Friday, February 24, 2012

Can I get a Whoop-Whoop?? A Book Review and a Giveaway!!

Hi, all!


I hope your weather was as beautiful yesterday for you as ours was - we had brilliant sunshine and temperatures near 80!  Fortunately, I finished up my sewing early in the day so I could spend some time outside with my granddaughter and enjoy the gorgeous day!!


A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Mary Etherington of Country Threads.  She asked me if I would be willing to participate in a blog tour for her new book, Back To Charm School, and I was really excited to say yes!  This is my first blog tour, but I hope it won't be my last.  



This is a really nice book - well written, clear instructions, lovely photographs and great designs!  Here are a few of my favorites...



I love this little bow tie quilt, cheerfully called "Better to be overdressed than underdressed"...




And take a look at this amazing 15" x 19" quilt - I've never been tempted by mini's before, but this one might make me change my mind!




There's a really simple pattern that can become either a lap quilt or a tree skirt in the book...




...and this adorable 15" x 24" postage stamp quilt!  Simple but very effective!!


Each design comes with alternative fabric requirements if you don't have charm packs to use up.  The fabric requirements listed with each pattern are generous - which to me is a good thing, because if you mis-cut, you don't want to have to go back out to the store to buy more fabric!  There is a little leeway in the amounts they suggest using.  I also like these designs because I can see how they could easily be translated into larger quilts, simply by using layer cakes instead of charm packs, or by increasing the number of blocks.  


Here's the design that caught my eye from the book...




...so I grabbed a charm pack of Reunion by Sweetwater and got cutting!  This particular design will make two 12" x 24" table runners from half a charm pack, so it's a really good design for using up those tail ends of charm packs you might have lying around.  Here's what I came up with...












These were fun to make, and worked up really quickly!  What a great gift idea when you need something in a hurry....


And did I mention a giveaway?  Seems like I did!  Well, Mary sent along a second copy of the book, signed by the authors, for me to give away, AND I'm going to give away both of the table toppers I made, since I have enough fabric left to make two more for me!


So how do you enter?  Leave a comment on this post to be entered in the giveaway.   For an extra entry, link up with our Whoop Whoop party!  Show off what you've been working on this week!!  I'll draw three winners on Wednesday, February 29th - it's my daughter's 7th birthday (she'll be 28!) and it will be fun to announce the winners in celebration of her day!


OK, folks!

It's time to link up!

What have YOU been working on this week?

We all want to cheer you on - 

So show it off!!

Come and get your Whoop Whoop!!
(Because of the giveaway, the linky party
will remain open until Tuesday 2/28 at midnight...)
(PS If you have trouble linking up, leave a comment
with the URL address you want to link and I'll
do it for you!)

Hugs!

Sarah


190 comments:

  1. Not having much luck linking up BUT...love the book and your work. Wow! Might have to try and find that book on the trip I am taking next month.

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  2. I have seen the whoop whoop a lot and id not even realize it is a link up of some kind but then again I don't see one either. But hey I would love to win a book or one of the items you made and maybe Ill go figure out your linkup.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    http://trackmyshows.com

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  3. I didn't do anything crafty this week, but I sure do want to enter your giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

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  4. I would love to win this book

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  5. Love your table toppers! This is definately a must have book. So many great projects. Thanks for the chance to win a signed copy.

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  6. I love the prject and the reunion fabric. I'm using Sweetwater's HomeTown at the moment.

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  7. This is a simply 'charming' book and love the runners you made. Yes, your linky is missing, so will hook up later.

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  9. This looks a great book full of lovely projects!
    Happy Birthday to your daughter for Wednesday - it will be my goddaughter's 6th birthday too!!

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  10. Love your table runners, and the book is so lovely. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  11. Wow. The book looks great. Would love to make one of the mini's. Thanks, Mary

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  12. The tablerunners are adorable and the book looks like fun. Hope your daughter has a great birthday. I have a cousin who has a Feb 29 birthday too.

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  13. Nice book! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  14. I love this book! And your table runners are very pretty!
    Thank you for the chance to win either one!
    missysaprons@yahoo.com

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  15. I love love the little projects you made! And the fabrics are wonderful. Whoop Whoop!

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  16. Very cute table runners! Looks like a fun book! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  17. I really like the fabrics you used in your runner and the pattern too. I just won a charm pack of Always and Forever and have been looking for a pattern to use to make a runner with it. I've got to get me a copy of this book.

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  18. Cute table runners! we had the warm weather yesterday as well, but its 25 degrees colder today... lovely springweather :)

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  19. That looks like a very useful book, one that you could come back to time after time!

    As always, your posts are informative and fun.

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  20. This book looks amazing!! I love working with Charm packs. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. That book looks really good! I enjoyed your review and seeing your project! Thanks!

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  22. Happy upcoming birthday to your daughter! I always wanted a Leap Year birthday. (Mine's in August. Not even in a Leap Year.)

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  23. Love your runners! Especially the fun way you made it modern. It would be such a treat to win a copy of the book!

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  24. The book looks great, and I love your table runners. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  25. I ALMOST bought this book at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival; bought a Schnibbles book instead; maybe it's Karma and I was fated to win this one.....

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  26. I'd absolutely LOVE to win the book, but I'd really LOVE to win one of your table runners!

    The crafty thing I did was look at my jelly rolls and decide which one to use, ordered some border fabric to go with it, and am looking forward to starting on a quilt for my friend. Making that decision was a BIG crafty headstart for me!

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  27. Your table runners are darling...I would luv to win the 'Back to Charm School' book....I know I have a spot for it in my basket of 'favorite quilting books'. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win one of your beautiful table runners....have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

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  28. I love the tablerunners, and I am enjoying seeing all of the projects from the book. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  29. Cute runners! Ya know, there was a time when I wondered, "why make such small stuff when I can make a quilt to wrap up in." Having made a few and wrestled with them to get them basted and quilted - I now understand completely!

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  30. I love your little runners. They're very cute! And I love your blog header photo. I'm in cold Minnesota and your picture looks so warm and wonderful. I would love to win either the book or the runner. They both look great!

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  31. I love, Love, LOVE charms! I would love to have this book OR a table runner!
    Thanks!

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  32. This looks like a wonderful book. I would love to own it so, thanks for the chance.

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  33. Okay, now I'm going to have to buy one of those books if I don't win a copy because I LOVE the table runners!

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  34. Congrats on your first blog tour. The book looks great!

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  35. Looks like a great book--thanks for the review and the chance to win!

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  36. The book looks like it has lots of great patterns. Love the two table runners you made. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!

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  37. Thanks for showing the book and the giveaway opportunity!

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  38. This looks like a great book and your runners are beautiful! Thanks for the linky party and giveaway!

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  39. Gorgeous runners!! TWO...wow! You have been busy!! Loved the review!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Paulette

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  40. Love the book and your cute projects! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  41. Love your table runners. And would love to win the Charm School book. I have that same charm pack. So pretty!!

    Thanks for hosting and for the give-away.

    Donna

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  42. I am really trying to win this book. I really like all the quilts that I have seen so far. Your quilts are very nice! Happy birthday to your daughter! I had to read the post two times to figure out how it was her 7th birthday (and is 28). Lucky girl!

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  43. WOW! The more I read about this book and see projects done, the more I want it. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.

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  44. Your table toppers are great! The book looks like it has a lot of fun projects. I would love to win one. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. I'd love a chance to win this book. I have charm packs I need to use!

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  46. Thanks for the chance to win. I love charm quilts, so I know I will love the book. You Table runners are great.

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  47. I love quilting books and this one looks wonderful! Thanks for a chance to win! I just finished pinning zig zag quilt made with 4 charm packs and am working on quilting it today! I have two other quilts all pinned and ready to quilt so it looks like a fun weekend for me!

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  48. I would love to win this book, or your tablerunners. Thank you!

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  49. I have several Country Threads book, it would be wonderful to add this one to my collection.

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  50. I have seen that book and covet it shamelessly..thanks for the chance to win (and to link up)...WHOOP! WHOOP!

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  51. I LOVE those runners! I have a wedding gift to think about, and I really am tempted to use that pattern. Your quilting really gives them a modern feel. I love to win everything!

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  52. Thanks for showing a project you made from the book. Very nice. I love little projects and this looks like it has some very good ones. Kathie L in Allentown

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  53. What a fantastic giveaway! Love your table runners!!

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  54. I love your runner, it came out beautifully. So many wonderful projects and I love working with minis.

    Debbie

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  55. Such neat projects! Something I'd like to make and use! Thanks for the project ideas and a great giveaway!

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  56. Couldn't link up - but I tried!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  57. Hey Sarah
    I would love to win this book.

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  58. Thanks for sharing!!! I've been busy this week. I will try to link up!!! Just in case, here is the link to how my week went: http://amateurquilter.blogspot.com/2012/02/modern-mini-challenge-printable-fabric.html

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  59. I would really LOVE to win the book. Thanks for the chance.

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  60. Hi - What cute table runners! I never make rectangular ones for myself because our tables are both round! They do make nice gifts, though. Thanks for the chance to win. Hope you're feeling well. We had 8" of heavy, wet snow yesterday. The sun is shining today, though. Happy weekend!

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  61. Perfect... A book with small projects! I still want to quilt, but have run out of beds to make them for.

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  62. I just love your version of the table runner - I am so in love with the Reunion fabric right now!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  63. I love this book, so many wonderful small projects such as the table runner you made. Charm squares are always my favourite pre-cuts, as they are so easy to work with.

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  64. Would love a chance to win this book. It looks like it has a lot of great projects. I love what you did.

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  65. WHOOP WHOOP! Am not having any luck in linking up, but I would still love this lovely book and your table runners are georgeous as well! WHOOP WHOP what a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

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  66. Looks like a fun book! Very nice placemats. Tammy

    morrowrj@telus.net

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  67. Looks like a fun book! I love your placemats.

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  68. It seems that all I have been buying lately are charm packs. This book would help me make them into somethings and get them out of my studio. Love the colors you used for the table runners.

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  69. That looks like it has lots of great projects in it, perfect for fast finishes, or that could be "biggie sized" The placemats are fabulous.

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  70. Whoop Whoop Sarah !!! What a fun time I always have on your blog !! thank you !!!! I shall link up later when I take pictures . Almost 80 ??? I really need to MOVE !!!

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  71. I would love to win this book!!

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  72. I have been following the blog hop all week. This looks like an awesome book. I'll post for Whoop Whoop too.

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  73. Whoop Whoop--how fun. I'll go get my camera! I'd love to win the book, thank you.

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  74. Whoop Whoop for you - cute table runners. I don't know why I don't make them. They are so cute. This might be the inspiration I need.

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  75. What a fun book and two fun projects. I would like to be entered into the book drawing.
    Thanks

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  76. I'd love the new book! Thanks for the chance!

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  77. Love those table runners you made. The book looks like a keeper, too.

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  78. Your table runners are lovely! I think the book contains lots of great ideas!

    Thanks for hosting this give away!

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  79. I so wanted to do the Linky but couldn't seem to get my pic small enough even with trimming and autosizing. Maybe next time I'll learn to do it right but this time...please use my url..
    http://luckypupquilter.blogspot.com/2012/02/good-news-finish-and-some-progress.html and show the quilt I finished sewing the binding on this week :-)
    This is such a sweet giveaway. I'm excited about this new book and love the toppers you made from it. A big Thank You for hosting and sharing too!

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  80. Thanks so much for a chance to win this great book. Absolutely love your small runners - I've got loads of leftover charms.

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  81. Your runners look wonderful! I like the close quilting on the edges! It's nice to find book that help use the stash!

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  82. Would love to win this book, I have the first one and love it, thanks for the chance. Linda

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  83. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Looks like a wonderful book.

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  84. Yep, I am in serious like with this new book. If my name is not drawn as a winner, I may have to look into a purchase!

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  85. Oh, pick me, it's my birthday today!

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  86. My first visit to your blog...love it! Will come and visit often! Great review of the book as well...I am a long time fan of Country Threads! Thanks!

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  87. SUPER cute runners! I've got a charm pack or two that could use some inspiration... ;-)

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  88. The book certainly looks like a winner and so do your table toppers. Thanks for a chance to win. And wish your daughter HAPPY BIRTHDAY for me.

    Jleibfried@aol.com

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  89. Your runners look great - I love seeing quilt patterns worked up with totally different fabric selections!

    Happy to be able to link up this week too! whoop whoop!

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  90. Your quilts just look so wonderful. I'd really love to win either one of the table runners or the book. Greetings from Germany, Alex

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  91. The book looks like it has a lot of usable designs. I would love to win it.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  92. A big Happy Birthday to your daughter. I hope she feels special because there aren't that many people who stay so young.
    I love the fabrics in your project. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  93. That little runner you made is beautiful. I loved that fabric when I first saw it myself. I'd love to win this book. It looks like the projects inside are wonderful. Thank you.

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  94. Those table runners are lovely! I would love to win this book and copy yours!

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  95. Your table runners are very cute. One quilt from the book that would like to make is the honeycomb. Thanks for the chance.

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  96. The runners are lovely and the bowtie quilt in the book is cute! thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  97. Ive been drooling over this book all over the web...

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  98. Really like the projects you highlighted from this book and your little quilts have a great modern twist with the fabrics you chose. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  99. I am so in love with the blog hop and the book. My birthday was yesterday, so I'm hoping to get a nice b'day gift from any one of the fun blogs I've been too. Working on Jo's Quilt-Along and loving it.

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  100. I haven't really done anything .. leaving the country this sunday hasn't hepled .. so it's just one comment for me. Thanks fro the chance to win that great book!

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  101. How generous of you to include your beautiful table runners in your giveaway!

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  102. I am loving this blog hop and really hoping to get lucky to win this book - it is awesome! I do love your table toppers - thanks for sharing.

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  103. I love your table runners. What a difference your fabric selection made. I would love to win a copy of this book so I can make some of the runners!

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  104. Loved your little table toppers and the Reunion fabric is great! Happy Birthday to your daughter!

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  105. Thanks for the chance to win. Looks like an awesome book. Love your table toppers. KMA

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  106. I would love a chance or 2 at this book. I have a linked up. Have a great week.

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  107. Nice table runners :) I'd love to win the book so I can find some great new ideas for my charm packs.

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  108. Thanks for the chance to win! Congrats on the book tour - and it sounds fabulous. Love the table runners too :)

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  109. I would love to win this book, and your little table toppers are so cute! Thanks for a chance!
    Myrtlesgirl

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  110. Looks like a great little book. I have some charm packs I need to use up.

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  111. I've continued working on a project. This week I did some reverse sewing. Next, I need to cut more fabric for flying geese. Thanks for participating in this giveaway! I'd like to link up to your Whoop Whoop, but my computer and camera are having trouble "communicating." Have a great weekend!

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  112. What a fun looking book! I am new to piecing, especially by machine, so charm packs are a good way for me to start! Thanks for the chance!

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  113. Love the table runners. Thanks for the give away.

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  114. I love Country Threads. YOur description and pixs are great. I am working on Blackbird's Christmas Memories quilt but too tired to take pixs after 8 hrs. of work so just this 1 entry for me. Thank you for the chance.
    Janet

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  115. Not having much luck linking up this week. I love to win the book and table topper. Thanks.

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  116. No link as no blog but I do love the quilts in this book and appreciate the chance to win.

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  117. I would love to win the book. I have leftover charms from another project that I could use for the table runner.

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  118. This would be a wonderful book. I love the charm packs for trying out a new line and patterns just for them would be perfect. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  119. Hi Sarah! I'd so love a copy of this great book! those really cute runners are great, my colours are blue!
    THanks for the great posting and the Giveaway!
    Take care Leslie

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  120. I love this book. I love charms so I am always looking for ideas. Thank you for hosting and thank you to the authors.

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  121. I love the patterns in this book. I love to collect charms and am always looking for some new patterns.

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  122. Love reading your blog and all the good things you & your group do. Thanks for the chance to win this book. Put it on my wish list at Amazon yesterday. Keeping fingers crossed that I'm the lucky one.

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  123. What a wonderful table runner you made!! I completed lots of projects myself this week! Jane E.

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  124. Love the table runners.....And would love to win one or the book...thanks for the wonderful giveaways....

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  125. Love all the samples you've shown, especially the table runners and the bowtie quilt. Want to try them all. I'm finishing a lap quilt for a birthday gift. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  126. Not having much luck linking up, but I have not been able to do any quilting this week....

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  127. I absolutely love your table runners and would be elated if I also won the adorable book!

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  128. This book sounds like it has some really fun ways to use charm packs. Your table toppers are really pretty.

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  129. I dont' have a blog to linky with but I'd sure love to win this book - have seen it reviewed and projects made over the quilting blogland! Would love to join that fun!

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  130. That looks like a fun book. I love how your table toppers turned out!

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  131. So do I leave another comment for linking to Whoop-Whoop Friday? If not, delete this one.

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  132. Your runners are simply "charming", I would love to win this great book, thanks for the chance.

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  133. I LOVE< LOVE, LOVE your table runners! I really love that Reunion collection. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  134. My uncle is going to be 15 (60 actually) on the 29th...we are so excited he is having a birthday this year we are having a surprise party for him. Happy birthday to your daughter too!!! :)

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  135. I never realised it was a link up party either! I guess I'll have to download the photos off my camera so I can write up that blog post for my second entry!

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  136. I would love to be in your Giveaway. I enter loads but never win so perhaps I'll be lucky this time! Book looks interesting and I love your patchwork.
    Linda on travjonuk@yahoo.com is my contact detail, not Google. Thank you!

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  137. Wow, you have some beautiful quilts. I haven't done much quilting lately, so I won't link up. I've been doing other things! I'd love the book though, I have a few quilts that need to be made and I need ideas!
    www.cariboogals.blogspot.com

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  138. This looks like a book I would love to own, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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  139. Looks like a great book, and your tablerunners are adorable. Thanks for being a fun part of the blog tour.

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  140. This cleverly written book needs to come live with me whether I win a copy or purchase one!!

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  141. I love charm packs so I would love a copy of this book! Your little runners are adorable and love the fabric you used. Thanks!

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  142. Love the table runners with the Reunion fabric--looks perfect with gray borders. Thanks for the chance at winning the book! I haven't sewn at all this week--work got in the way.

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  143. I can't wait to get a copy of this book!

    Mrs.Hearts
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  144. Your table runners are so cheerful! It was fun to see the more formal look of those made from Christmas fabric in the book. It intrigues me how using different fabrics can give the same pattern an entirely different feel.

    Wonderful!

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  145. Cute table runners! I would so love a chance to win them. Sweetwater fabrics are favorites of mine. I love this book too. Someday I'm going to make the coffee cup quilt.

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  146. I would love to win a copy of this book...it looks amazing! Your work turned out lovely too! Thanks!

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  147. I would love to win this great book!

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  148. Sarah what you made is so pretty. Count me in for the giveaway. Would love to win!

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  149. I can't believe how much I missed Whoop Whoop:P

    I think I am really liking that table runner from the book as well and yours is so cute. I like that backing print a lot:)

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  150. I love charm packs! I also love your table runners. This book is a "must have". Thanks for the chance to win the book & your fabulous table runners!

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  151. Love your table runners and the fabric you used! The book looks awesome! I'm looking for more ideas for charm packs! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  152. Love to win the book, I have some 5" squares just waiting for it.....

    Thanks for the chance.

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  153. Pick me. Pick me. This book looks awesome. I love your table runner.

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  154. Nice book! Love the table runners!

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  155. Oohh ... i have some old Country Threads books and i love them. There is definitely room on my shelf for another one -- thanks for the chance!

    I'd love to join your linky party - next week I'll actually have something to Whoop about. I'm glad I found you (via P. at TheWayISewIt).

    I'm a new follower, if Google will cooperate.

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  156. Thanks for the giveaway. I linked up my week summary...

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  157. Your table runners are gorgeous, and the book looks awesome! This is my first time linking up with "Can I get a Whoop Whoop?" (Love that name!) Thanks so much for the great giveaway!

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  158. I like these blog hops because I find blogs I've never visited before.Your tablerunners are so cute; I would love to win one (or the CT book, for that matter). Thanks for the giveaways!

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  159. Oh wish your daughter a Very HAppy 7th {LOL} Birthday. This book seems quite nice and it wpuld be perfect for some of those charm pack I bought. Love you 2 table mats too, they are so sweet and look like they'd be fun to do.

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  160. I love your runners and the book looks very fun and I`d love to play with it.Thanks for the chance to win

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  161. Now I have a whole bunch more blogs to check out - no work for me this morning

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  162. I would love to add Back to Charm School to my collection of Country Threads books. Love your choice of fabrics for your runners!

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  163. your runners have a fun and happy look to them. i would love a chance to win this book as i tend to work smaller a lot and there is a nice variety of smaller projects presented.

    no whoop whoop for me . . . it takes me too long to finish something~! do people link up every week or just on the occasioin of a finish?

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  164. Oh I do love your version of the table runner, so nice!!

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  165. Finally got my linky in today! Would love to win that book. Some awesome projects in it. And your runner is awesome too!

    ~Linnea

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  166. Your runners are beautiful! Would love to win a copy of the book.

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  167. I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

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  168. I'd love to get a hold of that book :) Happy Birthday to your daughter!!

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  169. Great book. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  170. That is an amazing book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.
    Happy 7th birthday to your daughter :)

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  171. Here is the link for my WIP for this week
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/51802232@N04/6937976839/in/photostream
    I would love to show you the quilt I am working on but I need to keep it secret so here are the dolls instead.

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  172. I love Country Threads and this book looks wonderful! Would really like to win it!

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  173. Would love to win one of the give aways. thanks for the chance

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  174. How cool that your daughter was born on February 29th! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  175. I love charms so the book would be a great win. Thanks for the chance.

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  176. oooohhhh I have a million charm packs that would love to be made into something from this book! Love the table runners... great choice of fabric!

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  177. This looks like a great book and I love your little table runners.

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  178. Would love to win this book; thanks for the chance, Rhonda (marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  179. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book! It's looks wonderful, and your tabletoppers are charming!! It's great to see what a difference a fabric choice makes from the example in the book. Thank you for organizing this giveaway for us, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the daughter. Counting leap birthdays will come in handy when she is 90!

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  180. What lovely work i really like what you do, & yes i would love to win the book
    I am in the middle of having a change around so i have more space in my bedroom to be able to sew more & won't have to keep packing it all away so i would be able to do projects from the book easier lol
    I just become a follower
    Hugs Janice

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  181. Love, Love, Love the pictures from the book and would be thrilled to win your table runners. Thanks for a chance to win. I hope I'm not too late.

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