Sunday, March 11, 2012

Giveaway and St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop

Welcome to the Inspired Quilter blog! Those who have been here before know I enjoy English paper piecing. The technique shares its name with 'foundation paper piecing' but they're not the same process. There are variations with each technique, but generally, with English paper piecing the sewist employs handwork techniques and bastes scraps of fabric to paper/cardstock to stablize it, then whip stitches the components together. Examples of quilts created with this technique include grandmother's flower garden (hexagons), clamshell, jewel, and many other patterns including those with y-seams like six-pointed stars.




Stars of Savannah includes three shapes: diamond, hexagon (center of star)
and jewel (star points). This example is still basted to the paper cardstock foundations
and shows the orange basting thread which will be removed later.





With foundation paper piecing, the sewist uses a marked foundation of muslin or paper and stitches fabric to it for precision piecing oftentimes not otherwise possible. Paper foundations are removed, muslin foundations usually remain in the quilt. Examples of foundation paper pieced patters are mariner's compass and other intricate works with small pieces such as this cardinal. See Carol Doak's website for additional examples.


You could win one of two gifts to celebrate the coming of Spring and to help you understand more about English paper piecing or foundation paper piecing. Foundation Pieced Nature Quilts Designer Edition teaches the basics of foundation paper piecing and includes 14 (gorgeous!) nature-inspired projects for all levels of experience.




Hummingbird Heaven pattern is in the book
Foundation Pieced Nature Quilts Designer Edition





Garden Variety is an English Paper Pieced pattern, along with a
Spring-green needle book. Apologies for the picture quality, skylights
are lovely but not helpful when you're taking photographs!




You may instead be the new owner of Garden Variety, a Paper Pieces pattern by Ann Kimble and Karen Winther using English paper piecing techniques. The pattern includes instructions and die cut pieces for this 45"x56" quilt (pattern is new/unused and the cover was slightly wrinkled in shipping due to die cut shapes unevenly distributed in packaging). A little addition to the pattern is a Spring green needle keep created by moi. The Garden Variety pattern will make great use of your batik or other colorful scraps.

NOTE: If you have a preference for one of the items (book or pattern and needle keep), you may note it in your comment (optional).

For a chance to win one of these items, comment on this post and describe your ideal quilt retreat. For another chance to win (optional), follow this blog and then leave a seperate comment that you are a follower. If you already follow, please leave a comment that you are a follower for your additional chance to win. Comment on this post by Friday, March 23, 2012 and I will select one winner for each item sometime Saturday, March 24. All entries are welcome and I will ship internationally, just remember to describe your ideal quilt retreat and you will be entered. If the winner does not reply to my 'congratulations' email by Friday, March 30, I will select another winner for that item.

Thank you for visiting the Inspired Quilter blog! Oh, and happy St. Patrick's Day and National Quilting Day on March 17!

~~Lisa

To continue on the St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop, click on the below:

138 comments:

  1. My ideal quilt retreat would be in the mountains within biking distance of a world class quilt shop. My BFF and DD#1 would both be there with plenty of projects kitted ready to go. Glen and Dottie would also be there making for a hilarious time. Mark L., Charlotto A., Judy L., and Bonnie H. would be available to give advice, tips, and entertainment. It would be a week long retreat.

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  2. My ideal quilt retreat would be - yes, in the mountains, in a lodge-type building, with free time to hike and sightsee! :) I'd love to learn how to free-motion quilt, so it would focus on that. AND THERE WOULD BE CHOCOLATE. ;)

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  3. I'm a follower already. And my preference would be the lovely book! Thanks for the chance!:)

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  4. Ideal summer quilt retreat would have to have an ocean on one side and mountains on the other. The quilt room would have 360 windows. There would be yoga before a brunch style breakfast and then myself and my Besties would sit ourselves in front of our top of the line Bernina's and quilt, quilt, quilt. Of course there would be an onsite quilt shop, OK, I'll wake up now!

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  5. I've never been on a retreat!! but perhaps I should start one of my own here in the UK!! I'd love to go somewhere by the sea!

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  6. I havent ever been on a retreat but im taking part in a virtual one for international quilting day on Saturday :) I'd love to go to a quilting lodge like elm creek :)

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  7. My ideal retreat would be somewhere warm but not hot! I've never been on one so that's about as specific I can be lol.

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  8. Eu nunca fui,mas o melhor é esse sorteio,eu sou viciada em hexágonos,ganhar este seria o máximo.obrigada por me dá pelo menos a esperança...vamos esperar...tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  9. I am going on my ideal quilt retreat...next weekend...can't wait...my boss is letting me and 3 of my quilting buddies use his condo in Florida which is right on the beach...we are going to sew, eat, sew, eat....well you get the picture...thank you for being so generous and have a great day.

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  10. I haven't been on a quilting retreat so I guess a few free days in my sewing room would be great for me. I would prefer The Garden Pattern if I was the lucky winner. Happy St Patrick's Day to you.

    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  11. My favourite retreat would be in the country where nature can inspire and soothe. I still hope to go on a retreat one day. If I was luck enough to win I would like the Foundation Pieced Nature Quilts Book

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  12. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. I'd love to win the foundation paper piecing book. Never been on a quilt retreat, but somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains would be great. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. Never been to a quilt retreat. Would be lovely to go to one in the mountains beside a lake, stream, river etc.

    Would love that book.

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  15. I never Been to a quilt retreat. I would pick a place out of town and near to a seaside. I loved ocean :)

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  16. I am a new follower, thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

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  17. I would love to win the book! A great retreat would be up in the mountains with huge windows for the view!

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  18. A bed and breakfast inn on Lake Michigan would be a wonderful retreat location.

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  19. My ideal quilt retreat - a venue with fabulous views and ample places for walks to break up the day, fabulous light, lots of space to spread out in, wonderful fun people with wonderful projects to look at, food made by someone else so I don't have to think about it. Thanks for a chance at either prize - they both look great.

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  20. Oh goodness, I've always been interested in this- but a nature inspired book? Oh my! I'm in heaven! I'm actually going on my ideal quilt retreat in June- a quilting cruise in AK with my mom. Crusing, sewing, sightseeing, and my mom. What could be better! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  21. I love retreats. My ideal one includes lots of friends, door prizes, new projects to try, fabric swaps and, of course, great food to nibble on all day long.

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  22. I go to two quilt retreats every year. One in the spring and one in the fall. I love that we can sew from 6AM until 3AM every day. It is usually 3 full days and that is just about right. We have a couple of fun projects or short classes during those days and I like that. Melissa always has a surprise for us each time too. Never know what that will be. Last year it was a horse drawn carrage ride through the fall woods.

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  23. My ideal quilting retreat would be in an old farmhouse on an actual farm. I would love to wake up to the roosters crowing and then after a big country breakfast, sit out on the porch and quilt. Either of the prizes would be great for me. Thank you!

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  24. Am a new follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Ideal quilting retreat would be not too far away, with machines provided, and lots of different projects, and time to finish them all. Thanks!

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  26. I have never done a quilting retreat only quilted for about 3 months. Not sure if I would feel weird being a guy their or just be another quilter. One of the reasons I have yet to find a quilting guild near where I live.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    http:// my1pictureaday.blogspot.com/

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  27. My ideal retreat is one where I am with friends and have at least 3 days of sewing. I can get a lot done in this amount of time. I also want someone else to do all of the cooking for us. Thanks for a chance.

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  28. My ideal quilt retreat would be out of the city. Seaside, country, mountains all work; with a quilt shop(s) nearby. I would be able to stay where meals are on-site whether bed and breakfast, hotel restaurant or catered all is good.

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  29. Mine would be me at home with no phone calls and DH to cook and wait on me.

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  30. ideal quilt retreat ... it would need to be long enough to finish a quilt ... the machines would need to be muted to allow productivity and talkativity ... there would be somone going around giving a massage to the achign backs from all the sitting. aye along those lines would be nice

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  31. I have never been on a quilt retreat. I'll have to try it someday.
    Thanks for the chance to win:)

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  32. My favorite quilt retreat was when I went camping with my husband.
    I sat under a beautiful big shady tree, with an old wooden table and chair. I had my hand crank sewing machine. It was wonderful.
    We spent a week there. It was my fist time going camping, and my
    dear husband made sure that I would love it!

    wigglypup2@yahoo.com

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  33. I am a happy follower of your blog. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    wigglypup2@yahoo.com

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  34. I am a new follower of your blog.

    http://jeannegwin.blogspot.com
    jeannegwin@gmail.com

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  35. Love that star of savannah it is gorgeous I would love to be in the mountains for a quilting retreat or in a cabin overlooking a lake.

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  36. I love this question and I hope you like my answer. I am on a quest to find out what makes a great retreat. We are planning on traveling and so that our home does not set neglected, we are going to make some neccesary changes and hopefully have a quilt retreat in place very soon. So for now I have to say I know what I would want in a quilt retreat but since I have never been I don't know. I will be watching the answers here very closely.

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  37. My ideal retreat would be at a beach for a week long with people I have never met that love to quilt! I would love the Nature Quilts book!

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  38. My ideal quilt retreat is the one I take to Kentucky every year! No kids, I can sleep as late as I want and have great food!! And the house we rent supplies the chocolate! Thanks for sharing. I am an English paper piecer as well but do not enjoy foundation piecing! Happy Quilting!

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  39. My ideal quilt retreat would be at least 3 days with friends. Some place quiet with a cook!

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  40. Since I've never been to a quilt retreat I'm not sure what I think would be ideal. However, having a few days of nothing but quilting and learning sounds wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your wonderful giveaway. The book is my favorite but I would definitely be happy with either.

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  41. I've never been on a retreat before, but in my mind the ultimate retreat is having the opportunity to quilt all day with no interruptions. Not having to cook, but have delicious food/snacks available to nibble on. Oh, and wear comfy pajamas all day! :)
    I've never done foundation piecing or EPP, but hope to learn one day.

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  42. My ideal quilt retreat would involve comfy pajama pants, endless coffee and water, greaseless and crumbless chips (well I am dreaming lol), lots of chocolate, tons of good friends, and lots of finishes :) I would love the book if possible :)

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  43. I'd love to get away on ANY quilting retreat.... but I can't right now with 2 kids and a 3rd on the way.... but I'm a stay at home mom with my own quilting studio so I have my own retreat almost every day

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  44. I would love the foundation piecing book! I think my ideal retreat would involve a beautiful setting, no phones except for emergencies, and a whole lot of sewing, eating and laughing. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

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  45. My ideal quilt retreat is hanging out with my quilty buddies, snacking, sewing, snacking, shopping at local stores, snacking, more sewing, snacking, taking walk around the grounds, snacking, still sewing.... you get the idea. :)

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  46. My ideal quilt retreat would be with my new friends from my guild. I'm a messy quilter, so I need plenty of space to spread out. Catered meals are a must, music in the background and the machines humming!
    My preference would Foundation Pieced Nature Quilts.

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  47. My ideal quilt retreat would be far enough from home that I can't be lured back by a mini crisis. It would have a great ironing board and iron, a tv to play in the background, room to spread out my fabric, blocks in progress and other ephemera. It would need to have quick food nearby--not fast food, necessarily, but I would not want to spend too much time away from my quilting.

    If I win, I would especially like the book, though both prizes are very nice.

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  48. I've never been on a quilt retreat before so I don't really know what should go on. I guess, ideally, the retreat for me would just have to be VERY affordable. I'd really like to attend one...

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  49. I've never been on a Quilt Retreat... But I would love to go to somewhere that I wouldn't have to cook. And I could sew all day if I so desired. It would be cool to also have a how to make a new quilt pattern with a teacher for abit of the retreat. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  50. I'm a new follower of your blog! I'd choose the book - as I love the hummingbird pattern. :)

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  51. What a fantastic giveaway!!!! I am a big fun of English paper piecing myself!!!!. So a perfect retreat would be mountains, sun, nice food, a good paper piecing project in hand and hours to sew!!!!!!!!!. Ah, dreams!!!!!!!!!

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  52. I went on what I call an ideal quilt retreat a couple of weeks ago. We traveled to Whidbey Island to a small town called Coupeville and stayed in a bed and breakfast there. We spent 3 days sewing and being inspired by others. We had great food and fun.

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  53. I am a new follower of your blog

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  54. I've never been on a retreat. I'd love one that had a professional die-cutting machine with lots of dies to try as well as a longarm machine so I could try my hand at that. A laid-back yet structured atmosphere and a country setting would be ideal. Picnic lunches on a grassy hill and late afternoon cocktails outside would finish my little fantasy.

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  55. I have never been on a retreat. I think I would like to go to one in the mountains where it would have a beautiful setting of trees and water. Maybe in a log cabin with beautiful quilts around for inspiration. I would love to have great teachers to help me learn new things and new ideas- A place to find gorgeous fabric-and all the food that I could eat! This would be my dream come true.
    (ccarter13@windstream.net)

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  56. I am a new follower, and I would love to have the book. The quilt block you made is beautiful. If only I could make something like that!!
    (ccarter13@windstream.net)

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  57. My ideal quilt retreat would be any quilt retreat. I've never been on one and would love to!!! I've never seen one close to me.

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  58. I am a new follower and would love to win the book. Thanks for the chance.

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  59. My ideal quilt retreat would be by the water, lake or ocean. Have some prepared or take out food and some cooked at the retreat. A cute small project that everyone could do. and some other interesting place to see, a museum, a hiking trail, a town with a quilt store.

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  60. I would love Foundation Pieced Nature Quilts Designer Edition. It looks wonderful. Thanks. IHaven't attended a lot of retreats but I'll be at a machine quilting one all next week. I imagine lots of quilting, good discussions, great information and lots of laughter.

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  61. My ideal quilt retreat is with mountains. hugs

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  62. My idea quilting retreat would be a summer beach retreat with lots of sun, yummy foods (and drinks!), and quilt shops to visit. Thank you for a lovely giveaway.

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  63. I'm a new GFC follower- Kylie C.

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  64. I have never been able to go on a retreat, but I would love one overlooking the ocean! I am dreaming big here! Or maybe a retreat on a cruise would be even better. No preference on the choices. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  65. I am a new follower! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  66. My ideal retreat would not be too far away to save time and money in traveling. It would have good food, comfortable beds and congenial fellow retreat goers. There would be a large porch or deck for spending time stitching outside. There would be a great teacher and a wonderful quilt shop right next door.

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  67. My ideal retreat would be at an Alaska Lodge. Do they exist? Thanks for the chance to win. I am a HUGE paper piece fan and The Foundation pieced Nature Quilts book would be what I would like to be working on at the Alaska Lodge. If only half that came true, I would be thrilled!!!

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  68. My ideal quilt retreat would be warm weather, catered food, where every one had a veiw of a lake or the ocean at their work station that included their own design wall, cutting area, TOL machines, ironing systems and long arms set-up for use. Ahh Dreams. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  69. I love EPP! I'd love the pattern and needlekeep. In a quilting retreat I love a good lounge area - someplace to sit with a book, or some hand-stitching, away from the hum of the machines.

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  70. I am a new follower! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  71. I have never been to a quilt retreat, but I think it would be fun! Any place where I could set up my machine and have great quilty friends to sew and chat with!

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  72. I would love a retreat where all I would have to bring is my projects, and myself. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  73. My Dream Retreat: First I would have won it so I could spend all my cash on fabric in the area. It would be held at a Resort/Spa for a week. We'd have amazing rooms overlooking a lake. The classroom would be light, airy, well lit with picture windows facing the mountains and tons of birdfeeders outside. The classes would be held by a few of my sewing idols and I'd learn so much. We'd have a chef for meals (maybe Gordon Ramsey or Bobby Flay), everyone would be lovely and fun. We'd have afternoon massages to ease the sewing stress on our joints and a couple of shop hops on a fancy bus. We'd probably want a hike into the mountains one day to stretch out the limbs. (I'd so want to win the Foundation Pieced Nature Quilts book)

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  74. I'm a new Follower in GFC! Thanks for the 2nd chance. Still want the Nature paper piecing book.

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  75. my ideal retreat woudl be jsut to have one! With two young kids getting away is hard. I would love to be in a mountain type retreat but close to a town known for the quility of their local quilt shops. I would love to win the Foundation Pieced Nature Quilts book - that looks amazing!

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  76. i have not attended a quilt retreat yet, but they are near the top of my MUST DO list. Just the thought of spending a weekend uninterrupted (except by Me) for anything would be wonderful. I have done some foundation piecing and enjoyed it, but have not yet tried english paper piecing yet. Either or would be great..

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  77. I have signed on as a new follower. yay....

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  78. Thank you for the lovely giveaway. I like the book Foundation Pieced Nature Quilts Designer Edition as have wanted to make a quilt with hummingbirds. I have not attended a quilt retreat and may have some unrealistic expectations. It would last 7 days. There would be 5 days of classes / activities and quilting with everything provided to do so. All I would need to take would be clothes and necessities. The food, rooms, and scenery would be wonderful. Arrivals will be on day 1 and day 7, with lovely non-stressful things to do / meet and greet with instructors and other attendees. I would return home enthusiastic about quilting and rested. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  79. Hi, I have never been on one but if I could plan one it would be in a nice warm mountain setting with shade trees and pines all around the cabins there would be a great room to meet in and quilt and a big outdoor meeting area to sit and talk. To me that would be the perfect place to go. Thank you foe the giveaway. If I win I would like the book but I will take what ever.

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  80. A perfect retreat would be several days in an idyllic location - seaside, mountain, desert, doesn't matter. At least a few days with top notch teachers, plus time to work on my own. Gourmet meals, too. I'd prefer the foundation paper piecing prize. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  81. Log cabin setting in wilderness with lots of friends, good food and being able to finish a project. The nature quilts book I'd love to have. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  82. Beautiful giveaway. Foundation piecing is something I want to learn. I love both items, but perhaps like the book best. Thanks for opportunity.

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  83. Great giveaway. I want to be pampered at a quilt retreat. Do nothing but sew. And also not be cold. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  84. An idea quilt retreat for me would be anywhere in Scotland - my dream holiday destination! And to combine that with quilting? Oh bliss!

    I'm loving the book - such beautiful patterns. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  85. My countryside home is the ideal resort for quilting. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  86. Ideal retreat would be a group of cabins surrounding a lake with a central community building for meals and to sew all day and into the night. Lots of room to roam around the lake, Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. Judy C loves paper piecing.

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  87. An ideal retreat would be by a lake with lots of snacks and of course chocolate. I am new to paper piecing, so would love to win the pattern.

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  88. My ideal retreat location would be rural enough to enjoy nature, but with a great quilt shop nearby. There would be three days of sewing, fun and good food.

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  89. It would have to be no one around and have every gadget and fabric available and have no problems with the sewing machine or lossing my tools as im working angchappell@yahoo.com

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  90. I'm a new follower, thanks for the giveaway.

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  91. I have never been to a quilt retreat, but I would love to be in a country cabin by a lake with good friends, good food and lots of great fabric, maybe a LQS close by.
    I would like to win the Garden Variety paper pieced pattern and needle keep.

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  92. I'm a new follower and quilter. Thanks for the opportunity to win something.

    Sandy
    slowery@shaw.ca

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  93. My ideal retreat would be any place without haveing to think about cooking mels and cleaning up after.

    Sandy
    slowery@shaw.ca

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  94. I have never been to a retreat so anyplace would be wonderful for me! lol I love the garden variety pattern - so pretty! thanks for the great giveaway

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  95. I am a new follower! thanks again!

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  96. Thanks for participating in this blog hop party. Your prizes are fantastic. My perfect quilt retreat would be an uninterrupted week of quilting in my own studio. But if you really mean a get-away retreat, I'd love to be able to attend one of the quilting cruises!

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  97. My ideal retreat would be a week with my best quilting friends...in a cozy cabin somewhere up in the mountains, with a creek running near by so I could hear it from my bed at night. (I would be sleeping under a lovely quilt of course. We would all be happily quilting our days away with lots of chatting and laughing. Delicious food would appear with someone else doing the cooking and cleaning up.

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  98. I've never been on a quilt retreat before, as I am relatively new to quilting. Somewhere with a lot of room to spread out and in a beautiful setting with a lot o new people to meet would be great!

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  99. Favorite retreats are those that I can sit around with friends sewing and finishing up my UFO's until the wee hours of the morning. In the past I have sewn until 3 am and then woke up to start sewing at 7:30. I can't do that anymore, but I can dream.

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  100. My ideal quilt retreat...plenty of space with large tables, bright lights, friends, and plenty of chocolate.

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  101. My ideal retreat would be a fun weekend with friends, and there would be plenty of laughter!

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  102. My ideal quilt retreat is one that I already attend. An ideal quilt retreat is one that is afforadable and what makes it really ideal is that I don't have to cook one single meal! I just go and sew the entire weekend. I love it.

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  103. My ideal would be a trip to next year's sewing summit. I've already started dropping hints to my husband, lol...I love the 2nd package :)

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  104. My ideal quilt retreat would be in the mountains in the fall. With classes during the day and fellowship in big cushy chairs in the evening.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

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  105. I'm a follower. Thanks you for great giveaway
    ncjeepster@aol.com

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  106. Mountains in the fall! Loved the color of nature.. thanks.

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  107. I'm a new follower. Thanks for letting us visit.

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  108. We've been retreating the last two years to Palouse Divide Lodge. It's in the mountains of Northern Idaho and it's just beautiful. And the lodge is precious and cozy and warm and fun. I can't imagine a better place to quilt.

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  109. My darling grandmother had my ideal quilter's retreat. Her home had a second storey totally devoted to her sewing. Her beloved machine, a Singer treadle, on which she made whizzing noises on with her feet, sewed the most exquisite fabrics into lovely garments in no time at all. She would sit under a lovely bay window overlooking her immacutely kept garden and branches of her trees bowed down with purple blossum in the summer. Her home was covered in dazzling whitewash and was situated on a hill which was bathed in warm sunlight and cooled with afternoon sea breezes. It was a few miles from the beach. I loved to sit on her balcony as a child and daydream whilst making my own creations out of her scraps. I could easily go back there today to make a quilt or too and enjoy that lovely view again, thank-you for reminding me.

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  110. I really like the book, I have started paper peiceing and love it. My ideal quilting retreat would be for myself and fellow quilters to take all our stuff into a cabin in the woods for a week.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  111. My ideal quilt retreat would be to get away somewhere for a week with just my sisters and mom who all sew... away from the kids and housecleaning.

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  112. My ideal quilt retreat would be one that you get one entry for a prize for each project you finish while at the retreat. That way I could get some of my UFOs done!! I'd love the book as a first choice. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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