9/21/2017

Christmas Carol Row Along

Deck the halls with boughs of holly!


When Marian (seamstobesew.com) put out the announcement that she was going to host a Row Along in the Fall, focusing on Christmas Carols, I immediately thought of the Christmas carol, DECK THE HALLS and signed up. This is my 3rd year as a designer in one of Marian's Row Alongs.

Fun!
If you are new to a Row Along, you're going to have fun! On a certain day, each designer posts about the row pattern they created. The patterns for the rows are free (for one week from the designer's post date) during the Row Along. We really want to have each visitor download their own pattern; so please, don't share the patterns, but tell your friends to go to each site and download the patterns. Further down in this post, I have links to the designers.

Giveaways!
Marian has spent a great deal of time gathering giveaway sponsors' for the Row Along. (The rules for giveaways are listed at the end of my blog.) Enter for a chance to win one of the great giveaways.

Northcott is a prime sponsor of Marian's Row Alongs. They have kindly supplied the designers with some fabrics to use in their rows and they have provided some fabric packs for giveaways, too. We thank them for their support. 

Giveaway on my blog!
You will find the Rafflecopter entry further down on my blog for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop.
There are other great sponsors, as well. You can find out about all of them at Marian's website.  

Traditions!
In researching the song and the tradition of decorating with holly, I found out that
"the ever-popular “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly” has been sung since the Renaissance. In old England, more than the halls were decked with holly boughs. In some towns, so were the streets. A half-century before Columbus brought news of a New World across the sea, Englishmen were erecting upright timbers called standards in the streets and adorning them with “whatsoever the season of the yeere aforded to be greene.” But for most Englishmen, and most who immigrated to the colonies, Christmas decorations meant indoor greenery."                 (from http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/autumn08/holly.cfm)

More information can be found at the site above, including the origins of decorating with greenery in the winter months and how it came to be incorporated in the Christian celebration of Christmas. 

There are 300 species of holly and 15 are native to North America. Holly plants are male or female, only the female plant has the red berries (which are not really berries, but drupes). Woodworkers use holly wood as inlay in furniture. I am not sure what species of holly my row depicts, but it does have berries made of buttons, so it must be feminine.

Deck the Hall Row!
I enjoy piecing my quilt tops and projects. Applique is not my prefered technique; but, I will use raw edge applique when necessary. I knew ribbons had to be used in my row, and worked in a little raw edge applique with some red buttons. I chose to use prints from Northcott's 'Tis the Season line of fabrics and a solid red from their Colorworks line.


21738M-12 HERE
21740M-24 HERE

21740M-76 HERE

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My row finishes 30 inches wide and 10 inches tall. 


Download the Pattern HERE.
I use Payhip for my pattern downloads. You will have to fill in your email address,
then you can download the pattern. 
Payhip will send you an email link as well. 
Sometimes Payhip does not download well to cell phones and tablets, 
so you will have to use a computer.

For the Giveaway
use Rafflecopter.

Other patterns!
Visit the other designers today and in the last few days of the Row Along!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante (sponsored by Quilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Show and Tell Day
Designers participating will be announced prior to October 10.
And,
Marian wants everyone to know the

Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways
Please take the time to read it.
  1. Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.
  2. There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor themselves.
  3. You’ll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways. Not all giveaways can be entered at Seams To Be Sew.
  4. I will start announcing winners on September 12, 2017, and finish announcing winners on October 12, 2017 with the exception of the Calibre Art giveaway, those will be available after each featured day, starting September 06, 2017.
  5. In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their winners.
  6. You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  7. With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.
  8. You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don’t do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.
  9. If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.
  10. In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway… do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and…
  11. Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don’t win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.
  12. No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
  13. You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
  14. You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.
  15. All winners are chosen at random.
  16. All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and here at Seams To Be Sew. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.
  17. Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  18. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  19. Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.
  20. The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.
Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year
in some cases, you will be asked to pay for shipping your giveaways.
I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.
If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping.
All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home within 48 hours of my having heard from you.
An invoice will be sent to you via Paypal, and shipping will take place via Paypal, so your Paypal email will be needed to send the invoice. You will receive a tracking number except for overseas shipments. All shipping will either be first class which averages out at 2.77 to 4.00 up to 13 ounces. Paypal fees are added to that amount to cover that fee. All fabric bundles from Michael Miller, Hoffman, and Moda will be shipped via Priority Mail to protect the fabric itself.
Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an air tight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.
Most companies are very good about getting prizes off to customers quickly also, but some companies are overseas, so please allow all sponsors a 2-week time period before you report to me that you still haven’t received your prize. When the company is overseas, it can take 6 weeks to 90 days for an item to also arrive.
Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn’t read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.
Thank You!
I am so happy you visited my blog. I hope you enjoy making my row and use the pattern in many other ways such as birthday or special occasion quilts or wall hangings. Send me a photo if you do make my pattern, I'd love to see it.

(I reply to comments via email) if I can. If not, I reply here on the blog.



137 comments:

  1. Love your row! Love all of the holiday rows!!! Thanks so much!

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  2. Nancy,thank you for taking the time to create this beautiful block for us

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  3. This is gorgeous--and I have just the place for it in my Christmas decorating scheme! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Thanks for the holly row! Deck the halls is a carol I think everyone knows.

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    1. You are welcome. This is one song I remember very well from childhood.

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  5. I love this row! Thank you very much!

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  6. Love your row in the Christmas Carol Row-Along! I appreciate your creativity and generosity!! Blessings!

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  7. Your row is beautiful! I really like the button detail.

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  8. Oh, how fun! I can see this used as a border on a Christmas quilt. Thanks for sharing!

    Sandy A

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  9. I love your row! Thank you so much for the pattern!

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  10. Very pretty row! Wouldn't that look so pretty hanging from a fire place mantel. Thank you!

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  11. Love your row!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  12. Beautiful row! Thank you for providing the pattern.

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  13. wow this is lovely. thank you for the pattern

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  14. Beautiful pattern. Thank you for sharing!

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  15. What a lovely design. Thanks for sharing it with us! Crazy to be thinking about Christmas already!!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting. A friend said there were only 13 Fridays left until Christmas!

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  16. Love your row! I like the bit of history too. Thank you...

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    1. Thank you for visiting. I do learn a little bit of something when I make themed patterns.

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  17. Beautiful pattern! Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Very pretty row - great use of the fabrics!

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  19. Lovely row, I can see this as a table runner. Thanks so much!

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  20. Love your row. Thanks so much for sharing

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    1. Thank you for visiting and the comment. The ribbon is what I first envisioned when choosing the carol. Enjoy the patterns.

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  22. Thanks for your beautiful row pattern!

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    1. You are very welcome. It was fun designing it and I hope everyone has fun sewing it.

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  23. Very pretty, thanks for sharing and the giveaways!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  24. All of these rows are so beautiful!

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  25. I really love this design - the color palette is perfect and really screams Christmas to me. Great work!

    Thunderfan@protonmail.com

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  26. Your row is just beautiful! Great use of fabrics.

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  27. Thanks for sharing that little bit of history!

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  28. Love the patterns. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  29. My first year of the Christmas Row Along - loving all the designs!
    basaran.family@rogers.com

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  30. Love the ribbon - beautiful row!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com
    churcae(at)auburn(dot)edu

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  31. Thanks for a great row. That looks good by itself, or with other rows. Your fabric choices really dress it up, too. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  32. I really like your pattern. Thank you

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    1. Thank you for participating. I am happy you like my pattern and hope you have fun sewing it.

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  33. Very adorable row. Thanks for sharing. raydeer@memlane.com

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  34. Thanks for the pattern. Guess I am going to have to start sewing for Christmas now!

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  35. I love bows and ribbons for Christmas.

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  36. This is such a beautiful row Nancy and you've done the carol justice by portraying it beautifully. It is never easy to find pieced and applique working well together, but this row depicts both of those techniques very well. It is easy enough for beginners to do and something even the most experienced quilter would create because it is a beautiful pattern. It's always a pleasure to have you be part of the row along and I'm glad you chose to come along for the ride again this year.

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  37. Love this row! Thank you for sharing.

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  38. What a unique ribbon holly row. Thanks so much

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    1. Well, thank you for the comment. I am happy the row is something unique. Enjoy sewing it.

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  39. Nancy,
    This is a really terrific design. I like the theme as well. ..And the history lesson. Thank you. Great use of those fabrics as well. I will be trying this.
    Kat

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  40. Love Your Blog!Love FQS too!Thanks for sharing!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  41. Thank you for sharing your block. It is very pretty!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting. I am glad you like the row. Have fun quilting.

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  42. Lovely row and I learned some things about holly. Thanks for sharing!

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  43. Thank you so much for sharing your row, and the information.

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  44. A very lovely row! My mom had holly bushes in her garden. I always thought it was odd that she had to have a male and a female bush. Thanks for the onfo and your beautiful row.

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    1. Thank you for the kind comment. I did not know holly needed male and female. Enjoy making the row.

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  46. I love this Christmas Carol and I love your row - thank you for your work and your generosity.
    Pauline
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    1. I had so many fabrics to choose from, but I thought these fabrics illustrated the Christmas Carol so well. Thank you for visiting.

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    1. Thank you, I hope you enjoy sewing it.

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  49. Love it! One of my favorite Christmas Carols!

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    1. Thank you. This is one of the Christmas Carols that I remember all the words. Happy sewing.

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  50. Beautiful row! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for the comment. I enjoy sharing with other quilters. Happy sewing.

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  51. I love rows that use traditional Christmas colors, and yours is a wonderful example of that. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.

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  52. Thank you for your row. It is lovely
    Swoot@att.net

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  53. Your row is beautiful and very versatile. I can see making a table runner with it. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Thank you for your row pattern, it is unique! :-)

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  55. Your row is so festive with the holly and ribbons! It would look so pretty hanging over my fireplace mantel!

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  57. What a beautiful row. Nice interpretation of the song.

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  58. I am enjoying the row x row hop. Great patterns!

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    1. We like to hear that people are enjoying the row along. Happy sewing.

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  59. Lovely row! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you and have fun sewing it.

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    1. Thank you for the nice comment. I hope you have fun sewing it.

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  62. I love Christmas so I am really enjoying this blog hop! Your row is absolutely gorgeous! I really have to make it. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  63. I love Christmas and decorating my home for the holidays. Thanks for sharing your beautiful row. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  64. I love holly. Great row. Thanks for the pattern.

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  65. Thanks for this row! I think it would make a lovely table runner!

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  66. I love this design. Great job. It would be awesome as a border on a quilt, too. Thanks!

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  67. That row and those fabrics are a perfect match. There are many possibilities for your design...Thanks for such a special addition to this row by row!

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  68. Thank you for your beautiful row and generosity!

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  69. A celebratory beautiful row - thank you

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    1. Thank you. I can see this row in different colors for different occasions.

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  70. your use of the fabric is wonderful!

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    1. Thank you very much for the comment. It was so tough trying to decide which Northcott fabrics to use.

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  71. Nancy, I've been awaiting a decorative Christmas themed runner and Deck the Halls is it. THank you so much for the download, I do appreciate it. THe history of the Holly berry (drupes) is so interesting, as well as the decking of the halls. First time I've read of that. thank you.
    schimmel(dot)db(at)gmail(dot)com

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  72. Beautiful row! Thanks for sharing. :o)

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  73. Beautiful! Thank you! Beth @ Words & Stitches

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    1. Thank you for visiting. I am happy to hear you like the row. Have fun sewing.

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  76. This will be great as a table runner! Thanks for the pattern. -Pat V. (cannot seem to sign into any of the options listed)

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    1. I am sorry you couldn't sign in. I hope though you are gathering all the wonderful patterns. I do want to make a table runner with this pattern.

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  77. Love all these Christmas rows, beautiful fabric

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  78. love the fabric you used on your row-the ribbon blend intertwining-very nice! Thank you for sharing, Susan

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  79. You row looks lovely. I think you've chosen perfect fabrics :)

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  80. Such a lovely row! Thank you.

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  81. Your row is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your day!!

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  82. Thank you for the bit of history and biology, that's a neat way to spice up a blog post :) Love your row!

    ~Brandy

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  83. Great row! Love the little feminine touch...buttons. Thanks for the pattern.

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  84. love your row! Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  85. Pretty, Pretty, pretty! I love this and it can be so versatile with the fabrics chosen. lutzcats (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  86. Your row is just beautiful, Nancy.

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  87. Wow great row tytyty for sharing... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  88. Beautiful and elegant row! Love it!

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  89. Your ribbons and holly are so appropriate.

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    1. Thank you. Appreciate your comment and visit to the blog.

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  90. I have always loved this song and really love your your row! thank you!

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    1. I enjoy the song, too. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy sewing the row.

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  91. I cant get your pattern. Please could you help me and send me the pattern???

    Greeting Guilitta from Germany
    Guilitta2000@t-online.de

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