Saturday, March 16, 2024

Villa Rosa Designs Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the hop! I am Sandra of mmmquilts, which came about from the original name of my blog which I started in 2013, Musings of a Menopausal Melon. It was started when I quit teaching because my husband took early retirement, and I was certainly not going to work if he wasn't. Along with that major decision we made a major move across Canada, and the blog (I love to write) became my way of keeping in touch with family and friends afar as I mused about our new direction in life, life in general, and quilting, which led to a whole new journey in and of itself! When quilting became the predominant subject of the blog, I shortened the name to mmmquilts, all one word, lower case. I also design patterns, which have appeared in several publications, and you can also find them in my Etsy shop, SandraJaneQuilts. On April 3, my eighth annual Quilt Along begins, running through June 15 at a nice relaxed pace. This year it is once again free to participants, with some great prizes to be won.

I was thrilled to be invited to participate for the second year of this hop which showcases five fast and fun quilts to make. The one I chose came together from start to finish within a few hours!

Rufus, my quilt model

This design is named Gypsy Rose, but I’ve named my quilt Around the Block for a couple of reasons. Read on for that explanation, as well as to enter for your chance to win some truly fantastic prizes, many of which are open to quilters around the globe this year.



Villa Rosa Designs, or VRD as they are commonly known, is, in Tricia’s words, (she is our wonderful blog hop host and author of the VRD blog) “The brainchild of owner and Rose Queen, Pat Fryer. Pat wanted to create fast and fun, affordable, and high-quality patterns for quilters featuring pre-cuts.… Rose Cards, VRD’s signature postcard-sized patterns, combine great design with simple packaging and an attractive price, making Rose Cards one of the best selling pattern brands on the market today.” Tricia let us quilt-bloggers know that Pat is affectionately known as the Rose Queen because she absolutely adores roses, which led to naming her new business venture in 2010. For many years, her patterns were named for roses, which is why they are known as Rose Cards. In fact, if you look at a rose card pattern, you will see a rose in the top right corner of the cover. That is the specific rose for which the pattern is named. Cool right? However, to be clear and transparent, Pat advised us that she now realizes, 14 years after designing this pattern, the term gypsy is considered a racial slur and so she will be renaming it. I think it is so important to be constantly educating ourselves so as to be respectful of all humans. 

Here are this year's five featured patterns:



You can purchase these five patterns for just US$8.95 here. There are also lots of chances to win the set as well, one on each of the 26, I believe, bloggers, as well as at VRD's blog itself, and on a few quilt business sites!

Last year I made 'The Art of Riding Thermals' which was a spin on Tricia’s Snow Goose runner design. 


 
This year I chose to stay with the original design and size, a baby quilt. This design makes great use of just half of a layer cake, 20 squares. I have a few, not many, but a few layer cakes sitting around so I took a look. I’ve made three quilts with Amanda Jean’s Good Neighbors line, and had eighteen 10” squares in my layer cakes stack. Into the leftover stash I went. Did I have any other pieces? Yup! I found a few more fat quarter and less sized chunks so I knew I could do this quilt in these happy fabrics. Better yet, I’d use them up which has been my mission now regarding my stash for the past few years. It went so fast I don't have a lot of progress photos!

In a little over one hour I had the fabrics pressed, cut, and on the design wall.


Sewing them together took about an hour. Since I was determined to use up as much of the line as possible, I built the backing with a couple of fat, quarters and extra chunks, one of which is from a friend’s baby quilt I made several years ago. The colours and amount I had left worked perfectly.


It is no secret that I love Hobbs Batting. I had two chunks of their Tuscany Collection cotton/wool left over that were the perfect size to 'Frankenbatt'. May I just say how much I love this blend? Soft, drapes well, warmth, ahhh. A large flowing meander on Avril, my longarm, using Essential cotton in lime green had the quilt quilted in half an hour from loading to finished. 


When I was looking for extra pieces in my stash, I had found just enough of the grey stripe in the line that I knew I’d use for binding. And let me just say that it was just enough: I had to join the final ends with a straight rather than a mitred seam!


Here it is being blocked on the design wall:

So where did my Around the Block name come from? If you look carefully, the centre block is a four-patch, two green and two grey blocks. The rectangles go around that block. The other meaning to the name comes from the fabric line name, Good Neighbors. Good neighbours make for a happy block, and I am blessed to have many on mine IRL.

And here is the back. I remembered my satin label😊


This quilt will be one of my Hands2Help quilts. If you aren’t familiar with this long-running comfort quilt drive in May, hop over to Sarah’s blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict for details.


Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Gypsy Rose by Villa Rosa Designs
Size: 36”x 45"
Fabric: scraps and stash
Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Collection Cotton Wool Blend 80/20
Backing: Stash and scraps
Quilted: on Avril 22 869 stitches
Threads: pieced on my Bernina with Isacord polyester; quilted with Essential cotton #21162 Lime

Now for prizes!

They are substantial!
Using the Random Number Generator, I will be drawing three names to go into the Grand Prize drawing. There are four grand prizes: an EQ8 download, a Kaffe Fassett Precut Selection, a $100 virtual gift card to Hancock's of Paducah, and a BIG box of mystery quilt goodies.

And I will be drawing three more names for entry into draws for individual prizes. These consist of precuts, patterns, books, notions, and more. Loads of opportunities to win, as you can see.

Lastly I will be drawing one name who will win the set of five fast and fun Rose Cards. 

I also am going to choose one winner from comments below who will get a SandraJaneQuilts pattern of their choice. Don’t worry; if you win my pattern prize you could still have been one of the other names drawn as I will draw from the total of commenters. 

How do you enter for all these prizes?
Leave a comment telling me your favourite spring thing—sight, smell, sound, activity…

*If you are a no-reply or Anonymous, please include your email writing ‘at’ for @ and ‘dot’ for within your comment. I will have to pick someone else if I have no email. Be sure to answer the question because if you don't I will choose someone who did! 😇 
Extra comments and duplicates will be deleted. 

Well I guess I should tell you my favourite spring thing, shouldn’t I?! I cannot choose just one so here are just a few several: lighter mornings, brilliant bird songs, seeing my first robin, the smell of rich wet earth and damp grass, snowdrops, softer air, buds, flower shoots, …. Okay I will stop there!



Here is the list of all participating bloggers and websites. Be sure to visit and comment on all the posts to increase your chances of winning one of the many prizes. Prize registration closes March 23 on all blogs.

Friday, March 15
1. Kathleen McCormick -- https://kathleenmcmusing.com/
2. Cheree H -- http://livelylatte.blogspot.com/
3. Roseanne Nelson -- https://www.homesewnbyus.com
4. Wendy Tuma -- https://www.piecefulthoughts.com/
5. C&T (Valerie) -- https://www.ctpub.com/blog/

Saturday March 16
1. Bernie Kringle -- https://needleandfoot.com/
2. Sandra Walker -- https://www.mmmquilts.com/
3. Linda -- https://www.texasquiltgal.com/
4. Debbie Huber – http://time4stitchn.blogspot.com/
5. SIY (Branyn/Jennifer) – https://siysewityourself.com/

Sunday, March 17
1. Carolyn -- https://quarterinchcapers.blogspot.com/
2. Emily (Norton House) -- https://www.nortonhousequilting.com/blogs/news
3. Gail Sheppard -- https://quiltinggail.com/
4. Susan Slaton -- http://wazoonewsbits.blogspot.com/

Monday, March 18
1. Nann Hilyard -- https://withstringsattached.blogspot.com/
2. Jaftex (Jennifer) -- https://scottfortunoff.com/
3. Jan Altomare -- https://www.cocoaquilts.com/
4. Tricia – http://quiltwithaview.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 21
villarosaquilts.com


The prizewinners have been notified and will be posted here once they respond to my email! Thank you to all those who left such kind and thoughtful comments. I read every one!



176 comments:

  1. My favorite spring thing is rain showers and green life. With that glory comes pollen and in Georgia we get pollen bad- yellow everywhere.
    Love Gypsy for the way you can decide a theme, go scrappy or grab a fat quarter bundle.
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  2. Sandra, I love the colors in your quilt! Even better that you’re using up your stash. I’m on the same mission. The name of your quilt is so clever; good neighbors are a blessing! Spring is in the air in Minnesota. I love watching the bird migrations every spring. The flocks of robins arrived about a week ago. Soon the orioles and grosbeaks will be here. Once we get some rain, the grass will turn green and the leaves will pop. Joyfully Tracie at G mail

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  3. I have not made the Gypsy pattern yet, but after seeing yours I am going to grab the brightest spring colors!,My favorite spring thing is planting our garden. The blueberries are starting to bloom and smells from all the trees and flowers are amazing. We do a lot of outdoor activities here in Georgia, my favorite is walking at our beautiful park.

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  5. Very nice! kshieldsquilter@zoominternet.net

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  6. Sandra your Gypsy quilt is beautiful! It's fun to see the variations on that pattern. It's a little addictive, I've already started another one - lol! Your fabrics are so pretty, and that is beautiful quilting!

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  7. Your quilt is lovely.

    My favorite Spring things are daffodils and hyacinths. Once they start showing up I know Spring will be coming soon.

    Sherry V. oohaysistun at yahoo dot com

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  8. I love the Gypsy pattern too! My favorite spring thing is being able to plant new potted flowers. We're full time RVers so some flowers are really pretty in our campsite!

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  9. Living in Michigan, I love to see the buds on the trees, Robins returning, the flowers poking their heads out of the ground. Maymewyns@yahoo.com

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  10. You can't beat the smell of fresh mown grass unless you're lucky enough to smell fresh mown hay. I also don't mind the natural fertilizer being spread in the spring. I grew up in farm country and am lucky to live in farm country now. Life is good. Thanks for sharing your vision with us.

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  11. Wow! I am loving and am inspired by this blog hop and the patterns. I look forward to spring and love the smell of lilacs that last almost until the summer solstice wher I live. Jan (dot) snell (at) gmail.com

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  12. I love getting out in the fresh air in the spring. So good to be walking outside after a long hard winter. I really like your baby version of the Gypsy pattern!

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  13. Your Gypsy Rose looks cheerful and spring-y, Sandra!!! And that striped binding you were able to eek out is the perfect ending!!!

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  14. I love seeing my miniature Iris blooming. They came from my mothers flower garden and she got them from her mothers garden. Makes me think of both of them when I see those pretty little deep purple flowers.

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  15. Spring is like a new fresh beginning. Snow melting, grass getting green, plants and flowers popping up. Kate Call kcall1146@gmail.com

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  16. My favorite spring thing is the daffodils blooming đŸ„° love the gypsy pattern! Tobyyellowatyahoodotcom

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  17. Beautiful quilt! My favorite spring thing is all the little plants that start to pop up and bloom everywhere. Skynme2@hotmail.com

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  18. I think I love the daytime sounds of returning bird songs and the night sounds of the peepers the best.

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  19. Favorite part of spring is winter is over!

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  20. What a colorful Gypsy quilt. I love this pattern myself. They also make good lap quilts for health care facilities.

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  21. My favorite thing about spring is listening to the peep frogs in the evening.

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  22. I love your quilt and the story about it! I love walking in my yard and checking all the perennials to see them coming up. It’s a very early spring and not much snow this winter where I live. tizzy5552@yahoo.com

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  24. My favorite thing of spring is daffodils. I love daffodils!! They fill me with hope and joy! l_opdahl@hotmail.com

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  25. What a great group of colors - the quilt looks like spring! My favorite thing is when the new leaves start to show on the trees --- my favorite shade of green!

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  26. My favorite spring activity is seeing flowering bulbs emerge- daffodils, crocus, blue hyacinths. I rescued some from the family homestead and always think about my mother when they bloom.
    I loved your Around the Block quilt!
    Jm.znk789atgmaildotcom

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  27. My favorite thing about spring is the green

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  28. I love sitting on the porch swing looking at my freshly mowed yard and the sweet smell of cut grass. Smithcindyk@gmail.com

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  29. I like many things about spring. Where I live when we see our pair of swans around we know it is truly spring. They have been back for 3 weeks now! Way earlier than normal. We all look forward to seeing them. I have been busy quilting and putting binding on. I sat outside with a table runner yesterday and sewed down the binding. A robin was sitting nearby. Love your blog.

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  30. Oh Spring! Love this season. A time of renewal and rebirth. Encourages me to try something new whether it be sewing, gardening, or organizing.

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  31. I love it when the peeper come out and make the wonderful sounds, and the smell after a spring rain. It was strange this year because I saw a Robin so early and now to clean up the yard and get ready to plant the garden.

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  32. My Spring thing is watching for the first "greens" to emerge in the grass & gardens. I live in northern Wisconsin where normally the ice & snow on my flower gardens doesn't all melt until mid May! Yesterday I saw the first pale lavender crocus bloom! What a Spring treat! (iambuzzysma@yahoo.com)

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  33. My favourite spring thing has to be the return of the birds, particularly (and don't think I'm weird) the vultures. We live beside a river and every spring and fall there's a massive flock of vultures that congregate here before moving on. It's poetry in motion to watch them floating on the air currents above the river. (marmic1954@hotmail.com)

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  34. My favorite spring thing is warmer temperatures...I live in Michigan! LOL

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  35. My favorite spring “thing” is all the flowers and trees that are springing :) into bloom and brightening up the landscape.

    Your Gypsy is wonderful; looking forward to making it as a quilt guild donation quilt for area kids.

    memorton@gmail.com

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  36. Sandra, your version of Gypsy Rose is wonderful! And I like the VRD quilt you made last year. Spring wildflowers are my favorite spring thing. Oh, and redbud trees (which are farther south than where we live)--clouds of pink in the forest.

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  37. My favorite thing about spring is daffodils! Love the Good Neighbors fabric line, your quilt, and particularly your renaming. quilting at storiesfromthesewingroom dot com

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  38. What a great quilt for H2H - I love those bright, cheery colors! My favorite spring thing - opening the windows and patio door, and watching Wilbs trot over to sniff the fresh air.

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  39. I love seeing the first signs of Spring, pussywillow blooming, crocus, robin, cardinal, groundhog. They all mean spring is here. 24Tangent (at) gmail (dot) com

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  40. Love your quilt - Around the Block! It is fun that you had the leftovers that worked and some extras in the stash - serendipty! OK....my favorite spring things: sea smoke & fog, spring flowers budding and increasing birdsong. I could go on..

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  41. Hi! What a beautiful rendition of the Gypsy Rose pattern! I'm new to commenting. My favorite things about spring are of course, seeing all of the flowers and trees bloom is just simply beautiful and amazing to me. Hearing and seeing all of the beautiful birds, is another favorite. My email is jason_burnside @ hotmail .com

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  42. I love the VRDs and yours is simple and fun!! My favorite things about spring are my yard with thousands of daffodils that I have planted over 34 years, riding my bicycle on the many trails near my home, and hearing and watching the birds as they find mates and build nests!! Happy National Quilting Day everyonw.

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  43. The first daffodil bloom is my favorite sign that spring is truly on it's way! This blog hop is going to be so fun and inspirational! Thanks for the chances to win!

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  44. Love your quilt. I love spring when driving or walking and seeing the new at first little green shoots on the trees and the goodness and promise of things ahead.
    jsyoungsurgeryatgmaildotcom

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  45. My favorite spring thing is seeing the flowers start to bloom. Love your quilt! Tacdahatgmaildotcom

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  46. My daffodils just bloomed yesterday so I know spring is here! I love the pieced backings. I haven't attempted them yet but am encouraged to try.
    Ebowardatyahoodotcom

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  47. Love the Gypsy pattern and your fabrics!

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  48. Sandra. Love your blog and your commitment to a better world. Visiting in Arizona, it is very exciting to see the magnificent colours of the flowering cacti.
    joanneemburyatgmail.com
    joanneembury@gmail.com

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  49. My favorite Spring site is all the wild flowers in bloom. Thanks for sharing your quilt.

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  50. It is time to start making quilts for Hands2Help. I have plenty of fabric available. Thanks for the idea with this quilt. It's in my basket to purchase.

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  51. I love the bright colors in your quilt. My favorite spring thing is going out to my flower beds and seeing the spring bulbs breaking through the soil and their lovely colors when they bloom.

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  52. I Love Spring, even the mud& rain….. brings the beautiful flowers out and Sunshine makes everything better!!! Kim Straughn kimstraughn407@yahoo.com

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  53. This is a great pattern. I like that you used scraps and stash. It is fast to make. What I like most about spring is the return of sunshine, foliage, and flowers.
    gmarceline333atgmaildotcom

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  54. Ah, favorite smell of spring is freshly mowed grass & hyacinths, of course!
    dvcarousel4@gmail.com

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  55. Hi Sandra! Oh, Rufus. You're such a great quilt model. Around the Block is so colorful and happy-looking. It's just meant to be when a project comes together so nicely, I think. Your name is quite fitting and we are also blessed to have wonderful neighbors. And Spring is here! Our daffodils are almost open, the birdies are chirping, and even our grass is starting to turn nice and green. Very odd being in Wisconsin in mid-March but we'll take. Enjoy your weekend, my friend. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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  56. Love the quilt as well as your model.

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  57. Things I like most about spring are: more daylight, seeing the first robin, the wonderful sounds of the birds, seeing the tulips and daffodills starting to come up, baseball...!! I love your quilt ! IronLftr10@yahoo.com

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  58. Another fabulous quilt, Sandra. I love the new name and I'm so glad to hear this was a fast and easy quilt. I do love the VR patterns. So economical and so easy. Spring favorite is the green tips of bulbs coming up with the promise of longer days.

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  59. I love all the spring flowers, crocus, daffodils, iris, tulip, etc.

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  60. My first favourite thing are the longer days! Then add in the "hope and promise" that spring brings of things that will grow, flowers that will flower, warm breezes, warm spring rains, farm crops that will flourish, birds twittering, trees coming into leaf ... and ... and ... and !!!
    Love your quilt and what a perfect name for it. You have me intrigued at the concept and the possibilities it could create. Sure, I need another idea? or is that a distraction? :) Happy Spring everyone!!

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  61. VRD cards offer quick, adaptable patterns. My stack is growing as is my 'someday' list. Favourite spring thing - flowers, especially daffodils and tulips. quiltcarver at yahoo dot com

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  62. Sandra, your Around the Block aka Gypsy quilt is perfect with the colors and fabric choices! It will be treasured by a little one! I've been there with holding my breath on binding and lucky you for having juuust enough! Spring holds lots of favorites for me too and the one I look forward to the most is opening the windows to let the fresh air in!

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  63. Love your quilt! My favorite spring thing is to spot the crocus blooming in my yard, sometimes pushing through a layer of snow. pmrj333 at gmail dot com

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  64. Quilt looks great in those colors and quilting is perfect too.

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  65. I love the looks of your quilt, always a bonus when it goes together fast!! My favorite thing about Spring is going for a walk. Winter walks are ok because you get fresh air but there is just something wonderful about smelling the Spring air, warm sun and bright blue sky that is just so refreshing for me! =)
    Kathy C - kdcamp4attelusdotnet

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  66. In early spring I cut branches from my forsythia bush to force in the house. It gives me bright yellow flowers in just a few days.

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  67. Your Gypsy Rose looks great! I LOVE the striped binding! It's perfect!

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  68. Your quilt is so sweet! I love daffodils in the spring. I think they are my favorite spring flower and am always tickled to see them bloom, especially in large quantities in some places each year. Thanks for sharing! nancydotsumneratcomcastdotnet

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  69. I love your version of this pattern, Sandra, especially in the Good Neighbors prints. I made a quilt out of that line, too, and it's always been a favorite. My favorite Spring sight is any blooming thing! Waiting to see the daffodils and tulips around here now.

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  70. I love your version of the Gypsy pattern. It inspires me to use some of my huge stash and make one also. Here in Georgia I love all the flowering pears and plums and the red buds. The dogwoods haven't bloomed yet. Thanks so much for doing this blog hop It is so much fun.

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  71. Sorry, the above comment went out as anonymous but I didn't mean for it to. I hope that will still include me but just in case I love your quilt and I love the flowering trees here in Georgia that are in full bloom.

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  72. My favorite spring this is feeling the sunshine on my face. It is always a joy!! Love you quilt for Hands 2 Help. I may need to put a quick one together for this year also.

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  73. Sight of so many blooming trees. deemoo@sbcglobal.net

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  74. I know Spring is here when I see the daffodils everywhere - so bright and shiny even when poking through the snow.

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  75. I do love the Gypsy pattern and your version is so sweet! The fabrics are great for it! What I love most about Spring - seeing the wildflowers starting to bloom, the clean smell after the Spring rains, Starting my seeds indoors and watching them come to life! More Sunshine! Thank you for sharing and being part of this fun blog hop! butler83ataoldotcom

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  76. Honestly, I don't like spring. My allergies hit and it's away we go. I love that other people enjoy spring, even if I don't. I can get enjoyment, just from other people.

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  77. I am a new follower and LOVE the bright colors you chose for the pattern. I enjoy making bright happy quilts and the VRD patterns are perfect!

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  78. I really like that Gypsy Rose pattern! As for spring, my favorite thing is when the wisteria starts to bloom and smells so good!! And, well, it's purple, so there's that! LOL

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  79. I love spring, the lake is open, the crocus are blooming and the robins are hopping. Life is good. The Gypsy quilt looks lsike a great one to do!

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  80. Great blog - love this pattern for quick and easy baby quilts. My favourite thing about spring is the first sights of new growth - the green popping up in the gardens or the buds on the trees - new life and new possibilities!

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  81. My favorite spring thing is watching the bright yellow daffodils come to life, the sweet scent of honeysuckle in the gentle spring breeze, the soft sprinkling of raindrops, the warm sunshine on my face...

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  82. Love when the flowers and trees bloom in the spring.

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  83. I love the wildflowers here in Texas!

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  84. Spring bulbs, baby lambs in the farm paddocks, and the promise of some beautiful warm weather. Plus putting the winter woolies away.

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  85. Today my favorite spring thing is sunshine. I live in Western Washington, and today is a bright, sunny one following a week of mostly cloudy days. Your quilt is fun; I just bought that rose card this week! Thank you for sharing. My email is shawkers@msn.com.

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  86. Around the Block turned out very cheerful. my favorite part of springtime are the flowering bulbs and trees

    conniet523@yagoo.com

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  87. I am so excited to have a whole list of new bloggers to check out. My favorite spring thing is the sighting of my first robin. I also love the longer days and lighter coats.
    Blpcruzn at comcast dot net

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  88. My favorite part of spring is the blooming of flowers.
    mango968@earthlink.net

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  89. Mindy mtwolfeden@gmail.comMarch 16, 2024 at 5:25 PM

    I love spring flowers and the return of all the birds

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  90. Mrssummy at gmail dot com.
    Spring gets me excited for growing plants and checking the perennials and being happy when noticing they survived winter.
    Really like your Gypsy Rose quilt, Around the Block!! Villa Rosa patterns are great!!

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  91. I love not having to shovel any more snow and seeing the green haze of buds bursting on the trees.

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  92. My favorite thing about spring is tulips! I have some blooming already. AND, I love baby animals, especially kittens..........none yet this spring though! bentleydotchristiatgmaildotcom

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  93. Great job on the quilt. what a fun blog hop - I love the flowers in Springtime.....cmberry@lsu.edu

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  94. I love the Tulip trees in bloom. This is usually the first flowering tree I see in the spring and they are so beautiful! Email. Droseman58atyahoodotcom

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  95. My favorite spring thing is the blooming of new flowers and trees. After a gloomy winter, the beautiful colors are so amazing!!

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  96. I love your quilt. I haven’t used this pattern yet though I have it.
    My favorite spring sight are the monarch butterflies that start to appear. I have planted milkweed to encourage them to make return visits.
    kathy_cocker@yahoo.com

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  97. I know it's spring when that first purple crocus pops its head out in my garden. Then the ones that populate my yard join in.

    mlminnis@windstream.net

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  98. My favorite thing about spring is the warm sunshine and the spring flowers! eddiesong@hotmail.com

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  99. Spring is such a wonderful time but what I enjoy the most is the neighborhood children laughing and playing outside.

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  100. I especially enjoy hearing the birds return in the spring--and of course all the spring flowers and the beautiful wild plum bush that blooms beside our house and smells so wonderful!! barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  101. Your quilt is adorable and I love making quilts for charity!! Thanks for sharing, Villa Rosa patterns are wonderful! Spring brings buds on trees and flowers popping out of the ground. odiane79 at yahoo dot com

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  102. llkunkel@hotmail.comMarch 16, 2024 at 7:54 PM

    That is a happy baby quilt. I love that it comes together so quickly.

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  103. My favorite Spring sight is daffodils and cherry tree blossoms. I really like your fabric choices and this would be a great charity quilt pattern for my quilt guild. it is fast and we can incorporate i-spy material. Thank you for sharing!

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  104. This one is my favorite of the new patterns and your quilt is lovely. My favorite hing about spring is the flowers starting to bloom. Seeing new pops of colors in the neighborhood while walking my pup just makes me smile.
    Debf1243@aol.com

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  105. I love seeing the buds appear on our peach tree. Seeing the daffodils blooming in the garden is such a pretty sight. - quiltingminnie@gmail

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  106. My favorites for Spring include the little pops of crocuses, the birds with their happy sounds, spring green color, people outside in their gardens. One of my favorite seasons!

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  107. Love your quilt, Sandra! It will certainly brighten someone's day. Hmmm....my favorite early warning in spring is when the peepers (tree frogs) start to peep! It's like a lullabye to me.

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  108. Your colorful quilt is delightful, and so is your quilt model! My favorite thing thing about spring is warmer weather and longer dog walks!

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  109. Love the colors you used for this quilt. They really pop!

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  110. Oh my favorite thing about spring is my mama Robin that returns every year! She has a nest on my porch light and I love watching her babies hatch and grow!
    Mrspcballard(at)gmaildotcom

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  111. Love to see the daffodils every year. manninglm54 at gmail.com

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  112. Your quilt is so pretty. I love looking out the window and seeing the grass turning green and the Iris coming up. paweis@yahoo.com

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  113. Right now my favorite thing is watching the desert come alive with blooms in pink, purple, yellow and white! knitbug at charter dot net.

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  114. My favorite “spring things” are the flowers! I love the beautiful colors and the fresh smells - especially hyacinths. My dog is named Lily, one of my favorites! Ljoy111 at comcast dot net

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  115. I love seeing the flowers pushing their way up through the ground in the spring.

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  116. I'm looking forward to the lovely lilacs and crab apples--love the sight and smell of these!

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  117. My favorite spring thing is the flowers. From January on, I have flowers blooming in my front yard and I love it

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  118. My favorite thing about spring is the return of the Sandhill cranes to Midwest nebraska. The sounds they make, the dances and just seeing them sitting in all the fields. Just amazing. Jillne1@hotmail.com

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  119. i can't pick just one thing, but the best is the smell, especially after that gentle spring rain, flowers of spring and watching the leaves on the trees come out and change from spring into summer. thank you for the giveaway! s5821140atgmaildotcom

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  120. My favorites are flowers poking thru and song birds

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  121. My favorite spring thing is seeing the daffodils come up!

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  122. Wow. Great prizes. I love Villa Rose patterns. They are such fun and I love your quilt. Great selection of colours for the pattern style. My Favourite spring thing is seeing the first prairie crocus peeking out through a snowbank. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  123. A very fun finish. Even better you used up some odds and ends in the stash. I love spring flowers, which reminds to get out with my camera before they are all gone.

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  124. Thank you for participating in the blog hop.

    A few of my favorite spring things are....flowers blooming, bird song and being able to get outside.

    sdblosser@yahoo.com

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  125. My favorite spring thing is the show Texas Bluebonnets are making now!

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  126. My favorite spring things are the ocean coming alive with whales returning, sea lions gathering, herring laying roe, eagles talking to each other, and kingfishers on the dock. I like how quickly this pattern can come together. Thank you, nbodathotmaildotcom

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  127. My favorite Spring thing are the daffodils!

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  128. My favorite things about spring are the colors. All those different shades of green and all the different flower colors. So pretty.

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  129. hi sandra, my favorite thing about spring is seeing the ducks come back to live on the pond behind my house. i enjoy watching their antics. i love the quilt you made for the hop. thanks for the opportunity to win a prize. patti in florida pleal at cfl.rr.com

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  130. Ah, spring! Opening the windows and hearing the birds and animals outside is the best! basaran (dot) family (at) rogers (dot) com

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  131. I love looking to see if my floors are up and just loving my crocus flowers... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  132. My favorite spring activity is going to take pictures at Blithewold in Bristol, RI. The grounds are covered with every variety of daffodil imaginable. It's truly a sea of yellow, white, orange, cream, green......

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  133. My favorite spring thing is getting the garden ready and the tomatoes planted. There is so much to love about spring - going without a coat, the fresh breeze, seeing the flowers coming up from the winter soil but. . . getting ready for the fall harvest is the best. kathrie@yahoo.com

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  134. This is the pattern I would choose! My best spring event is when the goldfinches suddenly start turning yellow! So colorful and so much prettier than their winter olive.

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  135. My favorite signs of spring are the bright flowers like daffodils, crocus, and hyacinths, and the fresh green colors of the new leaves on the trees.
    Pat

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  136. I love walking around the park feeling cool breeze and warm sun. whatamama2002@yahoo.com

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  137. My favorite spring things are the daffodils. They are so sunny and cheery!

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  138. I love spring crocuses and listening to the birds singing. It is so renewing to see the leaves bud in the trees and when the cherry trees bloom.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  139. My favorite sight and smell are the grape hyacinths! Love them.
    elaine530atcenturylinkdotnet

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  140. Who doesn't love a quick quilt pattern when making a donation quilt? Good thinking using the Blog Hop to make on of your quilts for Hands2Help, Sandra!!

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  141. Here in Texas we look for the bluebonnets to bloom. That is my favorite spring happening.
    I've made 3 versions of a Villa Rosa design called Cathedral. I love the designs being on a single card and stunning designs that are quick and simple to stitch up. I like the colors in your quilt.

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  142. Great way to use up odds and ends. I love the first time out in the garden getting ready for another season. So many possibilities!
    sand5858@hotmail.com

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  143. I love seeing the first sign of daffodils emerging

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  144. What a great pattern - I seldom make a quilt that sews up in an afternoon but what a tempting thought! Spring is a funny season for us as it's the start of calving and ultra-busy-ness! As well as the blossom and blooms, a favourite sight for me in spring are the first happy, healthy, and fluffy calves :-)

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  145. My favorite spring time flower is the daffodil. Such a vibrant yellow against the brown earth.

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  146. My favorite thing about spring is those first few little blooms you see, but running a close second is the sound of the birds singing. I read your blog often, but seldom comment. I should apologize for that. ckrutjo at g mail dot com

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  147. To me nothing says spring more than snowdrops :)
    c.j.m.71email (at) gmail (dot) com

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  148. As a native Texan, my favorite spring thing is the bluebonnets in bloom!!!

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  149. I enjoy walking and the sights of Yellow Jessamine growing wild, along with the wild wisteria, and dogwoods. Thanks!

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  150. I absolutely love the renewal of life that is so evident in spring - the plants coming back up, the spring blooms, the trees budding out and the baby farm animals!

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  151. I love your quilt. Glad to see your Blog on the Blog Hop!

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  152. Sweet quilt! Fave spring thing....getting outside into the garden on the first warm day!

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  153. Wow that was cutting it close on the binding fabric! LOL. Great quilt! My favorite spring thing would have to be getting back out into the garden!

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  154. Hi! I'm pretty sure I've already commented, but I might have left off my email. I adored your version of Gypsy. That was a great color choice. The Ebb Tide quilt was wonderful as well. Thanks for considering me for this contest!
    Jason_burnside@hotmail.com

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  155. My favorite spring thing is the blossoming trees. Especially the plum tree by our gate. Our beloved dog really loved that tree--we moved up to the Pacific Northwest from a place where there were no blooming trees and she seemed to be enchanted by it, snuffling around, hanging out under it, so happy there. It's been almost 18 years since she died, and every time I see that tree blossom again, I think of her and I am deeply happy. We call it "Dusty's tree". etalmage@earthlink.net

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  156. My favorite sign of spring is the daffodils, so cheery. Your quilt is beautiful! I bet I still have some pieces from that line of fabrics.

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  157. My favorite spring thing...that's kind of hard because spring has never been my favorite season, I'm an autumnal sort of person. But, I've noticed as I've gotten older that I appreciate the warmth that comes after being cold every day for months! I also like planting my garden and sprucing up the rose bushes that have been hibernating. If spring lasted more than a couple weeks I'd probably like it better but summer will intrude early and then we'll be assaulted by heat and humidity. Yuck.

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  158. Your quilt is lovely and I like the name for it. My favorite spring thing is daffodils.

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  159. Spring time is a wonderful time to look for birds! My husband and I love going out on kayaks or walking and finding beautiful birds to photograph. There are so many interesting ones in the spring.

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  160. My favorite spring things are watching the birds come out to my bird feeders, all the spring flowers coming up, warmer weather, longer days. This is just a few.

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  161. I have Gypsy out on my table right now with repro 60’s fabric to make it—can’t wait to see how it turns out! Sue/missmaggie54@yahoo.com

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  162. Your quilt is wonderful for Hands2Help. I can see this pattern as a good one to use stash

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  163. Great quilt for Hands 2Help. Sue at sad.lerch.family

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  164. I love spring! The weather is awesome and the colorful flowers are great. My favorite thing about spring is the smell of lilac blossoms! I've very allergic,. Since I can't resist smelling the blossoms up close, maybe it's a good thing we now live in the desert southwest. Thanks for participating the blog hop. jpbnaldenatgmaildotcom

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  165. We live for n California’s Central Valley and the almond blossoms are gorgeous! readerreet@aol.com

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  166. My favorite thing of spring besides the flowers is the increase in bird song. I love sitting outside and listening to all of the birds. edgarkevin@sbcglobal.net

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  167. My favorite thing is when my mom puts in her garden. It definitely signals better weather ahead. :) emilylfreese at gmail dot com

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  168. Gypsy looks like a fun and fast design and I truly love the fabrics and colors you selected.

    My favorite thing about Spring is the flowers and Daffodils are my absolute favorite for Spring.

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  169. My favorite thing about spring is opening the window at night and hearing the peepers! I smell the fresh air and smile knowing that winter is ending. You have a great blog. my email address is gaynelquilts@gmail.com

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  170. Gypsy has been my favorite...love your version cwells96@msn.com

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