Friday, September 27, 2013

Quilt Essential: review & giveaway

Hiya!  I'm excited it's Friday!  We need a bit of a break from routine around here and extra time to work on some projects.  Yay for weekends!  I feel like I have hardly been sewing lately, and I really hope that changes this weekend.  I miss making!

Quilt Essential - giveaway!

I'm going to take a moment today, though, to introduce you to a new book. I've actually been blessed to receive a few books lately, each of which I want to share with you. But, one at a time, please!   This first one, Quilt Essential, is authored by Erin Burke Harris of House on Hill Road.  We met years ago at an Anna Maria workshop in Nashville.

Quilt Essential is a kind of crash-course on quiltmaking for today's emerging quilter.  It's packed with pictures and information. Lots of information!  This is just the kind of book I would have super, super benefited from when I first got started with quilting.

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Not that this book is just for beginners!  Of the three that arrived on my doorstep at about the same time, this is the one that I had to read right through.  I'm sort of an information junkie.  I love learning new things, and especially seeing new things.   I especially enjoyed the chapter on diverse quilt styles and the one that showed different block layouts and settings. 

There are 4 main sections:  Fabrics, Colors, Designs and Assembling.  Fabrics teaches about fabric types, includes a reference section on calculating yardage and quilt size (including sashing and borders) and another on caring for fabric (prewash or not, colorfastness, etc.).

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Colors has a bit of color theory and ideas for combining colors, prints and textures.

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Designs is the biggest section, and my favorite too.  Chapters explore shapes used in quilting, traditional vs. modern blocks, block layouts, quilt styles, sashing/borders and embellishments like applique.  In this section I discovered names for some quilt layouts I had already seen as well as came across a few things that were new to me. 

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The last section, Assembling, has actual sewing advice.  This part would be awesome for a new quilter.  It's like the beginning how-to section of most quilt books, but a lot more comprehensive, and very open-minded too.   There's a sense that there is more than one way to do things and the expectation that you'd like to know your options.  I like that!

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Throughout the book are page spreads highlighting an inspirational quilter.  Always fun to get a personal angle on the topic at hand!

Quilt Essential would be a great addition to the library of anyone who is feeling their way in today's quilting world.  It really gives you the lay of the land, with lots of options, concrete information and a wealth of pictures.  Since I sort of live and breath quilting, there wasn't so much new to me that I would have bought it for myself, but I would have eagerly checked it out from the library.  Quilt nerds, like myself, won't be able to resist the read!

::Giveaway::

If you'd like to win a copy, add your comment here.  Tell me what you'd like to learn most about quilting and/or if you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or experienced quilter.  Since the territory for this book is limited, the book can ship to the U.S., Canada or Mexico only.  Sorry.   Giveaway closes noon EST on Tuesday, October 1st!

Disclosure:  I received this book free from the publisher.  My review is my honest opinion, as my relationship with my readers is far more important than receiving free books!  Some links are affiliate links to Amazon.

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The winner is #197 - Cheryl who said, "I am guessing that I am an advanced beginner, but definitely a beginner."  I'll be in touch, Cheryl!

263 comments:

  1. I would like to think I am an intermediate quilter. Ha! I love learning about new tips and tricks to make things go faster. I am a bit impatient and very protective of my time. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. Sounds like a great book! I feel like I am CONSTANTLY learning new things in quilting and techniques. I'd say I am an intermediate quilter. :) thanks for the chance to win!

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  3. I need to learn more about color theory!

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  4. Hi! I would love to win your book. I am a beginner quilter and would like to learn how to cut fabric for a quilt project without waste. I love precuts but some fabric comes in yardage only. Also yardage came be more economical. Thanks for the chance.

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  5. I am always looking to learn anything about quilting! There are always tips, tricks and new ways to do something. I consider myself a beginner/intermediate. I've been quilting about four years now and have made well over 100 quilts but there is so very much for me to learn. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome book!

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  6. Great Book! I know there are a lot of things I should learn, need to learn or learn the right way! I'm forever learning some thing new and hope that never changes! I would consider myself an intermediate with a dash of 'ex'...(i have moments!) What an exciting book!

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  7. I'm a begginer quilter, so there is so much I want to learn. I would love to learn more about color theory!!!

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  8. I am an advanced beginner...I really want to learn more about design!!!!

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  9. I would love to learn how to free-motion quilt. Thank you for sharing a chance to win such a beautiful book.

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  10. I'd like to learn about sewing techniques. I always feel like I am a novice sewer.

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  11. I'd say I'm intermediate, but completely self-taught. And a book like this sounds like it'd be a great addition to my library!

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  12. I'm going to call myself intermediate... I'd love to learn fmq sometime.

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  13. This looks like a great book! I consider myself a fairly advanced quilter, but I am always open to learning new techniques.

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  14. I feel like I know quite a bit about how things are supposed to be, since many of my family members are expert quilters. My ACTUAL skill level is on the low side of beginner-intermediate, though, which makes it even more frustrating because I know how it's really supposed to be, but I can't make my fingers/machine/fabric do that (and those quilting family members are all far away). I want to learn how to put my theory into practice, I guess (which is my need in a lot of areas).

    rachaelclayson at gmail

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  15. I don't know what I'd call myself! Maybe intermediate because I'm not afraid to try new things and I often try difficult things without knowing how difficult they are.

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  16. I am definitely a beginner building a library.

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  17. I'm probably intermediate...I always love browsing books and coming up with new things to try.

    brookeali(at)Hotmail.com

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  18. I've only made a few very simple quilts, but I'd love to make more. So far I've only quilted in straight lines with a walking foot, and I didn't like that type of quilting at all (the process of it...not the end result. It's so time-consuming and my walking foot gives me fits), so I'd like to know about the other options for the actual quilting aspect.

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  19. I consider myself an intermediate quilter because I have only been quilting 5 yrs., but others call me an advanced. But I would love this book to gift on to my daughter who is a beginner.

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  20. I would consider myself a beginner. I always feel like there is so much to learn! I have been really interested in improving my quilting skills. While I am fairly confident with my piecework, I am always nervous about the quilting.

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  21. I am probably an intermediate quilter and there are a lot of things that I would like to know how to do better. Starting with making the right choice of fabric the first time so I didn't start and then have to restart projects because I hadn't chosen wisely the first time.

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  22. Oh, I think I'm just beginning to tread into the intermediate category. I'm always interested to learn more about color - especially values as I think that is a real weak point for me. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. What a cool book :) I would love to learn more about color theory and making the "right" fabric choices.

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  24. This looks like a book that is right up my alley... I love reading about the process of quilt making. I'll put myself in the intermediate category because I want to add FMQ and applique to my skill set.

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  25. Oh boy oh boy!! Thanks so much for the giveaway!!
    I am most interested in the design section as well as the final sections tips and advice for assembling. I am an intermediate, and don't have my process fully cemented. Always happy to learn new tricks!!

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  26. This book sounds fantastic! I would say that I am a beginner/intermediate. I have so much to learn! I am still so intimidated by the actual quilting process, I know it takes practice, practice, practice!

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  27. maybe some tips that i don'r know about. would love to win thanks

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  28. I would consider myself an intermediate quilter. I'm now working on my precision in piecing, so that I can step up to advanced-intermediate. :-)

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  29. I am probably an intermediate beginner ha! I would love to learn more about the actual quilting process--I love piecing, but I'm scared of the rest of it!

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  30. I would say I am an advanced beginner one the quilting home front. I love beginning books since that is how I am teaching myself. Blogs and books lol! Thanks for the opportunity. Oh I am like learning the tried and true easy way that is the least confusing!

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  31. I think I'm an intermediate quilter, but since I'm mostly self-taught there are all kinds of holes in my quilting knowledge -- I would love to have this book!

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  32. Actually, I'd love to gift this book to my daughter who is finally learning quilting at the age of 34. I'm an experienced quilter but she lives on the right coast and I'm in Texas so it is hard to teach long distance.

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  33. I think I am a beginner/intermediate.. I probably know more than I give myself credit for... I can see the my skills improve with everything that I make and I know now just how important cutting correctly and 1/4 seam is :) I would love to win this book!

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  34. i consider myself an intermediate quilter.. i can paper piece well, but curves still scare me, LOL. i'm interested in learning about colour theory.. which colours look good together, etc.

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  35. I think I'm an intermediate quilter. There are lots of things I don't know, but there are lots of things I do pretty well. I'm most interested right now in learning proper hand quilting technique. I'd love this book -- thanks!

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  36. It sounds intriguing. I used to be an intermediate quilter, but after taking several years off from quilting, I'm probably back to advanced beginner?!? In any case, I'm very interested in design currently, so this sounds right up my alley.

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  37. I would say I am an advanced beginner to intermediate quilter?! I love to learn more about quilting on a daily basis...I think the thing I'm most interested in learning right now is how to accurately calculate how much fabric I need for a given project (like for pattern writing or whatever)!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  38. There is lots I would like to learn about quilting, especially with circles and appliqués, more on quilting whether by hand or FMQ. I think I am somewhere between beginner and intermediate

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  39. This book sounds great and I am a beginner as I have yet to tackle my first quilt. I am just reading up on tips and starting my fabric stash

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  40. I would LOVE to have this book. I am a beginner and struggle with design and fabric choice. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  41. Rachel I consider myself an intermediate quilter. I would love to learn how to inset seams.

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  42. I call myself an intermediate quilter. However today I had a terrible time matching points up! Argh, it wouldn't matter but it's for a quilt fundraiser so I wanted them to match up.

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  43. I would think intermediate.. I've made a few quilts,but I can definitely improve and learn to do a few things better or maybe the correct way.

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  44. i would love to learn more precision in my piecing. That way things would line up!! I have a Canadian address!! amycav at hotmail dot com

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  45. I am an intermediate. I would love to learn more about color selection and theory.

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  46. Choosing colors is my biggest challenge. Looks like an awesome book. Thanks for the chance.

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  47. I really need to learn how to quilt on my machine rather than sending projects to a long-arm quilting company!

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  48. Wow what a great book! I would say I am an intermediate quilter who needs to expand her skills to more difficult techniques (things like Y seams and curves). I love all types of quilting but have recently developed a passion for modern quilting, especially improvisational quilting. This book would be good for me and for my daughter....whose birthday is in October. Thanks for letting us all have a chance to win.

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  49. HELLO,I'M A BEGINNER QUILTER AND WOULD LIKE TO PICK UP SOME TIPS ON ALL THINGS "QUILTY"!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  50. I would love to learn more about color theory - I mean I read your posts, and others, but the ideas aren't sinking in like I'd like yet! I think I'm stuck in between being a beginner and intermediate quilter, thank you for the giveaway!

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  51. I have experience sewing, but am new to quilting, so all of the information would be useful! But I'm especially intrigued by the color theory section. I LOVE looking at pictures of the amazing colors other quilters put together, and I would very much like to learn how to do that myself! Thanks for sharing about this book. :-)

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  52. I am a beginner - quilted one quilt, but it had puckers all over. would love to learn how to do it properly!

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  53. I am probably an intermediate quilter now....although still have "beginner" moments!
    I would like to learn about tips and tricks to make quilting easier, and also anything appliqué , which I am just starting to try.
    Thanks

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  54. I'm definitely an intermediate quilter. I like to have resources to consult when I'm trying to help out a newbie quilter/sewer. Sounds like this book might be good for that.

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  55. I would most like to learn tricks for sewing with 60 degree or other more unusual angles. The level I am at depends on what part of quilting you are asking about. There are some things I feel I am advanced at and others I am a beginner.

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  56. I'm definitely a beginning quilter. In fact I never ever thought I would be interested in quilting though I love sewing. Then I came across some of your quilts as well as others online and fell in love and started dreaming big... This book sounds very interesting, particularly the section on how to put it all together. I even created a google account so I could comment!

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  57. I would love to win this book. I am an experience quilter but I find that so much in quilting has been revised and improved that I am always learning.
    I have a q-book collection and am always happy to add another.

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  58. I'd consider myself an intermediate to experienced quilter, but like you, I'm a quilt nerd, wanting to KNOW stuff! Would love to win this book and have a good read!

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  59. I think I fall into the funny category of strong intermediate piecer .. but beginner quilter, and that is what I need the help inspiration to get those tops turned into quilts !

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  60. I would say I am an advanced beginner to intermediate quilter?! I love to learn more about quilting on a daily basis...I think the thing I'm most interested in learning right now is how to accurately calculate how much fabric I need for a given project (like for pattern writing or whatever)!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  61. I would have to say that I'm an Intermediate quilter - or close to it. I still have a lot to learn. Probably my biggest thing is getting the color right - I still struggle with putting things together colorwise. I always love hearing about new techniques and tools that come out to help with the quilting process.

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  62. I consider myself an intermediate quilter but I too love books and more information. I always learn something that makes my quilting better. Thanks.

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  63. Intermediate and would love to learn simple quilting for a home machine that is NOT squiggles....grin.

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  64. I'm totally a beginner - I'd love to know how to properly calculate yardage and some ideas on how to sew them up faster! :) Thanks. sherri@threadridinghood.com

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  65. Even though I've quilted for several years, I wouldn't consider myself intermediate yet. I just haven't made enough quilts and tried enough techniques. Need to get busy since I'm not getting younger. How did that happen?

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  66. I'd consider myself intermediate, and would love to know more about the technical side, and about pairing colors & fabrics

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  67. I would consider myself an intermediate quilter. I would love to know more and have more experience with FMQ. Thanks for the chance!

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  68. I am a complete beginner and have just finished my first quilt. I'd like to learn to free motion quilt, finish properly (so that my quilt is square!) and paper piece.
    Thanks!
    Claire

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  69. I love quilting books - it's like dessert reading, even when I know the information. I consider myself an intermediate quilter, as I've been making quilts for 10 years or so.

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  70. I consider myself an intermediate quilter. I would like to know more about picking colors. I am trying to not just pick one line when I pick fabric.

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  71. I think I'm intermediate? But I always learn something new from every quilt book I look at! And I never know what that thing is that I need to learn until I read it!

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  72. I'm a mostly-self-taught intermediate, and I'd love the section on design, especially! I want to get more daring in my choices!

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  73. I love all kind of quilting. I consider myself an advance quilter and love to try new ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  74. I would love to make my design into quilt. I am just not sure how to do it!

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  75. I am an intermediate quilter, but I'm always looking for more efficient ways of doing things. I am now teaching someone else to quilt!

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  76. I am definitely a beginner, and I need to learn more about reducing the bulk in my quilts (corners).

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  77. I'm a beginner quilter :-) I'd love to learn more about colour and placement! Thank you for the chance!!

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  78. I am a true beginner. I have a little sewing machine and have done some bags, but I have never done a quilt before. I really want to start though as I have a wonderful friend, who showed me her quilts.
    As I am so new to it, I feel I need guidance about fabrics and batting.
    I live in Germany, but my brother lives in the US. And I will visit him this year. Hence, would it be possible for me to enter?
    Regards!

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  79. I've been a beginner for years! :D I make lots of quilts, but I keep it pretty simple. One of my challenges is figuring out how to quilt something once I've finished piecing the top. And I love shortcuts to help get me to the finish line faster. :D

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  80. I'm definitely a beginner quilter. I just finished my first quilt today and I'm SO excited to do some more! I already have two fabric piles started. I would love to learn how to do some more modern quilt patterns and how to mix colors!

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  81. I am a beginner. I need all the help I can get! Lol

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  82. I'm a want-to-be quilter - so definitely a beginner!

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  83. I've been quilting for a while now, but still don't have a clue about how to get that center knotty thing to go away when making a windmill square!

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  84. I have been quilting just under a year and a half, so not sure what that makes me lol. But I learn more each day and with every quilt. Fabric choices/colors seems to be my biggest hurdle. I'm not so gifted in the creativity dept!

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  85. I have been quilting for several years and feel comfortable with the sewing. My main area needing help with is color, lots of help needed.

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  86. I am an intermediate quilter. I've been quilting for a decade, but still have many areas in which I want to improve, including the all-important accuracy of cutting and measuring. I am hoping that new bifocals will help! If I were the lucky winner, I'd share this with my niece Sarah, who is just beginning her quilting journey.

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  87. This looks like one I need to add to my collection! I consider myself an intermediate quilter, but I've always just stuck to straight-line quilting, so I'm trying to learn more about free-motion quilting. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  88. I am a beginner quilter that has tackled quite a few tops. Have only successfully finished two projects!

    maggiecolorado@gmail.com

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  89. Great giveaway! I think I'm an imtermediate quilter. This would be a great source for inspiration or use to help others learn.

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  90. I think I'm a beginning intermediate quilter??? I find no matter how long I've been working on my craft, I am always learning something new!!

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  91. I am probably an advanced beginner -- not sure if I've reached Intermediate status yet. Hmmm.....as for what I'd like to learn, I would love the reference section on Color.

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  92. i am a totally beginner and would like to learn how to make it all fit perfectly together

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  93. I am a self-taught, fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants quilter. I can look at books all day since I am a visual/tactile learner. Loved the pic of the smashing sand cornerstones chapter...a new idea for me to use!

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  94. I am a self taught beginner quilter who is always looking to learn something new. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  95. Oh - do I love a book that helps me. I just struggled through binding my quilt the other day (among other things) and am always wishing for helpful tips to get me through everything from design to the finished quilt.

    Thanks for the chance!
    Elizabeth
    Lwghosts at yahoo dot com

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  96. I'm an intermediate quilter, I'd say. But in a few years, I may look back and decide I'm really just a fastidious beginner... I'm not really sure what I'd like to learn ~ I like it when I learn things I didn't even know I needed to know :-)
    I read Erin's blog and have thought I'd love to have a peek at the book, but like you, don't know that I should BUY it, so winning it would be a treat! (plus, my birthday is coming... ;-)

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  97. I am an intermediate quilter.I would like to expand my free motion stitching, and someday make a quilt with all my scrap pieces that i have stashed away. Thank you for this amazing give away!

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  98. I'd love to know more about precise piecing and binding! Thanks, Rachel!

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    1. I'm a beginner :) I actually used your ColorBrick instructions for my first quilt- Bella collage quilt by luvinthemommyhood

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  99. I am a completely oblivious beginner, and I desperately need help with color theory lol. I get a little too "I love this fabric", buy too much, and then don't have enough money to grow my stash in a way that would be useful. Would love to win, need all the help I can get! :)

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  100. What a great book to have - it looks like a great book for a beginner and also for an advanced quilter.

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  101. I am intermediate, I would like to learn how to come up with ideas.

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  102. In spite of my ever growing quilt book stash, I haven't heard of this one. Looks like it'd be an invaluable part of the collection!

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  103. i would call myself an intermediate quilter, i would love to share this book, with our rmqg. we are all always looking to learn new tricks, tips and blocks. thanks for the chance.

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  104. Fairly beginner quilter but experienced sewer :) oh that doesn't look good... Seamstress would be the word I was looking for!

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  105. Intermediate is how I would describe myself but sometimes I feel like a very humble beginner when I see all the creativity in the blog world. Thanks for your endless inspiration

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  106. My husband bought me a copy for my birthday. I think your review is spot-on. It is a great reference for novice quilters and those who have yet to challenge themselves with anything beyond simple designs. Although I am no longer either, I am hanging on to my copy for all the lovely, inspiring pictures.

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  107. This book looks great! I am a beginning quilter and really need help in the quilting process. I have hand sewn my 9-blocks but am apprehensive about going further. I no longer live near my teacher and miss her terribly! I'm certain I could learn more than a few things with a book like this :)

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  108. I am between a beginner and intermediate quilter who still struggles with squaring up a quilt which is what I would love to master! awolk at rogers dot com

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  109. I'm a beginner quilter and need to learn everything! This book looks awesome!

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  110. Yay! Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful book!!
    I'm a beginner so there is so much I would still love to learn! Thanks to the Internet and wonderful blogs like yours I'm able to learn at least one thing new each day! I would love to learn how to better baste a quilt, my seem to shift ALOT!
    *Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com

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  111. I love having lots of reference info when starting a new project--the colour theory section looks very useful. Thanks. (Canada)
    ljridge4511 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  112. this book looks awesome! I've already made several quilts, but going back to study the fundamentals is always a good thing. I'm also an information junky!! I'm a good sharer too so I'd probably share this with my next willing friend/soon-to-be-quilting-adict.

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  113. I'd say that I'm probably an intermediate quilter, but being self-taught, I always feel as if there are better ways to do things that I just haven't figured out yet. This book sounds as if it would be helpful in filling any of those knowledge gaps. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  114. I consider myself an intermediate quilter. I'm always looking for ways to improve my piecing skills and want to learn more about machine quilting on my home machine.

    Sandy A

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  115. AWESOME giveaway! I would say I'm in between a beginner and intermediate. At first I thought intermediate, but there is still SO much I have to learn! I would love to learn more about free motion quilting, embroidery, and paper-piecing!

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  116. Awesome! I am an intermediate quilter I think. I would love how to do bindings and backings better.

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  117. I am a beginner so would love to learn about everything you mentioned...especially sashing. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  118. I consider myself intermediate, but I'm a total geek so I'd love to read it cover to cover and then pass it on to a newbie.

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  119. I'd give myself an intermediate review and would Love to do my backs with more interest and instead of feeling like - I'm done with the quilt, now let's just get the back done quickly. I also want to start putting labels on my quilts! ddegnan@tampabay.rr.com

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  120. Looks like a good book. I think I'm an intermediate quilter, but there is always more to learn and improve upon.

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  121. I'm an advanced beginner, but I am still stuggling to figure out my own style

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  122. I'm a beginner and I'd sew love to win!

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  123. Thanks for the chance! I'm a beginner and need to learn more about everything, especially cutting accurately!

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  124. I'm probably an intermediate quilter, but I work with a bunch of new quilters who would love this book! This would be a great gift in the Dirty Santa exchange at our annual Christmas party!! Thanks fr the chance...

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  125. I am a beginner quilter. I love Piecing and Applique, but have not delved into paper piecing or hexies.

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  126. I consider myself an intermediate quilter. I'm always on the lookout to improve my techniques and learn new techniques, anything that will improve my abilities and my enjoyment of quilting. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  127. I have made a few quilts, but do not actually own a quilting book!

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  128. I'm still very much a beginner and I'm sure relearning the basics couldn't hurt since I still have problems with those sometimes ;)
    Thank you.

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  129. I think I'm and intermediate to advanced quilter. I still need work on my machine quilting, but learning about different sashings and quilt settings would make my work more interesting. Thanks!

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  130. I'm interested in reading about modern vs. traditional patterns and designs. Thank so much for the giveaway!

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  131. I love books and quilting! When you put them together? Mmm...love it! It looks like a fabulous book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  132. I am an intermediate quilter . . . by hand so I would love to learn to free motion quilt . . . so much faster!

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  133. I'm definitely feeling my way in the world of quilting and love reading anything and everything about it. I tend to tackle a project that I really want to make no matter the level, so I'll call myself an advanced beginner who keeps at it until I figure it out. Thank you for a great giveaway.

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  134. I'm an intermediate sewer and love books that give me inspiration as far as color combos and different designs.

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  135. Can't believe it's almost Oct. 1! Guess I'm an experienced quilter, but having said that, there is always, always, always something new to learn!

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  136. I'm probably in the intermediate range...what I need to improve on is FMQ.

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  137. I would consider myself an intermediate quilter, I don't know if that's true or not. :)
    I want to learn how to paper piece soon!

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  138. Intermediate fits me I think. Looks like a lovely book to build confidence in all areas : )

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  139. Intermediate, I think. Each quilt I make I learn something which thrills me. I like the idea of machine quilting on my home machine. Right now I've only done straight stitching using my walking foot. Am anxious to try free motion quilting. This book sounds wonderful with lots of info. Thanks.

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  140. I consider myself an experienced beginner. Still haven't tried applique or curved piecing. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  141. I'm definitely still a beginner and it's a hobby that comes after a long list of responsibilities but I'm so enjoying my slow-but-steady improvement!

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  142. I need to learn more about squaring up your finished quilt and then the process of putting the back on! This is the part that I dread everytime because I don't thing that I am good at it! I would consider myself an intermediate quilter!

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  143. This book looks awesome! I have made a few quilts but am still learning so maybe intermediate! It would be an excellent add to my bookshelf. I would love to learn about different assembly methods... I always struggle with the quilting and binding. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  144. Though I've been quilting for a few years, I have so much to learn. I love the freedom of FMQ, at this time my quilting time is limited weekends, I don't even own a quilting book so I would love this!

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  145. This book looks really good. It appears to be step by step , which although I have been dabbling in quilting for a few years and have made a handful of them, I still need lots of instructions as work and precious family time get in the way of frequent quilting...love it though..it is a source of joy and relaxation! WHat a generous offer! i guess I'm between beginner and intermediate in skill level.

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  146. I have sewn since high school, clothes, home decor etc but I only started quilting a year ago so I am definitely a beginner. Still trying to master machine binding so I am sure I would learn so much from this book. Thanks for the chance!

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  147. I am probably an intermediate quilter. I'd love to add this book to my library.

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  148. Am a beginning quilter who is insecure about most all steps, especially all aspects after quilt top is complete.

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  149. I'm somewhere between beginner and intermediate. I'd really like to learn more about how colors work together. Thanks!

    (knittngirl@gmail.com)

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  150. I am most definitely a beginner and need to learn more about color and fabric selecting. This looks like a great book for beginners. Thank you for sharing! anglanouette at gmail dot com

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  151. Regardless of how long I quilt I will feel like a beginner for a LONG time. There is so much to learn :) I would love to align my seams better so they don't look so folksy. And I would definitely love to learn about color and choosing fabrics!!

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  152. I'd say I'm an advanced beginner. I like trying out new techniques so I think this book would be right up my alley. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  153. I am definitely a beginner. I've made a small applique quilt for my mom, and am working on paper piecing some hexagons.

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  154. I guess I'm intermediate. I really need to work on my lack of FMQ skills

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  155. I'm a beginner I want to learn how to get started. Should I teach myself or take a class.

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  156. I consider myself intermediate. I am trying to teach myself to FMQ. Thanks for the chance. N

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  157. I am a quilting newbie, am fascinated by all that I see and read about but do realize that I should focus on one thing at a time. Appliqué and turning a design into a quilt are probably my "now" interests. kathleen dot lutz at doh dot state dot nj dot us

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  158. I'm probably an intermediate quilter, and I'd really like to improve my design skills.

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  159. I think I would call myself an intermediate quilter. I feel comfortable with cutting and piecing but I continue to struggle with quilting. I have straight-line quilted a few of my quilt tops using my walking foot but I haven't yet attempted any free motion quilting. I must get over that fear!! After all an imperfectly quilted quilt is better than a quilt top folded up on the shelf - right!!! Thanks for the chance to win - the book looks great!

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  160. I consider myself to be an intermediate quilter. I am interested in intricate piecing and, in fact, plan to embark on the Farmer's Wife Sampler in 2014 to work on that skill!

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  161. Looks like a great book! I am an. Intermediate quilter and would like tolerant more about color.

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  162. I've been quilting awhile now ~ I'd say that I'm an advanced beginner at this point. I'd really like to learn more about color and design. I feel it's my weakest skill at this point.
    The book really looks informative with lots of projects that I'd love to try. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  163. This would be a great addition to a quilty library and I would love to learn more about color and design.

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  164. I like advanced beginner, although I have been that for 20 years.
    I want to learn how to long arm quilt and then buy a machine to co-incidence with what I hope to be an early retirement

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  165. I'm still a newb and have a lot more to learn

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  166. Looks like an interesting book. I would like to learn more about applique in quilting. I would consider myself an experienced sewer. Thanks for a chance to win .

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  167. I think that book would help me and my SIL crash into the quilting world. I have made a few, but I feel like I'm still not doing some things right.... Only so much you can find on the internet!

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  168. I'm a beginner & want to learn more about fmq on my machine & binding quilts. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  169. I guess I am an intermediate quilter, but sometimes I still feel like a beginner. I like learning new tips an this book sounds great. Thanks!

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  170. I am a beginner, so I have a feeling there's a ton of stuff I don't even know I need to learn :) I would love to learn more about color and improving on piecing.
    mls.bartholomew [at] gmail

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  171. I'm also a beginner, and the two things that scare me are backing and binding. Oh, and fabric choices can be problematic. But, I love that I have discovered quilting and its creative process. The book looks amazing!

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  172. I would say I'm an intermediate quilter. I never took a class but just started experimenting about 10 years ago, right before things started exploding on the blogging world. I love quilting because it's a way to reuse small pieces to make something new, something artistic. Thanks for the chance to win this book. It looks awesome.

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  173. I would I would like to learn more about picking colors. I always struggle with that. I guess I m an intermediate quilter.

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  174. Even though it is a crash course type of book I think it always helps to read books like this one. Sometimes they have a different take on a technique that may make more sense to the reader. You can always learn new things!

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  175. I don't consider myself a beginner, but I would really like to learn how to applique "properly". Like, not by just stitching around things with a sketchy straight stitch. And my hand quilting could do with some work, too. And there's lots of techniques I still need to learn.

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  176. This looks like a fantastic book. I consider myself an intermediate quilter who is mostly self taught. So I still read through Beginner quilting tutorials, hoping to pick up a new trick or two :)

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  177. I would pour over the design section. Rcoyle at olemiss dot edu

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  178. I have quilted some but would love to go to the basic. fran.daoust@yahoo.com

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  179. I feel that I am a pretty advanced quilter and yet I still don't know how to applique!

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  180. I have been sewing for several years but for some reason still feel like a beginner- intermediate. I would love to know more about color, piecing, cutting and fabric selection. I love everything about sewing and am always wanting to learn more. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  181. I need to learn more about the color aspect and I am a beginner, so I hope this helps me if I win, thanks.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  182. I am a total beginner and want to learn more of every aspect of quilting. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

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  183. I am on the same page with you on learning, and gathering information. I am somewhere between an intermediate and experienced quilter. Although I have been quilting for 6 years now, I don't have a lot time to quilt, and definitely need to work on the actual "quilting" side of quilt making. I have a strong understanding of color theory, and other aspects of quilt making. I love quilt books and blogs (like yours) for their creative inspiration!

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  184. I am somewhere between Begnner & Intermediate. I feel like there is always something to learn & practice to achieve proficienty.I would like to discover several points on design. Also, I met a friend who would love to know how to quilt,
    (Makes me excited!) This would be quite helpful to give to her.

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  185. I guess intermediate. Always more to learn :).

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  186. I'd consider myself a beginner quilter. I've made two quilts so far & I'm hooked!! I'd love to learn more!!!

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  187. I have made lots of quilts but always feel like a beginner! Everyday something new comes out with techniques and processes to make quilting easier or more beautiful! I would love this lovely informative book! Thank you for the great review!

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  188. I consider myself a beginner quilter. I'd love to learn more about strip piecing. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  189. I would like to learn more about sashing. I can never get this right so maybe this would help. :) Thank you.

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  190. I am always looking for inspiration and ways to improve my skills. While I consider myself an advanced beginner/intermediate sewer...I know I have so much more to learn about all stages of quilting. I am a visual learner. Quilt Essential is screaming to me..."Add me to your library!"

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  191. I think I'm an intermediate quilter. Between work and study it can take me a long time to finish a quilt. Having a book with basics and alternative options for various techniques would be great. I often have to remind myself how to do things and love finding new techniques for cutting sewing and quilting. So much to learn and try!!

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  192. I'd like to learn more about fmq. I'm a beginner quilter, but an experienced seamstress in clothing. Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway! :)

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  193. This book looks so neat. I consider myself a beginner quilter, but I have really been wanting to take some time and branch out at bit!

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  194. I need help with colour choices, I struggle with tone and value. I think I'm between a beginner, intermediate quilter.

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  195. This book looks like something I'd love to learn from. I still consider myself a beginner - mostly an advanced beginner though. I'd love help with machine quilting.

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  196. I am guessing that I am an advanced beginner, but definitely a beginner

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  197. This is a great book. I am a beginner to intermediate quilter.

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  198. I consider myself to be a beginner quilter. I would just love to learn more about the quilting experience. I try to read as much as I can about quilting and hope that some of it sticks with me! : ) This looks like a great book to add to any quilt library!
    Happy Quilting!

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