Saturday, January 21, 2012

Want to Learn Curves?

*the giveaway is now closed*

Do you want to learn to sew curved seams? Are they your nemesis? Or are you looking for that one trick that will help you feel more comfortable? Well, I have a treat for you. One of you is going to win a FREE Premium Level spot in Rachel, Stitched in Color's, new online class on sewing with curves!

Just look at her pictures of some of the enticing projects she's going to be doing to get you comfortable with your curves.



Improv curves!

Rainbow Road project

(photo courtesy of Stitched in Color)






I adore this pattern of hers! Genius!

Scallop Quilt project
(photo courtesy of Stitched in Color)




Oh there are so many fun projects she has in store! You can read all about her upcoming class (it starts February 1st) HERE on her blog. That link will tell you how you can sign up now too if you are too impatient to wait to see if you win the giveaway. ;) There are a lot of levels of the class that you can sign up for.



Her description of the class from her blog:

"Let me hold your hand through this 5-week course which caters to both the beginner and intermediate curves sewist. Weeks 1-4 we'll cover Basic Curves, Improv Curves, Precise Curves and Advanced Improv Curves with full, detailed photo tutorials and many downloadable templates. Each week you can choose from 3 very different projects for one that really fits your experience and interests. Week 5 we'll celebrate with full on quilts. "



I don't know about you but it sounds like fun fun fun to me! Just access to her patterns would be reason enough for me to join.




So to enter for your chance at a Premium Level Class Admittance for Rachel's Class you can:

1. Leave me a comment on your favorite/least favorite thing about sewing curves. Anything!

2. Share about the giveaway! Let's help Rachel get her class going! She's doing this all so that she can home school her kids! So blog, tweet, facebook, tell your neighbor, sister, dog...uhm...well maybe you have a talented dog...what do I know? Then leave a comment here telling me that you shared about the giveaway.


So that's two chances to win one fabulous spot in Rachel's class. Let's all be curvy together!


112 comments:

  1. I've never sewed a quilt with curves before but would love to win a spot in the curves class! Thanks so much for a chance to win!

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  2. I love the look that you get by adding curves to a quilt.

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  3. I would love to have confidence sewing curves. This would be just the class. I'm loving the projects. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. I'd love to take that class! I can't afford it, or I'd sign up now! I hate the puckering that may occur when dealing with curves.

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  5. I'd love to learn to do curves! This class sounds so great! Thanks for the chance to participate!

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  6. I've never done curves in a quilt. But I'm a garment sewer as well and do curves all the time there (Think of a sleeve). I guess the difference might be making your own curve. I'd like to give it a shot, but with a little direction!

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  7. I've only tried curves a few times. I love to know if there is a way to do one without using a thousand pins (my method).

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  8. I blogged the giveaway, thank you again!

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  9. I absolutely love that Scallop Quilt! I'm so excited about it! The only curves I've sewn were easing in sleeves for a costume I made my son, and it was hard! I can't wait for this class to get more practice and confidence!

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  10. I'd love to learn how to sew improv curves. Every time I try they end up in the scrap bin...

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  11. I have been quilting for a year now and really need to learn curves. I keep appliqueing curves. thanks, lisaursino@msn.com

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  12. That scallop quilt is amazing!!

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  13. I'm scared to death of curves. I would love to be able to conquer this fear in 2012.

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  14. I am woeful at sewing curves but getting better! I would love to take Rachel's class to get some professional help. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. Oh my goodness. Best giveaway EVER!! The thing that scares me the most about curves...PINS. Seriously. I don't know how to pin without it bulging and going weird. :/

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  16. I've never sewn anything with curves, so I'd love to take this class. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. I also blogged about the giveaway and course here:

    http://echinopsaster.blogspot.com/2012/01/curves-class-giveaway-at-cut-to-pieces.html

    This is such a great opportunity and I am only too happy to share it!

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  18. I have done a few things with curves, I have trouble trying to get the start and end to line up, I always seem to stretch one of the pieces.

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  19. I just started to look at patterns with curves and I am nervous to try it. Curves are scary.

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  20. I can never get my project to lay flat when I make improv curves! I want to know her secret!!!

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  21. Oh yes, I really want to know how to get curved bits to go together!

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  22. I've only ever made a skirt with a scalloped hem and I love it to pieces. I'd looove to incorporate curves into more projects. The scalloped quilt it looking gorgeous!

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  23. The best and worst part of sewing curves are the same: I hate it if both fabric edges don't match and I love it if they magically form a good looking and interesting seam. But for me it's more magic than technique, so I should really learn how to do it.

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  24. I always end up with pinches and pleats! Sure could use some expert help!

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  25. I love it when someone lookes at a quilt and says "How did you do that?!" I have made one curved quilt and I am not sure I know the answer anymore.

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  26. I have been a little timid about curves but I did a Denyse Schmidt block for an exchange and under the gun, I was able to do it. I just had to go slowly. I'd love to feel more confident about them though. Thanks for sharing about Rachel's class.

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  27. I don't like how difficult it is to sew curves without making those little tucks in the fabric as you move along.
    Thx for the chance for the Premium class.

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  28. Love the look of curves, but not a fan of the intimidation factor! I'd love to win a spot in Rachel's class.

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  29. Favourite thing is hand piecing curves!

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  30. Please, pick me! I need so much to learn how to sew curves! I don't have enough patience to sew so slowly to make it nice curvy.. it's always zig-zag. But I'm sure there is more to curves than to sew slowly.

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  31. I've had my eye on this class I must admit! I am trying my hand at curves today but sure could use some instruction. :)
    My favorite thing about curves is the pinning. Crazy right? It doesn't bother me a bit though.
    Thanks for the chance to win Angela and Rachel!

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  32. I've never sewn any curves, so I would love to learn! I'd love to make the Single Girl quilt, and I'm sure I'd need to know how to do curves to make that:)

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  33. I have sewed some curves using a drunkard's path, but wow, those scallops are amazing!I'd also love to do some random curves. Thanks for the chance to take her class.

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  34. I'm a new quilter and have never attempted curves. I see those patterns with circles in the middle of the square and think, "Some day!"

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  35. I try to avoid curves. I just cant seem to get them to look smooth and round. Mine come out looking all wonky! I have never been pleased with how they come out. I hope I'm the fortunate one to win! Have a blessed day!

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  36. I'm scared of curves! but I'd love to master them!!

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  37. I do not sew curves. I avoid them. I am signed up for the class, but I didn't get the Premium and I would love to have the PDF at the end. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  38. ohhh, curves. i can't even wrap my head around them!!! i want to, but.. but...

    thanks for the chance to learn!!

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  39. Learning how to piece curves is on my list of sewing resolutions for 2012. This class would be the perfect way to make it happen. I know I shouldn't be intimidated by curves but somehow I still am....all those pins!

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  40. i would love a chance to win a place in this class...I even bought the curvemaster foot for my machine and i STILL can't do it...

    My word this year is FOCUS and I would love to focus on curves...

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  41. I would love a chance to win this - i've never attempted curves but i'm terrified to try and i need to this month! ah!

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  43. I have tweeted about this giveaway

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  44. I love the look of curves and can do some gentle improv curves. I'd love to learn how to do precise curves though! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. The only curves I`ve sewn where in Drunkard`s Path blocks - they came together fine but I really want to try the improv. curves. I was just looking at this actually and so thanks for the chance to win a place on the Premium level!

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  46. My least favorite thing about curves is all the pinning!

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  47. my least favorite thing about curves? everything involved in making them (i'm just really bad at it!). my favorite thing? the way they look. simply beautiful. if only i could reconcile the two!!

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  48. To be truthful I must say I've never sewn curves. They seem so intimidating! This class would be perfect for me.

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  49. I am fairly new to sewing in this past year, and I haven't tackled curves just yet. This class would be a great chance for me to get started.
    Your swoon quilt is looking great so far! Don't let those blocks get the better of you. Someday I hope to take on that pattern myself. Just give me a few more years of sewing experience. :)

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  50. I blogged about your giveaway today at:http://new2quilting.blogspot.com/2012/01/couldnt-sleep.html

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  51. My favorite thing about Drunkard's Path curves is that Accuquilt has made it so easy to cut them in minutes with accuracy. My least favorite thing about curves is that sometimes they are not completely flat. But I'm getting the hang of it. I LOVE the Scallop Quilt project!

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  52. My favorite thing about curves is the effect they have in quilts. I love the juxtaposition of straight lines and curves! I don't like sewing them very much that's the problem but I've been trying to practice.

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  53. I sent out a tweet! Someone will be a lucky winner!

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  54. I've only tried a little improv curve once and it was a disaster. I had to throw it away but I realize now I was attempting something too curvy for my method (I think). I love how curves open up a whole new level of design possibilities. They are so pretty! Rachel has some beautiful projects in her class that would be so fun to try.

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  55. Oh my! My favorite thing about how curves looks in a quilt it can draw your eye. And right now my puckery curves need some work. Lovely giveway!

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  57. This class is such a genius idea! I steer clear of curves because I don't like pinning ... too impatient!

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  58. I tweeted about this @h2ogirl76 … yeah for homeschooled kids!

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  59. Those quilts are amazing - I must prioritize curves on the to Do list!

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  60. I don't really have a problem sewing curves since I made many garments before I ever took up quilting. You just have to pin, pin, pin, which is both my favourite (because it works) and least favourite (because it's time-consuming) part of sewing curves.

    I agree with you - access to Rachel's patterns is reason enough to join the class! Beautiful!

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  61. I have sketched out two different quilt designs with curves and I'm terrified of piecing either of them because I don't want to screw it up. I'm so glad that I saw this class on your blog.

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  62. I'm always afraid everything is going to be stretched out of shape. Kathie L in Allentown

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  63. I can never get the edges to match up! I keep trying and failing. I think this is pretty much the most important part of sewing curves.

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  64. i can't really say because i haven't really ever intentionally sewed curves... that needs to change though, so please pick me!

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  65. I cannot enter this brilliant giveaway: I have already signed up for this class!! So I just wanted to say that I look forward to being there with one of you all :))

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  66. id love to take this class. i bought the curvmaster foot after seeing it demonstrated but then could not get it to work!!!

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  67. My least favorite thing about curves is all that pinning, and I seem to always hit one of those pins with my machine! Drat!

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  68. I'm so scared of sewing curves that I've never even attempted them, so my least favourite thing is that I'm so easily intimidated by curves. Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to win & to conquer my fear!

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  69. I find curves very intimidating. I've looked and looked at her class and would really like to try it. So I guess I'd say that my least favorite thing about curves is that they've won because I've abdicated before even beginning!

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  70. I too love teh scallop quilt! It's calling my name.

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  71. My least favorite thing about curves is that even if I pin like crazy, the two pieces don't finish evenly. That being said, I've only tried a couple of Drunkard's Path blocks after seeing s tutorial at my local guild. akmajor (at) gmail (dot) com

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  72. i can't sew curves. at all. it's pathetic. but i know if there is anyone who can hep me out, it's rachel! I'd love to take her class!

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  73. and i spread the word, on my blog :)

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  74. I am a curved fraidycat! I really want to learn how to do them because I absolutely love the look of them!

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  75. Well, I have never sewed curves, so I guess my least favorite thing about them is how intimidating they are! I am very attracted to patterns with curves in them, though, and have been wanting to sign up for this curves class. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  76. I tweeted about it!
    https://twitter.com/#!/utqtbry/status/161277880788189184

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  77. My least favorite thing is all the pins it can require! I basically never pin anything so that part is scary. The best part though is all the new patterns and designs I could try if I weren't so terrified of curves!

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  78. I hate the puckers I get when I do curves! So I would love how to do them correctly.

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  79. I have already signd up for this class, but I would love to win for my best sewing buddy Meredith. I can't wait for this class to begin!!

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  80. My least favorite thing about sewing curves is the fact that I generally get puckers.

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  81. I have already signed up for the basic class as I have not even really attempted to sew curves yet!
    (If I won the premium class, I could do a giveaway for my spot in Basics!)
    The projects look so good, I have been trying to finish up wip's before Feb hits!

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  82. I have also blogged about the class & emailed a couple of friends that I thought might want to join in...now they have been emailed again, being told to get their bums over here for a chance!

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  83. I've never sewn a curve so this is the perfect class for me.

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  84. I tweeted the giveaway https://twitter.com/#!/randombydi

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  85. I didn't realize her classes were online! I know there are tricks to circles and I'd love to find otu what they are!!!

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  86. My least favourite thing about sewing curves is I'm not very skilled at it. My favourite - how lovely they look. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  87. Sewing curves is not totally complicated, but it needs a courage to start. So probably this is my least favorite thing in sewing curves.

    The most favorite is variety of designs, which can be created if you can sew curves!

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  88. The thing I like least about curves is all the pinning and then my curves don't lay flat anyhow. I've given up! Thanks for the chance to win a clue about how to do these correctly!! p.s. the bud journal cover is adorable♥

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  89. I get sad when I sew curves and one piece of fabric ends up longer than the other. But I love the way circles look when you're done! :)

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  90. I have sewn sooooo few curves!! I'd like to learn how, especially now that I have a new machine. I think my least favorite part would be cutting the pieces. Can't just whip them off with the rotary cutter, and I don't have a accuquilt cutter or anything fancy like that!

    Thanks for the chance. :)

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  91. Oh, wow, it's so cool that you're doing this giveaway! I'd love to take the class but just can't afford it right now.

    I've been slowly tackling curves and I've got to admit they can be a struggle. But I love improv curves. Those are easy and fun, and look good no matter what!

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  92. I haven't done much curve-sewing this far, but the little I have done, I struggle with having to readjust frequently, and I hate pinning so much.

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  93. I made a block with a nice curve in it before I knew I was supposed to be afraid of curves! I haven't made one since. This class sounds great!

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  94. My least favorite thing about curves are matching the fabrics and then my jerky stiching on the machine. I do love the look of the scallop quilt!

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  95. Looks like a great class.
    The most frustrating thing for me is sewing and the edges coming together great and then the middle of the block being all wavy.

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  96. I've never sewed curves before but I'd love to learn!!

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  97. I hate all the pins when sewing curves. And when I don't pin, it comes out puffy! I'd love to take the curves class!

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  98. I tweeted the giveaway!
    https://twitter.com/#!/SunniLoveAffair/status/161682266802749440

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  100. My only quilt curves have been appliqué. I'm always up for a challenge though so would love to take a class. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  101. I have never sewn a curve (intentionally - ha ha) in my life! I immediately dismiss any pattern that contains curves because I don't know how to begin :-( Thinking that this may be the class for me! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  102. Tweeted about the giveaway - Thanks for the extra chance to win!
    https://twitter.com/#!/AlphaBecky/status/161809857056473091

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  103. I steer away from all curves! lol So any help would be great for me! thank you!

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  104. I've always been scared of curves but its time to stop avoiding them and give them a try!

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  105. Love curves and epecial love that flower pattern she's been previewing...thanks for the chance!

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  106. I love the look of curves but am terrified of them! I tried a Drunkard's path block once and it wasn't flat! I'd love to win the course and get over my fear!

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  107. I blogged about it!
    http://sewnbyleila.blogspot.com/2012/01/applique-and-curves-giveaway.html

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