Sunday, April 17, 2011

Amy shares her inspirations and WIN her BOOK!! xx

Hi all! I'm Amy from Amy's Creative Side,
thanks for asking me to share here today Rebecca!

Designing quilts has become a favorite pass time for me. I am constantly on the look out for a new shape, or color combination that inspires me to make it with fabric! Usually, I design first, then purchase fabric, but I've also been known to have a pile of fabric taunt me until I find the perfect solution for it!

I started designing my own patterns when I found that many of the patterns being offered were cutting the beautiful prints I love into teeny pieces - making it difficult to see and appreciate the print. Plus, like all of you, I'm too busy to spend years working on the same quilt.

For inspiration I love to collect favorite on Flickr. I've made a few mosaics where I grouped similar favorites together - this helps me to see what I'm drawn to, and make great inspiration posts on my blog.

You can find the link to each of these HERE

Links HERE
  Another great place for inspiration is pinterest. Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board. It allows you to collect pictures and keeps track of where you found them, so you can easily refer to your favorite tutorial, you can never remember the name of, or see what might be new on that site.

Coming up next month is a mega dose of inspiration - Bloggers' Quilt Festival is a bi-annual event that I host on my blog, for all blogging quilters! Each quilter shares their current favorite, and posts the story of how the quilt came about, or why this quilt is special. There will be a massive group of links on my blog starting May 13, and a great group of sponsors with prizes for those that participate. The Festival is not judged in any way, so anyone is encouraged to jump in and join the community! It's a great way to meet new friends online too!

After sketching, drafting, and lots of calculating and piecing, just two months ago my first book was released! Modern Basics : Easy Quilts to Fit Your Budget, Space and Style is chalk full of patterns for new quilters looking for a place to start their quilting journey, and offer inspiration for years to come. Most of the patterns in Modern Basics are one block repeated and turned. This is ideal for a new quilter especially, since all the cutting and piecing can be done efficiently - and you see progress with each sewing session.

I have one copy of Modern Basics to giveaway, and more in stock in my shop if you would like to purchase a signed copy for yourself.

Above all - remember to enjoy the quilting process!
Amy

Thank you so much Amy for stopping by and sharing your Design ideas. xx The delightful Amy is generously giving away a book to win... So,

Wanna Win a copy of her BOOK for yourself???
It's Easy...  Just leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Giveaway will close
Tues 9pm Aussie time..  So get in quick!
Make sure you leave a way I can contact you.

**Giveaway NOW CLOSED**
and i'll see you...Wednesday for

212 comments:

  1. I'd love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. Wow.. what a great book that would be

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  3. I would love to get my hands on this book - thanks for the chance and Happy Stitching!

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  4. Wow, love seeing your inspiration mosaics! Thanks for sharing with us. And, of course, I would love to get a copy of your book!

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  5. Thanks for your design tips Amy, and the chance to win your new book.

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  6. Love Amy and the Bloggers' Quilt Fesr!

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  7. I started my quilting journey with Amy as she led the quilt a long for the second ever quilt I made. I also learned a lot making a sampler quilt with her this summer. I feel like she is a friend to me and I would cherish a copy of her book!

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  8. Would love to have this book!
    ethet (at) charter (dot)net

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  9. OH I'm so excited about Blogger's Quilt Fest again! so much fun. And I can't wait to see your book in person and get to peruse it, it looks fabulous.

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  10. LOVE! Thanks for the giveaway--I've flipped through this book and it's great!

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  11. I like Amy's idea that some fabrics are just too pretty to cut into tiny pieces. That book looks great with its fresh modern quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  12. I keep putting off buying this book, so I'm excited for a chance to win it! Thanks you!

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  13. Looking forward to the next Blogger's Quilt Festival, Amy! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. Good to know more about the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I'd heard about it, but didn't really know what it was! Thanks for the feature. :)

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  15. I love what I've seen of this book ...fingers are crossed!

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  16. I'd love very much to win this book! Great inspiration!

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  17. This book is on my list! It looks fantastic--thanks for the chance!

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  18. Ooooohhhh ... yes please!!!!!
    Andi x

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  19. Would love that book! I'm just a beginner quilter so Im in desperate need of some tips and inspiration.

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  20. SerĂ­aun honor contar con una copia del libro.
    Gracias por la oportunidad de participar.

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  21. That would be a wonderful gift to win, thank you for the chance

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  22. Oh wow that would be awesome! i LOVE the colors! thanks for the opporunity! Dani at Tinytablesewing.blogspot.com! tinytablesewing@gmail.com

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  23. I love Blogger's Quilt Festival! I would be so nice to win Amy's book. Thanks for the chance.

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  24. This book looks great! I'm looking forward to the blogger's quilt festival!

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  25. I just took a peek through some pages on Amazon and this book looks amazing =D I would love to win. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  26. It was wonderful to see all those lovely colors in this post on this dreary rainy day!:)

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  27. She is such a inspiration, love Amy's use of color! Would be a great book to have, thanks!

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  28. Those inspiration mosaics are great! I'll have to check out pinterest and see if I can get my inspiration more organised :)

    I've heard great things about this book! Thank you both for the chance.

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  29. This book looks fabulous. Amy is such a wonderful generous quilter. She has devoted so much of her time to the Bloggers Quilt Festival. I hope she knows she is appreciated.

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  30. I would love to have this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. Thanks for the inspiration today about design! And for a chance to win such a great looking book.

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  32. Looks like a great book!
    brandyschell@gmail.com

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  33. I love the idea of amy's single block quilts.

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  34. Looks like an excellent book, would love a copy, thanks! rebeccabarrett35@gmail.com

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  35. oooh amy i would LOVE to win this book!!!
    i would also love to review it for yoU!

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  36. What great insperation. I would love to have this book. Thanks

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  37. I'd love to win this book - thanks for the chance! :)

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  38. Amy's book looks like a great place to get some inspiration!

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  39. I'm always looking for new inspiration. Your book looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  40. i have been working on my first quilt and feeling quite lost! I would love to win a copy of this book...the quilt on the cover is awesome!

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  41. I've been wanting this book for awhile. I think Amy's quilts are stunning & unique.

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  42. I'm a total beginner, I made a quilt for my son when I was pregnany (he's now 4) and totally enjoyed it. I'm working on my 2nd quilt now and I'm LOVING all the tips I've been coming across. I would LOVE to win a copy of your book!!! :)

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  43. Awesome! I've had this book on my Amazon wishlist for forever!

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  44. This book has some great quilt patterns ... would LOVE to win a copy!

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  45. I soooooooo want this book!!!!!! Thanks for the chance!!

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  46. sounds great...mamdaray(at)bigpond(dot)com
    great prize...xxx

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  47. My kind of quilt book right now - fresh and simple. Please enter me in the draw, and thank you Rebecca and Amy for the chance to win.

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  48. I am just getting started in the quilting world and would LOVE this book for inspiration!

    lifeasalee@gmail.com

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  49. i would love this book for inspiration. i m a quiltaholic.

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  50. Oh, it looks like a book I really need. Thanks for a chance to win it.

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  51. I love your mosaics! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  52. Oh it's in my wishlist so here is hoping!!!
    Wonderful interview/chat, I love learning about designers and other crafters.

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  53. This is so inspiring - and just what I needed to give me the push to start my very first quilt thanks so much

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  54. Maybe this time I'll get lucky and win.....grin.

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  55. Ooohh I would love to win this book, Im new to quilting and could definetly use it! Thanks for the chance

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  56. Thanks Amy for stopping by. The blogger's quilt festival sounds great and i have just discovered pinterest myself and think its fantastic as i always loose the pics that interest me. Thanks for a giveaway and looking forward to Week 3 Quilt 101!!

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  57. I would love a chance to win this book. Thanx!

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  58. I would love to have this book. Thanks for a chance!

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  59. Gorgeous Quilts. Love them all!

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  60. Oooh I'd love to win this book!!

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  61. I also get a lot of inspiration from pinteret! I would love to have Amy's book. Thanks for a chance!

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  62. Amy's book looks very inspirational!!

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  63. I think i would really love this book.

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  64. Oh, thank you so much, I'd love to have the opportunity to have a copy

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  65. I save favourites too in FlickR but had not thought of looking at them like that. I would love the chance to win this book.

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  66. Great read.... so much inspiration out there... I'd love to offer you book a home in my sewing room....
    Hugz

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  67. I am really enjoying these posts! They are so informative and thought provoking!
    I love the book!

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  68. Hello and thank you for Amy's thoughts! I love her quilts and that Quilt Festival she organize, is just amazing! I would be really happy to have Amy's book! Sunny wishes and waiting Wednesday's class!
    nerospost@gmail.com

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  69. I love the Bloggers Quilt Festival...already thinking which one I'm going to feature! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  70. Yay! Another bloggers quilt festival.Looking forward to that and Amy's book looks great. Count me in for a chance to win please.

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  71. I would love a copy of the book! Thanks for the chance! Really enjoying the Quilt Class 101!!! Frances

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  72. What an inspiring and talented artist. Thank you for the opportunity to win her book.

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  73. I cannot say no to a new quilt book, so yes please! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway, happy quilting Sue SA.

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  74. I'd love to win!! :) Thank you and
    keep my fingers crossed :)

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  75. Lovely post and that book looks great!! :-)

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  76. Loved this post by Amy. Flickr mosaics are such a good idea for inspiration.

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  77. Thank you heaps would love to win a copy of this book, such an inspiring quilter and I love the blog fest.....happy quilting.

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  78. I thought that everyone has already Amy's book and I'm the only one late...

    Anyway, I would love to win Amy's book!

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  79. Thanks for sharing your story Amy. I would love your book.

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  80. I've been seeing Amy's book and thought it looked really usable! I love the cover quilt. Please enter me! Thanks!

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  81. I would love to design my own quilt but I'm too scared that I'd mess it up.lol

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  82. Oh Yes please! could I be so lucky?

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  83. thanks for the chance to win your new book, and for all your great designing tips :)

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  84. My birthday is April 18, this book would be a great gift for me. Thanks for the chance to enter--keeping my fingers crossed!

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  85. I never thought to use Flickr in that way. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait for Quilt Bloggers Festival. I am desperate need of some inspiration lately.

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  86. I'd love to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the change to win it! I've seen a few of the quilts it contains and I want to make them all!!!! :)

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  87. Quilt Bloggers Festival sounds awesome! Great idea. Pinterest is also a good idea, I had some trouble trying to join, but will pursue that. I hate rummaging around, trying to remember where I saw something I wanted to try. And the book -- well, it looks perfect for the stash of modern fabrics I've been collecting!

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  88. The book looks wonderful. I am looking forward to the Bloggers Quilt Festival.

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  89. I love the images of the rainbow collection - so pretty.

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  90. I would love the book! I'm off to group some of my flickr and pinterest faves for inspiration!

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  91. This looks like it would be a great book to add to my library!!

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  92. Love the title of the book, sounds like a must have for a total beginner like me. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  93. I have lots of teacher quilt to finish for the end of this school year and your book has so many great patterns that I really need to have your book! The cover quilt would be perfect.

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  94. Thanks very much for a chance, I'd love to try making the quilts in this great book.

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  95. I love the Quilt Festival! So many beautiful things to see. Thanks Amy.

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  96. excited for quilt festival!! so much fun

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  97. I would love a copy of Amy's book, thanks for the chance to win.

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  98. What a fantastic book and what an inspiration amy is, would love to win a copy. Cheers

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  99. Really like the idea of putting photos together for inspiration and hearing the process of sewist! thanks for the chance to win the book!
    elsa dot hart at gmail dot come

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  100. I've looked through this book at my LQS and have been wanting my guild to get it in their library, so I'd love to win it! Thanks for the great interview with Amy, too!

    Sandy A

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  101. I would love to win a copy! Thanks!

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  102. I would love to win a copy of Amy's book. Thanks for the give away.
    Julie
    jaaverill@aol.com

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  103. I love Amy's blog as well as her style. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  104. How exciting!! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  105. Great giveaway! Thank you for sharing. I have seen Amy's book and it is great.

    Have a super great day.

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  106. Looks like a very good book. I hope I win.

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  107. What lovely quilts! I would love to win a copy of Amy's book.

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  108. Modern Basic's is on my wishlist! Thanks for the chance to win a copy :)

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  109. Flickr is great - I love that City Green quilt, too.

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  110. I would love to win a copy of Modern Basics! I truly love making the simple, easy quilt.
    Best wishes,
    Gayle
    gag7949 at hotmail dot com

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  111. Oooh - I just love getting a new quilting blog to follow. Checking out your quilts.

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  112. Thanks for the chance. I'd love this book.
    sethdeziATgmailDOTcom

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  113. I would love to have a copy of her book! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  114. Oh, I'd love to make some quilts from this book! THANKS for the chance!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  115. What a great offer for someone lucky. Thanks and looking forward to the Bloggers quilt festival next month

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  116. Oh YES please. That is one of the books on my wish list and actually one at the very top of the list. She's got such a great sense of color and design.

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  117. I would love to get my hands on a copy of this book! Thanks :)

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  118. O I so wan to win this one, looks like such a great book!

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  119. I agree - much as I love scrappy cut'em up quilts like Ohmigosh, I have some fabrics in my stash that deserve a bigger showcase - fabulous book for a giveaway!

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  120. I'd love to own Amy's book1 Thanks for counting me in, Rebecca.

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  121. As an English speaker, I struggle with books written in Czech. Would love to win this to help me with my quilting skills

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  122. I'm loving you class! I'd love a chance to win her book!

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  123. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  124. I'm enjoying your quilting 101. I've wanted Amy's book since she announced that she was writing it. Thanks for the giveaway Rebecca and Amy!

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  125. Books are my favorite things to win. Thanks for the chance!

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  126. What a great book! I will defintrly check out the bloggers quilt festival.

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  127. Wow, I just drool for this book, it looks so great and inspirational!

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  128. Would absolutely love to win!
    zucchinisummer (at) gmail (dot) com

    or just comment on my blog. :) Thanks for a chance.

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  129. Thanks so much for the chance .... fingers, toes, and eyes crossed !!!!

    Jayne

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  130. I am sew(so,sorry about the pun!)new to all this but am desperate to start quilting. Your book really appeals to me. i love the quilt on the cover. I am a little overwhelmed could your book help me get started? krvermeer@yahoo.com.au

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  131. Pick me!!!!!!!
    Thanks for the design tips Amy :)
    I'm totally loving quilt class 101

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  132. Thanks for talking about your inspiration and for the giveaway.

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  133. I love Flickr for inspiration too! It is fun to know how designers find their muse--thanks for sharing. And for the giveaway!

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  134. Enjoyed reading about your inspiration tool. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  135. Wow! A great giveaway AND in Australia! Thanks for the chance. My fifth baby is coming next Tuesday so this would be great to read when I'm feeding away at night.

    bpkdmurphy(at)gmail(dot)com

    Katherine

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  136. I'm new to the quilting world & would love to get one of Amy's Creative Side books. Thanks for the giveaway.


    sallylannlehman@aol.com

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  137. I'll try this again. I'm new to the quilting world & would love to get one on Amy's Creative Side books. Thanks for offering it in the giveaway.

    sallyannlehman@aol.com

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  138. I have so been wanting this book!

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  139. I need the basics and those quilts you posted are gorgeous!

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  140. Count me in for the drawing - I liek to read Amy's posts - thanks for sharing!!!!!

    sebowser@gmail.com

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  141. I'd love a copy! Anything about creating!

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  142. Would love to win Amy's book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  143. Amy's book looks awesome for a beginning quilter like me! Thanks for the chance:)

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  144. Amy your book is great and would love to win a copy.
    Mary

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  145. Colorful book, and on my birthday I am commenting to win it!

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  146. Would love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity :)

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  147. I've bookmarked your blog and would love to win a chance at your book! It looks like fun:)
    Laura T
    lauratawney7@gmail.com

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  148. Count me in! I would love to win it.

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  149. I've never quilted but have frequently thought about it. Between the "class" and a book of "Easy Quilts", I may actually do it!

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  150. Thanks, I would love to win a copy of Amy's book.

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  151. Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely book.
    I also love where she gets her inspiration from for colours and shapes. I am definitely ging to have to start looking at things differently!

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  152. Thanks..I would love to win a copy of Amy's great new book...just love what she does with colour..LindaB
    linda@stationeryworld.net.au

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  153. Amy, you could be the Queen of Color... What fun ideas! I would love to win this book! Thank you!

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  154. I am following your blog, and your classes... Thanks for this opportunity to win!

    www.OutnumberedQuilter.blogspot.com

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  155. Thanks for sharing about your inspiration sources! I have a whole board on Pinterest called Modern Quilts that inspire me.

    Thanks for the giveaway too!

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  156. As a brand new quilter wondering what to do next, thank you for your inspiration.

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  157. i'd love to win! thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  158. I'd love to enter the giveaway too please :)

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  159. The book looks fantastic, I would dearly love a copy.
    Katie
    knygh[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  160. I love all those colour wheel quilts.... I have an idea for one brewing in the back of my mind....

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  161. As a beginner quilter, this book sounds perfect for me! Thanks for the chance to win! Julia.

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  162. Me!Me! Me! I never win anything but you have to be in it to win it, so here goes!!!

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  163. Of course I'd love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  164. I am in love with this book!! I would be thrilled to be the winner of this amazing book!! PS, I love your blog too!!

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  165. I'd love a copy of your book.
    Tx Kate
    http://katie-sews.blogspot.com/

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  166. Easy quilts! That's right up my alley.

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  167. What a great givaway, thank you! I would love to win a copy and if that fails buy a copy - your designs have inspired me!
    Gale

    Galewiggins at gmail dot com

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  168. That's great giveaway - thanks for a chance to win! If this book is for quilt beginners, then it sounds like it might be for me ;).

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  169. This book has been on my list to get :) Thanks so much for the chanc to win it!!!

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  170. I have read about Amy's book on so many quilt blogs, I would just love to win it! Looks like it has great quilt patterns that are so up-to-date!

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  171. This book sounds wonderful! Love to chance to grow my library :)

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  172. Wonderful book! Thanks for an opportunity to win it.
    Shari

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  173. I'd love to win! Beginner sewer here- love this blog!
    anna(dot)botz(at)sbsyouth(dot)org

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  174. I love this book--it is one of the rare few in which there are so many patterns I want to make. I'd love to win a copy for my niece--thanks for the chance to enter. If we win, we'll think of you as we quilt together. :)

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  175. I have been wanting this book for the last couple of months. It would be such fun to win it!

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  176. I love your blog!! and would love a chance to win the quilt book. Thank you Joy - joylovessewing@comcast.net

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  177. Love the blog and I would love a chance for this giveaway!! Thank you... k.bugbee@att.net

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  178. I would love a chance to win a copy of this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  179. Loved your inspiration pictures. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

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  180. I love the bloggers quilt festival Amy showcases. so much inspiration and would love to have a copy of the book

    alizanchetto@hotmail.com

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  181. Thanks for the opportunity. It looks like a great book!

    chancyf (at) gmail (dot) com

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  182. I'm wanting to learn to quilt so this would be a great book!

    plcollum@me.com

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  183. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book!
    Georgiabrungs@gmail.com

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  184. I am SO looking forward to the Bloggers' Quilt Festival! It will give me some more motivation to finish my two projects.

    rachel21mac(at)gmail(dot)com

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