Monday, March 2, 2015

A Modern Twist: blog hop.



images by Martingale, and Photographer: Brent Kane



A Modern Twist: Create Quilts With a Colorful Spin by Natalie Barnes!

Beyond the reef patterns, visit her blog!


Natalie is one creative gal.  We met in Houston International Quilt festival when Hurricane Sandy was hitting the east coast...All the TV monitors were showing what was happening, and I felt helpless while my family was all at home in NYC.
We bonded. :-)  Thanks Natalie...
A Modern Twist product page on ShopMartingale.com


This book shows simple patterns and ways to think about color. She focuses the book on Color, Contrast, and composition to achieve a one of a kind look.


I love contrast, in fact,

I love all color, period.  

Contrast to me is what saves a quilt.  You can find contrast even in a low volume quilt. Finding the lightest shade and the darkest shade of what ever your palette is.  It's like learning to print photographs in the dark room, (remember those days in photography in high school?)   Well, when printing a Black and white photo, for a good print you are looking for your brightest white, and your darkest black.

When using color, in fabrics, the same rule applies...(if you love contrast)  You can use all colors together, but find the one color that is your lightest, and one that is your darkest... Not necessarily white  or black... But perhaps the lightest is a soft yellow, and a darkest, being a right red.

Having a few darks and lights in your quilt will give depth to your quilt... as LIGHT brings things forward, and darks pulls you in...
  
Just by looking at Natalie's cover you can see her background colors has many different colors... whites, yellows, oranges, blues, purples...Mostly medium tones over all...  Her darkest darks are the deep blue, purples, and brown sprinkled here and there add interest and movement...The soft pink and many of the yellows are the the lights which are most visible...so by dropping in the bright purple she plays on the contrast and pulls it all together...

This is also how you save those blocks where you don't like the colors you've used... Look at your block and focus on what you LIKE about the block...(We all focus to much on what we don't like)  Use the color we like to create contrast. Adding in the color you like, makes the rest of the block behave...

Color is so much fun to play with... Often what you think is a light, depending on what you set it next too, might become a dark... So LOOKING is as important as Playing.  And you know how much I love to play!

Natalie talks a bit more on Color, and color wheels, and gives you simple patterns 
  • 13  patterns: quilts, table runners, wall hangings, place mats, and quilted storage boxes
where you can play with color, contrast and  composition. She also has an intro written by Angela Walters about quilting which might also draw you in.

Please follow along the Blog hop for more about this lovely book.


Would you like to WIN a copy? 
Of course you would!

Leave me a comment below saying anything randomly nice about today. :-)

US: Wins  book copy
Int'l: wins EBOOK

I'll pick a winner March 15th, 9 am...



Follow along with other Blogger peeps for more info on A MODERN TWIST :

01 March - Natalie Barnes
Beyond the reef Patterns

02 March - Victoria Findlay Wolfe + CONTRAST
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
www.bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com

03 March - Teri Lucas + COLOR
Generation Q Magazine
www.generationqmagazine.com

04 March - Julie Herman + COMPOSITION
Jaybird Quilts
www.jaybirdquilts.com

05 March - Jenny Wilding Cardon + COLOR
Martingale
www.blog.shopmartingale.com
  
   06 March - Rose Hughes + COLOR
Rose Hughes
www.rosehughes.blogspot.com

07 March - Amy Smart  + CONTRAST
Amy Smart
www.diaryofaquilter.com

08 March - Carolyn Friedlander + COLOR
Carolyn Friedlander
www.carolynfriedlander.com/blog/

09 March - Latifah Saafir + COMPOSITION
Latifah Saafir Studios
www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/blog/

10 March - Amy Ellis  + CONTRAST
Amy's Creative Side
www.amyscreativeside.com/blog/

11 March - Angela Walters + COMPOSITION
Angela Walters/Quilting is my Therapy
www.quiltingismytherapy.com

158 comments:

  1. Today was a great day because I spent the day at home with my family - we drank tea and worked on projects! Thanks for the chance.

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  2. Today is a great day: temperatures are rising, the ice on the roads is gone, and we are getting ready for spring!

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  3. Colorful quilts go great with sunshine like we had here today!

    silverthimble@shaw.ca

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  4. Great looking book. We had a snow flurry this morning, but now the sun is out and I'm looking forward to a beautiful early spring day :)

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  5. Loving the colour it matched our sunshine today down under as well.

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  6. Happy colors make for a happy day!

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  7. Great colors in that runner. I need to know all I can learn about color--thanks hugs, Julierose

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  8. My birthday is tomorrow and it is not the milestone as it was this past year. Meeting you and taking a class with you was one of the highlights of my year. You pushed/encouraged me to move ahead and play with fabrics. I love the color and contrast in your work and it always inspires me!

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  9. Great thing about today- I found out about a new book!

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  10. Wonderful day even in the snow here in NYC. Arrived with friends to spend a few days together. Old stomping grounds and to spend time with my daughter who lives here.. Walked through the snow, at least I didn't have to shovel. Celebrating my bday hete with family and friends. What can be better??

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  11. Tonight here was a strong thunderstorm with really much hail - so I'm very happy, that now the sun is shining (although the weather forecast was very bad for today)!
    Liebe Grüße from Germany,
    Kathrin

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  12. Today is my MILs 81st birthday! We have a day off of school (ice). Have a great day!

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  13. Blessed with another day to serve.

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  14. Bonjour!! First day back in France after "quiltcon-Ladies week-visiting USA friends" vacation. And it looks like spring is now well on the way!! Happy week

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  15. Looking forward to a fun morning here in sunny Florida - heading off to see my quilt friends. Joy is contagious!

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  16. hot pink makes me happy. it's gonna be another wonderful day to sew with strings and things. happy stitches peeps!!

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  17. It looks like the sun is going to burst thru the clouds at least for a little while and I'm healing faster than expected from surgery. My kittens are running around playing chase me and I get to sew all day if I want to so all in all it's a really nice day.

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  18. It's a nice day in that it's not snowing, and yesterday it got up to 64, melting our previous three inches of snow! Was great to meet you at QuiltCon, and maybe third time is a charm, and I'll win again on your blog! ;-)

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  19. It's a lovely day because it's my day off! I'm going to sew all day. i think I met met Natalie in her booth at QuiltCon.

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  20. Finally finished a t shirt quilt top for my daughter --- she has been waiting 2 years for it!!!

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  21. Today is awesome because we are one day closer to spring!

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  22. 2 Hour delay at work today, icy roads! That nice isn't it?

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  23. Almost spring and color makes me smile. Love the table runner from the book.

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  24. It feels so calm and quiet today with the new blanket of snow😊

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  25. After freezing rain and sleet yesterday, today dawned bright, sunny and warm. The ice has already melted off my porch and when I was taking my kid to school she commented that today felt like Spring. This is a very auspicious start to the day!

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  26. We have snow. Love it. Watching the birds at the feeders.

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  27. Today is a wonderful, sunshiny day. The ice has encased the bird feeder and barren trees so they glitter like diamonds. Beautiful!

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  28. Positive thought....going to the beach today!

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  29. Yesterday I finished piecing the top I started in your class in Austin. Today I will at least start to quilt it. Any day with quilting/piecing in it is a good day:-)!

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  30. It snowed yesterday and put a fresh blanket of snow over the dirty snow. It is beautiful! I missed the snow when I was in Austin!

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  31. Its sunny today, which means its a great day to pick colors for a new quilt!

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  32. Happy my husbands surgery went well and is now at home recovering. Life is good!

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  33. Today I hope to finish the quilt top for my son's wedding. I also hope to get more done on the backing (double sided quilt).

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  34. Its Monday so the Monday Morning Quilters are getting together to support and laugh with each other!

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  35. Today is a great day because I am baking bread!

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  36. I have a day to work on a quilt and then have tea in the late afternoon with a friend I haven't seen in awhile-how nice is that!

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  37. Today the sky is blue and the daffodils are in flower!

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  38. The snow yesterday created a clean crisp layer and the sun is shining today. :)

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  39. Today is very nice, rain! We need it in California.

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  40. Today is my husband's birthday and we have a little snow coming tonight.....We have had little this year in Minnesota.....I love to sew when I am trapped at home.....Love this new book--thanks for the chance to win it.....

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  41. I've had this book in my wish list. Thanks for the review. Birds are singing and sun trying to peek through...start to a good day!

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  42. looks like a fun book. thanks for the giveaway.
    the sun is supposed to come out today and temp just under 50!

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  43. The sun is shining and it is a little warmer. Happy to be alive and able to sew.

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  44. This book with its colorful modern quilts looks so intersting that I'd love to take the chance to win it ;-)
    Have a nice day, greatings from Cologne/Germany, yours, Martina

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  45. It's been a sad time in our family. We lost our third dog since October, just an unbelievable run of grief. But the good thing I can say about today is that we have seen incredible acts of kindness and have been reminded again and again how much goodness and compassion there is in this world.

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  46. I get a whole, fabulous day of sewing, with no interruptions!!!!

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  47. This is just the kind of diversion I need today! I will gladly check out the others on the hop. The sun is shining here in CT today, which is nice, although the snow was peaceful yesterday.

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  48. Yay!! That book looks fabulous!! It's sunny here in western Washington, but I'm still going to stay inside and sew! Thx for the chance to win.

    Best, Liz
    boltonia55@yahoo.com

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  49. It's a beautiful Monday morning, and all things are possible today!

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  50. When people tell me that they "love the color" in my quilt, I know it's usually because I worked on the value/contrast. It really IS like a good black and white photo and I often think about that parallel when I'm looking at my design wall. Today is a great day in Santa Fe--it's still a bit overcast and rainy, but the end of this particular storm is in sight.

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  51. I love the colors on the cover makes me feel cheerful

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  52. Great colors! Thanks for the info on contrasts. I wish I could get to City Quilter tonight, but I'm stuck in snowy white PA (but the contrast is the tree trunks and my chocolate lab, enjoying the snowballs I'm tossing for her). Have fun tonight!

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  53. The sun is shining! After a harrowing drive from NYC to Maryland yesterday, it is glorious to see the sun!

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  54. It was a beautiful morning here in Minnesota when the frost was falling off the trees. The sunlight made it look like glitter was floating in the air.

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  55. The sun is shining brightly, the snow is sparkling and the ice is slowly melting - Spring cannot be far away...

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  56. I get to enjoy hanging out with my kids and think about the lovely quilt I am working on!

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  57. It is going to be a wonderful day here. I have two kids with extra health needs, but today I get about 5 hours free from caring for them! I shall lounge around, drink decaf, eat chocolate, and finish quilting the younger ones quilt. I shall savor every minute. Plus, my fabric arrived from Shabby Fabrics, so I have a parcel to unwrap at my leisure. Oh happy day!

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  58. wow i think it feels like spring is around the corner...........

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  59. It is a great day because I can spend it with a friend! :)

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  60. I started today by writing a to do list - and it's made me have a super productive day! It's been great! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  61. The wonderful thing about rainstorms at the beach? You get a beautiful rainbow over the water when it ends.

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  62. Every day is a great day, especially today, as I have the opportunity to win an e-book!

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  63. Kind of rainy, and a friend gave me a pile of florals to use with broderie perse.

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  64. Victoria, hopefully 3rd time of posting will be the charm! Love your newest book, did not know until today of your previous book. Lovely icy and snowy weather here in NW Arkansas, perfect for quilting...if only I did not have to work today. Have a wonderful day!! Beverly

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  65. HELLO, it is a beautiful bright bright sunny day here in the Rocky Mts. of Montana and I'm needing my sun glasses in the house ! Happy designing+stitching !
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  66. Beautiful sunny day in St. Louis.... looking at quilts and color always makes me happy!

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  67. Today is one day closer to spring and all those lovely colors. ;-)

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  68. Thankful for all that I have and happy the warm weather has returned to Florida. Had great phone chat with the little sister today.

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  69. For a few hours the last few days the sun has made a wonderful appearance!

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  70. I know it is still cold up your way but it was almost 70 degrees here today. There is hope for spring.

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  71. Well, the sun was shining bright and it was sit n sew at the shop. One of the customers, Barbara, always helps my sister Doreen sew at sit n sew...and that is a beautiful thing. On Sunday nights I dig into my stash and pull out fabrics and prepare them for the next day; cutting, etc. Then Barbara helps Doreen put together a quilt top. Doreen has early onset Alzheimer's and all she really wants to do is sew but she needs help and that's Barbara! It is a beautiful relationship and gives them both great joy. If I could post a picture I would. You could visit my facebook page if you like to see what today's sewing fun created!
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200178822551021&set=a.1683598187544.50670.1765309492&type=1&theater

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  72. We are going to get more snow in Wisconsin. That will be good for sledding with my granddaughter! Thanks for your inspiring blog!

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  73. something nice - ready this and getting excited! would love to win... needs new ideas! thank you!!!

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  74. The bright colors of the beautiful quilts make up for the cloudy dreary day. The ice and snow has all melted in the DFW area. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  75. Today we drove halfway home from New Orleans with only a little heavy rain.

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  76. It was a fun day at school today.

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  77. The greatest part of today was my drive to work, green hills and wildflowers popping up, mostly poppies and lupines. Talk about color........... Thanks for the opportunity to win Natalie's book! The blog tour will be totally inspiring!

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  78. The greatest part of today was my drive to work, green hills and wildflowers popping up, mostly poppies and lupines. Talk about color........... Thanks for the opportunity to win Natalie's book! The blog tour will be totally inspiring!

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  79. I had promised a friend to repair a knitted item for her. It was so much easier and faster than I expected. I finished it in no time. That made me really happy.

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  80. We had beautiful sunny day...in the 20's here...still lotsa snow on ground..but Hubby took tractor & cleared drive nice...rain due with snow & freezing rain before just rain tomorrow...then dropping to low temps again for next few days..even down to -10 at night. Brrrrr...

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  81. It's a beautiful day here in Victoria, BC - sunny and mild temperatures. We've had no snow this winter at all which is unusual. Some chilly days, but not bad. The cherry blossoms are out as well as crocuses ans daffodils. Lovely!

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  82. My Mom's 82nd Birthday today. I sent her a giant bouquet of spring flowers!

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  83. My husband and I just drove my parents back to Ohio Monday, from a month in Florida. I love the snow that we came back to. Of all the snow over the winter, this is the first really wet snow that can be packed and rolled into a snow person. "Do you want to build a snowman?"

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  84. Yesterday, the 2nd, was a beautiful springlike day. While loading a quilt on the longarm, I had to change into shorts and a tank top! Glad the cold has finally left us here in Florida.

    deb
    ladara at cfl dot rr dot com

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  85. I dreaded to move with my Office today (again!), but I got so much help and support from my colleagues, that the day turned out to be very nice after all :-)

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  86. On Friday last I found out that my daughter in law and son are having a girl (I would have been happy with a boy, but I really wanted a granddaughter) and I every time I think of her I smile. So happy!

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  87. Today is a good day because the sun is shining and some of the snow is finally melting. It has been a tough winter on Cape Cod!

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  88. I got the pieces for Rosette #3 of the Millefiore quilt along in today's mail (from Paper Pieces). That means I get to play with color and design this afternoon.

    :) Linda

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  89. the air is filled with the promise of spring...not quite here yet but almost....snow is melting, sun is higher and warmer, days are longer...it really is finally coming!

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  90. It was a great day because I finished the quilt I was making my mom for her 90th birthday using new techniques and after lots and lots of practice, my free motion quilting is finally looking pretty good.

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  91. Today is a great day because I am above ground and today we saw the sun and I wore short sleeves outside!

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  92. My random nice for the day is finishing up a couple of bee blocks that I just love. So full of color. Would love to win and add this book to our MQG library.

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  93. Today after my regular fitness class, I was able to try a new-to-me class. I'm not sure it will become a favorite of mine, but it's always good to try something new!

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  94. After getting some needed snow, the sun is now shining and bright. Love the weather changes.

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  95. I've almost got my paperwork in order for taxes! During this part of the year I sew only charity projects as a break, after taxes then I can start on home quilting projects again! Thanks for the chance

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  96. For the first time since Jan 19 the temp here in DownEast Maine is above freezing. Can't tell you how terrific 38 degrees feels--and the very top layer of the 7 foot drift by the front door is trying to melt!

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  97. I watched you on Nancy's PBS show today. Thanks

    Drhodes9@cox.net

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  98. I'll tell you what's nice about today...we don't have snow! And in fact, it was so nice, I had a great bike ride.

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  99. whats nice about today another day closer to spring. minus one here this morning next week the 30's and some 40's-get your shorts out.

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  100. I soule love to win the book, it looks like there are some great projects and lots of inspiration.
    Pascale in the Uk

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  101. I wish I had been able to take one of your classes at Quiltcon. I did enjoy the whole Quiltcon experience again this year. I am lucky to live in Austin so it made attending a breeze.

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  102. I spent the day working on some table runners for upcoming birthday gifts. lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  103. A sunny day spent in the sewing room--what could be better!?!

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  104. Random comments of niceness. I like that! Thanks for taking time to explain some of the decision making when choosing fabrics for a quilt. I like that, too!

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  105. It's snowing today!! (Not that that's nice after a long winter!!) But that means I get to sew today!!! Yay!

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  106. Well, today is not Tuesday but what made me glad about Tuesday was that I had my annual check-up and I saw that I had lost a few pounds. Yay for that. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

    anndunn24(at)gmail.com

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  107. What made me glad today is that my hubby's colonoscopy was good.

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  108. It's raining today and I like rain. Makes for a very introspective day.

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  109. Today was my day off from work (I work weekends)....although you know how it goes.....lots of work to do at home. I am heading down to my sewing studio now...so that is a happy thought. I might just have 15 minutes to play, but it is a good start. Jspwarren at aol.com

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  110. what a beautiful sunshiny day

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  111. any day is a good day to sew, rain, snow, even sunny. Oh, its sunny out and guess what I'm doing inside! Looking forward to all the blogs coming up, thanks....

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  112. Natalie's got some nice information, projects and quilts in her book! It would be so nice if I won this book! :-) Thanks!

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  113. Natalie's got some nice information, projects and quilts in her book! It would be so nice if I won this book! :-) Thanks!

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  114. The nice thing about today is that it has stopped snowing! Now it just needs to get a little wamer.

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  115. The smell of freshly baked chocolate cupcakes (from scratch...) wafting from the kitchen. Mmm... I think it goes perfectly with the colorful quilts in this book.

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  116. Today...hmm...well, hubby is home and can take care of the kids while I work on recovering from a nasty cold the kids gave me.

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  117. I would LOVE to win a copy of Natalie's book!!! Color is the reason I quilt - I just can't resist playing in all those wonderful colorful fabrics! And I'm always ready to learn more about what my fellow quilters have found to be true about color and the ways they use it in their quilts.

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  118. I spent a beautiful sunny day on Whidbey Island with fellow quilters visiting a quilt studio, having lunch, and sharing new and old friendships! Plus my husband is recovering from a quintuple bypass surgery and is doing great:-) life is wonderful! Love the book and would love to win a copy!
    LauraT

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  119. Color, contrast, scale are all areas I could use help. Thanks for the chance. Today is just beginning, but the sun is shining and spring is on its way.

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  120. I heard birds this morning! Yay! I think winter in the Midwest might be coming to a close!

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  121. My problem sometimes is not enough contrast in my fabrics and things just mush together. I would love to win this book and get some tips for how use contrast to my advantage.

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  122. As I hear about all the bad weather in other parts of the U.S., I'm glad to be enjoying a sunny day in northern California. I do wish we would get some rain though!

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  123. I'd love this book. The projects look great.

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  124. Today is a great day for starting a new quilt project.

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  125. Today is a wonderful day because for the first time in weeks, we are actually able to see grass in our yards. The snow has finally melted enough that some grass is peeking through. Spring might actually exist! It does sound like a great book.

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  126. Feel very bad for the Eastern U.S. They have our winter and don't know what to do with it. We have had 2 snowstorms this winter that amounted to almost nothing and now our tulips are getting ready to bloom - a month early. Can't wait to preview this new book!

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  127. It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Thanks so much for bringing your beautiful quilts to QuiltCon to share during your lecture. I loved seeing them in person!

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  128. We're having a randomly nice weather day in the northeast. Would love the win this book for some great inspiration.

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  129. Stronger, warmer sun and clear blue sky. Spring is close!
    Karen

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  130. Today was sunny and the snow actually melted so I could see my driveway! Yay,, that tablerunner would look great on sunny table.

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  131. Ooooh! We had sunshine melting snow piles...& thermometer showed 50 degrees here!!!! AWESOME!!!! & SPRING IS FINALLY STARTING TO GET HERE! .....giggle

    Would loooove to Win this grrrreat Book too! Thanks for the chance! :)

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  132. My granddaughter celebrated her first birthday!

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  133. This book looks so awesome! Love the splash of color. It reminds me that we are on the threshold of Spring. Thanks!

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  134. Instead of cutting fabric, I was out in the sunshine to prune cherry tree here in Minnesota. It feels like Spring. Thanks for a chance.

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  135. It's a gorgeous day here in England. Bulbs are poking up, birds are nesting. Spring is definitely on the way.

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  136. Love the blog hops - great way to see and find new stuff!

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  137. It's a beautiful morning here in Michigan. As I look out the window, after reading your blog, I am noticing the darks and lights in nature. What a beautiful contrast.

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  138. It's a beautiful morning here in Michigan. As I look out the window, after reading your blog, I am noticing the darks and lights in nature. What a beautiful contrast.

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  139. Randomly nice about today - its march and I spent the day sitting in the garden under a blue sky

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  140. My coffee is hot, the sun is shining, and the hubby is doing dishes! :-)

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  141. The sun is shining, the snow is melting and everyone I meet is smiling.

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  142. I am enjoying this lovely, bird-chirping, sunshiny day!

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  143. It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood today. over 50 degrees snow is melting off nicely. yeah! Us

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  144. It was a rainy day, but warm following a gloriously warm Monday.

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  145. This morning was lovely and sunny and I weent for a walk thinking that spring is on its way at last.

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  146. I just found your blog and it has really inspired me this morning! I've been a quilter for almost 30 years, but have lost my inspiration and haven't sewn in almost a year. Your quilts and ideas have got my mojo going a little today--thanks!

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  147. delightful colors and delightful way of putting them together. Janet Wright, Friday Harbor Wa

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  148. It was a beautiful morning on my way into work today - blue skies with a few clouds and it's supposed to be in the high 80s. (And, being an on-call worker, I'm SO GLAD to be working today!)

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  149. Today I had a nice lunch with some of the ladies in my new community. It is a gorgeous day. Thanks for the review of Natalie's book and the tips on color.

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  150. Random and Nice....It is a beautiful day here in Nebraska on March 12th with the temperature climbing to 77 degrees by 2:30 pm. Is this a clue that winter is finally over?

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  151. The weather has been much warmer this week and I'm loving that. I found your review of this book and the opportunity to win it -- that's two nice things! Thank you.

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  152. Your blog is so lovely! Glad I found it. A Modern Twist looks like a fun book!

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  153. Today is the first day without rain, snow, sleet or ice in almost two weeks!

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