Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ho Ho Ho Blog Hop Day 8 - Yes it's really my day now!

Day 8.. it's my day!   :-)

HO HO HO and Merry Christmas to you... Christmas in August that is. :-)

A big thanks to Carol and Madame Samm for this delightful hop. It has long been my desire to actually start Christmas projects early...but have I done so?  Heck no, it was another one of those empty threats to myself!   LOL! With you girls help, I broke out of my old habits and actually got a few projects done!
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First off is this adorable snowman quilt, from none other than The Quiltery. If you've read my blog before, you all know I am a huge fan of this Australian web site. They not only have fabulous quilt patterns, but also machine embroidery. The cost of a years membership is nominal, and they add a wonderful new pattern monthly. It's all down loadable, so it is very easy. Check them out if you like, I linked their name for you!  :-)

While I hate to brag, but last month, they had a special CD with some of their patterns that are not part of the club membership. I just had to have it. It's loaded with fabulous Disney quilts!!  Ohhhhh Ahhhhh...

But back to this hop! Just look at these adorable faces close up...





 
Just too cute, huh?
 
I must admit, I am a matchy-matchy person. I pull our my embroidery threads and match everything when I free motion quilt...
but this time it just didn't work.
 
Once it was all stitched out, it just looked like it was missing something.
 
 
Yep, going around everything with black thread just made it come to life!
Who'd a thunk!
 
Heck, I was so excited about this hop, that I actually dug deep into my bag of projects. This one I bought supplies for a couple of years ago.
 
 
The fireplace screen is from Art to Heart.
If that doesn't put you in the mood, I don't know what will!
:-)
 
Now I know your all thinking...glory be, she actually can sew something that doesn't have a moose on it! 
 
But never fear, I did one of them too, for ya!
:-)
 
Part of a McKenna Ryan pattern.
You know I couldn't resist!
*****
 
So now, I am all ready to curl up
 
 
 in front of the fire place
 
 
With my snowman quilt
 
 
And have a big ole bowl of Chocolate Moose
 
                                  While dreaming of Christmas to come!
 
Well, on second thought, it's 95 degrees out...
Maybe I'll just dream, with a big ole snow cone, until the weather cools off.
Hoping of course not to irritate the snowmen gods!
LOL!!
:-)
 
 
Thanks so much for visiting me today.
It will be Christmas before we know it.
 
If you have been visiting me during this blog hop, you see I posted everyday.
At the bottom of each post was a "Maxine" ornament...
They all came off of this fun fabric
 
 
Leave me a comment, and I will be picking 1 winner, for a yard of this hilarious Maxine fabric, for their very own!
I'd love for you to share with us, your special holiday treats...
stitching, cooking, decorations, anything your heart desires! Feel free to throw in your own "could be a Maxine" comment too! 
:-)
 
I will pick a winner tomorrow, so don't delay!
 
In the mean time, please stop by and visit my fellow bloggers today.  I can't wait to see what they have been up to!
 
Happy Holidays!
:-)
 
My humble appologies. I forgot to post my fellow hoppers today!
But they are here for you now!
 
August 9
Sew We Quilt ( yep, ME) 
 

 

111 comments:

  1. Great projects - so lovely to see them all. We love Grandma's pavlova at Christmas - it's a favourite!

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  2. Oh, just adore the snowmen - favorite is the one with his arm around the penquin - sweet! And the Chocolate Moose - now a must have. We still roast chestnuts, just like we did with great gran so many years ago. Gotta love Maxine and I have enjoyed her humour through out the Hop.

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  3. The fireplace screen is my favorite! As for holidays, our special decorations are ornaments we collect throughout the year to represent our travels and exploits....sometimes it is just a basketball to honor a win by a favorite team and sometimes it is a Santa ornament from Hawaii or something like that. It's always fun to pull out the ornaments and relive all those events from years gone by. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. That snowman quilt is gorgeous. I love the fireplace screen. It does scream Christmas. You could of course make that snow cone into chocolate icecream.....To do justice to that Moose.... Just a thought..... Thanks for sharing. You did good!

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  5. The snowman quilt is one of the cutest quilts with snowmen that I have seen. I love love it. Thanks for sharing and being part of this blog hop.You surely are ready for the Christmas to come. Have a great weekend and thanks for the fun giveaway.

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  6. These projects are great.
    So cute your snowmenn.
    Thanks for sharing

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  7. I love this hop! Your projects are wonderful. I don't know if I would have come up with the black stitching around, but it definitely makes the whole thing work. Chocolate moose - too funny! dezertsuz at gmail

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  8. As adorable as your snowmen are your moose still gets the prize! Do you know how many moose you've made? One Christmas tradition I have is to make lots of cookies and candy to give away. My granddaughters love to help decorate the sugar cookies. A family favorite is whiskey cookies. They are a tender butter cookie with a couple ounces of bourbon. The alcohol bakes out and leaves a hint of flavor. I put the dough through a cookie press to make trees, wreathes and snowflakes. A press isn't necessary though. I'm happy to share the recipe with anyone who is interested.

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  9. Fabulous projects - I love the snowmen quilt especially!
    At Christmas we like mince pies and sloe gin!!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  10. The fire screen is my favorite - but they are all so cute!

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  11. All of your projects are wonderful, but I really like the snowmen. Fine job!! Thanks for the introduction to The Quiltery. What a fun place to visit!

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  12. What fabulous projects, they are all beautiful. Thanks for the link to the Quiltery I shall pop over for a visit later today.

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  13. Truly great projects. I love the cute snowmen and the fireplace screen is very neat. Can't leave without a nod to your moose! Nice job all around.

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  14. These are so beautifully done and the soft colors are so unusual! Thank you for sharing a giveaway on top of it all. Much appreciated.

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  15. All of your projects are fabulous! That is a lot of work - the snowmen done with embroidery! Kudos for finishing. Thanks for sharing everything and up close, too!

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  16. Your snowmanquilt is just, just.....too adorable! I loved it. Soooo sweet. :-)
    Your other projects are also very, very nice. And all the other christmas projects you showed the other days... Do you never sleep??
    I'm almost speachless.
    Have a nice weekend, and rest in hot summer weather....
    regards from Sweden

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  17. We always called it "chocolate mouse" squeak, squeak so your wall hanging made me smile. I love your little penguin too.
    A favourite treat for Christmas is aniseed biscuits. They are really yummy and I normally have some in the freezer to make up when I need cheering up. I also love Russian Toffee, shortbread and all the other treats that go with Christmas.
    Thanks for sharing the "maxine-isms" they have been wonderful and I have looked forward to seeing a new one each day.

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  18. Your snowman quilt is just precious. The black stitching is a great finishing touch. I also love the fireplace screen. And Chocolate Mousse is my favorite dessert, so I really like your Moose quilt!

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  19. Ohhh Joan...are you kidding me...your snowman quilt is out of this world...your chocolate mouse absolutely YOU ...lol
    and your ho ho ho a treasure...ohhhh and one more thing will you please add the list of hoppers so everyone can find them as easily as we found you..will send you list ...thanks so mousse

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  20. Always love your work and you didn't fail again. They are all beautiful. My favorite thing to do is on Christmas eve I put out corsants to raise and bake them Christmas morning. My oldest son and family always comes and stays Christmas Eve even though they live 20 mins away. My oldest always surprises me. So Barry and I so far are never lonely on Christmas morning. We did it once and it wasn't much fun. Thanks for having a give away and again love your projects.

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  21. Fabulous projects! LOVE that snowman quilt! Bet it makes top 2!

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  22. You have been one busy lady with all your Christmas projects. I have enjoyed all of your posts. My husband's tradition at his work is a cookie exchange. We have a couple dozen new to us recipes and cookies every Christmas.

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  23. Oh my gosh, what great projects! LOVE the snowman quilt, am amazed by the fireplace screen and of course always love the moose! :)

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  24. You have made some wonderful pieces for this hop....love them all! I would so love to win that Maxine fabric...thank you

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  25. I love the snowman quilt!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. Such fun! Love the snowman and thanks for showing the before and after with the black thread..... it really does make a difference. Love the moose and how your changed the pattern to make such a great hanging. Thanks so much for sharing and for the great giveaway!

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  27. Chocolate Moose is such fun! I love it. And I love all the snowmen! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Love, love, love your quilts. The snowmen are so cute. I'm partial to snowmen so my favorite decorations for winter are two wall hanging, a Kim Diehl with snowmen on the corners and my Merry, Merry Snowmen from Bunny Hill.

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  29. I'm totally in love with those snowmen! Cute, cute faces. :) I saw that fireplace screen in one of my books but hadn't seen it done - it's gorgeous, like all her stuff. And of course, what's not to love about McKenna Ryan! blessings, marlene

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  30. That snowman quilt is just adorable! I love all the things that you have been making, especially the basket and the candle mats. The Maxine ornaments are priceless!

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  31. Lovely Snowman quilt. The colors are beautiful. At first glance It thought it was colored with a crayon but upon closer viewing I see it is perfect selecting of fabrics. Love that fire screen too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. I love, love, love the snow people quilt! Your FMQ around all the shapes is amazing! Your other projects are also fantastic, including the baskets from your previous post! Thanks for sharing!

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  33. I'd love to win that fabric of Maxine!

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  34. My favorite Maxineism is "No matter what life throws at me, at least I don't have UGLy children!" To which I always add "Or ugly GRANDCHILDREN

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  35. Today was my first visit to your blog and when I finish commenting I'm going to go become a follower :) as this will be a first of many visits...I see I have a lot of catching up to do lol Love your snowman quilt they do have adorable faces. Never seen any Maxine fabric, but she gets a laugh from me every time.

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  36. Chocolate Moose...LOL...I love it! Those snowmen are just too cute and the fireplace hanger (is that what you'd call it?) is wonderful. I'll be checking out that website! You really made some amazing projects and I love them all. :O)

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  37. I just love your snowman quilt it is full of wonderful color and I agree adding the black just made it pop. I have been looking for a really cute faced snowman quilt to do for Christmas but I don't always like the faces but I do like your pattern I will have to visit your friends. Of course the moose is very cute and decked out for the holiday and your screen front well it is in eye catcher in any room. I enjoyed the Maxine saga and I enjoyed your day...Have fun.

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  38. Love all your projects, especially the fireplace screen. This is something Maxine might say: Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put 'DOCTOR.' Thanks.

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  39. Your projects are great. Love the Chocolate Moose!

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  40. Great projects. I love the fireplace screen. I have never seen one of those before. Where do u get all those cute quilt holder stands from. That you display your quilts on.

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  41. Talk about talent, the projects are amazing. You have outdone yourself.

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  42. Your snowman quilt is just beautiful! I want one! LOL! The screen is gorgeous too. Thanks for sharing all your projects with us.

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  43. Your snow couple are sew cute. Love the fireplace screen - sew clever. And Chocolate Moose is adorable. Thanks for sharing our wonderful work.

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  44. love your snowman quilt but... the penguin on it is the BEST.

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  45. Oh, what fun!!! The snowmen truly are adorable. They look wonderful. And the fire screen is perfect - but I really hope it is many months before you need to be using that!! And the chocolate moose gave me a good laugh. He is wonderful!!
    So are you starting to decorate the house now in readiness for Christmas???

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  46. Oh Maxine! She guards my vacuum! (I have a cover I purchased for my Mother and when she passed I snagged her up)

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  47. Oh what truly wonderful project I LOVE the snowman quilt!

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  48. So adorable! The snowmen faces are just too sweet. Love all your projects. Thanks for your inspiration.

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  49. Oh what truly wonderful project I LOVE the snowman quilt!

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  50. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful projects! The snowmen quilt is just adorable and the fireplace screen takes the blue ribbon! Maxine is our family favorite among us 3 girls and we send Maxine cards to each other for our birthdays.

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  51. Every year for Christmas my family each get a package of jerky from a special store in their stockings. It is the only time we have it because it is very expensive. My kids love it and so do I.

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  52. Wow! Your snowman quilt is just beautiful!!! What adorable snowmen!
    I also love your other projects!!!

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  53. I just love, love, love this snowman quilt. It is sooo beautiful. Not that I am surprised, you do such beautiful work! Your reindeer and moose are great, also. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work. Christmas is much quieter with our families far away. We don't ever get all 3 home at the same time, but when we do get together, there has to be homemade chicken and noodles and homemade pies--made with the help of my 2 darling granddaughters.

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  54. My favorite holiday treat is tamales at Christmas, bunuelos on New Years Eve, and of course menudo on New Years day...

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  55. So much Christmassy loveliness in this post. I adore your super cute snowman quilt

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  56. I love the colorful fireplace screen! The Chocolate Moose is so you! There is a chocolate shop near me called "The Chocolate Moose." Now whenever pass by ... (or visit when my love of chocolate pulls me right in the door) ... I will think of you ... ;) Pat

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  57. Oh I think all of your projects are just great! That firescreen is wonderful. I knew you'd have a moose somewhere too, and it's too cute. Darling snowman quilt.I have been peeking all week at your projects too. I don't really have any annual traditions, unless you consider that I love to sew and quilt and knit, especially in the winter months.

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  58. That fireplace screen is great-where did you ever find that? I would love to make one of those to cover up our ugly fireplace. Your projects are fantastic-I am working on some UFOs but haven't got to the Christmas ones yet. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. All of your creations are wonderful, but my favorite is your snowpeople! I love the colors your chose to set them off!! Beautiful! One of our traditions is decorating the house for Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

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  60. OMG! What beautiful quilt projects! That snowmen quilt is so cool - gotta go check that website out. The fireplace screen is awesome... and I can't wait to see Maxine in my mail box! Ha Ha Ha! No, wait, it is Ho Ho Ho! :-)

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  61. OMG i love that fabric!!! you have to tell me where i can buy it if i don't win!!

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  62. I love snowmen and the quilt was way over the top. This has been a great blog hop...Well I love Christmas. And I really love Maxine anything. Could that be because my name is Maxine?
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  63. I love snowmen and the quilt was way over the top. This has been a great blog hop...Well I love Christmas. And I really love Maxine anything. Could that be because my name is Maxine?
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  64. Love your creations. Love everything about Christmas.

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  65. I wish I may I wish I might...is what I heard the two snow folks saying as they where pointing at the star...it is my favorite block on the quilt. I was in awe of your snowman quilt....but I do love snowmen...
    Hugs

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  66. I love your moose and your fireplace panels are so creative. The snowmen quilt has so much detail. Great job!!

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  67. WOW, you have simply outdone yourself!! The ire screen is very unique. love it all
    Gmama Jane

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  68. I swear, your creativity knows no bounds! Where did you find all the time and the thoughts to come up with all that you do? You're amazing and all of your projects are beautifully done, kudos and thanks for sharing. Jane
    Love that Art To Heart screen, great idea too!! Had to laugh at your chocolate moose, would you believe that in my camper, I have a bar of soap that is a chocolate moose? It was gorgeous for many years but lately it's very bedraggled looking but still smells great! Think I paid about $8.00 for that one bar of soap when I found it but just couldn't resist. lol

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  69. Wow! Wow, your projects are outstanding! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  70. Wow. Love the quilts. I really enjoy your sense of style and colour. It warms my heart. thanks so much for sharing

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  71. Merry Christmoose to you! Your projects are amazing. Your are spot on with the black three on your snowfolks. It sure made the quilt pop, pop, pop! Kind of like Rice Krispies - snap, crackle, pop! Job well done. I love your fireplace screen. It is fun, fun, fun. And of course, the chocolate moose is adorable. I had not looked at your blog about the hop. I'm headed to hobby lobby to see if I can find some craft glasses and a wooden "nose" and some paint. I think I can emulate the Santa from Happy Hollow Designs. My quilt quild has asked for small table runners and small quilts for a meet and greet with Gwen Marston and our small quilt auction for June 2014. I think it would be well received. I think maybe I could pull it off, you think? You always amaze me with your creativity and look forward to your projects. Thanks for participating, showing us lots of Christmas eye candy, inspiring us, and making us chuckle with the moose and, of course, Maxine.

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  72. I have been following you every day of the hop, and what can I say, fantastic! Each and everything perfect! Thank you for the fun and for sharing.

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  73. you have been a busy girl too!!!! love the fire place screen.... makes me want a fireplace!

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  74. I love all of your projects especially the art to art. Those reindeer make me laugh all the time. Love the moose too. At Christmas, we usually make snickerdoodle cookies and homemade chocolate peanut butter fudge, made in the plate that Grandma had. Have tried it in different plates and it never seems to come out right!

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  75. Oh, Maxine's a riot. If she were real, I'd be afraid of her. I have an AnnaLee collection that comes out every year. I love them. Your quilt and fire screen are both beautiful. Thanks for the info on The Quilery.

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  76. wow what a joy to read your blogpost, love all your christmas projects, wonderful work!
    Your previous blogposts are great too, thanks for sharing and the chance to win this funny fabric.
    Bente

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  77. Wow! Your quilt is so awesome. I love Snowmen and those are the cutest I have ever seen. I like the fireplace screen, too.I wish I had a fireplace to go with it. Thank you so much for sharing your projects today and for the chance to win the fabric.

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  78. Great goodies. The colors in the quilt are just plain awesome. Beautiful!!! But the most delicious award goes to the chocolate moose.

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  79. All three of your projects are amazing! ROFLMAO @ the chocolate moose. Too freakin' funny.

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  80. Your quilt and screen are just adorable, thanks for the giveaway.

    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  81. Your projects are all so beautiful. I love them all, especially the Chocolate Moose. (coming from Hershey, PA there is something about chocolate and me, LOL.) Maxine is an all time favorite. I did not know he had winter fabric prints. Hope I am lucky.

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  82. I love your cute snowmen quilt. The soft colors are right up my alley. Your signature moose is a very clever take on the dessert.

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  83. adorable little snowpeople!! thanks for sharing

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  84. I wondered if the reindeer were just standing in for the moose we normally see but you did not disappoint with the chocolate moose, LOL. OR for that matter, any of your other fun entries. It is always such a treat to see what you have been up to! THX for the smiles.

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  85. Love all your projects!!! Can I sit with you? I would love some chocolate moose:) haha!
    I always make fudge and decorated sugar cookies every year. Started with my mom and I continue it:) I also set out my Precious moments Natitivity set every year:)

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  86. Thanks for being part of the fun blog hop. I enjoyed your blog. I like to decorate with snowmen and my lap quilts

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  87. Love all your projects, especially the adorable snowman quilt! Our Christmas tradition is homemade meat pies for brunch.

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  88. Joan, you always have the cutest projects! And I think you love applique as much as I do! You amaze me, not only with today's projects but all the other projects you have been sharing throughout the hop. You are quite the inspiration!

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  89. Absolutely love that Snowman quilt!! You are so productive, love all of your projects.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  90. Great projects. Congrats on being chosen. I love snowmen, and yours are awesome. Your chocolate moose cracks me up.

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  91. You so deserve to be the chosen today. This is just icing on the cake of your week. The quilt is so sweet. The detail is amazing. And the screen is beyond words. Again wonderful detail. Thanks for such a great week.

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  92. Fabulous Christmas pieces. Very cute snow quilt, fireplace screen and chocolate mousse! You have really made me smile and put me in the holiday spirit...well for a few minutes at least. Creative Happy Hearts...

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  93. That's the cutest snowman quilt. Thanks for the link ...I will check them out later.Happy Holidays !

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  94. Great Christmas goodies....thanks for sharing with us.

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  95. I loved that snowman quilt so much! You always do such a good job with your projects!
    Charlotte

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  96. That snowman quilt is outstanding. The black outline stitching really made the designs pop. I think it's because they look like drawings rather than a photo. Great color choices in it, too. I certainly enjoyed your chocolate moose so I hope you enjoyed your chocolate mousse, too. Maxine is marvelous - she always reminds me of my sisters!!!

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  97. I love your projects! It's just hard to focus on Christmas right now. LOL

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  98. My you have been busy!!!!! I love all your projects. Maxine is my hero......I love her! That fabric is too cute. If I get nothing else done at Christmas time.....my tree gets up. I love looking at the tree with all the twinkling lights & ornaments.

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  99. Your projects are too cute!!!! I love Maxine! Even if I get nothing else up....I always get my tree up. I love looking at all the twinkling lights & ornaments. Thank you for sharing.

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  100. I love your snowmen, they are so adorable.

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  101. Your snowmen are so cute! Love your Christmas ideas!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  102. Love your creations, especially the chocolate moose :)

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  103. Oh my, which do I like best? It's a hard pick, but I have to say the chocolate moose is so fun... then the snowman... love the black thread! Thanks for the inspiration! °Ü°

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  104. You are amazing...love the fireplace screen. That is amazing too! Thanks for sharing!

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  105. WOW what a great job on all your projects from the soft and cuddly snowman quilt to the warm and inviting fire screen.
    thanks for sharing..... sorry I missed out on your give away....oh well maybe next time
    in stitches

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  106. Your projects are adorable! Thank you for sharing.

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  107. Hiya!!! Sorry I missed the giveaway, but that's ok. I just adore your snowman quilt, I'll have to check out for that pattern. I have one daughter who loves snowmen, one that loves penguins, and I love polar bears, so we'd all be covered (pardon the pun lol). Thanks for sharing and for having the giveaway. Merry Christmas, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

    pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

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  108. I love your Snowman quilt it is just the sweetest one I have ever seen and your fireplace screen is to die for I would love to make one.

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