Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Of Rainbows and Give-Aways

It always rains at Easter time on the east coast of Australia. A huge statement I know, but it's mostly true. This year we had the best weather that I can ever remember instead. Sunny warm days and light breezes. My husband and the kids camped out in the backyard and had a fabulously DRY time.
Then yesterday the usual Easter weather arrived. The temperature plummeted by at least 10 degrees. The usual combination of thunderstorms, rain and wind. But when I woke this morning there was a rainbow. Very special. The kids and I all admired it. 
Yesterday I received a well wrapped parcel from the talented Christine of Lavenderlore. Frances and I gleefully unwrapped each hand knitted outfit for Florrie and one of them was this gorgeous rainbow top. I will show you some more of the outfits in later posts as well.
WiP - Zakka Style House Pouch

I had doubts about whether I would join in on this week's Zakka Style Sew Along item - the 'House Pouch'. It's not really my style at all but I was keen to try something a little less demanding than last week's tote. I am also at a point of severe indecision about my next quilting project. I have cut out all the fabrics, fused the interfacing and pinned the applique features ready to start sewing tomorrow.

I am linking up with...
Turning 50 Charm Give-Away

My favourite QCA blog buddy from Quiet Play, Kristy, and I both hit 50 'followers' today. (Small cheer to you all for bothering to show up each day). So we've devised a tandem 'Charm Pack' give-away to mark this significant occasion for our small bloggys.

You can pop over to Kristy's Give-away post today and see what charm pack she is offering. Here's what's on offer from Finding fifth...
                                          Petite Odile Charm Pack
The gorgeous 'Petit Odile' by 'French General for Moda. In keeping with the Quilt Club Australia theme, I found this one at 'Want it, Need it, Quilt' online store run by fellow QCA Quilt Jane. Even with postage, her prices are equal to anything I can get in from overseas. 
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Isn't the range lovely in these colourways? I may have trouble parting with this Charm Pack.

Kristy has written the entry details below...

So how do you go in the running for this? Easy. You have three options - each one gives you an entry.
1. Leave a comment of any sort on this blog post.
2. Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment telling me so.
3. Become a follower of Kristy's Blog 'Quiet Play' and leave a comment here telling me too :)

Entries end in one week - at 8pm Wednesday 18th April (Aussie time).  

That's it! Do one, do all three - your choice. This is open to everyone - happy to post internationally. Please make sure that you leave a separate comment for each entry. And!Most importantly! Make sure you are not a no-reply blogger! I need some way to contact you in case you're the lucky winner :)  If you're a wordpress user and can't follower via Google Friend Connect, you can subscribe via RSS to your preferred reader. It's all about options! 

242 comments:

  1. have just started following your blog :-)

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  2. found you on QCA on Facebook. came over to have a look.

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    1. (*waving to you) Thanks for stopping by Kaitlyn.

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  3. Started following Quiet Play as well. :-)

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  4. Congratulations on having 50 followers. Thanks for the chance to win. I love the color palette (sp?) of this charm pack. Does spelling count?

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  5. I am already a follower of this blog.

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  6. I am already a follower of Quiet Play. Don't I have good taste?

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  7. I love the rainbow! I can't wait to get my Zakka book so I can see what the fuss is all about!

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    1. As well as being quite practical it has a lot of visual appeal.

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  8. I am a follower of Kristy's blog too!

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  9. The fabrics in your charm pack giveaway are stunning (as are all the French General fabrics, I think!). Thanks for the lovely giveaway opportunity. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog.

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    1. I agree - the 'French General' solid I used for Zakka Style 'zig zag tote' (see yesterday's post) is a dream to work with.

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  10. 50 followers for both of you - well done! I would have trouble parting with that gorgeous charm pack too.

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  11. Another follower for you - I just signed up. :)

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  12. Such a beautiful blog!! Glad I found it!! That charm pack is gorgeous, I love all of those colors! Congrats on 50 followers!

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  13. Just signed up as a follower!

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  14. I also signed up as a follower to Kristy's blog.. :)

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  15. My Mum loves this collection and has just purchased a charm pack!

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    1. Your mum has great taste as always. I wish she had a blog!

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  16. I am already a follower of your wonderful blog :)

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  17. Because I am a QCA girl, I am also already a follower of Kristy's blog :)

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  18. The Zakka quilt along looks like a lot of fun. Maybe you'll end up liking it when it's done. If not - it's always good for a gift. :)

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  19. I am already a follower of your blog :)

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  20. And I'm a follower of Kristy's blog too :)

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  21. And congratulations to you both on 50 followers!

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    1. Have you been here Mike...just popped over to your blog yesterday too.

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  23. I am following Kristy's blog too!

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  24. It's been wonderful joining QCA and meeting so many lovely fellow Aussie quilters and bloggers!! Congrats on reaching 50!

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    1. It is such a supportive group for me too. Isn't it fun visiting all their blogs and getting the background to their work?

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  25. What a good time to become a follower, hey?! :)

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  26. And am also following Kristy's too!! Thanks ladies :)

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  27. Don't give up on the bag making hun, you have to start somewhere, and it turned out alright in the end didn't it? I've never seen magnets being put in with buttonholes before, so you've even taught this semi veteran (Been making them for over 4 years now)bag maker a new trick!

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    1. Ah that was due to the tutorial I found. It might be a while before I do another bag though.

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  28. I follow your blog :o)

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  29. I also follow Kristy's blog.

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  30. That rainbow is beautiful. I have had to work every Easter for the past 7 years. Maybe this would make up for it!

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    1. Well nearly every Easter has been wet for us...so this was our first dry one. Sorry that you have missed out on many. Are you in a profession that never rests?

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  31. hi Fiona, what a great giveaway you and Kristy are doing!

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  32. I already follow your blog :)

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  33. and I already follow Kristy's too!

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  34. Hi have just found you on Australian Quilters I would love to receive Petite Odile by Moda. I'm about to start a quilt for my girlfriend of 40+ yrs and its in blues and burgandy's on a cream back ground. Margaret Sth Australia

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    1. It is gorgeous isn't it? I think it might match quite nicely with Moda's 'Hope' that I still have in my scrap bag.

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  35. Well I have become yours and Quiet Plays new followers. Love your Zakka colors. Look forward to following your blog. Thanks for the give-a-way.

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    1. Welcome to our crazy bloggy worlds then Martha.

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  36. Hello - glad you decided to give the house pouch a go - you inspired ME to [eventually] do the tote :) Great giveaway - thanks for the chance.

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    1. Funny how it was YOU that inspired me to do this project.Hehehe

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  37. I'm a follower :) Many thanks for the chance to win your giveaway!

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  38. I now follow Quiet Play thanks!!!

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  39. charm pk is awesome (your blog so very intresting ..)
    cheers bev roberts heading away for the weekend ..

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  40. Love the giveaway. Hope I win some designer fabric. we still don't get them in India.
    Loved your post on the zakka bag...have been facing some challenges myself with it so missed the deadline.Will look forward to your other posts on zakka.
    leena

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    1. I was nowhere near the deadline either - let's hope the rest of the projects are easier.

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  41. Am a follower of Kristy's.

    Leena
    (India)

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  42. What a fabulous giveaway!!

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    1. I am looking forward to seeing it in the flesh.

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  44. Proud to be one of the 50 followers! Yay.

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  45. Congratulations on 50 followers......oh, 61 now! Well done! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  46. I stalk...I mean *follow* kristy too ;)

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  47. Such a pretty charm pack. Thanks for the giveaway chance and congrats on hitting 50!

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  48. what a lovely blog,love the pic of the country side that is your header.xx

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    1. Ah that's the view of the Tumut River valley that we used to have from our rental home. I miss it.

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  49. I'm also a new follower of Kristy's!

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  50. I came here after checking out your Zakka house pouch. It's fabulous!

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    1. oh great that you found the think through. The ZSSA is great to get to know new bloggers/crafters so thanks for stopping by.

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  51. This is my first visit, great blog you have.

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    1. thanks Jan...I hope to get by and see all the linked blogs from these comments.

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  52. I love the prints on the fabrics. So cute.

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  53. And I'm a follower of Kristy's blog to.

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  54. I am following your blog - subscribed to posts with Google Reader & RSS.

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  55. I'm also following Kristy's blog on Google Reader and RSS.

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  56. Just become a follower here.

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  57. I've been following you for a little while now. Can I just say that I love the photo up top of the countryside :)

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    1. I love it too...maybe one day I will get a large print copy of it for my wall.

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  58. I've just started following Kristy's blog :)

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  59. Finally thank you for offering up such a great charm pack and also for such a great blog. The fingers are itching to get sewing now LOL

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    1. You are welcome. That's nice of you to say.

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  60. Congrats on reaching 50! I hope to get there someday.

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    1. The first 50 took nearly a year...this competition has added nearly that many in 4 days! I think having a blog buddy give-away was the trick and also linking to other pages. Also Samelia's Mum lent a huge hand. But I think it is nice being a small blog.

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  61. Thank you for the chance to win. Grats on reaching 50 followers.

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  62. Came via QCA...you and Kristy are to be congratulated...lots of Happy Followers.... well done! The Charm pack is beautiful.... Petite Odile... such pretty colours..... thanks for the giveaway! Your tote tute was superb.

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  63. New follower of Kristy's Blog 'Quiet Play

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  64. Congrats on reaching a follower milestone! I love the fabric charm pack thatyou are giving away. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  65. I am a new follower of your blog!!

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  66. I also began following the Quiet Play blog.

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  67. I love French General. Congratulations on hitting 50 (now 74) followers, and thanks for the great giveaway.

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  68. I am a new follower of your blog.

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  69. I am following Kristy's blog too.

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  70. Congratulations on 50 followers! I am looking forward to spending time on your blog. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

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  71. Oooh, I love that charm pack, Fiona! Congrats on hitting 50. It'll be 100 before you know it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  72. I'm a follower of yours! :)

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  73. I'm also a follower of Kristy's blog! :)

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  74. LOVE YOUR GIVEAWAY=NEAT FABRICS!
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  75. HAPPILY FOLLOWING YOU!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  76. HAPPILY FOLLOWING KRISTY TOO!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  77. What pretty fabric! :-) And, backyard camping is so much fun!! Some of my most favorite childhood memories are of camping with my Mom & Dad! :-)

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  78. Thanks for the lovely giveaway and your WIP photos. The fabric for the Zakka project is cute. Also thanks for including international for the French General charm pack (USA).

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  79. I follow Quiet Play as well! Thanks so much! :-)

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  80. I'm now a follower of yours! Thanks for the opportunity, how nice of you!

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  81. What a well dressed dolly! Thanks for a chance at your giveaway.

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  82. New follower. You're charging towards 100!

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  83. And a new follower at Quiet Play.

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  84. Thanks for a great giveaway! Have a happy weekend! :)

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  85. I'm a new follower of yours! :)

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  86. I'm a follower of Kristy's! :)

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  87. Hi and i like finding new blogs to read and now you are at 80

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  88. I also now follow Kirsty

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  89. I have recently discovered French General and would love to add a little bit of this. congratulations on your blog.

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  90. I have recently discovered French General and would love to add a little bit of this. congratulations on your blog.

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  91. I can imagine a picnic basket, apple pie and this quilt besides :)

    sandra _ mitr at yahoo dot com

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  92. Thanks so much for the giveaway. Is there any quilter who doesn't love new fabric?

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  93. love the knitted rainbow top on Florrie.

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  94. love the thing you are making angchappell@yahoo.com

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  95. following you blog angchappell@yahoo.com

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  96. also following Kristy's Blog 'Quiet Play you girls have some very nice stuff thank you for the giveaway angchappell@yahoo.com

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  97. We've had funky rainy weather over here in California too. I wish I woke up to a ranibow. They never cease to enlighten your entire day.

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  98. I'm a new follower. I look forward to, um, following you.

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  99. I'm a new follower of Quiet Play.

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  100. Loving the colours in that charm pack!!!

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  101. Was stalking your blog before via a tab on my blog but now I'm a follower <3

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  102. Hello Fiona, love the Zakka projects, I may well invest in the book *one day*!

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  103. I already follow Kristy too!

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  104. Got to love that Easter weather. We were nearly blown away over the Easter weekend. Love the rainbow though. That always makes me smile.
    Thanks for the great giveaway and congratulations on the 50 followers.

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  105. How lucky to catch a beautiful rainbow like that!! Thank you!

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  106. I am now a follower! Congrats on 50 followers (AND MORE!!) I am at 40!

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  107. I'm happy to be a new follower of your blog-- I just loved your pictorial on the Zakka House Pouch!

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  108. I'm surprised how much I like this Petit Odile line-- the muted tones are just lovely!

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  109. Hi Fiona. I love the picture of the rainbow. We had one at our house a couple of weeks ago and it was gorgeous!It just kept getting bigger and bigger until it finally vanished.
    Thank you so much for a wonderful giveaway.

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  110. Love this fabric line. I also love the little house pouch you made...it's just so charming. Have an especially blessed day! Kathy

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  111. I've just become a follower of your blog. I get such inspiration from seeing the works of other crafters. Each is so unique!

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  112. I also became a follower of Quiet Play. Just lovely!!

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  113. I also follow Kristy's blog at Quiet Play.

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  114. I like Petit Odile - especially the letter print. Cute!

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  115. I'm a new follower of your blog.

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  116. I follow Kristy's blog now, too!

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  117. thanks for the giveaway, I love this fabric, its typically what the french like to use in their patchwork

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  118. ohh these fabrics are wonderful. thanks for the opportunity to win. love the pictures at the beginning of the post. hope you had a wonderful easter.

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  119. thanks for the chance in the giveaway, love french general, found you via Sameilas Mum :)

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  120. Found you via Samelia'sMum -congratulations on your blogging milestone!

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  121. Hi Fiona - I'm here from your Zakka sew along link - I did see your link somewhere the other day but when I tried to visit the page wouldn't open so glad that I could read your blog today ! and I see that you live in Alstonville so just had to comment - my mum was born there ! cute little house pouch btw :)

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  122. What a smart way to get new followers! Great giveaway!

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  123. And I have also become your follower. I have spend a year in Australia and you brought up my memories, thanks!

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  124. Just visited Kristy and I'm her follower too.

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  125. I am a new follower - looking forward to your future posts!!

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  126. Love this line of fabric - the colours are rich and warm!!

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  127. I am following Quiet Play!

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