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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Just What is Trending in Modern Quilting?

KONA Fox Kits
Ever wonder what the latest trend in modern quilting is?
Well, I do!  And I have great news for those of you with a healthy dose of fabric obsession.

It seems, and rightly so, the focus is on the fabrics.  However, enshrining that coveted bundle of goodness on a shelf, to gaze upon it and offer the occasional loving caress, will never allow you to fully appreciate it's true beauty.  If you love something, set it free...

When you are ready to let go, keep in mind this list of key features for today's modern quilts:

  • bright colors
  • simple shapes
  • bold patterns
  • text - both in prints and on quilts
  • low volume
  • birds and woodland creatures
  • quilting that accentuates the design

Hello and welcome to Sew Fresh Quilts!
Your next stop on the Wake Up to KONA hop!

Madame Samm has come up with the perfect hop to kick off 2014!  This one is sponsored by Robert Kaufman, maker of KONA cotton solids, Aurifil, and C&T Publishing.  These folks are all promoting the gorgeous new book, Color Essentials, by the amazingly talented Amanda Murphy!

Drop in to Sew We Quilt and take a look around!  Madame Samm and her crew are always hard at work, organizing a great line up of new and exciting blog hops to take part in.  Her hops are a great way to meet loads of friendly quilters and have a great time!  Thank you, Madame Samm!

I would also like to thank Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.  That other lady, Carol is quite a motivator and she is our lovely cheerleader for the KONA hop.  Thank you, Carol!




AND I really must thank my new friend Pam, too!
She runs the show at Mad About Patchwork and supplied my purchase of KONA Solids.  Lickety split - she shipped them right into my mailbox - sew I could get started right away!  Thank you, Pam!




When I seen those gorgeous Kona Sunrise and Kona Sunset fat quarter bundles in Pam's shop......


   
Let's just say......  I could NOT resist!



I had my fabric inspiration.  But what to do???
My design inspiration may have come this.  Something I drew a number of years ago.


Using the Sunset palette as a base, I added contrast to those cool shades
with some Kumquat and Papaya flavoured foxes.
Foxes seem to be quite trendy and I once read they are the 'new owl' in quilting.
Let's hope so!

This quilt measures 44" x 48" and was made entirely from KONA solids.
Choosing the size of quilt to make was the most difficult decision in creating this design.


Two Sunset charm packs and additional blue yardage were used to make the leaves and background of this quilt.  Earth was used to make the tree and its branches.


Kumquat and Papaya, Black and Snow were used to make the fox kits.  I wanted to keep the applique to a minimum, so this design is entirely piecework except for the facial features.


Charm packs allowed for a wonderful variation of shades for both the leaves and the background.


The backing and binding make use of the remaining yardage.


For both the top and bobbin, I quilted using three different varieties of variegated Fantastico threads by Superior Threads.




I was sew pleased with the service provided by Pam of Mad About Patchwork! 
Shortly after receiving my order, I inquired if she would be interested in sponsoring a giveaway.
She graciously agreed!

So if you are ready..........   Here we go!

Pam of Mad About Patchwork has generously offered $25 in Stash Cash!!!!!!!


Visit Mad About Patchwork and take a good look around!
What KONA product would you chose to purchase using that $25?
Pam has made the KONA Fox Kits QUILT KITS available here!


The winner will also receive a copy of the KONA Fox Kits PDF Pattern!



This pattern is available for sale in my Craftsy pattern store here.
If you purchase a copy now, but happen to be the big winner, you will be reimbursed, tout suite!


How do you enter the giveaway contest?

Follow the instructions on the RaffleCopter.com widget below to get started!


This Giveaway is open internationally.
Winner will be randomly chosen on January 22nd and notified by email.
Please be sure to leave your email address if you are a Wordpress user or no reply blogger.


a Rafflecopter giveaway





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Speaking of being social, do some hopping around to visit the other Kona hop participants!


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The full schedule for this hop can be found here.



Good luck in this KONA Hopping Mad About Patchwork Giveaway.... And.....
Keep On Quilting On!

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388 comments :

  1. Kona Sunrise Charms since I love this pattern. Happy New Year from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  2. When it comes to Kona solids, I'm a yardage kind of gal! I was happy to see some of the colors are on sale right now!

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  3. I am already a follower on Bloglovin'

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  4. That is such a cool quilt! Love your quilting details on it too!

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  5. I am happy to follow you on Bloglovin. Happy New Year from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  6. If I won the giveaway, I would get my hands on the Charming Needle curated Bundle.

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  7. I love your quilt Lorna! the quilting on it is just amazing and adds such a wonderful layer to the quilt!

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  8. If I won I would stock up on some gray Konas

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  9. I follow your wonderful blog via bloglovin

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  10. Love the Kona Dark and Classic hexies, Sea Spectrum, Dark Bundle and Storm bundles...also would love to have a color chart! Love the quilting you chose for your quilt, it really makes the quilt!

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  11. I love Kona solids and am trying to build a stash so I would love to get some yardage. Your fox quilt is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

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  12. I love the foxes! so cute!

    debbie.debaeremaeker at gmail dot com

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  13. I would probably use it on the Kona Bright Roll Up!

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  14. I would get the kit! Oh, your foxes are so beautiful! The quilting is amazing!

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  15. Let's see I know I follow by email, google+, and bloglovin. Also I think GFC

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  16. I would buy some yardage of different colors for my stash. I love your quilt, it's too cute. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  17. I've been admiring that Kona sunset as I need solids in my collection. Lorna...another great use of colors!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  18. Girl I'm an inspired GFC follower and I keep ya right on my blogroll!! WootWoo!

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  19. Pam has fed my stash many times, but today I was noticing I am low on purple solids, so I might need some Crocus and a few other friends for it.

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  20. I follow you on bloglovin.

    (ps, come visit my giveaway on the 17th.)

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  21. What a gorgeous and fun quilt that is!

    If I were to win, I'd spend it either on a variety of Kona hexagon packs (they're on sale!) or perhaps on (part of the cost of) a sunrise bundle. That's not normally my favourite colour palette, but it's just beautiful all stacked up like that!

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  22. Great quilt!! I love the colors.

    I would purchase hexagons. I follow via bloglovin

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  23. I would use it toward a roll up for sure.

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  24. Beautiful design, beautiful colors, beautiful quilting! ... :) Pat

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  25. I follow through GFC ... thanks for the chance to win ... :) Pat

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  26. This is an adorable quilt! I love the faces on the foxes! Great job Lorna!

    I'd probably buy a FQ bundle of solids to add to my stash. My solids are running really low.

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  28. Beautiful original idea. Nice job!

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  29. Beautiful quilt, i love how it looks. I have not tried the kona cottons yet, but this blog hop has peaked my interest.

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  30. What a great original idea! I love your quilt!

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  31. If I got to choose something in KONA, I would choose a jelly roll or charm pack so I could have lots of colorful fun.

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  32. Very sweet quilt. Love the design. Very foxy! Love the sunset palette.

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  33. What a wonderful, original design! I love your quilting.

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  34. I love the colors in Sunrise. I might use the cash towards some of those. Thanks for joining the hop, Lorna!

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  35. I follow using Feedly reader.

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  36. I love your foxes pattern, and the colors you used are wondeful! Thanks so much for the giveaway chance, too. I would be tempted to get all the hexagons and make a stunning quilt of them, but I might get the charm squares in sunrise and sunset instead. A hard choice to make!

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  37. I follow the blog by e-mail. thanks! dezertsuz at gmail

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  38. The Kona solids are wonderful and the sunrise bundle makes me smile. Thanks for sharing your creativity. Love the foxes.

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  39. I follow you on blogger. Thanks for the give-away.

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  40. I would buy two packs of the Kona Classic Charms. Love love your quilt.

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  41. Your quilt is too cute! Love the design you created.

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  42. Thanks for the chance to win! I think I'd go for a jelly roll. That would be fun to play with.

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  43. This is so modern and so pretty. And for another reason too, because WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?

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  44. I follow you by Bloglovin'. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  45. Your wall hanging is very cute

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  46. That is so adorable! I love it. The fox are perfect against the blue and purples. They really make the quilt pop! Your quilting is astounding! So much patience and precision! Great job!

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  47. Hi...I would choose the Wallflower bundle. BTW love that quilt. You have really outdone yourself this time. Stunning!

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  48. Lorna I need to make my son a quilt so I would choose the grays

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  49. I already follow with bloglovin

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  50. Sew hard to choose, but I am in love with Kona Sunrise right now, so I would put it towards a bundle of that. Your foxes are absolutely adorable. Love the quilting on them too.

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  51. Fun quilt - thanks for sharing. If I'm lucky enough to win, I'd get the Kona Garden Spectrum. Thanks.

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  52. I'm a follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

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  53. I love the Kona Bright Bundle. Or I might want the kit for the adorable fox quilt. Fantastic!

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  54. WElllllll Lorna….what can I say…both bundles are evident in this pretty amazing piece…wow….
    you are a catalyst for inspiration and talent…
    of course I follow you…….I would not want to miss one little stitch

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  55. I LOVE it!!! That is such a great quilt Lorna! You really did an amazing job. The quilting is exquisite and the thread choices perfect. <3

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  56. Wow, wow, wow! I adore the foxes...a real one strutted through my back yard only yesterday! Wonderful design and execution!

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  57. I forgot...I'm now following you via Bloglovin.

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  58. I would stock up on Kona grays...love to use as background fabric!

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  59. Your wall quilt is stunning. I love it all but the best are the foxes. Thanks for sharing your creativity and being part of this hop.

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  60. Hi Lorna, love your foxes. I would buy the Kona sunset bundle as it is a beautiful bundle.

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  61. Oops, commented on the wrong post. I love the fox quilt. I am new to quilting and I am in awe of what can be done with fabric, thread and an imagination. I would get the Mona bright roll up or sunset roll up.

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  62. Love your fox quilt. Great use of Kona Solids. That kona bundle at Mad About Patchwork looks fantastic. :)

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  63. I follow on bloglovin' @ The Simplified Home.

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  64. Another fantastic pattern, and what a nice giveaway!

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  65. I would order the Kona Classic Roll Up jelly roll. The colors are amazing. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  66. SUPER GORGEOUS quilt, love it!

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  67. I think I'd probably go with pre-cuts, to be honest. There are some awesome mini bundles available, and it would be cool to pick up one of those. :)

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  68. Fun quilt! I could easily spend that gift in their sale section... Great variety!

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  69. I will order a bundle of Sunrise Kona Solids....I got my fabric from Pam too....the sunset...she is delightful to deal with.

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  70. This is just an amazing quilt...love the foxes! Your quilting adds so much and makes the whole thing absolutely stunning. Great job!

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  71. I love the little FOX quilt. It is a charming design and the quilting really made it go from cute to inspiring. I would spend stash cast on a Kona solids jelly roll. I have an idea rolling around in my head about one of those...

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  72. What a cute quilt! You did a great job on those foxes. I am a yardage person, so would use the money to help my stash out in some of those beautiful Kona colors she has!

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  73. Your fox quilt is gorgeous! I love the way the colors pop.

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  74. Great fabric shop! And Love the quilt! The quilting is just perfect!
    I would have to settle on Kona Peony Spectrum! My pink stash needs a little boost!

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  75. I love Mad About Patchwork too. I'd like to try some of the amazing new Kona colours, there are so many gorgeous ones!

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  76. I've been following for a while via Bloglovin

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  77. How darling! My grandson just loves foxes!

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  78. How darling! My grandson just loves foxes!

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  79. What a cute Fox quilt!!! I think I would go with the Garden spectrum Kona, lovin' greens.

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  80. I would have been sew disappointed had your foxy kwilt not placed today in the hop. This work is incredible and you are one foxy lady!

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  81. I found some Spectrums that I just love....Carmel, Desert, Flame Garden, Market, Spice and Storm. I figure I can add these bundles to my stash over the course of this year. Thanks for a great giveaway, the foxes are adorable.

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  82. First of all, your quilt. It's astounding. The machine quilting is perfect. You should probably stand up and take a bow right about now!! I would purchase Kona Classic!

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  83. Would have to use the prize to get your kit- love the foxes and devoutly hope that they are replacing owls!

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  84. I follow via Pinterest and Blogloving

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  85. What does the fox say? This foxy gal says that she would buy some Kona solid. I'm working on a Grandmother's Flower Garden and one of the rounds is solid and I'm using Kona solids. What a terrific quilt!! Not only is the design great but also your quilting really makes the tree and leaves come alive. I wish I could do that! I'm sure you've practiced quilting much more than I have and I have no artistic ability. I am thrilled when I see folks with artistic ability utilize it. Thanks for participating. Thanks to Mad about Patchwork for the great giveaway and also for the 14% off in January.

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  86. I follow via Bloglovin'.

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  87. Your fox is brilliant - well done and quilted beautifully.

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  88. I'd love some Charley Harper fabric - I love his designs!

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  89. The Konas are all so pretty - maybe it would be the Kona Brights rollup.

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  91. That is so freakin' adorable! Love, love, love it! I would get into some of the Carnaby line with a GC from MAB. Thanks for the giveaway & Well done on the quilt!

    http://www.busyneedle.ch

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  92. I'm a regular stalker on Bloglovin'. :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

    http://www.busyneedle.ch

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  93. More Kona stash would be my purchase...probably a roll up...either bright or classic...or maybe a colour chart so I can better drool over all the available colours at one time LOL Oh, and I'm definitely followin' you already...both on my blog list and and by bloglovin' Of course your foxes are quite foxy...adorable quilt and congrats on being chosen as one of today's two!

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  94. I would purchase the KONA Classic Jelly Roll if I won. I am LOVING your fox quilt!! And the drawing you did previously is amazing!!

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  95. You got it , your foxes look fabulous and love all about your quilt.Design, fabrics and quilting,all are spectacular!

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  96. I would purchase the shot cotton table topper kit.

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  97. I already follow on Bloglovin.

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  98. I would get the Kona Sunrise and Sunset Charms. I've seen so much of them on this hop, I'm really wanting them! That fox pattern is one of the best I've seen in a long time. So clever to use piecing (vs, applique) to create the foxes. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  99. I'm already a follower on Bloglovin. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  100. Really like the Sunset pallet. The blues and greens for my boys and the purples for my bedroom!

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  101. I follow you on BlogLovin'

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  102. Oh my thesefoxes are thecutest-and I love that they are pieced
    Great job!
    I think I need some blacks and greys in my stash but I will change my mind about 12 times before hitting the order button

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  103. I would use the money to buy the kona fox kit (I know I would need more, but I love it) of course your quilting is what makes it so absolutely amazing!

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  104. Just spectacular. You have such an incredible vision! Great job!

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  105. I will probably change my mind a couple of times, I like the Kona Brights rollup.

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  106. Lorna. your quilt is awesome ! I absolutely love that you used variegated thread to quilt it!

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  107. I would definitely apply the $25 towards a Kona Sunset roll-up, I love that side of the palate and so does my husband. Thank you very much for the opportunity!
    ~Brandy
    brandizzle7133 at gmail dot com

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  108. Very nice, love the fabric too

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  109. I really am loving Kona Solids!! If I won I would probably choose Kona Sea Spectrum - gorgeous teals!!!

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  110. I follow Sew Fresh Quilts via Bloglovin' and by email - thanks for sharing in the hop! Your foxy quilt is very sweet!!

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  111. I follow Sew Fresh Quilts via Bloglovin' and by email - thanks for sharing in the hop! Your foxy quilt is very sweet!!

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  112. This is a wonderful quilt. Absolutely Fabulous. Congratulations on being in top 2 today.

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  113. Oh my how can you use choose from all the lovely fabrics? I would like to have the Kona Flame Spectrum bundle. They are beautiful!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  114. Very very cool, I love how you used the colors, how you quilted it, the tree in particular looks absolutely real. the design is fab... There isn't a thing I don't like about it... Just Love it!!

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  115. I'd really love to get a Kona Sunset fat quarter pack! Your fox quilt is absolutely adorable and congrats on being one of the picks of the day! I follow you via Bloglovin'.

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  116. Wow!!! That is so beautiful!

    I would buy the Sunrise fat quarter bundle. =)

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  117. I think i would pick Sunrise...too pretty!

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  118. Charley Harper: Twig Fall Shroom if not the entire line with Kona matching solids

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  119. I am a new follower via FB

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  120. Oh my too many choices, LOL but I think I would go for Botanics fabrics, thanks for this lovely chance

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  121. Darling quilt and your drawing is amazing too! I see a Kona Sunrise or sunset, lol) in my future. Thanks for sharing!

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  122. Love love love what you did with your quilt! Those foxes are just so precious, I am very impressed with the designs you always come up with. As for what Kona I would get I would either get a fat quarter stack (still debating which one) or a bright charm pack and or jelly roll! Thanks for this opportunity!

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  123. What an adorable quilt! Great job!
    I love the Kona Bright Roll up:)

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  124. Hello. I checked out the shop and I would pick some type of bundle because it would give me the chance to have Kona colors that aren't available to me locally.

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  125. I already follow your blog with Bloglovin. Your fox drawing is wonderful! That fox quilt is very cute, also. I've been really wanting to do something with a fox.

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  126. I already follow your blog with Bloglovin. Your fox drawing is wonderful! That fox quilt is very cute, also. I've been really wanting to do something with a fox.

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  127. I might get some Kona orange and white to make some cute little fox pillows. They are adorable!

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  128. I love both sets of the fabric.

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  129. Just love the foxes idea. What a beautiful job you did!
    Rose Marie sewingblogsarefun@yahoo.com

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  130. i follow you on Google plus. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  131. I would buy either the Kona Peony or Flame bundle.

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  132. I love your foxes....what a great idea. I must add thst your drawing is, well makes me speachless. Love it! (I only wish I could get the bright prints.)

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  135. I know I'd buy a couple of Kona Charm packs and it could be in any delicious color.

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  136. I am a Bloglovin follower. Love this project.

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  137. I'd pick up some KONA in greens for a quilt for my son.
    Thank you for the chance :)

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  138. Your fox kit quilt is just the cutest thing I just love it and my soon to be born baby grand daughter would too I'm sure. I found your blog by hopping over from Patchwork Times.

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  139. I'm loving the Oval Elements Bundle 2!

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  140. I am staggered by your fabulous quilt. What a wonderful design using Kona solid fabrics. What would I buy??? Why Kona solid fabrics of course!!! Thank you sew very much for hopping and sharing your creative genius...

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  141. I'd have to go with either the Classics Roll Up or the Skinny Strips in White.

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  142. Great quilt! Wonderful work, thanks for sharing

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  143. I have absolutely no words to say about how impressed I am with this quilt pattern. My favorite by you so far!!! Your quilting is OUTSTANDING!! WOW!!!

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  144. What a darling wall quilt! Thank you for sharing.

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  145. I think I would buy a Summer jelly roll. Not sure what I would do-- maybe Rock Candy by Jaybird, although your foxes are very cute.

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  146. I would pick the Kona classic hexies and Kona sunrise charms. Thanks for sharing the great foxies, so cute! and the great giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  147. Who knew I could fall in love with a fox? Oh my, he's a doll! blessings, marlene

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  148. Fabulous post, as always. Yeah, I'm so kicking myself for not joining this blog hop, LOL!!

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  149. I was just at Mad About Patchwork's website this morning looking at her Kona bundles. I would use the cash to buy one of those. Thanks!

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  150. Such a cute pattern and quilt. Kona cottons are my go-to solids. I love every color.Thanks for getting this hop going.

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  151. I follow you on Bloglovin and look forward to your every post.

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  152. Your quilt is so creative and I love that you contrasted the warm and cool palettes. Your quilting is exquisite! Beautiful!

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  153. I'm a big fan of charm packs right now and would love to try the sunrise and/or sunset palettes.

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  154. I really love the brights bundle. I work with brights often.

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  155. I follow by email, so convenient.

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  156. Your quilt is just stunning! and the quilting is awesome too!

    I would love the following pre-cut from Mad About Patchwork website:
    http://www.madaboutpatchwork.com/Kona-New-Bright-Roll-Up.html, only if I happen to win ;).
    I was fun stopping by.

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  157. enjoyed the visit to the shop, and would like the fox kit ... such a great pattern for my young greatgrand kid.

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  158. I would use the stash cash toward the Kona Sea Spectrum bundle.

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  159. I'd have to give some of the Kona Hexies a try. Love your fox quilt…it's just adorable!!!

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  160. I have just signed up to follow by email. enjoyed reading about your 2014qal. will have to think about this!

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  161. This is exquisite! The colors are marvelous and the stitching absolutely outstanding. Wow.

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  162. I would definitely choose Kona Sunrise Charms! Love it!

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