Friday, August 30, 2013

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? A Book Review and a Giveaway!!!

Hi, all!

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned that I had passed 900 followers, and that a giveaway would be forthcoming?  Well, I think that's a great reason to whoop it up a bit, so today's the day!  




I was also asked by Christina over at A Few Scraps to review her first book!  Some of you may know that I am a big fan of Christina's blog, and refer lots of folks to her free motion quilting tutorials, which are wonderful - a great way to learn how to do FMQ.  

I was eagerly anticipating this book, but wow, I was blown away by the actuality of it!  The first part of the book deals with the how-to part of FMQ.  There is a section on what you need before beginning, another on the basics of the process, and a third section that covers things like how to decide what type of FMQ to use on a project.  The next twenty-three pages of FMQ design ideas should give you a ton of inspiration!  

But wait, there's more!  Christina not only outlines the basics of free motion quilting, but also has twenty-four (!) great projects to hone your new skills on.  My usual method of deciding whether to purchase a book is to see how many projects "take my breath away" - a minimum of three is require before I'll consider purchasing a book.    When I counted up how many projects I wanted to make in this book, I found at least twenty I want to make, or that will give me a jumping off point for my own interpretation of the technique.  

Here are three projects I've made up from the book in just the past couple of days...


Hopefully by the end of the day tomorrow,
this will be a finished pillow cover!

I can't decide whether to make a wall hanging
or a pillow cover out of this one!

I absolutely love these bowls - super simple to make, and I can think of so many uses for them!  In my studio, I can use them to corral thread, rotary cutters, or even my bluetooth headset that I'm constantly worried I'll cut up when I'm not wearing it!  And on my dresser, I always need little "catchers" for jewelry, change, and the like.  How would you use them?








And guess what?  You can totally flip them inside out and change the look!!  I love it!! 

My daughter looked through the book and decided that she wants me to make matching quilts for the little girls by one of the quilt designs.  (There are six quilt designs, by the way, each one designed to highlight the free motion quilting you've learned to do!)

But by far the most eye-opening section for me was the Embroidered Projects!  I've been doing FMQ for four years now, and never once considered using it as embroidery on non-quilt-y projects.  What an epiphany! I'll be doing at least one project out of this section in the next week.  

The book ends with a very short and concise section about sewing and quilt construction techniques - good information but not a textbook on the process - and a very useful troubleshooting section.  I learned a lot here!  

There's a lot in this book for people new to free motion quilting, people who've been doing it for a while, even those of us who use a long-arm quilting machine!  I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to do their own free motion quilting, as Christina is an exceptional teacher and shares her experience (and yes, even her mistakes!) freely.  For those of you who have been quilting a while, I think you'll find some fresh new projects and inspiration here.  It's available in paperback and in a Kindle version on Amazon.

BUT WAIT!!  Remember I promised a giveaway?  Well, I was so excited about this book, I decided to put my money where my mouth is, and I purchased a copy to give away!!  So here's how you can have a chance to win (or two or three!).....

1.  Leave a comment!  Tell me something about your FMQ experience - your biggest quilt on a home machine, the most creative thing you've made, or the biggest "oops" you've ever done!  Have fun with it!

2.  Follow this blog, or let me know you already do!  If you follow through something other than Google Friend Connect, I'd love to know how you follow (just for curiosity's sake).

3.  Join the Whoop Whoop Friday linky party!  It's fun and a great way to get encouragement and inspiration! (Your link below will be your entry for this chance.)

3.  Spread the word about the giveaway by mentioning it on your blog and linking back to this post.  Come back and leave a comment letting me know you did!

Leave a separate comment for each entry.  And be sure you leave an email address if you're a no-reply blogger (or think it's possible you might be!)  I ALWAYS reply to your comments, so if you've commented here before and I've never emailed back, you're a no-reply blogger.  Leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!!

You can enter until next Thursday, September 5th at 5 pm CST.  I'll draw a winner and announce it on next week's Whoop Whoop Friday post!  And if you just can't wait to get a copy of this book (and who could blame you?) you can get it sent right to your door here on Amazon!

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And now it's your turn to whoop it up!!

What have you been working on this week?


What's made you dance the happy dance?

For anyone who's new, it doesn't have to be a finish -
just something you're excited about!

I'll leave the linky party open until 
Thursday at 5 pm this week - 

Be there or be square!!

Hugs!

Sarah



229 comments:

  1. You're going to have comment overload, Sarah! I've linked up :-)

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  2. And I follow you on my blog sidebar (the best way, right?!). 900???? That's awesome.

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  3. As for FMQ - it's a definite work in progress. I can stipple now, and do sketchy appliqué FMQ, but other than that I'm straight line all the way. So the book would be a service to my quilt recipients, really ;-).
    Thanks for the giveaway - I'll mention it on my Sunday post and come back then. Whoop whoop!

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  4. 900! Wow. I am a follower. I also follow you on my sidebar.

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  5. Congrats on 900! I will definitely link up this week!

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  6. I quilt with my machine's walking foot a lot of the time. Vertical or horizontal wavy lines, sometimes grids, sometimes in the ditch, sometimes randomly spaced vertical and horizontal lines. Some of my quilts I free motion meander with a quilting foot.
    I always quilt on a domestic sewing machine. The largest quilt I have ever quilted is "Easy Street" which was about 94" square. That was with a free motion meander. Not easy with a quilt that large.

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  7. Every time I FMQ on my domestic I start out sooo nervous. By the end of it, I have confidence and it looks great. Then I start all over again on the next quilt. I sing, "it feels like the first time...". I don't think that's what the song is about..lol

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  8. When I first started quilting on my Longarm for others, I loaded my backing sideways. It is a horrible feeling to get to the end of a back and still have quilting to do on the top. I will only make that mistake once!

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  9. I'm a very happy follower. Congrats on 900!

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  10. You know I follow you, Sarah!! And I am thrilled that I do.

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  11. The biggest quilt I have quilted on my domestic machine was my "Swoon" quilt. I am just learning to quilt as of June of this year!

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  12. I always do a Whoop Whoop! every Friday!! You are one encouraging women.....Thanks!!

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  13. I am a definite beginner at FMQ - my old machine has a universal darning foot so it really doesn't fit all that well so makes a tremendous noise when I do it so I tend not to!! Maybe I need to buy myself a new machine... hhmmm now we're talkin'!!!

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  14. Your free-motion quilting looks great! I've been getting out of my comfort zone and practice different free-motion designs. The largest quilt I've done on my home sewing machine was a queen size log cabin quilt. I was new at quilting so I only did diagonal lines.

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  15. Love your bowls. I love trying out FMQ even if I am not an expert! My biggest quilt on my machine is a double bed quilt when I was first starting quilting

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  16. I have linked up this week because I have sewn a stack of blocks into a flimsy! Thanks for the giveaway

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  17. I have posted about your giveaway on my blog, even though I was really tempted to keep it to myself!

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  18. Love this book it sounds amazing. FMQ is on my to do list. I haven't tried yet sounds like this is the right book for me. Thank you for the give away and hosting the linky party. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

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  19. I follow your blog on Wordpress Reader. Each time you post Wordpress picks up your blog and adds to my reader menu. I forgot to say in previous comment that the biggest sewing project I made was a quilt 76 x 80 inches. Thank you for the giveaway and congrats on you 900 followers. Looks like you have a lot more if you count the other blog providers. Have a great weekend. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

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  20. I love fmq and use it on quilts and non-quilt projects. Last year I won first prize for my book covers in a Bernina Day Challenge at The City Quilter, Manhattan - that was pretty special for me :)

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  21. I'm a follower on GFC and on Bloglovin :)

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  22. I am STILL a novice at FMQ! I have sewed - alot! - for over 40 years, but this technique still is not mastered. I am sure that somewhere, there is a sentence in a book that will make a lightbulb go off in my head, and I will be able to begin to make progress.

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  23. I followed you with GFC, and now I follow you on feedly and bloglovin!

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  24. I'm still very new with quilting, so FMQ has been a challenge! I think trying to stop and make the right movement is ever so hard!

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  25. I am your follower via Bloglovin :)

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  26. I'm only just learning FMQ & I need all the help I can get. Thanks for the great review & for the giveaway.

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  27. I follow your blog via Bloglovin, thanks!

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  28. I've only used a FMQ foot once, but it sure was fun! I mostly do straight line quilting with my walking foot.

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  29. My biggest quilt was a twin size, actually 2 of them for a girlfriend to use at her beach house, using lots of blue, green, and tan batiks that were evocative of ocean/sea/sand. I do mostly free motion meandering with my machine. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  30. Wow this book sounds really great.
    My FMQ history is terrible, I have decided I am hopeless at it and have stuck to Straight Line quilting for the last few years.
    I did recently purchase a Janome 1600 straight stitch machine and have tested it and am in love and I think it's going to solve all my FMQ issues.

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  31. I am getting more confident with FMQ. I signed up to a couple of Craftsy classes to help me improve. Just need to keep practising. Love those little bowls of yours, too.

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  32. I am getting more confident with FMQ. I signed up to a couple of Craftsy classes to help me improve. Just need to keep practising. Love those little bowls of yours, too.

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  33. You know I have been following you forever :)

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  34. I am a follower. I just use blogger right now.

    I have only done small projects on my DM. I did a queen sized flannel with out line quilting and promptly went and bought my HQ16.

    I taught both my DILs to sew/quilt. My FMQ story is about them. They like FM on the HQ but they tend to get a little over zealous in the beginning. I would be in the kitchen and they would be in the basement. I would holler, "Slow down!!" which would often soon be followed by "Help" from the basement. I thought I was going to have to put a drag on the machine to make one of them slow down but she finally got it.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  35. I fmq up to a twins sized on my domestic sewing machine. I have to say I loved fmq so much I have a long arm now!!! I love it and I would love a chance to win!

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  36. The book sounds fantastic and I'm putting it on my wish list right now. With Christmas coming, I need to give hubby ideas. I haven't done much FMQ yet, too many other projects took priority, but I'm starting to work on some now.

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  37. I love following you! Thanks for the chance to win.

    P.S. I'd love to Whoop it up this week but it is a secret until it arrives at its destination so I'll have to wait until next week.

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  38. Looks like a fanastic book!! Crib quilt is my largest on a domestic machine..my biggest oooops!! Well that was on my Tiara...putting the bobbin in backwards; I know!! kept snagging thread and bad stitches. But we learn!!

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  39. I'm always working on my FMQ but find myself in a rut sometimes using the tried and true, I'm still trying to get those feathers just right :).

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  40. I follow you through Goggle and Bloglovin.

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  41. I've done some FMQ, mostly with blocks that I QAYG. But I recently upgraded to a LAQ and I'm loving it!!

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  42. I follow through your sidebar email subscription service

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  43. I mostly free motion quilt. Basically I do an all around half circle stitch or feathers and loops. Thanks for the chance.

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  44. I'm joining your linky party to Whoop it up!

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  45. I also will mention the giveaway on my blog! Thanks for the multiple chances to win!

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  46. Thanks for hosting WHoop WHoop Friday and for the giveaway! I've linked up-

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  47. I'm a new quilter and just bought a FMQ foot- but I have yet to use it! I'm excited to learn though. Thanks for the giveaway!

    onehotstove AT gmail DOT com

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  48. Christina gave me the tools and confidence to start fmq. I joined her quilt along just after I bought my new Juki, and I found she was the first person who could break down the steps in a way that worked for me. Thanks for the chances to win her book!

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  49. I linked up with a quilt I free motioned!

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  50. I follow your blog through Bloglovin.

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  51. I've only been quilting for about a year and here's a link to my quilt that I did FMQing on. Overall it was a great success and I learned that I liked swirls! It's on my old blog, here: http://dianamattoni.com/blog/puppy-patchwork---my-first-quilt

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  52. I usually do straight line quilting - my biggest FMQ project was lap sized!

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  53. I've linked my current project! (And I have your linky button in my sidebar).

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  54. I haven't tried free motion yet. I've only done three quilts so far, and I am just happy that on the last one my straight lines were actually straight. I will be trying free motion soon though, probably on some placemats or pillow covers to start with.

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  55. I've shared you blog link and giveaway on my facebook page rather than on my blog because I have more followers on facebook than on the blog. (I do however have your linky button in my sidebar on my blog)

    Here's the link to my post: https://www.facebook.com/sewystuff/posts/519623131447849

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  56. I blogged about it today:
    http://www.new2quilting.blogspot.com/2013/08/friday-finish-83013.html

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  58. When new to FMQ I quilted a California King quilt on my domestic machine using whatever Leah Day had on her blog that day. It was hearts and swirls. Wow. That took forever!

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  60. Yup. Comment overload! But count me in! It's my first entry to a giveaway! Wish me luck. I follow through a bar link. I FMQ my very first bed quilt last week! Sent it out the door on Wednesday for a 6 year olds birthday. I FMQ butterflies for her flower fairy quilt. Since then I have FMQ two baby quilts. I think I'm getting the hang of it.

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  61. I have only done lap size quilts on my machine and stitch in the ditch or other straight line quilting is what I stick too. I would love to see what techniques she has in the book. I need to up my game.

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  62. L love FMQ, I just tried 3 new patterns on some of the 100 quilts for kids so fun. My biggest oops was on the DSM doing free motion, really into the groove and things moving along only to find out a few thousand stitches later that I sewed a bottom corner to the top corner. No matter how I want to be more efficient, you just can not quilt the top and the bottom at the same time :) And that wasn't the only time I did that :(

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  63. I added some of my quilts for 100 quilts for kids to the linky party

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  64. I posted about your giveaway http://suedaurio.blogspot.com/2013/08/a-few-finishes-friday.html

    Thanks for such a chance to win such an awesome prize!

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  65. Hope your ready to read - lots of comments coming your way. Those bowls are cool - I think I would use them in my kitchen for fruits and veges! I follow with bloglovin - have a great weekend!

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  66. looks liek a great book -- I fmq all my quilts and recently I completed a king size art quilt.

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  67. Great giveaway! My FMQ expertise is minimal...ive really only tried meandering, spiral circle and loops. I would love to get some more help especially in the troubleshooting category!

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  68. I just linked up my finish as well! Thanks again for the great giveaway!

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  69. I've only done FMQ once on a quilt. It was my very first quilt, and I had no experience, just decided to do some leaf patterns around the outer border. I don't even remember how I did it, or knowing how to lower the feeds, or anything. Now I've been quilting a bit, doing straight lines, or maybe wavy ones here & there. I want to learn!!

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  70. I'd love to learn how to do FMQ (I haven't done any projects with it so far) and it looks like this book would be a great way to learn!

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  71. Hi
    Long time no talkie! I have 0 experence with FMQ.

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  72. Off to post on me blog. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  73. I recently tackled a king sized quilt on my Janome (it has a big throat space), I FMQ it with an all over flower pattern. It was fun. I'm always looking for ways to improve my FMQ skills, perhaps this book will help!

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  74. Of course I follow you! You are fabulous!

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  75. I've done some basic free motion quilting of loops and stars, leaves, hearts, spider webs, etc. I practice a lot on donation quilts and I've quilted all the way from baby quilts to queen-sized quilts all on my plain Jane DSM.

    Biggest ooops...I'll be ripping out some flowers I quilted on a donation quilt. On the last quarter of the quilt the backing fabric got all folded up and I quilted over it and it's a yucky mess. I'm going out of town tomorrow to a wedding and while my husband drives I'll be frogging. I guess you should never hurry to get things done.

    Looks like an awesome book.

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  76. Right now I'm practicing FMQ daisies and butterflies on my niece's quilt, which I am quilting on a 122 year treadle.
    The biggest quilt I ever quilted was a king size on my Janome, the next one will be a lot easier on the treadle since there is so much room!
    missysaprons@gmail.com

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  77. I follow you through Bloglovin'!

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  78. Although I visit your blog every week I've never been an official follower until today.

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  79. I joined the linky party!
    missysaprons@gmail.com

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  80. I mentioned the Giveaway on my blog today.

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  81. I suck at FMQ and need all the help I can get! I think the biggest oops I do and I do it all the time is I forget to put the presser foot down and end up with a bird's nest of bobbin thread on the back. Yikes! thriftstorecraft at yahoo dot com

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  82. I follow you on Bloglovin'. thriftstorecrafter at yahoo dot com

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  83. I follow on Bloglovin' and used to on Google Reader.

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  84. I have a hard time starting and stopping to change designs, in the quilting area, its like skating, I have to roll to the side (wall) I have a new Janome 6600 and learning to FMQ, so I think this book is a must to read.

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  85. I'm a novice FMQer, beginning on a Bernina 820. DH just bought me a Millenium, so now I guess that makes me also a novice long armer. I need to start practicing...at the moment I'm very comfortable meandering and that's about it.

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  86. Your post has been published.

    You've posted to: SIMPLESEW

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  87. You inspire the rest of us as usual!

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  88. Would love to win this book because I've been wanting to make a FMQ quilt. I bought a darning foot and that's about as far as I got LOL. Thanks!

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  89. I follow you on bloglovin! Thanks!

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  90. I had the pleasure of doing a FMQ-along with Christina a couple years ago and really learned a lot...up until I just totally dropped the ball. I'd love to continue again via her new book. Awesome giveaway, Sarah - thanks for the chance to win it. Congrats on surpassing 900 followers!

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  91. Linked my whoop-whoop for the week!

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  92. I've been trying to learn FMQ, and little by little I'm getting better at it. My biggest "oops" happened early on when I didn't have the backing flat & I had quilted folds all down one side. So now after I've pin basted, I always flip it over to check the other side before quilting. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  93. I'm a GFC follower & also with Bloglovin'. Thanks.

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  94. I finished an intricate quilt with lovely lame in it, and melted the lame pieces when I pressed it before pin basting. ?Had to remove and repiece it. Book sounds great!!
    LeeAnna Paylor

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  95. I follow by email. Thanks for the chance!

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  96. Haven't tried FMQ, but will soon. The quilting I've done is following designs on fabric, stitch in the ditch and things like that.

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  97. Love the bowls!!! And the FMQ of course! My biggest FMQ on my Bernina was my son's queen size log cabin quilt...

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  98. Oops! Forgot to tell you I am your devoted follower!!!

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  99. I tried to do FMQ on this great Philip Jacobs floral fabric in a big block quilt - it was going to be butterflies - they looked like butterflies from Chernobyl.

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  100. I follow you through Bloglovin' :D

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  101. I've had classes on FM quilting, but, it just didn't take back then. I have been trying to do more machine quilting (straight line) lately, and would like to try FM again, but, I've forgotten everything I learned way back when. I just finished straight line quilting a baby quilt. No puckers, looks great! Woohoo!

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  102. Of course I follow your blog. I signed up several hundred members ago, at least. Thanks for the chance. I'll be joining the Whoop Whoop linky party later this weekend.

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  103. I just made a whoops but I feel it is more like a grrrrrr!! To sum it up I was supposed to cut fabric as mirror images and I failed to notice this in the instructions! Now unless I figure something else, I just wasted 10 FQs and am grumpy as a bear!! I really feel like crying... But! I'm going to put on my big girl panties and figure something out!

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  104. I follow your blog via Bloglovin' - thanks for the chance... I would love to learn how to FMQ and this book looks like the perfect place to start!

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  105. As for my FMQ it has all ended in disaster. I am wanting to give it another try soon.

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  106. I am a beginner FMQer, so most of my projects are straight lines!

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  107. Love your bowls...so pretty! So far I haven't attempted to FMQ anything bigger than some large lap quilts.

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  108. The largest quilt I ever did on my home machine is 100" x 100". I will never do it again. My neck and shoulders were killing me after that quilt.

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  109. The largest quilt I made on my home machine was a twin size quilt.

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  110. I found your blog yesterday and follow you via email.

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  111. I FMQ'ed some back and forth lines in the white setting triangles of a large throw-size quilt. Loved it, but need to practice a lot more!

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  112. I am FMQ a lap size quilt for my mom right now, my first project, it KILLS my carpal tunnel/arm/shoulder :/ I'd love the book to learn some tips and tricks :)
    xoxo melzie

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  113. I am a happy follower of your blog through RSS feed - I read in The Old Reader now that Google Reader has disappeared.

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  114. Hi Sarah! I joined your linky this week :*)

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  115. The largest quilt I have FMQ'd on my machine was an over-sized queen for my mom. I even got crazy and FMQ'd some really nice feathers - never would have dreamed I could do that until I just bit the bullet and decided to try it!

    Thanks for the giveaway - I'd love to win a copy of that book. It looks like a keeper!

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  116. The biggest thing I have FMQ'd on my DSM is a double bed-sized quilt. It was a long haul, but I got it done! Any tips are always welcome to me, so I'd love tow in this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  117. Hi! I just came from her site and I am excited for the chance to win her book! My fmq experience is only about a year old now...SO I need this book!
    The wildest project I have ever made is on the blog today! It was a peacock quilt...Whew!

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  118. I am a follower here and LOVE IT!

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  119. I just looked at this book on Amazon but they don't have it yet and neither does my LQS.
    About 10 years ago I quilted a flannel king size quilt on my little Bernina. Haven't done it since and don't plan on it. I now rent a LA at my LQS.
    Can't wait to get my hands on this book.

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  120. I have never FMQ'd anything and I really want to learn so this book would be so beneficial to me! congrats and thanks for the giveaway!

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  121. My largest quilt is a teenager sized quilt I made for my son.I FMQd it, my first FMQ quilt which I cheerish so much

    regards
    Sonalee

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  122. Hi Sarah, I'm a follower. My most creative quilt was one I made my son Will when he was heading off to college. I called it 'All about William". I made him what I call a life experiences quilt. It was multiple bookshelves filled with books because he loves to read. Each book had a hand written title that had something to do with his life.
    Thanks for the chance to win the book. I need all the help I can get with FMQ.

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  123. The biggest quilt I quilted was a twin size for my nephew Tom. I mostly stitched in the ditch, but had some fun in the borders with easy squares in squares. Mary

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  124. I follow you with Bloglovin. Love the quilt on the top of your blog. It's on my to do list. Mary

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  125. I have yet to get the hang of FMQ so I have a stack of projects that need finishing.

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  126. And I've given you a shoutout in my latest blog post http://shushimquilting.blogspot.co.nz/2013/09/abc-quilt-long-getting-started.html
    Cheers !

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  127. I follow you on Bloglovin. Thankss for your wonderful blog!

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  128. The biggest quilt I ever free-motioned was a twin size. All I did was stipple. I've done fancier stuff on small items that I can control better. I still have a lot to learn and this book looks great. Thanks for sharing!

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  129. I am a new Google Friend :)
    I love your blog, thanks for the opportunity!

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  130. The biggest quilt I've ever done on my home machine was my orange and yellow string quilt. Backed in minky. Yes, I'm insane. Never again, I assure you. I haven't quilted much of anything lately. Hoping to get a shot at using my SILs long arm.

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  131. I just signed up on the email link. I have three quilts waiting to be quilted modern ones and I dont know where to start to be honest.

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  132. My biggest oops was I made a king size top and a super king size back 15 inches to this date I don't know why the math was so completely wrong

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  133. My biggest oops was I made a king size top and a super king size back 15 inches to this date I don't know why the math was so completely wrong

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  134. I have FMQ a twin quilt or three on my Bernina. A lot of work but not that hard - mostly the yarding it around to get the stitching where you want it is the worst part.

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  135. I follow you via reader. Thanks for the chance

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  136. Looks like a great book. My worst FMQ mistake was sewing my fingernail into the quilt.....I had to cut my nail and unpick my stitching!

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  137. I would love that book! I keep buying things to help you do it but have tried anything over 12 x 12. Maybe this book would get me going!

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  138. I follow by GFC, Wow 900 that would be amazing!

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  139. I'm still just an FMQ practicer :/ I am a chicken so, I just "grid" quilt. Someday, I will be brave :) Thanks for a terrific giveawy :)

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  140. I have only FMQ a small wall hanging, this book would be an awesome addition to my book stash. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  141. I am a follower through bloglovin.

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  142. i am new follower of your blog!

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  143. My FMQ experience, I've pretty much mastered the all over design, and am starting to move out of my comfort zone into different designs. my biggest quilt was a king sized one! It was huge and took forever!! But worth it, I love it!

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  144. What a great giveaway especially for a beginning FMQer. (Like me ! LOL) I've been stepping out with my FMQing for a couple of months now by doing other things than stippling.

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  145. I usually join the Whoop Whoop linky party hehe ;)

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  146. I mentioned the give away in my blog post, hopefully some of my followers will follow you!!! :D

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  147. I have done two FMQs . One is in a small quilt and another is big quilt. I think I don't dare to FMQ again.

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  148. I'm really an absolute beginner on FMQ yet! My fear of ruining a beautiful project it's something I must overcome. Have tried only FMQ on 2 mini quilts. I was not happy, of course. But I'm trying to love the process of learning. Though task, so far! tks fr the chance, xx

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  149. Hi Sarah, I am new,sent over by Pretty by Hand blog, but I will be a follower for sure,love what I have read. I am getting more comfortable with FMQ,but always at a loss as to the design to use, I am so tired of my loops! Her book looks like a breath of fresh air! Largest quilt was a full size, my family thinks I need to finish it all the way! I could use a fresh dose of inspiration! Thanks,Bonnie Nyquist bonniesline at aol dot com

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  150. I'm a follower...but even more...I'm inspired by your blog! I love FMQ words of inspiration into quilts I finish for Project Linus. Like: You are a star; Smile!; Live, Love and Laugh; Dare to Dream and my favorite: You are awesome! How wonderful to receive those words of inspiration on a quilt they'll have forever! YAH!!!

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  151. During my first FMQ experience, I was heartbroken to turn it over and see so many webby strings. Tension problems, I guess. I sucked it up, plucked stitches, and found a real sense of pride in taking the time to get it right. That showed me a reason I had never imagined for enjoying FMQ.

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  152. I JUST started quilting so I've only done FMQ on tiny practice pieces, but I would LOVE to learn more! So far I'm too intimidated to quilt with anything other than straight lines! kedcreations at gmail dot com

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  153. I have finally found a sewing project that showcases fabric scraps I treasure.

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  154. I have free motioned on three quilts now and love it. I have even talked my sisters into trying it. My best was a baby quilt with little hearts in it.

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  155. I am a follower. Love reading your blog.

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  156. I haven't done much FMQ. I do own a FMQ foot that hasn't ever been on the machine. I have to get over my fear of ruining something. I think this book may be able to do that for me. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  157. I have no experience in FMQ but if I win the book maybe I can learn, thanks for the chance.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  158. I signed up to follow you via email.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  159. I've never done fmq, but I'd like to try...

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  160. I just found your blog on bloglovin and started following.

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  161. I did connecting hearts on the border of a baby quilt earlier this year.

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  162. I can't believe how much you get done! AMAZING!! Was following you via email but just switched you to bloglovin.

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  163. Just finished a quilt, 102 x 102 - mostly straight line stitching due to size and time. I love the pebble quilting, it just takes a lot of time.

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  164. My biggest oops would be FMQing a baby quilt and was so happy and proud to finish and it looks great and there was this huge wrinkle caught right in the middle of the quilt where everyone could see. No, I did not unpick but gave it to the parents of the baby and they appreciated it anyway.
    lowson@swbell.net

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  165. I've just signed up to follow you by email. Your blog is great. Thank you for the chance to win.
    lowson@swbell.net

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  166. I came over from "A Few Scraps" just in time! I do my own quilting (someone once told me that makes me an actual quilter and not just a piecer), but I'm not very good. I usually meander, but I'm ready to do something more systematic.

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