Monday, December 16, 2013

This weeks Give-away!



First off, I hope you all ventured over to see the winning Double Wedding Ring Quilts at the NYC MOD blog! So much fun!! ...and so many incredibly beautiful quilts!

Second!  My SHOP PAGE and website is now updated with goods to purchase, thread, fabric books oh my!  (threads are on special price until January 1st.)  and also a SCHEDULE is added so you can see where might meet one day this coming year! And info if you'r looking for me to come teach and lecture.  Everything is on that page… Special Classes will also be listed there soon. I'm working out a few of those dates shortly…  FUN!  Pop over and check it all out…CLICK colored links)  One of these days I will get  newsletter together.. I just need a few more hours a day to get that done. LOL, insert big sigh here...

This past weekend, we were at our house on Long Island, and we set up the Aluminum Christmas tree! Classy huh? HAHA!  I have always loved having a real tree, but with steam heat in NYC, which kills the trees licktey split, and at our house if we are not there, we can't water a tree, so we went for fast and easy the last couple years. FAKE… and if you go fake, you might as well go WHITE or SILVER… right? Pink tree?  maybe next. ;-) 
Digging through the Christmas goodies, means pulling out christmas quilts!  Above is a small quilt when I was 19 years old.  Wait, wasn't that yesterday? sigh.

I pieced it on the machine, then, not knowing how to do binding, I very carefully, folded in the seam allowance and did a knife edge… I am still kind of shocked that it lays flat. (My skills were not exactly divine, then) I did however, go back and hand quilt it, not nearly enough quilting, but, it's still together, and I still love it. ;-) Memories.
More christmas quilt show and tell to come… I have made quite a few, and I'm very happy to pull them out for show and tell!

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The Winner of Last weeks Giveaway, of Megan Dougherty's Book "Quilting Isn't Funny", is:
Jezibels!!! Congrats!! Email me your info, and Megan will ship it off to you! ;-)




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AND!
 Gotta keep the give-aways GOING!!!

This weeks give away, is a for a Havels Mat and Rotary cutter.
I have these for myself and for my students. Nice size, great lines, and something fun besides green! PINK! Mat will come with a 60MM rotary cutter!

Last weeks give away flooded my email box with BURRITOS! LOL! That was kind of hilarious!
So how about this week, tell me your favorite HOLIDAY song…  Any holiday, I'm not picky. ;-)
I'll leave it open until Next Monday the 23rd, and 
On this one, It is for U.S. residents OnlySorry!!! 
The 60mm Rotary Cutter is perfect for both right or left hand fabric cutting. The contoured handle design and soft cushion make for remarkable comfort when gripping to cut. Also, by cupping the end of the handle in the palm of your hand, you have greater control over the device, and can hold it upright to make straighter fabric cuts. Just flip the safety switch to release the blade from the safety guard.

The 2-Sided Cutting Mat is a professional quality, self-healing cutting mat. Double-sided with 22x16 inches on one side and 600x450 millimeters on the other. Five layers thick to protect your rotary blades as well as your work area. Multi-angled grid lines offer a variety of creative options for a perfect cut every time.



126 comments:

  1. It would definitely have to be I'll be home for Christmas. Family is my richest treasure, and I always think of those far from their families when I hear it. Makes me watery eyed every time.

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  2. White Christmas...must be sung by Bing Crosby though.

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  3. Lately I've been liking 'Baby it's cold out there'.

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  4. I love The Christmas Song, you know, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." Really enjoy your blog, Victoria!

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  5. Thanks for the opportunity to win! My favorite Christmas song is Drummer Boy!!

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  6. Oh! I love the color of that mat...My favorite is U2's - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). I could listen to that forever. When I was little and lived in NYC, we had a small silver tree. I really liked it.
    V- I love that quilt you made - at first when I saw give away and that photo I thought - ooh, really? I could go for that! Enjoy it!

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  7. I love Christmas and Christmas songs, so it's difficult to pick a favorite. ...but, when pressed, I'll name "Mary, did you know?" by Kenny Rogers. Pink mat looks cool.

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  8. my favorite Christmas song is a cajun song titled "Walking in the woods with my Paran" sung to the tune of Walking in a Winter Wonderland. So true of this part of Louisiana. check it out here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOu7R_QJmGU
    I hope you pick me for this give away

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  9. I love Grown up Christmas. Always makes me cry. Why do we get so sentimental this time of year?? Hehehe. oxoxo

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  10. I really really need a new cutting mat! My favorite song is Mama Mary....not that well known but sung my Roger Whittaker.

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  11. Jingle Bell Rock! Thanks for the chance!

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  12. Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives is my favorite. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  13. My fav is Jingle Bell Rock. Thank for the opportunity. I enjoy your blog.
    phyllisjoconnor@gmail.com

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  14. White chirstmas because i miss them!!!

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  15. I enjoy the Charlie Brown theme song, the gang is always there for every holiday.

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  16. "Grandma got run over by a reindeer" is one of my favorites...just always makes me chuckle! and I really like "Silent Night" (especially when singing it in a group acapella!) Happy Holidays, Victoria! Your white Christmas tree is sweet and I am excited to see your Christmas Quilts!

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  17. would have to be "up on the housetop" by gene autry, or anyone for that matter...brings back memories of a grade school concert....

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  18. "Santa Baby" sung by Eartha Kitt and Charlie Brown Christmas!

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  19. My favorite Christmas song is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - my 2 yr-old granddaugher thinks it is a Christmas song and loves to sing it interspersed with her ABCs. Gotta love it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. Felix Navidad. Cuz I love to sing along (only when I'm solo in the car, of course!) Love your old quilt!

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  21. Any Christmas song that is sung by children :o)

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  22. The Chipmunks, singing anything. Holy crap a pink mat, love it.

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  23. Oh Holy Night...something about 'DOWN on your knees' makes me sing along every time! Thanks for the chance and I LOVE the DWRs and the aluminum tree!

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  24. THIS YEAR im loving Mary Chapin Carpenters holiday songs cd...most especially Christmas Time in the City...i really need a new mat! would be so much fun to win a PINK on! thanks for a chance V.

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  25. I love Do You Hear What I Hear. Love the pink mat. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  26. Oh it is hard to just pick just one.... I would have to say my favorite is White Christmas. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  27. I like the old fashioned obscure ones in Latin :-)

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  28. My favorite is Oh, Holy Night. It just sums up the meaning of Christmas.

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  29. The New-England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day also known as "Over the River and Through the Wood"....we sang it starting about Thanksgiving throughout the winter season as we headed to our grandmama's house for dinner. We lived in Georgia and rarely had snow but the thought of going to Grandmama's was enough. I miss her and my granddaddy terribly....they were farmers and my grandmother loved to sew on her treadle, do needlework. I have the white embroidered pillowcases with their white tatting that she made for her trousseau. So my grandmama didn't make those modern quilts but she did enjoy needlework and baking. You could always find a needle at her house, she tucked into the window curtains so she wouldn't lose.

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  30. I love Chris Rea's Driving Home For Christmas!

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  31. I love The Little Drummer Boy! Thanks!

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  32. Baby It's Cold Outside by Glee. My daughter introduced it to me.:)

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  33. Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel.
    It is hauntingly beautiful and so very meaningful, longing for the second coming of Emmanuel...

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  34. Oh, I love CHristmas music, but right now I like The Christmas Shoes (it makes me sad though).

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  35. Go, Tell It on the Mountain, followed by Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel, and then Feliz Navidad, and then...Oh, that's right, you only needed one!

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  36. Any holiday?? Well, then, my song would be Under the Boardwalk for Memorial Day! I just love that song and it makes me want to head to the beach.

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  37. My favorite is white Christmas sung by Bing Crosby

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  38. My favorite Christmas carol is "O Holy Night", and I really would like to win that mat and cutter. :-)

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  39. My favorite Christmas carol is "O Holy Night", and I really would like to win that mat and cutter. :-)

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  40. My favorite Christmas carol is "O Holy Night", and I really would like to win that mat and cutter. :-)

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  41. I love The Christmas Song - chestnuts roasting on an open fire - Nat King Cole.
    Grace

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  42. Silent Night is and has always been my favorite Christmas song.

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  43. Soundtrack to a Charlie Brown Christmas! and Oh Holy Night.
    Your XMas Bear Paw quilt is adorable. Now I'm wondering how much red/green/white fabric might be lying around somewhere...

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  44. "I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus" by Brenda Lee always makes me wanna dance!

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  45. Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem. This is a very old and "old sounding" hymn. I grew up in the southern Appalachian mountains and in a very small church. We always sang this hymn. I can certainly imagine it being sung by Allison Kraus. Get the idea? It really makes me think about the struggle that mary and Joseph were enduring.

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  46. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee is a favorite. That girl could sing! That lady can still sing! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  47. tough question ... Here comes Peter Cottontail ... Over the river & through the woods to Grandmother's house we go (is that the title?) ... AND Feliz Navidad (the Sesame street version!!)... Thanks!

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  48. Thank you so much Victoria!!! "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings" Feat. Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan From the album "Barenaked For The Holidays"

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  49. I love the Christmas song, "Mary, Did You Know."

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  50. Jingle bell rock is one of my very favorite and when I hear it I sing it for days

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  51. You are so cute! Love your quilt! My favorite carol is Carol of the Bells. On your website, how big is the tool caddy case thing you can personalize with fabric?

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  52. Im dreaming of a white christmas

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  53. Not the traditional Christmas carols which I do like, but the soundtrack to Muppets. Christmas Carol.
    Especially, "it feels like Christmas"

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  55. Grandma got ran over by a reindeer has to be my favorite. Just to funny.

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  56. Handel's Messiah has been in my head today. It's one of my favorites and I especially love the Messiah sing-a-longs and today thought I have to look around and see if there's one in Santa Fe.

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  57. I keep humming Suzy Snowflake, maybe because the storms that keep coming through. But my rave will always be the 12 Days of Christmas muppets version. I remember singing and dancing to it with my sisters growing up. I still have that record somewhere! :)

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  58. Love the Charlie Brown Christmas theme where they dance. Always gets me up out of my chair and boogying! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  59. Oooooooooh!!! LOVE the PINK mat!! Awesome!!

    Love White Christmas...but my Favorite for past few years has been Mary Did You Know. Truly tho, I love just about every Christmas song....Christmas is my Favorite holiday too :)

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  60. The third verse of Away in a Manger is my absolute favorite. It is a beautiful lullabye anytime of the year. Third Day sings it beautifully with special emphasis on that verse. ohhhh I would love a pink mat and new cutter! jspwarren at aol dot com

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  61. So many favorites, but yesterday we sang Little Drummer Boy, and it choked me up as much as ever! I love Christmas!

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  62. My favorite is The 12 Days of Christmas. When we were growing up, we each had a part to sing. It is one of my fondest childhood memories. Although both our parents have passed, we still get together all year round and our most special get-together is Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas to you!

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  63. I love All I want for Christmas by Mariah Carey. It makes me happy, sad, excited, and nostalgic all at the same time. And it makes me dance to! Mary

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  64. I have a hard time picking just one song. I love "In the Bleak Midwinter" (the version with music by Holst) But I also love "Mary Did You Know" and "It Wasn't His Child"

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  65. I still love Rockin Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee. I remember when she was on American Bandstand with Dick Clark. Boy, those were fun days! LOL

    Deb
    ladara at cfl dot rr dot com

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  66. I don't really like holiday music. But if I had to pick something it would be Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano. Love the pink mat - it is just plain fun!

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  67. My favorite song is "Oh Holy Night". Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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  68. My favorite song is "Oh Holy Night". Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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  69. One of my favorite Christmas songs is "What Child is This?" I remember cracking up as a kid when we sang the verse "... where ox and ass are sleeping..." :) Wishing you a meaningful and merry Christmas!
    ksb.scott at gmail dot com

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  70. I love Silent Night and the many different recordings I have heard this season. I also like Pat A Pan but rarely hear it. Have not heard it at all this year.

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  71. I just love The Carpenter's Christmas Waltz song......I have the cd in my car, and I can't seem to play anything else right now! lol

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  72. My favorite is Silent Night. I heard The 12 Days after Christmas at concert Friday night. It is absolutely hilarious! Thanks.

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  73. My favorite is called Czech Carol, but I couldn't even hum it for you right now if you asked... I want to find a recording of it or sheet music, or anything. I know I love it, and I hear it so infrequently.

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  74. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. I can't get either of them out of my head during the Holidays.
    Love the tree ~ so cute!

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  75. Such a warm feeling from all the Christmas carols but I cry every July 4th when they sing "America the Beautiful" in church. Schmaltzy, huh?

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  76. Emmanuel by Amy grant and the sweet voice of Mindy Gledhill doing most any holiday song! Love the simplicity of this red and green quilt!

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  77. My favorite holiday song is Little Drummer Boy, any version. Love it!!! And I would so so so love to win this -- we just moved back to the US from Brazil, and my cutting mat was a casualty of "not enough space to bring everything". Sad! This would be so awesome!!! (adore your first little Christmas quilt, too!)

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  78. How about Monster Mash... LOL! No my favorite is oh holy night, but it makes me cry and think of my Mother. So I have to revert to my fun fave and go with jingle bell rock! (Shhhh I'm a geek and I just love Christmas music period!)

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  79. I love all that is Christmas and all the different Christmas songs that it's very difficult to pick a favorite... That said I would be hard pressed to choose between The Little Drummer Boy and I'll be Home for Christmas.

    I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and a joyful New Year!

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  80. Halloween is my fav holiday and I like the Monster Mash song.

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  81. My favorite is Oh Holy Night - and second would be Little Drummer Boy. Love the pink colored mat. Would certainly brighten up my sewing area.. :)
    Merry Christmas - (love that fake tree - mine is too)

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  82. Jingle bell Rock--it's such a happy song. Saw you use your Havel rotary cutter in Ct. and it looks great. Sally

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  83. My grands all love "Frosty the snowman" and I love it too for daytime fun. When Night falls, I turn from cuteness to softness and love most any hymn but think often about "mary, Do you Know" and what it must have been like for her and Joseph.
    Thanks for the cute give away and would love to win it-my old one is worn out! Dian gdavidhoffman@yahoo.com

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  84. I do love all the Christmas songs and sing along with everyone of them but if you want to know my favorite Holiday song of AND Holiday it would have to be "God Bless America", it makes me cry every time I hear it. When my Dad was in the Veteran's Home I would take him to church services every Sunday and they always ended with that song and he sang along all the time, even when he was at his worst. It is a blessed memory any time of the year for me!

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  85. "Song in the Air" will always be my favorite. I will always hear it and remember my mom and I singing it off key, but with feeling, every single Christmas.

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  86. We need a Little Christmas from the musical, Mame. This song is good all year long.

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  87. I love Silver Bells! Reminds me of NYC when I was a little girl.

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  88. Hard to choose - Pretty Paper by Willie Nelson, I think. makes me cry every time...

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  89. Either O Come, O Come, Emmanuel or America the Beautiful or Now Is Born the Divine Christ Child (sung in French of course)!

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  90. I have a couple of favorites for Christmas - one is Soul Cake by Sting, another is Zat you, Santa Claus by Louis Armstrong and other favorite is Joy to the World. Love that aluminum Christmas tree, the unconventional always draws me. The quilts under it are wonderful!

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  91. I have lots of favorite Christmas songs! "Mary did you know" and 'O Holy Night' are favorite hymns. 'Winter Wonderland' and "Dreaming of a white Christmas' are favorite popular songs!

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  92. My fave song is Jingle Bell Rock and I would love to win the cutter and mat, thanks for the giveaway.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  93. Oh my! What a giveaway treat. My favorite holiday song is O Holy Night! Barbara Rainey

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  94. I like fun "rock" style - "Santa Baby" " Baby It's Cold Out There"

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  95. favorite christmas song is mary did you know. Have a wonderful holiday Victoria.

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  96. My favorite Christmas song is "Holly Jolly Christmas" by Burl Ives. Only his version lol. My favorite hymn is "O Holy Night" by Josh Groban. His rendition sends chills down my spine!

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  97. Favorite song? How about Mele Kalikimaka!

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  98. O Holy Night has always been a favorite.
    A pink mat would be so neat!

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  99. My favorite holiday song to listen to is Little Drummer Boy, but I love to sing (badly) is the Twelve Days of Christmas. Thank you for the great giveaway.

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  100. My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night. I love all your Christmas quilts!

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  101. My favorite Christmas song is Jingle Bells...Dashing through the snow!

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  102. Hands down "O Holy Night" - pretty much since I was a teenager... And now I have teenagers of my own! How fun it would be to have a pink mat!! I love Christmas quilts you can keep out much of the winter :) Merry Christmas - May you and your family enjoy all the best of the season!

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  103. We Three Kings because it a the first song I learned to play with 2 hands, and it was from a piano book that my mother had used as a child.

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  104. Christmas is NOT Christmas until I hear my sister sing Oh Holy Night. Merry Christmas to all!

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  105. My all time favorite classical holiday song is Ave Maria performed by Jessye Norman! For lighthearted fun Christmas music it has to be Santa Baby, performed by Pink Martini! Merry Christmas cheers!

    PS all of your wonderful Christmas quilts have inspired me. I will make one in 2014 to enjoy in our home. The few Christmas quilts that I have made were all gifts, so I think I need to gift one to my own home.

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  106. My all time favorite classical holiday song is Ave Maria performed by Jessye Norman! For lighthearted fun Christmas music it has to be Santa Baby, performed by Pink Martini! Merry Christmas cheers!

    PS all of your wonderful Christmas quilts have inspired me. I will make one in 2014 to enjoy in our home. The few Christmas quilts that I have made were all gifts, so I think I need to gift one to my own home.

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  107. Holiday music...I can't think of a better holiday to celebrate than ones Birthday...so I vote for "Happy Birthday" as my favorite holiday song!

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  108. Oh wow gotta make myself a Christmas quilt too....what a beautiful bunch of quilts you've got there!
    I do love Silent night especially when sung by little children.
    Thanks for the chance to win :0)

    Merry Merry

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  109. It would have to be O Holy Night - it is perfection for me.

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  110. Silent Night I guess but I also like most carols in a minor key also. Mary Ann

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  111. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day because it's optimistic & Nondenominational

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  112. My favorite holiday song is "Silent Night" but a very close second is "Nun Ist Sie Erschienen" a German hymn from my childhood sung in church and only at Christmas. Unlike the adults, we children did not know the German words so we sang words that sounded like them "Combine and Bailers and Tractors and Trailers ... "!

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  113. I like most of the a lot but I think Hark the Herald Angels Sing might be my favorite because it leaves me feeling "joyous" by the end.

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  114. Almost any version of O Holy Night.....makes me smile and brings back memories. Great giveaway.

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  115. I love Christmas songs. Joy to the world is a favorite. I need a new cutting mat.

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  116. Whenever I hear I'M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS I am immediately transported back to my childhood home in Minnesota, sitting in the overstuffed chair between the fireplace and the real Christmas tree. Wish I were there now instead of being relocated here in NE Texas.

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  117. Oh Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire by Nat King Cole. I don't actually know if that is the name of the song or just the first line. But that is my favorite. Thanks for the chance. Have a Very Merry Christmas.

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  118. The Little Drummer Boy has always been my favorite Christmas song. Then this year I hear Pentatonix's a cappella version and am blown away!

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  119. Grandma got run over by a reindeer! It always makes me laugh. I'm visiting my DD in NC (800 miles from home) who now has decided she wants to learn to sew. So I'm sure I'll be leaving my mat and rotary cutter with her. I would love a new pink mat and would like to try the 60 mm rotary cutter. I saw you using one at Jackie's class a couple of weeks ago. (The class was awesome-thanks for the inspirations.)

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  120. O Holy Night! Such a beautiful song. My granddaughter's 8th birthday is in April and I am gathering sewing goodies for her. Although she lives in Texas and I am in Louisiana, somehow we will make time for her to learn to sew. Love your quilting style although it is different from my own.

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  121. silent night!! but reading through post, i agree with everyone's favorite. love your Christmas quilts, but the green with red crosses a favorite. (i might make one with tea-dyed background fabrics and aqua or turquoise crosses, yum)

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