Friday, September 7, 2012

Day 3 - My Day ---- And my Birthday!

Welcome to Day 3 of the Moda Designers Blog Hop.  
  

Day 3 is my Day, shared with two other great Moda Designers. 
It's also my birthday.  And I have a birthday sister Cherie Ralston, so if you see her be sure to wish her Happy Birthday.  She's a lot younger than me though, just a spring chick.

Anyway, the theme of the Blog Hop, as I'm sure you know by now, is "Buzz about your Hometown."
I've been reading with interest about Barbara Brackman's Lawrence, (know it well - both Pep and I went to KU), Pat Sloan's very urban neighborhood and Aneela Hooey's home just down the street from Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle.
Well, my neighborhood is a little different.  While our address is Cameron, Mo., we don't live inside the city limits.  But I'll tell you a little bit about it anyway.


The sign says "Crossroads of the Nation" and it's at the intersection of two major highways in the US.  Highway 36 and Interstate 35.  Highway 36 goes across the country East to West and I-35 goes across the country South to North.




Since Cameron isn't a county seat, we don't have a square with a courthouse in the middle.  Instead we have a square with a park and a bandstand.  In the summer there are band concerts and dog shows and barbeque contests in the park.  I think I like a park better than a courthouse.
My daughter Kelly and Jake and Zoie live in an apartment on one side of the park.  I ran up to their apartment to borrow a stool to get high enough to take this picture.  It's what happens when you're short.  I took it back and told her I was off to take "pictures of scenic Cameron"  :).


Cameron is an hour north of Kansas City, Mo. and is, to a great extent, a "bedroom" community. Pep works in Kansas City and commutes every day (we have a Yaris that gets 40 mpg) as do a lot of people who live in Cameron.
When we moved here 40 years ago there was a population of around 4500.  Most rural towns have shrunk in size but Cameron has grown.  We now have around 9000.  We did it by building 2 prisons, a Maximum Security prison and a Medium Security prison.  (I don't think the prison population is included in the count.)


The prisons do provide employment and you need jobs to keep people in the area.


We also have some fun stores in the area - a great primitives store full of antiques and really good local crafts you don't find anywhere else.

AND TWO, count them TWO local quilt shops.  (When I first moved to Cameron, I had to drive to Liberty - about 45 minutes away - to find a quilt shop.)


  Crossroads Quilting is in Cameron itself and is the home of


Marie and Linda.  

  
Missouri Star Quilt Co. is about 12 miles away down 36 Highway and is the home of 


the Doans and in particular my friend and very talented designer of precut quilts


Jenny Doan.  It is so nice to have her in the area.   We are "compadres" even if we only get to see each other every few months because we're both sooooo busy.  

Back to my home.  If you're coming from Kansas City, you get off I-35 about 6 miles before you get to Cameron and turn right.


Go past Wallace State Park and down a couple of windy roads until you come to


a black mailbox on Last Dr.  


Then turn right again and go up our drive


to our house.

Not as exciting as down the street from Windsor Castle but just right for who it's for.



Carol Veillon and Guy from Quiltmania dropped in for a surprise visit before Quilt Market last spring.  (She had emailed asking to come but our email Black Hole Syndrome had hit and I never got the email.)  She took a chance anyway.  I just love her to pieces.  We were packing for Market, Pep in his scrubs, me in my work clothes and the house full of piles of things.  They just moved things around (don't look behind the couch or under the table) and Guy worked his magic.  It is an awesome article and I thank her very much.  I have a few for sale and you can get one by clicking here.


Now for the part you really came for - the goodies.  Here's my little quilt I made with the Fellowship Candy.  To download the pattern to make it click here.


At Market last spring I got the idea of running around and gathering Candy from the designers that were there.  I didn't get all of the Mini Charms because I didn't think of it early enough but I got quite a few.  Anyway, I have a set of the charms and the book with all of the patterns made from the charms (or candy pieces).  
I'm also throwing in a Charm Bundle and Turnover from Fellowship and a set of the 7 patterns I did using Fellowship.
Make a comment, any old comment and we'll have the random number generator pick a winner on the 14th.
And don't forget, any orders over $50.00 during the Hop get free shipping if you type in MODA.

Now make a comment and then hop on over and see what


have in store for you.

543 comments:

  1. Am I really the first to comment? Hmmm what are the chances of that?

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  2. Love small towns. And, your home looks charming.

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  3. I can't wait to try some of the new mini charms. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  4. Thanks for sharing the Missouri quilt shoppes! I travel a bunch and hope to visit them on one of my journeys

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  5. Thanks for the tour of your town! Living in the country is a great place to be. I also LOVE those little packs and have picked up several myself. May plans on what to make with them, just need a bit more time.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  6. How nice to see your blog Jan! I've been seeing lots of your things on Pinterest and enjoy your style very much! Happy quilting to you!

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  7. Your home town sounds wonderful and living in the country is great! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  8. Love the info about where you live - and the quilt shops!

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  9. Loved the tour of your hometown! Thanks for the give away.

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  10. Your little town looks so charming. It is close enough one of these days I may get to visit and do some serious quilt store shopping!

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  11. Thanks for sharing your hometown and also for a chance to win.

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  12. Your house looks wonderful in that article. If someone just stopped by to take pictures of my house... Yikes! That quilters candy looks delicious :0)

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  13. Thank you for the tour of your hometown. I would love to visit your favorite antique and quilt shops! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. I enjoyed seeing where you live and about your town, but I wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day today and spoil yourself.

    Debbie

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  15. I loved learning about your hometown area--looks like a great place to live

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  16. Thanks for sharing about your hometown. I love "bedroom" communities---so homey! And I would LOVE to live that close to Missouri Star Quilt Co!!! I'm very jealous! I love Jenny's tutorials and have learned so much from them! Thanks for the chance to win your AWESOME giveaway! So much candy! YUM!

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  17. I have had first hand experience of Cameron, MO. My sister lives in Booneville, Mo and I travel on Hwy 36 to avoid KC traffic from Iowa. I also live in the country and mostly I love it there. I have always been a fan of yours. Love the primitive style. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  18. I didn't know that you were in Cameron. I use to live in Kansas City but that was absolutely years ago, probably before Cameron had grown. Thanks for the giveaway. I just learned about the Candy cuts and think they are just so cute. I have been following your blog for awhile now and just love it and your designs. Have a great week.

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  19. Happy Birthday.Your house looks wonderful and I`d love to have a tour in that quilting shops.Thanks for the chance to win your fabulous giveaway!!

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  20. Hi Jan, Guess what...I live in Comanche Texas and Highway 36 runs through our town too!

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  21. Thanks for sharing your location and Missouri Quilts too! I have ordered from them several times and it is nice to see their actual storefront! I love your house and that little quilt and especially the mailbox shot! That would actually make a great applique wall hanging pattern!

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  22. Love your home! I'm new to quilting and have loved "meeting" all the wonderful quilt blogs! I'm enjoying this HOP and would love to add your patterns and fabric to my little stash I'm building! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  23. Not trying to butter you up (because every word is true) but you are my very favorite designer! I have more pattern books by you than any other author. I live out west so I will probably never get to drop by for a visit. Thank you for sharing your talents!

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  24. Happy Birthday! I used to live in Leavenworth, so I know a bit about the area. (We had our share of prisons, there, too!) Your little quilt pattern is my favorite so far. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. This shop hop has been fun. Thanks so much for your giveaway.

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  26. I grew up about 3 hours north of Kansas City, (Blue Springs, NE) so your pictures remind me of when I was young :) Thanks for the chance.

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  27. Happy Birthday! Love your style, fabrics and designs.

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  28. Great tour you gave us, as I've never been to Missouri. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  29. Enjoyed the tour of your hometown. Thanks for the pattern and the chance to win.

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  30. Those quilt shops look heavenly! Thanks for the great tour!

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  31. I picked up my Quiltmania yesterday at the quilt shop and your home is just lovely--I wish my house looked like that with no warning!!

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  32. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day Jan...it's been fun reading about the different hometowns of the designers...

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  33. Great tour of your hometown. Love the area. Thanks for the pattern. Nancy P.

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  34. Happy Birthday and thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. Happy Birthday! Never been to Missouri, loved your tour. Your quilt is lovely, would be a treat to win.

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  36. What a lovely home you have!!! So nice to get to "know" you better....jmh

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  37. Love your photos of your hometown! Great quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  38. Enjoyed driving to your home cyber-style. Thanks for an opportunity to win.

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  39. Happy birthday! Loved the tour of your hometown. I love small quaint towns. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  40. Happy Birthday! Mine was a couple of days ago. I hope that your day is as wonderful as mine was! In Dorthy's words "There's no place like HOME!"

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  41. Happy Birthday! Enjoyed your home town tour -- it's so interesting to see the designers' fun descriptions of their homes!

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  42. Happy Birthday Jan!
    I will pass along to you my gift of a birthday
    season. Enjoy your birthday season for as long
    as you wish it to last. Be sure to tell all of
    your loved ones that they may celebrate your
    season to make it last longer! Wonderful giveaway! I am a postage stamp quilter and I love the Moda quilter's candies!

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  43. Happy Birthday - so nice of you to offer the presents to your readers. I am really intrigued by the Moda Candy packs :-)

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  44. Love hearing about the little towns. I live in the tiny town of Lenoir, NC; ib the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Love the applique and primitive look of your fabrics and designs Looking forward to the moda candy arriving in the shops near here---all at least a 1/2 day trip!

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  45. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog hop post! thanks for the pattern and an opportunity at your giveaway. Happy Birthday!!

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  46. Thanks for sharing the pictures and pattern, have a very Happy Birthday, we are all thankful you were born!

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  47. Yummy. Oh, and I love your heart to heart pattern. I live in Mankato, MN - waving to you in KS

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  48. Happy Birthday! Thanks for taking us on the tour, your country road brought me back great memories of visits to my aunt's farm when I was little!

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  49. Happy Birthday! It was fun to tour your town and the surrounding area. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway and the fabulous pattern.

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  50. Happy Birthday! thanks for sharing the candy!

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  51. Happy Birthday Jan, loved the tour. Off to see if Cherie is celebrating.

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  52. A very happy birthday to you! I enjoyed the post and your heart to heart pattern is lovely. Thank you for the pattern for the hop and the lovely giveaway. happy d-day again from Michigan.

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  53. My daughter says to tell you, Go You! Today is her birthday, too! She's 23! I really enjoyed the tour of your area. My daughter went to college at Washington University in St. Louis but we never got over to that area of MO. Happy Birthday, I hope you enjoy the day!

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  54. Happy birthday. You Midwesterners seem to have better access to quilt shops than those of us in the East. Thanks for the pattern and giveaway.

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  55. I loved the pictures of your town. AndI'm deeply envious that you are closeto so many quilt shops.
    I live in the UK and one of the halls I quilt in was used in Downton Abbey!

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  56. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  57. I grew up in a remote area like you live in now and have very fond memories - no wonder deer come to visit. I live in a city now and I have seen moose just a block away from my apartment - twice - so we're not too far from the country. Actually no city in New Hampshire is far from country areas! I love that you have a Yaris. My red Yaris is my absolutely favorite car - amazing mileage. How lucky you are to live near those two shops - I love Jenny - she has the best videos. Aren't those Moda candies adorable? I thought they should have called them Truffles!

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  58. Enjoyed reading about "your" town. Thanks for the pattern!

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  59. Happy Birthday!
    I grew up on a remote farm in England - here we say 'in the back of beyond'!!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  60. Hope you have a wonderful Birthday today! Love your fabric!

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  61. Happy Birthday!
    Thanks for your blog entry today; I've really enjoyed bouncing around the world the last few days, from blog to blog, learning all about different areas and towns.
    And it's so cool that you and Jenny are friends! (I love her tutorials!)
    Thank you SO much for the pattern - it's lovely!
    mummyquilts@gmail.com
    mummyquilts.blogspot.com

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  62. Happy Birthday - isn't it great to be able to live in a small town but be close enough to the "big city" to take in all the culture that is available?

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  63. Happy Birthday!!! I love living in a small town too :) Fabulous!!!

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  64. First of all - many happy returns on the day! Loved your photos - being from Canada, it is especially great to see so many places in the USA. Would love to win - like everyone else - my birthday is next Thursday.
    vboschman@shaw.ca

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  65. Happy Birthday ; ) What a wonderful Moda blog hop. Our small town has one quilt shop - and, we enjoy visiting often .

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  66. Happy Birthday and I hope you and your family treat you very special today. Today is my 27th wedding anniversary...I am blessed to be married to my best friend!

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  67. I love your designs, and thanks for being in the Blog Hop and for the giveaways. Happy Birthday. Mine is in a few days. I'm from a small town but right outside of Indianapolis. It's great to have both choices.

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  68. MOST HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    THANKS FOR THE TOUR TOO!
    SWEET GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  69. Happy birthday to you! Love the directions to your house. I, too live on a rural road and use local landmarks to give directions (turn left at the huge silo!!!).

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  70. Happy Birthday.
    Great hometown tour.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  71. Happy Birthday! Love the candy without calories! Enjoy your special day to its fullest, Jan.

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  72. Thank You so much for the pattern, pinwheels are my favorite!

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  73. Happy Birthday! Love your country home...now that I have directions, I may pop in to say Hello! Just kidding! But I do pass right by your area pretty often as I drive south from Des Moines. Thanks for the chance to win a present on YOUR birthday!! Have a good one!

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  74. I truly enjoyed seeing the pictures and reading the narrative about your hometown. Often I wish that I had raised my children in a community like you live in, but we chose to live in a nice suburban community. I think when compared with a community like yours, however, my community might be found lacking in some traditional community values. My hometown has very good schools and everything we need is conventiently located within 10 or 15 minutes (except for a good quilt shop), and, most importantly I guess, there is employment here for my husband and myself. Anyhow, thanks for sharing about your hometown.

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  75. Happy Birthday! I love this new Moda candy!

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  76. Happy Birthday! Loved the tour and the candy :)

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  77. Sending Happy Birthday wishes your way!! Thanks for sharing your hometown! I have never seen those mini charms but I'll bet they are really sweet!!

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  78. Loved seeing your hometown! Thanks for the chance to win the charms/candy and patterns - hoping you pick me!

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  79. September is a great month for a birthday! It is our busy birthday month in my family. Happy birthday!

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  80. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! That's me singing. Hope it is a fun day. I love your little town.

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  81. Thanks for the chance to win. How lucky you are with two quilt shops!

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  82. That was fun! I travel to MO to visit my dad...I may have found a new stop. :)

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  83. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU..4 out of 5 of us kids were born in Sept so we celebrate pretty much all month long.

    Thanks for your tour and thanks for a chance at your drawing.

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  84. Happy Birthday to you, lovely writeup about your area.

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  85. A very happy birthday! your candy looks wonderful!

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  86. Thank you for the chance to win your fun fabrics!!

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  87. I think this will be my new addiction! I love scrappy quilts and these are perfect for traveling. I think i'll sign up for the months club to get a batch each month at fat quarter shop.

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  88. Those little 'candy' packs look like great fun--I see a charm quilt in my future.

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  89. Happy Birthday!!! I love your pattern!

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  90. Happy birthday!I love the little candy packs! So much fun!

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  91. Lovely pics - thank you for sharing! Cameron sounds like my kind of town. I always enjoy your posts about gardening.

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  92. Looks like you have lots of talented quilters in your town! Happy Birthday!

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  93. Happy Birthday and thanks for the great giveaway. Love your patterns and fabrics...just my style!

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  94. Love your 2012 BOM - gorgeous. These wonderful patterns you generous ladies are sharing are just like the new Moda Candies - it is hard to choose which one you want first!

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  95. Happy Birthday Jan...you have lots of fun shops in your town! Love the pattern and the candy packs!

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  96. I am so excited about these adorable little packs of beautiful fabrics and just cannot wait to be able to buy some. I love that those of us without tons of money to buy fabric can now be able to better afford to buy these to get little bits of each in a fabric collection. And the fact you've all been so busy creating such pretty quilts to use them is wonderful. Thank you.

    I've been in your part of the country a lot over the years because my Aunt and Uncle live in Warrensburg. I love that area so much. It's such a beautiful place to visit.

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  97. What a fun giveaway! Happy Birthday and Thank You!!!

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  98. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  99. I Love the little pinwheels!I love your patterns and I love Missouri Star Quilt Co. A whole lot of QUILTING LOVE.... that is what makes my world happy. Thank you for a chance to win some of your lovelies. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you get to do something special today to celebrate YOU! janita

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  100. I hope you have a very Happy Birthday! Your home looks like a cozy place to nest.
    The quilt pattern looks like fun with these candy pieces :-) Thank you for the sweet giveaway.

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  101. How wonderful that we get to celebrate your birthday with you. Thanks for the great pattern and the chance to win.

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  102. Happy birthdy, hope you've a great day! Love your pattern, thnaks for it! Greetings from germany, Hildy
    hildy(at)ebertzeder(dot)de

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  103. Happy Birthday! What a lovely little spot you can call home... and with two quilt shops nearby! Lucky you!

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  104. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day. I really miss that area of the country. We lived in Leavenworth, KS, for a year but I never made it your part of MO. I love the strong quilt culture there and miss all the shops and love for the art that I don't see here. Thanks for the opportunity to win some awesome goodies.

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  105. you say it's your birthday, well, 'happy birthday' to you, now we're gonna have a party, party! thank you for this wonderful opportunity! now party till the cows come home! thank you for the pattern -- looks like jolly ranchers.

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  106. No offense to the lovely UK, but I'd take your hometown over the queen anyday! Happy Bday fellow September baby!

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  107. Happy birthday! It was fun to read about where you live. You're lucky to have so many quilt shops close by! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  108. Oh, I just love that long driveway up to your lovely home - thanks for sharing! We no longer have a quilt store in our city so it was fun to see what you have! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  109. I loved the tour of your hometown! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  110. I love the directions to your house! I grew up in an extremely small town... Godley, Texas. My childhood home was down some long windy dirt roads. When we gave directions we said the long driveway with the white gate! The driveway is 3/4 miles long and so pretty. I still live in Godley with my husband and daughter but the town has changed quite a bit. I don't think I could ever live in the city but I do love to visit often!

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  111. Happy birthday. thanks for the chance to win. love learning about everyone's hometown on this hop

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  112. You are so lucky to have not one but two quilt shops....and they are lucky to have YOU. Kristy

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  113. How fun! I love seeing these blog hop posts and seeing everyone's hometowns. Thanks for the tour!

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  114. Happy birthday! You have great designs and are so lucky to have two quilt shops near your town! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  115. My family is originally from Missouri. I remember visiting when I was a child - I loved being there will so many cousins to play with!

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  116. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the tour of your hometown! We drive by there a few times a year going from Texas to Iowa and back!

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  117. One year older and wiser too! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

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  118. this hop is a great way to see other bits of the states! thanks.

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  119. Happy Birthday! Love seeing where you live. How lucky you are to have 2 quilt shops! Thanks for sharing!

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  120. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the chance to win.
    Shawn from Michigan

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  121. I enjoyed reading about your small town. Thanks for the chance to win and Happy Birthday!

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  122. Happy Birthday Jan -- Love the introduction !

    Don't ya just love living in the "middle of nowhere" ? I know I do.

    Have a wonderful day !
    Karen

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  123. What a great post! The pictures for the visual drive to your house is so lovely-- what a great place to live!
    ~robin
    welchrobin@hotmail.com

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  124. You are very lucky to have 2 quilt shops in your area. Happy birthday. You and my friend share the same date. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  125. Happy Birthday. Cameron MO looks like a great place to live. I'll be in MO next year maybe I'll get the chance to visit your town. Thanks for sharing your home, the free pattern and the chance to win.

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  126. Happy Birthday!!! This is a fabulous contest. Your town looks delightful and 2 quilt shops even better :)

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  127. Happy Birthday and thanks for the great giveaway! I'm jealous that you are so close to Missouri Star Quilting Company.

    nkadenver at Yahoo.com

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  128. Happy birthday! We are celebrating three birthdays this weekend, my sister's tomorrow and my twin grandsons' first one on Sunday. The nicest people were born in September!! Your home looks like such a peaceful setting, hope you can sit back and enjoy it on your special day.

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  129. Our little night quilt guild from Marshall, MO came to your neck of the woods earlier this summer on our annual shopping expedition. We enjoyed the two shops you mentioned as well as four others that day! I wish we had known about the primitives store.
    I really enjoy your patterns and fabric. Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway.

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  130. You certainly are as well known as Jennie. The GemsofthePrairie here in Peoria, IL know your names well, and I am sure we would certainly love to have you come and teach here in the River City sometime. We certainly could find you a spot in 2014. Jo Morton and Bonnie Hunter are right around the corner in 2013along with Nancy Mahoney. We certainly enjoy all of your fabrics and patterns here. We have 5 quilt shops in our immediate area and I can tell you we visit them all frequently. My favorite is the Quilt Corner in Morton, IL. Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway. Good luck everyone!!

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  131. I am so very jealous that you live so close to the Missouri Star Quilt Co ...but, it's probably a very good thing I dont live close to them at all ! Lovely giveaway !

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  132. Enjoyed the "tour" of your home town! Imagine being so close to Missouri Star Quilt Company (I follow them online). I would be delighted to win the giveaway because I have never made anything yet with the mini charms. Thanks for the opportunity. Lana

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  133. I love the directions to your house. I live in the country and would not change it at all. Your house reminds me of a cottage. You are also so lucky to have two quilt shops there. I did hear that one would be moving closer to my neck of the woods (Emory, TX)later this month. Currently, quilt shops about 50 miles away.

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  134. Your hometown looks so sweet! Loving all the blog tours!

    Thanks!
    b.

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  135. Happy Birthday! It is so fun to see where everyone lives in this blog hop and to know home is where the heart is! thanks for the pics.

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  136. Happy Birthday. I live in Hutchinson, Ks, home of the Kansas State Fair, which starts today. My birthday is the 14th and is always during the fair.
    Have a great day....Sue

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  137. Thank you for the tour of your little corner of the world and thank you for the chance to win the giveaway. Have a great day everyone!

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  138. What a fascinating post! I love seeing where you live and your quilts are just The Best Ever! Please enter me for the draw. It all looks wonderful! Happy Birthday Greetings from England!

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  139. I miss living in rural America (grew up in MI, then lived in PA before moving to FL)... As soon as I get my next bonus at work, I'm buying fat quarters of Fellowship. Ruth in FL

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  140. Happy birthday! I enjoyed reading about your town, and where you are from :) Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  141. I enjoyed your post - love where your house is. Thanks for a chance to wind!

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  142. Hello! I love the lane going up to your home. It looks perfectly nestled in--warm and content:)I also live in a rural community--about 250 people in Central Utah. It's such a blessing to be here. Happy Birthday to you! I really like your Fellowship fabric line--it's so beautiful.

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  143. It's great to learn where all the bloggers live. I would love to live in the country! Happy Birthday also.

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  144. Happy Birthday!!!
    There is a Cameron Tx just about an hour from where I live. Funny how each state has the same names for towns:) I live in Copperas Cove but haven't heard of another one of thsoe yet:)

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  145. What a wonderful hometown and how lucky you are to have 2 Quilt shops! Happy Birthday!

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  146. I have been to Cameron. We pass thru there a few times a year to head to my Aunt and Uncles farm. Enjoying the blog hop.

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  147. HAPPY BIRTHDAY and thanks for the tour. Very unique and loved ending up at your home. Thanks for the chance to win the wonderful giveways

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  148. Happy Birthday! Your hometown looks so peaceful! Nice place to stay :)
    I'd love to win. Thanks.

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  149. What a sweet town! And two quilt stores...that is worth moving there!!!!! Happy Birthday!!!!

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  150. Happy Birthday! Your home looks so cozy nestled in the woods and the lane leading to it. I read you blog everyday or check in. My husband and I get a kick out of your bulldogs as my G-Aunt and Uncle had 2 also. Love the new candy packs hope to win so. Debbie

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  151. Oh Wow! How lucky you are to be so close to Missouri Star Quilt Company! I would love to live so close to Jenny, she is my hero and I have learned so much from her, she just fits right in with the rest of us and is a pleasure to learn from. You are very lucky and I envy you!

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  152. I used to live 'remotely' and know how peaceful and beautiful it can be. But I found out I like a little more 'convenience', like being able to drive to a movie theater in 10 minutes instead of 40--LOL. Took a look at yesterdays blog and sure do love your "Heart to Heart" project!

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  153. love your home and your quilt!! and the stores nearby, I would love to be there!!!

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  154. I'd love to come visit you and the stores nearby--sounds like a relaxing place to live~
    Thanks for the chance to win some fun stuff

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  155. Your home is so lovely! The ivy and trees and the setting is really beautiful! And how luck to have two great quilt shops close by!

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  156. Well, you certainly have a bundle of goodies to giveway. I enjoy your blog and always look forward to seeing what you are to next. You certaily live in relaxing environment. Good for you. You need to take time out and relax. Thank you for giving all us a chance to win and look forward to making your free quilt pattern.

    Sandi T.
    Sonora, CA
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  157. Well you beat my hometown, Safford, AZ, only has one very small quilt store! It is a good thing I don't live too close to Missouri Quilt Co. It is hard enough not buying the daily deal every day!

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  158. Love the tour of the town! I haven't seen Missouri before! Looks a lot like Texas! I live in Austin!

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  159. I just read the (dutch) quiltmania interview with those lovely pictures from inside your house. You have an awesome place to live in there! A real quilters home. Now I can see some of the surroudings. I like it a lot! I like this moda bloghop a lot too and ofcourse am thrilled to give it a change, thanks for this opportunity to win some nice quilting fabrics.....

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  160. Happy Birthday! Lovely area to live in. I lived outside of Springfield, MO for 26 years and love the country living. Thanks for the offer, it's great! Margaret

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  161. How nice to be close to two quilt stores. Also nice story about your town. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  162. I am quite jealous of how close you are to MoStar! What a nice LQS to have!!! :o)

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  163. Jan, Best wishes and happy returns for your birthday, it
    is my only nieces birthday also. Your little quilt looks
    great and want to put that on my bucket list. Thanks for
    sharing pictures of your hometown and the chance to win some Moda candy and patterns.

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  164. Happy Birthday!How wonderful to have two quilt stores nearby. Visiting Missouri Star Quilts is a goal of mine and now I know another shop to stop at in the area. Thanks for your candy pattern and for the chance at your giveaway.

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  165. What a nice place to live. I live a rural life too and just can't imagine living in a town anymore. Love that I don't have to have curtains or blinds on my windows.

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  166. I enjoyed reading about where you live. I live in a rural town also, with no quilt shop even. My home is only a little over a mile from where I grew up and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Am only 1 hr. 45 mins. from Maine's beautiful coast and there are nice cities to shop in only 45 mins. from here in 2 directions. There is certainly something to be said about small town living, as you know. Thanks for the lovely little pattern and the giveaway. I also enjoy following your blog on a regular basis.
    Happy Fall !!!!!

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  167. Wow! I envy you for having quilt stores to actually walk in, as we can only order online here.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Alice from Bucharest, Romania!

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  168. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I hope you have a GREAT day!!! And thank you for the beautiful pattern. I can't wait to get it made. It is too darn cute!!!

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  169. Happy Birthday and I really enjoyed reading about your home town. Thanks so much for the pattern..

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  170. Have a great birthday and celebrate well - really interesting blog, loved reading about where you live.

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  171. Happy birthday from sunny Florida! :-)

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  172. Thanks so much for the pattern....loved reading about your town. Have a great birthday!!

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  173. Happy Birthday ~ and thanks for the chance to win .......

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  174. Happy Birthday! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you! You are lucky to have two quilt shops in your town! Thanks for all of your hard work, and participating in the blog hop.

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  175. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the chance of having a gift as well ourselves on your Bday!

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  176. Happy Birthday! You're home looks amazing. Thanks for the pattern, as well as the chance to win.

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  177. Sending birthday wishes your way from the southerntier of New York State. Thanks for the "Windfall" quilt pattern and a chance to win goodies! Enjoy your special day!

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  178. Happy Birthday! Loved reading about your town, and I am very jealous you live so close to the MSQC, I religiously watch their Youtube videos. They really got me interested in quilting. Thanks for giving away such an incredible prize! I hope I win!

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  179. Happy Birthday Jan from sunny Sydney Australia! Thanks for sharing your hometown with us!

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  180. Happy Birthday! Great directions to your house. How's the road in winter?

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  181. Happy Birthday! Hope it's a great one.

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  182. Happy Birthday !! Your comments about your sister made me think of mine. My sister, Janice is the one who introduced me to your world of patterns and quilting. Janice died last April suddenly, I miss her dearly. However, when I go to your blog it is like Janice saying -- Hey, did you see what is new at Jan Patek Quilts ! THAHNKS -- Hope I win !

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  183. Enjoyed your "story" and Happy B'day; thanks for chance to win! (EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  184. Happy Birthday! I would love to live on Last Drive--so apropos!

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  185. Happy b-day! What a treat to have two local quilt shops, you'll definitely have to treat yourself for the big day!

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  186. Happy Birthday to you!

    Your "neck of the woods" looks terrific!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  187. Love the new candies! Happy Birthday to You!

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  188. I am really enjoy reading about everyone's hometowns, I live in Missouri too retired and moved to the ozarks area 8 years ago-we love it here-except right now i am sooo ready for some cooler weather
    Happy Bithday!

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  189. Happy Birthday.
    my home town is Stephenville, Newfoundland Canada

    and have a great day.

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  190. Happy birthday!!!! Have a nice day!!!!!

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  191. Happy Birthday to you!
    Some very talented people in your home town, must be nice to be close to Missouri Quilt Co. love them!

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  192. Happy Birthday! I hope you eat something yummy!

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  193. Happy Birthday! I loved reading about your small town. Have an awesome day!

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  194. First of all, Happy Birthday!
    Loved hearing about your hometownand thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  195. Jennie Doan is your country mile neighbor? Lucky you! Happy Birthday!

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  196. Hey-Happy Birthday! :-) Eat lots of cake! I was just in my semi-local quilt shop today and the shop owner showed me your new line of fabric which she had just gotten in. It was beautiful. Loved it!

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  197. I come from a big city so I adored the tour of your town! I definitely would like the park more then a courthouse, but it seems the prisons should have gone to the courthouse? Ah well the genius of planners.

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