Thursday, March 3, 2011

Modern Basics Book Blog Tour & Giveaway

Modern Basics cover
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. Pick me! Pick me! I would love to win a copy of this book.It looks like it is so fresh and simple.

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  2. Beautiful photos of the book, Amy. Thanks for counting me in.

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  3. This books looks fabulous!! If I don't win, I will definitely have to look for it at the bookstore!!

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  4. I would love to win this book, thanks for the opportunity

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  5. I would love to be included in the drawing. I've just started quilting and so have started amassing a book collection! This would be a lovely addition!

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  6. I was really excited about this book when I saw it on Amanda Jean's blog, but now that I have seen a little bit more I can hardly wait! I would love to win a copy of this book!!!

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  7. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway for Amy's new book!

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  8. Hmmmm....I've been wanting to get a beginner book for my sister...she's been wanting to learn how to sew....this might be just the book!:)

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  9. Ooooh I would love this! pick me pick me!

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  10. This book looks fantastic an I hope I´ll have the chance to win the book :-)))
    Greats from Luxembourg/Europe

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  11. This book looks great. I would love to make a quilt from this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. I've been riding along on the blog tour, and would LOVE to win this book! Thanks for the chance! ;)

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  13. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity.

    abranconier@hotmail.com

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  14. I would love this book!

    (rebeccajo44@hotmail.com)

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  15. Thanks for the chance, how fun!

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  16. I would love to be encouraged with this book:)

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  17. Yay! I have been following the blog tour, but it is particularly fun when it stops at a blog I already enjoy!!

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  18. Good Morning Amy. :o)
    What a gorgeous book! I have not had a little peek inside yet. Wow! :o)
    Thank you for a chance to win.
    Have a great day.
    Sincerely, Trish

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  19. I would love to win Amy's book. Thanks for the chance!

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  20. Looks like a really great book that I would love to own .Thanks for the chance .

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  21. I would absolutely love a copy of this book!!

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  22. The book looks great thanks for the chance to win a copy!!

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  23. Sounds like encouragement that is geared right to me! And the quilts are fantastic!

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  24. Hi! I would love to win a copy of this book- looks amazing!:) Thanks!

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  25. This is one of those must have books. Thanks for the oppurtunity to win a copy.

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  26. This book looks like a need to have. Thank you for giving us the details on it!

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  27. I sew want this book. As soon as I saw it somewhere in blogland I knew it would be one of the next quilts I wanted to make (I even looked for it for hours last night). Please, Please choose me.

    Wanda
    http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

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  28. I just love the patterns you selected!

    Mary
    iammaryburke@gmail.com

    http://www.ourhoppyplace.com

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  29. This is my first blog tour and I think this is a great idea. I think this book would be great to share with my sister, who hasn't started quilting yet, but wants to.

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  30. This book is so colourful it's almost edible! A definite purchase for any keen quilter. Would love a copy! Judith xo

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  31. Amy is such a creative gal. The book looks wonderful. Thanks for giving away a copy :-)

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  32. i would love to win this book.
    thanks for the chance !! :))

    best regards
    kat

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  33. Would love to get my hands on this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  34. Yes, I agree there are some great patterns in the book. Thanks for a chance to win on.

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  35. Oh that looks and sounds like a fantastic book!

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  36. It looks to be a great book. It's on my amazon list if I don't win.

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  37. I cannot wait to see this book. It looks awesome.

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  38. It looks like a wonderful book. I'd love to add it to my library!

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  39. Oh my, how I'd love to win a copy of this great book!

    Thanks, Karen

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  40. The quilts look amazing, thanks for the great giveaway.

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  41. This book is on my birthday list! Would love to win a copy. Love the Hope Valley quilt in the picture.

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  42. janna1718@hotmail.comMarch 3, 2011 at 6:58 AM

    what a great looking book! I am a new quilter and any new information would help :)

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  43. I've been seeing this book a few places and it looks wonderful! I'd love to win a copy. :)

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  44. Oh, I'm feeling inspired!! Love the look of those quilts...

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  45. this looks such a great book!
    I'd love to win a copy!

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  46. The more I see and hear about this book, the more I want!

    Thank you for a chance to win!

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  47. I love it! The sneak peak you have given us is wonderful! I would love to be in this giveaway.

    *hugs*
    Debbie K

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  48. I didn't realize there were 14 quilts in her book. I wonder what the others look like? I'm sure they are fabulous.

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  49. I would love this book too as I LOVE quilting books - of the quilts you have shown, I love the pink and green garden one. Gorgeous!

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  50. I would love to win!

    Jenashford at swbell dot net

    Thanks!

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  51. What beautiful quilts. Would really love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity. Hugs

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  52. This book sounds amazing!
    theoriginofwonder(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. You're right about wanting to make every quilt in the book! Every quilt I've seen so far in the blog hop has been one I have wanted to make! Thank you so much for the chance to win this super awesome book.

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  54. Thanks for the chance to win! It looks great.

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  55. Looks like a great book! If I don't win, I'll ask for it for my birthday!

    --reach me at journeythroughgrief @ gmail.com if I win. (take out the spaces, which you prob already knew. lol)

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  56. Looks fantastic and right up my ally! Hope you pick me! :)

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  57. Sounds like a great book. Quilting is something I want to get into, but it seems so intimidating.

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  58. I'd love to learn how to quilt. Thanks for all you share.

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  59. Those quilts look fabulous! I want to win! But if I don't I willl just have to check out her book on Amazon.

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  60. This book looks amazing! I would love a chance to win :)

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  61. I love her cover quilt and the first one you showed. Both very cool!

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  62. Looks like a great book with some fantastic quilts! I would so love to win!

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  63. I would love to win a copy of Amy's book. Thanks.

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  64. The book looks great. I love that first quilt you showed us. Thanks!

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  65. What fun patterns ... hope I win :) Thanks for the chance.

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  66. What a gorgeous book. Looks like there is something for everybody. You can be an experienced quilter or a newbie and you can use your own colour palette with any of these designs.

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  67. I would love to be considered in this giveaway! I just joined the Modern Quilt Guild in LV, NV and I need some modern ideas!! ;-D

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  68. Looks like a lot of really great stuff in there!

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  69. Thanks so much for the great review! I'm really looking forward to this book :)

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  70. those are some beautiful patterns! i would love to try one out!

    sshaw29@gmail.com

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  71. This would be great! I am new to quilting, so this would be a great help!

    -Many Smiles!

    ashley_c_014@hotmail dot com

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  72. the quilts look just beautiful and having clear directions is even better. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  73. This looks like such a fun book!

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  74. After seeing the book on the different blogs, it's amazing how many wonderful ideas small book can contain. I'm in love with “Modern Maze.” (this quilt is made with just five fabrics), and I want to have this addition in my library. Please let me win it! If not, I know I'll be ordering it. And fabric. And notions. And FQs. And VISA will be so happy. But hubby won't. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  75. Every time I read a post about this book, I seen another quilt I'd like to make! Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos of it!

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  76. these quilts look fabulous!

    bess :)

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  77. I soo want to win this book! Love everything I have seen!

    pojeda (at) embarqmail (dot) com

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  78. I would be "TICKLED SCRAPLESS"... To win a copy of your book... I love the tease of photo's you have shown us and would love to make my daughter a new quilt for her room. Thank you for sharing with us. :)

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  79. Wow - I really like the look of these quilts, I'd love to win a copy!

    kellyjo.haines(at)gmail(dot)com

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  80. Such a wonderful book! Thanks for the give away!

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  81. Such lovely quilts jump off the pages in this book! would love to win!
    freeindeed at myfairpoint dot net

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  82. I am one of those on the list of wants to, but is afraid to. But I am planning on giving quilting a try.

    So me, me Please.

    kelly72lynn at yahoo

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  83. The quilts are lovely, thanks for the chance to win the book!

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  84. I'd love to have a signed copy!!
    Justine
    rivervujc@comcast.net

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  85. This books looks awesome. Such fun quilts!!!

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  86. The quilts in this book are so gorgeous! Simple, but colorful and interesting. I'd love to make all of them!

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  87. I can't wait to get my hands on this book. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  88. im so amazed by all that amy can do! she quilts, writes patterns, raises her young family! argh!! how inspiring!

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  89. These really look like great, versatile and quick patterns--can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

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  90. Beautiful! I can't wait to see it in person!

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  91. I'm currently helping a friend get started in quilting and I think she would love this book. I hope I win this book so I can give it to her and then borrow it!

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  92. Amy's is one of the first blogs I started reading. I am so happy for her that she has her own book now and I would love to win it!

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  93. I would looove to win this book! I'm still a relatively new quilter, and I always have a lot to learn!

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  94. I would love a copy of this book!

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  95. I would love to win a copy of this book so please enter me. Today I saw the Hope Valley quilt -- I have some HV and afraid to cut into the fabric -- now I see a pattern that can use. Thanks to you both for the blog tour stop and giveaway of Modern Basics.

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  96. Beautiful book! Thanks for letting us play. Hope I win! :-)

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  97. I would love a copy of this book. Such inspirational ideas.

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  98. I'd love to win a copy of this book, all the quilts look great!

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  99. I would love a copy of this book also!! I am new to quilting and am still intimidated by some of the books that are out on quilting!

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  100. i love seeing books from bloggers i "know". thanks for the chance

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  101. I love Amy's style and would love to win a copy of her book! Thanks for the chance:)

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  102. Pick me, pick me, pick me! I love her stuff, it's all so fresh and fun!

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  103. Oh my gosh! I would totally love a copy of this book :) She's such an amazing woman and an amazing quilter, too.

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  104. That looks like the book I need. Something quick and simple but oh so beautiful. Sandi

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  105. You have featured some great quilts from the book.

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  106. Such beautiful quilts! Definitely a book I want to add to my collection!

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  107. So excited about this book - would love a copy for quilting inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway! gingerfreckle(at)gmail(dot)com

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  108. I love Amy's blog and this is definitely a book I want in my collection! Thanks for the chance.

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  109. I'd love to win a copy of this book! It looks lovely!

    Kim.B.Funk AT gmail.com

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  110. I have a friend just beginning the quilting journey, this book is perfect gift!

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  111. Great looking book! I am a new quilter and having some new patterns would be great!!

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  112. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful quilting book... there are several I'd like to make and you posted a photo of my very favorite!

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  113. Thanks for the giveaway. I have not gone "modern" yet as I have too many traditional fabrics - maybe this one will give me some ideas!

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  114. how exciting!! I follow your blog from time to time (when I actually have the time!) & love that you get to blog tour Amy's new book. I've wanted to learn quilting but I always put off by the many "vintage" or "country" looking leaflets and books on quilting. This looks like a great book with a fresh, modern approach to quilting. LOVE IT! ♥

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  115. I can't wait for a chance to flip through this book!

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  116. I am loving this book so hope I will win! thanks!

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  117. BOOK LOOKS SO NEAT!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  118. Oh how I'd love to win this book. I already know which quilt I'd make first. Thanks for the chance!
    nkadenver@yahoo.com

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  119. I can't wait to see this book in person! The quilts look great and so approachable for all levels. :)

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  120. I would really love to make some of these quilts. Her designs are beautiful! Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

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  121. This looks like a beautiful book. Thanks for the chance!

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  122. i would love to win this book! on a side note... i used your fat quarter bag tut last night for a mutual activity with my beehives. it was a smash hit and the girls all went home with a super adorable "scripture bag"! we had so much fun so thanks!!!

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  123. Beautiful book! Thanks for being part of the tour!

    Lynn
    themom@franktribe.com

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  124. I love that Hope Valley quilt, so simple & striking!

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  125. I would love to win this book - thanks for the chance.
    KatheGTN at aol dot com

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  126. This looks like a really great book, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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  127. Wow this book looks great - and achievable, even for a quilting beginner like me! Sabina (sabinamoolla@hotmail.com)

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  128. Looks like a lovely book -- would enjoy having it in my growing collection of books for inspiration. Thanks.

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  129. I've been following the tour and decided to put it on my wish list in case I don't win a signed copy. Happy Thursday!

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  130. This is a great looking book! Can't wait to see a copy in person!

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  131. Thanks for the chance to win! The quilts are beautiful!

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  132. What a great book!! I have just started quilting and would love to have a book full of great patterns. Thanks:)

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  133. I'd love to win!! Great looking book!

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  134. The quilts look lovely, I would love to win this book!!! Thanks for the chance!
    missavene at gmail dot com

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  135. Looks like a great book! I can see several quilts I would like to make from it.

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  136. I'd love to win a copy!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  137. crossing my fingers but if not I will make sure to look for it the next time I am in a book store because it looks super cute :)

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  138. Wow! It seems to be very interesting. Thanks to share.

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  139. This book is on my list to purchase when I have a little more time to quilt. I love everything I have seen in this book so far.

    AVaerst@AOL.com

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  140. I need some inspiration! LOVE the quilts in this book!

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  141. Neat book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  142. that first one is AWESOME! i'd definitely like to make one...

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  143. I would really love to win a copy of this book. I adore Amy's style.
    bodylovesoaps(at)gmail(dot)com

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  144. That book looks great. I would love to win it.

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  145. I would love to win this book.
    nettecan at hotmail dot com

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  146. Whata onderful book! Please enter my name in the drawing. I am sooooo looking forward to starting a new project after my company leaves.

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  147. I'd LOVE TO WIN THIS BOOK! Thanks for doing this on your cute blog.

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  148. What a fun book! I'm just getting the hang of quilting and it is addicting!

    jennielsen5 (at) yahoo . com

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  149. The book looks like it would stand out amoungst my other quilting books.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

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  150. This book is at the very tippy top of my wishlist!

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  151. I'm a very new quilter, and have gotten a ton of inspiration from your site! This book looks great, and I'd love to win a copy. Thanks!
    (shelan928 at yahoo)

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  152. I would Looove to win a copy of this book. The photos are very inspiring ;) Thanks for the chance to win.

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  153. The book is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  154. Oh my, these do look lovely. So visually clean and compelling. I'd love to see the rest of those patterns... in my own personal copy of the book! :-)
    sunshdws@yahoo.com

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  155. Ooooo what gorgeous patterns, I love it!

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  156. Oooh I especially love the third and first quilts... yummy! Thanks for the chance Amy!

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  157. Ok, I want to make all the quilts you showed from this book. Thanks for chance to win.

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  158. Love the looks of many of the quilts in this book. Would really like to win this one! Thanks

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  159. Thanks for the chance to win this book.
    Modern - that's my way of thinking and have just the fabric that could use an idea or two from a book such as Amy's.
    Hugs,
    Gerry

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  160. Oh, this book looks lovely.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  161. I would love to win this book. I am a beginning quilter. Linda

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  162. I can't wait to get my hands on this book! If I don't win it on this blog tour I'll definitely be buying it.

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  163. great book, great giveaway! Please call me in!
    Thank you very much!
    PS: I love your blog!

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  164. This book looks great!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  165. this book looks fantastic!
    audreygreensmith at gmail dot com

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  166. Winning this book will definitely get rid of the winter blues and get my quilting juices flowing! LOVE IT!

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  167. Oh, I am just so excited!! I can't wait for Amy's book :)

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  168. I'm like you, books usually have only one pattern in them I want to make, and I hate to buy a book for only one pattern (but do sometimes). The three you showed are beautiful, if I don't win a copy of the book I will have to buy it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  169. Oh how awesome! Love the patterns shown.

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  170. What a beautiful book - would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity.
    twelve30@gmail.com

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  171. what a great looking book. i'd love a copy. a lovely blog book tour. thanks
    Di

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  172. I would love to win this book! The more pictures I see of the projects, the more I want a copy!

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  173. Just started my very first quilt...her book is inspiring!

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  174. Looks like a good book to have - thanks for the chance

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  175. Thanks for being a stop on this blog tour. I can't wait to see this book.

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  176. I fit all those four points you listed. I'm getting the itch to get back into quilting. The book looks right up my alley. Thanks, Amy. Keep it up.

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  177. i am a very new beginner at quilting (just started my first quilt with your tutorial)... would love a simple book like this.
    donna

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  178. It's always great to see a book with lots of patterns I like. And that are easy to make. Even though I've been quilting for a long time, I still like simple patterns.

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  179. Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

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  180. I love Amy's blog and would love to win a signed copy of her book (those pics are so pretty)! If not, I will be heading to Amazon!!!
    Thanks so much!

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  181. I want to add my name. I would love to win. Thank you! acarp [at] swbell dot net

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  182. Wow this looks like a fun book!!! If I don't win I just may have to buy it!

    livingmysweetlife @ gmail . com

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  183. I'm trying again to win the book. been following the blog tour all the way. Enjoyed browsing your blog today! Thansk for the chance to win Amy's Modern Basics Book

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  184. Well, thank you for a great giveaway!! If I won this book, I'd give it to a young friend who has asked me to teach her how to sew : ))
    lean.tully@gmail.com

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  185. Oh it looks wonderful, I can't wait to get a copy even if I have to stretch the budget and buy one.

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  186. Just started getting back into quilt making. Would love the opportunity to own this book. Thanks.

    I'm loving your Saltwater Taffy quilts. Very cute.

    all8garden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  187. These look like so much fun! I want one!

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