Monday, September 11, 2017

Back to School with Windham and Giveaways Galore!

It's Back to School time. (Actually, my grandson has logged two weeks already in first grade, so he's a pro at it.)


Windham has lined up seven - that's right - 7 bloggers to showcase their latest lines of fabric and at each stop there is a fat quarter giveaway. Today's my day. Then check the schedule to see the other 6. Remember, at EACH stop is a chance to win a fat quarter bundle and it's open to EVERYONE - USA and international - Yay!!

Now let me show you what I made with the delightful collection called It's a Hoot. I designed a quilt for Windham using this line, but for this post (get ready!) - I didn't make a quilt! Oh, no. Am I sick?


It's a Hoot fabrics by Windham
I made something that any kid in school would love (and adults, too). And, actually, I need some of these right now because I'm fighting the sniffles. (So yes, I am sick!)

Tissue Holders! I have made dozens of these in the past 15 years. I tweaked the original pattern so the little tissue packs fit better (I added 1/2" or so). The pdf download is at the end. But you want to see the pictures, don't you?!!

Step 1: Fabric Requirements (**Good contrast between the fabrics is recommended)
  • One 6” x 7” rectangle for OUTSIDE
  • One 6 x 8-1/4” rectangle for INSIDE
  • Yes: the inside fabric rectangle is larger than the outside. That's what forms the little "binding" overlap.

Paired fabrics cut into 2 sizes of rectangles
Step 2:
  • Place rectangles right sides together. Sew the 6” sides together. Yes, one is larger than the other and they donʼt lie flat. You are sewing a tube with one piece larger, but they are connected with two short, side seams.
Step 3:

  • Turn seamed rectangles right side out and press the overlaps of the larger rectangle (1/4” seam allowance size) so that your rectangles now lay flat on each other, wrong sides together.
  • The owl print is the OUTSIDE of the holder; the blue print is the inside.
  • Notice the pins in the centers of the raw edges. Those turquoise finished edges on the sides will orient themselves in relation to those pins. They will overlap.

Let's see more of these, ok?
Five tissue holders with the novelty prints for the outside
Step 3:
  • Fold this unit in half along the length (bringing the two finished edges together) and finger-press the center mark at the two raw edge sides. Remember the pins in the picture above? Those finished edges overlap 1/4". Pin in place
  • Itʼs bulky; a normal sewing machine stitch is possible.
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Step 4:
  • Sew 1/4” seam on both raw edges. Trim away tiny triangle at ends of seams to reduce bulk when turning. Zigzag or otherwise overcast the raw edges to keep them from fraying.
Zigzag (or serge) the inside raw edges
Step 5:
  • Turn the unit right sides out to form your tissue holder.
Finished Tissue Holder
And all 8 of my little tissue holders. What a hoot, right?

8 Tissue Holders made with It's a Hoot fabrics by Windham

Oh, wait a minute! I forgot to show you the quilt I designed for Windham using this collection. It's FREE and soon available at their site. Check it out for that awesome Owl appliqué and simple piecing.

What a Hoot! Pattern
  • Be sure to comment on my post for a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of It's a Hoot!
  • The giveaway will be open from now until 8PM PST on Friday, September 22, 2017. The winner for this bundle will be picked at random and I will announce the name HERE on Monday, September 25, 2017.
  • This giveaway is open to everyone, USA and International.
  • If you’re a “no reply” or anonymous commenter, please remember to include your email address in your comment!

Here's the link to the one page pdf to make these. Tissue Holders from Debby Kratovil 

No pictures on the pdf, so make sure to bookmark this page. If you're not a follower of Debby Kratovil Quilts, why not? I have 2-3 tutorials a month and I NEVER, EVER run ads. (They're obnoxious, offensive and chase people away; why would I want to do that?)

Now, check out the next 6 bloggers in our Windham Back to School hop. You have 6 more chances to win a fat quarter bundle of wonderful fabrics. And just think of all the things you'll learn!

111 comments:

  1. Cute tissue holders, I love the accent piece. Thanks for the tute.

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  2. I love the tissue holders. They will make great Christmas presents. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. love the tissue holders, but that quilt is a must to make! thank you. s5821140@gmail.com

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  4. Take care of yourself and your ideas are adorable!

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  5. The tissue holders are perfect and the fabric is adorable!

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  6. Lovely tissue holders and the fabrics are so beautiful.

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  7. thx Debby, Love your patterns and your comments. great gift ideas. hope you feel better soon.

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  8. I need a tissue holder and this is wonderful! Thanks for the pattern!

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  9. I love tissue holders, last year I made lots of them as quick Christmas gifts. Thank you for a great giveaway. x

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  10. I was thinking of tissue holders just the other day!!! I used to make them for gifts when I was MUCH younger. I love that adorable owl quilt. Thanks for the pattern and the giveaway.

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  11. I love the tissue holder tute....will make one for myself later today!! Your fabric line is super cute!!

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  12. This tissue holder pattern is the best I've seen. Thanks.

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  13. oh my goodness, oh absolutely adorable.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  14. Great idea to make the inside larger than the outside to save a step! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Thank you for reminding me about tissue holders. It's been 3 years or so since I made them. Yours are so cute with this fabric. Rita_l_39212@yahoo.com

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  16. I love smalls like the tissue holders, but that quilt oh so cute .Thank You Inez Fay Hulsey hulsey.momdad7@gmail.com

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  17. Love the quilt and tissue holders. Thank for pattern and giveaway. Barb

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  18. My granddaughter loves owls! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  19. Love the fabric line and the quilt is adorable. Owls are sew cute! BTW, I make a similar tissue holder pack and the instructions are free on my blog. I also make one with a vertical orientation flap for brands of tissues that open near the top. The instructions are also there. Look for the Pocket Tissue Case: http://sewwonderful.blogspot.com/

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  20. This fabric is sew cute. I have a granddaughter who would love that owl quilt. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway.

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  21. Love the fabric....... It's such a hoot..... dgstebbins@gmail.com

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  22. Thanks for the tissue holders and owl quilt. I love both, and plan to make some for extra gifts for Christmas.

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  23. Love the owl quilt and the fabric is super sweet.

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  24. Seeing these tissue holders makes me wonder why I don't have one.

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  25. I absolutely love these fabrics! Thanks for sharing your pattern for the tissue holders. Yours are so cute. I have made these in the past, but mine were binded separately so I had a lot of steps added. I really like how you made yours.

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  26. Need 12 of same little gift idea. This is perfect and once cut out, it looks fairly quick to complete. Thank you. Nancy

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  27. Your What a Hoot! Pattern is adorable! Love the whole It's a Hoot line! Thanks for the tissue holder tute too!

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  28. Your tissue holders are absolutely adorable. I made some for my daughters bridal shower six years ago and they were not as lovely as yours

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  29. Debbie, great timing for little Xmas gifts for mailman, etc.
    ~Monique (quiltkitty@bellsouth.net)

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  30. Owls are always so much fun.

    Caryn
    caspharm@yahoo.com

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  31. I love the textures in the go-with fabrics in this line. I am also a big fan of owls! Thanks for the cute pattern.

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  32. Get well soon. Thank you for the tutorial and the pdf! Your work and ideas are brilliant! Thank you for sharing.

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  33. your patterns and ideas are the best.

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  34. Love the fabric and the tissue holders. I seem to be fixated on pansies and owls this year. lol. Thanks for sharing

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  35. Thank you for the free pattern and tutorial. I have the sniffles and a cough too so I empathize with you. I hope you get over them quickly.

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  36. These tissue holders are so cute! Thanks!

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  37. These would make great gifts for the holidays

    Pauline Gudas
    pgudas@roadrunner.com

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  38. Perfect little tissue holder! Thank you for sharing it. Looking forward to the Little Hoot quilt pattern.

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  39. These are so practical and would make wonderful gifts. I love the owl fabric. Regina regina111@comcast.net

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  40. They are so cute! Apparently you'll be using one now too! Feel Better!

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  41. Love these tissue holders. I teach Sewing Level I classes and these are perfect for first time sewers. They learn to sew straight (or as straight as they can) and have a finished project by the end of the night. I like the size recommendations you use. The pattern I have is slightly smaller. Might change mine up for the students! Thanks for posting!

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  42. Those tissue holders are really cute--the fabric is great!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo0(dot)(com)

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  43. I will have to try your tissue holder. Looks like it might hold up better than the ones I have made in the past.

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  44. I'm already learning! Your very clear directions for making a tissue holder has me chomping at the bit to rush off to the sewing room to make some for those on my gift list! I look forward to seeing what the others will teach me! This will be fun!

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  45. The tissue holders are great and so much fun with this adorable fabric!
    tellsuz(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  46. Hi Debby,
    What cute fabric! I love the friendly owls - that would make a really cute baby quilt. Thank you for sharing the tissue holder pattern. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  47. Very cute, thanks for sharing. I will share this with my sister, she will be whipping up kleenex box covers!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  48. Fun Fabric and great idea. Thanks for the chance.
    Have a great day.

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  49. I would enjoy making a baby quilt with these fabrics. I already make tissue holders but think I'll give your pattern directions a try on the next ones I make.
    joyecox@yahoo.com

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  50. Beautiful quilt. Cool tissue. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  51. Very cute Fabric.That Owl quilt is calling me.

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  52. Thanks for the tissue holder pattern! These would be perfect Christmas gifts for friends! The owl quilt pattern is adorable!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  53. HI,what a sweet giveaway! Love the quilt you designed for Windham! Thanks for your inspiration. msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  54. Gorgeous! These would make great stocking fillers

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  55. So cute. Love both the tissue holders and quilt.

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  56. Very cute fabric- and what a nice way to share it! Thanks for the great idea!

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  57. Thanks for the pattern, it looks super useful for holding all sorts of things (as well as tissues).

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  58. I really like using the tissue holders. Thanks for the directions for it!

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  59. Adorable!!! Love this line!! Jrobnett@ec.rr.com

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  60. Hello Debby; Your tissue holder project is a superb project for keeping the small tissues in. I know I will make quite several of these for gifts! Thank you for the great tutorial! Oh.....how I would love to win this fat quarter bundle of "It's A Hoot"! The way in which Owl are depicted on fabric and in projects has just made me fall in love with Owls! Plus, I am trying to design a quilt for a Cousin that she requested be made with Owl Fabric for her Granddaughter. So I am really hoping on this give away! Thank you for the chance. If my idea for the quilt does not work out, I will use your new Owl design! It is adorable!!!

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  61. Love the tissue holder - plan to make a few for quick gifts for next week. I just love your quilt patterns, thank you so much for sharing them.

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  62. Thanks for sharing your tissue holders and the quilt pattern. This fabric is lovely

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  63. What darling owls! And such cute tissue holders; I love the way the "banding" ends up on the front -- such a clever way to do it. Thanks for the pattern and the chance to win some adorable fabrics.
    Judy W. jjaw@verizon.net

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  64. I love the owl quilt pattern and the It's a Hoot fabrics. One of my granddaughters loves owls, so this fabric piqued my interest in this giveaway. I signed up for an e-mail subscription, but not having ever made a comment on a blog, I'm not sure what I need to do next. Thank you so much for sharing your quilt patterns. Jacqueline Perry jperry3@frontier.com - Anonymous was all it let me do.

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  65. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netSeptember 11, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Darling quilt!

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  66. Your tissue holders are sweet. Thanks for sharing the great giveaway!

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  67. Sweet owls and useful little project! thank you!

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  68. We have the sniffles too! Great timing for the tissue older! Churcae(at)auburn(dot)edu

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  69. this would be so perfect for my friend who is obsessed with owls.

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  70. Thank you for the patterns. Like the owls perfect for my granddaughter.

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  71. Love the little tissue holders! They make great stocking stuffers and quick gifts. Also love the owls!

    Sandy A

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  72. cute, cute, cute. And I appreciate that you do not do adds, understand if you must some day, but glad you do not.

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  73. Very very cute any little girl would love these to go to school with...Tytyty for the idea and love the fabric you picked. . happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  74. My goodness, you are a busy woman!

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  75. Oh my goodness, I have such a soft spot for owl fabrics! So, so cute.

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  76. Thanks for the pattern. I never brought fabric with animals or people on it before I participated in a Polaroid block swap. Now I can't get enough of them.

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  77. What a fun line of fabrics! Your tissue holders are very quick and practical as well.

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  78. Thanks for sharing your tissue holder pattern. These are fun to make but they did change the size of the tissues. Just found out I need to make another baby quilt soon, It's a Hoot will be perfect for it. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  79. This fabric line is fresh and fun and your tissue project is spot on. Thanks!

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  80. Cute fabric. Love your tissue holders.

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  81. What an awesome idea and pattern! These would be fantastic as stocking stuffers for Christmas. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  82. What darling fabric. Those tissue holders would feel cozy in a jacket pocket, wouldn't they?

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  83. Love the quilt, and the tissue holders! Thanks for sharing.

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  84. oh my goodness!!! LOOOOVE the Owls Quilt!!! My Grangirlie love anything Owls!! lol Thank you for this Tutorial!! Want to make for her, for Christmas! Thank you too..for chance to win your Give-a-way! :)

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  85. The tissue holders are a great idea. And I love your fabric.

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  86. I want to make some for the kids! lwittsend@gmail.com

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  87. Great gift project for lots of people. Thanks.

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  88. Cute, quick and easy idea. Thanks so much for sharing. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  89. Such fun fabric! Love your tissue holder!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  90. I've made several tissue holders. Always a nice quick gift.

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  91. Whoooo doesn't love owls! I also need to make a bunch of the tissue holders. The trim really makes them special!

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  92. Love the tissue holder. I think I'll try some in Christmas fabric for stocking stuffers. Thanks!!

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  93. Debbie, you never fail to impress! I have followed your designs for years and love them. Love the tissue holders, have made many for mini gifts, boutique items for our guild's quilt shows, etc. Get well soon!! Melanie

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  94. Debbie, love your designs and have followed you for years. Tissue holders are so handy, have made them for mini gifts, our guild's boutique at quilt shows, etc. Thanks for all your work; get well soon! Melanie

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  95. Adorable fabrics! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  96. Cute tissue holders, I need to make some. I also like your owl pattern and the fabrics are adorable. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  97. This looks like an easy and fun project.

    hijoffeATgmailDOTcom

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  98. Oh this fabric is delicious! And your projects made up adorable using it.

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  99. Great project and great fabrics.

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  100. Oooooh I love owls-all owls-your tissue holder is perfect! Thank you for sharing, Susan

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  101. I made a bunch of tissue holders last Christmas for stocking stuffers. Thanks for your pattern. I plan to make some more for this Christmas.

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  102. Cute tissue holders! I will need some of these to keep in my classroom. Thanks!

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  103. Darling tissue holders. thanks for the chance to win some fabrics.

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  104. I collect owls, so this darling fabric would be welcomed warmly to my stash!

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  105. I love the owl quilt--might make it for my sister!
    Thank you!

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  106. The quilt is adorable & thanks for the bonus of the tissue holder. pjrquilter at msn dot com

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