interesting idea for using words. I love putting words on quilts in the quilting. One of my favourite things to do. This will mean so much to your granddaughter when she receives it!

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  8. oh Sharon. That is sooooooo lovely. Your Granddaughter will love it. Well done for taking the time to 'reflect' on yourself.

    Your quilt has given me the desire to write my words out too.

    Thank you.
    Debra

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  9. what a special quilt.. she will enjoy it for many many years

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  10. Sharon. What a special quilt to make. I'm sure Lily is going to love it.

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  11. Hi Sharon, your quilt is lovely for your granddaughter. My mum will be 60 in 2013 too!

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  12. That quilt is beautiful! More than that, I love the true love that went into it! What a special gift!

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  13. I love your quilt, the concept and the way it finished. Your plan for your granddaughter to have this is so sweet. You're giving her a piece of you. I hope you are around to hand it over yourself. =)

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  14. I love the feelings you put into this quilt and I am sure your granddaughter will too.

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  15. This was a very special post and a very special word project!! You should start a diary to go with it maybe not daily but important thoughts over the next years, favorite books, music, movies, recipes, jokes, let her see all of you since your time is limited. We have a grandson like that, I understand!

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  16. Sharon what a sweet thing to do and i know she will treasure it,i hope the situation changes for you and that you might see her more often.xx

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  17. What a great quilt! Your granddaughter will treasure it. My grandmother gave me an afghan that will someday be passed down to one of my children.

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  18. I love that you've named each star, looks great!!

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  19. A most lovely wordy quilt for someone special. Love it.

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  20. totally amazing. I can't believe you made a whole quilt so fast. lovely, just lovely

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  21. Sharon, what a beautiful quilt to be given to your granddaughter from you. Not only the beautiful quilt but the story behind the quilt is wonderful and a special way to share with your granddaughter. This quilt will truly be an heirloom for generations to come.

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  22. I love your idea of a quilt for your grand daughter! May I steal it? My dear grand daughter and grandson live in Sweden, far far away from where I am in Florida. It is hard not to miss them!

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  23. I love those stars with the wonderful meaning. I am sure she will love it.

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  24. Its lovely, will be a fabulous family heirloom.

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  25. Oh what a lovely idea and a great quilt. It will be surely cherished. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  26. Love it, and your granddaughter will get to treasure it forever. One of my favourite things I own is a sweater my grandmother knitted for my mum when she was 16 in 1974... I still wear it and I feel as if my grandma was hugging me every time I have it on! Thanks for sharing with us such a special project and for the chance to win!

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  27. So you quilted all those words into the quilt? Awesome! And what a special gift for you granddaughter!

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  28. What a great quilt! And a fantastic idea!

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  29. Wow, that's a lot of blocks. Very pretty, too. Great job.

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  30. A quilt with a story is so special! What a great way to use those floating stars!

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  31. Beautiful, a quilt that will surely be treasured!

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  32. What a special quilt and I'm honored you shared it with us, many thanks.

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  33. What a beautiful legacy you are passing on to your family!

    Thank you so much for sharing.

    Lavonna

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  34. Hi Sharon, love the quilt and what a lovely idea for it to be saved. I think out of adversity wonderful things can grow. Thanks for sharing. Susie x

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  35. That quilt is really lovely Sharon. A great way to put it in your own words.

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  36. This is truly inspirational blog -I just love the idea of this quilt

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  37. What a wonderful quilt. I am sure that Lily will love it!

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  38. A fun twist to the words...illustrated! :)
    sowingstitches[at]gmail[dot]com

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  39. Whatsapp a lovely fabric!! And your quilt looks beautifull

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  40. Sharon, your quilt is beautiful, but the sentiments and reasons for it are beyond words. What a lovely tribute to memories and family.

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  41. What a great quilt Sharon - thank you for sharing!

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  42. gorgeous quilt, I love the idea of it too.

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  43. This quilt will be definetly loved. Thank you for the chance.

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  44. A wonderful creative quilt and a lovely story , your granddaughter will love it . Thanks so much for sharing with us ,you are an inspiration.

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  45. What a wonderful idea for a quilt! I'm going to tuck that idea away for when I might have grandchildren. Thanks for sharing.

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  46. Memory quilts are such treasures! Your granddaughter will love this one day!

    I also quilt words in to quilts that I work on.. I love when client quilts have those smaller inner borders. That is a wonderful place for a love letter from a wife to a hubby on a quilt she has made for him... or a note to a child you may be gifting the quilt too... I have quilted the chorus of God Bless The USA by Lee Greenwood in to a Quilt of Valor. LOVE quilting words. :)

    Thank you for the incredible giveaway!

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  47. Thank you for sharing that beautiful quilt and story with us. I scrapbook and have done the same thing with a book that I made. But I love your quilt! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  48. Ohhh my Sharon...your grand one...will love this special quilt filled with so many things you love...A lovely memory quilt for sure...

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  49. Wonderful blogpost, lovely quilt, thanks for sharing and the chance to win!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente - Germany

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  50. What a lovely quilt full of great loving thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. A picture is worth a thousand words and your quilt speaks volumes! Beautiful memory quilt!

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  52. Your finished quilt is fantastic and sure to be a treasure for your grand-daughter. Thank you for sharing :)

    Happy quilting
    cindy

    cindy at quiltdoodledesigns dot com

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  53. A beautiful quilt and a treasure for your grandy girl indeed.
    xx,

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  54. Is there anything you do that is not fantastic? I love it!

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  55. Your memory quilt brought tears to my eyes. What a very special idea you had to stitch your heart into a quilt for your granddaughter. Btw, it is lovely with all those treasured scraps.
    And don't worry about the number of years, it is what you do with them. I am beyond you and I just want to make it all count. You have.

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  56. Oh, I'm totally with you on the quilt therapy when times are tough and our hearts are hurting.

    But what a special memento for Lily. I know she will love when YOU give it to her and explain what it means, and then she will one day be able to share it with her children and grandchildren.

    I love things that give me a glimpse into my parents or grandparents when they were young. What a treasure!

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  57. What a lovely quilt - I would have loved that for my 16th!! Great day on the blog-hop -- thanks! Wonderful prize too!!

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  58. What a special quilt you have created. I'm sure Lily will love it for years to come. Thank you for the chance to win this fabric.

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  59. Oh my. I just don't have the words to properly express just how wonderful your quilt is. I'm sure your granddaughter will treasure it for her whole life.

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  60. What a beautiful and special quilt. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  61. Beautiful quilt -- just love it:)

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  62. clever way to interpret the word gme

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  63. What a wonderful, meaningful project! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win (Sweetwater is my favorite!). Your granddaughter is very lucky - she will have a treasure to love forever!

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  64. What a great way to share your words Sharon! A lovely quilt.

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  65. Great quilt and very clever of you.

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  66. WOW!!! Now that is an amazing giveaway!!! Love Sweetwater and their "wordy" fabric,,,this new one seems really cute!!!

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  67. You did well. That is a beautiful, thoughtful quilt. Nicely done.

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  68. Stars are my favorite to quilt. Your granddaughter will treasure it!

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  69. You quilt is a beautiful! thanks For Sharing.

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  70. Very nice, I always enjoy reading what you do.

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  71. Lovely project, I think all the color is wonderful!

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  72. Beautiful quilt and a wonderful give away.

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  73. I,too, have grandchildren that I don't see often. Each has a quilt to snuggle under and know they are loved! Your quilt is very special and at 16 she might not know that but at 21 she will.

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  74. What an amazing keepsake for your granddaughter. Such a great idea!

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  75. What a great idea! You did this hop very differently than I thought, I need to learn to think outside the box that is a very hard thing for me to do, and when I see others do so I am always amazed at the results!

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  76. Wonderful quilt and story! Thanks for sharing!

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  77. Aww, that's so sweet, your grand daughter will love it. I gave my son a special quilt on his 16th birthday.

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  78. Wow,sure she will be delighted!!

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  79. How beautiful, Sharon! It will be a wonderful thing for your granddaughter to receive!

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  80. A wonderful quilt to make and for all the right reasons - lucky her from wonderful you. Judy C thanks you for sharing.

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  81. Its beautiful, love the fussy cutting and to me it was choice #1 for the hardwork, all the detail too, its not in the age, its all in our mind. have a beautiful HOP

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  82. That is a beautiful quilt. Right from the heart. It is good to express yourself what a lovely gift.

    Nini~

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  83. What a beautiful quilt. It reminds all of us what is important to us and who we are. Thany you for a great giveaway babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  84. Beautiful! I love all those stars and the creative way your words went into it. Your granddaughter will have a "piece" of you and I'm sure she'll love it.

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  85. love your story...and I also will be turning 60 this year! Amazing! I loved my 50's and I know my 60's are going to be even more fantastic!

    Carla from Sweetwater is the nicest person and I would love to use a layer cake of hers...this is the only baking I am good at, lol.

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  86. This quilt is a wonderful way to reach across time to your grand daughter. Being able to quilt the words that are important to you was a great way to find an emotional release.
    Turning 60 was a wake up call for me. Although I didn't feel any older, I became more conscious of time.

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  87. What a super special quilt Sharon. THanks for sharing the story.

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  88. My favorite by far- and what a beautiful tribute and memory for you and your family. Alos, your workmanship is exquisite- I can't bring myself to try star blocks yet!

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  89. A beautiful quilt with lots of time and lots of love. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  90. This is a treasure, in your own words.
    It's a wonderful quilt indeed :)
    Thank you for the chance :)

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  91. This is very inspiring - you did a beautiful job on the quilt - it will be a treasure!

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  92. Such a nice job on your quilt!
    Susie Johnson
    susiejohnso@gmail.com

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  93. Gorgeous quilt. Such a wonderful sentiment. thanks so much for sharing. bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  94. sweet 16 quilt - love it!
    thanks for the chance to win the fab-u-lous fabrics!

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  95. How wonderful..she will cherish it forever! Thanks for sharing...

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  96. So much energy, depth of emotion and love in this beautiful quilt. Thank you for sharing this quilt's creative journey.

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  97. Your quilt is so lovely with great words. Thanks fro sharing your creativity.

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  98. A beautiful quilt filled with YOU! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  99. That will be a real treasure for her. It looks wonderful too.

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  100. Wat a unique way of posting about words and a beautiful quilt! NIce going! Jane

    As you know that Noteworthy bundle is so appropiate too!

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  101. What pretty fabric! Please enter me! I just became a follower.

    ~McKenna
    mckmuff(at)gmail(dot)com

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  102. Gorgeous quilt! Beautifully done!!!

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  103. I am a happy new follower :)

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  104. What a lovely idea for your quilt, I am sure your granddaughter will live it!

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  105. What a wonderful heirloom quilt! Thank you for being Sharon and sharing with the creative community. What a generous, generous giveaway!

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  106. What a beautiful quilt, and beautiful heartfelt words. Your granddaughter will love it, especially since it is being held for that special birthday - sweet 16!

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  107. What a great quilt. You inspired me to make one for my granddaughter. Maybe I can "get 'er done".

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  108. I love it! It's a gorgeous quilt - absolutely beautiful :) Thank you so much for sharing it!

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  109. I would love to wind that little bundle!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  110. I LOVE your words!!! There are some pretty awesome words to share with us and with your posterity!

    I too turned 60 last year. And, this quilt of yours...is motivation and inspiration to do something for posterity. =)

    Thank you for the time to share all the pictures and tell a wonderful story. =)

    hugZ,
    annie

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  111. What a great quilt and story to go with it. Thanks for sharing.

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  112. Great idea!!!!
    My gdaughter lives one town over and I only see her once a month....the parents are always too busy:(
    Thanks!

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  113. Love the quilt and knowing it will be given to your grand daughter even makes it more precious. Thanks for the giveaway and being in the hop

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  114. What a nice quilt. Great idea for an heirloom, maybe you could do a little photo journal to go with it.

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  115. I love small and scrappy!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  116. I'm getting better at my stars. You are quite an inspiration!

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  117. Wow. so beautiful. I am sure your GD will treasure it. Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  118. Sharon, that is just beautiful! I relate to many of your words. What a special quilt.

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  119. Love your quilt! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

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  120. What a wonderful idea for a quilt! Truly a treasure for your granddaughter. Thanks for sharing, Sharon!!

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  121. Love your post! As I scrolled slowly down though your words and pictures and watched your quilt come together, it just made me smile. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win the wonderful giveaway. Sew Noteworthy ... :) Pat

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  122. What a sweet quilt for you GD..I'd love to win "Noteworthy" by SweetWater.

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  123. I am watching for Noteworthy to come out...haven't seen it where I can afford it, but it will be somewhere! Thanks for the chance. I have a writer in my family of grand kids and I want to make a covered notebook for her with this fabric/theme.
    Cheri
    quiltingnanny(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  124. Thank you sew much for a chanc eot enter your giveaway. I have to comment on your trusty helper...We have 2 orange tabby male cats. They are the lov eof our lives in addition to our little Daisy Dachshund doggie. Pets fill so many voids in our lives and give us so much love.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  125. Sharon, I think this is beautiful! I came across your little piece jars on the Quilting secrets blog hop. I love that idea to keep the little blocks in jars. Can you tell us the size of your blocks you used for this quilt? your granddaughter will surely treasure this! Thanks for sharing your precious words and for agreat giveaway.... I love all things Sweetwater! Have a blessed winter day! janita

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  126. What a wonderful, personal quilt you've made.

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  127. HI! A VERY BEAUTIFUL QUILT!
    THANKS FOR SHARING A WONDERFUL GIVEAWAY TOO!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  128. What creative words to read. Thanks

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  129. It's beautiful, a real treasure. Great giveaway - I'm a sucker for fabric with words!!

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  130. Totally awesome quilt and words! All from scraps - incredible!!! I love the way you are leaving it for your granddaughter for her sixteenth birthday - so special for her!!! Of course, you need to be there to hand it to her!!!

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  131. I love that you made a quilt of your words for your granddaughter. I know she will love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  132. Lovely quilt and wonderful to pour your heart into something for your grandaughter

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  133. What a great quilt for your granddaughter. Sew special, full of love.

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  134. Love your blocks and would love to win the layercake by SweetWater for Moda. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  135. oh I just love the story behind your quilt. It's beautiful....I love floating stars, and what a lovely idea of saving it for your grand daughter.

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  136. Beautiful work and great words. Thanks for sharing.

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  137. such a great idea and so inspirational for others to maybe do the same thing. thanks for sharing.
    I hope 2013 is a very good year for you.

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  138. Beautiful quilt and such important words.

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  139. WOW! love the quilt! Thanks for such a nice giveaway!
    aparrish1113@yahoo.com

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  140. What a great way to remember all those times in our lives. That's what quilting in all about. Thanks for sharing such special moments with us!

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  141. Wonderful, wonderful post today and the quilt is just lovely. I'm sure your GD will treasure it! Thanks for sharing Sharon.

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  142. Love your quilt! It is sure to put a smile on her face and in her heart :)

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  143. What a lovely keepsake quilt for Lily to treasure! Hopefully you can give it to her yourself. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

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  144. what a wonderful treasure Nana's words are!

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  145. I so love your idea and am going start setting aside charms ASAP so I can one day do something similar. Thanks for sharing yourself with us!

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  146. What a wonderful quilt! And such a sweet memento. Have a happy day!

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  147. Rosemary B here: hello there Sharon, I think I am visitor # one billion here :-) I knew you would have something amazing, and I was right. Your kitty helper is adorable too. I love your quilt, it is stunning.
    thank you so much for your continual inspiration

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  148. What a wonderful gift to have for your granddaughter. A great way to share parts of you she may not know, all wrapped up in warm hugs. Thanks for sharing.

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  149. The quilt is beautiful, and so thoughtfully done. And thanks for the sweet giveaway!

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  150. that is so beautiful. i am so fortunate to have all my grandkids near by. thanks for the chance to win.

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  151. Sharon this is so wonderful. What a lovely gift of you.

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  152. Sharon, this is beautiful. So many words, from such a beautiful lady. Grand daughter will love it. She will treasure the knowledge that you cared so much and shared what was close to your heart.

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  153. Such a lovely quilt; such a clever idea. You are inspiring.
    I would love that sweetwater charm pack to start my own grand-daughter's quilt.
    Thanks for the opportinity
    Cheers
    Anna
    akoziol at webone dot com dot au

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  154. Just Beautiful! rayspools at that old AOL

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  155. wow i would love to win that thanks

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  156. Such a beautiful quilt... thanks for sharing!!

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  157. Sharon, that was lovely and emotional to read. I'm so glad you have your quilt completed :-)

    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  158. Beautiful quilt and thanks for sharing from your heart.

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  159. What a lovely quilt and story! It will be a wonderful legacy. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  160. That was a wonderful quilt. Thanks so much for sharing. You do beautiful work!

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  161. Wonderful quilt and fun blog!

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  162. Wonderful quilt and fun blog!

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  163. Thanks for sharing your thoughts behind that beautiful heirloom quilt. Sharon, I noticed COWS on one of your word lists.

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  164. Love the words, the quilt and the saving it for your grand-daughter...such an inspiring blog-hop! and love Noteworthy! TIA! B-)

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  165. Love the words, the quilt and the saving it for your grand-daughter...such an inspiring blog-hop! and love Noteworthy! TIA! B-)

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  166. I love how you put all the meaningful words into a quilt for the GD. She will love it and always have a treasure from her Gma.

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  167. Oh Sharon, what a wonderful quilt/legacy to leave your Lily!! And it inspires me to do the same for my grandchildren. I hope I don't forget as I have to wait until things are a little calmer and I have a bit more sewing time.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  168. What a wonderful project! Your granddaughter will cherish this her whole life. Thanks for sharing!

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  169. What a wonderful gift. Very sweet.

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  170. Thanks for sharing your inspirational quilt with us! It is sure to be cherished for years to come.

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  171. lovely quilt sure to be loved and cuddled with even after the puddy cat
    thanks for sharing and hosting your give away
    in stitches

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  172. Your quilt is awesome. How wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

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  173. An amazing quilt, story and list of words! I'm a little teary-eyed. :)

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  174. I loved seeing all those stars! I think this is a very creative idea and am looking forward to visiting all the participants.

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  175. How sweet of you to do that for your granddaughter. I'm sure she will have you around many more years to help wrap her up in it.

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  176. Love all your atrs! You have made a great quilt.

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  177. What a great idea for a quilt. You are special - thanks for sharing.

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  178. Wonderful quilt, I love stars, my favorite quilt block.

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  179. From another Sharon, I have made a word quilt. I made it while healing from 9/11. I used all the President's sayings in his uplifting speeches in the days following the tragedy. And Sandy was a different sort of tragedy.

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  180. What a lovely quilt and what a lovely story. Therapy comes in many ways and quilters find it comes with sewing. Happy a great 2013!

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  181. Beautiful Idea I'll have to give it a try

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  182. I am enjoying reading all the words bloggers are posting. And the great work too.

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  183. Love the quilt and your site. I'll be back!

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  184. So much fun here on your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  185. A gift your granddaughter will treasure. I so enjoyed the secrets hop. I hope another similar one comes along. In the meantime I'm gathering my own words.

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