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A Quilting Life

A Quilting Life
I was given the opportunity to review a copy of the new quilting book A Quilting Life: Creating a Handmade Home by Sherri McConnell. You may know Sherri from her beautiful blog by the same name A Quilting Life.

I have been following Sherri and her blog since about the same time I started writing my own blog 5 years ago. (Gulp. Has it seriously been that long?) During that time, Sherri has become a real life friend. She is an amazing sewer and quilter, and about as nice and genuine of a person as you could meet.  I got to watch part of Sherri’s ‘schoolhouse’ session at Quilt Market last month where she shared the quilts and projects from her book.  The block she is holding was made by her Grandmother who helped Sherri learn how to quilt. Originally, Sherri had asked her grandmother to make her a quilt, but her grandma said, “No” giving Sherri the chance to learn how to make a quilt herself. She said, “I’ve always been so grateful my grandmother told me ‘No’.”

(I loved that story – a good reminder as a mother to not just jump in and do or fix everything for my kids. I need to remember that it’s okay to tell them “no” and let them have the opportunity to learn something new as well. Because, maybe they’ll grow up and write a book about it or something cool like that.)

A Quilting Life, the book, is a beautifully, inspiring book full of about 20 project patterns including pillows, quilts, table runners, and bags.
The book contains lots of good information on quilting basics, including sections on things like labeling your quilts, applique, seams, half-square triangles, etc. I think this book is great for all different levels of quilters and sewers. Beautiful inspiration if you are a seasoned quilter, but also a great resources with clear and in some cases, simple patterns for newbies as well.
As part of this blog tour for A Quilting Life, Sherri asked us to share our own thoughts on living “A Quilting Life.” For me, a Quilting Life consists of:
  • Playing with color and texture
  • Oogling and petting pretty fabrics, only to eventually (when I get up the courage) cut it up into tiny pieces and to sew them back together again
  • Not being able to finish a project with out starting two or three more
  • A lot of thread on my clothing
  • Other amazing quilters that have been such an inspiration to me – and those who have become real-life friends in the process.
  • Really nice people that live in my house who put up with all of my piles of fabric, manic sewing binges and even the occasional pin on the floor or piece of thread in their food.
Thanks to the generosity of Sherri and C&T Publishers I have a copy of A Quilting Life to give away. If you’d like an opportunity to win a copy, leave a comment on this post, telling me an aspect of your own “Quilting Life.” Giveaway open until Friday, June 14 at midnight, MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Winner: Emily CJune 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

My quilting life is just starting, but I am already well acquainted with many bloggers who love quilting just as much as I do. I love the beautiful fabrics and lovely colors. I find it hard to say no to florals and new tools, esp. when they are on sale. I also find it difficult to finish a project when 2 or 3 lovely new ones are teasing me from the pages of my favorite magazine or new book.

For other chances to win, visit the other stops on this tour: 
Monday June 3rd Nanette at Freda’s Hive http://fredashive.blogspot.com/
Tuesday June 4th Sinta from Pink Pincushion http://pinkpincushion.blogspot.com/
Wednesday June 5th Jodi from Pleasant Home http://www.pleasant-home.com/
Thursday June 6th Judi from Green Fairy Quilts http://greenfairyquilts.blogspot.com/
Friday June 7th Lissa of ModaLissa http://modalissa.blogspot.com/
Saturday June 8th Amanda of AmandaMurphyDesignhttp://amandamurphydesign.blogspot.com/
Sunday June 9thAnna of Thimbleanna http://thimbleanna.com/
Monday June 10th Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/ (ME)
Tuesday June 11th Kristyne of Pretty by Hand http://prettybyhand.com/
Wednesday June 12th Sherri of A Quilting Life http://www.aquiltinglife.com

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262 Comments

  • Reply
    Mollie
    June 10, 2013 at 1:26 am

    One of the best parts of a quilting life for me is the ability to welcome a new member of the family with a handmade quilt (every baby should have one in my opinion). Another wonderful part of this life is all the friends that I have made. Quilting friends totally get my addiction to fabric and are willing to stop at any quilt shop!

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    lee
    June 10, 2013 at 2:24 am

    The best part of a quilting life is that you can make and give a personal gift for every occasion (and play with the most beautiful fabric)

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    Linounettematha
    June 10, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Because when I'm on the move bteween college and home, my sewing machine isn't always available, I do a lot of sewing by hand, which means my projects go slowly. Spending so much time piecing little bits of fabric together in the garden, on the train, in my bedroom or at my desk means every quilt has a story, bits of memories woven into them and that's what I love with my quilting

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    *Cornelia*
    June 10, 2013 at 2:31 am

    I totally love of my quilting life, to make a lot of family members happy with my quilted projects.

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    Jennie
    June 10, 2013 at 2:40 am

    I'm an introvert, so I love the quiet time with my machine. But I also love the chance to interact with the rest of the quilting bloggers. I enjoy making friends over miles and oceans who are as passionate about fabric and patterns and quilting as I am. It's such a blessing to have good friends cheering me on from all over the world.

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    Mary W Quilts
    June 10, 2013 at 3:10 am

    The best part is the many new friends I have made through quilting, at my guild, and the classes I have taken. The beautiful quilts that I have made as gifts and to decorate my home are nice too!

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    Fiesta
    June 10, 2013 at 4:13 am

    I try to make as many gifts as possible. My latest was a baby quilt for a co worker and omg she genially loved it. It was my first baby quilt.

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    kt
    June 10, 2013 at 4:26 am

    I try to make time for quilting every day, even if it's only a few minutes. And I am slowly working on getting quilts onto all the beds. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Lisa Marie
    June 10, 2013 at 4:47 am

    It's always a thrill when I'm able to give someone a quilt as a gift, especially if it's unexpected. Not long ago on a whim I gave a quilt to a sweet lady who I've known casually for over 20 years. To me it was a small thing, but she was very excited, which really made my day.

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    Anne Rita Bakken
    June 10, 2013 at 5:12 am

    I love the fact that making a quilted gift is a double gift – I am happy while making it and the reciever when using it!<br /><br />Thanks!

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    Trudie
    June 10, 2013 at 5:26 am

    I like that quilting gets my creative juices working and it relaxes me. Looks like a great book.

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    Linda
    June 10, 2013 at 5:44 am

    I really relate to having threads on my clothes. ;)<br />I love that as my quilting life becomes quilting IS my life doesn&#39;t seem to alarm my family; in fact they all are on board with it and support it.

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    Becky_Sharp
    June 10, 2013 at 5:49 am

    I love making things for family and friends, and a quilted gift is a showstopper. I&#39;d love a copy of that book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Dianne
    June 10, 2013 at 5:52 am

    This looks like a beautiful book. My quilting life is sporadic, depending on the needs of my family. But my favorite getaway time is spent in my sewing cubby, playing with scraps, trying to create something beautiful from them.

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    Renea
    June 10, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I would love to add this quilting book to my library. Quilting is my way of showing my love for family and friends by making them something special. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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    Chris
    June 10, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Part of my quilting life is getting so excited about a new or completed project that I show everyone in the house numerous times as I excitedly explain some special tidbit about my current project. They smile and graciously ooh and ahhh for me. πŸ™‚

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    dolores
    June 10, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I&#39;d have to say the main thing is four years ago when I got back into sewing (after years of dust gathering on my machine other than the yearly Halloween costume I made) I started my &quot;life after kids graduated&quot; in the quilting world! Found like-minded bloggers like yourself, swappers on flickr, quilt-alongs and a job at a quilt shop and my mind is constantly flowing with

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    Sharon Hughson
    June 10, 2013 at 6:33 am

    The part of my quilting life I&#39;m proud of is teaching my granddaughter to sew/quilt/and press. LOL Passing it on.

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    B Greene
    June 10, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Quilting seems to have taken over my life sometimes, but it has given me a great creative outlet as I have moved to an unfamiliar part of the country – thank goodness for online friends!

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    Paula @ Sewy Stuff
    June 10, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Just last week a co-worker started picking threads off the back of me as I was walking down the hall. :-)<br /><br />I&#39;m new to quilting, and re-new to sewing, and I&#39;m pretty obsessed with it all right now. I can&#39;t figure out which project to start/finish and I waste a lot of time flitting about. <br /><br />The best thing to me is all the great blogs I&#39;ve found, and wonderful

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    Jaime P
    June 10, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I am very new to quilting – one month – one class. It&#39;s been on my life list and I&#39;m hooked!

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    tpott
    June 10, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Some of my first memories are of playing on the floor in my Granma&#39;s sewingroom, with her big box of buttons ( I still have those buttons). I still remember the hum of her Singer shop machine in the background. My mother made many of our Sunday and our dress outfits, I wish I still had some of them. I hated home Ec in 7th grade and was a tomboy. So everyone in my family was extremely

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    Joyce
    June 10, 2013 at 6:58 am

    I too, have a family who has been dragged (I hope willingly) into my quilting and creating life. They ooh and ahh over all the things I bring out to show, they give their honest opinion, receive many of these items as gifts, and never seem to mind when these items take over any bare wall or table space. My 27 year old daughter just asked for, and got, her first sewing machine. We spent a

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    Ginette
    June 10, 2013 at 7:06 am

    I am a fourth generation quilter. I have been quilting with my mom and grandmother for 19 years now. Unfortunately my 89 year old grandmother has recently had to stop quilting because of her health. I treasure all those moments when we sewed and quilted together! Thanks for this fantastic opportunity!

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    Tanya Quilts in CO
    June 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

    I could not agree with you more about having too many projects going. I would rather spend my extra money and time on quilting instead of clothes, spa treatments, etc. Now that borders on obsession.

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    Nicole Christoffersen
    June 10, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I, too, have the &quot;threads on my clothes&quot; issue as part of my quilting life! I&#39;m a longarmer, so I have to keep a lint roller in my car, in my kitchen, in my bedroom so I can &quot;roll&quot; my threads off and look presentable! πŸ™‚

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    Jennifer
    June 10, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Joining my cousin&#39;s quilt group was one of the best things I&#39;ve ever done. I went from just collecting fabric to actually getting some quilts made. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Lisa
    June 10, 2013 at 7:17 am

    So far all of my quilts have been gifts and it is such a pleasure to share my passion with people I love!

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    Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove]
    June 10, 2013 at 7:42 am

    My quilting life now consists of only sewing during nap time – so thankfully my 2 month old naps often πŸ™‚

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    Carrie P.
    June 10, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Quilting has been a part of my life since 1999. I love making quilts, being with other quilters through my guild and bee. They all inspire me. Quilting has also included blogging which means new friends, some of them I have actually met in person.

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    Maxine
    June 10, 2013 at 7:47 am

    One bedroom in our home is dedicated to my quilting–sewing machines, cutting table, cabinets, bookshelves, ironing board (always set up), and of course, the computer.

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    Maxine
    June 10, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Playing with buttons that came out of my grandmothers hugh button box…I don&#39;t kknow why the little pieces of thread have to stick to our clothes, even when you think you have rolled them off with the sticky roller….thanks for the chance to win..

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    Mo_Chride
    June 10, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Quilting is a big part of my life. I recently finished a bigger than king sized Grandmother&#39;s Flower Garden that took 5,000 hexies and took two years. For two years those hexies went everywhere. Doctor&#39;s appointments, Tae Kwon Do, swimming, Jamaica, you name it when I couldn&#39;t or didn&#39;t want to be in front of my machine. I would work on a different machine pieced quilt when I

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    karen k
    June 10, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I am a beginner quilter. I&#39;ve sewn other things for years but am so enjoying making quilts…..the creative juices are flowing! I believe finding the quilting blogs on the internet was the inspiration to start this craft. This book looks wonderful.

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    Karen in Breezy Point
    June 10, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I pretty much do some kind of sewing every day–I feel a little cheated if I don&#39;t get a needle and thread in my hands at some point! I love decorating my house with things that are hand worked–like feathering my nest!

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    Donna Allen
    June 10, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I love my quilting life! My husband refers to my quilting room as the Queen&#39;s Room! Oh yeah!

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    Rhonda
    June 10, 2013 at 8:30 am

    My brain is always dreaming up a new quilt idea – I wish I had time to sew every idea I dream up! I love the creative outlet it gives me whether I&#39;m making a gift, teaching a class, or just making something for me!

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    Sonia B
    June 10, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I love seeing my kids using quilts I&#39;ve made. Thanks for the chance.

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    { HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n }
    June 10, 2013 at 8:31 am

    My quilting life involves a lot of organizing. This gives me time to touch and contain my piles of fabric in my small corner πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Julie Jones
    June 10, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I am new to quilting, but continuing to read and learn more.

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    Cindy
    June 10, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Living a Quilting Life is a wonderful part of my life that continues to grow. With that said, at 33 years old – my DD starting quilting…and continues.

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    Abigail Cashelle
    June 10, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Ooooh, pick me, pick me!!!! Part of my quilting life means staring at endless patterns, stopping to comment on fabric in a store window (even if it&#39;s a pet store or something), and always thinking about every application for sewing, even if we&#39;re really talking about painting the walls or planting new flowers.<br /><br />Abigail

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    annieb
    June 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Living a Quilting Life means trying to find time between work, family, volunteer commitments, and housework, to get in as much quilting as I can. I began quilting in my 30&#39;s, and wish I learned sewing and quilting when I was growing up. I think about how much more I would have accomplished!!

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    Katie Ellis
    June 10, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Quilting is relaxing time. I feel so rushed sometimes with everything I have to do. It&#39;s nice to just sit back and quilt and enjoy life.

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    Nedra
    June 10, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I agree, Sherri is one of the nicest people in the world. So glad you two have had a chance to meet, especially at fun places like Market. <br />Count me in!

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    Elaine
    June 10, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Love the &quot;thread on the clothes&quot;. So True! Nothing sweeter that choosing fabrics and making something beautiful that wasn&#39;t there before!<br />Love your blog and love this book!<br />satterfieldfamily at sbcglobal dot net

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    Terry
    June 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Quilting has become a constant thing for my over the last few years. I love applique as well as quick to put together projects. I recently made a bag for my grandson to carry his cars and trucks in that had various vehicles printed on it. He uses it every day and asked me to make him one with trains on it. This book looks great and I would love to win it.

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    Diane Kelsey
    June 10, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I love patchwork and quilting and like you I have to have several project on the go at any one time. I have tried to get better and have completed several UFO&#39;s over te past two years. But there is always a new project to entice us and therefore more fabric to purchase.

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    AuntieCrafty
    June 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

    <br />My quilting life consists of fits and starts on quilting projects, lots of organization and reorganization of fabric, lots of fabric collecting, and generally a whole lot of fun!

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    Reb Thack
    June 10, 2013 at 9:41 am

    My four year old son begs me to sew – he loves playing in my sewing room with me and using all my scraps to decorate his toys (and to tie up the baddies!). As a result, I&#39;m fortunate in that I still have plenty of opportunity to quilt – even with two kids under foot!

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    Di~
    June 10, 2013 at 9:42 am

    My quilting life includes my daughter, we have &quot;a quilting life&quot; together, and I love that! Thanks for the chance for Sherri&#39;s awesome book!

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    Sally
    June 10, 2013 at 9:47 am

    One day as I was getting ready to go out with my husband he looked at me and said &quot;Why do you always have strings on your clothes&quot;. After that I bought a lint roller and try to clean off before I leave the sewing room.

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    sandra
    June 10, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Reading quilters&#39; blogs gives me so much inspiration and instruction that I want to spend all my spare time quilting! Thanks for the giveaway … would love to win a copy of the book (also one of my obsessions)

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    Mev_Lohman
    June 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

    My quilting life means squeezing it in between dropping the older boys at school and picking them up, and getting the youngest settled with toys and snacks for little snippets at a time, or longer chunks of time after they&#39;ve gone to bed. Hauling everything back and forth from the dining room table, because even though I have a nice sewing area in our basement, I can&#39;t keep an eye on the

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    Julie
    June 10, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Quilting is like going to my happy place. :o) It helps me relax. I like Sally&#39;s comment. Ditto! and the floor of my bedroom is always stringy too!

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    Lynette
    June 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

    The best aspect of my &quot;Quilting Life&quot; is the friend who started me on the quilting path so many years ago! Thank you Jean! She and I are best friends forever!

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    Lou
    June 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

    quilting is part of my daily life!<br />I am either sewing/quilting for me or for a friend or customer:) <br />SO much fun!!!!

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    Miggsie
    June 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Looks like a great book! Quilting is a new part of my life, one that seems to be replacing knitting (at leadt for now) as my craft obsession. My job is very analytical, so for me quiltingnis my creative outlet, where I can play with color and experiment wih fabric. It&#39;s also my little escape from my role as caregiver and nurterer to my son and my husband, who has a disability.

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    Ali
    June 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

    The best bit for me is the fabric, beautiful colours and textures and making new patterns by cutting up the fabric and sewing it back together again.(And possibly shutting myself away with my stash and just stroking and rearranging it – but we don&#39;t need to talk about that!)

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    Laura Raquel
    June 10, 2013 at 10:24 am

    The best part of my &quot;Quilting Life&quot; is having a girlfriend that loves quilting just as much as you do and the mutual understanding of Fabric Addiction!!

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    Jacklynn
    June 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Quilting is what keeps my life sane. It&#39;s something that I can do for a few minutes to a few hours, and I can put everything else aside.

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    do_the_beach
    June 10, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I love fabric and beautiful colors. I enjoy quilting because I can see how much progress I have made over the years. I also love it that I can make something that will keep my family warm in the winter or give them something to sit on at a summer picnic. But mostly, I just really, really love fabric!

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    KMSC
    June 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

    My sewing room is my &quot;happy room&quot; where I can relax and get away from the stresses of the day. I also enjoy the friendships I&#39;ve developed with other quilters. They&#39;ve become life-long friends. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Anita
    June 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Quilting makes me happy and my family understands that thank goodness so they are happy to put up with me spreading my quilting throughout the house at times. I do try to keep it contained in the basement most of the time. πŸ™‚

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    mascanlon
    June 10, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I just loving the peaceful feeling when I start to sew either in my sewing room or in the big chair with a hand project. Stress just seems to flow away with each stitch. The friends, fabric and wonderful gifts are all the bonuses that come a long with. &quot;A Quilting Life&quot;

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    Linda
    June 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

    HI! PART OF &quot;MY SEWING LIFE&quot; IS THE UPSTAIRS LOFT THAT I QUILT/SEW IN,JUST ENTERING THE AREA PLEASES ME.MY DH MADE A LARGE CUBICLE CABINET FOR FQ&#39;S AND IT IS PAINTED A CHEERY BARN RED AND AROUND IT I HAVE PLACED OTHER RED ITEMS,ALSO A ROCKER AND MY OLD TEDDY BEAR.THEN THE NEEDFUL ITEMS,DESIGNING+CUTTING TABLE AND THE TABLE HOLDING MY SEWING MACHINE.WOULD LOVE TO WIN YOUR BOOK!

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    Learn How To Make Quilts
    June 10, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I feel very privileged to have grown up in a culture, Mennonite, where quilting circle, or sewing circles, were frequent and all the quilts and blankets we used, were handmade. I learned to piece a quilt for my doll at a young age, and then later learned hand quilting. I love to make quilts and come up with way more ideas for quilts than I&#39;m able to make. I hand quilt for others, and so don

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    Amber @ fromtheseeds
    June 10, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Quilting is so important to me. Creating something useful and beautiful feels amazing. Old fashioned arts like sewing and quilting always make me feel centered and peaceful – my sewing life consists of vintage linens, new fabrics, drinking tea and hand stitching binding. Fabric/quilting/sewing makes me so happy &lt;3

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    Kitty
    June 10, 2013 at 11:18 am

    One aspect of my quilting life is being part of a group with 5 other quilters. We meet once a month to share ideas, projects, and socialize. It&#39;s always fun and we learn a lot too!

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    Miranda
    June 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

    For me quilting is a brand new interest, that I have taken to with great gusto and enthusiasm! I started seeing a lot of beautiful quilts on Pinterest and reached out to a quilter in my neighborhood who has become a dear friend. She invited me to sewing night where I learned to quilt in their &quot;quilt school&quot;. 6 months ago I had never even used a sewing machine, now with 4 quilts under my

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    Tamara Oster
    June 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I love taking my passion for textiles to new heights! Quilting has given me a vehicle for showing those dear to me how much I love them…and besides where else can I have this much fun with math (my favorite subject ever!).

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    sue
    June 10, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I enjoy the creative process and watching what I have planned come together.

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    Wendy Ouellette
    June 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I enjoy needlework of all kinds and sometimes with travelling and all that life throws at me, I just need to feed that part of me, so I always try to have something portable. Embroidery quilt blocks, sewing down a binding, sometimes even piecing. My souls truly is fed by needle and thread!

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    Janelle
    June 10, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I can relate to all your aspects of a quilting life! I&#39;ll throw in the fact that it feels like the only thing I do that actually stays done!

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    Grandmasewnsew
    June 10, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I love the satisfaction I get from quilting and from being able to, while still striving for perfection, accept my little mistakes and flaws as a beautiful part of the process. It&#39;s made me a more easy-going person.

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    Kathy
    June 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

    For me quilting has become a social outlet since I am now an empty nester:)

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    Abby
    June 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Quilting is therapy to me! I sometimes have to go sew some squares together and finish a small runner, just to stay sane!

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    Carol Hailey
    June 10, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Please enter my name in this drawing. It looks like a wonderful book

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    Terri
    June 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    One part of my quilting life I enjoy is getting to meet other likeminded men and women. And playing with fabric πŸ˜‰

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    Sallie
    June 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I&#39;ve made great friends quilting. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Paula
    June 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    My fabric stash seems to have ended up divided in two: fabric I buy for me and fabric I buy with my little boys in mind. For some strange reason my side of the stash grows and grows but the other side is in a constant state of use and my two little boys are gaining a bunch of quilted treasures. They are happy and i&#39;m happy to be simply able to create.

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    Just Sew Sue
    June 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    quilting is never being bored.

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    Jane
    June 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Quilting has become something of an obsession, but a fun one!

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    Emily C
    June 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    My quilting life is just starting, but I am already well acquainted with many bloggers who love quilting just as much as I do. I love the beautiful fabrics and lovely colors. I find it hard to say no to florals and new tools, esp. when they are on sale. I also find it difficult to finish a project when 2 or 3 lovely new ones are teasing me from the pages of my favorite magazine or new book.

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    Lauren Deel
    June 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    An aspect of the Quilting Life for me is keeping my mind sharp by always dreaming and scheming my next project. Of course, this drives my husband crazy as, to him, I always appear to be &quot;daydreaming.&quot; But really, I love figuring out the perfect pattern, doing the math if necessary, and playing with things like balance and scale and color.

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    Ms De
    June 10, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    My grandmother is the inspiration behind my love of quilting, but unfortunately, she is not the one who taught me!! I wish she could see how much I love it now!!

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    Bonnie58
    June 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    My go to sweater for at-home wear – not to be seen in public. or even in the year if possible – It used to be a soft, fuzzy black – not t is literally a &#39;coat of many colours&quot; with all of the bits of thread that it has collected over time from my favourite projects. It is it&#39;s own time machine. I&#39;m afraid to wash it in case it falls apart and I shed consttntly when wearing it.

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    M.W.
    June 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    My quilting life keeps me sane. I need to be creative and always have a project to be happy.<br />Shawn

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    Connie Rhea
    June 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    My quilting life took place between a professional, demanding job, family and 50 year tine as an active Bible Teacher. I saved patterns, purchased fabric, joined a quilt group and struggled to complete a quilt. Then Multiple Sclerosis and brittle diabetes set me down, unable to walk, barely talk or use my left hand. <br />Rehab, spunk, prayers and a never give up spirit now find me able to

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    Joyce Carter
    June 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I love to sew and being able to go in my sewing room every day brings me much peace and joy. Designing and creating keeps my mind alert. Quilting has become a big part of my everyday life. I love the whole process of it.When I wake up in the morning, I think about what I am going to work on today and that is what inspires me to get up and get my day started every day. Thank you so much for a

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    Vicki H
    June 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Quilting is the best hobby, stress reliever, therap, you name it. It makes me feel better and I make nice items for me and my family.

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    Angie Burrett
    June 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Quilting keeps me busy and relaxed with a wonderful end product. Plus I have met such wonderful people through this amazing hobby. I think I would go totally mad if I didn&#39;t sew!

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    Polly
    June 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Quilting is frustrating and fulfilling all at once. Frustrating because it&#39;s hard to eek out the time I would like to spend. Fulfilling because when I do get to make and complete quilts it really fulfills a need in me. I guess if I followed less quilting blogs I would have more time, but honestly, I have learned so much and get so inspired that I make the time for it. So happy to have

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    Susan
    June 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    The common bond of friendship is there with every person I meet that sews. I love that! Looks like a great book, thank you for the chance to receive it.

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    Sandy
    June 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    A big part of my quilting life is my friendships and sewing buddies in our quilt guild, Material Girls! Love the retreats the most!

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    Gayle
    June 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I love that I have a dedicated space in my house for quilting – I know a lot of quilters aren&#39;t so fortunate. If the room is messy I can just walk away and close the door – then pick up where I left of the next day – love it!

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    Carol
    June 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Quilting has been part of my life for almost twenty years. It was my sanity when I was at home with five sons – I&#39;m not sure we&#39;d have survived those years if it weren&#39;t for quilting.

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    Nita
    June 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I like having things to do with my hands. Quilting and knitting fits the bill perfectly πŸ™‚

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    Dora, the Quilter
    June 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    The best part of quilting for me is that it is just so much fun to do! There have been so many times in the last almost-40 years, that quilting provided challenge, reward, therapy, comfort, you name it!

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    Janarama
    June 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I love to create things and quilting/sewing gives me the outlet to do just that. It&#39;s fun to shop for new fabric for the next project(s) and to add to my stash along the way.

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    SewLindaAnn
    June 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    My quilting life makes me feel accomplished and creatively satisfied. Putting so much of myself into a quilt and gifting it to someone special or to someone I never met connects me to greater things.

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    Trish
    June 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I&#39;m pretty new to the Quilting Life, but I have been surrounded by quilts that my grandma made years and years ago. They are a daily reminder to me of what the Quilting Life is really about: family!!

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    Carla
    June 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I ave done hexagons for about 12 years now. Love the fact they are popular now! Thanks,

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    Susan
    June 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    It&#39;s such a great relaxing feelnig to be in front of my sewing machine…I love taking pieces of fabric and creating pieces of making them into something that can keep a loved one warm- inside and out!!

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    Laurel
    June 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I&#39;ve always liked creating something every day. As a young mom,if I sewed or painted something it didn&#39;t have be done over and over like the dishes or laundry. Looks like a great book!

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    shawn
    June 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I am just starting to learn about quilting so I have not yet made my life quilty lol!!<br />(smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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    Sonya
    June 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Quilting is the most creative thing I do! And it&#39;s a great boost to my self confidence!

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    Kristy
    June 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    My quilting life consists of my family heritage. I feel connected to my family whenever I spend time with my quilting. Beyond that quilting is my therapy…it brings such calm to my life.

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    ~Laurie~
    June 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I had to chuckle when I read about you having strings all over yourself and an occasional pin on the floor. My husband is driven crazy by all the threads I leave on the floor! Once he asked, will this ever stop? He answered his own question with &quot;I think I know the answer to that!&quot; If I go out during a sewing session, I always wonder if I have threads across my butt! Really I do! I

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    Pattie Crum
    June 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Quilting has become such a habit in the last 10 years that I don&#39;t know what I would do if I couldn&#39;t just walk into my studio after work or on the weekend and just sew. It makes everything else just melt away.

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    MellieWo
    June 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I always have bits of fabric stuck everywhere in the house because I don&#39;t have a sewing room or basement.<br />Thanks for the chance to have my own copy πŸ™‚

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    Happy Cottage Quilter
    June 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Quilting has been a part of my life for 25 years. I love to use quilts around the house and to give them as gifts. It&#39;s also my therapy.

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    Rebecca Stevens
    June 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I guess my quilting life began when I was too small to learn and could only play under the quilt frame while Mom and a friend quilted. The &quot;menfolk&quot; played cards downstairs. Mom&#39;s quilts were made to be used though so as much as I cherish them they have seen better days. She made most of my clothes and I can still pick out pieces of fabric that I remember the outfit. Love the

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    Missy Shay
    June 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    This book looks absolutely great! I love books and mags on quilting, I read them cover to cover!<br />missysaprons@gmail.com

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    Brenda
    June 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    My quilting life is spread around the dining room. This is my sewing room so every thing is scattered everywhere. I don&#39;t dew as much as I would like too.

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    Thumper
    June 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I so relate to the thread on my clothes aspect of a quilting life. wherever I go it seems like a kind friend is picking a white thread off me…guess I should just learn to wear only white! Also my husband swears nothing of his that gets ironed is without a loose thread here or there. Small price to pay for having so much fun! Thank you for this opportunity and also the immeasurable

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    Christine M
    June 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    My quilting life is my relaxation! Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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    Sharon Dawn
    June 10, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I try to sew a little every day and enjoy following blogs like your&#39;s and Sherri&#39;s that make me &quot;ooh&quot; and &quot;ahh&quot; and wish I had more time to create more! Thanks for sharing what you do!

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    Donna
    June 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I loved your thread on your clothing statement. I, too tend to have a lot of thread on my clothing, on the cat, on the floor and everywhere.

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    Helen L
    June 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    A big part of my sewing life is hitting quilt stores wherever I travel! I just hit about 4, plus a small quilt show in Wyoming in my last travels! (one in Nevada, one in utah, and two in Wyoming!!) It&#39;s fun!

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    Jennifer
    June 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Fabric, fabric, fabric! I have been sewing for many years, but just recently started quilting–perfect for my fabric obsession. Thanks for the chance.

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    Ramona
    June 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I could very much relate to starting two or three other projects before the first one is finished. My goal this year was to &quot;finish two before anything new&quot; but that resolution seriously failed by January 2nd! Thanks for the chance to win Sherri&#39;s book – All work always looks fabulous.

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    Jude Jones
    June 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    My quilting life consists of the few minutes I steal for myself each day, even if it&#39;s not sewing, I&#39;m at least planning out something in my head or dreaming of what I am going to sew next and how it will look! Once in a while, I get to sit down to my machine and make it happen! Thanks for the chance!

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    Needled Mom
    June 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I love Sherri&#39;s fresh clean approach to quilting. Like Sherri, I did not have a grandmother to quilt for me either. I had to learn on my own.

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    LittleBook
    June 10, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    An aspect of my quilting life that I enjoy is the sense of accomplishment when I finish something – a block, a quilt, a binding, etc. I work at a job that doesn&#39;t always give me something to point to when I finish a project and say, yes, I did that. With quilting, I can work an evening at my sewing machine and have something to show for it. It is very gratifying.

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    Mimi
    June 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I enjoy to create quilted projects as gifts… birthdays, newborns, weddings, Christmas etc. I&#39;m always looking for the next gift to make someone!!

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    Marilyn S
    June 10, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I&#39;ve always loved putting puzzles together. Quilting is piecing and putting together like a puzzle.

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    Katie
    June 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I love every aspect of quilting. It gives me the chance to make something homemade and give away to friends and family. It&#39;s a quilt, wall hanging, a bag, baby quilts that I love to make and hope someone can enjoy and use.

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    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts
    June 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I love to quilt and find all parts of making the quilt fun! I would love to win Sherri&#39;s book to share with my DD as she is setting up her apartment and likes to sew, but hasn&#39;t fallen for quilting..yet. πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for the chance!

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    Joan and Kevin
    June 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I love to buy, cut and sew fabric.<br />It just makes me happy!

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    true2beeme
    June 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Quilting allows me to relax and free the thinking part of my brain I use for work…not that I am not thinking while I quilt but it is such a different process to create a quilt than what I do all day. It is amazing the problems I solve or things that become clearer after quilting without me even realizing they are &quot;on my mind&quot;. Thanks for a chance to win.

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    Hanke
    June 10, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Yy quilting life is not as big as I would like, but in the free moments I am busy with several quiltprojects. By Hand and by machine, I like it both. Thanks for the chance! M

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    Barbara McD
    June 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Right now, my quilting life is in an upheaval – I&#39;m preparing to move into a new room that we&#39;ve added onto our home, and my current quilting room is a disaster!! Can&#39;t wait to get it all in one place and organized!!<br /><br />Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    cbronso1
    June 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I&#39;m more of a sewer than a quilter! But I have been trying to add a little quilting in some of my projects!

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    Mary Ann
    June 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I would love to win the book. I have been following her for quite some time. I am so glad that I got into quilting about 8 years ago. Going on shop hops, hanging out with my quilting friends at our retreats is what I love to do.

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    Deb C.
    June 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    My 13 yo daughter just informed me that she needs a new quilt for summer. Only another quilter knows the joy those words bring!

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    Anne
    June 10, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    For me, quilting (and sewing, and embroidery) is a way to stretch my imagination and creativity. It is a chance to learn new skills (and I love to learn anything new). I love to see a project come together from start to finish. And I love to give away something handmade, that I put love into. And of course – the fabric!<br />(majesticjenkinsATgmailDOTcom)

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    cat
    June 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I love looking and touch the fabric as it gives me great inspiration. I&#39;m always doing more than 1 project at a time. I love staying busy.

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    Theresa N.
    June 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    The best part of the quilting life to me is color, in the fabric in the pattern placement.<br />Theresa N<br />weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Fred's Driver
    June 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I&#39;m so fortunate to have a quilting heritage. My paternal grandmother did lots of scrappy quilts. My mother was the quilting perfectionist. I&#39;ve recently caught the bug and use quilting as &quot;therapy&quot;.

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    Terri Mosier
    June 10, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Seems like the only way to unwind after a long day is with needle and thread…. Quilting is my R&amp;R πŸ™‚

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    Pauline
    June 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    My quilting life developed over time. Growing up taller than all my friends, I learned to sew just to get garments that fit! As a young mother with two girls I made all their clothes as well as their coats and taught them to sew. Later life and I&#39;m working, going back to school for a degree, more work and sewing got put aside. After I retired I found a picture of a quilt I had saved from a

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    Sandy D
    June 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    For me quilting is my getaway. I love having something to go to when I am stressed. I use to crochet but now I quilt.

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    corinne
    June 10, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    People who visit my home always say how warm, welcoming and comfortable it is. I know it has to do with the quilts and pillows around the house.

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    Lisa in Port Hope
    June 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I love learning the skills of quilting, and the meditative aspect of hand quilting. It makes me happy.

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    barbara woods
    June 10, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    i&#39;m retired and quilting is what i love to do

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    jmniffer
    June 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    The best part of my quilting life is being able to give the quilts I make away to friends, family and everyone I love. I also appreciate how the quilting process lessens stress for me during difficult times.

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    Heather B
    June 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    My favorite thing about quilting is that it becomes an heirloom. I have a great time (and frustrating times) making quilts and then it&#39;s even better seeing the look on their face when I hand the quilt over to them. It&#39;s even better seeing a new baby snuggled up in something you made and knowing that it will last a lot longer then some toy they may out grow.

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    lisa shenk
    June 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I show my love by giving my quilts! I have made many wonderful friends through my quilting life.

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    Susan Smith
    June 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    A big part of my quilting life is giving quilted gifts! I love giving table runners, wall quilts, tote bags, baby quilts, etc. Also, I am making a quilt for each of my boys&#39; major milestones. Besides the fact that I have always loved giving handmade gifts, it helps me justify my fabric purchases!!! I&#39;m loving the looks of this book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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    Sarah_L_N
    June 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Something I have grown to like in my quilting life is trying new things! I did my first hand quilting recently and really enjoyed it πŸ™‚

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    Rachelle
    June 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I really like the look on the recipients face when you give them a quilt.

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    Terry
    June 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    One part of the quilting life that is important to me is the process of problem solving , improvising, and creating – skills that get honed during the years of raising kids and can get a bit rusty once the nest is empty! Quilting gives me the satisfaction that comes with creating something that adds beauty to the world.

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    AshleySaxon
    June 10, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I love making quilts that get used! I don&#39;t want them put in a glass case and set aside, never to be touched. I love making them for our nieces and nephews who I know will put the sturdiness of my seams to the test as they happily drag them around the house, sleep on them, play on them and just love them forever πŸ™‚

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    Anda W
    June 10, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I have only been quilting for a year and a half but am totally addicted! I am still making quilts for each member of the family and still learning from my mistakes! awolk at rogers dot com

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    Celia Ambrose
    June 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I try to sew daily. If I can&#39;t do sewing, I have a quilt magazine with me to read during the day.

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    Jusmom1
    June 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I make a lot of my quilts from scraps that I have been given by other people, which means I don&#39;t always have a full &quot;line&quot; of matched fabrics to work with. Sometimes this is a good thing as it forces me to become more creative. I have, though, bought several bundles recently in some favorite colors and designs as there are some things I just CAN&#39;T resist!

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    Tamie
    June 10, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    An aspect of my Quilting Life are the special quilty friends that I have.

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    Chris
    June 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I try to sew for a while every days and I love to go on retreats with my quilt bee 4-5 times a year. That is when I really get a lot accomlished!

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    Mary Beth
    June 10, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I recently bought my 9 year old daughter her own sewing machine…and now we can sew at the same time…very fun! It&#39;s fun to share my love of sewing and quilting with my children.

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    Mary Beth
    June 10, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I recently bought my 9 year old daughter her own sewing machine…and now we can sew at the same time…very fun! It&#39;s fun to share my love of sewing and quilting with my children.

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    Carol D.
    June 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    My favorite items to make in the Quilting Life are totes or bags and baby quilts. New inspiration would be welcome.

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    Kathy
    June 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Well, I am either sewing every day or thinking about quilts and fabric. I can&#39;t believe how I fall in love with fabrics. Love the precuts of an entire collection and how they all work together and compliment each other. I enjoy following the blogs and get a lot of inspiration from them. Thank you for all you do and thanks for a chance to win the book. It looks great!

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    Kathy
    June 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Well, I am either sewing every day or thinking about quilts and fabric. I can&#39;t believe how I fall in love with fabrics. Love the precuts of an entire collection and how they all work together and compliment each other. I enjoy following the blogs and get a lot of inspiration from them. Thank you for all you do and thanks for a chance to win the book. It looks great!

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    Sarah
    June 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I can tell I have a quilting life when I look at every tile floor and imagine it as a quilt pattern.

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    kc
    June 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I love fabric. Cutting it up, sewing it back together to create a one of a kind piece.

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    Brett and Jenn
    June 10, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    One part of my quilting life is the joy and sense of accomplishment and wonder I feel when I make something, and then look at it afterwards and realize I really did create something that adds beauty to the world. Quilting is so wonderful!!

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    colleen
    June 10, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    My quilting life is my life completely wrapped sound my grandchildren <br />I always have a project in progress for them. When I am gone they will have <br />Their memories and some things sewn for each of them from me

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    maggieinthemountains
    June 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    My. Quilting life is a huge learning curve<br />still a newbie<br /><br /><br />Maggiecolorado@gmail.com

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    Nancycim
    June 10, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Being new to quilting one aspect is feeling overwhelmed with the thought that I will never accomplish everything I want to.

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    elena piΓ±a garcia
    June 10, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Well, I love bags and table runners as I am new and trying with them, too much difficult a quilt a big one, ata the moment I am doing a small one! I love doing t-shirts of patchwork, and specially to my kids, now planning the same one for my daugter and myself.<br />Nothing better than sharing with my family my hobbies!!<br />Kisses from Sapin

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    wanda
    June 10, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I am in the process of making each one of my Grand children a quilt, but more keep coming, but I love them. I like making runners and bags also.

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    Melissa James
    June 10, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    My favorite part of my quilting life is sharing time with my DH. I think he has just as much as I do. We bought a second sewing machine so that he can sew along with me. He enjoys coming up with different patterns for us to make or make fun of. lol I definitely got a keeper! :D<br /><br />Oh and everything you already mentioned, adding taking up the entire kitchen/kitchen table and refusing to

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    June D
    June 10, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Learning to quilt stretches me in ways that I never thought I would be stretched. Thinking about color, pattern, design, techniques. Looking at buildings and sidewalks in a new way. As I learn more, I figure out there is more to learn and thinking about! Thanks for putting my name in the hat for the drawing – book will have lots of ideas of me to think about and to sew! Thanks!

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    Nancy
    June 10, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Looking at the same quilting magazines over and over again – partly because they never get old and partly because I live in Africa and only get my hands on new magazines during furloughs, every two-three years.

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    Mischelle
    June 10, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    My quilting life consists of leaving the sewing machine on the kitchen table and eating meals on the sofa or the recliner and having threads everywhere.

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    Elisa Bernarda
    June 11, 2013 at 12:35 am

    My Qulting lije is when I make my own things whith my own style and then using it with pround.

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    CathyK
    June 11, 2013 at 1:14 am

    A part of my quilting life is making a quilt for a family member. It brings me such joy to watch them open up,their quilt. I think it is more fun to sew for someone you love. Thank you for the chance!

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    grannymaudsgirl
    June 11, 2013 at 1:27 am

    For me it is having a sewing to-do list that is a page long and never shrinks. It is always having more ideas of things I want to make than time to make them.

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    Di
    June 11, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I love that I can see progress as i move through the creative process- each block makes the top bigger, then it takes life with sashing and looks different again with quilting. At first I didn;t understand when a friend told me that the quilt would tell me how to quilt it …. I understand now. And then the joy of using or giving the quilts. A great hobby!<br />

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    Judy1522
    June 11, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Part of my quilting life is making a quilt for each of my family members. So far I have finished one and have two others in progress. It is so much fun to give someone something that you have put so much work into.

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    Jenny Faasavalu
    June 11, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Quilting gives me a sense of accomplishment. I have a talent that I can share with others. Even if it&#39;s just a small table runner.

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    Sharon
    June 11, 2013 at 4:21 am

    I&#39;m really just starting out, about a year or so due to being a first time Grandmother. I even bring my sewing machine with me when I stay away from home in case I want to work a few more blocks!

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    Barb
    June 11, 2013 at 4:23 am

    I love being able to create something that I like whether it is to give away or to stash for one of my kids. It&#39;s just a sense of accomplishment and something I enjoy doing.

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    Brianna
    June 11, 2013 at 5:14 am

    My favorite memories of my great-grandmother are of hanging out under her (enormous!) quilt frame while she pinned and pinned! After she died, I sort of took up the quilting mantle πŸ™‚ I only wish I had begun sooner.

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    Pat
    June 11, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Part of my quilting life is making quilts for the new babies in the family and also graduation quilts. Thanks for a chance to win this book.

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    Ellee
    June 11, 2013 at 5:44 am

    An aspect of my quilting life…hmmmmmm. Well, if I have trouble falling asleep I start designing a quilt in my head. Pretty soon I&#39;m in dreamland. — soparkaveataoldotcom

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    Sharon
    June 11, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Quilting provides a creative outlet that I don&#39;t have in my professional life. I have also met some wonderful people through quilting.

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    Laura Pendley
    June 11, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Part of my quilting life is being able to make my home have personality, comfort and beauty with things I can create with fabric along with a little time and patience. It&#39;s so fun to see quilts and be able to make them for our homes and friends.

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    Carolyn
    June 11, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Quilting is like a magnet that just keeps drawing me closer. Quilts will be my legacy just like they were for my grandmother and great grandmother – a work of love.

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    MaryMeg
    June 11, 2013 at 6:27 am

    I&#39;m new to quilting. It&#39;s the colors of the fabrics that I see when I go to the stores for other crafting materials that is driving my need to dive into the quilting world. I found your hour glass block tutorial and it looks like something that I can handle. I want to replace a the worn out quilt (the only one I ever made, 30 years ago) used by my son for the past 20 years. Thank you for

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    c
    June 11, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Every time I see this book up for discussion, I see from the internet something new I want to try. I would like to be chosen, but it is a gift no matter who gets it! thanks<br />aka Kingcooper0001@aol.com

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    Sharon Hughson
    June 11, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Would love to win this book. I can&#39;t remember if I commented here or not. I can&#39;t find my name on the list, but I remember writing how I incorporate quilting in my life. It&#39;s gifts, household quilts to collect cat&#39;s hair on the furniture, etc.

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    Janine
    June 11, 2013 at 6:59 am

    This book looks wonderful! I love Sherri&#39;s blog too! We live in a small apartment and I&#39;ve taken over our spare bedroom and part of the livingroom with my quilting fabric &amp; tools.

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    Kathy
    June 11, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I&#39;m new to quilting and the best part for me is when I make a perfect point or a perfectly matched seam! Success!! And I&#39;ve learned to be okay with the ones that are a little off too!

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    Wanda
    June 11, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I find quilting a great stress reliever. When there are things going on in life that cause stress it&#39;s nice to work on something you can control and see an end product. There are several things I&#39;d love to make from this book. It&#39;s on my wish list.

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    Cindy
    June 11, 2013 at 7:40 am

    clovercreations15@yahoo.com Thanks for a chance to win Sherri&#39;s book. I love all aspects of quilting and now reading quilting blogs I have found is really inspirational!! Some day I am going to get brave enough to start my own blog. Cindy

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    Pank
    June 11, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Hi I have just discovered that there are some really great blogs out there with quilting. I love to read new ideas and tips from them. Besides collecting fabric love the feel of fabric I then take what I learned to make cute gifts. Thanks for the chance to win. Love ur blog

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    pkrueger
    June 11, 2013 at 7:49 am

    The fun part about quilting is sharing it with others, like spending a day sewing with my sister or daughter! The book looks like a winner.

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    EJ
    June 11, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Aspects of a quilting life: to me that means what&#39;s important and what I value. Recently, it&#39;s been the discovery of alot of blogs on quilting, sewing, crafting, cooking, organizing, embroidery, etc. There is so much inspiration and encouragement to find and do what makes you happy.<br /><br />Like you, I have issues with cutting into fabric. But it&#39;s all part of the process πŸ™‚

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    mvink
    June 11, 2013 at 8:36 am

    So many aspects to love! I love sharing my finished project with people I love. I also enjoy the therapeutic sewing aspect of putting different fabrics together to make one unique item. Thank you for the chance!

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    Beverly Atkins
    June 11, 2013 at 8:43 am

    My quilting life: I just love the process of picking out the colors, patterns, threads, etc. I&#39;ve always loved puzzles and for me this is the ultimate puzzle.<br /><br />I love your blog. I&#39;ll be back.

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    crazy quilter
    June 11, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I work a full time job but sew when I am not working. I love every aspect of quilting. I am pretty much self taught but have had lots of help from my local Guild ladies and a special friend who owned a quilt store and let me sew samples for her. What a great joy that was, she retired at the end of 2011 but I have not lost my love of all things Fabric , thread etc. I work to quilt! LOL all of my

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    Jane M.
    June 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

    The best friends I could ever have have come from quilting. I love to spend all day Saturday in the sewing room, just puttering away! Life can&#39;t get any better than quilting or spending time with your quilting friends.

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    Leanne Parsons
    June 11, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I laughed about the bits of thread in food…my husband held up a snippet and couple of months ago and said &quot;I don&#39;t mind thread on the floor, but in my food?!&quot; Thankfully he was laughing.

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    Miss Nancy
    June 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I love all aspects of quilting especially the learning process that goes on. There is always something new to learn and do. Quilting blogs are great and a great way to share information and get inspiration. Thank you for this chance to win this book. I would love to make the bags.<br /><br />Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

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    Jessica Brinkerhoff
    June 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I am obsessed with looking at quilt patterns and enjoy reading all quilting blogs that I can find! After the kids are put to bed….I get to enjoy my hobby! I quilt after they are in need because 4 little hands are way too many

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    Vicki in MN
    June 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Blogland is an awesome resource for quilting and sharing!

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    Unknown
    June 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I love creating quilts and quilted objects for my home (pillows, table runners, table covers ….) I also love making things for family and friends to decorate their little corners of the world. This book sounds like it&#39;s right down my alley!!

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    Joyful Mom
    June 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I&#39;m a mom of all boys so much of our home is decorated for masculine taste–dark leather couches, giant television, etc. Except my sewing/craft room. It&#39;s the perfect shade of pink. This is where I retreat and create. A Quilting Life has several adorable projects I would love to make. Thanks for your review of Sherri&#39;s book and fun blog.

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    Sharrieboberry
    June 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    My quilting life involves buying fabric, buying quilting books and dreaming. I really am making plans to sew this summer….

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    Audrey
    June 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    My quilting life includes 13 of the best friends ever. We meet at least once a month for sharing. We have two retreats each year and we try to find time for a few road trips. We make quilts for the local NICU unit and for people who have suffered losses of loved ones or other tragedies. I would love to win a copy of this book to share with them!

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    sandy
    June 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Aaspects of a quilting life to me mean: not so much time for cleaning house, bits of thread on my clothes, racing home so I can quilt, going to quilt shows, smelling and &quot;fondling&quot; fat quarters, reading quilting blogs and meeting and making new friends.

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    Kay
    June 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I have quilts displayed &amp; used in every room of my house. My husband encourages my by actually telling me when we&#39;re traveling that he saw a sign for a quilt shop &amp; than stops at it for me. Can&#39;t wait to get my own copy of this book. Looks like so many great projects in it.

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    Mary Graff
    June 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    A quilting life to me is looking at a finished project, or one in the works, and realizing that this thing of beauty started as a pile of beautiful fabrics. It amazes me each time that &quot;I did that&quot;!

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    MoeWest
    June 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    There are no quilters in my family so I taught myself from blogs and books. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

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    Marion Bryant-Parsons
    June 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Marion BP<br />Firstly, congratulations on your book being published. As a person who is housebound, the different blogs I receive have been like receiving a letter or visit from an old friend. Keep up your blogs, they are insightful &amp; are appreciated.

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    lauraluvsloons
    June 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    This book looks fantastic. My favorite part of my quilting life is when I get to have sew days and road trips with my BFF&#39;s.

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    Michelle
    June 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I just love fabric. When I look at new fabric it doesn&#39;t take too long before I know what quilt I&#39;m going to make. I&#39;d really enjoy Sherri&#39;s book.

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    kshackabq
    June 11, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I laughed at several items on your &quot;quilting life&quot; list. I can so relate. When I was making my very first quilt, I remember thinking &quot;this is crazy — cutting up this gorgeous fabric into little pieces and then sewing it back together.&quot; But I was hooked in no time. There&#39;s no such thing as too much fabric, and yes, the thread is everywhere. Thanks for the chance to

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    Deb
    June 11, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I LOVE quilting and love making things for my home. I think I&#39;d love it even more if I had my own space! Maybe one day a whole room will be devoted to my quilting.

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    Thim3
    June 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I love quilting so much…it makes me think of my grandmother who made a lot of quilts and I loved staying over at her house with several quilts on the bed..we were always warm on winter nights. Quilting is very relaxing. Thank you for the chance to win this lovely book.<br />thim3@hotmail.com

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    Mary on Lake Pulaski
    June 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    My quilting life was pretty much on hold from the time I went back to work when my kids were in school until I retired. Now it has become a big part of my lift. Not just quilting, but all kinds of sewing. Since I became a grandma three years ago, there has been lots of dresses, baptism outfits, costumes and doll clothes. I love every minute of it.

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    Elizabeth
    June 11, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    With small children still at home, my &quot;quilting life&quot; doesn&#39;t take up as much time as I may sometimes wish, but I love being able to make something completely new and different. I love that quilts make great gifts, but are also so useful as well. Thank you for the chance to win.

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    Judy
    June 11, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Quilting brings the creativity out in me. Colors, patterns and textures excite me. I love reading blogs and looking at magazines in order to add more projects to my bucket list.

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    Gunilla
    June 11, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Right now I am trying to figure out what kind of borders to put on a quilt for a cute 2.5 yrs old girl. She loves playing with folded fabric, put on the floor in a ring. She tells me it&#39;s her merry go round. I love it!

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    Irene C
    June 12, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I love to make quilts for my growing family and friends. I think quilts are like hugs and we all need a hug! I love to read all the quilting blogs for inspiration.

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    Jessica Christensen
    June 12, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Aspect of my quilting life? I am not a good finisher. I am a good starter. I am a good designer/planner. I am a good fabric purchaser. Boy! am I a good fabric purchaser. I struggle with the finishing. I enjoy the process way too much, I guess.

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    Karen
    June 12, 2013 at 8:40 am

    As a fairly new quilter, part of my quilting life is learning a lot with each new project…which I love!<br />krseitz at earthlink dot net

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    Joni
    June 12, 2013 at 9:13 am

    My small quilting groups are so invaluable to me. I have one for work and one<br />for my friends where we drink coffee &quot;stitchin&#39; in the kitchen&quot;.

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    terrieannie
    June 12, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I&#39;ve loved &quot;petting&quot; fabrics all my life, but my grandmothers both sewed for a living and so did not sew for fun…. like making quilts. I&#39;ve grown to love the modern quilt movement, especially the use of negative space, which has spurred the growth of modern quilting (the actual quilting part!) into a wonderful art form!

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    Ruth
    June 12, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I like seeing the interplay of color and pattern as I am working on a quilt. The more fabrics in a quilt the better it like it.

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    hadacres
    June 12, 2013 at 9:50 am

    How wonderful to actually meet a blogger you have followed, I think I would be too in awe to say much of anything.<br />I would love to win her book, please put my name in the hat.<br />Thank you<br />Toni

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    Janet Sonnier
    June 12, 2013 at 9:52 am

    My quilting life began yesterday upon stumbling on to your step by step quilting lessons. My niece and I have decided to each try making the quilt! Ok, 81 squares! I&#39;d love to win this book – looks like a lot of fun projects! Hope for beginners! Love your blog too πŸ™‚

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    Miss Nancy
    June 12, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I love all aspects of the quilting world including hand embroidery, hand and machine applique, and the piecing. I do fall short on the machine quilting process but I keep trying. Thank you for this great giveaway for one great book.<br /><br />Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

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    Sherry
    June 12, 2013 at 10:07 am

    My &quot;Quilting Life&quot; began just a couple of years ago. I have learned so much from bloggers who are willing to share their talents. I have sewn forever but now I will be able to share quilts with my family. Three large quilts have been quilted so far!

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    Margaret
    June 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Well, what I find is that unless I have some &quot;busy-ness&quot; in my life, I am not particularly motivated to sew. I know, with as busy as you are, you can&#39;t even imagine unencumbered time. It&#39;s called retirement. Now that I have made lots of committments, though, I am again very motivated to quilt. Wa hoo.

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    Margareth Tai
    June 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I have only just started my quilting life, having made a baby rag quilt. I soon realised that my quilting life will involve a lot of blog reading and making rather small projects. I&#39;m so in awe of you guys who make the most beautiful and elaborate quilts!

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    Donna Klaver
    June 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    As a new quilter(less than 6 months and 4 quilts later) I am in Love with the art of quilting. I eat sleep and breath it.. Would love the chance to win this book.

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    Wendy
    June 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Quilting is meditative – even ripping out seams! Thanks for this opportunity.Wendy

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    Donna Allen
    June 12, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I love my quilting life! Best past time/hobby ever! I get such satisfaction out of piecing!

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    NancyL
    June 12, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I love sharing my love of quilting with my daughters; 2 of the 3 also love to quilt, and the other daughter likes quilts, just not making them. I also love making baby quilts for my grandchildren and watching them love and use their quilts until they are worn out! That is the greatest compliment, and an excuse to make them a new one! My 13 year old grandson will get his 2nd quilt soon! Thanks for

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    Melissa
    June 12, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I love reading quilting blogs and learning new techniques that I can use to make gifts for friends &amp; family.

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    Karen
    June 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    After termites ate their way thru part of my studio, I was forced to gut the room and re- do it. Every day I walk into that beautiful studio I&#39;m thankful to have a space to call my own. Thanks for sharing.

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    Barbara
    June 12, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    My quilting life means that housework often goes by the board while I sit at the kitchen table and work on my project. Vacuuming — what&#39;s that?

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    Meredith
    June 12, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    This sounds like a fantastic book! I&#39;d love to win a copy of it! I have only been quilting for a little over a year so my quilting life is fairly new…but I LOVE learning new technigues and making quilts, table toppers and bags for famiily and friends. Next up, I want to make each of my 3 children a quilt for their beds. I have been waiting for just the right pattern for each of them and

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    Mom C
    June 12, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I love fabric. I love being able to see something and recreate it myself. I love putting meaningless pieces together and seeing something beautiful. I love sharing my enjoyment with others.

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    Alexis
    June 13, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I couldn&#39;t help but chuckle when I read your bullet point about having thread all over your clothes. My fiance lives 1300 miles away but can always tell when I&#39;ve been sewing because when we Skype, he can pick out the thread all over my clothes. Yeah, it&#39;s that bad that it can be seen via Skype. I&#39;m glad I&#39;m not the only one who gets it all over though. Thanks for the chance

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    Inch Worm Fabrics
    June 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

    quilting is suppose to be a stress reliever and usually is unless I have a deadline. I love the creative process and really love when I have finished something and it looks great…. then all I want to do is make more… its so addictive!!

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    Nena
    June 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Part of a my quilting life is that it is time I spend being creative – planning, thinking things through, focusing in on mental pictures and ideas. Part of it is the simplicity of just making and focusing on one thing at one time; and perhpas another part is the fact that most often I make things for people who mean so much to me in this life of mine – it&#39;s my way to honour my relationships

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    Cheryl
    June 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    What an inspiring book. And your blog – I am so glad to have found it. Now to find the time to look around. I need more hours in the day for my quilting life! But I love making pretty things for family and friends. Who needs sleep?

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    Unknown
    June 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    My husband is my support and encourager! We have just moved from Illinois to Alabama, and he had a sewing room on the top of our list as we looked for our new home. He even suggested taking the master bedroom for my sewing. That is saying LOVE in capital letters! Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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    nancy b.
    June 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I love everything about quilting, the colors, the way fabric feels, putting something together that is beautiful and useful, even organizing all the &#39;stuff&#39; that comes with having a sewing room. Yes, a whole room! I am blessed…and thanks for your beautiful blog!

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    Jodi - usairdoll
    June 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Sherri&#39;s book looks awesome! I love quilting, hand sewing and embroidery and sometimes I&#39;m able to combine all three in one project. Love the peace of mind and relaxation I feel when working on something. It&#39;s great that I can be creative and make something with love that I&#39;m able to share with family and friends. I wish I had all day to sew but with family and life we all know

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    Karrie Smith
    June 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I&#39;m obsessed with fabric and quilting. It&#39;s what I DO in my free time.

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    Mara Cockman
    June 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Quilting is…..how I cope, how I celebrate and why I smile everyday πŸ™‚

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    pandchintz
    June 14, 2013 at 4:11 am

    I love my quilting life – I get to sew nearly every day and stitch with friends at least once a week! Love exploring new books, and new fabrics. Thanks for the give away.

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    Sherry Von Fumetti
    June 14, 2013 at 6:55 am

    I especially like to give quilts away that someone may cherish for awhile. The person could be a family member, a friend with a new baby or a charity.

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    Kerry L.
    June 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    The fun part of quilting is meeting new people! And of course the fabric!!! Would love to win Sherri&#39;s book!

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    Deb
    June 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I love making things for my own…quilts especially and love having them either on the walls or hanging around. I even have a quilt on my front porch on our swing. I&#39;d love to win her book.

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    Mary Ann
    June 16, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I have the problem like so many quilters. SO MUCH FABRIC AND SO LITTLE TIME TO SEW.

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    Rachel Richardson
    December 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Another great book to use when quilting is Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! The Complete Guide to Quiltmaking, second edition by Diana McCuln and Laura Nownes. To learn more about this book and other great tips for quilting check out <a href="http://richdove.net/quilting/&quot; rel="nofollow">this website</a>.

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