Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Quilting Happiness: review & giveaway

First off, the quilt-along is ON!  I'm still making my way through your very enthusiastic response.  How exciting!  I'm going to enjoy making a detailed plan for us and sharing it soon.  Yay!

Now to the business at hand (wink). 

Quilt Essential - giveaway!

Since I'm still quilting away at my Unsettled quilt and piecing my Essex Test quilt, I thought today would just the day for a little book review and giveaway.  Remember this pile of goodies?  Let's talk today about Quilting Happiness by Christina Lane and Diane Gilleland.  I actually received a free copy since it includes a write up on do. Good Stitches!

Quilting Happiness:  review & giveaway

Context.  Christina is the blogger at Sometimes Crafter, creator of the Retro Flowers pattern and longarm quilter extraordinaire.  Diane is the voice at CraftyPod, a thoughtful blog and retired podcast (check it out!).  If you know these ladies, you know the book is good.  The fact that they set out to create a book that points towards happiness is case in point.

Quilting Happiness:  review & giveaway

WhatQuilting Happiness:  Projects, Inspiration & Ideas to Make Quilting More Joyful.  This book is not just cool quilting projects, but also great content designed to tease out your real quilting self.

Quilting Happiness:  review & giveaway

There are "creative exercises", little tasks or brainstorming sessions for "Finding Your Personal Quilting Style" or "Creative 'Tough Love'".  Plus, the book is peppered with "happiness practices" to continually bring you back to what matters.  And there are quizes.  Quizes!  (In fact, there's one right here that didn't make it into the book for space reasons and includes some pictures of book projects too.)

Quilting Happiness:  review & giveaway

Projects.  Quilting Happiness has a nice range of projects from simple, classic works to fresh new mash-ups.  I'm charmed by the Patchwork Diamonds quilt and reminded, again, that I really want to make a simple plus quilt too.  So many quilts, still lots of time!

Quilting Happiness:  review & giveaway

This Haphazard Chevron Pillow definitely looks intriguing.

Quilting Happiness:  review & giveaway

Of course, chevrons are cool, but I'm mostly wooed by Christina's construction technique.  Doesn't that look interesting?  By the way, the illustrations in this book are superb.  Really top notch on all the construction details.

Quilting Happiness:  review & giveaway

Here's another example of nice instructions.  This is for the Crazy Strips Quilt, the only improv style quilt in Quilting Happiness. 

Who.  If you're the thoughtful type or one who likes little assignments to get your creativity flowing, I think you'll really enjoy the dialog of Quilting Happiness.  That part is probably ideal for new to intermediate quilters.  The patterns truly range from simple to complex (including some curved piecing).  I mean, check out this awesome test block served up as the Odds and Ends quilt pattern in the book:

Test Block Turned Mini
block & photo by Christina Lane

That's a pretty cool block by any standards!  So, I'd say the patterns are likely to appeal to quilters all over the spectrum.  To get a feel for things, check out this post at Christina's blog.  You'll find links to a few free pattern excerpts from the book.  Also, see the Quilting Happiness flickr group

Giveaway.  Potter Craft is giving away one copy of this book to a U.S. address.  Add your comment here to be in the draw.  Winner will be randomly drawn and contacted by email on Thursday afternoon, EST.  Good luck!

******Comments Closed*****
The winner is #136 - Alison C.  I'll be in touch via email!

232 comments:

  1. I'd be honored if you'd accept my nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award. http://myriad234.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/the-versatile-blogger-award-2/

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  2. Looks beautiful and inspiring! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  3. Oops! That was my husband's Google account! I am sure he would *love* to win a copy too, but if you could just email me instead. :)

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  4. This looks like such a great book - it's been on my Amazon wishlist for a few weeks now. I'd love to win!

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  5. This book looks like fun. Love the Odds and Ends block.

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  6. This book looks like a lot of fun! Thanks!

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  7. Looks like a great book! I would love to flip through that book and pick out a project to make! Thanks for sharing some of the projects inside.

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  8. I think this looks like a great book to have!!

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  9. THanks for the AWESOME giveaway! I've been longing to have that book! Thanks for a chance!

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  10. This goes on my list of must reads! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  11. Would love to have it! beautiful work

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  12. This looks like a pretty informative book! I would so love to get my hands on this! Thank you for offering it for this giveaway!

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  13. Nice review Rachel!! The Diamonds quilt grabbed me as well, simple and clean yet impactful, and that test block is crazy cool! Not sure I would have explored this book without your review. Now looking forward to snuggling up with it and a warm cup of something.
    Hope y'all are experiencing a beautiful Fall, enjoying a good lesson groove with your peeps, and embracing life to the fullest! Have a blast!

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  14. Thank you for the review and chance to win! I have this one on my wish list. :) I just caught your sew-along post and I may have to try and join in. It won't be my first quilt, but I can always use some good tips and tricks!

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  15. I'm pretty new to quilting and need to start a book stash to go with my growing fabrics stash. Thanks for the chance

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  16. Very nice review and I love the inside book pages shots!

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  17. This books looks like it would be a very happy addition to my library.

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  18. This looks like a great book! thriftstorecrafter at yahoo.com

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  19. I love inspiring books, I just finished a quilt last month from one of my inspiration books. I'd looked through and thought about doing some of the blocks but with the right layer cake in hand I knew I'd found the perfect match! Isn't that just the perfect moment?

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  20. What a great book! Thanks for the chance to win

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  21. Thanks for the chance. This book looks like a great read!

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  22. Looks like a great book to add to my quilting library.

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  23. This is such a great book! The projects look like so much fun!

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  24. The book looks amazing!! I'm hoping to win it, but if not it will be on the top of my purchase list!!

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  25. Wow! What a great book review. Your attention to detail is wonderful. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  26. I have to say, you have sold me on this book! Thanks for the chance to win it, though, as that would be a more fun way to acquire it!

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  27. I don't buy many quilting books, but this one looks very interesting. Thanks for the chance!

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  28. Wow! What beautiful pictures - looks like a great addition to my library, thank you!

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  29. Wow...a Happiness book! Gotta love that, thanks for the chance!

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  30. I love these girls and they really did a great job on the book. I love that last block too:)

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  31. Thank you! I've been wondering what that book was like so I could decide whether to add it to my wish list...clearly the answer is yes :)

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  32. I got a peek at this one yesterday. So at the top of my wish list!

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  33. This looks awesome! Would love to check out this book

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  34. Looks like a GREAT book! As a NEWbie to quilting (and by newbie, pretty much I've only cut out pieces thus far) I LOVE good quilting books and have been busy building up my library. I'm also very excited for your quilt-along. Thanks for thinking of us beginners!

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  35. What an interesting raed! I love new books, the inspiration is always great.

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  36. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book! It looks very inspiring, indeed :D

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  37. Thanks for the chance to win. Looks like an awesome book with amazing patterns.

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  38. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance.

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  39. awesome book! I hope I'm a winner but I've added it to my amazon wish list just in case :)

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  40. HI,BOOK LOOKS SO NEAT!
    THANKS!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  41. Pick me! Pick me! This looks like a wonderful book. Thank you so much for hosting such a fun giveaway. :)

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  42. This looks like such a fun book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  43. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance!

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  44. The book sounds amazing!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  45. Love it! Thanks for the chance.

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  46. Would love to add this book to reads!

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  47. Sounds like a great book to add to my shelf.:)

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  48. Those are some great pattern designs in the book!

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  49. Happiness IS quilting! Thanks so much!

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  50. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  51. I was just drooling over this book on amazon and added it to my husbands wish list ..I mean my wish list. Glad I read your review..now I definitely would like to get it.

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  52. I would love to win this book! My quilty friends can't say enough good things about it!

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  53. this is such a great book concept, happy quilting! Plus amazing projects! Yes! thanks for a giveaway!

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  54. Quilting is happiness! Thanks for the chance to win ... :) Pat

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  55. This is going to be a winter full of quilts for me and there looks to be many great ideas in this book! Thanks for the review.

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  56. Would love this book! Thanks for the chance to win:) Amy

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  57. what an amazing giveaway thanks for sharing!

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  58. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  59. Yay! Thanks for the chance to win this book, I have had it in my cart on amazon but I spent to much on fabric this month and so I won't be buying this book anytime soon. Gosh I wish I have tons of money.......lol!
    *Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com

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  60. Great review. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  61. I'd love this book. I need to find my personal style!

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  62. That would be a great book for some new ideas.

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  63. Goodness, what perfect projects! I'm in love with the "shattered" Chevron pattern, too.

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  64. I am glad you are going to do the quilt along. Your quilt is awesome. I just love the test block from the book.

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  65. I am new in quilting and all kind of inspiration will be wellcomed. hpr@post9.tele.dk

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  66. This looks like a wonderful book! The title is perfect because quilting IS happiness! :-)

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  67. This looks like a wonderful book! I used to think that quilting books weren't needed, due to so much on- line. But oh!, how my opinion has changed!! Thank you for this chance!

    Oh, BTW, I will be quilting along with you! I'm hoping to get my mom along with us too....

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  68. Looks like an awesome book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  69. Fun book. I did your first quilt a long and it was my favorite quilt for quite awhile. I think I will quilt along with this one as well.

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  70. That improv quilt looks perfect! I am all over that. I'd love to win this book and see what else is inside, thanks!!

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  71. So pretty. Makes me want to sew tonight. I'd love a chance to win.

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  72. What a beautiful book! I think I will ask for this one for Christmas from my hubby. Thank you for an informative review!

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  73. Looks like a fun book. I would love to win a copy

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  74. You had me at quizzes. Looks like a great book!
    mls.bartholomew [at] gmail

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  75. Ooh, I recently saw this book at the book store and waiting for my next pay check to buy it. I love all the patterns in this book and it is unusual to have all good patterns in one book. Thank you for hosting this give away.

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  76. Ooh, I recently saw this book at the book store and waiting for my next pay check to buy it. I love all the patterns in this book and it is unusual to have all good patterns in one book. Thank you for hosting this give away.

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  77. That chevron pillow reminds me of Alison Glass' Sun Print feathers. I wonder how some feathers, solids & text would look with that pattern...hmmmm.

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  78. Looks to be an exciting book to own with lots of great patterns. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  79. Looks like a GREAT book and I absolutely love that test block with all the red. YUMMY!

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  80. So many tips and techniques!

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  81. Ooh! Book looks fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  82. Ooooh, I would love to win! Thanks for the chance!!

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  83. That looks like a wonderful, happy book!

    tstanulis@mac.com

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  84. That looks like a wonderful, happy book!

    tstanulis@mac.com

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  85. I always like t hear about new books. Thank

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  86. looks very inspirational! I need to get my mojo back!

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  87. Love the chevron pillow! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  88. Oooo I need this book! If I don't win I will have to find it ASAP

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  89. Beautiful quilts. I would love a copy for inspiration and guidance. Thanks! kristie_keely(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  90. i'll have to look up this book and check it out - sounds intriguing! of course, winning it would be thrilling! :)

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  91. Lovely book! Awesome techniques! If i don't win it, I'll be buying it!!!

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  92. Thanks for the review. Put my name in the hat.

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  93. Can never have too many quilting books! Love the new inspiration.

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  94. I'm so in love with the cover quilt for this book! It really fits the title, just so happy. Thanks for the great review, glad to know the content is there, too, not just a pretty cover. And thanks for a chance to win!

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  95. Totally admire the books and fabrics and want to share. Thank you for this chance, My oh my am I in luv with this one

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  96. Wow! What a great prize. There's nothing I like better than sitting down with a good cup of coffee and pouring over a new quilting book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  97. I was looking at this book today on Amazon. Your review sealed the deal - I'm buying it (and if I win, it'll be a present for a quilting friend)

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  98. This looks like an awesome book! One that I would actually use! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

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  99. I'm always up for another good book.

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  100. I love that last block. The black and white chevron is pretty amazing too. Would be so excited to try some of these projects.

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  101. Awesome giveaway! thanks for the chance to win!

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  102. Thanks for your review of this book. I could use it on my shelf for sure!

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  103. I would love this book! It is filled with projects I would do

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  104. Wow, looks like a great book. I don't interact "in person" with other quilters, so input from books and all the bloggers is what inspires me. Thanks for the chance to win! tilleybl@aol.com

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  105. This looks like a fabulous book, thanks so much for the chance!

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  106. Great book loaded with tons of I can do projects. Thanks for the chance

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  107. This book is on my Wish List, as well as the lists of some quilters I know and love. If I win I'll have a huge (delightful) dilemma: who shall receive it?

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  108. Fun fun fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  109. This looks like a wonderful quilting book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  110. Please count me in for this lovely book and the quilt along....it's my first one!

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  111. It looks like a wonderful book, thank you!!

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  112. This book looks great! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  113. love love love so many projects in this book... the improv one is my favorite, i have to say! thanks for a chance!

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  114. Looks like a fun book - thanks for the giveaway.

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  115. Looking at those pictures makes me happy

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  116. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  117. Great book and exciting designs. I'd love to win.

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  118. Nice book. Ideas that I would use for sure. Love it!

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  119. Looks like an awesome book. I would love to have it join my quilting library.

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  120. " ... one who likes little assignments to get your creativity flowing ...." --> that sounds like me so I think I need to get this book! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  121. Looks like a great book. Thank you for the chance to enter.

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  122. Looks like a great book! Nothing better than happiness!

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  123. What an inspiring book! I'd love to read it!

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  124. Love the colors! What a happy book!

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  125. What a great looking book! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  126. I've been eyeballing this book!

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  127. I really want to make that Haphazard pillow.

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  128. Book Happiness! How lovely, thanks for the chance to win!

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  129. Thank you for the review and the opportunity to win a copy of "Quilting Happiness"!

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  130. Looks great - I like the idea of creativity and happiness exercises. Would love to see it in person! Also - really excited about the quilt-along!

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  131. Looks like a great book! Love the haphazard chevron. Thanks for your review and the giveaway!

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  132. Thanks for the review & a chance to win a copy! I think I'd love to give this to my Guild's library (after I read it, of course!)

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  133. Happiness is a book! A QUILTING book :)

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  134. This looks like fun! I like the idea of little exercises to help along the way. Thanks for the review and the chance to win!
    Sandy A

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  135. carli the quilter at gmail dot com is my email address. Thanks for giving us a crack at this book, I've been eyeing it up in the book store!

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  136. This book sounds absolutely wonderful. Each section you describe shouts out to me and I know it will challenge anyone in their quilting adventures.
    Happy Choosing.

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  137. What a great review you've given this wonderful book.
    It would give me a lot to think about!

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  138. Would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  139. I like the sound of the dialogue and the smaller tasks along the way. Sounds like the kind of book that provides ongoing inspiration by developing the quilter who is engaging with it!

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  140. This book looks great! I'm headed over to the site you gave to check it out . . .

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  141. Love the book's title. It's gotta be a winner.

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  142. oh my goodness............love everything pictured in that book!! I finally know what to do with a certain charm pack set - that diamond set quilt. Love the red crosses one, too :)

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  143. The book looks wonderful. That chevron pillow looks really fun!

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  144. Looks like another great book! Can't wait to try it out. Thanks.

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  145. Thanks for writing up the review. I like how this book is more than just patterns.

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

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  147. Ooh yummy! Thanks for the chance :)
    Rebecca.bird@clear.net.nz

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  149. I love all these quilts ~ especially the Patchwork Diamonds! Thanks for the chance. Rcoyle at olemiss dot edu

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  150. That block is AMAZING. This book just got wish listed.

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  151. Thanks for the nice review and the giveaway. I'd love to read this.

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  152. That Haphazard Chevron Pillow definitely caught my attention. I'd love to win the book and make that pillow! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  153. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance!

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  154. Great book review! I love the patterns from the book that you featured.

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  155. I'd be so pleased to win a copy. Thank you.

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  156. Looks like a great book! I would love to win a copy!

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  157. I'd love to make the chevrons pillow. Thanks!

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  158. This lold like a really interesting book!! Would love to have this one in my library. Thanks for the opportunity

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  159. Great ideas. I could be doing quilt essentials quite happily!

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  160. Looks like a great book with more than just patterns.

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  161. Yummy Book! Pick me pick me! lol Thanks!

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  162. I would love to win this book, it looks like it is full of inspiration.

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  163. I agree! It looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  164. The book looks great. I especially love that complex block at the end of the post!

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  165. I love books that inspire so much that I am immediately digging in my stash to see what would work.

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  166. I love me a good quilting book! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  167. What a neat book! Thanks for a great giveaway!

    Blessings,
    Celia
    cah252@gmail.com

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  168. Love the beautiful colors! Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  169. Wow, the Haphazard Chevron Pillow looks super neat! I would love to win a copy of this book.

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  170. Thanks for the giveaway. I see a few things I would love to make.

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  171. What a great book ( and the cover is perfect!) would like to try the Chevron pillow - looks like fun #!}

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  172. Fabulous-looking book - I love the detailed instructions and all the pictures/diagrams!

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  173. Wow, looks like an awesome book! The chevron pillow looks sweet!

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  174. all the projects seem to have very detailed instructions and i like that. would love to try these beautiful quilts. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  175. Everyone needs a little "Quilting Happiness" in their lives sometimes.

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  176. What a nice review! Makes me want to get my hands on a copy! yoyopattycakes@hotmail.com

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  177. Thanks so much for telling us about the book!! It looks like it would be very informative and fun to work with. I love books like that. Have a great day and happy quilting!
    Dawn array-dawn@cox.net

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  178. This book looks amazing! Thank you for the review...and thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  179. Quilting Happiness, I would love this book! Thank you for the chance to win and the review!

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