Sunday, January 27, 2013

Dare to Dresden

Dare to Dresden Blog Hop

Welcome to "In The Boon Docks", I am Lisa and I am forever creating something! You never know what you might find when you stop in here. Today is Day 3 of the Dare to Dresden blog hop sponsored by Madam Samm @ Sew We Quilt and Cheerleader Christine @ Quilt Monster In My Closet Thank you both for your excellent advice and giving us all a place to showcase our work!

I have lived off-line since January 10th due to the living in KY with my daughter and her fiancé waiting for the arrival of my granddaughter. I then stayed to help my daughter for the last week. I arrived home today around 6 pm. I had my sewing machine and a few thing but I didn't have my dresden ruler so my first attempt at making my own I went a little wrong. So I chopped off the triangle point and started again.

These cutting mats (3 in a pack) are cheap and great for making templates! You might want to pick up a pack next time you go to Walmart!

See this is how they look when you fold them right sides together and sew the top! It doesn't work if you cut them into that shape when you start.

Sew them side by side right sides together!

I picked up 5 yards of teal decor weight fabric in a shop in KY (no other info available, just rolled up with a price tag) to use as background fabric. The dresden plates fabrics are Metro, Half Moon Modern, by Moda and Type, by Julia Rothman, Windham Fabrics.

Now for the giveaway!

This truly fantastic teal pouch with a red zipper and 2 dresden plates on the front, which will finish at 12 1/2" h. x 15" w., it is lined in the same teal fabric, with a boxed bottom. I hope you like it! It would make a great travel bag!

This giveaway is open to everyone, just like this blog so no matter where you reside you can enter and I will mail it to the winner. If you are a no-reply blogger please leave an e-mail address in your comment. If I cannot contact you - you cannot win!

To win

1. Leave a comment telling me (yes or no) if you have ever sewn a zipper into something and what it was?

The reason is I am curious. I have quilted for 6 years now and never sewed a zipper or a pouch until this month. It makes a nice gift and it really not that hard. But me I was scared to death to try one. I could make all kind of purses but if it had a zipper, I wouldn't even think of making one! Now, I love making pouches.

2. If you are a follower you get an extra comment entry because you earned it this month. If you are a new follower please write - "new follower" in your comment.

This giveaway will close on February 3, 2013 at midnight and a winner will be chosen randomly on February 4, 2013. It will be announced on this blog and the winner will be notified by e-mail.

Thank you for stopping by today, hope you come back again soon. Now hop on over and visit the other bloggers scheduled for today! There is plenty of inspiration and more giveaways! Lisa

January 28, 2013

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Rosemary B @ “that Other Blog”
Stitch Duchess' Crazy & Sane Quilting World
Grammie Q
Bumbleberry Stitches
Sunshine Girl
Spiral
Butjenter Quilter
Blooming Where I am Planted
Quilting Lodge
The Tilted Quilt
Life In Scrapatch
Pretty Bobbins
In The Boon Docks
Sew Much More and More
Threading My Way
Pink Ribbon Quilts

164 comments:

  1. What a darling pouch, I would love to win it. I also dread putting in zippers but I do recall putting one in a dress for one of my nieces...not the best job but not the worst...I'm not confident enough to try pouches although I am itching to give it a go!

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  2. I'm a follower! Thanks for the second chance!

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  3. Great Post! and I Love your Dresdens!! Good Tip too about the cutting mats, will have to remember that next time I am there! Thanks. Hugs and Happy Hopping!!

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  4. Great post. I have.. maternity pants I made for myself when I was pregnant w/ my daughter.. too small for normal maternity clothes and my regular stuff was a little tight so I had to make my own. Zipper turned out ok, after the second pair it wasn't so scary putting them in.

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  5. Your pouch is sew cute! I have sewed zippers into projects many times ... from clothing to bags packets to pouches and it is easy, but I always feel a little intimidated when I see "zipper" in a project ... does not keep me from making, though. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations to you and your family and welcome to the world to your new grand daughter! ... :) Pat

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  6. Lovely Dresdens. I've sewn heaps of zips over the years... clothing, pouches.

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  7. How sweet a new granddaughter! Love the Dresden pouch! Zippers scared me forever, but gritted my teeth and finally did a pouch too. Seems like I used to do zippers way back when. Thank you for the great giveaway and for sharing. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  8. I am an old follower! jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  9. Your Dresdens are simply adorable. I sewed my first zipper in a purse this weekend. (Well two purses). "Sew" much fun!

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  10. Great projects there - I think when I very first started sewing I jumped right in and sewed a zip onto an organiser I made so I have never looked back since! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Lovely dresdens! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win

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  12. What fabulous dresdens!
    I used to sew a lot of zippers when I made clothes over 20 years ago but somehow I've lost confidence so I'll have to learn again!

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  13. Great pouch, I've put zippers on cushion backs before and the odd purse but they still scare me!

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  14. Lovely Dresdens and pouch - I like the background colour. I've put zips into pouches and cushions but that's all - still find them rather intimidating!

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  15. Your pouch is awesome with lovely Dresdens. Thanks for sharing

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  16. Darling! I've never sewed a zipper for the same rreason you said. It looks way scary!

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  17. Lisa-Wow! The dark fabric you used to back your Dresdens really makes the colors pop! Your little pouch is so cute-what size Dresdens did you use to get 2 on a 12inch block? Sewing zippers is not difficult - there are a few "tricks" I used when I taught Home Economics. One is that I used scotch tape to get my stitching straight. If you'd like more, let me know, I'd be happy to oblige. From CA, thanks for sharing.

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  18. Gorgeous work. Thank you for sharing such wonderful eye candy today.

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  19. Your Dresden's really pop on that background fabric - Lovely pouch you have offered in your Giveaway-
    I have only sewn a zipper once & that was for a tiny pouch - They can be tricky :)

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  20. I love your Dresdens. I have made a bunch of zipper pouches in the last year. My favorite is the wide mouth pouch from Anna at Noodlehead. Yours is lovely.

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  21. I probably sewed in my first zipper 50 years ago. I wanted to learn to sew and took sewing in 4-H. The first thing was an apron, so no zipper. I moved on and before I got to a zipper in 4-H, my mother taught me how to make a dress. I put my first zipper in a school dress. I've been putting them in ever since.

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  22. I like your hint for template "material." I do have a LQS not very far, yet I have a Wal-mart much closer and it's open 24/7. Thanks for the hint.

    I like your Dresdens. I also like the fabrics you used in them. I particularly liked the paper clips. Thank you for being so generous with your giveaway. I'm a new follower.

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  23. Love your dresden pouch! I want to make some of the wide mouthed ones myself. I love putting zippers in!

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  24. I've been sewing zippers into projects for as long as I've been sewing/quilting...clothes, bags, pillows...

    Your little pouch is lovely!

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  25. Nice dresdens! I've also been sewing zippers for ages....clothing, bags, and pillows. They are really easy!

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  26. I am sure I must have at some point.. but for some reason I avoid them like the plague!!

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  27. Lovely dresden.I`ve been sewing zippers..pouch,bag,pillows,clothing.The invisible zipper is a little tricky but love it!

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  28. Your Dresden plate blocks are so pretty!
    I learned to sew when I was about 8 or 9 years old, so I have put many zippers in skirts, dresses, and slacks!
    I am already a follower!

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  29. very lovely!! I have sewn one zipper in a pair of slacks. It didn't go too bad; as far as the zipper goes! I cut a hole in the slacks with the seam ripper....lol

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  30. Great fabric choices! Nice job! How is the new grandbaby?

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  31. Pretty little dresdens. I have sewn many zippers and I even have a FREE tutorial on Craftsy on how to sew a zipper in a bag. There are of course dozens of ways to sew zippers, so you just need to find one or 2 methods that you like to use. Since I make so many bags myself I do not need to win your bag, so if you choose me, please go ahead and give it to someone else. The bag is lovely, but I would rather it go to someone else who can use it as I am a "bag lady" already, lol.

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  32. Hi Lisa. I use to make clothes for me and my daughter so I have put in lots of zippers. Not hard really. But for some reason, the thought of putting one in a pouch or bag scares me. I would love to make some bags, but I keep thinking about that zipper! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  33. Thanks for the hint to using the cutting mats for templates. I have found these at the Dollar Store also.

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  34. Love your project...down in the boondocks....thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. Beautiful dresdens. Thanks for the tip on the cutting sheets. They have to be cheaper than quilting templates! Great idea!

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  36. lovely dresden. I have sewn zippers for more then 40 years, in all sorts of products. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  37. Hi!!! Very pretty dresdens!!! Love the ones on the little pouch!!! I have never done a zipper or a dresden!!!! I will try them both out this year!!! Well now that I hear from you and others that they are not really that scary!!! I am a happy follower and Thank You for the fun!!!

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  38. SIM para o ziper.
    Sou seguidora brasileira .

    Obrigada.

    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  39. Love your color selection. I have not sewn a zipper, I am scared too but everyone says it is easy so I just need to do it.

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  40. So cute! And thanks for the tip on the mats for templates. I learned to sew making clothing and did zippers then... but that was a long time ago! I'll be doing some this week for the Triple-Zip Along though.

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  41. Cute dresdens. I haven't done a zipper in a long time, probably 10+ years, it was in bridesmaid dresses for my daughters wedding.

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  42. Nice job on your Dresdens. I have sewn zippers into projects, but I started out sewing clothing before I started quilting.

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  43. Love the pouch.....no I have not put in a zipper since I took sewing in school....and let me tell you that was a really....really.....really...long time ago, but I want to make pouches also.....so I will have to just do it....LOL

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  44. Great project. Love the tip about useing those cutting mats for templates. I would hav enver in 100 years thought about doing that. So Thank you very much.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. Very nice! Thanks for sharing. I've sewn a zipper into a dress.

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  46. I have sewn in zippers before, mostly for pockets on the inside of bags - the tiny ones to hold your keys and coin purse.

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  47. Your tea pouch is awesome and I love the colors. You did a great job. I've sewn zippers in lots of things...clothing, purses, etc. If you have a serger it's even easier..no fear. I sew all my zippers with my serger now that I know how. I'm a new follower and I look forward to reading your future posts.

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  48. I haven't sewn a zipper for probably 25 years! I think it's time to take the plunge again!

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  49. I've sewn zippers into quite a few different things from jackets, skirts and yes pouches.

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  50. Of course I follow you...how else would I know what you're up too ;D

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  51. Really wonderful Dresdens - I made a professional tote with zippered pockets everywhere - and since that time I have moved to smaller and less complicated zipper applications. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity from Judy C

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  52. I have been a devoted follower and thank you for this wonderful opportunity to win your giveaway. Judy C

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  53. Nice Dresdens. I have made one bag with a zipper a few years ago. I used to put in zippers when I sewed for my young daughters. I was never very good at it, as I recall. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  54. Lovely dresdens! Thanks for sharing!

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  55. Love the Dresdens, especially the one with the paperclips and --shorthand writing?? Thanks for the giveaway. I have put in zippers for years. I just made a purse for my daughter(a chicken I found online) and put in a new zipper in my husbands coat.

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  56. And of course I am a follower.

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  57. Your Dresden's are so cute, you did a beautiful job making them. Yes, I put in a many zippers. Pants, skirts, purses, wallets, etc. They are not that hard, the more you put in the easier it gets.

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  58. Love your Dresden pouch! I, too, have not made anything with a zipper yet, but its on my to-do list for this year. :)

    I am a new follower, number 300! How cool is that? I became a follower because I live in the boonies too - of Tennessee. About 15 miles from the Kentucky line. I'm hoping to discover interesting places in Kentucky to find fabric...

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  59. Very nice dresden pouch! Nice way to use dresdens! I have sewn zippers into sofa pillow covers so I can remove them for cleaning. Also on clothing like skirts and have replaced broken zippers on light jackets. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  60. Your pouch is truly lovely and yes, I've put in a zipper but it's definitely not my favorite thing to do! blessings, marlene

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  61. Rosemary B here: your dresdens are adorable. LOVE the colors
    I have tons of that flexible plastic, it is great, I agree!
    Love the pouch you made.
    I love putting in zippers, always challenging - but just fun. I have put in a lot of zippers in my life haha
    thank you for sharing your creativity

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  62. Rosemary B here: already following in google reader!

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  63. I have done some zippers in pouches. I agree it isn't as hard as it seems.

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  64. I have sewn zippers in bags, totes, and clothing. I've never been afraid of them and really don't understand people's fear of zippers. I'm not afraid of curved piecing either, LOL!! Love your Dresdens.

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  65. New follower through google reader

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  66. I have sewn zippers into tote bags. They didn't always come out nice... thanks for the giveaway.

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  67. I'm a new follower via GFC. thanks!

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  68. I have sewn many, many zippers. Most of them have been in clothing such as dresses, skirts and pants.

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  69. I've sewn zippers, but not for many years. I used to make clothes.

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  70. Congrats on your new granddaughter...where's the pictures? Cute fabrics!

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  71. I have made lots of bags and totes with zips. I work slowly to make sure I am accurate and neat. Thanks for the chance to win this.

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  72. I made all my clothes in high school, many moons ago, and so I did put zippers in them, but I haven't played with a zipper in decades! I have never made a pouch and yours is adorable!!! Great job on the Dresdens = I haven't tried them yet!

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  73. Congrats on the new grandchild. Yes, I have done a zipper or two in my lifetime, most recently for a Carol's convertible purse that had both an interior hidden pocket and a exterior one as well. I think it is easier now with the non metal teeth versions than that we used to use in garment sewing!

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  74. Nope, never have! Got a whole pile of them from ZipIt, so I'm ready when I get the nerve!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  75. Back when I was in junior high/middle school, girls (only) were required to take home economics where we learned to cook, clean, sew, and put on lipstick before our man got home. I had to put a zipper into a skirt, the only time I've done it (I got a B-, so obviously I didn't do it very well!) It is on my to-do list for this year to make zipper pouches, but I keep putting it off because I'm afraid of doing as badly as I did the first time, lol

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  76. Yes, I have sew in a zipper. I made the Professional Tote bag it it had 3 zippers that I had to put in. I too shy away from putting in zippers, put the instructions were great, and now I just add zipper for the fun of it. I love what you are doing with your Dresdens.

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  77. Yes...have sewn zippers in clothes...never a purse or pouch tho (am a chicken...lol)

    Love your Dresden"s...and would loooove owning your pouch...thank you for chance to win! :)

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  78. Am a new follower and love what you made for the blog hop!

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  79. I have made pouches before with a zipper. The most fun I had was when I made my granddaughter a backpack....but it turned out to be easy(and she loved it!)

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  80. Beautiful pouch. I have been sewing clothes for years before I started quilting. Then I put them in pouches and purses. There are a lot of great tutorials to make it much easier.

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  81. Lovely pouch. I haven't sewn a zipper in many, many years.

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  82. I have been following for awhile.

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  83. Beautiful Dresdens! I haven't sewn a zipper in years, but I used to sew them into clothes....a long, long time ago. :o)

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  84. Beautiful pouch. I have sewn a zipper in clothes but never something that small but they are something I would like to try one day.

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  85. love the pouch! I've sewn zippers into cushion covers (first time was on a paid job....talk about feeling the pressure! LOL)

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  86. I follow by email (welcome home, btw, hope all is well with your new little one)

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  87. Zippers.. ughhhh - I have put many in - but I hate to do them. Always afraid I will get puckers too much so now I usually put them in by hand. The last time I did one was in a hunting outfit for a friend.

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  88. My first sewing project required a zipper. I was 12, and thus began my love/hate relationship with zippers! But I've gotten pretty good at them now, I've had 15 years of practice. :)

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  89. I love to sew zipper. My pouch , wristlet and tote all using zipper :D

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  90. I have sewn a few zippers in my time. Mostly in jeans, bags, dresses, skirts. I did do one in a sleeping bag once, not very fun!

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  91. In the very distant past, i put zippers in pants. I can take them or leave them. I do love your bag very nice babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  92. I am a faithful follower babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  93. I have inserted zippers in purses and pouches. I even replaced one in a leather jacket for my step-father, but did not enjoy doing that one. I like your pouch and would love to win it, thank you for the chance.

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  94. I am a follower of your blog and I would love to win your giveaway. Congratulations on your new grandchild.

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  95. What a way to get it all done! I like the pouch, too :) I've put zippers in dreses, skirts, pouches, purses ... I was a sewer (that doesn't look like a good word, does it?) long before I learned to quilt. With good directions and a spiffy zipper foot, I've never had any zipper trauma myself. Thanks so much for hopping with me today!

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  96. Thank you for your tutorial on the pointy topped dresdens. Yes, I've put in a zipper before and it was for an overnight shaving type bag for my college son.

    I love your teal pouch with a red zipper and 2 dresden plates!!!!

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  97. Oops, forgot to mention that I am a new follower and will receive updates in my email.

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  98. Your Dresdens are great! I love the colors. I have put zippers in a purse and dresses. I dont really like putting them in, but sometimes you just have too. :-)

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  99. Thanks for the chance towin your pretty pouch, I'm a new follower.

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  100. I love how the dark teal makes your pretty dresdens pop!
    Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.

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  101. I love the idea of using cutting boards for templates! Thanks for sharing your dresden, so pretty :)

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  102. Thanks for the template tip. That teal fabric is gorgeous.I just finished a project with a zipper. I made a circle pouch for my earbuds. The zipper was easy, the circle not so much. I have made pants with zippers. The zipper was not the hard part. Zippers get a bad rap!

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  103. Yes, I have sewn a zipper before. The first time was back (WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY back) in high school home ec class. It was a horrible experience and I think it may have scarred me for life because I am terribly afraid to touch them. That zipper was put into a shift dress I had to make from a pattern which I made for my mother. Thinking back, that was the worst dress ever when I finished but my Mom still wore it with pride, crooked zipper and all. LOL

    Since then I have done all I can to avoid zippers but did do one during a class at the Viking store when learning to use my new machine. It was super easy, but I still have that fear of them. I need to be smacked I think. LOL

    Those cutting mats are a great idea. Thank you for that because I never would have thought to use them.

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  104. I am already a follower of yours.

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  105. Great Dresdens!... love the pouch -just last year during retreat one of my friends helped us make zipper-bags and I really enjoyed it!

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  106. Super cute. Thanks for sharing!

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  107. your dresdens are so modern and cheerful! I've been sewing a couple of years now and tried zips pretty early on, they're really easy, I don't get the fuss!

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  108. I love your mini dresdens! They look fantastic on the pouch! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

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  109. I have sewn zippers in lots of clothing.

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  110. I am a follower. Tonight, I am attending a mini class on making Dresden plates.

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  111. Have only used zippers in garment making never any purses or pouches.

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  112. Double the beauty...the cute little Dresdens and perfect for the pouch. Thanks for sharing...yes I have sewn lots of zippers in my many years of sewing. Happy stitching, Pauline

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  113. I am a follower via GFC, thanks for the inspiration!!

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  114. I have put in many zippers. Started at the age of 8 in 4/H and sewed clothes for my 4 children, including prom dresses for 3 girls. Now I mainly quilt and sew a few fun things for my grand children
    tvbart@charter.net

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  115. Yes, I have "tried" to sew in a zipper. It's something I keep telling myself I really need to practice. I had knit my new grand-daughter (congrats on yours) a bunting made from a vintage pattern and it required a zipper. Lets just say it at least did the job! Thanks for the tip on the mats! I've not seen those before, I'm going to have to look for them as they do look handy! Love your Dresden too!

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  116. I'm a new follower with Google Reader!

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  117. I have made several attempts to sew in zippers--one success story even--into dresses for my daughters. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  118. I really loved the pouch. Thanks for being part of the hop.

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  119. Love your project. Pouchs are easy to me. Once you get the hang of zippers, they are not bad at all.

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  120. VERY fun colors!!! Cute pouch!

    hugZ,
    annie

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  121. cute little purse, beautiful mini dresdens, thanks for sharing ☺

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  122. I have put in zippers for 2 things now, but I really think it would be easier if I got a zipper foot, I am keeping my eye out for one.

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  123. Love your little dresdens! I sew zippers for little pouches...made one yesterday!

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  124. Yes, I've sewn in many zippers; in dresses, pants and jumpers.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  125. gfc follower: nicolesender
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  126. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I had already been to your blog a few times before. I love your Dresdens, however, I don't much like to make them myself. I have made little pouch bags, make up bags, purses, etc. and have put in many a zipper. I can do that, but I can't get FMQ!

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  127. Congrats!!! YOU are my winner #181!! I will be sending you the red teapot Dresden Wall Hanging, Dresden quilt stencil, Book, Ties That Bind (quilting novel) and some surprises for being a new follower!!
    Glad it was a WV blogger that won!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  128. Super cute! Love those little dresdens. No zipper fear here! Tackled that sewing challenge many years ago. Cheering you on to keep at it, it gets easier.

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  129. Lovely Dresdens! Thanks for sharing.

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  130. Thanks for becoming a follower on my blog mcreatesdaily.blogspot. I agree we are a good match1 I am now one of your followers too! You might enjoy my 2nd blog preciouscottage.blogspot.com too! See you soon! Marlynne

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  131. I have sewn in a zipper ... in a skirt. :-) The pouch is lovely. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  132. I have put in zippers in clothing and pillows for many years. Still don't like to do it.

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  133. I've hand-sewn zippers in to purses

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