Monday, November 19, 2012

New books reviews + giveaway

I always love when I come across a good new pattern book full of quilty inspiration.  For me to recommend a book, it has to contain multiple great projects so that you get a real bang for your buck. Today I have two to share that definitely fit that qualification.

The first is Pretty in Patchwork: Holidayscompiled by John Adams and chock-full of adorable projects by creative people. There are projects for every skill level and as complex as full quilt patterns to simple ornaments.
A huge variety of ideas - and they're not just for Christmas. I am using the Modern Maples pattern from this book as well
I tried out the drawstring bag pattern. I loved the Swiss Flag version on the cover of the book and wanted to make one in honor of our recent trip.  
There are other simple variations on this pattern and the bags come together so quickly. I'd like to make a bunch of different versions this Christmas. Really simple gift idea and a great way to bust through some stash!
One other book to share is this recently published Simply Fat Quarters book by the folks at The Fat Quarter Shop.
This book contains 10 original patterns all created with Fat Quarters.
One of the best features of this book is that each pattern has the the instructions for multiple quilt sizes.
This Carousel quilt is one of my favorites in the book.
I decided to try a scrappy version of the block using my own scraps and it was so fun to put together. I definitely need to make more!

I'm happy to announce that I have a copy of each of these books to giveaway to two of you, thanks to the generosity of their publishers! Leave a comment on this post to be entered. Giveaway open until Thursday, November 22 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Winners will be announced Friday so that we can get these books out quickly for your own holiday inspiration.

Winners:


Sandy D said...
Who couldn't use one of these books. Thanks for a chance to win .
and CJ said...
Oh my gosh, I LOVE that Carousel quilt! Your scrappy version is going to be so cute.


365 comments:

  1. What great books! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  2. Both of these books look amazing! Would love to have either one (actually both of course) in my library.

    Thank you and the publishers for an amazing giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. The Simply Fat Quarters book looks like it has some great projects in it. I especially like the blue on you showed. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  4. I just love these books and your quilt block! awolk at rogers dot com

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  5. I love the pics you chose to share from each of the books. It makes me want them, too. Thanks for the reviews and the giveaway!

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  6. Would love to win either of these books. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  7. I already bought "Pretty in Patchwork Holidays" as a result of you mentioning it on another post. (: The other book would be fun to have too!

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  8. Love the opportunity to win these awesome books!

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  9. Este segundo FAT QUARTERS...estou sonhando com ele.

    Obrigada.



    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  10. Thank you for this opportunity. Either book would be most welcome. lovelylinda1950@verizon.net

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  11. Thoser books would be a great addition to my sewing room. I have lots of fat quarters. Love your block at the end of your blog. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  12. Both books look great. I've been eyeing the Simply Fat Quarters book for awhile, but haven't seen Pretty in Patchwork before. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. great giveaway! both books look awesome :)

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  14. They both look like wonderful books!

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  15. I would love to add these books to my library. Thank you.

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  16. Both these books look really interesting. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  17. The books look great - I would love to win. Thanks for the chance!

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  18. The projects in these books look like fun to make. I would love to win one of them.

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  19. Those books do look wonderful - here's crossing my fingers!!

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  20. Both books are fabulous...I am especially wanting The Simply Fat Quarters...I have had my eye on it for a while. I even have the fabric, so I would be ready to get sewing. Thanks for your generosity.

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  21. Thanks for the chance to win!
    jlmismas(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. Wow, what great books. Thanks for reviewing them and for he chance to win. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  23. I've had both of these on my wishlist since they each came out. Love your Carousel block!

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  24. Would love to have the




    Thanks for chance at super giveaway...I'm hoping this will be my lucky time!


    diannemitzel1@hotmail.com



    Tha

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  25. I've eyed both those books before! Thanks for the chance to win one. :)

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  26. I have been eyeing both of these books but have sworn off all non necessity purchases. Sigh. Hope to win so I can stick to that! Thanks!

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  27. Wonderful books ! Thanks for a chance to win !

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  28. Love the Carousel block you made. What awesome books. blklman at xtra dot co dot nz

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  29. Both books look pretty awesome! Thanks for the chance!

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  30. A fantastic giveaway, thanks Amy. I love making quilty gifts for christmas, it makes them just that bit more special.

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  31. I would love either of these books. Thank you for the giveaway chance.

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  32. They look like great books, I especially like the fat quarters book.

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  33. I like the Carsouel quilt, too. I am happy that you made a sample of the block with scraps.

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  34. Thanks for this opportunity. They look like great books.
    Wendy

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  35. I LOVE Artisania's polar bear block!! My sister's favourite animal, so I'd love to make one of those for her!

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  36. Love the poppy quilt. Books look great. Thanks for chance to win.

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  37. Looks like two terrific books!!!! Thank you so much for the chance!

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  38. what great books I am going to have to check them out online!

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  39. I wish I had those books to do so many beautiful things...
    Thanks
    Mimi

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  40. What a great givaway! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  41. Beautiful books!! I couldn't take a pick between them....love all things christmas!! Thanks for a chance in this give away.

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  42. oh, yes, both quilts look just chock-full of good stuff! Thanks for your generosity! I am international, so PDF book is fine if shipping is a problem. --Lizzie in Sweden. lizzietillstrom at gmail dot com

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  43. Such adorable patterns! I'd love to have these books to get my creative juices flowing!

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  44. Who doesn't want to win one of these books. Thank you so much for this wonderful give away !!

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  45. Your recommendation means a lot Amy! Thanks!

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  46. These two books are both on my wish list! Thanks for the peek inside and for the chance to win!

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  47. Thank you for the chance to win! I love the Simply Fat Quarters quilts.

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  48. I'd love to win either of these!

    kerry(AT)penny-dog.co.uk

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  49. Would love the Simply Fat Quarters book! I've been wanting to make Carousel for me grandmother's 90th birthday!

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  50. Love! Such inspiration with perfect timing :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  51. Oh my goodness! How adorable are those crafts! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

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  52. I had not seen these books before, but now am very excited to check them out! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  53. Great Books! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  54. Sign me up for the giveaway! I love the penguin and polar bear pillows! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  55. I absolutely love the Carousel quilt pattern, I've been ogling it for a while now!

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  56. Oh I love the ideas in these books that you've shown us! Love the Carousel quilt Block you did and oh, I'd love to do the Poppy quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  57. Thanks for the chance to win! Both books are gorgeous!

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  58. Don't you just love great books by creative people! Thanks for the offer.

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  59. I've been eyeing both of these books for my christmas list!

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  60. Thanks for the book reviews! They both are tempting!

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  61. Would love to have either of these books. Thanks for the chance.
    sdjg@pacbell.ney

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  62. I love love love that Christmas tree pillow!!

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  63. Wow ! these books look wonderfull .. Thank you for the chance with this giveway

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  64. Wow! I love both of these books. They are on my wish list. It would be amazing if I could win one. Thanks for the chance at some goodies.

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  65. Thanks for the chance to win. I love the carousel quilt in the fat quarter book too! Your block is beautiful.

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  66. What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to read these great books! -Maegan

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  67. Both of those books are on my wish list - thanks for the give away!

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  68. As if I need more projects to do! But these books are worth it!

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  69. That carousel quilt pattern is calling my name! Love your scrappy block version. Thanks for the chance to win. lisamong4@gmail.com

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  70. Both books look inspiring and beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  71. Thanks for the giveaway!!! I would love the book Simply Fat Quarters. The projects look great and it's definitely on my wish list.

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  72. Beautiful books! Thanks for the offer to participate.

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  73. This is a super cool giveaway! Pthanks for the chance!

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  74. Both books look great! Love the scrappy version of the carousel block!!!

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  75. I am very excited about these two books. I hope to win one but if not they will be added to my library.
    Love all those Christmas ideas.
    thanks for the giveaway.

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  76. Ooh - both of these books look wonderful! I have not decided if I am giving hand-sewn things this year for Christmas, but these books have certainly made it to me wish list! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  77. I normally skip giveaways, but I am smitten with the little swiss bag! smitten!

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  78. Thanks for the opportunity to win these awesome books!!

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  79. These books seem great! I never win these giveaways, but I keep trying ;-)
    I hope I win! Thanks for this giveaway!

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  80. These books seem great! I hope I win one ;-)

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  81. You are so lucky to try out new books! These two look great, especially the fat quarter book.

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  82. I want both books! They are on my wishlist! :D Thanks for the chance!!!

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  83. Books! My favorite thing next to fabric and shoes! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  84. Love your blog (and your quilts!!) and would love to have one of these books. Thanks for all the sharing you do :)

    ckbaker46@yahoo.com

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours :)

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  85. Both books look wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity! Happy Holidays!

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  86. I love the books!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  87. I"ve been oogling over the Handmade Holiday's book on all of the blogs that I have seen it on recently. I would love some more Christmas inspiration!

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  88. Fantastic giveaway! I love the pillow with the trees.

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  89. Either one would be fabulous. Thanks!

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  90. Looks like fun..and great gifts for Christmas! Lisa in Texas

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  91. Wow! So many ideas & amazing photos! Thanks for featuring these and for the giveaway.

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  92. I would love to enter for a chance to win. I have just started my first free-motion machine quilting. I have been quite nervous, but my practice blocks have been getting better and better. You can even finally read my name in cursive. :)

    Thanks.

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  93. Thanks for the opportunity to win!! All the books have such great ideas can't wait to try one.

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  94. Looks so fun!! I love a good pattern book, it's another of my obsessions:)

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  95. Who wouldn't love a new book! I love the Fat Quarters Shop! I just finished piecing a quilt with fat quarters from there and it's my very first quilt I hand quilted :). YAY!

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  96. The Pretty in Patchwork Holidays book has a ton of projects that I would love to do. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  97. I could use a little more inspiration for holiday gifts!

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  98. These books look like so much fun!
    Thanks for the give-away!
    themessymouse@gmail.com

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  99. Those books look wonderful! Very inspiring! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  100. I am gonna win SOMEDAY! thanks for the chance :)

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  101. I so need these books. Its love at first sight so please pick me.

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  102. I am a huge fat quarter fan, but my pattern repertoire is fairly small but my need to quick quilts is huge - either book would be a huge asset!

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  103. I am a big fan of fat quarter quilts -- but have too few patterns and too huge a need to make quick quilts. These books would be a great asset!

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  104. Oooh, two great looking books! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  105. What great books! I particularly love that carousel block! Thanks for a chance to win them!

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  106. I would love to win this book! The projects look like everything I would love to make in a second.

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  107. Both of those books look so fun. I've had my eye on that fat quarter book for a while.

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  108. I'm so glad that you features a few great books on your blog. I'm always looking for good ideas and patterns. Thanks!

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  109. Both books look awesome. I just love that carousel block.

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  110. They both look like great books!!! I would love to be entered in the drawing-thanks.

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  111. These books look fabulous! And I love your version of the red & white block! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  112. Looks like each of these books ca make a few great gifts. Yanks for the post

    Anne

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  113. I've seen both of these books but I loved seeing more of the projects! So cute! Would love to win one. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  114. These both look like great books. I'd love to enter if you're happy to post to the UK.

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  115. Those books look fantastic ! Thanks for the chance :)

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  116. Happy holidays....:0))) gosh ...Christmas sure is coming fast this year...:0)) as always... Thanks for the opportunity to win one of the books...LOVE books...:0)))

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  117. these books are great for christmas presents. don't you think so... thanks

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  118. Your gift bag is gorgeous and I'm in love with that carousel quilt too! Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway.

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  119. i think quilt books are like cookbooks- just darn addicting!

    seeing an old design used in a new way is so exciting and gets your creative juices flowing!

    Thanks for the giveaway- 1 to keep and 1 to share! :)

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  120. Love the look of both of these, especially the holiday one! Thanks for the chance :)

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  121. Just found your website. So much fun! I love your bright colors and your talks of travel.

    jennyf{at}q{dot}com

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  122. Thanks so much for this giveaway. Both books look terrific.

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  123. Nice projects - thanks for hosting the giveaway!
    :)
    C

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  124. I'd love a chance to win and plenty of free time to sew! Thanks!
    Amy S

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  125. Thanks for the giveaway, they both look fun!

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  126. I would appreciate winning either of these books. Looks like lots of great ideas.

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  127. I always like new craft books!

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  128. I always like new craft books!

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  129. These books look fabulous! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  130. What a fantastic giveaway!They look to be incredible books with some awesome projects. Thanks to your and their publishers for offering such nice goodies. Someone will be thankful to dive into these treats. I sure would be. Thanks for the chance to win them.

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  131. I love what you did with the Carousel block!

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  132. New Follower to your blog. Your scrappy block is really pretty. I would love either of the books. Thanks for the chance to win. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com.

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  133. The simply fat quarters book patterns looks great. Love your sample. Thanks for such a great giveaway.

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  134. Awesome books!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  135. Have realised today I was a no reply blogger! Have fixed it up now

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  136. These books might inspire me to start quilting.
    gardnerad@juno.com

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  137. Both of these books would be welcome on my bookshelf.

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  138. They both look great! And just in time for the holidays! Thanks!

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  139. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the chance to win!
    megromeo@gmail.com

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  140. This is a super, super giveaway. Which ever you get you are clearly a winner! They both look so interesting. Thanks for the chance.

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  141. These look like great books with lots of sewing ideas! Thanks for the giveaways!

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  142. great giveaway! Would love to win :)

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  143. I'm so excited for this book! I hope I win : )

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  144. I have been salivating over this book--fingers crossed! : )

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  145. Oh, they both look like fun. I love your blog, thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  146. I received my book today and sat right down and looked through each page. Carousel will definitely be first, but what size??? Thanks again!!

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