Saturday, January 8, 2011

Abbey Lane Quilts - Houston Quilt Market 2010

I may have a neuron firing now....at least I think I have one...LOL.  I have to say I loved every comment I received on the subject.  I know I'm not alone and I must say I have felt very connected to those who leave comments.  What a joy to have such great support. 

You would be shocked to see how many books and other fun things I have here next to my desk to give away.....so I'm getting on with it. 


Do you recognize these faces?  The gals from Abbey Lane Quilts,  Janice Liljenquist and Marcea Owen.  You may recall this post when I introduced their first book, Blooming Possibilities.  They have another book out and this time they autographed one for me to give away to one very lucky IHAN blog reader.

This is Janice at Market holding a copy of their new book,  Fab Five; Fun, Fast & Flirty.   There are 2 patterns in this book of basic quilts.  They have added 5 seasonal appliques that are really fun.  To see these quilts just click here.  I think they are cheerful and the applique patterns in the book are printed on the nice heavy paper pull out from the center of the book. 

With the energy I've had lately, anything that says fast and easy is up my alley, how about you?  Please don't ask me about the quadratic formula today....typically I can compute very fast....but not lately.....my get up and go....got up and went...LOL. 

If you would like to be the lucky new owner of this autographed copy of Fab Five; Fun Fast & Flirty then leave me a comment on this post.  If you are a zombie too.....you can just admit it and that is good for a comment.  No contortionist activities in January right?  Right!  If you are feeling perky, please leave a perky comment so the rest of us can enjoy the energy boost :)

Smiles,
Kelly

102 comments:

  1. Dare I comment first? I would love to win a book. I am not quite a zombie but I am waiting for an email and checking it constantly while reading blogs....

    I would love a quick quilt book.

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  2. I went swimming at the pool with little Audrey today! So fun and good exercise!

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  3. I love all the options Fun, Fast & Flirty dishes up. And, I am feeling perky this evening. I had a wonderful day and even made some progress on a quilt along I was lagging along on. Happy quilting!

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  4. Well I just love the Stars and Stripes.. it is nice for little boys.. I see lots of flower quilts.. I don't think my DS would appreciate LOL. As far as energy.. I've looked at my list of cleaning and organization.. but just looked at the list.. no dirt has been injured in this action.

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  5. I love the cover of the book, although I admit I love circles... probably cause I spend so much time going around in them... haha

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  6. I have not been ill, but I am sick of crabby people, and am irritable. I hate winter, in montana, and snow. I could use a little pick me up, a book might do the trick. I think some wine would help too.

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  7. My get up and go is about to get up and go for a walk to try and find itself....

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  8. Really love the basic quilt and all the possibilities it presents! I'm a zombie but hope to recover soon and get busy! Would love to win this book. Thanks.

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  9. These girls are so talented. I've never made any of their patterns, but I do follow their blog. No not perky today. I could use a little energy my self.

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  10. Looks like a very cheery book and I'd love a chance to win it. I am not quite a zombie, but pretty close - just trying to stay warm on the couch snuggled up in quilts.

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  11. I'd love to give that book a home! And my brain is starting to shut down for the day, so that's about as perky as it gets! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  12. Woo Hoo, this looks like an amazing book!! I would LOVE to own a copy of this one.

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  13. I am a follower and have lots of energy after talking quilty stuff with a dear freind from the Prairies. We always inspire on another and I miss her dearly. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. It is foggy, gray, gloomy and COLD here. The power companies are making a mint this month. Perky? I need SUN power to perk. The only thing perking in my house is the coffee pot. Maybe a new quilt book would add a little zing? :-)

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  15. I love all the bright colors they used - especially on the purple Posey quilt. Those colors perk me up!

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  16. Quilts that are fast and easy is perfect for me. Thanks for the giveaway Kelly.

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  17. Hi Kelly...I'm with you there, fast and easy sounds pretty good to me...Dzintra♥x

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  18. That book looks divine. I'm sure it would love to come to my house and kick start the inspiration for 2011.

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  19. I am glad to hear that you are feeling a little better. What a great idea, and easy to sew as well, just the kind of thing to get me going!

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  20. Bless your heart for no contortions! Still recovering from pneumonia but energy enough to wave my hand in the air (or wiggle my fingers over the keyboard) to boldly announce "I want to win the book!!" lol Thank you Kelly for this most wonderful giveaway!

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  21. I am absolutely not in the zombie group. I think I am more like the energizer bunny this winter. I make quilts like I get paid for it not the other way around, lol.
    Alda, Fl

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  22. Well girl, I live in zombie land - my motto is 'onward through the fog'. Although NOT in winter, then it's 'hibernate through the fog'. Do those neurons make a noise when they fire? All is silence here!
    That looks like a great book - fast and easy is all I do! Or should I say, all I'm capable of anymore!

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  23. What a great book - it would surely help with any lack of mojo, the girls look fantastic in their outfits.

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  24. Oh I so love their first book, I have made a couple of flowers and a bag so far and love it.
    Happy New Year.

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  25. I am reved up and ready to sew this year! I am glad you are feeling better and wish you a happy new year! Thanks for entering me to win such a great book too!
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  26. I would love this book! I have been a bit of a zombie too, with a sinus infection. No fun!

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  27. Perky, don't think so....

    Zombie....a cold zombie....I do think so...

    I am a night person...so I will perk up halfway through the day.

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  28. I am ABSOLUTELY loving this book. I clicked on the link to see the ones made up - they scream FUN to me.

    The 5F book - love it !!!!!! I'm already seeing one made in shades of browns to hang behind hubby's recliner.

    No zombie here - just full of happiness and ready to start my day!!

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  29. I love all of the options of doing these 2 quilts simply by the fabric...glad you are feeling better..thanks for the giveaway...

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  30. I would love to win this book! Fast and easy would be great... I want to put together a lap quilt for my cousin who turns 50 in June and this pattern would be perfect!

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  31. Great designs! I think I'll stay in my pajamas today.

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  32. Perky? Perky? Are you kidding me? Arg. My perk has all been focused on helping to tear down the Swanton Model Train Club Display at the Zoo. Takes a week to put up and we usually get it down in a day and half. Younger son, DD, and I got home at midnight, getting ready to head back today. ZZZZZZzzzzzzZZZZZZZzzzzzzZZZZ.

    Then all of our crap from the display has to go back to the basement in some kind of order. But as soon as I get this done, I promised myself I could start the Log Cabin Quilt. But it sure would be easier with that spiffy new cutter you got. Do ya like it?

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  33. I need something fun and fast for 2011... and if it has to be flirty..so be it! Thanks Kelly :)

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  34. Swimming in snow again in Ohio! But it's all good! Love those Pretty Posies!

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  35. No energy here either. Would love to win the book though!

    Rosemary
    cntryways@att.net

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  36. I could use FAST for sure. I have a lot on my plate. Kathie L in Allentown

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  37. Looks like it's 'mod' enough for me to make something for my nieces!

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  38. Yes, I'm with you. Extremely hard to do much of anything in January! These quilts are awesome. Would love to win!! Thanks for the chance.

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  39. I don't know about perky, but I'm not quite a zombie. I have 4 craft shows coming up, tho, so I'm about to go into overdrive. As soon as I get started, that is!

    There are sooooo many possibilities with that quilt, and it looks like they'd be quick to stitch! Always a plus, in my book!

    Glad you're getting back on track - there's not much that can get you down or keep you there! :)

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  40. Such cute quilts! I love the Stars and Stripes one. Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

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  41. Am a little perky right this minute as just came home from the gym....and it is true, exercise energizes. Don't ask me how perky I am tonight, though.

    I'm cold, but not as cold as all the ones having to hibernate away from the snow.

    Nothing wrong with zombies...

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  42. Oh I would love to win that book. Thanks for a great giveaway. For osme reason, I have had a burst of energy. I have had the urge to organize and clean out. (so very strange for me, Just ask my husband...no, don't) Anyway, I am going with it. It might not last.

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  43. I would love to have a copy of that wonderful book, I am dying to make the stars and stripes for a QOV quilt. I know any soldier would love one of those. I have to start being perky, I have 5 of those QOV quilts to put on the longarm, so perky here I come.
    Love you Blog.
    suejchase@gmail.com

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  44. Looks like a great book for a quick project ... maybe you have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) ... the cure is sunlight or a light box. Check for info on the 'net. And thank you for the giveaway!

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  45. A new year, lots of new quilt possibilities...my creative juices are flowing...how can I possibly be sluggish?!? I'd love to win this book, and I promise to make a quilt from it and send IHAN a photo!

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  46. Oh yes, I agree, if it doesn't have fast in the name, you can leave me out. I hope you got caught up this weekend and maybe even got to take a nap.

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  47. Tired, but not a zombie today, went out shopping with two of my daughters and a my newest grandson.
    Now I am lying on the couch trying to warm up my cold feet. More snow is predicted for Wednesday, I will be zombie like then lol. Love the book and could use something quick and easy to make.

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  48. I'd love to win this book! My creative juices have stopped flowing since the holidays. Maybe winning this book would give me the jumpstart that I need.

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  49. Glad you have a neuron firing up. I've always felt you have more neurons moving around than I've ever had, so this may be evidence I'm operating on negative neurons. LOL!

    Lovely book and looks like some really fun designs. I didn't catch a deadline, but let me know if you want me to post about it on my page where I share insights on contests & giveaways.


    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  50. Definitely not feeling perky tonight! After church my DH and 2 daughters spent the day together to celebrate my DH's birthday. Then a little studying, and now I need to go to bed! I'd love to win this book!

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  51. Hi, I wanna win that book!! what a fin quilt to use up my scraps :o) YAY! Amie in Tn.

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  52. Oh this book looks great. It has such cute quilts! I love the Pumpkins. I'm still working on Christmas and I'm looking at working on Halloween bags so Trick or Treat is on my mind too. I'm working on UFO's and scraps but I'm always looking for fast quilts to do. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  53. Well, it's summer over here- so I'm definitely PERKY!

    What's not to love? Sun, warmth, strawberries, beach, school holidays, er -wait- maybe not school holidays- so scrap that, now where was I? that's right- watermelon, bbqs, swimming...bliss!

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  54. I'm still on holidays with the family and we are all just taking our time to do things. Whether it's going out for the day or staying in and having a lazy day (my version of lazy day is to hide out in the sewing room!)'Fast Fun' would be a perfect addition to may "lazy day". Thanks for the chance.

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  55. having surgery tomorrow, so naturally, I'm up surfing blogs.. LOL. shelly.potter(at)hotmail.com

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  56. 4am and only a couple sips of my coffee yet...it was perked tho! My 1st fabric postcard was displayed in on of the Fast & Easy books :)

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  57. My get up and go isn't what it used to be. Living in the cold, snowy north, I bit the bullet and joined a health club since I cannot get outside for a walk -- it's 6 degs right now:( I hope your energy returns soon. Thanks for a chance at the great giveaway.

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  58. Love this pattern - the options are great. I would love to win this pattern. Thanks for offering ....

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  59. Well Kelly I'm so glad I'm not alone in Zombie land. I've got to snap out of it...I hate this lack of energy and trying find my way out of this fog I'm always in... next to no sewing is getting done, no cleaning ...I just go in circles all day. I think I'm going to have to get some help with my sleep issue. I think the brain cells are firing at night when I should be sleeping and are sleeping during the day when they should be firing. Life s..ks after menopause!! I'll have to get MamaSparks over for a play date... that just might help....but I have to clean first!!

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  60. OK now you know I'm working with no brain cells. I thought my first post didn't publish...sEw I send another one....realized it was floating in blogland awaiting your OK and now I think I'm going to go back to bed....thanks for the chance to win the Fab Five book....hope your day is starting better than mine.

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  61. Fast Fun and Flirty? Is this book about me? I need to win it so I can see. LOL.

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  62. Cup of coffee number two this morning and I am finding my zip for today. Hope yours will return soon! I love this pattern and I have just the patriotic fabric to make the quilt and stars applique. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  63. Great giveaway! count me in please!
    I'm just off for my pilates class - so should come home full of energy and raring to go (ha ha ha!!)

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  64. No perkyness here. I've been under the weather and although I'm am on hte mend I am soooo SLEEPY! Barely made it through church yesterday and this "I NEVER take naps" gal took a nap...zzzz

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  65. I thought I had already posted here, but don't see it, so please forgive me if this is a second post......obviously my neurons are all firing right now either!

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  66. I feel...

    Perky!
    Oh, so Perky!
    I feel Perky and Quirky and gay (happy kind, you know)
    And I...

    can't think of something appropriate that rhymes with Perky. Jerky? Turkey?

    OK. Stephen Sondheim I'm not.

    I am, however, someone who loves sewing and quilting and creating...so of course I'd love the book. Duh!

    Thanks for the chance!
    Dot
    dminshall67@yahoo.com

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  67. My 2011 started with a sprained ankle, followed by a sinus infection, followed by everyone in the house getting the stomach flu. There is not one bit of get up and go or perky here right now. The only thought that gets me out of bed is that sooner or later, this all has to end! The pattern is just adorable, and thank you so much for offering it as a prize.
    Hope there is more zip at your house now!

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  68. This book would be great to win. I have started off 2011 with a bang. I have set some goals and have a couple of family issues that require lots of energy. But thank you Lord that I have been energized.

    Thanks again for the giveaway.

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  69. I would love to have a copy of this book.....and of course I am a zombie at the moment.....we have had the flu here since before Christmas making its rounds one by one....thanks for the opportunity to win this.....

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  70. i LOVE the cover.
    :)
    katz.gali@gmail.com

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  71. Awesome giveaway! I would love such a book! Thanks for the chance to win... Happy Day!

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  72. I have this book and would love to win a copy for a friend.

    Billie

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  73. I'm definately a zombie with you! I've got a to do list as long as my arm..! :)

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  74. Love your blog. Let me know if you'd like to giveaway one of my books/dragon threads.com.
    Linda

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  75. I just came home from a weekend quilt retreat at St. Simons Island in Georgia and I am ready to get some work done on my son's quilt. I am full of energy and ready to get quilting! The book looks interesting for quick baby shower gifts. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  76. Not feeling so perky being snowed in in Wilmington! You will laugh at our inch of snow and cold 31 degrees, but those things are hard to handle for us. That's a harsh winter!

    So I need a new quilt book to perk me up!

    Thanks, enjoy your blog,
    lettielulu

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  77. Cute patterns in this book! Thanks for the link to see what is inside. I love that! Helps me know whether or not to purchase a book when shopping online....and these do look fast and fun :-)

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  78. I am a zzzzombie today with a pitiful cold. Yet, had to check out my favorite blogger Elf. These look like wonderful quilts to make so please enter me into your post-market giveaway. Glad you are feeling better. My mother told me to send you her best wishes too.

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  79. I just love the quilt on the front of that book, so I would love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  80. What a great give away! My zip, even with the cold and snow - I walk outside every morning to watch the birds, with the reminder that this long month will soon be over and Feb is the "shortie" month and more little birds will be passing thru on their way home. Their songs rejuvinate.

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  81. Sounds great.. and more craftyness the more brain power. . it's true.

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  82. Please count me in on the giveaway.

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  83. That book should have been on my Christmas list! Hmm, maybe valentines day? Does that count. Goodness, I am so serious when I say I would rather get something like that over flowers & chocolate ;)
    Thanks!

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  84. What a fun book to win! Love the pumpkin design...actually all of them turn my crank in one way or the other!! It would be a super great win!! Thank you for the chance!

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  85. How wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

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  86. What adorable quilts! Thanks for the chance, Kelly! I was a zombie today - cold and gray and generally "Ohio in winter-ish". But tomorrow I have GOT to get moving! Got to!

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  87. Would LOVE to win the book as I happen to LOVE Abbey Lane patterns - as the Beatles would say: "I love you yeah yeah yeah!! :0)Best, Ani

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  88. Love that quilt on the cover! Thanks for offering this fun giveaway...crossing fingers now.

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  89. Sounds like a good start for the New Year.

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  90. Who couldn't use a little inspiration after the holiday blurr! count me in please!

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  91. I am finally getting my get up and go back in order after the holidays. Was super productive this weekend, so I think the old me is trying to crank back up. Thanks for the giveaway!

    molly_dye(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  92. Can we ever have too many quilt books? What else can a zombie do on a snowy January day except stitch and get more inspiration for sewing?

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  93. What a great book. Today I'm feeling very perky and geting a whole lot done.

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  94. I'm feeling perky about this giveaway! :)

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  95. Oh wow I can honestly say I am a zombie and I just love the book. This is an awesome give-a-way and am really excited aout joining in. What a lovely way to start the new Year....

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  96. I am feeling perky and ready to go since I just drank enough coffee to shoot me to the moon and back! LOL! I would love to win this book!
    pojeda (at) embarqmail (dot) com

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  97. I always try to be PERKY!! Would love the book.

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  98. I need to be perked up, I am ordered off my foot for 2 weeks or more so to the recliner for me. I am stitching and reading any quilt book I can get my hand on.. so yes I would love to win..

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  99. I would love to be entered Kelly!
    Great prizes!
    Micki

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  100. What a wonderful book! I'm happy today because you can't shovel rain. Woohoo! ~Kathleen

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  101. This is really a good stuff, This sounds good. I like it. Photo Recovery

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