2016 Free Boms

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Flowers Everywhere


It's my day for the Say It With Flowers blog hop organised my fabulous Madame Samm from Sew We Quilt and Carol from Just Let Me Quilt.  Thank you so much ladies for organising this fun swap for us all.

I have a bit of an obsession with wool and wool felt at the moment so I thought I'd share some of my recent wooly flowers.
These all became pin cushions or needle cases and have been sent off to bloggy friends.
Suffolk puff flowers are another favourite, I use quite often.


A Very Easy Project
I've also made quite a number of iron cord holders as small gifts this year so I thought I'd share a little tutorial on how I make them.  A flowery version of course.
You will need 

  • Two pieces of fabric 10" x 4"
  • 1 piece of light weight wadding (I used an iron-on but you don't need to. You can just lightly glue ordinary wadding in place.  You can also use felt.)
  • A 2" piece of velcro and a glue stick.
  • Bits and pieces to decorate your holder.

Iron or glue the wadding onto the back of the fabric you have chosen as the front of your holder. 

Place the front and the back pieces of fabric right sides together and stitch around the edge, leaving a small gap for turning.Turn your holder right side out and slip stitch the opening closed.  Top stitch all the way around, very close to the edge.

Separate the velcro and glue one side to the front end of the holder and the other piece to the other end but on the back.  (I use glue in a lot of my projects but not special expensive crafty/quilty glue but a good old super cheap glue stick from the supermarket.  Just check it says suitable for fabric on the pack.)

Now comes the fun part.  Time to decorate.  I'm using suffolk puff flowers on this one.
Not made one before?  They are super easy.
Cut out a circle of fabric twice the size you want your finished puff to be.  I've got an old set of cookie cutters which went a bit rusty.  Instead of throwing them out I moved them to my sewing room and use them to trace my suffolk puff circles.
Now run a gathering thread around the edge of the circle and then pull until a tight little puff results.  Sew a few stitches to secure.

Stack a couple of different sizes on top of each other. sew a button in the middle and you'll have a little flower to decorate anything you like.

I usually pop a picture of the iron cord holder being used in with the gift so that the person I'm sending it to knows what it is supposed to be.
And there we have it - a cute and useful gift that costs virtually nothing and is light and inexpensive to post.  Plus it brings a bit of glamour to a boring old task like ironing.  What more could a girl want.
The thing I like best about this project is that you can use up any odd bits and pieces in your stash and it is a great place to use orphan blocks or little stitcheries.

A Flowery Giveaway
One of my dearest bloggy friends is a wonderful Aussie designer and she has just released her latest BOM - Daisy Days.  I think it is absolutely adorable and will be stitching it myself.
Just take a look at a close up of Block 1.  The sweetest stitchery ever.
And so as my giveaway I will subscribe to this BOM for the winner and every month another delightful stitchery will appear in your Inbox as a PDF.  If you don't win you can still stitch along by visiting Jenny at Elefantz and subscribing for just $5 a month - a super bargain.
You can enter by leaving me a comment on this post.  If you are a follower let me know in a second comment and you will get another entry.  I'll announce the winner at the end of this Blog Hop.

Here are the next blogs to hop over and visit and share in the love of flowers.

Subscribe to Jenny's free weekly newsletter over at Elefantz and you will receive this gorgeous free pattern for a Vase Wrapper. 

Thank you so much to Jenny for all she so generously shares with us.

150 comments:

  1. All your projects are wonderful! Daisy Days is such a sweet quilt!

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  2. Fab floral projects. I love your iron cord holder; thanks for the tutorial!
    Thanks for offering a chance to win in your give away (if you'd be sending overseas, as I am from The Netherlands).
    Cheers,

    Jeanneke.

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  3. Beautiful wool flower projects! Thank you for the tutorial on the cord holders, very useful.

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  4. All pretty flowers, thanks for tutorial, love your yo- yo flowers, gorgeous stitchery :-)

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  5. Very beautiful BOM !Thanks for the chance to win.

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  6. What fabulous projects (as ever!) thank you for sharing them with us! I love the holder for the iron flex - I have to admit my iron is permanently left out and plugged in to the socket!!

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  7. All of your creations are truly lovely. Thank you for sharing with us!

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  8. Wonderful post Melody - I love all your flowers - I'm with you, with the wool felt loving, isn't it just so nice to use and looks fantastic! Your cord holder is a great idea :-) Oh wow, Jenny's BOM is gorgeous!!!

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  9. Thanks for the little tutorial. That is one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" I signed up for the newsletter. Jenny and I seem to have a love of elephants in common!

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  10. Thank you for the tutorial for the cord holder. You have made some beautiful projects with flowers. Thanks for sharing

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  11. Thanks for your tutorial. I might make one for my machine cord for when I go on camps. I have already signed up for Jenny's BOM so good luck to all the other ladies who comment. Hugs......

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  12. I've really enjoyed your wonderful flowery post! Your iron cord holder is such a great idea, and yours is extra wonderful with suffolk puffs!!

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  13. Gorgeous blooms everywhere. Thank you for your great tutorial.

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  14. I was really only commenting on the wonderful ironing cord holder tutorial - its fabulous! But, you in your generosity, are offering a lovely giveaway too! Thanks Mel! (Stay warm!)

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  15. Thanks for sharing your tutorial! What a great gift idea! I am a fan of Jenny's patterns, as well.

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  16. Sew many lovely flowery things here today. I love the cord holder. Those Daisy BOM are very cute also!

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  17. Beautiful work Melody and thank you for the Cord Tutorial..

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  18. Love all of your flower pieces! I couldn't choose a favorite if I had to! Thank you for the tute! I need to make one of those!

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  19. What a neat idea to make a cord holder and so pretty. All your flowers are so beautiful.

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  20. Your cord holder is a clever idea! Love your pattern and the cute flowers. Thank you for the wonderful Giveaway!

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  21. What a great idea your cord holder. And what a lovely pink fabric you used!

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  22. What a great idea your cord holder. And what a lovely pink fabric you used!

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  23. Wow, so many gorgeous projects! I share your love for working in wool/wool felt and for yo-yos! The yo-yo sewing circle piece is super-charming.

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  24. Cord holder is a clever idea! I'm always using an elastic band. Now I know what I need to make next! Thanks for the idea and the giveaway.

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  25. What a perfect stitcher you are ! I enjoyed the picture collage of all those cute things you made. The iron cord holder is a very clever idea ! The person who wins your generous giveaway will be a very lucky person indeed.

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  26. Great Idea with the corg holder.:-) Very practical. Thank you sew much for the pattern.... and the BOM looks just beautiful. Would love to make it.

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  27. Just became a new follower. :-)

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  28. The cat and the dog in the flowers - are wonderfull and very sweet!

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  29. You definitely use your flowers! Such a pretty array of uses, plus a sweet iron cord holder. Thanks for a chance at a stitchy giveaway, too.

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  30. thanks for sharing your flower creations - so pretty!

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  31. What a sweet idea for an iron cord keeper! And I have certainly been eyeing that new Daisy BOM!! Thanks for the chance :)

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  32. I've followed your blog for some time - love your blog postings, especially the links to free patterns. Thanks!

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  33. Love the cord holder. I really like the daisy BOM a lot. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  34. Wonderful idea!! love all of your flowers.

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  35. I am a follower have been for a while now.

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  36. What a lovely post Melody - love your felt pincushions and needlecases - they are gorgeous, and also your lovely ideas with suffolk puffs. Very cute giveaway and quilt from Jenny and a greast tutorial for the iron cord holder

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  37. I am of course a follower of your blog

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  38. Great idea for the iron cord holder. I follow Jenny's blog and have been looking at her BOM, so this would really be a wonderful prize. Thanks for sharing
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  39. REally love the BOM. Thanks for introducing the Elefantz blog. Looks like a good one.
    tvbart@charter.net

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  40. I loved all your projects especially the one with the kitty. This is a great giveaway. Jennys design are super cute! Thank you for the chance

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  41. That's a great idea for a cord holder and it's so cute, too! The BOM is beautiful! Thanks for hopping with us and of course, I follow you around. :O)

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  42. Such beautiful projects. I love your wool flowers. I envy those who can make them. I (am highly allergic to wool) I also enjoyed reading about your iron cord holder. I truly need to make one of those. Gee, maybe not just for my iron either. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. I like all your flowers shown today. Thank you for sharing all your tips and hints, and for a great giveaway. Now I am off to find Jenny.

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  44. How wonderful is that welcome piece as well as all your other wool and felt pieces! Gorgeous stitcheries too. I appreciate your iron cord holder tutorial as this might be a fun thing for one of the guild sew-in's. We often do a little make and take project there.

    I am already a subscriber to Jenny's newsletter and I am going to follow your blog as well, What a generous giveaway for one lucky winner!

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  45. What a great post! Love all your "flowers"! I would love to win

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  46. Your work is beautiful. Your cord holder is very clever. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Thank you for the tutorial and sharing your projects with us. I love Jenny's patterns too, she does a wonderful job.

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  48. I am one of our followers too.

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  49. wonderful wool flower projects. love the tutorial I may have to make one of these iron cord wraps. clever. thanks for a chance to win this lovely giveaway

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  50. Your flowers are all beautiful, but I LOVE the idea of a cord tamer!

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  51. Wow, your post is just packed with flowers. All so very lovely. Beautiful quilt pattern, I love embroidery. Great job.

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  52. Thanks for the tutorial for the iron cord holder. It's a great idea. I'd like one for my curling iron cord.

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  53. Your garden is in full bloom and is lovely!

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  54. Great Flowers !! and the bear is adorable too !! :-)
    Thanks for the clever iron cord tutorial ...I definitely will make one of them !

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  55. all your flowers are gorgeous! great tutorial too.
    I love Jenny's patterns and have done several of them. It would be awesome to win her new pattern. Thanks for a chance.

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  56. All your flower creations are just fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win, and for the heads up about this designer too. I will go and check her out now.

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  57. Enter me in the giveaway! I'd love to win!

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  58. Thank you for a great tutorial and the opportunity to win a great giveaway. I love your wool work, although I have never done any. The flower tutorial I will share with my lovely granddaughters who are learning to sew. Thanks for a great post.

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  59. What a great giveaway...I am a fan of Jenny of Elefantz' patterns and love this new daisy one. Thanks for your tutorial on the cord holder...a great idea and now a project on my "to do " list! Oh and done last thing-I just love your doggie on the needlecase, such a cute design.

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  60. What a gorgeous quilt! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  61. ALl of your wooly flowers look so pretty. ANd that stitchery pattern is gorgeous. I love the power cord holder for the iron. We have a few little quilt retreats a year in my group and I like to make something for everyone or give them a kit tomake something. This looked like a wonderful idea. It could be even for their sewing machine cords. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win that wonderful pattern.

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  62. Wonderful flowers.
    And what a fantastic give away.
    Greetings from Germany, Grit

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  63. Love all of your projects and your bear models! Nice tutorial and great giveaway.....thanks for it all!

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  64. Very nice and it looks like something I would be very interested in. If I don't win I will check back with you.

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  65. Love your ideas. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  66. Melody, what an inspiring blogpost, I started "oh, I like that and that" scrolled downwards "and that, oh my that is cute! lovely, super, fantastic... oh still more lovely projects... oh and look at that!" Can't choose, I like all your projects! thanks for sharing!

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  67. Melody. Wonderful, beautiful eye candy, full of flowers, flowers, flowers! My favorite? The yo yo circle around the embroidery. What a cute idea. Thanks for sharing all your awesome work. You obviously enjoy what you do.

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  68. Melody darling...super cute flowers all around! What a wonderful "Welcome"...and of course you know I'm a sucker for anything that Meows! Thanks for the tute - I might just have to take up ironing again (or at least *find* my iron and dress it up a bit - lol). Thanks for the chance for a win - I love Jenny's designs! It dawned on my last night...I've been following bloggers for just a bit over a year and YOURS was one of the very FIRST (in fact, I think possible THE first)! Thanks for always conjuring up a smile or two or twenty!

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  69. Just beautiful Melody, I especially love the welcome sign , so pretty in wool! Thanks for a chance to win Jenny's pattern , as always her work is gorgeous . I am a happy follower :-)

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  70. Whew, what a fabulous array of projects. I do say, your an inspiration. I love your teddy bear too! :-)

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  71. Love the welcome piece at the first

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  72. Love it all!! Beautiful, a real flower-shower!

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  73. You really are flowers! They jump from all over your blogpost, and there are so many nice projects you show us! I love the stitchery BOM too.

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  74. I'm follower #562, and I did follow you for quite some time before, but somehome you got lost on my bloglist. Glad to find you again!

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  75. Oh no, sorry for the confusion, I'm follower # 572, perhaps you can delete my message ;)

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  76. Your projects are ALL just beautiful! Love the iron cord holder, too. I've never seen one!

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  77. Love your bears that are in your pictures. And the flowers are beautiful.. I liked all your little crafty items. Thank you for sharing. Your friends BOM is very charming, I would be honored to be entered into the drawing.

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  78. What a fabulous idea! I've never seen a cord holder. These would certainly make fabulous gifts for my quilting friends. Always enjoy seeing your lovely projects.

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  79. Your flower collages look great Mel. All of your projects are just gorgeous. You certainly have a thing about yo yo's! LOL! Thanks for the tutorial for the iron cord holder.

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  80. The iron cord holder is a great idea! Thank you for sharing it. :)

    I am loving this flower blog hop, especially when I see things like your wool flowers and the puffs and the embroidery. Yummy!

    Thank you for the chance to win the BOM embroidery.

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  81. I love all your flower creations - and when you see them together like that they looks just lovely.... great tutorial Mel... what a good idea...
    Hugz

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  82. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful projects! The cord holder is a good idea for any cords, although I never put my iron away.

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  83. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  84. I love all your flowery creations, you've certainly been very busy. I also like you iron cord holder and will be making one this weekend (for me). Ironing definitely needs something to make it cheerful

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  85. Your floral creations are fabulous! I love the iron cord holder - thank you for the tutorial!
    Thank you for the chance at that BOM - it looks absolutely adorable!

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  86. Love your work and what a great give a way!

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  87. I love your project. I love Jenny of Elefantz also. That is quite a giveaway and would be such a good winning. I love that embroidery! I signed up to follow you on Google.

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  88. This is a wonderfully flowery post. A great part of the blog hop. Love all the different flowers you have shown. Great work.

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  89. What an absolutely wonderful prize! I have all my digits crossed that I win :)

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  90. I am your newest, number 577, follower!

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  91. thank you for sharing the tutorial for making an iron cord keeper! yours is very pretty :) I could definitely use one of these!

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  92. All of your flower project are beautiful. Your give away is very pretty and generous, I have not done embroidery for along time but that is so pretty I might try it. I wii hope over to her store .

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  93. Love your projects. Thanks for the giveaway it is great. vickise at gmail dot com

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  94. I am a new follower, and I forgot to mention how much I liked the iron cord holder, thanks for tutorial.

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  95. Firstly,I am so glad you & I joined this hop,because other wise I would not have found your fabulous blog! Love all the Suffolk Puff Flowers,or yo yo's (the name I know them by) especially the round bag :) Of course all of your flower projects are just sweet :)

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  96. I am now flowing your blog :)

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  97. What a lovely give -away! Jenny of Elefantz is such a joy to follow and I love her Daisy Days. I have never seen an iron cord holder - what a great idea and it seems pretty easy to do - your pictures really help! Judy R from Buffalo

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  98. Melody, your projects are just beautiful. I especially love all of your stitcheries! Wonderful.
    cheers
    maggie
    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  99. Melody, after seeing all the fun things you've made, I had to become a follower. So I now follow with GFC and Reader (for now)!

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  100. Thank you for the tut. Your flowers sure made me think of yo-yos - so adorable. I've not made yo-yos so perhaps they are different but the concept is so sweet. Loved the drawstring bag ++++. Jenny is fabulous and I follow her blog. Count me in on the giveaway; thank you for the chance.

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  101. A wonderful profusion of flowers!! Thanks for the tutorial too. And for the wonderful giveaway.

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  102. Love all your projecrs. the iron cord holder is such a good idea........and I love my needle holder....xx

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  103. What a wonderful collection of flowers and yoyos!
    Thank you for the giveaway too!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  104. Of course I'm your follower too :)
    Thanks again!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  105. Beautiful projects!!!
    Thanks for the tut and a chance to win:)

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  106. I'd love to win this! I've been thinking about subscribing for the patterns and if I don't win this lovely giveawy I certainly will! Hugz
    carin(dot)aschan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  107. I'm a follower! (trying not to stalk) haha
    carin(dot)aschan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  108. What a great idea, and a great tutorial. I love your idea of moving the cutters from the kitchen to the sewing room too.

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  109. Good luck to everyone entered!!
    LOVE the iron cord wrap...exactly what I need, so will be making one today!
    Thanks, melody - you're a treasure. xxxx
    Hugs
    Jenny

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  110. Good luck to everyone!!
    LOVE the iron cord tutorial, Melody - exactly what I need so it's on my to-do list today. :-)
    You're a treasure!
    Hugs
    Jenny
    xxx

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  111. I like your wool/felt flowers. Thank you for sharing so many little projects.

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  112. What a great idea. I'll have to add this to my list of thongs to make.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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  113. Jenny is very special. I came here from her site. Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous pattern.

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  114. I love your iron cord cover - such a great idea!

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  115. WOW - this has to be the BEST giveaway EVER! Thanks so much for the chance. And thanks for the iron cord holder tute. Such a practical project - will make a great stocking stuffer this Christmas. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  116. wow so many pritty flowers, I love yoyos too *lol*
    The iron cord cover is very clever, thanks for sharing.
    Bente

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  117. I signed in to follow your blog before I read about your giveaway bacause I like your work. Wonderful giveaway, thanks for the chance.
    Bente
    in Germany

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  118. What a wonderful idea...I am going to make some for gifts. Thanks for sharing your good idea...and the giveaway. Jenny's work is delightful. Thrilled to find you and glad to start following!

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  119. The cord holder is great. Thanks for the tutorial. Now I can get rid of all the always breaking rubber bands! Wow, what a nice give away.

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  120. Hi Mel, I hope you are enjoying the much nicer and drier whether for your day out today :) I am so pleased you are up and feeling okay again. Practical and gorgeous tute project, you are clever :)

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  121. I love your iron cord holder! Would be great for all kinds of cords. Thank you for sharing! Daisy Days BOM is gorgeous....I have been thinking about joining. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  122. I've been a fan of Jenny's for a long time. Thanks for offering one of her fun patterns, Melody!

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  123. I have now become a follower of your blog.

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  124. Oh, my - your puff projects are divine! SO inspiring!!!

    I'm having fun wandering around your blog - I'm so glad Jenny linked to you this week!

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  125. thanks for the tutorial, what a pretty way tidy cords...makes it so much safer as well. Jenny's blog has been one of my favourites for a long time her stitcheries are amazing..LindaB

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  126. Hi again I am now a follower of your blog even though I have been reading for a long time...LindaB

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  127. Hi Melody, I've just become a follower of your blog, which I've been reading for ages - love it. Cheers, Jan

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  128. I love Jenny's designs and would love to win her latest BOM.

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