Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Designer Focus: Kristyne Czepuryk of Pretty By Hand and GIVEAWAY!

We're delighted to introduce you to our current Featured Designer: Kristyne Czepruyk of Pretty By Hand!  Read on for her story....


Ok.  This is a little surreal for me.  I’ve been a fan/customer of Shabby Fabrics since before it was Shabby Fabrics … back when it was simply “jenbjet” on eBay!  And now I have the great honor of seeing my patterns here in Jennifer’s shop.  Wow.
 

At 13 years old all I wanted to do was perfect
my padded satin stitch and bullion knot. 
Guess I was a bit strange.
My mom taught me to sew when I came home with my first Brownie badges that needed to be sewn onto my uniform sleeves.  She sat me down on the living room sofa and showed me how to thread & knot a needle, pin things straight and sew tiny, invisible stitches.  It wasn’t exactly my idea of fun.  But I practiced a lot.  And got good at it.


I was a huge cross-stitcher in the 90s!
At about the same time I became obsessed with crafting – of any kind.  Paint by numbers, pompom-making, tapestry, felt crafts, embroidery, paper mache, candle making, cross-stitch ... you name it, I wanted to do it.  Except knitting.  I don’t do knitting. 
 
 
On one of her summer visits, my aunt – a meticulous seamstress - obliged my request (begging, probably) to help me make something.  We went shopping for a pattern – a long-sleeved, high collared blouse with buttons down the back and yards of lace trim.  (Think Lady Di.  It was the early 80s.)  I learned how to work a pattern from start to finish.  My Home Economic teacher was impressed that I even knew what tailor tacking was, let alone how to do it.
 
I spent the next decade making clothes for myself (although I never did figure out how to adjust patterns to fit properly).  Once I made a dress with 2 left sleeves.  Often I would need my mom to troubleshoot.  Almost always my work was not totally finished.  I’d use safety pins to hold up my pants rather than make a buttonhole and sew on a button.  Or not hem the bottom of a blouse because I always wore it tucked in.  I was impatient.
I don’t know what all y’all did on your honeymoon,
but I was English paper piecing pink flowers …

At 19 years old my life changed when I stepped into the world of quilting.  I learned how to English paper piece and I made my first Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt.  That poor quilt was a combo of cheap cotton, polyester broadcloth and yucky batting. 

To this day I have a very sentimental attachment for hexagons.  Which is why my very first pattern – the Honey Bee Bag – is a hexagon design.  It is over-the-top crazy fun for me that Shabby Fabrics chose to make a kit for this bag!  

Eventually I got my hands on a rotary cutter and I’ve never been bored since.  Some 25 years later and I have over 200 quilts in my wake – some I made from patterns, some I designed myself. 

In my earlier crafting days my Dad used to tell me I could make my own patterns.  I didn’t get it.  I don’t know why.  I guess I had little confidence in myself back then.
 

Where the magic happens!
But somehow, I started making things on a whim.  I’d get an idea in my head and then I’d just make it.  I started taking classes to learn new skills and techniques.  I learned how to hand applique and hand quilt by taking a Baltimore Album quilt class.

When my second daughter was about a year old I wanted a pretty diaper bag to replace my old one.  I saw a simple tote on eBay and thought I could make it myself.  So I did. 
 
And then I made another one.  And another.  Next thing I knew I had a dozen or so totes – all the same basic construction, but in varying sizes and with different patchwork designs.  I sold them on consignment in a local store.

A few years later I started working at a local quilt shop and my skills grew exponentially, as did my love of making bags.  That’s when I started to dare entertain the notion that I could be a designer and pattern maker.  Today, I love making quilts and things, but I seem to have a knack for bags & purses & totes.  They are so much fun for me.

I started my blog, Pretty By Hand, in February 2011. 
 
 
I thought it would be a fun way to start connecting with people who share my passion for stitching.  Every time I showed something I’d designed I was overwhelmed with pattern requests.  It was all the positive feedback from my readers that gave me the confidence to try my hand at pattern design.
 
I am very proud to be featured here at Shabby Fabrics as a brand new pattern designer.  And I'm delighted that the shop owner I've admired for years has given me this wonderful opportunity to say hello to you and share my designs!  Thank you Jennifer!
 
 
 
GIVEAWAY!
 
We are pleased to announce a GIVEAWAY of Kristyne's patterns.  We have a total of 5 autographed patterns available.  To enter, please leave a comment below telling us what part of Kristyne's story you liked best, OR your favorite Pretty By Hand pattern. 
 
 

254 comments:

  1. I loved her story of how she was taught to sew by her mom and her aunt. So many of us learned to sew because someone took the time to get us started, to help us believe that we could create something beautiful with our own hands!

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  2. I am a follower of Kristyne's blog and I love everything she makes. My favorite would be the cherry blossom baskets. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

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  3. I thought it funny that when she started making clothes, she wouldn't always finish them like not hemming because it would be tucked in.

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  4. I enjoyed hearing how her interest in sewing started at such a young age and how this love has resulted in her having her own business. Best of luck and much sucess.

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  5. I love her Honey Bee Bag! It is so bee-utiful.

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  6. I am a follower of Kristyne's blog and love all her patterns. She is such an inspiration. Everything she makes is gorgous!

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  7. I love that she didn't hem her shirts because she tucked them in - I used to do the same thing! At that age I had no patience either! Great story about a talented lady. Love her patterns.

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  8. Oh I laughed when I read that she sew a dress with to left
    sleeves! I know how this is!

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  9. What a lovely life story! I can totally relate to the childhood haha! Your patterns are stunning and I am dying to get my hands on farmhouse parlour or your cute honeybee bag! Thanks so much for sharing yourself with us and for the give away!!

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  10. I loved reading the common thread that moved through all of her creative stages...the Hexagon design. Her creations are beautiful, and I especially love her Hexi Handbag. Thanks for sharing her story with your readers, and for the opportunity to win one of her patterns. I'll be heading over to explore her blog now, too!
    Donna

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  11. How funny to be sewing on your honeymoon! Her designs are gorgeous!

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  12. I love all Kristyne's patterns I have followed her for ages and she inspires me all the time, her posts are so funny I look forward to reading it every day. I would love to have one of her patterns....My favourite is Cherry Blossom Baskets. Linda x

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  13. I think she is amazing! I follow her blog and she cracks me up and inspires me. The Honey Bee Bag is my fave!

    cwhelan@williamwoods.edu

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  14. I love that she quilted on her honeymoon. I have read her blog for a while now and love her sense of humor.

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  15. Hi! I really love Kristyne's blog and was even given the honor of quilting one of her quilts for her! She is talented! I love the honey bee bag pattern! I ordered the kits yesterday!

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  16. Oh The Honey Bee Bag is sooo cute, L:)ve, L:)ve, so happy for Kristyne, she is a wonderful talent and storyteller too. kwright121297atyahoodotcom

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  17. I have been a fan of Krystine's since I first found her blog! Lucky to have met her as well. Love all her pretty projects, that pencil case is amazing. Would love a chance to win! Thanks!

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  18. I love the Hexi Bag pattern the best!! Well, I guess I love Miss K's blog the best and the Hexi Bag comes in a close 2nd! ;p

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  19. I'm in love with this hexi bag and the bumble bee on the embroidery... and it tickles me to think of her making a dress with two left sleeves (been there, done that!). Wouldn't it be lovely to make this bag!

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  20. It's hard to choose which of Kristyne's patterns I love the most, but I would choose the Farmhouse parlour quilt pattern since it reminds me of the traditional styles I would see at my grandmother's home when I was young. I've been following Kristyne's blog for some time now and she is not only talented, but writes with wonderful humour that never fails to give me a laugh with my morning coffee. Donna (donna_dreams@hotmail.com)

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  21. Eu gostei de tudo.Tanto que me inscrevi para o seu boletim de E-mail.Flor de cerejeira é que eu vou fazer um dia.Sou viciada em hexágonos desde muuito teeeempo,mas na minha lua-de-mel...Obrigada pela linda oferta.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  22. I liked how Kristyne was taught to sew by her Mum when she came home with her first Brownie badge! I was a Brownie too!

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  23. I love the Molly Messenger bag. I have a daughter named Molly, and she would love this too.

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  24. I have a sentimental attachment to hexagons too so that is my fav part of Kristyne's story. I love her blog and the header reflects how very pretty the blog is. Love it.

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  25. I love the messenger bag pattern. It is so perfect! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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  26. So glad to know I'm not the only one that worked on padded satin stitch as a teenager! Still one of my favorites - it's time-consuming, but nothing compares to the end result! :)

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  27. All the patterns are so pretty but I really love those pencil cases!

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  28. I love the handbag pattern, and all your patterns are great. So wonderful that you challenged yourself and became the seamstress you are today. I , too,had an aunt who was a perfectionist, but my love of sewing came from my grandmother. She quilted, and made all of my clothes. She would go window-shopping, come home, and make me the same dress. Keep up the good work, and I wish you the best

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  29. I enjoyed the "two left sleeves" portion of her story. I can totally identify with that! Love the Farmhouse Parlor pattern!


    dentonj@shaw.ca

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  30. I like the part about seeing a bag on eBay, and just doing it herself (I love doing that) and I love when others do it, too. :)

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  31. I love the Honey Bee pattern and am glad that you found the courage to start making patterns. I love to read your blog, your sense of humor is so great.

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  32. Love the Honey Bee Bag--pretty and big enough to be useful!

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  33. Love your patterns, and I am so glad somebody with your talent started making patterns. Fantastic!!

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  34. As a reader of Kristyne's blog, I love her spirit and her style - she makes us want to sew right along with her. I'd really like to have the Farmhouse pattern!

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  35. I am a Shabby Fabrics fan and a huge fan of Krystine's. I love her creativity, style and (always) her project's color schemes. Congrats to K. Love the Honey Bee Bag pattern. I am a hexagon luver!

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  36. I have been following Krisyne since her very first blog....her sense of humor is contagious and I always look forward to reading whatever she has to share. I identify with so much of what she writes. My fave pattern would be Farmhouse Parlour...I truly loved the story she shared behind that pattern. Kristy soardkg@fuse.net

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  37. I love the farmhouse parlour pattern...and Kristyne!

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  38. I love the honey bee purse pattern!

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  39. I've been following her blog for a few months now and just seeing the title makes me smile! There hasn't been a thing she's done that hasn't made my day! Congratulations!!

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  40. Krystine is such an inspiration to me; I look forward to every new post she writes. My favorite pattern is the pencil case. How cool is it that you can make three versions from one pattern... and so many uses for them!

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  41. Hi, I do like the little story about the dress with 2 left sleeves. I think everybody who makes her own dresses is familiar with this story! What a lovely post did she write.

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  42. I love the round pencil case. So cute! I might have to have that pattern!

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  43. The whole story is exactly what I would expect of Krystine. It is so cute! I especially loved the part about her making the lacy blouse (from the 80's)...how fun! If I had to choose a pattern to like best it would definitely by the Honey Bee Bag. That thing is so stinkin' pretty!

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  44. Beautiful patterns!! Love Cherry Blossom Baskets :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. My favorite story is of K'd dad. I love the fact that he saw her potential and believed in her ability to be a designer. I love all things K and I hope one day she will make a pattern of her school backpack.
    Take care,
    Carole
    icd10cmcoder@yahoo.com

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  46. I absolutely adore Krystine's blog. I love her cherry blossoms basket pattern.

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  47. I loved the part from her youth where she didn't finish her projects. I was just like her. All knitted sweaters always ended up as vests, as I was bored before the arms were even started.

    Thanks!

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  48. I just love that Krystine was making hexagons on her honeymoon...too funny!!
    Krystena

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  49. I love that her mom taught her. I need to begin teaching my daughter. I also love reading Pretty By Hand and all of her patterns - I liek pink too! :-)

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  50. I enjoyed reading Krystine's story. It's great to hear how people got started with their craft. I had a little laugh about making hexagons on her honeymoon. I was going to take my shorthand homework on mine but got all the work finished before we left!

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  51. I love the Honey Bee bag... but I love ALL of the things Krystine makes. She is so talented!

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  52. Honey Bee Bag... I want this so bad but my budget is not being friendly right now, something about renting, buying, renovating,,,,all at the same time! Thanks for sharing!
    lisamcgriff@hotmail.com

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  53. I love the" two left sleeves" part of the story...and the impatience with hemming. I made pinch pleated, blackout lined, double bordered drapes for my bedroom that 15 years later, are still unhemmed....:-/

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  54. Hello! I love everything Krystine makes!Love her blog too!
    Amazing that one who held her jeans up with safety pins would turn out so talented!!!
    Thanks Krytstine+Shabby Fabrics!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  55. I like where she wants to connect with people with a passion for stitching. I love the peacefulness that comes with hand stitching my pieces together. I love English Paper Piecing. I'm not too sure yet on the Hand Quilting process...I just ordered a book to teach myself to do this better (I hope). I wish I had the mind to design my own patterns, or come up with my own ideas like she does, because this seems to be where I am completely stuck with finding things to do that I love.

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  56. Krystine's story is so inspiring! I can relate to many of the sewing issues she had! I love her blog and the Honey Bee Bag is fabulous!

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  57. I wished I had discovery quilting at 19...wow...I might have finished a quilt by now (I'm 65)....giggle.

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  58. Best part: acknowledging that her early sewing was less than perfect. We so often think that our early attempts should be perfect. Good reminder that great sewers are not born, but made with practice.

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  59. Love Krystine's story, her mum and dad must be so proud.... her blog is a constant inspiration, always fresh and pretty designs and fabrics... I love her Honey Bee Bag, a great way to use hexies and such gorgeous colours....

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  60. I love her latest honey bee bag, but would be so afraid to get it dirty! Her work is lovely. Each blog post is a new treat!

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  61. It wasn't so much any 1 part of Kristyne's story that appealed to me. It was more that it sounded exactly like the Kristyne of Pretty By Hand blog that I've been reading since it's inception. She sounds fun, a little scared, very proud and very excited, all emotions that most of us can understand. She doesn't appear brash (not at ALL) or cocky, but like one of us. I guess it makes me feel like I, too, can be creative (not my strong suit, for sure). Proud of you, Kristyne!!

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  62. I'm a pretty by hand reader and I'm so excited for Kristyne's patterns! Her talent is amazing and her humor is right up my alley. I love that you are featuring her talent at your store. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

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  63. I, like Kristyne loved to embroider around my middle school years. (who does that, today?) Also about 23 years ago I was bitten by the quilting bug and I was always a tomboy. Anyone who knew me back then, wouldn't recognize me now. Thanks for letting us all get to know you. ;-> Toni Anne

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  64. I loved reading about Kristyne's sewing experiences - I can so relate! Her new patterns are wonderful and I'm looking forward to other new ones that she'll design. I've followed Pretty by Hand and love her creations.

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  65. I smiled reading about how her father told her she could make her own patterns. Our parents so often see our potential long before we are brave enough to test our limits on our own.

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  66. What a wonderful pattern! And it is so fun to 'get to know' designers a little bit. Thank you!

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  67. I love Kristyne's work and have been following her blog for about a year. I have already ordered the Honey Bee Bag kit and can't wait to get started. I like the fact that she's obviously got the sewing skills, but her impatience leaves the clothing bits and pieces 'undone'. That would be me I think. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  68. Loved the Lady Di blouse. Kristyne and I have emailed back and forth about our passion for Laura Ashley. I think we might be cut from the same cloth!! I would be SEW thrilled to win the patterns. Love the bio...love all the wonderful things on your blog.

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  69. The Honey Bee bag is adorable! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  70. I loved the whole story. So much of her younger life sounds similar to mine. My grandmother taught me to sew, using doll clothes. I took home economics and learned more, I too cross stitched and crafted. When I found quilting, I knew that was the thing for me, although I still sew other things, and lots of bags and totes. I love the honey bee bag. I have been trying to talk myself into trying hexagons for about a year now. This bag might be the thing that pushes me to do it. Thanks for a great story. I have always wanted to know more about Krystine.

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  71. I love her Honey bee bag.Love how she taugh to sew by her mum and aunt!!

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  72. I LOVE the honey the bee bag pattern and I wish I had been sewing all my life like her! ;)

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  73. I love that she was a cross stitcher once upon a time. I love her selections of fabrics and she blogs with sense of humor.

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  74. I love Kristyne's blog! And my favorite Pretty By Hand pattern is the Honey Bee Bag!

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  75. Kristyne is great, I have been following her blog for over a year. I love the honey bee bag pattern. Thanks, Stephanie m.steinman@verizon.net

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  76. I think Kristyne and I were seperated at birth,
    'no really". Its amazing what one will do when we love to sew! I almost got escorted off of a flight not so long ago for doing cross stitch on the aircraft. the steward came up to me and asked me how I managed to get a sewing needle on board and what my intentions were," eh, excuse me, to finish my cross stitch that I had been working on for 4 years", seriously, do you think I could hold a 747 plane load of people to ransom with one tiny chenille needle? and a newborn in tow?? Please!!!

    BTW that grandmothers flower garden bag in Lecien pastel is to die for...LOVE IT!! from Australia
    Nicole.
    stoney-creek@bigpond.com

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  77. I love that Kristyne is willing to share her wonderful talent. Her selection of fabrics is always spot on. Thanks.

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  78. I like the part of the two left sleeves and pinned or unharmed shirts or pants. You would never know that you did that kind of thing now.

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  79. I have been following Krisyne for awhile now, and especially love her Honey Bee Bag!! I love Paris Flea Market Fabric line, too!!!

    susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  80. I have been following Kristyne almost from the beginning ...her adventures and 70's, 80's stories are so much like mine...except the creative part...I love quilting and beautiful fabrics but have to use a pattern ...the reason I need to win this crazy opportunity! Lisa in Texas

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  81. I couldn't possibly pick a favorite part of Kristyne's story because I loved reading it all! Her patterns and fabric choices make me drool. I want several of each!

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  82. Oh...and this also....how the heck do u pronounce your last name Kristyne? :)

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  83. I am a follower of Kristyne's blog. I love her honesty and humor! My fav part of her story is her early love for sewing. My grandmother taught me to embroider ay the age of 8 and the rest is history!

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  84. Great to read your story Kristyne, I love the bit about wearing unfinished garments - that really hit a chord with me as I remember doing the exact same thing! Beautiful patterns - Congratualtions on the next stage of your adventure. x

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  85. I love the messenger bag pattern! I have followed Pretty By Hand for almost a year, and I love the blog! It really has a lot of great information for people who would like to have a blog or their own business.

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  86. I love the round pencil case and the Honey Bee Bag. I am a regular reader of Pretty by Hand's blog.

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  87. I love the Honey Bee Bag, so pretty!

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  88. I love how she's always making something and figuring out how to make something she sees and likes, I'm that way too. I was also into cross stitch in the 90's big time, even won some ribbons for my cross stitch at the State Fair. I love that quilting stole her heart as it did me. Her hexagon tote is awesome and I'm anxious to make it. I read Kristyne's blog everyday, love her projects and her sense of humor.

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  89. My favorite is the Honey Bee Bag..I would love to make it for my daughter.

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  90. I love the Honey Bee Bag. I've been following Pretty By Hand for months and months, now. Every time I get a post it makes me smile!

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  91. Well it's about time Kristyne! This is just the best news and it couldn't be happening to a better sewing artist. Have LOVED her blog for over a year now and everything she makes is perfection! Pure perfection. Honestly, how can you pick one favorite?! Her Farmhouse Parlour is so lovely, but I adore all her bags as well. Sorry, can't pick just one.

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  92. I've been following Pretty by Hand very nearly since the beginning. I can't remember how I found it in the first place but I have enjoyed it very much. I was surprised to read about the clothing not quite finished because Kristyne seems so tuned into detail. I love all her patters and would be thrilled to win any of them.

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  93. I can totally relate to how she says she has new sewing or craft ideas popping into her head--sometimes I have difficulty sleeping at night because I get "SEW" many new ideas before I drift off to sleep. Also I like that she just sees something she likes and makes it herself--I do that all the time!
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

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  94. I enjoyed how her Mother, Aunt and Dad played a part in who she is today.I have enjoyed her blog for awhile now and go to it as soon as the newsletter comes in.I especially like the Molly Messenger bag. A gifted person Kristyne is.

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  95. My favourite pattern is the farmhouse parlour quilt. I love it! Its so pretty. I also really loved the part of the story where Kristyne told us that she loved to do all things crafty as a child (I completely relate) and I started my first quilt (this year) at about the same age! Very happy for you!

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  96. What a great story! I love hearing how people learn to quilt/sew/design. It's so inspiring to me--a budding sewist and quilter. I really love the pencil case and messenger bag pattern. So fun and cheerful! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  97. Pretty by hand is my new addiction, everything is just so....pretty!! I love all the patterns but I think if I had to choose which to make first I would make the messenger bag. It's adorable!!

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  98. I love Kristyne's blog, her writing style, and her work! My favorite pattern is the Bee Bag. She is an amazing inspiration to me!
    toeknee7997@hotmail.com

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  99. I love the honey bee bag! I've been following her blog for a while now. Love it all!

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  100. I love Kristyne too,been following her blog since day one. She has so much ability and we all just love what she does. I have ordered some of her patterns,have made several of the round pencil case already,and ordered the Honey B bag kit yesterday! The Molly Messenger bag would be my next project,I love that padded shoulder feature on it. Her patterns are so well written,each aspect of construction is covered clearly. Love her telling how her family helped her so much. Thank you for featuring a very talented designer!!! Bonnie nyquist bonnniesline at aol dot com

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  101. I love Kristyne's Honey Bee Bag! And I really have been enjoying her blog. Her projects are so inspiring. I have actually gotten back into hand work after seeing her alphabet sampler...beautiful!

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  102. I've been reading Kristyne's blog for most of this year. She's a very talented gal, and an entertaining writer. Her hexy bag is my favorite, although each of her designs is well done. So great of you to feature her, Jen.

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  103. a good read ... enjoyed the interview! i really like her 'farmhouse parlor' pattern!

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  104. i love her blog and thanks for the giveaway

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  105. Kristyne is wonderful!! I love how REAL she is- I really like how she ventured out into so many things and knows what her "knack" and favorite thing in sewing is- I am still searching! How cool to get such a young start and be so amazing at everything she does :)

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  106. I love her honey bee bag and how she puts colors and patterns together.

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  107. I love the Farmhouse Parlor quilt and the honey bee bag. Both are gorgeous!

    I also love that she admitted she was impatient and that she sewed a top with two left sleeves! Sounds like something I would do! :P

    Thanks for the wonderful give away!
    Sandy A

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  108. I love how even though Kristyne is creating such beautiful work, she is so humble and awed by all the adoration we throw at her on her blog. =) Love you Kristyne!

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  109. I follow her blog and love her creativity. Her patterns are all wonderful.

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  110. I enjoyed her story but can totally relate to the impatient part! Quilting relieves my impatience because you can change things up on a whim! Love the patterns and love this blog!!!

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  111. Greetings from Northern Saskatchewan CANADA! Congrats to my fellow Canadian on your wonderful success! You are amazing Kristyne! I love your blog - your stories are amazing. Although I love all your patterns, I love the first one the best!

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  112. I loved hearing about her first quilt made with hexies and less than perfect fabrics and how it lead to a lifetime of hexy love.

    Her blog amazes me daily, as does her skill with embroidery and quilting. What a talented lady she is.

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  113. I have enjoyed seeing Kristyne's sewing projects on her blog for quite a while now and am not surprised that she is designing patterns in fact I am so excited that I can try to emulate her beautiful sewing on my own~

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  114. I love that Kristyne just keeps trying new things & doing what she loves! That's how I try to be! Thanks so much for the opportunity to try one of her designs!

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  115. I love that Kristyne started sewing so young...I'm trying to get my 11yr old into sewing and she likes it so far. It's great to get such a head start in this kind of hobby-it becomes a wonderful skill!

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  116. Love her Blog love everything she does!

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  117. I love her blog and specially love the paperpiece purse. I've ordered the pattern and am ready to try to make one!

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  118. I love her blog, I look forward to it everyday. It has inspired me to make 2 quilts!!! She is just like having a sister who likes to quilt!

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  119. I love Kristynes style and her wonderful sense of humor. My favorite pattern is Farmhouse Parlour. Love it!

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  120. debbiequilter

    I have been following Kristyne's blog and love everything she does. I love the Honeybee bag pattern! Thanks for the give away, I would love to win! Debbie H

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  121. oh my email is MaryPSG@AOL.com

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  122. I love it that Kristyne started with crafts of all kinds, especially cross stitch, because I identify with that, and my grandmother taught me my first quilt squares when I was 17. I found Kristyne through Pintrest and love her stuff. I'd be a proud owner of any of her patterns, especially an autographed one. She's got a great future ahead of her. And I love Shabby Fabrics! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  123. WOw, I just love these designs let alone Khistyne,she is adorable, her style is so gorgeous and she is so inspiring, reading her story really brings back memories of my life and intro to quilting....I am just a wee wee bit older..LOL... would love to win an autographed one but rest assured I will be buying some patterns signed or not.....
    Thanks Shabby Fabrics, your the best!

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  124. I loved reading this overview of Kristyne. I have been following her blog and am always impressed by her work and enjoy her writing, too. I have her Honey Bee bag on order because that's my favorite. Her choice of color is so, so, sweet, adorable, and soothes my soul. :)

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  125. Suzi B ( laded1959@yahoo.com)August 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    I love all of Kristyne's patterns. She is remarkable and I am always amazed that she does what she does and so fast. I am a new quilter and join her blog on Pinterest and I am always looking forward to reading her latest updates (adventures)..She keeps me wanting to learn more and more....I would love to win one of her patterns they all are wonderful so it wouldn't matter which one. My favorite story of hers is not about a pattern at all but of her colostomy, I was hurting from laughing so hard (sorry Kristyne)...She has such a sense of humor or even the most unpleasant things in life...I always scan though my e- mail to see if she has posted something new....Congrats Kristyne, I know you will do well on your new adventure... Suzi (ladeda1959@yahoo.com)

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  126. I love the Honey Bee bag. The colors are so soft. I follow her blog every day. It was fun watching her make the alphabet sampler.

    Karen
    Boogabearw@cox.net

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  127. I am cracking up over that Hexagon Honeymoon! All of her patterns are extra-special and sweet!

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  128. All of the patterns are darling! I have been a fan of
    "Pretty by Hand" for months and check her wonderful blog every day! I'm so happy she is selling her own patterns now. She is very talented!!

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  129. I actually asked Kristyne for the pattern for the hexagon bag the day before she announced her new career as a patten designer!! Just in love with that bag! Great job Kristyne!!!

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  130. Greetings from Perth Western Australia! i love all things Kristyne...i have been following her blog for ages and through her blog here i am - enjoying your blog too! her story about Hexagons on honeymoon cracked me up - i have been known to bring projects away with me and it was refreshing to know there are kindred spirits out there who do the same. thank you so much to you and Kristyne for your inspiration, honesty and gentle nudges that i get from your blogs...i wish you both all the best take care love Tanya Hughes xx

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  131. I was a Brownie for a very short time...not long enough to have any badges sewn on...that I can remember.

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  132. Have been a fan for awhile so when the bag pattern came out, I had to have it. Loved her story. Two left sleeves was my favorite as it brought back memories of my dressmaking days.

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  133. I too learned sewing and crafting from my mom at an early age. I've been a blog follower of Kristyne's for some time now. I love all of her creations-especially the honey bee bag. She inspires me to try new projects, like the alphabet sampler!

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  134. I am in love with the honey bee purse!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win too.
    Nettie

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  135. I follow her blog and actually like the Honey Bee bag, the pencil case, and the basket quilt. Cross my fingers, hope I win. fran.daoust@yahoo.com

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  136. I've been following the Pretty by Hand blog for a while now and I must say that I truely love her style and the softness of her designs......I think the honey bee bag is about my favorite yet......keep on designing....can't wait to see what you come up with next. Rebeccajhull at hotmail.com

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  137. I am a fan of the Pretty by Hand blog. I love her new patterns, thrilled for her impending success and always enjoy checking in to see what new projects are happening in her workroom - which I secretly wish was mine. I like all her new patterns and would be thrilled to win any one of them.

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  138. Love, love, love Pretty by Hand! My favorite pattern would be the Honey Bee Bag, but all are beautiful.

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  139. I have been a follower of the Pretty By Hand blog for a while now and I just love Kristyne's work. I particularly love her Honey Bee Bag, but I would be thrilled to win any of her patterns!

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  140. I found your blog through Kristyne's Pretty By Hand Blog. Her story is as exciting as her many talented projects. It is always fun to learn of how a person came to the point they are at now and I have long been a fan of Kristyne's beautiful color selections and meticulous work. Winning one of her patterns would make for a serendipitous day!!

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  141. what a wonderful sewing journey! I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about one of my favorite bloggers. I couldn't help but smile about the part where she took her hexagon pieces on her honeymoon. I did not know quilting when I first got married but I'm sure it would have made its way in my travel bag if I had. Thanks for sharing the story!

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  142. I liked hearing that she would tuck her blouse in because she didn't hem it. (Now that is a tempting idea--- I hate hemming.)
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  143. The fact that at 19 she learned to paper piece. I was 38 . The quilts I could have now if I started at 19 ! Love her blog ; )

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  144. What a great inspirational story.

    All the patterns are fab, but I adore the round pencil case, as both my grandchildren are pencil mad so it would be a perfect 'Nanny make'!!!

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  145. I love everything about Kristyne's story! I especially love the big cupboards with all that fabric!! The patterns are wonderful, but my favorite would have to be the hexie tote. it's great to read about 'real' people - and the things that we all do to get out of what we're either afraid of trying, or just because we can! Keep up the great work, this is a fabulous website! Barb (fpilot@xtra.co.nz)

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  146. I LOVE that Kristyne was lucky enough to have such a wonderful mother and aunt to teach her and nurture her desire to learn. The Honeybee pattern is beautiful!

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  147. I find it hilarious that Kristyne made a dress with 2 left sleeves, that's the kind of thing I would do, as i'm so impatient!! Angela

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  148. Pretty By hand very quickly became my favourite blog from mid last year. Her beautiful creations, sense of humour & regular posts have me checking in every day & there's always something inspiring. I'm one of the ones's requesting her Tote pattern every other week for a year! Kym

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  149. I just love her round pencil case pattern--I'd use it for embroidery/quilting items too. Pretty by Hand is such a lovely blog--love her fabric color choices (just the ones I like best) and her exquisite work! Everything in her bio was fun to read--down memory lane in many places for me. Thanks for the chance to win.
    ~ Delcia R.

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  150. I think I 'found' Kristyne in May 2011 through Camille's blog and love her since then. I love that she's a little bit crazy (in a really good way) and creative (like sewing her own diaper bag). Love her farmhouse pattern (since this is the one I didn't own yet;-)
    Grretings from germany, Hildy
    hildy(at)ebertzeder(dot)de

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  151. What a great story! I love the Dress With Two Left Sleeves. It seems to have survived as a warning to impatient crafters (like me). I particularly love Kristyne's story on her blog about being born feet first; there's something special in all of us. My favourite pattern is the honeybee bag. x Stacey
    stacey@bakercourt.co.uk

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  152. I like the way that Kristyne saw the tote on Ebay and decided she could make one herself and then ended up making LOADS of them! It sounds just like me, lol!

    Thanks for the chance to win one of Kristynes patterns.

    Judi

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  153. I love Kristyne's story about sewing on her Brownie badges. I was so proud when I sewed on my own badges too. Now I tend to use a little less brown! Gorgeous patterns, love the hexie bag. Tracee xx

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  154. I have recently become addicted to Kristyne's blog and loved her story! So many things to relate to!! I absolutely LOVE the honey bee pattern - and have already ordered (and received) the pencil case.
    Happy stitching, Sharon at... sthor1@eq.edu.au

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  156. I love Kristyne's start in sewing clothes - I too started with a Lady Di blouse - my home ec teacher was horrified. I wore it about twice - too over the top to actually wear. Pretty by hand is inspiring stuff - well done. jmfisher@tpg.com.au

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  157. I am a follower of Kristyne's blog and thoroughly enjoyed reading her story here. All her things are lovely. The hexi bag is especially beautiful.I love the little bee!

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  158. Great story! I haven't seen anything of hers that I haven't loved. I love the color choices and designs of the bags and quilts. The hexi bag is just adorable. Good Luck!! stacyfarrill@gmail.com

    Stacy

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  159. I am also a follower of Kristyne's blog and enjoyed reading a little bit more about her here. I've been tempted many times to reach out and touch her new Honey Bee hexagon purse only to stop myself when I realize it's on the computer screen! I would love to have a purse just like it! :-) sljibb@hotmail.com

    Sherri

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  160. I have been following this great blog for the last year love kristynes beautiful work

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  161. I have been following this great blog for the last year love kristynes beautiful work

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  162. What a lovely story my favorite part is the one when her mother teached her how to, because I see myself when I was little and my mother did the same and I am so grateful for that !!
    Hugs, Ellen

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  163. I always appreciate Kristyne's writing, humour, and most of all her crafting talent (from pattern making to cross stitching!) Thank you for posting her story - I greatly enjoyed every bit of it. Noortje.

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  164. I am a follower of Kristyne's blog and always enjoy her writing and wit. She is an inspiration almost on a daily basis!

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  165. Another blog to follow, how will I get my work done! I enjoyed reading about your journey, sounds similar to mine! Laura J.B.

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  166. I have to say I think the pair-up of Kristyne and Shabby Fabric is the best ever...even better than chocolate and peanut butter...and THAT is saying something. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    lindapawlak@verizon.net

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  167. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kristyne's story, particularly how her skills and confidence level has evolved over the years. GO Kristyne! I can't wait to see what you do next.
    Lynn
    womanspirit107@yahoo.com

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  168. I loved her talking about how she would be too impatient to finish off the clothese she wore - I can certainly relate to that. When I made clothes, the hem was often Scotch taped up as I hated hemming!

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  169. Love the needlework and patterns! Way to go Kristyne, keep working hard and follow your passion.

    shilts.shiella@gmail.com

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  170. Love the hexi bag!! So sweet. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    emily@thecaffeinatedquilter.com

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  171. Hola lo que me hizo más gracia fue escuchar el hacer una pieza con dos mangas izquierdas, a veces nos concentramos tanto en algo, que olvidamos poner atención a qué realmente estamos haciendo.

    Gracias por la oportunidad.

    Ale
    Costa Rica
    aleabarca612@gmail.com

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  172. I love the hexagon purse pattern, and also the round pencil case.

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  173. I love your designs. I too spent the 90's attempting all sorts of crafts which included knitting. Knitting was too confusing then, but I picked it up two years ago and I am pretty darn good at it. Two years ago I also returned to quilting. It is nice to hear Kristyne's story and it made me feel I was in good company. Thank you, Natelie (hisgnat@earthlink.net)

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  174. So excited to see Kristyne's work featured on your blog... thanks for offering the kit... and the pattern give away! Would love to win the quilt one! Kathi kathibc@yahoo.com

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  175. I am a great fan of Pretty by Hand. Love her New purse pattern....Honey bee. Enjoyed checking our your blog, too.

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  176. I love her statement, "At 13 years old all I wanted to do was perfect my padded satin stitch and bullion knot. Guess I was a bit strange." I'm still trying to perfect those!

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  177. I love the messenger bag pattern. I have a nine year old daughter who has wanted me to make her one ever since I first saw it on Krisyne's blog! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  178. I most enjoyed "I was English paper piecing hexagons on my honeymoon"! That is SO Kristyne! :)Tanis S.

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  179. I love the Farmhouse Parlour pattern. I can relate to Kristyne's early sewing days.

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  180. I love all of Kristyne's patterns but the Honey Bee bag is my favorite.

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  181. I love the purse pattern. I also love Kristyne's blog and can relate completely to her early sewing life. I think most of us can - it is an obsession that takes over...jama-75@sbcglobal.net

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  182. I can totally relate to your crafting evolution though I was a Bluebird and sewed beads onto a vest! I'm the Queen of Reverse Sewing so I can understand your two left sleeves. I sewed a zipper into an armhole. But my best error was a zipper backwards into the back of a tennis dress I made my mother. I just gave it to her with a string to pull up the zipper!

    I found this site via a post on Inklingo.com.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway ;)

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  183. all the patterns are lovely...i couldn't pick a favorite. the honey bee bag is adorable!

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  184. Love the hexie bag! jillfroelich@yahoo,com

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  185. I love the honey bee bag; everything Krystyne makes is beautiful. And her blog is so much fun to read.

    Marji

    (toensingml@earthlink.net)

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  186. I have been reading Krystyne's blog almost from the beginning. The farmhouse parlor pattern speaks to my heart. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  187. What a wonderful giveaway. I have been following Krystyne's blog for a while now and really enjoy her humor. The two left sleeves cracks me up. For some reason the things that she makes soothes my insides. When I was younger I used to do all sorts of crafts but somehow got away from doing them as the kids got older. Now that the grandbabies are here my girls tell me they want me to make (insert all sorts of things) like I used to. Quilting is my new passion and she makes me motivated to see if I can make things as beautiful as hers.

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  188. Hi! My name is Kiara and I recently discovered Krystyne's blog and I think all she does is amazing! She's so perfect and I adore her fabric choices, so I love all her patterns but the one I really adore is her honey bee bag, so elegant and delicate. I really want to do one.
    Kiara
    chmiotto@yahoo.it

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  189. I've been reading Krystyne's blog for over a year now and just love the sweet and soft colors! My favorite is her newest Honey Bee bag - just love that one!

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  190. I love Krystyne's blog and Shabby Fabrics. What a great partnership this will be! I loved her comment about doing EPP on her honeymoon!

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  191. I am in love with Pretty by Hand! I want to make her quilt pattern! I woudl love to win! And paper pieceing on her honeymoon? I knit my way through mine! lol... LOVE IT!

    I woudl love to win! Thank you!
    Marcy
    marcy_ort@hotmail.com

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  192. I've been following Kristyne's blog almost from the beginning, and love it. I'm so impressed by her talents, creativity, sense of colour, the volume of work she does -- and I like her sense of humour! That she's made the leap to creating patterns to share is lucky for all of us. I like all the patterns, but my daughter would love to have her own personal pencil case.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Debbie
    drogosin@sympatico.ca

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  193. I love Kristyne's blog a lot... Everything is, well, so pretty! I loved seeing a sweet picture of her here! I do like all her patterns but have a soft spot foe the pencil case ;)
    Josée
    Bouclenoire(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  194. I really like the Honey Bee Bag.

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  195. I am in love with the Honey Bee Bag.

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  196. Favorite part: that she sewed since she was little and always strove to improve!

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  197. Great designs, I love the Honeybee bag!!! I just recently descovered her blog and have been enjoying it also.
    ministerofhumor@juno.com

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  198. Oh, how I love Kristyne!!! I have been reading her blog for about a year and she makes me laugh and inspires me! I especially love how she learned to make her own clothing but didn't always finish things. Boy, can I relate!
    Congratulations, Kristyne!

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  199. wow I am so excited about Kristyne, I read her blog everyday. A while back I had ask her a question or something and she sent me a personal e-mail. I was so happy made my day.

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