Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My Words

In my own words.....

I want to first thank Linda from Buzzing andBumbling and Madame Samm  for a fun blog hop! I loved the freedom to decide on a project with this one. I decided to make a pillow with some words that inspire me. I've been collecting 'pillows' on my pinterest, so gazing upon my board for some inspiration on how I will make my project....

Using some words that inspire me, I made two pillows. This was such a fun project to do.  I finally made something just for me.  So here is how I made my projects.... I hope it inspires you to make some too!


My number one word.... "Family"
I used my machine and embroidered it using Curlz font on aged cotton from Marcus Brother.

I dug thru my stash and found this fun fat quarter.... it's words
but in French.  My French is super rusty.... I could only make
out a few words....

Here I am embroidering more inspirational words... "Love, Faith, Hope"
I am using aged cotton from Marcus Brothers.... I made a layer of backing, batting
and the aged cotton to embroider on.

I cut my front of the pillow to a size I liked. Here I am adding
fabric strips to make a border. Then I added a backing. I layered right sides together and sewed
a 1/4" seam all around leaving a few inches open for turning. I used the
same technique as what was used in the Holiday Lane pillow.

Turn your pillow right side out.....

It would also be a cute table runner if left like this....

I am stitching in the ditch, thru all the layers. Remember to leaving an
opening for stuffing your pillow. Stuff your pillow and sew seams closed.

Now onto my other pillow.  I cut a couple of strips of fabric about 3 1/2" wide and twice the length of
the pillow. I will be making a gathered trim...

Gather the top and bottom of the fabric to the width of your pillow.
I have it pinned to the pillow a few inches up from the edge. Then sew
a 1/4" to 1/2" seam.  I will repeat this process on the top edge too.

Iron. Then stay stitch along the bottom edge.

Here the top and bottom edges of my pillow are done and all trimmed up. Then layer
pillow top (right side up) with the backing (right side out) sew scant 1/4" around the
edge, remember to leave a section open for stuffing.


With the French words fabric ... I made a seam binding using 2 1/4" strips and then sew
them onto the pillow as if binding a quilt. Remember to leave a section open  for stuffing.
Stuff the pillow and sew openings closed.

Now it's time to make some fabric roses. I was so excited to try to make these!
I used 2" and 2 1/2"  x wof strips...
I found a tutorial on how to make the roses HERE

My beautiful roses....

after making several roses... I embellished my pillows with them.
My finished 'Words' pillows...

I love how they turned out! I think I will let them grace my bedroom.
My husband thinks they look lovely but says 'do we really need them?'
Of coarse we do! They are sooooo pretty!

So now onto my giveaway! I am giving away 1 yard of some lovely fabric full
of inspirational sayings..... All you have to do is leave a comment. Any sweet comment!
For a second chance to win, let me know if you follow.... Wilson and I will pick out a 
lucky winner at the end of the hop.

This giveaway is now closed.....
I get to share today with these talented quilters! I hope that you have fun hopping around and are also inspired by their words....

Quilt Doodle Doodles (You are here! So glad you stopped by.)
The Fuzzy Hat Quilter

Happy quilting,

198 comments:

  1. Your pillows look so elegant, love them! And the roses are such a sweet detail. Great work!

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  2. I love your pillows, they are simply gorgeous! My hubby sounds like he has a lot in common with yours! Lol! :)

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  3. they look so elegant, with the off white fabrics you choose.

    Great work!

    Greetings
    Tina

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  4. The pillows are adorable! I love making pillows! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  5. I love the family pillow, the ruched sides give a lovely finish.

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  6. I love your embroidery on the pillows. Sadly I don't have an embroidery machine (yet) but I can drool over all the work I see so I'll have ideas for when I do!

    Beautiful job!!!

    darlene
    kittyklaws13411@yahoo.com

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  7. Here's my sweet comment for you:

    chocolate

    Lavonna ZWB :)

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  8. Hi Cindy....great work, I love how the cushions turned out and I think I like yours best so far. I am a follower but not sure if you will post international. However, it doesn't matter, had to leave you a comment anyway.
    Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

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  9. I follow by email! Can't wait to wander around and see what else you are up to! LOL

    By the way what is the name of the fabric you are offering? Would love to buy some if I don't win.. but here's hoping!

    darlene
    kittyklaws13411@yahoo.com

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  10. Beautiful pillow with wonderful words! Love the tutorial and the roses add a wonderful finish, Thank you for sharing I follower you via google friends Thank you for the great giveaway, thank you for sharing and the great giveaway. jbechosend at sbcglobal

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  11. Your pillows are so wonderful. The roses were a wonderful finish.
    Thank you for sharing and for the great tutorial and give away

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  12. These pillows are stunning, they certainly add that special quality and love the tutorial, thank you so much you have inspired me to get creating :)

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  13. Love how you shared the process of your project and all the thought and love that went into them. I think the roses are just wondeful - yes, you need those pillows on your bed!

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  14. Hi Cathy, love the pillows they look great on the bed. We have loads of pillows on our bed and my DH always moans about moving them every night but they look so good!!!! Thanks for sharing. I am a follower. Susie x

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  15. The cushions are gorgeous! I love the flowers on them!

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  16. What cute pillows. A great place to put those inspiring words.

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  17. Hi Cathy I love the pillows. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. How could I not become a follower? Of course, I'm a follower now. I have to see more and more and more!

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  19. I'm just in awe of all the creativity of everyone and it certainly didn't stop here. I love this project. Family is important to me, too! And I love the pillow, the embroidery, the gathered trim, the French words, the roses, etc. Well, maybe it would be easier if I told you what I didn't like. Wait, I wouldn't have anything to say. Now, I know what I haven't decided to participate yet. I just don't have this kind of creativity. After I see what others do then I think, AHA, I might be able to do that - after the fact. Congrats on a job well done!

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  20. Fabulous! Thank you for sharing today.

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  21. Pillows are like quilts...always room for one more! :)
    I need to update my throw pillows...yep, adding another great idea to my 'to do' list.

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  22. Cindy your pillows are truly beautiful....I love the words you chose and I super love those roses. :) blessings, marlene

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  23. How pretty! What a great project.

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  24. Love your pillow talk and especially love those fabric roses.

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  25. I really love your pillows. I think adding a word or two to your decor really makes an impact! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. I am now offcially a brand new follower via email. Love your blog . This is my first visit and so happy to be here looking at all your gorgeous creations.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. Good Morning Cindy...lovely pillows and yes speak of YOU...rid of the hubby...what does he know anyway lol. He needs the card of comments ...lol

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  28. I really like your pillows. The flowers was an awesome idea. They really pull the entire look together. Don't ya jus tlove pinterest I have a pillow board on their too...lol ..along with a gazillion other boards. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. I love your pillows! they are so sweet with those gorgeous flowers on them....great idea..and the embroidery looks wonderful

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  30. Cindy - how fun to have an embroidery machine like that! The matching pillows are wonderful and sure look nice on your bed, regardless of the 'need' for them. Silly husbands.

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  31. Very nicely done. Thanks for having a give away.

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  32. How clever!! I need to learn to do that on my embroidery machine. I collect words on fabric... it's fun!

    Pat Sloan
    Radio show Host.. The Voice of Quilting
    http://blog.patsloan.com

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  33. Gorgous pillows and those roses add so much charm!

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  34. Pretty pillows! I love making those fabric roses...the perfect touch. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. The pillows look great. thanks for sharing.

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  36. I love those pillows! They are beautiful, and the embroidery is so elegant. I love it - great job!

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  37. I love your pillow ...beautiful !!
    Perfect for my Home Sweet Home SAL

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  38. Your pillows are beatiful and so elegant. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Your pillows are so delightfully feminine! Thank you for sharing your process.

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  40. You do such beautiful work. I love your pillows and the words they contain. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

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  41. those are excellent words. your pillows are beautiful. I really like the added roses too. thanks for sharing.

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  42. What beautiful pillows! I will have to do some for myself....soon....when I retire! I have a friend who every time she will say something then say, "oh, I need to put that on a pillow!" Thank you for sharing.

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  43. These are a wonderful way to display your words, you're so creative.
    Thank you for the chance :)

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  44. I have to make those roses..,would be cute on my dresses for my granddaughters! Thanks!

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  45. Hi!!! This is so pretty!!! Great way to use your words!!!

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  46. Hi!!! I am a follower!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

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  47. Beautiful pillows! The words, colors and flowers all match wonderful together. Thanks for sharing them!

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  48. How beautiful! You did a wonderful job on these! I love the addition of the roses, too! Great job!

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  49. Beautiful. they would make lovely wedding gifts.

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  50. Love the roses and the colors you picked.

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  51. I am a follower on google reader.

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  52. I so love these pillows and they are now on my 2013 to do list!

    DachsiesWithMoxieMama@gmail.com

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  53. WOW! WOW! Beautiful pillows and I love how they are an elegant romantic ensemble in a shabby chic sort of way yet different from each other, well done!
    Your creativity knows no bounds. kudos! Jane

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  54. Oh and a very nice tutorial you did too. I'll be putting a project like this on my want to do list(which is only as long as my arm right now if not longer). Thank you for sharing. Jane

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  55. Of course you need those beautiful pillows! we can all use some extra beauty in our lives. I had never seen the aged cotton before and I really like how those pillows turned out.

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  56. Love your pillows, and the roses are exquisite.

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  57. I love your fabric flowers and will definatly be checking out that tutorial soon. Your pillows look great as well.

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  58. These are so rich looking! I love your choice of words and fabric. Definitely going to have to try the roses!

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  59. Wonderful pillows. You did awesome roses.

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  60. new follower -- I would also like to check you out on pinterest because it looks like you have some great stuff on there.

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  61. I am a follower.. you know that..

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  62. I love love love these pillows.. I love the fabric choice, the words, the color, the flowers the design.. ALL OF IT.........

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  63. So beautiful! I would love to have such beauty on my bed...of course you "NEED" them! Love the giveaway fabric too!

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  64. Beautiful pillows, love the roses :)

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  65. So so pretty! Thanks for the tute!

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  66. Machine embroidery is so much fun - I LOVE your pillows!!! What an inspirational post! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  67. Love your pillows. Thanks for the tut. I really loke the ruffled edge. Terrific roses. Thanks for the link.

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  68. Your pillows are wonderful, especially with the roses! Thanks for the giveaway and the inspiration!

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  69. I am a follower.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  70. What a great gift idea!!!! Ok I am headed to my stash to see if I have the right fabrics......

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  71. I love the pillows, I am a pillow freak anyway. I even blogged about my pillows on my blog www.quiltingandsewingarts.com - I love your tutorial too and I am following you by email. Diane

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  72. Oooo... I am inspired! Plus, now I know what I did incorrectly on my Holiday Lane pillow! Thanks! (always learning something)

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  73. Oh, my goodness, what a wonderful addition to your bed. And, yes, you DO need them!! They are so gorgeous and love the 3D flowers.

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  74. I think next years Christmas list will have an embroidery machine on it! Amazing give away!

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  75. I really like your wordy pillows. Great giveaway, too. Thanks

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  76. And of course I am one of your followers.

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  77. I love your cushion! especially the French text fabric!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  78. Your pillows are gorgeous and such great sentiments! Is there a tutortial out there somewhere for you sweet roses?

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  79. Beautiful pillows! Thanks for linking to the rose tutorial, must try to do some :)
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  80. Well done, your pillows are family perfect!

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  81. Lovely little pillows, I think they should go on the bed too! they look good there.

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  82. Congratulations. Your pillows are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  83. I ahte to repeat what everyone else has said but it's tru, your pillows are so beautiful.. And yes, you DO need them!! Men don't have the same appreciation for pillows as we women. My hubby HATES them but I still put them on the bed..LOL. I think I will try to make a few for myself and learn how to make those roses. What is your embroidery machine? I'm getting ready to upgrade to a mid priced machine which I think will be fine for my purposes.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  84. Your pillows are wonderful!!! I especially like the effect of the gathered strips on the pillow - totally cool! And your roses, wow! You did good, girl!!!

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  85. I'm not a pillow person so I probably would have made a table runner. But I love those roses! I need a project for those. Family is definitely one of my words too!

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  86. Lovely words thanks for sharing!!

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  87. The roses add SO much to these pillows!

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  88. I am a happy regular follower of your blog!

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  89. I just love these pillows, my favortie being the Family one. Thanks for the link to the roses. I'm trying this today.

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  90. Wonderful work you have done in the "In Your Word's" bloghop

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  91. beautiful embroidery, lovely choice of words. I like that you made them into pillows.

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  92. What a neat pillow and what a nice give-a-way!

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  93. Wow - these are so lovely!! Love the roses too - brilliant touch!

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  94. Terrific giveaway too - yay I am a follower!!!

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  95. I like both pillows but love the shir on the one. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  96. Your pillows are beautiful! Love your embroidered words and like the fonts you used. Thank you for sharing with us, great job!

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  97. I'm a follower!

    Thanks again for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  98. Those are gorgeous pillows!!!

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  99. Your pillows are beautiful and yes you really need them! LOL

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  100. I'm a follower. Give Winston a puppy hug from me.

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  101. gorgeous pillows. Thanks for sharing.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  102. I am a follower. Thanks for sharing.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  103. Sweet Pillows! Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  104. What pretty pillows, those roses are perfect!!

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  105. What a pretty pillow. Love the flowers. They add just the nicest feminine touch. Thanks for sharing.

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  106. I love the pillows and the flowers that you added to the top of the pillows. Thanks for sharing.

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  107. Love, love, love your idea for a pillow cover... I have been thinking that my reading pillow needs a change... this just might be it! Thank you for sharing a great idea!!

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  108. I am a new follower and am looking forward to your future posts for more inspiration!!!

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  109. The pillows are really nice. I love how you did the words on the embroidery machine. Thanks for sharing.

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  110. Yes I am a follower. Thanks again.

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  111. Really lovely pillows! Tell your hubby that you need and want them....

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  112. Love the pillows and the word FAMILY. You did such a great job. I have already save the tut on the roses, that you for sharing that.

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  113. I LOVE the pillows! They are really beautiful and showcase the words.

    I am a follower!

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  114. I love your pillow! So beautiful

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  115. Beautiful pillows , thanks for sharing and they look wonderful on the bed! I am a follower.

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  116. You are really talented. Love the pillows.

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  117. I think all husbands are like that

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  118. Lovely pillows - very inspiring.

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  119. Great pillows. Such fun to try new techniques like the gathered inserts and the roses. Super words!

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  120. Very nice. The flowers add a lot.

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  121. Beautiful. I love the gathering. Thanks for the tut. The flowers are the finishing touch.

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  122. I'm a follower ;-)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  123. Oh they are just beautiful. I especially love the roses.

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  124. You did a beautiful job with your pillows. Very professional looking! Thanks for the tutorial too. Always inspirational.

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  125. I want to make those roses...they are just beautiful! Your pillow looks so elegant and lovely. Nice job!

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  126. I follow you by email. Keep those great posts headed my way.

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  127. Great words. Thank you for the words and the giveaway!

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  128. I think your pillows are gorgeous! I love the subtle neutrals you used.

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  129. Love the pillows. Thanks for the giveaway, hope I win! lol vickise at gmail dot com

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  130. I am a follower thanks. vickise at gmail dot com.

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  131. Your pillows turned out beautiful and those roses are the perfect addition.

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  132. These are lovely -I love the make fabric flowers too - they really make a project dont they.

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  133. Wow, the pillows with the roses look absolutely stunning, I love them. Thank you for your comment on my blog, I'll post a photo of the January block on your flickr group! Kind regards, Martina, Cologne/Germany

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  134. Love the pillows, especially the roses! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  135. I adore your pillows. Im going to have to make some. I love the gatthered one you did. Thanks for sharing.

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  136. What beautiful pillows, I would love them on my bed. Thanks for sharing .

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  137. Such lovely pillows, I especially like the roses on them.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  138. Thank you for sharing a special project. I am already a follower.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  139. It is easy to leave a sweet comment when see these sweet pillows. My favorite is family because of the font and satin stitch. You did wonderful work. Thanks for sharing your project and words.

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  140. wow, you did so much with the theme, love the pillows!

    Please don't count me in for the giveaway though as I'm not religious.

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  141. Great companions for each other. Looks good on the bed.

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  142. I'm a follower!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  143. How beautiful! I love those roses!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  144. I just went on a half hour detour looking at that blog where you got the roses tutorial! Love your pillows!

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  145. If they make you smile/happy (and I am sure they do) of course you need them! The pillow with the ruffles is my fave :)

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  146. Rosemary B here: this is absolutely lovely. It looks so romantic and feminine. My favorite things.
    Your blogs is so lovely too.
    thank you for sharing

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  147. I love your designs! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  148. love your pillows ... what a nice touch to any decor...
    thanks for sharing
    in stitches

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  149. Great tutorial. I love the words on your pillow and the flowers are such a lovely touch!

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  150. Oh my goodness, I love your pillows! They seem so simple to make but they are so so beautiful. The roses just take them over the top! Very very pretty!

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  151. Your pillows are beautiful. Thanks for the excellent tutorial.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  152. gfc follower: nicolesender
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  153. Your pillows are lovely. I think your embroidery machine does an amazing job. Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

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  154. I am a new follower to your blog, and have found your blog to be very inspirational. Your pillows reflect your heart and have been an inspiration for me as well. Family, is one of the most important words in the english language. Our family can mean different things to so many different people, but one thing for sure we can never change who God has given us. They are ours no matter what. So let's learn to love and appreciate each and everyone of them. Life is so short, so let's love, laugh and enjoy them while and when we can.

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  155. Love the words you've chosen! I think family should be an important one for all of us. Thanks for sharing.

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  156. Perfect, perfect words you've chosen -- and your pillows are just beautiful! GREAT job!! :)

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