Sunday, August 29, 2010

The doll quilt is finished....so you know what that means...!!! A celebration!

*The giveaway is now closed*

Woohoo! The quilt is officially complete, label and all (which is pretty darn cute if you ask me!)


Doll Quilt Label


Notice the little reference to Dorothy? I thought I was a genius when I came up that idea! LOL. Sometimes it's the littlest things that make me happy. :)



But....that quilt is complete and it's time celebrate Angela style! So that means a giveaway! And not just any giveaway. Why it's the giveaway of another mini quilt. If you've been following along, then you know what is coming. Otherwise, catch up. ;)


We all know that there was no way that I was going to create a twin to the doll quilt, but I did promise that I would continue to give away mini quilts after the girl on a swing became so coveted. So here is the next addition to my attempts at mini quilts. I blogged about it a few days earlier, so you can go back and read more about it...but this is it:



Peacock Wall Hanging


As yet unnamed quilt...maybe I'll let the winner decide! But this pretty peacock could soon be yours. And what do you need to do to get some entries? Well there's a few ways.

I'm very intrigued by everyone's reaction to my doll quilt "Where Bluebirds Fly".
Where Bluebirds Fly
I did not set out to create something that got a lot of attention. But the reality is that it did. And I'm interested in why. I would love to hear what it is about the quilt that drew you to it especially. No "it's just pretty" answers please. This is an honest attempt to understand what people are liking in the quilting world. This is not a beg for a compliments, but rather a request for solid information. (I don't turn down compliments though ;) ) You can say as much as you like, but only one entry per comment on the quilt.



If you've done that and you still would like to have some more entries, then we're going for some standards here.

You can blog about the giveaway on your blog and link back here.

You can add me as a link in your side bar on your blog.

You can become a follower or tell me that you are already one.


And hey, since it's my blog and my giveaway, you can get another entry by leaving a comment telling me how cute my Caitlyn is...because I don't ever get tired of hearing it. LOL.


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So that's it...can't wait to hear what you all have to say and good luck to everyone. This is a random drawing so it doesn't matter how deep your affection is for either quilt...it's all up to the random generator!


Peacock Quilt Detail



Good luck! The giveaway is open until the end of September 6th (central time?) because that is when all the doll quilts need to be mailed out and when my other mini quilt needs to be mailed out. It's just a good deadline for me! LOL.


Peacock Wall Hanging


PS. as always...make sure that there is a way to contact you!!

130 comments:

  1. Love the little mini you are giving away...

    What draws me to "Where bluebirds fly" is the contrast between the 2 sides. One one you have a beautiful magical scene playing out and on the other turmoil...Kinda like a play between good and evil. It also reminds me of myself. I am one of those people that try and can usually manage to be happy in almost any situation and most think of me as a happy easy going person, but if you really know me you would find that what you see on the surface isn't always what it seems!

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  2. Of course I have the 1st few comments so I guess you can count me out...LOL

    I am already follower :)

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  3. Your Caitlyn is ADORABLE! I can almost hear her giggling in that top photo!

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  4. I think your quilt got attention not just because it's visually appealing - but among quilters because it's elaborate and ambitious (and I know I would have thought twice - or three times, or maybe four - before taking it on) And it's different from many quilts/quilting projects in it's detail and sense of narrative - we tend to work in the very abstract - color, shape, contrast etc. not landscapes and story

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  5. I love the whole story behind the quilt and how you depicted it on the quilt. Particularly I like the juxtaposition of traditional piecing with art piecing. Just like in your peacock with the background of squares and the bird on the top. I'm great at following patterns, but I would like to learn to be more flexible and put a little unexpected personality to my projects.

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  6. I love the contrast in your quilt between the bright and dark sides. I love how the bright side is full of details, like those gorgeous mermaids, gnomes, mushrooms, and how the dark side seems to be void of details. The differences are so striking and the details keep you looking back for more.

    But honestly, I think your openness about the process and inspiration behind the quilt make it the most interesting and appealing.

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  7. Love those sweet little curls on your little girl. She is lovely.

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  8. I think your quilt is fabulous because:
    1. Color vs. black and white is striking to the eye and catches your attention, even in small icon form. It's a visual birthday cake of wonderfulness.
    2. The CRAZY amount of detail and various techniques used. Each time you look at it, you discover something new
    3. The theme. The Wizard of Oz is so well-loved and is all abount innocence, imagination, and the longing for home. Who doesn't love that story?

    I could go on--it's simply an awesome quilt made all the more wonderful with the personal backstory from you. ♥ it!

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  9. Caityn and Cian need to get together for a playdate--cuteness to the max! I love seeing pictures of her!

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  10. The quilt is so eye catching at first because of the vibrant colour. I would have been delighted to have only seen that half. Once you actually look at the quilt, the way the fabrics were used, as in the patterns within each fabric were perfect for where they were used. Lastly for me, the different quilting stitches really made the scene come to life. Lovely.

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  11. Your little gal is adorable! *internet cheek pinch* She looks like a very happy little girl :)

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  12. Your doll quilt is not only pretty but also so interesting! There is so much going on and so many different characters to see. It is a quilt that you could "read" as a bedtime story! Aside from that the piecing/applique and all the others methods you used are amazing! I still don't know how you managed the tiny fiddly gnomes! I also loved how you used the designs of the fabrics within the picture you created.. ie the castles/mermaids. Oh and I LOVE the evil witches lol!

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  13. I like how the design motif in the border echoes the motif of the feathers, but one is ordered, and the other is more scattered. Complementary colors are always pretty beautiful. The ticker tape background gives texture, BUT the peacock on top adds dimension to that, so it makes the texture on the background seem flat. A crisp white frame always scores. -- and I just realized that I answered for your peacock, instead of the doll quilt. Now I'll go back and re-answer (count this one as my follower entry)

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  14. RE: the doll quilt --
    - excellent contrast, while maintaining continuity with the rainbow
    - the little troubadour climbing the mountain
    - Though so many different fabrics are used, the flow is seamless.
    - it's ethereal and grounded at the same time -- universal themes are universally appealing (struggle between good and evil; our longing for beauty -- that kind of stuff)
    - the heart behind it.
    - exceptional attention to detail

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  15. You're in my blog roll -- and I think that if you're going to get Caitlyn together with Cian, you need to invite Steiger too. :)

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  16. You dont need me to tell you she is cute!!! Because she is simply adorable! Plus I already have baby fever and you are not helping posting adorable pictures of your sweet Caitlyn.

    As far as the quilt goes, I love the story behind it. I can so understand!!! All too well!
    Plus the little details you put into it, It is truly amazing. You went above and beyond the call of duty :)

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  17. I was drawn by the creativity of your design it is so original, I love the look at both sides of the quilt how it is so bright and cheerful on the magical side and black on white on the other. I love how you did the landscaping with the mermaids and the gnomes and the castles it is so wonderful I just love it.

    Your peacock quilt is gorgous too, I have a friend who raises peacocks she has 13 or 14 of them and several are albino. They are so beautiful and so is your quilt. You do such beautiful work. Thanks for the chance to win. I am crossing my fingers for the DQS9, it is awesome.

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  18. I am now a follower. I love this quilt. I liked to watch the progression of the quilt and after you told the story I could connect with it in another way. Thank you for sharing it.

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  19. I also link you in the sidebar of my blog.

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  20. Why I was drawn to your doll quilt? Well, I loved how it seemed to tell a story. Even before you shared the story behind it, there was that sense, with the two sides, and the 'characters' that you added to it. Also, that quilt is just eye candy. Everytime you posted a new picture of it, there were so many little details that you had added with the birds, the mermaid, the witches, the gnomes (love the gnomes!). The whole quilt is just beautiful and full of things to look at.

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  21. I think the mini quilt is very creative and unique. You used a very nice selection of yellows for the background. They don't overpower and take away from the focus of the quilt, the peacock.

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  22. I think my reason I coveted your doll quilt is rather simple: I used to LOVE to swing on a swing set in my backyard, the feeling of being high up and free, the wind brushing by my ears, and seeing your quilt broke me back to that memory. Also, it's very unique and unusual. I started to make one of my own, but I'm stalled. I don't want to "copy" yours but I'm stuck on finding my own originality so it is hanging in my sewing room with just the background fabrics raw-edge appliqued and nothing else! Maybe someday...

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  23. I am a follower and loving it!

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  24. Oh man, I love your mini's. I've been drooling over them on Flickr. :-)

    I have to add , your wee babe is just gorgeous !!!

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  25. Your quilt really combined art + story + emotion + skill + wonderful color! I loved hearing you tell the meaning and seeing the emotions you had tied to this time of your life. Seeing you pour out your heart through fabric and thread is beautiful. I think that's what all creative endeavors should be. Some element of ourselves needs to be included in each thing we create -- whether it's a quilt, a painting, or any other artistic endeavor. That's why I love your doll swap quilt! :)

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  26. What I like about this quilt is the strong sense of a story, and the planning that has gone into it, particularly the use of fabric details as part of the storytelling- the mermaids, castles and so on. The split between the two sides suggests the strong emotional motivation behind the design. And I'm heartened to see the very faint rainbow colours shining through the bleakness to suggest enduring hope. bellgirlsblog [at] gmail [dot] com

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  27. Your little girl is beautiful and well worth the heartbreaking wait!

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  28. I'm already a follower! bellgirlsblog [at] gmail [dot] com

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  29. ...and you're linked on my sidebar blogroll, that's how I saw your quilt! bellgirlsblog [at] gmail [dot] com

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  30. ...And I've blogged about your giveaway here: http://quarterinchfeet.blogspot.com/2010/08/cut-to-pieces-giveaway.html

    bellgirlsblog [at] gmail [dot] com

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  31. I also think that we should name Caitlin as "Cutest Member of the New Orleans Modern Quilt Guild." I know she doesn't quilt yet, but she plays with your fabric scraps (I assume), so that will count. Seriously, I love her hair!!! Adorable! :)

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  32. I was so intrigued when I first saw your quilt - the two different sides...one dark and gray and the other beautiful and colorful. And then you just kept adding more to make it even more magical. But the best part of all was when you told us the story behind it - just put it all into perspective and made it even more special!

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  33. I'm a follower on Google Reader :-)

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  34. and she is just so cute....ha ha - my 10 year old just came up behind me and said - oooh..that is such a cute baby :-)

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  35. I love that quilt!! too vague???
    For me it's all the exquisite details - I find more every time I go back to look at it
    Gill

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  36. Your beautiful daughter is gorgeous!
    Gill

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  37. i love the unique quality of each quilt. you really took the time to create something of your very own and they are both works of art. and your babe.....sheesh, what a little darling!

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  38. i never thought quilting was a form of art until ive seen some of these modern quilters like you and aneela from comfortstitching. its amazing how you can actually create an artwork by piecing together bits of scraps. and your freehand quilting gives it a whole new dimension for the audience to oohhh and ahhh at. i love it! i cant wait to try it myself...need to build up my scraps and get a little better at piecing. i have trouble even trying to match scraps together. maybe im overthinking.

    anywho...thanks for the giveaway and your little girl is so precious. love her curls.

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  39. Your daughter IS cute!! and you know it too... But of course.. it can't be said enough!

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  40. I like the colours in this quilt. There is a good balance of colour too and the subject is cute. Nicely executed with the stitching of the feathers and the quilting. The fabric in the border is very attractive and the pattern echoes the peacock theme, thereby drawing it all together. All in all a happy, nicely coloured, well balanced, well designed quilt that is absolutely beautiful and would be welcome on any wall!!

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  41. from Ruthiequilts:

    " I love, love, love your quilt! This one along with your DQS! Since Kimmie has received hers, I was sure it (DQS) was for one of us (being the Wizard of Oz geeks!!!) But alas, no! Whoever gets it is a lucky duck and I should try bribing them for it or something! This is gorgeous too! Your quilts just get better and better"

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  42. from Ruthiequilts:

    "and your little girl is adorable!!!"

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  43. I am really intrigued by using the doll quilt to tell a story rather than just using your basic quiltin/piecing methods and styles. I love the stark contrast between light and dark and your applique is amazing!

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  44. Oh yes, your daughter is adorable (love the new teeth!) and reminds me a lot of my younger sister "Caitlin" when she was little :)

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  45. what can i say that hasn't already been said? :)

    i love the detail and the fact that every time you look at it, you find something you didn't notice before. plus i love the whimsy of it all - the gnomes, mermaids, and unicorn (and of course the poor normal peon hauling a bit of hay...is he a work-a-holic or the only one that's not a bum? still deciding.)

    p.s. gimme that peacock!

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  46. I love your quilt because it came out of your mind, heart and spirit - it is unique and I love the tension between the dark and sombre colours and the light and joyful colours. There is more to see each time you look at it. I really love that the division is asymmetrical - I don't know why but I really think its neat.

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  47. Your Caitlynn is cute - but I am partial as I have my own Caitlin - now 21 - it seems like only yesterday she was a little bitty sweetie like your lovely daughter.

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  48. I think that "Where Bluebirds Fly" is so appealing because of the colors, the detail, and the story behind it. It's simply sublime!

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  49. Your Caitlyn is SOOO CUTE!!! The curly mop of hair, the little teeth, those intense eyes, and all that adorable baby fat!
    I believe she's the prettiest artwork you've ever made! (Be sure you don't swap her, I think she's a keeper for sure!)

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  50. Oh, and I'm following you on Google Reader ;-)

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  51. To me, besides the creativity of it, what draws the attention is that the color side reminds me of old tapestries or illuminations and the other is more like the sketch in a story book--a bit more modern. I like the contrast of the two.

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  52. Your blog is listed in my Beloved Blogs sidebar area!

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  53. Oh, and Caitlyn is total cuteness--curls, sparkly eyes, chubby little legs--I'll bet when she giggles it steals your heart away!

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  54. Cheeky Caityn is complete cuteness!

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  55. I don't know how you could part with either of these panels they are both stunning - well done, and what an interesting interpretation on OZ

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  56. Your little girl is so cute, and I love the fact that she is enjoying the water and sand.

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  57. As for your quilt, when I first saw the black and white witches, I could not imagine what you were making, but as the story grew I wondered how come some people have all the imagination (that should be shared with me). To see the completed quilt is amazing, your colours, stitching and quilting, and the fact that it tells a story is great. Your Peacock quilt is another masterpiece, and would be welcome to live with me.

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  58. Okay....onto the big question.
    For me, the complexity of the story was astounding! The story was so clear and yet inconclusive, open to my own interpretation and imagination. I know you have your own story within the quilt, and there are obvious references to OZ. But there is also a children's story in there too! There are some amazing characters there, they just lack some words. Wouldn't it be cool to write a picture book, based on that scene, using photo's of a quilt instead of illustrations.

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  59. Your attention to detail is amazing. Congratulations on another beauty.

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  60. I've been following you on Newsfox but have now changed to Google Reader.

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  61. I'm one of the DQS9 Swap Mamas, and didn't know about your blog until today, but I've been following your quilt's progress. I believe in one comment I wrote, "I'd give you money for this" and you wrote back, "How much?" The number would be in the hundreds.

    I've also added you on my blogroll and I've just become a follower, AND your daughter sure is cute... ok covered all bases..

    I think your quilt is a knockout, for several reasons. First it is completely ORIGINAL, and therefore unique. Next, most quilts don't tell a story, most quilts don't have two completely different views, and most story quilts are BIGGER. The mere fact that you have created this gem as small as you did commands attention.

    You've got a great color sense, and the colors work very well together. The fabrics are perfectly chosen to tell your story. Your craftsmanship is good too, and so is your quilting. You knocked it out of the park on all levels.

    In every Doll Quilt Swap there is usually ONE quilt that is THE most incredible, THE most amazing, and the one EVERYBODY wants. In DQS9, you did it. You're the One.

    I absolutely LOVE this, and would be THRILLED if it came to live with me, and seriously, I'd give you money for it!

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  62. I'm also one of the DQS mamas and I think you have found your calling! Perhaps you will take over my spot someday as the new angel mama? I think you loved every minute of making your quilt because THAT shows!!! And, I also bet that you're disappointed that it's over because otherwise you wouldn't be having this nice giveaway and getting suggestions for further inspiration. I know how you feel! Doll sized quilts are my favorite too! Keep up the fantastic work!

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  63. I lvoe your level of creativitiy. That peacock! The invidual tail feathers, who would have thunk it, except you!!!

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  64. The favorite part of any peacock are the array of feathers and colors. I like yours better than the NBC peacock!

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  65. I love your doll quilt, it's so unique and all these little details are amazing. But what draws me most is the "dark side"!! I fell in love with it when you first started showing your progress. It reminds me so much of the drawings of Paul Flora, one of my favorite artists. I love the wonky house, the witches dancing around their cauldron and the black kitty :)
    I don't blog myself, so I always feel I should not sign up for give-aways, but I love the peacockn so much and it would fit perfectly on my yellow bedroom walls ;)
    contact info: quiltedoma@yahoo.com

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  66. Caitlyn is just adorable. I see why you want to keep hearing this.

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  67. Oh, and Caitlyn is adorable!!!! I love the top picture, makes me giggle right along with her :)
    contact info: quiltedoma@yahoo.com

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  68. I must say that your dqs9 quilt is amazingly beautiful. (the compliment) I really am drawn to the contrast between the sides, and the attention to detail. And I loooove the witches! Especially the one on the back.

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  69. I am one of your contacts on flickr, and every time you post a picture of your sweet little girl, it makes me smile. You are one lucky momma! I think you already knew that though. :)

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  70. "Where Blue Birds Fly" is an amazing quilt because....does this sound like a school assignment?!.....it is a quilt that tells a very ellabroate story on a very small scale. Your details are amazing. Each piece contributes to the whole both in color and texture. Additionally, there is nothing else like it. Sometimes what is different is what attracks.

    Caitlyn is beautiful. I asked God for a little girl, and he sent me three wonderful boys. I pray that there is a Caitlyn out there waiting for them. Her smile will be the world to one man someday.


    CASharp

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  71. Oh Wow !!!! Love your quilts!!!! But I have already told you that many times :)!!! Why well, I LOVE a quilt that tells a story/has a statement to make!! And yours definatly does!!! I LOVE how these things can come alive and one little idea just grows and grows and grows as if it has a life of its own, again yours does :)!! true art !!!
    Terrie
    terrie7365@msn.com

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  72. And of course, you know that I have a soft spot for the wee little girls !!! Too bad that we live so far apart as I think that our little ones could have alot of fun together :)!!! Yours is Adorable !!!!

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  73. When Bluebirds Fly appeals to me on so many levels. It's whimsical, wonderous, mythical, fantastical. It's busy and colorful and yet calm and soothing. It's dream-like and I have so many dreams every night, this really fits into my dream world. All you need is snakes and sharks to be complete! lol DON'T add them! This is my perfect dreamworld!

    Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful peacock, Twee!

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  74. and you're already on my blog roll on the side bar!

    i'm going to wait to blog about it and post another comment on here, because i'm trying to spread out my entries!

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  75. your quilt strikes my fancy because of the details obviously involved in planning and making the quilt. also the contrast between day and night...and of course the cherry on top, its also a 'feel it' quilt. I can imagine closing my eyes and still seeing an interesting, detailed picture just by the touching it.

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  76. and Caitlin in obviously stinkin cute! ...in case you want to know, I'd say that even if it didn't increase my chances of winning Mr. Peacock royal ;)

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  77. I like the way the quilt is bifurcated -- the sweetness and light side and then the dark side. I especially like what happens to the rainbow. Another fun element is how you worked in bits of several commercial lines -- the ghastlies witches and the unicorn and mermaid. Very nice. Altogether, it was well made and looks solid while playing with lots of whimsy.

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  78. Here's attempt No. 2 at an entry -- that is one cute baby. I would say that even if I wasn't trying for the gorgeous little peacock quilt. What a charmer. She reminds me of my younger son, who was all curls and pink, fat cheeks and chubbiness at that age. Sweet, sweet, sweet.

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  79. Oh, forgot to tell you, I'm a follower. Not gonna be weird and come camp in your yard or anything, but I do keep an eye on your blog from time to time. :)

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  80. Your bluebirds fly quilt caught me from your first peeks. I truly admire the time, thought, effort, and creativity that went into it. Everything down to the binding was done with mindfulness. Not to mention the whimsical elements, which always draw my eye!

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  81. Your quilt jumped out at me firstly because of the striking contrast between the two sides - you can't help but be intrigued by it. Secondly, the amount of detail is incredible! The rainbow, the quilted tornado, the mermaids, the fruits on the trees, it's all so beautifully done. And finally, I think it captures the story of Dorothy so perfectly!

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  82. And Caitlyn is super adorable!

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  83. As someone who doesn't have a lot of time to devote to quilty activities, I think I'm just amazed by the amount of time & the attention to detail you've put into the quilt. Obviously, there was a lot of back story influencing you, but I don't think I'm creative enough to translate life onto fabric like that. I most especially appreciate the effort!

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  84. Wow I never thought that would be your giveaway quilt, it's just lovely

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  85. Your Caitlyn looks very happy in the water, and yes she is VERY cute.
    My kids look happy like that lateley, but they are playing in the mud ATM as we are getting lots of late winter rain.

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  86. I love the attention to detail as well as the contrast between the sides. It's a wonderful reminder that perspective renders scenes of life in many different ways and sometimes a shift in stance can do a lot.

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  87. Love this doll quilt.

    What always drew me back to your quilt was the story it told. I loved each and every detail of the story. Each item added was placed there for a reason and they all work together so harmoniously. Love it!

    I was not a follower, but I am now. :) (woot! 2 entries for me!)

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  88. My feelings are visceral when I view "When bluebirds fly". The feelings are intense> That is why I like the quilt. Traditional quilts are often remakes in different colors but this is your take on the story and yet for the rest of us it feels like our take too! You have let all of us feel the turmoil and juxtaposition that was faced in Wizard of Oz. To get an inanimate object to make a feel is incredible. Thanks.crangellaw@yahoo.com

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  89. Your daughter is lovely. crangellaw@yahoo.com

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  90. Oh oh oh!! I love that peacock! I'm designing a pattern study of peacocks and this little beauty caught my eye. Your Oz quilt is something else. As far as I'm concerned it's a work of art. The use of the fabric elements, how they're placed together, the brilliant way the pieced rainbow arches into Kansas. I tornado and the witches!! I love everything about it!

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  91. And I added twice actually to the side bar on my blog, once in the links area and then I put your logo graphic further down.

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  92. I blogged here: http://artisania.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/giveaway-on-cut-to-pieces/

    Hmm... I guess I really want that peacock LOL!!

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  93. Your Bluebird quilt is wonderfully made. I really like that it tells a tale of two worlds. Like real life in depicts the conflict that we face daily. Then at the end of the day......we live in the technicolor world where anything is possible. Your quilt may be small but it has the impact of an M80!

    I collect all things peacock and your quilt is so lovely.

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  94. I am now a follower of your wonderful blog it is well worth becoming a follower.

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  95. Your sweet baby girl is lovely and I know she brings much joy to your life.

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  96. Your quilt is fabulous first of all because the construction of it looks amazing. You did an excellent job. I had to learn more about it when I saw it on Freckled Whimsy. I love how unique it is and the meaning behind it. My babies came the hard way too, and I was touched by your story. That emotional connection made me love your quilt even more. If I had made it I'm not sure I could have parted with it. It inspires me to put more meaning into my quilting though. It's not just about a pretty quilt.

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  97. Your Caitlyn is certainly adorable. I love the loose curls.

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  98. i just blogged about it...that's my last and final entry :( hopefully my "divide and conquer" comment plan will work!!!

    http://theplaidscottie.blogspot.com/2010/09/no-whammies-no-whammiesstop.html

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  99. I just love your quilt and I think the story behind it really makes it even that much more special. gorgeous!

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  100. I am a follower via Bloglines and will list you on my side bar too.

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  101. Your daughter is amazing. She is beautiful and your story of the quest for her is beautiful! You should be one proud momma!!

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  102. Where Bluebirds Fly is a piece of art! I think I am drawn to the light-dark contrast - good-evil - happy-sad ... I love the level of detail, and the fussy cut bits of some of my favourite fabric lines. It all comes together so beautifully!

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  103. I`m now following you in my Google Reader - thank you for the great blog!

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  104. Wow, I just found your blog and I LOVE your work. So creative and intriguing. The peacock is gorgeous. I love how you used Castle peeps, Emerald City, genius.

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  105. And of course, your daughter is super, uber cute!

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  106. Beyond being fantastic to look at, the quilt really tells a story. There is so much detail put into it. I'd imagine that you could literally use it to tell a story (or several ones). I love the opposing sides, the bright & colourful vs. the dark & monotone, & I really love your clever use of fabric & how you used the mermaids, unicorn, castles, etc. to play off each other.
    AND it's pretty!! ;D

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