Book Review + Giveaway: Little Bits Quilting Bee

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Little Bits by jenib320
Little Bits, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I am very happy to bring you my stop on the Little Bits Quilting Bee blog tour! Little Bits Quilting Bee: 20 Quilts Using Charm Squares, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Fat Quarters is the latest by author and craft blogging wonder woman, Kathreen Ricketson, who runs one of my favorite blogs, Whip Up! If you aren't familiar with Kathreen's work, I encourage you to check out her blog as well as her other craft books including Whip Up Mini Quilts!

Little Bits Quilting Bee is all about using fabric precuts to create quilts. As a rule of thumb, I am generally not a big fan of using precuts, I usually end up feeling limited or that I can't create something unique looking. But! The quilts in this book? You'd be hard pressed to guess from the photos that they were made from precuts, love that! There are TWENTY quilt patterns in this book, organized by fabric cut. In addition there is a rather extensive section on community quilting (quilting bees!), supplies, basic quilt making, and caring for your quilts. I usually skip the first part of quilting books, now that I know how to put a basic quilt together, but I enjoyed Kathreen's thoughts on the basics as well as community quilting!

Sewing Circle Pillow by jenib320
Sewing Circle Pillow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
After receiving this book, I knew I wanted to make something from it right away. The use of color and photographs in the book inspired me to try something I wouldn't normally tackle. Curves. If you remember my Single Girl Quilt, you'll know curves and I don't get along. But, I was willing to give them another try. I settled on a block from the Sewing Circle Quilt.

Sewing Circle Pillow by jenib320
Sewing Circle Pillow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
So, here is what I made! I turned my one block into a little fall pillow! Let me tell you, compared to my last attempt at curves, this went 1000 times better. No gathers, no puckers, I only lost a a few points on the edges to the binding. And let me tell you, every seam in this block has curves! And I did it! :)

Sewing Circle Pillow by jenib320
Sewing Circle Pillow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I started with this pink Circles and Stems print from Park Slope by Erin McMorris, one of my favorite lines and then choose the coordinating Kona solid, which I believe is Papaya. Calmed down the brightness with some Quilter's Linen.

Sewing Circle Pillow by jenib320
Sewing Circle Pillow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I ended up hand quilting it (another thing I never do!), using 3 strands of DMC embroidery floss. I have been stuck on the couch this week feeling under the weather, so this was the perfect project to keep m3 company. I thought about filling the entire side pieces with quilting, but decided on leaving some blank space to give the eyes a place to rest amongst all the color!

Sewing Circle Pillow by jenib320
Sewing Circle Pillow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Finished the pillow off with a scrappy envelope backing and another Park Slope print for the binding.

Sewing Circle Pillow by jenib320
Sewing Circle Pillow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I am so proud of this pillow! The directions were really easy to follow and the templates were great. The little notched corners made it super simple to match up the edges, even for a curves dummy like me!

Hope you enjoyed this little review! Chronicle Books is kindly allowing me to give a copy of this book away to one lucky reader! Please leave one comment on this post, telling me what project you're working on right now!Open to U.S. entries only I'm afraid! Also, don't forget to include your email if it's not in your profile!
I'll draw a random winner on Sunday at 9pm CST! :)

Giveaway is now closed, thank you!
Don't forget to check out the rest of the tour!
Thursday, November 17 – In Color Order (here!) & Duo Fiberworks
Friday, November 18 – Kristin La Flamme & Camp Follower Bags & Quilts
Monday, November 21 – Quilt Dad
Tuesday, November 22 – Pat Sloan & Pleasant Home

Cheers!

209 comments :

  1. I'm working on a little 12 x 12 art quilt for a group I'm just attracting with, also machine quilting three little tops. Ready for more, and that beautiful book is just the ticket!

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  2. This is so cute! I'm working on a wall hanging of one swoon block and I'm about to start some hand quilting on it too

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  3. Oh wow! I knew from your little sneak peek that I was going to like this project, but I really love every bit of it! Super cool. Right now, if I can get off this computer, I need to get back to quilting my Christmas tree pants. Thanks for he giveaway, it looks like an interesting book!

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  4. I'm working on my November birdie stitches BOM block. Only one more month to go before we put it all together! Thanks for a chance to win this book. It looks so inviting and your pillow is charming.

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  5. I'm working on a bed runner...trying to finish up for Christmas :) Love the embroidery floss quilting...great extra touch. thanks for the review and giveaway.

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  6. Finishing up 2 donation quilts today for our children hospital. Just finishing the binding. Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

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  7. This is a beautiful pillow! I'm working on some christmas presents at the moment and I'd love a chance to win this book - thanks!

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  8. Love your pillow - the colors and prints are great and wow, that hand quilting - to die for! This book looks fun, would love to win a copy.

    I am currently working on a purse, pillow, and kindle cover for my mom for Christmas. Hoping they will all get done in time! Also working on a swap pillow that needs to be done in 3 weeks, yikes, need to get a move on that!

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  9. I have a few works in progress right now. The two I am working on most actively are a zig-zag quilt that is a wedding present for a friend and Christmas stockings for my kids. I just bought a moda jelly roll for the first time, though, and have been trying to decide what to do with it, so this book would definitely help me out!

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  10. Painting almost my whole house and a quilt :)

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  11. I am making a christmas dresden pillow! love how cheerful it's coming out to be! I'd lov to have a copy of this book to use up some of my precuts I have sitting around!

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  12. I am in the planning stages of my first quilt - for little boy. There are so many options to choose from! Maybe this book would help?

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  13. This pillow is very nice and love your color choices.
    I`m working on a mini tree wallhanging, a sampler piecing blocks,a sampler applique blocks.Many projects.Some I will be working on it through next year.

    Thanks for the chance to win this book.

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  14. Thanks for the review. I am making a picnic quilt for my sister! thanks!

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  15. I love the pillow! I am working on a quilt binding... should have it done soon. Also need to sew a border on a quilt top I'm finishing up. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  16. what a great pillow!

    i am working on putting buttons on ereader pouches. must get done by saturday!

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  17. I'm working on Christmas gifts for my family! I make myself start in November so I get a decent headstart one crunch time comes around.

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  18. Your pillow turned out so cute! Love the hand quilting!

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  19. I am working on a cathedral windows pillow cover...I kind of can't wait to be done haha :)

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  20. I'm working on some crochet critters for holiday ornaments, and getting ready to made some wristlets for gifts. Love the pillow, and I'm inspired to try the curves. The handstitching was the perfect touch. Great job!

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  21. Love the way you quilted your pillow--really accents it nicely! I'm working on a Roseville Album block--very slow going for me!

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  22. I'm working on a flannel quilt! So warm and cozy. :)

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  23. Ooooo, I like your pillow!! I haven't dove into curves yet. Honestly I'm a little scared, scared to totally mess it up or scared to get completely addicted... lol.

    I'm working on a table runner that's a Christmas gifts, and I have 3 quilts that need to get quilted.

    Would LOVE to win this book!! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  24. I'm working on some pouches and purses for a few orders as well as a blocks for swaps.

    This book looks awesome!

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  25. I am working on a quilt in a class that focuses on precision.

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  26. I'm working on a quilt with fabric my hubby picked out (Aviary 2)! Great pillow Jeni!

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  27. This looks like a great book! Love your pillow!

    I'm working on some crayon cases and coffee cozies for stocking stuffers right now. I can't wait to get those off my to-do list and get back to making something for myself!

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  28. all the quilt pieces are great!

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  29. Looks like a good book. I am working on a commision quilt, a whole lot of swap blocks, Christmas gifts, some pajama pants and a number of ongoing quilts!

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  30. I'm working on Baby Swoon and Swoon blocks.

    Love the pillow and the book would be fun to try out patterns from to make me think outside of my comfort zone!

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  31. I am just going to start on a duffel bag...the same pattern you reviewed awhile back!

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  32. The front is nice, but the back is a stroke of genius! If you don't mind (and of course you won't) I'll use the same approach in my next pillow case.

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  33. I am working on a quilt for my son's bed made out of our old khaki pants. It is basic squares for the top and he picked out a bright blue polka dot fabric for the back. Now to pin it together and get quilting! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  34. This is my first visit to your lovely blog! I adore that pillow! I'm looking forward to coming back often. p.s. your pyrex makes me weak in the knees....
    2marketbags@gmail.com

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  35. What a cool book and a great project! I love the pattern and your take on the envelope back - too cute!

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  36. I'm putting the binding on a quilt that's a Christmas present, and I'm about to cut out a lap quilt that's another Christmas present.

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  37. The pillow is lovely! I'm working on about 14 things right now. :) Probably highest on the list is a quilt for my daughter.

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  38. Your pillow turned out great. I've been piecing lots of curves in a Pickle dish quilt and they can be pretty tricky. I'm also working on lots of little owl pincushions and matching needlekeepers as gifts for my sewing friends. Lots of fun!

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  39. What a cute pillow! I am currently working on Christmas quilts :)

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  40. I'm making a Christmas dreden plate table runner for an on-line swap. I'm thinking I might have to make two....

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  41. What a cute pillow! I'm currently working on a tree skirt. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  42. What a gorgeous pillow!!! I've added this book to my list, thanks for the chance to win one!

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  43. Looks like a great book! Beautiful pillow, too. I am working on a full size quilt for my daughter.

    Renee
    knitbag@hotmail.com

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  44. Your pillow cover is beautiful and I would love to win this book.

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  45. I love the hand quilting on your pillow - looks so great with that pretty fabric. I'm just starting work on making my holiday gifts. First up- mug rugs!

    atableintheshade@gmail.com

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  46. This pillow is so awesome Jeni! I love the fabrics you chose and the hand quilting! I too feel limited by precuts, so I really want to read this book!

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  47. I just finished my very first quilt this week -- a small one for my baby girl. I'm now working on a lap quilt for my brother and sister-in-law. I would love to check out the ideas in this new book!

    Thanks,
    Heidi Staples
    heidster7@hotmail.com

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  48. That's adorable! I am working on binding an argyle baby quilt, and also have cut out the pieces for a Christmas tree skirt.

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  49. Lovely pillow, really like the colors. I've been sewing away making Christmas gifts and doing lots of handwork.

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  50. I'm working on finishing up 2 lap quilts for our c.bee, goal is by Sat. Thanks for the chance at what looks like a great book :)
    -annabelle

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  51. At the moment I am hand sewing on the binding of a mug rug for a friend then on to basting a rather large lap quilt.
    Great pillow Jeni and such a fun giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  52. This pillow looks so cute !
    I'm currently working on a quilt for my grandpa !

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  53. Checked this out from my library and i'm in love! Love everything she does in the book.

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  54. What a beautiful pillow you’ve made.
    Thanks for a great giveaway and a chance to win

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  55. Your pillow is sweet. Love the colors. I am currently working on a Thanksgiving quilt designed by me with leaves, a turkey, pumpkins and thankful words.

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  56. I'm working on a few maxi skirts. I just had a baby and I need something to wear!!

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  57. Maybe I need a challenge to use precuts. Bring it on.

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  58. your pillow is gorgeous! I love the colors.
    I will have to add this to my library list!

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  59. I'm scared of curved seams, too, and I'm very impressed with your lovely pillow. I'd love to win the book, and give it a try for myself! I'm currently figuring out how to put together Christmas fabric sampler blocks into a lap quilt.

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  60. I just started a new table runner that I've been wanting to make for a while. This book looks very inspiring, and I love precuts.

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  61. I'm working on a bunch of christmas presents - aprons, potholders, dolls and purses. so much to do, so little time!

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  62. Beautiful pillow! I'm getting started on a quilt with a new tool I just got -- Lil Twister. I need to decrease the size of my charm square collection.

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  63. love that pillow. lindagerig@sbcglobal.net

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  64. Adorable and your review makes me want to buy it. I haven't ever tried curves in a quilt. I am currently working on selecting some christmas projects.

    erikaahaj @ verizon.net

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  65. I love your hand quilting on your pillow. That is one thing I don't do much of. I am working on three quilts right now and will be starting Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt tomorrow! Yikes!

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  66. Love your pillow!! I just finished up a quilt for my best friend's 30th birthday and now I am sewing up dresses for her daughter's 4th birthday at the end of November :)

    JenB
    jab79@charter.net

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  67. What a cute pillow! Love it. Sad that I can't qualify for the giveaway though (Canada) but whoever wins the book will be very lucky indeed!!

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  68. what an adorable pillow and I love your hand-stitching on the linen. would love to win this book!

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  69. I'm working on a few Christmas gifts, including a quilt and some stockings. Great book!

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  70. Sadly, I'm not working on any projects right now. But once school comes to an end in a couple of weeks, hopefully I'll be able to dust off the sewing machine and get back to it!

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  71. HELLO! I'M WORKING ON A RED/GREEN/WHITE TABLE RUNNER FOR MY DAUGHTER FOR CHRISTMAS.IT IS 72"X24";USING LOG CABIN BLOCKS>SO PRETTY!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

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  72. Trying to finish quilting a wedding gift quilt

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  73. That book looks awesome! I'm working on a little quilt right now, inspired by you!
    ltprotts at gmail dot com

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  74. Love your pillow... I'm working on a rail fence quilt from Red Pepper Quilts.

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  75. Great pillow! I'm STILL working on a grey and yellow quilt for my brother's wedding gift. They got married Oct 2. Maybe I'll have it done in time for Christmas... :)

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  76. Oh man looks like an awesome book! I'm working on christmas gifts ...um after a scottie dog this weekend for handmade show on sunday. Who works on one thing at a time? Obviously not me :-). Thanks!

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  77. your pillow is darling! & I would love to have that book. I am working on a cross quilt for our youthgroup to auction off. It is ready to be quilted!

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  78. Absolutely love your pillow! although curves would scare me, you make it look easy ~ I'd love to give this a try. Thanks for the chance to win! (fingers crossed!)

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  79. Right now I'm working on finishing the FMQ on my Diamond Chains QA Caliornia King quilt. Thanks for the chance to win the book. I am ALL about precuts!!!

    Oh, and another project (kinda thanks to you) is a Dutchman's Puzzle quilt that I put together this week using vintage sheets. I totally LOVED your instructions of ripping the sheet. It worked great! You can check it out if you want at:

    http://new2quilting.blogspot.com/2011/11/dutchmans-puzzle-quilt-top-progress.html

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  80. Oooo! I love how that turned out! I've ne'er thought of using one block for a pillow...may have just solved my own questions about my current project. I'm working on the Drunkard's path quilt-along and that was my first time sewing curves!! Scary but I like it, and am really excited with what's it's turning into. Now I think I'll use some of the extra blocks to make a pillow!

    Thanks for the giveaway, this book looks fun!

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  81. I love, love, love your pillow.... The prints and the pattern. I wanted this book when I first saw it as none of the quilts looked like they were made from precuts. I am currently working on making each of my 6 kids a throw quilt for Christmas. I have 3 done, 3 to go. I have a list of projects to do once I finish the quilts. I always have more projects to do than I have time. I usually run into idea overload... Like now... I would like to make a pillow like yours. Have a good day!

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  82. Very cute pillow, love the hand quilted touch!

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  83. Your curves looks great! :-) I'm afraid of curves, but you have inspired me to try some. I'm currently working on little zipper pouches for my 8-yr-old daughter's friends. She is helping me with fabric selection and overall design.

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  84. Wow, that pillow is great! I've been wanting to try curves "someday" for a while now! The book sounds amazing!

    Like always, I am working on a million things, but the most "active" are a star sampler quilt for do. Good Stitches, a surprise swap for someone in my quilt guild, and an FFA2 baby quilt!

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  85. I love the colors in your pillow and the curves, great job! I am just starting a quilt for my son! Also I'd like to whip up a fall table runner but we'll see.

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  86. Super cute! It reminds me of a 4 leaf clover. Great job mastering the curves!

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  87. yeah! I have this book on my wish list! Right now I'm working on gifts for relatives--they're all getting "peek a boo" bags, in different colors, of course. craziness!

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  88. Looks like a great book and your pillow is gorgeous!! I'm working on a Christmas tree skirt right now - hope I finish in time :)

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  89. Beautiful pillow, love the bright colors. I'm working on 3 backings, a paint box quilt, ziz-zag quilt, and 2 pillow covers. I will get a little bored or stressed, so I like to work on a couple of projects at once.

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  90. Among other longstanding projects, I'm working on Christmas gifts and doing my best not to start new projects until I'm finished. Not an easy resolution to keep!

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  91. I would love a copy! I'm working on a makeup roll right now.

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  92. I love the pillow! Very cute! Im currently re-doing my craft room. I just got done putting fabric on cereal boxes to hold my books and patterns. Im hoping to start putting fabric on my new bookshelf that i painted today. I will also be making purses for a friend. Alisa_ann2@hotmail.com

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  93. This pillow is BEAUTIFUL. LOVE the hand-quilting. I'm working on a big, fat nothing right now because my sewing room (slash playroom) is under construction, and probably will be through Christmas. Poor me.

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  94. great giveaway! right now, i'm making tablerunners for christmas gifts. :)

    bess

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  95. Working on crochet for the front, fabric for the back pillow.

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  96. I'm working on my very first quilt! The book looks lovely. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  97. I've been on a ship for the last month, so haven't been able to work on anything. But I've been fabric shopping like a madwoman, and have a quilt for our guestroom planned when I get home next week!

    arbendlin (at) gmail.com

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  98. i've been using my precuts mostly for my applique, so this book would give me a change of pace! right now i'm cutting [fat quarters]for a cute new slipper pattern!

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  99. I love the pillow. The colors are great. I am new at quilting and would like to have a book using those great cuts of fabric.

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  100. Wow, that pillow is beautiful Jeni! What project am I working on......ugh, more like which project should I be working on right now? (Single Girl quilt, Always Bee Learning Bee Blocks, quilt my first commissioned quilt....) Thanks for the chance!

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  101. I'm finishing a quilt today and then moving on to Christmas presents...bags and pouches!

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  102. Right now I'm finishing up a quilt that's been a UFO for about 4 years. I found it in my closet the other day and pulled it out! It's a "redwork" teddy bears but I'm using multiple colors of floss. They'll be surrounded with log cabin piecing. I think I'll call it "rainbow teddies".

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  103. oh my goodness! I have to get my hands on this book if it can help me with curves. One of the projects I"m working on right now is a double wedding ring and I haven't gotten a single arc right yet, they are a bunched gathered mess!

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  104. Well I should be working on my Xmas presents but I need a new laptop bag. I just picked out the fabrics si now I have to start cutting!

    Thank you!

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  105. The pillow is really lovely! I just put this book on my wish list, too. Right now I'm working on a quilt as you go project, and crocheting some Christmas presents.

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  106. I've never sewn curves before! But I love the look of this pillow.

    jessica oliveto@gmail.com

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  107. Right now I'm working on a baby quilt for my neighbor's new baby boy, and a couple of doll quilts for my guild's charity.

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  108. I am in the middle of way too many projects! The one closest to my machine is my Dead Simple quilt.

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  109. I am making a small wool rug with yarn from an ill fitting sweater that a friend gave me. (It would have been ill-fitting on anyone, not just the two of us!) It's been fun frogging the sweater and then coming up with a design for the rug, now seeing it taking shape into something new.

    winterwrens at gmail dot com

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  110. I am currently working on an advent calendar, so I guess I better hurry up and get this done. :)
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  111. Cute pillow. I am actually working on 3 different quilts for Christmas presents right now. I have most of my blocks finished for a bed quilt too but that is on hold for the other 3.

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  112. wow, you know how to use colour!, i love this pillow. i have a bunch of things all going at the same time. top on the list right now are my lightning bee blocks. so they are finished in time.

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  113. I'm making a christmas pillow and an advent calendar for my daughter. Book looks great!

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  114. The things I am working on right now:
    1. I need to label my sister's quilt, the pop it in the mail.
    2. I need to quilt and bind a baby quilt.
    3. I have painted our downstairs bathroom and I'm making 4-5 mini star quilts for the walls. (I made the shower curtain using your Giant Star Quilt tutorial!)
    4. I'm making a quilt with embroidered blocks for my mil. (I have 7 of the 20 blocks done)
    5. I'm helping my eldest daughter make a Twister quilt/game mat.

    Whew!!

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  115. I am currently working on a Project Linus quilt, plus a quilt that I am trying to finish for my 25yo son. Busy busy days.......

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  116. I'm working on a color wheel quilt right now, it is almost finished! Looks like a fun book full of fun ideas :)

    Jessica
    jjd05c (at) gmail (dot) com

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  117. Love that pillow! Right now, I'm working on some custom orders... laptop case, scarves, etc. But I really wish I was working on a new winter handbag for myself! I'll get there soon!

    Bonnie
    greenletterday at yahoo dot com

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  118. Jeni, I love your new pillow! The colors are fabulous, and I always know you're serious if you bring out the Park Slope! ;) The hand-quilting and Quilter's Linen were fabulous choices, too.

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  119. I'm working on a Christmas stocking for one quilt group, I have another quilt about half quilted, need to get that done asap, and just put the borders on another one, need to get a back made for that.

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  120. I'm working on a baby quilt for a friend that's expecting. Those are always my favorite projects!

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  121. Just finished a "Welcome to the World" baby kit for my dearest friend's first born! The book would be a wonderful inspiration for the next project!

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  122. Your pillow looks great! I'm working on a superhero quilt for my son.

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  123. I'm finishing up the hand quilting on a zig zag quilt I made using Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks. It's taking forever!

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  124. I'm really loving how great this book looks. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  125. I'm working on a Thanksgiving table runner. I should have started earlier!

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  126. Oh you are so like me....curves and I don't get along at all. But this actually gives me thought that I might try again some day. If you can do it maybe I can too. At the moment I am trying to get 3 quilts bound and finish piecing another 100 Good Wishes Quilt for my friend's daughter.

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  127. your curves look wonderful! last night i finished a pot holder for a guild swap. and now i need to start a project to-be-determined (placemats? tote bag? can't decide...) for a mystery swap.

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  128. I'm working on a Christmas quilt, using the Robert Kaufman Grinch fabrics. Holiday-specific fabric and I usually don't hang out, but the Grinch is just so darn iconic (and cute) it was hard to resist.

    You can see it on my blog:

    http://fabrikatebysewpo.blogspot.com/

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  129. i'm working on a baby quilt and the baby just turned one. Needless to say, i'm a little behind. oh dear.

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  130. I am working on 4 projects right now. Two quilts for my two nephews. A quilt for a brand new baby niece who is going to arrive soon! And another quilt for my niece who is a freshman in college. Kinda busy! :)

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  131. Oh man, how many projects do I have going? I'm working on embroidery squares that will be included in a quilt. I'm doing applique that will be a wallhanging. I'm also working on the big civil war BOM quilt as well as blocks for two different quilts. I have an english paper piecing project (hexies) that will be a tablerunner when it grows up. Also crocheting diaper covers.

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway and a chance to win. Kathreen's book looks awesome and I have a jellyroll that I've been saving for that special project.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  132. Oh, I would love to win the book!
    I'm working on a Christmas tree skirt right now!

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  133. I am currently working on a crap ton of burp cloths for myself and a friend who just popped out a baby! It sure looks like a lovely book!

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  134. I am working on my first quilt.

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  135. Currenty I'm knitting Dino has for all the little boys in my life! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  136. Im working on a carpenters star quilt with a quilting class.

    That book seems neat! - your pillow is cute

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  137. I'm working on a wall quilt for my 15 year-old son's bedroom. Gotta get it done before Christmas!

    awamom at yahoo dot com

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  138. Love that pillow! I am working on a baby blanket, also featuring Eric McMorris prints. I need to finish it up really quickly Shower is on Saturday!

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  139. I'm working on Daisy Cottage (Riley Blake) jelly roll quilt. I really love your pillow. Thanks.

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  140. only 1 project :)? I am working on crocheting a cowl, and a crochet wreath. as well as an ipad case and some crafty frames for an exchange. this book looks lovely. Love your pillow :)

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  141. right now, my main focuses are a Drunkard's Path QAL, and a penguin log cabin :) this book looks great, thanks for the giveaway!

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  142. This looks like a great book! I'm working on two quilts for Christmas presents. One is autumn colored for my brother and one is a blue and white zig zag quilt for my mother-in-law. Plus, I need to quilt my pixel Dig Dug quilt. And if I have time I'm hoping to make a little pouch for the Kindle Fire I'm giving my mom for Christmas. Busy, busy, busy.
    Love the pillow!

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  143. Jeni - what a pretty pillow! I am working on a jelly roll quilt - Playmates - from 2 from 1 - Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott. It's taking a lot longer than it should have because I supersized it and used 2 whole jelly rolls!!!
    Toni

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  144. What am I not currently working on? :) I think I have 15 or 16 projects in progress right now. But what I'll work on tomorrow while I'm home with a sick 5 year-old is turning the binding on a quilt for my sister. I'm excited to finish it and finally give it to her.

    Jeni, I love the color combinations on your pillow! Hope you're feeling better soon!

    Jennifer S. jj1031@mac.com

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  145. I'm sewing the binding on an Autumn lap quilt!

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  146. I am beginning a new couch quilt for my husband. I had the rotary cutter and rulers out this afternoon. I'm not fast, but I made some headway. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  147. What a great book! I'm currently making a very special potholder for my aunt out of a Christmas tea towel my late mother embroidered. It's getting threadbare and my aunt wanted a way to preserve and display it.

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  148. Working on cathedral windows table runner and planning a twister wreath wall hanging. Would like to start on some gifts for friends and this book would really help!
    Gayle
    aquiltersplayhouse at gmail.com

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  149. Working on finishing a mini quilt started by my great-aunt, hoping to give it to my parents for a Christmas present.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    hlr {at} uchicago {dot} edu

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  150. Right now I'm working on a wonky stars quilt and a Christmas mini quilt (also with a star!).

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  151. Wow! I hadn't even heard of this book! It's definitely going on my wishlist. You pillow is absolutely fantastic!

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  152. Amazing pillow Jeni! I'm working on my first mini quilt.

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  153. Great job on the curves and hand quilting. I'm ready to start making some fabric gift bags.

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  154. I am finishing my Circle Of Geese Color Wheel! I've got a bit more quilting to do and then the binding!

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  155. I LOVE PreCuts! Cutting fabric is the worse for me...luckily a friend of mine just bought a Accuquilt GO cutter...I've been borrowing it a LOT! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  156. Late last night, I finished a pilgrim costume for my five year old daughter! She wore it today to her school Thanksgiving feast. She was tooooo cute in it! I was about as excited as she was!

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  157. Working on some winter jackets for my daughters right now!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  158. This book looks wonderful! I'm working on... a swoon quilt, a herringbone quilt, and a postage stamp quilt. All at once. :)

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  159. What a cool pillow! I working on trying to get some stockings down in time for Christmas...your strip tutorial should help :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  160. Hi! I enjoy following your blog...8-) Right now I'm working on multiple Christmas gifts, including some fingerless gloves for my grandaughter and daughter-in-law who live in chilly Seattle.

    Hope to win.

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  161. I've had my eye on this book for a while. As a beginning quilter precuts are starting to look really good! Precise cutting is not my forte so far.

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  162. I am working on a churn dash quilt I am making for my Aunt!! My first one. So I am a little nervous about matching up the seems since I am not sashing!! Wish me luck!

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  163. i'm finishing up a 30's quilt for a sweet friend for christmas :) also finishing up a sherbet pips fabric quilt for a young girl. enjoy your weekend!!!

    pmhanz@gmail.com

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  164. I am currently making a quilt for my son from a pattern by Emily Cier. It is looking very cool.
    I haven't used pre-cuts very much. But, this book looks like something I would enjoy.

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  165. Your pillow is beautiful, Jeni! Currently I'm basting 2 quilts - one to hand quilt and one to machine quilt! Gotta get them done!

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  166. I recently ordered a "Tipped Up Dolly" PDF pattern download from Sarah Fielke via her thelastpiece.net site. It is a mini crazy pieced quilt that I plan to make as a Christmas gift for a granddaughter. I love the quirky look and the bright colors and busily patterned fabric that Sarah chose for hers.

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  167. I am working on aprons, mug rugs, and pillows for Christmas gifts.

    I just love your pillow and your blog posts are always so refreshing. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Debbie

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  168. No way...I love your pillow and would take very very good care of it if it ended up in my house. I just love the colors you used! I'm working on a couple of swap projects and trying to finish up the binding on my first big quilt. I've been working on this quilt since June so I just can't wait to have it finished...sooooo close!

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  169. I love your pillow, it really came out great. Last night I did a potholder... I really should have been working on 2 quilts that are going to be Christmas gifts : )

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  170. Love Love your new pillow! I'm nervous about curves but with that result I might have to jump right in.
    My mom & I are getting ready to start a new quilt called Walk About with asian themed fabric which will be fun. And, I'm in the midst of cutting 100 Grandmother's fan blocks for my MIL's new quilt. Good thing I'm enjoying the cutting!

    expectfaith at yahoo dot com

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  171. Love the fabric choice for the fall pillow!
    Just finished a quilt as a present for my brother's wedding next weekend. I used lots of different fabrics of things the love! Now starting a Caleb Gray Sleigh Ride quilt for Christmas and a quilt for my husband...not sure how I'll get it all done in time! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

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  172. What a yummy pillow!!!
    Let's see, I am currently working on my king size grandmother's garden quilt...two more rows to go and the top will be done!!!

    Your blog is one of my very favorites, Jeni!! Thanks for the chance for this book....

    Hugs,
    Celia
    cah252@gmail.com

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  173. What a fun book! Enter me, please! Thank you for this great giveaway. I have been working on pillows and notebook caddies and ornaments all for Christmas.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

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  174. I'm working on hand quilting my Christmas tree pants. I think I need a new thimble... my finger's a little sore!

    Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  175. The book looks amazing. :) I'm working on various Christmas and birthday presents.

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  176. Your pillow looks fabulous! I am currently working on a hexagon quilt. It's a replica quilt of this old, tattered (but gorgeous!)thing that I inherited when we sold our cabin. I assume my grandmother made the original and I also want to restore it. I've never worked with hexagons before. Thanks!

    andasbackpack@hotmail.com

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  177. I'm working on my second daughter's baby quilt (she's 18 months now), but it's my second quilt ever (the first was for my first daughter). I can't wait for her to use it.

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  178. I would love to keep working on my "Flamingo Me" quilt....its a little too big for the studio walls at the moment....
    This book looks awesome! I really really need to practice curves as well! **Fingers Crossed** :-)

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  179. I'm working on Christmas gifts... Puppets for grandbabies and wristlets for friends ! Fun fun fun

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  180. Currently, I am working on making tons and tons of yo-yo's for my first ever yo-yo quilt! It's a nice project because you can take it anywhere-- good for me since it seems I am *always* on the go! Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

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  181. I'm making a quilt for my husband's niece's baby that's due in early December.
    lowson@swbell.net

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  182. I'm working on finishing a Thanksgiving table runner. I'd better hurry!

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  183. I am working on: nothing! We just got our housing goods shipment here in South America and all of my fabric hasn't been dug out of the boxes. But I have my own little sewing room/office in our new house...and for that I am super excited. (PS-we have a US address!)

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  184. Jeni,
    LOVE the pillow, you have such great color sense, I so enjoy seeing what you come up with!
    What am I working on NOW? I am actually sorting and folding thru 8 boxes of fabric, yes 8, using your wonderful tips for sorting and folding!! The piles of colors look SO beautiful! I am on the couch nursing a bad back, no sewing for me for a week or two. Waiting next to my machine is a variation of Anna from Noodlehead's All around Bag that's a diaper bag for my daughter and her twins, the skirt from Anna's sew along from last week, two zipper wallets from Michelle at Keyka Lou, the kona solids to make the color wheel as I am following your Art of Choosing color series, christmas pillow cases cut and waiting to be sewn from Melanie at Above all Fabric, and I think there's a purse or two under the pile. Yea, I like to multitask LOL..
    THANK you for the give away, I'd LOVE to win that book! have an awesome weekend Jeni!

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  185. Oh my goodness, your pillow is adorable! I think I would love making the projects in this book. Right now I'm working on a sampler quilt for a class I'm taking and a log cabin quilt for my house.

    (alice.a.macdonnell@gmail.com)

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  186. I am working on quilted Christmas Tree Skirts for gifts.

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  187. I am working on sewing down the binding on my mother's birthday/christmas gift! Deadline's looming at the end of the month....

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  188. I'm not working on anything at the moment but once this semester finishes I'm going to start a quilt.

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  189. Finishing up potholders for our church bazaar.
    thanks for the opportunity.
    Wendy

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  190. Such a beautiful pillow! Love how you added the yellow.
    The way you review it, I think the book is a real Must-Have!
    I'm from NL but have a US address for 10 days, as we will be flying to SF on Monday!!!!!

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  191. currently I am working on a knitted blanket for my mom's christmas present, unfortunately I am a procrastinator and just started... but she's a mom so she'll love even a half finished blanket :)

    lovegallagher @ gmail . com

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  192. I'm working on several projects - as per normal - but am close to finishing the two biggest... always on the look out for my next project!!!

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  193. Great pillow, Jeni! I'm a sucker for anything with embroidery.
    I'm working on re-organizing my sewing room, due to my ever growing stash. Sewing-wise I'm enamored of frame purses now, and am working on several quilt backings. Sooo many projects!

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  194. Oh man - the moment final examinations are over, I'm gonna be a quilting madwoman! So many things to do, and holiday items to make...

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