it'll soon be Christmas! haha




Item #1  You guys are all SO sweet.  Every comment that came in from my last post made me just want to hug each and every one of you, (and I am not a huggy person, just ask my mom)  Thanks for being so kind and understanding!

Item #2  The 'obligations' I mentioned that I would be finishing up here just so happen to involve a fair bit of yummy fabric that I will do my best to entice you with over the next week or two!


So, if you remember, awhile back I showed you a quilt I'd made from Laurie Wisbrun's Brrr! fabric line.  There are two color groups, the turquoise and red, and the green and red.  So here's my take on the green and red!

A little confession here: I'm not really a fan of seasonal decor, which includes Christmas!  So these Christmasey colors just weren't inspiring me in a quilty way (although I have a feeling they'd make a great quilt if you just happen to be a little more normal than me!)

But that doesn't mean that I don't want to give my Christmas gifts to friends and family in some uber-awesome handmade gift bags that can be reused for any purpose, and are actually a gift in themselves!

I used Jeni's tutorial for these bags, and then just changed the sizes for a few of them.


So that's my take on the perfect way to use this fabric!  Which will be out in June by-the-way.  Which will be just in time for you to sew up in lots of time for Christmas by-the-way!  Have I convinced you?!  I hope so!!

Ohhhhh!!!  I almost forgot!!!!  I have a fat quarter bundle of this ENTIRE set to give to send to one of you.  I messed up and forgot to get a photo of it, but believe me, it's a pretty sweet little bundle.  Just leave me a comment on this post, and you'll be entered to win!

I'll draw a name on Monday morning!

249 comments:

  1. Thaws are so very pretty. I know as number one I don't stand a chance to win but the bags are adorable anyway. Thanks

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  2. Cute! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  3. I cannot wait for this fabric! Love it! Cute bags by-the-way!

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  4. Love the bags AND this new line - the prints are great - I'm with you about Christmas decor. but I've used lots of "Christmas" fabric for gift wrapping!

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  5. Winning the fabric bundle would sure give me a start on next Christmas.

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  6. The scary thing is, it really will soon be Christmas! Can't believe it's already march.

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  7. Love the bags! I made a few gift bags years ago and we still use them every year. I should really make some more so we can use even less wrapping paper.

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  8. Love the bags. Super cute way to wrap gifts. I happen to like Christmas decor, and would love a quilt with these fabrics :D

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  9. cute fabric! I love the bags you made too.

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  10. What a great idea! Love the fabric line...

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  11. Love the bags, and love the fabric!! The polar bears are just too stinking cute!!

    Kathy
    dkhillerud@hotmail.com

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  12. Definitely count me in. I love what you did with the fabric. I've been wanting to make reusable gift bags for us to use every year so I think if I win I'll use the fat quarters for some bags of our own.

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  13. The bags are great and I love this fabric line. Can't wait to see it in June when it comes out. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  14. Well Merry Christmas. ;-) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. Merry Christmas :) Super cute bags and a GREAT way to use up leftover fabric!!

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  16. LOVE this line. I'm not really into holiday fabric either, but I love Laurie Wisbrun's fabrics and I love polar bears.

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  17. Really cute bags! Thanks for the chance to win!

    chancyf (at) gmail (d0t) com

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  18. I love these polar bears! Perfectly wintery without screaming Christmas :)

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  19. Count me in. And along with everyone else, I will miss seeing your very inspirational quilts. Cami N

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  20. You startled me with your title and then I realized it is only the beginning of March. But a great plan would be to create a Christmas something each month. Thanks for the challenge!

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  21. Love, love, love these polar bears!

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  22. I was sad about your last post, but can understand... priorities. :)

    Cute bags! I'd love to win of course.

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  23. Merry Christmas! Your bags are adorable! And, that line is lovely! Thanks for the chance to win some!

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  24. I too was sad about your last post, but totally get it!! Would love to win!!!

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  25. Adorable! You always make the cutest stuff (And take adorable pictures, how cute are those jelly beans!)

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  26. I just made a "jeni bag" too! Great use for these fabrics.

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  27. It's nice to see you tonight, and, with a sweet giveaway! Please enter me. Thanks so much! And, *hugs* back at ya!

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  28. I've been eyeing this fabric all over bloggy land and I love it in combination with Jeni's drawstring bag. So inspiring, I can't wait to get my hands on some of that fabric.

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  29. Those jelly beans look REALLY good with that fabric! Talk about eye candy. I guess it's bad when we start finding candy to match fabric! A great sickness to have, isn't it???

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  30. Very cute bags. Love those little polar bears! : )

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  31. I don't decorate for holidays either...just never felt the need too! I do love hugs though :P

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  32. You gift bags look fun and festive! Can't wait for this fabric to be released. Love the doily print. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  33. Love the fabric...thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. I love this fabric! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  35. Oh, my goodness! What a lovely giveaway. I just read your last post - so sorry to see you go (for now), I love seeing all the beautiful things you make!

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  36. What a nice giveaway. Thanks so much for a chance at some beautiful fabric.

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  37. I love green and red all year!! My living room colors are lime green, grass green, red, and brown. Those bags are adorable!

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  38. I'm up for some FREE fabric even if it isn't Christmas...Thanks for sharing.

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  39. I'd love to play with this fabric. Thanks for the chance!

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  40. Your bags are too sweet! Hope I'm lucky!

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  41. I just came upon your blog (I'm fairly new to them) and just love it. I'm sad you're stopping...but wish you the best. You are so talented. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  42. Cute, cute, cute. I love the bears on the fabric....

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  43. I'm not really a Christmassy person either. But I do like that red lacey fabric and those green flowers! Good luck for your future, whatever it holds.

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  44. So unbelievably cute! Will definitely miss your posts :)

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  45. Those polar bears are the cutest! Thanks for the chance!

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  46. Excellent! Love the Polar Bears...my High School mascot!

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  47. Your bags look excellent. i made a bunch of bags for my wrapping at christmas last year, and plan to do the same again.

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  48. Your bags are so cute! Love the fabric & thank you for a giveaway!

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  49. Loooove those little polar bears! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  50. Never too soon to get ready for Christmas! Thanks for the chance to win this adorable fabric!!

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  51. how cute are those polor bears!?!?

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  52. Love the polar bears! They would be great in a kid's quilt.

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  53. Great way to use these fabrics! I'm a big fan of polar bears on fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  54. Yum! I want some of those jellybeans! And the fabric wouldn't be so bad either ;)

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  55. lovely fabric! i hope you stick around a bit more-I just discovered your wonderful blog!

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  56. Awesome bags! I would so love to have some of that fabric!!!! Thanks for the chance :)

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  57. Oh, would love to win some fabric!! Love your little bags and yes, the jellybeans look yummy too! Thanks!:)

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  58. I'm all about Christmas and polar bears. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  59. Love the fabrics. I'd also love to win your giveaway.

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  60. Those are lovely little bags and the polar bears are adorable! I have GOT to get Jeni's bag tutorial and make some of these for Christmas this year. You've got me convinced! Thanks for the giveaway! Have a great weekend!

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  61. Your bags are adorable! Thanks for the sweet giveaway. :)

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  62. I'm not a huge holiday fabric fan, but Laurie's is a definite exception! The bags are a great idea, and I would make stockings with that FQ set :)

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  63. I'm not a lover of seasonal fabrics either, BUT, those polar bears got me big time. ;-)
    Hugs
    Jenny

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  64. Glad to see you're still blogging :) The drawstring bags make great gift bags....so cute.

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  65. I love to see ideas for using fabric other than traditional quilts - thanks for stretching my imagination a bit with these adorable bags! Thanks, too, for the giveaway - it would be a wonderful bundle to win!!

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  66. Cute fabric. I have been thinking about making a few seasonal quilts. This line would be perfect for that.

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  67. I'm not usually a fan of seasonal fabric, but I'll make an exception for this line! It's really cute. Thanks :)

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  68. YAY for Christmas Fabric!!! I ♥ this line, how did I miss it??? great giveaway- Thanks

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  69. Cute fabric! And I love Jeni's tutorial too!

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  70. Those bags are pretty cute. I may have to try and make a few before next Christmas.

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  71. I love how prepared you are, maybe I should start on Christmas too. Maybe after Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving that is.

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  72. Would love to start preparing for Christmas!

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  73. Seriously? Count me in please and thank-you.

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  74. Yay! I really like these fabrics! Fingers crossed...

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  75. This is really cute fabric! I don't usually like Christmas fabric either but this is really cute! I love your bags and I love your color choices. I have just found your blog and am sad you are leaving. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. K-

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  76. Would love to have this great fabric to get started on some Christmas gifts!!!

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  77. I love her work! Thanks for a chance to start Xmas early!

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  78. Very cute bags. I use fabric to wrap all of my gifts and I feel good about not wasting paper and also making the recipients happy to receive a bonus cute present.

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  79. so cute! and Merry Christmas! :)

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  80. Your last post pulled at my heart strings, when you put pressure on yourself to perform (blog) it makes it work and no longer a hobby you do for fun. I enjoy your little place here and hope you decided to keep it even if its part time (for fun).

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  81. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm not big into theme fabric but these aren't screaming holiday. Love the polar bears.

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  82. On the flip side, I love seasonal colors, and I really love these fabrics!

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  83. I'm really going to miss reading your blog, I hope you have a great break and get back to enjoying your journey.
    p.s. the bags are pretty cute. You've enticed me!

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  84. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a pretty new follower, so I am really sorry to see you take an extended break.

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  85. I do love seasonal fabrics and I love your quilt and the bags! Please count me in! Florence

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  86. Don't usually like the red and green, but I love the fabric!

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  87. I'm with you on the not loving seasonal decor but every now and then, it's done so well, that I can't help but embrace it. I love that fabric line. Thanks for a chance.

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  88. I love this fabric! We all need a break now and then so take your time and come back when you're ready.

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  89. I have a request for a Christmas quilt so those fabrics will be perfect!

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  90. These fabrics look more winter than Christmas. Very cute!

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  91. Thanks for the chance to win! I love red and green together even when it's not Christmas :)

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  92. I'm not much into seasonal decor either with Christmas being the exception. But it has to be wintry enough to be out until March. :-) So sorry your quitting with blogging. I totally enjoy your blog and projects. And your Canadian!

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  93. You take the most amazing pictures of your work.

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  94. Darling bags! A very nice little pattern - I've enjoyed using it myself. btw, love those polar bears!
    I agree about your extended blog break - I just found you but miss you already. Wish you the best & happiest.

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  95. The bags are great. I downloaded the tut but haven't made one yet. Love your blog but understand the need to venture forward. Wish you all the best. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  96. Such cute bags, but then again, all your work is just lovely. Thank you so much for the give away chance. I would love to get my hands on that great fabric. Good luck on all of your future endeavors. Keep us posted. :)

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  97. Love all those cute bags! I need to make some myself.

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  98. These are so cute!! I love the Polar Bears!!! I wish you the best while you step back from the blog and will miss you, but respect and understand your decision! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  99. I am loving all the projects I've seen with this fabric! I hope even though you are taking a blogging break, we'll still be able to see pictures of your quilts somewhere because they are all beautiful!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  100. I love anything remotely Christmasie so oh course I love these gift bags and that cute fabric! Oh and those polar bears are beyond cute! :-)

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  101. Wow! Great bags Jolene. It makes me want to make those bags and get some brrr fabric. By the way your blog is my absolute favorite. You inspire me so much! Thanks for sharing

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  102. Well how perfect. I made a few of those bags at Christmas too but they aren't nearly as cute as yours...definitely the perfect fabric for those!

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  103. I love this fabric! This is probably one of the few Christmas fabric collections that I plan on acquiring, waiting anxiously for June!

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  104. Just discovered your blog. Are you back? The fabric is cute, perfect for the bags. Wish me luck!
    Deborah

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  105. These bags are adorable...so much nicer than 'wrapping paper'!!! Thanks for sharing and for the chance.
    ~Terry~

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  106. Great use of these fabrics! I love making Jeni's drawstring bags and they'd be so perfect for Christmas paired up with these prints. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  107. Oooh yes please, I practically worship the ground that Laurie Wisbrun walks on...in a none stalkerish way of course!

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  108. i love these bags. i am planning on making some this weekend!

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  109. Love this fabric and will miss reading your blog

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  110. very sweet bags. i just found your blog in the last couple months and will miss all your gorgeous projects.:)

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  111. Hope you're not going away forever! Lovely fabrics.

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  112. I like the idea to use the bags as wrapping.

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  113. What a great idea for wrapping gifts... Don't stay away too long!

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  114. hi, must be hard to make the decision to end a blog - like friends leaving - i shall miss you, however there is a time and place for everything. Enjoy and continue to have fun.

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  115. This fabric is just gorgeous, I adore the polar bears Wishing the best I'll miss your blog.

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  116. I wish you all the best on wherever you go :o) I shall miss your blog as I've only just recently discovered it. You do some beautiful work!

    Please count me in on the giveaway...sound delightful!

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  117. love the fabric and I love these bags. I am in the middle of making a pile of them.

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  118. I was so excited to see that you posted again - I'm new to your blog, but am in awe of what you can do with fabric.

    Your bags are awesome - I'm moving towards fabric gift bags myself.

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  119. Those bags are so cute! I agree, I'm not huge on seasonal decor, but this fabric is adorable and would certainly bring some Christmas cheer :)

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  120. I love the bags and fabric! I need to make some for my kids, I know they'd love them! Can't have too many bags...

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  121. These bags would make great gifts! And it's never to early to get ready for Christmas haha... x

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  122. Great use of Laurie's fabrics :) I'm sure there will be some happy recipients this Christmas! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  123. Great project! Love it! :D

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  124. Perfect home for those polars!

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  125. These are so sweet! We just got a beautiful snowfall, so I'd love to sew with some polar bears!

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  126. Those bags are so cute. thanks for the chance to win.

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  127. These are amazing fabrics, I'm a fan of all her collections :)

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  128. I love the idea of homemade gift bags too! I'm not huge on seasonal decor either with the exception of Christmas (and then it's under stated). THank you for a chance to win!

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  129. There has been sooo many great things popping up in blogs , made from this fabric! I would just LOVE to win (never have before!) :) Thanks!!!

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  130. what a great idea for gift giving. I'll have to get started soon.

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  131. What a gift gift. Thanks for the chance!

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  132. I love this fabric, especially the polar bear. I often wish my house was decorated less Christmasy (I'm not sure how to make that a proper word). My husband is a Christmas fanatic. The interior of our house is like visiting a Christmas shop. Secular and religious decorations frolic together. Even though I sweetly tell family members that we really don't need any more decorations, they continue to bring them. Luckily, things look completely normal from the outside.

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  133. Just recently discovered your blog and it has became one of my faves!--I am sorry that you will not be continuing but would like to thank you for lots of great info,tutorials inspiration and amusement!! I wish you all the best in your journey!





















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  134. I love all your bags. I will be making some soon. Love the Christmassy feel of the new fabric

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  135. I look for your blog most every day and will miss your great quilts and all those artistic ideas! You are an inspiration to me..... hope you come back really soon!

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  136. I'm loving that fabric and your bags, thanks for sharing the tut link! Please enter me in the drawing for the giveaway!

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  137. I jusptp found your Blog and am so sad your headed on to a new adventure, but I understand. Ps- I'm with you on not making holiday quilts...but my three little boys could get way into those fabulous polar bears!

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  138. So cute! I've been seeing so many samples in the aqua & red, this was a nice change & equally cute!

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  139. I love those bags! They are awesome!

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  140. I love those little bags that Jeni designed. I've made a few myself and they would be amazing in this fabric!

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  141. I've been thinking about making a series of bags to use for Christmas, it would be "greener" and all, but I just love the process of unwrapping the gifts and all the aftermath. Maybe when the kids are older?!?! I WILL be making some of these sweet bags though for gifts outside of the kids. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  142. These bags are perfect! I'm planning a 90% home-made-present-Christmas this year so this giveaway would certainly help me out! Thansk for the chance to win! Amy from www.craftyshenanigans.blogspot.com

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  143. Those bags are darling! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  144. I am soooo lovi this line, christmas colors and all !!!!! Love the bags too Thanks sooo much for the oppurtunity !!!

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  145. I never win anything, but I love those little polar bears, so I'll give it a shot. :)

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  146. I'd love to win some fabric. Those gift bags are very cute.

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  147. Lovely fabric and the polar bears are adorable! Thanks for the chance!

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  148. Cute fabric, and what a genius idea to make gift bags with it!

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  149. Love the polar bear - we will miss you!

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  150. Will miss your posts but hope your other endeavors go well. Thanks for the chance at yummy fabric bundle!

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  151. I love these bags! What a great idea to package up a handmade gift.

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  152. Wow, I didn't think I'd be able to be enthusiastic about anything remotely Christmas in March, but you proved me wrong! I love Jeni's pattern and these are an amazing incarnation of it!

    I wish you all the best for the future! Your blog has been so hugely inspiring to me, thank you for that!!!

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  153. This is beautiful Christmas fabric! I would love some!!

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  154. Count me in! I know what you mean about red and green fabric... you had the perfect idea.

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  155. Love them - we've started going over to cloth gift bags in our family. The fabrics are beautiful, thanks for the chance to win xx

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  156. What a great idea, the bags look great!

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  157. I love seeing this new line on all the blogs, thanks so much for the chance to win some!

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  158. beautiful!! now i want jelly beans.. haha!

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  159. Sorry to see you signing off. I really enjoy your posts. Love the fabric, love jelly beans and would love to win the bundle!

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  160. Love these! You're so talented!

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  161. I'm not much for seasonal decor either, the fabric is cute though :)

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  162. ooh I love those! I also just finished make some reusable Christmas gift bags, but my fabric was not nearly so cute.

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  163. Me, please!!! onesassyquilter {!at} gmail {!dot} come

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  164. That's funny, I'm not much for seasonal decor either, just a couple of small things. There's only 2 Christmas lines that I'm interested in since I don't usually buy them. Brrr and Joy I think making bags like that is perfect, useful and fun.

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  165. Oh that line does make sweet bags :) it would make cute pillow cases too! Thanks for sharing!

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  166. Christmas talk already??? LOL! We have tons of snow in our yard and it probably won't all be gone until sometime in May. I should get going on some Christmas items though...early is always better than Christmas EVE!!!

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  167. Christmas is my sister's absolute favorite holiday, I'd love to have these fabrics to make her something fun!

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  168. I'd love the chance to win... And will be dreaming of what to make with the fabulous Christmasey prints... Gift bags, quilt, table runner...

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  169. love these fabrics - I've been meaning to make some more of these drawstring bags too, for Christmas next year!

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  170. I'm not usually a Christmas fabric person but these are so clean and crisp.

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  171. The fabric collection is very sweet. I'm also not a fan of seasonal things but you managed to use the fabric in a lovely way as gift bags. You inspired me. I'll do the same if I'm the lucky one! Thanks for the giveaway.
    I'm sorry to hear you're leaving. I just recently found your blog and so enjoy your work. Good luck in your new enterprise! All the best,
    Luciana

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  172. The bags are an excellent way to use the fabric!

    About your last post: I'm going to miss reading your blog, but you have to do what is right for you. Good luck with everything you're working on!

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  173. I always run out of time for handmade presents...maybe I can start now and at least make bags for wrapping. Yours are wonderful.

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  174. The bags are a super way to use the fabric. Thank you for the giveaway

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  175. Love the bags and teh fabric's really cute!

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  176. Love the bags!! The fabric looks so fun.

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  177. This is my favorite Christmas fabric ever.

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  178. Those bags are great! I love this line. I'm usually not a green/red Christmas person but the line is whimsical enough that it's fun. starfishlover615 at hotmail dot com

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  179. Lovely fabric! To win would definately inspire me to make some Christmas goodies!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  180. I would love to win!
    Gorgeous bags xxx

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  181. Such cute fabric! I do like the red and aqua color way the best - it's more winter and less Christmasy.

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  182. Love your blog; love this Brrr! fabric too; thanks for chance to win! (marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  183. Okay I am dying for this fabric!!!!! I fell in love with it the moment I saw it and would love to win a fat quarter bundle. I don't know if it's the colors or the polar bears (my hubs is from Alaska so we are fond of those fluffy white guys)! I hope you're well and I'm so glad to see another project made by such a talented person!!! Thanks!!!

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  184. Such cute fabrics! Love the bags!

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  185. I'm going to miss your blog and bee-you-tiful quilts lots. Boo. Love that fabric!

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