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Thursday, September 10, 2015

not quite granny pattern

Late last year I designed a bunch of patterns to go with my new fabric line. I worked so hard behind the scenes on all of them. It's funny, because now that I can actually share them with you, I'm all nervous about it! (Figures, doesn't it?) Since there are 6, I thought I would highlight each of the patterns separately, rather than to barrage you with all of them at once. (I don't think I could handle that myself, anyway!)
This design was inspired by a portion of a woven blanket that I saw in a Levi's Ad. Inspiration really does come from all kinds of sources and sometimes when you least expect it. The block is reminiscent of the granny square quilt block, but it's not quite the same...thus the name, not quite granny!
To test the pattern (since my fabric wasn't available to sew with yet), I broke out some precious Briar Rose fabric from my stash and I paired it with and Essex linen background. Once I had it pieced, I realized that I could have done a better job with picking contrasting fabrics, but oh, well. It's done! That's the most important piece...AND it looks pretty cute on my porch table, too!
I really love the texture that the cross hatch quilting adds! The table runner measures 16" x 61". The pattern also includes quilts in baby, lap, twin and full/queen sizes. (That's a whole lot of math, folks, let me tell ya!) I definitely want to revisit this pattern and make a lap size quilt someday.
Be sure to check out the Not Quite Granny quilt that my good friend Cindy made here. She did such a nice job on it!!! Connecting Threads has Not Quite Granny table runner kits available in a Christmas color way. The individual pattern is available here in my Craftsy store. And....in case that wasn't enough links for you...I wrote a post about my experience designing the fabric here, if you care to read it! Phew!

I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway to celebrate! If you'd like to win a copy of the Not Quite Granny pattern, please leave me a comment in this post. In your comment I'd love to hear what your favorite fall activity is. (We are on the cusp of autumn here and I'm excited for it!) I'll pick 6 winners in a couple of days!

163 comments:

  1. What a lovely table runner - love the granny idea! My favorite fall activity is going to the pumpkin patch and picking out the biggest and best pumpkin available!

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  2. I love going apple picking!

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  3. My favorite fall activity is running. Well, it's always my favorite activity, but fall is my hands down favorite running season.

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  4. I should say apple picking or hiking in our New England woods. But really, I like making apple pie. And then I can put it on the table with a beautiful runner.

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  5. Friends have an orchard with an apple press, to make fresh apple cider. So fun! Last year we put that cider to good use and made apple cider caramels. I love Fall.

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  6. I love your new fabric line at connecting threads, and this little table runner is so cute! I love to bake pumpkin flavored everything in the fall!

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  7. Fall is my favorite time of year! My son is an October baby, my sister and I are November. I love the changing colors in the leaves, the smell of fall fires, Halloween....oh the list can just go on and on!

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  8. Fall always meant the tail end of camping season, evenings by the fire, and getting settled in for another semester at college. Things aren't the same now (graduated and married now!), but at least I can appreciate the beautiful colors before winter comes!

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  9. Such a sweet runner! Fall is birthday, pumpkin and hunting season around here...not necessarily in that order :)

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  10. Making Concord grape pie. And sewing of course!

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  11. Eating everything pumpkin!

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  12. We always head up north to pick apples, bring them home and make apple butter. Lovely pattern by the way! :-)

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  13. I am loving the daily pincushions and now your table runner! Fall is Honeycrisp apples and final trips to the Arboretum to see the scarecrows

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  14. My favorite fall activity is going to the pumpkin patch! My kids love it so much, that it makes it fun for all of us.

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  15. Going to the beach with my dog :)

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  16. Your pattern done up in Good Neighbors as executed by Cindy is perfect for a quilt gor a friend. Very happy. Besides quilting, my favorite Fall activity is a hike in the woods. There's nothing like crisp air, gorgeous color and leaves crunching under your feet.

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  17. Fav activity quilting, of course!

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  18. My favorite fall activity is cooking. I get to fix all the down-home recipes that I can't do in the spring and summer. Chili. Chicken and dumplings. Love it all.

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  19. Anonymous5:06 PM

    Hello Amanda Jean, I have two favourites - blackberry picking to make crumbles and making Delia Smith's delicious Pumpkin Soup with melting cheese - recipe here if you want to try it.

    http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/soups/roasted-pumpkin-soup-with-melting-cheese.html

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  20. I like to go on walks and shuffle though the leaves! Can't wait until it is cool enough for a sweatshirt.

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  21. Love to bake, bake, bake with pumpkin!

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  22. My favorite fall activity is eating pies, you know apple and pumpkin ok breads too like zucchini. I don't bake so finding people and bakeries that do is a wonderful fall activity.
    Love your not quite granny.

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  23. My favorite fall activity is camping. No bugs and cooler temperatures for hiking and sightseeing. Yeah, fall!

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  24. That is a gorgeous table runner! The quilting on it fits the design perfectly.

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  25. Love the runner! My favorite fall activity is visiting my friend who lives in Ohio. We don't have the color turn here in Florida, but Ohio is a blaze of beauty. Thanks!

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  26. Congratulations on your beautiful fabric line in Connecting Threads!! It is my favorite place to shop for fabric, and i love your blog! Win-win!!!

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  27. Fall golfing is my favorite .... Great new pattern!

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  28. My favorite fall activity is making cooler weather food, like roast chicken! Love the new pattern.

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  29. I like to get outside and enjoy the cooler weather; maybe a little fishing, or just sitting on the patio in peace and quiet :)

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  30. As a teacher, my favorite fall activity is making pumpkin blankets with my students. For many it will be the first time they thread a needle. As a mom, we visited pumpkin patches and Descanso Gardens near our home.
    Deborah

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  31. I love hiking in the Colorado mountains im the fall, to see the beautiful aspen leaves turning. Thanks for the chance to win your pattern!

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  32. Love this pattern and your fabric line!!! I always look forward to pulling out my comfy sweatshirts and jeans.

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  33. My favorite fall activity is figuring out what I'm going to make people for Christmas.

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  34. Love the pattern! I enjoy sitting on the porch and enjoying the cooler weather. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. I love fall - the cooler weather, changing colours of the leaves, pumpkins and decorating with lots of cool natural items. My favourite thing to do is walk and take our grandkids to the apple farm to pick their own apples.
    I totally enjoy seeing your beautiful creativity on your blog. Thanks for this opportunity to get a free pattern here.

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  36. Such a cute pattern! Can't wait to see the others that you designed as well!

    My favorite activity of Autumn is apple picking!

    Sandy A

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  37. My fave autumn activity is kicking piles of leaves.....I've loved doing it since childhood and I used to do it with my children. Now I do it with the grandchildren but I especially LOVE doing it when Im by myself, or with the dogs - it makes me feel young, free, alive and just a little bit naughty!

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  38. What a fun pattern! I love the beautiful simplicity. And you're right: the crosshatch quilting sets it off so nicely! Favorite fall activity? The first thing that comes to mind is simply going outside without feeling like the (100-degree) summer weather is going to melt me!

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  39. I look forward to apple picking season all year--my all time favorite fall activity!

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  40. A beautiful table runner - and I have both Essex Linen and my FQ bundle of Good Neighbors too! Some of my favorite fall activities include walking in the park once the weather cools down and drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks! Thanks for the chance at winning this great pattern, and congratulations again on the new fabric line!

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  41. I love that block! I would make that for my coffee table in a heartbeat if I won. sarah@forrussia.org

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  42. What a great pattern to go with your awesome new line! I love the fabrics and I've been wanting to make a Granny Square quilt. This might be the time to do it using your new fabric line and pattern. I love to go hiking in the fall. It's also a great time to make quilted Christmas gifts.

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  43. I love the colors and cooler weather of fall here in South Carolina. Of course, colors and coolness are later here than in many other areas. I enjoy my daily walks with my dog more in pleasant weather. I ordered some of your new fabric today from Connecting Threads, so I could use the pattern. Thanks for the chance to win and congrats on the fabric line.
    joyecox@yahoo.com

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  44. I love your pattern! My favorite fall activity is the same as my favorite activity the rest of the year: quilting! I also enjoy knitting and that will start up when it gets a little cooler.

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  45. Such a cute pattern, and it looks so easy! It will be great for quick little gifts. My favorite fall activity outdoors is raking leaves and sitting by the campfire. Indoors it's pulling out all my autumn quilts.

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  46. I like to walk through the park, kicking up the leaves!

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  47. I love the table runner, and think you did great with the fabrics!
    My favorite fall activity is getting stuff done when the kids go back to school. And, making applesauce. :)

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  48. My favorite fall activity is walking in the fallen leaves.

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  49. Fall for me is listening to the marching band play half time music at the local high school.

    Not Quite Granny is adorable!

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  50. Hi Amanda. Kudos on the fabric line! Love the backing fabric! Favorite fall thing is making crabapple syrup. It is just so pretty! And it tastes great on anything.

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  51. Annual apple picking trip with post-picking apple doughnuts and fresh cider. Preferably in sweaters and jackets. :)

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  52. I love fall decorating in my home. The table runner is simple and could be done in so many colorways.

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  53. I like making pumpkin bread and cranberry salad.

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  54. My favorite fall activity is watching my son play football. He's 13 years old and this is his 9th football season!

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  55. A great pattern. I can envision it in so many colourways. I enjoy the smells of fall. The crisp coolness and the smell of leaves as all prepare for the winter.

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  56. I like watching football.

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  57. I love all the craft fairs and I love to go to the apple orchard....and just enjoy the leaves.....

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  58. I love to go for a walk in the woods with my family and my camera!

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  59. Anything to do with apples. I love them. Apple butter, apple pie, apple bread you name it. Granny square is my favorite block so I will have to make this at some point. Very nice.

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  60. Pumpkin Spice Latte and a visit to the pumpkin patch with my granddaughter next month. It's held at local ag school and a huge hill and field is full of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. They live it and I love watching them run and laugh together!

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  61. My fave fall activity is going to the beach where I live after all the tourists are gone and the kids are back at school.

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  62. I love picking blackberries on a lovely warm autumn day. You know the summer is over but you are just so grateful for the gentle warmth the clear skies and sunshine give.

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  63. The thing bi love best is the feeling of pulling inward. Cozying up and staying indoors. A chance to catch a breath between hardest and holidays.

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  64. a lovely runner, fingers crossed your fabric will be available in the UK. What I like most about the autumn are the colours of the leaves on the trees as they change and gradually fall off then as a child used to love walking through them well maybe even as an oldie I still get a kick out of that

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  65. My favorite Fall activity is apple picking and canning homemade apple sauce. I'm so excited for you with your new fabric line and patterns.

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  66. Cute pattern! My favorite fall activity is eating pumpkin pie and looking at fall colors!

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  67. Love your fabric line! It's so sweet and this runner is perfect for my sofa table! We love to go to our local farm and pick our pumpkins and drink cider!

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  68. Fall (or Autumn over here in the UK) is great for picking the plentiful apples from our tree in the garden. I'll make heaps of apple crumble ... and have to eat it all myself as the kids usually go off it after the first 2 or 3!

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  69. One of my favorite Fall activities is hiking in the mountains near Munich, esp. around the lake "Walchensee". I love the clear blue sky, the green water of the lake and the colors of the trees.
    And back home: a pumpkin-soup and apple pie :-)

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  70. Very cute, but that is what you do so nicely.

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  71. One of my favorite fall things is to sit around a bonfire without the mosquitos that are around in the summer.
    Love your new line of fabric.

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  72. My favorite fall activity is to go apple picking. When we lived in Boston, there was this little orchard out in Groton that was amazing - so picturesque up on a hill and with more types of apples than I ever knew existed. Now that we've moved farther south, though, we just go to the beach :)

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  73. HI! My favorite activities in the fall are going to my daughter's college football games with my family. It is wonderful to sit in the brisk air and cuddle close together to keep warm. I also love going for evening walks in the fall too.

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  74. Ever since I made your Scrappy Vortex quilt I've been hooked on your designs. My favorite fall things are pumpkins, drives to take in the changing leaves, cool sunny days, and sweatshirts.

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  75. I like hiking the trails in the forest and stomping on the fallen leaves....Yes, I'm 6 at heart

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  76. Anonymous5:50 AM

    Fall around our house means weiner roasts and s'mores! When our girls were small we started this on the weekends to entertain them and now we have fun doing this with our grandchildren. Who cares if they only want to eat marshmallows? What happens at Mimi and Papaw's house stays at Mimi and Papaw's house! Haha

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  77. I love the smells of autumn. Cinnamon, pumpkin, apple, the smell of the leaves, and the cooler mornings.

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  78. I like this pattern a lot,. It does look like a granny. Fall=Halloween= decorating in a spooky sort of way.

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  79. What a great pattern! My favorite fall activity is cleaning up and putting the gardens to bed for winter.

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  80. I just love going to the fall festivals! You did a wonderful job on that runner!

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  81. Can't wait to see all your patterns. This one looks like it would make a cute quilt. My favorite thing to do in fall is picking apples and then making bread to freeze for the winter. Matsche.christine@yahoo.com

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  82. My son coaches football and my husband and I love to go to the games and see family and friends, and watch the team OF COURSE!

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  83. I would love to win your pattern!

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  84. Lovely table runner. Thanks for the giveaway

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  85. Jumping into piles of freshly fallen/raked leaves. They smell so Autumn.
    Picking out pumpkins at a pumpkin patch.
    Taking a bite out of a Honey Crisp Apple and tasting all that goodness.
    Stitching up long sleeve tops for myself:)

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  86. Love your pattern-so clean and fresh! We love Texas A&M football in the fall- spending long weekends with longtime (notice I didn't say old!) college friends. Our first cool front blows in tomorrow so we are looking forward to relief from the heat!!

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  87. My favorite fall activities. .... apples from Apple Jack Orchards, pumpkins from the Scherer farm, a trek down to Jordan to see the autumn colors and visit MNs largest candy store...try to get out in the beautiful fall weather as much as possible! Debbie

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  88. Very cute pattern! We farm so my favorite fall activity is combining corn and soybeans. We work hard for months growing the crop and harvest allows us to see the fruits of our labor.

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  89. I love your pattern and tablerunner!! I love fall, after the heat of summer, it is a welcome change. My favorite thing to do is decorate my house for fall. I have such cute pumpkins, mums, and scarecrows, that I tend to go overboard!!

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  90. Love the pattern! I love to walk outside in the crisp air with my Standard Poodle!!

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  91. I love to camp and hike at any time. The woods are beautiful especially in the fall.

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  92. I love walks in the crisp air on crunchy leaves enjoying autumn's colorful displays in the leaves last hurrah and the shiny apples, pumpkins, and mums! A not quite granny runner beckons me topped with a basket filled with fall's bounty.

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  93. The table runner is adorable. My favorite thing in the fall is to walk in the woods and shuffle my feet in the dry leaves on the ground.
    Deb

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  94. I love to go camping in the fall with all of our family. We like to hike, ride bikes, and especially sit around the camp fire and talk. Always lots of laughing. I love this pattern!

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  95. I love to watch the kids jump in piles of leaves!

    Love the not quite a granny design. I bet it will lend itself to a great scrappy version too.

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  96. This is very sweet and I can just imagine how cute it would be in your fabric line. I enjoyed rereading the post about creating your fabric line and think it turned out great. You inspire all of us to follow our muse

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  97. Fall - so many activities....walking in the woods with my dogs while the leaves are falling on us....and the smells..oh, my! LOVE your table runner!

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  98. My kids are getting excited about making apple cider. I love your new pattern. jsbailey99 at gmail.com

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  99. Cute runner...and I really like the narrow border combined with the binding. My favorite fall activity is bicycling on the beautiful trails in Michigan. (Well, when I'm not quilting.)

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  100. I love your fabric line and this pattern. Fall is my favorite time of year and I love to take long walks with our dog. I do that more than any other time of the year, summer is too hot, winter too wet and cold and spring busy in the garden so fall is it.

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  101. Collecting chestnuts in the forest! I love your fabric collection, can't wait for it to be available for international shipping...

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  102. I'm ready for Fall after the heat of summer. I don't like the falling of leaves the tree look like they are dying to me. Love the table runner. Nancy P.

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  103. My favorite fall activity is watching college football. This runner would be perfect in my team's colors of black, white, and red. Our neighbors get together to watch games and this runner would be perfect on the table.

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  104. My favorite thing to do in the fall is to watch (from my high-rise apartment window) the bluffs in downtown Saint Paul turn awesome colors. The trees are particularly lush this year and I'm hoping that means an even more colorful display. This runs a close race with driving along both sides of the beautiful St Croix River when they are in full fall bloom.

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  105. I like your table runner pattern and the cross hatch quilting goes just right! My favourite Autumn activity is going out for walks and seeing the natural colours lit by the low level sunlight. ☺

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  106. Anonymous9:22 AM

    Soup time! I love making homemade soup starting in the Fall all the way through Winter! Thank you for the fun give away, love your table runner.

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  107. Fall means I can finally enjoy being outside. Apple picking, biking a rustling leaves underfoot. Love this table runner!

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  108. My favorite fall activity is walking and looking at the trees as they turn beautiful colors.

    Would love to win.

    hl3smith@yahoo.com

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  109. I love table runners of all kinds so thank you for a darling one. My favorite fall activity is eating or drinking anything pumpkin.

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  110. I love these colors together! One thing I always learn from your quilt projects is color combination. Lovely. Autumn is birthday month in our family, and we love to camp together over a long weekend. Such fun as my children are all adults, and now I have a granddaughter! We're pie lovers, so apple pies are the favorite autumn birthday treat in our family!

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  111. I saw your fabric and patterns on Connecting Threads - lovely!! Congrats....that was a lot of work! This pattern is so cute! The thing I look forward to in the Fall is our town's celebration day - there's a parade, booths, bands - just a big celebration and the streets are closed. We get to see neighbors and friends...lot of fun. Thanks for the chance!

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  112. Love, love, love your fabric line and can't wait to see the all of the fun patterns you designed. Thanks for the chance to win this one! Favorite fall activity is canning... it is a lot of work, but I love to see my storage room shelves fill up with jars full of goodies.

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  113. So fun! I love everything pumpkin, but most of all I love Halloween. It was fun as a kid, but it's even more fun with my littles. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  114. Ok This is going to sound weird...
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    My favorite part of Fall is smelling the scents of harvest, canning, wood smoke, fall garden, spice ect...

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  115. What a cute pattern. I would love a copy. Fall to me is all about pumpkins, gourds, leaves and cool crisp air. Love to bake fall goodies, too. Congrats on your new fabric line. spoofs@juno.com

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  116. Call means a trip to hike somewhere with colorful leaves.
    rgbeasley@hotmail.com

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  117. What a cute pattern! My favorite fall activity is visiting the zoo. The weather is cooler and most of the tourists are gone, so it's a wonderful time to explore the zoo and get some exercise.

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  118. Thank you for the giveaway! In the fall, I love to get back to my hand quilting. It is just TOO hot to do much of that in the spring and summer.

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  119. I love Granny Squares! What a beautiful runner! Fall is such a bitter sweet time of the year! I love hot weather, but fall brings such a fresh and change. I do love looking at the changes of colors of fall. The colors are spectacular!

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  120. Hi Amanda Jean! Love this table runner and the quilt your friend made with the pattern. I love watching the fall colors come creeping in. Jmshelley1@yahoo.com

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  121. This design is perfect for your new fabrics and I love the name too.

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  122. Great runner!
    My favorite fall activity is just plain enjoying the cooler weather!

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  123. Love your table runner. My favorite thing for fall is driving down tree-lined streets as the leaves are turning - such beauth!

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  124. My favorite thing is that the garden is nearly done (canning and all that), so I can finally sew on weekends. I love your color choices for the table runner. It is so bright and cheery.

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  125. Love the table runner. My favorite autumn activity is watching the colorful leaves.

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  126. My favorite fall activity is taking a drive to watch the leaves change! Love the change of seasons, all of them! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  127. my favorite fall activity is taking my 3 year old grandson to the Pumpkin patch...usually in shorts, lolol. (Florida!)

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  128. I enjoy the cooler weather, walking in the river valley with all the trees in their changing colours. It refreshes the mind. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  129. This table runner is so cute. I like going to the pumpkin patch with the kids and getting lost, err, going through the corn maze. Also making caramel apples, yumm.

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  130. Fall around here usually means rain, and lots of it!! So I like to get things in order at home to start inside activities, like sewing and quilting and crocheting and knitting, I love it!! :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  131. We always try to have a fire, with ingredients for s'mores, hot dogs and a piñata for the grand kids at least once in the fall. Always lots of fun.

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  132. My favorite thing to do in the fall is go for long walks! It's too hot in the summer to do much hiking, so we save our hiking for fall. It's so nice to be able to comfortably enjoy nature and watch the leaves change.

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  133. Fall somehow manages to feel like a fresh beginning to me. I think my favorite thing to do in the fall is bonfires with my family!

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  134. Thank you for the giveaway! Such a pretty pattern. Fall brings on the nudge to bake!!!

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  135. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is take scenic drives into the mountains to watch the leaves change. It is so beautiful and such a powerful reminder of the wonderful place we all call home. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us! ktsquiltdreams (at)gmail (dot)com

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  136. I loved making this pattern! As you know, I broke out my precious Henna Garden for the first version.

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  137. I like how this block turned out, it is light and airy! m y w e e dox at c e ntu r y te l dot n e t

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  138. Once the kids return to school in September, we start looking forward to our small town's annual fair. It was tradition in our family for me to enter my quilts, my son to enter his Lego creations, and my daughter to enter her crafts. Those are great memories! silverthimble@shaw.ca

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  139. My favorite Fall activity is Camping and hiking in the woods. Smelling camp fires, pumpkin and spices that woodsy smell.

    Debbie

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  140. What I love about fall are the quilt retreats and shows. My friends and I are headed down to grand forks to see you in October.

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  141. My favorite fall activity is going to our local apple orchard and picking a basket of the freshest apples.

    acdiller@verizon.net

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  142. Great fabric line. Favorite Fall activity - Connecticut Quilt Shop Hop starts Sept. 17th, need I say more. Diane B.

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  143. I think you did a fine job of choosing contrasting fabrics...the runner is lovely! My favorite fall activity is long walks with my husband and pooch, crunching the leaves beneath our feet.

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  144. I would love to win this pattern! I believe my favorite fall activity is eating!:-) I love all the comfort food and pumpkin and apple desserts that go with fall. renae1225@gmail.com

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  145. My favourite activity is walk, look at the trees and enjoy the last sunny days. Thanks

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  146. Anonymous6:33 AM

    My favorite fall activity is going apple picking with my kids. Our local farm has a hayride out to the orchard, three varieties to pick, and you walk back through the pumpkin patch. I get more pictures than apples, but that's the way I like it!

    mindingmomma at aol dot com

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  147. My favourite fall activities, cause there isn't just one,,,,, hiking a trail when the leaves are about half way through their colour change, crunchy leaves on the ground, needing to wear a wooly sweater for the first time, pumpkin pies (notice I used the plural there)... I could on on but I think you get the idea that fall is a great season. Oh, and your pattern looks like a whole lot of fun... Maybe in a baby theme.... Solids too...hmmmm, might have to do it a couple of times!

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  148. Great block! I'm also anxious for the new line to be released. Thanks for the opportunity to win the pattern. Congrats on having a winner in this block.

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  149. Picking apples and making apple crisp

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  150. Fall: I love reading outside without sweating and being covered in mosquitoes.

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  151. My favorite fall activity is going to our local fair with my family.

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  152. Love your runner, very cute. My favourite fall activity is taking our granddaughters (2) picking apples in an orchard. We've done it every year and they are now 18 & 19.

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  153. My favorite fall activities are celebrating my October birthday and buckling down to sew! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  154. My favorite fall activity is cross country. I was a runner and then a coach. Now my son is out for cross country! Thanks for the chance to win your pattern! I like the idea of making a full size quilt with scraps and a solid background.

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  155. i like the simplicity of this pattern. My fall favorite is canning and reading.

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  156. My favorite fall activity is watching my boys play football and soccer!

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  157. Hope I am not too late. My favorite fall activity is picking apples.

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  158. The granny square if a favorite of mine, but this version may be my new go to. I forsee some great scrappy quilts with this block.

    For fall I like to drink all the fall beers, they are my favorite all year. Also bust out the infinity scarves and boots.

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  159. Crazy cute!! So many possibilities!

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  160. your runner is so pretty.
    My favorite fall activity is canning from our garden for the winter

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  161. I live to go to the pumpkin patch! It's always super hot where we go but still loads of fun!

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