Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Checking my list

Just a little over a week before we leave for our Alaskan cruise. Sure wish you all could come with us. So looking forward to cool weather - and even rain - and all the exciting destinations. The most fun for me is hanging out with the quilters, hearing their thoughts and comments, getting to know what they like and long for in the quilting world. I always learn something from my ladies and go home re-energized, ready to tackle the next project.

Congratulations to Paulette - you're the winner of the 25 Yard Dash pattern/fabric this week. Enjoy! For this week's giveaway, in gratitude for finally dropping the book off at the printer, I'm offering a Copper Pennies quilt kit. It will have the pattern just for this project included, but it's one of the projects in the new book, Loose Change. A brand new Harvest Moon charm and mini charm plus 2 fabrics are all you need and we'll include the Spare Change ruler, too!
  Just had to throw in a Mini Table Treats with a few leftover blocks. Note the scalloped edges on the smaller triangles/squares. I'm really loving the effect of the pinked and scalloped edge rotary blades when a standard precut isn't the right size. Still would love to have a smaller pinked blade - we'll see what Olfa can do.
Be sure to check in during the cruise. I'll have a kit for the Friendship Garden quilt that Pam and I designed (mostly Pam) to giveaway while we're gone. And I hope to share a few pictures of our stops along the way if I have WiFi. Follow Pam's blog, too, at Heartspun Quilts. She's much more tech savvy when it comes to blogging than me. I hope to pick up a few pointers along the way.

Loved hearing about your messy/clean sewing rooms. Messy definitely won out. I think organization is the key but I hate plastic totes. My fabric can't breath in plastic, so it's always a fun challenge to find cute baskets/bins that look good for storage and fit on my shelves. My son, Neil, is a carpenter by trade so snag him to help me gain more storage when I can. I found the 4 divided magazine shelves at Hobby Lobby several years ago, but it didn't allow for anything but books. Neil made the open shelves to add in between and made the whole unit built-in along one wall and wrapped around the corner of my studio at the cabin. It filled up quickly, but I still need to edit a bit. Now he's working on a 20 ft. desk top that will fit under my window for the computer on one end and my sewing machine on the other with lots of fold down/flip up shelves and such for the printer and ironing board. Can't wait!

Better get back to work. Hope you all have a great quilting day.

70 comments:

  1. You will have so much fun on this cruise even if there is work involved. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  2. Wish I was going on the cruise with you and Pam. Have fun!

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  3. The only cruise I've ever been tempted by is the Alaskan one. I think it's because I imagine the scenery is gorgeous, but the terrain is such that I wouldn't have a better time being on land instead of the cruise. Make sense? Let us know if you loved it!

    The other thing you may be interested to hear is that the last few times we've gone into a fabric shop, my husband has told me how much he is attracted by Kansas Troubles fabrics. I've got some of your collections stashed. I guess it's time to make something for him! :)

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  4. Cooper Pennies, I LOVE that pattern! Since my name is Nickels, it should fit right in. : ). I wanted to name our daughter Penny, but hubby vetoed it.

    Thanks for all the great give- a- ways, Lynne. Have fun on the cruise!

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  5. Have a wonderful, safe trip. It sounds very nice to me. The pattern is really cute. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Mary

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  6. We just got back from Alaska and it was amazing as always! We don't cruise there (rather drive up and back) as you really don't get to see much wildlife--grizzlies, moose, etc. We go out on day excursions to see the sea life. I have been tempted though to leave the husband at home and go on a quilting cruise. Hope you have a great time and do enjoy the cooler weather--that was almost the best part about being there! Back to reality and the heat. Wahhhhh!

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  7. Thanks for the chance to win a Copper Pennies quilt kit. An Alaskan cruise is on my bucket list. I'm sure you will have a wonderful time. I'll be watching for your pictures. Have fun!

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  8. HAVE A GREAT TIME!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!
    LOVE THE COPPER PENNIES!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  9. Enjoy the cruise! Thank you for the giveaway of a Copper Pennies kit - how fun would that be to make!

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  10. An Alaskan cruise sounds wonderful! Thanks for a great giveaway ... I love Copper Pennies!

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  11. Love the name of this quilt...we don't think of pennies being copper much anymore. Have a wonderful cruise, wish I could go as an Alaska cruise is on my bucket list. Haven't read the previous blog entry, but I too don't like to use plastic. I get canvas boxes (w/attached lid) from the Container Store and nylon and cardboard boxes from Ikea. These all work great.

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  12. I'd love to visit Alaska! It has been on my list since I was a kid. My Dad's friend lived there. He always wanted us to come visit.

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  13. First thing when my husband and I retire is to go to Alaska. Have a great time! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  14. Have a wonderful trip! We leave in a bit over two weeks for our own trip to Alaska, but we're driving. Again. We love the looonnnngggg drive up, and have done it several times already. Be sure to post pictures along the way. I will!

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  15. Have a great time!!
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

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  16. An Alaskan Quilting Cruise sounds fun and exciting. I do love the Copper Pennies quilt. I have a delicious carrot recipe with the same name!

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  17. Have a blessed and safe time on that cruise! I've been fascinated with AK for a few years now, being that we are military and a lot of our friends have been stationed there. Thank you for all of your giveaways! You are a gem! :) Beautiful quilt, and I love the Mini Table Treats. I wasn't aware there was a scalloped edge for rotary cutters!

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  18. Have a great trip. I wish I was going to Alaska. I am tired of the heat.
    congrats to Paulette.
    you always have the nicest giveaways. Off to see Pam's blog.

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  19. the link to Pam's blog does not work. it is her email.

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  20. Your quilts are gorgeous...as usual! Congrats to Paulette on her win and thank you for offering yet another generous giveaway!

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  21. Wish you could send the cooler weather from Alaska our way. Have a wonderful trip. Love the new giveaway. The colors are wonderful.

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  22. Alaska here you come....wish I was going with all you girls!!!! Copper Pennies is awesome. I finished a KT quilt that was a wedding gift to a wonderful couple and they loved it and why wouldn't they!!!! My hope for you is all the generous things you do for so many come back to you twice fold on your trip. We live in a grand world with grand people in it.

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  23. Would love to win. Thanks for the chance. Have a great trip. I've been to Alaska twice and would go back "in a heart beat".

    Darlis
    darlisj@kinex.net

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  24. Have a wonderful trip..wpuld love to be going ...and would love to win!

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  25. A cruise sounds fun, I was looking at one for New England area. I hope you have a wonderful time and take lots of photos to share with us.

    Debbie

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  26. Copper Pennies is a beauty and I would love to be the winner...thanks for offering it to one of us.
    Have a wonderful time on the cruise.

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  27. Congratulations to Paulette! Copper Pennies is so cute~ I would love to work on it! Your shelving looks wonderful~ how nice to have such talent to build it for you! Have a great trip and thanks for the chance!

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  28. Have a great trip. Would love to be there also. Love the look of Copper Pennies and would love to win it.Thanks for the chance. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your Alaskan trip.

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  29. Have a great time! Congrats to Paullete!

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  30. Have a fabulous time on your cruise, I am sure you will!! Thanks for the giveaway. Linda

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  31. Sure would love to be on that cruise -- have a wonderful time!!

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  32. I wish I were going on the quilt cruise with you. It will be fun to read your post along the way. Have fun.

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  33. Alaska is my favorite cruise ever, not that I'm such a expert. Have fun. Thanks.

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  34. Have a wonderful cruise. I have always wanted to get to Alaska. Thanks so much for the generous give away.

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  35. Have a great time on your Alaskan cruise, wish I was going along! Keep us updated on what's happening. Love the Copper Pennies, here's hoping it finds its way to my house.

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  36. Enjoy the cruise- hope you get to see lots of bears, moose, whales and other creatures!

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  37. Have a wonderful trip. Enjoy the cooler weather!

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  38. Enjoy the Alaskan Cruise...oh how I wish I were coming. You and Pam are wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity in the giveaway...LOVE IT!

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  39. Have a fun and safe cruise to Alaska. It sure sounds like fun! I've been on quilting cruises before, and they are the best. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  40. Enjoy the cooler weather and the cruise! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  41. Wow--a 20' desk top--I wish I had the space for one of those. Your shelving is wonderful-nice to have a handy person in the family! Have a wonderful trip,
    Karen in Breezy Point MN

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  42. I love the fabric it makes me think of Fall. Have a fun and safe cruise to Alaska, it's so beautiful there.

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  43. Sounds like a great cruise even for this land lubber! Have fun....Love the fabric

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  44. Enjoy your cruise. Taking an Alaskan cruise is one of the things on my bucket list after I retire. I like the look of the pinked edges on the mini!

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  45. Just thinking about Alaska makes me feel cooler! Enjoy your cruise!

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  46. Hope you have a wonderful cruise and find time in Alaska! Wish I could have you joined you and Pam. Love Loose Change and the Mini Table Treat. Thanks for chance to win!

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  47. An Alaskan cruise is on my bucket list. Brother-in-law and sister got there first and enjoyed every minute. Have a great time, and thanks for the giveaway

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  48. Oh....I'm getting so excited for our trip! I don't know about you, but I'm tired of packing and want to start the fun now!

    Don't listen to Lynne...our Friendship Garden quilt was designed by both of us in a wonderful collaboration, and we just can't wait to show it off.

    Also...Lynne's sewing room is TO DIE FOR!!

    See you in Seattle next week!!

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  49. Now I wish I had signed up for the cruise when Lois brought it up...Greg let me get a Kangaroo Ksbinet with the comment " Does this mean you won't have all this clutter???"!HA

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  50. Hope you have a great time in Alaska. It sounds like a dream trip.
    Thanks for a chance at another great giveaway.

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  51. With the heat we have been having, I am sure jealous you are going to Alaska. Long days of sunshine and cooler weather. Enjoy and come back refreshed and with new ideas to share with us.

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  52. Hope you have a wonderful cruise. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  53. Enjoy your cruise! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  54. Have fun on the cruise!!! Great giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. Enjoy the cruise! Wish I was going too! Thanks for the chance at the great giveaway!

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  56. Awesome -- your sewing room picture is delightful and wouldn't it be heaven to have a 20" desk!!! Enjoy the coolness of Alaska after the hottest July EVER. Loose change would be fun to work with as the summer winds down. pwiggs@embarqmai.com

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  57. The cruise sounds like so much fun....enjoy! I would love to win this drawing. I so want to try the spare change ruler and the Copper Penny quilt. It would be like getting an early Christmas present! Hope hope hope!

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  58. Hope your cruise is everything you dream it will be. I've wondered about using plastic containers for storing projects...bins and boxes seem like good choices. I would love all your storage space! Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  59. Have a wonderful time on your cruise! Congratulations on getting your book to the printer!

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  60. Oh, I would love to go on an Alaskan cruise! Maybe, someday... The Loose Change pattern is so pretty and the Harvest Moon fabric is gorgeous. I love, love, love all your fabric collections! Have a fun trip!

    Linda H.
    tlhoff@srt.com

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  61. vicki in wisconsinAugust 9, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Have a wonderful trip.pattern looks wonderful.love the 25 yard dash pattern too. I am the leader for a Kt stssh group in Wisconsin. We enjoy the newsletter and pattern each month.

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  62. Have a wonderful trip! I have taken an Alaskan cruise and I would do it again. Such beautiful sites and so much to see. I love the Mini Table Treats pattern done in the basic colors. It would fit in most any decor. Can't wait for the new book.

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  63. Have a great trip! I hope it's so much fun that y'all decide to do another in the future. I'd love to take an Alaskan cruise. Thanks for the great give a way.

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  64. Have a great trip!! Be Safe....jmh

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  65. Hope you have a great trip! Wish I was going with you! Looking forward to seeing your posts! Thanks again for your generous give aways!! Patty D. from Crystal City, MO

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  66. Love hearing about the sewing room. I need some better work areas in mine. I"ve got a bulky office L desk in there now. When daughter was home this summer we wanted to work on quilts together but the desk just didn't work out. I'm thinking a longer, narrower table to fit the two of us if it ever happens that she wants to sew with me again..a very rare thing :).

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  67. Have a wonderful trip.and think of all of us babscorbitt@gmail.com

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