Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Love Gift Tour

Join me today over at Madame Samm's!
If you've ever wanted to plan a retreat
I map it all out for you. 
A sure recipe for success!! 
Or a big mess!
As long as you have good friends, 
mess or success, you'll have fun. 
And maybe you can win a sewing machine
for your big retreat!
Be sure to name it after me!
In case you want the inside scoop 
to Love Gifts at your next retreat, 
here are some of the goodies 
that were given with love this year!
Our theme was "Comfort".  
Give something that brings you comfort. 
So of course, I went for Nutella and a crocheted hanger.  
See the connection? 
Yeah, me neither.  
But I LOVE a crocheted hanger. 
Instructions here

Leela had been collecting classic paperback books at thrift stores. 
She covered them in fabric.  
Now my favorite Pride and Predjudice
sits so prettily on my shelf!

Leela and Natty Bat were also giving out rice bags.  
Super comfortable!

Stitchy wins the overachiever award this year.  
How uber cute are these little dresses?  
Clothes pin holders!!!  
Mine's hanging with pride in my sewing room!
Vintage pillowcases!!  
Love, love these!
Karebear always finds something cute 
to make and then fills it up with 
all sorts of Karebear goodies. 
Bets was on a Wizard of Oz kick this year.  
Does a witch and green monkeys bring you comfort?
It does for Bets! 

Can we ever have too many bags filled with goodies??
Not with our LOVE!!

Shelto loves to make bread. 
Carbs bring me comfort.  Too much!
She gave us her favorite bread pan and 2 cute towels. 

And finally, socks.  
We've fought over socks in the past. 
Thankfully, this time, Judy had a 
pair of fleece socks for each of us. 
She makes them!  
And they are the dang warmest things ever!!
 
So get busy ladies!!
You've got love to spread. 
Hope you plan your own retreat and start new traditions. 
Thanks for visiting me over at Madame Samm's

149 comments:

  1. Hi Des, I'm a new follower over from Madame Samm's.. I loved your description of your quilting retreats - I wished I was there with you and your great group of girlfriends! :) If I was lucky enough to win the Baby Lock, it would definitely be named after you ;)

    Tracey
    thepeonyteacup.blogspot.com

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  2. I am smiling smiling and smiling some more..you do make me laugh...what a great post...at that other blog lol and here...LOVE The clothes pin holder dresses...love nutella...lol. love you...Thank you for being a GREAT guest.....

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  3. What great fun you all have together! I am lucky also, I have a wonderful group of friends to quilt with too. We call ourselves the Ha Ha Sisterhood! I am a new follower from Madame Samm's. The clothes pin holder dresses are the best.

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  4. Funny post over at Madame Samm's -thank you for a most entertaining and delightful recap of your retreats. I would love to be part of yours. If I come can I bring the Madame too. Imagine that!

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  5. I'm in love with the fleece socks...would she teach us how to make them? They are just wonderful...the perfect retreat gift!

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  6. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this post over at Madame Samms. I enjoyed it the first time you posted it, but now in more detail. I learned a lot and it's all about FUN.

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  7. I am a new follower - looks like a fun blog. Your post for Madame Samm was GREAT! Thanks for all the gift ideas.

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  8. New follower here, Des. Love your quilty gifts for retreat goodies! Yall must be one special group together! Your post was great for Madame Samm.

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  9. I saw you over at Madame Samm's and now I wanna join in the fun at the retreat! It sounds like you all have a great time. It's time I organized a little retreat for myself and few fun friends. Oh, I'm now a faithful follower!

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  10. I am thinking you have a great group of friends! What fun you all must have together. I am a new follower, coming from Madame Samm. Thank you for your instructions on how to host a memorable retreat.

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  11. I wish I was close enough to attend one of your quilting retreats. They sound like a blast. You never can have too many friends and to have a bunch of quilting buddies would be the best.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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  12. I loved your post at Madame Samm's! And I'm so glad I found you! My first retreat begins in 2 days and I can't wait! I'm in the process of checking everything out here and I'll be back - I'm now a follower. Thanks so much! ~Jeanne

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  13. Pick me, pick me for your next retreat!!! lol I can bring lots of chocolate. :D
    Your post at SewWeQuilt was a delight. I would love to find a group of ladies who love quilting as much as each of you do....it's my New Year's resolution now!!!
    Thank you for sharing your secrets. tee hee I'm a new follower so I look forward to more good things to come. :)

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  14. Dang, I missed out on a lot of love this year. When's the next retreat? :)

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  15. Hey Des!! I saw you on Sew We Quilt today. Loved your post and that cabin looks AMAZING!!! Hope once I'm not a "wantobe quilter" anymore I can find such awesome people to go sewing with! :)
    I'm following your blog now too, so I will see you around!

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  16. Great way to start the day - reading your post on Sew We Quilt! Sounds like you have a great group of friends.

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  17. Love all your ideas! What fun.

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  18. Loved your post over at Madam Samm's- so funny! I wish I was part of your quilt retreats!

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  19. I want one of those clothespin holders!!! Too cute. Those are all great projects.

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  20. I love going to retreats! I think that's what I've missed most about my mom being gone this year. We always used to go together or make up our own. We had tons of fun!

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  21. Thanks for a great post over at Mdm Samm's - you made me laugh :)

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  22. Thanks for sharing at Stash Manicure! I've never been on a retreat but they look so much fun!

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  23. Thanks for all the great ideas about having a quilt retreat! Would love to do that sometime... just need to find enough quilters....

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  24. your posting about your quilty getaways brings back so many wonderful memories about my quilting retreats with all my friends. we had bunches of fun and spent many all nighters sewing away. we even called ourselves The Pinpricks. our kids were the pinprick jrs. alas, i have moved from ohio to california....and it does take awhile to gather new friends....but i haven't given up hope! have a wonderful day and thank you so much for sharing!

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  25. Loved your post over @ Madame Samm's! I just returned from an awesome retreat, but I hope to add in some of your ideas to make next year even better! I'm hoping the machine giveaway is for everyone, not just Wantobes, because DS just asked me to teach him - I'll never get to use my machine now!

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  26. Loved you post over at Mde Samm's. I've never been on a quilt retreat before. I'd love the pattern for the fleece socks from your friend, Judy.

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  27. Totally enjoyed your post at Madame Samm's. I'd love to know where your quilting retreat cabin is. Following you now. Thanks.

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  28. Sounds like your retreats are a blast! Enjoyed your post at Madame Samm's! Looking forward to seeing your Ghastlie's post!

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  29. Love your post over at Madame Samms. What great little goodies you girls brought to your retreat. I especially love the crocheted coat hangers. So cute. I've never been on a retreat, but yours sounds like so much fun. just the way a get-to-geather should be.

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  30. How wonderful to be part of such a great group of friends! Looks like such fun--I am still marveling at a room of design walls, and looking at my house with a new idea in mind....hmmmm...who needs pictures or furniture.... :)

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  31. I'm as lucky as you because I have a great group of quilting friends - what, let me rephrase, I have a great group of NUTS that I love to quilt with! It makes for such fun times!!! Thanks for your lovely post - reminded me that I'm DUE for another quilt trip! xo, Nan

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  32. I have never had the fun of going on a quilt retreat but have always wanted to. I think I might have to get some friends and family together and start one. Sounds like so much fun.

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  33. Wow, now you have me wanting to go on a quilting retreat. It looks like you had so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Wonderful visiting you over at SewWeQuilt - I would love a retreat - and close by is wonderful as I don't travel well. You can't be too hard on them - they all had smiles!

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  35. A retreat the way you've planned it looks like so much fun. I have never been able to tear myself away from kids, hubby, and farm but maybe someday I'll be ready.

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  36. thank you, I came from Samm but I already follow you. I love your blog. kathy

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  37. THANKS FOR A GREAT POST AT MADAMM SAMM'S!
    THANKS SO FOR YOUR BLOG+SHARING!

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  38. Hi Des The retreat sounds wonderful. Someday maybe I will plan one. I have the perfect spot picked out already. I am a new follower and have also signed up for the Baby Lock news letter.

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  39. I'm a new follower and so glad Madame Samm featured your recipe for a retreat. Looks like you all had a wonderful time.

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  40. Hi I am a follower of Madame Samm, and I have entered the contest/ I would love to go on a retreat, but I am a wantobe quilter, and not real good at it and I would be scared to let anyone see may work publicly. thanks agnespat

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  41. What great fun you must have! I am a new quilter and haven't had a chance to try a quilting retreat but I really want to now. Now just to find one and the friends to go with it. :)

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  42. Clothespins? What are those? Just kidding. I didn't know anyone still used them. The retreats sound like fun. I have followed and will be back. I can see that you are a jovial person and I enjoy reading blogs with a sense of humor.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  43. What a fun time I had with you on Stash Manicure today. First thing I did was add your blog to my Favorites list.

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  44. Great ideas for a retreat and beautiful 'love' gifts.

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  45. Thanks for your great post for Madame Samm's blog today! Sounds like you have alot of fun on retreats! I would love to one day get to go on one! :)

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  46. You ladies have perfected the art of having "sew much fun". Thanks for sharing your adventures on "Sew We Quilt" blog. Sage Creek looks like a fabulous place for retreating. Love the crocheted hangers and the levi aprons. 'Love' gifts = beautiful memories.
    Ann
    stitchingmatters at gmail dot com

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  47. Dear Des,
    Loved your post over at Mdm.Samm's. And love your blog.
    A retreat sounds so wonderful. I haven't been to one in way too long now. It used to be a yearly event then life got in the way. After reading your post, I realized how much I miss it. I am going to try to remedy that next year, God willing.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers
    maggie

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  48. Your post about retreats makes me anxious for my annual retreat in June. I don't think I could handle more than one per year, you sure make me want to go to yours!!

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  49. Ok, now I definitely want to goon a retreat with your group. It sounds like you guys have WAY too much fun. You guys really know how to throw a retreat!

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  50. As a matter of fact - I'm going to our Fall guild retreat in two weeks - for 3 days! It's the first time they're doing a Fall retreat - especially for us snowbirds who aren't around when they have their "special" Spring retreat! I can't wait! Gathering up all the Christmas gifts I want to finish! YES - no interruptions - just laughing, sewing, eating.... ahhhhh. Thanks for sharing!!

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  51. I don't know that I could plan a retreat...but I would love to go to one like you described. You have so much fun, and the cabin is so well set up for a quilter's retreat.

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  52. I am a new follower, but I have watched your site before!

    Back in the 1990's, I organized a yearly "sew-over". We would meet on a Friday nite at 4PM....and sew until 4 AM. The invites were sent with material list and a list of necessary sewing tools for those first time invites. We would do one group project the first few hours...so we would learn new techniques...in the end, we all have the same wallhangings/table runners from those years...then we would have egg casserole breakfast and go our merry ways. We all had kids at home and found this worked well for our busy working Mom group. Great memories!

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  53. Enjoyed your fun post at Madame Samm's and seeing all the fun goodies here! Love the clothespin holder dresses...too cute!! TFS

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  54. I'm crazy about nutella! Looks like a lot of fun when you ladies get together!

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  55. Maybe someday my quilt friends will love me as much as yours love you! What great gifts!

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  56. I loved your post at SewWEQuilt this morning. The quilt retreat cabin looks like an amazing place to run away to enjoy friends and fun. All these goodies look like such fun. YUM! Nutella is my favorite. I have a big jar of that sitting here on my desk and dip Club Crackers into that when I need a chocolate fix. SO good.

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  57. You are a hoot. Love this blog and enjoyed my visit to Madame Samm's this morning.

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  58. Any time away from home sounds good right now! Love the "comfort" goodies!

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  59. Great retreat post! I am so glad you included the pattern for the crocheted hangers. I immediately loved those when I saw them! Wish I could retreat with you guys! You seem to have so much fun! I don't know many people in my little town in Wyoming whom I could go to a retreat with. Maybe someday...

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  60. Enjoyed your post at Stash Manicure. Makes me want to come, too!
    I've followed this blog for a long time, and always enjoy it!

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  61. What a great group of girls you get to hang out with!! I enjoyed both your posts very much! New follower! :)

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  62. Perfect timing! I'm going to a quilt retreat with friends this weekend. Love speding time with my quilting peeps.

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  63. I'm already one of your gazillion followers.
    Know what? I've never been on a quilt retreat. How very very sad.

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  64. awesome guest post at Sew We Quilt! I would love to go on a quilting retreat!

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  65. I love going to retreats and go twice a year -- lucky me! I enjoyed your post.

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  66. I am here from Madame Samm's Blog. Thanks for being a guest there today and for such a wonderful post. I have never been to a retreat, but I did enjoy reading about yours. I don't even know any quilters that live near me to plan one. We had a lqs, but it closed about a year or so ago. There are not many opportunities to meet other quilters now. I said something at church, but it seems that there are no quilters there either. I guess that is what happens when you choose to live in a small town. At least I have the internet. With all the great blogs out there, I am learning how to quilt.

    I am new to quilting, but I am catching on fast. It is such a fun thing to do.

    I really like that you posting the gifts you exchanged here. What great gift ideas!!! I'm sure you gave lots of people great ideas.

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  67. Wow love your blog heck i'll name my old babylock after youif don't win the new one hehe would love to go on one of your retreats you all sound like afun group.will enjoy followin your blog

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  68. Your post at Sew We Quilt definitely made me giggle. Your retreat looks like a lot of FUN! Thanks for sharing!

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  69. I would so love to come to your retreat. You girls know how to party...

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  70. I'm here thanks to the wise direction of Madame Sammy and I must say - your work is amazing! I love your choice of patterns and colors! I look forward to learning more about you and your creations. :)

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  71. My little quilt club would like to plan a retreat. Thanks for the info.

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  72. I liked your recipe. I've never participated in a quilt retreat, but would love to host one at my house sometime when my hubby is away on business.

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  73. Thank you for the guidelines- the Love Gifts are a perfect topping for a retreat. My mom and I have been think of planning a family quilt retreat next summer (there are a dozen of us in the family) and now I have the motivation to get started.

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  74. Wow~ what a fun retreat! I loved the body signs!~ who is Bill? :-) LOL What wonderful gifts too. Thanks for taking me along!

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  75. I do love a retreat - but the one I go on has about 50 ladies. No way could I do that many gifts. :) blessings, marlene

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  76. Love your post about the retreat. Sounds like a barrel of laughs, and we can all use some good laughs.
    Already following here.

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  77. Great post over at Madam Samms. Just got back from a retreat last week. Look forward to visiting your blog again.

    vail in tn

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  78. I'm hopping over from Madame Samm's to say I'm glad you have such a fun group of friends to sew with. Thanks for sharing your ideas for a retreat.

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  79. Just popping over from Sew we Quilt . Your retreat recap makes me actually want to go to one...looks like ya'll have a blast!

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  80. I'm here from Madame Samms too. LOVE the love! New follower, looking forward to reading more.

    Shari

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  81. Looks like you gals throw a great retreat!! That cabin was absolutely perfect for quilters too! Thanks for the laughs.

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  82. Hi Des thank you for the peek at the 3 p's for a pleasurable retreat. Looks like you all had a great time. I am now a new follower of your blog so I can enjoy more of your posts. Love the picture of the quilt posted at Sew We Quilt.

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  83. Stopping by from Sew We Quilt to say HI! I love your blog and all the cute things you do! I would LOVE to be invited to a quilt retreat, someday...

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  84. Your retreats sound like FUN! Thanks for sharing your good times with all of us. :)

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  85. Please share sock pattern from retreat!

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  86. So many great ideas! My favorite though, was the book cover. I have toyed with making paperback book covers before. However, I was going to use them to hide the title so folks wouldn't know what I was reading! I NEVER thought to just make a cover because it is prettier to look at than the plain old cover the book came with! What a cool idea!
    I am here because of the Ghastlies and Madame Samm too. I will be back though, as you have so many neat ideas!!!

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  87. Thanks for the fun post over at Madame Samm's! I had no idea there was such a place as the Sages Creek Quilt cabin. What a great idea to design a retreat cabin around quilter's needs. I'll have to see if there is anything like that nearer to where I live.

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  88. Thanks for all the retreat suggestions :)

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  89. The retreat looks like it was so much fun! Love the ideas and hope to enjoy a retreat sometime too...life gets pretty busy, but I'll have to spoil myself and put me first! Thanks for guesting with Madame Samm!

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  90. What a retreat! Love that idea...

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  91. Such eye candy, I am on fabric overload....and creativity...you are so amazing.

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  92. What fabulous goodies!! It sounds like a it was a great time!!

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  93. Des, you are hilarious. I would give my left toe to go on a retreat at that fabulous cabin. Love it! By the way, I was addicted to Fiber One bars when they came out and now I prefer the FiberPlus. Dark Chocolate and almond anyone?

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  94. Just started following and love your blog!

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  95. I'm already a Follower of your delightful blog, but I'm stopping by from Madame Samm's blog to say "Hey"! So, HEY! You know? I'd give my other leg to have a group of Girlfriends like yours! What a FUN post you did over at Sew WE Quilt! It put a BIG ol' Smile on my face!
    :D Hey, I'd like to have even ONE good friend! I guess I'll settle for reading blogs and pretend that I'm a part of all the Fun! Hugs ~ Jo

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  96. Hi Des...just came from Madame Samm and I am a new follower! Wow, your post over there was great and I loved reading it all. Put my name in for the sewing machine too. Thanks so much.

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  97. I WOULD name this machine after you. Our family has 3 babies coming. When my daughter and 3 pregnant daughters-in-law come for a weekend, we want to sew...and one machine just isn't enough!

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  98. Been trying to comment, but it won't accept my goodle account. Very clever post! Fun retreats! amanda (at) amandamurphydesign.com

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  99. Hello Des and thank you for sharing your retreat host/planner. What a lovely way to spend time with peeps and treats! The LOVE gifts are fantastic and I will probably borrow a few ideas here and there. I'll keep checking in as I a follower here now and come to you via Madame Samm. I'm a wantobe quilter so the BabyLock would be an impressive addition.

    Thanks again for sharing.

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  100. Read your post over at Madame Samm's. Wow - you're a laugh a minute! Wish I lived closer...your quilt retreats sound like a blast!

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  101. Your retreat sounded amazing! It inspires me to try to organize one. The fleece socks in your post today look so snuggly and with the snow falling outside today, I might just have to make some! I am a new follower today to both you and Madame Samm (as well as Babylock). I travel a lot and that machine looks perfect for travelling (and for my daughter who just started sewing lessons!)

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  102. Your retreats sound so much fun. It is kind of funny that this was posted today. For a week I have been TRYING to find a retreat I could go to. I don't belong to any groups and really wanted to try it.

    My one drawback was I don't have a machine I can travel with. I DID....but I gave it to my DIL. I have a Babylock Ellegante that I adore. I would so love to win another.

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  103. WOW! A retreat would be so fun...and girlfriends, count me in! Thanks for your post on Madame Samm's blog. It was so nice of you to share with her guests your experience! What a hoot!

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  104. thanks so much for your post - I've never been to a retreat but I really want to join in yours - its sounds like so much fun and there's a bit of sewing as well ! how long to you think it would take for me to get there from Australia :)

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  105. Hi Des! I'm over here from Madame Samm's and I am now stalking, I mean following you. LOL You gave me such a giggle today.
    I love all the LOVE gifts. What a great idea.
    Happy Sewing!
    Deborah

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  106. I read that whole post Sew We Quilt posted, and it looks like the retreat gathering is a lot of fun! If I could, I'd surely come! :)

    I will have to say that I'm in line for the sewing machine, I could definitely use one! That is for sure.

    Thanks!

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  107. That that was a great post about quilt retreats. Sign me up. I could use one. Looks like fun was had by all. I would love to follow your blog and sign me up to win the sewing machine too, OK? Thanks!

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  108. Loved your post over at Samm's and here. I tried to follow but seems I already do. So instead I posted your link to my sidebar so I come by more often.

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  109. You can enter me in the contest for the Baby Lock. Thank you.

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  110. What fun! I love the idea of a retreat! I'm retiring shortly and that sounds like a good January break!

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  111. I would so love to get to go to a reatreat like that.

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  112. I have fun at our local retreats but yours sound even better!

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  113. Lol! Nutella! You and I would do just fine at a retreat. I loved your post on Sew We Quilt. Thanks!

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  114. You've made me covet a retreat!

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  115. New follower. Can I be your friend? LOL. Would love to be part of a retreat like you describe. Donna S.

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  116. You make me want to go on a retreat right now! Thanks for sharing!

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  117. Looks like a great time was had by all! Makes me want to have a retreat! And I love the clothespin holders, they remind me of the one we had growing up....

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  118. Saw your post at Madame Samm's. Can I be a part of your retreat, pretty please. Looks like you have so much fun.

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  119. This is a very nice blog, I would love to make those hangers. They are so nice.

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  120. What a wonderful way to laugh and play together. I am a new follower.

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  121. That was a great post at Sew WE Quilt. And all those presents in your post here are very nice. What a fan thing to have quilting buddies that you can go away with to have fun and stitch for a few days. Wish I was closer... Oh well, I'll just have to read about it in your blog. I'm following now!

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  122. Hi, over from Stash Manicure/Sew We Quilt. Fun Blog. Will be following you...

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  123. Hi from South Australia! I have been on a couple of Quilting Retreats before and they were good, but yours look like SO much more fun!! The first one I went on, I went by myself so I just HAD to make friends, which was pretty hard, but the ladies I met were lovely. Still I wish I lived close to you for your next Retreat, so I could come too!! :0) I am a follower of your blog, and guess what? My daughter's name is Melody!! I have Melody who is 30 and Harmony who is 24. I just loved the names. Thanks for your great blog, I'll be back! Hugs n Blessings from Sue in Oz xx

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  124. Enjoyed your post over at Sew We Quilt on how to have a great time at a retreat -

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  125. Such a fun post at Madame Samm's!! Love it! Love retreats, just can't get enough of them!
    Thanks for sharing a secret look into yours!

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  126. Oh, so loved the retreat account at Madame Samm's. I want to come play with y'all!

    Cathy B

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  127. What a great post over at Madame Samms. Your retreats are always a lot of fun and the love gifts are awesome!

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  128. Coming over to visit from Sew WE Quilt and now following you on GFC!
    Thanks :)

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  129. Your retreat sounds wonderful: good friends, good food and laughter. Plus a sewing house with plenty of room. Love your idea of comfort presents for everyone. I'm a follower.

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  130. What a blast!! This is the kind of fun that I look forward to with quilting... Great people to share with!! :) Love your blog... :)

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  131. I haven't been to a quilt retreat with my Modern Quilting Group yet but you make it sound like so much fun I am going to have to give it a try. You really are a stitch.

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  132. Madame Samm sent me, but I'm already a follower here. :) I'm a fan of Nutella, too! (but I buy the Walmart cheapie version - shhhh!)

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  133. I've never gone to a quilt retreat--looks like fun! I'll be following you just to see all the great ideas you come up with.

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  134. I am already a follower....I loved the post over at SM...such a great looking place to have a quilt retreat...

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  135. Looks like you have a great time when you get together, and even have time to sew. Thanks for sharing the details and showing the gifts you all shared. New to your blog will be a follower from here on out. Thanks so entertaining. Enjoyed your post over at sew we Quilt.

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  136. Very cute fabric! I enjoy looking at the quilting projects, I wish I were as talented.

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  137. What a great post at Madame Samm's!! A quilt retreat sounds like so much fun! Maybe in the future.

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  138. Sounds like as wonderful time! I could use a retreat about now, too.

    That's a nifty sewing machine.

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  139. Enjoyed your post at Madame Samm's! I've never been to a quilt retreat, but it sounds FUN! Thanks for sharing your with us. I'm a follower.

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  140. Enjoyed your post at Stash Manicure. It sounds like such fun to go on a retreat with you!

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  141. I love how there are bits of candy and chocolate in the backgrounds of those pics! Everyone knows you have to have sweets to sew :) Have a great day!

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  142. I wish Idaho were closer - I would definitely take a group - it is a little far from GA and would definitely break your location rules! I have signed up to be a follower.

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  143. How fun!! It looks like you ladies had a great time! It sure would be fun to go to one. I loved your post over at Sew We Quilt.

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  144. This sounds like so much fun! great post, I read it at work and laughed out loud a few times :)

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  145. Thanks for sharing your retreats with us. I am a follower from Sew We Quilt. I am also a wannabequilter that wants to win the Melody machine. I think it's fate since I'm Melinda and the machine is Melody, two Mel's! I would christen it Mel and we would follow both blogs religiously!

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  146. What a walk down memory lane. I have loved every one of "them" thanks ladies for the good times good food and love through out the years can't wait till next year. Shelto

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  147. I'm really enjoying your blog. Sounds like you know how to have a great time.

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