June 20, 2014

Summer Solstice aka: The Longest (Sewing) Day of the Year

Hi everyone! Can't believe the Summer Solstice is already here (it officially arrives tomorrow morning June, 21st at 6:51am EST). Hope you've got some fun plans for making the most of the longest (or shortest) day of the year. For those of you in the southern hemisphere, the days will only get longer now for you – hooray! We’ll be visiting family, checking out some gardens up in the foothills of the Berkshires with some friends, attending a local fundraiser concert for the public schools, and...weeding the garden.

Before the crab grass stakes its claim on all the cracks and pathways, thought i'd show you some photos of our garden from a couple weeks ago, along with some of my favorite spring blooms.

Here's the veggie area in raised beds that we built last year.
Because we've had such a prolonged and cool spring, it's been the best lettuce season i can remember in a long time!
We also had a healthy harvest of baby bok choy:
Here's a view of the flowery garden area with the flagstone patio and parterre we made last summer — i still kinda can't believe we took on a project like that. Crazies!
And here are the beauties of our spring garden...whose gorgeous colors and elegant shapes will continue to inspire me long after their blooms have faded.
The summer bloomers are already on their way, and so are the sweet peas! Stay tuned.

Almost forgot! to celebrate the Solstice, and to kick-off the summer sewing season, we're giving away a Fat Quarter bundle of...Solstice — my new Christmas/winter fabric line for Moda Fabrics!
Please leave a brief comment regarding something you like to do on the longest (or shortest) day of the year. One entry per person. The winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday June 24th.

Have a beautiful weekend!
xo,
kate

209 comments:

  1. About to leave work on this gorgeous Maine day and go home and play with dogs and then sew with all the windows and doors opened!

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  2. On many of these long days of daylight, including today, I like to take a walk with my husband after dinner. We live in Minnesota, where winters seem to keep getting longer and summers shorter, so I don't want to miss out on any of it.

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  3. If it doesn't rain, it will be drinks & a fire on the deck tonight.

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  4. Way back in 1986 I got married on the Summer Solstice. My husband carried on about "our wedding day was the longest day of the year!". He's a laugh riot. Or not. Twenty eight years later we're still going strong, so I guess it all worked out.

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  5. Homemade Mac and cheese and movies with the kids tonight. Nothing fancy but it makes us all happy.

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  6. Love your fabric! I think that I will go to the lake for a picnic ad spend the day with family!

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  7. Winter solstice for us - and happily, I'll be at a quilting class! I've been struggling to make time for sewing, so this shortest day will be one of my longest sewing days :)

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  8. Love spending it outside after this long cold winter, just hoping the weather is nice. Thanks

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  9. A day on our local beach, building towers with pebbles and flying kites!

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  10. It's my birthday today so my husband and I made a new table top for my cutting table. Can't get better than that!

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  11. On the longest day of the year we try to stay inside. It's supposed to be 109! On that note, I'll plan to sew:) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. We plan to have dinner with our neighbors and enjoy a hopefully rain free day by getting our lawn chores and garden weeding done. I hopefully can then move on to more sewing repairs/ redesigns, before getting down to making some fall table runners for a friend!

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  13. Today it's working in the yard, then tonight will be spending time with my hubby working on our truck project (36hillbillydeluxe.com) until dark, then sewing until I can't keep my eyes open anymore :)

    This fabric is gorgeous Kate!

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  14. Well, all day off and on, I have fondled a charm pack of In from the Cold, so I guess in my heart I would like to be sewing something with a winter motif. Could it be the temps are nearly 100 degrees. The slugs are eating everything the deer don't get......And we need rain. Or snow!

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  15. It is raining here, so I will be spending the evening sewing or at least prepping some handwork.

    Sandy A

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  16. Planning the next quilt, trying to stay cool! Getting kids packed for camp

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  17. I enjoy a nice long day of yard and garden work. Get up early and work all day and get as much done as possible. Then evening relax on the patio or porch after grilling out. I love summer.

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  18. Going to the movies tonight to see "Jersey Boys". But tomorrow I'll be at a sewing retreat for 5 hours. I can't wait to have uninterrupted sewing for that long. It's going to be lovely! Thanks for the chance to win. Love your gardens :)

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  19. Beautiful collection. I enjoy long walks and long days in my sewing room.

    suebennett1975@gmail.com

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  20. I'd like to spend the day at a cottage on a lake in Michigan. But I'll be working here in Texas, organizing some space in my sewing room.

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  21. I would love to go on a picnic with my husband, but will probably just quilt instead! LOL missysaprons@gmail.com

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  22. I am a quilting beginner, so I plan on flipping through quilting books, magazines and web sites to choose an easy pattern of a quilt to sew!

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  23. Today I spent the day traveling from Washington state to Ohio…took the red eye flight. It has been a VERY long day and I am ready for bed. :)

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  24. I think that it's great to snuggle down for a movie on the shortest day of the year. It gets dark so early...nothing better to do. Thank you.

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  25. Worked on two quilts this morning and cut out a skirt this afternoon! Doubt if it's cool enough for a walk tonight but will enjoy the long evening!

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  26. I love to quilt on the longest day of the year!
    Thanks!

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  27. I think I would like to sip my wine out in my garden with my hubby.

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  28. Hello Kate, Windows are wide open with a nice breeze. Tonight I will be reading & relaxing. Your Solstice Line is beautiful. The Solstice is a wonderful moment in time to be thankful & grateful. Life is good, especially when quilting. q4thumbs@gmail.com

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  29. The summer solstice was my mother's birthday, so i like to think of her.

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  30. Since the day is so long we can fit so much in! I got to go swimming with the five kids, finished a quilt, wrote a blog post, and did some shopping. All before 3pm! I adore this fabric line, thanks for the chance!

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  31. Watching the sunset here on the coast of Oregon, which will prob be around 10:00. :) Beautiful collection by the way! :) Thanks for the chance.
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  32. OH gosh, I just love those beautiful flowers and the pathways.

    I'm really not sure we'll do too much although we do have the house to ourselves for awhile tonight so we'll probably just relax together since it will be quiet with my son and his family, (which includes our adorable 2 yr old Granddaughter who is very active) out for night. We need the time to relax because every night this week, except Monday we've left as soon as hubby got home from work and didn't get home until 8-9pm.

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  33. I'm planning to watch Pride and Prejudice tonight while finishing some handwork on a bag. Thank you for the giveaway! Your designs are simply the best!

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  34. Hi Kate,
    Your fabric collection is gorgeous. I love your fabric Collections! I will most likely be quilting and designing, then spending time with my new Rescue Kittens, and Puggles. I hope you have a good weekend!

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    1. ohhh! lucky kitties!! tell them Franny, Lou & Roscoe say hello. Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for your kind words! x

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  35. That lettuce looks fantastic.
    Not sure how I will spend tomorrow yet, but my shortest day of the year is usually traveling for Christmas. It is a long drive that would probably be easier with 16 hours of daylight but I don't care. I get to see my family!

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  36. I love to be working in the yard with such a long day and great weather like we are supposed to have in Connecticut this weekend!

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  37. I had to go to my day job - but now that I'm home, I'm finishing up a Patriotic friendship quilt that my two best quilting friends and I created together. Thank you for a chance to win some fabric! Lovely fabric! Very inspired by your blog.

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  38. For Summer Solstice, I'd like to go to the Zoo. I'm an animal lover!

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  39. I'm spending the day sewing with my local quilt guild then hopefully a glass of wine and long bright evening with my hubby

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  40. Love the way you think - longest sewing day of the year. I'd love to spend the day on the lake - fishing, riding around and just soaking up being outdoors. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!

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  41. My husband and I are planning on flying our small plane to visit friends. We will be able to stay longer on this day. Your garden looks wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  42. I'm pretty boring. Probably still got to bed at 9. Hubs hates it, he rather play outside.

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  43. On the longest sewing day of the year I like to .... you guessed it! SEW! However, it's also the time to be outside mowing my 81-year-old mother's yard or weeding/mulching my own gardens. My herb garden really inspires me to cook too!

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  44. Your garden is divine Kate!
    We are having the shortest day here in Melbourne.....but I have the longest list of things to do - including children's sport, two birthday parties to attend and a load of washing a mile high! But what I would LIKE to be doing is taking my latest quilt finish to the local park to get some good photos! I tried to do it yesterday afternoon, but it started raining lightly and then the battery on my camera died! Doh! Anyway - happy Summer Solstice to you!

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  45. I am spending the day manning a garage sale and then hopefully doing some organizing in my sewing room so I can get some sewing time in.

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  46. It's beautiful here, and not raining !! I will spend the day reading and sewing!!

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  47. I plan to go to yard sales, can some cabbage, and just enjoy the day. Thanks for the chance for some beautiful fabric.

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  48. I actually WILL be sewing!! A quiet weekend here, except for the sound of the vacuum cleaner, then the sewing machine :) Thank you for your garden glimpses...you always share such nice pictures!

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  49. We have plans for picking strawberries and making jam! And hopefully some sewing too! My daughter and would like to make some summer skirts. I love the pictures of your lovely garden! thank you!

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  50. I love to do a little bit of everything so the day is productive and fulfilling...a little laundry, some grocery shopping, maybe a bit of housecleaning and gardening, sewing of course, cooking and perhaps bake a little something, and then enjoy the evening after the kids are in bed with my crocheting. Your flowers are gorgeous! Our raised beds still look pretty good too...but I'm sure the weeds will take over very soon!

    Lovely fabric, as usual, and very generous giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

    MGM

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  51. It's the shortest day here. If the rain stops I have a tree I need to move and if it doesn't stop raining then I'll tidy up the sewing room cause its also the guest room/study and my mum is coming to visit yay!

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  52. I'm getting some last minute sewing time in before school ends. The kids have a half day on Monday.

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    1. Oh, I am also lining up sewing projects for my girls and my niece this summer. Hopefully that will go well! Wish me luck, they get a little crazy when they are together!

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  53. I love to be outside in my flower garden! carolann427@aol.com

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  54. We'll be spending time with the grandparents - the kids are thrilled :)

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  55. I would like to spend as much time outside as possible! We are going on a train ride in the redwoods to the beach tomorrow. Should be fun! K-

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  56. I love t sew. Short days or long days. Quilt Quit Quit

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  57. I'd like to take a walk a dusk. Love that FQ bundle!!!!

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  58. Today I basted 3 quilts. It is the perfect activity for the longest sewing day of the year. At least I feel as though I was productive!

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  59. love to eat outside until the sun goes down or mosquitos come/whichever is first!

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  60. Work on a custom quilt for a friend with beautiful giraffe fabric she chose! Love your new fabrics and can't wait to see them in person ~

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  61. Hopefully I'll get some sewing in, but I'm planning on going for a nice long hike with my family!

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  62. Went to the West Virginia quilt show!

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  63. I love to plan new projects and get busy sewing

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  64. Your gardens are beautiful! If it is nice outside, then that I where you will generally find me on the longest day f the year.

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  65. Lay on the grass and watch the clouds float by!

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    1. dreamy! and also thinking of a beautiful little girl whose love continues to fill our hearts. xo

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  66. It is the shortest day here and I started with a paddle in an outrigger canoe. I think that is a great way to spend some of a short day. Hope to get some sewing in too!

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  67. Why sew of course!! :o))) Thanks for the chance to win this sweet bundle!
    Paulette

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  68. It will be the longest day here in kentucky. I would like to have a picnic with you and learn how you got started as a designer and what keeps you inspired. babscorbitt at gmail dot com

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  69. I'll be sewing, all weekend! I'm making beautiful rag quilts!!

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  70. If the rain will hold off I want to go to the farmer's market, otherwise it will be a rainy sewing day!

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  71. I think it will be a great day to have friends and family over for a Werner and marshmallow roast! An evening of memories I am sure!! Thanks for e chance. Can't say enough about how beautiful your designs are!!

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  72. Well, it's the longest sewing day of the year, so I'll be doing some sewing - but also helping my daughter with a yard sale, and running some errands that pile up during the week. I'll pick up a Boston Butt that my friend is smoking for us. And maybe, just maybe, we'll get out on the lake! Love your gardens - they're beautiful!!

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  73. I'd love to be in the mountains snuggled up with my honey!

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  74. Sewing is always a good choice, but since it's summer a nice walk with my hubby and yummy home-made hamburgers for lunch made it a great day! When the kids were little it was fun to have the sprinklers out and run through them.

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  75. I like to get off work early, especially since it's a Friday!

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  76. Enjoyed supper outside. It is 9 pm and still light outside!

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  77. I would LOVE to spend the day sewing, but I'll probably be found chasing around four little kids instead! :) Maybe we'll break out the sprinkler... I like that idea!

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  78. We are in the depths of winter at the moment, so I can't think of anything better than having the fire roaring and snuggling with my babies under a few quilts (naturally!) to watch a movie or have a family playstation night.. maybe toast some marshmallows if there's no fighting ;)

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  79. Whee! I love Solstice! I've been dying for some!
    Most if the time, as a mommy, I just want a nap! In summer, I like to take a walk to the park with my boys. In winter, I just want to hole up and make quilts!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  80. Today is my birthday and I just enjoyed my birthday "cake"...fresh strawberry shortcake ! Tomorrow my three grandchildren are coming for the weekend. We always have fun together.

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    1. happy birthday!!! Enjoy your celebration weekend!

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  81. I hope to get some cooking done. I haven't been in the kitchen for awhile.

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  82. I will be enjoying the day with a get together with college friends. Many I haven't seen in 20 years and another who is visiting from South Africa, I'm so excited!!

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  83. The shortest day of the year (December 21) is my mom's birthday. Since it's so close to Christmas, sometimes we celebrate her "unbirthday" on June 21, so that she gets the attention she deserves, and her birthday celebration doesn't get derailed by bad weather or everybody trying to get ready for Christmas.

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  84. Wish I could tell you I would be at Stonehenge to celebrate the Solstice but I will probably just be in my garden, maybe some fishing in the evening.

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    1. ha! that would be pretty awesome. your day sounds like it'll be perfect no matter what. enjoy it! hope you get some nibbles on the line!

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  85. love your garden, thanks for sharing!

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  86. I will do a little gardening and a lot of sewing!

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  87. I just returned from a week long trip and I am so ready to get sewing again. I also plan to go on a morning bike ride, walk my dog, catch up on some home office tasks and spend some quality time with my husband.

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  88. Sit on the porch, watch the kids chase lightning bugs, eating popsicles. Summer nights are wonderful!

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  89. Well I have to work tomorrow but I'll enjoy the extra light after I get off.

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  90. Oh, I took a looong walk and would you believe, I got a spray tan to kick off the summer!! I tend to shy away from the sun but I like the tanned look!

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  91. Taking a trip tovisit a local quilt shop.

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  92. It's a short day for me, and since it's so cold, I want to lock myself inside and rug up with a bunch of quilts and hot chocolate!! I'm also starting on some Christmas projects (Christmas quilts for the summer temps are a great idea, right? :D). I've been hanging onto an In From the Cold bundle hoping to be able to pickup some Solstice to use with it ;)

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  93. I hope to sew all day!

    Melissa Bratland

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  94. I will be shopping at JELLEN's Fabric Store for some fabric for quilting on Sunday. I will also spend time with my granddaughters while my daughter and son-in-law celebrate their anniversary.

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  95. After work I hope to be able to garden. I think your flowers are awesome.

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      After work I hope to be able to garden. I think your flowers are awesome.

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  96. I'll be manning the booth for the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club's raffle quilt in the historic town of Port Gamble, WA. We are expecting sunny skies and warm weather. The booth faces the mountains and the ocean so when not selling a ticket, I can enjoy the view. Thanks for the giveaway, Kate. I've seen several posts with good projects for Solstice.

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  97. Sewing, sewing, sewing, a little laundry, a little cooking and more sewing.....I hope! Thanks for the giveaway, I've been trying to finish a few things before adding to the collection.

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  98. The moon was just off being full and the night sky clear for the first time in a week so I took my grand daughter outside to moon gaze. She lives in the city so doesn't see it in all it's glory as I do.

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  99. I would love to spend the whole day sewing & maybe take an afternoon cat nap (with the cats of course). Thanks for the chance at the giveaway:)

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  100. I would love to just enjoy time in our garden with family, read a good book and do some handstitching. Great pictures!

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  101. Until now it hasn't felt like a special day, but reading all your inspiring comments, I'm gonna have a nice relaxed breakfast on my balcony looking at the wood in front and will think about it :-)

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  102. It's a gorgeous day here in Belgium! Will spend the day taking a long walk and may head up to the quilting room to see what project to start next!

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  103. Working in the garden this morning, sitting on the patio reading this afternoon followed by cocktails at sunset to celebrate the longest day of the year.

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  104. My small group will actually be getting together to sew the evening of the 21st. I will have to research some "solstice" appropriate munchies to celebrate.

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  105. I, too, am an avid gardener. So that's where I'll be on this summer solstice.

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  106. I love going to the beach if this day is sunny.

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  107. I will enjoy celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary with my wonderful husband today! carolann427@aol.com

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  108. Happy summer solstice! I will be watch World Cup soccer on this rainy day here.

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  109. I'm finishing a quilt for a good friend. Love Solstice! I can't wait for Horizon to come out, too!!!!

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  111. hoping to spend some time at the pool and get in a nap on the back porch

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  112. It's going to be hot and humid here so i will mostly stay inside and sew!

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  113. My birthday is the 22nd of June. When I was a kid and found out I was born on almost the longest day of the year....I thought that was pretty cool. Planning to organize my sewing room this weekend!

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  114. We are about to leave to go to the city about an hour away to buy a glass of lemonade and make a donation. Two of our grandsons are setting up a lemonade stand to raise money to fight Cancer. Very proud of these two.
    Love seeing your gardens.

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  115. I plan on spending most of the glorious long day in my sewing room, piecing together my Hashtag quilt.

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  116. I have an infant so every free moment I get that isn't allocated to cleaning I spend attempting to sew. Yesterday I got around 20minutes and I gladly took them!

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  117. We celebrate my husband's birthday on the summer solstice every year. He tells me that he is such an awesome guy and that's why his birthday needs to be the longest day of the year:)

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  118. I will be busy binding quilts for our charity. I have quite a few and then I will be caught up on my bucket list for today. Tomorrow I can start playing in my sewing room and make a list of my WIP (4) and complete them. I also have to cut fabric for more charity quilts.

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  119. I like to go to garage sales in the morning and sew in the afternoon. Then in the evening sit with hubby on the deck.

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  120. I love the solstice, I try to spend some time thinking about the seasons. I love this new line, thank you for a chance to win some.

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  121. I'll do some yard work than clean my sewing room.

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  122. Your plants look super. I just finished watering mine and will be organizing my scraps and working on a small quilt project. Solstice is a beautiful collection.

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  123. Love your garden. I like to sew any day but that's what I'll be doing on the longest day of the year. Happy Summer Solstice.

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  124. I plan to clean up my sewing room so two of my sisters and my mom can come sew with me on Monday. And I'm going to dinner with good friends.
    You have a beautiful garden.

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  125. I'll be finishing up a quilt for my soon-to-be first grandbaby. The windows are open and a beautiful breeze is drifting in. Happy first day of Summer!!

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  126. Having a nice BBQ with the family and just enjoying the day with all of them. There is a very nice breeze and the windows and the screen door is open. It just feels so nice and comfortable. Just love your pictures. Everything in your garden is just beautiful. Thank you for giving all of us, your followers, a chance to win that awesome bundle of fabric.

    Sandi Timmons
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  127. I'm in meetings all weekend. I brought 2" HSTs that I've been trimming at night so I don't go intro withdrawal. Love your pictures. Thanks

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  128. I love the idea of sewing on the longest day of the year! I am going to convince myself to start cutting into my stash of your gorgeous fabrics. Daydreams is the targeted fabric line fr today.

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  129. Hi! We have always lived near a lake, if the weather cooperates, I love to sit out in the middle of the lake, watch the sun set with my hubby!
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway, love the fabric!
    Take care, Leslie

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  130. Thank you for this lovely fabric giveaway. Long or short days - I love to put a story CD on and sew little or bigger projects.

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  131. After morning errands I plan to spend the afternoon in my sewing room.

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  132. I live in AZ, so it will also be a hot one for us! Hope to get the rest of my table runner cut and pieced and then a jump into the pool!

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  133. I love to be up late on the longest day... which is really long where I live; daylight all night long. I was too tired last night but tonight is still the longest day....

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  134. I love this day. So excited to see summer! I love to sit outside, enjoy a glass of wine, and time with my husband. I love love all of your fabric lines..would love to get this bundle! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  135. My 4 year old and 20 month old and I spent our morning having a "water day" and a picnic lunch. Can't wait to stay up late for downtown festival fireworks tonight!

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  136. Its the shortest day here in NZ, so its a day for keeping warm, reading quilting books, and a little sewing. Good news, tomorrow will be a second or so longer, so a bit more sunshine. Roll on summer.

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  137. So far we've been working in the yard. Mowing, trimming, hauling branches to the dumpster that's down the street for about a week of so. We'll be going to costco. I'd love to have time to start quilting my 10 year old daughter's 1st "large" quilt. She's so proud of herself! A 50" square patriotic quilt. Love your flower pics! Gorgeous!

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  138. Just returned from attending a concert at church in support of the Food Pantry.

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  139. Weeding the flower beds, we had a big rain and they popped up again! Playing with the kiddos!

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  140. I think a spot of gardening, lots of sewing and plenty of tea would be the perfect way to spend the day!

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  141. I'd love to go to the beach on this longest day, but I'm not near one.

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  142. Today, this is the first day in about a week that I have had nothing on the agenda, so I'm going to stay inside from the brutal heat and humidity of a long Gulf Coast summer (which lasts nearly six months - no kidding!) and goof off. That probably includes getting some work done in my sewing room!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    P.S. I've missed seeing pictures of your adorable kitties :(

    Barbara McD

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  143. No special plans for the solstice - short day or long day. However, some sewing is definitely on the agenda - I have a top almost finished.

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  144. My nephew got married earlier today so we spent the day at a fabulous family wedding !!!

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  145. Catch fireflies :) and have a campfire to make Smores!

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  146. Thanks for the giveaway. Too hot to sew, so I think I'll go swimming!

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  147. I have surfed the internet for inspiration, read quite a few blogs, sent a couple of mails, fooled around withj my granddaughter while her parents ran errands, had a wonderful family barbecue and enjoyed some good wine at the fireplace in the garden while crocheting more granny squares. All in all a good and well spent day!

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  148. The afternoon was spent shopping for a dress to wear at my sisters wedding. And the evening here in Germany was reserved for the world cup soccergame Germany vs. Ghana.
    Love Summer Solstice and the giveaway.

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  149. I will be going to the Reno Rodeo on the longest day of the year!! Woo hoo....gotta love some horses and good lookin' cowboys! Thank you for the chance to win some of your lovely fabric.

    Tami
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  150. I think we have something in common in that I like to commit the day to memory by taking a walk around the farm and photographing all the plants. I especially love macro photography because it shows us what we are missing with the naked eye.

    I love your new fabric line and Happy Summer Solstice to you, Kate!

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  151. I like to sit outside on my deck with a chilled glass of white wine and just enjoy the evening. Mayby with a bit of hand quilting in my lap.

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  152. Jumping in the pool - it is 107 here today. Sitting on the patio after dinner when it is cooler - with a glass of wine.

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  153. We usually celebrate the Solstice with a cookout.

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  154. Spending time with family by the pool would be my favorite I think...unless its a day like today...muggy, humid and and sprinkles all day. LOVE the fabric line...if I had that I would have probably been sewing all day! HAHA

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  155. I work in retail so my day was spent working! I will enjoy this evening with a big bowl of fresh berries my husband bought a local Farmers' Market. I love your new fabric line. Fingers crossed!
    k(dot)castanette(at)hotmai(dot)com

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  156. We have several great state parks within distance and I love to go hike the trails. Relaxing and peaceful.

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  157. Gorgeous flowers............emergency came up with family member so sewed binding on at hospital.......

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  158. I spent this longest day of the year sewing with 14 other fun quilters. We started at nine in the morning and a couple of us stayed till 9:30. We had a great time sewing and sharing laughs all day long.
    I love, love, love the flower pictures.

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  159. Why, sew of course! That's my favorite thing to do every day.

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  160. wanted to be sewing all day but had to help muster some sheep.........

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  161. Longest day, soak up the sunshine! Shorter days, sew nights with the girls and hot tea.

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  162. I spent the whole day outside, first pulling weeds at church, then pulling weeds in my own yard!

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  163. For us it was the shortest day, but either way the answer is the same - quilting!

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  164. It was 95 degrees outside so i spent the afternoon inside with my mom who is here to visit, otherwise I would be quilting!!

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  165. Longest day and I got up bright and early to quilt. I finally threw in the towel at 10:30 tonight. I was quite productive!

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  166. Your garden is looking great!
    Here it's all about an open fire and a bottle of red wine.

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  167. Start and end the day with the dogs, of course I do that every day, the summer rains have started so I'll be inside sewing ;)

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  168. I would like to have a late night swim!

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  170. Whether it's the shortest or longest day, what I like to do is the same - sew, garden, walk the dogs ... and then take a nap with the cats!

    Thank you for the chance to win some of this gorgeous fabric (that's my favorite green!).

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  171. On the longest day I like to stay out until the lightening bugs come out! Long lazy evening...

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  172. On this day I'd sit out on the deck and toss around design ideas for a quilt using Solstice fat quarters!

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  173. The first day of summer in mid Michigan was completely beautiful, so I spent the day outside gardening. (ok, I also did the grocery shopping, housecleaning and ran errands, but I prefer to remember the gardening!) mammich at comcast.net

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  174. Celebrate my oldest's birthday. :)

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  175. The first day of summer here in NE Ohio was rainy but eventually turned out to be a wonderfully productive sewing day for me! YaY! The ONLY thing that would make it any better would be to actually win something like the a fat quarter bundle of Solstice!! ;)

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  176. I just did a variety of things around the house on the longest day of the year, but I would love to have been sewing! Gardening would be a close second.

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  177. Take a dip in the river and have a BBQ which is just what we did!

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  178. Anything outside, as long as it's not too hot!

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  179. Spend the day outside and the evening on the patio watching the sunset.

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  180. Beautiful flowers..........I sewed binding on a quilt while something unexpected came up.

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  181. There is nothing better than taking my machine outside and sewing on this beautiful day!! Celebrating with friends!

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  182. We worked on the fish pond renovations, prepping a new patio area, weeded the garden patch, did a little tidying inside the house, a little bakingand a little sewing, then finished off the weekend with a family meal and s'mores roast around the fire pit. Perfect weather, great company, a very nice way to spend two long summer days!

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  183. Love your raised gardens! We just started one this year and in Sunny, Hot South Carolina, I am about to pick the first cucumber and yellow squash! The yellow baby tomatoes are ripening too. I have been gardening like a mad woman and not getting any quilting done.....

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  184. Boy that's hard! I'd love to have a sew day, but would also love to have margaritas outside by the pool! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  185. Since it poured rain here on Saturday the day was spent inside. In the morning I went to a quilt shop to pick up new fat quarters, the afternoon I worked on a new quilt and in the evening I watched a comedy movie with hubby. sewmissmouse@yahoo.ca

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  186. My family jokes that the 20th is the family Anniversary since my parents celebrated 44 years, my husband and I 16 and my brother and his wife 13, so there's a lot of calling back and forth to with everyone a Happy Anniversary :)

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  187. Read a long novel in the shade.

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  188. My birthday is Dec 21, the winter solstice, so I love to curl up on the couch with a Gluehwein (mulled wine) to enjoy the sparkling lights on the Christmas Tree and my beautiful family, and perhaps admire a new tree skirt made of Solstice fabric!! Thanks for the chance! skystitching34 at gmail dot com.

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  189. I love to spend the Summer Solstice out the lake with the boat and jet ski's and my family! I am already thinking up fun gifts to make with this awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  190. Love your fabric! It was a warm weekend so I spent the summer solstice inside sewing. Love when I'm able to spend all day sewing.

    Awesome giveaway! Thanks for he chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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