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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

We're all Sick of Snow and ready for a change


And to help us along my latest fabric line "Garden House" is shipping to your local quilt shop this month.


And this is Grandma's Garden, a wallhanging or tablerunner that I designed using it.
You notice my "garden" still includes quilting :)
I'm not quite ready to stay outside and work in the garden all day.


A few months ago I met Patrick Lose in Iowa to film a segment of PBS's Love of Quilting.  It was great fun and those segments are starting to air now.


Check with your local PBS station for times that they air.  I think I may have already missed the show in Kansas City but they assure me that they
 repeat so we're taping them all.


This is the Garden House Pillow that we worked on.  If you want the pattern you need to get a copy of the magazine. You can find it at your local quiltshop, wherever quilting magazines are sold or go to http://www.fonsandporter.com


If you want a kit you can order one from me by clicking here.


Now for the fun part.
Leave a comment about gardening (can be potted plants in an apartment or a field full of flowers or veggies) and you'll be entered to win the Garden House precuts.
We'll have a the Random Number Generator pick a winner and announce it next Wednesday.
Good luck ladies.



131 comments:

  1. No 1 doesn't usually win but that is a pretty line. We vegetable garden. Love to get fresh tomatoes out of the garden .

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    1. With the random number generator # 1 has as good a chance as any other. Good luck.

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  2. My idea of the perfect garden is a cute appliqued pillow or small wall hanging. If it's the type planted in real dirt, a nice small flower patch by the back door is very appealing.

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  3. I moved from an apartment to a small house in October. I've been buying things for the yard. I bought a beautiful morning glory at the farmer's market to climb the chain link fence. Morning after planting only the top 5" were left. Rabbits!!

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  4. I Ordered my tomato and pepper plants early this year to get the varieties that I wanted. We've been having warmer summers lately, and I'm optimistic!

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  5. Love the new line and the name is perfect for this time of year. I'm tired of this KC weather and I'm more than ready to get working in the garden.

    I have noticed that with the weather bouncing up and down that some of my perennial plants are thinking it's time to start growing. I just hope they don't get their heads frost bitten.

    Thanks for the chance at your wonderful fabrics. Rina

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  6. I have an old plastic birdbath that I have filled with soil and covered with some stones. I planted hen and chicks in it and made a stone stack pillar. We keep it on our deck, and sometimes it makes through our Michigan weather and sometimes not.

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  7. I have such fond memories of picking flowers and vegetables from my grandparents garden. We always picked fresh flowers in the morning and did the weeding. It instilled a love of beautiful flowers and of growing things that has lasted a lifetime.

    Love your patterns and fabrics! Thanks for the opportunity, to possibly, win your newest collection. It's just lovely!

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  8. I'll be on the lookout for the program and magazine! I'm in Minnesota, so it will be a long time before we can even start some seeds indoors, but I'm already planning where to put a new straw bale garden!

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  9. Oh I remember gardening with my grandparents as a little girl; Grand-pere grew vegetables-and Grand-mere grew flowers....old fashioned ones--hollyhocks were my favorite in a dusty rose color...thanks for the chance to win those lovely fabrics....hugs, Julierose

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  10. I have the show on tape and just looked and it is the next airing, so can't wait to see the show. I am not the best gardener, I just plant things and hope they grow, lol. My dream would be to fill the yard with gardens and walkways, maybe a pond and gazebo, an oasis for me to hide in;)

    Debbie

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  11. I plant my "garden" in pots on my patio. Last year my tomatoes did not do well but the year before, we had lots! I also plant flowers, I love to get my hands dirty!

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  12. Too early to garden in Colorado but I keep looking for the early bulbs to show their heads. Your new line of fabric is very lovely.

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  13. I live in Wisconsin and am ready for spring. I just planted wheat grass into my favorite vessels ...tea cups, bowls,etc. The seeds will erupt in a few days. Glorious.

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  14. THANKS FOR SHARING A NEAT GIVEAWAY!
    50 DEGREES HERE IN MONTANA!MIGHT BE A LITTLE EARLY HERE FOR ANY GARDENING! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  15. We are growing onions for the first time from bulbs. They are up but not sure about how long it takes to actually have them be ready to pick. The squirrels are sure curious about them! We chased one away this morning. So loved your quilt along in the the Primitive quilts magazine. Thanks- K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

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  16. our gardening is limited to indoor containers i'm afraid, but we are farm stand groupies all summer long! lovely fabric line...and spring-like here in maine so gardening not far off!

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  17. I haven't had much luck growing veggies. My flowers grow ok but require constant watering!

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  18. I live in Illinois and work full time. When I retire in 2.5 years, yahoo!, I want to try my hand at a raised vegetable garden.

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  19. One good thing about our cold snowy winters are that we don't have to weed or mow. I am not much of a gardener but do enjoy fresh veggies and flowers...most from the farmers market. The fabric is sure beautiful.

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  20. I am dreaming of snow melting and daffodils blooming in my yard. Come on Spring...

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  21. I love to garden. My husband and work in the garden together. Always are surprised with our crop of veggies. Would love to win your flower garden fabrics.

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  22. I call myself a fair weather gardener. I love being in the garden when the sun is shining. I am teaching my grandchildren to start with seeds. Last year we grew sunflowers from seed to 10 feet. They were thrilled.
    Love the colours in the Gsrden Bundle. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  23. I love to garden. My husband and work in the garden together. Always are surprised with our crop of veggies. Would love to win your flower garden fabrics.

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  24. I need to work on clearing the weeds in the flower garden the year. Beautiful fabrics.

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  25. Here in mid-Missouri I've always had a sizable garden and enjoy a wide variety of yummy vegetables from it. It just wouldn't seem right to not put out a garden.

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  26. I am a gardener and am counting the days until I can be outside playing in the dirt! I have a vegetable garden as well as a sizable perennial garden which keep me busy from spring thru fall.

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  27. We are taking a road trip to Excelsior Missouri tomorrow to buy our garden seeds. If lucky I might get to see some Mennonite quilts!

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  28. Just today, I repotted my daughter's cacti so they are ready to travel with us to their new apartment. Gotta be very vigilant in potting a cactus!

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  29. Our daffodils are up and will bloom soon - so exciting. We've had a mild winter but lots of rain so we're looking forward to some colour in the garden.

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  30. When I was just 18 years old, I win a local prize for the most beautiful balcony because of my plants. We lived in the 5th floor so it was an achivement hahahaha. I remember being very happy when my mother told me ;). It would be a wonderful prize now to have these lovely precuts. I adore you, Jan ;)

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  31. Ik ben niet de tuinvrouw, maar mijn man is onze tuinman. Ik werk liever met lapjes en appliqueer mijn tuin op een mooie achtergrond. Prachtige give away Jan, ik wil graag meedoen. Groetjes Wilma

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  32. We're in a drought here in Southern California, but I still have my roses and a few other drought tolerant pretties! Thanks for the heads up on the show and for the chance to win the Garden House precuts - the line is lovely!

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  33. I do square foot gardening and have a six foot fence to keep the deer out. Love tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peas and squash. It will be a while before I can get in my northern WI garden but will start some seeds inside around April 1.

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  34. I live in Wisconsin and this time of year anticipate Spring. So I plant wheat grass seeds indoors and use special vessels such as tea cups and ornate bowls. It will go thick and lush . When I cut it with a scissors it smells like freshly cut lawn!

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  35. I can grow something in a pot but that's about it. LOL

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  36. I love picking vegetables from my garden, but hate pulling weeds, which always seem to grow faster than the veggies!

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  37. I've been looking at seed catalogs, dreaming of gardening!

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  38. I don't have much of a garden but I do love my flowers. Waiting for spring to see them. Thanks for the giveaway. Hugs

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  39. So beautiful. I am mostly a native flower gardener. I love to plant things that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and birds. This year we are going to try straw bale gardening for our vegetables. We are tired of winter here also. The seed catalogs and our lovely project helps brighten the winter days.

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  40. Our weather has been all over the place down here in coastal NC! I think the plants are confused, some days it's winter-like, others spring-like! Can't wait till *official* planting time which is around April 7th. LOVE your new fabric line!

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  41. I can't wait to see the first signs of spring peeking out thorough the winter mess.

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you.

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  42. We don't get snow in San Jose but I am looking forward to spring. I wish I was better at gardening though. My green thumb is more brownish.

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  43. I saw you on PBS this past Saturday! Loved your hints for prepping circles for applique. I have sticky dots on my list of things to buy.

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  44. We've got some giant raised beds, which we'll be planting this spring. I'm looking forward to tomatoes and basil!
    Those fabrics are luscious! Thanks for your giveaway!

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  45. There was almost no snow here this winter in Munich, germnay (yeah for that!) snd now there are a lot of snowdrops, crocuses and primroses out there. And I already palnt a few primroses with a narciss in a pot and so far no frost and they're looking great.-) Hope it stays that way!!!

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  46. We have raised garden beds but I love our hops, hollyhocks, and sunflowers the best! Can't wait to get my hands in the dirt.

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  47. The weather in the Northeast is not garden ready yet!, I instead I create aquarium mini gardens to have on my counters and side tables. Brings the green inside!

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  48. I have never gardened in my life but I am determined this year! I am going to start with a small raised garden and I am trying to get my husband to put some pallets together to make an area for a compost pile. It is hard to think about with it being so cold!

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  49. Well, this year, I finally got a plant to live all year long, but I'm only giving myself partial credit as it was my Poinsettia from christmas 2014 and it never turned red again .....sad. I love your flowers Jan....fingers crossed.

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  50. Well, this year, I finally got a plant to live all year long, but I'm only giving myself partial credit as it was my Poinsettia from christmas 2014 and it never turned red again .....sad. I love your flowers Jan....fingers crossed.

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  51. Can't wait to get into the garden. I love the determination of the daffodils. They keep getting covered with snow but they keep on going (or should I say growing).

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  52. I volunteer as a master gardener in my south Texas county, and this Saturday we start our spring program teaching children how to grow vegetables. It was so rewarding last fall watching them dig up their potatoes, and hunt for their green beans (which blended in with the plants so well.)

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  53. I have tried gardening in pots, raised beds and in the ground without much luck! I can't even keep a simple houseplant alive! Lol! My green thumb is definitely brown! Let's just say that I fully support my local farmers market!

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  54. I used to be an avid gardener before I caught the quilting bug. I would hand paint all the signs to label the rows of vegetables. The signs included "yellow polka dot zucchini ", "Kim Radishian", "peas on Earth", "Fun-yuns " and more. It was great fun (except for the weeds)!

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  55. I do all my gardening with flowers in my fabrics because my knees won't allow gardening outside anymore! But I love my quilted flowers just as much as real ones in the earth.

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  56. Despite having to fight off mosquitoes every spring and summer, I always look forward to the days when my daylilies start to bloom. I just might have to find a way to bring the flowers inside for the winter. Maybe appliqued onto a quilt!

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  57. I'm looking forward to the bulbs blooming and being able to put my bay Laurel back outside.

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  58. I can't wait for spring to start working in my garden. I will be doing a complete makeover this year.

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  60. I love to work in my gardens but the deer like it just as much. I hardly ever get to see the hostsa bloom as they are eaten off. Any solutions?

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    1. We've had a little trouble with deer but bought a deer repellant to sprinkle around and through the rows. It worked pretty well.

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  61. Gardening is very fulfilling work. It calms you as you prepare the ground and plant the seeds. The harvest is far away, but you are not impatient.

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  62. I am so looking forward to being back in my flower gardens. The snowdrops and crocus will be the first to come to the party. Your fabric line is absolutely beautiful!

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  63. I always have a big garden in the summer. I can't wait to get the seeds started.

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  64. I love flowers, but I am a dreadful gardener. I'd rather sit inside and stitch!

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  65. I love flowers, but I am a dreadful gardener. I'd rather sit inside and stitch!

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  66. It's a good thing I'm a better quilter than gardener because these deer munch! Lol!

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  67. We don't have much of a garden, but I do look forward to filling my hanging baskets!

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  68. love combining different flowers & vines in pots to decorate porch & deck!

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  69. Looking forward to seed planting time. Have to have jelly bean tomatoes, basil and flowers.

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  70. Love tulips, they smell divine

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  71. I remember one year my husband made boxes, 12ft X 4ft by about 8 in high. He out wire in the bottom due to gophers. This area had previously been the chickens yard but the coop had been moved. We added good dirt, more chicken compost and planted lots of veggies and sunflowers. Our sunflowers were 12 ft high that year! The tomatoes plants were 5 ft high!! It was the best garden we had ever had! We currently live toward the California Sierras so gardening has to be on our deck, but, we have 13 wonderful hens!

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  72. We are hoping to plant a garden this year. Fresh veggies always taste better!

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  73. We are hoping to plant a garden this year. Fresh veggies always taste better!

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  74. We have had a pretty mild winter so I am hopeful for getting out to dig in the garden soon. This year I am going to plant more cucumbers - they did so well last summer. Pretty fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  75. Counting the days until I can get out and dig in the flower beds! Love the new line and thanks for a chance to win.

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  76. Ooooo! How fun. I just bought your charm pack last weekend. I love every peice of fabric in the collection!
    Every year I say I'm going to cut down on flowers, but then the greenhouse is filled with so many beautiful flats I can't control myself.
    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  77. I hope to grow some flowers from seeds I saved from last fall. I love cleaning the leaves out of my flower beds this time of year. This fabric is pretty exciting too. I would sure like to have my very own.

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  78. Going to try cosmos from seed this year.

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  79. Going to try cosmos from seed this year.

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  80. I am an optimist - I already put out primroses :o). Colour your life!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  81. The snow is almost gone at my house so garden season may be early. I love to grow veggies and flowers in my garden.

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  82. here the daffodils and crocus flowers are already in bloom, magnolie in bone, it is only of February! hope that something will come up in the spring.

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  83. Looking forward to Spring and all the fresh veggies that come from the garden.

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  84. Love vegetable gardening. Nothing like picking something from your own garden and cooking it ... YUM!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  85. Looking forward to spring and planting our vegetables. To raise our own vegetables is one of the best of summer enjoyments. Love the new colors in this fabric.

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  86. I have an ugly house plant that was my mom's. She died 23 years ago but the plant lives on.

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  87. We plant a huge garden in Wisconsin - nothing like fresh veggies, share with relatives and friends. Always look forward to play in the dirt! Thanks.

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  88. A little taste of Spring in Wisconsin today, 50 degrees outside and the days are getting longer...can't be too many weeks away!

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  89. Have selected my list of vegetables from the garden catalog and have been cleaning off the flower beds in this beautiful weather

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  90. My gardening skills grow each year and I am learning what works best and where in our garden!! It is quite a pleasure to enjoy the flowers and veggies each year!! I can't wait for spring!!!

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  91. Looking forward to gardening. Herbs, carrots, cabbage, spinach, onions, tomatoes, potatoes

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  92. Hi Jan, We really enjoy our garden. Spring is around the corner and we will enjoy birdsongs and butterfly's again.
    Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful price!!

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  93. LOVE TO GARDEN ESP GOING OUT AND GETTING A TOMATO OFF THE PLANT FOR A NICE FRESH BLT!!!!

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  94. My husband is already chomping at the bit to get outside and work in the garden. And with the mild winter we've had here in Vermont, he may be out there sooner than usual!

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  95. Tomorrow we plan on cleaning the raised beds up and getting them ready for vegetable garden. It's been warm here this week just north of Houston. I've been seeing Patrick Lose lately on LOQ I will watch for you!

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  96. We already gearing up for spring planting. Can't wait to dig around in the dirt and squish my toes in the mud. Second best thing to playing with fabric!

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  97. Garden House is as pretty as your Crossroads was! Just after the holidays my shopping cart had some trash in it from the previous shopper. When I looked, there was a broken stem of Christmas Cactus that still had a tiny bud on it. I rescued it and potted it at home and now it will soon bloom.
    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  98. I can't wait to play in my garden. I love all my flowers. Your garden House is beautiful.

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  99. We are moving into our newly remodeled home in a few weeks and we plan to plant succulents next to the house in the back yard. I'm also planning to plant a lemon tree, rhubarb, rosemary, sage, lavender, thyme and maybe even a lime tree. I have my work cut out for me.
    Rosemary

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  100. I live in Wisconsin so have a little ways to go before I can garden. However, I have already ordered flowers and some trees. Also, got my vegetable seeds ordered. I can't wait. I love your new fabric. I am recording PBS so I can see your show. Ann P.

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  101. What a pretty line of fabric! It's a very short gardening season where I live. I use raised beds with greenhouse toppers my husband built to grow veggies.

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  102. Gardening has not been successful for us lately. In fact, last summer, our zucchini plant was the first to die--early in the summer.

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  103. Besides regular gardening in the yard, I plant a wheelbarrow.
    Pansies and kale are growing right now. Later I will change to summer annuals. In the fall, mums or marigolds. Poinsettias and pinecones during the Christmas holidays.

    Charlotte

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  104. It has been so warm this winter that my bulbs are coming up already. I can't wait for spring and the Lilacs blooming.

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  105. Love flowers which I put in between the ends of each veggie row and in between as my markers. Love the fresh flowers and of course the veggies. Karin E :)

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  106. We've had a mild winter here on the southern tip of Vancouver Island so I've been planting a few seeds in the boxes on the railings of my deck. Lots of parsley, and lettuce soon I hope. The rain so far has been pretty daunting, hoping it hasn't washed the seeds away, or rotted them. We'll see how things turn out in a couple of weeks.

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  107. I have two favorite things that occupy my time, quilting and gardening....I quilt with flowers in the winter and play in the soil in the summer...I would love to win these fabrics...please pick me! Gail Grassel

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  108. I am from Long Island, NY but love living in Knoxville because of the short winters and long spring and fall seasons! There is nothing like seeing the bulbs coming up and blooming in March. I am planning on planting lots of pretty and colorful pansies in pots and in the beds around the house next week.

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  109. I've been a gardener since 1963, the year after we got married and bought our first house. Have had flower and veggie gardens in five different states where we've lived throughout the years! Our Growers' Outlet just opened, so I'll be taking a trip out there soon to buy plants for my barrels on the deck!

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  110. Oh how I wish I could grow something in my garden but my thumb is definitely not green! Green with envy of those you grow wonderful vegetables and flowers!

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  111. Jan, I know you put a lot of thought into your designs for fabric and patterns. You just keep getting better and better! This line is beautiful!! Thanks for all the knowledge and inspiration you have given me.

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  113. We have a small vegetable garden behind our condo.

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  114. Moved into a new home this year so A new garden is on the horizon for us.

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  115. 2 years ago moved into a condo, so only have my patio to grow on now. I did tomatoes, peppers, and lots of herbs last year as well as some flowers. Glad there is a farmers market for me to buy other garden food!

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  116. For 30 years I ran a Pre-School called Yankee Doodle Farm... gardened with the kiddies and quilted during their nap time.

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  117. Last year we planted heirloom seeds, tomatoes, cukes and squash. We were very happy with all the vegetables and plan on doing the same this year. Just waiting for spring. love this new fabric.
    Carolyn

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  118. I could have a lot of enjoyment playing with the precut fabrics.

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  119. the weather in NEPA has been so mild this winter I was able to go into the herb garden and tidy up a bit.
    Trimmed last year's dead growth....it was refreshing!
    Just love your fabrics and have most of your books and patterns.

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  120. We are seeing daffodils bloom in our Texas garden! Would love to play with some new fabric while waiting for Spring!

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  121. I love perennials. I have 5 gardens and one rock garden. We are also doing a vegetable garden this year! Lovely giveaway!

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  122. Our gardens vary by year but we always have some tomatoes and zucchini, peppers and herbs. Can't wait for some warm garden days! Love the fabrics & Thx for the great giveaway!

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  123. I may be in snowy upstate NY, but every winter I have fresh lemons and limes from my potted citrus trees. I'm looking forward to spring when the trees go back outside and I can work in my garden

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  124. Sadly we are experiencing water restrictions in Cape Town so flowers in the garden are limited, but there is a miniature orchid inside and the Christmas Poinsettia is also still there. Hopefully 2016 will bring a better spring garden! Lovely giveaway!

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  125. I live in Michigan and a lady told me yesterday that she takes her geraniums out of the pots in the fall, shakes off the roots and puts them upside down in a brown paper bag. Hangs them from the ceiling in the basement. Come spring she replanted tthem and off they go! I'm gonna try this next year!

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  126. It's snowing today and gardening seems so far away. I bought a miniature yellow rose earlier this week. It reminds me of my husband, he loves yellow flowers.

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  127. Every year i am looking forward to spring. The garden starts flowering. And every year i promise myself to spend more time working in the garden. But when i am working in the garden i feel a bit "quilty" i am not working on my guilt. It is hard to choose were to spend mine precious time on. That is probably why i choose for flowers in mine fabrics. Hope that we al have a nice summer in whatever country we live. Kind regards Annemiek Soer - Holland

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  129. My current garden has been a work in progress for the last 7 years and I have to say it is beyond the garden of my dreams. We created a fun layout for raised beds and included roses, flowers and herbs to go along with as many vegetables and strawberries as we can squeeze in. It is buzzing with bees and contented gardeners all Spring and Summer sometimes even into the winter months here in Northern California.

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