Tuesday, December 8, 2009

{ It's A Giveaway! } 2010 Barn Quilt Calendar, and a surprise!

Hello everyone! It's a cold and wet Tuesday here in upstate NY. Winter arrived with 2 inches of snow over the weekend and it stuck. I don't think we'll be seeing the green grass here till Spring. More snow is on the way for Wednesday evening. I got the shovel and the ice melt out so I'm all prepared.

Are you ready for that giveaway announcement? First, If I may, there is a little story behind the prize...

One day last month I had an appointment with a family in Grahamsville, NY. I had never been there before, so I decided to google it and see how far away it was and if there were any interesting things to do while I was there. I found out it was about 68 miles south west of Delhi and was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. I also found out that Grahamsville is in the Town of Neversink. Records show on the town website that the original Neversink was established in 1828. Over the years though, the government took control of the land and flooded it for NYC Reservoirs. There currently is a big dam located where this town was relocated from. Feeling sure that my trip was destined to be short and unmemorable I decided that this was OK for something I should see along the way. Even though they are in the middle of nowhere, I can at least see a giant lake and take in the view for a few minutes, right? I jotted down "big dam" on my "things to see" list. Which was a very short list at that point. It looked like I was in for a meeting, lunch, and some fresh air that day.

Getting no other information besides "big dam" with googling Grahamsville, I then typed in Town of Neversink. I hit paydirt! Up popped a website for the Town of Neversink. On it was a picture of a covered bridge with trees and some water flowing under it. I read through the list of menu choices on the left hand side of the page. Departments, Elected Officials, History, Links... And I come to the words BARN QUILTS! I clicked on it right away. A list with over 40 pictures of hand painted quilts came onto the page in front of me. I read about a lady named Barbara Purcell who presented the concept of "Barn Quilts of Neversink." She personally painted over 35 of the many quilts that now hang on buildings and barns in the Town of Neversink. I thought, wow! What a neat idea! I then knew what I was going to do while visiting Grahamsville. Admiring some very colorful painted quilts.

Feeling excited I called Lisa Garigliano, the Town of Neversink clerk, to get more information about the quilts. She let me know that there are color brochures at the town offices with directions to all the barn quilts that are free to take. She also politely mentioned that they also put out a yearly calendar featuring 12 of the quilts as a fundraiser for the foundation. A soon as she spoke about the calendar my mind began trying to calculate how many I should buy for friends and family. Score!


Needless to say, my trip was a success in all aspects. I was able to meet with clients, enjoy a nice drive "in the middle of nowhere," and see a few of those wonderful barn quilts. It was so nice. I stopped at the clerks office and said "hi" to Lisa and her deputy Susan and thanked them for telling me about the calendar. I ended up with about 6 of them. I'll probably order more before January. I wish my wife would have been able to make the trip, but I'll definitely be going back on a day where I have more time to explore. I told her all about it when I got home. I'm bringing my camera next time because I forgot to put it in the car on the first trip! That dam was gorgeous!

So everyone, those 2010 Barn Quilt Calendars are my giveaway for this month. 2 lucky winners will receive a their very own copy to enjoy all next year. I'm also going to throw in some quilt related items that I'll keep secret. I love surprises don't you?

This time around the giveaway rules will be a little different. I've decided to let people enter in 3 ways instead of 4. Normally I will throw every one's name who follows me directly in the pot, but since these calendars are so special, I thought I'd simplify things, not only to make it easier for me, but to make it easier for the folks who actually read my blog to win. You can enter up to 3 times in the following ways:

1. Send me an email to enter at ryanwalsh@stny.rr.com.
2. Post a comment below (ON THIS POST ONLY) to the blog.
3. Post the giveaway on your blog along with the giveaway image above (click the image to enlarge and save) and let me know so I can add your name again.

The winners will be chosen at random on Tuesday, December 22, 2009. Everyone will have 2 weeks to get your entries in. Please make sure I have a way to contact you if you win!

GOOD LUCK! TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS! HAVE FUN!!

Happy quilting,

122 comments:

  1. Giving one away on my birthday! Woo Hoo...maybe it will be a lucky day for me!

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  2. Would love to win a calendar like that.... well, I'd love to have a barn like that too. LOL. Thanks for the chance!

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  3. Your on my blog and I've been a follower too!

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  4. Lovely. I'd love to post inspiration on my wall.

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  5. Ry - Please add my name (again!) to the drawing. The calendar looks wonderful!

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  6. What an intersting plca, this Neversink. Please enter me in your drawing.

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  7. Ooh, barn quilts -- how neat is that! And my old home state to boot!

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  8. Quilters creativity and generosity never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for sharing what you found.

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  9. What a great give away Ryan. Count me in too please.

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  10. Okay...I'm a follower of your blog now for awhile. I just set up a post for tomorrow (Wednesday) morning on my blog to let everyone know about this great giveaway....and, after I post this comment, I'll send you an email, too.

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  11. Hi, Please count me in your Give a way! I have already post about your Give a way :o)

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  12. I have read about barn quilts before. I love things like that, that turn the ordinary into extraordinary and leave the world prettier than they found it.

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  13. A Calendar and a surprise - this is a great giveaway!!!!

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  14. Sounds like a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

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  15. Thanks for this opportunity. You can put my name in the jar.

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  16. I'd love to win one of these calendars. I just found that we have a quilt barn trail in a rural area of Michigan. I'm planning on doing that tour in the spring! Quiltluver Karen

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  17. I've decided that I want a barn, with a barn quilt! I'm jealous of your trip!

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  18. I read an article in an old quilting magazine about these barn quilts! I have since been thinking about painting one above my garage(very old garage)window! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  19. Please enter my name into the drawing for the barn quilts calendar.
    I just told my husband about this town. It might call for a field trip once winter is over. Thanks.

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  20. A calender and a surprise, I can`t resist that. Please count me in.

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  21. I love the Barn Quilts. There are a lot of them in Iowa around the area where I grew up and I always enjoy seeing the new ones when we visit.

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  22. I have seen a lot lately on the Barn Quilts. Closest thing I have seen was on the side of a quilt store in between Warrensburg and Sedalia on Hwy 50. That calender looks like a lot of fun!

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  23. Ryan,
    It sounds like you had a very fun time in a very interesting sounding place. What a successful day you spent! The barns look beautiful!
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway- I am off to send you and Email to enter.
    Hope your family is recovered from illness.
    Warmest regards,
    Anna

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  24. What a fun post and delightful giveaway. Please count me in!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  25. I've posted about your giveaway on my site for sharing insights on contests & giveaways: http://sewcalgalcontestinfo.blogspot.com/

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  26. Great calendar. Wonderful idea for a giveaway. Thanks for entering me.

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  27. I envy you were there, lol not really, just a little bit!, please enter me!, love the calendars and I love surprises as well, thank you for hosting this!

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  28. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of NY.:)

    This calender would look lovely hanging on my wall-thanks

    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  29. How cool! I want to go there. Wish you would have had your camera too. I'd love to win one, count me in. thanks

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  30. I've always wanted to tour an area with barn quilts~ a calendar would be the next best thing! Thanks for the chance! :-)

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  31. Great giveaway! Thanks!

    What a great way to watch the year go by! Seeing a new awesome quilt each month. Whew!

    Please sign me up!


    (Note: If my comment entry gets posted twice, I got some funky blogger error when I tried to submit it the first time. Sorry!)

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  32. Hey Ryan...fat chance of snow here in the Land Down Under...it's all beach weather for us!!! Would love to win one of the calendars...please count me in!!!

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  33. Hello over there. I would love to counted in.
    Fing a lot of inspiration in here !
    Thanks

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  34. Wow...totally awesome....and what a great find.

    I will post.

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  35. Hi Ryan, when you described the barns it reminded me of 'bridges of madison county' starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood - one of my fav movies of all time. The barns are lovely aren't they. Also - calendars are one of my favourite things and it would be great to win an American one to admire - count me in!! regards Debi

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  36. Hello I just found your blog through a friend of mine and also you, the lovely Sue. What a great story and the barns sound like a wonderful thing to see. So if you don't mine please count me in and good luck to all that enter.
    Hugs Bec

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  37. I'd love to be entered into your giveaway! Sounds like you found a little treasure in the middle of nowhere!

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  38. It's amazing sometimes how we find the best things where we least expect them! Thanks for the giveaway! :0)

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  39. That was a great story. I always enjoy old barns and quiltsd. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  40. Oh my Goodness, Neversink. I was born and raised in New York. My in-laws had a home they retired to in Wurtsboro NY and we camped at the Neversink Campground many,many times. I wonder if its still there?

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  41. The giveaway drawing is the day before I turn 28! Thanks for being so generous!

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  42. What a fantastic idea! I am passing this idea along to my husband who is a high school geometry teacher. He is always looking for a new way to teach a concept and quilting works wonderfully. Imagine a math class where you get to paint outside-I'm thinking coordinate with the art teacher and beautify a school shed? Great stuff-I will definately be posting about this on my blog!

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  43. great story.... please enter me in your giveaway...

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  44. What a wonderful barn calendar! Also, what a great way to enjoy a business trip! Thank you for the oppotunity to win such a great giveaway! Happy holidays!

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  45. I have blogged about your giveaway on my blog--stop by for a visit! Thanks for the extra chance to win!

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  46. Finally, a calender my hubby and I can agree on! He always wants the barn, tractor, antique car ones; I want quilt related, scripture, flower ones...ahhh....harmony in the C* household...barns AND quilts! Thanks Ryan.

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  47. Que generosidad, anoteme por favor y ponga mi nombre para el regalo.

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  48. He publicado de su regalo en el sector sorteos, premios, desafios en mi blog.

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  49. Hi Ryan,
    I am new to your blog. I follow Pat of This and That blog and she sent her readers your way today. I love the Barn Quilt Calendar and will add it to my blog when I post tonight. It will connect to my blog post as I wandered roads through Iowa last week. Wait and see........

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  50. What a great story! I'm glad I'm not the only one who googles interesting stuff to do when you have to drive somewhere random. That's a great calendar - thanks for the chance!

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  51. Fantastic calendar -and a great story! Can't believe you forgot the camera, though! :-)

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  52. great story and awesome calendar

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  53. Loved reading your story, thanks for the chance to win a copy of the calendar.

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  54. Please enter me for a chance to win the calendar. I don't have a blog, but I enjoy following yours.

    Darlis

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  55. A nice barn calender :-) Count me in pleace. I'll make a link on my blogg and i'll also send you a mail. Hope you are having a nice time before Christmas :-)

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  56. I just love your story. Please count me in - I know I would enjoy this gift all year long.

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  57. Please count me in. I love your story, and I'd love this calendar. Or a surprise....even more lovely.

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  58. Please throw my name into your Santa's hat for the give away! Enjoyed your story and would love to own the quilt calendar! t\thanks for the chance to win it!
    Paulette

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  59. Honest to goodness two of my favorite things in the world are quilts and barns! Old red barns to be specific. :)

    Great giveaway!

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  60. What a beautiful calendar! That would be wonderful to have to enjoy all year long. How I love all things - quilty!

    Charlotte

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  61. What a great combination barns & quilts. I would love to have this in my sewing room. Thank you for sharing!

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  62. OOh I'd love to win, and look forward to seeing what the mystery items are (maybe in my letterbox!)

    Thanks, Jane

    janelockrey(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. What a wonderful calendar! I would love to win that.
    Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

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  64. The giveaway is simply wonderful and winning one would be really, really great! Don't forhet to count me in.

    haslinaharoon@gmail.com

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  65. Love your back story. This calendar is a great idea. Thanks for the chance.

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  66. I loved hearing about your adventure...will have to look up the area perhaps for a future trip! I'd love the calendar

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  67. Hi Ryan,
    I posted your picture and giveaway on my blog last night. Take a peek. :-)

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  68. Just found your site. Great Blog. Count me in.

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  69. I love barn quilts, we have quite a few in our area. My husband painted our garage door in a star pattern. It was in Fons & Porter's magazine a couple months back.

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  70. Count me in. I will post this on my blog.
    judee

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  71. Please count me in...it looks like a fabulous giveaway!

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  72. What a great combo, barns and quilts two of my favourite things. Thanks Sharon.

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  73. I love barn quilts, in fact I recently painted and put up one of my own! There's a picture of it on my blog. I'd love to win a calendar!

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  74. Great story Ryan - I saw some barn quilts in Tennessee a couple months ago. Would love to win the calendar!

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  75. Glad I found you! Amazing blog. I am new at blogging and I am happy to see so many more quilters. I have three sons and only one has some interst. My step daughter has no interest learning to quilt but all of them sure love having them. I am so excited about this calender but especially happy to find your blog! Thanks Stephanie

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  76. I wish I had a barn to put a quilt on. I love the look and feel a road trip in the works.

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  77. I would love this being so different from our country.Thank you.

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  78. Love your story. I try and research places too to find interesting things to do or quilt shops :-)
    Love the barn quilts
    Cheers
    Lynne

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  79. I'll have to add Neversink NY of places to see if/when I am again in NY state. Thanks for the heads up on things to see/do!

    Beth-Near Chicago

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  80. I would love to win one of these, so I will keep my fingers crossed.

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  81. What a beautiful calender! I'm learning to quilt, and this is so inspiring!

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  82. What a neat calendar - it would look so great in a sewing room!

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  83. Love your story.I would love to win one of these calenders. i have don all the 3 step:-)

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  84. Oh I would love to win this calendar.. quilty calendars are as rare as hens teeth!
    I think they do this Quilty thing on the barns in Pennsylvania as well, I have heard of it before but not in your state..

    But then again, what would I know, I am in Australia, and a friend told me about it when she visited your country!

    take care and merry christmas to you


    Australia
    Lissa

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  85. I am preparing to move into a new quilt studio in my basement, and this would be PERFECT! My fingers are crossed. Sounds like you had a wonderful adventure.

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  86. I would love to win this - thanks for the giveaway!!

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  87. Hello from Norway! I would like to win this too, a great christmasgift!
    I will sure visit your blog more, it is my first time here now. Wish you and your familiy Merry christmas!

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  88. I'm a new follower of your blog and it looks like I picked a great time! Thanks for the inspiring stories and pictures.

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  89. Please enter my name in your drawing. With the new year just a couple of weeks away I will be in need of a new calendar and what better than a Barn Quilt Calendar. I will be emailing you shortly. Thanks again for the qiveaway.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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  90. I came over from Bejewelled Quilts and am so glad I did! Please count me in and I do hope this is open for overseas readers. Btw I like the names of your towns!

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  91. Hey! I need a quilt calendar for next year. I posted on my blog....thisoldbatt.blogspot.com.

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  92. Hi. Just found your blog and would love to be included in your giveaway. I have read about these barns in a quilting magazine. I ahve also posted on my blog for you.
    Angela

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  93. That's a great calendar! Thanks for having a give away!

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  94. They had a festival associated with the barn quilts here, but I didn't get a chance to see it. Too many conflicting events that weekend.

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  95. The barn quilts calendar would have a place of honor in my home!
    miscellayneous@sbcglobal.net

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  96. Thanks for the chance to win the calendar. I'd love to see the barn quilts in person someday too.

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  97. I arrived on your blog from Quilt Hollow! I am so surprised to stumble on your blog for the first time since I follow Quiltville for a year at least!? I often go to their blogs that they follow! I would love the beautiful calendar!!!

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  98. Thanks for the great giveaway Ryan. The calendar is beautiful. Please add my name. Regards, Christine M

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  99. Greetings from Denmark!
    What a great story about the Barn Quilts! I have GOT to get over to the US and explore one day soon!
    PS I would love to win the calendar, too!! ;o)
    Cheers!
    Mary Anng

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  100. Thanks for the giveaway. I love barns and quilts. This would look great in my home.

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  101. Thanks for the great giveaway Ryan...please be sure to pop my name in for it. Hugs Naomi

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  102. Just found you through quilt hollow and I've joined your blog. Enjoyed reading your post on your unexpected "treasure" of a day trip. Would love to win the calendar. Thank you for your generosity.

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  103. What a wonderful story and a beautiful calendar, thanks for the giveaway.

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  104. I am so excited!!! I love photography and barns...wow!! I too live New York and quilting to boot---awesome. Thank you so much for bringing to us and with the chance to win it...

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  105. I did all three Ryan.... yipee...
    Shellie....whoo hoo....

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  106. felicidades por tu blog, me gustan mucho tus trabajos, un beso desde españa!!

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  107. what a great giveaway! thanks
    love the barn - can i have that if i win??!!!
    gill x

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  108. What a great giveaway!
    I would love to win this calendar.
    Thanks for the chance.
    eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

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  109. Cool giveaway! I'd love to be entered!

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  110. Doesn't finding a treasure, in the middle of what you think is going to be a bust, the most awesome thing. YOU GO NEVERSINK!! I'd love to win the calendar and I'm a follower! Thanks Ryan!!

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  111. I would love to win a calendar. I dont have a blog I follow through my sisters blog bejeweled quilts. I just havent had the time to do one. But I love reading all the comments on other peoples blogs

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  112. I'love to win this calendar. Please count me in.

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  113. Very exciting giveaway. I'd love to win!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  114. I'm crediting Quilt Hollow with helping me find your blog...and in the nick of time, too. I love, love, love old barns and quilts...put the two together and wow! I'd love to win the calendar. I'd love to visit this town, too--very interesting story!

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  115. Wow I have just been told about your blog by my friend - I am soo impressed with the tidiness of your workspace - I need to do something with mine - Will be reading your blog again have a very Happy Crhistmas. Weather in UK is snowy & cold

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  116. Wow a guy that quilts, we have been trying to get one in the shop but as soon as you suggest it they all run away.
    I just found your blog by accident it looks great, I wil pass the word on.

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  117. I already made all the steps!!. Thank you for hosting this, have a Merry Christmas!

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  118. Hi Ryan - I've seen a few barn quilts around here - that is, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada - I have always admired them. Your quilt giveaway is wonderful because of the barn quilts and because it helped them with their fundraising! Good stuff!
    Umbrellalady

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  119. As always an excellent posting.The
    way you write is awesome.Thanks. Adding more information will be more useful.

    Bathmate

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  120. Have never heard of Barn Quilts before Ryan but the combination of Barns & Quilts works for me! Off to Google the town of Neversink on a need to see basis :)

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