Friday, 2 September 2011

Pick Four: Final Destination!


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Hello! Well those of you following QuiltSue's blog hop have reached your final destination in Yorkshire, England. We're now just a few miles away from where Sue lives and around 70 miles from Trudi's home in Lincoln. It's appropriate that you've arrived from Lincoln because that's where I lived and where my daughter was born before we moved here! I'm sure Sue will be telling you a few interesting facts about this wonderful county but for now help yourself to a slice of Yorkshire curd tart and a cuppa or 'brew' and let me tell you a little more about how I know Sue.

Sue and I first met at our local quilt group 'Tuesday Quilters'. I find it hard to keep track of dates so can't tell you exactly when that was but I have found one or two photos on my computer which give some clues.

Can you spot her? Although she is trying hard to lurk in the shadows I'm pretty sure it's Sue at the back in the pink jumper. The computer has dated this 2004 when our group was showing off quilts made for Project Linus. Moving forward Sue volunteered for the committee and did a magnificent job organising our exhibition in 2005:
Even then she was designing patterns and had created a mystery quilt which lots of our members made and these were on display. How may fabrics do you think Sue used in this quilt? Here's her quilt in red, gold and cream - only three fabrics!
The mystery quilt was published in a British  quilting magazine. Only the other day someone at the group was remembering a quiz which Sue entertained us with too. She really is a multi-talented lady and very generous. She is largely responsible for getting me into blogging and buying an Accuquilt Go so she has a lot to answer for! It's always good to meet up with Sue  - she is just as funny in real life as in her blog posts.

Now onto Sue's book 'Pick Four' which shows how to make stunning quilts with a maximum of only 4 fabrics. I was so excited when my copy arrived in the post and like other bloggers on this hop flicked through to see all the projects. There are 12 lovely quilt patterns and all are beautifully photographed. 



There really is something for everyone here from complete beginners to more experienced quilters wanting a bit of a challenge. When I read the text I cold hear Sue speaking to me personally with her usual  humour shining through. The section on choosing colours is so helpful and the pattern instructions are very clear and logically set out. 


One thing I look for in a quilt pattern is illustration. Being a visual learner I think pictures really do speak a thousand words and Sue has used diagrams to show exactly how the patches and blocks go together. She also uses arrows on the diagrams to show which way to press the seams which will make a huge difference to accuracy and ease of sewing seams.

Throughout the book Sue uses up to the minute quick piecing techniques. I've seen many quilts made from the split nine patch method of making a block then cutting it into four and rearranging. Sue has done a similar thing with a churn dash block for this Rickrack quilt - I love it!

For each of the quilt projects Sue also provides alternative colourways and also gives suggestions for quilting. I truthfully can't think of anything Sue has missed out! I will definitely be recommending this book to my students.

I'm sure you would love to own a copy of 'Pick Four' and here is how you can win a copy signed by Sue herself: just leave a comment  below to go into the draw - simples!. If you are a follower of this blog or become a follower and mention this in your comment you will get a second chance. I'll draw the winner on Monday morning so you only have the weekend to join in. Remember to visit all the other blog hop venues for more chances to win. If you're unlucky this time 'Pick Four' will be available from quilt stores, online book sellers and Martingale

Good Luck everyone!

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147 comments:

  1. I'd love a copy of this valuable book!
    Thanks for the chance :D

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  2. Fantastic! I love the red, cream and gold quilt. This has really got me thinking about what colours I would chose!
    I am a follower!
    Thanks, Lucy
    x

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  3. This looks such a great book!
    I would love to win a copy

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  4. What a fun book.....great review.

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  5. I love the red, gold and cream as well as the two other quilts sharing the photo. The blog tour has been lots of fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thx for the fun givaway! Good luck all.

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  7. I would love a copy of this book. I have been following the blog hop since the beginning (almost) and only missed one stop. The book looks wonderful

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  8. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book - and thank you for the pictures of your quilting group.

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  9. Thank you for the chance to own Sue's book. The illustrations look so lovely and clear which is great.
    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  10. This looks like a great book!
    I would love to win a copy

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  11. I'm a follower :)

    From the sneak peaks I've seen it looks like Sue has done an amazing job with this book.

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  12. That does sound like a great book!!! Much less overwhelming to pick only four colors!

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  13. Lovely quilt! I know I would find it hard to pick four colors only. Thanks for getting the chance to win Sue's wonderful book!

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  14. Last chance to win....please!!!! Great book!

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  15. I'd love to be included. I think Sue did a great job advertising each tour...so interesting and creative.

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  16. This hop has us a fabulous look at Sue's book.
    Thanks for chance I'd love to win a copy.

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  17. It really does look like a great book.

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  18. I am enjoying all the post and Sue's book is a real winner, I am a beginner and need all the help I can get.

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  19. Thanks for the review, sounds like a great book.

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  20. Great pictures. So much to choose from, I'm glad she's narrowed it down to four!

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  21. Love a quilt with just a few fabrics in it, just as much as one with lots of fabrics in it. Thanks for all the photos.

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  22. I would really, really love to win this book!

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  23. What a lovely book! thanks for the giveaway - I am a follower!

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  24. The more I read about this book, the more I know I want it. If I don't manage to win one, it's a definite must buy! Thanks for the chance.

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  25. Oops, forgot to say I am a brand-new follower :)

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  26. Ooohhh...so much lovely stuff all in one book. Thanks for the chance

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  27. eeekkkkkkk. Where on earth did you get those photos from?

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  28. Nice review. Looking forward to winning one or purchasing. Thanks for the personal side of Sue.
    I'm also a new follower.

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  29. Interesting annd informative review! Thanks for the opportunity. I'd love to win this book.

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  30. I have become a follower through Google. I'll be back to visit. Thank you!

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  31. This has been a fun book tour. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  32. I am a new follower. Vicki from Vancouver Island, BC Canada

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  33. Well....well....well....this is the end of the road. I'm so sad.....
    I have followed your blog for a little while. Lynn at sew'n wild oaks got me started. I know her from the quilt store where she works. And I also have a place in the mountains near hers. She is a very talented lady.....
    Well back to business.... I really enjoyed your review on the Bernina. I have an older one and would love to update, but not today..... so it was interesting to read about the new machines.

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  34. Oh you were the perfect pick to end the tour! How fun that you can "hear" Sue telling you the instructions in the book!

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  35. I am a new follower of your blog, and have enjoyed reading!! Thanks for a great review of the book -- it looks like a must have! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  36. This is my last chance, have been blog hopping from the very start! It looks like I'm going to have to buy her great book! One last chance her goes! Thank you for the chance.

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  37. such a good book, yes please for the opportunity to own one for myself

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  38. One more chance, I'm a new follower!

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  39. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win this book!

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  40. Blogger is not being nice to me today..... it's just thrown me out! Will try again.

    I am excited about today as I am coming home! I was born in Yorkshire and lived there until we came to live in France 8 years ago.... I am feeling homesick now LOL. Love this book really hope I am lucky. Linda

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  41. I would love to own this book and thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  42. I am now a follower of your blog and thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  43. Would love to win this book - I have a nice selection of four fabrics which would be a good start for a project.

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  44. I really would love to win this book!! Thanks for the chance!!

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  45. I am so trying to win this book. I am a begineer. I am now following your blog :)

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  46. Sure hope to win this great book.

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  47. HAPPILY FOLLOWING YOU!
    THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  48. ISN'T THIS A NEAT BOOK!
    I'D LOVE TO WIN IT!!!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  49. I think everyone should have a copy of this book on their book shelf. It is such a great resource for new quilters and experienced quilters alike. Sue has done a wonderful job explaining everything and making it look so easy.

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  50. Thanks for sharing a little more about Sue. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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  51. I love that the book has color options and quilting suggestions along with the patterns.

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  52. I've signed up to follow your blog.

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  53. Thank you for yet another chance to win Sue's book! I enjoyed hitting all TEN blogs during the hop. Come on lucky number!

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  54. I am a new follower. I'll be keeping an eye on your Accuquilt tab! I'm just facinated with the GO! baby.

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  55. Blogger tells me You are now following Cotton Cocktails
    So, I'm a new follower. The attention to detail in this book would really help me - pressing directions, quilting options, selecting colors and keeping to four.... Thanks for the giveaway. Hope win a copy with Sue's autograph. It's been a fun hop.

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  56. I do already follow your blog. Thanks for being a part of this wonderful tour. I think we've all enjoyed it.

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  57. Looks like a great book - I'd love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance. :)

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  58. What a great review to end off our trip! I am a new follower too can;t wait to check out your other posts :)

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  59. I would love to win a copy of this book.

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  60. What a fun book...would love to win a copy!

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  61. I'm happy to be a follower. I love reading blogs, everyone has such interesting things to say and so much knowledge. I also like the international perspective. My problem is limiting myself to only so many hours, I could spend all day surfing quilting blogs.

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  62. What a delightful post! Your pictures and of course Sue's quilting is ever wonderful. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity.

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  63. This book looks like it would make some beautiful quilts. I need to reorganize my fabric and I will be looking for some fabrics in groups of 4 to use. I am a follower.

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  64. I am a new follower of your blog

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  65. Thank you Hazel for participating in the 'Pick Four' book blog hop and sharing your thoughts with us....it has been educational. I've picked the quilt I'm going to make first....the 3D one has caught my attention.

    I am a follower......have a wonderful weekend!!

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  66. Thanks for the opportunity to own this book!

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  67. Wow, I would love to win a copy of this book.
    I really like the concept of just using 3 or 4 colours/fabrics to create a beautiful quilt.

    Jittina, the Netherlands

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  68. love the Rickrack quilt. great review! thanx for the chance

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  69. I can't wait to get this book. Thank you for the great review.

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  70. How fun that you know each other. I'd love to win!!

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  71. I'm a new follower too! How fun to have known Sue all these years. Loved your post! Have a happy weekend~

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  72. Looks like you have a great group of quilting ladies. Great review. Thank you for sharing and for this giveaway.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

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  73. I am a first time reader of your blog. I saved your link and plan on coming back. Thank you for the additional information regarding the Accuquilt Go and tutorials.

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  74. Thank you for a chance to win this book! Lovely review. :-)

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  75. your review was great! thanks for a chance as a copy of Sue's book!

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  76. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book. It looks like a wonderful quilting book and would love to add it to my collection.

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  77. Have done the tour and after reading all the reviews it is clear that this book is one of those that every quilter needs. Will cross my fingers and hope for the best.
    wendzneil [at] googlemail [dot] com

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  78. Great review. I'll bet your quilting group is quite lively. I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

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  79. What a great review! I feel like I know Sur much better. I would love to win a copy of this book!

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  80. This is a fab book, and the 3 fabrics quilt you have pictured looks lovely as well! I have followed Sue's blog for a while now.
    I love seeing pictures of Yorkshire- we watch reruns of Heartbeat here a few times each week, and I believe it was filmed in Yorkshire? Such beautiful countryside. Sandy. :)

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  81. HOping this last stop is my lucky one to win a copy! thanks!

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  82. One more chance to win Sue`s book..it`sgreat!!

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  83. Beautiful review.
    I`m a follower.

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  84. All these reviews have convinced me I really should have this book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  85. Good review. These reviews have me convinced that this is a need to have book. I just became a follower of your blog.

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  86. It has been great reading these reviews, I think this book is turning out to be a must have! Thanks.

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  87. Thank you for the review and the opportunity to win....the book sounds great!

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  88. Thanks for the review :) I am following the book tour!

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  89. I'd love to win a copy of this book!! Thanks for the chance to win... have fingers crossed now.

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  90. I'm also a new follower... Yea!

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  91. This has been a wonderful journey, and you are right...if I don't win I will buy it. But an autographed copy would be so fun!

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  92. I have so enjoyed reading all of the blogs about this wonderful book! Now to win one! I have also enjoyed going to new blogs--yours is a new one to me! I have become a new follower! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  93. Thanks for sharing about Sue and your guild. I would love to try some of Sue's patterns for myself (and that mystery quilt is gorgeous, BTW).

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  94. ...and I now follow your blog!

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  95. Thank you for sharing and I love your blog. Thanks for the chance in the drawing.

    Linda-TN
    ChenL99290@aol.com

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  96. Sorry, I forgot to mention I am a follower of your blog.

    Linda-TN

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  97. Well l have certainly enjoyed the trip. Will be catching the next plane home with all my new blogs to follow. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  98. I would love to win an autographed copy of Sue's book, Pick Four.

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  99. I signed up to follow your blog.

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  100. Good Morning! I loved the fact that you only need to 'pick four' fabrics as I am not good at scrappy quilts...too jumbeled for me. Thanx for the chance to win this great book, L

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  101. Ah, I'm so sad that the hop is over. I have so enjoyed getting to know some new to me blogs and bloggers and getting educated about the places they live. This has been alot of fun. I would love to win a signed copy of Sue's book but if I'm not the lucky one, I'm going to hurry out and buy a copy. Thanks for showing the pics through the years of you and Sue. Have a wonderful weekend and get lots of sewing done. Hugs from Texas.

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  102. BTW, I'm a new follower too. Now that I found you, I don't want to miss anything.

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  103. I keep trying to post a comment - but they never appear.
    Fingers crossed this is 3rd time lucky!
    Chris x

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  104. Hurrah! It worked so I can let you know that I follow your blog!!!
    Chris x

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  105. Would love to win the book....would be great to use up some of my older fabrics....so I can buy more! I'm a follower.

    hugs
    Naomi

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  106. Sue's book, Pick Four, sounds like it's right up my alley cuz I'm a visual learner too. It makes it so much easier when I can read the instructions and then clearly see them as well.

    BTW, I'm following you via Google Friend Connect. Gotta get every chance to win this book as possible.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

    cgreenleaf2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  107. There is so much great information included in Sue's book - I would love to own it!

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  108. I would love to win this book. Please enter me into your draw.

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  109. Just signed up to follow your blog.

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  110. thank you for a chance to win the book and as for the Yorkshire curd tart, I had to look that one up... and found it to be a variation on cheesecake.. so I am up for a slice

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  111. thanks for the review....the book does look like one that I might like to add to my collection

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  112. I just became a follower, for my second chance. Thanks!

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  113. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the chance.

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  114. Thanks for a chance to win this book.

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  115. So this is my last chance to win :) Good luck to me :)

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  116. Thanks for the chance to win Sue's book. I have enjoyed reading Sue's blog for quite awhile now. Your winner will be thrilled when their name is chosen. Thanks for the chance to win such a nice prize.
    Regards,
    Anna

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  117. I am a regular follower of your blog~!

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  118. hi from France
    A lot of quilters would like to win and I am one of them.
    Thank you for the chance to win.
    Happy quilting

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  119. I really like that each quilt is shown in several colorways. Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  120. Sue is a cheeky gal!
    I'd love a copy of her book because I know it'll be a great way to learn new techniques and eye candy in general.
    Thanks,
    Abbe

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  121. What a great book! Would love to win it!

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  122. This book looks awesome! I would love to win a copy! Thanks for a chance! :)

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  123. I'm a new follower of your blog! :)

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