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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Word Play Quilts Give-Away!


Let’s do this! Let’s give away a copy of Tonya’s book, Word Play Quilts!

I even have a sampling of photos to entice you!

It’s a wonderful book full of terrific techniques, gorgeous quilts made by many of Tonya’s students and followers as well as herself. Let your imagination run wild and piece some words into your quilts! You really DO need this book, yes you do!

What I want from you is a comment on this post telling me what you would like to piece into your next project….be it a word, a date, a phrase, anything. If you could make your next quilt speak, what would it say?

Since I am up to my eyeballs in filling all the book pre-orders for both Word Play Quilts and Scraps & Shirttails II, we’ll give this a couple days to simmer, and I’ll pick a winner on Saturday. How’s that sound?

If you find you can’t wait to win the book and just want to have it, you can order it HERE!

And really….I have had nothing else exciting to write about today and maybe that is a good thing. 4 trips to the post office, errands to get more bubble envelopes at Sam’s club while dropping off Jeff’s prescription at the pharmacy, a massage…bank…

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And oh yeah…did I ever tell you that I have a lead foot? Yep. Speeding Ticket. I swear I couldn’t have been going THAT fast…I was just following the lead of the truck in front of me…but evidently I was. What can I say for myself? I hadn’t driven a car in over 17 days. Maybe I forgot how to read the speedometer? Sleepy smile

There was no talking myself out of this one, and what makes it worse is that I was on the phone with DH when the lights were flashing behind me…so I had to tell HIM right then too. $171.00. I am not a happy camper! ((PS...I have bluetooth in my car, believe me BOTH hands were on the wheel at the time!))

So maybe this give-away is just what I need to get this ticket off my mind!

267 comments:

  1. I got one on the way to pick grandkids up for Vacation Bible School. Got me at a know speed trap, I even saw him as I came into town but didn't check the odom. my bad.

    So do you want me to give you my addy now, or are you going to go through the formality of drawing names?

    I talked mine down by going to 'court'. I can write you a letter of reference! be good cheryl

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  2. Sorry about the ticket. I can't wait to get my book...I am hoping my book is one you ran to the post office. :)

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  3. The words I'm going to piece into a quilt.

    "I think I'll just stretch out in this field of poppies" [Existential Blues lyrics]


    It's a border for a sampler quilt made with the focus fabric of cows in a field of poppies -- some standing, some lieing down.

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  4. Sorry about your ticket. Looks like a great book.

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  5. Ooops the same thing happened to me not too long ago. Thankfully, the state trooper took pity on me and shaved a couple of miles off the clocked speed. I still got a $75 fine.

    What I would say on my quilt? Hope. My father-in-law just got diagnosed with cancer and my next quilt is for him. So he can stay warm and cosy while he has to go through all the treatments we hope will beat the horrible disease.

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  6. I love baby quilts with the baby's name quilted into it, so maybe that will be my next baby quilt. I also love fabric with words already on it and I think it would be fun to use word fabric to make the words!

    Bummer about the ticket...I feel your pain. Really, I do :( But it's been quite a few years!

    MGM

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  7. I have a couple of phrases I would like to add to a quilt, but I think if it were my first word quilt it would be my grandaughters names and birthdates in a throw for their mom. It would also have to have the words joy, wonder and love. These words are used by my daughter to describe her relationship with her daughters.

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  8. I would say come on spring! I am tired of shoveling snow and ice in PA!

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  9. welcome home!~ I found out my nephew accepted a job a the college in Winston Salem. I will be going to visit him sometime in the summer. we just may run into each other. he is in elizabeth city right now and he leaves this sunday. Im sending a quilt with him to remind him of home. (mauh) Liz

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  10. Please enter me in the drawing, I need to win this book. I have a lead foot too, and would have gotten a ticket for talking on the phone in my state!

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  11. I really have to have this book. I'll try to wait till Saturday to see if I win. My friend Lynn just got it and pieced the word FUN into a quilt. Really awesome. Maybe I'd have to put my "phrase for the year" in a quilt: BE PRESENT. :-) Thanks for the giveaway. I need to get your other book ordered, too. :-)

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  12. I'm working on a baby quilt for new grandson. So It would be something western like "This is a hold up. Got Milk" haha best I could come up with on short notice. Shirley

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  13. Children's names - my own children and my nieces and nephews. They would all love a quilt made by Aunt Connie with their name pieced in!

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  14. I always pieced the year into my quilts. Up to now I have paper pieced them. But I want this book to free style them!!

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  15. Count me in."Time in a bottle" for my bottle quilt. It has been a long time in getting it together so this would be perfect for it. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  16. Bonnie- Sorry about the ticket but welcome home. At this time I'm thinking about FUN and BLESSINGS. Thanks for the chance.

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  17. I would want my quilt to say "journey" as that is my Word for the Year. And then I'd add words somehow related to my year of Journey. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  18. Would love to win the Word Play book. I've searched High and Low around town to buy it, but so far no luck. My word(s) would be for a friend who has just gone thru chemo....Hope..Miracles..beLIeVE..she is an inspiration to us all!

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  19. Sorry to hear about the speeding ticket, what a bummer. Tonya's book looks sooooooo........ cool it would be fun to win a copy but maybe when I have a little money I can order a copy plus both your books at the same time. Postage is the killer when ordering from overseas, I know it is a long way to Australia.

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  20. Mine would say, Maui,Hawaii, since I am visiting for the first time in my life and have driven around the entire island. I can't wait to get started on the quilt when I get home.

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  21. Sorry about the ticket - could have been me several times when I'm too busy thinking of something else.
    Hmm...I would probably do my granddaughters names or I always tell them "Grammy loves you" so I could do that for the back. :)
    sheila.fernkopf@gmail.com

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  22. I have been thinking about making a quilt with an Irish blessing in honor of St. Patrick's day. I love Irish blessings!

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  23. I guess my one word or phrase would be "laughter" - it's what gets us through it all :)

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  24. I really want to make a "fruits of the spirit" word-play quilt. Peace hope love. . and especially for me "self control"
    Thanks bonnie!

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  25. Oops about the ticket! I want to add a border to the quilt I'm working on now that says "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie"...I really need the book! Welcome home!

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  26. Not sure what word or phrase I would put in a quilt. Probably "Joy". This is the year I am going to concentrate on joy in my life.

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  27. Ouch on the ticket! I once left a policeman standing in the middle of the road... I was late picking up my youngest daughter from Basketball practice & the coach didn't wait for all of them to be picked up, he just locked up - it was winter :/ So.... lead foot it up the hill, got stopped, as he got out of his vehicle I yelled "Follow me up the hill I have to get my kid before she freezes!!", and took off pedal to the medal! She didn't freeze, he followed, I didn't get a ticket, only because I think he was floored that I actually did that to him! He was trying not to laugh during his safety speech :D
    I have been trying to do words on a quilt. The quilt is done (all in material that has music notes on it) Just blocks with blocks in the middle kinda like a rag quilt sorta. It is a first for me to try words (I rarely try anything other then squares)and I am failing miserably in my attempts using youtube as a tutorial! Most would not "get" (or would be offended) by what I want to make into words.. It is a song by Pink - about being perfect - so music notes and the title of the song is what I am trying to do for my middle daughter... the song has meaning to us together. We first heard it as she was creating her own wings and moving into the big world on her own. She has CMT (Charcott-Marie-Tooth Syndrome which is a muscle and nerve degenerative disease), I was having a hard time seeing her as an independent semi-adult & was worried about her future, etc.. It was not fun "letting go" and I was battling my "you are" with her "I am"... but no matter what... she is and always will be.......... F'n Perfect to me!!(<-- nice way of putting the title)
    Wow, 2 memories in one post... think I will go wipe my momma tears and eat chocolate!!!
    So glad you made it back safely before the storm & safely during your rushed ;) travels today :)

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  28. Idon't really have a specific quilt in mind, but I would love to win the book and experiment with a "word" quilt. They look like a lot of fun. Thanks for the chance to win and I'm sorry about the ticket.

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  29. Planning a doll quilt for a special girl. Probably would do her name. Or my grandchildren in something for them.

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  30. How about "Play by the rules"? ;)
    Too bad, really. Lighter foot next time. Oh, that´d be a good one too!

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  31. Not sure if this'll work. This book looks perfect for my friend who quilts "outside the box" she just does what she feels like...no rules and makes a great quilt.

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  32. I've been asked to create a memory quilt for a widow from her husband's shirts (thanks for the great ideas, Bonnie!). Think I'll suggest incorporating words recalling pleasant things they shared, like "walk in springtime," "birthday roses" or "our three sons." It might be nice to also use a couple pieces of her clothing that he especially liked so that the memories will also be about them together.

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  33. Bonnie please do not enter me in contest I have the book,I wanted to say I have a lead foot also and am sorry to hear about the cost of yours! I had one in New York was 200 and some,I was doing 85 on highway and he said he clocked me at 83 I wasn't going to argue with him!! good luck to everyone in the chance to win and I want to see their words,in quilt or plain I love them!!

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  34. I have a mother daughter quilt in mind for my mom. I have some of her clothes from her childhood and some of my old clothes..planning to use some pictures and maybe some crazy patch hearts for the old clothes.. I think it would be nice to include some words on this special quilt.... I hope to get it done by mothers day

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  35. My favorite cousin's husband is dying of cancer. It is such a sad time for the family. I would like to make a quilt for her with some inspiring words in it. The book would really help.

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  36. I'd love to put Bible verses on quilts. :)

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  37. Talking on the cell phone is a $150+ fine in many places in Canada. My word would be 'smile' or 'be happy'. Love the previews of the Word Play book.

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  38. My quote is a favorite of mine 'Chocolate the other food group'

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  39. I want to try the "love" quilt with lots of scraps over the month of February!

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  40. A friend of mine in the US Virgin Islands lost a family friend and his son today...they were murdered. My friend's husband was murdered 10 yrs ago and I would like to make her a quilt that says "Peace" in many languages.

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  41. So sorry about your ticket. I just missed getting a ticket not too long ago. I was driving this back road with 4-lanes at night, paying no attention to the odometer because there were no other cars on the road - except for a police car sitting at the side with his lights off. Bless his heart, he gave me a warning!

    I've never done words on a quilt before but I would like to try. My husband asked me the other day if I sign my quilts. No, but maybe it would work to use small letters on the back to make my name. Sounds just perfect! (If you send me the book or I buy it.)

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  42. A friend just gave me a coffee cup that said

    "A bad day quilting beats a good day at work"

    That pretty much sums up my world view!

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  43. Thanks for that chance to win...
    I would like to make a quilt with a sentence in it like : No man is worth your tears, and he who is worth it would never make you cry.....

    I'm sorry for that expensive ticket

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  44. Sorry about the ticket, had you been here in South Africa it would've been an extra R1000.00 for talking on your cell phone :-(
    I really needed Tonya's book last month when I made a wall hanging for my cousin to hang on the wall of her kennels (she owns and runs an animal kennel) with the name of the kennels on it.
    I'd still like to make quilts for my grandchildren with each of their names on them.

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  45. I would say "Welcome baby boy" to my first grandchild, due later this month.
    Sorry about the ticket. Consider it a contribution to the local economy, but do traffic school so that if you get caught again your insurance won't go up.

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  46. I'm working on a black and gold Saints quilt for my son who moved from Louisana to Indiana a few months ago. He's so homesick and cold! The top is made of Louisiana Pinwheel blocks, appliqued Fleur-de-Lis blocks, and some plain blocks with Louisiana themed fabric. For the inside border, I'm planning to write the words "Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints? Oh when the Saints go marching in...oh when the Saints go marching in..." (OK, so we got beat this season, but maybe next year the Saints will be back on top!)

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  47. Not sure about a specific project. Possibly using my kids names, or for my oldest a quilt that describes him and his likes. It's hard to make quilts for boys. Another possibility is " Okinawa". We lived in Okinawa, JP for 3 years, miss that place dearly. I made an Okinawa Memory Quilt with a neighbor's church. The word could break up some of the ornate decoration on the Japanese fabric.

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  48. I am sure it would be words of hope for a cancer patient as I give many of my quilts to them as my daughter has also had cancer. Love Tonya and have used her word tutorial when it was on your site.

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  49. I would say on my quilt "I love you"!

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  50. It looks like a great book. I know it sounds boring but I'd like to make a quilt with the word "welcome" pieced into it.

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  51. I'd love to put the year on my quilts along with my name. And I'd love to have this book, Bonnie.

    Sorry about the ticket!

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  52. I reckon I have so many UFO's that the next one I finish I would like to put the words FINISHED into the backing fabric ... in fact I am piecing a backing for a nice little scrappy Batik fabric quilt ... putting the word FINISHED into the backing fabric would just make it wonderful!

    Sorry about the ticket ... I got one myself a couple of weeks ago - yuck! PS also ordered your new book and can't wait to get it. Cheers Jane

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  53. Hey Bonnie, That ticket is a bummer! I also have a lead foot and the only way I've been able to cure myself is to use the cruise control as often as I remember!

    I really would like to make each of my children a quilt with their names and a few words special to each of them in the border. I have three children and each border will be different. I've thought about this quilt for years, and they keep getting older. Why do they keep doing that? Darn them kids!
    Cheers,
    Dionne

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  54. Anonymous2:04 AM EST

    I'd like to piece "Yellow Fish Rule!" into a quilt for my daughter. When she was little and having trouble fitting in, I used the analogy about school being like a fish tank and when most fish are red or green, it's hard to stand out as the only yellow fish. But as time went on, she would get into bigger tanks...middle school, high school, college, life....and there would be more fish of her color. I've got a quilt started with the fish, but I really need help with the letters! The other thing I want to do is make a quilt with an applique depicting my daughter as a girl scout and sew on all her badges (some that I never got done.) The border of the quilt will say, "Finally, my mom sewed ALL my badges!"
    Thanks,
    Beth

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  55. Yes, I do want to say a few words in a quilt. Actually: the word love in 8 languages for the quilt I am making for my friends' daughter. It will keep het warm during chemo and further. I will include it in stitching in the border.
    Love, Irene from Amsterdam

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  56. "Life is Good" I'm intrigued by this book but I currently have ZERO fun money so winning it would be AWESOME! Now there's a word "AWESOME"

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  57. Sorry about your ticket. but remember it's just a ticket. Life will go on. Take care.

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  58. Lucky you don't live "Down Under" as you would copped another fine for talking on a phone while driving, unless you were using a "hands free" It is illegal here, and so is texting while driving.
    Re words on a quilt I would say "The sun will come up tomorrow" and give the quilt to my sister who has been flooded in the recent floods in Australia

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  59. Sorry about the ticket - guess your roads aren't icy like ours. Speeding is not a problem these days :o(
    I sew care quilts for a children's wing, so I think the first word would be "HEAL", followed by "LAUGH" "JOY" and so on.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  60. thanks for the chance!! I think that I would made a blue-toned quilt with writings like "skies and clouds". Tiziana

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  61. Right now I am handquilting names of my DDs family on the backs of 2 quilts she will be getting hopefully within the month (sewing mach. getting spa treatment). Would love to have this book so I can (at least!) scatter names and dates on future quilts, back or front.... plan on making 52 week & 365 day journal quilts for my children's families.. this would be fun to put on the borders...

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  62. opps about the speeding ticket! I had a fabric called "Angels watching over me" but the selvage was too narrow to use as a strip in a quilt, if only I knew how to do those letters I could put it in my next one! That book woul be really useful to that end.

    Miss Linny lynn.walker@fsmail.net

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  63. Sorry about the ticket and welcome home!
    I plan a quilt for the teachers of my sons. The first one will get the quilt while my son is going to the next school and the second teacher will go to retirement in August. So two farewell quilts I have to sew :-)))
    And I think I will write the name of the classes or the dates or somethimg like that in the quilts.
    Happy quilting
    Bea

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  64. Sorry to hear about your speed ticket.
    I'd love a chance to win Tonya's new book. I've tried a couple of words in the past from the tutorials on your site, but haven't had the courage to progress any further!! I think I'd do a scrappy quilt and write "scraps rule" with Tonya's letters :)

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  65. Tonya's book looks absolutely awesome!!

    I don't want to say what I am going to stitch on a mini quilt as this person reads your blog ;-) BUT you may see it in Germany if the stars align that I get to your trunkshow and Cathedral Stars course.

    Bummer about the ticket! Hope you can put it out of your mind.

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  66. I got my first ticket last year in 40 years! hard luck!
    I'd love to add a pieced word to my next quilt - it would probably be my daughter's name as the quilt is for her!

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  67. My next Wordplay quilt is going to be a baby quilt that says..."People who say they sleep like a baby probably don't have one."

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  68. I've given up collecting speeding tickets! I'm sorry for you, that's a supreme day-downer.

    I would like to throw my name in the "hat". If my next quilt could speak it would say, what else; "Life is Good!"

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  69. With the pace you're keeping, no wonder you got a ticket! I don't know how you do it!

    If I was lucky enough to win Tonya's very cool book, I'd piece this quote: "A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent." And put a border of wonky coffee cups as a border, or maybe interspersed throughout the quilt.

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  70. I would love to make a quilt with some of my three year old daughters funny phrases like a scrap book quilt for our own. It could be more like a signature quilt where I can keep adding the phrases. It would be a fun way to remember her childhood phrases when she gets older.

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  71. I think I'd put "love" or my kids names in, but given all the great ideas above, maybe I'll make a list for future reference ;) I'd love to win the book, we'll see if I can hold off til the drawing before I buy it :D

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  72. Not sure what I would write on a quilt, I'm a "newbie"...I know this book would give me inspiration! Love your website - it has so many wonderful patterns and tips! Thanks for the give-a-way!

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  73. I would write: Here, Kitty, Kitty! I have a swap quilt to put together and that would say it all!

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  74. I have 2 grandchildren a boy and a girl and have thought about the old poem, " snips and snails" to piece in the border.

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  75. My next word themed quilt may be: "When you're going over the top, keep going!" But I do not need a copy of Tonya's book, and mine is the alphabet sampler front and center in your photo group above!

    thanks, good luck, and slow down girl!
    Lynne

    (Millie is the cat)

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  76. Glad you made it home, so sorry about the ticket. Words to put on a quilt "Live, Love, Laugh,Friends, Family, Life" I am seeing a crossword possibility.

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  77. Sorry about that ticket (and having to confess it to DH right away)!

    My next quilt would have to be about freedom. Long story. Good ending.

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  78. I want to start putting my children's names into the quilts. Even my kids in their twenties love that.
    Sorry about your ticket.

    Lucy (in IN)

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  79. Sorry to see you got a ticket. I would like to make a collage of quilt related words as a wall hanging for my sewing room.Just all different words, shapes, colors, etc.

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  80. I'd like to letter the name of the baby into a quilt, I'm waiting for the birth, so I'll just make the whole quilt except for the last block, then work the name into it!
    If you don't ever speed, you won't get that ticket and be buying something you can't eat or wear! Also you'll never be looking over your sholder with the fear of getting caught.

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  81. Hi Bonnie, Sorry about the ticket. It is so scary when a policeman stops you. I hope you recover from all this trauma. If I were to win the book, I would use the word LOVE on it and other encouraging phrases. Thanks, Tina38

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  82. I would piece a line of the lyrics from a favoritwe song of mine (it would be in Dutch). Also I like to do a quotes quilt, with some lines for peiceful living.
    sorry about the speeding ticket.
    thanks for the give away!

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  83. Sorry about your ticket, WOW, that's a doozie! I would probably make a snow quilt because of our lovely weather and use the word snow.

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  84. It happ[ens to all of us at one time or another. I would love to read the book. I tried the instructions from your website quite a while ago and found the letters fun. I could use some inpirational words on my sewing room wall- dream, believe, achieve.

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  85. I remember the first time the RCMP pulled me over when I was driving home from Halifax to Bridgewater when I lived IN NS. I was in my own little element with the music on and munching on chips while driving the 1 hour ride on the highway. Sigh.. they too didn't let me get away with it.... $150 later. My one and only ticket. HOpe to keep it that way!

    If I won that book, I would love to make something fun for my 9 month old baby boy!!! Perhaps his name!

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  86. I would love to do a quote so the quilt would warm my body and the words would warm my heart.

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  87. I'm making a "Names of Jesus" quilt with 30 blocks representing the different names of Jesus. I would put each name on the back of the corresponding blocks.

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  88. I love all the comments. I want to make a family tree quilt with my children's name and birthdates. I like the sampler quilt with the house also.
    My car starts to rattle when it reaches seventy five-the benefits of having an old car.

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  89. What word? Depends on the quilt. Merry Christmas for a Christmas quilt. Woof for a dog quilt. I Love You for a special family memeber. Baby for a baby quilt. Let's Play I Spy. Lots of ideas.

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  90. I have been thinking for a while now about making a quilt with the words that relate to our farm and family life. Something to snuggle on the couch with. Like....horse, barn, hay, flowers, chickens, pond, stuff like that.
    Kristie

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  91. I've been thinking for some time of inserting positive words and phrases into my quilts, sometimes almost hidden and other times the main event, but have only tried it once - in applique. Tonya's book would be such a help in bringing this from day dream to reality.

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  92. I am currently working on a Double 4-patch and thought the recipient's name would be a great addition on the back of the quilt. I have so much fun doing those words.

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  93. "Arise, Shine" for my DD's bedroom. Praying you will sell enough extra books this week to pay that ticket.

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  94. Sorry about the ticket. :-( DH got one from a camera as we were in an entire group of vehicles - wonder if they just picked us or if EVERYONE got a ticket. The charge wasn't too bad - $40.

    I think these words are too cool. I am making a baby quilt and think I'd enjoy putting the quilt name (haven't come up with that yet) and the date ---- or maybe even my "brand" and use all this as the back of the quilt. That way she'll have two quilts for one!!
    Thank you for all you do for my fabric stash!!!

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  95. I would piece in the following (which I saw in someone's signature block and loved):

    A good friend will bail you out of jail. A great friend will be sitting beside you, saying, "Well, that was fun!"

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  96. The phrase I want to build a quilt around is "I am a part of all that I have met" Alfred lord Tennyson

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  97. My next quilt would say "If I'm not quilting, I'm not happy".

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  98. Sorry about your ticket! You may be able to attend a driver improvement course to keep the ticket off your driving history (and thus keep your insurance from going up!) Call your local Circuit Court Clerk to see if there is a school near you. Usually 1/2 day on a Saturday or one evening. Well worth it! And yes, it is MUCH worse when hubby tells you "I told you to slow down!"!

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  99. I think I would like to try piecing the date into a quilt first, to see how it goes.

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  100. I might try piecing words for a label in my next quilt...It would probably turn out pretty large! LOL!

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  101. Would love the book, the words in my quit would be Peace and Love, what I wish to all who get my quilts.

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  102. Last time I was stopped I was speeding because of being on the phone. Got out of it because hubby was a county sheriff's deputy. No specific words planned, but just would love to see if there any new techniques to be learned!

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  103. we will have 2 new great grandchildren this year and I would like to piece their names and birth dates into the quilt borders.

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  104. I feel your pain. I got a ticket recently too. OUCH!

    I have a quilt ready to do the border words -- The Path to a Friend's House is Never Long.

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  105. Anonymous8:48 AM EST

    Here via Lynne/Millie!

    I would love to get a copy of the book, so that I can ask my best friend to autograph her page. :)

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  106. I'm surprised the officer let you take a photo of the car... Or did you use one from google search?

    As for a word play quilt... I'd put "Get High" on the border of a quilt for my son. He's a pole vaulter, so I am a parent who actually likes it when his kid "Gets High"!

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  107. Looks like a great option for "teen age" quilts, since it is like impossible to think of ideas for that age group.

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  108. That will teach you that you should NOT have been on the phone while driving. Lol - my word would be Joyful and I would love to receive Tonya's book. Wonderful giveaway.

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  109. I would love to win this book. I've never tried the letters, but definitely on my to do list. I guess my one word in a quilt would be LIVE!

    My husband was lucky the other night on our way home and just told to slow down!

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  110. I enjoy reading about your adventures in quilting. I'd like to have Tonya's book too. I think my grandtwins would like a quilt or maybe a pillow with their name on it.

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  111. Oh no....and you were on such a high with the books coming in and actually making it home with storms all around....How dare he burst your bubble!!! Did you tell him you are famous? How about the fact that your a famous author? I think you should have only got a warning!!! Your so pretty to! I really hate this and hope he didn't ruin your entire month! I would have forgiven you!

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  112. Bummer, about the ticket! A loss of good quilting money. I would love to make a quilt with the names of family members.

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  113. Sorry you got a ticket. What a bummer!!!!!! I think I might want to add something to do with tennis since my granddaughter is a great tennis player. Love your blog -- I can't believe all the places you go every year. Thanks for including me in your giveaway.

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  114. Ha. Bad timing. If I really wanted a message written in the current quilt it would say, "Never Again!" LOL

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  115. I'm working on a signature quilt and have already named it Circle of Friends. That would be fun to put across the top.

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  116. My quilt would say "Just for the piece of it". It goes with my blog and what quilting means to me right now.

    Don't feel bad about the ticket...I got one in Vegas when I was on my usual jaunt to the LQS...needless to say the following week they changed the speed limit sign...go figure.

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  117. My husband always complains that he doesn't have a quilt although there are 5 here in the house. So I would put "Stelly's Quilt" thereby proclaiming to the world that he does have a personal quilt. LOL

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  118. hi Bonnie sorry to hear about the ticket; it's easy to do :) I want to do "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" from Joshua, around a scrappy houses quilt. regards Sam sdownes@oceanbroadband.net

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  119. Too bad about the ticket ... but how cool is that photo of the police car?

    I'm planning to pull out a set of words made by friends and make them into a quilt ... I need to piece more words and Tonya's book would be wonderful inspiration to make some significant progress on this project.

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  120. Speeding tickets are no fun! Oh well. Live and Learn, right?

    I think that would actually be a really fun quilt saying- Live and Learn" around some really wonky houses and log cabin blocks!

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  121. Oooh I would be crying if I ever got a ticket. Well I would like to put so many words in a quilt. I think it would be nice to quilt words of encouragement, inspiration and hang them with appliqued items on them. Also, I would like to do a military tribute to my husband. I could make up scrappy patches to resemble his ribbons he was awarded during his years of service and I think that would look fabulous, but I would like for it to say his name, rank, and service. That would be very special to me.

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  122. Bonnie - I think that lead foot came from eating all those delicious, spicy foods in Louisiana!!ha!

    I plan to make a quilt with my grandkids' name and birthday. Have wanted to do this for some time but need guidance.

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  123. I would like to put the name of my grandson's wrestling team on a t-shirt quilt for him. I think Tonya's whimsical letters would be perfect. I am so sorry about your ticket. Bummer!!!!

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  124. Bonnie, Bonnie, Bonnie, SLOW DOWN! Relax. You are super busy, yes, but you are not Super Woman, and the speeding ticket was a not-so-gentle reminder to try to take life a little easier and take care of yourself. Words in a project - I would want them to be inspirational, reflecting life's blessings and how we should treat others. ~karen

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  125. Too bad about the ticket, Bonnie! Reminds us all to slow down a bit in life.

    For my word quilt I would like to add Honor, Courage and Commitment for my Marine son. Also, I would like to put my neices name on her graduation quilt. Words offer an added sentiment to a quilt. Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Quilting!

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  126. Uuuh, that hurts! A lot of money for a little speeding - it's cheaper here in Germany and people complain anyway! And they are even allowed to go faster!
    I would write "GMOH" in my next quilt - "get me out here" ... I HATE winter and am longing for spring.
    Looking forward to your visit with us here in Stuttgart - and to win a copy of the wonderful book! Conny

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  127. Oh no a speeding ticket. Hope you forget about it soon!
    I am working on a Sinterklaas quilt and it might be fun to sew some words in Dutch around it, like zwarte piet, pepernoten, marsepein etc...

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  128. I do yoga and I've been thinking about doing a pillow with the Om symbol (in Sanskrit) appliqued on the top. I've already quilted the symbol into one quilt, I may do it more often.

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  129. Sorry about the ticket. As for the quilt words, I'm thinking about "peace" and "hope."

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  130. My hubby's favorite saying is "Simply Marvelous" so I think that needs to go into a quilt. Thanks for the chance to win one.

    Bummer about the ticket....looks like quilters just need to get there fast, so be can get back and quilt some more!

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  131. I got a written warning once on my way home from Quilt Guild about 9:30pm -- "Where are you two coming from?" he asked. "Quilt Guild!" He talked to us for 10 minutes before writing the warning as his mom is a quilter too! And I was speeding and talking to my friend about all the beautiful quilts, just so excited about quilts... let my foot get heavy!

    I would love to make a baby quilt with the baby's name and the family names like Mom and Dad and grandpa and grandma, brother, sister.... I think that would be a great shower gift!

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  132. Oh, Bonnie. It's never the speeding trucks that get picked up, they lead a charmed life. It's ALWAYS one of the cars following behind, keeping pace.

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  133. Anonymous10:11 AM EST

    I would like to piece my childrens names into quilts for each of their birthdays this year

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  134. Anonymous10:11 AM EST

    Hi Bonnie, I tend to have a lead foot too, I guess I should take heed from your experience but I turn on the cruise control when I'm on the highway and forget about looking at the speedometer.

    I'd love to win Tonya's book. I've signed up to do the Avon 2-day walk in May and I plan to make a quilt as one of my fundraiser efforts.

    I'd pick words that would convey my reasons for doing this walk--"Life, Hope, Promise, Future, Daughters, Mothers, Sisters, Friends, Together, We'll End It"

    Gail :)

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  135. I have a quilt ready for a grandson due to be born in mid March --- a perfect opportunity to put his name on it (when his parents decide what that name is to be!!). Whoa --- that was a costly ticket --- it will encourage me to go slower!
    quiltschon@att.net

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  136. I'm thinking I have no chance to win OR third time is the charm...this is the third time I have tried to leave a comment and Blogger has been a PITA today. I think I would make something with my fruit/veggie fabrics about summer...to stop thinking about the snow :)

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  137. Wow over 120 comments. That's a lot of talking quilts. My quilt would express "Contentment". I was gone from my home for 4 years taking care of my Dad who passed away in February 2010. It has taken me until now to feel comfortable in my own home and in my life again. The "Contentment" quilt would celebrate my love for my family and home.

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  138. Anonymous10:41 AM EST

    Bonnie,
    Wonder if 'he' would have gone for the excuse that you are a peddle to the medal sewer and your foot was kinda stuck...might have been worth a try to save $171. for fabric! Sorry, I'm sure my time is coming :D

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  139. Thanks for the tip on how to show the e-mail. I don't have a blog, but I do have a google account so I could read certain blogs that required it. I should be all set now.

    Hmmm, I would like to make a "Florida" quilt, with beach fabrics and scenes, and add words to it. Something bright and cheerful.

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  140. My last speeding ticket was the result of an asthma attack... between trying to breathe and keeping the car in my lane... somehow, watching the speed didn't happen.

    I am thinking about putting DREAM on my WIP quilt... has a special meaning to me.

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  141. I have sooooooooo many quilts I HAVE to make right now, none of them with names, but I do see some in my future!! My first one would probably be a baby quilt, with the name of the baby and words like sweet dreams, hugs, kisses, etc!

    And so sorry 'bout your ticket! Bummer! I was stopped by a female La. State Trooper who started writing out a speeding ticket and she asked me if I realized how fast I was going, and I didn't really, and wasn't going to make up any excuses. We chatted back and forth and before I knew it she had changed my speeding ticket into a "no seatbelt ticket (BTW, I was wearing one) So, I went from getting a $180 ticket to a $20 ticket!! I've since shaved a little lead off my foot! LOL!!!!

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  142. You showed us some of her technique during the Crumbs workshop, so I'd love to WIN a copy of her new book! Catherine. (csimmons2100@yahoo.com)

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  143. Sorry about the ticket. They’re no fun. I've had my share of them as well.

    Maybe "slow down" in a quilt would be appropriate :D

    But really, I would love the book. And I want to try to incorporate a quote from "I Like You" as a gift to my partner, b/c he and I like the poem a lot. Perhaps "So many reasons" with some free motion quilting of other parts.

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  144. I have been planning on making a family quilt with all our names...this book would be a great help.

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  145. Hey Bonnie, If I had the new book I would want to write the words, LIVE, LOVE & LAUGH. Then for another quilt I might try to put in BE HAPPY. Then I'd be searching for some other kind of short, funny phrase.

    Carolyn in NC

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  146. Bummer about the ticket. I've never gotten one, but it's not because I haven't deserved one. I just haven't gotten caught!

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  147. Ugghh! Sorry about the ticket! :-(

    I would love the Word Play book! I'm making hubby a Superman quilt and since we just had our 1st child I wanted to include the quote "The father becomes the son, and the son becomes the father." Thanks!

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  148. ouch! sorry about the ticket and hubby being on the phone at the same time!

    words words words. i love words. putting them into quilts is fun!

    the next word i plan to put on a quilt is
    EXPLORE

    thanks for the chance

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  149. I would like to create a quilt using the word "lana."

    I just went to a retreat where were we were talking about being obsessively pickey about our work.... there's a word for that. The instructor reversed the word and came up with Lana. I think I need a quilt to remind me to let things go.

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  150. Sorry about the ticket. I have a similar picture, but it was of the Indiana State Police! I was lucky to get a warning, but was told, "you have to slow down, mam!" Anyways, with the blizzard hitting hard in our area of WI, I was in the sewing room using your Weed Whacker pattern. It's done and I think Blizzard in the border will say it all!!

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  151. I think a quilt made up of baby's first words would be fun to make. Sorry to hear about the ticket - have you thought of getting Bluetooth?

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  152. I've been trying to design a manly type quilt for my boyfriend and I would love to piece "I luv u" on the back corner. If I don't win then I'm probably going to have to find it somewhere so i can learn how to do it (otherwise I'll just be writing with a permanant marker... again! hahaha)

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  153. I would like my quilt to say, "There are no limitations in what I can do except for the limitations of my own mind".

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  154. Oh, so sorry about the ticket. I have a lead foot too, so I know your pain. I've decided my next quilt will incorporate some of Tanya's letters. Probably will be the name of the recipient.

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  155. The word HOPE as seen in one of the photos. Thanks.

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  156. Oh no! I'm sorry about the ticket. I've got a lead foot, too, but so far I've been lucky. My time will come...

    I am making a weight loss quilt. 1 block for every 5 pounds that I lose. I would like to add the words 'Just for me!"

    Thanks!

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  157. Anonymous12:28 PM EST

    Aww, sorry about your ticket...I have to watch out for my lead foot, too! My DH says my maiden name must have actually been Andretti....
    I would love to learn how to do those letters; I think I would like to make a quilt for our son and daughter-in-law, who have not spoken to us in several years. :( I would put "family" and "love" and "blessings" on it.
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  158. I'm thinking a 'petnames' like sweetie pie, cupcake, angel etc for a valentine's quilt...

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  159. Thanks for the giveaway! I would make my next quilt say "Bliss" because that is my special word!

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  160. Bonnie, Sorry about the speeding ticket! I'm creating a memorial quilt for my best friend, Danny who died from complications of ALS. I would love to make a block that says "Lone Wolf" as that was his nickname!

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  161. I will put my name in my next quilt - of course! I think I would put my name on the backs of all my quilts from now on! What a cool way to label a quilt!

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  162. March 19, 2011; Pride, Faith, and Love. My son will be honored at his Eagle Court of Honor on that date. He was diagnosed with Autism at 9 months leaving us to wonder what his future would hold.

    At 15 he entered college, at 17 he earned his Eagle Scout rank, at 18 (May 2011) he will earn his Associates degree, in the Fall he is off to four year school.

    We still worry about his future, but the worries are the same as every other parent.

    On March 19, I will be filled with these words I should piece into his quilt...pride, faith and love!

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  163. I would like to make a quilt of the sayings that my mom (who has passed away) used to say. Example: I don't know whether I'm pitching or catching! Meaning I am SO busy.

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  164. My son asked me to make an alphabet quilt for my granddaughter. Of course!!

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  165. I love to put words on my quilts, this book looks like it would be wonderful to learn techniques and ways to use lettering in my pieces.

    I am the opposite, I drive too slow, lol. The thought of paying that much for a ticket, hurts, think of all the fabric we could buy, lol.

    Debbie

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  166. That book sound intriguing! Sorry about your ticket. I know how that goes because I also have a lead foot. Fortunately, I haven't gotten a ticket in over two years. :-)

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  167. I am in process of making a quilt of valor. Still needing to design borders, I think "Thank you" would be perfect

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  168. Redo on the posting a comment. I have now turned on the show email button. Anywhoo still the same words..."thank you" on a Quilt of Valor.

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  169. I'm about to quilt my first (and probably last based on the way the hexagons are going together in test blocks) I Spy quilt for my grandson's first birthday. I'm seriously thinking about piecing his name (Finn) in the border if I can figure out how. Has to be easier than these hexagons!

    Jan @ iquiltforfun@blogspot.com

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  170. I would love to put the year in all my quilts with this technique.
    Jane in white Kansas

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  171. I would love to win this book - Ive been playing with a little poem in my head for my next quilt ... Thank you for the giveaway! And sorry about the ticket ...

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  172. I would love to win the book and am planning on making my quilting friends their name in a pillow or a wall hanging. I love to make small gifts for them each year and this one would be fun.

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  173. I'm sorry about the ticket. I got one a few years ago. My college-aged daughter was with me and spilled the beans to DH right away. Of course, he is way worse and gets one about every two years. He got one this summer in Kansas while we were on vacation and driving from Colorado towards our daughter's in Illinois.

    This book looks really great! I'd love to win it. I would probably make quilts for my 4 little granddaughters with their names on them and maybe some loving sentiment.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    lraetaylor@gmail.com

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  174. Oops, I posted the first time on your e-mail. I would really like to use the word play method to put names on baby quilts. I'm always looking for a clever way!

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  175. I would put three words in my quilt "Strength", "Faith" and "Prayers" because I'm needing a lot of them these days, raising three teenagers.

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  176. I want a wallhanging that says "Don't get it perfect, just get it done!" for hubby. He is an ADD perfectionist and needs 'gentle' reminders!

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  177. "Give peas a chance".

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  178. Sorry about the ticket.
    I really want this book and will have to order it next week if I don't win this little lottery!

    I've attempted my own letters last month and added a 'Vermont' to the bottom of my guild challenge quilt. I'm currently working with some leftover blue/white triangles and making them into scrappy white stars surrounded by blues. I'd like to add the words 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' as that is the song my 2 kids (3YO on Superbowl Sunday and the other is 22 months) get before naps and bedtime.

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  179. The building I live in is a two apartment house. Our good friends live in the apartment below us and we take turns cooking and hosting diners. We are all very close and have had many good times here! They will be moving in next fall I would love to make a going away quilt for them with our address, 70 Mechanic St.

    What do you think? :)

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  180. Sorry to hear about the ticket! My folks got pulled over on their way outta town the day I got married... they were soo busy talking about the wedding etc... that they didn't realize they were speeding! Good thing that there was no drinking at the reception! LoL.... The officer saw that they had just been busy talking and didn't give them a ticket!
    Sorry... at least you weren't texting or holding the cell phone! Just average it out over how many years (if any) since your last ticket... and it won't feel quite sooo bad!
    And hmmm, my folks 50th anniversary is a year from this Spring.... I would love to build them a quilt with some meaningful words on it! So, please enter me into your give a way! Just want you to know too, how much I enjoy reading your blog! You motivate me to sew!

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  181. Would love to win book. Think I would write saying I like or lines from songs that stick in my head. Sorry bout ticket.

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  182. I would do words like LOVE, LAUGH, LIFE IS GOOD.
    Sorry about the ticket. There are lots of speed traps in NC.

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  183. Sorry about your ticket - I got one a couple of years ago and had to go to "Criminal School" - Defensive Driving! The down side was that it took a day but the up side was that the ticket did not go on my driving record and I got a 15% discount on my auto insurance!!! Anyway, good luck!
    I'm planning a baby quilt that I would love to put the new baby's name on with some cute advice for him/her.
    Thanks for the give away.

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  184. Yuck on the ticket. :(

    Tonya's book catches my eye, but your Smith Mountain pattern is what I really want! :)

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  185. I love working a scripture from the Bible into my quilts somewhere. I'm thinking it would have to be a really SHORT one to use this technique but it would be neat.

    Kat

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  186. I am making flood quilts and some to sell to raise money for the victims of Cyclone Yasi yesterday so this message with will included with each one:

    "2011 - when many hands made light work, when complete strangers turned up and made a difference, when a nation mourned and then we all got on with it."

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  187. Bonnie,
    I love this book, I read Tonya's blog and have watched her as she put this together. If I win I want to put the name of the person who the quilt is for in the quilt some place or on the back. That way they always know it's theirs. We have a friend who was recently paralyzed and I've been thinking about a lap quilt for him.

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  188. I am principal's secretary at an elementary school and I would piece together our character ed words like wisdom, integrity,altuism, service etc... and enlist the help of the staff and kids using their handpints in the quilt. Very bright and colorful. I can't wait to take your class in Fort Worth in a couple of weeks! See you soon!

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  189. Sorry to hear about your speeding ticket! What a bummer! Lousy way to end your wonderful couple of weeks!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win Tanya's new book. My words would be - GIVE - LIVE - LOVE. I saw them on a Coca-Cola billboard several years ago and never forgot them. I thought they would make a great quilt - but didn't know quite how I would make the words. Now I know!! Tanya to the rescue!! YAY!!

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  190. My favorite.
    "God only gives us what he believes we can handle. Just wish he didn't trust me so much."
    Would like this to be pieced on the back of my next quilt. So true at this point in my life.
    Jan

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  191. I'm sorry about your speeding ticket. I got my first one in December after over 30 years of driving so I feel your pain. I want to make a quilt for my mother with all her children's names and special dates on it as a surprise for her. thanks for all you do for us.

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  192. Anonymous4:37 PM EST

    SORRY ABOUT THE TICKET!
    NEAT BOOK!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  193. I'd like to make a quilt to give to the class I teach to raise money to go to their convention. I teach nursing at a college. So... I would like to put the name of the college on the quilt and make a log cabin pictoral of the school as the center. Kind of ambitious huh? I dream big.

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  194. Oooooh, hate that about the ticket. At least you have some wonderful distractions LOL!! Congrats on the book. And thanks for the giveaway.

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  195. I would love to win this book. If I could make my next quilt speak, I would have it say: My name and the year I made the quilt

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  196. Winning this book would be such a great addition to my quilting library! I have two quilts that I am to work on for our Relay for Life in June to be present to two survivors of cancer. This book would be great to have to add some inscription to the quilts! Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  197. I think I would like to try "QUILT", but I'm afraid Q might be a difficult letter to piece....
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  198. Sorry about the ticket.It's not fun getting one. Thanks for the book giveaway. Also I am looking forward to your new book that I ordered.

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  199. I would piece "TIME" into a quilt...... just cause :o)

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  200. Sorry about the ticket that is never fun. They always seem to pull me over because my headlights like to burn out without telling me. I am currently working on a quilt with paper pieced ski boots. The pattern shows names of different ski resorts appliqued aound the border, how much fun would it be with the wonkyness of those wordplay books ... hmm ... I wonder. Thanks for the great giveaway! :-)

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