Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Today “It’s All About Me”!

It’s the first day of what promises to be a hilarious blog hop, Madame Samm’s latest, with the delightful Marlene as our cheerleader.
Madame Samm’s sent our jolly band of bloggers an Amy Bradley applique pattern of a …(ahem)…’traditionally-built’ woman, with instructions to make it something of a self-portrait. I think we’re all in for a chuckle-filled week!
So here I go, diving in at the deep end, with not a soul to copy model my blog post on. (Deep breaths…)
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Let me tell you (not exactly all) about me…
So the first thing is that I find new experiences such as this extremely daunting. My heart’s been racing as the deadline approached and I wondered whether I was going to have my little project finished in time for the great reveal. But, as usual, the anticipation was far worse than the reality.
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I have grey hair. I used to be ‘blonde’, but who was I kidding? One day I decided I’d rather grow old disgracefully while just being myself. Life’s too short for root touch-ups!IMG_0782
My favourite colour is PINK. Bright, fuchsia, lollypop, shocking in-your-face PINK. Actually any shade will do, just as long as it’s PINK.
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I LOVE my red spectacle frames. They have the teensiest bit of blinginess. In fact I love them so much that when I needed to get new spectacles recently and my old frames were a little knocked about and scratched with age (a bit like me, really) I just bought a new version of my same old frames. How boring is that? The only thing that would make me love my frames better would be if they were PINK!
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I’d rather hand stitch my applique than attempt to keep to the lines as I feed it through a machine, so I worked all of this quirky Amy Bradley design by hand, apart from the borders. Of course I had my pins close at hand on my wrist, and Amy’s lovely clear instructions.
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For the first time I learnt, in Amy’s easy steps, how to fuse a second layer of white fabric onto the back of light coloured fabrics where patterns and threads might show through. IMG_0795
“Imagine FUTURE you”, said Madame Samm when she introduced this blog hop, but the thought of developing hind fat quarters like this Brunhilda is frankly scary. There was a heck of a lot of woman for me to outline-quilt around!
One thing about me that I doubt will ever change is my weakness for a certain family of techy toys.
IMG_0781I listen to audiobooks on my iPhone as I stitch, and snap and edit photos on it using cute apps that can create amazing effects. Then I post them on here as part of a Photo a Day Challenge. I keep in touch with friends, family and blogging buddies across the world by playing Words With Friends on my iPad. The music on my iPod  keeps me company too, and recently my joy was complete when I acquired an iMac.
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I even had a special case made for my iPhone from a photo of my Daisy a Day quilt.
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When it comes to products prefixed by that dear little “i” I just can’t get enough. You might say I’m a little biased!
Not too keen on the iRon though Winking smile.
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How about a little giveaway? Just leave me a comment on this post to be in the draw for these goodies…
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A pair of quilter’s socks (PINK, of course!) and a little extra help with becoming FUTURE you – a bar of mud soap with minerals from the Dead Sea (I bought it on our pilgrimage to Israel last year).
For a second chance, become a Follower of my blog, then tell me you’ve done this (or tell me you already are a Follower) in a separate comment. Please be sure you’re not Anonymous or a no-reply blogger. I’d be sad if you won and I couldn’t reach you.
I’ll close comments on Friday 1st March and draw the winner.
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Would you like to see how today’s nine other bloggers have created their self-portraits in fabric? Madame Samm has prizes for visiting all the blogs taking part in the It’s All About Me Blog Hop, around ten blogs each day, and for leaving lots of encouraging comments.
Enjoy!
Tuesday, February 19
Just Let Me Quilt
Sunshine Quilting
Karen at That Other Blog
Grammie Q
Gracie Oliver Arts
Marjorie's Busy Corner
SnippetsNScraps
Sowing Stitches
Pigtales and Quilts
Stitchin'ByThe Lake
Wednesday, February 20
Buzzing and Bumbling
Cherries Prairie Primitives
Kwilty Pleasures
Sew On And So Forth
Sew. Darn. Quilt.
A Stitch In Time
Doodling In My Mind
Moosestash Quilting
A Patchwork Life
Vickie at That Other Blog
Susie's World
Thursday, February 21
Kris Loves Fabric
The Quilting Alleycat
Cat Patches
Bumbleberry Stitches
Chickadees Country Cottage Crafts
In Stitches and Seams
Why-Knot-Kwilt
Quilting Unleashed
Rosemary at That Other Blog
Thimblemouse & Spouse
Sew Many Yarns
Friday, February 22
A Little Bit of Lorene
Life In The Scrapatch
Boston Bits
I Love Wool
Patchouli Moon Studio
As Sweet As Peaches
Just Quilt It
Grandmama's Stories
The Slow Quilter
Robin at That Other Blog
Scrapbook-ChickADoodle
Monday, February 25
Quilting Lines
Mountain Delights
Jane's Fabrics and Quilts
The Fuzzy Hat Quilter
Ramblings of an Empty Nester
NautiStitcher
Quilt Doodle Designs
Living Life
Freemotion By The River
The German Mom
Spoilt Dog Quilts
Tuesday, February 26
Pat Sloan's Blog
To Love Handmade
Feathered Nest Studio
Selina Quilts
Gypsy Dreamer Quilts
Sheila's Quilt World
Meadowbrook
13 Woodhouse Road
Zellerwear
Stitches of Love
Janice at That Other Blog
In The Sewing Basket
Wednesday, February 27
The Passions of Cliodana
QuiltMamas
Marathon Quilter
Marla's Crafts
Fiber Babble
Simple Sew
Sewn Seabees
Charlotte at That Other Blog
Nini's Patchwork
Charlotte's Creations
Ipiece2-Mary
My Spoolish Art
Thursday, February 28
Cherry Blossoms
Hill Valley Quilter
Dachsies With Moxie
I Like To QuiltBlog
Quilt Smiles
More Stars In Comanche
Tea Time Creations
Shedding the Wolf
Life, Quilts, and a Cat Too
Judy at That Other Blog
Madame Samm
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172 comments:

  1. So glad you let your hair be natural. It's lovely. I love everyone of my gray/white hairs....grin. Your project is so very cute!

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  2. Whoa your quilt is funny and really looks like you!
    i wish i could quilt well like you, it was a little bit hard to do make it tidy :O

    p.s. you can contact me via my email (fdinanq@gmail.com) :)

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  3. Adorable! Love the little embellishments that personalize your bright and pretty quilt ... :) Pat

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  4. This is so cute!! I love that teeny tiny pin cushion and pins plus your iPod in the pocket....how fun!

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  5. Oh Di, you sure had me in 'stitches' reading this blog post. How much fun is this?? Go girl! Proud of you, and proud of you to bring us such a wonderful giggle. Oh, yes I am a devoted follower of your blog - it always makes my day. xx

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  6. I love your project and all her special additions! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. I love the brightness of this - and I think it really reflects you. Love the I-Mac and ear-plugs - Ha and all the other little bits to add personality.

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  8. Oh Di how absolutely diliteful....... you truly are so creative and inspiring.
    hugz and love
    Wendi

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  9. Oh you did a great job and I love all those little special and personal details! So cute!

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  10. Love your self-portrait! How fun to learn a little about you :) I love pink too!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  11. Oh Di,

    she really looks like you - great work!
    And I love the ipod detail.

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  12. Your lady is awesome I love the additions you have made. Thanks for sharing

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  13. What a fun, fun, fun challenge to be a part of. :) I love your little self-portrait quilt, though it's obvious you are padded up in layers of winter woolies. hehe
    Love those socks and I once had a cake of Dead Sea mud soap. It was fabulous!

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  14. I've been a follower for years. But you knew that. ;)

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  15. Lovely, the Iphone made me laugh so much, but you were in all the details, great job and thanks for sharing it!

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  16. Love your lady, the iPod is adorable.

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  17. You project is adorable. Thank you for sharing your process. Your hand embroidery is amazing and very precise. Great job. You are very generous with your giveaway. Mud soap - now that's funny. It's wonderful that it's from your trip to Israel - very generous to share your treasures from your journey. Of course, the sock appeal to every quilter.

    I took a peek at an older post and saw the adorble sheep. I have a SIL who is a pastor. I made her a quilt when she was ordained. If she saw those and thought I could get my hands on a pattern, she'd love for me to make her some sheep. Another great talent put to good use!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  18. I think your self portait is such fun. I think we should all grow old disgracefully life is far to short for trips to the hairdressers. melanie xxx

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  19. Di, wrote you a post, and lost it, pooh. Hope I'm allowed to say that. I simply love your "Its all about me" - quirky fun, but true about all the things you love. Well done.
    Hugs
    Denise

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  20. Hi Di, love the quilt and your special bit. Thanks for sharing. Susie x

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  21. I am a new follower, thanks for the Giveaway. Susie x

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  22. I love your self portrait. we should all grow old disgracefully .love your blog .Melanie x

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  23. I love your glasses. As we get older, we can do what makes us happy and not care what others think about it. It's a blessing. I also love your iPod and head phones. Great addition to YOU!

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  24. Some would say you I addiction is Irrational and Irritating but I would say having an I fascination is Interesting and Intreging. Well done on your 'self' sewing. Sharyn:)

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  25. What a fun portrait.....I can (sort of) see the resemblance!

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  26. I love all of the extras that you added to your lady! She's wonderful!

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  27. Whoo hoo, there you are bright and cheery, jammin on the Ipod! I love it, I mean you! :-)

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  28. Very nice. This one was a different piece for sure. You did a good job.

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  29. Fantastic! Love what you have added to your piece.

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  30. I love your lady and the story. Marvelous hand seewing. Thanks for sharing, and for the giwe away. regards from Ingrid, in Sweden.

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  31. Thanks for sharing your project.

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  32. My dear I am gasping for breath from early morning chuckles...:) LOVE the addition of your techi-toys! :)

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  33. Just too cute! I love it. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  34. I love your coloured lady, she's beautiful !!
    Thanks for the give away... those socks are amazing !

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  35. An IPOD in her pocket..welllll I just love it Di, I am known to have one close by me too...I love your LADY....love the colours too...bright like you....I am sooooo pleased you joined us...hopefully it brought you as many smiles as you have brought us this morning

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  36. A very modern lady with a pocket for the latest gadget. And I love the hand embroidery. Cute.

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  37. What a great idea to add the ipod! your lady turned out great.

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  38. Di your lady is just so much fun. I love the colors that you used. And that is one pair of Twisted Sister socks that I don't have yet (I do have 4 pairs so far) so they would be a great addition to my collection. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  39. I really like your bright little lady! She makes me giggle. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower. vickise at gmail dot com

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  40. -your biased lady is so pritty in pink, fun detail with the I-Pod, I do "read" books while I´m sewing too ☺
    Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente

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  41. I do follow you now, and I`ll like to welcome you to my blog too.

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  42. I'm not too fond of the iRon either! Thanks for sharing your lady. She is really cute.

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  43. Now if my grey hair looked like yours; I wouldn't color it! Gorgeous hair....you did a fantastic job on your little lady..

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  44. She's great!! Di, you stitched all that applique by hand? Wow! It's so even and pretty. Was it hard to work the hand needle through the fusing?

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  45. She is super cool and love the touch you added.Thanks for sharing!!

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  46. She's adorable and I love the techy addition! Thanks for sharing! :O)

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  47. I love your interpretation! I'm with you on the I'd rather do it by hand than feed it into the machine. Thanks for the chance.

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  48. I'm a new follower of your blog. I also sent you a facebook request to follow you. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. I love your projects. And I really love the fabrics you chose to use. Now that I phone & pocket that was a pretty cool idea

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  50. Another lady who loves pink! Great minds think alike! (I have blonde highlights in my gray hair, so I know exactly what you mean about the hair- that is what my husband calls my hair color and he won't let me change it!)

    Simply adore this piece!

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  51. It is so very nice to meet you. This has been a wonderful hop and like you I get a little hyped before the reveal also plus I like pink...take care.

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  52. Thanks for participating in the hop..fun YOU!

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  53. Am I in the right place, this quilt is great, love your stitching!

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  54. A lady after my own heart...I'm reading (and writing) this on my iPad which goes with me everywhere and has my whole life on it! What a great addition to your project--love the little apple logo! GREAT job!

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  55. Oh and I'm now a follower! I love your style!

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  56. I love your bright stripes, and the ipod is such a great addition! Beautiful job! She really stands out--love the glasses, also.

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  57. What a great rendition of the most modern TBW. Thanks for the chuckle.

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  58. Just love the Ipod addition! Great job!

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  59. I love it, it tells a little about you and is a real fun project,thanks for sharing !

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  60. LOL! I love that iPod in the pocket detail! That one is going to have me giggling all day. Good job!

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  61. I just love your details. So much fun...

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  62. Very cute. I love the i-pod and ear buds. The colors are wonderful - so bright and cheery. You did a wonderful job.

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  63. What a fun blog! I have all your toys too. Love your lady!

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  64. This is such fun! I love your interpretation!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  65. This is such a fun hop. It is a great way to start the day.

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  66. I have been to your blog several times but today I decided to join it. Thanks for the fun.

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  67. Oh I am a pink girl too AND I have pink glasses! Lol.... love your little quilt

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  68. I like your lady.You did a good job.

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  69. Love the bright and bold colors! Thanks for sharing.

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  70. Hi!!! Love all the little extras you added!!! Very fun!!!

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  71. Your ladies are sure creative. I really like the bling on your glasses. Thanks for sharing.

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  72. What? Where are the comments? This is so sweet. I LOVE all those bright biased stripes. She is very cute even though she looks NOTHING like your picture. Hahahhahaha

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  73. Cute project. Love the story. Thanks for sharing & the opportunity to win.

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  74. I have so enjoyed going around to see everyone's project. I think this is one of the best blog hops I've seen. I love your personalization with the ipod.

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  75. Very cute! I love to see everybody's personal touches. Thanks
    gussek at hotmail dot com

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  76. I'm a new follower.
    gussek at hotmail dot com

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  77. Rosemary B here:
    I ADORE your creation. I love all Mac and Apple stuff too.
    I love pink too.
    You can display this with pride. the fabrics and colors are beautiful and your embroidery is outstanding, I am very impressed with that.

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  78. I just signed up to follow you.

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  79. I love the socks - had a pair and one disappeared, if I win I'll have a pair and a spare!

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  80. your lady is great! Your hand applique is so neat!

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  81. Love your design. You made it you! I would love red frames again. I had them years ago and then went to just plain brown. Time for a change, after seeing all the different colors you are all using today for your great lady!

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  82. Love your little lady. Nothing like aging with style and anyway, it's all about me...

    thelady at hotmail.com

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  83. I've signed up to follow your blog.

    thelady at hotmail.com

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  84. Thank you so much for making me smile. I too, adore pink and love tech! She is wonderful!! BTW, your hair is just beautiful, I wish my grey would grow out as pretty as yours! Thanks for sharing.

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  85. LOL! I've incorporated my iPod and earbuds into my project, too! GMTA, I guess :-)

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  86. Sew cute! I love pink, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  87. You/She is just wonderful! From the polka dot hair to the bling, fantastic! :)

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  88. How cute! I love the color choices.
    Thank you!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  89. I'm a follower.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  90. sew much fun! love this blog hop already! i like your being technically adept! me, too, for my advance age, i enjoy my tech toys!

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  91. This turned out quite well. Don't you just love Amy's patterns and good instructions? Like you, I used to do my button hole all by hand too. When I had to take to pulling the needle through with needle nose pliers I wondered if that was a good idea, LOL. Halfway through doing her Dazzling Dog patterns I gave it a whirl by machine. The more you do, the more confident you become but some days it almost hypnotizes!! 1,2, left, 1, 2, left, LOL. Love the bling on her glasses and the ipad, ipod additions are really cute!

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  92. High five for the gray!! Yea for going gray and its reflection in your creation! Love it!

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  93. Great Idea!! Love the love of music and quilting!! great idea I may pick up with my longarming!!

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  94. I can't possibly be the only person who commented on your wonderful project? Something is definitely wrong with this picture. I just LOVE your *Gal* and had decided your smile was enough to make me become a follower!! We are similar in many ways I do believe.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  95. I love the way your project turned out -- I am loving this Hop!

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  96. She's adorable! Love the bling on her glasses. I bought pink frames for my sewing glasses and still LOVE them! Thanks for the inspiration on day one! Oh, and I'm a new follower. :-)

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  97. Glad I found your blog. I enjoyed your post on your lady and love the colors you used. I don't get to use brights very often and this pattern was perfect for using them. I enjoyed seeing the sheep in your older post too.

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  98. Love your beautiful stitching and your pink glasses with a little blinginess! I am a new follower.

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  99. I love how you dressed those glasses up! shoot, I love the whole thing! Your little lady rocks!

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  100. You ladies are really stylin' here today with your 'me's' I am so impressed. Love them all, thanks for sharing. and thank you for a chance to win your giveaway. :)

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  101. I am your newest blog follower 152. Thanks for a chance to win your sweet giveaway :)

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  102. Love what you have made and would love to win.

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  103. Great job of showcasing your project! Your pictures are awesome and so is your project! You've really shown your biased with your fabric choices..they are perfect. I love the blings you used. Thanks for sharing your awesome work and thanks the giveaway chance.

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  104. I'm a a new follower. Looking forward to reading your future posts.

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  105. What quilter would not want to win those wonderful socks? Count me in.

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  106. Di I love the future you! I love the pocket with the IPhone and the glasses and the gray hair....and all those shocking colors! I can't believe you did all that handwork - you are amazing. :) blessings, marlene

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  107. Such a great job of making her you. Love the wire and ipod. Great detail all the way around.

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  108. Di I love your rendition of yourself you look like one super fun lady. I am a bit of techie just got an IPad for Christmas and I love pink to. Thanks for sharing.

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  109. Love love love the added Ipod! So cute!

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  110. thanks for the fun hop and love the socks.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  111. gfc follower

    apple blossom

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  112. Ha, ha, ha. Yep, I'd say there was a lot of Brunhilda compared to a very sleek-looking Di! I congratulate you on all that hand-applique. Loved that you added the "techy" "i" stuff. Sounds like Brunhilda would have only been half dressed without it. lol

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  113. I love the socks!

    Thanks for the give-a-away!

    debbie.debaeremaeker at gmail dot com

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  114. I am hopping into the quilt world and enjoying it very much. Your Hip Quilt is fabulous. Thank you for sharing your love of PINK. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

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  115. Pink was an awesome choice! I love how you personalized her with the iPhone. Very cool!

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  116. You sure do have a bright quilt. Love it.

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  117. Love the iphine with ear buds! Sweet!
    also think the photo and applique are sisters:)

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  118. These characters are just adoreable.....

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  119. Great work! I'm with you on all the techy stuff. Can't live without the iPod, iPhone and iMac iSew too. I love to read but there is never enough time. Then I discovered audiobooks and now iRead a lot more..Love her hair and those glasses are sooo cool!

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  120. Oh my goodness, she ...uh you...uh she....well, you know what I mean....is so awesome! I love all the extra little touches of you that you added in. Fantastic!

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  121. Beautiful Di! I love the embellishments - the iPhone/pod was ingenious! LOVE IT!!

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  122. ..and I'm a new follower! Thanks for the opportunity to win, and have an awesome day!

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  123. Those socks would be so much fun to wear! This is a really fun blog hop!

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  124. I love it! The added touch of the Ipod is adorable!!!!

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  125. another creative and unique version of this lady! very clever

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  126. love those little modern touches .... I think her little iphone is great.... sew she can keep in touch with all her quilting buddies
    thanks for sharing
    in stitches

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  127. I love your pesonalaztion very cute Thank-you for sharing and the give away chance Very cute.Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  128. Thanks for sharing!! Love your lady!! Pink works for me too! Looove it!

    Thanks for chance to win your drawing! :)

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  129. I love your lady, especially the Ipod case! I am having so much fun following this hop. It's good to laugh! Thanks for sharing your imagination and talent!

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  130. Lovely post - gee didnt know you liked pink LOL!

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  131. What a wonderful job you did! Thanks for sharing.

    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  132. What a wonderful job you did! Thanks for sharing.

    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  133. All the little touches are adorable on your 'you' quilt!! This is such a fun hop.. my day is here http://blog.patsloan.com/2013/02/its-all-about-mmm-me-you-who.html#comments

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  134. Love the fabrics! And the ipod is awesome! Great job - thanks for sharing!

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  135. Love it and the post that goes with it! Like you, I decided that life is too short for root touch ups!

    I don't mind iRon, mostly because I only do it when necessary. I'm not too fond of iWash, iCook or especially) iClean either!

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