Saturday, March 26, 2011

Marriage Saving 101...and win this quilt

#93 MARLENE you won...
you won, you won...
Thanks sew much NAN and everyone...
What a terrific giveaway!
YOU all are sew much fun!
Nan, you have heart, thank you for sharing sew much
of it with us!



Aloha!  I'm Nan from Pots and Pins, and I'm experiencing a bit of Hawaiian Fever...as in I WANT to go to Hawaii!  Or anywhere with sun!!  We're in the throes of March Madness here in the great Northwest - and I'm not talking basketball!  You know what "they" say about March..."In like a lion, out like a lamb" or "In like a lamb, out like a lion"...well, well, well, "they've" got it all wrong!!  March came in like a lion and it's going OUT like one, too!  So while the wind blows and rain pours down, I'm happy to be inside, taking advantage of another opportunity from Madamm Samm to bend your ear from my corner of the world!


(The only thing better than an old quilt is an old quilter!   A dear friend gave me this quilt top and I'm ashamed to say it was about TEN years ago!  ONE DAY I'll hand quilt it...if I live long enough!)

Today I am going to give you a gift - something to make your life more harmonious - something that might even save your marriage!  However, IF you are married to a caveman, like I am, then know that even with this gift, it will be an uphill battle...sorry, but that's the truth.  Cavemen are a different breed...they are proud to drag their knuckles on the ground, will happily gnaw (napkin-less) on turkey drumsticks with their bare hands, will boast of watching ESPN while their son stands in the corner of the room waiting for them to toss them the ball...thinking they are "playing catch" with dad, and they will gingerly and lovingly care for their golf clubs like they are the staffs of life!  What is it with men and their sticks and balls?!?  Nevermind....delving into that could get me into a sand trap not even Tiger Woods could get out of!

(I purchased this top in 1998 in LaConner, Washginton.  It was made using parts of an antique quilt with newer fabric, and then I machine-quilted it, which, of course, makes it 100% mine...actually, in my book, if I work on ANY quilt for more than one hour it is 100% mine...is that wrong?  It's my Picnic Quilt and it has served me well...so cute on a table in the woods!  If you pop over to my blog and leave me a comment telling me you WANT my Picnic Quilt, you just might win it!  Details below! )
I realize some of you may not be married to a caveman...lucky girls!  I had no idea that was even possible!  I've even heard some women CAN have the last word! And that many of you live with men who do not think Sports Illustrated is the Word of God and who don't think of the place where they park their car as The GarageMaJal!!  (My cousin's husband calls his garage that and when I told the mister about it he immediately began saying it - who knew he could speak more than one syllable at a time?!?)   My thimble goes off to you! And so, to you women who married well, this gift might be unnecessary as your men might have already evolved to the point that they can think and speak for themselves without the need to burp and pass gas...but stay with me a bit longer just in case...I hear reverse Darwinism has gone viral in some parts of the country!! 
(I purchased this quilt top in 1989 in Rogers, Arkansas for $5.00.  I then hand-quilted it - it was one of my very first hand-quilted quilts.)

When I began quilting I had no idea the struggle I was in for.  With every quilt I worked on, every minute I spent sewing away instead of sitting next to my caveman watching him deftly wield the TV remote, I was building a wall...a quilted wall between the mister and me.  He saw my quilting as a way to avoid spending time with him (Ha!  As if!!) and I saw it as relaxation, an escape into fabric creativity!  So when I would finish a quilt and proudly hold it up for him to see, he would often say, "If you wanted another blanket why didn't you just go buy one?!?"  I wanted him to tell me how wonderful it was!  I wanted, expected, NEEDED him to love my quilt as much as I did!!  He, being a caveman, was unable to speak the words I needed to hear...until he was given the....

Husband's Quilting Comment Card
(To be memorized and used whenever and 
where ever fabric is involved.)
 1.  I love your use of color - it speaks to me.
 2.  What a unique choice of fabric!
 3.  That quilt reminds me of my grandma!
 4.  Where shall we put it?  In the entry?
 5.  Can I take it to work to hang it in my office?
 6.  I want a picture of you holding it.
 7.  Did you strip piece this?  Will you strip for me?
 8.  Your stippling has really improved!
 9.  It just makes me want to curl up in it!
10. It's your best quilt yet - definitely my fav!

( a print out with  compliments ) above

Feel free to print off a copy and then laminate it and give it to your husband...he can carry it in his wallet and when you show him a quilt, he can whip out his card and offer up any of the ten acceptable comments, although I'm sure No. 7 will become his favorite...just make sure he says BOTH parts and not just the one...that was such a stumbling block for my caveman...he had no trouble with the last part! 

I cannot take credit for this idea - I heard some quilters talking about a comment card for husbands at a quilt show about fifteen years ago and the minute I got home I made up cards for my quilt group, creating my own list of comments I thought my caveman would be capable of saying!  (I believe Ami Simms was the originator or this idea, if someone knows for sure please let me know!) 

My caveman now knows what to say when I hold up a newly finished quilt...and even though he says it with a smirk on his face, and more than a dash of sarcasm, he says it...progress comes in baby steps around here!

(Another quilt top I purchased in Leawood, Kansas, at a garage sale in 1986, this set me back all of $30.00.  I hand-quilted it and it's one of my very favorite quilts - it reminds me of my parents home in Leawood and of my babies who were babies while I worked on this!)

So, my quilting friends, this is my gift for you...I want you to hear, from those you love, the praise and admiration you deserve when you finish a quilt and hold it up with joy!  Give your husbands a card...help them memorize a few of the comments if you need to...looking at the card is not cheating, eventually they'll get it!

Now, about my Picnic Quilt, pictured above...I have decided to part with it and give it away...it was loved in it's original form, and loved when it was cut apart and resewn and now I'm going to give someone else the chance to love it...leave me a comment HERE and on my Blog, Pots and Pins, and you'll be entered to win.  I'll pick a winner using Random Generator and will announce the winner on Monday, March 28th.  Contest closes Sunday at 6:00 pm, Seattle time!

Thanks Samm for letting me spout off again!

xoxo, Nan

167 comments:

  1. Oh! what a GREAT idea!!...a comment card! Great for quilter hubbys...but, now my brain is taking off...could there be other catagories of comment cards? Maybe different catagories could be different colors? That way they would know which ones to take out for what type of responses are required?

    hugZ,
    annie

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  2. This is a very cute idea. I don't think my husband would play along. :( He would just ask "is that for me?"

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  3. Love the comment card. I'll share with my quilting group. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. You crack me up Nan! I actually laughed so loud that my husband asked if I was okay! I'm going to print this off tomorrow. This giveaway is so generous too. I'll see you again over at your blog soon!

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  5. Cute. Like your ideas. I checked out your blog and will be stopping by from now on. I like it. Thanks so much

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  6. I thought you were talking about my husband there for awhile. Love the idea and I will have to make one up. My husbands favorite saying is, "oh look at he quilting on that one."

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  7. Oh my goodness. So funny! I just read the comment card out loud to my husband and we both had a good laugh. :) I agree with the other comment- it could be used in various situations. Including a helpful comment card for talking to my mother! heehee...

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  8. I love your post, it made my day! I'm printing it off for my cave man. Oh and I want to love your quilt, such a sweet give-away, now I'm off to visit your blog.

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  9. Fun post and beautiful quilts.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  10. My hubby vacuums!! Multiple times a day. I definitely take advantage of his clean fetish. He is not allowed in the quilt room because I have no clean fetish.

    He learned a long tome ago to say he likes my (whatever I am holding up at the time) because it keeps me happy and his vac intact!!

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  11. Ok, I printed out the card . . . I'm not married to a caveman, whatever makes me happy, makes him happy! As for your beloved picnic quilt, I would love to cherish it for you - thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  12. My fella and I laughed and laughed at this. . thank you for sharing!

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  13. I love the card. My caveman brought home a written note from the eye dr saying her was color blind! - all so he could quit having to comment on my fabrics or bags or quilts or whatever. I told him, that is no excuse! He would love your list. I will show him tomorrow.
    Jodi

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  14. Too funny! :) Caveman Cues! haha I'd love to win your quilt.

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  15. I will need to make multiple copies of this card as I happen to live with 3 cavemen. Thanks for the chuckles & the giveaway.

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  16. I am printing this out NOW! So many times my DH has said, "Just Tell me what to say!"...so I will, and maybe add more to the card also! Thanks!

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  17. Your comment card is a great idea--and so nice to know I'm not the only one quilting to silence! Your picnic quilt is fabulous--I was loving it and studying it before I even got to that point of your post--are you sure you can part with it?

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  18. Good Night Nan, well it is the next day, but I am still up from yesterday...sew it is good night, because it is still dark......I am laughing as much at the answers as I am at your most delightful post...Goodness me you know how to make us laugh...we need more of that...I agree with Ruby slippers ( annie) we need colored coded cards for diff't occasions...maybe you can do up more for us....love you to pieces...ohhh and the quilt...I WANT IT lol

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  19. I love the quilts you have pictured in this blog. I may even have to recreate some as gifts to my nieces for their birthdays :) I would love to be entered in the contest for the picnic quilt too!

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  20. I knew I got out of bed for a reason.
    Love the quilt - luckily for me though,
    my husband comes from a quilting mom so
    he definitely knows the right things to
    say. Lucky me I guess, besides, he has
    too many hobbies himself to EVER say anything
    about mine! :))

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  21. Loved your post Nan and the comment card. My husband is excellent at cleaning - says he has to be cos I've got my quilting blinkers on - PERMANENTLY!! Would love to win your giveaway - such a beautiful quilt.
    Off to check out your blog now.

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  22. I love the idea of a comment card. I will have to pass that along to my mom and girlfriend. So handy! Thanks for the opportunity to enter for your picnic quilt.

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  23. I have printed that out...LOVE IT!!! Thanks.

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  24. Love it, started the day with a chuckle

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  25. Excellent post... most enjoyable... and I love the quilts you have on show...
    Hugz

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  26. What a happy girl I am, my husband is not a caveman, he even knows something about sewing machines and sewing (thanks to his Mam)
    But love your post and enjoy reading it

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  27. Nan a wonderful story and a card to print out to boot thanks so much I really enjoyed reading it.

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  28. I have been giving my husband "correct" comments to say before I show him things. It would be so much easier if it was already written down on a card. You're brilliant!

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  29. i am so going to print up a card for my hubby! Madame you are the BEST LOL

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  30. Love your humor and your quilts deserve the nicest of comments as they are ALL masterpiece worthy! :-) Vegas Wendy

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  31. What a truly funny post and the comment card - priceless. You are very generous to be offering some a beautiful quilt for a giveaway. Happy Quilting!

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  32. I love your quilting comments card - I really am going to give it to my husband!!so useful!!

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  33. Thanks for the fun post. I had a chuckle with the #7 comment!

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  34. OHHHHHH and you keep me in stitches... lol
    It is Morning NOW, and I am up and I am still smiling...TYOU Nan...gotta love ya sew MUCH

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  35. I had a good laugh when I read your post. The comment card could be used for any non quilting viewer. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. A humorous posting and generous giveaway.

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  37. Are you talking about my husband? Sounds just like him...I even read your posts to him as they come in and he just shakes his head in agreement! Love the picnic quilt. Liz
    ces2147@verizon.net

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  38. Love the comment card. Thanks.

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  39. Husband and I are going through a very difficult time right now. Thank you so much for making me smile. :) Love the comment card, and love all your quilts!

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  40. Hilarious! My husband likes to use his own quilting lingo, it's very amusing.

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  41. Great comment card! I figured out several years ago that most men just do not have a clue when it comes to women. They can't even guess right. I had always heard that, but thought my husband had to me different. Not. So we have to tell them and boy are they happy when they know what it is we want and need. It makes us happier too.

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  42. Oh Nan, you've done it again. Made me laugh out loud during the very early morning hours. Love your Caveman Card.

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  43. Funny post. Comment card is a cute idea. Love the quilt.

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  44. A fun read! Love the quilts. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  45. I feel your pain, Nan, men just don't get it!! But none the less we keep trudging on with what we do. Some one somewhere will squeal over the winning of your quilt, and I would like that someone to be me..
    Thanks for the chance.

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  46. Love, love, love the card! I think I'll print out several just to have laying around different areas of the house. That way he can get the words right whereever he's sitting. Thanks for the giveaway too.

    carol.claytor@yahoo.com

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  47. Your blog post was so much fun! I do love antique quilts and I love how you mixed the old with the new. Thanks for your generosity of giving away a well loved quilt.

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  48. So funny and yet, a germ of truth: we need to teach others how to treat us.

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  49. So funny! And yes, the card is a great idea and not only for quilts... Now seriously, are you really giving away that quilt? You're amazing and very generous! Please, please count me in; thanks!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  50. What is it with husbands and their garages? Love the idea of the comment card. This blog was a great way to start my day. Thanks for the giveaway. Are you sure you want to part with this quilt? Love it.

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  51. Oh my word, I laughed so hard coffee almost came out my nose!!! I'm lucky enough to have a half-breed caveman- he treasures my quilts almost as much as I do, and for that I thank his mother. However, he does have a penchant towards guns and knives that borders on obsessed, and has asked for a quilted gun mat (kind of like a mug rug...). Thanks for sharing your humor again!!! I might need to adopt that card for clothes- that's the area my hubs needs help with the comments!

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  52. Hilarious! My caveman is very complimentary on my projects, but I think I'll print him a card just so he can read #7, part 2!!
    Thanks for a great idea and a very generous giveaway!

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  53. tears of laughter streaming down my face - thanks for this awesome post

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  54. Comment card has been printed, laminated and waiting for the most opportune time to present. I will say DWH is a jewel when it comes to my quilting, but he does have relapses. Awesome giveaway and thanks you for the opportunity to participate. Judy C

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  55. This post is hilarious! I read every word of it and loved them all.

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  56. Wow ... I'm lucky. I divorced my caveman and am now with a man who thinks my quilting is an incredible gift, who loves to stop and watch what I do, who asks me to take him to quilt shows and museums so that he can appreciate it more, and who says, unprompted, "you can never have too much fabric, honey." REALLY! Then again, he's also an executive who would rather get a professional massage than go play golf or hunt, and does has an insane baseball fascination that I don't quite get, so there's that ... but all these comments and more are already in his vocabulary! Too bad everyone isn't married to one! ;-)

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  57. Thank you for the smiles and laughter this morning - with your permission, I will print in our guild newsltter.

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  58. What a fun post to get up to this morning :) Thank you for the laugh along with the very pretty picture show!!

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  59. I love the card idea! My husband will have a good laugh for sure. Love your quilts! The picnic quilt would be wonderful to have.

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  60. Oh my gosh...that is the funniest thing ever! I laughed out loud this morning...you are hysterical!

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  61. What a fun and funny post! Great way to start the day...laughing! Thanks for sharing your man-cues, and the gorgeous pictures, too. I would love to be the next home for your pretty quilt, but I have such a heart for the quilt efforts on the web (see SewCalGal, etc) that I would be tempted to caress it and send it to those homeless victims in Japan.
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  62. Great post! I don't quilt-but I am married to a caveman of sorts : )

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  63. What a fun post to read. Can't go wrong with a few cheat sheets to get to the heart of the matter! I think you should go to Hawaii or someplace warm, especially since you didn't get to fully enjoy your honeymoon. I hope it happens for you Nan. Thanks for all your sewing and cooking inspirations!

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  64. Very good idea. Mine usually says...who's that for? To which I reply...ME!

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  65. Great way to begin the morning...your insight to 'husbandry' and quilting show the world you are a very caring and creative quilter! Thank you for sharing! Love your humor and quilts! Lucky husband....yours! Excellent giveaway!!

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  66. You are hilarious Nan!!! I asked my daughter Danielle if she had read your blog the other day and she answered, "Everyday!". Then we rhapsodized over the thought of making the Ritz version of girl scout mint cookies! PS I need that quilt.... ;-D

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  67. Do you have a quilt comment card for wives???

    Oh never mind...

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  68. Love the comment card! Fortunately my hubby is not totally a caveman and does come up with a "that's really nice" when I show him something I've made! Left a comment on your blogsite and have added you to my "Favorites" list!!!! Thanks!!

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  69. So much fun! I need to print a card off for my husband. Love your quilts too.

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  70. A little sad because it's so true.Love the quilt.

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  71. Thanks Nan. A comment card is just what I need. My husband does appreciate my quilts and as a writer, you'd think he could come up with some great comments. Alas, that is not so. It's usually a grunt followed by great. The comment card is perfect for him. And your quilt is perfect for me.

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  72. Wow, I wish I had thought of the comment card! I am making one for my husband right now - and I'm sure he'll like #7 the best, too. Love your quilt and the chance to win it!

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  73. You are all too funny! I'm away from the Nerve Center this morning, helping Bridezilla (my niece) prepare for her wedding tomorrow, and I had 5 minutes to hop on the computer and see IF anyone had left me a comment! Your comments made me smile and kept me from turning on the gas and crawling in the oven!! Being a wedding coordinator/flower arranger/gopher/slave is not all it's cracked up to be! Thanks so much for reading! Stash has THE BEST fans! xo, Nan

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  74. hahaha! Love the comment card! I may have to share this with my quilting aunt. thanks so much!

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  75. I read your post outloud to my mister and he had a good chuckle, then announced all misters should carry that card! Especially for #7. Thanks for the print out.

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  76. I love the husband's comment card idea :)

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  77. Excellent idea. The guy I'm dating now is just the type to need a card!

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  78. Yet another wonderful post!! Nothing like a good laugh to get the day started! Love your quilt and can't believe you're going to part with it!

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  79. Great post! I love your freebie card...so fun.

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  80. Hilarious comment card! I need one for teenagers too.

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  81. I LOVE it. And I am going to print it off RIGHT NOW! I just completed a large quilt project and entered it into a contest. I worked so hard. And his comment was, "I don't like it."
    Last year I wanted to make him a quilt for his bed. (I sleep in a recliner because of an injury.) I bought the fabric and everything. He didn't want it. He wants his comforter. No quilt. He is some kind of support!! He is getting this card tonight!!

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  82. This is wonderful!!!! And so sympatico!

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  83. Very cute! Thanks for the laugh this morning.

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  84. That made me laugh. I'll be sharing that with hubby for sure.

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  85. So good, thanks for sharing!!

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  86. Since my husband loves spending time with his computer and stocks and all that, I can quilt without guilt. Thank goodness.

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  87. pamelarose gretnagirlMarch 24, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Love the card! and your quilts! Sounds like my husband! However I don't think he will follow the rules! HAHA!

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  88. My DH may not know what to say but he usually gets a proud look on his face whenever I finish a project. Now I just need to finish more projects!

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  89. OMG...I am so totally printing that out..Just today hubby said "when we move are we going to have those quilts hanging all over the walls". I said yes, and if you don't like it you can stay in YOUR ROOM!!..

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  90. This is funny. Fortunately, I have a very supportive husband, who is well advanced beyond caveman status, but this still gave me a giggle.

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  91. The card is awesome! Thanks.....and appreciate the chance to win....piece.

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  92. You mean some husbands comment? They say actualy things about the quilts? They don't just raise their eyebrows? Who knew! blessings, marlene

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  93. I am giving my hubby that comment card. He is not really a fan of busy quilts he just like plan around the world!

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  94. Funny post - love the stuff about the cavemen! :) Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  95. Great idea. As a single mom, my cavemen are a little younger. For their future wives, I am training them to ooh and aah at my finished quilts. :)

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  96. Oh my goodness, I love this quilt and seriously that is so true about men! :) Love the quilt and love all your work! By the way I'm Lyndsey's friend. I'm the one that does her hair! I quickly found your blog and became a follower the last time I did her hair. We were talking about you and I needed to get to know you! :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway, hope that it makes it my way! :) Take care

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  97. Love the article! My hubby compliments my work ( I think just so I'll go away and he can keep working on his computer;) ) I'm going to tell my friend about the comment card, she'll love it. Love the picnic quilt, I see it drapped on the kitchen table, of course my little one will see it as a wonderful thing to curl up in! Off to your blog! Have a great day!

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  98. My husband (and daughter) both take an interest in my hobbies, and they love to make posititve comments! But neither of them are one bit interested in joining me! And it works, because they play strategy board games while I sew, and we are all in the same room!

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  99. Thanks Nan for the laugh! I think I'll take your advice and make a copy for my little quilting group. Even though my husband isn't a caveman in the purest sense, he doesn't give me the replies I crave when I show him my latest creation. Thanks again! --Robin F. in S.C.

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  100. I loved your post and the comment card is great!

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  101. What a great idea! You are so funny!

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  102. Thanks Nan for that funny post:) My guy has his own standard comment,"Oh, that's a nice traditional pattern." Just cracks me up but it's a keeper, so is he:)

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  103. LOVE it! I too am married to a caveman...not sure that he'd even get it if I gave him the card (well except for #7!) but I sure am going to print it off and share with my friends...they will enjoy it!

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  104. My husband is actually a designer so he is really into colors and designs. Lucky me! The down side is he is really good at critiquing! I love the name of this quilt... the picnic quilt. So romantic!

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  105. Finaly truth sayer, I love your post and I am sure I could would love your quilt.
    rtoms317@yahoo.com

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  106. Prepared comment cards are great! I have one for appropriate birthday and Christmas gifts, too :-) I am astounded that you're giving away your picnic quilt and would love to be the winner! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  107. I'm not married to a caveman - more like an librarian - he always has his face in a book. Still, I love your comment card. It's appropriate not just for men, but for any nonquilter. Thanks for the laugh. I love reading your blog on a regular basis also. Kathie L in Allentown

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  108. And here I thought I was the only lonely "Quilty wife" who suffers from lack of appreciation. Hey, maybe we could all just tack our husbands up on our Design walls with a stapler like Nan told us about in an earlier post!!! I'm still cracking up over that post! It takes time to digest all of her golden nuggets of wisdom. Nan, you Seriously need to write a book for Quilters with all of this "wisdom" in it...Let's see...what could be the title?? Help me out here ladies of Stash??? Give a title to Nan's Book. Don't you agree she should write a book??? I know I'd buy it!!
    Blessings to you Crazy Nan
    Gmama Jane

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  109. Adorable!! I want to enter the drawing - and I snickered over the card for hubbies! Have you heard that song by the singing quilter??

    doni @ Oregon coast

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  110. loved the idea of a comment card, too funny. I would love to win the quilt, it is beautiful
    debbie

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  111. Love the hubby's comment card....that's priceless!

    These quilts are amazing! I love the octagon scappy and the picnic quilt is so sweet! They are all really beautiful!

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  112. LOL...very clever! Love your scrappy quilts!

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  113. Love your quilts. Thanks for sharing.

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  114. Your post is hilarious! It reminds me of the time I showed my son a quilt I had just finished and he told me it looked like I had robbed a hippie. I named the quilt, "Naked Hippie". I can't believe you are giving away that quilt. I would love to win!

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  115. Thanks for the humor. My late father liked my mother's quilting -- he even traded her quilt(s) for wood that he used in his wood-turning! Then, he would give his creations to her.

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  116. My dad would proudly show off my quilts, and then tell everyone that he taught me how to make it! He never sewed a stitch in his life!

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  117. Too funny. I really enjoy your quilts and quilt tales, but I have to tell you, your recipes always look so incredible. I wish I lived next door to you!

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  118. I sure liked your caveman observation.I love your humor in finding your stride in married bliss. I have a "gearheaded geek" for a husband and it has some parallel aspects of attention deficit you described. He does keep my machines running smooth and timed....so I can keep my pedal to the metal...and he loves my finished quilts due to the engineering aspect and then the comfort they provide. He takes a quilt on his traveling job to sleep under in hotels...becuz he knows: When you sleep under a quilt, you sleep under a blanket of love.

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  119. Love your humor. My caveman is getting a card. I enjoyed your blog. Praying to adopt the quilt.

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  120. I love that!!

    I actually made a quilt for my husband to hang at work.

    http://debaeremaeker.blogspot.com/2010/11/daves-quilt-dave-has-been-requesting.html

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  121. This post is way too funny! My hubs always says the right thing and seems interested even when he isn't.

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  122. Very funny stuff! I'm blessed with a caveman in many ways, but a great support when it comes to my quilting.

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  123. My hubby's not a caveman, but he could definitely use a list of acceptable comments! Thanks for the chance to win that lovely quilt, too!

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  124. Love it Nan, no hubby caveman or otherwise, but would love the quilt.
    Karon x

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  125. Love the quilt. Love the caveman card. I definitely will be printing this one for myself and hubby. :-)

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  126. Love your quilt!! The husband's cue card is classic - I will share it. Thanks!

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  127. A fun post! Thanks. Would love to love your quilt! Thanks for a chance! It's beautiful...

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  128. A sense of humour can really help iron out the bumps and wrinkles of relationships if used with discretion. Great idea Nan! I like your quilting too.

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  129. Great to hear from a kindred spirit!
    jbrgeternity@hotmail.com

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  130. I love your quilts! The comment card is priceless! Now off to read your blog!

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  131. I guess I am very lucky, my hubby takes a great interest in my quilts and is supportive and encouraging. Yeah, I am really lucky! In fact he is the one that encourage me to start making quilts.

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  132. oh Nan, you always make me laugh! thank you and I am going to print that card off. actually hubby helps alot with color. just wish I could get him to cut for me!!! thanks for putting my name in the hat! I would so give this quilt a good home. now I am heading off to your blog.

    Lorene

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  133. I love your husband comment card. I think I could modify it for a lot of uses - like when I get a new outfit, and his response is that I look "fine." I could really use this!!! I could really use a picnic quilt too! :)

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  134. You crack me up! Good luck with the wedding!

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  135. Great comment card idea. I will share this with a few of my friends, I think they will love it. And a give away of a quilt..... I do not know anybody that would turn down such an offer.

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  136. Sometimes the guy just has to be helped out! This is so good and true. Thanks for sharing the idea and for the chance at your great quilt.

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  137. Write a book: Quilt Etiquette for Husbands. You are great. I can't for the life of me understand anyone parating with a quilt. If it is mine, I shall comfort it forever.

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  138. I love that comment card! I think I'll print one off for other things...maybe shoes?

    1. Those shoes are HOT!
    2. Those are definitely the best pair of black
    heels you've found yet.
    3. No, they aren't too expensive at all!
    4. Oooh, do they have those in red? Buy them too!

    LOL, I could do this all night. LOVE THIS IDEA!

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  139. Nan, thanks for the "pick-me-up" re the quilting comments card. I needed that! As to your generous giveaway, I would LOVE it!

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  140. Nan...cave men can evolve! Mine did! Generous give-a-way!

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  141. Too funny! Lovely quilt, generous give-away and some lucky winner will be happy!
    JoAnn (aka info7miner@gmail.com) -

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  142. My husband now has one and I emailed it to all my patchwork friends so that their husbands can have one too. Really made me laugh.

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  143. Ha ha fun post! It's not "sticks and balls" that attract my husband to sports, it's cars that go round and round that race track. I made a NASCAR themed quilt for him and now he says lovely things about most of my quilts. LOL! I would dearly love to win your "picnic" quilt.

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  145. Shoulda proof read better. My husband doesn't say much about my work, but when asked, he always says the same thing. "Honey, your quilting is incredible and gets better all the time. But why do the other ladies call themselves quilters, when you do the quilting?, and why don't you get to bring home the blue ribbon? After all you're the one that made it into and quilt, and it is a quilt show."

    Anyway, great post, and I love your blog!!

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  146. That, my dear, was priceless. Warming up the printer as we speak...'cause even though my husband is pretty well trained, this one is too good not to have hanging about!

    How can you stand to give away that quilt??? But count me in...headin' on over to Pots and Pins...

    Dot
    dminshall67@yahoo.com

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  147. Oh well I didn't marry a caveman....I married a bear. He hibernates the majority of his life and grunts through the rest LOL Thank you so much for the comment card but I think this might even be a little advanced for my DH. His favorite and only comment is "beautiful".....regardless of what disaster he is commenting on.

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  148. Too funny! Having once been married to a caveman, maybe I should have had one back then. You are sew generous to give away an actual quilt, thanks for the opportunity! Terri in BC

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  149. Sorry you had to resort to the Comment Card for your caveman. I was luckier, as my hubby was a fan of my creativity and he passed his fanhood on to his 4 grown sons. Yea, me! Your give-away quilt is lovely and I'd be a proud winner.

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  150. Such a cute card! What a lovely quilt and better yet to think that you would part with it.

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  151. Oh my gosh, how funny. Of course, probably not so funny to those who have husbands that NEED that card. I'm fortunate in that I have a wonderful husband who goes shopping and comes to my sewing room often to see what I'm working on and even goes fabric shopping with me and next weekend we'll be going to the Sewing and Quilt expo for the first time.

    Thanks for showing all the quilts you've acquired. It's great that you were able to find those and then make them your own by changing things. I have not been lucky enough to find anything like that in all the sales I've ever gone to. I would LOVE to have your picnic quilt. I guarantee it would be loved here. It would get lots of use every winter as it would be in my van always. Hubby is always warm and I'm always cold because of meds I take so I've wanted to have a quilt in the van to keep me warm while travelling. I don't think it's fair to him to turn up the heat enough to make it comfortable for me when I can cover up. He surely can't take off layers of clothing while driving to get cooled down again considering there IS a point in which he would be required by law I believe to stop removing said clothing. HA

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  152. What a fun card! LOL! Love it and the quilt!
    xx, shell

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  153. OMG... I thought I was the only one with a Caveman..lolololol.. so many thank you for sharing and not letting me be the only one... I also have a hubby and son who are cavemen....I made sure that I had there attention from get go about 22 years ago. They have to say a nice comment or smile (son's friends included) about my finished project before they would go off somewhere. LOLOL..my girls were like mom but those cavemen..lolol...thanks for sharing and making me feel that I'm not the only lonely quilter ..

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  154. Thanks for the laughs. I love the comment card idea and your quilt is beautiful!

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  155. OMG! What a fun give-a-way! I left a comment on your blog. Thanks for doing this and I enjoyed looking at your blog. I hope I am your lucky winner!

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  156. what a lovely thought to give away a favourite quilt - the ode to the male quilter is so true my DH doesnt understand why I cut fabric to sew it together again - its fair I dont understand why he buys old cars pulls them all apart takes hundreds of photos whilst he is doing it to put it back together and see no real change...

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  157. Gotta *love* the comment card! I read it to my DH and assured him I've hand him a printed version to keep handy. LOL! Enjoyed this post, very much. This blog is a favorite! :)

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  158. My DH not only learned the correct things to say long ago, he's also become a quilter himself (at least he buys fabric and patterns and sometimes sews)

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  159. I live with that man! He even has a bat cave in the basement.

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  160. Totally awesome post. I can so agree with so many of your comments. And you know what? YOU matter too. Just in case we don't tell you often enough.

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  161. Hmm Nan, what a great idea but my hubby isn't in the same category he's my biggest fan when it comes to this wonderful hobby of ours. He's pretty knowledgeable also with the terms of quilting so that makes it easier. He is however a tech and photo enthusiast which at times can be pricier then quilting:) I love your antiques what great finds. And hey why not creat a gun mat for your hubby he would love it !! Great post!
    Valerie Moss
    blog: http://www.PastimesOnline.ca/Vals-Quilting/
    Chestermere, Alberta, Canada

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  162. The comment card is very fun but the Picnic Quilt is fabulous! Directions, please?

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  163. Thanks for all of the FABULOUS comments - you really know how to boost the spirits!! The winner of my picnic quilt is #93...Marlene!! I will be in touch Marlene and thanks to everyone for playing along!! xoxoxo, Nan

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  164. Love the comment card! Whenever I show my husband a finished quilt he is good to find my errors, and always always has a suggestion as to what I could've done differently. My latest response to this one is: fine, then you make it next time (with a smirky smile of course).

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