Monday, 6 May 2013

Giveaway Day!

I almost forgot today was giveaway day over at Sew Mama Sew!  One of my favorite days (or weeks) of the year.  Things have been so hectic here lately that I haven't had much blogging time, but I have been creating (more on that later this week).

In case you are new here, Hi!  My name is Sara.  I started sewing about two years ago, it has helped tremendously in transitioning to a new country.  My family and I are from the US but living in Canada for a bit.  And although I try to be upbeat we haven't enjoyed it too much, so far (sorry Canadians).  But my little girls, husband and I are here for another year so trying to make the best of it!  Sewing/quilting is a wonderful way to keep my mind off things...I'm sure all of you know that!

So for my giveaway.  I have four pieces of fabric, approximately 1/4 yard each.  They are not all in the same line but they are all very girly and I thought sweet together.


The one with the roses is a favorite of mine.  It's Henry Glass and is definitely more mint green than this shot shows. 
Aunt Martha's Busy Kitties print is also Henry Glass.  There is a piece of McCall's and an Alexander Henry "storybook patch."

So there you have it!  All you have to do is answer the question What is the longest amount of time you have sat in front of your sewing machine?  One comment per person.  If you become a follower leave another comment for another chance to win. 

The drawing closes on May 5th and my daughter will randomly pick a number, we'll notify the winner by the following day!

Open Internationally! 


Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

138 comments:

  1. hmmm... all day... but I had little 10min food breaks. an by all day I mean about 6hrs :) all day kids are gone lol

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  2. Oh I'm jealous! With two tiny kids I can only squeeze in half hour increments!

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  3. Oh the little girl in me is jumping up and down over these fabrics.

    The longest I have sat in front of the sewing machine would be about 14 hours. I'm not counting bathroom breaks or filling up my plate. We have retreats every year for the Longest Day (where in the Yukon the sun doesn't set on that day!)...and we sew until we can't sew anymore!

    Thanks for the chance!

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  4. And I am already a follower!

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  5. The longest time is only about 2 hours. I am quite new to sewing and still working with small projects. Thank you for a lovely giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  6. I am a new follower too.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  7. The longest time - 8 hours. But I did eat during that time, so it wasn't straight sewing.

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  8. I wish I knew the longest but with a 1 1/2 year old and a 3 year old I never get to do ANY activity straight through without stopping!

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  9. I don't know in hours, but way too many for my back during some of my college pre-Christmas sewing sprees. Thanks for hosting!

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  10. all day and evening and a good part of the night at every retreat I go to. I get up to refuel and visit the ladies room and then back at it! And I love every minute of it!

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  11. The longest I ever spent in front of my machine was 13 hours :) I was planning a special "Princess Day" for my kids, and I only had one day and night to sew up their costumes!

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  12. 12 hours is the longest... so far.

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  13. 6 hours is the longest so far at one time

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  14. Oh my gosh...maybe 5 or 6 hours but maybe longer!
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  15. 8 hours . I try to finish my quilting in the summer

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  16. At least four hours though now I try to limit it to 2 hour increments then get up and walk around or do something else for a bit.

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  17. Such pretty fabric!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    I haven't ever counted but I can tell you there have been long hours when I have had something to finish asap.

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  18. All day but this only happens rarely. More often - two hours.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. About 6 hours. After that, I get too distracted and make really dumb mistakes!

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  20. About 9 hours finishing Easter sewing! Lovely fabrics in your give away
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  21. I usually can get 1 hour in before I have to deal with one of the kids

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  22. Not very long. Only about 4 hours. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  23. Wow. Vicki. Wow.
    My longest is 2-3 hours. I tend to keep moving and I get restless if I sit too long.

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  24. Sadly, I don't get long stretches to sit in front of my machine anymore, but back in the day it was nothing to work 8-10 hours straight and finish an entire outfit/dress in one sewing session.

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  25. Maybe an hour because I have to get up to press pieces. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. such sweet fabrics. thanks for a chance.
    I have spent 2 hours at my machine before working on machine quilting.

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  27. An hour A day and 2-3 hours on weekend.

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  28. The longest was 4 hours straight. I was pushing through the shirt dress for my daughter.

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  29. I think I sat for 8 hours non stop.

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  30. The longest time I remember sitting in front of the machine was 6 hours (getting up only occasionally to iron seams). That was last year, when I made my own bridesmaid dress for a friend's wedding. I had the best of intentions in starting the project early, but life got in the way and I ended up finishing the dress literally hours before I had to be at the wedding!

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  31. I've probably spent 6-8 hours straight working on a project with a deadline. I wish i had time for that more often!

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  32. 6-8 hours, I'd guess. But I do get up to press things, so I wasn't sitting the whole time.

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  33. I can lose track of time in my quilting room quite easily... I'll say 6 hours since I probably get hungry!

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  34. I think 9 hours is my record.

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  35. Amazing giveaway,thank you for the chance to win it.Love the fabrics,so cute.Not sure maybe 4-6h.Have a lovely day.

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  36. I must be honest to doing a 9 hour stint one night while my husband was at work overnight. I did repeatedly stop for snacks but not for long. I also did a long weekend once with my mum and sister where we made 75 dolls for orphans in 3 days. It was great fun.
    Thanks again Abby

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  37. If I'm home by myself I will sew all day, that rarely happens though

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  38. I have sat from the time I dropped the kids off at school until I picked them up.

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  39. When I would sew the costumes for my daughter's dance teacher there would be some VERY long days just before festivals...always some last minute additions.

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  40. I think I once got to sew on my mom's quilt for about 8 hours, but I have to hop up to press - does that count? :)

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  41. I follow your blog via GFC & BlogLovin; thanks for the chance!

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  42. Hmm...naptime. :0)
    sntbosch(at)me(dot)com

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  43. hahahaha I don't know how long I've sat in front of my sewing machine... I think one of the longest whas when I was making an advent calendar for a friend, it took many hours! but we also cut fabric, hand stitched... not only sewing machine.
    Thanks for the chance, these fabrics are perfect for my girl.

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  44. Probably about 7 hours at one stretch (with fast potty breaks!), while rushing to finish a wedding quilt and wedding dress for my daughter.

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  45. Probably only a couple of hours. I have three girls, they don't let me sew for long!! atabanana29(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. I have had 14 hour marathons (with potty and snack breaks)2 and 3 days in a row when making costumes for school plays. Well, some of that time I was cutting things out so that might not count.

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  47. I can't honestly say--at our quilt retreat we quilted all weekend, but not nonstop. I would have to say about 3 hours nonstop.

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  48. Probably 8 hours give or take!

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  49. I'm constantly get up for one thing or another so maybe 30 minutes or more.

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  50. There have been times when I've sewn all day but I do take breaks!

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  51. Probably 16-18 hours when at retreat. Still don't Greta's much done as I think I will. Lol!

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  52. WOW hours and hours to the point I lost a whole day and night pretty much!

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  53. All day (and I loved it!). I spent an entire rainy Saturday quilting a queen size quilt on my home machine. It was a monster, but I really loved it!

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  54. about 16 hours at a retreat

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  55. i never sit for more than an hour at a time but sometimes my breaks are short.

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  56. I have sat for probably 12 hours a few times.

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  57. I think I sat for around 8 hours once. I generally prefer to sit for shorter periods...around two hours. By the end of 8 hours, I was sick of sewing, but I had to get something finished.

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  58. Oh, maybe 5 hours or so. I remember being there a long time when I had a deadline for my textile design class in college :)

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  59. Following on GFC!

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  60. Maximum two hours!

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  61. I hate sitting for long periods so for me it was from 12 - 4 and I was dying the whole time, but wanted to get it done.

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  62. I have no idea. Maybe 4 hours? My back doesn't like it.

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  63. I never sit still for long - always popping up to press, or cut, or fetch something. I used to have more time to sew than now, there have been times when I spent the whole day sewing except for breaks, but sadly that hasn't happened lately.

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  64. I went on a sewing retreat once and only stopped for food and even then not every time. I think I sewed for near 19 hours at one stage. I had set myself an impossible task of making three raggy quilts in one weekend - from start to finnish and nearly did it too.
    thnaks for the offer.

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  65. I have 3 kiddos so never sit for that long - probably only a couple of hours when they're in bed!!
    I love the fabrics, so cute and girly!

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  66. I'll say 4 hours at a time is all I can handle. A good audio book helps but when I go to get up I can barely move I'm so stiff!

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  67. Once I had to finish an order with a deadline and I sat and sewed literally all day from early in the morning until late that night, stopping only for food and bathroom breaks. Never again. My back was killing me!

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  68. I used to work as a seamstress and would occasionally run a 10 or 12 hour day. That's a lot of sewing!

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  69. Great giveaway. Thanks so much. Without taking a break, I have sewn for 5 hours straight. But I use to sew for a Craft Store, so with breaks, I have sewn for 15 straight hours in order to get items finished in time. Loved every minute of it.

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  70. Thanks for the giveaway..the fabs look so cute! I have 4 little grand daugthers.. I know I could find a use for the fabs! The longest time in front of my machine...I'd have to say just recently when I was doing a bargello quilt for my daughter for her upcoming birthday...12 hours. I had the strips all cut, but then sewed together then cut again into 1 inch strips and then I had to lay them all out in order and sew 1 inch strips together! So I layed them out on the kitchen table and then brought my sewing machine into the kitchen counter and stood there for probably 8-10 hours sewing them into a quilt!After all that.. I was still short on the width! and have just started adding more yesterday!

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  71. I can't imagine the kids let me sit too long. Maybe an hour or so if they are sleeping or something. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  72. Maybe two hours without getting up, but if getting up to use the bathroom or iron doesn't count then like 12 hours! LOL

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  73. I have a bad back so never more than a couple of hours without a break!

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  74. I think about 4 hours. When I really get into the zone of free-motion quilting, time flies. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  75. I don´t keep track of time, but some days I´ve spent a whole day with my sewingmachine. After such a day both I and my machine are tired :)
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  76. About 3 hours at a time but I have spent a whole day, about 12 hours when I have a deadline or at a quilt retreat.

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  77. I would say about 5 hours. Thanks for chance to win.

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  78. Only about two hours at a time. Sorry about the Canucks, you must be in french canada area. Not real friendly. I lived in 'The County' for a few years and know what you mean.

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  79. Probably 3 hours when I made all our Christmas gifts 2 years ago. :)
    peachstateme (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  80. Probably about 5 hours - with multiple cups of tea!

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  81. Before children i would say about 3 hours, now, half an hour straight is a success, but i do probably spend the same amount of time sewing over the course of a week, it's just in much smaller snippets, if everything is quiet i just make a bee line for the machine and get going as soon as possible!

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  82. not as many as I would like...3 or 4 I think though!

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  83. What great fabrics. I love the roses too. Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway. Yhe longest I have sat in front of my machine is from 7 am all day until 3am the next morning. Slept for 1 hour then got back up. I did leave the machien to grab a bit to eat and to potty..Otherwise I was their sewing like a maniac. I had to have it all made and ready for the nest mornign fo rmy daughter to take her teacher appreciation gifts to school and bright me decided to make all the teachers nice bags with machine embroidery. Never again....

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  84. I think the longest time I spent at my sewing machine was about 4 hours, when I was sewing some diapers assembly line style

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  85. I follow via pinterest

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  86. If I get involved in something I can really lose track of time. I think when I was making clothes for a doll shop I sewed all through the night from the previous day. I would say 15-20 hours. I was much younger then and would never be able to do that now.

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  87. Oh, only like... 4-ish hours? It hurts my back after a while, and I get so focused I forget to blink so my eyes get really dry, haha! :)

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  88. Not very long, I fear. When I was pregnant, I think I spent around 7 hours at one time on bibs, blankets, and burp clothes

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  89. I have such a short attention span, I think the longest stretch was 90 minutes, free motioning a quilt on a deadline...

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  90. I would guess my longest span was about 10 hours with the normal restroom break and snacks.

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  91. Probably no more than 2-3 hours (naptime) otherwise my sewing time is limited by the little ones :)

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  92. The longest for me has been about an hour. I have two kids, so its harder for me to sit longer than that. and its usually around 15 minutes.

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  93. I've sewn for probably about 7 hours...

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  94. Because I don't have much time for sewing, I usually give myself sewing days, which means the Crew knows I'll be on the machine all day--and night, too--to finish whatever projects I want done.

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  95. the longest time is half an hour cause I only chance to sew during kids nap time.

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  96. In one long weekend my mum, sister and I spent about 10 hrs a day for 4 days between looking after our 3 children. We made 40 dolls which went to an orphanage in The Philippines. My back and ankle were killing me but it was all worth it.

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  97. The longest time I have spent at a sewing machine without any type of break is probably four hours.

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  98. I haven't been quilting for very long (since December) so I haven't had many marathon days. Probably the longest I've spent on a project is about 6 hours, but that definitely involved getting up to cut and press!

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  99. The longest time I've spent at my machine with quick breaks was probably 4-6 hrs when I was sewing my wedding dress after work. I'd drive to my mom's house (1.5hrs) to get her help with fitting and use her machines, then drive home again late to work the next morning. In the three months before our wedding I probably spent close to 300 hours total sewing that dress!

    Thanks for the chance! I have two giveaways happening too: www.craftyhour.com

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  100. Probably about 3 hours. Thanks for the giveaway! wonderlandbyalyce at gmail dot com

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  101. Probably an hour. I can't sit for longer than that without getting up and moving around as my muscles get to stiff otherwise.

    Thanks for the giveaway and making it possible for anyone to enter.

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  102. I don't hold still very well, so the longest uninterrupted amount of time would be 30 minutes. :) Thanks for participating!

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  103. emmevon(at)gmail(dot)com

    4 hours.

    thanks!

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  104. I have spend 10 hours sewing with small breaks for potty and food.....had to finish a last minute Ren Faire costume.

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  105. All day long and I can't remember why. Thank you for doing a giveaway.

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  106. I would say 6 hours, with breaks as needed. Thank you for the great giveaway. I am going to assume your deadline above is wrong. ;)

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  107. You know, I have never timed how long I sat, but I have often (too often) packed it up and gone to bed about 1:30 a.m. and got up with a baby the next day. cynsaw2(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  108. I sewed about 14 hours one day without much of a break- I was pretty tired the next day. It was worth it - I finished the quilts just in time to take them home for Christmas.
    I hope you make some good friends where ever you are living in Canada. I know we are a big place but there are lots of great people to meet.
    I live in Alberta and am a proud western Canadian. I am sure it is very hard to be away from family and friends.
    Regards from Alberta,
    Anna

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  109. 5 hours is the longest) thanks for the giveaway!

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  110. When I first started I would spend hours just trying to get the bobbin in correctly.
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  111. When I sew for a craft market, I could sew on, off the whole day from morning to night with breaks for food and the toilet.

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  112. I think the longest is about 8 hours! A lot of the time I get an idea and I want to finish it RIGHT NOW, so I'll just sew until it's done!

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  113. hours.... all day... I can't remember, Though I do remember staying up to the wee hours to finish a project for college.

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  114. I'm a new sewist/quilter, so only 4 or 5 hours so far... :)

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  115. I'm guessing here, but maybe 6 hours with a lunch break...

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  116. Once I sat on my sewing machine from 10 am to 10 pm. Well I did a break of 15 minutes to make a sandwich. I was obsessed finishing a baby quilt.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway these fabrics are sooo cute I will keep my fingers crossed :D

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  117. I've definitely spent an entire day sewing, usually at a guild get together, so 8 hours, maybe 10. I do stop for food and potty breaks, though!

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  118. Maybe 2 hours? I don't get much more of a break than that with a toddler in the house

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  119. Continuously, probably 3 hours!!!... man I had a backache :(

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  120. Without standing up, probably between 5-8 minutes tops. If getting up and down doesn't matter... maybe 90-120 min and then a break. I've had days where I was able to get back to a project several times for a good stretch, but generally it's hard on me to sit still too long. And my attention needs a break to stay sharp.

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  121. I'd say 2-3 hrs, but that doesn't mean i was constantly sewing! haha.
    berly at uw dot edu

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  122. I'd have a hard time to know. I've sewn for years. I'd guess it was when I was working on a project with a "deadline". :-) Hope this entry isn't too late as you didn't give any time specs.

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