Monday, July 23, 2012

Sew Merry and Bright Book Review and Giveaway

So, are you all Christmas-ed out yet? I hope not, because today it's my turn to talk about Linda Lum DeBono's new book, Sew Merry and Bright.

I met Linda at Quilt Market a few months ago and liked her right away. She's down-to-earth, funny, and tells it like it is. And her designs are just as bold and bright as she is—check out her blog to see more. So I was excited to get my hands on her new holiday-themed book. It's one-stop-shopping for all the Christmas patterns you could possibly need!

This book has patterns for a tree skirt, a table runner, a pillow case, placemats, two different stockings, advent calendars, a quilt ... you name it, it's in there! And she has some ridiculously adorable wool-felt ornaments. In fact, there are five different ornament designs to make, on top of all the other projects.

I whipped up this sweet little squirrel ornament with some textured wool felt. Linda glams up her ornaments in the book with sparkly beads on the ornament hangers, but as you can see, this little guy works just as well with a simpler look. (I used decorative red-and-white butcher's twine for my ornament hanger and a single shiny black bead for his eensy eye.)

And I will definitely be making Linda's matryoshka ornament before the Christmas tree goes up. How freaking cute are they? They even come apart and can work as individual matryoshkas. My kids will be all over that!

Would you like to win a signed copy of Sew Merry and Bright? Just leave a comment here. And don't forget, my Christmas fabric bundle giveaway is still open as well—click here to enter that one, too! Can't have a Christmas book without some Christmas fabric, right? I'll draw winners for both giveaways Tuesday afternoon.  (THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.)


And don't forget, there are more chances to win the book—tomorrow's stop is the Martingale Publishing blog. (You can check out the full blog tour schedule on Linda's blog.) But if you don't win, no worries—Sew Merry and Bright is now available on Amazon. Good luck!

210 comments:

  1. Oh dear, number one never wins.....

    But that squirrel ornament is so cute!

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  2. Would love to have this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. This book is wonderful! Would love to have it in my house! Thanks for the chance!

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  4. This would really help clear my Christmas backlog. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. Oh goodness, those matryoshka's are fabulous!!! Going to have to get the book just for that ornament!

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  6. Looks like a good mix of projects in the book, including some that can be whipped up at the last minute, which is exactly what I will need!

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  7. Love the squirrel and would love to try the other ornaments!

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  8. Looks like an awesome book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. Wow...looks great! Would love to win!

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  10. I want to make the ornaments from the book. They are so cute. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  11. These ornaments would be great to make for my grandchildren. They could actually touch and play with these. Looks like wonderful book.

    Terrie

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  12. The book looks great - more things for me to forget to make in time!!

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  13. The book looks real great. Many fun things to do.

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  14. what a lovely book. I give it a try.
    I also love that little babushka.

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  15. The ornaments are such perfect Christmas presents!

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  16. Such cute projects, and I love the matryoshka ornament.

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  17. I love to give ornaments as gifts, and these are so unique.

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  18. I like the little ornaments you can make.They would be an idea to use to give the little kiddies on the school bus I drive.

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  19. My goal this year is a house decorated completely with hand-made sweetness, this book would be awesome in helping me out!

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  20. I haven't made ornaments in a long time but would really love to try some of these little guys. Very inspiring.

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  21. I love Christmas in July! Of course, I love Christmas anytime. Great giveaway, Thanks for the oppurtunity

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  22. I would love to win this book! The felt ornaments are sooo sweet. Thanks.

    Patty
    gnpkrupp at netzero dot net

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  23. I could use a holiday book since I don't have any. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  24. Love the ornaments! Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

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  25. looks like a great book, would love to win

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  26. There is nothing better to start Christmas making early. The book looks great!

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  27. This looks like a fun book, can't wait to see it.

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  28. I am enjoying seeing all the ornaments in Linda's book. And I love the bakers twine idea too, just happen to have a stock as well. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  29. I just love Christmas and all the sewing that can be done to help decorate for the holiday!! I think I'd love this book :)

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  30. This book looks like so much fun. I think my girls (teens) would love to make some ornaments.

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  31. I'd love to win this book!! I love everything about Christmas!!

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  32. I love crafty Christams books, and this one looks awesome.
    Love your ornament.

    Dianne
    dbienick@comcast.net

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  33. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to make a tree skirt (or two) for gifts!

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  34. This book look like it is full of fun ideas. jillfroelich@yahoo.com

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  35. Thanks for the giveaway! It looks like a great book!

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  36. This looks like a really cute book. Thanks for the chance to win one!

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  37. The book looks great. I love the squirrel ornament and felt ornaments in general. If they are decorated with beads, even better.

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  38. I love the ornaments you highlighted! Thanks for the chance to win this book!

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  39. How cute! I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you for the chance.

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  40. Love matryoshka dolls!! Thanks for the giveaway :0)

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  41. thank you for this great giveaway, I'ld LOVE to give this cute book a new, good home in Germany
    Hugs Brigitte

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  42. The projects from the book look so merry and I love how your squirrel turned out.

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  43. Love the matryoshka ornament! Two friends and I swap ornaments every year and this would be such a fun one to do! I'd love to see what else is in the book.

    myownpemberley@gmail.com

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  44. Love your ornament you made form the book.

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  45. Such a beautiful book. Love the squirrel!

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  46. The book looks fun and your squirrel is just cute.Thanks for the chance to win a copy!!

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  47. That squirrel is adorable!! Looks like an awesome book :)

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  48. What a fantastic book! The ornaments are adorable! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  49. I've been loving the looks of the projects in this book - looks like there are quite a few I'd love to make!

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  50. What a great book. Would love to win it. Thanks for the chance!

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  51. Would love to win, but if not I have added it to my Amazon Wishlist..

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  52. Would love to have this lovely book. thanks for the chance!

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  53. What a fun looking book! I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance! :)

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  54. I am so excited for Christmas crafting and it's only July! Would love to win this book!

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  55. Adorable squirrel ornament! My grandma has a vendetta against squirrels because they eat her bird food, but I think even she would think that's cute!

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  56. I love the squirrel
    I need to check out the blog tour to see more of the projects in this book!

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  57. Christmas sewing in July. :-) My daughter and J just brought fabric to make mug rugs for Christmas. This book looks great. Shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

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  58. This is just what I need to get my butt in gear for Christmas sewing ahead of time! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  59. The squirrel is adorable! I should def. consider starting my Christmas projects now :-)

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  60. This looks like a really fun book. Your squirrel ornament is so adorable. I always give my kids an ornament every year for christmas so when they move out they have a set of ornaments. I would love to make that little squirrel for my daughter.

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  61. Seriously LOVING that book!!!! Am trying so hard to get an early start this year !!! Thanks so much for the inspiration !!!

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  62. It looks like a great book. Love the squirrel!

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  63. looks like such a cute book! would love to win it

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  64. This book looks like so much fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  65. Christmas crafting makes the season so personal and fun, these look like great projects.

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  66. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway. The book looks like it's full of fabulous ideas.

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  67. I'd have to make a squirrel as we have red squirrels that love our oak tree.

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  68. I definitely need this book! I'm a definite for the squirrel too, but I also need a good tree skirt pattern - the book has already paid for itself! Thanks for the Amazon link! (You know, just in case, by some weird happening, I don't win!) :0

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  69. What a great book, I would love to make my family gifts from it!

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  70. What a fun book to win ... I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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  71. Christmas is my favourite time of year and my tree is in desperate need of some handmade goodness!

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  72. Would love the book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  73. Thank you for giving us inspiration for Christmas sewing! That book looks so beautiful and it would be so great once start early enough these Christmas things! x Teje

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  74. This looks forever so happy and bright!!! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  75. What a great book that would be to win. Thanks for the chance.
    (supermomnocape at yahoo dot com)

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  76. What a wonderful book - I am determined to start Christmas crafting earlier this year!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  77. Such cute ornaments! I'd love to have that book. Thanks so much!
    tilleybl@aol.com

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  78. what cute little ornaments. I am always for new things to make at Christmas time. thanks for a chance.

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  79. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance.

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  80. I'm ready for some new ideas for holiday decorations. This book looks like just the thing! Thanks for the chance.

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  81. I always need more ideas for holiday decorating! Your squirrel is adorable: )

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  82. I would love this book to start my xmas sewing..

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  83. Looks like a wonderful book!!!! Thanks for a chance to win!!!!

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  84. Looks like a really cute book! Thanks for the chance.

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  85. i need to get a jump on some christmas projects!

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  86. I'd love to have a head start on Christmas using Linda's patterns. I really need to make a number of stockings this year and other things too such as table runners etc.

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  87. This looks a great book!
    I love the squirrel!

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  88. I'm a Christmas freak! I'd love to get my hands on this book! The ornaments look adorable!

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  89. Cute, cute squirrel. He looks just like one of the 2,347 that live in my yard. :) blessings, marlene

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  90. Ornaments - need more ornament ideas. This book would help. Thank you.

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  91. Thanks for having a giveaway. I love your blog. Have a great day. nanrae44@hotmail.com

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  92. Thanks for the chance at this awesome book :)

    -Lucretia

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  93. I think the book would be wonderful and looks very creative.

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  94. I am very excited about the book! I love Christmas crafts!!!!! :)

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  95. This looks like a great book! I hope I win!

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  96. THANK YOU FOR SHARING A REALLY NEAT BOOK!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  97. Kristen SandersonJuly 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Wow this looks like a great book! ksanderson@hotmail.ca

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  98. The squirrel is so cute. Thanks for sharing this wonderful book.

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  99. What a fun book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  100. The cover alone is enough to make you want the book!

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  101. I really like that stocking, and I'd like to make the matryioshkas for someone.

    trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

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  102. I would love to get my hands on a copy of that book. it looks amazing. Here's hoping...

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  103. Love that squirrel! This book would sure come in handy to get a headstart on Christmas!

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  104. What a terrific book this looks like, full of lots of fun projects and inspiration!!

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  105. Looks like an awesome book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  106. also love the matroyshkas! can never have too many of those

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  107. Thanks for the chance to win this book!!

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  108. Adorable! Love your little squirrel! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  109. This book looks wonderful - I love your little squirrel and would love to make the doll ornament. Thanks for the giveaway. C

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  110. Thanks for the chance Lee! I love your little squirrel! I've got my fingers crossed, but if I don't win I think I might have to go to Amazon for this book...it looks adorable!

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  111. Linda's book looks like lots of fun- thanks for the chance to win a copy. It is fun seeing what different people are creating from it.
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
    Regards from Western Canada,
    Anna

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  112. The squirrel is just cute, it would be lovely to have a whole family of them. Thank you for offering the giveaway, I would love to get cracking on christmas sewing with this book.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  113. What an adorable ornament. My dad would love the little squirrel!

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  114. That squirrel is toooo cute, and it wouldn't even hurt my birdfeeders ! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  115. What an adorable book! So lovely!

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  116. Would love to get a jumpstart on my Christmas projects.

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  117. Very cute looking stuff in there!

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  118. I'm super interested in this book, mostly because we were so entertained by the squirrels in our camp at this year's family reunion. I would love to make a bunch up for the Christmas tree this year!

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  119. Looks like a great book. I'd love some Christmas inspiration.

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  120. This book looks so cute! I have her other book, which I have made ALOT out of! I would love to win this one. Thanks!

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  121. I just love those ornaments. I am always looking for some cute new ornaments to make each year.

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  122. I've seen this book cover and I immediately wanted to buy it. But why not winning it? :)

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  123. I'd love to win this, so I don't have to buy it! ;)

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  124. Yay for Christmas Crafting :)

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  125. I would love to learn to make the little dolls ornament out of this book so I hope I win. Thank you

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  126. Too fun! I love making ornaments each year and this looks like it has lots of fun ideas.

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  127. I would love a pattern for a tree skirt. I have been married for five years and we have just been using one I got at the dollar store because I keep saying I am going to make one but haven't found the right pattern. eatkin85@yahoo.com

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  128. The ornaments are are adorable!

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  129. Would love to have this book! I need Christmas decorating help!

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  130. Love the squirrel and doll ornaments! Thank you for the chance to win this lovely book.

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  131. Love the colors she uses--hope I'm the lucky one to win!

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  132. Love the colors she uses--hope I'm the lucky one to win!

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  133. I love the squirrel ornament. I could always use new ideas for Christmas
    time. Great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  134. This book is so cute. That squirrel ornament will definitely be making an appearance in this household.

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  135. i love any thing christmas thanks for the giveaway

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  136. HELLO! BOOK LOOKS SO NEAT!
    THANKS SO FOR SHARING!
    HAPPY STITCHING ALL!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  137. This book is adorable I jumed over to amazon to get a look at it, I didn't want to take a chance to win from some one but this is definitly a winner and a keeper. Thank-you for the chance to win not only the book but a signed copy. Becky

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  138. It looks like a fabulous book...and I love the title!

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  139. The squirrel ornament is so very cute. Yes, I would like to win a signed copy of Sew Merry and Bright! Thank you. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  140. This book looks like so much fun, I would love a copy.

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  141. Yes, yes, yes! I would love to win a signed copy of the book!

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  142. I would love to win this book. The projects I have seen so far look like they would be so much fun to make.

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  143. Thanks for the chance. Would love this book. i'm a newbie and this sounds perfect.

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  144. I've seen Linda's projects in Quilts and More and would LOOOOOOOVE to have a copy of her book! Sew many projects, sew little time. :-))

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  145. i'd LOVE to win a copy! that squirrel ornament would be absolutely perfect for my collection!

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  146. That book looks really fun. I definitely need to start thinking about christmas sewing!

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  147. I would love to win a copy of this book.

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  148. Not being greedy, but would love the fabric and the book. Both cool. Thanks for the giveaways.

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  149. I love Christmas. I could have Christmas every month as long as I didnt have to buy Christmas gifts every month. Love the book it is one worthy of Chriistmas. Thanks.

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  150. Would I like to win a copy of the book? OH YEAH, yes please!! I would love to sew the squirrel - he is so darn cute!!! Thank you for the opportunity to enter!

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  151. This book looks so great!! thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  152. Aren't the matryoshka ornaments just the cutest. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance. lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  153. I HAVE to make the matryoshka dolls ornament! It's adorable and I collect these nesting dolls. I want to make the cute little squirrel ornament too. I would love to have this book. There are so many things to do!

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  154. OH! I love Christmas!!! It's my favourite holiday... I would LOOOOOOOOOVE this book! :)

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  155. This new Christmas book looks like what I need to ask Santa to bring me, if I don't win it first! Bright, and original, brimming with Christmas ideas.
    Thanks so much for the opportunity.
    Nettie
    nettiecrain@live.com

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  156. I love this book. Thank you

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  157. Can't believe you're giving this book away! I've been drooling over it, and would so love to make every single project.

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  158. The squirrel, even the unadorned version is darling. Would love the book!

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  159. This book went on my Wish List on the first day that I saw it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  160. This would be a wonderful book for Christmassy crafts - and plenty of time to still sew them by then too!

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  161. This is a great book for the hot dog days of summer!
    I'm dreaming of a white christmas...snow! And a colorful decorated house... :D

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  162. What a beautful book! Never too early to start Christmas projects! awolk at rogers dot com

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  163. Great book with wonderful projects. Hope I can win. Thanks.

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  164. Cute squirrel. Thanks for the chance to win this great new book.

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  165. This would be a great addition to my library.Thank you.

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  166. I just love having the house all decorated for the holidays. Linda's book has some terrific ideas to incorporate in my own!

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  167. So cute! Thanks for the chance to win :-)

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  168. I would love to get my hands ob this book. All the projects look fun to make. The squirrel is a cutie pie.

    Thank you and Martingale for a great giveaway and a chance to win an awesome book.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  169. So many cute ornaments!

    slmartin at vtc dot net

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  170. Looks like an amazing book....I can't wait to see it.

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  171. I'm with you... the ornaments are absolutely adorable. I would love to make them. Thanks!

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  172. Really cute book. Thanks for the chance. I' d make some book's projects.
    b.zanninelli@gmail.com

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  173. Very feastive colors on the cover and the variety of projects sounds enticing! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  174. How cute. I love all the bright and bold festive colors. It really makes everything look a bit more modern.

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  175. I love all the christmas fun on your blog. It really makes it easier for me to stand the heat recently !!

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  176. LOVE the squirrel ornament, tree ornment, bird ornament, stocking, Christmas quilt...Oh my, I'll be busy until AFTER Christmas!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  177. I would love this book. I love new ideas for Christmas..

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  178. what a great give a way. My husbands side of the family gets together for Christmas the weekend before and every year one person (usually the women) make ornaments for everyone. I love the squirll and can see making 30 of them.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  179. I Love your Squirrel ornament! I love Natural Christmas Tree Ornaments with Lots of Animal Ornaments too!

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  180. I Love your Squirrel ornament! I love Natural Christmas Tree Ornaments with Lots of Animal Ornaments too!

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  181. Love the entire Christmas season. What could be better than some fresh new ideas?

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  182. My husband loves Christmas and gets really excited about Christmas decorations. I really really want to make him a Christmas quilt or at least some nice decorations this year -- I would love to have a good Christmas book to work from!

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  183. I would love to win! Thank you for the lovely giveaway :) Happy quilting...

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  184. Ooooo, I really love that matryoshka ornament! I'm crazy about 'em and I'd love to have some little ones hanging on my tree. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  185. That looks darling! Thanks so much for the chance to win the book! ashleymjonesatlivedotcom

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  186. This book is right up my alley ... my c-mas colors are those bright and cheery colors. Thanks for the chance to win the book :)

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  187. With every review, it gets cuter and cuter and I want and want, swooning over that little squirrel!!! Thanks for putting me in the mood to go sew some more on my gifts that I've started.

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  188. This looks like such a great book. Thanks for the review and for the chance to win a copy.

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  189. I am getting so excited for Christmas with all the July blog posts! Thank you for the chance to win this fab book!

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  190. Linda's book is so sweet! It seems to be a necessity now to have to prepare for the Holidays. Thanks for a great giveaway! :)

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  191. This book looks fabulous! If I don't win it- Amazon, here I come. Thanks for the chance!

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  192. So cute! My decorations are horrible so this would be perfect to make this year better!

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