Monday, December 12, 2011

Sew Mama Sew! Giveaway Day! [giveaway closed]


 Giveaway is closed - thanks to all for participating!


People in the online sewing community know that Christmas comes twice for us...once at the normal time and once for Sew Mama Sew! Giveaway Day! :)

If you've never been here:

I'm Rebecca. I'm in my early 20's [and not just one of those people who are always in their early 20's]. I always talked about taking a quilting class when I was in middle and high school. Yeah, I know, weird, right. I never did it, had never touched a sewing machine outside a home ec class, until my mom surprise mailed me a sewing machine when I was 19. I taught myself to sew with lots of trial and error, and the colorful language of a college student. But then I gave up, and did some projects by hand instead. I discovered quilting blogs earlier this year and decided [along with my status as an unemployed graduate student] to jump in feet first. And here we are.
Some of my favorite creations - visit my Flickr to check them out!
I admit, I am a self-taught, still fairly new quilter. I am also a grad student [actually, I graduate this week, so I guess that just makes me in limbo?]. As such, I don't have a huge fabric stash, nor do I have the super elaborate techniques of some. But I hope that you'll stick around and visit me every so often because I am trying my hardest to make this a hobby that younger people want to be involved with again. Plus, there's so much nostalgia for any non-college students over here about choosing to buy fabric instead of dinner and how life is just not fair :)

This is my first giveaway, and my motto is go big or go home. That's why I always order a large fry. And why I have 2 giveaways for you!


The first is a pleated pillow cover that I made from Essex linen. I briefly discussed how I made it over at this post. It's 16" square. I will just be sending the cover, not the pillow.


My 2nd giveaway is these 4 fat quarters of California Dreamin' by Jenean Morrison. My Bloggers Quilt Festival quilt was made with the orange and pink colorway of this set, and so I have these blues and yellows that could be used to make a quilt like it, or for any other sunny project!

Both giveaways are open to all participants, including international people! To enter, please leave a comment telling me at what age you started quilting [I don't know anyone my age who quilts, sadly], and if you belong to any sort of quilting guild [I'm debating joining my local guild, but am a little hesitant due to my age]. Also, feel free to tell me whether you'd like the fabric or the pillow cover :) And I'm from Orlando, FL, if you're in the area and want to be quilty friends. Or just friends. Or if you live in Hungary and want to be friends, that's ok too!

The giveaway will end December 16th at 5 pm, and a winner will be drawn randomly and announced over the weekend! [ETA: Please make sure your email is accessible in your profile or that you post it with your comment, or else you are not eligible.Thanks!]

***Edited again: I've had several no-reply bloggers who have not included their email in their comment. If you are concerned that's you, please feel free to edit your comment. I would hate to not be able to contact the winner, and I've wanted to reply to some of you and can't :(

Now go enter some more giveaways! :)

269 comments:

  1. Hello there! Wonderful to hear about how you got into quilting! I'm 27 and have been quilting for only 2 years. I took a beginning quiltmaking class and from there it's been all me. You have made some great things! I'm not in any quilting guilds but I am teaching some of my work friends to quilt. Congratulations on graduating soon! The fabric you are giving away is great!

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  2. I got a late start on quilting-55! I absolutely love it. It is what I do to relax. Thank you for a very generous giveaway.

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  3. Both prizes are great! I made my first (and only so far!) quilt when I was 29.

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  4. I made a baby quilt in my 20's, but I haven't quilted in 30 years! I would love to make a lap quilt for starters. I love the fabric you chose for the giveaway. Thank you!

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  5. Im not a quilter or even a sewer, I am however going to take sewing lessons soon and Im hoping that by doing so I will learn not only to sew but to quilt as well!!!
    Elaine

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  6. I didn't start quilting until I was in my late 20s (only 31 now). I am a member of the Columbus Modern Quilt Guild and I enjoy it thoroughly. Don't let age stop you!

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  7. I say good for you! Your sewing experience sounds like mine. Tho now I'm quite a bit older then you! I'm self taught too and still struggle along. But I love it! I think I might have been in my 20's when I started to make some quilted wallets. But then kids overtook my life, so my machine ended up in the closet. Years later I blew out the dust and sewed my first quilt :)

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  8. Girl, I love your pillow! Great job! I started quilting in my 20s (I'm 32 now), but I picked out fabric for my first quilt in college.
    I LOVE the fabrics and wouldn't say no to them, but I really love the pillow cover.

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  9. I started quilting when I was 25, also self taught! I think your pillow cover is lovely!
    beth(dot)sebastian(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. i'm 32, just started quilting, and haven't joined a guild yet either!

    p.s. you might want to put on here what state you're from - there's going to be a lot of traffic here right now and you never know who you'll find in your area!!

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  11. i'm your age!! haha theres no one our age is right - I'm 23 - but anyway, i started seriously sewing about a year ago - id love if you'd stop by and check out my blog
    http://knotted-thread.blogspot.com

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  12. I made my first quilt in my 20's and since then I have only sewn small quilts and other items. Thanks for the giveaway,

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  13. I just started quilting this year at age 33, I would say you should go for it on joining the quilting guild. I only started reading your blog recently but I find your projects really inspiring. I love the christmas tree skirt you did! Congrats on graduating from grad school!

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  14. I started quilting when I was 26!

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  15. I started sewing when I was 11 and I've been more serious about quilting this past year, though I've made quilts in my 20's, just basic stuff.

    I joined my local guild, I'm 34. Yes, most everyone is OLD, but it's okay. They're really nice and it's like being with my grandmother. You will be accepted and they are always ready to give pointers. I say join. =)

    Best wishes on your future quilting and thanks for a lovely giveaway!

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  16. I love the fabric! I became interested in quilting when I was in my early 20s too. I don't belong to a quilt guild- never have- because I am too intimidated because of my lack of sewing skills.

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  17. I took a quilting class about 11 years ago, so 26 years old. I've been doing some sort of needlework for as long as I can remember.

    Your work is GORGEOUS -- love your Christmas-y swoon block!

    Love the pillow, but those fabrics remind me of Catalina, and would go great with an idea I have for a wallhanging.

    wxgeek96 at gmail dot com

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  18. Oooh I really love Jeanean Morrison... How lovely of you to give the left over bits away! Your quilt with the rest of it looks gorgeous. I made my first and second quilt when I was about 20, just making it all up as I went along. I didnt get anything else done until I started again just over a year ago at 32... Again, making it up, but this time with the blog world helping!

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  19. I would like either prize! :) I love your pillow! I'm in the same boat as you - I am 22(as of next week) - but I'm about to graduate undergrad and I have no one close to me who sews! We can be bloggy friends if you want :) I am also debating joining my local guild. I went to an interest meeting and I knew I would be the youngest one there - and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. =P

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  20. Oh, I adore that fabric - it's fantastic!
    I started to quilt when I was a teenager - I started a crazy patchwork... but I don't think I've finished yet & I'm in my late 30's!!!
    Join as many clubs & guilds as you can, it doesn't matter what age you are.. I'm always the youngest in any club or class that I join - kinda makes it more fun!! Good luck & keep crafting!

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  21. I didn't even start sewing till after I was 50 OMG that sounds so old! I do not belong to any groups. I thik both your offerings are just wonderful and have no preferance. Thanks for the chance to win

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  22. I am 23 and started quilting at 17! I am self-taught, and was also one of those teenagers obsessed with the idea of learning to make quilts. Prior to making my first quilt, I was making clothes for myself and friends, and lots of pillows/bags/accessories! :)

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  23. I started when I was 15 and I am now 53. I say join and have fun! Your pillow is lovely. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  24. You are so sweet to offer two giveaways! I started quilting when I was (gasp!) 42....it's hard to believe I'm in my 50's now. I belong to four guilds...2 regular quilt guilds, a longarm guild and the St. Louis Modern guild which is the most fun! Thanks and have a wonderful Christmas!!

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  25. I love the fabrics! Awesome color. I started quilting at 27, and happen to still be 27 :P. So I'm pretty new at this. Also, am now following your blog. Happy holidays!

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  26. That is a beautiful pillow! FABULOUS fabrics!!!! I hope I win :o) My dil is in her 20's and started sewing and she is amazing too! You have a head start on many people!!!!!

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  27. Oh, Oh I love Jeneane Morrison! So fabric please. And I started quilting when I was in my early thirties? Around 34 I think. And now I'm 39 (gulp) and am just trolling around the guilds myself wondering if it would be worth it. Probably in the new year- glad I found you via SewMamaSew!! (ps your cover quilt is just gorgeous!!)

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  28. love those fab fabrics! i started quilting at 30's :)


    waipueyyee@gmail.com

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  29. Your pillow and all your projects are beautiful! Well done!
    I started quilting when I was about 26 or 27 (I think). I wasn't very good, but have improved immensely with practice and reading the instructions on patterns. I don't belong to a guild because they seem pretty traditional in this city and I don't have many quilty friends. My nearest quilting friend lives 5 hours away from me! Of course, Blogland is a wonderful way to meet like-minded people!

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  30. Lord, those tucks must have taken forever! Indulge in them now, before job and family life eat up all your time (just speaking from experience here!). I've been sewing most of my life but I don't think I tried quilting until I was in my mid 20s. I've still only done small stuff because bed-sized quilts intimidate me. Some day!

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  31. I am 28 and started a little over a year ago. I don't feel like anyone my age does it either. If we lived near each other, I would love a quilting buddy!! and, for the record, I want to live in Orlando because I LOVE Disney World :)

    I would like either the fabric or the pillow-- both are lovely

    Desi
    weeshareblog@gmail.com

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  32. I am 27 (just turned) and started quilting about 2 years ago. I started, just recently, a quilt guild in my area - green bay modern quilt guild. We are small, but I love being able to share my creativity with others, and see their creativity also. I'd say go for it - joining the guild. They'd be lucky to have oyu, and think of what you could potentially learn! I'd love to become bloggy friends, btw. I followed your blog :D

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  33. I just started quilting a few years ago, so I'd say I was probably 30. I'd love to win the fabric. I actually have a couple of FQ's from that line, so I'd love to add to them.

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  34. Lovely giveaways :) I began growing an interest and learning the basic foundations of quilting when I was around 9 or 10 from my grandmother. I am hoping to learn more as I become a stay at home mother this May with the arrival of our baby! My choice would probably be the beautiful pillow cover; although, it is definitely a hard choice!

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  35. I started sewing a few months ago at age 27, which it seems there are a few of us like that on these comments! I'm self-taught as well but am having so much fun learning, and as I don't remember if I've mentioned in a previous comment or not, I'm in Gainesville Florida now. I love both the pillow and the fabric, although the pillow unfortunately doesn't match any of my rooms :( Thanks for the chance!

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  36. very sweet of you to giveaway your hand made things! your pillow is gorgeous, and so are your fabrics (no need to tell people they're leftover! someone will be lucky to get them)
    I started quilting in my late twenties, more just panels for baby quilts then. The last few years I have satrted making bigger and hopefully better quilts!
    Your quilts are amazing for a beginner! love your color choices.

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  37. I've been quilting since I was 18 (I won't say how long ago that was!) I don't belong to any guilds. And if I win I would love the fabric.

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  38. I am actually undertaking quilting as a goal for 2012. So depending when I get underway I will be either 39 or 40!

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  39. I'm so very impressed! I love your pillow, well done. I have been sewing well, off and on for well too many years, since jr. high, but only started quilting for the past 6 mths or so and only doing a few small projects. I don't belong to any quilds, just doing a lot of research on the internet. I have found so many younger gals like yourself that are self-taught and blogging about it and have learned so much from them! I wish I lived closer but live across the country in Idaho! But the internet brings people closer!
    Keep sewing and creating and best of luck with it all. Love the fabric!

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  40. I'm in my local Modern Quilt Guild. I started sewing when I was about 30 and quilting about 2 years later (I'm 34 now).

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  41. Rebecca, thank you for your give away. I will say a prayer for your financial status to change for the better. I know it will. You are obviously very creative and intelligent. I only started quilting in my late 40's (now 52). I wish I had started at your age. You will know so much more by the time you are my age. I love quilt blogs and have learned so much from the generous teachings of others. I am not a guild or any organized group member. I am very busy with other things. I am blessed to quilt during the day (kids grown and gone from home). I would love to win the fabric or pillow. I would like to try the pillow tut. thank you again for your generosity.

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  42. What a beautiful pillow!

    I'm 31 now, but I started quilting when I was... 22 or 23, I think. I guess I can't really remember, except that it was sometime after I moved away from BC, which was when I was 22. I don't belong to a quilt guild. I tried to find one where I live, but the only ones I stumbled across were religious ones, which I'm not into, and then there was a bit of a movement for a Modern Quilt Guild, but they meet up on a day I can't get to them, unfortunately.

    (clumsy.chord(at)gmail.com)

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  43. I started my first quilt when I was 22. I scrapped it part way through (don't ask--or do, but it's a longish story) and used the fabric for a completely different quilt--which took me a couple of years to finish!

    I'm the youngest member of my local Modern Quilter's Guild, and I'd totally recommend joining. You can learn so much, and I feel like our generation doesn't connect well with those above us, but it's absolutely brilliant when we do... a gift we give ourselves! ;-)

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  44. Don't let your age stop you! Guilds are a wealth of information and a very good thing. I've been quilting and knitting since I was in my teens. I'll be 50 in 2012!

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  45. I didn't try quilting til I was 29 or 30. I love that pillow!

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  46. I'm 22 and am just starting out trying basic quilting. I too have thought of joining a quilting club but I think all the members are over 60, so I'd be the odd one out.
    This is a lovely first give-away. Count me in please.
    x

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  47. I haven't started quilting yet!

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  48. Your pillow is so lovely, and the quilts you have made are beautiful!! I love the fabrics. I started sewing when I was 13 (my grandma taught me how to sew n her treadle sewing machine). I made my first quilt when in my 20's. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  49. Well i made my first quilt when I was 26 right before I had my 3rd child... hehe

    xo Steph

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  50. i started quilting when i was 29, going tohave a baby soooo made quilts.

    the fabric is fantastic

    rubberduckywon at gmail

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  51. I was a young Mum of 25 when I started quilting and I still love it over 25 years later!

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  52. I started quilting in university too. I made my bed so figured that I should make what went on the bed too. And yes, my friends thought I was a little weird at the time, but they never turn away one of my quilts. :) Yes, join a guild. You will probably be the youngest and it may be a little lonely at first, but you'll learn so much and come away inspired from each meeting (if it's a good guild). If you get involved, you will meet people quicker. As you already know, this is a fabulous hobby so enjoy the ride! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  53. I was 53 when I started quilting, but I have always loved quilts. I would encourage you to seek out a modern quilt guild. I belong to one, but most of the members are in their 20's and 30's. If you check out the Modern Quilt Guild site, you can see all the chapters by country and state. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  54. I always admired quilts but never thought I could make one. About 2.5 years ago I took a free class at Joann's and said "Hey, I can do this!" You should look into joining your local guild. All ages are welcome, and you'll find lots of experienced quilters who love to share what they know. I think those fat quarters are beautiful -- thanks for the chance to win!

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  55. I'd be equally thrilled with either give-away :) I began sewing in 8th grade home ec, 34 years ago...but just started quilting 3 years ago at age 45. No guilds, but I did just join my first online bee!!

    Barzi10091(at)aol.com

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  56. I took my first quilt class when I was in my 30's. I don't belong to a guild. Thanks for the giveaway! I would like to win some California Dreamin' fabric! Merry Christmas!

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  57. I took my first quilt class when I was 20 (on a year off from college) and I am now a member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, which I love. Your pillow is super cute, I'd love to win it! Thanks for the chance :)

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  58. I starting at 46 and due to my work hours it is hard to join a guild!

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  59. Though sewing for a while quilting for me has only been the last couple of years

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  60. Ok, my first ever quilt, a log cabin, hand stitched when I was 28? Some local ladies met at a restaurant after it closed and were more than happy to show me the ropes! Keep up the good work! jolenethiessen at gmail dot com

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  61. I started quilting early on as a teen, but didn't do "real" quilts until in my 30s. I haven't joined a guild, too many other crafts! :)

    I *love* the pillow, and oh it would go so well on my couch in the summer! :) LOVE IT. <3

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  62. I made quilted placemats when I was 12, and did some quilting at quilting bees our church had when I was a teen and made a quilt out of material I got from my great grandmother before she went into a home due to dementia. I made a baby quilt for my son when he was born, but it burned in a house fire, and I've been so swamped with babies that I never got back into quilting until recently. I love how relaxing hand quilting is, but I'm strictly interested in machine piecing because I don't have the spare time to hand piece. I'm just 31, but there ARE plenty of younger people interested in crafting, sewing, and quilting. They just seem to be extremely difficult to find in real life (at least they have been for me, so I've always been sort of the odd one out). It doesn't hurt to hang out with older quilters though. Think about how much you can learn from them. :) You'll never know if your local guild is a good fit for you if you don't at least check it out.

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  63. Hi! Your pillow is gorgeous, so are the fabrics!. I started is quilting 3 years ago, age 34, I wish I had started a 24 though!. So, congratulations on your early start!. Thank you for this fantastic giveaway.

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  64. Hi! I love those fabrics and your pillow is beautiful! I started to sew when I was about 10 years old but quilting and patchwork only few years ago!
    Merry Christmas!
    (nerospostatgmaildotcom)

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  65. I'm 45 and, although I did lots of other sewing from a teenager, I've only just started quilting - better late than never!

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  66. Hi, I can't say I quilt as I've only made two baby quilts in my whole life, but the nugging started some years ago, maybe at the age of 20.
    Moreover, here in Spain it's very difficult to find a guild that meets my preferences, as they usually go for very traditional quilts.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    lauramdd(at)terra(dot)com

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  67. I'm 34 and just started quilting too... even though I started sewing in high school. I don't belong to a quilt guild as I have young kids and can't make evening meetings...
    I would choose the fabric first even thought the pillow is gorgeous it wouldn't match my couch. Thanks for a chance to win your wonderful giveaway! :)

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  68. I'm 27 and started quilting this year. However, I've been sewing, knitting and crafting for as long as I can remember. I have a few girlfriends who craft/sew (we have regular "crafternoons"), but none that quilt. Hoping to make some converts in time. Your work is great, btw, and thanks for the giveaway! :)

    PS. If you are graduating then you are currently a graduand; once you graduate you will be ... a graduate. :P

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  69. How about from Australia? (I have been to Hungary and the US, if that helps!)
    California Dreamin' is the perfect name for these fabrics. It's very Sunny here right now, so these colours are just perfect.
    I'm not a quilter. I'll be honest from the outset. Best if this friendship is to be a long and honest one...
    I have been a happy member of 2 different Craft Groups over the last few years. Making, Sewing and drinking tea, whilst the little ones play together. I enjoy all crafts and am sure I'll become a quilting addict at some point in my life!
    Thanks for such a yummy giveaway.

    HinterlandMama@gmail.com

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  70. I started quilting at 22 but started seriously quilting at 30 :)

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  72. hi, sorry abt the delete. i started quilting at 27, a baby quilt for my 3rd daughter. I am awed by the amount of work you quilters put into each and every quilt!

    I would love to win the fabric, that looks so pretty!

    i dont go to my area's quilting guild, a bit intimidated by the works on display there.. see for yourselves ..http://www.qatarquiltguild.blogspot.com/

    but I hear that a quilt guild is a good place to hang out, the ladies love having new people. you'll pick up a ton of tips and tricks and be able to teach them, too, what with the internet at hand :)

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  73. I started quilting only two years ago, I was 63......... I am going for the fabric, love the colors.Greetings from France

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  74. I'm not actually a quilter yet, though hoping to be soon! I know what you mean about the trials and tribulations of being a young crafter though. I love embroidery, but am a bit nervous about joining an embroidery guild for the same reasons you are!

    Thanks for the giveaway
    Sarah @ http://kiwigetscrafty.blogspot.com

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  75. These are wonderful! You do great work! I don't quilt, so I can't help you there, but I started crafting when I was in college, so about 19 or 20ish and I haven't stopped yet!

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  76. I started quilting this year, and I am in my early 20s too! That fabric is just beautiful!

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  77. Oh hurray! Younger quilters! I started quilting at age 39 and love it (I am 41 now) too. And I am originally from Orlando but am now in Texas. I love your blue pillow - just beautiful. Same color as my living room!

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  78. Hi Rebecca - I love your pillow! I love HSTs too. I made my first quilt when I was 17 and had no clue. But I really started quilting when I was 41 and I haven't stopped since.

    I belong to two guilds and I think joining or not is more about style and interests than age. What have you got to lose by giving it a try?

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  79. The only quilt I ever made was for my Barbie doll when I was 8 on my Grandma's sewing machine. I am not fortunate to be blessed with sewing skills, but I do enjoy cross stitching!

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  80. I started quilting when I was 25ish after a girlfriend got me interested. I love the pleated pillow and have a great spot all set for it on my couch!

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  81. Both prizes are great!
    I started quilting when I was in my late 30's!
    Thanks!

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  82. Wow, I look up to your talent! Absolutly gorgous things you made. I never quilted. I want to make a patchwork bag these days. Hope I can make good enough to show it on my blog:-)

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  83. Your work is lovely for someone who is new to quilting. I pretty much taught myself to quilt when I was 20 or so. 1st quilts were for friends having babies, pillows for wedding gifts,etc. It has been many years and many gifts and I'm finally making some quilts for me. I love the blue of the pillow cover.

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  84. I love your work! I just started quilting at 29. My first one was actually a rag quilt with a different colorway of the California Dreamin' line(love that fabric!). I haven't joined a guild, because I feel like I am too new at it and I am also hesitant because of the age thing.

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  85. I'm 32 and started quilting about 3 years ago. Before that I did normal sewing, it just sort of morphed into quilting. I don't "belong" to the local modern quilt guild, mostly because I can't ever make the meetings, but I have participated in a few of their challenges and I follow them online.

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  86. I started in my late 20's, you're not alone!

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  87. Great blog! I started quilting when I was around 22 when I just had one child. We are now having our 6th and I don't have the time that I used to, but would love to do it more here and there. Love your creations! I think if I won the giveaway that I would choose the pillow. You did such a great job on it.

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  88. I just started quilting last spring...I was 36. I had no idea how fun it could be! I sewed for a couple of year prior to that, making other things. I don't belong to a quilt guild because the closest MQG is pretty far away and I'm not sure about the other guilds in the area. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  89. Your pillow cover is so pretty. Love the pleats!
    I started quilting about 3 years ago. I have been a sewer since high school but had never got into quilting because I was intimidated by it. I recently found out it's not as hard as I used to think! I am now 37 years old (& that is the truth...haha).
    I hope you can find some other young adults to quilt with.
    lisa.otis6 at gmail dot com

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  90. I'm 36 and have never made a quilt - yet. They're really pretty but look like a lot of work. :) I think my first choice is your pillow but I like the fabric too.

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  91. I started quilting when I was 29. I'm 36 now and am debating the same thing with the quilt guild as I was one of the youngest ones there and it was very political and not enjoyable. Now that I've moved to a different state I'm thinking of checking it out in the new year just to have an open mind. I just don't know how to find people my age in a new state that like quilting. I'd love to have a girls night sewing group every couple of weeks.

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  92. My birthday is Saturday, and this would be a great birthday present! I would love either prize, but especially the fabric.

    I started quilting young, maybe age 9 or 10. My Mom quilted, so she taught me.

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  93. At age 16, I made a full-size patchwork quilt of 5-inch squares made by cutting up old clothing. My mom sewed too and she never threw anything away so we always had a fabric stash. I'm in love with your pillow!

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  94. Rebecca, you should definitely meet up with a modern quilt guild if you can! I think I started quilting at, oh, 24, and the average age in my local MQG is probably 30. I love the pillow cover!

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  95. I am 32, (just turned 32 on 12/12, actually) and I did make patchwork clothing in my early 20s. I have not conquered a full quilt yet and hope to soon. I started prepping for a quilt with my 6 year old son, but that got put aside this summer. I recently was inspired to quilt again though by discovering a quilt done entirely by hand by my grandmother who passed 10 years ago. I love the pillow cover you made. quite refreshing. and I love those fat quarters!!!

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  96. I started quilting in high school and in a rare occurrence, got my mom hooked! :) I'm also in my 20s - we are out there - and just recently found your blog. Those fat quarters look super sunny - thanks for the giveaways!

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  97. I was 24.

    beccanae @ gmail dot com

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  98. I started quilting at age 34 and I am a member of the LAMQG. You should join your local guild. It's a great way to meet people!

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  99. I tried once at around 26 and it didn't work out (curtain fabric isn't the most suitable) so I left it until a few years ago when I took quilting up again at 39 and got totally addicted.
    I did learn other crafts as a child and never stopped, knitting, crochet and started needlework at 16.
    As for guilds, I visited a local show a few months ago and felt it wasn't for me, the people I saw and spoke to were very middle aged and I didn't feel I had anything in common with them.

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  100. I started seriously sewing and quilting when I was 24. I pieced one quilt top when I was 20, but didn't get around to quilting it until this year!

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  101. I started quilting when I was around 30. I felt like a "young quilter" then, as I thought quilters were mostly over 70! But now younger people are taking more of an interest -- you are a trend setter!

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  102. I'm 29 and just finished my first quilt a few weeks ago! Thanks for the chance to win!
    okiedokiemama at yahoo dot com

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  103. I started when I was in my early thirties, which was just a few years ago and I have a lot to learn... but I love it... great work and thanks for a great giveaway!

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  104. I started right in the middle between 20 and 30 :) I would love to have a guild or just a meeting with other people to sew and craft and gossip while drinking coffee... but there are not a lot of opportunities and also too often if there is a meeting the people there and I don't have anything in common. Not even the same taste in fabric :)

    But as soon as there would be a new opportunity I would go and try :)

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  105. Hi! I'm 28 and just started this year- you make great quilts!

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  106. Hi! I'm 31, and I started quilting when I was 24. I haven't joined my local guild yet, but I think I'm going to. Thanks for the great giveaway, I've been following you ever since the sewhappygeek swap and I love your blog!

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  107. I don't quilt, but I started sewing some in high school, did a little bit in college, then really dug in a started sewing after my little boy was born 2 years ago!
    mindfulhome at gmail dot com

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  108. im 25 and i just started and im not apart of a guild..i dont think id ever join one either :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  109. I am 31, I started when I was 29. :)

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  110. Beautiful fabric thank you!

    I have been quilting for 2 yrs and started in my 40's sorry a bit older!

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  111. I started quilting at age 28 I think. I've gone to a few local guild meetings (the one here is mostly younger people!), but not many because it started up right around the same time I had twins (and therefore gave up all my free time).

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  112. The pillow cover is just beautiful -- I'd be honored to have that in my home! I started sewing when I was 11, but have still never done a full on quilt! I am more into sewing home decor and accessories...

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  113. I actually have never quilted, but I want to try!
    peachstateme(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  114. Hi! I was 36 when I started quilting, just after my mom died. (I didn't make a connection at the time, but I don't think it was a coincidence--my mom was an excellent seamstress and her mother was a quilter. I'm sure I was looking for a feeling of connectedness.)

    I don't belong to a guild, but that's because I'm not a joiner. Have you looked for a Modern Quilt Guild in your area? In my blog-reading experience, those quilters usually skew younger, and the ones who don't usually have more flexible attitudes. It might be a good fit.

    If I won, I'd be especially happy about the fabric (just because I always want more fabric to inspire me), but the pillow case is beautiful and would be most welcome, too.

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  115. I'm a late bloomer. I started being interested in quilting after 40. Then again, that's when I had my son, so I guess it's relative, or maybe I'm just a late bloomer all around. I love the fabrics! WOuld be great to work on in the dead of winter up here in Maryland. I'm not complaining about the snow though. I used to teach elem school in Ocoee Florida and LOVED the weather!! But I also like the seasons! Thank you for joining the blog hop!

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  116. I was 27 when I started quilting but 12 when I started sewing. I'm 28 now :)) I don't belong to a guild, and I love the fabric!
    Thanks!
    Tia
    mtrand2 at gmail dot com

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  117. I began quilting at 24 yo (um-last month), don't belong to a guild, and would love the fabric that you have to offer!

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  118. I started learning quilting techniques a couple years ago...maybe age 29? And I haven't done much for groups with sewing but I have started a knitting group!

    nancebagance at yahoo dot ca

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  119. I started quilting at 24-- just a couple of years ago! I'd be honored to win either of your giveaway prizes. How generous! akmajor (at) gmail (dot) com

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  120. I started sewing patches together when I was 6.

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  121. I'd be happy with either one! I started my first quilt when I was 13, but then dropped it until last year when I turned 25. I made a quilt for my sister's new baby and loved it! So now I'm working on throwing myself into it. :) You're not alone!

    michaelacking (at) gmail (d0t) com

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  122. I made my first quilt in the 9th grade, I started sewing at age 6. I don't belong to any clubs or groups right now, because I am full time mommy, but I imagine I would when the kids are older.

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  123. I made my first quilt when my kids were very little, so I was probably late 20's early 30's. I didn't have the time to actually get into it until they were out of school.

    Why don't you start your own little quilt group? A friend of mine did that. She invited a couple of people and had them invite a couple more. There are only 8 of us, but we are of similar ages and all work full time. We have a lot in common.

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  124. I started quilting at 35. I would like the fabrics but the pillow is nice too.

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  125. I started quilting in my early 20s too. Now I'm 33 and have 2 little ones so there isn't so much quilting happening as setting up and packing away during nap time!

    Just moved to Texas, so not so far from Florida... when I've come from New Zealand via Canada!

    I'd certainly try out the local guild. Nothing like being the young'un everyone is happy to help ;o)

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  126. 43!
    thanks for the giveaway-beautiful pillow!

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  127. I loves the fabrics.
    I started when I'm 28. And I'm 30 now :)
    Thanks for the chance to win ^^v

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  128. I only started quilting a couple of years ago and I am now 40, at your age I was making fun fur dresses and funky 70's disco costumes lol

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  129. I was around 30 when I started. I did sew cloths when I was your age though.

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  130. I made my first quilted item in 1970 -- an applique potholder. My first quilt took 10 years -- and fell apart. Since then I have made quite a few quilts, and this quilting interest never gets old, or boring. I love the fat quarters - so intricate!

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  131. Well, now you know me; I'm 23 and started quilting when I was 14. :)
    I say go for the quilt guild; if "old ladies" can't be nice to the next generation of quilters, they shouldn't be quilters. *grin* There weren't any for me to join where I used to live, but now that I'm in a place that has a few different quilt guilds, I need to get off my behind and join one. :)
    Also - to build a fabric stash for cheap, peruse the bed sheets and pillowcases at all the thrift stores you can get to. Some are ugly, but a lot are really nice if you don't think of them as bed sheets. They're especially great to use for backing - no seams needed!
    In other news, I'd love that fabric; it's gorgeous!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win ~ :)

    sarita0818 at comcast dot net

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  132. I started really quilting in my late twenties. I love it.

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  133. I did my first quilting project at 14 years old. Thanks for offering such pretty giveaways!

    I would be thrilled with either item, but your pillow is beautiful and I would be so happy to have it.
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    deborah (at) savvygirls (dot) ca

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  134. What a great giveaway. Thanks for participating. I think the pillow would be my first choice but I'd love to win either one. I started quilting when I was in my late 20's. Go for the guild- you will learn so much and make friends- maybe someone your age or someone older.

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  135. I'm just getting started and I'm 40.

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  136. I did a little bit of quilting in my early 20's, but the fabric in the 80's did not inspire me. I just got going again at age 50, and I love the fabric. If you look at my blog post called Friday Night Quilter's Night Out, you will see some California Dreamin' fabric! I love it, so that would be my first choice.

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  137. I started quilting when I was 21. I'm not very good though :D And no membership.. I'm too intimidated !

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  138. Beautiful pillow cover!! I've been sewing now for almost 6 yrs. I have made a couple of baby quilts, but to me they are more like comforters and I would never call myself a quilter. Maybe 2012 will be the year I tackle FMQ and consider myself a real quilter...after all, I'll be 40! :) Thanks for the chance! Have fun with your first giveaway!

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  139. I started sewing at age 30 and 4 years later, I still don't quilt :) I just don't have the patience but love sewing apparel and bags. I'd love to win the fabric. Thank you! mamalusco at ortelco dot net

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  140. I started quilting at 26 and I don't have a membership.
    heidikittelson (at) gmail (dot) com

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  141. I started sewing at 25 but only made my first quilt this year at 31! Wish I had done it sooner, I could have made so many cute baby quilts when my kids were still babies!

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  142. I started at the age of 23 (now 29).

    I would be happy with both. Your pillow is lovely!
    Susanne

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  143. I have just started, so the answer is 28
    Awesome prize! Thank you!
    violet_bg1(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  144. Hmm, I started doing an embroidery for a quilt kit when I was 12 or so. But seriously making a quilt for me or someone else was last year. I'd always wanted to. I'm thinking of joining the quilt guild here. I figure there will be lots of wise ladies that'll be able to quilt circles around me. I'll probably learn a ton and can then apply the techniques to my own style.
    Large fries-yum. That pillow is beautiful and I'd love a chance to have it, thanks.

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  145. I've been sewing for 2 yrs and only just got into quilting, I'm making my first one at the mo:)
    I'd love to win the fabrics!
    Thx

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  146. I don't quilt yet, but that is one of my goals for 2012. I love the fabrics, are so cute!

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  147. Hi! i'm in my early 30's and just begun quilting a few years ago. I think it's wonderful that you are starting out younger than most people!

    I've never been in a quilting group, though I've thought about it. I think it would be fun, but it's too hard for me to leave the kids routinely and would be too costly for a weekly babysitter.

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  148. I made my first quilt when I was 16, so I've been quilting for almost 40 years. I used to belong to the local quilting group but I've gotten more into spinning and knitting now.

    majorasue(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  149. I made my first quilt as a senior in high school. I made a few others in college and after, but really caught the bug last summer (at age 29).

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  150. I have been sewing since I was at school aged 11..... but still haven't actually made a large quilt !!

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  151. I started at 32 and I recently joined a local guild, though I have yet to go to a meeting in person.

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  152. I started at the age of 33... I'm now 34 and 1 month! That may sound old to you but it's really not as you'll realise as soon as you get here - I still feel like I'm 22 at heart. I dont' think we have local guilds in the UK. I'd love the fabric!

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  153. Hello, I'm not a quilter yet but I have a strong interest in starting and have begun collecting fabrics - I hope that counts. I'd love to win the fabric collection. Thanks for a great giveaway. Linda

    rodlindafansler (at) gmail (dot) com

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  154. I started helping my mom quilt when I was a little girl and together we've made many. Last year (37) was the first time I made one all by myself.

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  155. I've just started in the last couple of years-38 I guess.

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  156. I started this year (when I was 24).. my boyfriend calls me grandma but he secretly likes it :)

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  157. I started last year at 34. I still think I am rather young to be a quilter! Whenever i visit my local quilting shop I am usually the youngest in there by around 3 decades, but then I am in the UK and apart from Cath Kidston, sewing is not considered the coolest of hobbies.

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  158. I'm 29 and I started quilting about a year and half ago..I always had some creativity going on since I was young, first it was oil painting, then charcoal sketching, and then candle-making in my college years which I stopped once I got married since we were regularly on the move and it would be too cumbersome to haul all my stuff around...not to mention the mess I was making in the kitchen...plus I saw it futile to invest so much time in something which is'nt going to be actively used and treasured down the years..hence quilting which I started after my daughter was born..her birth sort of made my creative itch resurface...thanks for the giveaway and hope you make wonderful memories while quilting.
    I started quilting last year..finished just 2 quilts and have a lot more to learn...that rotary cutter can come very handy! Thanks for the giveaway.

    nabihawangde(at)gmail(dot)com

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  159. I started quilting when I was 21. I found that flickr and the bees are the best way for me to connect with young people that qwuilt. It's DEF not my local quilt shop!!

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  160. Oh do not feel funny about your age in a quilt guild. You will be accepted just a a person who enjoys the craft! I started quilting/sewing in earnest about 5 years ago. I keep trying so many new things so I don't concentrate on one skill. I crochet, sew, etc. When you get comfortable in your guild, you'll find out about smaller groups to join where you can make more personal friendships with like minded people. Age is just a number kiddo.

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  161. I started quilting when I was about 7 when I made a slew of yo-yos.

    Yes, you should join a guild. They are wonderful and you will meet a ton of quilters.

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  162. Oops...I forgot to add that I would love either. Your pillow is just gorgeous, but so are the fabrics.

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  163. I just started quilting this year... so I was 28 when I started! :)

    I'm not a member of a guild right now... there is one in my city, but the meetings always fall on dates when I'm busy. I'll have to make it out one of these months!

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  164. I started quilting about 3 years ago. I just joined the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild this year and love the meetings and meeting other quilters. We have all age ranges that come and I'm sure if you found a Modern Quilt Guild in your area they would love for you to join.

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  165. Love that fabric! I was 50, so I got a late start. Thanks!

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  166. I started quilting at 32, but I had wanted to learn for years. My daughter has gotten into quilting and she's 12--younger even than you! I take her to guild meetings with me, where the average age is 72, and she has a great time. I would be happy with either gift. Merry Christmas!

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  167. I started when I was 29, but I wish I had started earlier. Love it!

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  168. I was in my 20s too when i started quilting but then went overseas and had kids so it got put on hold. I got back into it a couple of years ago.

    I don't belong to any guild, but get loads of inspiration from the internet. I see you already have some of my fab websites as well.

    The fabric is gorgeous...as is your quilt you made with the other colorway.

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  169. My grandma taught me to embroider when I was 6 and I made some clothes for me and my dolls when I was young, but I didn't try quilting until I was in my late 20's.

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  170. I started quilting 10 years ago (I don't know where the time has gone) at the age of 24. It was church quilt group that met 2x a month to work on projects and visit. It was love at first stitch. I don't sew as much as I used to as we now have 4 kids but my stash is huge and I will offer some unsolicited advice: Only buy fabric you absolutely love!

    Both giveaways are gorgeous. I would love to know how you made the pillow. The fabric is stunning.

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  171. I started quilting at 21 ( a year and a half ago) and I am not a member of a guild although I would like to be.

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  172. I started quilting at 24 and I am now 27, so not long

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  173. Wow! Congrats on gradutating. I started quilting when I was about 23. My passion for it comes and goes. I love the fabric your giving away.

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  174. Mmm...my grandmother tried to teach me to quilt around age 12 or so, but I didn't really have the patience for it until I was 17. I knitted instead. Now, I do quilt, but more small scrappy projects than anything. I still get distracted too easily. -grin-. I'd love the fabric.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    kessilari(at)gmail(dot)com

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  175. I made my first quilt when I was 49. Great giveaway!

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  176. Rebecca, you seem to be very talented quilter. As I am the bigginer myself, I will be gladly observing your progress :) I started a 10 moths ago at the age of 34.

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  177. Im 37, I started about 3 years ago and I would be so happy to win the fabrics so that I can make a table cloth for the little tables in our camper. Thank you!
    PS I would join a guild, if nothing else maybe you can learn new techniques and its fun to just have somewhere to go.

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  178. I'm 30 now and I started my first quilt when I was, let's see here... I think I was 25. I've been a slow starter, though - one project every couple of years. Until now, and now suddenly I have three or four projects going on at once! Not a member of a quilt guild, mainly because I don't have any extra time (full time work, new baby, etc.). I like both of your giveaways and would be thrilled with either - thanks for the chance!

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  179. I started quilting a couple of years ago at 25. But my grandma quilted, and always involved "us kids" in how her projects were going, so I feel like I've quilted my whole life. Thanks for the giveaway! robyn(dot)geddes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  180. I'm 36 and started quilting a couple years ago, nothing too fancy yet.

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  181. Hi! I started quilting when I was 29 (and I don't think you should let your age stop you from doing anything!) I love both the giveaways, so either would be lovely! :)

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  182. I began quilting when I was 25. I do not belong to a guild. I would probably pick he fabric, but I love the pillow cover, too. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  183. I started quilting when I was 18, I don't belong to any guilds, great giveaway!

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  184. wow, you have accomplished a LOT! so proud of you, don't let your age stop you, I'm sure you will make some friends (some of my BEST friends ever have been much older than me, they are wise and don't play games) I made my first quilt this year (started when I was 39 and finished when I was 40!) ha I would love to win either prize!! I don't belong to any guilds but it sounds like fun

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  185. I am just starting to learn how to quilt. (at 36) I do sew clothes for my kids though.
    I would love the fabric.
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  186. I loved reading your story - thanks for sharing! I made my first quilt when I was 26. My husband and I decided we wanted to give my sister a homemade gift for her wedding, so we borrowed a book on quilting from our local library, went out and bought a very basic sewing machine, and taught ourselves how to quilt! It was really fun to collaborate on a project together. Since then, we've made two more quilts together (for other wedding gifts), and I've taken an interest in learning how to do some other types of sewing projects now that we have a baby (bibs, changing pads, etc.).

    I don't belong to a quilting guild, but I think it's a great idea!

    In any case, thanks for the chance to win your giveaway! Both prizes are lovely, though I am particularly drawn to the California Dreamin' fabrics.

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  187. I did not start to quilt until in my forties, but I have sewn since I was in my teens - I used to make my own clothes to have something individual.
    I love the fabric - it is like sunshine.

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  188. I am in Georgia but I would love to be quilty friends! I have only been quilting for two years, since I was 25ish.

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  189. Good luck with your quilting, you seem already rather accomplished, at least judging from the pictures in this post!
    I started quilting in my late 20s early 30s, so older than you, but not old old!
    Hope you enjoy the guild, if you join. I just moved and I don't think quilting exists here! I am sure it does, but it must be rather obscure.

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  190. Let's see...I made my first quilt at 31. :) And no, I don't belong to a guild. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love the fabric.

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  191. second grade, so 8 or 9? also, see if there's a modern quilt guild nearby - they tend to have younger members!!

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  192. I started quilting in my mid-thirties and did it for a couple years. I didn't take it up again for nearly thirty years. I don't belong to a guild.

    I'd love to have the fabric. You've inspired me to make my own pillow -- only in my colors.

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  193. love teh fabric and in my early 20's

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  194. I took a hand quilting class in my 20's and made some pillows and a baby quilt or two. Then I waited 30 years and have started quilting again. I don't belong to a guild. I would love to win the fabric.
    ramona_murray(at)comcast(dot)net

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  195. I'm 22, I just started this year. I hadn't really toughed a sewing machine since I was a child but I'm really loving it. Mum booked me into a class so I would have some distraction away from my thesis - before she knew it I was more obsessed with fabric :)

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  196. Good for you! I'm in my 50s and am just learning to quilt. So, you might feel somewhat alone in your age bracket, I feel a little 'slow' or 'late' as many in my age bracket have been quilting for many YEARS so I feel silly showing my beginner items.. yet, I am proud of myself for tying something new, now. So keep at it, if it brings you joy, pleasure and reasons to smile.

    Oh, and congrats on finishing school! WAy to go!

    I have gone to two guilds in my area (Seattle, WA) and felt somewhat welcome but, like junior high, it is hard to break into the cliques of some guilds You will find some your age so definitely go to some guild meetings. And go more than once.. I went to one group's meeting once and they were so unfriendly. But I'm a friendly person and always reach out when people come into my communities so I pushed through and went again. the second time, I found some more friendly people. But from the ones I've gone to, you do have to push out there, reach out to the members as they seem to forget what it is like to be new. Your area may be different. Go to the meeting with the expectation that you will be welcomed and included. That way you will put out that kind of energy. Go and email us on your blog about how it went!

    Michelle
    in Seattle, USA

    as for your questions,

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  197. I wish I lived near, though I am old enough to be your mama--48! A quilty friend would be nice. I have sewn forever, but made my first quilt this year. How wonderful that you are learning this art; I will enjoy following your journey!

    Meg
    3rdmargaret at gmail dot com

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  198. Started quilting when I was about 13 and learned from my great-grandmother. I'm now 24 and know what you mean about the quilting guilds. Thank you for hosting a great giveaway. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

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