Friday, June 22, 2012

Fun with Stencils

I'm still trying to finish up this small pinwheels quilt I started last year.


I hand quilted the center with diagonal lines and then stopped. I often get stumped by how to do the borders of my quilts. I recently became motivated to finish when Cindy from The Stencil Company e-mailed me to suggest a stencil giveaway here on the blog. Maybe this will help motivate some of you to finish up the quilting on your quilts as well. Quilting with stencils is so much fun and if you're making small quilts with me it's a pretty simple way to finish them. I have a nice variety and use the small stencils in some of my small blocks and also the border stencils at times when I get tired of straight-line stitching.

It seems that some of you like to hand quilt your small quilts just as much as I do because when I wrote about one stencil in particular that I liked to use for my borders, many of you contacted the company to buy the same stencil. Remember this quilt? And the simple Wave stencil I used in the borders? I blogged about it here . I will sometimes use the same stencil to quilt my sashings.


The Stencil Company and I are holding a Free Stencil Giveaway here on the blog every month. Is that cool or what?? About every month or so I will choose a stencil for you to use for  hand quilting your quilts and then demonstrate it on a quilt. All you have to do is post a message and I will choose 3 lucky winners every month.
 This month  - starting today - we will be giving away the Rick Rack stencil -


Look how cute it is!


And easy too. Use the stencil to mark the lines with your favorite tool - a washable fabric pen or a quilting pencil, whatever. Your choice. Then just quilt on the lines and erase or wash them out when you're done.  I'll try to show you what it looks like when I'm finished.

I used my new Sewline marking pencil with green lead.

And even if you don't win a stencil this time, you can still order them directly from the company. To make it easy for you to find the stencils I like to use for my small quilts, click here. (Look at that - they created a special page just for my Sentimental Quilter followers (you)). These are just some of the stencils that I think are fun to use to quilt your small quilts.


Wouldn't a quilt block look cute quilted with this one??

To win your free stencil, go ahead and finish this sentence: "When I'm not quilting, I am . . . ."  Post a nice creative message and we'll see what happens. And remember to keep it clean, please. Some of us are old ladies . . . .

I'll choose a winner sometime next week. Remember to give me your name and a link to your e-mail or blog so I can notify you. This is important. I get upset when some of you ask me a question and then do not leave me an e-mail address so I can respond. There will be another stencil giveaway next month too so keep checking back to see which one is next and if I can keep up with all the hand quilting. I'm telling you, quilting with stencils is going to be so much fun!

167 comments:

  1. What another great idea. I have some of their stencils and love them. I would love a chance to win the rick-rack stencil. Who doesn't love rick-rack?!

    When I'm not quilting, I am either reading a good book or in the garden pulling weeds :)

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  2. When I'm not quilting, I am thinking about what to create next.

    Thanks for the chance!
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. Reading or planning a quilt (I design in my head often!!) thanks for the chance.

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  4. What a fabulous idea, I'm always stuck for ideas.
    When I'm not quilting, I'm feeding my two hungry boys!

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  5. When I'm not quilting I am thinking about quilting.

    Linda in IN

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  6. I really really would love to win this stencil, it would be my first. My future has many mini quilts listed in my bucket list.

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  7. These look great. When I'm not quilting I'm reading the wonderful blogs and admiring the beautiful quilts I want to make one day

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  8. When I am not quilting, I am dead.
    Janny Schoneveld

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  9. When I am not quilting I am thinking about what project I am going to work on next. Actually, I spend alot of time with my grandchildren - quilting and little ones do not go together.

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  10. When I am not quilting, I am usually reading, cleaning house, or on the net reading up on the latest quilting blogs! Love the stencils!

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  11. Kathy, what a nice idea!
    When I am not quilting, I am laying in my bed in the night, thinking about quilting.....)

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  13. When I'm not quilting,I'm thinking about what I'm going to do next in myquilt room when I'm finished.
    Mary

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  14. WHEN I'M NOT QUILTING,I'M THINKING ABOUT IT!
    WANT TO TELL YOU HOW ATTRACTIVE YOUR QUILT IS,SO TRADITIONAL,SO AMERICANA,SO CHEERFUL AND BRIGHT>LOVE IT! THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  15. When I am not quilting, I am working outside in my greenhouses! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  16. When I'm not quilting I am thinking about quilting or else working which gets in the way of quilting

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  17. When I'm not quilting, I'm cross stitching, reading blogs or magazines about quilting, shopping online for quilting/stitching goodies, cooking, doing laundry, working in the yard, and all too infrequently, cleaning, but ALWAYS thinking about quilting (and chocolate!). Thank you for your blog!

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  18. When I'm not quilting, I'm parenting :0) I'd love to win a stencil - I often get stumped with what to quilt.

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  19. When I'm not quilting, I am thinking about quilting which usually leads to finding more ideas for projects than I can ever dream to finish. Inspiration is everywhere...

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  20. When I'm not quilting I'm planning the next one!
    Thanks so much for this great give-away!

    denicejohnson@centurylink.net

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  21. When I'm not quilting, I'm wishing I was!
    I love to use stencils when handquilting.
    kimnutter@suddenlink.net

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  22. When I'm not quilting, then I'm a least thinking about it. (runs constantly in the back of my mind....at work, while driving, while sleeping......) :)

    Thanks for a chance to win, but am ordering this win or not, thought I would just order it today.........but it comes in 3 THREE sizes.......now I need to go home and see which size would look best........before the end of the day, I may just order all three. Each one is bound to work on something :)?

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  23. When I´m not quilting, I´m knitting and while knitting I´m planning what to quilt when the WIP is finished :-)
    Happy quilting
    Angelika from the most northern part of Germany

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  24. When I am not quilting, I am either reading or cooking or asleep. LOL. Thanks for the nice giveaway.
    sbolyard@cableone.net

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  25. When I am not quilting I am thinking about quilting while outside doing yard work..I would love to win a stencil, thank you for the giveaway..Edna

    dollsem1@frontier.com

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  26. When I am not quilting....... I am dreaming about fabric, patterns, and beautiful patchwork :-) Yes I really love quilting.

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  27. When I'm not quilting, I am dreaming about my next quilt, while I clean the house or work in the garden. Love your blog. Thank you, Mary S.

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  28. When I am not quilting I am enjoying one of my other favorite pastimes--making Gail Wilson dolls, knitting socks, doing punchneedle, gardening, playing with my 4 golden retrievers or just relaxing with my quilting books and playing with fabric. I would love to win this stencil. Love your blog and your Yahoo group. Barb in Maine

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  29. When I am not quilting I am reading blogs written by quilters, book authors, fabric desgigners and the like. I like to find out what other quilters find helpful or inspiring and then add them to my repetoire. Everyone has something they can add to our field of knowledge, we just need to listen and read and keep our eyes open. Thank you for what you have added to all of our lives. Kristy
    soardkg@fuse.net

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  30. When I'm not quilting, I might be making a historic reproduction doll that will need a little quilt, or reading a good book curled up under a bigger quilt, or planning to purchase a new doll who will need a bed and a quilt... or maybe just doing "work" and dreaming about quilts, fabrics and gentle times.
    Thank you for bringing so much quilting joy back to my world!

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  31. When I'm not quilting, I'm skiing if there's snow or cycling if it's warm. Thanks for telling us about where to find the stencils. Do you have a favorite thin cotton batting that you use in your little quilts?

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  32. When i am not quilting i am reading books and blogs, crosstitch, cooking ,in my office working , gardening .... and sleeping. Thanks for this opportunity to win a lovely stencil, sometimes hard to find in Belgium. Martine;

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  33. I am falling in love with mini's. It is also a great place for me to learn to hand quilt. The stencils will be a great help, I have problems with knowing what design to use.
    Robin in Brownwood TX

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  34. When I´m not quilting, I´m working, doing some gardering, some knitting or some embroidering,
    thanks for this great giveaway, I would love to win it :o)

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  35. When I am not quilting I am dreaming about the next project to make . Thanks for the chance to win this cute stencil. Sheila

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  36. When l am not quilting this month l am preparing for birthday parties!

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  37. What a great way to finish off these lovely minis we've been making. I'm always wondering what to use instead of cross hatching. When I'm not quilting, I'm usually cross-stitching or knitting, and in a couple of weeks, I'm taking a crochet class, so I guess, when I'm not quilting, I'll also be crocheting. Thanks so much for hosting the stencil giveaways. Love all your patterns.

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  38. When I am not quilting... I am working so I can afford more fabric to quilt with or a new pattern.
    I love the stencil design. I need more stencils to inspire me to finish my little quilts.

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  39. When I am not quilting...I am photographing. Sometimes out my back 40 or when I visit the kiddos. I try to take as many photos of them since they do not live close. Judith, Texas

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  40. When I'm not quilting I am lovin' on my grandbabies! These are the two things I do for fun. Thanks for the opportunity to win a stencil - I would love it! O yeah, I love to go camping, too.

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  41. When I'm not quilting I am usually at work...at the LQS...constantly thinking about quilting! That Ric-Rac stencil is so cute! Thanks for the opportunity! And I do adore that little pinwheel quilt.

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  42. When I'm not quilting I'm at work helping people breath easier, or chasing kids or reading blogs or even playing with some mixed media art. Thanks for the chance. I'm glad I'm not the only one who questions how to finish the borders.

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  43. When I am not quilting I am working so I can earn money to buy more fabric. Would love to win this cute handy stencil for the small quilts.
    Thanks
    betcrawford at verizon dot com

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  44. I would love to use this stencil. What a great giveaway.

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  45. When I'm not quilting, I love to read. Thanks for the nice giveaway. Would love to win.

    Darlis
    darlisj@kinex.net

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  46. Thanks for the giveaway, Kathy..how fun are those stencils, i love the wavy lines!!

    When i'm not quilting...i'm planning my next small quilt project, and making hexagons, which are so much fun to do :))
    cheers...Marian

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  47. I've never used a stencil before, but that looks like a nice one to have. Thank you for the chance to win it.
    When I'm not quilting, I am reading your books!

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  48. What fun! I would love a chance to win the stencil. When I am not quilting I am dreaming up my next quilt or reading posts at Small Quilt Talk !

    Joan atticannies@gmail.com

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  49. Neat giveaway! When I am not quilting I am creating in other ways...painting, stamping...or playing with my favorite grandson...I only have one so he is my favorite of course:)

    I always love what you share...love your blog!

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  50. I love that wavy line quilting, it will be just the thing for a border I'm doing, thank you.

    When I am not quilting, I am dreaming about the next time I can quilt, in my head I plan many quilts, but that is where they usually stay as I don't think I will ever have enough time to make them all :)

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  51. "When I'm not quilting, I am . . . .working on cross stitch, wool applique, reading about quilting or quilts, or perhaps... working to earn money to buy more sewing stuff, taking care of my family, house and yard. But, by far, small quilt projects are usually in my thoughts.

    The wavy small stencil is really cute. Thanks for the link to the company that sells them. I'd love to put it to use! Thanks for your thoughtful give-away.

    Barbara

    barbarathompson96@yahoo.com

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  52. Love the stencil - I have started to use stencils more for machine quilting recently.
    When I am not quilting I am doing my "stay at home mom" chores - my family needs to eat - everyday even, and more than once a day - yikes! And I like cleaning - it is a bit of a curse that I should probably get help with so that I would have more time for sewing - oh well.
    Thanks!!

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  53. Well when I am not quilting, I am dreaming about quilting or reading about quilting and then realize I have to keep working to be able to support my quilting addiction! LOL! I also have been hand quilting your little quilts. So precious! I have been using them mostly as table mats through out my home. So colorful. LOVE LOVE your books!-m.southers@hotmail.com

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  54. When I am not quilting I'm dreaming about my next project. I have so many ideas in my head that I'm always ready to start something new. Have not used stencils to hand quilt, but this one looks like it would be a great way to start. janrich@centurytel.net

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  55. When I am not quilting,I am reading blogs, cross stitching, or reading The Forgoten Garden on my Nook. Sheri sherarlen@cox.net

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  56. When I am not quilting, I am dead! LOL! Actually when I am not quilting I am reading blogs, quilting magazines and quilting books. I just got hooked on hexagons and I am loving working with them. Another thing or two I may be doing is cleaning house, doing laundry and cooking meals. Those things are a drag though.
    So excited to see all the stencils you will show us.
    Paula
    stuplich@gmail.com

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  57. When I am not quilting, I am thinking about quilting. I will definitely check out the "followers" page on the stencil company web site. Thanks for the information.

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  58. When I'm not quilting, I'm reading, cooking or thinking about which project to work on next. Working comes in there too, but I try not to think about it! Love these small stencils, thanks for the give-away.

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  59. When i`m not quilting,I`m quilting in my mind
    and enjoy living with my family.
    Nice stencils,you never have enough :-))
    Gr. Marianne

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  60. When I'm not quilting, I'm blogging or cross-stitching!

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  61. When I am not quilting I know it is not my favorite part of the day as I truly enjoy piecework in the early morning hours and handwork in the evening hours.

    Faith
    (faithaswanson@hotmail.com)

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  62. Merci de partager avec nous, J'aime beaucoup les pochoirs et je les utulisent car je pique toujours à la main. (bourdong@videotron.ca)

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  63. When I am not quilting, I am on fabricological expeditions! I am always thinking about quilts in some way whether it is noticing color combinations in unexpected places to shapes and designs that can be translated creatively into a quilt. thank you so much for all that you share, and for the very kind drawing! sew1800s@yahoo.com

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  64. When I'm not quilting...there is something more to do besides quilting?? Haha!
    I love your blog, and books....I knit and quilt for charity.
    Sharlene
    Sharzlee@aol.com

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  65. when I am not quilting I am dreaming of antique quilts and reproducing them or just being inspired by them
    I love this stencil and I know I would get a lot of use out of it
    thanks!
    kathie

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  66. When I'm not quilting, I'm playing with grandbabies or thinking about quilting. I'm interested in the stencils because I need ideas for handquilting .

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  67. When I am not quilting I am thinking of quilting. I go shopping at my LQS, look at quilting books and magazines, take out my sketch pad and draw out my ideas, or just browse the internet for inspiration. Quilting is my therapy in what sometimes is a stressful life. Without this "therapy", I'd be a mess!

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  68. When i am not quilting, i am browsing quiltblogs, like yours! Or i am shopping fabrics on internet, or i am carassing the ones i allready have...Sometime though, the odd moment comes along, that i am actually doing something "householdingly"!

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  69. Thank you for this great give-away!
    When I'm not quilting, I'm cranky. I think I'm always working on something to do with quilting, whether it be getting a block or top done, or planning the next quilt. When I'm not where I can quilt conveniently, I knit. Thank you for sharing your great love of small quilts!
    Jan
    quilterjan1@yahoo.com

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  70. when I am not quilting, I am thinking about lots of other projects to start or I am following quilt blogs. I am also trying to figure out how to quilt my small quilts. I have gotten each months quilt finished so far. I needed your motivation. Thanks.

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  71. When I'm not quilting, I'm sleeping! I love stencils - this giveaway is wonderful. I can't wait to go see your page on The Stencil Co. website.

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  72. Your choice of fabrics are always so well put together. I don't have a clue most of the time what to put with what.
    When I'm not quilting I'm on the computer looking at quilting.
    Carla Dollartistcarla @ aol . com

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  73. When I'm not quilting I'll jump on the elliptical for that well earned rest from quilting.

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  74. When I am not quilting I am looking at fabric and playing with great-grandbabies.....twins.Thanks for the give away.

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  75. When I am not quilting, I am: teaching quilting, planning what quilt to start next, reading blogs about quilting, gardening OR sleeping!

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  76. When I am not quilting I am gardening or baking which I enjoy as much as quilting. Maybe I should have said reading blogs because I do a lot of that too!

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  77. When I am not quilting, I am NOT at my creative best. Thx for this fun opportunity! Read your blog daily and have made my first two doll quilts this week. They are addicting and so fun 'n fast.

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  78. When I am not quilting I am thinking about quilting. It's true! So many cottons, wools, threads and notions to chose from... it's all a therapeutic bliss that's better than chocolate! :-) I just checked the Stencil Company link.... oh MY! So much inspiration! Now... I can think about stencil quilting for the remainder of the day! lol!

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  79. When I'm not quilting, I am wishing to be quilting! and Thinking of ways to improve a project or my skills.

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  80. When I'm not quilting, I am knitting. Have to keep my hands busy so I won't eat.

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  81. When I'm not quilting I am working to buy more quilting stuff.

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  82. When I am not quilting, I am playing cards at the Senior Center or walking the currents at our indoor swimming pool.
    Betty
    bgk44 @ msn.com

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  83. When I'm not quilting I am surfing the net looking for more quilts to make.

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  84. What a clever idea! I am just learning the hand quilt ... I've done 10 whole inches and its getting easier. I can see why so many love handwork - its such good therapy!

    Let's see, when I'm not quilting, I'm making rag dolls who need little quilts!

    Lea farmhouse_blessings@yahoo.com

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  85. When I'm not quilting I am taking care of my grandchildren. My grandson wants to learn how to sew. It will be such treasured time together.

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  86. When I'm not quiltng I'm reading or gardening. I belong to 3 book clubs and it's sometimes hard to keep up. Gardens also take up a lot of time, but the results are so beautiful!

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  87. I love stencils and have quite a collection! I love you pinwheel quilts!

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  88. When I am not quilting, I am wondering if I will ever live long enough to finish all those UFOs!
    I love your list and blog. They are my "morning starters" (along with strong coffee!)

    cgar88 at ameritech dot net (my email contact)

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  89. When I am not quilting, I am dreaming about quilts, prewashing fabric for quilts,
    Shopping for fabric for quilts or bending my poor husbands ear about quilts!
    Poor guy he is definitely a keeper. Love your idea on the wave stencil, purchased it a couple years ago after seeing your post about it.
    Now I think I really need to purchase that ric rac one. Seriously, when not quilting, i really enjoy gardening and listening to music. Somehow all of the rest of it, cooking,cleaning laundry all fill in the empty slots. LOL

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  90. When it's not raining I am probably outside pulling weeds or better on a hike. I love to watch wildlife and look at trees and vines which give me some ideas for quilting. My execution is another topic!

    If it is raining I get to work on destashing. Retirement for HB is coming soon and I have cut down to quilting and cross stitch years ago but there is that dress fabric, crafting reduced to a box or two, Christmas and holidays are not blocking my way to the lower attic and my two drawer file cabinet of whims...so on rainy days I often go out and pull out a "what if" and either kit it or ....start a new project, alternating with UFO's

    My biggest lament is not devoting more time to hand quilting. All types of stitchery has been part of my life since early twentyies. So I am a bit too hard on myself when I hand quilt. Mini stencils and the small quilts are more fun for me. Nuuk said, eh?

    Jane Modjeski
    Harleyetta@aol.com

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  91. I LUV rickrack...it has been around for so long. It's a staple in every sewing room. When I'm not quilting, I'm wishing I was because I am at work thinking about quilting. Sometimes I even take a break and look at quilting websites.

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      quiltergonewild@gmail.com

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  92. When I am not quilting....I am digging in my garden and planting...every year I vow not to plant as much...every year, I do!! something so creative about growing flowers and veggies as quilting!

    Jeanne Bender @ perrycounty@embarqmail.com

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  93. When I'm not quilting, I am i my garden or with my goats. We live in the Willamette Valley where the climate is great for both goats and gardens, and of course we have abundant rain, giving me an excuse to go inside and pursue my quilting passion. For the past two years the winters and springs have been extra rainy, with the surprising result that all the flowers are bigger and blooming better than ever. It's all good out here in Oregon!!
    Cathryn Kasper : cathryndmk@nwlink.com

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  94. Hi Kathy, This is a great idea. When I am not quilting, I am reading or knitting. I love the little stencil you showed. Sandi in AL szil949@yahoo.com

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  95. When I'm not quilting I am.... 1. Caring for my 8 month old grandson who is so precious. His smile lights up my day. 2. Knitting- my second craft passion. 3. Cleaning- yuck....4. Reading- classic fiction is my favorite; 5. Cooking dinner- my husband does like to eat once in awhile. 6. Sleeping- another day done.

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  96. When I'm not quilting I am reading a book or watching an old black & white movie from the 1930s or 40s. I like old stuff for which my 65 year old husband is thankful.

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  97. When I'm not quilting , I love to read and volunteer at our animal shelter. What could be better. I want to get back into hand quilting and just love the stencils you used.

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  98. When I'm not quilting I am reading; I love a good book. Sudoku is a favorite activity, especially in front of a Phillies game.
    Deb
    dr392809@gmail.com

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  99. When I'm not quilting I'm at work as a church secretary, or I'm planning meals, dreaming of a beautiful yard or playing with my darling grandchildren! Love your quilts, Kathy, and I'd love to win some stencils.
    Mary at http://scraps-and-quilts.blogspot.com

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  100. When I'm not quilting .... it's hard to find a time when I'm NOT quilting, or plotting, planning, talking or dreaming about quilting;but I DO venture forth to my local library to transcribe diaries from the mid- to late-1800's!What fun!

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  101. When I am not quilting I am weaving. When I am not weaving I am making a doll. When I am not making a doll then I am quilting. When I do quilt I think of how much I miss my Mom and how much she enjoyed making quilts.
    Louise
    GrenellStudios@gmail.com

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  102. When I'm not quilting---I'm suffering from quilting withdrawal!
    Thanks for the chance to enter.
    Blessings,
    Pat

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  103. When I am not quilting - I am walking my dog and dreaming of the next one on my bucket list!!

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  104. When I'm not quilting, I'm dreaming of all the projects and quilts yet to make. This takes up quite a bit of my time. If I could only stop dreaming and get down to sewing, I would be making a dent in my huge fabric stash!

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  105. When I'm not quilting I'm hooking rugs.

    I LOVE that wave stencil - a perfect design for small quilt borders - just the way you've used it!

    dyeing2hook at msn dot com

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  106. Love the quilt stencils. It is hard to find stencils in the shops.

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  107. When I am not quilting, I am thinking about quilting or reading about quilting on blogs or in magazines and books.

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  108. When I'm not quilting, I am just relaxing. We, retired people, can do that a lot. lol

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  109. When I'm not quilting I'm reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.
    kjanesmothers@hotmail.com

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  110. When I'm not quilting and it's summer, I am in my garden. In Minnesota the summer is way too short to not get out and enjoy it. I love having some stitching to do on the porch also. When I'm not quilting and it is winter, I like to tuck in and page through my quilt books or magazines and dream about my next project. The rick rack stencil is so cute--perfect for a little quilt.
    Karen in Breezy Point
    kdm1050atgmaildotcom

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    1. When I am not quilting I am looking through quilt books that are related to small quilts or 19C quilts. or I am thinking about the next quilt I will be making.

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  111. When I'm not quilting, my husband is sleeping! Our basement is divided long ways in half - one half is the laundry and shop, and the other half our bedroom and my sewing room. He's an early riser and I'm a nightowl, so I spend late mornings and afternoons until I have to cook dinner down there sewing. When I'm up here, I'm doing those "have to" things like cooking and a bit of cleaning and bookwork, and reading blogs and e-mails on the computer. The rest of the time I do handwork in my recliner while listening to TV in the evenings. I love your blog and the small quilts - they are my favorites! It's almost all I do anymore. They are so cute! And I love hand quilting so the stencil would be really nice! Judy in OR - mominami@msn.com

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  112. Thank you for this opportunity! Trying one of these stencils would be fun and a real learning opportunity. How refreshing it would be to hand quilt something other than a straight line! I love what you have shown on your blog and would only hope to be able to hand quilt like you, Kathy. Now as to what i do when not quilting- I am on the search for anything old- textiles, doll beds, rag dolls. It is always interesting what discoveries will be made.
    Peg in NJ

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  113. When I am not quilting, I am despeately trying to keep from pulling my now gray hair out over some wild mountian escapade my Beloved Son has concocked to try and drive his poor ole' Mommy insane with while he's enjoying texting his best buds, playing whatever today's flavor of music is, reveing up his precious old Ford Truck, and turning up the bass, rattling the house windows, smoking up the driveway with antique Ford sludge, and admiring pictures of his Sweetheart on his cell phone. Wish I was on his list of sweethearts, instead it's his girlfriend, or his truck. Me, I'm wandering the halls of the house maoning, and looking for my rotary cutter, and wondering if in my state of mind, it would be considered a dangerous weapon.

    Seriously, I am just a beginner quilter trying to learn and have been reading your blog for months. I like the look of the small quilts, and they seem a great stage to reach beofre I tackle quilting my Grandmother's antique hand pieced tops. Thanks!

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  114. When I am not quilting, I am hurrying to finish whatever it is I am doing so that I can start quilting again.....:)

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  115. When I am not quilting....I am hanging out with my husband, because we are both "retired"
    now! We are having a lot of fun! Thanks for
    the chance to win!!!!!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  116. When I'm not quilting, I'm either cooking, cleaning or in the flower bed thinking about quilting.
    Thanks for the giveaway, I love stencils for hand quilting.

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  117. When I'm not quilting.... I'm wishing I was!!! Or else I am reading or spending too much time on the computer! Thanks for this "stencil party"! Once again, you are inspiring me to get my projects quilted! Thanks a bunch! HUGS... and stitches

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  118. When I'm not quilting, I am usually piecing so I can get to the quilting part...

    mardiniles53@gmail.com

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  119. Cuando no estoy acolchando, estoy preparando nuevos sueños y proyectos......
    Nos encanta todo lo que haces, un beso desde Spain.

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  120. When I am not quilting I start feeling depressed! lia.vandenbrand@live.nl

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  121. I just recently found this group and can't wait to start a small quilt. Finishing a t-shirt quilt of a young Marine who was killed last Nov at age 21. He was raised by a guardian from age 12. I knew the parents both mentally challenged so I wanted to do something special for his guardian. Then a couple of months ago his State Trooper car was hit by a truck after driver fell asleep. His car was thrown into a concrete median and caught fire. With the Grace of God he was pulled from car and in critical condition. It just so happened an EMT truck was going by and he was given CPR and medical attention. For weeks it was touch and go but now Lowell is in rehab and doing good. I would have had it done sooner but I find vacations kill my quilting mood. Now to put it on the quilting frame. Want to get it done by July 4th. Then I want to do a Small quilt.

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  122. When I am not quilting.....I am probably on my laptop doing email, working on my blog or doing family genealogy research. I have many quilting stencils, but not the rick rack one....I can see that would be a good design to have!!!!

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  123. When I am not quilting I am embroidering or cross stitching or reading or watering flowers and always always brainstorming! Grandma Rita

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  124. Love the stencils.
    dlm29@yahoo.com

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  125. When I'm not quilting I'm working : (

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  126. Love the stencils. The wavy one is especially fun.

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  127. When I'm not quilting, I'm dreaming of quilting! Fussy cutting, measuring, digging for my favorite templates, fantasizing about my "stash" and all the beautiful quilts I will make.
    Penny
    chattypenny@att.net

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  128. When I am not quilting I am at work or doing housework, or on the computer. Wish I could spend more time quilting!

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  129. How fun! Many amusing responses... I can relate! When I'm not quilting ( or @ my paid job) i enjoy other hand work ( knitting, applique, embroidery, etc) i spend time with extended family, friends, small groups supporting each other's spiritual life, and reading blogs... As a friend of mine says "life is good!". Thanks for chance to win!

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  130. When I am not quilting, I'm dreaming about and planning my next project. For some reason, those UFO's I have stashed everywhere just don't seem to matter as much as a fresh, new project. I've determined that those UFO's remain unfinished because I don't have a clue how I want to quilt them. These stencils are putting ideas into my head so it would be great to actually win one. Thanks for the chance!
    stitchinfrenzy@gmail.com

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  131. When I am not quilting, I am either planning what I will do next, dreaming of what I will do next, on the internet to see what I can do next or just enjoying the evening with a cat on my lap. :-)

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  132. When I am not quilting, I enjoy working in my flower gardens, reading, cooking, on the computer, or just enjoying time with family...especially our 9 month old granddaughter who brings so much joy to my life. I am getting ready to head to VT. for the quilt show there and am planning on stopping by The Stencil Co.'s booth to invest in a few stencils too. Have a couple of your books, so would love to win a stencil!!
    HAPPY SUMMER !!!

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  133. When I am not quilting, I am either reading books or blogs, cleaning, gardening, traveling in our RV, attending meetings or shopping. Variety is the spice of life and quilting is the entree.

    Charlotte S.
    kurts111@msn.com

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  134. When I am not quilting I am reading about quilting, either on blogs or in actual books. I am constantly looking through quilting magazines and books adding patterns to my bucket list of quilts to make before I die. Not much else takes precedence so mayby I have to admit that I am a quilting and fabric addict.

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  135. When i am not quilting , i am quilting !
    Brigitte of France
    Boite de Biscotte

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  136. When I'm not quilting, I'm working or reading or, recently, doing yoga - which I love!

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  137. When I am not quilting I am constantly changing my mind over fabric choices. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  138. I would love to win the stencil. I do a lot of little quilts and am a hand quilter.
    Connie

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  139. All weekend I could not quilt as I had to fold 1,000 envelopes for our Quilters' Guild calendar. The printer wanted to charge for extra time taken...oh no, I'll do that and save money. As a reward,I'm going to have a day of quilting this week, and a ready meal too, so I can sew uninterrupted, hopefully..

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  140. I am reading (or doing necessary chores)!

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  141. When I'm not quilting, I'm boring!

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  142. What a fabulous idea about showing us what can be done with different stencils. I get stumped often and any idea you can give us will be so helpful. I'll be checking out the stencil company.

    When I'm not quilting, I get cabin fever!

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  143. When I am not quilting, I am doing handwork and dreaming about what quilting project to start next.
    Thanks for sharing the stencil.

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  144. When I am not quilting I am usually at my desk at work ( like I am now LOL) plotting my next work of heart. Thanks for sharing the stencils.

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  145. when i am not quilting, i'm probably planning new quilting projects or thinking about quilting the ones i have...or working, those 2 things take up a LOT of my time!

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  146. "When I'm not quilting, I am wishing I was quilting!"
    Lana
    LKDrum@aol.com

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  147. When I'm not quilting, I'm cleaning up the mess from the last project to make room for the next one!

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  148. When I'm not machine piecing, I'm love do doing hand work in several forms. Like redwork,applique,handpiecing & handquilting in the evenings. I enjoy it best when sitting next to my sweetie, stitching, relaxing & watching TV. I'm always look for ways to add some piazza to my little quilts on a budget where quilting is such a luxury that I get overly happy just buying a cheap spool of thread. I would love to be a winner for this wonderful stencil. Thanks for the Chance Kathy.

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  149. When I am not quilting I am either at work (must to earn money) or at sea (my greatest passion, but quilting is getting very close to that). Angela
    a.messmer@hamburg.de

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  150. When I am not quilting I am wishing that I was.

    Rita

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  151. When I'm not quilting, I'm piecing a new quilt, planning a new quilt, or virtual fabric shopping with my sister!! She lives in Arizona, and I'm in Indiana. We get on the phone, then visit the same websites to get each others opinion on fabric, patterns, or check out blogs together. This is the MOST fun thing to do when not actually quilting!! It helps if your sister is your best friend, but a bff would do nicely too!

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  152. When I'm not quilting, I am in my sewing room working on another project or thinking about what my next quilt is going to be. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  153. When I am not quilting, I am dreaming of more quilting projects.

    Donna in MS
    (Small Quilt Talk)

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  154. When I am not quilting, I am wishing I was!

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  155. When I'm not quilting, I'm working on a Prayer Shawl for the local Hospital.

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  156. When I'm not quilting, I'm thinking about what I will be quilting next!

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  157. When I'm not quilting, I am planning the next project, buying yet more fabric, doing some wool applique, reading blogs....I'm an addict!

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  158. I am a beginner quilter. I would love to win the stencils. I bought your Civil War Sewing Circle. I'm going to try your next quilt along.
    Eva
    darcher5@neo.rr.com

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  159. When I'm not quilting.....I shall be dead! It is my passion and my life!!!
    Sandra in Calgary Alberta
    sandyrochon@yahoo.com

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  160. When I'm not quilting, I'm at my desk doing title work for an oil company. It pays for my habit - what can I say.

    Barbara Cissne
    barbaradaniel45@yahoo.com

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  161. I'm reading , or gardening or working as a nurse taking care a little babies.
    Mary Hawk
    hawkbmjp@mchsi.com

    ps- I'd love to win!

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  162. Sorry, I would say: "If I'm not quilting, I'm bored!" I prefer!

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  164. When I'm not quilting, I am looking at, touching, and rearranging my stash while imagining my next project!

    Mary Streeter
    mstreet61@gmail.com

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