Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quilt Talk | Amanda Jennings (mrsmcporkchopquilts) Talks Star-y Log Cabin { WITH GIVEAWAY }

Hello there! I hope everyone ate their Wheaties today! You'll need it to keep up with our prolific guest quilter ... teacher/designer/quilter/friend, Amanda Jennings (mrsmcporkchopquilts) is visiting RWQ today and we're SUPER JAZZED!!

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She'll talk with us about her quilting interests and share info for her new Star-y Log Cabin e-Course (sign-ups end Feb. 1st and class begins Feb. 3rd). She's also brought some gorgeous pictures of her work to show. YAY!

If you haven't had the opportunity to read about Amanda's adventures in quilting, I urge you to wander over to her blog. You can feel the creative energy bursting forth from each and every one of her posts. She is super honest and definitely keeps it real. I look to her flickr stream often for quilty inspiration.

RWQ: Thanks for being here today Amanda. Please tell us a little bit about what inspires your quilting.


I'm inspired by Japanese craft books & zakka sewing! I love the idea of making everything patchwork; mugrugs, cell phone cases, everything. But I also really love and adore traditional and precision pieced quilts. Seeing stars with all their points makes me smile & feel like my sewing skills are improving!

RWQ: Are there any current quilting trends that peak your interest?

I am super jazzed about hand quilting right now, there is something really relaxing & it helps me "visit" with my favorite fabrics in the quilt longer, because each time I hand stitch, I'm re-looking at them and remembering exactly why I bought them...because I LOVE THEM!






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RWQ: What does being a quilter mean to you?

Being a quilter...that's tricky! To me it means to be creating something one of a kind, to keep me warm! It's a way to play with color and pattern and to have the personal satisfaction of "Hey! I made THAT! MYSELF!!!". I think in an age where it's SO easy to buy ready made quilts at box stores, the urge to take the time, sit, sew and create one, really says a lot about the current DIY quilting movement.

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RWQ: Thanks for letting us get to know you a little better Amanda! Now, can you tell us about your Star-y Log Cabin quilting e-Course?

My e-course will run 8 weeks and will teach you everything, step by step, from start to finish including:

* picking fabrics
* fussy cutting
* finding your machines 1/4 and scant 1/4 inch mark
* how to make PERFECT sawtooth stars...with ALL THEIR POINTS!
* making the blocks & assembling the quilt top
* straight line & hand quilting
* binding
* inspiration & positive thinking!

This class is 100% BEGINNER FRIENDLY. I'm here for YOU! If you can sew, I can teach you this. My goal is for you to create a gorgeous star-y log cabin quilt in colors that make YOU happy. This is going to be chock full of information!

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I completely understand that sometimes a full quilt is daunting at first so I'm breaking this up over 8 weeks. Once a week you'll get a pdf from me with tons of color photos showing you each step. After you purchase the class, you'll get an INTRODUCTION PDF. This is the schedule and the topics I'll be covering.

CLASS WILL OFFICIALLY START THE FIRST WEEK OF FEBRUARY.

I recorded a special video message for everyone interested in the e-course. You can also CLICK HERE for further information and to sign up!

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Amanda is generous enough to donate one space in her e-Course to my readers! To win a FREE pass to her amazing class, leave a comment on this post. Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted.

I will draw one winner using the Random Number Generator on Wednesday, February 2, 2011!

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In addition to her blog, you can find Amanda chatting on Twitter (@heyporkchop) and designing and selling adorable embroidery patterns in her Meylah shop, The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.

Thanks for stopping by,

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156 comments:

  1. Okay, how fantastic would that be!

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  2. I would love to take this class. I've never exactly learned any of the "right" ways to quilt...I've always just made it up as I go along.

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  3. woot woot! we heart you amanda! :)

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  4. This would be a great class for me! I'm a beginner but I would really love to learn fussy cutting. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  5. What a great profile, interview, chat. And while I've been following Amanda for a short time there is a lot of inspiration. Thanks for providing a chance to win this course.

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  6. This course sounds fabulous! I would love to be involved. Thanks for Amanda and you for the opportunity! Happy quilting.

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  7. This class is taylor made for me! I am a beginner quilter, and am really looking to improve my skills!

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  8. Learning from the comfort of home is wonderful. Kathie L in Allentown

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  9. I'm fairly new to quilting, so this would be great! Love all the projects pictured above... Are those mermaids in the one at the top? Awesome.

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  10. How cool is that?!?!? I've been considering taking some classes to help learn some of the tricks of quilting! This one would be so much easier to work around my wonky work schedule than at a local quilting shop.

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  11. What an awesome giveaway! I love Amanda's blog.... I think her work is beautiful.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. :)

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  12. I promise to do my homework if chosen! Yes!

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  13. Okay...

    I totally do not have the time for this, but I cannot resist. Amanda + fabric + quilting + learning from Amanda about fabric and quilting = super awesome excellent and stuff!!!

    Yay!!!

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  14. I loved to do this...winning would be amazing!

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  15. How exciting - an e-course! I'm taking several college courses online right now for a degree in Elementary Education... hmm... Somehow I think a quilting course would be more fun!

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  16. I would love to join her class. I have been following her blog forever and always love what she does.

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  17. I would love to take her class. That quilt is amazing!

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  18. I absolutely love that first star block with the Mendocina mermaids! It would be great to win the course!

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  19. I have never taken an e class before! And I love variations on log cabin!

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  20. I've never taken a quilt class, e or otherwise and I really would love to take this one!

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  21. It sounds like a great class! How fun

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  22. enjoyed the interview and loved that quilt :) Have a grand day - Laurie

    llsbaskets at comcast dot net

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  23. Thanks for sharing insights on Amanda. I'd actually love to win this giveaway as I do like to investigate and write about such online classes, should I be so lucky to win such an opportunity.

    And, I've also shared insights on this giveaway on my page where I share insights on contests & giveaways: http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  24. Great interview with a fab artist! Thanks Ryan for bringing such great people to us!

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  25. What a great idea - e-classes! And that is such a lovely quilt.... thanks for the chance to win!!

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  26. oh wow - I would love to win this class with Amanda. I have yet to make a star that had all its points intact!

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  27. would love to be selected. hje

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  28. I would love to take her class! I'm sure it's going to be great!

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  29. That would be so fantastic! I love her pattern

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  30. Love your class sample Amanda. Thanks for the interview and the chance to be one of your students.

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  31. sounds like a fabulous class!

    bess :)

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  32. Thanks for your generosity! Loved the interview!

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  33. Oooh as someone totally self-taught this would be really useful for me!

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  34. What an awesome giveaway! I love Amanda's creativity and obvious love of Heather Ross fabrics. Until I met and talked with Heather Ross I never would've dreamed of cutting up her fabrics, but she told all of us in class that if it isn't going to be used, why have it?

    Anyway, my tangent-prone mind is getting the best of me. Whoever wins this (hopefully me!) will obviously have a great teacher!

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  35. So cool! I love the Heather Ross quilt!

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  36. I would love to take a class with Amanda! Her work is amazing!

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  37. Wow, this is fantastic. Love her designs!

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  38. love amanda and her work!!! :) would loooooove to take a class with her! :) thanks so much for the opportunity and the great interview! :)

    kaimono[at]hawaii[dot]rr[dot]com

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  39. Wow - what a wonderful opportunity!

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  40. What a coincidence:) I just was admiring her hand stitches on gorgeous star-y log cabin quilt shown in this post! I would love to have some classes online - fantastic idea!

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  41. Oooo, so exciting! Would fit in with my work hours too!

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  42. I just watched her video and with energy like that, the class must be wonderful. All right number generator do your thing!!!

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  43. Woot! I would love to take this class. I am getting back into sewing on a daily basis and am teaching myself quilting ... =}

    I would be grateful for the opportunity ... thank you so much for offering.

    Good luck to everyone ... =D

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  44. Amanda you are one fantastic lady! It would be a honor to learn from you. Can't wait!

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  45. This would be great! I would love to take this class. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  46. Great giveaway. My fingers are crossed.

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  47. This would be incredibly fantastic!! I'd love to do an e-learning class for quilting. Thanks for the chance!

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  48. Love Amanda's work! Looks like a fantastic course, too.

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  49. That mermaid quilt is awesome. I really like your work. As a novice quilter, I am interested in taking as many courses, and reading as many blogs and tutorials as I can get my hands on. Thank you for having these eClasses.

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  50. Wow, I'm sorry to say that I hadn't heard of Amanda before, but I will defintely be putting her on my favourites list. I'd love to do the course but can't afford it right now, hopefully next time.
    I'll be getting one of her patterns from The Frosted Pumpkin to make something for my hubby for Valentines.
    Thanks for such a great interview.

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  51. I've got my fingers crossed! I love those little flying geese on a white background quilt. Thanks for the chance.

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  52. Oh yay! I love Amanda and I'd love to do this class! Also can't wait to meet her at Sewing Summit! :)

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  53. I've never taken an e-class before, nor participated in a quilt-along. Maybe winning something like this would MAKE me get involved with everyone more. I love the creative mind Amanda has - those are some awesome quilts you featured. My goodness, her vision is astounding! dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  54. OH, to win that would be great!
    :)
    i never quilted before.

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  55. Oh this sounds like an interesting class for me! Great idea for a giveaway. :) Amanda is very talented and the Mermaid block/quilty thing is simply fantastic!

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  56. I have seen Amanda's work, and it is wonderful. Thank You for having her on your blog. Would love to win her class.

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  57. beautiful pictures...great giveaway

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  58. That HR star has been in my favorites for some time now. I think one day I will actually try to make one...we will see. lol

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  59. Thank you so very much for introducing Amanda Jennings to us :) I would love to take her e-course too! It is exactly what I need right onw to get me started on my first project :)
    Thanks so much for the chance!
    hugs, margie :)

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  60. Oh, I would so love a chance to be in this class! Amanda's work is always so inspiring. :-)

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  61. I would love to win a spot in Amanda's e-class! I'm a beginning quilter and could really use help from an expert! Thanks for the interview and chance to win!

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  62. I love amanda's patterns, and of course would love to take her e-class! Thanks much for the chance to win!
    Desi

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  63. How exciting, I would love to win this this ecourse. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  64. What fun would that be! I'm not a good student, but would love to give it a try.

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  65. How exciting! =) I keep wandering over... but am a little intimidated by the design... xoxo

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  66. cool! I am a huuuuuuge fan of log cabins!

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  67. It would be fantastic to win. I have been quilting many years and have never really gotten into making a full log cabin quilt. Something new to add to my knowledge would be nice.

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  68. I would love to be a part of this course. Amanda's work is amazing! Thank you for sharing this with us too!

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  69. This looks like an awesome opportunity! I'd love to win.

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  70. This is such an awesome opportunity. I'd love to win a spot in the class!

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  71. I would love to win a chance to take the eclass! A beautiful quilt. Thanks for the chance.

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  72. I would really enjoy this class - hope, I'll win!?

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  73. I have been in a quilting slump lately (if that's the correct word) but after watching the video, I am pumped!!

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  74. This class looks great. I am such an imprecise quilter - things never line up as they should! I think it is because I am self taught and haven't do this very long - a class like this could really help!

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  75. What a great idea for a giveaway!

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  76. Taking this course from Amanda would be so much fun. Her little video was so full of energy! Pumped and jazzed, yep, got that covered :D

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  77. great, what a chnace, thank you, hugs

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  78. How fantastic.
    Would love to win this giveaway and be able to learn all that Amanda has to teach.

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  79. Im so inspired by Amanda's work, would L*O*V*E to win this giveaway.

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  80. This is an awesome giveaway!!! I would love to attend this class.

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  81. Wow - I don't just want this class i NEED it. So please please put my name into your random generator.
    Love
    Patti xxx

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  82. This class would be fun!
    I've never taken an online class . . . .

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  83. What an awesome prize! I would love to win a spot in this class!

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  84. This is such a great giveaway - I hope you pick me! Thanks for the chance!

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  85. awesome interview with a great person! :o) would love to take the class!

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  86. I would love to take this Class. As I'm a beginner, I could really learn a lot.

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  87. How generous Amanda is to offer one spot in her class, I would love to win!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  88. this is really awesome! Thanks Amanda for the chance to win!
    hanibee8@hotmail.com

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  89. WoooHooo! I'd love to win a spot in Amanda's class!! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  90. I would love to win. I sew but have never actually quilted before.

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  91. The quilt in your post is beautiful. I'd love a spot in Amanda's class.

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  92. What amazing work (and photos)! I am pretty new to quilting and love reading about different designers. Fun!

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  93. I absolutely love Amanda's quilt - it is so gorgeous! What a terrific giveaway!

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  94. I would LOVE to win take her class! What a great giveaway!!!

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  95. Oh my heart just jumped a little bit. There is something about Amanda's confidence in her soon to be students that makes me think I could actually create something like that. I still feel like such a beginner quilter and it is so encouraging to see work like hers. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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  96. Thanks for the chance to win. I would love to take this class.

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  97. Whoa! Great give-away! As a newbie quilter who is 'just winging it' a class with such an exuberant and crazy-exciting-awesome quilter would be an amazing experience!!! Thanks for the chance to win, and thanks for a new blog for inspiration!

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  98. I want and really "need" a class! I am a new quilter. Thanks for the chance - great giveaway!

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  99. As a beginner, this would be a dream prize! My New Years resolution is to learn more abou quilting, and try more things.. this would certainly fit in with that as well.. come on Mr. Random #..

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  100. Beautful work!! I would love to take this course

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  101. This is so cool! I will love to take a class with her. Thanks for the chance.

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  102. Perfect star points? Every time? I need this!

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  103. Her work is beautiful! I would love to make that quilt. I'm always making baby/small-ish quilts so it would be lovely to finally make a big one! :)

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  104. oh wow! what a great giveaway. I love taking sewing courses but this year I'm getting married so I have to save my pennies. This would be a wonderful opportunity to hone my star piecing skills. wonderful!

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  105. I love Amanda's blog! I would love to be able to take the e-quilter course, but because I'm a poor college student, I can't afford to buy it. This is such a great giveaway! I sew all the time, but I don't have anyone to show me the right way to quilt and I'd really love to learn.

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  106. I love everything that Amanda does...her and Ashleigh's patterns are rocking my little world...I would love to take her class!

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  107. What a great giveaway! Count me in!

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  108. I'd love to win! I often refer to Boston as the wasteland for quilter's -- no fun classes anywhere, boo. An e-class would be great! Thanks for the chance.

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  109. I'm pretty new to quilting -- I've only done 1.5 quilts -- so I would reeeeeally benefit from this class. And I LOVE that star-y log cabin quilt. It is AMAZING.

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  110. Could probably find the time each week ;) Would love to win !

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  111. that sounds awesome!! and the quilt is so pretty!!!

    thanks
    stacey
    luv2knitnsew@gmail.com

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  112. Woohooo! What a great giveaway

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  113. Hi Ryan,
    I just found your blog and I have to say you have two adorable little boys. I'm sort of a traditional quilter myself but lately I'm starting to get "bewitched" by modern fabrics, colors and quilt design, so I love your colorful blog.

    Gail

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  114. I think even though I've been quilting for several years I would be able to learn so much from Amanda. She does superb work.

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  115. Would love to do one of her quilts. Thanks for the chance. Robert, in northern Iowa.

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  116. Would love to do one of her quilts. Thanks for the chance. Robert, in northern Iowa.

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  117. what a generous giveaway! it would be a great thing for my daughter in law who's just re-visiting sewing after about 20 years as a teen making scrunchies!! thanks for the opportunity

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  118. Wow, I just linked over from Freckled Whimsy, what a great opportunity! I would love to be on one of her courses!

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  119. Would love to take this class !!!
    Thanks so much for the chance :)

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  120. What a wonderful class - - - the quilt is beautiful and her embroidery is adorable!

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  121. What an awesome giveaway! I would love to take her course.

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  122. Amanda's work is truly inspiring. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to perfect my star points!

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  123. I definitely could use this class.

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  124. For a beginner quilter this would be amazing! -Ashley (SpurlockA@Comcast.net)

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  125. I'd love this :)
    Thanks for the chance!

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  126. ohoh. I would love to be in that class! i am still a beginner and it would be amazing to learn from the master!!

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  127. I would love to take her class! amanda is da-bomb!!

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  128. omg! I would love to win a place in her course, I love reading her blog and taking a class with her would be so inspiring! thanks for donating and hosting the giveaway! crossing all my fingers and toes...

    bruzzinie@net.elmhurst.edu

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  129. One of my goals for this year to learn quilting. This will be the best gift I could get this year

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  130. wow an e-course!! great interview!!!

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  131. This looks like such a great quilting course!!!

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  132. How generous! My stars always lose points!!

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  133. What a great e-class! Thanks for your generous giveaway...

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  134. I would love to take your class and learn from a "star"!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

    Jaime E.

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  135. I've been wanting to learn how to quilt!
    And I loveeee Ms Amanda...so I would loveeee to win this giveaway :)

    Ashley

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  136. I would LOVE to win this e-course! I've picked up bits and pieces about quilting here and there but have never taken an official course. I would enjoy it immensely! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  137. I so want to win!!!! Thanks for the chance

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  138. I would like to win, Amanda's quilt is beautiful. Thank for a chance.

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  139. I would love to take this class!!! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and great post!!

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