Friday, December 9, 2011

Quilting Gallery is having a Blog Hop Party

Quilting Gallery is having a Blog Hop Party starting 12/10 through 12/17 with over 225 blogs signed up.  Join the fun!!  There are give aways at all the blogs that you have a chance to win.


Since I am a quilt designer living on the Big Island of Hawaii I am giving away a Hawaiian applique kit of my pineapple design.  The pineapple is a sign of friendship so I felt this was very appropriate as it is my gesture of friendship to you.  I will have the applique cut out for you so that you can start stitching that much faster.  I feel very privileged to be a designer and teacher of Hawaiian applique.  This quilt art form is relatively young.  The Hawaiians were introduce to patchwork quilting in the 1820's by the American missionaries and applique shortly there after.  They turned there new found knowledge into their own artistic expression with the large applique that we know today. 


To win this kit please leave a comment telling us your favorite quilting tip.  The winner will be chosen at the end of the blog tour.








For another chance to win a pattern please visit my web site and sign up for the newsletter.  Each month I give away a free pattern to a new signee.  http://barbarabieraugeldesigns.com/

Sometime in January I will start selling my 18" Hawaiian applique kits with the applique cut out.  Check back for those then.
To continue your block hop tour click on Quilting Gallery  Have fun and good luck!

122 comments:

  1. My favorite tip is to measure twice cut once. This has saved me many times especially when doing borders. Thanks for the great giveaway. Hugs

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  2. I went to a retreat and needed to make a template. I used the throw away clear plastic container that the salad greens came in. It was the perfect solution and have used it often the container is about 16 inches long, 8 inches wide and maybe 8 inches deep. Now I also use it for quilt piece storage. I can cut out an entire quilt and store it there til ready to sew, stack on shelves and see through it.

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  3. My tip is always measure and cut accurately - everything else hinges on this one act!

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  4. My tip is to keep trying new techniques, especially ones you don't think you'll like. You'll always learn something from the experience.

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  5. My favorite tip is to iron a piece of freezer paper onto your ironing board when working with fusibles, paint sticks, etc. When you are finished, remove the paper and your ironing board is clean as a whistle.

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  6. Fav tip is to always have your seam ripper close at hand. I have two close at hand here

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  7. My favourite tip is to enjoy quilting, too many people stress out about it, if you make a mistake it can be fixed, whatever you do enjoy the process of being creative.

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  8. My tip is that there are no quilt police - enjoy your quilting and strive to do the best that you can. Thanks for the chance, Dianne

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  9. oooOOOOo! I've been wanting for a year to try out Hawaiian quilting! :D

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  10. how cool! I've never done hawaiian applique, but it intrugues me, looks so neat! I'm a new follower. I long arm quilt but also free motion quilted on my domestic before that, so my tip would be to NOT be afraid to free motion quilt and to try on scraps first, and also to practice with a sharpie on a dry erase board, just doodle without lifting the marker and that's your quilt design!

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  11. I'm pretty new, and not much in the position to be giving tips, but I would have to say.. give it a try.. you might be amazed at what you can do when you thought you really couldn't do it.

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  12. I have my very own hammer in my sewing room. When I have a seam that is a little too bulky I just give it a whack. I started using this when I was hemming jeans.

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  13. My favorite tip was using the flannel back of a vinyl tablecloth for a design wall.

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  14. My quilting tip is to use some type of marking tape on your ruler if you are cutting repeated cuts. It is a no brainer then as to where to place it.

    I have always wanted to make a Hawaiian quilt.

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  15. I think I'm too new to sewing and quilting to have any good tips. I use a glue stick a fair bit, though, to hold fabric in place. Works great and washes out! Thanks for the chance.

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  16. Always read your directions through and through before starting your quilt.

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  17. New follower. My tips - wash the fabrics first!!
    Thx for the chance to win ^^v

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  18. i like to iron my pieces closed (as sewn) and then press them seam opened. thanks for a chance at your kit!

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  19. My tip is to press and starch (Mary Ellen's Best Press) fabrics first. I love Hawaiian quilt motifs!

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  20. My favorite tip is to relax and enjoy the quilt. If you ae looking for perfection, quilting is not for you. Try to remember we are taking perfectly good fabric, cutting it up and sewing it back togeather again. Things happen during this process. Hugs

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  21. My favorite tip I heard from Bonnie Hunter recently. She said "I live in the land of good enough". I'm a bit of a perfectionist and that has become my mantra.

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  22. My favourite tip is to change the needle in your sewing machine with every new project!

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  23. My tip is to MAKE SURE you read all the directions when you are using a tutorial for a new block. I've had a few blocks turn out wrong because I cut all the right pieces, but not out of the right fabrics.

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  24. My tip! Have fun...or move on to the next project!

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  25. Great giveaway! We are going to Kauai next month and I'm so excited! My best tip would be to use old or inexpensive blankets as the backing. They are so super warm and comfy that way! I'm a new follower, so I'll be back :)

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  26. My tip: Follow quilting blogs that interest you - they are inspiring, great help with "how-to's",(some have great online classes!) discuss great new products or books and just generally are fun to read!Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. My tip is to interest the younger generation but let them pick out the fabric they like. Mom made me use what she had even though I didnt like the fabric. My son has made 4 quilts by the time he was 14. He even has a stash.
    diane
    farmcrafty

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  28. Lots of good tips already. I guess mine would be to not be afraid of the process, somehow it does work even if you can't always figure it out whie you're in the middle. My neighbor collects pineapples. I'd love to make her a pillow.

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  29. I save all the plastic I get from the store when I buy salads, fruit and vegie trays. The plastic is thick enough to make templates out of that last and last.
    thank you for your part in the hop and Happy Holiday to You and Yours.

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  30. I signed up for your mailing list.

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  31. OMGosh, if this is the last giveaway I ever win, I will be so happy. I have been crazy for Hawaiian quilts ever since I read about Bonnie relocating to Hawaii in The Elm Creek Quilters series by Jennifer Chiaverini Thank you for this wonderful chance. If you could recommend some good books, web sites, etc., with information on Hawaiian quilts I would be forever grateful. On my way to visit around your blog.

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  32. I am a new follower, my name is Jeanne, I am from Missouri where we have already had our first snow this year. I also signed up for your newsletter so I don't miss one thing you share about Hawaiian quilts. thank you for this wonderful chance to win. The best tip I have is to slow down, quilting is not a speed race, it is for enjoyment and creation. If you race through your projects you are losing a good portion of the joy you should be getting form you accomplishment.

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  33. Remember that when quilting the iron is your best friend!

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  34. When I first started buying for quilts, I bought too much fabric. That leaves lots of scraps for scrappy quilts, but can make it boring after the third quilt. Now, I buy smaller pieces and it's working much better. Love your patterns.

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  35. What a fun giveaway. My favorite quilting tip is to use the spray adhesive to sandwich your quilt. So much better then using safety pins.

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  36. I like to use freezer paper to applique.

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  37. What a great giveaway! Don't mix washed and unwashed fabrics together in the same quilt. Thanks for the giveaway! Mele Kalikimaka!

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  38. Thanks for the lovely kit as a prize. I like HA.applique and if win, will push me to actually try. My tip: use a soft artist's brush to gently clean your bobbin case area. It's actually less abrasive than those normally sold with the machine and seems to attract the dust better.

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  39. My tip would be to buy multiple seam rippers because they are hard to find when you need one!

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  40. My favorite tip is, when your sewing machine is giving you fits, re-thread it. And always keep the foot up when doing so in order to have correct tension. It's amazing how many times my machine has gone from balky to smooth (and so has my mood) when I rethreaded the machine.

    My grandparents lived in Hawaii and used to tell us stories of their golden time there. I would love to win this giveaway; thanks for the chance.

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  41. My favorite quilting tip is to prewash your fabric.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. Signed up for your newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win. Your design is lovely!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. Measure twice cut once....I have learned that the hard way:) Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  44. My favorite tip is on how to make continuous binding.
    Use to live in Oahu back when I was in my later teens. Loved it. I miss the plants and weather. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  45. I am subscribed to your newsletter. I always loved Hawaiian quilts. : )

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  46. I would love this! i have wanted to try Hawaiian Quilting and have not gotten around to it. My best tip is to measure twice cut once!
    Karen

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  47. I just signed up for your newsletter.
    Karen

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  48. Hi Barbara. I love your designs and I do enjoy Hawaiian applique' as well as regular applique. You bring a refreshing collection of designs to our world of quilting. Thank you!

    As much as I enjoy Hawaiian quilting, please don't pick me as I'd love to have someone new to this style of quilting win. I just wanted to say hi!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  49. Love the applique designs. Looking forward to learning how to do your Hawaiian applique.

    As for a tip, I took a beginners class recently at my local quilt store and really enjoyed all the tips the teacher gave. They were things I've either forgotten or never learned!! Happy Quilting.

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  50. I love Hawaiian applique. Every time I come to Hawaii, I have to get another pattern to work on.
    I have all types of scissors. I buy the kids scissors to use when I travel. They work just fine.

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  51. I love your patterns. the tip for me is rotary cutter. hugs

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  52. I love the Hawaiian quilts. My tip to be to double check things before cutting.

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  53. I move the pattern around as I move around so I am always looking at it the way I am sewing at that moment...

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  54. My favorite quilting tip is that a digital camera is one of my favorite tools. I use it for layout and color values. It's much easier to lay out my quilt and then put the pieces in rows and refer to the picture on my computer instead of all those silly numbering systems. Happy holidays.

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  55. You never stop learning so take classes whenever you can.

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  56. My favorite quilting tip is to sew an consistent and accurate scant 1/4" seam. It really helps when matching seams! Thanks and have a happy holiday!

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  57. Thanks for the chance to win. My tip is measure twice, cut once. LOL, works the same in quilting as it does in carpentry

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  58. I use a wooden iron on almost all the quilt blocks until the end. This way none of the pieces get distorted in any way. When they are put together, that is when the HOT iron is used.

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  59. I start a new project by gathering the fabrics and pattern an put them in a clear container. It keeps everything in one place and they don't get misplaced

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  60. I sit a timer for 15 to 30 minutes. I sew until the timer goes off. I get up and do something else like dratted laundry or dusting! then back to the timer and sewing again! thanks!

    Lorene

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  61. My tip is to read the all of the instructions or pattern all the way through before you start a project. This has helped to avoid cutting errors.

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  62. always make sure your machine is plugged in!

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  63. my favorite tip or trick actually is just chain piece everything you can!

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  64. When I start a new sewing project, I always fill two or three bobbins that way I don't have to unthread my machine every time I have to put in a new bobbin.

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  65. My tip is to use the smallest needle you can thread and your stitches will be easier to get tiny..also change your needle often. I tend to use a size 10 straw needle for needleturn (the 11s bend too easily for me) and a size 12 for hand piecing. Get a good needle threader and you will be fine with that tiny eye.

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  66. I have subscribed to your newsletter

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  67. Service your sewing machine requlary!
    Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  68. My favorite tip, that always works for a excellent result is to Iron the fabric before cutting and sewing it.

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  69. My tip is to use the rubber shelf liner available at all stores and so cost effective. It's great under machines, by the rotary map to hold small pieces in place and I even use on the bottom of homemade slippers.

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  70. I love pineapple. I kind of like you were on the other side of the world. I am Hungarian.
    I want to win! Thanks for playing!

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  71. My tip would be to be sure to check your quarter inch seam allowance occasionally-- if you are off by even the tiniest bit, it can make a big difference by the time your finish your blocks! Thank you for this chance to win your beautiful pineapple applique -- I love applique! :-)

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  72. I signed up for your newsletter! Thanks for the second chance to win! :-)

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  73. My tip is to always square up your blocks. Thanks for the chance to win a beautiful kit.

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  74. I am still learning so my favorite tip would be to keep a seam ripper handy....

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  75. Alohas from Texas! I'm a Pearl City girl, living here and LOVE your site. Mahalo for the chance to win!

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  76. My favoite quilting tip is to use the pages of the phone book for foundation paper.

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  77. Hawaiian quilts are so gorgeous. I wish I lived closer and could take a class from you. My tip is to iron and measure before you sew. This has saved me some frustration and wasted fabric.

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  78. my tip it so make sure your 1/4 foot is 1/4

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  79. I subscribed to your website. I love Hawaiian quilts and block patterns. The pineapple, one of friendship is beautiful.

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  80. I love all my quilting tools. They are my toys. One day I will tell you my rotary cutter and cutting mat are my favorite and on another day I would tell you my eyebrow razor and tweezers for ripping are my favorite. Oh my and all those wonderful rulers!

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  81. Wonderful giveaway! Best tip is to always have a seam ripper handy! Thanks!

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  82. I just subscribed to your newsletter, thanks!

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  83. I have subscribed to your newsletter. Thanks for your giveaway.

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  84. My tip is to not wash the fabric for hand applique. That extra sizing helps to keep it from fraying.

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  85. My tip is - iron as you go - and if all else fails, iron "it" into submission. Judy C in NC says thank you for this wonderful giveaway.

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  86. I am a new signee of your newsletter and look forward to it. Judy C in NC

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  87. My favorite tip is to constantly expose yourself to new ideas, new techniques, new color possibilities, new designs. Blogs are a great way to do that! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Sandy
    http://www.quiltingfortherestofus.com

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  88. It doesn't have to be perfect just make me happy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  89. My favorite Quilting tip is to use Steam A Seam when applying binding for perfect and easy binding.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  90. Have the iron on very close by, and stitch a whole row, then go to the iron, and iron it all at once.

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  91. My tip is about minor boo-boo's - if you can't see them from 5 feet away, then they don't exist. :)

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  92. spend at least an hour a day sewing to stop having ufos

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  93. My biggest tip is to always have an open mind with quilting and never be afraid to try something new.

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  94. My tip is all aways put a lable on your quilts, and have more than one seam ripper because you can never find one when you need it. Thank you for the great giveaway

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  95. To iron and press at every turn of quilting. Learnt this the hard way

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  96. My tip is to make sure to press well and properly when piecing. It really can make a big difference.

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  97. for making quilts with kids : get some of that brown package wrapping paper cut out the finished quilt size - maybe suchion size (square) and then let them fold the paper, half, diagonal, whatever they want you can even let them colour it, then cut along the folds and they have their individual templates ..

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  98. My best tip is to measure accurately. I have made many mistakes not taking my time! I love the Big Island. We visited a few islands last year and that was my favorite island--such a diverce island. Love the applique technique. I visited a couple shops while we were there.

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  99. My quilting tip is to make sure seams line up and be patient with the new things your learning. lnb1191(at)aol(dot)com

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  100. I am still a beginner but I learned to use freezer paper with my appliques.

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  101. I went to your website and looked at some of your patterns. They are awesome. My favorite tip is "There are no quilting mistakes, only design opportunities." Thank you for the chance to win. Merry Christmas from Minnesota.

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  102. A consistent seam is important and don't quilt when you are tired. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  103. My favourite quilting tip qould be to stock up on zip lock bags - I use them to store scraps, keep bits of applique together with their thread etc, carry a small bit of handwork on the bus- endlessly useful :)

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  104. My favorite quilting tip: Don't leave your fabric where a big baby dog can get his sloppy mouth on it. Our presa likes to eat fabric, and the first year we had him, I found several HST's and partial quilt blocks IN THE YARD. Yes, they had been "passed." And they got thrown away. I now have a baby gate keeping him out of my sewing room.
    Thanks for the chance to win the kit! Hawaiian applique is on my "daunting but I want to try it" list!

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  105. One of my favorite tips is to use your digital camera. I find I can see things in the camera that I don't see with my eyes.

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  106. Always prewash your cloth. I found this out the hard way. Thanks for the giveaway!
    kessilari(at)gmail(dot) com

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  107. The other day I was looking for a bloghop blog from Hawaii and I did not see one on the long list of participants. So I thought I would get on today and wow here you are. Yeah.!! I wish to try my hand at Hawaiian applique all the way here in the little state of Delaware. So I am also signing up as a new follower! My fav tip...don't be too hard on yourself. Quilting is supposed to be enjoyable not a chore! Don't be afraid to try new things.
    Merry Christmas to all and to all a quilty night!!

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  108. wow, that would be fun to win that giveaway. I have done one little Hawaiian applique.
    My tip is for those who applique.
    Use a toothpick to turn the fabric. It works like a charm.

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  109. My grandmother taught me that I was my own worst critic. Go for trying new techniques and don't get hung up on your failures.....It is rare anyone notices those little mistakes but you. I have a sampler I did in my late teens and missed 2 stitches (bothers me) my DH and kids have been looking for the mistakes for 7 years now, I am the only one that sees them.

    I have Hawaiian Applique on my bucket list, I love the delicate sophisticated patterns.

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  110. Love this. I have never heard of it before.

    My tip: Simple (I am new to quilting) is to go slow. So important.

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  111. I love your design. And my dream is to someday make it to Hawaii. Thanks.

    Happy Holidays!

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  112. OH I want to Win! I am just now putting together my first Hawaiian Applique pillow top! My new years project!!!
    my tip, Patience. don't rush, or you'll be unsewing!

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  113. My best tip is to be fearless. Try everything at least once. My second best tip is to buy the best, most comfortable seam ripper you can find (not one of those little ones).
    Thanks for joining the giveaway and have a wonderful Christmas.

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  114. This is a beautiful pattern!! I just saw my first Hawaiin applique last week - a friend took a short course while on vacation there. My tip is to slow down - take your time and aim for perfection. We never get there - but coming close counts LOL
    Marilyn

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  115. My favorite tip is to just get started. Try. It's amazing what I've been able to do that I didn't think I would be able to.

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  116. The most helpful tip/knowledge I've ever come across is this continuous binding tutorial. It's fantastic.

    http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/photos/continuous_quiltbinding/index.html

    I love Hawaiian quilts, and I've been wanting to make one for a while now.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

    sarita0818 at comcast dot net

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  117. My tip is to enjoy the process as well as the project.
    I only do small projects while I am learning the process, maybe someday I will get adventuresome and do a big project.

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  118. My tip is to measure 3 times before you cut! And I agree with another comment, take time to enjoy the whole process!

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  119. Hi!
    My favorite tip is to use good, non-slip rulers!
    I use Creative Grid rulers, of all the rulers I've tried I like them the best! I have a number of them!
    Thanks for the Giveaway!
    Take care, Leslie

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  120. My favorite tip is to change your blade frequently on your rotary cutter! Like kitchen knives, you run the risk of hurting yourself when trying to use a dull blade. Thanks for the opportunity!

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