Monday, January 30, 2012

Designer Focus - Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek & Giveaway!

It's that time again!  Our Featured Designer this month is Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek.  Vicki was kind enough to tell us a bit of her story.  Enjoy!



My thanks to Jennifer for giving me the opportunity to be a featured designer on her web site and for promoting my newest block-of-the-month called Vintage Rouge.

In 1986 I took my first quilting class and was immediately hooked! I loved every aspect of it, from selecting the fabrics to sewing the binding. I eventually became proficient enough in machine quilting to start a quilting business in 2002. Though I loved the creativity of the design involved in machine quilting, I still hadn’t truly discovered my passion.

Vicki's first pattern - Blooms for Annabelle
With the growing popularity of the pre-cut 5” charm packs, I began to dabble in designing patterns for use with charm squares. I was fortunate enough to be provided the opportunity to market my first few patterns and teach my designs at a local quilt shop. To my delight (and surprise), the response was wonderful! With the support of many friends and family, I eventually quit my “day" job as a claims adjuster and seriously ventured into the business of quilt pattern design. This ultimately led to the creation of Bloom Creek and my first pattern, Blooms for Annabelle. This pattern holds a special place in my heart, not only because it was my first pattern, but it was designed for one of my best friends, Anne Myers, who passed away this year.

Before I knew it, I was contacted by fabric companies and distributors and attended my first Quilt Market as a vendor in 2006. I owe a great deal of my success to the wonderful business relationships and friendships I developed over the years.

Vicki and Judie Rothermel with the Circle of Friends quilt
The past few years have included several “firsts” – including publishing my first book with Martingale, having features in quilting magazines, and designing block-of-the-month quilts for Marcus Fabrics. Never in a million years would I have guessed I would have the opportunity to collaborate with such a talented designer and someone I have always admired, Judie Rothermel! Circle of Friends was our first Aunt Grace block-of-the-month and will always be special to me. We have since become good friends and are now working on our third Aunt Grace block-of-the-month, which will be introduced at spring quilt market in Kansas City.

For those who know me, it comes as no surprise that I have become extremely passionate about English paper piecing. In fact, my second book with Martingale is due to be released in less than 2 weeks and is called “English Paper Piecing – Fresh New Quilts from Bloom Creek”. I incorporated this technique in my newest block-of-the-month, Vintage Rouge. This has got to be one of my most favorite quilts and incorporates two of my most favorite techniques – appliqué and English paper piecing!


Vintage Rouge

I have made life-long friends because of quilting and feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue a business in quilting that is truly my passion!

Thank you so much, Vicki! 

We are proud to carry a wide selection of Vicki's designs.  See them all here.  Interested in Vintage Rouge?  We have a Block of the Month program with spots still available. Sign up here


Now....IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!

Vicki has generously offered autographed copies of three of her large quilt patterns: Vintage Rouge, Aunt Grace's Garden Party, and Aunt Grace Circle of Friends.  To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite Bloom Creek design.  Make sure to have an email address so you can be contacted if you win!  

116 comments:

  1. I really enjoy Vicki's designs. My favorite is Blooms For Annabelle.

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  2. I would have to pick Anne Grace Circle of Friends! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  3. Birdhouse Welcome would be my choice, it was calling my name. ;-> Thanks for the chance.

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  4. Thank you for an opportunity to express my feelings...I choose the Vintage Rouge. It absolutely takes my breath away.

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  5. I love the Blooms for Annabelle. She is very talented.

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  6. I love anything 30's related, so Aunt Grace's Garden Party is my favorite!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sandy A

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  7. I have just fallen head over heels in love with Vintage Rouge!

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  8. I really like "Oh" Americana. I love patterns that combine piecing with appliqué plus the colors appeal to me.

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  9. How lovely is Vintage Rouge? - just the right combination of piecing and applique

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  10. All Vicki's designs are beautiful. I love Circle of Friends. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  11. Now that is one difficult choice...all the Bloom Creek patterns are beautiful, and I think I'd have a lot of fun making any one of them. I'll go with Vintage Rouge, only because I've been on a red kick lately. LOL!

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  12. I would have to say my favorite is Aunt Grace's Circle of Friends. I agree that all of Vicki's patterns are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win one.

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  13. I think my favorite is Remembering Annabelle but I also love Circle of Friends. I enjoy reading about how designers get started in quilting and designing.

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  14. Love all the lovelies on this blog!! The Vintage Rouge is so pretty, thanks for the opportunity to own a pattern by this talented designer!!

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  15. Love these beautiful patterns, thanks for the opportunity to own one!! Such a talented designer..

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  16. My favorite is Blooms for Annabelle! :)

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  17. oh!!! the charm sampler is absolutely the sweetest! and would look great in my sewing room ;)
    thanks for hosting this fantastic giveaway!

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  18. I'm such a 30's fan that my favorite would be Aunt Grace's Circle of Friends. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  19. Wow... really??? We simply leave a comment and then get the wonderful opportunity to maybe win one of Vicki's patterns? I'd love to... hmmmmm. I must say.. it is rather hard to do. You are so creative Vicki and I am so glad Jennifer featured you and your beautiful quilts. I'll go with Vintage Rouge. Again... thanks for sharing. Debbie

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  20. What great designs... I love the pattern Olyvia and Bloosoms for Annabell...thinking spring!

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  21. Love all the beautiful patterns. My favorite is Blooms for Annabelle. Thanks for having this great giveaway.

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  22. have looked at aunt grace circle of friends for a while now, thinking about having it ... would be lovely to win this pattern. thanx for the opportunity to do so.

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  23. Am fairly new to quilting and find all of the patterns beautiful. Karen

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  24. I have never heard of Bloom Creek, but I am off to look at the patterns now, they are gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  25. Thank you for the chance to win ! :o)
    My favourite is Blooms for Annabell !

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  26. the patterns are gorgeous! Love te vintage rouge.
    Karen

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  27. Oh now I need to select a patten I would love to make? Well the vintage rouge touched my heart! I also love english paper piecing and applique. I sure would love to win that pattern! I will check out bloom creek quilt more often and I love the designer's choice of fabric and style! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  28. The Pirouette Quilt reminds me of the granddaughter, because it is sew girly!

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  29. Vintage rouge is stunning. Thank you for the chance

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  30. Hi! Thanks for highlighting Vicki's talents and successes in her career.
    I have to say Blooms for Annabelle is my favorite! The blocks are quick, easy and yet provide stability to the quilt and the design. The flowers she added work exactly right with the blocks and stand out in the overall design!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Take care, Leslie

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  31. Vintage Rouge is my favorite. I am itching to make a red quilt. Hopefully I will get the chance to soon, after of course I finish all the other projects in the works.

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  32. Vintage Rouge is gorgeous. I also like Stars and Stripes. I know these are 2 very different quilts, but hey, that's just me. I purchased Cabin Flowers a while back and hope to make it this year. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  33. Olyvia would be my favourite to make for a little girl.

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  34. I like Olyvia - unusual spelling too!!

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  35. Even though I live in the desert, Seaside Cottage would be lovely! Thanks!
    (But I also love the Vintage Rouge Quilt Pattern.) ;-)

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  36. Es estupendo poder trabajar en lo que gusta y disfrutar al mismo tiempo. Son unos diseños muy bonitos.

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  37. Love Garden Party. Her newest pattern is beautiful. It was so good to meet you at Road. Your booth was great and I did some major shopping there.

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  38. I love "Oh, America" Thank you for the give away. I love reading about designers and how they started in quilting.

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  40. It is hard to pick a favorite!! But I think I would have to chose Blooms for Annabelle.

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  41. They are all really wonderful and I think it is very difficult to choose. I love them but my favorite is Vintage Rouge.
    Vicki is an artist!!
    greetings from Italy
    Olga

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  42. Vintage Rouge is my favorite, and I've been wanting to learn English paper piecing, so here's my chance! Thanks!

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  43. All of Vicki's patterns are just gorgeous! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!!

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  44. I love all Vicki's patterns. I think I am leaning towards the Circle of Friend's, it is so colorful. Thank you for the great giveaway.

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  45. Aunt Grace's Garden Party would be my favourite. Thanks for the chance to enter and win a great pattern.
    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  46. My favorite is Vintage Rouge Quilt Pattern. It's lovely! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  47. Love them all but the Vintage Rouge pattern is gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  48. Vintage Rouge is definitely my favorite. What a great give away.

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  49. I really tried to choose a favorite, but my favorite keeps changing! :-) I love the Circle of Friends, and Vintage Rouge, and Aunt Grace's Garden party...! Well, I guess I just love them all! :-)

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  50. I loves Blooms for Annabelle, so lovely! Thanks for the dunce to win!

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  51. Vintage Rouge just makes my fingers "twitch" wanting to sew it. Thanks for all the new exciting patterns.
    Melanie georgeat@charter.net

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  52. Blooms for Annabelle is my favorite...always has been, since I first saw it! It's so cheery, makes me smile just looking at it!

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  53. This week my favorite is Blooms for Annabelle. Thank you for such a wonderful book review and spotlight. Judy C

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  54. I love the Blooms for Annabelle. I surprise myself because I usually go for ALL THINGS Aunt Grace.
    Beautiful - all of the pattern designs are so pretty!
    :-)
    Thank you for the chance to win!
    Cathy Byrd
    byrd at gulftel.com

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  55. Now how can I possibly choose just one? Well, if I have to.....Circle of Friends (followed oh so closely by Vintage Rouge!)

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  56. Wow! Heart the quilt with blossoms! Blooms for aAnnabelle is my favo!

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  57. Cirle of Friends is really sweet :) Thanks for the chance to enter!

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. Blooms for Annabelle! It caught my eye instantly.

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  59. Birdhouse Welcome would look fabulous hanging by my front door. Thanks for such a great introduction to Vicki.

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  60. I love Blooms for Annabelle. I fell in love with that quilt when I first saw it on her website a long time ago. Gorgeous quilt!

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  61. I think Olyvia is my favorite. I love hexagons and also, my granddaughter's name is Olivia. Thanks for including me in your giveaway.
    Mary
    mburn@comporium.net

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  62. blooms for Annabelle... that's the best.. I enjoy the blog... thanks RLH

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  63. I like Blooms for Annabelle. Thanks for the giveaway!
    gailxs@hotmail.com

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  64. I love Blooms for Annabelle. It conveys a such heartfelt expression. I love the combination of charm squares and applique. Thanks for the chance to win a lovely pattern.

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  65. I actually have several of Vickie's patterns. Pinwheel Parade is one of my favorites! Aunt Grace's Garden Party is stunning IRL! I'd love to make it one day.

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  66. I love Vintage Rouge and Blooms for Annabelle as two of my favorites! Thanks for the opportunity to win a pattern.

    Thanks, Cindy R in AZ

    Cindy.quilts@msn.com

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  67. I love, love, LOVE Vintage Rouge. It is definitely calling my name!Thank you both for the opportunity to win one of these wonderful patterns! I truly hope I am one of the lucky ones.

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  68. Vintage Rouge is my favourite, so hard to chose though. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  69. I love flowers and so I'd definitely pick her first pattern Blooms for Annabelle. debgiro at wildblue dot net

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  70. I own Vicki's first book and several of her patterns are on my to do list... I can't just pick one! Thank you for the opportunity to win this!

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  71. Thanks for introducing us to this designer - her work is beautiful. I believe that my favorite pattern is her newest one - Vintage Rouge. It is just lovely.

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  72. Love Vicki's book. Keep up the great work! Always so fresh.

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  73. I like Ferndale Flora and Circle of Friends.
    senstrings@yahoo.com

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  74. Ferndale Flora is my favorite. I actually did the middle portion last year to make a small wall hanging.
    I love Vintage Rouge. thanks for a chance to win some patterns.

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  75. I love Vintage Rouge and Bloom for Annabel.Thanks for the chance to win a beautiful pattern!

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  76. I am currently enjoying Aunt Graces Gardern Party. Wonderful colors and I get to use a variety of techniques. I will certainly be looking forward to your new patterns.
    Thank you
    Terry Jeppsen

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  77. I love ALL of Vicki's designs and just wish there were enough hours in the day....oh well! But since I need to pick one, I have to tell you that her Vintage Rouge pattern is truly breathtaking and I signed up for the BOM a couple of months ago and I'm sooo excited to receive my first block from Shabby Fabric in the next couple of months!! I've never done English paper-piecing before and I think this is going to be alot of fun!

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  78. Vintage Rouge in not only beautiful in design but also color.

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  79. I absolutely love Vintage Rouge but Circle of Friends is a longtime favorite of mine too!!

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  80. Kudos to Shabby Fabrics for spotlighting designers! Not only does one have a chance to view great patterns and fabrics on the website/blog but enjoy learning the personal story of the designer and their journey. From her first design of Annabella to Vintage Rouge, she has followed her passion...congratulations to Vicki. The combination of applique and paper piecing leads one to Victorian decorating dreams. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  81. Blooms for Annabelle has just gone onto my "Bucket List" to make for my granddaughter! I think I may have to look into making Circle of Friends, too! Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing your talent! :)

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  82. Blooms for Annabelle, what a great start for a designing career! Love that pattern. It's so fresh and lovely. Vintage Rouge is also quite lovely.

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  83. Ohhh I love them ALL, but I think I would have to choose Blooms for Annabelle. I love the reason she designed it. Very sweet and what a tribute to her special friend. :0)

    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway. Now to go cross my fingers (eyes, legs,etc!)

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  84. Wow!! That Vintage Rouge is a beauty :-) Love the colors, love the pattern, thanks for sharing :-)

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  85. Oh Blooms for Annabelle would be my favourite and so special! But they are all gorgeous. What a great give away!

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  86. Aunt Grace's Garden Party is my favorite, However all of them are very very pretty.

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  87. Gosh, so many pretty patterns. My favorite may be Birdhouse Welcome. I know my friend Pam would love that! Another quilt to add to my list...

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  88. I love quilt designs with a soft, romantic look, and Blooms for Annabelle and Flower Welcome certainly are two of my favorites. If I MUST choose.... I'll pick Flower Welcome. I wish I had Vicki's talent of picking fabrics and designing quilts with them. But that's what books are for. To learn and do.

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  89. What terrific patterns. It's hard to pick just one favorite, but the ones that caught my eye are Blooms for Annabelle, Up and Down Memory Lane, Scraps and Fats and of course Aunt Grace's Garden Party. Love all of those great colors. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  90. Thanks for sharing this. My favorite is "Vintage Rouge". I enjoy piecing, embroidery and applique.

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  91. Other than the ones you listed, Blooms For Annabelle is a favorite. Of the prize patterns, Vintage Rouge is my favorite. Thanks for the chance. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dottie)com

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  92. Vicki is another very talented designer. We are so lucky to have such an array of patterns!

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  93. I love Aunt Graces Garden Party! thanks!

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  94. I love your most recent bom and the story of how you got into quilting was very intersting. Thanks for the chance to win one of your patterns

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  95. Vicki congratulations to your new quilt and to you for putting a beautiful design together.....Would love a chance at winning one of your patterns because they are all beautiful......

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  96. Thanks for the chance to win one of your most interesting patterns. Beautiful new quilt.

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  97. As soon as I saw Vicki's Circle of Friends Quilt pattern I loved it and would certainly love to make it. I have started to collect Judie Rothermel's Aunt Grace Circle of Friends fabrics and would very much appreciate an autographed copy of this pattern, thank-you for the opportunity. Grace:) weftandwarp(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  98. Cindy W Aus,
    Looking at all Vickis patterns, I would have to say I love her lastest one most, "Vintage Rouge".
    I would certainly love the chance to win this wonderful prize, Thank you.
    cindyw6621(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au

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  99. Definitely Vintage Rouge is my new favorite! I love so many of her patterns, they all have a "fresh" look to them.

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  100. I love the vintage rouge pattern. Hugs Jofrid

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  101. Círculo de amigos estou de olho em você.obrigado.

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  102. I love the Vintage Rouge pattern! It was love at first sight! Thanks for sharing Vicki's story, it was wonderful!

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  103. I love all the patterns but I have to say that "Birdhouse Welcome" really 'speaks to me'...or should I say 'Chirps to me'...Thanks for a chance in this great giveaway, Hugs and God Bless...

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  104. I am absolutely in love with Vintage Rouge. Just a beautiful quilt. Thanks so much for creating it.

    carneyes@msn.com

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  105. I love Blooms for Annabel. Vintage Rouge is a very close second. Thank you for a chance to win Vicki's patterns.

    zipper_hmm@hotmail.com

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  106. I love Blooms for Annabel. Vintage Rouge is a very close second. Thank you for a chance to win Vicki's patterns.

    zipper_hmm@hotmail.com

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  107. I'm loving that Vintage Rouge as my favorite.

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  108. I have the block-of-the-month Aunt Grace's Garden Party. Am so pleased to read about you, the designer. So pretty! Looking forward to doing more of your quilts and getting your books. Thank you!

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  109. The Vintage Rouge is a lovely pattern. Really enjoy reading your blog

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  110. Aunt Grace's Circle of Friends is on my list
    of projects I want to make. Congratulations - will be watching for the new book.

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  111. Vintage rose is beautiful and just the type of pattern I like with both piecing and applique. I'm going to find time to make this one!

    sally.heilinger@gmail.com

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  112. Wow! I am blown away by the Vintage Rouge pattern. I am a pretty new quilter and am finding that I am gravitating to appliqué and paper piecing. I have done one quilt with some paper piecing on it and I love it, too. I love Vicki's patterns as they seem to have a neat kind of "new" vintage look to them if that makes sense. Congratulations on a really cool pattern!!!!!!!!

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