Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Day 6 of the Strip Quilt Secrets Blog Hop. You Could Win a Copy of This Book!

Woot! Woot! Diane Knott has a brand new book out and I think you're gonna want this one too! In her introductory she says, 'I want to make quilts that are comforting to look at as they are to use'. Oh yes, she's definitely speaking my language.
Reading through the book, I came upon several interesting tips on dealing with strip sets. Things that I always have problems with, like sub cutting the long strip sets. You know how they tend to get this slanted thing going on, and you always have to trim a little bit more to get those nice, sharp pieced units? She addresses that in a way that I can't wait to try out.
The true test of a good quilting book {to me} is when I find a quilt that resonates and suddenly I'm imagining it in fabrics that are already stashed away. I've been wanting to find a good 'chain' pattern and Shimmer really hits the high notes. You have to know that I'm already envisioning it with an appliqued border....
After dithering about color palettes and little details like that, I read a little deeper into the pattern. Hallelujah! She even has pressing instructions for all those strip sets! In the picture below, you can see that the arrows indicate proper pressing directions. Yep, I'm sold. So very frustrating to try and join multiple strips into something that looks good, when all your best efforts inadvertently end up causing stacked seams.
I tried not to veer too far off the pattern with this fabric selection pictured below. Really! So surprising as I usually upend the entire suggested pattern selection and practically stand it on its head. I ended up choosing lighter purples for the chains than what Diane chose, and then mixed up the value in the middle units a little bit more than what might be wise. Didn't choose as many bright and happy colors. My goal here is to create a fade-in, fade-out look with the lighter purple chains barely holding the line. I love that this pattern is so set, but you know me. Always having to take a risk somewhere to keep things extra interesting! We'll see if it works out, but regardless, the strips are cut out now. Guess that means I'm committed!
I also took a good hard look at the Fiesta quilt. Diane does such a fabulous job with value and her brighter, more cheerful quilts are, as always, especially inspiring. When you get a chance to flip through the book, you'll quickly realize that many of the quilts also come with pieced border instructions. Love that! Having collected many scrap quilting books throughout the years, I can tell you that this means that Diane has went the extra mile to make each quilt extra special.
You can also be sure that she is a true-blue, die hard, scrap quilter at heart, by the fact that she includes instructions for the quilt below. Be still my frugal, utility quilt loving heart! Made in different colors and older fabrics, it could very well have been made a hundred years ago! There are great directions for diving head first into your scrap bin and making use of all those little bitty castoffs. Not in the mood to spend much time pre-planning or cutting before getting started? This is your quilt!
Diane is giving away a Strip Quilt Secrets book at every single one of the Blog Hop sites, including this one! For a chance to win a copy of this book, just leave a comment below telling me what your very favorite quilt book is. {I don't care if it's already on your shelf or a new one that's currently just on your wish list, inquiring minds want to know!} And oh yeah, present book excluded as there's no doubt it's front and center in everyone's mind right about now!

I'll draw a winner on Monday, January 14th. Please leave an email within your comment if there's any chance you might be a no-reply commenter. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of postage, this giveaway is only open to US residents. For those of you unable to leave a comment, due to the vagaries of Blogger, you can drop me an email at audkateaster at gmail dot com. I'll make sure to include you in the drawing as well. Only one stop left after mine, so you'll want to be sure and check that out on Thursday! Let's give some love to Diane and have a whole bunch of comments for her to check out. You and I both know that she'll be reading each and every one.....!

93 comments:

  1. This book looks wonderful! I love the look of the fiesta quilt in particular. I was just gifts the book for the Famrer's Wives Quilt and I am looking forward to using that pattern book! Thank you!

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  2. I can see how much you enjoy this book and agree that writers who add border instructions go the extra mile. Plus you can tell they understand their medium.
    My favorite books are all quite old: Jinny Beyer's Quilt Blocks, Margaret Miller's Blockbuster Quilts, and anything by Ruth McDowell.

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  3. i can't possibly pick just one book, but some of my most used ones are Angela Walters quilting ideas and Kaffe Fassets books because of the wonderful colors.

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  5. This has been a fun blog hop for Diane’s book. Every quilter’s unique perspective brings out different things in the book that I know I’ll love. Technique tips? Pressing directions? YES and YES!
    A favorite book is Fine Feathers by Marianne Fons—really well done instructional book on designing feather quilting.

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  6. I'm a big fan of Judy Martin's books. Her patterns always fit together so well. I would love to win Diane's new book!

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  7. Oh wow! I've been hopping and have loved all the pictures in Diane's new book. Looks like loads of fun. My favorite book is "Oh Scrap" by Lissa Alexander. There are a lot of potential quilts in this one too!

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  8. I have to say that I don't have a favorite author, I just love any book with beautiful quilts!

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  9. Love Bonnie Hunter's scrap busting books so Diane's new book is bound to join my list of favorite quilt books too!

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  10. Favorite quilt books? How can I choose only one? My favorites are of a different genre than most of the previous commenters, they are biographical accounts of our quilting foremothers with lots of photos but no directions for their quilts. Two of the very best are A People and Their Quilts by John Rice Irwin, and Legacy - the Story of Talula Gilbert Bottoms and Her Quilts by Nancilu Burdick.

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  11. I really like Kim Brackett's books. Great way to sew with batiks, which I love.

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  12. One of my favorite quilt books is Pat Sloan's Teach Me To Applique. But honestly, I love all of her books. They are wonderful teaching tools, I've learned so much by using her techniques!

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  13. I would love to win this book. Thank you for the chance. My favorite books are by Eleanor Burns.

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  14. This is a very hard question as I have quite a few books. Some of my favorite authors are Carrie Nelson, Kim Brackett, Judy Martin, Angela Walters and Lori Holt, with Lori Holt being my favorite for the day. I love the piecing and her instructions are top notch.

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  15. So happy to hear you are doing this! I think the only problem with Diane's new book is which quilt to make first!! Can't wait to see your version of "Shimmering".

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  16. Ooh, your Shimmer quilt is going to be so good! I am looking forward to seeing it as you progress. I'm tempted to say my favorite quilt book is whatever one I'm reading currently, but if I think about it, Liberated String Quilts by Gwen Marston is one I come back to again and again.

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  17. looks like a neat book -I would love a copy!

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  18. I am very interested in that Was Day Quilt, might be fun. My favorite quilt book is by Lori Holt and is her Spelling Bee Book, I love to add the Grandkids names to quilts I make for them or just make a small picture block.

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  19. Looks like a great book. Beautiful colors, clear instructions, appealing designs. I'll throw my name in the entry. Like almost everyone else, I doubt I have a very favorite book. One I look at regularly is Robert Shaw's American Quilts: The Democratic Art.

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  20. I LOVE TO READ BONNIE HUNTER BOOKS AS WELL AS JO MORTONS BOOKS I DO LIVE IN CANADA ,BUT MY DAUGHTER LIVES IN CALIFORNIA SO HOPE I CAN STILL ENTRE AS WILL USE HER ADDRESS. hjrogers@sympatico.ca SHIMMERING LOOKS LIKE ONE I WOULD LOVE TO TACKEL AS WELL.

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  21. Anything with Civil War quilts.

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  22. I love all my quilt books, but am especially drawn to the civil war books. I also love Quilt Lovely by jen kingwell -- love the way she puts fabrics together!

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  23. My very favorite quilt books are those by Bonnie Hunter--I am a scrapaholic--hopelessly in love with things scrappy. This book looks like it will be a wonderful source for scrappy string quilts!

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  24. I'm always consulting Jinny Beyer's The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns. THanks for the giveaway.

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  25. I can't wait to see your pieced quilt! This has been such a lovely and fun blog hop!

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  26. My favorite quilt book is usually the last one I purchased or the one I’m currently making one of the quilts from.

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  27. Looks like a beautiful book. I don't have a favorite book but I do like scrap quilt books. Right now I am liking Cultural Fusion by Sujata Shah.

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  28. I don’t really have a favorite quilt book, but there are actually 2 books that I’ve had my eye on in addition to Diane’s. one is “Oh, Scrap” by Lissa Alexander and the other is “ String Frenzy” by Bonnie Hunter.

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  29. I have lots of favorites, but to name one, Miss Rosie's Farmhouse Favorites. There are several quilts in Diane's book I can't wait to try.
    Pat

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  30. Charm School is my newest favorite quilt book. There are a few quilts I want to make and the snowflake quilt is mostly cut and ready to start sewing. This book looks like a real winner.

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  31. My new favorite book is String Frenzy by Bonnie Hunter but of course I have all of her books. I would love the chance to win Diane's Strip Quilt Secrets.

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  32. As a relatively new quilter, I find the book I use most often as a reference is Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting. I do love Bonnie Hunter, Kim Brackett and Lori Holt for inspiration. lindamae1022@gmail.com

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  33. I've enjoyed reading about Diane's book and quilts during the blog hop! It will be fun to see how your version of this scrappy quilt turns out. I just pulled out a copy of Nickel Quilts and started making some blocks from it. I really like that all the quilts in it are made from 5 inch blocks! Thanks for the giveaway! diannbottrell@gmail.com

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  34. I love 'scrap basket beauties' currently. I want diane's book sew so I can use up strips. sewfine99@charter.net

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  35. The wash day quilt looks like a great way to use up little bits! My go-to quilt book is Quilter's Complete Guide by Fons and Porter. All kinds of quilting questions (like the math for setting triangles) are clearly explained and illustrated here.

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  36. This looks like a book I need on my shelf - thanks for the giveaway!
    One of my favorite books is Nickel Quilts, as it's along the same theme.

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  37. Would love to win this book! My favorite book is one my mom gave me years ago. She's been gone too many years now. I'm at work and for the life of me can't remember the name of it. Sentimental favorite for sure!

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  38. There are favorite quilts in each and every book including ones by Bonnie Hunter, Carrie Nelson and Kim Brackett to name a few. I would love a copy of this book. Thanks.

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  39. Can’t wait to see this new book. My favorite quilt book is Kim Brackett’S first book Scrap Basket Surprises.

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  40. would love to win, thanks bewtjwatgmaildotcom

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  41. My favorite quilt book or at least the one I'm pulling off the shelf the most is Material Obsession.

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  42. You've got a great fabric selection. It will be fun to see where you end up. Don't know if I have a true favorite book, but I love looking at all of the different state's documentary quilt books.

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  43. My favorite book is Sandra Leightner
    Hand Applique with Embroidery, AQS publishing

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  44. Oh I'm so excited to have so many chances to win this book! I want to make one of those quilts so bad! At the moment, my favorite quilt book is No Srap Left Behind. I'm making one out of that book right now and can't wait to throw it on my couch!

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  45. My favorite quilt book is the always the last book I purchased! Right now that is Red and White Quilt book. If you could see my bookshelf you would know that I have had several favorite quilt books. :)

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  46. My favorite book is by Mary Ellen Hopkins - It’s Ok to Sit on My Quilt”. It opened my eyes to how quilts were made and that every block pattern can be broken down into parts. Plus I loved how to suggested eating an Oreo while we thought through the plan for making the quilt. I really like this new book and would like to make several of the quilts.

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  47. My favorite quiltingbook is, vernahte zeit, die Bosna quilt werkstatt.
    IT is from Lucie Feinig-Giesinger and Bosnische Frauen (women)

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  48. I like to make quilts that use scraps or quilts that are inspired by vintage ones. So I like and buy books with quilt patterns that use scraps in unusual ways or books that have patterns based on vintage ones. I own several along those lines and would have to call them all my favorites.

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  49. I love the Elly Sienkiewicz books and actually made two blocks in her latest book "Beloved Baltimore Applique Quilts." It was such an honor to be a part of this book. I think that would make it my favorite! I am a huge fan of strip quilts and this book looks great! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  50. Some of my favorite books are any of the scrap quilt books by Bonnie Hunter. Thanks for participating.

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  51. I love Roberta Horton's Fabric Makes the Quilt.
    This new book looks like fun.
    MBBAKER35@yahoo.com

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  52. Hi...my favorite quilt book is Jinny Beyer's "Quilting By Hand." Thanks for the opportunity to win the above book.

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  53. Oh, my goodness...another great chance to win this great book...

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  54. wow! generosity and awesomeness. I have to say one of my all time favorite books for color theories and inspiration is Mary Mashuta's Confetti Quilts. However, this book looks like my new favorite. Your write up is sure to please Diane Knott. The sharing of books will generate lots of sales as well. Thank you sew much. You can reach me at thimblepie@gmaildotcom. Hugs from Jane

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  55. I love Bonnie Hunter's String Fling. Aw, let me be honest....I love all of her books! =)

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  56. Thanks for sharing your review and the “Shimmer”you have started,it should look grand.
    My current favorite book is rulerwork by Amanda Murphy.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  57. You want me to pick just one book? That's hard! Of course, I love Gwen Marsten's books. But I would say the one theme through the books that I love are the books that let/encourage me to make my OWN quilt! This book looks like it's right up my alley. I certainly have enough scraps!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  58. Oh, yes - Shimmer caught my eye, too! I think it's a natural for you - can't wait to see where you take it!
    My favorite quilt book is whichever one I looked at last - in this case Bonnie Hunter's newest. (I love her bright bouncy scrappy style!)

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  59. I don't really have a favorite. I carry a book with me every where and swap them out so I remember quilts I want to consider.

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  60. I'm a scrap quilter at heart and I love strings/strips so this book looks like a real winner, especially since it points the way but allows the maker to customize to suit their heart's content (my kind of process). My favorite quilt book is Gwen Marston's original Liberated Quiltmaking book with Roderick Kiracofe's Unconventional and Unexpected and Sujata Shah's Cultural Fusion Quilts tied for second.

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  61. Oh dear - now I have to call the book store!!! I love Fiesta and Washday, they would make a nice dent in my scrap bins.

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  62. Oh dear it's usually the one I am reading now. If I had to pick just one it would be the Red and White Quilts form the Show. I love looking at that book and reading about all the quilts. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  63. Foolproof Machine Quilting by Mary Mashuta is my favorite book.

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  64. Right now my favorite quilt book isA Prairie Journey by Kathleen Tracy. Tomorrow may bring a different one!

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  65. Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks is my favorite quilt book. I've made all the blocks twice.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(fot)com

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  66. Quilts quilts quilts was the book that started me off on my quilting adventure! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  67. I love scrappy quilts—I am going to need this book! I have so many favorite books, but today it would be Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse quilts—lots of scrappiness in that one!

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  68. This looks like a very interesting and helpful book. I could use it for all my scraps for quilts that mostly go to charity. jetanner31@gmail.com

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  69. This book looks very intriguing! Hope I win!! Right now my favorite book is Edyta Sitar's Patches in Blue. I think I could make everyone of the quilts in her book.

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  70. This book will be great. Diane's last book was chalked full of amazing tips to make your quilts the best. I'm looking forward to this one. I would love to win a copy.

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  71. I like 40 Quick Cut quilts by Evelyn Sloppy. These look great, and sounds like a lot of great tips!

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  72. Hmmm...tough question. Favorite is my standby 501 Rotary Cut Quilt Blocks.

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  73. I have a book by Country Living that I look in all the time. Not many patterns in it but lots of inspiring photos of quilts. I imagine making some of them in different color ways .....

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  74. What a great looking book. My favorite quilt books are by Gwen Marston.

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  75. This book really appeals to me as I love scrappy projects and ones that don't necessarily have to have a color theme. I could easily get sewing on any of the patterns I've seen in this blog hop! My favorite quilt book is Tula Pink's City Sampler:100 Modern Quilt Blocks. I made all 100 of those blocks and loved it!

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  76. My favorites are all books by Gwen Marston!

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  77. I don't have a favorite. The tips in this book look great. Thanks for a chance to win one.

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  78. So hard to choose a favorite book. I love books and have quite a collection. Kim Diehl, Carrie Nelson, Kim Brackett, Amanda Jean Nyberg, Lori Holt and Bonnie Hunter and Angela Walters are some of my favorite authors. The most used book in my collection is by Fons and Porter; Quilters Complete Guide. I liked that one so much I bought a copy for my sister when she wanted to learn to quilt. It's a great resource.

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  79. My favorite books on my shelf are Harriet Hargraves Quilter's Academy series...it reminds you of why you automatically do certain sewing techniques (things I learned in HomeEc class years ago) and then teaches you new things like the different weights of thread, diff needles etc Susy
    susyssewingcorner@yahoo.com

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  80. I love Diane's use of bright colors! That Shimmer quilt is really speaking to me. My favorite books have long been the earlier Bonnie Hunter books and Kim Brackett's first book Scrap-Basket Surprises. But I would love to win Diane's Strip Quilt Secrets because I think it might become my new fav! Sandy at sewhigh.blogspot.com

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  81. Diane's book looks full of great design ideas and great use of color, she's fearless.
    I admire that. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  82. I love Gwen Marsten's books and books of antique quilts, but there are plenty of other "favorite book"s on my shelves! You ask such hard questions LOL!

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  83. That Fiesta quilt is right up my alley. Fun design with room for lots of interesting colors and fabrics, but not too cluttered. Oh, Scrap! is probably my current favorite.
    (bolderbaker.at.gmail.dot.com)

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  84. I love the color and variety of the quilts. Having good pressing instructions is a bonus.

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  85. Wow, the more I see of Diane's book, the more I want it. The patterns you feature really resonate with me. And one of my go to books for quilt making is Vintage Quilt Revival. I've made three out of there so far.

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  86. Thanks for highlighting and reviewing this book, Audrey. It looks like one to own and use, for sure! Still my favorite book: Roberta Horton's Scrap Quilts.

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  87. Thanks for a chance, Patches in Blue is mine

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  88. My favorite is so hard to pick, but I think it would be Liberated Quiltmaker by wen Marston. It has been fun reading everyone's pick.
    I hope to win a copy of Diane's new book - it looks awesome!

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  89. I don't know if I have a favorite quilt book, I love looking through all of them. I'm currently making a quilt from the Weekend Quilting book by Jemima Flendt so I guess that's my current favorite :)

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  90. I like Every Last Scrap and think Diane's book would be a good addition to my library.

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  91. My favorite book is Convergence Quilts by Ricky Tims. Thanks for the chance to win Diane's book! I have lots of strips to use up!

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