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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Giving Thanks Blog Hop Party - Win a Prize!!!

WE HAVE A WINNER!  
SZAMOCA from Hungary Has Won the "Dashing" Wall Hanging Pattern!
Congratulations!

Stay tuned for Thanksgiving posts coming right up.......


Tis the Season to be Thankful - Deadline for comments is Wednesday, November 27th at 12 Noon PST

I'm thankful for this world and the life we have to live. It's not perfect and we're not perfect (anyway, I'm CERTAINLY not perfect) but we chose to come here to be tested to see if we could make good choices. Every day, I'm struggling to make GOOD CHOICES.

To WIN THE PRIZE, which is the new "DASHING" wall hanging pattern, below,


all you need to do is:

1. Leave me a message to tell me for what you are thankful, and;

2. Follow me.

I will ship internationally & invite you to comment in your own language. It'll be fun to translate, don't you think?

That's all there is to it. Now, to DASH back to the party page, click here!


120 comments:

  1. I'm a New Follower. I have you on my Blogroll already. Love Sunbonnet Sue sledding away in the snow. Wish I was at teh Retreat with all of you. I think my friend Julie was there at the same time. I didn't see her in the pictures. Thanks for the Giveaway!

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  2. Join us next year, Mary. Are you in the Odessa area? It's so much fun. We didn't want to come back! Literally. Thanks for visiting. Our guild meets each Monday night at 7 at the Odessa Museum, north entrance. There's also a group that meets at 1 pm, same day (those who don't want to come out at night, especially in the winter). See you.

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  3. I thought I was thankful for two little boys but they are pretty noisey. LOL My two little grandsons. They are five and five weeks apart and they are wound for sound. I am thankful for my four grand children. I am blessed that they love to visit. Thanks for a chance to win that great give away.

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    1. Grandchildren are a real blessing. It's so much fun to watch them grow; to see their moms and dads in them....even, ourselves, in them. Such wonderment. Thank you for coming by. Drop by often and we will chat.

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  4. Oh, I miss the horse drawn sleigh rides. The draft horses are long gone as well as the sled and bells, but I am thankful for their memory.

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    1. I've discovered "Gentle Giants" on RFD TV. I love watching the big horses. Also, I've been following the WagonTeamster on his blog of the same name. Just add the dot com to it. He's been traveling the country behind a team of Belgians with a Percheron as a stand-in. It's a wonderful journey, soon to be continued. I just love horses......and sleigh rides. When I was five, in our little town in Montana, the local dairyman would deliver milk in winter on his hay sled behind two big Belgians. They had bells on and you could hear them coming? There's nothing like that memory, is there? Thank you for visiting. See you again, soon.

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  5. What awesome photos of your retreat, oh how I wish I could quilt! I make prim raggedies, at some point you think I would work myself into quilting! I am so thankful that my daughter and son in law bought their first home today, and that soon, in early February, we will welcome our first grandchild into the family. Love your blog!

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    1. It was very wonderful.Three full days of quilting without any interruptions. No meals to cook, no phones to answer (not even cells). Peaceful, beautiful.....all the trite superlatives. We all need a break. Thank you for coming by and telling me your thankfulnesses. See you again soon, I hope.

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  6. I'm a new follower vie google friends connect.(SOOOO WIsh I was at that retreat!!!)

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  7. I am a new follower and I am thankful for the internet and quilty friends. they are the best!

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  8. Yup. Me too.We are all on a quest.....a quilt quest.....together. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be along to see you in a little bit.

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  9. I am thankful for my family and friends.
    patwade@cox.net

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    1. Hi Pat - ME TOO! Thanks for coming by. Happy Hopping!

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  10. I am thankful for my family and being together at the holidays.

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  11. I am thankful to have so much family near for the holidays.

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  12. I'm thankful for a warm house, especially on chilly November nights, with my husband of 36 years and an adult daughter, who's one class away from getting her college degree 2014! I am a follower as well! Been reading your blog for awhile.

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  13. I'm thankful for my family, health and regular job.
    thirtythree80@gmail.com

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  14. Hei!
    Jeg er takknemlig for å ha en fantastisk mann, fire flotte barn og to skjønne barnebarn.
    Krysser fingrene for at jeg blir den heldige vinner av dette veggteppet!
    (Ok, now I have used my own language. I hope you'll understand :-) )

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    1. Lovely Norwegian. Aren't words beautiful? Thank you for visiting from so many miles away. We hope you'll come back often. :)

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      I am grateful to have a wonderful husband, four beautiful children and two beautiful grandchildren.
      Crossing my fingers that I will be the lucky winner of this tapestry!)

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  15. Family and friends are the things I am most thankful for :)

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    1. Thank you for visiting. I'm putting the tea kettle on again and hoping everyone will enjoy some time here at the cottage. So nice of you to stop by.

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  16. I am thankful for my family. I follow you by email. Beautiful wall hanging.

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    1. From one desert to another, eh? I'm so glad to hear your smiling voice again. See you again soon.

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  17. I'm thankful for my hubby and family. I've been very blessed. Thanks for the wonderful give away, love the wall hanging. I'm a follower.

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    1. Hi Jan - Thank you for coming by and taking a look. We try to make hopping easy here. This past October my husband and I went shop hopping: a 541 mile trip! We took our time and spent two nights out in the little communities on the hop. It was lovely! Blog hopping is almost as much fun, minus the gasoline cost! See you.

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  18. Köszönöm a gyerekeimet, a varrós lányokat és a barátaimat... (No, I am not going to tell you which language is this... Have fun translating it...)
    ehodasz at yahoo dot com

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    1. Google detected Hungarian. I hope that's correct! It translated your comment as "Thank you, my children, my friends and the girls varrós." It didn't translate the last word, though...... I love languages. Thanks for participating in blog hop! Stop by often and test my translator skills! I can speak a little French: Le livre et sur la table. How about that? Wish I could say something more flowery or abstract.

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  19. I am a current follower via Bloglovin

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  20. Thank you or the chance to enter your giveaway. Love the pattern. It is gorgeous. I am most thankful that I am now cancer free and mending each day. And I am also thankful that my husband found another job recently after the government canceled his and his teams civilian contract when the government shut down . Then they did not award it back but went with a cheaper company. But luckily he found a new job. We have so much to be thankful for here.

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    1. Bad government (in so many ways)......the first part of the Constitution tells us what the federal government is supposed to do. It doesn't include shafting citizens but we hear too much of that, lately. It's pretty simple and should tell us how we should vote. These years ahead will require much personal and community strength and resilience. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you can recover physically and financially. God bless you.

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  21. New follower via email. I am most thankful for my husband. He was with me for all my appointments and every chemo treatment.

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    1. I hope you keep getting better and better. What a great guy, your husband. God bless you and your family. Stop by often and get some words of encouragement.

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  22. I like your site and have begun following on FB!

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    1. Thank you Dianne - and thank you for following. We love our commentators (is that a regular potato?) and followers so much. If you follow by email, I give out a free pattern, immediately. You can't lose.

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  23. I'm thankful for my husband's continuing recovery from surgery

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    1. I'm glad to hear of his recovery. These are hard times, aren't they? We have to be so strong for them and I pray for both of you, for strength and help and, yes, laughter. A little laughter each day is great (although not so great right after surgery when everything is so sore). Keep visiting, Gill. I will always have time for you.

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  24. i am thankful that i can make quilts and donate or give them to somebody and bring some happiness to their lives. i love to pay it forward. i am a new follower via email. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  25. New follower here:) Love the wall hanging!

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    1. Hi Sassy - So glad you're on board. I love your blog. Keep visiting and we'll share and uplift and laugh. Thanks for coming by!

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  26. I'm a new GFC follower. I'm thankful for the love & support of my husband, family & friends. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Thanks for coming by! If you sign up for the email feed, you get a free pattern right away. See you soon, again, I hope.

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  27. new follower , lost you when i changed internet providers

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    1. You can get a free pattern, now, by signing up for the email feed. We missed you!

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  28. I am a follower by email. I am thankful for returning good health.

    Susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. It's great fun, blog hopping. We let our fingers do the walking......

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  29. I am thankful to be able to enjoy Thanksgiving this year with both of my grown children. I follow on GFC

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    1. It's that time of year for family and friends. Thank you for stopping by and visiting. God bless you.

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  30. I am most thankful for my family and friends. Thank you so much for your giveaway. I love anything that has Sunbonnet Sue on it.

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    1. Sue loves you too! I know that. She told me! Thanks for stopping by and visiting.

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  31. I'm thankful for all the friends I have. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the lovely giveaway. Also a new follower

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. It's such fun to see new people on board! Come by often, please.

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  32. I am thankful for our first great grandchild---a beautiful little red haired girl!

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    1. Congratulations! And a redhead to boot. That's just wonderful. We have redheads in our family, thanks to some of our German and Irish ancestors. Thank you for stopping by.

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  33. I followed you by e-mail. I am thankfull for my whole life with its bad and good aspects

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    1. M CHATZIIOANNIDOU: Thank you for following by email. I sent you a free pattern for subscribing to the email feed....all the way from Greece? I am honored. Stop by often and we can visit.

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  34. I am thankful for my father healt is better!

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    1. We love having you visit. We will pray that his health continues to improve.Stop and visit often and we can chat.

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  35. This is just the cutest pattern EVER! :D

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    1. Hi Angie: Thank you! We had fun designing our fall and winter patterns this past year. Wait until you see what's coming up for spring in redwork embroidery and quilting! Please come by often and we can visit.

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  36. Mi primer idioma es el inglés, pero viendo que ahora estoy viviendo en Panamá, te voy a responder en español. Estoy muy agradecida por la salud de mi familia y tambien por tu generosidad con este premio. Gracias!

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    1. Welcome to Prairie Cottage. Thank you for stopping by. Spanish is such a lovely language. Here's your translation, courtesy of google: "My first language is English, but seeing that I am now living in Panama, I'll respond in Spanish. I am grateful for the health of my family and also for your generosity with this award. Thank you!" You are welcome. Come by any time and stay for a little something from the kitchen and a chat. See you.

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  37. I signed up to follow you thru google. I am thankful for family and friends. Vitual friends included!! midwayfarms@hughes.net

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    1. Hi Kathy. Nice name, Kathy. So glad you stopped by. Yes, Virtual friends are so special. We have friends all over the world because of the internet. Isn't it wonderful? Thanks for stopping by. See you again, soon, I hope.

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  38. I am so thankful for my dear sweet husband. Married two months and three days today. :)
    tgallop@mts.net
    www.willcookforshoes.ca

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    1. Congratulations! I'm very happy for you. Stop by and visit often and we'll chat about this and that.

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  39. I am thankful that my husband of 49 yrs is still alive 2 1/2 years after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

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    1. That is wonderful. I hope you will have many years together, yet.

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  40. I am a new follower by email.

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    1. Great to have you on board. I'll send your free pattern in a moment. Thanks for visiting with us and come back often.

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  41. I'm thankful for friends and family and their health and welfare. I'm also very thankful for my four legged furry companions. Some are rescues. I'm a new beginning quilter and love the look of applique. Also a new email follower. God gives us all choices but none that He doesn't think we can handle. Would seriously love to win the pattern. Have a very Happy Holidays. Charlene at katztoo1 at frontier dot com

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    1. Hi Charlene - Applique' is my favorite thing, no doubt about it. Glad you are helping those furry critters. I'll send you the free pattern in a minute. So true about Heavenly Father and our limits; the other side of it is the strength we can gain from every adversity. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  42. I am a new follower. I am thankful for my mother-in-law. She is the one that introduced me to quilting and it has brought me so much pleasure! She doesn't do as much quilting as she used to but she always helps me. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

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    1. Hi Tami: I'm so glad you have a wonderful mother-in-law. I've had two wonderful ones, myself. One of them quilted, too. I never thought I would quilt, but, gradually, time opened for it and here I am. It's a long learning curve, too, which keeps my mind busy and my hands moving. Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas to you and your family, too. Thank you for visiting. Come back often and we can chat.

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  43. What a lovely pattern! I have enjoyed your blog and am a new follower! Grateful for my happy and healthy family! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Lee. I'm never sure, in the creative process, if what I like, will be liked by others. Thank you for following. Please drop in any time for a warm cup of something and a chat. We love company.

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  44. What a gorgeous wall-hanging! I'm thankful for my family, such a source of strength, especially in the difficult times. Love endures all.
    I follow you via GFC.

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    1. Thank you for those kind words. We're constantly drawing and dreaming and, once in a while, what we do connects with stitchers. We're glad you stopped by and hope to hear from you again soon.

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  45. I have always loved sunbonnet sue and sam so I am glad I found you here on the hop.
    I am so thankful to have a loving husband, and I am also so thankful that we now live here in the woods in Missouri (retired 10 years now)
    I am off to follow on bloglovin and google friend connect.
    you are most welcome to visit me too
    Kathy

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    1. I have always wanted to see the Ozarks and wonder if I ever will. Maybe someday soon. It's got to be really beautiful. Thanks for loving Sunbonnet Sue and Sam. Aren't they just the most fun? I used to subscribe to the SunbonnetSue.com list; did you? I've kind of lost track of them but those ladies really were the ones that helped me the most when I first started out drawing Sue. Stop by often and we'll chat.

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  46. I am thankful for every day I wake and share with the love of my life. Lately we have had many ups and downs with his health and so many times I just pray for that pill that will make him well again.. but until that pill is discovered we will take one day at a time and be thankful that we have those.

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    1. I hope the best pills come your way soon. Health challenges loom large in all our lives and we pray and experiment and hope and work to try to have cures and helps. It's a great mountain in all our lives, especially when live-threatening obstacles bar our way. I pray things will work out for you and your husband, I really do. Stop by and chat when you can. Thanks for coming over and following.

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  47. I am thankful to be retired now so I can spend more time with my husband and to quilt more especially during football season. Thanks. New quilter from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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    1. Hi Debra - Thank you for stopping by. Isn't it wonderful to have some time to do something you really enjoy? Since I retired, I'm doing so much I enjoy, I'm a little worn out! But it's a good tired. Stop by again when you can. We love to hear from you.

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  48. I am thankful for my little family. It may not have ended up the way I pictured, but we are happy all the same.

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    1. We can all say that, can't we? Looking back, our expectations are different, to one degree or another, from our results. But we change and, hopefully, mature. Our families are our lives in such a huge way. Where else can we learn better how to negotiate this life (or, in some cases, how not to negotiate life - my family was a little that way)? Come by and visit when you can. We love to hear from you.

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  49. I am thankful for my family. I love your horse drawn sled. Thank you for a chance to win.

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    1. Thank you so much. I adore horses. They were the first things I ever drew when I was small. I have ridden or owned or drawn horses all my life. Wouldn't it be wonderful to actually ride in a one-horse-open-sleigh? I did that once when I was a child. Never forget it. Okay, it wasn't one horse and not a sleigh; it was actually two huge Belgian mares and it was a hay sled; but it was awesome. Stop by and chat often, can you? We love visitors at Prairie Cottage Corner.

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  50. I follow your blog with feedly.

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  51. Thankful for health, family and friends.

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    1. Those are the best things in life, aren't they? What would we do without them? Life would be hard and lonely...and it is that for many. We have to try to do something each day, each week, each month for someone who lacks one of those: health, family or friends......just have to. So many burdens, so little time. Sometimes it's only a smile; sometimes money; sometimes TIME.....every little bit helps. Thank you for stopping by. We love visits here.

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  52. I am a new follower and am very thankful this season of thanks for a warm loving family and the means to support them.

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    1. I pray you will always have the means to support them. Thanks for visiting and come back again often.

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  53. I am a new follower by GFC. Your wall hanging is beautiful. I am thankful for my family & my health. I survived cancer & 2 strokes. I learned how to write, quilt, sew and walk again! I am so thankful I can grip a needle. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh Rhonda, thank YOU for visiting and telling a little of your story. You are an inspiration to many, I am sure. God bless you and your family. Please come by and visit often and tell us how you are doing.

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  54. I am thankful for all the talented people that share their craft with us.

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    1. Isn't it amazing how nice quilters are? When I was working at my career as a genealogist, it was the same. Tons of really nice people and budding friendships that span the globe; kindred spirit everywhere. Please stop by any time and chat. We love company here.

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  55. I'm thankful for a wonderful family, and for all the quilters in the world.

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    1. Me too. Aren't we a great big friendly group? It's amazing. Thank you for stopping by and visit again soon, please.

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  56. I'm thankful for a caring and a loving husband. I'm a follower too.

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    1. Hello and welcome back. It's good to hear from you again. Please come back and visit often.

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  57. Brilliant giveaway - I have subscribed... love to receive it..
    Thankful for creative friends and surprises of the season..!
    Barbmo

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    1. Quilters are a creative group....a lot of real artists. And who can frown in a quilt shop? All that color therapy? And as quilters we need to visit quilt shops often so we can heal ourselves......yes. Please stop by and visit often. We love company. Thank you for your kind words.

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  58. I am thankful for my family and friends and my health. I am a new follower by email and love your site. Jackie

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    1. Thanks, Jackie. I'm glad you're visiting and following. Please stop by and chat often. We love company. Happy Holidays!

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  59. Love your site! you are very talented! following via GFC; looking forward to reading your blog thanks for the blog hop

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    1. Thanks, Phyllis, for visiting and following. We hope you'll come by often and chat with us.

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  60. Thanks so much for sharing. Love the wall hanging. I am a new follower

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  61. If I'm not too late ...can I please enter your giveaway. I would LoVe to win that pattern.
    I'm thankful that I have my family... we are all close, loving but most importantly we are all FRIENDS too! :)

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  62. I'm Thankful for a full time job. Times are tough and so many businesses are struggling. I'm glad that I have a job to go to every day and a job (a single mom of 2) to come home to each night!
    kidsandsewing@hotmail.com

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  63. I am thankful that I still have a roof over my head and my family.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  64. Following by email now and thank you for the giveaway.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  65. I am thankful for my health and being able to spend time with my family.

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  66. I am thankful for my family. We are such a close loving family and for that I am so very thankful. I signed up to follow you thru email. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Rae (nrhaller@aol.com)

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