Monday, December 3, 2012

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Although I've been on a bit of blogging break I have been doing a little hand quilting on my Miscellany "There's a Square in There" quilt. After quilting the original, I swore I would never quilt this pattern again. It was a pain trying to lay down the masking tape for the hand-quilted squares around the quilting pins.


BUT after much deliberation I couldn't think of a better pattern, so I'm doing it again, but this time a few changes have made it much easier. I spray basted for the first time so there's no pins, and I machine quilted in the ditch around the patterned fabric squares first, which holds it in place nicely. So I'm actually enjoying quilting it this time, and I really like the white thread against the black.


Have you tried hand quilting with nice chunky Perle Cotton yet? If you're new to it you might like to check out my tutorial. I don't use a hoop so you don't need much to get started. I like to combine hand and machine quilting in many of my quilts, as you can see:







So now for the giveaway. To make it a little easier for you to give this type of chunky hand quilting a go, I'm giving away a packet of my favourite needles - Scarlet Today Chenille size 24. It's actually a packet of various size needles including size 24, so you can see what size you prefer. I can't get these needles in Australia so I have to order from the UK, but I'd love to know if someone in Australia stocks them. I'm also giving away a ball of white Perle Cotton no. 8, some of this adorable fabric, and one of my pdf quilt patterns of your choice.

To enter just leave a comment telling me something that rejuvinates your soul. It's open internationally and I'll pick a winner randomly on Dec 7th.


I often think about Anne Frank when I sit in my red rocking chair at my bay window. She found that just looking out her window at a tree, watching it change with the seasons, rejuvinated her spirit like nothing else could. I tend to agree with her.


 Although I'm not sure if it beats a warm sunset over the beach with my beautiful family.


I hope you enjoy the rest of Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

399 comments:

  1. Hi Kate! I used to be a hand quilter but have been trying FMQ. Love how yours looks! Weather looks heavenly, too!

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  2. The obvious answer is that patchwork rejuvenates my soul. However, I guess you would know that! I do find that flicking through patchwork magazines and books, with a mocha and a chocolate royal or two, rejuvenates my soul, and feeds my creativity!

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  3. Hey Katie :) Photography rejuvenates my soul :)
    xx

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  4. having a giggle with my sisters sets me right. I don't get to do it often but sometimes my other half tells me I need to go back home and see them to get my smile back

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  5. Having a good laugh with my husband! thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. Your handquilting is the perfect touch on those quilts! Things that rejuve my soul - sewing and during the summer my family will head to a local beach. Our favorite thing to do is sit there and dig through the pebbles looking for sea glass. Being with family, hearing the waves hit the shore, and running my hands through the rocks = peaceful.

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  7. When I'm needing a kickstart, I pick up a good mystery and read. Takes my mind somewhere else for awhile.

    I like to do a little handstitching on my quilts too. Gives them a nice finish.

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  8. Great job on the hand quilting! Love how that white looks on the black fabric. A good laugh always rejuvenates my soul. Whether that is my hubby making me laugh by doing or saying something silly, a funny book, or a good comedy on tv or the movies.

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  9. I've never tried hand quilting, and yours is beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity-I'd love to give it a try! Listening to Dave Matthews rejuvenates my soul-anytime, anywhere.

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  10. Time spent with my husband - quiet snuggly time - rejuvenates my soul.

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  11. I find that any quiet time around the house with my hubby is rejuvenating.

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  12. I just love a rainy day when you don't have toeave the house and you just relax and listen.

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  13. The beach in the early morning is my favorite way to connect with nature and rejuvenate!!

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  14. Walking in my favourite field rejuvenates mine. It really is wonderful to see the seasons changing. There is a big old buzzard that sits on a fence post and an Oast House farm in the background.

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  15. You have been busy! Puppies rejuvenate my soul :)

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  16. Lovely giveaway, I have always wanted to try quilting with perle. What rejuvenates me is running. I just started about three months ago and I can't believe the difference in myself. I feel great and more importantly I am sleeping great!!

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  17. ooh lovely. Time with my husband and baby girl rejuvenates my soul

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  18. I would pick my two gray kitties. The crafting area is their favorite space in the house, and it's nice to look over and see them sleeping while I stitch.

    Your miscellany quilt looks amazing! I have a stack of that fabric for someday.

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  19. My family, great food and hobbies rejuvenate my soul:D

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  20. WOW!! I would Love to try that needle, the pearle, and the wonderful fabric! I love to go to the mountains or stand on a rocky beach to refresh my soul!

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  21. Giving my handmade quilts rejuvenated me into making more.

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  22. Sewing rejuvenates my soul. I always feel better after even 30 minutes in my sewing room.

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  23. I think just being outside rejuvenates my soul! Sewing helps, too!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I love hand quilting.

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  24. Your hand quilting is just beautiful! I think any sort of creating -- cooking, sewing -- is really therapeutic for me, and I'm so grateful that I have these outlets. Thank you for a super generous giveaway -- I'd love to be able to quilt like you!

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  25. Playing with fabric rejuvenates my soul.

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  26. Sewing all day rejuvenates me too :)

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  27. Sewing, of course! nothing works better than some sewing to feel oh so well!

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  28. Music rejuvenates my soul!

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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  29. Oh my, the hand quilting adds so much interest and dimension to the quilt. Having some quiet time and reading a good book often rejuvenates me. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  30. reading to my kids, or reading a good book with a good cup of coffee.

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  31. I love you handquilting/patterns! Sewing rejuvenates my sole after a loooong week of work.

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  32. Hi Kate, I only hand quilt and love to sit on a cozy chair with a quilt on my lap. Kerchief girl is my favorite fabric and o hard to find. What a treat this would be. Thank you.

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  33. I think being outside in the fresh air, on a not-too-hot day, rejuvenates my soul. I live in a beautiful area, so it's easy to do. :)

    I was actually planning on hand quilting some of my quilt that I posted about in the SMS Giveaway day, but had serious troubles and spent over a week machine quilting 1/3 of the quilt, so I had to give up on my plan and just finish the quilt. :-( But I do plan on hand quilting another quilt...so thanks for the tutorial! I'll definitely come back to it. :)

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  34. What a wonderful giveaway package! Music rejuvenates me, and sunrises and sunsets, and a phone call from my grandson, and a bit of sewing, and laughing with my husband....

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  35. getting to relax & do some sewing (I have a 3yo and a 1yo girl so there is rarely time for that :)

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  36. i love it when my husband and i take our dog for a long hike. the joy she gets from it is contagious!

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  37. oh my goodness. this may be one of my favorite giveaways of all time-- I'm seriously in love with your Miscellany quilt, due to both the fabric selection *and* your quilt design.

    what rejuvenates my soul? spending time with lovely friends. snuggling and reading with my son. creating (or, during the craziest, most jam packed days-- *dreaming* about creating). alone time in the kitchen preparing healthful, delicious meals. listening to music. long hikes through fallen leaves....

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  38. Listening to my grandchildren laugh lifts my heart. Your quilting is awesome

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  39. Reading blogs rejuvenates my soul!

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  40. Spending time with my best friend rejuvinates me. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  41. A walk in the woods, watching my children at play, or by myself, listening to the soft whisper of wind in the pines. Awwww... Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  42. The beach!!

    I'm glad I found your blog. I don't know how I have missed it before. Checking out your tut on Perle cotton now. I actually just picked up my first few skeins and some chenille needles to embellish some quilting panels. I hadn't heard or Perle before it exploded on blogland this year, either!

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  43. Just read your tutorial which was really helpful, especially seeing how you deal with the knots. What rejuvenates me is a get-together with my sketching group. They are wonderful to be with and inspiring.

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  44. I love watching movies, snuggled up on the couch with my hubby and cat. Thanks!

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  45. What rejuvenates my soul is reading the Bible. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  46. I find re-reading favourite books from my childhood helps me to refocus my life and gives me peace

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  47. Sewing! I have to do it daily or my fingers and mind get itchy. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  48. I love reading -- I just feel so much better with the world after I sit down and read for a while. Thanks for hosting and I have to say that your work is beautiful!

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  49. Dancing rejuvenates my soul and definetly praying!!

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  50. That fabric is adorable!
    I love watching my daughter when she is busy playing by herself, talking and singing without a care in the world.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  51. Lovely give away, thanks for the chance!
    Hmmm what rejuvenates my soul...good question laughing is pretty much the cure for anything I think. Nothing beats a good belly laugh especially if I can get the kiddo to join me :)

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  52. What rejuvenates my soul is reading my Bible and watching my boys laugh together! Love

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  53. love it - your quilts are beautiful! soul rejuvenation - what's that lol. I think what would rejuvenate me would be a day by myself, with a little spending $ if it's winter time (which it is) or a day by myself with a good book at the beach in summer time. I love my kids - but man oh man do I need a break right now.

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  54. Sewing with my kids rejuvenates my soul!
    lizeves(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. Reading new blogs I have found rejuvenates my soul as I get inspired to try new projects!

    Thanks for a fung giveaway!
    Julie

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  56. a good sewing session with no interruptions is what does it for me, thanks for this lovely giveaway.

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  57. I think baking bread rejeuvenates my soul!

    I've never hand quilted but I really want to!

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  58. Sunshine rejuvenates me!! I feel a tad depressed lately with all the dreary rainy cold weather we're having.

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  59. A hot cup of coffee and a delicious pastry - that does it for me!

    Amy
    amy(dash)elisabeth(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  60. sunshine and a great book does it for me.

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  61. Snuggling with my dog always makes me feel better. Thanks for the giveaway!

    robyn(dot)geddes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. My kids, they always seem to rejuvenate me no matter what :) eatkin85(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. The sound of my 3 boys laughing together.
    :)

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  64. Reading outside in the sunshine. I've wanted that fabric forever btw.

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  65. I really love your hand quilting. As to what rejuvenates me, Any sort of sewing/needlework fuels me! I can't go long w/o it.

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  66. I agree with you about trees--walking through the woods is very rejuvenating. As is a cup of hot tea!

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  67. Spending good, quality time with my kids rejuvenates my soul.

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  68. thanks for a chance to win. fun prize. I like time with my quilting or knitting.

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  69. Very beautiful quilts. Well, a good laugh always rejuvenates my soul.

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  70. Reading rejuvenates my soul. Cross stitch does too!

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  71. what a delicious prize! making little quilts soothes my soul - so this would help with that! also, bubble baths and brahms.

    thanks for the chance!

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  72. Smiling and receiving a smile back

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  73. Spring weather and the garden starting to grow after a long winter rejuvenates my soul.

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  74. Traveling and laughing with my husband rejuvenates my soul. So does finishing a new quilting project.

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  75. Curling up under a handmade quilt with a good book is what rejuvenates me.

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  76. Snuggling with my babies (who are growing up too fast!) really rejuvenates my soul. But I do love what you said about Anne Frank.

    Love your work. I'm going to have to spend more time checking out your blog.

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  77. That would have to be hearing my 2 year old's giggles! :)

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  78. My late afternoon exercise routine really rejuvenates me. Thanks for your giveaway!

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  79. I feel so much better when my house smells like nutmeg and cinnamon after baking cookies. Ahhh... it's perfect.

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  80. Sunshine rejuvenates my soul! we've seen very little this year in the UK!

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  81. My kids' laughter...and the smell of cinnamon!

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  82. I always feel better after a nice hot shower, and a cup of tea. I love love love the look of the perle cotton quilting. Thanks for the tutorial link. I will definitely be incorporating it into my next quilt.

    limor477 at aol dot com

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  83. I love your quilts and I favor handwork.

    Burying my face in my horses mane fuels my soul.

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  84. Catching up with a friend I haven't seen in a while lifts my spirits!

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  85. playing with my kids rejuvenates my soul

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  86. I have to say that if I am in need of rejuvination of my soul I pick up one of my cats and pet them. Somehow grabbing a big ole handful of fur, listening to the oh so familiar rumble as they purr how happy they are to have my attention all to themselves. Heaven! I would love to try the pearl cotton quilting. Looks like fun!

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  87. A vacation day with new socks and no plans :)

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  88. playing with my daughter.

    carolinebock1 at yahoo dot com

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  89. Cylcing down the road where I live (a tiny island of the west coast of Ireland) I love!
    Soaking in a bath for half an hour really rejuvenates me...

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  90. I am new to quilting and your quilts are beautiful! I hope mine turn out HALF as wonderful!

    Time away, typically to someplace natural and beautiful, rejuvenates me!

    Desi
    weeshareblog@gmail.com

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  91. Sewing quilting or any other creative activity renews me. Walking in the woods with my hound is also a way to refocus.

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  92. Walking, prayer, and quilting are all on my rejuvenation list! :)

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  93. Just a cup of hot milk and some minutes for me.
    Have a nice christmas time...

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  94. This makes my heart smile - learning a new technique. Thanks for the opportunity on a great draw.
    bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  95. Going to the park and sitting and watching the birds and the squirrels, and sometimes bringing along an open bag of potato chips to share with them, feels very relaxing to me!

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  96. Writing in my sketchbook rejuvenates me like nothing else, except perhaps a nice long nap!

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  97. I took a class this summer on hand quilting, but have yet to actually quilt. Maybe this will inspire me!

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  98. The sheer joy of needle and thread......up and down as I hand quilt......restores calm and balance almost immediately.

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  99. Long walks in the woods on my own and a good book rejuvenate my soul. Thanks for the chance to win!
    suzanne dot jourdan at gmail dot com

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  100. I'm a yoga girl.

    And I LOVE that final picture.

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  101. Hmm, night jogs up the garden path, coffee dates with my mum, and even little things like smiles in the hallway, and finishing a sewing project :)

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  102. Your quilting is beautiful. I love the sea it makes me happy, so does sewing! thanks for the giveaway!

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  103. I'm rejuvenated when I spend time with friends at our local quilt shop. they've been doing this forever and I just soak up their insight and stories of their lives. Love it!

    Thanks for the chance!

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  104. What rejuvenates me? Oh a lovely crisp morning in Autumn. Can't beat them. never tried those needles...will have a look out for them

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  105. Listening to childrens comments to stuff, often is seems odd, until you think of what they know about the world, then their comments are right spot on

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  106. Beautiful quilting! I think a bit of hand sewing/embroidery rejuvenates me and I also enjoy dancing in my kitchen (not sure why but it has to be the kitchen! My mum and I used to dance in hers when I was little)

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  107. Oh my, I was going to say a grande at Starbucks, but sunset on the beach would be amazing, for sure. Of the several giveaways I've entered already today, this has to be the one I'd love to win most so far! Want those kerchiefs!! And I've been wanting to try some hand quilting for a long time. This could be the jump start. Thanks!

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  108. Laughing at my cats' crazy antics always brightens my day and settles my soul.

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  109. My soul would be rejuvinated with either the sunset on a warm beautiful beach or spending time with my grandchildren. Both at the same time would be intoxicating! You are so generous sharing that lovely kerchief girl fabric.

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  110. For me, it's always the first bike ride in Spring after a cold winter. I inevitably end up smiling uncontrollably as I race down the bike bath, listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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  111. Being creative with fabric rejuvenates me!
    ecisley(at)comcast(dot)net

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  112. I love your quilting.
    Apart from the rather obvious answer that sewing or generally creating rejuvenates me, I think also all the little things (usually nature) like a bush full of chirping sparrows, or the sky full of clouds with just a tiny piece of blue peeking.

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  113. Creating something with fabric always helps.

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  114. I love the beach, I was raised on the beach and dream of getting back so its what I am always thinking of when I am sewing for me..

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  115. Rain. Everyone I know complains bitterly about the rain, but I feel like a rainy day washes away all the clutter in my brain and lets me see and feel more clearly.

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  116. Playing with my niece rejuvenates my soul!

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  117. Creating something new rejuvenates me. It's so satisfying to see something newly made.

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  118. A good book with a cup of tea is great medicine for my soul!

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  119. Creating rejuvenates me. Doing any sort of crafting or baking/cooking. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  120. Snuggling with the cocker spaniel makes me happy.

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  121. Being with my family or being creative rejuvenates me!

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  122. It rejuvenates my soul when my sons tell my that they love my when I take them to bed at night. :-)

    I have never tried handquilting until now, all I've quilted is machine quilted. So it's time for a try!
    Your handquilting is beautiful!

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  123. Your hand quilting is so lovely. I love the look of it. Watching my girls sleep really helps to soothe me.

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  124. Can't wait to try your method of quilting with perle cotton - love the look!
    Walking my dogs everyday is my joy. Signed up to follow you via email (laura84watt).

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  125. snuggling my sleeping little ones

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  126. Being in the barn with the show cattle.

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  127. Your combination of machine and hand stitching is beautiful! Working on anything crafty rejuvenates my sole! Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway!

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  128. Going cycling with my family and my dog! Thank you for the giveaway

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  129. wow Kate - I love that square in there quilt - the fabrics are gorgeous - I love the other quilts as well :) thanks for a fab giveaway - I'd love to try hand quilting with perle thread on the through the trees quilt of yours that I made last year but its still waiting on quilting (can you tell I'm a beginner) - thanks for the chance to win ! oops - nearly forgot to answer your question - being in my sewing room rejuvenates my soul as does sitting on the beach in the sun watching the ocean changing every minute :)

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  130. Beautiful Quilts. Thanks for the chance to win. A good shopping trip always rejuvenation my soul especially when I actually have the money to do it :)Otherwise I would have to say the beach, just to sit there and listen to the waves. Now occasionally I can combine the two and that is just perfect :)

    jenniffier at gmail

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  131. I love my kids mumbling that they love me when I kiss them good night AFTER they have mucked us about for a couple of hours before finally falling asleep.

    Thanks for the chance x

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  132. I still haven't been brave enough to handquilt a large quilt! As for your question, I always love the quiet moments when I snuggle with my kids before they go to sleep. Nothing better than hugs and "I love you"s from your munchkins!

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  133. Kissing my baby nephews totally makes me feel alive and happy. Thank you for the tutorial link and the chance to win. I've never hand quilted - it kinda scares me but all my guild buddies can do it. I'll have to get one to teach me beacuse I love the way it looks.

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  134. Great giveaway! At the moment, my baby's laugh!

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  135. Taking my dog for a walk rejuvenates my soul. :) I find it next to impossible to find the perle cotton in my area! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  136. Hearing my son giggle at his own joke totally rejuvenates my soul.

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  137. HI! SWEET GIVEAWAY!
    THE SUNSHINE IS A BOOST TO MY SOUL!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  138. Gazing at the sea when it's rough rejuvenates my soul and refreshes me.

    dfne at peterjh dot wanadoo dot co dot uk

    http://bossymamma.blogspot.co.uk/

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  139. Sunshine and a day laying out and reading a book while my kids swim like the little fish that they are!

    brookeali(at)hotmail.com

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  140. I have been dying to try Perle cottons but have no idea where to get them! A warm bath, tea and a good book rejuvenate my soul... along with spending time with my boyfriend and animals.

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  141. Snuggle napping with my dogs always feels good.

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  142. Laying by the fire with my big dog!

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  143. A leisurely walk on the beach does wonders for me.

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  144. My sewing rejuvenates me. It's my time at the end of the day, when I can just soak up the quiet.

    I also love those first warm days of spring when it's finally comfortable to take blanket outside and lie in the yard.

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  145. Your quilting is gorgeous on that black fabric.
    It feels good to sip coffee sitting in the e-z chair as the morning sun shines through the French doors.

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  146. My cat waiting at the door for me when I come home from work rejuvenates my soul. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  147. My Jack Russell Terrier is so full of energy and fun, he can always brighten my mood!

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  148. I have never hand quilted before but my grandmother strictly hand quilts so I'd love to get into that method as well.

    Nothing rejuvenates me like being close to the water: ocean, river, lake, makes no difference.

    Wildbluestarz {at}aol {dot} com

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  149. Floating on a lake or river. Noodles, kayak, canoe, sailboat, it doesn't matter.

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  150. I love to sit and watch it rain. Driving in it like I had to the other night no so great wanted to bite my nails it was so crazy fast raining. Would have been great to sit in a chair and watch it though.

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  151. What renews me is time spent outdoors. On the water, in the islands, birding in the marshes up north, stumbling around the snowy mountain passes, sweating in the central part of the state picking peppers and onions and tomatoes... I love all the various parts of the Pacific Northwest!

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  152. As a busy mommy a little quiet time sewing, tub soak or even shopping is good for a boost! :) LOVE the kerchief girls!!

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  153. Giving away a quilt makes my soul feel better when it's down.

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  154. Snuggling with my sweety. He's real warm and I just melt next to him.

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  155. Nothing better for my soul than a trip to the beach - I grew up in FNQ on the beach and now live in Adelaide suburbia, so I like to try to get to the beach as much as possible!

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  156. Time with my family - no jobs to do, no deadlines, no plans just good easy food, good company and playing cards or board games and talking while the kids sleep and chasing the kids and playing when they are awake.

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  157. A sunny day rejuvinates my soul. Your stitching is just gorgeous.

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  158. I haven't tired hand quilting yet! But I agree - a beautiful sunny day cheers me right up too.

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  159. Walking through the park with my boyfriend and our dogs. There's just something about walking through nature that is simply amazing.

    I love your quilts, especially that black one!

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  160. Fresh air!

    harper651 [at] gmail

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  161. Reading in bed! Nice combo of machine and hand quilting!

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  162. Doing fun family traditions with my little family in tow...pumpkin patch, Christmas tree getting etc. I love family time!

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  163. Seeing my husband after a long day's work (for both of us!) :)

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  164. this is perfect! I have been meaning to try hand quilting soon and I have a perfect project. thank you for the tutorial too. Am your new follower

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  165. Taking something old and making into something new makes me happy. :)
    kirkwood0419(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  166. A walk with my husband and our dog-- so calming. Thanks for the chance to win! akmajor (at) gmail (dot) com

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  167. Childrens laughter, the smell of the ocean and spending the day hiking in the woods with my 13 yr old son.

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  168. I love your combo of hand and machine quilting. I would love to give that a try! Hmmm... my soul could use some rejuvenating right now. I think, deep down, booming, orchestral music or a wonderful choir probably rejuvenates me more than anything else. But it has to be in person - iTunes is not quite the same... Maybe it is being in a group experiencing the same thing that is settling. Thanks for the great giveaway - I have always wanted some of this fabric!

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  169. Getting a hug from a child, looking at the night sky on a moonless night or at the moon when it's out, drawing with anything on anything, singing, taking a long walk with my dog -- these things rejuvenate my soul.

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  170. Bath and bodyworks black currant and vanilla sugar scrub, and a hot bath...heaven!

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  171. Getting to sew or hand embroider for a little while helps me decompress (and I really need to decompress)! :)

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  172. I really love spending time with my 2 girls and really enjoy our walks in the morning.
    Thanks for such a great giveaway.
    Erin
    emstone28@gmail.com

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  173. Listening to good music (Kim Taylor is a favorite right now). Love this giveaway!

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  174. My soul is rejuvenated by scrap sewing with no particular purpose, while listening to music. So relaxing!

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  175. Thanks for the chance at this incredible giveaway! Blue kerchief girls? Seriously? And the other things are great, too. Thanks also for giving the link to your hand quilting tutorial because I've been meaning to find one.

    What rejuvenates my soul? Well, lots of things, but today I washed four big service dogs in training, and that does it every time.

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  176. I love your heart-shaped fairy quilt! Being around children inspires and rejuvenates me. Thanks for making me think about that!

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  177. What rejuvenates my soul is a nice, long walk in the river valley with my dog, Abby. It's so calm and serene there (unless we spot a coyote!)

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  178. Nothing is better for my soul than sailing...

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  179. Mom's group every Monday morning keeps me going.
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  180. Sitting at my sewing machine rejuvenates me after a loooong day chasing after my nutty toddler ;)

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  181. Vacation on my favorite lake in Canada.

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  182. Listening to favorite music while working on a craft project with a warm puppy at my feet is good for my soul...

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  183. Time alone outside -- anywhere in nature works, but the woods (especially the woods where I grew up) rejuvenate my soul the deepest and the fastest! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  184. oh man... coffee, chocolate, running, reading, and sewing - all rejuventating!

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  185. Sitting on my deck and watching the birds and wildlife (squirrels, groundhogs, rabbits and foxes!) that come to the feeder. Nature at it's finest. Cheers!

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  186. Sitting on the beach is the best way to rejuvenate. I wish I lived a little closer and could do it more often.

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  187. Listening to Christian music and reading a good book help me rejuvenate.

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  188. Nothing rejuvenates my soul quite like the ocean... combine that with a rainstorm and crashing waves and I'm in heaven! I'm lucky enough to live on a small island off Brisbane, Queensland, and my front windows look over the water, I love to sit on my veranda and soak up the quiet, natural beauty of the world around me :)

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  189. Nature rejuvenates me...as well as creating beautiful things. Hand quilting a whole quilt with Pearl cotton is on my bucket list this year!

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  190. a long hot bath

    Deborah
    pinkscissorsdesign @gmail. com

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  191. Hello from Minnesota! I like to recharge by cooking soup, enjoying a fast read, spending time outside and driving my car...not all at once though. I also think a cat's purr and a tea kettle whistle can be therapeutic.

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  192. Nothing is better than the beach on a windy grey day.

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