Monday, December 3, 2012

Giveaway Day!

Would you like to win your own copy of the book “Pretty in Patchwork Holidays” and a pack of 16 fat quarters?

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The book is by John Adams, aka Quilt Dad, and it contains 30+ different holiday projects by talented quilters such as Monica Solario-Snow.  This cute pillow caught my eye immediately.

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The fat quarter pack is an assortment of 16 fat quarters from Connecting Threads called “Technicolor Christmas.”

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This is the pillow I made from the book with the same fat quarters and a few fabrics from my stash.  I will do a post about making it later this week so we can get to the GIVEAWAY!

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My friend Kelie and I have organized a new online quilting bee called Make It Modern.  This is a fast-paced bee that lasts 6 months instead of 12 and each bee member makes 2 blocks per month.  The theme is modern!  Modern fabrics, colors, and designs.  And it involves a prize every month and multiple prizes at the end of the bee.  We have sponsors already lined up! If this bee is something that you think you might be interested in, check out the Flickr page and fill out a Google form here.   The bee and alternate spots have been filled!

Ok, now to the really important part!  Here’s how you can enter to win the book and fat quarters.  Open to US residents only.

1.  Leave a comment  telling me if you’ve ever participated in an online bee and, if have a spare moment, any advice for making it fun and a great experience.

2.  Get an extra entry for being a follower, new or old.  Just leave a comment telling me you signed up with Google Friend Connect on the right hand side of my blog.

And check out all the other great giveaways on the Sew Mama Sew blog.

Good luck, friends!

407 comments:

  1. I have never done a bee so I'm no help. Sorry! Both of your giveaway items are things I've got on my wish list so I would love to win! Thanks for the chance.

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  2. I am participating in a stash bee. It has been a lot of fun, but for some reason has also had its fair share of hiccups. I think strict rules set out a head of time makes bees run smoother.

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  3. I am a new follower

    Mary
    iammaryburke@gmail.com

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  4. I have been a part of a couple of bees. They were both fun! Communication is key. Also, some kind of theme helps.

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  5. I have not participated in a bee yet. At first, I just wasn't confident enough and now I worry about meeting the schedule commitments. It looks like so much fun, though!

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  6. I have never done a bee, but have always wanted to. I'll check yours out!

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  7. I have never done a bee. Too new to quilting.

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  8. I have never been a part of a bee, but have joined in many QALs. The pillow is fabulous.

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  9. Jamie, this is such a generous giveaway, and your ho ho ho pillow looks gorgeous!!!

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  10. I love these bright cheerful fabrics! I'm in the Stash Bee, but I only started a couple of months ago. I really enjoy seeing all the different block that people request and practicing new and different techniques. I would say what makes it fun for me is "meeting" all the other people and learning from them.

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  11. I've never participated in a bee (to worried I wouldn't stack up).
    This is an amazing giveaway, thank you for the chance :)

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  12. I did participate in the Swoon along.. sadly I didn't finish in a timely fashion, life got in the way.
    I think just being involved and giving fun insight, would be helpful for newcomers

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  13. I recently participated in my first Blog Hop, where we all made the same pattern but they turned out SO differently. It was a great learning experience, a wonderful motivator and a LOT of fun. I really recommend it, even to beginners like me!

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  14. Yes, I've participated in two -- one of them is Beejeebers! It was tons of fun!

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  15. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway. Your pillow is super cute!! :o) I look forward to learning how to make one. :o)

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  16. I've never entered a bee before, but would like to when I get a bit more practiced. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  17. I have never entered a bee, mostly because I am not that computer savy. I would love to when I get better with this thing.

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  18. I have never participated but would love to!

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  19. I am a follower. Thanks for the give-away. Merry Christmas!

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  20. I've actually never done a bee before, either, but I'd love to know how they work. I see a lot of people talking about them, and I would be interested in participating in one if I knew how it went!

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  21. I'm a new follower, and hopefully I'll learn more about the bee process!

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  22. So far I haven't entered any online (or offline) bees. I think it would be a lot of fun but I tend to be more of a planner than a doer. Thank you for the giveaway, season's greetings to you! :)

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  23. I have done online bees before and have always ended up disappointed because of the lack of sewing skills of some participants. I've had better luck when its been a hand picked group so that everybody's sewing level is relatively the same.

    Sorry if I'm coming off as a Debbie Downer. I really do enjoy swapping and wish I had the time to join a bee but I'm getting ready to move from Texas to Florida in March.

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  24. Never tried an online quilting bee, I know my limitations and aversion to deadlines in my personal life. Thanks

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  25. I've never participated in an online quilting bee...as I tend to stumble across them as they are coming to an end...They sound fun though!!

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  26. I've never done an online bee-they look super fun, but I am hesitant to enter because I am very new to quilting (I've only made one so far!) and know that more experienced quilters might be disappointed/frustrated with the quality of my blocks. So I guess my tip would be to make the skill/quality expectation very clear to people thinking about participating!

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  27. I've never been in an online quilting bee but it looks like it could be fun once I get way way more experience with quilting!

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  28. I have never participated in an online bee but I think that I would love to.

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  29. I follow your blog using FeedDemon (if that doesn't count please throw out this comment)

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  30. What a beautiful pillow! I'd love to make one myself. I have done a few things online but never a bee. 2012 was a hectic year for me and I'm hoping the coming new year brings a calmer year.

    Thank you for an awesome and generous giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. I'm already a follower via GFC.

    Tthanks again for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Thanks for the giveaway! I've never been in an online bee. Good luck with it!

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  33. Wonderful giveaway - thanks! I've never done an online bee because I get too picky about my blocks measuring up.

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  34. No, I've never done a bee! And your work in fabulous!

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  35. I've been in the 4x5 and 3x6 bees. Best advice is to be really specific in your colors/preferences.

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  36. I've never been in a bee, online or otherwise, so I'm no help! I've only tackled mini quilts so far and about to start a doll quilt. I think a bee would be great fun.

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  37. What an incredible giveaway!!!

    I have never tried a bee...maybe in the near future.

    Thanks for a chance to win!

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  38. Also a new follower....this giveaway is fantastic!

    Thanks!
    Julie

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  39. I participate in several bees and love it! I haven't had a bad experience yet, but I wouldn't want to be disappointed in the future. Perhaps making sure everyone can post on time or else has to find their own replacement?

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  40. I'm a new follower too. Can't wait to see what lovelies you create in the future!

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  41. I've done the Flickr 3x6 Mini Bee and it was fun. I think having strict rules/guidelines set out beforehand make it better because then everyone knows what to expect and it runs smoother.

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  42. I've never done an online bee.

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  43. Sorry, I've never been in a bee.

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  44. I've never participated in a bee before... don't even know what it is, but your giveaway is so wonderful!

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  45. I never have! I wish I could help :) Best of luck!

    Jenna
    callherhappy.com

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  46. I've never participate in an online bee before but it sounds like fun!!

    amandaj@cinci.rr.com

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  47. I am a new follower :)

    amandaj@cinci.rr.com

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  48. I have never done a bee, maybe a new idea for next year!
    Thank you!

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  49. I tried to do a quilt along once, but couldn't keep up.

    My advice to people signing up would be to doublecheck that the project is at your current ability level.

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  50. I've never done an online bee.. I don't even know how that would work?!

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  51. I've never done a bee. I'm terrified of life getting in the way and inadvertently flaking on someone. :( I agree with those above who say clearly set out rules will make life a lot easier for everyone. :)

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  52. I participated in a bee once, it was way too hard for me and I felt bad not being as awesome as everyone else participating. My advice is to make it as easy as you can!

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  53. I've never participated in an online bee although, I'd like to someday. Your modern bee sounds like fun but 2 a month is more than I can handle. cute giveaway...I'd love to make that pillow.

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  54. I have done several sew-alongs, but never a bee! I wish I had the spare time, yours sounds wonderful.

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  55. I'm in one of the do. Good Stitches circles. I think starting the conversation thread a week before the month starts is really helpful!

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  56. I am in several. I think the key to keeping people happy is setting expectations and standards and truly dealing with it when those standards and expectations are not met. Also, keep the conversation going. It is always fun to get to know those you are sewing with!

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  57. I have never participated in an online bee, but I would like to someday!

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  58. I've never done a bee before. I would be too nervous making things that I had to give to people who don't automatically love me because we are related or something. :)

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  59. I have never done a bee, and actually don't understand how it works.

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  60. I've been in a lot of bees. It's annoying when folks vanish and don't send back fabric. So, I'd advise never sending out of print stash.

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  61. I have never participated in an online bee. I've thought about it, but never can tell for sure if I will be able to meet the deadlines. I don't want to be the one who doesn't finish on time!

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  62. I have never participated in a bee. I did an online quilt along and a round robin though.
    It was really fun.
    lisa(at)vetteklisa(dot)com

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  63. I have signed up for a bunch of bees and am a leader in a few. Best advise is to not over do it or you'll end up resenting the commitments. Also, try to get in a bee with established swappers or a long standing bee, they are more likely to last it out instead of flaking after they get their blocks.

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  64. I've never participated in a Bee on or offline.

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  65. I've never done a bee, I've wanted too but am nervous

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  66. I have never done an on-lin bee, but do a number of swaps.

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  67. I am doing an online bee, and the people make it great. Also a very diplomatic organizer, who has clear guidelines and a love of quilting.

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  68. I haven't ever participated in a bee, but I have done several swaps!

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  69. I haven't done any bees, just getting into flickr and that seems to be how most of them are organized. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  70. I did Nubees a monthly swap. It is a great way to start getting into bees because you only have to commit on a monthly basis. Your 6mo scheme seems like the next logical step :)

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  71. I've never done a bee, sorry! But these fabrics are beautiful. jamesandpennym(at)gmail(dot)com

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  72. I haven't done an online bee, except for participating in swaps on quilting email lists, which has been alot of fun! (I love this fabric line from Connecting Threads!)

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  73. I am a happy new follower of your blog!

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  74. I'm participating in my first ever bee right now. What is keeping it fun for me is the the amount of freedom we have in designing each other's blocks. We can combine the fabrics with a theme(like circles) in mind but have some creative freedom on what we put together. Too many rules would just bog it down.

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  75. I am also a follower. :) Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  76. I've never been in an online bee. I kind of wish I could but I'm afraid my skills will be lacking and I'm not sure where you can find ones to sign up for. Thanks for the chance to win the book and fabric!

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  77. never been in a bee- so I don't have advice :) It'd be cool!

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  78. I've been in a couple online bees. My advice is to do your blocks when they come in the mail ... don't procrastinate - others in your bee will appreciate it!

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  79. I haven't done an online bee yet, but it is definitely on the list! Sorry I don't have any advice.

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  80. I have not participated in a bee. I'm too intimidated. I should make that a goal for 2013.

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  81. I haven't before, but it could be fun.

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  82. Yes, I just participated in my first QAL this fall. I enjoyed it very much but it was a quick 6 weeks so I didn't finish in time. I feel so much better with 6 months!! Lots of examples of what you are doing each month for inspiration is what would help me A LOT!!

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  83. I am already a follower of your blog and enjoy it very much.

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  84. I've run a bee for a few years now (Bee Vintage on flickr) My best advise is to get everyone's phone #s. People will flake and be late. Having a phone # to call is the easiest way to say "hey, are you still with us?" instead of leaving many email or flickr messages. Good luck with the bee!

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  85. I've participated in 3 bees - do Good Stitches for charity quilts, We Bee Modern Too hosted by CityStitches, and the 3x6 Bee. My favorites are do Good Stitches and We Bee Modern Too. I like that they are smaller bees and you're with the same people throughout so you get to know one another. Also people are more accountable. I think the leads of the group can make it fun by encouraging participation through the flickr group and getting to know each other "outside" the bee (follow flickr streams and blogs).

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  86. I'm a follower through Google Reader.

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  87. I've never done an online bee. Heck, I've never done a bee period. I should get out more.

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  88. I have never done a bee, but I am going to do my first in 2013... I think.

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  89. Wow-generous giveaway! Yes, I've participated in bees and I think the number one thing that makes them successful is having constant communication among the members-so important! People need to feel connected to each other and not like they are making something for someone they don't know!

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  90. I've never done a bee. I'm not actually sure what all it entails!

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  91. I have not been in any quilting bees.

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  92. I've been in bees and swaps. sometimes I think the group just gets lucky and clicks. Lots of chatty types all in one place. I think the turn around needs to not drag on or people forget or loose interest.

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  93. I have never been in a bee but it does sound fun.

    Thank you for a chance at this wonderful bundle and book.

    Thank you

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  94. I am following on GFC

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  95. I've never participated in one, but I'd really love to in the future. The timing has just never worked out for me.

    limor477 at aol dot com

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  96. I have done crocheting bees but not sewing bees.

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  97. I've never participated in an online bee, but definitely would love to! These fabrics are so lovely :) Thanks so much for participating in Giveaway Day!

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  98. I've done an online quilt along but not an online Bee. If a Bee is where you trade your blocks with someone else's blocks, I think the reason I've never participated is I'm not confident in my skills enough to want to trade!

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  99. Nope, never done a bee. Maybe someday when my kids are grown!
    steeplechaser29 at yahoo

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  100. I've been participating in a few different type of bees. One of the most important things is keeping communication going and the commitment. I've participated in bees where someone will sign up and never make the block and never communicate they've dropped out. Or they'll have their month and then drop out when they get their blocks.
    They are a lot of fun when there are good members participating.

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  101. I have done a few different formats of bees, my favorite has been do.Good stitches. It just is a good fit for me!

    Awesome giveaway! I'm at: ambernoel226 at gmail.com

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  102. I've never done a bee because I'm scared to! I'm a new(ish) quilter and still working on my mad skills ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  103. I haven't done an online bee but am doing two different ones in person right now. Thanks for participating in the giveaway day.

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  104. I'm a happy follower. Thanks for such a generous giveaway.

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  105. Hi! I have never participated in a Bee as I dont think I could be timely with my blocks. I cant seem to complete the projects I have. I would Love to some day when I dont have a baby and a toddler! Thanks for the chance to win! have fun with the Bee!
    Suzanne dot Jourdan at gmail dot com

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  106. I am now following you on Google Friends/ my Dashboard! I can not wait to come back and look around! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Suzanne dot Jourdan At gmail dot com

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  107. I've never participated in an online bee, but they sound like fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  108. I'm already a GFC follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  109. Haven't done a bee yet. w-o-r-k is a very bad four letter word right now.

    Thanks for the giveaway and please enter mine.

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  110. Thanks for the chance at this generous giveaway! I participate in do.Good.Stitches and love it! I think a good rule of thumb for making it work well is to not have block styles that are too difficult for the participants.

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  111. I have not participated in any bees so far. My advice is be flexible, within reason.

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  112. I have participated in a few bees - a paper piecing bee, and 3 block bees. I don't think you need to do anything to make it fun - they are fun already! Maybe, not too many rules?

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  113. I've never participated in an online bee...but they sound like fun.

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  114. I'm already a happy GFC follower :o) Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

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  115. In my first bee right now...loving the excitement of checking the mail!

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  116. I've done two round robins, which are sort of like bees. And if I had a tip it would be: communication, communication, communication.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

    sarita0818 at comcast dot net

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  117. I have never participated in an online bee --- but it sounds like fun.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  118. I've never participated in an online bee. My life is so unpredictable, with work and parental care, I wouldn't want to start it and then get behind and feel like I wasn't participating any longer as I was behind. So I just don't. :)

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  119. I am following as Renee G on GFC
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  120. I've never done a bee :(

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  121. I have done one bee and my best advice is to make your block as soon as it arrives. I had to wait months on mine.

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  122. I'm addicted to swaps on flickr! I've participated in several such as pillow talk swap, modern she made, modernista, pretty little pouch. I love it when there is conversation amongst the group. Sad that your group already has 12 members, I'da filled out the form!

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  123. I'm a follower of your blog. I'd love to do a bee someday. Thanks so much for the generous giveaway!

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  124. I did a few Flickr bees, and it was best to avoid delays from international shipping.

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  125. No, but I would love to do it when my baby gets older and I have more time.

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  126. I've never done an online bee, but I'd love to if I knew I were going to be diligent about it.

    michaelacking(at)gmail(dot)com

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  127. I've never participated in an online bee before but I would love to.

    amyd14_1999@yahoo.com

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  128. I am a new follower on GFC!
    amyd14_1999@yahoo.com

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  129. I signed up for the bee & am excited about it!! It would be my first!

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  130. I have participated in many swaps. It helps to have good guidelines and a detailed leader.

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  131. I've never taken part in an online quilting bee - I think it's a confidence thing. I haven't been quilting that long. Good luck with your bee - and thanks for the give away.

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  132. I am a new follower - can't wait to see how you made that cute pillow!

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  133. I've never participated in a quilting bee, but I always enjoy seeing the updates of what everyone else is making. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  134. I love the vintage look of the wreath fabric. I've never participated in an online bee but it sounds like fun!

    stateofnicole{at}gmail{dot}com

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  135. That book is at the top of my wish list! I want to make the little penguin and polar bear pillows. I have never done a bee, so no advice coming from this direction. I guess I'm still a little bit of a newbie. Have a great day!

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  136. I've never been in a bee, but I'm always envious when people talk about theirs...and I LOVE seeing the results!

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  137. I have never done a bee-- I am new to quilting

    Desi
    weeshareblog@gmail.com

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  138. I have never participated in a bee. I would like to, but with 2 young toddlers I am not sure that I could commit. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  139. I'm a new follower through GFC!

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  140. I have done two different online bees! The one was through flickr and didn't have the best organizers and I won't be doing that one again. I am currently in the stash bee and I LoVE it!

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  141. I've never done an online bee. I'm not confident in my sewing/creative skills. I might try one when I have a little more time, and a little more experience.

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  142. I have never been in an online bee, but I would love to someday!

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  143. I have never participated in a online B but am intrigued by the description of yours - I may have to join!

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  144. I haven't tried a bee (too much of a commitment!), but I have done a couple of swaps.

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  145. I have been in two...with wonderful Bee Mamas. =) I think that not making them too large and getting quality people is helpful. You probably want everyone on a similar skill set...I think that's important. I think it helps to not have to ship international, but some people don't mind either way.

    Thank you.

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  146. I"m newly following your blog. Thank you again.

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  147. I so want to be in a bee, but my travel work schedule makes my free time very unpredictable. :(

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  148. I follow via GFC and Google Reader!

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  149. I have never done an online bee - good luck

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  150. Oh I LOVE that pillow you made - I hope I win so I can make one!

    I've never participated in a bee but I wish you luck!

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  151. Cute pillow, and great fabrics! And I've never been in an online bee, so I'm little help. I have done a round robin, and my biggest peeve was people waiting to send their batch until way after the deadline. Don't know if that helps.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    kessilari(at)gmail(dot)com

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  152. I've never done a bee! But I might have to check it out.

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  153. I am a new follower. I can't wait to check out your bee!

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  154. I think that for a bee to be successful, you need to have really clear guidelines and consequences if people fail to follow through with their assignments. I know life happens, so you allow one late mailing. Whatever rules you decide on, be firm-because then others feel safe to invest the time and money to make it successful!

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  155. I've participated in a few swaps by not a bee yet. I've been thinking about it, but I know that you have to stick to your commitment and my life is so stinking busy!

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  156. I had not even heard of an on-line bee before.

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  157. I have never done a online Bee before
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  158. GFC blog follower- mframe00
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  159. I am participating in a quilt along. Bee in My Bonnet's. But a Bee, no...I would like to though.. I do follow your blog...

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  160. Ooooh... what a great prize! I haven't participated in a bee, but I would love to someday (I need to sharpen my skills first!).

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  161. I've not participated in an online sew-a-long, but it is on my list of things to accomplish in 2013.

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  162. I've done a few sew-a-longs; they help motivate me to keep sewing!
    Love your giveaway!
    Thanks for the chance to win

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  163. I've never been in a bee mostly because I'm not sure how they work. Wish I could find a really good explanation before commiting to one.

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  164. Hops are great for finding new creative talent that you never would have found otherwise. So glad I found yours. Now following on GFC. Thanks for the chance at a fantastic prize.

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  165. No I haven't, but good luck! Thanks for the chance! mjp0419 at gmail dot com

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  166. I'm a new follower via GFC as Melissa Palmer
    mjp0419 at gmail dot com

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