Wednesday, July 14, 2010

City Quilts Blog Tour


Welcome to the 3rd stop on the City Quilts Blog Tour!

I am very thrilled to be hosting
on my blog today.


 City Quilts is one of my favorite quilting books!

I have read it cover-to-cover 10 times because I

am drawn to the bold colors and clean, simple lines of her quilts.



In this book, Cherri takes you on a tour of her hometown of Houston,Texas.

This not just any tour of Houston,

but a tour as seen through the eyes of a quilter!

Many of her favorite sites from around town

(like the park, shops, or buildings)

are the inspiration for the quilts in her book.


 City Circle  is based upon the Houston road system,

which consists of a series of loops that encompass the city.

City Center represents Cherri's interpretation

of how downtown Houston would

look from a helicopter.

All of the quilts in the  book are done exclusively in solids

but they are based upon traditional piecing.

Cherri  takes you on a eye catching journey

 of different color palettes

and she shows you that "simple isn't boring".



I had the opportunity to sit with Cherri

and she shared the following insights with me.


Can you tell us how your first got started quilting?
I made my first quilt with my mom when I was 12 years old. She had cut templates out of cardboard and we cut around the fabric using them. My mom was an amazing seamstress, and the fabric for the quilt was leftovers from years of sewing.

How would you describe your quilting style?
Contemporary, minimalist, in terms of fabric and ornamentation. Traditional as far as actual quilt patterns used, like bow-ties, log cabins, and my favorite "the nine patch".

What came first: the name of the quilt, the quilt pattern, or the color choice?
It really varies from quilt to quilt, with City News (one of my quilt patterns) I was wanting to make a black/white/red quilt, then the old joke"-what is black & white, and read all over" came to mind, an the quilt developed from there. It's quite a long, mental process before the physical work ever begins.



I noticed that you machine quilted several of your quilts in the book. For those of us that are machine quilters, can you give us some tips?
Probably my best tip would be, before beginning each quilt to make a quilt sandwich with the fabric/batting/thread that you will be using and do a practice run before starting your actual quilt. This way you work out any thread/tension issues prior to starting on the real deal.

Quilt with YLI silk thread! Much to many folks surprise it seems, I quilt with it all the time. It's strong, it sinks well into the fabric and its a dream to work with. Be sure and use a smaller needle (#60 or 70) if you are using silk thread.


I absolutely love your City Lot quilt. What is your favorite quilt from the book and why?
City Lot is my favorite too! Why? I love the colors. I love the uniformed grid of it, and I love that there is a secondary pattern that you can only see from a distance, Aside from all of that, who would imagine something of beauty could be inspired by a parking lot?

Can you tell us what is on the horizon for you?
I'm thinking about another book, working on lots of new patterns using a variety of fabrics- not just solids. I'd like to design a line of fabric somewhere down the road. More cake parties-always more cake parties!



Thank you Cherri for sharing your insights with us!


To enter my drawing for a copy of  City Quilts

compliments of C & T Publishing

and a fat quarter stack of

Kona Solids compliments of Robert Kaufman fabrics,


please leave me comment on this post.


I am adding something extra of my own to the giveaway!

Become a follower of my blog

or post a link to my giveaway on your blog

and you will be entered into a

separate drawing for and EQ7 Upgrade.

(you must have EQ6 for this software).



The deadline to enter my giveaway will be

Saturday, July 24th at midnight CST.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, July 25th.


Please be sure to check out the other blog tour hosts

for more from Cherri and more chances to win .

July 15th: Pat Sloan http://patsloan.typepad.com/


July 17th: Allie/Robert Kaufman http://swatchandstitch.com/

July 18th: John/Fat Quarterly http://blog.fatquarterly.com/

July 19th: Emily Cier http://carolinapatchwork.com/blog

July 20th: Sarah/Josh Sewer Sewist



July 23rd: Jessica Levitt http://juicy-bits.typepad.com/

July 24th: Kim Knight http://www.trueup.net/


Until Next Time ...Happy Quilting!


403 comments:

  1. cherri is my favorite quilter on the web, so i'm really digging this "all cherri all the time" theme that's going on my google reader.

    thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. Great giveaway! I would love to win this book & FQ stack :)

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  3. Thank you for an interesting interview! Your post today gave me lots to think about in planning future projects. I don't own a copy of City Quilts, but would love to have a personal copy. Many thanks!

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  4. Thanks for a great giveaway! I'd like to make them all!

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  5. Cherri's quilts are very appealing to the "quitler's" eye :) Great use of colors in all her quilts. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!

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  6. Great post. I would love to have a copy of City Quilts.

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  7. I have been following this tour and loved being able to see some more pictures of the different quilts inside the book without a trip to the bookshop (my local library is still nowhere near stocking the book).

    I'd love to win a copy and see what other fabulous inspiration and ideas are inside!

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  8. Every picture I see of quilts from this book just makes me love it more. I would so love to win a copy!

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  9. I don't think I have ever made a quilt with solids, but I love the look of these quilts!

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  10. I am so in love with this book tour! These quilts are amazing!

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  11. This book is on my "wish list." I like the simple quilts with dramatic results. --Julia

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  12. I follow you and I love your blog!

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  13. I really enjoy the solid color fabric quilt (love the Amish quilts) and look forward to reading City Quilts. I'm a follower of Cherri and am now following you!

    hugz,
    Pam

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  14. thanks for your insight - love those yummy fabrics!

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  15. I really like Cherri's quilts and it's nice to know about the silk thread! Thanks for the chance to win:)

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  16. I've been reading your blog for a while and now I'm a follower:)

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  17. Great interview, thanks for posting and I would love being entered in your giveaway!!

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  18. The book looks great. I'd love to try making a few of those quilts as I've been working to build up my solid stash and use solids more often.

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  19. Thanks for hosting Cherri. I had a look at the book yesterday in the quilt shop. Fingers crossed.

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  20. I love her tip on quilting with YLI silk threads. I'm so excited about this book and would love to see what else is in it.

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  21. I love this mini tour. You know I'm not sure how I became a quilter. I think I wantaed a pretty bed spread for my newly furnished house and I thought it would be cheaper to make one. Ha! That got me hooked. I wonder what THAT quilt cost me as I am still quilting ~ ~ ~ ~

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  22. Love your blog and the chance to win these great treats.

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  23. Great interview and great blog. I became a follower. Thank you for the chance

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  24. Thanks for the great interview!

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  25. I already follow your blog!

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  26. Thanks for participating in the book tour and for the insight into Cherri.

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  27. Great giveaway! I've been itching to get a copy of her book - I'm eternally amazed at how great Cherri does with solids!

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  28. and i'm already a follower!

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  29. I will be so happy to win this wonderful giveaway. Hugs from France.

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  30. I love this book too! So cool!

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  31. Thank you so much for the giveaway, I would love to make anyone of those amazing quilts!

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  32. Good interview - thank you for the giveaway!

    nrbird @ gmail.com

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  33. What a cool book!!! & an AWESOME giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  34. Great interview! Thanks for sharing with us. The book sounds great!
    steeplechaser29 (at) yahoo (*) com

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  35. ...oh, and thanks to you both for this interview...great read!

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  36. These blog hops are so fun. A great way to meet new people. I am now a follower.

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  37. I'm very inspired to try some quilts with solid fabrics. The book has been on my wish list so it would be great to win a copy. Thanks for the interview.

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  38. This book looks amazing. Thanks for sharing insights. And I am a follower of your blog, and have also posted insights about your giveaway on my blog (http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html)

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  39. As a city girl I'm really interested in how the urban landscape can inspire quilting.

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  40. The book really does look amazing! Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

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  41. Thank you for the interview. beautiful quilts!

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  42. Thanks for the pictures and inspiration!

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  43. I really like the beautiful colors in the City Lot quilt. Stunning!

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  44. And I also follow your blog

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  45. Great giveaway...would love to own this book. The quilts are absolutely beautiful. Thanks again. nlundeen at catt dot com

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  46. Great blog and great interview! Thanks! I am keen to win so I can try to work with solids, which until I saw Cherrie's designs, never appealed to me. Now having seen (through Cherrie's samples) what can be done with solids, I am wanting to try!
    Melanie

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  47. I follow, lurk and comment too! Hee!! How fun that you even added your own little something to the giveaway! Your so generous and such a sweetie! I won't be needing that EQ7 upgrade thanks to a sweet friend (wink) but sure would love some color!!

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  48. Great interview. I love her work!

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  49. I luv this giveaway! Such a different look at life.

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  50. This is great! I love Cherri, and her quilts! Her book looks mag!

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  51. Great book ! Thanks for a wonderful
    interview & being part of this book tour.
    Loved the machine quilting tips.

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  52. I love how bold the solids make the quilt.

    Lindsay.Forgette(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. I love this book - I got it for my birthday and now I need some great colours of solid fabric! I'm a city girl, and I think that's why I am so drawn to the quilts. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  54. I love the quilts in this book and hope I win!

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  55. I love Cherri's quilts & love this book!

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  56. Yea! I love Cherri's designs and I am glad to meet your blog, Stephanie!

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  57. Reading this interview I realized it is the structure of the quilts that call to me along with the colors. The grid patterns bring a calming effect to mind.

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  58. I am really enjoying checking out all the new-to-me blogs on the tour! I hope to make some of the quilts in Cherri's book. What inspiration!

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  59. You are all making me drool reading about this book! The giveaway is on my blog... I have a giveaway too!

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  60. I'm going to have to order this book---city quilts. Love it.

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  61. I love this book...will have to order it soonest! Thank you so much for this fabulous giveaway.
    hugs,
    CheriS

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  62. This book tour is letting me visit some gorgeous blogs - hello look forward to reading more of your posts!

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  63. I'll try silk thread! Good tip for machine quilting.

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  64. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  65. This is such a neat idea, everyone asks such different questions! I love that these quilts were made with such simple colors, because I tend to overlook solids quite often!

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  66. Thanks for a great interview and a great give a way

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  67. Thanks for the additional insights into the making of City Quilts and a chance to win.

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  68. Great post, and great giveaway. Thanks!

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  69. What a good interview! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  70. I'm loving this blog tour and would love to win a copy of the book! Thanks for hosting!

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  71. I'd really like to see a fabric collection from her. She has such good design instincts.

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  72. Great interview! I am really loving getting to more about what inspires Cherri as the week goes on!

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  73. I would love to win this book! Beautiful quilts
    Linda

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  74. Quilters are wonderful interview subjects! I love hearing all the backstory and hints. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  75. I love that book and started a love for solids through the www

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  76. it's funny, after see this quilts and knowing that the city is what inspired Cherri, I look at the city building in a different light, I see quilts in them!

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  77. I like your blog, Upbeat, with beautiful photos. The more I see of Cherri's quilts, it makes me want to go out and get her book right now! Thanks, Nancy

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  78. Yay for giveaways! Great interview and great blog!

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  79. The greatest thing about the blog tours is the opportunity to find new blogs ... love yours! A friend of mine has already made the cover quilt of the City Quilts book - I'd love to beat her to some of those in the book

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  80. Love the book, already own it! thanks for the interview. i'm thinkin' that fabric has my name on it, hoping anyways! :>)

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  81. I love Cherri's book also! Would love to have these fabrics to work with! or any of your lovely giveway gifts! so generous.

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  82. Thanks for hosting such a talented quilter. I'm happy to start following your blog. Your have great taste!

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  83. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
    I am a follower and own EQ 6 and haven't updated yet :)
    great giveaways, the book and the fabric wow either would be wonderful...I have a list of amish quilts in my head and well kona cottons are just what is needed!
    thanks !!!!
    kathie

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  84. I'm so fascinated by Cherri's quilts! I will definitely buy this book if I am as unlucky as usual!

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  85. Quilts with all solids - awesome! What an inspiration! :)

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  86. enjoyable interview. Thanks. Was a nice stop on the blog tour.

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  87. OK, I just signed up as a follower...I kinda new to the "following" thing, but it's a good way to save some favorites!

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  88. The more I see of the various quilts, the more I'm enjoying this book that I didn't even flip through when I saw it at my LQS...I was in a 30's phase when it first came out :)

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  89. I love this book. I really want it in my quilting room

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  90. and I am a follower of yours now too!

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  91. The book certainly looks like a gem! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  92. Thanks for the chance to win and I'm enjoying this blog hop, great to "meet" new people.

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  93. I am also a follower of your lovely blog via google reader.

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  94. I would love to win this book!!! The quilts are just gorgeous!

    And those fabrics??? YUM!!

    Thank you for the give away!!

    SheilaC

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  95. Thanks for a great interview and a great giveaway!

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  96. Um, yes please! I'd definitely love to win - Cherry is just so awesome!

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  97. Great interview! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  98. And of course I'm a follower of yours!

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  99. Thanks for hosting the blog tour today! The more I see this book online the more I need it!

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  100. I`m loving this blog tour
    Thank you for to days interview

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  101. I'm glad to hear she's thinking about more books, more patterns and maybe even fabric!

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  102. This is one lovely book and a wonderful giveaway. It is nice to meet so many interesting quilters and see the questions they ask about Cherri's process. Your EQ giveaway is wonderful too. Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
    Anna

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  103. I am a follower and I want to win!!!

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  104. I have also become a follower- I love discovering new bloggers - There are so many great quilters to share and learn new things.
    Regards,
    Anna

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  105. I have become a follower! Love this tour and hope to win!

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  106. The Cherri House tour is wonderful and I can't wait to buy Cherri's book after reading just the first 4 stops :)

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  107. Cherri's quilts have made me want to explore solids more often! Love!

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  108. oh yay! good news for possiblity of more books from Cherri!! would love to own this one!

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  109. Beautiful quilts and a lovely book. I need, need, need some Kona solid fabric. It's a must have. Thanks for the chance at the book and the fabric.

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  110. I am enjoying the blog tour and visiting new blogs.

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  111. I would love to win the EQ7 upgrade software. I use EQ6 all of the time and love it! I posted a link to your giveaway on my blog.

    http://thequiltedhome.blogspot.com/2010/07/little-lady-patchwork-giveaway.html

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  112. What a great looking book! I'm hoping to win a copy on this tour.

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  113. There are some great quilts in that book. I hope I win! Thanks for the giveaway and interview.

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  114. Thanks for the interview. I'm having fun following this blog tour!

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  115. Stefanie, I have been checking out your blog daily since you gave me your card. I am so inspired by your beautiful work (and your sewing room!) that I can't wait to get started on some quilting of my own. I hope I win the book and/or fabric to help me get started.

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  116. Thanks for hosting and interviewing!

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  117. I'm really enjoying this blog tour. Thank you for doing this

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  118. this sounds like a fantastic book to add to my collection!!
    www.jayteespatchworkplace.blogspot.com

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  119. This blog tour is really fun, so here I'm again testing my luck :)

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  120. I love this book. I want it so bad and I'm definitely buying it if I don't win.

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  121. Great tip about quilting with silk thread! I'm enjoying the tour!

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  122. Great interview with Cheri. Your blog is new to me, so I am glad that I discovered it.

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  123. Got here from Pat Sloan's site and so glad I did! Now I'm a follower and I love your site and City Quilts too! Thank you!

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  124. Loving the tour thank you for sharing, fingers crossed for that book.

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  125. Thanks for the terrific interview. I really like your blog

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  126. Thanks for the chance at such a great giveaway!

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  127. I just love a good blog tour, but it makes my blog reader a bit bigger which is not good for my time spent in front of the computer.

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  128. This looks like a fabulous book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  129. Thanks for the chance to win such a great book. I cant wait to make one of Cherris quilts

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  130. I enjoyed reading your interview with Cherri and I love her quilts. Thanks for a chance to win the fabric and the book.

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  131. I am a follower of your blog. Thanks for the giveaway of EQ7.

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  132. Great book! Great fabric! Great EQ7 upgrade! What more can I say!

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  133. So pretty! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  134. I saw these quilts at market and love them. I especially love the last one listed here. :)

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  135. I am continually amazed how striking the basic and simple quilts can be. Great quilts!

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  136. GREAT GIVEAWAY!! WOULD LOVE TO WIN THE BOOK AND FQS!!

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  137. I am thoroughly enjoying this tour! I can't wait to see more from City Quilts. This book is at the top of my wish list now :)

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  138. Very nice interview. I am a follower of yours, but I already have EQ7, so please don't enter me for that portion, but I am good to go for the fabric and book. LOL Winona

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  139. These are wonderfully graphic quilts and would like to win both book and fabric to make one. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  140. I have never made a contemporary quilt but would love to try!
    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  141. I follow your blog. : Lisa Garrett

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  142. Those city quilts are so intriguing and inspiring. Great questions.

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  143. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

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  144. I have started following your blog thanks to the City Quilts blog tour and I am enjoying all your posts. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I NEED/WANT that book! And would really enjoy the Kona FQs. Best wishes.
    Gayle
    gag7949@hotmail.com

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  145. Thanks for an interesting interview. I have a vacation coming up and this just put a whole new spin on it.

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  146. (Insert John Wayne accent) "Well, Little Lady, you sure can get a girl's hopes up!" What a delightful website you have. I'd be honored to win your prizes! brown.k@centurytel.net

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  147. I love that she created such a beautiful quilt with a parking lot as inspiration. I am really looking forward to this book.

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  148. The silk thread tip for machine quilting is great. I use it for hand applique so why not for MQing. Thanks!

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  149. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  150. LOVE the book! One of the best quilting books I've read in a very long time! Hurry with the 2nd book Cherri!

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  151. I love that because a mom took a little time with a young daughter we now have these awesome quilt patterns! Okay, now I need to go hug my mom!

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  152. I really like the graphic looks of the quilts in this book! Thanks for give away and the interview.

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  153. I enjoyed reading your blog! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  154. Love this book! The quilts are spectacular. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Sandy A

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  155. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

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  156. Thanks for asking the great questions of Cherri that we all want to know!

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  157. Oh, I would love to win the book & fabric. The photos are beautiful!

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  158. Have the book and love it. The gradations in the fabric pictured is great.

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  159. I would love a chance at either the book or the fabric. I am new to quilting and need to build my stash. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  160. Thank you for the interview the blog tour has been awesome. Inspirational

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  161. I think I follow you. you are in my google reader thingy and I only get to that once a week lately! But wow what a great book and love the quilty goodness!

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  162. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! What fun!

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  163. I am finding that several of my favorite quilters use YLI silk thread. I am definitely going to try it.

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  164. What an interesting way of getting to know a quilt book author with a blog book tour! The book is amazing - and so are the FQ's! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  165. This is just great! I qam loving learning about this book!!!

    And, the fabrics are awesome...

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  166. I'd love to check out this book. I love the simple and modern quilts. Thanks!
    crafts[at]oursideofthemountain[dot]com

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  167. Thanks for the great questions -- and answers! Hope I win...

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  168. This sounds like a book I would read over and over too! Thanks for the great interview!

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  169. Thank you for interviewing Cherry and posting it on your blog. I enjoyed reading and especially seeing the quilts. They are so beautiful!

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  170. I ordered the book today from C&T Publishing, it looks so exciting. If I win the book I would be pleased to give it to a friend.

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  171. Thanks for the Q&A - interesting to get more insight into how these quilts have evolved :-)

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  172. That book looks great!! ...and the fabrics yummy!! Thanks for the chance!

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  173. That book looks wonderful! Plus, I used to live in Houston, so I enjoy seeing the quilt interpretation of it. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  174. Beautiful book....bold clolors, simple lines..........just my style. Keepin' my fingers crossed.

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  175. Great book. Great fabrics. Thank you for hosting.

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  176. Beautiful book! Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

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