Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Shape Workshop for Quilters Review and Giveaway

I was so excited when publishers at Lark Crafts asked if I would like to review the new book Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quiltersby the talented Fat Quarterly team. Just looking at the cover, I knew this would be an inspiring book.
And guess what? I was totally right.
(I love when that happens.)
And yet, this book is different than any other quilt-book I have.  It's not only a collection of quilt patterns, but a huge selection of quilt blocks - 60! - to get your own creative juices flowing.  The book is divided into different sections by shape/motif and then includes a bunch of new blocks, plus a couple of patterns using that motif.
Many of the blocks are so unique too - which I think is really hard to do in quilting. Most quilt blocks are variations on variations of things we've seen and used before.  This time there is such an amazing assortment of new and different looks.

The other thing I liked is that this book has something for everyone.  For beginners, it really is a workshop - teaching basics of piecing, applique, and so on, but there is so much room for growth and there are some fabulous projects and blocks using new techniques and designs.  These projects will definitely help your skills improve and push your skills further, even if you are an experienced quilter.
I have a few offerings for you today. One is a free download of a very cool block designed by Brioni Greenberg. (I got the chance to meet Brioni at Market and she was such a lovely person. Plus, she has that wonderful Yorkshire accent - I could have listened to her talk for hours.)  CLICK HERE to get the free download pattern and CLICK HERE to get the corresponding Template.
Also, Lark Crafts is giving away a copy of Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters to one of you lucky readers. All you need to do is leave one comment on this post. Giveaway open until Saturday, June 30 at midnight MST.  I will randomly select a winner.  


Winner: bruinbrJune 26, 2012 11:41 AM
I totally thought it was a book of patterns! Nice to know it's actually blocks! Fun! Thanks for the giveaway! 




For other reviews and chances to win, you can stop at these blogs as well.
6/28 Amy’s Creative Side: amyscreativeside.com/blog/
7/3 A La Mode Fabric: alamodefabric.blogspot.com/
7/6 It’s Sew Kiki!: kiki-itssewkiki.blogspot.com/
7/10 Craft Buds!: www.craftbuds.com/
7/12 Craft Foxes: www.craftfoxes.com/
7/16 {sew} Allegorical: www.sewallegorical.com/ <http://www.sewallegorical.com/
7/18 Wrap-up Party at FatQuarterly.com!


335 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this book! It looks incredible!

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  2. I love the free block and the templates! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. This book looks fantastic! I would love to play with itl

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  4. That orange quilt looks amazing!

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  5. As a beginner quilter the book sounds like it would be great addition to my reference quilting books.

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  6. This book looks like a must have. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. I love these basic that you can use to design your own quilts!

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  8. I am actually eagerly awaiting my copy of this that I won in another online giveaway however I have a friend who loves quilting too and I know she would adore it. She's recovering from an operation, lost a pet and her husband is out of work right now so it would be nice to cheer her up with this.

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  9. What great eye candy! i could spend days with that book.

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  10. This looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  11. Sweet!! Love the looks of some of those blocks!

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  12. This book looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. This book looks amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  14. Looks like a neat book. Thanks!

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  15. Looks like it could be an interesting read.
    Thanks for this opportunity.

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  16. Looks like great book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  17. Yes please, I did a EPP workshop at the FQ retreat with Tacha and Brioni is was great to learn from the experts so feel the book would be a great addition - thanks for the giveaway

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  18. Oooh I'd love to win this lovely book!

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  19. I have this ready to order - just waiting for payday :-) would be super to win it instead and get another book on my wish- list. Thanks xx

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  20. Thanks for the download and for the opportunity to win the book!

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  21. Great book, I would love a copy!

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  22. Thank you for a chance to win such a wonderful book! Keeping my fingers crosses, lol.
    lindapawlak@verizon.net

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  23. It looks like such a fabulous book. Need to get my hands on it :)

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  24. This book looks great! Thanks for the review!

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  25. Awesome book.I`d love one.Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  26. The book look like there is something for everyone! Thank for the giveaway.
    dara.english@yahoo.com

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  27. The book looks wonderful, probably a must-have for quilters..thanks for chance a giveaway...

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  28. This book seems like it's just what I've been looking for to expand my skills! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. The book looks awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. Looks like a great book. And what a nice idea for the download. Thanks!

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  31. This book looks awesome! Love the chance to win it.

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  32. Totally in! Thank you for the chance!!

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  33. I am very intrigued by this book - I especially love the star section! Thanks for the pattern and the peek inside!

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  34. That book would be a great addition to any quilter's library-- thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. Liking this book! some great new ideas. Thanks for the chance :)

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  36. This book looks great. Thanks for the chance.

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  37. I love that citrusy saw blade quilt. Now that I have to make!

    Awesome work fat quarterly gang and thanks to everyone for the chance to win a copy.

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  38. Looks like a great book for summer! Thanks.

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  39. This looks like a very good book.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. This looks like a very interesting book--I love it when people find new and better ways to make quilting accessible.

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  41. It looks like a really great book. Thanks for a chance to win it.

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  42. Looks cool - love the idea of blocks with some project plans added.

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  43. This book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  44. Looks like a very desirable addition to my craft library. Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy and a big thank you for the block pattern!

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  45. This book looks like a great resource! Would love to win it!

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  46. This book looks amazing!! Always so inspiring!! I would love to add this to my collection of books!
    h_freund@hotmail.com

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  47. I´ve seen this book in other blogs and think it is awesome, it has really lovely quilts. Hope I win and thanks for the chance.

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  48. I am anxious to see the individual blocks too. Thanks

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  49. Such a great book! Looks awesome!

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  50. I've been following the blogger reviews of the book it's been interesting and informative! I would love a chance to win the book! Thank you!

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  51. Thanks so much for the chance to win! I'm just making my first quilt and this looks like it would be perfect!

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  52. I would love to win a copy of this book! Especially with all the different blocks and tips - a good book for this beginner. Thanks for the give away!

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  53. This looks like a wonderful book for anyone but, especially those who are in need of help to learn more about quiltinh.

    Thank you for the download. That looks like a great block.

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  54. OOOOH!!! How exciting!!! I hope I win!! :D

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  55. Looks like a great book to add to my library!

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  56. I would love to have a copy of that book! Goodsonfl@gmail.com

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  57. Wonderful book, would love to have a copy, thank you for the chance to win one!

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  58. Sounds like a great book. Thanks.

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  59. Love your blog! The book looks really fun!

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  60. Thanks for the chance to win, this books looks like it's packed with inspiration and great ideas!

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  61. This would be fun thanks! Sarahoviatt @gmail.com

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  62. This book looks wonderful and I can't wait to see what you make from it. Yes, I'd like a chance at winning a copy too.
    Emma
    douglas040@centurytel.net

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  63. This book looks awesome!

    stephydinger at yahoo dot com

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  64. Thanks for your review of the book - it's appreciated so I can get a better idea of the book. And thanks for the giveaway!

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  65. that book is on my wish list! I am really glad to know it's blocks and not patterns. I love to have just a jumping off point.

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  66. Thanks for reviewing this one -- it's currently in my Amazon cart, but I'd much rather win a copy from you!

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  67. I've got this on my Amazon wishlist - I would love to win this book!

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  68. THANK YOU FOR THIS REVIEW+FOR SHARING!
    HAPPY STITCHING!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  69. looks awesome! thanks for the chance to win! krisrobb at gmail dot com

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  70. Looks like a great book, would love to win it.

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  71. This book looks like so much fun - I would love to own this book. Thank you for the free download.

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  72. Looks like a great book with some inspiring patterns.

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  73. As a new quilter this book looks like a great resource. Thanks for the free download as well.

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  74. The workshop book looks great! Even for someone who has been quilting and sewing for a while, it is always good to get a refresher and sometimes a back to basics book helps you refine your techniques and make something easier!

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  75. This book is definitely on my wish list!

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  76. This looks inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

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  77. This book looks wonderful! Thank you for the free pattern and the chance to win!

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  78. Awesome! I only have one quilting book so another one with so much versatility would be lovely!

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  79. Looks like a great book to add to my library - thanks for hosting the give away!

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  80. Yes, please! What a great looking book!
    gemme13@hotmail.com

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  81. I would love to win this book! Looks like it is jam packed with new ideas.

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  82. Looks like an awesome book. Thanks for the chance.

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  83. I don't have a lot of books, and this one looks like so much fun! THANKS!!
    taushatoad@gmail.com

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  84. Thanks for the giveaway of what look to be a "need to have" on my shelf. I am a newer quilter and I can always use inspiring quilt ideas :)
    Rachel
    mommy2madeline@hotmail.com

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  85. What a great book! Would love to win a copy!

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  86. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway and review!

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  87. Thanks for the giveaway of what look to be a "need to have" on my shelf. I am a newer quilter and I can always use inspiring quilt ideas :)
    Rachel
    mommy2madeline@hotmail.com

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  88. What a lovely book! The orange quilt with the circles is most beautiful, it's an interesting pattern to try.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  89. It looks like a fantastic inspiring book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  90. Gostaria de ter este livro,obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  91. That bulletin board photo had some fun blocks! I would love to have a copy of this book.
    Thanks Amy!

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  92. As a high school teacher this looks like a must-have library addition!

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  93. That's so cool. I love the orange quilt; so bright and cheerful. :)

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  94. Wow! Lucky winner. I don't own a single quiltbook yet, maybe it is time to start building a quilt library.

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  95. Wow! What a great gift! Thank you for the generous opportunity!

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  96. Wow! How wonderful. I love the book, it looks like there is a lot of inspiration in it. I can not wait to see more. Thank you for the Give away.

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  97. Yes I would love that book! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  98. I really need this book so that I can learn some new skills.

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  99. Looks like a great book...thanks for the review and chance!

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  100. Looks like a great book to have on the shelf! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  101. Such a wonderful book. Thanks for sharing a copy!

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  102. This one has been on my wish list! Fingers crossed! Thanks for the generosity!
    squaremeup at gmail dot com

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  104. Looks like a wonderful book! I would love to win it!

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  105. Would love to add this to my quilt book collection. It looks very interesting!

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  106. Oooh - thanks for the chance, Amy!

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  107. I totally thought it was a book of patterns! Nice to know it's actually blocks! Fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  108. Thank you for the generous giveaway! I would really love to win the book!

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  109. Great review
    I'd be so happy if I won this book.
    xxxx

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  110. I have been wanting to start quilting, and this book is what I need to push me over!

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  111. this book was already on my list. looks like a definite must have, especially for a new quilter that needs to branch out

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  112. Sweet! I love the hexagon freebie. That works great as a scrapbuster :) I'm sure the book only gets better from there.

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  113. Hahaha! I'm going to brag to you Amy....I got all four of them to autograph my copy at the FQ Retreat in London!!:) Soooo...you can skip me if I win....or just send me something YOU made! Hahahahaha!! xoxo

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  114. It looks inspiring! I like the blue and orange string block in the photo - they're not shades I would have thought to match, but they look great together!

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  115. I'd love to win this book. The patterns look unique and wonderful.

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  116. I love the look of this book - I'm going to keep my fingers firmly crossed!!! Thank you!

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  117. WOW! Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  118. I got a chance to paw/drool over this at FQR, but I keep forgetting to buy it, so I'm hoping I win ;o) Thanks for the chance!

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  119. Looks like a neat book! I'd love to win it :)

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  120. I would love to have a look through and use this book!

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  121. This book looks do fab! Would love to have a copy. Polly@jakandgeegee

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  122. I love the fat quarterly crowd. They are good people. Looks like a great book.

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  123. great review for this book! thanx for giving us a piece of it ... love the pentagon flower ... and for the oportunity to win a copy

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  124. Seems like an awesome book. Thanks for the opportunity

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  125. Just finished my second quilt, and I just love quilting books Many thanks.

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  126. que libro mas bonito y lleno de ideas

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  127. Thank you very much for the generous giveaway!

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  128. Eek! I love all the blocks on that corkboard! Thanks for the chance!
    Smiles~Beth

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  129. Looks like such a fun book ! I've been wanting to try EPP but have been too chicken...this block is worth trying though. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  130. Looks like a great book, would love to win a copy!!

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  131. This book looks great. I love to see new quilt blocks. Thanks for a chance to win and for the download.

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  132. Thanks for the fantastic review. This book is on my list of ones I'd like to purchase. :) Thanks for the chance!

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  133. This looks like a fantastic resource!! I would love to win!!

    brookeali(at)hotmail.com

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  134. Awesome site! The book looks like a great tool to have.

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  135. Sounds like a perfect book for me. I'm still a beginner but love a good challenge. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  136. This looks like such a lovely book. I'd love to have a look all the way through it. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  137. Looks great! Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  138. I would love a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance!

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  139. I keep trying to muster the courage to try quilting, I even have some washed and pressed charm squares at the ready but I need some more motivation. As if there isn't enough on your blog!!!!! Maybe this would push me over the edge.

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  140. This looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  141. Thanks for the lovely giveaway. This book would be such fun to use for the innovative designs and techniques. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  142. I've lost my quilting mojo and this book might help me find it! Thanks for the chance.

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  143. I think this book is one of the best new books around, along with Sunday Morning Quilts.

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  144. I trust your review Amy that this is a great book!

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  145. Looks like a great book! Thank you for the review and give away!!!

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  146. Looks like a great new book! Thanks for the review and chance to win!

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  147. Oh, I've had my eye on this book! It looks so cool. Thanks for the giveaway, and for the free block & template!! So awesome!

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  148. Thank you for the great giceaway! I love quilt books and Fat Quarterly! I can hardly wait to get my hands on one of these!
    ~Cecilia

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  149. Fabulous book and giveaway.Thanks!

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  150. Thanks for the taster project - I'm dying to get a copy of the book, but it's not out in the Uk till the Autumn!

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  151. Wow, this looks like a must-have for my quilting library. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  152. I'm the beginner this workshop was designed for.

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  153. I would love to be able to look through this book for ideas. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  154. This book looks amazing! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  156. I'm the beginner this workshop was designed for.

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  157. Looks like a really cool book, Thanks for sharing the block too!

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  158. That book looks amazing! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

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  159. Book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win it.
    lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  160. I would love love love the book! As I am an expectant mom and would love some new quilting ideas. It looks amazing

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  161. I bet that I could learn a lot from this book.

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  162. Sounds like a book I would love - thanks for the chance to win!

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  163. Looks like a great book. Put my name in the hat please.

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  164. I got a chance to browse through a copy at the library a couple of weeks ago--it's fantastic! Which means I need my own copy! :)

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  165. I can't wait to flip through a copy in person. Thanks!

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  166. This looks like a great book, and I thank you for sharing with us, and for giving us a pattern to try.

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  167. Looks like a fantastic book! Thanks for the giveaway : )

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  168. Different is good, I would liek very much to share this with my friends so they can get their own. aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

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  169. This book looks like something I could really USE and ENJOY!
    Thanks for the review and the giveaway.
    Nettie

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  170. I love the Fat Quarterly blog & am really interested to see their new book. Your review is terrific & now I know I want & need this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  171. Wow! That looks like a fascinating book! I love its uniqueness. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  172. Looks like a interesting and fun book.Can't wait to get that book.Thanks for chance to win.

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  173. Wow! What a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  174. That book is calling my name and I sure hope you do too.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

    Debbie

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  175. This book looks wonderful!! Looks different than most and I'm sure would help this beginner out lots!!:) Thanks for the chance!
    orr20004(at)msn(dot)com

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  176. Thank you for sharing the block and to have an opportunity to win a wonderful book! Be especially blessed, Kathy

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  177. Thank you for sharing this wonderful book!!!! It looks great!

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    sandy720 at gmail dot com

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