Martingale Monday #1

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let’s launch this party okay? I’m going to celebrate the coming of a book. I can hardly think and speak the words MY BOOK! I’m having trouble typing the words MY BOOK.  holey cow!!!
It seems like such a long time ago that I was sitting at my computer and chatting with Mary Ellen, it was about 8pm. I opened my email (I was paying attention to Mary Ellen I swear) and there was an email from Mary Green, Editor in Chief of Martingale & Co. I said to Mary Ellen.
“There is an email here from Mary Green”.  Mary Ellen (who knows Mary Green and just about everyone else in the quilting industry) said ” Well open it dummy!”   Pat 
” I’m scared”.   Mary Ellen ”  Then send it to me and I will read it for you.”   I opened the email…I’m no dummy! So began the journey, after I got up off the floor and had some adult beverage(s) and called 10,001 people. 

The subject of the book is the use of neutral fabrics as the “Stars of the Show”.  It is my hope that my book (there went my heart again my book) will help quilters to rethink the use of neutral fabrics. When I go in quilt stores I often here them referred to as backgrounds. Lets rethink that okay? You won’t be sorry!
So here is the book..MY BOOK 
Isn’t it purty? So far you have see as much of it as I have. The book will be shipping Oct 4th. I dunno when I will get my copies. I ordered 75 million copies.  The UPS man is gonna be very unhappy with me.

The quilt on the cover is called Scrappy Nines. It is quite possibly one of my favorite quilt designs. EVER!!! When it was chosen for the cover I knew it would work well! But there are other quilts in the book that I’m happy about to.(I will talk about them each Martingale Monday). They are all my kids so they must be loved equally. 
Scrappy Nines is made from 2 different blocks, set in an alternating pattern. There are a lot of nine patches to be made, once they are completed the rest of the quilt goes together fairly quickly. It is not difficult at all and has HUGE visual appeal. 
Here is a little sumthin I would like you to know about me and about the way I design. I like designs that are complete so I frequently add a little “finishing border.”   In the case of Scrappy Nines it is there. Can you see it? It is the final little outside row of 2 nine patches and a spacer strip. Which finishes the design! Without those borders the quilt pattern would be chopped off ! BOOOOO. In addition to the finishing border..I stopped the quilt and did not add any additional borders. I’m like that too. I quite frequently don’t add borders. In this quilt the finishing border is enough. Or at least I thought so! 

Here are some goodies I will be giving away for my first Martingale Monday!
#1 A signed copy of Spotlight on Neutrals. This signed copy will only escalate in value. It will be worth millions. You will be able to sell it on ebay and send your children and all your ancestors to college! Aren’t you thrilled?
#2 A special book “Quilting those Flirty ’30’s” What a great title. What a special book. Guess who the publisher was??? Congratulations to Cynthia Tomazewski most excellent writer. Can I have some of those vowels in your name I can sure use them?

#3 A “Pat’s Pasta” roll of neutrals, blacks, tans, creams etc. similar to the photo below but with more of a range of neutral fabbies. 

Put a comment right here on this blog post. Winner will be announced on Thursday Sept 8. Tell me what you think of the cover and your thoughts on neutral fabrics. I would love it if you could invite your blogging friends to join our party but it is not a requirement for winning. I will ship the above winning box of goodies as soon as I receive MY BOOKS…sigh.

You can preorder my book right here on my website! Have a linky on me!


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    How wonderful and exciting for you. I would be over the moon too!
    Your cover is fabulous and I too love neutrals. They are so simple yet look so wonderful in quilts, and yours is no exception. Congrats.

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    Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my hands on your book. We got a new line of neutrals at the shop yesterday that would be perfect for the cover quilt.

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    Love the cover! I have been admiring (coveting) the cover for a long, long time. And, I find neutrals the quiet, calming spice of life. Congratulations on “MY BOOK!”

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    Pat I am SO thrilled for you!!! The book looks beautiful! You have worked hard on this baby, and now it is birthed. Congratulations girlfriend 🙂

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    Can’t wait to get your book!! Can’t say i’ve ever used neutrals for anything other than background….so this will be a learning experience for me…..Will we see you some where at the Atlanta shop-hop this year..??


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    Congratulations! I’ve never made a neutral quilt but I find myself attracted to them – especially those with bits of black in them. They have a certain elegance to them.

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    I have always loved Scrappy Nines, and am determined to make one some day. Therefore, I NEED your book, since I know it contains amazing projects I NEED to make.(I am sounding like a needy quilter which I am pretty sure I am not.) Desire is sometimes disproportionate when it comes to quilty items. Ya think? Karmen

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    If the rest of the quilts in the book are anything like the one on the cover it is a must-have fantabulous book. Congratulations!

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    Having been lucky enough to SEE one of your quilts from the book in person when I got to meet you last winter, I can say you have a gift for changing those “background” fabrics into real stars!!! This is really an exciting adventure for you and I am very happy for you.

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    I love the cover quilt on your book. I think I would do it with reds and neutrals. I’ve never given much thought to neutrals before, so this book sounds like just the right thing to help me on my way!

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    I really must rethink the use of neutrals… I love the cover quilt! BUT… rethinking neutrals means I will have to go back to buying fabric. My stash is very short on neutrals. Love your give-away… such wonderful prizes! Congrats on your book!!

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    Hi Pat, Congrats on the book, YOUR BOOK! Wow, I can’t imagine making a quilt in all neutrals. I love lots and lots of color. BUT I know other people (some of my clients) prefer things all calmed down and NEUTRAL in color. I am sure I could learn a thing or two from you. (Okay so a thing or two MORE -after learning your wonderful bias cutting technique over lunch.) The cover of the book says “Yes, you can make an interesting quilt with just NEUTRALS.” Of course I really need to TRY it. (Can I add a color pop in the border?)

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    Congratulations on your book! That has to be right up there with having such wonderful children. Look forward to having one in my hand so I can see all the patterns.

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    I love neutral quilts and I am VERY excited to see that your “MY BOOK” will soon be available! I love the quilt on the cover and can hardly wait to see what is waiting for us on the rest of the pages! WOO HOO……can ya tell this is one book I’m excited about? I’ll tell you congrats on the book now because once I get my hands on it, I don’t plan on surfacing for awhile :o)

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    Congrats on your new book! I love the cover! Neutrals are awesome, they go with everything! 🙂

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    Congratulations on your book! Oh! Wow! You must be soooooo excited! I am excited for you too! The cover is fabulous, it jumps off the page! I’ve always love neutrals, like my relaxing and calming cup of tea (sigh!)

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    I love that you had a vision of using nothing but neutrals! (now why don’t I think like that?) Neutrals go with everything!! I keep a neutral STORE BOUGHT quilt on my bed….looks like a perfect book for me. Oh and now would be a great time to pick up that bundle of neutrals that I’ve been spying in blogland! Timing is perfect! Of course I want my copy autographed….will the family know how much of an inheritance that would be?! LOL
    Congrats, Congrats!!

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    How very exciting! I have to say, I’ve never made an all neutral quilt because I love colour. I do think your cover quilt looks great though, so it is probably time that I do a neutral quilt. Congratulations!

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    Congratulations! I like the quilt on the cover. But how does one send their ancestors to college… don’t you mean descendants? tee hee hee!

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    Congratulations! I love the cover quilt. Seems like it’s so hard to collect neturals but I’m going to try harder as I’d love to make the cover quilt.

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    I love neutrals. My whole house is done in neutrals, I feel like any time I want I can swap in a color accent and it will change the whole room. If you want it easter.. Add a pastel to the room. Christmas, add Red or green. I love neutrals 🙂

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    Hi Pat!
    Congratulations on YOUR BOOK!!!
    I love neutrals too, I try to use my neutrals as you do too, back grounds, but not plain backgrounds. I find they add alot to the overall quilt design!
    I think the quilt on the cover is wonderful! Very basic planning with a GREAT POP! Achievable for beginners, attractive to experts!
    Thanks for the generou giveaway!
    Take care, Leslie

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    Hi from France
    I think that I am falling in love with your book, so if I win a signed copy , I’ll never send it and my children will have to find their own money to go to college LOL. I am a bad mother…LOL
    Really the cover is marvellous, simple but marvellous!
    Have a nice day

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    Congratulations of your book. Looks amazing. I love the cover of it, and it makes me want to buy it. And to make the coverquilt in exactly the same colours. I love neutral colours very much and love to work with them to make quilts. Fabrics with big flowers and bright colours is not for me.

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    Oh, I love that quilt on the front! It took me quite some time to figure out what the base blocks were – very clever! Neutrals are so under appreciated and I certainly don’t have enough in my stash but they are seldom the fabrics that reach out and call me to buy them. I think quilts using exclusively neutrals can be subtle and beautiful, but can, without the right combination be a little lack luster. This danger has kept e from making one of my own (and the lack of neutral stash) but with that book I am sure I could be successful!

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    I just LOVE the front cover of your new book. It’s so eye catching and I’m sure it will sell millions and millions of copies. I look forward to getting it in October. The nine patches have always been one of my top favorite quilt blocks and I love how you set them with two varieties of nine patch blocks. Very Nicely DONE!!! Congrats too!

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    I have the PERFECT neutrals for that cover quilt! And the minute I saw the cover of your book I knew I had to make that quilt! I love, love, love it! I can’t wait to see what else you have in there! And there is no way I would sell or giveaway a signed copy of your book. No Way! (Besides my kids just about finished with college – so we are almost over that hurdle!) I WANT THAT BOOK!

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    Congratulations on your new book. I look forward to having a copy of my own.I do love the cover quilt and look forward to seeing others.

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    Congrats on your new book. What an accomplishment. I am new to quilting and need all the books I can get. I love neutral colors they are so homey, relaxing and nurturing.

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    I love the quilt on the cover, and I have a love affair with neutrals, but have never thought about using them for a whole quilt before. My whole bin of neutrals is making excited noises at me now!

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    I love the cover of YOUR BOOK!
    I was never one to use anymore neutrals than necessary UNTIL I got into the civil war quilts and now I can’t have enough.
    Congrats on the book we will be looking forward to the next one.

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    Yeah Pat!!! Can’t wait to see the finished product! It will fly off the shelves…the peeps can do color if they want to because the patterns do lend themselves to that “crowd” also! k

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    Congratulations on YOUR new book! How exciting! I would love to win YOUR new book – I really like the cover quilt and can’t wait to see the quilts inside. I would also be happy to win your other giveaways. 🙂

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    Well, if that’s the cover quilt, I really can’t wait to see what else is inside – I love it! Neutrals have always been backgrounds for me. I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can do with them! Congrats on getting your book published and your ideas out there, Pat.

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    Congratulations! How exciting! I like the cover of your new book. Neutrals are a must have. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Yeah congratulations, how exciting is that your very own book. Love the front cover, it looks like it could be beginner friendly which would suit me. Thanks for a chance to win one. Linda

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    Congratulations on the new book:) How fun is that!!!! Partyyyyyyy:) I have been telling friends for weeks, how I wanted a Backgrounds quilt, I have been dreaming and creating-in my mind:) I pulled all of my backgrounds yesterday. Its going to be fun….But wait now, I need this book, it will take me places I know I wanna go:)So I will wait a bit longer-gotta see your book:)-BTW, LOVE the cover quilt:)

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    Congratulations Pat! I am re-thinking neutrals! 🙂 I love the Scrappy Nines on the cover. Thank you for the fun!

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    Congratulations on YOUR BOOK! Are you excited? You sure should be. Love the cover quilt and can’t wait to see the rest. I love neutrals but I haven’t made anything with all neutrals…yet!

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    Wow! How exciting to have a book of your own creations published and I am sure it will be a best seller. Neutrals are the latest craze. I have always loved them. Congratulations on your good news!

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    I love neutral fabrics. The fabric companies are printing such fabulous neutral fabrics at the moment and I would love to use these as the focus of a quilt. The cover quilt is wonderful! Congratulations on the book.

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    Congrats on your book. I like the cover. It is a little different to feature just one quilt on the cover anymore. I’ve been collecting neutrals for almost a year now wanting to start just a cream and neutral quilt. Hope I win!

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    Congratulations a million times on the book. I’m hoping to stock up on all the wonderful grays (my favorite neutral) out now just in time for your book:)

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    So excited for you! I’m sure you will be fell extra specially proud when you get to ho;d your book in your hands. The quilt on the cover is beautiful!

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    What a wonderful book to have to your credit! Congrats! That cover quilt is gorgeous…

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    Now I have pre-orded your book. I’m really looking forward to see in my snail-mail box here in Norway.

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    Congratulations, Pat! I can’t begin to imagine how exciting it must be to have your very own book published! Never gonna happen here, let me tell you! LOL
    The quilt on the cover is just lovely and so eyecatching- perfect for the cover! I have always loved neutrals, I think I have used various shades of cream in just about every quilt I have made, quilts made in neutrals have that lovely, timeless look about them, well I think so. Thanks for the chance to win. Sandy. 🙂

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    This is soooo exciting…..I know it has been a long long road…so was it worth it( I am sure it was)…now can you relax?

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    Oh…the cover is interesting, makes me want to read the inside….and that is what you want…right!!

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    Love the quilt on the cover of YOUR BOOK! How exciting, congrats. Definately going on the christmas list if I’m not a lucky one! The use of neutrals is on the to do list…have been mulling over the basics by basic grey & kona sandcastles online, now I have a use!!! Thanks

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    Congratulations – I am very influenced by the cover of a quilt book when I’m browsing – it doesn’t matter what’s inside, if the cover doesn’t grab me I’m not interested. YOUR cover is quite simpley amazing and to be honest I’ve already put it on my wishlist at Amazon (had a peek inside as well) just in case I don’t win it. Good luck with ALL your millions of sales.

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    Wow Pat! I clicked over to your site from Bejeweled Quilts because the cover of your book caught my eye and I fell in loveimmediately! I am one of those quilters (in the minority ugh!) who just loves neutrals, so I am very excited about your book… can’t wait to see more of what’s inside!!!! It would be SEW great to win a copy (hint, hint!) I’ve joined your site and I’m looking forward to getting to know you better and seeing what fun you decide to get into 🙂

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    Can’t wait to see the book in person

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    Congratulations! The cover won me over when first saw it. That’s why I made a note to come back to your blog Today, to read about Your Book! Thanks for sharing the celebration with the giveaway. As I don’t have kids, this book isn’t going to be auctioned off for college tuition either. Best Wishes Pat!

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    Whooo Hoo! your own book how awesome! Love the cover, my oldest daughter is the queen of neutrals, the cover quilt would be right up her alley. Would love to win so I can whip one up for her.

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    Oh – I so love neutrals – and the cover of your book – only makes me want to flip thru the rest of it.

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    The countdown begins…. YOUR BOOK will be here soon!! It’ll be hard to keep your feet on the ground, huh? Congratulations, and thanks, too, for the chance to win… still my heart- a “Pat’s Pasta Roll”, a great start to a neutral quilt. YIPPEE!!

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    I love, love, love the cover quilt. Scrappy Nines looks right up my alley. I haven’t really used neutrals much because so far I’ve always been drawn to the bright colors. BUT, I just found out that the wonderful lady I co-teach with listed her favorite color as neutrals on a Favorites List for PTA. Now I want to make her a quilt of her favorite colors!!! I can’t wait to see your book.

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    I love the cover quilt! How exciting and wonderful for you to see your “babies” in print. Congratulations!

    The cover quilt is enticing enough that it really makes me want to see the rest of the quilts!


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    First off, congratulations on the publishing of your new book! I love the quilt on the cover. I’m going to be interested in seeing the rest of the book. I’ve never thought about using only neutrals in a quilt. This is a new concept for me. I’ve made quilts that are totally pastel colors though, so I suppose this would be similar. I’m so happy for you!

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    That is awesome to get a book published. I love the quilt on the front and I am anixously waiting to get to see the rest of the book. Thanks for a chance to win one.

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    How exciting for you. I know it is a long proscess to get a book printed. I like colour. my quilts tend to be quite bright. So , I would like to win your book so I can be inspired into making a lovely neutral quilt. Then I can thank you for showing me the way.

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    I love neutrals so for me the cover is just perfect!

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    It’s such an exciting time for you. I NEED your book as I have been collecting neutrals for some time now to make a quilt, and I have seen just the design in your book, so would you mind awfully choosing me please? (Did you hear the pure cut-glass British accent there?)

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    Congrats on your book! The cover is beautiful, I can’t wait to see the inside!

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    Wow!!! I’m so excited for you – love the front of the book. Can’t wait to see what’s inside.

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    How exciting: your own book!
    I really love the quilt on the cover. And I’m sure the quilts in the book are equally lovely.
    I’m not an experienced quilter and I’ve only used neutrals as a background, but seeing the cover makes me want to make a neutral quilt right now.

    Jittina, the Netherlands

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    I am looking forward to seeing “your book”, I have it on my wish list. I love the cover quilt, and am looking forward to making my own “neutral” quilt.

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    I love neutral fabrics and stock up on them whenever I’m fabric shopping with no clear purpose in mind. Congratulations on the book – I can’t wait to get a copy and hope I win!

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    Oh my gosh, how exciting to have your own book coming out! I really like your nine patch pattern on the front, and I think the way you finished it is wonderful. I don’t think it would have been so pretty with part of the pattern chopped off! I like sewing with neutrals — I think my next project will be those, since I am getting tired out with my thirties project right now!
    I’m putting your giveaway on my sidebar!

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    Congratulations on getting your book published! How awesome is that?!?

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    I have been collecting neutrals in anticipation of this book.
    Love the quilt on the cover.

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    Congratulations on your book. It looks amazing and I love the cover quilt. I like neutral colours very much and love to work with them to make quilts. I am one of those people you referred to in your post about background fabric. I guess I need your book, so pick me please.

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    How exciting for you to be a published author! Heartiest congratulations.
    The cover quilt is not a complex pattern, but the look is dramatic. That’s the way I view neutrals in quilts. When we focus on the colors in quilts, we sometimes don’t really see the pattern. But when quilts are made with neutrals, the pattern is the star.
    I’m looking forward to seeing the entire book, and fingers crossed to win your generous giveaway.

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    Congratulations on a beautiful book, if I may judge it by its cover. I think I could learn a lot from you. I’m just beginning to work with solids, so neutrals might be my next step.

    Thanks for the generous giveaway.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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    How exciting!!! Your own book!!! The quilt on the cover is beautiful!! I love it!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

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    SOOO excited for you AND your UPS ‘person’…I love the thought of using neutrals and someone (in this case, YOU) having already completed the hard part..Now I can just look in your book for ingredients and directions! If I have to buy it I will..but free is SO much more FUN!!

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    Congratulations Pat! How exciting, your neutral quilt is beautiful! I’ve been collecting neutral fabrics to make a quilt and would be so thrilled to win your book. Thanks so much for the chance.

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    Great cover on the book. It really shows off the neutrals. I have one local quilt shop that has the best selection of neutral fabrics. I go there a few times each year and buy yards of fabric. I mainly get background fabrics. Then I have a good stash to work from for quilts.

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    Love that quilt on the front of “YOUR” new book!!!!! Congratulations!

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    WOW, I love the cover quilt. You’re right, it has fantastic visual interest! Thanks for the chance to win this fantastic giveaway.

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    Their potential could be easily overlooked because of their lack of punch but I think neutrals are like bridges or a rest for the eye from stronger colours and play an important role in the balance of a design.

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    Your book looks amazing! I love your Scrappy Nines on the cover. Congratulations!!!

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    I hope I’m not too late to enter your giveaway! Your cover quilt is just beautiful! I’d love to make a quilt in all neutrals one of these days! Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway! :0)

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    Congratulations on the book. I love neutrals. I usually like brights, but I’ve been drawn more and more toward neutrals lately.

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    Hello Pat,

    I hope I am not too late to enter, congratulations on your book. Nuetrals are great fabrics after all we need them to complete a quilt.
    Happy days.

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