Friday, August 29, 2014

Wrapping Up Summer with a Giveaway!

Does Labor Day weekend mean the end of Summer to you? Time to start thinking about the new school year and all the holidays and activities ahead. Yikes! 2015 isn't that far off and I have a fun giveaway that might help you in the next year {maybe this year too!}

 Martingale just released their 2015 Quilt Calendar! The cool thing about this one is that not only do you get a beautiful calendar, but you get the full patterns for each of the 12 quilts featured!



My Peppermint Float quilt from Simply Modern Christmas is the December quilt...


It's a really pretty quilt and actually very easy to make!
It just so happens that Martingale sent me an extra copy of the calendar and I'd love to send it off to one of you! It's easy to enter - leave a comment and be sure there is an email address associated with your comment. I'll pick a winner - how about Wed, September 3rd. Good luck!

In other news, one of my goals this Summer was to get rid of some of my quilts that have been sitting and filling closets. It's not an easy thing for me to do. I love all of my quilts and they carry tons of memories, not only of why I made each one, but what was happening in my life at the time. But as difficult as it may be, I have to let go, and allow them to be loved by someone else.

I sent 3 quilts home with my son this Summer and 4 quilts home with my daughter. The haul included the first quilt I made for each of them - hand-quilted, worn, soft and faded. Tears well up just thinking about it.

I did some research, trying to find the best homes for about 15 quilts and 20 wallhangings.

A half dozen of the more masculine quilts will go to Quilts of Valor. The more feminine group will go to the Sharing Shed, a local outreach serving families and individuals in crisis. Many of their clients come to them with nothing but the clothes on their back. I'm hoping one of my quilts will be a breath of fresh air for a new start.
I also have a good number of wall quilts and table runners that will go to our local YMCA. A beautiful group of ladies meet weekly to make quilts which are auctioned off to supply scholarship money for those in need at the Y.

I'll spend some time this weekend taking pictures of my donations. Each one still has a special place in my heart. At least they will no longer be taking up space in my closet! Room for more as I have no intentions of giving up quilting soon :-)

To those of you in the US, have a wonderful holiday weekend! Don't forget to leave a comment for the giveaway!

142 comments:

  1. would love to win, thanks tjwbewatcharterdotnet

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  2. This year's calendar looks particularly good. Of course, I like your pattern but there are a few others shown that intrigue me too.

    How generous you are being with your quilts. We have a surplus around here and I think I will be donating one to a silent auction for a non-profit I work with.

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  3. What a lovely thing to do! Hartmanp15 at gmail dot com

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  4. Thanks so much for a chance to win. It feels good to give those quilts a good home, doesn't it? Thanks for all the inspiration and eye candy you always share!
    gigiv13@gmail.com

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  5. A thanks for the chance to win. some of my quilts have gone to a family homeless shelter. they get to take them with them when they get a home.

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  6. Oh I would LOVE to win - that calendar would look perfect in my new house. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  7. HI, beautiful calendar!
    Thanks for your Blog+a neat Giveaway too!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  8. what a great idea to donate some of your quilts... I am not a seasoned quilter such as yourself, quite *yet*, but also hope to one day be able to donate in abundance! :)
    thanks for the chance to win the calendar--it is beautiful!

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  9. Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful calendar! I'm in the middle of repainting my sewing room and it would look perfect in there!

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  10. I am sure that your quilts will be loved and appreciated by those that receive them.

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  11. Great! A calendar you don't have to throw away at the end of December, but use it to keep on stitching. Wouldn't that be fun; look at the photos for a whole month and decide on colours and fabrics. A super give-away present.

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  12. Love your December quilt. Great donation of quilts to different groups.

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  13. I love that you donate your quilts!!! Would love to win

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  14. I always buy myself a new quilt calendar every year to hang by my desk at work, so I would love to win this one.

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  15. Talk about inspiration . . . that calendar would go right up in my sewing room . . . in SEPTEMBER!

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  16. Great giveaway. How wonderful that you are passing your quilts on to be loved by someone else. Now you will have room for more!

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  17. Lots of inspiration! Would love the calendar along with the instructions to make those quilts. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. wow ty very cool give away gl every one

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  19. love the look of this calendar and the quilts as well.

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  20. Awesome! Looks like a great book!

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  21. The calendar is lovely - and so great that you can bear to part with your creations - at least they will continue to be well loved!!

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  22. The thought of all that quilty abundance is hard for me to wrap my head around, but I am sure your kids and your outreaches are super appreciative!!! I can just imagine the "full steam ahead" mode that this could bring on ;) Thanks for a fun end-of-summer giveaway! It looks like a beautiful calendar!

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  23. Thank-you for such a fun qiveaway !

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  24. Love the calender, especially your quilt :) Thanks for the giveaway!
    hopkins_775@frontier.com

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  25. How generous of you to give away so many of your quilts! I love your Christmas quilt in the calendar! I hope you still have that one !!!!!

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  26. The calendar looks great....love the December quilt!

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  27. beautiful! thanks for sharing your "artwork"

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  28. I can see why it is so hard to give up your beautiful quilts. I applaud your generosity! Thanks for the giveaway - the calendar looks amazing.

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  29. Your quilts will find loving homes with needy families. That is what I plan to do with mine, too. Have a great weekend! My email is bzyreader at gmail dot com.

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  30. I understand why it would be hard to give them up. We put our hearts into our quilts. You have some lovely ones. I would love to win the calendar.

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  31. What a beautiful calendar - I just love stars, and would love to win this.

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  32. This sounds like a fabulous calendar! Stars have always been a favorite of mine. Thank you for a chance to win.

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  33. Oh my, I applaud your generosity. What a wonderful thing to do! I'm sad, however, to see one of my favorites on top of one of the stacks...
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sandy F.

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  34. I have always loved quilt. So hoping to start on my very first one real soon.

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  35. Would love to win! I've had my eye on the July quilt.

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  36. Thanks for the chance! Love your quilt and the others look awesome as well.

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  37. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm sure each of those donated quilts will be loved dearly.

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  38. Beautiful quilts; would love to have the calendar to inspire me!
    merrimom@shaw.ca

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  39. I would love to have a quilty calendar! I wish I had your problem--I'm just not that fast of a quilter right now. And I don't have any just laying around (just a couple that need finishing!)
    reillyr2(at(hotmail(dot)com

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  40. Can't imagine having so many completed quilts! I'll be happy when I finish the 5 I have going right now. :-)

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  41. I would like to win, nice quilts, conguez@hotmail..com

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  42. You have so many lovely quilts and all completed! Congratulations on that accomplishment and on the calender.

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  43. This would be perfect for my sewing room!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  44. I have your Christmas book and the Peppermint Float Quilt is on my list. I would love to have the calendar hanging in my quilt room. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  45. Wow which one to make first....? Wonderful Calendar.... hope I win...

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    1. Here is my email: wthomp@windstream.net

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  46. You know that there are thousands and thousands of women veterans, right? QOV can use feminine quilts just as much as the masculine ones. Thank you for donating but I find people often forget about women soldiers!

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  47. Your generosity is inspiring.
    Right now I'm enjoying reading the posts of bloggers commenting that summer is about over. I'm a teacher and headed back to school August 6, so I'm thrilled that some people have had a few more weeks to enjoy summer!

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  48. Everyone who gets one of your quilts will be so blessed.

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  49. Nice calendar. Love it when the instructions are included! I'm already imagining some of my fabric in your Peppermint Float quilt! I could gladly bid on a couple of your wall hangings. :D

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  50. You are very generous. Love, Love, Love the calendar. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  51. Your quilts are beautiful! What a blessing they are to others. Thank you for this giveaway!

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  52. I have trouble getting rid of my quilts too. Good luck finding good homes for them. It looks like you have a great start with the charities you support.

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  53. I'm sure your quilts will be loved by someone. Thank you for the chance to win a great calendar.

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  54. How nice that you are blessing others with your wonderful quilts, but I know it is also hard to send them to someone else. I am sure those receiving them will appreciate them and your generosity. Thanks for the chance to win the calendar. I've used a quilt calendar many years as our main calendar. Love that the patterns are included.

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  55. Your generoustiy is very inspiring. I am sure it is nice to know your quilts are being used and loved. The calendar is so pretty, would love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  56. Your lovely quilts will bring warmth & joy to everyone who receives them. And thanks for the chance to win.

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  57. What a really sweet idea and giveaway! TY for the chance to win!

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  58. How wonderful that you are giving some of your precious and beautiful quilts away to people in need. I hope I'm lucky enough to win your calendar! I love your quilt design, especially the star points that extend into the sashing strips.

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  59. Love your quilt! Would love to win the calendar.

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  60. You certainly have a giving heart. How wonderful to give away your quilts. I have a friend who does not understand giving. She certainly understands taking. I have given and given and given to her. I am so thankful that I was raised in a home where giving was an important aspect. My first husband didn't understand the principle of giving even though he was raised in a Christian home. My second husband was a giver and it was a delight to be married to him. He enjoyed seeing me quilt. Thank you for the change too win the calendar with the quilt patterns. I belong to a stitch group through my local guild. The guild has a group that makes quilts for toddlers. Our stitch group of only four thinks there is a great need for larger quilts for needy children and males. We are purposing to make larger quilts for needy folks.

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  61. It must be so hard to part with your beautiful quilts but think of all the joy they will give. I never knew there was a quilty calendar. I'd love to win!

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  62. I know how hard it is to part with beloved creations, but how thoughtful and generous you are. These quilts will certainly be loved and appreciated by those who receive them.

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  63. Thanks for making the approach of Christmas feel exciting rather than somewhat alarming! Wonderful collection of quilts glad you've managed to find such good homes for them. gilly@lapinbleu.co.uk

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  64. I'd love to win a calendar!!
    How generous of you to donate your quilts!

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  65. Ik wil graag een kans maken om deze kalender te winnen, wat een prachtige patronen!!

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  66. It would be great to win a calendar. How generous of you to donate all those wonderful quilts.

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  67. Your Christmas quilt is lovely! Thanks for the giveaway. I was cleaning today and counted the quilts in my house. There are about 20. Why do I need that many? I like your idea and will start thinking about who would like to have them. Each quilt does carry memories for me.

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  68. Lovely quilts you donated!
    Yes, I would love to win a quilt calendar; thanks for the giveaway!

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  69. How sweet to donate all of those quilts! I have 5 children and hope to fill their homes and my own with quilts, as well as give them for gifts.
    I'd love to win that calendar---looks beautiful!

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  70. Dont you just love the anticipation of waiting to see what the next month's quilt is going to be? I know i do! Sincerely, Paula K.

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  71. You certainly have been busy. Love your quilt from the calendar. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  72. Even if you sew and quilt quickly, you put so much of yourself into each quilt that it's a true heart-felt gesture to give your quilts away. Just spreading a little joy, one quilt at a time!

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  73. I'd love to win the calendar. And I admire your generosity in donating quilts that are so meaningful to you to such worthy causes.

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  74. Although each of the quilts you've made has a story and most certainly, a place in your heart, it must bring you great joy to know that they will be used and loved by people who truly need them. I admire you greatly for your generosity. And, about that calendar…sign me up!

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  75. The Christmas quilt you made is beautiful!

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  76. It's wonderful that you have that many quilts to give away. I am still working on my 2nd (2 years later).

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  77. Bless your heart. No doubt, the recipients of your beautiful quilts will be grateful for your generosity. I would love to get a copy of the new calendar. sapphire3558@gmail.com

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  78. Lucky kids for taking home quilts! Bravo for your donations! I am sure they will be much loved! I hope that one day I can do the same! Thanks for your generous giveaway! Would be a wonderful thing to look at every month!

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  79. Your quilts look lovely. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  80. Beautiful quilts. I'd love to win.

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  81. What wonderful causes for your donations. Thanks for sharing!

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  82. The calendar looks like a great source of inspiration. Thank you for the chance to win. Have a great bank holiday weekend.

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  83. Cindy you are so amazing and inspiring! Your generous donations will be loved, I am sure of it. Thank you for the chance to win the calendar!

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  84. I would love to win this calendar; love it when directions for the quilts are included.

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  85. It's still amazing to me how black-n-white makes a quilt pop. Thanks for showing off that quilt and sharing a calendar.

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  86. Love the calendar! Thank you for being brave in your donation of your beautiful quilts!

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  87. Love the calendar. Amazing how black and white works.

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  88. Such a great initiative, Cindy, I know your donations will become treasured keepsakes to many. I've wanted to donate a quilt or two to Project Linus over the years but sadly, they don't appear to have any acceptance offices outside of the US...

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  89. I love your quilt in the calendar!~ if I am lucky enough to win, I will have to make it first. Your generosity in donating your quilts will help those in need so much! I personally know how much the soldiers value them. Thank you!

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  90. What a fun calendar! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  91. I would love to win this calendar. Thanks for sharing

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  92. Great calendar! Would love to hang this in my sewing room.

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  93. You are so generous with the quilts you had made. You, are also blessed too, having the means to make them and the chance to give them away to those with lesser means than you do. I hope Id have the chance to be able to the same.

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  94. Thanks for sharing the great ways you will share your quilts with others. Wonderful ideas!

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  95. I still have the first quilts I made my kids. Guess it is time to give them to them because they are 34 and 31. Well loved quilts that come with great memories.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  96. Beautiful quilts! Thank you for sharing!

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  97. Your quilts are all beautiful and you are so generous to give them to those in need. Perhaps it's time for me to do the same! Thanks for the giveaway; I would love to own the calendar.
    k(dot)castanette(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  98. This looks like a gorgeous calendar and as I'm just now getting into quilting, I'd love to have it hanging in my sewing room for 2015! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  99. Thanks so much, what a beautiful calandar! And you have a beautiful heart, giving away the quilts you've made. sarah@forrussia.org

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  100. I admire you for donating your quilts; seems that you have thought about this and made some wonderful choices. I would enjoy the calendar.

    Gloria
    gyates625@bellsouth.net

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  101. I so enjoy quiltyfolk calendars, would love to add this to my collection.

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  102. Glad you reminded us to enter the giveaway. I got so wrapped up in the story of all your quilts and their new homes that I did forget! Thanks for sharing the calendar with one of us.

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  103. So hard to give away those quilts, isn't it? But they all went to such good causes, so that should help. I would love this quilt calendar. Such cute quilts in it. cdahlgren at live dot com

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  104. I love the calendar and all the beautiful quilts in it. I would love to have a copy of it. I admire you for going through your quilt closet and parting with many of your quilts for good causes. That is really hard to do. Leslie Williams lewjacks@suddenlink.net

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  105. Your December quilt has been on my to do list for months! Would love to win.

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  106. I have you Simply Modern Christmas book and really want to make something from it with some of my stash of beautiful Christmas fabric!
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  107. You are very kind to donate your beautiful quilts. I love your quilts and read your blog daily. It's inspiring! Thank you

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  108. Such a wonderful idea having a quilting calendar! I never thought to look for one before! Would love to win xx

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  109. I love your peppermint float quilt! I'd love to make a Christmas quilt sometime.

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  110. How thoughtful of you to donate your quilts, of course, this gives you room or more! I'd love to win this calendar, i gives me motivation to start new quilts!

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  111. How thoughtful of you to donate your quilts, of course, this gives you room or more! I'd love to win this calendar, i gives me motivation to start new quilts!

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  112. Inspiring calendar. Thanks for the chance.

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  113. Would love to win a copy of the calendar. I need to do what you did and donate a bunch of my quilts.

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  114. I've always loved quilt calendars!!!

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  115. Oh that is just a lovely calendar. Would love to win one.

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  116. What a great idea! I wonder if I could actually quilt one per month?

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  117. Thanks for the chance to win! The recipients of your quilts will be lucky indeed.

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  118. You are a very giving person Miss Hiya-Cinth, May you receive blessing back 10 fold. Congrats on having your quilt featured in the calendar too.

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  119. If any of your quilts needs a home. I'll be happy to adopt one ;)

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  120. It's such a lovely calendar, it would be a delight to enjoy each month!

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  121. What a generous soul. My friend is starting to do the same thing. She says she knows when she meets someone or hears of a cause which one would be the perfect quilt match for them. Congratulations on being selected Miss December.

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  122. Love your December quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  123. Congratulations on being a calendar girl. ;) Love your peppermint quilt!

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  124. Congratulations on being a calendar girl. ;) Love your peppermint quilt!

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  125. The calendar looks great. I'm amazed at the quilts you are able to donate - they all look like keepers to me.

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  126. I'm just getting back into quilting and love the idea of a quilt calendar!

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  127. I love your peppermint quilt. I am always drawn to Christmas quilts with black in them. Would love to win the calendar.

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  128. I recently came across your blog and have loved looking at it! I started quilting about 2 years ago when I made a quilt for my friend to take to chemo. Up to date I have only completed 3 quilts...all for loved ones going through cancer. I have many tops but am not good at getting them finished. Anyhow, I would love love love to win this wonderful calendar so I can extend my collection of finished tops. ;)

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  129. I hope I could win - if I'm not too late. I love to get calendars with patterns. They also make my home feel a little more "homy"

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  130. How fun to have your quilt featured for December!!

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  131. Your December quilt is especially nice. So many lovely patterns. Marilynn M.

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Thanks so much for taking time to comment!