BLOG HOP DAY 5: Happy 85th Anniversary, Jaftex!

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Co-sponosored by: Aurifil ThreadsSchmetz Needles, and Janome

A Blog Hop?

No, she better didn’t! 

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H to the Oh Hell No!

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I’ve never been a part of a Blog Hop (neither a follower or a contributor) but once asked by designer/author/teacher/friend Linda Lum DeBono, one loses one’s choice in the matter, doesn’t one?

Here’s how all this shakes down:

I get the call from Linda Lum DeBono asking me to be a part of the mix.  I say ‘yes’ (what are friends for?).  I get another call a few days later from Linda Lum DeBono.  I say ‘yes’ again.   A week or so later comes a text from Linda Lum DeBono asking me if I’m going to ‘flake out’ on the blog hop.  I say ‘no’.  She asks me if I’ll participate.  I say ‘yes.’  Multiply this by 15 and you get the picture.

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Now, you know (and even if you don’t) that once Linda Lum DeBono gets her mitts on you, she twists your arm, kicks your shins, and wears a human down.  I acquiesced. And here I am — my first blog hop.

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Who Knew?

In every dark night, a little light must fall and here was my big fat blog hop surprise:  Once I got into it, I really got into it and I loved it, in spite of the fact that I suck at deadlines (Linda Lum DeBono was right and I blame that on the Catholic school and Sister Miriam Fideles, but that’s another blog posting for another time)!

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A Bit o’History

Here’s what was going on 85 years ago when Jaftex was born . . .

Coca-Cola introduced their Fountain Truck

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Miss Pittsburgh (my hometown) stood along side of Miss Romania and Miss Russia to compete for Miss Universe

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You can see what a thriving metropolis Pittsburgh was in the 30s!  Is it any wonder the city competed in the Miss Universe Pageant? I grew up just a little more than 2 miles from the bridge on the bottom right (but almost 30 years after this photo was taken).

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Walt Disney was promoting Mickey Mouse

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Rudy Vallee, Bing Crosby and Maurice Chevalier were the Justin Biebers’ of the time

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What else?

Jaftex Corp. was founded in the 1930’s when Jacob A. Fortunoff started selling fabric on the streets of New York.  At that time, the mainstay of the business was women’s sleepwear and lingerie.

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In the 80’s, Jacob’s grandson, Robert, dramatically changed the business of the company.

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The business focus was transferred to the over the counter quilt industry when Robert purchased companies like A.E. Nathan, Henry Glass, Stylemaker, Chanteclaire, Fabric Editions/Studioe and more recently The Blank Quilting Corp.  Robert is now joined by his two sons, Scott and Greg.

Scott currently is the President of Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp. & A.E. Nathan Co., Inc.
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Greg just joined the business in late 2014 and has successfully spearheaded the company’s foray in to precut fabrics among other contributions.

Prizes!

You don’t think any blog hop worth its salt would forget prizes, do you?

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There are 13 ways to enter! Prizes include a Janome S5 valued at $1500, an Aurifil thread box valued at $300, a Schmetz needle anniversary tin filled with needles valued at $75, fat quarter bundles, and bolts of fabric for your favorite quilt store!

CLICK HERE TO WIN SOME FANTASTIC PRIZES:  85th Anniversary Giveaway

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Your big surprise from me is that you can win 20 FFQ (Fabulous Fat Quarters) of the very fabrics that I used to design my Jaftex Happy Anniversary Blog Hop project with!  

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CUE HAPPY DANCE!

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I’ll give you the details on how to win the fat quarters later in this post . . .

 So, Here Goes My Official Blog Hop Post . . .

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How excited am I to have been asked to be a part of the celebration of the 85th anniversary of Jaftex, the company that has brought us the wonderful fabrics and talented designers for Henry Glass, Blank Quilting, and Studioe Fabrics?  The answer is, I’m very excited.

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Over the years, I have become both personal and professional friends with many of the Jaftex family of designers, and have used Henry Glass, Blank, and Studioe fabrics throughout my quilting journey — yes, for professional in-a-magazine projects, but also for my own fabric projects.

I rarely get a chance to just play with fabrics much anymore, I have too many writing deadlines and lecture and teaching dates.  Since I launched The Slow Stitching Movement last year, all of those responsibilities have tripled. Having the blog hop fabrics sent to me to just dream and drool over was a gift.slow25

Now What? And Why I Blame Montana

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While I was visiting the amazing Big Sky Quilt Shop in Great Falls, Montana (Hi, Joyce!), one of my students brought in trim that had been made in Southeast Asia that I have seen here and there, and worked up in a few different variations, over the years.  Who makes this stuff?  How did they make it?   Could I figure out how to make the very primitive and most likely indigenous trim that I loved so much?

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Do not dare me, sister, I am not in the mood.  I became obsessed.

It was also during that trip, flying home from Great Falls actually, that I realized that my organizational skills were lacking and my car rental slips were mixed in with half of my travel itinerary, along with a ticket to the parking lot where my car was, but without the “Paid in Full” receipt that I had been instructed to show upon return. I worried from the time I boarded the plane in the Great Falls, though my Denver layover, and finally landing in Newark, wondering if I’d ever find all of the papers I’d need to get home, not to mention reciepts for the vultures at the IRS.  I was a hot mess.  I knew that I needed some kind of organizational system.

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The Fabric

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OK, I get it!

“Hello, I’m Mister Pickle Road Studios, and I’m representing Peppered Cottons from Studioe!”

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I was asked to work with Studioe fabric, shot cottons, designed my long-time buddy, Pepper Cory.  I couldn’t resist. I’ve wanted to get my hands on her Peppered Cottons for a long time (which, by the way, I need to get my hands on some of that big plaid of hers).

Soon enough, sitting in front of me, were 20 beautiful colors of Peppered Cotton shots, ready for action.  I hadn’t worked with Studioe shots before and was surprised at their hand.  These fabrics are substantial and don’t fray as I thought they might, and my project uses teeny-tiny squares and rectangles, around 3/4-inch at best. I expected them to fall apart with handling and they didn’t. Whew! The colors are rich and saturated while still maintaining a traditional India-Pakistani ‘boho’ quality.

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The Project

I was in dire need of a travel organizer that would keep me on track while on the teaching and lecture circuit. It came to me.  What if I merged my burning desire for making my own primitive fabric trim and then designed a pattern for a travel organizer that the trim could be sewn into?   A button?  A zipper? My muse had spoken.  To the drawing board!

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What I discovered in my plotting, planning and sewing, is that my trim would not be traditionally pieced but merely folded fabric and manipulated, secured on a foundation. It really was just playtime, and the trial and error (and error and trial and error) of trying to find the perfect widths, creases. and folds of the Peppered Cotton fabrics.

My Finished Piece

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O… and Voila!  

The Get-Mark-Home Travel Organizer (featuring his 3-D Exotic Fabric Folded trim)

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I’m not selling patterns for this sucker yet, but I will teach a class for your guild or local shop in making these (give me a call at 908.876.1208 to schedule something – wait until you see my Exotic Trim Zippered Pouch premiering on this blog sometime next week – I’m teaching that, too and I’m currently booking 2017).  I have classes scheduled early next year where you can learn this Exotic Primitive Folded Trim technique yourself, while creating a small zippered pouch. Subscribe to this blog for details (…and while you’re here, why not look around? You might like it.)

You’ve Got to Play to Win!

Now is your chance to win two, yes TWO, fat quarter bundles of Pepper Cory’s Peppered Cottons that I used in my Get-Mark-Home Travel Organizer!  That’s 5 full yards of fabric! 20 Peppered Cottons fat quarters!

Shipping will be paid by me for any winner of the drawing who are residents of the USA (sorry, non-resident folks). However, if you’re in Canada, Iceland, Palau or any other country, I’m willing to ship your Peppered Cottons to you, only if you’re willing to pay the extra postage to get them there (we’ll work something out through PayPal).  Sound like a deal?

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Here’s How to Win The FFQs

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All you have to do is leave a comment (leave one daily, the more you’re in the better your chances to win) in the comments section of this blog.  For every comment you leave, I will award you a ticket that will be dropped into a big bowl (no more than one ticket per person per day).

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At the end of the Jaftex Blog Hop (October 1), I will choose a ticket from all of the entries and announce the winner.  So keep coming back and leaving your comments.

WARNING! WARNING!

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Even if you leave more than one message per 24-hour period, a person can only win one ticket per day.

What to Write in Your Comment?

That’s up to you! I’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and opinions on everything from soup to nuts.  In the meantime, why not visit the StudioeHenry Glass, or Blank Fabric websites. Here are the links:

STUDIOe FABRICS:

http://www.studioefabrics.com

HENRY GLASS:

http://www.henryglassfabrics.com

BLANK FABRICS:

http://www.blankquilting.com

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FOLLOW THE BLOG HOP

THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER:

September 1 – Kim guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting
September 2 – Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio
September 3 – Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder
September 4 – Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle
September 5 – Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s Blog
September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts
September 7 – Heather @ Trends and Traditions
September 7 – Martha @ Wagons West Designs
September 8 – Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono
September 9 – Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts
September 10 – Jill @ Jillily Studios
September 10 – Dana @ My Lazy Daisy
September 11 – Penny @ Sew Simple Designs
September 12 – Ida @ Cowtown Quilts
September 13 – Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive
September 14 – Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
September 15 – Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
September 16 – Amy @ Kati Cupcake
September 16 – Barbara @ QuiltSoup2
September 17 – Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting
September 18 – Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure
September 19 – Margot @ The Pattern Basket
September 20 – Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts
September 21 – Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
September 22 – Kim @ Aurifil Threads
September 23 – Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me Becky
September 24 – Julie @ The Crafty Quilter
September 25 – Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts
September 25 – Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs
September 26 – Daisy @ Ants to Sugar
September 27 – Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 28 – Janet @ One S1ster
September 29 – Jenny @ Martingale& Co.
September 30 – Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts

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Thanks for dropping by my blog!  And Happy Anniversary Jaftex!  xooxm

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TOMORROW:  September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts

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737 Comments on “BLOG HOP DAY 5: Happy 85th Anniversary, Jaftex!”

  1. Vicki
    September 5, 2015 at 1:12 AM #

    Love your organizer and I hope it helped you get your papers in order! Love your blog even more! Thanks for sharing your quilting adventures.

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  2. September 5, 2015 at 1:18 AM #

    Mark I love your blog and love the chance to win this fabric. Thank you for taking the time to do the blog and all the great things you put in it. Oh and so glad it comes in the mail too. Happy Anniversary to Jaftex also!

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  3. Sue G
    September 5, 2015 at 1:24 AM #

    Beautiful colours in your organizer!! I’m happy Linda “forced” you to do this 😉

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  4. Candi Gordon
    September 5, 2015 at 1:38 AM #

    Oh! My, My, My!! I love your organizer. The larger picture of the organizer hooked me on those beautiful colors. You are a perfectionist. Love it!

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  5. Jane Zwanzig-Owens
    September 5, 2015 at 1:40 AM #

    Your travel organizer is perfect! Beautiful design, nifty colors. Love it’s orgamni look.

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  6. Carol
    September 5, 2015 at 1:41 AM #

    Love your travel organizer! Such a great, creative use of the fabric!

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  7. Deborah Bright
    September 5, 2015 at 1:43 AM #

    I’d love to get my hands on that fabric too!!

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    • September 6, 2015 at 1:22 AM #

      Love your blog… always! Of course I love the ribbon look in your travel organizer! I bet by now you know I’m Native American and would love it!!!! (… and, a bit perturbed, your decolletage is more attractive than mine!) Last but not least, the Peppered Cottons fat quarters would look wonderful in my regalia and in the Hole in the Wall Gang quilts I’m making! Happy 85th Anniversary, Jaftex!

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  8. September 5, 2015 at 1:51 AM #

    The organizer is fun, but that picture of you with the tiara really had me laughing! Love your humor and enjoying your blog.

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  9. AG
    September 5, 2015 at 2:06 AM #

    What a fun colorful organizer!

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  10. September 5, 2015 at 2:12 AM #

    Congratulations, Mark! It looks like one of your deadline has been met. 🙂 Your organizer is awesome and these fabrics worked perfectly. I’ve used some of these fabrics in a couple of projects and found them fun, easy and pleasant with which to work. Thanks for the opportunity to win some more. The old pictures are fun. Thanks for sharing them.

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  11. Janet hutcheson
    September 5, 2015 at 2:24 AM #

    Crazy blog -love it!

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  12. Claire Ross
    September 5, 2015 at 2:26 AM #

    Love your finished project. Thanks for a fab giveaway x

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  13. September 5, 2015 at 2:40 AM #

    So I guess I missed the first five days but no matter. I have wanted to try that “shot” cotton but the costs seems to shoot a budget to hell. Hope to win that beautiful fabric.

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  14. September 5, 2015 at 3:00 AM #

    Whoooopee!! I want to try those peppered cottons to 🙂 Hope I win and I’ll make something beautiful with it ….for sure !!
    Great Blog Mark. I really enjoy it.

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  15. Dorothy
    September 5, 2015 at 3:12 AM #

    I love you Mark, I wish you would come to the Pacific NW for good. In the meantime, any chance of you teaching out here somewhere?

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  16. goonyburd
    September 5, 2015 at 3:25 AM #

    Crazy as ever! LOL! I love your post!

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  17. Sandi Palmer
    September 5, 2015 at 3:36 AM #

    Happy Birthday, Jaftex!!

    Mark, I really REALLY need you to come to Columbus or Dublin, OH do I can see your Slow Stitching movement!! Pretty please??

    Sandi

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  18. Sue Quinn
    September 5, 2015 at 3:58 AM #

    Love your blog and the funny animations as well as your travel pouch! Could sure use one of those!

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  19. Chris
    September 5, 2015 at 4:04 AM #

    Such beautiful colors add my name to the drawing please. There is so much in this one blog I am speechless so I think I will just go sleep on it all.

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  20. teri
    September 5, 2015 at 4:23 AM #

    Love the design of the bag and the peppered cottons.

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  21. Posse Mama
    September 5, 2015 at 4:24 AM #

    Delicious color, wonderful detail, symetry without being stuck, you hit it out of the park!

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  22. September 5, 2015 at 4:33 AM #

    Loved the blog and glad to hear about this blog hop … gives me an excuse to carve out time everyday of the month to read something new about quilting. I will be more than happy to pay for the cost of shipping to Canada!

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  23. Jan Phelps
    September 5, 2015 at 4:43 AM #

    Reading your blog makes me smile! I also try many of you recipes and crafts. I recently canned the bread and butter pickles. I hope to meet you soon.

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  24. Jan Phelps
    September 5, 2015 at 4:44 AM #

    Reading your blog makes me smile! I also try many of your recipes and crafts. I recently canned the bread and butter pickles. I hope to meet you soon.

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  25. September 5, 2015 at 5:08 AM #

    Enjoyed your blog as usual. Lovely colourful organiser.

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  26. Amanda Best
    September 5, 2015 at 5:31 AM #

    Very nice use of the colors! Looks great. bestbelle2010@aol.com

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  27. Jean MN
    September 5, 2015 at 5:39 AM #

    Love, love, love your blog! Being in MA, there’s no extra postage… Awesome binder!

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  28. kaholly
    September 5, 2015 at 5:45 AM #

    Great post! And love your project!

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  29. Lisa Marie
    September 5, 2015 at 5:55 AM #

    Enjoyed your blog post with the history and the comedy and the amazing project! Pittsburgh is my hometown too.

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  30. Lois Waddell
    September 5, 2015 at 6:17 AM #

    Danger, Will Robinson! Loved that show. Love your little travel organizer, too, such great detail!

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  31. Denise Toomey
    September 5, 2015 at 6:20 AM #

    That is one fabulous organizer! Did you find your Paid in Full receipt? Are you planning to design more organizational tools. I hope this doesn’t count as more than one comment!

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  32. September 5, 2015 at 6:25 AM #

    Love you colors

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  33. Carolyn Sands
    September 5, 2015 at 6:30 AM #

    I love the peppered cottons! So much more interesting than a solid fabric. Thanks for a chance to win some great prizes!!

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  34. Susan
    September 5, 2015 at 6:50 AM #

    You are so funny! I was laughing the whole time I was reading your post.

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  35. September 5, 2015 at 6:50 AM #

    great organizer and thanks for the fabric company history lesson too.

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  36. Adrianne Holstein
    September 5, 2015 at 6:52 AM #

    Are the fortunoffs the same family who opened the fortunoffs store in Brooklyn.

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  37. September 5, 2015 at 6:56 AM #

    Nifty organizer, love that fabric! And the anniversary-dancing gorillas cracked me up! Thanks for the chuckle!!

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  38. Eileen Ahearn
    September 5, 2015 at 7:00 AM #

    I love love love your folded fabric trim! I can’t wait to learn how you do it and will work on my guild to see if we can get you to visit NH!

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  39. gayle
    September 5, 2015 at 7:00 AM #

    I always enjoy seeing something new and different. The folded trims look fabulous and I look forward to seeing more

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  40. September 5, 2015 at 7:13 AM #

    Love all of your blogs! Love your creativity!

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  41. Sharon Macomber
    September 5, 2015 at 7:13 AM #

    great virgin blog hop post mark – I learned a lot and your organizer is a stunner

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  42. Bonnie Larson
    September 5, 2015 at 7:15 AM #

    Thanks so much for sharing, Mark. I love your sense of humour!

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  43. Joni
    September 5, 2015 at 7:25 AM #

    I see why this trim caught your attention. It’s fabulous!j

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  44. September 5, 2015 at 7:27 AM #

    Your post was quite entertaining! I like your travel organizer, and would love to take a class to make one.

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  45. Doris Gosney
    September 5, 2015 at 7:28 AM #

    I would love to work with the fabric that you are offering. Great prize!

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  46. Jean Etheridge
    September 5, 2015 at 7:30 AM #

    This is the best blog hop blog I have read!

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  47. Susan
    September 5, 2015 at 7:31 AM #

    I really like your blog, it is always entertaining too! Your organizer is beautiful and the fabric is gorgeous! I can’t wait till your pattern comes out!

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  48. September 5, 2015 at 7:34 AM #

    Mark: Great organizer with the Peppered Cottons. Hope it helps! Although… that’s a lot of pressure for the organizer…. 🙂

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  49. September 5, 2015 at 7:36 AM #

    Lovely bundle! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  50. Monique MacIntyre
    September 5, 2015 at 7:38 AM #

    Gosh….the peppered cotton colors are sublime!

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  51. Dori
    September 5, 2015 at 7:41 AM #

    Love the fact that you added the passport and airline ticket so that you could really get an idea of the size – the organizer alone looked like it might be really small but with the props it looks like something that could really be useful

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  52. Cheryl Randleman
    September 5, 2015 at 7:43 AM #

    Great looking fabrics — I’ve been planning a quilt with very small pieces and solid but not too solid fabrics — this would be a great addition. Always LOVE the humor on your blog – thanks for the giveaway!!

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  53. Renee Shedivy
    September 5, 2015 at 7:50 AM #

    Fun reading and helpful too. Looking forward to the dailies.

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  54. Carol Passi
    September 5, 2015 at 7:53 AM #

    Just love the use of solids!

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  55. Terri Martin
    September 5, 2015 at 7:54 AM #

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. You are a very busy person!

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  56. September 5, 2015 at 7:55 AM #

    Awesome travel case!! Love this history – who knew???

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  57. Jennie
    September 5, 2015 at 7:57 AM #

    The pattern!! Ohhhhh, I hope you market it one day since I live pretty much in a quilting wasteland where there are no guest speakers ever!

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  58. Terry
    September 5, 2015 at 7:58 AM #

    “Yinz” are very clever….loved to be able to win the fabric….thanks for the opportunity…

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    • September 5, 2015 at 8:03 AM #

      Terry!

      Are you a ‘yinzer?’ Yinz gotta come dahn th’hase. LOL It must have been the nuns who at St. Philips in Crafton, but I never had the ‘yinz’ in my Pittsburghese — although I still run the sweeper, use gumbands, and red up the house. I’ll be doing a trunk show and a lecture there in December! xoxom

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  59. Carol
    September 5, 2015 at 7:58 AM #

    Your travel pouch looks great, but I think I’ll stick to buying these wonderful tiny pieced items at shows.

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  60. Sue B.
    September 5, 2015 at 7:59 AM #

    Very impressive!!!!!

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  61. Carol
    September 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM #

    I’ve been quilting 15 years, I have tons of everyting, and no “reason” .

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  62. Judy mcI
    September 5, 2015 at 8:01 AM #

    What a great looking “get Mark home” organizer. When I saw the folded strips I thought ho hum, then when I saw the finished project…well my I want that juices started to flow.

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  63. carol n
    September 5, 2015 at 8:01 AM #

    Love the travel organizer! Thanks

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  64. Susan Rowe
    September 5, 2015 at 8:02 AM #

    I love the variety of this blog. Good job!

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  65. Diana LaFaro
    September 5, 2015 at 8:02 AM #

    Gorgeous fabrics! Love your project and the blog.

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  66. Sharon Kriesel
    September 5, 2015 at 8:05 AM #

    Cute organizer…..Love the bright colors!

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  67. September 5, 2015 at 8:10 AM #

    Love this story and love you too! You’re going to be sooooo close to my neck of the woods and yet so far in two weeks. Game Night will keep me pinned down to NW Iowa as I don’t get home until real late…travel safe and now in organized style..

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  68. Sharon Decker
    September 5, 2015 at 8:11 AM #

    Great work as always, Mark (The Bard of Pickle Road).

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  69. September 5, 2015 at 8:12 AM #

    The BEST anniversary post evah!! I have been admiring those peppered cottons for a while, and am so glad to see something (wonderful) made with them.

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  70. Judy Zoll
    September 5, 2015 at 8:15 AM #

    Thanks for the giveaway Organization is a great thing, I’m going to get some!

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  71. Donna
    September 5, 2015 at 8:15 AM #

    Whew! It’s too early to read all that! All that info! Why no joke? And now I have to find a guild by me that you’re visiting so I can make one of those organizers. I really need one of those to keep in my purse, otherwise known as the black hole. I’m lying, I just really want one, nothing will help my purse. I always open your blog first (after I get rid of the junk) Enjoy your day!

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  72. Linda
    September 5, 2015 at 8:15 AM #

    Oh I am purse/bag/tech keeper etc junkie! Love the little bitty piecing (tried to comment once before but I don’t think it worked)

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  73. Joyce Carter
    September 5, 2015 at 8:16 AM #

    This is my first visit to your blog and I enjoyed it very much! You are sooo funny! The organizer looks beautiful with all the fabrics. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    • September 5, 2015 at 8:19 AM #

      Thanks, I hope you had a chance to look around … it’s a fun blog with tons of ideas! xooxm

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  74. September 5, 2015 at 8:17 AM #

    You sew beautifully, Mark! Love the organizer-that piecing must be tiny. Oh, and I NEED those fat quarters. Goddess of Lovely Fabrics, look down upon me with generosity!

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  75. September 5, 2015 at 8:21 AM #

    Loooove your organizer!

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  76. Eileen Frankil
    September 5, 2015 at 8:21 AM #

    I love the fabric, the project, and the fun images on the blog. Hope I win!

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  77. September 5, 2015 at 8:25 AM #

    Love your travel organizer. Never thought about making those trims I drool over at market.

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  78. September 5, 2015 at 8:28 AM #

    This has to be the most fun and bestest blog I’ve ever read! So many laughs – so much information!
    And thank you for that li’l peek at that fab strip of Seminole patchwork – stunning work – so many patterns in so small a space!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to make your Timeline a really special “read!”

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    • September 5, 2015 at 8:35 AM #

      Except it’s not Seminole Patchwork. It’s not pieced. 🙂 I’m glad you visited, Tristan! xooxm

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      • September 5, 2015 at 9:24 AM #

        That is not pieced?!?!? It looks EXACTLY like Seminole patchwork I’ve done … is it printed?

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      • Sally Maxwell
        September 5, 2015 at 10:17 AM #

        Really? Not pieced? Knock me ova with a featha!

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      • September 6, 2015 at 12:02 PM #

        Most of us AmerIndians use ribbon work – and this caught my eye, for that reason, too! Even though this is not ribbon work . (Blackfoot)

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  79. Kathy J
    September 5, 2015 at 8:29 AM #

    I really like the trim you designed for your organizer and always enjoy reading your blogs!

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  80. Pat Evans
    September 5, 2015 at 8:30 AM #

    I love your quirky blog. So much fun. Still trying to catch up on the Slow Stitching Movement posts. Your sense of humor is a bright spot in every week.

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  81. AmyBB
    September 5, 2015 at 8:30 AM #

    I’m so glad Linda Lum Debono kicked your butt to do this, Mark! The organizer is a great idea, and it looks great in the shot cottons. What brand zipper did you use?

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  82. Anne
    September 5, 2015 at 8:33 AM #

    Hi, Mark! This sounds like fun! Hope I get a lucky ticket.

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  83. Tasha Cooper
    September 5, 2015 at 8:34 AM #

    Love those bright colours and organizer….hate that you ‘made’ me enter a comment – hahaha. This makes me think I should take a break from my laceknitting and get back to sewing!

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  84. Sue
    September 5, 2015 at 8:34 AM #

    Hay,,it’s Me,,,lol. Lol,,no wounder your tired,,,great colors,,,it’s you,,talk to you tomorrow,,,xxx Oooo

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  85. Nora Goldstein
    September 5, 2015 at 8:35 AM #

    I enjoy reading your blog! 🙂

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  86. Laura Sw
    September 5, 2015 at 8:36 AM #

    Love your organizer! Glad to see Linda Lum got you to do this. Love the blog!
    Thanks

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  87. September 5, 2015 at 8:38 AM #

    Love the fabric, new your blog …. Really enjoying it

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  88. Kira
    September 5, 2015 at 8:40 AM #

    You were truly scary in that crown! Very cool idea for an organizer.

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  89. Jane z
    September 5, 2015 at 8:48 AM #

    I love a new challenge and the amazing fabric!

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  90. Jodi wolff
    September 5, 2015 at 8:48 AM #

    Oh Mark. Can I just say that your get Mark organized pouch is WONDERFUL. (Pattern name suggestion “Get on the Mark”).The colors are as magnificent as your personality. I do hope that this is a class offered in my neck of the woods. Love your blog and “Slow Stitchers Rock”

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  91. Nancy Lacey
    September 5, 2015 at 8:48 AM #

    Great blog and I love the way your organizer turned out. Now make sure you use it!!! Happy Anniversary to Jaftex!

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    • September 5, 2015 at 8:51 AM #

      Hmmmmmm, now where did I put it, Nancy? LOLOL xooxm

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  92. DIANN CASTIAUX
    September 5, 2015 at 8:49 AM #

    I found it interesting that the company started with women’s lingerie. We found out when doing family genealogy that my grandmother had been a seamstress in a lingerie factory in Newark NJ. I had always wondered where the sewing gene came from.

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  93. September 5, 2015 at 8:51 AM #

    Amazing history lesson. I fell in love with the “Peppers” when I first saw them in a LQS. But really now did you have to put JB’s name in there with the greats. Ten lashings with a wet noodle for you.

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  94. Peggy Denning
    September 5, 2015 at 8:54 AM #

    Great organizer! Love the design.

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  95. September 5, 2015 at 8:54 AM #

    Such beautiful colors, and solids to boot! I don’t use enough solids, but they are gorgeous!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  96. September 5, 2015 at 8:58 AM #

    Great read, entertaining and love the organizer, fabulous !

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  97. Pat Kyser
    September 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM #

    Love Pepper’s fabrics

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  98. beadingnurse
    September 5, 2015 at 9:02 AM #

    Your blog post made me laugh outloud several times and it is too early in the morning for that. :). I love your travel organizer too.

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  99. Nancy Geiger
    September 5, 2015 at 9:04 AM #

    Love the method and colors! Save shipping, drive my winnings to my house 🙂

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  100. Lori Morton
    September 5, 2015 at 9:04 AM #

    Oh my goodness! What a delight to find your Blog!! This was such fun to read thru & watch the videos along the way…thank you for just being You! Love your Organizer too…really great use of the fabrics to show all the colors too. Thanksa for chance to win the Bundles! 🙂

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  101. September 5, 2015 at 9:08 AM #

    I would love to win the fabric. Great pouch. This is Terri from the First Slow Stiching Movement Getaway. I love seeing that Skyline in the blog. I love mine. I use it most days to do log cabin work as you showed us.

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  102. Shelli
    September 5, 2015 at 9:09 AM #

    Love the trim, love your blog!

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  103. Diane English
    September 5, 2015 at 9:11 AM #

    What got me to comment on a blog hop? Free fabric, even if it is only a very slim possibility. Love that stuff.

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  104. Renea
    September 5, 2015 at 9:14 AM #

    I am loving this blog hop. Lots of inspiration and prizes. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  105. Judy
    September 5, 2015 at 9:17 AM #

    You are so funny! Can’t wait to see you in Des Moines!

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  106. Suuzanne
    September 5, 2015 at 9:18 AM #

    I really love ur organizer. I will make it a little bigger because I need more organizing !

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    • September 5, 2015 at 9:20 AM #

      It’s pretty big! 🙂

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      • Sally Maxwell
        September 5, 2015 at 10:21 AM #

        I was thinking I needed more organizing, too…by way of a bigger folio. So…how big is it?

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  107. September 5, 2015 at 9:26 AM #

    Wow. What can I say but, WOW!

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  108. Jaclow@msn.com
    September 5, 2015 at 9:27 AM #

    Totally understand travel overwhelmingly! Luv your travel pouch, look forward to pattern in the future!🚀

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  109. Connie Lawrence
    September 5, 2015 at 9:27 AM #

    I am glad to have found your blog. Your style is refreshing and there is so much to explore!

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    • September 5, 2015 at 9:34 AM #

      Thank you! Stick around and have a few laughs! xooxm

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  110. Mary Pimentel-Wheeler
    September 5, 2015 at 9:51 AM #

    Oooooh. Ahhhhhh. Love the colors and the technique is very interesting. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  111. Bernice Ramsey
    September 5, 2015 at 9:51 AM #

    Oh Mark no one tells a story like you do. I loved taking your mystery class in Denver and I hope I can take your new class. You are one of a kind.

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  112. Oh that Paula
    September 5, 2015 at 9:52 AM #

    Mark, you are certifiably nuts but you’re my cup of soup! I think this is one of my favorite blogs you’ve posted! Love the Seminole project too!

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    • September 5, 2015 at 10:08 AM #

      What would life be like if EVERYONE was appropriate? xoxom

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    • September 5, 2015 at 10:11 AM #

      Except, Paula, it’s not a Seminole project. It’s not pieced. It’s folded and pleated and 3-D-ish. No rhyme or reason, really. xooxm

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  113. Ann Hutcheon
    September 5, 2015 at 9:58 AM #

    I’ll get straight to the point ….. I would love some of those peppery cottons too!!!!! ……and while I have the floor so to speak …..I want to tell you I LOVE your blog …..there’s always some tidbit I need to investigate more, there’s always something to make me smile or laugh outright, there’s always something to set my tastebuds going and there is always something to drool over …. And don’t get me started on the shoes !!!!! Don’t stop what you are doing ….. You bring joy

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    • September 5, 2015 at 10:07 AM #

      Thank you, Ann! I love that you visit! 🙂 xoxom

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  114. Sandra
    September 5, 2015 at 10:01 AM #

    Love your blog–as always. Ir eally wanted to go on your Poland trip but I had a new grandson arrive. Will you do it again next year?

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  115. carolyn montgomery
    September 5, 2015 at 10:03 AM #

    love your trim, however i have to say it doesn’t look primitive; it looks very intricate and beautiful.

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    • September 5, 2015 at 10:09 AM #

      It really is! There is no rhyme or reason and no piecing, either! Just fun. xooxm

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  116. Mary ann
    September 5, 2015 at 10:03 AM #

    Wow, I love the colors and the super clever trims! Taking it up another notch for sure! And thanks for the chance to play along!

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  117. Carolyn
    September 5, 2015 at 10:04 AM #

    Reading your blog always makes my day.

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  118. Mary Leonard
    September 5, 2015 at 10:07 AM #

    I love Peppered Cotton! I have been too chicken to cut into it but it’s beckoning me!

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  119. andrea
    September 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM #

    Awesome job on your organizer. Looks nicer than anything you could buy in a store!

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  120. Ellen Icochea
    September 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM #

    Mark, You said leave any comment. Wow! That Scott is a cutie!!! Where is the photo of brother Greg? Oh wait! You meant a quilting comment…hmm….I agree with you Pepper Cory’s shot cottons are a delight. The hand is fantastic! XOXO Ellen

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  121. Pam
    September 5, 2015 at 10:12 AM #

    Mark, you have such a wonderful gift for making people smile! I loved your post, and your organizer! Thanks!

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  122. Lynne Hofflund
    September 5, 2015 at 10:14 AM #

    Love the organizer and the fabric!

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  123. Lori
    September 5, 2015 at 10:23 AM #

    You’ve inspired me to play with the fabric more!

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  124. Michele Ward
    September 5, 2015 at 10:23 AM #

    Love your bog post – made my morning. Your travel organizer is beautiful.

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  125. September 5, 2015 at 10:25 AM #

    Great travel folder!

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  126. jacqueline biegel
    September 5, 2015 at 10:25 AM #

    Amazing as always…

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  127. September 5, 2015 at 10:27 AM #

    Love your blog

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  128. Sally Maxwell
    September 5, 2015 at 10:29 AM #

    Here’s my comment: I’m so pleased to see all the familiar names from Getaway#1. LOVE YOU GUYS! and PS…I have all the fabric that I need for quite a while, so if I were to win (extremely conditional tense here), I’d ask you to design an organizer for my fabric 🙂

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  129. Quilting Tangent
    September 5, 2015 at 10:29 AM #

    Pretty organizer, like all the different strips in it.

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  130. Maribeth
    September 5, 2015 at 10:30 AM #

    The best blog post ever. Love the fabric too.

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  131. Diane Fama
    September 5, 2015 at 10:31 AM #

    Mark, I literally spit out my coffee when I saw the picture of you wearing the crown and the gown! love your organizer with all those tiny pieces!

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  132. Heidi
    September 5, 2015 at 10:34 AM #

    So glad Linda twisted your arm, what a fun post! I am looking forward to reading more about your folded trim method!

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  133. Michele
    September 5, 2015 at 10:35 AM #

    Love the organizer! Can’t wait til you have a pattern so I can see how you do it!

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  134. Ronda
    September 5, 2015 at 10:35 AM #

    Love your organizer! You are still just as hilarious as you were the time I rode in the elevator with you at the APQS show in Des Moines! HaHaHa! You make me laugh!

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  135. Sarah
    September 5, 2015 at 10:41 AM #

    This is the most entertaining blog hop post I have ever read. 🙂 Thanks!

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  136. Debra
    September 5, 2015 at 10:46 AM #

    You definitely have a way with words and fabric! As for my comment, I’m from Pgh, too. I attended a little university on the bluff then moved away thirty something years ago. I enjoy reading about and seeing photographs of it, especially the photos depicting the better air quality. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  137. Donna W
    September 5, 2015 at 10:46 AM #

    Fantastic organizer! And what a generous give-away. Thanks

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  138. September 5, 2015 at 10:48 AM #

    Gorgeous. Love the “trim”.

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  139. September 5, 2015 at 10:50 AM #

    Oh my gosh, Mark! That is awesome! I would love to learn how you did it. Is folding fabric and keeping it in place difficult to do? BTW, thank you for having a giveaway!

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  140. Jessica
    September 5, 2015 at 10:52 AM #

    I just left a comment and it said I didn’t have the right password for word press so if this is a repeat….I wrote about Hmong textiles in my Master’s thesis and the organizer looks Hmong or Thai. I really like it Those tiny triangles are tough to sew

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    • September 5, 2015 at 10:57 AM #

      Oh!! Thank you so much for the information, Jessica! Now at least I have a starting point. I’ve tried researching EVERYWHERE! Thank you again!!! xoxom

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    • September 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM #

      No, not Hmong. 😦 xoxom

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  141. Jessica
    September 5, 2015 at 10:53 AM #

    oh and I really love Peppered Cottons!!..

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  142. Lynda H
    September 5, 2015 at 10:54 AM #

    This is my first visit to your blog and I must say it has been a very entertaining one! I am hurrying to catch a plane, but I plan to come back and visit soon, meanwhile would love to have some peppered cottons – thanks for a fun trip.

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  143. September 5, 2015 at 10:56 AM #

    Love your organizer and can’t wait for your next blog to appear in my in box!!!

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  144. Bonnie Warner
    September 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM #

    I love the travel organizer. The trim is amazingly small. I am looking forward to getting my hands on the pattern!

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  145. Melody Lutz
    September 5, 2015 at 11:01 AM #

    Clever, very clever….thinking mine will be purple, blue, aqua and LIME – sew inspiring!

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  146. Carolyn J
    September 5, 2015 at 11:02 AM #

    Mark, you never cease to amaze me with your inspirational pictures and ideas. Does your brain ever stop working. Great project and love the way you used the fabric. And, we can all use help in getting and staying organized.

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  147. Stevii
    September 5, 2015 at 11:05 AM #

    Does the organizer come with instructions for organizing life?

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    • September 5, 2015 at 11:06 AM #

      From ME, Stevii?!? LOL NOT A CHANCE IN HELL! 🙂 xoxom

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  148. Diane
    September 5, 2015 at 11:06 AM #

    Win fabric? I’d love too!!! I also love reading your blog!

    When are you coming back to CT?

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    • September 5, 2015 at 11:08 AM #

      Have your shop or guild invite me to teach a class? I’m booking 2017. 908/876-1208

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  149. Toni A.
    September 5, 2015 at 11:08 AM #

    I have some peppered cottons & love them, also your organizer. Hope it helps!

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  150. JoyceLM
    September 5, 2015 at 11:14 AM #

    Love the trim you created. Thanks for the giveaway & happy anniversary to Jaftex.

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  151. September 5, 2015 at 11:21 AM #

    Love the fabric and your organizer is a winner!

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  152. September 5, 2015 at 11:22 AM #

    Wow, I am so impressed with everything! Your organizer is great😊 I’ve been quilting since I was 19, but never been able to really quilt until about 15 or more years ago. I am learning so much and thanks to this Blog Hop it’s quite an adventure. There are so many wonderful and amazing blogs I get to visit, yours is definitely one i’m trying to figure out how to save it on my iPad. I guess it’s time to clean off my desktop so I can add some new☺️ Thank you for the visit, you now have a new fan, I may be “older” ( hate the word elder) , but I’m not dead and so eager to learn more. 😉

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  153. September 5, 2015 at 11:27 AM #

    Great travel organizer and I love the fabrics.

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  154. Linda
    September 5, 2015 at 11:28 AM #

    Love this, thanks Mark!

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  155. Sherry Starr
    September 5, 2015 at 11:31 AM #

    I love the travel organizer. You used some of my favorite colors.

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  156. Carol Stevens
    September 5, 2015 at 11:32 AM #

    Yes! I Love the organizer and fabric and would be a happy winner!

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  157. Nyla Poser
    September 5, 2015 at 11:44 AM #

    Well, I am in awe of your energy to put this great blog together……I just got out of bed, but you have a big jump on productivity for the day. I am meeting today with other quilters and I will let them know about this!

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  158. jacqueline biegel
    September 5, 2015 at 11:48 AM #

    I am inspired every day in a different way by these blogs. Thank you!

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  159. mary shoop
    September 5, 2015 at 11:49 AM #

    LOVE the fabric

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  160. JOM
    September 5, 2015 at 11:49 AM #

    Mark
    Several years ago you taught at CT Piecemakers Quilt Guild. I had you over my house for
    supper and we laughed and talked about our Italian Heritage and our moms. Thanks for the chance to win.
    JM
    jmcstr@msn.com

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  161. September 5, 2015 at 11:49 AM #

    Cute travel organizer.

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  162. September 5, 2015 at 11:51 AM #

    Need. More. Fabric.

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  163. Terry Granville
    September 5, 2015 at 11:51 AM #

    The travel organizer is pure genius! Love it! The colors of the shot cotton are totally dreamy!

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  164. Mom C
    September 5, 2015 at 11:53 AM #

    I like small piecing but yours is beyond amazing. The organizer is a work of art. Of course. Love the fabric, longtime user, stasher of Henry Glass, Studioe and I loved Blank before I knew there was such a thing as designer fabric. Thanks.

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  165. Colleen Anderson
    September 5, 2015 at 11:54 AM #

    Looking forward to seeing you in Iowa in a couple weeks!

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  166. Elizabeth Sonnenfeld
    September 5, 2015 at 11:54 AM #

    I LOVE,LOVE, LOVE the travel organizer. You are so very talented Mark.

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  167. September 5, 2015 at 12:00 PM #

    You have done it AGAIN~ Managed an informative blog with a twist of humor and nonsense! LOVE the organizer. You have one creative mind there!! Love the blog! Thank you for brightening up the day!

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  168. Deloris
    September 5, 2015 at 12:03 PM #

    You did a wonderful job

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  169. Candy S
    September 5, 2015 at 12:13 PM #

    Love that organizer. Anxious for the pattern. Your blog is special. Every time I see it in my email, my heart does a flip. I always see something marvelous! Thanks for all you do!

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  170. September 5, 2015 at 12:15 PM #

    I love Peppered Cottons and your travel organizer is a perfect project to highlight them. What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks!

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  171. Pam Winkler
    September 5, 2015 at 12:16 PM #

    I love the color saturation and texture of this line!! And Mark is hilarious.

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  172. Beth T.
    September 5, 2015 at 12:19 PM #

    Mark, I’ve missed you since your magazine went away. How did I never find your blog? Thanks for taking part in your very first blog hop, since that is what it took to clue me in!

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  173. Arlette Trana
    September 5, 2015 at 12:19 PM #

    I’ve seen shot cottons but never worked with them. Love the organizer…great project!

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  174. Judi Ruder
    September 5, 2015 at 12:26 PM #

    I love to visit Quilter’s Cove; my local shop in Newport Oregon

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  175. Sandy A in St. Louis
    September 5, 2015 at 12:29 PM #

    I have been looking for peppered cottons around me and haven’t been able to find them. Would love to win some to play with!

    Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win!

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  176. Dori
    September 5, 2015 at 12:36 PM #

    Mark, you put the “L” in quilting, Laughter and Love!

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  177. Joyce Edwards
    September 5, 2015 at 12:37 PM #

    I love your organizer. The trim is fabulous.

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  178. September 5, 2015 at 12:37 PM #

    Wow, I love the organizer! Thinking I might adapt your design to make a cover for my Kindle. Such an ingenious way to use itty bits, which of course must be collected until they reach critical mass. Thank you! 🙂

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  179. Patricia S
    September 5, 2015 at 12:38 PM #

    Love your organizer! Thanks sew much for this chance to win 😀

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  180. Jill P Edwards
    September 5, 2015 at 12:39 PM #

    Hi Mark – love your blog entry and the little organizer project!!! Look forward to viewing all the other blogger entries along with yours!!!

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    • September 5, 2015 at 12:42 PM #

      I think you’re the cutest, Jill Edwards! xooxm

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  181. Kim
    September 5, 2015 at 12:50 PM #

    hahahaha
    Loved your first entry into a blog hop 🙂
    Would love to win me some fabric, too.
    Pick me! Pick me!

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  182. caraquilts
    September 5, 2015 at 12:51 PM #

    I love that organzier and shot cottons do make everything just that much more impressive. The shimmer is always right.

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  183. Rhonda Best
    September 5, 2015 at 12:52 PM #

    I like your organizer, I think I will make myself one. Great idea. mtmom57@gmail.com

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  184. Liz O'Neill
    September 5, 2015 at 12:58 PM #

    Wonder if I can stay organized with the project?

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  185. Carol J
    September 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM #

    Love your project Mark! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  186. Beth
    September 5, 2015 at 1:02 PM #

    Thank you Mark for your candid foray into blog hops! And thank Linda for asking him. Awesome!!

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  187. Linn Jencopale
    September 5, 2015 at 1:05 PM #

    Love your travel organizer!

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  188. Bobbie Weidner
    September 5, 2015 at 1:08 PM #

    I always enjoy your posts. Your humor always improves my day. Thanks.

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  189. Jill Ellis
    September 5, 2015 at 1:13 PM #

    Your seminole patchwork on your oranizer is great! I’d love to try it–something for the future.

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  190. September 5, 2015 at 1:14 PM #

    Thank you for a great blog giveaway. One can never have enough solid colors.

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  191. kthurn
    September 5, 2015 at 1:14 PM #

    Very nice organizer. I just bought some Henry Glass fabric and it is amazing. The only problem is is that I should have bought more! kthurn@bektel.com

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  192. Sue
    September 5, 2015 at 1:15 PM #

    Good job on your 1st blog shop hot!

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  193. September 5, 2015 at 1:18 PM #

    Mark –

    I seldom have time to read all stuff I get, but I ALWAYS take the time to read your blog posts! They’re the candy I bribe myself with…if I finish (whatever it is), I get to take a stroll through the latest blog post. They inspire me, and always take me back to my sketchpad, and another new pattern design. Thank you!

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  194. Deb F
    September 5, 2015 at 1:31 PM #

    Is your blog always so much fun? I thought the little videos and pic were great. I’ll be checking your blog often now that I found it. Your project was fabulous, organization is such a good thing when it is pretty. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  195. September 5, 2015 at 1:39 PM #

    Love your travel organizer. Your blog posts are great!

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  196. Maryellen
    September 5, 2015 at 1:51 PM #

    Mark, you are the cat’s pajamas! You make me laugh and inspire me. I do have some gorgeous Peppered Cotton, and will make a shirt with it. I’ve wanted to have it in other colors, though (and Ladyfingers Studio in Oley has the plaids, and many of the solids). I LOVE the trim you made. It really makes your organizer rock! Thanks! See you at QTM.

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  197. Susan V.
    September 5, 2015 at 1:59 PM #

    Thank you for the entertaining post. I enjoyed the history you included.

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  198. September 5, 2015 at 2:04 PM #

    Beautiful organizer! You say you want our opinions on everything including soup, and I happened to be eating soup as I read your post, so my opinion is that split pea soup, while satisfying, is ugly.

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  199. quilterpt
    September 5, 2015 at 2:24 PM #

    Your travel organizer is beautiful. Reminds me of some of the pieces we saw while traveling in Thailand. Thanks for the sharing the giveaway.

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  200. Carol San Diego
    September 5, 2015 at 2:25 PM #

    What a fun blog you have!! Your organizer is beautiful!
    Carol S.
    Sandyzoo45@comcast.net

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  201. LaDonna Fabian
    September 5, 2015 at 2:38 PM #

    Love the organizer! I will be traveling next spring and am planning to make something similar, just not exactly sure what yet! I was so disappointed I missed you in Great Falls! We had our annual fundraiser for work and my participation was required. I hope you will cone back to MT soon!

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  202. Wendy
    September 5, 2015 at 2:38 PM #

    Super organizer! Wish I would have had one the last time I traveled. This is my first time on your blog. It’s no wonder you don’t usually do blog hops…you really put a lot into this one and made it extra enjoyable. Glad you did this one!

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  203. September 5, 2015 at 2:44 PM #

    you clever bunny!!

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  204. September 5, 2015 at 2:44 PM #

    Mark,
    I was laughing from the start as your humor is right up my alley. My daughter is taking her first trip out of the country to China in January and I would love to make her one of your fabulous travel organizers for her. Your folding technique is beautiful. I hope I an pull it off!

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  205. Jan F
    September 5, 2015 at 3:09 PM #

    I love the peppered cottons and am so glad to hear that they have a lovely hand and little fraying.

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  206. Donna Cochran
    September 5, 2015 at 3:11 PM #

    Mark, you always, always make me smile. You present your enthusiasm right out there and it is contagious. Thank you for sharing your passion and inspirations. You are a very good boy. I like you lots! Thanks for the offerings.

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  207. Barbara McKenzie
    September 5, 2015 at 3:16 PM #

    Your Exotic Primitive Folded Trim technique is quite spectacular – all kinds of ideas come to mind!

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  208. September 5, 2015 at 3:18 PM #

    Wow! Your travel organizer is spectacular. I love the rich colors. Thanks for joining the Blog Hop so I can follow (stalk) your blog.

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  209. mary jo
    September 5, 2015 at 3:27 PM #

    What a gorgeous pocketbook organizer! Never have I ever read a blogpost like yours. So much to see and do😆

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  210. Ms Deborah J
    September 5, 2015 at 3:30 PM #

    Love the Peppered Cottons, but Pepper even more!!! Thanks Mark!

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  211. September 5, 2015 at 3:33 PM #

    Fun, fun, fun!!!

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  212. VA
    September 5, 2015 at 3:34 PM #

    I’m so glad you agreed to the blog hop–so informative and entertaining. I really like that organizer–great job!

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  213. J SouperC
    September 5, 2015 at 3:48 PM #

    I do not read most blogs, but I always stop and read yours, for so many different reasons. You are a rare, funny, curious, bird! The organizer looks wonderful too, Thanks!

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  214. Judy Smith
    September 5, 2015 at 4:03 PM #

    I’ve been thinking about getting some Shot fabric since I started to see Kaffe’s fabric

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  215. September 5, 2015 at 4:05 PM #

    I love your organizer. The trim is gorgeous!

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  216. Janie
    September 5, 2015 at 4:15 PM #

    You are hilarious! I like your organizer, the fabric choices look great. I would love the peppered cottons. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  217. FiberAntics
    September 5, 2015 at 4:25 PM #

    Very cool project. Glad you posted that close-up at the end of your post, Mark. Wasn’t sure they were really Peppered Cottons. Thought you might have snuck one over on us. Who you?? Nevah!

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  218. Jean
    September 5, 2015 at 4:28 PM #

    I love that your blog hop post is just like your newsletter (also love). Something for everyone and always entertaining. Next year’s guild president wants me to bring in a man-quilter next year (I’m program chair). Have you ever been to Southwest Virginia? We hail from one of the ‘Best small towns in the nation’. Seriously!

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  219. mary sue
    September 5, 2015 at 4:41 PM #

    Such small pieces, love it.

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  220. Linda Webster
    September 5, 2015 at 4:50 PM #

    I love the whole idea of the Slow Stitching Movement and just discovered the podcasts from individuals in the quilting industry. Thanks so much for encouraging us to be mindful when we quilt. Sometimes we forget we’re supposed to be having fun!

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  221. September 5, 2015 at 5:06 PM #

    I love your travel organizer. Great idea.

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  222. September 5, 2015 at 5:11 PM #

    Okay, thats one, pretty impressive blog post. My mind is reeling, though that may just be due to lack of caffeine. Your organiser is much cooler than mine, which I am going to drag out this morning, since I’ve just realised how few days I have before jetting overseas again. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  223. Dee
    September 5, 2015 at 5:19 PM #

    Love you Mark Missing your magazine which gave me not only inspiration but many months of laughs I have every one☺!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  224. Karen quilts
    September 5, 2015 at 5:27 PM #

    You can never have too many of these cute bags to keep you organized.

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  225. September 5, 2015 at 5:34 PM #

    Well ty for joining in blog hop you’re one funny quilter crafter…..happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  226. Judy
    September 5, 2015 at 5:39 PM #

    I had to laugh at your travel story as it sounds like me. No matter where I think I have put my itinerary or a receipt I can never find it. I love your organizer and could definitely use one when I travel.

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  227. Linda W.
    September 5, 2015 at 5:56 PM #

    Your travel organizer is 100% wonderful! Love the amazing tiny trim in those lovely peppered cottons.

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  228. quiltipatti
    September 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM #

    mark, aha, you’ve been out and about. i love your travel organizer. it is beautiful! i would love to win a fat quarter pak of pepper’s shot cottons. the colors are so rich!!! thoughtt about asking how you know how to find all the lovely pictures you share with us, but then remembered you have been in the biz.. great job. patti in florida

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  229. Carol
    September 5, 2015 at 6:03 PM #

    I love shot cottons, though I have never worked with these. Thanks for the chance to win. Your travel organizer is wonderfully unique.

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  230. Laura
    September 5, 2015 at 6:05 PM #

    Thanks for showing your organizer. I’ve been doing slow stitching for quite a few years. Love to see what happens with a piece of fabric as you add stitch. Particularly love adding silk thread.

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  231. Nina
    September 5, 2015 at 6:06 PM #

    I love your pattern and the fabric. I haven’t seen it in shops here, but I will look for it. You have not come near me(Raleigh), so you need to write up a pattern and I will buy it. Also I would love to see a fabric line. It would be so much fun to see(and buy) what crazy designs you could create.

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  232. Elaine S
    September 5, 2015 at 6:14 PM #

    Love your travel organizer and love blog hops.

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  233. Brenda McCoy
    September 5, 2015 at 6:19 PM #

    I love the organizer. My hubby says “Everyone has enough blankets”, so I’m always looking for more ways to have fun with my machine!! Thank you!! Love your blog.

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  234. Claudia
    September 5, 2015 at 6:20 PM #

    I tend to like busy fabric so I like solids to tame me down. Shot cotton is my favorite.

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  235. September 5, 2015 at 6:37 PM #

    I love peppered cottons – just bought 5 yards of it today – can always use more!! 🙂

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  236. September 5, 2015 at 6:40 PM #

    Another great blog Mark. Borrowing the Queen photo. first blog without any shoes which I usually lust after—-I’m a flip flop girl with a stiletto mentality.

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  237. Carol W
    September 5, 2015 at 6:45 PM #

    Wow, very intricate folding to acheive that design!! Not sure my fingers are that nimble. Absolutely love the striking color.

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  238. Marti M
    September 5, 2015 at 6:58 PM #

    Love the peppered cotton. Thanks for the chance to win them.

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  239. farmquilter
    September 5, 2015 at 7:04 PM #

    Your organizer is fabulous – just love those tiny prairie points!!! So glad to have found you blog again, from a pickle on your kidney quilt!

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  240. aqjaye
    September 5, 2015 at 7:52 PM #

    Dear Mark,
    I had to stop by and say hi. I am sorry I missed you when I was in Philly. Put me on your calendar for early June 2016! Love the travel organizer. My foolproof system did not work for me on my travels this year and I love how you have incorporated ribbon! There are so many lovely ribbons out there these days and I haven’t been able to imagine using them. You have changed all that.
    Thanks, also for a mini history of what was going on at the time and the empire that Jaftex is becoming. Love the history bits. Your blog posts make me laugh.

    Hope to see you soon.
    Jaye
    http://www.artquiltmaker.com/blog

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  241. September 5, 2015 at 7:53 PM #

    Gorgeous peppered cottons — love the saturated color of these which is saying something because I always go for that loud crazy print that you NEVER can figure out how to use. Some of these might be just “the thing” to show them off, and they are also strong enough to stand on their own!! WOOHOO!!

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  242. Sandy K
    September 5, 2015 at 7:55 PM #

    Great travel organizer. Thanks for the giveaway

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  243. Vicki H
    September 5, 2015 at 7:57 PM #

    I love the details of your organizer. I need more solids in my stash.

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  244. Michele Timms
    September 5, 2015 at 8:09 PM #

    Love your post… Very entertaining indeed!!! I think I’d like one of those organizers too… It’s just how I roll😉… I need to be organized!!

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  245. Kathy h
    September 5, 2015 at 8:12 PM #

    Always enjoy seeing what you are up to. Love the little pieces in your organizer.

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  246. Cheryl
    September 5, 2015 at 8:17 PM #

    I just might make this for gifts this year, but I need to find my tierra first!

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  247. September 5, 2015 at 8:30 PM #

    I love Pepper Cory fabric!

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  248. reeskylr
    September 5, 2015 at 8:39 PM #

    Ok, I did have to giggle at some of the animated gif’s you had going on there. But I prefer the fabric! Thanks for holding on to your scissors and doing a blog hop!

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  249. Cecilia
    September 5, 2015 at 8:48 PM #

    It’s amazing what you can do when pushed, isn’t it? I love your organizer. Thanks for the chance to win this great fabric.

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  250. September 5, 2015 at 8:49 PM #

    Okay, here’s my post Mark. Here’s a laugh for you my 8 year old is getting a kick out of your humor and the links in your blog. That’s just hilarious. I would love to win some prizes, so I
    ll be checking it out.

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  251. Caroline Rohrer
    September 5, 2015 at 8:59 PM #

    I loved your Pittsburgh photos. I’m a former Pittsburger.

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    • lambenson
      September 7, 2015 at 7:27 PM #

      Thank you so much for your blog, Mark. I enjoy your entries so much. Love the FQ giveaway. Keep being you!

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  252. Kimberly Giancola
    September 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM #

    Gotta love those fabulous shot cottons!

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  253. Gayle Mercer
    September 5, 2015 at 9:02 PM #

    It is great that you are honoring Jaftex! I’ve met Scott a few times–at spring martket and at Checkers in Maumee, Ohio, and he is a wonderful guy! So are you, Mark!

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  254. maggielou
    September 5, 2015 at 9:08 PM #

    Wow what a delightful way to present your project. Thanks for sharing

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  255. susan f
    September 5, 2015 at 9:15 PM #

    Love the organizer.Thank you for the chance to win

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  256. September 5, 2015 at 9:28 PM #

    Mark, I’ve done one project that required some simplie seminole quilting, but your miniature seminole is fantastic! Keep up the good work.

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    • September 5, 2015 at 10:15 PM #

      It’s not Seminole. It’s all pleated and folded.

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  257. duchick
    September 5, 2015 at 9:42 PM #

    From soup to nuts, eh? My favorite soup is Cheese and Broccoli. My favorite nuts are cashews. What a gorgeous, generous gift you are offering one of your readers, Mr. Lipinski!

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  258. September 5, 2015 at 9:43 PM #

    Love the bright organizer. Would love to win any of the beautiful fabrics. It’s nice to see a US company doing well. Happy Anniversary!!!

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  259. barbara woods
    September 5, 2015 at 9:58 PM #

    New here, nice to meet you

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  260. September 5, 2015 at 10:00 PM #

    I’m cracking up here. Bahahahaha! That post was just to funny. Thanks for the much needed laughter and the giveaway!

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  261. September 5, 2015 at 10:03 PM #

    LOVE!! LOVE!! LOVE!! YOUR TRIM!!!! i am talking to my shop owner to have you come to indiana to teach us!!!!

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  262. Emily C
    September 5, 2015 at 10:16 PM #

    I love how tiny you made the details on that organizer. Very nice.

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  263. Kris B
    September 5, 2015 at 10:20 PM #

    Hey, Mark!
    I hear you are coming back to Olympia in the next year. Hope I get to take your class again! I’ll even see if the Pomeranians & bobcat is still around! 🙂

    Kris

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  264. Meta Bonnell
    September 5, 2015 at 10:21 PM #

    Mark, love getting your blog in my email. Would love to see what the peppered cottons look like person. I know you are super busy, but I want you to know that I loved your Quilter’s Home magazine. It wasn’t the same without you and then it was gone.

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  265. Cindy Garaas
    September 5, 2015 at 10:25 PM #

    Love your organizer and your blog. I took a class from you in Minot North Dakota. We still talk about you being the best that ever came to Minot Quiltfest. Please come back there some day.

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  266. Teri
    September 5, 2015 at 10:27 PM #

    Love your sense of humor! Not to mention your great organizer!

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  267. Ginabeth
    September 5, 2015 at 10:30 PM #

    Wow the peppered cottons are fantastic! What beautiful colors, especially orange an lime green.

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  268. Joyce Ward
    September 5, 2015 at 10:34 PM #

    I’m a blog hop virgin wow! Thanks for the opportunity hugs from Canada!

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  269. September 5, 2015 at 10:34 PM #

    Love the trim. Mark have you ever seen the incredibly beautiful and complex trim used by the Inuit of the western Canadian Arctic, mainly used on Mother Hubbard parkas? If not I am sure you would find it quite beautiful.
    Loved your blog, so much fun to read. Thanks.

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  270. gator1378
    September 5, 2015 at 10:46 PM #

    Cool blog! I like your style. Put me in a ticket please! Thank you! anitagambrell@yahoo.com

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  271. September 5, 2015 at 11:02 PM #

    The organizer looks great and should be a wonderful tool for you! Thanks for you blog. I love reading it!!!

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  272. Sara Volk
    September 5, 2015 at 11:27 PM #

    Beautiful! I will never make one because I have no patience for 3/4 inch squares of anything that might ravel! Funny blog!

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  273. Debby Sccardi
    September 5, 2015 at 11:30 PM #

    Have a fun time with the blog hop. Great job on the organizer. Ticket for me please:)

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  274. September 5, 2015 at 11:37 PM #

    I love Campbell’s Tomato Soup made with milk

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  275. September 5, 2015 at 11:49 PM #

    Excited to try these fabrics. I have loved Pepper Cory almost as long as Mark Lipinski ( is that what I was suppose to say Mark?). Obviously you knew when to fold them…. Too much hand stitching today sorry 😀.
    Asc

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  276. ConnieG
    September 5, 2015 at 11:49 PM #

    Love your trim…thanks for the chance to win!

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  277. September 5, 2015 at 11:51 PM #

    Oh wow! Love your organizer. I so want to learn how to make that trim! Folding you say?

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  278. September 6, 2015 at 12:01 AM #

    That is one crazy blog!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  279. Esther Grimes
    September 6, 2015 at 12:02 AM #

    Wow, that is some impressive, time-consuming, tiny work you did there! It’s beautiful.

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  280. jan canyon
    September 6, 2015 at 12:03 AM #

    Beautiful colors in the organizer!

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  281. Eileen Kicken
    September 6, 2015 at 12:20 AM #

    Mark, I enjoyed your tidbits about Jaftex history. Only you would get so excited about the Hop! Your organizer is gorgeous, particularly your trim!

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  282. Junie Miles
    September 6, 2015 at 12:23 AM #

    I would love an organizer like that for my future trip and the colors look wonderful. I would love to win the fat quarters!!!

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  283. September 6, 2015 at 12:54 AM #

    I love the colors of your organizer. Not sure if my arthritic fingers would let me do that folding easily, but I may have to try it anyway!

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  284. Tracey Brown
    September 6, 2015 at 12:54 AM #

    Your pouch is exquisite!

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  285. Kathy Hellesen
    September 6, 2015 at 12:59 AM #

    Totally fab design, Mark! Love all the colors.

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  286. Sheila Ivany
    September 6, 2015 at 1:38 AM #

    I truly enjoyed your blog. Thanks for a chance to win

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  287. Judy
    September 6, 2015 at 1:40 AM #

    Did you sew tiny little prairie points or is that fabric design? I love it!

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  288. September 6, 2015 at 3:44 AM #

    Gorgeous travel organizer and great blog post; love it!

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  289. Connie Cain
    September 6, 2015 at 4:13 AM #

    Like everyone else, I love your organizer! I also am happy to have found your blog! 🙂
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  290. Alice
    September 6, 2015 at 4:22 AM #

    Great peoject and gorgeous fabrics!

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  291. Paula L
    September 6, 2015 at 6:46 AM #

    Love your project and organizational skills that were revealed! Like you, I am a worrier on trips…..Boy do I need that project! Love the beautiful fabric…..Great colors!!

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  292. Rose
    September 6, 2015 at 7:00 AM #

    Your blog is always full of so much information! Love it!

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  293. Ashley
    September 6, 2015 at 7:47 AM #

    Love that! Thanks for sharing.

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  294. Susan
    September 6, 2015 at 8:04 AM #

    Love your Travel Organizer! So bright & colorful!

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  295. Maggie H
    September 6, 2015 at 8:07 AM #

    Mark, thank you for the info on peppered cottons! I, too, thought they would ravel away.

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  296. Linda from Pittsburgh
    September 6, 2015 at 8:14 AM #

    Great travel organizer for your trip to the ‘Burg! Where will your trunk show be in December? Looking forward to it!

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    • September 6, 2015 at 8:42 AM #

      The Pittsburgh American Sewing Guild in the Monroeville area. It should be fun. Here’s your contact: kshimatzki@gmail.com
      I’ll also be doing a Slow Stitching Movement lecture at Karen Montgomery’s shop in Allison Park that weekend. To get reservations call: 412-487-9532

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  297. Michele Timms
    September 6, 2015 at 8:21 AM #

    I would love to learn that technique for folding and pleating…. Will you be creating a tutorial for this organizer? Thanks for such a generous giveaway too!

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  298. September 6, 2015 at 8:24 AM #

    It’s official, you are a rock star. Congratulations of your first blog hop!

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  299. Auntie Pat
    September 6, 2015 at 8:25 AM #

    Once again I read your blog and drop everything to try something you have mentioned! On to the organizer for me this Sunday morning. I think I will make one of your breads from a previous blog so it just doesn’t look like I quilted all day? Love ya!

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  300. Darlene B
    September 6, 2015 at 8:31 AM #

    Loving this blog hop…Thx for the opportunity to win such a great prize!

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  301. Lee J.
    September 6, 2015 at 8:55 AM #

    That fabric is fabulous!

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  302. Bet Q
    September 6, 2015 at 9:07 AM #

    Love reading whatever you write! Even your bad days are peppered with humor and make me appreciate what I have!

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  303. Amanda Best
    September 6, 2015 at 10:02 AM #

    Very neat organizer!
    My email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com
    thanks!

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  304. Elaine
    September 6, 2015 at 10:03 AM #

    Hi Mark, I enjoy your blog and think it is really great that you are promoting the Jaftex group of companies. I really enjoy working with the Studio e fabrics, and have a bundle of Peppered Cottons that I keep drooling over since I can’t decide what to make with them.

    Keep up the wonderful and humorous writing such a refreshing change from some blogs.

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  305. ElleQuiltz
    September 6, 2015 at 10:05 AM #

    Love the design on the organizer! Love the fabrics, too! Chat again tomorrow.

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  306. Pam
    September 6, 2015 at 10:06 AM #

    The tiny tiny pieces in your organizer are amazing! I would love to see your process. I hope one of the guilds near me books a class with you. Thanks for sharing this project, and for all the other fun in this post!

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  307. Jennifer S.
    September 6, 2015 at 10:26 AM #

    I love these colors!

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  308. Diana C
    September 6, 2015 at 10:29 AM #

    Your post is hilarious! And I love your organizer – my scraps are calling to me to make something that fabulous.

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  309. September 6, 2015 at 10:44 AM #

    You made my day and put a big smile on my face. I loved the travel case and every picture and video. I need to come and hang out with you, I’m sure I would never stop laughing

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  310. September 6, 2015 at 10:44 AM #

    Now that I can make a travel organizer, I can travel more, I hate rummaging through my purse for important papers. You are an inspiration

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  311. Clare Gilliland
    September 6, 2015 at 10:58 AM #

    Organizee is ver cool! Reminds me of Seminole patchwork. Do you prewash the shot cotton when using in a quilt that will be washed? Love the look of it.

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    • September 6, 2015 at 11:37 AM #

      I do not. I like the scrunchy look of washed quilts. As for this project, it’s not Seminole pacthwork, believe it or not. It’s all folded and pleated. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Clare. Come back again! xoxom

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  312. Quilting Tangent
    September 6, 2015 at 11:56 AM #

    Wonderful pictures into history.

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  313. Karen
    September 6, 2015 at 1:41 PM #

    Mark Lipinski, where have you been all my life? Your organizer is gorgeous–wish I were close enough to take a class. HOWever, if you ever want to come to Maine to do a class,, you are so very welcome to hang out with my wife and me. I think we would have a VERY good time–sort of birds of a feather 😉

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    • September 6, 2015 at 8:16 PM #

      Find or organize me a gig at local guild or shop and I’m there — well, in 2017. 🙂 xooxm

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  314. Shirley Riley
    September 6, 2015 at 1:44 PM #

    Most of the time I get distracted by all the lovely printed fabrics that are available but when my creative juices start flowing the array of solid colors is what appeals to me.

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  315. Joyce Carter
    September 6, 2015 at 2:27 PM #

    Hi Mark. I have looked at your organizer very closely and I am so impressed with all the tiny prairie points. And the tiny row of folded fabrics. I know that you put so much work and time into this.I wanted you to know what an excellent job you did. Thank you for sharing. (I signed up to follow your blog.)

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  316. Kathie L
    September 6, 2015 at 3:54 PM #

    You fit so many colors into one project. Bravo!!

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  317. Laura Beck
    September 6, 2015 at 4:01 PM #

    Mark!! I love the fabric and I love what you did with it!!

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  318. Debra Kay Neiman
    September 6, 2015 at 4:07 PM #

    Looking at your organizer – like a puzzle to solve. I love peppered cottons and I even love their RIBBON. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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    • Debra Kay Neiman
      September 6, 2015 at 4:24 PM #

      My favorite shop – lately is Steelman’s in Chickasha, OK. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  319. Kathe
    September 6, 2015 at 4:18 PM #

    You are too funny – really enjoyed your writing – thanks.

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  320. Pam Williamson
    September 6, 2015 at 4:19 PM #

    The tiny triangles are so cute and bright!

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  321. September 6, 2015 at 5:05 PM #

    Love your blog and Aurofil thread. It’s hard to find in stores here!

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  322. Sherry Starr
    September 6, 2015 at 5:35 PM #

    I love the travel organizer. Those colors are all so yummy looking.

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  323. Linda Webster
    September 6, 2015 at 5:39 PM #

    Great piecing on your travel organizer!

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  324. Donna Russell
    September 6, 2015 at 5:41 PM #

    Love your organizer! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  325. Chris Chambers
    September 6, 2015 at 5:50 PM #

    Love your blog–it always makes me smile…….Thanks for the giveaway!

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  326. September 6, 2015 at 5:58 PM #

    Love your blog. I have a pug, too.

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  327. September 6, 2015 at 6:06 PM #

    Beautiful colors

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  328. Judy Smith
    September 6, 2015 at 6:34 PM #

    great day

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  329. Rhonda Best
    September 6, 2015 at 6:50 PM #

    We are enjoying a beautiful fall day in Montana. mtmom57@gmail.com

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  330. Rosemarie Sabey
    September 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM #

    What a great blog!! Love it, thanks for the giveaway!

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  331. September 6, 2015 at 7:41 PM #

    How do you do all you do? Your ideas are clever smart and fun and I hope I win. Keep up the good work!

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    • September 6, 2015 at 8:14 PM #

      I couldn’t live without my friends Bonnie Espenshade and Marie Bostwick who keep me on track! LOL

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      • Linda Lum DeBono
        September 7, 2015 at 12:17 PM #

        But I called you 5547 times. 😝

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  332. Beth Stephens
    September 6, 2015 at 8:19 PM #

    Love your organizer! So cute!

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  333. September 6, 2015 at 8:26 PM #

    I think you are so talented and so funny ever since I first read a magazine you wrote in .I just wish I was where I could come to your lectures but I 80 years but I will read all about you Bignan in Oklahoma

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    • September 6, 2015 at 9:51 PM #

      I’m coming to Oklahoma! Keep watching the blog! 🙂 xoxom

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  334. Vicki H
    September 6, 2015 at 8:32 PM #

    Great blog. Thanks for the giveaway

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  335. September 6, 2015 at 8:34 PM #

    Such a fun organizer! And the peppered cottons are just yummy! They’d be a fun addition to any quilt, I’m sure 🙂

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  336. September 6, 2015 at 8:34 PM #

    Wow great blog! Love it!

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  337. Sandy K
    September 6, 2015 at 8:35 PM #

    Love the organizer.

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  338. Beth T.
    September 6, 2015 at 8:58 PM #

    Seriously, Mark, that is a lovely organizer. If I saw someone using that at an airport, I’d want to start a conversation with them because I’d feel sure they’d be interesting.

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  339. duchick
    September 6, 2015 at 9:09 PM #

    Today was a super hot, humid day in Iowa. I spent the better half of the afternoon behind my sewing machine. I made 4 more blocks from Tula Pink’s 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book and I made a cushion for my husband’s Harley. He has a skinny behind and needed some extra padding. It turned out really well! Vrooom vrooooom!

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  340. September 6, 2015 at 10:09 PM #

    ohhhh yaaaaaa got to love this guy…….tytyty again for joining blog hop….happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  341. Elaine Morton
    September 6, 2015 at 10:44 PM #

    Enjoyed your blog with all the historic pics. And love the organizer hope it will be possible to buy instructions soon.

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  342. Judy Valentino
    September 6, 2015 at 11:33 PM #

    Mark – This was the first time I have seen your blog, what a hoot!

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  343. September 7, 2015 at 12:53 AM #

    Second entry for me!

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  344. Sandy S.
    September 7, 2015 at 12:55 AM #

    Still heartbroken you no longer have your publication, but love, love, love your blog!! The perfect blend of zany education!!

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  345. stanleybeagle
    September 7, 2015 at 1:17 AM #

    Well you mentioned soup, and I thought literally. I made a pot of creamy leek and potato this weekend. The best cure for a cold!

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  346. Helen LeBrett
    September 7, 2015 at 1:24 AM #

    I love your gorgeous trim on your wallett: you really made it!! I found some of this trim at Road to Calif last year, but the colors weren’t as beautiful as yours!

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  347. Sue
    September 7, 2015 at 2:48 AM #

    YES PLZ!

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  348. September 7, 2015 at 4:38 AM #

    Way to go Mark. You met your goal and in such an entertaining style. I love all the Jaftex fabric lines. I would love to work with Pepper’s wonderful cottons.

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  349. Michele Timms
    September 7, 2015 at 8:04 AM #

    I didn’t realize that this was your first blog hop!! I must say that your prize is most generous and thanks for the daily entry too!!!

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  350. Mary Jo
    September 7, 2015 at 9:06 AM #

    Love all your crazy posts! Most of all I love all those very do-able projects you post for us! I could certainly us that yummy fabric to make some of these Christmas presents I **NEED** to get started on!!!

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  351. Jim Vander Noot
    September 7, 2015 at 9:15 AM #

    Love all the memes!

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  352. Deb F
    September 7, 2015 at 9:24 AM #

    The pictures you chose were too much fun. Your blog is now on my favs list.

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  353. September 7, 2015 at 10:14 AM #

    Your blog is a hoot! I’d could have done without the picture of you in the crown – yikes! I’m in Canada & would gladly pay shipping if I win the gorgeous peppered cottons. Awesome job on you travel organizer wallet!

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 7, 2015 at 10:20 AM #

      The crown photo is the best one! Where’s your taste, girl? LOL Good luck in the drawing! xoxom

      Liked by 1 person

  354. Alice
    September 7, 2015 at 10:21 AM #

    Such a fun post! Gorgeous work!

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  355. September 7, 2015 at 10:22 AM #

    Loving the cream and sugar line by studio!

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  356. Barbara
    September 7, 2015 at 10:45 AM #

    Fun post! Thanks for the very generous giveaway!

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  357. Susan
    September 7, 2015 at 10:58 AM #

    I love the Peppered Cotton fabrics!

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  358. farmquilter
    September 7, 2015 at 10:58 AM #

    Another day, another entry cuz you just know we are drooling over that gorgeous fabric!

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  359. Pat Delamater
    September 7, 2015 at 11:16 AM #

    I love MaryJo’s Fabrics in Gastonia, NC. I’m able to get there a couple of times a year and love the huge selection.

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  360. September 7, 2015 at 11:28 AM #

    Cool looking project with eye-catching colors . Thank you for a shot at winning this impressive line of fabrics.

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  361. Linda L
    September 7, 2015 at 11:37 AM #

    I am SO glad I found your blog. I enjoyed reading your work in magazine for. And I love the organizer. It is gorgeous!

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  362. Lisa Marie
    September 7, 2015 at 11:53 AM #

    I’m enjoying this hop!

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  363. goonyburd
    September 7, 2015 at 11:54 AM #

    My daily entry! LOL!

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  364. Joyce Carter
    September 7, 2015 at 12:23 PM #

    Here I am for my daily entry. I hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend.

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  365. Kathie L
    September 7, 2015 at 1:21 PM #

    Have a restful Labor Day, Mark. We all deserve it!

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  366. September 7, 2015 at 1:26 PM #

    Entry #1 (and sorry I didn’t know about this earlier). Wow Mark, the micro units on that organizer are wonderful and even better that it’s a folded technique and not piecing! Reminds me of Seminole piecing. Looking forward to entering more over the next few weeks!

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  367. Quilting Tangent
    September 7, 2015 at 1:30 PM #

    Fun hop, like seeing what everybody is making.

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  368. Valerie Beaver
    September 7, 2015 at 1:53 PM #

    Wow! That is very detailed precise work on your organizer. I used the peppered cottons on a Craftsy quilt class and loved the feel/hand of those fabrics. And the colors! I took a couple of sessions with you last March in Puyallup. Loved your evening show and I buy into the Slow Stitching concept!

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  369. Jane Digan
    September 7, 2015 at 1:54 PM #

    Did you start doing the retreat in upper Michigan again

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  370. barbara Lillis
    September 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM #

    Love Love Love it

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  371. barbara Lillis
    September 7, 2015 at 2:10 PM #

    so hard to find where to leave a comment for Mark Lipinski’s blog in order to enter his fabric drawing. Hope this is it.

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  372. September 7, 2015 at 2:44 PM #

    WOW! love Get-Mark-Home Travel Organizer! Very tiny little pieces! better you than me! Loved your post btw! So refreshing to read something to make me laugh! I am recovering from a surgery to reconstruct my thumb, so I am limited to blog-stalking and typing in the “hunt-and-peck” method with one hand! Thanks for making me laugh! Soon…very soon {hopefully} I will be sewing as well! Thank you for joining the blog hop!

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  373. September 7, 2015 at 2:59 PM #

    Thanks for the dancing Elaine gif!

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  374. Lynne Walton
    September 7, 2015 at 3:43 PM #

    Thanks for participating in the BLog Hop. Just to let you know that I get your blog updates in my email as a subscriber, but the email for this blog hop had a warning of malicious identity software attached to it. SO, I closed it and came to your website blog to add a comment. I hope that was only a glitch with one of the attachments you added, as none of the pictures opened in the email as they usually do.

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    • September 7, 2015 at 4:14 PM #

      weird. I haven’t heard this from anyone else and over 4000 people have seen this post. Hmmmmmm I’m so sorry. xoxom

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      • Deb Wilson-Zweig
        September 9, 2015 at 12:17 AM #

        Mark – sorry to say but it did happen to yours truly, too! (Thought it was just me) ! Xo

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  375. September 7, 2015 at 3:44 PM #

    Love it. Thanks for a chance to win. Janita

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  376. Annmarie
    September 7, 2015 at 3:55 PM #

    GREAT post! You’re a nut! Love the organizer.

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  377. Claire N.
    September 7, 2015 at 4:14 PM #

    Love the organizer. You should make a matching boho bag.