Monday, July 24, 2017

modern machine quilting (book review + giveaway)


My friend Catherine Redford is an incredible quilter. I greatly admire all the gorgeous quilting she does on her domestic machine so when she asked if I wanted to review her new book Modern Machine Quilting I was more than happy to jump at the opportunity.


The book is divided into five chapters. In the first chapter Catherine shares lots of info on fabric, batting, thread, needles, quilt basting, as well as quilting room set up.


Second chapter is all about Walking Foot Quilting and, once again, there's lots of very useful info on supplies, stitch length, tension, as well as many trouble shooting ideas to make one's quilting look beautiful and professional.

And, there are tons step by step pictures which I greatly appreciate.


Chapter three focuses on Free Motion Quilting. I must say, I'm kind of scared of FMQ, so I love Catherine's suggestion to draw the patterns out in pencil before one tackles the quilt. I will definitely be giving this a try next time I plan on FMQ a quilt.


Fourth chapter is a gallery of Catherine's gorgeous quilts featuring both straight line quilting as well as FMQ.


Last chapter includes four finished projects + full instructions on how to make them. This flying geese quilt is my absolute favorite. Beautiful, isn't it?

I loved reading through this book and I'll be incorporating tons of tips and tricks I learned from Catherine in my next quilting project.

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G I V E W A Y  ! ! !

Would you like to win your very own copy of this fabulous quilting book? If so, please leave a comment below letting me know what you love most about making quilts in the comments below.

The giveaway is open worldwide and I will choose a random winner on Thursday, July 26th.

Thank you so very much to all who took part in this giveaway. I loved reading all your comments!

Congratulations to our winner Gail (The Cozy Quilter) !!!

Svetlana


158 comments:

  1. Cutting the pieces for a quilt is my favorite. It's so calming!

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  2. Designing and piecing quilts are my favorite parts of the process. I enjoy the actual quilting part, but it stresses me out trying to get it just right. Maybe this book would help?

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  3. I really enjoy hand quilting but I know I can no longer only do hand quilting or I will never finish all my tops. I do not care for free motion quilting so even though I am not a "modern quilter" I really do prefer "modern machine quilting" over the all over loopy type of machine quilting - I think this book might have my name on it. I have machine quilting a few quilts and have done straight lines would love to learn more about it.

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  4. I love that moment when you have just enough of the block or the quilt done that you can start to see the pattern come through and it looks amazing.

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  5. This book looks amazing. I love selecting colors and patterns, and I love having the finished result!

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  6. What I love most is the planing: I like to draw, choose colors, fabrics and calculate the size of blocks and final quilt. I have to do this before I start cutting so I'm sure I won't have another WIP :)

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  7. I love making quilts for family, friends and folks in need. Since retiring, I'm quilting my own tops, and books to help and guide in this process are greatly appreciated.

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  8. Thanks for the review! I quilt my own quilts and am always looking for tips and ideas. I especially enjoy the design phase of a quilt and, of course, actually quilting them. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  9. I love to piece, but giving the quilt away is the best.

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  10. Searching the internet for a pattern and deciding what scraps can be used up.

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  11. Deciding on the pattern, searching for fabric,choosing colour combinations, the piecing, the quilting design, the binding,deciding on the wording for the label and oh everything really, from start to finish I love it all. No, maybe the gifting is the best bit. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win, I do so love your blog.

    Sue

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  12. This book would be so helpful with my quilting! I especially enjoy the quilting process when making a quilt.and most often combine free motion and walking foot quilting

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  13. I just love piecing. I love using small pieces and creating. The quilting part is the hardest for me. I am afraid of ruining ny lovely top. If I use a long armed, my quilt is no longer mine.

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  14. I would love to learn to quilt my quilts at home. I've been afraid to try. But this book looks like it covers it all.

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  15. I love choosing the pattern/colour based on who it's for, then watching it come together. Thanks for the chance!
    Cathy cjcwatkins@gmail.com

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  16. I'm a scrappy girl. My favorite part is when all the colors/prints play well together during piecing. Awesome giveaway!!! Thank you!

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  17. I enjoy handing over a finished quilt to someone who appreciates the work that went into making that quilt. That is my favorite part.

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  18. I love hand stitching the binding on the back of the quilt...it's finished! Thanks for the great giveaway.
    ccherylmcintyre@gmail.com

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  19. I love every aspect of making quilts. Choosing the fabric, the pattern, piecing it, quilting it and finally giving it to someone and seeing their face.

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  20. My favorite part of making a quilt is seeing it come together at the end and knowing I did that with my two hands. Reactions to gifted quilts is also wonderful! (Least favorite is trimming blocks! Hehe)

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  21. I love being able to take this idea of something beautiful in my head, and translate that thought or vision into a quilt, using fabrics and quilting. I love the entire process, from design, to fabrics selection, and then putting it all together to "make it happen". One of my most favorite parts is quilting, which really puts the finishing touch on the quilt.

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  22. Oh, this book has been on my wish list!

    I think my favorite part is seeing the block (depending on complexity) or the quilt itself start to take shape. Fabric selection is pretty high on my list of favorite things too. :)

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  23. Picking the fabric and hand stitching the binding down. But pretty much everything except ironing the backing and doing the basting.

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  24. I love the fabrics and piecing and hand sewing the binding down best. Quilting is always the struggle as in what to quilt for each quilt. thanks for sharing!

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  25. It's all about fabric and color isn't it?! I love choosing fabrics for a quilt. It's great that this book is about the domestic sewing machine, instead of long arm. Thanks!

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  26. This looks like the book I need to get me more comfortable with FMQ. It intimidates me! My favorite part of quilting is putting together the quilt top and see my creation come alive!

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  27. My favorite part of quilt making is sewing the top. But when it comes to basting and quilting I get slowed down.

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  28. I like picking out the fabrics the best!

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  29. Choosing the fabrics and piecing the quilt are my favourite parts. I also love putting in the last stitches - so satisfying but I still love starting new projects more. 😊😊😊

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  30. I ❤️ all the beautiful fabrics. And I love binding knowing that all my hard work is complete.

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  31. oh I could really use this beautiful book! I love most steps in quilting but planning the layout & colors might be my favorite part.

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  32. I love designing my own liberated quilts and playing with fabric! I am working on my quilting skills. This book would be a great help!

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  33. I think I love the design process, choosing pattern, fabric & layout. I need this book!

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  34. I love to make quilts so I give them to people that I love!

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  35. I love piecing and starting new quilts!

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  36. I love it all but would like to be better a quilting at home

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  37. I love pulling the fabrics and making or designing the quilt. Need to improve my quilting skills - must have this book!

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  38. Picking the perfect fabric for the pattern is my favorite thing and I dread the quilting. I just don't take the time to improve my skills. Catherine spoke at our guild last year and was terrific.

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  39. I love picking out fabric most. And I love finishing a quilt. Everything in between....well, it depends on the quilt.

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  40. I love the whole process of quilting. Making something beautiful that holds a part of me - that's truly special.

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  41. Choosing all the perfect fabrics!

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  42. I love all of it, especially the machine quilting, but sometimes struggle with "what to quilt"!! Once I get that figured out, it's a blast to see it all come together. thanks for sharing the great giveaway!

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  43. First I want to say "yay" for the worldwide aspect! This book looks truly fantastic. I do love making quilts and sewing generally, and recently I'm loving doing walking foot quilting since I've always done free motion. The look I'm getting with the walking foot is really nice, and I'm sure this book would help with some extra tips. Might just have to buy this one!

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  44. The Book looks very interesting and is on my wish list!! My favourite part is to stitch the Binding on the Backside. Because the Quilt is ready!! If the recipient like it, i am very happy!!! Best wishes from germany!!

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  45. thank you for the chance to win :) I love color and quilting gives me a chance to play and be creative.

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  46. I love piecing...but with the plethora of tops I have that aren't quilted, I need to start loving quilting more! This book looks terrrific. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  47. I think, I like everything, when maling a quilt... deciding which pattern, fabrics, cutting and sewing. I don't like basting the quilt. Thank you for givening us a chance to win this interesting book πŸ€—

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  48. I love piecing the blocks and binding, maybe this is the book to help me embrace machine quilting!

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  49. Making a quilt is like starting with a blank canvas every time....

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  50. I love piecing a quilt top. I have a stack of tops that need to be quilted.

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  51. Piecing is my favorite and my best...

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  52. I love when my fabric choices just come together in that "Ah-Ha " moment (nd hate it when they don't boooo!!) thanks for the chance to win...hugs, Julierose

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  53. I need all the help I can get with machine quilting. Jkestevens@aol.com

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  54. Just what I need! I am planning to get into machine quilting more of my tops and need a great resource for doing it right. Thanks for the info on this great book.

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  55. I am just starting into the fmq'ing world. Have done a couple of quilts with my walking foot, but fmq'ing really scares me. Thanks for the review of the book!

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  56. Designing and choosing the fabrics is my favourite part. Thanks for the giveaway !

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  57. I love searching out the perfect pattern for a new quilt and then seeing it take shape....and finally the satisfaction of stitching the last few inches of the binding!

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  58. I love the taking fabric cutting it up and putting it back together as something totally different than what you started with.

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  59. I love pulling the fabrics together. And seeing the design come together.
    Thanks for the giveaway. The book looks good! gigiv13@gmail.com

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  60. I love the start and finally seeing the finished quilt. It is such an accomplishment for me and the smiling face that is going to get this quilt.

    libbyblaha@yahoo.com

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  61. I love almost everything about the quilting process, except maybe the basting! I love choosing fabric for a special pattern, or making scrappy quilts from my stash! I love getting up close with the fabrics all again when it is quilting time, whether that is machine or hand stitching! And binding- the exclamation mark at the end of a sentence- is the best! No, wait! The best part is giving the quilt to a special friend! I love it all!

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  62. being able to cuddle up in it afterwards

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  63. Improv is my fav, so i like picking out the next piece of fabric to add to the quilt or lock.

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  64. I love every part of the process of making a quilt except making the quilt sandwich--that part I dread. The book looks like would be helpful
    nl@ridder.ca

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  65. I enjoy cutting out and the piecing. I really need to practice the actual quilting.
    doyleajackie AT gmail DOT com

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  66. I love getting immersed in a project and putting the rest of my cares aside while I create. Thanks for a great giveaway opportunity!

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  67. I love making anything with my hands, especially when it's a handmade item for a gift! plus, quilts hide my lack of expertise better than other items :)

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  68. I love giving a gift that I know is a one of a kind and is a special as the receiver.

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  69. Piecing the quilt and sewing the binding...

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  70. I love picking the fabrics and the soothing feeling of sewing 1/4" seams (or any seams at all!) I am trying to enjoy the quilting more by trying new things a bit at a time. I'm sure Catherine's book would be a big help.

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  71. I love the whole process from beginning to end of a quilt.

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  72. I love how quilting is so versatile the same piece of fabric can be manipulated into a million different end results. Quilts are objects that are full of love.

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  73. I love choosing fabric and handing the quilt to the special person I made it for.
    I have had the pleasure of skimming through this book, it really is special.

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  74. I love choosing fabric and colors and then thinking about the person that I am making the quilt for. Sometimes that is me!!

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  75. I love putting on the binding because it means I'm almost done with it.

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  76. I love the freedom to be creative

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  77. What a great book! I love selecting fabrics for my quilt. Takes longer than making the quilt itself!

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  78. As I'm sure is the case with many quilters, I tend to give my quilts as gifts. The best part of making a quilt is seeing the look on the recipient's face when they first see it!

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  79. I love the feeling of watching yards of fabric become a beautiful pieced quilt - and knowing that it will become a part of someone's life. It's not just a decoration - it's living art.

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  80. I could definitely use some help in this department!

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  81. Designing and piecing the blocks and playing with color combinations.

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  82. First of all I love shopping for the fabric and my next favorite thing is finishing it and either gifting it or putting in on the wall or bed.

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  83. For me it is all about piecing the tops... I love that part!

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  84. I really enjoy the whole process...and the smile on the face of the recipient!

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  85. I enjoy sewing the binding with the quilt all spread out in my lap.

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  86. Giving away the quilt and seeing the joy it brings someone.

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  87. I love picking the fabric and then seeing to come to life in the quilt. thanks for the giveaway. crazeematz@gmail.com

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  88. I love watching the patterns take shape ~ and fabric shopping is pretty awesome too!

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  89. I'd like some instruction to make quilts on my home machine. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  90. I need this book. Like you, I am a little afraid of fmq and lack the confidence to go for it, love the look of that flying geese quilt too.

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  91. Yes please. It looks like a great book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. What I love most about quilting--getting it done!

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  92. I've never made a quilt. I just started sewing 1 year ago and have made a few bags. I love modern quilts and want to make one for my first quilt project.

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  93. I love the whole process but I think the best is choosing a pattern and pulling the fabric to start a new quilt.

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  94. I love the first push of excitement and the final push to finish. The lull in the middle is the hardest for me.

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  95. I like when all the pieces are cut and you can just sew, sew, sew! It's especially wonderful when you give the quilt to someone special :)

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  96. I really like finding a pattern I like and then searching for the fabrics I want to use for the pattern. I always use different colors than what the pattern shows. survivor972002@midco.net

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  97. I like the process of a new project that has something I haven't tried before.

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  98. I like the process of a new project that has something I haven't tried before.

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  99. Experimenting with shape and color is what I love when I am quilting! This looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  100. I love to design the quilt and drool over fabric. Not necessarily in that order!

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  102. I love the whole process but my favourite part is the binding.

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  103. I see it this way, makes me happy twice once when I make it and once when I give it away and see the smile on the face of the person who receives the quilt. Best feeling in the world.

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  104. I love playing with colour and pattern. I am a beginner free motion quilter.

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  105. I love choosing the fabric, it´s as if the fabric holds magic :)

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  106. I love using geometry, and creating texture with colour and pattern.

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  107. My favourite parts are choosing the fabrics and hand stitching the binding on at the end. Thank you for a great giveaway. x

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  108. I love trying new patterns and would like to make a flying geese quilt next! Thank you for the chance to win! Best....

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  109. Machine quilting makes me nervous, but I will definitely have a closer look at this book - looks fantastic! I really like choosing fabrics and seeing the first finished blocks
    (ebercast at gmail dot com)

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  110. I love the colors and varieties of fabrics, watching a pattern appear as I sew it, and seeing a finished quilt top.

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  111. I love the geometry and colors of it all!

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  112. For me, the best part is seeing the quilt top come together. All the time put into choosing fabric, cutting, sewing back together! I also love to see the reaction when friends and family receive the quilt--that usually gives me the most satisfaction!

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  113. I love binding a quilt... It's like icing on the cake for me!!😊 πŸŽ‚

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  114. I love choosing the fabric and giving the finished quilt to the special person I made it for. The book looks wonderful.

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  115. I love the way quilting connects me with other people and the way it allows me to pull my love of fabric and making things together.

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  116. I love Catherine's work and would LOVE to have her book ~ ~ well, it's on my list, but my list is still too long as yet!! AND I love to see all of your creations as well. Are you planning a book? You surely have enough material to put a wonderful book together!

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  117. I love trying new techniques and new patterns! Also making blocks is one of my favorite parts of the quilting process. I do my own machine quilting and would love to win Catherine's book. Thank you for the chance!

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  118. I love the fabric pull starting and the binding by hand!! Thank you!
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  119. I love first Idea - what to sew, I love playing with colors and fabrics.

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  120. i love that you end up with a beautiful, tangible item at the end!

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  121. I love watching the pieces come together. It's kind of a zen thing with me.

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  122. I taught Geometry, so I just love the shapes (and colors). Would love to learn to quilt my own quilts!

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  123. I love the colors and how they go along together.

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  124. Bonjour! J'aime que le quilt raconte une histoire...I love when the quilt tells us a story.
    Marie-NoΓ«lle

    (ps:I choose "anonymous" because I only have an email address)

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  125. I like sewing the top together and the finished project.

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  126. I like piecing more than quilting, but that's because I'm not that good at quilting yet. I'd love to win and learn more!

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  127. It is fun to watch it all unfold...from cutting to quilting to binding and then giving away.

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  128. I like working on small pieces and putting them together to make a whole new look. I also really like hand sewing the binding on.

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  129. I love that flying geese quilt! At the moment I am trying to finish the binding on a rather large quilt... I got carried away and kept making block after block. I have decided to sew the bind by hand as it is well over nine metres. However I have done more unsewing, even with a large stitch length it is tedious. Might have to hand bind. I do love to hand stitch when I have the time but it is always the time the cat decided to perch on my lap. Love the time when the blocks all come together to make a cohesive quilt, just magical. The book looks marvellous thanks for the give-away and chance to win.

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  130. My favorite part of making quilts is giving them away to someone who will use it. I want someone besides me to benefit from a hobby I love.

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  131. I love to take my favourite fabrics and cut and sew to make something beautiful for family and friends and sometimes for me.

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  132. I would love love this book. I am trying to experiment with machine quilting. I am comfortable with squiggles and that is about it! I love the whole process. Patching a quilt is really satisfying, then quilting it just ads another dimension. After that the binding is so exciting as you can see it being finished before you.

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    1. Oops - I am a no reply blogger for many reasons. So here is my email address. karen.schulz@paradise.net.nz

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  133. I like putting the quilt top together and giving the quilt away!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  134. I love choosing a pattern and then picking the fabric that will bring that pattern to life. This book looks amazing. Thanks for the chance.

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  135. She has packed a lot of information into one book. And patterns to boot. What's not to love?

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  136. I love the look on someone's face when I give one away.

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  137. Oooh! I hope I'm not too late!!!
    I love choosing the fabrics, cutting them, then stitching the pieces together ..... it's such fun! I'd like to FMQ but I do sooooo need help with getting started on my good old Singer sewing machine (because the feeddogs don't go down)!!!
    Thank you, Svetlana, for the chance to win this useful book.
    Barbara xx

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  138. Wow!!! Great book it looks so interesting.
    I love the most to choose the fabrics and quilt pattern. And of course the moment when you are giving it to someone.
    Thank you so much for this chance to win!!!!

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  139. Hi, Svetlana I think I get so much pleasure from sewing small pieces of different fabrics together in a pleasing arrangement and then bringing it all together by quilting and giving the quilt/piece another level of interest / texture.
    I would love have a copy of this book if it can help me produce quilts similar to yours. I am still learning to quilt

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  140. I like seeing the pattern come to life.

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  141. I like to play with the colours, just follow my guts and see what will come out. So great to experience the outcome! And what appeals to me as I handquilt, I can just do that anywhere!

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  142. The making of quilts is SO satisfying to me, for many reasons!...
    I love the creative process of designing and problem solving (love the math!)...
    The selecting of fabrics (*colors!*, touching/petting the fabrics!)...
    The cutting, sewing,... Seeing your vision come into reality!...
    The wonderful sense of accomplishment when the quilt is complete!...
    And, finally, the *Joy* of gifting this outward symbol of Love to someone!!
    Oh, yes!!... I love to quilt!
    Pat T.

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  143. The endless possibilities keep me intrigued! Love all the new fabric collections too!

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  144. I really enjoy the entire process of quiltmaking...well, except cutting. :-)

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  145. I too, love everything about quiltmaking. Picking out fabric and piecing the tops are probably my favorite. I try to make it a part of each day, even if it's for just an hour! Quilting my tops is the most challenging for me so this book would be wonderful!

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  146. Love all parts of quilting...til I get to the "Quit as desired" part!!! :/ Am doing alot of practice at FMQ.... but haven't been brave enough to do it on actual quilt...yet! :) Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too!! :D

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  147. Like most, I get bogged down at the "Quilt as Desired" place. My confidence is so-so with other parts but I can make a decision and move on. Not so much at the quilting phase. This book would be a great help.

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  148. I am a newbie free motion quilter and this book looks like it would provide lots of advice and inspiration. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.xx

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  149. I love the feeling when things really start to come together.

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  150. I love piecing and binding! And I want to learn to love machine quilting! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  151. Looks like a lovely book and thank you for the chance to win! I love the piecing, getting it all to fit accurately for a crisp finish - and the binding too, handstitching it down is the final stage of the process. Love your blog and the high quality and detail of your work.

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  153. Thnx for sharing this wonderful blog, i want to know more about best quilting machine

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