Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Prep

Good Morning Ladies! Less than a week until the whole tribe shows up for our family Christmas this Sat. night/Sunday. I spent most of the weekend rearranging/cleaning/redecorating the bedroom of the retreat space to accommodate everyone. It's been almost 4 years since we hosted quilting retreats and the bedroom was looking weary. I'd put away most of my antique quilts and vintage decorations since the grankids were the only ones sleeping there. After moving beds, pulling out quilts and decking the walls, it feels like the cozy KT retreat space it always has. I don't have all the beds made yet but will have pictures soon.

Congratulations to Christie (commented on 12-10@6:41pm) and Linda (commented on 12-11@7:42am). You're this weeks winners of the Christmas patterns. Christie will receive the 3 patterns from last week's giveaway and Linda will get the Merry, Joy, Wish and Warm Memories booklets. It's not too late to send in your money for either set of patterns - or both! $5 postage would cover it all!

We're so pleased with the response to our new book, Loose Change, and the rulers -Five & Dime and Spare Change. Soooooo, this week's giveaway is a set of rulers and the book! I'll be posting next Monday, Christmas Eve, to announce the winner. What a fun Christmas gift for yourself or a friend. 



There are several fast & fun ideas for Christmas included in Loose Change - Christmas Coins features a Layer Cake and Charm pack (watch for my new Christmas collection in May 2013, Icicle Kisses),

 A darling wall quilt using a charm and mini charm pack with wool holly & button berries and a Christmas wish embroidered in the border by Cheryl Ross of Heaven on Earth Quilt Shop in Wabash, IN....
and a cute pincushion made from an extra block! Even I could get a couple of those made for gifts next year! 
One more trip to the store for brunch fixin's and a couple of stocking stuffers (and another bottle of holiday cheer!) and we'll be good to go for this year's celebration. I love that all the kids and grankids come to spend the night, then we open presents in our p.j.'s and have Christmas brunch like we used to when they were little. As they head out the door Sunday evening to gear up for their own family Christmases, Robert and I sigh a little and relish the quiet once more. 

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season and a blessed Christmas with family and friends. 






72 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family Lynne. Thanks for a chance to win the book and rulers. Icicle Kisses - I'm looking forward to seeing what that fabric is like!

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  2. I'd like a chance to win, please. I love your fabrics, and your patterns. We're getting ready for snow weather up here, so some new patterns would help pass the days, and a new quilt would warm the nights.

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  3. What a wonderful week end to look forward to! Merry Christmas to you and your family -- jmh

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  4. MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL@
    LOVE TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  5. Merry Christmas, Lynne! How wonderful to have your house filled with your children and grands! Thank you for this giveaway! It will be a nice gift for one of your followers. Take care!

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  6. Oh what a fun time with the family. That sounds like so much fun. Not that this is about quilting but, I'd love to hear your brunch ideas. This year I'm changing to a brunch for the first time and the only thing I've gotten figured out so far is that there will be ham. LOL I may need a bottle or two of my own 'holiday cheer' too.

    Thank you for the giveaway. The rulers are something that are always a good thing.

    Have a wonderful holiday.

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  7. congrats! to the winners.
    Have a great time with your family. Merry Christmas!
    thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  9. beautiful pattern. wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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  10. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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  11. Congratulations to the lucky winners! Your Christmas plans sound perfect! I love the new quilt patterns too! Thank you for the chance! Merry Christmas!

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  12. Merry Chritmas! I love the chance to win a book and ruler. Your patterns are so great and the fabric lines are wonderful.

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  13. Wishing you a warm an awesome Christmas!!

    Congratulations to the winners and thanks for the chance to win.

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  14. Merry Christmas. What a fun giveaway! I'd love to be chosen.

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  15. Here's wishing you a most Merry Christmas. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of your book Loose Change, and the ruler to use to make them (plural as like them all). BTW: The name of your new fabric line "Icicle Kisses" is wonderful.

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  16. You know, lots of younger folk don't have any idea what a Five & Dime store is/was. - I have such fond memories of visiting the one in our small town as a child!

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  17. Love your patterns and fabric. Enjoy your holidays with your family...sounds like lots of fun! Thanks so much for the chance to win. Merry Christmas!

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  18. It would be a wonderful Christmas gift to win a copy of Loose Change. Thanks and Best Wishes to you and yours.

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  19. That sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the chance to win. Merry Christmas!

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  20. Sounds like you are going to have a wonderful celebration with your family this weekend...and then a quiet and peaceful Christmas Day! All the best!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway. Love those patterns.

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  21. I would absolutely love to win a copy of Loose Change. That would definitely be on top of my favorite Christmas gifts! Enjoy your family & Holiday celebrations!!

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  22. Your family get-together for Christmas sounds like lots of fun Lynne!! I'd love to be entered for a chance to win a copy of Loose Change and look forward to your new Christmas collection.

    Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year to you and yours!!!

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  23. Best wishes for a safe and happy Christmas and New Year!

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  24. Lynne--Merry Christmas! It would be great to have a chance at winning the book and rulers! Have a great weekend. Carrie in Iowa

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  25. Hope you and your family experience the awe and wonder of Christmas. Looking forward to KT in 2013. Oh what fun we will have~!!!! Blessings of Christmas to you and your family.

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  26. I just purchased your new book Loose Change last month, can't wait to start on one-------after the holidays that is.

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  27. Merry Christmas!
    Thanks for the chance to win :D

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  28. Merry Christmas and a great New Year for KT. Winning the book would be a wonderful Christmas gift to me.

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  29. Your retreat center sounds like the perfect place for a family gathering! Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

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  30. Merry Christmas! (don't enter me to win, please...I've already won this year) God bless you all!

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  31. joyeux Noël !!! je tente ma chance, merci !

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  32. Thank you for your great patterns and ideas. You are a treasure! Merry Christmas!

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  33. Merry Christmas to you!!

    I love following you and seeing all the great KT ideas!! I would love to win the book!

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  34. Wonderful giveaway -- Thanks. Merry Christmas :)

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  35. What a wonderful Christmas present this will be for someone!!! Thank you so much - love the quilts on the cover!!! Merry Christmas!!!

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  36. Hope you have a great Christmas. I love the quilts on the cover of your book. Thanks for the chance to win the book & the rulers.

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  37. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for your blog, your fabric designs, your patterns and your creativity. You are always a welcome respite during my busy day--the best part of any Tuesday. Finding your blog has been one of my favorite blessings this year. Enjoy your children and the grands this week :)

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  38. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
    THANKS for being so generous!!!!
    BEST WISHES!!!!

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  39. No snow here yet, just miserable fog and rain. Your Christmas sounds wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win. Merry Christmas!

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  40. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family, and it will be great to see pictures of the retreat center. I sure enjoyed the time I spent there. They are predicting 6 to 12 inches of snow for Thursday so a snow day at home would be nice to finish everything for the holidays. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  41. Merry Christmas! We'll be alone this year, but got to have the whole kaboodle for Thanksgiving, and I'll get to see everyone is Jan and Feb, so I won't complain! Enjoy the kids, they sure do grow up fast! Can't wait to see the new book, hope Santa brings it to me, thanks for the chance!

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  42. Your Christmas sounds like my childhood...long ago. I so miss the sounds of laughter and kids running all around. I wish you and all your family a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for all the goodies and tips you share with us.
    Love,
    Mary

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  43. The book looks like a lot of fun! I'm still in the middle of getting ready for Christmas, but today I will be going to a sew-in--crazy! We have had lots of beautiful snow, so it seems more like Christmas now. Happy Holidays!

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  44. It all sounds lovely! Have a good time.

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  45. Happy Holidays! I love all your work and thank you for a chance to win your new book and rulers. It would be a wonderful additional to my collection!

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  46. It sounds like you are going to have a wonderful holiday this year. Best wishes to you and your family. Thank you for the chance to win the book and rulers too.

    Mary

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  47. I just finished my christmas gifts yesterday. It sounds as if we'll get some snow on Wednesday. If I get my cleaning done today, I might get to go to the sewing room. Would love to win the book and your rulers. I love what you do. Have a wonderful Christmas. Debby

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  48. Merry Christmas! Sounds like you're set to celebrate.
    (Can you believe that I still don't have my tree up? Shopping isn't finished, either.)

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  49. Happy Holidays and enjoy your time with friends and family. Love the book and rulers.

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  50. Have a great Christmas with your family. Your plans sound wonderful. I am in Seattle with my daughter,husband and 3 grandkids. The grandkids birthdays are also in December so makes for a busy month. They are each 4 days apart!! We get to eat lots of cake!!

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  51. Love the loose change patterns!

    I hope you enjoy your celebration with your family!

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  52. So nice your will have family around for Christmas. I love your Loose Change patterns.

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  53. I am excited for xmas this year also. We will have a white one soon here in central Iowa. Exited about your new book, looks wonderful!

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  54. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the weekend. I love brunch!

    Thanks for all the fun posts and give aways this year, too.

    Sandy A

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  55. I discovered your blog today after receiving an e-mail from Old Country Store Fabrics. I had just ordered some of your fabric from them for a project I will be working on. I love your fabrics and patterns. I am marking your blog as a favorite so that I can continue to follow you. :)

    Laura R. from South Dakota

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  56. Merry Christmas. For the 1st time in a looong time we won't have any family staying over Christmas Eve. We will have a family party and dinner but everyone now has a home to go to so hubby and I will be alone. I'm fine with Christmas Eve but I'm wondering what's going to happen in the AM! That makes me feel old! It doesn't seem that many years ago that we'd open our gifts and then tromp down to the grandparents to wish them merry christmas, but they were old! Love the patterns. Thanks.

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  57. We are getting ready to leave for a Kansas Christmas on Thursday! I can't wait!! Here's hoping for a white Christmas!! Love the Loose Change!! Looks so fun to do! And that pin cushion is the cutest!! Merry Christmas!!

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  58. Love to win your book and rulers! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family! Lana

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  59. Have a very Merry Christmas! I just found out you are having a quilt exhibit at the Old Country Store next year....I'm so excited!

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  60. The book is sure to be a huge success and the tool right behind it! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Have the merriest of holidays with all those special family members in pj's :)

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  61. I would love a chance to win the book and rulers. The quilts look so lovely.

    Thanks, sue dot quilts at Verizon.net

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  62. Merry Christmas. Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to win your new book!

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  63. Lyn, thank you so much for the opportunity to win this ever so gracious giveaway. I wish you a very blessed an happy Christmas. There is just nothing better then to be home with your family.

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  64. Merry Christmas to you. Many blessings for family memories!

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  65. My hubby had hip replacement surgery yesterday so we are staying home for Christmas this year. He comes home from the hospital on Christmas eve. Congrats on your new book. I would love to use your ruler/tool to create with your patterns in your book. Merry Christmas

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  66. YOur family celebration sounds like an awesome time. Enjoy every minute of it. Thanks for every chance you have given me to win even tho I have never won. It is still fun to check in and try to win. Merry Christmas.

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  67. Oh my word!!! I was just catching up on my blog reading and see that I am a winner! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Merry Christmas one and all

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  68. I'm so happy that you have had such a nice response to your new book! That's a present in itself. Our holidays will be quiet this year. Merry Christmas and happy 2013!

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  69. Hope you are having a great time with your family. Merry Christmas and a very happy and productive new year to you.
    Lois R

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  70. What a lovely prize to win. I can't get enough of your fabric and patterns, they are so "cozy and comfortable" to me.
    I'm looking forward to seeing you in Niagara Falls in 2014!! Fingers crossed!!!
    Merry Christmas
    Carleen

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  71. The new book is one of my favories. so many projects. Have a Merry Christmas and blessed new year!

    bjeanand@gmail.com

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