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First Steps to FMQ-- Blog Tour & Giveaway

Do you quilt your own quilts?  The last quilt I hand quilted (start to finish) was George's baby quilt, finished in early 2009.  Then I sent one to a long-armer, and by late 2009, I was ready to give machine quilting a try.  Even though I read a lot of blogs about machine quilting, it was still a rough, bumpy event.
1994 Detail (2009)
We still use that quilt, but I have learned a lot since.  A year or so later, I tried out wavy vertical lines with my walking foot, and that somehow became my 'go to' pattern for any quilt I needed quilted quickly.  It's great, I still do it, but I can't really fairly say "Yes, I machine quilt my quilts."  Come on, I've got one pattern.
Well, it's time to break out of that one pattern rut and start playing..


My friend Christina has written a book and asked me to help get the word out.  When I got my copy I was so excited--                                     'Oh wow!  I love this!'
  'I have that fabric!'
                        'This looks so cool'
         'I love her photography!'

And I'm like, "sure!  I can promote your book!  I quilt!"  I flipped through the book and instantly wanted to make about 6 of the projects.  I thought it'd be nice to make one to show off for the blog hop.  The construction was simple, so I got started-- pieced the top, layered and spray basted.. and then..

Um.  No.  

I got too scared to quilt it.  Because, no, I really didn't know how (or I should say I didn't feel comfortable) to free motion quilt.

That's when I shelved my blind enthusiasm and opened First Steps to Free Motion Quilting as a guide book, with the intent of learning a new skill.  And wow, it worked.  There is so much information in this book, all neatly organized, easy to understand, with clear directions that are easy to follow.  If you read her blog, you know that Christina has always made machine quilting look easy, but now we know how she does it. ;)

I started with some practice pads and I worked on the patterns I have always wanted to try.

I used some left over Mile-a-Minute blocks and turned them into coasters.  I tried vines, pebbles, echoing paisleys, and spirals.  Some of my lines looked good, some were crap, but what mattered was that I was no longer scared of doing it.  I know with practice I'll get better.
I also started doodling patterns -- I used the magnetic doodle board lying in the play room, easy to draw and erase, no worries about the kids messing it up.

Gradually I built up the confidence to try out some quilting on the book project, and hey, it didn't turn out too bad.  (You can see it better on the back-- and don't mind the broken threads.. sometimes my top thread catches on the feed dogs, even though they're down, while FMQing.  I should take it to be serviced, right?)

 I tried a vine, zigzags, spirals, even George's name... and honestly, each pattern just made me want to go back and try out some more. I was totally surprised that of all I tried, the square spirals are the ones I liked doing the best.  I've been daydreaming about quilts with thin borders ever since..
So here it is:  I made a little chair cushion for George's play table chair.  He was super excited about it, and so was I.  (Christina's pattern is for a regular sized chair, but I adjusted it for George).
Are you like me, a fake free motion quilter?  Are you scared, or don't know where to start?  This book is great for walking you, step by step, past that fear and into a place where you can start to get creative with your needle.  Most of the 24 projects are small and fast, so you can try out a bunch of different designs and techniques and add skills quickly.  Soon you'll feel confident enough to quilt your own quilts with enthusiasm instead of anxiety.  Quilting should be fun, right?  I also love that all of her practice projects end up being cute little items perfect for gift-giving.  I hope I'll find time to make a few more before Christmas..

If you would like to win a copy of First Steps to Free Motion Quilting (a US winner can choose between a hard copy and an ebook, an international winner will get an ebook.), leave me a comment telling me the last thing you wrote by hand, the last thing you ate, and the last person you talked to.  I'll choose a winner on Monday, 9/30. 

And don't forget to stop by the rest of the stops of the tour for more chances to win!
9/25: Allison Rosen at Stash Books Blog 
9/26: Jessica Alexandrakis at Life Under Quilts  (you're here!)
9/27: Monica Solorio-Snow at Happy Zombie 
9/28: Susan Beal at West Coast Crafty 
9/29: Kathy Mack at Pink Chalk Studio 
9/30: Angela Walters at Quilting is my Therapy 
10/1: Amanda Jean Nyberg at Crazy Mom Quilts 
10/2: Megan Dye at Megs Monkey Beans
10/3: Victoria Findlay Wolfe at Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts 
10/4: Katie Pedersen at Sew Katie Did 
10/5: Christina Cameli at A Few Scraps

Comments

  1. how fascinting. Like you, "wavy" is my only style :-) although I did a day class, I have not had the confidence to "spoil" one of my quilts with my efforts. Thanks for recommending this book, looks like one I need to buy!

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  2. Last thing I wrote by hand? Ummmmm, a check for my auto reg; everything else goes on my iPad/ iPhone!
    Sadly, the last thing I ate was a frozen entree.
    The last person I talked to was my friend, Robin.

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  3. A recipe, chicken with spinach, my husband .

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  4. A 'to-do' list, salmon, and my husband! Thanks for the giveaway! This book would really, really help my FMQ skills!

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  5. learning how to machine quilt is on my list for this winter...I loved seeing your practice piece, theres hope for me too then!
    I wrote a note to a friend yesterday and mailed it (can you imagine!), a cereal bar and my DD last night

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  6. A receipt, a peanut butter sandwich (my husband's away), and my husband (on the phone). I like your square spiral - need to try that. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  7. I write my lesson plans by hand daily, a bell ita breakfast bar and my husband. Thanks for the chance. This book looks so chuck full of ideas.

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  8. Last thing I wrote by hand was a check for our mortgage payment last night. Last thing I ate was an apple this morning! and last person I talked to was my 20 year old son who was eating breakfast, sounds like just the book I need--Hope I win, have been scated of machine quilting for a long time

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  9. I always quilt my own quilts. I'd mainly stuck to using a walking foot and doing straight lines, wavy lines or zig zags. I gave free motion quilting a go on a cheap panel I bought and it was ok. Now though I'm really going for it. A few sample pieces trying out different threads and I've found some my machine seems to love, Bottomline thread in the bobbin has also helped A LOT and I'm now attempting a robot quilt. Hope you don't mind me putting a link in here to my attempt http://craftynclothy.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/making-progress.html

    And for the competition:
    Last thing I wrote - list of things I'm expecting in the post (so I don't forget!)
    Last thing I ate - chocolate
    Last person I talked to - my kids (they've got a day off school today)

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  10. The last thing I wrote by hand was my October birthday cards. (Yes, I still send cards! ) I ate a banana and I spoke to my son before he left for school.

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  11. a to do list, bowl of butter pecan ice cream (ok, I fessed up) and the cat. (ok, ok, hubby- but I do talk to the cats more LOL)
    thanks for the chance. isn't it sad we all make flimsys and then STOP- and wait for money to have quilted or courage to try and do it ourselves. maybe this book will make a difference.

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  12. Looks like you've had a lot of fun with the book! Wrote: my daily to-do list. Ate: yoghurt for breakfast. Spoke to: my Alexander Technnique teacher this morning. Would love to be in with a chance of winning an ebook :)

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  13. Wrote a to do list, ate toast, talked to my daughter. I REALLY want to learn to FMQ! I've been cheating with machine embroidery quilting.

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  14. This looks like a great book! Lets see... a grocery list, some crackers (plain) and just said goodbye to my hubby who is off to work :) I'm enjoying learning to fmq, so this book would be a great help! Thanks for the fun blog hop.

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  15. The last thing I wrote by hand were thank you notes for birthday gifts; the last thing I ate was baked sweet potato, and I told my hubby good bye this morning. I love the look of this book. I would love to win a copy and jump in and start getting over my fear of FMQ. Thank you.

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  16. an address, rice paper rolls and my son! This book looks just like what I need to get started with FMQ!

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  17. I ate a handful of cashews, wrote a sympathy card, talked with a friend that takes me to our small quilt group.. Looks like this is the book I need to start practicing this. I always have trouble getting my machine set up.

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  18. I'm stuck in "wavy" and so wish to learn pebbles and more! The last thing I wrote by hand was a grocery list, the last thing I ate was a breakfast shake and the last person I talked to was my younger daughter as I walked with her to the bus stop.

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  19. The last thing I wrote by hand was a color formula (hairstylist). The last thing I ate was Raisin Bran. The last person I talked to was Hubby. :) I quilt my own quilts I am still fairly new to this process. I have tried free motion but it was a lot of stress for me so I went back to lines. i just recently tried wavy lines and I am a fan. I however keep telling myself that if others can free motion quilt I can too! I absolutely love the way free motion looks! So much more interesting than straight lines. I need to try it some more I know I will love it..... Right?

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  20. Last thing I wrote by hand was a quote from Hocus Pocus (favorite movie yay fall!) on some linen. Last thing I ate was four fruit loops taken from my daughter's cereal. Last person I talked to was my 2 yr old daughter. Thanks for the giveaway! Straight line quilting is my comfort zone but would love to learn FMQ!

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  22. The last thing I wrote by hand was a Get Well Soon Card.
    The last thing I ate was lunch (tomato tarte tatin and salad )and the last person I spoke to was the assisitant at my local sewing machine/fabric shop where I had gone to buy some ribbon.

    I am stuck in Stipple-land! All sizes from large to tiny but all basically stipples....

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  23. Last things....my 'to do' list for today.... toasted oatmeal bread with blackberry jam...my eldest son, who calls me daily. I have a good life...but I still cannot free motion quilt...darn!

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  24. Last thing I wrote by hand was a thank you note
    Last thing I ate was animal crackers
    Last person I talked to was my husband on the way out the door.
    Shawn

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  25. Last thing I wrote....thank you notes to those who visited me after my recent surgery
    Last thing I ate...a juicy navel orange
    Last person I talked with....my wonderful husband!

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  26. A thank you note to a customer, the smokehouse burger from Smokey Bones, and my boyfriend :)

    Thanks for the chance to win

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  27. I just wrote a To-Do list for the day.
    Drinking Hot Chocolate now.
    And talking to my one year old now too!

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

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  28. Last thing I wrote by hand were checks. Bill paying day.
    Last thing I ate was a lemon poppyseed muffin
    Last person I talked to was my granddaughter leaving for school.
    I just bought a Babylock Tiara for quilting. Would love to win the book and get started.
    tvbart@charter.net

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  29. The last thing you wrote by hand: Grocery list.
    The last thing you ate: PB&J sandwich
    The last person you talked to: Chatted with a co-worker about weekend plans.
    Thanks for the gvieaway!

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  30. Last thing I wrote by hand: birthday letter to my son way out in Seattle. Last thing I ate: yogurt and fresh raspberries. Last person I talked to: my husband of 41 years.

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  31. A check, slice of turkey, my husband

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  32. I am a cautious quilted! I have done mostly wonky loopy quilting.
    Sudoku : Greek yogurt : 5 kidlets and I are currently chatting about 5 different subjects!

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  33. A check, corn flakes, my husband. Fun way to do comments :-) Thanks.

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  34. Cute chair cushion with George's name. Last things - shopping list for today, pizza last night, my son last night. Would love to have this book, thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. Last thing I wrote by birthday card and shopping list
    Last thing I ate was a chicken alfredo
    Last person I talked to was my mom about the holidays
    I just bought the book, I have a great machine for it but lack confidence.

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  36. Last thing I wrote: my signature on a receipt
    Last thing I ate: Popcorn for dessert last night
    Last person I talked to: my co-worker

    I'd love to learn how to machine quilt fun designs!

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  37. a condolence card; a peach; my walking buddy.

    press forward with confidence!

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  38. a calculation; yogurt; co-worker

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  39. Last things: wrote: cheque, ate: scrambled eggs, spoke to: sister.

    I'm terrified! I need that book! I'll get it anyway but it'd be nice to win an e-copy!

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  40. Hi Jessica - I would love this book - and I love your chair pad!
    the last thing I wrote was documentation for work
    the last person I talked to was my husband
    the last thing I ate was leftover meatloaf

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  41. Grocery list, cereal and Christine Martinez!

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  42. My work to do list, last thing I ate Lay's potato chips, a co-worker.

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  43. last thing I wrote was a grocery list; last person I talked to was my sister; last thing I ate was some pretzels. Thanks for sharing. I love that chair pad.

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  44. The last thing I wrote was an address on an envelope, the last thing I ate was a peanut butter gluten free bar, and the last person I talked to was my youngest son. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

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  45. This morning I wrote a congratulatory card to some friends on their 60th anniversary. At noon I ate a pork chop, potatoes and cole slaw. The last person I talked to was my husband before he went to get new tires.tkmattson@hotmail.com

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  46. Hello,last eve I wrote some 'Big Stitch' info down;just finished some Goulash for lunch;last talked with my Husband regarding going to the Post Office. Thank You for a great giveaway!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  47. I write our grocery and to-do lists, and today it was the upcoming kiddie social events list. I also keep a parenting journal for my kids when they're older, where I can really get cursive ;) Just snarfed a square of 85% dark chocolate after I finished bedtime and then the dinner dishes. The last person I spoke to was my daughter, who is. not. sleeping.

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  48. signed a card, pumpkin bread, my husband. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. Love your comments request! Wrote a todo list; ate an oreo cookie, talked to my husband!

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  50. My name on a receipt, ate a chicken and mandarin orange salad for lunch, and talked with my husband
    of 62 years.

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  51. I sure would love to win that book ...like you I'm scared to try....although you have been inspiration.
    I wrote out an information block with my siggy for work, talked to my co-worker Jess and ate a Twix bar.

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  52. I wrote a cheque, crackers and philadelphia, my hairdresser. Love the look of this book!

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  53. I'm slowly working up my courage to try fmq...slowly.
    Last thing I wrote by hand: shopping list
    Last thing eaten: bowl of cereal
    Last person I talked to: my mom
    -Lisa H.

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  54. Last thing I wrote by hand: A note to Leila that I was sending with a shot cottons that we are hoping is prune and not my mislabeled Eggplant.
    Last thing I ate: Deep dish Little Ceasars Pizza 10 minutes ago. Now I feel sick.
    Last Person I talked to: My husband, and yes, he will pick up our son from school!

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  55. The last thing I wrote by hand: adjustments to a crock pot recipe I am trying out.
    Last thing I ate: a bag of peanut M&Ms (sheepish grin).
    Last personi talked to: my almost two year old son - "I know you are tired. Just take a nap!"
    Thanks for the chance to win! Christina is super inspiring.

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  56. Prices on quilting rulers and safety pins, Greek food, my husband. Like how your free motion designs look. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  57. Last thing I wrote by hand: birthday card for one of our grandsons
    Last thing I ate: a plate of beans and slice of fruit loaf for breakfast
    Last person I talked to: my husband who is presently in the UK visiting his 93yr old Mum
    My fingers are well and truly crossed for the giveaway!!

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  58. Last thing I wrote by hand: a letter to my daughter who is in college.
    Last thing I ate: venison hash
    Last person I talked to: my son about ten minutes ago.

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  59. An English paper, chocolate, my daughter :)

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  60. The last thing I wrote was a letter to my son who is studying abroad this year.
    The last thing I ate was some trail mix about 20 minutes ago.
    The last person I talked to was my team teacher.
    Would love to win this giveaway- the only machine quilting I've ever done is "stitch in the ditch". I am dying to try real quilting, but am scared to death!

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  61. Last thing I wrote by hand was notes for my partners in the $1.84 Postage = $1.84 Kindness Round Two swap on Swapbot; I even had super cute Halloween paper!

    I taste tested some white spaghetii before I took it to my girlfriend. I totally know if it sticks to the wall it's done, but she probaby would have freaked out, because I would have left it there.

    Spoke to? My beautiful girlfriend, likely about work or spaghetti, haha. Texted? My ex, and one of our good friends about Pinterest and Twitter.

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  62. I write by hand in my to-do book at work every day. The last thing I ate was some fresh pineapple and the last person I talked to was a co-worker in my office :)

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  63. The last thing I wrote by hand was notes for a project I'm working on; the last thing I ate was a cracker; the last person I talked to was my friend, Sue, at a breakfast meeting.

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  64. I wrote a bunch of planning notes by hand just today, and yesterday I wrote in my journal. I just ate a some yogurt, and I just talked to my husband, who I chased out of the kitchen because he watched me finish mopping, and then walked on my clean wet floor to get himself coffee. I won't tell you what I said! Great way to enter a give-away; I've never done this before!

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  65. Would love to have more confidence with FMQuilting. The last thing I wrote was a letter to my Grandma, last thing I ate was poached egg on toast and the last person I spoke was my husband.
    Thanks for the giveaway and good luck all x

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  66. The last thing I hand wrote was the list of things I'm suppose to mention in this comment box! The last thing I ate was a piece of salami. And the last person I talked to was the sales person in the optical store I was in this afternoon looking at some new funky glasses. Hooray! Thanks for another chance to win this fantabulous book :)

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  67. Notes for work, crackers, Hubby.

    Thanks for the opportunity! I would love to *really* learn how to FMQ!

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  68. Wrote - Jotting something down at work.
    Ate - Popcorn.
    Talked to - My husband.
    :)

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  69. Wrote a "To Do" list for tomorrow. Ate a few bites of a yummy pumpkin torte. Talked to my husband.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  70. The last thing I wrote was a sketch and some notes about how to alter a friend's blouse I'm working on (that I thought I was done with! ); The last thing I ate was some of that friend's homemade chicken tortilla soup, and ...you guessed it...the last person I spoke to was that same friend and sewing client.
    It would be great to win this book. I love Christina's approach to things; very smart and well-thought out.

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  71. My to-do list for the day, beef stew and my daughter in Colorado...........

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  72. My email address for someone, a piece of apple pie, and my husband.

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  73. Last things ... wrote a note about a neighborly gift, ate an oatmeal cookie from my sister-in-law, talked to my littlest son. This looks like a fascinating book Thanks for a great book review and the chance at a fun giveaway.

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  74. Oh gosh! I am SO AFRAID OF FMQ! There. I said it. I have tried two 5" charms sewn side by side, a spiral on one half and loop-d-loop on the other half. I turned it into a mug rug for me. I wouldn't DARE show it to anyone else, lol. I really need to try it more and really PRACTICE. But I really hate to waste any material with horrible quilting, lol.

    The last thing I wrote by hand was a list of things to ask my son to help me with the next time he comes to visit. The last thing I ate was rice pudding. The last person I talked to was my Dear Hubby.

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  75. A list of things I need to pick up at Lowes for an upcoming craft show, a Zalad from Zaxby's, and my husband (or maybe the dog if that counts, since hubby's asleep right now!) Thanks for the chance to win - I have my own copy but I've also got lots of folks I'd like to give this book to!

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  76. The last thing I wrote was a note in my journal of a fabric line I want to see at my local quilt stores. The last thing I ate was a delicious veggie wrap and the last person I talked to is my husband.

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  77. the last thing you wrote by hand: shopping list
    the last thing you ate: chicken & pasta
    the last person you talked to: Dan

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  78. I just today sent my DDIL a birthday card and I wrote a message. I just this minute finished a cappuccino. I last talked to my hubby. I talked to my sister by email.

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  79. Today a wrote a list of quilting bloggers I want to check out suggested by another quilting blogger (can't remember which one I was reading at the time). The last thing I ate was 2 cinnasticks from Pizza Hut (one of my favs), My oldest daughter calls each evening to see how her dad and I are doing so chatted with her for several minutes.

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  80. My last blog post, and icecream sandwich and my husband.:) Great giveaway. Love how honest you were about being scared to try and then went ahead anyway.

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  81. the last thing i wrote by hand was a list of suff i needed to do at work today. the last thing i ate was a really fancy french cheese on some really not fancy saltines. and the last person i talked to was my husband.

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  82. This looks a fabulous book. Thanks for a chance to win it. The last thing I wrote was my shopping list last night for today's shopping. The last thing I ate was fruit and cottage cheese for breakfast this morning and the last person I spoke to was my daughter whose birthday is today! She turns 31!

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  83. Haha, caught! Last thing I wrote was a to-do list (I wish it were the quilt to-do's, but it was just bills, etc.) and the last thing I ate was a mint my son gave to me that I was saving. The last person I spoke to was my hubby! This book looks so awesome! I need all the help I can get with fmq, and I love Stash books (own quite a few 'hard copies') so I'd love to win an e-version to have right by my machine.

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  84. Oh, I need this book! My machine quilting is sadly amateurish and the quilt tops are piling up. Thank you for the review and the chance to win it! The last thing I wrote was a note to tuck in with a gift. I ate some homemade applesauce before bed last night and my husband was the last person I spoke with.

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  85. A birthday card to my sis-in-law in England, butter and Marmite on toast for breakfast, and my husband as he left the house for work.

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  86. Last thing I wrote by hand, check. Last thing I ate, yogurt, Last person I talked to, son.

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  87. The last thing I wrote was a shopping list. Last thing I ate candy corn, it's a once a year habit. Last person I spoke to, my son when I put him on the bus this morning.

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  88. I am a pantograph longarmer who has not ventured into the whelm of free hand quilting yet but would love some inspiration with a hard copy to get started. Looks like a great book! Now the last thing I wrote was a letter to my son about two weeks a go, last thing I ate was a scrambled egg on a multi-grain muffin, and I just got off the phone with my daughter who lives in VA, (I'm in FL). mburnette912@bellsouth.net

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  89. The last thing I wrote was a recipe to save for Christmas and as I sit here I'm munching on peanut butter toast. I just had my morning phone call from my Hubby. Love your Ideas with stitching.

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  90. The last thing I wrote by hand was a note with some mug rugs that I mailed to friends. I just ate a banana and the last person I talked to was my youngest daughter. Thanks for sharing the book with us. Your thoughts echo mine on the free motion situation. I can't wait to check out the book!

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  91. WROTE: a check for a friend's Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser...ATE: wild plum jelly (I made it myself, 1st time ever!)...TALKED TO - my 10 & 6 year old boys on the school run.

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  92. Oh I do need this book - I am in a rut of machine quilting the same design of loops and swirls - would love to expand on some new ideas to try... the stack of quilt tops waiting would be ever so thankful.
    Last thing I wrote was a to do list - last thing I ate was a white chocolate chip nut cookie - last person I spoke with was my hubby..
    Thanks for the chance to win maybe..
    MaryLou
    Fun4Me1249@aol.com

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  93. You've sold me on this book. I'd love to win a copy. The last thing I wrote by hand was Happy Birthday, Sean (my DSIL), the last thing I ate was a bowl of bran flakes with walnuts and cranberries in 1% milk) and the last person I talked to was my DH this morning. Thanks for the chance.

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  94. I wrote a phone message by hand, ate a bowl (small) of Cherry Garcia ice cream, and talked to my husband.

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  95. I wrote myself a to-do list , I had a bowl of cookies n cream ice cream, and I talked to my husband

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  96. I make notes everyday about cakes, cookies and quilting (my hobbies); The last thing I ate was a mini chocolate candy bar, and the last person I talked to was my co-worker, Susan! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  97. The last thing I wrote by hand was the phone number of the dryer repairman (boo...hope he gets here soon!). I ate a brownie just before I left work, and the last person I talked to was my roommate Rachel, whom I'm slowly converting to quilting!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win! I'm terrified of FMQ, but I really need to get over it. This book sounds perfect!

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  98. The last thing I wrote by hand was the details of my godchild's new baby born yesterday! The last thing I ate was a huge turkey club sandwich for lunch. Couldn't finish it so the rest will be dinner tonight :) And the last person I talked to was my husband, telling him about the interview I just had. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

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  99. The last thing I wrote by hand was a shopping list so I could go shopping for the goodies to make the banana nut bread I just ate! I talked with my husband telling him his banana bread was ready so now it won't be long before I have to make more. But all this baking is taking time away from my quilting! I'd rather be sewing, any day!!!!!!!

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  100. Treatment plan, ice cream, oncologist. FMQ would be a welcomed distraction to all of the above, except ice cream of course.

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  101. The last thing I wrote was my name to sign a receipt. The last thing I ate was a chocolate covered strawberry from Zupas (mmm!) and last talked to my husband who is currently living over 1300 miles away (different country even!) for the next week. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm really excited about this one!

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  102. Quilt label, chocolate, and my 3 year old....thanks!!!

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  103. I wrote on a birthday card, my grandson couldn't read it because they don't teach cursive,just eat a chicken dish and am talking to my husband

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  104. My journal, toast and my daughter!

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  105. This morning I added items to my shopping list, ate cheese grits for breakfast and spoke to a good friend on the phone.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  106. Wrote a note to my husband yesterday. Ate cookies for breakfast (oops)! Spoke to my husband.

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  107. The last thing I wrote was the rent check :(, the last thing I ate was a cinnamon roll with my coffee, and the last person I spoke with was my husband. Thanks for the give away!

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  108. Fun book! The last thing I wrote was a to do list, ate toast and talked to my husband.

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  109. The last thing I wrote by hand was an excuse note to my daughter's teacher about why she didn't get her Math homework done ( book left at school). The last thing I ate was half an everything bagel with cream cheese ( only eat half so I can pile the cream cheese on). That last person I talked to was same daughter who asked my to hold her guinea pig in my lap while she cleaned out the cage. It's challenging trying to type with that guinea pig on my lap.

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  110. Last thing I wrote by hand..was on a homemade card & envelope to a friend (make allll my cards), ate oatmeal /w/raisins for breakfast, and talked to our daughter few minutes ago! :)

    What a grrrrreat book!! I sooo want to learn FMQ too...but am such a chicken to try! lol

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  111. A letter to my Father who cannot hear by telephone, a banana with blueberry crumble coffee cake and door to door solicitor. George has a colorful room.

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  112. Let's see: I write a grocery list (I have an iPhone and I prefer writing my lists by hand), I ate some eggs and toast for breakfast and I am currently talking to my son and typing this at the same time. :)

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  113. The last thing I wrote by hand was a recipe I found on Pinterest this morning, I just finished eating a packet of Sour Patch Kids and the last person I talked to was the hubster before he laid down for his afternoon nap.

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  114. Last thing I wrote by hand was a grocery list. Last think I ate was a Reses peanut butter cup. Last person I talked to was my son before he left home to shop for a suit to wear to his upcoming wedding.

    I'm really good at stipple quilting, but would LOVE to branch out and try some other designs - this book sounds wonderful!

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  115. The last thing I wrote by hand was a grocery list (lame I know), the last thing I ate was a Scratch cupcake which my daughter bought as a family treat, and the the last person I talked to was my other daughter at dinner tonight. Congrats on taking your first steps at FMQ! svonfumetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  116. The last thing I wrote by hand was to fill out a raffle ticket for a quilt. The last thing I ate was butternut squash soup. The last person I talked to was my husband. I would love to give machine quilting a try.

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  117. This morning I wrote by hand that I was going out for a run, the last thing I ate was an orange, and the last person I talked to was my husband when I told him that the rain had made our deck slicker than snot....Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  118. The last thing I wrote was a shopping list, the last thing I ate was risotto, chicken, and peas, and the last person I talked to was my son (please get back into the shower).

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  119. Last thing I wrote was a birthday card, last thing I ate was red velvet cake, And the last person I talked to was my daughter to tell her good night. Thanks for the chance

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  120. The last thing I wrote was my grocery list. The last thing I ate is a scoop of Baskin Robbins flavor of the month, German Chocolate ice cream. And the last person I talked to is my hubby.

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  121. Stamps for cards that I want to order, ate peanut butter crackers, talked to my daughter via phone.

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  122. The last thing I wrote was a shopping list last night, last food was about 5 minutes ago and was a slice of wholemeal seeded bread with butter and marmite, and the last person I spoke to was my husband asking if he would like a cup of tea also about 5 mins ago. Oh my I live the rock star life! thanks for the great giveaway

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  123. The last thing I wrote by hand was a 70th birthday card, the late thing I ate was some pavlova (at the 70th) and the last person I talked to was my dear husband (on the way home!)

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  124. I wrote a to-do list last night, ate gnocchi last night, and talked to my newborn (one sided conversation) this morning.

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  125. Shopping list, my husband and a apple from our neighbors tree

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  126. Birthday card to my daughter, pancakes and my daughter!

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  127. I wrote notes to mark pattern pieces for a wallet, I ate oatmeal and fruit and talked to my husband.

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  128. The last thins I wrote is this email but I wrote a card and sent her school pictures yesterday., the last thing I ate was last night before bed a chocolate turtle!

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  129. The last thing I wrote by hand was a note in a birthday card that went out this month. Last thing I ate was lunch at Cracker Barrel. Last person I spoke and am speaking to is my husband. thanks for the giveaway.
    I like your little tool you practice your designs on.

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  130. Phone number. Special K bar. My daughter.

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  131. The last thing I wrote by hand was a huge shopping list for a trip into our nearest town today (100 kms), the last thing I ate was take-away Pizza - no cooking after a day that long and exhausting! The last person I spoke to was Hubby - "please unload the car, Dear"!!

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  132. Last thing I wrote was notes while piecing a block thats for a class I'm teaching. Last think I ate was an apple. Last person I talked to was my hubby. :)

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  133. Last thing I wrote was a list of documents to print off first thing in the morning, last eating was some grapes and the last person I spoke to was my husband. It's interesting seeing how shopping/to do lists and cards feature heavily on the writing section. I've now machine quilted 2 double bed quilts so feel ready to expand my horizons a little with a new book! :)

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  134. My name on a charge slip, chocolate licorice and my son. I'm excited about this book!

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  135. wrote a grocery list, ate vanilla pudding & talked with my husband. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  136. I wrote directions to the DMV, I had a burger for dinner, and I just said goodnight to my husband.

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  137. A thank you note to the staff at the local zoo for helping me look for my lost child on Saturday (scariest worst 20 minutes of my life). Handful of peanut M&Ms. My oldest daughter.

    Love this book. Love that it's available as an e-book.

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  139. Wrote - a check to pay a bill. Ate - a cherry cheese pastry from Panera. Spoke to - my daughter when I picked her up at school. Would love this book. Thanks for the chance!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

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  140. Bible Study Lesson - Dark Chocolate - My Brother.

    What a wonderful resource this would be. I've only quilted three quilts so far; all straight-line, and I really want to try FMQ (on a small project first!) Would love to have this to guide me!

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  141. A check to pay my daughter for her work, pecans after lunch, the mailman about when my packages would be ready for pickup. Just lovin' the ideas in this book. Start with small projects - genius!! I am a beginner-intermediate FMQer and am loving it. I could REALLY use some inspiration for designs though. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

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  142. The last thing I wrote: my bible study notes, the last thing I are: kashi granola bar, the last person I talked to: my father-in-law when I picked up my youngest from him. :)

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  143. The last thing I wrote by hand was an application for a permit to put a pod in my driveway, the last thing I ate was a yogurt protein bar and the last person I talked to was co-worker when she dropped something of in my office about 5 minutes ago.

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  144. I wrote lecture notes. I ate a pear, yum. I spoke with my darling toddler:)

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  145. I wrote my name. I ate yogurt. I just spoke to my amazing hubby!

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  146. wrote - my name on a quilt label, ate - sugar babies, talked to - Rich

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  147. I wrote a grocery list, ate catfish & potato salad & talked to Richard. Would love to win this book. Thanks.

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  148. I wrote my address on church envelope, ate chocolate cake batter and spoke to my husband. Thanks for the chance.

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  149. The last thing I wrote was to add vitamins to the grocery list, I just ate home made stew for dinner and the last person I talked to was my hubby,who made the delicious stew. Hope I win the book! Thanks.

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  150. Wrote vitamins on my grocery list, ate stew my hubby made and talked to the wonderful cook. Hope I win the book! Thanks.

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