January 27, 2013

Dare to Dresden and a Giveaway!


Did I Dare to Dresden? Why, yes, I did!!



I am SEW excited today to be participating in my first blog hop.  I would like to thank Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for coming up with such a fun idea and Christine at Quilt Monster in My Closet for being such a great cheerleader for this monster hop with 100+ bloggers.  In fact, it's so big that Christine decided to make a map showing you just how many bloggers out there are crazy about Dresdens!  See... there I am in Austin, Texas waving to you in purple!



I have always had an interest in trying Dresdens but never really knew how I wanted to use them.  Also, appliqué is not my strong suit, so I didn't want to bite off more than I could chew for a quick project.  So, for my first attempt I decided to do a fun little mini quilt to hang up in my sewing room to commemorate my first blog hop.  I won a fat quarter stack of this great vintage-y looking sewing-themed fabric last year (it's the Pinelope line by Anna Griffin) and didn't really know how I wanted to use them.  I just loved the antique scissors and a Dresden plate seemed like a great way to highlight them since I knew I wanted to fussy cut those little guys.










So, full disclosure, I actually made THREE of these before I made one I was happy with.  The first two, I cut with a traditional template that would have needed hand appliqué.  I cut and started to appliqué but I just wasn't happy with the precision I was getting on my points (plus I was moving slower than molasses and mama had a deadline!).

So, as with all sewing problems, I started searching around the blogosphere to see what was out there.  I was really thrilled when I discovered a handy little tool that allowed me to create a great Dresden without having to appliqué the edges.  It's called the Easy Dresden Quilt Tool and let me tell you, it saved me.  I've noticed many of my wiser and more seasoned hoppers with this blog are already aware of this magic little guy, but if you've never Dresden'd before, you should definitely check him out.



This little tool worked wonders for delivering perfect points WITHOUT having to appliqué.
















 I hope you've enjoyed my project and will stay a while and check out my other projects I've got going now - I'll be back next month in the Hugs & Kisses Blog Hop - clearly I'm a hoppin' fool these days :)

In honor of my first blog hop, I'll be giving away one of the Easy Dresden Quilt templates for my first ever giveaway.  Here are the very simple rules:  


(1) For your first entry, please leave me a comment about this post.
 (2) For a second entry, please follow my blog and add another comment below telling me you've done so.  If you are already a follower, just let me know that.
(3) I'll accept entries until January 30th and draw a winner randomly.  

The lucky winner will get their very own Easy Dresden Tool so that you can start making your own easy Dresdens.

Thank you SO much for stopping by to check out my stop on the hop.  Please make sure you stop by the other bloggers today who are sharing their Dresdens - there are some amazingly talented folks out there, so support their efforts and stop by their blogs as well:

Rosemary B @ “that Other Blog”
The Tilted Quilt (that's me!)

208 comments:

  1. I love the scissor fabric, that added a clever twist to your dresden plate. Nice work!

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  2. Great Job on the Dresden!! I Love It and want to try that EZ tool out! I'll keep my fingers crossed on this one! Thanks for the giveaway!!
    lubna_2112@hotmail.com

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  3. The fussy cut vintage scissors are sew wonderful! Beautiful quilt and quilting. Thanks for sharing. I wanted to comment on your work ... not for the giveaway ... I already have one of the EZ dresden rulers and it is very useful. If my number comes up, please choose again so that someone who does not have one of these rulers may have a chance to win ... :) Pat

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  4. Great Job on the Dresden!! I just LOVE it!! I really want to try that EZ tool out, so I'll keep my fingers crossed for this one!! Thanks so much for the giveaway!! lubna_2112@hotmail.com

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  5. I followed you!! But see that a previous post had posted when I didn't think it had. So Sorry!! Is it possible to take one of mine off?? Again, I'm soooo sorry!

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  6. I love the way you used the scissors fabric! Very creative. Yours is my favorite so far! I have wanted to try dresdans for a while now.

    Thanks, glend

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  7. Love how the vintage scissors fit so perfectly on your Dresden blades, just beautiful! Thank you for sharining and the great giveaway. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  8. Oh I love second chances! I am a GFC follower.
    jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  9. Super clever, I love your dresden quilt.

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  10. What a stunning Dresden... perfect to hang in a sewing room. I love this!!!

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  11. Love your Dresden, and thanks for the chance to win!

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  12. I absolutely love this Dresden! Very striking!

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  13. Fabulous dresden - love all those scissors. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Lovely dresden and fuzzy cutting, would love to try the template!

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  15. Your Dresden are awesome. And the easy Dresden ruler is a magic one. Thanks for sharing your story

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  16. Wow fantastic, what excellent fussy cutting I love your Dresden. I used the EZ ruler too, I really like it.

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  17. Stunning! I love the fussy cut scissors!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Stacey-I didn't realize the scissors were fabric until I saw your close-up-you surely had me fooled. From CA, thanks for sharing.

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  19. I am in love with your fussy cut scissors. Love, love, love. Please do not enter me in your giveaway though, as I have one of those rulers already.

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  20. Gorgeous work. Thank you for sharing such wonderful eye candy today.

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  21. I couldn't think of anything more appropriate for a sewing room! How much fun is this quilt. I kept looking and looking at the picture and could not figure out how you got those scissors there. You are so clever. Now everyone is going to be wanting one of those for his/her sewing room.

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  22. Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to participate and inspire me and many, many others. I know you are very busy with two young children. I've been there and my husband worked evenings, so I was home alone with them after a taxing day at work. I got more done then than I do now after retiring. Unfortunately I had to retire early due to health so I don't get done as much as I would like, but I do enjoy what I am able to do. It's a great stress reliever. Thanks again for sharing. You are very generous with your giveaway.

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  23. How cute is that - Scissors Dresden's - Love it !!!

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  24. This is adorable!! madame Samm has her work cut out for her this morning! ha!

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  25. The scissors work perfectly!!!! :) Great job!

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  26. Fussy cut dresdens.....love it so much!

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  27. ANd I'm a new follower, looking forward to reading your posts.

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  28. That is so cute with the scissors, it suits them perfectly!

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  29. I'm a new follower. looking forward to learning about your stitching!

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  30. I love that fussy cutting! Your Dresden looks great!

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  31. Oh my goch - how cute is that!!!! Wonderful fussy cutting, but just love the choice of the scissors.

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  32. SEW in love with this quilt!! What a wonderful fabric choice you made!

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  33. I love the touch you give to your dresden with that scissors fabrics,just beautiful.Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Greetings from New Braunfels!! Just wanted to tell you how delightful your dresden plate is!!

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  35. Your Dresden Plate are beautiful, with beautiful fabric.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  36. Stacey, I absolutely LOVE your Dresden! Those fussy cut scissors are so perfect for this!!!

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  37. I'm a new follower. I'm also your "almost" neighbor! I live in Pleasanton, TX! My first son was born in Austin when my husband was in graduate school there!

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  38. What a wonderful Dresden with those darling scissors! Too cute.

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  39. I just love your Dresden!! the quilting is lovely and I just adore the fabric that you fussy cut with the scissors on it!!!!!

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  40. What a fun way to FUSSY CUT those Scissors into a wonderful project! Thanks for taking the Dare... Hugs and Happy Hopping!

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  41. ok Stacey...you have got to stop this madness lol. you are cutting me up...
    love your dresden..

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  42. The fussy cut scissors are fantastic! Great little quilt. I love your twisted quilt too--that is on my to-do list!

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  43. I love your dresden the scissors are perfect! Thanks for the giveaway vickise at gmail dot com

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  44. I am a new follower. vickise at gmail dot com

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  45. I love your dresden plate. Cute fabric!

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  46. I love your dresden!! The scissors, oh what fun. Thank you for sharing!!

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  47. Love your dresden. Really cute how you fussy cut around the scissors. Thanks for the great giveaway. A dresden quilt is on my bucket list and this ruler would be great to have.

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  48. New follower....love your work..the quilting on the dresden was awesome!

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  49. Hi!!! Very pretty dresdens!!! Love the little scissors!!! Thank You

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  50. I am a new follower!!! Thanks for the fun and useful give away!!!

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  51. Love this! Fussy cutting the scissors fabric is fantastic! Congratulations for being a top choice!

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  52. Now that is just perfect for anyones sewing space! Great job, and congrats on top 2 of the day!

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  53. I'm here, I'm here! Yippee!
    I LOVE your fussy cutting!! PERFECT!!
    Thanks for the chance in the giveaway!! xoxox

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  54. p.s.
    20 of 24 hexies made...love the fabrics :)

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  55. I love your fussy cutting too! I would love a new tool to try something new :)

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  56. Just cute. Congratulation to beeing one of to days choice...
    regards from Sweden

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  57. I am a follower too :) And I have half my hexies done already and it's not even February!

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  58. Love the scissors. This hop surely makes me want to make a dresden. The templet would be perfect to start. Thanks.

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  59. YAY! We both made top 3!!!!!
    (I'll stop commenting now, lol)

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  60. Love your Dresden. Those fussy cut scissors are gorgeous.

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  61. What FABULOUS fussy cutting! THat wall hanging is just the best!

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  62. Love the scissor fabric..... what a great idea to fussy cut them.....

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  63. Im a new follower......I love checking out the hops because you find new blogs to follow.....

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  64. I love your fussy cut scissors. Great wallhanging.

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  65. I am a new follower, thanks for the chance to win.

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  66. Those scissors are perfect for that Dresden...love it! I used that little ruler, too, and can't imagine making a Dresden without it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful Dresden!

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  67. SEGUIDORA NOVA gfc 71.
    COM CERTEZA O PRÊMIO MERECIDO,VOCÊ VAI GANHAR. ESTA É UMA OBRA DE ARTE,NÃO FOI A TOA QUE SERÁ PENDURADA EM SEU AMBIENTE DE COSTURA.OBRIGADA PELACHANCE . tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  68. Absolutely love it. Love how you fussy cut those scissors.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  69. Oh wow! I love those! You did a great job fussy cutting them...it makes me think of all sorts of things I could do if I followed your lead! GREAT JOB!

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  70. That is just fabulous!! Congratulations on being chosen as one of the top Dresdens today.

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  71. I am now following via GFC..Would love to win. I want to do a drseden quilt. I recently bought the fabrics yellows, greys and mustard colors. No local quilt shops to get the acrylic template..Gotta wait till I head to the big city for that. Thanks for a chance to enter your giveaway.

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  72. I'm a new follower. Love your FNSI Twister too.

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  73. WOW! This wall hanging is so adorable. I love the scissors! This would be really awesome to have in my sewing room. Thank you for sharing and for the great giveaway.

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  74. Great fabric selection - love the scissors! Thanks for sharing!

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  75. I love the fabric. Your Dresden and quilting is fantastic! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!

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  76. I'm a new follower and look forward to reading your future posts.

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  77. FABULOUS!!!!!!!! I'm a new Follower
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  78. Hello from a fellow Austinite. You did a great job on your Dresden. Those fussy cut scissors are great.

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  79. That is such a neat idea with the scissors!!! I've just stepped into the quilting world after sewing clothing for a couple of years and I'm kind of overwhelmed with all the great ideas out there!!! I don't think I'll have any time for anything else if I sew all I want to sew! :)

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  80. I love your dresden quilt. Those scissors are so cute!

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  81. I really love your fabric choses! I would love the name of the scissor fabric to get some for my pouches!

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  82. I like different and those scissors are just that! Gives your dresden a neat twist!
    Thank you for the chance :)

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  83. Your fussy cutting was a wonderful idea for this lovely fabric. Thank you from Judy C

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  84. A future follower for sure - I just signed up and thanks from Judy C

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  85. Rosemary B here:
    I am following you now -- and I need that tool lol

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  86. Rosemary B here:
    I love your creation. Very cool with the scissors fabric!! This looks really wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing

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  87. Absolutely love your dresden. I'm a fool for sewing notions, especially vintage ones! Thanks for sharing!

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  88. I love your scissors plate! so neat.

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  89. I am a new follower. Thanks for the give away.

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  90. your dresden is very nice! I love the "dresdens" on your blog banner - how cute!

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  91. I liked your Dresden - fussy cutting the scissors made it spectacular!

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  92. I am a happy new follower - glad to have found your blog!

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  93. I like your Dresden, the scissors make it look sooooo good.

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  94. Beautiful! Perfect fabric for this project and the quilting looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing. I would use that tool to make my first Dresden ever!

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  95. Oh. My. Goodness. I think I'm in love! What a wonderful dresden - really wonderful! blessings, marlene

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  96. Another unique dresden. Where do you girls get all your clever ideas? I just look and drool. Maybe someday ....

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  97. HI! LOVE THE 'SCISSOR FABRIC' ADDITIONS TO THE DRESDEN! HOW NEAT TO FRAME FOR ONES QUILTING AREA? THANKS SO FOR SHARING+GIVING AWAY A NEAT TOOL!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  98. FOLLOW YOU VIA GFC!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  99. Love your Dresden. I would love to win the wonderful tool. thanks!
    gussek at hotmail dot com

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  100. I'm following via GFC. thanks!
    gussek at hotmail dot com

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  101. What a wonderfully unique Dresden block. (Please don't include me in the giveaway since I already have one.)

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  102. What a clever use of the scissor fabric.

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  103. Super awesome Dresden!!! Your scissors are just perfect for this project - how very clever of you!!!

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  104. I am a new follower of your creativity!!

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  105. I'm a fellow Texan following you!

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  106. Your project is awesome, super creative.

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  107. Wow, does that ever look interesting with the scissors alternating with the other fabric! Third time a charm, I would say.

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  108. Fussy cutting the scissors was such a good idea. Your wallhanging is stunning.

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  109. I just love it, the scissors are great, love that fabric and I love the quilting you have done on it, it just make is stand out.

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  110. Love your block with the scissors.

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  111. This is my favorite Dresden so far... I LOVE the scissors!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  112. I'm already a follower!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  113. This is a real eyecatcher and I love the way you have quilted it.

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  114. How clever! I would never have though to use a fussy cut like that -- LOVE the scissors!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  115. That's a great map. Love how quilting brings all of us together.

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  116. What a great idea! I love the idea of fussy cutting the blades...such a cool effect!

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  117. I looooove your Dresden Wall hanging!!! Gorgeous!!! The scissors are soooo cool!! Very creative!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Thanks for chance to win your Drawing!! Would love to try makin' Dresden's! :)

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  118. I am a new follower of your Blog too! (off to peruse round a bit...looks fun!)

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  119. Your Dresden is gorgeous! Super creative, with the scissors. Love it!
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  120. I'm a new follower via GFC.
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  121. I've been looking at lots of dresdens since the beginning of this hop and I have to say your little scissors plate is one of the cutest I've seen yet! Very creative and original!

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  122. I'm a new follower. I'm interested in finding out what else you've been up to!

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  123. What a great design! I love the scissors that you included in the Dresden! Love, love, love them.

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  124. I am now a follower of yours!

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  125. I love it! Great way to celebrate your first blog hop.

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  126. Wonderful dresden. Can't wait to see the others but this one sets the bar pretty high.

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  127. And I am already following thanks to Barb at Mountain Quiltworks.

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  128. I love your scissor Dresden. Perfect for a sewing room.

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  129. Your Dresden quilt with scissors is amazing!!! This would be so cool to have in my studio!!

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  130. I am a new follower!! I'd love to win that ruler!!

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  131. So original and creative, thanks for sharing.

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  132. Absolutely love how you fussy cut the scissors! ADORABLE!

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  133. I totally love what you did with your dresden. The fussy cut scissors are just perfect and the bright red/white fabric sets them off. Also thought the 2 center circles was a super idea.

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  134. I am a new follower though I thought I was already following but when I checked Reader, you weren't there. So...I've joined with FC.

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  135. I love the way you fussy cut the scissor fabric!!!

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  136. Love the use of the scissors in the Dresden fan! So very unique.

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  137. I've been wanting to make a Dresden Plate quilt for a while, and a template was on my Christmas list. Love the scissors you fussy cut! Really makes your plate! Great job!

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  138. I love your quilt, those fussy cut scissors are so adorable!

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  139. I think your fussy cut scissors are just about the coolest thing I've seen yet on this hop, and there are some pretty neat things going up! :-) Somehow this design really inspires me. :-) Btw - I live in Central Texas too. :-)

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  140. And, I'm following your blog. You're practically a neighbor! :-)

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  141. Love the scissors. So creative.

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  142. Very clever use of your fabric...it looks great!

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  143. Aren't blog hops fun! Your project makes me want to do more fussy-cut projects. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  144. I love the fussy cutting you did with the scissor fabric. Very good and unexpected....
    Have fun with your very first giveaway!

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  145. Your wallhanging turned out great! Love the scissors.

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  146. What a terrific wall hanging you created with your fussy cutting of the scissors.
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop and for offering a chance to win such a nice ruler.
    Regards from Alberta,
    Anna

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  147. I am a new follower of your blog- it looks like you have a grand time creating things,
    Regards,
    Anna

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  148. Thanks for the terrific giveaway. I like your Dresden blocks with the scissors print.

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  149. Terrific fabric! Great way to showcase it.
    I'd love to win your giveaway...I've never dresden for fear of points.

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  150. Your quilt is absolutely incredible. You are most deserving of the top 3. I am humbled that my little desden stool was chosen to be next to your gorgeous quilt. I love vintage sewing themed fabric and I am going to have to find some of that scissor fabric. You are not far from me, I am in McKinney, just north of Dallas! Cheers! I am a new follower too.

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  151. Love the way you fussy cut the scissor fabric. Beautiful quilt.

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  152. I'm a new follower and look forward to more of your projects. I love the Twister quilt you recently finished.

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  153. I am in love with your quilt! Your dresden with the fussy cut scissors is just wonderful and perfect for a sewing studio!

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  154. What a perfect way to use that fabulous fabric. I love the scissors!

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  155. I confess I am not a huge Dresden fan normally but your Dresden is AMAZING!! I love the use of the scissors and I shall have a look at the blog hop.

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  156. I LOVE your Dresden with the fussy cut scissors! Turned out gorgeous... thanks for the inspiration ¨°Ü°¨

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  157. WonderfuL job Stacey! I especially love how the background of the scissors print blends with the backgroun of your mini. It gives the Dresdan a whole new look. Congrats on your first blog hop!

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  158. your dresden is fantastic! I LOVE the fussy cut scissors and the quilting is beautiful.

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  159. Love the fussy cutting! I too love that wondeful little tool. Makes dresen making so much more fun!

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  160. Love love love your wallhanging! It is gorgeous. :)

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  161. I am now a follower. :) It was only through this blog hop that I found your blog. :)

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  162. Super cute mini quilt for your sewing room...how perfect with the antique scissors. I'm luv'n the parade of Dresden projects on this blog hop, having lots of fun. Thanks for sharing in the hop. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  163. I'm having lots of fun finding new blogging friends. I'm a new follower...#107. Thanks for the inspiration. Pauline

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  164. Fantastic! I absolutely love it! I love the look with the fussy cut scissors and the stitching! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

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  165. Great dresden, love the fabrics you chose.

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  166. Love your Dresden quilt! The scissors are just adorable! Perfect to hang in my craft room....when I get one :)

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  167. Very nice block-I love the quilting in points--very nice!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  168. I love the way you fussy cut the scissors for your block. It will be a very nice addition to your sewing room wall. You and the other hoppers have inspired me to also do a dresden. The tool would certainly help, hope I win.

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  169. your dresden scissor quilt ist a beauty, thanks for sharing and the chance to win the little rule, I don´t have this one so I cross my fingers ☺
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente

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  170. I do follow you now, glad to meet you in this bloghop.
    I hope, that you will join my blog too.
    Bente

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