Monday, October 8, 2012

Sew Shabby Quilting + giveaway

This weekend I single-handedly bound three quilts. One for a friend and two of my own.
The two of mine were quilted by Melissa Kelly of Sew Shabby Quilting.  Here is the backside of one of them so that you can see the pretty quilting. I love it! I freely admit that the 'quilting' process of making a quilt is the part am least good at and therefore the part I least enjoy.  (I'm a firm believer in enjoying your hobbies. Life's full of enough 'must-do' tasks that aren't always fun. Hobbies should be way to relax, not add more stress. Therefore I say no guilt in out-sourcing something that does not bring pleasure.)

I always feel grateful when I find someone who I can confidently trust with that part of my quilt-making - and since machine-quilting can get pricey, I'm always grateful when I can find good quilting for a great price!
I so enjoy working with Melissa. In addition to her good prices, her completion time is generally around one week! She has many fabulous 'computerized' pattern options available to choose from (as is the one I chose above called Retro Leaves), and she can do amazing customized work as well. You can see examples of her work here.
So in case you're like me, and you need a little help finishing your quilt tops, here's a recommendation for you. You can find out more about Melissa's studio and the wide variety of quilting options and pricing details at her site.
Melissa is generously offering a giveaway to one of you readers that includes a Bungle Jungle Moda Jelly Roll and a $25.00 gift certificate towards any machine quilting order.
To enter to win this giveaway, sign up for Melissa's newsletter .  Come back here and leave a comment to let me know that you've done so. Giveaway open until Thursday, October 11 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED. 

Winner: Funky KimOctober 8, 2012 12:39 PM
I'm all signed up!

Melissa is also offering a 20% off discount on any quilting if you mention "Diary of a Quilter'.  That offer will not expire! 

218 comments:

  1. I have subscribed. As someone new to quilting, I'm too scared to try quilting on my own, so it's great to have new resources to go to. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. Signed up! Long arm quilting really makes a quilt look professional - very hard to find good talent in that area!

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  3. I signed up. Melissa's quilting is beautiful!

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  4. I have subscribed.
    I love Melissa's site - it so friendly and welcoming.
    Her work is fantastic.

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  5. I have subscribed! Melissa does beautiful work!

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  6. I signed up for her newsletter. :)

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  7. I signed up! Beautiful quilting!!

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  8. I signed up! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  9. Yeah! I signed up,thanks for introduction to her in case I need to have a quilt done!

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  10. I've subscribed to the newsletter AND looked at her beautiful gallery of work. Wow!

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  11. I signed up. Thanks for a chance to win. I have a big old queen sized top I'd much rather have someone else quilt!

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  12. I signed up for Melissa's newsletter.I do like her work

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  13. I subscribed to her newsletter. She does some really nice quilting :) I like to do lap and baby quilts on my home machine, but the really big quilts are such a pain!!! Would be nice to send one out :)

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  14. What a talented quilter-- thanks for sharing! I signed up for the newsletter, and I'm so glad I did :)
    ~robin
    welchrobin@Hotmail.com

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  15. Beautiful quilting! I signed up for her newsletter.

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  16. I've signed up for the newsletter - I've got a few tops that are in need of something more than just the stipple or straight line quilting I have in my skillset!

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  17. i completely agree with you.
    love the fabric selection, the cutting, the piecing, the pressing, the sashing, the bordering, and the binding.
    opposite of love when it comes to quilting!!

    p.s. i subscribed to melissa's newsletter. thanks for the chance to win!

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  18. I signed up! Thinking I may have to give her a call before long to clean out a pile of WIPs!

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  19. I subscribed! Thank you for the giveaway, it's very nice from you!

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  20. Signed up for the newsletter and signing up for this giveaway.
    gasuski@mac.com

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  21. I signed up. I hate doing the quilting too. I think I'll have to give Melissa a try. Her work is beautiful.

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  22. I'm signed up :) Thanks to you and Melissa for the chance!

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  23. I signed up for the newsletter.
    cwhelan@williamwoods.edu

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  24. I am signed up too! Melissa does beautiful work! Thanks! - Anne

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  25. i'm all signed up and ready to win!

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  27. HELLO! SIGNED FOR MELISSA'S NEWSLETTER!
    BEAUTIFUL GIVEAWAY!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  28. Oooooh! Awesome giveaway! I signed up for the newsletter. SWEET!!

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  29. I have subscribed. Thanks for the information. The turn around time for quilting sounds wonderful!

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  30. Thanks for the information and yes I have subscribed.
    Isabella

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  31. I signed up for the newsletter. Thank you!

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  32. I would love to win this jelly roll to make something for fun! I signed up for the newsletter :)

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  33. I signed up for the newsletter also. My DIL loves this fabric--I'd love to win it for her~

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  34. I signed up too. Since i have been finishing so many quilts lately maybe it's time to get some long-armed. I checked out her gallery and I love the back of that quilt with the spiderwebs!

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  35. Signed up for the newsletter! I love Moda fabric! :)

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  36. Signed up and happy to have browsed some of the samples

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  37. thank you for the chance. I signed up for the newsletter

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  38. I signed up for the newsletter! Gee I hope I win ;) Thanks

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  39. Thanks for linking to her blog. I signed up for her newsletter. Love her work.

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  40. I signed up. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. I signed up for her newsletter...she does beautiful quilting...reasonably!
    Thanks for the referral!
    pat

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  42. I signed up for the newsletter. Such a fun and interesting site. Gives me lots of ideas.

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  43. I subscribed. Thanks for the chance!

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  44. Bungle Jungle is so cute!! The colors, the animals and my imagination-oh the things I would like to make and give to a granchild! I signed up for Melissa's newsletter. Enjoyed her website....

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  45. I've subscribed! Thanks for the chance (and for the quilter info)!

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  46. I subscribed - her quilting is awesome! Bookmarked!
    Erin@Sew at Home Mummy
    mummyquilts.blogspot.com
    mummyquilts@gmail.com

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  47. I subscribed to Melissa's newslettr on Sew Shabby Quilting. Can't wait to use her services!

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  48. Very pretty work .... I signed up for her newsletter.

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  49. I signed up! I don't enjoy quilting very much either, but I have yet to send a quilt out yet. I would love to have a quilt with the pebble design and I think I would go crazy trying it myself. Someday!

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  50. I subscribed to the newsletter - tHanks for the introduction!!

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  51. i subscribed to har news letter thanks

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  52. I signed up for Melissa's newsletter.

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  53. I signed up for her newsletter. She has some lovely things on her blog.

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  54. I've subscribed! Thanks for introducing me to yet another awesome and gifted quilter.

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  55. I subscribed to the newsletter and browsed her wonderful work. Thanks for the tip!

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  56. All signed up and happy to be. Loved the spider web quilting. Thanks for your opportunity to win something!

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  57. I've signed up. I've also printed the order form :) Thank you for the info! She is very affordable!

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  58. All signed up! Thanks for the chance to win!
    jlmismas(at)gmail (dot) com
    Linda

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  59. I signed up for her newsletter and also following on FB. I always have quilt tops that need done. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  60. I signed up for MIchelle's newletter as well. Thanks for the chance.

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  61. I've signed up for the newsletter. I don't enjoy the quilting process either. I much rather sew the fronts and backs! Maybe someday I'll give it another try, if I ever get a nicer machine!

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  62. I have subscribed. Melissa's work looks fabulous!

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  63. I've just subscribed! Love the retro leaves pattern. I had my hubby's quilt done with that pattern last month and it is wonderful!

    Sandy A

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  64. I subscribed. Loved the Halloween quilt with the spider web quilted on it. I am collecting paper pieced Halloween blocks on Whims and Fancies blog for my daughter.

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  65. I signed up - great quilting Melissa!

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  66. I subscribed. I'm a new quilter and the quilting part scares me a little - this would be a great help. Thanks to all for the chance to win!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

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  67. I signed up for Melissa's newsletter. Her site is awesome and so is yours. I love spending time reading and looking at all the pretty projects.

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  68. I subscribed. Thanks for introducing us to Melissa.

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  69. I've subscribed and was pleased to do it! Be especially blessed, Kathy

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  70. I signed-up :)

    ~Cassie~
    www.southeastbymidwest.com

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  71. Thank you for sharing Melissa's info! I am working on a twin quilt tops for my kiddies for Christmas, but am too afraid to ruin them by using my little machine. This is very well timed!!! And I signed up for her newsletter without realizing that there was such an *awesome* a giveaway!! Pick me, pick me! Ha, ha!! ~Karissa

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  72. Thank you for sharing. I love this line.

    I signed up for her newsletter.

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  73. I subscribed! Melissa's work is beautiful. A happy customer is the best referral! Thanks for sharing her with us!! :)
    RuthNParadise@aol.com

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  74. I signed up for her newsletter. I have been looking for a good quilter.

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  75. I'm all signed up! I really like Melissa's work and hope to take advantage of it with just the right quilt top! :-) Thank you for the opportunity.

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  76. Always love a good referral, thank you! I signed up for her newsletter.

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  77. Always love a good referral, thank you! I signed up for her newsletter.

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  78. Always love a good referral, thank you! I signed up for her newsletter.

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  79. I signed up for the newsletter. I wish I lived closer to Utah...I could use an excellent quilter.

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  80. Melissa's quilting is beautiful - it is always fun to get a quilt top back quilted and waiting for a binding.

    I signed up for the newsletter and am heading back to look at some of her designs.

    Thank you for the referral.

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  81. I am signed up for the newsletter! Thanks for the chance to win and for introducing me to a new site!!!

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  82. I have been a subscriber for quite awhile now. I can't wait to send a quilt to Melissa!

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  83. Wow, what a nice site Melissa has. Thank you for the introduction! I signed up for her newletter and enjoyed browsing her site learning how her operation runs. Thanks for a chance to win some wonderful fabric!

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  84. Thank you for the intro to Melissa. Her quilting looks fabulous! I subscribed to her blog! Thanks again.

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  85. I have subscribed. Thank you! And it's good to have Sew Shabby Quilting in my Pinterest for when I need my next quilt finished!

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  86. I subscribed! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  87. I have signed up for Melissa's newsletter, her work is stunning! awolk at rogers dot com

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  88. What I loved about that first, all white backed quilt's quilting is that it looks like a cross between a longarm job and HAND done. Super looking!!!
    Kate

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  89. Beautiful quilting! I subscribed! Thanks!

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  90. I'm already receiving the newsletter! I've been happy with the quilts that Melissa has done for me. Not only is the quilting beautiful, but her turn around time is amazingly fast! Melissa is great to work with & makes sure you are happy with her work. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  91. I have just signed up for the Sew Shabby Newsletter! thank you very much for the opportunity!
    khauglan [at] [yahoo] dot [com]

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  92. I just subscribed. Melissa's work is really beautiful. I especially like her spider web! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  93. I just subscribed. Melissa's work is really beautiful. I especially like her spider web! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  94. I sign up for the newsletter. Thanks.

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  95. What beautiful quilts she finishes--and she offers binding, too. Might have to try that sometime ... Thanks! And thanks for the giveaway, also :)

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  96. i signed up. love her work and prices are great! yhanks!

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  97. I am now subscribed to Melissa's newsletter.

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  98. I look forward to learning more about her. I subscribed!

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  99. The quilting looks beautiful! I subscribed!

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  100. I'm subscribed to Melissa's newsletter now. Thanks for letting us know about her!!

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  101. I signed up for the newsletter. Thanks!

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  102. I have signed up for Melissa's newsletter. I think that I would like to send my next quilt to her for quilting...thanks for the chance to win!

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  103. I've signed up for the newsletter. I just put together my first full-size quilt and would love the opportunity to have it professionaly quilted!

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  104. I just signed up for the newsletter! Thank you so much for a chance at the wonderful giveaway! I just love that fabric!

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  105. I signed up. Thanks for the opportunity. I would love to give her a try some time.

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  106. All signed up! What amazing work she does!!!

    brookeali(at)hotmail.com

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  107. I signed up for her newsletter. Thank you for the introduction, she is really talented.

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  108. I signed up :)
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  109. I am inspired by her wonderful quilting and did sign up for her newsletter, thanks for the giveaway
    and your sharing as well

    aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

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  110. I signed up! Thanks for the great givaway :)

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  111. I'm signed up!

    Deborah
    pinkscissorsdesign@ gmail .com

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  112. I did sign up for Melissa's newsletter. It's always nice to have information on a good quilter. Thank you.

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  113. I happily signed up for Melissa's newsletter. Thank you for the recommendation!

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  114. I signed up for the newsletter. Also, the jelly roll is beautiful.

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  115. As a newer quilter, I find that it is somewhat difficult to find recommendations for quilters, or good websites that are helpful. This post is getting bookmarked for the future!
    And thanks for the giveaway!

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  116. All signed up for the newsletter, those are beautifully quilted!

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  117. I am already a subscriber...I love your quilting!!! Great job!

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  118. I signed up for the newsletter! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  119. I signed up, the quilting on your quilt is beautiful!

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  120. I just signed up for the newsletter and can't wait to see the new projects you each create - I am always amazed!

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  121. All signed up for the newsletter, thanks again for the chance to win!!!
    taushatoad@gmail.com

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  122. Signed up, thank you for a chance to win such a nice prize.
    karen608 at yahoo dot com

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  123. Thanks for the opportunity to win this! I went to a quilt retreat this past weekend and made 3 quilt tops. I have a stack of others that need t o be quilted so this would be a great help! Sew Shabby Quilting site is great. I a excited to find someone with reasonable pricing!

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  124. I subscribed. She's not too far from home.

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  125. Signed up!!! If I win I need to get my but in gear to make my swoon quilt!!!

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  126. I subscribed! So glad that I have another option for a long are - We plan on moving and the goal in mind - piece 5 quilts! Having someone to quilt them would help a lot!

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  127. All signed up! I'm very new to quilting, so any resource tips are great!

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  128. I subscribed! I just finished my first quilt top thanks to your instructions. Now all it needs is to be actually quilted. This opportunity would work out wonderfully!

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  129. Hi - I subscribed! Thanks for the chance and for your wonderful blog!

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  130. I signed up! Thanks so much for the referral. Gorgeous quilting!

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  131. I signed up for her newsletter. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  132. I signed up. Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  133. I signed up for the newsletter. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  134. I signed up. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  135. I signed up and thank you for a great giveaway

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  136. All signed up. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  137. Signed up for Melissa's newsletter! (& perused thru her awesome Blog too!!! Saved her info too!) Am new to quilty stuff, and have never tried freemotion quilting....big scaredy cat!...I know...lol. Good to find someone that can do for me! YAY!

    Thanks for chance to win your drawing! :)

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  138. I signed up for Melissa's Newsletter. I really like her work. (I wonder how much it would cost to ship internationally?) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  139. I like the new look on your blog! Thanks for the validation to those of us who do outsource our quilting. ( ; the fun for me is designing and piecing, too.

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  140. I've subscribed. I have so many quilt tops that need to be quilted :)

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  141. I subscribed to Melissa's newsletter. What a generous giveaway.

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  142. I subscribed. I am always looking for new long arm quilters to do my quilting. Thanks.

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  144. I subscribed to the newsletter, thanks for the giveaway!

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  145. Thank for for recommending Melissa. Not only did I sign up for her newsletter, I am thinking of sending her a quilt!

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  146. I subscribed and confirmed the subscription to the newsletter. Thanks for the giveaway and bringing Melissa's services to my attention.

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  147. Subscribed to the newsletter! The spider web quilting would look fabulous on the new Halloween top and back I just completed!

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  148. I signed up for Melissa's newsletter! What great quilting she does! :) Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  149. I signed up for Melissa's newsletter
    Bab.tilley@aol.com

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  150. Done and done! I have been looking for a good quilting shop. Thanks for the post!

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  151. I signed up. Thanks for the information. This is a great giveaway too.

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  152. I signed up for Melissa's newsletter. :)

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  153. I signed up! Would love a chance to use those prints - LOVE Moda fabric and with three little boys the Bungle Jungle pattern would be very well received by my monkeys! ;)

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  154. I subscribe to the Sew Shabby Quilting newsletter-- and she is out of this world talented. I highly recommend Melissa for both custom work and computerized quilting. (my owl bunting quilt is pictured above!)Thanks!

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  155. I subscribed. I love everything quilts.

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  156. I subscribed I love her quilting

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  157. Thank-you for letting us know about the give away it sure does pay off being a follower of such a nice helpfull {tutorials} site.Thank-you.Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  158. OH by the way I forgot to mention I signed up at and looked around so shabby.Thanks Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  159. Awesome! I subscribed and would love to win!

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  160. I subscribed, and enjoyed my look around the site.

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  161. I subscribed to the newsletter. Thank you so much...

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  162. I'm subscribed to her newsletter! I love her work!

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  163. I have subscribed to her newsletter. :)So fun!!

    Thanks! Mel

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  164. I just signed up for her newsletter!

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  165. I signed up for Melissa's Newsletter. Don't you love the spiderweb? Thanks

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  166. I've signed up for the newsletter and love the work that she shows on her blog. Well done ladies!!!

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  167. I signed up for Melissa's newsletter. Will have to check out her prices, have a couple of quilts to be quilted. THanks for the chance.

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  168. I signed up.
    Theresa n
    weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  169. I'm all signed up! Thanks for the great giveaway. I will definitely be using her for quilting services. Nice work. Jenn

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  170. I signed up and thanks for the giveaway.

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  171. I signed up for Melissa's newsletter and looked at her prices. They seem totally reasonable.

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  172. Signed up fro Melissa's newsletter!

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  173. I am like you. I love the picking out of the fabrics. I have a lot of tops that are done but not quilted! I will definitely check out Melissa. Thank You

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  174. I am like you. I love the picking out of the fabrics. I have a lot of tops that are done but not quilted! I will definitely check out Melissa. Thank You

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