Thursday, April 7, 2011

{Giveaway} Natural Patchwork & I Think Sew!

So, I gather from your comments on the yesterday's giveaway that MANY of us are pretty shy of sewing curves.  Well, we're all in good company!  Now that I know you won't make fun of me =), I'll show you some more details of my first experience with curves next week!

As of yet we've done two quilts and some dresses in our blogiversary celebration this week.  For today's giveaway, I thought you might like to win a copy of Suzuko Koseki's newest book, Natural Patchwork. What, you haven't heard of it?  Maybe that's because it's not in store until next week!  The kind folks at Shambhala Publications sent me a preview copy, so I'll share some of my favorite pages with you....

by Suzuko Koseki

Natural Patchwork by Suzuko Koseki

Natural Patchwork by Suzuko Koseki

Natural Patchwork by Suzuko Koseki

Natural Patchwork by Suzuko Koseki

As usual, this new addition to the "Make Good: Crafts + Life" Japanese craft book series has a lovely aesthetic, with gorgeous, inspiring photography.  Koseki's previous contribution to this series, Patchwork Style, is still one of my favorite sewing books.  I will admit that, as with most Japanese craft books, this one seems a bit light on instructions.  But if you're an intermediate sewist, you'll do just fine.  And it could be just me.  I like more words than diagrams!  You can preorder this book now at most bookstores.

But there's more! (and it seems today has a bit of a Japanese theme.  Happy coincidence!)  In my search for special treats you might enjoy, I stopped in my tracks when I came across this pattern:



I would adore a pair of these Kimono Shoes for kicking around the house.  Such lovely simplicity!  I looked up the pattern company, i think sew, and oh-my-goodness do they have a whole bunch of great stuff!

"i think sew" pattern shop


They have a million cool bags, pouches, shoes for women, shoes for babies and kids, and many other baby items as well.


They also have free downloads, like this patchwork kid's apron, so this is a site I need to spend some time getting to know!

i think sew has agreed to gift our winner 3 patterns of her choosing!  To spread the love, we're going to have 2 winners today: one winner receives Natural Patchwork and the other takes all three i think sew patterns.  Are you game?

Enter to win!  To enter, simply add your comment to this post before 8 am Friday morning (EST).  If you're a "no reply" commenter, remember to include your email address in your comment so that I can contact you should you win!  I will announce the winner tomorrow morning at Stitched in Color.

Tomorrow is our last day to play.  And, I've got to tell you it's another hand-picked bundle + quilt pattern!  See you then!!!

253 comments:

  1. Put me in. Everything up is gorgeous.

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  2. patterns are lovely! would love this book! thanks

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  3. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  4. Incredible! What great ideas! I would love to win!

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  5. I think my favorite is the Octagon Patchwork Shoulder Bag, but then all of those patterns look fantastic! :) By the way, my real name is LeeAnn, heehee. ;)

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  6. Wow!! These giveaways just keep better and better - wish my luck would!!

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  7. Those shoes are gorgeous! Loving these giveaways :)

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  8. Oh my, that patwork apron is wonderful! And those slippers -- ACK! Once again Rachel you are introducing me to some thing new! THANKS!

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  9. that book looks so lovely :-)

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  10. I have the kimono shoes pattern but I would looove more. So, yeap, I'm in :)

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  11. Wow - what a great giveaway! Please count me in.

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  12. I'd love to win that book! The patterns are great too. Going to check them out now. Thanks!

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  13. I've been thinking of purchasing a few of the i think sew patterns. There are a lot of great options. And yes, I've heard of the new Natural Patchwork book. It sounds like a great pattern and inspiration resource! Thanks, Rachel!

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  14. The book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. What awesome books! Looks like they have a ton of great ideas

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  16. I so want to win! Lovely giveaways, thanks.

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  17. I've never heard of I Think Sew before, I'll have to look into it! Thanks for all the great giveaways!

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  18. Natural fabrics and japanese style kill me! I'd love to win and if not thanks for the book recommendation! I win already!

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  19. oh wow, the prizes this week are just incredible!

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  20. I've been holding off ordering that book for a few weeks... Maybe I'll win it! :)

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  21. Oh how darling, hope one of these prizes comes to live with me.

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  22. Both books look fantastic. The sneak peek was tempting!

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  23. Fantastic - thanks for the chance!

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  24. Awesome, love the kids' aprons. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  25. i love i think sew. they're patterns are awesome.

    knottygnome@gmail.com

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  26. Looks like a really awesome book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  27. Maybe today will be my lucky day!! :) The book looks like it is full of good ideas. I checked out I Think Sew & my favorite pattern was the Jaden Baby Sneakers! SO CUTE! Thanks for the awesome prizes all week! Happy happy blogiversary!

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  28. Everything looks great !
    And thanks for introducing me
    to a new site & some free downloads....
    off to explore !

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  29. I love the ithinksew patterns - I think I even own the pattern for those slippers!

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  30. Oh, this is the best Giveaway yet! I hope you assign prizes, 'cause it would be soooo hard to choose between the book or the three patterns. So many exciting things to make! :) And thanks for letting us know about the apron download - I've been looking for a non-girly apron pattern for my boys and this one looks very nice. I hope you are enjoying your Blogiversary as much as I am :)

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  31. Wow. You seem to always have awesome giveaways to share! Love it!!

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  32. everything looks so wonderful! thanks for a chance to win!

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  33. yay!! happy blogiversary. :)

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  34. I definately am in need of that book! Love it. :)

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  35. What fun projects! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. looks great
    Wenclose@gmail.com

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  37. I just stumbled across your blog today and fell in love... I am itching to get creative now, you show some wonderful inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway chances as well!

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  38. I would love to win. I love patchwork projects. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  39. Gorgeous books! Those aprons are adorable.

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  40. The book looks amazing!! Love the shoulder bag!!

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  41. Sign me up!! Those little octagon quilt bags are adorable!

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  42. happy anniversary on your wonderful blog. wha great giveaways. crossing my fingers that my name is picked for either one.
    thanks julie

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  43. I just discovered the ithinksew patterns the other day & would LOVE to try them! I want to make a nice bag!:)

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  44. What a wonderful book! Count me in!

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  45. These patterns are SO lovely! All of them! I love the simplicity and the attention to detail... I'm normally not a pattern person but would love to win this!

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  46. I can't get over all these wonderful give aways. Thanks for introducing all of us to these awesome fabrics and books. Even if we don't win it's fun to see all the great stuff!

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  47. I would love to win! The bag patterns on I Think Sew are great!

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  48. Thanks for the chance to win in your giveaway. THe patterns are so different from what I have seen lately. Looks like it would be great to make these projects and enjoy them.

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  49. That would be just awesome to win! I like to read your blog and now when you have this give-away i like it even more :)! Cheers to everybody reading this site.

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  50. I would love to win this fantastic giveaway. Thanks!

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  51. Oh my goodness, what great stuff! Have already taken some time to browse around I think Sew - what a fabulous shop! Thanks for another great giveaway!

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  52. Everything is beautiful! I especially love the shoes.

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  53. This pictures are gorgeous! So many books and patterns I want to get my hands on these days. :)

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  54. Shoes! Need to add shoes to sewing experience! So wonderful.

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  55. I'd love to win!

    zucchinisummer at gmail (dot) com

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  56. Well, I could delete this book from my preorders if I win, how lucky can one person be. I won the door prize at our quilt guild mtg. Last night so maybe I shouldn't push my luck.

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  57. oh my goodness! I love it all!

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  58. Great giveaways! Looks so much wonderful!

    alixbroadfoot@gmail.com

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  59. Oh my goodness, there are SO MANY cute patterns I'm itching to try now! We're moving in 7 days and all my sewing stuff is packed and I am seriously going through withdraws!! Thanks for another great chance to win!

    puresthappiness@yahoo.com

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  60. That looks like such a beautiful and inspiring book. I finished my Dr. Seuss color brick quilt, I just need to take some pictures of it to post in the flickr group.

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  61. Great projects! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  62. How exciting! I have never really sewn from a pattern before and I think it would be a good thing to learn.

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  63. Would love to get my hands on that book, even if I don't win! Great patterns up for grabs too....thanks!

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  64. I love the Japanese books! Right up my street!
    I'm off to investigate ithinkisew now!

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  65. VERY cute!!!

    cherie.godbey@gmail.com

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  66. Oh my gosh those kimono shoes are amazing! Actually, looking at the sight, most of their shoe patterns are amazing.

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  67. I've been waiting patiently uhum ;-) for this book to come out, thanks for the sneak peeks now I really can not wait!!
    Would love to win a copy :-)

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  68. Gorgeous, what a great selection of prizes as ever - thankyou!
    thejasperpatch googlemail com

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  69. Those shoes are adorable, I'd love to have a go at making them. And the book looks amazing too. Please (pretty please?) let me win!
    (sabinamoolla@hotmail.com)

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  70. You have to pick me today! I have been wanting this book forever! And if you don't pick me for the book, I already know which three patterns I will pick! I already own several of i think sew's patterns and they are great!

    As always...great giveaway!

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  71. The book and patterns all look gorgeous! I love that patchwork shoulder bag.

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  72. Oooooh! As my 2-year-old niece would say, "Me likey-likey!"

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  73. Lovely book and as lovely patterns - would be great to win!

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  74. Wow! Love the kimono slippers! Love the books! Just wow!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    neliamne at gmail

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  75. Please count me in! I would love to win :0)

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  76. I LOVE those shoes!!!! SO awesome!!!

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  77. I am always looking for fresh inspiration! Wold love to win this prize.

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  78. That new book sounds amazing. Would love to win either prizes.
    rhinestonebeagle(at)gmail(dot)com

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  79. That looks like a WONDERFUL book! Some of those projects look like fun.

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  80. What a lovely book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  81. those baby boots are so sweet! thanks for the giveaway!
    beccarowell@gmail.com

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  82. Love it!
    knspears (at) gmail (dot) com

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  83. Those Japanese slippers are adorable! Love to win!

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  84. Hi! My name is LeeAnne, but you can call me Jane!
    LOL!

    Love all your giveaways and a smile would never leave my face if I won this one!

    Jane alias LeeAnne
    j8swans@charter.net

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  85. I've been eyeing that book! Great info.

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  86. Oooohhhh thosze kimono booties are so cute! I can see my goddaughter wearing them...

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  87. Oh my, yes please! I think this is my favorite giveaway yet!

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  88. Its so nice that you do all these wonderful giveaways. I´d love to win!

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  89. Those kimono shoes are just too much cuteness! Thanks for another wonderful giveaway! : )

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  90. Lovely! Thanks for the chance to enter!

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  91. That's great! Count me in, please!

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  92. Looks like a lot of fun projects! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  93. I would love very much to win the three patterns or the book. That kid's apron is adorable and I think I'll be making that as a gift for a little girl who might enjoy cooking with mommy very soon. Thanks for sharing :)

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  94. These look awesome. Thanks for the chance!

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  95. I'd love to win either of those prizes! Thanks again!

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  96. sign me up! i would love to have either prize.

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  97. Channeling my inner "LeAnne" so I can win! *wink* I have had Natural Patchwork in my Amazon cart for like two weeks now, waiting for my "fun money" to buy it! Thanks for the giveaway!
    elise {dot} holstein {at} gmail {dot} com

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  98. The book looks beautiful! And those are some darn cute patterns, too!!

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  99. Those kimono shoes are so cute! I'd love to have a pair to wear around the house!!

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  100. oh i have been eying this book for far too long now...

    applejack85 @ yahoo.com

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  101. Is it Christmas already? No? Well then I guess I’ll just ask again tomorrow!

    Apron is cute, I'm definitely checking out that website!

    <3
    Johnnie

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  102. I always get so inspired from your blog.. thanks for the chance to win!

    annaliese.kalista(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. Looks lovely; thank you for posting about the book. Good luck to all!

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  104. Pick me! Pick me!!!! That book looks awesome ... and the shoes - they are pretty cool too! Have a great day and thanks for being so generous!

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  105. I <3 sewing books!
    ...and, I'm terrified of curves!

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  106. These giveaways are amazing, thank for a chance!

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  107. Those Kimono shoes are uber cute!

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  108. Love the shoe idea for around the house!!

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  109. Yes, this book is so nice ! Love it !

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  110. Fun giveaway! Thanks for sharing!

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  111. the book and patterns look lovely! and i'm looking forward to hearing about your first curved piecing efforts.

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  112. I LOVE smaller patchwork projects. Getting something done quickly makes me feel productive. :o) Thanks again for the great giveaways!

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  113. these look fabulous! Best giveaway of the week, so far.

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  114. 'natural patchwork' is on my amazon wish list and those patterns look amazing!!! thanks for the chance to win!

    bess :)

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  115. Very cool stuff today!!! Maybe I'll get lucky....

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  116. I NEED natural patchwork. fingers are crossed.

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  117. Those look like fun...and would make awesome gifties too!
    Thanks for the chance!

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  118. Here's hoping I'm lucky!
    lprice@simpson-co.com

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  119. those books look beautiful and i think sew - I've never seen so many adorable baby shoe patterns in one place!
    [ellen][at][everydayartbyeda.com]

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  120. Those are both great prizes!!

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  121. Oh the patterns do look fun but I have a thing for books so crossing my fingers for it ;) Thank you!!!

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  122. This book looks amazing! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  123. Would live to have some new patterns!

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  124. You have the best giveaways! I only wish I had time for all of these cute projects!

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  125. that hexagon tote is making me twitchy:)
    beckymac1 at hotmail dot com

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  126. Those slippers look amazing. Am I the only one who has a hard time finding cool slippers?

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  127. Gosh their patterns are so cute! I always think "Oh, I'll just make my own pattern, no sweat" when actually, it makes me sweat, a lot, lol! So I really just need to get over it and use a pattern. There are so many of theirs' I want to try!

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  128. Ooooo I have been wanting these Suzuko books for so long!! Eeep my fingers are crossed!

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  129. Yes - count me in - lots of lovely goodies - who could say no....? Thank you

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  130. Have to make those shoes for my sweet granddaughters! Would love to win the patterns, but that book is going into my Amazon cart. Thanks for the preview and for the giveaway. Your blog is so much fun.

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  131. Thank you for another lovely celebration giveaway. Best wishes! Please enter me into your drawing.

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  132. Wow, what a great week! I love these prizes!a

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  133. Oh my goodness.. this is the book I have had on my birthday list...:O))) And I just checked the bag patterns... ahhh.. sooo MUCH FUN..:O))
    Love to be entered in this Wonderful giveaway... thanks..:O))

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  134. So much fun to be had here!! That looks like a great book, but I have to admit that the kimono slippers are taking the cake for me today! Please, oh please let me win the patterns!! Thank you for the introdution to all these great businesses!

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  135. The patterns look like a great challenge. I would love to give them a try.

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  136. What a fun week - can't wait to see that book.

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  137. What a great giveaway! Love the book. Put me in with everyone please.

    carol.claytor@yahoo.com

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  138. I love those kimono slippers, and the fleece lined slippers you have pictured. I would love to win!

    marcy_ort@hotmail.com

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  139. Love the book and the patterns. Thanks for introducing us to both.

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  140. Looks like a lovely book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  141. I love your blog! Thanks so much for the giveaway -
    Rachel Horton
    ravery [at] email [dot] unc [dot] edu

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  142. That book looks lovely! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  143. Love that it's an advance copy! I just saw recently that she wrote a new book, and have been looking forward to its release!

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  144. The book looks awesome. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  145. oh pick me! pick me! I'd love the books! This has been a fab week Rachel. great giveaways!

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  146. I've never seen this book, it looks fantastic!

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  147. Oh, I love the peeks of the projects in Natural Patchwork -- how I would love a copy of that on my bookshelf, or should I say opened on my work table! ;)

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  148. those shoes are fab! I can just see me padding round the house in those :)

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  149. Lovely giveaways, thanks for the chance!!!
    Jessica
    jessy0477@gmail.com

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  150. This has been an exciting week of givaways! Thanks for the fun.

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  151. I love the shoes. I would love to attempt to make something like that. Thanks for the giveaways.
    mknield @ gmail . com

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  152. The patchwork bag and shoes are amazing. I don't know which I like the best! :)

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  153. I have been eyeing natural patchwork since I first read about it
    please enter me

    thanks

    sharon galli

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  154. Fab giveaway....like the look of the book and love those aprons.

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  155. I love Suzuko Koseki's work. Thanks for highlighting her new book - it looks amazing (as usual)!

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  156. oh please! i love! sarah@klife.com

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  157. What wonderful giveaways! I would love either one. I would not be able to choose. The book is stunning but the patterns are absolutely yummy! I hope I win:)

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  158. i love love this book. i have a great love for zakka.

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  159. awesomeness. i love those little boots!

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  160. What wonderful treasures. Gotta check out that site!

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  161. What a great book .... please sign me up. Thanks ....

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  162. I love it all. I think my husband would appreciate if I made myself some slippers, though!

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  163. How lovely! What neat books!!

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  164. I'm new to your blog so these little bits of ideas for learning are just what I need. :)

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  165. Another fab giveaway! Love the books !

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  166. Ooh lovely! I've never heard of I think sew - I'm off to check them out!
    Happy blogiversary!

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  167. I would love to win the Patchwork book. I've got it in my Amazon wish list, it looks fabulous.

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  168. Can't wait to go play on their site!

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  169. Either of these prizes would be amazing to win! That book looks awesome and those patterns are so cute! Thanks Rachel:)

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  170. You are on a giveaway roll. Lucky for us.

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  171. Here we go again. crossing my fingers!

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  172. I like all the pictures that you showed in this post.

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  173. oooh - a popular competition - and no wonder, the prize is fabulous - thanks for the opportunity

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  174. thank you (always) for the "special treats"!

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  175. Kimono shoes = want. Because... yes.

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  176. Oh yes please. PLEEEAAAASSSEEE!!

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  177. I would love a copy of this book!! It is in my wishlist since ever!!

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  178. Oh I would just so love to win the patterns in particular... but the book is lovely too!

    Thank you for offering such a generous giveaway

    xoxox

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  179. Gorgeous! Wonderful! Would love to make and would love to win!

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  180. I would love to win! Thank you for doing the give away!

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  181. Looks like some fun projects.

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