Monday, May 12, 2014

Giveaway Day with Sew Mama Sew

It's May, spring is in the air, so what better to do than sponsor a giveaway! I'm participating with the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day (or rather, week).  It's fun to meet all the bloggers, check out their giveaways, and make some new friends in the process.
 

If you're not already a follower, take a moment to look around my blog.  I'm a fifty-something empty nester who has not been a life-long quilter. In fact, I caught the Quilting Bug just a few short years ago. I was intrigued by all the new, modern quilting designs and the glorious array of quality fabrics available in quilt shops. The possibilities were overwhelming. Oh my goodness - I was hooked!

Over the past three years I've had fun exploring my quilting abilities. I opened an Etsy shop, I've done local craft fairs, and now I've settled in quilting for others on my Gammill long arm machine.  I went this route because my kids and family didn't want me to make them quilts. Sigh. Without being able to give quilts away to those I loved, I didn't know where to channel my creative, quilty energies. So I embarked on those other avenues. But now - the irony of it all - is that my family's okay with me making them a quilt or two. Go figure!

For my Giveaway, I'm tossing in not one, but two, Moda charm packs. They are Civil War Jubilee and Historical Blenders and they work well together.  With some background fabric, this would be enough to make a good-sized quilt, or several table runners, or an awesome bag!


Entering is easy!  Just leave a comment and tell me what you do for exercise when you need a break from quilting. I suspect we all spend too much time at the sewing machine and our bodies need to MOVE! 

For a bonus entry, let me know if you follow Mountain Quiltworks and how.

This giveaway is open to everyone - international entries welcome. The winner will be chosen at random, so get your entries in today!  Just be sure you are not a No-Reply blogger, or if you're not certain, leave your email addy so I can get in touch with you if your name is drawn.  The giveaway is open from May 12 and will close on May 16 at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks to Kristin and Beth at Sew Mama Sew for hosting this giveaway. It's such a good way to make new friends!

Remember to quilt with a smile,
Barb

Linking up with Missouri Mel's Giveaway Roundup

235 comments:

  1. Ahhh Yoga is my relaxation and shoulder relaxing after sewing!

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  2. Hi Barb, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and deciding to follow! I do Zumba to exercise when I am not quilting.

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  3. Sweet giveaway! I walk or ride my Eliptigo for a little break from sewing.

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  4. I love following you around on Bloglovin!

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  5. I now follow your blog via bloglovin (and I favorited your etsy shop too :)

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  6. I follow you on Bloglovin. And I really like Barbara Brackman' reds.

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  7. Yoga to stretch my back and I walk our dogs. We have 3 right now, sometimes more. We are empty nesters too. It's been a hard change, but I'm getting the hang of it now. I'm glad I stopped by. Have a good week.

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  8. I love gardening and have a couple of little raised beds plus a few containers on the patio. It's a great way to get outside in the sun and fresh air and get some exercise. I've not seen your blog before so will take this opportunity to look around and see if I want to follow it.

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  9. I love gardening when I'm not quilting. I also volunteer at our city botanical garden.

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  10. I line dance - I also make sure I get up and do at least 30 steps every 15 mins when I'm quilting or at the computer

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  11. Due to a severe illness just climbing the stairs is hard for me to do, so I can't exercise. When I need a break from quilting I read.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  12. for exercise, I clean the house. following you on facebook and instagram

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  13. I do Pilates to try and overcome stiffness from sitting too long at the machine! I follow on blogger

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  14. I exercise a LOT and quilting is my stress reliever! As a former athlete I mainly stick with weight lifting and some cardio intervals! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  15. I also follow on bloglovin!

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  16. Walking clears my head - nothing like beautiful scenery to get the inspiration going.
    motomamapa at gmail dot com

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  17. When I am not quilting, I love to garden and golf. Thanks!

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  18. I get on the treadmill in the family room next to my sewing room, usually with some DVR-ed quilt shows playing!

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  19. If the weather's good a nice long walk is the way to go!

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  20. When I'm not quilting, I'm chasing after 2 grandchildren! Way more exercise than I need.

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  21. When I need to take a break from quilting I am doing yoga, gardening or hiking in the mountains.

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  22. I love those fabric choices. I'm a fairly new quilter so this would certainly help build my stash.

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  23. I am presently doing PT (physical therapy) and I am getting so much stronger that I do not plan to ever stop working at it!

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  24. I love to walk. I would like to take up running, and maybe run a half marathon some day.

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  25. I'm afraid the exercise I get when I take breaks from quilting usually amounts to going downstairs to make coffee and stare at my iPad. I get more exercise hopping around between my sewing machine and ironing board and design wall and cutting table!

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  26. I normally just get up and walk around a little but when I'm able I have my iron away from my machine so I have to get up often to go press something.

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  27. I already receive your emails.

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  28. I enjoy walking outside. this past winter was hard as it was so cold. so am enjoying being outside now. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  29. I am a follower and have followed you through your "quilting" journey. :) I walk outside everyday including in the dark cold winters. :)

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  30. I'm afraid my exercise consists of walking to the kitchen and back...not good!

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  31. Barb I do kettle bell for exercise and I have lost 48 pounds

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  32. I go outside and tend to some flowers, hummingbirds, clean the patio, house work or come to the PC and get more inspiration!
    Found you on the Sew Mama Sew blog giveaway!

    Cheri
    quiltingnanny(at)yahoo(dot)com
    coffeebreakwhatever(at)yahoo(dot)com
    http://www.fabricandmemories.com

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  33. I joined to follow you via email! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Cheri
    quiltingnanny(at)yahoo(dot)com
    coffeebreakwhatever(at)yahoo(dot)com
    http://www.fabricandmemories.com

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  34. I don't usually take exercise breaks. I do exercise, just not while I'm quilting! Although I do have the ironing board across the room from the sewing machine, so I get up and move quite a bit with that...

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  35. I do AB Ripper X from the P90X series and I walk or ride my bike.

    glazefamily3 AT gmail.com

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  36. My exercise would be walking or plain old housework ! Thanks for the chance ,

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  37. I follow via Email , thanks for the chance .

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  38. My sweet hubby recently bought me a stationery bicycle. It has been a good form of exercise. I can also read while I exercise :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  39. such great fabric just my style I have a recumbant bike and and I slowly easing into what yoga streches I can manage with two artificial knees!

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  40. I swim and walk the lazy river at our community pool mornings. Thanks.

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  41. I don't get much. I work full time and if I fell like sewing when I get home that is great. I hope you enjoy quilting. It is a great stress reliever.

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  42. When I take a break from sewing, I guess you could say my exercise is rocking on the patio. That's about the best I can do. :)

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  43. I follow you through Bloglovin.

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  44. I used to get up and walk, but I've now got a bad knee, so I just do the getting up part.

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  45. I follow you with blog lovin.'

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  46. I use a ball for some sport, it the size of a tennis ball and hard, I set it between me and the wall and lean into it and bend my knees so to roll the ball. I did some sports therapy and this is real helpful to rub that knot out we get hunched over the machine

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  47. I love to swim in the summer but in the winter I really have a hard time trying to get away from the sewing machine

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  48. I like to go for a walk when I need a break. I love Civil War fabrics! Thank you for sharing!

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  49. this is great, I am making my son (for his wedding gift) a civil war quilt. I am using "Civil War Sampler" Barbara Brackman. Would love to add to his quilt. Thanks for a chance. Oh, when I need a break from sewing I will sometimes go for a short walk. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  50. I am now getting your newsletter via email

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  51. I take my dog on a three mile walk through a county park.

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  52. I go out for a run a few mornings a week to make sure that I don't spend all day sitting around! I also do boring things like hanging or folding laundry - that gets me moving even if I don't like doing it, LOL.

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  53. I enjoy going to a Zumba class at the local YMCA!

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  54. I chase around my kids and take them to the park. We like to swim too :)

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  55. I'm not much of an exerciser, sadly, but I really like walking around our property with our dogs.

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  56. Get up and walk, stretch, just move.

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  57. I walk around our long block with my cane. My husband will be home from the hospital soon and I ned to encourage him to walk too. Our dogs love to go for a walk. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  58. I follow you on bloglovin. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  59. Great giveaway goodies. It's not me that needs a break from quilting......but my body often does! A good brisk walk is always a great way to refresh.

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  60. For exercise-Recently I started back to the gym M, W, & F. And walk on T and T. I have realized that this is overdoing it a bit and will need to go to bed earlier to maintain a normal life! Or should I say awake to live a life!

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  61. Go for a walk to my mailbox which is 2km away

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  62. Oh I have been following for quit some time though receiving your email posts!

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  63. Taking my crazy Dog for a walk wears a person out.... phew

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  64. I like to take my dogs for a walk. Smcalli102@aol.com

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  65. Unfortunately exercizing is out of the question for me, as I have CFS/ME. I can only sit at the sewing table for short amounts of time, and then take breaks in my resting chair. I wish I could go for a walk!

    jachelno at gmail dot com

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  66. I am a Bloglovin follower

    jachelno at gmail dot com

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  67. Barb, Thanks for watching out for me! Helen

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  68. when i need a break it's usually time to walk the dogs :-)

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  69. I go for walks in good weather and spend time on the treadmill when the weather is bad. Love the charm packs, those fabric lines are my cup of tea! Thanks for the chance to win them.

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  70. Breaks from sewing usually include walking the dirty laundry from the bedroom to the garage, and then clean clothing walked back to the bedroom!

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  71. I like to take walks, or ride my stationary bike if the weather is crummy. Thanks for your giveaway. Civil war fabrics are my favorite.

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  72. Oh, am I supposed to do exercise?

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  73. I'm following you with Bloglovin.

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  74. My dogs always remind me when it is time to get up and move. So we take a nice walk around the neighborhood when we need some exercise.

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  75. I don't quilt as much as I sew clothing- when i need a break, I usually want to go online- so bad!

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  76. I rotate my neck and shoulders. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  77. I like to go to the gym for a break! :o)

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  78. Gardening/yard work and walk the dog. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  79. Following on bloglovin'. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  80. I go for a walk. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  81. well sometimes if I have to do laundry I walk to the machine and back (living on the 9th floor, machines are in the Basement) ... I have sports practice tiwe a week and I like to do some ver Basic easy exercises for the shoulders and upper back as they have to do a lot of "hold the Position" when you sew ...

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  82. I follow you via bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  83. Hmmm, exercise? Well, my sewing machine is upstairs, my computer is downstairs . . . does it count as exercise if I get up to check my email? I'm doing the stairs! :)

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  84. Well not enough my belly and bottom are a testament to that. I would like to say I do the yoga I enjoy and walk daily, that would be a lie. Most days I simply sit and work then come home and sit and sew. Lordy that sounds dreadful, I really need to make a change.

    just in case: m3reyna at gmail dot com

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  85. Big huge Garden and I like to walk

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  86. Also following on Bloglovin

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  87. Mu husband and I get out for a good walk at least once a day. Then I feel I can sit on my can and sew the rest of the day!

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  88. I do follow by GFC.Thanks!

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  89. I walk around my driveway and I hope I don't run into the bear that lives somewhere behind my house.

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  90. I follow Mountain Quiltworks on bloglovin.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  91. I relax doing yoga!
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  92. Love the charm packs! I follow via Bloglovin.

    sew4given AT aol DOT com

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  93. I get up and do housework as my exercise! Vaccuuming counts, right? LOL

    sew4given AT aol DOT com

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  94. I do stretches to my neck and shoulders when sewing and walk as my exercise.

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  95. I like to hike, run and bike for exercise. All outside. :)

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  96. I am following you on bloglovin. Housework and helping out here on the farm, keeps me moving. Love these reproductions! Thanks for the chance to win these two charm packs! HUGS... and stitches

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  99. I'm a farmer, so I get a lot of exercise… and quilting is my break from farming!

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  100. If I'm not quilting, I'm reading. But for physical exercise I walk. Thanks.

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  101. I'm a new follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

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  102. I thought quilting was exercising! I mean you move your arms cutting and pulling and wrestling with the quilts while you quilt them! LOL I like to go biking :D

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  103. I follow via bloglovin. sarah@forrussia.org

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  104. I have a 5 yr. old, so I'm pretty much set for exercise. :) Lots of walking outside, and playing at the playground. sarah@forrussia.org

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  105. Walking and stretching.Great giveaway. Thanks so much for sharing

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  106. I hoola hoop! The mini hoops are great for warming up and relaxing the arms and shoulders, and the big hoops are just plain fun! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  107. I listen to some music and go running!

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  108. I took out a gym membership this year and am enjoying it. I take the classes offered and particularly enjoy the bike classes.

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  109. Walking. I walk at least half an hour everyday, and sometimes much longer.

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  110. During the summer I bike when ever I can and during the winter I downhill ski.

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  111. I run down the stairs and change the laundry over or I go out to get the mail.:) Wonderful fabrics!!

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  112. I try to walk at least half an hour a day but if I am really excited or enjoying my work I tend to let that slide. I do get a bit creaky in the sitting position for ages but I go up and down stairs a few times a day. If I am not sewing I will be gardening.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  114. I have signed up for your email blog, I tweeted about this giveaway, and I follow you on Pinterest - and I love the Dawn tip and plan on using it. Thanks. I also will be using your tutorials on Pinterest. Thanks.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  115. To be honest I'm disabled so I can't do much exercising but I started quilting a few months ago and I have dropped 50 pounds! It's helped me be a little more mobile and I couldn't believe I lost that much! I'm still losing I've got a few more pounds to go. Thanks for the giveaway! P.s. my quilting is in the stink category and my family keep asking for it, go figure on that one too! Lol

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  116. I follow on bloglovin. Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  117. I go for a bike ride
    kathypersons@yahoo.com

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  118. I walk around the block (no pun intended!) which takes about 20 minutes

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  119. I'm an avid walker and aim to get in 10,000 steps a day. Some days I don't make it, but if I'm over 8,000, I'm a happy camper. My shoulders are relaxed and I'm ready for more sewing!

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  120. You're right. We are spending too much time at the sewing machines and the laptops. Need to go for a walk around the block or start taking care of the weeks in the gardens. Thank you for being a part of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway and giving all of us the chance to win those Moda charm packs. Yes, a new quilt for a new project would work for me.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  121. Walking at a pretty good clip, up a hill or two, rain or shine (I love my expensive REI rain jacket that I shelled out for a couple years ago!)

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  122. And I now follow :)

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  123. I head out for a walk with my dog.

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  124. I stretch, walk and lift 4 pound weights while I watch tv. I noticed that in less than 2 months, my arms don't have that flabby stuff on the bottom! I really didn't think it would work!

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  125. i follow on bloglovin-karri esmith, ksmith8@emich.edu

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  126. I walk on the treadmill. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  127. I walk two laps around a nearby park. One lap is 1.5 miles.

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  128. I LOVE to Zumba. I do a class 2x a week and sometimes do routines or a DVD in the evenings if I need to groove !

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  129. Well I am blushing saying this but the old school buns of steel workout from the 80s! I love that work out it will hurt your feelings for sure!

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  130. Yoga, and some old school Tae Bo.. that stuff works.

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  131. A bit of stretching and some housework.

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  132. Depends, mostly stretching, some housework or yoga, sometimes also swimming or a bicyle ride. Thanks for the chance.

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  133. Walking. But for my sewing room, the sewing machine and iron are on opposite sides of the room. Makes me get up!

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  134. I love to walk or bike! thanks!

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  135. I walk 4-5 miles a day and also love to ride my bike on local roads and trails :)

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  136. Thank you for the giveaway. When I need a break, I will do some cleaning or walk around outside.

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  137. I wish I had a favorite exercise to do but very slow walking is the best I can do with my very bad knees....maybe I can get them fixed one day!

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  138. My sewing room is also my workout room. My cable weight machine bench is my sewing seat so I will grab the cable handles for a few chest presses, lat pull-downs or tricep pulls. I am a multi-tasking fool. :)

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  139. Last year in April I got the crazy notion that I was going to try the couch to 5k program on my phone. It took me three months before I could actually run 5k and I certainly can't do it in the 30 minutes they think I should be able to do. But I'm still running almost everyday when it's nice enough. :D

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  140. I like to take my perpetual puppy for a walk.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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  141. I run, bike and swim. I just completed my second half marathon, and will be doing a triathlon at the end of the summer.

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  142. I go on scavenger hunt walks with my daughters and we play animal tag (same as regular tag but we pretend to be animals and move the way they do). blackflowersacidrain(at)gmail(dot)com

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  143. I follow with bloglovin blackflowersacidrain(at)gmail(dot)com

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  144. I play tennis for my exercise, along with walking the dog. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  145. I enjoy walks in mountain. Thanks for chance to win.

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  146. I just signed up to follow your blog. I follower on your etsy shop. Thanks for chance to win.

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  147. Does housework count as exercise? I do a fair bit of that, but I also do some walking and I'm beginning to explore doing yoga.

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  148. I like to get outside and go for a walk - enjoy the nice fresh air.

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  149. I walk 3 times a week for an hour and I do at least one strenuous activity to work my other muscles. I will do gardening or sothing big like wash the floors by hand (crazy) or clean the curtains(crazier) but it does work different muscles and I get a clean house. I take the stairs at work too.

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  150. I dance. Every once in a while, when I'm elbows deep in a project, I get up, throw on some loud music and dance like a lunatic. It keeps me from getting too stiff, and works out some of the frustration if the project's not going as well as I'd like. It's also fun. ;)

    In general though, I'm a walker. :)

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  151. Thanks for the chance! I workout with a personal trainer twice a week and run on other days. Very very slowly!

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  152. I take my dog for a walk around the walking paths at the park. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  153. I follow you through Bloglovin.

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  154. Exercise was not made for me. My sewing breaks consist of reading (sewing) blogs, playing music (myself), sometimes playing games, but mostly running after kids. I guess the last one could be called exercise? ;)

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  155. For a quick break from quilting, i do stretches. if i have a longer tine, i either walk or do the steps, i have lots of them and they are a real workout.

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  156. i follow you through google friends.

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  157. Following you with Bloglovin'.

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  158. Several methods of exercise (sort of). I walk my dogs around our large block. Vacuuming is a big one and dirt therapy in the garden.

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  159. I go the YMCA and do body pump. I also go on walks with my daughters

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  160. I go to the Y and do a great Low Impact Aerobics class.

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