Give Away Winners

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xmas1First of all thank you all so much for participating – I had 112 comments – comments from 36 of the states in the United States –and  Israel, Spain, France, Hungary, Germany, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and United Kingdom.  I think I got them all!  I hope I didn’t miss anyone, I tried writing it all down while I was reading the comments.  I had the most responses from Texas and Michigan and the United Kingdom.  It was really fun to see where you are all from and I know a lot of the readers were reading the comments too to see where all my readers are.  So big drum roll – the winners are selected from the random number generator and they are:

Lisa from Anchorage, Alaska  Valery Dixon from Saskatchewan, Canada  and Gabriele of Waghausel, Germany.    I will be contacting the winners by email today – if I do not hear back from one within a week or so I’ll select another.  Thank you all for participating.  My 10th year of blogging is coming up in April and I might be having another give away then so stay tuned.

I was busy working on the machine quilting which always takes a little getting used to for me yesterday and after I got all set up in the sewing room it went really well, I have had no trouble with the sewing machine after one initial start up glitch which I worked through quickly.  Here is my set up and this will stay in place until I am done so it will be crowded!




I got close to one quarter finished already I don’t know how much I will be doing today but I hope to get half way finished.  I am linking to Lorna’s Sew Fresh Quilts , Jo’s Country Junction and Quilt Fabrication,  & My Quilt Infatuation.


Last might Mike and I got the Christmas tree up and decorations scattered throughout.  I have the nativity scene to put up in the dining room on top of the quilt cupboard and then I think I am done and ready to make cookies.  Aniya will be spending part of the afternoon with me on Thursday while Melanie and  my son in law’s family attends a funeral and she will help make cookies – Melanie said when they asked her yesterday if she wanted to help Aunt Karen make Christmas cookies on Thursday while they were all busy she just squealed she was so excited.  I will try to take a couple photos then but then baking with a 5 year old might not give me a chance to do so.




Craftsy is having a 12 day of Christmas sales –  EDITED:  The Sale today continues the same as it was yesterday —  $15 off of $100 use code CRAFTSY15 – $10 off of $75.00 use code CRAFTSY10  — $5 off $50 use code CRAFTSY5

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19 comments… add one
  • Deb Dec 7, 2016

    It all looks pretty and festive! I did a batch of cookies this morning! 🙂 You are crowded in there now for sure but it sounds as if you will be done in no time.
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    • Karen Dec 7, 2016

      yes I hope to be done sometime on the weekend and I can get my room back to normal.

  • maxine lesline Dec 7, 2016

    Neat Xmas tree…. especially the long squiggly looking ornaments … .Your quilt is a lovely scrappy one… my laptop quilts are similar to it… it is a utility quilt I really enjoy… all the diversity of colors and fabrics… mine is on my big hassock and covers my legs every morning while I have coffee and read your always welcome news from Arkansas.

    • Karen Dec 7, 2016

      those long squiggly ornaments I purchased at The Cracker Barrel some years ago – I had gotten several before Christmas then the day after Christmas went in and they had them all on sale for less than a dollar and got more.

  • Dottie bishaw Dec 7, 2016

    Beautiful decorations Karen. You accomplished a lot on that pretty quilt. Your set up looks so well thought out.

    • Karen Dec 7, 2016

      I tried it without the table in back for the machine quilting but it was too crowded so the table had to come out – our Christmas decorations stay pretty much the same now over the years we add one item every year or two

  • Susan Dec 7, 2016

    Your place looks so festive! Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers
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    • Karen Dec 7, 2016

      thanks Susan and thank you for having the link up

  • Kaholly Dec 7, 2016

    Congratulations to all your winners! Your house looks so festive and fun! I love your quilting set up! XO
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    • Karen Dec 7, 2016

      thanks, it is fun to decorate – yet a pain in the butt! LOL

  • Sandra B Dec 7, 2016

    Congratulations to your winners! It was fun to see all the locations the comments came from!
    Love your Christmas decorations, Karen! Looking very festive…. I love nutcrackers…I have a collection of miniature ones that I got many years ago…they were made by the husband of a co-worker, so they are really special to us.
    You will be finished with your machine quilting in no time!

    • Karen Dec 7, 2016

      I hope to be half way done with the machine quilting later this afternoon – it is going pretty well, a few “ruffles” on the back here and there but nothing that will be all that noticeable when washed/dried and crinkled! Glad to get the Xmas decorating done – now outside lights? depends on if Mike wants to do it.

  • Belarmina Dec 7, 2016

    karen felicidades a las ganadoras
    gracias por tu amabilidad y tu tiempo
    deseo ver esa foto con tu pitufina haciendo galletas

  • LisaS Dec 7, 2016

    I was one of the people reading all the comments to see where your readers live. Just being a snoop, I guess. Your decorations look beautiful! I think I am almost done with mine too.

    • Karen Dec 7, 2016

      it was interesting to see where everyone comes from 🙂

  • Lisa Dec 8, 2016

    So excited to be a winner. My first time in blog give away. Like Karen, I am hand quilter & mostly scrap quilter. I work full time so not prolific.

    • Karen Dec 8, 2016

      first time to enter and win – way to go Lisa — it takes time to finish things when you work full time too – when I worked I only made one queen size quilt a year and worked on one project at a time

  • Stephie Dec 8, 2016

    Oh wow, Karen, you couldn’t help but feel festive coming though your door – what a lovely welcome! I’ve still got to drag the decorations out of the cupboard, I usually save it for the week before Christmas and the tree goes up for two weeks on Christmas eve. I love the scent of a real tree, but put it up too early and it’ll be bald before the big day!!

    Your scrap quilt is so bright and cheerful, it’s lovely. One of the reasons I don’t like to machine quilt is all the faff with getting it through the machine. It takes all the enjoyment out of it for me, but it obviously means you can get more done! I bet you’ll have this finished up in a couple of days. Look forward to see it then x
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    • Karen Dec 8, 2016

      thanks Stephie – I would love a real tree again one day but it is such a mess and bother with all the needles falling off, they dry out too quickly I think. it is a bother with the quilt through the machine but it does finish up fast.

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