Tuesday, January 4, 2011

First Giveaway of the New Year!

Happy 2011 to all of you! It's that time of year again - sort, purge, reorganize - as we put away the Christmas decorations and bring out the snowmen. When we were hosting retreats, I changed the decor every other month for the seasons - quilts on the walls, collections in the entryway, small vignettes on the bedside tables and in the bathrooms, as well as in the main gathering space with lampshades, table toppers and pillows - in fact, right down to the tissue box covers. Whew! Now that I no longer need to "foo foo" up 2000 sq. feet each month or so, I need to get rid of a TON of stuff. I spent last week sorting thru most of my Christmas decor and boxed up anything I did not use this year. The rest? Up for grabs! We're adding a new link on our website called KT's Attic. We'll have items for sale, mostly in groups by season, for you to decorate your home at flea market prices with a little bit of KTQ. (Christmas items will show up throughout the year.) Watch for the first items later this week. I just couldn't part with my collection of Deb Strain snowmen (pictured above), but I have plenty more for those of you who enjoy these seasonal friends as I do. One of our Attic offerings is a set of 3 wooden snowman boxes with a couple of adorable ceramic snowman head ornaments - all for just $4! We'll also have some antique sewing accessories such as bone needle cases and advertising thimbles, quilt tops and other collectibles.

Our first giveaway this year is an assortment of goodies found in the back room that were favors for retreats. In the Moda Designer tin is a pack of Kathy Schmitz notecards, a ceramic pie bird, several Ragspun appliques using KT Plaids, a sewing themed notepad and a wire basket that holds a special Easter egg perfectly. Comment here by noon, Sunday, Jan. 9th to win it! And who knows what else may find it's way into it before it's closed and sent. We have a few more of the Moda tins for sale in KT's Attic for $5 each if you missed them the first time.

Did you make a quilting resolution for this year? Finish UFO's? Take a quilting retreat? Make more gifts this year? I'd love to hear about them.
Lynne

85 comments:

  1. My resolution this year is just to buy less stash. lol! I have too much and I need to work from stash more and buy less. Hard to do when there's so much lovely stuff coming out! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I need to clean out the "extras" in my house.
    We do tend to collect a lot, over the years and I want to make new things this year, that I can decorate with.

    Debbie

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  3. Wow, your reorg is our gain! Looking forward to watching KT's Attic. I am going to attempt to make more gifts this year. Home fix-it is hopefully done and fun time abounds this year!

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  4. I so love your decorations and may have to search for the Deb Strain snowman pattern, if its available ... Can't waith to see KT's Attic! My quilting resolution is to use more of my stash instead of buying everything I see that I think I have to have ... :) We'll see what happens :) However, this does mean that I finally have to break into my KT jelly rolls, layer cakes, and yardage that I've been saving for "something special" and make something to use finally. lol Going to use one right now to join a postage stamp quilt along ... can't wait! And even better, it'll be for me! Yay!! Thanks for this giveaway opportunity! Adore, adore, adore, obsess Kansas Troubles fabric :)

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  5. I am continuing with my resolve to use what I have by making quilts, afghans, tote bags, and other useful and creative things.

    It will be fun to see what wonderful stuff you find to clean out and pass on!

    MGM

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  6. My resolution is, like a lot of others, to complete some of the many items I have on the go. Looking forward to seeing your Attic goodies.

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  7. No resolutions here although they are needed. I just love winning goodies....thanks for the chance.

    Billie

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  8. I'm a big fan of snowmen!!!, my resolution for this year's to finish my UFO's, I have a pile of them, I'm afraid it could increase, need to finish some before february starts, it's the month I start my quilting classes for this year!!!!

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  9. My resolution is to make quilts! My plan (hope?) is to complete four full-sized quilts this year plus two doll sized ones every month. Well we'll see how long that lasts! LOL!

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  10. I'm glad that someone other than me leaves snowmen out past Christmas! I have done a lot of cross stitching the last few years and sort of put my quilting on the back burner. I am really getting geared up and starting to focus a lot more on quilting for awhile. Lots of good fabric scraps ( a good portion of them KT) that I need to put them to good use in scrap quilts.

    Please include me in your genorous drawing!

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  11. Thank you for the great giveaway. One can never have enough fabric, notions or quilting gadgets. My resolution is to be a better person and spread love through the art of quilting.

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  12. I don't do resolutions since I can't stick to them :) I plan to focus on UFOs for the rest of the year though.

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  13. I hope to do more quilting this year. Good for the "soul". Can not wait to see what's in KT Attic. And hope to win the giveaway!

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  14. I work on quilts just about everyday. The first big quilt I ever worked on was your first BOM. I signed up in Paducah and couldn't wait everymonth for the next block to come. The top is finished and I finally plan to quilt it this year.

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  15. Finishing up things is my goal for the year...no more UFO's!! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    meri_drake@yahoo.com

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  16. I want to get more sewing done this year!

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  17. I wish I could get the 'cleaning' bug - but it's just way too hard for me to get rid of my treasures!

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  18. My resolve is to finish the 3 Big UFO's so that I can move on to a new project. I have so many I would love to do and just not enough time to do them in. Thanks for the giveaway change. bvrlymllr@ gmail.com

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  19. I want to finish at least one UFO a month. I am already working on one now. Maybe I will make it.

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  20. I vow to start and finish a Christmas kit I got two years ago!! Loved your retreats - the decor was so homey nothing else lives up to it.

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  21. I don't usually make resolutions, but I am hoping to improve on my machine quilting this year. Thanks for such a fun giveaway. Great way to start the New Year!

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  22. I have several quilty goals. I do want to finish some UFO's. I am scheduled to attend a retreat in the north Georgia Mountains in February. I also plan to attend the AQS quilt show in Padukah (spelling?) for the first time in April. This is my first year of retirement. I'm trying to do all those things that I couldn't because of my work schedule.

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  23. My biggest goal is to not start piecing another top until I finish one. I have 3 tops that I could start quilting right now and two more to sandwich and several others in various stages of completion. Now, I did leave myself an out - I can start small projects like bags or fabric bowls or zipper pouches.

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  24. Would love to win your giveaway -- think I'll see what I get done and then make the resolution. Does it work that way?

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  25. I was contemplating whether or not to put my snowmen away today; but reading your blog has made me think twice about it and maybe leave a few out to enjoy til spring. Looking forward to getting things cleaned then getting to the sewing machine.
    Thank you for the opportunity for another giveaway.

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  26. Can't wait to see what's in KT's Attic. My quilting resolutions year are to complete some of my Blocks of the Month, and make six donation quilts or pillowcases.
    Thanks for another giveaway opportunity.

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  27. I have not set any "quilt" goals - I have my own self goal to not feel "obligated" or "commited" ...but rather to take my time and enjoy the process more

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  28. What fun! I would love to win some of the goodies! Can't wait to check out the KT Attic.

    Char S.
    Eastern WA

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  29. I always enter and this giveaway for the New Year sounds wonderful! The majority of my stash is KT....love your style! A resolution would be to use it and quit petting it! LOL

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  30. Giveaways are so much fun! I am not making any promises this year on resolutions! Too much going on, but i do hope to get to a couple of UFO's and keep up on my Civil War block of the month!

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  31. No resolutions for me. Just a steady try to eat better and take better care of myself. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  32. One of my goals is to do your Threads of the Civil War-A quilters journal.....from my stash of KT fabrics!!!
    christine

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  33. I need to really finish up my projects - I'm a procrastinator and I one of my resolutions is to break that habit. Not start a new project before another one is finished up :)
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

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  34. Great giveaway! Please count me in!

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  35. Once again, I need to organize my sewing room. The other day, I put all of my kits in a box so I took take one out at a time and finish it. Guess what, I have since found three more kits! My resolution is to finish some of my kits!!!!!!!!!!!

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  36. WOW, what a giveaway to start off the new year! Would love to win a memento from your retreats. I was lucky enough to come to one and believe me that none other has ever compared. You set the bar very HIGH and I thoroughly enjoyed myself and LOVED the decor, it put everyone in such a quilty mood.

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  37. Thank you for the lovely giveaway and happy new year. My resolution - 4 quilts to finish as gifts for this year!

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  38. How cute is that tin!! Thank you for the opportunity to win it. Now I am going to cruise your new link. Such fun.

    Mary

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  39. That little suitcase with goodies is very sweet! Would love, love, love to win it!! My New Year's resolutions would be to complete more UFO's - how do they multiply so quickly??

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  40. I hope I did not miss something but what happened to the retreat? I have started a list of projects started not completed, projects started in 2011, tops quilted in 2011, labels applied in 2011, etc and shared with our quilt guild. I also have a motto for the year, People Do What They Want to Do. Love the giveaway. Paula in KY

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  41. GEE! IT'S TO CLEAN HOUSE!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  42. Lovely Quilt. I have a resolution this year to finish my three children's quilts, also to go through my bins of fabric and organize them into bags to then make quilts with, if I dont have an idea right then for it, i am donating the fabric this year. More to declutter also to inspire others with new fabric.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Sunshineofautumn at yahoo dot com

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  43. My goal for the new year is to make and donate pillowcases for the 1 Million pillowcase challenge.

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  44. Thank you for kicking off the New Year with a giveaway. I'm not making resolutions this year. I do have plans to learn to use my mother's new sewing machine for piecing and machine quilting. I've moved cross county several times and donated "stuff" so my clutter is recent. That's why I like OPS (Other People's Stuff).

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  45. I am also a snowman collector and love to leave all of them out until the end of March. I hope to use up some of my stash this year but also like to go to quilt shops to see what is new and usually end up buying some kits. Love kits.

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  46. This is an awesome give away, what a great idea!!! Who wouldn't love some of KT's mementos from past retreats!!! My goal this year is to finish the MANY ufo's hanging around the sewing room as there will most likely be a major move before the end of the year and I too will be cleaning things out!

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  47. My quilt group (Troubled Thimbles) has decided to dedicated 2011 to become "stash busters". I am also going to finish some old UFOs. Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway.

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  48. My quilting goals for the year are to finish up some of these UFOs and to have plenty of fun starting new things, too. I also plan to get my sewing room reorganized so it's more efficient to use and more pleasant to be in. This is a fun giveaway - please put my name in the hat!

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  49. My resolution is to use more stash and finish up UFO's. And maybe win some freebies!!

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  50. One quilters trash is another's treasure! I'd be happy to have yours! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  51. I would love to have any left overs from the Kansas Troubles backroom. I am going to--yes really I am--going to make my first full size quilt. I am using--really--Kansas Troubles fabrics to make the "America The Beautiful" series BOM from MaCalls Quilting.

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  52. quilting resolutions to enjoy my passion and make more quilts!
    I would love to go on a retreat and to Houston or Paducah for a BIG quilt show this year!
    Happy New Year!
    Kathie

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  53. No resolutions any more, just the enjoyment of sewing and surrounding myself with family, good friends and gorgeous fabrics. Maybe to finish two priority projects that have been hanging around way too long!

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  54. Thank you, I would love to win more stuff to add to my stasj - Nat xoxo

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  55. Mine: Quilt every chance that I get!

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  56. I don't make resolutions any more because I always break them, but I hope to do a lot of quilting and clean up some of my stash. That's as much of a commitment as I can make - cleaning up SOME of my stash!

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  57. Happy New Year and thank you for the chance to win this wonderful give away! Wow I am # 58 hope I get lucky!

    I don't make resolutions because--- I do break them! :( Although, I would like to finish up UFO's that's the plan anyway.

    Thanks again for the chance!

    Carolyn

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  58. My resolution is to find time to quilt. We've had some major changes in our lives which have included taking down my longarm and losing my sewing room so a troubled friend of our daughter's could stay with us. It's so hard to sew when there's not a place to do it!

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  59. My resolution for this year is to finish projects I have started and to use what I have. We'll see how it goes!!
    Happy New Year!
    And thanks for the chance!♥

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  60. OMG my resolution fr this year is to buy less stash, and I'm not quite succeeding yet..LOL
    tks fr this great chance!

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  61. Like many other quilters here, finish some UFO's, use my stash and buy less. I just LOVE the idea of the Attic and will be watching it for goodies. Thanks so much for the giveaway. Happy New Year!

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  62. KT fabrics was the first line I started collecting. I have used lots of it, but it just seems to grow .... could that be because I keep buying each of your lines. LOL! My resolution would be to use more of the KT fabric. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  63. Can't wait to see the goodies. Didn't really make a resolution, but I must not spend as much on fabric/quilting items this year as in the past. I have a huge stash and I just need to pull from there for quilts or additional fabric.

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  64. I also made a resolution to finish up all the UFO's, I love to start a project, I have alot of trouble finishing them. It must be that busy creative mind, hmmmm....

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  65. I don't make resolutions, I hate to promise things I can't keep, so I just intent to enjoy the year with family, friends and lots of quilting...
    Lizzie
    xxx

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  66. I want to finish the hand quilting on a vintage 1940s quilt. It's almost done. It's been "almost" done for about 6 years! lol

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  67. Cute tin! Happy New Year, Lynne! For 2011 I resolve to not allow fear to have the upper hand and explore a myriad of creative options in my life. Color, form, technique, and opportunities abound. Inspiration is everywhere! Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  68. Finished 4 UFO and working on more. Starting Christmas gifts early this year. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  69. I have a couple of these tins from past retreats and use them all the time! It would be great to have one full of goodies. I am also planning to finish up some UFOs this year and hopefully start Christmas sewing before November!

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  70. I plan to finish projects that were put away to start new projects and never finished. I have already started on a few of the smaller ones and I am making progress.

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  71. We are having a "Resolutions" project for guild this year - you decide which projects you are going to finish this year and donate a fat quarter for each project. You get a chance to win the fat quarters if you finsh the most projects - whew, but can't wait.

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  72. I am Going to finish all my UFQ's and I have to lose some weight (doctor's orders). Wish me luck. Happy New Year!

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  73. I love you little snowmen and the snowman wall quilt! I would LOVE to win!

    Vanessa in Oklahoma

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  74. I would love to win the Moda tin. It would be like Christmas in January! My main resolution is to get more organized!

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  75. Wow, love this giveaway! My main quilting resolution involved joining a UFO challenge to get some of the older as well as new favorites finished in a timely fashion. One finish a month on the UFOs and that leaves time for playing with other ongoing projects and adding new ones (cuz there's ALWAYS new ones, LOL!)

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  76. I spent the weeks just prior to Christmas re-organising my studio so that I could spend LOTS of time stitching this year - with everything easily to hand. My resolution this year is to stitch without expectations. No self-imposed deadlines, no rushed stitching before an important event - just simply to stitch for pleasure!

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  77. My 2011 goals are to spend time each day working on something fun, finish several UFO's, and spend less time on the computer...so gotta go! Thanks.

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  78. My #1 goal is to find more time for quilting, and I've accomplished that by cutting back my work hours. But now I'll be earning less money, so I need to work with my quilt-shop-sized stash and buy no more fabric. That doesn't mean I can't enter a drawing :)
    Happy New Year, and thanks for the giveaway.

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  79. I'd love a chance to win! I'm only a year into quilting and want to stitch every pattern I see! The fabrics are so addictive! I even signed on to my first BOM this year! Going to start the first block this afternoon! Thanks for offering such a generous and kewl giveaway!

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  80. I am determined to practice my free motion quilting more...every day if possible. (may be a little ambitious!) Happy New Year and thanks for the chance to win.

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  81. My new year's resolution is to spend on any project that is inspiring to me at the time without worries of UFO's...as all will be completed eventually i trust!
    Happy New Year!
    cindy in california
    cbnovick@hotmail.com

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  82. Trying to get lots of my craft room organized and finishing projects I have started.. Spending lots of time here lately sick and not able and doctoring Mr. Couple. Virus hit both of us.. Back on track now and love the giveaway..
    Maggey

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  83. I'd really like to strictly use from my stash or make quilts from the kits I already have, rather than continue to purchase and add to the stash. Really need to clean up my sewing space...what a mess! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  84. i would like to start making quilts...I love them...some are soo beautifully made..it inspires to start up making them..thanks for the giveaway!!

    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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