Thursday, September 8, 2011

Designer Focus - Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studio & Giveaway!

We are so excited to kick off a new feature on our blog - Designer Focus. Each month we will feature a different designer for products we carry at Shabby Fabrics. You will learn a little more about them, see their products, and enter a giveaway to win something really great!

Our first designer is none other than Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studio. We LOVE opening our orders from Meg and seeing what adorable new things she has imagined! Here is a little about the background of her company:

I've always loved making things - it didn't matter if it was with fabric and thread, yarn, paper & pencil, paint, flower & sugar, wood, weeds...you get the picture! When I was young I would make fancy mudpies with dandelion fluff meringue, and hand-drawn paper dolls with a huge collection of fashionable clothes. As I got older my focus turned to crocheting lace by the yard, creating endless pen & ink sketches, and embroidering my clothes.

After my son graduated, I started working at a quilt shop making kits and decorating. I also did artwork for their newsletter which was a primitive style printed on newsprint - really fun! That artwork turned into embroidery patterns designed for the store. A few years later I took the plunge in getting my business license and selling my own patterns. I named the business Crabapple Hill Studio after the big crabapple tree on the hill behind our house when we lived in Cashmere, Washington. I used to spend hours sitting in that tree daydreaming (daydreaming is still my favorite "place" in the world!), drawing, and hand sewing doll clothes. What better name for my own business where I'd be doing pretty much the same thing?


Meg's studio - Is this the cutest place you've ever seen or what?
Every day brings something new. It's so great meeting people who are making my patterns, adding their own touches, using them in their homes, and wrapping the quilts around their children and grandchildren. It's really quite humbling to think that someone, somewhere is making something from a drawing that came from my imagination - my heart - and making it into an heirloom. I have to thank every single one of you! It's been a joy, so much fun, a constant re-learning experience, and the scariest thing I've ever undertaken. Who would have ever thought that anybody would actually like my doodles??


Thank you from the bottom of my heart!    

xoxo Meg


Meg is known for her delightful embroidery projects, and has recently designed a fabric collection for Lecien called Whitewash. We have created a special section on our website for the month of September filled with Meg's patterns and fabrics. Take a look at some of our favorites!

 The Winter Wonderland Quilt features hand embroidery in red with a border of patchwork. 
We have Fabric Kits and Patterns available for this project!


The Vintage Postcard pattern includes instructions to create a vintage-inspired postcard pillow complete with hand-embroidered postmarks and stamps! Love this pattern?  Enter our giveaway below for a chance to win an autographed copy!

We've also put together kits for Heartfelt Wishes.  This heart-shaped pillow is a large 19" across - great for your bed or favorite chair - and features patchwork detailed with embroidery.

Need some assistance with embroidery stitches?  You can download two different embroidery stitch guides at Meg's website here.


Announcing the Embroidery Club!
Because we love embroidery (and we have a feeling you do, too!) we have created the Shabby Fabrics Embroidery Club!  This Club will begin in January 2012 and will include one embroidery kit per month for six months.  Three of the projects are from Crabapple Hill Studios!  Click here for more information or to sign up.


GIVEAWAY!

What is your favorite Crabapple Hill project?  What do you love about Meg's designs?  Comment below for your chance to win one of three Vintage Postcard patterns autographed by Meg!  Giveaway ends September 30th.


107 comments:

  1. I love her patterns, but haven't tried any yet. I have the Honeybunny's garden pattern and the Heartfelt Wishes. Love the look of the post cards, too!

    Thanks,
    Sandy A

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  2. I am in love with the Gardeners Angel(s) - all four of them. Meg's patterns are beautiful.

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  3. I just love Meg's patterns. I make primitive and shabby items. The Winter Wishes bag would be perfect for holiday gifts for the family.

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  4. Everything Crabapple Hill is yummy!!

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  5. She has a wonderful clean, precise look to her designs. I love Which Witch's Boot for one. And her studio looks perfect!

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  6. I love Crabapple Hill patterns. I have made Autmn Leaf Party, Journal Rose, Lavender Pillow and Simple Joys of Winter is almost done. I enjoyed reading a little about Meg. I love the vintage postcard design. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  7. It's too hard to pick one favorite! I really liked the halloween themed one I saw recently as well as the "winter" pillow w/the felt pointsettias. Thanks for a chance to win - laurie

    llsbaskets@comcast.net

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  8. For sure it is the Winter Wonderland Quilt oooh wowwie!!!

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  9. I have Over the River on my cutting table right now. I'm doing it in Fall colors rather than the black and creams usually shown. Can't wait to get started. I have recently purchased several of her patterns and am anxious to make them all. The postcard pillow would be the smallest one for me, but I love it. I travel with my job, so it makes a great take along project. Hopin' I win.

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  10. I am currently working on Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage. Love Meg's designs!

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  11. I'm just getting back into embroidery so haven't used her patterns yet. The Winter Wonderland quilt is really pretty, so will select it as a fave. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. This is the first time I have seen any of Meg's work. I just love the heart!

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  13. I love all of Meg's patterns! They evoke memories of long ago, or growing up to me. Some of them, especially the Halloween ones, are embroideries of "what the scenes should look like and how you picture them in your own mind's eye" for Halloween. They are extraordinary! I am working on my favorite one so far: Hocuspocusville and have Which Witch's Boot and Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage to start next. However, I love the Christmas designs as well! They are all truly beautiful! Thank you so very much Meg--can't wait to see what you come out with next!

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  14. I had the great fortune of getting to visit Meg's place this summer. What fun that was, and Meg is just delightful. I've done several of her teacups, as well as a snowman quilt, and others, and am now working on the Heirloom Romance. Love her patterns!

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  15. I've been admiring Winter Wonderland quilts I've seen online, and one made from Over the River, but with the words changed to be specific to the maker. But now I see the vintage Christmas postcard and I'm hooked!! I love that! VermontPines@aol.com

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  16. I love all of her sampler pillows!!

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  17. If I only had time - my thoughts be leaning toward making that heart pillow my next project.
    SEW lovely.

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  18. I like that heart shaped pillow. And her studio is fantastic!

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  19. I love Over the River and through the Woods. In fact I have the kit...yet to be made.

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  20. I love them all. Sometimes you just know that you have found something that just touches your heart and hand. That is what Crabapple Hill Studio has done for me. I have the Embroidery Envelope and Over the River and Through the Woods quilt patterns just waiting to be started. Thanks for the giveaway, my heart is doing pitter patters!

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  21. I love Crabapple Hill. My favorite was Snow Days. Then she came out with Calendula Patterdrips Cottage, and I out that at the top of my list. Thanks!

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  22. I have several of Meg's pattens ... they are beautiful!
    I adore the Heartfelt Wishes pillow ... Oh I love them all!

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  23. I think the Shabby Fabrics Embroidery Club is a wonderful idea! Especially sine 3 of the projects are from Crabapple Hill!!

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  24. I've long been a fan or Crabapple Hill patterns. I love her soft, vintage style. I'm especially drawn to the 12 Days of Christmas dish towels patterns -- what a great Holiday project!

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  25. I love all Crabapple Hill patterns and the first I ever bought was Winter Wonderland - the name says it all. Berry Picking Party is another favourite. All Meg's patterns are beautiful and feminine and I love her style and colours.

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  26. I love Crabapple Hill and have so many of her patterns. I love the snowmen quilt and made that already and am working on Which Witch's Boot. Meg's designs are fab!

    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

    therealfrannie@yahoo.com

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  27. I like the Simple Joys of Winter cushion it would make a love Christmas present. Thanks for the chance.

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  28. I'm in love with "Snow Days" I will order one day, but i love all her design. Thanks for the chance.

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  29. My fav project would have to e 263 Snow Days too, its stunning.
    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.
    Elaine
    lanybleu AT gmail.com

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  30. I like the Summer Sampler - the gentle colours are gorgeous!

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  31. Well of course I am going to pick the largest project the winter wonderland quilt is adorable! However I love the heartfelt pillow & postcard too!!

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  32. Fall, Christmas, I love them all, but I think I would like to try the Crazy Quilt Snowman Pillow!
    It's adorable! I really enjoyed this post! Thanks for a great giveaway and a chance to win!

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  33. I have made several of Meg's patterns. They are just so quaint. I love how she can make things look realistic with just a line. I am in the process of working on the Winter Wonderland.

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  34. I love the Snow Days by Crabapple Hill. Lovely designs! Adore the postcard pillows! thanks!

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  35. I love the How Does Your Garden Grow, so pretty!

    Thanks for the chance!

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  36. Love the patterns and designs would love to try and make one! Sue

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  37. I like the Merry Merry Dishtowels. (Actually, I like ALL the patterns, but that one caught my eye today.)

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  38. I am new to Meg's designs -- I really like them especially the Postcards pattern. If I don't win one I will definitely buy one! Thanks!

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  39. I always think of my grandmother when I see Meg's patterns. They make me think of Hollyhocks, iris, gingham checks and rice pudding.

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  40. I love Meg's patterns, too. The postcard pattern is so very sweet. I purchased "Over the River" recently, but haven't made it yet. Hope I win!!!

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  41. Winter wonder land is the best Christmas/winter quilt I have seen in a long time. Love it.
    Meg's patterns are wonderful.

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  42. All from Meg's is gorgeous!Please enter me in your giveway.Love

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  43. I love Meg and her Crabapple Hill patterns. I have done the Winter Wonderland, Over the River and Merry Little Christmas. I have other patterns sitting here waiting in line to be done including Vintage Halloween. I would love to win an autographed pattern by Meg.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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  44. My current favorite is Snow Day....but I LOVE the vintage postcard too!

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  45. I love that you are doing the Designer Focus and what a way to start, with Meg. I love all of the CrabApple Hill patterns and have just finished Winter Wonderland - just waiting to be quilted, and Over the River is next. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. Judy C in NC

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  46. I like the autumn pillow, but I LOVE the country gardens quilt. Gorgeous. Her patterns are timeless looking and I think that is why I like them.

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  47. Any pattern is OUTSTANDING & for the beginner also. I have done more than you think but I guess my ultimate favorite is OVER THE RIVER & THROUGH THE WOODS....:) Right now I'm working on HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW, love it all :)

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  48. Greetings from Northern Saskatchewan CANADA! Up here we love Meg and Crabapple Hill too! There is a group of us that have been doing embroidery for the past couple of years. 95% is Meg! It all started with the pattern Over the River. 3 of us did that one. Then the Garden Fences - 4 doing that one! They are awesome! Lots of little things in-between too! Up next is Winter Wonderland! Thanks for the chance to win a pattern that we don't have! (there aren't that many! lol) Catherine Z in Meadow Lake, SK

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  49. Can I choose more than one? After checking out her website I was smitten! I love the vintage postcard. I also like the French Cottage Flower Bedding Set, the Cute as a Button Bracelets, and the Typeset Ornaments. They look like elegant, yet fairly simple patterns!

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  50. My favorite would be Fondest Regards. Amazing!

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  51. LOVE MEG'S DESIGNS! MY FAVORITE IS "WINTER WONDER LAND"! THANKS JENNIFER FOR THE INTERVIEW+THANKS TO MEG FOR THE SWEET POST CARD! HAPPY STITCHING ALL!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  52. I'm new to embroidery but I really want to try one of Meg's patterns. At a retreat I saw a completed Winter Wonderland and it was stunning. I love the project bags and the postcards and How Does Your Garden Grow.

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  53. Meg's designs are the perfect blend of modern/vintage. I love the postcard!

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  54. I more than love Meg's Crabapple Hill patterns! I have my 2010 'dream' list on my refrigerator with 26 pattern #'s(angels, samplers, fall/winter) now add her latest 2011 patterns....just too 'decideless' to chose one! I do love her new beige-tone witch/boot/kettle/bird quilt =D

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  55. Meg's designs are so playful! I cannot look at one of her snowmen without smiling!

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  56. Oh my gosh, I have had a love affair with Meg's designs I saw a friends "Over the River" quilt. I immediately bought the pattern and background fabric. The tracing is a bit daunting for me as I have some health issues that affect the feeling in my hands. I have started the tracing though it is slow going ...BUT, I have found that doing stitchery helps keep my hands limber, and I can't wait to get started on this one!!! I honestly can't name a favorite pattern because every single one of her designs 'speaks to me'. I truly do love them all. I have to say too that she has the most delightful studio I have ever seen. Thanks so much for a chance to win some of her beautiful patterns. Hugs...

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  57. All of the patterns are lovely, but as I adore redwork, I would have to pick Winter Wonderland! :)

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  58. I love the vintage postcard pattern. everything she does is so sweet, inviting, and warm. It embodies the atmosphere of home.

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  59. If I can pick only one it would be:
    Ruth & Sophie Project Bags
    BUT I LOVE THEM ALL
    Sharon B

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  60. I think Over the River is my favorite! It's hard to just pick one tho. They are all great.
    paweis at yahoo dot com

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  61. I love the pattern for tea towels with the fabric scalloped edges and vintage flower basket embroideries.
    Hard to choose a favourite as I just love the distinctive style of Crabapple Hill.

    Margaret

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  62. I am currently stitching the "Trim the Tree" cushion by Meg. Love all her patterns.

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  63. Crabapple Hill has been a favorite of mine for many years now. I would have to say, Over the River..., is my current favorite. I bought the pattern for my daughter and I to do together. She is now smitten with Crabapple Hill also. Thanks for the chance to win more of these wonderful designs!

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  64. I have had the absolute pleasure of taking 3 classes of Meg's and she is so humble and sweet and has a fantastic sense of humor. I had to call them once about a pattern and Meg actually answered the phone and I joked with her about having to answer the phone instead of her customer service gal and she joked back saying they even make her clean the bathrooms once in a while too. I am trying to think of what patterns I don't have of Meg's and it is a small list but she has brought embroidery back not only with whimsy but with sophistication. She is a very talented lady and there is a lot of us gals who take the majority of our classes at Carriage Country Quilts in Western Washington love her and all her designs. To pick a favorite would be so hard because I love them all from the victorian looking ones to all the seasons. I love Which Witch's Boot! If you ever get the chance, sign up for one of her retreats at her home and she will spoil you. The 3 times she has come over to our side of state she always brings us gift bags of chocolates and a free pattern and has drawings for gifts during our classes. She gets such a kick out of seeing her finished embroideries done by those attending these classes. She loves it when we put our spin on her embroideries. She has always encouraged us to use our imaginations and do our own thing. I hear she is a very good cook also from those who have attended her retreats. Thank you Shabby for honoring a lady that truly deserves it.

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  65. it is hard to choose. I love all of them. hugs

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  66. I would have to say the Heartfelt Wishes pillow is my favorite. It is so beautiful and reminds me of a card from a cherished friend. Such lovely, lovely patterns. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  67. I love the patterns but haven`t try any yet.

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  68. I love Meg's patterns! Right now I am working on Joyful Poinsettias - my first time color tinting! It was so much fun and very rewarding - it really looks great! Thanks for the chance to win an autographed pattern - how cool!

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  69. Meg's "vintage" themes really appeal to me, and I love the marriage of patchwork and embroidery!

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  70. I'm hooked, I'm working on winter wonderland and have over the hill to do next. of course I' m looking to see what next I will do next.Love the patchwork and embroidery

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  71. Even though it seemed to take forever to embroider, I really love the :Walking in a Winter Wonderland" quilt and like Betty have "Over the Hill" in my sights.

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  72. I remember Meg's 'doodles' on that early newsprint newsletter (but I've forgotten the name). I have just finished a darling heart ornament with the sweetest embroidery.

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  73. Hi, I love a lot of Meg's patterns; so it is very hard to choose a favorite. I guess, I would have to say the one I'm working on would be my favorite. I have made so many -- some of the different projects I have worked on are Winter Wishes, can't wait to hang it on my door for the winter and Brunhilda's Midnite Ride -- what a fun pillow to make. Would love to have something autographed by Meg. Thank you for all of the fun patterns -- love that embroidery!

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  74. I love "Over the River and Through the Woods". I would sing that tune when I drove my granddaughters from their apartment to our home. Now they're over four hours away and I can't do that or see them very often often. I think of them with every stitch and hopefully, some day they will think of me when they see it. Thanks to Meg for one of many wonderful designs!

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  75. I love the Winter Wonderland quilt. This could be a year long project. Perfect to work on during the long cold winter nights. Thanks for the giveaway and keep designing.

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  76. I love all her Halloween patterns. I want to do the snowman quilt next.

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  77. Absolutely love Crabapple designs my favorite is Over the River quilt, been dying to do this for years finally getting the pattern! She's a fabulous artist. Her newest Halloween quilt is just jaw dropping gorgeous, Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage!

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  78. I just love vintage My first pattern is Over the river. I just love the halloween designs too. Shabby and Crabapple perfect combo
    Allie

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  79. Hello and thanks for sharing your story. I have lovely memories of climbing and dreaming in my Grandpa's crabapple tree, thanks for reminding me. My favorite is your Winter Wonderland Quilt. Its on my list of of shopping wishes.

    Thanks again and keep dreaming!

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  80. My favorite pattern is Winter Wonderland, I leave the quilt out as long as I can thru the snowy weather here in NE. There are several other patterns I have and love-thank you!

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  81. A few years ago I purchased one of their patterns for an Advent calendar with a plan of making it when my grands are old enough to understand counting days. I think we're there so hopefully I'll get it done in time for Christmas this year (or maybe next year, LOL).

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  82. I love Megs fall designs. I just purchased the witches boot one and presently am working on the Halloween one. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  83. I have just recently discovered her and I hav the Winter Wonderland quilt pattern and just LOVE it!! Saw it is a quilt store made up and had to hav it!! Love ALL of her stuff, I just want to sit and play all day!!
    Jan ST

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  84. I have the Winter Wonderland pattern and hope to start it soon, love to win one of the postcard patterns.

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  85. Meg's designs are so wonderful; but because of the bubble lights, ribbon candy and holly that remind me of our Alaskan Christmases, I just love Merry Little Christmas. Everything about it has 1950s Christmas memories. She has a great sense of vintage in all she does--which includes not having to be a perfectionist about embroidery. Just enjoy it! Yet she finds the nicest supplies to use to keep our creations "alive" long after they come out of an old cedar chest into someone else's home years later. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  86. I love the joyful poinsettias pattern. But actually all are so sweet!

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  87. Thank you for the opportunity to learn a little about Meg and her patterns. They are so beautiful.Haven't stitched any of her designs so fingers crossed.
    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  88. I like all of her patterns but especially the "over the river and through the woods" because it reminds me of my childhood.

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  89. I love her designs. If I had a studio like hers--I'd never leave it!

    jane denny
    rrjane011749@yahoo.com

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  90. !Todos!!Todos me gustan todos,a si que si alguno viene a mi casa me da igual el que sea un saludo para todas...

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  91. I have enjoyed making the heart pockets and have a few projects in waiting: over the river and the button card (I plan on reducing the button card and using it in a botton box).

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  92. I love crab-apple hill designs. i think my favorite is the snowmen, I just finished the stitching on mine and have to put it together. I also love the seasonal designs.

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  93. I LOVE her designs! I have made "Over the River", "Winter Wonderland" and "Hocuspocusville" and have "Vintage Trick or Treat waiting"! Would love to work up the pillow! fingers crossed!!

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  94. My current favorite is Snowman A to Z. Love the photo of Meg's studio. Thanks for sharing!

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  95. Love, love, love Meg's studio!! And, all the patterns she has - amazing - hard to choose just one but I think the Ruth & Sophie Project Bags are my favs! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy Stitching! :)
    Gale

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  96. Love those Crabapple Hill designs! And especially the gorgeous pocket book charmers. Thanks foro the opportunity to enter.

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  97. Love Meg's Studio especially the Winter Wonderland Quilt!!

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  98. What a lovely giveaway!

    Beertje Zonn

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  99. I Love Meg's designs! I've made a number of the smaller designs, but really want to make Over the River!

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  100. I love the Gardeners Angel. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  101. I'm working on Hocuspocusville right now so I guess that is my current favorite Meg design. And Sandy G was correct in her earlier post: Meg is a fabulous cook and does spoil her guests at her retreats! She's a sweetheart!

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  102. How do you pick just one of Meg's patterns to be a favorite? They are all so wonderful... vintage, soft, beautiful. I particularly like the new Joyful Poinsettias, so typical of Florida in the late fall when those plants flourish in the ground and become a startling red. I want to be Meg when I grow up.
    Patsy FL

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  103. I like her Winter Wonderland quilt and would be delighted to win any of her patterns.

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  104. Love the Winter Wonderland Quilt! All Meg's designs are outstanding!

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  105. I'm lovin' the Vintage Postcard Pillows ! Awesome idea :)

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  106. The pillow are SEW beautiful. I haven't had time to try them but they are one my "Sewing Basket" list. A Bucket list for quilters!

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