Thursday, 14 April 2016

Quick & Easy Quilts ~ Giveaway!

**giveaway now closed**

I'm excited to be part of the Quick & Easy Quilts blog tour.  As soon as I received my copy I sat down and spent time admiring the 20 beautiful projects. I even made notes on which ones I want to make and which fabric I would use!  


I really love Lynne's style and have followed her blog Lily's Quilts for as long as I've been quilting. The projects in the book are all beautifully photographed by Jan Baldwin and there are great illustrations by Bess Harding. It's really helpful to have pictures and diagrams, it makes the instructions so clear and I like seeing full photographs of each finished project.


I was so inspired and just had to make the 'Gypsy Cushion', it's a good size at 17" and there's something so homely and pleasing about a circular cushion! 

The book helpfully contains full size templates, I'm often put off other patterns by the thought of having to mess around enlarging templates, and it meant I could start sewing right away! I made a photocopy of the template, cut it out and glued it to thick card so I could rotary cut all the wedges. The hardest part was thinking about the direction of these fussy cut vintage ladies.


I added some hand quilting with black perle thread and used a cheater patchwork print for the sides and back. The instructions are really clear and it was quick to make!



Lynne is an experienced quilter, the 'Equipment and Materials' and 'Techniques' sections of the book are excellent for beginners and there are tips for quilters of all abilities. It is definitely a book written by a quilter for quilters and Lynne has created 20 gorgeous projects that you will want to sew. The 'Under My Umbrella' quilt is next on my list.

I think the publishers Kyle Books have done a fabulous job too - as a book lover I really like the textured cover, the fact it is hard back and the way it's been bound means that the pages easily lie flat, a big bonus when you're following a pattern!


**giveaway now closed**


If you would like to win a copy of Quick & Easy Quilts by Lynne Goldsworthy from Kyle Books:

1. Leave a comment on this post - if you're stuck for something to say tell me what fabric line you'd use to make the Gypsy Cushion.

2. Share this post on social media and let me know in a separate comment.

The giveaway is open internationally, it will end on Monday 18th April and the winner will be chosen by random.org.
You will not win if I can't contact you so for the love of a good book please check you are not 'no reply' and leave your email in the comment e.g. modernquilting (at) quiltymail (dot) com


Good luck and to check out the other stops on the blog tour click here!



141 comments:

  1. I love to alternate quick and easy projects with longer projects. I would LOVE this book, thanks!

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  2. Love your gypsy cushion - it would probably work well with all the drapery fabrics I have left over from other projects!! Cute book!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I would love to make that gypsy cushion out of scraps - I need a scrapbuster project right now!

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  4. Love your cushion and would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity... X

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  5. I wonder if I would use my new fabric by Sara Jane it might be a little pale for our front room, but if I win I might try it anyway. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  6. Such a lovely book! Id make the cushion in Carolyn Friedlander fabric as those lines are all I can think about currently ;). Thank you for the chance to win!
    cottonpaperflowers at gmail dot com

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  7. I'd have to use my Charley Harper fabric for that adorable cushion. Thanks for the sweet giveaway :o)
    cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. NEAT PILLOW PROJECT! THANKS! I'D LIKE TO USE "AMBLESIDE" FOR MY PILLOW!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  9. SHARED GIVEAWAY WITH MY QUILTY FRIENDS > https://www.pinterest.com/pin/187110559496290255/
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  10. I would use my pink fabrics and make the cushion for my Granddaughter.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  11. Oh I adore the fabric youve used for the cushion, its a lovely looking pattern and I would very much like to make it too!
    liniecat@liniecat.karoo.co.uk

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  12. Very very much want this book! Meant to be on a book ban though grrr

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  13. I would do purples, teals, yellow, grey..something retro! Bright and funky, yes! I definitely have to get the book now! Lol. Thanks for the chance to win! vickise at gmail dot com

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  14. I have some greens and blues lying in waiting for this. Then I'll just have to make a bigger border around my blue/greep wip!

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  15. Sounds like a gret book and your cushion is so pretty.

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  16. I would use some plaids to make a cushion for my husband and some Univ of Kent fabric to make one for my grandson.

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  17. I tweeted about this giveaway

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  18. I really like the way your pillow came out and the way you used a cheater on the side. Thank you for the comment on how the book lays open flat when you are working on a project. I am always having to find something to weigh books open or to clip pages so I can easily find my place.

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  19. I love quick and easy so this book would suit me well. Cushion is super cute.
    crazeematz@gmail.com

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  20. I would use lots of bright batiks in reds, oranges and browns. A lovely cushion and a lovely book :)

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  21. Lynne's creative production capacity always astounds me! I love everything she designs. And your cushion is very sweet. I have such a collection of scraps I think that's what I would use, with a couple of selvages thrown in for fun. :)

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  22. I have a number of large scale print scraps to cut up for cushion. I could really use this book with my stash!

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  23. I am very into making cushions right now and this one is gorgeous and quite different. I would make mine out of Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Love the big stitch quilting.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  24. Would love to win this book. Thanks for a chance.
    ccpmcsusmom at att dot com

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  25. I tweeted about this giveaway.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  26. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

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  27. thats a cute cushion, and I like the black perle stitching, it gives it some oomph! Thanks for the giveaway, I would use a Riley Blake line for the cushion, as their fabrics are a bit thicker than the AGF fabrics I usually quilt with. Something bright and cheery.
    Tarnia.hodges at gmail.com

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  28. I would use some really bright strong fabrics, either Tula or plain old kona solids to make a cushion for the garden. Brilliant giveaway Lucy

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  29. I have some Liberty the would look beautiful as a round cushion. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  30. I think Paisley and Polka Dots would be a perfect choice for the cushion. deeh494@gmail.com.

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  31. I would use Lavish from Art Gallery. Thanks!

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  32. Hi Lucy and thank you for a great give away! I follow Lynne and I really like her work. This pillow is so beautiful and my Gipsy pillow would have lots of colours and scraps from my stash. x Teje
    nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. Love the low volume fabrics I see in this post --especially the Gypsy pillow. The book looks like it would be full of inspiration.

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  34. I think a mix of Tula Pink fabrics would be fun, this book looks great!

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  35. i would use batiks for the cushion, yours is very pretty and homey.

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  36. I love your style Lucy. You are a star! :)

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    1. I pinned your photo (1st time I've done that). cheers

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  37. Love this book!!! I would make the cushion with Bee Creative.

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  38. I'd love a copy of Lynne's first book! I remember when Lynne was new (and undiscovered!) and we all made these circles reminiscent of your Gypsy cushion! I can't remember the name but it was wild and we had such fun with it! Then it morphed into the Dresden QAL.... She is a clever girl, that Lynne!

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  39. The Gypsy cushion is a great way to show off the fabrics. Cute design!

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  40. Lucy I love your cushion. I guess I would use fabrics from my stash

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  41. Love your cushion and the hand quilting. Thank you for the inspiration and the giveaway.

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  42. Beautiful cushion.I` would make one with solid fabric and prints and sure one would be green.

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  43. Thank you for this giveaway! I would love to make this is some AMH fabric ☺️

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  44. Hi Lucy, I just reposted your giveaway on my IG account @beaningpole - Michelle from Canada

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  45. Your cushion is beautiful Lucy - I would like to use some Carolyn Friedlander fabrics to make it.

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  46. Great Gypsy cushion!! I have lots of 1930 fabrics repro fabrics and I would love to make one w/ that!

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  47. Really cute cushion! I'd be tempted to do a LV too since yours looks so cool 😊

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  48. I made my granddaughter a wedding ring quilt and she's just asked for cushions to match this round one would be perfect. Now to find fabrics....

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  49. Your Gypsy Cushion turned out really cute. I think the book would be a wonderful addition.
    Thanks for a chance to win
    tracinecharest at Gmail dot com

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  50. My coworker and I bring our quilted projects to work and during our breaks we work on our pieces... It is amazing what we can accomplish in a short time!! The best pieces are small projects, so I'd love this book ( I'd share it with my friend too!!)

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  51. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/firesidequilts/status/720769397577527296

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  52. Love the cushion! Id love to make one.

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  53. Would LOOOVE to win this book! Thank you for the chance! :) I would make the Cushion in "Prairie"!!

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  54. There are definitely times when a Quick and Easy pattern is perfect and greatly needed! I'd be sure to put this book to good use for these times!

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  55. Looks like a great book. Your cushion is lovely as is your photography. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway

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  56. The book likes a great addition to inspiration. Your cushion is fun;I would love to make one in batiks.

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  57. Thanks for the detailed review of this book. I am with you--I really appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into designing this book, such as making it lie flat, and providing full-size templates. I live in a rural area, and make copies on my old home copier, which doesn't have the ability to enlarge things, so when patterns need to be enlarged, those patterns have to be set aside until I am driving into town, which is always disappointing. You know how it is--I want to get started now! I'm not surprised to see that Lynne G. put so much thought into this book, though, because she strikes me as that kind of quilter. Thanks very much for the chance to win a copy of her book.

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  58. I shared this on Twitter, where I am @wordygirl11.

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  59. I want to make two, one for each of my cats. I would use Liberty because I love it and it's easy to brush off the cat hairs!!

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  60. I love the gypsy cushion you made. Having seen it I'd like to make one myself as I've just got into Meditation and I think a cushion like that would be perfect for sitting on whilst meditating.

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  61. I enjoyed your book review! The Gypsy Cushion looks like a fun project!

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  62. Shared on Instagram! @nanaani83

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  63. Ready to try my hand at something a little bit different. The Gypsy cushion just could be it. Pam gpingham55@gmail.com

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  64. This looks like a great book!

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  65. Love your gypsy cushion. I'd probably make one in shades of pink and white for my granddaughter.

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  66. Sweet looking cushion. I haven't tried making a round one, but now I must! 4jodie (at) gmail (dot) com

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  67. Great pillow. Unfortunately, pillows in my household are still in 'danger' from a 3 year old grand daughter and 2 dogs.

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  68. Oh I think I would use some flowery fabrics in yellow, blue and white. Love your pillow very much with the quilting!

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  69. Quick and easy quilts work when you need them most. And they can be quite stunningly beautiful. I have so many projects going on that I could actually use another set or two of hands to sew. Lol

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  70. Kaffe Fasset or any Rowan fabrics would make a fabulous cushion!

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  71. Your cushion is lovely! I haven't tried to make a circular one, before, but I would love to give it a try. I think I would make my cushion is blue and yellow, maybe a fabric line like Summer Breeze III from Moda?
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    My email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com

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  72. I would break into my newly bought stash of Kaffe fabrics to make this pillow! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  73. I also shared this post on Facebook!
    My email is vjquilter at gmail dot com

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  74. I would use Katie Jump. Rope to make the cushion!

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  75. I really love the cushion - you did an amazing job. I think that I would break out my coveted Friedlander fabrics and mix in some Japanese prints as well. Oh, how I would love to win the book!!!!

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  76. P.S. I started your Stitchy Pie pattern last night .... it is so much fun! It will make the perfect gift for our new guild president.

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  77. I'd love to make it with the same fabrics you used--love them!

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  78. A pattern book that lays flat when it's open?! WAHOO!!!

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  79. Love your cushion and would be a great scrap buster also. X
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  80. Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com
    https://twitter.com/claireiain/status/721040779192483840

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  81. Gorgeous! I love your fabric choices and the handquilting. Great to have the templates the right size.

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  82. A lovely cushion and great book review. I'm not sure if I'd make a cushion myself - no space on our sofa - but I'd love to try the quilt on the cover!

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  83. I would love to make something using "Grow" the new line from Me & My Sister

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  84. I love Dresden plates and your pillow reminds me of one. I would love to use Mama Said Sew to make a pillow like yours. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

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  85. This book looks lovely. I'd use some of my Tula Pink fabric stash to make the pillow :)

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  86. Love your new cushion - and did I see the Orla Kiely coffee jar being recycled (I have the same!)

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  87. What a lovely cushion!!! It seems so difficult to me sew a good round cushion.

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  88. I share the post on Fb as Teresa Alcantara Lopez

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  89. I love your cushion. How you ever got all those points to meet in the center without looking lumpy is beyond me!! Maybe that trick is explained in the book? You did a beautiful job!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  90. Lovely cushion. Thanks for the giveaway chance!
    refusestofear at yahoo dot com

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  91. I like the offset thick black quilting lines on your pillow!
    Thanks for the chance to win this quilting book!

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  92. I think I'd love to do it in a really bright colourwheel of batiks which would go well with a hand patchwork sampler quilt I've been making blocks for over a year now & is almost all together now. Allybrancato@hotmail.com

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  93. Shared on Google+ & Facebook. Allybrancato@hotmail.com

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  94. It's good to get full sized templates in any book or magazine.

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  95. Love, Love your new cushion, its darling! I would pick a variety of small print fabrics for it. Good way to sort through the stash and use some of it up. Would be a fun gift for my daughter who is building a new home. thank you for the chance.
    sewfabrics at outlook.com

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  96. Sounds like the book for me, I need a little quick and easy in my sewing room.

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  97. I'm looking forward to seeing this book - it's not available in Canada yet ... but I'm planning on buying it for my guild library!

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  98. Your gypsy cushion is beautiful; I especially like the big stitch quilting. I would make it from a mix of solids and prints from my stash

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  99. OH love this with the hand quilting -- I think I would make it from my AMH stash!

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  100. Look at me - reading a blog! Shock, I know.
    Love your cushion. I'd love to make a scrappy, rainbow version for little miss who has recently learnt to say (and identify) "rainbow"! Too cute.

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  101. Well since I don't buy lines of fabric (all of my fabric is thrifted), I guess I would just make it out of totally random scraps! It's lovely. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  102. I love your cushion and I love Erin's idea for a rainbow version!

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  103. I think a scrappy cushion would look great....ty for sharing very nice cushion....happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  104. I also shared this post on my facebook.....happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  105. Shared on Twitter and Facebook!

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  106. I would make this cushion with my cotton+steel black and white fabric. Thank you for chance to win. crlwilkieataoldotcom

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  107. I have reposted on my IG account. crlwilkieataoldotcom

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  108. I would love this book to help me expand my skills and of course to make use of the lovely Tula Pink fabric in my stash. Shared on Instagram as susiea2210 x

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  109. I have a bunch of low volume fabrics from whimsy quilts I would use on this cushion! I'm not on any social media other than following you

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  110. I like the low volume look of the cushion in the book I would go with that or with my living room colors which are old world. Thanks for this chance! Lovely book! Kristikay at spratt dot net

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  111. Shared on instagram kristipratt12

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  112. I really like to have a copy. The cushion is great! tilkkutie(at)gmail.com

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  113. I love the book and the cushion
    doyleajackie AT gmail DOT com

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  114. Love it! I would love use the book to for a quick and beautiful project like your cushion.

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  115. The cushion would be great in Alison Glass fabrics!

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  116. The cushion would be wonderful in my Bonnie and Camille stash. Thanks for the chance to win

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  117. I also shared this blog post on FB!

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  118. Holy Moly this book and the projects are too gorgeous - can't wait to see this book in a store soon - thanks for sharing

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  119. Love your cushion! It looks like a great book.

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  120. The cushion is adorable with the big stitches, I would love to make that. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  121. I shared on Twitter. https://twitter.com/dmac5958_doris/status/721897785138802689
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  122. I think that pillow would be cute in 30's prints!
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  123. That pillow is just screaming to be made in Liberty ��

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  124. I would love to win your giveaway. The Gypsy cushion is lovely - reminds me of a cushion my friend has, made many many years ago by her mother.

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  125. would love to win The Easy quilts book. I would use some bold florals to really make it gypsy colours.

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  126. I would "sew" love to have this book!

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  127. I would use Maureen Cracknells Fleet and Flourish fabrics, I would love to win this book!

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  128. I would make one with my rainbow scraps.

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  129. Love your cushion I would have fun trying to pick out fabrics, maybe make it for my son and do some yellows and blacks.

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