Thursday, December 1, 2011

Susan’s So Thankful Give-Away #12: 101 Patchwork Projects & Quilts

Today’s give-away is a copy of 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts, a special publication by the publishers of Quilting Arts magazine. The hefty 196-page magazine retails for $19.99, and includes two projects I designed. The first is a dog bed (that’s my dog Sophie on it):


The second is a business card case:


Here’s your chance to win! Leave a comment after this post and tell me about a tradition you keep during the holidays, and why it is important to you. I’ll pull a name at random at 9 p.m. on Friday Dec. 9, and send you the magazine. AND THE WINNER IS: QuiltingGranny!

50 comments:

  1. We make saffron bread in shape of trees with red/green cherries for the lights. It's something my dad did when we were children so it is very important to me. We give to friends and neighbors now.yum!

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  2. Only 24 days to get my needle and thread going for those last minute gifts...what I need are some quick and easy gift ideas. Thanks for all your giveaways...you're so very generous. love, Mama Crow

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  3. We have a little tree that the grandchildren use to decorate. For the last two years and this year (tomorrow) our Great Granddaughter Bea will decorate the little tree.
    SallyKingemail@gmail.com

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  4. First ,and most important, Sophie is beautiful!
    Secondly I admire your work -fabulous!
    Third - I hope I win because I want to make that card carrier thing, although I suppose I could figure it out if I had to but I'll bet ther are some cool projects in there.

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  5. My kids (33 and 28), their families, my husband, and I always spend Christmas Eve with my Dad and Step-Mom. We eat chil soup, broccoli-cheese soup, and Oreo Cookie dessert. The special time is more precious each year.

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  6. One of our family traditions is decorating the cut-out cookies together. It's one of the few Christmas activities that everyone likes to participate in, even my hubby! This year, we will need to wait until our son comes home from college on the 16th so now cookies until then. LOL
    I want to say your projects in the magazine are perfect ones for me to make - maybe even as gifts for this year.

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  7. Another great giveaway! Thanks Susan! I'd love to win this -- that business card case looks fun and easy to do.

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  8. This looks a great magazine!
    Every Christmas we all go to the crib service in our church. (which is literally next door - we live in an old rectory!) As the children grow up and leave home it's one of the things we always do together as a family

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  9. Eggs Benedict for Christmas brunch! That's a must have because it is very special and keeps everybody full and out of the kitchen so that I can work on the Christmas dinner... Which is always Prime Rib done outside on the rotisserie. DH is in charge of that; I handle all the rest of the feast.
    Hugs from Mary

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  10. At Christmas we take turns organizing the Christmas dinner, my two sisters-in-law and me. And we invite the whole family. This year it's my turn to cook and make a beautiful Christmas table. Maybe there are some nice ideas in the book.
    Greetings from the Netherlands
    Christel
    http://chriss-crossstitchingquilting.blogspot.com/

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  11. I love the dog bed. We have a 15 month old puppy who needs some new digs. These gifts are great.

    msdgator81@yahoo.com

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  12. Love the projects, I was thinking of making my pup a new bed for christmas.

    My kids are all grown up and live on their own, so we don't do the things we did when they were young. We always had a small ham dinner on christmas eve and they each got to open one present, it was the one they gave to each other. That way it didn't get lost in the santa gifts and they learned the gift of giving.

    Debbie

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  13. Making the Christmas cookies together. I just don't make them all myself.

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  14. Placing the music box nativity scene in the front entry to greet all visitors is my favorite tradition for Christmas. Thanks for the nice giveaway. I know there will be something I want to make in 101 Patchwork projects and quilts.

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  15. I have a little crocheted Santa and Mrs Clause that my Mom bought me years ago, they go on the top of the tree right below an angel. They are about 25 years old, but Christmas would not be Christmas without them up there.
    I need that dog bed!! lol

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  16. One tradition my daughter and I shared for many years is to each select an angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. She picked a girl close to her age and I picked an adult close to my age and we would pick a little boy for balance. We would do our best to make their wishes come true. I always went the practical route and she would encourage me to add some toys or other things young people enjoy into our mix. We balanced each other nicely. Today, we like to go to the shopping mall on Christmas Eve and watch the last minute shoppers make their final decisions.

    Susan - I am the person who met up with you at Houston Quilt Festival on Friday night at closing. You stopped by ProChemical for some supplies and I was making my final purchases. I bought some of the paint you spoke highly of but my work still doesn't look like yours :-)- I will have to keep practicing. Painting aside, I am still a big fan and I wish you and yours - Happy Holidays!!!

    Susan's So Thankful Give-Away is a wonderful idea. Thanks for your generosity.

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  17. My favorite Christmas tradition is putting our nativity arrangement under our tree. When my kids were very young I decided to sell Avon to get some money for Christmas gifts for the family and friends. My husband ordered a nativity set (it was very child oriented) for a so called friend. Little did I know it was actually for me. Christmas Eve he build me a little Manger and every year since 30 years ago we take the figuines out of their little boxes and set it up under the tree on Christmas Eve.

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  18. My tradition is cooking on Christmas Eve and having leftovers on Christmas Day so we can relax!

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  19. Another wonderful Thankful Giveaway.Thanks for sharing.
    I spend chritmas Eve with my husband family and 31 with my family.I love that days.

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  20. We exchange Christmas story books. Each year, we all drag out our collection of books and read them aloud. They are displayed around the house for others to pick up and enjoy.

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  21. I have two traditions that my family follows: the first is putting up and decorating the tree on Dec. 16th, which is my son's birthday. The second one that we all look forward to is having a huge breakfast feast on Christmas morning....they won't let me break that tradition!! Thank you "sew much" for the giveaway :-)

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  22. Dreamer – It was so nice to meet you in Houston... Keep working with those paints! I have done the angel tree with my daughters in some years, too... makes you feel really good! Merry Christmas. :-) Susan

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  23. We get together with all our family for Christmas eve and have an appy meal. This is just a meal get together with no gifts, which puts the focus on being together for the holiday. :)

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  24. Enchiladas on Christmas Eve - it didn't start out as a tradition, but the kids decided it would be one.

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  25. I have the digital edition of this - whoever wins it will be one happy camper! Not looking to win this one, just wanting to thank you for hosting such great giveaways!

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  26. Our Christmas tradition is that all children have to wait until at least 6am and everyone in the house is awake before opening gifts. Then we have pancakes for breakfast! Thankyou for the opportunity to win a giveaway.

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  27. We don't have a tradition, but I love your work and am happy to follow along on your creative trail.

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  28. I usually make Monkey Bread on Christmas morning and we just enjoy the day, having dinner together and opening presents.

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  29. We have a family party each December that includes dinner and a talent show. It started with my grandparents and continues to this day. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, children.

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  30. Ha! None of the presents get opened until we've had breakfast - porridge. I have substitutions since the daughter-in-law doesn't like porridge but at least she does eat brekkie with us.

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  31. The most important tradition for us is decorating the Christmas tree! We have ornaments from 4 generations which we include every year.

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  32. Our biggest tradition is the tree: we select it on Thanksgiving weekend and tag it, then return the weekend before Christmas to cut it down. When I was a kid we always decorated on Christmas Eve but my husband's family does a family get-together that night so now we decorate a few nights before the holiday. In this way we all gather on several occasions!

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  33. Nice to hear what people in the Catskills are up to. Lived their for about 20 years or more and my favorite part of the world

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  34. our family didn't really have any traditions growing up so I'm making all my own.

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  35. my husband, our dog, and I drive around the neighborhood on Christmas Eve at night to look at all of the decorated houses..

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  36. We just did away with a family tradition - we used to make homemade gifts for everyone (now we aren't going to exchange gifts between the adults). But this year I started back up another tradition... I made sweetheart coffee cake for Thanksgiving breakfast.

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  37. My favorite tradition is going around the room one at a time to open gifts - starting with the youngest. I like this because we all get to see the wonderful gifts.

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  38. Making gifts is a tradition I keep with a friend. We also work on a special gift for each other and then present it to each other at Christmas. I would love this magazine for all its ideas!

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  39. Just because you use a crate to train your puppy or use it as a position for your dog to sleep doesn't mean it has to look regular or ugly. You can costume up your decorative dog beds with decorative and functional dog crate covers.

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  40. I always dress the bannister with a garland or two of dried fruits with intertwined lengths of golden tulle and hand made decorations hung off here and there.
    The cats do bat the decorations about lol .... but its a lovely sight when you walk into the hallway from outside.

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  41. My family has an open house on Christmas eve since 1985 for friends and coworkers. It gives us a chance to see people we may not have seen for a few months.

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  42. Many years ago, I lost a son when he was an infant. When my husband and I married several years later, he purchased an angel sitting on the moon with a star hanging over his head. Each year after the lights are put on the tree and the star is placed on, one of the grandchildren put Jacobs star on. It is a tradition that reminds me to be thankful for everyday I have here and do my best for Jacob!
    compassionatequilter at rocketmail dot com

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  43. Our family tradition is the watch "Christmas Vacation" and have pizza and wings on Christmas Eve. We started doing this when we had no money. Now we have 30 people come to watch the movie and eat pizza. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  44. we get up and see the unwrapped gifts that Santa left, then have breakfast together, before we start opening our gifts to each other. Since we have 6 children and my mom with us, it takes a while to open everything, and I've found it happens with much less drama if we have all eaten and the grownups have an after breakfast Mimosa as they gather back around the tree, lol

    barzi10091(at)aol(dot)com

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  45. Our tradition is to bake cookies together.
    soparkaveataoldotcom

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  46. One of our traditions that we keep EVERY year is attending a Lessons & Carols program in Charlottesville over the mountain from us. In fact, it's being held this weekend, and we're going! We love the music, scripture, and whole atmosphere as the choir walks down the aisle with lit candles singing Once in Royal David's City. We always ALWAYS get ice cream afterwards, and we don't think it would be the same if we didn't go!

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  47. We have a Christmas Eve open house. When our kids (now 36 and 34) were little, instead of just sitting around waiting on Santa, we got together with 2 other families for dinner. At first, the dads took the kids to shoot pool and pick up lobsters. As they turned into teens, the parents still got together and the kids and friends wandered in and out. Everyone has moved on. We have relocated, but our family, which now includes grandchildren, love getting together with friends after church on Christmas Eve.

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  48. As children both my sister and I remember eating a chocolate brand that has been made for a long time I believe..it was our grandparents favorite and soon became ours. Each year when we visited them for Christmas..the chocolates were there too. To keep the tradition alive in more recent years, my sister gave my mother a large and very beautiful pedestal cut crystal bowl that catches the light and the rainbow coloured cellophane wrappers of the chocolates wonderfully and each year we fill it up for the family reunion. For me this little token takes me right back to those early days and the precious times we shared with grandparents who we knew, loved us dearly and hopefully we are transmitting the same message to those who are growing up in our family now!

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  49. I always send cards. Even with emails and facebook today, I take the traditional approach and but Charity cards in September to send to everyone.... they brighten up the homes in a way that an email cant!

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  50. Presents are opened one at a time at our house, that way we all get to ooooh and ahhhh over each present instead of their getting lost in the paper wrappings on the floor.
    It's worked well for us.

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