Friday, March 4, 2011

Modern Basics Blog Tour

Hi All - Tacha Here!

We are very pleased to be one of the stops on Amy Ellis’ blog tour for her wonderful new book "Modern Basics".


Amy for those of you who have not come across her before is a quilter extraordinaire! Not only does she write the great blog Amy’s Creative Side, which is packed with great tutorials, advice and of course, quilts, but she is also responsible for bringing us the Bloggers Quilt Festival. If that wasn’t enough Amy is also one of the forces behind the Sewing Summit which will take place in October 2011 – quick go and grab your place while you can!

So when I heard that Amy was also writing a book I couldn’t wait to see what she would come up with and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.


Amy’s book is aimed at beginner quilters and quilters that don’t have a lot of time to quilt! I am sure that resonates with a lot of us.

All the quilts in the book are based on a repetition of a single block, making them quick and easy to put together for both the beginner and more experienced quilter with not a lot of time on their hands! But don’t get me wrong – the quilts in this book are not simple looking.

Tumbling Cubes is possibly my favourite in the book. But only possibly! There are a lot of contenders.


I love the splashes of colour and the quilting on this so much. And to think it is made from just one block being rotated. Love it!

You will find there are lots of projects in this book that make you want to reach for your rotary cutter and dive into your stash.


Amy has very kindly offered to give one of you a chance to ooh and ahh over the book yourself. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the draw for a copy of the book. We will choose a winner on 8th March. Good luck!

For another chance to win a copy of the book hop over to AmyLouWho tomorrow (5th March)

220 comments:

  1. ooooh, I need this book! Hope I win. Thanks

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  2. Great, Tacha, another chance to win Amy's book! Thanks for counting me in.

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  3. Thanks! I hope I win one of these!!

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  4. I just love the patterns I am seeing in this book!

    Mary
    iammaryburke@gmail.com

    http://www.ourhoppyplace.com

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  5. You stated, "All the quilts in the book are based on a repetition of a single block..." These types of designs are my favorite because I adore quilt patterns with symmetry and balance. Good luck, everyone (including me!

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  6. I am so excited about Amy's book!! All the pictures just look amazing!!

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  7. This looks such a great book!
    I'd love to win a copy!

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  8. I've been ohh and ahhing all through this tour. I love these designs. Thanks for the chance.

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  9. All the patterns in the book are so great. thanks for a chance to win a book.

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  10. Count me in! Love this book.

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  11. The patterns are beautiful and I'd love to have the book so I could make several of them. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  12. count me in please - even though I am not a beginning quilter I can see from the photos that there are quilts in there I would like to make.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  13. I'd love to enter the contest. I can never get enough quilting books. My stash is just being built.

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  14. This is the first book in years that has really excited me about making a new quilt. I would love to add it too my library!

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  15. What an awesome book! I am a beginning quilter and would love to see her techniques and get some help with some questions. Good luck to everyone! Wish we could all win.

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  16. Prett stuff Thanks for the chance

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  17. Looks like a great book! Would be a great addition to a quilt book library.

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  18. This looks so wonderful! thanks for a chance to win! butler83ataoldotcom

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  19. I would love to win this book! Just fits with how I like to quilt.

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  20. I'd love this book - Thanks for the chance!

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  21. I'm really excited about this book. Thanks for sharing more photos!

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  22. These quilts are all beautimous! I can't decide which I want to make first!

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  23. I have definitely been oooing and ahhhing over this book. It looks great! Thanks!

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  24. wow! love that tumbling cubes quilt! i would love to win this book. :)

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  25. This has been a blast. Going to all these different blogs, learning about different quilters and seeing more and more of Amy's book. Thanks for the chance to win the book. Hugs

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  26. Thanks for the brief intro to the book and thanks for a chance to win!

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  27. I am a new quilter, and this beautiful book looks right up my alley! Thanks for the chance, and stay blessed!

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  28. I'd love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance! ;)

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  29. I love it when you can use a simple pattern to make something spectacular! This book seems full of patterns like that. Thanks for the chance to win.

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

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  31. Great book! Thanks for being part of the blog tour! Your site is lovely!

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  32. I would love to win this great book!

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  33. This book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. Love your site! Would love to get a copy of this book...need to get off the computer and get to sewing...lol

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  35. Thanks for the chance to win! I'd love a copy.

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  36. The Tumbling Cubes is possibly my favorite also - but don't have the book in my hands to look thru all of the quilts she has there. I sure hope I will - thanks for the opportunity to win this. KatheGTN at aol dot com

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  37. Enjoy reading everybody's take on the book. Hopefully I can make the SEwing Summit and meet up with Amy. All the quilts looks really cool.
    Betty
    bgk44 @ msn.com

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  38. I want to make pretty much every quilt from this book I've seen so far.

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  39. GOOD DAY TO ALL!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  40. I would love to win this book !!
    thanks for the chance !! :))

    greetings
    Kat

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  41. I love the tumbling cubes also! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. I'd love to win this book - it looks fabulous!

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  43. the "peeks" into the book look wonderful. Thanks for offering it up!

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  44. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  45. I would love a chance to win this book

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

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  47. I am a new quilter!!! I also just bought a new machine. I can't wait to quilt on it:) I hope I win.

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  48. This book looks so great--I love that Tumbling Blocks quilt, too.

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  49. The perfect book for all of us busy quilters--can't wait to see it in person!

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  50. I like her stuff! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  51. I love the patterns in this book & am longing to try them! Please enter me & thanks for hosting!
    Lisa
    mistyfuji (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  52. Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a great book!

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  53. I would love to win a copy of Amy's book! :-)

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  54. Thanks for the giveaway, I've enjoyed following along on the blog tour!

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  55. I cant wait to see this book! Looks great!

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  56. I love quilt books. This is one I'll have to have even if I don't win it.
    Thanks for the chance!
    Mary
    maryandruss@wi.rr.com

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  57. Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful book.

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  58. I think from what I've seen the tumbling cube is one of my favorites also. Would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance.
    pwilson6@bellsouth.net

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  59. I have been following all the blogs, and I just have to tell you....I have GOT to win this book! OH PLEASE???

    pojeda@embarqmail.com

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  60. I'd love to win a copy! Thanks!

    jenashford at swbell dot net

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  61. Looks like a fantastic book - can't wait to try it out!

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  62. Thanks! I love this book the more I see it the more i love it. Thanks for doing the giveaway!
    cmdoduck(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. Another book to add to my wishlist. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  64. I would love to win this book, and I think I've stopped at every blog on the tour so far! Lovely pictures you've chosen to feature. :)

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  65. I would love to have a copy of this book. All the quilts look so great.

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  66. thanks for a chance at this book, would love to own it! love her hope valley quilt.

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

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  68. This book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  69. What is it about those tumbling cubes??? Love them! Thanks for the chance to win!
    sunshdws@yahoo.com

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  70. Thanks for the chance towin this awesome book! Have a blessed weekend! :o)

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  71. Looks like an amazing book, thanks for the chance to win one.

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  72. Oh I'd love to win her book! It's so fun to have books by people that you "know". lol

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  73. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  74. This looks like just what I need! if I don't win, I'll be purchasing it very soon.

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  75. I would love to win this book! Thanks for hosting the blog tour today.

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  76. That looks like a great book to have on your quilting bookshelf. Added it to my amazon wishlist in case I don't win today :)

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  77. Another great review. Thank you for such a great giveaway. Would love to win this book.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

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  78. Thanks for the book review and a chance to win a copy of this winning book!

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  79. I love the idea that these quilt aren't time consuming and that you'll see them come together quickly!

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  80. I agree, Amy's book is a must have!

    hugz
    Pam

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  81. I'd love to win this :)

    jjd05c (at) gmail (dot) com

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  82. I'm loving this book!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  83. Pick me! Pick me! What a great book. I love, love, love the patterns that I've seen so far. Congratulations Amy on a great book! Bethany
    copperlavecrafts@hotmail.com

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  84. Great Giveaway, I would of cause love to win it ☺

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  85. I am loving this book! I am a beginning quilter (haven't quite finished a whole quilt yet..but soon). This book looks so inspiring. Thanks for the chance to win {fingers crossed}.

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  86. Great looking book! Knotted Squares in your photo is one of the quilts that I really like. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  87. The book looks Fab!
    Thanks for the chance to win

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  88. Thank you for this opportunity of getting this book as a gift. I feel in love with the knotted squares quilt as soon as I saw it and would love to make it soon.

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

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  89. Thanks for giving us another chance to win Amy's book. From what I've seen, I think I'll be having to make every single quilt in it - just what I need!

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  90. I would so love to win this quilt but if I don't it will definitely be anputcjase I have to make!

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  91. I would LOVE this book! I LOVE that Knotted Squares quilt!!!!

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  92. I would love to win. The patterns in the book look like so much fun to make.

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  93. I would LOVE to win this book!
    smurfy4ever@yahoo.com

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  94. I love the Tumbling Cubes quilt too- it's right up my alley. Thanks for the chance.

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  95. Love everything I've heard and seen about this book. Thanks.

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  96. I'm really enjoying the book tour.

    Thanks

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  97. What a great looking book. I would love to win one!

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  98. I don't have time and I'm a beginner...that means this book is perfect for me ^_^

    WHOO thanks for the giveaway!

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  99. Looks like a great book, lots of fun patterns!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  100. What a great book!! Thanks for the give away!

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  101. Yay! Please put me in the drawing I would love a copy :0) Thanks for the chance to win one. Sarah

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  102. I am trying so hard to win this book! I love it!

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  103. The colors and fabrics in the book really interest me because selection is always difficult. I'd love to branch out from my darker colors to those in Amy's book. Thanks very much.

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  104. The quilts in the book look amazing!!

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  105. There are several patterns in it that I just love. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  106. The more I look at the pictures from the book the more I like Tumbling Cubes and Knotted Squares :)

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  107. I'd love to win this book!

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  108. Yet another great quilting book I want to add to my collection.

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  109. Thanks for giving us a chance to win! :-)

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  110. I would love this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  111. Looks like a fabulous book! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  112. I just keep looking and looking at the quilts in this book - they are wonderfuL!

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  113. The quilts in this book lood absolutely fabulous. Would love to win a copy, thanks for the chance.

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  114. The more of the quilts in the book I see... the more I want to make 'em... thanks for the chance to win this great book!

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  115. Thanks for hosting a giveaway - love that book; hope I can win!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  116. I'd love to win a copy of this book! It looks terrific! Thanks for the great review :)

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  117. I would love to win this book! Love it! Each quilt is better than the last!

    mistyolsen79@gmail.com

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  118. I would love to win this book it looks awesome.

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  119. I would love to make Tumbling Cubes! Thanks for the chance to win Amy's book.

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  120. maeve315@msn.comMarch 4, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    I've been looking at all the blog posts about this book and I would love to own my own personal copy! Here's hoping . . .

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  121. Please count me in on the give away! These quilts are wonderful!

    Sandy A

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  122. Lovin' the look of that book, fingers crossed!

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  123. I would love to try some of these patterns in Amy's new book.

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  124. I would love to have this book. I need simple! :)

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  125. I have been oooohing and aaaawing over this book since its first appearance in this hop! Please count me in for this giveaway!

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  126. I'd love to have this book. I'm gearing up to make my second ever quilt and could use some fun ideas! Thanks!

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  127. I would very much love a copy of this book! Thanks for the opportunity to try and win one!

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  128. OOOOOOO and AHHHH. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  129. Beautiful book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  130. This looks like a wonderful book - thanks for sharing.

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  131. such a lovely looking quilt book. thanks for the chance!

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  132. Thanks for the chance to win. Fingers crossed!

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  133. I just bought my first sewing machine. I would love this book!

    mrsk [at] mrskandco [dot] com

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  134. I would love to ooh and aah over my very own copy. Thanks

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  135. Thank you for being part of this book blog hop. I love the book. Can't wait to get it.

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  136. Already a big fan of Amy's so would love to win this book.

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  137. I'm looking forward to making "Knotted Squares". I think this would shine with the Chrysalis line of fabrics.

    One nice thing about this hop has been the introduction to so many great quilting bloggers /blogging quilters. I can't wait to dive into your site.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  138. This book has been enticing me all week!

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  139. I want this book more and more with every stop on the tour! Hmmm maybe that is the plan...sneaky sneaky! PLEASE let me win this time! :D

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  140. I follow Amy's blog and am just amazed at her work. Just beautiful. Thanks
    Julie
    jaaverill@aol.com

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  141. Beautiful Quilts! I would love to win a copy of this book as it looks perfect for me as a beginner quilter. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  142. Oh, I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  143. Not wanting to be cliche or anything ..... but ..... pick me!! Pick me!!!
    Andi :-)

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  144. I feel like Donkey in Shrek...pick me, pick me! lol

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  145. I'm pretty new to quilting so would love to win this book to get me going :)

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  146. Looks like a great book. {{fingers crossed}}

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  147. Great post...would love the book too!

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  148. Thank you so much for this opportunity! Looks like a great book :)

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  149. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  150. Looks like a book with a lot of inspiration!

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  151. Love this book! I'm so excited about it and would love to win one!

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  152. Love that first quilt. I'm a beginner quilter and don't have alot of free time. Hope to win.

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  153. That looks like a terrific book to start my collection :)

    caitlindevlin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  154. Oohhhh a quilting book, just what I need. I so love finding inspiration by thumbing through my library of quilting books and you can never have to many.
    magicaldamselfly(at)gmail(dot)com

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  155. What an awesome looking book! That's a must have for sure :)

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  156. What great looking patterns...........thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    Happy Sewing

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  157. I hope I win this! It looks wonderful!

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  158. Looks like a lot of nice patterns. Thanks for the nice giveaway!

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  159. Thanks for the giveaway! Count me in :)

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  160. Thanks for the giveaway - this looks like a great book!

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  161. Thanks for posting this new book. I, too, am a fan of the simple quilts. I look forward to see more of this book.

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  162. There are so many quilts in this book that I would like to make. Please enter me into the drawing.

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  163. I love the statements from these "simple" quilts. I'd love the book!!

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  164. I love these modern quilts. So pretty and sew glad that they are easy to make. Thanks for the contest.

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  165. Looks like some fabulous quilt patterns in that book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

    MGM

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  166. great opportunity. the quilts are wonderful. thanks for the chance to win a book. have a great day!

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  167. This book looks like just what this new quilter needs! Thanks for the chance to win!
    ktyoung1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  168. I am in love with Knotted ?. If I don't win the book I am going to have to run out and buy it so I can at least see the rest of the title!

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  169. Would love to win a copy of that sweet book. Thanks for sharing.

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  170. I've been quilting for about 20 years, and am thinking this book would be a welcome addition to my collection!
    Susan
    sgardner@madras.net

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  171. I am getting so impatient on getting a copy. But I am trying to be nice and odered locally but if they dont one in soon, they will be out of luck! Or maybe I'll win one and then wont have to wait!

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  172. The book looks awesome! The quilts are beautiful and right up my alley :-)

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

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  174. Amy's designs are so simple but with clever twists. I can see that this book would coninue to inspire for a long time.

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  175. I love the quilt on the cover with the flowers in the right corner. That would be the first one I'd make.

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  176. Oooh! Oooh! Pick me!!!! I would love to win this book. I like patterns that look complicated but are really simple!

    gracebader(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  177. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy now after all the blog hopping.
    Mommapuddingatgmaildotcom

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  178. This book has so many quilts that have gotten me excited to make them, I need to get it one way or another.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  179. The book looks like it has some wonderful patterns. Thanks for the giveaway.

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