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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Presenting: STRING FLING!

Guess what?! We’ve got a cover! Which means ---- It’s time for a preview and pre-orders!

And take a look above --- a new header! I’ve been a busy girl!

This book has been underway for over 2 1/2 years ---long before we ventured forth into string-land with “Roll Roll Cotton Boll” ---I had ideas for this book just running through my mind, using strings in a “not-so-ordinary” way, and pushing the boundaries and opening up the possibilities of making our traditional patchwork much more exciting through the use of string piecing.

The title has sat in my brain for over 2 years too --- and I’d catch my breath when I’d see someone else on the same thought-train and name their quilt “String Fling” --- because that IS what we are doing, aren’t we? Flinging these strings into a beautiful place to land --- just yesterday my copy of “American Patchwork & Quilting” showed up, with a string quilt in it – called, of course “String Fling” also! My big concern was that someone might think I stole their quilt title, or that there might be another book coming out with this name around the same time as mine because strings are so popular right now ---to my knowledge there isn’t. But even if there was, we’d just all join in the String Fling party – because the more strings, the merrier! As the saying goes, “Great minds quilt alike!”

And HERE is our COVER!

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OH! I love this cover! My desire was that the color on the front would make this book jump into people’s hands right off the shelf, that they wouldn’t be able to resist --- Did we succeed?

And for a few of you --- I hope this makes you happy to see your comments and testimonials on the back cover:

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Thank you for all the wonderful things you’ve said, I’m so happy to have you along on this journey with me!

Without further ado, I’d love to share with you just what you will find within the pages of String Fling—Happy, Scrappy & Loving It!

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Blue Skies! 84” X 84”

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Charlotte’s Baskets! 53” X 53”

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Daylilies! 90” X 90”

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Jamestown Landing! 84” X 96”

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Orca Bay! 74” X 84”

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Pfeffernuesse! 84” X 84”

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Pineapple Crazy! 80” X 90”

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Roll Roll, Cotton Boll! 85” X 100”

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Santa Fe String Star! 72” X 72”

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Talkin’ Turkey! 84” X 97”

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Tulip Fields! 76” X 84”

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Wild Child! 77” X 93”

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Zuckerwatte! (Cotton Candy) 60” X 72”

Holy Moly, that’s a lot of string piecing!! And I’m STILL loving it! The book is full of helps, hints, and thoughts from me about how I work and what inspires my quilts. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I honestly think this is the best book I’ve ever had the pleasure to put together with a group of people that I’ve grown quite fond of. It’s pretty rare that an editorial team will stick together the way mine has over the past 4 books --- I’ve had largely the same team throughout and it’s been seamless, continuous, and a real joy to work with them!

I’m not planning a blog tour. I spend enough time on the internet as it is, and it is just one more thing I don’t want to add into the frenzied juggling routine. I will be hosting a giveaway when String Fling is actually IN my hands --- but for now, who wants to simply pre-order? I don’t have a definite date of when this is going to land on my doorstep, we are shooting for “SOMETIME” in July. And I’ll get them out in the order that they were received, working around my schedule.

Click HERE to place your pre-order on-line with a credit card through our secure server!

To order via snail mail with a check as payment, print your order form HERE.

I am asking your help in getting the pre-order word out. Could you link to this blog post on your email lists, your facebook pages, news groups, message boards, twitter, and anywhere else that quilters gather to let them know IT’S TIME?!? I’d so appreciate it!

99 comments:

  1. OH My Goodness!!! I love, love, love it!!! I'm still working on Orca Bay, but I so want to make the Santa Fe String Star when I get the book.

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    1. I am with you, Karen, because that quilt made me stop and drool!! I totally love the Lone Star Quilt, and made scrappy can only be the best!!

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  2. OMG Bonnie - I want that book RIGHT NOW lol. Absolutely love the header too - fresh and new. What a wonder you are - do you sleep??? lol

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  3. I am still binding Orca Bay----this is the one coming out in July? yippee 4 U!! LOVE the cover... thanks for the head's up-- I will have to decide which one to make next--*~*Carole*~*

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  4. Bonnie it looks fabulous! I just placed my preorder. Now I need to sew faster so my current project will be finished before it arrives because I know I'll want to start one or more of the quilts in the book as soon as it arrives.

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  5. What a great book! Perfectly wonderful! I´m deeply impressed with the wonderful patterns and colours. I hope that your String Fling will also be available in Germany soon.

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  6. I've pre-ordered my books (I don't have Scraps II yet). I all of the quilts! No wonder I have trouble buying yardage for anything other than backings (and I tend to piece those too). Looks like another great book

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  7. Look's great! I've placed my order. Can't wait!

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  8. Hi Bonnie,

    I'm the author of "String Fling". APQ named the quilt for me.

    Congrats on the book. All good with me!

    Glenn

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  9. Bonnie!! I love love love your work!! I'm so excited that you are releasing another book!!

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  10. Anonymous12:24 PM EDT

    Book is ordered, and I just have to wait now! What a gorgeous book! I don't know which quilt I want to do first. They are all winners!

    Carol

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  11. Great work Bonnie...I am off to order the book!!

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  12. Anonymous12:33 PM EDT

    What a wonderful way to spice up all those traditionally empty blank spaces in blocks! It also solves the problem of how to quilt a lot of them because you (I!) feel like they should be specially quilted with fancy quilting. Now I wouldn't have a problem with just having a panto design going all over a lot of them!
    Andrea

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  13. I got mine pre-ordered! Thanks a bunch.

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  14. Bonnie,
    I have been coveting your pineapple string blocks ever since you first started showing them on your blog!!! That will definately be the first quilt I do....I can't wait to get this book in my hot little hands. I love every quilt in this book. I don't think I have ever been able to say that about a quilt book before. Please keep designing these great patterns for us. You have a gift and I am so glad you are willing to share it with the rest of us!

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  15. Oh Bonnie! I LOVE them ALL!!! Great name, great cover, great quilts and of course a great author!!

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  16. Anonymous12:45 PM EDT

    I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE your quilts. I can't wait to do the pineapple one. I know this is wishing my life away but I can't wait until November for the next mystery. Thanks Bonnie for keeping my hands busy and me out of trouble(sort of)
    Claudette

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  17. I have my pre-order in!
    WOW! Strings...my heart sings!!!
    XOXOXOXO Subee

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  18. Anonymous12:47 PM EDT

    Now I understand the new banner across the top of your blog page. Sorry, I read your posts in order! hehe
    Love the new cover, the new quilts, and to think I know/have made some of them already...to me that is very exciting.
    Congrats on the book, can't wait to get mine.
    Faye in Maine.

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  19. Oh My Goodness! Love all the quilts and congrats on another great book Bonnie. Jamestown landing or Talkin' Turkey..... I think I need to flip a coin! Thanks for all you do. We quilters really appreciate it. Now... off to pre-order my book!

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  20. Wow is all I can say. I have to have this book!! Wonderful!

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  21. Yay!! My order is in. I wanted this for Jamestown Landing and Zuckerwatte, but now that I've see more of the quilts, I love Pfefferneuese and Tulip Fields and Wild Child and and and--well, I just cannot wait to get this book in my hands. I also put the link on my FB page. Hope you sell gazillions!

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  22. AAAAhhh, Love it, Love it, Love it! & U of course 8^}
    What a good way to put to use all those hems, collars and cuffs!
    The frugal girl in rainy Amsterdam is going Dutch, you're guessing right! Good to know I still use the seam ripper to de-bone the shirts, LOL! *strings playing at the table*
    You'll have my order one of these days!
    Hugs from Holland, Irene

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  23. Beautiful quilts! I've never done strings before, but Jamestown Landing just might change that!

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  24. Ordered my copy, can't wait to see it! I hope I can find time to do some of those quilts when it comes. If not, this winter for sure. Right now it's Iris farm workout for me.But, then I have monies for more fabric (and vintage machines, thanks to you I'm now addicted to those too!)
    Bonnie,email me for a great source for padded envelopes, you're going to need a lot of them for this book! noll7@yahoo.com
    Deb

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  25. Can't wait to get a copy of your new book. I've been doing some string & salvedge quilts lately & love the look of them.

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  26. Great job, Bonnie! What a book of lovelies!

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  27. Anonymous1:44 PM EDT

    holy guacamole Bonnnie!! by far this will be the best one yet, and your other books already hold a special place on my bookshelf...
    Bobbi
    mrsrlbills@aol.com

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  28. Wow, that is a lot of strings. Gorgeous patterns.

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  29. Oh Bonnie - I love every one of those quilts. Now I have that many more on my to-do list. Can't wait to get the book and get started. You have made me thoroughly enjoy strings!!

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  30. Nancy James1:52 PM EDT

    Love, Love, Love Jamestown Landing and Blue Skies!! I do like all the other quilts too. Can't wait to see it. Nancy

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  31. Loucura,loucura eu quero!!!Estou de mudança arrumada e dois endereços para ir,então não vou de pré-compra.Mas vou enviar meus E-mail e falar com um amigo que é gerente em uma livraria.Te dou um retorno na segunda,vou aniversário da mãe dele no domingo.Parabéns minha louca menina com certeza será um grannnnde sucesso.Beijos e Deus te abençoe.

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  32. Wow! I am still amazed at all that you can get done...teach, travel, write the books, do the mag articles, host the quilt mysteries etc.. do you ever sleep? You are definately an inspiration! Can't wait to add this book to my collection. Congragulations-

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  33. Gorgeous. Amazing you did all that work plus everything else you do. Can't wait to get the book.

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  34. Anonymous2:34 PM EDT

    Pineapple Crazy looks insane! In a good way! All the quilts are beautiful. Still hand quilting Orca Bay, and halfway to being done.

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  35. Mary jojo1284713@aol.com2:43 PM EDT

    String Fling is a must have book for me! Even if I never get around to making a quilt from any given book, I enjoy looking through my stacks of books and quilt magazines often. This is my one vice! When will your book be available for purchase?

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  36. Anonymous2:44 PM EDT

    I'm still working on Orca Bay.... but almost finished. Love your quilts in your new book, can't wait to try another string quilt, I love it!!!!!
    Sharon
    sharonmamaw@yahoo.com

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  37. Early Congrats Bonnie ... love what I'm seeing ! HOW DO YOU DO IT??!! You keep coming up with so many great patterns, we'll never be able to keep up on the quilt end !!

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  38. Are you kidding!?...For all the enjoyment you have given me....I'm off to pre-order the new book!! Looks great....Thanks a million!

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  39. CONGRATULATIONS!! You work hard and you do good work and I'm so glad this book came together for you. I think I'll be separating brown and neutral strings for Pfeffernuesse! starting tonight. Enjoy your success! Because when you succeed, we all succeed. Lane

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  40. Wow! Beautiful, just beautiful! While most of us are looking for ways to eliminate seams from our piecing you "seam" to be adding them and turning out absolutely beautiful quilts in the process!

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  41. well, it sure jumped into my hands. Preordered. I really like those warm browns & reds in pfefferneusse.

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  42. I love each and everyone of them!!!! Good job!!!

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  43. Love the new header with the string quilts!

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  44. Anonymous4:34 PM EDT

    BONNIE !!! you have hit a home run with this book. Each quilt is better than the one before it on the screen lol.

    Loving your new header. OK! I will surely purchased "String Fling" BY BONNIE K. HUNTER only thank you :)

    Congrats,
    JulieinTN

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  45. Congratulations!
    I will link you in to my blog and order a book...
    especially since you used my quote!

    I love every quilt you showed from the book and appreciate how generous
    it is of you to do that. It truly will be a great addition to my library.

    Happy Sewing, I'm so happy you got this one done.

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  46. I ordered a book earlier today and I will post a link to help spread the word latter. I have already decided that there are at least five quilts in the book that I want to make.
    Congratulations on another best seller!

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  47. Beautiful! Love those strings! How will you ever top this one! I'm lucky, I've made Orca Bay and Jamestown Landing. Love these patterns.
    Thanks Bonnie

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  48. Beautiful projects...congrats on the book!

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  49. Congratulations!
    Love strings and scraps.Love your patterns!

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  50. So...this means I can now show a picture of my Pineapple quilt based on your design!!!!??? AFter July of course!
    XOXOXO Subee

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  51. Anonymous5:58 PM EDT

    I love the book. I have been saving strings for awhile now and I have one diamond project underway. But I have one question. How small of strips are to small? What size do you keep what do you just toss out. I have a ton of 1" strips.

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  52. sewmuchfabric@comcast.net6:00 PM EDT

    I love the book. I have been saving strings for awhile now and I have one diamond project underway. But I have one question. How small of strips are to small? What size do you keep what do you just toss out. I have a ton of 1" strips.

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    1. I'll tell you, I even use selfedges in the strings section =^}
      !!!! this reply is not from Bonnie, bur from Irene from Amsterdam / Netherlands !!!! I even use hems and collars, as long as there is at least 1/4 inch left to show; the quilting, backing and selfedges will keep them together.

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  53. Awesome, Bonnie, awesome! Love all the quilts. And my, my, that's a lot of pieces! Congratulations.

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  54. Anonymous6:29 PM EDT

    Awesome! Your dh is a wonderfully supportive man. Thank God for him wphile u do u. Big hugs,
    Jessica in hays ks at the moment

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  55. OOOOO that was better eye candy than a pool boy!!!!! and the Pineapple Quilt.... TOTALLY INSANE!!!!!

    Searching for the plastic in my wallet as we speak.....

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  56. WOW!!! Definitely getting my pre-order in!! At the very least I see a "Blue Skies" and a "Zuckerwatte" in my future!! Love them. Love them all!!

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  57. Congratulations Bonnie! You are a true inspiration to us all. Before I found you on facebook, I was very set in my ways. I am now enjoying the freedom of playing with my scraps in new and wonderful ways. I love your philosophy on cutting it smaller if its still ugly. I owe some of my most beautiful quilts to your inspiration and designs! Big hugs for you!

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  58. Yay for you!(and us!!!!) Looking forward to this.I really appreciate the things I have learned from you.You are such an inspiration.thanks!

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  59. Oh my Goodness!! (As Shirley Temple would say) What a beautiful book. I can hardly contain my excitement. I just received my Quilters 100 blocks with your Talking Turkey pattern yesterday. What perfect timing to see it in print in your new book. Thanks so much for all you do. You have definitely made me a better quilter (and a happier one :)

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  60. It looks amazing! I have shared the link for preorder on my blog at

    http://www.butterflythreadsquilting.com/2012/05/shes-done-it-again.html

    if you want to check it out. I also included the FIVE quilts that I have made so far, from Leaders & Enders. You write books faster than I can quilt! But the star quilt in this new one is calling my name!Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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  61. Oh My!!! Of course I just finished pre-ordering! You amaze me! I'm in awe.......

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  62. These quilts are amazing and gorgeous and SO MUCH FUN! Thank you for all the time and work you put into creating wonderful quilts for us to drool over, and maybe even make. I have to tell you, this will be the first quilt book I've ever bought, where I have already made two of the quilts! That's kind of fun, too!

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  63. I love it. Strings are my absolute favorite. I never had heard of them before Roll,RCB. Now I can't wait until this book gets here. I loved the Lone Star. I just need to finish one of them. LOL. Even if I never end up finishing one, the journey with this wonderful group of people has been totally out of this world.
    It is anticipation time again!!!

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  64. Oh no!! I am already behind on Bonnie blue quilts. I'm assembling the rows for BRB, cutting pieces for My Blue Heaven, and bought the magazine for Jamestown Landing (even knowing I probably wouldn't get it done before it came out in the book lol)! And now Bonnie has done it AGAIN... Blue Skies. Thanks, Bonnie. Love the new quilts. This is going to be GREAT!

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  65. Love Pfeffernuse!! Pinned it on pinterest. Congrats

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  66. Awesome! Another winner. I'm finishing up Orca Bay and have almost finished Roll, Roll Cotton Boll (had to gather more scraps!) bu I really want Jamestown Landing! 84” X 96”, too gorgeous!

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  67. My kids will be thankful you've got another book... means it's easy for them to buy a gift for Mom. You were holding your breath, etc., whenever you heard or read "string fling" from someone else. Well, I had to smile when I read the "wild child" name for one... because that's what I call my quilts that have no reason nor rhyme but kinda design themselves as I go along. I use it in fond memory of a dear friend who's passed on... he used to like to tease me about being a hippy/wild child. :)

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  68. Bonnie...wow!!!! I'll add this link to our next guild newsletter this book is sure to fly off the shelves. I can't wait to get my hands on it! I love Leaders and Enders and this is sure to become my next favorite
    Carolyn

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  69. Anonymous1:23 AM EDT

    The quilts are all gorgeous! I can hardly wait for the book to be released. Sharon

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  70. Wow! Congratulations! I'll be looking forward to July.

    C.B.

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  71. I think it's funny that you called the process "seamless" when this book has more strings and seams than any other! I can't wait to get mine.

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  72. I am absolutely amazed at your ability to go, go, go...and make all the beautiful quilts you do. Can't wait for this book!

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  73. Anonymous9:17 AM EDT

    Bonnie-Congratulations on your new book. I knew red prints had to be in one of them. Your turkey tracks turned out beautiful. Looking forward to do strings as this will be a new lesson to learn. Thanks for all of your ideas and inspirations. Joyce from Iowa

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  74. I think your names crack me up! in a good way!! I just love the stringy thing and someday hope to actually have scraps to make these with!! only 1 year of quilting sure does not produce that many scraps! Oh, why oh, why do I have to like the scrappy look better??? I need to find places that will sell me 'ugly' boxes of nothing but stringy scraps! If you have anywhere in mind PLEASE let a gal know!!! Thanks!!

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  75. Bonnie, I love all of your books but this one really hits the spot! I LOVE string quilts! I can't wait to get this book; thank you for such terrific patterns! I have put your book cover and all of the quilts on my pinterest quilts board! http://pinterest.com/clardina/

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  76. Woo hoo! I have ordered and put a link on my blog so my friends will know about this upcoming book as well (although, probably all of my readers are also your readers...) Looking forward to it. Pre-orders are so fun because you forget that you ordered it and then one day, wow! Awesome mail day!

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  77. Anonymous1:58 PM EDT

    Bonnie, I just joined your email list last week, ordered your book yesterday, and now I need to start reading your previous blogs! Love your previous books!
    Many Happy Scrappy days to you!
    Jody
    jcarter551@hotmail.com

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  78. WOW!! I can't wait to get my hands and eyes on this book! I will have a hard time deciding which one to make first! You are an amazing woman Bonnie!
    Mary

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  79. WOW!!! I can hardly wait to get my copy --- ordered at your fabulous Venice FL workshops in Jan.

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  80. I´ll love it, I know! Happy quilting Bea

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  81. peggy h. connolly5:29 PM EDT

    wow; gorgeous

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  82. Wow! Wow! Wow! I can't wait to get it. I love Cotton Candy & Tulip. Fields.

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  83. Fantastic!!!! How to chose one to work on....oh yeah, I have to finish RRCB.

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  84. Outstanding quilts. Awe inspiring and oh so creative. Thanks and keep on stringing.

    Mary

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  85. OMG! Wonderful book, fun & exciting new patterns -- I can't wait for my copy! Just added a link to this page on my FB page so others will get the word =^..^= Congratulations!!!

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  86. I'll be sure to note on my blog too when I put up a new post tomorrow =^..^=

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  87. OH MY GOSH!!!! :D My comment made the back cover!!! Had already planned on getting a copy, may have to consider 2! Love the theme and the quilts!

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  88. Ohhhhh love these quilts....can't hardly wait...of to order mine now

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  89. OH my gosh I'm so in love with this book!!! Not that I don't love your others, but you simply amaze me with what you do with scraps! Thank YOU, Bonnie!! ♥

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  90. I'm sooooo excited, I've just placed my first book order all the way from Australia....now for the wait :)

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  91. I'm really exited to get your book. These quilts are amazing! Thank you for making my day brighter! I look forward to your posts each day!

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  92. Anonymous1:40 PM EDT

    I am wanting to make your spiderweb quilt. http://quiltville.com/spiderwebpf.html Is that pattern in one of your books or do u have templates to print? Is the only way to get the template is to make them myself? I never seem to get the pattern right when I do it myself. I dont even try anymore. Ive made such messes making my own... I love your quilts and your books. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
    Pat dvrich@bellsouth.net

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  93. Anonymous5:04 AM EDT

    i can't wait to get my book. iv'e already got my fabric picked out for two of them.
    love your quilts
    robin

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  94. Now do I ask for this for christmas or shall I be naughty and order it. I love string piecing, lets me go off into a stringy world after a nursing shift. I love your work Bonnie. Jan uk

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