7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery

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7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery

    1. Print a template(s) of your embroidery design so you can plan the embroidery layout. Place it on the item (garment, home décor, craft or quilt) and critique its placement and size.

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    2. Build a test stash. Keep a test polo shirt, stretchy t-shirt, terrycloth towel and common items that you embroider on all the time in your test stash. Use this resource when testing a design for a final project. Fill every available inch with test designs then toss it when there’s no more room for additional tests.If you’re stitching on plain fabric, always buy more than you’ll need so you have material to use for a test stitch-out.So many problems can be avoided by stitching a test of the design with the fabric, stabilizer and thread combo that you’ll be using for the final project.
    3. Press the fabric – use starch and steam to get the fabric to behave. Press the stabilizer if it’s wrinkled so it will lay flat behind the fabric.
    4. Hoop on a flat, sturdy surface, not your lap. Ironing boards work in a pinch but best results are achieved when hooping on a solid surface, such as a cutting table and mat. Use the lines on the mat to square the fabric in the hoop.

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    1. Select the right hoop for the job. The best hold is achieved with the smallest hoop for the design. For instance, a 4” x 4” hoop is the best choice for a 2 ½” x 3” design.

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    1. Insert a fresh needle when starting a new embroidery project.

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  1. Learn how to use simple embroidery editing software. You probably don’t need a full-blown digitizing system but a simple sizing and editing program can do 75% of daily embroidery tasks. Rotating, merging, mirror imaging and sizing designs are the top four chores I do to almost every design I stitch.

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This week’s assignment:

I need your help! Tell me what color combination of the images shown is your favorite. Keep in mind that you’re not looking at actual fabric swatches, these are just thumbnails of colors. Your answers will help me when I’m shopping for fabrics and will place your name in a random drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate to Designs website. I can’t wait to see what you choose.

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The FOUR winners of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

We LOVE bling and we want to hear from all of you that also LOVE bling!  This week we will give away FOUR Crystal Eye Candy kits courtesy of Design by Dawn. Tell us what you would embellish with your own set of crystals. Four random winners will be drawn and will win one Kit listed below.

Prizes include:
Tropical Kit
Light Kit
Winter Kit
Sweet Kit

Each kit includes 480 crystals– all neatly organized in a handy container. Talk about beautiful, sparkly eye-candy!  Plus, you’re getting nothing but the best!  All crystals are Crystallized™ Swarovski Elements.

The FOUR winners are….

   Tropical Kit:  Michelle Rasmussen:

“I just bought my first tiny bag of crystals and a heat wand yesterday! I am adding them to my embroidered can koozies for an up coming bachelorette party! I didn’t think they would be so easy to use. I love adding a little or aLOTof bling to my embroidery. My next project will be on an embroidered top that I am making for my mom for mother’s day. Would love to add some bling to that!”

Light Kit:  Linda Lynch

“I like to use bling on cosmetic bags I make and fill for women’s shelters.”

Winter Kit:  Lila Smith

“I like the tee shirt, hadn’t thought about doing a design on an angle. Lorraine, you are missed!  It was always a pleasure to talk with you.  Hope your new location is wonderful.

Eileen, congratulations.  I wish you happiness and only the best in the years to come.  I look forward to receiving your magazine and can hardly wait for a new one to arrive.

I want to make some purses with bling on them.”

Sweet Kit:  Judy Wentz

“I would put bling on the tiaras I embroidered with metallic thread for my friends to wear at quilt retreat.  we all look so good in our pajamas and tiaras!”

Thank you everyone for participating!  Congrats to our four lucky winners and thank you Design by Dawn!  If you weren’t one of the four winners, stop by the Design by Dawn website to browse the colorful assortment of crystal goodies.

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258 Comments on 7 Steps to Improve Your Embroidery

  1. Christine Everitt
    April 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Love Group e.

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    • Bonnie Readie
      April 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m a Jewel tone girl. Group D

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    • Peggy
      April 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm (3 years ago)

      I like group c. This is the first time I’ve read your blog but I really enjoyed it.

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    • Pat
      April 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Love Group e

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    • Deb
      April 10, 2012 at 12:44 am (3 years ago)

      Group E please.

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    • Cathy
      April 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm (3 years ago)

      I pick group A for value change and contrast. Group E has some nice movement, and I would keep that in mind when looking for fabric in the group A color range. Then it will keep your eye moving within the quilt. The colors in B, C and D all appear to have the same values.

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    • joni
      April 13, 2012 at 11:19 pm (3 years ago)

      I love group D and would embellish everything – I am a bling girl. I even blinged my school shirt.

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    • Kathleen
      April 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm (3 years ago)

      I like view E. Great color combination.

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    • Deborah Ervin
      January 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Group D

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    • Karen
      July 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm (2 years ago)

      I prefer C as I like the subtle pastel colours – reminds me of spring. I’ve just enjoyed reading your hints and tips. I’ll be reading your future issues.

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  2. Terrie Underwood
    April 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the yellow, green, brown colorway. It reminds me of cool summer treats of ice cream cones topped with lemon and lime sorbet. Fresh and tangy and oh so cool!

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  3. Debbie Cossins
    April 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm (3 years ago)

    luv D

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  4. Diana Casparian
    April 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi, this was hard for me on the above assignment. I originally chose group C, but upon squinting, I felt that it was all too similar and nothing popped. So my final answer is group A because I like the color combo and it has some visual interest with the 2 colors next to each other.

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  5. Brenda McNeil
    April 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm (3 years ago)

    It’s group C for me. Bright and cheerful and with Easter this weekend, reminds me I need to color some eggs!

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  6. Carol
    April 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Gotta vote for C, fits the season

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  7. Sheryl Matthews
    April 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Group E. It is soothing to me. The two belong together.

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  8. linda j
    April 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I love D, reminds me of the sea.

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  9. Paula Roney
    April 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm (3 years ago)

    They are all pretty, but I love group D. Nice and bright!

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  10. Kathy
    April 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Group D. Love that combination!

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  11. Pat
    April 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Group C is my first choice because I just like the colors–they’re happy and versitle. But Group E has real possibilities for some elegant items.

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  12. Lori W
    April 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm (3 years ago)

    I love D, it reminds me of the ocean!

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  13. Marlene caprinolo
    April 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm (3 years ago)

    I chose group E. It just looks so elegant. I love the light and the dark, they really compliment each other. I think it would make a great color block pillow..

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  14. Anne Marie Reilly
    April 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm (3 years ago)

    I like group E, but I love group D. Those are the colors that I wear.

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  15. rosalee
    April 5, 2012 at 7:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Group A, I love the nature colors! rosalee

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  16. Mitzi
    April 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Group A – blue summer skies and mountains!

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  17. Carol Jenks
    April 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Group D. Love the color combination – my two favorite colors.

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  18. Jean Maumenee
    April 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I like the bright colors of Group B. It makes an eye popping statement.

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  19. karin
    April 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Group D makes me think I’m at the beach – and I loooove the beach!!

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  20. Kathy
    April 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm (3 years ago)

    I like combination D. It is a bright combination

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  21. Jean Fehl
    April 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Group C caught my eye first. Looks like Spring.

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  22. Angi
    April 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Group D Ilove that combination.

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  23. Cathy grace
    April 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Groping A. Love blues and browns!

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  24. Susan J
    April 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm (3 years ago)

    I think Group E, but I like D almost as well.

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  25. Paule-Marie
    April 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I like D the best.

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  26. Linda Sorensen
    April 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm (3 years ago)

    My favorite is Group D

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  27. Clem
    April 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm (3 years ago)

    I love group E. I love the swirl in the dark fabric. Very elegant.

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  28. Hazal T
    April 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Group E, light and dark contrast always makes an eye catching quilt, always prefer tone on tone as it softens the overall effect.

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  29. Susan Burns
    April 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Not my usual colors, but group C looks so refreshing!

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  30. Tina Williams
    April 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

    My favorite is group B, I love group d also though but B is fav

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  31. Barb Miller
    April 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

    I like “A” best.

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  32. Bev Morrow
    April 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Group D–always makes me feel good!

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  33. Donna J
    April 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the contrast in Group E. I think the colors go to well good and they are like day and night.

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  34. Cathie Paski
    April 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I like Group A the best. I can just see a nice home decor project using these colors. Very popular color combination’

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  35. Elaine
    April 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm (3 years ago)

    I like color – – almost all colors. But if I have to choose it will be A. Love that blue!

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  36. Pat Silvernell
    April 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm (3 years ago)

    I would go with D as they are two of my best colors.

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  37. Gail Beam
    April 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm (3 years ago)

    I like group D and E equally. They both have so many possibilities.
    Gail

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  38. Judy G
    April 5, 2012 at 9:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Difficult to choose, but I finally settled on Group E. It reminds me of a Spring storm; one minute clear blue sky, the next a gray sky filled with thunderhead clouds. Of course, the fabric I’d choose greatly depends on the project planned for it.

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  39. Chris Thiessen
    April 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Love Group A!!

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  40. Mary Catherine
    April 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Congrats Eileen.
    I would embellish my granddaughter’s new Denim Jacket. I have put an embroidery design on the back and would complete it with some bling. She’s a girly girl and would love this. Thanks

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  41. Barbara Rowlan Wong
    April 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Group A reallly attracts me. Perhaps because those are the colors I’ve been using a lot lately. A happy combination that really pops! ~barbara

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  42. LeAnne L
    April 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Group E is nice.

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  43. Sue Anderson
    April 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm (3 years ago)

    I like the contrast and interest in group A the best. They would look great with designs embroidered with the other color ( brown thread on the blue & vice versa). Group E could be interesting with some bright colors of thread embroidered on them, the fabrics would almost be neutral.

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  44. Shirley R
    April 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Group E, with A as a second.

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  45. Sharon Blaylock
    April 5, 2012 at 10:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Group D

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  46. Doris Van Peeren
    April 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I love Group D. Would look so cute for a baby quilt – not boring.

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  47. Bonnie C
    April 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Group C would be my first choice with group D a close second.

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  48. Jo of So TX
    April 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm (3 years ago)

    I like Group E best. And great 7 tips, thanks!

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  49. Judyc
    April 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Group A is my choice. I liked how those two colors play off each

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  50. Bernie Webre
    April 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Group C gets my vote. I’m actually working on a project with those colors.

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  51. Lila Smith
    April 5, 2012 at 11:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Group A is a favorite, the brown makes the blue a star. B is nice, just am not an orange color person, C has so many possibilities and looks cool, D”s blue is nice but that shade of green doesn’t do anything for me, and E is such a nice contrast. Use the orange in B and add the green in D would make some one happy as they are so bright. I actually like them all and would enjoy them. Have a nice shopping trip. Lila

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  52. Lila Smith
    April 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you so very much for the Winter Bling crystals. I’m looking forward to receiving them. It was a pleasant surprise to see that I’d won them. Now I can put them to use on a purse or jacket.
    Again, many thanks. Lila

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  53. Rita Dougherty
    April 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm (3 years ago)

    D for me.

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  54. Jean Eason
    April 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Group C So summery and reminds me of citrus!

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  55. Doree Shandera
    April 6, 2012 at 12:00 am (3 years ago)

    I would pick group E. I love seeing black tones with bright colors.
    In January I won the coupon for designs from Bunnycup.com. What fabulous designs. It took quite a while to decide whick ones I would pick, there is such an array of designs. They sew out beautifully. A huge thank you to Ashlea Stoodley from Bunnycup, she not only donated the prizes, but also was sure to tell me about a great sale they were having so that I could really capitalize on the prize. Great company, hope you will all take a look.

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  56. Linda Coleman
    April 6, 2012 at 2:00 am (3 years ago)

    I love group E

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  57. sheila
    April 6, 2012 at 4:27 am (3 years ago)

    I love the group D I think about everything I wear is in the blue or earthtone family.

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  58. Amy Vining
    April 6, 2012 at 5:20 am (3 years ago)

    Group c looks very refreshing and inviting!

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  59. Nancy N
    April 6, 2012 at 6:42 am (3 years ago)

    I like the lightness of group D- it looks like the freshness of my garden

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  60. Nancy Borger
    April 6, 2012 at 7:00 am (3 years ago)

    I love group B. I also notice these are very popular for the Spring Fashions coming out!

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  61. Bobbie23nc
    April 6, 2012 at 7:38 am (3 years ago)

    My favorite is group C but then yellow is my favorite color!

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  62. Barbara
    April 6, 2012 at 7:43 am (3 years ago)

    I like B and E — one to energize, one to calm!

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  63. Colleen Bell
    April 6, 2012 at 7:45 am (3 years ago)

    Eileen, congratulations on your marriage! May God bless you with a wonderful marriage.

    Only one week away from us. Even if you weren’t on your honeymoon, you could have stayed away longer. We all need some time away and I am sure you are exhausted from all that earlier wedding planning. Enjoy your new week.

    It was such a hard choice, but I think A would be my decision.

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  64. Chris
    April 6, 2012 at 7:51 am (3 years ago)

    Group A is my choice. I’ve loved that combination since I was a little girl, and I guess I still do. I like the others, too, but my eye went to A first!

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  65. claudine
    April 6, 2012 at 7:54 am (3 years ago)

    Since pink is my favorite color I have to go with group B. But several other combos were also good.

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  66. Sandy Sanger
    April 6, 2012 at 8:02 am (3 years ago)

    I was drawn to C, they seem to belong together

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  67. Mary Anne K
    April 6, 2012 at 8:06 am (3 years ago)

    Group A for me–but love them all!

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  68. Judy Parker
    April 6, 2012 at 8:19 am (3 years ago)

    I would choose Combo A…I have never done a brown and blue quilt yet but love stepping out of the box in color…if I needed 3 colors I would probably go with the more traditional Combo C although it is so very tradition in color….I love color and I am not afraid to use it…heheheh…blessings

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  69. Donna
    April 6, 2012 at 8:21 am (3 years ago)

    I like group C but my eye keeps coming back to group A. So I guess that means Group A!

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  70. Leann McClain
    April 6, 2012 at 8:28 am (3 years ago)

    I love how lively the green and blue are in group D. They neary jumped off the screen. My second choice is A.

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  71. Jani
    April 6, 2012 at 8:30 am (3 years ago)

    Group E. Cool but distinctive colors.

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  72. Regina Wigger
    April 6, 2012 at 8:32 am (3 years ago)

    I am picking Group D. It reminds me of being out in the middle of a field on a beautiful clear day having a picnic. Summer is my favorite season and bright colors. Group D covers both!.

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  73. Leann McClain
    April 6, 2012 at 8:33 am (3 years ago)

    Group D jumps off the screen. The lively colors play with each other beautifully.

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  74. Darlene Jacolik
    April 6, 2012 at 9:12 am (3 years ago)

    I love Group E. Thanks for the tips to improve my embroidery.

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  75. Irene Clark
    April 6, 2012 at 9:18 am (3 years ago)

    I love Group E. I seem to gravitate to the blues in fabric stores.

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  76. Betsy
    April 6, 2012 at 9:18 am (3 years ago)

    Normally I’d be drawn to A or E but group C looks more “put together” since it has 3 colors…so have to say C.

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  77. Karen R
    April 6, 2012 at 9:35 am (3 years ago)

    I love A. I think I could make something for men and women and this combination would look great for everyone. I have to admit for me I am usually drawn to pastels–I must be feeling wild today.

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  78. Tricia Kemp
    April 6, 2012 at 9:55 am (3 years ago)

    I love E for its elegance.

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  79. Sandy Rockwell
    April 6, 2012 at 9:58 am (3 years ago)

    I like combination E. The darker color enhances the lighter. The lighter brings out the details in the darker fabric.

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  80. Claudia Wade
    April 6, 2012 at 10:54 am (3 years ago)

    1st choice: Group E
    2nd choice: Group B

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  81. Scheryl
    April 6, 2012 at 10:59 am (3 years ago)

    1st choice E I always go towards anything blue. The darker fabric gives a great balance to the brighter hues.

    2nd choice D I love the bright colors of both swatches. Anything made with those will look like spring and just pop.

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  82. Carol Morrow
    April 6, 2012 at 11:13 am (3 years ago)

    I like group C as they are really springy looking and cool.

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  83. Nancy Owens
    April 6, 2012 at 11:19 am (3 years ago)

    Hard choice but I think group D is my first choice, but group E is a very close second.

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  84. Patty Seevers
    April 6, 2012 at 11:47 am (3 years ago)

    i like combo b those are colors that just make me happy

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  85. JoAnn Ruby
    April 6, 2012 at 11:50 am (3 years ago)

    I like the aqua and gray combo – group e – with group A being a close second.

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  86. Bernice Keller
    April 6, 2012 at 11:50 am (3 years ago)

    Group C is by far my choice. Someone else said they are citrus colors and I agree. Would look great on any summer projects.

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  87. Julie Berry
    April 6, 2012 at 11:53 am (3 years ago)

    I love Group D.

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  88. judy williamson
    April 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Group C. Maybe it is just the season that makes me like it.

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  89. Lillian Moser
    April 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Not too many agree with me, but I like Group B. Love colors opposite on the color wheel, they really pop!

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  90. Bettie Papajohn
    April 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I like Group A.

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  91. Pat
    April 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Love group E, it is soothing yet elegant and reminds me of the ocean near my home.

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  92. Martine
    April 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I like them all depending on what it’s for. But choosing just one it would be D.

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  93. Carol Seavitt
    April 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Love group B and I would probably combine these with group D — fun fun fun.

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    • Carol Seavitt
      April 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm (3 years ago)

      By the way — congratulations on your marriage Eileen!

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  94. MargaretAnnB
    April 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Group D – the blues and greens have always been favorites of mine! That said, I like working with almost all colors. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  95. Kathy Schmidt
    April 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm (3 years ago)

    They are all nice, but I really like Group E, the soft blue combined with the Grey/Black is a really nice contrast.

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  96. Evelyn McGAvin
    April 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Group E is my favorite. Group D was a close second. I guess I just like blue!

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  97. Ann Eckert
    April 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm (3 years ago)

    I like C best, the bright colors are clear and crisp.

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  98. Jacque
    April 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Group B – Love it.

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  99. BETTY SMITH
    April 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Group E…These are “classy” colors and can always get some pop
    with tone on tone embroidery and/or bling.

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  100. DianeB
    April 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm (3 years ago)

    I love group E the colours just grab me.And it reminds me of our summer storms ,blue sky one minute – grey the next.

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  101. Elaine T
    April 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm (3 years ago)

    I would say Group B. Fresh and lively.

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  102. Anita P
    April 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Without a doubt… it’s group A. Brown fits any situation and
    is complemented with the beautiful blue.

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  103. Penny Kitzmiller
    April 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Group B is my choice!! They all are pretty tho!!!

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  104. Carol S
    April 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm (3 years ago)

    I vote for C. More versatile and different combinations.

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  105. Kathy
    April 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm (3 years ago)

    I like group E. This is so elegant. A little color with a neutral, enlivened with a tone on tone print. Whenever I wear aqua everyone says that I look great. I definitely like to hear that!

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  106. Jean
    April 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm (3 years ago)

    I like group D – bright and bold colors are my favorite.

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  107. Karen
    April 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm (3 years ago)

    All are nice but group B with the hot pink is number 1.

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  108. Shari
    April 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm (3 years ago)

    I really C, but D is a close second choice. C is so summery, but D is so rich.

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  109. linda
    April 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm (3 years ago)

    I love combination B. My favorite colors are in the pinks and reds.

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  110. Sharon
    April 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I just love the Group D colors – makes me think of summer.

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  111. Doreen
    April 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Group E

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  112. Anna Cameron
    April 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi there, put a check mark by group E for me please.

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  113. Linda Turner
    April 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm (3 years ago)

    I selected Group A. The colors look great together. They are bright and intense colors plus that shade of blue is my favorite!

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  114. Judy Wentz
    April 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm (3 years ago)

    I like Group E because I like High contrast. I hate to go through the effort and time it takes to embroider to find that it doesn’t show up much when you get a little ways away.

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  115. Lynda Ward
    April 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Group A

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  116. Cy Swendsen
    April 6, 2012 at 10:40 pm (3 years ago)

    I vote for group D…. Bright colors for Spring!

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  117. Robin Mundell
    April 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the classic elegance of group E

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  118. Linda Ladd
    April 6, 2012 at 11:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I really like C. It is fresh and will have many combinations.

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  119. Penny Martin-Holly
    April 6, 2012 at 11:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I really like group E

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  120. Gwen Holt
    April 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I like group D. I like the boldness of the blue and green

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  121. Babsie Muller
    April 7, 2012 at 1:01 am (3 years ago)

    I prefer Group E.

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  122. Pam
    April 7, 2012 at 3:25 am (3 years ago)

    None of them really rings my bell just from the photos, which means nothing since I’m not a quilter, but based on the selection, I like C.

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  123. Maria Nickler
    April 7, 2012 at 7:45 am (3 years ago)

    My choice is Group E ….Just lovely..M

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  124. Kari
    April 7, 2012 at 8:09 am (3 years ago)

    Group D is what is calling me today (of course that could change tomorrow :) ).

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  125. Carole P.
    April 7, 2012 at 8:11 am (3 years ago)

    All are great color combinations. Normally I would prefer the blues & greens of D, but since this is Easter weekend, I’m going with C – it feels so “Spring-y”!

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  126. Susan Cave
    April 7, 2012 at 8:40 am (3 years ago)

    I like E it has a contrast and it is something different.

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  127. Carolyn Nutter
    April 7, 2012 at 8:45 am (3 years ago)

    Group E. I could visualize with the right embroidery threads enhancing the background swirl onto the pastel color with maybe a touch of silver metallic thread.

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  128. terri m.
    April 7, 2012 at 9:20 am (3 years ago)

    I love group C. Reminds me of summertime… sunny….citrus….outside fun kind of mood.

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  129. Pamela Hess
    April 7, 2012 at 9:59 am (3 years ago)

    Group D – vibrant and refreshing!

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  130. Connie
    April 7, 2012 at 10:06 am (3 years ago)

    I love group D

    And the crystals to embellish my Tops and Jeans

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  131. charlotte S.
    April 7, 2012 at 10:09 am (3 years ago)

    I really like group C.

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  132. Laurine Elton
    April 7, 2012 at 10:10 am (3 years ago)

    Group E captures my fancy…love the contrast but not too harsh

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  133. Kim
    April 7, 2012 at 10:38 am (3 years ago)

    I like group D.

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  134. Margie F.
    April 7, 2012 at 11:30 am (3 years ago)

    I choose group E — looks very rich and classy.

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  135. Loren McCoy
    April 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm (3 years ago)

    I chose Group D, love the colors!!!

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  136. MizPat
    April 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d choose group A because the teal blue is one of my favorite colors

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  137. Debra Wilson
    April 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm (3 years ago)

    I vote for group C though I have all these color combo in my stash

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  138. Jan Driscoll
    April 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Group D–blue and green are always my favorite colors

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  139. Jane Anderson
    April 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I choose D. Bold and bright are the colors I love working with the most. I do use other combinations but when I get color-tired, I am back to the basic 8 crayons…

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  140. Debbie Glynn
    April 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm (3 years ago)

    I think Group E is the nicest combination that would be beautiful for so many creations – I can see it as a smart corporate outfit with grey suit and aqua ruffle shirt or an aqua satin evening dress with embroidery & black diamond crystals or a carry bag in dark grey with aqua flowers stitched over it!!

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  141. Vickie LeBlanc
    April 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm (3 years ago)

    I like group E.

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  142. Betsy
    April 8, 2012 at 9:41 am (3 years ago)

    My first pick is group A with group B coming in a close second.

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  143. Sue Carr
    April 8, 2012 at 11:14 am (3 years ago)

    I love group c…very clean and bright…love the spring is in the air colors! I would like them as a summer dress with layers of ruffles for my 3 year old granddaughter Surenity. She would look so beautiful with her long blonde curls and big blue eyes, and

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  144. Kate Carnegie
    April 8, 2012 at 11:57 am (3 years ago)

    I like group C the best, it’s very refreshing. Thanks for all the great advice.

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  145. Donna G.
    April 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm (3 years ago)

    My favorite is “A”. I love the combination of brown and turquoise!

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  146. Cheryl
    April 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm (3 years ago)

    I love group B! So vibrant.

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  147. Betsy
    April 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Group D reminds me of a beautiful blue sky above a plush green lawn provided by a loving God providing much needed rain!

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  148. Alyse
    April 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm (3 years ago)

    I vote for A – natural and clean for spring!

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  149. Patty Sack
    April 9, 2012 at 8:40 am (3 years ago)

    My first choice is group E with A being a very close second!

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  150. Margo Walrath
    April 9, 2012 at 10:11 am (3 years ago)

    I would have to say that I like C … I really prefer when stitching is done on a plain lighter shaded fabric as it enables seeing the detail of the embroidery better. Patterned fabric and dark colors are a bit more difficult to view the simple beauty of the work done.

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  151. Michelle Rasmussen
    April 9, 2012 at 10:41 am (3 years ago)

    Group E.
    Although, at first glance, sort of an unusual choice, but 2 contrasting colors. They could be paired with alot of combinations. And the dark grey, could be used for alot of men’s/boys items. :)

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  152. Leslie Lotspeich
    April 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm (3 years ago)

    My favorite is A. Just my colors!

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  153. Carolyn Hintz
    April 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm (3 years ago)

    I like Group E. I like some of the other colors but not together.

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  154. Lynn
    April 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Love the colours in E. That is my choice.

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  155. Sandra
    April 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Group E is my choice as well. Love the muted tones.

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  156. Janice Henderson
    April 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm (3 years ago)

    I like group C. The colors are earth colors that blend so well with so much.

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  157. Linda Lynch
    April 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm (3 years ago)

    I love Group A. The brown is soft and quiet and the blue really presents a palette for some VERY interesting embroideries. This combination could work on any age. Lucky Linda

    ps. Looking forward to receiving the light crystal set I won. I have several bags just waiting for their “bling”. Your generosity will reach many women who need something to smile about.
    Thanks for all your hard work!!

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  158. Janice Poda
    April 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm (3 years ago)

    I like group d. Have fun shopping

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  159. Mary Beth
    April 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Absolutely love your blog. I have learned so much from you. Can’t thank you enough.
    I love the combination C fabrics. They just call to me.

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  160. Raewyn
    April 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm (3 years ago)

    I luv the D colours. My favs!!!!!!

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  161. Rosie
    April 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm (3 years ago)

    If I were sewing for my 2 granddaughters I would pick group B. Those bright colors remind me of cheerful girls clothes. But, for myself, the colors in group D make me happy. I love the jewel tones of that group.

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  162. Judy V
    April 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Group A is my favorite – I’ve always liked that color combination!

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  163. Lucy
    April 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm (3 years ago)

    I like the group E. Love the swirl in the second fabric

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  164. Clarice
    April 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm (3 years ago)

    I like group C.

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  165. karen trott
    April 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm (3 years ago)

    I like them all. Today I would pick E with D my second choice

    Thanks for all you do for all of us.

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  166. Sandy L
    April 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm (3 years ago)

    I like Group A best.

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  167. Jean Golestaneh
    April 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Group C. It is spring and everything is new. Foliage is light and newly emerged. Lighter colors fit this season.

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  168. Sharon Y.
    April 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I love D it reminds me of tropical things. and I also like the light kit for bling. Thanks for the tips

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  169. Martha
    April 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm (3 years ago)

    I like group D best!

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  170. Sue Duisenberg
    April 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm (3 years ago)

    I find group C most soothing.

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  171. Patricia :Levick
    April 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm (3 years ago)

    I love group B. It gives me ideas for colour washing since there are so many tones in the two fabrics

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  172. Suzanne Cholet Hughes
    April 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm (3 years ago)

    I LOVE the Bs! Just found your blog and signed up. I’ve never been interested in blogs (besides my niece’s who just moved to Singapore)and can’t wait to learn more new tidbits about my embroidery addiction. Suzanne

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  173. Kathy Corns
    April 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm (3 years ago)

    I love group E

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  174. Shannon M Hart
    April 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm (3 years ago)

    This is my first time on your blog, but will be revisiting often. Thanks for sharing your helpful tips so open-heartedly! Must opt for A today due to its classic versatility, soothing earth tones, and complimentary contrast, but am more personally attuned to slightly darker tones of the colors in C (rustier oranges, more golden yellows, and more olive shadings of green).

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  175. Rachel D
    April 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm (3 years ago)

    I like Group D, works for anyone, young or not so young, boys, girls, furbabies, anyone.

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  176. Group E Would make great totes/designer bags/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

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  177. Group E Would make great totes/designer bags/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

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  178. Cherrylmaree
    April 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm (3 years ago)

    I would choose Group D.

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  179. Elaine Hughes
    April 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

    I like colors E. (Not just because it is my first initial) They are peaceful and restful but would be great contrast in a quilt.

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  180. Beulah Caswell
    April 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Group D is my choice!! I love bright colors!

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  181. Michele B
    April 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm (3 years ago)

    I like “D”. Love the blues and greens. But all are nice combinations.

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  182. Gerry Barrett
    April 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I love D. Two of my favorite colors!!

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  183. Pat
    April 10, 2012 at 12:19 am (3 years ago)

    Group D

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  184. Vicki Batty
    April 10, 2012 at 12:23 am (3 years ago)

    group D – strong beautiful colours

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  185. Dale
    April 10, 2012 at 1:40 am (3 years ago)

    I choose Group B…hot and sizzling for summer.

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  186. Pamela Blackman
    April 10, 2012 at 2:23 am (3 years ago)

    Definitely group E. It is a nice soft and modern combination.

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  187. Charlet Barker
    April 10, 2012 at 2:56 am (3 years ago)

    Group B is my choice, the bright summer colors compliment each other.

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  188. Sandra Wilkinson
    April 10, 2012 at 6:02 am (3 years ago)

    Group B would be on my shopping list. I go for the bright colors.

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  189. Sandra Wilkinson
    April 10, 2012 at 6:03 am (3 years ago)

    Group “B” would be on my shopping list. I like bright colors.

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  190. valarie
    April 10, 2012 at 7:38 am (3 years ago)

    I tend to gravitate towards group E, , but then I went back to group C. It reminds me of citrus, or sherbet on a hot day. It’s a relaxing combination

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  191. Nancy
    April 10, 2012 at 8:40 am (3 years ago)

    My favorite group is group C. But I have a question about #7 on your post. You mention a simple embroidery editing software. I am wondering what software you recommend.
    Thank you!

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  192. Nora Ellis
    April 10, 2012 at 11:46 am (3 years ago)

    Difficult to chose, but love the subtlety of the colours of E

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  193. Paula Balch
    April 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Group D is my favorite. I like the mix of solid and pattern.

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  194. Terri L
    April 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Group D for me with a pop of bright yellow if an accent color is needed.

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  195. Janet K
    April 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm (3 years ago)

    I select Group B. These color combos are so in style this year. I would have never put them together, but , this spring I like them.

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  196. Mary Anne
    April 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm (3 years ago)

    My choice is Group D. I like the contrast and if used in embroidery would be complementary to each other. Thank you so much for the embroidery tips, your help goes a long way towards helping all of us be more successful!

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  197. andrea christ
    April 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Group E is me!

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  198. Jackie Martin
    April 10, 2012 at 7:20 pm (3 years ago)

    I like group D

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  199. Marylynn Lorenson
    April 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Love all the combos but Group A really appeals to me the most!

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  200. Leanna
    April 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Group B~

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  201. Julie GLenn
    April 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Group E!!! I like the contrast. The tips are great.

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  202. Carmen
    April 11, 2012 at 1:05 am (3 years ago)

    Group E: you have the calm of the sky in one moment and in the next you can have the movement of the wind. the two actions go hand-in-hand when you are quilting/embroidering. i want both the calm and the movement in whatever i create. i always want a piece to “speak” to me. and the best way to do that is with these two components.

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  203. Teresa Moffitt
    April 11, 2012 at 1:55 am (3 years ago)

    I instantly chose Group B. Summer colors! Bright, hot, jazzy, cheerful! A, D and E all have blues and not everyone can wear blue, nor does it fit in with an existing color scheme in a house. The pop of brights can always be used with any nuetral. And besides…..they are my favorite colors!

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  204. Helen Harris
    April 11, 2012 at 1:59 am (3 years ago)

    I like Group A. They are all very nice.

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  205. Whitney H
    April 11, 2012 at 6:11 am (3 years ago)

    If Group A is brown and turquoise, then Group A!

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  206. Lydia Vedder
    April 11, 2012 at 7:20 am (3 years ago)

    I gravitate toward the eye popping colors of groups A,B,& D.
    I can’t wear the other muted colors.Plus they would look
    great for summer dresses for my four grand daughters.

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  207. Carol Spaly
    April 11, 2012 at 7:52 am (3 years ago)

    Group D I love bright clear colors with lots of contrast

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  208. Virginia
    April 11, 2012 at 8:17 am (3 years ago)

    I like A, looks like reproduction colors, my favorite.

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  209. Sandy Smith
    April 11, 2012 at 8:27 am (3 years ago)

    I love the Blue and Green combo of D but the Blue in E is my favorite color, and paired with the grey feels cool and calm, like a mountains stream.

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  210. Gail Laub
    April 11, 2012 at 10:12 am (3 years ago)

    I like Group E. THe softness of the blue and gray could be used on almost any project.

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  211. Marie Scharf
    April 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I like Group C. I reminds me of spring and summer. I lean to these cause they suit my coloring.

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  212. Francis Kelley
    April 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I like choice E

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  213. Averil Styles
    April 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm (3 years ago)

    I like Group C. I trend to like colours that blend.

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  214. Linda Hartwick
    April 12, 2012 at 6:28 am (3 years ago)

    I love group E, It gets my mind thinking of what I would do with it. To me it is very calming.

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  215. jan salstrom
    April 12, 2012 at 11:43 am (3 years ago)

    I love the a combinations I ve used this in handbags and quilts before i love they way they look togeter

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  216. Natalia Martinez
    April 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm (3 years ago)

    I like D best

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  217. kitty sciotto
    April 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Group E..with D coming in second….

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  218. judi memering
    April 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm (3 years ago)

    I was drawn to group B.

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  219. Leahrae Newell
    April 13, 2012 at 5:47 am (3 years ago)

    I like D, B second.

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  220. Judy
    April 13, 2012 at 11:19 am (3 years ago)

    I may be to late but I like C, it is so bright & fresh with Spring “almost” here

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  221. Janice Young
    April 13, 2012 at 11:55 am (3 years ago)

    I like Group C for a spring or summer look.

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  222. ISOBEL Prindable
    April 14, 2012 at 12:10 am (3 years ago)

    I CHOOSE GROUP B BECAUSE THEY LOOK REGAL

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  223. Glenda
    April 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm (3 years ago)

    My favorite is Group C. Very pretty!

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  224. Ellen
    April 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm (3 years ago)

    My favorite is Group D. Don’t much care for greens but with this blue is really is quite pretty.

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  225. Marilyn Kirschen
    April 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm (3 years ago)

    I like the contrast in group E

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  226. Rita Turner
    April 17, 2012 at 10:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Group C is my choice… The Blue in Group A is too dark–otherwise I love blue and brown together.

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  227. Rita Turner
    April 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Group C is my top choice. The Blue in Group A is too dark–otherwise I love blue and brown together. Group A shouldn’t work–but it does!

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  228. Beve
    April 18, 2012 at 10:20 am (3 years ago)

    I like group E, beautiful contrast

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  229. Judith Davis
    April 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Group C is my top choice…the colors are calm and flow nicely together.

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  230. Christine
    April 19, 2012 at 11:34 am (3 years ago)

    I like group C. Those colors look best on me.

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  231. MJ
    April 20, 2012 at 9:38 am (3 years ago)

    Group D
    Green and Blue are always an excellent choice.

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  232. Susan
    April 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I love E and don’t know why since the blue is too much a mid tone for me. (I love the extreems.) The fact that they are tonal prints is probably what made me happy

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  233. Kathleen
    April 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I like the view E color combination.

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  234. Julia Ussery
    April 21, 2012 at 10:32 am (3 years ago)

    Group B. Love those hot colors.

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  235. Norma
    April 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Group A is my very favorite.

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  236. Brenda Jager-Long
    April 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Group C is my favorite because they are springy colors…and pleasing to the eyes…

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  237. Tammy Fincher
    April 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm (3 years ago)

    I think Group B – the colors are so bright and cheerful that they would be uplifting, even on a cool, dreary day. I would love to see this made into matching outfits for my beautiful grandaughters, ages 20 months and 1 month. But in turn it would also work on an adult sailing off on a cruise to the Bahamas.

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  238. Anne
    April 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm (3 years ago)

    group c

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  239. Kathy Plourde
    April 24, 2012 at 9:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Group C is my favorite

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  240. Judy Zumbahlen
    May 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm (3 years ago)

    group D is my favorite

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  241. Georgia Hall
    May 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm (3 years ago)

    group a

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  242. Patricia Thomas
    May 17, 2012 at 6:09 am (3 years ago)

    This is really a new arena for me, just began machine embroidery this past year. Since it is so new, I’m not quite sure what I am looking for. But, view “B” catches my eye when I look at all of them together. So, for that reason alone, I would say “B”.

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  243. Rinda
    January 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Group A. Love blues and browns together!

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  244. Clearly Young
    July 20, 2013 at 1:29 am (2 years ago)

    I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or
    did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. kudos

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  245. Marilyn
    November 17, 2014 at 9:15 am (10 months ago)

    I like group C. It has more options.

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  246. Tiny
    February 16, 2015 at 10:33 pm (7 months ago)

    I love E. I can add bling/gems or even fancy stitches after I use the fabric to make a beautiful blouse or tee. I’m a beginner so I have lots of ideas for the future.

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