Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Grabbing a Kiss Under the Mistletoe and FABRIC GIVEAWAY

Giveaway is over. Patricia D. of New York is my lucky winner of a fat quarter bundle.
Many thanks to all of you for such great comments and ideas!

It's that time of year when we pull out the happy fabrics for holiday cheer. I blog today over at the Sew in Love with Fabric site about the Mistletoe Collection. I did something rather unconventional with some of these fabrics and I think you'll enjoy seeing the steps.

Mistletoe Collection
 Let's just say that sometimes you need a little help from the stationary department!

Yep. That's double sided tape. With fabric?!!
Take a visit. Come back here and tell me if you've ever done something unconventional with a piece of fabric that yelled "QUILT", but you ignored those voices and did something a little different.

The GIVEAWAY is a fat quarter bundle of current Benartex fabrics (may not be Mistletoe). Contest is over Friday, December 9 at midnight (EST). Make sure I have your email address so I can get ahold of you should you win!

That's all I'm saying. Click here for my tutorial at the Sew in Love with Fabrics blog.

129 comments:

  1. Love what you did with the panel. I will do all sorts of things with fabric as it is my go to resource.

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  2. I've used fabric for collages, and for accessories for stuffed animals, but I am seldom as creative as you are! :)

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  3. I did sew a Christmas card last year, but it was kind of a kit for a paper-piecing front of the card. I had to kind of "wing it" so it didn't have raw ends and stuff. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  4. I am just beginning to quilt-so nothing unconventional as yet! I do love your idea & will definitely keep this in mind! Thank you, Susan

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  5. Nothing unconventional, but I love the card idea. Need to go look in my stash for suitable fabrics.

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  6. Different projects. Never did anything like that. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  7. I made a bunch of bow ties with quilting fabric. It was fun, and the recipient loved them.

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  8. Debby ~ You always have such great ideas! I love what you've made using those fabrics. I have a horrible time trying to even decide what quilt I want to make with fabrics I have bought because I loved them and HAD to buy them, much less something else as you've done. I really love your idea. Thank you!

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  9. Great ideas for using those fabrics! My only adventure with a panel was a kid's alphabet. I cut it up, added 4-patch blocks and put it back together. Still a quilt, so not very adventurous!

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  10. Oh my gosh, that vest is so cute! I've cut apart panels before but always ended up just making a quilt or placemats with the resulting pieces.

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  11. Your cards are so cute so is the vest.

    I have never done anything like that. Cut up panels and made pillows.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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  12. Lacking sufficient wrapping paper to wrap a gift, I wrapped it in fabric and the recipient got a bonus gift.

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  13. Debby, I love what you came up with. I honestly would have never thought of that. The only thing I have ever done is cut apart a panel and put borders around each section, then put it back together again to make a quilt. It seems that I am not very creative. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  14. I have used fabric & wallpaper to make pictures for my home. I used a really large piece of fabric for a wall backdrop. I am using the last scraps to make my friend a quilt.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  15. I have used fabric & wallpaper to make pictures for my home. I used a really large piece of fabric for a wall backdrop. I am using the last scraps to make my friend a quilt.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  16. I converted a table topper panel into a Christmas tree skirt this year. It was scary to cut into, but it turned out to be gorgeous!
    Susie legato1958 (at) aol (dot) com

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  17. Thanks for this fun blog post. I have cut apart panels to make something different. Loved to see where your mind went with this one. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  18. Good Morning Debbie! Let me say first that I just adore what you did with your fabric panel! Creating the fabulous Christmas Cards is a great idea with those cuties; plus the vest is purely adorable! I will definitely be clicking on the pattern link for it and even looking through my fabrics to see if I can create any Cards for anyone special! Thank you so much for sharing these marvelous ideas. I honestly do not believe I have ever had the pleasure of working with a panel in all of my years of quilting Debbie. But, I know a quilt shop who carries them! LOL. Have a fantastic creative day!

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  19. Great job on the vest! I have used fabric as wrapping paper! When I was a teenager I cut up my grandmother's curtains and made a vest and gaucho pants (okay I am dating myself there...) from them! :) mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. such a cute and clever idea. I have not used panels to make things yet. I will now be on the look out.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  21. Debby, I haven't really done anything out-of-the-box with a panel. I did cut one up and make ornaments out of all the little side patterns around the main centerpiece once. I love the idea of Christmas cards, and I'll bet your granddaughter did as well! Thanks for sharing with us and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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  22. I never have. We do use fabric as wrapping papper and then I get it back! :)

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  23. I've never done something unconventional with a piece of fabric that yelled "QUILT"

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  24. I'm afraid I've never done anything different like you! I'm in awe of your creativeness. Great job!
    ceciliayoung(at)gmx(dot)com

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  25. I'm pretty conventional with fabric but you give me great ideas all the time. Just like ModPodge does.

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  26. I used a "cloth book" for squares on a quilt. ndfromsd at gmail dot com

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  27. I haven't really done anything different with fabric but I do love your ideas and the ideas of others. And some of those ideas I have copied!

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  28. I don't think I've ever done something unconventional. I usually follow a pattern, or a certain plan. I don't think I have the creativity to drum up unconventional ideas on my own.

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  29. I usually make postcards out of "leftovers" that I can't bear to throw away. I've made vests, Christmas stockings, wall hangings and other items.

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  30. I have made fabric postcards and have exchanged them with other quilters, but I guess making pillow cases and aprons is about as creative as it gets for me. Your granddaughter must love her vest; it's sweet.

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  31. Great ideas for using a panel! I've never bought any panels, as I didn't know what to do with them.

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  32. I seem to lack imaginative ideas but get inspired by those like you.

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  33. Love the Christmas card idea. Going to look for the panel I got a few years ago.

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  34. I've made purses and pillowcases, aprons, pajamas, jewelry pouches and clothes. I haven't done postcards.

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  35. Cannot say I have done anything too unconventional with fabric other than curtains, pillowcases, or bulletin board covers. Like your postcard idea. njjnoah@comcast.net

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  36. Oh my goodness those cards are so cute, and that vest?!! You are so clever! I'm afraid I am just not imaginative to do something unconventional with fabric that yells quilt! And that's why I follow so many wonderful blogs, to do the thinking for me :)
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  37. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netDecember 7, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    I haven't done anything other than follow the cry of "quilt," but your cards are so cute. I good inspiration for expanding my sewing world.

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  38. I love what you did with the panel! I'm not sure I've done anything as unconventional (but in a good way!) as this!

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  39. How beautiful, thank you for the inspiration. I have made cosmetic bags and pencil cases with fabric such as your tutorial shares. janie(dot)mccombs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. I've never done anything quite so unconventional with a quilt panel. I did do the exact opposite of what you did ~ I had a pre-printed vest panel someone gave me & I cut picture out of the vest & added it to a quilt.

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  41. I used to be so much more imaginative than I am now. Now my goal is to just finish some of the quilt tops I have made however conventional they may be.

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  42. I haven't done anything that original but maybe it will get me thinking outside the box!
    bjkaup(at)(abbnebraska)(dot(com)

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  43. http://annalsofcreation.blogspot.com/2015/03/my-first-quilt.html
    I would love to this!!
    I mad pouches from quilt fabric.

    Thanks for a chance to win. merryorganic@gmail.com

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  44. I sure want to win this prize!! Thank you and happy holidays. I love what you did with the fabrics. I have not done anything except quilts with my quilt fabric but you have inspired me to try some other things. Especially the post cards...
    avonladypatty @ yahoo

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  45. Hi..I have never made a panel quilt before,,,as I feel like it would be the same as if it was purchased already made...and I like to always add my own creative spin to things...Love the postcard idea...and the back can have some hand stitching on it to make look just like one you would get it the mail....well now I will have to go and look at panel fabric and see what postcards I can make and send........

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  46. What a creative idea! I really should make some cards like yours! I'd love to win a fat quarter bundle of current Benartex fabrics!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  47. You are very creative and this is such a great idea!! Love it!! Happy Holidays!!

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  48. Made some cards - birthdays, kindness, thinking of you.

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  49. The only slightly unconventional thing I have done with quilt fabric is to line the bread roll basket on Christmas. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway! ~ Linda
    dragonfly9716(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. Love your postcards! Yes, I did some fabric weaving with some fabric, backed with interfacing, to create an ornament that hangs on the tree, 15 years later!

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  51. I had a panel piece that I used for a advent calendar instead of a block in a quilt pattern. Love the vest you made. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  52. I love your idea for the cards! how fun! thank you!

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  53. Awww...that is such a neat idea! No, i guess I've never done anything unconventional like that. I'm just not that cleaver. LOL

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  54. I remember wearing a vest very similar to this one when I was about 8 years old. Mom made it out of Valentine's fabric and I wore it til it was thread bare! Benartex fabrics are awesome...thanks for giving some away to a lucky reader!

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  55. Is a bag unconventional? I cut up a panel and used the little "pictures" as pockets on a bag.

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  56. Awesome cards...& Vest!!! You are soooooo creative!!! I have never done an unconventional projectlike that...lol Maybe one I will tho! giggle..
    bearpaws9(at)copper(dot)net

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  57. Awesome cards...& Vest!!! You are soooooo creative!!! I have never done an unconventional projectlike that...lol Maybe one I will tho! giggle..
    bearpaws9(at)copper(dot)net

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  58. I've use various fabrics and silver and gold threads to make a Crazy Quilt vest. Love your card idea.

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  59. I haven't had to do that! Thanks for the chance to win! Ksmith8@emich.edu

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  60. When my kids were little, we made forts out of my large fabric pieces instead of using blankets....they loved all the color and light it let in...

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  61. such imagination you have and loving how you have made so many projects out of this panel

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  62. Very cute, Grandma! You have a lucky little grand daughter!

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  63. What a great mind you have! Amazing use of a panel!
    Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  64. My out of the box ideas for my fabric. ModPodge(dishwasher safe type) fabric to the back of clear 9 in plate for Santa Cookies. Must start early takes 28 days to cure. Next weave different size stripes of fabric together to form a square or rectangle sew 1/4" seam, then decorate with applique. buttons, beads or enjoy plain has a wall hanging or sew to a backing for a purse accent fabric. Nancy cadillacrunnels@aol.com

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  65. Makes looking at a panel in a whole new light!!!! Yeah.

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  66. I love your results, Debby, especially the vest for your granddaughter! When I first read "vest" I thought about using the large panel on the back of a vest or jacket, perhaps adult size, since it is quite larger than the smaller units. I agree that the striped fabric is delightful, with many possible uses ... perhaps a bias miterd frame around another panel section, or around plain(er) fabric dressed up with embroidery or decorative stitching, ... Some of my bought-for-quilting fabrics have found their calling in wonderfully fun not-quilting uses. It's so much fun to see what fabric can become if we allow its voice to be heard above and beyond our own preconceived notions! Thanks as always for sharing! Holiday blessings to you and yours! (janeherbst at roadrunner dot com)

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  67. Made a headboard with an animal print which turned out pretty good. Plan to do that again one day. I've only made and sent one postcard, but plan to do this again. Love the mistletoe collection!

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  68. cant think of anything I have done unconventional with fabric. thanks for the give away

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  69. Super cute ideas. The cards would be lovely framed also. The vest is a great idea when you have a little one. We just had our first grandchild. I look forward to sewing things for her like the holiday vest.

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  70. What a great idea! And the vest is adorable. You are so clever, as well as being generous. Thanks for a chance to win. jjaw@verizon.net

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  71. I've used large panels sliced vertically and horizontally to make fractured quilts that fool the eye. Always a surprise to see the end result! Hope to see you again at Sewing Expo March in Attanta!!
    ~Monique (quiltkitty@bellsouth.net)

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  72. I take storybook fabric panels and instead of making a cloth book I sew the squares into an unique child's quilt. rozz01 at cox dot net

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  73. You are so creative! I love the fabrics and what you have done with them!

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  74. Love the fabric and your cute ideas to make into post card and vest. Thanks for the opportunity to win the fabric. Barb at betcrawford@verizon.net

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  75. I love the panel for cards! So festive and reminds me of middle school home ec class sewing on paper to learn how to use a sewing machine lol. Thanks for sharing and for the chance at the awesome fabrics!

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  76. That was just precious and inspirational. I've made totes but not cards. I will look at my fabric a little differently now. That was a fun post. Thanks for the giveaway. okruhlik6(at)aol(dot)com

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  77. I have always wanted to take a complex panel and buy 8 of them to make into a stack and whack. Turns out that would be terribly expensive.

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  78. I haven't done anything too unusual other than make curtains for my attached garage from excess plaid flannel.

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  79. I love your cards!! I've made Christmas ornaments but never cards.

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  80. I love what you made. I have a passion for pincushions. Cannot have too many. And since I just love fabric,I am always looking for and thinking of new ideas to use it.

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  81. You tutorial was very interesting!! My unusual project would be to make a shower curtain from quilting fabric. It just had the right colors that I was using in the bathroom, so it had to be!! lewisnancy54@gmail.com

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  82. The vest was very cute, and such a clever idea, too. Thank you for the inspiration you so generously give. I have made greeting cards from Christmas and Easter themed fabrics using craft glue.

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  83. I love the cards. they are great. Thanks so much for sharing

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  84. The cards are really different.

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  85. I made scrubs for my sister and used fabric as wrapping for presents. Like the cards.

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  86. I used quilt techniques in the yokes of the Western shirts I would make for my dad. He loved to show off his shirts, making sure everyone knew his daughter made them. I used trupunto, folded star, appliqué and many others.

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  87. I love the idea of making cards out of fabric panels! Very original. I have never done anything with fabric other than sew. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  88. I took a panel and cut it up to make individual pictures - I put them in hoops and decorated the edges with lace and ric rac - they were too cute

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  89. I used the main portion of a panel for a lamp shade for a babys nursery. It matched the theme and worked great.
    I love what you did.

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  90. I used glue and wonder under just last night to make a cover for my bag bottom. Worked out very well. Thank you for this great giveaway. Have a great day! 😀

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  91. I love the vest. My grandchildren are all grown. I so miss having a little one to sew cute things for.

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  92. Those are all fun ideas. I agree with GeeMa, wish I had some little ones to sew for. It might be fun to create those for others.

    Caryn
    caspharm@yahoo.com

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  93. So stinkin' cute, love the little vest. You are very talented. Thanks for the ideas.

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  94. No, I have never done anything adventurous with quilt fabric. I tend to follow the "rules"!

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  95. I am always doing that. I love fabric and have a great stash.. always room for more.

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  96. OMG!!!! Cuter than heck! My mind just doesn't work that way. I never would have seen the possibilities. Thanks for educating me :-)

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  97. I am new to quilting so stick to the conventional and the tried and tested at present!
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  98. I once framed a piece of fabric and brought it to work. I liked the colours and it really lifted my spirits to see it while I was at work. Guess I was just dreamin' about quiltin'.

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  99. I've done postcards with fabric. One a flag theme for my ROTC grandson.

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  100. I've successfully used an all-cotton tablecloth for a quilt back. Glad to see your blog post -- I have clipped many of your patterns from Quilt magazine. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  101. Oh, I love your ideas. Nice job on the postcards, vest and everything. Thanks for the giveaway too. I love snowmen

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  102. Hi, Debby, I'm not a think-outside-the-box person. When it says quilts, I do quilts. LOL I guess wrapping presents inside fabric is the most creative I've been. Yur ideas are terrific, and it expanded my thinking a smidge. dezertsuz at gmail

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  103. Love your postcards. May have to see if I have something similar in my stash. I don't recall being unconventional with my stash, other than a fabric vase. Thanks for the draw. raydeer@memlane.com

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  104. Hi, Debby! Love what you did with the panel . . . very original! I, however, have never used fabric in that way. Thank you for another chance to win. (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com)

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  105. Hi Debby, Your vest idea is so cute. That's something I would never have thought of. Cards are pretty nice, too! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  106. I love the postcards you made. Very original. I'm not good at coming up with things unconventional, but love to get ideas from people who can. jarvenpa1ne at gmail dot com

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  107. What creative ideas! That's why I read your blog. I learn so much.
    Thank you

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  108. I used various fabrics for themed parties and events as table cloths, inside bread baskets or whatever the need be. I get compliments on the usage.

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  109. Can't say I've been this creative, but I love your ideas!

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  110. I have used small panels in some cool projects such as mail/christmas card holder/hangers and they always look extra special! I love this panel with the smaller images added....it's absolutely adorable!

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  111. A friend recently made a fun Christmas skirt to wear to a gathering of quilters. She used two tree skirts from a Dollar type of store!

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  112. I love what you did with that panel! I have never done anything unconventional like that. Thanks for the chance to win!

    sarah123quilt [at] gmail {DOT} com

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  113. Using a panel in a quilt always feels like cheating, although I've done it. Great to see other ways to use them.

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  114. Great idea for those cards. I am not sure I have done anything unconventional with fabric.

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  115. The wildest I've been is where I made a small block and then sewed it onto a postcard so that I could send it in the mail. What a fun panel and I love how you used it.

    anndunn24(at)gmail.com

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  116. I once took some of my daughters bridesmaids fabric and put it in my pinetree as the needles on the tree, in my quilt.
    sewfabrics at outlook.com

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  117. Making Christmas cards right now with fabric ;) grecomara at gmail dot com

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  118. I have made zippy pouches with some of my favourite quilting fabrics.

    sharoneujones@gmail.com

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  119. Really like what you did with the panel--how clever!

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  120. Fabulous looking
    material!
    Carla from Utah

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  121. One year during our family reunion, we needed a table cloth for an old card table. I had nothing more to offer than a large piece of beautiful fabric from my stash. I was so happy that no one spilled anything on it!

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  122. Beautiful fabrics, would make a Great Wall hanging. Thanks for the ideas.

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