Monday, June 24, 2013

Riley Blake FABRIC FEST

Welcome all Fabric Fest blog hoppers!  I cannot express how excited I am to be teaching at the very first Riley Blake Designs 'Fabric Fest' right here in the place I call home, Las Vegas.

I feel so privileged to have been asked to teach at this amazing conference filled with spectacular teachers that I have to pinch myself at times to make sure I am not dreaming.  I will be teaching not just one, but two classes at Fabric Fest (still pinching!) - Big Stitch Quilting and Curved Piecing for the Modern Quilter.

First a little about me...I currently work and teach at Quiltique in Henderson, Nevada - an amazing quilt shop.  I have been sewing since I was a child but more seriously in the last 12 years or so, mostly focused on quilting.  I have never been afraid to try anything and started my journey as a self-taught quilter.  I have picked up so many hints and tips along the way from quilting friends and many, many, great teachers.  Currently, I am obsessed with the modern movement in quilting and founded the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild a couple of years ago.  

 BIG STITCH QUILTING


The first class I will be teaching is Big Stitch Quilting (it is full but sign up for the waiting list!).  If you haven't noticed hand-stitching is very popular in the quilting industry today.  Learn how to use big stitch quilting to speed up the hand-quilting process while getting a unique look.  In class we will make a pillow that showcases a large print. Using Perle Cotton thread we will enhance the pattern by quilting around the design. 



The print will make all of the difference for this project.  You want to focus on a print that has larger design motifs with a simple background.   Small, busy prints as shown above are a bad choice for the beginner "big-stitcher"; even though it is completely adorable.


This print, Ashbury Heights by Riley Blake, is what will be included in the class kit.  This print is perfect! You can easily stitch around the motif and even add some accent stitching to the background if desired. If you are taking the class and need help deciding on a print shoot me an email (andisew@gmail.com) and I will assist you in finding the perfect print!

CURVED PIECING FOR THE MODERN QUILTER


Curved piecing is all the rage right now and I don't know about you but before I tried it I was terrified of it.  I had this bad mental vision of 50 pins around each curve and hours and hours of cutting templates.  Not in this class!  This class will show you some tips to make curved piecing simple and effective.  My "Indie Chic" quilt will be the class kit if you would like to purchase.  For this quilt grab a Riley Blake Rolie Polie, some background fabric, and the Creative Grids Split Seconds Ruler and off you go!


I will also show some other quilt layouts using the Split Seconds Ruler as well.  This one features Little Red Riding Hood by Riley Blake Designs.  This class will show you that you can conquer curved piecing!  There are a few spaces left in the class so grab one before they are gone.

In the next few months before Fabric Fest I will show you some more examples of both of the classes I will be teaching so make sure to check back with me!  

So...who wants to win??  Since I am a Vegas local I want to know what Las Vegas show you would most like to squeeze in while attending Fabric Fest?  Personally, I cannot wait for the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show.  I will randomly choose a winner within 48 hours and the lucky winner will receive a mystery package from Riley Blake.  The mystery package will include some 1/2 yard cuts of Riley Blake fabric - what could be better? So, who will win? You will have to check back to find out.  Don't miss the rest of the Fabric Fest Blog Hop for more chances to win fabulous prizes, as there is not much time left.

See you all at Fabric Fest 2013!




   

During the blog hop, these great sites will be blogging all about Fabric Fest and the wonderful classes they are teaching. They will also be giving away some great prizes, so you'll want to keep this list close by!
Trust us.
You CAN'T miss a single day! 

Wednesday, June 5
Jina Barney of Riley Blake Designs
Thursday, June 6
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
 Friday, June 7
Elizabeth and Liz Evans of Simply Simon & Co
Saturday, June 8
Nancy Zieman/Deanna Springer of Nancy Zieman.com
Monday, June 10
Melissa Mortenson of The Polka Dot Chair 
Tuesday, June 11
Carolina Moore of Always Expect Moore
Wednesday, June 12
Paige Hill of Riley Blake Designs, Jennifer of Tatertots and Jello,
Becky & Kari of U-Create
Thursday, June 13
Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish
Friday, June 14
Kim Christopherson & Kris Thurgood of My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe
Saturday, June 15
Bonnie Bailey on Riley Blake Designs
 Monday, June 17
Lila Tueller of Lila Tueller Designs
Tuesday, June 18
Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter
Wednesday, June 19
Lindsay Wilkes of The Cottage Mama
Thursday, June 20
Sue Daley of Sue Daley Designs
Friday, June 21
Eleanor Burns/ Sue Bouchard of Quilt in a Day
Saturday, June 22
Jenny, Natalie, & Sarah of Missouri Star Quilt Company
 Monday, June 24
Andrea Goddard of And I Sew
Tuesday, June 25
Becky, Brooke, Jamie, Kirsten, & Nikkala of The Crafting Chicks
Wednesday, June 26
Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes 
 Thursday, June 27
Sandy Workman of Pine Mountain Designs
Friday, June 28
Sydney Haglund of Memory Quilt Maker

113 comments:

  1. Oh my - don't think I've ever been first! If I were going to Vegas, I would want to see Love- the Cirque du Soleil show with the Beatles music or Rock of Ages the musical. Have fun!

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  2. I have never been to Vegas but would love to go.I would have to say any Elvis Presley show would be on my list. Thanks for the chance to win

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  3. I love magic shows, but if I came to vegas I think I would have to go see Evil Dead, the musical. My kids loved those movies when they were teens and I have seen it so many times I am sure the musical would be hilarious!

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  4. Have never been to Vegas either - I would most like to see any Cirque du Soleil show - I saw them once when they were just starting out and doing free street performances so about time I got to see one of their 'big' shows.

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  5. After hearing so much about it, I'd love to see Cirque du Soleil!

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  6. Cirque du Soleil, my kids love seeing them on the commercials! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  7. I would love love love to see O at the Bellagio. I hear it is wonderful!

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  8. Cirque du Soleil probably - have never been to Vegas.

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  9. I would love to see Elton John The Million Dollar Piano!

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  10. I'm with several of the gals above, I would like to see any of the Cirque du Soleil shows.

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  11. I would love to see Criss Angel!

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  12. Cirque all the way! I would also just like to walk down the strip and see all of the fantastical casino themes and attractions. I have never been to Vegas, though many of my former coworkers would go frequently (I was a casino dealer up here).

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  13. Can't be at Fabric Fest - arghh! But for a Las Vegas show the Cirque de Soleil would be great.

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  14. The Michael Jackson show sounds great! Wish I could attend both the Fabric Fest and the show :)

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  15. Blue Man Group would be my choice.

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  16. I wish I could be there, but not possible this time round. Vegas would be great to see as well.

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  17. I think it would be fun to see David Copperfield

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  18. I'm not able to attend but my bucket list show would have to be Cirque de Soleil.

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  19. Gordie Brown at The Gplden Nugget! Love him! Thanks for the chance!

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  20. I'm really not sure what show to see. The only thing I can think of is a show about Elvis. I wish I were able to go to Fabric Fest.

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  21. Cirque due Soliel would be awesome.

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  22. Never been to Vegas, and probably never will be, but I'd like to see a Cirque du Soliel show. :)

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  23. I've never been to Vegas, so I'm not sure what I'd be in for. Though I think the husband would insist on, "Evil Dead, The Musical." ;-)

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  24. Oooh I have no idea which one. But I'm sure that Michael Jackson Cirque de Soleil would be amazing!

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  25. Any Cirque du Soleil show would be great! I've seen one CduS (not in Vegas), never saw a show while in Vegas. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  26. It would have to be Cirque du Soleil for me too. Amazing.

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  27. Don't think Vegas is in the cards for me either, but I looked up the shows and think Cirque du Soliel would be fun. I also like Penn and Teller. I love all of the fabric and designs I'm seeing.

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  28. Ah, I wish I could be there...!! I'm sure I'd hit a nice buffet there though :)

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  29. I would definitely want to see a Cirque show but I'm not sure which one.

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  30. I think I would like to see Rock of Ages or cirque de soleil. Thanks for the giveaway.
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  31. I am with most people -- Cirque du Soleil would be my choice. I haven't seen one yet.

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  32. Oh my, no clue, not into music shows. I would be more inclined to attend a Wheel of Fortune showing. I think they've filmed episodes in Vegas before.

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  33. When my husband and son went to Vegan, he went to see Donnie and Marie. He said it was the most awesome show. I want to go someday.

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  34. I would love to see a Garth Brooks show, but Mystere by Cirque du Soleil would probably be more in my price range.

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  35. I would want to see the best Elvis impersonator they have to offer :)


    kelly.hoch@yahoo.com

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  36. I wish I could go to Fabric Fest! I would see a Cirque due Soliel show. featheredneststudio [at] gmail [dot] com

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  37. Sir Elton John, definitely!!!

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  38. I would love to see any Cirque de Soleil show. Wish I could attend Fabric Fest, maybe next time!

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  39. I think I would probably like to see Donnie and Marie.

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  40. Have never been to Vegas...& would loooove to go to Fabric Fest!!! If I went, and could see a show..would definitely be a Cique du Soleil show!!!...have seen previews before...the Love, with Beatlessongs...and that is one,for sure, I'd loooove to see! :)

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  41. I would love to see any of the Cirque shows. I have been to several, and love them all.

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  42. I wouldn't mind seeing a really good Elvis impersonator.
    Thanks,
    Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  43. Las Vegas has sew much to see, but Cirque du Soleil would be my first choice!

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  44. From the list I saw the most likely show I would see would be Celine Dion or Cirque de Soleil, what excitement!

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  45. I have seen a number of the Cirque shows, so I would like to see Donnie & Marie or Celien Dion.

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    1. Sharon! I just emailed you - you are the lucky winner. Congratulations and enjoy your bundle!

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  46. Any Cirque de Soleil show is worth seeing. I have seen several of them. Jerry Fator was a really good show also. He is amazing! I would love to see Celine Dion.

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  47. Never been to Vegas but I hear the Peter Max gallery is incredible! The Cirque shows would be great too! Thank you for the giveaway and hope you enjoy your shows!

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  48. I have never been to Vegas and I doubt that I will ever get the chance.But if I did,I think that I would like to see a magic show with either Chris Angel or David Copperfield. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  49. I would definitely visit my hubby's grandma. She had a stroke last month and we haven't been able to go visit her yet. And if I had a bit more time I would go to some fabric shops in Vegas...

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  50. I LOVED the "O" Cirque de Soleil show and would definitely go back to that one in a heartbeat!!

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  51. I have never been to Vegas, so I wouldn't know what to say. But I do love Riley Blake fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  52. I've always wanted to see the Cirque du Soleil show and I've always loved MJ so I guess this show would be my very first choice, then everything else would be fine ^_^ I've been in Vegas during my honeymoon and I felt like a kid in Disneyland, that's such a weird place

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  53. I second your choice. I am a huge cirque fan and since I grew up with Michael, what a great mix!

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  54. I would love to see any Circ show at all! And I would have to see an Elvis impersonator, of course

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  55. Fabulous quilts Andrea! Thank you for sharing your ideas and for the chance to win some fabulous RB product.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Liz O.

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  56. I love fabric, but am not from anywhere close to Las Vegas, so can't tell you about any shows I'd be interested in.

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  57. Wonderful quilts - must try curves someday :-) A show in Las Vegas - so many options, but probably David Copperfield.

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  58. I was going to say Cirque du Soleil, but I read something about Evil Dead the Musical (whaaat...?) and I think I'd have to go see THAT! :)

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  59. I would love to go to ANYTHING in Vegas! Lovely quilts!

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  60. I don't know - I think I would have to decide once I was there and could see what was on. Great quilts.

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  61. I have never been to Vegas. I would love to see the Cirque du Soleil. Wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the
    chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  62. I have no idea. I have never been to Vegas.

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  63. Garth Brooks would be a great show!

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  64. Any cirque de soleil would make me happy!!

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  65. Cirque du Soleil would be so much fun!!

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  66. I saw a small clip of the Michael Jackson Cirque Du Soleil and it looked AMAZING so that would be my choice. Can't get to Vegas this year but know you will all be having a great time.

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  67. I would LOVE!! to win a mystery package from Riley Blake!

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  68. Would love to see Penn and Teller show!

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  69. Well, I won't be at fabric fest, but the best show I saw in Las Vegas was the guy with the performing pets. Gregory something-vitch. Anyway, all his 'performers' were rescues and he said he just figured out what they like to do and incorporated it into the act. It was a great show!

    Fabric Fest sounds like a great event. I hope I will be able to attend one of these days!

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  70. I have no idea what's showing :/. How lame is that?

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  71. Cirque D'Soleil would be fantastic see....but I'm much too cheap to buy tickets :)

    I wish I could be at fabric fest!!!!

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  72. I agree, I would love to see Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil. Looks like an awesome show.

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  73. I have seen one cirque de solie performance in St. Louis and I loved it! I would definitely sign up for another. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  74. I have never seen a Cirque du Soleil of any kind. I understand there is one with circus animals- that would be fun to see. But mostly I'd like to go to Vegas to see the flowers - I hear they are outstanding!

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  75. I would be happy to see any show!

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  76. I honestly don't know the shows in Las Vegas except for the one you just mentioned. Have fun at the Fabric Fest. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  77. I do not know about any of the Vegasshows, but I know that I would like to see one if I was coming.

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  78. I would love to see Shania's show. My dad absolutely loves her and one of my favorite memories of spending time with my dad was a concert of her's that I went to with him in Oklahoma City when I was 15.

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  79. I'd be thrilled to attend any singing show if I ever get to Vegas.

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  80. I have never been to Las Vegas either. I would love to see a Cirque du Soleil show or the Donny and Marie show. I would also love to go to Fabric Fest so that I can take your Big Stitch Quilting class...I love hand stitching and this looks awesome. Thank you! anglanouette(at)gmail(dot)com

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  81. Any show would make me happy . Thanks for the give away.

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  82. Have never been to Vegas so everything would be interesting for me)

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  83. What great projects! I love doing any kind of handwork and your pillow class sounds fun . I have done some curved piecing and it always looks great. Your quilt is beautiful! I'd love to see a Cirque de Soleil show or maybe a Celine Dion.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  84. I really wish I was going to fabric Fest!! Getting to see a show would be a bonus!!

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  85. Love, love, love the Little Red Riding Hood quilt....unfortunatly I live in the wrong part of the country to go to Quilt Fest without mucho $$$$$. Will the pattern/kit be available to those who can't attend? Would love to make it..

    Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I haven't written and tested the pattern quite yet - but stay tuned!!

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  86. I'd love to see any of the shows, but if I got to choose... well, who wouldn't want to see Garth Brooks sing "Friends in Low Places" live???

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  87. Cirque sounds wonderful! And last time I was in Vegas I saw Blue Man Group which is always fun.

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  88. I would SO much love to be headed to Vegas, but it's not in the cards for me unfortunately. If I was going though, I would definitely squeeze in seeing Celine Dion no matter what I had to do. I've always just loved her voice and one of her songs is very special to my husband and I.

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  89. I've never been to the US let alone Vegas!

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  90. Is it sad that I hope Britney Spears is there (hang heads in shame) Or maybe I would go see cirque de sole!

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  91. I do so wish I could have gone this year. Maybe next. Your pillows are cute. And the idea of stitching around an already print is intriguing.

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  92. I have no idea even what sort of shows there are in Vegas, but I'm guessing I'd be able to find something I'd want to see!

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  93. honestly just walking up and down the main strip people watching would be all I would need to keep me occupied. However any of the Cirque Du Soleil shows would be good to see as would be the Shania Twain show.

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  94. Wonderful quilt!!I`ve neve been in Vegas but know that Cirque du soleil is there so any of them show would be fabulous.Thanks for the fun.

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  95. I live just up the road in Cedar and now travel thru Vegas on my way to Kingman to visit grandchildren. Love the shopping, use the airport, but hate to get off the freeway. Traffic! Thanks.

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  96. I have never been to a Las Vegas show, I think it would be awesome to go to just about anyone of the great shows!! Since I love music, that area would be my choice. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great prize, good luck everyone

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  97. I have always wanted to see O at the Bellagio or the Blue Man Group. I love your Little Red Riding Hood quilt and would love to attend your class, especially the split second ruler demonstrations. I wish I could go to the Fabric fest, but it's right after my baby's due.

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  98. Love your post detailing about yourself and the classes you will be teaching, I too have been afraid of curve piecing. Would love to see your split second ruler demonstrations. I have always wanted to go to a Cirque Du Soleil showing...thank you for the give-away!

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  99. Hi!!!! I have never been!!! Love Michael Jackson and Elton John!!! That would be wonderful!!!! Thanks for the fun give away!!!!

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  100. I would love to see any Cirque du Soleil show!

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  101. I have never been to Vegas so I have no idea what I would like to see. I think it would be amazing to visit someday. I really hope to be able to attend Fabric Fest some day.

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  102. I think i would see the Michael Jackson show. Loved watching that kid dance!

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  103. Hi,I am taking your Big Stitch class,super excited about that! Just wondering if the kits will have a choice of the other color ways or jus the one you are showing?

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  104. I would love to see any of the Cirque du Soleil shows. They are all fabulous.

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  105. Geez I don't know. I have always wanted to see a Blue Man Group show. Wish I could be there. I really could use a Curved piecing class. I have no confidence in that at all. I do avoid it at all costs but it would be so nice to really know how to do it without shivering in my shoes.

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  106. I would love to see Cirque. Wish i was there!

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  107. How 'bout Celine Dion - love her talent! Thanks for sharing the latest curvy quilting rage with us; Fabric Fest sounds really fun!

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  108. Las Vegas isn't too far away, but I don't think I can make it. Bug it sounds wonderful, and Riley Blake is my favorite fabric company. I would love to have a wonderful bundle like this. reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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