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Friday, 30 September 2016

A New Spin On Drunkard's Path Blog Tour for C&T Publishing


Have you heard the buzz about the new quilting book A New Spin On Drunkard's Path?

Disclosure/Disclaimer
Chris Dodsley of made by ChrissieD is a friend of John Kubiniec. John provided mbCD with an electronic copy of A New Spin on Drunkard's Path and a set of DP templates in return for this book review.  The giveaway winner's book (hard or electronic copy) is provided by C&T Publishing and John will provide the giveaway DP templates.  The Maribel FQ collection used to make mbCD's sample Bowties quilt was provided by Windham Fabrics.  All items were provided at no cost to mbCD.  In all other respects, this post is for informational purposes only, all opinions are mbCD's own and no payment or commission is received on click-throughs to links shared.

A New Spin On Drunkard's Path is a brand new quilting book.  Written by my friend and fellow NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild buddy, John Kubiniec @Big Rig Quilting, he's asked me take a look and share my thoughts with you today.  


When I started pouring through the book I loved it so much that I had to go a step further and makeup one of the quilts - I'll share that with you in a bit but first you'll want to know something about the book and John - oh and there'll be a giveaway too :D

The Book
back cover - A New Spin On Drunkard's Path
Here, in short, is my low down on A New Spin On Drunkard's Path:

* 12 projects you can mix and match and enjoy playing with
* well written with great photography and attention to detail
*simply and beautifully laid out
* patterns look complex but can be created in strips which are a doddle if you use chain piecing.
* material listings include backing, binding and even batting quantities
* cutting is divided into strips and sub cuts making it fast
* alongside a photo of a 'real' quilt finish, for each pattern there are layout diagrams in a couple of colourways and border suggestions.
* only 2 templates required for all projects in book - traceable from the book or available to purchase separately.


The Author
I could tell you lots about John - quilter, pattern designer, Bernina Ambassador, teacher, author, etc, etc, but he tells his own story much better than I can here on his website.  I first met John when I took his Transparency quilt class at The City Quilter in Manhattan in 2012.  Taught over 3 classes, I only attended the first class as I rushed back to England to be with my Dad when he died - I explained my absence in an email to John and he sent me a very personal reply; our friendship began right there.

John's connection with Drunkard's Path quilts began right before I moved to the States.  In 2011, there was an amazing red and white quilt show Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red & White Quilts held at The Armoury.   I'll forever be disappointed that I didn't see the show, but John did see it and this particular photo he took on the first day has continued to influence his work ever since, leading to the publication of his book A New Spin On Drunkard's Path.  


As soon as I opened the book I enjoyed reading about John's visit to the show and how the book has developed in his classes and with input and feedback from students over the years and it struck a chord.  It's a long time since I made a Drunkard's Path quilt - I made one early on, I think it was only the third quilt I'd made.  

My Drunkard's Path Quilts
This is my quilt below, and you can see more pics in this post here.  I love sewing curves, using as few pins as possible - ranging from 3 pins down to none.  Believe me, the more curves you sew the easier it gets; put in 20 mins practice and you can become an expert, not a word of a lie.  Don't let fear of curves put you off checking out this book!


I didn't get past the first quilt in John's book before I was itching to get to the sewing machine and make one - the Bowties Quilt.  This is the same layout used in the stunning red and white quilt on the book cover - basically a drunkard's path block with half square triangle corners.  


Windham Fabrics sent me a bundle of Maribel collection FQs by Annabel Wrigley of Little Pincushion Studio to play with and I was keen to see how John's Bowties Quilt would look made up as a scrappy quilt.


Here's the result, I'm happy dancing with love for this quilt and judging by the response I've had on Facebook and Instagram I'm pretty sure you all love it too.  You can read more about my Maribel Bowties Quilt process and finish here in this post.  The post also includes another Drunkard's Path layout I'm playing around with since reading John's book.

The Giveaway
Up to 8 chances to win a copy of 
A New Spin On Drunkard's Path Book and
Perfect Patchwork Large DP Templates 


C&T Publishing is offering a free copy giveaway of A New Spin On Drunkard's Path book - note, a hard copy will be sent to domestic US winners while an electronic copy will be sent to winners outside the US.  Additionally, John Kubiniec will personally send a set of Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Large DP Templates to the giveaway winner.

Here are 8 chances to win A New Spin On Drunkard's Path and DP Templates - you need to leave a separate comment here on my blog for each chance to win:

1:  Leave a comment below telling me if you love or hate sewing curves and why.
2: Follow the made by ChrissieD blog via email or blog reader such as Bloglovin' then leave a comment below letting me know where you're following via.  Existing followers can join in too :D


3: Follow made by ChrissieD on Facebook and leave a comment back here confirming.
4: Follow made by ChrissieD on Instagram and leave a comment back here confirming.
5: Subscribe to the made by ChrissieD newsletter and leave a comment back here confirming.
6: Subscribe to John's newsletter then leave a comment back here confirming.
7:  Follow John on Facebook and leave a comment back here confirming.
8:  Follow John on Instagram and leave a comment back here confirming.

NOTE: Please be sure I can access your email.  
If you're a WordPress, Google+, no-reply or anonymous commenter, or maybe you're just not sure, please add your email address to each comment.  If I can't find you I'll immediately draw another winner.

This giveaway is open to everyone, anywhere in the world, but note again that only US domestic winners will receive a hard copy of the book, winners outside the US will receive an electronic copy instead.  The draw closes on Saturday, 8 October at 10.00 am (EST).  A winner will be chosen from the comments using a random number generator, contacted via email and shared at the bottom of this post. 

Best of luck!

AND THE WINNER IS!!!

The winner of John's new book A New Spin on Drunkard's Path and a set of Perfect Patchwork large DP templates is comment #212 by Sonya.


Below Sonya gives us her love/hate response to sewing curves.
 

Many congratulations Sonya,  I think you'll be firmly in the love camp once you've read John's tips and technique in this book!  I've sent you an email asking for your snail mail address so be sure to check your junk folder if it isn't in your inbox. :D

For more chances to win, 
Visit all the blogs on the Blog Tour
A New Spin Blog Tour schedule - 26 Sept to 7 Oct 2016:

Day 1 - Monday, 26 September 
Jennifer Dick @42 Quilts

 Day 2 - Tuesday, 27 September
Sara Lawson @Sew Sweetness
Heather Kojan @Heather Kojan Quilts

 Day 3 - Wednesday, 28 September 
 Day 4 - Thursday, 29 September 
Terri Lucas @Terificreations
Bonnie Hunter @Quiltville 

 Day 5 - Friday, 30 September
Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD - YOU ARE HERE!

 Day 6 - Saturday, 1 October
Kathy Patterson @Hill Street Quilts
Teresa Coates @crinkle dreams 

 Day 7 - Sunday, 2 October
Carl Hentsch @3 Dog Design Company 

 Day 8 - Monday, 3 October
Generation Q Magazine
Lisa Calle

 Day 9 - Tuesday, 4 October
Linzi Upton @The Quilt Quine
Nicole Daksiewicz @Modern Handcraft 

 Day 10 - Wednesday, 5 October
Marti Michell @From Marti Michell
Debby Brown @Debby Brown Quilts

 Day 11 - Friday, 6 October
Melody Crust
Kim Niedzwiecki @my go-go life 


 Day 12 - Friday, 7 October
Patrick Lose @Patrick Lose Studios
John Kubiniec @Big Rig Quilting 



Clicking on an image will take you to a new page of crafty goodness :)


Disclosure/Disclaimer
Chris Dodsley of made by ChrissieD is a friend of John Kubiniec. John provided mbCD with an electronic copy of A New Spin on Drunkard's Path and a set of DP templates in return for this book review.  The giveaway winner's book (hard or electronic copy) is provided by C&T Publishing and John will provide the giveaway DP templates.  The Maribel FQ collection used to make mbCD's sample Bowties quilt was provided by Windham Fabrics.  All items were provided at no cost to mbCD.  In all other respects, this post is for informational purposes only, all opinions are mbCD's own and no payment or commission is received on click-throughs to links shared.



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226 comments:

  1. I love piecing curves when I want to hand sew. I have only sewn them by machine once.

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  2. i have tryed my hand at a drunkards path years ago this looks pretty cool...ty for giveaway... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  3. I follow made by Chrissie D blog on bloglovin....love it... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  4. I also got her on facebook...... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  5. I also get her e-mail news letter.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  6. I got john on facebook.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  7. Ihave john's newsletter too.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  8. I think I've only sewn the Drunkard's Path block once, in a block for our marriage quilt many years ago, but this year I'm learning to hand-applique curves - making circles with the Quilty 365 quiltalong.

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  9. I follow you via my google dashboard.

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  10. I have done some curve piecing and didn't mind it. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  11. I've never sewn curved blocks. But it will be in my near future, because now I'm in love with the Bowties quilt.

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  12. I subscribed to John's newsletter.

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  13. I have not tried curves in quilting as of yet-something I am definitely going to try one day!

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  14. I am a ChrissieD newsletter subscriber!

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  15. I follow John-Big Rig Quilting on Facebook!

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  16. I am a newsletter subscriber to John-Big Rig Quilting!

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  17. I usually hate curved piecing. Maybe this book will change my mind. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. I'm following you on Bloglovin. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. I follow you on Facebook. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. I follow John. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. I get John's newsletter. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. I LOVE curved piecing! I find it adds such interest to my quilts!

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  23. I follow you on instagram tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. I follow John on instagram . tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. I get your newsletter. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. When I do curves, I do them slow and steady. I don't like pinning as a rule, but I gotta do it with curves. :-)

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  27. I don't mind sewing curves at all! After doing a glam clam workshop with Latifah Saafir, I don't use pins anymore, either. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  28. And I subscribe to your newsletter ... Sorry! This is getting creepy!

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  29. I follow John on Feedly and IG, too!

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  30. I think I'm most intimidated by cutting the curves!

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  31. I already follow on FB (Tina M from Quilt guild ;) )

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  32. follow John on Instagram (@tinafostersnyc)

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  33. already follow ChrissieD (@tinafostersnyc)

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  34. I've never done curves and I'm a bit afraid of trying. The book looks fascinating and I can see that just paging through it will inspire me, get some of my creative juices going, and give me the encouragement and confidence to push me out of my comfort zone. LOVE what you did with your quilts (but I always love your work)!

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  35. I like curves, not sure why. Maybe because curvy pieced quilts are out of the ordinary and look extraordinarily good.

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  36. I love doing curves. The less pins the better!

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  41. Curved piecing isn't bad to sew. You just can't sew them "pedal to the metal". You need to take a little more time with the creation.

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  42. I follow ChrissieD on bloglovin.

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  45. In the past few months I have been working on a quilt with many curves and I love sewing them.

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  46. I follow your blog using Feedly

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  49. I love curves because they look so amazing! The quilts in this book also look stunning!!

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  50. I quite like to piece curves, whether the curves like drunkard's path or improv. I like the visual impact of the curve.

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  52. I follow I follow ChrissieD on FB.

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  53. I receive ChrissieD newsletter and am very glad that I do.

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  55. I would love curved piecing more if it always turned out the way it was supposed to.

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  56. I'm a "tweener" in my love of sewing curves. I've made a DP table runner and got better with each block, but I wouldn't say I'm to the "love" point just yet!

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  57. I follow John on IG. _duchick_

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  59. I am a Chrissie D. facebook follower.

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  60. I get ChrissieD newsletter, that will keep me updated.
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  63. I have not sewn curves by machine yet - would love to give it a go!

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  64. Wow! I really like the twist. A drunkards path is on my list of quilts to make, in fact I've actually set aside the fabric I want to use. Now that I'm one step closer I think I'd like to try this design. Thank for the opportunity.

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  65. I love curves, I think it's just the way they look. Interesting.

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  66. I liked ChrissieD on Facebook

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  67. I like--not yet love but no longer fear--sewing curves now that I have the Curvemaster foot for my sewing machine.

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  68. I follow Made by Chrissie D via my "wordygirl at earthlink dot net" email address.

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  69. I follow Chris D. on Instagram, where I am known as wordygirl11.

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  70. I receive the Made by Chrissie D. newsletter, under the email address wordygirl at earthlink dot net.

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  71. I follow John on Instagram.

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  72. I've been too scared to try curves! Maybe I should give them a go.

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  74. I haven't been too successful sewing curves in a quilt. I enjoy it on a pillow I make regularly.

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  76. I have been fascinated with curves for a very long time but I find them intimidating. After saying that, it is on my bucket list to conquer and start making them. I would love to win this giveaway. I think it is exactly the motivation that I need!!!

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  77. I love to follow you on Bloglovin­čśŐ

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  78. Piecing curves is not my thing. Not sure why, but they just scare me. This book looks like something I need to help me get over my fear.

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  79. I follow your blog via email.

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  80. I signed up to receive John's newsletter.

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  81. I never thought that curves were a problem, so there's no love or hate! I always look forward to getting your newsletter, and signed up to receive John's. 3 points! I'd love to pour over the book!

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  82. I'm quite new to quilting and still too afraid to try curves! lol!

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  83. I have neve sewn curvws in a quilt. Reason? Chicken feathers. I thnk this book would pluck them! cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  84. I follow on Bloglovin. cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  88. Great write up. I have maybe a love hate relationship with curves. Love the results, not so much the process. But the quilts I'm seeing from this book is really making me want to sew some curves! Thanks for the chance to win.
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  89. I love sewing curves, by machine these days. There is always a sense of achievement when it comes together easily. It usually does, but it still surprises me a little!

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  90. And the Made by Chrissie D newsletter

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  91. Finally, I do follow you on IG too! Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to try new variations of drunkard's path quilts!

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  92. I like sewing curves! Especially freeform ones that you can trim down after sewing so they look perfect ;)

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  93. I enjoy doing different things and curves are fun.

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  94. I love sewing curves, I like the challenge. I follow you by email and Instagram!

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  95. Oops! Wasn't doing separate comments. I follow on Instagram

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  96. Follow john on Instagram too!

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  97. I only sew curves when I'm hand piecing. Too intimidated to try with my machine! lynnstck@yahoo.com

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  98. Beautiful quilts Chrissie! I get your newsletter and follow you.

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  99. I only do curves if I have to.

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  100. I have signed up for your newsletter.

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  101. I like sewing curves, but I seldom do it.

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  102. I follow you by blog reader.

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  106. I follow John on Instagram.

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  107. I have done some curved piecing--can't say I love the sewing part, but I do love the effect. I think I might enjoy the sewing part more with the use of Marti's templates!

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  110. I just signed up for John's newsletter.

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  111. I'm following John on Facebook.

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  113. I don't mind sewing curves, but I do have to slow down.

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  114. I have done some curved piecing many moons ago. I'd love to learn a new this 3 pin method.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  115. I do follow you on BlogLovin.


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  116. I'm a follower via FB.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  117. I'm a follower on IG(@usairdoll).


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  118. I do receive your newsletter.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  119. I'm a new follower of John's on FB.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  121. I'm following John on IG (@usairdoll)

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  122. I've only tried curves a few times and the technique I experimented with was helpful. I would love to make something larger than a tablerunner.

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  123. I follow made by Christie D via Bloglovin, thanks for another chance!

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  124. I follow made by Chrissie D on FB.

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  125. I am already signed up to receive made by Chrissie D newsletter.

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  126. I just signed up to receive John's newsletter.

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  127. I am now following John on FB.

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  128. I am following Chrissie D on IG (almost missed this entry­čśČ)

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  129. I guess I never thought about curves in quilting as I really didn't have a problem with them in sewing clothes. But, since I am new to quilting, the only curved pieces of quilting I have done, were pieced by hand.

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  130. I follow Chrissie D via email.

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  131. I am subscribed to the Chrissie D newsletter.

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  132. I follow the Chrissie D Newsletter here in Texas.

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  133. I follow Chrissie D on Facebook. Thanks for the great post!

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  134. I follow Chrissie D on Instagram

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  135. Sewing curved pieces in quilting seems easier than putting in sleeves, but then I haven't sewn a curved block in quite some time. By the way, I always look forward to your newsletter.

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  136. I'm neutral on sewing curves. I just tried it for the first time and found it hard to keep an even seam, but I realize I need practice and the tools to make it easier. That's why I need to win this contest, lol! I subscribe to your blog and subscribed to John's as well.
    I love your quilt, so pretty!

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  137. I enjoy curves if it is for a small quilt.

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  138. i like curves just fine. have pieced some drunkards path by hand, and am eager to try on my machine. it just takes time and going slow; i have tried curves on the machine, just not something this curved.

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  139. i just signed up for John's email newsletter! (and forgot to leave my email addy on my first comment, (#187)
    email: salim3796@yahoo.com

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  140. I have not sewn curves by machine, only hand so maybe it is time to try!

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  141. I follow you on bloglovin

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  142. I follow you on Instagram

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  143. and I follow you on facebook. xx

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  144. I like the challenge of sewing curves

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  145. I follow your blog by email

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  146. I love the drunkard's path design but definitely need more practice

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  148. Sounds like a lovely book, thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week!

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