Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders Book Blog Tour - and a giveaway!

12/26/11 - Comments on this post have been closed.  

Have you seen the new One Yard Wonders book?  

I spotted the new book - Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders - while browsing the sewing books at my local Barnes & Noble book store.   Something I do quite frequently I might add. I'm really kind of surprised they don't greet me by name. Or at least clear a path for me to the craft book section. And have a cup of chai tea or hot chocolate waiting for me. Oops! Dreaming here.  I'll get back to the book.

Anyway, I already had a copy of the book in my hot little hands because my cupcake apron graces pages 101-103! 


Of course you knew that already if you've been reading my blog as I posted a sneak peek photo from the book release party during PatternReview Day 2011.  Here's a few more photos from the book release party at Crafty Planet on my Flickr page. 

C'mon Sharon! Get to the good stuff...the book review and the giveaway!

All right, all right.

My first thought when I received the book, was "Wow! This baby's big!"  


Followed immediately by "I can't wait to see the projects!

I flew right past the first chapter "Fabric Fundamentals" which YOU shouldn't do if you're new (or fairly new) to sewing as it's filled with useful information and makes for a great starting point.

The chapters in this book are divided by fabric type. Each chapter begins with fabric facts and tips for sewing with and caring for that type of fabric. 

Then comes the good part - the projects. 

Lightweight cottons: 9 projects
Quilting-weight cottons: 17 projects
Home dec fabric: 16 projects
Flannel: 8 projects
Woven pile fabrics: 9 projects
Coated fabrics: 12 projects 
Fleece:  8 projects
Knits: 10 projects
Wool: 10 projects

And remember, there are extra patterns in the Barnes and Noble book.

The book ends with a glossary filled with terms and illustrations, a list of resources and the ever-so-fun-to-read contributor bios.  I'm on page 406 and I'm hoping they cut my bio as my dogs are mentioned but not my hubby {oops!}  

Oh! I almost forgot to mention this.  There are 9 sheets of pattern pieces tucked inside the front cover envelope.  I LOVE not having to enlarge the patterns.  Shoot, I've been known to not purchase a book based solely on the fact that the patterns have to be enlarged.  

Here are a few of my favorite  the projects I plan to sew first.  I can't say favorite because honestly there are too many I like.






Now, let's get to the giveaway shall we?

Storey Publishing is very generously giving away one copy of this book!  You do need to have a US mailing address for the book giveaway.  The book will be shipped directly to you from the Publisher.  Thank you Storey Publishing!

However, I'm also giving away one of my cupcake aprons!  You'll get the one pictured below - a yummy combination of chocolate brown and pink trimmed with cream ribbon. And I'll ship worldwide, so everyone is included!


 The giveaway rules:
  1. Leave a comment on this post and answer the question:  "What's the first thing you plan on sewing in 2012?"   "What's the first think you plan on sewing or creating in 2012?" I bet you have a lot of creative ideas in the works and I can't wait to hear them!  I plan on finishing a suit I began {gulp} two years ago.
  2. Please include whether or not you're in the U.S.  
  3. Please make sure your comment includes an email address where I can reach you if you win. If you write your email in the comments do something like this sewingbysharon at gmail dot com  so it doesn't get harvested by spammers. 
  4. Leave your comment by Monday, Dec. 26, 8 a.m. CST.  I'll draw and post winners that afternoon.   First drawn commenter (with an address in the U.S.) wins the book. Second drawn commenter wins the apron.
  5. If you follow me on Twitter you'll get another entry - just leave an additional comment letting me know your Twitter ID.   (I'm Sharon_Sews on Twitter.)
  6. If you follow my blog you'll get another entry - just  leave an additional comment letting me know you follow my blog. 
Good luck!

And be sure to visit all the other creative contributors who are part of the book blog tour. 

12/13/2011 Craft Buds
12/15/2011 Nifty Kidstuff
12/16/2011 Nom Nom Nom Nom
12/17/2011 ikatbag
12/17/2011 Two Brown Birds
12/18/2011 Sharon Sews
12/19/2011 LBG Studio
12/21/2011 Craftzine
12/21/2011 Neuroses Galore
12/21/2011 Emily Steffen
12/23/2011 Spincushion
12/27/2011 One Inch World
12/28/2011 Sew Sew Etc.
January ‘12 Lu Lu Carter
January ’12 Fiberosity
January ’12 Zuhause
January ’12 Obsessively Stiching

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103 comments:

  1. Hmm... My first project of 2012 will be a coat. I do live in the U.S. and my email is toofunny2, also on gmail.

    Congrats on being published!

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  2. What a great giveaway, Sharon! I plan to sew a pair of pants from the customized pattern I created at the PR Austin weekend! I will also be sewing a stack of tops that I already have cut out.

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  3. Oh! I do already follow you on Twitter. I think you follow me, too! :-)

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  4. I'm hoping to finish a valance for my daughter's room. It is taking me forever! I'm in the US mrs.jeffery@hotmail.com

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  5. I follow your blog! In the US mrs.jeffery@hotmail.com

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  6. Hi Sharon, How exciting for you. The book looks wonderful and who wouldn't want a chance at either it or your cupcake apron? I follow you, and have for awhile :-) I don't Twitter so no go on that chance :-(
    I live in Oregon (that's in the US).
    My email is carroll61354 at gmail dot com

    My first project for 2012 will be the Minoru Jacket by Sewaholic.

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  7. 2012, eh? Weeeeell, *I* plan to make a garden quilt for a friend, however, my husband, Magic Man, expects me to sew trick bags with his new fabric. (She who sews, gets the first project, right?). We live in the US. Also, the January grandbaby is expecting to have her crib set complete. OK, so grandbaby might win this battle.

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  8. My first project will be living room curtains for my daughter's first house. Not exciting but I promised them to her as a Christmas gift. And she doesn't want intricate curtains so it should be easy and (somewhat) fun.

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  9. I follow you. At least I think I do. You are on my blog subscription list, which is the same. Isn't it??

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  10. Anonymous5:34 PM

    I'm also going to be making the Minoru jacket, or at least attempting to. Glad there's a sewalong. My email is rutheblack at hotmail dot com. I don't follow anyone, but have read your blog for several years. And what a nice giveaway.

    Ruth

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  11. If I win, my first project will be something from this book. I am in the USA.

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  12. My first "project" will be to finish setting up my etsy store, where I plan to sell vintage sewing supplies and buttons. Then I plan to create some fabric Christmas "wraps" for next year. I have already been working on designs, I just have to make the patterns and whip up some kits.

    sm1@ida.net I'm in USA

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  13. I sew soo much for other's... it's time for something for me/us... can't really decide... a dress or a quilt for our bed! One of those for sure!
    How exciting about your book... I'm a new reader of your blog... please enter me....
    I also live in the US
    Merry Christmas...
    djcogdill
    at qdot com

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  14. Anonymous6:41 PM

    My first project of 2012 will be a Dr. Seuss quilt for my nephew. I do live in the US and my email is kcollins27 atradford.edu. This is an awesome giveaway! : )

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  15. Andrea6:42 PM

    I am planning on sewing my first set of curtains for my daughter's room. I am in the US and my e-mail address is knitpick4 at yahoo. I don't subscribe yet but I am signing up right now!

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  16. I could really use this book! I have gifts to make with fabric given to me. To have the projects listed by fabric type is just what I need.
    I plan on making a suit for myself in 2012 for my son's college graduation.
    I live in the USA,
    suseyhomemaker at gmail dot com

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  17. This is an awesome giveaway! My first project of 2012 will be a dress for my niece. I do live in the US and my email is kitkat_713 at hotmail.com.

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  18. I need to start on the artwork for our nursery really soon since the baby is due in April. But I'll definitely be making my daughter her birthday outfit. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Congrats on having your adorable cupcake apron featured in the new book!I just came across your blog tonight and signed up as a follower. My first project for 2012 will be Valentine's Day diaper shirts and blankets for preemies which are donated to NICU's all over the US and Canada via Project Angel Kisses Ministry. Thank you for sharing your creations and for the chance to win the new book or your cute apron!
    crochets4preemies at gmail.com

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  20. Hmmm, I'm not sure EXACTLY what I'm going to make, but I do know it is all for me! I've been working so much on projects for other people, that I think I need to sew a fabulous top or dress first!

    Thanks for the giveaway and congratulation on the projects in the book!

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  21. Oh, and you probably already know I follow you on twitter. :)

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  22. Anonymous6:56 PM

    I plan on learning all about my new sewing machine that I am getting for Christmas! That will be my first project for 2012. I am so excited! My email is alisoncurtin at hotmail.com

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  23. Anonymous6:57 PM

    I do live in the US
    Alisoncurtin at hotmail.com

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  24. I have a cape planned for 2012 and also knit a sweater with cables. Thanks for a great giveaway! mdeeter@hotmail.com

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  25. Laura M7:05 PM

    Hmmm...I think my first project will be to finish up all of my UFOs...cuz they're stacking up. I just got the fist one yard wonders book and can't wait to try the tufted pillow. I definitely want this book too.

    My email is Laura at littlekahootz dot com and I'm in California. Thanks!

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  26. For the new year I'm planning on making a dress for my niece using a man's shirt, from a pattern I found online. It will be so cute! I am in the U.S. and my email is leiamyshell at yahoo

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  27. Which project will I sew/create first? Oh my! I'm waiting to start my sewing business! My home renovations have been on hold - injuries and no help. SIGH!

    Probably One of the first things I will make are 5 roman shades from the Eclipse fabric by Robert Allen that I have had for about a year!

    Kelly on FB
    sewlambitious {at} gmail {dot} com
    Sew Lambitious LLC on FB aka Lambitious Creations

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  28. I subscribe to your blog. Thank you for the extra entry!
    Kelly on FB
    sewlambitious {at} gmail {dot} com
    Sew Lambitious LLC on FB aka Lambitious Creations

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  29. Anonymous7:37 PM

    My first project for 2012 will be to make tote bags for shopping! I am overrun by plastic shopping bags and I just cant take it anymore! I figure I get between 15 & 20 a week!! Im sue dot candland at gmail.

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  30. I am going to do slippers first thing this year.... my new house is cold and as soon as I finish my christmas presents it is time to do something for me!!!! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  31. Cindy8:38 PM

    I think my first project will be a baby quilt for my soon-to-be cousin. Thanks for this opportunity, I do live in the US.
    Email : cholden@fandm.edu

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  32. Okay - here goes! My first project of 2012 - to clean up the sewing room! Oh - to make some dumplin' bags and a shirt dress.

    I live in the US. I follow you on twitter. I think I'm gmariesews. And I also follow the blog.

    Love the cupcake apron - too cute! g

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  33. my first project will be sewing a shoulder bag made from canvas I've seen on etsy. It's super cute and not very expensive but I really want to attempt to make it myself. I live in the US and my email is jiskra29 at aol.

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  34. I follow you on Twitter!

    ronandwhit (at) gmail (dot) com

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  35. I also follow your blog!

    ronandwhit (at) gmail (dot) com

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  36. fun giveaway! thanks! my next project is shirts for my little girl... wish me luck!
    mcevans24 at gmail dot com

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  37. I hope to make some of the Amy Butler lounge pants for myself. I have the fabric, just need the time.

    (In U.S., can be emailed via blogger or email is on my blog)

    thanks for doing the giveaway!

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  38. Also, I am a blog follower.

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  39. Dana TM1:03 AM

    I want to try to make some mitts from sweaters that I felted... meant to do that long time ago! I do live in the states, and can be reached at danainalaska on yahoo.

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  40. Dana TM1:09 AM

    And I am subscribed to your blog feed, too.
    (my email is on the line above)

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  41. My toddler happily trots to and fro from preschool with a hot pink shopping bag from Ka Da We in Berlin. This would be okay if he were a little girl. (oops)

    Immediately following the new year I have every intention of sewing him a tote bag with all things boy like dinosaurs and firetrucks-- or maybe just a vintage nautical theme instead. =)

    Currently living in North Carolina and email is: therealbarbie@hotmail.com

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  42. My first project of the new year, I will be making curtains for my newly redecorated bathroom and my freshly painted living room.
    Thanks for the opportunity, I have One Yard Wonders, I'd love to have the new book and I collect aprons so you can imagine my desire to win yours! I follow you on google, you are first blog on my Google homepage! My gmail address is marsaili2007 at gmail dot com and I am in the US. Thanks again!

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  43. my baby nephew is amost a month old and i still haven't made his quilt. that is first on my 2012 list!

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  44. Barb S9:44 AM

    I just bought a bunch of denim, so I will be sewing jeans for everyone in 2012. Then I will continue to work on getting my fabric stash whiddled down so I can but more in May.
    Congratulations on being published.
    My email is bjsoule4074 at yahoo dot com

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  45. Anonymous9:47 AM

    Oh, which should I do first... I think I will make a dress for me from Simplicity 2369 out of a ponte knit I have for it. I also hope to finish the pile of ufo's so I have more room to work! I have been following blogs for a while now and my inspiration is coming back through them. My email is rnlindquist at t d s the dot net

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  46. My first project of 2012 is going to be a baby quilt for a girlfriend whose shower is the 8th, followed by another whose shower is the 15th, then maybe one for my wee alien whose shower is the 22nd. =)

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  47. I follow you on twitter @jmmaxman and I do live in the US, and my email is jmmaxman at gmail dot com or the one for blogger is fine too!

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  48. Im a new blog follower, but Im liking what I see!! =) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. I am going to make something special for my tenant, who is having twins in January: a girl and a boy. I will either knit or sew . . . whatever looks sweet and useful!

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  50. My first project will (hopefully) be a Mission Maxi muslin - I'd like to make enough to get me through a week long vacation at the beginning of June. Fingers crossed!

    Congrats on being in the book!

    I live in the US and my email is auwareagle90 at gmail.com

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  51. I am now following you on the Google: auwareagle90

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  52. Also following you on twitter as auwareagle90

    Live in the US, email is auwareagle90 at gmail dot com

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  53. Nice giveaway. My first project of 2012 will be a coat and/or cape.
    Angela
    creativediva728 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  54. Hi I love your blog and just found it! Thanks for the chance to win the new ONe yard wonder! I have a lot of projects in the works cut out and ready to sew. I am currently recovering from back surgery. So I will finish the quilt I am working on and my 5 year olds dress I have waiting and a purpse for my teenager! So I can't wait and if I get this book who knows what else I will be adding? I love quite a few of the patterns I've seen from the reviews I've read! Thanks! my email is deettep at gmail dot com and I live in the US!

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  55. I am a new follower of your blog also!!

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  56. For my first project I would like to finish my son's quilt! He keeps asking me "when are you going to make my favric?"

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  57. Congrats on having a project in the book, and the book looks great. I'm glad they've included projects for non-quilting-cotton. I want to make a quilted cover for my mixer; not sure if it'll get done before the holidays or pushed to January. I am in the US - ltarwater at yahoo. I follow your blog on bloglines - does that count?

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  58. bessie6:27 PM

    love the giveaway! my first project for 2012 will be a new pair of lounge pants. i live in the u.s. and my email is bessie32680 at yahoo dot com

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  59. bessie6:29 PM

    i also follow you on twitter - i am ms_potatochip

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  60. Anonymous8:49 PM

    Congrats on getting your apron into the book. It's really cute. My first project of 2012 will be a New Year fabric Postcard for a swap I'm in.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Katina
    kjkoukla(athotmail....

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  61. Anonymous8:51 PM

    I'm following your blog. AND I forgot to put in the last post I'm in the USA, deep in the heart of Texas!

    Katina
    kjkoukla(athotmail....

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  62. I need to finish dresses!

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  63. Lovely apron! I want to continue my GFG quilt and I'm an international reader.

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  64. I follow you via GFC.

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  65. I follow on twitter via profile @hueisei

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  66. mine is repairing an old and beat up quilt that my FIL's aunt made him- it is a challenge, but i think i am up for it!
    (i do live in the US)

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  67. i am a new follower!

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  68. 2012 is my year of doing, not just thinking and writing down what I want to do. So I'm going with a short list of things I want to play with and learn like screen printing, lino printing, fun fusing and I have to check one off each month.

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  69. I'm a Follower, and I forgot to mention I'm in the US in my first comment (sorry). Love your apron!

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  70. Well, there are so many things! But I know I will first make my grandson's X-man cape. His name is Xavier and he is called "X", I just know he is going to love it. I can't wait to see his face when he sees it!

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  71. My first project in 2012 will be something for my new baby! I don't know if it's a girl or boy yet, so probably something I can make that neutral, like burp cloths or sheets. Congrats on getting published! liz.taylor24@yahoo.com

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  72. First project will be probably working on quilt patterns!

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  73. I follow you on Twitter ;o)

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  74. My first project will be recovering a friend's outdoor furniture cushions..he's getting the fabric at Christmas and the work is included in the gift ;)

    I am in the U.S.

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  75. my first project for 2012 will be a quilt for myself or maybe one for my best friend;s birthday

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  76. I have a vintage Barbie pattern that I am working on making every view on the pattern! I have already made 3 so there are 3 more to go and that is the first project I am going to finish for 2012!

    Love your blog!

    Blessings

    Linda

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  77. I really want to try my first quilt! I might be enlisting the help of a friend to help with the actual quilting though!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com
    USA

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  78. Following on Twitter as @sazzyfrazzy!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  79. Following your blog via GFC!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  80. Congratulations! Your apron is great. Thank you. mamalusco at ortelco dot net

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  81. I would like to make a quilted table runner as my first project of 2012! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  82. Hopefully I finish my Captain America themed purse before 2012, otherwise, that will be it. If I do, I'll keep trying to figure out how to get my serger to work!

    (I'm in the US, katie.nobles@gmail.com)

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  83. Followed you on twitter (@auburnkt)

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  84. And I followed your blog!

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  85. My first project for 2012 is hopefully a quilt with Loulouthi Flannels.
    I live in the U.S.
    wenmink at gmail dot com

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  86. 2012 project is to make a toddler quilt for my son.

    ni.chern at gmail dot com

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  87. i follow your blog thru e-mail

    ni.chern at gmail dot com

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  88. sorry i forgot to mention that I am in the US

    thanks!
    ni.chern at gmail dot com

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  89. First I'm working on an ottoman slipcover for my brother - then roman shades for my new house. :)
    I'm in the U.S.

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  90. Looks like an awesome book to have in my sewing room. My first project for the new year is to make a set of placemats and coasters. I made a cute set as a gift and need a set for myself.

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  91. The first thing I am going to do is finish embroidering an elephant I started in June for my daughter,who loves elephants. Then I am going to make it into a pillow for her bed.
    I live in the US and my email is:

    rjbmom7 at optonline dot net

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  92. "What's the first think you plan on sewing or creating in 2012?"--- I have the fleece and pattern, and am going to make my daughter a hooded robe to wear around the house on those cold Winter days! :-)

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  93. I am a new Twitter follower-- @GwenWindham -- Thanks so much for a chance to win one of your two wonderful prizes-- LOVE your aprons-- SOOOOO cute! :-)

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  94. I am a new follower on GFC! Thanks again for the extra chances to win! :-)

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  95. I have so many WIPs that I need to finish. One of them is a tablerunner for a birthday present. I do live in the US, California to be exact.

    Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win a super book.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  96. I'm a follower of your blog via email.

    Thanks for a chance to win a great book!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  97. I follow you on twitter. (@usairdoll)

    Thanks for a chance to win a great book. The projects look amazing!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  98. the first thing id like to sew is a summer dress..with a crocheted top and skirted bottom..should be pretty easy :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  99. forgot to say im in the us :) im following your blog :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  100. the first thing i sew in 2012 is a summer dress..with a crocheted top and a skirted bottom..should be easy :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  101. Anonymous8:13 PM

    Congratulaions on your book! I plan to finish a silk top. I'm hand overcasting the seam allowances now, and hope to finish by the end of January. (I only get to sew a little on the weekends)I do live in the US.
    Weaverbec
    at cox dot com

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