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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

'Pick Four' Blog Hop - Day 1!

Good morning, good morning - what an exciting day this is!

Normally, there’s just me rattling on here and a handful of quilting chums metaphorically drinking tea and eating cake (all right, me moaning on about how difficult this quilting lark is and the FairyGodmother Quilters telling me not to be such a wet hen) but today, you join me on the first stop QuiltSue’s blog hop, where Sue Abrey has asked me to review her new book, Pick Four.

Wow!

I am delighted to not only be involved, but be the FIRST STOP on the hop – so come on in, take a seat – there’s tea in the pot – and let me tell you all about it…

Now, you might be forgiven for thinking that I am not going to be able to write a particularly informed piece on this as I am rather a novice quilter. In fact, I pieced my first two bits of fabric together at the beginning of this year, and to date I have completed a set of practice table mats and just one quilt from a jelly roll that my big sister Helen gave me for Christmas – called Helen’s Quilt.

Of course, I am working on Cathi & Sue's Christmas QAL Scatty Stars quilt, and then there is the Project that I have been working on for the past three weeks.

But Sue said that I was perfect to review her book, as if I could follow it then any old dingbat will be able to get on with it I am the ‘target market’ which the publishers wish to aim at, so I have been ‘road testing’ one of the designs, Stepping Stones (don’t tell me that you hadn’t realised what I was up to for the past three weeks, regular faces?).

How I would love to tell you that I have pieced, sandwiched, quilted and bound the quilt in 3 weeks flat! I was making a pretty decent go of it, but – alas – that wasn’t quite to be, due to a hitch with the choice of thread that I was having a go with for the free machine quilting.

I’ve been banging on about the nuts and bolts of how I am getting on with it on my previous posts – if you are really keen, just go back to 5th August post, and work forward – by the way, if you have an idea for what I should call this quilt, do feel free make suggestions.

But enough ramblings – you want to know about the BOOK, and the PRIZE, don’t you?

I’m sure that the other girls will be showing you plenty of Sue’s gorgeous designs through the next ten days – there are twelve quilts in all – but the one thing that I wanted to focus on is the other bits – how is the quilter going to get on with this book?

Is it worth parting with your hard-earned cash? Having seen a design they like, are they going to be able to actually get themselves something lovely at the other end of it, or will they be throwing the book across with room with an anguished cry of ‘what do you mean!?’

Fear not – there are no nightmares here! And this is why – the book does not give you a design and say 'get on with it', it takes you through a number of important stages.

1 Fabric selection – absolutely vital for the novice, and surely considered reading for the more experienced quilter! And with just four fabrics to have to get your head around (the clue is in the book title, people) this is ideal for the ‘new quilters’ who haven’t built up wardrobes full of fabric bolts to mix and match as the fancy strikes.

Sue talks about how to choose what goes with what – brilliant and foolproof! I am sure that there are lots of people to whom matching stuff comes easily, but there are also a lot of people like me who are a bit hopeless – so I can’t tell you enough how helpful this section is.

2 Concise, no nonsense 'how to make a quilt’ section, including sections on how to cut, piece, press, sandwich, bind.

3 Designs – from beginner to quilts for the more experienced quilter – you’ll be seeing a LOT more of these, so I won’t steal the other girls’ thunder!

4 Good step by step instructions for each quilt – inc. clear shopping list, cutting list, piecing (which way to press seams so they nestle together nicely – not just the cop out of ‘oh, just press towards the darker fabric' – what if you have equally dark fabrics adjacent??). Attention to detail means that – for example – with my Stepping Stones quilt, Sue says ‘there will be a block left over’ – how long would I have pondered and worried about that if it hadn’t been said?

5 Alternative colourways – it’s always a struggle for me to differentiate between whether I like a quilt DESIGN or the designer’s FABRIC so Sue shows each quilt with a number of alternative colourways. The different colours make such a difference! In fact, the purist in me did toy with the idea of only ever making one quilt design in my whole life over and over with different fabrics, just to see how different the same quilt would look. I gave myself a bit of shake and decided against this.

6 Quilting options – as Sue says, “I got cross with patterns which said ‘quilt as desired’”, and this is quite right – how dare a pattern take you this far and drop you at the end? Surely, how you do the quilting makes a massive difference to the finished article?! In a very useful general section as well as a ‘why I did this’ section at the end of each design, Sue explains the thinking behind the quilting.

I wanted to tell you a Bit About The Author, but I’ve banged on long enough – the tea’s getting cold and you’ll want to get on.

I love this book (can you tell?) which could have been written just for me – and I’ve loved being involved with this blog hop! Thank Sue for giving me the opportunity to foist my opinions onto you all, so until next time…


…what’s that? You’ve come all this way and I haven’t told you how to win a prize? Oh!

The PRIZE to the lucky winner is – of course – a copy of Sue Abrey’s Pick Four. It’s a signed copy (which is more than my copy is, might I add). You will love it – I promise – experienced quilters will love the designs, and novice quilters will be able to achieve them too.

My pea brain gets a bit confused with the complexities of some ‘giveaways’ so this is really simple. Just leave a comment on this post and I’ll enter you into a random number draw on Saturday morning (BST). If you are ‘no-reply blogger’, you’ll have to sort your settings out and not be so darn elusive, or include your email address in your reply.

If you don’t win the prize this time, you may get lucky again – as for each day of the nine remaining days of the blog hop there is another copy being given away – AND you get to visit some entertaining and clever quilters who will be giving their take on Sue Abrey’s Pick Four. Next stop, tomorrow, is Mary at Quilt Hollow….

Otherwise, you are just going to have to put your hand in your pocket and buy your own copy from Martingales or Amazon.

I do hope that you’ve enjoyed looking at Sue’s book with me, thank you for being here – and good luck in the draw!

216 comments:

  1. Im the first one. I will first welcom you to the quilt world, you will love it:-) And of course i will join the giveaway. Have a nice day:-)

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  2. I'm new here Hazel but I like what I see and I'm off to have a good look round!
    Oh and of course I would love to win a copy of Sue's book!

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  3. What a great job you've mad eof reviewing Sue's book - now I really wnat a copy!

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  4. What an excellent review Hazel, but we expect no less from you {hug}.

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  5. Loved your review of the book! Can't wait to see what the others will be saying. Count me in on the fun, thanks so much!!

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  6. Quilt Sue's Pick Four is wonderful. I am happily collecting fabric for Stepping Stones as I type this. Happy quilting!

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  7. Pick Four looks like it would be the perfect book for me...I always have such a problem selecting fabrics! I can usually find three that go well together, but much more than that and I turn into a confused mess! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  8. Hi Hazel!
    Congratulations on your book review! Congratulations to Sue as well for her book, sounds like a winner! LOL
    Thanks to both of you for the giveaway!
    Take care, Leslie

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  9. Hi Hazel! Welcome to blog land! Great review of Sue's book! Love the quilt you've made from her book. Thanks for the possibility to join the giveaway.
    Astrid / http://grandmasredneedle.blogspot.com

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  10. Absolutely wonderful post! How on earth would I top this?!!! I can't! But will be showing a quilt from the book tomorrow and offering another free book to one lucky gal who will get an autographed copy (unlike us). LOL Welcome to quilting....I'm sure you have been warned it can become addicting!

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  11. Great review, Hazel! I wanted the book before but your review now has me drooling! Thanks to Sue and you for this generous giveaway!!

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  12. The book looks full of good information as well as inspiring patterns. There are some new quilters in my life that I would love to share this book with.

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  13. Wonderful review Hazel! I've been catching sneak peeks at this wonderful book for a bit and I have to say that it looks like a wonderful resource.

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  14. Great job on the book review, Hazel! I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  15. Hi Hazel! Came here via the Quilt Times tour. It's been a long time since I was a beginning quilter but I'm enjoying your perspective here so I added you to my Google Reader feeds (I didn't see a follower widget) to see how you continue. I look forward to seeing how you get along with the project!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  16. Your quilt turned out beautiful! Warning tho....quilting becomes soooo addictive that you will see "quilt ideas" in everything..the floor, the sunset, flowers...everything! Enjoy.

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  17. I would love to win this book, thanks for the opportunity.

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  18. I am joining the book tour!! Thanks for a great chance :)

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  19. I have hopped on the tour bus Thanks for the great review.

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  20. Lovely review, nicely done. I think it is a great idea to have 'new' quilter review the book. BUT Geez - take that right back and have Sue sign it!.

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  21. You are very funny! Thank you for the chance to win what sounds like a great book!

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  22. Oh, I have love your blog and was so happy to find you because of this hop! I would LOVE to win a copy of this book, a signed copy at that! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  23. Oh wow this book looks so awesome! I follow Sue's blog so I know she is once creative and talented gal. Thanks for the giveaway :-)

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  24. Great review of the book and it sure looks like a terrific one, love to own it and thanks for the chance.

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  25. Loved your review - you have a great style of writing! Please enter me in your draw...

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  26. very nice review! I found you by way of Quilt Hollow's blog. :-)

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  27. That looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win it! :0)

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  28. What a wonderful review of the book. I love books, especially quilting books. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  29. Great review! If you quilt as well as your write-you are well on your way! I enjoyed my first visit here. Would love to win the book. The fewer the fabrics, the more important the choices are. I need all the help I can get.

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  30. Hi from France
    Your post is a double-occasion for me . First , have a chance to win a book (seems to be marvellous acording to what you have written). Second, discover your blog.Isn't it fun ? So let's go for the giveaway!
    Have a nice quilting day

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  31. Looks like a great book! I'd love to win one,
    Lotta in Sweden

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  32. This book looks great! Thanks so much for the chance to win it!

    I love the design of the quilt in that last picture...reminds me of Christmas!

    MGM

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  33. This looks great. Thanks for a good review on the book. I would love a chance to win a copy of it.

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  34. Pick Four!! That is my kind of quilting. I have such a hard time with color choices... I can manage four pretty well. :o) I hope I win!

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  35. What a great book! Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  36. What a great review of the book! And thanks for the chance to win.

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  37. I would love to make a quilt using this book. Congrats on being in the blog hop!

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  38. aha! I thought I saw this book lurking under the fabric you chose for this project! Great review, I'll definitely be buying the book if I don't win it :o).

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  39. Can't wait to check out this book! I love the concept of only 4 fabrics. Thanks for the review!

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  40. Great review of Sue's book. Thank you for peaking my interest and curiousity. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. With Sue's quilting wisdom you will be a great quilter.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

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  41. Your quilt looks like Christmas Cheer to me. I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. Welcome to the world of quilting.
    If your quilting skills match up with your posting and reviewing of this book your going to be a fabulous quilter. I'm happy to see Sue has hit on my pet peeve "Quilt as desired". Thanks for a chance to win this book.

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  43. Hello Hazel,

    Thanks fot the review, I'd love to win a copy, keep my fingers crossed!

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  44. I love how you love this book! I hope I do too---and-----I hope I win.

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  45. I'm not a new quilter, only four fabric and I'm sold. I seem to be color challenged, or I just can't match or decide. Thanks for the great review sounds like a book I'd love and use.

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  46. Hello from the states! I love reading your blog. I'd love even more getting a SIGNED copy of this book. Please pick me.

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  47. Have been looking at this book ever since it came out, would love to win one, I will be entering everyday! Linda

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  48. I'd love to try this book. I have lots of stash to use up.

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  49. Great review! Would love a copy of Sue's book! Your quilts are lovely! Yes cats seem to love our fabric projects don't they!!

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  50. A book tour.....what fun! Loved your review, Hazel.

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  51. I'm a new follower and looking forward to reading your blog. You did an amazing job with your review.

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  52. Well hello there,
    What a wonderful idea this is. It's like taking a trip around the world.
    What a great review of the book. It sounds like a handy book to have around.

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  53. What a great prize. This book looks like it is full of wonderful information for quilters and novices alike. Even though I've been a quilter for a number of years, I'm always interested in how designers choose fabrics for their designs.

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  54. Your review has made me want a copy of Sue's new book. If I don't win one I definitely will be buying one. And even if I win one I will buy some for fellow quilters Christmas gifts.

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  55. Oh yeh and another book. Cool... Yes please.

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  56. You have done a great review of this book. Id love to win a copy.

    If I don't win where in the UK can I buy it from???

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  57. Thanks for a great review of this book. As another relatively new quilter myself, I am sure I would learn lots from this..pick me!!!

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  58. New to ur blog, love the review of the book, I'd love to add this book to my library.

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  59. Love a copy, any help will be gladly recieved! Thank-you.

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  60. Thanks for the wonderful review!

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  61. I chuckled at the "quilt as desired" section in the review. That is always the hardest part for me too. I would love to read her options.

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  62. Thanks for a great post about Sue's new book! Sounds fantastic.

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  63. Awesome review!!! And I love the quilt you worked on!

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  64. I'd love to win this book, so thanks for the giveaway.

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  65. Thanks for the information and please count me in.

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  66. You did a very good job on the book review. I was hoping you would do a give away of a quilt but I guess the book and make my own would be a good alternative. LOL!

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  67. Very excited about the book! I enjoyed reading your review - love the idea of picking just 4 fabrics!

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  68. Very nice job of giving us a look at the book, I enjoy hearing first hand what other users have to say. cw

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  69. This looks like a wonderful book. Thanks for sharing info about it. Of course I'd love to win!

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  70. I loved your post! It sounds like a 'keeper' of a book. Thanks for the review! Have a happy day!

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  71. This new book sounds like it's a great one and I'd love to add it to my quilting library!

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  72. Love the idea of this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    Marilyn

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  73. Great review of the book. Would love to win.

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  74. Thank you for the great review. Welcome to the quilting world. Glad you are a part of it.

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  75. Oh I want one...thanks to your review. Thanks for a great review.

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  76. What a great review! You did an amazing job with your quilt. Thanks for sharing with us. I love to see new quilters learn. I was there only three years ago, and I still love my first few quilts, even if they aren't perfect. I'm just so proud that I stuck it out and finished them. We use them all the time still. Hugs Ariane

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  77. I love the idea of just picking 4 fabrics. So often I get hung up right there in the beginning with too many choices. Thanks.

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  78. Would love a copy of this book! And signed to boot??? Whoot, whoot! Thanks for the honest (and funny) review and great give-away.

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  79. Welcome to quilting! Isn't it a wonderful, all-consuming obsession? I've been quilting for several years now but I'm totally self-taught and I go so slow, I still feel like a newbie myself! Thanks for having the giveaway. I've become a follower!

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  80. Wonderfully written review! This book seems like it would set a beginner on the right path to quilt with confidence.

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  81. Welcome to quilting Hazel...Be prepared to let it overtake your world. I love quilting and I enjoyed reading your review of Pick Four...I would love a copy of this book and all it's wonderful patterns. Thanks again and Happy Quilting!

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  82. You are the perfect start of the Blog Hop for Sue, Being a New Quilter! So when You have the quilt Finished we will have to come back so we can OHHH and AWWWW... Welcome the the world of Quilt Blogging!!! Hope I win - I love to have my Quilt Books 'autographed'

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  83. You did a great job on this review! I've been hoping this would be a good book - I work with a quilt ministry and we're always looking for good easy (but exciting looking) quilt designs - and having to pick out only four fabrics would be awesome!!

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  84. What a great review, I'm still near the beginning of my quilting journey and this book looks perfect

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  85. Great review of this book! Makes me want one badly! Thanks for the chance to win one :-)

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  86. Wow Hazel, great stopping by your place on this travel around the globe, and for once not on a quilt-a-long day I might add. You have really done some amazing work on that quilt you made from Sue's book. It looks great. Good for you. As for the thread... The two of just just need to learn to stop buying the crap in the local craft store and buy good stuff from now on, right?

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  87. Great job on detailing the book. Enter Me!

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  88. HAPPY STITCHING TO ALL
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  89. This looks like a fun book to own. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  90. The book looks fantastic! Thx for the chance to win one!

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  91. This looks like just the book for me. I too am just starting out :O)

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  92. I am new to your blog...would love to win a quilt book to read in the bath and dream of all the time I have to make my own creations! cross fingers....

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  93. Great post Hazel, that's a hard act to follow, now what am I gonna ramble on about LOL Thanks for the cuppa too :) Oh, and I have a copy so count me out for the giveaway :)

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  94. Sue's book is already on my Christmas list and your review just makes me want it even more. Now i have to go back and read some more of your posts :)

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  95. Hi Hazel! Thanks for the cuppa! LOL.
    That book sounds super! Would love to win one of the copies. :)

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  96. Hi Hazel! Your review of the book was spot on .... crossing my fingers to win the free copy as it sounds just yummy.

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  97. Looks like a fun book! I would love to have it!

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  98. Welcome to the crazy quilting world. It is fun. Try not to sweat what does not go right, walk away until your mood improves. You can try it again and you will see improved results.
    Have you joined your local quilt guild? You learn lots, have fun, & take trips.

    Sure would like to be apart of the drawing.

    Thank you...Karengcg

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  99. I've been quilting for a while, but I still stumble around picking fabrics! Hope I can win the book, cos it sounds like it will help! Great review!

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  100. Would love the opportunity to win this book. Thanks!

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  101. Great review - you have sold the book to me, although I would rather win it of course :)

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  102. I'd love to win this book - it looks like a good one. Thanks for the chance.

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  103. Always great to meet new quilters. Thank you for the review and the opportunity to win the book. If you have a minute pop on over and say hi - I too come from the West Midlands!!!

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  104. Fabric selection, alternate color ways, and some help in the "quilt as desired" pattern instructions! Wow!! This sounds like a wonderful book so....I'm keeping my fingers crossed the random number generator will be kind! Thanks for the book review (very helpful!) and the generous giveaway!

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  105. That book sounds wonderful! So many topics that we can all use.

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  106. I love quilts books as gifts, they are always the perfect size. Welcome to the Quilt World, you will have a great time.

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  107. Fun to read your blog post. I really like the idea of alternate color choices for the designs. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  108. Ooooh please count me in too! Lovely review of what sounds like a great book. Welcome to the Quilting World.. hope you hang in there - it's really great fun!!

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  109. Great review! Thanks for the chance to win! Jxo

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  110. This book looks like a book anyone could use and be thrilled with, wether a novice or an experienced quilter. Please put my name in the pot.

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  111. Looks a fab book, thank you for the review :)

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  112. Looks a fab book, thank you for the review :)

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  113. Looks like a good all round book.
    Thanks for the review.
    I'd like to enter the draw please.
    Margaret

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  114. Great review Hazel, I am like Mary, how can I top this....just wonderful (don't count me in,just came by to add my support)....

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  115. I would love to win this book, sounds like something I could use to get going with!

    Thanks for the chance!

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  116. Love your take on the book....being a novice like you are gives you a fresh take on things some of us take for granted but really don't know that well :)

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  117. I love your review of the book. Please sign me up! I need help with choosing colors all the time. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  118. I have enjoyed seeing bits of the book. I like the page with the alternate colorways for the quilts. Good idea.
    thanks for sharing.

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  119. Great review -- makes me want to run right out and buy the book -- but it wouldn't be the signed copy, would it? Guess I'll wait until the end of the Hop and if Lady Luck isn't on my side this time, I'll make the investment. Sounds great!

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  120. Great review...looks like a keeper

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  121. Wonderful review... looks like a great book. It would be a most welcomed addition to my library! Thanks for the opportunity... Karen

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  122. Looks like a golden opportunity to win a fabulous book. Thanks for the excellent review. Judy C in NC

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  123. Just a book for my taste! Thanks for this great giveaway!

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  124. Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful book !

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  125. Thanks for the great review. Welcome to quilting, I know you are already addicted! Thanks for the great giveaway and the chance to win her book. Congrats on being the first to review it.

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  126. Excellent book review!!! Honestly I loved reading it and hearing about your quilt process. Thanks so much...I'm glad I clicked over from Barb's blog.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  127. Oh, Hazel. You are going to be the best quilter! Your enthusiasm is contagious. Thank you for the book review. I'd love to win!

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  128. Excited for the "hop ride" and sure am hoping to win a signed copy. thanks for the giveaway!

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  129. Oh, please pick me! You've given such a great review of it that I'm sold!

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  130. The book sounds great! Thanks for the review..and the chance to win.

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  131. Enjoyed having a cup of tea with you! Thanks for sharing!

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  132. The book sounds like it would be a great addition to my book shelf. That's for the opportunity to be a winner.

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  133. Thank you for your comprehensive review of the book- it is often difficult to imagine what a book is like from its cover- only four fabrics sounds fantastic

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  134. Great job!! And LOVE your quilt!! I can't believe your quilting job!! You just started sewing and you are free motion quilting!! I have been quilting for 10 years and am still a stitcher in the ditcher...haha
    Oh well...I have Pick Four so don't Pick Me! Love the book!
    P

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  135. Can't wait to see more about the book on this blog hop! Thanks for the review.

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  136. terrific review...way to go both of you and Sue...and I certainly don;t need another copy ..I have 3 already...lol.

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  137. Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome book. Your review is a wonderful start to a great book blog hop. I enjoy the varying perspectives of each reviewer, including yours as a new quilter.

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  138. Looks like a great book. Thanks for a fun review.

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  139. I'm new to your blog but having fun looking around! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  140. You can learn something from every book. You take away something new no matter how long you have been quilting!

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  141. Your quilt is very pretty. Thanks for a fun book review!

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  142. Nice post, Hazel. I'd love to see what you were working on. I'm part of the tea drinking set who enjoyed reading your blog today.

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  143. I enjoyed your review very much and I now need a copy of this fabulous book :) So glad I popped over from Barbs blog :)
    Hugs
    Vicki

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  144. Awesome review-- if I Don't win... I'm saving my coke bottle money for this one....

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  145. Just come over from Paulette, Hi!, yes I would love a cup of tea, thank you. I started quilting early 2010 so while reading your post I am saying: "Yes, Yes, Yes". Sue's book sounds just what we need, thorough instructions.

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  146. Hi Hazel,

    Your review did a great job of convincing me that I just have to have this book!

    Thanks,

    Marci

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  147. Thanks for your wonderful review. It is important to everyone that instructions are well written and concise.

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  148. Now you did it... your in depth review made me want "Pick Four".
    Thanks for being a host for this giveaway.

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  149. Please enter me to win this lovely quilt book.

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  150. Oh please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks for the review of the book and I have my fingers crossed.

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  151. Love your Christmassy quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  152. I'd love to win this book! Sue has been - and continues to be - a faithful commenter on my blog, and I've come to consider her a good friend. Thank you for participating in this giveaway!
    Jayne
    jaynesquiltingroom.blogspot.com

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  153. Cute blog - your review on this book was excellent. Sounds like a winner. Bernie

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

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  155. What a fun post! I'd love to own this book - thanks for sharing!

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  156. Hazel,
    What a nice blog you have and what fun you are going to have as a quilter. It sounds like Sue's book is the perfect book for you - It may also be a great book for me as an experienced quilter because I am always looking for some new techniques or a technique to revisit.
    Thanks for hosting the blog book hop- I am certainly going to add your blog to my list to visit again.
    When you get time come and visit mine too.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  157. I'd love to have a copy of Sue's book. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  158. Enjoyed your review on the book, great blog and a book tour..... Will try to keep up with the fun.

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  159. Hi Hazel, I found you from Silver Thimble Talk's blog. I really enjoyed your take on Four Corners. I also love how you started this blog from a Christmas present. I like your style! I'll be following :-)

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  160. Great review, Hazel! And you did a beautiful job with your quilt. Hope you enjoy your quilting journey!

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  161. The book sounds great. I love when they give other color options.

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  162. The book sounds great. I love when they give other color options.

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  163. You did a wonderful job reviewing the book! And I love your top! Good job! I hope your enjoying quilting!

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  164. Oh, thank you for the chance to win this lovely book! I am always on the lookout for new (to me!) ideas for my quilts.

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  165. This was a great review! You really gave us fantastic information, enough to make a very informed decision on whether to buy or not.
    Thank you!
    Veronica

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  166. Thorough review. Thank You!
    Carla

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  167. Great review....I can relate!!
    Thank you.

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  168. Nice book, thanks for the review.

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  169. I laughed at your demographic comment for testing this book! I hope you have years of enjoyment with this quilting compulsion. I sure have!

    Thanks for the chance to win the book!

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  170. I love your review of Pick Four book. Please enter me in the drawing.Thanks

    LindaTN
    ChenL99290@aol.com

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  171. Great review. I'd love to have the book. Please enter me in the giveaway.Thank you.

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  172. It looks like a great book. I love quilt books! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  173. I appreciate your excellent review of the book. Looks like a good one.

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  174. This book sounds perfect for a peon quilter like me. Great review!. Mo

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  175. Wow looks like I am going to be number 17???? to comment. Hope I am lucky and win this wonderful book. I'd really like to have some new designs to work on

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  176. This looks like a wonderful book! Perfect for a quilter like me :-) Thanks for reviewing it in your fun post. I hope I'm lucky enough to win!

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  177. Quilting is wonderful when you're surrounded by so many cyber friends to encourage you. It's also really great because you get to find out about great new books and read the reviews about them. Looks like I neeeeed to get me one of Sue's 'Pick Four'. Hazel, your quilt looks lovely.

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  178. Looks like a great book. Loved your review.

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  179. Good job on the review-- and nice to see it from a 'newbie's ' perspective. I'd love a copy, of course, so please enter me in the drawing.

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  180. I'm glad you were included in the hop because I don't have much experience with quilts either, and I might not have found your blog otherwise!

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  181. Looks like a great book to give to my friend who is a brand new quilter! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  182. Nice to meet you, Hazel, and I hope your love of creative quilting continues to grow. Please drop my name in for this book, Thank you!
    :-}pokey

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  183. Nice to meet you.....hope your creative muse never gets tired......Please put my name in the hat for this lovely book....thanks

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  184. Looks like a wonderful book!

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  185. You give such a good review of this book & really make me want my own copy now. It was fun reading your blog & I will be sure to check it out again.

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  186. What a great reviem. It makes want to run right out and buy the book. The book look like a great one. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  187. Loved the review - it looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  188. Would love to win the book. Thanks for the chance.

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  189. Very simple pattern with a great overall look.

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  190. Intriguing review. Are you sure you're not a publicist?

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  191. Would love to win the book and your review of the book is very nice.

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  192. what a fabulous blog! Why have I not been here before? I sure am glad I am here now.
    Love your review of the book and I sure am hoping I can win one.
    Paula

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  193. excellent review and thanks for the giveaway!

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  194. 197 comments! Wow, Hazel, you are really going to have to kick your quilting up a notch! No more "novice" button for you! You did a fantastic job on this quilt and I'm sure your CQAL quilt will be too......

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  195. It looks like a really good book I would love to win it.

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  196. This is such a great idea...gets me hopping to places I've never been. The book looks great! Thanx, L

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  197. This is a fun post - and a great book review!

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