Monday, September 21, 2015

Machine Quilting With Style Blog Hop & Giveaway

Hello there!  Welcome to day #7 of the Machine Quilting With Style blog hop.



It's my turn to show you my version of a quilt from Christa Watson's great new book. But first, the original from the book:



Modern with a nod to traditional.  Love it!  OK, here's mine:



As you can see, my little twist on this quilt is a subtle Halloween theme.  I am loving the trendy combo of aqua and orange right now, and it fits right in.  The style of quilting I chose is called "Gentle Wavy Lines" in the book and it's one of my favorites.  It's quick, easy and gives a nice texture.  I quilted the lines vertically from top to bottom, approx. 1" apart.  I just marked a few straight lines to guide my quilting.  In the book, the name of the quilt is "Square in a Square". 






In her book, Christa shows you that YOU CAN quilt your own quilt on your domestic machine.  This book shows lots of designs, from easy (like gentle waves) to the more complex (swirls, pebbles, etc.).  And she gives instructions for 12 modern quilts to use those designs on.  Machine Quilting with Style is a great resource for every quilter who has even thought about quilting her own quilt.

For as long as I've known Christa (since our 15-year-old sons were babies!), she's been a cheerleader of quilting your own quilt.  She's devoted much time to sharing and teaching her awesome skills, and loves to see you succeed with your quilt.  She'll be leading a quilt-along in January and is encouraging everyone to vote for their favorite (here).  The winner will be the object of the quilt along.  How fun!

 



More good news -- I've been given permission to give an e-copy to one lucky reader.  Leave me a comment saying whether or not you've ever quilted your own quilt (with your domestic machine).  I'll choose a winner on Sept. 28. 

If you don't win (or just can't wait), get yours here 0r a signed copy from Christa.    Right now it's the #1 new release in patchwork on Amazon.  Woohoo!




Hop on over to these blogs to check out their versions:
Plus, there will be additional stops on the hop from the awesome people listed below. They will be sharing their insights including book reviews, interviews, sample blocks, and other interesting content you won’t want to miss.

Linking to:  Crazy Mom Quilts' Finish It Up Friday

   

107 comments:

  1. I am generally quilting my own quilts, only twice I have gotten them professionally quilted. That was due to their size, Queen and King size is too big for my domestic sewing machine.

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  2. Your Halloween themed quilt looks great! I've quilted all my own quilts so far and I don't really care for marking designs on the top, so always looking for ideas where marking is not required.

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  3. Hi Stacy
    Yes, I have quilted my own quilts. I completed a queen size quilt last November and said never again on my domestic machine. I have done dozens of smaller quilts but I think the bigger ones will always be on a longarm now.
    Judy
    judybarr at iearn dot org dot au

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  4. Hi
    I have done several queen size quilts - love using my walking foot on them! Love Christa's book!!!

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  5. You quilt turned out SO GREAT!! I love it so much and it was so fun to snuggle under at the retreat this weekend ;-)

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  6. I love your spooky quilt! I have quilted my own quilts, and really want to do more of it with a sit down mid arm machine!

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  7. I quilt my quilts by myself on my domestic sewing machine. Only one had been quilted with a longarm by a friend. At the moment I'm quilting a 2,5 m on both sides quilt. That's really fun and an adventure. I really would love to win the e-copy.
    Greetings and thanks a lot.
    Rike

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  8. I love the wavy lines on your quilt - so appropriate for the theme. I quilt my own quilts but only with straight lines. I'm hoping to try free motion someday.

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  9. I'm trying to learn free motion quilting, so I can quilt my own quilts. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  10. Beautiful quilt! sarah@forrussia.org

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  11. I tied my first quilt and am hand quilting my second quilt. I can't get a walking foot or an open foot for FMQ, so I am kind of limited.

    senstrings (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  12. The largest thing I've quilted on my machine is a throw quilt. I have a king sized bed, and would someday like a homemade quilt on it, I just need this book to show me how! Thanks for the chance to win! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  13. I have quiilted almost all of my quilts on my little Janome and I just tried the wavy line quilting on a recent finish. I love how it turned out! I would love to read Christa's book - thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. I have never quilted a quilt but I am a newbie to it all!
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  15. I always quilt my own quilts!!

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  16. your quilt is spooktacular!!! I have quilted on my home machine some quilts Those that are queen size or larger I send out. I have not done FMQ on the ones I do at home, I am still practicing that wonderful art. I have done a lot of different straight lines.

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  17. I have been quilting my own quilts on my machine the last few years. Before that I quilted them by hand, but there are so many quilts to be made and quilted... Love learning different methods to use in my machine quilting. Thanks for the review and for the chance to win a copy of Christ's book.

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  18. I have quilted my own quilts but definitely need to improve my skills. Sounds like this book is just what I need!

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  19. I've always quilted my own quilts. When I started, I didn't realize it was something a lot of people didn't do.

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  20. No, I'm still on small projects and pot holders. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Yes, I have quilted my own quilts on my home machine. But I need practice to improve. Love your wavy lines on your sq in a sq quilt. I might try them on my next quilt!

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  22. I do quilt my own quilts with my walking foot. They are usually diagonal straight lines, but after seeing yout version of Square in a Square, I think I might try gentle wavy lines on the quilt I am currently working on.

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  23. The black makes your quilt very dramatic. I like how the squares really pop. Yes, I have quilted my own on my domestic machine. Can't say it's my favorite part though.

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  24. I've been quilting for a little more than a year and so far, have quilted them all myself. I'm working on my FMQ and I think it's getting better! I'd love to win Christa's book!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  25. I always, so far, quilt my own quilts. I am not the best at that, but don't feel that it is MY quilt unless I quilt it myself.

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  26. I've never machine quilted a full size quilt but I've finished lots of small projects using that technique.

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  27. Hi,yes I do quilt my own quilts; straight line with the walking foot some. I'm learning FMQing so I want to use more of that as I progress! Thank You for sharing!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  28. I love your take on a Halloween quilt with the pops of turquoise. I quilt many of my small table toppers or small wall hangings, but not the larger quilts. I have some arthritis in my hands so I don't like to stress them out in wrangling a large quilt around trying to quilt it. I love the quilting designs in Christa's book (that I have seen so far, so maybe I will try some of the wavy lines more linear designs on a larger quilt. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

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  29. I really like your version of Square in a Square.
    I have always quilted my own quilts on a domestic machine. Someday in the future I would like to have a long arm, but for right now I do all of my projects on my traditional machine. I would love to win Christa's book to help me have more confidence doing different patterns.
    My email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com
    Thanks!

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  30. I sometimes quilt small things on my domestic machine. I do bigger quilts on my mid-arm but sometimes add some detail quilting to them using my regular machine.

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  31. Yes, I have quilted quilts on my sewing machine. But the biggest I have quilted is twin sized. I have a couple of queen sized quilts in my UFO's that I really want to actually finish. But the thought of actually quilting them is very scary. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  32. The only quilts I've quilted on my little sewing machine have been baby quilts, and it's just been a couple. I've hand quilted lots more than I've machine quilted. Generally, I send them out. But I'd really like to be better at machine quilting the small ones myself with my walking foot. I'm pretty sure I'll never be a free motion girl!

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  33. I quilt up to a twin. Bigger is just too much for me.

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  34. Love your quilt! As you may remember, I am a BIG Halloween fan. I have always done all my small pieces...did a queen sized quilt...once. I now have a mid-arm so fewer quilts will be going to one of the many great Long Arm quilters here in Las Vegas.
    AnnLouise Pugh cronelv@pughlitzer.com

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  35. YES! I have quilted my own quilts (baby, throw, twin) on my domestic sewing machine! My quilting has been done with a walking foot. The stitches were either matchstick/diamond/grid/orange peal/serpentine. I haven't gotten fancy yet.
    I'd love a copy of Christa's book, so thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  36. Yep, I've always quilted my own quilts using a Viking

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  37. Trying to learn how to quilt my own quilts. Great backing fabric! 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  38. I've only stitched in straight ditches. I love the wonky squares in this quilt. I'm taking a free hand quilting class on Craftsy. This book looks so interesting and I haven't not loved a quilt yet!

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  39. When I give a quilt away , I want to say ,it was totally done by me ! Love Christa....can't wait to get her new book

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  40. When I give a quilt away , I want to say ,it was totally done by me ! Love Christa....can't wait to get her new book

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  41. I only quilt my smaller projects, and then only in the ditch, ready to learn to do more!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  42. quilt mine all the time, thanks for the giveaway

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  43. Fun idea for a Halloween quilt - and I really like the back fabric you used!

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  44. I like your Halloween version of Square in a Square. I always quilt my own quilts on a domestic machine.

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  45. Yes, I always quilt my own quilts on my regular sewing machine. I just recently graduated from stitching in the ditch!! Have been doing straight line quilting, really want to do FMQ but just don't have the time to really practice & get it right. Maybe Christa's book would help!!

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    1. Hi Debra, I haven't heard back from the first winner, so I'm choosing a second, and you're number came up (45) in the random number generator. Please contact me for your e-copy of Machine Quilting With Style - congratulations!

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  46. Yes, I always quilt my own quilts. I started on my domestic machine and now on a hand guided long arm. I like knowing that I make each quilt from start to finish myself. Thanks fir the "gushing" about Christa's book, it sounds like a great addition to my library.

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  47. Fun interpretation - how lucky you are to know Christa in person! I have FMQed a few practice pieces and charity quilts. Pretty soon hope to finish some for my family to keep! Thanks for the chance.

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  48. Your Halloween version is great. I have quilted several quilts on my home machine.

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  49. I have not gotten a quilt to the quilting stage yet!

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  50. I've always quilted my own quilts.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  51. I have quilted a few smaller quilts. The last one I did with the lemon peel design using my walking foot and it turned out well. I don't have a long throat on my machine so it can be cumbersome to work on a large size quilt. I would sure love to win the thread.
    Terri t2mcgreer at gmail dot com

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  52. I've done little sample squares but haven't done even a wall hanging of my own. I am starting a baby quilt for my niece and would love a copy of this book to get me started on machine quilting.

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  53. I quilt all of my own quilts. I don't feel like it's really my quilt unless I do the quilting myself. On my domestic sewing machine. Nothing fancy, using lots of straight lines and my walking foot.

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  54. I have quilted small quilts. Would love a copy of Christa book!

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  55. I quilt all my quilts, small to large (90x90) on my DSM - usually FMQ.

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  56. I have quilted my own quilts, but that isn't saying it's good quilting! I am practicing with FMQ so I can do simple designs and be proud of my work!

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  57. I have quilted my own quilts on my domestic machine...but nothing fancy! lol Straight lines..stitch in ditch, and sorta grids. Practicing FMQ on small things, which turn into potholders mostly! giggle.. Would looove to win the Book..thanks for the chance! :)

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  58. I have quilted several quilts on my domestic machine before upgrading to a midarm. Either way I love quilting while sitting down. Your Halloween quilt is super fun. Love it!

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  59. I have quilted two, almost three!, quilts on my domestic machine. Phew!

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  60. I really like your version of this quilt! I quilt my own quilts on my domestic machine. Thanks!

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  61. I have quilted throw size and smaller on my DSM but need more practice and instruction.
    Thanks for the give away.

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  62. I am practicing fmq and my next project is to quilt a large quilt on my domestic sewing machine.

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  63. I have done some minimal machine quilting on my Pfaff --- any helpful ideas are welcome, as it hasn't been my favorite method.

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  64. I have quilted all my quilts on my domestic machine.

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  65. I have quilted some small quilts with poor results which I hope to improve.

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  66. I have quilted all my quilts on my domestic machine.

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  67. I've only quilted two of my own quilts and a couple of wall hangings. Rina

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  68. I haven't quilted one of my own yet.

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  69. I've only made a few quilts but I've quilted all of them - but only simple walking foot quilting!

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  70. I started quilting 3 years ago and have made 1 king, 6 queen and 2 lap quilts, quilting them all on my Bernina 930. The first two were queens and I did them as quilt as you go. The rest were done as whole quilts on my Bernina. I managed the king by splitting the batting to help manage the bulk. Are they show quality quilts? Lol heck no, but I have loved the learning process and felt such a sense of accomplishment knowing I did it all.

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  71. I've quilted with my machine for years. Mostly simple. Some free motion. Last year I got a midarm but only just discovering it. The book looks great

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  72. I have quilted my own quilts, but only up to lap-size. i would love to go larger!

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  73. I have done a few baby quilts and potholders on my home machine. I like your take on Christa's quilt.

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  74. I have done a few baby quilts and potholders on my home machine. I like your take on Christa's quilt.

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  75. I took the plunge after watching a few Craftsy courses and have done some quilting with a walking foot and even tried some free motion.

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  76. I haven't quilted yet but have plenty of tops to start.

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  77. Yes, from wall hangings (my favorite), twin size and queen, oh that size is not fun. Love, love the modern quilts and I so want to try the square in a square. Seeing yours really makes me want to get started on one. thanks for the pictures, they are great.

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    1. Rebecca you are the winner of the Machine Quilting With Style e-book!! Please send me your email address and it will be forwarded to the publisher. Congratulations -- you're going to love this book. Stacy

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  78. I have quilted my own quilt using stitch in the ditch but haven't ventured out to trying fmq with my domestic machine. I'm trying the continuous circle with a walking foot on a quilt this week, but finding it a lot more difficult than I thought it would be to keep the distance even in the circles.

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  79. I haven't finshed my first quilt yet, but I would sure like to do it on my machine!

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

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  81. I quilt all my quilts either on my home machine or on a longarm.

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  82. I free motion quilt all my quilts on my domestic machine.

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  83. I've only machine quilted one quilt! It was fun to do.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  84. Most of the quilts that I have quilted on my home machine have been lap size or smaller. I am working my way up to trying a larger one.

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  85. My domestic sewing machine is the only way that I have quilted so far. I really enjoy it and want to practice more and get better at it.

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  86. Yes I do some free motion quilting, stitch in the ditch and diagonal stitching on baby & throw size quilts.

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  87. I have FMQ a queen size quilt. It wasn't perfect, but I was please when finished. I have now started doing mug rugs and table runners, and I am getting better with each.

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  88. I have FMQ wall hangings. Each one gets a little better.

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  89. I machine quiltmost of my projects on one of my vintage domestic machines.

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  90. I made placemats for my mom when I first started quilting and I quilted them on my DSM. After piecing my first 4 quilts, I bought myself a longarm and never looked back!!! I am in awe of quilters who can quilt on their DSM - I have no such talent!!!

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  91. That's a really fun quilt!! I quilted my first (and only) quilt on my domestic machine using wavy lines and my walking foot. Someday I'll learn to FMQ ;)

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  92. I quilt baby and lap sizes on my domestic machine. Queen or larger I send out to be quilted.

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  93. I have quilted a baby quilt on mine with a walking foot, but want to try fmq

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  94. So far, everything I've made has been quilted on my home domestic machine with FMQ. I really want to get a walking foot and try that next.

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  95. I just finished a queen sized quilt that I FMQ on my sewing machine. It was an adventure!

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  96. Yes, I've quilted with my DSM but I go for easy stuff like waves, etc. Hoping to get some practice at FMQing now that I have a machine with a 9 inch throat.

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  97. Stacy, I love your version, and will check out all the others. I think this is just darling. I don't have as much imagination as some quilters, but I do get by with my quilting. Thanks for posting this. I haven't bought Christa's book yet, hopefully soon. Have to support my quilting queens!

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  98. I am just starting to free motion quilt on my own machine; having finished one quilt and a table runner. I bought several books but all had too complicated of designs for a beginner so this book sounds like it might be a good fit for me. Your wavy lines are very straight. If that makes sense.

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  99. I have only quilted my quilts on my own dsm. I do want to acquire a sit down quilter one of these days.

    tushaythreeatyahoodotcom

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  100. I do all my quilting on my home machine. There are no long-arm machine I could rent nearby and professional long-arm quilting is way out of my budget. Since I make only large quilts (mostly queen-sized) I have to keep it simple. This book sounds like it's written exactly for my kind of quilting. I've put it on my Amazon wishlist - although it would be wonderful to win it. Thank you!

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  101. I do my own quilting on my domestic sewing machine or by hand. I would really miss that part of the quilting process if I handed m y quilts off to a longarmer. I do have two very close friends who longarm quilt as businesses. It is my goal to someday have each of them quilt a quilt for me. At this point I have picked out which patterns but the tops are not complete. Thanks for sharing your Square in a Square and for offering a giveaway.

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  102. I have done some FMQ on wall hanging size quilts or table runners but anything larger has been done by a long armer.

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  103. Yes I have quilted some of my quilts - just easy peasy designs, as I'm no expert. Larger (queensize) I send out to be done commercially, but I can cope with wall hangings, cot quilts and up to single size. Would love to be able to quilt with a bit more wow factor, so would love to win the give-away. Thanks for the chance.

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  104. I've quilted on my home machine. I've never sent a quilt out to be quilted. Simple stuff, but all were loved :) Thanks for the giveaway! Would love an ecopy of the book!

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