Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shimmer Stars Quilt

Last spring at Quilt Market, one of the fabric designers that really caught my attention was Jennifer Sampou in the Robert Kaufman booth. So when Jennifer contacted me earlier this year to see if I would like to play with her upcoming collection, Shimmer, I totally jumped at the chance.
Metallic in fabric prints are a huge trend right now and Jennifer's collection celebrates the spectrum of metalics in a subtle and contemporary way. I've been redecorating parts of my house and right after Christmas I found a bunch of great mercury glass pieces on clearance at West Elm and Target that were the perfect accents in my new room. 
So I chose the Steel colorway from Shimmer to work with because they play so nicely with those silver and gray mercury-glass-tones. I wish the camera captured better the subtle sheen of the metalic prints.
For years my taste in fabrics has been the bright primary colored, retro/vintage style. I feel like my tastes have evolved a lot and I am finding myself drawn more to of the sophisticated, sleeker designs. I really loved playing with these fabrics.
I did, however, use them in a very traditional design. I've made a similar quilt in bright solids. It was fun to try it with the more monochromatic Shimmer prints.
Because of the metallic sheen, the fabrics are just slightly heavier and stiffer, so to soften this quilt and give it some added texture I quilted it pretty heavily. I LOVE the result.
Jennifer has invited a number of other quilters to create with her fabric - I have LOVED seeing the variety of creations using the Shimmer collection! There are some seriously inspired quilts on this tour. You can check them out on the following blogs/dates.


For more Shimmer inspiration, checkout Jennifer's gorgeous Shimmer LookBook too. Shimmer fabrics are available at the Cotton Patch, JAQS Fabrics, and Hawthorne Threads.


Today I have a Charm pack of all the prints in the Shimmer collection to giveaway to one of you. Just leave a comment on this post. Giveaway open until Saturday, April 19 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

WINNER: HeatherK @ A Reformed Heath'nApril 15, 2014 at 7:51 AM
I love how traditional patterns can vary so much with different fabrics. The pattern really does seem to shimmer a bit with your choices.

Jennifer Sampou is also giving away a full Fat Quarter bundle of Shimmer on her blog. To read more about how to enter and the rest of the Shimmer blog tour click here.

209 comments:

  1. Hi Amy, I'd love to win some Shimmer! I've enjoyed the blog hop!

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  2. Love the Shimmer fabrics! Your Shimmer Stars Quilt is very modern and graphic. The grid quilting is perfect.

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  3. Not my usual fabric, but your quilt is so pretty. A great pattern for this fabric.

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  4. Love the shimmering stars! The dense quilting makes the wall hanging perfect.

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  5. Beautiful design and quilting! thanks!!

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  6. Very elegant! I never thought I'd like metallic fabrics but these are a game changer!

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  7. Love your quilt Amy! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  8. I've enjoyed the blog hop and seeing all the lovely projects made from the Shimmer fabrics!

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  9. I love this collection, so soothing. Never used metallic prints before so would love to try them

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  10. Oh this turned out so beautiful Amy! I just love mercury glass too. Awesome quilt!

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  11. Looks amazing and it must be fabulous in real life!! Thanks for sharing in the hop!!

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  12. Amy, Like you,brights and vintage have always spoken to me. But now it's the shimmer, especially the steel collection that really make your quilt sparkle. The grid quilting softened it. Thank you for sharing the opportunity.

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  13. Amy, Like you,brights and vintage have always spoken to me. But now it's the shimmer, especially the steel collection that really make your quilt sparkle. The grid quilting softened it. Thank you for sharing the opportunity.

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  14. Its lovely. We all need a little bit of shimmer in our lives.

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  15. would love to win - it looks beautiful

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  16. Very pretty. Thank you for the chance to win this charm pack. Matsche.christine@yahoo.com

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  17. Great use of shimmer. Love your quilt!

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  18. What a beautiful quilt! The pattern has such sophistication in all grays!

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  19. Wonderful quilt - I love it!

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  20. I love the heavy quilting you did, the while quilt reminds me of comfy jeans.

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  21. I too, have been drawn to more monochromatic color schemes lately. I still love my deeply saturated "colors" but I think I'm changing with the seasons. I need color during winter and calmness during summer. And when you can have a bit of shimmer with calm, ahhhh.
    Luann

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  22. I am so in love with this shimmer line. Your mini looks wonderful

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  23. love the fabric and love your quilt! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  24. Pretty quilt. I'm drawn to brights but the patterns in these fabrics is calling to me. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  25. This quilt is gorgeous with the Shimmer fabric...I'd love to win!

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  26. I am in love with these shimmer fabrics! I can't wait to play with some. Your quilt is beautiful!

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  27. I love your shimmer quilt - simple and elegant. It would be fun to work with a new fabric.

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  28. Love the traditional look of your quilt with the elegant shimmer fabric.
    Shawn

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  29. I love how traditional patterns can vary so much with different fabrics. The pattern really does seem to shimmer a bit with your choices.

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  30. Those are beautiful! I love the metallic look.

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  31. Beautiful quilt! These fabrics look really cool. I would love to win some to play with. Thanks!

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  32. Love the tons and the shimmer doesn't hurt either! Would love to have some of my own to play with ;)

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  33. Great look. I think this fabric would be fun to sew with.

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  34. We all tend to think we need many colors in a quilt to make a great pattern but just the three you have is fabulous! I will keep this in mind when I am stressing over how many colors I WANT instead of NEED! Thanks for the giveaway..and oh...your FMQ..WOW. Great job!

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  35. Beautiful quilt! It feels very elegant to me. I'd love to play with these fun fabrics!

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  36. Beautiful quilt Amy. I really love the quilting done on this.

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  37. I like seeing these traditional patterns in anew (shimmering) light.

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  38. new fabric makes a traditional pattern look new again. thanks for the giveaway.

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  39. Beautiful quilt I do love the heavier quilting.

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  40. Love the quilt. It really shows off the fabrics :) Did you use a specific pattern?

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  41. Your quilt is beautiful and your quilting makes it gorgeous :)

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  42. BEAUTIFUL QUILT!
    THANKS FOR SHARING ON YOU BLOG+GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  43. Beautiful pattern to showcase the prints. Thank you so much for the chance to win and for sharing!

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  44. Such a wonderful quilt to show off the fabrics! Love the quilting :)

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  45. Beautiful piece, Amy! Thanks for the chance to play with some of this lovely fabric!

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  46. I love what I've been seeing done with these shimmery fabrics. I think your quilt shows off the designs quite well and the quilting adds just the right something to it. Thanks also for the chance to win!

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  47. Beautiful fabric, gorgeous quilt! How fun to play with new fabrics. Lucky you! Thanks for the chance!

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  48. I LOVE this quilt! So gorgeous.

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  49. Love your take on the shimmer line. So pretty.

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  50. Oh, I would love to get my hands on some of this fabric! Love the quilt too!

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  51. Love the Fabric and designs.. I have a pattern and person in mind for this project.. now I just need some fabric...

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  52. Lovely Quilt. I'm not normally attracted to metallic fabrics but these have been calling out to me. It is so fun to see all the different and beautiful projects being made with these fabrics.

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  53. My tastes have also evolved. No more old broad and her quilts. Love your mix of modern with traditional.

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  54. Modern merged with traditional. How nice!

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  55. Love, love, love the prints. A quilt with its own bling...fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win the charm pack.

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  56. Beautiful quilt to show off some very lovely fabrics!

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  57. Once again you came up with yet another great quilt. Love the color and the quilting design.

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  58. I love the monochromatic elegance of your quilt! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  59. Ooh, I do love shiny things! Thanks for the chance to win :o)

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  60. Perfect pattern to pair with Shimmer fabrics...the quilt is beautiful and shimmery!!! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win a charm pack!

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  61. Your Shimmer quilt looks wonderful against the blue wall! I love your sewing room setup.

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  62. I love how crisp and modern your quilt is. I always feel obligated to use more color in my quilts, but this design convinces me that my personal inclination for fewer colors and fabrics is a great way to go, too!

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  63. so many ways to use this beautiful collection!

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  64. I love your quilt - the steel colourway is fabulous!

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  65. Love the steel colourway, beautiful quilt!

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  66. OH, I'm just loving your quilt! That pattern is gorgeous especially with these fabrics and the intense grid quilting. Fabulous!!

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  67. I love the pattern! Looks so great.

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  68. Gorgeous!! Thanks for blogging on Shimmer. I love what you did with just a few pieces from the line.

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  69. Hello! Your shimmer quilt is awesome fun!

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  70. Awesome pattern and quilt and love your fabrics combo!

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  71. I love the simplicity of this quilt, it is a great example of less is more. I'd like to play with Shimmer too!

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  72. Beautiful fabric! Beautiful quilt!

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  73. Such a gorgeous quilt! You have done an amazing job with these fabulous fabrics.

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  74. Love your quilt is looks so sophisticated.

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  75. Like you my tastes have evolved and I'm now trying to be more sophisticated in my decorating. Your quilt is a great use of a traditional block in a new modern way. I'm in love with it.

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  76. Beautiful quilt with beautiful fabric!

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  77. Lovely quilt in great fabric :-)

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  78. Your pattern does a good job of showcasing these Shimmer fabrics.

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  79. It's simple but beautiful. Caught my attention while I was a blog strollin'. :)

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  80. Beautiful quilt-love the shimmer fabric!!

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  81. Love your quilt. It is one of the nicest black and white quilts I have seen! Really like the Shimmer fabrics.

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  82. Very pretty quilt-shows off the fabric nicely.

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  83. These are such pretty fabrics, and I love your quilt. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  84. Love your quilt! I need it for my living room. We just redecorated in shades of gray and metallics, so it would fit in beautifully!

    Sandy A

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  85. Lovely quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  86. I love your shimmery quilt. I think it is perfect for the fabrics

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  87. Love the fabric and love your quilt. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  88. Love your quilt. Shimmer is beautiful!

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  89. Your quilt is beautiful! I can't wait to get my hands on some Shimmer.

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  90. Your quilts are beautiful! Yours is the first quilt blog that I started reading when I began quilting a few months ago, and I have so enjoyed your beautiful creations! Thanks for the giveaway. sarah@forrussia.org

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  91. Shimmer is sooo pretty and I love the quilt you made using the collection.

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  92. i am generally not a fan of metallics, but i think i will try some of the shimmer prints, so subtle and classy.

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  93. I'd love a charm pack since the fabric is so great! And your quilt is fabulous!

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  94. I really like the grid quilting on your Shimmer quilt. Beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  95. I like the simplistic use just a few colors and the quilting enhances it. I am tempted to get some of the white honeycomb for background on my next quilt.....looks beautiful from your picture. danka

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  96. Beautiful quilting! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  97. Beautiful quilting! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  98. Your Shimmer quilt is absolutely beautiful! I love your choice of backing too.

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  99. It is funny you noted how your fabric and color choices have changed - I have always loved the color design aspect of quilting and my confidence has increased dramatically over the years as my overall skill has. I am MUCH more confident using a muted or monochromatic palette now than I was even 5 years ago. I think because I feel that what sewing design I use will shine as much as the fabric - which is a very good thing! I am all about adding monochromatic design to things - this charm pack woul dbe just lovely! :)

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  100. Impressive quilt! I like the way you used the Shimmer fabric.

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  101. I love your Shimmer quilt. It's classic and modern, and would be a welcome addition to anyone's home--a perfect "gift" quilt, I think.

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  102. Beautiful! I love your blog!

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  103. Love how your quilting makes your stars look on point even though they aren't. Great illusion!

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  104. Love the pattern you decided on and the quilting is gorgeous. I agree that the colors you chose and with a Shimmer would make it look sophisticated. I would love to give it a try! Thanks.

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  105. Oh best version so far. Love it.

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  106. Love these prints! Thanks for sharing your project.

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  107. Would love to win me some shimmer!! It would help take away the shiver I'm currently experiencing due to yet another cold snap!!!

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  108. Love what you did with this fabric! Looks like fun fabric to play with. Thanks for the chance to win some!

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  109. Your quilt is beautiful. Especially love the backing fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  110. I really like the classic simplicity of your quilt. Very pretty. Thanks for the chance of adding some Shimmer to my Stash.

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  111. I agree with the others, pretty fabric and quilt!

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  112. Love the shimmer!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  113. Really liked your quilt! Shimmer fabrics are looking like fun! Thanks for sharing and offering this giveaway.

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  114. Absolutely stunning quilt! The colors are fantastic! Thank you for the chance to win :-)

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  115. GORGEOUS! Thanks once again for the giveaway. :)

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  116. Love the Shimmer Stars Quilt! Well done!

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  117. You made a great choice on how you quilted this piece. Beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  118. I LOVE this quilt! I think the heavy quilting that you did was perfect. Good call!

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  119. Those are absolutely gorgeous fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  120. What a beautiful quilt! The fabric is lovely too!

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  121. Loving the Shimmer fabric! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  122. I love the steel color way you used, it's so pretty!

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  123. I'm gathering gray fabrics right now to use as a background color in the next quilt I'll be making.

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  124. Shimmer my timbers, what a beautiful quilt Thanks so much for sharing.

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  125. Love mercurised glass and this quilt is so beautiful

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  126. Your quilt is lovely. With each project of this hop, this fabric gets moved higher and higher on my wish list.

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  127. Beautiful fabrics, lovely quilt! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  128. Just love this line of fabric! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  129. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME ----- GORGEOUS GOEGEOUS GORGEOUS ---- KEEP UP YOUR GORGEOUS WORK.

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  130. Pretty! I love how you use traditional patterns! I love how the sheen of the fabric works with that.

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  131. Your quilt is beautiful in its simplicity. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!
    k(dot)castanette(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  132. I love this new collection and the quilt you made, thanks for sharing!

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  133. I love that you made a traditional with these modern fabrics :)

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  134. Beautiful quilt! Beautiful fabric! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  135. I cant wait to get a hold of this line!! I love it! Will be great for a modern quilt.

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  136. Love the quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  137. Such lovely subdued fabric. I'll be on the lookout for it at the quilt shops. Looks good in both modern and traditional. swalker287(at)aol(dot)com

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  138. Oh my! Shimmering fabric and silver stars--perfect combination! Just my style. I love it.
    Thanks!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  139. inspiring talent ~ inspiring fabric

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  140. Hi Amy - Love your quilt and your use if the shimmer fabric. Thanks for the chance to win some fabric!

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  141. Beautiful fabric. I'd love to quilt with it.

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  143. Perfect pattern for this fabric. So different from everything else you see now.

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  144. I've been entering all the Shimmer drawings so maybe this time's the charm! Love the metallics. So fun and subtle.

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  145. Love the quilt you're showing with the Shimmer fabric! love the grays, and the pattern, as it seems I'm drawn to any kind of star patterns.
    BTW, received my copy of your book today and I've already seen several I want to make! so many beautiful patterns, so little time!

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  146. Looooove your Quilt...and these Fabrics!! Gorgeous job!!! :)

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  147. Your quilt is lovely! All that quilting - it must have taken ages!

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  148. Love your quilt and the shimmer fabric.

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  149. Love your quilt! Thanks for the chance to win! ksmith8@emich.edu

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  150. Stunning quilt. I love the grid quilting. I think it looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing and offering a giveaway.

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  151. what a beautiful quilt, the fabrics are gorgeous

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  152. Thank you for the chance to wi the shimmer fabric. I always like shiny things!

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  153. Beautiful fabric and I love how you used it in a traditional way!

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  154. How lovely! Thanks for the chance!

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  155. I'm loving the metallic shimmer!

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  156. I enjoyed seeing the fabric used in a thoroughly traditional way as I am thinking about making a "neutral" quilt for a young man......

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  157. Count me in, I would love to win!

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  158. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing. I'm a huge fan and loved the way you showcased the fabrics. Gorgeous.

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  159. Metallic shimmer is so pretty. Will never look at grey the same.

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  160. Perfect choices to go with your mercury glass pieces. The quilting is a great addition to the pattern - Less is more for the fabric choices, and more is best for the quilting!

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  161. I too have really enjoyed seeing all the bloggers' projects. Thanks for the opportunity!
    mmckee at wi dot rr dot com

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  162. Are international entries accepted?
    These lovely fabrics just looked so fantastic that I had to give this giveaway a try.

    Cheers from Finland
    Kristalliuni(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  163. What a lovely quilt (and a marvelous use of the fabric line). Thanks for the opportunity to win some! Angie

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  164. I absolutely love this quilt. It is so stunning!

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  165. This fabric is so astounding! I would love the chance to play with it. Thanks for the chance.
    Lin

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  166. I love this fabric! It is so different and elegant.

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  167. I love the way you used this fabric in your quilt!

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  168. Love the fabric and what you created with it. The heavier quilting looks gorgeous. Very sophisticated!

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  169. New to quilting, really enthusiastic to the point of addiction! Would love to add this fabric to my next project, thank you for your blog and all your tutorials! May

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