Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Book Review and Give-away: Confetti Naturescapes by Noriko Endo


Confetti Naturescapes: Quilting Impressionist Landscapes
by Noriko Endo
Dragon Threads, 2010
160 pages
$29.95
 
I first saw Noriko Endo’s work in person at the opening of Quilt National 2007, where her Sylvan Ambience #2 had won Best of Show. The piece features one of Endo’s characteristic woodland scenes, with dark tree trunks dancing in the early spring sunshine, bright green and yellow leaves in the background, and a delicate sprinkling of pink wild azalea on the left side. It is magical. 

This is the same piece featured on the front of Endo’s new book, Confetti Naturescapes: Quilting Impressionist Landscapes.

Noriko was unable to attend the opening of Quilt National because it was the same day as her daughter’s wedding in Tokyo. “I nearly fell off my chair with astonishment when I received an e-mail from my friend, Georgia French, who attended the ceremony and knew my quilt had been awarded Best of Show,” writes Noriko in the book. “I thought this was a gift from God to me.”

Confetti Naturescapes features a brief biography of Endo, who was born and reared in Japan, and learned to love knitting and hand crafts from her mother. After earning a degree in English and American literature, she married, and lived with her husband and young children in the United States (Queens, NY) and Pakistan (Karachi) in the 1970s. She made her first quilt (a traditional log cabin pattern) in 1985, and her first landscape using her signature confetti technique in 1993.

The book documents how she started using the technique of creating designs using “toothpick size” snippets of fabric. It also has sections on finding inspiration, selecting photographs on which to base designs, and one project. There are also chapters on creating painted details, embellishing, and longarm quilting, as well as how to make a “rod pocket” (sleeve), and how to bind the piece. But most of the book (105 pages of it) is a glorious stroll through Noriko’s work from 1994 to 2010. 


Most of the spreads in the gallery section feature a full shot of each piece, as well as a detail shot where you can see the stitching and pieces of fabric up close, and comments and insights on the piece by Noriko. The piece in the photo above is Radiant Reflections (2008).

The detail shots in the book reveal the intricate stitching on Noriko’s work that might go unnoticed otherwise – irregular zig-zag stitches on the sides of the trees to imitate the sunlight hitting them, and in her later work, subtle leaf patterns.

The descriptions of her technique are very engaging; I had not realized that her compositions were created directly on top of batting. She places the snippets of fabric and larger, cut pieces – such as the tree trunks –  under a layer or two of tulle, and then heavily stitches them, either on her home sewing machine or on a longarm machine. Although she uses photos as inspiration for her work, she does not work directly from them, nor does she seek to faithfully reproduce them.

Everywhere, Endo’s love of trees is evident. “I love trees, especially mature trees,” she writes. “Most of my quilts are large, as I want the viewer to feel as if they are standing in the woods looking at the trees.” She also loves light – and the way it filters through leaves, changing their colors, creating a reverent mood, and diffusing down onto the forest floor. “When I began my woods series,” says Endo, “I wanted to show the trunks chased by the light.”
This shot shows Noriko with Linda Teufel, publisher of Dragon Threads (left), at the 2010 Fall International Quilt Market in Houston in October:


I also took the two photos below of Noriko’s Peony (2010) at International Quilt Market. This piece marks a bit of a departure from her earlier work, as it features heavy white machine embroidery of tree trunks and peonies on the surface.

Peony (2010; 48 x 45") by Noriko Endo

Peony (detail) by Noriko Endo
The inclusion of Noriko’s early work in the book allows you to appreciate that although her main subject (nature, trees, and light) has remained the same over the years, her technique, style and artistry have really evolved. Her work has become much more sophisticated, and she has started using more diverse materials (paint, yarn, Angelina fibers). While she has never wandered far from landscapes, her pieces now often include more intricate quilting designs, creatures such as herons, chipmunks and turtles; and her growing interest in the reflections in water is more evident. I look forward to seeing how her work evolves in the coming years.

See more of Noriko’s work at www.norikoendo.com. You can purchase a copy of Confetti Landscapes at Dragon Threads. (It will not be available from Amazon.com for one year.)

I have a copy of Confetti Naturescapes to give away to one lucky blog reader! Leave a comment after this post; I’ll pull one person’s name at random at noon EST on Wednesday, December 22. If you sign up to follow my blog (see the sidebar on the right side of my blog and look for the "FOLLOW" button), leave me a second comment that you have done so, and I'll put your name in the hat a second time. And if you help me spread the news about my give-away through your blog, Facebook or Twitter, leave me a comment about that, and I’ll put your name in the hat another time!

At the same time, Linda Teufel of Dragon Threads is giving away a copy of my new DVD, Master Machine Stitching: Thread Sketching Beyond the Basics. Leave a comment on her blog for a chance to win it!

WE HAVE A WINNER! The random number generator drew Ani from Wilmington, NC. 

210 comments:

  1. I follow you - thanks for the free pdf patterns - your generosity is much appreciated in these times

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  2. Mrs Endo is truly one of greatest inspirations in the quilt art world - her vision is incredible

    Thanks a LOT for the chance of owning her book

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  3. First one to leave a comment! Might lower my chances=)

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  4. oooh, I really like her work. I would love to win this.

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  5. I signed up for the RSS feed as well

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  6. How wonderful to see her journey. I'm following with much interest.

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  7. Ms Endo gives me hope that I will learn more quilting in my time left .. I didn't start quilting until I was 60.

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  8. Also wanted to say that I follow you, here, facebook and twitter ... you are amazingly generous and inspiring!

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  9. Hello!
    I saw Noriko Endo's early work on either Alex Anderson's show, or maybe even Nancy's Notions. I was fascinated, as I like to paint impressionistic landscapes, and have tried a few in fabric. Her use of color and light are perfection. Thanks for the post!

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  10. Hi again!
    I did sign up to follow your blog. It is very inspirational.

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  11. I would love to win a copy of this book
    Thank you

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  12. I'm a follower, and am looking forward to meeting you in person soon, when you come to our Chevy Chase guild!!
    I'd love,love,love to win this book.

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  13. Susan, thanks so much for the lovely review of Noriko Endo's book. I love her work and have been lusting after the book.
    I will be glad to spread the word about her book and thanks for letting us have a chance at winning it.

    I follow your blog.
    Nancy

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  14. Please enter me in your drawing. I would love to win. Her work is so gorgeous. :)

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  15. I'm now folling your blog. :)

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  16. Love her work! I first saw it in person at an Empty Spools workshop - she was the artist in residence, but only her quilts were there because of 9-11.

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  17. thank you for your generous give awayand the chance to win a fine book! i do remember watching a simply quilts show that featured Noriko's technique on Alex's show quite some time ago. i was fascinated with her sweetness and sureness of placment of all of those small fusible bits of color for leaves to make her art quilt. amazing still!

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  18. I posted to facebook about your giveaway. :)

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  19. Just Tweeted about your giveaway. :)

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  20. It's so interesting that her style has changed or that she has so many different areas of quilting.

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  21. I would sure love to get the book. Love your blog.
    Edith

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  22. I'm looking forward to meeting you, too, Sue! It is just around the corner now. :-)

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  23. Hi, I would LOVE to win this fabulous book!!!

    Thanks

    Marilyn
    marilynjw1971@gmail.com

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  24. I follow your blog.

    Thanks

    Marilyn
    marilynjw1971@gmail.com

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  25. Susan, I have been following your blog for awhile. Love to hear what you have to say. Marilyn

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  26. I would love to win that book. I am always so interested in HOW others create. Marilyn

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  27. I saw her booth and the book at Quilt Market and found it to be fascinating and amazing! I would love to win a copy of the book!

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  28. Your comments inspire me to at least try doing a quilt like this. I definitely will have to check this book out. It would be fun to win this book. Thanks for the review.

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  29. Hello Susan, I follow and enjoy your blog very much. I would LOVE to win the Endo book, her work is mindboggling, and I'd love the chance to study it up close. Thanks!

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  30. Excellent review.I have wondered about her work--just how tiny all those little bits are. Would love to see it in person sometime.

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  31. Thank you for helping us to see the wonderful work by Noriko Endo. I would be delighted if I won the book but delighted for whomever wins it. Judy Haas jhaas@mt-rushmore.net

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  32. Hi Susan - I have seen this beautiful book of Noriko's at the home of my longarm quilter and Endo quilt collector. BEYOND BELIEF, the detail, the amazing depth of her work! I would love to have this for the Textile Design Program Library at our local Community College where I am an Instructor.
    Bethany Garner in Kingston, ON

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  33. Susan, great review of Noriko Endo's exquisite work! I've been her admirer for several years; so glad she has a book coming out.

    I am already a follower of your blog--check it every evening!

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  34. The book is on my Christmas wish list....but if Amazon does not have it for a year I may have trouble getting it up here in cold snowy Canada.

    Joanne

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  35. Thank you for introducing me to such a great artist. Her work is truly amazing and inspiring as is your work.

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  36. Susan, I have blogged about your spot and the book giveaway. I have been following you for awhile. My blog is
    http://marilynrsmith.blogspot.com/
    I really enjoy your blog. M

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  37. Noriko's work is beautiful! And the book looks inviting as well. Thanks for a well written review.

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  38. I've seen the book in magazine ads and was interested but your review really says I'd love this book! Thanks for the chance to own it.

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  39. You are so generous, Susan, thank you for the give-away and the lovely write-up. I have admired Noriko Endo's work for a long time.

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  40. I'm a follower! Thanks for the great review and a chance to win the book!

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  41. gorgeous work. I'd enjoy the book

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  42. You know I am another one who appreciates her work and really wants this book. What a nice Christmas present that would be.

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  43. I first saw Noriko Endo's work in the book The Masters' Art Quilts. I was then lucky enough to see it in person when the traveling exhibition was at The New England Quilt Museum. Her work is outstanding!

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  44. This book looks like a real treasure, must put it on my want list. Love following your blog.

    Bev

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  45. Thank you for the generous giveaway! Love Ms Endo's work AND yours of course too!

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  46. I've been getting your newsletter but just 'followed' your blog now too. Hope I'm lucky enough to get a spot in your class in Raleigh next June!

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  47. I just 'liked' you on Facebook too! Happy Holidays! Ani who is off to make some of those cool cell phone cases from your tutorial - THANKS!

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  48. Please include me in the chance to win this book. Looks very interesting. I enjoy your blog and all the projects you do.

    Darlis

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  49. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

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  50. I signed up to take a class for Noriko 4 years ago in Chicago. I was so dissapointed when she couldn't teach due to family issues. I love her style and want to learn more about her work.

    Thanks,

    Deborah
    disdocent@aol.com

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  51. Would love to own this! I have been a fan of Noriko since I saw her on Simply Quilts years ago.

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  52. Hi Susan. Would love to have a copy of this book. Her technique looks interesting. Her work is beautiful. Very interested. Thanks, as always. Camille.

    I do follow your blog. See u soon.

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  53. What wonderful eye candy. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. I signed up to follow your blog, I love your postings and your styles and your wonderful review of Noriko's book

    Deborah
    disdocent@aol.com

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  55. I would love the chance to win Keiko's book. It would give it to my daugher who has started quilting and is really interested in this type of art quilts.

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  56. Sounds like a beautiful book - one I would love to have. Thak you for the chance to win.

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  57. Beautiful work, have no idea how she does such tiny pieces, but they are truly works of art.

    Debbie

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  58. I have no idea why I didn't put you on follow, since I visit all the tim, so I am now an official follower. Would love to learn more about thread painting.

    Debbie

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  59. I LOVE her work! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

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  60. I've become a 'follower' Of Blue Moon River so please enter my name in the drawing for a free copy of Noriko Endo's book. Thanks again!

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  61. I have also shared your blog site on Facebook so please enter me one more time. Thank you again for hte chance to win.

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  62. Thanks for an opportunity to win such a gorgeous book. Surely a treasure.

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  63. Oh yes, I follow already a long time. And I love your work and has seen it in real in Birmingham (UK). But the work of Noriko is stunning as well! Thanks for sharing.

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  64. What a stunning cover quilt! iI love to quilt trees too; I think the book would be inspirational.

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  65. This is a whole new area of quilting to discover. Thanks for this opportunity to learn.

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  66. I blogged about the giveaway at http://ani-quilts.blogspot.com/ my fledgling baby blog!

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  67. Great review of Noriko's book! I have always been a fan of her work!

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  68. I would so love to win this book - I live on 18 acres with the prettiest views and would love to learn how to make a quilt featuring my favorite view!

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  69. Me, me me! Wildly flailing my hand in the air! I'd love to win...thanks for sharing, Susan!
    Cheers, Sarah

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  70. Posted on FB
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/goonybird

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  71. Thanks for the review. Looks like a book I need to have, either free, or from Dragon Threads. Her work feels so peaceful!

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  72. I have always admired her work. I would love to see how her journey is documented.

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  73. Mama Crow aka Linda KnightDecember 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    This is a book that commands ownership. Your, more than inspiring review, lets me know that I'll probably never reach this level of skill, but somehow having this book in my studio will make me feel more "grown up" as an artist. Mama Crow

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  74. The books look beautiful. TU for the review and the opportunity.

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  75. Oh - these landscapes are wonderful. This is a direction I am trying to take in my quilting, but I have such a long way to go.

    Would love to add her book to my collection!

    Monica

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  76. Oh - these landscapes are wonderful! This is a direction I am trying to take in my quilting, but I have such a long way to go. Am working with your thread sketching techniques.

    Would love to add Endo's book to my collection!

    Monica

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  77. Mariko Endo's work is phenomenal. Would love this book.

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  78. Her work is really quite lovely, would love to have the book

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  79. Hi Susan, Just caught you on TV- Quilting Arts show #501. You were awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  80. Noriko's winning quilt is really a masterpiece - I'd love to win the book :) Thanks for your generous giveaway!

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  81. Thank you for the wonderful review.
    Noriko's work is truly awesome.
    I'd love to win her book and thank you for the chance to do so.
    Susan Parker jdprkr@pacbell.net

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  82. I would LOVE this book...just what I am trying to learn....thank you for a wonderful giveaway...

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  83. I am already a follower....love your blog...

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  84. Thank you for the informative review and the chance to own the lovely book by Noriko Endo. Merry Christmas to you!

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  85. I've signed up to follow your blog. Can't believe I hadn't done it already!

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  86. I love Noriko's work. Thank you for reviewing the book and doing the giveaway!

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  87. I've read some about Noriko Endo, and would enjoy learning more about her work via this book. Thank you for this lovely opportunity.

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  88. Thank you for this giveaway. Noriko Endo is such an inspiration--her quilts are beyond beautiful.

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  89. Oh boy oh boy--I'm a follower now! Love your blog and your generous giveaways....

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  90. Thank you for sharing Noriko's work and giving a chance to win her beautiful book!! Her work is gorgeous! She is an inspiration!

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  91. I have signed up to follow your blog!

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  92. I am also spreading the news of your give-away on my blog!

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  93. WOW! Over 100 comments. Susan, you won't want to send a book all the way to the UK, but I'd like you to know that I think your review of Noriko Endo's book is excellent. I had the pleasure to get very close to some of her quilts at a show and they are truly amazing.

    Lorchen

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  94. Cool book! I just signed up to follow you also :-)

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  95. I enjoyed your book review. This book sounds wonderful and Noriko is clearly very, very talented.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  96. I follow you with great delight.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  97. I've been waiting patiently for this review. I enjoyed your review and I loved seeing her work in Houston. Please put my name in the drawing.

    Now, I feel like a real nut....but I'm hopping over to the other blog because I too want a copy of your latest DVD :)

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  98. I just learned of your blog and this giveaway on the IHAN blog, and am so glad I did! I would love to win this book (even if it means Kelly of IHAN doesn't!)!

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  99. I just signed up to follow you!

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  100. Thanks for the review - always love to see them before I consider purchasing a book!

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  101. I blogged about your giveaway:
    http://quilting-tutorials.blogspot.com

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  102. Wow, I love her quilts. Thanks for the chance to win her book

    Cher in BC

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  103. Wow! Such creativity is truly inspiring! I could stay on this site forever and just stare at the beautiful photos! Noriko is truly amazing. Thanks to ihaveanotionblogspot (Kelly Jackson) for leading me here! would love to enter the give away for Noriko's book, too. Diana Maria
    Thank you thank you

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  104. Hi, Susan! I happened upon your amazing blog while I was visiting those participating in Giveaway Day. I was immediately hooked! Even if I don't win anything from Giveaway Day, I am thrilled to have found my way to your site!

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  105. Oh wow what beautiful work! Thanks for entering me in this fabulous giveaway :-)

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  106. My goodness, those are amazing looking quilts! I can't even imagine.. guess I would have to see the book, hmmm please add my name to the drawing for a chance.

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  107. Yes, I am a follower of your blog.

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  108. I always think how "lucky" you ladies are to know each other so well because you are all such great talents. Thanks for giving me a chance to win a copy of this wonderful artist's book.

    hugz
    Pam

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  109. Just shared your blog with all my Facebook friends! :)

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  110. I can't even begin to imagine how she creates these fabulous works of art. I'd love to win a copy of her book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  111. I would love to win this book. I'm always looking for something new to try.

    I am now a follower.

    http://averagequilter.blogspot.com/

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  112. How wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

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  113. I also first saw Noriko's work at QN 07. It seemed you could almost walk into those woods. Thanks for the book review.

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  114. Thanks for the review. Her work is stunning.

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  115. Wow, what a treat! Glad I found your blog and I will be one of your followers from now on. Looking forward to learning some of your secrets. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  116. Thanks for the chance to win Mrs Endo's book.

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  117. This looks like such a beautiful book full of new techniques to try!

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  118. beautiful book, beautiful blog!!

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  119. I already follow your blog and love your work...I will post a mention on my blog for your book give away...
    Pick ME please
    Sandy
    Headingley MB

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  120. I would love to win Noriko Endo's book! I've never seen it before, but I loved what I just saw here. Thank you for such a wonderful review and opening my eyes to something and someone new.

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  121. I have signed up to follow your blog. Thanks for the giveaway...and getting two chances to win!

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  122. Thanks for the great giveaway. I'd love to win this book.

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  123. Noriko's work is stunning! I'm also signed up for your newsletter. Keep up the great blog!

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  124. I first saw Noriko demo her confetti on Simply Quilts and have thoroughtly enjoyed making numerous beachscape quilts with her unique technique and would LOVE to win her book!!! Gwen

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  125. Love Noriko's work...first seen on SQ and I have happily experimented with in my own beachscapes!

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  126. Hi I've signed up to FOLLOW!!! So please give me another chance at this gorgeous book!

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  127. PICK ME!!!!I love Noriko's technique and use it often...

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  128. pixi1144Thanks for your review of the book. I was in awe of Ms Endo's "Radiant Reflections" in the SAQA Art & Excellence show. It was certainly the piece I most wanted to take home.

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  129. What a wonderful winter afternoon treat to view your colorful quilts on your web site gallery. Much to learn from you so I signed up to follow your blog.

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  130. Her work is beautiful. My husband has been in Japan for the last 3 months and her work has inspired me to take one of his photos and turn it into a quilt. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  131. I have been a follower of your blog for a while and really enjoy it.

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  132. I'd love to have that book -- her work is truly amazing!

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  133. I would LOVE this book. She's wonderful.
    Kay

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  134. I just signed up to follow your blog. What fun!
    Kay

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  135. Would love to win this book! Very interesting.

    Rosemary
    cntryways@att.net

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  136. What a beautiful talent Ms. Endo has been given. I would be honored to own this book. Thank you for offering it.

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  137. I would love to win your book. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Billie

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  138. Wow, looks like a neat book. I would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  139. These quilts are beautiful I've been looking at art quilting lately and love seeing examples. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

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  140. I'm a GFC follower. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

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  141. I would love to see her quilts in person they look fabulous but her book would be a nice substitute.

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  142. Would love to one day have the opportunity to see Noriko's work in person, guess the book is the closest I can get to it for now, and yes I have registered to follow you as well. Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful book.

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  143. Spreading the word on facebook... Gotta love a good giveaway. And Wow! look at all these comments.

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  144. Her work is just so amazing
    Liz

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  145. Looks like a fascinating book. I would love to have this.

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  146. Simply amazing work and a generous giveaway. Please include me in the draw. If I'm lucky enough to win, you can find me either at my blog or in your yahoo landscape group.

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  147. This is a lovely book! Noriko's work is magical.

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  148. I'm now a follower of your blog.

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  149. What an exquisite book! I cannot resist. Please add me to the list and put my name in the drawing! You are in my blog feed already:)

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  150. Please add me to the drawing! I have admired her work for so many years - having a copy of this book would make me so happy!

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  151. Fabulous looking book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  152. Mrs. Endo's techniques and the beauty of her landscapes are incredible! Thanks for the chance to win her book.

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  153. I'm fascinated by Endo's work; please enter me in the contest!

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  154. What a beautiful book. Thanks for giving one away.

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  155. These quilts are beautiful and the techniques would be great to read about. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  156. Wow that first quilt looks like a painting. I am in awe. I would love to try this technique.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  157. I love Noriko's work! (And Yours too!)
    Thanks for the chance to win

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  158. I love your work! Amazing! Thanks

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  159. Oh that looks like a wonderful book, thank you so much for the chance to win one.

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  160. I love this artist's work! I saw a clip on the net somewhere and it was phenomenal what she can do. I love trees too and this art speaks to me...don't know if I could ever even come close to making something that looks ok...I'd love to try though....:)

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  161. I have been a follower for awhile now.

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  162. I have been a follower for awhile now.

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  163. Her work is absolutely amazing. It's hard to think of it as thread.

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  164. I included your giveaway in my blog today:

    http://straystitches1.blogspot.com/2010/12/packages-little-about-me.html

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  165. This book looks so inspiring! I love your thread-painting techniques too! Thank you for the giveaway and happy holidays!

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  166. These quilts are absolutely amazing!
    bridgestranslation at yahoo dot com

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  167. I follow you as bridgestranslation
    bridgestranslation at yahoo dot com

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  168. Wonderful book - what a treasure!
    Hugs,
    Kerry
    kerrykatiecakeskeb43@gmail.com

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  169. I'm a follower
    Hugs,
    Kerry
    kerrykatiecakeskeb43@gmail.com

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  170. Super giveaway! Keeping my fingers crossed...
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

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  171. I am a new follower of your blog.
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

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  172. I posted about this giveaway on facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=183486774997019&id=100000813204601
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

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  173. I tweeted about this giveaway
    http://twitter.com/#!/Terri6580/status/17070251912986624
    tshaw6580@yahoo.com

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  174. The patterns are inspirational. I appreciate your sharing them with us and giving us a chance to win her book

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