Friday, December 3, 2010

GIVEAWAY | Little Menagerie by Melanie Hurlston of Melly & Me { Fat Quarter Shop Fridays Sponsored Post }


Happy Fat Quarter Shop Friday everyone! Melanie Hurlston of the Australian sister design team, Melly & Me is stopping by today to tell us about her super cute new children's line for Windham Fabrics. Recently available for sale, Little Menagerie features the likeness' of popular Melly & Me "mascots" Phoebe the elephant, Magoo the Monkey and Hooty the owl.

As Melly puts it, "This collection was inspired by childhood memories, my love of bright and contrasting color, and my desire to create things that evoke a simple, carefree and fun mood in a too busy world. I have combined images of some of my favorite softie designs along with clean and bright co-ordinates that make me think of simpler days and the joy of childhood. This collection would be perfect for use in any sewing medium for the young and young at heart."

Available in 2 colorways, Phoebe and Magoo, this line is sure to delight children (and crafty parents) of all ages.








RWQ: Tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been designing fabric? What is your design background?

"Little Menagerie" is actually the first fabric collection that I have designed, and what an exciting journey it has been!! I started my design career approximately 4 1/2 years ago when I started the pattern design label "Melly & me" in partnership with my sister Rosalie Quinlan of Rosalie Quinlan Designs. What started as a nervous and fun filled beginning has now turned into a full time living with my patterns being sold all over the globe. I have no formal design training but have simply used my ideas and self-taught skills to create a range of designs that give me joy, and hopefully bring joy to many others!

RWQ: Where do you draw your inspiration from when designing in general?

I think that my main inspiration is simply fun! I love to create items that make me smile, bring me joy and make me reminisce about the uncomplicated and joyful years of childhood. I draw inspiration from my own two children and their passions, from my own fond childhood memories as well as just from nature and anything that catches my eye. As well as children's items I also love to create functional and wearable purse patterns and contemporary quilts.

RWQ: Is there anything you want to tell my readers about your inspiration for Little Menagerie? Do you have a favorite print in the collection?

Little Menagerie was inspired by some of my all time favorite "Melly & me" creations. Magoo the Monkey, Hooty the owl, and Phoebe the elephant have been worldwide favorites from my pattern collection and I also had to add in my favorite little bee who was featured in my book, "Kaleidoscope". My goal was to create a range of fabrics that are suitable for both boys and girls, young and young at heart!

I have so many favorites in this collection!!!! My all time favorites would have to be the pink Magoo (monkey) print and the yellow bee print - ok and the white spot, and the pink and orange stripe and the.......








RWQ: Do you offer other products besides fabric?

I have a great collection of sewing patterns (including Magoo, Hooty and Phoebe) available under the "Melly & me" label. Last year I published my first book, "Kaleidoscope" and I have also just released a second pattern design label called "Sew Little" which is aimed at all things baby!

RWQ: How can my readers find more information about your company?

They can visit our blog at: www.mellyandme.typepad.com



Thanks Melanie for giving us a behind the scenes peek at how Little Menagerie was born! Sew Little and Kaleidoscope sound like fun new ventures for you. I'll be sure to look them up.



As a special treat to my readers, Fat Quarter Shop is donating two fat quarter bundles (one of each colorway) of Little Menagerie for you to win!

Leave a comment on this post to enter for a chance to win 1 of the Little Menagerie bundles up for grabs. Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted.

I will draw two winners using the Random Number Generator on Thursday, December 9, 2010!


Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway FQS! Please take the time to visit Fat Quarter Shop today by clicking on the image above.

Stay with us all month long where we're celebrating the Holidays (and the season of giving) with at least one new giveaway every week!

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Good luck!

316 comments:

  1. Such a cute line! <3 <3 Super excited about the giveaway - maybe this will be my next stash purchase!

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  2. the fabric are both so cute...would be fun to win!!

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  3. They're gorgeous! Forget kids, I want them for my own craft ... I love sweet whimsical prints on the inside of bags :D

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  4. I just love Melly's fabrics and patterns. The softies are so cute.

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  5. Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi oi oi! lol

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  6. I actually just received 6 yards of this collection-I couldn't afford to buy the whole shebang! And it's so cute! Would love to win some more to round out what I have. I especially like the elephants & monkeys

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  7. Just sweet! What a fun giveaway!

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  8. Oh my that is just so cute!! I know my girls would LOVE me to make something for them out of that beautiful fabric!

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  9. Those are such cute little animal patterns!

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  10. Little Menagerie is wonderful! It's so whimsical. Thanks for another great interview!

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  11. I LOVE the fabric. I've even made the little monkey on the fabrics. The patterns are so much fun and so cute to make. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. Love the monkeys and elephants! Thanks for the chance to win some. :o)

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  13. love the fabric, thanks for another fabulous giveaway!

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  14. Those little elephants are so cute! Love the fabric line. Some spring babies coming to our church and I need to make little quilts.

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  15. Gorgeous fabric, really love the elephants!

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  16. fun! hoping that this will be my first giveaway win!

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  17. I love it all. I just ordered some from Kimberly but there is always room for more. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. I love Melly & Me stuff- I have a bunch of their bag patterns and I LOVE this fabric!

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  19. Really cute fabrics, love the stuffed animals using the fabrics.

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  20. The fabric is great, and how about the cute stuffed moose...

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  21. I have always loved the Melly and Me patterns

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  22. Nice to see an Australian designer featured. Cute fabrcis

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  23. I love the Magoo Monkey design! So glad to see it on the fabric. Great collection.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  24. Great and fun fabric! Would love to win some!

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  25. Adorable fabric! Thanks for the chance!

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  26. Oh how cute!! This line is totally my style!

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  27. What fun fabric. Thanks for the giveaway. nanasew at gmail dot com

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  28. Love the animal prints! If I don't win. . I'll just buy me some. Thanks for the contest

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  29. Cutie!
    I would like to make something with this fabric.

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  30. I love this stuff, I would love to know how to make the adorable elephant out of it too.

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  31. My favorite color is pink!!! I'm just saying......

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  32. Ohhh.
    I just love this fabric..!!..
    Wonderful color....

    HegeT, Norway

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  33. Love, LOVE, LOVE this line!! Thanks for the interview. It is fun to find out about some of the people we love!!

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  34. I love the monkeys! Hope it will be available in Germany. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. omg, i LOVE animal prints. pls pick me.

    Jane P
    projectsbyjane at gmail dot com

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  36. What a cute line of fabrics, would make a great kids quilt!

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  37. ssooooooooo cute! I've been eyeing this collection since the first sneaky peeks on melly's blog...! the timing of this loooong anticipated collection couldn't be better as there are many new babies this + next year!!!
    hehe, my fqs shopping cart is already full of 'little menagerie' and i can't wait to hit the 'buy' button ~ of course i'd be beyond thrilled if i were picked as a winner...so maybe i should wait a tiny bit longer??? *pretty please, pick me!* :)

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  38. adorable prints! thanks for the giveaway!

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  39. I am loving the bumble bee fabric, since baby bumble bees are all the rage right now with my 2.5-yr-old.

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  40. Now they are just the cutest fabrics! Another great giveaway Ryan, thanks :)

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  41. wow! this would be great for new grandson arriving April next year

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  42. These are just so cute! Great giveaway Ryan, thanks!!

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  43. great prints... such temptations!

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  44. This line is so adorable!
    Thanks for the chance.

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  45. I loe this fabric line - Melly is so talented. Imagine growing up at their house - two super talented girls under the one roof!

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  46. GREAT FABRICS ADN GREAT INSIGHTS

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  47. They're gorgeous ..........lovely for heaps of baby & kiddie stuff!

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  48. What a lovely fabric line. Too cute!

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  49. So beautiful!
    Thanks for the chance!

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  50. Love it! This fabric would be so much fun to work with. :o)

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  51. That is such fun fabric and wonderful for all types of sewing projects.

    Debbie

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  52. This is adorable fabric! I love everything melly and me comes up with.

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  53. Oh, what cute fabrics! i love the blues!

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  54. These are amazing! The would be great for my craft projects.

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  55. What a cute line of fabric! Love her elephants too!

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  56. Cute fabric! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  57. I so love that Magoo pattern and fabric. So adorable! Thanks for the chance.

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  58. The Magoo pattern is too cute!!

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  59. please include me I would love to win.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  60. What a fun line of fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

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  61. Such great fabrics! How in the world could you choose between the colorways?? Thanks for the chance at a giveaway!

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  62. Totally adorable. Count me in as "young at heart!" The monkey print is probably my favorite too.

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  63. What an adorable collection. I love the whimsical cartoon characters, and can picture a child bundled up with these soon-to-be favorites. Great job Melanie! And this is the first fabric collection you've designed? Wow! Can't wait to see what follows.

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  64. Cute collection and a wonderful inspiration for sewing after the holidays.........

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  65. Ryan and Melanie, these are fabulous - I love happy fabrics and bright colors.

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  66. I love this collection, it is so cute!

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  67. Lovely colors and adorable animals all ready for a very cute baby quilt. I love it!

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  68. I really love this new collection as it really sets off the Menagerie with their own special material. It would be great to win this giveaway.
    The Elephant one would be so cute, and great for my 3 Granddaughters, and probably the 3 Grandsons as well, but it doesn't really matter which because they suit boy or girl, depending on what is made.

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  69. Wow! This is such cute fabric! I really like the Elephants and bees! So perfect for boys or girls!

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  70. Oh my goodness, so adorable! Thanks for the highlight, interview and chance to win!

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  71. I adore this fabric!! Also love the owl softie!!

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  72. What really cute fabric and designs. Great giveaway :-)

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  73. I love those fabrics. And Mellie and Me are great. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  74. These fabrics are adorable!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  75. Oh, I know just who needs a baby quilt made from those!

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  76. It really is just the cutest fabric. That little stuffed elephant is adorable. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  77. Oh, I love those fabrics. I'd love to add those to my stash!!!

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  78. Really cute fabric. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Billie

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  79. Such beautiful fabric! Thanks for the chance to win, and introducing us to new cool people!

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  80. These are so completely adorable!

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  81. oh wow these are way too cute!! thanks so much for the chance to win, these are just so sweet!

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  82. Such gorgeous fabric. Thank you for sharing.

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  83. thanks for the great giveaway! I hope I win!

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  84. Oh what gorgeous fabrics!! The blue would be perfect to make things for my little boy, but then the pinks would be lovely to make presents. Either way, I would <3 to be a winner... thanks so much for the chance to win :)

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  85. So adorable! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  86. A-DOR-A-BLE! I love this! Even if I don't win, this line is moving to the top of my must have list. I have the perfect pattern all ready to go. Please please please can I win this??!!

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  87. Cute, cute fabric. Some that would look really nice sitting amongst my other fabric. Someday (sigh) I will have some grandbababies that would look adorable wrapped up in all the cuteness of this fabric. Thanks!

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  88. Absolutely adorable fabrics. Another talented designer to thank for creating such cuteness.....would love to win some of this cuteness for sure. Thanks for the chance!!!

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  89. Yippee! This line is adorable. It gives me so many ideas! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  90. I love the Melly and Me patterns and have quite a few. I had no idea there was fabric coming, how exciting. Seriously! How very exciting.

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  91. I don't think I've seen this line before, but it's super cute! I would love a FQ set! Thanks for a great way to start the weekend!

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  92. The fabric and patterns are sure to leave a smile on your face. Kathie L in Allentown

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  93. Adorable. I'm just getting ready to make a dinosaur using the Melly & Me Dilbert pattern!

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  94. Very cute fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  95. I LOVE the elephants. How fun!
    email: nataliemfrancis@gmail.com

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  96. These are beautiful fabrics! I just love the new, modern, bright and fun fabrics. Thanks Ryan for showcasing them.

    Mary Malone

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  97. Monkeys yippee!!! Too darn precious:)

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  98. I've been visiting the Melly & Me blog lately so very happy to enter this drawing. Who needs grandkids for this fabric - it suits me too! Thanks for the opportunity from you and FQS and the nice interview with Melanie H.

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  99. Oh these are so fun, I would love to have some!
    liberalsprinkles at gmail dot com

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  100. So cute! Would be fun to win! Thanks! kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  101. My four little ones would love to have some pieces made with this darling fabric! Both colorways are just beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  102. These are both ADORABLE! Crossing my fingers for a win here :)

    kirsten_13@hotmail.com

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  103. So cute!!Ilove this line! Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

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  104. Another great giveaway! I love the monkeys and elephants.

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  105. Great fabric, thanks for this chance to have them. We follow you from the Canary Islands.

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  106. Such cute little elephants!!
    hisprincess886(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  107. Wow.. the fabrics are adorable. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Julie
    http://sweet-quilt-n-bee-shoppe.blogspot.com/

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  108. why is it that i get excited when i read, "no official design training" ... i love the creativity and whimsy in these prints!

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  109. These are adorable! I can't decide which colorway I like best.

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  110. What a adorable line. I think this would make a gorgeous baby quilt. Thanks !

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  111. Is this an awesome line or what....I think the design and the colors that were picked for this are the best I have seen in a long time...Great job!

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  112. Oh, thanks so much for this giveaway! Can't wait to see who wins!

    Jan
    www.anotherhatchettjob.blogspot.com

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  113. The Little Menagerie line is ADORABLE! I would love the win...thanks for the chance.

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  114. The "Little Menagerie" line is darling! Thanks for the chance to win.
    Desi

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  115. So cute! Hopefully this will be in my fabric pile soon!!!

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  116. Such adorable fabric! Thanks for introducing Melanie to those of us who didn't know her!

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  117. Oh, drool, these fabrics are just sooooooo gorgeous!
    We've had monkey & elephants as a baby nursery theme since our son was born 15 months ago, so if I win, I'll certainly be making him a quilt!!

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  118. Oh my gosh....the Little Menagerie prints are fabulous! Love the monkeys! I hope these come to live with my stash!

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  119. I loooove this collection...I'm all about teh cuteness

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  120. Love this fabric. Thanks for the chance to win some.

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  121. Oh! I love this line! :) Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  122. I love the animals that Melly and Me have. Hopefully I'll be lucky enough to debate what fabric to use on which animals!

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  123. Adorable . . . love the owls. Thanks for the chance!

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  124. These are adorable! I love making things for babies. I'm still new to sewing, but I have lots of baby ideas and I don't even have any!

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  125. She really has an eye for cuteness. *S* I'd love to win some of that fabric. Thx for the chance.

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  126. So sweet, love the little bumblebees!

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  127. Melly is such a wonderful person! I have several of her patterns and how nice, that she now has her own line. Very Melly!

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  128. Melanie's fabric is such a cute line and her blog is just inspiring. I have been following her for a long time now and it is always sursprising what she comes up with next. Of course little menagerie will be hard to top now :)
    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  129. I collect bee fabrics - and this one is just too cute! I will have to definitely put this on my wish list!!!

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  130. such cute fabric. love the elephants!

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  131. Very cute. I really like it would make a great baby quilt!

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  132. I just love her patterns and her fabric is adorable too! Can't wait to see more from them!

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  133. What sweet fabrics! Thanks for the chance... may have to buy them all if I don't win.

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  134. Love this fabric!!!!

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  135. Love this fabric ... would be great to win!

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  136. I love Melly & Me's stuffy patterns! I have the horse pattern - if I win I would have to make one from this fabric. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  137. I love, love ,love Melly and me 's patterns. I have made a few animals plus an alien. They came turn out beautifully. I think the collection is absolutly adorable. What great things I can make for my grandchildren.

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  138. I adore the little critters she makes, and the new fabric lines are delightful. Thanks so much for a chance to win some.

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  139. Very cute! My granddaughter would love something made of this.

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  140. Those little monkeys are adorable!

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  141. I adore melly and me patterns! I so excited that they now have a line of fabrics. count me in for the fabrics! (mauh) Liz

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  142. I would love to win and make such wonderful stuff with this fat quarter bundle. It is so cute!

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  143. LUV these colors! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  144. I love the monkeys! And - the elephants made out of the monkeys! This is so cute!

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  145. Both lines are so cute. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  146. Cute line to go with all the Melly & Me patterns! Enjoyed the interview.

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  147. I just saw this fabric line this week and immediately put it on my Christmas list! I would love to win this!!

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  148. The fabric by the new desgners is so fun!

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  149. Cute! Cute! Cute!!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  150. I love to sew baby quilts, and these fabrics would be fun to use. mom at coxville dot com

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  151. Oh my, those bumblebees are just to die for!

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  152. Yay for Aussie designers!!
    Andi :-)

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  153. THese fabrics are just so darned cute! Who wouldn't love to receive this little FQ bundle of happy?
    Thanks!

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  154. I love this line! Especially the elephant print. Thanks!

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  155. That fabric is just too cute and fresh. So nice to see.

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  156. these would wonderful quilts for babies and children

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  157. OMG! I thought I was in love when I saw the cute little elephant fabric, then I saw the cut little stuffed elephants! Adorable.

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  158. Thanks for showing us this line, it's adorable. I'm not sure if I like the monkey or the elephant better, both make me smile.

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  159. Ooh Ooh, random generate me please!

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  160. How gorgeous and fun.
    Good Luck Everyone

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  161. I *love* Melly! And those elephants are really cute. Thanks for bringing us this interview. You'll have to excuse me... I have a now pattern to go buy now!



    jenimelinda@hotmail.com

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  162. What a great line! And thanks for the interview. :)

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  163. What a cute fabric. Would love to have some for my stash. I have 7 grandkids and these would be great in a child's quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  165. I love the elephant. I actually have the pattern just haven't "gotten around to it yets". love the fabric as well.

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  166. What lovely precious fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway - they will make lovely quilts.

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  167. Some whimsy in my stash is much needed! I wish ... I wish ...

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  168. great fabrics! I need these to cheer me up!

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  169. I love Melly & Me, I'm always reading her blog and I think her first collection of fabrics is really fun.

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  170. Love her patterns, that elephant is adorable.

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  171. Melanie is the nicest person, I was lucky enough to go to a retreat with her and she is so down to earth and very happy to share her knowledge with grace and laughter.
    I love the new range of Fabric it's like all her designs....Fab!

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  172. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  173. The fabrics are so cute!!! I would love to win ...

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  174. I heart Melly's designs!!!I love my Mrs. Perkins giraffe made with her softie pattern. Thanks!

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  175. Lovely fun fabrics. I am a real fan of melly and me they have lovely toy patterns. :-) sandy.
    sandangels1945@hotmail.com

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  176. Is it okay to love those elephants, because I love them. What a very cute line.

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  177. My son loves green and monkeys, he would adore these fabrics!

    I should also mention to a sewing man that at 3 1/2 he can thread a needle and wants to be a "fabric man who works in a fabric shop" when he grows up ;)

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  178. Soo cute! Thanks Ryan and FQS for the giveaway

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  179. Oh how cute! I need to make a boy baby quilt and the blue Magoo would be perfect! Love the stuffed elephants, too. Adorable!

    Sandy A

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  180. so excited that people are starting to show up with more boy fabric!

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  181. The fabric line is so cute!!! Love it so much...esp the pink one :)

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  182. The little monkeys on the prints are so cute!

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  183. Luv Melly's Designs & her new fabric line just oozes fun... I envision great jammies for my grandies... Magoo 1st ! Great Interview.

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  184. I LOVE Melly and Me... I've made so many of their patterns and I'm psyched about the fabric!!

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  185. Love those little elephants - so cute!

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  186. Such a fun collection of fabrics. Thanks for the chance!

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