Fresh Quilting blog tour!

I was so very happy to be asked to participate in a blog tour for Malka Dubrawsky’s newest book, Fresh Quilting. I’ve been reading Malka’s blog, a stitch in dye, for a very long time now, and I always enjoy all the beautiful eye candy over there. Malka has a way of combining fabrics, both commercially printed as well as her signature hand-dyed fabrics, to create gorgeous works of art.

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her book, and as soon as I had it, I sat down and read it from cover to cover (well, with the exception of some of the instructions, which I’ll save for when I have a chance to make one of the projects!). Fresh Quilting is truly a peek inside what I imagine Malka’s world to be. I could admire these gorgeous photos for quite some time!

The book is broken down into two sections – smaller patchwork projects for the home, family and friends, and quilts for the wall, bed and baby. What I find so interesting though is how projects from either section could be recreated either as a small project, or used as inspiration for a larger quilt project. And indeed, Malka encourages readers to do just that – encouraging you to adapt elements from one project for use in another.

This bag, for instance, has me intrigued and wanting to use the techniques to make it into a larger throw for the couch.

But enough from me! I had a chance to ask Malka some questions about her new book -

One of the main things I love about Fresh Quilting is that all throughout the book you provide inspiration as well as detailed instructions, yet you also continue to encourage readers to use this inspiration to create their own unique creations by just going with the flow. I know that this is something that many new sewers find challenging, and I love that you talk about the improv process and make it seem less intimidating. Have you always worked with an improvisational style, or did you start out following patterns? How has your own work evolved over time?

I never really followed patterns in terms of making quilts, but I love making clothes, and I’m definitely a pattern follower there. My background though isn’t in textiles, but in Printmaking. I have a BFA in studio art with a focus on printmaking. After I graduated from Art School I started making what can best be described as “art” quilts. I enjoyed making those, but felt I was lacking that interaction that comes when someone actually uses the item you make. I do think that background gave me the confidence to work improvisationally, but not because I necessarily knew something, but because I’d had the opportunity to play with ideas and saw that messing something up wasn’t the end of the world. That’s what I’d like to communicate to the folks who read my book. They should be confident in their own crafting and designing abilities because it’s just play and there are so many worse things that could happen than messing up a piece of fabric.


“If in doubt… wing it!” I absolutely love this piece of advice. Can you explain to those who haven’t yet read your book where this came from and what it means to you in terms of your quilting?

A wonderful knitter and friend once said that to me when I was concerned about a step in a knitting pattern. The way she said it I knew she wasn’t dismissing my concern, but rather giving me permission to step away from the pattern and use my own judgment and creativity. I found it incredibly liberating and really try to bring that sense that I can work a design or construction problem out when I create. It’s all about trusting your intuition.


I noticed that you’ve chosen to mix fabrics in many of your projects – pairing quilting cottons with a variety of other fabrics of different weights, including linen, silk, wool and even corduroy. Do you have any tips for combining and sewing with fabrics of differing weights in one project? What’s the advantage to including a variety of different materials?

I think the advantage is that you can take a very simple design like the Menswear pillow or the Whirlygig Quilt and make it so much more interesting by introducing different textures. Also, it allows you to use scraps both from past quilting projects and other sewing, even garment-making projects. Finally it’s just a lot of fun. It makes piecing a top even more collage-like which for me is one of the things I love about patchwork.
As for tips, I think the one thing I would make sure to do is to back a fabric that easily frays with fusible interfacing. For instance, when I used silk dupioni in the Whirlygig Quilt I backed it with interfacing.

I know there are many people who are taking the time to create gifts this holiday season. For those of us who haven’t yet started (ahem…) or for those who might be looking for a few extra ideas for handmade gifts, what are your favorite go to gifts?

My go-to last minute gifts would probably be the Round and Round coasters. You could make a set of those in an hour. Also, the Scrap Busting Coin Purses are super quick and easy. If I had just a little more time, I’d make the Peppermint Neckwarmer or the Mix-it Up Patchwork scarf.

And I just have to ask… (though personally I can’t pick a favorite!) do you have a favorite project in the book?

Gosh, that is a tough question and every time I think I have a favorite I flip through the book and think,” wait, I really love this one too.”
But, if I was on a desert island and could only take one project with me, I think it would be the Strips and Stripes Quilt. It’s so simple and the aesthetic is so clean and modern, but the colors all seem to sing together. It’s definitely a quilt that makes me smile whenever I look at it.

Thanks so much Malka!

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And of course this wouldn’t be a blog tour without a giveaway! I’m thrilled to be able to offer up a signed copy of Fresh Quilting to one lucky commenter. Please leave me a comment here – if you want to, maybe you’ll share if you’re a rule follower, or a go with the flow kind of crafter. Or if you’d prefer, (and because I’m still looking for ideas!) maybe tell me your favorite handmade gift. One comment per person please! I’ll select a winner on Tuesday evening.

Edit: Comments are now closed. A big congrats to #194, Starr, who said “Oh! She is amazing! I would love to own this book. I like the advice, “if in doubt, wing it.” I need to take that advice. Sometimes my perfectionism takes over and paralyzes me.”

The Fresh Quilting tour will continue across the US, so be sure to read more about this great book at these other stops!


12/7
http://thesillyboodilly.blogspot.com

12/8
http://jchandmade.typepad.com

12/9
http://houseonhillroad.typepad.com

12/10
http://www.tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com

12/13
http://blairpeter.typepad.com

12/14
http://pinkchalkstudio.com/blog


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433 Responses to Fresh Quilting blog tour!

  1. 1

    This book looks really great! I usually follow the rules until something happens, then I go with the flow! Lol.

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    tracy_a says:

    This book looks amazing – I haven’t seen it locally yet – so would love to win a copy!

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    Anna says:

    When I sew I tend to follow the pattern if I have one, but I wing a lot of designs as well; like bags for example. I can make different kinds without patterns.

    When knitting, I tend to use patterns as an inspiration and then go from there.

    Looks like a great book!

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    Nancy says:

    I am definitely a rule breaker….I will make something the first time following the directions and then head out on my own…

    Thanks for a chance to win this book…this would be a great addition to my reading stack..

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    Susan C. says:

    I’m still a new quilter, so “wing it!” sounds like great advice to me! :) Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Erin says:

    This is amazing! I am just starting to learn to quilt so I am more of a “follow the rules” kind of girl, but I aim to “go with the flow” one day. As for handmade gifts, I go with stuff I can make in the kitchen because it’s fast and who doesn’t life something edible.

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    That looks like and Amazing book! If I don’t win it, I am definitely going to buy it. FUN!

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    Cara says:

    I’m definitely not a rule follower… way too inpatient for that! This book looks amazing.

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    bess says:

    this book looks fabulous!!

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    Liz says:

    Nice book! Thanks for the giveaway… I’m definitely a “go with the flow” crafter. And my favorite handmade gift is a scarf, hate or gloves because I live in Florida and it’s unexpectedly cold right now, which I’m not prepared for!

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    Beth Lehman says:

    i love malka’s bright colors – and that solid quilt is amazing!

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    Messy Karen says:

    the projects in this book are gorgeous and i would love to win it. i like to give small and simple gifts. like homemade vanilla sugar and ginger shortbread. wrapped in fabric or teatowels.

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    Wendy D. P. says:

    Oooh it looks so bright and fun! I’m definitely a rule follower – I’m working on being more organic with my quilts. My favorite handmade gift this year is voile scarves!

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    Diane LoDico says:

    One word for Malka’s new book, as well as the rest of her work—GORGEOUS! She is so inspiring and has me push myself outside my comfort zone more than once.

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    DianeY says:

    Oh, I love Malka’s blog, too! I’m kind of a half-way follow the rules person-I follow what I like & wing the rest!

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    Brenda says:

    My philosophy is this, ya gotta know the rules before you can break them. Now I think I’ve finally gotten to the point where I can break the rules without worrying too much. The book looks great, I love her bright colors!

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    Robyn Brown says:

    I’m a follower, a lemming. LOL! However, I do occasionally break the restraints and rules :)

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    Barbara says:

    My favorite handmade gift is a set of placemats – love LOVE this woman and her vision

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    Claire says:

    I am definitely a “go with the flow” person. I just started quilting this summer, but all of the projects I’ve made so far seem to deviate A LOT from the pattern/instructions. This book looks great!

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    Kathie L says:

    It looks like an inspiring book on color! I could use it. Kathie L in Allentown

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    Jessica says:

    Thanks for all the details! It looks like a great book.

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    Laura T says:

    This book looks fantastic. My favorite handmade gift right now are ornaments – especially birds and owls! They’re quick and easily given some personality with your fabric choices and the button eyes.

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    Kaye Prince says:

    I’m generally a go-with-the-flow type of crafter but I do think that having good skills and knowing what the rules are is a good thing also! No matter how creative and brilliant your ideas are it’d be difficult to make a go of it if you can’t even get your seams to line up properly!

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    Erica says:

    This book looks like it is filled with a lot of really cool projects. I am a go with the flow kind of person in life and in crafting.

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    Sarah says:

    I soo want to get this book! I’m not always a rule follower but I do want things to be well made. So if I’m doing precision work or wonky piecing, the finished product has to be something I’m proud of. As for gifts I’m doing some mug rugs and knitting a few items. Maybe some other stuff if time permits.

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    Susanne says:

    Oh what wonderfull colors! The “round & round” quilts look cute. They are perfect give aways because they are fast sewed and unique as well!
    Best wishes!
    Susanne

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    Joanna says:

    I LOOOVE Malka’s stuff! Her Challah covers (not in the book-but GORGEOUS) make me drool a little. :) I go through cycles with go to gifts, my current fave is Noodlehead’s gathered clutch. Super quick and really sweet! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    I’m getting more away from being a rule follower as I move on in my quilting journey, but some quilts just HAVE to be made as the designer intended!

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    Donna says:

    Cool blog tour. The quilts are amazing. I’m setting up a page on my blog to direct people to the tour. Happy blog hopping!

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    Charlene S says:

    My favorite handmade gift is an embroidered towel. This year, however, I am making pillowcases with names on them and tater bags.

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    woolcat says:

    Ooh, looks lovely! I love the idea of mixing textures in a quilt. Perhaps I can put some corduroy in my next project… My go to gift is the Calla coasters from the Purl bee blog – nice combo of knitting (or crochet) and quilting – although I always hand-stitch mine, I cannot get my sewing machine to play nicely with the thick yarn-and-fabric sandwich.

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    Alia says:

    Hi. Love this post. Love color myself! I have an off topic question for you! How did you get that box on the sidebar for people to follow you by getting your updates in their email inboxes? I managed to do it over at my blog but can’t find a nice image for it like your lovely simple box. Help!! Thank you, Alia

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    Tiffany says:

    I think I’m a little of both – some patterns I try and follow to the T – while others, I am a fly by my seat kinda quilter. I think that the best approach is to be relaxed, and not be so serious that if you are a rule follower, and make an oops, you are so stressed you can’t cope.

    And I think any homemade gifts are good – I’m doing some pincushions, tote bags, hot pads and oven mitts, and wall hangings! I’m also thinking maybe a stuffed animal or two for the little ones :D

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    Julie F. says:

    I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, improv-even-though-it-sometimes-gets-me-in-trouble kind of quilter.

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    Tine says:

    Ooooh! This book is on my wishlist!

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    Liza M. says:

    I’m definitely not a rules follower! My favorite quilts are those that are totally random and break the rules. One of the last quilts I made had a fairly light front, but I used a black tiny-floral backing because I fell in love with the fabric. It actually worked better than I expected because the print echoed some of the colors from the front.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    WOW!!! Her new book looks fabulous! I’m a make-it-up-as-I-go kind of quilter. I start with a big idea, but the quilt lets me know when to change course a big along the way. Making mistakes (like a cutting error or running out of a certain fabric) always increases me creativity factor in the end as I have to think outside the box to “fix” the problem. I also get inspired my scraps generated from a project and sometimes start and finish a project with those scraps before the original project is very far along.

    Joan

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    Ginger says:

    I tend to pick and choose what rules to follow. After all, that’s how new rules are made! :-)

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    Jennifer says:

    Looks like a great book! I’m still so new to quilting that I’m a rule follower!

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    Mel says:

    My natural inclination is to be a rule follower but as I gain more experience, I’m starting to branch out and it’s much more fun! The book looks fantastic — I’m off to check out her blog!

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    wintu nancy says:

    I think I am definitely a rule follower AND a rule breaker. Things like…that quilt is supposed to be oriented vertically and I turn it horizontally, leave the borders off, etc. Then with a few things I want to replicate that quilt exactly like what is in the pattern.
    Thanks for a chance to win this book, I can see why you read it cover to cover.

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    Gill says:

    What a great book!
    I’m an “if in doubt wing it” kind of quilter!!
    Gill

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    Renate says:

    My favorite thing this year is the Zippy Strippy bag by Atkinson. I have made 15 so far….more in progress!

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    donna says:

    I love Malka’s blog but had somehow missed the fact that she had a new book out! Thanks for sharing!

    I’m a go with the flow…i havne’t yet used a pattern ,really to make a quilt…i just have been winging it.

    My favourite handmade gifts come from the kitchen….almond roca, gingersnaps, ambrosia macaroons, bits and bites, candied curried pecans. I love to give consumables! I’m not a fast enough sewer to get ambitious with christmas presents yet…one day!

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    Erin Marsh says:

    This book looks great! I tend to start out following the rules but by the end of a project I start making up my own!

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    I’m very excited about this book! I am definitely a rule-follower, so I welcome reads that will help me relax and experiment more.

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    Jen says:

    I love her work… I think when it comes to crafting, some of the best things I’ve made have been while rule bending… that said, I tend to go with the flow when looking for a laid-back crafting experience… rule bending can sometimes mean seam ripping and fabric wasting in my world!

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    moira says:

    I love the colours (I’m such a fraidy cat when it comes to colour but am trying to be brave!) I’m a kind of rule follower until I get bored!

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    PamelaS says:

    Count me in – I’d love to be the lucky winner!!

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    Alexis says:

    I am trying to be more flexible with rule-bending, but as a relative beginner I’m still gaining the necessary confidence.

    Favorite holiday gift? Probably a knitted hat. :) For sewing: a simple tote bag or set of embroidered felt ornaments.

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    diane says:

    This book looks amazing…. another one to add to my wish list

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    Greta says:

    Thanks for the interview and the lovely pics/picks. Definitely inspiring for quilts to come in 2011. Favorite homemade gift idea? Is it cheating to admit that we make and give away pomegranate jelly? Not much help if you’re looking for a last-minute idea. But this is the time (here, anyway) to plant a tree, so in about three or four years you could add this idea to your list.;)
    Love your blog
    Greta

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    Kristin says:

    I tend to follow the rules, but I am working on going with the flow more often and with less stress.

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    Darlene Staley says:

    This looks like a fantastic book and definitely has some eye candy in it. I love the sewing machine cover on the cover and that would be the first thing I would make! To answer your question, I am a rule follower, but I am trying to break out of that and come more of a go with the flow kind of girl. That dang analytical side of me always breaks in and kills those flowy moments though…

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    Helen G. says:

    I usually follow the rules, since I’m a beginner quilter. My favorite handmade gifts are sets of cloth napkins, usually made out of their favorite color fabric or patterns. Love fabric!

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    Grace says:

    I sew but don’t quilt yet. I am not a rules follower in sewing (and generally), which allows me more flexibility but gets me in trouble a lot!

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    Penny g says:

    I worked as an engineer so I am a ruile follower. Everything should be measured and square, but I am fighting to be more spontaneous.

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    Pam says:

    I’m definately a “rule breaker” when it comes to patterns and such. I think every project that I’ve ever followed a pattern, I’ve changed in some way just to make it mine!

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    Nancy A says:

    I’m a rule breaker too. What an awesome book! Thanks!

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    Gailanne Upton says:

    Oh My, that book looks like a WINNER! My favorite gift was my very FIRST quilt given to me by a very dear friend…Merry Christmas, and stay blessed!

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    Krystina says:

    Depends on the craft and my level of comfort with the project. I tend to break more rules when knitting than with sewing, just because I’m better at knitting. Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

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    Mama Mel says:

    I have this book on my Christmas wish list, so I would love to win it! :) In life, I am a rule follower, but when it comes to cooking, sewing, and quilting, I tend to bend the “rules” a little to make it my own. My favorite handmade gift to give is a quilt. :)

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    Kerry says:

    i start following the rules and then abandon and see where it goes. There are no sewing police to arrest me!

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    Allison says:

    i definitely follow the rules to begin with but will stray after i get the hang of a pattern. this book looks great. gorgeous projects.

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    tayamg says:

    Malka’s work is really amazing. I’m definitely a rules optional crafter. My favorite gift to give is a quilt but smaller/quicker gifts like cloth napkins and hot pads are moving up the list!

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    Elizabeth E. says:

    Rule follower? Rule breaker?
    Hmmm.
    I am drawn to the “grid” of the block and its order and ability to contain chaos, but within that grid, I like to work with bold and interesting colors, new ways to explore the parameters of squares and triangles, but I must admit sometimes it’s so satisfying to sit down and stitch up a nine-patch.

    As I sit here on a rainy, foggy morning in Southern California, I have loved the handmade gifts that revolve around quilting–and am enjoying seeing what the blogosphere has created. But one gift I loved giving was a tiny quilted advent calendar. Around the edge of the center image of a Christmas tree were little pockets holding Christmas buttons on ribbons. We’d button them onto the buttons stitched on the Christmas tree as each day went by. Email me and I’ll send you a photo.

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    D Spack says:

    Malka’s book looks wonderful! I’m a rebel! At this time of year, my fav. gift to give is a stocking ornament cut from an old quilt!

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    leisel says:

    I think handmade gifts are a little tricky. . . some people really appreciate them and some won’t. This year I am making aprons and little clutch purses. Oh, and journal covers. Awesome giveaway, yet again!

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    2hippos says:

    I’ve always had a bit of “go with the flow” in me, but it’s come out with a roar recently. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Molly says:

    Oh man, I’m salivating over that dresden baby quilt! And I’m a type A personality, so I guess I’m pretty rules-y. I would love to win this book so I could follow Malka’s rules and make that awesome baby quilt!

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    Stephanie says:

    I love being able to create my own designs, though I love the inspiration of this book. The coasters are such a great idea!

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    Allison says:

    I’m a follower of rules until you know enough to break them. :) Great giveaway! Beautiful book.

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    brady says:

    This book looks so great. Completely my quilting style. Plus, we just had a baby on Wednesday and he is in desperate need of some cool baby quilts.

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    Cammie says:

    What a fun book! Since I’m a self taught sewer I don’t know any rules, maybe I should change that.

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    Deb says:

    I love Malka’s website! I, too, am a follower (mostly) of rules when I’m garment sewing, but with quilting and other textile arts, I definitely like to let go of the rules and let the creativity flow.

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    Janny says:

    The book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    NancyJL says:

    What a great book to add to my collection, thanks for the giveaway.

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    Karen P. says:

    I’m not brave enough to go against the rules! I’m sewing table toppers & mug rugs for Christmas this year.

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    Brenda says:

    I’m definitely more of a liberated quilter. this year I’m making aprons from kitchen linens — tea towels and tablecloths and even a vintage sugar sack. thanks for the chance to win the book.

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    duff says:

    OH, what a lovely book! This one is going on my Amazon wish list! I think for the most part, I’m a rule follower; however, I’m still really trying to break out of it. I did try something and it was a total bomb so I’m concentrating on getting my groove back ;O)
    My favorite handmade gift is a small art quilt (9 X 12 maybe) that has a quote attached to the front of it so that I can be inspired by the words & her creativity every time I see it.

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    Lisa says:

    I would love to win this book…I too am a follower of her blog and have her first book. I am definitely not a pattern-follower…in fact, I’m pretty pattern-phobic. I like to get visual inspiration and then do my own thing in a way that seems logical to me.

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    Sharon Bourque says:

    Being a perfectionist I always follow the rules of course. However 2011 will be my year to become a reformed perfectionist and adopt a philosophy of JUST DO IT!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book with a FRESH new attitude to help me towards my goal.

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    Jessica C says:

    I used to follow rules diligently when I first started quilting, but now I do whatever comes to mind. I love mixing different textures in with my cottons. Malka’s book looks amazing! Love to have a copy!

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    Roberta DAw says:

    I’m a go with the flow kind of crafter but love some delicious eye candy to start the creative juices flowing.

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    Michelle P says:

    Love that strips and stripes quilt too!

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    Amanda says:

    As a knitter, I’m definitely not a rule follower. I have a hard time translating this to sewing, though.

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    Heather says:

    I love this book!

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    suzi says:

    I’m a rule follower….until I don’t like the rule!;-> The book loooks marvelous! Hope I can get a copy before I buy one!

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    Megan says:

    I don’t usually follow a pattern, so I guess I’m a rule breaker. My favorite handmade gifts are knitted gifts, because I am only a so-so knitter myself!

    Grea giveaway. I love Malka’s work.

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    Dolores says:

    Thank you for the chance to win this book. I love her colour sense. I tend to be a rule follower and my favourite handmade gift is a beaded Christmas ornament that my daughter made. Actually there are three of them and they are gorgeous.

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    Diane says:

    This is my style…my kind of book. And the colors are wonderful.

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    P. says:

    What a beautiful book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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    Linda says:

    Wow, I love the colors in her projects! I would love to win a copy. I still follow the rules, because I’m new to quilting and am still timid about it.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Tong says:

    thanks for the wonderful interview, the book looks amazing! i’m definitely not a rule follower, i’ve never followed a quilt pattern and usually just go with the flow. i’ll have an idea in my head, then i’d sketch it and do the math and go from there. this is never precise, so the plan sometimes change as i’m making the quilt. thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win this beautiful book!

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    Tam says:

    I love the colors and designs. Malka’s work is lovely as always. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Kate says:

    The book looks absolutely amazing. I love color, color, color! As far as life, I am a rule follower, but when it comes to crafting I like to go my own way. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

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    Robin says:

    i’m definitely a go with the flow, alter the recipe to suit my own taste, kind of crafter (and cook). thanks for the chance to win this awesome book! i love Malka’s fabrics and quilts.

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    aseemlylife says:

    Creating as I go is the best for me. At least it’s the most fulfilling and interesting. I did recently purchase a book for a particular pattern. This book looks fun. I do love color.

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    Amy Newbold says:

    Totally try to follow the rules. . . to the best I can.

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    Terri says:

    What a thrill to be included in this blog tour! Looks like a fabulous book that I might have to own. I love the previews you provided, especially that rockin bag!

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    Anna says:

    I love, love, LOVE the bag! I’m a rule follower by nature but am trying to break free…

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    jenni says:

    When it comes to quilting, I must admit, my motto is “patterns are only suggestions.”

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    Kate says:

    I’m more of a ‘go with the flow’ crafter, at least for knitting. I do follow the rules a little more often when sewing :)

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    I think for the most part I am a rule follower. I am fairly new to quilting and a adore it.

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    Shevvy says:

    I’m a adapter when it comes to crafting. Especially with quilting I have followed very few patterns exactly, even if I start off with the best intentions.

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    Betsy says:

    I am a go with the flow crafter. This makes it a little bit hard to teach others. They want step by step, and I give them intuition!

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    Monica says:

    I’m not a pattern follower – I throw a bunch of fabric on the table and see where it takes me. So far it’s worked out ok.

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    Sarah Mosher says:

    Wow! I love the colors in the patterns here! And that bag is quite intriguing…

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    Kati S. says:

    This book is on my Christmas wish list, but I would love it a bit early. I am both a rule follower and not. It just depends on my project. I like doing projects that allow me to be a rule breaker, but it’s also nice to do something to requires precision as well.

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    lauradodson says:

    whoa. this book rocks! i love those round coasters…what a quick handmade gift. i heart them.

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    GoMomGo says:

    I have been quilting for years, but have been newly inspired by all fresh and modern patterns and fabric available now. Finding red 20 years ago, was impossible! Barbi

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    Melissa says:

    What a gorgeous book… I’m a go with the flow-er, but things would probably look better if I followed the rules lol :)

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    Katy says:

    This book is on my Christmas list! I’m a go with the flow crafter, quilter. Most of the time anyway. Sometimes you have to follow every, single little step :)

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    regina says:

    wow, i ha no idea she had a bok coming out (i am beihnd on blog reading). awesome chance, thanks!

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    Bethany R. says:

    I have to say that I started quilting being glued to patterns…but as I’ve become more comfortable and confident with my ability I’ve moved away from strictly following patterns and I enjoy throwing things together my way, so I’m more go with the flow. I have made some of Malka’s projects from STITCH magazine and they are my favorites! A bunch of her projects in one book is exciting!

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    Sara says:

    the book looks great! i think this year for gifts i’m going to make quilted potholders and bake a loaf of fresh bread for each recipient. it’s probably a good thing that i’ll only have a few.

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    Sharon says:

    The book looks fabulous! I follow both of your blogs and want to thank you for such wonderful inspiration. Sometimes I follow a pattern, but I often use it as a place to start and do my own thing.

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    Cindy says:

    Ohh, loving the pictures!! Would love to win a copy of this- Thanks!

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    Another book to get … thanks for inspiring me! In life I’m a rule follower … in crafting I’m a little more relaxed. I just gave my sister her quilt that I’ve been working of for two months and successfully hid from her! What I love about quilting for someone I love is that I think about them through out the whole process …

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    Anya says:

    As they say…rules are meant to be broken! Thanks for the chance!

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    Andrea says:

    It’s definitely helpful to follow the rules when you’re first starting out, but I don’t that rules are meant to be rigid or confining, just to guide and help. It’s the discretion of the crafter that makes the difference.

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    Sonia Bartholomew says:

    I’ve been a rule follower, but I’m trying to find the inner rebel more often. Beautiful book . . . thanks for the chance.

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    Amy Hodge says:

    I’m a go with the flow kind of quilter. I rarely receive handmade gifts, but I love giving them!

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    Heather says:

    That looks like a great book! I am a total follower, because I don’t know what I’m doing yet :)
    heather.nevits@gmail.com

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    Katie says:

    Such vibrant colors! I’m definitely a rule-breaker – mostly due to my inability to comprehend said “rules”, I end up winging it a lot of the time. But I strive for ruled crafting! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Jenny says:

    I do try to follow the rules, but I am impatient and a little lazy, so sometimes I press forward without checking the instructions. Which invariably leads to disaster!

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    Lea says:

    I usually start as a pattern follower until things stop going according to the plan. Then, after a few deep breaths, I get into the ‘wing it’ attitude. It usually ends well.
    Thanks for the chance to win this book!

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    Linda says:

    Wow. I would LOVE to win this book. I use the ‘rules’ as a guideline but think in the end I sort of go with my own instincts. I love how every quilt is different in some way. It makes it so personal!

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    What a cool book! I think it’s helpful to know what the rules are, and know how to follow them, and then decide whether you want to or not. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    karen says:

    I always wing it… everything always turns out lovely in the end! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Margaret says:

    Malka’s book looks amazing! Thanks for the chance to win, I love her blog!

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    Andrea says:

    Great book, thanks for the giveaway!

    I’m not not a rule follower in the sense that I follow instructions to the letter, but I make up my own variation of the pattern or whatever and then have to follow that precisely, or I’m not happy with the results.

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    miquela says:

    The only rule I have is to accept that what I make may not be perfect, but it is made with love and therefore, perfect for whomever may receive it.

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    Jen latourette says:

    I’m too much of a rule-follower, to a fault. :)
    I usually have to read a bok or instructions all the way through before I even begin a project. Some day, I just want to wing it and see what happens!

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    Mare says:

    The book looks amazing!! The projects look vibrant and cheery on this chilly day. My mother made a pillow for my husband & I for our anniversary this year. I’ve been coveting this yard of fabric she had in her stash for a couple years. she knew i loved it, so she made me a pillow. Of course, she made my hubby a Steelers pillow. ;)

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    Hannah says:

    This book looks wonderful! Whether I follow the rules or go with the flow definitely depends on the project, but as I’ve learned more about quilting and sewing in general, I’m a lot more comfortable just winging it!

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    teaginny says:

    Oh, I need this book. I love Malka’s work, and I’ll be buying a copy if I don’t win :)

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    Elizabeth D. says:

    Wow, this book looks so amazing. I adore Malka’s blog, and if I don’t win, I sure hope Santa will put this book under my tree this year. Looks like some serious eye candy and inspiration!

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    Ginny says:

    I’m a beginner quilter so start out with the rules, but usually end up “bending” a few. My favorite handmade Christmas gift this year is “Curling Iron Cozies” for my teen granddaughters. I’ve had one for years and am using it for a pattern. Quick & easy!

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    jan says:

    I follow rules more than I break them; I am influenced in this by dressmaking. This book looks fabulous!

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    Anita says:

    How exciting, please include me in your give away! Happy holidays!

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    this will definitely need to go into my library of sewing books….I just adore how colorful her stuff always is.

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    Lael says:

    I made matching scraves for me and my daugter. Although half the gift was for me, its fun to wear ours out together and when she’s not with me it makes me think of her. I love them for that.

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    Karen says:

    I do both, follow and break the rules depending on my mood. I’ve been enjoying making ornaments and pins this year, oh and I’m knitting a scarf for my daughter.

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    Tara says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Katrina says:

    This book looks great! At the moment, as I learn, I’m a follow the rules kind of girl, but that could change…

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    Sheila says:

    Great interview! I’m really looking forward to getting a copy of this book. I have to say that I’m a “wing it” kinda person, but only when I’m sure I understand the basic principles. I think it’s important to know both sides of the coin, and go from there.

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    Dolly says:

    Oh, please let me win this book. It indeed looks FRESH, and my quilting is in dire need of freshening up !

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    Allyson says:

    That quilt book is amazing!!!! It looks like it would be so much fun! My favorite project that i’ve ever made is one i’m still working on and it’s a baby quilt that i embroidered little animals on the large squares and i’m not sure who it will be for yet it was something i just had a vision for and had to make. As for rule following i tend to follow the rules if it’s a project i don’t know much about and then later the second time around i add my ideas in!

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    Martha says:

    I’m a stickler for the rules. Especially with knitting. Sometimes you have to go with it and trust that it will work out even if you don’t see it right away.

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    h2ogirl76 says:

    This looks just likes something to expand my skills.

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    Melanie says:

    Beautiful book! I’m usually a follow the rules type of person but I also like to go with the flow so I don’t let it stress me out when I don’t follow them.

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    Faith says:

    I cannot WAIT to get her new book! I have Color Your Cloth and used it to make my own fabric. Such a great book, wonderful directions, and I was successful my first try! She is truly talented.

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    Sequana says:

    Oh, what beautiful eye candy! I want to make all of those projects. *S*

    I am most a rule follower unless I really get in a fix.

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    Jennifer says:

    What a great giveaway! I’m somewhere inbetween following rules and going with the flow. I’m still new to quilting so I’m looking forward to becoming more confident in my skills and letting loose!

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    Kelley says:

    Ooh, I’d love to win! My favorite handmade gift is a quilt but in a pinch a tea wallet is also nice.

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    Kristin says:

    I’m fairly new to quilting and would call myself a rule follower. However, I just discovered “modern” quilting and am loving the more improvisational blocks and bright colors- so I am learning to bend the rules a little!

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    Claire says:

    Wow, that looks like a quilt book I would actually use, so it would be amazing to win it/ I’l certainly be putting it on my wish list. Thank you

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    Molly says:

    I definitely a “go with the flower” in terms of quiltmaking. This summer I made a sampler quilt that was my first that required precise measuring and much pre-cutting of pieces and it wasn’t as fun as my usual technique but I sure learned a lot! My favorite gift this year is a star quilt I made for my supercool niece. I can’t wait to give it to her!!!!

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    DelishMag says:

    Lovely interview! Both of us here at Delish Mag are the same when we quilt. I am going to let Cynthia answer because she said what I (Tamara) would have, but more eloquently!
    “Follow the rules until I screw up and then take matters into my own hands — LOL!”
    Yup.

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    margie says:

    I love her use of colour. This book looks like the inspiration I need!

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    Kelly Irene says:

    Thank you for posting the interview and giveaway! I like to have guidelines, but see the rules as totally optional when I’m crafting :) I love to receive jewelry for a handmade gift, but one of my favorite things to make is cloth napkins–they are simple to make but usually very appreciated.

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    cabesh says:

    I follow the rules….except when I think I have a better idea of how to do something. Variation on a theme, you know?

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    patty says:

    I am a fly by the seat of my pants type quilter – get an idea, try the idea out and see where it goes. The book is beautiful.

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    Maree says:

    I definitely go with the flow. What a vibrant looking book full of wonderful ideas.

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    Alaina says:

    Well, I tend to be a rule follower, but I am slowly breaking out of my mold and beginning to go with the flow. It is oh-so-good for me.

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    Monique says:

    I reaaaaaaally want that book!! Its on my wish list. I am a totally wing it type of person, but I love reading books and magazines for inspiration & learning the basics to get going on a project!

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    Rita says:

    I’m in love with Malka’s quilts. It depends on the craft how much of a rules follower I am. I’ve never followed a quilt pattern before, but just this weekend I pulled out Malka’s first book to start a quilt from there.

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    Janna says:

    Looks like an awesome book!! I’m def a follow the rules girl and wish SO BAD I wasn’t!! I love things crafty people just whip up – adorable!

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    Melanie says:

    In cooking, I need a recipe. In general, I am very much a “by the book” kind of gal – except when it comes to quilting. In quilting, I can’t seem to follow any directions verbatim:). I usually see a quilt that inspires me and immediately, in my mind, change the size, the colors, the quilting…lol. I add different blocks or other embellishments (3-D flowers or applique, for example). At times, the quilt I want to make is in my head and therefore has no instructions.

    Quilting is such a personal process for me. Every quilt has a story. I use my blocks to symbolize ideas. Each piece of fabric has a memory attached whether it was from my Uncle Jim’s shirts or from a quilt shop in IN that I bought while visiting my grandmother-in-law after she was diagnosed with Alzheimers. I think this is why my “by the book” and “follow the rules” self can’t manage to follow someone else’s direction when it comes to quiltmaking. That’s their journey. This one’s mine:).

    P.S. Thank you so much for posting some of the pictures from this book. Nate’s quilt is amazing!

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    Lindsey F. says:

    Looking at the few photos you showed makes me want to see and read more!

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    nikki says:

    I am definitely a go-with-the-flow / gonzo quilter. I get irritated w/ patterns really quickly and always end up winging it.

    This book looks amazing!

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    michelle says:

    I recently gave one of my friends a pin cushion/trash bag to put beside her sewing machine. I liked it so much I gifted one to myself also!

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    Crystal says:

    Oh my! I want to make every one of the projects you have featured here. They are amazing!! I am sometimes a rule-follower but can also be go with the flow if I need to be. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    Vicki says:

    I’m a shoot from the hip kind of a girl:) This would be a great book to have and I’d love to win one! Thanks for the chance!

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    Barb says:

    Looks like a beautiful and inspirational book. I used to be a follow the rules kind of quilter, but I am branching out more and more thanks to inspiration like this. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Lil says:

    this is a must have for me, evry project is pure fun and eye candy
    for some projects I’m a rule follower and others not at all, I love to follow what the fabric and piecing tells me

    thanks

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    Zarina says:

    I am a conventional when it comes to blocks but I try to arrange it differently (which actally has been done but I just love those Eureka moments).

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    i am new to quilting and am in the process of making my first quilt without a pattern or instructions at all! well, i’m saying that before i’ve started binding, and i’m sure a tutorial will present itself at some point or another.

    i’ve been reading a bunch of blogs (including yours) for a while now, and have just decided to go for it! there is so much information and inspiration floating around out there, and i think the hardest thing might be to just trust yourself enough to get started.

    i’d really love to be the recipient of Fresh Quilting (my first quilting book!) as i’m already imagining the Stripes and Stripes Quilt as a perfect project #2!

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    Kacey says:

    that book looks like it’s right up my alley! and…i’m more of a make things up as i go kind of person. :)

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    Norma says:

    mmm. loving that diamond pillow. You can’t beat a quilt or quilted pillow for Christmas!

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    Chandra says:

    Sometimes I follow the directions and other times I like to just figure it out for myself. It depends on how much time I have! :)

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    miranda says:

    I usually pick and choose which parts of a pattern to follow. Anything I don’t understand, or haven’t tried before goes exactly according to the pattern, but any elements that I’m comfortable with are fair game for experimentation!

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    Heather says:

    Thanks for telling me about this book! It looks SO interesting. Very inspiring. Of course I WANT IT!!

    I can’t nail down my favourite handmade gift. They are TOO many! My parents were both very skilled artisans and I have many treasures from them but I also love the many little gifts my children made for me when they were small.

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    Emily says:

    Looks like a lovey book. Please enter me.

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    Nicole says:

    I’ve been waiting for this book to come out, the projects look fantastic! I’m knitting scarves and sewing coaster sets with coordinating table toppers for gifts this year – some with patterns, some without. I tend to start with a pattern and then make it up as I go.

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    Janet K says:

    This book looks great! I’m not a very good rule follower…

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    Bryanna says:

    Oh man this book has been on my wish list for so long now! My fingers are so crossed. Normally I am not a rule follower for quilts, but when the math is intense sometimes patterns really help!

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    Amanda says:

    I am very much a go with the flow person, but I’m a perfectionist too so lots of times I think I would be better of as a strict rule follower. I love the sewing machine (?) cover on the front. I’m going to have to put a quilt like that on my list now.

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    Linda says:

    THANKS FOR THE REALLY NEAT BOOK-GIVEAWAY!
    HINT: ONE THING I DID FOR ALL MY SMALL GIFTS WAS TO WRAP THEM IN CHRISTMAS FABRIC. YOU COULD DO LARGER ONES TOO, I SUPPOSE, BUT THE LITTLE ONES ARE REALLY CUTE!

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    Josée says:

    Great book. I need it for Christmas! My favourite handmade gift : Italian Biscottis.

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    Kristine says:

    I’m so excited for this book! I follow my own rules, but I’m probably not the type to wing it. Lots of planning goes into everything I make…

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    Jen S. says:

    I guess I’m more of a rule follower since I haven’t done much improv (and even then I plan a bit). But I often determine my own dimensions for various sewing projects and don’t typically follow patterns when quilting, though I do make up my own dimensions. I dunno…

    I always enjoy looking at Malka’s projects. Her color choices and designs are beautiful. Thank you for giving us a sneak peek at her new book (and interview, of course!) and a chance to win!

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    Starr says:

    Oh! She is amazing! I would love to own this book. I like the advice, “if in doubt, wing it.” I need to take that advice. Sometimes my perfectionism takes over and paralyzes me. :)

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    I am a copy cat quilter! what a lovely book to add to someone’s sew/craft library

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    Holly McLean says:

    I don’t really have a number one favorite, but I often will give a small jar of jelly or pickles with perhaps a tea towel that I’ve added some hand stitiching or applique to. Also, I like to knit scarves ans socks.

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    Lisa says:

    I am more of a wing it kinda crafter for quilting but when sewing clothes I generally follow the instructions (mostly). I’m currently making Malka’s tablerunner as a gift for a friend for Christmas from the spring Stitch magazine and I have to say that I love her work and how she approaches making this.

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    Wendy says:

    I LOVE Malka’s quilts, mostly because of all the COLOR she uses!!! So i’d LOVE to win her book! =-)
    My Dad always told me to “give gifts that you’d like to receive”, ’cause the recipient is most likely somewhat like me (friends & family), so they’d most likely like receiving what i like.
    =-)

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    Judy says:

    Favorite homemade gift of all time arrived last weekend from our neighboor. A box of homemade cupcakes in a selection of EIGHT flavours! But in case food doesn’t count-I’m very happy with anything that somebody has taken time to make-a homemade card or decoration is lovely!

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    Katie says:

    My favorite hand made gift was my wedding quilt. My mom pieced it in creams and whites, then had the quilt top out at our reception. Instead of signing a guest book, everyone signed the quilt!

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    kelly jo says:

    I’m a follow the rules kind of girl that always seems to get off track and has to meander my way back to the rules! But it always seems to turn out just the way I wanted!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Sam E. says:

    Such a beautiful book! I’m a rule follower, mostly because I’m not that confident without a strong plan. I aim to be a go with the flow quilter, though.

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    April says:

    I’m not sure if I’m a rule follower or if I go with the flow. I’m pretty new to quilting so I start out following the rules but inevitably something always goes wrong so I have to just go with the flow of it all.

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    Lisa says:

    I sew like I cook — I like to have a recipe or pattern, then make it my own. This book looks like great inspiration for pushing me to trust my instincts and experiment!

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    Rebecca says:

    I love getting inspiration and design ideas from other crafters, but for quilting I usually figure out the math and go for it on my own. And for small projects like aprons, purses, and bibs, I like to draft my own patterns on freezer paper. But for making kids clothes, I stick to the pattern.
    THANKS for the chance ~ the book looks great!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    TracyDK says:

    I really should be a person who follows a pattern, however, I see something I like, then I figure out how to do it, and then I just do whatever. Sometimes that makes projects take forever, however, I love how personal they become. :) This book looks perfect for a novice like me! Thank you for giving one away! (I’m new to your blog, but now I’m a follower! Congrats on your upcoming baby!)

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    Danielle says:

    I am not a pattern follower but I like to get direction from people. I want to make my own thing but want to ask a million questions to anyone who will listen. Sounds a bit annoying :) My favorite handmade gift is a wooden train set from my grandpa.

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    Alison says:

    Sounds like a very colourful book

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    Rachel Horton says:

    I’m definitely more of a rule follower. I like straight lines and symmetry. I’m just not a wonky kind of girl. :)

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    Jenny says:

    definitely a must have book!! i love the colors.

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    floribunda says:

    I’m usually one of those who starts with a pattern and then tries to make it “mine” either by tweaking the design or creating my own color palette. Love your quilt gallery!

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    Ariane says:

    I’m all about rules, especially when I’m starting out with a craft (like I am with quilting!)…

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    Amanda says:

    The book looks great! I love the abc bumper. I am definitely not a rule follower. I tend to wing things a lot. I see a quilt or idea I like and go with it and figure it out as I go. This makes for some mistakes but also some interesting things.

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    zrinka says:

    HI,

    Thanks for the giveaway. Beautiful book!
    I am rarely a follower. Usually I look at patterns for ideas but then I try my own stuff.

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    Janet says:

    I definitely go with the flow, but I’m not adverse to getting inspiration from rules. Thanks for a chance at this great looking book.

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    Alexandra says:

    I am definitely a go with the flow crafter. I never follow patterns, and since I hate ripping out stitches, I’d rather make it work than start over. Love the book & your blog!

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    Mollie says:

    I am definitely a rule follower. I can’t help it! :) This book looks great!!

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    Katie says:

    I especially love that baby quilt!

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    Carol says:

    I am excited that the release date for this book is finally here. I’m like a kid waiting for the holidays. Nice work!

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    Kristy says:

    My go to handmade gifts include some little coin purses or pouches, hair clips or elastics embellished with yo-yos or a notebook cover.

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    andi says:

    My only rule: A fast quilt is a good quilt. I follow few other ‘rules’ but have learned, over time, that certain methods give the best results …. usually!

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    darlene says:

    love the book and the *new* modern quilting … this is great …. thanks for the giveaway …. darlene

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    Jessy says:

    love the coasters….and I never follow rules, I agree that faster is better. :)

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    Anne says:

    When in doubt wing it…yeah I am like that…thank you for sharing the book and I love the bag too.

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    emily curfew says:

    hi ashley! i see there is a blog tour stop in seattle & bainbridge island – close to where i live. i’d like to check it out. do you know where i can get more details of what it is, what time etc?

    and as far as homemade gifts- i am making pillow casings for all my little nieces and nephews. 18×18 and 16×16 sizes. they are turning out really cute to match each of their personalities. i’ll have to post some pictures post christmas on the blog. i got many ideas from your blog for the designs – one being the “sun burst”. love that one – even thought it was kind of a pain to make!

    and i also want to try making regular bed pillowcases from your tutorial from a while back. i ordered beautiful AMH voile fabric that recently arrived from my cyber monday sales shopping.

    happy holidays!!

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    Beth T. says:

    My favorite homemade gift is anything homemade. I really love knowing someone was thinking of me and creating something just for me. I especially like things that last, that I can keep around the house, sweet reminders of someone I love.

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    Millissa G says:

    I just finished making my first hand bound journal. It was super fun! I found instructions here: http://curiouslycrafty.wordpress.com/tutorials/ . Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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    Frogdancer says:

    Ahhh Christmas… I’m planning a quilt for my brother. He’s my ‘secret santa’ recipient this year.

    Trouble is, Christmas Day will likely be boiling hot. Still, he can just pop it somewhere till winter!

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    EricaB. says:

    I’ll read through the directions several times to make sure I understand them, and then tweak them to make my own modifications (size, shape, accent pieces, lining fabric, etc).

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    Suzanne says:

    Thanks for the little peak at Fresh Quilting and the chance to win a copy! I am most definitely a rule follower but one who would love to “go with the flow” and tries, from time to time, with limited success.

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    thegoose says:

    oh, I have been waiting for this book for so long! It looks great!!
    And for your question, I guess I would say I am more go-with-the-flow than a rule follower.

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    Dana says:

    The few times I have tried to follow a pattern I end up muttering about “speak english” and “what do you mean”. I’m really not good at directions.

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    Kathleen says:

    I’d have to say I’m more of a rule follower, but then I usually change the rules up a little. I think I’m too efficient to go with the flow. I like to get everything cut out before I start something, then sit down to sew and press. I wish I could fly by the seat of my pants a little more.

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    Emily says:

    Wow! this book looks fabulous! and I LOVE that bag. so cool!
    I haven’t made it yet but I’m planning on gifting Anna Maria’s new Figure 8 Scarf…I think anyone would love a velveteen scarf!

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    Leigh says:

    What a beautiful book, another one to add to my wish list! I am a go with the flow crafter but always want to follow patterns….someday!

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    Marcia W. says:

    I follow the rules – including my own that I make up as I go! Thank you for this book review and giveaway. stitchindye is one of the first blogs I started reading as enjoy learning about fabric dye designs. Also saw that Malka’s book was reviewed on the quiltingarts e-newsletter. Best wishes for a successful blog tour!

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    monica says:

    I guess I am a little bit of both. I like to learn by following the rules all the time looking for a way of going off in my own direction. The book looks great! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

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    Trisha says:

    What a gorgeous book. So inspiring! I am a bit of a rule follower when it comes to quilting but at the same time I don’t usually need a pattern to follow.

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    Anneh says:

    I’m totally a rule-follower, pattern-needer kind of crafter!

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    Bronwyn says:

    I like the structure of rules, but then enjoy breaking them hehe!!! Loving the pictures in the book and looking forward to seeing it for real!

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    Sam says:

    Oh yes please! I am certainly a go with the flow creator. Too many rules get me all nervous, but I do have certain methods and steps that I follow each project. My go-to gift are pillowcases. Easy, lovely, and fun to try and nail their personal style!

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    mjb says:

    I used to be a rule follower, but I totally go with the flow now!

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    beingvfox says:

    I love the look of the book!!!

    I am new at crafting so I don’t know that I really have a ‘favorite’ but I am making a
    rag doll for my niece this year and I am super excited about it

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    Sharon says:

    I am still a novice but am finding that the more project that I do the more I feel that I can venture from the ‘pattern’ and try to create my project as more of a one-of-a-kind. Still, following the project ideas with the utmost care is always rewarding also. Would love to have this wonderful book. Thanks for the chance to win one.

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    I’m a definite pattern follower. I have the hardest time making wonky blocks because my brain just doesnt’ work without rules – lol!

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    mab says:

    I don’t do rules or absolute precision very well — so I stayed away from quilting for years. (Well, that and my aversion to ugly calico cat novelty fabrics I had seen used waaaay too much.) When I discovered the idea of modern quilting and color and freedom in creating — I was all over it! This book looks fabulous and I also love that diamond tote. Thanks for the chance to enter!

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    Jackie H says:

    I love all those colors in that book and have definitely bookmarked her blog :). Also, my favorite handmade gift has been a seriously snuggly wool blanket! :)

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    Beth says:

    LOVE all of those vibrant colors!!! I am definately NOT a rule follower and I despise patterns. I love to learn by just figuring things out on my own :)

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    lisa says:

    i seem to like the quilts that I don’t follow the rules as much. They are all great and i learn new techniques if i follow a pattern but for the most part i do my own thing.

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    kay morrison says:

    love this book! i hope i win! and i am a go with the flow girl for sure!

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    Wendy says:

    Definitely a rule follower :) Although sometimes I go crazy and tweak the pattern!

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    I follow a pattern and the rules if they are they easiest and quickest. If not, I change them. I try not to spend too much time on one project since I have so many on my “TODO” list.

    I am giving handmade doll clothes for Christmas since we live in a house full of girls.

    I love the colors in this book. They are calling my name.

    Cristi

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    Nicole Gendy says:

    I’m more of a follow the rules kinda person. I have been trying to break out from that recently, but find it difficult.

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    I do follow patterns, but as my skills improve, I like to tryout my own ideas and see where they take me. I’ve just sewn tree-shaped scraps to card stock to make Christmas cards for my crafty peeps. Thanks for the great tour stop!

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    Kerstin says:

    I guess you could say I’m kind of both – I follow a pattern as long as it makes sense to me, if it doesn’t or if I don’t get the instructions, I just work it out on my own…

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    I do like my 1/4″ seams but other than that I’m way more of a wing-it type of quilter…great interview!

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    Kelly O'Brien says:

    I am definately a “wing it” kind of gal. This book looks amazing! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Nathalie says:

    I am definitely one of the free spirits when it comes to quilting. I love the modern quilting trend because it fits me and my style

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    Brandy says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on Malka’s book! The set of patchwork stockings I just finished for my family is my favorite handmade gift so far.

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    Meagan says:

    Depending on the mood I can go either way. Usually when I’m lazy I just craft as I go ( :

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    monique says:

    I’m a wing it kind of person… mostly because I make so many ‘mistakes’ mistakes along the way and I’ve learned to just go with the flow. Wonderful book!!!

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    Jan says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book, too. Hopin’ I win it.

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    BirthdayGinny says:

    Pitter-pat! My heart just races when I look at the photo of the string trivet and what a dandy slant the circular quilting is. I could eat that book! Years ago, I found that if I messed up an art or sewing project I could always find a creative remedy. I love order and want to know what the traditional techniques are, but that individual twist is what has drawn me to the modern styles.

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    emily says:

    Oh I have been drooling over those pictures on flickr forever! I love her style and those bright fun colors!

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    Maggie says:

    This Christmas season, I’m making aprons for my step-sister and sister-in-law and I’m making my sister a bag (purse). I’m really unsure as to what I’m doing for anyone else though. I, like you, am behind. :)

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    Polly says:

    Hmmmm….favorite handmade gift… I’ve made a zillion gifts for family, co-workers and friends but have received very few handmade gifts in return. I did get a fabric covered notebook one year from a parent of a student. I cherish it! Thanks for the givaway. The book looks like a marvelous Chritstmas gift to me if I won!! :-) Polly

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    Michele says:

    This looks like a fabulous book – I’m more of a rule follower, but it seems like the more sewing that I accomplish, the more I have become willing to “break” those rules.

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    linda says:

    What a great giveaway, thanks for the interview. Very fresh!

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    Paige says:

    Great photos in that book! I’m more go with the flow but that’s only because I haven’t learned too many of the rules yet!

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    Sofi says:

    Definitely go with the flow. Otherwise, I would never get anything finished!

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    amanda anderson says:

    It’s tough, since to start I really need some good inspiration, but after that I’m totally go with the flow!!
    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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    Catherine says:

    Thanks for hosting this fabulous book giveaway. I just love Malka’s work. I follow a pattern to certain point but like to put my own spin on things and make it mine.

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    Johanna says:

    I made a dark blue manly bag for my boyfriend :) He wanted one but all he could find were either too girly in colour or too girly in style :)
    My brothers are getting books and quilts (love that combination!) and my parents are getting a second quilt for the living room because whenever I want to snuggle under the first one it is always taken (so this might be more a gift to me…)

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    Meg says:

    I am making some notetakers for Christmas! The book looks wonderful!

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    Ange says:

    My favorite gifts to make this year have been diamond block table runners…quilted, of course!

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    Jackie says:

    I can see why this book captured your interest. It’s full of beautiful things!

    I’m a pattern follower. I don’t think of myself as creative in terms of design. I’m good with that! One day I hope to be able to move into doing my own thing. It’s all part of the process and I’ve already come a long way.

    Without a doubt my favorite hand made items are two quilts my grandmother made. They include scraps from the clothing my grandmother made my aunts. I also have a few of her hand embroidered pillow cases – again very treasured especially since she passed away when I was 8.

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    Jocelyn says:

    I would love to have that book! I’m just starting to put my border to my first quilt ever :)

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    EG says:

    Love the photos you shared!

    I’m primarily a rule-follower when it comes to sewing. That’s why I need a book like this – to make me look creative!

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    Jessy says:

    I am absolutely dying to get my hands on this book. Each new picture I see makes me drool more. I am a combination rule follower/go with the flower. Some things I’ve learned it’s better to use rules for, like measure accurately and all that, and other times it’s just more fun to make stuff up!

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    jane says:

    oh! lovely book! i am definitely go with the flow… but i’m learning to follow some “rules” to save time.

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    Linda says:

    I like playing with the rules, bending them to work with different color and size. I’d love to immerse myself in Malka’s world via her book!

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    Munaiba says:

    I try to be a rule follower but it just never works out that way and so I go with the flow. This is a lovely book. Thanks for the give-away.

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    robin says:

    What a beautiful book! I’m afraid I have to follow rules when I quilt – I’m so new to it that I don’t have experience to fall back on. :o) Love the circle coasters in the book…

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    Megan says:

    Go with the flow!

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    Nathalie says:

    My favorite handmade gift, is a doll quilt with a coordinate little pillow !

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    Colleen says:

    Great post! Yes, for the most part I am a rule follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Melanie C says:

    What beautiful projects! I would love to win! I tend to be a “follow the rules” crafter :)

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    Debbie says:

    That was such a nice interview, Ashley. Thanks for doing the giveaway for the book and thanks for counting me in.

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    Maeve Binder says:

    Making tablerunners is a fun thing to do and one can make up a simple design to make the project go faster! I’d love to win this book. I am a Malka fan for sure!

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    I love the clean, fresh colors of the fabrics she uses in her projects, sort of like yours, Ashley!

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    Kelli says:

    Love the looks of this book!!! I’m definitely a rule follower but it frustrates me to no end. I don’t feel like I have the talent to just throw caution to the wind and do my own thing.

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    chancy says:

    That book looks fabulous! Can’t wait to check out all the projects.

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    Tara says:

    Beautiful. I love the “wing it” advice.

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    SewLindaAnn says:

    When it comes to crafting, sewing or whatever creative endeavor I’m up to it’s all about me. Sometimes I follow the rules to see how it turns out, usually though I take bits and pieces of the rules or instructions and then add on my own creative bits.

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    Mary says:

    The book has such beautiful pictures it makes me want to make all of the quilts, after I dye all of the fabric. It would be fun to have a copy to play with.

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    Kathy says:

    Love your fabric and so looking forward to your book!

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    Emmmylizzzy says:

    It depends – when sewing apparel I’m a pattern follower, but quilting and other home dec projects I totally wing it!

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    delia says:

    I lean towards going with the flow. The unexpected builds character!

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    Wendi says:

    If I win this book, I will gift it to my quilting friend–who is a great inspiration to me.

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    Becky says:

    I’ve only been quilting the past year or so, and I’m definitely into improvisation. I’m loving the beginner’s ignorance of rules!

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    Rosanna Whtie says:

    i’m a go with the flow person. :-) but rules are good.

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    Michelle says:

    that looks like an amazing book!! would love to win!
    I’m more of a pattern follower type of sewer, but am trying to spread my wings and leave my comfort zone with recent projects…and I’ve been happy with the results!

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    Juanice says:

    Love the look of the book and the incredible colors used in the projects. I am learning to “wing it” with my quilting. I find it surprisingly fun and not as scary as I thought it would be!

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    amy christine says:

    i’ve always been a go with the flow kind of crafter, but i notice with sewing and quilting, there are definitely some rules to mind compared to paper crafting, where i can pretty much make anything work. haha.

    thanks for the chance to win! :]

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    merie says:

    I’m not much of a rule follower because I am not much for perfection.And, while my favorite handmade gift is still cookies, this year I am also making some coffee cup jackets. As my daughter pointed out to me, “Someone who drinks so much coffee should have one of her own!”

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    Sally says:

    Can’t follow the rules to save my life. My fave Christmas gift: too many; can’t decide.

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    Lynn says:

    I always start by following the rules and then go my own way…..I’ve been making european bread baskets as gifts…in different sizes so they can be used for different things!

    I love what I’ve seen of the book and would love to win one! I do follow Malka’s blog and I’m delighted she introduced me to yours!

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    Beth says:

    I like to wing it if I can….if it doesn’t work, then I go searching for step by step help!

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    Shruti says:

    I too am not a rule follower… I realized that when i realized that I have made about 20-30 things from patterns and NONE have I followed 100%… I always have made my own modifications… :)

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    bea says:

    I’m pretty sure I’m a go with the flow. Rules always seem to make things go wrong for me.

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    Jeni says:

    This book looks amazing! Can’t wait to get my hands on it! :)

    I love going with the flow, but I am generally a rule follower. I’ve got engineer in my blood, so it can be hard to not follow the rules! ;)

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    Sarah C. says:

    I’m definitely a “go with the flow” quilter! Life is too short to follow the rules!! This is a great looking book – thanks for the review and interview!!

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    Laura says:

    LOVE this book! i agree with Malka, i definitely don’t follow patterns when quilting, but i do for clothes. i like doing whatever comes to mind… though sometimes it might be the long way to go! it’s a good learning experience. =)

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    Nicole says:

    Definitely a go with the flow process……I love to get inspired but rarely follow patterns or directions precisely…..as to a gift? Teatowels or potholders would have to be my pick

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    Sarah says:

    Oooh, I am most definitely a go-with-the-flow quilter — My last few quilts have been improvised, and I loved how they turned out! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Angie says:

    WOW! This book looks GREAT. I’m both go with the flow and follow the rules it all depends on the project I’m working on. Still consider myself new to the sewing/quilting world so I do tend to follow instructions more though. THANKS!

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    Ingrid says:

    I am not a rule follower. Even my first quilt (just last year) was a “wing it” kinda project. My favorite handmade gift this year is going to be the boxers I am making for hubby. He was teasing me about sewing him a gift, so I am doing just that! Wait until he sees the prints I picked!

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    DebbieKL says:

    Very neat! Love the last quilt photo. Not sewing related, but my son and I are making granola for gifts. We’ll put them in mason jars.

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    Megan says:

    I’m always amazed by what I see in Malka’s flickrmail stream. Such creativity. As for me, I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants crafter!

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    Jocelyn says:

    What a fabulous looking book! I am afraid that I need to have some structure :-)

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    Andrea in Vermont says:

    Yeah, Malka! I’m a “Hmm, let’s see what happens if I try *this*” kind of gal – which sometimes works out great, and sometimes ends up in a mess… Thanks for the giveaway, Ashley!

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    Tamie says:

    I’m definitely a rule follower but I’m trying to learn to be a “go with the flow” person. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Susan Snooks says:

    What a wonderful book! It’s going on my wish list! And I must head over to her blog. Thanks for the informative interview!

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    Arita says:

    Another great giveaway. I’m still a follower but working on going with the “flow”. My favorite homade gift is a small coin purse.

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    Deb says:

    Oh my…look at all those comments!! And I so wanted to win this book! I love everything about it–especially the strings attached Trivet. Such a great gift item. I’m definitely a go with the flow person…my daughter is a follow the rules quilter. And wouldn’t you know it, her things always turn out perfect!

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    Margaret says:

    Just like life… I’m a rule follower until I don’t like the rules. ;-)

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    Hannah says:

    I’m definitely a rule follower with crafting. I really prefer to have a pattern, even for simple projects.

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    Sarah says:

    Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes I don’t. I use patterns, I modify patterns and sometimes design my own.

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    sumi says:

    As a beginning quilter, patterns are definitely helpful but I also like to borrow from multiple patterns to create my own projects. Crossing my fingers that I score a copy of this book!

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    SheilaC says:

    Not an intentional rule breaker, but sometimes “mistakes” happen :)

    LOVE this book, thank you!

    SheilaC

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    Kathie L says:

    I like a pattern to start, then I twiddle a bit to make it my own. I currently love to make aprons. Kathie L in Allentown

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    Sarah says:

    What a cool book! Love the pictures you included. This was the first time I’d heard of it – good luck to the author!

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    Allison says:

    I’ve been making purses for all my friends. I am in love with the colors in this book!

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    Jenni says:

    Wow! This book looks so inspiring. I’m a “wing it” kind of quilter and this book would fit right in with my style. Thanks so much for sharing! Now it’s back to the sewing machine…I’ve already made 3 dozen napkins, 2 pairs of pillowcases, and some tote bags, but there’s so much more to do! Happy Holidays!! :-)

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    Ramona says:

    I like to think of rules as suggestions… much less stressful that way!

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    Rachel says:

    I had just seen this book on Amazon yesterday – thanks for the review! I’ve been making a lot of gifts this year – including an Advent calendar and tablerunner. I like winging it with quilts – no 2 ever look alike – even when I want them to!

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    anna says:

    i do like to follow a lot of rules, but I like to make stuff up as I go along too. I think that for me I find it easier to make things out of my brain rather than to follow someone’s directions, but of course I just love to try and make anything that catches my eye. I think I’ll be making some fabric nesting boxes and maybe a baby toy for my newest nephew. :)

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    Lisa LeBlanc says:

    Definitely a rule follower…type A personality…enough said! Lisa in Texas

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    Fran says:

    Beautiful book ! I am definitely a ‘go with the flow’ person….
    known to wing it ! Thanks for a great interview…….

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    Joy says:

    This book looks amazing…thanks for the chance to win a copy! One of my favorite last minute gifts is coasters – you can really make a personalized set in a short amount of time.

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    Tammy Welcome says:

    I love the color and bold patterns! I’m generally a rule follower, but trying to break out of that by starting to focus on the process and not the product. In other words, if it don’t work, well it don’t work.

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    Camille says:

    I’m usually a rule follower in life, but with quilting I tend to work with what I have and make it up as I go. Never seem to buy a pattern and then all the fabric to make it with. Book looks gorgeous-thanks for all the inspiration!

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    Jo Chu says:

    If you’re looking for handmade gift ideas I would suggest making a batch of Oreo Truffles and putting them in a nice tin. Here’s the recipe: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/easy-oreo-truffles-95085.aspx

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    Jenniffier says:

    Rule follower here. I get nervous when I don’t have something to follow and then I put it off for a while..

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    Andrea says:

    I love her use of straight-line quilting! I’m usually a rule follower, but I’m really trying to go with the flow with quilting, it’s sooooo much more relaxing.

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    Cathy A says:

    I don’t follow a lot of quilting rules–often because I don’t even know what they are. I try to do what makes me happy. I am selective with handmade gifts because lots of folks don’t appreciate the time involved. Pillow cases are a favorite quick gift for kids.

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    Mary Beth says:

    I like improv most of the time but if I have a pattern I’ll follow most of it :)

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    Lyndee says:

    i’m both, depending on what project it is :)

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    Jen B says:

    In general I’m a rule follower, but I’m always willing to adapt a rule to fit the circumstances!

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    Jill B says:

    This book looks stunning! I subscribe to your blog :)

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    Sheri I. says:

    This is a lovely book! I love to make scarves for gifts! And I follow the rules–only to the extent necessary! I really enjoy reading your blog!

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    Genevieve says:

    Great post! I don’t like rules very much. :) ha!

    Genevieve

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    Anotheryarn says:

    People think I’m a rule follower, and I am. But I have a really hard time following others directions when I’m crafting. Often I try to see the construction path on my own (sort of like me and maps – I’d much rather take a map and figure out how to get from A to B than have a computer program spit out directions for me).

    And wow – this book looks awesome, like a nice mix between inspirational and instructional.

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    Linda A says:

    This book looks fantastic – so many projects that I would love to make. Please enter me in the Giveaway – it would be awesome to win!

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    Erika says:

    This book looks fabulous!!
    Sometimes follow the rules and sometimes I don’t.
    One of my favorite last minute gifts mug rugs and place mats.

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    karen says:

    Thanks for introducing me to another great blog. The book looks wonderfully colourful. Love that colour.

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    Nancy C says:

    Looking forward to a great book…I generally follow the rules until I have a good feel for the process, then I venture off.

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    Kellie says:

    i am a follow the instructions king of girl, that is, until I mess up and am forced to go with the flow. My current favorite gift is felt pirate maps for kids that I make using scrap fabric.

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    Nick Cooper says:

    That looks like a most desireable book, and I love your blog.
    I am definitely a wing it, or inspired by, type of person. Not good at following rules.
    My handmade gifts tend to be edible ones, but those coasters are inspiring me.

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    gillian hosman says:

    I’m still so new to quilting that I tend to copy the pattern right off the package with the fabrics listed or copy quilts off flickr. Soon I think I will be ready to start creating, but its kind of scary using fabric on an untested idea. What if I don’t like it.

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    Xandi says:

    Rule follower. Big time.

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    cynthia says:

    This book looks incredible. I would love to get my hands on it. I need a new project!!!

    I do both follow patterns and create at will. I like doing both just whatever I’m in the mood for.

    Thanks Cynthia

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    Daphne says:

    I seem to be a rule follower…but so much want to break into the freedom of no rules! Malka’s new book looks wonderful and full of inspiration. Can’t wait to try those round coasters!

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    Danae says:

    This book has certainly caught my eye with its colorful patchwork projects and you have only made me want it more! I am certainly a wing-it type of person, although when necessary I’ll certainly follow a pattern (the best that a wing-it person can)! As far as gift projects, I’m personally head over heals involved in quilts, but I’m hoping to still have some time left to make a few simple bags, apron and some potholders. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Megs says:

    I am definitely not a rule follower when it comes to my projects! I am going to make some little wristlet clutches courtesy of the tutorial by Noodlehead, and a couple of shearwater kaftans ( your fav) and some bags – Amy Butler style. Wish I had time to do more! Oh and some upside down dolls from the Wee Wonderfuls book.

    This book by the way looks fabulous! Love the colors and fabric choices!

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    L says:

    i had a few yards of fun Alexander Henry Juicy fabric sitting around (the one with the big, bright lemons and oranges)–I’m in the process of turning it into cloth napkins for those aunts and uncles who I didn’t know what to get!

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    Andrea says:

    Wow ~ The colours in this book are incredible! Makes me want to escape my day job and run to my sewing machine. I follow rules when trying to learn new techniques but wing it once I know what I’m doing. As far as gifts go, this is the holiday of the handmade handbag for me (or should I say, for the family members and friends who’ll be getting them). I hope the giveaway is open to your Canadian readers … please?

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    Niki says:

    The book looks awesome – the project posted looks so pretty. I like to follow patterns.

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    Carrie says:

    LOVE this book!

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    Vickie says:

    I am a rule follower…at the beginning. I learn a new technique, pattern, idea and then I am ok with stepping away from it and expanding or adapting it. My favorite gifts would be quilts of all sizes, coasters and small bags. Thanks for a great post!

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    Jill says:

    I am definitely a go with the flow quilter. Hate to follow the rules. Life is to short to be bogged down in rules. The book look absolutely lovely.

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    Stephanie C. says:

    The book looks great! I’m a rule follower by default right now, since I’m still a relative beginner.

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    Katie B says:

    I tend to be a rule follower, but I’m trying to break the rules more often!

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    Julie says:

    I love this book! I need this to encourage me to break some rules and be more free with my quilting. I hope I’m lucky enough to win the book!

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    Evelyn B in MA says:

    Even though I have a snowball’s chance in h*** of winning the book, I’d like to try. I love the fresh modern lines of the projects posted so far.

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    Susan says:

    Interesting question. Used to be a rule follower now I am definately a “go with the flow” kind of quilter.

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    Pattij says:

    I LOVE her work and would love to win this book!

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    This looks like a great book to check out. Even just seeing the few pages you posted had my head nodding as in… I would made that… I could see using that pattern… oh those colors are lovely!! I have a hard time following ‘the rules’ but I do try and stick to some of the most basic things and then add my own twists! Thank you for introducing this book and for the chance to win one as well!

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    Marianne says:

    This book looks great! I’d love to win. Sometimes I use a pattern, sometimes not. Even if I use a pattern, I give it my own twist.

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    Trudi says:

    Looks like a ‘must have’ book, would love to win a copy :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Emily says:

    I love all the color in this book. Malka is amazing!

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    mariarrosa says:

    What a beautiful book! Thank you for the giveaway.

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    Susan V. says:

    What a great looking book! I tend to be a pattern follower, at least when I first start a project. Sometimes I then do the rest on my own, but I frequently get myself into trouble when I do so.

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    Mimi says:

    This book is incredible – I love what I see, please count me in to win it! Thank you!

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    Miss Mew says:

    Amazing quilts in this book! A must-have in any quilter’s library. If I don’t win this, I’m writing to Santa!

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    Ruth Wright says:

    This book looks wonderful! Its people like Malka that help stretch me and think out of the box. I tend to fall back into comfort zone of that which I’ve made before and instant gratification but I long to press outward and challenge myself more in this area. Thanks so much for the opportunity at this book!! :)

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    Kirsten says:

    I like to follow a pattern first and then once I’ve got it down I make it my own and add my own flair or changes! :)

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    Dena Kellam says:

    My favorite gift has always been the log cabin quilt that my grandmother made for me.

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    elsa says:

    oh, it’s a lovely book! the colors and styles of the projects make me want to go out and get the book right now!
    My favorite handmade gift? Anything my son makes me. He’s an art student going to the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is, of course, a very talented fellow! He did a sculpture of a woman sitting in a chair and gave it to me last Mother’s Day. It’s really beautiful (partly because he made it and because it is).
    Thanks so much for the giveaway … love reading your blog!

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    Carla says:

    oh, i am a rule follower but find myself so attracted and drawn to those that know how to break the rules! there’s hope for me!

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    I am a go with the flow quilter…..I like knowing what the “rules” are but then bending them into what I like or want….a rebel of sorts.

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    Lesa Bader says:

    I am a go with the lfow – but this book seems like it is great inspiration for both rule followers and free spirits! My got to gife recently has been linen table napkins.

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    Barbara Holt says:

    I just found your blog through your flikr! Love it! I am just getting back into quilting and loving the freedom to design it however I like!

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    Kim S says:

    I love the look of the projects in this new book. Would be excited to win a copy of my own!

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    carolyn says:

    since i still consider myself new to sewing I am a rule follower… but after i learn something i like to experiment with those skills and be a bit more improvisational!

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    Kendra says:

    Rules, what rules?? I always get inspiration from something I’ve seen somewhere, then jump in and figure it out as I go. One of the favorite quilts that I’ve made was inspired by Malka’s Strips and Bricks quilt, and I would love to have her book for inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity!!

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    Lindsay says:

    I’m a rule follower most of the time until I’m confident I can play around without messing it up.

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    bruinbr says:

    I am pretty much a rule follower (although I have been known to wing it from time to time!) :) The book looks so fun and the colors are so vibrant! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Erin M. says:

    Her work is great. I try to use what I have, so I think that makes me a make it up as you go gal instead of a rule follower.

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    MoeWest says:

    This looks like a great book! I’m not really a rule follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Amanda says:

    I’m a rule follower until I’ve been doing something long enough that I feel comfortable breaking rules and improvising.

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    Dan R says:

    Can’t wait to see the book!

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    Sarah M says:

    I think it’s a lot more fun and less frustrating to go with the flow after I’ve built a basic skill set in the craft. But I have to admit – sometimes I just jump in and wing it. for Christmas this year I’ve been making wristlets using the pattern from Oh, Fransson. Am also planning on some “sleep sets” for kids: pj’s and pillowcases (thanks for your great tutorial).

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    Talena says:

    When I first started learning, I was a follow the rules type of crafter, but now I prefer to just wing it!

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    Gerry says:

    Malka’s book is an inspiration.
    Holiday Hugs,
    Gerry

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    sharonj says:

    What a fabulous book! Malka’s work is bright, fresh and wonderful. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    Sharonj.

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    my favorite gift is anything handmade, well maybe with the exception of pasta glued to construction paper.

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    Meredith says:

    I’m always a rule follower … unless I mess up, then I just go with it and see what happens! The book looks wonderful, I’m very excited at the chance to win a copy!

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    Ceri says:

    Wow, I love the look of this book! I’m going to request it for Christmas from my other half (it’ll be a challenge for him to find it as we’re in the UK!) As for rule breaking, that’s all I seem to do, I think I’d rather spend my time picking fab colour combinations, rather than attempting to match points up!

    Loving the blog, by the way!

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    cori says:

    Thank you for giveaway. I like the tour of the book, thanks for the pictures. All the projects are very interesting cannot wait to make them. like the bag, the coaster, the wall hanging …..

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    I’m definitely a go with the flow person when it comes to sewing and being creative!

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    Epban says:

    Can’t wait to get this book! Love Malka’s work. It’s more fun to not follow the rules when creating!

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    melody says:

    Wow! I just bought your book today, the first copy on the shelf at Borders. Lucky me! And I follow rules until I understand and then lookout, I’m out of there and on my own doing as I please! Thanks for a great new push.

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    Addrea ossmann says:

    I am a rule follower but I really want to go with the flow. Hopefully this book can help.

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    elizabethdx says:

    I am a SLAVE to rules! Which is why I want to read this book, and cook myself up some fearlessness.

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    Caroll D says:

    408 comments. Oh, well, I’m going to try for this one. That books looks fantastic!

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    Cate says:

    I LOVE Malka’s blog, but I had NO idea she was putting together a book! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

    I love to make gifts for my loved ones with the express intent that they be *regifted.* So, it’s like two presents in one. That way, instead of having to be really clever in planning a secret gift that someone may or may not love, I can just ask them “who do you need a gift for, and what can I make you to give them?” It takes the pressure off if I don’t have to guess whether they’d like what I have in mind.

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    Jill says:

    Certainly not an original idea, but I’m working on some tie-appliqued tee shirts and some tea towel with spoonflowers’ calendar prints. Thanks for the giveaway chance. Looks like an awesome book.

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    Karen D says:

    Trying to be less of a rule follower, though I easily follow my own rules at times! Looks like a great book with tons of beautiful inspiration.

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    Lindsay says:

    Im very much a go-with-the-flow kind of person. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesnt. I am not really a perfectionist… unless it is really noticeable :)

    This looks like a really fun book!

    lindsay.forgette at gmail dot com

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    Paula Ganyard says:

    The book looks like it hS lot’s of great ideas. Congrats on being part of the blog tour.

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    MissMary says:

    I tend to read the recipe well enough to understand the elements then let creativity flow! That works not just in the kitchen but also with crochet, quilting, sewing… As for a favorite gift, I don’t think you can go wrong with Spool Sewing’s birds as Christmas tree ornaments. I made a dozen or so last year and several more this year, and every time they’re given, they’re loved. :-)

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    jenifer says:

    thanks for such a great post! I fall between rule follower and make-it-up as I go along. :)

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    Bari says:

    Beautiful books and quilts! I would love to win it. I generally “wing” my quilts and always seem to add something just a little different.

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    Bridgid says:

    I start out with the best of rule-following intentions, but invariably end up finding a few corners to cut … and then wonder why I did that when things go a bit pear-shaped! This book looks fabulous – Malka has a fabulous perspective on creating – thanks for the review!

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    I’m a rule follower who likes to break loose, too. I guess you could say I swing both ways. Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing.

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    angela d. says:

    I loosely follow patterns. I usually just read them a time or two and then wing it. It always seems to turn out. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Mirjam says:

    Definetely a winger, but very open to colourful ideas like Malka’s. Georgeous book!

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    Jeannie says:

    I swing both ways…I will start off with rules then make up my own later to suit me.

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    My personality is definitely the “read the instructions and follow them” kind. However, I’ve done enough sewing and quilting that I feel free to do anything I want with my quilts!

    Malka’s book looks wonderful!

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    Colleen says:

    I glance at the rules and then do what I want too! lol Thanks for the review. my favorite handmade are little wool or felt ornaments.

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    marg says:

    I’m still new to quilting so I’m a rule follower at the moment but soon….

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