Sewaholic’s 300 Follower Giveaway!

Thanks for all the awesome birthday wishes!! You guys are the best. I had no idea I’d get so many thoughtful comments! Thanks for all the kind thoughts and reassurance that the best is yet to come as I get closer to my thirties. (I knew it!)

Yesterday was about me, but today’s about YOU. I’m sharing the love with a fun giveaway!

We’re celebrating a few milestones at once here, and not just the fact that I’m inching closer to 30.  I recently reached 300 followers, I passed my one-year blogoversary over a week ago, and I started the Self-Employment program! Lots of exciting things happening in my world. Let’s celebrate!

Here’s what I’m giving away:

  • A copy of the Pendrell Blouse Pattern, including free shipping to anywhere in the world. Best of all, you’ll have all of the Pendrell Sew-Along posts for reference when you’re ready to sew your blouse! (Click the image below for more info on the blouse pattern.)
  • Fabric for the Pendrell Blouse! Two and a half metres (2 3/4  yards) of printed polyester in a pretty teal print.

  • Matching, all-purpose thread: one spool of Gutermann thread. I’ll find you a nice, coordinating dark blue-green to sew up your blouse.

It’s essentially a Pendrell Blouse Kit! Once this package arrives in your mailbox, you’ll have everything you need to whip up a beautiful blouse. Isn’t that fun? A couple of people mentioned how much they liked the blouse pattern, but couldn’t afford it at the moment. Well, here’s your chance to win it, plus the fabric and thread to make it up!

Does the fabric look familiar? It’s the same print I made my Sew-Along blouse from! There were several comments from people who loved the fabric, so when I came across more (at a small, random fabric store) I just had to pick some up. It’s 60″ (150cm) wide too, which is more than enough fabric to cover any view, any size!

How to Enter:

Leave a comment ON THIS POST, with your answer to the question of the day: what fabric is your favourite to sew with?

Mine is rayon. It’s special, it’s hard to find, and it feels beautiful and soft. I do love how well-behaved and easily-ironed cotton is, and I love the luxuriousness and durability of wool, so those two would be close behind… but oh, rayon! It’s one of those fabrics that seems like such a treasure to find, especially pretty rayon prints.

Enter by tweeting about the giveaway, by clicking ‘Like’ Sewaholic on Facebook and/or follow with Google Friend Connect. Leave ONE comment for each extra entry, and leave me a comment if you already Like or Follow!

Who can win:

Anyone in the world! Yes, I’ll ship the prize to anywhere in the world. Being in Canada, I like when all countries are included. So you’re ALL eligible to win, no matter where you live.

How the winner will be picked:

Randomly! This giveaway will be open until end of day Wednesday, March 2nd. After that, no more entries! I’ll pick the winner randomly and announce it by the end of the week.

Ok, go! Comment away!

Remember, the question is: what’s your favourite fabric to sew with? I’m looking forward to reading your answers!

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420 Responses to Sewaholic’s 300 Follower Giveaway!

  1. Sara February 23, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    I’ve got to go with lightweight cotton–like voile or lawn. beautiful and comfortable to wear with enough body that it’s not tricksy to sew. i love linen too but it’s not as easy to sew as cotton.

  2. Sara February 23, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    i also became a follower. :-)

  3. Katy Rose February 23, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    My favorite above all others to sew is dupioni silk…..LOVE IT!!!! I also think you should send the pattern to me as I will be teaching beginner sewing classes and would love you have your pattern in the choices I will be offering. :D

  4. TM February 23, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    I’d have to go with cotton. It’s just what I use most. But I love walking around fabric stores (when I have the opportunity) and feel all the different textures. Ps. I’ve been drooling over the pattern since it released, plus that fabric is fab. What a great prize!

  5. Trisha February 23, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    Right now, I’m really into sewing with knits. They are comfy to wear, and pretty forgiving to sew with.

  6. Trisha February 23, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    Also, I’m a follower!

  7. Lisette February 23, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    I “liked” you on facebook :) and joined through google.
    My new favorite fabric to sew with is sheer, loose weave polyester. Shame on me, I know! But it is very forgiving when sewn even if it is difficult to cut and you can put a French seam in any seam, including princess seams!

  8. Lisa February 23, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    I LOVE sewing with wool, especially Pendleton! Yesterday I bought some Pendelton with stretch and that is even more of a bonus! I don’t even care that it is forest green and goes with nothing in my wardrobe!

  9. Ginnie February 23, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    I must be one of the crazies that really likes sewing knits. But probably only because I love to wear knits! If I’m honest, I like to sew just about any fabric that isn’t super sheer. (Those always give me fits!) And I’ll attempt just about anything!

    I didn’t join in the Pendrell sewalong, but I’ve been contemplating doing one anyway. It’s a gorgeous pattern and so versatile for a work wardrobe. I sure hope I win your ‘kit’! :)

  10. Lizzie February 23, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    I’m really enjoying sewing double knit jersey at the moment. Mainly because I’ve read so many horror stories about sewing with jersey- when I finally built up the courage it wasn’t so bad after all

  11. Ginnie February 23, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    Already a follower, too!

  12. Lisa February 23, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    I also am a follower! Your blog is one of my favorites to visit!

  13. Bettina February 23, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    Congratulation to so many followers!!
    My favorit fabric is cotton. I like flowers, dots, strips and vintage.
    Greetings from cold germany!
    Bettina BeAu*tiful

  14. nikole February 23, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    I love anything cotton. I live in a tropical climate so anything nartural

  15. Christine February 23, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    Hiya! I’m a pretty new follower to your blog. I love your Pendrell pattern, although I don’t have it yet, and I can’t wait to see more! Let’s see, my favorite fabric to sew with…I haven’t actually done that much sewing yet…I’ve been working on my wedding gown for almost a year, and before that pretty much all I’d done were a few pillows and ottomans. So I’ve sewn with upholstery fabrics, silk crepe de chine, silk charmeuse, silk organza, cotton muslin, cotton broadcloth, and tulle! My favorite of those was silk charmeuse. I think about food when I sew it, I’ll figure out why one of these days.

  16. Mia February 23, 2011 at 6:30 am #

    I love cotton, it’s easy to sew and wear! Happy Birthday!

  17. Sonja February 23, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    I love to sew with silk at the moment, so wonderful soft :) !

  18. Novita February 23, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    The pattern has just arrived today, can’t wait to start! But I want to enter anyway for the beautiful fabric :)
    My favorite is cotton, especially Japanese double-gauze cotton. They’re soft, fluffy, and so comfortable!
    I’m also a Facebook fan!

  19. Amanda February 23, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    I love cotton, but I find wool fun to work with, as long as it isn’t too ravelly.

  20. Amy February 23, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    Jersey made with any natural fiber. Silk, wool, cotton, love them!

  21. Cathy February 23, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    My favourite fabric to sew with is cotton, pre-washed of course. Almost daily I search online fabric shops for cotton lawns and voiles.

  22. Amy February 23, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    I liked you on Facebook, too

    BTW the second search result was “sexaholic.” For the sake of my sanity and the family on my facebook, i’m so glad I didn’t accidentally click that one

  23. Tricia February 23, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    I am still a beginner so I like the simplicity of cotton.

  24. Rebecca February 23, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    I think my all-time favorite is good old cotton! So versatile and easy to work with.

    And I follow already with Google connect.

  25. maranda February 23, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    cotton! i love to wear it and i’m not a great sewer (yet!) so it’s usually what i gravitate towards :)

  26. Seersucker Sally February 23, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    Great giveaway! My favorite is rayon, too. It drapes so nicely. I’m one of your “Fabulous Followers.”

  27. Kelly February 23, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    Though I find knits frustrating to cut out, I love that they don’t ravel and are incredibly forgiving. Quite flattering, too, depending on the pattern. I also like [cheap] suiting, because it’s pretty easy to use and often wrinkle-resistant, but most of it frays like crazy, and it doesn’t usually come in patterns/colors that are “pretty” – functional and basic, yes, but pretty? no.

  28. CGCouture February 23, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    My favorite fabric is rayon jersey. That’s the only kind of rayon I’ve (knowingly) sewn, but I love the drapiness, the softness, and how nicely it sews up. Second would be wool and shirting cottons.

    I retweeted your tweet. :-) That sounds so weird to say. :-P

  29. Steph February 23, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    I actually think cotton is my favourite! It’s easy to sew with, easy to find and you can get some great designs and patterns on it! The best way to make a project truly unique!

    Great giveaway! I love that fabric!

    x

  30. amy February 23, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    Congrats, Tasia!

    My favorite thing to sew is quiling weight cotton. The prints are so cheerful and it’s so easy to work with it basically sews itself!

  31. Carly February 23, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    Ooh I have been coveting this blouse pattern for a while now, have seen so many pretty versions! What a lovely giveaway, I’d love to win! I follow your blog and like on Facebook!

    I’m still a novice stitcher, so my favourite has to be cotton because it’s so easy to work with. I’ve recently sewn with gabardine which feels beautiful to wear but I found much slippier to work with than cotton.

    Cx

  32. Ashley February 23, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    I been a follower for a while and just “liked” you on facebook. I love your blog!

    It’s a toss up between cotton lawn and silk for me. Silk is always amazing and luxe to wear, but lawn is easier to work with and much cheaper (usually, depending on the brand). It really just depends on the pattern and how I want the fabric to “act” once the garment is finished. Both are incredibly comfortable to wear.

  33. Sara February 23, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    I like to sew with cotton. But the next fabric that I want to sew with is brocade, there is a beautiful collection that I drool over every time I’m in my local fabric store.

  34. Mary February 23, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    I love sewing with nice knits, any fiber content. I love the drape and ease of sewing up with a serger and coverstitch.

  35. Steph February 23, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    I now like you on facebook too! x

  36. Sula February 23, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    Your answer reminded me about the time I randomly ran across a rayon knit, so I’ll say that is my favorite. It was soft, light, had a wonderful drape, and although it probably had limited uses, I’d buy more if I ever found it again.

  37. Clare February 23, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    My favourite fabric to work with is cotton lawn, preferably something with a beautiful print on it!

  38. Sarah February 23, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    My favorites are knits (rayon, cotton, or wool). But, I really like woven rayons too.

  39. Lisa February 23, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    I love sewing with cotton best as it is so easy to cut as it stays put on the cutting mat. It’s easy to stitch and it takes a heavy dose of pressing with the steam iron . I can’t wait to see the new patterns you have in line.

  40. Sharon February 23, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    My favorite fabric to sew with is cotton! I love sewing with rayon, wool and linen too though. : )

    Love and appreciate your blog and your tutorials.

  41. Ashley0107 February 23, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    I like simple cotton. I find it nice and easy to sew and nice to wear :) though I’m currently working on a Sencha blouse using silk crepe, which is devine and such a nice luxury :)
    Ashley x

  42. Lauren February 23, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    oh! don’t make me choose! i have soo many favorites!!
    i really like working with natural fibers… not only do they feel luxurious against the skin, not to mention wash & handle well… but, ehhh i’ll confess, i’m a maniac with my rowenta & i can’t stand a fabric that won’t let me abuse the shit out of it with high heat and steam :) i love love love cottons – crepes & lawns & voiles & sateens. i love seersucker & i love ginham. i love wools, especially wool crepe. i love silk dupioni even though i can’t afford it. i also love stretch knit fabrics, especially really fine, really slinky jersey.

    my absolute favorite fabric to play with is silk organza. i love that it has so many useful attributes, that you can use it as a stabilizer or an interlining or to make a petticoat! it makes a great press cloth & kind of makes you feel rich doing so (well, mine does anyway… silk organza is $25/yard at my local fabric store o_O). even the name sounds fancy! yay silk organza!

  43. Ashley0107 February 23, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    I’m also a follower! xxx

  44. Ashley0107 February 23, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    I liked you on facebook too! :) can you tell I really want a copy of the lovely pendrell blouse? :) xxx

  45. Nicole February 23, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    I love to sew with wool. There are so many really nice types.

  46. shivani February 23, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    I love sewing with cotton lawn (though I’m just a newbie, and a wonderful world of fabrics lies ahead of me!). I’m already a follower, and now “like” you on facebook too! Thanks for all the blogs and tutes!

  47. Dora February 23, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    I’m currently obsessed with silk dupioni, so I would say it’s my favorite to sew with, my favorite to wear, and my favorite to get married to and/or have sex with.

    Naturally, I have absolutely no piece of clothing in dupioni — just length of the stuff that I am too afraid to cut into! But summer’s coming and I’m getting braver and braver.

  48. Grace February 23, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    I love sewing with crisp cottons and cotton blends that press nicely and hold their shape. Though I enjoy the look and feel of more luxurious fabrics, it’s very satisfying to work with well behaved materials!

  49. StitchBrawl February 23, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    I haven’t actually sewn all that much yet…I wish I had more time…so it’s hard to pick a favorite fabric. Cotton might be up there right now since it is easy to work with. I enjoy trying out different kind of fabrics and learning as I go. I would love to sew up a Pendrell blouse with that lovely fabric.

  50. StitchBrawl February 23, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    I also started following your blog. Congrats on so many milestones. :-)

  51. StitchBrawl February 23, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    …and I “Like” you on Facebook

  52. Stefanie February 23, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    Congratulations on your successful pendrell blouse pattern! My favorite fabric to sew with has got to be jersey cotton.

  53. Laurel February 23, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    I’d have to say wool. It’s not so much the sewing as the pressing. So satisfying.

  54. Laurel February 23, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    Also, I already like Sewaholic on Facebook.

  55. Jane February 23, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Cotton for sure. I love the way silk looks & feels but it is a pain to sew.

  56. Portia February 23, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    My favourite fabrics to sew with are vintage linens and curtains that I find on my thrifting adventures. I truly am obsessed with things that have a history and imagining the people who used them. To then turn them into something completely new, and carry those lovely imaginings with you every time you wear it, is such a buzz.
    Px

  57. Kerry February 23, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    I’ve always liked to sew a good quality cotton because I like the way it responds when it’s pressed. I love the drape of rayon, but haven’t sewn it in years just because my focus has been more on home decor. Now that I’m revisiting clothing, I’m sure rayons will be on the cutting table this spring, the prints are just irresistable!

  58. Farah February 23, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    I like rayon too but my absolute favorite is cotton voile. It’s so smooth, and crisp at the same time. it drapes beautifully, but has body, and sometimes a bit of sheen. And its is soo easy to sew with!

  59. Alison Pattern February 23, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    I love cotton. I love how well behaved it is, especially when I’m ironing. I find as a new sewer, it’s the easiest to work with :)

  60. Greta February 23, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    cotton weave, of course! But I must say I love cotton corduroy. It can be challengingly bulky, especially wide wale, but anything made out of corduroy seems to say “love” or enhance the expression of love that is put into a handmade garment.

  61. Forrest February 23, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    My favorite thing to sew with is cotton because it does what I want it to and presses well, however, I most often sew with silks and satins because I love the way they look, even if they’re a nightmare!

  62. K2 February 23, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    Right now, quilter’s cotton. But that is because I’m still getting over my fear of sewing more than a straight line.

  63. Stephenie February 23, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    I love sewing with flannel. It never slides, it’s warm and soft to the touch, and so cozy when you are done!

  64. Bellieshaker February 23, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    Follower and Facebook Liker!!!

    I love sewing with Cotton, and silk but my fave is Jersey Knits, for skirts and dresses, the fabric is so forgiving, very flattering, falls so nicely and my Favourite part.. doesnt crease!!! :) :) :)

  65. Stephenie February 23, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    Also liked on facebook!

  66. Mav February 23, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    I hope I win!! :) My favourite fabric to sew with would be cotton because I’m a beginner and it doesn’t slip. I have sewn with printed polyester too and I liked the drape of it.

  67. lynn February 23, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    My favorite to sew with is cotton, but my favorite to wear is a cotton blend. btw, I love your blog!

  68. Lady Jenn February 23, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    I love sewing with wool and silk! Wow – they are amazing – they stitch beautifully, press nicely and just wonderful while sewing!

  69. Bonnie February 23, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    My favorite fabric to sew with is vintage sheets. I love how soft they are & it makes me feel good to recycle too!

  70. Priz February 23, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    What a wonderful giveaway! I’d have to say (since I’m a total sewing beginner) my favorite fabric to sew with is cotton. its forgiving and inexpensive so I dont feel as bad when I screw up =P

    thank you for the chance to win n_n

  71. julie s February 23, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    What a great giveaway! I remember loving that fabric when I was following your Pendrell sewalong posts, so I’m very excited at the possibility of being able to sew my very own Pendrell in it!! My favourite fabric to sew with is cotton because generally it’s so well behaved!

  72. nikole February 23, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    I already follow

  73. Jessica February 23, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    This is a really good question as I am just learning how to sew! I suppose then I should say cotton, but so far, I haven’t had much practice. What I do sew a lot more are my hand knits (ends, joins, pieces together…) and do repairs by hand to my clothes. I hope with a good pattern I can learn how to sew and then make some really stunning things. Keep up the good work as I really enjoy your blog!

  74. Audie February 23, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    My fabric fabric to sew with is muslin…my muslins always seem to go together so much quicker (and sometimes better) than when I use the actual fabric!

  75. nicke February 23, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    I love love love looooooove to sew with cotton. I also love knits and i am starting to be adventurous with other fabrics like voile and cotton lawn!

  76. dani February 23, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    My favorite fabric to work with is any print that inspires me! Once I fall in love with a fabric print I will find a pattern that will suit that particular type of fabric and sew away!

  77. nicke February 23, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    i already follow you! on my google reader! i love it!

  78. Kati February 23, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    My favorite fabric to sew with is flannel! I’ve made two flannel blouses and some flannel projects before I started blogging. Its what my mom taught me to sew with (probably because it doesn’t slip) and Its so versatile, I can make a nice winter blouse or pjs and it always looks nice.

  79. Corinna February 23, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    I love wool and cotton because they press so well.

  80. Lori February 23, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    Cotton. I am fairly new to sewing so like the way cotton always behaves itself! I also like on facebook. :-)

  81. Elizabeth February 23, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Sorry that I have been MIA from commenting lately. I just wanted to drop by and wish you happy birthday and to let you know how excited I am about your patterns. I can’t wait to see what you publish next! good luck!!!

  82. Liz T February 23, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Congratulations on your success! I love this pattern: It seems like the perfect shirt pattern.
    I love sewing with cotton, especially anything striped. I also like sewing with suede, but I don’t have many occasions to use it.

  83. karen February 23, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Now that I have a serger I love sewing knits :)

  84. Rachel February 23, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    My favorite fabric to sew with is knits. Happy Belated Birthday!!

  85. Leslie February 23, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Oooh I am getting ideas from everybody’s flannel suggestions…my favorite has to have been linen so far in my sewing career- it stays where I put it and looks so professional when I’m done! Until it wrinkles.

  86. Scruffy Badger February 23, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you! I have SO admired the Pendrell blouse.

    I’d have to say my favorite is cotton lawn – it’s light & crisp & encourages me to be my most neat, meaning that when it’s finished it definitely feels special.

  87. shanna February 23, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Mine is not actually something I have ever seen as a single piece of fabric, but it’s the fabric one of my favourite dresses is made of: a viscose blend with a soft textured (almost seersucker) feel to it. It crinkles like linnen, which looks great, it’s light for summer but still chic enough for parties…If I’d ever come across it, I’d buy a bolt!

  88. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) February 23, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    Favorite fabric to sew is wool, love the flexibility and I like tailoring. but to wear, cotton for sure :)

  89. Clare February 23, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Lovely! Sign me up as another rayon fan (except I call it viscose) – I love the drape of it, but I agree, it’s so hard to find! I’m a fan of it in jersey form too, perfect for sleek yet comfy dresses!

  90. Gerwerken February 23, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Congrats on 300 followers!

    My favorite fabric to machine sew with is plain cotton (although not necessarily my favorite to wear), and my favorite to hand sew with is jersey cotton.

  91. LindsayBobindsay February 23, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    Congrats on so many followers! I already follow you, so count me as 1/300th of your fanbase!

    I haven’t tried too many fabrics, but I think my favorite is cotton. I recently sewed with linen and the sewing was great, I just know the wearing will include lots o’ wrinkles…

  92. LindsayBobindsay February 23, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    I also liked you on Facebook! Hooraaay!

  93. Morgan February 23, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    You’re so generous with these giveaways!
    My favorite fabric to sew is cotton lawn. It has a great drape and it does exactly what I want it to do. And it feels lovely when worn, even more important!

  94. Kristen February 23, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    First off, Happy late birthday!!!

    My favorite is definitely wool! I love how it responds to copious amounts of burning steam and of course the intoxicating smell that results. It can be thick to work with and some loose weaves require lots of seam finishing attention, but I just love the result.

    Oh and yes, I already have a Pendrell pattern, but I would love to win another to give as a gift to my friend in Florida who is a beginning sewist. She commented on my Pendrell post that she liked it and I think she’d really enjoy the pattern and would look great in it too!

    Thanks!

  95. Something in the Way She Sews February 23, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    My favourite fabric to work with is cotton jersey, it’s so soft and easy to sew, but before I tried I had been so worried about sewing with knits! Congratulations on having 300 followers, it look like you’ll have 400 soon.

  96. Something in the Way She Sews February 23, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    I also follow you with google friend connect.

  97. Amy February 23, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Ooo, I love boiled wool. I made a dress with it for my friend Frances’ wedding last year and it was so easy to sew, it didn’t fray, it hung nicely and it was warm enough for an April wedding, without leaving me too hot for the dancing later on in the evening. All round perfect!

  98. Amy February 23, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    P.S. I already ‘like’ you on facebook!

  99. Amy February 23, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    P.P.S. I already follow you on Google Friend Connect :-)

  100. GretchenH February 23, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    A really high quality linen. Crisp and great to iron, but with a beautiful drape to it when done in classic styles (skirts, shirt dresses, etc.). Plus, it always makes me think of warm weather and sunshine, which we don’t get nearly enough of here in Portland, OR.

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