Monday, 1 August 2011

Brit Bee news and a Giveaway

The month of July has been good to me as I was lucky enough to receive commissions for three bags,  ( I will publish a pattern for the 'I'll see you later' messenger bag and a tutorial on the zippered inside pouch in a few weeks time) sold a quilt via my on-line shop, past my 100th blog post and 200th follower and to top it all basically had Christmas every other day with my fellow Brit Bee members producing truly astonishing results with the fabric and brief I gave them. And to celebrate this I am offering a fantastic giveaway sponsored by Oakshotts. But first some words of gratitude to my fellow Brit Bee Ladies.

So far I have received 16 of 22 blocks (my own blocks are still missing too) and I thought this is enough to share with you a possible layout.
Isn't this stunning ?


When I set the brief for the Brit Bee I never ever imagined in my wildest dreams that I would end up with such a wonderful sampler quilt. It has everything; the most gorgeous shot cotton one can find and a truly contemporary mix of blocks that all have a personal touch from each Brit Bee member. For that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


The red in the quilt is called  'Cranberry' and I already used it in my 'Cranberry Crush' quilt that I love and adore. The white is called 'White Sand'. Over the past year I have ordered a number of shot cottons (here and here) from Oakshotts and Michael has been fantastic in advising me and his customer service is nothing short of perfect. I met Michael last year at the Quilt Festival in Birmingham. Oddly enough I didn't remember meeting him but he did and told me so when I spoke to him on the phone the first time. He has customers from Germany and we must have talked a little about me being originally from there.

Oakshott specialises in colourful shot cotton weaves that are ethically sourced from along the Malabar coast of South West India and I cannot emphasis enough the vibrant colours and quality of the shot cottons.


Michael has agreed to sponsor my giveaway with this superb set of fat 8th shot cottons called 'Sunrise'. Michael and his team are of course again at the quilt festival this year and their stand is H25 where you can visit him and have a chat and a good look at his fabrics (and don't forget to say hello from me).






Here are the conditions for the giveway:

  • the giveaway will be open from Monday the 1st August until Sunday the 7h
  • the winner will be drawn and announced on Monday the 8th
  • no contact-email no participation in the draw (if you don't have an e-mail on your blogger profile visible you need to leave one in the comment)
  • all are welcome to participate, nationals, internationals, E-Ts, ghosts etc. 
  • to participate you have to sign-up to Oakshott's e-mail newsletter that you can find here. Let me know that you did so with a comment on this post. Michael will sent out a newsletter soon with special offers for the festival that I am sure you won't want to miss
  • for a bonus point you can follow me on either my blog, facebook or twitter and leave me a comment that you do so now or are already doing so


Good luck !!

170 comments:

  1. I have to enter this one Judith - I adore Oakshott's shot cottons and bought the dark colourway fat eighth bundle last year at Harrogate. After I leave this comment, I will go and sign up for their newsletter. I promise! You have my email address but anyway it's lilysquilts @ gmail . com And congrats on the bee, all those posts and all those followers, your blog deserves it. P.S. Off on hol on Thurs and my pinnie is coming too - will post a pic of it sunbathing if you like.

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  2. Your brit bee members have done a fantastic job! Those shot cottons look beautiful, I think I am going to have to search some out at the FOQ.
    I have signed up to the giveaway, thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. I don't normally enter giveaways that ask you to sign up to something but I'm breaking my self-imposed rule for this one because I love these Oakshott shot cottons!

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  4. Ps I forgot to mention have signed up to newsletter. Please discount one of my comments though as this makes three!

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  5. I signed up for the newsletter :)

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  6. I am obviously a follower and a Bee! I love how the quilt looks - thank you for your faith in us!
    (PS on holiday next week, so please don't send my prize to anyone else!!)

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  7. I am signed up to the Oakshott newsletter x

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  8. I already receive the Oakshott newsletters and would recommend going to one of the open days at Gloucester if you can - last time I went the estate where Oakshott is based was crawling with armed police so a very exciting day out!!

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  9. I love the red in the Bee blocks, it's going to be a lovely sampler quilt. I've just signed up to OakShott's newsletter (I know it may sound funny but I like receiving news from fabric shops).

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  10. I'm already your follower.
    And I forgot to mention that I love the Sunrise set. The colours look amazing and I'm sure they're even more beautiful in person.

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  11. I signed up for the Oakshott newsletter. I had never heard of shot cotton before today!

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  12. I do follow your blog already, and I love your red & white bee blocks. It will be a stunning quilt!

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  13. I have signed up for Oakshott newsletter, they are a new one on me, off to check their website. Linda

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  14. I am already one of your followers. Linda x

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  15. Really fab giveaway! I signed up for the newsletter

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  16. Wow! Doesn't 'our' quilt look amazing! Great idea choosing the red/white Oakshotts. I've signed up for the newsletter. Jxo

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  17. I'm already a follower. Jxo

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  18. Waht a beautiful fabric. Terrific giveaway! I just signed to receive their newsletter.

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  19. And I'm now one of your followers. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. All signed up for the newsletter! What BEAUTIFUL fabrics! (Apologies for shouting- it is stunning!) Fingers crossed!

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  21. Signed up for newsletter - twice by mistake!
    Mal
    malmur@hotmail.con

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  22. And I'm now a follower! What a fab giveaway.

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  23. Sorry, bumbling in excitement of the giveaway - love Oakshott.
    My e mail address is malmur@hotmail.com !,,,, sorry

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  24. I'm already on the oakshot mailing list - LOVING their work! (moira.petrie@gmail.com)

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  25. I follow you as well :) (moira.petrie@gmail.com)

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  26. I follow your blog. Striking cranberry quilt from your bee! Love it!

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  27. Hi. Thanks for the giveaway, I have always loved the look of all the oakshot fabric but must admit I have never bought any. Would be great to get some to try. All signed up for the newsletter. Caroline

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  28. I've signed up for the newsletter.

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  29. Oh wow! The blocks look amazing! Thanks to you for having confidence in us and for giving us such lovely fabric :-) Definitely want to be in with a chance for this giveaway! Loved the oakshott cotton :-)

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  30. oops, forgot to say I am signed up for the newsletter, and I am a follower too :-)

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  31. I've signed-up to Oakshott's e-mail newsletter

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  32. I'm a flower....oops follower!

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  33. I've been following you on my Reader, but I'm now officially #208 on your list up there.

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  34. Thx for the chance to win these. They look really beautiful.

    I've signed up for the newsletter over there.

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  35. I signed up for the newsletter. Even though shipping would be extreme to the USA, it will be interesting to see.

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  36. I am now following your blog. I need to find the thingy, and I will follow you on twitter also.

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  37. I`m already a follower - Bee quilt is quite stunning!

    ajlzeiddar@gmail.com

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  38. LOVE these gorgeous fabrics, such beautiful vibrant colours. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  39. I`m back after having signed up to the newsletter - amazing giveaway and congratulations on your 100th blog post and 200 followers!

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  40. I signed up for the newsletter

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  41. signed up for the newsletter, thanks for the chance to win some yummy colors
    -annabelle :)

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  42. Oh Judith its looking so so good! I love the variation, its our first proper brit bee sampler quilt!

    I've signed up for the newsletter, with gorgeousness like that on offer you didnt have to tell me twice!

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  43. These blocks look great. I entered my first bees this year. But my months are still laying ahead of me. So any inspiration is good ;)
    I subscribed to the newsletter.
    Bye
    Susanne

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  44. I follow your blog :)
    Susanne

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  45. I love your bee quilt - I've seen some of the blocks on other blogs but never quite made it to your blog until I saw all the blocks on Flickr and followed the link...glad I did! I love Oakshott cottons - my LQS hasn't got any at the moment so I'm going to be looking out for some at Harrogate next month. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  46. I'm a (new) follower - thank you!

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  47. I never heard of these cottons before but they look fabulous and I would love to experiment with them! I signed up for the newsletter (and got my first email 5 seconds later!)
    ami @ dommel dot be

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  48. I follow you on Facebook!

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  49. Wow, love that color combination.
    I've signed-up to Oakshott's e-mail newsletter. Lovely web they have.
    johanneliebana@gmail.com

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  50. I was already a happy follower of your blog!

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  51. All signed up. I love shot cottons and would love to play with this fun bundle.

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  52. And I follow you via Google Reader.

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  53. New follower to your blog. I also signed up for the oakshott newsletter

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  54. So nice of you to open this contest up to ghosts and E-Ts. hehehe. I subscribed to the newsletter :)

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  55. And I'm a new follower of your blog

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  56. I have subscribed to the newsletter. Those fabrics are gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway.
    lime.leaf@yahoo.ca

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  57. And now following your blog too. Thanks.

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  58. HAPPILY FOLLOWING YOU!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  59. I have signed up for the newsletter!

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  60. SIGNED UP FOR OAKSHOTT'S EMAIL LETTER!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  61. I signed up for Oakshott's email newsletter.

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  62. I just liked you on FB!

    alibear167 at gmail

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  63. I'm signed up for Oakshott's newsletter. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

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  64. I'm a GFC follower. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

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  65. I've signed up for the Oakshott newsletter. I've visited their site many times but so far failed to make a decision on wish gorgeous colour to buy.

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  66. i'm already a follower using Google Reader

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  67. I'm signed up for oakshott's newletter. thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  68. Wow thanks for the introduction to Oakshott - I've signed up to the newsletter and I'll definitely be going back there!

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  69. I follow you in google reader
    thanks for a great giveaway

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  70. Thanks very much! Signed up for your newsletter - I'm already a winner. Love the free patterns.

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  71. Signed up for the newsletter

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  72. I already am a follower of your blog.

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  73. I Love Oakshotts :) Who could resist a chance like this! I've signed up for the newsletter, perhaps winning will be the catalyst to finally use the lettuce green Oakshott I have :)

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  74. As a Bee Calander Girl I'm following too :)

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  75. I signed up for the newsletter

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  76. Signed up to receive the Oakshotts newsletter - alternate email is mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  77. Your bee blocks look amazing - that is going to be one Divine quilt!
    I've signed up to receive the Oakshotts newsletter. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  78. Congrats on your commissions and blogging success! I love your bags and your blog :)

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  79. What a unique Christmas quilt! Nice! I did sign up for the Oakshott Newsletter.

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  80. I have been a blog follower/subscriber. :)

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  81. Hi there! I've signed up for the newsletter. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  82. I follow you and I like you on Facebook. :)

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  83. Oh my gosh I love shot cottons!! And I signed up for the newsletter :)

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  84. And I follow through Google Reader!

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  85. Thanks for the generous giveaway!!!
    Love it!!!
    I already signed up the newsletter!!

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  86. I am following your blog via Google Reader!!

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  87. What an awesome giveaway!
    I signed up for the newsletter! :)

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  88. I am already a follower of your blog via GFC & a fan on facebook! :)

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  89. I signed up for the newsletter. Thanks for the introduction to this lovely shop and these beautiful fabrics.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  90. I follow you!

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  91. I signed up for the newsletter :)
    heidig@gmail.com

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  92. I am following your blog via GFC
    heidig@gmail.com
    hugs,
    Heidi aka Digital Misfit

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  93. I signed up for the newsletter!

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  94. I am a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  95. I also signed up for the newsletter.

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  96. Hi!
    Great fabrics!!!
    I am following you and sign up for the news letter!
    My e-mail is: craftando@gmail.com
    Greetings from Germany
    Daniela

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  97. Your quilt is going to be amazing! Thanks for letting us play with your gorgeous Oakshott fabric. I'd never used it before, but I loved it. I've just signed up to their newsletter, and am going to start saving. Those colour wraps look lovely.

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  98. I signed up for the newsletter. :) Lovely giveaway.

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  99. I now follow on Twitter. @birdie00000

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  100. Glorious colour-ways, just waiting for some inspiration. jil: weftandwarp (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  101. I follow this blog. I hope you will come visit my blog soon.

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  102. i signed up for the newsletter, and i love this choice of bundle for a giveaway- these bold colors so appealing!

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  103. i follow vis GFC and on facebook- thanks for the inspiration!

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  104. I just found your blog and I'm so glad I did, so much inspiration! Signed up for the newsletter and boy would I love a chance at playing with those pretty fabrics! Gosh - I went to the website and I think I'm in love! =)

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  105. I'm of course a follower now too =)

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  106. Just signed up for the newsletter.

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  107. Oh my goodness, what a treasure!! It would be a joy to work with such loveliness. Yes, I signed up for the newsletter. Thanks!

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  108. I'm a follower on Blogger. Thanks!!

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  109. I ADORE these shot cottons and really appreciate the chance to win! Thanks for the contest.

    - Mary

    mary@thecuriousquilter.net

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  110. I've subscribed to the newsletter.

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  111. Of course I am a follower, bee buddy.

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  112. I signed up for the newsletter.

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  113. I signed up for their newsletter!

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  114. I follow you on twitter! @elisabew

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  115. I'm also subscribed to your blog!!

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  116. Just signed up for the newsletter! Thank you!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  117. I follow your blog via GFC.

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  118. I already won one of your giveaways so I'm not sure if I can enter this one too. Anyway I signed up to Oakshott's e-mail newsletter.
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  119. And of course I follow your blog! :)
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  120. so many peeps!
    righto, here I am, already a follower :-)
    & thanku muchly for the chance of this fab giveaway Judith :-)

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  121. & am signed up for the newsletter :-)

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  122. I signed up for the newsletter. What beautiful fabric they have!

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  123. I have also become a follower. Those blocks you received are so beautiful!

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  124. I would love to win this beautiful bundle. I signed up for the newletter

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  125. come on lucky 145....I'm also a follower

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  126. I would love, love, love to win this gorgeous bundle. I signed up for the newsletter.

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  127. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  128. I signed up for the newsletter - what gorgeous fabric!

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  129. I signed up for the newsletter. Thank you so much for this wonderful chance to win a fab giveaway.

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  130. I am a new follower to your blog and I just want to say, where have you been. I haven't seen it all but what I have, I couldn't be happier then a pig in a mud hole to have found you. :) Thanks again.

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  131. I follow your blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  132. I have signed up for Oakshott's email. Can't wait to find out more about them!

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  133. I signed up for the Oakshott email!! :)

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  134. I am now following you on your blog!! Thanks so much!

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  135. I signed up for the email. What wonderful colors. I love seeing them all lined up.

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  136. I signed up the newsletter.

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  137. I have signed up for the newsletter!

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  138. And I am a new follower also.

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  139. Gorgeous bundle!!! Signed up for the newsletter :)

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  140. What is HST
    email my prize notification to mywoodenleg@gmail.com

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  141. Oh, and I signed up for newsletter

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  142. I signed up for Oakshots newsletter

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  143. I follow you on here and twitter! I added this giveaway to my giveaway page on my blog http://craizeecorner.blogspot.com/p/blog-friends-giveaways.html

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  144. Signed up for Oakshott's e-mail newsletter!

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  145. I signed up for the Oakshott's e-mail newsletter!

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  146. I follow your blog through Google Friend Connect!

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