Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Scrap Attack {Scrap Republic with Emily Cier}

That was some amazing progress last week at the link party!  If this is a Scrap Attack, I think we're winning.  Are your scraps sitting idle?  You're welcome to join our quilt-along at any time.  Find all the details here and remember that we're working towards a Festival of Scrappiness in March with lots of random prizes for those with finished quilt tops of any size!

Ok, so I'm definitely feeling the itch to start a new scrappy quilt project, this time using strings.  I'm not sure that classic strings blocks are the right thing for me (they're so darn repetitive!), so I'm letting that thought marinate.  Meanwhile, let's interview Emily Cier  of Carolina Patchwork, author of Scrap Republic ...

RachelYour book is all about quilting from scrap, so it's a great fit for those of us Scrap Attacking right now.  But before we get to the content, tell us a bit of the behind the scenes view.  What spurred the "aha" moment that you'd write about scrap quilting?  How long did it take you to finish the projects and what was the book-writing and editing process like?

Scrap Republic by Emily Cier


EmilyWell, that's an easy one. I had to try scrap quilting or I would've run out of space for the actual sewing machine. I mean, you can't just throw away scraps (that's a capital offense in some states, isn't it?), and they're so beautiful, you gotta do something with them, so... there you are.

Emily sorting scraps for Scrap Republic projects

As to finishing up the projects -- well, do you gauge that by when I used up all my scraps or when I ran out of ideas I wanted to try? Because, well, I'll let you know when I get there, either way. But eventually, I had enough designs for a book -- more than enough, really, I had to pick my favourites, then cut out half of those -- so I started in on that.

Emily's Mrs. Roy G. Biv Quilt Pattern, which inspired her book

The writing process matched how I make patterns: design (in Illustrator usually), write up, revise, make a test quilt, revise. The differences from my pattern making process were that I made two finished quilts for most of the designs, to show it in different fabrics and/or sizes; and that I worked with a technical editor and graphic designer for final revisions and editing. Oh, and waited a lot. The book-writing process, beyond that "final draft", involves a *lot* of waiting, punctuated by frantic work to hit tight deadlines and move the process along. In the end, I was pretty pleased with the projects that did make it through to the final stages.

Rachel:   Scrap Republic seems to be getting the best kind of buzz - the real honest kind where bloggers are showing creations actually inspired from your book.  What is your favorite pattern in this book and has anyone else made it yet?

Emily:   Volume is my favourite!

Volume in Scraps from Scrap Republic


The only versions I made are the two in the book. I was so tickled with the way it came together. Some quilts need to be re-made, but this one seemed perfect the first time around.  Here are two other versions from the Scrap Republic Flickr group:

Scrap Attack quilt
by Denise {aka samhanmama}as part of our very own Scrap Attack!

Volume
by Pam of Mad About Patchwork - the Canadian fabric shop!


Rachel: Volume is one that definitely caught my eye as well. Looks like a complete pleasure to make!  Ok, so my favorite part of the book is your "Piecing Ideas" on page 7.

Scrap Republic piecing ideas


You really gave us a lot here, on one little page. When I take the time to think through how to morph your quilt designs (or most any scrappy quilt design) by changing the piecing style, I see a world of possibilities.  Have you made any of your Scrap Republic designs in a different piecing style?  Or, is there one design/piecing combo that you're dying to make?

EmilyOur moving truck showed up - no joke - the week after mailing the quilts and manuscript off for the book. Since the move, life has been filled with many deadlines leaving little time to play. Over the past few months I've had some time to play with scraps once again which have resulted in:

The Technicolor Yawn Bedroom
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When Pixel Palettes Explode
I've just started up drawing/sewing the Spring '12 patterns and Fall will be right on its heels. I hope to get some scrap time squished in all of that somewhere. For one example of something I've been wanting to try the Volume idea illustrated on page 8. There's always lots more on my wish list, but you'll just have to wait and see. I'm curious to see, myself...

Rachel:  Besides Scrap Republic, you've also published Quilt Remix and so many quilt patterns.  Lots of my readers are interested in pattern designing.  Do you have any advice for them?   And, what is your experience with publishing individual patterns vs. books. Where do you prefer to invest your time?

Emily:  I don't write patterns because I enjoy it, I write patterns because they give me no choice. The designs, that is. A random visual idea will bubble up while working on some unrelated quilt (or while washing dishes, doing laundry, mowing grass, etc), and I'll just let it lay and try to ignore it, but try as I might, within a few days three more variations have popped up, and then a half-dozen by the end of the week, and they just keep multiplying and laughing at my attempts to ignore them until they force me to write them down, sobbing while they laugh maniacally, or they'll never let me have any peace. And from that point, my perfectionism takes over, and I can't leave the sketches be until they've been massaged and perfected and laid out and tweaked and made into completed patterns. Which, at that point, I might as well sell, right? But if I had any choice in the matter, I assure you, I'd just spend all my time making quilts rather than writing patterns.

Books are just another version of the same thing...  I will say, though, that once I decide to package patterns into a book, then all of the process that goes along with publishing a polished book ends up taking much more time than I tend to expect, so it's gotta be a pretty strong idea to warrant all that.

Rachel:  Thanks for letting us peek into your brain, Emily.   It's a whole wide scrappy world out there and there are just SO man possibilities for our humble bins of scrap.   I've enjoyed your book and do appreciate all you contribute to the quilting scene.

Hey, guess what, folks?  Emily also comes bearing gifts!  Add a comment for your chance to win.  We'll be gifting one US resident a copy of Scrap Republic and one "anywhere" commenter with a copy of the Mrs. Roy G. Biv quilt pattern.  Cool!   I'll draw our random winners Thursday afternoon!

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Our winners have been notified!  ELNM won the Roy G. Biv pattern and Ebeth won the book.  Congrats you two!

187 comments:

  1. Wow! Those are some gorgeous quilts. Makes me antsy for sewing.

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  2. Very cool...I just added her book to my Amazon wishlist :) The volume quilt truly is gorgeous...

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  3. So very pretty! I wish I had about 3 hours in the day that only belonged to me, so I could just sew and sew and sew making more scraps to use in more quilts. Wouldn't that be great?

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  4. I love scrappy quilts and these are just gorgeous!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. That book looks great, I need to add it to my wishlist!

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  6. That's a book I've had my eye on! Great interview and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. and to be silly and reply to myself - i actually DID win this book a while back, from quiltdad.com's giveaway...but the publisher sent me the wrong book! boo!

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    2. Oh, no! That's so strange. I'm sorry to hear that =(

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  7. Cool! Looks like her book is right up my alley!

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  8. All of those quilts, in all those bright colors, makes me smile big time! Gorgeous!

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  9. Wow, these quilts are ridiculously inspiring-- definitely my kind of quilting! Now I'm itching to get my hands on that book :)

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  10. This is the book that is at the top of my "to-Buy" list - how awesome would it be to win it!!! Thanks for the great chance to win!

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  11. Amazing! I don't know what to do with any of my scraps...what gorgeous and inpsiring quilts!

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  12. Oooh! I'd love to win! Awesome interview, by the way!
    fooshe1@yahoo.com

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  13. Looks like a wonderful book!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  14. I have had my eye on this book for a while and love Emily's quilt patterns too. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. Love Scrap Republic. I just got it out of the library, and I'm looking forward to making a few baby quilts. Please put in me into the international draw. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  16. I really enjoyed the interview! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  17. Those are some very cool scrap quilts. I love the pixel-y one.

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  18. I have to check out this book! I save all of my scraps, and I am in love with rainbow quilts.

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  19. So much inspiration! I've seen her book, and it looks really good. I can also so relate to having a moving van result in destroying "valuable" quilting/playing time. I'll have one this summer, sigh...

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  20. I always need more ideas for more quilts! Thanks so much for the giveaway! (pick me pick me!)

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  21. I actually looked through this book at a quilt shop over the weekend. It looks to be very inspiring in playing with scraps. Thanks for the interview, and for sharing!

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  22. What gorgeous quilts - ROYGBIV quilts are definitely on the bucket list. Simply beautiful!

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  23. Oh goodness - I would LOVE to have this book! Thanks for the interview with Emily, I really enjoyed reading it.

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  24. I only put my name in the hat for things that I would really to get - so here goes! That book has been on my list for a while.

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  25. Love these quilts. So beautiful!

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  26. the volume and color makes such an impact! looks like a really great book.

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  27. I would love to try some of Emily's ideas!! Thank you for a chance to win.

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  28. I love Emily's work!thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. Love the scraps and these ideas are explosive! Can't win the book but would love the pattern!

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  30. I'm a newbie at this. I'd love to have the book. It looks great!

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  31. I am so excited about this book. I have looked through it at Joann's and would love a copy. I already have Mrs. Roy B. Givens. I have not started that one yet.

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  32. This book is definitely on my wish list. I am a big fan of Emily's quilts and her patterns. I enjoyed your interview with her. Thanks so much.

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  33. O! I really want to read this! It looks great! Thanks for hte opportunity to win.

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  34. Holy cow! I love all the color in these quilts!

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  35. I've been wanting that book for a while...thanks so much for offering here! Loved reading about your creative process!

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  36. These quilts are beautiful. I would love to add this book to my took kit.

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  37. Such beautiful colors on these quilts. And what great inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Oh I'd love to have the book, but I'm an "anywhere" blogger so it's not to be. I'd be pretty happy with the Mrs. Roy G Biv pattern though :) These quilts are wonderful!

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  39. Those are some absolutely stunning quilts!!!

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  40. So fun! Scrap Republic has been on my wish list for a while so it would be great to win!

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  41. OH OH OH! This Scrap Attack has taken over my brain! My scraps are screaming to become something more. SO much so that i haven't cut into any yardage in over a week. The scraps are over flowing. Thank you soooo much for all the continuous inspiration. I would love a copy of that book or the pattern! Love the ideas!

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  42. I am being overtaken by my scraps. I think they sit in the dark and multiply. I would love to have that book for some ideas to tame them. Thanks for your great post.

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  43. I just ordered my own copy of Scrap Republic, but if I should win the one offered here, I will gift it to one of my friends in my Modern Quilt Guild!

    Emily, yours is one of the first quilting blocks I ever discovered and came to love. Congratulations on your success, and thank you for sharing your love of quilts and color with us!

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  44. What beautiful quilts! Still building up my scraps to make something like these, but having the book would be a great start! Thanks for the chance to win!

    arbendlin (at)gmail.com

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  45. Beautiful quilts and great book!

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  46. Just gorgeous! And I have so many lonely scraps just waiting to achieve their purpose in life!

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  47. I love the ideas. My problem is the weight of the projects given all those seams and seam allowance. But they are all very beautiful.

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  48. Wow! Her work is really amazing and very inspiring!!

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  49. I've had this book on my "wish list" since it was released. I love the ideas and the fact that you don't have to pick a few fabrics..you can just throw them all in, mix it up, and have a beautiful project!

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  50. The color explosions are really what drew me into this book - it's on my "wishlist"... would love to win it. I love that she's of the waste not want not philosophy!

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  51. I would love to win this book! I love the bold colors and using up scraps of course!

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  52. I have Quilt Remix and it is awesome, I know this new book will be just as fantastic! I would be thrilled to win it! Thanks for the chance, Kelly.

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  53. That book looks like so much fun. Thanks for the contest!

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  54. This book has been on my wish list since it came out. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  55. Fantastic! This interview really helped me understand the concept of the book and now I know it would be wonderful to have - whether purchased or won. Thank you!


    lwghosts at yahoo dot com

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  56. I've been flipping through that book every time I see it in a shop. Love the Scrap Love!

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  57. I would really like to do some scrap quilting but have no idea where to start!

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  58. I have a ton of scraps and would love to take them to create something beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  59. please enter me in the anywhere draw! wonderful!!!!

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  60. Wow! I would love to get to know this book better. Thanks for such an interesting interview and giveaway

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  61. I have been trying to figure out how to organize my scraps. My husband suggested that I organize them in a quit! Haha-really funny! He doesn't get the 'store the leftovers in a box' theory. I agree, though, it is always better to have a quilt instead of a box of scraps.

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  62. Wow! IO just reorganized my stash and sorted two big bags of scraps into different bins - this book would be an inspiration on how to use them in a big project rather than dribs and drabs here and there.

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  63. I'd love the book but please enter me in the Mrs. Roy G. Biv quilt pattern draw --I'm an "anywhere" commenter. thanks!

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  64. i already have the book 'cuz i couldn't resist buying it.:) would love the pattern!

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  65. Her book looks awesome. I still need to get started on my scrap attack...we were all sick in January and I didn't get anything productive or fun done the whole month it seems!

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  66. That book looks like a great resource for any quilter, and the quilts are beautiful!

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  67. Such great inspiration! thanks for the chance!

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  68. This book looks fantastic! Thanks for the chance!

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  69. i should really check out that book. it looks fabulous!

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  70. I have a dream that some day I will pull ahead of the scrap mountains... even if just by a little. Just started a 2nd Scrap Attack project working from the "tiny scraps" drawer (which no longer closes, gotta do something!). I'd love to win this book full of scrappy ideas! Thanks for the fun interview, too!

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  71. Sounds like a great book. I'm in as an "anywhere" commenter :D

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  72. What a wonderful book! I would love to make volume! It is absolutely Gorgeous!

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  73. Gorgeous stuff! Would love to have that book on my shelf.

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  74. Wow! I love all that colour. Beautiful!

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  75. The books sounds really great, I'm off to check that out as I'm "an anywhere" commenter (Australia, actually),

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  76. I love the book...just got it actually! Would love to share a copy with a friend.

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  77. I am in the midst of quilting my first scrap quilt right now--a mini. Now I am nearly out of pink scraps!

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  78. I've only bought one pattern (a paper piecing pattern) since I started making quilts, but I cannot figure out Emily's quilts and think I'd really like to see one of her patterns because I love the quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book and pattern. I enjoyed the interview. Perfect for the scrap attack.

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  79. How could I NOT leave a comment? These quilts are fabulous, as is the book!

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  80. I am literally drooling over this post! I would love to learn more about how to uses scraps.

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  81. I LOVE these quilts! So much color and such great ideas!

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  82. I love the volume quilt! They are all so pretty!

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  83. I loved seeing how your scraps were organized. I have the worst time with that. Squished into a bag just doesn't cut it! I love all the color. So fun!

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  84. Great interview! I love Emily's work and have made several of her patterns. She is very gifted- her art gallery series blows my mind! I'm only sorry I didn't meet her before she left the area...

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  85. Okay, I just might have to buy this book! I adore scraps ... they are seriously, my favorite thing. So full of potential!

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  86. I love the pixelated(sp?) quilts! Maybe this book will be just what I need to get my scraps to work!

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  87. I've been eyeing that book! Winning a copy would be great!

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  88. Wow. These quilts are amazing. Awesome, awesome color :)

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  89. Fun quilts! Would love the book full of ideas for using up my scraps. :)

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  90. Love this book and Ms. Emily.

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  91. I just had my girls spend the weekend sorting my two walmart sized bags full of scraps into big mason jars by color. They had such a blast doing it and hearing that momma wants to one day make a big fun rainbow scrap quilt! your series is inspiring!

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  92. I'd love to get my hands on this book!

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  93. I got this book before Christmas, and now things have calmed down a bit, I'm looking forward to diving into it, but that pattern would certainly help :o)

    Thanks for the chance to win :o)

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  94. I am working on bashing my scraps right now. I love to work with them and see what they end up as when I am done.

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  95. All of the quilts pictured are so lovely and vibrant!

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  96. Loved the interview and can really relate to Emily's comment on designs just popping into her head all the time. That's me too. Plus I've got sooo much fabric that is begging to be used. Hope to join your scrap attack soon.

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  97. What beautiful quilts! I've put this book on my wishlist! Thanks for a great interview.

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  98. The patterns are amazing. I would love to have this book.

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  99. These quilts are completely eye catching! I'm drooling over the pixel quilt. thanks for the great interview.

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  100. Great quilts. I love scrap quilts and hope to make one soon.

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  101. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these great prizes. I live in the U.S. I came here to read the interview and here was a sweet giveaway!

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  102. ohh.. this book looks so fantastic! And very inspiring with the Scrap Attack.

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  103. There is such an amazing variation in these scrap quilts. This book looks like a must have.

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  104. Oh wow - this interview and photos really inspires me to get going on sorting my scraps!

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  105. After all of these curves class projects I should have a good scrap pile going. I can always use ideas.

    (Just in case I'm still coming up as a no reply post: Michelle patches77@cfl.rr.com

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  106. what fun! so interesting to see all of her scrap ideas and perfect for scrap attack!
    amy (dot) edwards (at) mac (dot) com

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  107. I am really ready to tackle my scraps.

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  108. I love these quilts that are featured! They are absolutely something I would make for myself from my overflowing stash.

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  109. Beautiful scrappy quilts! And I have more than enough scraps to make them!!!

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  110. I will never look at those small scraps of fabric the same way again!

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  111. Wow, what a fresh approach to scraps! Love the quilts. =)

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  112. I have been wanting this book and that pattern! I have way too many scraps!

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  113. Oooh, I've been wanting this book for so long! I love everything in it!

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  114. Fantastic, yummy scrap quilts. They are just gorgeous. Look forward to picking up a copy soon.

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  115. I've had that book on my wish list for a little while now. Great quilts! I love that Technicolor Bedroom one!

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  116. I love scrap quilts they are just beautiful

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  117. so pretty. sadly, i just started sewing so i do not have much scraps at all! that just means i'll have to start sewing more to make more scraps to use!

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  118. Those quilts and that book inspire me to attack my scraps!

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  119. Love, love this! Beautiful use of color. Volume is fabulous.

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  120. Love the pixel quilts! Beautiful work.

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  121. I've been seeing quite a bit of this book and it's projects around the internet. LOVE THEM ALL!! I would absolutely love to win a copy of the book or any pattern from it. I would encourage me to finally delve into all my scraps!

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  122. I really like the volume quilt. Would love to win a copy of the book.

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  123. What a fun looking book which would help me use up my scraps.

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  124. Wow! Those quilts look so planned-hard to believe they are scrappy!

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  125. Found your blog via Pinterest, and loving what I see!

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  126. She sure makes beautiful, colorful quilts!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  127. I love color! These quilts are beautiful, exciting and imaginative - would love to have the book or the pattern!
    kafleezer@hotmail.com

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  128. I love the Roy G. Biv quilt!! I have lots of scraps to put to use!

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  129. Those are some gorgeous quilts. I love the scrap attack idea and process. Thanks.

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  130. ooo, I want to win. This is such a great book with a ton of scrap inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  131. If I don't win the book or pattern, I will be "forced" to purchase the book. Love the pictures of the quilts. I'm getting more and more into scraps, at $11.00+ a yard , these scraps look like found money.

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  133. Thanks for the opportunity to win - awesome stuff!

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  134. I would SO love a copy of the book! Just the pictures make me giddy with color-love!

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  135. I am *sadface* that internationals won't get the book, but *hopeful* to win the Mrs Roy.G.Biv pattern.

    Thanks to both of you for the giveaway opportunity!

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  136. i'm smitten! thanks for the chance to win!

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  137. Love the colors and using scraps!!! :)

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  138. thank you for the in-depth look into this book! i haven't been able to get my hands on it, yet. :) fabulous giveaway!

    bess

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  139. Would love, LOVE, LOVE to win! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  140. Wow! Such amazing quilts! Wish I could make something like that!! :)

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  141. Great post, very interesting interview and inspiring photos!

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  142. i love this interview and the peaks at the book. thanks!

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  143. Thank you for the great interview! I'm "anywhere" and I love that pattern and her book is on my amazon wishlist. So inspiring! It just goes to show that cutting into your favourite fabrics is a win-win, since it's going to leave you with scraps! :-)

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  144. This was a great interview and has changed my perspective on "small piece" sewing - the look is too cool to pass it up for the "big easy". Thanks for sharing and I'd love to win this book - my scrap collection is waiting!

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  145. Those are some amazing scrap projects. Simply breath-taking.
    I'm new to quilting so my scrap stash is pretty small, but I would definitely wan to try my hand and use up some of the scraps.

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  146. Thanks for the chance, would love to have that book!! The quilts all look amazing.

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  147. LOVE this book and the quilts are just gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  148. Only recently found a passion for quilting, and now I can't stop thinking about it! Waiting for some hexagons to start a hand pieced quilt, and I am very excited!

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  149. This scrappiness is all new to me. I really love the color variation. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win.

    ~Michelle
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  150. I love all things scrappy. thanks for the chance to win!

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  151. fantasic colours...i love them all !

    greetings from germany
    stella

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  152. Id love a copy of the book! I saw that version of Volume on the Scrap Attack page and was blown away! Its definetly something I'd love to try!

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  153. I'm a big fan of Emily, love her designs, so different than anything else out at the moment!
    I have Quilt Remix and was just looking at it last night!

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  154. I love quilts that are color dominated - this looks like a perfect book for me.

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  155. I would love to have the book! My scrap pile is waiting! : )

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  156. I love the way she plays with colors! I drool over the quilts on her block. Hubby is an artist so I think he'd like one of these quilts as they remind me of the color wheel :)

    enigmatic_15 at yahoo dot com

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  157. So nice to see quilts with such a joyous feel to them. They look like the person who made them was happy while doing it! I would love to look at this book/pattern.

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  158. Would love to win either book or pattern. Some of my fabric stash is indishtinguable from scraps so I'm collecting ideas of what to do with it all. Thanks!

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  159. Emily has such great ideas - clearly they overflow from a great mind. (and from a kind person as well...)

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  160. Love it! This book is already on my wish list :-D

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  161. Wow! This would be a perfect way for me to use up all of the scraps I have been saving.

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  162. Wow, the volume quilt is really amazing!

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  163. Beautiful colourful quilts. Fantastic
    julie.mckay@xtra.co.nz

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  164. These are both inspiring and intimidating! Love it!

    knspears (at) gmail (dot) com

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  165. Such beautiful quilts - I'm now looking at my scraps in a whole new way. I'd love to win a copy of this book.

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  166. I'd love the book! And to think I use to throw my scraps away!!

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  167. Love the concept of those quilts in the book! It's exciting to see the result of so many scraps coming together into a coherent design. The explosion of color is exciting.

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  168. What a great looking book! My scraps keep threatening to take over so it's nice when there's such a lovely reference book to use them up in such beautiful ways.

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  169. I haven't been quilting long enough to have enough scraps for something like these quilts, but I'm kind of looking forward to it (shh! don't let my boyfriend know!)

    The colors and quilts are amazing, so vibrant.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  170. Such amazing quilts! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  171. I just love all these colors! Yummy eye candy!

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  172. Wow, I almost missed this, it's Thursday morning here in Canada, count me in!

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  173. LOVE the "when colored pixels explode"! Who am I kidding? I love any quilt in a rainbow-ish kind-of way! :)

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  174. So many great ways to use up scraps!!

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  175. This book looks like lots of fun. I would love to see all of the quilts in it.

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  176. Would love to win that book. Have lots of scraps and no idea what to do with them. Thanks for giveaway.

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