Monday, September 27, 2010

Welcome to The Edge Blog Hop with Pat Sloan and Friends

Good Morning Blog Hoppers!!!
(edited 9/27/10 9:45pm)

Welcome to the IHAN blog.  If this is your first time visiting, IHAN is short for I Have A Notion....my on-line Notions Store.  Here at the IHAN blog you will find lots of great information about the latest and greatest Notions, interesting people and  lots of giveaways (this is the third giveaway going on right now at IHAN).

Pat Sloan has helped Sulivan's design some really neat new rulers. I bet you already knew that though....and you are here to enter the big giveaway....a full set....YES....10 Cutting Edge Sharpening Rulers!!!!   I know how excited you must be so I'm going to give you a few minutes to catch your breath.....realx....get your heart beat and blood pressure under control.  While you are relaxing, I'm going to share a few details about my quilting life.....just don't get so relaxed that you fall asleep.

 
"Many Hands"
I consider this my first quilt because I took an official quilting class and this was my project. I chose the fabric for one simple reason, it had an elephant in the print, albeit very small, and I really like elephants. Each family member, living in my home at the time, was asked to choose a block pattern and then choose the placement of the fabrics. There were 6 of us and if we all still lived together that would make 8 now....make that 9....one is married. I did all the machine piecing and it was hand quilted by my very dear friend and amazing hand quilter, Mary Jane (IHAN's East Coast Director of Operations).
Choosing fabric ..... well....there is a little history to my issues with choosing fabric.  Several years ago I had signed up for a class to make a tote bag.  The gal who was teaching the class told us to get some "inspiration" fabric.  I asked her where she got hers and she told me the name of her local quilt shop.  I drove an hour on a Saturday to the quilt store and read the end of every bolt in that shop.  I could not find the word "Inspiration" on any of the bolt ends.   When the sales lady was free,  she asked if she could help and I asked where the "Inspiration" fabric was and she seemed puzzled.  I was soooooo frustrated.....all I wanted was the darn fabric and to go home.  I left empty handed and drove to a pay phone (remember those days?) I called the instructor and told her the shop no longer carried "Inspiration" fabric.  She laughed so long and hard I thought she might just start snorting.  Apparently "Inspiration" fabric is any fabric that inspires a person to create......OK....why didn't she just say that?  Thankfully I have no issues with choosing great Notions!! 

How is your heart rate and blood pressure now?  If you are relaxed....I'll get on with the big giveaway!!

The Cutting Edge Sharpening Rulers are some darn cool rulers because they sharpen your rotary blade while you cut.  Neat ay?  I think so....and when you cut with them....they make a sound....the sound of the blade being sharpened....I was not expecting that and was pleasantly surprised.  Pat Sloan and Sulivans clearly put a great deal of time into designing these rulers.  Click here to learn more about all the details.  The Cutting Edge Sharpening  Rulers are available at local quilt stores, Pat Sloan's Quilt Shop, IHAN and I bet lots more places I don't even know about.


To win an entire set of The Cutting Edge Sharpening  Rulers you must leave a comment on all of the blogs (listed below)  that are participating in the Hop


Monday September 27th
I Have A Notion Blog-Kelly Jackson


Tuesday September 28th
Amys Creative Side Blog- Amy Ellis
Canton Village Quilt Works Blog -Jackie Kunkel

Wednesday September 29th
Jaybird Quilts Blog- Julie Herman
Crazy Mom Quilts Blog- Amanda Jean Nyberg
Thursday September 30th
 Happy Zombie Blog- Monica Solorio-Snow
Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts Blog- Amy Lobsiger
PamKittyMorning Blog -Pam Vieira-McGinnis

Friday October 1st
LaVieEnRosie Blog- Carie Nelson
Minick & Simpson Blog- Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson
Naptime Quilter Blog- Cheryl Arkison

Saturday October 2nd
Quilting Gallery - Michele Foster
Pat Sloan's Blog for the big Wrap Up

You will definitely need some nourishment while doing all this blog hopping.  I'm just glad you are not depending on me to provide it....because you may end up in the hospital.  My idea of nourishment generally includes a phone number, menu or a speaker box in a drive thru.  Mr. McSteamy cooks for the IHAN clan most of the time.  On Mr. McSteamy's birthday I do make him his favorite cake.  People have always asked for the recipe so I'm guessing you might like it better than the phone number to my local pizza parlor :)

Screwball Cake-Recipe (given to me by McSteamy's Mother)
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Mix that all together in one bowl.  (Any bowl that will fit....no need to find an inspiration bowl!!)

In another bowl, mix together
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons vinegar
2/3 cup oil

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix.  Then add 2 cups of water and keep mixing. The recipe says don't grease the pan.....I always spray the pans with Pam Cooking Spray but don't tell my mother-in-law ok?  Cook on 350 degrees in the oven for 1 hour.  Then you have a naked cake.  If you like your cake aka breakfast to be covered....take some cream cheese and mix in a ton of powdered sugar and vanilla....add a little milk or water if you must....and smear it all over the top.  If you see some pearly gates after the first bite......you know you followed the recipe correctly.

Don't forget to leave a comment on this post to be entered to win the 10 Cutting Edge Sharpening Rulers.  The winner will be announced on Pat Sloan's Blog.  Edit: To be eligible to win the grand prize you must leave a comment on this post and the same for the others who are hosting the hop-the links to their pages are above.  So hop everyday and leave your comments :)



Oh yeah, I almost forgot, IHAN will also choose a winner from the comments left on this post and that person will receive an autographed copy of Anita Grossman Solomon's book, Rotary Cutting Revolution, new one step cutting 8 quilt blocks.  After all, you've got to put your new rulers to work right?

Smiles,
Kelly

560 comments:

  1. Ohh I am going to try that cake recipe as soon as we finish the one I just cooked.

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  2. Good morning! I have followed your blog, so nice to find it, thanks to Pat Sloan. And oh those rulers! I want all of them, ha! Thanks -- now off to check out the shopping.

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  3. As always a very interesting post and good reading material. I am going to try that cake out as it sounds yumm. I have seen those rulers and thought they were a fabulous idea...terrific idea actually. :)
    I also like your quilt and had a laugh about the 'Inspiration' fabric :)

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  4. Love your writing style! Thanks for the cake recipe - my daughter's allergic to milk and eggs and loves chocolate. Well try this right away for husbands B'day!

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  5. I make a cake like yours too, except I just dump all the ingredients except the vinegar into the baking pan. After it is mixed, I stir in the vinegar and then put in the oven.

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  6. those sound really cool, i would love to win a set

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  7. i confess, i'm only here for the rulers as i am perfection challenged! but the cake sounds goooooood!

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  8. OH what a great giveway!! Enjoy your blog..

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  9. cake recipe sounds yummy but I LOVE the "inspiration" fabric story!

    Diane

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  10. Oh I love that story about Inspiration, thank you. Luckily I had just put my coffee down before I read it. I live in the UK, so I hope I am eligible to win this fantastic prize?

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  11. That cake sounds like something my husband would like. Put cream cheese frosting on anything and he would eat it. I also love your first quilt and your story of the "inspiration" fabric. Pat was very nice to give us a "spit warning"!

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  12. Thanks for all the info! I am planning on the cake recipe. Thanks for the giveaway too
    lee
    butler83
    ataoldotcom

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  13. The cake recipe sounds great, I'll have to try it. Would love to win the rulers, have been reading all the news on these rulers and think the idea behind this.

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  14. Wow Kelly these rulers sound like a fantastic idea! Love that they sharpen your rotary blades. Thanks for the "inspiration"!

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  15. What a BRILL idea! Rulers that sharpen your rotary cutter. I need the full set or at least a 9.5 square or larger AND a 6 by 24 or larger!!! Since those are the two I use the most.

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  16. Nice blog. Printed out the recipe. Thanks!!!! I want those rulers!!! LOL.

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  17. This is my first time visiting and reading your blog. Very informative. Love your stories and will try the recipe too! Please enter my name in the drawing for the IHAN and the book.

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  18. Okay, for starters, I am impressed with your first quilt! Also, your cake sounds very good and is going to be put on my list of things to try. I love trying new recipes.

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  19. Sounds very similar the my crazy chocolate cake which I just made last night, thanks for reminding me I need to go get cake for breakfast.

    Those rulers sound awesome.

    LoL! love your story on inspiration fabric. My MIL loves elephants and has quite the collection.

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  20. I would so love a 'Consumer Reports' review of sewing notions! These rulers seem ideal; they'll put all those orbital sharpeners out of business if they indeed keep an edge sharp. I'm soooo willing to try! My orbital has been a disappointment; and at $30 a BIG disappointment...

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  21. I liked your story of the inspiration fabric very much. It could be me. These rulers seems a great invention to me.

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  22. These rulers look so interesting. I can't wait to see them in my quilt shop. I hope they open one up for us to try!

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  23. Thanks for the morning laughs. I haven't had my breakfast yet (aka cake) so I might have to try that recipe. I'll find my "inspiration" apron and give it a go.

    Great idea with the rulers that sharpen as you cut. Now if they can just make the ones that do the laundry as you cut.

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  24. I enjoy your blog. I really need those rulers and want them too!

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  25. The rulers sound interesting, since I collect rulers I just may have to look deeper into them.
    I feel like your talking about me when it came to choosing fabric. Not good at that takes hours to choose.
    Love the name of the cake, will have to give it a try.

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  26. Thanks for the recipe. I love cake.

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  27. Your first quilt is lovely and looking forward to the give away. Thanks Linda

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  28. Still giggling over your "Inspiration" fabric story. In our household, DH does the cooking, too. He got tired of baked chicken and baked potatoes. You know the recipe where you put them in the oven for an hour, then lay on the couch to read until they are done:) Take care!

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  29. What a nice reminder of early quilting "inspiration". What a jouney quilting has taken us on...thanks for the cake recipe.

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  30. This blog hop is going to be amazing. The first blog site has blown me away, I love your site. I am fairly new to quilting and it is very exciting seeing new ideas and products.

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  31. yep same here ... so excited though to be part of this hop and meet all the bloggers

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  32. hmmm...interesting receipe...I've never used vinegar in a cake...but there's always a first time!

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  33. My goodness your blog really made me laugh. I'm going to run out & buy some Inspriation fabric right now, lol. BTW, an awesome choice for the book giveaway to match the ruler giveaway.

    -debby, Chester NY
    crowefan0517@yahoo.com

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  34. I'm going to try your recipe. First hop I've participated in.

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  35. Please enter me in the blog givaway!
    Jill

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  36. Oh this is SUCH a GREAT story!!! I'm going to name my next line "Inspiration" JUST FOR YOU!!!

    and do you still collect Elephants? This is such fun!

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  37. I LOVE your sense of humor - you always crack me up! Thank you very much for the great giveaway too!

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  38. I can still remember my first quilt. My little sister got a doll, and a butterfly quilt that you could put the doll into the wings of the butterfly, It had a little house, and you could put the doll in the door of the house. I was about 16 when I made it for her.

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  39. there's sure a lot of people up early today! sounds like a great cake recipe and the Revolution book looks interesting. Sure would be fun to try it with a new set of rulers!

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  40. First quilts are so wonderful to have: they remind us of how far we have come and that our tastes have changed dramatically! The new rulers sound fabulous!

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  41. I follow you blog and always enjoy the stories. The rulers sound great as does the book. Thanks for the giveaways.

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  42. Wow! Now I'm going to have to have some of those rulers, and bake that cake.

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  43. I am new to IHAN, & I'm feeling comfy all ready!! Loved the story, sort of like when I went to the foot dr and he said I had a neuroma (sm tumor on foot) (I thought he said aroma) - so I politely told him if he took his shoes off, he would probably have an aroma also!!
    Can't wait to get some rulers or maybe win them! Thanks for the recipe - recommended by Mrs McSteamy!!

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  44. I giggled out loud at your "inspiration fabric" story! My mom has similar stories from when she was learning to quilt. Most of my "first quilt" stories just involve a seam ripper! hahah
    Melissa

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  45. The recipe looks interesting. I'll have to try it out. The ruler's look interesting to. I will have to make time for the blog hop.

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  46. I just saw this demo on Sat. while traveling in Kentucky on vacation yesterday. She had sold out so could not buy one. Maybe I can win them!

    Rosemary

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  47. Loved the "Inspiration" story! And, those rulers are genious - of course, I must have them ALL! So, if I don't win them - I'll be back to order them! : ) Thanks! Julie
    stchsluv@aol.com

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  48. Thanks for the recipe! Love your blog!

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  49. Hope to see the rulers at the AQS show in a couple weeks. Looks like a wonderful new invention. I had never seen your blog before and have it bookmarked to explore more. The Rotary Cutting Revolution looks interesting too. After all I come from the old school. Remember when cutters first came out? Oh my, will this thing work? Of course I had to buy one and WOW, hours taken off cutting out a quilt . My first quilt was done with cardboard templates (which you had to make another quite often as the tracing around wore the edges down) Note: it still isn't completed. Put a percale sheet behind it and it takes an act of God to get a needle through it. Might just have to dig it out and finish the quilting with my HQ-16.

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  50. That sounds like a great name for a new line of fabric.... "Inspiration". Who doesn't need a little?

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  51. Yippee Skippee!!! Will be trying the cake soon... it looks so good!

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  52. A very cute story about your fabric search. Thanks for the recipe!

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  53. Fab post! Your first quilt is lovely. Your story makes me think of the one I heard about the young wife who was told that her mother-in-law made bread from scratch and her consequent search for some. Imagine her confusion when presented with a bag of coarsely gound corn and wheat. lol
    I can't wait to see these rulers in action. maybe it will be at my house. :)

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  54. Ooh, a cake recipe that I have all the ingredients for ... mmm ... and it's cold here ... might need to warm up the place a bit with a hot oven, and we can't let that heat be wasted, can we? Thanks for sharing! Oh, and the book looks neat, too LOL!

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  55. I can vouch for the recipe. It's one of the first cake recipes that we tried after my daughter was diagnosed with an egg allergy. Want to make it even yummier? Use dark chocolate cocoa!

    I've got to get my hands on one of these rulers soon...they sound really neat!

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  56. What a great way to find new blogs to read!

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  57. I would love to win those rulers. Enjoy your website!

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  58. I enjoyed reading your blog, thanks for the cake recipe, I have some cake lovers here and will be sure to try this recipe.

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  59. Hilarious story - perfect for a Monday am. Just might try the cake, too. My 3GS old loves to help mix cakes etc.

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  60. I really like your quilt. I need info on the latest and greatest or not so great notions in this quilting world, I will return frequently. Thank for the notion.

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  61. Too funny! I can't wait to try the recipe!
    Karen

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  62. I have a notion, there is no stopping you and your measurements...lol
    love your blog, your words, you.
    blessings msamm

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  63. Thanks for the recipe and a morning grin! I can't wait to have some naked cake for breakfast. These rulers sound great. I read Pat everyday. Thanks for joining the hop!

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  64. Great post! I enjoyed the part about no "inspiration" fabric, lol. Now that sounds like me! As a child my grandmother use to tell us we couldn't mix prints and plaids...if you had a print shirt you had to have solid pants, you know that kind of thing. So now that I am learning to quilt, I have a terrible time figuring out what will go with what, you know, matching those prints (the ones I'm not suppose to put together. I know, I know....it's a mental thing and I'm trying to get around it, really I am!
    I just LOVE Pat Sloan! Isn't she wonderful? So funny, and so energetic! She wears me out just reading her blog! Great blog today, I really enjoyed it!

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  65. What a fabulous giveaway! I would love to win these rulers (and/or the book!). Thanks, Kelly....I always enjoy your blog. dsb448@att.net

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  66. I have to try this recipe, I have never heard of vinegar in a cake. Can't wait to taste it! Thanks.

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  67. This promises to be a very interesting blog hop! Thanks for the chance to win goodies!

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  68. My first quilt had a fabric called "straw bearies" -bears made out of strawberries. It was bright pink and neon orange. My inspiration fabrics are calmer these days.

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  69. I think your first quilt looks great. Love the story about inspiration fabric.

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  70. Love your blog, glad that you explained IHAN. The cake sounds really good. Thank you for sharing your first quilt story and for doing a giveaway.

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  71. Your "inspiration" fabric story is wonderful! We have ALL had our moments such as these--especially if we didn't grow up in a house full of quilters. You give us all hope. Thanks for such a great blog and for being part of the "hop" for a wonderful give away of these rulers!

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  72. Laughed out loud at your story "Inspiration" indeed! But these rulers look like they might be another kind of inspiration too! Thanks for the bloghop chancce.

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  73. This book looks awesome and I can't wait to go research these rulers. This is the first time I have heard about them.

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  74. The rulers look great. I'd love to get my hands on them!!

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  75. I love hearing stories from quilters! We all have one of those stories so we can all laugh together. I am really looking forward to trying the new rulers. What a great idea! Enjoy the Hop!

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  76. I'm so glad that Pat directed me to your blog this morning; not only do I get a chance to win the set of rulers, but you put a big smile on my face, too!

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  77. Yum! Thanks for cake for breakfast (at least in my dreams)!
    Please enter me in your ruler giveaway. My rulers are in such sad shape--replacements would be thrilling!

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  78. I am really glad that Pat warned us to put our coffee down this morning before we read your blog! What a wonderful way to have a smile put on my face this morning. I think it's wonderful that ya'll got together and are doing this amazing Blog Hop. What a great way to learn about new and creative blogs. By the way, the rulers and the book are wonderful. If I don't happen to win either one, I know what is going to be on my holiday wish list! Thanks again.

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  79. Great prizes and information. Those rulers look wonderful! Please include me in the drawing. Thankful~Threads ~Kathleen

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  80. Kelly, you made me snort even though I knew something like that was coming. Maybe you should create a line called "Inspiration".
    Those rulers sound like something we all should have had years ago, wonderful idea.

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  81. Wow a great giveaway and a recipe...thanks bunches for the wonderful chance to win such a creative ruler.

    Brenda

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  82. Cake recipe, new rulers, and a few good laughs. What's not to like? Please put my name in the hat to win a set of sharpening rulers! Thanks. Wendy T.

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  83. Good cake recipe, new rulers and a few funny stories. What's not to like here? Please put my name in the hat for the prize!!

    Wendy T.

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  84. Thanks for the inspiration smile. :) That is our family's favorite cake--we call it crazy cake. I would love to win some new rulers and of course a book is always fun.

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  85. Oh Kelly that is the funniest, about your "Inspiration Fabric" I'm still snorting LOL love your Blog an thanks for the chance to win the new rulers !!!!!

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  86. I love finding new blogger with my same interest. I'm going to enjoy this hopping around!

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  87. Enjoyed your inspiration tale. Sounds like some adventures I have been on. Thanks for participating in the blog hop. This is way fun! Happy quilting.

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  88. The rulers are a great invention! I loathe a dull blade! Thank you for the chance to win some, Sharonj.

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  89. "Inspiration" fabric?? I'm still laughing LOL Reminds me so much of when DH wanted to suprize me with making me dinner many years ago. Seemed he was missing a spice and called his mom to ask if she had some "I've look though all her spices and she doesn't have the "dash of pepper", do you have some?"
    I totally love your blog & your writing - I will be following it from now on. Thanks for the give-aways :)

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  90. What a chance, these rulers are a must have! Marjan, bonaire NA

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  91. What a great chance, these rulers are a must have and I like hopping around all those blogs.
    Marjan

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  92. I really loved your inspiration story ! I got tickled reading that and the cake receipe sounds good too , I would love to get the rulers .I like the idea of the sharpener on them.

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  93. I love doing the blog hop. It links me to so many new ideas and inspirations. Can't wait to try the rulers. We made this cake when I was a kid and called it "Wacky Cake".

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  94. Can't wait to try that chocolate cake!

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  95. I love doing the blog hop. It leads me to so many new ideas and inspirations. Can't wait to try the rulers. We called the cake "Wacky Cake" when I was a kid.

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  96. Thank you. I needed a wonderful laugh this morning. I'm looking forward to the rest of the blog hop.

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  97. oooo I want! Though I wonder if the sound would give me problems, I can't stand the sound of knives being sharpened...is it like that?

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  98. Thanks for the cake recipe. Can't go wrong with cream cheese icing. Yum!!

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  99. Your blog is very interesting and full of good ideas. I'm glad to find it-because Pat Sloane's Blog Hop. Her rulers are amazing. Have a Nice Monday! Györgyi

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  100. The cake sounds good for today too make we are in the fall season.

    I like the ruler with the sharpner that it a good idea.

    Thanks for sharing the information here on your blog too.

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  101. I'm first time visitor... glad to get to see all the new places for me to visit! That recipe sounds scrumptious!

    Bette

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  102. these rulers seem to be a blast, can't wait to get one
    and thanks for the receipe, sounds delicious too

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  103. Good Morning! I just loved reading your blog - makes a dreary Monday morning brighter!

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  104. I love that cake recipe....I used to make that all the time!! It makes a great cake and put it in a larger pan and add some nuts and you have some nice brownies!!! The "inspiration" story shows how basic we need to be!! The sharpening rulers sound like something I need!!

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  105. Wow! Rulers that sharpen? How crazy is that? I would love to win! I will never get any housework done this week with all this fun Blog Hopping!

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  106. What a great set of rulers! I am also so glad to find all of these blogs new to me. Thanks for such a great post this morning...I am making the cake for hubby this afternoon...he will love it.


    Anett

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  107. OK that recipe sounds sooooooooooo yummo I am going to have to try it! I am so excited about these rulers, I so can't wait to try them. And your first quilt is amazing. Mine was pine trees with flying geese units before i even knew what flying geese units were called! LOL Just followed the directions and WOWSER they came out so kewlio!

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  108. The rulers look awesome! I always like to try new ones.

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  109. That sounds like the cake recipe that my family has always called Crazy Dump Cake. LOL It is really good. We mix it right in the pan we bake it in. Always turns out great. This book looks great. These rulers sound wonderful. Have a great day. Winona

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  110. Inspiration fabric! HA! When I first started sewing I purchased a yard of everything. I had no idea that you could USE less than that to make anything. Needless to say I have a ton of scraps!

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  111. Thanks so much for being part of the hop. I love your first quilt. Mine were baby quilts. I knew nothing of quilting just put machine emb. blocks together. Thanks for the cake recipe! Looks wonderful. Would I ever love to win the rulers. Thanks and I will be back to your blog. Lyn

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  112. What a neat idea with the rulers. Would love to win a set! Thank you so much for the cake recipe...

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  113. You are an "inspiration" to all beginner quilters learning our "quilters language"

    Would love to try out those rulers and get some to offer our customers in our Quilt Shop!!! Just learning some of the "new" notions offered...
    Loving the thought of being able to sharpen the blades as we cut many yards of Fabric...

    The Cake recipe is going to be a Big hit at our next potluck...Thanks

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  114. I did not know this recipe. My other passion is to be a cake decorator and I have thousands of recipes. This is very practical and novel by the addition of vinegar. Definitely try to make it for breakfast on Saturday when the whole family is family (husband and I have 5 children, 2 of whom are married and 1 granddaughter) Ah. I forgot ... My mother-in-law also visit us that day. I hope to have success with the recipe.Kisses from Buenos Aires-Argentina. Lily Bronstein

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  115. A funny story and a cake recipe - what more could a reader want? Well, the 10 rulers of course. Thanks for the laughs!

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  116. You know, I did nearly the same thing not that long ago. I went looking for a line of fabric called "Grunge"....

    Altho I figured that out by myself. *S*

    What great sounding rulers. I need those!

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  117. What a hoot - "inspiration" fabric! i love it! Please put my name in on the drawing :)
    Laurie

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  118. Great "inspiration" story. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  119. What a neat idea--sharpen as you cut! No more skips and re-cuts. Yay!
    The cake sounds yummy, too.

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  120. I'm loving the bloghop, so much fun. Love your writing and the "inspiration" story...so funny!

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  121. Im going to make that cake today. Sounds ummmy. Love the bloghop

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  122. What a brilliant idea for rulers! Rotary cutter blades are expensive, and dull blades can make you crazy!

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  123. I loved your "Inspiration" fabric story!! We were laughing about similar stories at my quilting retreat this past weekend. We all have these funny "did I really do that moments?" and it's so good we can laugh about them. Now to the rulers......These look fantastic. Would love to win a set and if not, will be buying them. :-)

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  124. Thanks for what should be another fun hop! The cake sounds divine-must try it!

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  125. Just added your blog to my favorites and will probably be bugging you about something as I love gadgets.

    Great story about first quilt. I actually failed my first quilting class...Karma comes back to bite as it closed shortly after that.

    Have a great day and thanks for participating. I love shop hops and look forward to your next post!

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  126. Would love to win the rulers - neat that they sharpen the rotary cutter!

    arjanz at xplornet.com

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  127. Love the Inspiration fabric story! So glad to find your blog and your store!

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  128. Love your story,going to try the cake recipe. I like the rulers can't wait to see if I win, if not I will get some.

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  129. Cute story!You are always good for some wonderful belly laughs Kelly which are good for us after all!!
    What an awesome idea on the rulers! Save on buying new blades!!
    That cake does sound yummiluscious!

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  130. This is my first time to you Blog. I loved your first quilt, and I think I am going to try that cake recipe too. Thanks for an opportunity to win those fabulous new rulers.

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  131. What a great idea for rulers! Thanks for the chance! Loved your story too. :-)

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  132. I make that cake recipe too...we call it Wacky Cake.
    What a great giveaway. Hope I have Hopping Endurance :) The rulers look amazing!

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  133. That's a great "inspiration" story! I hadn't realized the rulers sharpened the blades! I'll have to get one or more of those--if I don't win the whole set, of course!

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  134. thanks for sharing this; loved the cake recipe! might just try it!
    your blog is great!

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  135. Great story about communication! Sometimes we presume people are more in the know than they are.

    I love the KISS principle, Keep It Simple Sweetie. Works almost everytime.

    Thanks!

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  136. What a cool blog, all about notions, desserts, giveaways seventh heaven. I would really like one of Pat's rulers, a whole set nirvana!!! please enter me!!!
    will be back to read through old posts!

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  137. New set of matching rulers: fantastic!

    Rullers that sharpen while you cut? Priceless!

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  138. Fun blog and cake recipe! The blog hop is staring off great! Thanks for particpating. Ann in NC

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  139. Delish cake recipe! Thanks for sharing it and for joining in on the blog hop. Love the chance to learn more from the designers and win prizes too :-)

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  140. Great story of "inspiration". The rulers are way cool. Just to win the book would be awesome.

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  141. would love to win even just one of those wonderful sounding rulers. The idea that they sharpen those expensive rotary blades ~ that is a great idea.

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  142. These rulers sound like "the next best thing to sliced bread"!!! Thank you for chance to win them. Take care and God bless, Cory

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  143. Good looking recipe, along w/nice rulers. Look amazing!

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  144. Great Blog and recipe!!! Can't wait to try the new rulers.
    Julee

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  145. Intriguing idea! I always run over my rulers and dull my blade!!

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  146. I know know who to come to for the inspiration...lol!! Looks liek a great cake, yum!

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  147. The new ruler look great, and keeping our blades sharp is a bonus!

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  148. LOVE your blog, will be checking on
    it regulary. I WANT WANT WANT those
    fantastic rulers. I will be baking
    up that SCREWY CAKE for dinner
    tonight. thanks for the"inspiration" over coffee this
    morning. Loved it

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  149. Wished I would of thought of this-glad somebody did though! Great Fall recipe also.

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  150. I heart elephants also! Thanks for the cake reciepe! How can anyone not heart cake!

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  151. wow! what a set if rulers! Thanks for the great oppurtunity!
    I dream of winning

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  152. Wow what a great blog hop. The rulers are such a great idea. thanks for the chance!

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  153. Your story is very funny! Thanks for the blog and chances to win.

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  154. I'm laughing with you on your "inspiration" adventure. That is funny!!! I've not seen these rotary cutters, but who doesn't need a new notion/gadget. Thanks for the chance. Kathy

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  155. Okay, I am going to try to keep up with this giveaway. I watched the videos on the rulers last week. They look fabulous.

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  156. I love the story about your inspiration fabric. My 1st quilt was a wall hanging (so pretty small) that took me more than two hours to pick out the fabric. I think I had to go home and take a nap! The new rulers are a great idea-I hope I win!

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  157. Wow! What great rulers!
    Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try!
    Thanks
    Regards

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  158. Rulers look great. Would love to have my cutters sharp all the time.

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  159. Whew! A whole set of rulers! Count me in! The book looks great too! Love this hopping!

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  160. Enjoyed reading your blog and will be adding it to those that I follow. And the cake recipe sounds good!

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  161. You already got 150 comments...wow...amazing.

    Love the quilt you displayed. I guess I will have to find me a Mr. Steamy....my husband doesn't cook, he grills but that is it.

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  162. Love the Hop--thanks for the chance to win the ruler..

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  163. Great blog post. Love your inspiration story! there really is nothing better than chocolate!

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  164. Can't wait to try the new rulers!! Your first quilt look alot like my first one. I too took a class and did a sampler quilt! must have been the thing to do in the 80's!!

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  165. Thank you for participating in the hop and having your own lil' giveaway. Nice recipe, but I'm a feared to ask about the "screwball" name.... :) Have a great week!
    nsue21702 at gmail dot com

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  166. Those rulers are sooo nice, and I would love to give them a try! Thanks for all the fun giveaways...found you via Pat Sloan!

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  167. Great Hop--love the recipe too...

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  168. Love your first quilt idea to get input from the family. It turned out great. Can't wait to try the new rulers and your yummy cake recipe.
    Thanks!
    L,A-

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  169. Thanks for joining in the blog hop! I need to try your cake recipe...mmmmmm....

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  170. Cake sounds great! May have to try it right after we finish the chocolate chip pie!
    The rulers sound awesome!!
    blessed.mama4 at yahoo.com

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  171. What a concept, those rulers! Thanks for the "Inspirational" post!

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  172. I appreciated your story and thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

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  173. Can't wait to see this new book!

    Amy Jackson

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  174. I loved your story about needed to find the "Inspiration" fabric for a class! I guess a teacher can never be sure that her students really understand what is being taught! The idea of a ruler that actually sharpens your blade is amazing, I'd love to try it. Thanks.

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  175. Love your notion reviews. And the chocolate cake... have to try it. Just loved your pearly gates description of having it done correctly. And the book looks so interesting

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  176. Your "inspiration" story was so cute. Thanks for sharing.

    Darlis

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  177. What a great idea, rulers that sharpen your blade! As much cutting as I do, that would be a very good thing!

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  178. I really got a chuckle out of your "inspiration" story. Love the rulers--hope I win.

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  179. Love the look of these rulers and if I win the book it would go together perfectly.

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  180. That ruler collection looks fantastic. And, I'd love to own another one of Anita's books, Kelly!

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  181. Well ya had me laughing - I'm pretty sure all quilter can relate. The cake sounds great..I think I'll give it a try!

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  182. cake sounds interesting and easy. But winning the rules is the most exciting.

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  183. My friend Sandi McGinnis is amazing. She keeps us up to date on the latest and greatest and that's how I got turned onto Blog Hop. I love the idea of the rulers and the cake sounds YUMMY. I'm a ruler junkie so I couldn't pass this opportunity up.

    Cindy

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  184. LOL! I love that "Inspiration" story. too funny! thanks for the chance!

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  185. Thanks for the great post. Those rulers look wonderful. I'm a big Pat Sloan fan and know anything she helped design has to be great!

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  186. Oh-h-h I sure would love that set of rulers! Senior budgets don't go far-that would really help. And the cake recipe sounds yummy too.

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  187. A ruller that sharpens uor rotary cutter. How cool!

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  188. My used to make that cake all of the time

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  189. The new rulers sound great - and the cake must be yummy cause it has chocolate!

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  190. Love cake! Love notions! and a new type of ruler ... gotta try it!

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  191. The neat thing about blogs is we get to meet new sewing friends and learn about new tools that make our life easier. I'm sure Anita's new book is wonderful as I have her other books.

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  192. You did a great job on your 1st quilt! Now I'm off to go find that Inspiration fabric!

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  193. Tee Hee! Love the "inspiration" story. Thanks for the recipe and chance to win the rulers and or the book.

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