Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Charm School- It Could be Yours!

When I said yes to review 3 books I had no idea they would be posted the same week. It must up the odds that you will win at least one, right?
I was over the moon when I was contacted by Mary to see if I would want to write a review for their newest book, "Back to Charm School". I've been a fan of Country Threads patterns for years. After seeing their newest book, I have been reminded why I'm such a fan.

Any 'second' book that makes me want to run out and buy the first one has to be a good one!! BTW, the first book is called "Country Threads Goes to Charm School; 19 Little Quilts from 5" squares"

So they sent me two books, and two copies of Goat Gazette.  This is their newspaper that has been written for 29 years! It is obvious when reading it they have a true love of animals. What a neat way to get to know the authors and owners of Country Threads.

One of the things I remember from my childhood is the little saying that went with learning manners. Anybody remember this one? Mabel Mabel strong and able get your elbows off the table! I sure do!
Half the fun of reviewing this book was reading the Charm School etiquette. It's sure to bring a smile to your face as well.

Here's the little quilt I opted to make to test the directions. It's called Never Leave the table Before Other Guests. 
A sidebar in the book says" Etiquette notwithstanding, no one will want to leave a table with this little centerpiece on it. They'll be too busy admiring all the little squares..." How sweet!!

The book give basic quilting directions so even a beginner could use this to make their first quilt, start to finish. One thing I was glad to see them include in the cutting directions. "Charm School has really only one rule: Cut charms carefully! Some of the projects use every bit of a charm square, so there's no room for mis-cuts."
I have never bought a 5" charm pack, but to make this quilt I cut 5" squares from scraps. This was one project that used every thread of the 5" squares.

If you like small quilts, scrappy quilts, and charm school, you'll love this book.

Below is a few more projects from the book.



You have a lot of chances to win your own copy of this book. Leave a comment here and tell me if you remember little etiquette sayings when you were growing up. I'll draw a name on Sunday the 26th of February.  Then be sure to visit the other bloggers and see their reviews. I know Paulette made Keep Your Elbows Off the Table.

Feb.20~ Maureen                 moequiltz.blogspot.com

Feb.20~Paulette                   sweetp-paulette.blogspot.com

Feb. 21~Lori                         humblequilts.blogspot.com

Feb. 21~Jo                           joscountryjunction.com

Feb. 22~ Sherri                     aquiltinglife.blogspot.com

Feb. 22~ Karen                     selvageblog.blogspot.com

Feb.23~ Julie                     juliekquilts.blogspot.com

Feb.24~ Sarah                   confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com

Feb.24~Suzanne               coloradolady.blogspot.com

Feb.25~Michelle                mychellem.blogspot.com

Feb.25~ Pat                      silverthimbletalk.blogspot.com

239 comments:

  1. Great book review and your little quilt is quite charming!

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  2. I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for but my Mom always told us "eat what you are served." Basically if you are a guest in someone's house there is no complaining about what ends up on your plate....

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  3. Love the preview of the quilts, I would make each of them. I do remember little etiquette sayings when I was growing up - cleanliness is next to Godliness - is one that pops into my mind.

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  4. Looks like a wonderful little quilt book. I have Country Threads goes to Charm School and Back to Charm School is on my wish list. Thank you for showing us some of the little quilts.

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  5. I learned to always say please and thank you! Country Threads patterns were the first ones I used when I started quilting so many years ago! It looks like a great book!

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  6. This book looks like a great way to learn new techniques! Love your review!

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  7. It looks like that is going to be one of those "must have" books. I love all the little quilts.

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  8. This looks such a great book!
    We always had to sit up straight and eat what's put in front of you but I don't remember any sayings like you' Mabel, Mabel one, which I love!

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  9. My mother-in-law used to say this poem...

    The Goops they lick their fingers
    And the Goops they lick their knives:
    They spill their froth on the tablecloth
    Oh, they lead disgusting lives!
    The Goops they talk while eating,
    And loud and fast they chew;
    And that is why I'm glad that I
    Am not a Goop, are you?

    It always made us laugh!
    Back to Charm School looks like a great book! I really like the patterns with very little waste...I don't need more scraps!

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  10. My mother was a big fan of "If you can't say anything nice about someone, then don't say anything at all." :)

    Looks like a great book!

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  11. This book looks amazing. I would love to win a copy.

    I know there are lots of things I remember from growing up and want to teach my children...
    Chew with your mouth closed...elbows off the table, excuse me, please & thank you. =)

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  12. Always say, "Thank you."

    And when asking for food on the other side of the table, say "Please pass the salt." Please always had to be in the request. Followed by "Thank you."

    Would love this little book because little quilts are my preference these days.

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  13. Love your review. This book is on my wish list. My girls still laugh at my "old" bits of wisdom!!!

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  14. Well, aren't you a lucky girl to be able to review so many books this week:). My favorite one, and a pet peeve - chew will your mouth closed. Have a wonderful time reviewing!

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  15. I have been thinking and I can't remember anything but "Step on a crack, break your mother's back" and I don't think that is anything to do with manners. Just a something kids said when walking on a sidewalk. I did learn manners but not with sayings.
    My favorite little quilt would be the one with the fuzzy balls laying on it. The quilt has triangles and squares.

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  16. I would love to win this book. Winter is still long from over here and I could use a bit of inspiration to help me head into my sewing room
    Conny from Red Deer, Alberta

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  17. The very first book I buyed when I started quilting in 1996 was a Country Threads book, I always loved it !

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  18. Lori - thanks for the review - the projects look "Charming"...

    My parents were also always reminding us "if you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all". Also, "never talk with your mouth full" -- when my dad wanted to be really silly - he would take 8mm movies of us eating... and then be silly and play it the movie backward and we would laugh and laugh... (yuck !)

    Thanks again for the review -- and the walk down memory lane !

    Karen

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  20. Love this book, no cute sayings when I was growing up, just reprimands.

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  21. Looks like there are some cute projects in that book. I don't buy charms but I have plenty of stash to cut my own. Mom always said "Chew with your mouth closed" & we couldn't leave the table without asking to be excused.

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  22. We used a different version of that saying at camp: Katie, Katie, strong and able, keep your elbows off the table. This is not a horse's stable, this is the camp's dining table.
    Thanks for the review and the chance to win the book!

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  23. One of my favorite sayings came from an elderly friend, who after a meal would say, "My sufficiency is quite sufficed. Any more would be super abundancy". It was her way of saying thank you. I certainly would enjoy winning the "Charm School" book.

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  24. I would love this book. There are so many great projects. Reading all of the comments about etiquette brings back fond memories of my mother. She always told us to sit up straight and chew with you mouth closed.

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  25. OOHHH I want this book so much!
    As far as etiquette, my Nana use to say children should be seen and not heard. It always made me feel bad, she was a little strict, lol.
    I love your checkerboards - wonderful!

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  26. I don't remember any particular phrases for table manners, but I do remember "the rules." Thank you for sharing this delightful book. I'd love to win one, as I like that little basket quilt immensely.

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  27. Regarding portion sizes: Take what you want, but eat all you take. Thanks for showing some of the projects in the book!

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  28. Love how your quilt came out, little squares are always the perfect idea for a table top quilt. Just something about it, that looks so wonderful and prim.

    "Never put your elbows on the table while eating" LOL

    Debbie

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  29. Chew with your mouth closed!! Thank you for the chance to win this book!! It looks like fun.

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  30. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the review and I love your little quilt. Charming!

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  31. LOVE LOVE LOVE Country Threads! I remember whenever we would have soup, my Grandmother would say "Like a ship going out to sea, I dip my spoon away from me" Oh how much fun my sister and I would have "acting" it out with our morning bowls of cereal;)

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  32. Thanks, Lori - what a glowing review!
    Mary E.

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  33. I was told it was "bad luck" to sing at the table :) and I loved to sing---my Mom was forever telling me "no singing at the table, honey" :D. I would love to have a copy of that book AND the Goat Gazette. How fun!

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  34. Wow, there are a lot of great projects in that book. Country Threads was my very first "favorite" designer and I used to subscribe to the Goat Gazette. This was back before the internet. Whoa, I'm old. As a matter of fact, the first quilt I had machine quilted was done through their shop. Gee, thanks for the memories. Okay, here's my old etiquette rule for the day - it's from the 1880's but I love it and wish today's starlets (and the starlet wanna be's) would heed it: "You should never take dogs with you, nor pets, unless they are specially invited." Don't get me wrong, I love pets. But, they don't belong in your purse especially at the mall.

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  35. We say "Thank You".
    We say "Please".
    We say "Excuse Me"
    When we sneeze.

    Thanks for the chance to win such a great book!

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  36. The little 16 patches look very, very nice - a sweet little quilt. It looks like a wonderful book - thanks for the chance to win. My mom had expressions that she used to remind us of our manners - they were all in Dutch. Those espressions are the only Dutch I know :0)

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  37. I was always told not to "schmaks" - that roughly translates to stop chewing with my mouth open. Thanks for the review, and the chance to win.

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  38. I just don't remember any of those cute little sayings from when I was little until I read some of the comments and then they come back. I love the little quilt you made...I think that is my favorite! This book is definitely a "must have".

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  39. Love the chance to win this book.
    About the only things I remember hearing as a kid were: "Close the door, we don't live in a barn" and "Are you trying to refrigerate the whole house?" when you would stand in the doorway of the refrigerator looking for something to snack on.

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  40. Would love to see this book. Thanks for always being so generous!

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  41. When I was a child I had to keep my elbows off the table too (you see, even in France!!) .
    Thank for the chance to win this book.

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  42. I don't remember any clever sayings, but I do remember hearing (a lot) "Share with your sister." Good advice for life, I think. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book.

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  43. I would LOVE to win this book! I did a Giveaway for the first one last fall and I can see that this one is as great! I had never bought a charm pack until last year--I was getting one to give as a gift and the temptation was too great--I bought one for myself, too. Since then I have succumbed to a couple more and the silly thing is I can't bring myself to cut into any of them! : )
    I love the little top you made--just so cute!

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  44. Love the charm projects. I don't remember any particular etiquette rules but it was considered a major faux pas in our family to be late for any occasion. That was part of my father's military training that he instilled in his children.

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  45. I remember: "Don't interrupt." And "Elbows off the table." And "Don't slam the door."

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  46. reading your post made this little rhyme pop into my head that we would say walking the track in high school arms bent chest high and moving back and fourth....we must, we must, we must improve our bust! not exactly etiquette correct but it's a charmer!

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  47. I have no sayings to share--I think we were too busy trying to make a living on the farm. My pet peeve now is people who don't say thank you. I'd love to win this book--there will be more little quilts in my near future, as I need more instant gratification than I get from the last couple huge quilts I've made.

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  48. OH gosh, my Mom was raised in the South so my brothers and I learned all the rules of etiquette.
    Here are some I remember very well:
    *When someone asks for the salt, ALWAYS pass both the salt and pepper. They should never be 'unmarried' from each other. (never understood this one really)

    *Butter or dips should be put onto your own plate before spreading them onto your roll or eating them

    *Do NOT talk with food in your mouth!

    *Always taste your food before seasoning it.

    *Do not use a toothpick or apply makeup at the table.

    And the biggest one that I see ALL the time in restaurants now ……
    *Do not blow your nose at the dinner table. Excuse yourself to visit the restroom.

    I just love the look of this book from what I've seen so far. I've been collecting charm packs over the past year off and on so I know this book will be a great help to me.

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  49. Ihave 2 charm packs and would love a copy of the book. Bev.

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  50. Hi!
    I remember "Don't slam the door!" with running in and out of the house to play, the screen door always slammed!
    Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love a copy of this book!
    Take care, Leslie

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  51. Wonderful memories reading all of these little sayings...never heard about the "Goops" before but I think I will memorize that one in case I have grandchildren someday! :)
    The one thing I remember doing a lot in school, as girls, was having to walk with a book on our heads to practice our posture. (Private school) It's funny because I was thinking about that the other day when I was out walking and wondered if they ever do that any more. ??
    Country Threads was one of the first quilt shops I visited when I started quilting 24 years ago. I love to go there...about 2.5 hours away. I would thoroughly enjoy the book. Thank you, Lori, for such a great review!

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  52. Wow....this book looks totally fun! I love ALL of the pics you showed! And the table runner you made is sweet!!!!

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  53. Love the book. My Dad always said "Children are to be seen not heard" Needless to say I was both lol.

    Thanks for a chance to win. Hugs

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  54. Looks like a really fun book - I would love to win one. I lived with my aunt and uncle while attending college. They always said "Man Overboard" to remind their children to take their forks or spoons out of the plate or bowl, and lay them to the side before leaving the table.
    Myrtlesgirl

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  55. "What goes around; comes around"...love this book, thanks for this chance.

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  57. When we ate together, we started the meal with a blessing and, then asked each person to say something special that happened that day or a blessing they needed/wanted. Drives me crazy to see men/boys eating with hats on --- where does that come from?!
    quiltschon@att.net

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  58. I remember learning how to place the cutlery with the saying "Dad and the children go 'right' to school and Mom is 'left' at home." The tall knife is Dad, the short spoon is the child, and the medium fork is Mom. Those were the days when Moms were homemakers.

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  59. "What do you say" I think I heard that a million times : )

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  60. Love a book that uses charm squares. Not so much fabric to have to cut into. The patterns all look great and do-able. My mother always said: "No singing at the table."

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  61. We had lots of sayings when we were kids -- I loved them - My favorite was Star light Star Bright- My grandmother taught me that and I in turn taught it to my kids and grandkids. Love your quilts - I am trying my best to get back into sewing....I could definitely use the Charm Book
    email kimilauri@msn.com

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  62. I don't know if this is an etiquette saying or not, never stick anything in your ears bigger than you elbow, was one of my Grandmothers favorite things to say.

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  63. Loved the Mabel rhyme! Also love the charm book - so many scraps, so little time! When I get this round of grandchildren's quilts complete, I'd love to dig into my charm square packets and try one of these. Please and thank you!
    Pat
    patriciadudek@yahoo.com

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  64. I'm loving this charm school hop. I've joined everyone so far and I'm getting a lot of neat ideas. Small is what I like to do so this book would be a great one to have. My mom used to say "The counter is for glasses not a$$es." LOL

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  65. Looks like a great book. What I remember is, If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything.

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  66. What fun sayings are being remembered. At our house a cup of water or juice was usually spilled and my parents would say "Now, the Meal is complete." My father also said he'd rather feed someone that was hungry than one who wasn't. And I can't forget about "The squeaky wheel gets the grease". Thanks for a chance to WIN!

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  67. Great review - love your little quilt. Yes/no ma'am/sir - still say it to this day.

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  68. This book is definetly on my list of must have books! I've got their first one.
    Etiquette is something that I think many of us at "our age" grew up with. I think it lacks now with the new generation. I good one I remember is "Don't interrupt, while others are talking." Even on today's television shows there are "interruption" all over the place...had you noticed?

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  69. Looks like a great book. I remember my grandmother telling us to keep our elbows off the table. Now when I linger over a cup of coffee I think of her, while my elbows are propped on the table.

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  70. do you mean bits like, "Lori, Lori strong and able, keep your elbows off the table; this is not a horse's stable" ?! I love your blog

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  71. I love little table toppers... this would be a perfect resource!! The clearest message at our dinner table was that we had to eat everything that was served on our plate.

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  72. Wonderful project you made from the book. I remember "don't talk with your mouth full".

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  73. Chew with your mouth closed! It's amazing how many people do not!
    Thanks for previewing the book for us. Oh, how I would love to win it!
    Thank you.

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  74. I love this book, the photos are great! Thanks for the chance to win, hope I get one! ! ! Don't use your fingers, use the tableware, but some things are much better eaten with your fingers! ! !

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  75. How about you get what you get and you don't get upset, thanks for the giveaway.

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  76. "All joints on the table will be carved" was one of my mother's sayings. It meant that no elbows were to be on the table when eating or waiting to eat.

    There were a lot of other rules of etiquette my mother insisted on but that is the one I still hear myself saying!

    Thank you for a chance to win that lovely book.

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  77. "Elbows off the table", three brothers who didn't have table manners. Looks like a wonderful book.

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  78. Thanks for the chance to win the book! If you think you can, you can! My dad always told us when we are small.

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  79. Neat book review-Thanks!
    I'd love to win this book!
    My Grandma ssid "Children are to be seen and not heard".
    Thank you for a very nice giveaway!

    msstitcher12@yahoo.com

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  80. I love your little quilt, I would love to win the book. My mother always says "be kind to everyone"!

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  81. I don't remember little sayings, but I do remember being told not to take the last piece until you have asked if anyone would like it first. Thanks for the review and the giveaway.

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  82. I don't remember any clever saying but we were taught to always say please and thank you and handwrite thank you cards (which I still do today). Love the preview of this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

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  83. Okay, this isn't exactly an etiquette saying, but I always giggle when I remember my mom getting tired of us hanging around the house and would tell us to "go outside and get the stink blown off!"

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  84. Have always loved the Country Threads designs...this one has been on my wish list...one thing I remember from growing up..Deborah, Deborah (pronounce like Dora) don't spit on the floor-a...use the cuspidora that's a what it's for-a

    LOL...one of my sisters is named Deborah...

    thanks for the chance to win this book!

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  85. I would love this book! I love your blog too!

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  86. My friend's mom used to say; "Please and thank you means a lot, always grateful for what you've got."
    They were certainly simpler times. The little quilt you made is very sweet.

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  87. I would love to win this book. It looks amazing. I can't think of too many etiquette sayings, but I do no my Mom would always say "Good Gosh Martha" whenever something bad happened.

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  88. Lori - Please enter me for the book drawing - would love to win it. DOn't especially remember any etiquette sayings - but I was told not to talk with my mouth full!

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  89. How about the ever popular, Pick a tulip, pick a rose, but never, ever pick your nose. I could even visualize this as a quilt ;-)

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  90. I remember my grandma saying I made a better door than a window if I was in her way.

    Then there's the poem I still love:
    I eat my peas with honey
    I've done it all my life
    It may sound kind of funny
    But it keeps them on my knife

    Does that qualify?

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  91. You know, I can't think of any etiquette sayings growing up. What sticks in my mind is my mom saying, "keep your hands off the woodwork!" Kind of a neat freak!
    This book looks adorable; like one you would pull out to look at over and over again.

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  92. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Country Threads newest book. They have been great designers for a good long time. I heard as a kid to always clean my plate.

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  93. How about, "Never talk with your mouth full"?

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  94. "Don't chew with you mouth opened" & "keep your elbows OFF the table"

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  95. I don't remember there ever being a slogan, although there probably was. The etiquette has to do with slurpping soup from your spoon. "Don't speak unles you are spoken to" around adults. "Turn off the lights, the meters running". Reading all the comments has been priceless! Love the opportunity to win. Sandi

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  96. Too fun! I also remember...Mabel, Mabel...brought back many wonderful memories! Thanks for the memories and your inspiring project!

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  97. We were always told "Don't speak until spoken to" when we went visiting on Sundays. That's back when kids sat quietly on a couch and didn't dare move or make a peep... otherwise you'ld GET IT when you got home!
    Love the little quilt you made.

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  98. The motto at my sons' elementary school was "Be honest, do your best, and help the other fellow.". Words to live by!

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  99. My dad always told us if you can't say anything good about someone, don't say anything at all! I still try to keep that in mind!! Great book from Country Threads - thanks for a chance to win it!!

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  100. we always heard 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you'. also, we had 11 kids in our family so we heard (mostly at the dinner table when we had visiting guests)'children are to be seen and not heard' but that was always said with a snort because of the impossibility.:) would love to win the book!

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  101. Pretty is, as pretty does. It's not the outside beauty, but the beauty of being nice that impresses. I would love to win the book.

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  102. The most used saying that I remember is "If you can't think of something nice to say, don't say anything at all."

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  103. Is it terrible of me to be honestly say that I don't remember any sayings? I guess my family was not big on manners! LOL Just kidding about the last part. It sounds like I really need this book!
    missysaprons@yahoo.com

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  104. My mother always taught us to say please and thank you. I'd love to win the book!

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  105. Can't remember any sayings off the top of my head but do love Country Threads, and would love the book. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  106. i'm a huge fan of country threads and would love to win this book~! i remember hearing cleanliness is next to godliness . . .

    i don't think i was aware of the first book and wonder how that got by me . . .

    you did a great job with this review and i love your little runner.

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  107. Wow, lots of really cute quilts. I know others have mentioned it, but my mom's saying was also "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all"
    Happy Stitching,
    Cheri

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  108. Love the quilt with the little baskets. My Grandma taught me to set a fancy table with knife and spoon go on the right (same # of letters in knife, spoon and right) and fork goes on the left (same # of letters in fork & left). Thanks for the chance to win. KMA

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  109. Definitely something that was firmly implanted in my brain is to keep your mouth closed while chewing.

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  110. great book review! and now I'm remembering being reminded to
    keep your elbows off the table and don't chew with your mouth open...
    and although this isn't etiquette, you've jogged this memory of my mom reciting
    "I eat my peas with honey. I've done it all my life. Together they taste funny but it keeps them on the knife."
    We didn't get it but it made us laugh. :)

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  111. Love the sweet quilt you made for your review! This book really has a lot of inspiration and design to tempt all of us to grab our scraps and get a sewing :-)
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  112. I've always been a fan of Country Threads. My sister was lucky enough to visit their shop. The book looks wonderful. How about "Keep your fork, there's pie".

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  113. We always did a sing-song ditty while we sat at the table, waiting for Dad to come... 1, 2, 3...Da-a-addy....come for su-u-u-upper.

    Love this book!

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  114. Sue: I would dearly love to own this book and winning it would be a thrill. I have a similar rhyming verse as yours only it goes "daughter, daughter, strong and able, remove your elbows from the table"... so here'e to the possibility of winning your wonderful giveaway. I so enjoyed seeing what the other ladies/bloggers were doing with some of those patterns in that book, how neat.

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  115. I appreciate the great book review, and would love to have it! The Goat News is something I have to look into. Sounds fun.
    While growing up, we just got a "stink eye" from my mom, and she said "mind your manners." That was enough!
    I also love your blog

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  116. In my house we grew up like weeds, so manners. I would love to have the book though.

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  117. I love your little quilt top. The projects are all sweet! Don't talk with your mouth full...comes to mind!

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  118. I would love to win this book. I was taught to always say please and thank you.

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  119. My father use to tell me that "horses sweat and ladies perspire" when I would complain that I was hot n sweaty in summer!

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  120. Looks like a great book! I'd love to add it to my library. Thank you for the giveaway. I was taught to always say please and thank you.

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  121. Great book review.. I would love a chance at winning. As for etiquette - never talk with your mouth full.

    thanks

    jleibfried@aol.com

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  122. One I remember from school, which was directed to the boys, is "do not expectorate (spit) if you expect to rate as a gentleman" Funny how these sayings stick in your mind. Love the Goops poem!

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  123. Wonderful boo. Would love to win it. "Respect your elders" was the big thing as I was growing up.

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  124. "I didn't just fall off the turnip truck' is my favorite saying. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  125. Looks like a great book and from what you have said, it is full of fun projects. I know my parents always taught us to eat what we were served, waste not want not!!

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  126. The preview of each quilt makes me want to make every one. Yours is cute. Etiquette: "Don't talk with your mouth full." Mary E sent me.

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  127. I remember little etiquette sayings, most of the ones that have been mentioned already. I would definitely like to win this book. It looks amazing! My fingers are crossed.

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  128. The charming table runner will remind us of our manners.

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  129. It looks like a delightful book and I would love to win it.

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  130. I don't really remember an etiquette saying but i do remember the nuns saying "Patent leather shoes show the boys all your news". ;-)

    Shirl in PA

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  131. I LOVE Country Threads and always get a big kick out of some of the stuff in the Goat's Gazette! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  132. Hi, here in Germany we have a saying: "Der Esel nennt sich immer zuerst" what means literally in english: "The donkey always says his name first" I don't know if you have something like this. It basically means, that you shoult always put the other persons first and don't be so selfish.
    I appologize for making too many mistakes. Have a nice day!

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  133. Great book. We were told to eat our vegetables because there were starving kids in Africa. We were to be thankful for the food we had and not to complain about it.

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  134. I do not know any sayings, but I would love a new book. I have just recently found your blog and I love it.

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  135. What a great book! I would LOVE to have it! All I remember is that I had a friend who's father told her if she put her elbows on the table she would kill the table fairies.

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  136. I can't remember any sayings but my father was always telling us to "Sit up straight!" Good advise.
    Thanks for a chance I'd love this book.

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  137. "Never put anything into your ears that's bigger than your elbow". This looks like a great book of charm patterns. Love it!

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  138. Looks like a great book, and your version of the quilt is just wonderful! No cute little sayings that I can remember, but hopefully I learned basic manners!

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  139. I'd love to win this book. I have Country Threads Goes to Charm School and it is great so would love to add their new book to my library. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  140. My mom was always saying elbows off the table and chew with your mouth closed.

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  141. Looks like a great book to have. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  142. Hi--I'm Susanna--

    I loved to whistle as a child--well I guess I still do--

    Any way my mom would say "Whistling girls and

    cackeling hens all must come to some bad ends!"

    S Douglass
    seed59601@yahoo.com

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  143. Growing up, I attended a Catholic school. I do remember that we were all to stand when a priest entered the room. Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful book!

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  144. I would love to win this book. I remember "elbows off the table" and "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."

    Gloria
    gyates625@bellsouth.net

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  145. The book looks cute. I always remember "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all".

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  146. I would love this book :) "don't talk with your mouth full"

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  147. I LIKE that book! On my one day to buy list! :)

    My dad always scared me by saying "Liar, liar, pants on fire. Nose as long as a telephone wire!" I must have lied quite a lot when I was little? Hmmm ... after learning to read, Pinocchio got me even more scared :(

    I did wonder what the quilt blocks you were making had to do with Jennifer's novel! Now I know :)

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  148. My favorite is "If you keep making that face when the clock chimes, it is going to stay that way". That was one of my Mom's favorites. Still miss you Mom.

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  149. I have never heard the etiquette sayins you mention, but they are cute. Your book review is so good -- it makes me want to go out and buy it.

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  150. Would love to win one of Jennifer's books. My dad gave us lessons on life frequently. Not sure if this counts, but one day we got the life lesson on "never making fun of what someone wears". He instilled in us that kindness was not only a virtue but a necessity for a happy life. MS

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  151. Love Country Threads, thanks for the preview! Hope I win!

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  152. Loved your review and your little quilt - great job on both!

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  153. " Clean yuor plate as there are people who hace nothing to eat", one saying we always heard. Enjoy your blog!

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  154. great little quilt you made would love to make it too. My mom always said "idle hands are the devils workshop" She still knits & reads a book at the same time!

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  155. I was told not to put my elbows on the table - but not with a little saying! ;) Love those quilts. Love charms.

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  156. I'm glad for the chance to win this cute book written by the Country Threads ladies. Using the charms for table runners is a cute idea. We were told to chew with our mouths closed and to stay politely at the table until the meal was done!

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  157. LOVE what you did from the book. It's adorable. Makes me want to get the book! As if I need another one, though....

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  158. Enjoyed your book review. My grandma used to say, if you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all.

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  159. I don't think this really falls into the etiquette catagory; but what I remember most is my mom and my Memere both having the rule that you couldn't leave the table til your plate was empty. Unfortunately, I still eat like that and am often overstuffed when I am done at a restaurant.
    Love the book and the quilts! Would love to be the happy winner of this to use some of my charms in my stash.

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  160. I have their first charm school book and love it. I always remember my mom saying "Treat others as you would like them to treat you."

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  161. I don't really remember any little sayings that went with table etiquette but I do remember being taught different things by my mother and grandmother. And still today, I can remember which one of them taught me certain things. Thanks for the chance to win this great book. I'm going to do some hopping with this one as I would really like the book :o)

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  162. You did a fab job with the reviews and the quilting. Fun! Love the Country Threads book. All of the bloging is making me want want want that book! I was taught something about not repeating myself. Thanks!

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  163. oh these are so pretty
    Lori Smanski

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  164. Lori thanks for the chance to win this cute book. I always remember my mother saying to say excuse me if I wanted to speak to an adult while they were speaking.

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  165. Old sayings!

    "to each his own" said when you might not agree with the decisions people make

    "put yourself in his shoes" in other words, empathize with them

    The golden rule- no explanation!

    "Keep your hands to yourself" in other words , don't touch anything in the store, or don't hit your brothers or sister

    I think I might like this book too.

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  166. Don't talk with food in your mouth. LOL The one directed at me was, don't slam the door. This sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance!

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  167. Love all the small projects, especially the table items. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  168. What a lovely book with patterns right up my alley! Wash behind your ears was the friendly reminder before bath time...

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  169. We chanted the one about "get your elbows off the table" at camp. Seems like the offender had to get up and walk around the table before getting to continue their meal. Thanks for reviving the memory and for the giveaway!

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  170. Looks like a wonderful book! I love all the runners and little quilts! A few sayings that I remember are to say Thank-You and Please. Thank-You! -haha~

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  171. This didn't apply to me as I'm female, but any male in the house was required to remove his hat when indoors. Thanks for reviewing the book so we can have a chance to win one! I would love to win it.

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  172. Looks like a wonderful book. Love your project! My manners saying - always send thank yous for gifts and acts of kindness. It means so much to the giver.

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  173. Looks like some cute little quilts in that book. I'd have to say
    "mind your p's and Q's"
    would be my piece of etiquette.

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  174. Treat others as you would have them treat you! I would love to own Charm School.

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  175. The book looks wonderful. I am enjoying making smaller quilts as I actually finish them! We were never allowed to leave the dinner table until everyone was finished eating and we had to ask to be excused.

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  176. Great review of what looks like a great book! Please and Thank You were enforced in our home growing up.

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  177. I've loved reading through all your sayings, I am from the UK so haven't heard of some of them. My Dad use to say when we went out to visit "little girls should be seen and not heard" and I had to sit and be quiet, and if we left the door open "were you born in a field!" I have the first Charm School book and love it hope I win one of the new ones. Thanks for the chance.

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  178. This is simply a 'charming' book! Oh, always my brother's were scolded - 'chew with your mouth shut'!!

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  179. You wrote a wonderful review! I have the first "Charm School" book by CT and I LOVE it. Of course, I love all of their books! I'd love to win this one. Just looking at the photos you've shown is making my mouth water.

    I love your "little squares" quilt! And I really like the striped blocks in the last photo too.

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  180. Great book. Thanks for the chance to win one.. If eatting at an Aunt's house you had to at least taste every thing put on your plate. You were not allowed to say any thing but thank you so much. With that said I never made my sons eat what was put on the table but I only cooked one meal for dinner eat it or make your own was my rule..They both grew up as great cooks..

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  181. I don't remember any clever etiquitte sayings growing up with three brothers. It was always a demand - "Chew with your mouth closed," or "Go blow your nose!" They responded to that. But maybe that means I need "Charm School?"

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  182. The book looks fun and there are nice projects to play with.I love your review.Thanks for the chance!

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  183. This looks like a great book - and I happen to have several charm packs, just waiting to be used up! I don't remember any sayings, but my mom always used to tell me that when she was young, if she said something bad about someone, her grandmother made her say 2 nice things about that person!

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  184. You work is outstanding! Per Country Threads, I'm letting you know that Mary E. sent me!

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  185. Wonderful review...it looks like it is a must in my quilting library.I do remember the elbows off the table rhyme...

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  186. This book looks awesome!! I really don't remember any etiquette sayings from growing up. But I remember my Mom always saying "a quitter never wins and a winner never quits" :-)

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  187. I remember hearing "Don't chew with your mouth open"! What a cute post! The book looks wonderful. Connie and Mary have been my favorites from the beginning.

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  188. Since my mom was an immigrant, I never heard of any etiquette sayings from her. The book looks lovely and I actually do have some charm squares that are waiting to be used.

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  189. Just love all the charm school patterns I've seen thus far. We were admonished not to scrape our plates and always leave a little for Mr. Manners ! I usually left some bits of the food I didn't like. Naturally! Margaret

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  190. Love a chance to win the book, the patterns look great.
    I can't recall any manners quotes.

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  191. Great projects. I bought the first book the day it came into the shop.
    I have made almost all the projects from that first book. I just recently got the second book and I have my eyes on several more projects.
    I do confess to a tine little obcession with charm packs.
    ANYWHOOOO I don't need the book, but wanted to comment. :)

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  192. I love this giveaway! Thanks for your review. Since I'm a beginning quilter, it's helpful to see different people's take on the same information. Thanks!

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  193. I have subscribed to their delightful newsletters for well over 20 years! When I collect a few I like to pass them on to a friend. We had fun on our visit there with our young grand daughter in the early nineties. We were always reminded not to waste food but to clean our plate.

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  194. I love charm packs and this looks like a really sweet book. I remember the one about not speaking unless you are spoken to!

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  195. Thanks for the peak into this charming book, I must say I'd love a copy. Your quilt looks very nice, I'd be tempted to make that one too! I remember my mother always saying, "pretty is as pretty does". I wonder if anyone else grew up with that one.

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  196. I don't remember any particular "sayings" from my childhood but I do remember my mother telling me never to say "yeah"; always say "yes" when answering a question.

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  197. I don't remember any etiquette sayings. But there was a prayer my Grandmother taught me.

    Back of the loaf is the flour. Back of the flour is the mill. Back of the mill is the wheat the grain and the Father's will.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  198. "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" come to mind.

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  199. Country Threads is my favorite long distance quilt shop, thank you for a chance to win this book!

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