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Back to School Giveaway!

It’s that time of year again! We are sharpening our pencils and packing our back packs in preparation for the first day of school. We want to celebrate with a bit of rhyming fun and a big giveaway, because we love our customers so much!

The summer has come to an end,
and school must begin again.
Sending your little ones off is not fun,
but in school they will learn a ton!
Did you spend your summer at camp,
or decorating your home and buying a lamp?
Did you take a trip to the beach,
or learn some new skills you thought were out of your reach?
We hope you found some time to sew
and quilt those projects for someone you know.
To win this giveaway you must write some rhyming lines
all about your summer time.
We want to know, where did you go?
Who did you see, did your kids grow?
Let us know in a comment below
and you just might win some FQS dough.

Simply write a poem about your summer vacation, then leave your poem as a comment on this post for your chance to win one of five $50 gift certificates to Fat Quarter Shop! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

Contest closes on Friday, August 23rd. Good luck!


  1. Well this is a first, the first one. You guys are so much fun.

    It's a little scary, but here goes,

    I just stayed home and saw my grands.
    They were wild and noisy like musical bands.
    I'm making all my grands, all ten of them, lap quilts for Christmas presents, ahem!
    So I've been busy sewing away, and looking forward to winning today.

    Debi Horne

  2. Summer was crazy,
    school is worse,
    take me away
    in a long black hearse.

    That is the extend of my writing skills. Same level I was in third grade.

  3. The best summer ever I must admit. I live in Georgia where the rain won't quit. We stayed inside and watched movies galore while sewing and sewing and sewing some more!

  4. This summer I stayed close to home.
    I worked my fingers to the bone.
    At work, in the garden, sometimes wearing a hat,
    My kids had fun I'll give you that.

    Finally my garden is bearing some "fruit,"
    Some zucchini and cucumbers, it's been quite a hoot.
    The most fun I've had has been quilting with friends,
    And finishing UFOs, or tying up "loose ends!"

  5. It seemed like three months full of nought,
    "I'll get all my lists done," I thought,
    I don't know how,
    I'm laughing now,
    Time flew by and I didn't do squat!

  6. the wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round, september through to june
    then ten weeks of summer vacation, has me singing a different tune!
    quiltin in my studio by day and by night,
    thank goodness i bought me a new ottlite!

  7. The summer came, the summer has gone.

    The rain and wind, was a little strong.

    No sun was around, no rays to be found,

    Dreary and gloom were all around.

    We traveled to the beach

    And saw signs for a Georgia peach,

    There we found some rays

    And wished we could stay.

    Back to the doom and gloom,

    Will this rain every go away?

  8. Well this is short and simple.

    My kids are all grown
    My grandkids are far away,
    They came to visit,
    I wished they could stay,
    But I will see them another day.

  9. A new member of the family arrived
    When Peanut was born this very past spring
    She's grown so fast
    We love hearing her baby laughter ring

    She has a little head and is of average weight
    And of top of that she is also quite lanky
    Her teeth have now come
    So she can be a little cranky

    I squeezed in some sewing between many-a naps
    Always in a rush for goodness sake
    To finish my chores so I can start sewing
    But hurry, she's about to awake!

    Our family is 15 hours away
    And that is just way to far
    So we're planning on moving soon
    We just have to pack up the car!

    I'd love some new fabric
    Please draw my name
    A new house i'll have to adorn
    so please don't laugh and call this poem lame 🙂

  10. Summer's almost done
    Oh, it was such fun.
    We're heading back to fall
    With a sewing-list so long and tall
    And my list of things to do
    Has been doubled by two
    My kids are staying home
    And that's the end of my tome.

  11. To teach is something I love,
    The job has always fit like a glove,
    But summer you see was as long as can be,
    And it allowed me to delight in my craft,
    My husband he says,
    “what are you planning to do with all these quilts?”
    what is this a pop quiz?
    Is he just totally daft?
    My fabric purchases give me the guilts,
    but I do have some beautiful quilts… in my head,
    So with many a UFO in my sewing room,
    It is with significant gloom,
    I climb out of bed,
    And into the classroom to teach once again
    But once I arrive I find it’s not really a strain,
    So many adorable faces all looking at me
    Ready to learn and full of such glee.

  12. I do not understand why
    When to school we say bye-bye
    When the sun begins to shine
    And the weather is so fine,
    My kids only want to stay indoors
    And eat more and more and more
    Watching reruns on TV,
    And driving their Mom CRAZY!

  13. How fun!

    Delivered my daughter in may
    And now I'm praying for the day
    When instead of sleep being a fight
    I can finally sleep through the night!

    🙂 thanks for the chance to win!! The 30 to 45 minutes of quilting I eek out of every day is the ONLY thing keeping me sane!

  14. What Summer Vacation?

    For our family?
    No there was not one.
    We missed the beach trip,
    We missed the sun,
    We missed our family
    No there was not one.

    Our summer was busy,
    Yes busy indeed,
    not with vacation,
    but work, school, and rain,
    no there was not one.

  15. It started out so great
    with staying up so late
    morning were so lazy
    making me a little hazy
    now it a fight
    a yucking, loud sight
    for my kids are snappy
    with less nappy
    and driving mama crazy

  16. I'm not looking for any commiseration,
    But I spent summer writing my dissertation.

    And since I spent all summer writing, that's as much poem as I'm going to write now that I'm enjoying a staycation and some sewing!

  17. Our summer was filled with great times,
    I'm not much of a master of rhymes,
    We swam and we played,
    Planned for moving away,
    And starting an adventure in the fall.

  18. Summer can now last all year,
    Since retiring from a job held dear.
    Many years of my good deeds,
    Taking care of children's needs.
    Lots of ways to spend my day,
    Sewing, gardening, and reading the time away.

  19. Summer vacation where were you?
    Without you I was feeling blue.
    Maybe next year you'll come around,
    And I can go out and paint the town,

  20. Our first summer down South
    and I thought it would be HOT
    But it was wet and rainy
    Hot it was NOT

    A puppy we got
    And I quilted a lot
    So summer was not for naught!

  21. Camp Mawmaw was a blast!!!
    But the kids are at home at last.
    We had such fun-
    always on the run!!!

    The kitchen was their favorite spot;
    So I did not get to sew a lot.
    I cooked and cleaned
    and loved the time in between.

    Now I return to my life of ease
    where I have only myself to please.
    I have lots to do and so little time
    So I have to get started and stop making a rhyme!!!

  22. Visit with cousins
    Laughs by the dozens
    Granddaughter did some sewing
    Did so well I was crowing
    Back to school
    So my sewing room again I rule!

    Not much of a poet but would love some FQS dough!

  23. It was summer and we were Sesame Place bound.
    How could we go see Abby Cadabby without being all decked out?
    We made a dress, wand and hair bows,
    But we weren’t done yet, we had to make a quilt no doubt.
    We cut, we pieced and at last we sewed,
    The binding was finished minutes before we walked out the door.

    We rubbed elbows with Elmo, Cookie Monster and Count,
    At last we saw Abby and she was impressed.
    We posed for pictures and even traded wands.
    Such a lovely vacation we all were blessed.
    Before we knew it leaving day had dawned,
    Vacation was over but we had our quilt and memories told by it.

  24. Hi,

    Summer vacation was not to be,
    Have to have surgery that will be good for me,
    Surgery for weight loss is what I see,
    I will be ready for vacation next year – down by the sea.

  25. What do you do with your summer?
    Ride around and see the sites in a hummer.
    Play in the pool and on the lake
    what about sewing for heavens sake.
    Go to all the fabric shops that you can
    Of course we can all use a helping hand.
    Having fun
    Playing in the sun.
    This is my time to enjoy the little things that summer makes
    Riding the waves in a lake.

    You can see that I am not a poet. Thanks

  26. summer this year started out cold…
    it rained and it rained… man, this rain is getting old.
    finally our poor city flooded!
    and when the waters receded it was thoroughly mudded!
    but come hell or high water the Calgary Stampede went on!
    (even though there were no concerts i still think we shone!)

    we escaped the city – little more than a day –
    spent Canada Day in Victoria on the bay.
    we packed up our house to get ready to sell
    (they were building our new house even while the rain fell!)
    finally as summer is winding down
    the hot weather arrived and we can go out on the town!

  27. I was home all summer working and
    I should have been quilting
    but I needed the cash
    so I could add to my stash.


  28. My home near the mountains was a B & B
    Guests kept a comin' til there were 23.
    Most were my family which meant lots of grands.
    The 4th Children's Parade found us marching with bands.
    I learned that a baked French toast breakfast
    Made morning time the very happiest.
    Now the house is empty but for grandpa and me
    But there is next summer to look forward to at the B & B.

  29. Summer was relaxing and slow,
    We didn't get to go to the beach,
    Vacation just seemed a little out of reach.
    But I can't wait for fall and the holidays and all,
    There is always next year for a trip.

    Not very good, but there is my best shot!

  30. It was rainy and wet
    So getting outside wasn't a sure bet.
    When the rare clear day did appear
    I jumped in the car and disappeared.
    Over highways and byways I roamed
    Discovering new things until I had to head home.

    So goodbye to summer
    You were kind of a bummer
    And now that the weather has finally turned fair
    You can almost feel fall in the air.

  31. Busy summer, that's for sure!
    Restful fall will be my cure.

    Graduation, new grandbaby, and a wedding
    Made this mom of 9 almost regretting

    Summer's been full, and lots of fun,
    Time together with everyone!

  32. Summer went by too fast
    Only one "vacation", Cedar Point was a blast.
    Moved into a new place
    Hoping for an addition, a sweet baby's face.

    That's my best 🙂

  33. First comes love, then comes marriage
    Then comes some babies in a baby carriage
    After FOUR we thought we were done
    The pregnancy test said, "Get ready for more fun."
    Take an ultrasound, don't drop the pins
    Oh my gosh it looks like twins!
    Fam'ly was in Yellowstone when they chose to appear
    7 weeks in the NICU and now they are here
    Diapers, bottles, lots of boobs
    No sleep or sewing, there are SIX in my brood!

    Thanks for the chance.

  34. Our summer vacation was simply the best
    Playing with my five kids, we're delightfully blessed
    We sewed quilts and sock monkeys
    And played outside till we smelled funky
    Then visited friends
    And crafted hair clippies until day's end
    Woke up the next morning to start all over again!

  35. This summer flew by
    Now I must go to college, oh my.
    This summer I learned a new love for quilting,
    But now my flowers are wilting.
    Because all my time is spent quilting!
    New adventures are awaiting,
    And I am ready and waiting.

  36. Swim team is over
    We lost our oldest Rover
    But there is some good news
    To cheer up our blues
    A new baby is arriving TODAY
    I can't wait for she and I to play and play and play.

    Some new fabrics would be wonderful too.

  37. Summer Summer, went so fast
    Not so sure I'd call it a blast..
    We moved way across town,
    but we didn't make a frown.
    We packed up all our crap,
    and didn't look back.
    The summer has been full of new found friends,
    Complete with old ones from around the bend.
    Kids are ready for their new school,
    Which is really big and really cool.
    This mama is sad and will miss her little ones,
    But happy they are growing and learning a ton.
    You can find me in my new sewing space,
    My perfect piece of heaven, my very own space.

    That's my attempt at rhyming..good thing it's not my day job. 😉

  38. Travel, travel
    miles and miles.
    A time together
    to share lots of smiles.
    A special date
    a time to remember
    When we started together
    knowing it would be forever.
    The years have flown by so very quickly
    Not many more before we reach 50!!

  39. We're too broke to go very far,
    and our kids are all grown anyway.
    But hubby and I did drive to go see
    our son and his wife in Oklahoma City.
    They're expecting their first child,
    a girl due in November.
    And of course it's so fun
    to sew for her!
    We'll go back next month to visit again,
    and bring back more stuff for the nursery.
    Our lives are so dull, as if you can't tell,
    this poem needs some help in versery!

  40. Two new sewing friends, We started this summer, Who knows when we'll end! Sharing hexies, laughter, and dreams, Autumn will be more beautiful with this great team!

  41. Summer of change
    Summer of stress
    Summer of moving
    Summer of mess


    Summer of change
    Summer of fun
    Summer of happiness
    Summer of new beginnings

  42. The summer arrived late
    My flowers weren't great
    So I kept inside
    In my sewing took pride
    The grandkids did visit
    We played at the beach
    Then made quilts
    It was quite a treat
    My eldest granddaughter
    9 years of age
    Said to myself, in her cutesy way
    Gram i was thinking I could take triangles and sew them together in a square
    I know this part doesn't rhyme, but I am so proud
    A quilter she will become

  43. SUMMER






  44. A visit from my son
    He is my only one

    Sent him to school to get a degree
    Then he moved far away from me

    So proud of the man he has become
    Just wish he lived closer to Mom

  45. What did I do this summer?
    Nothing that was a bummer!
    I taught my granddaughter to sew
    And helped her make some cookie dough.
    And since there wasn't any fog
    I played outside with my big dog.

    But my flowers wilted
    Because mostly I quilted!

  46. Summer vacation was a total fun,
    It's hot though so you need a fan 😉
    Dad hunted for the snails eating his poor plants,
    And me having fun eating ice cream with head full of plans.
    Too bad summer is so short,
    Because really, it was great! XD

  47. This summer was all about Tennessee joy:
    From swimming in rivers with a 3-year-old boy
    To slurping the drops from honeysuckle vines
    With a 5-year-old lady who thinks they're divine.
    The baby I wear in a kangaroo sling
    Now crawls fast and gets into everything!
    The children have all grown by leaps and bounds
    This autumn I'll miss having them around.

  48. Hot sun, time in the pool,
    Taking a dip and staying cool.
    Chalk on the driveway
    Until the kids bike away.
    Long walks to the park.
    Filling out reading charts.

    Head to the campground,
    Family time to be found.
    Bike rides, hikes, flying a kite.
    Campfires, smores, saying goodnight.
    Lots of memories to be had
    Going home a little sad.

    Back-to-school shopping begins
    New clothes, find out what's 'in'.
    Long supply list from the school
    Notebooks designs that are cool.
    Not ready for this Summer to end,
    But kids can't wait to see friends again.

    That was fun! We had a great Summer, not sure if I'm ready for the back-to-school routine yet. THANKS for the chance at a gift certificate!

  49. Summer vacation was a blast
    Spent with friends from the past
    Our time in Alaska was the best
    Even with mosquito pest
    Can’t wait to do it again
    Miss my friends

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  50. Summer 2013 wqs q big fat bummer.
    Summer arrived and with it came along Breast cancer for a ride. Oh how conveinant an entire summer of no trips, no vacations, no fun. Just the overload of labs, tests, hospitals and doctors to visit. No energy to do anything. No money to do anything as Cancer decided to spend it all fo ritself. Yes our summer was a big fat bummer. I did get a few surprise visitors and cards from freinds old and dear. . Their was not even a trip to the beach this year, But beware summer 2014 the kids and I will have a lovely time catching up for the summer tha tnevver was in 2013. Now that summer is gone I have to report I got a call yesterday that said I am now cancer free…. But the best part of the entire experience is that I spent my summer with my family and truely enjoyed each and every moment we had together. Relishing every moment and every memory. For all seasons must come to an end farewell summer and hello to fall….

  51. We did not go anywhere
    just really here and there
    Did a lot of local events
    and spent some time with my parents

    The children grew
    and the adults got fatter

    Filled with lazy days of BBQing, Ice cream, pies, and lots of sewing.

  52. Summer is when large sewing projects get put on hold
    Finishing my quilt will have to wait until it turns cold
    Small sewing projects come out to play
    Like a quillow and flower fabric bowl are finished without delay
    Vacationing with family fills each summer day
    but I try to stop at quilt shops along the way
    I look forward to the kids going back to school to learn
    So that my larger quilt projects can have their turn
    Fall is the time for fresh sewing ideas
    Many of which will surely please.

  53. Our families came from near and far
    All loaded up in one BIG car
    To San Antonio for 3 full days
    Sea World, Six Flags, the River Walk maze
    Then home again we all did go
    Would I do it again, I don't think so!

    It was a fun trip with my two daughters, son-in-laws and three grands and my DH's son, daughter, son-in-law and one grand…total of 13 people.

  54. Summer was short and kind of a blur,
    started piecing quilts and finishing some each month for sure.
    Then time past even quicker with gardening, family fun and the fair.
    Sewing and quilting had to take second chair.
    Now fall is approaching,
    outdoor work end is near.
    In my mind planning quilts
    for the winter months,
    will soon be quite clear.

  55. Our summer was like a crazy hike, we've learnt what means to ride a selfish bike:)

    PS. I'm international so it's really hard to figure out longer poem:)
    PS. Here's the story about selfish bike: we rent a family go-cart and when we finished our ride, Mary (our daughter) told us the next day we should rent for her a…'selfish bike':D She even asked man in rental if he has selfish bikes…

  56. This summer was 5 kids,
    instead of just 4
    And I had a hard time
    getting out of the door!
    But one magical week
    we spent at Disneyland,
    making this summer
    anything but bland.
    My sewing machines have sat
    gathering dust,
    making sewing this fall
    an absolute must.
    It sometimes is hard to send
    the kids off to school,
    but I have two left at home,
    one of whom drools.
    I can hear my machines
    calling my name.
    It's time for Mommy to
    play her sewing game.

  57. Visiting grandparents, siblings and more,
    Eating fresh strawberries and ice-cream galore
    A wedding, an I do,
    I once did, have you?
    Then off for some camping,
    The real deal, no glamping!
    Days by the seashore, days in the sea,
    Splashing and swimming and paddling with me
    Flying, training, driving, we did it all,
    But now Summer's over and here comes the Fall.

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  59. Summer vacation where the oak trees sway.
    Too bad I was sick – but I did get away.
    Crawfish, gumbo, and etoufee ………
    That Southern cure works any old day!!

  60. Summer is fun
    We delight in the sun
    To Toronto we went
    Lots of money we spent
    We tried to see the tower
    But the city lost power
    We relaxed at the lake
    And ate way too much cake
    many fish were caught
    And home they were brought
    Happy memories made
    I hope they never fade.

  61. Camping with grandkids was such fun
    I was sad when vacation was done
    Made sure to hit the fabric shop
    And bought some for my stash until I dropped

  62. Weddings, reunion, boat vacation,
    Flew hither and yon, across the nation.
    Time now to stay home, put up my feet,
    Finish some quilts, won't that be neat?

  63. Summer is…
    bright and happy
    no time to whine

    Summer is….
    places to go and people to see
    I get so dizzy

    Summer is…
    enjoy it while you can

  64. First Sewing Machine

    New to quilting, no guild, no fabric store, just the internet.
    Have two queen size tops almost done by hand.
    Now, have first sewing machine and trying to figure out best way to quilt the top on it.

  65. The beach
    was out of reach
    A hurricane
    made that plain.

    So I quilted until I wilted

    This summer
    would have been a bummer
    if my cousin hadn't planned
    a weekend on Rhode Island.

  66. Summer what Summer
    It was a bummer
    all I did was build, and work
    It made me feel like such a jerk
    but now the house is done
    so I plan to have some fall fun!

    Thank you Ill be here all week lol 🙂

  67. Joined a Guild, now I have to build
    12 quilts as I watch the garden flowers wilt.
    Fun is the sun is such a short delight, living in Montana winter is a long plight.
    So dream of quilting on the coast, with a mimosa in hand, I will toast!

  68. Two young children
    Six weeks' school holiday
    Is it any wonder
    I needed a lie down today?

    But thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop
    Today I got a smile
    9 yards of Kona in the mail
    For my lovely fabric pile!

  69. Summer vacation was having a day to quilt, so here it goes…
    Little Lisa Jean
    Little Lisa Jean come piece your quilt.
    The fabric is on the cutting table ready to be built.
    But where's the girl who looks after the fabric?
    Shes sleeping under the batting oh so thick.
    Will you wake her? No not I;
    For if I do, she sure to cry.

  70. Tennessee the state we chose
    pictures with grandparents the kids did pose

    Splashing around and playing in the pool
    Laughing and joking cousins acting a fool

    Sweet tea in your glass and steak on the grill
    Swinging on the porch is a southern thrill

  71. I've worked in public libraries for almost twenty years. We don't get vacations in the summer — we're too busy. It can lead to burn out. Thank goodness for my sewing machine!!

    Here goes:

    There once was a children's librarian,
    who never used to be a contrarian.
    She spread the joy of books
    while giving children dirty looks
    and said I want my summer's back again.

  72. This summer was our first without the usual trips
    We stayed at home and rested our hips
    We could not complain but were full of joy
    Our 15 month old girl helped us welcome our new baby boy

  73. My summer is over and I am not happy.
    The days are longer since I must be snappy.
    My 8th graders are crappy since they can no longer take a nappie
    But all is well for me and for them because in 192 days we start vacation all over again.

  74. No holidays here
    bundled up in all my winter gear
    time for knitting
    also time for stitching
    looking forward to summer
    cos it's so much funner!

  75. Summer came late it seems
    Suddenly in July the grass was green
    Soon enough fall colours began to grace
    The trees in this northern place
    Before I knew it summer and come
    Just as quickly, summer had gone

  76. Traveling here, going there
    Visiting grandchildren
    Attending quilt retreats where
    Fun was had and work begun
    Rainy days mean inside fun
    Until all UFOs are done

  77. Sometimes it is hard being a military wife.
    Moving across the ocean, living the military life.
    So, when the school year is done
    We hop on a plane to enjoy the American sun.
    Running with cousins, kissing Uncles and Aunts,
    driving 1500 miles to visit both sets of Grandparents.
    Family is what makes the summer so fun, and
    it's hard to go when the summer is done.
    But, school and life beckons us back,
    and all too soon it's time to repack.
    While living apart, there's bound to be misses,
    But we'll remember this summer, and we'll blow you some kisses.

  78. My summer vacation was so much fun
    That I didn't get any housework done.
    I stayed at home and babysat my granddaughter
    And every night we stayed up later
    than we oughter.
    We went to the library and the pool and the park.
    We played in the yard until after dark.
    She is three already and growing up so fast
    I really wish I could make this special time last.

    Thanks for the fun and for this generous giveaway!

  79. I'm so glad that my summer
    Was not a bummer
    Five kids home from school
    Isn't always cool
    But as it turned out
    We had fun going about
    We camped at the lake
    And the girls got to bake
    My sister got married
    And we got a little harried
    All in all, a good time was had
    But the kids going back to school won't be so bad.

    How's that? 🙂

  80. I love to quilt in the summer,
    it's the way that I "play".
    I sew from sunrise to sunset,
    and it makes me happy all day.
    I know I should get my work done,
    but I can't seem to take the time.
    I'm busy with trying to win money,
    which is what I want to do with this rhyme!!

  81. Summer vacation went way to fast,
    I gardened a little,
    Watched grandkids swim,
    Pieced quilts on my antique Singer,
    Attended the grand opening
    of a fabulous new shop,
    Spent mega bucks
    on a new Janome,
    now my quilts can
    really fly!

  82. Our first vacation in a very long time,
    because we actually had an extra dime.
    First time ever in a travel trailer,
    but not much fun to keep cooking and cleaning so I felt like a snapping alligator.
    A huge nervous dog inside cooped up because outside flew zillions of mean biting flees—-
    kept slamming into my aching knees.
    He didn't even want to go outside to take a weeee,
    so having to pull that giant flea collar wearing dog out begging
    Then no where to retreat when the husband began to snore,
    if I'd been strong enough I'd thrown him out the door.
    How can you get clean in a shower that was only a foot wide?
    It felt like the wind would flip the tin can on its' side.
    Granted it only lasted three days and two nights,
    but without my sewing machine nothing felt right.
    So the in-laws were happy because we came to spend a day or two,
    and they were unhappy when our visit was through.
    However, I was elated,
    even though everyone else was a bit let down and deflated.
    I knew that when I got home I could get into my sewing room,
    get back to my fabric addiction and leave behind my gloom.
    The moral of this poem is if you have to go away—
    Don't forget to take something along to hand quilt to get you through those long tin can days.

  83. Summer, dear summer
    Oh where have you gone?
    School's a big bummer
    The days are all long.
    I'll miss my sweetheart
    Who's off to first grade
    To get a head start
    On math for quilts made.

    Okay, so that last part was a stretch… but she is a budding quilter! Thanks for the chance to win!

  84. This summer being filled
    with what people call "time"
    has given me much
    to put into rhyme.
    Contemplating my future
    and just how to live
    a life full of happiness
    with so many quilts to give.
    As a beginner and
    fresh out of jobs,
    I taught myself sewing control
    and learned all about blogs.
    Now school is back in
    and jobs are back too,
    I must temper my quilting
    and get back to being "hey you"!

    brandizzle7133 at yahoo dot com

  85. The hottest English summer we've ever had
    Down came the rain, but warm sun too
    our garden flourished, strawberries grew
    the children glad not to be at school

    We visited all our favourite haunts
    Museums, gardens, picnics, barbeques,
    A trip to Yorkshire to play with the cousins
    Endless laughter in the paddling pool

    I got to sew when they were tired from all the fun
    But we all made the most of the wonderful sun
    This time next week it's back to school
    How I'll miss them so – but how much sewing I'll get done!

  86. Its winter here down under
    Some rain, storms and thunder
    Some sunshine would be sweet
    And a chance to paddle my feet
    Quilting time can be found
    What ever seasons around

  87. A trip to the Beach was not out of reach;
    Point No Point in Washington is always a ton of fun.

    A quick trip to Salt Lake City
    for some nose-in-the-books time
    Meant this history geek was sitting pretty
    with good results on one paternal line.

    Lots of sewing for charity
    kept my Bernina humming merrily;
    If I were your contest winner
    That would be better than pie for dinner!

  88. Roses are Red
    Violets are Blue
    Poems hurt my head
    And College bills do too!!!

    I really suck at poems but there you have my heart this year as my youngest goes off to college!!!

  89. With lots of plans
    and many fans
    thought I get my projects done.

    Time passes on fast
    Not even near the last
    guess I will meet the setting sun.

    On to the next one
    hope I get it done
    Life is fast but I will last!

    Okay, I an not a poet but that was fun….thanks for the inspirations!

  90. My summer vacation was non existent.
    Even though I was insistent. It just didn't happen, cause we were strappin.' For cash.
    So, maybe next year, the financial waters will clear and we can enjoy the beach we hold dear.
    Sorry for the bummer poem, but, that's what happened. lol
    Thanks for the chance!!

  91. Summer was short
    Summer was sweet
    Produce put away for later we eat
    Fairs to attend and cows to be shown
    My, I just realized how the kids and grands have grown!
    Wanted to go and dip my toes, but that will not be for quilts are awaiting to longarm by me
    Wish summer would start allover again
    I am just now starting to get my summer tan! :O)

  92. Grand kids were so busy,
    They kept me in a tizzy.

    Summer sure wasn't boring,
    I wanted to do more snoring.

    I wish I had an extra dime,
    To buy myself some more time.

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

  93. Summer vacation, how I long for you
    But first I need to see the Winter through!
    You see, down under almost all is upside down
    So no yellowing leaves to be found anywhere in town
    Just bare branches with the smallest inkling
    That Spring will indeed soon be beaming,
    Followed then by the wonders of Summer
    So we can finally enjoy hearing the banter
    Of small children playing in the sun
    As well as all the accompanying fun
    That comes with summer vacation.
    Meanwhile mama threads yet another bobbin
    Readying the trusty sewing machine
    to work on one project, or maybe… sixteen!

  94. The dog days of summer have finally arrived…
    This summer I survived!
    For you see, our old dog of 15
    left this scene
    and our new puppy full of mischief
    has kept me from my sewing machine!
    Oh my!!

  95. As sure as the tides roll in,
    Summertime begins again.

    Daughter and girls come visit for a week.
    They stay for three and have fun at the beach.

    Huge birthday party for son's littlest one.
    Everyone has tons of fun.

    Shared birthday for Grandma plus one.
    A new teenager is having fun.

    With son and family we go to The Keys,
    Relax in the sun and the ocean breeze.

    The lazy days too quickly fly,
    And summertime says sad goodbye.

    We reside in Florida all year.
    Thank goodness the beach is always near!

  96. The summer heat came on quick
    and we headed to the pool in a blink
    The kids wanted to go to a zoo
    So we went but we found no animals that went moo
    We also found a drive-in movie
    That was so groovy!
    Now the end is coming up fast
    But man we had a blast!!


  97. Off to Shasta Lake for houseboating we go.
    We had all week for our wakeboarding skills to grow.
    Feasted on yummy food and read our favorite books.
    Did some tubing, had water fights, and played lots of Rook.
    Perhaps the best of all was all the laughter that bonded new friends.
    Couldn't ask for a better summer's end.

  98. Summer vacation was great but to long
    It is so hot while I'm writing this song
    And I have to admit, but please don;t think I'm a fool, but I think it is time for my kids to go back to school

    Many thanks for this great giveaway!

  99. The summer of 2013
    Fulfilled a mother's dream

    Seeing my beautiful grown-up girl in white
    Walking down the aisle with her dad in the sunshine so bright

    By the stone cross overlooking the mountain, sheltered by the pines
    The bride and groom declared their love and their vows for all times.

    Surrounded in Love, Blessed by the Light
    We danced into the summer night

  100. There are some seriously good poets amongst your readers. I unfortunately am not one of them!

    Off to the beach,
    Just within reach,
    Fun in the waves,
    wearing our shades
    Family time
    Oh I wish I could make words rhyme 🙂

  101. Summers are for swimming and fishing,
    But all I could do is sit by wishing,
    Because all the sunny days were gone,
    And so I stitched here all alone.
    But lots of quilts were done in a flash,
    And now it's time to rebuild my stash!

  102. Oh what fun to read your ditties,
    Some so sad and some real pretty!
    My summer here's just drifting along…
    No time to hear a summer song!
    Some extra work brings some cash
    – I dream of adding to my stash.
    I plan my quilt up on the wall
    and find a name for it after all…
    I read the blogs and have some fun
    I leave a comment on every one!
    At last my number comes up lucky-
    Not once but twice, would you believe it?

  103. My summertime started out rough
    But I am strong and I am tough
    The flight was good, but the wait was long
    Thank goodness I didn't wear a thong!
    We got to Iowa late in the day
    So upon arrival, we could not play.
    Not much to do there, but I did find
    all the quilt shops I had in mind.
    Where ever I travel, I like to see
    if there are quilt shops waiting for me.
    I went to about 5 during my stay
    and that was fun, I got to play.
    Enjoying fabric, every one
    That's what I call having fun.

  104. For big Summer break fun, you need to get out in the sun!!! The whole Summer I was playing a fool, now Summer is over we have to go back to school, and that's not cool, out of chances to go to the pool.

    Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  105. Ann T said

    summer was the very best
    pool time and beach time passed the test
    Grandchildren created all the fun
    I am sorry summer is done!
    Tops for Meg and shirts for Matt
    All summer long on my sewing machine sat!
    Need to start sewing so they will look cool
    Guess what…my Grandkids rule!!!!!!!

    Please pick this nana!

  106. We welcomed our first puppy,
    Cleaning up poo is yucky.
    I tended him from the couch,
    No sewing made me a grouch.
    He gives me a smile,
    And we forget all our trials.
    Finn is loved.

  107. The summer is ending very soon.
    My son will be married this Saturday noon.
    We picked up my daughter so we can all be merry
    Our route home took us on the Cross Sound Ferry
    We'll dance and we'll sing
    And have lots of fun
    The summer will end with a new life for my son.

  108. Vacation plans were made
    Destination was the beach
    Accommodations chosen
    Sun and sand within our reach

    Frolicking in the waves
    Was what we had in mind
    Strolling in the sand
    Trying to unwind

    Then came the unexpected
    Yet very happy news
    Something monumental
    A surprise that came in twos

    We gave up sun and sand
    Vacation plans were changed a bit
    Replaced by something better
    A summer we would not forget

    And so our days were spent at home
    Our time was filled with fun
    We couldn’t be much happier
    Vacation days with new twin grandsons!

  109. This year our summer was without a pain
    As there was not a drop of rain
    I had such fun with the Grand
    as we played in the sand
    The beach is where we went to play
    And then came home to watch the farmer cut hay.
    I had not one ounce of guilt
    as nary a quilt was built.

    Hey, that was really fun.

  110. Left the beaches of Florida behind
    For Utah and mountains to climb
    Zions and Bryce National Parks
    Bear Lake, waterskiing, family picnics in parks
    Back home in Florida where tourists long to be
    But Utah and mountains are favorites for me

  111. I went to quilt with friends I know
    I nearly went to Mexico
    I sewed and sewed and ate also
    I tried to quilt in the moon's bright glow.
    I battled when machines won't go.
    Retreats are great when you want to sew
    But three in a month is a real no-go.

  112. This summer was not a bummer!
    It was swimming, and laughing;
    Playing and splashing.
    This summer was fire-flies
    And sweet smelling cherry pies;
    It was musical crickets,
    and Popsicle lick its!
    It was time my babies
    (who no longer are babies),
    And smiles shared with the love of my life.
    This summer was full of memories,
    Bumps, bruises, and shimmeries.
    Now we'll move on to Fall,
    With school and football,
    And dream of our toes in the sand.

  113. Laura S
    “This summer
    Oh what an odd one
    More rain than sun,
    But still, we managed to have fun
    From campouts with s’mores,
    To boat rides on the lake,
    This is what I remember about my summer break.”

  114. I cannot believe a whole summer has passed!
    It seems it flew by compared to the last.
    We had some great times at home and away
    San Diego in June was quite a nice stay.
    We started our very first garden and found
    The squash and cucumbers soon covered the ground.
    I squeezed in some mom time and sewed up a skirt
    My girls played real hard, only once or twice hurt.
    My husband stayed busy working away
    At least when he traveled we got to go play.
    With all the hot weather we loved getting wet
    Since my girls aren't of school age it's not over yet.
    We'll still play outside and make trips to the zoo
    We'll still find some silly and fun things to do.
    Now all that I need for a final summer treat
    Is some FQS dough to sew up something sweet!

    Thanks for the fun challenge!
    silverize at hotmail

  115. I worked hard through the summer
    In a temporary position
    I was thrilled to be working
    In such great conditions.

    I'm happy to report
    that I was hired permanently today
    I'll have many more summers
    To frolic and play!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  116. Summer went by way too quickly
    And now my kids are oh so sickly
    Their tummies hurt, but I'm no fool
    They just don't want to go to school
    Through those front they must go
    To learn the things they need to know
    Now mommy get's a little break
    to finally sew, for goodness sake!

  117. I planned to spend the summer at the pool
    It always rained, the angels drooled
    The grandchildren always had a cold
    The deer ate the garden, there were so bold
    So Nana stayed inside and sewed
    Almost ready for Christmas, truth be told!

  118. My garden is soggy,
    The flowers lie flat.
    The lawn is so boggy,
    My footsteps go splat.

    Not much could be done
    In the yard that was wet.
    So we made our own fun,
    My grandchildren and pets.

    We snuggled and read
    And watched movies galore
    Until time for bed,
    And a little bit more.

    Though we had no big plans
    Or big trips east or west,
    Our time was just grand
    And this summer was best!

  119. I had a staycation this summer
    but it wasn't a bummer.
    I bought fabric galore
    but just wanted more.
    I shopped and compared
    and cut and prepared.
    Sewed a couple of quilt tops
    then decided I had to stop.
    I needed more fabric.
    What a surprise!
    Now I'm writing a poem
    to win fabric as a prize!


  120. Summer was too short
    Now my baby starts kindergarten
    Sewing Christmas stockings in July
    Sure made the time fly by
    Now with homework to be done
    Papers to grade
    The quilting will sadly fade.

  121. School bells ring and mothers smile,
    The kids are gone for a little while.
    Drag out your fabric,your machine
    needs oil.
    It's time to quilt and let your nerves uncoil!

  122. Summer came by and went so fast, for me this summer was a blast!

    Was blind and now I am able to see, the stars, moon and the sun shine on me

    Long warm days and cool nights, spent creating and sewing like a bird that has just taken flight

    Soon will be fall and the crisp chilly nights and buying quilting fabrics from The Fat Quarter Shop sounds just right!

  123. My days, spent looking for a job – a never-ending search
    Being laid off back in June has left me in a lurch
    Summer, you were never here for me to just enjoy
    For I was always stuck inside, computer for a toy.

  124. …Summer Vaca…Watch Out! the Grandkids have come to Stay 🙂
    Driving me Crazy to Sew up a Storm,
    for that next one about to be Born!
    What with their help and fabric Galore we dug in and Each made a Block and then S`Mores…
    Now they have gone and all is quiet
    But Can't wait Til next year for the same Big Riot!

  125. "Summer vacation" was a misnomer
    Daddy was gone so Mom was a goner!
    Lots of playdough, Legos and beach,
    But relaxing definitely wasn't in reach.
    A little good travel, though camp left us itching.
    One thing that didn't happen? Time for Mom's stitching!
    So excited for school to restart – Dad's back for back up; Mom can sew art!

  126. This summer we decided to put in a pool
    In a effort to keep all the kiddies cool!
    It was such a shame,
    all it did was rain,
    now it's time to go back to school!

  127. Spring led to Summer
    Summer will lead to Fall.
    The daily chores are all the same here
    There's no difference at all.

    October will finally bring vacation
    The coolness that I love
    Pumpkins, leaves, and mountains
    And I'll thank the Lord above.

  128. Four sisters,
    Fort builders,
    movie watchers,
    pool swimmers.

    Play pretend,
    Barbies, Legos,
    Messy playroom
    Smiling faces.

    Up late,
    Bug bitten,
    Star gazing,
    S'more fingers.

    Cross country
    By air and car,
    cousins waited,
    Glad reunions.

    Four sisters,
    Backpacks ready,
    Momma cries,
    Both sad and happy.

  129. Summer was here and my kids have now grown
    Ben headed out west, “wild mountains” to roam.
    With 80 great friends, all working in sync
    They made Estes park, look like a jewel in a wink!

    The daughter I love, has grown up much too fast
    She travels and texts me at each place that is passed.
    She flew out to Boston, ate lobsters on the Cape
    And savored the break from her job and red tape.

    I held down the fort. I continued to cook
    I picked blueberries for freezing. I made pie by the book
    Fresh peaches for jams, and blackberries for eating
    Judged fair projects for kids, in 4H that were competing.

    So schools back in session, a new season begins
    I find myself restless and my mind starts to spin
    My pfaff’s put away and no fabric that’s new
    It’s time for a project, oh what should I do?

    So I dust the machine, and have it tuned up just tight
    As I view the new fabrics and find one just right.
    An order is placed and I’m happy through and through
    Oh, thank you Fat Quarters for all that you do!

  130. Here goes:

    Summer started with a family get-together
    Together my hubby and I planned for the looming call-in jury duty
    Jury duty was a breeze, good thing
    The thing is not much quilting happened those days.

    One day I found myself free to quilt again, yayy!
    Quilts were flying out of my house to my sister and to Germany
    Where a baby was born who is now enjoying her quilt.

    Did I say I was ill almost all summer?
    All summer, just about, it lasted.
    Doc said it could take longer
    Not longer did it take though
    Because I'm better now
    So much better that a quilt is flying off my machine to my wall!

  131. Fun fun!

    Stayed at home
    But not all alone,
    Spent the day with the baby
    While thinking maybe,
    I could sew,
    But he decided no,
    Just sit and snuggle,
    So I decided to juggle,
    The baby and the fabric and complete three quilt tops

  132. My husband built me a charming room
    So I could quilt till every flowers' a bloom
    The gardens burst with many rosies,
    Geraniums, Lavender and pink posies
    The children would play, golf and swing,
    While I dreamed of quilting many a pretty thing.

  133. Summer was filled with parties galore
    We were even able to see the seashore
    Alas school must start
    Which is good for my heart
    For my sewing machine thought me a bore.

  134. What a fun idea
    So many wonderful writers and poets!!
    Here is my attempt…

    My summer was bad
    No vacation in sight
    Sewing "Deck-ade the Halls" blocks
    was the only highlight!

  135. Summertime 2013

    Hi Ho, Hi Ho,
    Off to Myrtle Beach
    We did go.

    We celebrated our 40th!
    Ate out &
    Read books.

    Then home to
    Fresh veggies
    Plums & tomatoes

    Cutting the grass
    And pulling weeds
    What a workout Indeed!

    Rain and more rain
    Will it ever stop?
    Let's build an ark!

    School buses are now running
    Fall is welcome here!
    Parents are cheering.

    Now it the time
    For serious sewing
    Let the fun begin!

    Mary Ellen Hood

  136. English Summer Haiku

    Playing in the sea
    Blowing bubbles on the grass
    Lots of toddler fun

    Sunny, hot and bright
    Also rainy, cold and wet
    Summer in england 🙂


  137. What can I say, this summer was fun
    Can't believe that it's over, can't believe it is done.
    We cruised in Alaska, we camped in the hills,
    We got family together, we shared many meals.
    We had sewing classes, grandkids sewed up a storm,
    So busy together, laughter was always the norm.
    And then there's the longarm I bought with such glee,
    and have loaded and quilted every moment that's free.
    It's been a whirlwind, it went by so fast
    But the memories are joyful, and memories will last.
    Hope your summer was wonderful too.

  138. Summer.
    Is hot. Hot. Hot. Hot.
    Sweat and humidity and salt.
    Hide inside.

    Park? No thanks.
    Beach? I'd prefer my own oven.

    If it hasnt got ac it hasnt got nothin.

  139. As the summer is ending, we have a trip that is pending.
    Will we go far away? Or at home will we stay?
    Thanks for the giveaway

  140. The summer was short and quilting days few
    I loved being pool side but boy how it flew!
    We camped and we swam and made s'mores and pies
    We stayed up late and looked up at the skies
    My kids are now older and one has moved out
    The others will soon follow of that I have no doubt
    We had a great time and that story is true
    The fall starts another story that is new
    I love changing seasons don't ask me why
    But here is one reason and no I won't lie
    Each day is a blessing and brings something else
    for our hearts to put up on our memory shelf!

  141. Here is my poem…..

    My summer in Hickory of 2013
    Was really rather kind of keen.
    I went online to the FatQuarterShop
    And spent lots of money until I dropped.

    I got the quilt kit "Just the Ticket"
    Made it for some friends that just got "hitched"
    They loved the gesture – so I told them
    "It was my pleasure!"

    I sewed and sewed, then sewed some more
    For I have two more grandchildren (on the way) that need to keep warm!
    One in Chicago, the other in Raleigh
    My husband and I just keep saying "oh my!"

    Enough about me and mine
    Let's pray for the ones that aren't so fine.
    The flooding and fire all around our great nation
    We need to show love, that's the foundation.

    Sewing quilts for those in need
    Is truly forever a great deed.
    Something to hold on to that shows you care
    Can you make ten, I just dare!

  142. Yes, the summer was HOT
    Some brief relief I sought
    Oh the fabrics I bought
    Choosing zig-zag or dot
    Quilting just hits the spot
    Unless decked on a yacht!

  143. Back to school, as if I got a break,
    My summer semester was no piece of cake.
    Sociology haunted me per week three days each,
    when all I dreamed about way laying on the beach.
    With every party and bon fire missed,
    I found myself pondering social conflict with my hands in fists.
    But with those three credit passed this girl jumped ahead,
    And come this spring I will don a gown, and a cap on my head.

  144. Summer North of 60
    …when fragrant leaves emerge from slumber;
    meadows green and squirrels noisy,
    ice gone from the lake,
    dock returned to the water,
    the shrieks of children in the campground
    as they jump in;
    lazy Saturdays and daylight that lasts

  145. In June north to Chicago I flew
    to meet with old friends not new
    We went to a quilt show and saw
    beautiful quilts that left me in awe.
    We talked, sewed and shopped
    until we had to stop
    Because back home I had to go.

    Sandy A

  146. To the beach we did go,
    with two beautiful grandsons in tow!
    A family reunion with joyful tears,
    it has been 11 long years!
    In the Dessert is our great big lake,
    thank goodness we didn't see snake!
    A wedding in Utah couldn't be missed,
    How lucky we are to be so blessed!

  147. Here it goes:

    Montana was our destination,
    The nature & wildlife a fascination!
    Hiking and rafting – oh what fun,
    And it certainly was too fast done.
    But Glacier Park – don't you fear,
    we'll be back within a year!

    Thanks so much!

  148. Here in Colorado it's been a hot, dry summer.
    I had no vacation this year-that was a bummer.

    I stayed cool in the A/C and sewed UFO's.
    First I pieced blocks–then sewed into rows.

    I now have some quilt tops that need long arm quilting.
    It is still so hot, the garden is wilting.

    One morning as I watched Kathi Lee and Hoda
    I thought about making a new quilt with some Moda.

    Maybe something designed by Bonnie and Camille.
    Those prints in Scrumptious sure have appeal.

    Thanks for the chance to win some Fat quarter Shop cash.
    I would LOVE to add some great stuff to my stash!!!

  149. This summer, I promised serious family time.

    I'll tell you about it in the following rhyme:

    We bought a bike trailer, then rode for 12 miles.

    Even though there were wipeouts, we came home with smiles.

    We visited Holland (in Michigan) where there was so much to do!

    We bought tulips, ate ice cream, and tried on wooden shoes.

    Then we put up a tent & made a firepit in the backyard.

    I got maybe two hours of shuteye – – camping with kids is hard!!!

    This week, we visited the carnival at the county fair…

    And dealt with crazy humidity – – check out Mom's hair! 😉

    This weekend, we'll build castles on the beach.

    And I'll sneak time to write lesson plans – – it's almost time to teach!

    Hope you all had a wonderful summer!

  150. There once was a couple of Yanks
    Who needed a very long break.
    They went to the UK,
    ate fish and chips along the way,
    Then returned home with great thanks.

  151. This summer was fast
    Can't believe it's over
    many memories will last
    and we will feel much closer

    My family faraway I could not see
    a baby niece in my arms I could not hold
    but my prayers and my love will surely meet
    through the invisible bridge that never gets old.

  152. We traveled and traveled and traveled some,
    Visiting grandkids and siblings, hugs and giggles galore.

    The summer flew by
    but fall is my favorite.
    I look forward to cool days and chats with my neighbor.

  153. Tomatoes and cucumbers aplenty
    beets and carrots galore
    freezing, canning pickling.
    Long days of August
    filled with gardening and heat.
    Longing for sweet September,
    cool mornings, cup of tea,
    sunrises watched from the deck,
    trees transforming from
    summer green to
    russets, oranges, yellows.
    The richest of pallets,
    Inspiration for this
    Autumn's quilt.

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