Thank you, thank you

A little project I’d like to start today.
I’ve been wanting to make a Halloween quilt forever.
This is the year. I think.
A big thank you for all the nice things you’ve said this week. You have no idea how much they mean. I’ve been feeling some blah, blah, bloggy frustration lately, sometimes wondering why I do it, is it worth all the time it takes away from other things, etc. There are things that I love about blogging – the main one being the wonderful people I’ve come in contact with – both in real life and by cyber-communication. I also love all the inspiration and helpful information to be found reading blogs. Wonderful stuff!

The troubling thing about blogging and blog-surfing is the whole comparison aspect that women struggle with in life in general.  Seeing someone’s best, perfect side, knowing your own worst, imperfect side, yadda, yadda. I know I fall into that trap from time to time -recently, in fact – and it’s easy to get discouraged.  So really, I sincerely thank you for the many kind things you’ve all said recently.  My only wish is that I had more time to reply to every one – but my kids like my attention and my husband loves to eat dinner and my body likes sleep – so please accept this post as a personal thank you. Lame in effort but totally sincere in motivation.

And now, the reason you’re REALLY here.  The Giveaway Winner announced HERE.

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    October 9, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    That fabric is so fun. Can't wait to see what you come up with! So glad to have found your blog. I need to make another table runner for fall.

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    October 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I love the fabric! Are you going to enter it in the GenX contest?

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    Bea Lippott
    October 10, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Amy, I completely understand that. You do have such a wonderful blog and your quilts are BEAUTIFUL.

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    October 10, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Amy, I have missed so many of your blog posts and just went back and read through! You have been up to so much and have had some beautiful posts. I can totally understand the need to make dinner and put family as a priority. Looking forward to seeing your Halloween quilt!

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    October 10, 2010 at 6:59 am

    I would be sad if you quit blogging. I try to keep it real on my blog–but then I think, do people really want to hear how I spilled an entire jar of peppercorns while making soup this week, and then the next day through out some of the broth because it had gelatinized more than normal and I thought it was fat? Ha! I figure people undo their seams as often as I do, and then try to just appreciate

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    October 10, 2010 at 6:59 am

    🙂 just wanted to say hang in there. I feel like I'm in the same boat lately. It's hard to keep up with everyday life and sew/blog on top of that. Just be true to yourself and sew the things you want to sew because you love it.

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    October 10, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Aw – sorry you have been a little in the dumps – I love your blog and your quilt aesthetic and all that you share!

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    October 10, 2010 at 7:36 am

    You shouldn't feel like you do about your blog! I'm a lurker but I read every post you publish and I love your tutorials. I have made your tablerunner and plan to make a few more of your things. Keep bloging!

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    October 10, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Amy, you are selling yourself short if you think the only reason people come to your blog is a giveaway! <br /><br />Love your Halloween Fabrics! I&#39;ll be eager to see what you do with them.

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    Madame Samm
    October 10, 2010 at 8:35 am

    love the fabric and excited to see what you will do with it..the rest Amy, you are a mom and wife and friend…there is no doubt you are doing your best…what more could anyone ask for…your efforts are noted wink..<br />blessings msamm<br />great nephew to boot.

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    October 10, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I love that collection you have! I&#39;m sure the kids would love a Halloween quilt as much as you!

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    Zany Quilter
    October 10, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I think we all feel like you do…especially if we aren&#39;t professional photographers, and our pics look sort of slopppy, the lighting isn&#39;t right, or we aren&#39;t as funny as we&#39;d like to be. But it is so much fun seeing what you are working on…and I don&#39;t think anyone expects a response to their comments ;-D Keep it up…

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    October 10, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Hey Kiddo…You are a great wife, mama, daughter, sister, auntie, friend and that all comes first… you don&#39;t have to feel obligated to us at all!;) If you just post a couple of times a month we would all still be here and excited to hear from you..no worries!<br />xo

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    Aunt Spicy
    October 10, 2010 at 10:50 am

    You are hands down the most amazing cousin I know! You also happen to be the only female cousin I know, but that aside, you are a rock star!

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    Sandie ~call me crazy
    October 10, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Oooh great fabrics! Have fun making your Halloween quilt! We all get overwhelmed with blogging and life, remember blogging is for fun! Live life! You are doing a great job handling it all. Have a happy day!

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    Erin @ two more seconds
    October 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Can&#39;t wait to see your Halloween quilt!

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    October 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    ooh, i might have to join you in your quest. i&#39;ve got a christmas quilt in the works as well! what pattern are you going to use? i can&#39;t wait to see!!!

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    dubb and dawni
    October 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    you go girl !! love the fabric

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    October 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I love your blog and look forward to each new post. Your work is very inspiring, especially to a new quilter like me. Thanks for sharing!

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    October 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Really, I would like to say &quot;thank you&quot; to you for inspiring me. I have been looking at everyone else&#39;s blog for 2 years now and it&#39;s because of you (and lots of other wonderful women) that I decided to start my own blog. My hope is give a little back (either to all of you pros out there or to the newbies). Keep up the great work and don&#39;t ever be afraid to pat yourself

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    Layne Bushell
    October 10, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    amy, I don&#39;t know you personally, but I feel like I do. Been reading your blog now for several months. I have it up on my sidebar! I think you are one of the most amazing teachers and your eye for color is truly a gift. I drool over what you put together. Thank you for sharing your talents!

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    October 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Every once in a while I am really intimidated by some of the great quilting that is done by others. But then I have a day like today. Finished quilting a quilt and I am doing so much better than I was and I am not ashamed of what I can do. So even though I will probably never be an &quot;excellent&quot; quilter, I really like what I am doing.

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    October 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    What is that fabric that is second from the bottom? The dark orange with smiling jack-o-lanterns? I&#39;m in love with it and would like to know the manufacturer or whatever so I can find some for myself!<br /><br />I need to make a Halloween quilt too…someday!

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    October 11, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Your blog is so wonderful Amy! Thank you for all you have taught me through your posts!!<br />As well as time for the family … I hope you get a little time for yourself 🙂

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    October 11, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Amy,<br /><br />love your blog! read it often! It has helped me as I am a beginner! you help many of us and we appreciate it. Sometimes things dont fall into place but we are all behind you. thank you for all the hard work to keep up this blog!

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    October 11, 2010 at 10:18 am

    i&#39;ll add my appreciation as well. i&#39;ve made several of the diaper clutches and nursing covers, and am following your advice religiously on the quilt-along series. it&#39;s perfect timing and i&#39;m so grateful for your online quilting class. but we most definitely want you and your family to eat and have time together. 🙂 thanks for your expertise!

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    October 11, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I love your blog! I&#39;ve been following you for a while, but this is my first time leaving a comment. Like you, I have a pretty full life… full-time job, 6 kids, husband and two houses! I enjoy reading your posts as well as the others I follow because I&#39;m the only person around me who sews or quilts so these blogs are my personal inspiration, or &quot;guild&quot; if you will! 🙂

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    October 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Who&#39;s to say one blog is better than another? That&#39;s why we&#39;re all different; different blogs appeal to different people. I used to follow ALOT of quilting blogs, but I don&#39;t feel the need to anymore. I&#39;ve pared it down to the three I found most inspiring and yours is one of them. Nothing wrong with the other ones, and I&#39;m sure they still post beautiful quilts and maybe

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    Dresden Quilter
    October 12, 2010 at 10:25 am

    You are amazing! I was scared to send out my fabric to such an incredibly talented group of quilters.

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    October 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    OHmyword! I feel the exact same way. I&#39;ve been going through the same thing. asking the same questions. I love the people too. So glad to know you!

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