December 15, 2015

Holiday Giveaway

'Twas the night before Catmas and all through the house, not a kitty was stirring...




...oh, you know the rest! We wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and
a very happy, healthy 2016.

Thank you for spending some time with me in 2015, here on my blog and elsewhere. I've so enjoyed your comments, kindness, enthusiasm, creativity and encouragement. I've also enjoyed getting to meet some of you in person this year. As a small token of my thanks, let's have a holiday giveaway!
Up for grabs is a new Little Jewels quilt kit – including the pattern by Jessica Darling of VillaRosaDesigns and all of the fabrics (over 7 yards!) to make it, with free shipping to you, wherever you are.
© Marc Litvinoff Photography
To me, this time of year is so much more about giving than anything. It's a time to stretch ourselves and our hearts to those who could use a little extra love, a kind word or gesture, some warm mittens, a bowl of soup, or a simple smile. Something magical happens when we give simple things selflessly and the gifts we receive in return are wrapped in love and tied with happiness. Our world could surely benefit from an abundance of small, positive gestures of compassion and kindness. Whenever possible, i love hearing about what kinds of things people are doing for others. It helps to sustain my hope that we are here for each other, and gives me many more good ideas to enact in my own life. So...

...to enter this giveaway, please leave a comment below briefly sharing one thing you’ll be doing for someone else this holiday season. Please just enter once. Be sure to leave an e-mail address, so that I can reach you if you win. That’s it.

A winner will be randomly selected from all entries and announced here on Monday December 21st. If you would prefer we send this kit off to someone you think could use it, we would be happy to do that as well. If you tell me what to write, I will include a special note from you!

The lovely kit was put together by our friend Christie of Christie’s Quilting Boutique in Norwalk, Connecticut. I picked it up when i visited the shop last weekend to celebrate their 2nd anniversary. Christie, Edgar, and their family have created a very special place, well worth a detour if you're passing through the area!

If you're looking for colored threads to coordinate with this kit, here are a few Aurifil threads
that would work perfectly:
Good luck, everyone! Keep being your wonderful selves.
xo,
Kate

258 comments:

  1. Thank you for your inspirations and kindness on this giveaway! I am working to finish my first quilt and givibg to Quilts for Kids jan@wilkinsonranch.com

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  2. Thank you for your inspirations and kindness on this giveaway! I am working to finish my first quilt and givibg to Quilts for Kids jan@wilkinsonranch.com

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  3. What a fabulous giveaway! I am finishing up nap quilts, soft baby dolls and doll quilts, fabric cones to hold tiny presents and a table runner made with Jingle and In from the Cold for my children and grandchildren. Already sent off a completed top I was not going to finish to Kat in TX for her charity project.
    Susan in Dublin. Sgrancio at Comcast dot net

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  4. What a great giveaway! For the holiday seaon I plan to spend a day with my mum, you know, just a mother-daughter-day to relax and have time together. I don't know what we'll do perhaps spend a bit time sewing or going to breakfast or something else fun we don't normally do because neither of us has time for it.
    Wishing you and your family a Cozy Catmas:-)

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  5. I donated blood last week at the local blood drive. Blood supplies are especially short this time of the year, so hopefully my donation will be helpful. I have O- so I can help anybody!
    Merry Christmas!

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  6. I've already given a quilt to a friend in our condo complex whose brother is terminally ill with cancer. What an amazing giveaway and thanks for the chance to win.

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  7. HI!What a sweet Giveaway!I'll be donating 2 Baby Quilts to our local charity for unwed Moms. Thank You for sharing! MERRY CHRISTMAS! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  8. I'm finishing up a Christmas quilt for my family. It's the only gift I'm giving this year as it has been a rough one financially.

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  9. Giving love to my parents by inviting them to spend Hanukkah with us. So much better than trying to share the holiday over Skype.

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  10. What a sweet giveaway! This coming year I plan on giving more of my time and resources to humanitarian projects that benefit those truly in need throughout the world. Thank you 😊! Anita.Sharp@Gmail.

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  11. A very happiest of holidays to you and yours!!! My year has been filled with the kindness of so many people bestowing into me and lifting me in prayer, love, support, hexies, cards and well wishes. It's been truly amazing and humbling. I try to show kindness to others on a daily basis, but specifically I have just sent a fabric surprise to another quilty friend undergoing her own battle with breast cancer. I don't live close enough to help in a tangible way, so I've done what all good quilters do...have sent a bundle of fabric to bring a smile to her face and hopefully a moment respite from the mental game that goes along with fighting this disease.

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  12. I'm working on granting some "Quilty Wishes" on IG, made placemats for Meals on Wheels through my guild, and donate to my local food bank because it's always needed.

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  14. One of things I am doing this year is working Christmas Eve day and closing office down at 4...if I work a whole bunch of my adminstrators can have it off.

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  15. What a wonderful giveaway. I have a few quilts that I am finishing up for charity donations. Youngtexanmama@gmail.com

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  16. Thanks Kate for the giveaway! Merry Christmas to you, Pete & the kitties! At work (we have over 800 employees!) we do Angel Families where all the departments adopt families. This year I noticed that my 'person's' birthday was on Christmas day so I included a little birthday present too! I sure hopes she enjoys it. I know it isn't the best day to have a birthday! chrissi dot Brenner at gmail dot com

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  17. Dear Kate...thank you for the giveaway... This year I've made "goodie' bags with things like warm socks,snacks,lipsyl,toothbrushes etc for the homeless in my small Ontario city. Merry Christmas.... janetmelanson@bell.net

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  19. I have done a few things this holiday season that also give me so much joy. More than buying my kids presents, I love to shop for kids in need, so my family donated clothes and toys to four children in our community. Just before thanksgiving, I donated some of my quilts to a women's shelter. I will also be giving an anonymous gift to a family member in need this holiday season. Giving is the best! Merry Christmas! lindsayrodems at gmail dot com

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  20. Thank you for this generous holiday giveaway. You really embody the spirit of Christmas for me, since your fabrics were used in the FQS Designers' Mystery BOM a couple of years ago. I plan to make a cozy flannel lap robe for my brother-in-law out of my favorite manly flannels. He suffered a major stroke a week after Thanksgiving, and since I can't be there, this is one way I can be there is spirit.

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  21. This holiday season I have decided that I want to make something for everyone. i have just recently gotten back to my sewing machine from a long hiatus and would love to win this fabulous giveaway. I would love to make a quilt for my grand daughter. My email is harnettsally@gmail.com

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  22. This holiday season I have decided that I want to make something for everyone. i have just recently gotten back to my sewing machine from a long hiatus and would love to win this fabulous giveaway. I would love to make a quilt for my grand daughter. My email is harnettsally@gmail.com

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  24. Dear Kate...thank you for the giveaway... This year I've made "goodie" bags with things like warm socks, snacks,toothbrushes, ChapStick, etc.for the homeless in my small city. I got the idea for the contents from a Pinterest post. Merry Christmas. janetmelanson@bell.net

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  25. Just last week I delivered 12 quilts to Neonatal and 8 to Project Linus! Tomorrow I will deliver 40 baby booties I crocheted-lots of little feet to keep warm! Happy Holidays.

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  26. Quilts for QOV and Project Linus....it's the season of giving all year long! Merry Christmas! Mrsparcel@gmail.com

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  27. Thanks so much for a great giveaway! We are planning a bake-fest this weekend and making yummy treats for the neighbors!

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  28. Thanks so much for a great giveaway! We are planning a bake-fest this weekend and making yummy treats for the neighbors!

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  29. Each year our church chooses a couple of families who are struggling and puts together a wish list for each family member. Our family is always happy to provide a few specific items that will bring some joy on Christmas morning, and this year is no exception. Each of my children's schools also had opportunities to give--a toy drive for my son's school and a giving wreath for my daughter's. I think it's so important to teach children from an early age that there are always others in need and whenever we have the means to help, we should. Thanks for the opportunity to win! cmcolby@fincomm.net

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  30. Your kitties are gorgeous! I love them!

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  31. Your kitties are gorgeous! I love them!

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  32. Fantastic giveaway, thank you. I feel exactly the same as you - this time of year is about giving. We're deliberating keeping our Christmas low key because our life is full of abundance and love and good health. We are instead, giving gifts to our community - food & supplies to the humane society and the wildlife refuge, clothing and gifts to the families in crisis network, plants and materials to a school garden, cookies and carols at a local nursing home. Little things that ensure my children know how to appreciate the little things in life. seelifemarvels at gmail dot com

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  33. Beautiful giveaway! Love your fabric! My daughter and I started tutoring two special needs adopted kiddos who are struggling after their mom died last year. My daughter is doing a great job and the more loving people in a kids live the better!

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  34. I will do a Christmas tablerunner for my sister. nyytimuru at gmail dot com

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  35. My family (husband & three kids age 8 and under) so believe in celebrating the season by giving. As a family we shop for others buying clothes, treats, and food for others in the community who have a need. We also volunteer at the local food bank. Oh, how I love this post.

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  36. We like to set out gift/goodie bags of Christmas candies and cookies for our sanitation workers. Their job is so essential, yet they are almost always overlooked and unappreciated. The girls love to see "the big truck guys" come by, they run for the door waving and yelling 'thanks for taking our trash!' :) It's fun to see the guys reaction to the littles at the door when they see the goodies that were left for them. (jpound0301 at windstream dot net)

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  37. Finishing a rainbow quilt for my new nephew- my sister-in-law's rainbow baby!!! (Baby after miscarriage) meganmcgeeherron@gmail.com

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  38. I've just finished 8 toddler hats for charity and have a small quilt's binding for the same organization. fibercrafter90 at gmail dot com

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  40. We love to make candy for our friends, teachers, and coworkers. The homemade caramels are my favorite :) brynn_reese at hotmail dot com

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  41. I am working on the quilting of a Linus Quilt. Members in my guild love to piece the tops but few like to finish with the quilting and attaching the binding. I do the quilting on my domestic machine, donating thread, time, and oodles of love. I try to get at least 2 done every year! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  42. What a wonderful giveaway!

    Earlier this year, my sister lost her long battle with colon cancer, leaving behind her two children (ages 21 and 23). She was a single mother and did so much for her kids - her biggest worry was leaving them. I love my nieces and promised my sister I would always be there - not a terribly hard promise to make. So this Christmas, I started shopping early for them. I made them each a fabric basket and stuffed it with lots of wonderful things...a stocking of sorts. I also ordered them Munki Munki pajamas (my sister's favorite!) for them to open Christmas eve as that is always what my sister did for them. We can't be together on Christmas (they live 3000 miles away from me), but I want them to know I am with them in heart. And they will be coming out in January for a visit - can't wait to see them both!

    caribousmom (at) aol.com

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. Your loving gesture to your nieces is such a sweet way to honor your sister and keep her present in your lives. Enjoy your visit in January. Big hugs and love to you! xo

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  43. I am sewing gifts--aprons, potholders, and tea towels! Merry Christmas and thanks for a generous giveaway. missquested@gmail

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  44. Thanks for the chance for the wonderful giveaway! I am donating toys & books to our local shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Hope to add some light in a child's life. Happy holidays!

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  45. I'm sending a package of pretty little quilty presents to my aunt who is a widow because everyone should have a package of love to open Christmas morning! Crvoss @ hotmail.com

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  46. Thank you for the awesome giveaway. I have been quilting quilts from our guild for a local hospice. They will be delivered when we set up their Christmas Tree.

    Sandy

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  47. I am planning on bringing big plates of cookies and candies to the women's shelter, the homeless shelter and some of the firehouses in town. Thanks for the giveaway and have a blessed holiday!

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  48. Making cookies to send to family far away, plus lots of serving at church! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  49. Thank you for the great giveaway! For the last several months I've been making quilt tops for NICU babies and chemo patients. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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  50. I I was promoted to a new position earlier this year and the area I am in now doesn't do anything for the community during the holidays. At my old position, every year we received information for a family that needed help through the holidays. This year, even though I am no longer in the department, I asked if I could contribute to the family and took a package over for the family last week.
    Happy holidays to you and yours! (and thanks for the give away!)

    Sandy A
    scotty4me39 (at) yahoo.com

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  51. This season I will be hosting my family members from far away for a snowy, relaxing holiday week. I hope to provide them with lots of health food and exercise as well as many fun hours playing board games and other non-TV related entertainment!

    Thanks, Kate, for your wonderful work and ever-charming cat photos!

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  52. This year my husband and I flew across the country to visit my grandmother for the first time in a decade. Not only that but (and we are surprising her with the news tonight) we bought tickets for my little brother and sister to come out to see her as well. I can't wait to see her smile when we tell her.
    Missabaldwin@gmail.com

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    1. How wonderful!! What a special time this is for all of you! xox

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  53. I get gift cards for Christmas from a lot of people. I have a policy of giving the restaurant cards away to homeless people when I see them near the restaurants. Figure they need them much more than I do!
    Cindyroerig@hotmail.com

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  54. I get gift cards for Christmas from a lot of people. I have a policy of giving the restaurant cards away to homeless people when I see them near the restaurants. Figure they need them much more than I do!
    Cindyroerig@hotmail.com

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  55. I've just finished a quilt for a friend of mine who separated from her husband, has been battling thyroid cancer and moved into a new house. She's had so much on her plate, I just wanted to do something nice for her.

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  56. I will be hosting dinner for 22 of my family. I have done this for 26 years since our mom died. We don't exchange gifts, we just enjoy our time together. Our brother is very sick and this may be his last Christmas, so we will savor it more than any in the past. Thanks Kate, for another great year of inspiration and dedication to our craft and especially to the people who share this with us. We are all truly blessed! Merry Christmas!

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  57. We are giving gifts to children who are in domestic abuse shelters. Thank you for the giveaway.
    Ceciliayoung at gmx.com

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  58. This Christmas break I will be teaching a lonely young woman to sew (putting my old sewing machine and stash of fun fabrics to the best of uses) (rstrindle@yahoo.com)

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  59. I will be helping a local teacher fill stockings for many students at her school who need school supplies, warm mittens and scarves, books, and some fun treats, too.

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  60. This year my brother in law is deployed. His wife is pregnant, and he will miss the birth. In my husband's family, we draw names for gifts, and we did not get their little family. I am putting together a box of little things so she knows how much we love her, including a couple of gift cards so her 2 year old can take her out to dinner.

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  61. Beautiful giveaway! I will make dinner for all my family!!!

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  62. We gave to several Toys for Tots drives to help make sure every child received a toy this Christmas.

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  63. We sponsored a little boy through Compassion International! We are excited to be a part of his life!

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  64. All year long my quilt guild makes small quilts to go with dolls and teddy bears -- they are distributed to young children through local charitable organizations at the holidays. The winter break from work is a good time for me to make a couple more to start our count for 2016.

    foolquilter at comcast.net

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  65. Mery Christmas to you and your family Kate!
    I've invited two elderly neighbours to join our celebrations on Christmas day

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  66. I am leaving the majority of my family at home to travel across the country to stay with my son this Christmas. He is suffering from chronic fatigue; he lives by himself.
    Thank you for the giveaway--have a wonderful Christmas! Kathy
    kerrante@msn.com

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  67. Thanks for the chance. I have baked and baked cookies for lots of people including those that work at the doggie daycare I take my pup too. Everyone needs a little love this time of year.

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  68. I work at a cafe where a group of elderly men on fixed incomes meet every morning. They are there every Christmas morning without family to visit. For the holidays I am making them cookies and gift bags to show my appreciation for their regular patronage and to let them know that somebody cares. Thanks! email is dirtyarddesigns at gmail.com

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  69. My 83 yr. old Dad passed away in Sept. this year. I now have all of his shirts and will be cutting them apart and making quilts using Bonnie Hunter's "Scrappy Trips" design for my Mom and 2 sisters. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  70. Happy Holidays. I will be taking desserts and muffins to stock up my dad's freezer for the next few months. My sister takes meals for the freezer. We both live about three hours from him and stock his freezer every few months.

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  71. I'll be volunteering to help with the free Christmas dinner the company I work for holds every year. Signed my kids up too :)
    vixie19@yahoo.com

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  72. My sister-in-laws and I are going to clean my mother-in-law's house. Wash walls, vacuum, mop the whole nine yards. The house will be sparkly clean for Christmas. She has passed but would be delighted we are getting together there for Christmas.

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  73. We like to make fruit baskets for our neighbors and also bless our mail carrier and garbage men with either gift cards or cash in appreciation of their service to our family.

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  74. Every year I make a quilt for one of my siblings/family member. Since I have 6 siblings and plenty of nieces and nephews there always a quilt to make. This year is no different, but along with a quilt I'm making all my nieces and nephews stockings to fit their special personalities.
    Kirstymichaelis at gmail dot com

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  76. Thank you for the kind offer. This year, I am making Grinch pillowcases for my sister.
    Becain777@gmail.com

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  77. I donated toys to a local charity supporting kids in the hospital at the holidays. This is such a great list of comments to read. It's very heartwarming, and makes me want to do more.

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  78. I donated toys to a local charity supporting kids in the hospital at the holidays. This is such a great list of comments to read. It's very heartwarming, and makes me want to do more.

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  79. I am making a quilt for my mother in laws bed. She has had a hard time this year and I could think of nothing more cheerful as a quilt!

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  80. I am sending several cards to friends who need a little bit of cheering up, and intend on knitting some warm woolies (hats, mitts, cowls) over the Christmas holidays for the homeless in my city and the Syrian refugees coming to my province this winter. I have plenty of yarn leftovers to do this with.

    I adore your fabric collections, and used Joy to make placemats for my sister and brother for Christmas a couple of years ago. They love them.

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  81. I give gifts to the women's shelter for families that are there.

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  82. Merry Christmas to my favorite fabric designer! This Christmas I have worked on some memory quilts for those who have lost loved ones.

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  83. This is such a generous giveaway! I love your Christmas collections. My decorations are made in all your lines. Thank you for your creativity and generous soul. This year might not end well for us. I live in Spain but my family is in Argentina. Even though I went home for the summer, I might have to surprise them with a visit. My dad's heart is giving away and he won't call for me. So I'll be there for xmas. Sad and sweet. Like life. xo Mariana

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  84. I chair my guild's community service committee. I've been busy cutting pillow case kits for our sew-in in February. I'll go to Joann's sale on Flannel on Thursday to get a bargain for making premie quilts in the spring. Merry Christmas and thanks for the giveaway. A Christmas quilt is something I don't have, but would love.

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  85. My daughter is coming to visit - first time since Spring of 2014 -- and I will try to make sure that Christmas is all about her, and my dear hubbie.

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  86. This looks fantastic. I wanted to enter and so thanks for the opportunity to think more about service. I have six kids and can sometimes feel overwhelmed with the demands that can engulf me during this season. I have been simplifying and donating much loved but outgrown or just too much of good things and donating to charities all around, convincing my littles that their favorite games, toys, shirts, and books will make less fortunate kids so happy. Merry Christmas!

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  87. I have joined in at my job to help a family we have adopted for the holidays. It is so nice to know they will have a Christmas because of all of our donations. Thank you for the chance to win!
    tamiquilts@att.net

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  88. I just finished quilting a couple quilts that my MIL made to give as gifts. She used to do her own quilting but now struggles with tremors from Parkinson's disease, so I help her out by doing the quilting for her. She still does her own piecing, although maybe a bit slower than she used to.

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  89. My parents are in their late 70's and live around the corner from us I go there everyday. In the morning we leave their newspaper on the kitchen table and take in the garbage pails and mail. They've done so much for me over the years, if I live forever I could never repay them. Today I made 23 dozen cookies between 8 am and 3 pm, to give to family, friends, my dogs Vet, our mechanic and the ladies at my son's school. Thanks for your generous giveaway! With all the inspiration you give, we should be sending you the gifts. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday! ;-> Toni Anne

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  90. I made a quilt of my dad's old flannel shirts for my brother. Thanks for the giveaway! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  91. For Christmas, I made my mom a quilt out of your "Solstice " fabrics. I'm 31 and just started quilting January of 2015. It's my first quilt I'm giving to someone else and it's so hard because I LOVE it. It's probably my favorite one I've done so far!

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  92. I have made donations to the local organization helping Syrian refugees settle in my community as well as the food bank. Times are tight, I'm a single mom with three little boys who want Christmas presents under the tree, and I do my best to meet their needs while sharing a little with those who need it so much more than we do. Thank you for this lovely giveaway.

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  93. I made a quilt with the design Scrappy Summer by Cluck Cluck Sew, in bright colors, perfect for a kid. It will be donated to the Children's Ward at my local hospital. I hope it will give comfort to a longterm sick child.

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  94. I made a quilt with the design Scrappy Summer by Cluck Cluck Sew, in bright colors, perfect for a kid. It will be donated to the Children's Ward at my local hospital. I hope it will give comfort to a longterm sick child.

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  95. A quilty friend of mine was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She had purchased some fabric to make her grandsons Dr Who satchels for Christmas. As she is unable to sew at the moment, I made them for her. It was the most wonderful feeling to be able to do something for her, hopefully making her Christmas just a little brighter.

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  96. Dear Kate...I'm sorry my post seemed to duplicate and triplicate... And I don't know why janetmelanson@bell.net

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  97. I made Christmas quilts this year for my two daughter and granddaughter. I'm so excited I can hardly wait for Christmas. My granddaughter is a newlywed so I think she will especially like hers. I also made two quilts for the local Woman's Shelter. When I dropped them off they were so pleased that I will make this an annual event.

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  98. Our family "adopted" three local kids in Foster Care through Child Protective Services. It's been a long time since we've had small children to purchase gifts for and we're having such fun! We'll be doing it again next year! beesknees52@hotmail.com

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  99. I have been giving my time at my children's school, helping the children to sew their own cushions. lynninblighty@yahoo.co.uk

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  100. My best friend and I always take three or four children's gift wishes from the local women and family shelter and this year we took four and have bought what they are wishing for. Will be dropping the gifts off tomorrow. Makes my heart happy.

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  101. We support families with food and gifts at church. But my favorite is over tipping, I have been doing it all year as my personal pay it forward. So grateful to the young folks working hard for school or to pay car insurance but especially to the older waiter and waitresses in the small average bill diners and dives. SO thankful I am not in their shoes, working hard to make it each month and an unexpected $10 here or there makes a big difference.

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  102. I bought the gentleman's dinner behind me in McDonalds drive thru the other night, for the exact reasons you stated above!! Maybe one tiny gesture will become two and then three...I also try to compliment people about something on a daily basis, as I teach third grade and many times coworkers feel beaten down! Merriest of Christmases to you and thank you for this chance...mkarizzo@yahoo.com

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  103. I like to make quilts for the Quilts for Kids organization and also sewing quilts for veterans at my LQS. Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  104. I teach preschool at a low socioeconomic school. I just finished 20 holiday break work packets so the kiddos have some fun things to do over break. Tadenta@gmail.com

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  105. What a generous giveaway. I finished a donation quilt that will be prayed over and given to a woman battling cancer during Christmas week.

    Jleibfried@aol.com

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  106. Making a quilt for a 90 year old Aunt that has beat cancer

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  107. I have put needle to fabric and have been making quilts for children born with heart defects. I've also tried to make this a handmade Christmas for my family and friends so we can focus on the true meaning behind the season. Thanks so much for the chance!

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  108. I've just finished a lap quilt for a friend who had a hip replacement. She'll be home alone for six weeks but she loves to read. So I made her a quilt to keep her cozy while she reads.

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  109. My sister has not been well, she suffers a mysterious illness that often incapacitates her for days. I am making her a cozy quilt to cuddle up with when she isn't able to leave the house.
    Thank you for the chance to win such a lovely kit!

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  110. This year I made six children's quilts for the Salvation Army Angels. It was a lot of fun trying to match their personality to their names. They were delivered yesterday so I hope they will be loved. I made 3 girl ones and 3 boy ones.

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  111. Thank you for the giveaway.
    I'm making festive pillowcases for my swimming buddy - she's 87 years old with
    many medical issues. She says she'll probably have to hang up her towel in another few years. Such an inspiration to everyone she meets!

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  112. I'll be making some little gifts (zipper bags and little purses) for some people on my list.

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  113. My girlfriends mom passed away last year at this time. She asked if I could make a quilt for her from her moms clothes. I envisioned some kind of working materials from them but it was some scary stretchy stuff. Regardless I said yes and made her 4 quilts out of spandex,sweats and rayon. She was so touched to be able to share with her siblings. As an added touch I sewed in a lttle 'ps I love you' tag and stitched Hugs from Heaven...Love mom.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win. Your fabric is a passion of mine! You make gorgeous fabric. Anything made with it is beautiful.

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  114. Over our Christmas holiday time, I will be getting together with an old friend who has always wanted to learn how to quilt and teach her how to make a quilt. We both work in the same doctor's office, and between her work hours and my nursing school we just have not had any time to spend together sharing our crafty knowledge with each other, so this will be a long awaited and much needed day for us. Thanks so much for the chance at this lovely package, and a blessed Christmas and new year to you and yours!

    MGM

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  115. I am finishing a baby quilt for the daughter of a friend.

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  116. I'm planning on getting some sewing time in next week. The husband is home and can watch the wee one while I finish two memorial quilts made from my grandparents belongings for my mom and aunt.

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  117. My daughter and I purchased gifts in supporting of a 9 month old girl in the community who needed help to have a Christmas.

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  118. Thank you for hosting this, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a joyous new year. I have been very busy making hand made gifts for all my quilts friends. Handmade gifts are the best!

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  119. My family and I will be continuing our tradition of donations to a local food pantry. I am also hoping to find a place to donate a finished quilt.

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  120. Merry Christmas! Thank you for the great giveaway. Hope you are able to enjoy the season with your family. I am sewing some Christmas pillowcases and sponsoring a few senior citizens with secret santa gifts.

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  121. I'm going to buy some art supplies (sketchpad and sketching pencils/charcoal) for a middle school student who is going through some difficult times. Art helps her work through it. Happy holidays!

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  123. Hi there, i'm making handmade gifts for my friends and family, and making sure to have a chat with those who are missing someone special this special :)
    theorlaproject@hotmail.com

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  124. I'm baking cookies for a friend who hasn't had time to do any baking this season because she is caring for her mother. Her mother broke her hip several weeks ago and has been recovering at my friend's house.

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  125. My mom and I will be delivering 75 quilts to all the residents at one of our local nursing homes! We are already collecting more quilts for next year. mcsdces19(at)gmail(dot)com Several of our quilts used the Villa Rosa Designs, so we would love to have this one too!

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  126. Your generous spirit is in keeping with this joyous season; thank you! Our family shopped for Christmas gifts for a family at school.

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  127. Happy Holidays! I made two matching quilts for my nieces. My fiancé and I are going to sneak into their room while they're gone and decorate. Their gift this year from us will be a bedroom full of peace, joy, and love.

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  128. At Christmas I like to give to he giving tree (you give gifts to underprivileged people - I am in Australia but I am sure there is a similar concept in the US). Anyway I like to take my girls and get them to pick a gift that they would like and then we leave it for a child their own ages. I like to do that because it helps to reinforce that there are people who are not as fortunate as we are and it is a responsibility to care for them, especially at Christmas. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas / new year too!

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  129. During the Holidays I like to give to the local food bank. I feel they do good work helping people with their basic needs.

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  130. I am planning to do some sewing for gift giving and hope to finish a knitted stocking filled with goodies to donate.

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  131. I'll be working and then I'll be cutting fabric for charity quilts. It's cold and I know there are kids who need quilts.

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  132. I have had a rough year with my health and just found out that I now have the beginnings of pneumonia AGAIN! So this year the most I have been able to muster is some pillowcases for my niece. I just today received an unexpected $50.00 so instead of paying medical bills I want to go the local wally world and pick an angel off the tree and buy a gift for a child. If I can't go I'll send my sister. Rina

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  133. I'll be preparing food for our special guests. Thank you for your wonderful giveaway.

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  134. What a great giveaway, Kate! A coworker of mine who is a single mom is about to have a knee replacement. She has no family nearby, and one family member is coming out from the east coast to help out, but not until over a week after she will be home from the hospital. She was planning on ordering meals to be delivered to her, which is very expensive. I started a collection at work and also will be delivering a meal to her when she arrives home, and some other coworkers will be doing the same. I don't want to post my email address here, but I'm Love2Kwilt on Instagram or you should be able to send me a message via my blog. :-)

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  135. If the weather cooperates, I'll be serving brunch to our church staff tomorrow. You know, the people who work completely crazy hours during the season the rest of us want time off work? They are a great group of people who are always doing for others by nature or profession, so I'm hoping our weather improves enough to get there to cook for them.

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  136. Thanks for the giveaway! I volunteered at a holiday party for disadvantageducational kids were they got Christmas gifts. I'm also donating to my local food back on the 17th when all donations are doubled so much contribution will do extra far.

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  137. Thank you for a great giveaway and of course,adorable cat pictures. Have a Happy Hoilday

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  138. Today our ladies Bible class delivered goodie bags to some church members who are elderly, sick, or live in retirement/nursing homes. Always enjoy these visits! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. Rdcjrc@yahoo.com

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  139. Thanks for the special giveaway. In lieu of gifts for the adults in our family, we have made donations in their honor for many years. Children's hospitals have been a favorite choice but some years we give to other foundations too if there has been an illness or an inspiring mission has come to our attention. Merry Christmas!

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  140. What a yummy giveaway! Thank you! We like to make Christmas goodies for our neighbours and friends every year, just to say thanks for being in our lives! Merry Christmas! Candy (becanATshawDOTca)

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  141. I'm making a Christmas quilt for my grandson who is just 7 months. It's a sock monkey quilt because his dad (my son) likes all things monkey-like. Unfortunately it's slow going because we also have our year old grandson half-time and I would rather spend my time with him than sew. However, all the important stuff will get done.

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  142. I have a good friend who has a 1-year-old little boy, is pregnant with baby #2, and who is working 2 jobs to support her family while her husband goes through a difficult period of unemployment and depression. I've been doing little things for her like babysitting, sharing some of my son's old toys with her little guy, buying her a coffee, and just being there to listen and support her as best I can. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy holidays! megan dot blomquist24 at gmail dot com.

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  143. What a great Christmas giveaway! I plan to help my elderly neighbor with her chores and offer friendship & support!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  144. I've been contributing to our church's missionary Christmas plan...and working on a secret plan of our own to send a gift card secretly to friends who are struggling financially. (We do this 'angel thang' every year.)
    The quilting has had to wait until the work finishes, though I have plans to work on a t-shirt quilt before Christmas.

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  145. I have given gifts to our community liaison who gives them to people in need who may not have a Christmas otherwise. I donated wrapped gifts to be given to teenagers.

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  146. I'm fulfilling wishes for our local Ronald McDonald House. Did you know that Ronald McDonald Houses set up little "shops" so that families staying there over the holidays due to a medical crisis or treatment can choose gifts (at no cost) and therefore maintain the feeling of holiday and home during a difficult time? The lists can be accessed on Amazon.com, if anyone else is interested in helping out in this very worthy cause. I have great appreciation for RMH, where my sister and her two little girls stayed many years ago, while my tiny niece was hospitalized during her short life. Through their unflagging enthusiasm and kindness, the volunteers do what they can to make bleak or stressful times a little less trying.

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  147. I donated layers cakes to a couple of ladies who will be delivering the quilts to local families in need.

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  148. I have been contributing to various charities for seniors and veterans to make their holidays a bit brighter. I also made a quilt for my mother in law and will be giving it to her this Christmas. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

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  149. Hi Kate !!! I have just finished a quilt that I am giving to my daughters friend's mother who was just diagnosed with Brain cancer and the outlook is not good. I am hoping that when she wraps up in it she feel like she is being hugged. Have a Merry Christmas and the best New Year !!!!

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  150. I'll help my mom cook Christmas dinner for the first time this year! I love the rose card patterns! And I love love love your fabric Kate!! I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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  151. I don't just give at Christmas. For my hubby and me, it is a way of life. We support various charities, not only with money, but with our time. This past week we, along with a half dozen others went Christmas caroling to several nursing homes, held a Christmas party for the veteran's in our local veteran's home, and today I will be playing at a funeral for the sister of another fellow musician.

    Susan senstrings at yahoo dot com

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  152. Wishing you a very wonderful holiday season! My family worked on making Christmas Eve Boxes for special needs children. They open on Christmas Eve and get new pjs , a book , mug and hot cocoa mix! thank you!!!

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  153. This year, we're excited to be helping to feed about 40 senior citizens who live alone and don't have any family to spend Christmas day with. Thanks so much for this giveaway! It's awesome! Merry Christmas!

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  154. I'm making quilts and pillowcases for kids who live in homeless shelters. Makes my heart feel good to transfer good wishes into pretty fabrics that I hope will provide comfort and love. carolann427@aol.com

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  155. Your blog is wonderful and your fabrics are beautiful. I appreciate very much your support of local quilts shops and of having people share such positive things that they are doing. I am blessed to be part of a team who travels and does long distance walks for cancer research. I just finished serving on a criminal jury for something horrible and while I have always been active volunteering and working with various charities, I think it is time to serve others in a more focused way with new motivation. Your designs are very inspirational. What talent yoy have.

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  156. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! I will be giving 9 quilts that I made to the victims of a local wildfire who have lost their homes.

    Sandy N
    explabgirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  157. I am covering for a friend at her job. Her husband just had a heart attack. I am also going to a homeless shelter to bring quilts, hats and gloves as well as serving supper and visiting with the residents.
    Bveinotte at Kino dot com

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  158. What a delightful and generous giveaway!
    I am baking for a dear friend who is having a huge family Christmas dinner. I am baking the pies & cakes for a sweet finish. She doesn't like to fuss with desserts and she already has a ton of things to do to prepare for this feast.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  159. I volunteer as a Helping Hand at an elementary school and am making copies for the 2nd grade teachers so they can return to work after Christmas break with papers ready for January. Thanks for sharing your creativity! Merry Christmas!

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  160. We are picking up my MIL from the nursing home and bringing her to our house to spend the day:) We also do $ donations to various charities:)
    Merry Christmas!!

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  161. I'm taking my folks up to my sister's home for a few days of visiting!

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  162. I am volunteering at our botanical garden during their holiday lights display.

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  163. We are baking Christmas goodies and caroling and delivering to neighbors!

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  164. I've made several baby quilts to donate, and I sewed something special for a dear lady I know who is having ongoing medical issues. My husband's office has adopted a family for Christmas, and the employees will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army.

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  165. I am hosting nine extra people for Christmas dinner to help out a friend. But knowing full well that if I needed her to do the same, she would! Merry Christmas, and thank you for a beautiful giveaway!

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  166. I am making quilts to go to the local chemo center - trying to make as many manly ones as well - those seem to be lacking.

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  167. I am making Robin wreaths for my neighbours after they visited me and admired the one that I made for myself. Each wreath form has been covered with a print from Jingle. pamdungar2010@hotmail.co.uk

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  168. I've ordered some quilt kits this holiday season during the good sales and hope to get them made up in the new year to donate to needy people or to charities I support to be used at their raffle sales. Wish me luck getting them all completed!

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  169. Filling a gift shoebox for someone at a women's shelter, and taking care of the baby of a sick friend for a few days.

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  170. Thank you for this awesome giveaway. This Christmas I would like to go to my father's house (he is 86 and still living in his own home)and give it a good cleaning. He is very active and really doesn't want to do much house work.

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  171. I've donated food and treats to the vet's 'shoebox for rescues' scheme - I love the idea that a dog in a rescue centre is going to get a lovely chew treat on Christmas Day!

    If I'm lucky enough to have my name pulled from the hat then I'll be donating this prize to the Siblings Together quilt drive: we're making quilts for summer camps run for children who are separated from their siblings by the care system, where they get to hang out and have fun. Find out more here: siblingstogetherquiltgroup.blogspot.co.uk (I hope it's okay to mention this in my comment!)

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  172. Oh my goodness, what a WONDERFUL giveaway!!!!!! This season I am donating a quilt to the Children's Hospital. I think quilts = love and comfort!!
    christinamjohnson@earthlink.net

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  173. What a lovely fabric line. This year I am making stockings for each of my grandchildren. I have a local store embroider their names in letters about 1 inch high. It's so much fun to pick out fabrics that I think the kids will like.
    Patty
    paweis at yahoo dot com

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  174. What an awesome giveaway! For the holiday seaon I plan to be with family, we love to spend some days together.
    I made runner, topper, hanquilting a quilt and ornament to gift to my sisters and nieces.

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  176. This is a fantastic gift! Thanks for the chance to win. My husband lost his job last month. We have been on the receiving end of so much kindness this holiday season. A few weeks ago I helped my SIL make 3 blankets for her nieces having babies. Quilting is such great therapy!

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  177. I will be volunteering my time at our local retirement home. So many of these folks don't have relatives close by. I couldn't imagine the holidays without loved ones near. Happiest of Holidays to you and yours, rumsmom@comcast.net

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  178. I am traveling home to see my family. They have been going through a lot lately, and need some cheering up this Christmas.

    sarahhartel86@gmail.com

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  179. Merry Christmas, Kate, Pete, and all the kitties! Today, my husband and I cooked and served lunch to our church staff - ham and all the fixings for twenty. They give and do so much for all of us during the year, it only seemed fair to return the favor! Thanks for the chance at such an awesome giveaway! salliesue57@gmail.com

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  180. What a beautiful kit! Starting this weekend I'm going to be house and dog sitting for my close friend for a week. Her and her husband are traveling out of state to spend Christmas with two of their kids. Debora is an awesome friend so it's no problem ;-D

    Thanks for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  181. I've enjoyed reading all the answers, I've put together a suitcase full of my children's winter jackets and will be giving them to the refugees that have gotten stuck in Greece. grecomara at gmail dot com

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  182. I am starting up a ministry to teach people how to cook and sew/quilt so that they can bless others in need. I am collecting unwanted sewing machines, fabric, supplies, and fixing them up so that I can share my love of Home Economics with others, especially in difficult times (a lost art!). I am hoping to instill the love of making and giving to others in today's generation for our future!!
    j_dobler@msn.com

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  183. Enjoyed your post today. I will spend part of my break making baby quilts to donate to the local Down Syndrome Guild. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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  184. My friend's needlework shop flooded - while she waits for the new carpet I am volunteering to help paint the shop since she can't afford to hire someone. Happy holidays!!!! smartstitcher@me.com

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  185. My husband and I are the only ones in the family not traveling this year so we're taking care of all the kids and pets that can't travel at our house! We don't have kids so this should be an adventure!

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  186. My mum has cancer and we will be collecting her from her home so that she can spend Xmas with us for a few days

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  187. What a great idea! I've been crazy busy trying to keep up with my etsy shop this year, but when I found out one of my orders was for a little boy born 12 weeks early who would be spending Christmas in the NICU, I had to take some time to whip up a few extra gifts for him and his sweet mother. I wish I could say I've done more.

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  188. We're giving toys to needy kids. Thanks for the incredible giveaway!!! Merry Christmas!

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  189. How very generous of you. I love the giving spirit and fills everywhere during December, and I wish I could keep those feelings all year. I make PJs and quilts to donate to Care & Share. They give them out to other charities in our community. Thank you, Merry Christmas.

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  190. This year our family motto has been "be the rainbow in someone else's day"... So I was super proud that my kids decided to purchase gifts for homeless children using their own pocket money, lovingly wrap them and we all drove to the shelter together to hand deliver our gifts., and hopefully be the rainbow in some sweet kids day on Christmas.
    Merry Christmas Kate!
    Annabel xx
    belloquacity at gmail dot com

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  191. How thoughtful and generous you are. This season I have purchased and collected gifts on the wish lists for male and female veterans at the local Sim's Veterans' Nursing Home. I get to deliver these next week. If I am fortunate to win this beautiful bundle of fabric, I plan to use it to make a quilt for wounded warriors. Merry Christmas. Mary @ mkloper@knology.net

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