Thursday, October 3, 2013

When the Moon....

When the moon
Is in the 7th House,
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then Peace will guide the planets
And LOVE will steer the Stars.......

This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius,
Age of Aquarius
Aquarius.
Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions,golden living
dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelations
And the mind's true
liberations
AQUARIUS,AQUARIUS!

Let the sun shine,let the sun shine in
the sun shine in

Let the sun shine, let the sun shine in
the sun shine in.
Let the sun shine , let the sun shine in
the sun shine in!

Hey yall! Well I hope you like the 5th Dimensions and doing a little star gazing. Since I was born in 1960 I don't remember alot about that time period except two main things. My sister singing "Aquarius" as loud as she could while she swept the floor and watched American Bandstand on Saturday mornings. And July 20,1969 when my brother and I sat in the living room floor eyes glued to the console television with the aluminum foil on the rabbit ear antennae watching in awe as NASA put the first man on the moon. I still remember the tears in my daddy's eyes as he watched Neil Armstong take that first step and his words from 240,000 miles away : "That's one small step for man,  One giant leap for mankind". Those memories will always be embedded in my mind!

When Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt announced the Twist to the 60's with Batiks all I heard was Batiks. I have had a charm pack or two laying around with no idea what to do with them.
I figured this would make me use them up! And boy I am glad I joined in this hop. There has been so many spectacular projects and so much inspiration, it was easy to get excited.
I knew I wanted to use black and had planned on making a stained glass quilt. I have always wanted to make one, but couldn't make it work with just charm packs and 1 or 2 fat quarters.
Then I thought about Wonky Stars. Another project I have always wanted to do.
So a Star was born..(hehe)
Of course I didn't have enough black, so I ordered some and it finally got here. I never knew there were so many Shades of Pale I mean black.
Now I have a dilema! How do I want to quilt it? I think maybe quilt the stars in the ditch and then free moton quilt some spiral galaxies with silver thread in the open black areas. Not that I have ever free motion quilted a spiral galaxy before but "nothing ventured, nothing gained". 
Also, I am not sure about the binding. Do I want to use a black binding or a multicolored one or a blue batik one? Blue is all I have left except for a small amount of red and yellow.
And yall, I just love my "Earth", I can't believe I actually had that fabric in my stash.
 And I lost my moon! I had one charm of the perfect gray cream batik with small and large circles that looked like craters and I made a small Moon to go with the Earth. But I guess it got swallowed up in a Black Hole because I can't find it anywhere!
Yall I would like to say a great big Thank you to Mary of I Piece 2 - Mary for being such a groovy chick and cheering us all along. Mdm Samm for giving us this awesome format to share our love for sewing. And I have really enjoyed seeing everyone's projects. So Thank You to all of you for sharing and cheering! Here is a list of the remaining groovy chicks that are putting their own Twist on the 60's with Batiks!:

October 3
October 4
Yall I hope you have enjoyed singing and star gazing along with me! If  you get a chance, let me know how you would quilt my stargazer quilt and what you think I outta do about the binding. And now for putting up with my rendition of  Aquarius, I have a couple of  giveaways that I would like to share.. Two 5 pc fat quarter bundles of "Blazin Bandana" ! 


Blazing Bandana in brights or

Blazing bandana in Natural colorway.
These fabrics are just too cute. Please leave a comment below and let me know which colorway you prefer.  Please make sure you are NOT a no reply blogger. After the last blog hop I counted 18 No Reply commenters. That is 18 people that missed out on a chance to win. And I love to share :)  Followers new or old get a second chance, just leave a second comment. And this giveaway is open to anyone , anywhere!  
 Also Thank yall so much for all the love on my Gracie Girl quilt. It was so much fun to sew. And I will be back soon with information on the Lucy Boston  English Paper Piecing Blocks. I hope to have a couple of examples finished soon. 
Thank yall so much for hanging out with me today. Be sure to check out all the other groovy chicks sharing their batik projects Now,  I would love to give a very warm welcome to two of my newest friends and followers:
Granny Lynn and BillieMick! Welcome to the farm ladies! I hope that you will find this a groovy place to hang out!
Peace out yall!
xo jan    
EDIT: COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE GIVEAWAY> Good luck yall.

115 comments :

  1. Love your quilt! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Wow...that galaxy quilt brings back memories...or maybe it was the song! Those bright bandana prints are so cute.

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  3. I love being a follower! Such a fun giveaway.

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  4. I remember playing that song on the piano when I was 9 years old! It sounded so mysterious to me, all that talk of moons and stars and Aquarius. lol

    The bright bandana prints are really cute. Those are the ones I'd go for. :)

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  5. Age of Aquarius was one of my favorite songs when I was a teenager! I can certainly understand singing it really loud! I like the bright colors. They would be fun to use to an Age of Aquarius quilt like yours. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. I love your star quilt - especially with the light shining through it!!
    I don't really remember the 60's much apart from the music as I have 3 older sisters and there was always a record playing somewhere in the house!
    Thanks for a great giveaway - I like the brights!

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  7. I think the moon is residing in the 7th house....Because I love your quilt. It is stunning! I do have to be honest here: You were a winner with the first words though, I LOVE that song! I wasn't around in the 60s (only just missed it, being born in 1970), but I do remember a sister.....Only her song was U2 Sunday bloody Sunday....imaging waking up with that every day! It took me a long time to enjoy any U2 song. Your song was better.....WAAAAY better! Thank you for the chance to win as well..... I love the brights!

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  8. Oh no you lost the moon, great wonky stars, I would use a black binding and quilt swirls, if you can.

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  9. What a beautiful top! Your fabrics and colors are so lovely and make this gorgeous!
    I would go for the natural colorway!
    Love from Amsterdam

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  10. First, let me say I LOVE your quilt top. I agree with your quilting plan. Sounds so groovy. Second, thanks for the 5th Dimension. Loved them. Your post is the grooviest so far today. Thank you thank you.

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  11. Wow! I started reading those words sleepy eyed and then realized they were The Age of Aquarius and I was transported back decades to those happy, hippie 60s. Isnt' it funny what a song will do to you? Your quilt is beautiful and yes - there are 60 Shades of Black. Thanks for sharing from the North Georgia Mountains. Love it there!

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  12. Your quilt top looks beautiful, and I will come back and have a look when it's quilted. :-)

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  13. Both bandana colorways are great! I love your quilt... I'd use up all your leftover batiks, even if you have just mostly blue!

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  14. Love your quilt! I would be happy with either colorway of the bandanna fabric, thanks for the chance!

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  15. Those bandana brights are just gorgeous. I have spent many a hippy hour singing Aquarius.

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  16. I am a follower, and a happy one at that.

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  17. Ok now you have me singing the song... :)

    Your quilt is far out man! I would choose the natural colorway if I were lucky enough to win the fat quarters. Thank you for the chance.

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  18. I am in absolute awe...like out of this world....totally amazing..and I love bandana's I wear some in my hair most of the time..

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  19. Great quilt.... you are going to be so hooked on batik fabrics! Not sure how I'd quilt it.... that's always my toughest decision. I think I'd bind it in black or one of the blues. Thanks for the great giveaway... I'd choose the brights as I had wallpapered my kitchen in the bright yellow bandana pattern back in the 70's... it was really cute. Thanks for sharing and I'll be singing that song all day..;)

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  20. And I'm a new follower.....love all of the chicken photos in your posts!

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  21. LOL,I loved this song growing up (in the 70s). I didn't know half the words, but I still loved it. Your star quilt is great! I like the fmq spiral galaxies, that would be cute. I would go with black for the binding. Great job!

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  22. Your quilt is awesome! I think you should quilt it in swirls and the binding in black. I would pick the brights colourway - thanks for the chance!!

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  23. Great idea and great quilt! I loved the 5th Dimension lol.

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  24. Yep, I'm a singin it !! Awesome galaxy quilt, I do hope you name it Aquarius !

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  25. Jan I think the galaxy swirls is a great idea, with some surround stars in there that are not quilted but micro stippled around them to make the quilted star pop! It would be perfect! Just love the quilt and what a neat idea to put it on black! Love the bandana fabric - both color ways are beautiful! Thanks for sharing...

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  26. I love what you've done! The idea of quilting in galaxy swirls is a great one! You could also add some "ghost stars" among the others. Great job!
    I love the bright bandana fabrics.

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  27. Wow, fabulous quilt.I handquilting and use stencils to do it so so what about to do a echo of the stars and for binding I love a multicolored one or a blue batik .Happy sewing!!

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  28. Amazing quilt...definitely it needs stars quilted into it! I'd love the natural bandana fabrics. blessings, marlene

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  29. Of course,I do follow and love the bright bandana fabrics. Aquarios would be a great name for your quilt!

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  30. I love the colors you choose. Your quilt is just beautiful. If I am lucky enough to win, I like the bright banana fabrics best. Course I like the regular shades also.

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  31. Most definitely the bright bandana. I give your quilt a 85 it has a good beat and you can dance to it. Sorry I remember American Bandstand with Dick Clark and when they would rate a record. They gave them a number and the reason was almost because it had a good beat and you could dance to it. Lovely quilt. I am a follower.

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  32. I love your quilt. I love the way all the colors came together. Makes me want to go dig through my stash and find some batiks like that. I love the bright colored bandanas.

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  33. I'm so happy to see your project. The first man on the moon was such a huge event and that song "Aquarius" has been a regular on my song list lately. Love your wonky stars and your earth fabric is perfect. I love the bright bandana, but the other works with my house hold color scheme, so I would love either one. lol Beautiful quilt top!

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  34. Great job on your "Stars". Congratulations on being in top 2 today. Thank you for being part of this 'groovy' hop. The bandanas fabric is so cool!

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  35. Your quilt is gorgeous! And I'd be happy to win either bundle of bandana fabric. Thanks for the chance. Rcoyle at olemiss dot edu

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  36. Love the quilt. It's great. Thanks so much for sharing. I love the bandana brights line. Thanks so much for sharing

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  37. That is really lovely! I still remember being glued to the TV that evening as we watched the walk. The excitement and unknown was thrilling.

    Your bandana fabrics are great. I would choose the brights of I won.

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  38. Beautiful quilt! Galaxy swirls is a great idea and I think I would probably do starbursts in each star and probably a black binding. And I know I'll be singing this song all day :)
    Thanks for the chance to win the bright bandana fqs

    Ursula
    uschbear at gmail dot com

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  39. I'll be singing that song all day...and loving it! Your quilt is beautiful and the colors are just so groovy. Very nice!

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  40. Gimme a head with hair
    long beautiful hair
    Shining, gleaming,
    Streaming, flaxen, waxen
    Give me down to there hair
    Shoulder length or longer
    Here baby, there mama
    Everywhere daddy daddy...oh sorry I got carried away after the Aquarius song HAIR popped into my head. Okay on with the comment:

    Outta sight galaxy quilt! I dig those batiks and they pop on the black background. Bind it in black so that the stars and moon shine baby! Quilted stars would be far out.
    I really dig those bright bandanna colors too in your giveaway.

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  41. And Jupiter aligns with Mars... now you know your gonna have me singing that song in my head all day now don't you!! What a "far-out" quilt. Love it love it love it! I would go with the brightest and boldest binding I could find! Great job!

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  42. Love the lyrics and the quilt is groovy! I love batiks and just finished the Craftsy BOM 2012 which I made with batiks and black, sashed with Kona Slate. Great minds think alike! Those Blazing Bandana prints are bitchin' and the bright ones will probably match the scarves I bought ages ago. "Thanks for the memories" as Frank would've said.
    Rosemary

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  43. I am an Aquarius I love the 5th Dimensions and that song. Your quilt is great! I think you choose perfect colors and the background just couldn't be any other color. I think you should bind it with some color and I love your Idea of quilting it. However you finish it, it will be amazing! I would love to win one of those FQ bundles. Either one would be awesome, I really like both colorways. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  44. Awesome star quilt! I does look like stained glass...very cool project!
    I like the natural bandanas...they remind me of my brother.

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  45. Love that quilt. The stars are my favorite block and the rainbow colors are just wonderful. I just saw a pieced binding with all the colors that someone used in the quilt. would you have enough left to do that? The brights are my favorite bandanas. Reminds me of one of my daughter's bandanas from high school.

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  46. I too remember the day Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. My ex-husband and I had just returned from our honeymoon and were at a party at my in-laws. It was amazing. I do like the bright colorway of the bandanas.

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  47. wow your quilt is looking fabulous. I think I would quilt in the ditch around the stars and then free motion swirls (thinking of all the gasses and such in the sky) I would probably take all of the colors I used in the stars and make it into a colorful binding to pull it all together.
    I love the blazing bandana Brights. Thanks for a chance.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot ne

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  48. I forgot all about American Bandstand ... my sister and I watched it all the time. Your quilt is beautiful! I would bind it with black, stitch in the ditch around the stars and, like Lori said, swirls all over the black. I would like the brights if I'm lucky enough to win.

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  49. HELLO,SUCH A NEAT BLOG!
    LIKE THE 'NATURAL' BEST>HAVEN'T SEEN THAT!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  50. Gorgeous stars and YES the earth batik was a perfect choice!
    BTW - I like the brights best...probably why I'm in a batik hop. LOL!

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  51. Beautiful quilt! I think your quilting idea and blue binding would be spectacular on the quilt.

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  52. Your beautiful stars really stand out against the black background. Really pretty. I think that I would quilt it by outlining the stars and then free-motion quilting swirls in the background. Then I would bind it with a combination of fabrics from the stars. Thank you for sharing today. (I like the brights best.)

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  53. I like the naturals best. Think I would use a multi colored binding.

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  54. Natural color way would be my first choice. The other is pretty also.
    24Tangent@gmail.com

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  55. Loved your fifth dimension sing along! I'm a bandanna brights girl all the way. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  56. I love that your stars have different size points. Follow you on bloglovin.
    24Tangent@gmail.com

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  57. I was just listening to part of that song earlier this week. My husband announced that one of the female singers Marilyn McCoo was turning 70 on Monday. I pulled up a 5th Dimension album in Rhapsody so I could play him his favorite song "One Less Bell to Answer" Aquarius was the first cut on that particular album, LOL. (I saw them in concert in the early 70s at Illinois State University) I love your star quilt and your signing, LOL.

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  58. THX for your giveaway opportunity. Those look really pretty and I would chose the bright version if I am so lucky.

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  59. Love your Aquarius Quilt!! I totally enjoyed reading your post! Well done! (The Earth did turn out cool!)
    I would love the Brights Bandanas...

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  60. I love the bright bandanas. babscorbitt@ gmail dot com

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  61. What a beautiful quilt and I always loved that song!! Perfect! I love the brights!

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  62. The irregular stars on black are stunning. When the moon shows up, just stick it on somewhere. I'm still singing, can you hear me?

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  63. I love your quilt! I don't envy you in deciding how to quilt it! I like your silver galaxies idea or another idea would be to do hand quilting (eek, I know!!) with pearl cotton in the beautiful colors of the batiks and echo quilt around the stars in the black with the colored thread. Can't wait to see what you decide! I have to start a Farmall quilt soon, and those bandana prints in the natural colorway would be perfect for it ;) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  64. I love love love that quilt top. The batiks work so well. I like the idea of silver galxies. Looking forward to seeing this when its quilted.

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  65. Love that quilt!!! Batiks sure do make a quilt colorful. Love them.. Thank you for sharing..

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  66. I follow you by e-mail.. And love your blog.

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  67. I also like this music. It's a good idea to be inpired by it! The stars are amazing, especially the pink one. I hope you share the finished quilt soon. Thanks for the chance for the giveaway, I prefer natural colors.

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  68. I love your quilt! Beautiful. I think spiral galaxies scattered throughout would look great, and I bet that blue batik would be perfect for the binding. I love the bright prints!

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  69. The quilt turned out awesome! Just came across your blog and started following you! :)

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  70. First, I thought I'd been following you - I know you've been sharing during many of the MS hops - but no, you weren't on my Feedly list. So...I signed up via GFC and also added you to my Feedly blogs.

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  71. That is absolutely gorgeous and totally groovy. Always loved that song and I enjoyed reading the words to it and 'singing' in my head! Way cool interpretation. I definitely think some silver stars dancing around on the black would be beautiful. It would be really hip to see a scrappy binding done with batiks. I like the first colorway with all the birght colors the best.

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  72. What a pretty quilt top! Love your idea for quilting, I vote a black binding.

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  73. I love that quilt! I have to make one for me! I like the bright bandana fabrics!
    Just in case: momacita22[@]yahoo[dot]com
    I have started following you via email.
    Thanks for a chance to win!!!

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  74. Fantastic wonky stars! Can't wait to see how you quilt it!

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  75. I love, love LOVE the bright color way of the bandanna fabric! Thanks for sharing your beautiful 'Aquarius' quilt...and thanks for the giveaway!

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  76. I love your quilt with the wonky stars. Thank you for sharing your creativity

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  77. I love the bright colors of the bandana fabric. And your star quilt is wonderful!

    Lisa R (LMRdesigns11@aol.com)

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  78. Love your beautiful quilt and since I have a little boy at home the Natural would be perfect to make him some little do rags for his head! We sweat here in the country! Thanks for having something for everyone! Oh no better keep my boy ideas to myself! Hee hee!

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  79. Hi!!!! Love your quilt!!!!! Very pretty!!!! Love the song too!!!!!

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  80. I am a follower and I love the brights!!!!! Thank You

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  81. Gorgeous, Jan! I think the silver quilting sounds fantastic, and I would bind in black so your "space" isn't framed. But I'm sure anything you choose will look amazing- it always does!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  82. Those bright bandanna prints are looking pretty spiffy, and your galaxy quilt is amazing!! I love all those colors against the black. And your earth couldn't have been a better piece of fabric. I is perfect. I hope the moon shows its face soon so it won't disrupt the galaxy for too much longer.

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  83. What a wonderful quilt and I love how the batiks look so modern! I love the swirling galaxy's idea, would you consider hand quilting? I think it could look fabulous. As for the binding, either black or scrappy batiks? Can't wait to see what you do with this one :-)

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  84. Star Gazing with you was great.... and Aquarius was the song of the century!!! Beautiful, great work!

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  85. I really enjoy your quilt, love the idea of the galaxies being quilted on there, that will look awesome. Personally, I like the idea of the blue binding, I think it will help keep peoples eyes moving around the quilt, it will deepen their stargazing experience... hee hee! Thank you for sharing the fat quarters with us, amazing! I'm in a very cowboy town, and they'd go nuts for some of that fabric.

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  86. Would love the natural colorway if I win! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  87. I'm a new follower. I would use a black binding and silver gray thread shadowing quilting around the stars and moon.

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  88. I would prefer the Natural color way, although either one is acceptable :-). Now I have the refrain, "this is the dawning of the age of Aquarius'" running through my head. LOL

    senstrings (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  89. What a fun post! My mom loved that song...takes me back. Beautiful quilt top :)

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  90. I'd choose the brights. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

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  91. Fantastic quilt and I love the blog post. (Brights for me should I be so lucky.)

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  92. I really like the bandana in the neutral colorway.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  93. Love your galaxy quilt. Love how the colors show up against the black. I like the idea of in the ditch around the stars and the spirals, although I would use black thread and have them blend in. (If I win, I would the Natural color set of the Bandana fabric)

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  94. Love your star quilt and the song. I am a 60's girl and have some lovely memories from the 60's. Thank you for sharing... I have always wanted to do a quilt with a black background. If I win, I don't care what color, just winning some fabric is nice..

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  95. Love the batik stars. Always wanted to stitch a stat quilt but the moon makes it extra special. If i am lucky enough to win would choose the muted colors.

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  96. Lovely stars and great song indeed. :D
    No favorite.

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  97. I think I might bind the quilt in the yellow, or maybe the yellow/orange combo print you show first. To quilt it...something sort of like curvy shooting stars? (I see it in my head, but how to describe?)

    I like the bright bandana prints. :)

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  98. I would quilt it in black thread with a loopy stars pattern :) And the binding I'd do scrappy, with colors from the quilt!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  99. Love your batik stars, Jan! I like the bright bandanas. Thanks for joining the hop!

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  100. Love your star quilt! Can't wait to see your Lucy Boston english paper piecing blocks. They have had my attention of late. Thank you for sharing your work with us.

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  101. I love all those stars cant wait to see how you quilt it will be waiting for you to post a picture when you are finished

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