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Sep 13, 2016

Piecing Makeover Book Review + GiveAway

Sep 13, 2016
Pin It If it's time to up the ante on your piecing skills, I have a book for you.  Patty Murphy's new book, Piecing Makeover, takes all those frustrating mishaps in your patchwork piecing and debunks "what happened?".
If only I had this guide YEARS ago!  Patty takes a whole host of basic and intermediate techniques  - identifies common piecing problems and offers detailed solutions.  Detailed.  DETAILED!  Did you hear me say detailed?  As a beginner, I often found myself trying to troubleshoot piecing techniques, only to be discouraged by my reference's lack of information.  Piecing Makeover talks you through common mistakes and holds your hand in an effort to correct them.

Here is a glance at the contents.  This girl speaks straight to my heart.  She starts off the book with "how to sew a scant 1/4" seam".
One of the best aspects of quilting that I love most is the opportunity to never stop learning.  No matter how advanced you are, there is always something more to learn.  When I sat down to look through this book, I was not expecting to get sucked in for 45 minutes trying to exact my piecing.  There is much to learn.  I'm specifically mystified by "furling".  Do you do this?
I see many people on IG often showing off their furling of the seam intersection, but I have never tried it myself.  I definitely know I'm guilty of having some bulky seams in my blocks.  Patty recommends this technique a lot and I think I'm going to give it a go.

I don't want to give away all her tips and tricks, but there is a tip about strip or chain piecing log cabin blocks that blew my mind. ;)
And I loved the section on piecing these modern odd shapes.  Half-rectangle triangles are on my list of skill builders for myself - and future BOMs and samplers.  Such great info.
Piecing Makeover is now available.  If you think you'd like to invest in your own piecing skills, Patty's book is a great reference to assist in your success.

You are in luck today!  Because Patty and the C&T team are offering a GiveAway Copy of Piecing Makeover here at GXQ.  If you would like a chance to win, comment below with some piecing aspect you've struggled with or leave a favorite tip. (Giveaway ends Monday, September 19, 2016 at 11:59pm)  This giveaway is now closed.  Congrats to Quilting in the South - our winner!

Other chances to win are listed below:

9/13  AnneMarie Chany http://www.genxquilters.com/


9/15 Teri Lucas/Gen Q Magazine  http://generationqmagazine.com/

9/16 Sandi Hazlewood http://www.craftyplanner.com/

9/18 Kristin Esser https://kristinesser.com/


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134 comments:

  1. This book would be very helpful for my daughter and I. Thank you.

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  2. Hi, i don't see where to enter or are you supposed to leave a comment to enter? Thank you

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  3. That looks like a very interesting read...and my blocks are always a bit small. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. Wow, this book looks great, especially to this beginning quilter. Thanks for the giveaway. grinnie1961@gmail.com

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  5. I'm certain I really need this book! I'm always looking for ways to improve my piecing/quilting.

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  6. I would love to have a copy of this book! How do I go about entering the giveaway?

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  7. This would be a wonderful resource for anyone who loves to quilt.

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  8. Looks like a great book for beginners as well as advanced quilters. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Sandy N
    explabgirl(at)yahoo.com

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  9. Would love to win this book! Hopefully, it would show me how to keep my blocks from not coming out the right size...always just a wee bit to small.

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  10. I've been quilting for about 8 years and still need help with piecing tips! I especially have problems with matching when seams are pressed open. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  11. Would get so much use out of this book! My blocks are never the correct size!

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  12. This looks like a book I must have! Good job on the review!

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  13. Somehow my block sizes always seem off no matter how careful I am.

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  14. I fight myself on each project to always test my seam allowance, each time I start. When I do - so accurate!

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  15. I am horrible with the 1/4" seam. But I continue to practice! :)

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  16. I would have an issue with something straightforward as sewing two pieces together. I would find that the front edges would align together but when I got to the end I would see that one edge was longer. So, when it seemed like I didn't need to pin a simple seam, I found I had better results when I stuck a pin in at the end of stitching line. Somehow that seemed to provide better results.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway,

    anndunn24(at)gmail.com

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  17. On many projects I prefer to iron my seams open rather than to the side. It lays so much flatter.

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  18. I really should learn to furl. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  19. Thank you for the giveaway today. The book looks very helpful. I have problems sewing half square triangles together.

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  20. I struggle with flying geese - my blocks always come out the wrong size!

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  21. I have trouble swirling those seams on the back of blocks too.

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  22. What a great giveaway! I have so much to learn and know that I would truly benefit from this book. My blocks are always a different size then the pattern calls for and really struggle with points. Thank you for the great opportunity.

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  23. every time I piece triangles I forget how to start and have to stitch, unstitch, and stitch again, sometimes twice!

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  24. HELLO,what a neat giveaway! I sometimes have trouble with Y seams! Thanks for sharing! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  25. Occasionally, I still have a problem with the 1/4" seam, even with using a seam guide.

    Caryn

    caspharm@yahoo.com

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  26. I have trouble with Y seams and curved piecing. It would be great to win this book. Thanks!

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  27. I definitely struggle with y seams and lots of bulky seams.

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  28. I have often struggled with blocks not ending the proper size. I have worked on seam allowances. Now I check at each stage of the block production even if I have to calculate the math myself so the end result is good. Always looking for tips. ( ganderdotcptatgmaildotcom)

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  29. I always struggle with making points meet up at the corners of blocks when assembling! The book looks great. :)

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  30. Curved piecing is a struggle for me.

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  31. I have trouble with flying geese. I have a ruler to trim them, but it's hard to find the sweet spot for oversizing.

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  32. I've only been quilting for two years so I could definitely use this book! My piecing is improving but I've been very frustrated with square in a square blocks lately. I'd love to win this book!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  33. I'm getting better at hst but I would like to learn flying geese.

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  34. Rafflelcopie did not open
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  35. I hate the bulky seams! This book looks great!

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  36. This book looks awesome!! I hate bulky seams - love twirling them but often it doesn't work out well!

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  37. Sewing a 9-patch - why are the 3 rows always a different length but the intersections match!? is it cutting? Would love to look at this book...kare

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  38. Honestly I am still hit or miss with my 1/4" seam. I wish I had a foot that was more accurate or was better able to follow my tape!

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  39. I have trouble with the "scant 1/4""!!!

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  40. I have trouble with small HSTs (2" or less). No matter how straight and precise my cuts are, once sewn into the HST and trimmed they are wonky and crooked :( I only started quilting 2 years ago so I am always learning new things. This book looks fantastic!! Thanks so much for the chance to win one! :)

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  41. What a lovely book. I struggle with my 1/4" seams....I tend to make them too big and then things just don't fit. Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

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  42. I would love to read that tip about the log cabins. I've only ever tried log cabins once and there's a reason for that, lol! Maybe this book can change that for me. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  43. This looks like a GREAT Resource! I struggle with losing my points, either within a block, joining blocks together or in the binding.

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  44. Half square rectangles are always confusing to me - but overall I love that this is a technique book vs. A project book as you don't see as many of them!

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  45. Half square rectangles are always confusing to me - but overall I love that this is a technique book vs. A project book as you don't see as many of them!

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  46. Always a challenge to press middle of pinwheel blocks.

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  47. Those bulky seam intersections are on the top of my list to tackle.

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  48. Always a challenge to press middle of pinwheel blocks.

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  49. Flying geese are always a challenge!

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  50. Bias. I'm hoping her book addresses some good tips for dealing with bias edges when piecing to get better accuracy!

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  51. There is always something to learn! Looks like a great book! Flying geese are definitely my challenge. My go-to tip for not so wonky HSTs sewn to create a snowball or picket fence is to sew a needle's width to the side of the diagonal that you are folding over instead of exactly on the diag line. @kbsing08 ��

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  52. I have avoided HST based quilts until I read the great tip to make them oversize and trim to size. What a great discovery!! Now I LOVE HSTs and use them more than anything else!

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  53. I just cannot do Y seams on my machine, only by hand. Same with curved piecing. I don't have enough control when I use the machine, and feel I need to constantly ease the fabric to make these seams work. That I can only do by hand.

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  54. After piecing for quite a few yeas, I still struggle with cutting of my points - I don't always have a consistent 1/4" seams.

    Linda Kay

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  55. I'm still struggling with a consistent seam.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  56. Would love to win the book and learn how to do a scant quarter inch.

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  57. I NEED this book! I just discovered that spraying my bulky seams with Best Press when ironing really helps them lay flat.

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  58. I am a new quilter--so I'm eager to learn all the tips I can

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  59. I am with you on the half triangle rectangle & a equilateral triangle quilt as my next challenge. My sewing time is precious, so I don't have a lot of time for reverse sewing!

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  60. This looks like an awesome book I'd love to have. I need help with piecing without using so many needles. I use way too many. Thanks!

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  61. Triangles and those danged dog ears. Never know if I should cut them off or not! What a great book for a beginner like me.

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  62. Well, the consistent scant 1/4 inch is my nemesis... Thanks for a chance!

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  63. I struggle with partial seams...just can't seem to get it right! Looks like a great book. Sarahfrench dot sf at Gmail dot com

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  64. Would love to learn more about matching points/seams when dealing with triangles.

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  65. Thanks for sharing some of the contents. I have heaps to learn! I need to get this book. Thanks for the chance.

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  66. Hi! I struggle with getting my blocks sizes consistent when making several for a quilt. That is probably because my seam allowances are inconsistent.

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  67. Making eight pointed stars has always been frustrating -- I end up with a lump in the middle! And I'm not satisfied with the matching being "close enough". I can always use new tips for better piecing!

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  68. After several good-faith efforts, I can honestly say I despise piecing curves.

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  69. I am equally mystified by furling. I want to know more to reduce bulky seams. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  70. I am a self-taught quilter and have learned everything I know by reading blogs. Thank you to all! I struggle with the nesting of seams and getting my blocks to all be consistently the same size.

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  71. I've always struggles with making flying geese units come out the correct size. I think I have it conquered now with a new set of rulers I bought. Just have to remember that I get 4 identical flying geese when I use them!
    Sandy A

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  72. Well, I would probably have to admit that my 1/4 inch seam probably isn't always consistent. I really like it when I can cut a bit oversized and trim to the correct size.

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  73. I've been working on keeping my point tips when sewing a row of HST or flying geese. I do "furl".

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  74. This looks amazing! I'd love to learn how to sew a really good half rectangle triangle.

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  75. Accuracy and consistency in piecing is my problem. Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway! akronne17@gmail.com

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  76. I need this book! Before I even get to piecing I have trouble because of my sorry cutting skills.

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  77. I'm still.fairly new, and my points have a habit of getting a little lopped off...

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  78. I'm still.fairly new, and my points have a habit of getting a little lopped off...

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  79. I don't think I struggle but I still chop off a tip every now and then. I would love to read this to tune up my skills.

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  80. I've done the intersection thing for years, but never knew it was called furling! Sounds like one of those ice sports.

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  81. I use a Tailor's Clapper to flatten bulky seams in my quilt blocks. When using sashing, I have a hard time lining up the rows.

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  82. Can't wait to get my hands on this book. I should be a staple in every quilters library. Learning to nest seams was the most important tip I learned.

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  83. This looks like a great book. I am always looking for ways to improve my cutting and piecing skills. I wish when my blocks were finished it wouldn't be so jagged. Then when you sew blocks together you only catch 1/8 of an inch in some places.

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  84. Those half square triangle blocks that just stretch enough when you press them to make one side bulge. Argggggggggggg.

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  85. Piecing curves is always difficult! And would also love to conquer furling...

    jaynevaughan84@gmail.com

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  86. I still struggle with cutting off my points no matter how careful I sew. It's getting better but still could use more advice. This book sounds like the perfect resource. VickiM1272@gmail.com

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  87. I'd love to work on my accuracy & bulky seams. This book is definitely on my want list!

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  88. I'd love to work on my accuracy & bulky seams. This book is definitely on my want list!

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  89. I've never tried furling seams, I should probably give that a try!

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  90. My accuracy never seems quite right, no matter how careful I am. I have found using a walking foot when piecing does help, but sometimes my seams still don't match up. This book would be extremely useful to me!

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  91. I would love to learn more about furling seam intersections.

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  92. I learned how to "furl" in a beginning quilting class, but I have never put the technique into practice. I will!

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  93. My favorite tip is "Measure twice, cut once."
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  94. You know, that scant 1/4" seam is the start of all things good. Thanks for the preview.

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  95. Any tips on piecing equilateral triangles without stretching the edges?

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  96. EVERYTHING! Matching seams, bulky seams, scant 1/4" seam...

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  97. I'm a beginner so I think this book would be great for making good habits from the start!

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  98. What a fantastic asset this book will be as I have only started quilting this year. I have retired after 44 years of nursing and I am so excited that I now have the time to sit down and enjoy quilting to my hearts content. Thank you for the opportunity to will a copy of this wonderful book. Kindest regards Lenore

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  99. What a fantastic asset this book will be as I have only started quilting this year. I have retired after 44 years of nursing and I am so excited that I now have the time to sit down and enjoy quilting to my hearts content. Thank you for the opportunity to will a copy of this wonderful book. Kindest regards Lenore

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  100. Correctly piecing 1/4 seams without the fabric sliding is a problem I have.

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  101. I just started quilting this year. What a wonderful hobby. This book looks like a great resource to have. I would like to learn how to perfect flying geese.

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  102. I just started quilting this year. What a wonderful hobby. This book looks like a great resource to have. I would like to learn how to perfect flying geese.

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  103. Have trouble with those partial seams...arrrgh

    Thank you for chance to win this Awesome Book!! :D

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  104. I still need work on my seams. If I make what I think is a scant 1/4 inch seam, my block still doesn't quite measure up.

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  105. I have a horrible time with diamonds. Would love this book. If I don't win, it's on my Christmas wish list!

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  106. I struggle with bulky seams at times.

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  107. Best tip: use a "starty/stoppy" for machine piecing, or a leader/ender project.

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  108. I am a 'twirler' at seam junctions and it does make a difference to the flatness of a finished block. This one of the things I would like everyone to know!

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  109. Hi,sometimes if I'm in doubt of my seam placement,I switch to huge stitches (basting really) and check it; then sew with regular stitches! Book looks neat! Thank You! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  110. My biggest problem is where seams intersect. Getting them to meet perfectly is just so hard!

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  111. Like so many here, it's getting the squares to perfectly align, despite what seem to be perfect 1/4" seams! I definitely want to try this furling! And again, like so many, if I don't win, this book will be one I purchase very soon!

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  112. Sometimes my points aren't so pointy (ie flying geese) and I definitely need to furl or twirl my seams to reduce bulk.

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  113. There really is the need for this book.

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  114. I suffer from lumpy joins didnt know there was a fix called furling love the name, would like to master this.

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  115. I've struggled with maintaining a consistent scant 1/4 seam.

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  116. My machine tends to eat the points of my triangles.... and long seams get me every time. Great book - would love to add it to my library.

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  117. I often struggles with keeping my blocks the same size. It frustrates me to no end! I know it must be my seam allowances, and sometimes my piecing sizes.

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  118. Thanks for the giveaway! I suppose my blocks aren't all the same size because when I piece them together, they don't always match up!

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  119. My blocks are always just a little bit wonky. I'd love to fix that!

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  120. I still have problems with joining the ends of binding around a quilt.
    Carol O

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  121. I would devour this book from front to end. Need to improve my flying geese.

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  122. I'm relatively new to quilting so any help is appreciated. I'm hoping to make an equilateral triangle quilt for my daughter so I'm keen to learn how to make sure I don't chop off the points when piecing. Thanks for the chance to win.
    annamariehlustik@googlemail.com

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  123. Flying geese and half square triangles. Oh ,the struggle! Thank you for offering this book for a giveaway!

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  124. I need to get better with twirling my seams to reduce the bulk. I love finding out about new tips to make the quilting process easier, less frustrating, seams consistent or shortcuts. This book would be a welcome reference to any quilter's library.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  125. I need tips! I don't have any! I always struggle with the math!

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  126. I have trouble with hall square triangles and the points of triangles being eaten by my machine-would love to win this book !

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  127. I always have trouble trying not to have bulk of seams when making pinwheel blocks. This book should help me out. If I don't win the giveaway, I will certainly buy it.

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  128. I can never get the furling to work right and the intersections are lumpy!

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  129. it looks like a great book. I'm self-taught at quilting, so this book would be a Great help!

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  130. As a new retiree, to have so many block constructions in one resource is a great boon. I drive myself batty searching the Internet, finding blocks and/or quilts I would genuinely like to make and then forgetting half of what I have found. I experiment with table runners and love it when points match up perfectly (so long as the back isn't scrutinized too closely!)!

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