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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day and QAL announcement

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED
Hello giveaway hoppers!
If you are new here, welcome!!
If you have been here before, I am glad that you came back!!! :)

If you are new here you should know that I am obsessed with Paper Piecing and I offer FREE paper piecing patterns of very famous characters like Snoopy & Friends, Alice in Wonderland, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and many many more!

I know you are in a rush to enter a gazillion of giveaways so I will only steal a minute to tell you that... I am hosting a new QAL for 2017.

I will host it on my other website (as here I share weekly personal updates and I don't want things to get confusing if people want to just follow the event and not my personal struggles and successes :) )


If you are intrigued, read more and SIGN UP at alidatweloqdesigns.blogspot.com

I hope many of you will join... it will be a fun growing experience, there will be prizes, linky and much more!!

And now, let's get down to the giveaway business :)

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED
MYHEX-639-HONEST 
(BIG Hexagon-shaped precut), 
some thread and a fantastic pattern!!

Rules are simple:
  • leave a comment below answering a simple question:
    Which sewing technique is the most challenging for you?
    For me, I think needle turn applique... it's just too much work on all those tiny pieces and it is very slow! :)
  • you have two extra entries (optional)
    1. follow this blog through  Blogger (GFC) or Bloglovin and add a comment below to tell me how you follow! (new followers are welcome! and if you are already following, just let me know how!!)
    2. sign up for the 2017 QAL at alidatweloqdesigns.blogspot.com and add a comment below to tell me that you signed up!
Important notes:
  • the giveaway will close on December 11th at (11:59 p.m. EST), and the winner will be contacted by email on Monday, Dec 12th.
    If I don't hear back by Tue (5 pm EST), I will pick another winner.
  • this giveaway is open to anyone (US and non-US)
  • comments are going to be moderated, so they will not be published immediately.
    But in 24h I promise that I will approve all the comments that are not spam :)
  • if you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your email in the comment because I will NOT publish comments by no-reply bloggers without the email (I need a way to contact you if you win). If you are worried about spam, just type your email like "tweloq [at] gmail [dot] com" or similar :)
  • !!! IMPORTANT !!! There are currently 67 comments from no-reply bloggers. I didn't publish them below and I won't add them in the drawing (even if I appreciate the comment, I need a way to contact you if you win). So if suspect you can be in that situation, just include your email in the comment!! I cannot hunt your email through fancy links, websites, etc. I am NOT making YOU jump through hoops to get the prize, so do NOT make ME jump through hoops to get your email address
    Seriously: it takes 5 minutes to check if you are a no-reply blogger!! There are tons of tutorial that shows you how to check and how to stop this terrible thing that is preventing you to get new friends, replies to your comments and prizes!!! A simple step-by-step tutorial can be found HERE: http://www.flusterbuster.com/2013/02/are-you-no-reply-blogger.html. It has pictures and detailed instructions...
GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED

213 comments:

  1. I agree. Needle turn applique is quite challenging. I have just started playing with fusible applique and it is so much easier.
    Just in case: ebbtide45 at yahoo dot com

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  2. Hi! For me it would have to be curves - not so much that they are challenging, rather I am intimidated by them

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  3. Yes, needle turn is the most challenging. It is difficult to get the fingers to cooperate.

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  4. I'm visiting from Let's bee social and I agree that needle turn applique is challenging.

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  5. Y-seams can be a bit frustrating for me. Thanks for the lovely giveaway

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  6. Needle turn have to say it's challenging, but have to say it's hard for me the "Drunkard Path"

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  7. I have yet to make a quilt with a Y seam because of the challenge.

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  8. For me it is cutting and piecing accuracy. I am getting better but I have run for improvement!

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  9. Embroidery is challenging to me.

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  10. I follow your blog on my blogger dashboard/GFC.

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  11. I have been trying to complete a reverse applique reindeer cushion and those antlers are driving me mad, so that's my current most challenging technique!

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  12. Needle turn is a challenge for me too but I have trouble with hexies too. I can make them but have trouble putting them together.

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  13. I have been putting off doing circles. That's my goal for next year to do a circle quilt.

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  14. I follow your blog at Bloglovin

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  15. I love needle turn applique but by no means i can do it perfect, lol! A challenge for me are curves like in the flowering snowball pattern.

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  16. My biggest challenge is making bags. I hate the process, but have always wanted to master it!

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  17. I was debating about signing up for your quilt along. I signed up and I'm excited about the quilt along

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  18. Applique period kinda freaks me out, but I'm learning slowly. I think it's just so different from what I'm used to! :)

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  19. Zippers are sometimes tricky!

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  20. I'm terrible at applique in all its forms.

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  21. I agree with the needle turn applique!! It terrifies me!

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  22. ALL sewing is hard for me, as my eyesight is going away. When younger, I had trouble being neat, now it is even harder to do pretty work.

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  23. I wouldn't know where to start with needle turn applique. I sew bags and find sewing lots of layers really tricky.

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  24. Getting a binding with sharp corners. Bah.

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  25. Anything with curved or y seams...I've finally gotten better diagonal seams but I give up on curves!

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  26. I agree with you on the needle turn applique! I love paper piecing-my favorite & the results are amazing! Thank you, Susan

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  27. Curves are my problem. I'm going to work on that in 2017.

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  28. I added you to my bloglovin list too.

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  29. I'm afraid of curves- can't say I find them the most challenging because I've never had the guts to try- something for the 2017 to do list!
    allisonpogany at gmail.com

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  30. needle turn applique is the hardest for me, invisible stitches can be quite challenging, oh! and free motion quilting too.

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  31. Already signed up to your QAL! cannot wait.xx

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  32. curves and applique are my issues

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  33. I hate any kind of mending! Does that count? 😉 Mrskatymarriott at gmail dot com

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  34. I totally agree with you! I tried needle turn applique once and that was enough for me! 😂

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  35. I can quilt on a longarm but not my personal sewing machine! bushee@adamwells.com

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  36. Tight curves are definitely the most challenging for me. I have a really hard time keeping them from getting angular!

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  37. Thank you for being a part of the SMS Giveaway Day. I have signed up for the 2017 QAL and so looking forward to this. I find that applique is the most challenging sewing technique for me. It is so pretty yet so hard to master. Happy Holidays!

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  38. I have to go with needle-turn applique as well. Thanks for the chance to win! sarah123quilt [at] gmail {DOT} com

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  39. I follow you on Bloglovin! sarah123quilt [at] gmail {DOT} com

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  40. I love paper piecing, but applique is not really my cup of tea. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  41. I am now following your blog. I don't have any little kids/grandkids at present, but I love The Wisefish, Downton Abbey, Merlin and the Snoopy Characters. I am going to have to sew a few. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  42. Right now I'm finding machine quilting to be my biggest challenge--my aspirations really exceed my ability. But I'm plugging away at it, knowing that if I don't practice, that will never change.

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  43. Oh,hexies and getting my sewing machine threaded etc! It is driving me crazy! Thanks for the great giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  44. I follow you via email. vickise at gmail dot com

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  45. Right now my most challenging quilty problem is basting a quilt. It's not that I don't know how it's just that I don't have the space to really do it and I HATE pinning. I like spray basting but again no space to do it in.

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  46. My struggle is paper piecing. I've taken a class before but that was many moons ago. Maybe I'll give it another go.

    Thanks for a chance to win. Happy Holidays!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. Ok.. I signed up for the SAL! ;-)
    Always love learning new things, Thanks!

    Happy Holidays!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. I'm a follower via BlogLovin.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. Actually I'm quite terrified of EPP but really want to try that technique someday.:) It's good to learn new skills!

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  50. I agree needle turn applique is a nightmare. I solve that problem by never doing it!

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  51. The most challenging quilting technique for me is applique and needle turn applique makes me break out in a cold sweat!

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  52. Anything by hand - that needle turning is very tough! But so far have figured out how to do with a machine so sort of okay. I really enjoyed your Play With Me blocks last year. Thank you!

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  53. I receive your email updates and am on the blog lovin list too!

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  54. I have signed up for the 2017 project! Thanks!

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  55. Hello,
    interesting question....
    I could start at "following the instructions"
    but I would probably say: sewing triangles - mine always end up wonky, stretched and not pretty.

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  56. I am not great at needle turn applique either. It was all the rage, and I am just not into it!

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  57. I find sewing curves challenging!

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  58. I've just started foundation paper piecing. It's not hard exactly, but the extra time needed is adding a challenge.

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  59. For me, it is paper piecing. I just cannot get the hang of it.

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  60. I learning needdle turned and liking it so far.

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  61. Definitely curves are challenging.

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  62. Points...quilting points nicely...getting them to line up correctly.

    Deborah
    Pink Scissors Design on Etsy
    pinkscissorsdesign @gmail .com

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  63. needle turn applique for me too but I also have a paper pieced project that's being a bugger right now too

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  64. Applique in all forms is SCAREY!!!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. Following you on bloglovin!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. I've tried FMQ but I am just rubbish at it - hopefully someday I will figure out the knack! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  67. Free motion quilting is my top challenge.

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  68. http://annalsofcreation.blogspot.com/2015/03/my-first-quilt.html
    I would love to this!! I find hand piecing difficult.
    Thanks for a chance to win. merryorganic@gmail.com

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  69. I only tried needle turn applique......once. Paper piecing is challenging but I love the look of it!

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  70. I follow with bloglovin, thanks for the giveaway!

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  71. I already follow you on bloglovin

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  72. I think needle turn appliqué is probably the worst! I've never learned to do it well and it stresses me out (and I usually think it looks bad)!

    I do follow, but by Feedly.

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  73. I am loving English paper piecing but it's so slow. I wonder if there's a faster method that I'm not clued in about. I looked up your your QALand it's intriguing me. However, I'm not always a lover of sampler quilts. Can you tell me more about the designs planned? I don't mean to be a snob but I won't stick with it unless I'm loving it.

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  74. I don't know why, but sewing along curves is difficult for me. I can't really keep the line straight!

    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  75. I agree with you on the hand turned applique. I have done one project and my circles look miserable. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  76. Hand sewing in general is a challenge- I have a limited amount of time to sew and I like to get as much done as possible!

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  77. Any hand sewing, because I'm not sure if I'm doing it right! Ksmith8@emich.edu

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  78. I find "Y" seams to be the most challenging. Not impossible, but it requires a little more attention to detail.

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  79. Hi Alida! What a fun prize, thank you so much for the chance! Hope you are well. I guess nothing is all that challenging but figuring out how to use some of those specialty rulers might be the hardest thing!
    LeeAnna and the email is leeannaquilts at gmail dot com

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  80. I have not spent much time sewing or quilting, so what many would consider "the basics" still give me trouble. Motivation can be one - that's motivation to clear off the table so I have a place to sew! And the other would be machine quilting. I have a small "starter" sewing machine with a very small opening, making it difficult to fit a quilt through as I quilt it up. Each time I think, this is it, I'm done, never again, but then I get to binding, and I love it all over again...

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  81. I'm pretty new, so almost everything is a challenge, at least at first, which makes it fun! But I have a heck of a time wrapping my brain around paper piecing...

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  82. And I'm a new follower on bloglovin!

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  83. I have very little experience with paper piecing . Thank you for the giveaway .
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  84. I follow you on bloglovin . Thank you .
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  85. I am template challenged. If I have to trace it before cutting it out and sewing it, I will probably either burst into tears or find something else to do.

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  86. Any type of hand applique is very difficult for me but I have done thing with my machine and had it turn out!

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  87. Definitely EPP. I started my first project, travelled to three classes in the capital, but it really is not my cuppa tea.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Tarnia.hodges at gmail dot com

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  88. I'm now folowing via email. Looking forward to hearing a bit more about your plans in 2017. Tarnia.hodges at gmail dot com

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  89. I find curved piecing very challenging.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  90. Paper Piecing scares me to death! Not sure why but Im scared to try it!!Thanks for the chance.

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  91. I'd say applique as well, but Y seams also give me great difficulty.

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  92. Needle turn appliqué defeats me every time so now I use the starch and freezer paper method.

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  93. There is a lot I find challenging - applique, Y seams, biased edges! Thanks for the chance to win

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  94. I haven't tried paper piecing, it scares me.

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  95. follow on bloglovin mjalto at gmail.com

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  96. Handwork! I struggle with the patience and care required.

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  97. I have a hard time sewing an even seam on a curve. I have to go painfully slow.

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  98. I am a new following on bloglovin. I am looking forward to learning more about your paper piecing.

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  99. Y seams are my nemesis. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  100. I just joined the quilt along! It sounds like a great way for me to grow and learn as a quilter.

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  101. Applique. Any kind of applique. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  102. Paper piecing is tricky for me to wrap my head around!!!

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  103. I find a lot of challenges in quilting, my biggest fear is free-motion stitching! I haven't tried paper piecing yet either, but just signed up to both of your blogs to hopefully learn something. Thank you for your giveaway and Merry Christmas!

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  104. half square triangles for me. They are always just a little off.

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  105. I'm a beginning quilter, so paper piecing is so intimidating to me!

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  106. paper piecing-- i get all turned around or at least the blocks do

    sharongalli@gmail.com

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  107. I'm not much good at anything, lol. I need to learn to be more precise in my cutting! :)

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  108. Definitely needle turn applique. I always get points on my curves. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  109. I've never sewn y-seams, but they sound dreadful! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  110. I also find needle turn applique challenging. I've done it, but have never been happy with the results.

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  111. I signed up for the quilt along using email address mary (@) furber (dot) com

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  112. I follow you via email powered by google (it says at the bottom!)

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  113. FOLLOW ON BLOG LOVIN'!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  114. HI,any curved machine stitching is a little more complicated for me. Thanks for a neat giveaway! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  115. Applique and free-motion quilting are quite challenging for me.
    Thanks for a chance to win!
    julia(dot)glotova(at)gmail(dot)com

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  116. I don't like needle turn applique, too fussy! I am too OCD about the stitches. jacklynnsteven@netzero.com

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  117. No matter how much I practice, I still can't get the hang of freemotion quilting. All of my quilts are straight stitched - which looks nice, too!

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  118. Now following through Bloglovin.

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  119. Both needle turn and paper piecing frustrate me. For needle turn I can't see well enough. For paper piecing I always choose the wrong size of fabric (that almost covers, but not quite) and I can't figure out a solution for that.

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  120. I find appliqué in general to be tricky x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  121. I follow via blog lovin
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  122. Buttons are a bit intimidating for me right now

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  123. Definitely FMQ on my home machine. I just can't seem to get the hang of it! (muchoxoxoblog at gmail dot com) :)

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  124. I find sewing with knits on a regular machine to be tricky :)
    Just in case: emmaka(at)computermail(dot)net

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  125. I hate zippers...
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    :)

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  126. Freemotion machine quilting is the most challenging for me I mostly echo quilt or hand quilt.
    sushikrazy@hotmail.com

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  127. I'd say needle applique. I like the bigger quilting projects. patty.morris.psm@gmail.com

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  128. Y seams are tricky so i tend to avoid them haha

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  129. I haven't tackled needle-turn applique yet. I think that right now, I find free motion quilting the most challenging.

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  130. I'm still struggling with sewing a straight line ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  131. Not sure you would call it a technique, but I still haven't mastered sewing with knits. I'm thinking a Serger might help!

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  132. I'm very low tech; I do most of my sewing by hand. So things like sewing curves accurately on the machine are challenging for me. I just need some practice. :)

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  133. Anything three dimensional kind of scares me. The patterns seem so complicated that I'm overwhelmed by them! Amandachristensens at gmail dot com

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  134. I'm still struggling with sewing tulle on my granddaughter's princess dresses!

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  135. I agree applique, but any kind for me. Somehow it still alludes me, but intrigues me too. jarvenpa1ne at gmail dot com

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  136. Oh I have no idea. I just follow youtube videos quite honestly lol

    lcintocable at gmail dot com

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  137. I think cutting and sewing curves. and boxing corners the line way.

    seramiabelle(at)gmail(dot)com

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  138. Curved piecing is my biggest challenge!
    rbacklund at centurylink dot net

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  139. I am a follower on Bloglovin.
    rbacklund at centurylink dot net

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  140. I am scared of paper pieced patterns even though I have books and patterns. It is just something that my brain struggles with.

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  141. I have a hard time making a nice backing if it is bigger than 42", sewing those big chunks together is difficult for me. I signed up for your QAL, I'm intrigued. Karenlambdin@att.net

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  142. I think I still struggle with getting a good 1/4" seam and sometimes that can make or break a project

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  143. Needle turned appliqué
    Ohioholman@aol.com

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  144. I signed up for the QAL
    Ohioholman@aol.com

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  145. Pretty much anything hand sewn, I'm struggling with Y seams too but I haven't really tired too hard to do it well!

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  146. The most challenging quilting technique for me is applique. I have tried but I am nowhere good at this method. I need help! Thank you for being a part of the SMS Giveaway and YES I did sign up for the Growing Up QAL. Sound fun and can't wait to begin this. Wishing you Happy Holidays.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  147. I just can't get my points to match.. so I'd say|I need to fine tune my cutting.

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  148. Curves are pretty tricky to get accurate when using a machine for me. nicolajobson (at) gmail (dot) com

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  149. I follow you by email! =)
    The most challenging quilting technique for me is easy- straight lines!!! haha

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  150. I like making dolls, but hate turning the little limbs inside out, grrr... grecomara at gmail dot com

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  151. I think for me its seam ripping I am almost an expert!

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  152. FMQ is the most challenging for me.

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  153. I follow with bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  154. Alida, It's really fun browsing all your paper pieceing patterns. Hang on Sloopy (SnoopY. Challenging for me is getting my corners nice and square and boxy in my purses, bags etc. I have to put down my scissors otherwise I might trim away too much and cut a hole. Thank you for sharing in SMS day.

    schimmel(dot)db(at)gmail(dot)com

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  155. Following you on Bloglovin.

    schimmel(dot)db(at)gmail(dot)com

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  156. Sewing curves is something I struggle with. I need to improve this skill.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  157. Follow you on bloglovin: Nicole Sender.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  158. follow you on bloglovin: Nicole Sender
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  159. Yes - definitely needle turn for me too. I'm not great at hand sewing in general!

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  160. Paper piecing is what challenges me the most.

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  161. Have never tried needle turn applique..or Y-seams...am a chicken..definitely looks hard to do! :/
    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :)

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  162. My hardest is machine quilting. sarah@forrussia.org

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  163. Y seams are the bane of my existence! I avoid at all costs! I finally gave in and tried them again a couple months ago for a Westering Women BOM block but nope, still despise them! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  164. Hm. Hardest I've tried - triangles and needle turn applique. Techniques I'm still too intimidated to try - Y seams, curves, paper piecing. I'll try them in time. Triangles are a step beyond squares!

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  165. I would have to say machine quilting.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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  166. I agree with you on the applique. I don't mind the speed but I can never get my curves smooth or my points pointy. Plus, I'm always worried that my clipped curves and whatnot will end up fraying. Thank you for hosting a great BOM!

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  167. The most challenging thing for me is applique, though I adore it! One of these days!!

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  168. Keeping my sewing area tidy so that I can find my machine is the thing I find most challenging about quilting. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  169. I am already following you by Bloglovin. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  170. Free motion quilting give me the most trouble. Whenever I try to move beyond straight lines, it simply becomes a mess! :(

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  171. Paper piecing is the tricky one for me!

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