Monday, May 6, 2013

Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day


Folks, I almost forgot about Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day. That would have been a travesty, to be sure.

For those of you who are here for the first time, welcome! I recently had a tutorial for a smocked pillow up at Sew, Mama, Sew! and I just completed a mini quilt that I'm working to turn into a free pattern for you all, since I received a lot of positive feedback. So make sure you stick around these parts :)

On to the giveaway!







I've never made a quilt from a pattern before, so today's prize is just that...a quilt pattern! You have your choice of one of the three above, because those are all the ones that I'm most interested in right now. Please leave a comment as to which pattern you'd like - if you work, I'd love to hear your tips and tricks as to how you fit sewing into the work week [because I'm failing miserably lately].

I will draw the winner at the end of this week and email the corresponding PDF pattern. You don't have to be a follower [although I'd love it if you were] and international entries are welcome.

And because I love everyone, not just the lucky person who gets a pattern, you can use the code GIVEAWAYDAY in my Etsy shop for 20% off everything, including Potter Patterns! The coupon will run through Saturday May 11th.

Cheers everyone!


247 comments:

  1. I love that Pow Wow quilt! I work at the computer so I always have my knitting on my lap. When the computer is thinking I can pick it up and get a few stitches in. I do the same when I have hand-finishing to do in my sewing projects.

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  2. You know, I am terrible at following patterns but would love to try On A Whim!! Thank-you for such a fun giveaway! Have a good day! :)

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  3. Lovely patterns, I am sure you will enjoy them all. On a Whim speaks to me. Thanks for the give-away. I am a long time follower.

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  4. I like the POW-WOW. I do work and am also failing miserable at finding time to sew - most of the sewing happens on the weekends after the kiddos are in bed.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    rkmeachum at yahoo dot com

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  5. oooo pow-wow is speaking to me. Thanks for the chance!

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  6. I love the On a Whim pattern! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. yes... I'm with everyone else! Pow wow! so cute! I"ll be sticking around for the mini quilt, too! palak.makeithandmade at gmail dot com

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  8. That Frankie pattern is great! I've not seen that one before. I just followed you on Blog Lovin' too! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. On a Whim looks like fun! I have followed you from the start. Working or being a Mom - our hobbies just have to come after the priorities. A little here, a little there, and projects get done. It might take YEARS, but there will be finishes!

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  10. Pow wow looks great. I have a very demanding job, so take things a bit at a time

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  11. Wow I love that Pow Wow! I'm failing miserably lately too but I am only failing myself as they are my own crazy deadlines and self-imposed pressures... I need to go easier on myself and take a break every now and then to smell the flowers!

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  12. It's between Frankie and on a Whim. Thank you.

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  13. Love the Pow Wow quilt pattern!

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  14. I love Frankie best! I don't get much sewing in; I travel for work. I do EPP projects while in airports and on planes, and sometimes I take my mini-Janome in my luggage (with the fabric I need already cut up and ready to go). At home, the only way to sew is to let the housework slide... oops.

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  15. I can't decide between Frankie and Pow Wow. I've never seen Frankie before, but I've been liking Pow Wow for a while.

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  16. Pow wow quilt is lovely!!!

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  17. Love the Pow Wow pattern. I work part-time and try to fit in a little sewing on my days off, but it usually doesn't happen, so then I shoot for an hour or two on the weekend. So hard to find time!!

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  18. I love Pow wow, I love all of cluck cluck sew patterns. I do work 3 days a week and have 2 kids (3 and 6). I do most of my sewing at night after they go to bed, just a little each night.

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  19. I like the On a Whim pattern. It looks complicated enough to need a pattern.

    My tip for the working woman: we all need a little "decompression time" after a long day at work. If you have kids, call it a "Mommy time out". Most of us plop down on the couch and ponder what to make for dinner. At the very least 15 minutes is spent there. Instead of sitting down on the couch, at the computer, whatever, sit at your sewing machine instead. Just 15 minutes is enough time to get something done. And before you leave your machine, make sure whatever you are going to sew next is all ready to go for your next 15 minute session.

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  20. I've been wanting that Pow Wow pattern! I'd love to win!

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  21. I love the Pow-Wow quilt! It's so cute!

    Ha... I'm still trying to figure out how to sew during the work week too! Please post about it if you figure it out! :)

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  22. I like Frankie. As for balancing work and crafting - I'm not very good at it. Usually I get in an hour a night, and if I'm lucky, a little bit more time on the weekends.

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  23. Pow Wow for sure! I fit sewing in by ignoring my housework ;-)

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  24. I would love On a whim. I work from home. That is perfect for sneaking in a little sewing here and there. Thanks!

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  25. I would love On a Whim! Thanks for the giveaway, Rebecca!

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  26. I would totally go for On a Whim. I love patterns that look complicated. :)

    Fitting in sewing... yeah, that can be tough. I keep things set up so that I can steal a minute here and there, and it really adds up in the end.

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  27. I would love Pow Wow. I do work and I fit sewing in on week day nights (sometimes) and Sunday afternoons.

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  28. I like the pow wow. During sports season, I craft while my husband watches games!

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  29. i love the pow wow pattern! i don't have any advice - i stay home and can't squeeze in enough time, so i feel for you. :)

    bess

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  30. I'd love to try Frankie for my niece, or maybe just for me! I try and squeak in 30 minutes here and there, but sometimes it just has to wait for the weekend when hubby is around to help with the 3 littles. :) Thank you for the chance to win!

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  31. I get up before everyone else and sew in the sun room, with all the doors closed, if I try to stay up late at night I just make mistakes, I work full time but quilting is my therapy, need them both!

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  32. I love Pow Wow, and I do work. I try to quilt at least some on my days off. Even if it just a little

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  33. I would love the "For the Love" pattern! As for sewing with a 40 hour work week? This is the main reason my house is never vacuumed. I try to make Sunday my sewing "work" day!

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  34. Pow-wow is such a beautiful pattern! And I have a hard time finding time to sew as well -- if only I didn't need sleep!

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  35. Gorgeous patterns all round! I think I like pow-wow best though :)

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  36. I love the all but think Pow-Wow is the best!

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  37. On a Whim... I work Full Time and it's an hour commute each way so I don't feel like sewing when I get home so I make the most of the weekend and I also get up early to do a bit before work. I don't let it stress me out if I have time off though.

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  38. PowWow looks really lovely. I'm having trouble creating time and space to quilt lately, but really, it comes down to space. I think if I make my table more ready-to-quilt, I'd do it more.

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  39. Love POW WOW the most. I quilt when I can even if it's only for 30 minutes in a day. My reasoning being that even if I only make a few stitches, it's still progress. I have some weeks that are better than others for sure. Keep trying.

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  40. I'd love to win Pow Wow. Thanks for hosting!

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  41. I also love Pow Wow. I've really been trying to sew at least thirty minutes at night and though it's not enough, looking forward to those 30 minutes gets me through the day.

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  42. I love that Pow Wow pattern and would love to win it.
    I, too, have a hard time fitting quilting into my week. The best way I can is to schedule it in, rather than just expecting to find time at some point.

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  43. Oh it's difficult to choose but I think Pow Wow is just gorgeous. I don't work but have a young child - I have no idea how anyone fits in sewing with work schedules. Thanks so much for a fab giveaway :)

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  44. I like the Frankie pattern. I work and also have a hard time fitting in sewing time. It usually ends up being a quiet evening activity for me, ideally I set aside one night a week.

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  45. I'd love the On A Whim pattern! I don't work, but I am a stay-at-home homeschooling mom to 3 kids and I try to sew in small spurts during the day or later in the evening after everyone is in bed. I don't get as much time to sew as I'd like, but I try.

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  46. Boy, that's a hard decision... but I think I would choose Frankie. Thanks for the fun giveaway! :)

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  47. LOVE the Pow Wow quilt! Such a great giveaway!

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  48. I'm loving Pow Wow!! I am lucky because I work from home so I have the luxury of taking "breaks" in my sewing room... hehe...
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!
    krenthom @ gmail . com

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  49. I love the pow wow pattern! I can't tell you any tips because I'm really bad too, I'm exhausted when I come back home in the evening. Thanks!

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  50. I love the thimble blossoms pattern. thanks for the chance!

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  51. I've been eyeing the pow wow pattern. It's so hard to find time to sew with work and a family. I sew mostly in the early mornings on the weekends before everyone gets up or late into the night on weekends. Thank you!

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  52. Pow wow is super cute! I don't work, but I have a 2.5 year old and a little boy about to turn 1. I just do little spurts at a time and let my husband take up the slack on some of the house work some days ;)

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  53. My favorite is Pow Wow. I do work and some crazy hours...some travel thrown in as well, and have a 5 year old. I just have to make the time but that has meant falling behind in exercise....it is soooo hard to find a balance :-)The problem is when you are tired at the end of the day - I just have to say ok this is what my plan is.

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  54. ooo, I like the Pow Wow pattern! very fun!
    dazzlingshorty(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. Pow Wow is really cute! Thanks!

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  56. That Pow Wow quilt is gorgeous!! I'm a busy mama too--work fulltime away from home and sew during my 3 yr old's naptime and after she goes to bed....

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  57. Pow Wow would be tons of fun with leftover scraps.

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  58. I would pick Pow Wow! I'm not succeeding in sewing during the week either. I leave everything out that I'm working on so if I can find a few minutes I take it. I also have kids that tend to yell at 4am and then go back to sleep. Then I'm up so I usually give up at 5 and get up and sew until 6 when my alarm would usually go off. Good luck!

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  59. I like Pow Wow. It looks easy and I am new to quilting.

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  60. I'd love Pow Wow - had my eye on that one for a while! Thanks for the chance!

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  61. I would love For the Love. Thanks for the chance.

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  62. I love Pow Wow! Thanks for the chance to win! New follower looking forward to reading your blog!
    mrs(dot)hbraun(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. These are all very cool. I think Frankie would be great for some of the fabrics I've been hoarding, er, saving, for just the right project to come along.

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  64. I'd choose Pow Wow! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  65. I've had Pow Wow on my wishlist for awhile now!

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  66. On A Whim for me. It looks a bit challenging for me, but I think it's worth a shot.
    I'm failing a bit right now between work and quilting myself. But I find when I have what I want to do all planned out, it really helps.

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  67. Oh I love the Pow Wow one - I promised that I would make a quilt for my brother (just turned 19) and I think this one would go down a treat. Perhaps not with a white backing though, maybe a dark grey????
    I am lucky enough to be a stay at home Mum - but even then I still don't balance the housework to sewing ratio. It is either one or the other depending on how my sewjo is going.

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  68. I've been eye'ing the Pow Wow pattern for some time, as I keep thinking it'd be great for a friend! I think I've only hesitated because Im not sure I could give it away once I finished it, haha.
    Im still working on that - Ive found that I stay much more motivated if I'm doing projects for others. If its something for me or my place, I just take my time. But if its for someone else, I find I dont need as much 'down time' in front of the tv, and spend that time workin~

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  69. I like the Frankie! I normally spend times at night for sewing.

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  70. I like the on a whim Pattern

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  71. I'd love to have the Pow Wow pattern.
    I have some crochet that I do while watching TV, but I don't manage to get much sewing done during the week. What accelerates your progress is thorough scrap management. Whenever you finish a project, cut up the scraps into usable sizes (2.5" squares and strips, etc.) and store them sorted in sizes, then you just have to open a box and can start sewing.

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  72. I love the Pow Wow pattern, is really beautiful. About combining work and sewing (and children) let me know if you find out from the comments you will receive because I am also failing! Thanks for the giveaway. Ana

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  73. I would love the On a whim quilt pattern, thank you for the chance to win!

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  74. Ooh I love the Pow Wow pattern! I was terrible at combining work and hobbies. I just wanted to sit on the couch and not move when I got home lol. I did have more success with work/hobby balance if I kept my workspace super clean and focused on one thing at a time. I did enough multitasking at work! :)

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  75. II love pow wow. I work but manage to craft after hours

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  76. I'd love to win, For the Love.

    I sew on Sundays when my husband travels for work and soon the school year will be done and I'll have many more days available.

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  77. I really like Frankie! Thanks!

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  78. I've always admired Pow Wow! I don't work anymore... but would suggest trying for 15-30 minutes each day and you would be surprised how much you can get done!

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  79. I would love to win the pow wow pattern. I don't work but I am a stay at home mom of 5 young children and I am terrible at finding time to sew. I started doing a lot more crocheting because that was something I can do without having to be in my sewing room.

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  80. I love the pow wow pattern. I've never made a quilt from a pattern before either. It's about time to try. I tend to sew on weeknights when my kids are in bed or with them after school or on the weekends. It works as long as they are interested in their own projects and don't need too much help. It's not always that productive for me.

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  81. Oh I just bought the on the whim pattern! So my choice would be the pow wow quilt pattern. I am having a baby in 7 weeks and this would be perfect to make!

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  82. I love Pow Wow, but they are all wonderful! Can't help you with the time management. We moved and I had to leave my job - upside = lots of sewing time; downside = no sewing $$$. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  83. Great patterns...I've had my eye on Pow Wow for awhile now, On a Whim is new to me, looks great. I started getting up an hour earlier in the morning to make more time to sew. It works most days. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  84. Wow I love pow wow quilt!!i follow via bloglovin'

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  85. The Frankie pattern! So unique!

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  86. I like the Pow Wow pattern.

    I work part-time and have 2 kids under 5. It's hard to fit sewing in. I enjoy sewing when it's spontaneous. The times that I say "I'm going to sew on Wednesday night" never pan out -- it's pressure. When it's spontaneous, I get inspired and have more fun :)

    uclagal13(at)gmail(dot)com

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  87. I've been wanting the Pow Wow pattern! And I sew during nap time!

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  88. I love the Pow Wow pattern! I haven't been able to fit sewing in with my work schedule either!

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  89. Pow Wow, please. I find sewing and working tough. Maybe I am just not organized enough...

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  90. Pow Wow for me! Its so very easy, you sew at 11pm and at 7.30 am, and then when the children are at school, or when the meals are cooking. OMG! If you could see my living room!

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  91. oh - on a whim is gorgeous. i don't get enough time to sew, so i have NO ideas for you. here it is, naptime again, and i'm on the computer. oh well. :)

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  92. I love Pow Wow. I'm with you on having trouble finding a way to fit in sewing. Usually I try to get some sewing in on Saturday night-my quiet, me-time!

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  93. I love pow wow
    sntbosch(at)me(dot)com

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  94. I like "Pow Wow"! I work full time and have 3 very active teenagers. Sewing/crafting takes a back seat and I fit it in when I can... I dream of cutting back to part time to have time to create... Sorry, not much help, but know you're not alone!!

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  95. I love the pow wow pattern. I try to watch TV shows while I sew at night to get a few hours in during the work week. Im all about multi tasking

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  96. Oooo...I like the Pow Wow pattern. Thank you for an entry into your drawing!

    NthnButMoonshine[at]gmail[dot]com

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  97. I love the Pow Wow quilt! atabanana29(at)gmail(dot)com

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  98. I like On a Whim. I am a stay at home mom but have the same problem. It is hard to fit in time sometimes.

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  99. I love the Pow Wow pattern - great little boy quilt, I think!

    I have trouble fitting it in - the key I guess is actually scheduling it - my boyfriend does thsi with computer games with his friends online, so I should probably turn his "game night" into "sewing night," too!

    Thanks for the chance!

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  100. I would love to win Pow Wow! I can only sew late at night on weekends... so no miracle tips...
    Terrific giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

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  101. I would be thrilled to win Pow Wow. I work very part time. During the day I am with my four-year-old and my eight-year-old is at school. I quilt in the evenings after they are in bed or I bring my sewing machine up to the diningroom table and sew there in chaos. :)

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  102. I love the Pow-wow and the Frankie! I sew in between studying and running - it's a good break :)

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  103. I would choose Frankie, it's really interesting!

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  104. My favorite is Pow Wow. Thanks!

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  105. I love Pow Wow.
    I try to leave a project setting out by the machine and I always leave a note on top stating the next step to do. That way I don't have to go through the whole pattern to figure what step to do next.

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  106. I love "On A whim"

    I do work and the worst is when we get slow. I go nuts thinking of all I would rather be doing at my sewing machine. I try to make myself sew every night , even if I'm exhausted. I usually perk right up once I see all my yummy fabric :). I also set aside at least 1/2 of every Sunday to sew (and NOTHING else). I also take a day off every 3 mos or so just for "Me Time" (aka quilting time). I'm fortunate to have 3 wks vacation every year so I'm able to take that time. Best of luck to you. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we just sew for a living?

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  107. #3 & #1 are both really nice. My best advice is save projects or tasks for the work week that you don't have to dive into for hours - that you can take 30 min and make some progress or you can work on during some down/tv time - plan it out during the weekend. Maybe cutting, hand sewing, etc.

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  108. I love the pow wow quilt pattern. I have used her patterns before and it was perfect. It was called Juice Boxes. I believe that is first quilt I made using a pattern. I am a full time nurse and I too am finding it hard to quilt when I want to, The family tries to give me time, but it rarely works out. The only thing that works is that when I get the urge to quilt, I just go do it. The dishes in the sink aren't going anywhere. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

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  109. I would get the Frankie pattern only because I just made the POW WOW quilt last month for one of my daughters...love that pattern!

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  110. Pow Wow is my favorite pattern. I don't work but I am a full time student with an 8-4 schedule plus studying every evening. Unfortunately that means that most of my studying is done either right after an exam or over breaks. My projects go rather slowly :(

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  111. I just love the Pow Wow pattern. I am not the one to ask for advice on this I work and only manage to get anything done on my nights off.

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  112. I like Pow Wow. If I set a very attainable goal for myself, I usually can find time and energy to sew during the week. If I think about the project as a whole, I usually get too overwhelmed to start anything until Friday night.

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  113. They are all wonderful, but I love the Pow Wow one.

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  114. i like the look of Pow Wow! its hard for me to fit in quilting during the week with work stuff and other commitments. I tend to leave it for the weekends. When i'm mid project or just need to quilt, i try to grab a few hours on an evening instead of watching tv.

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  115. I have the perfect fabric for On A Whim! i'd definitely choose that one. I don't work, but I go to school full time... I have to schedule the time to sew - and make sure I get it! ;)

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  116. I have been admiring On a Whim for a while now. Love that pattern. Also love the Frankie! There's just something about squares, they just do it for me. When I am on a quilting roll I cut out squares in the morning as I am making coffee and then sew them together that evening. Or I save all the sewing for the weekend and just have a pile of stuff ready to go. When I am too tired or lazy to sew I sit on the couch and hand sew the binding. Still feel really productive and get to sit like a slug. Win win!

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  117. I'm very drawn to the Frankie pattern. I do work, and I also fail miserably at work-week sewing. I usually do it all on the weekend. Occasionally, when my fiance is at school on Thursday nights, I'll pull everything out and work. Thanks for the fun giveaway! cherney.b(at)gmail

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  118. I love the On A Whim pattern! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  119. I love the Pow Wow pattern!

    I sadly sew late into the night, which is great at the time, but I always regret it in the morning. Now that it's spring, I also get to sew while my hubby and daughter go to water the garden in the evening. That's been great!

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  120. I would really like to have the Pow Wow pattern. The way I fit quilting and sewing into my life--I take 30 minutes in my craft room to wind down and then I feel like I can deal with any child's need or crisis of the moment. janicelashley@gmail.com

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  121. I really like the Pow Wow pattern. In order to fit in sewing with a full-time job, I don't sleep much! It's much easier now that my children have left home, so I have evenings and weekends to myself

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  122. I really love Camille Roskelley's patterns & would love to win the On A Whim pattern. I have a sewing room & I leave my current project & sewing machine set up & ready to go so that whenever I have spare time I can start sewing straight away. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  123. I love the Pow Wow pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew. I am having a hard time fitting in quilting too lately, so good luck to both of us. ;)

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  124. I love Pow Wow! I mostly sew in the evening when the kids are in bed or any other chance I get!

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  125. I like Pow Wow. :) I sew after the kids have gone to sleep, but every couple of days I have to catch up and sleep instead of sew.

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  126. I'm a Pow Wow fan! I recently left work and it's no easier to quilt with a 3 year old at home.

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  127. I love he Frankie one. I am on mat leave at the moment and I give myself sewing time each night once the kidlets are in bed. Not sure how I am going to get any sewing done when I go back to work soon. I need to sew to relax!!

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  128. Great giveaway - I'd love the Pow Wow pattern, I fancy the challenge of getting it all to line up!
    I squeeze in sewing time around 3 children and a house extension! It's hard but it also keeps me sane!

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  129. I'd like the On a Whim pattern

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  130. I really like the pow wow pattern.
    As for working... I have 2 toddlers and work so my best advice is book an hour or two in each week. Put them on the calendar wether they are in half hour blocks or 1 big block. That way even if you do seem to miss your quilt date you don't feel guilty catching up because its time you are owed.
    Good luck and thanks.

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  131. My favorite is the Pow Wow pattern. I'm working on the On a Whim pattern slowly but surely using Tula Pink Birds & the Bees in the blue/purple colorway. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to do some handwork at work, but I usually sew for a little while after I get home and dinner ready a few days a week. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  132. I like the Pow Wow pattern. As far as balance, most of my sewing and crafting is left for the weekends when I have more time and energy. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  133. Pow Wow is really striking. I have some fabric that would be perfect for it. No tips. I'm so far behind I'll never catch up. My biggest tip (from my husband), "If you'd get off the computer..."

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  134. I'd love the Pow Wow pattern. I don't work, so I've got no advice!

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  135. I really like On a Whim. I try to take a few minutes a day to work on something crafting. When I get frustrated, I remind myself that even a few minutes leads to progress.

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  136. On a Whim is so striking, but I've had my eye on Pow Wow for a lonngggg time now! I can't justify buying anymore quilt patterns, though, I have way too many half-finished things languishing (not to mention not nearly enough fabric!).

    I don't work currently, but can still give a few tips - firstly, definitely treat it as something you get to do, not something you have to do. If it's a chore to fit into the work week, it'll...feel like a chore! Make sure you have a relaxing mindspace about it. Then, make sure you set aside some time, maybe not even every night, but a couple nights, that you do the things that you "get" to do. It can be anything, and sometimes or most of the time it might be quilting/sewing - just whenever you feel it's what's calling to you. I have so many creative projects going on at once so that I can just pick something up and work on it for a while until something else calls to me. I've also heard that if you want to stay invested in something, right when you feel like you're in your groove and you're super involved...walk away. Leave for a bit, make yourself do something else, and then all you'll want to do is go back and keep working, making it a really positive thing in your mind instead of a chore. I know that sometimes I start feeling like my crafty projects are chores, things I must work on, but turning that around helps so, so much.

    Gosh, sorry this is so long! And hopefully not just super obvious information...

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  137. Pow Wow!
    I don't work so no advice from me!

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  138. Oh, good choices! I'd choose For the Love or Pow-Wow.

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  139. I think "the Thimble Blossom" is a great pattern! I often do a lot of handpiecing when I sit with my PC, cause we´re having a slow connection and mostly I must wait :)
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  140. I love the Thimble Blossom pattern! I am at home with my children but I don't find any time to sew with them since one doesn't nap. I either do it in the morning before the rush begins or I do it after they are in bed. I've been failing lately too.

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  141. Oooo I like the pow wow pattern!

    I do work, and I commute more than an hour each way, and have 3 busy kids, which is to say I know how you feel. I'm fortunate that I have a dedicated space where I can leave my sewing projects out and I can work on them in the bits and pieces of time I find during the day (and literally bits, sometimes it's 5 minutes to press some seams, 10 minutes to cut fabric, etc). I try to carve out an hour after the kids have gone to bed once or twice a week, but often I'm too tired to get that full hour in. But each little bit I do find is cumulative, I do accomplish things, it just takes longer :)

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  142. I love the Frankie pattern, a very nice modern look. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  143. I have always admired the Pow-wow pattern.

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  144. All three patterns are lovely but Pow Wow really caught my eye. I'm a stay at home mom and have the same problem. Life just seems to get crazy sometimes. Thank you! anglanouette(at)gmail(dot)com

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  145. Pow wow is my favorite. I try to get some sewing in at night. One of my friends gets up before the rest of the family so she can stitch in quiet for a little while.

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  146. I think I'd go for Pow Wow, because a friend loves arrow shapes and I'd make it for her. :) As for sewing and work, AUGH. I wish I knew. :)

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  147. I am now following via Bloglovin. I really like the pattern Pow wow. Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaaway.

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  148. The Pow Wow pattern looks interesting! Would be great scrappy too!
    My work is quilting so I set my own schedule and sew everyday:) Sorry:(

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  149. I like the for the love pattern. So neat.

    For balancing sewing with work, I just sew at night after I come home from work and have the kids in bed.

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

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  150. Pow Wow would be my choice. Having been a single mom and seamstress (cosplay outfits), my sewing machine was set up in the TV/living room. I could watch TV, watch the girls, interact with them and still sew. They liked to get involved and 'help'.

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  151. On a Whim would be my choice. Thank you so much for sharing! When my sons were young, I managed to sew more by scheduling at least 20 minutes in my sewing room. Usually, I sewed longer once I started. Good luck!

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  152. I like on a whim. I work 6:30-2:30 so I would have time after work to do things. My DH works a different shift, so when I am not doing my second job (babysitting grandkids so my daughter can work her job) I have time to sew.

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  153. I love the Pow-wow pattern- cute!

    I do work. I have a hard time with sewing time too. With a one year old, I usually try to wait until she is sleeping. I have the most success then.

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  154. I LOVE that pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew!

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  155. I love your Pow-wow pattern. Thanks for the chance.

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  156. I would love the Pow-Wow pattern

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  157. I owuld choose On A Whim, so prety. I don't work so can sew anytime I want. I'm now following!

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  158. I love Pow Wow the best!

    I don't find too much time during the week for sewing anymore.. sometimes I can sneak in an hour or two, but I usually sew on Sundays.

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  159. I love Pow-Wow. just wish I had time to sew. Am so dreaming about retirement in 10 months!!!

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  160. I think I like On a Whim the best - it's kind of traditional, but really lovely!

    I don't do so well with fitting in sewing myself. I aim to spent 20-30 minutes a day in the craft room, but it doesn't always happen. (I don't know the circumstances of your life, but I don't have kids or a partner, so I don't even have other distractions to pull me away from it - there's just always something to do!) Twenty minutes isn't much, but it's short enough not to feel like it's pulling toooo much valuable time out of my day, and still long enough to get SOMETHING accomplished. (And when I can get into the groove of doing it, I often find myself finding ways to carve more time out of my day than just that.) (It probably helps that sometimes I'll just eat toast for dinner and give up the cooking/cleaning time... :D)

    (clumsy.chord(at)gmail.com)

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  161. Love Pow Wow! It's definitely hard to fit sewing into my life with working full time and having a 5 and 2 1/2 year old. I just do the best I can. Mostly after they're in bed at night or on a weekend morning. I'm not always good at fitting it in....kind of sew sporadically working on different projects.
    Thanks for a great giveaway.
    jodym7atyahoo.com

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  162. That Pow-Wow pattern is a-ma-zing - love it! As far as tips for sewing and work? Well, you could just embrace it and live in filth. No? Doesn't work for you? ;) My only other tip would be to dedicate a couple nights each week - turn off the tv, set aside any other distractions. Or just don't sleep - that's basically what I do!

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  163. I love Pow-Wow! Thanks for the chance to win. I am not working right now-which is why I get to play. When I was teaching-I didn't get to do anything grownup crafty until the summer.

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  164. The Pow Wow pattern caught my eye at once, I'd love to win it! I'm retired, so you would think I've got lots of time to sew, but my time seems to get filled up anyway. So I wake early, and sew before the day really starts!

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  165. Pow wow please ;) I am a dental hygienist, only working two days a week, wife and mother the rest. Honestly my best sewing is done at 5am, I am not a night person. This is when the house is quiet :)

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  166. pow wow for sure, its on my pinterest page, i've been trying to figure it out, if i don't win it i'm just going to have to buy it

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  167. I really like Pow Wow. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  168. I have been wanting pow wow. I work, get home help with dinner and dishes then my husband likes to watch tv. I do what I can while at the coffee table, but when he wants to watch boring shows I will sneak in a few minutes of quilting. I have my machine all set up in the other room

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  169. I think I would have to choose Frankie.
    I get up early in order to find me time but I must admit it is getting more difficult now that Winter is nearly here (I'm in Australia)
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  170. I love Pow-wow. I am failing miserably also. Having a place dedicated to sewing that I can just leave WIPs and pick up right where I left off helps, but you still have to find the time.

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  171. I really like the pow-wow quilt. as for the working part: quilting is done only after I get home and my son has gone to bed. this ussually gives me about 2 hours of quilting. on weekend, I quilt when he is napping. although he is nearly 2yo he still naps 2 times 2 hours a day, that is 4 hours of quilting :-D

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  172. I like the pow wow! hadas_a1@yahoo.com

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  173. I love On A Whim. I was working until this week when I was made redundant so now I guess I will be swapping between looking for work & sewing. Being a mum, working and trying to find time for yourself in any form is difficult every creative mum I know is struggling to find the balance. All you can do is do your best.

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  174. Love the Pow Wow!!! I give myself 30 mins each night while dinner is in the oven. That time is designated and if I squeeze in anymore, it's a bonus! kerihag at yahoo dot com

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  175. Pow, Wow, love that one. I am a SAHM, but don't get much sewing time, so wait and do it at night!

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  176. I love the Pow WOw too!!
    When I work, I have my life scheduled to the minute. I find that if I HAVE to do something, I hate it. So if I get a free minute or five, I'll sew. I like the saying, "What I do now, I don't have to do later." Even one seam can make a difference

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  177. I would love to use the Frankie pattern.

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  178. I like the top one best! And I do work full time - it's really hard to find quilting time, but right now I don't have kids so I use weekday evenings when my husband is gone (he's a musician and jams with a couple bands now and then) as well as a good chunk of time on the weekends to sew.

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