Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway (Week?) - a giveaway and a book review of sorts

I am a couple of days late to this party, but since Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day is really a whole week, I thought I would join in late, rather than never.

Today, I am giving away a new copy of one of my favorite books, Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters.

one of my favorite quilting books


I reference this book almost every time I sit down to quilt something.  For example, recently, when I quilted my version of Jess's Giant Chevron pattern.  I chose a different design for each color of my chevron from the book to practice.

Giant Chevron closer up


There is the Seafoam design (one of my favorites):

Seafoam quilting design


Wood Grain with Knots:

Wood Grain with Knots

A modified version of Angela's "Plume Feather":

modified Plume Feather quilting design


Geometric Allover:

Geometric Allover quilting pattern

Could I have picked a fuzzier section of this quilt to photograph?  Sorry!

I also recently used her Flower Power design on my commission quilt:

Commission quilt back

And there are still loads more designs that I haven't tried out yet.   This book is an excellent resource, whether you quilt on your domestic machine (like me) or on a long arm. I especially love how Angela walks you through drawing each design, step by step.

If you don't have this book, now is your chance to win it!  Or, you could always gift it to a friend in need.  It is the season of giving after all.

To enter, please leave me a comment telling me what your favorite quilting design is.  My followers get a 2nd entry, please leave me an additional comment telling me how you follow (Google Friend Connect, Bloglovin, Feedly, etc.); I am curious how you follow me.  MAKE SURE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS CONNECTED TO YOUR COMMENT, please.  I still get a lot of no-reply comments, and if I can't contact you, I will have to draw again.

This giveaway will be open until December 13th at 5 pm PST.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!  I will randomly choose a winner and notify them by email by December 15th.  International entries are welcome.

Now go enter some more of the giveaway at Sew Mama Sew.  There are some really fantastic bloggers giving away fantastic prizes.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Jen

240 comments:

  1. I love feathers a lot and hope to someday be good enough at quilting to quilt them!
    Thanks for the chance, Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com

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  2. Yay!! I had the first comment!!
    I follow your blog via bloglovin!
    *Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com

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  3. Concentric circles or leaves. I would love this book to get more ideas though.

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  4. I love straight line quilting but want to learn more!

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  5. I haven't done anything but straight line quilting so far but I'd love to learn FMQ. I love the look of pebbles.

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  6. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU>BLOG LOVIN'

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  7. I love wood grain quilting. I used it on the 4 seasons tree quilt I made.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  8. HELLO, love your fmqing! Beginning to learn to do scrolls similar to your third photo on this post;takes me some practicing before I'm pleased with the result. I did heart-shaped leaves+vines as my very first fmqing and loved it. Leaves seem easy for me to do. Thanks for you blog+books+this giveaway too!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  9. For years I was 'stuck' on Baptist Fan. Now I let the quilt dictate...depending on the pattern of the blocks. sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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  10. Hi!! I follow you with Bloglovin (and through my dashboard, but I'm getting out of the habit of checking it... Is that bad?)

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  11. I'm too scared to even try to fmq yet. I am still plugging away with straight lines in the ditch... :-\
    I should really ask for this book to be on my Christmas list.
    E xx

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  13. I'm really liking straight-line quilting right now, but I want to try pebbling. Thanks for the chance!

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  14. I love spirals and pebbles, anything circular. Thanks for the chance to win

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  15. I really liked the sea foam picture on your page...I'm just a stitch in the ditch beginner!

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  16. I am just learning to FMQ so far I like to do swirls. This book would be great to help me expand my designs. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  17. Haven't broken out of straight lines and swirls yet, so I think I really need this book :)

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  18. I love the look of feathers, but haven't got there yet!
    This book looks great - thanks for the chance to win!

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  19. Wow, I've never really concentrated in your FMQ before as I love your patchwork, but you're pretty darn good at quilting too! I'm much more of a patch worker than quilter. - so I just quilt in the ditch :-)

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  20. I am working on my fmq so this would be a great win! I love feathers and spirals.

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  21. I am stuck in a real rut with stippling, but would really like to learn more. I need that book!

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  22. My favorite quilting is dogwood but I'm so afraid to try it myself! This book would help me conquer my fears!

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  23. I love feathers! I don't know how to free motion quilt yet..but thats on my list to learn for 2014!!

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  24. I started quilting because I fell in love with free motion designs. Still can't get the hang of it :( hayleymstephens at gmail dot com

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  25. I mostly do a meander with added motifs such as a flower or heart, but I would love to practice these types of FMQ too.
    ljridge4511 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  26. I like meanders and swirls. Thanks for sharing the book!

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  27. It depends on the part I'm quilting. Sometimes its straight line and at other times it's feathers or bubbles or just meanders.

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  28. Straight line using my walking foot. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  29. Oh I would love to get this book! My favourite design right now is swirls. And I learned how to quilt them by taking Angela's Craftsy class! :-)

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  30. stars and loops, as that's the only one I can do! need lots of practice and help!

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  31. I am moving out from stitch in the ditch to FMQ on my home machine. I just used a motif of the month from Quiltmaker for my daughter's wedding quilt and I was mostly happy. Do not have a stitch regulator so this is the hardest part to me. Merry Christmas. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  32. I am happy to follow you on FB and bloglovin . Would love your book. Merry Christmas. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  33. I love the wood grain quilting. I love the swirls for my quilting, but I need to broaden my skills.

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  34. I love this book and definitely need a copy! I have two favorites: flower power and the Denyse Schmidt scroll. Thanks! (charlottesgraceforacure{at}gmail{dot}com)

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  35. I love feathers but have really started enjoying geometric patterns as well. Awesome gift. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  36. I love feathers and swirly looking designs:)

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  37. I usually like linear quilting, but I love the Wood Grain with Knots you have done above. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. I adore the Woodgrain pattern. Spetzie@att.net

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  39. I follow on Bloglovin. Spetzie@att.net

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  40. Feathers, but I'm loving all this modern straight line, minimalist quilting I've seen also. I have a home machine on a frame, so can't do the big designs, but I'm learning. Thank you!
    chirpy78@gmail.com

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  41. I love swirls. Thanks for a great giveaway - would love to learn FMQ!

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  42. I follow you on bloglovin and facebook
    chirpy78@gmail.com

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  43. I want to learn how to FMQ--maybe drawing it would be the best--then I have guidance :) the flower power looks pretty cool though so does the geometric one!

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  44. I want to learn how to do the wood grain. It's beautiful!

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  45. I've done the wood grain pattern several times & love it. Thanks.

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  46. I'm a follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

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  47. My favourite pattern that I have done is the Maze Quilt I designed for my oldest son.

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  48. I need this book!!! Love the swirls, love the wood grain... both are my favorite designs!! I just don't know how to do it with a sewing machine! I just bought a free motion quilting foot and Machinger gloves this fall but don't have the guts (or any idea!) how to "do it"!! Crossing all my fingers I win your book!! Thanks for the chance!

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  49. I am following you via Bloglovin' - just signed up tonight ;-)

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  50. I love flame patterns, they look cool to me

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  51. I love concentric circles. I would love to have this book. FMQ Is one goal I have yet to master!

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  52. I love the freedom of feathers. I think I do a pretty good over all swirl. I'd really love that book. It's right up there on my must have list. Thanks.

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  53. I like feathers but have not mastered this skill yet.

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  54. I'm a newbie so I don't have a favorite yet. I would hope to be able to do some of that type quilting soon.

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  55. My favorite is the plain old stippling :D

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  56. I love pebbles, but prefer quilts with a variety of quilting patterns dictated by teh quilt.

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  57. I don't know what it's called but I like when people trace around the shapes and then go around that shape again and again.

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  58. I call it "square maze" - lots of crossing lines with square corners!

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  59. I like circles.. they look so pretty

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  60. I still love the big concentric circles but pebbles are pretty sweet too! Would love to win this amazing book.:)

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  61. Your work looks amazing! I'd love to be able to do something like that. I'm still in the stitch in the ditch phase :-)

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  62. I like straight lines and feathers.

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  63. I've been branching out from stippling and have this week been enjoying pebbling.

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  64. I already follow with GFC.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  65. I am quite new to quilting and have not progressed beyond straight lines, I really want to have a go at other types but honestly it scares me a little. Thanks for a great giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  66. Oh I have to love quilting feathers, they are my favorite! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  67. Since I only know straight line that would have to be my favorite. Still trying to work up the courage to jump in - have all the accessories - just not the courage! Thanks for the chance!

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  68. I follow through Bloglovin! Thanks for the chance!

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  69. I like feathers! great giveaway! thank you!

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  70. I enjoyed your blog and follow w/ GFC

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  71. I really like the Geometric allover design. Your quilting is beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Angela's book.

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  72. I follow you via Bloglovin, thanks.

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  73. I'm afraid I haven't got much past stippling- that's why I need this book ;-) Thanks for the chance to win.

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  74. I love feathers but I haven't tried them yet. I'm sucker when it comes to FMQ so this would be a great source for me.

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  75. I love feathers but can't seem to get the hang of them so I often use a design I learned from Ricky Tim's via Internet that is paisley-like and reminds me of feathers

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  76. I'd love, love, love this book. I recently bought a better machine so that I could start machine quilting. So far I've only done straight line quilting with it so I'm keen to develop my skills. In the past I've always hand quilted making up motifs that complimented something in the fabric I was using: butterflies, leaves, flowers etc. I guess my favorite were butterflies.
    emma.house@thebowesmuseum.org.uk

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  77. I found your blog via the giveaway and am now following via Bloglovin.

    emma.house@thebowesmuseum.org.uk

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  78. My favourite quilting pattern is the one that looks like pebbles.
    Thanks for the giveaway! This book is often in my "recommended fro you" section on Amazon.

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  79. I LOVE free motion quilting but I need to practice more at it!

    tgallop@mts.net
    www.willcookforshoes.ca

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  80. I follow on bloglovin!

    tgallop@mts.net
    www.willcookforshoes.ca

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  81. I love Baptist fans, especially juxtaposed with more modern fabrics and piecing

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  82. I've only ever done straight line quilting - I'd love to do feathers!!

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  83. I did my very first fmq on a table runner this month. Just a meander but I can't wait to get better

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  84. I am loving grid quilting, but someday I hope to be better at FMQ. Thanks.

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  85. You don't know how many times I've picked this book up to buy it then put it back thinking I don't need to spend the money ! Right now I love quilting icycle lights, I've been quilting them on Christmas gifts !

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  86. I follow happily follow you on Bloglovin !

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  87. Love the pictures of your quilting. Thanks for the give away.

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  88. I have taken Angela's craftsy class that go over most of these designs but don't have the book. It would be wonderful to have it as a quick reference!!! I love all of Angela's designs and she has such a great way of teaching. One of my favorites to quilt is the wood grain. It is just so fun :)

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  89. This book has been on my wish list on Amazon for a while now! I'm not really sure of my favorite design....I WISH I could do free motion. I'd say I'd prefer simple designs.

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  90. I love woodgrain and I want to learn to fmq soooo bad!!

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  91. I dont have a favorite since I am new to quilting. But I do like your chevron quilt

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  92. Anything swirly! I'm pretty new and I've done some already but I like to try something new with each project. It's not easy but it's addicting!
    kush(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  93. My favorite is the woodgrain...it's really lovely on that white!

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  94. I don't have a favorite FMQ design as I have not done more than outline stitching or in the ditch stitching. Some sort of feather variation always seems to look nice.

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  95. I signed up to follow via email.

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  96. Free motion quilting is definitely something I want to learn.

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  97. I have only been brave enough to do straight lines and stipple. I would love to learn feathers someday.

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  98. I have been following with GFC. Thanks.

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  99. I am very very very new to quilting so anything that I feel I can master successfully.

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  100. I currently have this from the library and having a hard time returning it - I have renewed twice! She is so amazing. My favorites are usually the geometrics, but it depends on the quilt!

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  101. I have yet to conquer FMQ but 2014 will be the start! I love anything swirly and I hope to master some loopy meandering first.

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  102. i haven't been very adventurous with quilt designs just yet, but i really like the sea foam one too.

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  103. I really love concentric circles!

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  104. I don't have a favorite, since I've never tried FMQ!! But, hopefully it's in my future!

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  105. I love the look of pebbles - but am sadly not adept yet at doing it myself. But I keep trying!

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  106. i'm still learning to fmq but i do a fairly good stipple. lol

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  107. It depends on the quilt. I really do love feathers. I haven't quilted anything yet, but would like to try. Thanks.

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  108. I haven't tried free motion quilting yet, but I really like loop de loops, when they're big and small all over. Thank you for the chance to win, and an early Merry Christmas!

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  109. I am a huge fan of the woodgrain pattern!

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  110. I love echo-ing, but am also not unbiased to a wiggle or pebble. Would love some fresh inspiration though. Thanks for a chance to win

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  111. I love that seafoam design. I love listening to Angela Walters on Craftsy

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  112. I want to try the wood grain but need to make a project to use this and have a quilt that I want to try the orange peel on.

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  113. I love pebbles, but they don't fit just anywhere :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  114. I love swirls and anything that looks like flowers

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  115. I love swirls!
    :)
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  116. I have only done straight line quilting but would love to try swirls.

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  117. Now that I have seen yours, I would say I love wood grain! How awesome would that be on a whole quilt == AWESOME! amycav at hotmail dot com

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  118. a I am a new GFC follower. I have the Giant Chevron pattern and I may have to use yours as inspiration to quilt it!

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  119. Have only done stitch in the ditch (pretty new to quilting...) But I want to learn FMQ soooo much! lol

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  120. I follow your Blog thru Bloglovin too


    Merry Christmas!

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  121. Oh boy, I have done some stippling and straight line. I feel accomplished just doing that

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  122. I like feathers. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  123. I think feathers are beautiful, but I sure can't make them :-( Thanks for this fabulous giveaway. What a great resource for machine quilting.

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  124. I love the look of stipple quilting and would love to be able to do it myself. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  125. I love stippling, but I would really like to branch out!

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  126. I'm looking to make my first quilt, so I'm not sure yet!~

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  127. Newbie to fmq but love the looks of feathers.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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  128. I have only tried a few free motion quilting on some sample pieces, so I could really use this book. Thank you for the chance to win.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  129. I follow you by email.
    thelady at hotmail.com

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  130. Straightline quilting too as I'm not brave enough to try anything else just yet.

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  131. HI there,

    Thanks for being so generous. I love feathers! I could put feathers on nearly anything.
    Have a great Christmas!

    Ruth at ruthq@rogers.com

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  132. Thanks I would love to win your book I am new to quilting and anything helps.

    thanks

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  133. I follow you on Bloglovin. Never thought I'd like anything as much as Google reader but it's great! Thanks for the chance.
    Elizabeth
    Lwghosts at yahoo dot com

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  134. Sadly, I've only done straight line quilting - which is why I'm interested in the book! I signed up for Angela's class on Craftsy and think this would be a perfect complement.
    Thanks again.
    Elizabeth
    Lwghosts at yahoo dot com

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  135. I love feathers. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  136. I really like the Geometric Allover. My goal for next year is to start seriously FMQing!

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  137. Well I know it is such a cop out but my goto is the crosshatch. I plan to branch out at some point lol!

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  138. Right now my favorite quilting design is wavy lines. Looks great alternating with straight lines.

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  139. Wow, it's hard to pick a favourite. I think it depends on the quilt itself. I guess I like concentric patterns the most.

    dewiec(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  140. I would like to learn how to do pebbles - right now all I do is straight line quilt - I need more FMQ practice. Thanks for the give away!

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  141. My favorite quilting design is one that is done by someone else. I need to stick to gentle curved that can be done with my walking foot. I am just a pieces- if I win, I could try again!

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  142. Man, I love how the wood grain looks. I myself am currently learning how to free motion quilt, so squiggly lines are my current calling. What a neat book :)

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  143. I lean towards loop de loos. I loved paisleys but they were so time consuming. I would love to learn some more go to patterns and this book is on the top of my wish list.

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  144. I follow through google friends.

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  145. I am new at practicing FMQ - like the last two weeks - and I have really fallen in love with the lazy daisy, thanks for the awesome chance

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  146. I really haven't started FMQ. Not really sure if I can do it and feel comfortable with it.

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  147. I follow by e-mail.

    wigglypup2 at yahoo dot com

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  148. Right now, I only hand quilt. Most of my patterns are simple...circles, square, lines, dogs, chickens!! I would love to learn FMQ, and I am trying to practice. This book
    would really, really help!!!!

    wigglypup2 at yahoo dot com

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  149. My favorite quilting design is pebbles but it takes a long time to do so I've only used it once.

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  150. I really want to try some wood grain quilting - it looks amazing on yours!

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  151. My favourite easy design is just loop de loops, largely because that's the only thing I've managed to do very well :D It looks nice enough, but doesn't exactly feel "right" for most types of projects, though.

    (clumsy.chord(at)gmail.com)

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  152. I love swirls and hearts. Thanks

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  153. From your photos it looks that you've really been inspired by this book. I really like the swirly patten.

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  154. My favorite quilting design is stippling or meandering. midwayfarms@hughes.net

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  155. I love the idea of true geometric circles but definitely don't have the skill to pull them off...

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