Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Fun Day... and the beginning of the giveaway party

Hi Everyone,

Did you ever wonder where the "Friday Fun Day" title for all of my Friday posts came from? Well, even if you didn't I am gonna tell you :) Back... way back LOL About 2 yrs ago... maybe a year and a half...whatever... I applied to be a contributor to the creative team of a designer named Amanda Herring AKA The Quilted Fish. That was before the shop and all of the accompanying crazyness. We, the Team, created items with her fabric and posted tutorials on her blog every Friday. So I would title my posts Friday Fun Day and direct you over to her blog to see the latest cuteness... This year we have been working on a secret project. THE BOOK here is a picture of the cover:

I can't take any credit at all but I am so proud of this book. The pictures are beautiful and vibrant on glossy paper. Every page is a feast for the eyes. Even the directions pages have Amanda's style all over them. Honestly, It is so much fun to look through. The box on the cover is by Amanda herself. It is a sewing kit box, those flowers are pincushions. Just saying ...because I can... Amanda is brilliant you should see her new pattern for a sewn dollhouse complete with a backyard. Totally Genius!

This quilt is by someone you will know from my Newsletter, Brooke. I have been so fortunate to make these 9 ladies my friends and abuse cherish their friendship in everything I do :)

 This Mini is by someone else you will know if you hang around here any time at all... Sally

This is the make and take project the girls were teaching in the Market booth. Cute huh? This was made by Jackie

There are 5 more projects and awesome ladies in the book as well... ummm me included.

So the first Giveaway for the 500th post giveaway is a copy of this book. I will even sign my pattern (a rotary cutting mat carrying bag with a fold out ironing surface) called Pack and Press (we fondly refer to it as the Pack and Play).

Just leave a message here saying anything you want :) but keep it PG please :)

Have an awesome Friday Fun Day :)

222 comments:

  1. What a wonderful looking book! I would love to make that box! Congrats on your 500th post!

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  2. How exciting! Congrats Julie! Can't wait to see it in person! :)

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  3. The book looks awesome! Congratulations on being published and on your 500th post! :)

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  4. Ooh I saw this in the Quilt Market posts. I'd love to win it. Pack and Play is such a cute name. Have a Fun Friday yourself!

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  5. That's a crazy amount of posts - WOW - congrats. The book looks wonderful.

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  6. The book looks great!!

    Michelle Norris
    michelle@campnc.com

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  7. I love books, I need more quilting and sewing books!

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  8. The Book looks amazing, Julie!

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  9. I would type happy day 500 times but that might take a while. congratulations enjoy the celebrations of your 500th post. We enjoy the great creative inspiring posts...keep up the great work...looking forward to your 1000th posting.

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  10. You are a good secret keeper! So excited about the book! Congratulations to all of you!!!

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  11. 500 posts and a project in a publication - you have a lot to celebrate!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  12. WooHoo! 500 posts! I am WAYYY not there yet!

    Congrats on the book! My sisters and I want to make a recipe book.

    Emma Lou

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  13. Each one of those projects is darling. It looks like a great book.

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  14. I saw this at market and thought it was so cute! Congratulations on 500 posts!

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  15. I love that mini! What fun.
    Congrats again Julie!

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  16. Congrats on 500 posts! Amazing book! :)

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  17. Congratulations on 500 posts. The book looks great, would love to win it. THanks.

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  18. Happy Friday!!! Congrats Julie, so so exciting!!!
    Steph
    stephers.s@gmail.com

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  19. 500 is a big number! So proud to know you and know what a great person you are inside and out! Thanks Julie for being the type of person everyone would want for a friend!

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  20. Congrats on your 500th post, well done. The book looks fantastic.

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  21. Congrats!!!! I would love to win this book, and to have it signed as well, thats just having your apple and you get to eat it to!!

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  22. Congrats!! It is always exciting to see a project become a reality. Way to go and great job!!! Can't wait to see what else you have up your quilting sleeves!!!

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  23. Happy 500th and thanks for the great giveaway!

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  24. Congrats on your 500th post. I attempted a blog long ago but didn't have the time to continue with it so I gave up on it. I can't even imagine what it must feel like to reach this milestone!
    The book looks so delicious, I would love to bring it home :)

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  25. Happy 500th; thanks for chance to win! (EMAIL: marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  26. Looks like a lot of fun projects. The play house intrigues me.

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  27. Congratulations on 500!
    This book looks so cute! I'd love to win it and play around with the projects.
    Thanks for the chance.

    lisa(at)vetteklisa(dot)com

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  28. That book looks like it has some really fun projects. That box is the perfect gift for a sewist!

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  29. Congrats! I'd love the book...new ideas are always wonderful!

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  30. Looks like an awesome book. I would love to have a copy.
    Sally@BabyStepsQuilting.com

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  31. Wow, what great pictures. It looks like a fantastic book. Congrats on your 500th post.

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  32. Parabéns sempre,este livro vai ser sucesso em qualquer mão,quem sabe na minha...Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  33. congratulations julie-way to go on the 500th post AND on being Miss Published! kudos. i'm looking forward getting my mitts on the book.

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  34. That looks lovely! Have a glorious weekend, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. Congratulations on the BOOK and the 500! How exciting, and the photos are super. Thank you for sharing how it all started.

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  36. Congrats. The book looks gorgeous from the photos! :)

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  37. congrats!!! how exciting, a book and your 500th post....heart your blog

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  38. What beautiful projects and gorgeous looking book! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  39. The book looks great! What neat projects.

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  40. How exciting, what a fun thing to be a part of!

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  41. What gorgeous looking projects can't wait to see this book! I hope I win!

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  42. Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway! I love getting new books to inspire me

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  43. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! 500 WOW!!!! I haven't been following for all 500 because I am living in the dark ages as many say and didn't even really know you could learn so much from blogs until about six months ago but I truly enjoy yours and will continue.

    Thank you. The book is wonderful!!! Love the box!!!

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  44. Congratulations!!! Wow how awesome! And the book looks amazing. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. What do I want? I just want to be as talented as some of the ladies' blogs I read. I can sew...and I'm a perfectionist when it comes to it...but I just dont have the creativity to come up with all the cute stuff you guys do!! AWesome job, congratulations, and I can't wat to win "The Book".

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  46. would love to win the book.. looks like the patterns will be lots of fun to make.

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  47. This looks like a terrific book to add to my library! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  48. Congrats on the book and 500 posts.

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  49. Looks like a fun book! Thanks for the chance.

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  50. Congratulations! 500 posts is a huge accomplishment. Can't wait to see you at 1000!

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  51. The projects in the book look awesome! WOW!

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  52. Congratulations!
    What fun to have been involved in such a great book!
    What next???

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  53. So awesome Julie!! Congrats to you and the creative team. Can't wait to see it....hopefully June 2nd?

    Kathy J

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  54. The book looks beautiful! Congratulations on the post count and the book!

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  55. Congratulations on your post and on being in the book! It looks amazing! I have been debating that collection--and seeing it here seals the deal! I would love a chance to win! Thanks!

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  56. Wow, it's incredible where life can take you! Congrats, and thanks for the giveaway! (P.S. Happy Towel Day!)

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  57. Congrats Julie! 500 posts is a feat. May there be many more on the horizon. :)

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  58. Congratulating you on the 500th posting! Yay, book!

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  59. I have an apple a day each day! Sure would love this one for my 'nutritional break'!! hehehe

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  60. The box on the cover is gorgeous. I'll be my husband wouldn't even mind if I left my "stuff" out if it were concealed in such a pretty outfit!

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  61. Congratulations on 500 posts. Thanks for the give away.

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  62. Congratulations on 500 posts, awesome book, thanks for the chance to win

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  63. Congrats on so many blog posts! WOW! Also YAY for a pattern in this book. I'd love to win a copy!

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  64. yay thanks for the great giveaway! I'd love to win this bok

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  65. Yikes...my comment wouldn't post so I'll try again. I love Amanda's stuff too and her fabrics and designs are so cute!!!

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  66. Wow! Here I was set to say "Congratulations on your 500th post!" ... and here you are contributor to a sweet book! Thanks for the wonderful chance to win an autographed copy. Oh! We will be eating my mother's homemade apple pie today.

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  67. Congrats on your 500th post! The book looks amazing! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of it!

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  68. Congratulations Julie on your milestone 500th post!

    I saw this book and a lot of those projects in many of the pictures from Market. It looks like there are a number of super cute things to make in there. I LOVE the sound of your project. Thank you for the chance.

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  69. Congratulations on your 500th post

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  70. Congratulations on 500 posts - that's quite a milestone! I would love to be able to make these beautiful projects - thanks for the chance to win! Fridays are fun!!

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  71. Wooooooohoooo, Julie that's so cool! And I can personally attest to your pattern being awesome. :)

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  72. Congratulations! I think yours sounds like something I need to make for next year's Retreat!!
    Thanks for the chance xxx

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  73. Oh, that book looks fabulous! What a great collaboration among fabulous sewists!

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  74. This is wonderful! Congrats to everyone on the new book.

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  75. Lets Party!!! A bright and fresh new book.

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  76. Congratulations! Lovely photos! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  77. Congratulations! The book looks lovely.

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  78. This book looks awesome!! I can't wait to get my own copy.

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  79. Congratulations. The book looks great. :)

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  80. Congratulations and to think I am working on quilt, Whoopsie Daisy!

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  81. Congrats on the 500th post! The book looks wonderful. I would love to see what the pack and play looks like. Sounds like something I really need!

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  82. What a fun book and such happy projects! A signed copy would be fabulous! Thanks for the chance!

    MGM

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  83. Wow,500 Posts! Congrats! I love drooling over all those great fabrics you feature. Looks like a great book!

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  84. 500 posts is awesome! Congratulations! What a gorgeous book - looks like many happy hours of projects are waiting on those pages. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  85. Congrats again and thanks for the chance to win.

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  86. The book looks beautiful!! Congrats on 500 posts! :) Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  87. HELLO!CONGRATS ON 500+!
    THIS BOOK LOOKS GREAT!
    THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  88. So exciting that you are in a book!!! Congrats!!!

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  89. Being a huge fan of yours and Amandas makes me want this book all the more. thanks!!

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  90. What a lovely book! Congratulations on your 500th post!I thought hitting 50 posts was huge, this is so much more. Love your blog, its one of my favorites.

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  91. Would love to have a copy of the book. Congrats on the 500th post.

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  92. How fun for you to be included in such a wonderful project. Yay for them and yay for you!

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  93. Congratulations on the book!
    Hope I win!

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  94. Such a beautiful book! If I don't win your autographed copy, when can I purchase it?

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  95. Oh I want to make that sewing kit box! Pick me!! Linda

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  96. Wow, so many things going on at the Intrepid thread house!!!!!, Congrats!. Thank for the chance, I am sure the projects are fabulous!.

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  97. An apple a day, I look forward to seeing more of this book. So creative!!!!

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  98. WOW!!!! All you ladies are SOOOOOOOO talented!!!! Will you rub my head so I can have a tiny bit of your talent? If all 9 of you do, I'm sure to get a little!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  99. What a cool prize!! I'd be thrilled to win!! :-) Hope that you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and thank you for the chance to win! :-)

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  100. Congrats on the 500th post! I would love to make an apple themed quilt like that.

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  101. Congratulations on the book and the 500th post! I have been loving the shots of this book showing up on all the blog posts from Market. I'd love to win a copy!

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  102. This message is rated PG by the quilters association of Gene Black:

    Yaay! pick me!

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  103. What fun to collaborate on that book. I love the projects you've shown, especially the box on the cover! Thinking I could use that as a gift box for something for dd's wedding shower, then of course she would keep the box and use it. So yeah, I'd need to win the book! ;) Will you be selling it in case I dont' win?

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  104. Yay for 500 posts. What a great accomplishment. I love reading your posts. And what a great giveaway!

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  105. Looks like some really great patterns in that book. Congrats. Enjoy your holiday weekend.

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  106. I am now obsessed with that box! Can you tell me how big it is? I see from the video on The Quilted Fish blog that it has little organizer boxes inside! EEEEK!

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  107. What a fab book... Pick me, pick me!

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  108. i, too, am fascinated with the box! would love to win this book for the pattern! then, every day would be friday fun! congrats on the 500th; thanx for the giveaway.

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  109. This book looks wonderful! Congrats to one and all. Thanks for the chance to win one!

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  110. Congrats on 500 posts! Looking forward to many more!

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  111. Congratulations on the book! I can't wait to see it. :)

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  112. Congrats on your 500th post and your contribution to the book! I am just starting a quilt that includes some prints from Apple of My Eye. I love the herringbones. :)

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  113. I'm so glad I came upon your blog a few months ago. Would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance. Congratulations on your 500th post. great milestone!

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  114. Congrats on the 500! And thanks for the giveaway!

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  115. congrats on 500 posts! what a fun announcement too - of your guys' book! i'm excited to hear more about it and the projects. that 'pack and play' sounds just like something i need! yay!

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  116. Those pictures are so pretty and the projects look great.

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  117. This is a great looking book.

    rebekahricker (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  118. I want this book so I can make your contribution--sounds amazing! christina112358 at gmail dot com

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  119. Oh this book looks beautiful! I would love it!
    Happy Weekend!

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  120. Congrats on reaching 500! I love the box and the book looks wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

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  121. what a terrific looking book!

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  122. This book looks soo cute I can't wait till I get one. Thanks
    joylovessewing@comcast.net

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  123. Looks awesome!

    Can't wait to have a look into the book.

    Greetings,
    Tina

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  124. Very cool looking book! Congrats on that and the 500th post!!!

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  125. Bet you're proud that the book is out - good job!

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  126. Wow 500 - well done, I love the look of the book, how exciting!
    thanks for the giveaway

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  127. Love, Love, Love this book...am inspired just looking at the projects you have featured!!

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  128. OOHH I want this book! If I dont win I hope I can purchase it!! Congrads on 500 posts!!!

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  129. wow congratulations!
    the book seems fantastic too!

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  130. This book looks wonderful!!! Thanks for the chance to win, and Congratulations on 500 posts!!!

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  131. i would love to dream over this book

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  132. Have a wonderful weekend!
    I'm going to try to get some quilting time in...

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  133. Congratulations on your 500th post and being published in An Apple A day!! Dont know how you do it all!!Love your website too.

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  134. What a great crew you have! thanks for sharing! The book looks really fantastic too!

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  135. Very fun looking book, no wonder you are so proud! You are part of a talented "family"! Congratulations on your big 50 "0" that's 500! woohoo! Thank you for sharing all of you talent and your happy little self:) It's always a pleasure to stop by and visit.

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  136. I love the box on the cover. It's gorgeous. Congratulations on 500 posts!

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  137. I'd love a copy of the book! Thanks for the chance!

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  138. Congratulations on the book and 500th post!!!

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  139. Congratulations on your 500th post. The quilt on the front of the book is really cute. I would love to have the book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  140. The book looks great! Would Love to make one of those pretty "make and takes" for my nice :)

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  141. Looks like a good book with some neat projects. Congrats on 500Th post.

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  142. Congrats! Looks like it will be a great book!

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  143. Way to go, Julie! Great projects.

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  144. So much eye candy, so little time! Congrats, Julie!!

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  145. i love reading this blog. congrats on #500!

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  146. Those teaser pictures make me want to open the book and see what else awaits. The framed blocks with inspirational embroidery are beyond wonderful.

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  147. What a wonderful book that must be! The projects you showed us are all adorable...love the little framed quilt! I'd love to win this wonderful giveaway!

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  148. woohoooooo that is totally awesome. Congrats. I can't wait to see this book!!

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  149. Congratulations, that's wonderful Julie!

    My husband bought me Joanna Figueroa's "With Fabric & Thread" yesterday, and I was only thinking last night that I wish some of my other favourite fabric designers would release a book! And here we are! I love Amanda's fabrics.. I don't have any Apple yet, but I have Sweet Divinity, Sugar & Spice and Delighted gracing my sewing room and design walls!

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  150. Oh my goodness! I love boxes and books. Ever since I was a little girl I've enjoyed covering boxes with fabric or paper and turn them into 'treasure' boxes. I have quite a few in my studio.

    I sure would love to have this book.

    Have a great weekend!

    Debbie

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  151. Congratulations!!! Thanks for the chance to win such a great looking book!!

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  152. I would love to win! I do not own any pattern books yet.

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  153. Wow! Congratulations!
    Patrick

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  154. Congratulations on the 500 posts. Thanks for the chance to win this fab book.

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  155. What a great accomplishment...500 posts and this new book. It looks wonderful!

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  156. Congrats on 500 posts! What an accomplishment!

    I love that mini and have followed Amanda's blog as well as yours for some time now. Love her fabrics and your projects!

    Thanks for the give away!
    Sandy A

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  157. How inspiring! I'd love to win a copy of this book - the projects you've previewed look great! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  158. You have secrets in your past :) Looks like a wonderful book!

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  159. Cute book and congrats on your upcoming 500th post!
    kmrel4@gmail.com

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  160. What fun! I've been reading all about Market and I can hardly believe that I've been following many of the design teams blogs for so long I totally feel like I know you :)

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  161. Thanks for the giveaway! have a great weekend!

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  162. Congratulations on your book. I love fun projects and having them all together in a book is wonderful.

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  163. Thanks for the shout out.. it is a beautiful book!

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  164. Congratulations on your 500th milestone! Thanks for the giveaway

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  165. What a gem of a book! Would go great with all the Apple of my Eye fabric I just bought! awolk at rogers dot com

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  166. Congrats on your 500th post and the new book! Here is to another 500 :)

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  167. I saw a picture of the Pack and Press on another blog and thought that it was inspired. Now I know that it is Intrepid too.
    Congratulations on the 500 posts. I have loved reading most of them. I am still catching up on some of the older ones. :D

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  168. The book sounds fantastic!

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  169. The book sounds amazing!! i love Amanda's fabrics!! thanks for the chance to win it:-)

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  170. All these projects are beautiful! I love the little background story!

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  171. Sooo cool that book looks! Congrats on being part of the team. :D

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  172. Sooo cool that book looks! Congrats on being part of the team. :D

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  173. Oh I am loving what I see of this book. I do hope I am the winner. Thanks for the chance to win it Julie

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  174. Great looking projects! And congrats to you! Wow! It's letting me type in the security words! Yippee!

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  175. Heh, pack and play, love it! The book looks fab too :o)

    Happy 500th!

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  176. Congratulations on the 500th post, Julie! I wish you and the Intrepid Thread all the best! Hugs from Portugal. Ana

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  177. WOW!!! Kool book!!! How do I become a contributor to a creative design team? Thank you for generosity

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  178. congrats on Post 500!!! Party!!! the book looks fab, thanks for the chance to win
    xxB

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  179. I love the mini...thank you and congrats!

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  180. Congrats on your longevity! I'm excited about the book...Big congrats on your contribution!

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  181. I was rolling over this entire book on Amanda's site just a few days ago- such pretties :) Congrats on being able to be part of her team- what a special group of friends :)

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  182. A girl can never have yoo many fabulous craft books. Great giveaway, thank you.
    ks.eyles@yahoo.co.uk

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  183. What a beautiful book! Lots of projects that I'd love to make.

    Thank you for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  184. Congratulations on being part of a book. The book looks beautiful, and all I can say about the cover project is that I REALLY want to make it. It shows off the fabric beautifully.

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  185. Gorgeous looking book - your project sounds like a fantastic idea...I just happen to need something exactly like that!!!

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  186. Congrats! Luv to have this book! Thanks!

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  187. Woot woot!! Congrats on 500 posts!
    The book looks wonderful - thanks for a chance to win it :)

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  188. The book is gorgeous! You must be SOOOO excited! I know I would be :) Way to go!!

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  189. Congratulations, this looks like a great book! Happy 500 posts too :)

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