Monday, 12 May 2014

Giveaway Day!

***Giveaway is now closed! Thank you so much for all your lovely comments. I am off to bed now but will draw the winner this weekend.***

I am very excited today about my first ever Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! So if you have clicked over from there, hello and welcome. I am Hannah, I live in Yorkshire in the UK with my husband and two lovely small girls. You can read more about me here and here, if you would like to. I do hope you will stay and have a little look around, or save me to read at a later date (when you are less busy). I've only been blogging since February so not too much to wade through!

Here's my favourite finish so far this year, just to give you an idea of what I like to do.

Marcelle medallion finished
Marcelle Medallion finish

Giveaway time!

I have decided to give away my copy of Free Motion Quilting with (the incredible) Angela Walters. It is in as new condition, primarily because it is unused. I bought it with aspirations of becoming a FMQ goddess but have to face facts; that is never going to happen. So rather than it sitting here on my shelf I will send it on to someone who will actually use, love and learn from it. 



So, what to do? Just leave me a comment please. Any comment will do, but if you are feeling wordy you can tell me how you feel about free motion quilting! I LOVE the way it looks when done well but don't find it easy to do well at all. I would still love to learn, but I enjoy piecing much more and have found a pleasing groove with simple straight line quilting so I am settling with that for now.

As I am a new blog I have a rather select group of followers. I would love it if you chose to follow me, so whether you are an old or new follower please use an extra comment to tell me how you follow. Email, Bloglovin or whatever you like the best. So that's 2 chances to enter in total :-) 

I am willing to suck up the postage costs and send this book internationally so this giveaway is open Worldwide. It will stay open till Friday May 16th at 10pm BST and then I will use a random number generator to draw the winner. If I don't hear back within 48 hours I will draw again.

***I will be emailing the winner so if you are a no reply blogger or if you don't know if you are or not please consider either addressing that OR be sure and leave your email address in your comment. If I can't contact you, you can't win!! ***

Good Luck! I am really looking forward to connecting with new people this giveaway week.
Linking up with Sew Mama Sew, go enter more giveaways, I am!





204 comments:

  1. I have been learning FMQ from Leah Day - not a goddess yet though! I also love Angela Walters' style and would love her book!

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  2. I love FMQ for the speed of finish if I do an all over stipple but I am not very good at it and don't feel like I have the time or patience to get better at it! But I would love to try...

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  3. I have this book but would like to win it for my friend :D

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  4. I have just started teaching myself to free motion quilt, I like it so far but find some designs much harder than others.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  5. Hello, Hannah! I'm glad to know you through your blog!
    I just used your bloglovin button and now I'm sure we will be in touch.
    About quilting? I try to be better exercising whenever I have the occasion.
    Have a beautiful day!

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  6. I just started following you on bloglovin' too.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  7. This is one of the books I have on my wishlist! I am learning how to free motion quilt, I am hopping to start on my quilt tops soon. Thanks for this opportunity to win!

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  8. I am learning to FMQ and have eyed this book many times. I ADORE your Medallion Quilt! I'm trying to pull fabrics for one now, but it changes daily. I think "rainbow" will probably be where I land. Your's is fab tho!

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  9. I'm still learning to fmq too, so I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. Omgosh I would love to win this book. I am new to FMQ but the more I try the better I get. I am enrolled in four different FMQ classes on Craftsy, which helps a little. LOL

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  11. I am following on Bloglovin!!!

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  12. I'd really love to learn more about how to free motion quilt!

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  13. I want to learn FMQ.
    blueberryblues5(at)gmail

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  14. I can FMQ but i need lots more practise and some guidance would go down a treat!

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  15. I have tried a little free motion quilting but could definitely do with some guidance.

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  16. I am definitely still starry eyed over FMQ. I want to believe I can become a fmq goddess. I need to stop dreaming about it and start practicing!

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  17. For a second there I thought you were going to be giving away your medallion!!!!!!!

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  18. I was one of your first followers x

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  19. I'm just starting to learn FMQ so this book would be awesome!

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  20. I follow you on bloglovin.

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  21. I love free motion quilting. It's a fun and easy way to get quilts done.

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  22. I'm so scared of FMQ too but I would like to see if the book would help me! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  23. I also follow on bloglovin!

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  24. I have started to free motion quilt. I love it. Even bought myself a new machine with an 11 in throat so that I could do a better job.

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  25. Your medallion quilt turned out awesome! love the center, nice change from most people's version. I love to FMQ and love the way it looks!

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  26. I need lots more FMQ practice! It is so beautiful but so hard to practice!

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  27. I am trying not to be so scared of FMQ and just jumping in and getting the practice in. I don't like to quilt sample squares so I am making donation quilts and practicing on them.

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  28. I am a new quilter who really just straight line quilts with a walking foot, so I'd love to win this book and give FMQ a try

    glazefamily3 AT gmail.com

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  29. I would LOVE to have a copy of Angela's FMQ book. I checked it out of the library once, and thought it was great. I would love to learn more about FMQ with my domestic sewing machine. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. I have experimented with free motion quilting and would love to learn more!

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  31. I have also been an aspiring FMQ for some time. I've done straight line quilting on my little home machine and I think it's time to try to enhance my skill set!

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  32. I started following on Bloglovin. I'm looking forward to seeing more about your quilts!

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  33. I am just starting to learn FMQ, and I love it! At some point I would like to branch out into thread art using FMQ techniques, but I am very VERY far from being ready for that.

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  34. I am a new follower (via Feedly).

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  35. I have never tried FMQ but would love to and the book would be a lovely introduction. Thank you
    jeanieheath@charter.net

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  36. I love doing FMQ. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  37. I need to learn FMQ. Just got a sewing machine that you can drop the feed dogs (without it being a pain) and have not tried it out yet.

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  38. Want to get good at it, thanks

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  39. I have never tried FMQ but would like to someday.

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  40. how wonderful, thanks, I am working on my FMQ and could use any great help I could get quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  41. Just started quilting and want to practice my skills and eventually pick up fmq

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  42. I have a love/hate relationship with FMQ. People love my quilting, and I think it is so-so. My goal is to get better. But that means I need practice. Right now, I have 7 quilt tops ready to FMQ. I better be a pro by the end!

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  43. I am following you via Bloglovin

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  44. I have never FMQ. I too love the way it looks but I'm not sure that I would be so great at it. I would love to win this book and give it a try!

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  45. I am just learning FMQ, and this book would be a dream. I need to read all about it.

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  46. I am in the same boat as you, but I do love to learn and love Angela Walters quilting. I will never be a FMQ goddess don't have the machine or table space for it, but I do like to add a touch to the inside of my bags and small items.

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  47. I am a new follower, because I see you are in Sibling Together and UK based, that's great! Plus your quilt just blows me away.

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  48. I'm always learning FMQ, want to practice more & more.

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  49. I love your quilt, and I adore straight line stitching, I would love to be good at FMQ but I adore sewing quilt tops, the rest is a hindrance hahahahahah that never goes together quickly or easily, well for me anyway hahahaha

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  50. I've tried FMQ and think it's fun and would like to learn more. I think I wouldn't try it on a bigger project, though. Only cushion covers and small quilts.

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  51. I made my first quilt top two years ago and it sat there as I was too scared to start quilting. I finally plucked up the courage and started straight line quilting, which looked wonderful but I was under time pressure and it took forever. So I bit the bullet and in the negative spaces started stippling. I loved it, I loved the creative freedom it gave me and when I finally relaxed it became really fun to do. I have since made two more quilts in quick succession just to be able to FMQ. Obviously I am still a beginner but I've now got the bug!

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  52. Hope the book did help you. I am still terrified and even if I got a new sewing machine last year I only put the quilting foot up once without success. I am really looking forward to at least start FMQ soon

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  53. I'm new to FMQ and I'm determined to master it so this book would be great! I tried to pin your blog to my Blogs board so i could come back and visit you later, but Pinterest won't let me pin due to "suspicious activity on this site". I think you should contact them!

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  54. I have never FMQed. Would love to try.

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  55. There lots of FMQ out there I wish I was one of them I feel that I'm back in Kindergarten trying to write name with the big pencil.

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  56. Wow - I'm very much like you, have been quilting for a few years but only do variations on straight line quilting.i do like FMQ but am really terrified of it, I haven't really to learn apart from a couple lame attempts. I'd love to try this book to help get over the fear - I've heard good things about it. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  57. I'm a new follower via Bloglovin, thanks.

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  58. I'm a total newbie when it comes to FMQ so any help is appreciated.

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  59. My goal this summer is to learn FMQ so this would be an awesome prize! Thansk for the chance to win :-) aileenaok@gmail.com

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  60. I have never FMQ, but maybe this book could teach me how

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  61. I have a video tutorial for FMQ and a quilt top ready for it, but I'm such a chicken that I haven't started it yet! I don't want to royally screw up my first quilt top with horrible FMQ.
    amy.forkner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. I have great dreams of becoming a FMQer. This would be a great start.

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  63. I just finished my first ever free motion quilted quilt. It's hard! And I'm not super patient...I could use any tips out there! :). Thanks for the giveaway!
    sweetfeetstitches at gmail dot com

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  64. I'm really intimidated by FMQ but would love this book!

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  65. Hello from Norway! I would LOVE to learn FMQ, so I hope to win ;)

    jachelno at gmail dot com

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  66. I am a Bloglovin follower

    jachelno at gmail dot com

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  67. I used to hate machine quilting...until I saw it done well! I am in awe of the masters. I'm new to FMQ myself, and have a long way to go. This book would be a great help, thanks!

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  68. I love your medallion quilt. I'm in a Round Robin group and always looking for ideas! Thanks for sharing! I've tried FMQ, but mostly stick with stitching in the ditch.

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  69. I love FMQ! I'm no expert at it, but I love to do it when I can. I checked this book out from the library once, but it would be amazing to actually own it so I don't have to keep trying to decipher my notes...

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  70. I'm like you, wanting to learn FMQ but going back to straight line quilting every time. I would like to get some use out of my $125 FMQ foot though.... Thanks for the give away!

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  71. I have never done FMQ before but have the perfect quilt top ready to be quilted and I really don't want to do straight lines again... please book come my way and work your magic!

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  72. I want to learn free-motion, so this book would be perfect. Only thing I really can do are swirls and stippling lol.

    Many thanks for the chance! ;)

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  73. I just started FMQ and I love it so far. I'm always looking for good resources, and you can't beat Angela Walters. I'm now following you using Feedly!

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  74. I have been learning fan. Do get frustrated alot but try and manage thru it. My friends tell me to have a glass of wine first. But since I don't drink wine I just muddle thru

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  75. I have yet to brave FMQ all my quilts so far have been straight line quilted :)

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  76. I am following through bloglovin

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  77. I would love that book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  78. So many quilting books I get from the library so I can utilize a one time pattern or something like that, but I would imagine I would use a FMQ book all the time. Thanks for hosting!

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  79. I love the look of free motion quilting, still in the practicing.
    24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  80. I am an aspiring free motion goddess!! Haha clearly I am in the very beginning stages of learning and this book would be perfect!

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  81. I have been trying FMQ but it is so much harder than it looks! Good luck with your blog, by the way.

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  82. I haven't tried free motion quilting yet, but fully intend to quite soon.

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  83. I'm sorry that you don't care for FMQ but I'm glad you have found a niche you are comfortable with. Personally, I love to FMQ, I love to swirl and loop. I'm not great at staying on the same line so you can see where I have doubled over a design but heck, I always say, these are practice quilts and I've gotten a lot better. I'd love Angela's book. Thanks.

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  84. My attempts at free motion quilting have been disasters! I still want to learn however I would love to win this book maybe it could help me

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  85. I rarely enter to win a book but I'd like to learn how to do FMQ. Right now I only use my walking foot.

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  86. I have tried it once and immediately gained a great deal of respect for those who can do it! I'd love to learn. sarah@forrussia.org

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  87. I follow via bloglovin. sarah@forrussia.org

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  88. I also have designs on becoming a FMQ Goddess and have several books. My husband bought me a HQ18 so now the pressure is on to learn.
    Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

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  89. I'm trying to learn free motion quilting, but it sure isn't coming easily. I saw a short tutorial the other day with Angela Waters and she made it look so easy! I also think, though, that straight line quilting can look quite lovely also.

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  90. I'm following you by email. Also, I looked through the pictures of the quilts that you've made - very nice job! I really like the way you included all the details about the quilts - I especially like knowing which fabric collections are used in a quilt.

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  91. I'm still a beginner with FMQ. I'm happy with my stippling most of the time. But I still have lots to learn. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  92. I'm a new follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

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  93. Love FMQ. Great giveaway. Thanks so much for sharing

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  94. I plug away at FMQ, and have been doing so for a few years. Sometimes I love what I accomplish, other times I despair that I will never get better. But I think that practice is the answer to becoming good at it. Thanks for a chance to win the book.

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  95. Your quilts are crazy good! So impressed! Well, I have been wanting to try my hand at FMQ for some time now so I thank you for the chance to win this book!

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  96. Following you now on Bloglovin

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  97. I'm not great at FMQ, I would love to improve so far I have only tried it with small projects as I struggle to keep my stitches the same size.

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  98. I've only been quilting a few months and realized I stink at FMQ. I pretty much stitch in the ditch too until I can either get better or find out its not for me. I agree with how you feel, maybe if I had a longarm it would be a little easier to learn right? Thanks for the giveaway I could use some help!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  99. I'm a new follower by email! Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  100. FMQ is really tough... I think the key is probably just to practise a lot, but to be honest, I really just want to be good without putting in all that practising time :D (Isn't that horrible?) I get terribly frustrated when I try to do anything other than a bit of a loopy meander, which is only easy because you are allowed to cross your own lines. One of these months I'm going to make a plan to practise for 15 or 30 minutes every day and see if it helps me much.


    (clumsyDOTchord(at)gmailDOTcom)

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  101. FMQ, ugh. It's hard on me physically, so anything largeish gets sent out. I wish someone would come up with a quilting machine that was less than a $1,000! I'm dreaming, I know!

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  102. Looks like a great book.I would love to improve my FMQ skills.

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  103. Following via Bloglovin. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  104. I've never tried it, but I would love to!

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  105. I follow you through Bloglovin'!

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  106. I love to FMQ. I'm just not very good at it. It is a good thing I defined my style as relaxed while watching an episode of the Merv Griffin Show while I was home sick from school in the 1970's. I also learned how to iron really well on that same show from a championship ironer who was only seven years old. Yes, apparently there is or was such a thing as competitive ironing.

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  107. I've taken a few classes on FMQ and am getting much braver! I think each quilt looks a little better than the last. Baby steps!

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  108. Been a quilter for 30 years and would love to learn free motion. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  109. I follow via bloglovin. Thanks again.

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  110. i have very limited experience free motion quilting, so far i've only quilted words onto things but i always love the look of it, i need to set aside some time and do some more practicing.

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  111. I love FMQ! I just starting to learn and practice :)

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  112. and am following through bloglovin!

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  113. I'm the same way with FMQ. I'm hoping this book will do the trick !!

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  114. I think we must be related. I was looking at your dot quilt, the double snowball by cluck,cluck,sew and looked at your quilting. I call this stitching the serpentine stitch and use it a lot. So funny that it is also your go to stitch.

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  115. I will add you to my Feedly list.

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  116. I would love to learn to FMQ - Angela's work is fabulous!

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  117. Great to find a UK blogger - I'm now following you by email

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  118. I keep telling myself I've got to try FMQ but it looks so scary. Maybe this book would spur me on.

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  119. I love doing FMQ and just did feathers for the first time on a quilt :)

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  120. i do yarn and fabric, straight up!
    emmevon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  121. when i started quilting i decided to learn fmq at the same time. what i found to be the most help was a BOM Skillbuilders at pileofabric. so after a 1 1/2 i am confident enough to do stippling for sure, its very easy and once its washed alls good. fingers crossed, i'd love the book

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  122. i'm a new follower, i hope to start a blog later this year so i like to support other newbies.

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  123. I too have aspirations of becoming a FMQ goddess. Hoping this book will help me get there!

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  124. I am totally intimidated by FMQ, but I also love it (or at least the way it looks) so I really want to learn.

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  125. I literally came home from work tonight and found my new mid-arm quilter on the steps. I would love to have Angela's book, and hope I don't regret my purchase. I can't afford a long arm but for my own use, I'm going to give it a shot! Thanks!

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  126. I agree I like the way FMQ looks but I would like to learn how to do it better . Thanks for the chance to win.

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  127. I am a newbie at FMQ and really want to get better--love how it looks when done well. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  128. I am fairly new to quilting, and would love to practice FMQ on my machine.

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  129. I've only done fmq a couple of times, but never with a proper pattern/instruction. Would love to know how to do it properly!

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  130. I'm determined to learn FMQ. It's #1 on my list!!!

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  131. Have not tried FMQ...yet! Want to learn....am such a chicken! lol Definitely want to learn all I can....am a relatively new quilter too.

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  132. Found your Blog thru this Give-a-Way!! Definitely signed up to follow, thru Bloglovin. :) will pop over & spend more time rambling around...already see it's an Awesome & fun Blog!

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  133. I want to learn free motion quilting, but so far have been enjoying straight lines. One thing at a time, I guess. I'm going to follow you too.

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  134. Following you with Bloglovin'. We will see how that goes!

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  135. i'm not a fan of FMQ on my home machine... i'd love to learn to quilt on a long arm!

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  136. i'm not following via bloglovin'

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  137. I like Angela's perspective on quilting, and have watched her Craftsy class, but do not have the book. I'd love to win.

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  138. I'm trying fmq as the project dictates but I think I need to chalk a pattern on beforehand. It turns out okay but if I want a recognizable pattern, I either need to do it 24/7 or trace patterns. I had a chance to try out long arm quilting last fall and the place I had trouble with was reversing my pattern when moving left to right and then coming back,
    Left to right was okay but right to left was decidedly wonky.
    Keep trying.
    I have two of my own SMS giveaways. Thanks for your generous (postage!) giveaway.

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  139. i love free motion quilting and am working on improving my skills.

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  140. I love the look of fmq but I dont feel confident enough to try it out:p

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  141. I have been wanting to try machine quilting for a while now. I am a hand quilter. I have seen a couple of interviews with Angela, and I love her work, so this would be awesome.

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  142. I also love the look of fmq. That book would be great.

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  143. I love when other people do it, but I'm still learning. My mind knows what I should be doing, but something happens between my brain and hands. Same feeling when I brush the back of my hair while looking into the mirror standing backwards…. I guess more practice will clear out that feeling. I used to be really bad and walking and chewing gum at the same time…LOL!

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  144. I love FMQ and I've found that the more you do it, the better you get. Also it helps to not use crap spray baste like I did once...

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  145. I have mixed results with FMQing. I really need to practice on wraps until I "loosen up" enough to work on my real project. No practice...bad results.

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  146. I've been wanting to try fmq... :) this book looks great.

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  147. I now follow you via bloglovin! :)

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  148. thank you!!! I would love this book. I am still learning fmq...I bought a Tiara and thought not good at it yet....I love how quick it is. I am a ling time hand quilter

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  149. I also wish I could do it beautifully!

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  150. Following you via Bloglovin'

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  151. I'd love to become comfortable with FMQ, but think it must involve HOURS of practice. :)

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  152. I am pretty new to FMQ, too. I've learned to practice, practice, practice! If you can't see mistakes as you're galloping by on a horse, don't stress over it! I've seen this book but don't actually own it. It's been on my wishlist!

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  153. I too am new to FMQ but am practicing and hope to get better and better!

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  154. • • • FM is so easy. Just start with something small. When I teach, my students start with a medium to large print fat quarter sandwich. Then just try to outline the motifs. Once you get the hang of that, you can branch out to do ANYTHING!

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  155. I have been wanting this book for so long!

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  156. Following with bloglovin. :) welcome to the blogisphere

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  157. Thanks for the chance. I'm excited to see your new projects!

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  158. I need more work on my FMQ. It's definitely one of those things that takes a lot of practice and patience.

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  159. I want to learn FMQ and I'm in the UK so you should totally pick me!

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  160. I took a class once at a local quilt shop. Was not very successful at FMQ. I can do stitch in the ditch and straight line quilting and a little shadow quilting. It takes lots of practice and just as I will never be a concert violinist, I most likely reach the expertise of Angela Walters, but I will keep practicing.

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  161. FMQ is something I'd realy like to get good at but it's just so damn scary!!!!!! I reckon this book would really help me out!!!! Thanks for the giveaway Hannah x

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  162. I can't even quilt a straight line (yet) so maybe I can try for something that looks like it was meant to be squiggly from the start. Her book looks fun and I could sure use the help! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  163. I subscribe to your blog via email (notwendy gmail). Your medallion quilt is amazing and inspiring. Thanks!

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  164. I like the idea of FMQ, because it is quick and looks nice...but I need a bit more practice before I put it on a quilt! And anything beyond stippling is impossible for me! :D

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  165. Hi, I am desperate to learn/improve my free motion quilting, particularly with regard to large tops. I can't afford to send all my tops out to be quilted, so unless I learn to machine quilt effectively, my heirs will find dozens of tops unless they receive unquilted tops for weddings, babies, etc.

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  166. I've signed up to follow you with BlogLovin'. Am looking forward to getting to know you better. I love the quilt finish you showed us in this post.

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  167. I am new to fmq but want to learn.

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

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  168. follow via bloglovin

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

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  169. I, too, had dreams of becoming a fmq goddess...but am too terrified to even try a sample, lol!

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  170. I haven't started yet but just bought another FMQ book. So winning would be awesome! I LOVE your quilt! I want to do one of those soon ;) Thanks! ksmith8@emich.edu

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  171. The idea of FMQ intimidates me, so I put it off as long as I can. When I actually DO IT, it's not too bad. I do wish I could figure out stippling because I love the look of it, but I can't ever make it look like I want it to.

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  172. Gorgeous Marcelle :) Umm fmq have done it a few times and always with mixed results but I am determined to crack it!

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  173. I'm new to FMQ, but have aspirations to go big - as in queen sized!

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  174. I'm a beginner and haven't tried FMQ yet, but I'm anxious to learn!

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  175. I am still a beginner with FMQ but I love it.

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  176. I love FMQ but find it overwhelming sometimes on big projects or complicated patterns, so I could use some help!

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