Quilting With a Modern Slant: A Review


So friends, I'm doing a sponsored book review today!  (Sponsored meaning the publisher sent me a book for free, and I get to give one copy to one of you)  If you read my blog much, you know I just don't do this stuff.  I find it way too hard to be honest, but also nice at the same time:)

So why am I doing it this time?  I don't know.  Must have been that the concept of the book intrigued me, as it did not seem to be your typical quilting book.   And even though I don't label myself as a modern quilter, I am influenced by modern quilters and very interested in this topic as a whole.

So I said yes, I will accept this book and talk about it on my blog.  And then in the weeks I was waiting for it to arrive, I wondered to myself why I had put myself in for this, since I was sure to disagree with most of what the book said about 'modern' quilting.


After the book arrived (only yesterday, so I haven't had a lot of time to look at it) I cracked it open and started reading at the beginning.

I started out by being pleasantly surprised.  I enjoyed Rachel May's introduction, as well as the following pages which include Six Steps to a Quilt (simple breakdown on how to make a quilt),  as well as a few pages with her thoughts on modern quilting.  I found this first part of the book to be very encouraging and inclusive.

This book is mainly a collection of quilters and artists who have inspired or been a part of the modern quilting community.  Each person has a page or two with some of their thoughts on various aspects, as well as some examples of their work.

I was very pleased to find Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr as the first featured artists.  I only wish that they could have had a few more pages to share their amazing quilts and valuable thoughts.


I could go into so much more, but I'll try to put my overview into a few sentences.  I enjoyed reading this book, but am not sure what it's use is for me.  There are patterns sprinkled throughout, but none that I would be likely to use.  There are lots of beautiful quilts shown, but it felt like I'd seen a lot of them before.  It was interesting to hear a bit from each of these quilters, but I would have rather seen a smaller number of contributors and more in depth conversations as well as more samples of each artist's work.

I feel like I'm being picky by saying this, like I'm expecting perfection!  The fact is, this is a beautiful book with a LOT of content.

If you are a quilter deeply immersed in the modern quilting world, you'll find this book interesting simply because you'll recognize many names and feel a connection.

I would also recommend this book to a fairly new quilter as I feel like it has a very encouraging and inclusive tone to it.  Overall, I am very happy with the impression it leaves of the quilting community in general.

I hope this little review interested you enough to go check it out!

Oh, and leave me a comment here on this post for a chance to win a copy.  I'll leave the giveaway open till Feb. 24th.

200 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  2. I like to look through Quilting books and actually read them so this looks like a fun one.

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  3. I like to look through Quilting books and actually read them so this looks like a fun one.

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  4. I love to learn about different artists' thoughts on quilting! Sounds like a great book

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  5. I appreciate your honest reviews! I'd love to win this book, sounds interesting :)

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  6. I'm a beginner so tho book sounds great to me.

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  7. I would lov o win this book, sounds interesting.

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  8. I really like modern quilting and would like to win this book. jennylarking at gmail dot com

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  9. I'm definitely at the stage where I want more information from quilters than just the patterns. Sounds interesting.

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  10. I like modern quilting too and Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr are my favs!

    the book looks interesting!
    xo

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  11. I'm a new quilter and I would love a copy. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  12. Of course I'd love to add another quilting book to my library :) Good to hear from you!

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  13. I was so excited to hear about this book. I would so love a copy! Thanks for a great giveaway.
    deebriese@yahoo.com

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  14. I appreciate your honest review - and since I follow and value YOUR contributions to quiltland, I am sincerely hoping to win this book! It sounds like a keeper for those of us who straddle the traditional and modern line. Thanks so much for the opportunity!
    jomellenthin@vassar.edu

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  15. I'm interested to take a look if it's free =) The cover is certainly beautiful!

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  16. I appreciate your honest review. I would like to take a look at the book, so thanks for the chance!

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  17. I always like to read new quilting books. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  18. I would love to take a wander through this book ;)

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  19. Love to have a read! Thanks for the chance.

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  20. Your honesty is refreshing. Don't count me in the draw, because I've just won a copy of this book elsewhere. Thanks for the review, I'm eager to see if I agree!

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  21. I like reading cookbooks and quilting books as part of my daily literature intake, so you can add my name to the hat.

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  22. HI, love books+this looks like a good one!
    Thanks for sharing!

    cobaltt16@yahoo.com

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  23. I have just become aware of this "new" style of quilting and would enjoy this book. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  24. Thanks for the chance to to win this book. I loved perusing quilting books for the inspiration whether I make one or not. I usually end up with a ton of new ideas.

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  25. Thank you for the review! You told me exactly what I wanted to know, have thought about this book, but I'm an avid blog follower and rarely see anything too new or exciting in most books, would rather wing it than follow a pattern. I think these days I'm looking more for inspiration or details on a quilter's process or color theory, etc.

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  26. I am a modern quilter and I love this book.

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  27. Always like to read quilt books to learn new things.

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  28. She's coming to my favorite local store in March... I'd love to win a copy of the book to get signed. Thanks for your forthright review! madfabriholic at gmail dot com

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  29. I own a handful of quilting books and I look through them to find ideas but I don't take much more than that. It's just a nice way to find inspiration!

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  30. This is a book I'm definitely interested in......

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  31. LOL, well, based off your review, I'm still willing to give it a try -- thanks!:)

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  32. I would love to study this book, it looks great!

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  33. It sounds like an interesting book, thanks for the opportunity.

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  34. Honest reviews are always appreciated!

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  35. This sounds like an interesting book. I'm always adding to my collection as references. I learn a little something new from each book and magazine I read. Thanks for the chance, and for your review!

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  36. This book just appeared on the new book shelves at our library and I was favorably impressed. It's great to see cameos of the different quilt artists. I checked it out immediately and hope to own a copy soon.

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  37. Nice give away. The book looks really interesting!

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  38. Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts. I hope I can win this for the Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild library.

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  39. I enjoyed your review. Would also love to win a copy of this book.

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  40. Thanks for a chance to win! It looks like a fab book!

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  41. Thank you so much for your honest opinion. Sometimes bloggers give very fluffy reviews. I'd still love to win a copy!!

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  42. Tks for being so honest! Lovely giveaway.

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  43. I would love to win a copy of this book. I appreciate your honesty when reviewing such books. eliz.i@sympatico.ca

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  44. This sounds like most of my quilting books, fun to look at but I don't use them. I keep buying them because they're inspirational, then I do my own thing!

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  45. I love reading quilting books. Even if I don't actually make the patterns I always find some inspiration and/or eye candy. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  46. Inspiration ……….such a great emotion! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  47. Looks like it is an interesting book-I have seen a few reviews on it online....thanks for a chance to win a copy & for giving your honest answer. (If you won't use it maybe you could just give both copies away-in case I am not drawn the first time I could get a second chance!) ;)

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  48. Thank you for doing your review!

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  49. Very well written review, thanks!

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  50. I believe that the pictures 'sell' a book to me and I have seen some amazing pictures of the most amazing quilts so far - this book is high on my to-buy list :)

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  51. I just bought it on amazon yesterday so now I am excited to get it. Looking forward to all the photos! If I win will you send it to a quilting friend of mine? :)

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  52. Nice review. I would like to "have a look".
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  53. I too have been intrigued by this book! Great giveaway and a very honest but nice review

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  54. thanks for sharing your honest opinion. the fact that you were so forthcoming about its limitations has me, oddly, even more intrigued.

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  55. Looks interesting. Thanks for the chance.

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  56. I have see this book pop up here and there in "blog-land" and it looks like a good place to get a lot of different perspectives from quilters on their method of quilting. I also like to look at pictures, too, so I'm sure I would enjoy this book!

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  57. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  58. I would love to check this book out!

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  59. im not really interested in the book but wanted to let you no that this is a perfect book review:) tactfully and nicely put)

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  60. I always enjoy your honesty! I'm not a modern quilter, but am intrigued by it all the same. Would love a chance to check out this beautiful looking book!

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  61. Good review. I appreciate your honesty. I like modern quilts, but don't feel any inclination to make them. The interviews and samples of the quilters' work sound interesting though.

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  62. I like that there are multiple contributors -- a great way to "meet" some new quilters.

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  63. Very thoughtful review. I am very interested in this book ( I've been thinking of ordering it) but if I would win it- even better! I love the modern movement, it is inclusive, expressive, and different. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  64. Looks like a great book, would like to check it out.

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  65. pramuditahandaristi at gmail dot com

    This looks like an interesting book! I am eager to learn how to quilt with a modern twist!

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  66. I enjoy reading quilting books & this new one sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  67. I love quilt books that you can actually read - this sounds like it is right up my alley! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  68. I really don't know how to define what a modern quilt is, so this book might help me understand. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  69. Thanks for sharing. Hopefully the publisher will run with your suggestion if a book with a few quilters, their stories, inspirations and vision of quilting in the future. With lots of images and some patterns too. I'd read that.

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  70. I think this book would be enjoyable to read to learn a bit about some of the modern quilters.

    tstanulis@mac.com

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  71. I've read a couple reviews on this book and I would love to get my hands on it, it sounds great!

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  72. I am looking forward to reading this book. I always prefer books which tell you something about the quiltmaker, their inspiration, and processes. Much more interesting than a collection of patterns.

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  73. I think this book sounds like it has some interesting concepts. Thanks for the honest review and the chance to win it.

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  74. love it! cant wat to get my hands on it.

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  75. Here's your new quilter to hand that book over to!!! I'm piecing and getting readyvtovsandwhich two next month. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  76. I love the inspiration from books and this one looks fun.

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  77. You have sold me on the book. Would love to have a copy.

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  78. I love your honest review Jolene! I'd love to own a copy, thanks for the chance :)

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  79. That was a very balanced review. I have heard similar thoughts from a few people and would love a chance to read it, thanks!

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  80. Sounds like an interesting book! Your review was just right, an objective dose of what I need to know about it as a maybe-reader, balanced with your personal reaction to it, which is important because I'm reading your review, not someone else's ;-). Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  81. I am relatively new to quilting and the modern quilting movement! I think this sounds like a book I would gain a lot from reading. Thanks for a chance to win a copy~

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  82. The book sounds wonderful. Would feel privileged to own a copy...thanks...Lisa S.

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  83. Thank you for being honest about this book. I have seen it around and would love a copy to read myself ; )

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  84. I enjoyed your insights into this book I would love to win a copy thanks

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  85. thanks for an honest review. I love just looking at quilts while having a coffee so think I would enjoy this book.

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  86. I love quilts and Quilt books so I think I would love this book. Thanks for the review.

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  87. Thanks for the fun chance. Inspiration abounds.

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  88. Interesting, it's a book I'd like to look through :)

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  89. I like to study the pictures of quilts, analysing why I like something, why I don't like something, trying to work out how I can replicate something that works in a quilt. I think I'd love to browse through this book, and I imagine its a book you would notice different things at different stages of your own quilting journey.

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  90. Thanks for your candid critique and give away......it sounds like a book I would enjoy reading myself?

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  91. I never make things from books, but still love to look through them! There's always some inspiration.

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  92. I love your blog, your quilts and I respect your honesty and that translates in your quilts. I get tired of some blogs that just seem to be promoting all the time. This book sounds interesting and would love to add it to my collection :) I have been well and truly hooked on quilts in every way :)

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  93. I really like quilt books with a lot of background info about the people so this sounds great

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  94. Very interesting, yes please!

    jachelno at gmail dot com

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  95. new to "modern" quilting. would love this book to add to me new collection of quilt books

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  96. This book sounds interesting to me. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  97. Thanks for the chance to win this book. I love the bright colors so often used in modern quilting.

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  98. I would so love to read this book. Trying to figure out where I fit in the modern vs traditional quilter definition....somewhere in the middle probably, but leaning toward more traditional but curious about modern....thanks for the chance to win? I enjoy your blog.

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  99. Our quilt guild is doing a modern quilt challenge, the revealing will be in March so winning this book would fit right in here! Would be awesome!

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  100. You have peaked my interest. The book sounds great.

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  101. Thanks for your perspective. I don't buy many books, but I think I'd like this one.

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  102. I would love the chance to look at it myself! Thanks for sharing and your honest review.

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  103. Thanks for your honest review! I would love a chance to win a copy!

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  104. I heard it's a great book! And I love your blog :)

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  105. I like the idea of featuring interviews and the work of different artists and quilters. It's always nice to learn about different approaches to the same craft/art. Thank you for the review!

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  106. I appreciate your candid review. I would be happy to learn more about this book.

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  107. Thanks for your review. I would love a chance to learn more.

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  108. Thanks for the review. I think I was a modern quilter before it became popular so this book is a big interest to me. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Shawn

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  109. I've been interested in this book, so I'm glad to see your review!

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  110. I appreciate your honest review. The book does interest me since I have a collection of books that deal with historical quilts and it would be good to get a modern perspective.

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  111. I always enjoy building my library :)

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  112. Newer to quilting and always looking for inspiration. I was just on Amazon last night looking for modern quilt books as I'm drawn to them more than traditional and had put this one on my wishlist. Coincidence, perhaps, maybe I'll be lucky! Thanks for the review!
    shopgirl7232(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  113. thanks for the honest review... book looks inspirational!

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  114. Put me in the hat please! My quilting book library needs to grow!
    satterfieldfamily at sbcglobal dot net

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  115. Thanks for the review! The book looks great!

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  116. Looks like a good read. Thanks for the chance!
    srgrieser at yahoo dot com

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  117. Thank you for the thoughtful review! I'm now interested in reading the book and discovering some new-to-me quilters.

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  118. This book looks like great inspiration for the novice and seasoned quilter alike.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

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  119. i am intrigued as well and always appreciate your honesty. Thank you

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  120. It sounds like an interesting book!

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  121. I would love to have a chance to check out this book. I am new to quilting and enjoy the bright colors and most of the designs in modern techniques. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  122. I'm fairly new to quilting so I think this book would help me out alot! If you decide you don't want yours you can send it to me, :)

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  123. thanks for the great review! I would like to check it out!

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  124. I've always been a very traditional quilter but lately I'm finding myself drawn to more and more modern quilts and fabrics. This looks like a great book--Thanx for the opportunity.

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  125. This looks a great book - I'd love to win a copy!

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  126. Thank you for your honesty!!! I would love to win, and discover more of the modern movement!

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  127. I really appreciate it when a reviewer tells me what they really think about the book. Thanks for sharing.

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  128. I've been doing g traditional quilting for a long while. The new modern quilting has really help me catch the modern bug.

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  129. Looks like a great book. Thanks for sharing!

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  130. This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway.
    paweis at yahoo dot com

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  131. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  132. Though I have been quilting for years, quilting books are new to me. inspiring

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  133. I'm intrigued about this book after reading your review - please count me in.

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  134. This looks like a wonderful book, thanks for the chance to win! dawnm1993atgmaildotcom

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  135. I like a little traditional with a lot of modern or random thrown in. Your quilts inspire and that book looks like fun. I like the reading the behind scenes stories. reimer2151atgmaildotcom

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  136. Looks like a great book to add to my collection!

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  137. It looks a great book.A copy would be welcome.Thanks!

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  138. I have been interested to read this book, and thank you for your review.

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  139. Thanks for sharing your point of view - I'd like to take a closer look myself!

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  140. As a newish quilter I am very interested in this book. I also appreciate your honest review, thank you!

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  141. I belong to a Modern Quilt Guild and am trying to get away for the traditional style that I have always used. This book may be just what I need. Thanks for your honest review.

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  142. Thanks for the review. I just flipped through this book at the bookstore today and was intrigued.

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  143. That sounds like an interesting read! May be helpful in defining one's quilting style.

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  144. Looks like a interesting book, but I haven't met a quilt book that I haven't liked. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  145. This looks like an inspiring book - and I'm interest into the insights into modern quilting ... Thank you for the giveaway!

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  146. Love the book and all the gleanings from so many different quilters! ~Nancy

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  147. I love your quilts! Love the modern twist you give to retro quilts:) Would love to see the book

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  148. This would be a great read and help expand one's horizon.

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  149. I love reading your blog, and the fact that you don't review books all the time means I respect your honest opinion, and this book looks interesting!

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  150. Love the blog and beautiful quilts - thanks for the chance to win!

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  151. Love reading books they give me great motivation and inspiration. Thanks for the chance.

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  152. Sounds like a great motivator. Would like to win this one. Thanks

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  153. Sounds like a great motivator. Would like to win this one. Thanks

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  154. Thanks for the chance to win an interesting-sounding book.

    Justine

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  155. I would love to own this book, thank you so much for the opportunity to win it!

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  156. This book is on my short list of modern quilting books to buy. I am a new quilter and trying to soak up as much as possible!
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Jamie

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  157. I'm thinking of ordering this book through InterLibrary Loan. I recognize some of the quilts on the front, and I would love to hear more from the quilters themselves.

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  158. Looks to be a awesome book thanks for sharing

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  159. It looks like a neat little book. I'm still a beginning quilter so I get a lot of inspiration out of reading about quilting and it's sometimes nice to do that in a book rather than through blogs/IG. I appreciate the honest review as well.

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  160. You did a great job reviewing this and to be honest I think most of us find these reviews really helpful as it is a tough job buying new books without flicking through them and getting a good feel for them. It looks like a great book to add to a quilters library and I would be thrilled to win a copy of this. Thank you for giving us the chance xoxo

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  161. i very much like the concept of this book and hope to get my hands on one! thanks so much for your honest review so that I know exactly what to expect rather than reviews that have been only rosey leaving me with a book that my expectations were too high for.

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  162. This sounds like a great book...thank you for the chance to win a copY

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  163. I totally want to see this book - it seems more a scholarly look at modern quilts than patterns. I find that fascinating.

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  164. This book looks wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  165. This book doesn't seem to contain what I thought it would. It sounds intriguing.

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  166. I love the new modern quilts that are so popular right now - they are so fresh and fun - please count me in!!

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  167. Spent a pleasant time paging through a copy of this book that a friend borrowed from our local library. It is on my must have list.

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  168. The interviews look really interesting in this book...I would love to have a copy!

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  169. I'm always in for some extra inspiration, thanks for this give away, Jo

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  170. I would love a chance to win a copy of the book. Thank you. <3 I always look forward to your new posts and pictures of your new quilts :)

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  171. The book sounds great! I too like to hear the stories of other crafts people and find out what motivates and inspires them. I will have to research some of the names you've mentioned that are in the book, sounds very interesting.

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  172. I'd really like to read this book!
    Not to many Norwegian quilt guilds quilt as "modern" as this, so I get most of my inspiration from blogs (like yours!!) all over the world. From the pictures I've seen from the book so far, Lisa Mason's quilt seems very interesting!

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  173. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I am a new quilter so this might be a source of inspiration.

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  174. new bebee here. I have made 4 quilts

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  175. I've seen this book kicking around the internet. It seems interesting. I'd love to get a copy! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  176. This looks like an interesting read, I'd love to win & see this in person! =)

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  177. This book sounds awesome! I'd love to win one!

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  178. I'd love to read through this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  179. I found your blog going through 100 Days of Modern Quilting on MQG, and just in time too. This book has recently intrigued my and I'm more curious to read it after your review.

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  180. I would love to have a copy of this book....Thank you for the chance to win.

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  181. I love modern quilting! Thanks for the chance!

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  182. I agree with your assessment Most books have few patterns i would actually make pretty pictures dont hold much interest long.

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  183. Thanks for your thoughts on this book! I will keep my eyes open for it.

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  184. I would love or win this book. I am a new quilter and I need a lot of help, both technical and inspirational m

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  185. I think this would be a great addition to my library. Thanks for the review.

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  186. It sounds like an interesting book & I'm always up for checking out new books! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  187. Thanks for your review. Would like to find some "new to me" quilters out there.

    Dianne

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  188. Aww, giveaway ended yesterday? Hope Im not too late. :0/ I would dearly love to have the book. Thanks

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  189. It really does look like an interesting book to have in one's library.

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  190. I enjoyed your review! (perhaps because I enjoy you And your blog)

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  191. Ivana
    Thank you for this chance!!!

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