Thursday, March 28, 2013

Book Reviews and Giveaway

My sewing has been slow with nothing to show, so I thought I'd jump ahead and do a giveaway.
Mary Pomponio, publicity manager at Plume books contacted me recently about reviewing "The Giving Quilt". Many of you may have already read this, but on April 1st you can get it in paperback!  She also mailed along several lovely quilt pins.
I have 3 paperbacks and will pass mine along when I am finished reading it. I'm about 1/2 way through. I think I have only read one other Elm Creek Novel and I really liked it. This is an easy, fun read that any quilter would enjoy. 

"At Elm Creek Manor, the circle of quilters is hard at work preparing for “Quiltsgiving.” Held annually the week after Thanksgiving, expert and novice quilters from near and far gather for a special winter session of quilt camp to make pieces for Project Linus. As the week unfolds, the quilters respond to the question, “Why do you give?” in ways as varied as the life experiences that drew them to Elm Creek Manor. Each of the quilters, including a librarian, a teacher, a college student, and a quilt shop clerk, uses her unique talents to teach, inspire, and give back to her fellow campers."
 
Leave a comment to be entered to win a book or a pin...or both! I'll draw on April 5. 

This Giveaway is now closed. Thank you for entering!!


This book came at the right time. I finished two other books that I liked a lot but that weren't what I would consider fun and easy, but I  highly recommend.








118 comments:

  1. HI Lori! I recently finished The Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards and thoroughly enjoye dit, would love the chance to read this one by Jennifer Chiaverini. Jane

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  2. Sounds like a good thing to read on a rainy day, thanks for sharing.
    Happy Easter!

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  3. Lori,thank you for the chance. I would love to read these books.

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  4. I loved The Language of Flowers too...a very different book...just finished reading the two books by Sara J Henry...Learning to Swim and A Cold and Lonely Place...highly recommend them!

    *please don't enter me in the giveaway...just wanted to share about the books

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  5. love reading book reviews , quilt books or others, I am starting to finally get back into reading and always looking for suggestions, thanks!
    don't include me I will get it from the library.
    thanks! Happy Easter and enjoy the weekend
    Kathie

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  6. Thank you for the chance to win this book . I have read other ones from this author and enjoyed them.
    Hugs from France

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  7. I just finished Simple Simon, a thriller, on my iTouch. It was very good, but also very violent. I'd recommend it for those who enjoy thrillers. Thanks for the giveaway. I always enjoy the Elm Creek books.

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  8. I LOVED both of the other books that you mentioned and am thinking of The Lifeboat for our book discussion group. You might like "The Last Runaway" by Tracey Chevalier. I would like to win the giveaway book and promise to give it away again when I finish reading it. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  9. I have read numerous Jennifer Chiaverini books and would enjoy reading this one. Thanks for the give aways and Happy Easter!

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  10. Jennifer Chiaverini's books have been my travel companions when I fly to the east coast to visit the kids and grandbabies. I'd love to win a copy of this book, and thank you for the opportunity! The pins are also lovely and would be a great addition to my guild name-tag.

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  11. I have read and enjoyed the entire series, a fast easy read.

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  12. Haven't read this one yet..i love those little pins! Thank you!
    Boppiesgirl at gmail dot com

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  13. Can't resist this one! I hadn't seen this book in the series before so excited about this. I got the "Wedding Quilt" from my cousin for Xmas (actually, she had bought me "The Union Quilters" but I'd already read that so I exchanged it).

    Would also love to win a pin. I have a small collection of them but don't get too many opportunities to add to it. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!

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  14. I have read most of the Elm Creek series. Especially enjoyed the ones about the civil war. I have not read this latest one yet and would love to be entered in your giveaway.

    Thanks,
    judy@atticraggedys.com

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  15. I have some of the series, but not all and not this one. Would love a chance to win. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. hello Lori, I only recently discovered the Chiaverini books and love them. I would be very excited to have the latest book, but only if you allow me to pay the postage to England :-)

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  17. I have not read that but I'd love to. Thank you.

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  18. I love her books! And who wouldn't like a quilt pin?

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  19. I have read all the Chiaverini books and love them. I have the book on order but I would love the charm pin. Thanks for the drawing. Sally from Oregon

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  20. I would love to read this book and get a charm pin. thanks for having this drawing.
    hugs
    beebee

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  21. Hi Lori!
    Sounds a great giveaway - I'm not sure if I can join in from the UK??

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  22. Wow, thanks for the give away! Please enter me. Looking forward to reading this book. Lizzie

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  23. I am looking forward to reading that book but winning it would make it even better. Thanks for a wonderful give away.

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  24. I just finished reading Chiaverini's 'Mrs Lincoln's Dressmaker' and I'd love to read this new one also! Those pins are cute too :)
    Thanks, Jeanne

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  25. Would love to win the book. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  26. I LOVE all the Elm Creek books, I've read everyone except this one. Jennifer's books have a great subject (of course), beautiful settings and such interesting stories. Please add me to the long list of quilters who would love to be a "Giving Quilt" book or pin winner. Thanks! ;-> Toni Anne

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  27. As a quilter and book lover the Elm Creek books fill both of these requirements. I would love to win the book as I do not have it. But then I would not turn down a pin either.. LOL

    Thanks for a chance.

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  28. I love the Elm Creek books and would love a chance in the Giveway. In fact, I'm working on Sylvia's Bridal quilt right now. And I'm going to look up your books the next time I'm at the bookstore. They both look like they'd be really good.

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  29. i love her books!! when my neck shoulders and back need a break from quilting, reading is what i do. and who doesn't like to win!!

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  30. I have read some of the ElmCreek books and they were all really good. I even shared one with our book club and they still talk about it. Thanks for the heads up on the others. I am going to go check them out. I love agood book!

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway chance! I'm up to date on te Elm Creek Series and finished JC's latest book, "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker" earlier this year...love them all! I would pass on a book, but I would LOVE the pins! Fun!

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  32. The book giveaway caught my eye! She's a favorite author of mine. I also love the quilt shown at the top of your blog! Is a pattern available?

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    1. Hi Jane, I made my own templates for the quilt in the header and basically just used strips of various scrap fabrics.
      Does that make sense?

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  33. I picked up the book at a used book store, but haven't read it. No need to enter me there.
    I do like to collect pins, so wouldn't mind being in the running for one of those.

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  34. this is one of the books I haven't read yet. Oh how I hope I win!! LOVE The elm Creek Novals. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Carolyn

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  35. I'd love one of the pins as I have read the book. There is not a
    Elm Creek story that I didn't like.

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  36. I read the Elm Creek books but haven't read this one. Would like a chance to win the book or the pin. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Haven't read any of the Elm Creek series yet, but would love a chance to win one. I'm about halfway through "The Life Boat" and am loving it. Hoping to pick up "The Language of Flowers" this weekend. Sometimes reading a good book is almost as good as making a quilt. Love the little quilt pins, so sweet.

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  38. Your "slow sewing" still gets lots done!!! I KNOW that!!!

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  39. I love Jennifer's books and have not read this one--thanks for the chance to win.....

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  40. I have not had a chance to read any of the Elm Creek books yet, but they are on my (very long) list of to-reads. I'd love the opportunity to start with this book! And who can resist a quilty pin??

    We all have slow times and some times it's necessary to take a break just to get the mojo back to full force. Enjoy it!

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  41. Oh! I would love to win that book, our library is a bit slow and hasn't had the book to check out. I will bet your slow sewing is at least getting things done. We are in mid remodel and our entire house seems to be upset, although only one bathroom is actually involved. I would love to escape to a good book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  42. Thank you for the giveaway! Love the Elm Creek books. I haven't read the last couple of new ones. And the pins? Who wouldn't want one of those!!!!

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  43. Hi Lori, I would love to win! Jennifer Chiaverini is one of my favorite authors. I love her books. I am reading Mrs. Lincolns Dressmaker right now that she wrote. I also love her Elm Creek novels. Haven't read The Giving Quilt yet though. The pins are cute. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  44. Ooooh, how nice & generous of you, dear Lori!
    I just LOVE Elm Creek novels and I haven't read that one, yet.
    (J. Chiaverini's books are not published in Belgium and we've got to order them through the Web)...
    Oh, and those pins are SO lovely, too ;>)
    So I definitely can't do without trying my luck on this beautiful give-away - crossing my fingers (AND toes!)-
    THANKS for giving us a chance, Lori, and good luck to all participants.

    Smiles from my little, rainy Belgian corner,
    XOXOXOXO
    NADINE

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  45. I would love to be entered in your drawing, thank you! I would really love one of those little pins for my Quilt Diva!

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  46. HELLO! I'D LOVE ONE OF THE PINS!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  47. I would love to be included in the drawing. :) Thanks bunches, Lori.

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  48. Count me in please. I love Jennifer's books ad I'd love a pin too.

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  49. Count me in, would love to win a book!

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  50. Hi Lori, The Language of Flowers was the local community college's book of the year and Vanessa Diffenbaugh recently came to present. It was very well received. Thanks for a change to win! ~~Lisa

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  51. I just finished this one and have one more to go and I will be giving away 3 of her books, so maybe if someone doesn't win your copy, they will win mine!

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  52. I love to read, but usually end up with whatever book I can find~ I enjoy Jennifer's books, but haven't found this one. Thanks so much for the chance!

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  53. I started that book last night and am enjoying it so far. I have all her books. I would love to win one of those wonderful pins!

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  54. Would love to get the book. I really like her books, and how women work through the challenges of life. Our guild has some of Jennifer's books. I've read the first three or four.

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  55. I would love to win the book. These Brooks are so good to read. Thanks for the chance.

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  56. i love to read thanks for the chance

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  57. You are so nice to give these goodies away. Thank you for the chance.

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  58. thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Jennifer's latest book. I have all the others, but I haven't a copy of this one. And one of the pins would be a great prize too. You can only get the pins at one of her book signings (which I have never been too), so needless to say, they would be a great prize too. Thank you. Happy Easter

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  59. Thanks, Lori. I love Jennifer's books and also collect pins.

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  60. I have already read this great book, but would love a pin, thanks!

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  61. I love books, quilts and pins. Thanks for the chance!

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  62. Hi Lori - I've read a lot of Jennifer's book, but not this one yet. Going on vacation next month and this would be great to take along with me!

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  63. Giveaways are fun - especially when it's such a great 'prize'. I love these books and would love to have my own copy - thank you for the chance!! The pins are very cute too!

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  64. Pick me, pick me! I have read 2 of the Elm Creek novels and enjoyed them.

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  65. I have read several of Jennifer's books, they are very good, and as you say, appeal to the quilter in all of us..thanks for chance at giveaway..
    diannemitzel1@hotmail.com

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  66. The quilt pins look lovely and I do read her books so I'd like to enter your giveaway.

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  67. I really like the Elm Creek Quilters series and have read all the books. I just finished reading Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini and it was a good read too although quite different from the Elm Creek series. I highly recommend these books.

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  68. I have never read one of these books. Would enjoy a nice book to read.

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  69. Oh how I wish to win this book!!! I have turned in circle in libraries, trying to remember the author's name with no success, and when the lady asked May I help you? and I would say no, too ashamed to admit I had no idea what the name of the book was! I couldn't remember the name of the Creek either and didn't want to say "you know the story about the quilt?" like there is gazillion of them out there! And everytime someone would mention the book was always when I had no pen or paper to write it down. But I so would like to read this book. Oh please Lori, pick me. Have a great Easter!

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  70. I'd love to win the book. I'd be happy with the one you are reading now. I have read most of her other books and really enjoy them.

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  71. This book looks like a great read! I'm quite interested in entering the drawing. Here's hoping I have good fortune!

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  72. I read several of her early books in the series. I really enjoyed them!

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  73. I haven't read any of those books but hear lots of people like them. The pins look so sweet. Thanks for jumping ahead! K-

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  74. After years of not reading elm creek novels have recently been getting theme from the library. Currently reading the Union Quilt. Would love book or pin. Love your blog,keep doing what you enjoy.

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  75. Gracious giveaway, Lori. I'd love to take part so count me in!

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  76. I've never read any of Jennifer's books but I'd love to. Thanks for such a nice giveaway.

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  77. Hi Lori, thanks so much for the chance to win. I'd love to read this new book.

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  78. Add my name to those who have enjoyed the Elm Creek Quilts series. And add my name to those who would like a chance to win this new book! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  79. I am always looking for good books. I will give your suggestions some thought. My local library and I are on great terms. As for Elm Creek, I think that is the only book in the series I have NOT yet read. Thanks for the chance.

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  80. Lori, thank you for another great giveaway!!! I've got a few Elm Creek novels waiting to be read, and like you i too have only read one book (the first in the series...loved it). I would love to win a copy of 'The Giving Quilt' and a pin would be fun too, they are so very cute!! i'll keep my fingers crossed :))) cheers...Marian

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  81. I have only read her first book. I'd love to read the new one. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  82. Hi Lori

    I just finished The Giving Quilt from our library, a good read, but I do not need to own the book. Please enter me in the giveaway for the, some pins.
    I just started reading The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier and like one of your commenters am finding it interesting.

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  83. I have not read this book, but I have read almost the entire series besides. I hope I win, thanks for the chance.

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  84. Please enter me in the drawing! I'm a big Elm Creek fan!
    http://www.thethriftyquilter.blogspot.ca/2013/01/sylvias-bridal-sampler-minor-milestone.html
    I'm even making a Sylvia's Bridal Sampler quilt!
    nancyrose123@hotmail.com

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  85. I love the Elm Creek books and have read most of them. Sure would like to win this one (or a quilt pin or both).

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  86. I've loved all of Jennifer's books. I've not seen this one yet, so would love to win it!

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  87. Some of Jennifer's books are in my personal library, and I've enjoyed reading every one. Making my own version of Sylvia's Bridal Sampler is on my to-do list. I'd definitely be open to winning a copy of this book -- or maybe a pin. Thanks for the generous giveaway, Lori.

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  88. I love the Elm Creek books. Would love to win a pin!

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  89. I have a few of her books (okay more than a few) and would love to have a pin! I plan on quiltlng a vest to display my quilting-related pins on when I attend a guild meeting or other quilting function.

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  90. I have read Jennifer's books and would love to win her book and a pin.
    What a nice gift they both would be!
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  91. I've read several of the Elm Creek books but I've gotten out of touch with them the last couple of years. This would be welcomed reading should luck shine on me. Thanks for the chance at winning.

    Helen

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  92. I would love a chance of winning a book or the pin....I enjoy reading Jennifer's book...thank you for the chance to win...Warm Regards, Lyn

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  93. Wat een leuke give-away
    Wil graag mee doen. Boeken zijn prachtig en ook de pin

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  94. Hi Lori,I have been a fan of Jennifer's for a long time. I have read all of her books and I am now reading Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, which I am enjoying so much. I also collect quilting pins, so I would love to win one. Thanks for the chance.

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  95. I'd love the chance to win a book. I love her books!
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  96. I keep hearing about how good her books are.

    Lucy~

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  97. Hi, I just made a quilt for my pin collection and I would like te win one to add to my collection.It's a nice give-away.

    Ria ;0))

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  98. I'd love to win one of these books! If I win I could pass it on too! Good reads are meant to be shared!

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  99. Love Jennifer's books, would love to win this one. Thanks for the chance. One of the quilting pins would be nice too.

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  100. Hope you're inspired enough to get back to your quilting which I know you love. I've read two of Jennifer's books and loved them and passed them on. I'd love to win this one. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  101. I've enjoyed all of Jennifer's other books and would love to win this one or a pin. I pass the books on to my guild when finished so ther quilters can enjoy them too.

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  102. I have read several of Jennifer's books and would love to get back into them! Thanks for a chance to win her book or a nice pin.

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  103. I love Jennifer's Elm Creek books. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  104. I love the Elm Creek books. Thanks for the chance to get a copy to read.

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  105. I really enjoy reading about the Elm Creek Quilters. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  106. Would love to win one of the Elm Creek Books. They are the best!!!

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  107. Lori, I read both of them and enjoyed them. I love good books...I haven't caught the Elm Creek bug but haven't tried one yet either.

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  108. I really would love to read this series... I keep lookin' it over when I stop by the bookstore but don't know what would be a good starting point with this series... Everyone tells me great things about the author but no loan copies yet... Any suggestions?

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    1. This is not a series you need to read in order. Pick one and start reading!

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  109. I'm currently reading The New Year's Quilt and have several of her older books. They are an easy read and delightful for summer days sitting out in the sun

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  110. I would love to win the book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  111. I've never read one of the Elm Creek books, don't even know if they sell them in the Netherlands. Love the opportunity to win one of them I(or a lovely pin)

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  112. O Lori, I was reading some of her books 3 years ago when I lived in VA,USA from the libery. Back home in Holland I had the change to read some others from a quiltfriend. But the one you showed I never seen before. And who knows, dreams can come though! At least I think/hope so...Greetings from me

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  113. This is one of my favorite authors. I have several of her books and would love to trade you one for this one when you are finished.
    (linesmary1@gmail.com

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  114. I love all of these books. My Aunt just started giving them to me for gifts, so it would be great to add this one. And a pin! Wow!

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  115. I've read a few of Jennifer's books - but not "The Giving Quilt". Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  116. Count me in...I'm thinking beach reading in June. :-)

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