Monday, October 15, 2012

Skip the Borders Book Tour


I'm back today to bring you the final stop on the Skip the Borders Blog Book Tour.  Skip the Borders is the first book by blogger and quilter extraordinaire -- and one of my bestest quilting buddies -- the always fabulous Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts fame.

Skip the Borders is a collection of 15 quilt patterns, bound together by the fact that Julie has chosen to present them all without any borders at all.  The running theme throughout all of the projects is that the designs themselves are the stars, and Julie shows them off by letting the design run from side to side and from top to bottom, without the framing effect of borders.

The book, quite ingeniously, is broken out into three sections: one-block quilts, two-block quilts, and outside-the-block quilts.  It's pretty amazing to see how Julie creates such large-scale, original patterns using such simple elements.  And through it all, Julie brings all of the voice and personality that is such a signature of her blog.  Her writing is very conversational, and I felt like I was sitting at market with her again!


Instead of showing off several of the beautiful quilts in the book, I decided to just showcase my favorite.  Box of Chocolates is one of the book's two-block quilts, and it is representative of some of my favorite quilts: simple to put together, a basic patchwork approach, and a design that showcases its fabrics.  Plus, it may look like a square-in-square or log cabin block, but Julie introduces a strip-piece method to making these blocks that may surprise you.

I love this quilt, and it's only one of the 15 great projects in the book.  Check out some of the other photos on the other stops of the blog tour.


The fact is, Julie is one of the best pattern writers in the business.  Her patterns are easy to follow and accurate beyond belief.  Plus, Julie always gives options to help personalize the quilt to best meet the quilter's needs.  The book has a fantastic overview and basics section, which makes this a great book for beginning quilters.


Julie and the fab team at Martingale are giving away an ebook copy of Skip the Borders to a lucky Quilt Dad reader.  Want to get your hands on this awesome book?  I know you do!  Simply leave a comment on this post and tell me what fabrics you would use to make your own Box of Chocolates quilt.  The pattern has such versatility, and I'd love to hear about all of the different ideas you have for this single pattern!  I'll be picking a winner shortly.

139 comments:

  1. This is such awesome quilt! This book is on my Amazon wishlist (hoping for Christmas)! I would LOVE to have that quilt in AMH's Field Study.

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  2. I just saw some lovely fall colorways of Kaffe Fassett at my local quilt shop that would be perfect combined with some autumnal tone on tones. I can already visualize the large scale focus prints with smaller scale prints and tone on tones. Thanks!

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  3. I favor Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi designs. I think that is what I'd go with on this pattern. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  4. I'm in a fall/winter cozy sort of mood, so I'd use 3 Sisters Double Chocolate.

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  5. Oh, I would love a copy of this book!!! What fabric? I think I would have to raid my closet and add a little bit of everything!

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  6. Love Julie's patterns and would love to win a copy of her first book. I'd use an combination of Kaffe Fassett prints along with some spots or solids..

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  7. Thanks for the opportunity! I think I'd raid my stash for some boyish colors. My son is kind of due for a handmade gift.

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  8. I think it would look great made in the low volume fabrics I've been collecting. It would really show them off. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

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  9. I'm tempted to say monochromatic batiks…. Thanks for chance, QD!

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  10. I'd go stash diving, I think I have some Marmalade in there.

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  11. Yes, definitely some Kaffe fabrics with a chocolate brown solid thrown in.

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  12. I am new to quilting and my Mom has requested a quilt in Earth tones. I've dutifully ordered fabric and am now looking at patterns. I'd love to see a strip-piecing method to do this design - I've done a similar design for a baby quilt and I really like how it looks. :) This is my first time commenting but I'm a fellow UNC grad and I love Shape Workshop for Quilters! :)

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  13. I have some Fresh Cut I think I would use, mixed with some complimentary solids :) Yum!!!

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  14. That looks a great book..simple designs clean lines and. No borders yay! And a box of chocolates ... With no calories... Mmmmm..

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    1. Oops.. Forgot my fabric choices.... Art Gallery Fabrics for me... Rock & Romance..

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  15. I'm intrigued by the strip piecing method - I love to win the book to find out more and be able to make the quilt using Cinnamon Spice by Blackbird Designs.

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  16. Love Julie's quilts. I think I would open up my stash and make this a scrap happy quilt. I love it with lots of color.

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  17. I need to make a man quilt next year, so chocolate solids with coffee break from Corbin South Sea Imports :)

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  18. I think I would use Marmalade, to make my box of chocolate.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. I'd use my bundle of Summersville with some coordinating solids. Thanks for the chance to win - looks like a great book

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  20. I think I would use Noteworthy when that comes out :) I love it and it would be nice to fussy cut the 'list' type prints to be the center of the blocks :)

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  21. Looks like many agree.....Kaffe all the way!

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  22. I think I would do a rainbow box of chocolates with some neutrals. Just using fabrics from my stash, no specific collection. This book looks like so much fun!

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  23. I would use my stash of Parisville. Looks like a great book!

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  24. I have my eye on Moda's Vintage Modern line. I want an excuse to buy it and use if for something, anything.

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  25. I have a stack of pink, gray and black fabrics that I am hoarding. I think this pattern would work with these fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  26. Thelma Childers' Blogger's Choice Fat Quarter Bundle at Fat Quarter Shop because I love crimson and cream together. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. I love that quilt! I think it would look great using Indie by Pat Bravo (wouldn't anything look great with Indie?) Thanks for the chance to win Julie's book :)

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  28. it looks great in bright colors but i would maybe try to tone it down with less colors and do more of a monochromatic scheme--maybe baby blue and chocolate brown?

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  29. I'd love to make a Christmas version with some fussy cut squares. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

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  30. I do like this quilt. I am thinking I would use Growing Hollyhock Cottage by Lynette Anderson.

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  31. A line by Cosmo Cricket would be good. Would make it fun and 'youthful'.

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  32. Something Christmas! I haven't yet made a Christmas quilt.

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  33. I have been building a nice stash of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and waiting for the right project. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. I love the variety of colors she has used . . . I'd probably do something in bright, rainbow-y colors. Thanks for the chance.

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  35. I'm going to pick Kaffe Fassett fabrics also. I think his brilliant designs would make a great quilt like Julie's.

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  36. I think this would make an excellent scrap quilt. I think it would also look nice in soft tones with a couple flowers appliqued on opposing corners. The possibilites are endless. Love the fabrics used for the one in the book! Looks like such a happy quilt. Thanks for sharing the book!
    Tammy Mabry
    tmabry at jnebk dot com

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  37. I'd like to try it with V and Co Simply Color.

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  38. OOOOooo! I'd love to use the new Joel Dewberry Line for this quilt! Throw in some Robert Kaufman Quilters Linen, and I think it would be sooo pretty ;D!

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  39. I have a fat quarter bundle of Art Essential solids waiting for a project, maybe those with some coordinating prints, or? I know I could think of something - would love to win the book. Thanks for the chance.

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  40. I think I would like it in Chateau Rouge by French General. And I'm wondering how it would look in black and white prints.

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  41. I'm in love with cool colors right now, and due to the speed at which I tend to quilt, different shades of blues and green in solids and small scale prints with pops of red sounds really good to me.

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  42. I love that pattern too! I think it would be fun with Kim Schaefer's Flower Doodle fabrics.

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  43. I am thinking some Flea Market Fancy that i have! thanks for the reivew!

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  44. Red, white and blue stash fabrics would be my choice.
    Thanks.

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  45. I really like the purple and white - so I'm thinking those for the solids and some coordinating prints from my stash!

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  46. I'd like to use Joel Dewberry's Notting Hill.

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  47. I'm in a AMH charm swap, so maybe I could use some of those??

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  48. I'm crazy over the Simple Color fabric line and think it would be great for this pattern. Although I might mix in some other favorite fabrics as well -- I seldom make a quilt from just one fabric collection.

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  49. I have lots of bright colored fabric that would be awesome. Thanks!

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  50. Wow!! I've been drooling over this book for a while now and I love this quilt pattern. I, too, think it'd look great in the Simply Color collection but I'd love love LOVE to see it in the new Alexander Henry Once Upon A TIme collection.

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  51. That's one of my favorites too John. I think it would look great using Blitzen fabrics. I would also love to make it using Cuzco. I think that would be an awesome looking quilt as well.

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  52. I need an excuse to buy some Simply Color by V & Co. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book!

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  53. I would use shades of browns for the chocolates. And bright fun colors to represent the little foil wrappers that surround around them.
    wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

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  54. I am in the Christmas Mode and would like to do the quilt in Blitzen Fabric.

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  55. I think Tula Pink has just come out with some beautiful aqua fabrics. I would love to use the aqua with browns. Love the quilt, and the book looks awesome.

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  56. I'd love to use my precious Curious Nature Bundle ;o)
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  57. I would do it in Moda Twirl. I love that line! That quilt is awesome-I have the book on my amazon wish list so hopefully the hubby will make it a Christmas gift.

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  58. I would love to do it in scraps I have it seems that it would work really well.

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  59. Something scrappy out of greens, aquas, yellows and grays!

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  60. love this pattern! it'd be great in scraps - especially since i just sorted them out. and with a line of fabric i have from a quilt show several years ago, but i don't know the name of it.

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  61. My first inclination would be scraps 'cause that's my favorite. I also think it would be wonderful done with Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater. I might throw some matching solids in the mix with that, too. Thanks for teh chance to win!

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  62. I would use Kaffe Fassett's fabric and sash them in assorted solids.

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  63. I really like Pat Bravo's Rock and Romance fabric line. that would make a beautiful quilt. Or I would wait for Kate Sprains new collection Honey Honey - either one! Thanks for the give away!

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  64. Would love to win this book! I have had my eye on it for a while now. One line of fabric that I am really liking these days is Autumn Grace by Yuko Hasegawa. I also think the Laura Gunn Cosmo collection would be nice. So many choices!

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  65. I would use Kate Spain's Cuzco line for this pattern. YUM!!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway and review! It was great :)

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  66. I would use the Art Gallery Fabric line Rhapsodia. I'm in love with it right now. :-D

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  67. I think I would make it scrappy! Julie recently sent me a huge boz of scraps and would be great for this pattern.

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  68. Can't wait to get this book! I would use Indie by Pat Bravo

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  69. Box of Chocolates would such a fun book to make a scrappy quilt. I haven't seen the book to know how Julie puts it together but I could see using lots of different fat quarters.

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  70. I would love to win this book. so many great ideas. thanks for a chance.
    I would make my box of chocolate quilt in Cinnamon Spice Jelly Roll
    Blackbird Designs for Moda Fabrics

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  71. I LOVE that quilt and would so love to win this book and thank you so much for the chance to. I would make my Box of Chocolate Quilt in my Lilac Hill Jelly Roll by Moda that I have been hoarding for ages.

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  72. I would use Lark or Love or Field Study or...so many choices!

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  73. A rainbow of batiks would look great! soparkaveataoldotcom

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  74. I would use solids and maybe a few prints. Possibly some of my Heather Bailey fabrics. I need to do something with them afterall! They are almost too pretty to cut up though. Thanks for the chance.

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  75. i would use my rhapsody collection to make this pretty quilt. without borders, i would have more than enough to work it up.

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  76. I have been collecting black, and gray prints. I think they might work well with this pattern. I love very scrappy quilts, so will be waiting until I have a bigger selection.

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  77. I have so much fabric in my stash that I would have to destash. My husband has put a ban on buying any fabric.

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  78. I would love a copy of this book. Big fan of Julie's. I've been saving my Michael Miller Red White and Aqua stash and I think this pattern would be a perfect fit. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Ursula

    uschbear at gmail dot com

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  79. I think I would go with complementary colors in solids and prints so that I could alternate the inner and outer parts cleverly.

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  80. I love the Kona fabrics. Solid colors! Judith, Texas

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  81. I would use my favorite fabrics of all...my 30's repros. I have a large stash of them, but would probably need to buy some more. ;) I love any of the Darlene Zimmerman 30's repros, so would add some of them.

    Sandy A

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  82. I have a fat quarter bundle and I have been searching for just the right quilt pattern to make with it. I think this quilt could be it! Thanks for sharing!

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  83. This would make an awesome iSpy quilt for my niece!

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  84. Ooh, either something with bright big prints like Cuzco or softer solids (not pastels, but not bright either).

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  85. Hi John, I think I would like to use my stash of Japanese blue fabric with reds and whites. Thanks for bringing this design to my attention through your blog. Do you belong to the Capital Quilters Guild in Raleigh?

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  86. I would love to win the e-book because Julie is my favorite designer. It would be special done in the new Kona solid colors with the modern quilt prints as the center blocks.
    Yummy as chocolate for sure but much more colorful.

    Linda

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  87. Raid the scrap bin, all the way! Thanks for the chance to win this book.

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  88. I think batiks would look lovely with many patterns in the book. Sew many to choose from just like chocolates.

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  89. I think batiks would be pretty...or some of my stash of brights! While reproduction fabrics would look nice too,those are not fabrics in my collection!

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  90. I think I'd just use a bunch of really bright fabrics from my stash.

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  91. I want to make something with Tapestry and this pattern would show off the fabric!
    paweis at yahoo dot com

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  92. I'd probably use AMH Field Study for this beautiful quilt.

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  93. I'd make box of chocolate with brights from my stash. This book would be a great addition to my library. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  94. I think I will make this quilt with the huge stash I have been hoarding (gasp!) of Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably fabrics. I have been needing a REAL excuse to use those fabrics.

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  95. I think this would make a lovely boyish quilt in fun novelty prints and a grey and aqua color scheme. I have a stack I've been hoarding for no good reason for the occasion :)
    Thanks for the chance!

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  96. I would love to make this quilt in Christmas fabrics with lots of metallic golds that I have been saving for a special project. Thank you for the chance for the giveaway.

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  97. I would love to make that quilt with the Sweetest Thing line :)
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  98. "flea Market from Denyse Schmidt". Yes it is a gook pattern to showcase al lot of prints !

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  99. I don't really have a clue as to exactly which line I would use but whatever it was it would have to be very bright and cheery, oranges, reds, teals, blues, yellows, greens, you know what I am saying. Anyway, thank you for the giveaway.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

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  100. Box of chocolates done in solids would look really awesome.

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  101. I have some Hope Valley that need to be used.

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  102. Simply Color by V and Co. would be my pick to make the Box of Chocolates quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  103. I think I would go the direction of bright scrappy fabrics.

    chancyf (at) gmail (d0t) com

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  104. I would love this book because I just love Julie and all of her beautiful quilts. I have done a couple of quilts without borders and love doing it this way.

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  105. I think I would use some Vintage Modern, Marmalade and bits of Ruby to make this quilt. Thank your for a chance to win a copy of this book.

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  106. I would love to make this quilt with the Sweetest Thing line of fabric! awolk at rogers dot com

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  107. I think it would look great done in my Kansas Troubles stash. Oh course, I think everything looks great in Kansas Troubles!

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  108. I just purchased some Amy Butler Cameo - I think I might add some solids with part of the collection. I am so excited about a chance to win the book. Borders just are not my favorite part of the quilt. I have a 90 year old quilting friend who thinks a quilt is not a quilt without a border, so if I win the book I just may not share this book with her. No, really she is really great about embracing new ideas. Thank you for participating in the giveaway and sharing with the quilting community.

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  109. I always love a quilt in jewel tones. Blues, greens and purples. I love her work.

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  110. I would make this up with my dots collection and add solids to pop them.
    Cherylr1983athotmaildotcom

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  111. Chevron fabric is to die for right now. So, I'll probably try out the Chevron line by Riley Blake! I think I'd go cross eyed, but it would be worth it.

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  112. If I would make this quilt and call it box of chocolates, I think I would have to make it with browns and creams and maybe some red. But with a different name, I would want to make it in brights. I usually do more subdued colors and this pattern would be great to use some bright colors.

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  113. That's easy. I just received 5 fat quarters of Heather Ross fabric. The large pieces in this pattern would showcase her designs in style. The four patches I might do in random colors to coordinate. Thanks a bunch.

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  114. I would make it in Liberty prints. I love this pattern and I love Liberty.

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  115. I would make it with my polka dots fabrics fabrics :)

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  116. OHHH! Love her patterns, the are easy to follow. I would love this book. I would have to get into some Fig Tree fabric.
    jillfroelich@yahoo.com

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  117. I wuld use my Vintage Modern fabrics. Just love those colors!

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  118. This is the perfect quilt for using up scraps!
    Thanks for the give-away!
    themessymouse@gmail.com

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  119. I love this pattern. I think it would be an awesome quilt for Moda's Bungle Jungle.

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  120. This would be a great stash user-upper... or would make a terrific Christmas quilt, especially if the center squares were fussy-cut! Thanks for the give-away!

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  121. I'd love to go really scrappy with a natural linen-cotton blend in the centres, to use as a signature quilt.

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  122. I would use my very fave scraps for sure
    thanks for asking

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  123. I have some Daisy Cottage fat quarters that would be perfect!! Thanks for the give-away! BTW- I love, love, love Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop. :)

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  124. Looks like so much fun to make! I really want to make my next quilt with Cloud 9 organics Ed Emberley the Happy Drawings collection! Thanks for posting the giveaway!

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  125. I have a bit of a thing for text fabrics at the moment so would use an assortment of these. Thanks for posting the giveaway :)

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  126. Red is my fav color, and I can just picture those little diagonal squares in hot red, with other red and white patterns from my vast stash surrounding them! Heading to my favorite shop to ask for this book tomorrow!

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  127. I can imagine this quilt in a variety of pinks, beiges, browns, and tans a little smaller in a baby quilt size. I need to get ready for a possible future grandchild. I already have a boy one done. Not many posts lately John. You must be busy with other things. Standing by...

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  128. Strip piecing this one, huh? I'm interested and intrigued...and I love this pattern! I would probably go scrappy with it...or I-spy;-) Either would be fun! Thanks for the chance, John!!

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  129. I'd be digging into my scrap bin fir this one! Oh yeah!

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  130. I love the quilt "Skip the Borders" What a good idea.
    Thanks for sharing

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  131. What a great choice - but yours is also stunning. Congratulations on being in this awesome book.

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  132. Forgot to say how amazing it is to find a male quilter!!!

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  133. I would like to make this quilt in black and reds with some white thrown in.

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  134. Great book,such inspiration! I hope I win! ;o)

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