Thursday, July 14, 2016

Amy Butler's Blog Tour and Giveaway

Amy Butler's New book, "Piece Keeping"


When Chronicle Books asked me to be a part of the blog tour for Amy Butler's new  Book "Piece Keeping", I said a big huge "YES!"  Everyone knows I am a long time fan of her fabric, her esthetic, and, well, Amy herself.  And I am so honored to be among this lovely creative group on the tour!

I was overjoyed when I received the book!  It is full of 20 beautiful projects, all celebrating Amy's love of patchwork., ranging from home decor projects to wearables and gifts.  Many are embellished with hand stitching and beading.  There are clear directions for each project, full patterns, lots of hints and tricks, and Amy's words of inspiration along the way.  The photography is fabulous and inspiring, done by David Butler, the other half of the "House of Butler".

There were so many wonderful projects to choose from but when I set my eyes on the Dreamweaver Headboard, Wall Art, and Quilt, I knew I wanted to give it a whirl.

In her book, Amy uses a more monochromatic version in cool blues, seen above.  Since I wanted to have my wall art grace the shop, I chose from some of my favorites in Violette, an older collection from Amy.  I just adore this palette and knew it would look beautiful against our gray walls.  Right????

Okay, eyes away from the terrible condition of those mats.  Look at the fabric, please!




The directions were clear, the piecing much easier than the final product seems, and the template clearly marked to help you line your pieces up.  It all came together so beautifully and effortlessly.  This is definitely a project a beginner could do!


My final large scale blocks turned out perfectly!  I love them!  Now, my blocks finished at 25" instead of the stated 24".  That made no difference to my project and I have been assured that any corrections will be taken care of!

And here they are, gracing our old haberdashery cabinet in the shop!  Aren't they beautiful?  I love how the scrappier version looks like a kaleidoscope!  Next, I want to make this large block and offset it in a solid or neutral, by itself, in a quilt.  Yummy!  Who says we are stopping at wall art?

Giveaway!

As a part of the blog tour, there is a lovely giveaway of all the lusciousness that is in the first picture!  SWWWWEEEEET!!  The prize includes Amy's new book from Chronicle Books, a fat quarter bundle of her amazing new fabric collection, Eternal Sunshine, from Free Spirit, and some of her lovely ribbon from Renaissance Ribbon!  Just leave a comment here!  We will randomly pick a winner on July 21st.

AND .... wait for it .... we at Rock Paper Scissors want to spread this Piece Keeping love even more so we are hosting our own giveaway!  Swwwweeeet, even sweeter!  We will randomly select a second winner from the comments for a prize package including a copy of the book, some luscious fabrics and some other goodies.

 Be sure to follow all of the great creatives on this blog tour!  And each blogger will be offering a giveaway so you have lots of chances!

           July 11 - Chronicle Books
·         July 12 - The Root Connection
o   Charming Garland
·         July 13Suzy Quilts
o   Pyramid Pillows
·         July 14Rock Paper Scissors
o   Dreamweaver Wall Art
·         July 15100 Billion Stars
o   Statement Necklaces
·         July 16Carrie Bloomston
o   Talisman Necklace
·         July 17Late Night Quilter
o   Tribal Cuffs
·         July 18Crimson Tate

·         July 19A Gathering of Stitches
o   Embellished Infinity Scarf
·         July 20Heather Jones Studio
o   Improv Pillows
·         July 21 - Make It In Design
o   Illumined Lamp Shades

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to comment!

xox

Ciao,

Beth

*** Update *** Congratulations to Kathleen, the winner of the Chronicle Books/FreeSpirit Fabrics/Renaissance Ribbon Giveaway, and to Anne, the winner of the Rock Paper Scissors giveaway!

138 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to seeing the real book!

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  2. So Far all the projects look great.

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  3. They Look Amazing, Beth! Big Fan of Amy Butler!!!

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  4. These are so cute! I'm really loving mini quilt wall hangings lately! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  5. Your wall art is beautiful! I am inspired to try this for my own home.

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  6. The wall art is amazing. Cannot wait to make it. I have the perfect spot! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Dug my sewing machine out a month ago and I'd love to piece some of these projects.

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  8. Such diverse projects in this book! Something for everyone!

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  9. Sweeeet is right!! The blocks, the fabrics, the book,,,,oh my!!

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  10. Isn't the extra inch for wrapping the piece around for the headboard/Frame?

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    1. Hi, the block, before I added the side pieces, measured 25" instead of 24". I had the recut the side pieces to the new measurements before adding them. Amy and publisher are aware and all will get fixed!

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  11. The project you chose is beautiful! I'd love to make one, too.

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  12. Gorgeous! Thank you for hosting the blog tour, and your giveaway also!

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  13. How exciting! Thank you for a chance to win!

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  14. Looks like a fun book, and what a nice review from you!

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  15. This book looks awesome! I love Amy Butler and would be thrilled to win this giveaway! Thanks.

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  16. Wow - this book looks awesome - I already want to make pillows - love the Dreamweaver!! thanks for sharing! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Gorgeous! And a great idea for a jumbo block quilt!

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  18. Those are awesome and inspiring, I bet many visitors to your shop will want the book! Beautiful work!

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  19. I'm very excited about this book! I love your large scale blocks. I'm feeling very inspired right now.

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  20. Those large scale blocks would make great pillows!

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  21. Those large scale blocks would make great pillows!

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  22. I love how everything turned out! Very pretty.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  23. Love Amy Butler fabrics, thanks for the chance x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  24. I like your version of the wall art pieces even more than the original, great fabric choices. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  26. These look amazing. Thanks for this great chance. Thanks!

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  27. Absolutely gorgeous, Beth! Beautiful combination of fabrics and design. Can't miss with Amy - her fabrics and patterns are always beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic versions and inspiring us!

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  28. Ooooh, I really like the grey version! Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Ooooh, I really like the grey version! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Now I want to do wall hangings. This will be another project added to the TOP of my list. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. I agree that is a fantastic wall art

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  32. This looks like a fabulous book, even for a newish quilter like me!

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  33. This looks like a fabulous book, even for a newish quilter like me!

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  35. Beautiful work - they look perfect in the shop :)

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  36. Headboards, what a COOL idea! Guess I have to have this book!

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  37. Oh my, I want to make a Dreamweaver block too! I am a big Amy Butler fan also and enjoy her flair for color. I'd love to have this book and make every project!

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  38. I love your blocks! I think they would make a great quilt, too! This looks like a book I need. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  39. Beautiful headboard! jarvenpa1ne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. I love what you did with the block pattern! The different color combinations really show the versatility of the block. And you are right - they look great against the gray wall. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I love Amy Butler designs.

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  41. I've always loved Amy's fabrics - I have a bunch of them. And this book looks like a winner. Thanks for the chances to win!

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  42. Oh they look beautiful! I love when projects look really tricky, but actually aren't (who doesn't!?)-- thanks for sharing!

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  43. Those are really cute blocks. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  44. Love your fabric and color choices for piecing. Thanks for a chance to win these goodies.

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  45. Love your fabric and color choices for piecing. Thanks for a chance to win these goodies.

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  46. Awesome projects. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  47. Super project and such great idea. Thanks for the chance,
    Jo

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  48. Quilts with triangles instead of rectangles tend to scare me.....but maybe I will try this one...the end results are beautiful!

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  49. Love what you made. I love Amy Butler! She always has the coolest things. Thanks for 2 chances of winning some neat stuff.....
    sewfabrics at outlook.com

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  50. I love using beautiful quilting without the quilting

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  51. Love your fabric choices. I can't wait to see Amy's new book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  52. very exciting giveaway(s)!! I'm loving the headboard/wall art, too!

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  53. I still have my fist Amy Butler bag I made from her first line of fabric and her first pattern release! What SWEETNESS would it be to have something from her new line!

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  54. This book looks like fun and inspiration. Thanks for share your ideas.

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  55. I love both of your quilt projects -- and cannot pick a favorite! Thanks for the excellent review of Amy's new book.

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  56. I love both of your quilt projects -- and cannot pick a favorite! Thanks for the excellent review of Amy's new book.

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  58. Amazing color combinations would live to try a project or two

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  59. Your Blocks are AWESOME!! Thank you for chance to win your Sweeeeet Give-a-ways too!!! :D

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  60. Yes Amy Butler love here. I have some of her fabrics that I just love to pet. One of these days I may cut into them. I love your blocks. I gotta try making some kaleidoscope blocks one of these days.

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  61. Your blocks are stunning. That is one of my favorite Amy Butler lines (I have a little stash of it that I'm waiting for inspiration to cut into them...her new book may be just the thing). Thank you for the chance to win.

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  62. I love both your projects!! Thank you!

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  63. Amy Butler fabrics have been inspiring me for years and I love that your shop always has her fabric available in yards or precuts!

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  64. What a nice design for a wall hanging. The colours are lovely.

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  65. Great wall hanging! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  66. Eternal Sunshine evokes that creativity we all have inside. Love your Violette wall art, and your 24" blocks are eternally sunny hanging on that wall...keep on stitchin' em.

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  67. Mat? What mat?? Thanks for the chance to win, I love how your version came out!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  68. I love these designs/blocks! Thanks for sharing your colors!

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  69. I LOVE Amy Butler! Thank you for also offering such an awesome prize!

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  70. I LOVE Amy Butler! Thank you for also offering such an awesome prize!

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  71. Love all the new projects.

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  72. Beth, glad you were part of the blog tour and thanks for the chance on both giveaways!!

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  73. Great design for those blocks!!! My fingers are crossed for this amazing giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance!!

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  74. Lovely design-awesome wall art!

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  75. Seeing new quilt bloggers as I follow the "Piece Keeping" tour and I am really enjoying what I am seeing! Lots of color and quilts and fun ideas. Would love to win, I am an Amy fan (have many of her fabric lines), and I like the interesting and artsy designs in the new book.

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  76. I too am meeting new quilters. I like the right hand side wall hanging so much, lots of my favourite colours there.And a giveaway, so generous of you all.

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  77. I love Any Butler fabric way too much!

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  78. I love your blocks, and the way you have chosen to hang them so that you can enjoy them and appreciate them every day. There is a lesson there.

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  79. I really like the blocks, can't wait to see the book.

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  80. Thank you so much for the chance to win. Love every project from this book so far! So very vibrant and bright!
    cottonpaperflowers at gmail dot com

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  81. These projects look really fun

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  82. Love your take on the headboard blocks!

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  83. An Amy butler book, oh boy! Thanks for the chance.
    Ohioholman@aol.com

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  84. Your wall hangings look amazing; I especially like the right hand one that's on the wall. Glad to hear that they're suitable for a beginner. Thanks for the giveaways.
    annamariehlustik@googlemail.com

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  85. Love your wall hangings! Violette is one of my favourite fabric lines too!

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  86. Your wall hangings are beautiful!

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  87. Your wall art is beautiful and yes they would make great quilts. you are very generous to make a second giveaway.

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  88. Oh, I love your wall art! and thank you for 2 chances to win!!!

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  89. Those are gorgeous! I love that they are so big and the design of the block is so interesting!

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  90. What beautiful blocks! Would love to win the book. Thank you for sharing.

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  91. Thanks for sharing your project. It looks great. And thanks for offering your a second giveaway too!

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  92. Love the book and the fabrics! And your cutting mat is in no worse condition then mine;-)

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  93. Beautiful blocks! I'm sure that Amy's book will be inspiring!!

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  94. Oh, Beth, pick me, pick me. Love your blog and love all your photos. My goal this year is to complete 2 of the quilt tops I’ve started AND learn how to make some of the smaller projects in Amy Butler’s book!

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  95. Who does not like Amy Butler? Thank you for this generous giveaway!

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  96. What a pretty block this is. Love Amy Butler!

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  97. I am loving this blog tour! It makes me so much more confident to order a book when Ive seen some of the beautiful projects inside, and how you've each made them your own a bit! Such fun!

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  98. Love your wall hanging. The pyramid pillows from Susy Quilts were amazing also. Love this book. grinnie1961 at gmail.com

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  99. What pretty blocks! They would look lovely as pillows too.

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  100. Love the pillows! I can wait to see the book!

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  101. These are beautiful! I think I must have this book!

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  102. What an amazing giveaway! Love your take on those designs!

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  103. Love the wall art! I would love to make those!

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  104. What a beautiful project! I love the bright and colorful fabric choices.

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  105. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance!

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  106. Love, love your large blocks. They give me an idea...

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  107. Love the wall art, and I love how these little projects can become inspiration for something more! The quilt will be awesome.
    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  108. Neat book with great ideas. Eileen
    ekmvalencia@gmail.com

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  109. Great blocks, nice fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  110. Love this book. Can't wait to see it.

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  111. Love your project! And thank you for the giveaway of these awesome prizes!

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  112. This book looks amazing - thanks for showing us more of it in detail!

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  113. the book look great and who doesn't love a big block
    4 or 6 or 8 blocks would make an awesome and big quilt
    sharongalliatgmaildotcom

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  114. Amy's fabric is why i started quilting in the first place, i love her florals, fingers crossed. lol

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  115. Wonderful fabrics and I'm looking forward to getting the book for myself.

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  116. Love this post and look forward to the book!

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  117. Oh, my goodness! I LOVE your wall art! Thanks so much for TWO giveaways! I'm so excited about this book, and Amy's new fabric line!

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  118. Those fabrics are so luscious they look good in anything!

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  119. Gorgeous fabrics and projects! Love these fresh and lovely hues!

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  120. The book looks fantastic- would be great to win it! Thank you

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  121. I hope I'm not too late. Thanks for the fun time!

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  122. The minis look great on your gray wall!

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  123. I need a creativity boost, I think this book looks like a winner for that!

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  124. These look like a lot of fun to do.

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