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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

:: Birthday BASH :: Giveaway #6


I am in a super good mood today!!!  I just got some business changing news that I can not wait to share.  But there are a few more steps I have to take in this process before it's official.  Once it's official I can share. :)  But prepare for super peppy posts from me all day!  There may be an occasional random *SQUEEEEE* somewhere.  Just warning you!  ;)

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Moving on!  Giveaway #6 already!!  Awesome.  So who do we have this time?  Oh yes!  My BlogHer roomie, Julie of Jaybird Quilts!  Oh she is so SWEET!  I can not wait to meet at in NEW YORK the first weekend of August at the BlogHer Conference!  We are going to have so. much. fun!  Without further ado, let's learn about the awesome that is Julie...

I often find the story of how someone becomes a quilter to be interesting and varied. I don’t know when I began to refer to myself as a quilter but I started to sew during the summer of 2002. My mother’s ancient singer got to the point where it was more expensive to fix it than replace it. As sad as she was, my mom saw this as an opportunity to jump into the 21st century and get a computerized machine. She asked if I’d come to the class with her to help learn the machine. I looked at her funny because despite being a craft obsessed kid I had never sewn a stitch. Let me back up a bit and tell you about it… I made everything as a child. Clay, foam, gimp, beads, and yarn are a few of the many things I had a large supply of. I’d rather make an art project then do just about anything. Despite this drive I had no interest in sewing. My mom sewed all the time and it was her thing… not mine. She tried hard nevertheless. I’d sign her up to make Halloween costumes and she’d try to get me to do it. No luck. Sometimes I’d cut the pieces and pin them but that was where it ended. So back to her getting a new machine… I agree to go and help but only on the basis that I was good with computers and somehow that made me qualified to help her. She purchased a Husqvarna Viking model Freesia 415. We went to the class and I was hooked. It was so simple and that was all I needed. A few weeks later I went back to college and the Freesia came with me. She was supposed to be on loan for 2 weeks to make some things for my room but it is almost seven years later and I’ve never returned her. While my mom was sad that her new baby was gone I know a part of her was bursting with joy that I was sewing. I spent the next year and half making pillows, curtains, sorority letters and such. During this time I got hooked on watching Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson. It was the first time I saw quilts in a modern way. Prior to that, when someone said quilt, I pictured an old fashion looking star pattern in my head. After watching countless shows I went to a bookstore and bought up a bunch of quilting magazines and I was off. It was 2003 and I had no idea what I was doing. I still have my first quilt and it serves to remind me of how far I have come and how ambitious I was from the get go. My first quilt was paper pieced with lots of points. Not a good plan in hindsight but I love the quilt anyway. Since then I have worked on over 100 quilts, runners, bags, and other quilted goodies. It has been my dream to design patterns and fabric and spread quilting. I hope you enjoy joining me on this journey.

Love her!  And you'll know she loves me too when you see the discount code in a minute.  :)

Julie is offering one VERY VERY lucky winner the following items:


How about a kit?!  A QUILT KIT!  Woo hoo!  I do not quilt because quilting and I are not friends unless it involves me sewing the top and back and having my quilter do the rest.  :)  But I know A LOT of you love quilting or want to try it.  Well, here is your chance!!!


Here is what is included in the kit...

You will get fabric for the quilt top, binding and backing to make a "Baby" size version of my circle around quilt that is currently on the cover of Quilts & More magazine.  {4x4 layout... a 38"x38" quilt} ..and a copy of the magazine!  

She was featured in QUILTS & MORE!  ON THE COVER!!!  Julie.  I need your autograph, cuz YOU are famous!  ;)  And that quilt is beautiful!



But WAIT!  There is more!!  Oh, Julie!  You're killing me with your amazing generosity!  :)


All items except for the kit are free shipping with any other purchase all the time!

Julie is also offering you all a discount!!!  
Discount code is "ILOVESHEYB", which will get you 10% off for 1 week!  (discount ends May 18th)

Oh, and Julie?  I love you too.  ;)


Here is how to enter ....

Go visit Julie's store, Jaybird Quilts.  Come back here and tell me your favorite item(s)

Extra Entry:

- Go visit Julie's blog.  Leave some comment love.
- Here is her Twitter 
- Answer this: What is the best gift you ever received?


Good luck!!!


197 comments:

Andria said...

I love the Circle Around quilt! I would love the pattern!

oobinsnaffa said...

How can I pick just one thing? Love the circle around quilt, and I love the fabrics! Gorgeous.

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

I love the Freebird fabric so cute!!

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

Following her twitter :)

lime said...

LOVE the circle round quilt--and I LOVE the Freebird fabric--I just bought some last weekend and seriously lay it out and look at it every day. I love it!

lime said...

Best gift I've ever received? A handmade book from my husband (who at the time was just my boyfriend) about the 25 reasons why he loved me--each one so unique and inspiring, full of his amazing vocabulary. Probably one of my most treasured possesions!

Ashley said...

I'm a sucker for dots and bright colors so I really love the circle around quilt kit.

Ashley said...

The best present I received was my daughter 5 days before Christmas in 2008.

Peek at My Paper said...

Great Giveaway. I am NEW to quilting and would have so much fun with this. I visited her shop -all of her fabrics are awesome, but I especially love the quilt kit!!!
Thanks so much.
Brenda

Erin @ BringingUpBurns said...

Whoot! Great Giveaway. I am now following her on Twitter.

Peek at My Paper said...

Left A comment on Julie's blog!

Erin @ BringingUpBurns said...

The best gift I ever got was... a hardbound book my husband put together of all our love letters back and forth when we were long distance. It was my birthday present last year. He rocks.

Peek at My Paper said...

I am now following her on Twitter! Thanks for introducing her to us!! :)

Erin @ BringingUpBurns said...

LOVE the circle around quilt! Who doesn't like polkadots and bright colors?!

Dandelion Quilts said...

I love that freebird fabric.....delcious.

Luv 2 Kreate said...

The circle around kit happens to be my fvorite :)

Luv 2 Kreate said...

I follow Julie on Twitter

Peek at My Paper said...

The BEST gift I have ever received would be....aah, yes... just this past Christmas my husband surprised me with a Canon camera! I have always used those little point and shoot cameras. I take tons of photos - now I can play around with the photos and the settings. I am loving it.... also loving it because it sports a really cool Sheyb camera strap! :)

Luv 2 Kreate said...

The best gift I ever received has to be my Bernina sewing machine :)

audrey said...

Definitely the circle pattern and concrete garden! Julie's talent rocks my socks!

Freda said...

I love the circle around quilt! All of the fabrics in her shop are wonderful!

burlap+blue said...

love this item!
http://shop.jaybirdquilts.com/product/concrete-garden-hunky-dory-project-sheet-pattern-chez-moi-for-moda-fabrics-by-julie-herman

kaiolohiakids said...

Love the circle around quilt, especially if backed by the freebird dots in ivory! Love Julie's blog & I'm so glad there are such great young quilters out there

burlap+blue said...

the best gift I ever received was my son...born in the same month as my birthday!

great34a said...

I would definately purchase the May/June issue of McCalls magazine. I tried to find that issue and never had any success. Love the square city pattern.

I am following her blog and am a fan/friend of her's on facebook.

Best gift - very hard but I would have to say a kiln to fire all my pottery...amazing gift that I love!!

JM Necheles said...

In the Quiltmaker Magazine March/April 2010 Issue the pattern 'Cornflower Fields' by Julie is just the colors that I would love to do for a nieces quilt.

I am also following her blog as well as am a friend/fan on FB.

The best (material) gift I have ever received would be my Accuquilt GO!

JM Necheles said...

Following Julie on Twitter :)

momto2wasd said...

I really love the Circle Around Quilt Kit. I enjoy quilts with circles, but haven't made one yet. I've been following Julie's blog for a little while now--it's one of my favorite quilting blogs.

j... said...

i think the hunky dory pattern is adorable!

j... said...

the best gift i've ever received? my camera :)

j... said...

i left a comment on her blog too (am i supposed to tell you that?)

kristinorth said...

I love the quilt kit, of course!

tammiemarie said...

love the hunky dory pattern too!

tammiemarie said...

best gift ever? well, I had a pedi & prenatal massage on Friday that was pretty sweet. I love any and all gifts though, because I want everything.

Miss Anne said...

i honestly love love love the quilt kit you're giving the way most.

it's been a life goal to make a quilt and this would be the perfect start!

:)

Miss Anne said...

i'm of course a follower ♥

Miss Anne said...

best gift i've ever received?

honestly... getting the "PREGNANT" result on the test.

Gift from God....

:)

lynnquiltsalot said...

I love the Circle Around quilt. I bought the magazine because of the cover quilt.

Erica said...

I love the circle quilt kit! Nice colours and pattern!

lynnquiltsalot said...

I'm a follower.

lynnquiltsalot said...

Best gift? Do I have to pick just one? All the little handmade "gifts" from my daughter when she was growing up. I've saved most of them.

Debbie said...

I love the backing for the circle around quilt - Freebird Flower Sky 32244 15 - Orange and blue yummy! And the kit of course!

Erica said...

I left Julie a comment, should have done this earlier!

Katie said...

Oh I'd love to win this! My favorite item is the Concrete Garden Quilt Project--I really like that Hunky Dory fabric.
katievarela@att.net

Debbie said...

I follow Julies blog, I'm partcipating in her hex a long quilt, even tho I'm not a quilter really :) I feel like a stalker!

Katie said...

Best gift I've ever received? That's a hard one. If we're talking material gifts, probably the down payment on my car before i graduated from college (is that too boring?). :)
katievarela@att.net

Debbie said...

Best gift I ever received? My first divorce! Worst gift, my 2nd one!

Julie said...

I must say, I visited her shop & my fave is her Circle Around Quilt Kit! =)

jewlz@cox.net

Julie said...

Wow! She has lotsa goodies to share on her blog =) Love the giveaway Miss Shealynn!

jewlz@cox.net

Leanna said...

love the freebird balls in ivory! would go great in our baby's room!

Leanna said...

Best gift I ever received is my pupster! Waited 25 years for a dog, and though he's crazy, I totally love him!

Natys said...

Here is my thing!!! Awesome giveaway
I like Concrete Garden Quilt Pattern is beautiful

Thanks both

Tanya said...

Love the Freebird Eggs in Grape, caught my eye right away!

Natys said...

I just leave her a comment

Natys said...

I dont have twitter but the very best gift that i ever recived is a Sewing box(?) My sisters made it for my birthday is a wooden box painted and decorated,inside had lots of sewing threads, needles, sissors, pincution, zippers, large pins and everything that i needed.
Is my treasure

Barb in Mi said...

The Circle around pattern/ kit is just the best. Colorful, cheerful, perfect! Thank you!

Dianne said...

My favorite is the kit that you're featuring...only in the regular size! Looks like such fun to make :)

Rebecca said...

Love the freebird garden sky fabric! Thanks for the chance at this beautiful kit!
rebeccaaikema(at)hotmail(dot)com

Rebecca said...

Left a comment on Julie's blog :)
rebeccaaikema(at)hotmail(dot)com

Rebecca said...

The best gift I ever got was a serger from my husband for mother's day.
rebeccaaikema(at)hotmail(dot)com

tong said...

I love all the freebird fabrics as the backing for the circle around quilt, and quilt pattern is gorgeous too!

tong said...

Love Julie's blog, I've been following for a while, and I always give some comment love when I stop by.

tong said...

Now following Julie on twitter.

tong said...

The best gift I've ever received was my piano from my parents and my grandma!

elisa said...

Another great giveaway... I hope it never ends!
I love her freebird garden sky fabric. It's so whimsical.

kraftykash said...

The Quilt around circle kit is my fav! I love circles. They are wonderful.

Sara said...

I love the circle around quilt kit! I wish I had that quilt in my house right now. It is beautiful.

Sara S.

SheilaC said...

I love Jaybird's Concrete Garden!! It is SO pretty.

Thanks for the give away!

SheilaC

SheilaC said...

I left a comment on Julie's blog :)

SheilaC

SheilaC said...

The best gift I ever got was from my kids... they went and had professional pics taken of themselves for me :)

LOVE them!

SheilaC

Charlene said...

fun, unique fabrics! Would love to make me some tote bags from some of it!

Sara said...

I left a comment on her blog.

Sara S.

Delores said...

I love the Circle around Quilt kit. Have admired it on her blog for a long time now.

Sara said...

The best gift I ever received was a wall hanging that reads "If I had to choose again, I'd still choose you." The colors are outdated but it is still proudly displayed in our bedroom.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

My favorite item in Julie's store is the Circle Around Quilt Kit.

Deb said...

Hi! I came over via Jaybird Quilts. I'm so glad I got in on your birthday bash. I just visited Julie's Shop, and I like the backing for the circle around quilt (Freebird Balls Ivory). It's perfect!!

Deb said...

I visited Julie's blog and left a comment. I love her blog and signed up to do her Siggy Block Swap.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

The best birthday gift I ever received was a completely unexpected Kitchenaid upright mixer!

Jenn said...

Love the Hunky Dory Concrete Garden Quilt Project...love the design!!

Deb said...

Best gift received...well, other than the gift of salvation from the Lord, I think my favorite gift was a plane ticket cross country to Washington State to see a friend a few years ago. I'll never forget that special time.

SewLindAnn said...

I LOVE the Circle Around the Quilt Kit!! What a generous, amazing giveaway. I would be doing circles around the moon if I won this.

SewLindAnn said...

I left a serious love type comment on JayBird's blog for the amazing giveaway!!!

SewLindAnn said...

Best gift received was a little locking journal with a hidden space inside he gave me about 10 years ago. I keep everything he's given me and he's 17 now!

Renee G said...

I love the circle around quilt kit.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

The McKays said...

Freebird all the way. Love it!

The McKays said...

Best gift I ever got--too many to name! But, some of my recent favs include: a surprise weekend away with Aron for my bday last year, my surprise 30th bday party the year before, and some jewelry Aron gave me for my first Mother's Day after Maggie's birth. Love that man!!

Sarah S said...

love love love circle around quilt!!

Danielle said...

I love Julie's quilt on the cover of the magazine. I follow her blog and love her taste:-)

Tracy said...

Love the concrete garden/hunky dory quilt...great colours!

k. davis said...

best gift I've ever received would have to be my camera...

k. davis said...

I'm loving the "Freebird Eggs Melon" fabric!! So bright and cheery!

Tracy said...

Best gift I ever received...a necklace from my mom that used to belong to my grandma :)

Marcia said...

I like the freebird fabric collection (for the backing), and of course, the circle around quilt kit.

Marcia said...

The best gift I ever received? The mariner's compass bed quilt that my mother made for me -- and kept a secret until she gave it to me. There was love in every stitch.

Elizabeth said...

I love the Freebird eggs melon fabric.

rachandcarl said...

just love the freebird in stock, and that circle quilt rocks

Stacey said...

i follow her twitter, and her blog, i love her magazines, they show her progress in the quilting industry!! she is awesome!! and the best friend gift, I would say this next week I will have mine, when I celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary with my best friend

Lisa said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! I love the concrete garden pattern. In fact I love everything over there!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I love the Concrete Garden pattern! Thanks the giveaway opportunity:)

Sharon said...

My favorite is the concrete garden pattern. Love it!

Megan said...

I actually quite like the Circle Around Quilt Kit!! It's a beautiful quilt pattern and would be so fun to make!!

Megan said...

I commented on Jaybird Quilts blog!

Megan said...

My best gift ever has been my babies! (All three of them!) They are a gift from God and I love them more than I can say!

Tricia said...

Love Julie's circle around pattern! My favorite item is her circle around kit!

Tricia said...

I leave Julie comment lots...but I left her some more!

Tricia said...

Following Julie's twitter feed

Tricia said...

The best gift I ever received was my camera...love it!

Krissa said...

i love that circle quilt!!! LOVE IT!!!!

Krissa said...

best gift i ever received....um...well i remember i cried when i got a ring when i was like 16 i think. i was happy!!!! haha

CBear said...

I think the kit for this quilt is just about the BEST thing!

CBear said...

I left Julie some comment love!

CBear said...

The best gift I've received... uhhh... my Irish Twins. yep. lame-o response, but I thank the heavens for them everyday, even when they are being super chaotic!

Katie B. said...

This kit is my favorite thing in her store!! THanks for the chance to win.

Katie B. said...

The best gift I ever received is my dog! My husband got him as a puppy for my birthday. Aw...

Katie B. said...

Comment love left! I love Julie's blog, so that was easy :)

Dresden Quilter said...

I love the Circle quilt kit. Best gift ever given to me was my children.

Megs said...

For reals?!??!? Oh my, so much yum to look at over at Jaybird. I'm head over heels for the Freebird fabric.

Megs said...

I'm a follower of Jaybird Quilts - and left some comment love!

SarahVee said...

My fav right now is the 'grass' background fabric for the circle around quilt. glad julie told us about you! thanks for the chance.

Megs said...

Best git ever received? Two of the bestest kiddos ever - happy and healthy and full of joy!

Michelley! said...

i love all the freebird fabrics! so bright and fun!

Michelley! said...

best gift i ever received: my nana gave me her diamond necklace that my pa had given her a long time ago for my 18th birthday. my parents also bought me diamond earrings! a year later, my sweet nana passed away, so it is a very special treasure.

Kim G said...

I love that Circle Around Quilt, I got that magazine just for the pattern.

Melissa said...

I've been drooling over the Circle Around quilt since I saw it on her blog last week! That's my favorite right now.

Melissa said...

Following on Twitter!

Melissa said...

Left a comment...

Melissa said...

My favorite gift was a little Singer 99 that my husband gave me for Christmas. She's not in perfect condition (yet) but I loved that he saw her at a store and KNEW that I would love her.

Jessica said...

Everything look awesome! But really like the circle around quilt!

Jessica said...

Thus far my favorite birthday present was my iphone :)

Meghan said...

Love the Circle Around quilt, especially with the Freebird Outdoors backing!

Meghan said...

I follow Julie on twitter

Meghan said...

I follow Julie's blog and leave her bunches of comments :)

Meghan said...

Hmm... the best gift I ever received? That's hard... My dad bought me a class ring as a college graduation present. It only comes off for showers and sleeping :)

Mike and Dejah Morris said...
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Mike and Dejah Morris said...

I like the circle around quilt Pattern. I have been wanting to try to make a quilt. This one is so fun!

Mike and Dejah Morris said...

The best gift I ever received, was my Crystal Beuler necklace. I wanted it for so long!

Jennifer said...

I love the quilt kit! I've never made a quilt but have been thinking recently that I need to learn. What a great way to start!
enter me please!

~Mendie~ said...

love the freebird balls fabric!

Michelle said...

My favorite item would have to be the circle around quilt kit!

SisterlyLove said...

The freebird fabric is SO lovely.

Genevieve
jenny(@)ykwc(dot)net

The Jenkins said...

Best gift I received...when I married my best friend.

The Jenkins said...

I left her comment love. :-D

The Jenkins said...

I love her Concrete Garden - Hunky Dory Project Sheet Pattern Chez Moi for Moda Fabrics - by Julie Herman

christy said...

I seriously love the concrete garden pattern! such a talented girl. :)

kelliemorgan said...

Circle Around Quilt! Circle Around Quilt! It is amazing. I have been carrying that magazine around as if it were a quilt. This is quite a giveaway. Thank you soo much for offering it up. That pattern is amazing!
kelliemorgan17@gmail.com

kelliemorgan said...

My two babies are by far the best gift ever. No comparison.
kelliemorgan17@gmail.com

kelliemorgan said...

I have been holding off for years, but started a Twitter in order to be able to get an extra entry! This is the straw that broke the camel's back!
kelliemorgan17@gmail.com

benbel said...

The Circle Around Quilt Kit by Julie Herman is my favorite, of course!

benbel said...

Visited Julie's blog...I LOVE it!

benbel said...

Best gift I ever received was a sewing machine! Love it, love it, love it! And congrats on the magazine cover!

carmel said...

i love every thing she makes
i love that pattern in her store
i love all freebird fabric for sale
and i looooove this giveaway

carmel said...

i love julies blog!
i follow her for a while all ready
i think she is great!
i wish i had her job and her quilting skills
the amount of fabric that she works with every week is unbalivable!
she deserves to be successefull!
i wish her the best of luck!

carmel said...

i havent recieved a best gift
but what i would like to recieve one day is a new sewing machine!
thanks!

23rdspiral said...

the circle around kit is beautiful!! i'd love to try those shapes out! oh, and i didnt know you could get a circle cutter, so the EZ circle cutter set is awesome!

23rdspiral said...

the best gift i've ever recieved was my sewing machine from my grandmother. i was a little young to fully understand it's wonder but certainly do now!

23rdspiral said...

oh, and you've moved me to actually comment on her blog, something i've never done before!

Tracey said...

Love the Freebird fabrics she has at the store.

Tracey said...

Best gift I ever received was my husband allowing me to convert the living room into my sewing room.

deserae said...

Love the circle around kit!

deserae said...

Left a comment!

deserae said...

following her twitter!

@des_erae

deserae said...

The best gift I got was a new computer for Christmas!

Jessica said...

Oh! I love the Concrete Garden pattern, so pretty! Thanks for the opportunity!

Jessica said...

My son was born 3 days before my 30th birthday, we had tried for 6 years with my daughter, did multiple procedures including two ivfs, had two losses, then bang 5 months postpartum I got pregnant with my son and he was born near my birthday . . . (yes, we are THAT story, I used to hate the "I know a girl who did ivf and got pregnant again right after" story, and now it's ME!) We call him my buy one get one free baby, or my free gift with purchase baby . . . so he's my best gift ever ;)

Erin said...

I love the circle around patterns.

Erin Muree

Erin said...

I follow her twitter and blog.

The Zoo Keeper-ette said...

The Quilts and more mag :)

candy at fiber dot net

The Zoo Keeper-ette said...

I left some comment love on her darling blog :)

candy at fiber dot net

The Zoo Keeper-ette said...

I'm following her on twitter :)

candy at fiber dot net

The Zoo Keeper-ette said...

The best gift-- mushy I know, but hugs from my kiddos and hubby :)

candy at fiber dot net

Lynne said...

I was going to choose one of the freebird fabrics, the one with the big dots, but really I like all of them and the quilt kit is really cool and cute.

Lynne said...

My favourite present was a surprise trip to Rome - I got it for Christmas one year - it's my favourite city and it was heaven!

Lynne said...

And now I'm popping over there - although as a follower of hers, I do pop over there regularly!

Cherie said...

The best gift--two healthy little girls I am lucky to call my daughters.

she dreams big! said...

Yes! The circle around quilt is my all-time favorite! Count me in for this kit please!

she dreams big! said...

Best gift? The new camera I'm buying myself!

Corrie said...

Hunky Dory looks like a fun pattern!

Corrie said...

I left her a comment!

littleesmama at gmail

Corrie said...

I follow Julie on Twitter.

littleesmama at gmail

Corrie said...

My son.

littleesmama at gmail

Sena said...

I love the Backing for Circle Around Quilt - Freebird Eggs Melon 32246 22 and the
Backing for Circle Around Quilt - Freebird Balls Ivory 32247 20
sena.sagani [at]gmail[dot]com

Sena said...

Twitter follower
sena.sagani [at]gmail[dot]com

Sena said...

The best gift I've ever received were diamond earrings :)
sena.sagani [at]gmail[dot]com

Kristi said...

I love the circle around quilt!!

Kristi said...

I left Julie some comment love!!

Kristi said...

I would say the best present is the one that I got this year from my BFF..she got me a down syndrome pendant..It was the best!!!

Sarah Bock said...

The best gift I ever received was my graduation gift from high school which was a 3 week trip to the United Kingdom from my mom!

Sarah Bock said...

I like the Freebird Garden Sky quilt backing!

malia said...

Circle Around the Quilt Kit! LOVE it!

Laura said...

Love the circle quilt kit.

Nicole said...

That circle quilt blows me away!! As does Julie's generosity. I need to pick up that magazine!!

Ry and Ally said...

Love the circle around kit! It is just amazing! Wow!

Ry and Ally said...

The best gift hmmm....thats hard. I love homemade gifts from my husband and daughter. They're the best!

Ry and Ally said...

Following on twitter!

Ry and Ally said...

Left some comment love!

edmontonjb said...

I love the Backing for Circle Around Quilt - Freebird Balls Ivory

dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

Patty said...

I love the circle around quilt, & would use Hunky Dory.