Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Give-Away: Win Jane Sassaman’s new book, and some fabric!


Hey, want to win this book? It is Jane Sassaman’s brand new book, Patchwork Sassaman Style: Recipes for Dazzling Quilts! (Dragon Threads, $29.95)


And this? The top cut is 1/3 yard and bottom cut is 24" square. These are a special give-away from the private stash of Dragon Threads publisher Linda Teufel. 
In this post, we giving away a copy of the book and the fabric! Keep reading for details.

I remember the first time I heard Jane Sassaman’s name. It was 1997, and her quilt “Willow” was featured on the cover of the March issue of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. I remember staring at the photo, mesmerized, in awe. Isn’t this an incredible quilt? It was later named one of the best 100 American Quilts of the Century.
“Willow” 75"x75" by Jane Sassaman, 1996
Jane’s fabric designs and art quilts feature graphic garden motifs. You can see her sources of inspiration – 19th century Arts & Crafts designer William Morris, Finnish design company Merimekko, Kaffe Fassett – but they are undeniably Jane. There is just a hint of danger: Dandelions with razor-sharp serrated leaves. Flowers that hint at the man-eating plant from Little Shop of Horrors. Ferns with fiddleheads that bring to mind tentacles. Beauty and the Beast. Jane’s work glorifies everyday beauty found in the garden, but it is mixed with a little darkness, too. It kind of makes me tingle to look at it.

Jane introducing her fabric line “Feather Your Nest” at Fall Quilt Market 2011
Her fabrics, manufactured by FreeSpirit, are brightly colored, with large-scale motifs, so they are easy to love, but difficult to cut into – and it’s sometimes hard for people to know what to make with them. Her new book is an answer. It includes simple recipes for using “big, bold and beautiful fabrics” inspired by simple traditional quilt patterns.

The instructions show you ways to cut up the fabrics for different effects. Jane points out that it is faster and easier to make large quilts using these kinds of fabrics because “the complexity is in the fabric and how you use it, not in the construction.” Many of the quilts in this book are stunningly simple to piece, but they pack a huge design wallop.

Her recipes would work equally well for other large-scale prints, and not just Jane’s own. 

But why tell you in words when I can show you in photos? Here are some of the quilt examples in the book. Try not to drool.

“Radiating Diamonds”
“Trading Blanket”
“Circus Bars”
“Checkerboard Plaid”
And now, for the give-away!
This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only; sorry. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of Jane’s book, plus the fabrics. I’ll pull one name at random on Friday, July 13 at 7 a.m. EST. Please note that it might take a bit for your comment to appear; I have to moderate/approve comments because I’ve been targeted by Japanese porn spammers! Yes, really. We have a winner! Jean O. has won the book and the fabric. Thanks!

For more chances to win, remember to visit the blogs giving away books on the dates below:
July 2: artfabrik.blogspot.com
July 3: remnantsfiberculture.blogspot.com
July 5: judyperez.blogspot.com
July 6: sassaman.blogspot.com
July 7: Dragonthreadsopenbook.blogspot.com
July 8: gloriahansen.com/weblog
July 9: 100billionstars.com/blog
July 10: wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com
July 11: tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com
July 12: www.craftnectar.com
July 13: sewcalgal.blogspot.com
July 14: twinfibers.blogspot.com 
July 15: www.delrayfabrics.com/blog
July 16: http://www.friestyle.blogspot.com
July 17: patsloan.typepad.com
July 18: jankrentz.com/weblog
July 19: makeitsimpler.blogspot.com
July 20: http://lyrickinard.com/blog/
July 21: www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php
July 22: janeville.blogspot.com
July 23: freespiritfabric.blogspot.com
July 24: nancyzieman.com/blog

131 comments:

  1. Would just love to have Jane's book in my collection. I can see myself sitting on the porch with a glass of iced tea looking through it. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  2. I love the quilt "Willow",and would love to win the book too!

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  3. I love Jane's fabric designs and totally agree that it's difficult to cut into them for fear of ruining a project. I'm looking forward to reading her book and becoming more comfortable with large scale fabrics.

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  4. I have followed your blog for some time now. Love it and the chance to win the Sassaman goodies!

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  5. Jane's use of color is inspiring. I'd love a copy of her new book!

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  6. Your blog shows the punch Jane gets from a large scale print and a simple process. Loved your blog too.

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  7. I love Jane's creativeness. The fabrics are fantastic and I've never known how to use them in a quilt until now.

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  8. The purple foral motif on "Checkerboard Plaid" looks like a trillium flower.

    I like Jane Sassaman's unique style of florals. Would love to win this book!

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  9. I am truly druling,,,,would love to win the book, thanks ....

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  10. I am very interested in Jane's book and fabrics. They are kind of new to me. I think it would be great to see how to use big floral patterns using her book.
    I have enjoyed seeing you on pbs Quilting Arts.

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  11. I have been in love with Jane's fabrics since I discovered her! They are always bright and beautiful and FRESH!!! I would so love to win her book and the fabrics :*) Your quilts remind me of Jane's fabrics!

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  12. This is awesome! Would love Jane's book. What inspiration! Thanks!

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  13. Jane's fabrics provide immediate inspiration. I would enjoy a copy of her latest book.

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  14. Jane's designs are very beautiful but personally, I like your style better. It would be interesting to see how she uses the large prints to make her quilts. I can always use more fabrics as well!

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  15. Those are gorgeous quilts! Thanks for the chance to win this tantalizing book!

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  16. I have some of Jane's fabric and agree that it is hard to decide how to use it. I would love to have this book for inspiration.

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  17. Those are gorgeous quilts! Thanks for a chance to win this tantalizing book!

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  18. Would love to win, I have a giant phobia about cutting into lrg prints, maybe this would help.
    Love your work Susan, hoping to someday take one of your classes.

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  19. I just love Jane Sassaman !

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  20. This is definitely a book I will have to purchase if I don't win - eek!

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  21. "Willow" is the first memory I have of finding Jane's work. I would love to win!

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  22. 'I see the moon' is breathtaking. I love it in the photo and am sure it is stunning in person.
    Thank you for your art and for sharing your art with us.
    jean

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  23. I love Jane's fabrics and she always has great ideas on how to use them. You want to use her fun fabrics but you don't want to cut them, they look so good in big sections.

    Donna Merrill
    wyoming20@gmail.com

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  24. wow these are awesome quilts. Would love to get her book and learn how to quilt like this with large prints.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  25. Pity I do not live in US. I will just have to drool from afar.

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  26. This looks like an amazing book - Jane's fabrics have always attracted me - thanks so much for a chance to win!
    Deb
    dr392809@gmail.com

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  27. I Love Jane Sassaman's Designs! I would love a chance to win her book on Recipes for Dazzling Quilts! Those fabrics are Gorgeous too! I can see some mystery quilts!

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  28. Jane is so talented, we should all be so blessed

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  29. love the sketchbook challenge. would like to win the quilt book

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  30. I'd love to win this book and the fabric. I'm a long time admirer of Jane's artistry.

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  31. i can't wait get my hands on this book. I love Jane's work. i took a class from her years ago and this book will be like bringing her to my house to play !

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  32. What a great opportunity.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

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  33. Beautiful quilts! And such fantastic colors! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  34. I absolutely love Jane's creations! So vibrant and joyful! Her new book looks wonderful. Love your blog, too! Thanks!

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  35. These patterns are really pretty and I would love to have the book to accept the challenge of making one.

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  36. I love Jane's fabric and would love a copy of the book.

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  37. thanks for the chance! I would love to win this book

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  38. I so love Jane Sassman's work! It is always so stunning! Thanks so much for the chance to win her book and fabric!

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  39. What a fantastic display of Jane's quits! I could just stare at them all day!

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  40. Wow, beautiful quilts!!! Beautiful fabrics!!! I've gotta have Jane's book!!!

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  41. Thanks for an opportunity to win Jane's book and fabric. Look forward to reading and playing with the fabric.

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  42. I sue enjoyed the glimpses of Jane's work. Would love to sit and page through it.

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  43. Always love to see your work and read your blog. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself.

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  44. I would love to win,and thank you for the chance

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  45. This looks like a gorgeous book and such beautiful fabrics! I know I would enjoy this book and you are right, it will be hard to cut into the fabrics! Thanks for opportunity.

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  46. Yes! I have struggled with the fear of cutting into Jane's big, bold designs. Love the idea of a book that suggests some beautiful options!

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  47. This looks really interesting. Hope to see this book soon.

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  48. I am a big admirer of Jane's bold use of color. I would love to win the fabric and book.

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  49. I have been a fan of Jane's for forever! Congrats to her and her new fabulous book!!!

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  50. Jane's work is wonderful and I already have the perfect plan for that fabric. now, I just need some luck...

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  51. Jane provides inspiration and so do you!

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  52. I would love to have a copy of this book for inspiration.

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  53. Jane's work is spectacular, as always.

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  54. Your description of Jane's fabric collections fits well -- I didn't know how to put the words around the impression it leaves with me. Thanks for the giveaway as would enjoy winning a copy of Patchwork Sassaman Style.

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  55. I love Jane's work, and am thrilled to see she has a new book. Thanks for the chance for the giveaway!

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  56. if i were to wn i cold share this book with my quiltng pals if they promise not to drool on yhe pages!thanks for sharing and the chance!

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  57. What can I say? Jane is simply amazing and this is one great book! Thanks, Susan, for a great giveaway. The Sassaman fabric is gorgeous! :)

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  58. Ooolala - my heart skips a beat when I see Jane's fabric and ideas!!

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  59. I love big scale prints - not always sure how to use them in a quilt. This books sounds great.

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  60. ooolala!!! My heart skips a beat when I see jane's fabrics and designs!

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  61. I love Jane's fabric and would love her book. I took a class from her in 1993 and loved it.

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  62. I've kept that issue of Quilter's Newsletter just to have a photo of the quilt--love it! Would love to learn how to use Jane's fantastic fabrics to their best--usually I just keep and admire them!

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  63. I just love Jane's fabrics! Thanks for a chance to win her book.

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  64. Jane's fabric designs have always given me joy to look upon them. So beautiful but not sure how to use them. This book sounds like a answer to that problem! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  65. Jane's work is amazing, I'd love to win the book to use the fabric I've purchased instead of just stroking it!

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  66. I love Jane's fabrics and would love to own her book

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  67. Double inspired by jane's fabric and her "recipes"...my way to cook up something beautiful with her instructions and fabric...kristy yenkey

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  68. Such neat quilts. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

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  69. I would love to win this yummy book, and what a bonus, the fabric, too! I promise I'm not a Japanese porn star!

    Gretchen

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  70. Our guild failed to fill a class for Jane when she was supposed to teach here, and was very disappointed. This as close as I fear I will come to that, unless they try again.
    Good luck to all and thanks for the chance to win this book.

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  71. would love to win thanks for the giveaway

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  72. I agree about not wanting to cut into her fabrics! They are so beautiful - perfect for looking at over and over. I can't wait to read/look at her book and see the quilts.

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  73. I have a lot of Jane's wonderful fabrics. Would love to see what she does with them in the book. I have a U.S. (NJ) mailing address. Thanks, Susan!

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  74. Oh no, I wondered what that site was that I ended up on before I finally found yours. I copied and pasted your web address from "Walks in the Woods" blog and I ended up on a Japanese site. I am glad I kept trying.

    I love Jane's fabrics and am very anxious to see her book. What beautiful fabrics. I love the "Willow". Thanks for this opportunity to win her book and fabric samples.
    Melissa Minke

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  75. What a beautiful give-away. I hoop I win the book. Thank you very much for the idea.

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  76. Oh my word--I remember the QN cover. Absolutely amazing.

    Thanks for being part of this giveaway tour; I'm enjoying it very much.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  77. Your bog is so interesting - Thanks for doing this. Please enter me in Jan'e giveaway.

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  78. JANE IS AN INSPIRATION TO SO MANY. THANKS FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN HER BOOK.

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  79. Put my name in the drawing, please. The book looks fabulous.

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  80. Funny that you said, "Try not to drool," because that was my first thought, literally, when I saw the first picture: "Drool!" Deliciously lovely giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  81. I love Jane's style and would love to have a copy of her book so I can begin to make things with her fabric. She has such a gorgeous jubilant style! Please count me in!

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  82. Thanks for the chance to win Jane's book and that wonderful fabric!

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  83. Targeted by Japanese porn spammers? Sounds wild!
    I LOVE Jane's designs. I've been lucky enough to take a few of her classes. I would love to win her new book. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  84. Absolutely love Jane Sassaman's fabric and designs. I remember well the first time I saw that Willow quilt on the cover of QNL. Love her bold fabric designs. Just ordered some of her fabric through ebay as I was looking for a particular line. Would love to add her new book to my collection

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  85. I love Jane's fabrics so would love to have the book. It looks wonderful.

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  86. What a great giveaway -- fabric included?! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  87. This blog hop has introduced me to Jane and to a book that totally intrigues me. What an INTRODUCTION into large-scale print quilting!

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  88. I just love the boldness of Jane's prints and her use of color.

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  89. As I have been touring this blog event I am so impressed with the little bits and pieces of the quilts in the books that are being shown. I have some of Jane's fabric and now I have a urge to do something with them other than use the whole piece on a back. Thanks for having this giveaway!

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  90. I've loved Jane Sassaman before I even knew who she was! Her quilts are amazing and I would love to have her new book!

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  91. OH!! I ADORE Jane Sassaman! Would so love to get her new book. Thanks for the chance - Lori

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  92. THanks for the great give a way!!! I was starting to drool!!!! WOW!!!!

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  93. Wonderful giveaway - love the trade blanket. Bernie

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  94. I saw this book in the vendor mall at VQF (sorry to have missed you!), and I've been intrigued ever since.

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  95. Love her quilts. Looks like a great challenge for the summer.

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  96. fun fabric & the book looks interesting.

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  97. I love the use of large scale fabrics - I have way too many that I have trouble using. Thanks for the give-away.

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  98. It would be wonderful to have Jane's book. New ideas are often the most fruitful ones for me, to kick start creativity. The fabrics are lovely!! Thank you.

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  99. Don't think I've commented here yet (if I have I"M SORRY...I'm just addled!). And I was SO SO SO thrilled when Jane allowed me to include one of her small quilts in my book..what an honor and thrill! So yes, I would TOTALLY love this book!

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  100. Ooh, would love to win. Thanks for offering!

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  101. I know you'll have hundreds of us wanting to be your winner, but I'm happy to throw my hat in and take my chance. :)

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  102. Wow,stunning and inspirational. I would love the chance to win Jane's book and some fabric. Thanks

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  103. mmm, Japanese porn...were there tentacles?

    I love Jane Sassaman; she was a delightful teacher and I still use her techniques. Would treasure the book.

    Dolly Smith

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  104. I would dearly love a copy of Jane's book.c

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  105. Took a class with her earlier this year. Wonderful. Would love to win a copy of the book.

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  106. I have long admired Jane's work and would love to win a copy of her book, thanks for the opportunity

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  107. I would love to win a copy of Jane's book
    Kristin

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  108. Jane's quilts and designs are fun, beautiful and inspirational. I hope I win!5

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  109. I love Jane's fabrics, and I'm really looking forward to seeing her new book.

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  110. I too love Jane's work and can't wait to see her book!

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  111. Jane's quilts are so amazing - this book looks like a glimpse into her genius! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  112. I would love to add Jane's book to my library. Her work is beautiful.

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  113. Love Jane's work. Would love to have a copy of the book.

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  114. Jane is at the top of my "classes-to-take bucket list" and I'd love to win a copy of her boo. Thanks for the give-away!

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  115. The way she uses the fabric is amazing. I would love to win this book.

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  116. I would love to win this book for my mom. I am living in Cambodia now and can buy Mom beautiful fabrics here -- they would look so amazing in one of these garden-motif quilts!

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  117. Hi Susan, thank you for featuring such a talented artist.

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  118. Beautiful quilts with such great fabrics. Thanks for a great giveaway:)

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  119. Looks like a fabulous book that would take me into a new area of creation!

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  120. I think I really need this book!

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  121. I have always loved Jane's fabric and her quilts. I would love to know how to use these beautiful fabrics in quilts. Her book looks fantastic. Thanks for giving us a chance to win a copy.
    Kathy Ryan

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  122. Stunning images! Thanks for the chance to win, also.

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  123. I love your blog! I would love to own a copy of Jane's book. Here quilts are amazing and I can't wait to make some of the ones pictured in the book

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