Monday, August 29, 2011

PICK FOUR

Hello Everyone,

England gave us the FAB FOUR, and now England has given us PICK FOUR by Sue Abrey.  Let’s all get A Ticket to Ride and hop on the double-decker bus and drive down Pennie Lane on a book blog hop.  There will be a total of ten stops along the way which means you have ten chances to win an autographed copy of PICK FOUR.  The best thing about this book tour is….you don’t have to pack a bag!  No airport security, just the security of knowing that you will have a great time going Here, There and Everywhere.

Do You Want to Know a Secret?  Once you get a copy of this book, you are going to want to quilt Eight Days a Week!  First of all, I read the book like a novel.  Sue’s very matter of fact way and essence of being a quilting Paperback Writer, makes you feel that she is right in the room with you, coaching, encouraging and sharing her knowledge, love of quilting along with her sense of humour. (That spelling is for you Sue.)  She figuratively Holds Your Hand through the process of quilt making from beginning to end.


Those of you that follow my blog know my quilting style.  I’m a scrappy quilt maker for a couple of reasons.  I love the complexity of a scrappy quilt.  I love the challenge of combining all different colors, styles and scales of fabric together.  I have hundreds of fat quarters all begging to be selected for the perfect placement in a quilt.  When I first sat down with my cup of coffee and Sue’s book I thought, “I’m in trouble now!”  How can I decide on only four fabrics in a quilt, when I’ve been known to use over four dozen fabrics at one time? 

So here was my challenge…..PICK FOUR fabrics Lynn…..only FOUR and Let It Be. Rein in your thinking. Think outside the box while staying in the box. Remember, the fewer the fabric choices, the more important those choices become. I achieved this by applying Sue’s technique for choosing fabrics which is fun and not the least intimidating. She’s a Woman who understands that it isn’t always easy to select fabrics for a quilt. I followed her technique as I selected the fabrics for the two projects I made from the book. Four interesting fabrics equal one interesting quilt.  Here are the fabrics I selected to make Stars at the Crossroads.


Block #1.

Block #2.

In no time at all, thanks to Sue's clear, concise directions and illustrations, I had a table topper ready for quilting.  (Sue's book has full size quilt designs, for the sake of time, I made smaller versions.)


The book is broken down into four sections.  Sue will take you full circle from fabric selection, quilt making techniques, to choosing a quilting design. Then comes the fun part, the projects, for beginning to advanced quilters.  I’ve Got a Feeling you are going to make more than one of Sue’s wonderful designs.  This is where I had another problem, Because I couldn’t decide which project I wanted to make first!  There are 12 beautifully designed quilts in PICK FOUR. 

I didn't want to stop at just one project!  I selected another grouping of four fabrics and started making Lis's Midnight Flower Garden. (I feel a song coming on Dizzy Miss Lizzy, and I know it's a stretch, but you have to work with me people.)  I'm thinking to myself that I'm really getting into this Pick Four!


This has the appearance of a complex block, yet is not complex to make.  Surprise yourself and your friends when you make this quilt.


 I zipped through this and made another wonderful table topper. 


Sue is a master at creating a secondary design when the blocks are sewn All Together Now. She also addresses searching out the secondary designs when you start thinking about how to quilt your quilt and gives you so much Help. One section of the book is a detailed set of questions that walk you through making your quilting decisions. Every design in the book includes a section on color alternatives and quilting options. There is none of this Quilt as Desired business!

Here is a great example of a secondary design.  I have lots of open space to do some wonderful machine quilting.
I learned so much from Sue’s book.  I was intrigued by the way she illustrated how to make a large block, cut it apart, and before you can say, “Bob’s Your Uncle”,  there is a whole new design before your eyes!  She experiments with different layouts and encourages you to do the same.

I work in a quilt shop one day a week and I know the resource I’m going to turn to when I hear someone say, “I have the hardest time choosing fabrics.”  The illustrations are excellent as well as the commentary.  I will be using PICK FOUR as a resource long past When I’m Sixty-Four
Now for more fun.  In the comment section, tell me your favorite Beatles song and relate it to quilting in some way shape or form. My 2-year-old Golden Retriever Zinnie, will be the impartial judge and select a winner of an autographed copy of PICK FOUR.  All decisions are final, and the judge can be bribed with Kibble and dog biscuits.  The comment section will be closed at 12pm Pacific Standard Time on Saturday, September 3rd. 

I want to thank Sue for giving me the opportunity to review her book and her generous offer to give one of her books to ten lucky winners over the course of the blog hop.  If you don't win, please go to your local quilt store, Amazon.com or Martingale Press to get a copy of the book.

Here are the rest of the stops along the way:

  • Wed 31 Aug - Paulette at Sweet P Quilting

  • Fri 2 Sep - Trudi at Quilting Prolifically

  • Sat 3 Sep - Hazel at Cotton Cocktails

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    Have fun and enjoy the blog hop. I'm anticipating great comments from many of you!

    As always,

    Lynn

    109 comments:

    1. Sue's book sounds wonderful from helping quilters pick fabric to helping choose the method for quilting.

      It's a Long and Windng Road to using up my quilt stash but with Sue's Help, I can give it a try.

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    2. "Imagine" Oh how I'd love to say I have so much imagination and creativity when it comes to my quilts. Instead I'll be honest, I constantly say to myself, "it's hard to "imagine" I made that same mistake again in my piecing!!!" :) Amy Oops, guess I cheated... isn't that a George Harrison song without the other Beatles?

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    3. Hello Lynn,

      My song would be "Any time at all" after all with Sue's book we can quilt 8 days a week.

      Happy days.
      Bev.xoxo

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    4. Oh this is so easy.. I love love the beatles, after "A Hard Days Night" sewing with my new "Strawberry Fields" fabric I feel like "Lady Madonna". It's a shame I have to sleep really but I know "It won't be long" before I can sew again.... I really wish there were "Eight Days a Week" ..... Linda

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    5. Loved this post!
      I too was wishing for 'Eight Days a Week' but perhaps it's more of a case of 'When I'm Sixty Four' I'll have so much more time to sew!
      Thanks!!

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    6. There's one line in "Hey Jude" that I love...."for we all know that it's a fool who plays it cool my making his world a little colder...". How it relates to quilting? Making warm & cozy quilts can warm up our world.
      The book sounds great...thanks for the review!

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    7. Imagine...imagine the inspiration from this new book...love to win one!

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    8. I will loves to try the projects on the book. But, now I am busy welcoming my first first baby boy, I am sure "I'll Be Back" for the sewing soon!!

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    9. "Do you want to know a secret?" - I'm loving this "Magical Mystery Tour" of blogs :o). "With a Little Help from my Friends" I'm hoping to be the proud new owner of Pick Four ("You Know My Name").

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    10. "All I've Got to Do" is follow Sue's well written instructions.

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    11. If I win this book I won't have to worry about paying the TAXMAN by purchasing it!

      O.k. you sure made it hard to pick a favorite Beatles song since you named most of them already! Going to make me pull out "Number 1s" while sewing today.....

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    12. Sue's book would be a REVELATION to any quilter :) I love the idea of just focusing on 4 fabrics to make an amazing quilt.

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    13. Yellow submarine because yellow would be my focus color!!!

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    14. My favorite Beatles song is Mother Nature's Son ... "Born a poor young country boy, Mother Nature's son, all day long he's sitting singing songs for everyone." Just reminds me of my son. LOVE love love your fabric selections.

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    15. I too have a hard time choosing fabrics for my quilts. Gracious, I have not thought of or heard a Beatles song in eons. I think Yesterday (would be appropriate, as I did work on a quilt Yesterday :-)

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    16. Hi from France

      I'd like to make a quilt for my sister in lawand his book would be a good help to choose the fabrics . Do you know her name ? "Michele " , of course ! I'd like to quilt in a yellow submarine too, because under the sea, it's quiet, and I could be sleeping like a log...after quilting "eight days a week"
      Have a nice day

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    17. I think we can all say that "All you need is love" - of fabric of course and hopefully this book if I win it! Thanks

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    18. "Something" is one of my favorite beatles songs and there is "something" about this book that really appeals to me. I love how your quilts turned out. They seem to have more than 4 fabrics in them. This book looks like it would be a great one to have and use often. You could make the same quilt with different fabrics and it would look so different.

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    19. Love me do! Please love me and send me the wonderful book! I can make lots of quilts for my family and my two woolly labradoodles....

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    20. It would have to be "I Want to Hold Your Hand" as we all had to have our hand held as we entered this wonderful world of quilting.

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    21. After 'A Hard Days Night' of sewing I like to 'Imagine' how much more time I'll have 'When I'm 64' but settle on 'Let It Be' as I create 'Eight Days a Week'. Thanks for the chance - this book would be awesome to own!!

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    22. Let it Be! Stop being a perfectionist! and Let it be. Can't wait to get this book.

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    23. What a fun review! HEY JUDE, don't make it bad. Take a sad song (piece of fabric) and make it better! Thanks for the chance to win this cool book!

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    24. OK, your review has to be the funniest yet! I"m hoping if I say nice things you will LOVE ME DO! If not that is ok, because my fabric feels the love!

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    25. These reviews are making it tough for me to wait out this blog hop. Great review. Thank you for sharing and for the great giveaway.

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    26. Now I'm singing Beatles songs to myself! Especially Michele, Yesterday and Imagine (OK strictly speaking that's not Beatles, it's John Lennon!) but I do love their songs.

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    27. Oh, so lovely - thanks for the chance!

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    28. Imagine Yesterday when we knew nothing of this marvalous book. I just know Sue would want to Hold Your Hand while showing us her creation and creative ways.
      Thanks for the giveaway. Good Luck to all.
      Paula

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    29. THANKS SUE+LYNN!
      "ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE" WITH THE 'PICK FOUR' BOOK!
      HAPPY QUILTING ALL !

      jldouglas@wispwest.net

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    30. "In My Life" I hope to make many beautiful quilts and meet many wonderful fellow quilters. Ask the judge what his favorite treats are. Thanks, that was fun.

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    31. From Blackbird,
      You were only waiting for this moment to arise
      Winning Sue's book would be a fabulous prize!

      Thanks for a chance.

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    32. Let's "Come Together" and have a great giveaway. I need "Help" with my quilting. Have a "Good Day Sunshine"!

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    33. "Yesterday"! Relate to quilting - how about "I should have started that project Yesterday!!
      Love to win the book, I have the perfect set of four fabrics awaiting.....

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    34. When I'm Sixty-Four I wonder how many quilts I'll have made??? (That's 20 years from now) What kind of stash will I have then? How will quilting change between now and then?

      Good dog, Zinnie - how about a chicken chip? A swim in the pond? A rubber chicken?

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    35. Pick one Beatles song? That's like picking your favorite child! Sorry can't do it.
      I listen to the Beatles on my Ipod while quilting. Hubby gets tired of listening to the same playlist over and over, but these are my friends and I can't get enough of them.
      I can pick a favorite album though, Abbey Road.

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    36. "Yesterday" I thought I could keep up with all of the BOTMs I had started. Today I think I'm nuts.

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    37. Hard Days Night, Yesterday, Michelle, Long and Winding Road, etc....is there a song not to like by the Beatles! Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

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    38. Oh so many--I absolutely love them all and have all the albums on my IPad. I love the Abbey Road album though so will pic, "Come Together" as I always want all my seams to come together nicely! If they don't I will have to resort to "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and get them into place, "Because" when they do "Here Comes the Sun" and all is well. After all, we want all the points to match and all the seams to "Carry That Weight" and join together! Would love the book as much as I love the Beatles! Thanks so much and what fun this was!

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    39. Looking at my schedule, I really wish there were Eight Days A Week. Luckily, I only have to Pick Four fabrics for a quilt from this book!

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    40. When I find that my seams aren't matching up as well as I would like them to, instead of pulling out my seam ripper and going all "Helter Skelter", I sing, "Let it be ... let it be ... let it be ... let it be ...".

      And when I run into a quilting conundrum and don't know what to do, sure enough I get emails and comments from all over the world so, "I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends" "Eight Days A Week".

      And after I've hit the send button and placed an order at an online fabric store, I impatiently plead, "Please, Mr. Postman".

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    41. If I win this book, "I Will" be sooooo happy!!

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    42. Well....well....well....It's been a hard days night and Ive been working like a dog (Zinny)...it's been a hard days night I've been sleeping like a log (NOT). I've been in my quilting room after everyone has gone to bed and I work on my quilting. Wonderful quiet time to get your juices flowing and get to finish some of your UFO'S or just start something new. Like something from the Pick Four book. It just sounds wonderful.

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    43. Please tell Zinnie to watch out the window -- the dog biscuits are on their way! I LOVE the Halloween quilt -- stunning! The Beatles song I am now associating with this book is Eight Days a Week! I am humming it as I type. Very refreshing review!

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    44. I love scrappy quilts, too. But this book looks like a great book to add to my collection. I'm hoping I can win a signed copy, if not I plan to purchase it.

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    45. With all the lovely quilts in this book, only Eight Days a Week or several Hard Days Nights will help me work my way though so many I want to make. But I know it will Come Together and All I've Got To Do is tell everyone Don't Bother Me.

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    46. Well my favorite Beatles song is "And I love Her". Maybe my fabric will sing that about me as I transform it into a quilt :)

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    47. Wow, I loved this post. What a great Beatle's tour and a great Pick 4 review! I just couldn't stop reading the post and all the great comments too. I'm going to need lots of HELP to decide which one of the songs is my favorite. I'm sure when someone's knocking at my door to deliver the Pick 4 book, I'll figure out which one is my favorite! If I had Eight Days a Week, I could quilt as much as I wanted and hopefully be finished with all the UFO's I have so I could start some more when I'm 64! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    48. The Beatles "In my Life" When I sit at a sewing machine I reach through time to the loved ones that quilted before me that are no longer with me and into the future to my finished quilt. As for the quilts I love them all, and some are great and others...

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    49. Hello, Hello would be my song , hello to a new idea and way of quilting with four fabrics ,yeah!

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    50. I'm severely and profoundly deaf and have been all my life. So, I don't know any Beatles songs (and most other bands). :-(

      This book looks wonderful!

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    51. The only Beatles song i know about is "I wanna hold your hand." So how can I relate that...maybe "I wanna hold your quilt...it's so warm and cozy." Lame...but i'd love to win the book.

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    52. Here Comes The Sun! Many, many times I get so caught up in my quilting that I think that I would be welcoming the sun if only sleep didnt get me first.....!!

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    53. I think for those of us who get the book either by winnin it or buying it should all COME TOGETHER to do a quilt along. The we can see all the different ways one pattern can turn out!! That would be so cool. Thank you for the fun way to leave a comment, this was fun. Oh add let Zinnie know the kibble is on the so he(or she) will pick my name, LOL!!!

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    54. I would have to say "Yesterday" because my todays are so busy I think of the little bit of sewing I did yesterday and how much more I will have done by tomorrow! L

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    55. It's been a hard day's night, and I've been sewing up like a storm. It's been a hard day's night, and my quilt'ns almost done.
      I need all the help I can get so hope to win a copy of Pick Four.

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    56. Imagine - how much I could create if I just had a little more time and the inspiration from this book!

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    57. I am sorry, I don't really listen to music-the first one that came to mind was yellow submarine-my quilting room is under the house and feels like I am in a submarine.

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    58. I think my fav song from the Fab Four must be Yesterday right now...as I'm currently sewing my daughter's wedding gown, but I'd sure like to be looking at this book! Loved the post and all the comments, I needed that!

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    59. Every time I mess up I think~ Help! I need somebody. LOL My ripper and I are good pals. Thanks for the fun~ I loved your post. :-)

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    60. I am a perfectionist so I am trying really hard to remember that I am a beginning quilter, that I will get better with practice and I will learn from my mistakes so just "Let It Be".

      My Madison & Molly (furry children) say that they would be willing to share [wink, wink] some of their dog bisquits [mmmmm, yummy] with Zinnie.

      Thank for being a host of this giveaway.

      cgreenleaf2(at)gmail(dot)com

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    61. This book sounds like a book I need. I have been very interested in quilting for a long time, but could use some guidance. As for the beatles, I am not sure I have ever heard any of their songs, maybe in a store somewhere, but then I didn't know it was them if I did.

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    62. My favorite song? “You Really Got a Hold on Me”. LOVE to slow dance to that song.
      But I see others have used several Beatles songs, so I will too. (I had to go out and google songs so I could get a good range of songs)
      “Do You Want to Know a Secret?” My husband keeps complaining about all the fabric I buy. I keep telling him “Baby You’re a Rich Man.” I love going to the LQS, the owner there is so nice, “And I Love Her.” All those fabrics. Oh my, all those fabrics. I wander up and down the aisles, and I keep saying to all the fabric “You Really Got a Hold on Me”. My husband??? Oh, he’s so upset, he calls and calls. I finally answer, and he asks where I am. My answer “Nowhere Man”, but “I’ll Be Back”. I’m going to “Drive My Car” and when I get home, I’m going to give “All My Loving” to this new fabric I bought, and before too long, it’s going to “Come Together” into a brand new quilt.

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    63. Hi Lynn! I so enjoyed your fun review and the lovely fabrics you chose. I have been a follower of Sue's blog for a while. I am now a new follower of yours too. If I am lucky enough to win this fab book, could you send it to me via THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD????- one of my fav Beatles songs, along with YESTERDAY! Sandy. :0)

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    64. It's Been A Long Days Night trying to rip out all these seams. Thanks for the review:)

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    65. Who knew that 'When I'm Sixty-Four' my husband would buy me a beautiful new machine to do my piecing and quilting on?! I hope I win a copy of this great looking book to help me along. Your write up was very creative. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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    66. I enjoyed your post. It really got me in the mood to sew, so "let it be" a quilting day, today and every day.

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    67. Hard Days Night seems to be the story of my life these days! This looks like a fabulous book, thanks for the opportunity to win one!

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    68. Let It Be! That's what I say once I have made fabric choices and delve into the making of my quilts- just Let It Be (beautiful)!!
      Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book...

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    69. The quilter's husband said, "She's Leaving Home(1967, Lennon/McCartney) to go to the quilt shop again."

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    70. "Hello, Goodbye" - hello fabric, goodbye chores! (Well, they don't actually go away but when I'm cutting into fabric I like to pretend that they have.)

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    71. "Here Comes the Sun" which means early morning sunrise and a new day to play in my sewing room. Thanks for the chance in the drawing.

      Linda-TN
      ChenL99290@aol.com

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    72. Last fall, I had a TICKET TO RIDE - on a bus trip to 8 quilt shops. It was a blast and I stocked up on projects! This book looks fantastic. I really enjoyed your creative post!

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    73. "I CAN'T GET NO SATISFACTION" with my machine quilting lately, oh "HELP" wrong group.

      Good looking samples Lynn, might change my mind about not making scrappy quilts.

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    74. Its been a hard days night
      And I'll make friends with your dog
      Its been a hard days night
      I wont be sleeping like a log
      cause when i win Pick Four from you
      Oh the things I could do!
      It will make me feel all right!....

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    75. Do you want to know a secret? Do you promise not to tell?
      I would love to own a copy of this book. I don't have that many UFOs right now and so I can definitely make something out of Pick Four.

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    76. "i love you, yah,yah,yah........"is how I feel about quilting, fabric, patterns and friends. thanks for being part of this give-away, it has been fun.

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    77. I think the best thing someone can say (especially when they receive a quilt or handmade item from you) is "She Loves you!" Truly, quilt-giving and gifting is an act of love!

      Love those quilts-table toppers you made. Love the 4-fabric idea!

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    78. I'm hoping to take a Long and Winding Road to a remote cabin in the mountains somewhere very cool along with a stack of fabric and this book!

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    79. Only Yesterday I was wishing I had some interesting new patterns. Please please me and send me a copy of this book!

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    80. I had a Hard Day's Night but now I'm working away at quilting, trying to reach my goals before Christmas.

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    81. For me it's gotta be "I get by with a little help from my friends!" The friends in blog land for the inspiration, direction and challenge. Friends in my regular world for encouragement (and occasional demands!) to keep quilting and especially to those who help me with colour selection! I am NOT a great colour picker!!! Thanks for the delightful post and great information on this book.

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    82. I like "I wanna hold your hand" just like someone had to hold my hand and show me the way to quilt. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

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    83. Have to bee Yellow Submarine. Yellow fabric and waves of blue/green.
      Thanks for a chance to win.

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    84. Your quilts turned out great. In My Life I have trouble making choices. But when I make the wrong one, Life Goes On

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    85. 'When I'm Sixty Four' I hope to be quilting lots of Sue's quilts from her first book. Luving what I see in 'Pick Four' Thank you Lynn for sharing and participating in the book blog hop....they are always full of inspiration!!

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    86. I would love to quilt "eight days a week", but my hubby would say "you can't do that".

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    87. All you need is quilting, quilting, all you need is quilts... Maybe if everyone quilted the world would be as nicer place?

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    88. The long and winding road of fabric can lead you to many fascinating places- I actually have made a bargello quilt pattern that was named " The Long and Winding Road. It was from the quilter magazine. It looks like a terrific book- thanks for the chance to win such a nice one.
      Regards from western Canada,
      Anna

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    89. Oh, I love what you made. I just can't believe how well some of the designs turn out with "just four" fabrics. I never thought it could be done and look good. Fantastic job!

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    90. All You Need Is Love! It's true...I'd love to win this book, love secondary patterns..can't believe I could make anything with just 4 fabrics ;-) and I love your blog Lynn..what's the fabric line in the table topper??
      love, Susan Vicary

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    91. Yesterday I was in high school having a Hard Day's Night, friending Michelle and calling "Hey Jude", when the Beatles brought their Lonely Hearts Club Band and their Yellow Submarine to the US.OUr marching group had such a crush on all of them we stood outside the movie theatre and swooned at the pictures! Ah to be 16 again.
      Your quilts are amazing!

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    92. yellow submarine as this has been my summer of Yellows... don't know why I am so stuck on Yellow but it is making its way into all my work.

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    93. Hi Lynn! SO much to catch up on here since we've been away! First I have to say how Cuuuuute your grandson is with his prize! I can't believe he's only 3! Way to go!! Wow - what a great post - I see I've missed out on a lot of blog hopping! Sue's book looks amazing and at first glance your Halloween quilt looks like it has more than 4 fabrics - yippeee! A little secret...I actually MET the Beatles when they were in Seattle in the late 60's thanks to a friend whose father owned the large radio station in town! I was at a loss for words for sure - and they were so darned cute! My fav song of theirs was I Wanna Hold Your Hand and Paul was my favorite Beatle! I needed my hand held a lot when I first began quilting, but thanks to many who lent theirs, I am a much better quilter!
      Cheers!

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    94. Yellow submarine, I love the fun..and the colour. Your review is "wetting" my appetite for this book. Thank-you! grace:) weftandwarp(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    95. 'Ask Me Why' I have so much fabric...because I love to quilt.

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    96. With a Little Help From My Friends. Since I find there are times that I get stuck on some technique and need a little help and my friends are always there to help. This is why quilting is so much fun.

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    97. My Beatles song would have to be please mister postman as I am always waiting on things from the quilt shop.

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    98. Do I get disqualified if I say that I'm not a Beatles fan?? lol

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    99. With a little help from my friends - my bloggin buddies have been the best in the quilt community!

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    100. 'Can't buy me love' but I can most certainly buy me some more fabric! I would love to win a copy of this book.

      Jittina, the Netherlands

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    101. I loved The Yellow Submarine. Don't know why, I just did. And because yellow is a major fall color, I would use it as one of my colors. I just have to have this book!

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    102. "All you need is Love"... and each of my quilts are made with Love as I pick specific fabrics and colors for the variety of personalities in my life! Love love love!!

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    103. Michele almost sounds like my name Gisele. It sounds like a breeze and I love quilts flowing in the wind.

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    104. think you are very creative to have carried those Beatles tunes through that entire post!! Go Girl! I'd love a chance to win Sue's book! Thanks for the fun!
      Jayne
      jaynesquiltingroom.blogspot.com

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    105. Sues book sounds really good...I'd love a chance to win a copy, but if I'm unsuccessful, I might have to add it to my "I've been a good girl this year santa" list!

      Hugs
      Naomi

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    106. Your creations from Sue's book are beautiful. My favorite Beatles song is She Loves You and that is what I think of my machine when she is rolling along with perfect stitches while machine quilting!

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    107. Hey Jude....better. better. better

      Quilting is my therapy and it seems to make things better

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    108. "I want to hold your hand.." as I learn to hand quilt! This book just looks so fun!

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