Thursday, March 3, 2011

Modern Basics Book Blog Tour & Giveaway

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Welcome to the blog tour of Amy Ellis' new pattern book Modern Basics.  I feel honored to be part of the official blog tour and I'm so excited to share this book!  As a long time blog (Amy's Creative Side) reader, I've known Amy was working hard on this book and I couldn't wait to get a look at it. I can honestly say that it met, if not exceeded, all of my expectations.  I think it's sometimes difficult for me to find a quilt pattern book with more than one or two patterns that I want to try. Not the case with this book. 
Amy has done a fantastic job creating patterns that are visually challenging, but shows how they can easily be assembled.  All 14 projects are beautiful. These are three of my favorites.
This is a perfect book for beginners too.  Many very simple projects with a lot of visual impact. The instructions are very clear and there are different sizing options.
The thing I love most about Amy though, is her encouragement of anyone who: 
  • wants to start quilting but doesn't know how
  •  anyone who stresses about picking fabric and colors
  •  anyone with  a handful of small "helpers" around or
  • anyone who feels they have too little time and space to take on a quilting hobby.

Modern Basics is available at Amazon or at your favorite local fabric store, but Amy is giving away a signed copy to one of you!  For your chance to win a copy leave a comment. Please be sure to leave an email address so I can give you the good news if your name is randomly selected.
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And just to increase your chances of winning you can visit these other stops on the book tour:
AmyLouWho (3/5)

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Thanks to all who entered. The winner is:

Blogger Stacy said...

I inherited a stack of traditional quilt block books from my great aunt who was a high school home-ec teacher for over 40 years. They've been my staple for ideas and techniques as I learn to sew and quilt.

Today I bought a new Bernina, and learned a few new modern methods. Amy's book Modern Basics would make a great companion as I gain new skills.

thanks for the opportunity!

412 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this book! Come on, little Miss Random!!

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  2. Pick me please. There are some great quilts in this book that I want to try.

    chancyf at gmail dot com

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  3. I'd enjoy winning this book. Love the front cover quilt with the flowers in the lower right corner.

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  4. I love the colors. Quilts are so fun! I am a beginner with a brand new sewing machine I can't wait to see the book, I hope I win;)

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  5. Oooh! Great book! Hope I'm the lucky winner!

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  6. This book is DEFINITELY on my Wish List! I have wanted it since Amy first showed previews of it.

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  7. Those quilts look so lovely. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

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  8. ooooh! I really want to make the quilts you pictured. i especially like that they look easy enough for me to do. thanks for the chance.

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  9. Amy's really come up trumps with Modern Basics; I'd absolutely love to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity :)

    angelasmart(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. I would so love to have this book. The patterns look so pretty and easy to do. A perfect combination.

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  11. I am putting this book at the top of my birthday list in case I don't win one! I can't wait to see it in person!

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  12. This looks like such a great book! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

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  13. Thanks for hosting the giveaway, I love these quilts, or at least all the ones I have seen featured on this blog hop. Thanks so much!
    cmdoduck(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I'd love to have a copy of this book. Her quilts are all so pretty and look like they wouldn't take me forever to make. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. I am always on the lookout for a new book for my little library. Thanks for the review, looks fun.

    Andrea
    andreag.erekson@gmail.com

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  16. It'd be so great to win this book!
    maryjowyse@yahoo.com

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  17. I'd love to win the book too.

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  18. Beautiful! I would LOVE to own this book! I have done a couple of quilts but I think I lack a lot of "basic" knowhow that would make my quilting that much better- I have been looking for recommendations for good books! Thank you!

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  19. Being a beginner I am excited to see this book and of course would love to win it!

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  21. I would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity.
    dwfillmore@gmail.comst

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  22. Now wouldn't this book allow me to be far mor prolific than I am now! lol Amy's done a fantastic job with this book! I'd love to win a copy!

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  23. Love this book, would love to win.

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  24. Would love to win this book--looks like just what this new quilter needs! Thanks for the chance!
    ktyoung1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. I would love to make the quilts in this book!

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  26. I agree with you, it's rare to find a book with more than one or two patterns that I like, but I've liked every single one you've shown! This is a keeper for sure. Here's hoping it comes to me!

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  27. Love the cover quilt on this book. And another great review. It is on my list of must gets. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Have a super great sewing day.

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  28. You took such nice photos of the book for the blog, Amy's book is so exciting .

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  29. I know I'm going to love this book! Each of the quilts pictured is GORGEOUS!

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  30. As a beginner, this is something I definitely need and would love to own.

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  31. Oh I would love to win. The quilts are all so fun.

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  32. Looks like I book I would love to have.....maybe I'll win

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  33. Now that I have time to sew, I'm thoroughly enjoying quilting. I would LOVE to be the one chosen to receive this book.
    Thank you.

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  34. Great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. I'm enjoying the blog tour...hope I win.

    Billie in TX

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  36. I am a pretty new quilter, and this book looks right up my alley! Thanks for the chance to win, stay blessed!

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  37. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

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  38. I just bought my first sewing machine. It would be awesome to get this book!

    mrsk [at] mrskandco [dot] com

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  39. I just bought a couple of books to give me some inspiration -- I didn't see this one, and it looks great! Hope I win!!!

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  40. Would love to win this book! Please count me in!

    Sandy A
    scotty4me39 @ yahoo. com

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  41. This sounds PERFECT for me since I am new to quilting. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    kempfyre21{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  42. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  43. Gorgeous Book! Gorgeous Quilts!

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  44. This book looks wonderful! If I don't win it a definite buy :)

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  45. WOW Id love to win this. she's speaking my style language.

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  46. Thanks for the peek into the book and the giveaway.

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  47. This book looks fabulous....just my style. You're right, it is hard to find a quilt book with more than a couple that I'd really try...but not this one!

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  48. I could really use a book on quilting since I am a beginner and I don't have a book on quilting! But if I don't win I shall eventually buy this great looking read! Thanks!!

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  49. Love the book. There are several of quilts I would enjoy making and displaying. Happy quilting.

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  50. Ohhh! Would love this - have just started quilting :)

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  51. Wow. I would love to have this book on my shelf - I am lacking some quilting/patchwork books so this one would be GREAT!! There looks to be my kind of projects in there too!!
    Anna
    anna@ourinfo.biz

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  52. I'd love to win a copy of this book! One of the next projects on my list is a queen sized quilt for our bed. I think the knotted pattern just might be perfect. Thanks for the chance!

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  53. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance.

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  54. i adore what you showed o fthis new book by Amy Ellis. Every charity I sew for could use these great ideas. thank you carol c aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

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  55. I love the colors in these quilts. I can't wait to add it to my collection.

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  56. OH BOY! LOVE this BOOK! Here's hoping! :)

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  57. This books looks great! Pick me Mr. RNG!

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  58. I've been helping some beginners and could use some tips from this book. Not to mention the patterns. Thanks for the chance.

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  59. I love the quilts in this book and hope it can come home to me!

    Thanks for hosting this tour.

    Island Quilter

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  60. Love this blog and all I learn from it! Haven't attempted my first quilt yet....have had the fabric for it for awhile, just not the courage. Maybe this book would provide the latter! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  61. Would love to have a copy of this book - the patterns look great! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.
    JoAnn (info7miner@gmail.com)

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  62. I love the quilts in this book - true awesomeness! They're all so pretty...Thanks for hosting!
    Lisa
    mistyfuji *at* yahoo *dot* com

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  63. I would love to win this book. I am just starting to pick out fabric for my first quilt and yes I have anxiety. Thinking how am I going to quilt all the layers together seems to be my biggest concern. This book sounds like it would be a big help.

    Laura
    sewingmom42@yahoo.com

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  64. This book looks wonderful. I really appreciate it when patterns are accessible even for those of us who might need a easier pattern. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    awamom at yahoo dot com

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  65. Love it! I'd love to win a copy...thanks for the chance!
    meri_drake@yahoo.com

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  66. I would love to win this book - it looks amazing! Thanks for the chance!

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  67. Love the patterns shown in this book - what a pick me up! Would love to win.

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  68. Wow! I certainly love the quilts over here on your blog!!! Amy's book has some great quilts in it.

    hugz
    Pam

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  69. It looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win.
    onlybas@aol.com

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  70. I love the bottom quilt. Very nice. Thank you for the chance to win her book!

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  71. I love this book.
    gokrazy31 at hotmail dot com

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  72. Great minds think alike because these are my favorites too! Pick me! Love your blog! I've been reading it for a couple of months and it's terrific!

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  73. The book looks so great! thanks!
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  74. I would LOOOOOOOOOOOVE to win this book!!

    runmommatwitchrun at gmail dot com

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  75. Those quilts are beautiful. I would love to learn how to quilt!
    Berniefrisby@yahoo.com

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  76. Yay! I would love some fresh new patterns! Christie - varinasgarden@gmail.com

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  77. Thanks for a chance to win this book. I see a pattern I'd love to make! spearscarol@yahoo.com

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  78. I can't wait to get started on some quilts from this book...well, I can wait, am waiting, and hoping I'll win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  79. I would really love to have this book. I've seen so many quilts that I would like to make. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  80. I would love to have a new book for my "new" house...and is it Sat March 5th or Sun March 6th that you will close it?

    qkrinabx@ hotmail. com

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  81. I've been hopping around this blog tour trying to win this! The book looks wonderful. Thanks for showing some of your favorite pages, as I saw a new quilt that hasn't been showcased on any other blogs.

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  82. This is a great book I'm sure. Amy's blog is an awesome one to follow for help and this book has got to be the same. Thanks for taking part.

    vburr at charter dot net

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  83. What beautiful colors and designs. Great book!

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  84. It looks like there are a lot of great patterns to choose from in this book!

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  85. i love the quilt with the hope valley fabrics. such a simple but lovely pattern! thanks for the chance!

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  86. I'd love to win this book! Your Pinwheels quilt is gorgeous, by the way!!! Looks like summer . . .

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  87. I would like to add this book to my collection :)

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  88. Oh, I would love to win this book, thank you so much for the opportunity.

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  89. Beautiful quilts. Looove it!

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  90. This book looks awesome!! Thanks!

    spoonbaboon@yahoo.com

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  91. Lovely book! So anxious to see more of it. MJ

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  92. Would LOVE to win this book. The photos you have shown of the quilts in this book are great. I love fresh new ideas!

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  93. The possibilities with these patterns are endless--wouldn't mind getting to check it out in person. ;)

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  94. The books looks great!
    Now I just have to cross my fingers & hope I win ..LOL

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  95. I'd love to win a copy of this book!

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  96. There are certainly more than two patterns I'd love to try :)

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  97. These projects look great and "sew" good for a beginning quilter! Thanks for sharing!

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  98. This book is on my wishlist. Thanks for the giveaway!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  99. Wow! looks like a cool book. There are some really interesting patterns. Thank you for a chance to win a copy. Sarah

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  100. Love your post featuring the book. There are some lovely quilts in it. Thanks for giving us the chance to win it. I love your blog! Have a blessed day!

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  101. I love this blog world - jumped here from your gorgeous pattern at Moda bake shop and am so impressed, I'll be a daily visitor. Love the book - would love to win!

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  102. The book looks fantastic, I would love a chance to win!
    sraymer1@cox.net

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  103. I'd love to have some help when choosing colours.
    This book is perfect
    Gina
    http://gina-catswhiskers.blogspot.com/

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  104. I feel the same way you do about finding patterns in books. I'm happy if there are two that I want to make. The more I see of Amy's book, the more I want to make. Thanks for the chance.

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  105. Looks like a nice book! Thanks for the chance! hesabella(at)gmail(dot)com

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  106. I'd love this book :)
    Thanks for the chance!

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  107. Every "blog tour" showcase makes me more interested in this book, I am excited to see it in person! Thanks for sharing!

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  108. I'd love to win a copy of this book ... I'm a beginner who needs all the help she can get! Thanks for the giveaway! (dmlash04@msn.com)

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  109. I'd love an opportunity to win this book.

    smittyznak@yahoo.com

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  110. I'd love to win. Been trying to get started making my girls a quilt for their bed for a while now. They want one made from Parisville :)
    Thanks!
    erin(dot)n(dot)waters(at)gmail(dot)com

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  111. This book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  112. How is it I am just now finding you!?!??! Can't wait to delve a little deeper and thanks for the wonderful giveaway...the book looks wonderful :0)

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  113. very interesting patterns! i will definitely buy if i don't win.

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  114. I would love to win a copy of Amy's book!

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  115. I want this! These are my types of quilts, easy, fast, and geometric. I might have to put this on my birthday wish-list if I don't win!

    melcollette at gmail dot com

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  116. Pick me! Love all of those quilts in there!!

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  117. Thanks for sharing the great pictures of the book! Please add my name to the list of hopefuls.

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  118. I would love to win this book! It looks like there are some really great patterns in the book.

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  119. What a wonderful book. I would love to win it. Thanks for the chance.
    browne426@hotmail.com

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  120. I love the previews of this book - thanks for the chance to win!

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  121. These projects look really great! The pictures are inspiring and make me want to start cutting fabric to make the quilts pictured! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  122. Looks like a really great book. Just those three photos gave me all kinds of ideas!

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  123. I love the bold simplicity of these patterns! Thanks for sharing!

    EverSewClever@hotmail.com

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  124. Thanks for the chance to win Amy!!! It looks like a beautiful book!

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  125. I think this book is just what I need to work on my stash. I would love to win it.

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  126. Wow, what a wonderful book!
    Thanks for the chance to win it.
    ;^)

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  127. Beautiful quilts! Throw my name into the hat :)tjboyce@juno.com

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  129. I'd love to win this :)

    jjd05c (at) gmail (dot) com

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  130. I would love this book! So cute!

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  131. As a newborn quilter, this book looks like it would be a great learning tool. (dnowhat@gmail.com)

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  132. I have been loving this blog tour. I am so looking forward to getting this book - thanks for the chance to win a free copy (either way it will be on my bookshelf shortly!). fionabhair@gmail.com

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  133. Looks like a great book with beautiful projects
    Amendelblatt at tampabay dot rr dot com

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  134. Oh my goodness, this is my kind of quilting book! I love that first one on the bed.I've been wanting to make one for my bed and that is perfect. Love the colors too!

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  135. I would love to win this book. I have been wanting to get into some more modern quilts. This would be a good place to start. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  136. Wow! Thanks for sharing a great book. I'd love to try some of those beautiful quilts!

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  137. Love what you showed us from this book. Would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity!
    Cindy
    ckrut at hotmail dot com

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  138. I would love a copy of this book. I am new to quilting and am just building my library :-)

    heather.prescott@mclaneco.com

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  139. The book looks great and the quilts are amazing. Count me in!

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  140. These quilts are gorgeous! So colourful! I would love to win this book. Making quilts is so addicting, if you make one, you have to make another and another.
    Cynthia
    rockyroad@sasktel.net

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  141. I would find that book very very helpful. Please enter me in the drawing.

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  142. This book looks so fun! Love the sweetwater fabric quilt on the front!!

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  143. Beautiful book. I would like to participate in the lottery. Thanks. Greetings.

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  144. The quilts and colors in the book look lovely, and I always need help with color selection. I like the simple, contemporary lines of the blocks in the quilts. Thanks very much.

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  145. a great opportunity! thanks and have a great day.

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  146. I've only made 2 projects so far (am a complete beginner) so thus would be really helpful!

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  147. I would love to have a copy. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  148. Love the sneek peeks I've seen of this book! marciejohnson@shaw.ca

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  149. What a wonderful book!!! I would love it! Just what I have seen is amazing and looks like lots of fun!
    Thank you for such a neat giveaway!

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  150. I have been checking this book out on so many blogs, what a great book for any quilter. I would love to win a copy to give my friend who is new to the quilting world! Lisa in Texas

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  151. What a great book! It makes quilting look like something I could do. I would love to try it out. Thank you for showing it on your blog.

    charityv@msn.com

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  152. Looks like a great book. Congrats to the lucky winner. And thanks for the giveaway

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  153. I want to win -please pick me!!

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  154. What a great new book! It makes me think I would be able to quilt! Just maybe I will be lucky enough to try it out! Thank you.

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  155. I'm loving all of the quilts I see from this book - hope I win! Deb

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  156. Knotted Squares is one of my favorites, too. Something tells me that there will be lots of versions seen in blogland soon :D

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  157. The quilt on the front of the book is so cute and I like all the ones you showed. Hope I get lucky!

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  158. This book looks wonderful!

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  159. What a wonderful book!!! How exciting it would be to win an autographed copy!!!! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed! :-)

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  160. I would love to have a copy of this book. arinlayton at gmail dot com

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  161. I just added this book to my wish list at Amazon so in the off case I don't win I will remember it as a book I need to look into.

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  162. Looks like this book is full of great ideas. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  163. Oooo, lovely. I'll have to see about this one!

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  164. Wouldn't it be great if more comments before you actually increased your odds of winning? Just a random thought - I'm enjoying this book tour and will have to buy a copy if I don't win one!

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  165. I inherited a stack of traditional quilt block books from my great aunt who was a high school home-ec teacher for over 40 years. They've been my staple for ideas and techniques as I learn to sew and quilt.

    Today I bought a new Bernina, and learned a few new modern methods. Amy's book Modern Basics would make a great companion as I gain new skills.

    thanks for the opportunity!
    miscstadra at hotmail dot com

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  166. That picture with the green, brown and red quilt is stunning!!

    Would love to have a chance to win this book - looks fabulous!

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  167. I'd love to win this book. It sounds perfect for me as I'm trying to pluck up the courage to make my first big quilt.

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  168. Beautiful Quilts! I would love to win a copy of this book. I think it would be perfect for me as I'm a beginner quilter. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  169. These quilts look amazing. See a couple "have to do" in future. Jobrdah@hotmail.com

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  170. Love this book...thank you for the chance

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  171. I am a beginner quilter and would love to win this book - looks like lots of not-so complicated patterns! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  172. Thanks for the sneak peaks, love the quilts, so simple!

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  173. I'm so excited for this book! I would love to make several of the patterns in this book.

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  174. Looks like I NEED this book! Hope I win.

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  175. Thanks for the opportunity to share this book! Now if i can just hold off ordering from amazon BEFORE the contest ends!

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  176. This book looks like a ton of fun, thanks for the chance to win!

    jennalynnsews @ yahoo.com

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  177. Wonderful!
    I would love to win this book.
    Simone
    blendenull(at)web(dot)de

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  178. I'd love a chance to win this book!

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  179. Gorgeous book & gorgeous quilts to inspire!!
    what a fabulous giveaway..thank you Amy!!

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  180. GORGEOUS patterns! Thanks for the chance to enter. :)
    mab(at)onepost(dot)net

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  181. Those are some nice projects, and totally doable.

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  182. Love your blog and also a chance to win this book. Thanks for the contest.

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  183. Cool book!! Thanks for the chance to win one.
    maxthebull@hotmail.com

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  184. I finally found a way to look at your site WHOO!

    So this book is like totally amazing right?

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  185. Ohhh love the pictures of the book and the quilts. Me and my little helpers would love to win. :)

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  186. Thankyou for introducing me to Amy, I love the freshness of her designs.

    trudyseca@yahoo.com

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  187. This book looks wonderful - so mnay lovely quilts!

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  188. Hooray! I need a book like this....I'm probably at the end of my online guess work ability. :)

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  189. Oh what a fun new book, I would love to win it and get some quilting started again. Thanks!

    rhianneholmes@hotmail(dot)com

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  190. This looks like the perfect book for me! I'm new to your blog and a beginner quilter. I would love to have this book!

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  191. I can always use a good quilt book, especially one that has more than 1 or 2 projects that I would actually make (like you said in your post). Thanks!

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  192. I love when my favorite blog-authors become book-authors as well! Thanks for the giveaway Amy & Amy.

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