Thursday, September 25, 2014

RUSH HOUR BLOG HOP

There's no such thing as rush HOUR.  It always last much longer than an hour.  I was RUSHING to finish my projects and I can assure you it was much longer than an HOUR.  And of course RUSH HOUR traffic starts around 3:00 p.m. and lasts well past 6:00 p.m. for me when we lived in the big city.  By my calculations, that's much longer than an HOUR.  But Studio E probably wouldn't agree that's there's no such thing as RUSH HOUR.  You see, they have a fabulous line of fabric out called Rush Hour.  And it IS fabulous.



When I saw this fabric, it reminded me of a joke lots of grade school kids tell.  I don't usually remember a lot of jokes and don't tell them too often as I always seem to mess up the punch line.  But I just can't resist telling this one again.



What's black and white and red all over?
Why an embarrassed newspaper of course!  Bahahaha!

And speaking of news, I read the news on my Mac and I needed a bag to carry my Mac in so here's my Embarrassed Newspaper Bag.


It's a no-frills kind of bag.  A red zipper in the top and a pocket on the outside to hold the power cords.   I didn't want anything too fancy as I will tuck it inside my "over the shoulder messenger bag".  I really wanted this for just a little more protection inside the messenger bag.



And then since I'm always in a RUSH, I made this jewelry pouch to hold my jewelry when I travel RUSH out the door and don't get it on before I leave.  I store my jewelry in here and grab it and go.

Of course, they aren't just for jewelry either.  You can use them for a handwork organizer or they make a cute little purse for a special little girl.  The possibilities are endless!


There are 8 pockets to put your pretties in.




They are so quick and easy to make.  You can find the tutorial here on my blog.

And as I'm working with this fabric, I kept humming this song that I can't get out of my head.  I figured you needed it in your head too.


I'm so glad I don't work 9-5 anymore and have to drive in any kind of RUSH HOUR traffic.  And speaking of RUSH HOUR....What do you think of when you think Rush Hour?  I think most of you think traffic.  I know I did.  So here's my TRAFFIC JAM quilt.



The up-close quilting...




The label....


And the back...


And there you have it.... A TRAFFIC JAM...




The pattern will be available as soon as the hop is over.  I'll post it and the winner of my giveaway in a separate blog post.

And since we are focusing on black, and red, and white.  I thought I'd share with you this quilt I made for my dad for his 70th birthday.  A crossword birthday quilt...





 A simple nine patch block


Layout all the names.  I quilted the letters in the appropriate blocks but you can embroidery, stencil, or write them on.





And one last thing.  At my Statler Stitcher Group meeting last Saturday, Mary Lou brought this quilt for show and tell.  It's it lovely!  I had to share it with you because it fit right in with our theme of black, red, and white.



Isn't Mary Lou's quilting gorgeous!


A very special THANK YOU to Madamme Samm at Sew We Quilt for being the mastermind behind all of these wonderful blog hops and sponsors.  We'd be lost without her!  Of course we can't forget or cheerleader Carol at Just Let Me Quilt for being the organizer extraordinaire.  The both are fabulous ladies!  Studio E has been our generous sponsor too!

Now for the giveaway.  I have a fat quarter bundle of some RUSH HOUR fabrics for one lucky winner.  Just leave me a comment and tell me if you have to drive in RUSH HOUR now or have in the past.  Believe it or not I was 43 years old before I moved to the city and had to drive in RUSH HOUR.  That was quite an adjustment!  The giveaway is open to everyone.  I'll use random number generator and choose a winner after the last day of the hop.

Now RUSH on over to these other ladies sites and see what they've been RUSHING around to complete.  Oh and leave them a sweet comment.  You have no idea how much it means to all of us when you leave us a comment.  It's like a payday.  Cha-Ching!

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93 comments

  1. no rush hour here now, not for 20+ years since I work from home.. I HATED it and just think sitting in traffic is such a waste of time! Those fabrics are fantastic and I LOVE that quilt you made with the Rush Hour prints!

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  2. I just love all your projects - super quilt and quilting - thank you for the link to the jewelry pouch (Christmas). I worked night shift for over 30 yrs, so no rush hours for me and now retired, still no rushing.

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  3. Wow! What great projects. The traffic jam quilt is SUPER COOL!
    I love the other two quilts as well. Hmmm....I just went back to 9 to 5 work after being home for 3 years and it sucks sitting in traffic :(.
    These quilts really cheered me up.

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  4. Super Rush Hour projects! Living in the country, no rush hour here, but only rush minutes when there are more then 2 waiting in line at the grocery store, lol! Thank you for sharing.

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  5. I love all your projects, but especially the Traffic Jam quilt!
    I have driven in Rush Hour a few years back, but now I take the bus to work very early in the morning, and at that time there isn't much traffic.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. Love your projects! I live in a small town, and lived less than 5 minutes from work.
    No traffic jams for me...I am retired now! Thanks for the chance to win!
    wigglypup2 ( at ) yahoo ( dot ) com

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  7. No wonder you were rushing! Your projects are all very pretty and practical. I love your little jewelry bag. It is darling! The rush hour quilt is gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. And your dad's crossword quilt. How fun is that. Might steal that idea too. Love, love, LOVED your post. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Your projects are just lovely, Doris.

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  9. I am only 15 minutes from work in a small city, so I don't have rush hour right now, but I lived in Dallas for 2 years. That's a rush hour! Your projects are gorgeous!! I love your rush hour quilt.

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  10. good morning doris...your rush hour traffic quilt is simply divine...really the border is perfect the quilting stunning..your dads quilt is really a fine colour for men isn't it....
    you just have created lovely Rush HOUR projects that are memorable..

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  11. Lovely projects, Doris. The last one is awesome !!!!

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  12. Hi Doris! You are just amazing! You always rock my socks off! So many great projects. My fav is your rush hour quilt....very cool pattern. .....and by the way, you need to drag Mary Lou into this group!

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  13. Doris all the hoppers have awesome projects and yours are just as outstanding. I am blessed. I hate to drive and luckily I only have to travel 5 minutes and there is no rush.

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  14. Great projects!!
    I love your quilt and I look forward to seeing the pattern!!!
    I'm lucky enough to have never driven in a rush hour!! I used to work on a farm and I've never worked in a city
    Thanks for a fabulous giveaway!

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  15. Love your projects. Need to try making the jewelry bag. No rush hour for me. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  16. Your bags are beautiful and practical, and your rush hour quilt is gorgeous!

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  17. just stunning!!! Everything is great, from the lap top case to the little bag. but I adore your quilts....both of them!!!!! Mary's quilt is just gorgeous too.

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  18. I love your traffic jam quilt the best! The pattern is perfect for the fabric colors. Also love the mac pack and the little jewelry holder. Great inspiration for us today! I don't have a rush hour to contend with and never really had much of a rush hour when I did work. I do, even being retired now, try and avoid the busier times when I'm running errands. Thanks for sharing today!

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  19. Love that Rush Hour quilt! You were sure busy creating for the hop!

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  20. I drove in Rush Hour too many years. I recently changed jobs (I live in the country) and now my job is near home. I am loving not having to deal with city traffic. Your projects are beautiful. Love the label too! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, they will make nice quick gifts for Christmas.

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  21. No Rush hour for me-not traffic wise anyways. Biggest rush around here is all the animals clamoring to be fed at the same time! Almost as noisy as a traffic jam LOL
    Gorgeous projects. I love the jewelry bag with all the pockets. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  22. Lots of eye candy here! Your quilts are fabulous! Love your bags too. I like the idea for a cord pouch. Those pesky cords always need a good place to stay. And I love the jewelry bag. I have made a few myself and it is fun to see it in the Rush Hour fabrics. Wonderful projects all of them!

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  23. The town I live in calls fifteen cars at the stop light a traffic jam! No Rush Hour for me.

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  24. Oh i cant drive lol. So I've never had to drive in rush hour. I really love your quilt and I'm looking forward to the pattern

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  25. You were definitely rushing around for more than an hour on these sweet projects...all of them are fabulous! The design in your quilt looks just some of the traffic jams I was in when I worked...glad those days are over!

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  26. Wow, Doris, you rushed and finished so much. "Traffic Jam" is a very cool quilt. So fresh and modern. Perfect for this hop. I am going to try out your jewelry pouch, I could use one. Your friends quilt could very easily fit into this hop. It's another fresh modern. Thanks for sharing it.

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  27. I love all your projects, especially the rush hour quilt! The biggest rush hour in my life is how fast I can rush in the morning from my bed to the coffee maker! Nope, no rush hour in my life; good thing as I cannot stand sitting in traffic!

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  28. Oh my goodness, you have brought out the true meaning of Rush Hour. I love your projects each and every one of them. What a fun Rush Hour quilt, and that birthday quilt is just the greatest idea ever. I love that idea!

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  29. Doris I love your quilt! And thanks so much for the tutorial for the purse - my granddaughters might just be getting those for Christmas. :) I don't drive in rush hour any more but I've been stuck many times waiting, waiting, waiting. I always took a audio book with me just in case. blessings, marlene

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  30. Your projects are WONDERFUL and I especially love your Traffic Jam quilt. It is awesome. You have been one busy lady. No wonder you had to rush around. I don't live in a large city, but I have not planned some trips well and ended up sitting in rush hour traffic just to go through the cities along the way from point A to point B. After the last time I was stuck in a Chicago traffic jam for over two hours because of rush hour AND an accident, I decided to plan much better in the future. Thanks for sharing all your creations with us today!

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  31. I just love your rush hour quilt, it looks beautiful cann't wait for you to give out the pattern. I also like your pouch and iPad carrier. I catch the bus during rush hour to and from work, so I do not have to drive in it. Thank you for sharing all of your lovely creations.

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  32. You are an artist!!! Those quilts are truly stunning!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  33. I just listened to Dolly singing 9 to 5....very appropriate!

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  34. Super super projects...oh and I sure remember Dolly! That was a funny movie too. So glad I now live close to work and my commute is only 5 minutes time and not the hour plus it used to be. One night my bridge was in danger of washing out and it took me almost 5 hours of traffic to get home. Whew! Luckily I was not working the next day!

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  35. Your projects are fantastic. I LOVE that Rush Hour quilt design. The crossword quilt is so fun too. I love the quilting on the RW&B quilt made by your group member. That is a wonderful quilt too. Living in So. CA rush hour means the busy traffic to us, but there doesn't seem to be any reason for traffic at other times of the day. ;-)

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  36. I like all your projects, but really love theHex quilt made by your friend. Hexes just call to me. Here in my town, rush hour is at 7:30 and 3:30. Man, we have to wait on maybe 10 cars! No, I don't go to work any more, get to stay home with grandson and pick up granddaughter after school.

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  37. Doris your Quilts are Gorgeous!! I Love Traffic Jam and the Crossword Quilt, I would love to find that pattern, I am currently at nine patch speed *smile* I have some little misses who would love those little pouches too. Especially to match their Holiday Dresses. Thanks so much for showing your Rush Hour Projects!! I am retired from doing the The Rush Hour dance~

    Huggs, Nancy

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  38. Every once in a while I get stuck in rush-hour traffic but for the most part I have a reverse commute. I consider myself lucky! Your quilt, little jewelry bag and computer case are terrific. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Oh WOWSERS!!!!! Look at those! I love the quilt! The quilting is perfect! and those little pouches are adorable too! Such an AWESOME posting!

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  40. wow you have done a lot of rush hour items. All your projects are great. I really like the draw string bag. bags are very popular these days. Mac book case is nice too.

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  41. You rocked it ALL today Doris...the quilting on Traffic Jam is perfect for your design !!

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  42. I LOVE your quilt! So beautiful! I don't have to drive In rush hour traffic any more but I did for years (I don't miss it). Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  43. Your projects are so very pretty. You did a fabulous job. I have missed rush hour driving. I am now 55 and just starting to drive in the morning during rush hour. Arrgghh. Sigh. Oh well. I can work through this. Thanks for sharing and for inspiring.

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  44. Thankfully I've never had to drive through any traffic to get to work. I had to watch out for animals in the roads, mainly deer!

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  45. I lOOOOOOVE your traffic jam quilt, it is beautiful and I love squares, the quilting is great, everything! Waoh, you made my day less rushy, smile!

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  46. A fat quarter bundle of some RUSH HOUR fabrics! Beyond looking at them, I get to maybe feel them and admire them up close? YaY! Would love to win! I especially like your quilting with the top stitching looking like Rush Hour. So neat of an idea. I like the Good Morning surprise in the bottom of the tisket-a-tasket little jewelry purse you have made. Have a beautiful day! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  47. I love you traffic jam quilt, beautiful:) and the jewellery bag is a very neat design:)

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  48. Doris-I'm seeing black/white/red all over! Great projects. I love the crossword one-how appropriate and the hexie one is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. It is clear to see why you are "The Quilting Queen"! Your Rush Hour projects are amazing and wonderful. Thank you sew very much for sharing and hopping. Creative Rush Hour Bliss...
    Yes, I have had to negotiate rush hourS of traffic for many years.

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  50. I used to have to drive in rush hour in upstate NY, but that is a long time ago. This fabric is fabulous and I love your Traffic Jam quilt!

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  51. Wow Doris! All of those are amazing. The quilting is fabulous & what a cute idea for the crossword quilt. I like your traffic jam pattern, way cool!

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  52. I drove in "rush hour" traffic for 25 years until I moved to a small town. I don't miss it one bit. I love combining red, black, and white. Very pretty. Cynthia cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  53. Great projects. Rush hour(s) = stuck in traffic. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  54. I'm retired so now rush hour. However, we call it rush minute in our mid-size city. In any case I think I need a rush hour quilt because the fabric is so cool. Your quilt is perfect for rush hour fabrics.

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  55. Oh my, I love all your projects. I no longer drive Rush Hour, but spent the first 20 years of my married life doing it while raising my kids. Luckily, most of the time my husband worked near me and he did most of the driving for us. Now I'm "retired" and my husband continues the grind, bless his heart.

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  56. I live outside Baltimore and our daughter lives across town. So...Yes, unfortunately, I have been forced to drive through rush hour traffic at times. Uhggggg. On a brighter note, I can't wait to see your pattern for the rush hour quilt. I really like it!!

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  57. Wow,your projects are just awesome,love them all specially the hexie one and Traffic Jam.Stunning quilting and designs!!
    I have to drive in rush hour in the afternoon when I go back home.

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  58. Never had to drive in rush hour traffic. Your projects are beautiful and that quilt is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  59. OMG what beautiful projects you have. I just adore your quilt. I remember t g e rush hour traffic. Fortunately where we lived it was not that bad for me. Thank you for sharing and for the tutorial.

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  60. How clever! I would never have thought of a jewelry pouch, but it certainly will now. Very nice projects, all.

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  61. Wow, Doris ! You are certainly a queen today! Your quilts are all just gorgeous as is your quilting!!
    I taught school and had to be there way before rush hour, so I never had to contend with the traffic. Thank goodness!

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  62. I used to until I was downsized 4 years ago. I still have to deal with rush hour occasionally when I have appointments or have to be somewhere else during that time.

    Your quilts are gorgeous.

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  63. Doris, you hit it out of the park with your traffic jam quilt but the other two you mentioned, the crosswords and the neat one your friend made are cool too! So are the other items you shared today.

    I never really had to worry about Rush Hour driving. My first real job I lived two blocks away. At most at any point I had only about a 5 mile drive. That is probably why I am a bit of a white knuckle driver in large cities. THX for the giveaway opportunity.

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  64. I love your projects but the Traffic Jam quilt is AMAZING! Can't wait for the pattern as this is going to be a must make quilt for me.

    I live 50 miles from the city and a drive that normally takes 45 minutes would sometimes take an hour and a half during rush hour.....BOTH WAYS! I can honestly say that I do not miss it.

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  65. Oh my goodness, I love everything, but your Rush Hour quilt is brilliant! Absolutely perfect and the quilting complements it perfectly!

    I don't drive in rush hour - I used to, but now I stay at home with the kids. I actually didn't mind driving in traffic, it gave me time to wake up and then at night, decompress! hahaha

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  66. Wonderful projects and my favorite is your rush hour quilt. I love it. I didn't have to drive in rush hour as when I worked my hours were earlier so that worked out for me.

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  67. Beautiful projects. I no longer have to drive in rush hour traffic. And I am truly grateful I don't have to deal with it anymore! Now I just avoid driving at that time!

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  68. I haven't had to drive in rush hour traffic in nine years and I am loving it!!! I now live where rush hour traffic is 3 cars, a tractor and a pedestrian :) and that is in town over 7 miles away from home!! No traffic lights there either! Love your traffic jam quilt and your jewelry bag - thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway!!

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  69. Ok, Miss Doris! You are the queen with the Traffic Jam quilt you designed. I am in love. Just BEAUTIFUL!!!! Your other projects are great as well, but that quilt, just say AHHHHH to me. Great work.

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  70. Sweet pouches, AMAZING Rush Hour Quilt! I drive a school bus, I'm in rush hour traffic twice a day!

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  71. Great quilt! I drive in rush hour every day. :-(

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  72. I live in rural Wisconsin, so rush hour usually involves having to wait for two cars to pass before I can turn onto the highway from my driveway. I love the amenities and excitement of cities, but I'm grateful that I don't have to drive in one every day. I love your quilty pouch and the dramatic impact of your quilt! Thanks for sharing!

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  73. I live in a small town so there isn't really any rush hour. I'm glad, because when I visit cities the traffic is rather frustrating. Love the quilted version of a Traffic Jam though!

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  74. Loved your Traffic Jam quilt...a masterpiece! I used to have to deal with Rush hour traffic in Calif. Now we retired to Arizona, I'm sure I will be shocked when I go back! yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

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  75. Love the song and love your quilt too! I don't have to drive rush hour to get to work but while doing my work, which involves driving, I have been stuck in many traffic jams.

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  76. Hi!!! Wonderful bags!!!! I love your quilts and Mary Lou's too!!!!

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  77. Beautiful quilts, and the fabric is perfect for the Mac-bag. I have been lucky to not have to drive in the rush hour. But 36 years ago, when I was pregnant with our oldest son, I had to go by bus in the morning rush. NOT very fun with morning sickness.....

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  78. Doris, you did a stunning job on your quilt. It is beautiful. Your little jewelry bag is adorable. any little girl would be in love with it. Thank you too, for sharing the lovely quilt you made for your Dad.

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  79. Great projects Doris. Love your Rush Hour quilt. Several years ago I did the rush hour traffic in Chicago and the worst day of all was on Friday evenings during the warmer months. It seemed like everyone was leaving town.

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  80. Doris your projects are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

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  81. Great bags, and thank you for the link to the tutorial. I LOVE the rush hour quilt. Awesome job.

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  82. I have before and it was pure torture! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  83. I work 0700-1930. I leave early and so I only have to deal with a little traffic (usually) and going home it's usually clear all the way. :)

    In case I've reverted back to a no-reply: jhunsberger (at) gmail (d0t) c0m

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  84. LOVE your projects! The quilts are beautiful. The lettering is fantastic.

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  85. I've lived in cities all of my life, so I'm very familiar with rush hour! Happily I now work from home so I can just be thankful for that as I listen to the traffic and weather reports on the radio. Your Rush Hour quilt is wonderful. I love the way you quilted it! Your crossword puzzle quilt is a great idea! My dad was a great fan of crossword puzzles too.

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  86. I was confused for a minute. I read Holly's post first, Which I thoroughly enjoyed. Then I read this one. I thought she was awfully young and busy to quilt as beautifully as the quilt you just posted. Then when you said you were 43 yrs old I said what have I missed? Now I'm straight! Your daughter,your grandson and your quilt are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing all of them.
    Be safe and/Blessings
    Tonia

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  87. I love your projects and Mary Lou's quilt is lovely also! I am retired and live in the country, so haven't had to do rush hour driving since the 1960's...don't miss it at all. Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway.

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  88. Beautiful quilts, I absolutely loved them.

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  89. Oh yes I've driven in rush hour traffic. Where I live there are daily backups and traffic jams. I changed my work hours to travel during the least congested times.

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  90. Goodness, you were busy! I love all your projects but the jewelry bag is so cute. Thanks for sharing! My commute doubled when we moved. It went from 4 minutes to 8 minutes. Yeah, I wasn't getting much sympathy from my coworkers. They ought to live downtown to avoid the rush!

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  91. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.netSeptember 30, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Love your Rush Hour quilt. The Rush Hour fabric is wonderful. I have never lived in a big city, but even a small city can have a rush hour. Ours is complicated by having a river running through it. There are only two bridges over the river, so all the traffic is funneled to those two bridges. It helps that we are retired and don't have to get involved in the rush hour every day.

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  92. I have never owned a car but did have to commute in the rush hour until last November. I've made a couple of those jewellery bags and use mine everytime I go away. Yours looks great!

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