Sunday, February 1, 2015

Happy 50th Birthday to Me!!! Presents for You!!!

February 2, 2015
Today's the Day I was dreading,
but it has turned into the most fun birthday ever!!

I'm 50!!!


And planning this celebration for all of you has been amazing!!

I want to start by saying thanks for all the Birthday wishes and lovely encouraging comments I have received already! You are the best, and have made this a birthday I will never forget!

Some fun facts for my birthday
1965


  1. The maple leaf becomes the National Flag of Canada
  2. The Sound of Music has its premiere
  3. The Pillsbury Dough Boy is created
  4. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis Missouri is completed
  5. TV debuts: Green Acres, Charlie Brown Christmas, I Dream of Jeannie, Tom and Jerry
  6. Academy Award for Best Picture went to My Fair Lady
  7. Shania Twain was born 
  8. The Supremes release "Stop in the Name of Love"
  9. Sonny and Cher make their first TV appearance
  10. Kellogg's Pop Tarts pastries were created (loved these as a kid)

My Birthday Celebration will be running from Feb. 2-8th
Winners will be emailed and names posted around Feb. 9th

A Few of My Favourite Things (Shops) 



(full disclosure: I have and do shop at all of these businesses! I don't have any blog sponsors. I asked my favourite shops if they would help me celebrate and they all said yes, and donated something special for me to share with you!! How cool is that!! 
(I'm a very good shopper, just don't tell my husband, lol)

Each Logo is a link to the  sponsoring Shops, take a look around, show them all some love...
you have all week to complete your Birthday Celebration Entry,
let the shops know why you're visiting.
Hopefully you'll find a new place to get inspiration and products you love...
but most of all... have fun...
Good Luck everyone.

Fabric Spot is an online only Canadian shop that specializes in modern designer fabrics, solids and has the largest organic cotton fabric selection in Canada! Karen has great customer service, prompt shipping (international shipping is available, with a flat rate for US friends) and a monthly prize giveaway too!
I like the layout of the website, it's easy to get around and when looking at a fabric the rest of the collection will view below it.



Fabric Spot is offering a FQ bundle of Organic Cotton Frolic 

(Winners choice of girl or boy colour way.)







I love my labels!! I have 3 different sizes,
2 different colours (white and navy)
and a 3rd ordered in Red. 


Feyza has also given me a coupon code "upstairshobbyroom"

 if you decide you would like to order your own labels, you will save 5% on your order. My blog always has this logo link and info on the right sidebar.

Here's a sample of my labels and how Feyza will contact you with the proof layout of your labels to confirm before making them.
You can also add a logo or graphic if you want. 

90 Custom Labels






Mad About Patchwork started as an Online store and has just recently expanded by opening a storefront in
Stittsville, Ontario.
Pam and the team offer great specials
at the beginning of every month
and
 Kona Stash Builders
  follow these links to see what's on special this month.
Great customer service , prompt shipping (international shipping too)
 and an easy to navigate website!

 $30.00 Gift Certificate




Sew Sisters is another great online store with a storefront in Toronto Ontario.
They also have great customer service, prompt shipping and also ship internationally.
I participated in Blogathon Canada 2014 last year with the Sew Sisters team and had a blast!!
They have great selection of fabrics and a great clearance section that gets added to monthly.

$25.00 Gift Certificate



Kristy is a fabulous Paper Piece pattern designer who just recently along with some friends launched an amazing eMagazine, Make Modern.

Kristy's latest free BOM is Zoo Animals which follows up last years Retro Cool... Sew Kitschy...

The very lucky winner of this "present" will get to choose

2 Bundle Patterns










$15.00 Gift Certificate


Who doesn't love zippers!! I get so excited when my zipper order arrives with all the bright fun coloured zippers and there is always a zipper pull included as a bonus thank you!!

Great customer service and fast shipping and delivery and I'm in Canada, so that says something coming from the US. 

How fun is this, matching or contrasting your projects for just the right affect!!





And

Something For Everyone!!

I wanted to celebrate with everyone and didn't want anyone left out or not getting a present...
so I have a present for everyone!

A simple 18" Mini Wallhanging Pattern I made for today...
I'm calling it....
Let's Celebrate You
and yes that is blackboard fabric as the boarder and cake base!!
Clicking on the picture should take you to Craftsy to download the pattern. Please remember that the patterns I share are mine, don't redistribute, send your friends and family here. If you make it, let people know where the pattern came from :)  tag me on Instagram  at upstairshobbyroom, if you post a picture... I would love to see; and...  personal use only please!!


Have you heard of Chalkboard markers?
 Write with them on the chalkboard and it stays...and comes off with water!!
 Too Cool!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway





123 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! Hope you get to spend it doing what you love.

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  2. Happy Birthday, Sandy! When I started to read this post, I wanted to comment to tell you that 50 is a great birthday! I remember when I turned 50 and thinking that I was a half century old. A quarter of a tricentennial, LOL! Then I kept reading and saw the fun you're having planning the giveaway. WOW! Great stuff.Thanks.

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  3. I checked out the patterns on Quiet Play. Lots of great FPP patterns. I like the sewing bundle and the kitchen bundle.

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  4. Happy birthday! I hope you have a terrific day :)

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  5. Quiet Play patterns are the best! I like the London bundle and the woodland creatures!

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  6. Happy Birthday to you! I am an Instagram follower and love looking at the projects you are working on. ksanderson at hotmail dot ca.

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  7. Happy birthday to you! Wish you lots of laughter and joy for every new day ahead! What a fun idea to celebrate this special day! I will turn 50 in summer... so thanks for the inspiration too...
    Hugs from Switzerland

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  8. 50 is great, not too old, and not too young, just right. I hope lots of goodies and parcels came your way, maybe a surprise, and the giveaways are showing us all your love of blog friendships and quilting. Many Best Wishes from way down in NZ, from Jean.

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  9. What a great way to celebrate the start of a new decade. It shows how wonderful a relationship you have built with the various quilt shops that they would join in.

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  10. Happy Birthday! I hope you're having fun! It is so sweet of you to bring us into your celebration. I know you're doing this great giveaway, but I hope you manage to pick up a little something for yourself. It is odd getting older isn't it? There are many things I am enjoying in my fifties that I never thought would be true. I hope this decade and all the ones following are full of love, laughter, and good health for you and your loved ones! Magistra13 at yahoo dot com
    Beth

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  11. Happy birthday to you! Hope you've had a special day. I am approaching 40 although in my head I am still 34! I think you are as old as you feel ;)
    I love Kristy's patterns - I'd choose the happily ever after bundle and the lowercase just my type.

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  12. Happy Birthday, Sandy! Hope your day is filled with all things good - much love and a little sewing! What a fabulous party you are throwing. Love the list of things that were new in 1965. Your chalkboard cake is so cute!

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  13. Happy Birthday! I will be visiting those great shops!

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    1. I'd choose London and Houses patterns forgot to mention in response!
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  14. Happy birthday. It was neat seeing what was happening in 1965. Thanks.

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  15. I'd get the 2 Just My Type alphabet patterns - thanks.

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  16. Have a wonderful birthday! You are old enough to do what you like and not care what anyone else thinks.

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  17. HAPPY B-DAY! I love birthday, in our home the birthday person gets a whole week of love! So enjoy your day and the week.
    Thank you for the birthday cake pattern.

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  18. Happy, happy birthday!! My dh turns 50 this year too :) Glad you are having a great time. And thanks for the lovely giveaways.

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  19. In Quite Play, I like the retro and the sew on bundles.

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  20. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day and dance like no one is looking! Look at this way when I was little I was a wee bit precocious. I told the man who was dating my mom that at 28 he was over the hill---hey I was 3--at three 10 is ancient and wise! Anyway once you are past 28 it is all smooth sailing from that perspective.

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  21. Have a fabulous birthday!! I have not heard of chalk pens that with water they erase - how cool! Thank you so much for sharing birthday fun with us readers! I love the pattern! Enjoy your special day!!!

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  22. I love the patterns at quiet play - the free ones are great and in her shop I love the geometric bear and the gnome! thank you!

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  23. Dear Sandy,
    Happy Birthday! What a fun way to turn this "big" birthday into a celebration, it will come back to you tenfold.
    Wishing you the best birthday, ever!
    Jennifer

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  24. Little Houses and Sew Retro 1 are my favorite bundles at Quiet Play. What amazing designs!

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  25. Happy birthday Sandy! Thanks for including us in your celebration! I already have some chalkboard fabric on hand, so just may have to whip up one of these!

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  26. Yay for Quiet Play - I have been watching and waiting to pickup either the Sew Retro 1 or Sew Kitschy pattern - just can't make up my mind which one to go with!

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  27. Happy birthday! Thanks for sharing all the fun. I usually drink myself silly and eat too much cake on my b-day. I just recently discovered quiet play, I love her big bear and elephant.

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  28. Happy happy 50th birthday!! Thanks for including us in on the fun!

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  29. Have a great 50th birthday and your best year yet!!

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  30. I'd choose sew kitchey and the song bird.

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  31. Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you ♪♫♪♫ Have a wonderful day! :)
    Thanks for the gift and the chance to win other gifts.

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  32. Happy Birthday! I am glad you are having a great day.

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  33. Happy Birthday, I hope it is a wonderful day!!!

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  34. I would choose Sew Retro 1 and Sew Retro 2

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  35. I think I would get the Just My Type upper and lower case alphas, but the pieced bear is pretty cool too. I would have to think hard about it.

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  36. HI, I'D SELECT THE "BIRDIE" + "THE BUTTERFLY"!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  37. ♥ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ♥

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  38. Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful day!

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  39. Happy Birthday!!!Enjoy the day and oh what fun to be 50!

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  40. I would choose Star Plus and Too Pretty for Pickles.

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  41. "Van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag" that is Dutch for heartfelt congratulations On your birthday!
    Esther

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  42. I follow you through Bloglovin, and soon on IG too!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

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  43. Happy 50th Birthday and hope you enjoy your day doing what you love best.

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  44. Happy Happy Birthday to you! You're going to love your 50's. The best is yet to come!

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  45. So Happy Birthday to you on this platform too :)

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  46. I would love to win the Quiet Play Patterns und would choose "Just My Type Numbers and Punctuations Paper Pieced Patterns" and "Just My Type Uppercase Alphabet Paper Pieced Patterns".

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  47. I checked out Quiet Play. So many patterns hard to decide but I liked the Gnome (so cute) the Cat (cat lover) and the Zoo Animals. Would not turn any of the patterns down all are very nice.

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  48. Happy Birthday! I would choose Quiet Play patterns- Happily Ever After bundle and Woodland Creautures bundle. All of Kristy's patterns are awesome!
    Susie

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  49. Happy Birthday! Life keeps getting better!

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  50. And many more..... !! Happy Birthday! Thanks for the giveaway chances.!!
    Susie

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  51. I love the striped star and woodland animals at Quiet Play. Great patterns!

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  52. I follow with bloglovin, i'm Beach Quilter (Janis T)

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  53. Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing your day and giveaways.

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  54. I visited Quiet Play and I love the typewriter letters, zoo animals, and bookshelf. Thanks!

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  55. Happy Birthday!!! I hope today is the best ever!!

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  56. At Quiet Play, I would choose Zoo Animals and both of the Just My Type!

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  57. A Very Happy Birthday to you Sandy!

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  58. If I were to win, I would choose the Sew Retro bundles on Quiet Play.

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  59. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday, dear Sandy, Happy Birthday to you. What a party! I hope today, and all days following are extra special. I am just a little more than a decade older than you so all the things that happened when you were born, well, I remember them well. :) Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Thanks also for the super cute birthday mini. I am hoping I have just enough chalkboard fabric scraps left to make it right away. Now on with the party and lots of visiting. Take care.

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  60. Happy Birthday, Sandy! I am a year ahead of you, and I think you are celebrating your 50th in a lovely way--sharing the joy. What a great way to kick off a new year. Thanks for the generosity.

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  61. My first two bundle choices from Quiet Play would be "And Sew On" and "Woodland Creatures". Such a wonderful resource for paper piecing patterns. During my visit to Zip it, I found a source to solve a little problem repair I have. Thank you.

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  62. I am so happy you had a great birthday. I found turning 50 was the beginning of many great things to come. Have a fantastic year. Make it count.

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  63. Of all of Kristy's amazing patterns, I would be most likely to choose (and piece) the Polaroid camera and geometric bear.

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  64. Happy Birthday! What a kind way to celebrate your birthday. I hope that you recieve just am many wonderful things as you're sharing with the rest of us, and most of all that your upcoming year is filled with Love, Joy, Peace and Refreshment. sarah@forrussia.org

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  65. I would pick the Quilter's Cottage and the English Teapot blocks! sarah@forrussia.org

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  66. wonderful patterns to choose form. I would choose "Woodland Creatures" and "Songbird"
    Thanks for a chance.

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  67. Happy Birthday - have a great day!

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  68. I'd choose 'just my type' and 'winterbound'

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  69. Happy birthday! It's my brother's 50th this year, his wife's as well. I follow you via email. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  70. Best Wishes for a HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Welcome to a fabulous new decade! I wish you good health and joy.

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  71. Quiet Play's paper-pieced pattern bundles, SEW KITSCHY (my favorite) and ZOO ANIMALS would be sooo lovely to win!

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  72. I would choose songbird and quilter's cottage.

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  73. Happy Birthday! I turn 49 this month & my hubby 50 this summer. He will enjoy your list of '65 facts (he still loves his poptarts - haha!). BTW, Charlie Brown's Christmas album is our absolute favorite Christmas music and we think it should be in every home - even if on CD!

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  74. Visited the new Quiet Play store, she has a few new patterns. I have had my eyes on the bird patterns since doing the Kitschy sewalong last year, maybe Kristy would make a bundle for me! Love the songbird and the Christmas Robin, and the birdie and the crow too! Just my Type would be awesome too:-)

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  75. I just love quiet play's patterns my choice would be Sew Retro and Little houses, but that is today it may change by tomorrow

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  76. Happy 50th! Welcome to the club!

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  77. I love the Just My Type patterns!

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  78. Happy Birthday, Sandy! Thanks for these chances to win!

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  79. I would love to have the teapot pattern and the airplane. Both of my youngest sons are studying aviation in college!

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  80. I hope your birthday was even more fabulous than your blog party giveaway! Many good wishes for your 50th year!

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  81. I'm afraid her patterns are beyond my skill level but I love the Winterbound quilt and my boys would love the rocket ship!

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  82. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! & BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS, FUN & LOTS OF HUGS!! :)

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  83. Welcome to the 50's. glad you are enjoying your celebrations. I love Quiet Play's kitchen paper piecing patterns. Martha my mixer needs her own.

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  84. I would pick the patterns "Winterbound Quilt" & "Elegant Teapot", :)

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  85. I think I would choose the woodland creatures and the zoo animals! :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  86. Happy day that you were born! Hope this chapter of your life is the best. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  87. Oh, happy day to youuuu! 50 ain't so bad, is it? When I turned 50 three years ago, I posted something positive or charitable each day on my fb page and labeled it "50 Ways to Leave My 40's". I had such fun and made a lot of new friends! I hope your new decade treats you well!

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  88. Enjoy your birthday. Have fun and eat lots of cake and ice cream.

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  89. I follow your blog via bloglovin

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  90. Happy Happy 50th!! Congrats! I'm 7 years past that mile marker myself, and don't worry, it's all UPHILL from there. Life is fabulous!

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  91. I like the Winterbound Quilt and the Flamingo :) :) patterns.

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  92. Happy Birthday! May you enjoy much fabric for yourself!

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  93. Quiet Play - I'd say Blossom and Striped Star are great patterns

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  94. So hard to choose but I love the teapot and the gumball machine

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  95. I would choose the Happily Ever After and Woodland Creatures if I could only pick 2...

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  96. Happy birthday! I turned 50 last year & it's definitely a LARGER milestone than 40! annesimonot@sasktel.net

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  97. Happy 50th Birthday! Wishing you the best year ever!

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  98. I would choose the helicopter and firetruck patterns and sew them up for a certain cute two year old boy!

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  99. Hope you are still celebrating your birthday. It is your 50th - the celebration should last just a bit longer. Don't you agree?
    Hope this birthday is the best so far. It is really generous of you that you are including us in your special day. Hugs & Best Wishes to you. Teapot & Woodland Creatures are my favorite picks.
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blogpost Curry Favor. I have emailed to you the link for the original pattern.

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  100. Well I almost forgot to enter, glad I remembered today. I would love to win... You know I love all your work!

    Kellie

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  101. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great year!

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  102. I would choose the zoo animals and winterbound

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  103. Well Happy Birthday! It's so sweet of you to share such joy in a giveaway :) Thank you!

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  104. Happy 50th!!! Enjoy each moment of this special day!!!

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  105. Geometric Bear and Song Bird are the two patterns that I really, really like!!!

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  106. Happy Birthday, I hope you have a great birthday month. I really liked the uppercase patterns and the birdie pattern

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  107. Happy birthday, Sandy. I'm so happy I have "met" you on IG, you are one of the sweetest there. Thank you for the mini quilt pattern. I think that is brilliant using chalkboard fabric to personalize it! Just love that!!

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  108. I love Quiet Play's patterns, she is one of my favorites for FPP patterns. I have made her Create and really want to attack the lego heads.
    I would pick knitting and sushi patterns. Thanks for the giveaway, Sandy!

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  109. Happy Birthday!!!! I turned 50 last year on February 4th. What a great way to celebrate your birthday. If I won, I would like the little houses and zoo animals bundle from Quiet Play.

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  110. So fun meeting with you on Instagram and being inspired by you. The worldwide sewing/quilting community is amazing and this support from your favorite shops is proof. The birthday cake chalkboard is sweet and has been added to my to-do list. (Luckily most of our birthdays are in the fall so I have some time!) HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY Sandy!

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  111. Also wanted to tell you how generous you are. Thank you for the new shops, love love love your quilting, and your blog page. I love the birthday cake with the chalk board. How cool is that.

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  112. Also wanted to tell you how generous you are. Thank you for the new shops, love love love your quilting, and your blog page. I love the birthday cake with the chalk board. How cool is that.

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