8.30.2011

10 for 10 #1 - Jennifer from Ellison Lane Quilts

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Hooray!!! It's finally here - time to start our 10-for-10 series. I hope you all are as excited as I am - we're gonna have fun!



10 for 10


Starting us off is the inspiration behind this series, my friend Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts. Jennifer recently did a similar series called "Big 5 Blog Party" and I loved the idea of getting to know other bloggers. I asked if I could steal her idea and she was very quick to agree, so it only seems right to have her lead us off!





Jennifer is the president of the Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild, which just started in June. In fact, the CLTMQG is what brought us together and we actually got to meet face to face at their first meeting. She's just as wonderful in person as she is on her blog.  She's been very encouraging, too, as I have been working through starting an MQG a little further north - the Triad Modern Quilt Guild.

If you haven't seen Jennifer's blog, you need to take a bit of time to visit.  She's currently in the middle of a Quilt Along - Across the Sea - with Fairy Face Quilts, and I'm sure there is still time to join up!  She has amazing projects showcased on her Finished Quilts page, and I'm always finding inspiration there.  Some of my favorites are:

Dreaming Under Dresdens

Rainbow Cabins

and

Running in Circles

I love Jennifer's bright and colorful fabric choices and the Dresden is high on my "need to try soon" list.  Be sure to go and visit her blog for even more inspiration!

And now....on to the interview.  Jennifer had some wonderful answers to my questions and it was a lot of fun getting to know her better.

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If you won $3,000 today and had to spend it today, what would you buy?
I'd book a vacation for my husband and me. Just something for us - somewhere fun, maybe beachy, maybe a big city. It would be great to have a getaway just us!

What color scheme or fabric line are you loving right now?
Right now it is the Taza line by Dena Designs. I love those medalions. I just bought a bunch of Hope Valley after admiring it for a while (finally) and love it too. My fabric wish list would  be to have some Munki Munki gold fish, add some Echino to my stash, Flea Market Fancy (love!) and a stack of Liberty of London {sigh.} I am trying to build my stash by only buying prints that I love instead of whole lines.


What is one thing from your "bucket list"?
I want to see more of the US: New England in the fall, Montana in the summer, Chicago in the Spring, San Diego anytime! I've been really fortunate to have traveled in Europe but there are a lot of places in the good old USA that I want to see.

Is there a sewing technique or quilt block that you would like to try?
I really want to learn to paper piece. I am so inspired by Ayumi and Penny and everything everyone does in the Ringo Pie Bee. Seriously amazing stuff. I am determined to learn and hopefully one day, make things as amazing as theirs.

What hot trends do you see coming our way?
Goodness me, I'm pretty certain I am not an expert here but it seems that hand sewing is gaining popularity. I think it adds a special touch to something modern. I also love that modern quilting is growing and embraces personal preferences and free form styles and a more improvisational look. While I haven't made a quilt that looks like that yet, there are many in my head waiting their turn.


What kind of movies do you like and do you have an all-time favorite?
Chick Flicks! I am such a girl. :) My favorites are You've Got Mail, The Notebook, A Lot Like Love and yes, Twilight (although I like the books better- they are fabulous).

When you’re faced with a lack of motivation, what do you do to get re-energized?
I take some time off, from sewing or blogging. I blog when I want to, and I sew when I want to. Trying a new project- something fresh that requires me to think in a different way is also helpful. I've found that I like having a couple of projects going at one time is helpful because I get burned out working on only the same one.

What one piece of advice would you give a new quilter?
It's not that long ago that I was a new quilter so my advice would be to just jump in and do it! Creating a quilt is such a wonderful accomplishment and the finished product something you can enjoy for years after you've completed it. Also, don't be too hard on yourself if things don't line up perfectly or your straight line quilting isn't all that straight. You are making something handmade, something personal, something creative. Most likely, others will never notice and learning is all part of the process.

What is your favorite finished project to date?
My Dreaming Under Dresdens quilt.  It took 6 months to complete (with lots of starts and stops,) and I used my favorite fabrics.  I love how it turned out and that it will go on my daughter's big girl bed. It is definitely made with lots of love.


You have an unplanned evening alone with no responsibilities – what do you do?
Sew a little, play on the Internet a little and go to bed early. I still have a baby that gets up in the middle of the night. Sleep is precious!

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Thanks Jennifer, for your wonderful answers and allowing us get to know you better!  I'm glad to see there's another Twilight fan out there (and I prefer the books, too!).  I'm also going to have to check out the Ringo Pie Bee a little more - you're right, gorgeous stuff!

Now, for our first giveawayWondrous Woven Fabrics is sponsoring our interview series and all of our giveaways.  We'll be giving mini-bundles of Joel Dewberry's Heirloom fabrics in the Ruby colorway.  Today's bundle includes four fat-eighths - one each of Marbled Stripe Gold, Paisley Garnet, Ribbon Lattice Gold, and Marquis Garnet.



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To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me which of Jennifer's finished quilts is your favorite.  

For an optional bonus entry, leave a comment telling me that you are a new (or not-so-new) follower of both Jennifer's blog and my blog. 

Limit two entries per person.  Comments close at 9:00 am EST on Saturday, Sept. 3rd, and I will draw a random winner at that time. 

Good luck!! Be sure to join us Thursday for interview #2.... Cara from Me? A Mom?.  See you then!

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108 comments:

  1. I absolutely love her dreaming under dresdens quilt.

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  2. I have been a follower of Jennifer's blog for a while.

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  3. I love the dresden quilt. :) Beautiful!

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  4. I now follow both blogs. Thanks for the giveaway chance. :)

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  5. I've long admired Jennifer's "Dreaming Under Dresdens".

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  6. I'm a new follower here ... nice to meet you ... and have been a follower of Jennifer's for some time.

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  7. Thanks for getting Jennifer to tell us more. (Twilight - who knew!). I love her Dreaming Under Dresdens too x

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  8. I follow both blogs -- I am a new follower here, but have been a follower of Jennifer's for a while.

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  9. I just love "Rainbow Cabins." Such a fun quilt!

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  10. Definitely the Rainbow Cabins quilt - love the choice of colour.

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  11. I have been a follower of both your blogs for a while now so I guess that makes me old :-(

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  12. I love Rainbow Cabins. It is so graphic and fun!

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  13. I was already a follower of Jennifer's blog, and I am a new follower here!!

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  14. I'm gonna be unique here and say her dresden quilt's my fav. Seriously though, I'm addicted to dresdens! Her quilt is stunning!

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  15. Also, I'm a follower of Jennifer's and found you through her site. Happy to be the latest Stitching By Starlight follower!

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  16. I love Jennifer's It's a Hoot quilt.

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  17. Rainbow Cabins is my favourite! Jxo

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  18. I love Jennifer's Dreaming Under Dresdens!!

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  19. I LOVE her quilt Running in Circles. Great colors -- so simple yet effective.

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  20. I already follow both blogs. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. Ticker Tape!

    Mary
    iammaryburke @ gmail.com

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  22. I follow both blogs. :)

    Mary
    iammaryburke @ gmail.com

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  23. The Dresden Plate quilt for sure is my favorite. I hope to tackle one myself some day and the colors are right up my alley, bright and cheerful!

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  24. hello!

    since i'm a sucker for rainbows, i love the rainbow cabin quilt.

    sarah16@gmail.com

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  25. oh yeah.

    and i follow ellisan lane quilts blog and have just happened upon your blog via the triad modern quilt guild page. i will be adding it in 30-40 seconds. :)

    (that also means i'll be meeting you in a couple of weeks at sewingly yours?)

    thanks for the chance to win!

    sarah16@gmail.com

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  26. Hi there! I'm a fan of Jennifer's Dream On Log Cabins - they're such happy, calming colors :)

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  27. It’s hard to choose one, but I really like the quilt she made for her dad. Looking forward to all the q&as!

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  28. I follow you and Ellison Lane Quilts. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!!!

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  29. I love all Jennifer's quilts featured, but Dreaming Under Dresdens take the cake for me!

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  30. I think I like Kiwi Burst the best. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  31. I'm a relatively new follower of both you and Jennifer. I'm excited to see what else you can come up with!

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  32. It has to be the Dreaming under the dresdens! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. Dreaming Under Dresdens is beautiful!

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  34. I'm a new follower of both blogs. :)

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  35. Jennifer's dresden quilt has been on my pinterest boards for month now :0 It's definitely one of my favorite quilts ever!!

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  36. I've been following Jennifer for about a year and you for several months! yay!

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  37. It's so hard to choose just one, but my favorite quilt of Jennifer's is the Sweet Dreams quilt!

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  38. I love that Dresden. There is so much work in there... that's what I have to appreciate.

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  39. I'm now following both of you

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  40. I love Jennifer's blog and now she's introduced me to another great blog! :) Her Butterfly Dreams quilt is one of my favorites. Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

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  41. I've been a follower of Jennifer's blog for a while now and now I'm a follower of yours. :)

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  42. Sweet Dreams is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. I've followed Jennifer's blog for awhile; I'm a new follower of your blog.

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  44. Jennifer is so creative and wonderful. I'm so lucky to follow her blog... I love her delightful posts as well as all her projects she works on! She is such a generous soul.

    I've been a follower of hers for a while now and h er Kiwi Burst is completely awesome! It's so hard to choose which is my favorite because she does such wonderful work. It's a Hoot is fabulous as well. And, of course, Running in Circles. :)

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  45. Rainbow Cabins, bright and cheery! Thanks for a great interview, what a great read.

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  46. I am a new follower of both, I truly loved her tut. on the Across the Sea blocks.

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  47. i love the wonky stars in central park

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  48. i am a new follower here and found you because i follow jennifer- this is a great idea! i will be back for sure!

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  49. My favorite is Dreaming Under Dresdens! Thanks for the 10 for 10 giveaway.

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  50. She has some great quilts, doesn't she? I think I would have to choose the Rainbow Cabins. So colorful! Thanks!

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  51. I have been a follower of Ellison Lane for a while, but am a new follower here. So glad to have found you!

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  52. Jennifer has made a lot of quilts and I like them all but especially It's a Hoot.

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  53. I am a new follower of yours but have been subscribing to Jennifer's blog. I am now a followers of Jennifer's blog too.I now subscribe to yours too. I like getting the post in my email rather than using the reader.

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  54. I love Wonky Stars. The colors that she uses look so good with the light background.

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  55. Did I miss your follow me button? I found Jennifer a couple of weeks ago. Love what she does with color.

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  56. Hard to choose a favorite quilt but Dreaming Under Dresdens really caught my eye. Love it!

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  57. I'm a follower of both your blogs via google reader.

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  58. I think I have to go with the Rainbow Cabins- there's just so much color to love!

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  59. My favorite is Rainbow Cabins. The grey just makes all the brillant colors pop.

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  60. I am a new follower to your blog and have followed Jennifer for a couple months.

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  61. i think all Jennifer's quilts are gorgeous but if i had to pick just one it would be running in circles :)

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  62. i follow both of your great blogs already, love reading them!

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  63. The Dreaming Under Dresdens!!!!No question....thanks for the blog and the 10/10.

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  64. I love the Dreaming Under Dresdens! Absolutely love the colours.

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  65. I love here running in circles

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  66. LOVE the Dresdens! It inspired me to make one for my daughter's big girl bed. My version was made with Gypsy Bandana. I LOVE it!! Thank you soo much for the giveaway!

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  67. I am a follower of both blogs! Thanks again!

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  68. Angie, you have filled my head and heart (corny but true) with delight today and I so appreciate your featuring me. All of these peeps are crazy nice for saying such amazing things about me! Can you see me blushing? Thanks again!

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  69. Jennifer's quilts are all gorgeous! My favorite is the Kiwi Burst Quilt. I love the clean colors in it.

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  70. I've been reading Jennifer's blog for a while now & like you I find her quite inspiring - her Dresden quilt is my absolute favourite.

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  71. I love the Kiwi Burst Quilt. The colors are awesome! :)

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  72. I'm a new follower of your blog and I've been following Jennifer's blog for a little while. :)

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  73. My favorite of Jennifer's quilts is Dreaming Under Dresdens. She has created many beautiful quilts.

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  74. I have been following Jennifer's blog for a little while and I am a new follower of your blog.

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  75. I love all of Jennifer's quilts but running in circles is my favorite.

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  76. I now am one of your followers & have been following Jennifer for a couple months.

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  77. I love Jennifer's Rainbow Cabins. Between the colors and the design - so colorful! (Of course, all her quilts are beautiful).

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  78. I am now following you (love these new adventures) and have been following Jennifer for a bit. Thanks.

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  79. I really like "Rainbow Cabins", so fresh, colourful and full of the passion of quilting. Thanks for the chance, Dianne

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  80. I have been a follower of Jennifer's for awhile and am now a follower of your blog. Both are very informative and entertaining. Thanks for the chance, Dianne

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  81. I love her Rainbow Cabins quilt!

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  82. I'm your 100th follower! I'm following Jennifer's blog as well!

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  83. I like going in circles. all those little circles are so cute.

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  84. I'm a new follower here. I have been a follower of Jennifer's for awhile.

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  85. I like Running In Circles best .... Jennifer's quilt not actually running. lol.

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  86. I am a follower 1st an foremost to Jesus Christ and then of course you Angie.

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  87. I am now following Jennifer's Blog

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  88. My favorite one is the dresdan quilt. Of course I am a sucker for this pattern! I really like the ticker tape quilt too.

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  89. I am a follower of Jennifer's and a new follower of yours!

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  90. I love the colors of Running in Circles!

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  91. I am a fairly new quilter. Have been following Elison Lane Quilts and now YOU are added to my favorites too!

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  92. running n circles is definitely my favorite pattern!
    jmistok(at)gmail(dot)com

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  93. Im a NEW follower - i'd love if you'd check out my blog if you have time!
    http://knotted-thread.blogspot.com

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  94. I love several of Jennifer's quilts. I love the Dreaming under Dreslins, the Kiwi Burst and also the Sand and Seashells. It was hard to narrow it down to three. haha Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win. Looking forward to the blog hop as well!!

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  95. I follow both of your blogs ! Thanks again for a chance at the giveaway.

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  96. All Jennifer's quilts are beautiful, but I especially love the Dresden plate quilt! Love the colors!! I am looking forward to the blog hop!

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  97. I am a new follower of both Jennifer's blog, and your blog.

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  98. I love the dresden quilt, I'd love to get up the nerve to try a dresden.!

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  99. I really like the dresden quilt...I've never made one before but as soon as I get the nerve up Im going to -- they are so beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win! =)

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  100. Although it's a tough choice, I've got to go with the dresdens. They've always been my favorite, like since I was a little girl.

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  101. And I follow both of you, too! Are you doing the Greek Crosses?

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  102. i love Jennifer's quilts, so it's hard to pick just one, but i think it has to be the Kiwi Burst Quilt. i love the wonky squares, and the pop of green is fabulous!

    thanks so much for the giveaway, and the chance to learn more from Jennifer!

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  103. i'm already a follower of Jennifer's blog, but now i'm a follower of yours as well! i love the idea of Finished It Fridays, so i'm excited about that.

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