Focus on the Center Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! Today we are going to celebrate by checking out Pat Sloan’s new book, Focus on the Center. So pull up chair, grab your margarita of choice and let’s take a look!

Focus on the Center, published by Leisure Arts, is all about quilts with an interesting center. I have some definitely favorites…

I think I might make just the center of this one…

Using maybe this fabric…what do you think?

Want a chance to win the book? Leisure Arts has been nice enough to give away copies of this book to TWO of you! All you need to do is leave a comment. I will pick the winners Monday evening, May 7th.

If you want even *more* chances to win the book, each of the stops this week on the blog hop are giving away another TWO books – as well as Pat herself! All the giveaways end on May 7th, so there is still time to enter them all.

Tuesday May 1

Wednesday May 2
Bonnie Hunter

Thursday May 3

Friday May 4

Saturday May 5
Vicki Welsh
Me! (Saving the best for last??)

Good luck everyone!

++ Closing comments to pick the winners! ++

Congratulations to the winners!
#96 Cathy said “I love your fabric choices. Would love to win this book.”

++++ Edited…since the email address doesn’t work for one of our winners, I selected another. #185, Mags! Congratulations! ++++


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    Mary says

    Your fabric selection is very pretty. I would love to see the completed block. Thanks for sharing.

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    Becky Greene says

    You have the best eye for combining fabric! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

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    Sue says

    Can’t get enough of the wonderful crisp, bright fabrics…..would like to use them in a quilt from Gwen Marston’s new medallion quilt book.

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    Do I ever love your fabric selections! I have been in a civil war phase for over a year…I am ready for some light and bright! Thank you for the chance to win!

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    Janita says

    I like the quilts you are showing and the fabric would look Bret made up into one of them.

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    Bailey says

    I absolutely love teh first one, oh the lime green and pink roses, so sweet!

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    This looks like the neatest book! I bet your fabrics will be lovely in whatever you decide to do.

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    sheryl matteson says

    Love your work and your collections. enjoying looking at your choices of colors . green mmmm

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    Roxanna says

    Medallions rock! Your bright and cheery fabric choices will delight us all! Thanks Leisure Arts for the giveaway.

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    jmniffer says

    Love the stack of fabrics you picked out; that is the hardest part for me. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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    Cecilia says

    I love your color choices. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

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    You have chosen a nice selection of colors. Pat’s book m ust be very nice as the few quilt patterns that have been posted display great color combinations and lively designs.

    trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

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    kristin says

    I really like you fabric choices. I coud certainly stand to be more centered.

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    Sharon says

    I like the center you chose – will be fun to see how it turns out in another color scheme. I LOVE the fabrics you chose!

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    Robin says

    I can’t wait to see your take on one of these quilts….love the colors that you selected. I really would like this book…it is definitely on my wish list!

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    Margaret says

    You picked an awesome collection of fabrics to use. I would love to win this book.

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    CathyC in Alberta says

    Gotta start pulling fabrics from my stash..seen 3 quilts in this book I would love to do.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    CathyC in Alberta

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    Cathy B says

    Love your fabrics and I am lovin Pat;s new book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Deanna says

    I love the fabrics and can’t wait to see your block! Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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    pretty fabrics Faith… it’ll look so fresh. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love the one done in Modern Meadow… looks like a “must Make!”

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    Oh wow I love your fabric choices. This book looks so inviting. Love the medallions as the centerpiece. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Love the idea of a medallion quilt or one could ever call it a mandala and the possibilities are endless!
    Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

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    Suzanne Wiggs says

    I love your fabric choices. Those are the colors I usually gravitate towards. I am a beginner and I’m hooked! Thanks for sharing!

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    Christine E. says

    Wow, doing a center quilt would be amazing. I’d love to win the book!

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    Nancy C. in Utah says

    I love your fabric choices! I’m thinking the center of this quilt looks like a Carpenters Wheel and that has always been one of my favorite blocks. I can’t wait to see the finished piece. Thanks for a chance to win Pat’s wonderful new book. Hugs…

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    TxGal says

    I want to make at least 3 quilts in this book! Love your color choices, fresh and summery ! Really enjoyed the blog tour, and thanks for the chance to win!!

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    Susan says

    Love your fabric choices–that combo will look great together! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Wendy Close says

    I love the center blocks. Here’s hoping and thanks for this opportunity!

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    Sue Webb says

    I think the fabrics that you have picked would be perfect. Seeing the patterns in this book make me realize that there are so much you can do with medallian quilts

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    Beth Hammergreb says

    Love the fabric choices and the book would be a great addition to my library. Thanks for the chance.

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    Patti says

    This looks like a great book. Thanks for a chance. I also like the colors you picked, they look crisp and clean.

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    Elaine M says

    I’d be happy with any of these great quilts from this book. Love the fabrics you selected.

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    Lorri says

    I would be happy to make any of them.Love the fabric. Thanks for the chance

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    MarciaW says

    Those are wonderful fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Pat’s book. The first two quilts you selected are my two favorites as well. Have a great weekend!

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    Kristi says

    Love the fabrics you chose! They will make a beautiful quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Claire Desrochers says

    Can’t wait to see your finished quilt as I love those summer ice cream colours and I’d love love love to win the book too!

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    I’m loving all the quilts I’m seeing so far! This looks like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kathie says

    I have some wonderful fabrics I could use to make one of these quilts. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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    Nancy Cantril says

    Love your fabric choices ! Can’t wait to see the finished product! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

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    Deb F. says

    I’ve enjoyed your fabric photos. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who looks at those and thinks “I have that one and that one – oh, I have to get some of those….” What a great way to make my shopping list (fabric lists are so much more fun than grocery lists). Thank you for the chance to win Pat’s book. Have a pleasant weekend!

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    Nana Jo says

    Love your color choices. Would love Pat’s book. Thanks for this chance to win one.

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    Anne Marie says

    Looks interesting with the focus on the center. Love to get new inspiration.

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    Laura G says

    I am really fascinated with Medallion quilts and would love to win this book because of the modern color choices used. I need help thinking outside of the box when it comes to the newer, fresher color palettes. Thank you for sponsoring the contest.

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    Diane W says

    Oooohhh, I’m new here and glad I found you. Love your stuff. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    NancyL says

    Beautiful fabrics, and looks like a great book! Would be great to be a winner!

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    Sandy D says

    What a great choice of colors. I hope we all get to see it when it is finished.

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    your fabric choices look very fresh. This looks like a book that will stir lots of creativity to think outside of the box. thanks for a chance to win a copy. janita

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    Nancy says

    I really like the idea of a mediallion style quilt. Pat’s book looks like a real winner!

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    Beth Hammergren says

    This book looks so fun. It has been fun to look at all of the different blogs to see how people would make the quilts. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Bama Teresa says

    Great choice of fabrics. I think this a good book to add to any quilter’s library. Thanks for having the contest on your blog.

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    Linda in PA says

    I love your stack of fabric! This book looks great. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

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    Kathy Raabe says

    It would be wonderful to win a copy of Pat’s book – thank you for the opportunity.

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    Tricia says

    I love your wonderful fabrics. So fresh and springy! I would love a copy of this book.

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    BeckI Seay says

    Wow! Love the fabrics. The more I read your blog the longer my to do list gets.

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    Donna Joy says

    Your stack of fabric says wake up and play. Since I have wanted to make a medalian quilt for years now, this book could get me making several. Thanks.

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    Susan W says

    The fabrics have a good way of blending colors; oranges to yellows to reds to greens to blues to grays. The prints are what gives it zing!
    Looking good

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    Kristen says

    Cannot wait to see what you turn those lovely fabrics into.

    Thanks for a chance.

    Happy quilting!

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    Kaye M. says

    I like the stack of fabrics that you have chosen to make Pat’s quilt. The aquas and greens will contrast beautifully with the tangerine fabrics. They should make a great summery quilt!

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    Jane Bitz says

    I like those fabrics for that quilt pattern. Thanks for a chance to win that lovely book.

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    Janet says

    Absolutely love your clean and refreshing colors … they are so alive and feel delightful along with being bright and cheery! Thanks for the chance to win Focus on the Center; wish me luck!

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    Pat is just amazing and comes up with so much interesting stuff! I’d love to win the book.

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    Alice says

    I am mad for your framed 8 pointed star I just found on Pinterest!!! I can’t wait to search your blog for more drool worthy ideas! Great photos!!! The medallion quilts are great and the blog hop has been loads of fun.

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    Sharon Sandahl says

    I like the colors you selected, and love the block. I love stars. I’ve never made a star like the one you picked, but it would be a good challenge.

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    Rita says

    The star medallion will look great in those colors. Great selection. I really like quilts that have a center focus built up with borders. I will definitely have to check out this new book. Thanks!

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    patty says

    I think the fabrics you picked would look great in the medallion quilt.

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    Faith, I love your fabric choices for the quilt. Such bright and cheery colors and prints. Thanks for a great giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    maria do carmo pezzuto says

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    Kathy h says

    Beautiful fabrics for one of those quilts. It looks like another great book from Pat.

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    Marie says

    I have had such a good time meeting new friends and am so excited about the book! Thanks

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    Rhonda D. says

    I love your choice of fabrics! Would love to win the book. thanks for the chance to win!

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    Love the fabric choices. Can’t wait to see it when it’s done ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the chance to win and the introduction to so many cool blogs.

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    Kathy Pennell says

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the book and also to meet you! The colors you have are very stimulating!

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    Diana says

    Thanks for the chance to win. Love your fabric choices. Would love to add the book to my library.

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    Great fabric choices! I’d love a copy of the book – I work at a used bookstore and it’ll take forever for us to see it there!

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    jess says

    This book looks brilliant – and I love your colour choices for the quilt.

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    ql says

    I would love to make the Carpenter’s Wheel quilt adding a dash of black to pinks and reds!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Linda P says

    That Pat is a clever gal!! So many things you can do with a medallion. Your fabric choices are beautiful – hoping you will post it when you get done.

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    Mhairi says

    WOW. I love your quilts. I generally don’t do centre focussed quilts as I would prefer people not to look too closely at my stitching. I am more of a “from a distance” quilt maker than a “focus on the centre (or any part of)” quilter.
    Thanks for sharing the review of the book.

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    Elizabeth says

    I have only done medallion quilts as part of round robins but I love several of the quilts shown from Pat’s new book. thanks for sharing.

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    I admit that I am hopelessly addicted to books on patchwork and quilting. I need help. But failing that, I’ll put my name in the hat for another lovely book!

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    Sandy Rizzo says

    What gorgeous quilt patterns! Thanks for the chamce to win Pat’s book.

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    Janet says

    I love your choice of fabrics. I would love a chance to win “Focus on the Center”. I see so many quilts in this book that I would love to make.

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    Karen says

    LOVE your choice of fabrics and your blog. So refreshing! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to win Pat’s book.
    Take care,

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    Donna says

    I really love that fabric – it’ll be gorgeous! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    jamee levy says

    lovin the blog tour. antique mist really caught my eye…thx for the chance to win! looks like i will be subscribing to your blog…love your color choices!

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    Mary Ann says

    The best part about blog hops is finding new places to be inspired! Love these fabric choices, thanks for the chance to win Pat’s new book too!

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    Sandra says

    Those fabrics are beautiful! Would love the book as I seem to favor quilts with distinctive centers.

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    Betty says

    I think you have chosen very pretty colors that are both cheery but not too busy.

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    The patterns are beautiful in this new book. It starts the wheels of imagination turning. The colors that you have chosen are very pretty.

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    Nancy B from Many LA says

    This is a fantastic book! Wish we could all win one! LOL!

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    The book looks aweso,e. Id love to win it and make a quilt from it. Love the fabrics you chose for you quilt. Can’t wait to see it.

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    Carole M says

    I love Pat! I follow her blog too. I’m excited for her for her new book.

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    christie m says

    Those colors are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see how it comes out. I love how you freshin everything with those modern fabrics. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Mags says

    Lemon Squares is so cheerful. Using white with such bright cheerful colors is sure to put you in a good mood.

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    Shirley Pearce says

    Thank you for a chance to win Pat’s Book. Fabulous colors, would love to play with them.

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    usairdoll says

    What beautiful quilts in the book. Love your gorgeous fabric as well.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


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    Erin Hutchinson says

    I love quilts that seem to evolve from one point in the quilt to another, rather than the same block repeated everywhere. I think this book would really appeal to me- thanks for the chance to win!

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    Janelle J says

    Your colors are so fun. Thanks for all the inspiration for the new book.

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    Carla G says

    Love your chosen fabric choices! This book looks fabulous! Thanks for a chance to win! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    nicole says

    Love your choice of bright fresh colours. Very femanine. I do hope I win.

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    I love your fabric choices – they’d look great! And the first picture you showed after the book cover is wonderful. I just love that one!

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    ooooooooh … i love these! What a gorgeous book.

    thanks for the chance
    cleo (AT)

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    Gill says

    This looks a great book! I love medallion quilts – count me in please!

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    Barb says

    Count me in for a chance to win – please!! I love the colors you picked..very pretty and I would love to add this book to my collection. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Ellen H says

    I really like this idea, I’m excited to see what you come up with! Thanks for the chance to win!

    ehystead (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Hallie says

    I have been a Sloanie for a long time. I just love your choice of fabrics, so modern and fresh. I’m a newbie in the modern quilt arena…..thanks for the inspiration and chance to win!

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    The fabrics you have chosen are really lovely……make me think of sherbert! Hope you make the quilt and share as I’d love to see the finished project! Thanks for a chance to win Pat’s book!

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    Joanna G says

    Great fabrics! Would be fun to win the book and get on to a new project!

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    Karen A says

    Would love to win a copy of this book. Medallion quilts are great because you can make them any size by just adding more borders.

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    Wendy T. says

    You have good taste in fabric choices! Thanks for a chance to win the new book.

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    Such beautiful quilts and talented quilters! Nice job, ladies. Oh, and it would be so much fun to win this book!

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    Faye says

    Well, it’s Monday evening, but hopefully not too late to get my entry in to win this book. I really especially like the center of the quilt that you are considering making — I would definitely enjoy owning the book! Thank you for the chance to win!