Monday, May 6, 2013

SMS Giveaway Day!!

It's here!  It's here!   Time for SMS Giveaway Day - well week!



I recently discovered a must have quilting tool called Pinmoors.  These little bits of silicone allow you to use any straight pin to secure your fabric.  This made basting my quilt for FMQ a breeze!


Loretta from Pinmoors has graciously sponsored this giveaway of 100 Pinmoors and I've added a mini charm pack of Ticklish to sweeten the prize.


Want to win a package of 100 Pinmoors and a mini charm?




Here are the rules - short and sweet:



  1. Leave a comment on this blog post.   Tell me about your FMQ skills - beginner?  expert? or don't even know what FMQ means!  (smile)
  2. (optional) Follow my blog and leave a second comment to tell me you do so.  
  3. I must be able to contact you by email.
  4. International entries welcome
  5. This giveaway closes on Friday, May 10th at 8 pm est.
Come back and visit when you have more time.  Until then, have FUN, FUN, FUN visiting all the other participating blogs!






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Congratulations Debra Lee!!!  I know this Pinmoors will help to make your FMQ experience a good one!




Happy Stitching!

440 comments:

  1. Hi. I've followed your blog for awhile.
    Done some Free Motion Quilting. Not an expert. I usually quilt with my domestic sewing machine's walking foot. Random parallel lines, wavy lines, thatch patterns, sometimes I quilt in the ditch, etc.

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  2. I'm a total beginner! I've done some quilt tops and some "stitching in the ditch" but I just got a new machine and really, REALLY want to step up! Thanks for the chance at this awesome prize!

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  3. I've been following you on Google Reader! I should really find my substitute soon!

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  4. OOH first one eh. I am a beginner at FWQ but having lots of fun. I will soon have the largest collection of pot holders in the world.

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  5. I am a very happy follower.

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  6. I would love to win these! I am a beginner in quilting and would love the help of the pin toppers for my next project!

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  7. Those look too handy! I am a FMQ beginner, but love to try any designs.

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  8. I follow you! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I am a dreamer - that is I dream about being able to FMQ but I never get up the courage to even try.
    But I would love to and have decided that this is the year to have a try!

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  10. I am a follower of your blog. I love reading your posts and seeing all your wonderful projects.

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  11. Of course I follow your lovely blog - and what a wonderful giveaway!!!

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  12. My FMQ skills leave a little to be desired. I haven't got the skill yet for even stitches especially going around corners or loops! Practice makes perfect though right???

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  13. My fmq skills are definitely beginner! I've only practiced once and it looked horrible!

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  14. My Free motion skills are probably beginner...I don't know if they're any good or not, but I try. =) Thanks for a chance to win.

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  15. Tell me about your FMQ skills - beginner? expert? or don't even know what FMQ means!

    I am such a FMQ newbie! I just finished by very first one and gave it as a baby shower present this past Saturday!! It was a 60x60.

    Wildbluestarz {{at}} aol ... com

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  16. I follow you on blogger and bloglovin!

    Wildbluestarz {{at}} aol ... com

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  17. I am not even a beginner yet. I have tried it on my old machine, but I couldn't lower the feed dogs. I just got a new machine, but I haven't been able to try it yet. Hopefully this week... Thanks for the chance to win!

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  18. I'd say my FMQ skills are intermediate. Still learning!

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  19. I'm a fairly new FMQ, doing mostly small wall hangings so that I can control my fabric better. I'd love to try those Pinmoors. I have severe arthritis and getting safety pins clasped and unclasped is really hard for me. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. I've been following for a while.

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  21. I'm a really bad FMQ. I keep forgetting that you need to (1)move the fabric and (2)breathe! I do well in a class setting, but forget it all when I get home.

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  22. I`ve never tried FQM,hope to do it but till then I hanquilting.

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  23. I do follow.Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  24. I'm not a very good at FMQ. I'm usually just a liner, x'er and ditcher! Would love to learn.

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  25. Expert. I would have never said that about anything, but one of my quilts won an all show ribbon for best machine quilting on a domestic last October locally. Wasn't even my best work, just what I had on hand.

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  26. I'm a follower. I'd love to give pinmoors a try.

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  27. I'm just a little past beginner but I use a quilting machine not my domestic - so does that count

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  28. I am not new to FMQ, but nowhere near expert. I keep plugging away trying to improve. Pinmoors look very interesting to me.

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  29. I follow you with Bloglovin'.

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  30. I am of course a follower and have looked at this product before, I have only used big safety pins in the past...this looks easier on the fingers...

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  31. I'd say I'm an intermediate FMQ. Getting more confidence as I go and try to do something new on every quilt. Great giveaway, thanks!

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  32. I'm a follower of your blog!

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  33. I'm a fairly new FMQ, I got a new machine,what a big difference the walking foot makes. I dont use pins or spray, just go, my Janome will even sew with out a foot petal.

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  34. I'm beyond a beginner but in no as good as I'd like to be!

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  35. I've never tried FMQ. I have yet to finish a quilt top (I'm a super newbie) so I haven't had to address the "how to quilt it" question. Hopefully soon!

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  36. I think I land somewhere in between not bad FMQ and intermediate ;-)

    Thanks for the giveaway

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  37. I love FMQ! I usually just do an all over stippling, but I have been experimenting with wavey lines using my walking foot on my home machine.

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  38. I am fairly new to all sewing and certainly a beginner at FMQ!! Thanks for a great giveaway, the fabric looks so pretty and I am intrigued about the other prize.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  39. I've only tried FMQ once (on a wall hanging) and I found it very tiring. Given that I can't doodle with a pencil I think the chances of me being able to doodle with a sewing machine are remote!

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  40. I would call myself an advanced beginner! Thanks so much1

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  41. I am alittle afraid to spoil a quilt with my newbie skills. I need practice. Thanks!

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  42. I'm a beginning quilter. My friend has PinMoors and loves them!

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  43. I follow on bloglovin and GFC1

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  44. I am taking a class on FMQ with Leah Day. She uses Pinmoors and they look great for fast removal when doing FMQ. I am probably "intermediate" with my FMQ.

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  45. I've tried FMQ but I'm really terrible at it. Makes my muscles hurt so I must be doing it wrong.

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  46. Those PinMoors are intriguing! Thanks for the chance to win. I either do straight line quitling or send my tops out. My FMQ skills are nonexistant!

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  47. My FMQ skills are pure crap. I've done one baby blanket and am nervous to doa full size one incase I mess the whole thing up. I think once I get a table for my machine it will go easier though.

    Those remind me of the candy DOTS.

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  48. I'm a most definitely a beginner, and "FMQ" to me is limited to straight line or echo (fortunately, I love both of those)! :)

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  49. I follow your blog via GFC and Google Reader; thanks for the chance!

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  50. I do FMQ a lot but am definately not an expert! I haven't seen those pins before.

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  51. I am already a follower through google reader. Haven't switched yet.

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  52. FMQ is the only way to go _ I personally prefer straight line designs in my quilts

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  53. I've never tried FMQ but I love seeing what others can do!

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  54. I'd say I'm a beginner intermediate... Thanks for the chance! never heard of those pinmoores...

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  55. I've just started to try FMQ on small projects. Thanks!

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  56. I am a beginner "FMQ" have the foot, but have not taken the time to learn how to do it. On my bucket list for this fall.

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  57. I'm too scared to try FMQ! Maybe one of these days I'll put on my big girl panties and give it a whirl. :D Thanks for the giveaway!

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  58. I'm a very very very beginner. Thanks for the chance!!!!

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  59. I have no FMQ experience! I have done a tiny bit on some practice sandwiches, but it wasn't pretty LOL!

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  60. I follow your blog via GFC

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  61. Ohhhhhh, I'd love this prize! I would say confident beginner in the PMQ department. :)

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  62. Beginner! lol All I've done is straight line quiltings! I'm sure I don't even have the right foot! lol Thanks for the great giveaway!
    mrs(dot)hbraun(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. I follow with Bloglovin'
    mrs(dot)hbraun(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. That sounds like an interesting tool! I do alot of FMQ...I'm not an expert though. I'd say intermediate.

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  65. I enjoy FMQ but can't seem to get out my stippling rut and try different designs. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  66. I'm not quite a beginner at FMQ, but I'm not much past it! :D

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  67. Hmmm...I would say definitely beginner with FMQ, but would love to do more of it!

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  68. I am definitely a beginner FMQ! I am busy with a Craftsy class to learn how to quilt properly and she uses these Pinmoors! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  69. I am the pebble king! its my absolutely favorite because I'm a terrible baster and my tops are never flat!

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  70. I am not even a beginner yet but, I know it stands for free motion quilting and I love quilts.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  71. I follow on bloglovin.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  72. Not sure what an FMQ is... but those pinmoor things look really useful!

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  73. I'm at the point with FMQ that I'm branching out from dogwood and stippling and making my own patterns up. I'm definitely no expert though!

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  74. I have a little practice at FMQ and it is improving, but I definitely am not an expert--I'm still a beginner.

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  75. I've done some FMQ and would say I'm an experienced beginner. I have been eyeing the Pinmoors, they look so wonderfully easy to use.

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  76. I am a beginner FMQer, I do A LOT Of straight line, and even wiggly line quilting with my walking foot, but I have a long way to go with FMQ. And I REALLY want some Pinmoors, I plan on asking for some for my bday.

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  77. I have gotten to the point of being able to fmq queen size quilts. I would call myself a confident beginner. I love being able to quilt my large quilts. I have even started making feathers! I have a pack of the Pinmoors and I love them, I just need more. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  78. I have quilted a few quilts myself and I'm trying to get more creative in my designs!

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  79. I took a FMQ class but I'm still very much a beginner.

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  80. I already follow your blog.

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  81. I'm pretty good at FMQ. I love how it can turn a semi-boring quilt top into a work of art!

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  82. I'm a beginner FMQ and self taught too.

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  83. I'm a self taught FMQ beginner! I quilt in my domestic sewing machine.

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  84. I am a super-beginner quilter. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  85. beginner! never seen the pinmoors before - look cool though!

    bethbimber(at)gmail(dot)com

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  86. I'm a beginner, always studying :) julia.glotova (at) gmail (dot) com

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  87. I'm an advanced beginner - is that allowed? I'm getting better all the time and am so enjoying the challenges of FMQing! PinMoors - I would so love to have some. Thanks so much for the chance!

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  88. I am kind of in between. I've done FMQ but only simple designs, nothing fancy. I think I need more practice for those fancy designs.

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  89. Wow, I am horrible at FMQ. I usually send my quilts out to have them done!
    dazzlingshorty(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  90. FOLLOW VIA BLOG LOVIN'!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  91. Heh.. no idea what FMQ is. I'm a new quilter, and at this point, I'm doing everything by hand - my machine cacked out a little while ago, just as I finished my first ever quilt top. So I ended up doing the binding and the quilting by hand. I've started piecing my next quilt by hand, and can see that I'm going to have to go shopping for a new machine if I want to sleep under it some time in the next few years!

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  92. HI! THIS YEAR I'VE STARTED DOING FM. I DO BABY QUILTS FOR CHARITY AND STARTED WITH JUST SIMPLE "TRAILING HEARTS"(ABOUT 3") AND WITH MUCH MUCH PRACTICE YOU CAN TEACH YOURSELF TO DO IT. I'M PLEASED WITH THE RESULTS.THE HEARTS CAN BE STITCHED "SLENDER" AND YOU HAVE "TRAILING LEAVES"! HAPPY STITCHING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  93. I have done a couple of FMQ... but I would say I'm beginner to ok

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  94. Im a follower! (RSS feed)

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  95. I'd say I'm an advanced beginner at FMQ. I can stipple pretty well, but I'm still working on more complex patterns. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  96. I like FMQ, but I am a very beginner.

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  97. I'm working on refining my FMQing and am currently working on a sampler quilt. I'm so excited you're giving away Pinmoors! I have been wanting to purchase some for a while but the shipping abroad plus the price was prohibitive. Thank you so much for offering it.

    adriprints(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  98. Definitely a beginner - those pinmoors look dead useful. Thanks

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  99. I'm a beginner when it comes to FMQ. I'm practicing so I can improve!

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  100. Oh, I guess by now I should be an intermediate, but I feel more like a beginner. I am not the best at getting my points to match :( But I sure do love quilting. Hope I win because these sound like miracle workers. kerihag at yahoo dot com

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  101. Loving your blog...became a follower via email.!! Look forward to it! kerihag at yahoo dot com

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  102. Im a beginner! And I love it! I would love to try the Pinmoors. Those are not for sale here in Spain!

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  103. I would say I'm very comfortable with FMQ. I wouldn't call myself an expert though!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  104. my skills are awful!!! I have 2 quilts I want to FMQ and I can't get the skill down to do them.

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  105. I have been a FMQ for over 20 years and still trying to get better. Flicsha@hotmail.com

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  106. My FMQ skills are almost non existent. I have done 1 quilts with stars linked together with stippling but my ability to stick to a drawn line (or star outline) leaves a lot to be desired. But you only get better with practice. Right?

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  107. Took a class in FMQ but that's about it. Mostly stitch in the ditch, wavy lines or a grid is how I quilt... and too cheap (and proud) to send out to a longarmer, lol!

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  108. I'm a total newbie at sewing and quilting, but I did just get a free motion foot for my machine so I can give FMQ a try! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  109. I am just learning to FMQ. My thread keeps breaking and I need to figure out why. :)

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  110. And I just started following your blog to learn more!

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  111. I'm totally a new beginner. I still scare of doing it,

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  112. thanks for the chance to win your giveaway. I am definitely a beginner and I would love to win those pin ends.

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  113. Those look awesome! I suppose i'm in the beginner category. I have not tried FMQ and am debating if my sewing machine can handle it. See as I have an old Singer with just the walking foot.

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  114. Less then a beginner! Waiting for the time to really play and learn!

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  115. I am a beginner, I have the stipple down pretty good, now working on other designs. I love, love, love the pinmoors - I have a package of 50. Thanks for the great give away.
    I follow your blog by email - thanks for the great ideas.
    Mary
    gr8sew(at)dmbroadband(dot)com

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  116. brginner bout to pratice thanks

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  117. I am just learning. Right now I am practicing on paper so my arms and hands get the memory. I have played on the machine a little but not as much as I want to. Havent had the nerve to try it on a quilt yet

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  118. Thanks for the chance to win! I have zero quilting skills besides cutting the fabric -- it's my mom who is the artiste!

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  119. I am an intermediate quilter

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  120. I am a novice FMQ and have been reading everything I can on blogs about it. I have seen these pinmoors and heard great comments. Would love to try them myself and everyone can always use more material.

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  121. I'm in practice mode for FMQ and determined to move to "real" mode soon.

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  122. I have not done any FMQ. It scares me - and I haven't had a suitable machine until recently. Someday I will try it!

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  123. I'm an amateur when it comes to FMQ. I'd love to do more but I get scared of mucking up the quilt!

    Love these pinmoors - thanks for a great giveaway!

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  124. Thanks for the chance! I'm a beginner at FMQ but want to get better. I have one quilt done with stippling, but the tension on the back wasn't perfect so there's more practicing in my future!

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  125. I'm still getting comfortable with FMQ. I have troubles with my hands and cannot FMQ gripping the quilt sandwich and using my machine normally. My husband got me a Flynn Multi-Frame for my birthday, and I was able to FMQ a baby quilt with spirals without hand pain. I need to work on controlling my speed so my stitches are uniform in length, but I'm enjoying it so far.

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  126. I tried it once, was not very good. Now that I want to try it agin I can't find my FMQ foot. I hope it did not get lost in the move.

    red_murray2@yahoo.com

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  127. I'm a beginner! I started last week :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  128. Is there anything lower than beginner? That would be me. Straight line all the way.

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  129. I am a beginner at FMQ but definitely want to get better!

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  130. I'm a beginner. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  131. Not quilt novice barely beginner, lol.

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  132. No skills whatsoever with FMQ. It's on my list of things to do for this year.

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  133. I'm a beginner FMQer. I've been wanting to try pin moors for awhile. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  134. I tried, once...and failed miserably. I stick to straight lines so far.

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  135. I am a beginner in FMQ...been doing it about a year and a half. Love it.

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  136. I have only hand quilted so far - so no FMQ for me! Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

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  137. I am a follower...thank you for the great giveaway

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  138. I am newer than new to FMQ. I have done it once on mule eared pockets that my son sewed. Civil war pants. The mule eared pockets had a loop on it. Turned out ok because really couldn't see the thread on the top. When I looked at the back it was too funny. I have practice in my future. LOL

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  139. Definitely a beginner. I can do some straightline and organic line quilting, but nothing fancy. The Pinmoors are great - never heard of them, but I have poked myself a lot using straight pins for basting :)

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  140. Great giveaway! I've heard of the Pinmoors but have not tried them. Thanks!

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  141. Only been quilting about 6 months so my free motion quilting...a work in progress.

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  142. Now following you on BlogLovin

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  143. I'm definitely still a beginner--trying to get my stitches to stay even is not so easy. Those pinmoors look interesting!

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  144. I love those Pinnmores and I love to FMQ. The only advise I can give is practice, practice and more practice. Because practice makes perfect ;). Thanks for a lovely give away.

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  145. I am new to quilting and never tried FMQ. Thanks for the giveaway. Ana

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  146. I'm a true beginner, I'm barely managing to FMQ a regular pattern, and I have a few finished FMQ quilts already, but I haven't yet mastered any advanced patterns like feathers.

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  147. I'm a new beginner! As in, 1 month old in the world of FMQ!

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  148. I'm a beeginer FMQ. But I have no fear!

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  149. I know what FMQ is - but boy oh boy is scares the pants off of me! But little steps for this newbie to patchwork.

    braydonandkel@bigpond.com

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  150. I have also become a follower via bloglovin.

    braydonandkel@bigpond.com

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  151. I've been wanting to try pinmoors for ages! Thanks for the chance. I would definitely be a beginner FMQ. I just can't seem to get my head around it!!

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  152. I hand quilt but that is only because I have not learnt how to FMQ

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  153. Unfortunately i'm a beginner FMQer! I wish I was better! I havn't quite "clicked" into smooth quilting yet :|

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  154. I follow your blog via RSS! and GFC!

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  155. I haven't even considered FMQ. Straight lines for me it is.

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  156. I am a beginner. I have attempted it a few times and hope to practice some more this summer. I can't seem to get the tension quite right. Thanks for the chance :)

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  157. I hvae never heard of those silicon things, must have! I did a class where we wrote on quilts and i loved it, but havent ever used it in practice.

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  158. I've been dying to try these. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm a beginner with FMQ and will be learning more fast when I finally get to play wiht my new-to-me longarm machine.

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  159. I have never FMQ...I didn't have a machine which had the capability. Now, even though my machine is still pretty basic, I think I can give it a try. Maybe I will start on some coasters or something small :)

    caramwills(at)gmail(dot)com

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  160. i am somewhere around intermediate with my FMQ skills but there are going to get better soon as my new gammill allure sit down long arm should arrive by month's end

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