Sweet Goodbyes

This morning we sent our girls off for their first day of school. It's always bittersweet for me because they are here usually all Summer long (except for their occasional visit to FL) so I am so used to hearing their pitter-patter and their chitter-chatter all day long but its precisely that pitter-patter and chitter-chatter that makes my productivity titter-tatter. So now, more than ever I'm so looking forward to some peace & quiet around here so I can finally hear my own thoughts (and hopefully they'll materialize into something).

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Sophie is joining the ranks of the big kids at her school as she enters the 3rd grade. She loves her new teacher, Mrs. Cox, and was happy to see a lot of her old friends in her new classroom.

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Sydney thinks she's a big girl now... going to Kindergarten in the "big kid's school" and all... but she'll always be my baby. Here she is with her teacher, Mrs. Cummins.

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Of course, I had to take the "first time I sat at my desk" photo. I'm such a sap! But, come on, how could I not? She looked so happy and proud!

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The outfits the girls wore on their first day of school are part of a new sewing pattern coming out this Fall, so yes, folks, you are getting a bit of an early sneak peek here. You'll love this pattern as it comes with a myriad of options... you can seriously make about 8 different looks with it! Here are a couple of photos I took last week for the pattern booklet:

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Soooo... since we've been doing a heck of a lot of sewing lately here in the studio (in between all the chitter-chattering), we've also amassed a big heaping pile of knits scraps and even some quilting cotton scraps. They multiply by the bucketfuls each day and are taking over every surface of my work space so I'd love to bid a "sweet goodbye" to these scraps and send them off to a good home. I'm sure we'll have more than 1 bag by the end of this week but time will only tell just how many...

Leave me a comment below this post and we'll randomly pick 1 or more winners by the end of this week! (and don't forget to leave a way to contact you, even if it's a clickable link) Good luck!

155 comments:

  1. I'd love a scrap bag of your knits :) The sneak peak of the new pattern looks great too!

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  2. Id love to have the scraps. Cant wait for the new patterns.

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  3. Scraps are so much fun!

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  4. I'm excited about the new patterns. I love versatility.

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  5. :) Glad they girls were so excited over their first day!

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  6. I can't wait for the new patterns! My girls LOVE knit dresses.

    We homeschool so we don't have any 'first day of school' tearful moments for this mom but we'll be doing extra curricular classes for the first time this year and they are too big for momma to sit in and watch.

    I'm gonna cry for sure.

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  7. Very excited about the new patterns!

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  8. I loooveee scraps! Yippee!!!

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  9. your girls are so darling! I hope they have a wonderful school year. Scraps would be heavenly! Send them my way!

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  10. I'm not a big knit person, I do have 3 yards of your knits here, they scare me and my son doesn't want a pretty dress from the, but I would LOVE to have more scraps to play with! You need to make some patterns for Wyatt :) Good luck!

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  11. Can't wait for the new patterns! The last 2 have been well used & I probably have a lot of scrap myself, but can always use more!

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  12. Your girls are beautiful. Congratulations on making it through the summer and back to some quiet time. :)

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  13. Oh, me! Pick me!! :) rjlrebo at gmail dot com

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  14. your girls look beautiful on the first day of school. i always love fussing over the first day of school outfit!!

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  15. Best dressed girls at school, I'm sure! I always love to see them. :)

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  16. Oh my goodness, how sweet are your kids in their little outfits! Sha baby! Even their teachers are too cute! I want to go back to school...not! I hope they are enjoying it. I would love cotton scraps please!

    marcijdebetaz (at) hotmail {dotcom}

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  17. I love those outfits and cannot wait for new patterns. I will be holding on to my pink floral blossom knit so I can make that exact dress!

    Looks like they had a nice first day.

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  18. First Day of School is harder for Mom than for the kids... At least that's how I feel!

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  19. I just conquered my fear of the serger two weeks ago, and can't wait to make some things from your lovely knits! I'll look forward to these patterns for sure! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. Your kids look so great for the first day of school. I can't wait to see the new patterns and would love some scraps.

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  21. Ooooh, I'd just love a fabulous bag of scraps! Isn't the first day of school something else? Our eldest is going into grade one, first year of full days. Gosh I'm going to miss not having him around in the afternoons (last year he just went 1/2 days). They grow up so quickly!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  22. your girls!! the older's hair and the youngers model faces...so wonderful! Too bad they arent closer to ohio to use for my childrenswear photoshoot this week:) Would loove scraps to spice up details on my next childrens collection!

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  23. I'd love some knit scraps. I've made three knit dresses in your maya pattern already but there's always room for more. My girls say the dresses are as comfy as pjs. Wish I had one in my size.

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  24. Oh I love scraps! Thanks for the chance.
    It seems so early to go back to school, where did the summer go!

    crystalball 137(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. I finally got a serger and would love to have some of your scraps to use. All I have so far are two yards of something hideous and some scraps that are almost all used. I just realized that I really have to get some yardage!

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  26. The girls looked so cute for their first day of school. My son starts preschool tomorrow and I don't know how we'll handle it. I'd love to win your scraps!

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  27. I would love some scraps - they would be great to use as neckbands or pockets on the patterns I already have - Can't wait for the next ones!!

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  28. Oh Patty! I can't believe how much your girls have grown over the years we've known each other. They looked beautiful on their first day of school - and so super lucky to have you for their Mommy.

    Noah will be off to Kindergarten next week and I'm already bawling.
    Love you!
    Daria

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  29. The girls look awesome! Our first day here too : ) Thanks so much!

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  30. Your new knits are beautiful! I just ordered several yards to make some dresses but I might wait for that new pattern. I love the sneak peek!

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  31. I would be so happy to have your bag of scraps!!! That dress that Sydney has on is so cute! And comfy looking! Can't wait!


    luckydux@sbcglobal.net

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  32. So cute!!!! I'd love scraps :)

    sarah8914 at gmail dot com

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  33. Love all your patterns! Thanks for the giveaway!

    mkaralambo(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. love the outfits!!! my 3 of 4 kids will start school next week, thanks patty

    stacey
    luv2knitnsew@gmail.com

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  35. Cute outfits! Today was my daughter's first day of kindergarten as well. Hope your girls had a great first day of school. Mine did (yeah, now I can sew!)

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  36. would love some scraps..............Can't wait for the new patterns......

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  37. Love their outfits, & what a proud mom you are. I'd love some scraps too.
    Marsi@kmdezine.com

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  38. Awww my oldest starts Kindergarten next week! Congrats! I'm a sap too :-) I'd love to win the scraps!

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  39. Your pictures and family are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. Oh Im feeling the same way. My girls also started back to school today. My oldest is in 2nd grade and Im homeschooling my little one for Kindergarten this year.
    Im proud to say we all made it through day 1!!! Now I can conquer ANYthing!:)
    I just ordered and rec'd your fishy bag pattern last week & cant wait to get a a snippet of time to get it made.
    Id LOVE some of your scraps too!
    Sarah
    HandbagsNPigtails.blogspot.com
    esgutierrez4(at)msn(dot)com

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  41. It is so hard to see kids go off to school.

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  42. We start on Wednesday, but I still have one at home to keep me busy! Love the new designs, can't wait to see the patterns.

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  43. SO cute! I'd love to put your scraps to use.

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  44. I went back to school on the 16th, and two of my three went back on the 19th.

    The cat is lonely. LOL

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  45. Thanks for the sneak peek - my little girl adores knit dresses and comfy shirts! Enjoy your Tuesday :)

    dnagrl83@gmail.com

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  46. Your girls look so cute for their first day back to school! My gals still have a few weeks of summer left and they're living it up every chance that they can get.
    As much as I'll miss my older two girls during the days when they go back to school I am looking forward to having a quiet and (mostly) tidy house again! I'll still have two at home to keep me company though so no tears!

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  47. Today was my first day of school but as the teacher. My kindergarteners start next week! I would love to win a bag of your scraps. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  48. Aww... so cute. My oldest started K today, too. I was fine until his little sister started pouting and calling for him to come back and wait for her.

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  49. Sweet pictures! Of course you need the "first time at the desk" picture. I can't wait for the release of the new patterns - I have some knits that need to be made into something:) Would love to win the scraps!

    tcmyersATgmailDOTcom

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  50. I would LOVE the scraps, I adore your stuff!!! :) jtcosby@gmail.com

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  51. I would LOVE the scraps, I adore your stuff!!! :) jtcosby@gmail.com

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  52. Such great back to school pics! We start back on Wednesday! I am looking forward to some quiet time too!

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  53. I LOVE the new patterns... and your knits. I want them ALL!!! ;D

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  54. scraps, yay! new patterns, big YAY!

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  55. Recently found your blog. Love your fabrics and patterns for my little girls. Would love to have some scraps.

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  56. Your scraps sound great thanks for the chance to win.

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  57. oh awesome! Cute outfits and super cute models.

    gigglensqueak@gmail.com

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  58. Oh the possiablities with scrap bags!!!!

    willis_ac@yahoo.com

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  59. I'd love a bag of scraps. I have so many ideas for them!

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  60. Wow...my one and only goes back to school Wednesday. I'll really miss her!

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  61. Thanks for the sneak peak. My girls went bts in your lime and aqua polka dots. Your girls are adorable.

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  62. I love the first day of school. We still have two weeks to go until school starts for us.

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  63. Happy first day of school!! Looking forward to seeing the new sewing pattern.

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  64. Your girls are beautiful, and I love their outfits.

    ShirleyC
    clarkclay@bellsouth.net

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  65. Look at your cuties! Hope they had a fun first day!

    I'm excited for your new patterns!

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  66. what a great sneak peak - it loks great! and your girls look adorable in their first day of school!

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  67. Your girls look wonderful!

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  68. Such sweet photos of the first day of school! I especially like the new dress pattern and the fabric!

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  69. Anonymous11:59 PM

    i have just visited your blog for the first time and i amazed i havent seen it before! your patterns and fabrics are just gorgeous! i am inspired to go and do some more of my own stitching now but thought i would drop a comment to enter the giveaway :) Alecia zorabek4@hotmail.com

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  70. Such sweet girls! Growing up so fast!

    Thanks for the giveaway, would love to win me some scraps :)

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  71. Oh, count me in!!
    benjiandkyla(at)msn(dot)com

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  72. Oh, I can dream right? I can't wait for the new patterns! The scraps would be beyond welcome in my home and loved on by my kiddos! Your girlies are so cute and is your baby always so photogenic? She is such a love! Its funny because my younger daugher is the more photogenic of my girls.
    tanilovelol @ gmail dot com

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  73. Scraps! Lovely jubblies! I am really lokng forward to seeing the patterns!!!

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  74. Anonymous1:57 AM

    The scraps would be great. Jon helped me connect to a source for the doll panels here in TX. I bought several panels and more knit fabric. Having a great time sewing with your fabric. Mary Ann

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  75. Oooh, how exciting! I ♥ scraps!!

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  76. Kylie4:20 AM

    Knits and I have never seen eye to eye. But I'm sure a scrap bag of your knits would solve the problem!
    jandkturnbull@bigpond.com

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  77. Would love the scraps. I'm just starting to learn about knits.
    kris10benjamin@yahoo.com

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  78. Erica7:33 AM

    Thanks for the opportunity! I love your fabric!

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  79. yay scraps! i've just started working with knits and i've having a rough go of it... i could definitely use more to work with!

    tamara_maxwell (at) hotmail(dot) com

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  80. WOW! The girls are getting so big! I can't wait to see what you have for us next. Good luck on getting some work done! Although you get peace and quiet, sometimes it can get too quiet!

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  82. I love your knits. They are gorgeous. And the new pattern looks super comfy.

    tricialee22 hotmail com

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  83. Would love to have some knit scraps. No one around my home is carrying your knits & I've wanted to see them "in person" since I found them on your blog.

    erin.n.waters@gmail.com

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  84. They both look beautiful in their colourful outfits. I am sure those patterns will be wonderful!

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  85. Yeah! Scraps! I would LOVE a bag of yours :)!

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  86. Love the sneak peak of the new patterns! Looks great! I have just begun sewing with knits and it is fun!

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  87. Your girls look very proud on their first day of school-that is always a great day and the picture behind the desk is a memory to treasure.

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  88. Your girls are precious. School starting is always an exciting time.
    cindywright1@aol.com

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  89. Your new pattern looks great. I hope the first day at school went well.

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  90. I am heading to a retreat with Lorene from Sew it up in a couple weeks to learn about sewing with knits. we are using some of your patterns and fabric. I can't wait. I would love some scraps too!

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  91. I love the picture of Sydney at her desk. I hope they both have a great year!

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  92. Follow your blog frequently. Making your dolls for 3 little girls at our family reunion, Love your designs and fabrics. Mary Ann

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  93. I love scraps!!!!

    dlussier10@gmail.com

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  94. I dropped my baby off this weekend to start her first year of college which resulted in a few tears. And I can still remember her first day of kindergarden which wasn't that long ago. Would love to have one of the scrap bags.

    rwalsh@moorecolson.com

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  95. Your kids are beautiful and your fabric is pretty nice too! thanks for the chance at the giveaway!
    mouellette 80 at hotmail dot com

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  96. Oh scraps from your studio that'd be so cool!! Hope I win!!

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  97. Yay, more patterns!! My daughter is going into 3rd grade too. Love the doll face applique- what a great idea!!

    My kids have not started school yet- and since I went back to work full time in Jan, I realized this will be the first "first" day I will miss in 12 years! (Counting preschool for my 9th grader!). What a change! Guess I better get started on a 1st day outfit myself...

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  98. I'd love your scraps! andria dot carnell at gmail dot com

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  99. What cute pics of the girls! I love the doll applique on the polka dot shirt. I too would love your scrap knits!

    Rkaye67@hotmail.com

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  100. Ooooh please! Pick ME!!! Pick ME!! I'd love a stash of PRETTY knits. They're very hard to find.

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  101. I'd love to have some scraps. Never can have too much fabric!

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  102. I am planning on trying every time you post a giveaway until I win!! :)
    Love the new pattern . . . I'm waiting patiently for the adult version!!

    karenmccloud1 at gmail dot com

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  103. I'm not looking forward to the day I send my toddler off to school. Seems like such a long time.
    ginger c at gmail dot com

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  104. I love your girls first day outfits!! So cute! Their friends have to be saying, "You've got the coolest mom!" I would. Here's hoping for some scraps!!!

    doloresmccune@yahoo.com

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  105. Oh, how I'd love some of your scraps!
    aliben7@gmail.com

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  106. Scraps are fun and would have a fun place here! ;) Your girls are seriously adorable on their first day of school! :)

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  107. Your scraps would so be my treasure!

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  108. I'love to have a bag of your scraps even tho I have some of your knits coming from sew mama sew. I haven't sewn with knits since, um, pajamas for my little ones, and that's been 21 yrs ago! I can tell there is going to be a huge serge (no pun intended) knits because they are so fast and easy especially using ribbing. Hum, are you thinking of adding ribbing to your line?

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  109. Scraps from Patty Young's table? Count me in! I'm international so will happily cough up postage. And I've had serious fun sewing up your new knits - awesome print + lovely fabric = smiley clothes Kathryn - http://lespetitsanglais.blogspot.com

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  110. congrats to your girls on their first day of school.

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  111. I love to applique, and a bag of scraps would be put to good use around here!
    lettergirl66{at}gmail{dot}com

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  112. Oh - I dream of the day when I will be able to have sooo many people wanting my scraps. Until then, I'll dream of winning some of yours, LOL!

    My e-mail is clickable on my blogger profile!

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  113. I love a first day of school in a specially made outfit! It didn't happen for us this year. Maybe for my baby girl at dayschool!

    I'd love to have some scraps and help out with decluttering your workspace!:)
    thefreckledbug@gmail.com

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  114. Hi Patty, the dress for the girls are looking good and easy to make! Are you still going to make patterns for adults and the little girls raincoat? Maybe with some laminated patty young fabric??????
    Love to receive a scrapbag!

    Best wishes from me!
    Willemijn

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  115. My girls are just one step ahead - 4th and 1st. How quickly they grow! Enjoy your quiet time...

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  116. I thought I was the only one not really looking forward to the new school year. Thankfully I still have one home with me. A bag of your knits would be a sweet consolation prize while I pine at home for my oldest.

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  117. Jan Richards5:15 PM

    Thanks for a chance to win some of your scraps. Love the new design.

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  119. I love to see your beautiful little girls in your creations! It's very inspiring. We still have a few more weeks before school starts in NY! Maybe I can whip up something for my girls! Thanks! ptowski@yahoo.com

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  120. My little guy just started Kindergarten as well, it is such a milestone! =)

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  122. Scraps!!! I hope you can come to my house.

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  123. Oh, how fun and thoughtful of you to share. :)

    I hope your girls had a great first day!

    www.fcphotos.com

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  124. The pattern looks cute! I love scraps.

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  125. Can't wait for the pattern to be available. Love the look!
    Glad the first day went well!

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  126. Looking forward to the new patterns. Isn't that first day so great/scary?? I'd love to win!

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  127. Awwwwwwwww poor Momma. That first day of school is always tough no matter what age. Oh wait...... no... I did not have that same feeling when my own kids were heading off to high school after an entire summer of my 3 boys arguing and rough housing. LOL

    Your girls looks so happy. I just love those big brown eyes on your youngest. She's just adorable.

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  128. I really enjoy working with your knits - so much nicer than most of what is around - I'd love scraps to play with! The pattern looks fabulous as well.

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  129. The girls looked cute as ever in their first-day-of-school outfits.

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  130. Awww, your dd's are so photogenic!

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  131. Oh, I really want to try my hand at sewing with knits. A scrap bag would be lovely.

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  132. Tanaya11:39 PM

    Everything looks so good! I need just a set for me of the new patterns before I display any! I'm sure your scraps are TDF, would love to have some.

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  133. I can't wait for your new patterns!!! I'm sure you have mentioned this before, but I have to know - what kind of camera and what lens do you use to take these fabulous pictures?

    Linda

    lmhensell@netzero.net

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  134. Your girls looked so cute on the first day of school!
    My kids started a couple weeks ago and I feel the same- fun to have them around all summer long but my productivity went WAY down.
    I'd love to have the scraps to restart my productivity!
    Fun giveaway. Thanks!

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  135. ricracgirl.wordpress9:07 AM

    I have four daughters and see many possibilites of using the scraps for appliques for their clothes.ric_rac girl

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  136. Beautiful girls with beautiful clothes!^___^

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  137. Love all your fabrics Patty!! We just got in some Flora n Fauna here at Stash and knits! I can't wait to sew with them. My youngest is already planning some scarves to add to her school wardrobe with the knits.

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  138. I love love love your new line of knits. i just received some in the mail and have already sewed leggings for my girls for the first day of school. I would love to receive a bag of scraps!!

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  139. I would be so happy to have a bag of scraps!!! Love your designs! They absolutely make me so happy:)


    luckydux@sbcglobal.net

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  140. April9:48 PM

    Love your patterns, and would put a scrap bag to great use!

    sixwood @ live.com

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  141. Oh, yummy scraps for little sleeves and accents...me please! I love looking at your girls; I have 2 girls with red hair and one with brown. The "brown head" (as she calls herself) is hoping this baby is a brown headed girl, to even things up:)

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  142. I would LOVE a bag of your knit scraps! Also love the first day of school pics! Such cute girls.

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  143. Love the new patterns and the scraps.

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  144. Your girls are precious! I have one more year and my daughter(she is also my youngest) will be in kinder too. Sniff.
    I just got some of your knits to make some samples for a local shop. Girl they are SO HEAVENLY SOFT!!! Love em! I bought a little extra since I have not worked with knits to practice with. So exciting!

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  145. I have some friends for your knit scraps. My ends of skeins are resting on my fireplace waiting for a project.

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  146. Please enter me in the scrap bag give-away. I just found your blog tonight. I do not see a "follow me" box?? I'm following you on FB now.

    LOVE your fabrics!! I'd be interested to know how to get into the business of designing fabrics since I do graphic design.

    I'm looking forward to looking around in your website and blog. I'm starting a sewing business and will start out mostly doing handbags, hip-purses, cell phone holders, etc.

    Congrats on the new line of fabric!
    ~Kelly

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  147. Your scraps will be more than welccoming at my house. Ireserved a little place for them :)

    Waiting for the new patterns, yeah!

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  148. I am starting in all the sewing world will LOVE some scraps to get even more inspired!!!!

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  149. I am starting in all the sewing world will LOVE some scraps to get even more inspired!!!!

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  150. I might be too late for it, but I would love some knit scrap!
    Thanks!
    colleen
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  151. That dress on your youngest is darling!

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  152. I would love your scraps!
    jamihaz@gmail.com

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  153. Your knit scraps would be such fun to play with for little girl clothes! After seeing how adorable your girls were for their first day back at school, this is going to be fun!

    jnroberts987 at gmail dot com

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  154. I am a fabric hound. I have lots of your fabrics and I am always anxious to sneak a peek at your new items coming out. I would love a scap bags of your Knits. Sheila

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