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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Simple Choices by Abbey Lane Quilts Book Review and Giveaway


How about a quick and pretty easy quilt that you customize yourself?  The girls from Abbey Lane Quilts have made that so easy to do with their new book, Simple Choices.  There are 5 different block styles and they are combined with 5 different appliques and two trim options.  All you do is choose the block style you like best and then an applique (or combine appliques) to make your own fun quilt.    

How about this fun stocking cap quilt....you could also alternate and put snowmen on the quilt too...it snowed here finally so that's all I can think about.
The Pinwheel Block is a perfect anytime quilt.  Simple Choices offers full size applique templates for  a bird, bright flower, haunted house, the stocking caps and the circles.  One book, 25 different quilt options, and that doesn't include any of the options you can insert with other appliques you may already have and love.  Talk about endless recipes to cook up some fun quilts...they're all here inside Simple Choices.  There are cutting and sewing instructions with lots of diagrams as well....you can't go wrong! 

I think this is a charming book and I'd love to share an autographed copy with an IHAN blog follower compliments of Abbey Lane Quilts.  If you would like an opportunity to enter the drawing just leave a comment on this post before Wednesday, February 15th.

Switching topics here....

We've been invaded by tiny warriors here at IHAN.
Check out all these little figures....they are just too funny.

If you look closely you can see in front of all these warriors the boys have set up a tiny cannon...yep...they are going to set off the tiny cannon and knock down all these little guys they've set up.  It has to be testosterone that causes this sort of play....everything is a battle and there are always some sort of little figures being knocked over....boy play.
Check out his little Lego guy....I cracked up when I saw him....he is sort of frail looking....check out his back....
What is sticking out this guys backside? I honestly don't know....but it is definitely interesting!!!

It snowed here last evening so the boys have been making their own personal snow hill.
Most folks shovel their sidewalks and driveways....not us....we actually shovel the grass too.  There isn't enough snow to make a big snow hill so we shoveled it from all over the yard....this doesn't feel like "real" winter.
As I drove home today I had to check out what the Flamingos were up to....thought you might want to know how they are too.......
I didn't know Flamingos made igloos....but apparently they do :)

Smiles,
Kelly

68 comments:

  1. Put my name in the hat before I'm attacked by the tiny warrriors.....grin...so cute

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  2. SUCH A NEAT BOOK-I'D LOVE TO WIN IT!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

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  3. Would love to win this book, it looks so interesting.

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  4. We had to settle for just snow flurries this morning. It sure was cold, though! Glad to see the flamingos are surviving winter nicely. LOL! Please toss my name in the hat for the book -- it looks like a fun-filled one! :)

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  5. Love the book, and the LEGO guy. We've finally got snow here, too - but my Munchkin is sick so can't get out in it... so frustrating. Knowing our track record, by the time he's recovered, it will be melted.

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  6. I wouldn't mind seeing that book on my shelf ...

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  7. That book looks wonderful. Have fun in the snow!

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  8. What a cool book~ making quick yet cute quilts for gifts would be a breeze with all those options! Add me to the hat too please. :-) Love the 'army' of characters. Maybe lego man is looking for a growth spurt. ;-) Have a happy weekend!

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  9. That book looks very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win it. We have lots of snow here and I wouldnt mind getting rid of some. Might be difficult to ship it though!!!

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  10. Love the pinwheel block with the circles - what a wonderful looking book. blklman at xtra dot co dot nz

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  11. Looks like the boys keep themselves busy.
    We got snow today, then it was gone.

    Debbie

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  12. Love the blend of little boy craziness and quilting! ha ha! I'd love to win the book!

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  13. Sounds like such a cool book! Looks like the boys are having fun, nothing better than knocking over creatures with a cannon LOL!

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  14. Thanks for the chance to win this fantastic book!

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  15. Thanks for the give away. I'd love to go in the draw for a chance to win.

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  16. Thank you, Kelly, for reviewing this book for us! Thank you for giving it away, too! Count me in!

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  17. The book looks great - thank you for the giveaway!

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  18. My kids are grown so I miss those little figures. Fun to see them again.

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  19. Awww...I miss having little boys in the house!

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  20. I would love to win the book - thanks for the chance!

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  21. Would love a chance to win this book. Gorgeous quilts!!!

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  22. Looks like a fun book...thanks for the chance to win!

    Seeing your boys playing with all those figures brings back lots of good memories of mine doing the same thing..TFS :)
    ~Terry~

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  23. I saw this book at quilt market, and fell in love with the beautiful quilt samples. Thank you for this opportunity! :)

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  24. ahh, my kind of book! makes it so much easier to pick and choose how and what you want to do with your quilts. better to plan ahead that change your mind midstream.
    the litltle stob on the back of the little 'bot warrior is a 'mover and shaker.' little boys can really make those things move like monsters. at least that's what they called them back in the day. [my boys now have grown kids of their own]

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  25. Very interesting book! Love the tiny warriors! Thanks for the smiles!

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  26. I love the little toy army! It's like Toy Story at your house. haha!

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  27. It seems a wonderful book.Just what I need for my next project.Thanks for the chance.

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  28. I'd love the book....come to think of it...I would love to have those flamingo's around too.....

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  29. I would love a copy of this book- I think the warriors should read it too. Might calm them down!

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  30. Ok so I am sew laughing at your invasion. I get sort of the same thing here but it is with CARS cars and firetrucks. There is always a race happening or a crash scene that needs assistance.

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  31. What a lovely book! I would love to win this quilt book! Thank you for having a giveaway!

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  32. This book looks fantastic, please put my name in the draw - thanks! Your young warriors are too sweet, ahem, I mean scary!! hehehe

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  33. This looks a great book!
    Count me in please!

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  34. I'd love to win the book, thanks for for giveaway and the smiles I get from seeing those adorable boys.

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  35. those flamingos BUST me up! Love the little invasion! Do you remember M.U.S.C.L.E. (millions of unusually small creatures lurking everywhere) men?? Kind of reminds me of my brother setting those all out (but they were all the same colour!)

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  36. The kids look like they're having a ball (or several, lol). I'd love to win this book, the projects look really great!

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  37. Thank you for the chance to win this book.

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  38. I just signed up for your newsletter! Thank you for the chance to win this book! It looks like a very "usable" and *useful* book-- love the fact that you can change and personalize the patterns so easily! :-)

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  39. I like the concept of this book. Be sure to duck when you pass the war zone.

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  40. That book looks really fun, versitle and inspirational. Your boys are very fun little fellows. As are those busy, busy flamingos!

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  41. Thanks for the chance to win the book!! :)

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  42. This book looks really interesting. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. I guess you never know what flamingos are able to do. :-)

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  43. The book looks nice. However, right now I need some of your twizzers. So off to shop. Legos are so awesome. I live near Legoland.
    SallyKingemail@gmail.com
    www.BabyStepsQuilting.com

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  44. No snow here in Texas. We are kind of getting some sleet today. Not much though.

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  45. Totally fun post! The book looks fun, the boys look happy building their snow hill, and the tiny warriers all lined up....boys will be boys, and yours are always doing fun boy things.

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  46. cute boys-n-toys! Book looks interesting!

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  47. Cute post :) Have 2 boys of my own and would love a chance to win this book.

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  48. Loved boy (and tomboy) play growing up with my 6 brothers! What fun we could have had with a cannon! Simple Choices is on my wishlist!!!

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  49. wars and flamingos! What an exciting environment you live in! lol Your boys are so cute and I love hour mischievous they be. :)

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  50. Looks like a great book - but don't enter me! I had to crack up at the boys, that's exactly how my house used to look. ALL THE TIME. The flamingos cracked me up, thank you for taking that pic!

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  51. This would be an awesome book to win...love the prize.

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  52. Haven't commented in a while even though I always read your blogs. It keeps me up with what is going on with you and your crazy household :) Kidding aside, I'd love to have the book you are giving away. I enjoy applique and the quilts above are so nice. I do need to put aside time to sew soon. Seems like paper has taken over the creative venues as of late. Business is moving along slow but steady. Making tons of cards. Check me out on Pintrest. I'll send you a invite. I can't seem to get my photos uploaded to my web page. TA TA Auntie L

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  53. Would love to win this book! Please enter me into the drawing. I love all the book reviews that you have on this blog (and all the other notions as well)!

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  54. I love the opportunity to try to win books and this one looks like a keeper!

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  55. Sounds like a pretty neat book!

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  56. Sure sounds like a winner of a giveaway to me. there is always room on my shelf for another quilting book. Happened to look back on some of your previous posts and the string quilt pics are fabulous. I have made 2-3 in the past and they are always fun and colorful. I love scrappy quilts and this one fits the bill. I also saw the post of the little cute hats for the children who are under going chemo. What a sweet idea. I made some crocheted chemo caps for a local cancer center about a year ago last Oct-Nov and 2 months later my husband was diagnosed with myeloma. No telling where life is gonna lead you next. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to be a part of the giveaway.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

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  57. I'd love to win that book! Thanks for sharing all the family pics. So adorable. Kids can make such messes and bring such joy all in the same moment. Thanks also for the giveaway chance.

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  58. That book looks like a great one. Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

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  59. That's a fun looking book. I love the little warriors pictures. It reminds me when my son was younger. He'd get all his little guys and play for hours. Thanks for sharing!

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  60. That beautiful book.
    I would love to join your drawing.

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  61. The book is one I've been looking at, so I'd love to have it. Thanks for the chance to win it. I love the flamingo igloo. =) The boys look like they have been having a wonderful time, inside and out.

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  62. Love the lego bot and the Flamingo update. Must check with wikipedia if they are aware that flamingos build igloos when placed in cold climates.

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  63. Looking at photos of your boys at play is like looking at photos of my boys at play! I just shake my head and smile.

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  64. No snow - just lots of brrr weather - 17 degrees and hard freeze killing our plants - and this is Florida! I like the idea of having a simple, pretty quilt pattern with lots of options. Please put my name in the hat too.
    Happy V-Day. Did your boys make any Valentine's - maybe warrior ones?

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  65. Love the flamingos in the snow. Here in NY we haven't had enough snow this winter to make a small lump never mind a snow hill.

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  66. Little boys are so interesting to me...in the way they think, play, dress, eat, talk, everything! The 9-10 yr. old age range is my absolute favorite because they still don't like girls and they are still not too big to give you a hug (most of the time) They do everything at the speed of light and 200% participation. I loved teaching 3rd grade for those very reasons. BTW, your protable ironing station is genius!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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Thank you for reading the IHAN Blog. I love getting and reading every comment that is left here; however I may not be able to respond to all comments left during giveaways. There are times when I am juggling many tasks at one time and may not reply to all comments. Please e-mail me at quiltnotions@gmail.com if you need a reply quickly. I thank you for your understanding and-
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