Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Christmas Gifts for Quilters 4 (and giveaway)

So, once again, here is a button you can grab for your blog.  The button links back to the original intro post for this series and, over time, that post will link to all the subsequent posts in the series so just leave the button lying around when friends and relatives are around and hope that they click through and get some great ideas of what to get you for Christmas.  And just in case none of your relatives are showing any interest in any of these great ideas, there are two giveaways at the end of this post so chance your arm at winning something for yourself.

Christmas Gifts for Quilters
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This week's suggestions are two wonderful computer programs tailor made for quilters; one to plan and design your quilts and one to catalogue them.  The first is EQ7, a computer program which enables to you design your own quilts, design blocks and print your own quilt patterns.


Or you can use quilts and blocks in the program's database and then add in fabric swatches from EQ7's library, from fabric companies' websites or scanned from your own fabrics to see how a quilt would look made up in the fabrics of your choice.  


Although designed for Windows, I understand that there is a Yahoo group for EQ7 Mac users who run EQ7 on their Macs using Windows and Parallels.  Check this out before buying the program if you are a Mac user.  



The second program is Quilt Album which is a computer program designed for you to catalogue all your quilts on the computer.  Perfect for those os us making quilts faster than we can keep track of them...  You just drop in a photo of the quilt and then add information about the quilt; when it was made, who for, who quilted it, the size of the quilt etc.  All your quilts can be catalogued and kept track of in one place on your computer.  As well as keeping track of your quilts on the computer, you can also print out album pages so you have a hard copy album.  You can even print out greetings cards and business cards with your quilts on them.  This program is designed to work both on Macs and on PCs.


There are giveaways for both of these programs at this end of this post but, in the meantime, if you would like to invest in a copy of Quilt Album, the makers have given me a discount code to give you a $5 discount on the program.  Just click through using the button below and use the code shown in the button to obtain the $5 discount.



And, in case you friends and relatives are not taking the hints in these Christmas Gifts posts, there is a copy of each of these programs up for grabs this week and three chances to win one of them:

1.   Leave a comment to say you are a follower.
2.   Leave a comment to say you spread the word (twitter, facebook, blog etc.)
3.   Leave a comment telling me what your favourite sewing notion is.  

Winners will be picked this time next week (2 November) so tune back in to see if you were one of the lucky ones.  

327 comments:

  1. I am a follower, wouldn't it be grand to win this giveaway,thanks.

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  2. I'm a follower. I have EQ6, but would love to upgrade!

    Mary
    iammaryburke @ gmail.com

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  3. I tweeted about your giveaway

    Mary
    iammaryburke @ gmail.com

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  4. My current favorite sewing notion is pin cushions. :) I just love all the novelty ones. I use a turtle for my needles and an elephant for my pins!

    Mary
    iammaryburke @ gmail.com

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  5. I am a follower. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  6. Oh so many just like my love for fabric but I know because of who I am my fav notion is the Clover seam ripper,

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  7. I am a follower, have EQ6, would love to upgrade!

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  8. My fave notion is my Hera marker - love it for marking lines and spines

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  9. I am a follower and would love to win the Quilt Album software!

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  10. My favourite sewing notions hands down are my rotary cutters (regular, pinkied and the new one that does circles). I would be nothing without them!

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  11. I'm a follower - funnily enough I was looking at EQ yesterday wondering whether I wanted to invest in it or not.

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  12. I am a follower, but Parallels - good lordy, just the thought gives me the heeby-geebies! I won't win anyway :(

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  13. I think my fav notion is my little wooded roller that I use to flatten seams when paper piecing - its a lot easter to use than the iron and helps speed up the process.

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  14. Favorite sewing notion is a tough one. I think it might be my super ultra thin and sharp blue flower flat head pins by Clover. They come on a card. Also love my Jeanna Kimball straw needles for the same reason. ..thin, sharp and slide through the
    fabric like butter!

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  15. Oh definitely can't live without those easy-thread, blind as a bat, needles!

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  16. I'm a follower, would love some EQ love.

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  17. i'm a follower! thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. my favourite sewing notion... gotta be my rotary cutter :)

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  19. I am a follower and EQ7 looks really intriguing.

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  20. Ha! Favourite notion is easy. The lowly seam ripper. It works much better than those little scissors my mom used to use.

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  21. I would love the EQ6! I am a follower.:)

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  22. My favorite sewing notion is my rotary cutter-makes everything so much quicker!

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  23. I'm a follower. Love to win.

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  24. My favorite sewing notion of the moment is my safety pins. Either it's pin basting a quilt, getting a top on my quilting rods, or snaking some elastic through the casing, my safety pins are doing the job.

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  25. I follow your blog and would love to win.

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  26. check out http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/2011/10/christmas-gifts-for-quilters-4-and.html for a great giveaway.

    I tweeted this giveaway

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  27. my new favorite sewing notion is the Hera marker.

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  28. I am a follower! Neat looking computer programs!

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  29. Are you friggin serious! This is the most epicly awesome giveaway in the history of all that is awesome.

    I'm a follower/stalker.

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  30. Fabric covered buttons are my favorite notion right now :) Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  31. Favorite notion is a hard one... Probs rulers... I have quite a collection now don't you know! But then I might be more practical and say an unpicker.

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  32. Im a follower, such brilliant giveaways you are doing at the moment, thanks.

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  33. Ooh my favourite sewing notion at the moment has got to be my spinning cutting mat

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  34. I am a follower and would love to win, especially EQ7. It's definitely on my holiday wishlist.

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  35. As I sit here, going through 7 pages of graphing paper to sort out a design, I greatly covet this program! I'm a follower :)

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  36. I linked to this post on facebook.

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  37. My favorite sewing notion is a retractable seam ripper that I got from my mother. Good thing, because I seem to use it a lot.

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  38. I follow your blog :)

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/HHandmaiden

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. My favorite sewing notion is my rubber thimble....couldn't live without it :)

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. I am fairly new to quilting so all new notions are my favorite. My favorite thing right now is a tool tote that I bought at Sears that has lots of pockets and elastic loops for thread and such. Great for travel quilting.

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  42. I am a follower. It would be wonderful to win.

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  43. i follow you like a hawk! ;)

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  44. Favorite notion - Is the Accuquilt GO a notion? if not I would say my pattern weights. Saves a lot of time to not have to pin.

    thebarefoottailor at gmail dot com

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  45. Great giveaway this week - still following.....

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  46. Wouldn't be without my Add a 1/4 ruler for foundation piecing.

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  47. Another brilliant giveaway - thank you! I'm a follower, naturally!

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  48. Hmmm...my favourite notion of the moment is my new packet of size 12 sharps - lovely for hand piecing! Thank you!

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  49. I'm a follower. Thanks for having the perfect quilter's gifts.

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  50. My favorite notion has to be my rotary cutter. I can't imagine cutting each piece out using scissors.

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  51. I'm a follower! Haven't tried either of these programs, so thanks for the opportunity to win one.

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  52. My favourite notion is 505 spray for basting. Time saver, knee saver, back saver!!

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  53. I am certainly a follower. Wowza what a great giveaway.. one can dream right.

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  54. My current favorite notion is a Fiskars Scissors sharpener. I bought it recently to spiff up all of my scissors except for my razor edge scissors.. it isn't for those.

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  55. My favourite notion is my rotary cutter.

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  56. My favorite notion is my magnetic pin cushion. I cannot tell you how much time and energy it has saved. Not cute (unfortunately) but I love it!

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  57. My favourite notion is my hera marker

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  58. My favourite notion at the moment is my add-a-quarter ruler because I'm doing foundation piecing and it's perfect for trimming the little bits.

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  59. I've tweeted about the giveaway @NStarQuilting. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  60. You bet I follow this blog on Google Reader! :)

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  61. Weeeeeeeell... my favorite notion is probably my seam ripper. And not because I love it so much but but because I USE it so much. ;)

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  62. GREAT giveaway. :) I'm a follower.

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  63. Favorite sewing notion is my trusty rotary cutter!

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  64. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/birdie00000/status/129246968424828928

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  65. I am already a follower and would love to have EQ6.

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  66. I follow you on Google Reader :D

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  67. My favourite sewing notion has to be my lovely sharp scissors. Though I guess my Fiskars scissor sharpener is going to come a close second for obvious reasons!

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  68. My favorite quilting notion would have to be my rotary cutter--I couldn't be a quilter without it!

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  69. I love my bar of chocolate - that counts as a sewing notion doesn't it?

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  70. I've previously blogged about this on my TQS member blog, but will add an update for today's giveaway.

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  71. I'm definitely thinking EQ7 is in my future to make writing patterns easier. I'm a follower of course!

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  72. My favorite sewing notion is my awesome zebra stripe seam ripper that I bought from Amy Friend. Seriously, it's the best!

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  73. I'm your follower. EQ7 has been on my wish list for a while!!

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  74. My favorite notion is my 12 1/2 inch ruler. It's so easy to square up those blocks!

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  75. I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  76. My favourite notion would have to be Aurifil thread. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  77. Wow. I'm a follower and would LOVE EQ7!

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  78. I'm a follower! I've been eyeing EQ7, but haven't committed to the idea... Crossing my fingers!

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  79. Favorite notion, hmmmm. I know it's simple but I love my 1/4" ruler; it helps so much with paper piecing!

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  80. Tweeted...http://twitter.com/#!/MelindaCopelan/status/129254265414877184

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  81. Quilt Album looks awesome! Of course, I'm a follower.

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  82. My favorite notion is my beloved 7x19 ruler, which is no longer made.

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  83. I'm a follower! Wow what an awesome giveaway!

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  84. I have a Mac, but if you say these programs are maybe compatible, please enter me! I'm a follower!

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  85. I added this giveaway to my blog at http://www.craftbuds.com/giveaway-roundup/

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  86. I so want EQ7! Have never had one, but dreamed about it forever.
    My favorite notion is, I'm afraid, my seam ripper. I use it for the obvious, but also to guide the ends of seams so I don't veer off target, to score papers to tear off after paper piecing, even to mark short lines to sew by lightly creasing next to a ruler.

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  87. Also, my favorite sewing notion is my long cutting ruler!

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  88. I follow your blog. Thanks for all the great giveaway opportunities!

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  89. My favorite notion of the moment is the Twister template/ruler. So easy and the quilts turn out so cute!

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  90. How cool! I'm definitely a follower!

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  91. I tweeted your giveaway!
    http://twitter.com/#!/AMKreations/status/129260104938823680

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  92. My favorite sewing notion would definitely be my Glass head pins! I am so thankful a dear friend pointed me to them...they are truly the nicest pins I've ever used. =)

    I hope I win!!! =) Thanks again.

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  93. I'm a follower! It would be wonderful to win either program! Thanks!

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  94. Does fabric count as favourite notion? Would otherwise have to say the different foots of my sewing machine - small but great differences they make!

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  95. What a fab giveaway, thank you :o)

    I'm a follower

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  96. My favourite notion is the Sewline pencil, excellent for marking up fabric

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  97. My favorite notion for hand stitching is a tiny little 'thimble' called ThimblePad. It protects your finger and isn't bulky and cumbersome like a regular thimble.

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  98. I am a follower. Great giveaway. I could really use an upgrade for my EQ6.

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  99. My favorite notion at the moment is my embroidery hoop! I need to get my snowman done.

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  100. I'm a follower. I love your CG4Q series! :D

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  101. I have your button on my blog and I pointed it out to my husband... hurk hurk. :D

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  102. What can I say? I'm your faithful follower:)

    PS. You've got so many giveaways that it's hard to take part in each of them. How do you do this?

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  103. My favorite notion is my pair of spring-loaded scissors. Oh, and I also love my leather thimble. I love many notions!

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  104. I am a follower and would love to win!

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  105. My favorite notion is my seam ripper, it gets the most action too!

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  106. My favorite notion is my magnetic pin dish. My least favorite is my seam ripper ...ugh!

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  107. I am a follower, thanks for the great giveaway.

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  108. My favorite notion would be a roll of blue painter's tape, saves me from marking on my quilts.

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  109. my fav notion are my spring-loaded Gingher snips that hang on a cord around my neck like dorky quilter jewelry.

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  110. I'm a follower! Thanks for the fab giveaway Lynne - EQ7 would certainly make my life a lot easier! Jxo

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  111. I've FBked the giveaway too! Jxo

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  112. My favorite notion is definitely my much used seam ripper!

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  113. I am a follower! Thanks for the give away.

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  114. My favorite notion is my needle threader!

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  115. I am a happy follower ;-)
    I get the idea but what is a different word for sewing notion? I can't find a literal translation.

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  116. I tweeted the giveaway. @nalaxu

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  117. I saw someone mentioned a needle threader as their favorite notion. Now that I can't see as well as I used to, I am going to have to go along with that.

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  118. What fun! I am a follower. Thanks!

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  119. Right now my favorite notion is a seam ripper. What would we do without them? Can you guess what I spent the morning using? Thanks!

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  120. I'm a follower and would love EQ7 - I'm doing a Dear Jane and would love to to use it as a virtual quilt wall.

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  121. My favorite notion: my Tesouro snips, only $1.49 at Vogue Fabrics.com. Super sharp and super cheap so I can have one at my machine, my ironing board and my cutting board.

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  122. I've never won anything. It would rock my world to win either of these prizes. I would love the computer program for making your own quilts. I've seen that advertised. Here's crossing my fingers.

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  123. I am a follower. EQ was already on my Christmas list but I don't think anyone here is paying attention.

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  124. I forgot to say what my favorite notion is. It's the Gypsy Gizmo. It's new and purple. It's for cutting apart your chain sewing. It makes the job go so fast and it's so simple. I bought an extra one to send to my friend in Russia.

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  125. I linked on facebook too.

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  126. I love my little embroidery scissors for trimming threads.

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  127. Of course I'm a follower :o)

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  128. I know this might sound silly, but my favorite sewing notion is my leather thimble. I can't live without it!

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  129. I'm a follower, what an amazing giveaway, thanks for the opportunity.

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  130. I spread the word on my blog, because I think everyone wants to win this.

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  131. I'm a follower. I already own EQ7 and love it! I have my eyes on the Quilt Album program, Santa!

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  132. I am a regular follower of your great blog. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!

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  133. My favorite sewing notion is my pin cushion. When a friend sent me my first one I thought she was crazy, after all I had a pin magnet didn't I? I was so wrong. Unlike when the pin magnet falls on the floor and throws pins everywhere, the pin cushion bounces.

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  134. I wouldn't say it is my favorite notion but one I use an awfully lot (unfortunately) - my seam ripper. I would be lost without it.

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  135. I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  136. I love my June Tailor Shape Cut Plus! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  137. My favorite sewing notion (thanks for the "translation") would be my rotary cutter if it wasn't broken ;-)

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  138. Awesome gift Lynne! I'm a follower of course...

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  139. My favorite sewing notion are embroidery scissors. Really cute ones with bird handles and the like. I can never have too many scissors!!!

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  140. I just tweeted about this great giveaway.

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  141. I just found you and became a follower.

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  142. I have EQ7 ( Mac with Bootcamp ) . Love it. Still have not explored full potential. My favourite notion is my un picker. Hope you are feeling better.

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  143. My favorite sewing notion has to be my cutting mats and rotary cutters. I remember quilting before I had them! Not much fun!

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  144. I am a loyal follower! And will continue to follow even without giveaways!

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  145. I have posted your button on my blog and will happily share the news about your Christmas Gifts for Quilters!

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  146. My favorite notion is the clover needle threader...who knew this would become so important as time passes!

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  147. I post about your giveaways every time on Stitchtalk, the sewing/crafting community :)

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  148. I am a follower of course :0)

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  149. My favorite sewing notion is a pincushion, I want to make lots of little cute ones :D

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  150. How awesome to have these as giveaways.....thanks.. I am a follower...
    Hugz

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  151. ... also my favourite sewing notion would have to be my sewing bag... because it has ALL my stuff in it!!
    Hugz

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  152. I've tweete about your giveaway.

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  153. yeah, i'm your stalker, what of it?! You know you like it!

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  154. I can't possibly pick only one favorite. I love, love, love Bohin pins -- they slip in with no friction and no holes. My other favorite is my "purple thang". I lost it once and HAD to buy another one. Then of course I found the fist one!

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  155. My favorite sewing notion is the rotary cutter. My hands are a little shaky from all the REdBull so the ability to cut a straight line is a Godsend.

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  156. I can't live without my rotary cutter, I can never be one of those people who can cut a straight line with scissors.

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  157. i am a follower! thanks for the giveaway!

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  158. I am following your blog! Thanks for the chance to win! These programs look awesome!

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  159. I am a follower and I love your blog.

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  160. My favorite sewing notion is the pair of bird scissors I have that belonged to my great grandmother. They are not really sharp anymore, but they are good enough for my traveling applique kit I keep in my bag.

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  161. I'm a follower and thanks for giving me the lowdown on Quilt Album. It was new to me.

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  162. I can't sew down binding, hand quilt or sew on a button without my leather thimble.

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  163. I'm a follower....would love to win this giveaway!

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  164. My favorite sewing notion.....my magnetic pin holder. I'm all the time dropping a pin, and this helps me find it quick :)

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  165. I am follower and I really want EQ7! I'm also saying this out loud in case hubby needs a hint.

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  166. I posted this on FB
    facebook.com / alibear167

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  167. My favorite notion is my ergonomic seam ripper! It gets a lot of use so it should be more comfortable to hold!

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  168. My favorite notion are my thread snippet scissors. They only cost about ?2 a pair do I have like 7 pairs and still can't seem to find one when I need one!

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  169. I'm a follower, and thinking either of those would be wonderful to win!

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  170. My favorite notion is my Clover thimble with the soft sides--it actually stays on!

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  171. I am a follower. Thanks for the giveaway. I sure would LOVE to win either of these!
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  172. My favorite sewing notion is my Gingher sewing sheers. I purchased them almost 25 years ago and they are still sharp as a razor! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  173. I've been a follower for a while now.

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  174. My favorite notion? I'd have to say my new cutting table. It is really a dream.

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  175. I am a follower of yours. What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks.

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  176. My favorite notion is hard I would have to say it is a toss up between my rotary cutter and my seam ripper. Both get about equal use also.

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  177. I'm a follower! Thank you for this really neat giveaway!! :) If I win, I just may be generous and give it to my MIL!

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  178. My rotary cutter and mat are my favorite sewing notion!

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  179. my favorite notion...all my rulers!

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